Australia vs England, 5th ODI, Perth

Aus beat Eng by 3 wkts avoid whitewash

Tom Curran reflected on a "rollercoaster" experience in Australia after he bagged 5 for 35 to lead England to a stirring 12-run victory in Perth in a contest that seemed to be slipping away from them.

Curran's exuberant celebrations - arms flung wide to mimic an aeroplane - were richly earned as he claimed four of the last five wickets in a tense finale, closing the campaign in style by bowling Tim Paine.

England's hopes of a one-day whitewash against Australia came crashing down at the Adelaide Oval, where the seeds of a three-wicket defeat were sown in a calamitous first half-hour.

It was the first match at the 60,000-capacity Perth Stadium, which replaces the WACA for worldwide cricket in Perth.

"Australia bowled very well and were relentless", Morgan said.

Steve Smith - 2/10 - Smith highlighted Australia's struggles against spin in the series, dismissed by Rashid after making just 4 from 16 balls.

Tom Curran was the Player of the Match for his five-wicket haul for 35 runs.

It was his spiky bowling, taking five for 35, that was at the very heart of England's courageous victory over Australia, epitomising his side's refusal ever to yield the fight in defending a modest total of 259.




Mitchell Starc thought he'd become the first bowler to take a wicket at the venue when wicketkeeper Tim Paine took a good diving catch in the third over.

England are conversely thriving in one-day cricket, with Test captain Joe Root, free from the responsibilities of being one-day skipper, named man of the series.

Roy was on 20 at the time, and went on to make 49 off 46 balls as England raced out to 71-0 by the 12th over.

"I can't have asked for anything better to open the stadium", Tye said.

Having been left out of Australia's initial squad for the five-match series, Maxwell has replaced state teammate Cameron White in Australia's side for the match at Optus Stadium. Fast bowler Pat Cummins was ruled out of the Australian side with tight hamstrings.

Australian captain Steve Smith said the decision to bowl first was driven by the pitch being an unknown quantity. "The doctors got him off and did a great job to get him through that one over, gave him confidence to hold things down and run in a straight line which was key for us because we'd have had to go to Joe which would have been a big moment. We got that with the ball but lost a few more wickets than we would have liked with the bat", Head said.

After today's match England have the second lowest score after losing 5 wickets in an ODI, while batting first, 8/5.

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