England v Australia: Michael Clarke fires tourists to ODI win
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|Second One-day international, Emirates Old Trafford:|
|Australia 315-7 (50 overs) beat England 227 (44.2 overs) by 88 runs|
Michael Clarke scored a century as Australia beat England by 88 runs in the second one-day international to go 1-0 up in the five-match series.
the visiting skipper's 105 from 102 balls helped his side to 315-7.
George Bailey supported Clarke with 82 off 67 balls to hand Australia a best ODI score against England in the UK.
Kevin Pietersen, Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler made fifties but the hosts were dismissed for 227 with 5.4 overs left.
England named a strong batting line-up with Ben Stokes at number eight but were arguably a bowler light, relying on Ravi Bopara and Joe Root to deliver 12 overs.
But Morgan's side got off to a good start when Steve Finn dismissed Shaun Marsh caught behind with only the fourth ball of the match.
There was controversy as Shane Watson was adjudged lbw the very next ball, but reprieved by the Decision Review System when third umpire Aleem Dar viewed that the Australian number three had edged it.
Watson was eventually out for 38 to Bopara, as England opted to review Richard Kettleborough's not out decision and Dar ruled there had been an edge to Buttler.
Aaron Finch made 45 before holing out off James Tredwell, although it was England's spinner who was repeatedly punished on a good pitch by Clarke and Bailey.
The pair were in breathtaking form as they put on 155 for the fourth wicket to take the game away from England.
Bailey struck four sixes before eventually falling to Bopara down the leg side while Clarke nicked behind to Boyd Rankin not long after completing his first one-day international century against England and eighth in all.
That left Morgan's side needing a record ODI run chase of 316 and their chances vanished after a slow start to their innings.
Opener Michael Carberry, making his home ODI debut, struggled before picking out Clarke at backward point off an inspired Mitchell Johnson for just four and Jonathan Trott departed in the same over for a duck attempting to fend off a wicked lifting delivery.
After Joe Root was bowled by James Faulkner, Pietersen, appearing for the first time as a ODI opener on home soil, gave England a glimmer of hope with two sixes in his 66-ball knock.
But once he fell to Watson for 60 it was game over with Bopara falling caught and bowled to Adam Voges before Morgan went for 54, caught in the deep to give Clint McKay a deserved first wicket.
Although Buttler scored a defiant 75 off 65 balls before giving Fawad Ahmed his first ODI wicket against England, the hosts were bowled out for just 227 and will head to Edgbaston on Wednesday with plenty of food for thought.
A 1 hr game that takes 4hrs to play and has players that will never touch the ball in their entire careers. The most ludicrous non event on the planet.
Who honestly cares about this series?
The players dont. The fans ( If we are going to be honest) dont.....Even the Sky commentators are struggling to pluck up a bit of enthusiasm.
The ODI series should be before the test series, like in 2005. It meant players were actually fighting for a place in the test side.
As for playing some one day games as a warmer to a test series, I think that idea should be taken seriously
No one cares what you think. You're irrelevant. Just stick to playing games with yourselves and everyone's happy.
I need to go to the airport to collect my wife.
I agree that 50 over game is finished now that T20 is here.Test and T20 is they way to go.
thats just your opinion, and like a**holes everyone has got one...me i prefer test and 50 over games and lets het rid of 20/20
20/20 is so fake, and often not worth waiting till the end its so boring
I really liked the 2005 format. Opening with a T20, then the ODIs with everyone trying to stake their Ashes claim and "draw first blood" with the Tests as the big climax.
that couldn't happen this year because of the champions trophy
Always bat 1st.
If it looks like it may seam early - Bat 1st.
Always better to defend a target.