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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

MELBOURNE - A "drained" England are ripe to be crushed 5-0 in the one-day series, says Australian allrounder Glenn Maxwell.

The home team started in brilliant fashion on Sunday night with a six-wicket win in the opening clash at the MCG with more than four overs to spare.

Maxwell said on Monday that Australia is looking to take full advantage against a battle-weary England and add to the misery of their 5-0 Ashes hammering.

"I think we can," Maxwell said when asked about an ODI series sweep.

"The way the side is at the moment and the confidence around the group and the way the England team looked a little bit yesterday.

"They looked a little bit drained, looked a bit tired. I think they're still carrying a little bit of the effects from the Ashes.

"Hopefully we can keep our foot on the throat and keep them to 10-0 and hopefully take them in the T20s as well."

Maxwell said England, who were hampered by misfields and a dropped catch at mid off when century-maker Aaron Finch was on eight, are clearly struggling.

The Australia side, meanwhile, are flying. "Yeah definitely. It's nice to come in when everyone's on the back of a 5-0 Ashes win," Maxwell said.

"The feeling around the dressing room, it's a great feeling.

"It's a bit like the Melbourne Stars' dressing room after we've just won six in a row.

"It's similar for me at the moment so it's a nice feeling.

"Hopefully we can keep winning because last year there wasn't a lot to cheer about."

Game two of the five-game series is in Brisbane on Friday.


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