James Anderson became England’s leading ODI wicket taker as England beat Australia by 48 runs in their opening Group A ICC Champions Trophy match.
Anderson took three wickets for 30 runs, moving past Darren Gough to take the outright lead as England’s most prolific one-day wicket taker.
After winning the toss, England captain Alastair Cook put his side into bat in this pre-Ashes skirmish on an Edgbaston pitch that looked good for spin.
Openers Cook and Ian Bell put together a 57 run partnership before Cook fell on 30 off the bowling of Watson. Bell, who was later named man of the match, would go on to top score with 91 from 115 balls, but England’s innings was slow going.
Trott added 43 from 56 as Ashley Giles' side got to 168-1 before the wickets started tumbling. Trott went first, quickly followed by Bell and Root in the space of a few balls.
The impressive James Faulkner took two for 48 from a 10 over spell for the Australians, and he looked equally handy with the bat later in the match.
Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler also both fell cheaply leaving England 213-6 at one point and looking well short of a good total, but a quickfire 46 from Ravi Bopara got his side up to 269 for 6 from 50 overs.
For the Aussies, vice captain George Bailey top scored with a good knock of 55, while the 23-year-old Faulkner put on an extremely impressive unbeaten innings of 54 from 42 balls.
Stuart Broad opened proceedings with the first wicket half an hour into play as David Warner was caught by Buttler, before Tim Bresnan got the prize wicket of Shane Watson 30 runs later, leaving Australia 47-2.
Bresnan added another, while Root, Bopara and James Tredwell all got in on the act as well. But Anderson was the star of the show, removing Mitchell Marsh and Matthew Wade in quick succession to gut the Aussie middle order.
And in the end England’s bowlers just managed the game, restricting their opponents to just 221 for nine from 50 overs.
England face Sri Lanka next Thursday in their next Group A match at the Oval.News Now - Sport News