Published: Mon, January 29, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Darrell Mcdonald

Curran's fi-fer seals 4-1 victory for Eng

Curran's fi-fer seals 4-1 victory for Eng

Australia's Stoinis was promoted to bat at No.3 following the axing of Cameron White, and he made the most of the chance by composing a mature innings.

Steve Smith - 2/10 - Smith highlighted Australia's struggles against spin in the series, dismissed by Rashid after making just 4 from 16 balls.

Curran claimed the important wicket of Glenn Maxwell lbw with a superb inswinger overturned on review, and ousted Starc two balls later. Marsh also bowled a few very useful overs with the ball. Fast bowler Pat Cummins was ruled out of the Australian side with tight hamstrings.

Joe Root top-scored for England with 62 off 68 balls.

England finished the series by fielding an attack without their three frontlines quicks - Plunkett, Chris Woakes and Mark Wood - which means Curran is far from assured of a starting place when England next play one-day cricket, in New Zealand.

Curran bowled Tim Paine (34) in the second-last over to end Australia's resistance and the home side was all out for 247.

Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow banished the nightmares of Adelaide when they slumped to eight for five by smashing a 50 stand off only 37 balls.

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The general consensus was that England's total was too small and although Curran dismissed David Warner with a devastating yorker in the fourth over, Stoinis soon displayed more clean hitting to reach fifty for the third time in the series.

Smith is taking time off ahead of the upcoming Test tour of South Africa, but the same can not be said of Warner, who will captain the Twenty20 side in the tri-series involving England and New Zealand which begins on Saturday night in Sydney.

Root, the man likeliest to bed down for a long stay, top-edged Cummins to fine-leg and Buttler, author of a magnificent century in Sydney, did well to get an edge on a peach from Hazlewood.

Under considerable duress, Eoin Morgan and Moeen Ali halted the clatter of wickets and chiseled out 33 runs apiece despite never settling.Woakes, on the other hand, made light of his team-mates' troubles by timing his shots sweetly from the off. In pursuit of the 260-run target, Australia collapsed from 189/4 to 247/10 courtesy of Tom Curran's maiden 5-wicket haul.

Having failed to defend a low total in the fourth ODI, England knew early wickets were needed, and Curran gave them the ideal start, yorking David Warner for just 15.

Local boy Andrew Tye had positioned himself as a fitting hometown hero, taking five wickets as the tourists were dismissed for 259, but Curran saw his effort and trumped it with a nerveless 5-35 to seal a 12-run win for the tourists.

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