Match Report – England vs Australia – 1st ODI

England vs Australia – 1st ODI: Three-match ODI series between England and Australia started on Friday, September 11 at Old Trafford, Manchester. In the thrilling encounter, Sam Billings scored his maiden century, and Adam Zampa and Josh Hazlewood were the star for Australia as visitors ended up winning by 19 runs.

Australians playing their first match since the only ODI against New Zealand back in March and England coming from a three-match ODI series against Ireland. With Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer, and Mark Wood returning from the Ireland series and playing their first match since the super over World Cup final at Lord’s last year, England played their best squad.

Sending visitors to bat, David Warner was quick to go, thanks to a wonderous magical bowl from Archer. A day before, Steve Smith has been ruled out of the first ODI after he was hit by a bouncer while training.

The innings was stop-start as England bowlers dominated the Australian batters. With a quick 43 from Marcus Stoinis, who was sent one-down, and wickets falling, the score reached 123-5.

Despite in danger of bowling out for a below-par score, the final team score was 294-9 courtesy of a 126-run stand between Mitchell Marsh and Glenn Maxwell. Marsh scored 73 runs while Maxwell hammered 77 runs off just 59 balls that had 4 sixes including two-consecutive sixes off Jofra Archer.

Mitchell Starc finished the innings with a huge last-ball six over mid-wicket off Chris Woakes. With the likes of England batsmen containing Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler, the score would not be too much difficult.

Returners, Jofra Archer and Mark Wood picked three wickets each, and Adil Rashid, again impressive picked up a couple of wickets.

Not the best of the starts, Jason Roy, who was ruled out of the T20I series against Pakistan with a hamstring injury, got out by a sudden-instinctive caught and bowl by Josh Hazlewood. The world champions were down and out and slumped to 57-4 in the 17th over.

The main culprits were Josh Hazlewood and Adam Zampa. The innings was revived by Jonny Bairstow and Sam Billings who scored 84 and 118 runs, respectively. There was no more support from other English batsmen as the host fall 19 runs short in the end.

Billings, after having a brilliant series against Ireland, played impressively, hitting plenty of stylish, elegant shots scoring 14 boundaries and two sixes.

The 113-run partnership between Bairstow and Billings was again broken by the Zampa-Hazlewood combination, with fast-bowler taking a wonderful diving catch at long-on.

Zampa finished with four wickets which was his second 4-for of his career. Australia closed out the match after Billings trying to hoick one on the last ball but was caught at long-on.

Josh Hazlewood took three wickets for just 26 runs and, for his brilliant performance was judged man of the match.

The second ODI match is scheduled at the same venue on September 13.