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Australia vs England 2018, 5th ODI - What went wrong for the hosts

29 January 2018, 07:36 | Rufus Hill

The England team poses after clinching the ODI series in Perth Sunday. — AP

The England team poses after clinching the ODI series in Perth Sunday. — AP

Tom Curran announced himself in worldwide cricket with a superb swing-bowling performance to spoil the grand opening of Perth's new stadium and show the strength in depth of England's imperious white-ball team. Marsh was victim to a simply outstanding return catch from Moeen, who thrust out his right hand and plucked a fiercely struck straight drive just as the umpire was ducking for cover.

With Ball ailing, but still having to bowl, it was crucial that Curran kept up the pressure at the other end, and after bowling Zampa for 11, he disturbed the stumps once more with the second ball of the 49th over to remove Paine for 34 and rubber-stump an excellent series for the English side. You want to be asked to perform in the big moments and to be involved when the game can go either way, that's when you get the most satisfaction'.

Marcus Stoinis hit four sixes in his 87 to guide Australia to 189-4 in reply.

Glenn Maxwell has been handed a one-day recall by Australia after Aaron Finch succumbed to a hamstring injury.

Tye might easily have been the one celebrating a match-winning turn had Jake Ball been unable to bowl his final two overs, with England nearly losing the seamer unexpectedly at the denouement.

Tye was the pick of the bowlers with five wickets, while Marsh snapped up two.

"We thought we'd pulled it back really well, but we didn't start as well with the ball, it has been a bit of trend", Smith said.

England lost its first five wickets for eight runs in Adelaide.

Chris Woakes led the recovery with a superb 78 off 82 balls, featuring four boundaries and five sixes, while Morgan (33), Moeen Ali (33) and Tom Curran (35) all made valuable contributions when the new ball threat faded. "We don't know what it's going to do".

Smith said it was yet another disappointing full-stop to come from a match where his team was in a strong position, with a raft of improvement needed before Australia defend their World Cup title in 16 months' time. Tom Curran, to bowl a spell like that, for such a young guy, it's a great sign.

Curran's dream day should have started with his fourth delivery, Bairstow fumbling a catch at slip, but he still scored an early success by cleaning up the off-colour David Warner. We are a special group of players who are talented. Me and Davey (David Warner) as the senior leaders haven't stepped up.



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