Australia vs. England, 3rd ODI: Video Highlights, Scorecard and Report

Matt Jones@@MattJFootballFeatured ColumnistJanuary 19, 2014

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 19:  David Warner raises his bat to acknowledge his half-century during game three of the One Day International Series between Australia and England at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 19, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Don Arnold/Getty Images)
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Australia cruised to yet another victory over England and took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match ODI series. The tourists failed to impose themselves after batting first and Australia knocked off the total with seven wickets and 10 overs remaining.

3rd ODI: Australia vs. England at Sydney
England Innings 243/9 (50 Overs)
AN Cook*c Maxwell b Coulter-Nile353651
IR Bellrun out (Warner)293540
BA Stokesc Clarke b Doherty153900
GS Ballancec Christian b Coulter-Nile264220
EJG Morganc & b Christian545842
RS Boparac †Haddin b Faulkner213600
JC Buttler† b Christian4800
TT Bresnannot out412932
SCJ Broadc †Haddin b Coulter-Nile1400
CJ Jordanc Finch b Faulkner101210
JC Tredwellnot out2200
Extras(lb 2, w 2, nb 1)5
Total(9 wickets; 50 overs)243
JP Faulkner60352
JL Pattinson60410
NM Coulter-Nile100473
XJ Doherty102281
GJ Maxwell90380
DT Christian90522
Australia Innings 244/3 (40 Overs)
AJ Finchc Bopara b Jordan222030
DA Warnerc Bell b Stokes717072
SE Marshnot out718970
MJ Clarke* b Bopara342840
BJ Haddin†not out353351
Extras(lb 4, w 5, b 2)11
Total(3 wickets; 40 overs)244
CJ Jordan90561
SCJ Broad80610
TT Bresnan60420
JC Tredwell90420
RS Bopara50141
BA Stokes30231
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It’s another blow for Alastair Cook and his side, who look a demoralized outfit after losing the second ODIl in such narrow and dramatic fashion.

England made a couple of changes for this one, bringing in Stuart Broad and James Tredwell for Joe Root and Boyd Rankin. They won the toss and decided to bat first, with Cook and Ian Bell looking to score some quick early runs. Both men played with intent before Cook eventually fell for 35 from the bowling of Nathan Coulter-Nile.

It was another sorry day for Alastair Cook.
It was another sorry day for Alastair Cook.Don Arnold/Getty Images

Bell tried to keep the pressure on the Aussie bowlers, but he was too aggressive in his running and fell foul of an excellent piece of fielding by David Warner. The Aussie opener arrowed a throw in from the boundary and Brad Haddin whipped off the bails with Bell way short of his ground.

Unfortunately for England, this is where the wheels started to come off. Ben Stokes, who was installed at No. 3 for this game, was caught superbly for just 15 by Michael Clarke off the bowling of Xavier Doherty. Gary Ballance fell not long after, and he will be very disappointed with his dismissal after top-edging a terrible delivery from Coulter-Nile to Daniel Christian.

At 121-4, Eoin Morgan and Ravi Bopara went about rebuilding the innings and put together a decent partnership. But just as the two were beginning to gather momentum, Australia struck again.

Off the very last ball of the power-play, Bopara thin-edged a delivery behind to Haddin, who took a superb diving catch.

Morgan went past 50, but he didn’t last long after that. He was next to go, but in much more controversial circumstances. Morgan’s leading edged was caught superbly by Christian off his own bowling, but the Irishman stood his ground, obviously unsure as to whether the ball carried.

Morgan was dismissed in controversial fashion.
Morgan was dismissed in controversial fashion.Brett Hemmings/Getty Images

But that enraged captain Clarke, who was right up in Morgan’s face after he refused to walk. Nonetheless, the umpires evaluated the incident and the ball had carried. Morgan was out for 54 and England were in trouble.

The dangerous Jos Buttler fell to the bowling of Christian and Australia got stuck into the England tail. Tim Bresnan scored some important late runs and he finished on 41 from just 29 balls. But with a final score of 243-9, England were well short of a competitive total.

With that in mind, the Australian batsmen came out and looked to play with freedom and fluency. England did manage to snaffle the early wicket of Aaron Finch, but Warner continued to play with aggression. He brought up his 50 in the 17th over and played in typical bustling, busy fashion.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 19: David Warner of Australia batts during game three of the One Day International Series between Australia and England at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 19, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images)
Brett Hemmings/Getty Images

He eventually fell for 71 off the bowling of Stokes but with the Australians 121-2 after just 20.2 overs, the damage was already done. It gave Clarke and Shaun Marsh license to attack the England bowling, and they were helped by some poor deliveries from the likes of Bresnan and Broad.

Clarke went for 34 when he was bowled by Bopara. But when Haddin marched out to the crease, England came up against another man in form.

He and Marsh kept the runs flowing, with the latter making 71 not out. Australia won at a canter and will have their eyes set on another 5-0 series win.