Cricket: Australia hit back
ENGLAND crashed to earth with a 78-run defeat in the fourth NatWest Series match against Australia at The Oval yesterday.
All the talk before the fixture surrounded England's bid for an unprecedented 5-0 one-day international whitewash of their Ashes rivals. But after Ryan Harris (five for 32) had helped to bowl them out for 212 in only 42.4 overs in reply to 290 for five -- despite an admirable maiden half-century at this level for Mike Yardy (57) -- the margin of defeat made a mockery of those ambitions.
The series, of course, is already England's. But Australia, for whom Michael Clarke (99 not out) and Ricky Ponting shared a third-wicket stand of 155, would be level at 2-2 had they managed to take one more wicket at Old Trafford last Sunday.