Easy in the end. But for a brief moment, Aaron Finch did make it interesting. The captain was starved of strike in the first nine overs, but then, with Australia five down after the spin-twins of Moeen and Rashid ripped out the top and middle order, he got really busy. The opener smashed 84 in 41 balls, six times clearing the rope, ably supported by Agar (29) to get the visitors well within striking distance. But when Rashid came back into the attack and won his wicket in the 16th over the result was inevitable.
So that’s a clean sweep on the tour, the hosts winning all six fixtures as Australia pack their bags for Zimbabwe for a T20 tri-series. It’ll be a toss of the coin for man of the match between Buttler for his rapid 61 and Rashid for his clutch 3/27 in defence of 221. I’d go with the leggie. Keen an eye on the website for the match report, which I’m sure will be up soon. We’ll be back with the OBO tomorrow afternoon from Bristol when England’s women host New Zealand in the T20 triseries. Until then, bye for now!
ENGLAND WINS BY 28 RUNS! AUSTRALIA ALL OUT 193! (WICKET! Stanlake c Morgan b Plunkett 7. Swepson 3*)