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James Taylor s maiden international hundred
was decisive as England trounced Australia by
93 runs at Old Trafford to stay in with a chance
of winning the Royal London Series yesterday.
Taylor (101) was one of three batsmen to top
50 in England s 300 for eight, and then spinners
Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali rose to the challenge
for combined figures of five for 73 in helpful con-
Aaron Finch s half-century got Australia s reply
off to a feasible start under lights, but wickets
began to fall en route to 207 all out with six overs
unused as England reduced the series arrears to
2-1 with two to play.
Opener Jason Roy (63) and Eoin Morgan (62)---
in a stand of 119 with Taylor---were the other
major contributors after England chose to bat
first on an initially cloudy but soon much brighter
Taylor had to work hard, coming of age with
three figures in his 21st One-Day Internation-
al---a 112-ball hundred which contained 46 runs
in singles and just five fours.
It was Roy who put the pace to the home
innings and Taylor then took over with much
scurrying and placement as England, who had
chased vainly in the first two matches, reached
300 for the first time in the series.
Alex Hales could never get going at the top of
the order before clipping a catch to midwicket
in Pat Cummins first over.
But Roy batted beautifully, unfurling a stream
of boundaries including four in one over from
Mitchell Starc, and it was his first false shot that
He passed 50 in just 34 balls and thought he
had spotted another boundary option off ODI
debutant Ashton Agar but just failed to put enough
into the shot to chip cover, where Glenn Maxwell
jumped high to hold a juggling catch.
Both Morgan and Taylor had a little fortune,
the captain most notably when he should have
been stumped off Agar on 15 and his partner sur-
viving an lbw appeal by Maxwell on 41 which
would have been overturned had Australia chanced
Taylor did not count a boundary until he
square-drove the 53rd ball he faced from James
Pattinson, and had just that four to his name in
his first 50.
Morgan got to his half-century more quickly,
from just 46 balls, as the third-wicket pair pro-
vided a perfect platform of 181 for two at 30
Thereafter, England stalled as the apparent
possibility of 350 or above faded dramatically and
four wickets---including two run-outs---fell for
the addition of 64 runs in the last ten overs.
Taylor nonetheless managed to complete his
century, with a scrambled single off Cummins,
before he was last out in the final over mistiming
the expensive Starc to mid-off.
The jury was out as to the value of his innings
until Australia batted.
By dusk, though, it was already clear the
diminutive number three had served England
Pietersen is heading back to
where it all started after sign-
ing a short-term contract to
play Twenty20 cricket for his
former team in South Africa.
Pietersen will be available
for five games for the Durban-
based Dolphins from the start
of November, returning to the
team he left 15 years ago as a
youngster to pursue a career
"It s wonderful. All my bud-
dies are there, my best mates
are there...it s going to be fun,"
the England batsman, former
captain, and record run-scorer
said of his return to his home-
Pietersen, now 35 and
apparently discarded by Eng-
land for good, was born in
Pietermaritzburg, near Durban,
but left his home country
claiming affirmative action
policies that favoured non-
white players were holding him
At yesterday s announce-
ment, he laughed and joked
with South African reporters,
saying he d pay for tickets for
fans if crowds didn t turn up
for his return.
Wearing a Dolphins T-shirt
and cap, Pietersen was
unveiled at a hotel at Johan-
nesburg s international airport
at the end of a vacation in
South Africa, where his parents
still live. He said he will return
late next month ahead of the
Ram Slam competition and be
available for the Dolphins for
around two weeks.
"It s a great comeback, but
its work," Pietersen said,
adding he would "try to leave
emotion out of it."
The move was announced
a day after England director
of cricket Andrew Strauss said
the Ashes-winning team had
"moved on" from Pietersen,
seemingly closing the door on
any return for a talented player
with a history of run-ins with
England teammates and man-
"I would love to play cricket
for England again but for the
moment that s a no-go,"
Pietersen said in South Africa.
Then asked if he had an
opinion on England s tour of
South Africa at the end of the
year, Pietersen said he wasn t
thinking about English cricket
much right now.
"My mind is nowhere near
that tour. In all honesty, I
couldn t give you an answer,"
Pietersen was a figure South
Africans loved to hate after his
criticism of some of the coun-
try s sporting policies, and his
desire to play for England
ahead of his land of birth. But
the television station that
broadcast the Pietersen news
conference live called it "the
prodigal son returns," and said
"KP comes home."
