England v Australia 5th ODI

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England has dominated the series, taking a 3-0 lead into the final match. Image courtesy of au.eurosport.com
Australia  will be playing for pride when they face England  in the final game of their One Day International series at Old Trafford on Tuesday, having already lost the series. Only a washout in the third match has saved the tourists from a potential 5-0 series whitewash which would have seen England claim top spot in the world rankings across all three formats of the game. A series of abject performances with the bat has only been masked by an equally poor showing with the ball that has seen seven specialist bowlers used in just three matches.

England are likely to go into the game with the same side that recorded a comfortable eight wicket win at Chester-le-Street on Saturday, but Australia could be forced to make a couple of changes. Paceman Brett Lee hobbled off midway through his opening spell with a calf injury and could be replaced in the side by Mitchell Starc , who was called up from county side Yorkshire, while Shane Watson is also out after trudging off with a similar injury after bowling just one over. His spot at the top of the order could go to wicketkeeper Matthew Wade , who has batted at number seven throughout the series but has also opened at international level. Steve Smith  is likely to come into the side after being dropped following game one.

When these sides met at this ground in 2010, the hosts recorded a nail-biting one wicket win in the final over.

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