|Second International One Day, Emirates Old Trafford|
|England 231-9 (50 overs): Morgan 42, T Curran 37, Zampa 3-36|
|Australie 207 (48.4 overs): Finch 73, Woakes 3-32, Archer 3-34, Curran 3-35|
|England won by 24 points; series level 1-1|
World champions England took a stunning 24-innings victory as Australia collapsed in the second one-day international match at Old Trafford.
Chasing 232 to win the series, Australia beat 144-2 before Chris Woakes and Jofra Archer induce a four-wicket collapse for three points on 21 balls.
A shaken Australia lost its last eight wickets for 63 points as they were knocked out for 207, despite a valiant 31-wicket partnership between Alex Carey and Josh Hazlewood.
England collapsed earlier to 149-8, with leg spinner Adam Zampa taking 3-36 before Adil Rashid and Tom Curran pushed them to 231-9.
Captain Eoin Morgan said he wants his team to learn how to ‘win ugly’ and that he will be delighted with how they came together in the game.
Archer was as hostile as he was to England, disrupting the early batsmen before returning to attack with Woakes and causing a collapse.
As good as England was, it was an almost unbelievable collapse from Australia, which offered the wickets some bad shots, no kicking and a generally bewildered air.
England now have a chance to keep their five-year unbeaten streak in the One-Day Series at home in the final game of the series at the same pitch on Wednesday.
A remarkable collapse
When Archer and Woakes came back on the attack, with Marnus Labuschagne and Aaron Finch sharing a 107-point stand, it was as if the game was over.
However, the two stifled the run rate before Woakes trapped Labuschagne lbw, and six bullets later Mitchell Marsh chopped Archer on his stumps.
When captain Finch, who had led the way with 73, was beaten by Woakes in the next, England upped their intensity, and it paid off as Glenn Maxwell played a wild job and was played.
It was the speed at which the collapse occurred that was so surprising, with Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc falling to back-to-back deliveries from Sam Curran as the left armer used all of its variations.
Australia had this match within their grasp and, for the second time on this tour, they let it go.
Australia created its own downfall, as the partnership between Finch and Labuschagne had highlighted England’s struggle to take mid-tier wickets – a skill in which Liam Plunkett has led the way for so long.
Rashid couldn’t find the right length on ground that offered a turn, while the Curran brothers, replacing Moeen Ali and Mark Wood, couldn’t make the breakthrough.
Finch and Labuschagne countered difficult terrain with aggression and a calm run, although Finch was abandoned on 58 by Rashid in his follow-up.
But Australia had the chance to close that game twice, the first coming with the ball when they failed to clean up England’s tail, and second, as they passed the halfway point with the bat.
They hope that Steve Smith, who again missed this match as a precaution following a blow to the head in the net on Friday, will return to offer some stability to a somewhat fragile line-up.
Rashid and Curran spare the drummers blush
It was a far from vintage performance with the England Bat, which was smothered by Australian bowlers.
Root embodied the struggles. He was hit three times by rhythm bowlers – at one point requiring treatment after a blow to Starc’s knee – and in his desperation to rotate the strike, Jason Roy missed via a superb throw from Marcus Stoinis to cover .
Although they looked uncomfortable, Root and Morgan guided England to 90-2, Root was just starting to come off with back-to-back limits before letting Zampa slip into his first.
With the execution rate going nowhere, the wickets were steadily falling. Jos Buttler was trapped by Pat Cummins, Morgan fell in the same way as Zampa, Sam Billings cut the leg spinner on his stumps and Sam Curran edged Starc behind.
Chris Woakes played a practical cameo, but it was Rashid and Tom Curran who helped England finish strong.
The last six passes have been on 67 points, including 18 on the excellent Cummins. Rashid slapped Cummins over the deep center wicket for just six seconds of England’s innings as the two shared a 72-point stand.
Australia were clearly frustrated leaving the field, but that was nothing compared to what they will feel after the batting performance that followed.
“England never knows when they are beaten” – what they said
England captain Eoin Morgan on Sky Sports: “It’s definitely a confidence booster for the team.
“It’s also good that we’ve been playing for a while. We took advantage of the conditions, but all the credit goes to the guys. Our group of four dressmakers was exceptional. “
Charles Dagnall de Test Match Special: “England did not have the right to win this game as Australia were on their way to victory. Once again, this English team brought up something. “
Former English spinner Phil Tufnell on TMS: “England never knows when they are beaten. They always feel like they can pull it out of the fire. “