A rampant England strolled to a 4-0 ODI series win over Australia,  the number-one ranked ODI side in the world, with the third match at Edgbaston being called off by rain to spare the Aussies from a 5-0 whitewash.

Game one at Lord’s saw England take the first encounter, with Eoin Morgan’s 89 helping England to a total of 272-5. Australia’s chase looked as if it may threaten the hosts’ total, with Michael Clarke’s total of 61 but after Tim Bresnan trapped the Aussie captain lbw there was likely to be only one winner as England held on to win by 15 runs with the Aussies finishing on 257-9.

A superb all-round performance with bat and ball saw England take a 2-0 lead. After restricting Australia to 251-7 Ian Bell’s and Ravi Bopara’s 82 starred to take the hosts home with a comfortable victory at the Oval.

After the Edgbaston wash-out England secured the series in another dominant display at Chester-le-Street. After a very sluggish start to their innings, Australia managed to scrap their way to 200-9 for their 50 overs. However, despite the overcast conditions the total was never going to trouble the dependable English batsmen as they eased to 201 with the fall of just 2 wickets. Ian Bell and Jonathon Trott top scored with 69 and 64 respectively with Bopara hitting the winning runs in the 48th over.

The rout was completed in a rain-interrupted shortened match at Old Trafford. Australa made it to 145-7 in a reduced 32 over innings. Alistair Cook scored a 58, which along with Ravi Bopara’s 53 helped England to 138-3 after 27.1 overs before rain ended the match, with England comfortably prevailing via the Duckworth-Lewis method.  

All in all a comfortable series win which sees the ODI side take their winning run to 10 consecutive victories in the 50-over form of the game. With 2013 being a ‘double-Ashes’ year, more important clashes with the ‘auld enemy’ will be to come as two Ashes Test series take place within a 6-month period due to Australia’s hosting of the 2015 Cricket World Cup in early 2015 which sees England’s Ashes tour being brought forward a year. But England fans should enjoy what truly is a golden era for English cricket. The countdown now begins towards England’s crucial 3-match Test Match series versus South Africa in which England’s number-one ranking will go on the line.


Simon Mulligan

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