Watson’s Mighty Match Not Enough to Deny England



England claimed their eight consecutive Twenty20 victory over Australia with a one wicket success in Adelaide.

Australian all-rounder Shane Watson produced a battling display, following up his 59 in a total of 157-4 with bowling figures of 4-15.

Watson’s fine bowling was in vain as England snatched a one wicket win, with Chris Woakes striking the winning single on his international debut with the scores tied with a ball remaining.

Watson blasted 59 from 31 balls with Australia posting 4-157 from its 20 overs, and after claiming 4-15 from his four overs, Watson’s final ball conceded the winning run.

With last man Ajmal Shahzad only managing a leg- bye from three to leave three still being required from the final two deliveries after Graeme Swann was bowled first ball.

Debutant Woaves then drove through point for two bringing the scores level, and then followed with a chip to midwicket for the winning single.

There was a minutes silence before the match for the victims of the Queensland floods, and both sides have volunteered to donate part of their earning to aid the relief effort.

The run has enabled England to surpass the previous Twenty20 world-best sequences set by Pakistan and South Africa, and tops off a week to remember for the tourists.

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