Joe Root praises England ODI character after hitting back from Ashes loss

Tom Curran stars with the ball as England seal 4-1 series victory against Australia

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England bowler Tom Curran celebrates the final wicket against Australia in Perth
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England wrapped up a 4-1 victory in the one-day international (ODI) series against Australia with a thrilling 12-run win in Perth.

Played in front of 53,781 fans at the new Optus Stadium in Perth, swing bowler Tom Curran took 5-35 as Australia were dismissed for 247 chasing England’s total of 259.

Man-of-the-match Curran told the BBC: “Watching the boys play the one-day cricket they have been playing has been a pleasure and it’s a great feeling to be in and around the side. I’ve been training hard, and to come and play the first ODI at this unbelievable stadium is fantastic.”

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Joe Root, who top scored with 62, was named the man-of-the-series. He said that England showed great character in the ODIs to bounce back after the 4-0 mauling in the Ashes Test series.

“Anyone who was involved in the Test series has thoroughly enjoyed these one-day games,” said Root. “To come back has showed the character in the group and the talent. We have been together as a group for a while and we know our roles in the side. That has been really good for continuity and from that we get consistency.”

After sealing the 4-1 ODI series win, England will now focus their attentions on Twenty20 (T20) cricket. They play an Australian Prime Minister’s XI at the Manuka Oval in Canberra on 2 February before matches against Australia and New Zealand.

We look at the T20, ODI and Test fixtures for England’s tour of Australia and New Zealand and how to watch it on TV.

England tour of Australia and New Zealand

Ashes Test results: Australia won the series 4-0

  • 1st Test, Brisbane: Australia won by ten wickets
  • 2nd Test, Adelaide: Australia won by 120 runs
  • 3rd Test, Perth: Australia won by an innings and 41 runs
  • 4th Test, Melbourne: match drawn
  • 5th Test, Sydney: Australia won by an innings and 123 runs

England vs. Australia: ODI results

  • 1st ODI vs. Australia, Melbourne: England won by five wickets
  • 2nd ODI vs. Australia, Brisbane: England won by four wickets
  • 3rd ODI vs. Australia, Sydney: England won by 16 runs
  • 4th ODI vs. Australia, Adelaide: Australia won by three wickets
  • 5th ODI vs. Australia, Perth: England won by 12 runs

England T20 fixtures vs. Australia and New Zealand

  • 2 February: T20 vs. Prime Minister’s XI, Canberra (8.15am UK time)
  • 7 February: T20 vs. Australia, Hobart (8.40am)
  • 10 February: T20 vs. Australia, Melbourne (8.20am)
  • 13 February: T20 vs. New Zealand, Wellington (6am)
  • 18 February: T20 vs. New Zealand, Hamilton (6am)

England tour of New Zealand: ODI and Test fixtures

  • 25 February: 1st ODI vs. New Zealand, Hamilton (1am)
  • 28 February: 2nd ODI vs. New Zealand, Tauranga (1am)
  • 3 March: 3rd ODI vs. New Zealand, Wellington (1am)
  • 6 March: 4th ODI vs. New Zealand, Dunedin (10pm)
  • 9 March: 5th ODI vs. New Zealand, Christchurch (10pm)
  • 22 March: 1st Test vs. New Zealand, Auckland (1am)
  • 29 March: 2nd Test vs. New Zealand, Christchurch (11pm)

How to watch England cricket matches on TV

Sky Sports will show live coverage of England’s tour of New Zealand, including T20, ODI and Test matches.

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