LONDON (Reuters) – Australia made a stuttering begin to coach Justin Langer’s tenure as they misplaced by three wickets to England within the opening match of the one-day sequence at The Oval on Wednesday.
Only Glenn Maxwell impressed as Australia batted first, scoring 62 because the touring aspect misplaced common wickets and had been bowled out for a mediocre 214 within the 47th over.
England, humbled by Scotland on Sunday, made a meal of reaching the low goal, nevertheless, and when prime scorer Eoin Morgan (69), Jos Buttler and Joe Root (50) fell within the area of three overs the hosts had been wobbling on 163 for six.
David Willey eased England dwelling, ending the match off with a booming six.
Sheets of sandpaper with “4” and “6” printed on them had been handed out on the approaches to the Oval — a reminder of the ball-tampering scandal that engulfed Australian cricket this yr and value Steve Smith the captaincy.
Coach Darren Lehmann stood down after the check sequence in South Africa and Langer’s new-look Australian batting line-up made an inauspicious begin.
Travis Head chased a large outswinger from Willey and edged to Jonny Bairstow for a routine slip catch and Aaron Finch struck a few boundaries earlier than a rash drive at Moeen Ali despatched a straightforward catch to backward level.
Shaun Marsh appeared in good nick for his 24 earlier than Moeen received one previous his exterior edge, the ball placing the highest of off stump to go away Australia on 52 for 3.
Captain Tim Paine’s rash reverse sweep off Moeen went straight to Mark Wood at backward level for 12.
Australia tried to elevate the tempo and Marcus Stoinis lofted a six off of Adil Rashid solely to nudge one behind to keeper Jos Buttler having scored 22.
Maxwell, who struck a 52-ball half century, shared an 84-run stand with Ashton Agar for the sixth wicket to elevate Australian hopes of a difficult whole.
But Maxwell top-edged Liam Plunkett to deep sq. leg the place Bairstow took the best of catches and Agar was plumb lbw to Rashid earlier than Plunkett and Wood mopped up the tail.
Billy Stanlake bowled Jason Roy for a duck in England’s reply and when Bairstow was caught on the boundary England had been 38 for 3.
Morgan and Root put England in whole management earlier than the hosts stumbled over the road.
The second match of the five-game sequence is in Cardiff on Saturday.
Reporting by Martyn Herman, enhancing by Ed Osmond