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Adam Williams and Marc Higginson

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  1. That's a wrap

    So there it is, the first day of action done and dusted.

    We've seen two high-scoring matches and right at the end, a bit of controversy with the Laws.

    Plenty of talking points from New Zealand's 98-run win against Sri Lanka to a comprehensive 111-run win for Australia against England, which you can now read more about in Stephan Shemilt's full report from the MCG.

    And that's just the start of it all for the next six weeks. Later today, we'll bring you two more games as Pool B begins.

    First up, South Africa face Zimbabwe in Hamilton and then it's India v Pakistan in Adelaide.

    Join us from around 21:30 GMT on Saturday.

    Mitchell Marsh
  2. A mistake?

    We've done some digging and it appears James Anderson shouldn't have been given out:

    3.6 Dead ball

    a) If following a Player Review request, an original decision of 'Out' is changed to 'Not Out', then the ball is still deemed to have become dead when the original decision was made (as per Law 23.1(a)(iii)). The batting side, while benefiting from the reversal of the dismissal, will not benefit from any runs that may subsequently have accrued from the delivery had the on-field umpire originally made a 'Not Out' decision, other than any No Balls penalty that could arise under 3.3 (g) above.

    The ICC rules are here.

    James Taylor was given out by Aleem Dar but overturned on review
  3. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "England have been preparing for the World Cup for the last few months and then they switch things around in the first World Cup game. Gary Ballance came in, Ravi Bopara went out, James Taylor went from three to six and Stuart Broad took the new ball over Chris Woakes. They wait for the biggest match they've had to make these changes. Surely they had plans in place before today."

  4. Captain's view

    England captain Eoin Morgan, speaking to Sky Sports: "Throughout the tri-series I felt that Ravi Bopara's bowling would be useful, but that wasn't happening, so it was a straight shootout as a batsman and it was a good opportunity to get Gary Ballance in as part of our best top seven.

    "The most frustrating part of the day was dropping catches. It's an area we pride ourselves on but we were caught quite cold at the start and made big errors.

    "We'll have a chat before the New Zealand game. This result doesn't make or break our tour. Our aim is to first reach the quarter-finals but our first two games are the toughest. I'll be looking for our senior players to lead from the front in that one."

    Eoin Morgan
  5. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "It was a splendid, sensible and organised innings from Aaron Finch. I couldn't fault him. Chris Woakes's catch was a straight-forward one at head height. It was regulation. The one from David Warner to Moeen Ali, it would have been a good catch because he hit it like a tracer bullet. England just didn't seem to have the aggression and the intensity."

  6. Captain reaction

    Australia captain George Bailey: "We were very happy to bat first. There was a lot of anticipation, a big build-up, but we felt like we have a strong batting line-up and it was nice to get out there and use that track first.

    "It's Aaron Finch on his home ground and he rose to the occasion. That's what we're after from our top order. We want great innings and to turn them into match-winning knocks and that's definitely what we got today.

    "Mitchell Marsh was outstanding, he broke the game open for us. It was a good toss to lose but the same result would have happened if we'd won it."

    Australia captain George Bailey
  7. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "When England won the toss and decided to put them in, I was thinking that with all the rain in the morning there might have been moisture and movement for the seamers. It did a little bit for four overs - that's not enough for putting people in. Eoin Morgan got it wrong, but it's not all his fault - he will have spoken to other people like James Anderson and Peter Moores. If you get the chance to bat first on a sunny day, you take it."

  8. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Diplomatically speaking, it was disappointing. But if you want it in straight Yorkshire, it was rubbish. England had a moment when Australia were 70-3. The Aussies had to play with common sense and patience. Aaron Finch played sensible cricket and got his team into a position where he could attack the bowling."

  9. Captain reaction

    England captain Eoin Morgan: "I think the score was probably above par even though the wicket was very good.

    "Probably 310 was par, but we needed all three guns firing and the top order to come off for us to chase that.

    "Our fielding was poor and our death bowling not on target at times. We started a bit slow and a bit cold, which is obviously a bit disappointing.

    "James Taylor was very unlucky at the end not to get 100 and he struck the ball cleanly. New Zealand will be a tough test next up for us and we need to stand up and put in a strong performance."

    Eoin Morgan
  10. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It doesn't get any better for Aaron Finch. He was dropped on nought and then scored a hundred in his debut World Cup game on his home ground. If he had been caught by Chris Woakes, you never know. But you can't take anything away from Finch. Coming into this game, I didn't rate him against spin but I was wrong. Fair play to him."

    Aaron Finch
  11. Australia reaction

    Man of the match Aaron Finch on his century: "It was nice and a little bit surreal. It hasn't quite sunk it yet, but it's great to get a win first up.

