Australia v England, 7th ODI, Perth February 6, 2011

Voges helps Australia take series 6-1


Australia 7 for 279 (Voges 80*, Hussey 60, Anderson 3-48) beat England 222 (Yardy 60, Johnson 3-18, Tait 3-48) by 57 runs
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Australia rounded off their international summer in style with a commanding 57-run victory in Perth. It wasn't a high-quality match, with the exception of the batting from Adam Voges and David Hussey, as a long season drew to a close with two patched-up sides on show. However, Australia's depth came to the fore again as Voges hit a career-best 80 before England's mentally-finished top order was blown away to end hopes of a face-saving win.

Nothing will compensate for the crushing loss in the Ashes series, but Australia's resurgent one-day form has suggested a fourth consecutive World Cup title isn't out of reach, especially if key players return from injury. Even taking into account England's own injury problems and declining form, the home side's performances have boded well in the absence of Ricky Ponting, Mike Hussey and Nathan Hauritz - all key figures in the one-day side.

During the Test matches, Australia's reserves did not appear up to international standard, but the team has not retained its No.1 one-day ranking by luck. Their pace attack is rapid, if wayward at times - they matched England's wide tally of 19 - while the lack of a matchwinning spinner isn't so harshly felt. Meanwhile, the batting is packed with stroke-makers.

Two were on show here after the top order wobbled to 4 for 102 before Hussey and Voges added 95 in 13 overs. This could be a one-off opportunity for Voges but if an injury replacement is needed for the World Cup, and Shaun Marsh doesn't recover, he might have put his name ahead of Callum Ferguson, who edged James Anderson to slip for 15.

Once Australia had posted a competitive total it was always unlikely that the visitors would be able to dig deep enough to make it a contest with the prospect of their flight home tomorrow evening. Mentally, a number of the players have long since been in those aircraft seats.

Andrew Strauss has plenty of reasons to be feeling weary after arriving in Australia on October 29 and it was a tired shot that ended his series when he was very late against Shaun Tait. The bat had barely come down when the ball knocked back the off stump. Steve Davies, back opening after the reshuffle caused by Eoin Morgan's injury, was unconvincing in his short stay until flapping at Doug Bollinger to complete an unhappy few weeks.

Jonathan Trott and Kevin Pietersen briefly consolidated but there was never any great sense of permanency even from the in-form Trott. He was drawn into a flat-footed drive against Johnson which sent a thick edge to first slip, then Pietersen's uncertain stay ended with a drive to backward point. Even taking into account the looseness of England's batting this was the good Mitchell Johnson and he added a third when Ian Bell carved down to third man.

At 5 for 64 the game was over. Matt Prior played some handsome drives before giving Jason Krejza his maiden one-day wicket to end another unfulfilled innings and Michael Yardy battled hard to reduce the margin of defeat with his highest ODI score. But it had ceased to matter in the wider context.

England's makeshift bowling attack had done a decent job through the first half of the innings as the quicks started well and Yardy picked up two, but in a familiar pattern the work of the front line bowlers was squandered. Hussey and Voges took advantage with some positive strokeplay as they dispatched the loose deliveries on offer. Hussey had been given a life on 4 when Luke Wright dropped a return chance that should have been held and reached his fifty from 44 balls, which included a pulled six off Yardy.

With his boundary-clearing ability and a Powerplay to come he could have cut loose during the final 10 overs, but was squared up by Liam Plunkett and got a leading edge to backward point. Plunkett ended with 2 for 49, which was an impressive effort considering that he only arrived in the country three days ago following a 40-hour journey from the Caribbean.

Voges, though, remained to reach fifty off 45 deliveries, regularly showing his strength square of the wicket and rapid running. Although the boundaries dried up he placed the ball well to ensure 34 came off the last three overs, but Australia were helped by England's waywardness. That was symptomatic of a team not fully focussed and the batting effort was further evidence that minds were elsewhere. If they want to perform at the World Cup there isn't much time to refocus, but Australia can leave for the subcontinent this week in good spirits.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • rob on February 8, 2011, 12:06 GMT

    The Ashes was the main event, and we won easily. Utter humiliation. The one day series was like a cartoon. Pointless ahead of the WC in totally different conditions. England are still one of the favourites to win. Personally I tip India, but of course, despite their pathetic test team, Aus have a good chance too. SAF will choke as usual.

