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Riding on James Taylor century, England beat Australia in third ODI


Riding on James Taylor century, England beat Australia in third ODI

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James Taylor's maiden one-day international century helped England keep the series alive as they beat Australia by 93 runs at Old Trafford.

Jason Roy made 63 before Taylor anchored the England innings with 101, adding 119 with captain Eoin Morgan (62) as they posted 300-8.

After Aaron Finch fell for 53, Australia were bowled out for 207 in 44 overs as off-spinner Moeen Ali took 3-32 and leg-spinner Adil Rashid 2-41.

Australia lead the series 2-1.

Taylor, who scored 42 before he hit his first boundary and struck only five in his innings, reached three figures in the penultimate over and fell with four balls remaining.

It would have been the highest successful ODI run chase at Old Trafford if Australia had made it - but the hosts looked in control as soon as leg-spinner Rashid took the crucial wickets of Finch and captain Steve Smith. 

Old Trafford has traditionally rewarded spin bowlers - everyone from Jim Laker to Monty Panesar - and the pitch did not disappoint.

After Australia started well, Rashid breezed through his 10 overs in one burst, before off-spinner Moeen then picked up Glenn Maxwell and George Bailey in mid-innings as Australia's challenge spluttered.

The tourists had chosen an extra spinner with slow left-armer Ashton Agar (1-45) handed his ODI debut.

While he and Maxwell did their best to keep the brakes on England, they were ultimately out-bowled by England's spin pair. 

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