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Steve Smith struck 94 while Mitchell Starc and Adam Zampa took four wickets each as Australia sealed a comprehensive victory by 72 runs over England in the second ODI at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Saturday, November 19.
Marnus Labuschagne and Mitchell Marsh also smashed their respective fifties as the Kangaroos also clinched the series 2-0 against the recently crowned T20 World Champions with one game to go.
Talking about how the encounter panned out, newly-appointed ODI skipper Pat Cummins and his counterpart Jos Buttler both took a rest with Josh Hazlewood and Moeen Ali donning the captaincy hat.
The hosts won the toss and elected to bat first. Half-centurions from the first match, openers David Warner and Travis Head made 16 and 19 respectively. Smith, yet again, held the innings together as he amassed 94 runs off 114, missing out on a well-deserved three-figure mark.
Labuschagne (58) and Marsh (50) helped the home side in reaching a competitive total of 280/8 in 50 overs. Adil Rashid was the pick of the England bowlers for his spell of 3/57 (10).
In reply, Jason Roy’s poor form continued with the opening batter bagging a two-ball duck. Dawid Malan, who struck a solid ton in the opening game, failed to trouble the scorers as he got dismissed for a golden duck.
Phil Salt mustered 23 off 16 before falling prey to stand-in captain Hazlewood. Middle-order batters James Vince hit 60 while Sam Billings racked up 71 but couldn’t quite go on to register a big score. Starc and Zampa’s spells helped the Aussies in bundling out the opposition for just 208 in 38.5 overs. For his match-winning figures of 4/47 in eight overs, speedster Starc grabbed the Player of the Match award.
Meanwhile, here are some of the important stats and numbers from the 2nd ODI between Australia and England:
14065 – Steve Smith reached the landmark of 14000 runs in international cricket. He became the ninth Australian to achieve the feat.
6 – Adil Rashid dismissed Steve Smith for the sixth time in ODIs, which is the most he has got rid of any player. Rashid has taken Marcus Stoinis’s wicket five times.
943 – Smith has scored 943 runs in 15 innings at an average of 62.86 with four centuries and three fifties in ODIs at the SCG.
65 – Jason Roy has amassed just 65 runs at an average of 10.83, with the best score of 20 in his last six international innings.
4/45 – Adam Zampa registered his best figure of 4/45 in ten ODI innings against England. His previous best of 4/55 came in Manchester in the year 2020.
6 – Smith became the sixth fastest player to achieve the milestone of 14000 runs in international cricket in 328 innings. Vivian Richards (309), Hashim Amla (309), Virat Kohli (313), Matthew Hayden (319), and Joe Root (327) are in the top five spots.
58 – Zampa has taken the most wickets (58) by a spinner after the 2019 World Cup. He surpassed Sandeep Lamichhane’s tally of 54 scalps.
10 – Mitchell Starc is now tied with Glenn McGrath in the second spot for picking up the most four-wicket hauls (ten) for Australia in ODIs at home. Brett Lee tops the chart with 11 four-fers.