Pietersen spent part of his
holiday on safari with former
South African test players
Graeme Smith, Jacques Kallis,
and Mark Boucher---former
opponents and now friends.
Smith s role as the Ram Slam s
tournament director helped
pave the way for Pietersen s
SYDNEY---Former Test captains Ian Chap-
pell and Michael Clarke were among 200
mourners who attended a public memorial
service in Sydney for Australian cricket
great Arthur Morris.
Morris, an opening batsman who was
regarded as one of the greatest left-handers
of all time, was the highest run-scorer on
Australia s 1948 Ashes tour to England. He
died in August aged 93, leaving 86-year-
old Neil Harvey---who was also at the serv-
ice--- as the only remaining member of the
unbeaten 1948 team, known as the Invin-
Yesterday s service was held in the Mem-
bers Stand at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
England's James Taylor plays a shot during the One-Day International cricket match between England
and Australia at Old Trafford cricket ground in Manchester, England, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Taylor's ton puts England back in fray
England vs Australia
Jason Roy c Maxwell b Agar
Alex Hales c Marsh b Cummins 9
James Taylor c Agar b Starc
Eoin Morgan c Starc b Maxwell 62
Ben Stokes c Finch b Maxwell
Jonny Bairstow run out
Moeen Ali c Pattinson b Cummins 1
Liam Plunkett run out
Chris Woakes not out
Adil Rashid not out
Extras: (1b, 5lb, 11w)
TOTAL: (for 8 wickets)
Fall of wickets: 1-52, 2-86, 3-205, 4-231,
5-271, 6-273, 7-279, 8-291
Bowling: Mitchell Starc 10-0-79-1 (5w),
James Pattinson 6-1-36-0 (2w), Ashton
Agar 9-0-45-1 (1w), Pat Cummins 10-1-
50-2 (1w), Glenn Maxwell 10-0-56-2
(1w), Mitch Marsh 5-0-28-0 (1w).
Aaron Finch c Woakes b Rashid 53
Joe Burns c Morgan b Finn
Steven Smith c Finn b Rashid
George Bailey c Stokes b Ali
Glenn Maxwell c Bairstow b Ali 17
Mitchell Marsh c Woakes b Plunkett 13
Matthew Wade by Finn
Ashton Agar c Roy b Plunkett
Mitchell Starc c Bairstow b Ali
Pat Cummins c Roy b Plunkett
James Pattinson not out
Extras: (3lb, 7w)
TOTAL: (all out)
Fall of wickets: 1-33, 2-75, 3-106, 4-128,
5-141, 6-154, 7-165, 8-167, 9-172.
Bowling: Steven Finn 8-1-43-2, Chris
Woakes 4-0-22-0 (1w), Liam Plunkett
10-0-60-3 (2w), Adil Rashid 10-1-41-2
(1w), Moeen Ali 10-1-32-3, Ben Stokes
Pietersen coming back to
former team in South Africa
Collingwood signs Durham deal
Paul Collingwood has signed a new one-
year deal with Durham.
The Durham skipper said he was
"absolutely delighted" to have put pen to
paper on another deal, meaning he will cel-
ebrate 20 years of first class cricket for the
county next season.
Collingwood, who will turn 40 next May,
made his first class debut against Northamp-
tonshire in 1996, at the Emirates Durham
The Durham all-rounder said: "I ve always
said I want to carry on playing as long as
I possibly can while I am still enjoying it
and worthy of a place in the team. I m
absolutely delighted to have signed another
contract and I want to carry on improving
this wonderful club on the pitch.
"I feel I have still got a lot to offer and
I m going to do all I can to keep playing as
long as possible. I want to keep this club
going in the direction it has been for many
years, making incredible strides in the com-
petitive world of cricket.
"We also have a terrific crop of youngsters
coming through and I feel I can do a lot to
help them develop as cricketers, both on
and off the field."
Collingwood made his one-day interna-
tional debut for England in 2001 and played
197 limited overs matches for his country
in a ten-year period, also leading them to
World T20 success in 2010.
Collingwood s Test debut came in 2003
against Sri Lanka and he won 68 caps before
bowing out in 2011 against Australia, aver-
aging over 40 with the bat.
Collingwood has made over 250 first class
appearances for Durham, scoring more than
14,000 runs and with 143 wickets. He has
also played over 400 List A matches for the
north east county and has appeared in the
IPL for Delhi Daredevils and Rajasthan Royals
and Perth Scorchers in Australia s Big Bash.
Ex captains Clarke, Chappell
attend Morris memorial
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