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Australia vs England 2018, 3rd ODI - What went wrong for the hosts

This is Australia's worst 10-game stretch in history and consequently, they have slipped to the fifth spot in the ICC ODI rankings.

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Top 5 / Top 10 21 Jan 2018, 17:59 IST
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Australia v England - Game 3

England clinched the final-over thriller by 16 runs to seal the five-match ODI series 3-0 at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday.

With three convincing wins, England proved that they are one of the best ODI sides in the world, as they completely outplayed the hosts in their own backyard.

Australia, who appeared in the dominant position at one point after reducing England to 189/6, failed to avoid their 10th loss in 11 games.

This is Australia's worst 10-game stretch in history and consequently, they have slipped to the fifth spot in the ICC ODI rankings.

The fourth ODI will be played at Adelaide Oval on Friday, January 26.

Now, let's have a look at what went wrong for the hosts in the 3rd ODI.

#5 Losing wickets at regular intervals

Australia v England - Game 3

When a team is chasing a target of 300-plus, it is very important to build some key partnerships in order to achieve the desired result.

Australia might be the world champions right now, but, they have been consistently failing at the basics of the game in the last 12 months.

With scores of 2, 35 and 8, David Warner has been let down for the hosts, as they have failed to emulate their Test success in the limited overs format.

Even though Aaron Finch has scored most runs in the series, he failed to get support from his opening partner, as Australia were pushed on the backfoot with Warner's early dismissal, every time they came out to bat in the series.

With no steady number three in the Australian batting line-up, they keep on experimenting and mostly fail.

Even though Steven Smith (45), Mitchell Marsh (55) and Marcus Stoinis (56) got off to good starts, none of them was able to convert it into a big hundred as loss of wickets at crucial junctures severely dented Australia's run-chase.

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