Australia one step away from series win


Australia won the second ODI, by 64 runs, against England at Lord's on Saturday and moved a step closer to a series win as they now find themselves two-nil up with three matches to play.

The Aussies scored 309 for seven in their 49 overs after the start of the match was delayed due to rain, then bowled England out for just 245 in 42.3 overs to seal a comfortable win.

Visiting captain Steve Smith top-scored with 70 while George Bailey and Mitch Marsh also struck half-centuries as Australia racked up a formidable total.

Australia's opening batsman David Warner was struck on the thumb with just the second delivery of the game by fast bowler Steven Finn and retired hurt.

Joe Burns hit four crisp boundaries before he was clean bowled by Finn for 22 in the ninth over. Smith and Bailey then added 99 for the second wicket before Bailey was bowled by offspinner Moeen Ali in the 29th over.

Allrounder Glenn Maxwell hit an enterprising 49 off 38 balls while Shane Watson added 39 from 38 balls as Australia looked to kick on towards the end of the innings.

Mitch Marsh gave the impetus at the end that the Aussies wanted as he struck 64 from just 31 balls, including seven fours and three powerful sixes.

In England's chase, skipper Eoin Morgan scored 85 while James Taylor hit 43 but no other batsmen offered any support as they crumbled under the pressure.

There was a moment of controversy in the England innings when Ben Stokes was adjudged to have obstructed the field and given out in the 26th over as he wanted to get back in his crease after a run out attempt by Mitchell Starc.

Fast bowler Pat Cummins was Australia's best bowler, recording figures of four for 56 in 8.3 overs while spinner Maxwell took two wickets.

The third ODI, which is now a must-win for England, takes place at Old Trafford on Tuesday.