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England v Australia
OLD TRAFFORD, JULY 10, 2012
5th ODI - ENG v AUS
|Australia 1st Inn||7/145|
|England 1st Inn||3/138|
|England won the toss and elected to bowl|
|England won by 7 wickets (D/L Method)|
|1 . 4 1 2 2 |||. 4 4 . 1 . |||. 1 . 2 . 4 ||
|Last Wicket:||Cook, 58 (c:Clarke b:Hilfenhaus)|
|Current Partnership:||12 runs, 8 balls, RR:150.00|
Australia look to avoid the embarrassing prospect of a series whitewash against England as another stiff test awaits them on Tuesday when the two teams meet in the fifth and final ODI at Old Trafford at 11pm AEST.
England sealed the series in their favor with a win at Chester-le-Street in the fourth ODI. With one match washed out, England cannot topple Australia from the top ranking in ODI rankings but are still looking for a whitewash.
It has been a successful summer so far for them and they would want to continue the momentum ahead of the Test series against South Africa.
Alastair Cook, the ODI captain, is eyeing his second whitewash series win after blanking Pakistan earlier this year.
His troops have looked in command and there is no reason why they cannot be confident of repeating their success.
Steven Finn picked up four wickets while James Anderson and Tim Bresnan had two apiece. Overall, their pacers have enjoyed reasonable success in the series.
For Australia, the series has been nothing short of a disaster. The batting has slipped from average to poor through the course of four matches although allowance must be made for the nature of the pitch in the previous game.
That said, it was another abject performance on display in the fourth ODI as their batting crumbled yet again under those batting conditions.
Michael Clarke and David Hussey stalled the sinking ship, with Hussey going on to score a half-century. But that was as far as they went before they went down.
The bowlers had little to defend and their task was made arduous by injuries to Brett Lee and Shane Watson.
Calf injuries to both restricted them to just four overs between them. They are now ruled out of this game and the Australian cup of woes seems to have hit the brim.
Mitchell Starc, on duty with Yorkshire, has been called up to join the squad for the final match as Australia look to save some face with one win. Starc was the highest wicket-taker in the Friends Life t20 league stage and will hope to surprise England with his left-arm pace.
Steven Smith could take up Watson’s place in the line-up.
The match gets underway at 2 pm local time and you can follow live updates of the match through the entire duration of the encounter.
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