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Faltering England are undone as Wade stars.

ENGLAND slipped to a 59-run defeat in the first Royal London Series match against Australia as Matthew Wade's bustling batsmanship proved decisive at the Ageas Bowl.

Australia needed Wade and Mitch Marsh's unbroken century stand for the seventh wicket to keep them competitive, following their midinnings stumble to Adil Rashid (four for 59).

Then England's attempt to chase 305 for six fizzled out under lights as they too lost quick wickets when they could least afford to - their last eight for 94 to end up 246 all out with 4.3 overs unused.

There was a half-century at the top of the order for the tourists from David Warner (59), but it was Wade's unbeaten 71 from number seven which proved telling after Steve Smith had chosen to bat under cloud cover.

Australia laid the most conventional of platforms to set a score, reaching the 30-over mark on 155 for two.

Joe Burns poked a full toss back at Rashid after putting on 76 with Warner.

Then Rashid did the trick again with the second delivery of his second spell, Warner edging an attempted big hit to short third man.

Rashid continued his golden-arm day when Smith hit another full toss straight to deep mid-wicket, but the leg-spinner could claim more credit for pinning George Bailey lbw on the back foot.

That was three wickets in 19 balls for Rashid, and Durham's Mark Wood got in on the act as Glenn Maxwell was caught behind down the leg-side.

Shane Watson was run out responding to a faulty single into the off-side called by Wade, but Wade made up for that with a halfcentury in just 40 balls, after he had taken nine to get off the mark.

The wicketkeeper's partnership of 112 with Marsh included 93 in the last 10 overs.

Roy and Alex Hales gave England's reply a highly encouraging start, taking heavy toll of an initially off-colour Mitchell Starc.

Hales found little of the strike, though, and met a tame end with a pull to mid-wicket off Marsh.

Roy too, after a fine maiden halfcentury in international cricket which came at better than a run a ball and contained much sweet timing among 10 boundaries, went in anti-climax when he chipped a catch to point in the first over of off-spin from Maxwell.

It was the loss of three wickets for no runs in four balls which stopped England in their tracks.

With no Wade or Marsh ready to bail them out, it was game over.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Sep 4, 2015
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