    "It's nice to get the first game out of the way and get under way here. After being dropped first ball, I just tried to put it out of my mind and play my natural game.

    "It's great feeling to get this first win out of the way and hopefully we can take that momentum forward for the rest of the tournament."

  12. Final scorecard

    Australia beat England by 111 runs

    Australia 342-9 (50): Finch 135, Maxwell 66; Finn 5-71

    England 231 all out (41.4): Taylor 98*; Marsh 5-33

    Fall of wickets: 25-1 (Moeen 10), 49-2 (Ballance 10), 66-3 (Bell 36), 66-4 (Root 5), 73-5 (Morgan 0), 92-6 (Buttler 12), 184-7 (Woakes 37), 194-8 (Broad 0), 195-9 (Finn 1), 231 all out (Anderson 8)

    Bowling figures: Starc 9-1-47-2, Hazlewood 6.4-0-45-0, Johnson 8-0-36-2, Marsh 9-0-33-5, Watson 3-0-13-0, Maxwell 4-0-35-0, Smith 2-0-19-0

    Full scorecard

    Mitchell Marsh
  13. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Thankfully, Taylor is 98 not out and not 98 and out. The letter of the law, as I understand it, is that the ball is only dead after he has reviewed it so James Anderson was right to be run out. Taylor batted beautifully and it was the only silver lining on a pretty grey day for England."

  14. Post update

    Allan Border

    Ex-Australia captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "What a way for Australia to start, they have battered England. It was anti-climatic and confusing at the end but it was emphatic from Australia. They got a reasonable start, wobbled a bit but one of their top three got a big score and the momentum swung."

  15. Australia beat England by 111 runs

    Anderson run out 8 (Eng 231)

    Confused by this? I certainly am. What I can tell you is that's the end of the game and Australia have won by 111 runs. After that lbw review against James Taylor was given not out, replays showed Anderson was out of his ground at the non-striker's end from a direct hit and it's he who is the last man out. Taylor is left stranded two short of a century on 98 not out.

  16. Not out

    The leg before is given not out on review, but we could have a run out here. So now we taking a look at that replay against James Anderson at the non-striker's end.

  17. Umpire review

    Is this it? Has Taylor been denied 100? Full ball from Hazlewood hits him on the pads and Aleem Dar gives him out for leg before. Taylor wants a review immediately.

  18. Text 81111

    Darryl: If I were a selector I would drop Morgan for Hales, and promote Taylor to number three and make him skipper. He does a pretty good job for Notts.

  19. Eng 225-9 (Taylor 94, Anderson 7)

    Mitchell Starc has a go now at trying to wrap it up. Anderson survives a couple of swings and misses before guiding one for four to the vacant third man region. And we continue....

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    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain

    "You can see @jamestaylor20 growing with every shot... Well maybe not but this is a fantastic innings on the biggest stage."

  21. Eng 221-9 (Taylor 94, Anderson 3)

    Mitchell Johnson wants to finish this off, but Taylor's still enjoying himself. Picks up a couple as he glances it away to the legside down to long leg. He has to take evasive action from the final delivery as one whistles past his gloves as he ducks away.

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    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "Amongst the debris, this is a little gem of a knock by Taylor. Great hands and innovation."

    James Taylor
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    Jack Maclaren: The way Taylor has played today just proves to me he should be coming in at three, giving him the time to construct an innings.

    Shane: Taylor is putting in a great innings in a dire situation and Boycott still plays him down because he's not golden boy Ballance.

    Tameena Hussain: Watching ENGvsAUS with 1 year old nephew. Giving him a lecture on how he shouldn't play like England when older. He's laughing.

  24. Eng 218-9 (Taylor 92, Anderson 2)

    More clever stuff from Taylor after that praise from AB as he continues to show his invention. Banged in short by Starc and he helps the ball on its way over Brad Haddin for four more. It's almost all over though a few balls later as George Bailey dives right-hand outstretched to try and clutch a catch at point. Taylor moves in to the 90s next ball with another neat shot with an open face behind the wicket to third man for four more.

  25. Who will win the World Cup?

    Australia, according to you.

    The public has spoken and an overwhelming 45% think the Aussies will win the World Cup. New Zealand (14%) and South Africa (9%) were the next most popular picks. England, for those who still care after this performance, collected up only 6% of the vote.

  26. Eng 205-9 (Johnson 7-0-33-2)

    "Oh Jimmy, Jimmy. Jimmy, Jimmy, Jimmy, Jimmy Anderson" is the last man in for England. Johnson sends one down in to the body, but it's off target and down the legside for five wides to bring up England's 200. Taylor moves to 80 with another neat use of his hands to open the face and guide it for four behind point.

