Dominant centuries from Travis Head and David Warner helped Australia defeat a tired England by 221 runs Tuesday in the third and final One Day International in Melbourne. cricket Earth to sweep the series 3-0.
After losing six wickets in Adelaide and a 72-run defeat in Sydney, England’s long tour ended with a crushing defeat at the same venue where they had won the Grand Twenties. Globalism cup this month.
Australia made a massive 355-5 at the back of Head’s 152 and Warner’s 106 in a rain-beaten game reduced to 48 overs, with the pair of 269 putting on, the ninth-highest opening partnership in 50-plus cricket and the largest in cricket. MCG.
England were left needing 364 to win under an adjusted target in the DLS, an ominous score they never looked set to face a disciplined attack led by Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Adam Zampa’s off-spin.
With Phil Salt sidelined for a concussion check after hitting his head on a play, Dawid Malan was high to open with Jason Roy but fell for two against Hazlewood.
It didn’t get any easier for the batsmen, who were limited to just 49-1 from their first 10 overs, already behind the required run rate.
Cummins caught Roy (33) and Sam Billings (7) in quick succession, while James Vince knocked out 22 off 45 balls before Sean Abbott broke his resistance.
When Zampa knocked out captains Joss Butler (4) and Chris Woakes in successive balls, then Moeen Ali (18) in his next set, England were 95-7 and their hopes were dashed. Zamba finished 4-31.
Butler, who had returned after missing the Sydney match, won the toss and told Australia to bat, only to see an exhibition from Head Warner.
Head made his third one-day century and highest score of 152, off 130 balls with 16 fours and four sixes, as he cemented his place at the top of the order after the retirement of Aaron Finch.
Warner has built up 19 ODI tons off 97 balls.
With the conditions overcast and cold, the England bowlers extracted an early swing and Head survived a missed catch in four and gave them a light weight on nine, which he successfully challenged.
But he settled down when he and Warner took full control, forging their second 100-run partnership in three matches.
Rain stopped play for 30 minutes but the pair picked up where they left off with a header race to their century, completing the feat with four goals from Chris Woakes. Warner quickly followed suit, crushing Ollie Stone to the ropes.
The partnership was finally broken by the persistent Stone, who got both Warner and Head at the same time and finished 4-85 after removing Mitchell Marsh for 30 and Steve Smith for 21.