Watson Pushes Australia to 298 in Final One-Day Cricket Match

Shane Watson scored 143 to help Australia reach 298 in the deciding one-day cricket match against England.

Captain Michael Clarke won the toss and decided to bat in the fifth 50-over game, the last meeting between the game’s oldest rivals before the Ashes series gets underway in Brisbane on Nov. 21. England needs 299, which would be a record chase for the Rose Bowl in Southampton.

Clarke and Watson combined for 163 runs to take the visitors to 211-3 with 18 overs remaining, but Clarke was caught on 75 and Australia collapsed to lose their tenth wicket with five balls to spare.

While Chris Jordan, making his international debut, was smashed for two fours by Aaron Finch in his first over, he got Phil Hughes to top-edge a shot to Michael Carberry at midwicket for two.

After play resumed following a 30-minute rain delay, Ben Stokes struck twice in the first two deliveries to reduce Australia to 48-3. Finch went for 26, caught by England captain Eoin Morgan, while the next batsman, Matthew Wade, gloved his only ball to wicketkeeper Jos Buttler.

Watson Boundaries

After Clarke’s dismissal, the run rate slowed until Watson battered Joe Root for three sixes and two fours in one over before finally losing his wicket, edging Ben Stokes to Buttler. Watson’s 143, scored off only 107 deliveries, was his eighth century in one-day internationals. Five of Australia’s last six batsman, including Fawad Ahmed who was unbeaten on four, were out for less than 10 runs.

Australia made two changes to the team that lost to England on Sept. 14 in Cardiff. Opener Hughes came in for the injured Shaun Marsh and leg-spinner Ahmed replaced Nathan Coulter-Nile. England added Jordan for the injured Steven Finn and all-rounder Luke Wright replaced Jonathan Trott who suffered a back spasm just before the toss.

England and Australia have a victory apiece in the one-day series. Two matches were abandoned because of rain.

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