  27. Post update

    Jim Maxwell

    BBC Test Match Special

    "Like a beachball, he just knocked it back to Mitchell Johnson. It was the easiest catch of all time... poor Finny was just stuck in the headlights and the ball followed him."

  28. WICKET

    Finn c&b Johnson 1 (195-9)

    Short and in to the ribs from Mitchell Johnson (I think we've been here before). Finn can only fend it off from the shoulder of his bat and it loops up to give the left-armer plenty of time to take the return catch.


    Mitchell Johnson
  29. Eng 195-8 (Starc 7-1-30-2)

    Very much in to the last knockings here as Steven Finn comes out at 10 for England. Starc sends down some "rippers" as Allan Border would say and Finn gets nowhere near any of them apart from a prod to the legside for a single from the final ball.

  30. Post update

    Allan Border

    Ex-Australia captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "He thought it was going to be a bouncer and he just picked the wrong one. It needs somebody to stay with Taylor while he gets his hundred, he's batted really well, has been inventive, has shown a range of shots and I'm very impressed."

  31. WICKET

    Broad b Starc 0 (Eng 194-8)

    Thanks for coming Stuart. It's all over after one ball for him today as Starc sends down a Yorker and it hits the base of middle stump. A hint of him backing away there to square leg. Not much else to say about that other than it gives me some crucial fantasy team points.


    Stuart Broad
  32. Eng 194-7 (Taylor 76, Broad 0)

    Stuart Broad strides to the middle of the MCG - where a crowd of more than 85,000 have come through the turnstiles today. A fair number of them dish out the now customary boos for him. Meanwhile, James Taylor moves in to the 70s with a clever bit of opening the face against Johnson for four down to third man and then he backs away to get four more down to point.

  33. WICKET

    Woakes c Smith b Johnson 37 (Eng 184-7)

    That's the end of that for Chris Woakes and Mitchell Johnson claims another England scalp. Woakes tries to loft him over mid-off, but doesn't middle it and finds the hands of Steve Smith, who takes a much more regulation catch this time.


    Chris Woakes
  34. Eng 184-6 (Taylor 66, Woakes 37)

    Taylor scores six more as this time Mitchell Starc gets tonked down the ground over long-on from a fullish delivery on the off stump. Almost scoring at a run-a-ball here in this knock.

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    BenFides: This Taylor chap looks handy... England should think about moving him up the order a bit...! #irony

    Andrew Hook: England cricket showing the tactical skills of Arsene Wenger. Drop the form man, James Taylor, down the order.

  36. How's stat?!

    England might have avoided their heaviest ODI defeat - by 165 runs to Pakistan in Karachi in 2005 - with that six from James Taylor, but they still need a few to ensure this is not their heaviest World Cup loss. That was by 122 runs against South Africa at The Oval in 1999.

  37. Eng 176-6 (Taylor 59, Woakes 36)

    A fine half century for James Taylor is brought up with a splendid six down the ground off Mitchell Marsh. Buoyed by that shots, he then comes down the pitch and hits Marsh through the legside over mid-on for four more. Good display this from the Nottinghamshire man, trying to put a touch of respectability on things.

  38. Eng 163-6 (Taylor 47, Woakes 35)

    James Taylor continues a steady accumulation here, despite his new home at number six.

  39. The weight of history

    As if to underline how great a task England face in overhauling 343 to win, here are their highest successful chases in ODI history:

    306-5 v Pakistan, Karachi, 2000

    301-9 v West Indies , Bridgetown, 2007

    296-4 v Netherlands, Nagpur, 2011

    295-6 v Pakistan, Headingley, 2010

    286-4 v New Zealand, Old Trafford, 1986

  40. Eng 159-6 (Marsh 8-0-20-5)

    Get those votes coming in and we'll reveal the result shortly right here. Mitchell Marsh - the man whose destroyed England's top order today - is back on to bowl with figures of 5-18 off seven overs. Woakes tries to drive him on the up through the offside, but only finds Steve Smith at extra cover. Another neat and tidy over from Marsh and it's time for a drinks break.

  41. Vote: Who will win the World Cup?

    Are Australia rightly tipped as favourites? Can South Africa rid themselves of the infamous 'chokers' tag? Will New Zealand finally reach a final?

    Vote now on who will win the World Cup.

    Vote using the options the right-hand side of this page, or via the 'vote' tab if you're reading on mobile or tablet. You have a few minutes left before the vote closes at 10:30 GMT.

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  42. Eng 157-6 (Target 343)

    That's enough double spin for Australia as Shane Watson returns for a second over. It's typical Watto stuff, neat and tidy, line and length and just four runs from it.

