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Marsh and Maxwell shine as Australia go 1-0 up

Posted on: September 12, 2020

A brilliant partnership between Mitchell Marsh and Glenn Maxwell rescued Australia from a precarious 123/5 and got them to a competitive 294/9. Marsh who has been brilliant with the bat since his return scored a brilliant 73 with the bat again. Maxwell who hasn’t been in the best of form scored a whirlwind 77 of just 59 balls to give Australia the impetus to get close to 300.

England themselves did not have a great start to the chase losing their first 4 wickets with just 57 on the board. Josh Hazlewood was brilliant giving away just 26 in his 10 overs for 3 wickets. Johnny Bairstow (84) along with the brilliant Sam Billings (118) kept the hosts in the hunt but Adam Zampa with 4/55 made sure that Australia got a comfortable 19 run win.

Sam Billings who has been brilliant all summer in the LO games once again played an amazing innings giving England hopes of overhauling Australia’s target. But his innings wasn’t enough for England as the rest of the batting except for Bairstow faltered as Billings was the last man out of the final ball of the innings.

It was a brilliant all round performance from Australia as it is not easy to defeat England in ODIs at home. This has been a good start for the visitors but they would know that England will bounce back. The series has started off brilliantly and it sets up the rest of the games brilliantly.

Australia has looked brilliant after their rusty start at the start of the tour. England will have their task cut out to pull this one back.

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