Australia vs England 3rd ODI: Australia seal series in style

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Warner was named Man of the Match for his sparkling knock of 71

Australia’s batting duo of David Warner and Shaun Marsh both scored half-centuries to help the baggy greens register a comfortable seven-wicket win and take an unassailable 3-0 lead over England in the third ODI in Sydney.

Warner and Marsh were well supported by pace bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile, who took three wickets.

England captain Alastair Cook won the toss and chose to bat first.

His decision to do so paid off as he and Ian Bell put together a 50-run partnership before he himself was caught by Glenn Maxwell in the cover region off the bowling of Coulter-Nile for 35.

Bell ended up making 29 runs before he was run out by Warner.

All-rounder Ben Stokes only made 15 runs before he was brilliantly caught by Australia captain Michael Clarke at square leg off the bowling of Xavier Doherty.

Gary Ballance managed to score 26 before he was caught by Daniel Christian at deep point off the bowling of Coulter-Nile.

Ravi Bopara and Eoin Morgan stabilised the innings with a much-needed 56-run partnership before Bopara was caught behind off the bowling of James Faulkner for 21.

Morgan failed to convert his half-century into a bigger score as he was caught and bowled by Christian for 54 off 58 balls, which included four boundaries and two sixes.

England eventually finished on 243/9 at the end of their 50 overs thanks to Tim Bresnan’s quickfire knock of 41 off 29 deliveries, which included three boundaries and two maximums.

Coulter-Nile was the pick of the Australian bowlers with three wickets, while Faulkner and Christian snapped up two wickets apiece and Doherty chipped in with one.

Chasing 244 to win, Australia got off to a solid start as Aaron Finch and Warner amassed a 43-run partnership before Finch was caught by Bopara in the cover region off the bowling of Chris Jordan for 22.

Warner and Marsh made up for the early loss of Finch was a brilliant 78-run partnership, during which Warner brought up his half-century, before he was caught by Bell in the cover region off the bowling of Stokes.

Warner’s fantastic knock of 71 came off 70 balls and included seven boundaries and two sixes.

Marsh and Clarke managed to build a 51-run partnership before Clarke was clean bowled by Bopara for 34.

Marsh and wicketkeeper Brad Haddin helped Australia cross the finish line with their unbeaten 72-run partnership, during which Marsh registered his half-century.

Marsh finished on 71 off 89 balls, which included seven boundaries, while Haddin remained undefeated on 35 off 33 deliveries, which included five boundaries and a six.

Jordan, Stokes and Bopara picked up one wicket apiece.

Cook was at a loss of words to explain how his side would be able to stop Australia.

“It’s tough to stop them and we’ve got two more games to try to stop them,” he said.

Clarke was ecstatic to have won the series and praised his team for their outstanding performance.

“I think our bowlers did a fantastic job on a pretty good batting wicket,” Clarke said. “The important thing for our bowlers was a bit of cross-seam stuff, take the pace off it. David Warner was outstanding. Certainly deserves a break if the selectors or coach are listening.”

Warner was named Man of the Match for his entertaining innings.

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