Skipper Eoin Morgan leads from the front as England level series

Leeds (United Kingdom): England defied the all-round excellence of Australia’s Glenn Maxwell as they squared the ODI series with a record chase at Headingley.

Eoin Morgan en route his 92 against Australia at Headingley yesterday. Pic/Getty Images

The hosts made it 2-2 with one to play as they chased down 300 for the first time against Australia and only the fourth time in their history, with skipper Eoin Morgan leading the way with 92.

Maxi takes a stunner
But Maxwell was irresistible - taking a two-phase boundary catch that will linger long in the memory, another one-handed grab to dismiss Morgan, one wicket and top-scoring for his side with 85. James Taylor and Ben Stokes chimed in with twin 41s, while Moeen Ali contributed a controlled 21 not out at the close.

Earlier, Australia, who won the toss, reached 299-7 thanks to half-centuries from Maxwell, George Bailey (75) and wicketkeeper Matthew Wade (50 not out). — Agencies

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