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Cody Simpson’s Australian debut is expected to take place around 8:30pm AEST as the rest of the nation’s swimming stars take to the pool.
Ariane Titmus had no troubles finishing first in her heat for the women’s 200m freestyle, touching the wall at 1:55:68.
Titmus will be joined in the final by Mollie O’Callaghan who clocked in with a time of 1:56:65 alongside Madi Wilson with 1:56:93.
All three came first in their respective heats and will be the top three going into the 200m freestyle final.
Mack Horton finished second-fastest in the heats as he booked a spot in the men’s 400m freestyle final alongside Elijah Winnington and Sam Short.
Horton and Short came second in their respective heats while Winnington took first place in his, but Horton’s time was quicker than the others.
The Australian men’s Rugby Sevens decimated Jamaica 62-0, with Wallabies star Samu Kerevi bagging a first-half hat-trick.
The men’s stunning show came hot on the heels of the women’s Rugby Sevens, as they defeated South Africa 38-0 with Charlotte Caslick and Maddison Levi both bagging two-try hauls each.
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It was also a blistering start for the women’s table tennis team, as Jian Fang Lay won in straight sets and the doubles won to give Australia a 2-0 lead over Malaysia, needing one more win to advance.
In the cricket, India have won the toss and elected to bat against Australia in what will be the first time since 1998 at the sport returns to the Commonwealth Games.
Indian captain Harmanpreet Kaur warned her side would bring a “killing attitude” to Friday’s game at Edgbaston.
“Australia is a good team, but I can only talk about my team,” she told reporters.
“The killing attitude is something we all are working on.”
That is not the only challenge Australia will have to contend with though. The surface, which is a mix of artificial material and turf, will present another variable for the Aussies to take into account.
“Playing the first game on it might be the hardest in some ways and then we’re playing the last (on that pitch too),” allrounder Ashleigh Gardner said, per cricket.com.au.
“There was a little bit of purchase (for spin bowlers at Thursday’s training). It’ll be interesting to see how different it is compared to the first and last game. Our team’s so great at adapting, no matter what conditions are thrown up at us, on the run.
“Whether that’s with bat or ball in hand, our team sums those conditions up pretty quickly.”
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More big names will be taking to the pool later in the evening, with Ariarne Titmus, Cody Simpson and Kyle Chalmers all in action in their heats between 8 and 9pm.
Australia’s first medal chance though comes in the Triathlon, with Jacob Birtwhistle, Brandon Copeland and Matthew Hauser competing in the Men’s Sprint Distance Final at 8.01pm.
All eyes will be on the pool later in the evening too as Tokyo Olympic medallists Emma McKeon and Zac Stubblety-Cook take part in their heats at 9.10pm and 9.25pm respectively.
Australians will also get their first taste of netball action at 11pm when the Diamonds face Barbados in their first pool match.
The night comes to a close with another shot at a medal, this time it is Sophie Linn, Charlotte McShane and Natalie von Coevorden in the Women’s Sprint Distance Final.
DAY 1 — SCHEDULE
Cricket T20, 8.00pm
Triathlon and Para Triathlon, 8.00pm
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