England's Loss to Australia and James Faulkner in 2nd ODI: Twitter Melts Down

Mark Patterson@@MarkPattersonBRFeatured Columnist IVOctober 30, 2016

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 17:  James Faulkner of Australia celebrates victory during the second game of the One Day International Series between Australia and England at The Gabba on January 17, 2014 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images)
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England looked sure to record their first victory of the series against Australia on what has been a miserable tour, only for James Faulkner to prise victory out of their hands with an extraordinary knock at the Gabba in the second ODI.

Faulkner struck an unbeaten 69 from 47 balls and somehow maintained a last-wicket stand of 57 in just 5.3 overs with last man Clint McKay for company. The No. 11 scored just two from nine balls, by contrast.

The scenes as Faulkner drilled Bresnan straight through the covers for the winning runs said it all. England were disconsolate, perhaps unable to believe that victory had slipped through their hands after all this time.

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It took no time for Twitter to react, with Cricket Australia first up, trolling their rivals at the ECB:

Thereafter, it was a mix of disbelief at the numbers, and meltdown from long-suffering England fans:

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