By Ryan Moran
- Australia won the toss and chose to bat.
- Australia 305-6: Wade 71 not out, Rashid 4-59
- England 246 all out: Roy 67,Coulter Nile & Watson 2-39
HAMPSHIRE, UK – Adil Rashid and Jason Roy achieve milestones as Australia’s lower order succeeded where England’s failed.
Rashid stole the show in the first innings as he bowled the best figures by a spinner at the Ageas Bowl of 4-59, the previous best being Graeme Swann against Pakistan of 3-26 in 2010. Matthew Wade hit 71 not out in a 112 run unbeaten partnership with Mitchell Marsh who finished on 40 not out. This strong seventh wicket stand pushed Australia to 305-6 off of their 50 overs, recovering from a four wicket collapse in six overs scoring 29 runs. Roy hit his maiden half century but only England’s top four hit more than 20 runs each.
Australia started strong with an opening partnership of 76 before Joe Burns was caught and bowled for 44, being the first of Rashid’s four victims. David Warner surpassed 50 before being caught by Chris Woakes on 59. Steve Smith was the next to fall for a respectable 44, caught by Ben Stokes, to start the middle order collapse with the away side on 164-3.
George Bailey was out LBW for for Rashid’s fourth and final wicket for 23 for a partnership of 14. Mark Wood came on for a second spell and was rewarded with Glenn Maxwell’s wicket after Jos Buttler caught behind adding 15 only to bring in Wade. Shane Watson completed the middle order disappointment one run later, being run out for six runs with the Aussies 193-6. Wade and Marsh added another 112 without loss to finish the innings on 205-6 on a big boundary, England’s task being made bigger by never beating their opponents when chasing over 300.
Trevor Bayliss’ side responded with an opening partnership of 70, Alex Hales finding the hands of Watson to end on 22. Roy pushed on to 67 only to be caught by misjudging a lofted shot into the offside finding Warner, Maxwell claiming the wicket. James Taylor raced to 49, falling one short of his 50 after inside edging for four the ball for four, Watson responded in the best way possible; taking his wicket. Overconfidence showed for the England batsman as an unnecessary shot cost him his wicket.
The more wickets started to fall, so did the runs they were scoring. 172 was scored for the loss of four wickets, another five wickets were lost for 60 runs averaging at 12 runs a wicket. 153 runs were scored by 25 overs, another 153 was needed off of the second. The home side found themselves 232-9 with five overs to go and the game all but lost with no one outside the top four batsmen scoring over 20 runs. Three balls into the 46th over and the game was finished as Steven Finn was bowled by Pat Cummins as the victors sought revenge from not only The Ashes but the T20 defeat that shouldn’t have been.
The ODI series continues at Lords on Saturday 5th September as England seek revenge over our rivals from down under.