England have won their second game on tour after beating a Prime Minister XI by 172 runs with the last success came on November 16th as Alastair Cook’s men beat an Invitational XI in a three day warm-up fixture.
It has been a long wait for the country to get back to winning ways after Australia whitewashed England 5-0 in the Ashes, a deserved score line as Mitchell Johnson swept away the tourists batting line-up time after time.
However, after losing the opening game of the five match One Day International Series by six wickets they haven’t had to wait long for a positive result with the win in Canberra just 48 hours later.
Cook won the toss and elected to bat at the Mankuka Oval but for the second time in two days he was dismissed in the opening over of the match, falling for just one run which brought Joe Root to the crease to join Michael Carberry after Ian Bell was rested for the tour match.
The Yorkshire batsman also failed to gain any momentum with the bat and he soon followed his skipper back to the pavilion after facing 14 balls for his one run. Former Australia quick Brett Lee took both wickets in the opening five overs as he showed he has still got the control with the ball from years gone by.
Gary Ballance joined Carberry at the crease, fresh from top scoring against Australia at the MCG on Sunday and he once again impressed ODI coach Ashley Giles.
The left-hander scored 56 runs to help bring England back into the game as Carberry was dismissed for a solid 47 off 50 balls. Eoin Morgan could only manage four runs before all-rounder Ravi Bopara struck a quick fire 18 before he was removed by James Murihead.
Jos Buttler was promoted from number eight to number six and he showed why after a superb innings of 61 from 60 balls that propelled England to 264-8 after their 50 overs. Tim Bresnan also chipped in with a handy 36 while James Tredwell, in for the rested Ben Stokes hit 18 to end the innings with the momentum.
The Kent Spinner then opened the bowling along with Boyd Rankin and the pair put the hosts on the back foot at 24-3. Tredwell bowled with great accuracy in his opening spell to allow the Warwickshire man to come steaming in and claim two of the first three wickets.
The slow bowler then returned to take the wicket of Brad Hodge while Chris Jordan and Tim Bresnan also ended with one wicket each.
Cook’s bowling changes worked a treat as the tourists were taking wickets at regular intervals as only three players from the Prime Ministers XI reached double figures. The host were on 74-5 when Bopara ran out Clive Rose as both batsmen ended up at the same end and it was the same man who destroyed the tail-end with Bopara ending with figures of 4-3 off three overs to end the innings on just 92 from 26 overs.
England now face Australia in the second ODI fixture of the winter at Brisbane on Friday before travelling to Sydney for the third fixture on Sunday.