Australia avoid series whitewash, beat England

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London: Australia avoided the possibility of a series whitewash by beating England by 78 runs in the fourth one-day international at The Oval on June 30.

Ryan Harris took 5-32, Doug Bollinger 2-38 and Steven Smith 2-59 as England was bowled out for 212 in 42.4 overs, chasing Australia’s challenging total of 290-5.

Michael Yardy was England’s top scorer with 57 from 63 balls, including five fours, but the host lost wickets at regular intervals, with paceman Harris particularly impressive with the ball.

Earlier, Australia’s Michael Clarke had been left stranded on 99 not out, a 106-ball knock that included seven fours, but was denied a century when Steven Smith (18 not out) faced the last five balls of the team’s innings.

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