Australia begin new era with low-key win over Sussex at convivial Hove

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• Australia 277-9; Sussex 220 – Australia win by 57 runs
• Marcus Stoinis’s steady hundred sets up victory

There are some sporting spectacles where crowds are attracted more for the occasion than the sport itself. This one-day tour match between Sussex and Australia, innocuous enough when the fixture was first scheduled, was one such occasion. Sometimes they are drawn to the presence of a great player, or one on the precipice of a major landmark. This match, however, was notable not for who was here but who was not.

Coming less than three months after that incident with the sandpaper in South Africa, Australia’s bid to rebuild their team, and reputation, begun with a trip to the seaside. It was a trip, however, without the former captain Steve Smith, his then-deputy David Warner and Cameron Bancroft, all serving bans for their involvement in the ball-tampering affair. Injury has also put paid to Australia’s vaunted seam attack of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood.

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