Australia thump England 6-1 in ODI series

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Perth, Feb 6 (AFP) Australia wrapped up an emphatic 6-1series win over a weary England with a comprehensive 57-runwin in the seventh and final one-day international at the WACAGround in Perth today.

The home side made 279-7 after winning toss, and in replyEngland managed just 222 in their final match of a marathonAshes tour, despite a lusty unbeaten 60 by Michael Yardy.

The English, who now return home for a few days of restbefore departing for the World Cup next weekend, were never inthe hunt after opener Andrew Strauss and Steven Davies bothfell for ducks to leave them struggling at 5-2.

Jonathan Trott and Kevin Pietersen tried to re-start theinnings, but the loss of both their wickets and that of IanBell left England on 64-5 and their hopes in tatters.

Mitchell Johnson claimed 3-18 for the home side and thewayward Shaun Tait 3-48, but he also conceded nine wides andfive no-balls.

After electing to bat, half-centuries by Perth nativesDavid Hussey and man-of-the-match Adam Voges helped the homeside recover from a slow start to post an imposing total.

Australia rested Michael Clarke and Shane Watson, andwere 103-4 in the 26th over when stand-in captain CameronWhite was dismissed for 24.

However Hussey and Voges then brought their experience inlocal conditions to the crease to accelerate the Australianinnings, putting on 95 in 83 balls.

Voges, recalled for his first game of the series and notnamed in Australia''s 15-man World Cup squad, remained unbeatenon 80 not out, while Hussey made 60.

It was Voges'' highest score in his 15 one-dayinternationals and came from just 72 balls.

The Australian innings got off to a controversial startwhen recalled opener Tim Paine was given out lbw to LiamPlunkett, flown in from the Caribbean just for the final game,for five on review.

The Virtual Eye system said he was hit in line and thatthe ball was going on to hit stumps, even though Paine hadadvanced well down the pitch by the time ball struck his pad.

Although the English dropped a couple of sharp chances,they also held two magnificent catches.

Opener Brad Haddin (27) was superbly caught by Steve Finnon the long-on boundary from the bowling of Michael Yardy.

Finn caught it inside the boundary rope, but his momentumcarried him over the marker, forcing him to throw the ball upin air and step back inside the rope to complete the catch.

Matthew Prior, who handed the wicketkeeping gloves to therecalled Davies, took a classic on the mid-wicket boundary toremove Mitchell Johnson for 26 from the bowling of JamesAnderson (3-48).

Prior leapt backwards as he retreated towards theboundary to snare the catch well above his head.

England went into the match without creative batsman EoinMorgan, who is in doubt for the World Cup due to a fingerinjury. (AFP) PDS

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