Australia cruised to a six-wicket victory over England in their first ODI



Adelaide: A fine century from Dawood Malan was in vain as Australia sought a six-wicket victory over England in their first One Day International match at Adelaide Oval on Thursday.

Malan hit an elegant 134 as England made 287-9, but didn’t look enough on a flat batting track that did nothing for the bowlers.

Australia were largely untroubled as they hit the target with 3.1 overs remaining.

“It was an amazing performance, a team performance,” said Australian captain Pat Cummins.

“We came here really fresh and eager to come back to it.”

The Australian openers had made England’s attack light and they were in control from the start with David Warner and Travis Head launching an all-out attack.

They put up a partnership of the century in just 88 balls, with Olly Stone only being able to contain two left-handers.

Neither were in danger until Head pulled a short ball from Chris Jordan straight to Phil Salt in the deep square to drop to 69.

Warner looked headed for his first century in nearly three years until his 86 pulled David Wylie into the air and was well caught by Sam Billings in a deep backyard.

But Steve Smith, not yet over 80, was unfazed as he took Australia home despite losing Marnus Labuschagne for four and Alex Carey for 21 along the way.

“We’ve got a lot of Test cricket coming up, to see Smithy play like that was really fun,” Cummins said.

Cummins won the toss and chose to kneel, and England were soon in trouble at 20-2 after four overs before Malan went on to the crease.

When he left, they were 259-8 with the next highest score being Jos Buttler’s 29. The England captain, who lifted the Twenty20 World Cup four days earlier at the MCG, said he wasn’t interested in the score.

“It’s all about the character we showed,” he said.

“We wanted to play with intent. Dawid Malan has played great innings and to get to that result from the position we were in was fantastic.”

Mallan’s 134, his second ODI century after the 125 he scored against the Netherlands in June, came from 128 deliveries, including 12 fours and four sixes.

Cummins, playing his first match as captain after the retirement of Aaron Finch, would have been pleased with Australia’s start to the innings.

They hooked the England opening pair with some tight lines and long bowling, then made a double penetration.

Cummins caught Phil Salt at second slip by Smith on the last ball of the fourth, after which Mitchell Stark bowled two balls to Jason Roy who was called on with a lovely late swing delivery.

The Australia captain then put his side ahead when James Vince got the better of goalkeeper Alex Carey.

At 31-3 England were struggling but Malan kept his cool, and started slowly

Then pick up the pace when the shine breaks off the ball.


Australia won the toss

England Tours

Roy B Stark 6

Salt J Smith B Cummins 14


Vince C† Carrie B Cummins 5

Billings B Stoiness 17

Butler(c)† c agar b zampa 29

Dawson ran out (Agar) 11

Jordan LBW B Zamba 14

David Wylie not out 34

Luke Wood J† Carrie B Cummins 10

Ole Stone is not out of 0

Extras: (2 lbs, NB 2, W 9) 13

Overall: 50 Ov (RR: 5.74) 287/9

Falling wickets: 1-18, 2-20, 3-31, 4-66, 5-118, 6-158, 7-199, 8-259, 9-281

Bowling: Mitchell Stark 10-0-45-1, Pat Cummins 10-0-62-3, Cameron Green 7-0-38-0, Ashton Agar 10-0-62-0, Marcus Stoinis 3-0-23- 1, Adam Zampa 10-0-55-3

Australia Tours

Warner C Billings B Willie 86


Smith is not out of 80

Labuschagne C † Butler B Willy 4

Curry – C Salt by Dawson’s 21

20 don’t go out

Extras: (5 lbs., 6 w.) 11

Overall: 46.5 Ov (RR: 6.21) 291/4

Not hit: Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins (c), Mitchell Stark, Adam Zampa

Falling wickets: 1-147, 2-200, 3-206, 4-244

Bowling: David Willey 8-0-51-2, Ollie Stone 10-1-50-0, Luke Wood 10-0-59-0, Chris Jordan 7-0-49-1, Liam Dawson 10-0-65 1, Dawid Malan 1.5-0-12-0

Player of the match: Dawid Malan

Match result: Australia won by 6 wickets

Judges: Paul Revell, Paul Wilson


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