England's Plunkett out of last two ODIs against Australia

Emmett Rice
January 29, 2018

Adil Rashid and Curran both offered support to the Test skipper, adding double-figure scores, but with Tye returning to bring an end to the innings with three wickets at the death, England were all out for 259 with 14 balls unused.

Jason Roy had made a blistering start after England were put in to bat but he became the first of numerous visiting batsmen to be dismissed after making a start when he was deceived by AJ Tye's knuckleball on 49.

Cummins claimed career-best ODI figures of 4-24 and Hazlewood (3-39) took his wickets in his initial four overs - England crashed to 8-5 after 6.2 overs.

Smith said a final XI for Sunday's match hadn't been decided, but confirmed Glenn Maxwell was in the mix to play. "The wicket here has been brilliant for a few years with pace and bounce".

Head and David Warner shared a record-breaking opening stand in the Australia Day clash a year ago and could resume that partnership exactly 12 months later on Friday. We asked for a full performance.

"That really hurts your team when your two senior players aren't scoring the runs that they need to be. They are a settled side who have a lot of confidence and they think they can win from any position".

Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root and Jos Buttler all banked ducks, facing a combined 20 balls for their collective nought.

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In front of a noisy 53,000 crowd at Perth's brand-new Optus Stadium, Australia only needed 260 to win and were cruising at 189 for four when Curran first took a catch to dismiss local boy Marcus Stoinis for 87.

Tom Curran was the Player of the Match for his five-wicket haul for 35 runs.

Australia's 12-run loss to England in the fifth and final ODI on Sunday summed up their problems.

Smith is taking time off ahead of the upcoming Test tour of South Africa, but the same can not be said of Warner, who will captain the Twenty20 side in the tri-series involving England and New Zealand which begins on Saturday night in Sydney.

It was his spiky bowling, taking five for 35, that was at the very heart of England's fearless victory over Australia, epitomising his side's refusal ever to yield the fight in defending a modest total of 259.

Although the series had been decided in Sydney, England were desperate not to let Australia take another victory following their success in Adelaide on Australia Day.

"The facilities here are truly world-class and Optus Stadium really puts Perth on the map to hold more global events", Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said in a statement. To win while we're learning is extra special.

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