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Morgan stars for England

Eoin Morgan in action, against Australia, at Lord’s, on Friday

London: A swashbuckling 89 not out from Eoin Morgan proved crucial as England beat Australia by 15 runs in the first one-day international at Lord’s on Friday.

Steven Finn and Stuart Broad both took 2-47 as England produced a stifling fielding display to dismiss Australia for 257-9 and take a 1-0 lead in the five-game series.

Australia captain Michael Clarke hit 61 from 67 balls with a six and six fours, while David Warner made 56 from 61 balls, also with one six and six fours, but after cruising to 96-1 the tourists lost wickets at regular intervals and fell too far behind the run rate.

Earlier, England posted 272-5, with Morgan’s innings, which included four sixes and five fours, ultimately proving the difference between the sides.

Jonathan Trott hit 54, with three fours from 70 balls, while Clint McKay was the pick of Australia’s bowlers with figures of 1-43, after the tourists won the toss and chose to field in overcast and damp conditions.

England captain Alastair Cook admitted he would have bowled given the choice and the openers found life difficult early on.

Ian Bell was on 3 when he was given out caught behind off McKay, but the batsman successfully referred umpire Richard Kettleborough’s decision. Replays showed the ball brushed Bell’s trousers.

After three separate rain delays, which kept the players off the field for exactly an hour in total, conditions improved, allowing Bell and Cook to put on 74 for the first wicket, before the former was lbw to Brett Lee for 41 at the end of the 17th over.

Bell didn’t realise he’d got the faintest inside edge on the ball and walked without asking for a referral.