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Summary

  1. Australia beat England by 111 runs
  2. Aus 342-9: Finch 135, Maxwell 66, Bailey 55
  3. Finn (5-71) takes hat-trick off last three balls
  4. Eng 231 (41.5): Taylor 98*, Marsh 5-33
  5. NZ beat SL by 98 runs in World Cup opener

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By Adam Williams and Marc Higginson

All times stated are UK

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That's a wrap

So there it is, the first day of action done and dusted.

We've seen two high-scoring matches and right at the end, a bit of controversy with the Laws.

Plenty of talking points from

New Zealand's 98-run win against Sri Lanka to a comprehensive 111-run win for Australia against England, which you can now read more about in
Stephan Shemilt's full report from the MCG.

And that's just the start of it all for the next six weeks. Later today, we'll bring you two more games as Pool B begins.

First up, South Africa face Zimbabwe in Hamilton and then it's India v Pakistan in Adelaide.

Join us from around 21:30 GMT on Saturday.

Mitchell Marsh
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A mistake?

We've done some digging and it appears James Anderson shouldn't have been given out:

3.6 Dead ball

a) If following a Player Review request, an original decision of 'Out' is changed to 'Not Out', then the ball is still deemed to have become dead when the original decision was made (as per Law 23.1(a)(iii)). The batting side, while benefiting from the reversal of the dismissal, will not benefit from any runs that may subsequently have accrued from the delivery had the on-field umpire originally made a 'Not Out' decision, other than any No Balls penalty that could arise under 3.3 (g) above.

The ICC rules are

here.

James Taylor was given out by Aleem Dar but overturned on review
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Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"England have been preparing for the World Cup for the last few months and then they switch things around in the first World Cup game. Gary Ballance came in, Ravi Bopara went out, James Taylor went from three to six and Stuart Broad took the new ball over Chris Woakes. They wait for the biggest match they've had to make these changes. Surely they had plans in place before today."

Captain's view

England captain Eoin Morgan, speaking to Sky Sports: "Throughout the tri-series I felt that Ravi Bopara's bowling would be useful, but that wasn't happening, so it was a straight shootout as a batsman and it was a good opportunity to get Gary Ballance in as part of our best top seven.

"The most frustrating part of the day was dropping catches. It's an area we pride ourselves on but we were caught quite cold at the start and made big errors.

"We'll have a chat before the New Zealand game. This result doesn't make or break our tour. Our aim is to first reach the quarter-finals but our first two games are the toughest. I'll be looking for our senior players to lead from the front in that one."

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Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"It was a splendid, sensible and organised innings from Aaron Finch. I couldn't fault him. Chris Woakes's catch was a straight-forward one at head height. It was regulation. The one from David Warner to Moeen Ali, it would have been a good catch because he hit it like a tracer bullet. England just didn't seem to have the aggression and the intensity."

Captain reaction

Australia captain George Bailey: "We were very happy to bat first. There was a lot of anticipation, a big build-up, but we felt like we have a strong batting line-up and it was nice to get out there and use that track first.

"It's Aaron Finch on his home ground and he rose to the occasion. That's what we're after from our top order. We want great innings and to turn them into match-winning knocks and that's definitely what we got today.

"Mitchell Marsh was outstanding, he broke the game open for us. It was a good toss to lose but the same result would have happened if we'd won it."

Australia captain George Bailey
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Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"When England won the toss and decided to put them in, I was thinking that with all the rain in the morning there might have been moisture and movement for the seamers. It did a little bit for four overs - that's not enough for putting people in. Eoin Morgan got it wrong, but it's not all his fault - he will have spoken to other people like James Anderson and Peter Moores. If you get the chance to bat first on a sunny day, you take it."

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"James Taylor is the form guy at the moment and England should build around him at number three. England have better balance when Ravi Bopara is in the team."

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"Diplomatically speaking, it was disappointing. But if you want it in straight Yorkshire, it was rubbish. England had a moment when Australia were 70-3. The Aussies had to play with common sense and patience. Aaron Finch played sensible cricket and got his team into a position where he could attack the bowling."

