Australia vs England: First One Day International – ODI live scores, blog

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    Australia v England

    MELBOURNE CRICKET GROUND, JANUARY 12, 2014

    1st ODI - AUS v ENG

     
    England 1st Inn 7/269
    Australia 1st Inn 4/270
    England won the toss and elected to bat
    Australia won by 6 wickets
    Australia Over:45.4  RR:5.91
    Batsmen Runs B 4s 6s SR
    GJ Maxwell* 8 12 0 0 66.67
    GJ Bailey 17 18 1 0 94.44
    England
    Bowlers O M R W Econ
    TT Bresnan* 9.4 0 56 1 5.79
    BA Stokes 10.0 0 64 1 6.40
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    Last Wicket: Clarke, 43 (c:Cook b:Bresnan)
    Current Partnership: 23 runs, 22 balls, RR:104.55

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    With an engrossing Ashes series out of the way, the action now moves to the limited overs part of England’s tour of Australia. Let the one-dayers commence, with the first of five matches at the MCG in Melbourne on Sunday. Follow the action live from 2.20 pm AEDT.

    It’s been a difficult tour for England and that would be understating it, but all can be put aside now with the commencement of the ‘pyjama’ game.

    The resting of Mitchell Johnson will allow the English batsmen some fresh hope, although they have quite a few of those who were at the receiving end of the battering during the Tests will still be a part of the ODIs.

    Secondly, the brand of cricket that Australia played in the Tests, their aggression and their desire to not give an inch, will quite unsurprisingly carry forward into the ODIs as well.

    And then, while likes of Ryan Harris and Peter Siddle will be absent to go with the resting of Johnson for this one, England can expect some unrelenting bowling from the likes of Nathan Coulter-Nile, Clint McKay and James Faulkner as well.

    On paper, Australia have announced a well-balanced playing XI.

    There are four batsmen, three all-rounders, a keeper and three bowlers. Of the three all-rounders, two are fast bowling ones and there is one who is a spinner who can bat.

    The Alastair Cook-led England will hope for better starts at the top from him and Ian Bell, who should open the innings. Joe Root’s indifferent form in the Tests notwithstanding, he should make it to the XI as well, as would ODI specialists, Ravi Bopara and Eoin Morgan.

    Morgan has been in Australia for a while, featuring in the Big Bash League and that should make adaptability to the foreign conditions a non-issue for him.

    There were a couple of England players who came through in the Ashes with their reputations unscathed; Stuart Broad and Ben Stokes. Broad’s been rested for this one – and the next – but Stokes could be their trump, given the confidence he would carry into the series.

    Broad’s non-selection and James Anderson’s absence will allow the likes of Tim Bresnan and Steven Finn to take over the bowling charges, although there’s always a Boyd Rankin that England can look to choose.

    Australia have opted to drop James Pattinson, Shaun Marsh and Johnson from this one.

    Interestingly, England enter the game with a reasonable ODI record last year. They managed to win a couple of ODIs in India, after a couple of whitewashes in the country, won an ODI series in New Zealand and managed to make it to the final in the Champions Trophy.

    This was all coming from a side that has traditionally struggled in the shorter format of the game.

    Australia, on the other hand, held their own in their previous ODI series in India, losing 3-2, but any scrutiny of performances in that match-up will be skewed by the nature of pitches in that series.

    Scores of 300 was almost like a new 225, with three 300-plus targets including two of more than 350 were chased down successfully.

    In fact in the final ODI, Australia had slumped to 6/138 chasing 384 for a win and went on to score 326 thanks to Faulkner’s 73-ball 116.

    Will the Aussies take any confidence from that one?

    Join me for the first ODI of the five match series on Sunday and you can follow the live score of this game from 2.20 pm AEDT and post your comments below.

