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England vs Australia - 4th ODI

Series: Australia tour of England, 2018
Venue: Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street
Date & Time: 21 June 2018

England 314/4 (44.4 Ovs) RR: 7.03 | England won by 6 wkts


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Jason Roy c Shaun Marsh & b Lyonc Shaun Marsh & b Lyon10183122
Jonny Bairstow c Paine & b Stanlakec Paine & b Stanlake7966100
Alex Hales Not OutNot Out344530
Joe Root bowled Agarbowled Agar273521
Eoin Morgan c Paine & b Agarc Paine & b Agar151120
Jos Buttler Not OutNot Out542991
Moeen Ali dnbdnb0000
David Willey dnbdnb0000
Craig Overton dnbdnb0000
Adil Rashid dnbdnb0000
Mark Wood dnbdnb0000
Extras 4 (b 1, lb 0, w 2, nb 1)
Total 314 (4 Wkts, 44.4 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
174-1 (Jason Roy,23.4), 183-2 (Jonny Bairstow,25.1), 228-3 (Joe Root,34.5), 244-4 (Eoin Morgan,36.6),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Michael Neser8.4 0 74 0 8.81
Billy Stanlake8 0 54 1 6.75
Nathan Lyon7 0 38 1 5.43
Jhye Richardson7 0 58 0 8.29
Ashton Agar8 0 48 2 6.00
Marcus Stoinis6 0 41 0 6.83
Travis Head0 0 0 0 0
Aaron Finch0 0 0 0 0
Shaun Marsh0 0 0 0 0
Alex Carey0 0 0 0 0
Tim Paine0 0 0 0 0


Australia need to remember that their present situation is not their final destination. The best is yet to come. Even if that comes in the final ODI on Sunday, then so be it. Better late than never! Meanwhile for England, their life is very sweet as of now. All they need to do is be in the moment and enjoy their success. On that note, this is Nikhil signing off on behalf of Raju, Abhinand and Sulthan. Good night and take care!

Jason Roy, Man of the Match: It's been good fun, ya. I am feeling like I have got myself into a training routine. Feeling good that I am doing the job for the team. Just trying to control and pace my innings. Unfortunately couldn't carry on after the century. Was concentrating on taking the catch (Marsh's dismissal) and tuck it to someone, was lucky that I threw it to the big fellow (Overton).

Eoin Morgan, England captain: I thought we played pretty solid cricket today. Having lost the toss and Australia winning the toss, our objective was to restrict them to total that could be later chased on. I think it depends on conditions. The wicket was really good. At the halfway stage it was a total well within our grasp. He's (Overton) a young fellow, he came in and grabbed the opportunity. He might get an opportunity in the next game too as we go to Manchester. It's a ground we have enjoyed, hopefully it goes well there.

Tim Paine, Australia captain: I thought we were 30-40 short. We got ourselves in a good position, but failed to capitalize in the last 10 overs. We dropped the catch and lost the momentum. Jason and Jonny are really in good touch. I am trying to enjoy but you gotta catch those. We came here as an inexperienced side, but that can't be an excuse. This is a good chance for the young players and a good experience for them.


Highest targets chased down by Eng vs Australia:
311 Chester-Le-Street, 2018
305 MCG, 2018
300 Leeds, 2015
271 Brisbane, 2018
270 Lord's, 1997

Eighth win for England against Australia in nine head-to-head encounters in 2018 - the joint most England have beaten an opponent in a calendar year alongside eight against Pak in 1987 (in 11 games)

Highest targets chased down by Eng:
350 v NZ, Trent Bridge, 2015
311 v Aus, Chester-Le-Street, 2018 *
306 v Ban, Oval, 2017
306 v SL, Oval, 2016


Another comprehensive victory for England, their 4th straight win in a row. In the previous match they notched up the highest ever score in the history of ODIs and today they have chased down their second highest total in this format. They've been on a roll, creating records for fun. Australia did manage to post a competitive score with Finch and Marsh scoring centuries but Willey stole the show in death overs by bagging four crucial wickets. Then it was the Roy-Bairstow show once again, that proved to be the knockout punch. Roy brought up his sixth ODI ton with his flamboyant stroke play while Bairstow missed out on his century by 20-odd runs. They had done enough damage as the likes of Hales and Buttler finished things off convincingly to give England a 6-wicket win. Buttler's 29-ball 54* was an icing on the cake. Hang on for the presentations...

