England vs Australia 1st ODI 1980 Article

Read the article of England vs Australia 1st ODI 1980 - Australia tour of England (Prudential Trophy) 2-match one-day international series of the 1st ODI match played between Australia and England at The Oval, London in 20th August 1980.

Geoff Boycott's classy 99 and Graham Gooch's half-century before Mike Hendrick's historic five-wicket haul helped to England comprehensive 23-run victory over Australia, despite a Kim Hughes' unbeaten 73 and take a 1-0 lead in the first ODI.

Match Stats :
  • England's 23-run win was their fifth smallest victory by terms of runs in One-day international and It is their narrowest win against Australia in ODIs, previously they won by 72-runs at Sydney in 1979.
  • Geoff Boycott became the first player to dismissed on 99 in One-day international cricket history.
  • Mike Hendrick became the first England bowler to take a five-wicket haul in One-day international cricket history.
  • England's 248 was their joint seventh highest score in One-day international and It is their second highest total against Australia in ODIs.
  • Australia's 225 was their joint seventh highest score in One-day international and It is their third highest total against England in ODIs.
  • 108 : Graham Gooch and Geoff Boycott set up the second highest first-wicket partnership for England against Australia in One-day international and England's fifth highest opening stand in ODIs.
  • Dennis Lillee's 4 for 35 was his fourth best bowling performance for Australia in One-day international and his second best bowling figures against England in ODIs.
  • 86 : Kim Hughes and Rod Marsh set up the record sixth-wicket partnership for Australia against England in One-day international, previously held by the 44-run stand between Ian Chappell and Rod Marsh at Sydney in the last year and Australia's second highest sixth-wicket stand in ODIs.

ENGLAND scored 248/6 (55 Overs) with top scorer by Geoff Boycott 99 off 159-balls - who fell one-run short of his century - including ten boundaries and Graham Gooch 54 (83)

Australia best bowler by Dennis Lillee 4/35 (11) and Allan Border 1/61 (11)

AUSTRALIA scored 225/8 (55 Overs) with top scorer by Kim Hughes * 73 (102) and Rod Marsh 41 (48)

England best bowler by Mike Hendrick5/31 (11) and Graham Gooch 1/29 (7)

This match reported by Peter McFarline (Third Party Reference from The Age)

While most of Australia's batsmen were cursing Mike Hendrick, Kim Hughes had good reason to thank him.

The lanky England seam bowler who destroyed Australia with 5/31 from 11 overs after a late return to the side, put down a sharp slip chance off Hughes before he had scored. Had that catch been accepted, the Australian vice-captain may well have found himself out of the side for the Centenary Test. Instead, he was able to grasp an opportunity that had eluded him in five previous innings on this tour — a long and productive stay at the batting crease.

By the time Australia had reached 225-8 off its 55 overs — 23 runs behind England — Hughes had stroked his way to 73 not out, and form.

Hughes' tour so far has been disastrous. Thirty nine runs in five innings, demotion from the No. 3 spot in the batting order and series of missed chances at second slip which had required his transfer to the outfield.

His start yesterday, batting at no. 5 was scratchy but he managed to curb his natural flair to hit bowlers out of the ground. After two hours and 23 minutes at the crease, he had struck only two boundaries but towards the end he was hitting his shots with confidence and crispness.

So now Hughes goes into Greg Chappell's ledger book on the credit side. Still on the debit side are the two left-handers Graeme Wood and Graham Yallop, who failed again. Wood will probably lose his position to John Dyson for upcoming second Prudential Trophy match at Birmingham but Yallop will play. After that, there is only the three-day County match against Nottinghamshire starting on Saturday for form to be reclaimed or claims to be pressed for Centenary Test berths.

The flat Oval wicket—as unresponsive as the ones that were replaced last year, according to Dennis Lillee — gave the fast bowlers little incentive. Jeff Thomson bowled his 11 overs at something approaching half-pace, although I have the feeling that Thomson is about to explode into top form — preferably next Thursday.

But Geoff Dymock is not bowling well and Len Pascoe was wayward in his first spell, although much tighter when he came back with Lillee to restrict England to 48 runs in the last 10 overs of 'the innings.

Another of Chappell's problems is the fielding which was particularly sloppy in the two hours. He will demand a better effort and there will be some hard physical labor imposed if a new standard is not achieved.

The captain was not despondent about the loss, however. The truth is that the Australians have not yet mastered any of the intricacies of limited-over cricket and are not likely to reverse the trend.

Mike Hendrick named Player of the match for his pace bowling attack to claimed a historic 5-wicket haul for 31-runs in 11-overs including three maidens.



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