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England vs Australia, 2nd ODI: Birthday Boy Broad On Song

By on June 25, 2010

England 243 for 6 (Morgan 52, Strauss 51, Bollinger 3-46) beat Australia 239 for 7 (White 86*, Watson 57, Broad 4-44) by 4 wickets…

Stuart Broad celebrated his 24th birthday with four wickets as England restricted Australia to a below par total in the second NatWest Series one-day international at the SWALEC Stadium.

Broad picked up the first three wickets and returned to collect another late on as the tourists, who chose to bat first, could only muster 239 for seven.

The seamer’s 4-44 from 10 overs was just reward for an aggressive first spell that tempered Australia’s rollicking start.

Broad struck twice in the bowling powerplay to have Tim Paine and Ricky Ponting caught behind. He then had Michael Clark held at short-leg and returned in the batting powerplay to remove Steve Smith for 41.

Smith, one of Australia’s two changes along with Clint McKay in place of the injured Ryan Harris and dropped Josh Hazlewood, had added 84 for the sixth wicket with Cameron White, who top-scored with 86 not out from 98 balls.

White held the innings together, having arrived at 77 for three, and ensured an unchanged England would be made to work to double their series lead.

Still smarting from Tuesday’s four-wicket defeat at the Rose Bowl, Watson and Paine picked up regular boundaries early on without taking undue risks.

Watson drove three fours in the first over, bowled by James Anderson, to set the tempo under sunny Cardiff skies with a smattering of cloud.

With Australia taking 51 from the first 10 overs Andrew Strauss was forced into juggling his bowlers, but first-change Broad broke through immediately after England took their powerplay at the earliest opportunity.

Broad strangled Paine down leg for 16, including three fours, and Ponting followed to an outside edge four overs later for 13 as they managed only 16 from the powerplay.

Strauss continued to attack and Broad rewarded his captain’s instincts with a vicious bouncer that Clarke could only glove to Graeme Swann close in for one.

Broad gifted White a life on three when he overstepped as wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter clung on to an outstanding catch diving to his right.

Watson went to fifty at better than a run-a-ball, but he top-edged a pull on 57 and Kieswetter took a sprawling catch on the leg side. Watson’s 59-ball innings contained eight fours.

Strauss turned to spin for a time, but Anderson returned to castle Mike Hussey for 14 in a wicket-maiden.

White and Smith rebuilt and the former struck Swann for the first six of the game, over wide long-on.

They reached a half-century alliance from 64 balls and White arrived at his personal milestone from 72 deliveries shortly before Australia enforced the batting powerplay after 43 overs.

Smith perished as they sought to push on, getting a leading edge to Broad and looping an easy catch to Paul Collingwood at cover as 33 came from the powerplay.

White, who hit seven fours, dispatched Anderson’s miscued full toss over the long-on boundary in the penultimate over before James Hopes sacrificed his wicket, run out by bowler Tim Bresnan, to get White back on strike for the final ball.

Source: ECB

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