Let me put something that won't please Stonis and something that he would love to change. So far in his ODI career, he has scored over 50 five times. On all the occasions, Australia have gone on to lose. England will be pleased with the sweet revenge that they have extracted after the drubbing in the Ashes. Of course, it is altogether different thing whether there's something as 'revenge' in sport. That's not all from this England's Australian tour. These two sides, along with New Zealand clash for a T20I tri-series. The first game of that is on the 3rd of February, 2018 at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Join us for that game at 1920 local time (0820 GMT). Thanks for being awesome readers. Ta-ta, bubye! Take care!
The happy captain of the game, Eoin Morgan, is pleased how his side played today. States that his side's ability to show a fight is something that he hasn't seen in the past and is proud of the same. Reckons that they are spoilt for choices with the personnel at their disposal. Admits that although they haven't shuffled the side, he hopes that the guys learn from their win and improve as they go forward. Draws huge cheers from the crowd when he thanks them for their relentless support.
Steven Smith, the losing skipper, says that they did well with the ball to restrict England. Admits the target to being a chaseable one before conceding that continuous loss of wickets pegged them back. States that Andrew Tye was good with his change of pace that helped restrict the opposition. Opines that the crowd was spectacular, along with praising the surface and the outfield. Even he is looking forward to a couple of weeks off, he states.
The Player of the Series award goes to Joe Root. Shouts of 'Roooooooooot' echo the Optus Stadium. He reckons that the turnaround from the Tests to the ODIs has been surreal. About not having the burden of captaincy, he says that the roles in the side for the guys is fixed and hence it doesn't matter if he is leading the side or not. Reckons that it is always important to pick up wickets and think that the opposition is in the game otherwise things could get out of hand. Ends saying that he is looking forward to the rest that he is going to get.
It's time for the presentation. First up is the Man of the Match award and it is bagged by Tom Curran. He says that watching his side play a dominating brand of ODI cricket made it easier for him to walk in and put in a performance. States that he was always ready to come in and play straightaway. Reckons that they felt they had enough runs on the board.
Earlier, England were inserted in to bat and got a good start, courtesy their openers. But theirs was a case of batsmen who got starts not going on to convert it to something significant and that turned out to stymie them from running away to a steep score. For Australia, Andrew Tye was impressive with the ball, picking up his first five-wicket haul in ODIs.
For England, Tom Curran turned out to be their hero with the ball as he, literally, swung his way to a maiden five-fer in the 50-over format. He bowled with pace, changed it occasionally to catch the batters off-guard and swung the ball en route to the number of wickets that he picked. Moeen Ali was also among the wickets with crucial three wickets in the middle, that stemmed the Aussies' march. Adil Rashid slipped in with the crucial strike of Stoinis. All in all, it was a good game for the visiting team with the ball.
As often seen in the sport, a run out broke the Stoinis-Head stand. Steven Smith hasn't been his own in this series and he let his side down yet again with another failure. Further down, Glenn Maxwell combined with Stoinis to add over 50 runs for the 5th wicket, which kept their side always in the hunt. Post that, one would have backed England to seal the deal but Tim Paine and Adam Zampa ensured that the win wasn't an easy one for the tourists.
At the halfway stage, this total was a below par one as per the pundits. But boy, have England changed the narrative in some style! Well, let's say this - Australia have squandered yet another opportunity to turn up on the right side of the result owing to their not-so-great batting effort. Although they lost David Warner early, the move to send Marcus Stoinis in at no.3 almost paid off for them. He added 62 for the second wicket with Travis Head, carrying on to stroke his way happily to a half-century.
Hush! This game was closer than it was supposed to be at many stages. Eventually, we've had a good match on our hands and the team that played better on the day turned out to be the winners. England. They are seen applauding the Barmy Army for being persistent with their support for their side. The customary handshakes take place and the win is theirs to be savoured.
Tom Curran to Tim Paine
OUT! Tom Curran's maiden five-fer in ODIs inspires England to a win at the Optus Stadium in Perth! Spears it full and straight in line of the stumps. 'You miss and I hit' says Tom, as Paine looks to get his front foot out of the way and smash it down the ground. Misses the ball owing to the swing inwards and ends up losing the sticks behind. ENGLAND WIN THIS GAME BY 12 RUNS AND TAKE THE SERIES 4-1!
Very full on off, Paine stands back and hits it to covers. Doesn't take the run again.
Morgan first has a chat with Buttler and then a talk with Curran. Tom is ready to go, he is in search off his maiden ODI fifer.
Jake Ball to Tim Paine
Another short ball, pulled to fine leg for one. 13 needed off the last two overs. This is going down the wire.
Pulled to deep square leg but again he denies the run.
SIX! Tim can't cut but he can paddle! Full and in the line of the stumps, Paine gets down and plays the paddle. Makes good connection as the ball sails all the way over the fine leg fence. 14 off 14 needed! Paine is doing it on his own here.
FOUR! That'll help! Doesn't matter how they comes as long as runs come. This is short in length, Paine backs away and looks to cut it. But gets a thick outside edge over the vacant slip cordon for a boundary. Not commanding but effective nevertheless. 20 off 15 needed.
Slower off cutter angling in to Paine, spotting him back away. All that the batter can do is hit the air.
Short in length, pulled to deep square leg. Paine denies the run and stays on strike.
Four men deep on the leg side. The ring inside the circle is on the off side. The deep field is kept in response to the pull that Paine played in Ball's last over.