Gillette ODI Series
Australia v England
3rd ODI SCG, January 21
England Lead 3-0
England struck a blow to Australia’s World Cup hopes, winning the series 3-0 at the SCG.
Australia brought back their big guns in the form of Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, and spinner Adam Zampa, but they simply were not good enough against the old enemy. England would have regained some pride after a difficult tour down-under and will be looking to whitewash Australia.
Australia won the toss and chose to bowl on a two-paced SCG wicket. The England openers of Roy and Bairstow struggled to get England off to their trademark fast start losing wickets at regular intervals. Eoin Morgan made 41 in the middle order and Joe Root (27) was dismissed for the first time in the series.
Jos Buttler came in with England struggling at 5-172. He combined with Woakes for a match-turning partnership. The pair took 24 off the 48th over bowled by Pat Cummins. Butter bought up his century off the final ball of the innings, and Woakes clubbed a half century. Australia was sloppy with the ball, bowling 13 wides and a no-ball.
Like the first two matches Australia’s innings never really got going. Warner fell early, slashing to point and Cameron White struggled to replicate his BBL form. Finch fell to Rashid and from there Australia lost wickets when it mattered most. The innings turned when Smith was controversially given out caught behind off Wood. The ball appeared to bounce before Buttler’s gloves, but with a soft signal of out, there wasn’t enough evidence for the third umpire to overturn the call.
Mitchell Marsh and Marcus Stoinis threatened to get Australia over the line, but it proved to be a bridge too far. The World Cup holders have had a barren run in white-ball cricket over the last 12 months. Australia has struggled to work out their best line-up in the short form of the game and appear to be struggling with an Ashes hangover.
The Australians will be playing for pride over the final two games, with England looking to whitewash the series.
Match Summary Eng 6-302 (Buttler 100*, Woakes 53*) defeated Australia 6-28 (Finch 62, Stoinis 56)
2017-18 International Fixtures
Gillette ODI Series Australia v England
Australia ODI squad: Steve Smith (c), David Warner (vc), Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Tim Paine, Jhye Richardson, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Cameron White, Adam Zampa.
England ODI squad: Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Alex Hales, Dawid Malan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.
First ODI MCG, January 14.
Second ODI Gabba, January 19.
Third ODI SCG, January 21.
Fourth ODI Adelaide Oval, January 26.
Fifth ODI Perth Stadium, January 28.