Powered by Maxwell special, Australia sets England 279 in tri-series final
Australia surmounted a fiery opening spell from James Anderson and built on a 141-run 5th-wicket partnership between Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Marsh
Australia made 278/8, batting first after losing the toss in Sunday’s tri-series one-day final against England at the WACA Ground.
The Australians, who were reduced to 60/4 in the 18th over thanks to a fiery spell by James Anderson, went on to build on a 141-run partnership for the fifth wicket by Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Marsh and a 24-ball unbeaten 50 by James Faulkner to post a challenging total on a bouncy Perth surface.
Maxwell went past his previous-highest ODI score of 93 and breaking a recent scoring drought.
Marsh made 60 in his first innings in the tri-series, compiling his fourth half century in ODIs from 64 balls before being run out in the 44th over.
James Faulkner performed strongly in the closing overs, hitting a six off the final ball.
Ealier, England captain Eoin Morgan won the toss and decided to bowl, mindful that the pitch at the WACA on which his team played India on Friday would provide variable bounce and that every match in the series so far had been won by the team batting second.
James Anderson dismissed Aaron Finch with the third ball of the match, a delivery which swung and bounced, as Finch sparred to Joe Root at first slip.
Anderson bowled an outstanding opening spell of six overs, two of which were maidens and from which he took 2-11. But the pressure England tried to impose was eroded by a poor opening spell from Chris Woakes, who took the other new ball and conceded 29 runs from four overs.
Woakes finished with humbling figures of 0-89 from his 10 overs, giving up almost a third of Australia’s runs.
Steve Smith steadied the Australia innings after the loss of Finch and David Warner (12), who also fell to a ball from Anderson which spat from just short of a length and was fended to James Taylor at backward point.
Captain George Bailey fell for 2 to a rising delivery from Broad which flew to a Taylor standing in an unusual bat-pad catching position.
Smith batted calmly through that period, scoring 40 from 50 balls to lift Australia to 60-4. He had scored two centuries in his previous five ODI innings and seemed set for another large score. But Smith, who likes to move across his stumps and play to the leg side, moved too far and missed a ball from Moeen Ali. He was stumped by Buttler who first dropped the ball but recovered it on the bounce before the batsman could regain his ground.
Ali bowled a sound 10 overs, taking 1-39 through the middle of the innings and Broad returned to dismiss Maxwell and Brad Haddin (9) to finish with 3-55. Anderson remained the pick of the English bowlers, taking 2-38 from his 10 overs.