Australia [ Images ] finally got back to winning ways 18 days before the start of the Ashes with a comprehensive eight-wicket victory over Sri Lanka [ Images ] in the third One-Day International in Brisbane [ Images ] on Sunday.
The Australians were reeling after losing their previous seven matches in all forms of cricket and had already conceded the three-match series after defeats in the first two encounters.
Clint McKay took 5-33 with fellow quick Mitchell Starc chipping in with 4-27 to dismiss the Sri Lankans for a paltry 115, however, and the Australian batsmen took just 21.4 overs to reach their victory target at the cost of two wickets.
Michael Clarke [ Images ], standing in for rested skipper Ricky Ponting [ Images ], was in impressive form and grabbed the winning runs by guiding the ball down to third man for a four, bringing up his 50 in the process.
McKay had given the hosts the perfect start at the Gabba [ Images ] with two wickets in the third over of the day and he struck again in his next over to reduce the Sri Lankans to 3-14.
Ably supported by his 20-year-old fellow quick Starc, McKay returned to help mop up the Sri Lankan tail-end and claim his first five-wicket haul in One-Day Internationals.
Chamara Silva, who made 33, and opener Upul Tharanga (28) top-scored for Sri Lanka but there was none of the flourish to their batting that saw them secure their first series victory on Australian soil on Friday.
The opening Ashes test is also at the Gabba and the bounce and pace evident in the pitch on Sunday augured well for an entertaining contest starting on November 25.