2nd ODI: Michael Clarke powers Australia to 88-run win over England

Manchester:  Michael Clarke led from the front with a century as Australia overwhelmed England by 88 runs in the second one-day international at Manchester’s Old Trafford on Sunday.

Victory saw Australia take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series following Friday’s washout in Leeds on the ground where they suffered a 4-0 ODI campaign loss to England last year.

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 their highest one-day international score against England in England, surpassing their 302 for six at Nottingham’s 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 were dismissed for 227 with 34 balls to spare.

“It’s nice to get a win and it’s a good start to this series for us,” said Clarke at the presentation ceremony.

“To make over 300 was a really good score and all our bowlers executed.”

He added: “I’d like to play the next three one-dayers and every Test at Manchester, it’s a nice batting wicket.”