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Australia fight back to end losing streak

27th January 2016

Mark Bond

** Report by the England & Wales Cricket Board

Following on from their overall series win, England lost out to Australia by 42 runs in the fourth one-day international of the tour as the hosts recorded their first victory.

England won the toss and elected to bowl on the hottest day of the fixtures to date.

Ross Hunter's side made two changes as James Millard and Mark Bond were called up to replace the injured Luke Sugg and Si Ledwith.

England struggled from the outset in the field and Australia batted strongly to post the highest ODI score of the series, finishing the innings on an impressive 336-3. Matt Cameron followed up yesterday's half-century with an unbeaten 84. It was the opening pair who gave the Aussies the platform to push on later in the innings as Ricky Segura completed his first international fifty in dramatic circumstances, bringing up the half century then turning for a second run that he was run out before completing.

England opened their innings with intent but found themselves five down by the end of the 20th over, with captain Matt Dean not reaching the heights of the preceeding three games as he was run out for four by Daniel Pritchard.

Opening partner Dan Field, however, scored 31 before being caught out.

England started to build a solid partnership between Bond and Justin Hollingsworth but the latter was run out two balls after reaching fifty.

Rob Comber then joined Bond at the crease but Comber was also run out just as the pair appeared to be finding their rhythm.

England plugged away and began to build the pressure on the Australian fielders, with Bond batting well and Mo Khatri (double runs for B1 categorisation) opposite him.

The tourists continued to chase down the Australian total and needed 66 off the final four overs.

Despite a fantastic 78 not out from Bond, their efforts weren't enough, as they finished on 294 for eight in their maiden loss of the series.

Reflecting on the loss, Bond said:

“It was very disappointing to lose today.

“It was pretty tough fielding in the heat. The Aussies batted really well and probably got on top of us during that session. I think the lads got through the heat brilliantly and the energy we had batting second was pretty phenomenal so, hopefully, the conditions will be better suited to us for the last One Day International on Friday and we can make it a four-one series win.”

“I felt good batting and was greatly supported by my runners. I enjoyed the innings and it was really nice to get out there and score some runs.

“The Australians bowled well today, but throughout our batting innings it certainly felt like we had control of the run-chase. The guys who were running for me (Millard and Hossell) really maximised the runs for the shots I played.

“Everyone in camp is really positive. We are still three-one up and the team is really keen to try and win the series four-one.”

England Visually Impaired team

Matt Dean (captain), Justin Hollingsworth, Pete Blueitt, Mark Bond, James Millard, Mark Turnham, Ed Hossell, Rob Comber, Mahomed Khatri, Dan Field, Hassan Khan.

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Stat Attack

Before this match Australia had lost 7 successive games against England:

2 Twenty20 Internationals (June 2012)

Twenty20 World Cup Group Stage Match (December 2012)

One Day World Cup Group Stage Match (December 2014)

First 3 Ashes Matches (January 2016).

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