England Chris Waokes trust they can win “from any position”, following the 24-run victory against Australia in the second one-day international.
Chris Woakes and Jofra Archer bit an Australia fall of 4-3 in 21 balls and 8-63 in total as they were bowled out for 07 in pursuit of 232 to crowned the three-match series.
“We showed that we do it with the ball when at one point we probably looked dead and buried,” said England Chris Woakes to BBC Test Match special.
The star finished with 3-32, man of the match, Archer 3-34, and Sam Curran 3-35 to cap a remarkable fightback.
Global champion England earlier fell to 149-8 before Adil Rashid and Tom Curran assist them to score 231-9.
“We’ve got great character in the changing room. It’s why we did so well in the lead-up to the World Cup and in the World Cup,” Woakes said.
“We’ve got the belief that we can win from any position with both bat and ball.”
England seemed to be heading for a first home ODI series loss since 2015 before Woakes and Archer returned to the attack.
English captain Eoin Morgan said: “The game was getting away from us. We went all in and the plan was to bowl Australia out.
“I’ve played in sides that haven’t had the rub of the green or that have continued to lose games that go tight, and I certainly know that winning them builds confidence and belief.”
Former captain of England Micheal Vaughan said: “England enjoy tight situations and they just know how to win in all formats. They’ve got a group of experienced players who know how to win.
For the second time, Australia have thrown away a winning position on this tour.
Australia captain Finch said his side “ might overplay the situation in our head” when chasing.
“It was getting more difficult as the match went on but that’s no excuse for the collapse, he said
The series finale – the final men’s international match of the summer- takes place at Old Trafford on Wednesday at 13:00 BST.
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