Australia beat England by six wickets in the first One-Day International (ODI) of the three-match series at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday, November 18. Australia chased down the target with 19 balls to spare to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match ODI series.
Dawid Malan scored a brilliant 134 from 128 deliveries, including 12 fours and 4 sixes. At one stage, the visitors were reeling at 66/4, but Malan led the rescue as England posted 287 runs for 9 in 50 overs. Chasing 288 runs, the hosts got off to a flying start as David Warner and Travis Head dominated the batting. Steve Smith scored an unbeaten 80 from 78 balls and led the team to victory.
It’s Been Nice To Score Some Runs – Steve Smith
Former Australia captain Steven Smith stated that his outstanding one-day batting performance against England was the best he had experienced in six years.
“[It] was probably the best I’ve felt in about six years. I was just in really nice positions and I felt really good, I honestly haven’t felt that way in six years or so. It’s been nice to score some runs in that time and we’re always looking for perfection, and for me yesterday was as close to perfection as I will get,” Smith told reporters.
I Know I’m Batting Really Well – Steve Smith
Steve Smith said that he has rediscovered his best stance and technique. He credits a year-long process to helping him regain his stance, which now sees him avoid a dramatic hop on the crease and stay more side-on to the ball. Smith scored a century in an ODI against New Zealand in September. He stated that his most recent outing felt a world away from his previous one-day innings.
“[It was] much better yesterday. In Cairns on a slow wicket I still felt a little bit rushed and wasn’t quite happy with the positions I was getting in whereas yesterday I just felt, a couple of the cover drives I hit, I know I’m batting really well when I’ve got my weight going through the ball,” he said.