David Warner and Travis Head piled on 269 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground before England were bowled out for 142 minutes as Australia won the ODI series 3-0 by defeating their opponents by 221 runs.
Head scored 152 while his opening partner Warner scored 106 as he scored his third and 19th ODI hundreds respectively and surpassed the match-winning 225 Adam Gilchrist and Ricky Ponting shared against England at the MCG in 2002.
A few spells of rain reduced the match to 48 a side, as Australia posted 355-5 before England were set for 364 to avoid their first multi-match series sweep since their 5-0 defeat by India in October. 2011.
Unable to deliver, they were bowled out in 31.4 overs and at one point lost six wickets for 38 runs as the Australian bowlers looked on as the English bowled.
There was a bit of a comeback for Jason Roy (33 off 48), who hit six boundaries at the top of the order as Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood bounced the ball at the crease, but the top scorer was James Vince with 22 as Jos Buttler’s side slumped. from 57-1 and were relegated to the spot where they won the T20 World Cup on November 13.
This ODI series has had the impression of an end for England after the T20 victory, Buttler’s team lost in all three matches, a six-wicket defeat in Adelaide and a 72-run defeat in Sydney before Melbourne.
A short chase and a tired bat followed England’s charge of short and long bowling after choosing a venue in the damp and dark.
The bowling attack was duly punished by Head and Warner, whose partnership was not broken until the 39th over when Olly Stone (4-85) dismissed both players for four overs.
Lots to follow.