Neser to Buttler, FOUR, that's the winning shot! Buttler finishes it off in style. Right into the slot on middle, Buttler moves away and smacks it over extra cover. No fielder in the deep as England register another emphatic win. That has been the story of the series.
Neser to Buttler, 2 runs, caught at long-on but it's a free-hit. Won't make a difference. Buttler gets to his fifty too. A full length delivery around off, Buttler looks to go big but can only manage to get caught at long-on. Comes back for the second and celebrates his fifty
Neser to Buttler, no ball, SIX, free-hit coming up. That's a high-full toss and Buttler makes sure to pump it over the mid-wicket fence with an excellent pull. Bonus runs, bonus ball.
Neser to Buttler, no run, tapped into the off-side
Neser to Buttler, FOUR, can't bowl such freebies, especially to Buttler. He's on top of his game. Was the full toss on off, Buttler waited for it and creamed it through covers, a lot of bottom hand on that blow by Buttler
Neser to Buttler, wide, slower delivery, but down the leg side. Nothing working right for the Aussies. This was down the leg side as Buttler failed to connect his flick
Lyon to Hales, no run, Hales gets forward and dead bats the tossed up delivery, back to the bowler
Lyon to Buttler, byes, 1 run, how close to that off-stump. Good flight on that ball by Lyon. Pitches outside off and spins in sharply to go through Buttler's defence. Paine gets beaten too as the batsmen steal in a bye
Lyon to Buttler, no run, deep in his crease as he finds the man at cover with a firm back foot punch
Lyon to Buttler, no run, moves away and punches this short one to cover
Lyon to Buttler, no run, flatter on middle and leg, punched to mid-wicket by Buttler
Lyon to Hales, 1 run, camps back and knocks that down to long-on for a single

Nathan Lyon [6.0-0-37-1] is back into the attack

Neser to Hales, 1 run, flicks the full length delivery to mid-wicket
Neser to Hales, FOUR, cut away! Short of a length outside off, Hales stays in his crease as he chops the cut past point. Third boundary of the over, first one for Hales. This is getting over, well before time
Neser to Buttler, 1 run, whips the length delivery down to long-off to hand over the strike to Buttler
Neser to Buttler, FOUR, too easy for Jos, says Nasser Hussain. Was a full length delivery outside off and an in-form Buttler chips it over mid-off for a boundary on the bounce. Can he get a quickfire fifty?
Neser to Buttler, FOUR, dealing in boundaries, is Jos Buttler. A very full length delivery outside off, Buttler carves this one over the fielder at point and gets four more
Neser to Buttler, no run, the slower delivery, full in length outside off, Buttler gets beaten due to the pace as he looks to squeeze it into the off side

Michael Neser [7.0-0-42-0] is back into the attack

England require only 31 runs off 8 overs!

Stanlake to Buttler, 1 run, length delivery outside off, eased in front of cover for a single
Stanlake to Buttler, FOUR, woah! He's playing with the field, toying with the bowlers. How entertaining this sweet little knock has been already. Was the full length ball outside off as Buttler effortlessly creamed it throug the gap at cover
Stanlake to Hales, 1 run, on a length outside off, Hales drops this one in front of point and calls for a quick single
Stanlake to Hales, no run, short and wide outside off, cut to the fielder at point by Hales
Stanlake to Hales, no run, quick and skiddy delivery on middle and leg, Hales tries to fend it at the last moment, ends up getting an inside edge onto the pads
Stanlake to Hales, no run, on a length around middle and leg, Hales flicks it but finds short mid-wicket
Jhye Richardson to Buttler, FOUR, just a matter of time! Three effortless boundaries in this over. Again the short delivery on off, Buttler knows where the fielders are and pulls this one to the left of short mid-wicket now
Jhye Richardson to Buttler, no run, on a length outside off, Buttler drives it to mid-off
Jhye Richardson to Buttler, FOUR, this shot proves how good a form Buttler is in. Was a short delivery outside off, Buttler makes the most of the width on offer and slices it past the diving fielder at point. Third man is square enough to cut this down
Jhye Richardson to Buttler, FOUR, no stopping that! Fine leg didn't even think of giving it a chase. A short delivery around off, Buttler is quick to pick the length and swivel into a pull. To the left of the fielder in the deep and into the fence
Jhye Richardson to Hales, 1 run, full one outside off, Hales goes for a drive and ends up getting an outside edge to third man
Jhye Richardson to Buttler, 1 run, good length ball outside off, Buttler punches it to cover

Jhye Richardson [6.0-0-44-0] is back into the attack

Only 51 runs required off the final 10 overs! Should be a walk in the park unless something dramatic happens.

Stanlake to Hales, no run, short of a length outside off, keeps a touch low and skids on as a result of which Hales gets beaten on his cut
Stanlake to Buttler, 1 run, moves in towards the off-stump and creams his drive for a single at cover
Stanlake to Hales, 1 run, pulls the short one away but finds the fielder at deep mid-wicket
Stanlake to Buttler, 1 run, back of a length outside off, Buttler slaps it to sweeper cover for a single
Stanlake to Buttler, 2 runs, back of a length outside off, Buttler chips this one over cover as sweeper sprints across and tidies up


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