Spin woes come back to haunt Australia

Ian McCullough

Australia's one-day batting woes have reared their ugly head again as England bowled out the tourists for 214 in 47 overs at The Oval in London.

Skipper Tim Paine won the toss and elected to bat in the series-opener and the decision looked vindicated as his side tucked into the English seamers to move to 1-47 after seven overs.

However, the introduction of spinners Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid put the brakes on the tourists who promptly collapsed to 5-90.

The hosts struck in just the second over when David Willey got the ball to swing with his second delivery and Travis Head edged to Jonny Bairstow at first slip for five.

Aaron Finch, who has scored three centuries in his last eight matches against England, looked relatively comfortable against Mark Wood and Willey prompting Eoin Morgan to turn to spin.

The bold move paid off when Finch perished for 19 trying to heave Mooen over point, but instead picking out Wood for an easy catch.

The exit of Finch precipitated yet another middle-order collapse from the world champions as four wickets fell for 43 runs

Shaun Marsh became Moeen's second victim, playing no shot to an innocuous-looking delivery to be clean bowled for 24.

Paine moved himself up the order to come in at No.5 but he was unable to get the runs flowing against some tight and disciplined bowling.

The Tasmanian departed for 12 after a poorly executed reverse-sweep lobbed up gently into the hands of Wood to hand Moeen his third wicket.

Marcus Stoinis, who scored a century against Sussex last week, never looked fluent and he perished for 22, feathering a Rashid delivery into the gloves of Jos Buttler.

Such was the hold that the spinners had over the batsmen, just three boundaries were scored in 19 overs.

Glenn Maxwell did manage to show some attacking intent with two fours and a six from one Moeen over as he and Ashton Agar staged a recovery with a 84-run stand for the sixth wicket.

But just as he looked like giving Australia a platform for a competitive total, the big-hitting Victorian picked out Bairstow on the boundary to hand Liam Plunkett a first wicket and depart for 62.

Agar became Rashid's second victim when he was trapped on the crease and given out lbw for 40 as Australia were reduced to 7-193.

Andrew Tye (19) hit some shots to get the tourists past the 200 mark before Plunkett and Wood wrapped up the tail with debutant Michael Neser falling for six and Kane Richardson for one.