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227dThe Bulletin by Andrew McGlashan at the Gabba

Australia take series with 51-run win

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

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

MJ Clarke
MJ Clarke
54(74) 5x4 - 0x6
Control %97%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 17 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
1 1 4 5 17 0 8 18
KP Pietersen
40(51) 4x4 - 0x6
Control %88%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 20 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
9 0 3 3 11 8 2 4

Best performances - Bowlers

CR Woakes
CR Woakes
O10
M0
R45
W6
Eco4.50
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
SR Watson
SR Watson
O4.3
M1
R25
W3
Eco5.55
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

Australia , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Series result

Australia led the 7-match series 4-1

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

13.20 start, First Session 13.20-16.50 Interval 16.50-17.35, Second Session 17.35-21.05

Match days

30 January 2011 - day/night match (50-over match)

ODI debut

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So, some consolation for Australia after the Ashes with a one-day series win secured with two games to spare. It was a team effort from them with both bat and ball today, Michael Clarke finding some semblance of form with his half-century. It looked like England would push them close and perhaps even keep the series alive during Pietersen and Bell's 73-run stand, but after they were dismissed England collapsed in a heap before the tailenders slogged their way to a record-breaking, but ultimately futile, partnership. England certainly haven't been at their best in this series - Eoin Morgan's failure to fire has surely had something to do with that. He had a long break with very little cricket at all during the Tests, does that have something to do with it? England have two more games to get things right before they head to the subcontinent. With the series secured, Australia may well rest a few of the key bowlers - Brett Lee perhaps - to keep them fresh for the World Cup.

Read all about today's action in Andrew McGlashan's bulletin, and do stick with us to read some quotes from the presentation ceremony.

"We were never able to build any momentum, apart from Pietersen and Bell, and we've been very disappointed with the way we've played as a batting group in this series," says Andrew Strauss. "We've got what we've deserved. We've talked a lot about it, but talk doesn't bring you results. It's decision making in choosing which bowlers to attack and when.

"The reason we haven't got it right, I'm not sure, but hopefully we can use the last two games to fix our problems. Morgs [Eoin Morgan] has struggled, but you can't put it on his shoulders. Apart from Trott none of the batsmen have been great. We've played very badly, we certainly could've won the first two games. We haven't played smart cricket. It'll be different conditions at the World Cup. Woakes showed a lot of talent in the Twenty20s with the bat, and in this game bowled really well, hit the deck hard. The future is bright for him."

"Maybe the problem is that Eoin Morgan has now been worked out and his technical deficiencies exposed, in the way that they have been in Tests and even in 2nd Divisions County cricket where he has struggled to make an impact in recent seasons?" ponders Mark Kidger. "I wonder if he will still be in the side this time next year (and I hope that I am wrong on this)..." The thing is, if you look at his dismissals, he's getting out to bad balls or trying to do to much - soft dismissals rather than specific types of deliveries finding him out.

"I'm pleased with my performance with the ball today," says Chris Woakes. "The ball seemed to follow the fielders a bit. It would've been sweeter if it had resulted in a win. The wicket was slightly two-paced. I don't know about the World Cup," he says when asked if he's still harbouring hopes that in injury might somehow get him a place at the tournament. "I'm not in the side at the moment!"

"It was a very nice feeling to contribute with the bat, and to win the series," says Michael Clarke. "I thought 230 to 240 would've been a good effort. The wicket was a bit two-paced. Everyone contributed throughout the game, Brett Lee bowled really well too. Most importantly, plenty of money was raised for the flood appeal. There was a great turn-out today. England have done their bit with donations too."

That's all from your commentary team, George Binoy, Brydon Coverdale and Liam Brickhill. Join us again for the 6th match of the series at Sydney on Wednesday (14:20 local, 03:20 GMT). Until then, goodbye!

45.3
W
Watson to Finn, OUT, there it is, finally. Another ugly heave from Finn, the ball flicks the bail and that's a series win for Australia. Although not without a few flutters during this partnership, you'd think

ST Finn b Watson 35 (34m 24b 5x4 1x6) SR: 145.83

45.2
0
Watson to Finn, no run, just past the off stump! Finn looked like a batsman hitting that six, now he's a tailender as he closes his eyes and swings wildly to leg
45.1
6
Watson to Finn, SIX runs, into the stands! What a shot from Finn, gunbarrel straight, a monstrous hit and there's the fifty partnership. Highest 10th wicket partnership by England in an ODI

58 runs from five overs, one wicket in hand. Surely not? Watson is brought on.

END OF OVER:
45 | 5 Runs | ENG: 192/9 (58 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 4.26, RRR: 11.60)

  • James Anderson20 (31b)
  • Steven Finn29 (21b)
  • Brett Lee7-0-21-2
  • Doug Bollinger9-1-57-2
44.6
0
Lee to Anderson, no run, on a length, angling across the left-hander and he pulls his bat inside the line to leave
44.5
0
Lee to Anderson, no run, full and straight, Anderson defends awkwardly to cover
44.4
2
Lee to Anderson, 2 runs, Anderson backs right away to leg and slashes a square drive out into the deep. They run hard and are easily back for the second when the throw arrives at the stumps
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England 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st20AJ StraussMJ Prior
2nd0AJ StraussIJL Trott
3rd2KP PietersenIJL Trott
4th73IR BellKP Pietersen
5th3IR BellEJG Morgan
6th5PD CollingwoodIR Bell
7th25PD CollingwoodCR Woakes
8th0A ShahzadCR Woakes
9th17JM AndersonA Shahzad
10th53JM AndersonST Finn