England beat Australia by eight wickets in their fourth one-day cricket international and clinch victory in the five-match series.
Steven Finn took four wickets as Australia was limited to 200-9 in its 50 overs at Chester-le-Street in Durham. Ian Bell then scored 69 and Jonathan Trott was 64 not out as the hosts reached the target of 201 with 13 balls and eight wickets to spare.
England takes an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the series and has now won a record nine straight games in the 50-over format.
“Since the new year we’re not losing,” England captain Alastair Cook said in the post-match presentation. “Winning nine in a row is an amazing effort.
England also extends its unbeaten run in home one-day series to seven since losing to Australia in September 2009.
After England won the toss and elected to field, Finn was 4-37 and twice was on a hat trick in dominating Australia. James Anderson and Tim Bresnan took two wickets each, while David Hussey top-scored for the visitors.
Cook and Bell teamed for an opening 70-run partnership before the captain was caught for 29 at cover off Clint McKay. Bell’s dismissal left England 136-2 and Trott and Bopara, who finished an unbeaten 33, saw the victory through.
“Tough day, probably not enough runs,” Australia captain Michael Clarke said. “Take nothing away from England, I thought they were outstanding once again and continue to show us how to perform consistently in this form of the game.”
The series concludes at Old Trafford in Manchester in three days. England could have replaced Australia at the top of the International Cricket Council’s one-day rankings with a 5-0 sweep but lost the opportunity when the third game was rained out three days ago.
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