Now it’s England misery in first ODI

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After their Ashes nightmare, England began the five match ODI series with a comprehensive six wicket defeat to Australia in Melbourne.

There was a moment of controversy when David Warner appeared to be caught behind when he’d made 22 and he was at the boundary edge when he was called back after the tv umpire reversed the decision.

England captain Alastair Cook was in no doubt about the catch by Jos Buttler and said it looked perfectly legitimate at the time and that Warner seemed happy enough at the decision as he walked off.

“It is strange because a lot of those catches look a lot worse on TV than they do in real life,” said Cook. “That one I didn’t see it hit the ground.”

At the time Warner and fellow opener Aaron Finch had put on 80 and they went on to a stand of 163 on the way to overhauling England’s 269-7 with 4.2 overs to spare.

Warner made 65 before being caught off Joe Root but Finch - dropped by Gary Ballance on eight - made 121 off 128 balls with 12 fours. Michael Clarke made 43.

Ballance top scored for England with 79 adding 83 with Eoin Morgan, 50. Ian Bell hit 41, Jos Buttler 34. Root made three, Cook four.

In the women’s Ashes Test, Australia were 57-5, needing 185 to beat England.