England Clinch ODI Series With One-Wicket Win
England 214-9 (Strauss 87, Tait 3-28, Bollinger 3-20) beat
Australia 213 (Watson 61, Swann 4-37) by one wicket
Third One-Day International, Old Trafford
England moved into an unassailable 3-0 series lead over Australia with a last-ditch one-wicket victory in the third One-Day International at Old Trafford.
After Australia wasted a good start to be bowled out for 213, England appeared to be in complete control as they reached 185 for three before a dramatic collapse saw them begin the final over with four runs required and just one wicket in hand.
Tim Bresnan emerged as England's hero, hitting James Hopes for a boundary to seal the win and on the day that England's footballers limped out of the World Cup in South Africa give English sports fans something to cheer about.
Australian openers Shane Watson (61) and Tim Paine (44) got the match off to an explosive start with a 75-run opening stand having been invited to bat but their innings fell away badly after Michael Yardy struck with his third ball to have Paine trapped in front.
Fellow spinner Graeme Swann returned four for 37 by dismissing Watson, Ricky Ponting (3), Michael Clarke (33) and Cameron White (12) and James Anderson took three wickets to help England bowl Australia out in 46 overs.
Mike Hussey and Steven Smith hit quickfire knocks of 21 and 20 before England brought things to a swift conclusion with the ball.
England then lost Craig Kieswetter for a duck when he was bowled by Shaun Tait in the first over before Andrew Strauss's 87 in 120 balls seemed to be steering England to victory.
Allied with Kevin Pietersen's 25, Paul Collingwood's 40 and Eoin Morgan's 27, England were in charge before Australia fought back, superb bowling from Tait and Doug Bollinger (who bowled three maidens) ripped through England's middle and lower order to set up a tense finale.
England went into the final two overs needing ten to win and Bresnan took seven from Ryan Harris, including an important single to retain the strike, which gave him the opportunity to atone for leaking 43 runs in six overs with the ball, and he took it with his second boundary to finish unbeaten on 14 in 15 balls.
Tait finished with figures of three for 28 and Bollinger three for 20 but their efforts to keep the five-match series alive were in vain.
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