In the recently-concluded third ODI between Australia and England, the home team asserted its dominance once again. Coming into the game, the Aussies were leading the series 2-0 and needed to win to complete a clean sweep. While the Kangaroo openers, David Warner and Travis Head provided a dream, Mitchell Marsh made a record at the MCG. Apparently, he hit a 115-meter six over deep-midwicket.
Notably, the square boundaries at the venue are over 90 meters long which is why hitting a six on those parts is a big deal. However, Marsh did it with ease in the end. Not to forget, Ollie Stone, who was bowling at the time, bowled a 120 kmph ball. Despite this, the right-hander deposited the ball over one of the longest boundaries.
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Talking about the game, the Three Lions won the toss and elected to bowl first in a rain-impacted game. The match was reduced to 48 overs a side. However, the Yellow brigade made their Ashes rivals pay for putting them in. Openers, David Warner and Travis Head stitched a partnership of 269 runs in 38.1 overs. Both players scored a hundred each with Warner ending his less than three-year-century drought in a 50-over format.
Thanks to their efforts, the home team amassed 355/5 at the end of their innings. In reply, the visitors got out for 142, losing the game by 221 runs by the DLS method. Adam Zampa took four wickets while skipper Pat Cummins and Sean Abbott took two each. With this win, the Kangaroos have clean-swept the Poms after a long-time.
After the game, winning skipper Cummins said “It’s been fantastic, all three games. Everything has really clicked, the bowlers have all wanted to bowl and the batters have been fantastic. Good to finish it off here, that’s just about the best ODI I’ve been a part of. That opening partnership, they came off and said the wicket was a bit tricky, we didn’t believe them but it was really tricky out there. Roll out the same [pitch], all five Tests, would be lovely. Trav Head, the way he’s stepped into Finchy’s role, opening the batting in one-day cricket is so important. He’s done it all three games. Bit more depth, saw Sean Abbott out there tonight, Ash Agar played a big part in a couple of games. Been great. Lot of this ODI is playing in week’s time, we love playing in front of home crowds, best time of year for us. We can’t wait.”