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Australia won by 57 runs.

Australia vs England

England beaten again

Aussies wrap up 6-1 series win

Johnson: three wickets

Australia beat England by 57 runs in the seventh and final One Day International in Perth to complete a 6-1 series rout.

Batting first after winning the toss, Australia were in some trouble at 103-4, but a stand of 95 between Adam Voges and David Hussey helped the hosts post a competitive 279-7.

Voges smashed 80 from 72 balls while Hussey made a run-a-ball 60.

England were quickly in trouble as openers Andrew Strauss and Steven Davies were both dismissed without scoring, before a triple-strike from paceman Mitchell Johnson devastated the middle order and reduced the tourists to 64-5.

There was no coming back from there and despite a defiant career-best unbeaten half-century from Michael Yardy, England came up well short once again.

The tourists looked like a team more than ready for the flight home, although it was a shame they could not rouse themselves for a final hurrah in front of a sell-out crowd at the WACA.

Strauss was bowled from the second ball of the innings when he was beaten for pace by Shaun Tait (3-48), before Davies top-edged a pull off Doug Bollinger to Brad Haddin.

Jonathan Trott and Kevin Pietersen put on a 43-run stand but their work was undone when Johnson claimed three quick wickets.

Trott (14) edged a rising delivery to Hussey at first slip, before Pietersen (26) failed to diaply the patience the crisis necessitated and drove a wide ball to debutant Jason Krejza at backward point.

Johnson struck for the third time when Ian Bell loosely sliced to third man, where Tait held the chance to leave England 64-5 in the 15th over.

Matt Prior and Yardy combined in a stand of 55 to provide a glimmer of hope, but the tourists are currently too mired in a losing habit to threaten a fightback of the proportions required here.

Krejza claimed his first one-day wicket when Prior (39) was well caught by Hussey at cover before Luke Wright added 24 from 19 balls, until he sliced the spinner to Bollinger at backward point.

Yardy hit three fours and a six in his battling 61 from 71 balls but it never looked likely to turn the tide, as Tait returned to fire out tailenders Liam Plunkett (20) and Steven Finn (nought).

James Anderson was last man out when he skied a catch off John Hastings that Haddin held at short cover.

19 wides

Earlier, 19 wides helped Australia recover from a slow start to reach 279-7.

The hosts had begun at a sedate pace after Plunkett (2-49) and Anderson (3-48) had claimed the early wickets of Tim Paine (five) and Callum Ferguson (15) respectively.

England's position could have been even stronger had Yardy not dropped Haddin before he had scored, but the off-spinner eventually made amends when he dismissed the left-hander, who struggled to 27 from 58 balls, following a show-reel catch by Finn at long-on.

Finn was falling back over the rope after making the catch, but threw the ball in the air to re-gather once he returned to the playing area.

Yardy struck again when acting captain Cameron White, who also scratched around in making 24 from 47 balls, offered a return catch to leave the hosts 102-4 at the halfway stage.

The scoring rate was increased dramatically, however, when Voges joined his fellow Western Australian Hussey at the crease.

Hussey was given a life on four when Wright dropped a difficult return chance and he made the most of it to reach his half-century from 44 balls, while Voges took one ball longer to reach the milestone.

Plunkett returned to dismiss Hussey, who got a leading edge that Bell held diving in from gully, but the stand set the stage for Australia to hit out in the last 10 overs.

While Anderson grabbed two wickets in the batting powerplay, removing the dangerous Johnson (26) to a superb diving catch by Prior at deep midwicket and Hastings (six), Australia still took 48 from the five overs.

It was to prove more than enough against an England side that has finished a momentous tour on a disappointingly low-key note.

Match Details

Date
6th Feb 2011
Toss
Venue
Perth
Umpires
Asad Rauf and P R Reiffel

england BATTING CARD

Batsman R
Strauss b Tait 0
Davies c Haddin b Bollinger 0
Trott c Hussey b Johnson 14
Pietersen c Krejza b Johnson 26
Bell c Tait b Johnson 8
Prior c Hussey b Krejza 39
Yardy not out 61
Wright c Bollinger b Krejza 24
Plunkett c Haddin b Tait 20
Finn b Tait 0
Anderson c Haddin b Hastings 4
Extras 5nb, 19w, 2lb 26
Total All out, 44.0 Overs 222
Full Batting Card

australia BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
Tait 8 1 48 3
Bollinger 7 0 46 1
Johnson 7 0 18 3
Hastings 9 0 39 1
Krejza 9 0 53 2
Hussey 4 0 16 0
Full Bowling Card