Michael Clarke hits ton as Aus beat England
Michael Clarke led from the front with a century as Australia overwhelmed England by 88 runs in the second one-day international at Old Trafford yesterday. Victory saw Australia take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series following Friday's washout in Leeds.
Australia captain Clarke’s 105, only his eighth hundred in 229 matches at this level, was the cornerstone of a total of 315 for seven and came on the same ground where he made 187 in the drawn third Test against England last month.
Man of the match Clarke received good support from vice-captain George Bailey (82) in a fifth-wicket stand of 155 as Australia made their highest ODI score against England in England, surpassing their 302 for six at Nottingham’s Trent Bridge in 2009.
England, having only twice before made more than 300 to win an ODI, slumped to nine for two as Mitchell Johnson took two wickets in three deliveries and were dismissed for 227 with 34 balls to spare.