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Taylor's ton against Aussies keeps English in series

By Robert Jones

James Taylor's patient century laid the platform for England to beat Australia by 93 runs in the third one-day international at Old Trafford yesterday, leaving the Aussies 2-1 up in the series.

Taylor made 101 to lift his team to 300 for eight and Australia struggled under the lights against the England spinners before eventually being bowled out for 207 after 44 overs.

Opener Jason Roy scored 63 off 45 balls to give England a fast start before captain Eoin Morgan and Taylor shared a third-wicket partnership of 119 to put the hosts in a good position to make a huge total.

Morgan, however, was caught by Mitchell Starc off Glenn Maxwell for 62 and his side struggled to accelerate in the closing overs.

Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali and Liam Plunkett fell cheaply and although Taylor completed his maiden international century, he hit only five fours and was dismissed by Starc before England scrambled to get to 300.

Australia made a positive start to their reply, Aaron Finch making 53 and Steve Smith 25 before the Australian captain was brilliantly caught by Steven Finn at mid-wicket off leg-spinner Adil Rashid to halt their momentum.

Meanwhile, Kevin Pietersen is heading back to where it all started after signing a short-term contract to play Twenty20 cricket for his former team in South Africa.

Pietersen will be available for five games for the Durban-based Dolphins from the start of November, returning to the team he left as a youngster to pursue a career in England.

"It's wonderful. All my buddies are there, my best mates are there... it's going to be fun," Pietersen said of his return to his hometown team.

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