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We were not good enough - Strauss

Andrew Strauss hangs his head from England's dressing room balcony
Strauss was dismissed with the second ball of England's innings

Captain Andrew Strauss criticised England's batting display following their sixth successive one-day defeat by Australia in Nottingham.

The 111-run loss was England's second worst by runs in the history of one-day cricket between the two sides.

"It wasn't good enough - it's as simple as that. I'm not going to make any excuses," Strauss told BBC Sport.

Australia could secure an historic 7-0 series whitewash if they win the final match on Sunday in Durham.

Once again England's batsmen failed to create a platform to chase down Australia's target of 297, with Tim Bresnan top-scoring with 31 coming in at eight.

Poor running between the wickets, combined with two superb direct hits from Ricky Ponting, accounted for two run-outs as England limply folded in the 41st over.

"Confidence has eroded out of a lot of the batsmen and we are not batting as a unit," added Strauss.

"We have to show character and someone has to turn it around - it only takes one special innings.

"I remember in Australia in 2007 when Paul Collingwood stood up and got a couple of 100s, we need some individuals to do that.

"We're all capable of doing it, but there have been some reasonably elementary errors throughout the series.

"You can do it once or twice but when it happens six times it's especially disappointing."

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Australia captain Ricky Ponting was delighted to see his side regain their place at the top of the world one-day rankings just days before the start of the defence of their ICC Champions Trophy title in Australia.

"We've got a lot of players in really good form at the moment, which is a really good sign," he said.

"To remain switched on and keep improving in every game is very pleasing.

"I've been asked about whether the six wins are compensation for the Ashes, but they are two totally different squads.

"All we can do is keep winning games."

Wicketkeeper/opener Tim Paine, who hit 111 in only his seventh one-day international, added: "I'm rapt. I got a bit nervous out there so to get it (a maiden hundred) out of the way and for the team to win a sixth straight game is a great performance.

"My job opening the batting for Australia is to score runs and in the first few games I felt reasonably good but just didn't go on with it.

"I'm spending a bit more time at this level and getting comfortable with big crowds."



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