Aussies pum­mel Eng­land in Ade­laide

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - SPORT -

AUS­TRALIA romped to a three-wicket vic­tory in the fourth one-day in­ter­na­tional at Ade­laide Oval yes­ter­day af­ter threat­en­ing to dis­miss Eng­land for the low­est score in the his­tory of the for­mat by re­duc­ing the tourists to eight for five in­side seven overs.

Chris Woakes scored 78 as Eng­land re­cov­ered to post a score of 196 in their 50 overs but opener Travis Head’s 96 helped Aus­tralia to 197-7 and a com­fort­able con­so­la­tion win with 13 overs to spare.

The tourists were full of con­fi­dence af­ter win­ning the first three en­coun­ters to take an unas­sail­able lead in the five-match series but it soon dis­si­pated when they were put in to bat un­der over­cast skies..

Pat Cum­mins (4-24) and Josh Ha­zle­wood (3-39) made light of the ab­sence of their rested fel­low pace­man Mitchell Starc and ripped through the Eng­land top or­der.

Ja­son Roy de­parted off the sec­ond ball with Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root and Jos But­tler swiftly fol­low­ing him to de­part, all caught out for ducks.

Alex Hales at least got three runs on the board be­fore Cum­mins took out his off stump and Zim­babwe’s record low in­nings of 35 against Sri Lanka in 2004 looked un­der se­ri­ous threat.

Skip­per Eoin Mor­gan and all-rounder Moeen Ali, who both scored 33, put on 53 to ease the tourists away from that ig­nominy and Woakes’s fine in­nings added a gloss of de­cency to the tally.

Aus­tralia made a bit of a meal of the run chase and Smith con­tin­ued his poor series with only four runs af­ter he was well caught in the cor­don by Root off Adil Rashid (3-49)

Head fell four runs short of a century when he slapped the ball straight to Mor­gan at mid-on off Chris Wood.

Tim Paine got Aus­tralia home with his un­beaten 25 not out but not un­til he had run out Cum­mins to leave the hosts seven wick­ets down and 11 runs short of their tar­get. – Reuters

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