Three wickets off four deliveries in the middle of the innings ended the story for England. Nathan Coulter-Nile was on a hat-trick.
You took a long time coming. Back.
That didn't end as it had promised at the start of the English chase. When Jason Roy and Alex Hales were firing all cylinders, the target looked small but one always thought these changed regulations would have an effect on the chase later in the innings. No longer is it easy to keep finding the boundaries in those last 15 overs as it had been before the rule-changes and teams need to plan for it accordingly.
Due credit to the manner in which Matthew Wade batted in company of Mitchell Marsh towards the end for Australia. That was the difference between the two sides, who both lost wickets in a heap.
Picture this; Australia were 1/133 and fell to 6/193. England were 1/112 and then slumped to 6/193 at around the 36-37-over mark. And while Australia were able to push it up to more than 300, England fell away to an easy defeat. England also lost three wickets from four balls, and that's where the game turned on its head. Something to ponder for the hosts come the second ODI on Saturday.
That will be it from it tonight. Back day after for the second game from the Lord's. Remember that will be a day game, which means an earlier start (and thankfully an early finish!). Ciao.
Starc, Coulter-Nile, Cummins and Watson share two apiece, while Marsh and Maxwell have gotten one. Not really a bowling wicket but towards the end, it did look like scoring was getting tougher. And the Aussie bowlers exploited that successfully.