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    • 10:17pm
      Beauty of a geek brains of a bimbo(atgm) said | 10:17pm | ! Report

      Great win by the team.rankin should be dropped and finn should replace him

    • Roar Guru

      10:13pm
      Suneer Chowdhary said | 10:13pm | ! Report

      Cook has blamed it on the bowling errors for their defeat. He also reckons batsmen need to get their eye in before going after the bowling.

      Mark Nicholas is a good man, he doesn’t ask him about Kevin Pietersen. Nor about Andy Flower.

    • 10:11pm
      Adsa said | 10:11pm | ! Report

      Only got rodgered by 6 wickets, well finally England are showing some spine, tough as, go Brit boys, the tour from hell continues.

    • Roar Guru

      10:11pm
      Suneer Chowdhary said | 10:11pm | ! Report

      As convincing a chase as you would find in this format of the game on what has been a decent pitch for both, batsmen and bowlers. Australia have won this quite easily and a lot has to do with the way their openers, Warner and Finch went.

      And that’s been a lot to do with how they were missed, how the luck went their way in the first portion of their innings. There was a dropped catch, there was one that was caught which the third ump thought was dubious and many others which could have gone to hand but fell just short or in no-man’s land.

      Following that, the duo took full advantage of those misses and added 163 for the first wicket. Finch went on to score his second ODI century while Warner was surprisingly scratchy and yet batted through 72 balls for his 65.

      Earlier, England seemed to have come up with their first good batting showing of the tour and 269 looked to be a more than decent effort. Full marks to Ballance and Morgan but Root’s 23-ball 3 and Cook’s early wicket pegged them back in the initial portion of their batting.

      Aaron Finch has been expectedly named the man-of-the-match. Incidentally, he’s the first Victorian to score an ODI 100 at the MCG.

    • Roar Guru

      10:08pm
      Pom in Oz said | 10:08pm | ! Report

      Well played Australia. I think that the ODI’s may become another routine routing of rubbish red-faced Pommies.

      Thanks for the blog, Suneer…

    • Roar Guru

      10:04pm
      Suneer Chowdhary said | 10:04pm | ! Report

      And that’s that, Maxwell has completed the formalities by hitting one over the mid-wicket and registering a six-wicket victory.

    • Roar Guru

      10:02pm
      Suneer Chowdhary said | 10:02pm | ! Report

      Bailey gets into a tangle with Stokes as he attempts a single but manages to get home safely. And off the next, he smacks one over mid-off for a four to bring his side within four runs of a win.

      4/266 in 45.

    • Roar Guru

      9:57pm
      Suneer Chowdhary said | 9:57pm | ! Report

      Trudging along now, waiting for the last rites to be completed. 13 more needed from 36.

      Here’s a good shot:

    • Roar Guru

      9:57pm
      Jiggles said | 9:57pm | ! Report

      I thought we saw the last of the big show in India…

      • Roar Guru

        9:59pm
        Suneer Chowdhary said | 9:59pm | ! Report

        You mean in the Tests in India?

        In the ODIs in October, he had scores of 31, 53, 3, 92, 9 and 60. Flat pitches alright but he averaged 40 plus and had a strike-rate of 150.

    • 9:57pm
      Johnno said | 9:57pm | ! Report

      38,000, it doesn’t like like 38K to me, more like 20K max

      • Roar Guru

        9:59pm
        Pom in Oz said | 9:59pm | ! Report

        Hi Johnno. I find if you drink more you end up seeing double…

      • 10:12pm
        Sandy said | 10:12pm | ! Report

        Looked like 38 000 to me.

      • 10:58pm
        Brendon the 1st said | 10:58pm | ! Report

        The MCG hold 100k Johnno

    • Roar Guru

      9:53pm
      Pom in Oz said | 9:53pm | ! Report

      Oooh! The Big Show is in…

    • Roar Guru

      9:52pm
      Suneer Chowdhary said | 9:52pm | ! Report

      So Cook now has two slips for the two batsmen facing up to Stokes. With the game already over.

      Or probably he’s learnt his lessons and we will see a more attacking captain from the next match onward.

      4/250 in the 43rd.

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