New Indian Express – Australia’s Aaron Finch celebrates scoring a century against England during their ODI cricket match in Melbourne in Australia on Sunday | Photo: AFP

An Aaron Finch century was the cornerstone of an imposing Australian total in the first one-day international against England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.

Summary

  • Australia’s Aaron Finch celebrates scoring a century against England during their ODI cricket match in Melbourne in Australia on Sunday | Photo: AFPAn Aaron Finch century was the cornerstone of an imposing Australian total in the first one-day international against England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.
  • Finch’s century was backed by fifties from Mitchell Marsh and Marcus Stoinis as Australia recovered from a shaky start in which the tourists finally managed to get bogeyman Steve Smith cheaply.
  • Fresh from scoring three centuries as Australia won the Ashes 4-0, Smith looked in commanding touch again as he scored at better than a run a ball, but was caught behind from the bowling of spinner Adil Rashid for just 23.
  • Finch set the tone when he hit two of the first three balls he faced for four and struck the ball powerfully in making 107, smashing 10 fours and three sixes.
  • Finch survived a third umpire review on an LBW appeal from the bowling of Rashid, and Ali also dropped a tough caught-and-bowled chance when the right-hander was at 61.


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