Finn takes four as England thump Aus to clinch ODI series

Jul 08, 2012, 08:21 IST | AFP

Pacer Steven takes 4-37 as England beat Aus to clinch series

Steven Finn’s four-wicket haul laid the platform for England’s eight wicket hammering of Australia in the fourth one-day international here on Saturday.

England, set a modest 201 for victory, finished on 201 for two with 13 balls as they won the series, going 3-0 up in this five match campaign after Wednesday’s clash in Birmingham was washed out.

England’s Steven Finn (right) appeals against Australia’s David Warner in the fourth ODI in Chester-le-Street on Saturday. Pic/AFP

Jonathan Trott (64 not out) and Ravi Bopara (33 not out) shared an unbroken stand of 65 as England recorded their ninth successive one-day international victory with 13 balls to spare. Ian Bell (69) and Warwickshire colleague Trott had previously put on 66 for the second wicket.

Meanwhile Trott’s effort, in his 47th innings, saw him become the fourth fastest batsman to score 2,000 ODI runs behind South Africa’s Hashim Amla (40 innings) and Pakistan’s Zaheer Abbas and Pietersen (both 45).

Earlier, fast bowler Finn’s haul of four for 37 in his maximum 10 overs sparked an Australia top-order collapse as the visitors struggled in overcast conditions after losing the toss.

That Australia, still the world number one side in this format, recovered from a lowly 96 for six to 200 for nine was largely down to David Hussey’s 70.  

Australian Twenty 20 international Mitchell Marsh has been sent home from the Centre of Excellence in Brisbane for disciplinary reasons following a night out, Cricket Australia said on Saturday.

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