Australia 315-7 (Clarke 105, Bailey 82) beat
England 227 (Buttler 75) by 88 runs
Second One-Day International, Old Trafford
Michael Clarke and George Bailey shared a 155-run partnership that put Australia on course for an 88-run win over England in the second One-Day International at Old Trafford.
Clarke made 105 and Bailey a quickfire 82 as Australia posted 315 for seven and that score, their highest in an ODI in England, was more than enough to put them 1-0 up in the five-match series.
Jos Buttler (75), Kevin Pietersen (60) and Eoin Morgan (54) made half-centuries in reply but England lost wickets early and were bowled out for 227 in the 45th over.
England won the toss and chose to bowl first and although they struck early to have Shaun Marsh caught behind without scoring, they were quickly being put under pressure.
Aaron Finch made a run-a-ball 45 and Shane Watson led a charmed life during his 38 in 51 balls before Clarke and Bailey came together.
The Australian captain completed his seventh ODI century and first against England in 94 balls, hitting 14 fours before falling to Boyd Rankin, who followed up immediately with the wicket of Matthew Wade for a golden duck.
Bailey struck five fours and four sixes and late cameos from Adam Voges (16 in 16 balls) and James Faulkner (18 in 11) pushed Australia past 300.
Finn, Rankin and Ravi Bopara all picked up two wickets with James Tredwell the other man to take a wicket although his being hit out of the attack early left England looking at least a bowler light. Australia took full advantage.
The theory was that if they were light on bowling, at least England batted deep. Unfortunately, depth is irrelevant if only four players reach double figures and one of those is Finn, who crashed 16 in 23 balls.
Mitchell Johnson delivered a hostile early burst that saw off Michael Carberry (4) and Jonathan Trott (0) and when Joe Root was bowled by Faulkner for three, England had slipped to 38 for three.
Unlike against Ireland when they were in a similar situation, here they were faced with better bowlers and although Pietersen's 60 in 66 balls and Morgan's 54 in 69 included a number of fine shots, Australia hit back.
Watson had Pietersen caught by Faulkner and Morgan was caught by Clarke off Clint McKay either side of Voges snaffling the wicket of Bopara, caught and bowled for one.
Ben Stokes made five but fell as McKay struck again and after Tredwell was run out for one, Buttler cut loose, hammering five fours and three sixes to make 75 in 65 balls.
Despite the ferocity of some of his hitting, the cause was long since lost and Australia's victory was confirmed when Fawad Ahmed had Buttler caught by Johnson and Finn, who hit a four and a six, was caught by Voges off McKay.
McKay ended with three for 47, Johnson two for 36 as Faulkner, Voges, Ahmed and Watson took a wicket apiece as Australia produced a superb all-round bowling performance to back up an equally impressive effort with the bat.
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