Clarke Half-Century Sets England Target Of 268
Australia 267-7 (Clarke 87no, Hopes 34, Wright 2-34) v England
First One-Day International, The Rose Bowl
Michael Clarke scored an unbeaten 87 to guide Australia to a score of 267 for seven in the first One-Day International against England at The Rose Bowl.
Clarke led an impressive recovery after good bowling early on from England had reduced Australia, who won the toss and chose to bat, to 98 for four. Clarke then hit seven fours on his way to a career-best score in ODI cricket in England, facing 97 balls in all and playing some fluent strokes.
England started strongly with the ball, keeping openers Shane Watson (32) and Tim Paine (26) relatively quiet thanks to tight bowling from James Anderson and Tim Bresnan.
Paine was dropped on 25 by Anderson at mid-on but the miss only cost England one run as Luke Wright's second ball saw him bowled via an inside edge, the wicket coming after Stuart Broad had Watson caught and bowled via a miscued pull shot that lobbed straight back to the bowler.
Ricky Ponting (21) looked in good touch before he hooked Wright into the hands of Broad at deep backward square and the Sussex all-rounder finished with figures of two for 34 to emerge as the pick of the bowlers, although Anderson and Broad both also returned two wickets.
Anderson's victims were Cameron White, bowled for ten, and James Hopes, who hit a swift 38 before being caught by Bresnan at short third man.
Left-arm spinner Michael Yardy, playing his first ODI for three years, had Michael Hussey caught by Craig Kieswetter keeping wicket for 28 and the last wicket to fall was Nathan Hauritz, who chipped Broad to Andrew Strauss for an aggressive 34 during the batting Power Play.
Australia hand a debut to quick bowler Josh Hazlewood, who at 19 years of age, becomes their youngest ODI cricketer on the occasion of the format's 3,000th game.
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