MANCHESTER: England slumped to 138 all out to hand Australia an eight-wicket win and a 3-2 series victory in the deciding one-day international at Old Trafford.
The home side were reduced to 22-3 in the sixth over and then saw captain Eoin Morgan retire with concussion.
They failed to recover and were eventually bowled out in 33 overs, Ben Stokes making 42 and Mitchell Marsh taking 4-27.
Australia eased to their target inside 25 overs, with Aaron Finch 70 not out.
For the visitors, sealing the one-day series on the final day of their tour represents a degree of consolation after a 3-2 defeat in the Test series.
Though England’s summer ultimately ended as a disappointing anti-climax in front a packed crowd, the success they have enjoyed is far removed from the spring-time World Cup humiliation and poor tour of the West Indies that followed.
A thrilling drawn Test series with New Zealand was followed by a new approach to one-day cricket that resulted in a 3-2 win over the Black Caps and a competitive contest with world champions Australia, where they came from 2-0 down.
Most importantly, the Ashes were regained.