Glenn Maxwell (108) and Alex Carey (106) hit brilliant tons, and featured in a 212-run stand for the sixth wicket, as Australia recovered from 73/5 to chase down 303, and win the three-match series 2-1. This was England’s first ODI series loss at home since September 2015. Aussies were the opponents back then as well.
Josh Hazlewood claimed 3/26 and took a diving catch of Jonny Bairstow to play the key role in Australia beating England by 19 runs in the first ODI at Old Trafford. Set to chase a reasonable 295, England slipped to 57 for 4, and fell short in spite of Sam Billings’ fighting maiden hundred.
In-form England batsman Jos Buttler will not feature in the third T20I against Australia after leaving the bio-secure bubble to be with his family. The England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed same on Monday.
Most of the big Australian and England players are likely to miss the start of the Indian Premier League 2020 in the UAE as Cricket Australia and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) agreed to feature in a limited-overs series in England before the IPL.
At 117-5, England were staring at a certain defeat. It would have been their second at home this summer, and a demoralizing one at that because the opposition had dominated for the most part of the test. But Woakes and Buttler scripted a remarkable turnaround to help their nation register a famous win.
This victory will be remembered for a long time because, of late, chasing hasn’t been easy in test match cricket, especially when the target is in excess of 200. A strong team like India have faltered time and time again chasing targets around 200 in the fourth innings for the past 2-3 years, although mostly overseas. So, when Pakistan had set a target of 277 runs, Azhar Ali would have been pretty confident of defending it.
England medium-pacer Stuart Broad has described crossing the 500-Test wicket milestone as an amazing feeling. Broad dismissed West Indies opener Kraigg Brathwaite in the third Test as England came back from a 0-1 deficit to claim the series 2-1. In an amazing co-incidence, James Anderson had also got rid of Brathwaite three years ago to reach 500 wickets in Tests.