Woakes bags five as England thump Pak

WRECKER IN CHIEF England's Chris Woakes (second from left) celebrates with team-mates after taking the wicket of Pakistan's Mohammad Hafeez. AFP

England pacer Chris Woakes claimed five wickets while batsmen Joe Root and Eoin Morgan hit half-centuries to help the hosts defeat Pakistan by 54 runs in the fifth and final one-day international (ODI) at Headingley on Sunday.

Root made 84 and Morgan scored 76 as England made 351/9 in 50 overs before Woakes ensured a 4-0 whitewash in the rain-hit series, taking three wickets in the opening three overs to severely dent Pakistan’s chances.

The tourists fought bravely after the setback but were eventually dismissed for 297 in 46.5 overs for their 10th consecutive ODI defeat. Pakistan found themselves in trouble at 6/3 after Woakes’ blistering opening spell, but Babar Azam (80) and Sarfraz Ahmed (97) stitched together a superb 146-run stand for the fourth wicket to give them a fighting chance in the contest.

However, another late collapse after both batsmen were run out meant that Pakistan ended the series empty handed.

Woakes was the pick of the England bowlers, finishing with figures of 5/54 in his 10 overs.

England, who are one of the favourites to lift their first 50-over World Cup title, begin their campaign on the opening day when they take on South Africa.

Brief scores: England: 351/9 in 50 overs (James Vince 33, Jonny Bairstow 32, Joe Root 84, Eoin Morgan 76, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran 29; Shaheen Afridi 4-82) bt Pakistan: 297 all out in 46.5 overs (Babar Azam 80, Sarfraz Ahmed 97; Chris Woakes 5-54, Adil Rashid 2-54).    

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