Australia Strike Early But Rain Spoils The Fun
Australia 145-4 (White 55no, Collingwood 2-20) v
England 4-2 (Johnson 1-1, Lee 1-3) - match abandoned
First Twenty20 International, Old Trafford
Cameron White hit a maiden Twenty20 International half-century as Australia reached 145 for four in the first match against England and after England lost two wickets in their reply, rain at Old Trafford forced the match to be abandoned.
White smashed 55 in 36 balls, hitting one four and three sixes after coming to the crease with Australia on 54 for three in the ninth over and took advantage of being dropped early in his innings by Joe Denly.
Paul Collingwood and Stuart Broad returned two wickets apiece as England, with their Ashes-winning players back in the team, made a good start by getting rid of Shane Watson (10), David Warner (33) and David Hussey (0).
Michael Clarke remained unbeaten on 27, facing 34 deliveries while Adam Voges thumped 11 in eight balls at the death.
England then lost openers Ravi Bopara for one and Denly without scoring, slipping to four for two before the rain arrived.
Brett Lee, in his first international match of the tour, had Denly caught by Nathan Hauritz off a miscued pull at square leg while Mitchell Johnson had Bopara caught by Watson at second slip.
The rain then set in to ruin everybody's fun although the two sides are due to meet again at the same venue on 1st September.
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