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Australia vs England 2018, 4th ODI: 5 things we learnt from the match

rohit sankar
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710   //    26 Jan 2018, 16:31 IST

Cummims and Hazlewood gave Australia their first win of the ODI series
Cummims and Hazlewood gave Australia their first win of the ODI series

Spurred on by sensational opening spells from Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins, Australia reduced England to 8/5 which turned into 196 all out courtesy some poor captaincy from Steven Smith, who brought Travis Head and Mitchell Marsh into the attack with England down and out, and some insane striking from Chris Woakes.

Woakes' 78 led England to 196 but it was never going to be enough on a good batting surface. Australia started off much better than England and Travis Head looked well set for a hundred before falling short by four runs.

A late burst from Tim Paine ensured that Australia averted a whitewash.

#5 Pat Cummins steams in with pace, seam and swing

With Mitchell Starc rested, the onus was on Pat Cummins to deliver a good opening spell and he unleashed his fury on England's top order. Seaming and swinging at pace, Cummins cleaned up Alex Hales with one that moved into the right-hander.

As if that weren't enough, he enticed Joe Root into an awkward pull off a short ball that was safely pouched by Hazlewood in the deep. His initial burst read 5-1-10-2 as England had no answers to his searing pace, much like in the Tests.

Cummins returned to break the 53 run stand between Eoin Morgan and Moeen Ali before adding a fourth victim in Adil Rashid.

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