Shane Watson century seals Australia ODI series win

  • 17 September 2013
Shane Watson

Shane Watson hit a powerful century as Australia beat England by 49 runs in the final one-day international to win the series 2-1.

Watson's 143 off 107 balls along with captain Michael Clarke's 75, meant Australia scored 298 all out.

Ben Stokes took 5-61 and debutant Chris Jordan 3-51 for England.

But England could only manage 249, with Ravi Bopara's 62 the highest score as Mitchell Johnson took 2-21 from 10 overs and James Faulkner 3-38.

It means Australia get the plane back home on a high note, going into their home Ashes series later this year.

"I'm extremely happy to win the series," Australia captain Clarke told BBC Test Match Special. "To a lot of people this ODI series does not mean much, but to the Australia players it means a lot.

"I don't know whether it will have much impact on the Ashes back home [which starts in November], but we get the flight back home a lot happier as a one-day side."

"We've learnt a lot about guys coming through, especially Stokes, Jordan and [Boyd] Rankin," said England captain Eoin Morgan.

"They showed a lot of promise; we've learnt they can step up to the mark."