Australia stood tall in a comfortable victory in the series opener and bring a 1-0 lead into the second match.
Sam Billings played the innings of his international career to date to keep England in the chase. Billings scored his maiden ODI ton, but England ran out of batsmen.
With the ball in hand, England may have been guilty of believing their job was done once they had reduced Australia to 123 for 5, but the opposition’s finishers came through and gave the hosts a lesson.
England may have underestimated Australia once, but Chris Silverwood and captain Morgan will demand a response.
The tourists have been aware they have been short on runs in ODI cricket which prompted them to name a deep batting lineup with Maxwell coming in at seven. After their success in the first match, they may persist with the same team but could shuffle the order batsmen will appear, depending on the match situation.
Adam Zampa has quietly become one of the best white-ball leg-spinners in the world without being a massive turner of the ball. He was a handful again at Old Trafford on Friday and will be key to Australia’s hopes of a series win.
Maxwell, Marsh and Marcus Stoinis together make up Australia’s fifth bowler in the current setup. Marsh was the standout of the three bowling five of the ten overs they split in the 19-run win.
Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc were pretty much on the money straight away, but Pat Cummins struggled to find the right length. The pace trio should get another crack at England on 13 September.