England Ties ODI Series 1-1 Against Australia
England has tied the One Day Series against Australia 1 – 1, forcing an all-important series decider on Monday. England was reeling at 8 for 3 in the early stages of their innings. It tested the English experiment of a stacked batting order and it was able to prove its worth. They were able to weather the storm and come out victors in the end, chasing 227.
England got the winning runs with just three balls to spare, capping of the needed win by some three wickets. Recognition goes to Michael Carberry, Jos Buttler and Eoin Morgan who all made half centuries. Their batting was able to negate the adverse effects of a Clint Mckay hat-trick. He first dismissed Kevin Pietersen with Jonathan Trott and Joe Root following after.
The partnership between Michael Carberry and skipper Eoin Morngan proved pivotal. The two put on 104 runs in 28 overs, repairing some of the damage that had already been done. The Australians, however, were not keen on letting things slide along and quickly got themselves back in the game with the quick wickets of Morgan and Carberry. Morgan fell playing on to a Shane Watson delivery for 53 and opener Carberry went for 63, bowled by Coulter-Nile.
Walking in at number 7 and 8 respectively for England were Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes. The former ensured victory remained with England and the youngster displayed composure with confidence on his way to an unbeaten 65 which included five fours and two sixes. Ben Stokes tied up one end and watched Buttler do the damage to carry home the victory for the English.
The Aussies were never comfortable with 227 on the board. They could have done much better; if not collapsing in the latter stages of their innings, losing five wickets for eighteen runs. It was George Baily who ensured any decency to the scored with a solid knock of 87.
The fans and neutrals alike should love the competitive nature of the series, which has been threatened to be spoilt by consistent showers. Monday should be a cracker and you can bet that both teams are eager for the series win over the other.
– Yhanick Scott