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Clarke leads Australia to 267-7 against England

Michael Clarke made a fluent unbeaten 87 to lead Australia to a competitive total of 267 for seven in the first one-day international against England on Tuesday.

cricket Updated: Jun 23, 2010 01:57 IST

Michael Clarke made a fluent unbeaten 87 to lead Australia to a competitive total of 267 for seven in the first one-day international against England on Tuesday.

Australia won the toss and openers Shane Watson and Tim Paine added 52 for the first wicket in perfect batting conditions at the Rose Bowl in Hampshire.

Watson was caught and bowled by Stuart Broad for 32, Paine was bowled by Luke Wright for 26, and when captain Ricky Ponting was caught on the long-leg boundary by Broad off Wright for 21, the Australians were struggling at 86 for three.

Cameron White (10) and Mike Hussey (28) also fell cheaply before Clarke, who hit seven fours, was joined by all-rounder James Hopes and the pair put on 57 for the sixth wicket.

Nathan Hauritz chipped in with a quickfire 22 at the end but England, who beat Australia in the World Twenty20 final last month, will be confident of chasing down the target and taking a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.