Australia won’t be leaving England empty handed after all – following a crushing victory in the one-day series decider in Manchester.
Australia sealed the 3-2 series win with an eight-wicket thrashing, keeping their No.1-ranking intact .
Mitch Marsh and John Hastings took seven wickets between them as England were skittled for 9-138 on Sunday.
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Captain Eoin Morgan retired hurt after being struck in the head by a Mitchell Starc bouncer in a distressing incident which briefly halted Australia’s celebrations.
Captain Steve Smith and coach Darren Lehmann were pleased that Australia had achieved the result despite losing experienced trio David Warner, Shane Watson and Nathan Coulter-Nile to injury after taking a 2-0 lead following the Lord’s win.
“It’s very satisfying. I think we only had four players left from the World Cup-winning side,” Smith said.
“It’s really pleasing for us to be able to win a series away from home with the lack of experience that we’ve had over here.”
Lehmann added that it was a good preview of how Australia’s squad for the 2019 World Cup squad might start to take shape.