At Perth, January 1 (day/night). England won by 37 runs. Broad, with a polished 76 in 37 overs, and Lamb and Botham, who added 106 in eleven, set up England's victory in front of a record crowd for the WACA on another beautiful evening. Botham hit Davis for 26 in an over (442466), the first of the sixes landing twenty rows back over long-on. He faced 39 balls and hit seven fours and three sixes, straight-driving with savage force. Australia were in the game until Border was yorked by Emburey after putting on 75 with Jones in thirteen overs. Jones, missed at slip at 16, used quick footwork to improvise some magnificent strokes on both sides of the wicket and as usual ran superbly. His 104 came off 129 balls (two sixes, nine fours), but he lacked support and England, who had won the toss, had the match in hand before he skied Dilley to mid-off in the 44th over.
Man of the Match: I. T. Botham. Attendance: 27,125.
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