Australia thump England 6-1 in ODI series
Perth: Australia wrapped up an emphatic 6-1 series win over a weary England with a comprehensive 57-run win in the seventh and final one-day international at the WACA Ground in Perth on Sunday.
The home side made 279-7 after winning toss, and in reply England managed just 222 in their final match of a marathon Ashes tour, despite a lusty unbeaten 60 by Michael Yardy.
The English, who now return home for a few days of rest before departing for the World Cup next weekend, were never in the hunt after opener Andrew Strauss and Steven Davies both fell for ducks to leave them struggling at 5-2.
Jonathan Trott and Kevin Pietersen tried to re-start the innings, but the loss of both their wickets and that of Ian Bell left England on 64-5 and their hopes in tatters.
Mitchell Johnson claimed 3-18 for the home side and the wayward Shaun Tait 3-48, but he also conceded nine wides and five no-balls.
After electing to bat, half-centuries by Perth natives David Hussey and man-of-the-match Adam Voges helped the home side recover from a slow start to post an imposing total.
Australia rested Michael Clarke and Shane Watson, and were 103-4 in the 26th over when stand-in captain Cameron White was dismissed for 24.
However Hussey and Voges then brought their experience in local conditions to the crease to accelerate the Australian innings, putting on 95 in 83 balls.
Voges, recalled for his first game of the series and not named in Australia’s 15-man World Cup squad, remained unbeaten on 80 not out, while Hussey made 60.
It was Voges’ highest score in his 15 one-day internationals and came from just 72 balls.
The Australian innings got off to a controversial start when recalled opener Tim Paine was given out lbw to Liam Plunkett, flown in from the Caribbean just for the final game, for five on review.
The Virtual Eye system said he was hit in line and that the ball was going on to hit stumps, even though Paine had advanced well down the pitch by the time ball struck his pad.
Although the English dropped a couple of sharp chances, they also held two magnificent catches.
Opener Brad Haddin (27) was superbly caught by Steve Finn on the long-on boundary from the bowling of Michael Yardy.
Finn caught it inside the boundary rope, but his momentum carried him over the marker, forcing him to throw the ball up in air and step back inside the rope to complete the catch.
Matthew Prior, who handed the wicket-keeping gloves to the recalled Davies, took a classic on the mid-wicket boundary to remove Mitchell Johnson for 26 from the bowling of James Anderson (3-48).
Prior leapt backwards as he retreated towards the boundary to snare the catch well above his head.
England went into the match without creative batsman Eoin Morgan, who is in doubt for the World Cup due to a finger injury.