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England level ODI series against Australia

England levelled the One Day International (ODI) series at the weekend against Australia as Jos Buttler saved England with a wonderful showing as the hosts’ top scorer.  The fourth ODI was certainly in doubt for England after Australia’s George Bailey nearly hit a century for his side, coming 13 runs short of the 100 mark. The rest of his team didn’t perform up to standards as England came back in the second innings to level the ODI 1-1 and give them hope of a revival.

Buttler, Carberry and Morgan save England in the ODI

Australia really didn’t get off to a great start over the first four wickets and it was down to George Bailey to save his team and give them hope of the ODI series victory. After the Australians had been declared all out, England knew that they had a target of 227 runs, which was very realistic to achieve. However, the main stars for England failed to perform as Joe Root and Jonathon Trott didn’t hit a single run and Kevin Pietersen only managed 5 runs. The rest of the team did not hit that well either apart from Jos Buttler, Michael Carberry and Captain Eoin Morgan who saved the day for England.

Michael Carberry was the opener for England and he inspired the rest of his team as he hit an impressive 63 runs in the same time 3 of his team mates lost their wickets. Captain Eoin Morgan showed his players how it was done by hitting just over half a century before he was forced off the field. Yet, the true saviour of the day was Jos Buttler as the Englishman hit 65 runs, including two 6’s and the only 6’s on the England team, and was not out for the rest match. After 49.3 overs, England won by 3 wickets with a score of 231 for 7 as Australia scored 227 all out.

The overall ODI score now sits at 1-1 as two of the four ODI’s were forced to be abandoned due to bad weather and a waterlogged pitch. The decider begins later today and it already looks promising for England as Australia’s captain Michael Clarke is a doubt. Clarke was a key figure in the Australia ODI win as he hit just over a century to help his team to victory, but with him being absent today it gives England the upper hand and the motivation to hopefully win the series overall 2-1.

Author Daniel Foster.
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