21 Sep 2009

Swann's five-wicket haul denies Australia whitewash

7:01 am on 21 September 2009

England has denied Australia a 7-0 whitewash winning the seventh match of their one day cricket series at the Riverside in Durham by four wickets.

The off-spinner Graeme Swann's career-best one-day figures of 5-28 helped bowl the Australians out for 176 inside 46 overs, and England reached their target of 177 with 60 balls to spare, thanks largely to a half century by opener Joe Denly.

Australia had to settle for a 6-1 series win after their bowlers failed to make the early breakthrough needed to defend such a small total, with Denly (53) and Andrew Strauss (47) putting on a 106-run stand for the first wicket.