The England team continued their consistency in the 50-overs form as they took 2-0 lead in the five-match series against Australia. The visitors chased down 270 with relative ease in the end and thus won the match with four wickets in hand. Earlier, Australia managed to put 270 on the board after electing to bat first.
The host’s opener Aaron Finch continued his dream form as he scored his second consecutive and tenth One Day International hundred. Australia once again lost track of the proceedings and the England bowlers were able to bounce back in the later stages of host’s batting.
England continued its domination in the One-Day form.
Australia was looking good for a score of above 300 but like in the first match, they lost their way. English bowlers kept chipping in with wickets and didn’t let the hosts off the hook.
England didn’t get off to a great start as they lost their last match hero Jason Roy for just 2 runs in the very first over bowled by Mitchell Starc. But Alex Hales and Jonny Bairstow steadied the ship as they together put an alliance of 117 runs. Both the right-handers made use of the fielding restrictions to just time the ball and scored their fifties in quick time.
But England lost both these batsmen in quick succession. Morgan started his knock on a positive note before he chopped on to a Mitchell Starc delivery. Jos Buttler batted in a way he only knows and scored a quickfire 42 off 32 balls. Starc gave some nervous moments to the tourists when he scalped Buttler and Moeen Ali in the last over of his spell.
Chris Woakes came out with the aggressive approach and took his side with English Test skipper Joe Root over the line. The third One-Day will now be played at Sydney on January 21 as Australia will look to stay afloat.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
These English batters keep hitting. What did Bayliss do to take out that fear factor? Some of these players seemed to lack self belief before the 2015 WC. Drastic change.
— Bharath Ramaraj (@Fancricket12) January 19, 2018
— Michael Clarke (@MClarke23) January 19, 2018
— David Hussey (@DavidHussey29) January 19, 2018
— Marizanne Kapp (@kappie777) January 19, 2018
I will say it again … This is England’s best ever collective group of One Day Cricketers … #OnOn
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) January 19, 2018
Let’s pick some bowlers next game bowlers 🎩 #Specialists
— Damien Fleming (@bowlologist) January 19, 2018
Australia are obviously struggling but this is a formidable England team. Maybe the best touring ODI team in Oz since SA in the late 2000s
— Tristan Lavalette (@stumped4aduck) January 19, 2018
Australia last 10 completed ODIs
L, L, L, W, L, L, L, L, L, L#AUSvENG
— Jasveer Singh Kharra (@imjsk27) January 19, 2018
Just came inside to get out of the Melb heat & catch up on the action in Brisbane ! What happened to Aust as they only made 270 ? England bowl well ? Congrats to @AaronFinch5 on another 100 ! Why is Aust not playing a spinner & why is Head bowling 3 overs inside the first 10 ?
— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) January 19, 2018
Lots of talk about teams winning away from home…this England ODI team is doing it so well here in Australia.
So so so very good!
— KP (@KP24) January 19, 2018