Australia 288 (Coulter Nile 92, Smith 73, Brathwaite 3-67) kick West Indies 273 for 9 (Hope 68, Holder 51, Starc 5-46) by 15 runs
As it happened
Nottingham is where, for many of new history, Australian teams have come to die. They fell narrowly brief in a 2013 Test match, before being broken by a overhanging round on a demented morning in 2015, afterwards beaten to a pap by England’s batsmen in an ODI final year. Against West Indies they seemed unfailing for a identical fate, losing 4 early wickets as a round pranced, swung and reared during helmets and throats.
Somehow, though, Aaron Finch’s group scrounged their approach to a 10th uninterrupted ODI victory, something achieved by a multiple of efforts that will greatfully a manager Justin Langer no end. For all their tip sequence woes, a Australians were quick in adversity. They found physic partnerships guided expertly by Steven Smith, extracted from Nathan Coulter-Nile a innings of his life, and, distinct West Indies, did not skip a possibility in a field.
Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins, fast, antagonistic and accurate, constructed a span of glorious analyses, used expertly by Finch to constrain, pressurise and eventually vanquish a West Indies chase. There were countless moments opposite a day when Jason Holder’s group looked to be in control. Each time, however, a Australians wriggled clear, in a demeanour that will be informed to those who witnessed their prior World Cup feat in England, 20 years ago.
It would be cross not to credit West Indies for providing so many that was enriching about a contest: Oshane Thomas, Sheldon Cottrell, Andre Russell, Shai Hope and Holder all had their moments. But they could not mangle Smith, Alex Carey and Coulter-Nile with a bat, and were always usually a singular bad preference from losing their wicket in a chase. Australia, confronting India next, will take some stopping.
Trent Bridge had dawned glorious and warm, a representation dry and grey, yet there was usually adequate dampness in a atmosphere to inspire Holder to send a Australians, their minds not wholly giveaway of past horrors here, in to bat first.
Thomas’ uncontrollable gait and rash pitch were summed adult by 5 wides initial round and afterwards a scorching, overhanging full round that Warner hardly tangled down on, usually to find that a referee had signalled no-ball. If expensive, he had shown that a round would snake and bounce, and in a third over he found a ideal line and length to find a corner of Aaron Finch, who successive to some of his new dismissals by a new round had to be regarded as blameless.
David Warner, squeezed between option and valour, afterwards chose a wrong Cottrell smoothness to condense at, rupturing a locate to gully, signalling a short-pitched conflict on Usman Khawaja. Hit on a helmet and forced to retire harm in a dual teams’ warm-up diversion in Hampshire, he was struck on a gloves and grille by one from Thomas that sent a group alloy Richard Saw jogging onto a ground, afterwards finished to wear another by Russell.
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Khawaja’s response, if psychologically logical, was uncivilised of a No. 3 batsman, holding a step to block leg and perplexing to expostulate a successive full and far-reaching ball. An corner and a high diving locate by Hope had Australia non-stop up, and a crack grew wider still when Glenn Maxwell, no master of a brief round himself, chose to try to offshoot Cottrell’s rebound and angle opposite him, skying a distant easier locate for Hope. At 39 for 4, West Indies were exultant, Australia confronting flashbacks to 60 all out.
Marcus Stoinis during slightest accompanied Smith while that miracle was crossed, yet after he short-armed a lift shot to midwicket when tighten by Holder, Carey assimilated his former captain and immediately dialled down a urgency, as both batsmen attempted simply to tarry for a while. Seven runs accrued in their initial 6 overs together, a arrange of rate seen when Steve Waugh and Michael Bevan attempted to manipulate a net run-rate in a compare between these dual sides during Manchester in a 1999 World Cup, before Carey began to widen out.
His giveaway swings of a bat over indicate and gully started to start a innings’ regeneration, while Smith during a other finish showed a calm and integrity of a male for whom general batting is still a oppulance he has usually recently been means to suffer again. Fifty-seven from a successive 7 overs signalled Australia’s re-entry to a ring, and yet drinks pennyless Carey’s thoroughness and reaped a fiddly corner behind off Russell, Coulter-Nile was to betray a energy diversion hitherto singular mostly to Perth bar cricket and a peculiar BBL cameo.
The early balls were especially short, and Coulter-Nile played them with a good understanding of awkwardness. But that charge passed, some full balls brought boundaries, and Smith rotated what small strike he could find to feed a West Australian’s energy game. His prior best for Australia, 34, was obliterated. Next was 64, his best in all forms of comparison cricket, it came and went. Smith, carrying been so assured, so measured, was likely of by a different take from Cottrell during low behind block leg, using to grip a locate in one palm afterwards tossing and collecting to kick a encroaching hazard of a rope.
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In a end, Coulter-Nile finished it as distant as 92, and Australia to 288. Less than they had approaching but, from 39 for 4, distant some-more than they competence progressing have hoped for. The early wicket of Evin Lewis, circumference as Cummins slid a new round opposite him, combined to a problem of a chase, yet a extraordinary box of Chris Gayle and Chris Gaffaney was rarely watchable during a other end. First, Gayle swung during Starc, a sound of timber was apparently heard, and a umpire’s finger went up. A examination showed that a round had brushed not bat yet stump. Next, Starc dismissed full yet down a leg side. Appealing when a round struck Gayle’s pads, Gaffaney lifted his finger again, Gayle immediately reviewed, and a round was blank leg comfortably.
Fifteen came from Cummins’ successive over, many of them flailed divided dismissively by Gayle, before Starc was again full, quick and in a closeness of a stumps. This time he strike Gayle’s behind pad in front of leg stump, and notwithstanding a third examination of an lbw appeal, ball-tracker showed a some of leg branch to be hit, definition Gayle was gone, yet not a West Indians’ solitary review. Only adding to a murk was a successive replay display Gaffaney had missed a large no-ball a smoothness before a wicket.
Hope afterwards shaped 3 stands of import with Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer and Holder, yet all were finished usually when full control was assumed. Pooran, so liquid in attack, was finished by Zampa’s deposit and Finch’s outstretched palm during point. Hetmyer was run out by Cummins’ mobility and Hope’s yes/no call. And Hope untimely a glorious Cummins, on whom Finch leaned heavily inside a initial 35 overs. But Holder was fluent, yet something of a witness for Russell’s brief and quickly impactful stay.
It was spectacular, yet all too brief for West Indies. Russell beaten Zampa into submission, afterwards successive over opposite Starc could see usually a boundary. A play and miss, an unfinished hook, a middled expostulate flashing past midst off, afterwards a top-edge that swirled before being really good hold by Maxwell. The Australians distinguished wildly, afterwards worked on cornering Holder and Carlos Brathwaite. At 53 indispensable from 38 balls, they were tighten to pressuring a wicket, usually for Brathwaite to animate himself.
A strong six, pulled good and truly into a throng during midwicket, was to be followed by calm to see off a dangerous Cummins. Finch had left himself with 5 overs to be common between Starc, Coulter-Nile, Stoinis and Maxwell, and 38 runs to defend. Going for wickets to settle a matter, Finch called adult Starc and was rewarded when Brathwaite and afterwards Holder both unsuccessful to find timing when perplexing to find a boundary. Scrounging, fighting and scraping, Australia went to dual wins from as many games, and some approach to rewriting their story during Trent Bridge.