England v Australia, 2nd ODI – England’s bowling plan was ‘attack, attack, attack’

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Chris Woakes says England’s only option was ‘attack, attack, attack’ as they knocked down the second ODI in a thrilling bout at the end of Australia’s innings.Woakes claimed numbers of 3 for 32, including Australia’s two well-established batsmen Marnus Labuschagne and Aaron Finch, as well as the dangerous Glenn Maxwell for 1, as Australia collapsed from a seemingly impregnable 144 for 2 to 207, and defeated by 24 runs.

He was one of three English couturiers to take three in the innings, alongside Jofra Archer – who won the player of the match award after snatching two first wickets in a fierce new ball spell, and Sam Curran, who rose to the occasion. after his senior teammates argued with 3 for 35 of nine.

And speaking to Sky Sports after the win, which leveled the series at 1-1 with Wednesday’s decision maker ahead, Woakes was delighted that England had both hatched a plan and stuck to it, to script a unlikely turnaround.

“If you hold your length well it will always be difficult for the batter to score freely,” he said. “We definitely found that with the bat and then the pressure builds and that’s when you take the wickets.

“The odds come when you build points consistently, so you’re constantly trying to hit a good length and make sure the batter is going to play your best ball as many times as possible. ”

England looked dead and buried once already in the competition, having dropped to 149 for 8 in their own innings, before the lineup – led by Tom Curran and Adil Rashid – rallied to post a 231 for 9 .

And yet, on a used wicket that had already proved tricky for English craftsmen, England still believed even when Australia seemed to hit their target with 121-2 after 25 overtakes. It was at this point that Eoin Morgan returned to his new couple, Woakes and Archer, with devastating effect.

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Neither man struck immediately, but after drying up the points for five consecutive times, Woakes then pinned Labuschagne lbw for 48. And with Morgan now determined to bowling, Archer was ready to break through Mitchell Marsh’s defenses. , bowling for 1 in its next to send panic run through the ranks of Australia.

“At that point, we just thought ‘attack, attack, attack,” said Woakes, who played Finch for 73 four balls later and Maxwell with the first ball of his next. “Try to have as many wickets as possible. We used a bit of cross stitching to make this ball go the other way around and luckily we got a bit of it.

“It was coming off the straight, and we always felt if we could pick up a bunch of wickets in the middle, it was going to be tough for the new guys coming in. Eoin got me and Jof out, and we felt that was the time when we needed to make the most of the ball to the side. ”

After a rough time in the test series against the West Indies and Pakistan, when Archer’s game plan never seemed quite fit for the format, there was no doubt that he was up for the challenge of transform this particular contest.

“We were pretty versatile,” Archer said in the post-game presentation. “We went after the first two or three overs and then Morgs said ‘try it and see what happens’ and it worked.

“It’s also a wicket for the second day, so you don’t have to overdo it,” he added. “If you keep hitting it, it’s hard enough to beat as is, so you don’t have to get too funky with the variations. ”

Even so, England’s job was not finished by the time Woakes and Archer had completed their spells. Australia were down 155 for 6 after 36 overs, but that left the back of the innings in the hands of Sam Curran, a relative newbie to the dark arts of death bowling.

“It was really amazing,” Woakes said. “Him who goes in the last 12 overs with six bowling, it’s a difficult concert. So, thanks to him, he kept his cool.

“He kept saying ‘I’m worried about the length of the pins’ and I said ‘Well mate this is what works on this surface, keep holding on to it’.

“If you stick with the process, Morgs is still happy you do, but it showed great character for him to take on three super wickets as well. ”

Finch, the Australian captain, also paid tribute to England’s determination to turn the odds around.

“We knew it would always be difficult for a new hitter to start with a wicket like that,” he said. “England were tight, they played very straight, a very good length, it was difficult to face them on the pitch and it was difficult to cross the line in this intermediate period. They played well but, yes, we are still very disappointed. “

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