CRAIG Overton was handed an England one-day international debut against Australia in place of the rested Liam Plunkett for the fourth game of the series at Chester-le-Street.

Overton was called up as cover, alongside Sam Curran, for the last two ODIs as England bid for an unprecedented 5-0 series whitewash of their Ashes rivals.

The Somerset seamer came straight into the team, however, because Tom Curran (side strain) and Jake Ball (lower back) both have injury niggles.

Australia, who conceded a world-record 481 for six to England in their heaviest-ever defeat at Trent Bridge two days ago, made three changes.

They were without Glenn Maxwell, who has a hamstring injury, and dropped opener D'Arcy Short and seamer Andrew Tye.

The respective replacements were Alex Carey, off-spinner Nathan Lyon - back for his first ODI in almost two years - and Michael Neser.

Australia captain Tim Paine won the toss again and chose this time to bat first, on a bright and breezy afternoon.

Australia made a fine start, and were 61 for none after 10 overs.

There was one minor moment of fortune on eight for Aaron Finch, back up at the top of the order in a rejigged line-up, when Alex Hales just failed to hold on to what would have been a brilliant one-handed catch at midwicket from a fierce pull off Mark Wood.

Overton, brought on as second change, conceded three fours in his first over - albeit one chiselled off an inside-edge past leg-stump - as Travis Head neared a second consecutive half-century.

Head (63) completed his 50 with nine fours from 43 balls.

Eoin Morgan had chanced Joe Root as first-change, and the part-time off-spinner responded with six overs for only 29 runs.

Australia moved to three-figures without loss only for Head to then get himself out to Adil Rashid, pulling the leg-spinner straight to deep midwicket in a 20-over total of 105 for one.

Finch (60no) also went past 50 - but with just three fours and a six from 65 balls, so far it was an innings of much different tempo to England's two days ago in Nottingham.

Root got through his full allocation of ten overs at a cost of only 44.

At the 30-over mark, Australia were still very much favouring wickets in hand over runs on the board - and the total was 153 for one.

Finch (100) shared a second successive century stand with Shaun Marsh (59no), but fell lbw to his very next ball after reaching three-figures himself - the first of two wickets in the same Mark Wood over.

Finch had put Australia on course to top 300 nonetheless, hitting six fours and three sixes from 105 deliveries in his 11th ODI hundred - and sixth against England.

With ten overs left, after Marsh had reached his 50 with a six over long-on off Moeen Ali to add to just two fours, Australia were 228 for three.