Australia vs England Match Details
- Australia have a lead of 1-0 as they defeated England in the first ODI by six wickets.
- David Warner and Steven Smith were the picks of the batters for the hosts with knocks of 86 and 80 runs, respectively.
- David Malan stole all the limelight in the match by smacking his second One Day hundred.
Australia will be hoping to seal the series as they will play against England in the second One Day International of the three-match series at the Sydney Cricket Ground on November 19, Saturday. It was a lackluster performance by Englishmen in the first ODI as the hosts scored a win by six wickets to take a significant lead of 1-0.
Put to bat first, England found themselves reeling at 66-4 in 13.2 overs. The team was very well heading towards a low score. However, Dawid Malan played one of the best knocks of his One Day cricket career. The top-order batter hammered a much-needed century. His knock of 134 off 128 propelled his team to a total of 287 runs.
Chasing the score, Australian batters looked in full form. The top three players, including David Warner, Travis Head, and Steven Smith, added 86, 69, and 80 runs respectively to the scoreboard. With brilliant contributions from the aforementioned players, the team reached a victory in just 46.5 overs.
Though Australia needs to be lauded for their stunning performances, they were not playing against England’s best XI. A handful of England’s main players, like Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, and Adil Rashid, were missing due to fatigue from the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022. The team fielded a second-string side in the first ODI.
Australia will have the momentum on Saturday. However, they can get tough competition as Jos Buttler hinted towards a change in the playing XI for the Saturday match.