5-0 to Australia as Ponting hits ton

Published: Wednesday, September 16, 2009, 11:07 [IST]
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Oz jump to 5-0 lead against England

Nottingham: It seems as if Ponting is not satisfied anything short than an England whitewash in the ODI series. Riding on Austrlian captain's century they beat England by four wickets in the fifth one-day international (ODI) here at Trent Bridge.

Although England set a seemingly challenging 300, Ponting smashed 14 fours and three sixes to lead Australia to 302-6 with 10 balls remaining.


Victory saw Australia go 5-0 in the seven match series.itchell Johnson hit the winning runs with the fourth six of the innings.

The defeat again exposed England's shortcomings in ODI cricket, with sloppy fielding and lose bowling bowling undoing what was ultimately only a reasonable score on a helpful wicket.

Tim Bresnan dismissed both openers but that only brought Ponting to the crease and he set about dismantling the English attack.

Michael Clarke also hit 52 and Ponting stayed out until his team was on 261, when he was caught by Owais Shah off Stuart Broad.

Cameron White and Johnson then guided the tourists to victory and continued to extract revenge for the loss of the Ashes.

Poor fielding frustrated England captain Andrew Struass, who demanded improvement from his batsmen after the first four matches.

"Our batters went out and played with a much more bold approach and that paid dividends today. The fielding was poor and that''s something that there should be no excuse for, we do a lot of work on the fielding and we should be better than that," Fox Sports quoted Strauss, as saying.

The next match is set for the same ground on Thursday.


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