Morgan, Trott half-centuries help England to competitive total

Eoin Morgan slammed an unbeaten 63-ball 89 which included five fours and four sixes Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

London: Jun 29, 2012

Contrasting half-centuries from Eoin Morgan and Jonathan Trott saw England reach 272 for five in their allotted 50 overs against Australia in the first one-day international match at Lord s on Friday.

Morgan slammed an unbeaten 63-ball 89 which included five fours and four sixes, while Trott stroked a 70-ball 54 as their effort was ably complimented by Alastair Cook (40) and Ian Bell (41).

The opener got England off to a steady start before rain interrupted the proceedings. The duo stitched a 74-run partnership for the first wicket, before Brett Lee caught bell lbw.

Once Bell departed, Australia two crucial blows to send back Cook and Ravi Bopara as the home team reached 121 for three.

Trott and Morgan than got down to stabilise the England innings as the milked the Australian attack.

The two added 68 runs for the fourth wicket as the Australian bowlers struggled to break the partnership.

Just when England looked poised for a big score, Xavier Doherty castled Trott to provide visitors an important breakthrough.

Craig Kieswetter than joined forces with Morgan, as the duo took the host s past 250-run mark.

Earlier, Australia captain Michael Clarke won the toss and elected to field.

England were unchanged from the side that wrapped up a 2-0 series win over the West Indies last week while Australia struck with the team that thrashed an Essex XI featuring England one-day captain Alastair Cook by 179 runs on Tuesday.

If England sweep this series 5-0 they will replace Australia at the top of the one-day international rankings and become the first team to top the standings in all three formats — Test, ODI and Twenty20 — of the game.

Veteran fast bowler Brett Lee came into this match needing just two more wickets to have taken the most in one-day internationals for Australia.

The tourists pace attack also featured 19-year-old rising star Pat Cummins, who was playing his first match against England.

Brief Score: England 272 for 5 in 50 overs (Eoin Morgan 89*, Jonathan Trott 54, Ian Bell 41; Clint McKay 1 for 43) vs Australia

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