ENGLAND’S time in Australia ended with a whimper as Pat Cummins’s side won by a thumping 221-run margin at a sparsely populated Melbourne Cricket Ground to seal a 3-0 one-day series triumph over the double world champions.
There was an end-of-term feeling to England’s display nine days on from their T20 World Cup success, and the fixture’s relevance — or lack thereof — was amplified by a 10,406-crowd at the 100,000-capacity ground.
But they witnessed Travis Head (152 off 130 balls) and David Warner (106 off 102 deliveries) put on a 269-run stand in 38.1 overs for the opening wicket, Australia’s second highest ever, which underpinned a record 355 for five at this venue .
The match was reduced to 48 overs per side due to rain and England were never in the hunt to hit an adjusted 364 target. They were on 57 for one in the 13th over, but the downfall of Jason Roy, who top-scored with 33 off 48 balls, saw the tourists lurch to 95 for seven, ultimately ending any hope of overhauling the target.
Adam Zampa took four for 31 in 5.4 overs while there were two wickets apiece for Pat Cummins and Sean Abbott and one each for Josh Hazlewood and Mitch Marsh as England capitulated to their heaviest loss in terms of runs, all out for 142 in 31.4 overs.
It is the first time England have been clean-swept in a multi-match ODI series since October 2011 while there are injury concerns over Phil Salt, who banged his head after an awkward landing when fielding.