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Australia vs England 2018, 5th ODI - What went wrong for the hosts

Tejas V
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597   //    28 Jan 2018, 19:47 IST

Australia v England - Game 5
England won the series 4-1 after beating Australia in the last ODI by 12 runs.

After a shambolic display in the Ashes Test matches, the English visitors thumped the host in the first three ODIs to clinch the series outrightly.

In the final two matches which were meant to be dead rubbers, the Aussies pulled off a consolation win the fourth ODI but their woes were exposed again in the fifth and final game at the brand new Perth Stadium as England won by 12 runs to seal the series at 4-1.

Australia won the toss and opted to field first on a Perth wicket which promised to provide an equal contest between the bat and the ball.

England was bundled out for 247 and in reply, the Aussies fell short by just 12 runs to hand yet another victory for the visitors.

Now, let's take a look at the five things that went wrong for the hosts.

#5 Absence of Pat Cummins

Australia v England - Game 1

In what has been a series dominated by England, the hosts pulled off a consolation win in the fourth one-dayer at the Adelaide Oval. The duo of Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood ran riot through the batting order of the visitors.

The English team was reduced to 5 wickets down for just 8 runs on the board before the rescue act from the lower order helped them to 196. However, in the fifth ODI, Cummins was ruled out due to a tight hamstring.

The in-form pacer's absence was very evident as Australia struggled to pick wickets with the new ball hence enabling the English top order to achieve a good start.

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