Clarke Ton Guides Australia To Impressive Victory

Clarke Ton Guides Australia To Impressive Victory

Michael Clarke scored 105 from 102 balls to help Australia win the second One Day International at Old Trafford and take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.

 

Australia posted an intimidating 315/7 from their 50 overs and it proved far too much for England to chase as they romped to an 88 run victory.

 

George Bailey scored 82 from just 67 balls and cameos from Aaron Finch (45) and Shane Watson (38) pushed Australia to their highest ever ODI score against England in England.

 

There were few positives for England – the bowlers shared the wickets but all leaked runs and only three batsmen scored above 16.

 

Kevin Pietersen looked in good form scoring 60 in his first ODI for England in two years, whilst Eoin Morgan (54) and Jos Buttler (75) both racked up fifties.

 

Mitchell Johnson bowled well and picked up the early wickets of Michael Carberry and Jonathan Trott, leaving Clint McKay to snatch three wickets later on as Australia wrapped up England’s innings with 5.4 overs to spare.

 

This is only Australia’s second win against England on this tour, and with England resting several of their star players for this series, Australia have a great opportunity to grab the momentum going into the second Ashes series of the year down under this winter.