Australia beat England 3-2 in the recently concluded one-day series. Here’s a look at some of the best performers from the series.
Matthew Wade: He had a memorable return to the international circuit after a layoff. In five matches, he smashed 164 runs at an average of 82 and a strike rate of 138. He began the series with a blistering 71 not out at Southampton, hit a quick 42 in the third game, and scored his second fifty of the series in the losing cause at Leeds. He was impressive behind the stumps as well, not making a lot of mistakes. A big plus for Australian considering Brad Haddin has announced his international retirement.
Mitchell Marsh: The all-rounder proved his credentials more than ever before. It was a significant series for him especially since he had a mixed time in the Tests. Marsh was a success with both the bat and ball. He finished with 134 runs at an average of 44.6, and picked up 8 wickets at an average of 24. He struck a quickfire 40 in the opening ODI, and smashed an equally crucial 64 in the second. Marsh claimed six wickets in the last two games, including 4 for 27 at Old Trafford.
Pat Cummins: He was by far Australia’s best bowler in the series. Cummins finished with 12 wickets at an average of under 20, a strike rate of 22, and two four-wicket hauls. England consistently struggled to deal with his pace. He picked up 4 for 56 at Lord’s and 4 for 49 at Leeds. He picked up two wickets each in the first and third match. He went wicketless in the final one-dayer, but did not need to do much as Marsh and John Hastings did the job that was needed.
Eoin Morgan: The England skipper did not have much of a role to play in the final ODI, but he still finished the tournament as the leading run-scorer, with 278 matches at a strike rate of 97, and an average of 69 with three fifties. It was a fantastic effort from Morgan, which unfortunately ended up on the losing side. After a brilliant 74 in the T20, the left-hander began with 38 in the opening ODI, and followed it up with three consecutive half-centuries – 85 at Lord’s, 62 at Manchester and 92 at Leeds. He had to return retired hurt for 1 in the decider.
James Taylor: The England vice-captain also had a highly memorable series although he failed in the final match. Taylor was the second highest run-scorer, with 246 runs at an average of 49.2 and a strike rate of 87. He played the pivotal role in England winning the third ODI at Manchester, with his 101. He scored 49, 43 and 41 at Southampton, Lord’s and Leeds respectively. In the fifth match at Manchester though he managed only 12, a match in which most other batsmen from the side also failed. A disappointing end to a great series for the number three.
--By A Cricket Analyst