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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

England complete ODI series almost as dismally as Ashes: ODI#5

Australia 9/217 (50ov, Bailey 56/74b/4x4, S Marsh 36, Wade 31, Broad10-2-31-3, Stokes 10-0-43-3, Jordan 2/37) beat England 212 (49.4ov, Root 55/86b/1x6 3x4, Cook 39, Morgan 39, Coulter-Nile 10-1-34-3, McKay 10-1-36-3, Faulkner 2/37) by 5 runs: ODI 5/5 at Adelaide Oval. Australia win series 4-1. Player of series: A Finch, player of match: J Faulkner.

By no means a memorable match, though the close finish offset - to a degree- the many passages in which high quality moments were rare or absent.

Australia posted a modest score on an uncharacteristically slow Adelaide Oval pitch ( not, I hope, an indication of things to come with our drop ins). Then England  moved steadily towards its target, before a late innings freeze saw them yield to disciplined bowling, astute captaincy and good fielding. 

 Ravi Bopara at the end couldn't take England over the line. He came to the crease in the 36th over at 4/154, accumulated 25/44b before being  adjudged, after a drawn out deliberation by the third umpire, to have been stumped by a Matthew Wade fumble. 

9/209: 8 needed from 8 balls and the last pair in. They didn't make it, leaving the 27,000+ crowd  of mostly Australia supporters to go into the warm night and, if they so chose, watch the Australia Day fireworks from the banks of the Torrens.

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