Australia avoids ODI series whitewash with three-wicket win over England

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Travis Head's 96 helped Australia earn their first win of the One-Day International series as they beat England by three wickets at the Adelaide Oval on Friday (January 26).

The Australia skipper was altogether more complimentary of his opening bowlers, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins who took a combined seven wickets, and the platform they gave the team from which to build.

The former accounted for both of England's openers in Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow before snaring Jos Buttler for a duck.

Cummins and Hazlewood dominated in the early stages and took seven wickets between them after Australia won the toss and elected to bowl first in humid conditions that proved to be helpful for the seamers before England's middle order stemmed the fall of wickets and Woakes launched a counter-attack. Ali then put on 51 with Woakes, who in turned added 60 with last-man-out Curran.

He put on 51 for the seventh wicket with Moeen Ali (33) and 60 for the ninth wicket with Tom Curran, whose 35 showed a lot of composure for a man in only his second one-day global.

After a forgettable Ashes series against Australia which England went on to lose by 4-0, the visitors came back strongly in the limited overs series.

'You don't come out to Australia and win too often, so, once you've got your foot on their throat, you want to keep it down'.


So he's as surprised as anyone to have played in all five Tests and three of the four one-dayers against England.

Woakes' innings ensured that Australia needed at least one score of note to register their first ODI win since last year's India tour and only their second since January 2017, and it was Head, returning to the top of the order in the absence of the injured Aaron Finch, who provided it.

It's not the three straight losses to England in a one-day series already lost that has been the most alarming thing for Australia.

But Morgan, whose side will be hoping to finish on a high in Perth on Sunday, insists there is no going back.

Cameron White and captain Steve Smith made three and four runs respectively, while Mitchell Marsh managed to make a 30-ball 32 before being caught and bowled by Rashid.

Talking about Australia's inability to take momentum from the Tests into the ODIs, Hazlewood said: We haven't quite transitioned from Test cricket as well as we could have. His 107-ball knock included 15 punishing boundaries and he appeared to be batting on a different wicket compared to his tentative teammates. "We just need to get better at playing that way".

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