MATCH RECAP: Alastair Cook won the toss and elected to bat on what was an excellent batting pitch. The English got off to a slow start losing two early wickets to Clint McKay.
Ian Bell knuckled down and steadied the ship before departing for 41.
Gary Ballance and Eoin Morgan put together a strong 83 run partnership to resurrect the England innings. Morgan fell for 50 while Ballance pushed on to 79 while the wickets tumbled around him.
It was a great knock by the 24-year-old who was playing just his second ODI and gave his team every opportunity to post quick runs at the end of the innings without worrying about wickets.
Jos Buttler came in swinging for a quick 34 which pulled England up to 269. McKay was the best of the Australian bowlers with 3-44 off his ten overs.
Australia need 270 and they got off to a flyer with Aaron Finch and David Warner at the crease. Both openers were in excellent form leading into the match which continued with Finch blasting his way to fifty and Warner in the unfamilair anchoring role.
The pair produced a match-winning 163 run opening partnership before Warner departed for 65. Finch pressed on and brought up his second ODI ton in front of his home crowd and by then the game was just about over.
It could have been a very different story if Gary Balance hadn't dropped a simple catch when Finch was on 10.
Michael Clarke hit a solid 43 and Australia cruised to victory with five overs to spare. 270 was never going to be enough against Australia's powerful batting lineup.
It was no surprise to see Aaron Finch awarded man of the match for his 121 off 128 deliveries.
Australia take a 1-0 lead going into the second game in Brisbane on Friday.
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Tim Bresnan continues.
That will do it!
Glenn Maxwell hits the winning runs and Australia take a 1-0 lead in the series with five overs to spare.
Not having Stuart Broad has made a big difference for England. They need his bowling and his chirpyness in the field.
Boyd Rankin has ahrdly impresed tonight. He has gone at 6.62 per over to be the most expensive of the English bowler.
Australia just need 4 runs now with 3 deliveries to get them.
How about the English team?
Luke Wright seems like a natural inclusion based on his T20 form. Michael Lumb is another who could be considered. He's hit 29, 56 and 54 off his last three innings.
There's also Michael Carberry who was servicable during the Ashes. He made the Test team on the back of excellent ODI form so it seems strange that he's not in the ODI team now.
Australia now just need 18 runs of 42 overs to win.Back to top
Michael Clarke, Shane Watson and even David Warner could all be rested at some point in this series. Darren Lehmann has signaled his intent to abolish any form of rotation policy but with with an important series against South Africa starting in February, it does make sense to give those three players a rest at some point.
Australia need 23 to win. England need 6 wickets.
Australia still look the good but Michael Clarke will be kicking himself for that poor shot. He wa shaking his head as he walked off.
WICKET: No footwork from Michael Clarke. He tries to drive it through mid-off it hits the splice of is bat and Alastair Cook takes and easy catch to give Tim Bresnan his first wicket.
This game will surely raise the debate between 50 over cricket and 20 over cricket. This game was virtually over 25 overs into the Australian innings.
George Bailey has come to the crease.
You'd expect these two to see things through quite easily.Back to top
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WICKET: Gone! Ben Stokes gets Aaron Finch. That was a tired shot. He tried to slice that through the covers but didn't get all of it and it come off the edge and down to third man where Gary Ballance takes the catch.
Ballance was the guy who dropped Finch when he was on 10.
Australia 3-241 after 40.
Chris Jordan to take up the attack from the other end.
He opens his account with a wide. Not a great start for the tall quick.
We haven't seen much of him before but Alastair Cook tells us he isn in great form.
Another wide! Down the leg side and the crowd cheers.
Jordon finally gets it right but David Warner still gets a single.
CLOSE: Excellent delivery! Jordon looks much better bowling to Aaron Finch with his shape away from the right hander. Just misses the edge.
Boyd Rankin continues.
FOUR: Rankin with a poor delivery. Bowls short of a leangth and Aaron Finch whips it off his hip for FOUR.
FOUR: And again! This time Finch cuts past point for FOUR. That takes him to 19.
How costly will that drop be?
Australia 0-28 after 5.
FOUR: Michael Clarke guides Chris Jordan past the keeper for FOUR. That has to be frustrating for the bowler.
Australia 2-233 after 39 and just need 37 runs off the next 11 overs.
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We've seen George Bailey play his way into the Test team off the back of some excellent ODI form. Could Aaron Finch possible take the same path? They're very different players but Finch has all the shots a can bat with discipline when required.
FOUR: Aaron Finch takes full advantage of the fielding restrictions and lofts Boyd Rankin down to long-off for FOUR.
Another good over for Australia. 8 from it.
Batting powerplay in effect.
FOUR: Michael Clarke is seeing it like a beach ball. He's middled just about every ball he's played at.
Australia 2-214 after 36. 4 runs per over will win it from here.
Chris Jordan back into the attack.
No need for Australia to take any risks. These two can just take the easy singles and Australia will chase this down comfortably from here.
Australia 2-218 after 37.
Aaron Finch has 111. Michael Clarke is on 31.
I don't think there is any doubt about who will be winning Man of the Match.
Ravi Bopara is bowling very well.
Australia 2-204 after 35.Back to top