The empty September Trafford at Old Trafford didn’t feel like a way to reunite with the World Cup and England were level enough on the night, with Australia winning the three-match ODI series 1-0 by 19 runs.
The visitors chased down Ein Morgan’s record of 295 for victory, although nine players and a great back-up catalog of such hits to win at Lord’s last summer, could hardly overturn the verdict.
But under the illumination – and three months against those who helped hold the Ashes in Manchester 12 months ago – the world champions managed to collect 275 for 9 in 50 overs, despite Sam Billings’ career-best 117. Go down to swing off the final delivery.
Glenn Maxwell (77) and Mitchell Marsh (3) scored 294 for nine in their 50 overs. Josh Hazlewood won a new ball from the playbook of his Test match, taking three wickets for 226 runs. Johnny Bairstow for 84 is demanding a deeply fine tumbling catch to remove.
The 29-year-old was impeccable from the start, hitting a metronomic groove and enjoying a smedon to remove Jason Roy with a one-handed return catch and thanks to Joe Root for a more classical edge in the back.
These strikes, the encouragement of Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins, the lack of fluency from Bayerstow saw Adam Zampa see the scoreboard for just 22 runs at the end of the initial powerplay, enabling England to take the lead in the match. Of which the leg-spinner claimed four for 55 runs.
Morgan lost to Jumper at first, cracking him for a short midwicket to Maxwell for 23, although the catch of the day was in the hands of Marnus Labaschagan, who lost six attempts at loss of Jose Butler before recovering for a great diving first. Effort.
Billings and Bairstow started the innings with 113 runs in 19 overs from 557 for four. However, Jampa and Moin Ali spread Hazlewood to extra cover as the right-arm final seemed to have a way to go, with the game effectively effective at 182 for six in the 39th over.
As the jumper read Chris Oak in the final over, Billings tried his best to take it deeper and an innings of innovative grips and creep drives rewarded him with a first international century. The final 11 balls still needed 39 runs when he did so and even the miracle worker he didn’t deprive – Ben Stokes – hoped it would throw a throw.
Australia went into the match without Steve Smith, the master batsman who hit his head on the net 24 hours ago. Although he has passed the initial concession test, another test is needed before the second inquiry on Sunday.
In the absence of Smith and Morgan Toss, the visitors were bowled out for 123 for five in the 24th over – with Joffra Archer bowling six off David Warner to pass the majestic opener.
From last summer’s World Cup final, Archer and his teammate Mark Wood were both playing their first ODIs, and after the first change, they called out Aaron Finch in the opening before Marcus Stones started alive instead of Smith. For 43 off 34 balls. Adil Rashid is ringing in Morgan’s ears, then continues the testimony-magic during the T20s, with a slider trapping Labaschagan for 21 runs in the lbw trap and Alex Kerry wrapped the sweep at the top end in a short fine-leg.
Marsh, consistently collecting his own runs, joined the more dynamic Maxwell and the pair took Australia’s sixth highest wicket against England in ODI cricket with 126 runs in 20 overs. Morigan needed a breakthrough, which could have been forgiven if Liam Plunkett had not received his pension soon.
Maxwell, in particular, has had a good impact on the wrists, with only 43 balls needed for his half-century – 32 less than Marsh’s – and six in a row for the returning archer in the 44th over.
Archer immediately stroked, Maxwell fooled Cummins by knocking the slow ball to his stumps with a knuckleball, before he lbw Marsh’s patient innings with three overs left in the woods.
And England’s Damagebot Starc limited the last ball of the innings to six early in the innings as a result of the catch and bowling removal of Jumpa in the fifties to Walks, giving Australia a slight lead before Hazlewood took charge.
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