Australia needed to respond after the loss on Australia Day to the old enemy and responded they did, ater being put in on a bouncy wicket, no recognised spin bowler and utilising their four quick bowlers.
Australia started off brightly, Haddin and Watson navigating those first few tricky overs, with Haddin mixing in some good cricket shots before Watson trying to get going slapped it straight to Collingwood, Chris Woakes first victim. Haddin tried a comic piece of batting and was bowled between his legs to wrap up the comedy dismissal of the summer, resisiting strong competition from Shane Watson and his run outs.
Sadly, this started a trend for the Aussies, they would all get starts (four batsmen scored 16) but they failed to make anything of those starts, all getting out, only White really falling to a good ball others chopped on or holed out, Chris Woakes taking on the role of golden arm, taking a wicket in the first over of several of his spells and finishing with career best figures of 6/45 but thanks to a dogged 54 to Michael Clarke and Steve Smith’s hitting, Australia crawled their way to 249 and something defendable.
England made a flashy start, taking to Doug Bollinger (12 off his first two overs) but Australia needing wickets turned to veteran Brett Lee who continued Matt Priors mostly disappointing ODI series, gone for 14 before he was joined by opening partner Andrew Strauss (Bollinger) and Trott the key wicket who also fell to Lee, England in trouble early.
Pietersen and Bell was the key partnership and brought the equation back to something very manageable for England, but a nice slow bouncer from Hastings lobbed it to Brett Lee who doesn’t drop those brought the end of Pieterse. Bell became Hastings second victim after chopping on, Steve Smith added to England’s misery forcing Eoin “the finisher” Morgan to hole out to Hastings in the outfield.
Australia would bowl dry, Watson taking two and Bollinger taking his second reducing England to 9/145 but England decided to have some fun and built the total of money being donated to the flood relief over 6 million but Shane Watson sealed the match and the series bowling Finn 4-1, with two to play.