Gulf Today (UAE) – London: Skipper Eoin Morgan scored 69 off 74 balls as England defeated Australia by three wickets with 36 balls to spare in the ODI series opener at the Oval Cricket Ground in London on Wednesday.

Summary

  • London: Skipper Eoin Morgan scored 69 off 74 balls as England defeated Australia by three wickets with 36 balls to spare in the ODI series opener at the Oval Cricket Ground in London on Wednesday.
  • Earlier, Moeen Ali took three wickets as number one-ranked England tried to put their shock six-run loss to Scotland behind them by dismissing Australia for just 214 in the first one-day international at The Oval on Wednesday.
  • This was Australia’s first international series since their tour of South Africa saw former captain Steve Smith and his deputy David Warner — two of the world’s leading batsmen — given year-long bans by cricket Australia for their roles in the ball-tampering scandal during the third Test in Cape Town in March.
  • World champions Australia came into this match having lost their last three ODI series — a sequence that included a 4-1 loss at home to England in January.
  • Ali justified his introduction into the attack as first-change with two wickets for three runs in eight ballsHe had the experienced Aaron Finch (19) slicing to short third man before Shaun Marsh (24) was bowled by a turning delivery.

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