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Australia's batsmen post massive total against Scotland

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Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh helped themselves to hatful of runs as Australia posted a mammoth 362-3 from their 50 overs against Scotland.

Finch, who last week recorded the highest ever single international Twenty 20 score against England, scored 148 from 116 balls against a hapless Scotland bowling attack in Edinburgh.

This time the powerful right hander was topped, just, by fellow opener Shaun Marsh who carved 151 runs at over a run-a-ball.

This one-off ODI is being served as preparation for the 50 over series against England, who are also in action today against Ireland.

However, Scotland's bowlers hardly gave the batsman a working over that will prepare them for the test of leading England bowlers such as Steven Finn and James Tredwell.

26-year-old Finch, with a strike rate of 127.6, hit the hosts all around the Citylets Grange in a knock that included 16 fours and seven sixes.

Majid Haq was the only bowler whose economy was under a run-a-ball, but even he went for 52 off his 10 overs.

Marsh, 30, wasn't as aggressive as his partner but the left hander's 151 included 16 fours and five sixes.

Finch was caught by Freddie Coleman off Haq and Marsh offered a catch to Goudie off Iain Wardlaw's bowling but by the time they had departed there wasn't much time for the other batsmen to make an impression.

Shane Watson was typically aggressive in recording 37 from 24 balls before being dismissed by Wardlaw, while Captain, Michael Clarke, and George Bailey were unbeaten in single figures.

Scotland are yet to bat, but it would take a miracle to pick up a victory here.

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