Hussey And Marsh Lead As Australia Thump Bangladesh

Australia 254-8 (Hussey 85, Marsh 76, Shahadat Hossain 3-42) beat
Bangladesh 74 all out (White 3-5, Johnson 2-10, Geeves 2-11) by 180 runs
1st One Day International, Darwin. Australia lead the series 1-0

Even without Ricky Ponting, Matthew Hayden, Brett Lee, Andrew Symonds and Shane Watson, Australia were overwhelmingly too strong for Bangladesh in their first of three matches at Darwin.

Mike Hussey and Shaun Marsh scored half-centuries as Australia posted 254 before Bangladesh's batting collapsed, Australia's bowlers precipitating their lowest ever score in a One Day International.

Marsh, opening the innings alongside James Hopes (22), faced 105 balls for his runs, as Australia were unable to score as freely as they might have liked while the more experienced Hussey scored 85 from 87.

The Bangladesh batsmen, on the other hand, could barely score at all, only three batsmen making double figure scores and the biggest partnership of the innings was a paltry 16 between Tamim Iqbal, who top scored with 21, and Mohammad Ashraful, who made five.

Both men fell to Mitchell Johnson before Brett Geeves, making his ODI debut, picked up the wickets of Raqibul Hasan and Dhiman Ghosh to finish with two for 11 - as introductions to international cricket go, he won't have an easier time of things and Cameron White, the leg-spinner who has struggled to make his mark with the ball at the top level, returned career-best figures of three for five as he wrapped up the tail.

All-rounder Symonds was sent home following a "recommendation from the team management" late on Friday, according to a statement from Cricket Australia (CA).

Symonds was sent home following a team meeting where it was decided he would be better served with time away from the squad.

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