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Tri-Series: Australia v England: Glenn Maxwell helps hosts win tri-series

England were thrashed in their last competitive match before the World Cup, crumbling to a 112-run defeat in the tri-series final in Perth.

Glenn Maxwell starred with bat and ball for the hosts, scoring 95 and taking 4-46, and Mitchell Johnson took 3-27 on his return to international duty.

Tri-series final, Perth:
Australia 278-8 (50 overs): Maxwell 95, Marsh 60, Faulkner 50; Broad 3-55
England 166 (39.1 overs): Bopara 33; Maxwell 4-46, Johnson 3-27
Australia won by 112 runs

England had Australia 60-4 but the hosts recovered to post 278-8.

Johnson swept through England’s top order and Maxwell’s off-spinners did the rest as England were 166 all out.

England have now lost 13 of their last 15 one-day internationals against Australia in Australia and have only two warm-up games before they face them again in their World Cup opener on 14 February.

Captain Eoin Morgan still has several puzzles to solve, not least his own patchy form with the bat – the left-hander made 121 in the tri-series opener in Sydney but has posted scores of 0, 2 and 0 since.

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Tennis: Andy Murray & Heather Watson of GB lose in Hopman Cup to Poland

Andy Murray and Heather Watson suffered mixed doubles defeat as Great Britain lost 2-1 to Poland in the Hopman Cup.

Watson, 22, lost the opening rubber 6-3 6-1 to Agnieszka Radwanska, but Murray, 27, levelled the tie with a 6-2 6-4 win over Jerzy Janowicz in Perth.

But the British duo lost the mixed doubles 6-4 6-4 as Group B leaders Poland remained undefeated.

Britain will play Australia on Friday, with only the group winners reaching Saturday’s final.

Poland, who are the only team in the group not to lose, will qualify for the final if they beat France on Friday.

The format guarantees all the players at least three singles matches as they prepare for the Australian Open, which begins in Melbourne on 19 January.

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Tennis: Eugenie Bouchard thrashes sluggish Serena in Perth

Canadian teenager Eugenie Bouchard swatted aside an out-of-sorts Serena Williams 6-2 6-1 at the Hopman Cup in Perth.

The American world number one’s body language throughout the contest suggested she would rather have been anywhere else than on the blue hardcourts in Western Australia.

An on-court espresso helped spark her into life as she overcame a first set bagel to beat Italy’s Flavia Pennetta 0-6 6-3 6-0 on Monday in the round robin mixed team event but nothing could help bring her out of Tuesday’s malaise.

Sluggish footwork and uncharacteristically slow serves allowed Bouchard to break the 33-year-old with ease as the Canadian bounced back from a 6-0 6-4 thrashing by Czech Lucie Safarova in her opener.

Williams had complained of jet-lag following her previous day’s efforts against Pennetta but she looked in good spirits as she teamed up with John Isner to win their mixed doubles against the Italians for a 3-0 whitewash later on Monday evening.

Williams, who did not call the trainer to court on Tuesday, showed flashes of her usual brilliance against Bouchard as she went for her shots but never had the consistency, or the fight, to beat the Canadian.

Whether it was jet-lag, illness or something else, Bouchard did not care as she notched a first win over the 18-times grand slam singles champion in the warm-up event for the year’s first major, the Australian Open, later this month in Melbourne.

“I think I played pretty solid, I’m happy I came out and put on a better show than last time, the 19-year-old world number six said in a courtside interview.

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Tennis: Andy Murray continues Australian Open warm-up with impressive win

Andy Murray continued his build-up in to the Australian Open with a comfortable victory over Benoit Paire in Perth on Monday.

Fresh from his first title of 2015 in Abu Dhabi, the Scot, representing Britain at the event alongsideHeather Watson, defeated Paire 6-2 7-5 in the evening match.

The 27-year-old arrived in sweltering Perth on Sunday after a walkover against an ailing Novak Djokovic in the Abu Dhabi final but showed no signs of rust despite the stark difference in conditions.

“It was a bit of an eye-opener when we arrived at the practice court this morning and it was 44 degrees (Celsius) outside,” Murray, who also beat Rafa Nadal and Feliciano Lopez in Abu Dhabi, said with a grin in a courtside interview.

“I’m from a small town in Scotland and the weather is not quite like that there. The conditions here are fantastic to get ready for Melbourne.”

After breezing through the first set, the world number six was put under pressure by his French opponent in the second and had to fight hard to hold his serve in a marathon eighth game during which his left shoulder started hurting.

Murray had to wait till the 11th game for the decisive break and completed the win on his second match point with a booming ace.

“I had the (shoulder) problem in Abu Dhabi couple of days ago and haven’t had much time to serve after that. We flew straight from there and arrived yesterday,” Murray said.

“It doesn’t really make sense for a right-handed player to have a problem with their left arm. So I am not sure exactly what it was and I had a scan in Abu Dhabi and that was all clear.

“But it’s still a little bit sore today.”

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