  • Robert on February 8, 2011, 11:32 GMT

    @Ausasinator. I agree that fatigue was the issue and by saying so further enhances my point. If you don't have the mental strength to separate one series to the next how can you expect to become world no.1. Also I don't assume nor did not say the current Australian side are better. The length of this series is no different to when Australia toured England in 09 so that does not cut it either. In total England were playing for 38 days out of 102. Hardly a strain on the body compared to a county or state cricketer's workload (noting that international cricket is a higher demand). Lack of mental strength is why England will struggle to reach the heights of West Indies and Australian PAST dominating sides. Good luck to them in the WC. They have just as much of a chance to as any other recognised team in what is shaping up to be anybodies WC. If they fail I will once again watch England supporters dismiss it like it does not matter like all losses they suffer.

  • M on February 7, 2011, 23:18 GMT

    @Aussasinator - agree, long tour... too long but does that mean that when Aus left in 2009 and went via SAF to Eng for the Ashes hence a 3 month tour, that the only reason AUS lost was because they were fatigued? Come on, these guys are elite athletes, expected to be mentally and physically tough ... it goes with the territory. Being able to switch on and off is all part of it. As for this being an ordinary AUS side, you have to remember the guys playing now have been knocking on the door of selection for years but couldn't get past a fit crew of incumbents... injury has just provided them the key and they are showing now at an international level what they always were capable of. Don't knock ENG too harshly, albeit they didn't play their best cricket, these young AUS guys aren't all that bad.

  • Subba on February 7, 2011, 14:04 GMT

    @SeaforthA1. This England team was genuinely fatigued the moment the Test series were over. This is what usually happens to visiting teams to Australia. An Australian tour lasts more than 3 months which is ridiculously long. It saps the motivation and involvement levels of all visiting teams, to the advantage of the Australian team, and in this case, a very ordinary Australian team. I'd like to see Australia beat England in any future ODIs, either in the World cup or anywhere else. It'll be a different ball game altogether. And with Ponting's return the losing spiral will start anyway. I can hardly wait !

  • Dummy4 on February 7, 2011, 12:21 GMT

    australia seems like back in form... the hussey brothers and shane watson will surely do well and their bowling with lee back in form has turned furious..... they will definitely have a good time playing in sub continent

  • M on February 7, 2011, 11:51 GMT

    @Malibongwe Sikhosana - SAF has a good team and definitely will be in the mix - I think for the first time in a while Kallis won't be the key - this time I see Amla as being the dominant force and the ever reliable deVilliers. Steyn wasn't as scary during his IPL stint but I think he will be one of the leading wicket takers coming out of the tournament. ... ... Where people are wary of placing too much of their 'hard earned' on SAF is there habit of crashing under the pressure of the big ones... lets not forget the infamous run out in 1999.

  • Richard on February 7, 2011, 10:45 GMT

    @Malibongwe Sikhosana-Shouldn't you be supporting Zimbabwe first and foremost mate? I understand South Africa is a good second choice though.

  • Dummy4 on February 7, 2011, 10:07 GMT

    hie um i dont support any particular team but i must say SA wil win e 2011 ICC world cup coz the team zis tym around z loaded w heavy artillery the lyks o Amla,Fuf,Kallis,AB ey goona b hoot lyk chiilli in subcontinet e Aussises i must admit ey superblicious but e proteas a gonna whip em .

  • Robert on February 7, 2011, 9:49 GMT

    I do laugh how all the English supporters are playing down this series like it does not matter. The wheels have once again fallen off like they always seem to do. I wonder how you expect this current crop of English players to become world beaters if they can't dominate all types of the game and can't move on and play just as well in the next series after putting in the time and effort to win the ashes. Sure you have a great test side and a good group of players currently but you will never be no.1 if you can't keep playing good cricket continuously in all forms. Good luck trying to emulate the Australian or West Indies sides of the past. I personally doubt you will ever be that good.

  • Adam on February 7, 2011, 9:23 GMT

    Even as an aussie, i have reservations winning the world cup in the Sub Continent. Yes we won it there once before, but id have to say this time round it'd have to be Sth Africa or India to take the honours, hopefully the aussies put up a good fight though.

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