MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Australia beat England by eight wickets in their fifth & final one-day international at Old Trafford on Sunday to win the series 3-2.
The result had looked inevitable long before lunch, with England dismissed for just 138 & captain Eoin Morgan retiring injure after being hit on the head by a bouncer from Australia's Mitchell Starc in the seventh over.
England had already been reduced to 22-3 in the sixth over & were all out in 33 overs.
Australia, who had Aaron Finch 70 not out in a 109-run partnership with George Bailey, then cruised to victory inside 25 overs to take some consolation for losing the Ashes 3-2 earlier in the summer.
Fielders had rushed to assist Morgan after he was struck on the back of the head, with the captain treated for concussion & replaced by Jonny Bairstow.
Starc was visibly shaken by the incident.
Last November, Australian international Phillip Hughes died two days after being struck on the head by a ball while he was batting in a first-class state match in Sydney.
(Writing by Clare Fallon/Alan Baldwin in London; editing by Sudipto Ganguly)