Monday 9 September 2013 

Last Time England Faced Australia at Edgbaston


England go head-to-head with Australia for the 11th time in an ODI at Edgbaston this coming Wednesday, in search of their sixth victory over their biggest rivals.

Last time they met, England ran out winners by 48 runs on a glorious sunny day in June’s ICC Champions Trophy.

England v Australia was the first game of the ICC Champions Trophy for both teams, with Sri Lanka and New Zealand being the other two nations in contention for the two semi-final places from Group A.

After winning the toss and electing to bat first, Alastair Cook and Bears’ star Ian Bell put on 57 for the first wicket, with the England skipper being the first man out, caught behind off Watson for 30.

Bell added 111 for the second wicket with fellow Bear Jonathan Trott and looked set to become the very first Warwickshire player to score a century in an international match at Edgbaston. However, James Faulkner dashed the hopes of a passionate home crowd by bowling the Edgbaston favourite in the 38th over for 91.

Despite losing four wickets for 24 runs, Ravi Bopara and Tim Bresnan put on an unbeaten 56 off 41 balls to take the home side to a respectable 269 for 9 off their 50 overs.

England struck early in Australia’s response with Stuart Broad removing the dangerous David Warner for just nine.

The home side continued to take key wickets at crucial times, and when Australia lost skipper George Bailey for 55, the game was effectively over with the visitors 151-7, requiring a further 119 off 65 balls.

James Faulkner impressed with 54 off 42 balls as other members of the Australian lower order struggled to make an impact on the target set by England. The innings closed on 221-9 with the home team securing a 48-run win and two points towards qualification for the semi-finals.

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