Australia beat England by three-wickets in fourth ODI in Adelaide

Sheri Evans
January 28, 2018

However, there were some promising signs for the left-hander on Monday night when he made 58 for Adelaide in the Big Bash, helping the side to a victory which has cemented a home semi-final for the Strikers. He faced 83 balls, hitting six fours and four sixes, in a dashing innings that gathered momentum in the last 10 overs.

The tourists won the opener by five wickets, chasing 304 with seven balls to spare, before confirming their dominance in the second match with a four-wicket win.

'When you lose wickets at the top you're always going to struggle to post a decent total.

But it is not just in personnel that England has excelled against Australia in these three games, but in method and that is where skipper Steve Smith's greatest issues lie.

Well, the answer probably lies somewhere between those extremes. Australia were making this harder for themselves than it need have been.

Australian paceman Pat Cummins is pinching himself. Usman Khawaja blew hot and cold, but came good when his team needed him, and Smith's leadership throughout was exemplary.

That is no mean feat in itself and it is something the players should be very proud of. Former captain Alastair Cook put in a tremendous performance in the fourth test to lead his team to a draw, but he was otherwise terrible and averaged just 47 overall.

Andrew Tye, who failed to take any wickets in his two previous ODIs, dismissed Woakes, Ali, and Curran to finish with 3-33.

Cummins believes that England's approach is one that Australia could look to adopt in the run in to the 2019 World Cup.

Hazlewood picked up three top order wickets
Hazlewood picked up three top order wickets

Having sewn up the series 3-0 in Sydney, the fourth one-day worldwide saw England return to the scene of their 2015 World Cup defeat by Bangladesh - the wake-up call which inspired a comprehensive overhaul of the country's 50-over cricket.

In Australia's lacklustre chase at the SCG last Sunday only two batsmen, Aaron Finch and Marcus Stoinis, had a strike rate over 100 chasing a total of 302, which required more than a run a ball. White ball specialists that were not dejected from surrendering the Ashes came in and brought renewed optimism along with them.

Glenn Maxwell has joined the Australian one-day squad in Adelaide, ahead of Friday's dead-rubber against England. Cummins did, however, concede that the way his side allowed England to fight back after Australia's blistering start with the ball was "not ideal". Another newcomer, Jos Buttler, was the hero in the third.

Wood was asked if Morgan was the best captain he had played under.

Incumbent No.3 Cameron White suffered another failure to continue an unsuccessful comeback for the veteran batsman, who hadn't played an ODI since 2015 before this series. He also showed he is handy with the ball in the second ODI.

'It's a series that means a lot after the Ashes.

It was a result often in doubt despite an avalanche of English wickets that saw the visitors at one point early in their innings at a woeful 5-8.

He has not played first-class cricket since July 2015 and is unlikely to do so again.

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