Matthew Wade leads Aus to victory
Matthew Wade’s unbeaten 71 laid the platform for World Cup-holders Australia’s 59-run win over England in the first day/night one-day international in Southampton on Thursday.
Australia, who won the toss, lost four wickets for 29 runs to be 193 for six in the 37th over.
But wicket-keeper Wade and all-rounder Mitchell Marsh (40 not out), neither of whom played in the World Cup final, turned the tide.
Their unbroken stand of 112 in 13 overs saw Australia to 305 for six after leg-spinner Adil Rashid had taken four for 59. Left-hander Wade, who took nine balls to score his first run, faced 50 deliveries in total including 12 fours as he atoned for his part in the run-out of Shane Watson.
England, who suffered a 111-run thrashing by Australia at the World Cup, threatened at times during their chase but were eventually dismissed for 246 with 27 balls left in their innings when last man Steven Finn was bowled by Pat Cummins -- one of four Australia bowlers who took two wickets apiece.
“Me and Mitchell just knuckled down and took our innings deep,” said Wade, who also held three catches as Australia beat England for the 10th time in 11 ODIs. England captain Eoin Morgan insisted side should have succeeded in their run-chase.