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Cricket news - Bairstow ton sets Australia 303 for series win

Bairstow helped England recover from 0/2 with his 10th ODI hundred.

Bairstow helped England recover from 0/2 with his 10th ODI hundred.

Jonny Bairstow's tenth One-Day International ton helped England post a fighting 302 for 7 on a dry-ish surface in Manchester in the series-deciding final ODI. The opener made 112 off 126 but Adam Zampa's three wickets ensured Australia were able to keep things in check.

With short boundaries on one side, England would have hoped to cross the 320-run mark after batting first. Things, however, got off to a rocky start as Mitchell Starc removed Jason Roy and Joe Root with the first two deliveries of the match. While Roy spliced a wide delivery to point, the Test captain was trapped in front for a duck. Despite the start, Bairstow and Eoin Morgan looked steady at the crease and even managed to counter-attack.

The fifth, sixth and the seventh over went for more than ten runs as England ended the PowerPlay with 67 on the board. The pacers had looked flat but the introduction of Zampa helped Aaron Finch control things better. Morgan fell in the 11th over as he swatted a flighted delivery to mid-off. Job Buttler settled in but failed to kick on as his stay fetched England just eight. At 96 for 4, England were in danger of ending with a below-par score.

Sam Billings, fresh from a confidence-boosting century in the first game, did well to settle in and score at a brisk pace. He got his fourth half-century and scored 114 for the fifth wicket with Bairstow. The opener, meanwhile, reached his century off 116 balls with an audacious swat off Pat Cummins for a maximum.

An ill-timed reverse sweep against Zampa had Billings walking off for 57 as England looked set to push on in the last ten overs. Cummins struck a crucial blow as his delivery nipped back in to knock out Bairstow in the 41st over. Chris Woakes and Tom Curran added 46 for the seventh wicket but Starc ended the frustrating stand in the 47th over. Australia, however, will be a touch disappointed as the hosts' lower-order managed to add 82 runs in the last ten overs with Woakes (51 not out) doing most of the damage.

Brief scores:England 302/7 in 50 overs (Jonny Bairstow 116; Adam Zampa 3-51, 3-74) vs Australia.

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