Australia gallop to victory over England in first ODI
|First One Day International, Adelaide Oval|
|England 287-9 (50 overs): Malan 134 (128); Zampa 3-55, Cummins 3-62|
|Australia 291-4 (46.5 overs): Warner 86 (84), Smith 80* (78), Head 69 (57); Willey 2-51|
|Australia won by six wickets|
Australia cruised to a six-wicket win over England on the first day’s international in Adelaide.
Chasing 288 to win, David Warner (86), Travis Head (69) and Steve Smith (80*) saw the hosts home with 19 balls remaining.
England made 287-9 in their 50 overs, with Dawid Malan’s 134 off 128 balls anchoring the innings as they recovered from 31-3 and 118-5.
The remaining matches of the three-match series will be played on Saturday and Tuesday starting at 03:20 GMT.
Three of England’s T20 World Cup-winning teams played there – captain Jos Buttler, Phil Salt and Chris Jordan, while Moeen Ali, who said having to play this game four days after Sunday’s triumph was “awful”Sam Curran, Adil Rashid and Chris Woakes sat out.
It presented opportunities for others, with opener Jason Roy returning to the fold after being dropped from the World Cup squad, but Mitchell Starc bowled him for a six.
David Willey (2-51) impressed by dismissing Warner and Marnus Labuschagne in the middle to go with his unbeaten 34, while left-arm spinner Liam Dawson bowled with little reward, taking 1-65.
Malan drags England to score
England will be concerned about their top-order struggles – they have only passed 100 for the loss of three wickets once in six games now, especially with their 50-over World Cup defense in India less than 12 months away of distance
It was their highest score since Jos Buttler took over the captaincy, following a series loss to India and a draw against South Africa in the summer at home, but it was anything but perfect
They lost regular wickets, with a stand of 60 between Malan and David Willey for the eighth-highest wicket of the innings.
Malan’s innings was masterful. He returned to the side after Buttler and head coach Matthew Mott opted to “rest” him for Sunday’s T20 World Cup final as he recovers from a groin injury sustained in the last match of the Super 12 of England.
He was patient until he reached his century, which came off 107 balls.
The 35-year-old is usually strong with his legs and hips, hitting and hitting the leg side regularly as he swept spinners Adam Zampa and Ashton Agar for sixes.
He takes his ODI average to 64.71 but with the likes of Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Liam Livingstone, Harry Brook, Ben Duckett yet to return to the squad, there is no guarantee that Malan will be on the plane to the Worlds . Cup next October, let alone the team.
Australia’s chase never wavers
At the halfway mark, England looked a little below par, and that proved to be the case, even without Australia being aided by the ball slipping off the bat under lights.
An opening stand of 147 between Head and Warner, who then reunited at the top of the order Aaron Finch’s retirement in September – He got the hosts well ahead in the chase and they never looked back.
Head, who steered a Jordan delivery to deep square leg, and Warner, who was superbly caught by Sam Billings, were frustrated with their dismissals, with a century waiting for both.
England were quite dazzling, a mixture of inexperience and only having five bowling options proving costly.
Their attack made just 101 ODI appearances between them, with Lancashire left-arm seamer Luke Wood (0-59) making his debut, Jordan (1-49) playing just his fourth international in the format since 2016, Dawson’s first since 2018. and Olly Stone (0-50) just his fifth.
The bowlers tried hard, restricting Australia to just 15 runs in a spell of 29 balls after Willey’s two quick wickets, but the total they had to defend was insufficient after the fast start Australia got off to .
With Curran, Moeen, Woakes and Rashid likely to return during this series and the injured Reece Topley, Jofra Archer and Saqib Mahmood yet to return, England will not panic, but individuals missed the chance to give them a headache in Buttler and Mott. .
“The hundred was extremely satisfying” – reaction
Player of the match, England’s Dawid Malan: “Getting to the final of the T20 World Cup and being dismissed was disheartening, so to come here, prove my fitness and score a hundred was very satisfying.
“We were probably 30 or 40 runs short, to be honest.
“50 overs is probably my strongest format, but it’s difficult to get into the team with the way the guys have performed in the last two years. But if I keep doing what I’m doing, I could be part of this team.”
Australia captain Pat Cummins on Test Match Special: “It was a superb innings from Dawid Malan, he kept ticking and aimed for the short boundary, it was class.
“They did well to get to that score from their position but we bowled really well. It was a good wicket all the way through, although there was a bit of seam movement early on.
“England are always a strong team and it’s nice for us to come back and sort ourselves out, to remind ourselves that we’re still a very good team despite being disappointed with the T20 World Cup.”