England beat Australia in second ODI to extend lead in series

Despite late pressure, England held on to double their advantage and lead the one-day international series 2-0 with a four-wicket win against Australia at the Gabba in Brisbane.

Australia won the toss and batted first to set England a run chase of 271 to win – Aaron Finch hit the best innings of the match with 106, but it was the batting partnership between Joe Roots and Chris Woakes that saw England finish in style.

The tourists comfortably reached 119-1, before the wickets of Alex Hales, Jonny Bairstow and captain Eoin Morgan saw England fall to 154-4 after 27 overs.

England recovered through Joe Root and Jos Buttler – Buttler hit 42 off of 32 balls – before Mitchell Starc was wisely recalled and took out both Buttler and Moeen Ali in quick succession in the 37th over.

However, it was too little too late for Australia, as the assured batting from Root and Chris Woakes led England to 274-6 with 34 balls to spare.

Joe Roots was man of the match with an important knock of 46 not out, while also taking 2-31 with the ball.

Victory in the third ODI at Sydney on Sunday for England and they will take the five-match series.