  43. Text 81111

    Mick Stratford: I'm confused. England win toss and field, we are not much good at chasing any total and 300-plus... forget it. Morgan's form if he wasn't captain, he would be dropped the selectors need to look at what's happening and show some guts. Guess the England thumped again excuse book is already out.

  44. Scorecard update

    England 153-6 (30 overs) - target 343

    Batsmen: Taylor 43*, Buttler 29*

    Fall of wickets: 25-1 (Moeen 10), 49-2 (Ballance 10), 66-3 (Bell 36), 66-4 (Root 5), 73-5 (Morgan 0), 92-6 (Buttler 12)

    Bowling figures: Starc 5-1-21-1, Hazlewood 6-0-41-0, Johnson 5-0-13-0, Marsh 7-0-18-5, Watson 1-0-5-0, Maxwell 4-0-33-0, Smith 2-0-19-0.

    Australia 342-9 (50): Finch 135, Maxwell 66, Finn 5-71

    Full scorecard

    Mitchell Marsh
  45. Eng 153-6 (Taylor 43, Woakes 29)

    Taylor and Woakes bring up a 50 partnership for the seventh wicket and the Nottinghamshire batsman plays a neat reverse sweep off Glenn Maxwell for another boundary. Woakes gets four himself with a conventional sweep and it's pretty easy pickings for these two. Could they?

  46. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Grant Sheppard: Why play Ballance? Why field first? Fear-based decision making!

    Phil Gilman: Never mind. At least the next World Cup is in England. Then at least the Aussies can hammer us at a reasonable hour.

  47. Eng 141-6 (Target 343)

    More spin from Australia as the overs rattle by. Taylor shows some neat footwork against Steve Smith with a four down the pitch, Aaron Finch can't cut it off despite his chase. Nearly within 200 runs of victory now.

  48. Eng 131-6 (Taylor 30, Woakes 20)

    It's worth remembering that England do need to make a decent fist of this innings in the light of how it will affect their net run rate in the group. On that note, these two have added 39 for this wicket so far, which is very good in the circumstances. Nothing much to trouble them from that Glenn Maxwell over.

  49. Post update

    Eoin Morgan
  50. Eng 124-6 (Target 343)

    Steve Smith comes on to bowl and it's a bit of a loose over from the man whose scored truck loads of Test runs this year. Couple of gifts offered up to Woakes and Taylor, the latter cashes-in with a pull shot for four down to deep square leg.

  51. Umpire review

    Eng 116-5

    For the first time in the game, we've got a review. James Taylor goes again for the pull shot, it passes over his head and through to Brad Haddin. Australia ask the question, but the replays show there's no touch on either bat or glove. Not out.

  52. Taylor dropped on 20

    Eng 115-6

    Thank you Marc, at times that last 25 overs has demanded a lot of fast typing amid an England middle order collapse. A sterling effort there. So what do England try and achieve out of the remainder of this game? Well, to start with Aaron Finch puts down a sitter as James Taylor mistimes a pull shot and picks him out at deep square leg. But, Finch somehow doesn't cling on.

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    Wisden editor Lawrence Booth: Luckily for England, the tournament format is so hopeless that this will all be forgotten when they lift the World Cup in seven weeks' time.

  54. Eng 112-6 (target 343)

    Like a cat teasing its prey, Australia are tormenting England now. It's almost as if they feel they can decide when to finish this one off. England are milking the ball into the gaps when they can, but there's more chance of Mitchell Johnson shaving his tash off than England chasing this down now.

    Anyway, with that my time has come to hand over the live text baton. Adam Williams has been warming up and has given the umpire his sweater. Here he is...

  55. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "What positives could you come up with today? Well, I suppose it hasn't rained! Steven Finn has taken a hat-trick even though the first two dismissals were about as far away as you can get from each other in the field. Third man followed by long-off."

  56. Eng 107-6 (Taylor 18, Woakes 8)

    I bet Australia head coach Darren Lehmann is chuffed to bits with this performance. He'll be cracking open a celebratory, Valentine's tinny in the dressing room. Good, old Boof... he's certainly transformed this Australia team. They are a formidable outfit once again but England are still in there fighting, albeit with the last rites being read. James Taylor top-edges a four off Josh Hazlewood. Savour it.

  57. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Michael Wallace: It's hard living in Australia and being English. Playing cricket this poorly doesn't make it any easier.

    Fred Carter: Become England ODI captain = you don't score runs!

    Andrew Goodfellow: When they suggested Morgan as captain needed to get his ducks in a row, I don't think this is what they had in mind.

  58. Eng 99-6 (target 343)

    Should we be getting worried about England's chances of beating Scotland, Afghanistan and Bangladesh? That's the bare minimum they would likely need to reach the quarter-finals. Another Mitchell, the one named Starc, comes into the attack to try and finish off England and there's some brief respite for the visiting fans when Chris Woakes clips a boundary through the leg side. Only brief, mind.

