Australia Defeat England By 5 Runs
Australia 217-9 (Bailey 56, Broad 3-31) beat
England 212 (Root 55) by 5 runs
Fifth One-Day International, Adelaide
After precipitating a batting collapse reminiscent of the 2013 Champions Trophy final, Australia beat England by five runs to win the fifth and final One-Day International in Adelaide.
Australia's margin of victory was the same as India's in that game in Birmingham back in June and here, England looked well set having been set 218 to win, only to lose seven wickets in less than 15 overs to be bowled out for 212.
George Bailey top scored for Australia with 56 as they posted 217 for nine on a slow pitch, recovering from 43 for three as England struck important blows.
Shaun Marsh helped out with 36 in 52 balls, Bailey made 56 in 74 before Glenn Maxwell (22), Matthew Wade (31), James Faulkner (27) and Nathan Coulter-Nile (15) also added important contributions.
For England, Stuart Broad (3-31) and Ben Stokes (3-43) both took three wickets and there were two for Chris Jordan as they profited from bowling straight and more often than not, seeing Australian batsmen get frustrated by being unable to score quickly - just 14 boundaries were struck in their innings.
England didn't make a great start to their run chase with Alastair Cook (39), Ian Bell (14) and Stokes (0) finding the going as hard as Australia did.
Coulter-Nile (3-34) removed the openers and Clint McKay (3-36) dismissed Stokes before Joe Root and Eoin Morgan put on a partnership that looked to be taking England towards victory.
Root struck 55 in 86 balls and Morgan 39 in 40 to take England to 154 for three before their innings began to unravel dramatically.
Off the bowling of Faulkner, Morgan holed out in the deep and three runs later Root followed, caught at fine leg by Xavier Doherty.
There was to be no repeat of his Perth brilliance from Jos Buttler, who made just five but Ravi Bopara and Tim Bresnan formed a partnership that once again, looked to have turned the game in England's favour.
Bresnan struck a six only to be run out by a direct hit from Maxwell for 13 and after Broad had struck one glorious cover drive for four, he was bowled by McKay for seven and now everything rested on Bopara.
His dismissal, with the score on 209, was the key turning point and not without a touch of controversy. Wade, standing up to McKay, failed to take a ball that Bopara missed, but as the ball bounced back onto the stumps via his chest, Bopara was given out stumped.
Several angles were made available to the third umpire and the debate over whether or not the bail was fully dislodged before Bopara got his foot down raged intensely - and may continue to do so for a little while.
In this instance, the benefit of any doubt was not given to the batsmen and Bopara was on his way having hit 25 in 44 balls.
That left England with just Chris Jordan (4 not out) and James Tredwell (0) with the task of scoring the winning runs and they couldn't get there, Australia clinching the win when Tredwell was caught by Wade off Shane Watson.
England had lost seven wickets for 58 runs and it ended the latest leg of a dismal tour of Australia with just three Twenty20 Internationals left for them to try to get back to winning ways.
Australia end the series ranked as the number one ODI side in the world once again, and they will stay there unless India win both of the remaining matches in their series against New Zealand.
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