Michael Clarke led from the front with a century as Australia overwhelmed England by 88 runs in the second ODI at Old Trafford on Sunday.

The victory saw Australia take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series following Friday’s washout in Leeds.

Australia captain Clarke’s 105, only his eighth hundred in 229 matches at this level, was the cornerstone of a total of 315 for seven and came after he’d made 187 at Old Trafford in the drawn third Test against England last month.

Man-of-the-match Clarke received good support from vice-captain George Bailey (82) in a fifth-wicket stand of 155 as Australia made its highest ODI score against England in England, surpassing its 302 for six at Trent Bridge in 2009.

England, having only twice before made more than 300 to win an ODI, slumped to nine for two as Mitchell Johnson took two wickets in three deliveries and was dismissed for 227 with 34 balls to spare. “It’s nice to get a win and it’s a good start to this series,” said Clarke. “To make over 300 was a really good score and all our bowlers executed.” — AFP

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