Australia vs England: All-round Performance Helps Visitors Take 2-0 Series Lead


Root led the tourists to a bruising 4-0 defeat in the Test series but since surrendering the urn he has personified a glaring shift in fortunes, coming to the fore in handsome one-day victories at the MCG and the Gabba.

Jonny Bairstow - 7/10 - Classy 60 off 56 balls gets England off to an ideal start in their chase.

It looked like your typical Gabba ODI pitch: a sweat-stained white shirt shade of mock concrete which, they say, offers something for bowlers early on.

Alex Hales - 7/10 - Timely return to form after being left out of the team for off-field matters at the end of the English summer.

Joe Root and Jos Buttler rebuilt before Mitchell Starc removed the wicketkeeper and Moeen Ali in quick succession. They left out leg-spinner Adam Zampa while Eoin Morgan chucked the ball to Joe Root, whose seven overs went for 31 and included the wicket of his Ashes nemesis Steve Smith. Deserves credit for bringing Root on and rotating his bowlers intelligently.

"(A total of) 270's not good enough, scoring 60 off last 10 is not good enough against a quality line-up like England".

But the moment Marsh tried to accelerate he chose the wrong ball to advance at Rashid, running so far down the wicket that Buttler could take two swings with his gloves before completing the stumping. Out for 1 to an excellent yorker from Starc.

Finch displayed his all-round game, crunching Rashid down the ground for his sole maximum, sweeping effectively, pulling anything short and easing through the gears as he sealed a composed hundred from 104 deliveries.

Smith, aware of Australia's poor run, was quick to point out: "In the last 10 games, we have gotten ourselves into reasonable positions but have not taken advantage of them, like today". The hosts though made a comeback with twin strikes as both the set batsmen were sent back by Richardson.

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David Warner - 5/10 - Played some crisp drives, cuts and pulls during 35 off 40 balls, but needed to stay in and make a much bigger contribution for his team.

Australian selector Mark Waugh said on Sky Sports radio on Friday that Lyon was "bowling too well to ignore", while Smith agreed he deserved to be in discussions for a recall.

Steve Smith expects to continue hearing the calls for Nathan Lyon's return to white ball cricket amid Australia's worst 10-game span in one-day global history. Root shortly after claimed struggling No.4 Travis Head (7) caught-and-bowled as Australia was tangled by the England Test skipper's nagging accuracy.

Mitchell Marsh - 5/10 - Put together a promising innings of 36 from 43 balls, then stupidly wandered down the pitch to Rashid, missed the ball and was stumped by a mile. Dismissed by Rashid for 4, and then got hammered for 34 runs in 4.2 overs by England's lower-middle order. Hard to judge his impact in such a short time.

Thereafter, Cameron White (15 not out) and stumper Alex Carey (27) guided the hosts to some sort of respectability with a 39-run seventh wicket stand.

"AJ (Tye) making his debut bowled beautifully in a pretty hard time when Jason Roy was on fire and Joe Root was playing well", Finch said. Do not be fooled by the four-wicket margin.

Finch's second successive century was again not enough and The Australian penned their frustrations as the opener's heroics came to nothing.

Jhye Richardson - 7/10 - Exciting debut from the 21-year-old.

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