23 Sep 2010

England cricketers beat Pakistan in ODI series

10:38 am on 23 September 2010

The England cricketers have completed a clean sweep of their 2010 home series after beating Pakistan by 121 runs in the fifth and final one-day international at the Rosebowl in Southampton.

Pakistan, set 257 to win the match and the series, tumbled from 63 without loss to 135 all out in 37 overs.

Off-spinner Graeme Swann, a crucial figure in England's Ashes plans this year, gained prodigious turn to finish with three for 26 from nine overs.

Earlier Eion Morgan hit his 4th one day century.

During a long and tiring season to be followed soon by the Ashes defence in Australia, England beat Bangladesh and Pakistan in successive test series.

They won a one-day series against Australia and two Twenty20 matches against Pakistan followed by a 3-2 win in the five-match 50-overs series which was overshadowed by a corruption scandal which erupted in the final test at Lord's.

England's 16-man squad for the Ashes defence will be announced at Lord's tonight.