England sets Australia 300 to win 4th ODI
Adelaide: Jonathan Trott scored his second one-day international century to guide England to 299-8 in the fourth one-day international against Australia on Wednesday.
Trott reached his century from 117 balls and was out nine balls later for 102 as England, batting first after winning the toss, reached a total which fell short of capitalizing on a bright start in which England was 100-1 in the 15th over.
Trott`s innings shored up a faltering middle order, while Matt Prior made 67 and Michael Yardy an unbeaten 39 from 27 balls to boost hopes of victory in a game England must win to stay alive in a series Australia leads 3-0.
David Hussey and Steve Smith conspired to restrict England; Hussey taking 4-21 and Smith 3-31.
Brett Lee sprayed the first ball of the innings down leg side for five wides but recovered his line to have Strauss caught by wicketkeeper Brad Haddin for 8 in his second over.
England was 23-1, a poor start, but steadily revived in ideal batting conditions thanks to a 113-run second wicket partnership between Prior and Trott.
At 90-1, Trott defended a ball from Lee which rolled back onto his stumps without dislodging the bails. Prior set off for a run and found himself at the same end of the pitch as Trott who was impeded in his attempt to run by Lee, fielding the ball on his follow-through.
In running, Trott managed to stay between Lee and the stumps at the non-striker`s end and the bowler`s throw, in an attempt to effect a run out, went well wide.
Prior hit a six off Lee`s next ball to bring up his half century from 39 balls. Trott, who was content to play a subordinate role, followed him to 50 from 65 balls.
Leg-spinner Smith became a significant impediment to England`s progress when he dismissed Prior for 67, then Kevin Pietersen (12) and Ian Bell (0) within two balls.
Hussey also struck twice in quick succession, removing Trott then Eoin Morgan (24).
Paul Collingwood (27) and Yardy improved England`s position with a half century partnership at better than a run a ball.
Pietersen returned to the team after a groin injury, while James Anderson was back since a sojourn to England after the Ashes series win. Australia was unchanged.