Australia Begins English Tour Badly

It wasn't the ideal start the Aussies were hoping for. They're now down 2-0 in the ODI series.

Robert Whiteby Robert White

Australia and England possess one of the greatest rivalries in sport, but the beginning of the tour has not started off well for the Aussies.

They lost their second straight one-dayer on Sunday and now need to win the final three in order to take the series. Can they do it? It seems unlikely; their opponents have now won eight straight one-day fixtures.               

Another loss will mean England could well and truly steal the Aussie's spot atop the ODI rankings and be both the best ODI and Test side in the world.

England easily made their target of 252 with 26 balls and six wickets in hand after Ravi Bopara knocked an 82 and Ian Bell produced another 75 runs.

Shane Watson and George Bailey were the Aussie’s best with the bat. They made 66 and 65 respectively.

Their total never looked convincing enough as a defendable one and Bell, in the role of opener, got the home side off to a great start.

Michael Clarke took the wicket of Bell with his first ball and was probably Australia’s best bowler, posting figures of 1-13.

The return of Mitchell Johnson has been a frustrating one. The 30-year-old, who last played in November against South Africa, was very average in taking no wickets and being hit around the park for 43 runs in just seven overs. Former legendary pace bowler Brett Lee wasn’t much better with 0-53.

The third match will be played in Birmingham on Wednesday.