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Wrong team won the Ashes, claims Warne

AUSTRALIA'S domination of England in the one-day series is providing some small consolation for its defeat in the tests but shows the wrong team won the Ashes, former spin bowler Shane Warne said on Tuesday.

The Australians have rebounded spectacularly from their 1-2 Ashes defeat by winning the first five of their seven one-day matches against the English.

On Tuesday, Australian captain Ricky Ponting piled on the misery for England with a masterful century to help the visitors claim a comfortable four-wicket win and a 5-0 lead.

"It's great to see them (Australia) playing well," Warne said yesterday.

"They (England) have a pretty poor side and Australia are starting to hit their straps, they were hurting after the Ashes - it's good to see them bounce back and play well."

Warne said the one-day results added weight to his argument that the Australians were the better side in the Ashes and should not have lost the series.

"You don't mind being beaten in any sport if a side outplays you on the day or over a series, then so be it," he said.

"I suppose the hardest thing for all us Australians was to watch them play and lose to England, who I didn't think was a better side.

"You look at all the numbers, the runs and wickets, we dominated all that sort of stuff, but through a few different things here and there ... it probably cost us.

"I don't think England were a better side than us, no way, but you have to say 'well played' to England because they won," he said.

At Trent Bridge on Tuesday, captain Ponting thumped 126 in 109 balls as the visitors eased to their target of 300 with 10 deliveries to spare.

Ponting's side hit 302 for six, Mitchell Johnson clinching victory with a six over long-on from a full toss by seamer Ryan Sidebottom.

Ponting's 27th century in his 317th one-dayer was the highlight of the match. The first of his three sixes, off Sidebottom in the 12th over, went into the third tier of the stand behind the bowler.

Earlier, England made 299 all out but yet again no one was able to score a century.


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