4th ODI, Leeds

England v Australia, 2015

Nick Hoult

At Leeds, September 11. England won by three wickets. Toss: Australia. One-day international debut: M. P. Stoinis.
Morgan overtook Graham Gooch to become England's leading one-day run-scorer against Australia, delivering another captain's performance to level the series. His run-a-ball 92 inspired only their fourth successful chase of 300 or more - but their second of the summer. Despite lofting Hastings on to the roof at the Football Stand End, Morgan offered more than showy strokeplay. He had consolidated after the dismissal of Taylor left England 89 for three, sharing partnerships of 91 with Stokes and 58 with Bairstow, and looked set for a century until Maxwell clung on to a brilliant one-handed take at backward point. It would be the catch of the game for less than six overs. Plunkett, promoted to No. 8, had slotted 17 off nine balls when he tried to hit Cummins into the West Stand, only for Maxwell to perform a piece of magic at deep midwicket. Holding on high to his left, but falling over the rope, he tossed the ball up, then caught it with an outstretched left hand as he regained his balance and jumped back into play - a perfectly legal manoeuvre, even if Maxwell later criticised the law that allowed it. Home fans chorused "Yorkshire, Yorkshire" in honour of one of their overseas players, but the coda belonged to England, as Willey helped Ali - badly dropped on 11 by Wade off Cummins - knock off the 18 required. Earlier, Willey had swung his way to three quick wickets as Australia struggled after winning the toss. Bailey rebuilt in a stand of 137 with Maxwell, who dazzled in a 64-ball 85. Then, following the loss of three wickets for five runs, Wade smashed 50 from 26 balls, in the company of Hastings, to lift Australia to a total that, not so long ago, would have proved well beyond England.
Man of the Match: E. J. G. Morgan.

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