Michael Clarke century inspires Australia to win over England
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Captain Michael Clarke blasted a magnificent 105 as Australia outplayed England in all departments to beat the hosts by 88 runs in the second one-day international at Old Trafford on Sunday and go 1-0 up in the series.
Australia had set a challenging target of 316, driven by Clarke's 155-run partnership with George Bailey (82) against below-par bowling from England, who also struggled to get going with the bat and were bowled out for 227.
"All the boys deserve a lot of credit, the way we played. I think to make over 300 on that wicket was a pretty good score," Clarke said during his man-of-the-match presentation.
"(It was a) pretty good wicket batting first and our bowlers executed really well ... We are off to a great start which is really pleasing."
England, who won the test series 3-0 last month, lost the last two post-Ashes one-day series in 2009 and 2010-11 and a battling 75 from Jos Buttler was the main positive to reflect on as they seek to avoid a repeat with three matches remaining.
"It's very disappointing but I think we can learn a lot from today," England captain Eoin Morgan said. "We struggled to cope with conditions and adjusting to conditions early with both bat and ball."
The hosts, who rested some of their top Ashes performers, won the toss and chose to bowl on a sunny early morning start after the first one-dayer at Headingley was rained off but did not put up much of a fight as Australia piled on the runs following a bad start.
Opener Shaun Marsh fell for a duck to the fourth delivery of the day and Shane Watson almost went first ball before surviving after a review on an lbw decision.
Watson was not so lucky second time round when England called a review of their own and he was given out for 38.