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Review: Australia v England (2nd ODI)

— 19 January 2018

Liam Plunkett claimed his 100th wicket in one-day international cricket today, Jonny Bairstow top-scored with 60 and all-round Joe Root claimed the man-of-the-match award as England saw off Australia again in Brisbane.

England are now 2-0 up in their five-match Gillette ODI series, which is showing plenty of similarities to the recent Test series.

One side is producing flashes of decent cricket without doing enough, while the other is keeping their foot on the throat of the opposition and finding a way in the key moments.

Thankfully, we are on the right end of it, and you wouldn’t back against a series whitewash after this four-wicket win with 5.4 overs to spare.

The next match is in Sydney on Sunday.

  • Yorkshire trio Plunkett, Adil Rashid and Root shared five wickets as the hosts made a below par 270-9, with Rashid and Root claiming two apiece.

    Root’s 2-31 from seven overs of off-spin were the pick of the England figures, and he claimed the notable scalps of Steve Smith lbw and Travis Head caught and bowled before hitting 46 not out.

    Although Head is a former overseas player at Emerald Headingley having played briefly with the county in 2016, he did not play alongside Root at any stage.

    Rashid will no doubt be keen to improve his economy rate from the first two matches. He conceded 73 from his 10 overs at Melbourne with two wickets and 71 today. But his couple of wickets were crucial in putting the skids under the Aussie innings.

    They were going nicely at 209-3 in the 40th over with Aaron Finch still there having reached his second successive century.

    But Rashid had Mitch Marsh stumped for 39 and Marcus Stoinis caught behind for four. Sandwiched in between came Plunkett’s 100th – that of Finch caught at mid-on. And in a flash, Australia were 216-6 in the 42nd over.

    From there, they struggled for momentum, and England didn’t let them off the hook, despite a middle order wobble.

    Finch, meanwhile, has been Australia’s standout performer in the first two matches with his ninth and tenth ODI centuries. But nobody else has backed up another ex-White Rose overseas, a Championship winner in 2014 and 2015.

  • Despite the early loss of Jason Roy in the chase, England made good progress thanks to second-wicket pair Bairstow and Alex Hales (57), who shared 117.

    They powerfully put England into a handy position and allowed them to survive slipping from 119-1 to 227-6, with Mitchell Starc claiming four wickets.

    Root was still there, however, and calmly steered the ship with help from bruising Jos Buttler (42) and Chris Woakes (39 not out) cameos.

    This was England’s first ODI win against Australia at the Gabba since 1999.

    Root said: “It was enjoyable today. I didn’t think I’d bowl seven overs at the start of the day. I’m very pleased with how it’s gone.

    “It’s always enjoyable to get wickets at the top of the innings, and the form Steve’s been in this summer, it was enjoyable to finally see the back of him. Hopefully that continues.

    “Whenever you come off the back of a series loss, you want to prove a point.

    “This is a great chance for us to how how good a one-day side we are in different conditions away from home. Leading into that World Cup next year, we want to set a benchmark for ourselves and to keep improving.

    “These two games have been very good in that respect. We have managed to bowl well and play convincingly with the bat.

    “The key at the end was to keep our composure. We knew we were only one partnership away.”