ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) – Pat Cummins’ first match as Australia’s one-day international captain was successful as they beat England by six wickets on Thursday at Adelaide Oval.
Adding the ODI captaincy to his test duties following Aaron Finch’s 50-over retirement last month, Cummins and Australia were impressive in going 1-0 up in the three-match series.
After choosing to field first, Australia kept England to 287-9 despite a century from Dawid Malan. England’s total always appeared below par.
Australia pair David Warner (86) and Travis Head (69) came out strongly with a 147-run opening stand, and Steve Smith (80 not out) finished the cruise home to 291-4 with 19 balls to spare.
“We came here really fresh after a week (off after the exit at the T20 World Cup) and keen to come back into it,” Cummins said. “Classic Smithy has been working the house down in the nets, so to be fluent from ball one was awesome. We know his class.”
Smith was left out for only one game of the recent Twenty20 World Cup.
Warner appeared set to score his first international century since January 2020 but was caught in the deep.