By George Marrable
- England won the fourth ODI with Australia by 6 wickets
- Jason Roy once again led the attack with 101
- Hosts now lead the series 4-0 and are one game away from a whitewash.
DURHAM, ENGLAND – England edged closer to a series whitewash of Australia, neating the tourists by 6 wickets in the fourth ODI.
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Jonny Bairstow – 8/10 – Once again, Bairstow, along with his opening partner Roy, got Emgland off to a flyer with a 174 run opening stand. Bairstow played patiently, waiting patiently as Roy provided the fireworks early on and punishing the bad ball when it came.
Jason Roy – 9/10 – Roy continued his fine form once again with another century. He came out firing early on as he raced to his 50 in an innings that included some gorgeous straight drives and powerful striking.
Alex Hales – 5/10 – Uncharacteristically for Hales, he batted slowly and carefully for an unbeaten 34*. He was afforded the time after Bairstow and Roy took the pressure off with their great start.
Joe Root – 4/10 – Like Hales, a measured short innings from Root who made 27 from 35 balls, including one 6.
Eoin Morgan – 3/10 – Morgan could not continue his fireworks from the Trent Bridge game, making a short cameo of just 15.
Jos Buttler – 7/10 – Since returning from the IPL, Buttler has been in sensational form for England in all formats, and that form continued against Australia. He finished off the innings in style with a destructive 54 that included nine 4’s and one 6 to see England home.
Moeen Ali – 3/10 – A fairly quiet game for Ali, who did not get chance to bat. He bowled a decent seven over spell, but failed to pick up wickets as he finished with figures of 0-43.
David Willey – 8/10 –Willey led the attack well once again for England, with his left arm bowling proving vital as England triggered an Australian collapse. He picked up four wickets, including the big wicket of Marsh, and finished with figures of 4-43.
Craig Overton – 3/10 –Overton will be disappointed with his ODI debut, finishing wicketless and as the least economical England bowler with figures of 0-55
Adil Rashid – 6/10 – Rashid was one of the more expensive bowlers today, going for over seven an over.
Mark Wood – 7/10 – A very good bowling performance from Wood. Despite Australia dominating the majority of the England innings, Wood hit good areas and finished with healthy figures of 2-49 from his nine overs.
Aaron Finch – 9/10 – An excellent innings from Finch after being promoted back up the order. Uncharacteristically for Finch, he scored at less than a run a ball, but batted excellently for his score of 100 in an innings which included three 6’s.
Travis Head – 7/10 – A good innings from Head as he and Finch got the Australians off to a good start with a 101-run partnership. He made 63 before becoming the first wicket to fall; caught by Willey off the bowling of Rashid.
Shaun Marsh – 9/10 – Marsh, alongside the opening batsmen, also starred with the bat as he went one-better than Finch to score 101. He looked in scintillating form as he romped his way to his century, hitting five 4’s and four 6’s along the way.
Marcus Stoinis – 1/10 – A game to forget for Stoinis, scoring just one run from his two balls at the crease.
Alex Carey – 2/10 – A very disappointing return to the side for Carey as he scored just 6.
Tim Paine – 1/10 – Part of Australia’s lower order collapse, captain Paine could only score 3.
Ashton Agar – 5/10 – Promoted up the order to number five as Australia looked to capitalise on their great start, Agar was the only batsmen outside the top three to make double figures as he scored 19. Finished with decent figures of 2-48, although he started very well with the ball, bowling tight and accurate to slow down the England charge.
Michael Neser – 2/10 –A poor bowling performance from Neser, who was the most expensive of the Australian bowlers and finished the game without a wicket.
Jhye Richardson – 2/10 – Like Neser, Richardson failed to make an impact on the game, finishing the game with disappointing figures of 0-58 from just seven overs.
Billy Stanlake – 4/10 – Despite getting some good bounce and bowling with pace early on, Stanlake had no answer to England’s opening pair. However, he stukc with it and eventually picked up the vital wicket of Jonny Bairstow.
Nathan Lyon – 4/10 – Lyon made his return to the side against England, and bowled fairly well, finishing as the most economical bowler in the Australian side with figures of 1-38.
England and Australia play the final ODI of the series at Old Trafford on Sunday 24th June.
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