By George Marrable
[Featured Image: England batsmen walking off after being dismissed]
- Australia won by three wickets to avoid a series whitewash
- Defeat in the fourth ODI means England now lead the series 3-1
- Travis Head’s 97 was pivotal in Australia’s victory
ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA – England’s dream of a ODI series whitewash were crushed as Australia won the fourth ODI by three wickets. We take a look at the ratings for both sides.
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David Warner – 3/10 – Once again, a disappointing performance for Warner. The opener could only make 13 before being dismissed by Chris Woakes.
Travis Head – 9/10 – Entrusted with opening after replacing Aaron Finch at the top of the order, Head certainly repaid the faith. His score of 96 was vital as he led the Australian side to victory.
Cameron White – 2/10 – A poor performance again from White as he made just 3 runs.
Steve Smith – 2/10 – Smith highlighted Australia’s struggles against spin in the series, dismissed by Rashid after making just 4 from 16 balls.
Mitchell Marsh – 6/10 – Adding some important runs in the middle order for Australia, Marsh made 32 from 30 balls, supporting Head to help see Australia home. Marsh also bowled a few very useful overs with the ball.
Marcus Stoinis – 3/10 – After a string of good performances, Stoinis could not follow them up as he only made 14 in Adelaide.
Tim Paine – 5/10 – Australia’s wicketkeeper helped see the side home, making a very useful 25 runs at the end of the innings. Paine provided stability as both Head and Pat Cummins departed as Australia edged closer to their target.
Pat Cummins – 9/10 – Despite being ran out for just three as Australia neared their victory, Cummins was an absolute menace with the ball, picking up 4-24 from his 10 overs, including the wickets of Alex Hales and Joe Root.
Andrew Tye – 7/10 – Tye picked up three crucial wickets late in the game as England rallied despite their earlier collapse.
Adam Zampa – 2/10 – A disappointing game for Zampa as England’s bowlers attacked the spinner, finishing as one of the more expensive Australian bowlers.
Josh Hazlewood – 8/10 – Three wickets and three ducks for Hazlewood, ripping through the England top order and dismissing Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler for 0.
Jason Roy – 1/10 – A two-ball duck for Roy before being dismissed by Hazlewood.
Jonny Bairstow – 1/10 – Like his opening partner, Bairstow could not trouble the score as England collapsed early on.
Alex Hales – 2/10 – Despite being the only batsman in the top four to make a score, Hales could only make 3 before being bowled by Cummins.
Joe Root – 1/10 – Talisman Root became the third duck of the innings as Cummins claimed his second victim.
Eoin Morgan – 5/10 – Morgan offered resistance to the collapse happening before him, making a slow and measured 33 to try and steer England to a respectable score.
Jos Buttler – 1/10 – Buttler was dismissed by Hazlewood for 0 with an absolute peach of a delivery.
Moeen Ali – 5/10 – Like Morgan, Ali fought back against the collapse, making a slow but necessary 33.
Chris Woakes – 8/10 – Woakes was the only batsman to contribute anything substantial to the innings, and saved England from embarrassment. The all-rounder made 78 to help England towards their final total, as well as picking up the early wicket of Warner.
Adil Rashid – 8/10 – By far England’s most productive bowler, Rashid exploited Australia’s trouble against spin, finishing with figures of 3-49.
Tom Curran – 6/10 – A very useful score of 35 at the end of the innings from Curran helped England towards their total, as well as picking up a wicket from his two overs.
Mark Wood – 4/10 – Wood has been England’s best bowler in the series, but struggled to make much of an impact, finishing as the most expensive England bowler in the match.
England and Australia play the final ODI match of the series in Perth on Sunday 28th January.
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