Smith: We were ‘spot-on’ with the new ball


Australia captain Steve Smith said his bowlers were 'spot-on' with the new ball after they won the fifth and deciding ODI against England by eight wickets at Old Trafford to clinch a three-two series victory.

After the hosts won the toss and chose to bat first, Australia struck early as they had England reeling at 22 for three after six overs.

The Three Lions were eventually bowled out for just 138 in 33 overs before the visitors won comfortably, with only two wickets down, in the 25th over.

The Aussies will leave the UK on Monday after gruelling tour that included them being defeated in the five-match Ashes series but maintain their dominance in the 50-over format after winning the World Cup earlier this year.

After the match, Smith said: "It's been a tough couple of months for us. England were great during the Ashes, and the same in the one-day series, they kept coming back at us.

"We haven't done that well in the series with the new ball but we were spot-on today. With the early start, it was probably a good toss to lose.

"We have some good fast bowlers and it was pleasing for me that we could win this series with a lack of experienced players."