Aussies destroy awful England

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Steve Smith has propelled himself into the air to take a catch and help Mitch Marsh to his fifth wicket of the World Cup match against England.

David Warner is a key man at the top of the order for Australia. Source: News Corp Australia

AUSTRALIA has sent an ominous warning to its World Cup rivals, destroying England in their opener at the MCG.

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10pm — AUSSIES SECURE MASSIVE WIN

ENGLAND lost this one at the toss, sending the Aussies in on a good wicket under blue skies and the hosts capitalised in a big way.

Aaron Finch smashed 135 after being dropped on 0 in the first over as Australia set England 343 to win.

The Poms were never in it in response, ultimately falling 111 runs short.

In a strange finish, James Taylor was denied a century after the umpires ruled there was a runout after an lbw decision was overturned.

There was a lot of confusion around the decision but it made little difference in the end.

8.30pm — STEVE SMITH TAKES AMAZING CATCH

MITCHELL Marsh is the hero, taking five wickets for Australia, but Steve Smith will lead the highlight reels once more with a special catch at cover.

The ball was hit like a rocket by Jos Buttler, but Smith launched to his left and, at full stretch, snagged a ripper.

Steve Smith celebrates a cracking catch. Source: Getty Images

8.10pm — ENGLAND IN WORLD CUP SHOCKER

IT started with winning the toss and sending Australia into bat, and it looks like it will end with an embarrassing loss.

England is reeling at 5/73 after 18 overs in pursuit of a monster Australian total of 9/342.

Mitchell Marsh has taken four of the wickets for Australia, and was on a hat-trick.

7.35pm — AUSSIES STRIKE AGAIN

ENGLAND is in in strife at 2/ off 11 overs chasing what would be a World Cup record total of 343 against Australia.

Gary Ballance was the the second man to go, off the bowling of Mithcell Marsh.

7.10pm — ENGLAND LOSES FIRST WICKET

DANGER man Moeen Ali is gone for 10 off 13 balls, as Australia strikes early in England's massive World Cup chase.

Mitchell Starc picked up the wicket, cramping Ali with a short ball that he could only spoon off the back foot for an easy catch to George Bailey at mid-on.

Australia's total of 342 looks even bigger now.

England is 1/29 off five overs in reply.

Steve Finn couldn't help but laugh after taking a hat-trick at the end of an innings in which he was belted by Australia's batsmen.

6.15pm — ENGLAND CHASING WORLD CUP HISTORY

ENGLAND will need to produce the highest run chase in World Cup history to chase down Australia's mammoth total of 9-342 at the MCG.

But it could have been worse.

Towering England quick took a bizarre hat-trick off the final three balls of the innings to stem the flow of runs, but it may have been too little too late.

Ireland, of all countries, holds the current record of 7/329 chasing down England in the 2011 World Cup in Bangalore.

An Aaron Finch century set up the innings, before Glenn Maxwell's late onslaught (66 off 40 balls) put the Aussies firmly in the box seat.

Finn then picked up the wickets of Brad Haddin, Maxwell and Mitchell Johnson with the last three balls for the eighth World Cup hat-trick of all time — and perhaps the least important.

Steve Finn took a bizarre hat-trick with the last three balls of Australia's innings. Source: AFP

5.55pm — THE BIG SHOW TEES OFF

GLENN Maxwell has lifted Australia to a very strong position, hammering a quickfire 50 off 30 balls as the host brought up 300 with four overs to go.

Glenn Maxwell on fire at the MCG. Source: Getty Images

5.15pm — THE POMS FINALLY GET THEIR MAN

AARON Finch has finally made way after being dropped on 0 and going on to make a magnificent World Cup century.

The Aussie opener was eventually runout via a Eoin Morgan direct hit for 135 (128) after a number of missed chances in the field from England.

5.10pm — ENGLAND BLOWS ANOTHER CHANCE

IN the first ball of the 37th over, Australian batsmen George Bailey and Aaron Finch were involved in an enormous mix up between the wickets, but England could not capitalise.

Bailey was desperately trying to make his ground when the throw came into the bowler's end, but Steve Finn couldn't control it and the opportunity was wasted.

"It's almost becoming farcical," England great Ian Botham said while calling the game for Channel 9.

4.40pm — FINCH BRINGS UP 100 AFTER ENGLAND MISTAKE

HOW different things could have been for England if Chris Woakes had have taken a standard catch to dismiss Aaron Finch while he was on 0 in the first over.

Now Finch has moved to 109 off 107 balls, belting the England to all parts of the ground.

After 31 overs, Australia is 3-172.

4.10pm — FINCH MAKING ENGLAND PAY

DROPPED by Chris Woakes in the first over on 0, Aaron Finch is making the most of the life by moving on to 63 off 70 balls.

Skipper George Bailey is with him on 15 (28) as Australia looks to recover from an early innings collapse, moving to 3/107 after 21 overs.

Aaron Finch brings up his 50 at the MCG. Source: Getty Images

3.25pm — STEVE SMITH DEPARTS FOR FIVE

AUSTRALIA is in trouble all of a sudden at 3-70 in the 11th over after Steve Smith was bowled by Chris Woakes for just five.

Smith has been in unbelievable touch all summer, but looked nervous before playing on to his own stumps off a good-length delivery.

3.15pm — STUART BROAD RIPS THROUGH AUSSIES

PUBLIC enemy No. 1 Stuart Broad has picked up the crucial wicket of David Warner (22 off 18 balls), and followed it up with the dismissal of Shane Watson for a golden duck the very next ball.

Warner was bowled trying to play the ball away off his legs, before Watson was out caught behind.

England is fired up, with Australia now in a bit of trouble at 2-57.

Steve Smith dug out a yorker to survive the hat-trick ball.

Stuart Broad picked up the wickets of David Warner and Shane Watson in consecutive balls. Source: Getty Images

3pm — AUSTRALIA RACES TO 50

AARON Finch and David Warner are off to a flyer, bringing up the 50 off just 40 balls.

Finch is 31 off 22 and Warner 18 off 16.

2.40pm — WOAKES DROPS A SITTER IN FIRST OVER

AARON Finch was given a life in the first over, dropped at mid-wicket by Chris Woakes off the bowling of James Anderson before getting off the mark.

Finch bobbled the ball to Woakes, who allowed the ball to slip through his fingers just above head height.

Will Finch make England pay?

Aaron Finch in action in Australia's World Cup opener at the MCG. Source: Getty Images

2.05pm — ENGLAND WINS TOSS, BOWLS FIRST

ENGLAND captain Eoin Morgan has taken an early risk, winning the toss and electing to bowl in sunny conditions at the MCG.

Morgan said he hoped there would be moisture in the wicket after overnight thunderstorms.

Australian captain George Bailey said he was pleased, because he wanted to bat.

Former Australian wicketkeeper and Channel 9 commentator Ian Healy described Morgan's decision as a "bit puzzling".

"The English bowlers are under pressure. They need early wickets for sure," Healy said.

TEAMS:

Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch, Shane Watson, Steve Smith, George Bailey (capt), Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, Brad Haddin, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood.

England: Moeen Ali, Ian Bell, Gary Ballance, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (capt), James Taylor, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, Steve Finn, James Anderson.


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