England find ODI revenge

After losing the Ashes 4-0, England rebounded in the ODI series, winning 4-1.

First ODI, MCG, 14 January: England by five wickets.

England opened the ODI series with a five wicket win in Melbourne.

Chasing Australia’s 8/304, Jason Roy’s massive 180 – supported by Joe Root’s unbeaten 91, helped England to 5/308 with seven balls remaining. Roy and Root compiled 221 for the third wicket. Pat Cummins (2/63) and Mitchell Starc (2/71) took four wickets between them.

Aaron Finch scored 107 in Australia’s innings, compiling 118 with Mitchell March (50) for the fourth wicket, while Marcus Stoinis made 60. Liam Plunkett (3/71) and Adil Rashid (2/73) took the bulk of the wickets.

Second ODI, Gabba, 19 January: England by four wickets.

England went 2-0 up in Brisbane, again chasing a big Australian score. This time they pursued 9/270, reaching 6/274 in 44.2 overs, thanks to Jonny Bairstow (60), Alex Hales (57), Root (46 not out), Jos Buttler (42) and Chris Woakes (39 not out). Hales and Bairstow compiled 117 for the second wicket. Starc took 4/59 and Jhye Richardson 2/57.

Finch scored another ton (106), while Root (2/31) and Rashid (2/71) were England’s best bowlers.

Third ODI, SCG, 21 January: England by 16 runs.

England secured the ODI series with a 16 run win in Sydney.

This time England batted first, with an even 100 to Buttler – supported by Eoin Morgan (41), Bairstow (39) and Root (27) – helping England to 6/302. Josh Hazlewood took 2/58.

Australia (6/286) fell short, despite Finch’s 62, Stoinis’ 56, Mitchell Marsh’s 55 and captain Steven Smith’s 45. Mark Wood (2/46), Rashid (2/51) and Woakes (2/57) took all the wickets.

Fourth ODI, Adelaide Oval, Australia Day: Australia by three wickets.

Australia finally won an ODI – appropriately on Australia Day – though it wasn’t as easy as it should have been.

Batting first, England were in huge trouble at 5/8 in the seventh over. Woakes (78), Tom Curran (35), Morgan (33) and Moeen Ali (33) dragged England to 196 in 44.5 overs. Cummins took 4/24, Andrew Tye 3/33 and Hazlewood 3/39.

While Australia lost seven wickets in the chase, Travis Head’s 96 – supported by Mitchell Marsh (32) and Tim Paine (25 not out), guided Australia to 7/197 with 13 overs to spare. Rashid continued his brilliant form with 3/49.

Fifth ODI, Optus Stadium, Perth, 28 January: England by three runs.

England secured a 4-1 series win, beating Australia by 12 runs at Perth’s new Optus Stadium.

Defending 259, Curran took 5/35 and Ali 3/55, dismissing Australia for 247. Stoinis scored 87, supported by Glenn Maxwell (34) and Paine (34).

Root (62), Roy (49), Bairstow (44) and Hales (35) top scored for England. Tye took 5/46.

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