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.
|England Innings 243/9 (50 Overs)|
|AN Cook*||c Maxwell b Coulter-Nile||35||36||5||1|
|IR Bell||run out (Warner)||29||35||4||0|
|BA Stokes||c Clarke b Doherty||15||39||0||0|
|GS Ballance||c Christian b Coulter-Nile||26||42||2||0|
|EJG Morgan||c & b Christian||54||58||4||2|
|RS Bopara||c †Haddin b Faulkner||21||36||0||0|
|JC Buttler†||b Christian||4||8||0||0|
|TT Bresnan||not out||41||29||3||2|
|SCJ Broad||c †Haddin b Coulter-Nile||1||4||0||0|
|CJ Jordan||c Finch b Faulkner||10||12||1||0|
|JC Tredwell||not out||2||2||0||0|
|Extras||(lb 2, w 2, nb 1)||5|
|Total||(9 wickets; 50 overs)||243|
|Australia Innings 244/3 (40 Overs)|
|AJ Finch||c Bopara b Jordan||22||20||3||0|
|DA Warner||c Bell b Stokes||71||70||7||2|
|SE Marsh||not out||71||89||7||0|
|MJ Clarke*||b Bopara||34||28||4||0|
|BJ Haddin†||not out||35||33||5||1|
|Extras||(lb 4, w 5, b 2)||11|
|Total||(3 wickets; 40 overs)||244|
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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.
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.
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.
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.