England Hammer Prime Minister's XI
England XI 264-8 (Buttler 61, Ballance 56) beat
Prime Minister's XI 92 (Bopara 4-3) by 172 runs
Tour game, Manuka Oval, Canberra
England dismissed the Australian Prime Minister's XI for just 92 on their way to a crushing 172-run win in a one-day tour game in Canberra.
The tourists reached 264 for eight after Gary Ballance and Jos Buttler hit half-centuries and then bowled their opponents out in just 26 overs.
Ravi Bopara finished with figures of four wickets for three runs while Boyd Rankin took two for 37 as England claimed a confidence-boosting win ahead of Friday's second One-Day International against Australia in Brisbane.
The PM XI was led by Brett Lee and he struck twice early on to have both Alastair Cook and Joe Root trapped in front for one before England, through Michael Carberry (47 in 50 balls) and Ballance (56 in 71) recovered with a 75-run stand for the third wicket.
Ben Cutting dismissed Carberry before James Muirhead - known to England after his efforts playing against them for the Cricket Australia Invitation XI earlier in the tour - returned three for 52 with the wickets of Ballance, Eoin Morgan (4) and Bopara (18).
Buttler then hit four fours in his 61 in 60 balls to ensure that England finished their innings strongly and he was well supported by Tim Bresnan (36).
Chris Jordan (11 not out) and James Tredwell (18 not out) were at the crease at the end of the innings.
England's fast bowlers then made early inroads through Chris Jordan (1-13), Rankin and Bresnan (1-25) and the Prime Minister's XI were quickly in trouble.
Brad Hodge made 28 and Michael Spaseski 13 but that was about as good as it got for the home side, for whom Lee (12) was the only other player to make it to double figures.
Bopara wrapped things up with the wickets of Cutting (9), Lee, Muirhead (0) and Jackson Bird (0).
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