George Bailey urges Aussies to not lose heart after England loss

Stand-in captain George Bailey urged Australia to remain true to themselves despite a defeat by England that dented their hopes of retaining the Champions Trophy. In what was the first of 26 Anglo-Australian clashes across all formats between now and February 2, England beat their arch-rivals by 48 runs to win Saturday’s Group A opener at Edgbaston.

Australia, still without injured captain Michael Clarke due to a recurrence of the star batsman’s longstanding back problem, were set 270 to win after England’s Ian Bell made 91 on his Warwickshire home ground. But their batsmen struggled against disciplined bowling led by James Anderson (3 for 30), who in the course of the innings became England’s outright most successful one-day international bowler, surpassing the record of 234 wickets he had shared with Darren Gough.

Openers David Warner (nine) and Shane Watson (24) both fell cheaply, to seamers Stuart Broad and Tim Bresnan respectively. And for all that Bailey and James Faulkner made fifties, Australia were rarely in the hunt before finishing on 221 for 9. Read more
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