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Australia vs England, 1st ODI, England in Australia 2013-14

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Australia won by 6 wkts | Australia Vs England Live Score, 1st ODI

That's all we have from here today. Australia have gone 1-0 up in this 5-match ODI series. Will England fight back? To know the answer, join us back on January 17 for the next game in Brisbane. Till then, goodbye and cheers....
Clarke: 'Aaron Finch, very well played. We were a bit sloppy in the field. But our batsmen did a pretty good job to get the runs. Our momentum has come from the series we played in the UK. When we lost the Ashes there, we got the confidence to perform better after that. The boys have put in a lot of hard work and it makes my job easier. We are not looking too far ahead but this is a fantastic preparation for the World Cup. It is held here but for now our focus in fully on this seris.'
Cook: 'Yeah it was disappointing, we were probably 20 runs short. If you bowl top of off, it was difficult to score. I think you got to get yourselves in before you could do anything else and that's exactly what Finch and Warner did. We, on the other hand, lost wickets at regular intervals. Morgan and Ballance batted well, it would have been nice if they would have doubled the stand. We had a couple of chances but we did not take them. I was impressed with Jordan and Ballance today. Of course you can, I mean it's ODI cricket and you can turn it around.'
Finch: 'It is always nice to get a good start to the series. It is a nice feeling. It is surprising to know that I am the first Victorian to get a ton at the MCG. You need a bit of luck every now and then. But the wicket was good and we set a good platform. When you are batting with Davy Warner, it gives you a lot of confidence. He is a great guy. I know him for last 15 years now and he took a lot of pressure off me It never gets boring with him.'
Aaron Finch is the Man of the Match for his knock of 121.
Warner and Finch put on 163 for the first wicket, which was Australia's highest opening stand against England. Finch got a wonderful ton, his first at home while Warner, who got a reprieve on 22, went on to register a well made fifty. Clarke hit some good shots and perished just when a few runs were required. In the end, Bailey and Maxwell took Australia home quite comfortably.
Different format but same result for the hosts. They have won this comfortably with over 4 overs to spare. They were decent with the ball putting pressue from the beginning but a late surge by England allowed the visitors to put up a competitive total on board. It looked like an intriguing contest was on cards. But a strong batting performance by the Australians made this look pretty easy.
45.4 Tim Bresnan to Glenn Maxwell 2
2 runs, keeps it short this time, Maxwell gets on top of the bounce and pulls it to deep mid wicket to hit the winning runs
45.3 Tim Bresnan to Glenn Maxwell 0
no run, very full and outside off, left alone by Maxwell
45.2 Tim Bresnan to George Bailey 1
1 run, bangs very short on middle and off, Bailey pulls it nicely to deep mid wicket
45.1 Tim Bresnan to Glenn Maxwell 1
1 run, fullish on leg, Maxwell flicks it off the hips to fine leg
End of over 45, 9 runs (1 wd 1 1 . 1lb 4 )
AUS: 266/4
George Bailey - 16(17) This over: 6 runs
Glenn Maxwell - 6(9) This over: 1 runs
Ben Stokes
(10.1 - 0 - 65 - 1)
44.6 Ben Stokes to George Bailey 4
FOUR, Bailey wants to get this over with quickly. It was fuller on off this time, Bailey gets forward and lofts it to long off
44.5 Ben Stokes to Glenn Maxwell 1lb
leg byes, 1 run, fullish on leg, the ball goes off the pads to square leg. The batsmen runs a quick single as Stokes races to stop the ball on the leg-side and almost collides with the batsman
44.4 Ben Stokes to Glenn Maxwell 0
no run, a touch fuller on leg, Maxwell comes fown the track and swings but misses it
44.3 Ben Stokes to George Bailey 1
1 run, short of length on the stumps, Bailey pulls again to deep square leg

Match details

Toss : England won the toss and elected to bat first

Umpires : Ranmore Martinesz (Sri Lanka) and Simon Fry (Australia)

TV umpire : Kumar Dharmasena (Sri Lanka)

Match referee : Ranjan Madugalle (Sri Lanka)

Teams

Australia : David Warner, Aaron Finch, Shane Watson, Michael Clarke(c), George Bailey, Glenn Maxwell, Brad Haddin(wk), James Faulkner, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Clint McKay, Xavier Doherty.

England : Alastair Cook(c), Ian Bell, Joe Root, Gary Ballance, Eoin Morgan, Ravi Bopara, Jos Buttler(wk), Ben Stokes, Tim Bresnan, Chris Jordan, Boyd Rankin.

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