Steven Smith © Getty Images
Steven Smith continued his fine form © Getty Images

Steven Smith scored his fourth fifty in the fourth One-Day International (ODI) between Australia and England at Hobart. Glenn Maxwell scored the ninth half-century of his career. Smith and Maxwell led an Australian recovery, taking the hosts from 92 for three to 161 for four before Maxwell holed out to Joe Root off the bowling of Moeen Ali, who took his second wicket.

Aaron Finch was bowled by Moeen Ali for 32, while Shaun Marsh and Cameron White were dismissed in the same over as Australia suddenly found themselves in trouble at 92 for three. White, who was on his ODI comeback, lasted only two balls before getting out LBW to Steven Finn, who had earlier dismissed Marsh for 45. James Faulkner came in at No. 6 for Australia.

Earlier, Ian Bell scored 142 to lead England to 303 for eight. He was well-supported by Moeen Ali at the start and Joe Root in the middle overs as the English batsmen put the Australian bowlers to the sword. Bell had a tremendous match, going past 5,000 ODI runs, then becoming England’s leading run-scorer in 50-over cricket, and also getting his highest score in the format, all in the same match.

Australia won the toss and chose to field first. Steven Smith, captaining the side for the first time on debut, announced at the toss that there were three changes: David Warner, Shane Watson, and George Bailey had to miss out, and were replaced by Shaun Marsh, Cameron White, and Moises Henriques. England went in with the same side.

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