Australia v England, 5th ODI, Brisbane January 30, 2011

Australia take series with 51-run win


Australia 249 (Clarke 54, Woakes 6-45) beat England 198 (Pietersen 40, Watson 3-25) by 51 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Australia secured the one-day series with two matches to spare after a comprehensive 51-run victory at the Gabba as England's batting once again flopped. The top order was rocked by the pace of Brett Lee, then John Hastings removed the key pair of Kevin Pietersen and Ian Bell before the innings subsided rapidly to give Australia their first piece of silverware since March last year.

The hosts' innings had been far from problem-free but Michael Clarke registered a much-needed half-century, which was his first since the Adelaide Test. He fell to the Man of the Match Chris Woakes, who took 6 for 45, England's best overseas analysis in one-day internationals, but he was a lone shining light. Although the visitors have twice nudged 300 in the series - at Melbourne and Adelaide - there has been far too much inconsistency and soft dismissals.

Pietersen and Bell battled nicely to steady England from 3 for 22, but having been given a life on 34 when Steve Smith missed a return catch, Pietersen picked out mid-on as he tried to pull a Hastings slower ball. Eoin Morgan continued his poor series when he lofted his fourth ball to long-off against Smith, even though the required rate was below a run-a-ball. Morgan has struggled to live up to his reputation as a world-class finisher in the series after his extended period on the sidelines during the Ashes.

England's last real hope disappeared when Bell, who had been at his most fluent, dragged Hastings into his stumps. Shane Watson bagged two in his first over in front of an appreciative home crowd, who could put the troubles of the past month behind then at least for an evening. A record-last wicket stand of 53 between James Anderson and Steven Finn, on his ODI debut, only narrowed the margin and showed up the batsmen.

Australia's bowlers hunted as a unit and the one-day attack has most bases covered, even though Xavier Doherty was left out with a stiff back. Lee bowled with real venom early on, twice whistling rapid bouncers past Andrew Strauss's helmet and Doug Bollinger wasn't far behind when he struck Matt Prior in his opening over. But neither of England's openers wanted to back down and Prior responded with three boundaries against Bollinger. However, Lee was a different prospect and Prior lost his off stump when he tried to play square on the off side.

From the next delivery, the first ball of Bollinger's third over, Strauss picked out square leg with a pull and it became worse when Lee put himself on a hat-trick as Jonathan Trott flicked a delivery off his hip straight to short fine-leg. Although the hat-trick ball to Bell was a no-ball it was also a rapid bouncer and Australia were in no mood for this series to stay alive.

Even though their total proved plenty, it was a tale of missed opportunity as several batsmen made starts only to give their wickets away. Watson (16) cut to point and Brad Haddin (37) walked across his stumps to give Finn his first ODI wicket. Shaun Marsh (16) lazily flicked to midwicket and David Hussey chopped on against Woakes for 34, having set a platform alongside Clarke with a 65-run fifth-wicket stand. Cameron White couldn't do much about his dismissal as an excellent ball from Woakes bounced and took the edge.

Clarke's innings had three distinct phases. After being booed to the crease, he began with aggressive intent and moved to 17 off 13 balls, but then slowed considerably with 18 off his next 41 deliveries before driving Finn through cover. The fifty came from 70 balls but he couldn't carry on, top-edging Woakes while trying to work through the leg side on 54.

England were hampered in the closing overs when Ajmal Shahzad injured his hamstring and Johnson took 15 off his eighth over during the batting Powerplay. Smith and Hastings also cashed in as Finn was struck for 14 off his ninth but Woakes, who was preferred to Michael Yardy and struck three times in the first over of a spell, returned to have Hastings caught at deep midwicket to complete his five, after which Lee carved to third man.

