England vs Australia 4th ODI: Roy’s century hands England 4-0 lead

Jason Roy 101 England Australia 4th ODI Durham cricket

Jason Roy scored his sixth ODI century

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England opener Jason Roy struck a superb 101 as his side defeated Australia by six wickets in the fourth ODI in Durham.

Roy was well supported by opening partner Jonny Bairstow and wicketkeeper Jos Buttler, who made 79 and 54 not out respectively, as England completed their second-highest successful chase in ODI history.

Choosing to bat first, Australia got off to a brilliant start as openers Aaron Finch and Travis Head amassed a 101-run partnership, during which Head surpassed his fifty.

Travis Head 63 England Australia 4th ODI Durham cricket

Travis Head made his ninth half-century in ODI cricket

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Head went on to score 63 off 64 balls, which included nine boundaries, before he was caught by David Willey at deep midwicket off the bowling of Adil Rashid.

Finch and Shaun Marsh kept the runs flowing with a 124-run stand, during which Finch brought up his hundred and Marsh his fifty.

Aaron Finch 100 England Australia 4th ODI Durham cricket

Aaron Finch celebrates after scoring his 11th ODI century

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However, upon reaching his century, Finch was unable to push on as he was trapped lbw off the bowling of Mark Wood for 100, which came off 106 deliveries and included six boundaries and three sixes.

Once Finch was gone, Australia began to lose wickets in a hurry, but Marsh continued to fight and eventually registered his own hundred.

Shaun Marsh 101 England Australia 4th ODI Durham cricket

Shaun Marsh soaks in the moment after bringing up his fifth ODI hundred

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However, he ended up being dismissed by Willey for 101, which came off 92 balls and included five boundaries and four sixes.

Thanks to Marsh and Finch, Australia finished on 310/8 off their 50 overs.

Willey was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Rashid and Wood chipped in with two wickets apiece.

Chasing 311 to win, England made a fantastic start to their innings as Roy and Bairstow forged a 174-run partnership, during which Roy recorded his hundred and Bairstow his half-century.

Jonny Bairstow 79 England Australia 4th ODI Durham cricket

Jonny Bairstow struck his seventh half-century in ODI cricket

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However, shortly after bringing up his century, Roy was caught by Marsh at point off the bowling of Nathan Lyon for 101, which came off 83 balls and included 12 boundaries and two sixes.

Bairstow went on to score 79 off 66 balls, which included 10 boundaries, before he was caught behind off the bowling of Billy Stanlake.

Alex Hales and Joe Root added 45 runs to the score before Root was clean bowled by Ashton Agar for 27.

England captain Eoin Morgan also feel to Agar, but Hales and Buttler finished things off with an unbeaten 54-run stand, during which Buttler raced to his half-century.

Jos Buttler 54 not out England Australia 4th ODI Durham cricket

Jos Buttler hammered his 17th ODI fifty

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Buttler ended up making 54 off 29 balls, which included nine boundaries and a six, while Hales remained undefeated on 34 off 45 deliveries, which included three boundaries.

Agar was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Stanlake and Lyon claimed one wicket each.

Australia captain Tim Paine was disappointed to have lost yet again, and said: “Yeah, thought we were 30-40 short, Shaun and Aaron batted really well but we didn’t quite finish off. [Enough to challenge?] Thought we were in the game for a patch, didn’t quite execute up front and Jonny and Jason jumped all over it.

“[Another tough day – dropped Hales] I’m trying to enjoy it, when it rains it pours, you’ve got to catch those but it just bobbled out. We came here with an inexperienced side and while it’s not an excuse, we’re up against the best side in the world and they’re red-hot at the moment. We’ve got to keep learning and take things out of the game, this will hold them in good stead.”

Morgan was thrilled to have taken a 4-0 lead in the series, and said: “Thought we played pretty solid cricket, lost the toss and our objective was to chase something that was within our grasp. We struggled to take wickets but managed to control the run rate, which is nice when the batting line-up we have is firing.

“[300 easy for you now?] It depends on conditions, feedback was that the wicket was good, Jos’ evaluation, ‘Was it a good score, a chaseable score?’, and certainly at halfway we thought it was within our grasp.

“[Overton debut] He impressed, his opportunity came today, he hit his straps, which was awesome. There might be an opportunity in the next game. [Aiming for 5-0] We like playing at Old Trafford, the challenge is to finish it off.”

Roy was named Man of the Match, and said: “I’m feeling like I’m in a good training routine, just want to get out there and do my job. Just trying to control my innings, pace my innings, so I can set some good foundations.

“Unfortunately I didn’t kick on today. [Relay catch to remove Marsh] Was just hoping I would catch it and for Overton to dig me out. The big fellow did well.”

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