By Michael Stafford-Jones
- Two wickets apiece for Root and Rashid help England restrict Australia to 270-9
- Bairstow, Hales, Root, Buttler and Woakes score most of the runs during successful chase
- Australia decide not to pick a specialist spinner and their part-timers struggle
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – England go 2-0 up in the series after many of their players make important contributions to steer their side to victory over Australia in the 2nd ODI.
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Jason Roy – 2/10 – Fell for Australia’s trap and was caught at deep mid-wicket off the bowling of Mitchell Starc for 2. Contributed well in the field with two catches and good out-fielding.
Jonny Bairstow – 7/10 – Classy 60 off 56 balls gets England off to an ideal start in their chase. Looks comfortable as an opener in ODI cricket.
Alex Hales – 7/10 – Timely return to form after being left out of the team for off-field matters at the end of the English summer. Scored 57 during important partnership of 117 with Bairstow.
Joe Root – 9/10 – Excellent all-round performance. Dismissed Steve Smith and Travis Head during 7 overs of tidy off-spin, took a smart slip catch off Moeen Ali’s bowling, and then guided the team home with 46 not out.
Eoin Morgan – 5/10 – Hit one brilliant six and a couple of fours during useful cameo of 21 before chopping on tamely when Starc returned to the attack. Deserves credit for bringing Root on and rotating his bowlers intelligently.
Jos Buttler – 7/10 – Blazed the ball to the boundary five times during quick-fire 42 off 32 balls that carried England close to the winning line. Took a catch and effected a stumping off Adil Rashid.
Moeen Ali – 6/10 – Got the crucial wicket of Warner and bowled with good control for the second match running. Out for 1 to an excellent yorker from Starc.
Chris Woakes – 8/10 – Very good all-round display. Took a wicket and bowled with superb discipline to concede just 37 runs in 9 overs on an unhelpful pitch for seamers, ran out Alex Carey with a well-aimed kick and then smashed 39 not out from 27 balls to power England over the winning line.
Adil Rashid – 6/10 – Dismissed Mitch Marsh and Marcus Stoinis to destroy Australia’s middle-order momentum, which compensated for the fact that he was England’s most expensive bowler for the second match running.
Liam Plunkett – 6/10 – Bowled well to take 1-43 in 8 overs on a wicket that offered him very little assistance. Removed Aaron Finch by deceiving him with a slightly slower delivery.
Mark Wood – 3/10 – Proved to be far less effective on a Gabba pitch that offered considerably less bounce than he got in Melbourne. Did not take a wicket and went for 55 runs in his 9 overs.
Aaron Finch – 9/10 – Batted superbly to score another excellent hundred, but will be disappointed that he did not go on and guide Australia to a bigger score. Needs the other batsmen to back him up.
David Warner – 5/10 – Played some crisp drives, cuts and pulls during 35 off 40 balls, but needed to stay in and make a much bigger contribution for his team.
Steve Smith – 3/10 – Looked completely sure of himself in The Ashes, but looks lost in the ODIs. Missed a straight ball from Root to get out for 18 and is not as good at one-day captaincy as Morgan.
Travis Head – 1/10 – Failed with the bat when he was caught and bowled by Root for 7, then was very expensive in the seven overs he bowled.
Mitchell Marsh – 5/10 – Put together a promising innings of 36 from 43 balls, then stupidly wandered down the pitch to Rashid, missed the ball and was stumped by a mile.
Marcus Stoinis – 1/10 – A day to forget for the all-rounder. Dismissed by Rashid for 4, and then got hammered for 34 runs in 4.2 overs by England’s lower-middle order.
Cameron White – 5/10 – Brought in to score lower-middle order runs for Australia and made a decent start – 15 not out off 21 balls – before the innings was over. Difficult to judge his impact in such a short time.
Alex Carey – 6/10 – Swept well off Rashid and batted impressively during a high-tempo 27 on debut before White called him through for a risky run and Woakes ran him out.
Mitchell Starc – 9/10 – Brilliant display of fast-bowling to take 4-59 in a losing cause on an unhelpful pitch for seamers. Took four big wickets: Roy, Morgan, Buttler and Moeen.
Andrew Tye – 4/10 – Bowled with good discipline again but his second successive failure to take a wicket will worry Australia.
Jhye Richardson – 7/10 – Exciting debut from the 21-year-old. Took 2-59 as he removed Bairstow and Hales when both were well-set to give Australia a chance of getting back into the match.
The 3rd ODI between England and Australia begins in Sydney at 3.20am GMT on Sunday 21st January.
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