Glenn Maxwell and Alex Carey both scored superb centuries as Australia sealed a dramatic series win over world champions England in the third one-day international at Old Trafford on Wednesday. Australia, chasing a target of 303 runs, dismissed Maxwell at 73-5 when he came to the crease. But Australia’s 212-run sixth-wicket stand between Carey (106) and Maxwell (108) gave the tourists a 2–1 success as England got their first home. One day series defeat In five years.
Earlier, Johnny Bairstow had revived England from a depth of 0–2 with a brilliant century that saw him lead 302–7, while left-arm paceman Mitchell Starc looked Jason Roy after being seen from the other end. And the test that rooted out. First two balls of the game.
Sam Billings (57) and Chris Woakes (53 not out) also scored valuable fifties.
At this stage, Maxwell’s century in 113 matches was just his second century, the wicketkeeper’s first century in his 39th ODI in Carrie’s innings.
But when Maxwell dismissed leg-spinner Adil Rashid, Australia still needed 18 runs off 15 balls. When Carrie was dismissed for 106 off 10 balls, he was caught by a great dive off Joffra Archer’s ball and caught Mark Wood.
New batsman Stark, however, hit a six off Rashid’s first ball and won with a four off two balls.
Maxwell told Sky Sports, “It probably wasn’t the ideal situation when I came, but being the last batsman, I think I had little license for it from the beginning.”
“We thought that if we could take it as deeply as ourselves and Alex, we might have a chance at the back end.”
– ‘Very good for us’ –
Captain of england Eoin Morgan Australia said “was great for us”, adding: “Losing two wickets with no runs and then posting for over 300 is very positive for us. I think Johnny Bairstow was excellent today.
“Carey and Maxwell performed well.”
England left Carey with a nine-ball catch to an Archer no-ball as they finished the coronovirus-hit season with their first series defeat in 18 matches in all formats.
Australia’s success was all the more credible as star batsman Steve Smith lost all three matches after suffering a head injury in the nets.
Pace bowler Vox followed Australia after taking the first two wickets, with captain Aaron Finch LBW and Marcus Stoinis taking the lead at midwicket.
And Australia were 55–4, when Morgan saw Root’s decision to be rewarded for taking two wickets for three runs in six balls by the occasional off-spinner.
Root Clean bowled a fine ball to David Warner (24), who went to the left-handed ankle before speeding away.
He then got all-rounder Mitchell Marsh caught by wicketkeeper Jose Butler.
And when Marnus Lebuschgne was run out in the 17th over, Australia were 73-5.
But Maxwell, the biggest of Australia’s recognized batsmen, took advantage of a small outpost and completed an 84-ball century with the seventh six off medium-pacer Tom Curren.
– Dramatic Beginning –
Morgan won the toss and batted on the fresh pitch.
But on the very first ball, Roy gave Stark a drive to the backward point.
The next ball, Stark lbw Root with an inswinger, the batsman not bothering with a review.
The left-handed Morgan gave Billings his best with Bairstow before the hat-trick, completing fifty runs in 53 balls, before taking three wickets for the in-leg spinner. Adam zampa.
Bairstow went to his century in style with legside at 90 mph from Pat Cummins.
Bairstow’s tenth century in 116 ODIs was from 116 balls, which included 10 fours and two sixes before being bowled by Cummins’ slow ball.
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