Australia vs England 4th ODI: Cummins, Head dash England’s whitewash hopes

Pat Cummins four wickets Australia England 4th ODI Adelaide cricket

Pat Cummins was named Man of the Match for his figures of 4-24 off 10 overs

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England’s hopes of whitewashing Australia 5-0 went up in smoke after they lost the fourth ODI in Adelaide by three wickets.

Choosing to bowl first on Australia Day, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood were all over England in the first seven overs of the match as they worked in tandem to take out Jason Roy, Alex Hales, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root and Jos Buttler.

England were subsequently left in shambles at 8/5, which is the third-lowest team score for the loss of five wickets in ODI history.

Captain Eoin Morgan and all-rounder Moeen Ali came to the rescue with a 53-run partnership before Morgan was caught behind off the bowling of Cummins for 33.

Moeen and Chris Woakes kept the runs flowing with a 51-run stand before Moeen was caught by Travis Head at deep midwicket off the bowling of Andrew Tye for 33.

Adil Rashid fell shortly after, but Woakes and Tom Curran stabilised the innings with a 60-run partnership, during which Woakes cruised past his half-century.

He went on to score 78 off 82 balls, which included four boundaries and five sixes, before he was dismissed by Tye.

With Curran proceeding to smash a quickfire 35, England managed to reach 196 before being bowled out.

Cummins was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Hazlewood and Tye snapped up three wickets apiece.

Chasing 197 to win, Australia lost opener David Warner early on as he was caught behind off the bowling of Woakes for 13.

Cameron White and captain Steve Smith made three and four runs respectively, while Mitchell Marsh managed to make a 30-ball 32 before being caught and bowled by Rashid.

Despite Marcus Stoinis only mustering 14 runs, Head and wicketkeeper Tim Paine steadied the ship with a 44-run stand before Head was caught by Morgan at mid-on off the bowling of Mark Wood for 96, which came off 107 balls and included 15 boundaries.

Even though Head was dismissed, Australia managed to crawl across the finish line thanks to Paine’s unbeaten knock of 25.

Rashid was the most successful bowler with three wickets, while Woakes, Wood and Curran claimed one wicket each.

Morgan was less than impressed with his side’s performance, and said: “We fought really well to get Australia seven-down, but to be five-down after ten overs and no boundaries in the first 15 really shows how much there was in the wicket.”

Smith was relieved that his side managed to win the match, and said: “Nice to get over the line, a pretty ordinary [batting] display… It all happened pretty quickly for a moment there, 5 for 8 you’d take any day.”

Cummins was named Man of the Match, and said: “I think the wicket here has been brilliant for the last couple of years. Josh is about the best bowler in the world in ODIs, lands it on a dime every time with a bit of movement.”

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