Hazlewood stars as Australia beat England by 19 runs

Manchester, September 12

Josh Hazlewood bowled brilliantly for 3-26 and took a diving catch for the important thing wicket of Jonny Bairstow to assist Australia beat England by 19 runs regardless of a maiden century by Sam Billings of their one-day worldwide right here.

Needing a document chase at Old Trafford of 295 to win on Friday, England was diminished to 13-2 by Hazlewood after which 57-Four when legspinner Adam Zampa took two of his 4 wickets.

Bairstow (84) and Sam Billings (118 off 109 balls) placed on 103 for the fifth wicket, however their partnership ended when Hazlewood obtained throughout to his proper in cow nook to take a catch on the dive to take away Bairstow.

Billings pushed by way of for a defiant and progressive hundred however ran out of time within the face of some stable bowling underneath the lights, ultimately dropping his wicket off the ultimate ball of the match. England completed on 275-9.

Hazlewood bowled so effectively early that he was given eight straight overs on the prime of the innings, after which he had 2-21 with three maidens.

“There was a little bit there with the new ball and I made the most of it,” stated the paceman, who’s a mainstay within the check group however generally rested in white-ball cricket.        

“I was lucky to get a couple of early ones and keep them under pressure.”      

Australia took the lead within the three-match sequence towards the world champions with out star batsman Steve Smith, who was rested as a precaution after being hit on the top within the nets on Thursday. Smith has handed a concussion check and might be assessed once more on Saturday forward of the second match in Manchester on Sunday.

Put into bat within the groups’ first ODI since final yr’s World Cup, Australia was additionally in hassle — although not in fairly so grave a place as England — at 123-5 within the 24th over however recovered due to a stand of 126 runs by Glenn Maxwell (77 off 59 balls) and Mitch Marsh (73).

They regularly turned the stress again on the bowlers. Marsh performed an essential anchor function whereas Maxwell opened up, hitting spinner Adil Rashid twice over the fence. The subsequent ball after his second six earned Maxwell his 20th ODI fifty.

Maxwell hit paceman Jofra Archer for consecutive sixes within the 44th over however chopped the following ball on. Following his first fifty in two and half years, Marsh departed lbw to Mark Wood to finish an innings that included six boundaries.

Mitchell Starc smashed a last-ball six to complete 19 not out and set England a extremely aggressive whole on a sluggish pitch, the sort England generally struggles on — as acknowledged by captain Eoin Morgan earlier than the match.

Jason Roy (3) and Joe Root (1) missed the latest T20 sequence between the groups and had been out cheaply to Hazlewood, who caught and bowled Roy and obtained an edge behind off Root. Root, particularly, was labored over by the quick bowler earlier than his virtually inevitable demise.

Dangermen Morgan (23) and Jos Buttler (1) then fell to Zampa, that means England was at all times effectively behind.

Bairstow dug in to succeed in his 13th and slowest ODI fifty — off 78 balls — earlier than opting to go for some massive hits to maintain the run charge manageable. He’d hit 4 sixes by the point he holed out to Hazlewood off Zampa.

After Moeen Ali departed for six to offer Hazlewood his third wicket, Australia was into the tail and was by no means actually in peril of letting England again into the match.

Billings was enjoying within the absence of Ben Stokes — certainly one of simply two gamers lacking from England’s World Cup-winning lineup — and took his uncommon likelihood.

“I’m obviously very pleased, but in a losing cause it’s mixed feelings,” Billings stated.

“It is one of the hardest teams in world sport to get into at the moment. I’ve put too much pressure on myself in the past.” AP 

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