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18-Sep-2009 02:11:00 GMT
England v Australia, 6th ODI, Trent Bridge

Australia One-step Behind to Whitewash, Take Lead 6-0

Nottingham: Tim Paine scored his maiden international century as Australia inflicted fresh ODI misery upon England with a crushing 111-run win at Trent Bridge on Thursday.

Victory in this day/night fixture left world champions Australia 6-0 up and on course to complete the first ever 7-0 clean sweep in a bilateral series in Sunday's finale at Durham's Riverside ground.

Paine's 111 was the cornerstone of Australia's 296/8 as the holders continued to warm-up in style for next week's start of the Champions Trophy tournament in South Africa.

England, chasing 299 to win, collapsed to 60/4 inside 15 overs.

They were eventually dismissed for 185, with nine overs to spare as they suffered their 11th heaviest defeat, in terms of runs, in 517 ODIs.

No England batsman made more than number eight Tim Bresnan's 31 not out.

Wicketkeeper Paine, an opener in the One-day format, reached three figures in only his seventh match at this level.

"I'm rapt," said Paine. "I obviously got a bit nervous so to get it (the hundred) out of the way and for the team to win the sixth straight game is a great thrill."

Australia captain Ricky Ponting was delighted for his fellow Tasmanian, saying: "I thought he'd got some good starts and hadn't fully capitalised so to see him go on was very pleasing.

Reflecting on Australia being back on top of the world standings, Ponting added: "It's nice but you don't ever play for these things."

Together with Michael Hussey (65), Paine - who only made his ODI debut against Scotland in Edinburgh last month - put on 163 for the third wicket after the duo came together with Australia 40/2.

Fast bowler James Anderson, back in the England side after being rested for two matches, returned fine figures of 4/55 before running out Brett Lee for nought with a direct hit from long-on.

Paine's match got even better off only the second ball of England's reply.

England captain Andrew Strauss appeared to have swayed out of the way of a Lee bouncer in near textbook fashion, the ball brushing his shoulder on the way through to Paine.

But Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf, after a prolonged appeal, gave Strauss out to the visible disbelief of the left-hander and England were nought for one.

"No-one is more frustrated than I am. We can sit down and talk about what went wrong today but ultimately it is about people getting up there, showing some character and delivering."

Joe Denly drove James Hopes' second ball for six but the medium-pacer had his revenge when, off his 11th delivery, the Kent opener skied him to Lee.

Australia captain Ricky Ponting, long one of the world's best outfielders emphasised Australia's all-round superiority with two magnificent direct hit run-outs to dismiss Matt Prior and Ravi Bopara.

After Ponting had called correctly to end Strauss's streak of five straight toss wins, Anderson made a double breakthrough.

He had Shane Watson playing on and then made it two wickets for seven runs in 16 balls when he had Ponting hooking straight to Ryan Sidebottom at deep backward square leg.

But England's joy at removing Ponting for six, 120 fewer than he managed in Australia's four-wicket victory here on Tuesday, was short-lived as his fellow Tasmanian Paine unfurled a fine array of strokes.

The 24-year-old Paine, only playing after first-choice keeper Brad Haddin was ruled out of the series with a broken finger that will also sideline him from the Champions Trophy, had made his maiden ODI fifty at Lord's on Saturday.

Here he advanced into the 90s when he flicked left-arm quick Sidebottom off his pads for a four which split the fielders at deep square and fine leg.

His single off Graeme Swann saw him to a hundred off 130 balls, including a superb straight six off Dimitri Mascarenhas and 13 fours.

Paine was eventually when expertly caught by opposing gloveman Prior, standing up to the stumps, after getting a bottom edge off Mascarenhas.

Brief score
Australia: 296 for 8 (Paine 111, Hussey 65, Anderson 4-55)
England: 185 (Hopes 3-32)
Result: Australia beat England by 111 runs
Man of the match: Tim Paine (Australia0
Series status: Australia led the 7-match series 6-0

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