Australia conjured up their biggest ever successful run chase to beat England by two wickets in a thrilling sixth one-day international at the Sydney Cricket Ground yesterday.
After a Jonathan Trott century helped England post their highest ever ODI score against Australia of 333-6, the home side batted their way into contention, needing six to win off the final over with two wickets in hand.
John Hastings edged a boundary off the second delivery from youngster Chris Woakes to hand Australia victory with four balls to spare, the home side making 334-8.
It was Australia’s record run chase in an ODI and extended their lead over the tourists in the seven-match series to 5-1 with one game to play.
Captain Michael Clarke’s late season return to form continued as he smashed 82 from 70 balls to lead the unlikely chase, with late support from David Hussey, who made 38.
The match seemed to be England’s to lose with Australia needing 70 off 48 balls, but the pair took 16 off James Anderson’s eighth over — the 44th of the innings.
They followed it up by notching 14 off Anderson’s ninth as the England bowler went on to finish with a disastrous 91 runs from his 10 overs.
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