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Head, Warner Helps Hundreds of Australia Whitewash England | Cricket

Australia, fueled by hundreds from Travis Head and David Warner, crushed England by 221 runs in the third one-day internationals to sweep the series in front of mostly empty stands at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Tuesday.

Head and Warner forged a 269-run stand, the highest opening partnership at the MCG, as Australia amassed 355–5, the highest aggregate at the venue, after two rain interruptions reduced play to a 48-overs-a-side affair.

On their return, spinner Adam Zampa (4-31) led England’s defeat as the visitors, chasing a revised target of 364 by the Duckworth-Lewis method, were bundled for 142 in 31.4 overs which was their heaviest defeat members in the 50-overs format.

On a day when batting records tumbled at the MCG, only 10,406 fans were in attendance in the 100,000-seat stadium.

β€œIt was fantastic, all three games,” said Pat Cummins, his first string in charge of the Australian ODI team.

“Everything really clicked, the bowlers all wanted to bowl and the batters were fantastic.

“Good to finish it here, that’s just about the best ODI I’ve been a part of.”

Starting earlier, Australia got off to a flying start with Head and Warner enjoying the steady supply of short supplies from England’s jaded attack.

Head raced to a 91-ball hundred, his third in one-day internationals, with a four off Chris Woakes and then made a career-best 152 with four sixes and 16 fours.

Warner, who made 106, needed 97 balls to collect his 19th hundred balls ending a century of drought dating back to the early 2020s.

Olly Stone (4-85) finally broke the stands in the 39th by sending both openers away in a four-ball space.

England, who won the T20 World Cup by beating Pakistan in the November 13 final in Melbourne, were also out of their at bat.

Jason Roy scored for them with a struggle of 33 but they lost wickets at regular intervals and the lack of partnership meant they were never in pursuit.

“We did our best, but we fell far short,” England captain Jos Buttler said.

“It was always going to be a tough run for us to get to the back of the World Cup…”

Moeen Ali was initially rested but had to act as a concussion replacement for Phil Salt, who hurt himself during field work.

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