  59. Eng 94-6 (Taylor 12, Woakes 1)

    Earlier today, Steven Finn took the second most expensive five-wicket haul in one-day international history. Compare his 5-71 with Mitchell Marsh's figures: 7-0-18-5.

  60. Post update

    Allan Border

    Ex-Australia captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "That's as good as it gets. It's just absolute sheer brilliance. An absolute ripper which was struck as hard as you can strike a cricket ball and Steve Smith has just flung himself to his left and clung on to a spectacular catch."

  61. WICKET

    Buttler c Smith b M Marsh 10 (Eng 92-6)

    What an incredible catch. Think Jonty Rhodes in terms of its magnificence.

    Jos Buttler smashes one straight out of the meat of the bat and Steve Smith takes a flying, two-handed catch at short cover. That was travelling and Smith plucked the white ball out of the air as if it was a passing marshmallow. Mitchell Marsh is happy too - that's his five-for.


    Jos Buttler
  62. Eng 91-5 (Taylor 10, Buttler 10)

    James Taylor and Jos Buttler are being positive in adversity, with the latter reverse-sweeping Glenn Maxwell for four. A few ones and twos make it 11 from the over.

  63. Scorecard update

    England 80-5 (20 overs) - target 343

    Batsmen: Taylor 8*, Buttler 3*

    Fall of wickets: 25-1 (Moeen 10), 49-2 (Ballance 10), 66-3 (Bell 36), 66-4 (Root 5), 73-5 (Morgan 0)

    Bowling figures: Starc 3-1-10-1, Hazlewood 4-0-30-0, Johnson 5-0-13-0, Marsh 6-0-15-4, Watson 1-0-5-0, Maxwell 1-0-6-0

    Australia 342-9 (50): Finch 135, Maxwell 66, Finn 5-71

    Full scorecard

    Mitchell Marsh
  64. Eng 81-5 (M Marsh 6-0-15-4)

    Mitchell Marsh is following in well-trodden footsteps, with his father Geoff being part of Australia's team which won the 1987 World Cup. James Taylor is still in there and fighting for England and he takes a quick single. Jos Buttler also picks up a single but it's heavy going for England.

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    New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson tweets: Awesome win today by the boys! Great start to the World Cup Campaign #backtheblackcaps

    Read more about Anderson's innings of 75 and New Zealand's 98-run victory.

    Corey Anderson
  66. Eng 79-5 (target 343)

    I'll be honest... I had high hopes for England today. It's like the first day of the football season when you dream of success but your team gets walloped 4-0 in their opening game. James Taylor and Jos Buttler face mission impossible now. They take six from Glenn Maxwell's first over.

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    Felix Keith: Sorry everyone. Just got up and started watching - cue batting collapse. Mitchell Marsh though, seriously?!

    Dennis Ethan: Root and Bell fall in successive balls. Ridiculous! LOL at England

    James White: This is all very predictable. England one-day cricket is a total mess. No purpose with the batting and no variation with the bowling.

  68. Post update

    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "I think that was a pull shot from Morgan and it came off almost like the end of a snooker cue. It was horribly mistimed. It's another duck for the England captain and his poor run of form continues."

  69. WICKET

    Morgan c Haddin b M Marsh 0 (Eng 73-5)

    It's not getting any better for England. Their skipper, Eoin Morgan, picks up his fourth duck in five innings when he tries to pull Mitchell Marsh but gets an under-edge and Brad Haddin changes direction to taking a stunning, low one-handed catch.


    Eoin Morgan
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    Paul Roberts: England's potential quarter-final opponents (should we reach that far) will be employing every means to realise that match up.

    Daniel Burke: Taylor dropped to 6? Please tell me the thought process behind that one...

    John Reid: This is what happens when a gym teacher is head coach of a national cricket team and they practice with a rugby ball.

  71. Eng 72-4 (target 343)

    Australia still have two slips in place as they search for the last six wickets which will earn them an early night. If they come in the next hour or so, they might be able to take the WAGs out for a Valentine's meal. Or to watch 50 Shades.

    It's turning into a massacre at the MCG and England seem to lack direction. They are struggling to hit the ball off the square and Mitchell Johnson shows his aggression by throwing down the stumps at the batsman's end. Two from the over.

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    Mark Reynolds: Diabolical piece of captaincy from Morgan! Bat if you win the toss!

    Joe McCarthy: Why did England play a series, a tri-series and some friendlies and THEN decide to change the line-up? Taylor back to 3 please.

    Ben Wear: The minnows in this group will be licking their lips after watching this England performance.

