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Last Updated: Friday, 12 January 2007, 04:20 GMT
Australia v England ODI photos

Australia supporters

Australia fans turn up to the MCG expecting another easy ride for their team after the Ashes whitewash and Twenty20 win

Australia celebrate the early dismissal of Andrew Strauss

And the hosts get off to a good start with Nathan Bracken dismissing openers Andrew Strauss and Michael Vaughan

Michael Vaughan trudges off after being dismissed by Nathan Bracken

Captain Vaughan is particularly disappointed to be out after looking good at times in his first ODI in 18 months

Paul Collingwood is almost run out early in his innings

Ian Bell does not last long and Paul Collingwood survives three run-out attempts to hang in there with Kevin Pietersen

Kevin Pietersen hits out

Pietersen combines with Collingwood to dish out some punishment, including successive sixes off Cameron White

Kevin Pietersen grimaces after being struck in the rib

Glenn McGrath hampers England's run surge when he dismisses Collingwood for 43 and cracks Pietersen on the ribs

Pietersen reacts after being struck on the rib as Flintoff looks on

Pietersen struggles on, with what proves to be a broken right rib, but eventually succumbs for 82 with England on 206-5

Andrew Flintoff

Andrew Flintoff adds an undefeated 47 but the tail fails to shine and England reach 242-8 after their 50 overs

The scoreboard shows 11 extras from Flintoff's opening over

With Pietersen ruled out for the rest of the series, England's strife worsens when Flintoff's opening over goes for 11 extras

Adam Gilchrist

Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden are both in belligerent mood and launch into England's bowlers from the start

Paul Nixon catches Adam Gilchrist

Paul Nixon snaps up an edge to dismiss Gilchrist for 60 and give England their first breakthrough, with Australia on 101

Monty Panesar and Michael Vaughan celebrate the dismissal of Matthew Vaughan

Monty Panesar gives England a sniff of a chance after out-foxing Hayden and providing Nixon with his second catch

Ricky Ponting glances to leg as Paul Nixon looks on

Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke continue the Australian run chase in commanding style and both power past 50

Jon Lewis looks on as Michael Clarke and Ricky Ponting celebrate victory

Clarke and Ponting steer Australia home to a leisurely eight-wicket victory with five overs to spare

Kevin Pietersen congratulates Matthew Hayden

Pietersen congratulates Australia on their win but his departure from the tour does nothing for England's prospects



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