AUS VS ENG! A powerful century from Alex Carey and Glenn Maxwell helped Australia overcome a terrible start to chase a highly respectable total in the ODI decider against England at Emirates Old Trafford.
England won the toss and chose to bat on a different pitch to the one used for the previous two matches although the series title for AUS VS ENG was on the line, the first won by Australia and the second by England following the tourists’ monumental batting collapse in the face of some wonderful bowling by Jofra Archer, Woakes and Sam Curran.
While batting under pressure Bairstow did it for England by filling the scorecard with an authoritative 112 from 126 balls after Mitchell Starc had reduced England to 2 for 0 within the first two balls of the match. Sam Billings supported the inning with a marvelous 57 in a fifth-wicket partnership with Bairstow worth 114, while a helping hand lent by Chris Woakes pushed England past the 300-mark and raised an unbeaten fifty for himself in the very last over of the inning.
For Australia Adam Zampa proved to be a wonderful discovery as he continued his fruitful series, finishing with 3 for 51 after a miserly six-over opening spell in which he snared two of those wickets for just 22 runs. Zampa snatched a record to bag 10 wickets in 3 match series in England by a leg spinner hailing from Australia.
It has been a very lean summer season for Jason Roy as he was not successful against Ireland in which he scored 24, 0, 1 in 3 ODIS, and brought his bad form into series against Australia with 3, 21, and 0 in 3 matches. In yesterday’s match, he fell at the very first ball of Starc, sending Starc straight to Glenn Maxwell at backward point. Starc compounded the blow on the next ball, trapping Joe Root lbw with one that swung in and struck the pad in line with leg stump.
Eoin Morgan survived the hat-trick ball and drove the next one beautifully for four through cover point, as he and Bairstow set about England’s recovery effort. Bairstow was in fine fettle, his timing sublime as he picked off Australia’s frontline seamers, seemingly at will, his pull shot particularly damaging. He clubbed Pat Cummins over the fence at cow corner and added seven fours en route to 41 off 32 balls.
Morgan’s dismissal forced Bairstow to put the brakes on slightly but he brought up his fifty from 48 balls with a four that went fine off Cummins.
Australian Inning, AUS VS ENG 3rd ODI
While the opening burst of the Australian Side was not the ideal one as the fell prey to the quickies from Criss Woakes who got two wickets early on while completing his spell with 2 for 46 runs. Joe Root proved to be a surprise for Australia as he bagged 2 wickets for 46 runs. England was agile in the fielding department as they got an important breakthrough when Buttler removed the stumps to send Marnus Labuschagne to the dugout when he was looking destructive.
The inning of Australia stood up because of the support from Alex Carey and Glenn Maxwell both recorded centuries in the inning which led Australia to bag the series by 2-1 to compensate for their loss in the T20I series.
Adil Rashid dismissed Glenn Maxwell at 108 runs.
Adil Rashid provided a breakthrough when he got a wicket at the crucial moment but was then brought to back foot in the last over of the inning where Starc did it for Australia by hitting a 6 on the very first ball of the over to finally finish the inning at 305 for 7 wickets to win the match by 3 wickets.
Glenn Maxwell bagged both men of the match and man of the series award from his side as he took Australia Over the Line.