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England’s 2010-11 Ashes tour came to a limp end as Australia rounded up a 6-1 One Day International series win, while Eoin Morgan’s ICC World Cup dream could be over.
Adam Voges’ 80 not out set up a thumping 57-run victory for the hosts in Perth.
Morgan meanwhile missed the match to fly home and see a specialist about a fracture to the middle finger of his left hand.
Andrew Strauss admitted there is "a chance he (Morgan) is not going to feature at the World Cup" as the batsman joined the likes of Tim Bresnan and Ajmal Shahzad on a growing injury list.
England take on the Netherlands in their opening match on February 22, with changes to the original 15-man squad looking increasingly likely in the meantime.
It was a sad end to an otherwise memorable tour, which saw England triumph in an Ashes series Down Under for the first time in 24 years.
Morgan a doubt
Morgan initially felt discomfort in his finger during the fourth ODI in Adelaide and was sent for an x-ray after the injury deteriorated.
The left-hander has been arguably England’s best ODI batsman in the past 18 months, with Morgan racking up a succession of match winning efforts for his adopted nation.
The 24-year-old played in the last World Cup with his native Ireland before forming a part of England’s ICC World Twenty20 winning side in 2010.
He was disappointingly subdued in Australia though, averaging just 17.66 from six ODI innings, with a highest score of just 30.
Morgan was also an unused squad member during England’s 3-1 Ashes win, though he is widely expected to replace the retired Paul Collingwood against India and Sri Lanka this summer.
Australia wrap things up
England will be delighted to leave Australia after a tumultuous ODI series which left them struggling to field a fit XI by the final match.
Australia, thanks to Voges and David Hussey (60) set the visitors an imposing 279 on a typically lively Perth track.
James Anderson ended the trip on a personal high with 3-48 while his new ball partner, the recalled Liam Plunkett, took 2-49.
England’s reply got off to a nightmare start as they quickly found themselves 5-2 with both openers - Strauss and Stephen Davies - dismissed for ducks.
Some middle order resistance from Matt Prior (39) and Michael Yardy, who made a career best 60*, rescued England from 64-5 but they were eventually bowled out for 222.