Captain reaction

England captain Eoin Morgan: "I think the score was probably above par even though the wicket was very good.

"Probably 310 was par, but we needed all three guns firing and the top order to come off for us to chase that.

"Our fielding was poor and our death bowling not on target at times. We started a bit slow and a bit cold, which is obviously a bit disappointing.

"James Taylor was very unlucky at the end not to get 100 and he struck the ball cleanly. New Zealand will be a tough test next up for us and we need to stand up and put in a strong performance."

Eoin Morgan
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Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"It doesn't get any better for Aaron Finch. He was dropped on nought and then scored a hundred in his debut World Cup game on his home ground. If he had been caught by Chris Woakes, you never know. But you can't take anything away from Finch. Coming into this game, I didn't rate him against spin but I was wrong. Fair play to him."

Aaron Finch
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Australia reaction

Man of the match Aaron Finch on his century: "It was nice and a little bit surreal. It hasn't quite sunk it yet, but it's great to get a win first up.

"It's nice to get the first game out of the way and get under way here. After being dropped first ball, I just tried to put it out of my mind and play my natural game.

"It's great feeling to get this first win out of the way and hopefully we can take that momentum forward for the rest of the tournament."

Final scorecard

Australia beat England by 111 runs

Australia 342-9 (50): Finch 135, Maxwell 66; Finn 5-71

England 231 all out (41.4): Taylor 98*; Marsh 5-33

Fall of wickets: 25-1 (Moeen 10), 49-2 (Ballance 10), 66-3 (Bell 36), 66-4 (Root 5), 73-5 (Morgan 0), 92-6 (Buttler 12), 184-7 (Woakes 37), 194-8 (Broad 0), 195-9 (Finn 1), 231 all out (Anderson 8)

Bowling figures: Starc 9-1-47-2, Hazlewood 6.4-0-45-0, Johnson 8-0-36-2, Marsh 9-0-33-5, Watson 3-0-13-0, Maxwell 4-0-35-0, Smith 2-0-19-0

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Mitchell Marsh
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Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"Thankfully, Taylor is 98 not out and not 98 and out. The letter of the law, as I understand it, is that the ball is only dead after he has reviewed it so James Anderson was right to be run out. Taylor batted beautifully and it was the only silver lining on a pretty grey day for England."

Allan Border

Ex-Australia captain on BBC Test Match Special

"What a way for Australia to start, they have battered England. It was anti-climatic and confusing at the end but it was emphatic from Australia. They got a reasonable start, wobbled a bit but one of their top three got a big score and the momentum swung."

Australia beat England by 111 runs

Anderson run out 8 (Eng 231)

Confused by this? I certainly am. What I can tell you is that's the end of the game and Australia have won by 111 runs. After that lbw review against James Taylor was given not out, replays showed Anderson was out of his ground at the non-striker's end from a direct hit and it's he who is the last man out. Taylor is left stranded two short of a century on 98 not out.

not-outNot out

The leg before is given not out on review, but we could have a run out here. So now we taking a look at that replay against James Anderson at the non-striker's end.

Umpire review

Is this it? Has Taylor been denied 100? Full ball from Hazlewood hits him on the pads and Aleem Dar gives him out for leg before. Taylor wants a review immediately.

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Darryl: If I were a selector I would drop Morgan for Hales, and promote Taylor to number three and make him skipper. He does a pretty good job for Notts.

Eng 225-9 (Taylor 94, Anderson 7)

Mitchell Starc has a go now at trying to wrap it up. Anderson survives a couple of swings and misses before guiding one for four to the vacant third man region. And we continue....

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Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain

"You can see @jamestaylor20 growing with every shot... Well maybe not but this is a fantastic innings on the biggest stage."

Eng 221-9 (Taylor 94, Anderson 3)

Mitchell Johnson wants to finish this off, but Taylor's still enjoying himself. Picks up a couple as he glances it away to the legside down to long leg. He has to take evasive action from the final delivery as one whistles past his gloves as he ducks away.

