Watson hammers ton

Shane Watson smashed a brilliant 143 to lead Australia to an imposing total of 298 in the deciding fifth one-day international against England in Southampton on Monday.

Watson struck six sixes and 12 fours, sharing a fourth-wicket partnership of 163 with captain Michael Clarke who made a fluent 75.

England fast bowler Ben Stokes claimed two early wickets to put the touring side under pressure at 48 for three but Watson and Clarke took full advantage of a typically good batting wicket.  The five-match series is level at 1-1 after two games were washed out.

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