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England 1 Australia 0

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First blood to England. With the Ashes looming next month, the hosts registered the first psychological blow of the cricketing summer with a comfortable win over Australia at Edgbaston. It was a Champions Trophy group match rather than a Test but seemed to confirm suspicions that Australia's batting line-up without their injured captain Michael Clarke is very weak.

Over the next seven months the two nations will meet in ten Test matches in consecutive Ashes series, not to mention countless one day and Twenty20 encounters. The players will be sick of the sight of each other by January, but this one day international initially seemed like a tentative case of getting to know each other. England's bowlers quickly realised that the Australian batsmen offered little threat.

England batted first and accumulated runs steadily, to the slight consternation of watching supporters who believed that the serene progress of Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott was too cautious to amass a decent score. Those concerns seemed justified when England's big hitters Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler both lost their wickets without making an impact. Only a late partnership between Tim Bresnan and Ravi Bopara allowed England to post a respectable 269.

If the batsmen had been so-so, England's bowlers were superb, stifling the Australians from the outset and never allowing them to get comfortable. Jimmy Anderson was once more the pick of the bowling, beating Darren Gough's record for the most one-day wickets for England.

Man of the match Ian Bell scored 91 but admitted that England were a little concerned that they hadn't reached 300. Once the bowlers started swinging the ball though, it was apparent that England were on top. "Up front the first 10 overs were going to be very important for us, and the way Jimmy and Broady bowled was brilliant," he said. "To be able to celebrate Jimmy's achievement is great."

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