Eoin Morgan steers England to ODI win after Moeen puts Australia in a spin

by Theguardian

Cricket
• Australia 214; England 218-7• England win by three wickets with six overs to spare

England won the first one-day international against Australia by three wickets. But they did so messily, in a manner hardly befitting the side ranked No 1 in the world. Had they lost this match England would have lost their position at the top of the ICC’s one-day perch and no one could have quibbled about that. The Australians were tigerish in the field but they were defending an inadequate total. Too often England’s batsmen were wanton as if taking the win for granted. It may be time for a word from those in charge – an “honest discussion” is the modern description.

The Australians behaved impeccably but they did not bat very well. With the exception of Glenn Maxwell their batsmen succumbed meekly against the bowling attack hammered by the Scots four days ago. England’s spinners, Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid, did most of the damage, sharing five wickets between them as Australia were bowled out for 214.

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