1/28/2018 5:22:08 PM

Curran steps up as England beat Australia in final ODI

Curran steps up as England beat Australia in final ODI

Perth, Australia: England finished their testing tour of Australia on a high on Sunday with a thrilling 12-run win in the fifth and final ODI.

In the first match at the new Perth Stadium, the tourists set Australia 260 to win in front of a record West Australian cricket crowd of 53,781.

Despite resting frontline bowlers Chris Woakes and Mark Wood, and having quick Jake Ball struggling with illness, the tourists managed to defend their total.

Young seamer Tom Curran was the match-winner with five wickets as Australia were dismissed for 247 with 10 balls remaining.

England, beaten 4-0 in a lopsided Ashes Test series, bounced back to claim the limited-over series 4-1.

The result continued the dismal recent run of the World Cup holders in one-dayers and Australian captain Steve Smith was again left frustrated with both batting and bowling.

"We thought we'd pulled it back really well, but we didn't start well with the ball -- been a bit of trend," he said.

"Again we lost wickets in clumps and you can't do that. Our batting again wasn't good enough, these lapses are happening way too often in one-day cricket."

Australia, thanks largely to Marcus Stoinis who was promoted to number three and made 87, looked to be cruising to victory on 189 for four.

But the loss of Stoinis, caught at long-on off leg-spinner Adil Rashid, proved crucial.

Curran returned to the attack and removed Glenn Maxwell (34) and Mitchell Starc (0) in the space of three balls as Australia lost their way.

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