In brief: Hussey allows Aussies to soar
Published 24/01/2011 | 05:00
David Hussey hit an unbeaten 68 as Australia defeated England by four wickets in Sydney to take a commanding 3-0 lead in the one-day series.
The home side reached 215-6 with four overs to spare after another below-par batting effort by the tourists. The visitors lost Matt Prior to the fifth ball of the match and Andrew Strauss was run out for 23 by partner Jonathan Trott.
Brett Lee took 3-27 and although Trott tried to atone he ran out of partners on 84 as England were all out for 214. Trott shared in a 57-run partnership with Eoin Morgan (30) and 49 runs with Luke Wright (32).
It was another below-par display from England, such a contrast from the Ashes Test series, which they won 3-1. Captain Andrew Strauss lamented his side's batting performance.
"When you score 214 you are not going to win too many games," he said. "There were too many soft dismissals."
Strauss is refusing to panic, though. "I still want us to play positive, aggressive, attacking cricket," he said. "That's the only way we are going to succeed in Australia or in the World Cup."
Hashim Amla hit his seventh one-day century as South Africa beat India by 33 runs on the Duckworth-Lewis method to win the five-match series 3-2.
Amla struck 116 not out in a match reduced to 46 overs per side after rain affected the match at Centurion.
Proteas bowler Morne Morkel finished with 4-52 and ended a dangerous 100-run ninth-wicket partnership between Yusuf Pathan and Zaheer Khan.
Pathan had struck 105 from 70 balls to give India some hope of victory. The all-rounder's performance came with his side struggling on 119-8 after some ruthless bowling by Morkel and Dale Steyn (2-32) and chasing a revised target of 268.
ROBIN Lyons and JJ Farrell took turns at winning Carrick-on-Suir MC's rounds of the Hewison Autotest Championship at the weekend, but Steven Ferguson, with second and third places on the two days, still heads the points table thanks to his four earlier victories.
The Tyrone driver was unlucky yesterday, as a broken driveshaft joint cost him 20 seconds on one test, and he was just eight seconds behind Farrell at the finish.
Defending Navigation Trial champions Arthur Kierans and Ashley McAdoo scored a narrow win in the Cork 1000 Shakes event to increase their lead in this season's series.
They finished ahead of two pairings from the Shinnors family of Co Limerick, with Joseph and Greg beating Alan and George to the runner-up position.