TL;DR: Head, Cummins set up consolation win


"But for some guys like [Mitchell] Starc and [Pat] Cummins, their one-day game is probably closer to a Twenty20 game where they bowl a lot of overs at the end when the [opposing] batters are going".

Woakes started well but soon found himself running out of partners as England were reduced to 120-8. Winners or not, this Australian side is a long way from peak batting performance, meaning Glenn Maxwell is a fair chance to play in the final match of the series in Perth on Sunday.

He became the fourth batsman dismissed for a globe in the innings, leaving England 5-8.

Roy was caught driving loosely for a duck.

4-3 - Bairstow c Paine b Hazlewood 0 (4.2 overs): A flashy cover drive but enough movement away to catch the edge through to the keeper. They'd be trying to make sure it was 5-0. It's a attractive batting wicket and plenty of runs out there.

Hohns needs to have the guts to do what England has done, pick the best one-day players, not just the best players, and realise Smith's strategy, the middle-overs muddle, is old news.

That approach is successful more often than not.

They do have the capacity for spectacular failure.

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Australia rested Hazlewood for the first ODI and then Cummins for the second, and the hosts could not find a way to dominate their opposition with the ball. Jason Roy showed England's failing batsmen how it is down by producing a record-breaking knock to inspire England to victory in the first ODI.

Joe Root, perhaps, will look back regretfully at his top-edged pull shot to his seventh ball, though he may also point to his average of 72 since the start of 2017.

With the series already won for England, it's now about pride for the Aussies, so it's safe to say the shoe is certainly on the other foot.

Liam Plunkett and Mark Wood displayed the sort of pace and seam that was lacking for England's meek attack during the Ashes, and spinner Adil Rashid has been a risky weapon.

Captain Steve Smith and chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns had said at the time he needed to be more consistent at the global level to get back into the team.

Pat Cummins (centre) celebrates one of his four wickets in Australia's ODI win over England.

England captain Eoin Morgan: "We fought really well with only 196 on the board. It was relentless. They deserved to win today", Morgan said. "The wicket here has been brilliant for a few years with pace and bounce".

"It feels like I'm bowling well and still feel relatively fresh". Head has opened the batting for Australia in ODIs in the past, and will likely slot into the top of the order alongside David Warner. "We just need to get better at playing that way".