Josh Hazlewood and Adam Zampa have combined to steer Australia to victory in the opening one-day clash against England.
The Australians defeated the world champions for just the third time in 14 one-day matches by 19 runs in Manchester as Hazlewood and Zampa shared seven wickets.
Hazlewood was named man of the match after snaring 3-26, reducing the hosts to 2-13 after Glenn Maxwell (77 from 59 balls) and Mitch Marsh (73 from 100) powered Australia to 9-294.
“The ball seamed around and it bounced quite a bit. There was a couple of little cracks there that Jofra (Archer) and Chris Woakes exploited,” Aussie skipper Aaron Finch said.
“They bowled nicely, as did we with the brand new ball as well. If you look back at the game it was definitely a new-ball wicket.
“It was probably toughest to bat then.”
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The paceman removed Jason Roy (3 from 12) and Joe Root (1 from 11) before Adam Zampa (4-55) claimed the key scalps of English captain Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler.
Josh Hazlewood starred with three wickets.Source:Getty Images
Adam Zampa took three wickets including the key scalp of Jonny Bairstow.Source:Getty Images
A 113-run partnership between maiden centurion Sam Billings (118) and Jonny Bairstow (84) threatened to tip the game in England’s favour, however Australia’s bowlers rallied to clinch a 19-run win.
Zampa had Bairstow caught with 125 still required and despite the valiant efforts of Billings, England fell short.
Billings produced a masterclass of 360 stroke play, enjoying success with the reverse sweep against Zampa.
Sam Billings scored his maiden ODI century in England’s chase.Source:Getty Images
But he ultimately ran out of time as England’s lower-order was unable to provide the required support.
Earlier, Australia — playing without Steve Smith after he was hit by a ball at training — slumped to 5-123 before Maxwell and Marsh launched their counter-attack.
“I thought they played well. We did everything to get ourselves into that position,” Morgan said.
“You can be greedy and want more. That would be ideal. But an area of our game we’re trying to improve on is taking wickets early and we did that.
“To be in that position was great. To have an outstanding performance we would have went on and taken wickets, but we didn’t.”
Finch was full of praise for the rearguard Maxwell and Marsh produced to haul Australia to a competitive total.
“It was a great partnership. I thought they paced it really well,” he said.
“They timed when to attack, when to soak up some pressure really well and played two smart, mature innings.
“I’m really happy for them two to get some runs.”
The three-match series continues at Old Trafford on Sunday.
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Originally published asMaxwell rearguard launches Aussies to victory
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