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Cricket World Cup: England thrashed by Australia in first World Cup match

England were outclassed by an impressive Australia in a 111-run defeat on the opening day of the World Cup in Melbourne.

Cricket World Cup 2015, Melbourne:
Australia 342-9 (50 overs): Finch 135, Finn 5-71
England 231 (41.5 overs): Taylor 98*, Marsh 5-33
Australia won by 111 runs

Aaron Finch, dropped on nought by Chris Woakes in the first over, hammered 135 and Glenn Maxwell a 40-ball 66 to propel the co-hosts to 342-9.

Chasing the biggest score they had ever conceded in a one-day international against Australia never seemed likely for England and a top-order collapse further demonstrated the gulf in class.

Mitchell Marsh took 5-33 as England were bowled out for 231 despite an inventive unbeaten 98 from James Taylor.

Although an expected defeat by the tournament favourites does little damage to England’s hopes of reaching the quarter-finals, the manner of the reverse should provide cause for concern.

They were substandard in the field, lacked control at the end of the Australia innings and were saved from their heaviest World Cup defeat by Taylor.

The most costly mistake was made by Woakes, dropping a simple chance above his head at square leg off James Anderson to reprieve Finch from only the fifth delivery.

The right-hander made the most of his let-off to dominate the innings through flicks off his pads, brutal pulls and powerful hits down the ground.

But the biggest disappointment was England’s death overs, which featured too few yorkers, too many slow bouncers and Maxwell’s clean striking.

Steven Finn at least claimed the first World Cup hat-trick by an England bowler from the final three balls of the innings, all skied catches.

Bowling first on a flat pitch in the hope the overnight rain would result in some assistance, England reduced Australia to 70-3 by Stuart Broad and Woakes finding movement on a good length.

The lesson was not learnt, though, and George Bailey was allowed to settle on a diet of short bowling, making 55 and rebuilding in a stand of 146 with Finch.

When Finch and Bailey fell, England looked like they might check Australia’s progress, but Maxwell provided the late carnage. The final 10 overs yielded 105 runs, including 76 off the last six.

A successful chase looked fanciful, but England’s tepid reply never had them in the game.

As Australia hit their lengths and held their catches to provide the visitors with a lesson, one by one, England’s batsmen holed out.

Moeen Ali started the rot by pulling Mitchell Starc to mid-on, before Marsh’s medium-pacers took over.

Gary Ballance – in the side for Ravi Bopara – flicked to short mid-wicket, Ian Bell cut to deep point, Joe Root top-edged and captain Eoin Morgan toe-ended a pull to diving wicketkeeper Brad Haddin for a third successive duck against Australia.

Steve Smith’s wonderful flying catch at short cover accounted for Jos Buttler and left England at a hopeless 92-6.

However, Taylor, dropped down the order to accommodate Ballance, did find a way to score by running hard and capitalising on what loose bowling was on offer.

He nudged towards a maiden century in the company of last man Anderson, but was given out lbw to Josh Hazlewood, only for the decision to be overturned on review.

But, from the same delivery, Anderson was run out and, amid confusing scenes as the TV replays were consulted, England’s fate was sealed.

The International Cricket Council’s later admitted that an error had been made and that the ball should have been declared dead, but the decision was incidental to a one-sided result.

On Friday they face co-hosts New Zealand, who beat Sri Lanka by 98 runs in the tournament opener in Christchurch earlier on Saturday.

Read more at BBC Sport

Cricket World Cup: Australia captain Clarke out of England’s World Cup opener

Michael Clarke will not be rushed back for Australia’s World Cup opener against England at the MCG on Saturday.

Australia’s coach Darren Lehmann has confirmed Clarke will instead stick to the original timeline for recovery from his hamstring surgery, and is expected to return against Bangladesh on February 21.

On Thursday morning, Clarke jogged and walked laps of the MCG in a light training session following Australia’s comprehensive win over the UAE, in which he top scored with 64 and bowled two overs. There could have been a temptation for Australia’s selectors to view that performance as evidence he was ready to play against England, but Lehmann said a cautious approach was best.

“Happy with the way he pulled up and really happy with his progress,” Lehmann said. “But we’re going to stick with the plan and he’ll play against Bangladesh. Really happy with the way it’s gone, the way he batted, ran, fielded, bowled, he ticked all the boxes. A good solid week [ahead] and get prepared for Bangladesh.”

Clarke still has some fitness tests to pass before he is cleared to return to the side, but his progress has impressed the team’s medical staff and he is not expected to be in doubt for the Bangladesh game at the Gabba.

