By Michael Stafford-Jones

  • Jason Roy hits 120 to propel England to 342 – their highest ODI total against Australia
  • Jos Buttler blazes unbeaten 91 and Jonny Bairstow makes 42
  • Shaun Marsh scores 131 but Liam Plunkett takes 4-53 to help bowl tourists out for 304
CARDIFF, WALES – Jason Roy scores a brilliant 120 and Jos Buttler hits unbeaten 91 as England rack up 342, then Liam Plunkett takes 4-53 as they bowl Australia out for 304.

 

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England

Jason Roy – 10/10 – Dealt with rain delays, left-arm spinners and wickets falling at the other end to make a brilliant, intelligently-paced 120 off 108 balls.

Jonny Bairstow – 7/10 – Got England’s innings off to an explosive start with blistering 42 off 26 balls.

Alex Hales – 6/10 – Tried hard but struggled to get going and was eventually bowled by a good delivery from Jhye Richardson for 26 from 38 balls. Great catch to remove Travis Head.

Joe Root – 4/10 – Lacked his usual liveliness during a curiously subdued innings and was caught by D’Arcy Short in the deep for 22.

Jos Buttler – 9/10 – Outstanding innings of 91 from 70 balls to propel England well past 300. Would probably have made a deserved century if Australia had not bowled well in the closing overs. Captained well in Morgan’s absence.

Sam Billings – 3/10 – Missed a good chance to impress when he joined Buttler with 14.1 overs to go when he was clean bowled by Andrew Tye for just 11.

Moeen Ali – 7/10 – Bowled very well to take 2-47. Kept the runs down and deceived D’Arcy Short and Glenn Maxwell with cleverly-flighted deliveries. But he was dismissed for just 8 with the bat as he was caught at deep mid-wicket following an ungainly slog. Maybe he should face a few more balls before going for big hits.

David Willey – 4/10 – Toiled without reward as he went for 40 runs in 7 overs and is definitely the most likely seamer to be rotated later in the series.

Liam Plunkett – 9/10 – Superb second spell ripped Australia’s chase apart. He dismissed Shaun Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, Tim Paine and Jhye Richardson to end with figures of 4-53.

Adil Rashid – 7/10 – Dismissed Finch early in his first spell then was hammered to all parts of the ground by Marsh. But he recovered well to take two more wickets in the last ten overs and finished with 3-70 from 8 overs.

Mark Wood – 5/10 – He got the early wicket of Travis Head but struggled to keep the Australian batsman at bay and finished with 1-57 from 9 overs.

 

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Australia

Travis Head – 4/10 – Made a fast start to his innings before he was very well caught by Hales for 19 from 15 balls.

D’Arcy Short – 4/10 – Struggled to 21 and then was deceived by the flight of Moeen and edged the ball to Root slip. He also bowled four decent overs of spin and took a catch in the deep.

Shaun Marsh – 10/10 – Compiled a stunning innings of 131 and did not deserve to be on the losing side. Started sensibly then cut loose with big shots later on.

Marcus Stoinis – 5/10 – Bowled okay and got the important wicket of Root to finish with 1-60. He failed with the bat as he dragged on to a ball from Plunkett for 9.

Aaron Finch – 0/10 – He had a day to forget as he was trapped lbw by Rashid for 0.

Glenn Maxwell – 6/10 – He played in typically aggressive fashion and, had he continued, would have given Australia a chance of victory. However, he was bested by Moeen.

Tim Paine – 5/10 – Batted okay to make 15 when he came in lower down the order after taking a blow to the face while keeping. Took a brilliant catch to dismiss Roy.

Ashton Agar – 7/10 – Batted well again to make an elegant 46 off 42 balls. However, he was stumped as he tried to increase the scoring rate in the last ten overs. Did not threaten with the ball.

Andrew Tye – 5/10 – Smashed to all parts by Roy and Buttler as he went for 81 runs in 9 overs. Eventually got Roy caught behind and bowled Billings.

Jhye Richardson – 7/10 – Produced an excellent ball to bowl Alex Hales through the gate and backed it up by removing Moeen later on. Finished with 2-64 in 10 overs.

Kane Richardson – 6/10 – Stopped the dangerous Bairstow in his tracks by dismissing him for 42. Took a good return catch to dismiss Willey late on and ended with 2-56 in 8 overs.

 

The 3rd ODI between England and Australia starts at 2pm on Tuesday 19th June at Trent Bridge.

 

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