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England crumble to narrow defeat by Australia in Adelaide

2014-01-26 13:17:36

Fifth one-day international, Adelaide

Australia 217-9 (50 overs) beat England 212 (49.4 overs) by five runs

Match scorecard

England threw away a winning position as they crumbled to a five-run defeat by Australia in the fifth one-day international in Adelaide.

Stuart Broad and Ben Stokes both took three wickets apiece the hosts were restricted to 217-9 on a slow pitch.

The tourists were cruising at 154-3 in the 36th over before Eoin Morgan and Joe Root (55) fell in quick succession.

Wickets continued to fall as England were 212 all out in the last over to gift Australia a 4-1 series win.

The defeat sounds the final note of a dismal tour for England captain Alastair Cook, who will fly home before the teams contest a three-match Twenty20 series.

England had appeared favourites for victory right up until the penultimate over when Ravi Bopara was stumped for 25 in bizarre and controversial circumstances.

With nine needed off nine balls, Bopara missed a ball from Clint McKay, which bounced off wicketkeeper Matthew Wade's chest and onto the stumps.

Although replays did not appear to show conclusively whether Bopara had grounded his back foot before the bails were dislodged, the television umpire saw enough to give him out and expose England's final pair.

Six runs were required from three balls when James Tredwell edged Shane Watson to the wicketkeeper to send the home team - and the Australia Day crowd - into raptures.

Full report to follow.


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