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Aussies flop in Champions Trophy

UPDATED 31 July, 2014 9:39AM AEST | 41

James Anderson led England to a 48-run win over Australia in the opening match of their ICC Champions Trophy campaign on Saturday.

The pace bowler surpassed Darren Gough as England's all-time leading wicket-taker in one-day internationals with three on Saturday, taking his career tally to 237.

The win gets the hosts' tournament off to the best possible start, while Australia face further questions following a lacklustre batting display.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, England's openers looked comfortable as Australia opened with pace from both ends.

Alistair Cook and Ian Bell were accruing runs with little trouble, but the captain then edged a delivery from Shane Watson into the gloves of Matthew Wade to see his innings ended at 30.

Jonathan Trott entered the fray in his place to form an all-Warwickshire partnership with Bell, and the latter brought up his 27th ODI half-century not long after.

The partnership was worth 111 runs when Trott played for a wide delivery from Mitchell Starc and was easily taken by the wicketkeeper after notching 43.

Joe Root was the next man at the crease and, after he saw Bell leave for 91 thanks to a straight delivery from James Faulkner, he also departed for 12.

Following Root's dismissal, which saw a catch taken off a Clint McKay delivery, Ravi Bopara went out to join Eoin Morgan at the crease.

The pressure was on for England as they had totalled just 4-189 with 11 overs to go, and only 12 runs later Morgan was dismissed by McKay.

England youngster Jos Buttler, who had tormented New Zealand in his last outing, then also returned to the pavilion with just one run to his name.

However, Bopara and Tim Bresnan succeeded in seeing out the remaining overs, making 73 between them to guide England to a competitive score of 6-286.

It was clear that England needed an early wicket to build momentum, and their seamers duly obliged as Stuart Broad tested Warner with a wide one which he nicked and Buttler gathered.

Broad then nearly struck again in his next over after Watson edged, but Cook just failed to hold on.

However, that disappointment was soon forgotten, as Bresnan caught Watson lbw with the all-rounder out for 24.

Another 46 runs were put on the board before England could add to their wicket haul, but Root soon had Phillip Hughes lbw in his fourth over, dismissing the 24-year-old for 30.

Adam Voges came in to join George Bailey on 28, but he succumbed to Bresnan for 15 in the batting powerplay.

The wickets of Mitchell Marsh (five) and Wade (one) were taken not long after, with Anderson equalling and then surpassing Gough's record as a result.

Bailey did manage to celebrate his fifth ODI half-century among the tumbling wickets, but he was gone two overs later after clipping a Tredwell delivery to Root.

And, though Faulkner hit an impressive 54 as his side struggled, the poor contributions of Mitchell Johnson (eight), Starc (five) and McKay (seven), saw Australia fall some way short of their target.

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First Posted 09 June, 2013 7:57AM AEST

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