Australians complete whitewash
AUSTRALIA completed a 3-0 whitewash of England in the Texaco Trophy one-day series, winning by 19 runs in the third and final one-day international at Lord's.
David Boon had been the anchor of the Australian batting with a skilful 73 as the touring team reached 230 for five from their 55 overs.
But that did not look like being enough as Graham Gooch and Alec Stewart put England on target to end their six-match losing sequence in one-day internationals.
Gooch (42) and Stewart (74) produced an opening stand of 96, and England still looked on top at 159 for three, well ahead of the asking rate.
But tight bowling and excellent fielding saw Australia keep the England score in check and take wickets with ever increasingly frequency as England began to panic.
Only Graham Thorpe, with 20, showed much resistance as England finished 211 all out, in 53.1 overs.
Earlier, Australia were unsettled by a high class spell of pace bowling from Andrew Caddick.
Caddick extracted lift and movement to remove Matthew Hayden (four) and Mark Waugh (14) in his opening spell, both caught by wicketkeeper Stewart.
With the score on 31, Waugh thin-edged a catch to Stewart off the same bowler.
Mark Taylor, acting captain in the absence of Allan Border who was rested, battled through to lunch in company with Boon.
They added 108 for the third wicket before Taylor fell for 57 to the medium pace of Dermot Reeve, called in to replace the injured Chris Lewis.
Damien Martyn, making his debut against England, showed his class with an unbeaten 51 from just 43 balls.
Boon was twice dropped by Thorpe off Reeve's bowling but he was finally out when he tried to sweep left-arm spinner Richard Illingworth and the ball hit his leg stump.
Steve Waugh skied a catch to England captain Gooch off Caddick's bowling after scoring eight but Martyn, who had helped Boon put on 54 off only 55 deliveries, moved smoothly on to his half century, achieved with a two off Caddick off the last ball of the innings.
Caddick was the outstanding bowler, finishing with three for 39 from his 11 overs.