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England Defeats Australia by 48 Runs in Champions Trophy Cricket

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June 8 (Bloomberg) -- England beat Australia by 48 runs in the opening game for both teams in the International Cricket Council’s Champions Trophy tournament.

Ian Bell scored 91 as England finished 269-6 in its 50 overs in the Group A game at Edgbaston in Birmingham. Ravi Bopara was 46 not out for the host.

Australia could only make 221-9 in response, with George Bailey scoring 55 and James Faulker 54 not out. James Anderson took 3-30 to become England’s all-time wicket-taker in one-day competition with 237, three more than Darren Gough.

New Zealand and Sri Lanka play their first Group A game tomorrow. India and West Indies won their opening matches in Group B. The top two in each four-team group qualify for the semifinals, with the final on June 23.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Bob Bensch at bbensch@bloomberg.net

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