England get perfect start

England’s cricketers got off to the best possible start in the first ODI against Australia.

The Aussies fell 15 runs short at the end of their 50 overs, with Anderson, Finn, Bresnan and Broad taking two wickets each whilst Morgan shone with the bat, making an unbeaten 89.

Every one of the English batsmen who took to the crease made double figures, which is a remarkable achievement, especially against such a good one day side like Australia.

What makes this win even better for England is that it’s the first time they have EVER been able to defeat the old enemy in Lords when batting first – yet another historic cricketing day.

Warner and Clarke offered some stiff resistance, both reaching half centuries, but the run rate was never quite going to match England’s and Stuart Broad’s wickets of McKay and Cummins effectively ended all hope of an Australia comeback.

Morgan was definitely man of the match, and if it wasn’t for him this article would definitely be written in a different taste. Complaints about how we can’t handle the accurate bowling of the Aussies and that our own bowlers aren’t up to the pressures, but I’m glad that we came to the end of the game with a win that, ultimately, we deserved.

About 20 overs through England’s innings I thought 250 might be a par-ish score which would give Australia a tough time.

I’m glad we got to 270+ now! And all thanks to that man Morgan. Keep it up!

It’s now seven ODI wins on the spin for England, can we make it 11 and whitewash Australia? I doubt we can, but I have renewed hope and expectation that we can win the series.

I didn’t think we’d be able to before this game. I thought we’d had too much of a good time lately, and surely it couldn’t continue. But that just goes to show what momentum can do for you, especially with the home crowd roaring every run, every bowl and every wicket.

Let’s get behind them and cheer England on to a 5-0 thrashing!

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