Up the ODI
South Australian captain Travis Head fell four runs short of making a second consecutive One-Day international century on his home ground on Australia Day.
Head, who had been left out of Australia’s side for the previous match, returned as an opener and guided the team to its first win over England in the series with 96 from 107 balls.
Travis Head head taking a shot during the One Day International series between Australia and England.
A few hours earlier, however, the game appeared to be heading for an early finish when England lost its first five wickets for only eight runs after being sent into bat on an Adelaide Oval pitch that had been under covers needed to protect the square from early morning showers.
Pat Cummins (4/44) and Josh Hazelewood (3/39) caused the early damage, with Jason Roy, Jon Bairstow, Joe Root and Jos Buttler all failing to score.
Australia’s Tim Paine bats during the fourth one-day international.
England eventually rallied through Eoin Morgan and Moeen Ali and then number eight Chris Woakes blasted 78 from 82 balls to push the total to 196, many more runs than had seemed likely after the first six overs.
Head’s innings underpinned Australia’s chase, which stumbled early when David Warner (13), Cameron White (3) and Steve Smith (4) fell cheaply while the hometown star dominated the scoring.
Head was disappointed to fall for 96, 17 runs away from the win, and then the run out of Cummins gave England some late hope before Tim Paine’s unbeaten 25 gave Australia a three-wicket win.
SACA Members take a spell in the Village Green on Australia Day.