There was a man stationed at deep square leg, he didn’t have to move an inch, Travis Head cannot believe his luck. Adil Rashid comes into the attack, bowls a half-tracker and Head’s eyes light up immediately. Unfortunately, he cannot clear the man at the boundary and hits straight to him. The openers added 101 in 19 overs but Head has to depart for a well-made 63.
Travis Head has played some lovely shots so far, pleased to see Finch back opening for the Aussies as well.
— Oli Lathrope (@olilathrope) June 21, 2018
PP to Australia
Craig Overton’s first over in ODI cricket has gone for 12 runs. Travis Head has been very impressive so far racing to 44 off 34 deliveries. He has been in pretty good touch, this is a great chance to get a big one and cement that spot.
Almost a stunner!
That was pulled hard by Aaron Finch and Alex Hales almost grabs a stunner at square leg. That would have been a blinder. David Willey is finding some swing early on here, Australia are 14 for no loss in 4 overs.
Toss – Australia to bat first
Well, that’s good news for the Australians for starters. They are going to bat first, that’s one way to avoid the opposition scoring more than 400. They also included Nathan Lyon considering the dry nature of the surface. Overton replaces Plunkett for England.
England (Playing XI): Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Jos Buttler(w), Moeen Ali, David Willey, Craig Overton, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood
Australia (Playing XI): Travis Head, Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, Tim Paine(w/c), Ashton Agar, Michael Neser, Jhye Richardson, Nathan Lyon, Billy Stanlake
Early team news
Craig Overton to make his ODI debut for England here in Durham and has just received his cap from Sir Ian Botham. Jake Ball (lower back) and Tom Curran (side strain) out with injury. Teams to be confirmed in 15 mins.
— Rob Johnston (@RobJ_Cricket) June 21, 2018
Can things get any worse for Australia? The absence of Steven Smith and David Warner has had an impact, no doubt about that but they have got more pressing issues to deal with just 12 months to go for the World Cup. They have already been battered in the series 3-0, but it’s not just about pulling a win back to salvage pride, it’s about recovering from an assault they have never experienced before. The 242-run defeat at Trent Bridge is the worst they have ever suffered and the ODI outfit is looking clueless.
It has also had an impact in their rankings despite being the reigning world champions. To top, they are suffering these losses against their arch rivals and it’s time they put an end to this drubbing. It will be interesting to see if they ring in some changes in the bowling department but watch out for the batting lineup as well after they failed to fire on a belter of a track.
For England, it’s all about piling on more misery on their already battered opposition. That top order is looking terrific with each batsman making merry in the last outing. Bairstow simply cannot stop scoring and Hales is making things difficult for the team management as well looking ahead. Eoin Morgan blasted his way to a quickfire fifty and confidence-wise, they are well on top. They finished just 19 runs short of reaching the magical mark of 500. Good thing for Australia is the track for this fourth ODI isn’t expected to be as good as the one we witnessed at Trent Bridge. Welcome to the live blog for this dead rubber, tweet in your opinions @Narbavi and have them featured on the blog.
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