Australia Hammer England to Win Tri-Series
Australia 278-8 (Maxwell 95) beat
England 166-10 (Bopara 33) by 112 runs.
ODI Tri-Series Final, Perth
Glenn Maxwell scored a pivotal 95 and then came back to pick up four wickets in a man-of-the-match performance as Australia defeated England in a one-sided final of the Carlton Series in Perth by 112 runs.
England had a decent idea of the conditions after having knocked India out at the same venue couple of days back. However, all that experience didn’t come to much use.
Maxwell showed ominous signs of form and maturity ahead of the World Cup to smash 95 in 98 balls to resurrect the Australian innings from 60 for four to 201 for five, putting on 141 runs for the fifth wicket with Mitchell Marsh, who scored a 60 in 68 balls.
Australia then received a late flourish from James Faulkner, who smashed an unbeaten half-century in just 24 balls.
While Maxwell’s innings had 15 boundaries but no sixes, Faulkner managed to hit four of each to make sure Australia had an intimidating 278 on the board.
Steven Smith was the other contributor to the scorecard with 40, before he was stumped off Moeen Ali’s bowling.
While most England bowlers did reasonably well, James Anderson was the pick with a return of two for 38 and Stuart Broad took three for 55.
It was a bad day at office for Chris Woakes who was plundered for 89 runs in his 10 overs, including a nightmarish 49th over, where he was taken for 24 runs by Faulkner, including three sixes.
Australia managed more than 75 runs in their last 10 overs.
England’s chase didn’t get off to the best possible start either, but unlike Australia, they never managed to put up a sizeable partnership at any juncture, 32 being the highest for the eighth wicket between Ravi Bopara and Broad (24).
England lost wickets in successive deliveries twice, Eoin Morgan (0) and Ali (26) to Johnson and then Jos Buttler (17) and Woakes (0) to Maxwell, who had done enough to walk away with the man-of-the-match award.
Morgan was particularly disappointing with the bat as he got out on a golden duck.
Bopara top scored for England with 33, most of the runs coming in a ninth-wicket partnership, by which time the match was already gone from England's grasp.
Among the bowlers, Josh Hazlewood was the pick with two for 13 in 6.1 overs.
Mitchell Johnson’s return was comforting too as he hit his straps straightaway with returns of three for 27 in seven overs.
It was Maxwell’s day even with the ball as he rocked the England lower order including the late resistance picking up four wickets in total, Australia winning the match by 112 runs.
This comprehensive win now apparently endorses Australia as one of the top contenders to lift the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup.
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