Joss Buttler (42), Morgan (21) and Chris Woakes (39 not out) all made handy contributions, while Joe Root held the innings together with a measured 46 not out. "We did enough to win," Morgan said, adding: "It's far from our best performance with the bat. "I suppose that's exciting in a way. We're two-nil up in the series and we're still looking for a complete performance as a batting unit. "Hopefully that comes in Sydney in Sunday." The Australians went into the match without leg-spinner Adam Zampa, who proved expensive in the opening ODI in Melbourne on Sunday, opting for batsman Cameron White instead. They also handed debuts to paceman Jhye Richardson and wicketkeeper Alex Carey.
"England have done a brilliant job in the middle overs and then taken wickets at crucial times in the latter stages. They haven't allowed Australia to build partnerships." @jamestaylor20— Test Match Special (@bbctms) January 19, 2018
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However, the decision to go into the match without a recognised spinner proved costly on a pitch that helped the slow bowlers. Finch, who blasted his 106 from 114 balls, helped Australia get away to a quick start alongside David Warner. The burly opener looked like he was leading Australia to a score well past 300 but his dismissal, soon after that of Mitchell Marsh, ensured England were able to keep the Australian scoring under control. Finch and Warner both dominated the English fast bowlers, who pitched too short on the Gabba wicket. England captain Morgan turned to his spinners with immediate effect.
GONE!— Test Match Special (@bbctms) January 19, 2018
Tye run out for 8. It was a superb throw into the stumps at the bowler's end by Woakes.
So that it, England will need 271 to take a 2-0 lead in the series.
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Moeen Ali had Warner caught at slip for 35, bringing Steve Smith to the crease. The Australian captain struggled to 18 from 25 balls before part-time off-spinner Root trapped him lbw. Root then enticed Travis Head into charging down the wicket, only to chip a return catch to the bowler to leave the Australians on 124 for three. Marsh and Finch consolidated but the scoring rate slowed as they struggled to get Ali, Root and leg-spinner Adil Rashid away.
Player of the match is Joe Root! ?— Test Match Special (@bbctms) January 19, 2018
England take a 2-0 lead in the series after a win by four wickets at the Gabba! ?
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