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ICC Champions Trophy 2017, England vs Australia: 5 things Australia did wrong

rohit sankar
SENIOR ANALYST
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BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JUNE 10: Steve Smith the captain of Australia looks on as Eoin Morgan and Ben Stokes continue their fourth wicket partnership during the ICC Champions Trophy match between England and Australia at Edgbaston on June 10, 2017 in Birmingham, England.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
Steven Smith led poorly as Australia were trounced by England at Edgbaston

Rain could not save Australia from exiting the Champions Trophy yesterday as England crushed them despite losing their top three very early in a chase of 278. Ben Stokes slammed a hundred while Eoin Morgan hit 87 as the Aussies had no clue to break the 159 run stand that eventually sealed the final group game of the two sides.

Earlier, put in to bat, Australia lost Warner early but Aaron Finch and Steven Smith made full use of some unimaginative bowling before Finch threw his wicket away. Three more followed in quick succession and not even a spectacular half-century from Travis Head could take Australia to a par score.

England, despite being rocked by the wickets of Jason Roy and Alex Hales in the first two overs, were confident in their approach with Morgan revealing his intentions quite early. England's Mr. Dependable, Joe Root fell to a peach from Josh Hazlewood but Stokes and Morgan showed why England are a revamped side with their approach and intentions.

#5 Middle order collapse

Aaron Finch and Steven Smith had gotten Australia to a fine start with a 96-run stand after the fall of Warner when all hell broke loose. Finch, who had crossed a fine half-century, decided to take on Ben Stokes at a time Australia were going really well. He miscued the shot and made way for Moises Henriques.

The strangest selection in the Australian line-up, Moises Henriques, played 19 balls for 17 before he tried to slog sweep a Rashid googly only to be caught at mid-on. Smith, who was furious at Henriques for his rash shot, miscued a drive off Mark Wood to mid-off soon after. The middle order collapse led Australia to a below par total.

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rohit sankar
SENIOR ANALYST
I am a passionate Cricket fan first and a writer, second. I find empty spaces and fill them with words. And if it's cricket, the words keep flowing. The views I express portray a direct reflection of my love for the game and its finer details.
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