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Australia set England victory target of 300 to level ODI series

Matthew Wade scores a crucial quickfire half-century to help Australia reach 299-7 in the fourth one-day international against England at Headingley.

England have been set a victory target of 300 to stay alive in the one-day international series against Australia after a late flurry of runs by Matthew Wade in the fourth ODI at Headingley.

Liam Plunkett celebrates dismissing Mitchell Marsh on September 11, 2015© Getty Images

David Willey opened the bowling after being called up to the England side and took the first wicket in the third over of the day when Joe Burns (2) dragged onto his stumps.

The Northants all-rounder then trapped Aussie captain Steve Smith lbw for just five runs before completing a trio of early wickets when Aaron Finch (15) got the faintest of edges through to Jonny Bairstow.

England were on top at 30-3, but a fourth-wicket stand of 137 from George Bailey and Glenn Maxwell put Australia back in control as they motored towards a big score.

Maxwell was bowled by Moeen Ali after a quickfire 85 off 64 balls before three wickets fell in two overs to seemingly give England control going into final 10 overs.

An assortment of happy England players, including Moeen Ali, during the ODI with Australia on September 11, 2015© Getty Images

Liam Plunkett got rid of Mitchell Marsh (17) and Bailey (75) in the 41st over before debutant Marcus Stoinis lost his wicket a few balls later to Ali, leaving Australia 215-7.

Wade (50*) and John Hastings (34*) were the new batsmen at the crease and the duo put on 84 for the eighth wicket to blast Australia to 299-7, with Wade reaching his half-century off just 26 balls.

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James Taylor of England celebrates his century during the 3rd Royal London One-Day International match between England and Australia at Old Trafford on September 8, 2015
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