Head, Warner hundreds help Australia whitewash England

Head and Warner forged a 269-run stand

By Reuters
November 22, 2022
- Cricket Australia

MELBOURNE: Australia, fuelled 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 largely 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 total at the venue, after two rain interruptions had reduced the game into a 48-overs-a-side affair.

When they returned, spinner Adam Zampa (4-31) led England's rout as the visitors, chasing a revised target of 364 under the Duckworth-Lewis method, were bundled out for 142 in 31.4 overs suffering their heaviest defeat in the 50-overs format.

On a day when batting records tumbled at the MCG, only 10,406 fans were present at the stadium which can host 100,000.

"It's been fantastic, all three games," Pat Cummins, his first series in charge of the Australia ODI squad, said.

"Everything has really clicked, the bowlers have all wanted to bowl and the batters have been fantastic.

"Good to finish it off here, that's just about the best ODI I've been a part of."

Earlier put into bat, Australia got off to a blazing start with Head and Warner relishing on the steady supply of short-of-length deliveries by England's jaded attack.

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