With Australia pulling off a sensational three-wicket win over England in the third ODI at Old Trafford, here’s Wisden’s team of the series.
196 runs @ 65.33, HS: 112
A seven-ball duck was sandwiched in-between scores of 84 and 112. In the two innings he did get runs, he was forced to battle through tough periods in the Powerplay as Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc found success against his colleagues at the other end. His century was the slowest of his 10 in the format, despite only coming off just 116 balls.
Aaron Finch (c)
101 runs @ 33.66, HS: 73
By no means a stellar series for Australia’s captain, but he did offer a patient 73 on a tough surface in the second ODI, an innings that appeared to set the platform for an Australian win until his side imploded to fall to a 24-run defeat.
183 runs @ 61, HS: 118
A breakthrough summer for the Kent captain. Filling in for Ben Stokes, Billings continued his good form from the Ireland ODIs, first hitting his maiden international century in the opening ODI before contributing an enterprising half-century in the third match.
76 runs @ 25.33 | 2 wickets @ 51.50
Struggled in the final two ODIs, but Marsh’s watchful 73 in the first ODI grew in importance as the match progressed and England found the going tough in their failed chase.
86 runs @ 62, HS: 108
After a key 77 in Australia’s first victory, Maxwell was the leading man in a remarkable turnaround in the final ODI: he peppered sixes to the leg side on his way to a 90-ball 108, combining brilliantly with Alex Carey in a match-winning 212-run stand.
Alex Carey (wk)
152 runs @ 50.66, HS: 106 | 4 dismissals
The keeper was unable to take Australia over the line in the second ODI but delivered three days later by bringing up three figures in international cricket for the very first time. He fell with an over to go, but he’d more than done his job.
6 wickets @ 22.83, BBI: 3-32 | 89 runs @ 44.50, HS: 53 not out
Woakes combined brilliantly with Jofra Archer to revive England in the second ODI, the simple plan of bowling at the stumps resulting in the wickets of Marnus Labuschagne, Finch and Maxwell as Australia collapsed in spectacular fashion. He backed up that display with a fine all-round finish to the summer, hitting an unbeaten 39-ball 53 and taking 2-46 in the third ODI.
5 wickets @ 31.80, BBI: 3-74
Starc began and finished the final ODI in style. With the ball, he dismissed Jason Roy and Joe Root to set himself up for a hat-trick in the first over of the match, and he wrapped up proceedings 99 overs later with 11 off three balls.
10 wickets @ 14.20, BBI: 4-55
The Australian leggie was among the wickets in all three games, a four-for in the first ODI followed by three-fors in the next two matches. His impact was immediate whenever he was introduced, with a wicket falling in his first over in every match.
7 wickets @ 21.57, BBI: 3-34
Archer was at his scintillating best in the second ODI, his pace simply too hot to handle for David Warner and Marcus Stoinis, who was forced out by an unplayable bouncer. He then returned to tighten the screws on the Australian chase and remove Mitchell Marsh as England pulled off a heist for the ages.
4 wickets @ 30.25, BBI: 3-26
He ended the series disappointingly, wicketless and expensive in the final ODI, but Hazlewood – who did not feature in the World Cup last year – impressed in the first two ODIs. In Australia’s win he had figures of 5-2-5-2 at one stage as England were unable to find their feet in the chase. Two days later, his economical ways meant he wrapped up his 10 overs with figures of 1-27.