Australia 214 (Maxwell 62, Plunkett Three-42 Moeen Three-43) v England
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They have been handing out sandpaper boundary placards on the way in which up from Vauxhall Tube Station, however nothing might clean away the rough edges in Australia’s new-look batting line-up, as England put their very own current indignities behind them to steal a march within the first ODI at The Kia Oval.
Though Glenn Maxwell resisted with some elan in top-scoring with 62 from 64 balls, Australia’s innings was the kind of horror present that might have left Tim Paine, the captain who had instigated a pre-match handshake along with his opponents to mark the beginning of a brand new period for his team, questioning if he was actually that eager to beginning speaking about precise cricket as soon as once more.
Australia mustered 214 in 47 overs, the kind of gradual loss of life that uncovered their shortcomings extra comprehensively than a full-on batting collapse might have executed.
The early exchanges amounted to a vivisection of the vacationers’ anxieties in abroad circumstances. David Willey’s prodigious new-ball swing accounted for Travis Head by way of a flat-footed slash to slide from his second supply, earlier than Moeen Ali got here whirling by means of the center overs, returning single-spell figures of 10-1-43-Three that may have been lifted straight out of the 1997 Texaco Trophy.
Moeen’s depressing tour of Australia scarcely wants recounting right here, besides to level out what a modified cricketer he appears in his personal circumstances. Sure sufficient, he picked up the place he had left off in the summertime of 2017, when – lest we neglect – he overtook the absent Ben Stokes to develop into England’s most highly-rated allrounder.
Four balls into Moeen’s spell, Aaron Finch gave himself room outdoors off to select brief third man with an formidable wipe. Two balls into his second over, Shaun Marsh stayed leg-side of a well-flighted tweaker, a la Ben Duckett in Bangladesh, and misplaced his off stump for 24. And when Paine himself, determined to set a tempo, any tempo, supplied catching follow to backward level with a muffed reverse sweep, Moeen’s figures have been Three for 11 in four.1 overs.
After that, it was a on condition that he’d bowl his spell straight by means of. Adil Rashid saved him firm for a six-over burst of his personal, wherein time he added Marcus Stoinis, who biffed one good-looking six into the pavilion earlier than nudging a long-hop into Jos Buttler’s gloves for 22.
Enter Maxwell, driving to the rescue of his team’s dignity if not the general match scenario. He put a sizeable dent into Moeen’s figures by thumping his last over for 14, together with a violent inside-out wipe over long-off, and duly introduced up his fifty off 52 balls after Liam Plunkett had belatedly entered the assault within the 28th over.
Ashton Agar, protecting the superior spinner Nathan Lyon out of the line-up on the power of his batting, went a way in direction of justifying that call by becoming a member of Maxwell in a restorative 84-run stand for the sixth wicket. But Plunkett did what he had been introduced into the assault to do, forcing the opening along with his deck-hitting size as Maxwell top-edged a pull to deep sq. leg, earlier than Agar misinterpret the size of a Rashid legbreak and was plumb lbw for 40.
After that, the remaining of the innings got here and went meekly. Michael Neser ran out of endurance as he slogged Plunkett to mid-off for six from 14 balls; Kane Richardson slapped Mark Wood to mid-off for 1, and Andrew Tye edged to Buttler to provide Plunkett his third of the innings, earlier than not earlier than slamming a defiant six over cow nook, one ball after being plunked within the visor off a top-edged pull.