Hazlewood Stars as Decimated Aussies Win ODI vs England

Hazlewood Stars as Decimated Aussies Win ODI vs England Photo: TT
Australia's Josh Hazlewood (second left) celebrates the wicket of England's Moeen Ali with team-mates during the first Royal London ODI match

Josh Hazlewood decimated England early during an exceptional spell to lead Australia to victory in the opening One Day International of their three-game series in Manchester on Friday.

Australia triumphed by 19 runs, having posted 9-294 with the bat, led by Glenn Maxwell (77) and Mitch Marsh (73), before restricting England to 9-275 in reply.

Hazlewood starred with figures of 3-26 from 10 overs, including the two early wickets of Jason Roy (3) and Joe Root (1) which left the hosts on the back foot at 2-13 in the eighth over of the chase.

NSW quick Hazlewood bowled eight overs on the trot at the start to set the game up for Australia.

Sam Billings scored a run-a-ball maiden ODI century for England but it was in vain, with the Aussies controlling the match well to win comfortably.

“England’s have been the form top order over the last three or four years so it is a good measure of where you are at,” Player of the Match Hazlewood said.

“It was good fun to bowl eight up front and test myself physically too.

“It’s a simple game for me to just try and hit the top of the stumps and if they want to move around and play a few shots then go for it but I stick to my plans.”

The win was emphatic for Australia but there are headaches for the visitors with Steve Smith left out after being hit in the head in training on Thursday, while Mitchell Starc nursed a groin issue late in the game despite bowling his 10 overs.

Australia captain Aaron Finch said: “He got a knock on the head yesterday in practice. It’s a precautionary measure to leave him out.”

It remains to be seen if the pair will be fit for the second ODI to be played in Manchester on Sunday.

Ben somerford
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