England again thumped a victory in the last and final match against Australia at Perth. Winning the match by 12 runs, the visitors marked its fourth victory in the series. In the five-match tournament, Australia won only the 4th ODI being through a marginal form in the format. In the recent match, England scored 259 runs, being all out in 47.4 overs, being attacked by Australia bowlers. Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow spearheaded the inning with a power partnership in the opening stretch. The batsmen played more than 11 overs together forging 71 runs.
Mitchell Marsh and Andrew Tye mixed up to attack Roy and he finally left the pitch as the first wicket. Bairstow than partnered with Alex Hales hauling the inning to 117 runs before the 20th over. Joe Root had an expressive batting scoring 62 runs in the inning playing until the last overs of the match. He partnered throughout the middle order, which wobbled under short and slow deliveries from Aussie bowlers. Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid and David Wiley could not contribute well losing their wickets at paltry runs.
Australia bowlers maintained a strict discipline while bowling against England, but the latter’s attack came up as a stronger one. The inning started with a good momentum, but it was Tom Curran who ultimately dominated the team taking down wickets right since the fourth over. David Warner could not contribute more, remaining marginal, as he was in the earlier matches. A strong addition was from Marcus Stoinis who scored 87 runs off 99 balls. Australia kept on scratching runs until its middle order remained intact. It was Tom Curran again who began the final wobble of the chase.
In the after-match interview, Smith expressed, batting first could have given some advantage as England had, but the conditions in the stadium and the grass covering seemed to baffle him.
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