• Tri-Series T20 in Auckland produces 32 sixes and 488 runs
• New Zealand will meet England for a place in Tri-Series final
Australia chased down a record 244 to beat New Zealand by five wickets in Auckland, reaching their target with seven balls to spare.
The T20 Tri-Series match produced 32 sixes and a total of 488 runs for the loss of 11 wickets. Australia had already reached the final; their opponents will be decided on Wednesday when New Zealand play England, also in Auckland.
• Prime Minister’s XI 136-8 | England 139-2
• David Willey takes three for 32 and scores 79 off 36 balls
The mandatory Ashes tour visit to Canberra ended in a routine win for England’s Twenty20 side as the Prime Minister’s XI were thumped by eight wickets on Friday. The format might have changed, but the tourists’ dominance with the bat in the recently completed 50-over series did not diminish as they made light work of a representative side including seven capped Australians with 44 balls to spare.
It proved a worthwhile outing for David Willey, who opened the bowling and batting to return three for 32 and 79 off 36 deliveries. The latter featured a stunning blitz off the opposition captain, Nathan Lyon, who saw his second over – the sixth of England’s pursuit of 137 – smashed for 34. That included five huge sixes to start. Finally, Lyon was able to get one right – which Willey duly drove through cover for four, drawing boos from the 8,788 at the Manuka Oval.
• Tourists reduced to eight four five during 38-ball spell
• Three-wicket defeat ends England’s whitewash hopes
England’s hopes of an ODI whitewash came crashing down as Australia took the fourth ODI by three wickets with 78 balls to spare. The damage was done up top when, having been put in to bat, the tourists were in complete disarray at eight for five – the third lowest score that the first five batsmen have been lost for in the history of the format.
In 38-balls of carnage, Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root and Jos Buttler failed to score a run in 20 deliveries between them, while Alex Hales managed just three. A top six that have taken English ODI cricket to great heights had plumbed new depths.
Australia’s opening bowlers, Hazlewood and Cummins, were quite superb up top after Steve Smith opted to bowl, and they gutted England’s top order. Four ducks as they fell to 8 for 5. There were some poor shots, particularly from Root and Bairstow, but the bowling was brilliant.
Four blokes lower down carried England to a respectable – if not quite defendable – score. Morgan and Moeen got things going, then Woakes batted like a god for his 78 (which included five sixes) in conjunction with Tom Curran to get the tourists up to 196.
Six! Shot, Tom Curran! Tye digs it in, and he pulls, just over the fence. A couple of dots follow, before a beautiful cover-driven four!
But he’s gone now! A slower ball is turned straight to midwicket. England are all out for 196. That doesn’t look great, but the last five wickets have put on 188, so…
6th over: England 31-0 (Roy 15, Bairstow 12) England content to work in singles while the metronomic Hazlewood settles into his line and length. Couple of overs in a row in Australia’s favour after England’s fast start.
Yet again, Jason Roy is showing why he’s so difficult to bowl to. He is content to attack both straighter and wide deliveries, as well as both full and short ones. The margin for error for any bowler facing up to him is slim. #AusvEng pic.twitter.com/rpdBOVFM9u
5th over: England 29-0 (Roy 14, Bairstow 11) Cummins called upon early and he delivers, sending down a dangerous maiden. First he gets Roy pushing hard to a length ball that’s scooped just short of mid-off, and he follows that up with a quicker one that beats the outside edge. The variation in pace and bounce only reinforcing the impression this pitch is no road and will respond to subtle changes of pace.
• Second ODI: Australia 270-9; England 274-6 (Eng win by four wkts)
• Joe Root unbeaten on 46 as tourists go 2-0 up in five-match series
England came into this series wanting to win in different ways. So after a dominant performance in the first one-day international, a nippier chase on an uncharacteristic Brisbane pitch is one to add to the portfolio. A four-wicket win with 34 balls remaining gave them a 2-0 lead in the series. This was only their second win in eight ODIs at this venue.
Australia opted to bat first and drop their only spinner. So when England used three of their own, bowling their second-highest number of deliveries by spinners in an ODI in this country, the hosts knew something was not quite right. The pitch was more Chandigarh than Gabbatoir.
• First ODI: Australia 304-8 (50 overs); England 308-5 (48.5)
• Roy hits 180 and Root makes 91* in five-wicket win
The Ashes may be gone but England kicked off the one-day internationals with a thumping five-wicket win in the first of a five-game series. For that they have Jason Roy to thank. Chasing 305 for victory, Roy pillaged 180, carving 16 fours and five sixes from 151 balls, and setting a record for the highest score by an Englishman in ODIs, beating Alex Hales’s 171 against Pakistan in 2016.
Earlier, a ninth ODI hundred by the Australia opener Aaron Finch looked to have ensured an even tussle. His effort was measured and serene. Roy, by contrast, was a man with a claw hammer in each hand, swinging at anything and everything that came his way.
England and Australia jostle for the awards for best moment, match, and breakthrough player. Best player? Well, maybe the award should be renamed
Steve Smith is a freak. To think he started the series with a supposed drought of international centuries having not raised the bat since March. This really is a special player we are watching. Adam Collins
• Fifth Test, day three: Australia 479-4 v England 346 all out
• Australia lead England by 133 runs with six wickets remaining
• Usman Khawaja scores 171 as tourists muster only two wickets
The pink Test, now its tenth year, is firmly embedded into the Sydney calendar. With Glenn McGrath, the universally respected driver of a wonderful charity, they flock to the SCG in their thousands, young and old, male and female, committed fans and those who simply want to enjoy being there. The Saturday, when those not displaying something pink receive a funny look, is an especially memorable occasion.
Whether this Saturday will qualify as memorable for the eleven Englishmen toiling in the field for almost six and a half hours is another matter. Naturally the England players offer their absolute support to the McGrath Foundation but they would also have welcomed a few more wickets under an unrelenting sun against an unrelenting batting line-up.
Adam Collins tells the story of Usman Khawaja’s latest career-saving knock.
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You’ll be pleased to know it’s going to be a dry day at the cricket. There’s going to be a gusty north-easterly but otherwise it should be sunny and warm ahead of a scorcher tomorrow.
#SydneyWeather still on track for a very a hot weekend, up to 45 degrees in the west tomorrow. No rain interruptions today for the #Ashes Test, also low likeliihood tomorrow. See the latest forecast at https://t.co/xxbVhpro3S.