Aussies Slump After Ashes Victory

The English managed to win the five game series by four games to one. They dominated from ball one and regained the credibility that they lost in losing the test series comprehensively.

Australia managed to score over six runs in an over in the first one day game against England reaching three hundred and four runs. Plunkett was the best of the English bowlers with three wickets. The game was relatively in the balance when England was two for sixty. From there on in England were relatively comfortable in their chase of three hundred and five runs, largely thanks to a one hundred eighty from Roy and to a lesser extent a ninety-one not out for Root. England won the game with five wickets in hand.

In the second one day game Australia reached two hundred and seventy runs, predominantly thanks to a one hundred and six from Finch. Root chipped in with two wickets for England and Woakes finished with two run outs. Six English batsmen finished with twenty-one runs or more. The score was six for two hundred and twenty-seven runs and the game could go either way, some big hitting from Woakes and sensible cricket from Root meant England had a comfortable four wicket victory.

In the third one day game England batted first for the first time in the series.  Six of the English batsmen scored nineteen runs or more. England was battling at six for one hundred and eighty nine runs. What followed was an unbeaten partnership between Buttler and Woakes, with Buttler posting an unbeaten century.  Hazlewood was the best of the bowlers with two wickets. Only Warner and Cummings failed to reach double figures of the batsmen that batted. Wood, Woakes and Rashid all took two wickets each for the English team. Remarkably Australia failed to reach the target set with four wickets in hand; England won by sixteen runs and sealed the series at three-nil.

The fourth one day game was nearly over in the first few overs when England was five for eight. Woakes was the pick of the English batsmen with seventy-eight runs.  Cummins took four wickets, while Hazlewood and Tye took three wickets each.  The game was always in the balance with Australia battling home with three wickets in hand, largely thanks to a ninety-six from Head, which restored some pride for the Aussies.

In the final one day game in the series Australia endeavoured to get some morale back. Tye was the stand out with the bowl for Australia with five wickets. For England five batsmen reached at least twenty-one runs, which meant that England reached two hundred and fifty-nine runs. Australia was four for one hundred and thirty-three runs with the game in the balance. Stoinis top scored with eighty seven runs. Curran stole the show taking five wickets and Ali took three wickets to lead the English to a twelve run victory.


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