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England`s Moeen Ali and Jos Buttler celebrate after the Second One Day International match against Australia at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, Britain on 16 June 2018. Photo: Reuters

England see off Australia again

WT24 Desk

Jason Roy returned to the scene of one of his greatest disappointments to score a century as England beat Australia by 38 runs to win the second one-day international at Cardiff on Saturday, AFP reports.

Roy’s 120 and stand-in captain Jos Buttler’s rapid 91 not out took England to a total of 342 for eight as the hosts went 2-0 up in this five-match series.

Australia opener Shaun Marsh made 131 to became the first Glamorgan batsman to score an international century at the Welsh county’s Sophia Gardens headquarters.

But their 304 all out meant world champions Australia had suffered a seventh defeat in eight ODIs.

The Yorkshire duo of fast bowler Liam Plunkett (four for 53) and leg-spinner Adil Rashid (three for 70) shared seven wickets as England won with 17 balls to spare.

It was just over a year ago in Cardiff that struggling Surrey opener Roy, 27, was dropped from the England side that suffered an eight-wicket defeat in the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy by Pakistan, the eventual tournament winners.

Roy though regained his place in and on Saturday he scored his fifth hundred in 60 ODIs.

It was also his first since he made an England record 180 against Australia in Melbourne in January.

Wicket-keeper Buttler, captaining 2019 World Cup hosts England after regular ODI skipper Eoin Morgan was ruled out with a back spasm shortly before the toss, followed up with a 70-ball knock that included two extravagant ramped sixes off successive deliveries from paceman Jhye Richardson.

The most Australia have ever made batting second to win an ODI is 334 for eight against England at Sydney in 2011.

Ashton Agar (46) offered Marsh excellent support in a sixth-wicket partnership of 96, before he was stumped by Buttler off Rashid.

– ‘Key wicket’ –

But an Australia side missing star batsmen Steve Smith and David Warner, both given year-long bans for their roles in the Cape Town ball-tampering fiasco in March, just fell short.

“Australia were striking it well at the end but we picked up the key wicket of Agar and then Marsh,” said man-of-the-match Roy.

“I was pleased with my hundred. It’s nice to come back after a long winter and continue winning on home soil. I’m just very happy for the win.”

Meanwhile Buttler said: “I felt in good touch today…If we are being brutal, we can be more polished in the field.”

– Triple defeat –

This result meant three of Australia’s national teams had all lost on the same day, the Socceroos beaten 2-1 by France at the football World Cup in Russia and the Wallabies going down 26-21 to Ireland in a rugby union Test in Melbourne.

“Obviously we would have liked to have restricted England to less than 340-odd but the way Marsh played throughout our innings showed we could have chased them if we’d had someone to go with him before Agar,” said Australia captain Tim Paine.

Roy and Jonny Bairstow (42) got England off to a brisk start as, Australia, also without their injured Ashes-wining pace attack of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood, failed to gain the swing Paine hoped for when he won the toss in overcast conditions.

Rain breaks when he was 66 not out and unbeaten on 91 failed to disturb Roy, who drove Marcus Stoinis and pulled Andrew Tye for sixes during a 97-ball century that also included nine fours.

Roy was eventually dismissed during an eventful 36th over. Wicket-keeper Paine was struck a nasty blow in the face when a legside wide from Tye reared up.

Two deliveries later, Roy drove Tye for a majestic four through the covers. But next ball he was out Paine held a superb one-handed catch as he dived to his left.

Marsh was dropped twice at midwicket on his way to a 95-ball century that included 10 fours and three sixes. But when Plunkett bowled Marsh with a full delivery, Australia were 293 for eight.

England, who beat Australia 4-1 in an ODI series ‘Down Under’ in January, will take an unassailable 3-0 lead if they win Tuesday’s day/night clash in Nottingham.

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