England whitewash Aussies

England completed a 4-0 one day series win over Australia with a comfortable victory in the rain-affected match at Old Trafford. Their domination of the Australians has already led some to regard England as the favourites for the next World Cup, taking place in Australia in two and a half years’ time.

The previous match at Edgbaston had been rained off. If England had won that game, it would have made them the top-ranked nation in one day cricket, matching their status in the Test and Twenty20 formats. Captain Alastair Cook was impressed with the progress of his team.

"Clearly we are heading in the right direction with the group of players we have got," Cook said. "It is great that we have the strength and depth that we do. Clearly we have to be playing as well as we are playing now to win big tournaments. If we stay true to the basic principles of what we have been doing, we will do well."

The Australia team was completely dominated in a very one-sided series. "At the beginning of the series, you just want to get the win," Cook said. "So, to be sitting here at 4-0 is fantastic. We have to keep building upon that now and keep expanding our skills."

Ian Bell had a rare disappointment with the bat at Old Trafford, but this series has confirmed his strengths as an opener in the one day format. The surprise retirement of Kevin Pietersen has caused England no problems whatsoever.

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