  73. Eng 70-4 (Taylor 4, Morgan 0)

    England are suffocating under the yellow blanket which seems to be enveloping the MCG. Wherever they look, there's a pumped-up Aussie in their face. Mitchell Marsh is a tall all-rounder who is generating decent pace and bounce from his economical run-up. He's already got three wickets and England aren't able to do much more than knock him into the gaps for the time being. Three runs from the over.

  74. Post update

    Stephan Shemilt

    BBC Sport in Melbourne

    "James Taylor is sporting a new haircut. How do I know this?

    "When I went for a trim of my own this morning, the lady who cut my hair informed me that Taylor was in the previous day.

    "They had to Google him to find out who he is."

    James Taylor
  75. Eng 67-4 (target 343)

    Just waking up in Blighty? You might want to go back to sleep because it's all going to pot for England. After dropping Aaron Finch for a duck in the first over of the game, the burly opener smashed a ton. Steven Finn took a hat-trick but the Aussies still posted 342-9.

    Now, in reply, England are 67-4 with Ian Bell, Moeen Ali, Gary Ballance and Joe Root back in the shed. Set your alarm for 10. It might be over by then.

  76. Post update

    Allan Border

    Ex-Australia captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "What happens as the batting side now is that the opposition in the field are pumped, they start chasing down everything. As a batsman, you start to think, 'I've got to do something here' and that's when you panic and start to play rash strokes. But, someone has to break the shackles for England."

  77. Eng 66-4 (M Marsh 3-0-9-3)

    James Taylor, demoted to number six following Gary Ballance's inclusion at number three, is new to the crease and watches from the safety of the non-striker's end as Eoin Morgan bats back Mitchell Marsh's hat-trick delivery.

  78. WICKET

    Root c Haddin b M Marsh 5 (Eng 66-4)

    It's like groundhog day for England. They are getting pummelled down under by a fella named Mitchell. This time it's Mitchell Marsh, who's on a hat-trick as he induces a top edge from Joe Root and Brad Haddin takes a fine running catch. Shall we just go home now?


    Brad Haddin
  79. WICKET

    Bell c Starc b M Marsh 36 (Eng 66-3)

    The MCG is massive, one of the biggest grounds in world cricket. Which makes this dismissal all the more remarkable. Ian Bell swivels on a short ball and clips it high into the leg side where the only fielder for two towns, Mitchell Starc, is handily placed to take a running catch.


    Ian Bell and Mitchell Marsh
  80. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Patrick Fowler: England bring in an extra batsman and he's out for 10. Classic England.

    Kev McVeigh: Just think, if things had been different we could have had KP throw his wicket away cheaply instead of Ballance.

    Richard Brookes: Awful England! Main problem, can't bowl in last 8 overs! And can't score enough in the first 10 overs! Always under pressure.

  81. Eng 65-2 (target 343)

    It's 50 shades of singles for England at the moment. With Shane Watson into the attack and the field spread, Australia are content to starve their opponents of boundaries. And it's working for them.

  82. Eng 60-2 (Bell 32, Root 3)

    England in a bit of a rut here after the loss of that second wicket. They're nowhere near up with the required rate and you wonder how they'll force the issue. The third Mitchell - Mr Marsh on this occasion continues to bowl. A tidy over until Ian Bell cuts away with precision for four runs to keep England ticking over.

  83. Eng 54-2 (Johnson 3-0-11-0)

    Mitchell Johnson is beginning to hit fifth gear now and he sends down a rapid bumper which Joe Root jumps out of the way of. Television replays pick up on that last wicket, and notice that George Bailey didn't know where to position Aaron Finch. He plumped for short midwicket and bingo! The very next ball, Gary Ballance picks out Finch. Four more chipped from the target.

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    Happy Valentine's Day in case you've forgotten that date amongst the excitement of all this action.

    Scotland captain Preston Mommsen has shared how he's spending the big day with his team-mates Iain Wardlaw and Richie Berrington.

    Preston Mommsen Valentine's tweet

    Preston tweeted: Valentine's date with these two @wardy_lad & @Berrington44 . #havingashocker

  85. Scorecard update

    England 50-2 (10 overs) - target 343

    Batsmen: Bell 24*, Root 1*

    Fall of wickets: 25-1 (Moeen 10), 49-2 (Ballance 10)

    Bowling figures: Starc 3-1-10-1, Hazlewood 4-0-30-0, Johnson 2-0-7-0, Marsh 1-0-2-1

    Australia 342-9 (50): Finch 135, Maxwell 66, Finn 5-71

    Full scorecard

  86. Eng 50-2 (target 343)

    The Aussies, decked out in yellow, are buzzing around the field like a swarm of bees. England need to be stung into action soon because their run-rate of five an over is well below the 7.32 they need to win this opening match.

