England pulled off a perfect heist against Australia in the fifth and final one-day game of the series played at the new Perth Stadium. In front of jam-packed stadium, the visitors were able to defend a score of 260 runs to win the five-match one-day series by 4-1.
At one stage, Australia looked on course to chase down the score with the side placed at 189 for 4. Marcus Stoinis played well after being promoted to no.3 in the batting order. The hosts saw another batting implosion as they slumped to 203 for 8 courtesy of brilliant bowling from Tom Curran. Wicket-keeper Tim Paine played well for his 34 runs but could not steer Australia to victory as he undone by a superb inswing delivery produced by Curran to see England achieve a remarkable victory.
Moeen Ali also bowled well for his three wickets but the man of the moment for England turned out to be Tom Curran who produced his career best figures of 5 for 35 to pull off an improbable win.
Stoinis played well and scored 87 runs off 99 runs but his departure saw England make a comeback in the game. Tom Curran dismissed Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Starc in quick succession to see Australia in all sorts of trouble. Steven Smith torrid run in the one-day format as he once again gave away his wicket.
Earlier in the game, Australian Captain Steven Smith won the toss and opted to bowl first due to new-pitch. The openers started off things nicely for England as Jason Roy smashed a huge six in the third over of the innings. He produced a quick-fire 49 runs before being dismissed by Andrew Tye.
Alex Hales came to the crease and put together a decent stand with Jonny Bairstow. Mitchell Marsh got Australia back in the game by taking out Alex Hales and Eoin Morgan in quick succession to see England slump to 157 for 4.
Andrew Tye got rid of danger man Jos Buttler who was started to look good at the crease on a wicket that offered variable bounce. Joe Root kept the scoreboard ticking along nicely to see England register 260 runs on the board. Andrew Tye finished with five wickets while leg-spinner Adam Zampa bowled well in this game.
Tom Curran was named man of the match for his scintillating bowling performance while Joe Root was awarded man of the series for his consistent performances throughout the five-match series.