Player of the Match
Player of the Match
328dThe Report by Brydon Coverdale

Australia cruise to opening win

In front of 84,336 fans at the MCG, Aaron Finch scored 135, Mitchell Marsh took 5 for 33, and Australia subjected England to their second-biggest World Cup loss in terms of runs

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

AJ Finch
AJ Finch
135(128) 12x4 - 3x6
Control %83%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 26 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
2 16 31 20 11 16 14 25
JWA Taylor
JWA Taylor
98(90) 11x4 - 2x6
Control %66%
  • Productive Shot
  • on drive
  • 16 runs
  • 1x4 - 1x6
21 7 9 14 13 2 25 7

Best performances - Bowlers

MR Marsh
MR Marsh
O9
M0
R33
W5
Eco3.66
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
1W
ST Finn
ST Finn
O10
M0
R71
W5
Eco7.10
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
2W1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W

Scorer: Sanjay Murari | Commentator: Alagappan Muthu

That's all we've got for you from the MCG, but plenty more will be pouring in. Analyses from the ground, quotes from the players, craziness from Jarrod Kimber and of course, the match report from Brydon Coverdale. So look out for those, but this is Alagappan Muthu slipping away quietly to change my name to possibly research how I can change my name to Mitch

"It was a very very special moment, especially when the national anthems started. When you see the top stands filling up you know it's going to be a good crowd [it was 84,336 people]," says George Bailey. "The track slowed up later so it was nice to have a crack on the pitch first up. Home ground for Finch and he rose to the occasion, that's what we want gfrom the top order. I dont think he bowled that many overs in a row, I wanted him to take five wickets and I had to worry about the medical staff yelling at me. Good partnership, we lost a couple of wickets and it was nice to set up the innings or Mitch and Hadds and Maxi."

"I think it was probably above par, the wicket is really good and we probably let ourselves down in the field," says Eoin Morgan. "Death bowling let us down. 310 was par, but we needed all our guns firing. It's one of our strengths, we've been top in the first 10-overs and with Jimmy and Broady back, bowling was a good decision. That's the most frustrating thing, we started slow and cold in the field with drop catches and run outs. Finny taking his second five for on this tour so far and James Taylor very unlucky not to get a hundred. They're probably our two toughtest games in the group stage, and if we keep testing ourselves like this we'll go on to the quarter finals. I think the senior players need to stand up that's all."

10,00 pm England have struggled all through this game, but they did not deserve an end like this. James Taylor batted like a champion without any support and is left stranded on 98 for seemingly baffling reasons. Lots to talk about on Match Point

England's top order seemed to be a bit confused on which approach to take and Australia's fast bowlers - Mitchell Starc in particular - did not help matters with their express pace and fuller lengths. Then with the middle-order starting to wobble, Mitchell Marsh took over and sealed the match. If not for Taylor and his medley of slices and dabs, pulls, sweeps and reverse sweeps, England's margin of defeat would have been even more mammoth

"Surreal, it's just sinking it. We knew it was going to slow up a little bit. We would've batted first, it's a bit nervy being the first game of the tournament. [Dropped catch] thought I hit it nicely off the middle, you're not allowed to put fielders there. Just moving past that. Everyone contributed with bat or ball and contributed in the field as well. Good to take this win and hopefull build momentum in the tournament," says Aaron Finch, the Man of the Match

41.5
W
Hazlewood to Taylor, OUT, full and straight on middle and leg, Taylor looks for a flick and seems to have almost fallen over. Big appeal from the bowler, umpire Dar thinks and then gives it. Taylor immediately reviews it and it appears the ball might be skating down leg. Century still on the cards, it would seem. Funnily though, Aaron Finch had come up and started shaking hands with Taylor thinking the match was done. But wait, Dharmasena was checking for the run-out as the batsmen were looking to sneak a leg bye and it appears Maxwell has found his target to leave Anderson short of his ground. But how can that be considering Dar had given it out lbw and that means the ball should be dead, right? The question is, was he run out before the umpire's finger came up or was it after.... Taylor keeps telling it is dead ball, repeating it over and over, but Australia are already shaking hands and the umpires confirm that Anderson is indeed run out

JM Anderson run out (Maxwell) 8 (26m 11b 1x4 0x6) SR: 72.72

41.4
1
Hazlewood to Anderson, 1 run, Warner torpedoes himself towards the ball that had lobbed up from Anderson's leading edge. Terrific short ball from Hazlewood, but he
41.3
1lb
Hazlewood to Taylor, 1 leg bye, goes short, Taylor goes for a pull and it lobs over the keeper for a single to long leg. It is leg-byes though, so he remains on 98
41.2
0
Hazlewood to Taylor, no run, full and on off stump, Taylor tries to slice it through the covers. But can't quite manage it
41.1
4
Hazlewood to Taylor, FOUR runs, runs down the track and hammers a shortish ball to the left of mid-on. Marsh is the man cutting across, but he misfields and gives away a boundary

Hazlewood now

END OF OVER:
41 | 4 Runs | ENG: 225/9 (118 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 5.48, RRR: 13.11)

  • James Anderson7 (10b)
  • James Taylor94 (86b)
  • Mitchell Starc9-1-47-2
  • Mitchell Johnson8-0-36-2
40.6
0
Starc to Anderson, no run, good length ball outside off and Anderson stays alive for another over. Meanwhile, Starc's gone down, and stretches his left leg

Top at six

91

England's previous highest against Australia at No. 6 - Kevin Pietersen's 91 in 2005. Taylor has surpassed that score.

Top, from bottom

66

Previous highest by an England batsman batting at No. 6 or lower in the World Cup, Taylor has beaten that.

No. 6 stat

3

No. of World Cup games in which No. 6 from both teams have hit fifties, including this match. Last happened in 1999, twice.

Like father, like son

7

Mitchell Marsh is only the seventh bowler to take a five-for on World cup debut. His father, Geoff also had a good debut - he got a ton.

Best World Cup Debut

6/14

Best bowling figures on World Cup debut by an Australian, by Gary Gilmour. Marsh has taken four.

Tough ask

4

Number of times out of 53 targets of 300 or more have been chased successfully in the World Cup.

Quick!

54

Inns taken by Bailey to complete 2000 ODI runs - the joint third-fastest Australian to the landmark.

Rare achievement

3

Number of Australian batsmen before Finch to hit a century on World Cup debut; Overall, Finch is the 14th batsman to do this.

None before

0

Number of Australian batsmen before Finch to hit a century against England in the World Cup.

Indifferent form

21.35

George Bailey's batting average since he got his last hundred in ODIs. He has got three fifties in 21 innings.

Before today

103.58

Steven Smith's average in international cricket between this innings and the last time he was dismissed in single digits.

Not this time

52

Watson's ODI batting average against Broad before this game. Watson got dismissed for a first-ball duck in this match.

Anderson first up

11

Wickets taken by James Anderson in the mandatory Powerplays since 2014 - only Lasith Malinga has more (12).

Australia's turf

15

ODIs won by Australia against England at the MCG - they have beaten only one other team at any venue more often. WI at the SCG, 17 times.