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    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "It was a lovely bit of fielding trap Australia set for him, but he hit it straight at him. I have to feel for Gary Ballance as he's had very little cricket and he comes in to play in the biggest match outside the quarter-finals and I'm not sure what England are thinking."

  88. WICKET

    Ballance c Finch b M Marsh 10 (Eng 49-2)

    The Aussies are putting their foot to England's throat here. The runs have dried up and now Gary Ballance clips a catch to Aaron Finch at midwicket. Mitchell Marsh has his first World Cup victim.


    Gary Ballance
  89. Eng 48-1 (target 343)

    Ian Bell doesn't seem too fazed by Mitchell Johnson's pace. Like the Teddy Sheringham of the cricket world, his extra class gives him extra time. When the whippy left-armer over-pitches, Bell pounces and carves four over extra cover. He middles another and it looks a certain four until George Bailey makes a fine diving stop.

  90. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Phil Coulson: England can't get the 1st 15 overs right. NZ smashed 110 in that period and it set them up. England don't seem capable.

    Tobs: England struggle to get over 280 in one-day cricket ..this will be a walk in the Park for Oz.

    Deano: Ian Bell is playing a stormer, nice to see a Coventry lad playing at the top level.

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    Eng 43-1 (Bell 18, Ballance 10)

    Josh Hazlewood wipes the sweat from his brow on this muggy Melbourne evening. Ian Bell and Gary Ballance seem content to take their time, knowing there will be plenty of time to chase down this target. Just two from the over and quite a few leaves.

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    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Mitchell Johnson is certainly the most difficult bowler I ever faced in Test cricket. He was a tricky proposition in last year's Ashes. Shoaib Akhtar is still the quickest by a long way. But in terms of left-armers, Johnson is extremely intimidating."

  93. Eng 41-1 (target 343)

    An expectant roar emanates from the cavernous MCG stands. It can only mean one thing... Mitchell Johnson is being unleashed on the Poms. With a fresh haircut and a trimmed tash, he slowly goes through the gears against the watchful England batsmen. Two from the over.

  94. Vote: Who will win the World Cup?

    England's odds may be lengthening by the minute, but who do you think will win the World Cup?

    Are Australia now even stronger favourites? How about New Zealand after their win today?

    Vote using the options the right-hand side of this page, or via the 'vote' tab if you're reading on your mobile.

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    Trent Boult
  95. Eng 38-1 (Hazlewood 3-0-28-0)

    Is there a sudden chill in the air as the sun sets on the MCG? The umpires think so as they call for an extra layer. Ian Bell looks a million dollars out there as he pulls the ball here and flicks the ball there. Gary Ballance weighs in with a boundary through the covers. Fetch that.

  96. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Paul Day: Wake up, check BBC sport app, see that Finn has taken a hat trick! Then notice Oz have scored nearly 350. Oh well, back to bed.

    Rob Jones: My prediction is we'll fall 90 runs short, at best.

    Dan Healy: If England pull this off, I'll live in a monastery & take a vow of silence. No catches, like most of Eng fielding.

    Andrew Walker: Moeen Ali once again throwing away his wicket, such a waste, given total and a half decent start

  97. Eng 29-1 (target 343)

    If you're just joining us, you might not realise that Gary Ballance is playing for England today at the expense of Ravi Bopara, meaning James Taylor drops down to six. Good decision or muddled thinking?

    Moeen's dismissal brings GB to the crease and the left-hander is off the mark with a streaky four down to fine leg.

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    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Moeen got a couple of drives away in the previous over off Josh Hazlewood. Mitchell Starc a bit more up on his pace and Moeen gets that one too high on the bat and can't get it away."

  99. WICKET

    Moeen c Bailey b Starc 10 (Eng 25-1)

    No, Moeen, no. The England opener tries to pull one which is too quick for him and ends up splicing a catch straight to George Bailey at mid-on.


    Moeen Ali
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    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "They'll be teams sat in hotel rooms watching this opening game. If England made a poor reply here and don't ever look like getting close to chasing this target, it will show those teams that England are beatable later in this tournament. What they need to do is made a real positive go at this and show their intent."

  101. Eng 24-0 (target 343)

    There's a touch of the Glenn McGrath's about Josh Hazlewood - he's tall, upright at the crease and likes to get in close to the wicket at the non-striker's end. Ian Bell greets the young Aussie with a sumptuous cover drive, then the left-handed Moeen Ali cracks successive boundaries through the same area.

  102. Eng 10-0 (Moeen 2, Bell 6)

    Just joining us? Good morning. Let me quickly bring you up-to-date.

