Voges powers Aus to 279/7 in final ODI

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Published: Sunday, February 6, 2011, 13:31 [IST]
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Voges powers Aus to 279/7 in final ODI

After a sluggish beginning and a flurry of early wickets which saw England peg Australia back to 102/4, during the final ODI, at Perth, the hosts recovered to post 279/7 thanks to some gritty strokeplay from David Hussey (60) and an unbeaten Adam Voges (80*).

Winning the toss and electing to bat first, Australia got off to a shaky start. In the first over itself, Haddin was dropped off James Anderson by Michael Yardy at slip. In the 4th over, Tim Paine, making his debut in the series was lbw for 5 to another debutant Liam Plunkett, as the hosts slipped to 16/1. 4 overs later, Callum Ferguson upped the ante, smacking Steven Finn for two fours, but the batsman was out in the next over when he edged Anderson to Andrew Strauss at slip and Australia were 35/2 in 9 overs.

Soon after the hosts took the batting powerplay, Cameron White struck a four off Finn to take his side over 50 inh the 14th over. Haddin was dropped by keeper Steve Davies when he was on 22, but got his comeuppance 5 overs later when Yardy had him caught by Finn at long on for 27 as Australia slid to 72/3 in 19.4 overs. Just after the hosts had crossed 100 in the 26th over, stand in captain Cameron White was caught and bowled by Yardy for 24 of 47 balls. Australia were now in trouble at 102/4.

But the newcomer Adam Voges and David Hussey joined forces to put the house in order, Hussey smacking two fours in the 28th over off Plunkett and then taking Australia past 150 in the 31st. But in the 40th over, Plunkett had the last laugh when he had Hussey caught by Ian Bell at point for 60 off 60 balls.

The hosts were 198/5 at that juncture with Voges still going strong. He reached his 50 two overs later and together with Mitchell Johnson, put on 40 runs... before Johnson was out to Anderson for 26 and Australia were 238/6 in 46.5 overs. Hastings was the next to go for 6, but Voges pressed on and ended up taking Australia to a competitive 275/7 in 50 overs, himself unbeaten on 80 off 72 balls.


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