Updated: 01/26/2014 16:17 | By Agence France-Presse

England need 218 to win after stifling Australia

A resurgent England restricted Australia to 217 for nine wickets with a tight bowling display in the final one-day game at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday.


England need 218 to win after stifling Australia

English players celebrate the dismissal of Australia's Glenn Maxwell during their fourth ODI match of the series, in Adelaide, on Januray 26, 2014 - by David Mariuz

The batsmen found little to celebrate on Australia Day and failed to hit a single six as England kept a stranglehold on the runs.

Paceman Stuart Broad led the charge, snaring three key wickets for 31 runs off his 10 overs including two maidens.

Broad swung the ball both ways in a masterclass display to help compensate for some slapdash early England fielding.

He knocked over Aaron Finch in the fourth over for just seven with a good-length ball after the opener had twice been dropped.

Alistair Cook put Finch down in the slips off Chris Jordan in the second over. Then Ravi Bopara failed to hang on to another easy chance in the covers in Broad's third over.

In the sixth, Broad had Shane Watson caught behind for a duck flashing at a wide ball.

Tim Bresnan picked up the prize wicket of returning captain Michael Clarke and at three down for 43 Australia were in trouble.

Clarke hit across a full-length ball and chopped it on to his off-stump for eight runs.

Shaun Marsh looked to be solid, building 36 patient runs before spooning all-rounder Ben Stokes to a diving Cook at point in the 20th over.

Boundaries proved hard to come by. George Bailey top-scored for Australia with 56 off 74 balls until he flicked Stokes to Broad.

Glenn Maxwell made 22 off 35 deliveries before Stokes had him caught behind.

Stokes picked up three wickets for 43 while Chris Jordan snared two on a slow, drop-in pitch.

The visitors, who have already lost the five-game series but secured their first tour win in the previous one-dayer in Perth on Friday, controlled the game and picked up regular wickets to keep the run rate down to 4.3.

Wicket-keeper Matthew Wade contributed 31 until Broad bowled him around his legs, leaving Australia seven wickets down for 176.

The tail failed to wag. Big-hitter James Faulkner made 27 off 27 balls but was caught by Eoin Morgan off Jordan while trying to force the pace.

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