England v Australia, 1st ODI, Ageas Bowl September 3, 2015

Watson's latest misery

ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from the opening one-day international between England and Australia

Shane Watson was left stranded after a poor call from Matthew Wade © PA Photos

Run out of the day

Shane Watson will surely not reflect on this tour with much joy. After losing his place in the Test team after the Cardiff Test he is enjoying no more luck in the limited-overs games. After a comical dismissal in the T201 - he was bowled off an inside edge after he missed with his attempt to kick the ball away from his stumps - here he was run out by yards after being called for a most unlikely single from Matthew Wade. Despite playing the ball straight to cover - Ben Stokes of all people, probably the best fielder in the England side - Wade set off for the run immediately. Watson would have been justified in turning his partner down but, seeing him committed, did his best to answer the call. Stokes' accurate throw - and Jos Buttler's efficient removal of the bails - did the rest. Not for the first time this summer, Watson returned to the pavilion with laughter ringing in his ears. It can be a cruel game.

Decision of the day

All too often, umpires only seem to warrant attention when they make an error. So it seems only fair to recognise a fine decision by Joel Wilson - the fourth umpire in the game between these sides at the MCG when James Taylor was incorrectly given out - that ended Glenn Maxwell's promising innings. The ball from Mark Wood would probably have been called a leg side wide had Maxwell, attempting to flick it to fine leg, not gained a thin edge. But while Buttler, who took an excellent tumbling, low catch, hardly appealed, Wilson had heard the nick and was quick to give the decision. Maxwell briefly looked as if he would utilise the DRS but, had he done so, it would have done him no good. Replays suggested there was no pad involved and snicko suggested contact with the bat.

Shot of the day

Jason Roy has earned his reputation - probably unfairly - as a big of a slugger. But here he provided evidence that he is far more than that. While there were a couple of gorgeous drives and powerful pulls, many top-order batsmen can play such strokes. It was a back-foot clip off the hip - a perfectly timed clip that sent the ball scurrying in front of square to the midwicket boundary - that really showed his class. It was not, perhaps, the best stroke of the match - a back foot drive through extra cover for four by Maxwell was a thing of rare beauty - but it was evidence that Roy is a better player than he is sometimes credited with being.

Selection of the day

Australia had a tricky decision to make ahead of this game. On a surface which, in county cricket at least, tends to favour spin bowlers, they had to decide whether to include a specialist spinner, in Ashton Agar, who the seam-bowling all-rounder in Mitchell Marsh. While England's two spinners were probably the pick of their bowlers, Marsh's performance vindicated the Australian decision. Marsh scored an important unbeaten 40 and helped Wade post a match-winning 112-run stand in 13 overs for the seventh-wicket.

Near miss of the day

Eoin Morgan had scored just 5 when, poking at another fast, full delivery from the impressively quick - if not especially accurate - Pat Cummins he was only able to make contact via a thin inside edge. The ball flew to the fine leg boundary for four but replays suggested that it might have brushed the off stump on its way. England's captain can rarely have enjoyed such a near miss, though he was unable to fully capitalise on the fortune.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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