    The long and short of it is that England need 343 to beat Australia in their World Cup opener at the MCG. Aaron Finch clubbed a wonderful 135 for the Aussies, after being dropped on nought. Steven Finn took a hat-trick with the final three deliveries of the innings for England.

    Back to the middle, Ian Bell picks up England's first boundary when he guides Mitchell Starc past the slips for four.

  103. Eng 5-0 (Moeen 2, Bell 1)

    England are off the mark! It's with a wide, but they'll take it. Josh Hazlewood shares new-ball duties and delivers a couple of extras but, those blips aside, slips nicely into a nice groove. He's landing it on a sixpence. Five from the over.

  104. Eng 0-0 (target 343)

    Australia like to hold the big man - Mitchell Johnson - back so it's Mitchell Starc, another left-arm quick, who takes the new nut. He's quick too, with his first delivery being taken at head height by Brad Haddin. It's fast, full and a maiden over.

  105. Post update

    It's time to see what England are made of. The players emerge through the haze of smoke left by fireworks, with the sun still to set on this glorious Melbourne day. Mitchell Starc to Moeen Ali. Let's play.

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    Don't forget, you can get updates sent to your phone - from every fall of wicket to just the final score - through the BBC Sport app. Find out how to get alerts from the competition here.

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  107. Australia's hero

    How good was that knock from Aaron Finch? He helped repair the damage when his side slipped from 57-0 to 70-3 and slowly went through the gears as he took apart the English bowling.

    Aaron Finch graphic
  108. Floppy sunhats & cricket superstitions

    Feeling superstitious while listening to England at the World Cup? Going through your own set of routines to try to will Eoin Morgan's men to victory? You're probably not alone.

    Cricket is a breeding ground for superstitions and this week's "Stumped" on the BBC World Service features interviews with two of the sport's most eccentric characters. Wicketkeeper Jack Russell wore the same floppy sunhat for 23 years, while batman Ed Smith purchased the same two items every morning of his cricket career.

    The programme also hear from former World Cup winner Jason Gillespie on what it takes to win cricket's biggest tournament, and some tales from legendary raconteur Henry Blofeld.

    Alison Mitchell presents a lively, informative, irreverent and humorous debate with the voice of Cricket on ABC Radio, Jim Maxwell and Prakash Wakankar from All India Radio. And you can download the podcast right now.

    Jack Russell
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    Stephan Shemilt

    BBC Sport in Melbourne

    "To give you an idea of how the MCG dominates the south-easterly part of this city, I've taken a few photographs to try to illustrate the point. The first was taken a couple of nights ago, after the warm-up match between Australia and the UAE. Even the best part of a mile away, the floodlights shimmer a reflection off the Yarra River."

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    Andrew Samson

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    The most expensive five-wicket hauls in ODI history are:

    5-73: Gordon Goudie, Scotland v Australia, Edinburgh, 2009

    5-71: Steven Finn, England v Australia, Melbourne, 2015

    5-70: Jason Gillespie, Australia v Pakistan, Nairobi, 2002

    Steven Finn
  111. Post update

    Thanks Adam. I left you at 140-3... what happened?!

    England now to break a few records to win this one. Their highest successful run-chase in one-day cricket is the 306 they scored against Pakistan in 2000. Freddie Flintoff was the hero that day, with 84 off 60 balls.

  112. World Cup catch-up (part two)

    At the MCG, England won the toss and elected to bowl first.

    Aaron Finch provided the early fireworks for Australia and cashed-in on being dropped on nought to score 135 off 128 balls.

    Glenn Maxwell then took over the onslaught with 66 off 40 balls.

    A hat-trick for Steven Finn off the final three balls only managed to mask what was a huge total from Australia of 342-9.

    Up to speed? I'm off for a lie down in a dark room and Marc Higginson will take you through the resumption.

    Glenn Maxwell
  113. World Cup catch-up

    So, caught up with all that late drama?

    I think my fingers have just about managed to get that late flurry of runs (mainly runs) and wickets down.

    In case you've not been with us through the night - let us take you through it.

    It all began with New Zealand and Sri Lanka in Christchurch and a 98-run win for the Black Caps.

    The co-hosts made 331-6 after being put in at Hagley Oval, and Sri Lanka were bowled out for 233 in response.

    Brendon McCullum and Daniel Vettori celebrate a wicket
  114. Post update

    Australia's Glenn Maxwell: "It was nice to get a couple out of the middle and build on a good start. I think 342 is going to be a challenging total. I think the pitch might dry out and crumble a bit and it will be hard to chase."

    Glenn Maxwell
  115. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Mark Tomlinson: Super bowling by Finn! Finally something to cheer, just a shame it was the last over!

    AJ Eriksson: Wow - what a finish to Australia's innings. The hat-trick's the last bit of good news for England though I feel.

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