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Aus trounce Eng to take series

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Published: Sunday, January 30, 2011, 16:59 [IST]
 
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Aus trounce Eng to take series

Australia has won the 7-match ODI series against England 4-1, after emerging victorious by 80 runs at the Gabba in Brisbane. Batting first, the hosts were led by a fine 54 from their captain Michael Clarke with useful contributions from Brad Haddin (37), David Hussey (34) and an unbeaten Steven Smith (34), to post a competitive 249 all out in their 50 overs.

In reply, England lost their top order for 22 in 6.1 overs and then slumped to 103/6 in 25.4 overs as the Aussie bowlers wreaked havoc. Even a late surge by tail-enders James Anderson and Steven Finn, saw England fall short by 51 runs. Seamers Doug Bollinger, Brett Lee and John Hastings took 2 wickets a piece, while Watson took 3.

Australia's innings was given a robust start by Brad Haddin and Shane Watson. After each batsmen traded a couple of fours off opening English bowlers James Anderson and Ajmal Shahzad, Haddin got stuck into the latter in the 8th over, clobbering him for two back-to-back boundaries to take Australia to 43/0 in 8 overs.

But a couple of overs later, Chris Woakes accounted for the wicket of Watson when the batsman cut him into the palms of Paul Collingwood behind point. Then the new batsman Shaun Marsh, took a two to bring up his side's 50 in 10 overs. Haddin tried to keep up the momentum, but was bowled by Finn for 37 as Australia slipped to 72/2 in 14.4 overs.

Then captain Michael Clarke, still in the hunt for that elusive form, came to the crease. A wicket fell at 96, but it wasn't his. Marsh was foxed by Collingwood when he flicked him staright down the throat of midwicket for 16 and Australia were 96/3 in 19.1 overs.

While Clarke played sheet-anchor, Cameron White turned aggressive. He hammered Collingwood for a six and a four in the 22nd over, but his belligerence was brought to an end in the next, when Woakes had him caught behind for 16. Australia were in some bother at 113/4 in 22.2 overs. But Clarke remained steady and long with David Hussey, took his side to 150 in 33rd over.

Woakes broke the 50-plus stand when he bowled Hussey for 34 in the 39th over. The hosts were 175/5 and needed the altter order to come to the fore. Steven Smith responded well and though Clarke was out for a form-finding 54 off 74 balls in the 41st over, his partner pressed on with Mitchell Johnson.

In the 45th over, Johnson hit two fours off Shahzad to take Australia past 200, but was bowled bvy Anderson in the next over, for 16 as the hosts slumped to 212/7. However, Smith launched a late charge with John Hastings, the two teaming up to knock three fours off Steven Finn in the 47th over. And though Woakes retaliated to get the wickets of Hastings and Brett Lee, Smith msahed him for a six in the 49th over. Finally, Australia stumbled to 249 all out afetr Doug Bollinger was run out in the last over.

England's innings would have got off to as strong a start as Australia's if Matt Prior wasn't bowled by Brett Lee for 14 and the Doug Bollinger has Andrew Strauss caught by STeven Smith at square leg in the very next ball, making the score 20/2 in 5.1 overs. In the following over, Jonathan Trott went attempt to flick Lee past short fine leg, but finding a tubling Bollinger instead.

At 22/3, Kevin Pietersen and Ian Bell came together for the ensuring repair work. The former hit a four in three successive overs to take Engalnd past 50 in the 11th over. But with the score at 92/3, John Hastings did Pietersen in witha slower bouncer that gotr his top edged and popped up to Lee at mid on. The batsman was on his way for 40 and England were in trouble at 92/4 in 21.4 overs.

Eoin Morgan followed Pietersen back to the shed when the leg-spinner Steven Smith had him sky one to long off, having to depart for 2. Just 3 overs later, Bell became the latest fatality when he was bowled by Hastings for 36 as England's score was a pitiful 103/6 in 25.4 overs.

Then in 33rd over, Shane Watson effected a double strike by sending back Paul Collingwood for 18 followed by Chris Woakes for 8. England were teetering on the brink at 128/8. James Anderson and Ajmal Shahzad tried to put on some last ditched resistance, but the latter was caught behind off Bollinger for 9 in the 38th over as England were reduced to 145/9.

Anderson struck some meaty blows and then Steven Finn joined in the fun, hitting 5 fours and a six, but all their efforts were in vain as he was bowled by Watson in ther 46th over, as England folded for 198.

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