England Defeats Australia by 48 Runs in Champions Trophy Cricket

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.

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