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England endure another loss

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he NatWest Series
Trent Bridge
England 299 (E J G Morgan 58) v Australia 302-6 (R T Ponting 126, M J Clarke 52)
Australia beat England by 4 wkts

Not even setting their opponents a target of 300 could help England break their duck in the NatWest Series, as Ricky Ponting’s magnificent 126 helped Australia secure a four-wicket win in the fifth match at Trent Bridge.

The tourists maintained their perfect record in the seven-match series with a ruthless run-chase under floodlights, getting home with 10 balls to spare.

Mitchell Johnson finished the game with a flourish, hammering a six over mid-wicket, to complete another miserable day/night for England.
High hopes

They would’ve had high hopes of getting off the mark as well having managed to make 299 from their 50 overs, Eoin Morgan top-scoring with 58.

However, Ponting simply pummelled England’s bowlers into submission. Refreshed after a break following the Ashes, he followed up his 48 at Lord’s by hitting 14 fours and three sixes to make his 27th ODI century.

Michael Clarke made 52 to help put on 133 for the third wicket after Tim Bresnan had removed openers Tim Paine (16) and Shane Watson (36).

The stand set Australia up perfectly and with the use of their batting powerplay they won with plenty to spare, despite Stuart Broad picking up two wickets in three balls, the second of which was Ponting, caught at long off.

Cameron White’s unbeaten 24 off 15 deliveries and the hitting of Johnson, who made 18 not out, saw their side over the finishing line in the 49th over.

England did at least manage to set a challenging target this time, even if their top order once again got going without pushing on to make a big score.

Not one of the top seven failed to get 18 or more but only Morgan managed to reach a half-century. The Irishman plundered three sixes, as well as four fours, in his 58 from just 41 deliveries, though he was given a lifeline on 38 when he was dropped by Michael Hussey, who failed on five occasions to cling onto a routine chance in the deep.

After a slow start that saw just four runs scored from the same number of overs, skipper Andrew Strauss had helped to get England’s innings off and running with 35 off 38 balls.

However the left-hander once again fell to spinner Nathan Hauritz when well set, this time lbw attempting a reverse sweep, albeit that replays suggested he had got a thin edge on the delivery before it struck his pad.

Action replay

Ravi Bopara (18) lifted Watson out to deep square leg and then Joe Denly repeated the trick – this time Johnson the bowler to benefit – to go for 45.

Matt Prior helped put on 60 for the fourth wicket but his attempts to hit Hauritz for a second successive four coming down the wicket only resulted in him being stumped for 37.

The batting powerplay, a conundrum for the home team throughout the series, was taken after 38 overs and soon resulted in an acceleration of the run-rate even with the loss of Owais Shah for 31.

By then Morgan had already lifted Johnson over square leg for his first maximum and another lofty blow, this time off Watson, took the score beyond 200.

Even when he was dismissed, caught trying to reverse sweep Nathan Bracken, Broad (22 off 20) continued to hit out and some clean hitting from Adil Rashid, who made 18, helped get the score to the verge of 300. But, in the end, it still wasn’t enough, leaving England with just two more chances to try and avoid a whitewash.

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