Tom Curran took a five-for © Getty Images
Tom Curran took a five-for © Getty Images

England were on course to post anything over 280. At one stage, they were 151 for 2 in 26 overs. They, however, bundled out for 259 in 47.4 overs. Andrew Tye’s five-for derailed their approach after a flourishing start provided by Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root (62). Australia‘s batting order didn’t click as a unit in the series, but were expected to chase down a moderate score at (a revamped) Perth stadium. However, apart from Marcus Stoinis, no one converted their starts and it hurt their chances. While Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali chipped in, Tom Curran ripped apart Australia’s chances with a maiden five-wicket haul.

What the captains said

Eoin Morgan: Really special. Actually thought we played particularly poorly today. The fight and character in the side was there in the series. Suppose when the ball started to reverse. Feedback we got from practice was that the ball chews up quite a bit. To be honest we’re spoilt for choice at the moment. We’re trying to make the most out of this bunch. Huge thank you to the supporters, they’ve been absolutely magnificent. Lot of our inspiration has come from them.

Steven Smith: We thought we pulled it back pretty well. Didn’t start as well as we would have liked today. Been a trend in the series. Again we lost wickets in clumps. Can’t be doing that. He bowled pretty well on this wicket, bowled his changeups (Tye). But the batting wasn’t good enough. These collapses are happening way too often. The crowd was spectacular. Pitch played pretty well, lightning outfield. Unfortunately haven’t been able to contribute as much as I’d have liked to in this ODI series. Thoroughly outplayed by a quality England team.

Tom Curran (Man of the Match): Watching the boys play, the one-day cricket we’ve been playing has been a pleasure to watch. There’s a great feeling around this one-day side. Great bunch of boys. To come play the first ODI in this unbelievable stadium in front of the Barmy Army, just unbelievable. Very special.

Brief scores

England 259 in 47.4 overs (Jason Roy 49, Jonny Bairstow 44, Joe Root 62; Andrew Tye 5 for 46) beat Australia 247 in 48.2 overs (Marcus Stoinis 87, Glenn Maxwell 34, Tim Paine 34; Tom Curran 5 for 35, Moeen Ali 3 for 55) by 12 runs.