Updated: Sunday, 19 January 2014 19:21 | By Agence France-Presse

Australia master England again to win ODI series

Australia eased past England for a convincing seven-wicket victory on Sunday that wrapped up the one-day series with two matches still to play.


Australia master England again to win ODI series

David Warner plays a shot during the third ODI between Australia and England in Sydney on January 19, 2014 - by Mohammad Farooq

The hosts put the brakes on England at the Sydney Cricket Ground, restricting the tourists to 243-9, and then smashed 244 with 10 overs to spare.

Opener David Warner set the tone blasting 71 runs off 70 balls before miscuing Ben Stokes for a simple chest-height catch to Ian Bell.

Shaun Marsh equalled that score in a patiently built innings and hit the winning runs.

Wicketkeeper Brad Haddin crashed an unbeaten 35 off 33 balls after skipper Michael Clarke went for 34 to a fine delivery from seamer Ravi Bopara.

Alastair Cook won the toss and chose to bat, but despite some promising starts no one could go on to a big score.

Irish-born Eoin Morgan made the highest total with 54 while tailender Tim Bresnan scored 41 off 29 balls.

After a 5-0 Ashes whitewash and demoralising losses in the first two ODIs in Melbourne last Sunday and Brisbane on Friday, England still have to face Australia in Perth on Friday and Adelaide next Sunday.

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