“He’s very keen to play but we’ve got to make sure that when he gets back he’ll be ready to go, and he will be on Saturday [next] week,” Lehmann said. “We just had a chat. He’s respectful of what we’re trying to do, get him right. He’s a quality player and a quality leader. Whilst we would have loved to have him available for this game, we’re making sure he’s 100% and ready to go for Bangladesh.”

Clarke was not the only injured player jogging laps at the MCG on Thursday, with all-rounder James Faulkner also enjoying a light training run as he continues his recovery from a side strain. Faulkner has batted in the MCG nets this week but the timeline for his return is unclear. He has no chance of playing against England, and may be reserved for the second half of the tournament.

“He’s batting comfortably now, so that’s a good sign for us,” Lehmann said. “We’re just dictated by the medical team at the moment with that. Hopefully he’ll resume bowling very shortly. We’ll wait and see on that one.”

Faulkner’s absence means Australia will need their other seam-bowling all-rounders, Shane Watson and Mitchell Marsh, to take on a greater bowling workload, but his finishing with the bat will also be greatly missed. Remarkably, Faulkner is currently ranked 22 on the ICC’s ODI batting rankings, and Lehmann said there was some chance he could play as a batsman only.

“We’ll look at those options, depending on where we’re playing and what the conditions are like, and who we’re playing is probably the key,” Lehmann said. “We’ll look at all of those.”

Read more at ESPN

Tri-Series: Australia v England: Glenn Maxwell helps hosts win tri-series

England were thrashed in their last competitive match before the World Cup, crumbling to a 112-run defeat in the tri-series final in Perth.

Glenn Maxwell starred with bat and ball for the hosts, scoring 95 and taking 4-46, and Mitchell Johnson took 3-27 on his return to international duty.

Tri-series final, Perth:
Australia 278-8 (50 overs): Maxwell 95, Marsh 60, Faulkner 50; Broad 3-55
England 166 (39.1 overs): Bopara 33; Maxwell 4-46, Johnson 3-27
Australia won by 112 runs

England had Australia 60-4 but the hosts recovered to post 278-8.

Johnson swept through England’s top order and Maxwell’s off-spinners did the rest as England were 166 all out.

England have now lost 13 of their last 15 one-day internationals against Australia in Australia and have only two warm-up games before they face them again in their World Cup opener on 14 February.

Captain Eoin Morgan still has several puzzles to solve, not least his own patchy form with the bat – the left-hander made 121 in the tri-series opener in Sydney but has posted scores of 0, 2 and 0 since.

Read more at BBC Sport

Cricket: England captain Morgan victim of ‘£35,000 blackmail plot’

England cricket captain Eoin Morgan has been the target of a bizarre blackmail plot just hours before the one day international against Australia, it was revealed today.

The England Cricket Board said it had been contacted by an individual demanding £35,000 before the first ball of the Tri-Series match tomorrow.

The man threatened to reveal embarrassing details of a brief relationship between the England captain and a Australian woman five years ago.

Details of the blackmail bid were revealed to the Standard today by the England Cricket Board amid fears it could disrupt the crucial one day match.

The ECB informed Scotland Yard of the blackmail bid and police tracked down the individual to Australia within 24 hours.

Paul Downton, the managing director of the England and Wales Cricket Board, said the board had received two emails within the last 48 hours from an individual in Australia trying to extort money making accusations against the England captain.

Mr Downton said: “There were references to a relationship that Eoin Morgan had five years ago with a single Australian lady.

“It was brief relationship five years ago and what appears to be a fairly deliberate attempt to extort a sum of money from the ECB.

“The individual, who comes from Hobart, demanded that the money be paid before the first ball was played on Friday.”

The suspect has been identified as an Australian resident of Hobart who is the new boyfriend of the woman Morgan dated five years ago.

The individual is understood to have found a phone with details of Morgan’s relationship with the unnamed woman.

He is believed to have threatened to reveal embarrassing details of the affair, including videos.

The man said to have been behind the alleged blackmail attempt was named in Australia as Nick Emery, who is described as a workplace safety consultant.

Mr Emery told the Herald Sun he was in possession of “sexually based’’ messages exchanged between his partner and Morgan last year.

He said : “I have got a fair bit of interesting content regarding Eoin Morgan with a woman who isn’t his girlfriend … there’s sexual content. It’s my partner.’’

Mr Emery said he had an urgent meeting yesterday with English cricket board members in Hobart, which had settled the matter.

Read more at Evening Standard