Australia beat England by six wickets in the first One-Day International (ODI) of the three-match series at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday, November 18. The Aussies chased down the target with 19 balls to spare to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match ODI series.
Ace fast bowler Pat Cummins captained Australia in ODIs for the first time, and it was his first victory in the format. He pleaded guilty to allegations of slow over rate after his team’s series-opening win.
As reported by the AAP, Australia was found guilty of bowling two overs outside of the time period by match referee David Boon, resulting in a 40 per cent hit to each player’s match payments. International cricketing laws for the format state that players within the infringing side will be fined 20 per cent of their total payments for every over that is completed outside of the window.
Earlier, Dawid Malan scored a brilliant 134 from 128 deliveries, including 12 fours and 4 sixes. At one stage, the visitors were reeling at 66/4, but Malan led the rescue as England posted 287 runs for 9 in 50 overs. David Willey scored an unbeaten 34 runs off 40 balls and supported Malan in putting up a respectable total.
Chasing 288 runs, the hosts got off to a flying start with David Warner and Travis Head dominating the batting, and they reached their century partnership in just 88 balls. There appeared to be no danger until Head was caught by Phil Salt at the deep square leg for 69 in Chris Jordan’s bowling.
Warner was on his way to his first century in almost three years, but in 86, he pulled David Willey into the air and was brilliantly collected at deep backward square by Sam Billings. Despite losing Marnus Labuschagne for four runs, Steve Smith scored an unbeaten 80 off 78 balls to lead Australia to victory.
Pat Cummins has been rested by Australian head coach Andrew McDonald ahead of the next Test series against the West Indies and South Africa. Josh Hazlewood will now captain Australia, with the stand-in winning the toss and choosing to bat against the visitors.