Steven Smith got to his hundred off 93 deliveries © Getty Images
Steven Smith got to his hundred off 93 deliveries © Getty Images

Steven Smith scored a calculated century off 93 balls to take Australia to the brink of victory against England in the 4th One-Day International of the tri-series, also involving India. Brad Haddin has supported him very well at the other end easing the pressure off his shoulders with a fast-paced innings.

After starting off very well, the English bowlers were unable to maintain the pressure. They looked like they would put up a decent fight, but their inability to get Smith’s wicket cost them dear.

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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