Clarke ton helps Aus post big total

Clarke ton helps Aus post big total

Australia captain Michael Clarke blasted a magnificent 105 as the touring side set England a challenging target of 316 to win the second One-Day International at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Clarke's 155-run third-wicket partnership with George Bailey (82) was the driving force behind Australia's imposing total of 315 for seven wickets against below-par bowling from the hosts.

England won the toss and chose to bowl on a sunny early morning start after the first one-dayer at Headingley was rained off but did not put up much of a fight as Australia piled on the runs.

The tourists got off to a bad start, losing Shaun Marsh for a duck to the fourth delivery of the day, and Shane Watson almost went first ball before surviving after a review on an lbw decision.

Watson was not so lucky second time round when England called a review of their own and he was given out for 38.

The Hotspot technology did not show any contact between the bat and Ravi Bopara's delivery, caught by Jos Buttler, but the loud woody noise that accompanied Watson's swipe was enough to change the umpire's original call.

Opener Aaron Finch made 45 off 45 balls before Joe Root caught him at long on and Bailey's fine innings ended when he was caught by James Tredwell off Bopara as the clouds gathered over Old Trafford.

score board

Marsh c Buttler b Finn    0
Finch c Root b Tredwell    45
Watson c Buttler b Bopara    38
Clarke c Buttler b Rankin    105
Bailey c Tredwell b Bopara    82
Voges (not out)    16
Wade b Rankin    0
Faulkner c Morgan b Finn    18
Johnson (not out )    6
Extras (B-1, LB-1, W-2, NB-1)     5
Total (7 wkts; 50 overs)    315
Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-60, 3-116, 4-271, 5-283, 6-283, 7-308.
Bowling: Finn 10-1-68-2, Rankin 10-0-49-2, Stokes 10-0-66-0, Bopara 10-0-57-2, Tredwell 8-0-60-1, Root 2-0-13-0.