Australia Cricket Team skipper, Tim Paine credited England team for putting up a brilliant show, as the visitor’s lost the series within three matches after their loss at Trent Bridge by a margin of 242 runs.
Unlike England, Australia’s start wasn’t, as fiery and fluent as they’d have liked. They lost D’Arcy Short in the fourth over as Australia were reeling at 27 for one. Shaun Marsh – the centurion from the previous encounter – walked out with the task of teeing straightaway.
Marsh couldn’t quite do that, but Head attempted to wriggle Australia out of the mess with a 36-ball half-century. But, after dealing with David Willey and Mark Wood at the start, his innings ended with a tame push back to Moeen Ali off his bowling, leaving the door ajar for Australia to run riot.
The visitors once again struggled against spin, as Ali (3/28) and Adil Rashid (4/47) shared seven wickets between each other. As a result, Australia rattled up within 239 runs, ensuring one of their biggest loss.
Previously, England posted the highest-ever ODI score of 481 runs after opting to bat first. A good opening show from Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy ensured they are in line for a big score. The duo added 159 runs before Alex Hales joined the party.
Hales made this ground his own, as he brought his first century of the year to put all speculations to rest. On the other hand, Bairstow continued with his rich form. He smashed his fourth ODI ton in six games.
However, Bairstow (139) brilliant knock came to an end in the 35th over with the host sitting steady at 334 for two. However, there was no respite for the Australian bowlers, as skipper Eoin Morgan picked right from there. Hales (147) and Morgan (67) added 124 runs before getting out on consecutive deliveries off Jhye Richardson.
The inexperienced Aussie attack looked out of socks, as they gave up against such powerful hitting. However, some back to back at the fag end ensured the score didn’t touch the 500-run mark.
It was learning experience
Paine, who took up the captaincy at troublesome juncture admitted it was a learning curve for them. He also credited England for a brilliant display of cricket throughout the series.
However, he looked confident ahead of the World Cup, as he said they have a lot of time to change things.
“Today was a learning experience for all of us. As I said, It was tough, no matter where we put the fielders, they hit the gaps and they were red-hot, that’s the yardstick of 50-over cricket. Some young guys are getting some games. 12 months is a long time in cricket (looking ahead of World Cup) and things can change pretty quickly,” Paine said after the match.
Meanwhile, Paine individually had also struggled to put runs on the board. Already speculations have started to crop up with an impressive Alex Carey sitting at the wings.