Marcus Stoinis scores century as Australia beat Sussex at Hove
Australia kick off tour of England with 57-run victory at Sussex
Last Updated: 07/06/18 10:33pm
Marcus Stoinis scored a century for Australia as they began their limited-overs tour of England with a hard-fought 57-run win over Sussex at Hove.
Australia - who will face England in five one-day internationals and a sole Twenty20 in their first international fixtures since the controversial tour of South Africa in March - posted 277-9 after being asked to bat, with Stoinis smashing 110 and Aaron Finch 78 and Jofra Archer taking 3-62 for Sussex.
Sussex opener Philip Salt hit 62 from 49 balls after being dropped twice on nought by D'Arcy Short, while Laurie Evans (57) and Harry Finch (45) helped the hosts to 130-2 in the 24th over of their chase.
However, wickets tumbled regularly once Finch was caught and bowled by left-arm spinner Ashton Agar (3-64) and Sussex went on to be bowled out for 220 in 42.3 overs.
Australia will play one further warm-up game, against Middlesex at Lord's on Saturday, before their ODI series with England gets underway at The Oval next Wednesday, live on Sky Sports Cricket.
Tim Paine's side had reached 167-1 in the 31st over against Sussex but then tumbled to 180-5 in the 36th once Finch was caught behind attempting to pull Archer.
Stoinis went on to share a 58-run stand with Agar (21) for the sixth wicket, during which time he completed his third List A ton from 103 balls.
The 28-year-old eventually holed out to long-on off the impressive Archer, who also ran out Agar from halfway down the pitch off his own bowling and dismissed Jhye Richardson (11) from his final ball.
WHAT THEY SAID
Australia's Marcus Stoinis: "We haven't spoken about it (the ball-tampering scandal) too much.
"It's more the fact we're so lucky to be playing, in this team, travelling through England playing on beautiful grounds against good opposition and going into a good series. It's focusing on your job, what you have to do and enjoy what you can.
"The banter was pretty good, you could hear [the home crowd] singing. It's all in good spirits, and the boys on the boundary said it was good, too. It's only what you'd expect."
Sussex coach Jason Gillespie: "We had our opportunities but the difference was this Australian side had someone go and get a hundred. We had a few guys get some good starts, but we didn't have anyone go on and get that big score."
Watch Australia's white-ball fixtures with England live on Sky Sports Cricket.