13 Jan 2014

Australia go 1-0 up in ODI series

6:25 am on 13 January 2014

The Australian batsman, Aaron Finch, scored 121 to guide Australia to a six-wicket win in Sunday's opening one-day international clash at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Finch and the fellow opener David Warner, who scored 65, dazzled while the captain Michael Clarke contributed 43 brisk runs as the hosts eased to a victory target of 270 with four overs to spare.

Earlier, half-centuries from Gary Ballance and Eoin Morgan helped England put behind a wobbly start and post 269 for seven wickets after the captain Alastair Cook had opted to bat first.

The 163-run stand between Finch and Warner in 28 overs laid the foundation for Australia's comprehensive win which prolonged England's misery Down Under after their test series whitewash.