England vs Australia

Match info: England v Australia ODI Series 2012 at Emirates Durham ICG - 4th ODI

Date: 7th Jul 2012 Umpires: M Erasmus and N J Llong

50-over match

Home team and score Away team score

England

201/2 (47.5 Overs)

Result

Australia

200/9 (50.0 Overs)

England win by 8 wickets

  • Last Updated: July 12 2012, 8:59 BST

Steven Finn was twice on a hat-trick as his world-class fast bowling set up England's NatWest Series-clinching ninth successive one-day international victory at Chester-le-Street.

Michael Clarke is bowled by Finn
Michael Clarke is bowled by Finn

Australia rarely had realistic prospects of a fightback in this fourth match of five, despite a sterling 70 from David Hussey, after lurching to six for two.

They eventually mustered 200 for nine. But as conditions eased, and Australia's pace attack paled in comparison to England's, Ian Bell (69) and Jonathan Trott (64no) engineered a routine chase which was completed with 13 balls and eight wickets to spare.

Alastair Cook's team have therefore taken an unassailable 3-0 lead and wrapped up the series with a match still to come, at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

Bell took advantage of an increasingly benign surface, and the absence of scoreboard pressure, to collect nine fours from 94 balls - and Trott did the rest, in no particular hurry.

England's most significant contributions had come several hours earlier, though, starting when Cook won a telling toss to give Finn et al the first chance to bowl in near perfect conditions.

Finn (four for 37) was lethal with the new and older ball, and Ravi Bopara's part-time medium-pace was unplayable at times as a high water table and initial cloud cover made for exaggerated sideways movement off the seam and occasionally in the air.

Hussey and Michael Clarke dug in manfully nonetheless, and their 50 stands with Brett Lee and Shane Watson respectively mustered a total which was more substantial than had appeared likely.

England had reason to rue a clutch of close lbw calls which did not go their way, but did not help themselves either by putting down four catches - including Hussey twice, half-chances back to the bowler Bopara on 15 and to Bell in the deep on 29.

Opener David Warner needed 16 balls to get his first run and had managed only to double that tally when he played across a full-length delivery from Finn and was hit on the pad.

Nigel Llong decided not out, but DRS vindicated England by demonstrating the ball pitched in line and would have hit middle.

There was not even a passing doubt about Finn's second success as he pitched full again to Peter Forrest, who got nowhere with a hesitant forward push and was hit on the back pad for a first-ball duck.

Clarke survived a hat-trick ball which snaked back between bat and pad and was well taken high to his left by wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter.

First-change Tim Bresnan should have had the next wicket, and a big one too, when Clarke drove to Eoin Morgan at point on eight only for the Irishman to put down a straightforward catch.

The Australia captain escaped again on 31 when an edge at Stuart Broad just evaded a diving James Anderson at first slip - and England had no luck with lbw appeals against him, or Hussey on nought when a review was invested and lost on Bopara's inswinging yorker.

But Bopara had already bowled George Bailey with one that nipped away off the pitch and clipped the off-bail, while the batsman was aiming to leg, and Watson chopped on to Bresnan.

Finn returned to see off Clarke, after two hours of resistance, when he missed an off-drive and lost his off stump.

Matthew Wade then went for a golden duck thanks to alarming late swing from Finn, a thin edge and a brilliant diving catch from Kieswetter to make it 96 for six.

Hussey, with a 62-ball 50, and Lee shared a determined seventh-wicket stand of 70. If Australia thought they had given themselves a chance, though, the illusion did not last long.

Bell and Cook put on a seamless opening stand of 70 until the captain poked a catch to cover off Clint McKay.

His partner had given a half-chance, high to second slip through Hussey's fingertips off James Pattinson on 21.

Otherwise, he was never troubled to continue his outstanding run of form - and when he edged McKay down on to his stumps, he had made a remarkable 364 runs in five innings since he was given another shot at ODI cricket by the shock retirement of Kevin Pietersen.

For good measure, Trott made himself the fourth quickest batsman in history to pass 2,000 ODI runs - on a day when Anderson had become only the second Englishman to take 500 international wickets.

They were milestones emblematic of England's well-being.

On the other side of the equation, it was symptomatic of Australia's winless tour that they were left awaiting medical prognoses on Lee and Watson after both limped out of the attack.