Bresnan And Wright Haul England Up To 257
England 257 (Bresnan 80, Siddle 3-55) v Australia
ICC Champions Trophy Semi-Final, Centurion
A 107-run seventh-wicket partnership between TIm Bresnan and Luke Wright hauled England from 101 for six to a score of 257 all out against Australia in the first ICC Champions Trophy semi-final at Centurion.
Coming together with their side in desperate trouble having lost their top six batsmen inside 21 overs, Bresnan's maiden ODI half-century and Wright's well-paced 48 saw them post a total that at least gives their bowlers something to work with.
Bresnan clubbed 80 in 76 balls with 11 fours and Wright's runs came from 68 balls with two fours and he hit Nathan Hauritz for two sixes.
England won the toss but were soon in trouble when Andrew Strauss (14) was well caught by James Hopes off of Peter Siddle and Owais Shah (0) flicked Brett Lee to Tim Paine.
Paine went on to claim five catches in the innings, including those of major top order contributors Joe Denly (36) and Paul Collingwood (34).
Steven Davies marked his ODI debut by being bowled by Shane Watson for five and it was Siddle who ended the Bresnan-Wright partnership when Wright flashed at a wide delivery to give Paine one of the easiest catches he had to take and the ICC Emerging Player Of The Year returned three for 55.
Lee and Watson picked up two wickets before a mix-up between last-wicket pair James Anderson and Graham Onions saw the innings end with a run out two balls prior to the end of the 48th over.
Wicket-keeper Davies replaces Ravi Bopara which means Eoin Morgan plays as a specialist batsman and they make two bowling changes, Stuart Broad missing out through injury and being replaced by Bresnan with Onions coming into the side as Ryan Sidebottom sits out.
Australia made no changes to the side which got past Pakistan by two wickets in their final group game. Collingwood equals Alec Stewart's England ODI appearance record of 170 matches in today's game.
Australia: Shane Watson, Tim Paine, Ricky Ponting (captain), Mike Hussey, Callum Ferguson, Cameron White, James Hopes, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, Nathan Hauritz, Peter Siddle
England: Andrew Strauss (captain), Joe Denly, Owais Shah, Paul Collingwood, Eoin Morgan, Steven Davies, Luke Wright, Tim Bresnan, Graeme Swann, Graham Onions, James Anderson
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