Faulkner's heroics lead Oz to one-wicket win over England in second ODI
Posted on Jan 18 2014 | IANS
Sydney, Jan 18 : Australian all-rounder James Faulkner has carried his team to a heart-stopping one-wicket victory over England in the second ODI at Brisbane with just three wickets to spare.
Left with No. 11 Clint McKay for company and 57 runs still needed, Faulkner (69 not out) hit 12 from the final over and calmly closed out the match with three consecutive boundaries in the final over to leave England shattered and leading Australia to 301 at the loss of nine wickets and ruling the series 2-0.
Reports mentioned that Faulkner's unbeaten 69 at the Gabba was the third-highest score by a No. 9 in ODIs and his stand with McKay was the second-highest tenth-wicket partnership to win a match.
Meanwhile, England made 300-8, backed by Eoin Morgan's 106 from 99 balls.