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Australia v England
Antigua, 8 April 2007

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Andrew Strauss will open for England

England recall batsman Andrew Strauss in place of Ed Joyce, allowing him to make his first appearance of the tournament

Michael Vaughan conducts the toss

Captain Michael Vaughan wins the toss and opts to put his England side into bat at Antigua's Sir Viv Richards Stadium

Prince Harry captures the action in Antigua on a camera

The ranks of the travelling Barmy Army are boosted by Prince Harry who finds himself behind a camera for a change

Vaughan goes for five allowing Ricky Ponting to celebrate

The European side start tentatively and find themselves on 10-1 when Vaughan plays on to Shaun Tait in the fourth over

Tait claims his second wicket of the day

Strauss comes in at three but departs in similar fashion soon after having made only seven runs

Ian Bell and Kevin Pietersen defy Australia's bowlers

His exit brings together Ian Bell and Kevin Pietersen who steady the innings with a 50 partnership

Pietersen prepares to play a shot as Adam Gilchrist watches

The runs continue to flow for England with Pietersen the first of the pair to complete a half century during the 23rd over

Bell watches as he sends a ball towards the boundary

Bell follows almost immediately, taking 69 balls, with the century partnership coming in the next over

Bell trudges back to the pavilion

Looking well set for a ton, the Warwickshire man is finally undone by Glenn McGrath for 77 to leave England on 164-3

Tait celebrates the wicket of Collingwood for two

Paul Collingwood makes only two runs off five balls before edging behind to become Tait's third victim of the innings

Adam Gilchrist stumps Flintoff for four off the bowling of Brad Hogg

Australia claim a fifth wicket five overs later when Andrew Flintoff gets stumped as his poor run with the bat continues

Bopara scores 21 before he falls to Nathan Bracken

The promising Ravi Bopara has another reasonable performance, combining well with Pietersen to put on 51

Pietersen salutes the crowd shortly before getting out for 104 in the 49th over

With the tail out cheaply, Pietersen's 104 is the undoubted highlight as England total 247 off 49.5 overs

Vaughan and Flintoff celebrate the opening wicket

Things look ominous for England as Australia's openers score 57 before Flintoff removes Adam Gilchrist in the 11th over

Hayden loses his bails after missing Collingwood's delivery

Collingwood joins the attack and bowls Matthew Hayden for 41 as England get a much-needed breakthrough

Ponting watches his shot leave the square

A tight spell of bowling restricts the run rate but Ricky Ponting remains unbeaten to notch his 60th ODI half century

Clarke plays a shot as he ably supports Ponting

At the other end, Michael Clarke impresses with a patient display that sees the pair accumulate over 100 runs

Ponting sees his bails dislodged by Collingwood

The pair are finally parted in the 41st over when Collingwood runs out Ponting for 86, leaving Australia on 201-3

Clarke and Symonds celebrate victory

With the help of Andrew Symonds, Clarke bats through to the finish as Australia beat England by seven wickets


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