Australia Wins Second ODI


Australia has managed to take their first victory of the Ashes series with a win in the second one day international at Old Trafford in Manchester. A century by Australian captain Michael Clarke proved crucial in ascending to an impressive first innings total of 315, one that an experimental English squad struggled to come close to.

After a stammered opening over which saw Shaun Marsh caught behind to Steve Finn and Shane Watson saved from an LBW decision by a referral, The Australian set a steady ground work and built a heavy total. The batsmen were clearly targeting James Tredwell who was taken out of the attack after seven overs after conceding at a rate of 7.5 an over.

Clarke’s 105 was clearly the backbone of the Australian innings, with his deputy George Bailey holding down the helm. Cameos from Watson and Aaron Finch proved handy in reaching the final total.

The English innings proved a struggle from the beginning with Michael Carberry and Jonathan Trott falling early. Kevin Pietersen, Joseph Butler and captain Eoin Morgan held some ground, but as the rest of the team collapsed around them, England was bowled out for 227, 88 runs short of their target.

Post match, Clarke spoke highly of his players and the impact the result had on moral, stating that picking up crucial wickets at crucial times proved the difference.

“Sometimes it might not look pretty or feel great, but if you get over the line and get that winning feeling it’s a nice side of the fence to be on” said Clarke.

After the first match of the series was washed out. Australia now sits in the drivers seat to pick up the Natwest ODI Series. Three games now are remaining, with the next match taking place in Birmingham on the 11th of September.

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