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England s batsmen stumbled at the
final hurdle to gift Australia the Royal
London one-day series yesterday.
Starting the day at 2-2 knowing one
more win would ensure they ended the
season having won or drawn all series
in all formats against New Zealand and
Australia, England lurched to an eight-
They opted to bat first but only Ben
Stokes (42) and Adil Rashid (35 not out)
offered any resistance as the hosts
slumped to 138 all out in 33 disappoint-
Mitch Marsh and John Hastings did
most of the damage, returning com-
bined figures of seven for 48, while
Mitchell Starc forced captain Eoin Mor-
gan to retire hurt courtesy of a nasty
blow to the helmet.
Morgan was treated for concussion
and did not return, leaving James Taylor
to deputise as an unbroken century
stand between Aaron Finch (70no) and
George Bailey (41no) saw Australia home
less than halfway through their allotted
In the first four matches the lowest
score by a side batting first had been
299 but this time England's bowlers
were left with precious little to defend.
They managed a couple of break-
throughs after the turnaround but, with
the Ashes and T20 honours gone, Finch
and Bailey were in no mood to let the
prospect of a 3-2 success slip.
England would have been pleased
after winning the toss but any smiles
in the home dressing room quickly
turned to frowns.
The in-form Jason Roy was given
out lbw twice in the first over the day,
bowled by the recalled Starc, but after
successfully overturning the first he
declined to do so a second time.
He did seek Alex Hales' counsel at
the non-striker's end but, although the
ball seemed quite clearly to be swinging
down leg-side, the pair allowed the
verdict to stand.
Hastings added a pair of scalps with
the second new ball, Hales' forgettable
series ending with a half-hearted flap
to a wide one outside off stump.
Taylor was close behind, nicking to
Matthew Wade attempting to force
Hastings into the off side.
That left England 22 for three but
there was worse to come when Mor-
gan's stay was ended in violent fashion
by Starc's bouncer.
He stayed on his feet after the initial
contact but it immediately became clear
he was in no state to continue facing
After the 10 powerplay overs England
were 40 for three, their worst return
of the series in terms of both runs
scored and wickets lost.
England needed Stokes to lead the
lower middle order to a rousing
response but although the all-rounder
tried his best, Marsh had all the
He pounded out a full, testing length
and picked up handsome rewards.
Jonny Bairstow and David Willey fell
lbw to straight deliveries, DRS used to
confirm both dismissals, and Moeen
Ali was caught behind driving carelessly
away from his body.
Stokes' knock had been the excep-
tion, with six boundaries and a clean
six over long-off, but Marsh won his
third leg before decision to leave Eng-
land seven down after just 20 overs.
Adil Rashid averted a double-digit
total as he drew out stands of 21 and
32 with number 10 Mark Wood and
last man Reece Topley but it was never
likely to be enough.
The brevity of the England innings
meant Australia were able to squeeze
in 10 overs of the chase before lunch.
Neither Joe Burns nor Steve Smith
survived that period, both nicking to
wicketkeeper Bairstow as Willey and
Wood chalked up early successes.
Resuming on 36 for two, Australia
threw off the shackles as soon as Rashid
entered the fray.
His first two overs came at a cost of
27, including six down from the ground
from Finch and three boundaries in
four balls from Bailey.
Finch, in particular, was in no mood
to linger and raced past 50 with the
eighth and ninth fours of his innings
By now any sense of tension had
gone from the game, with Taylor shuf-
fling his attack as much out of duty as
innovation or intent.
Topley probably had more to gain
than most, making his 50-over debut
ahead of Steven Finn and Liam Plun-
kett, but he had little to celebrate.
A thick edge from Bailey, Australia's
19th boundary, settled things as Eng-
land's impressive 2015 campaign ended
in an anti-climax.
England gifts Aussies ODI series
Australia's John Hastings celebrates the dismissal of England's James Taylor during the final ODI match
yesterday. AP PHOTO
England vs Australia
Alex Hales c Maxwell b Hastings . .4
JTaylorcWadebHastings . . . . . . .12
EoinMorganretiredhurt. . . . . . . . . . .1
BenStokeslbwbMarsh . . . . . . . . .42
Jonny Bairstow lbw b Marsh . . . . .10
MoeenAlicWadebMarsh . . . . . . . .5
DavidWilleylbwbMarsh . . . . . . . . .0
Mark Wood c Agar b Hastings . . . .13
TOTAL:(allout33ovrs) . . . . . . . .138
Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-13, 3-22, 3-22
(Morgan ret. hurt), 4-56, 5-72, 6-72,
7-85, 8-106, 9-138
Bowling: Mitchell Starc 9-1-44-1
(1w), John Hastings 10-2-21-3, Pat
Cummins 6-0-33-0 (3w), Mitch
Marsh 6-0-27-4 (1w), Ashton Agar
JoeBurnscBairstowbWilley . . . . .0
SSmithcBairstowbWood . . . . . .12
Extras:(10lb,6w,1nb). . . . . . . . . . .17
TOTAL: (2 wickets 24.2ovrs) . . 140
Fall of wickets: 1-2, 2-31.
Bowling: David Willey 6-3-13-1 (2w),
Reece Topley 5.2-1-33-0 (3w, 1nb),
Mark Wood 5-1-25-1, Adil Rashid 4-
0-34-0, Moeen Ali 4-0-25-0.
Umpires: Rob Bailey, England, and
Joel Wilson, West Indies. Third
umpire: Kumar Dharmasena, Sri
Lanka. Match referee: Jeff Crowe,
New Zealand. To ss : England.
Result: Australia won by 8 wickets.
Series: Australia won five-match
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