The first one-day game of the series saw England eke out a close win over Australia at the Oval. Hosts England came back strongly after suffering a shocking defeat at the hands of Scotland at Edinburgh. Australia batting could not get going as they posted 215 runs while batting first. Joe Root and Eoin Morgan chipped with useful half-centuries to see England win the game by 3 wickets and take 1-0 in the five-match series.
David Willey produced a vital cameo after England lost their way towards the end. The all-rounder finished things off with a six off the bowling of Michael Neser. It was spinners who did a terrific job to keep Australia to a below par score of 215 runs. England’s spin duo of Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali took five wickets between them after Australia won the toss and opted to bat first. Glenn Maxwell and Ashton Agar put on a good partnership to take Australia score above 200 runs in their innings.
In reply, England lost Jason Roy for a duck as Billy Stanlake provided a crucial breakthrough for Australia. Joe Root and Eoin Morgan came together and kept the scoreboard ticking to put England in a strong position to win the game. Morgan looked fluent in his innings and was dismissed by Andrew Tye. Root also chipped in with a useful half-century for England.
Australia will not be pleased with their performance in the first game of the one-day series. The side slumped to 90 for 5 after 20 overs. Glenn Maxwell chipped in with a crucial half-century to stage a fightback of sorts for Australia in the game. He put on a good partnership with Ashton Agar to help Australia put some sort of score on the board.
England will be keen to continue their good form as the second game of the series will be played at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff.