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Australia vs England, 6th ODI: Clarke Leads Aussies To Record Win

By on February 2, 2011

Australia 8 for 334 (Clarke 82, Johnson 57) beat England 6 for 333 (Trott 137) by two wickets…

Four days after being booed onto the Gabba, Australian captain Michael Clarke has left the SCG to a hero’s reception after guiding his side to a record-breaking win over England in the sixth one-day international.

Clarke top-scored with 82 from 69 balls as Australia pulled off their biggest ODI run chase, passing England’s formidable 6-333 with two wickets and four balls to spare.

Tailender John Hastings hit a boundary off an inside edge on the second ball of the last over to clinch a thrilling win before a boisterous crowd of just under 20,000, as the hosts finished on 8-334.

The successful run chase was the largest in Australian ODI history, surpassing the 7-330 scored to beat South Africa in Port Elizabeth nine years ago.

It’s the fourth highest total to win a game in 40 years of one-day international cricket.

Australia now lead the best-of-seven series 5-1 as England limp to Perth for the final game of what has been a disastrous campaign.

Clarke was run out in the penultimate over of the game but not before getting Australia to within seven runs of their target.

The skipper left the ground to a standing ovation from his home town crowd, helping bury the memories of the negative reception he received in Brisbane in the fifth one-day international.

The Australian skipper punched four fours and a rare six in a match-winning knock.

He was ably supported by David Hussey, who chipped in with a vital 38 from 36 balls. The pair put on 90 runs in just 47 balls.

England No.3 Jonathan Trott, who dropped Clarke on 76 before running him out six runs later, was named man-of-the-match following his brilliant 137.

England had every reason to believe this would be their night after amassing their highest total on Australian soil.

Openers Shane Watson (51) and Brad Haddin (20) got Australia off to a flying start, their partnership reaching 50 inside six overs.

They moved the score onto 71 before Haddin flicked Jimmy Anderson (1-38) away to Trott at short fine leg.

Despite calling on a runner after being inconvenienced by cramp while batting, Trott dived acrobatically to his right to pull off a terrific catch.

Watson brought up his half-century in the 11th over but was gone just one run later.

He smashed Michael Yardy (1-47) to Andrew Strauss at mid-wicket with Watson’s 51 runs coming from just 34 balls.

Pinch hitter Mitchell Johnson (57), elevated to No.4, and Callum Ferguson (46) combined in a breezy 79-run partnership for the third wicket before Ferguson was needlessly run out.

Johnson pushed a ball down the legside but didn’t react when Ferguson called him through for a quick single.

Ferguson turned and headed back to the non-striker’s end but was no hope of beating Matt Prior’s throw.

White and Clarke put on 30 runs for the fifth wicket before the Victorian holed out to Eoin Morgan at deep mid-wicket off the bowling of Steve Finn (2-51).

It was then that Clarke and Hussey came together to steer Australia towards a memorable victory.

Earlier, Strauss (63), Trott (137) and Ian Bell (45) led the way for England as Australia’s bowlers came in for a hammering.

Trott faced 126 balls and hit 11 fours in a knock built on concentration in the energy-sapping conditions.

The No.3 entered in the eighth over and lasted until the penultimate ball of the innings when he was caught and bowled after top-edging a Shaun Tait (2-59) delivery.

Source: Cricket Australia

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