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Aus skipper praises bowlers after win

Australia skipper Steven Smith on Friday heaped praise on his bowlers for checking England’s surge in the death overs and restricting them to 303 for eight in their tri-series match. “A lot of credit has to go to our bowlers for how they bowled in the last 20 overs to keep them down to 300. They are very good at how they bowl at the end and have clear plans, hopefully they can keep that up in the World Cup. 300 was probably a good score for us to chase in the end,” Smith, who won the man-of-the-match award for his 102*, said.

Smith’s third ODI century was instrumental in helping the home side chase down a stiff target of 304 with one ball to spare, as Australia recovered from late jitters to enter the tri-series final with a thrilling three-wicket win. “It’s nice to get a few runs again tonight and get the boys over the line. I’ll never forget this summer. I’ve really enjoyed it, I’ve just got to try and keep going and score runs while I’m going well,” he said. Brad Haddin scored a crucial 42 and gave Smith a good support as the duo put on a solid 81 runs together for the sixth wicket to help Australia win. “I thought Haddin really took the pressure off me in the end on Friday...outstanding. We let it go a little bit later than we would have liked to but Starc came in at the end and put away the first ball,” he said.

England captain Eoin Morgan conceded Australia snatched the game away from them with their superb bowling in the death overs. “Credit to Australia for how they bowled at the death. Friday was their day. It was extremely difficult to set up to and the variations were pretty good. I think 300 was about par. If they hadn’t bowled that well at the death we would have got 340-350, a match-winning score,” the England captain said.
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