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Australia humiliate sorry England

Pranav Soneji BBC Sport 17.09.2009 21:59
Ponting's fielding brilliance accounted for two England wickets in six balls

Ponting's fielding brilliance accounted for two England wickets in six balls

England's batsmen failed yet again as Australia strolled to a 111-run win in the sixth one-day match to stay on course for an historic 7-0 whitewash.

Wicketkeeper Tim Paine struck 111 from 148 balls, sharing a 163-run third-wicket stand with Mike Hussey (65) in Australia's 296-8 at Trent Bridge.

Andrew Strauss was given out to the second ball of England's reply and two run-outs saw the hosts reduced to 60-4.

Tim Bresnan top-scored with 31 as England were out for 185 from 41 overs.

England's abject display leaves them one defeat away from a 7-0 series whitewash, something which has never happened in international cricket.

In terms of runs, the defeat was England's second worst in the history of one-day matches between the two sides and their 11th heaviest in 517 internationals.

Australia, who returned to the top of the world rankings with this win, can complete their clean sweep if they win at Durham in the final match on Sunday.

The home side's humiliation was encapsulated by two needless run-outs in the space of six deliveries thanks to two superb direct hits from Australia captain Ricky Ponting.

Although captain Strauss can feel aggrieved to be given out to a poor umpiring decision, he cannot justify his team's poor performance just days before they begin their ICC Champions Trophy campaign in South Africa.


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