Australia beat England by 19 runs in 1st ODI

Published: 10:46 PM, 11 Sep, 2020
Australia beat England by 19 runs in 1st ODI
Caption: Australia's Glenn Maxwell bats during the first ODI between England and Australia at Old Trafford in Manchester on September 11, 2020. AFP
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Australia beat England by 19 runs to win the first one-day international at Old Trafford on Friday.

World champions England, set 295 for victory, finished on 275-9 as Australia defeated their arch-rivals for just the third time in 14 ODIs.

Fast bowler Josh Hazlewood reduced the hosts to 22-2 on his way to 3-26 before leg-spinner Adam Zampa (4-55) struck twice in two overs to leave England in dire straits at 57-4. But Sam Billings, one of just two players in England's XI who didn't appear in last year's World Cup final win, hit 118 -- a  maiden ODI hundred -- after his fifth-wicket partnership of 113 with opener Jonny Bairstow (84) gave the hosts hope of an unlikely victory.

Earlier, England fast bowlers Jofra Archer and Mark Wood shared six wickets in their first one-day international since last year's World Cup final before Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Marsh revived Australia's innings at Old Trafford on Friday.

Australia were in danger of being dismissed cheaply at 123-5 but finished on 294-9 after losing the toss in the first of a three-match series.

Their recovery was built on a stand of 126 between all-rounders Maxwell (77) and Marsh (73). Archer, who bowled the decisive Super Over in England's dramatic World Cup final win over New Zealand at Lord's, struck an early blow when he removed dangerman David Warner on his way to figures of 3-57 from his maximum 10 overs.

And Wood was on target first ball in a return of 3-54.  Archer produced a superb 90 mph delivery that clipped the top of middle and off stumps to bowl opener Warner for just six.

First-change Wood then struck with his opening ball of the match when Australia captain Aaron Finch wafted outside off stump and was caught behind by Jos Buttler -- also making his first ODI appearance since the World Cup final.

England's team featured nine survivors from both an eight-wicket semi-final win over Australia -- their last ODI clash against their arch-rivals -- and the final itself.

Only all-rounder Ben Stokes, on compassionate leave with his ill father in New Zealand, and fast bowler Liam Plunkett, who hasn't played international cricket since the final, were missing from that celebrated line-up.

Marcus Stoinis, in at number three after star batsman Steve Smith was ruled out of this match following a head knock batting in the nets on Thursday from a throw down by a member of the coaching staff,  square-cut Wood for four.

But the Durham quick had his revenge when he found Stoinis's outside edge and wicketkeeper Buttler, with no slip in place, held a fine two-handed catch diving to his right to remove Stoinis for 43.

Rashid at the double

Australia had struggled against Adil Rashid during a 2-1 Twenty20 series defeat in the initial part of their tour and the leg-spinner posed problems again as he reduced the visitors to 123-5 inside 24 overs.

Marnus Labuschagne was lbw for 21 as he became the latest Australia batsman to fall victim to Rashid's googly before Alex Carey holed out from a top-edged sweep.

Rashid (2-55) also twice beat Buttler with sharply spun leg-breaks that went for byes.

Marsh completed a 75-ball fifty, with Maxwell reaching the landmark in just 43 balls that included a huge six off Rashid before he whipped Archer behind square for another six.

But an Australian sixth-wicket record partnership against England at this level, surpassing the 112 shared by Simon O'Donnell and Mark Waugh at Sydney in 1990/91, ended when Maxwell played on to Archer as he tried to hook.

Marsh was lbw to Wood before Mitchell Starc hit the last ball of the innings, from Chris Woakes, for six.

The three-match day/night series continues at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Brief scores

Australia 294-9, 50 overs (G Maxwell 77, M Marsh 73; M Wood 3-54, J Archer 3-57)

England 275-9, 50 overs (S Billings 118, J Bairstow 84; A Zampa 4-55, J Hazlewood 3-26)

Result: Australia won by 19 runs

Series: Australia lead three-match series 1-0


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