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Australia make 245 to beat New Zealand in record-breaking T20 chase

• 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.

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David Willey shines as England thrash Prime Minister’s XI in T20

• 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.

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Ben Stokes named in England’s ODI squad to face New Zealand

• All-rounder due in court before five-match series begins
• Dawid Malan and Jake Ball not included in squad

England have announced the squad for their one-day international series in New Zealand, with the familiar sight of Ben Stokes’s inclusion accompanied by the caveat of his impending court case. The five-match series begins on 25 February – 12 days after Stokes is due at Bristol Magistrates to face a charge of affray.

Following his court date on 13 February, Stokes is due to fly out to New Zealand to join the Twenty20 squad in the Trans-Tasman Tri-series. After the fifth ODI at Perth, where England secured a 12-run win over Australia to take the Gillette ODI series 4-1, the head coach, Trevor Bayliss, said he expected the all-rounder to leave for New Zealand “the next day or two” after his court appearance.

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England lose fourth ODI to Australia after suffering startling battling collapse

• 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.

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Australia v England: fourth one-day international – live!

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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.

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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…

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Australia v England, third ODI – live!

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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

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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.

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England’s second ODI victory over Australia ‘wasn’t pretty’, says Joe Root

• 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.

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Obstructing the field: as contentious a dismissal today as it was in 1893 | Simon Burnton

Whether in the Big Bash in 2018 or an English county game 125 years ago, when a batsman is given out obstructing the field it feels as if it’s not cricket

For those who have not seen it, it went something like this: Brisbane Heat’s Alex Ross, coming back for a sharp second run, looked over his shoulder about halfway down the track to check on the fielder’s progress and then focused again on his own problems, swerving to head straight towards the stumps. The ball eventually hit him and deflected into the stumps with his bat already grounded in the crease. Given his position when the ball arrived there was no chance of him being run out but he was given out by the third umpire for obstructing the field.

“I think everyone that’s here and everyone that’s watched the game didn’t think it was the right decision,” said Brisbane Heat’s captain, Brendon McCullum. “He wasn’t running in the way of the ball. He wasn’t impeding it … We are not righteous in our stance on the spirit of the game but every now and then you get a chance to stand up to the spirit of cricket and tonight George [Bailey, the Hobart captain] and the Hurricanes missed that opportunity. Sometimes there are opportunities which are more important than the two points.”

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Jason Roy blasts England’s highest ODI score in five-wicket win over Australia

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.

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Ashes 2017-18: our writers’ end-of-series awards

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

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