England beats Australia by 6 wickets to lead ODI series 4-0

Sam Curran and Craig Overton have been added to England's squad for the remaining two ODIs against Australia

Sam Curran and Craig Overton have been added to England's squad for the remaining two ODIs against Australia

ESPNCricinfo wrote that Justin Langer described Australia's record loss to England as "brutal" and "a shock" and said his players could not have had a worse day as they slumped to a third straight loss, handing the five-match ODI series to England.

ENGLAND'S total domination over Australia continued as they clinched a six-wicket victory at Chester-le-Street last night to go 4-0 ahead in the five-match one day global series.

But Finch (100), his opening partner Travis Head (63) and then number three Marsh (101) combined for successive century stands to put the onus on England to prove they can chase as effectively as they can set a total.

England already have this one-day worldwide series wrapped up, after their world-record 481 for six and 242-run win at Trent Bridge two days ago.

In a record-setting win at Trent Bridge, Alex Hales' blistering 147 off 92 balls was the highest score in England's batting.

Morgan added: "I'm glad we're spoiled for guys in form at the moment, because I've been in teams where (those) next in or fighting for places can't get a run. This is a very privileged position to be in".

Australia, who elected to bowl first, apparently were never in the hunt to reach England, as they were bowled out in 37 overs for 239 runs, making this the Baggy Greens' heaviest defeat at this level.

Morgan said: "We didn't take wickets, which is an area we hope to improve, but we certainly controlled the run-rate".

Indeed, even in the afterglow of Tuesday's extraordinary victory, England ODI captain Morgan warned: "I think with only a day (before) the next game, it makes it more hard for us to put out our strongest team".

"[Australia captain] Tim (Paine) thought they were 30 or 40 short".

"We've always looked at series like this, and games with one day in between, as quite rigorous for the bowlers".

There were some big shots from Finch and Marsh as they approached their centuries; innings which laid the foundations for a rather outdated onslaught in the final overs.

"He's probably one of the best people I have ever met in the game of cricket", he said.

"He'll stay up but what I've said to him, like our batters, he's got to learn how to bowl at the first 10 overs, the second 10 overs and at the death".

"I take full responsibility for us not getting 330/340".

In the short term, England are concerned about the dangers of over-bowling their regular ODI pacemen Mark Wood, David Willey and Liam Plunkett.

"The tone England are setting in one-day cricket is the benchmark in the world".

Coach Justin Langer has warned Australia's struggling bowlers they need to quickly get to grips with global cricket. Having lost the series, they literally have nothing more to lose [VIDEO], therefore we can expect that they will be going all guns blazing at the Englishmen in the fourth match.

Latest News