February 2, 2015
Australia batted first and England made some early inroads with a fine spell of new ball bowling from James Anderson removing both openers without much trouble for the scorers.
Skipper Bailey was next to go as he fended off a short ball from Stuart Broad straight to the man with short legs who happened to being fielding there also James Taylor.
There was a useful contribution from Steve Smith when he got a quick fire 40 before being stumped by a comical bit of work from Jos Buttler to give Ali his first scalp.
Maxwell (95) and Marsh (60) put on 141 runs in the partnership of the match which in affect won the game for the boys from down under. There was also useful efforts from James Faulkner who brought up his 24 ball half century with the last ball of the innings smashing a huge six off Steve Finn.
England started there reply in poor fashion when Ian Bell got a fine edge through to Brad Haddin off Josh Hazelwood. It didn’t stop there either as Mitchell Johnson was a man on a mission to destroy anything in his path.
Taking two wickets in two balls, them being Moeen Ali and Eoin Morgan not before earlier removing James Taylor on his way to figures of 3-27 off his 7 overs.
Australia were well and truly in control by this stage at 46-4 prompting Skipper Bailey to toss the ball to Glenn Maxwell. His part time spin made very light work of the English lower order. They were finally put out of their misery when Finn missed a straight one from Josh Hazelwood for a very mediocre 166.
Maxwell finished with figures of 4-46 off his 9 overs. The top scorer in the English innings was Ravi Bopara with 33.
England have there work cut out ahead of the World cup. Eoin Morgan has to find some form from somewhere and he only has two more warm up games to do it in.
First up England take on the West Indies on Mon 9th of Feb & then Pakistan on Wed 11th before the tournament kicks off on the Saturday 14th against Australia.