England vs Australia 1st Royal London ODI Summary – Australia Edge England Despite Bairstow, Billings Heroics

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 11: Sam Billings of England celebrates reaching his century during the 1st Royal London One Day International Series match between England and Australia at Emirates Old Trafford on September 11, 2020 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images for ECB)

England vs Australia 1st ODI – The Story

England lost against Australia in the 1st Royal London ODI by 19 runs as the visitors take a 1-0 lead in the series. Australia had the Mitchell Marsh – Glenn Maxwell partnership to thank for keeping them in the game.

Their bowlers then took early wickets and it was always going to be difficult for England from that point

Read our timeline of the day’s play below.

Australian openers fall early

England removed both Australia openers in the 1st ODI cheaply
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 11: David Warner of Australia is bowled by Jofra Archer of England during the 1st Royal London One Day International Series match between England and Australia at Emirates Old Trafford on September 11, 2020 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Jon Super– Pool/Getty Images)

England started excellently against Australia in the 1st Royal London ODI. Jofra Archer and Mark Wood were brilliant with the new ball. They removed the pairing of Aaron Finch and David Warner, to leave Australia at 43-2.

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Archer bowled an absolute jaffa which pitches and moved away to knock over David Warner’s stumps. Wood’s pace was too much for Finch, who was was camped on the back foot and edged one to Jos Buttler.

Adil Rashid spins web around middle-order

Adil Rashid picked up two weeks in the 1st ODI
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 11: Adil Rashid of England waits for the review of Marnus Labuschagne of Australia during the 1st Royal London One Day International Series match between England and Australia at Emirates Old Trafford on September 11, 2020 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

It seemed as if the Australian batsmen were struggling to pick Adil Rashid and decided to sweep their way out of trouble.

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However, this plan did not work for long as Marnus Labuschange fell LBW and Alex Carey top edged one. Rashid was brilliant, using all of his variations beautifully. He finished with figures of 10 overs, 2 wickets for 55 runs.

Maxwell and Marsh revive Australian innings

Maxwell and Marsh revived Australia's innings in the 1st ODI
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 11: Mitchell Marsh and Glenn Maxwell of Australia pick up runs during the 1st Royal London One Day International Series match between England and Australia at Emirates Old Trafford on September 11, 2020 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Marsh came to the crease when Australia were tottering. But they revived the innings superbly, with a well constructed stand of 126 to help Australia dominate for the first time in the game.

Maxwell played particularly well and reigned himself in from attempting big shots early on in his innings. Marsh carried on his form from the third T20I. 

England’s death bowling riches

Jofra Archer was excellent for England against Australia picking up 3 wickets
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 11: Jofra Archer of England celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of Pat Cummins of Australia during the 1st Royal London One Day International Series match between England and Australia at Emirates Old Trafford on September 11, 2020 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images for ECB)

However, England fought back against Australia in the 1st Royal London ODI.

Jofra Archer and Mark Wood continued their good work to slow down the run rate immensely towards the end of the innings. At one point, it looked as if they would have their work cut out. Maxwell hit Archer for two consecutive sixes.

However, Archer kept his cool and delivered a slower ball to dismiss Maxwell the very next ball and Australia failed to capitalise from that point on.

Hazlewood’s double strike

Josh Hazlewood picked up the first two wickets to fall
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 11: Josh Hazlewood of Australia celebrates t with teammates as Joe Root of England walks off during the 1st Royal London One Day International Series match between England and Australia at Emirates Old Trafford on September 11, 2020 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Josh Hazlewood was excellent with the new ball picking up the wickets of Jason Roy and Joe Root as England struggled early in their chase. He moved the ball just enough and bowled a consistent length that England’s batsmen failed to negotiate easily.

Adam Zampa has England at sixes and sevens

Adam Zampa picked up the wickets of Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 11: Adam Zampa of Australia celebrates the wicket of Jonny Bairstow of England with Glenn Maxwell of Australia during the 1st Royal London One Day International Series match between England and Australia at Emirates Old Trafford on September 11, 2020 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images for ECB)

Adam Zampa picked up the two crucial wickets of captain Eoin Morgan and the man-in-form Jos Buttler. Both attempted to attack Zampa but found it difficult on a slow pitch. Morgan hit one straight to the fielder. Labuschagne took a screamer to dismiss Buttler.

Brilliant Bairstow and Billings

Sam Billings and Jonny Bairstow combined to put on a century stand
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 11: Sam Billings of England congratulates Jonny Bairstow of England on reaching fifty during the 1st Royal London One Day International Series match between England and Australia at Emirates Old Trafford on September 11, 2020 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Sam Billings and Jonny Bairstow bought England back into the game, much like Maxwell and Marsh for Australia. Coming together at 57-4, the pair put together a century partnership, despite struggling initially to time the ball.

Australia win amidst climbing run rate

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 11: Sam Billings of England reacts during the 1st Royal London One Day International Series match between England and Australia at Emirates Old Trafford on September 11, 2020 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images for ECB)

Sam Billings recieved little support once Jonny Bairstow departed. This, ultimatley decided the faith off the game. Sam Billings scored a superb century to take the game deep but ran out of partners. England losing to Australia in the end by 19 runs as the visitors take a 1-0 lead in the Royal London ODI series.

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