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England win by 15 runs

England vs Australia

Winning start for England

Morgan hits unbeaten 89 as hosts see off Australia at Lord's

Eoin Morgan: Top-scored with unbeaten 89

Jonathan Trott: Contributed 54 to the England total

England grabbed an early advantage in their one-day international series with Australia by claiming a 15-run victory in the opening contest at Lord's.

Eoin Morgan top-scored for the hosts with a spectacular 89 not out as England set what was otherwise a workmanlike total of 272-5 after being put in to bat.

In reply David Warner (56) and Michael Clarke (61) gave Australia a chance but the tourists were ultimately only able to compile a total of 257-9.

England's seam attack was responsible for keeping Australia in check as James Anderson, Steven Finn, Tim Bresnan and Stuart Broad each took two wickets.

England's innings was hampered by awkward early conditions, but openers Ian Bell and Alastair Cook did well to dig out a solid start with a stand of 74.

The duo encountered three rain breaks in the first six overs and two close calls for Bell, who was almost run out for one before a caught-behind decision was overturned on review with the Warwickshire batsman on three.


After a slow start England finally found some boundaries to inject some momentum into their innings, although that was checked when Bell went lbw for 41 to the returning Brett Lee, although 'snicko' later suggested an inside-edge.

Skipper Cook (40) then edged Pat Cummins behind to Matthew Wade and Ravi Bopara (15) nicked the first ball of Clint McKay's second spell to Clarke at slip to leave England in a spot of trouble on 121-3.

But Jonathan Trott and Morgan steadied the ship with a fourth-wicket partnership of 68, which saw the former post a hard-working 50 from 65 balls.

The England number three was bowled for 54 at the start of Xavier Doherty's final spell, but the big-hitting Morgan engineered an impressive late charge in combination with Craig Kieswetter (25).

Australia would have fancied their chances on a fair pitch but Finn set the England tone early when he saw off the dangerous Shane Watson caught-behind via an England review which overturned Aleem Dar's initial not out verdict.

But it was Anderson who did the most damage to the top order as he claimed the wickets of Warner and George Bailey (29) in the space of just two balls.


Clarke and David Hussey therefore had to start again without a run between them and the latter had added just 13 more to the tally when a Finn bouncer dislodged the bails after deflecting off his helmet.

Bresnan dropped a routine return catch with Clarke on 13 but got his wicket when Steven Smith hung his bat out and edged behind on eight.

At 147-5 the pressure was now firmly on Clarke's shoulders and the skipper kept his side's hopes alive by passing his half-century.

But Wade's run out for 27 worsened the situation, which became hopeless when Clarke was trapped lbw with an inswinging full-toss from Bresnan.

A late unbeaten 29 from Brett Lee made the margin of defeat respectable, but the result was not in any serious doubt during the closing stages.

Match Details

29th Jun 2012
Australia won the toss and elected to bowl.
A S Dar and R A Kettleborough

australia BATTING CARD

Batsman R
Watson c Kieswetter b Finn 12
Warner c Kieswetter b Anderson 56
Bailey b Anderson 29
Clarke lbw b Bresnan 61
Hussey b Finn 13
Smith c Kieswetter b Bresnan 8
Wade run out sub 27
Lee not out 29
C.J. McKay c Kieswetter b Broad 2
P.J. Cummins lbw b Broad 4
Doherty not out 6
Extras 7w, 3lb 10
Total 50.0 Overs 257 - 9
Full Batting Card


Bowler O M R W
Anderson 9 0 55 2
Finn 10 0 47 2
Bresnan 10 0 54 2
Broad 10 0 47 2
Swann 10 0 47 0
Bopara 1 0 4 0
Full Bowling Card