Record partnership gets Aussies home
Glenn Maxwell and Alex Carey put on a stunning record partnership as Australia fought back against England to clinch the ODI series 2-1.
The Aussies looked on course for defeat as they again struggled with the bat, slumping to 73 for five as they chased the 303 runs set by England in the decider at Old Trafford.
However a record partnership of 212 runs between Maxwell and Carey was enough to help Australia home and inflict a rare series defeat on the current World Champions.
It still went down to the last over, with England skipper Eoin Morgan copping criticism for opting to go with spinner Adil Rashid as Mitchel Starc smashed the winning runs with a four.
Speaking after the defeat, Morgan had no complaints though and believes the better side won on the day.
"Australia were too good for us today," said Morgan. "Having started so badly we were still in the game making 300 but Carey and Maxwell played exceptionally well.
"We had small opportunities that might have changed the game but when you are beaten by the better side you just have to put your hand up."
Meanwhile Aussie legend Shane Warne, working as a pundit for Sky Sports, praised the effort of both Maxwell and Carey as they got the job done.
"I thought they showed a lot of courage from the position they were at 73-5, they had no chance of winning that game," Warne said. "300 was an over-par score and to get there the way they did showed a lot of courage. Two hundreds from Carey and Maxwell, fantastic."
After losing the T20 series 2-1, Australia finish their trip to England on a high, but Aaron Finch says his side are very much a work in progress and there is still plenty more to come.
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