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Easy win for Australia

Ted Corbett

LONDON: : England, at its feeblest, found Australia at its well-drilled best in the final one-day international at the Oval on Tuesday and, inevitably, lost by eight wickets although it was impossible to find a reason for its miserable total of 228 for seven or the ease with which Australia reached its target, with 15 allotted overs not used.

Adam Gilchrist, Hurricane Gilly in this form, made victory simple by hitting his 11th one-day century off 81 balls with 16 fours and a six. His last century was in January 2004 which may explain why he went into a wild dance when he reached three figures.

He put on 91 by the 16th over with Matthew Hayden and another 94 with Ricky Ponting.

England was unbelievably bad. Even the dynamic Kevin Pietersen seemed overawed — why since the two sides were level in the NatWest Challenge 1-1? — though he eventually produced a barrage of shots and made top score of 74 off 84 balls with two sixes and seven fours.

How the crowd love him. They revelled in each big shot and they knew he deserved better support.

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