Cardiff: Jason Roy (120, 108b, 12×4, 2×6) returned to the scene of one of his greatest disappointments to score a fluent century as England beat Australia by 38 runs to win the second ODI here Saturday. With this victory the hosts went 2-0 up in this five-match series
Roy’s ton and stand-in captain Jos Buttler’s (91 n o, 70b, 8×4, 2×6) blistering half century took England to a total of 342 for eight.
Australia opener Shaun Marsh (131, 116b, 10×4, 3×6) became the first Glamorgan batsman to score an international century. But their 304 all out meant World Champions Australia had suffered a seventh defeat in their last eight ODI matches.
Marsh was dropped twice at midwicket by Bairstow and substitute Tom Curran on his way to a brilliant century. Agar (46) offered Marsh excellent support in a sixth-wicket stand of 96 before he was stumped by Buttler off Rashid. The wicket England needed came when Plunkett bowled Marsh with a full delivery to leave Australia 293 for eight.
The Yorkshire duo of fast bowler Liam Plunkett (4/53) and leg-spinner Adil Rashid (3/70) shared seven wickets as England won with 17 balls to spare.
Earlier Roy and Jonny Bairstow (42, 24b, 8×4, 1×6) got England off to a brisk start. Roy was eventually dismissed during an eventful 36th over when Tye took the edge and Paine held a superb one-handed catch as he dived to his left.
England, who beat Australia 4-1 in an ODI series ‘Down Under’ in January, will take an unassailable 3-0 lead if they win Tuesday’s day/night clash in Nottingham.
Brief scores: England 342/8 (Jason Roy 120, Jos Buttler 91 no, Kane Richardson 2/56) bt Australia 304 (Shaun Marsh 131, Liam Plunkett 4/53, Adil Rashid 3/70)