At Sydney, December 11. England won by 72 runs. A magnificent century by Boycott, supported by Randall and Willey, gave England their easiest victory of the tournament. Hitting seven 4s in all, Boycott scored his runs off 124 balls, often being prepared to chance his arm in an innings out of character with his usual approach. Losing half their side for only 39, Australia never threatened to reach their target, though Laughlin added a measure of respectability as England relaxed in the field.