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Root stars as England set Australia chase of 260 runs

Sun Online Desk     28th January, 2018 04:32:21 printer

Root stars as England set Australia chase of 260 runs

Andrew Tye took a career-best five for 56 to help Australia dismiss England for 259 in Sunday's fifth and final one-day international at the new Perth Stadium.

 

Mitchell Starc thought he'd become the first bowler to take a wicket at the stadium when wicketkeeper Tim Paine took a good diving catch in the third over. But replays showed a front-foot no-ball, with England opener Jason Roy subsequently called back.

 

Roy was on 20 at the time, and went on to make 49 off 46 balls as England raced out to 71-0 by the 12th over.

 

Joe Root top-scored with 62 off 68 balls, but England's middle and lower order failed to support him as the tourists lost its last six wickets for 67 runs.

 

"I can't have asked for anything better to open the stadium," Tye said.

 

Earlier, Australia captain Steve Smith won the toss and sent England in to bat. England clinched the series by winning the first three matches before Australia won the fourth in Adelaide by three wickets, when Smith also won the toss and bowled first.

 

England replaced Mark Wood and Chris Woakes with Jake Ball and David Willey, while Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Starc returned for Australia. Fast bowler Pat Cummins was ruled out of the Australian side with tight hamstrings.

 

Cummins starred in Friday's win in Adelaide, taking four wickets for 24 runs.

 

Smith said the uncertainty of how the drop-in pitch would play convinced him to bowl first.

 

"None of us have played here before," Smith said. "We don't know what it's going to do. This will be a chance for us to look at it first, and hopefully take a few early ones again."

 

England lost its first five wickets for eight runs in Adelaide.

 

The new 60,000-capacity stadium replaces the WACA for international cricket in Perth. The organizer said a crowd of 55,000 was expected for Sunday's match.

 

Source: AP


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