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Steven Smith elated after ODI series win

Australia's Steven Smith holds the trophy as he celebrates with team mates after winning the one-day series.
Australia's Steven Smith holds the trophy as he celebrates with team mates after winning the one-day series.
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Australian captain Steven Smith was an elated man after his side defeated England in the series deciding fifth and final One-Day International at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Having had to bowl first after losing the toss, Australia never allowed England to get on with the game as they bowled out the hosts for a paltry 138 runs.

Australia needed less than half of the allotted 50 overs to chase down the target, going on to beat England by eight wickets.

There was a nervous moment in the game when England skipper, Eoin Morgan was struck on the helmet by a bouncer from Mitchell Starc.

Morgan had to go off the field and took no further part in the game, with James Taylor taking up the captaincy responsibilities in the second half.

Even though Smith was extremely satisfied with the performance of his team in the victory, he wished for Morgan’s quick recovery.

"It was extremely satisfying,” Smith told Sky Sports.

“I thought the boys came out and played some good cricket today.

“I must say I have got a lot of concern for Eoin at the moment, it was a nasty knock.

“I really hope his health and well-being are okay.”

The stark difference in this game for Australia was the wickets they managed to strike upfront, something they were unable to do so in the first four games.

Having addressed the issue of getting early wickets, Smith was happy that the bowlers were able to execute their plans well.

“That (getting wickets upfront) is the one part of the series we haven’t done so well since the first four games.

“We addressed that and today we were able to get out there and hit some good areas and let the wicket do the work.

“It was an early morning start it was probably a good toss to lose in the end.” 

he Australian squad that took part in this series was quite different to the one that won the 2015 World Cup earlier this year.

Smith was pleased with the fact that Australia were able to win the ODI series despite the lack of experience amongst the players.

“There are some very good young fast bowlers.

“The most pleasing thing for me is that we were able to win the series with the lack of experience we got.

“I think there were only four players that were the part of the World Cup winning side in this team.

“It was very satisfying to win this series.” 

After a long and gruelling tour to England which saw the home team reclaim the Ashes, Smith is now looking forward to head back home before the Bangladesh series which begins next month.

"I’d like to get home first.

“It has been a pretty long trip on the road.

“I am looking forward to a bit of time at home.

“It (Bangladesh series) is going to be a tough series for us.

“They have been playing some good cricket at home.

“I am looking forward to that series.”

Smith also commended England for bouncing back in the third and fourth games of the ODI series, which made up for a great contest.

"It's been a tough couple of months for us.

“England played terrific throughout the Ashes.

“This one-day series it has been the same.

“We got off to a good start and England responded really well to win the last two matches.

“It has been a good series and a good summer.”

With the 3-2 win in this campaign, Australia now have three back to back bilateral ODI series victories against England.

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