Bairstow Ton Gives England Hope After Starc's Double Strike
Muhammad Rameez 6 days ago Wed 16th September 2020 | 09:25 PM
Jonny Bairstow revived world champions England from the depths of 0-2 against Australia with a superb hundred in the third and deciding one-day international at Old Trafford on Wednesday
Manchester, United Kingdom, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 16th Sep, 2020 ) :Jonny Bairstow revived world champions England from the depths of 0-2 against Australia with a superb hundred in the third and deciding one-day international at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
He made 112 before falling to Cummins and England were on 249 for 6 with five overs left.
He also shared a fifth-wicket partnership of 114 with Sam Billings, whose 57 followed his 118 in England's series-opening loss.
England captain Eoin Morgan won the toss and batted on a fresh pitch with the three-match series all square at 1-1.
- Dramatic start - But the first ball of the match saw Jason Roy edge a drive off Starc to Glenn Maxwell at backward point.
Next ball, left-arm fast bowler Starc had Test captain Joe Root lbw with an inswinger.
England were 0-2 before left-hander Morgan survived the hat-trick delivery when the ball thudded into his pads.
Bairstow, however, hit Josh Hazlewood for two crunching fours before lofting Cummins for six.
But Billings gave Bairstow excellent support, completing a 53-ball fifty before he too fell to Zampa, when a mistimed reverse sweep lobbed to short third man. Zampa finished with fine figures of 3-51 from his maximum 10 overs.
And with England looking to accelerate, Bairstow was bowled for 112 after being deceived by Cummins's slower ball to leave the hosts 220-6 in the 41st over.
- 'Groggy Smith' - Australia were again without Steve Smith, the star batsman not featuring at all in this series after being hit on the head by a throw-down from a member of the tourists' coaching staff while batting in the nets last Thursday.
The visitors insisted he was being rested purely as a precaution despite passing two concussion tests.
But, having seen Smith bat in the nets again on Tuesday, they decided against playing him, with Australia captain Aaron Finch saying at the toss: "Steve Smith had a long hit yesterday and pulled up a little groggy. When you're dealing with a head injury, you want to be cautious." Australia were unchanged but England recalled fast bowler Mark Wood, fit after an ankle injury, in place of left-arm paceman Sam Curran.
This is England's final fixture of a home season overshadowed by the coronavirus. If they win, it will mean they have not lost a series in any format across 18 matches this summer.