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Bairstow ton gives England hope after Starc's double strike


Jonny Bairstow revived world champions England from the depths of 0-2 against Australia with a superb hundred in the third and deciding one-day international at Old Trafford on Wednesday.


Opening batsman Bairstow could only stand and watch from the other end as left-arm quick Mitchell Starc took two wickets with the first two balls of the match.


But Bairstow counter-attacked superbly and went to his century in style with a legside six off a 90 mph delivery from fast bowler Pat Cummins.


But Billings gave Bairstow excellent support, completing a 53-ball fifty before he too fell to Zampa, when a mistimed reverse sweep lobbed to short third man.


Australia were again without Steve Smith, the star batsman not featuring at all in this series after being hit on the head by a throw-down from a member of the tourists' coaching staff while batting in the nets last Thursday.


Australia were unchanged but England recalled fast bowler Mark Wood, fit after an ankle injury, in place of left-arm paceman Sam Curran.






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