England vs Australia

It was a highly successful June in the limited overs formats for England as they dismantled the touring Australian team with a 5-0 victory in the One Day Internationals.

This was then followed by a 28-run win in the T20 international between the two sides, as England displayed a fantastic brand of attacking cricket.

The first One Day International saw England edge home by three wickets at The Oval. Australia posted a modest 214 in their innings but despite Eoin Morgan and Joe Root sharing a 115-run stand in England’s reply, the hosts were soon reduced to 163-6 following some excellent pace bowling.

But in Australia’s first One Day International since the ball-tampering scandal, all-rounder David Willey made an unbeaten 35 to give the hosts a 1-0 series lead.

The second match at Sophia Gardens Cardiff saw England post an imposing 342-8, largely thanks to a sublime century from Jason Roy and a brutal unbeaten 91 from the imperious Jos Buttler.

In reply, Shaun Marsh (131) registered his first limited overs century since 2013 but England took wickets at regular intervals to dismiss their opponents for 304 and secure a 38-run victory.

England wrapped up the series in the third One Day International at Trent Bridge, with a staggering performance as they crushed Australia by a mammoth 242 runs.

The hosts posted the highest One Day International score of all time as Alex Hales (147) and Jonny Bairstow (139) hit hundreds to ensure England made 481-6. Captain Eoin Morgan also became the first batsman to score 3,000 ODI runs in England and Wales.

Adil Rashid then took 4-47 in a bright spell as Australia were bowled out for just 239 with 13 overs to spare.

England made it 4-0 at Emirates Riverside as they chased down Australia’s 310 with ease to wrap up a six-wicket victory and all eyes then turned to Old Trafford to see if England could seal an emphatic whitewash.

Chasing only 206, England found themselves in trouble at 114-8 but an incredible Jos Buttler century saw England home in the penultimate over and a 5-0 series victory was complete.

After continuing their winning streak in the T20 format last week, the focus now shifts towards a very talented India outfit. England will fancy their chances with the white-ball, but the pressure will really be on at the end of the summer with a five-match Test series for Joe Root’s side.


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