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 in their One Day International on Friday.
Needing a report chase at Old Trafford of 295 to win, England had been lowered to 13-2 by Hazlewood after which 57-4 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 received throughout to his proper in cow nook to take a catch on the dive to take away Bairstow.
Billings pushed by means of for a defiant and progressive hundred however ran out of time in the face of some stable bowling beneath the lights, ultimately dropping his wicket off the ultimate ball of the match. England completed on 275-9.
Hazlewood bowled so properly early that he was given eight straight overs on the high 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 in the take a look at workforce however typically rested in white-ball cricket. “I was lucky to get a couple of early ones and keep them under pressure.”
Australia took the lead in 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 in the nets on Thursday. Smith has handed a concussion take a look at and will probably be assessed once more on Saturday forward of the second match in Manchester on Sunday.
Put into bat in 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 in the twenty fourth over however recovered thanks to a stand of 126 runs by Glenn Maxwell (77 off 59 balls) and Mitch Marsh (73).
They progressively turned the strain again on the bowlers. Marsh performed an vital anchor function whereas Maxwell opened up, hitting spinner Adil Rashid twice over the fence. The subsequent ball after his second six earned Maxwell his twentieth ODI fifty.
Maxwell hit paceman Jofra Archer for consecutive sixes in the forty fourth over however chopped the subsequent ball on. Following his first fifty in 2½ years, Marsh departed lbw to Mark Wood to finish an innings that included six boundaries.
Mitchell Starc smashed a last-ball six to end 19 not out and set England a extremely aggressive whole on a gradual pitch, the kind England typically struggles on — as acknowledged by captain Eoin Morgan earlier than the match.
Jason Roy (3) and Joe Root (1) missed the current T20 sequence between the groups and had been out cheaply to Hazlewood, who caught and bowled Roy and received an edge behind off Root. Root, in specific, was labored over by the quick bowler earlier than his nearly inevitable demise.
Dangermen Morgan (23) and Jos Buttler (1) then fell to Zampa, that means England was all the time properly behind.
Bairstow dug in to attain his thirteenth and slowest ODI fifty — off 78 balls — earlier than opting to go for some large hits to maintain the run rate manageable. He’d hit 4 sixes by the time he holed out to Hazlewood off Zampa.
After Moeen Ali departed for six to give Hazlewood his third wicket, Australia was into the tail and was by no means actually in hazard of letting England again into the match.
Billings was taking part in in the absence of Ben Stokes — one in all simply two gamers lacking from England’s World Cup-winning lineup — and took his uncommon probability.
“I’m clearly very happy, however in a dropping trigger it’s blended emotions,” Billings said.
“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.”
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