Mon, Jan 29, 2:47pm by Head Editor
Despite having little impact in the Ashes series, England quick Tom Curran has turned in a brilliant display in the last One Day International of the summer between his nation and Australia, which secured the Three Lions a 4-1 series win.
The hosts were cruising at 4/189 in the 34th over, before the 22-year-old snared four of the last five wickets, which left the green and gold 12 runs short of the visitor’s mediocre total of 259 all out.
Curran’s bowling at the death was nothing short of brilliant, and he thoroughly deserved a five-wicket haul when he removed Aussie wicket keeper Tim Paine for a well compiled 34, which gave the full house of over 53,000 some hope.
The crowd turned out in record numbers for the first ever match at Perth’s brand new Optus Stadium, and after local boy Andrew Tye picked up 5/46 from his 9.4 overs, the Western Australian’s were feeling confident.
Joe Root top scored in that innings, with a defiant knock of 62 off 68 balls, and the Test skipper was well supported by Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow, who made 49 and 44 runs respectively.
The match sums up Australia’s poor showing in the five-game series. Steve Smith’s charges have now lost 13 of their last 19 ODI’s and face an uphill battle to defend their World Cup, which is to be played in England in less than 18 months time.
The teams now turn their attention to the shortest form of the game, for the Twenty 20 International tri-series, which also includes New Zealand.
The first match of the five-game series is scheduled for the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday night.
The poor form in the ODI series hasn’t stopped the Aussies heading into the T20 series as favourites ($2.63), the Kiwis are $2.70, just ahead of England at $2.88.
New Zealand $2.70
New Zealand $2.08
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