Australia vs England
Right, that's it for today from the MCG. Australia eased their way to a six-wicket win to go 1-0 up in the five-match series. Next stop on this tour for England is a return to the Gabba, the place where it all started to go wrong in the Ashes. Please join us on Friday for coverage of the second ODI.
Australia's captain was pleased to start the series in style, even if the hosts weren't quite at their very best in the field. He said: 'We were a little bit sloppy in the field, the wicket was pretty good for batting and ours were outstanding. We are pretty lucky in this team that we've got guys who bat and bowl, which makes my job much easier.'
The England captain felt neither discipline was exceptionally good today: 'We were probably about 20 short I reckon. But we didn't quite bowl the areas we needed to on that wicket. We had a couple of chances and didn't take them. In our innings we kept building partnerships of 20 or 30 and then getting out. I was very impressed with how Chris Jordan played, and Gary Ballance.'
No surprises at the man of the match - Aaron Finch: 'It's always nice to get a good start to the series, especially at your home ground. In the game of one-day cricket you do need a bit of luck now and again. It was nice to go on and get a big score and contribute to a big partnership with David Warner.'
AUSTRALIA WIN BY SIX WICKETS!
Maxwell (nine not out) pulls away a short delivery from Bresnan for the two runs the hosts need for a comfortable victory. The final margin of six wickets doesn't do justice to how easy this run chase has been for Australia. Bailey finishes up unbeaten on a run-a-ball 17 as the 270 target is reached with 26 balls to spare.
Over 45 - Australia 266/4 (Bailey 16, Maxwell 6)
England just banging in short stuff at both Bailey and Maxwell, hoping they'll hook one out to either of the two men stationed in the deep. Buttler produces a good stop diving down leg. He's kept well this evening, including taking a catch that ended up not being given. Stokes and Bailey nearly have a collision over a quick single, resulting in the former jokingly threatening to rugby tackle his opponent. Well, he has pedigree in the sport seen as his dad played the 13-man code in New Zealand. Stokes finishes with 1-64 as his final ball is slapped for four.
Over 44 - Australia 257/4 (Bailey 10, Maxwell 4)
More singles. Just make it stop already. Maxwell does at least look to get more then one with a huge whoosh at Bresnan. Only thing he makes contact with is fresh air. Six overs to go and Australia need another 13 to go 1-0 ahead.
Over 43 - Australia 252/4 (Bailey 8, Maxwell 1)
The arrival of Maxwell to the middle could see a few hefty blows to rush us to the finishing line. Mind you, he has so far inside-edged one onto his thigh for a scampered single. Anyone want to make changes for the next ODI at the Gabba? Just draw names out of a hat? See if Finn can hit the cut strip in something other than a net?
WICKET! Clarke c Cook b Bresnan 44
Clarke looks to biff Bresnan over the top, but all he does is splice one to opposite number Cook at mid-off. Australia's captain walks off having made his breezy cameo from only 43 deliveries.
Over 41 - Australia 245/3 (Clarke 42, Bailey 4)
Bailey off and running with two towards back square leg...then repeats the trick to get another pair of runs. Jordan ends the over, and his spell, with a desperate appeal for leg before. No chance of it being given, meaning he finishes up with 1-50 from his 10. Don't do him justice.
Over 40 - Australia 241/3 (Clarke 42, Bailey 0)
Clarke gets four when he opens the face against Stokes but runs the ball a little finer than he initially intended. 29 more needed for Australia. George Bailey the new man in the middle and while he didn't do much in the Ashes, he was in outstanding form in the 50-over tour of India that preceded that series.
WICKET! Finch c Ballance b Stokes 121
Finch won't be there at the finish, the home favourite falling for 121 when he skies a chance down to third man. There to take the catch is Ballance, the same player who dropped the Australia opener at mid-off early on in this innings.
Over 39 - Australia 233/2 (Finch 117, Clarke 38)
Poor Chris Jordan. Another chance goes begging off his bowling, Clarke top-edging out of the reach of the diving Buttler behind the stumps. It was the 'keepers catch, but Bell at slip seemed to turtle his head in for reasons only he knows. The fluky boundary helps lower the equation to 37 from the remaining 66 deliveries.
Over 38 - Australia 226/2 (Finch 116, Clarke 34)
Clarke whips the first ball of the over off his toes for a trio of runs, then watches on as Finch flashes a drive high over the head of mid-off for his 11th boundary. 44 more needed by the home team.
Over 37 - Australia 218/2 (Finch 111, Clarke 31)
Jordan comes back on, restricting Australia to just the four runs off the over. That's sadly now exactly what the hosts need from here until the finish to win this match. Reckon they might get there before the 50th, though. Rankin off after that one-over spell, Stokes back on in his place. He's gone 1-36 having dismissed Warner, but for some reason the third umpire thought that wicket shouldn't count.
Over 36 - Australia 214/2 (Finch 108, Clarke 30)
Rankin runs in - Clarke slaps him through the covers off the back foot. Boyd bowling himself back into drinks waiter. Finch pulls away a short ball that isn't either quick enough or short enough for four more, taking this third-wicket partnership on to 49.
Over 35 - Australia 204/2 (Finch 103, Clarke 25)
England have used six bowlers so far - perhaps they just give everyone a go now. No one has an economy rate under five, with Bresnan and Rankin both going at over a run-a-ball rate. Those figures could get worse yet, as Australia are now heading into the batting powerplay.
Over 34 - Australia 201/2 (Finch 103, Clarke 22)
Clarke just has no respect for Bresnan's bowling. None whatsoever. He's even walking at the Yorkshireman, allowing him to get to the pitch of a delivery and thump it down the park for four more. He would've finished the over with another driven four had opposite number Cook not dived to make a stop at mid-off. England need wickets or to get off the park as quickly as possible. Australia go past 200, now a mere 69 required.
Over 33 - Australia 191/2 (Finch 101, Clarke 14)
Finch tucks Bopara to deep mid-wicket for an easy single to become the 18th Australian to score a one-day century at the MCG but, amazingly, the first Victorian. It's his second ODI ton in his 19th appearance and worryingly for England, Greg Blewett says he's a confidence player. You reckon Gary Ballance is feeling good right now, having undone so much of his hard work with the bat by dropping Finch in the mandatory powerplay?
Over 32 - Australia 187/2 (Finch 99, Clarke 12)
Again Clarke starts a Bresnan over with a boundary, showing the Yorkshireman the full face of his bat as he smashes a full delivery to the left of mid-on. Finch gets two past a diving backward point but can't get the single he needs from the remaining two balls of the over. He remains on 99 as Australia need a further 83.
- 12th Jan 2014
- England won the toss and elected to bat.
- Melbourne Cricket Ground
- S D Fry, R Martinesz
- TV Umpire
- H D P K Dharmasena
- Match Referee
- R S Madugalle
- Reserve Umpire
- J D Ward
australia BATTING CARD
|A.J. Finch||c Ballance b Stokes||121|
|D.A. Warner||c Stokes b Root||65|
|S.R. Watson||b Jordan||0|
|M.J. Clarke||c Cook b Bresnan||43|
|G.J. Bailey||Not out||17|
|G.J. Maxwell||Not out||8|
|Total||45.4 Overs||270 - 4|