Australia vs England: Whitewash hopes for visitors vanquished after stunning collapse

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The chase was not a straightforward one but Head held up one end as wickets tumbled.

Much like his brilliant century 12 months ago, Head showcased his preference of coming out from the get go and unleashing against the new ball.

Wood, with his pace, could be that gun bowler if he stays fit, but knows he needs to add more skills to his game and is working on improving his slower ball.

Only once in ODI history, when Canada were 5 for 7 against the Netherlands in 2013, had the fifth wicket fallen at a lower score, and an exceptionally quick finish seemed in the offing.

Throughout the series, Chris Woakes has been an infallible performer with some aggressive hitting in the death overs and equally vital spells with the ball. White's career could be red-stamped as the brains trust attempt to desperately sure up Australia's wobbly batting before next year's World Cup.

Starc was rested here but Cummins and Hazlewood were a constant menace with the swinging white ball in muggy conditions, capitalising on captain Steve Smith winning the toss and putting England in to bat. England will need to begin a painful assessment of their Test team's limitations, and the same is true of Australia and their ODI setup, thanks to these madcap chalk and cheese series.

'A series win is going to be fantastic, 5-0 would be an unbelievable feeling'.

England captain Eoin Morgan: "We fought really well with only 196 on the board".

Whether Head will replace Finch at the top of the order is yet to be confirmed. Both batsmen scored centuries, with Head making an ODI-best 128.

England are determined to "keep their foot on Australia's throat" as they target a historic whitewash Down Under, says Chris Woakes. "I'm just shanking it a little bit", Smith said after the Sydney game.

They were bowled out by South Africa's Kagiso Rabada when the ball swung at Lord's last summer and could not rein in their attacking style when Pakistan got the better of them on a slow pitch in Cardiff.

"From there it's obviously a hard position to win the game".

England effectively lost the game thanks to a woeful start to their innings, falling to 8-5 in just the seventh over.

The Australia skipper was altogether more complimentary of his opening bowlers, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins who took a combined seven wickets, and the platform they gave the team from which to build. We'll go out there on a big day for them, Australia Day, and try to turn them over.

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