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Last Updated: Friday, 26 January 2007, 08:15 GMT
Pitiful England crash to defeat
One-day series, Adelaide: Australia 111-1 beat England 110 by nine wickets

By Oliver Brett

England captain Andrew Flintoff
Skipper Andrew Flintoff had a haunted look after the match

England's calamitous tour of Australia plunged to a fresh low, as they were beaten by nine wickets in Adelaide having been skittled for a feeble 110.

Australia rested regular new-ball bowlers Glenn McGrath and Nathan Bracken but were still far too good.

Left-arm pace bowler Mitchell Johnson took 4-45 - England equalling their ninth lowest score in one-dayers.

And the Aussies got home with more than 25 overs to spare in another hopeless mismatch between the two sides.

England, needing to conjure a victory to reignite hopes of making the finals of the CB Series, won the toss and elected to bat first.

Mal Loye hit a trademark sweep for six off Johnson - in fact he hit it so far the ball had to be replaced - but soon nicked a wide ball from Brett Lee.

Andrew Strauss' lamentable winter continued when, on 17, he tried to dink a ball that was not short enough - and far too close to his body - down to third man.

Instead he got an edge to Adam Gilchrist and England were 47-2.

Brett Lee gets the ball rolling for Australia as Mal Loye departs
Brett Lee gets the ball rolling for Australia as Mal Loye departs

When Ian Bell and Ed Joyce then advanced the score to 72-2, things looked up for England, knowing that any score above 220 would give them a chance on such a slow wicket.

But Bell, whose array of promising shots had included an effortless six with an off-drive off Andrew Symonds, cut Stuart Clark straight to point.

His 35 was easily the best effort by an England batsman.

Next, Joyce tried to smash Lee out of the ground, only reaching mid-on, and the hopelessly out-of-form Paul Collingwood played a bizarre shot off Symonds straight to mid-off.

That made it 81-5 and there was no let-up from Australia.

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Johnson's left-arm angle of attack was too much for the late middle order, even though he was neither seaming nor swinging the ball.

He removed Andrew Flintoff, Jamie Dalrymple and Liam Plunkett as England barely squeezed past 100.

Brad Hogg supplied the last two wickets and England were batting again before the scheduled dinner break.

ENGLAND'S LOWEST ODI SCORES v AUSTRALIA
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110 Adelaide 2007

Plunkett and Chris Tremlett shared the new ball with James Anderson and Jon Lewis both resting niggles.

Tremlett bowled accurately and found some seam movement.

Plunkett had arrived for the start of the Ashes tour but been confined to the nets since November - apart from a one-day tour match.

Unsurprisingly, he struggled to impress. Gilchrist (23) crashed four off-side boundaries in one over from him before being run out, and after the interval Ponting added three more through the leg-side.

The Australian captain might have been caught before he got going - Collingwood spilling a touch chance at slip off the bowling of Monty Panesar.

But that was as close as either he or Matthew Hayden got to being dismissed. For the record, Ponting finished on 51, Hayden ending a poor run of form, made 30.

On Australia Day, the game had not even lasted long enough for the floodlights to be switched on.



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