T20: Match abandoned with Oz on top

Published: Monday, August 31, 2009, 9:24 [IST]
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Match abandoned with Oz on top

Manchester, England: Heavy rain forced the first of two Twenty20 internationals at Old Trafford between England and Australia to be abandoned on Sunday.

Cameron White led Australia to 145 for four against England in the first Twenty20 international at Old Trafford here on Sunday.

Cameron White had top-scored for Australia, making 55 off 36 balls having been dropped when on 12 by Joe Denly, who was making his Twenty20 debut for England.

Cameron White shared a fourth-wicket stand of 78 with Michael Clarke, Australia's captain in the absence of the resting Ricky Ponting.

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The duo came together after England captain Paul Collingwood took two wickets in three balls to leave Australia struggling at 54 for three in the ninth over.

Victoria's White, who didn't feature in the Ashes series that England clinched 2-1 at the Oval last week, completed a maiden fifty at this level off 33 balls when he launched paceman Ryan Sidebottom for his third six.

He was eventually out when a lofted cover-drive off Ashes hero Stuart Broad was well caught by a leaping Collingwood in the penultimate over.

Clarke finished on 17 not out and Adam Voges was unbeaten on 11.

Collingwood - captain in the absence of Test skipper Andrew Strauss who has opted out of Twenty20 internationals - led from the front with his medium pace in the first meeting between England and Australia since the Ashes.

He took two wickets for 20 runs from his maximum four overs after winning the toss and making Australia bat in overcast conditions.

Collingwood struck first when David Warner was lbw on the sweep for 33, made off 26 balls with three fours.

But there was no debate two balls later when David Hussey went down the pitch to drive only to be stumped for nought by Matt Prior.

Australia's 54 for three could have become 69 for four in the 12th over when White, on 12, was dropped by a diving Denly at backward point off local hero James Anderson.

Brett Lee had missed Australia's 2-1 Ashes series defeat, but took just three balls to make an impact.

The second Twenty20 will be played on Tuesday before the seven-match one-day international series from September 4 to 20 begins in London at the Oval.

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