Aussies seal deal against English

Jan. 30: Australia claimed the one-day international series against England with a 51-run win in the fifth match at the Gabba in Brisbane on Sunday. After winning the toss and batting, Australia made 249, with second-gamer Chris Woakes picking up a record-equalling six wickets. It seemed insufficient, but the tourists slumped to 145-9, before a late flurry from Steve Finn (35 off 24 balls) boosted their score to a more respectable 198.

The result gave Australia an unbeatable 4-1 lead in the seven-match series, ending England’s run of five straight ODI series wins, and the match also raised more than $6 million for victims of the recent Queensland floods.

The English were in early trouble in the chase at 22-3, when Brett Lee (2-21) was on a hat-trick. Kevin Pietersen (40) and Ian Bell (36) put on 73 to revive their hopes but when the pair, and Eoin Morgan, fell in quick succession, they were 103-6 and all but beaten. England captain Andrew Strauss lamented another poor batting display.

“It was another poor performance with the bat,” he conceded. “There were too many soft dismissals. We thought 250 was very chaseable,” he said.

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