Gulf News – London: David Willey’s unbeaten 35 saw England to a nervous three-wicket victory over Australia at The Oval on Wednesday as the top-ranked side in one-day international cricket returned to winning ways after their shock six-run defeat by Scotland.

Summary

  • London: David Willey’s unbeaten 35 saw England to a nervous three-wicket victory over Australia at The Oval on Wednesday as the top-ranked side in one-day international cricket returned to winning ways after their shock six-run defeat by Scotland.
  • But Willey, whose score was his highest for England, ended the match when he drove Australia debutant Michael Neser for six with six overs left.
  • This was Australia’s first international series under new coach Justin Langer 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.
  • But Billy Stanlake gave Australia hope of victory when his second ball of England’s reply cut back sharply to bowl Jason Roy for a duck on his Surrey home ground.
  • Ali holed out before Willey, the son of former England batsman David Willey, and Plunkett held their nerve in an unbroken stand of 21.


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