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James plays a blinder

James Faulkner and Clint McKay, on Friday

Brisbane: James Faulkner’s sensational late assault powered Australia to a dramatic one-wicket victory over England in the second one-day International, here, on Friday.

Crushed 5-0 in the Ashes series and thumped in the first one-dayer in Melbourne, England sensed the chance of securing their first win over Australia on the tour after Eoin Morgan’s sparkling 106 powered them to a commanding 300 for eight.

Australia made a feeble start to their chase but Shaun Marsh contributed 55 before Glenn Maxwell (54) and Faulkner (69 not out) provided the late surge that took the hosts past the victory target with three balls to spare.

Needing 25 runs from the last two overs with No. 11 batsman Clint McKay keeping him company, Faulkner blasted back-to-back sixes off Ben Stokes and stole a single off the last delivery of the penultimate over.

Facing Tim Bresnan in the final over and still needing 12 runs, Faulkner hammered three fours in a row to trigger wild celebrations around the ground.

Faulkner remained unbeaten after his 47-ball blitz studded with three fours and five sixes. “He is the new finisher, the new Michael Bevan,” Australia captain Michael Clarke said after the match. “He showed he is a wonderful player with loads of talent and he strikes the ball as cleanly as anybody... He deserves all the credit in the world.”

Australia lead the five-match series 2-0 going into the next game in Sydney on Sunday.

After Alastair Cook opted to bat first, Morgan teamed up with Jos Buttler (49) to plunder 117 runs in 11.2 overs and help England post a competitive total against an Australian attack boosted by the return of Ashes hero Mitchell Johnson.

Batting on one, Morgan was caught off Clarke at deep mid-wicket but the 27-year-old left-hander had the presence of mind to point out there was one extra fielder outside the ring and get the delivery adjudged a no-ball. (Reuters)