Australia has won the third ODI and the series against England, after emerging victorious from a thriller thanks to twin centuries and Mitchell Starc’s late heroics.
Glenn Maxwell (108, 90 balls) and Alex Carey (104, 114 balls) salvaged Australia’s innings with a 212-run partnership at Old Trafford as the Aussies chased down England’s 6-302; highlighted by 112 for opener Jonny Bairtstow.
Strarc, having taken 3-74 opening the bowling, hit his first ball for six then hit a boundary for the win with three wickets and two balls remaining, having entered the fray for the final over against Adil Rashid.
Australia finished 7-305 and won the three-match series 2-1.
The tourists were 5-73 when Maxwell and Carey combined, with the wicketkeeper-batsman only dismissed on the final ball of the penultimate over; bringing Starc to the crease.
The big left-arm fast-bowler dispatched Rashid over the straight boundary with a huge strike, then sent a sweep shot to the rope for victory.
It was Australia’s highest ODI chase at Manchester and marked an extraordinary turnaround. The Aussies lost their last ODI series in England 5-0 and this time have won while the old enemy are world champions.
It was England’s first loss in a bilateral ODI series at home since 2015. England also won the preceding T20 series 2-1.
The hosts had a nightmare start thanks to Starc, who removed Jason Roy and Joe Root for golden ducks with the first two balls of the match.
Leg-spinner Alex Zampa also took three wickets for Australia as England rebuilt around Bairstow’s century.
England were brought undone by two moments while letting Australia, who were again missing champion batsman Steve Smith, after the hook.
Jofra Archer ‘dismissed’ Alex Carey on a no-ball when Australia were just 6-87 and the batsman was only on four. It was a huge let-off for Carey, who had been struggling for form before his ton.
England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler dropped Maxwell when he was on just nine. Both misses proved incredibly costly, allowing Australia’s match-winning partnership.
Maxwell was dismissed by Rashid midway through the 48th over. There were Aussie nerves when Carey went, with 10 runs needed from the last over, but Starc was the hero and finished 11 not out from three balls, alongside Pat Cummins (four not out, five balls).