Monday 19 February 2018 / 10:50 PM


Via England Cricket Media

England have taken a commanding 2-0 lead in their ODI series against Australia, powering to a six-wicket win with more than five overs to spare at the Gabba – despite a second straight ton from Aussie opener Aaron Finch.

England named an unchanged 11 after their comfortable win in the first match of the series at the Melbourne, with MCG hero Jason Roy presented with his 50th ODI cap by Adam Hollioake before play.

Australia handed two players their ODI debuts, with wicketkeeper Alex Carey coming in for the unwell Tim Paine and seamer Jhye Richardson also earning his first cap.

The hosts won the toss and their captain Steve Smith chose to bat first.

Finch batted superbly for Australia to score his second century of the series but the hosts were restricted 270/9 from their 50 overs.

Australia made a strong start with the bat but were pegged back when Moeen Ali removed David Warner before captain Steve Smith was trapped lbw in unlikely fashion by Joe Root.

The Three Lions were able to stop Australia from gathering any significant momentum in the middle overs, with Travis Head and Mitchell Marsh falling before Finch was dismissed by Liam Plunkett for 106.

England continued to take wickets in the final overs to prevent Australia building a total closer to 300, including some innovative fielding from Chris Woakes when he kicked the ball on to the stumps to run out Carey.

Another run out from Woakes to remove Andrew Tye on the last ball of the innings meant Smith’s side finished nine down, setting England a target of 271 to win.

England secured the win with 34 balls still remaining, despite a late wobble after Mitchell Starc took two balls in his final over to dismiss Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali.

Starc took 4/59 to give Australia a chance, but the Three Lions were comfortably ahead of the required run rate from the outset.

Roy was unable to back-up his record-breaking 180 as he was caught at mid wicket for two in the first over of the innings.

But a 117-run partnership between Jonny Bairstow (60) and Alex Hales (57) put England in command.

Eoin Morgan (21), Buttler (42) and Ali (1) were all dismissed but Joe Root (46*) anchored the chase to see the tourists home along with Chris Woakes (39*).

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