Australia win Tri-series final
PERTH, Australia (AP) – Glenn Maxwell scored 95 and took four for 46 Sunday to spur Australia to a 112-run win over England in the final of the One-Day International cricket tri-series.
Maxwell led Australia to 278 for eight as they batted first after losing the toss, then had the opportunity of a hat trick bowling out England for 166 to boost their preparation for the Cricket World Cup.
Mitchell Johnson also had the chance of a hat trick, dismissing Moeen Ali (26) and England captain Eoin Morgan with consecutive deliveries to finish with three for 27 in an explosive return to the Australia team.
The one discordant note for Australia was an injury to all-rounder James Faulkner. He scored an unbeaten 50 from 24 balls, completing his half century with a six from the last ball of the innings, and took one for 11 before being forced from the field with a side strain.
England made an ineffective bid to chase down Australia’s total and to boost their own confidence ahead of the next meeting between the teams, in Melbourne on the opening day of the World Cup.
They lost wickets in clusters that robbed the innings of momentum and were finally all out in 39.1 overs.
Australia 278-8 in 50 overs (Glenn Maxwell 95, Mitch Marsh 60, James Faulkner 50, Steve Smith 40, David Warner 12; Stuart Broad 3-55, James Anderson 2-38). England 166 in 39.1 overs (Ravi Bopara 33, Moeen Ali 26, Joe Root 25, Stuart Broad 24, Jos Buttler 17; Glenn Maxwell 4-46, Mitchell Johnson 3-27, Josh Hazlewood 2-13). Australia won by 112 runs.