CricViz reviews the fourth ODI between England and Australia in Durham.
Marsh succeeds against the spinners
Shaun Marsh has been one of Australia’s positives in this series. Today was his second hundred and what stood out was the way he was not fazed by the potency of England’s spinners. Much has been written about Australia’s struggles against spin during this tour but Marsh has been more than comfortable against both Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid. His run rate against them is higher than any of Australia’s top six batsmen and he is currently averaging 81 against the slower bowlers in this series.
Overall, Marsh has attacked the spinners 52% of the time in this series, slightly higher than Australia’s team average of 47% but today, that figure was down at 37%. By way of comparison, when Marsh scored his first hundred of the series at Cardiff, he attacked 67% of the balls he faced so it was evident that he was able to adjust his approach on what was a slower pitch today.
Australia collapse again
An area of concern for Australia is their death over batting. In the last ten overs today, they added just 82 runs for the loss of five wickets. Losing wickets late on is becoming something of a worrying trend for them; they have lost five wickets in overs 41-50 in four of the last eight ODIs when they have batted first. In fact, only West Indies and Bangladesh have lost more wickets on average in the death overs since the last World Cup.
Finch reins it in
Back at the top of the order, Aaron Finch looked far more at home and he duly scored his sixth ODI hundred against England and his 11th in total. This innings was not in the cavalier style that Finch is known for; he only attacked 31% of the balls he faced, a lower percentage than all but one of his ODI innings in which he has passed 50. It was an innings of controlled aggression that showed maturity and an ability to adapt to the conditions that Finch is perhaps not always given credit for.
Bairstow’s form continues
Jonny Bairstow is in the form of his life at the moment and his 79 today was another high class innings. He was in complete control until he was dismissed with just the fourth ball he edged. His scoring areas were consistent against both seam and spin and he scored at a similar rate against both – 7.36rpo against seam, 6.81rpo against spin.
Despite not going on to convert his innings into a century this time, Bairstow’s partnership with Roy laid the perfect platform for England to take a 4-0 lead in the series.