England vs Australia 2020: Josh Hazlewood Delighted With His Performance Against England

Tanya Simon
September 13, 2020

England required 66 from the last six overs but Australia, beaten comfortably by England in the World Cup semi-final past year, sealed a morale-boosting win having lost the T20 series.

Star Australia batsman Steve Smith has been cleared to take part in the second ODI against England after passing a second concussion test on Saturday (September 12).

Marsh was pinned lbw by Mark Wood as Australia lost late wickets, though hosts England were then reeling at 57-4 in the 17th over of their reply, with Hazlewood (3-26) in fine fettle.

The visitors chased down Ein Morgan's record of 295 for victory, although nine players and a great back-up catalog of such hits to win at Lord's last summer, could hardly overturn the verdict.

The 29-year-old was impeccable from the start, hitting a metronomic groove and enjoying a smedon to remove Jason Roy with a one-handed return catch and thanks to Joe Root for a more classical edge in the back.

Morgan managed to get the innings moving with a brisk 23 before he fell to Adam Zampa, who then had Jos Buttler caught in his next over to leave England again needing to rebuild.

Opener Jonny Bairstow hung around amid the carnage, giving Australia some nervous moments as he lifted his flailing strike-rate during a 113-run stand with Billings.

Bairstow, whose 50 was his slowest in ODIs, accelerated and had reached 84 from 107 when he was caught at long on by a diving Hazlewood off Zampa.

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"When Ben Stokes is missing he leaves a big hole and we tend to have a lot of players vying for places who bat in the top four for their county".

But a target of 28 off the last over, from Mitchell Marsh, proved too much and Billings was dismissed off the last ball of the match, having surpassed his previous ODI best of 67 not out against Ireland at Southampton in July.

Finch said after raising the matter with England skipper Eoin Morgan, his team would not take the knee, adding "the education around it is more important than the protest".

Billings, reflecting on his "mixed feelings" at making a hundred in a losing cause, told Sky Sports he was keen to "keep putting scores on the board" after what was just his 19th ODI appearance in a five-year England career. "It shows a lot of resilience and a lot of character".

Smith was sidelined from the first of a three-match series after being hit on the head during a throwdown session in the nets with Australia's coaching staff.

Fast bowlers Jofra Archer and Mark Wood, in their first one-day worldwide since last year's World Cup final, took three wickets apiece, with Australia in trouble at 123-5 after being sent in on an overcast and blustery afternoon.

The series continues at Old Trafford on Sunday.

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