Adelaide: Inspired by a Jonathan Trott century, England secured a 21-run victory over Australia on January 26, keeping alive their hopes of winning the one-day series after trailing 3-0.
The tourists needed a win to claw their way back into the seven match series and a fine century by Man-of-the-Match Trott helped them to 299-8, the first time they have lasted their full complement of overs in this series.
Australia never looked comfortable in reply at the Adelaide Oval and their chances all but evaporated with the wicket of opener Shane Watson for 64, caught behind of Ajmal Shahzad.
Captain Michael Clarke’s season-long woes with the bat deepened when he was clean bowled by part-timer Paul Collingwood for just 15 as the home team fell short with just 278 for seven.
Trott (102 from 126 balls), who also picked up two wickets in the Australian innings, set up the win with his second ODI century while opener Matt Prior belted 67 from 58 balls.
The pair set England on course for a big score, piling on 113 in quick time for the second wicket. They were helped by poor bowling from Australia’s pacemen, with Brett Lee conceding 68 runs from eight overs and Doug Bollinger 55 from nine.
Lee’s wayward bowling helped the English get off to flier, his first delivery resulting in five wides in an opening over that cost 12 runs.