Australia's record of never getting whitewashed at home in ODIs stays. They were prolific and were hell-bent on making use of the early opening to their advantage. England, well, they have a few things to look back at, when they get back to their drawing board. Among the points would be Jason Roy's tapering form post the magnificent 180 in the first game of the series. One more match remains in this ODI series. A new stadium makes its international debut in that game. The venue is in Perth but not the WACA. Join us then at 1120 local time (0320 GMT). See ya! Ta-ta!
Steven Smith, the Australian skipper, states that it feels nice to get over the line, although he laments their batting failures apart from Travis Head. Admits that England lost their top order wickets too quickly for him to realise the same. Mentions that their bowlers helped them restrict the opposition to something that their batsmen could chase. About the new venue for the next game, he excitedly reckons that it was long overdue for the sport to get there.
Pat Cummins, the Man of the Match, says that it feels nice to get a win after some bad games earlier. Opines that the wicket here has something for the bowlers, which is good. Lavishes praise on Josh Hazlewood by saying that he is clever with his variations. States that being injury-free is everything that he can ask for. Sounds excited to travel and play Tests in South Africa.
Eoin Morgan, the English skipper, reckons that 8/5 was the difference between the two sides. Admits it wasn't such a wicket at all. States that at that moment, one tries to go and play in a planned way and credits the opposition for bowling well. Praises Adil Rashid by saying that he is chipping in with wickets regularly, which is good. Ends saying that they are looking forward to playing at the new Perth stadium in the next game.
The touring bowlers simply didn't have much in the bank to play with. Adil Rashid was the most impressive one, picking up three wickets in the middle. At that stage, England did look like coming back into the contest but from the other end, it was a tap left open - free to collect runs or release the pressure created. This is after their batters failed to acknowledge the fact that they were turning up to play a fifty-over contest. They were helped by Chris Woakes' 78 to get to a face-saving score after finding themselves at five down for eight. Time for the presentation.
In the Tests, Steven Smith looked invincible but that hasn't been the case in this series. Although the outcome is a favourable one, it shouldn't hide the batting failure of his side. One might argue that Mitchell Marsh and Tim Paine were among the runs, but in reality, theirs knocks aren't ones that you can bank on. The Warners and Smiths need to turn up. Cameron White? Well, we might have seen the last of him already.
At the halfway stage, this run-chase was expected to be a canter. But it was anything apart from that. A labored crawl, one can say. England started fairly well with the ball but the total that they had was never going to be sufficient for them. Even though wickets were coming in from one end at fair intervals, Travis Head held one end up nicely to quell any chances of an England comeback. He looked in sublime touch, missing out on his second ton as an opener by a whisker.
Here is what Travis Head had to say when Mark Taylor catches up with him. He says that it feels good to get a result in their favour finally. Lauds his bowlers' efforts to restrict the opposition to a paltry score. Reckons it feels nice to bat at the top of the order and that suits his game as well. Mentions that he is happy to let Aaron Finch come in if he is fit and fine. Ends by hoping to put up a similar performance in their next outing.
Mark Wood to Andrew Tye
These are the winning runs for Australia. Tye drives it past mid off, the fielder there puts in a dive and gets some hand on that. That slows the ball down. Tye thinks that the ball has crossed the fence, before realizing that it hasn't and they then run three. AUSTRALIA TRIUMPH ON THEIR NATIONAL DAY, THEY WIN BY 3 WICKETS!
Wood bails out before delivering that one. Perhaps the umpire wasn't ready there.
Mark Wood to Tim Paine
Bouncer on leg, pulled to deep square leg for one.
FOUR! England are feeding Paine with the short stuff and he is feeding off them nicely. Pulls this one nicely through backward square leg for another boundary.
FOUR! Short and wide, punished. Paine stands tall and cuts it over backward point for a boundary.
Banged short, TP lets it be.
Andrew Tye is the next man in.
Mark Wood to Pat Cummins
OUT! A run out and Cummins is the victim. This is what happens when one speaks in Greek and the other in Hebrew. Fuller ball around off and middle, pushed down the ground. It seems that there is an easy couple on offer but Paine doesn't feel so. Although he was already running for just one, he turns and finds Pat halfway down. Shows some signs of coming for the second due to which the pacer takes a couple of steps. Seeing the throw, Tim backs out and leaves Pat high and dry. Not the greatest bit of communication I have seen.
Chris Woakes to Pat Cummins
This time, PC guides it past Roy at backward point for a single to retain strike.
Full and outside off, Cummins looks to drive but misses.
Bouncer around off, Pat lets it be.
Well done, Roy. Swoops down from backward point to field the cut shot and restrict this to a dot ball. Has a wild throw at the bowler's end too.