England vs Australia is never simple, especially in the last year or so.

From Jofra Archer’s hostile spell at Lord’s during the Ashes to Ben Stokes’ heroics at Headingley, the drama has now transferred to white-ball cricket.

Only a few weeks ago we saw the tourists collapse in remarkable fashion during the IT20 series as England won a game that simply, they had no right to.

Unbelievably, it happened again at Old Trafford in the second ODI on Sunday evening as England sealed one of the finest comebacks you’ll see.

It was another breathtaking game of cricket as England never really looked in the clash. That was until Archer and Chris Woakes came alive with a simply outstanding spell of bowling late on.

England had initially won the toss earlier in the day and Eoin Morgan decided to bat first. There was no Moeen Ali or Mark Wood as the two Curran brothers, Sam and Tom, came into the XI.

The hosts’ batting line-up looked deep on paper and they needed it to be given the position they found themselves in.

Jason Roy got off to a bright start by hitting a few boundaries but Jonny Bairstow departed early by edging Mitchell Starc behind for a duck.

England struggled to ever really get going and when Roy was run out by a sublime direct hit from Marcus Stoinis, you just knew it was going to be a tough day at the office.

Joe Root was struck on the knee early on in his innings and his strike rate sat well under 50 for a large portion of his stay at the crease. He did deposit Stoinis for a six towards the mid-wicket boundary but just as he started to find his flow, he was caught behind off the brilliant Adam Zampa for 39 from 73 balls.

The hosts were 90 for 3 after 22 overs at that point and were struggling to find boundaries.

Skipper Morgan offered some resilience but when Jos Buttler was caught on the crease LWB for just 3, it looked like any hope of putting on a good score was fading.

Sam Billings, who scored a century last Friday, went cheaply for 8 as Zampa picked up his second. He then sent Morgan back to the pavilion for 42 as the leg spinner ended with superb figures of 3 for 36.

With England 147 for 7 after Sam Curran snicked Starc behind, it looked doom and gloom. Woakes went five runs later but Adil Rashid and Tom Curran came to the rescue.

They put on a partnership of over 70 as Rashid smacked a big six into the stands and Curran punished any bad balls by smacking five boundaries in his 39 ball 37.

Rashid, meanwhile, finished on 35 from just 26 as England set the Aussies 232 to win.

England’s bowling unit immediately got stuck into the Australian batsman with Archer having David Warner caught behind for only six.

Archer picked up another with a snorting bouncer that lept up on Stoinis. He could only edge it up in the air for a simple catch to Buttler.

However, Australia knuckled down and put themselves in a very good position to win the game. Aaron Finch and Marnus Labuschagne put on 100 together before England’s seamers gave them a glimmer of hope.

Woakes and Archer returned for their second spells and completely changed the course of the chase. The former had Labuschange trapped in front two runs shy of a half-century and then just a run later, the latter bowled Mitchell Marsh for a single.

What ensued was quite ridiculous cricket. Finch departed an over later after Woakes absolutely castled his stumps before the Magician bowled the dangerous Glenn Maxwell too. In the blink of an eye, Australia had lost five wickets for 22 runs.

It got worse for Australia with the reintroduction of Sam Curran. The stumps were again clattered with Cummins leaving the crease and a ball later, Starc was caught behind after playing a wayward shot.

This had been the most ridiculous collapse in recent memory as Curran struck again to get rid of Zampa, who chipped one straight to Archer. England were now within touching distance of a famous victory.

With 8 balls remaining, Rashid picked up the final wicket by having Alex Carey stumped to cap off a quite incredible England victory. This may not have been a high-scoring match, but it was an absolute thriller.

by Matt Dawson