Watson appreciates ' fun, important' century

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Man of the Match Shane Watson cherished a combative century against an under-strength attack, after Australia trumped England by 49 runs in Monday's fifth and final ODI at the Rose Bowl in Southampton.

Man of the Match Shane Watson cherished a combative century against an under-strength attack, after Australia trumped England by 49 runs in Monday's fifth and final ODI at the Rose Bowl in Southampton.

The result, built on the back of Watson's 143, captain Michael Clarke's 75 and five wickets shared between left-arm seamers Mitchell Johnson and James Faulkner, afforded the Australians a two-one series win.

The hosts rested fast bowler James Anderson, spinner Graeme Swann and all-rounder Stuart Broad for the duration of the five-match series – and seamer Steven Finn missed the closing fixture due to a side strain.

While debutant Chris Jordan impressed with three key breakthrough, all-rounder Ben Stokes clinched a maiden ODI five-wicket haul and the lanky Boyd Rankin exploited the pace of the pitch well, part-timers Ravi Bopara and Joe Root and spinner James Tredwell proved expensive.

"That was a lot of fun. I knew how important that was for us to win and come away with a series win, we haven't had much success on the tour so far so it was nice to finish off the way we did," enthused Watson.

"It was a lot more difficult with Boyd Rankin with his bouncer. It was a good challenge, especially early on, but we just had to make the most of their fourth and fifth bowler and try to capitalise on that.

"It's a part in their team we think is one of their weaker parts at this point in time and we want to try to capitalise on that. Even the guys that have come in have been high-quality bowlers and we have to try to score some other way, so that was our plan."

Watson welcomed a victorious end to an otherwise difficult period for the tourists, who endured an early exit at the Champions Trophy – and saw batsman David Warner banned for trying to punch Root – before losing the Ashes series three-nil.

"Things have changed quite a bit and I think the most important thing is everyone's really enjoying themselves. At the start of the tour we weren't really enjoying ourselves that much for all that was going on," he added.

"It's been an amazing tour and even though we haven't had the results we wanted, things have changed for the better in a big way and we're certainly having a lot of fun. We're playing the brand of cricket we know is going to give us success. We just need to be more consistent with it. I think everybody's really excited about what lies ahead."

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