Jonny Bairstow century helps England recover from nightmare start

Jonny Bairstow scored a fluent century as England recovered from a dire begin to publish a extremely aggressive 302 for seven within the collection deciding third one-day worldwide towards Australia.

Bairstow was on the non-striker’s finish as a fired-up Mitchell Starc eliminated Jason Roy and Joe Root with the primary two balls of the match, however counter-attacked fearlessly to make 112.

He discovered a stable foil in Sam Billings, who scored 56 in a century stand for the fifth wicket, whereas Chris Woakes helped himself to an unbeaten 53 as he guided the decrease order throught the demise overs expertly.

After selecting to bat first England’s best-laid plans got here crashing down in a rush, Starc thrusting himself into centre stage with a daring, good and unprecedented new-ball blast.

On six earlier events of their historical past England have misplaced a wicket to the opening supply of the day, however by no means in 761 ODIs had they began with back-to-back golden geese.

Starc was on the cash instantly – full, quick and discovering simply sufficient swing as Roy sprayed a drive to level.

Root was additionally overwhelmed by means of the air, the left-arm fast ducking one into his pads to win a convincing lbw.

Eoin Morgan was relieved to see the hat-trick ball slip down leg and received England into credit score by working the following ball for 4.

Bairstow may simply have been spooked by Starc’s double strike however as an alternative determined to belief the pitch and his personal palms, tucking right into a collection of well-timed drives and discovering the gaps within the fielding circle. On the finish of the powerplay he had lifted England off the mat and as much as 67 for 2, scoring seven boundaries and a six off Pat Cummins.

The introduction of Adam Zampa labored wonders for Australia, with Morgan (23) and Jos Buttler (eight) each choosing out catchers as they tried to elevate the leg-spinner over the in-field.

Billings provided Bairstow the steady partnership he required and between them they added 114 to the rating. Billings provided a troublesome return likelihood to Starc on 25 however, when it failed to stay he cashed in, launching the paceman excessive into the follow nets then ramping an audacious six over high-quality leg.

Bairstow introduced up his first century since final yr’s World Cup in great model, stepping right into a 90mph supply from Cummins and turning it flat and arduous over the pinnacle of long-leg.

Australia couldn’t afford rather more of the identical from the duo and managed to see off each earlier than the all-important demise overs, Billings mis-hitting a reverse sweep and Bairstow lastly overwhelmed by a well-hidden cutter that despatched the bails flying.

England nonetheless managed to take 82 off the ultimate 10 regardless of missing a specialist batsmen, Woakes hitting six boundaries and taking 14 off Josh Hazlewood’s final over, ably supported by Tom Curran and Adil Rashid.

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