(AP) — Australian fast bowlers Pat Cummins and Josh Hazelwood destroyed England’s top-order, reducing the tourists to 8-5, before eventually bowling them out for just 196 in the fourth one-day cricket international at the Adelaide Oval on Friday.
Cummins took career-best figures of 4-24 while Hazelwood finished with 3-39 as a rampant Australian attack seized control of the match from the outset after losing the first three matches to concede defeat in the five-game series.
Four of England’s top six batsmen— Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root and Jos Buttler_were all dismissed without scoring, briefly raising the possibility that England may not surpass its lowest ever ODI score of 86, before the middle-order saved the tourists from complete disaster.
Chris Woakes top scored with a fine 78 off 82 balls, featuring four boundaries and five sixes, while England captain Eion Morgan (33), Moeen Ali (33) and Tom Curran (35) all made valuable contributions when the new ball threat had faded.
Morgan and Ali came together with England in total disarray at 5-8 in the seventh over and set about rebuilding the innings with a 53-run partnership.
Ali then put on 51 with Woakes, who in turned added a crucial 60 with last man out Curran.
Andrew Tye, who failed to take any wickets in his two previous ODI appearances, dismissed Woakes, Ali and Curran to finish with 3-33.
England’s innings quickly unraveled when Roy, who made 180 in the first match in Melbourne, was dismissed by Hazelwood off the second ball of the match then Alex Hales was bowled by Cummins for three in the fourth over.
Bairstow, Root and Buttler, who scored an unbeaten century in England’s series-clinching win in Sydney last Sunday, all followed in quick succession, before the lower-order helped provide some respectability to England’s total before the innings came to a premature halt with more than five overs to spare.