Trott ton sets up England one-day victory

England kept alive their hopes of captivating the one-day series against Australia with a 21-run victory in Adelaide in the fourth match of seven. Jonathan Trott's 102 formed the basis of England's 299-8, during which Paul Collingwood became the first Englishman to score 5,000 limited-overs runs. Australia’s innings stalled when opener Shane Watson was dismissed for 64.A late rally by Steve Smith (46 not out) was not enough as Australia, who lead the series 3-1, finished on 278-7. The victory was England's first against Australia in six one-day internationals and will refresh a series which had been one-sided so far, and which would have headed into dead-rubber territory had the hosts emerged victorious at the Adelaide Oval.

Instead, the capacity Australia Day crowd were treated to an understated - but intelligent - display of one-day batting by Trott, who guided the tourists to a competitive total playing risk-free strokes at number three, a highly prized attribute ahead of the World Cup which begins next month, The obdurate right-hander, a steady thorn in Australia's side during the Ashes, accumulated his second ODI century with calm efficiency from 126 deliveries, only six of which rattled the boundary ropes.He was pressed into action with the bat in the third over of the day when captain Andrew Strauss, who won the toss and elected to bat on a glorious track, was caught behind off Brett Lee.

England, who welcomed back James Anderson from a two-week rest and Kevin Pietersen from a groin injury, made an exciting start through opener Matt Prior.The wicketkeeper, dismissed for successive ducks in the previous two matches, was in particularly belligerent mood at the start of his innings, smearing three boundaries off Doug Bollinger's fourth over as England piled towards three figures inside the first 15 overs.However, Trott was fortunate to survive a bizarre incident in the 15th over when the ball clattered into his stumps via a ricochet off his pad, but the bails refused to drop.


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