Opposing game plans collide as England seek lessons in defeat

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Australia’s successful defense of 294 on a surface that offered batsmen a fine balance between risk and reward was also a rebuke to the big-hitting blueprint that has made England the frontrunners in this format – albeit that coming into the series Eoin Morgan had expressed the hope that his side could expand their range while preparing for a World Cup in India in three years’ time. In that regard, their recovery from a most parlous Powerplay to lose by 19 runs, on the back of Sam Billings’ maiden hundred, was a nugget of encouragement for the home side.

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