After eight losses in a row, England finally beat Australia

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 25 January, 2014, 12:18am
UPDATED : Saturday, 25 January, 2014, 12:18am


It took almost three months, but England finally notched the first win of their horrific Australian tour in the fourth one-day cricket international against Australia at the WACA ground on Friday.

After eight successive losses to the home nation in both tests and one-dayers, the tourists finally celebrated with a 57-run win over Australia, who held an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the five-match ODI series.

Up against an under-strength Australian side led by George Bailey rather than Michael Clarke, who was rested along with Brad Haddin and David Warner, England made 316 for eight after being sent in to bat on a great batting wicket. In reply, Australia made 259 from 47.4 overs.

Even in victory there was late agony for the English, with two chances going begging in the 10th-wicket stand and they also failed to refer a catch behind that Hot Spot revealed had caught the outside edge.

England could largely thank the all-round efforts of man-of-the-match Ben Stokes, who made 70 with the bat and took four wickets for 39, and wicketkeeper Jos Buttler, who thrashed 71 runs and took five catches.

Despite Australian opener Aaron Finch's century, the hosts struggled in the run chase.

Any realistic hope of an Australian win evaporated when Finch holed out to Stuart Broad at third man from the bowling of Tim Bresnan (3-45) for 108, from 111 balls.

That left Australia at 189 for five in the 36th over and there was no last-gasp miracle from James Faulkner on this occasion.

This time luck ran with the English and they were aided by some uncharacteristically poor fielding by the home side.