ADELAIDE OVAL: Australia holds their nerves to beat England by 5 runs in fifth ODI at Adelaide Oval on Sunday clinching series by 4-1, ARY News reported.
Australia, who decided to bat first lost early wickets, as Aaron Finch went out at 7 runs while Shane Watson made a fairly ugly duck swishing at a wide delivery and offering a catch to wicket keeper Jose Buttler.
Australian skipper Micheal Clarke took 26 balls to score 8 runs before being bowled out by Tim Bresnan.
George Bailey with his 56 runs was the only Australian batsmen to score half century. Matthew Wade did his best with a busy 31, then James Faulkner (27) and Nathan Coulter-Nile (31) tried to hit out at the finish, but the final tally looked meager. Australia set the target of 218.
English bowlers Stuart Broad and Ben Strokes 3 wickets each.
English openers Ian Bell and Alastair Cook began smartly but wasn’t able to carry it on for long. Alastair Cook (39), Joe Root (55) and Eoin Morgan (39) all contributed useful scores to take England close but remained short of 5 runs in their second consecutive win in the series.
Ravi Bopara made 25 runs and seemed likely to carry England home but he fall victim of clint McKay in 49th over.
Among Australian bowlers James Faulkner and Nathan Coulter-Nile dismissed 3 wickets each conceding 36 and 34 runs respectively in their 10 overs spell.
The victory allowed Australia to regain the top spot of ICC ODI ranking.