Fifties from David Warner and Shaun Marsh was enough for Australia to win the third ODI in Sydney. With this win Australia have won the five match ODI series at the earliest opportunity as the final two games are now dead rubbers.
The result extended England’s losing streak against Australia to nine games – in all competitions dating back to last summer – with the tourists facing the humiliating 5-0 Ashes defeat.
The hosts’ started well in pursuit of 244 with a qucik-fire 71 from Warner leading the way, his second half-century of the series, and a well crafted half-century from Marsh (71), his second consecutive fifty.
Aaron Finch (22) fell early in the seventh over to Chris Jordan. Finch was caught by Bopara in the covers region.
But then it was Warner show as he scored at a fair clip. His 71 came off just 70 balls. Warners innings of 71 contained seven fours and two sixes. He was eventually caught by Bell off Ben Stoke’s bowling.
But, that dismissal didn’t slow Australia’s surge towards a series win with Shaun Marsh picking up where his fellow lef-hand batsman left off.
Marsh finished with 71 not out off 89 balls. Brad Haddin was the other not out batsman at the crease on 37 off 33 balls.
Earlier in the day, Eoin Morgan topscored with 54 off 58 balls in an England innings that was starved off any momentum.
Morgan, though, fell in controversial circumstances when Dan Christian took a catch inches off the turf off his own bowling in the 42nd over.
But, the batsman stood his ground, which sparked a war of words between Morgan and ever eager Australian captain Michael Clarke who is never shy of a word or two, remember James Anderson incident earlier in the summer. Eventually the third umpire ruled the batsman out and Morgan was on his way.
Morgan’s dismissal left England on 6-186. With innings seem to be going nowhere got into life after some impressive late hitting from Tim Bresnan who scored a qucik-fire 41 off just 29 balls, which propelled the visitors to 243, but the score always felt like well below the par score..
Nathan Coulter-Nile was the pick of the Australian bowlers with 3-47 off his 10 overs. Meanwhile, James Faulker and Dan Christian both claimed two wickets each.