Woakes' figures sit behind Collingwood's 6 for 31 against Bangladesh, at Trent Bridge in 2005, but they were a hollow success. England are now left with the task of avoiding a 6-1 scoreline to match the drubbing after the 2009 Ashes.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on February 2, 2011, 0:44 GMT

    Sad for ENGLAND. Strauss has stressed with the statement that they would remain Attacking. What sort of attacking cricket this is ? its just a reckless cricket. They are going after OZies bowling from the ball one. Which is ridiculous indeed. They should occupy the crease for quite a while. Watch out for a new ball instead of going over smart and loosing wickets, one after another. I reckon England has missed a fine trick in this ODI series after winning Ashes. They should have continued or kept Alestair Cook in the ODI squad too. Because he had faced and got through a new ball very beautifully more then any one else. Same opening combination might have tricked for England. Right now they are struggling with the newer ball. Strauss and Prior should wait for bad balls and watch out for Lee and Bollinger`s first spell. So once they get settled, they can utilize rest of the overs with maximum wickets in hands. Over attacking has caused or cost them ODI series.

  • Dummy4 on February 1, 2011, 11:47 GMT

    Despite all the hype following their Ashes victory, the plain fact of the matter is that England are 5th in the ODI table 19 points behind Oz who are top. That gap is reflected in the current series scoreline. Nobody should be surprised at that, nor should they read too much into it with regards to Oz's chances in the World Cup. India, Sri Lanka and Sth Africa are currently Numers 2, 3 and 4 respectively, so one would assume one of those 3 is likely to be the main challenger, wiht Pakistan the dark horses.

  • Monisha on January 31, 2011, 15:50 GMT

    Write off Australia at your own peril. Though many do not fancy Australia's chances for winning 2011 World Cup; still Australia has got tremendous fightback abilities; and that was clearly on display when they beat England comprehensiely in the fifth ODI! To win the Commonwealth Bank series after losing theb Ashes would surely boost their morale ahead of the World Cup. All the best wishes to the Aussies!

  • Dummy4 on January 31, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    Even though Australia ranked 5th in test cricket and many reckons to end of their supremacy in world cricket but still they are the best one day side at the moment. Dont forget they are the defending Champions next they still hold the number one ODI ranking in ODI list even though many sides like India S A,Srilanka are playing well.The current one day series between the two side is the clear picture of Australian domination in one dayer once again.Still It is still very much the same that the side which will win the world cup has to beat Aussies in the certain stage of the tournamanet.Hence Watch out For Australia

  • Gary on January 31, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    I believe all the injured playes should be removed from consideration for the WC. Take a fit side.I think G.Bailey should be looked at very closely along with D.Christian and Ferguson, just. Marsh will keep getting injured. Watson, Paine, Khawaja, C.White, D.Hussey, D.Christian, S.Smith, O'Keefe, Hastings, Johnson, Lee, Nannes, G.Bailey, Krezja, Finch. Sick of seeing guys come straight back from injury without having any match fitness/hardness.Time for a change regardless of what tournament it is. Well past time where guys who have been performing should be given opportunities.

  • Dummy4 on January 31, 2011, 12:20 GMT

    Cool out teams..

  • MOHAN on January 31, 2011, 11:06 GMT

    It is very good for the Australian Cricket to Win the ODI series before the WC.

    Best Wishes

  • Faizan on January 31, 2011, 10:46 GMT

    Congratulation to Aus...!!! Now its looking that All Players are Feel Comforable under the Micheal Clark Captince, Board should to Concern it and Pointing Should to Play as Ordinery Batsman but that would be Unfair For Ponting as He has won 2 WC already. Now wait and Watch who will lead Aus as Pakistan is also Worried about Caption

  • Dummy4 on January 31, 2011, 9:00 GMT

    australia have heaps of injuries as well and they still beat england. australia have got more chance of winning the world cup than england do.

  • James on January 31, 2011, 8:31 GMT

    yep... england's loss is due to the lack of the key players in the team... maybe they'll be back in form during the world cup.. sure the Britts have the same chances of winning like any other team in the world...

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