Shane Warne and Michael Vaughan hailed England’s bowlers and captain Eoin Morgan after they produced a brilliant comeback to beat Australia by 24 runs in the second ODI and level the three-match series.
The tourists looked well on their way to a series-clinching victory at the Ageas Bowl on Sunday as they moved to 144-2 in pursuit of England’s 231-9.
But the dismissals of Aaron Finch (73) and Marnus Labuschagne (48) led to an extraordinary collapse in which Australia lost four wickets for three runs and were eventually bowled out for 207.
‘Australia will rue a few things tonight,’ legendary leg-spinner Warne told Sky Sports. ‘I thought they were outstanding for large parts of the game.
‘They were cruising there, but it just shows you what wickets can do because it wasn’t easy for the new batters coming in.
‘England were outstanding, what a spell of bowling it was from Woakes and Archer, and Eoin Morgan’s captaincy was fantastic.
‘But that is a punch in the gut for Australia.’
England’s produced a similarly unlikely win during their recent T20 international series against Australia – which they won 2-1 – with the tourists failing to score 38 from 36 balls with eight wickets in hand in the second match.
Former England captain Vaughan added: ‘There’s something about this England side – it’s happened in the last year or two.
‘They just never know when they are beaten. They change games with pure belief and wonderful skill.
‘Australia, what can I say? It was done. They should have won the series tonight. It’s a concern for Aaron Finch and Justin Langer.’
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