Finch and Marsh hit tons before England fight back

Doug Mendoza
June 25, 2018

For the tourists - who have now lost 15 of their last 17 one-day matches against all opposition - they are struggling to take any positives from the debacle. While Travis Head did most of the slaughtering in the power plays', he was dismissed in the first ball of the twentieth over at the score of 63 off 64.

By contrast South Africa, when confronted with a then record score of 434 for four by Australia in 50 overs, the first time a team had passed 400 in an ODI, in Johannesburg in 2006, responded with 438 for nine. "The way they are playing is reminiscent of how we used to play in our day with Gilly, Matthew Hayden and Ricky Ponting at the top".

Finch's 11th ODI century, and sixth against England, and Marsh's second in three innings underpinned the total for Australia, who have been depleted by a number of key absences.

Wood made it two wickets for two runs in just five balls when later in the same over he clean bowled Marcus Stoinis with a similar delivery that cut back in. A lot of people are unfortunately going to remember him for going for 100 in a one-day worldwide. They play the next match in Chester-le-Street and the duo will join the rest of the squad there for Thursday's match that will be played at Riverside.

Marsh brought up his ton off just 91 balls as he took Australia near to the 300-run mark.

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While Langer admitted chasing down the English total was always going to be a huge task he believes the batsmen missed a great opportunity to score some runs on a ideal batting surface. As a result, Australia already missed the series.

Australia captain Tim Paine, who dropped a regulation catch off Alex Hales behind the stumps: "We were 30 or 40 short in the end".

David Willey was denied a hat-trick but still claimed three wickets in five balls in the 48th over of Australia's innings as he proved what a good death bowler he is. Australia were going to have to remove the hosts' in-form openers Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow early if they were to have even a slight sniff of a victory.

While that could mean Wood missing out on an global appearance on his home ground in Durham - something he has achieved only once, against New Zealand in 2015 - England's priority will be the long-term fitness of a bowler who exceeded 91 miles per hour at times in Nottingham.

But England's red-hot batsmen made relatively easy work of reaching their target to seal the win with 32 balls to spare on a sunny day in the north-east of the country. The pair put on 174-runs for the opening wicket in under 24 overs and although they fell in quick succession, they had very much knocked the stuffing out of the hapless Aussie bowlers making an England win all but a formality.

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