England''s Woakes rocks Australia in ODI

Posted By: Pti

Brisbane, Jan 30 (AFP) A six-wicket haul for Englishsecond-gamer Chris Woakes foiled Australia''s plans to post animposing score in the fifth one-day international againstEngland here today.

Leading the series 3-1, at the Gabba Australia''s batsmenpaid the price for poor shot selection and the home side blewa good start to struggle to 249 after winning the toss andelecting to bat.

The downside for England was an apparent hamstring injuryto young paceman Ajmal Shahzad while bowling late in theinnings.

Shahzad, a member of England''s World Cup squad, limpedoff at the end of his eighth over, having pulled up sore fourdeliveries earlier.

The 21-year-old Woakes, recalled to replace spinnerMichael Yardy, rattled the Australians with 6-45, his victimsincluding four of the top six batsmen, among them captainMichael Clarke, who had finally shown some form with the bat.

It was only the second six-wicket haul by an Englishbowler in ODIs, the other by Paul Collingwood.

Woakes started the rot for the home side when he haddangerous opener Shane Watson caught at point for 16 with thescore on 48.

He later removed Clarke (54), Cameron White (16), DavidHussey (34), John Hastings (13) and Brett Lee (0) as the homeside lost its way.

Clarke showed signs of a long overdue return to form bytop-scoring for the Australians, but fell when his team neededhim to accelerate the innings in the last 10 overs.

Leading the side in the absence of the injured RickyPonting, Clarke was booed by local fans when he came out tobat.

It was the culmination of a poor season where hepreviously posted just one score over 50 for Australia, havingbeen out of form in Test cricket, ODIs and Twenty20s.

He finally broke the shackles of a dreadful summer whenhe hit paceman Steve Finn, making his ODI debut, forsuccessive boundaries early in his innings.

However, the loss of Marsh and the underperforming White,after opener Brad Haddin had earlier thrown his wicket away,restrained Clarke and he had to settle for trying to rebuildthe Australian innings.

The experiment of promoting Marsh up the order failed forthe third match in succession when he fell to Collingwood inthe gentle seamer''s first over, while White was removed byWoakes.

When Clarke did decide to take on the bowlers late in theinnings, he played a dire shot, advancing down the wicket toWoakes and skying a catch to his English counterpart, AndrewStrauss.

Clarke had faced 74 balls and hit five boundaries. AFPSSC

Story first published: Sunday, January 30, 2011, 14:00 [IST]
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