Paine Century Sets Up Crushing Win For Australia

Paine Century Sets Up Crushing Win For Australia
Paine Century Asks England To Chase 297 To Win
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Australia 296-8 (Paine 111, Hussey 65) beat
England 185 (Hopes 3-32) by 111 runs

Sixth One-Day International, Trent Bridge

Tim Paine scored his maiden century as Australia thrashed England by 111 runs to go 6-0 up in their seven-match One-Day International series at Trent Bridge.

Paine's efforts enabled Australia to reach 296 for eight before England were dismissed for a paltry 185 in 41 overs.

Paine scored 111 in 148 balls, putting on 163 with Michael Hussey (65) for the third wicket after James Anderson had dismissed Shane Watson for four and Ricky Ponting for six.

Late cameos from Cameron White, who blasted 35 in 23 balls, and James Hopes, who hit 38 in 22 deliveries, ensured that Australia asked England to chase three runs fewer than they themselves managed in game five.

Anderson, making his return after a period of rest, picked up four for 55 and there was a wicket apiece for Ryan Sidebottom, Dimitri Mascarenhas and Graeme Swann.

England's run chase never got going and after they were rocked by the early dismissal of Andrew Strauss, given out caught behind off his shoulder, the top score came from Tim Bresnan, who remained unbeaten on 31 from number eight in the order.

Ravi Bopara (24) and Matthew Prior (6) were both run out by Ricky Ponting within an over of each other as England's batting plumbed new depths, not one of the top order passing 25 as James Hopes completed a fine game with figures of three for 32 while Nathan Bracken and Brett Lee grabbed two wickets apiece.

The final match is on Sunday at Chester-le-Street.

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