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Aussies set England 311 for victory

By AAP Newswire

Centuries from Shaun Marsh and Aaron Finch have helped Australia post a score of 8-310 against England in the fourth ODI at Durham's Riverside ground.

Finch scored exactly 100 and Marsh 101, with opener Travis Head chipping in with 62 in a much-improved batting performance from Australia's top order.

However, a middle order collapse prevented the tourists from posting a mammoth total against a big-hitting England batting line-up.

Finch and Travis Head put on 101 for the opening wicket before the South Australian smashed a rank long-hop from Adil Rashid down the throat of David Willey at deep square leg.

The Australian vice-captain brought up his century from 105 balls but was unable to add to his total when he missed a straight delivery from Mark Wood and given out lbw.

Wood struck again two balls later when he bowled Marcus Stoinis for two to reduce the tourists to 3-227 but in the final 10 overs five more wickets fell with just 83 runs added.

Skipper Tim Paine won the toss, for the fourth time in this series, and elected to bat, with three changes made to the team.

Glenn Maxwell was ruled out with a shoulder injury with Alex Carey named as his replacement.

D'Arcy Short and AJ Tye were left out of the side as Nathan Lyon made his first appearance of the series.

Michael Neser was recalled to the side after sitting out the last two matches.

Ashton Agar made 18 with Carey (6) failing to make a big impression on his recall to the side when he tried to hit Willey out of the ground and Craig Overton took a smart catch in the deep.

Marsh who brought up his ton with a huge six off Rashid before departing to a brilliant relay catch between Jason Roy and Overton.

Marsh looked well set for a fifth six of his innings only for Roy to flick the ball back into the hands of Overton.

Paine (3) and Neser (2) also fell to Willey, who finished with figures of 4-43.