9 Sep 2015

England claw their way back into series

11:44 am on 9 September 2015

England has won the third one day cricket international against Australia at Old Trafford in Manchester by 91 runs, leaving the tourists 2-1 up in the five-match series.

James Taylor's patient century laid the platform for England as the home side made 300 for eight, with Taylor making 101.

Australia struggled under the lights against the England spinners before being bowled out for 207 after 44 overs.

Opener Jason Roy scored 63 off 45 balls to give England a fast start before captain Eoin Morgan and Taylor shared a third-wicket partnership of 119 to put the hosts in a good position to make a huge total.

Morgan, however, was caught by Mitchell Starc off Glenn Maxwell for 62 and his side struggled to accelerate in the closing overs.

A patient century from James Taylor helped England to a 91 run win.

A patient century from James Taylor helped England to a 91 run win. Photo: Photosport

Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali and Liam Plunkett fell cheaply and although Taylor completed his maiden international century, he hit only five fours and was dismissed by Starc before England scrambled to get to 300.

Australia made a positive start to their reply, Aaron Finch making 53 and Steve Smith 25 before the Australian captain was brilliantly caught by Steven Finn one-handed at mid-wicket off leg-spinner Adil Rashid.

Wickets fell regularly under the lights as spinners Moeen and Rashid bowled cleverly and the Australian batsmen were unable to break the shackles.

The fourth match in the five-game series is in Leeds on Friday.