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Jonathan Agnew

BBC Test Match Special

"Amongst the debris, this is a little gem of a knock by Taylor. Great hands and innovation."

James Taylor
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Jack Maclaren: The way Taylor has played today just proves to me he should be coming in at three, giving him the time to construct an innings.

Shane: Taylor is putting in a great innings in a dire situation and Boycott still plays him down because he's not golden boy Ballance.

Tameena Hussain: Watching ENGvsAUS with 1 year old nephew. Giving him a lecture on how he shouldn't play like England when older. He's laughing.

Eng 218-9 (Taylor 92, Anderson 2)

More clever stuff from Taylor after that praise from AB as he continues to show his invention. Banged in short by Starc and he helps the ball on its way over Brad Haddin for four more. It's almost all over though a few balls later as George Bailey dives right-hand outstretched to try and clutch a catch at point. Taylor moves in to the 90s next ball with another neat shot with an open face behind the wicket to third man for four more.

Who will win the World Cup?

Australia, according to you.

The public has spoken and an overwhelming 45% think the Aussies will win the World Cup. New Zealand (14%) and South Africa (9%) were the next most popular picks. England, for those who still care after this performance, collected up only 6% of the vote.

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Eng 205-9 (Johnson 7-0-33-2)

"Oh Jimmy, Jimmy. Jimmy, Jimmy, Jimmy, Jimmy Anderson" is the last man in for England. Johnson sends one down in to the body, but it's off target and down the legside for five wides to bring up England's 200. Taylor moves to 80 with another neat use of his hands to open the face and guide it for four behind point.

Allan Border

Ex-Australia captain on BBC Test Match Special

"If you look at the stats, there's not much difference in the scores of the two sides at this stage. It's just England's death bowling was so poor."

Jim Maxwell

BBC Test Match Special

"Like a beachball, he just knocked it back to Mitchell Johnson. It was the easiest catch of all time... poor Finny was just stuck in the headlights and the ball followed him."

WICKET

Finn c&b Johnson 1 (195-9)

Short and in to the ribs from Mitchell Johnson (I think we've been here before). Finn can only fend it off from the shoulder of his bat and it loops up to give the left-armer plenty of time to take the return catch.

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Mitchell Johnson
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Eng 195-8 (Starc 7-1-30-2)

Very much in to the last knockings here as Steven Finn comes out at 10 for England. Starc sends down some "rippers" as Allan Border would say and Finn gets nowhere near any of them apart from a prod to the legside for a single from the final ball.

Allan Border

Ex-Australia captain on BBC Test Match Special

"He thought it was going to be a bouncer and he just picked the wrong one. It needs somebody to stay with Taylor while he gets his hundred, he's batted really well, has been inventive, has shown a range of shots and I'm very impressed."

WICKET

Broad b Starc 0 (Eng 194-8)

Thanks for coming Stuart. It's all over after one ball for him today as Starc sends down a Yorker and it hits the base of middle stump. A hint of him backing away there to square leg. Not much else to say about that other than it gives me some crucial fantasy team points.

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Stuart Broad
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Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"James Taylor has lovely hands, he's doing well. But you can sometimes be mis-led by stats - can he win the match? Can he see England through in tight situations?"

Eng 194-7 (Taylor 76, Broad 0)

Stuart Broad strides to the middle of the MCG - where a crowd of more than 85,000 have come through the turnstiles today. A fair number of them dish out the now customary boos for him. Meanwhile, James Taylor moves in to the 70s with a clever bit of opening the face against Johnson for four down to third man and then he backs away to get four more down to point.

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"It was just a slower ball and he didn't pick it. He was too early on his shot, he realised he had been deceived and he just spooned it into the air."

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Woakes c Smith b Johnson 37 (Eng 184-7)

That's the end of that for Chris Woakes and Mitchell Johnson claims another England scalp. Woakes tries to loft him over mid-off, but doesn't middle it and finds the hands of Steve Smith, who takes a much more regulation catch this time.

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Chris Woakes
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