Jason Roy smashed the second ton of the series to help England beat Australia in the fourth game played at Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street on Thursday. Australia made a considerable improvement after being thrashed in the previous game at Trent Bridge. Aaron Finch moved to the top and produced a brilliant ton to see Australia post 311 while batting first. England simply continued their good form as Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow chipped in with substantial scores to see the side take 4-0 in the five-match series.
In pursuit of 311, Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy once again got England off to a brisk start. The duo put on a big partnership of 174 runs to put the hosts in a strong position to win the game. Roy continued his rich vein of form to produce yet another century in this series. He reached three figures with a six off the bowling of Nathan Lyon. Roy scored 101 off 83 balls with the help of twelve fours and two sixes.
Bairstow also chipped in with 79 off 66 balls. He struck ten boundaries in his innings before Billy Stanlake dismissed him to see England lose their first wicket. Alex Hales was dropped on 17 as Tim Paine spilled a regulation catch off the bowling of Michael Neser. Left-arm spinner Ashton Agar got rid of Joe Root and Eoin Morgan to see England placed at 244 for 4 after 37 overs.
Jos Buttler and Alex Hales put on a 70-run partnership to steer England to victory in the 44th over of the innings. Buttler looked in prime form with the bat and smashed unbeaten 54 off 29 balls with the help of nine fours.
For Australia, Ashton Agar was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets. Nathan Lyon also put in a decent performance in his first outing for Australia in one-day cricket.
Earlier in the day, Aaron Finch and Travis Head batted well to put on a 100-run partnership. Head notched up half-century before being dismissed by Adil Rashid. The left-hander scored 63 off 64 balls with the help of nine fours. Shaun Marsh came to the crease and formed a solid partnership with Finch to put Australia in a strong position in the game. Finch looked in good form as he notched up a splendid century. Pacer Mark Wood trapped him right in front to bring England back into the contest.
The middle order faltered big time as Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Agar and Alex Carey perished for low scores to see Australia go from 225 for 1 to 256 for 5. Shaun Marsh also brought up his second century of the series. The left-handed batsman scored 101 runs off 92 balls with the help of five fours and four sixes.
For England, David Willey was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets. The left-arm certainly pulled things back for the hosts as Australia looked set to post more 330 runs in their innings.
For his splendid hundred, Jason Roy was named player of the match. Hosts will certainly aim for a whitewash over Ashes rivals as the fifth and final game of the series will be played at Old Trafford, Manchester on Sunday.