England 299-8 (Trott 102, Prior 67, Hussey 4-21) beat
Australia 278-7 (Watson 64, Trott 2-31) by 21 runs
Fourth One-Day International, Adelaide
Jonathan Trott scored a century and then took two wickets for good measure as England beat Australia by 21 runs in the fourth One-Day International in Adelaide.
England put a dampener on Australia Day celebrations as Trott's 102 led them to 299 for eight before Australia were held to 278 for seven, despite a late charge from Steve Smith and Brett Lee.
The pair added an unbeaten 77 in 61 balls for the eighth wicket with Smith not out on 46 and Lee hitting 39 in 32 balls but they had been left with too much to do and eventually they required 33 from the final over, which was well beyond them.
Trott anchored England's innings and was offered excellent support from Matthew Prior, who scored 67 having registered two ducks in his two previous outings.
The pair put on 113 for the second wicket before David Hussey returned figures of four for 21 and Smith three for 33 but an unbeaten cameo of 39 in 27 balls from Michael Yardy saw England finish just short of 300.
England's bowlers then made early inroads to Australia's batting, James Anderson and Chris Tremlett removing Brad Haddin (20) and Shaun Marsh (1) before Paul Collingwood bowled Michael Clarke for 15.
Shane Watson made 64 in 72 balls and Cameron White 44 in 64 before Ajmal Shahzad had Watson caught by Prior and Trott then delivered his double-whammy to dismiss Hussey for 28 and White.
That left England in a controlling position and although the return of Anderson quickly saw the end of John Hastings for one, Australia were not quite done.
However, despite Smith and Lee scoring four boundaries apiece, England closed out the game quite comfortably in the end, Trott returning two for 31 from seven overs and Anderson two for 57 from ten.
The fifth game in the seven-game series is in Brisbane on 30th January.
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