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Fourth ODI: England finally win after setting Australia record run chase

England players celebrate the wicket of Aaron Finch.

England players celebrate the wicket of Aaron Finch. Photo: Getty Images

Ninety-two days after touching down in Perth for the Ashes series, England have finally won a game of cricket against Australia.

They've gone to every major city and back again before returning to their first stop on a horror tour to at long last taste success in the fourth one-day international at the WACA, albeit against a severely under-strength Australian team.

Eoin Morgan sends one to the rope.

Eoin Morgan sends one to the rope. Photo: Getty Images

Not even a century to opener Aaron Finch - his second of the series - could deny England of a result many predicted they would enjoy more often than their opponents throughout the summer.

Alastair Cook's men were just one more defeat away from earning the tag as the worst English cricket team to grace Australian shores in a 137-year history between the two countries.

But the 57 run victory - thanks largely to a rapid fire 71 off 43 balls from Jos Buttler at the end of the innings - ensured England would avoid a record 10th consecutive loss against Australia across all formats of the game.

Expensive: Mitchell Johnson.

Expensive: Mitchell Johnson. Photo: Getty Images

For the first time this summer, England dictated terms from ball one right through until the end of the day, dismissing Australia for 259 in reply to their 8-316 batting first.

Finch hit eight fours and four sixes in a damaging knock of 108 from 111 balls at the top of the order, but threw his wicket away when he guided a short ball from Tim Bresnan to Stuart Broad at third man.

With Michael Clarke, Brad Haddin and Shane Watson all rested, the Victorian offered the sole resistance in an innings where most batsmen failed to go on after making a solid start to their respective innings.

Best of the Aussies: Aaron Finch.

Best of the Aussies: Aaron Finch. Photo: AP

But it was the devastating display of power-hitting from England wicketkeeper-batsman Buttler that was the difference between the two teams.

Buttler's powerful knock pushed England past 300 for just the third time in their last 60 one-day internationals, leaving Australia needing the highest successful run chase at the WACA to claim victory.

The 23-year-old Buttler, who on the eve of the match admitted England couldn't afford to score anything less than 300 if they were any chance of breaking their duck down under, hit four sixes and six fours to put England into a commanding position despite the middle order failing to capitalise on a blistering start from the top order.

Big knock: Jos Buttler.

Big knock: Jos Buttler. Photo: Getty Images

The last time England posted 300 was in the second game of this series at the Gabba, however a brilliant innings from James Faulkner denied the visitors what should have been their first victory on Australian soil this summer.

But there would be no heroics from the men in green this time around, struggling to replicate the power hitting of the England lower order at the end of their innings.

England finished the stronger of the two teams, but they also started the better of the two racing to 73 off the first 10 overs to surpass their previous highest score of 53 after the 10 over mark.

Alastair Cook scored 44 off 43 balls, while Ben Stokes, the shining light of a black summer for English cricket, chimed in with a handy 70 run contribution.

Outside of Finch, none of the Australians managed to get past 26, with Glenn Maxwell delivering the second highest score of the innings.

Faulkner, who picked up two wickets in the final over of the innings, finished with the best figures of the Australian claiming (4-67 off 10 overs).

James Pattinson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Dan Christian and Maxwell all bagged a wicket each, while Mitchell Johnson was unable to make an impact finishing with 0-72 from his 10 overs.

Ben Stokes finished 4-39 off nine for England, with Tim Bresnan snaring 3-45 off 8.4 overs and Stuart Broad bagging 2-56 off 10.

 

19 comments so far

  • And an easy win it was. What a Team

    Commenter
    Freddy F
    Location
    Stoke on Trent
    Date and time
    January 24, 2014, 11:41PM
    • Congrats to an under-strength England team, minus the likes of Pietersen, Trott, Anderson & Swann, on beating a strong Australian team with considerable ODI experience. May I wish this good-spirited, sporting Australian team the very best of luck on their return to English shores in 2015. I'm sure it will be a series to remember.

      Commenter
      Komi Punte
      Date and time
      January 25, 2014, 12:21AM
      • Well done to England! Yes the win was against a depleted Australian side but Australia have been playing against a similarly depleted English Test side since Perth, yet no excuses were offered by team managements and none taken. It's not a whinge but a logical observation that if you take out your best batsman, vc keeper and bowling all-rounder, most sides would struggle. But after all, you can only play the team that lines up against you.

        What was pleasing to see was a smile on faces which have spent months at best in deep contemplation and at worst deep despair. There were no angry, in-your-face celebrations from the team's leader or senior players, no histrionics, just happiness that success had finally been achieved. Very nice to see a proper example of sportsmanship on the TV which I haven't seen for a while. Hopefully, England can make it 3-2 and then win the Twenty20s to take something positive out of what has been the tour from hell - but a tour which would have taught those involved numerous lessons which will toughen them up for the future. Good on Cook for keeping his dignity throughout, now hopefully, he can taste a little more success along with it!

        Commenter
        Steph
        Date and time
        January 25, 2014, 3:15AM
        • Of course the Poms were scheduled for a win. Its all about money not cricket. Should the Poms been beaten again, numbers attending subsequent games would dwindle significantly.

          Commenter
          Cayce
          Location
          Brisbane
          Date and time
          January 25, 2014, 6:50AM
          • Aussies love seeing pommies beaten 16 years of dominating them when Warnie etc played never stopped the crowds here or in England. That's one area I give English supporters credit win or lose they are loyal to the team. The Balmy army stayed loyal for years and are more loyal than us Aussies kudos to them

            Commenter
            Armchair Selector
            Date and time
            January 25, 2014, 2:39PM
          • Yes, that's right, Cayce. Just look at the lousy crowds for the Melbourne and Sydney tests after the English had lost the series. How many were there on Boxing Day? A paltry 91,000, if I remember it rightly.

            Commenter
            Vartier
            Date and time
            January 25, 2014, 4:27PM
        • Finally they have won........ Without half the aussie team !

          Commenter
          Maverick
          Location
          Buff Point
          Date and time
          January 25, 2014, 6:51AM
          • And without half the English team. Did you miss that bit on your comment?

            Commenter
            End of comment for Maverick
            Date and time
            January 25, 2014, 2:05PM
          • Five and a half players on each team? How bizarre to be the chosen half.

            Commenter
            mutt
            Date and time
            January 25, 2014, 6:25PM
        • Well deserved Old Blighty - we had a contest at last.

          Commenter
          Tin
          Date and time
          January 25, 2014, 7:01AM

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