Melbourne, Sep 18 (ANI): Tim Paine's maiden international century has handed Australia a 111-run victory over England and elevating them to No.1 spot ahead of current world leaders South Africa in ODIs.
The tourists are just one win away from claiming a 7-0 sweep of the tournament after Paine scored 111 to steer Australia to 8-296 from 50 overs. England was restricted to a total of 185 with nine overs to spare.
"I'm rapt. I got a bit nervous there, so to get it out of the way and for the team to win the sixth straight game is a great thrill. The first few games, I felt reasonably good but didn't go on with it so it was just pleasing once I got my start to cash in," said Paine.
England captain Andrew Strauss, who was jeered by spectators during a post-match interview, described his team's batting as a "horror show".It was a very poor performance tonight. We were never in the hunt with the bat and we made a huge number of mistakes, certainly with our batting performance," Strauss said.
"So I can understand the frustration of the crowd and that's something that's been building over the course of the six games we've played," FOX Sports quoted him, as saying.
In the side as a replacement for injured wicketkeeper Brad Haddin and playing just his seventh one-day international after making his debut against Scotland last month, Paine faced 148 balls for his score, which included 14 fours and one six. (ANI)