England v Australia: Late blast sees Australia present England with big chase

England's Liam Plunkett celebrates taking the wicket of Australia's Mitchell Marsh (right) with Eoin Morgan.
England's Liam Plunkett celebrates taking the wicket of Australia's Mitchell Marsh (right) with Eoin Morgan.
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A LATE flurry of runs saw Australia set England a testing target in the fourth One Day international at a sun-drenched Headingley.

John Hastings and Matthew Wade were behind the lusty hitting that brought 76 runs from the final six overs to rescue an innings that had looked in danger of petering out when Marcus Stoinis was seventh man out with 215 on the board.

For England, three wickets for David Willey at a venue he will call ‘home’ from next season and two from Liam Plunkett were the highlight either side of a 137-run fourth wicket stand between Glenn Maxwell and George Bailey.

Maxwell top scored with 85 before perishing courtesy of an attempted reverse sweep that went badly wrong as Moeen Ali clipped the Australian’s leg stump.

Bailey had reached 75 by the time he offered a return catch to Plunkett that the Yorkshire paceman gratefully accepted.

Earlier, Willey - who will join the White Rose county from Northamptonshire during the winter - had taken a trio of early wickets to leave Australia reeling on 30-3.

Steve Smith, Aaron Finch and Joe Burns all went cheaply during a devastating early spell that left a packed crowd hopeful that Willey can make a big impact for the Tykes in 2016.

Hastings (34 not out) and Matthew Wade (50 not out) ensured the hosts had it far from their own way in the closing stages by taking the total on to 299-7 at the end of 50 overs.