England's miserable tour of Australia continued when they lost the first of five ODIs by six wickets at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday. Aaron Finch made 121 and David Warner 65 as Australia, in a carefully measured chase, ran down England's competitive total of 269-7 in 45.4 overs. Below are the statistical highlights from the match:
# Aaron Finch (121 off 128 balls) has recorded his highest score vs England in ODIs, surpassing the 45 off 45 balls at Manchester on September 8, 2013.
# Finch's first century vs England is his second in ODIs. His top score in ODIs is 148 off 114 balls vs Scotland at Edinburgh on September 3, 2013.
# Finch is the fourth Australian batsman to post a hundred vs England at MCG, joining Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist and Shane Watson.
# Finch became the first Victorian player to register a hundred in ODIs at MCG.
# Finch has got his first Man of the Match award in ODIs.
# The 163-run stand for the first wicket between Aaron Finch and David Warner is Australia's highest partnership for the first wicket vs England, obliterating the 118 (unbroken) between Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden at Sydney on January 23, 2003.
# The aforesaid partnership is the highest for the first wicket for Australia in ODIs at MCG, obliterating the 154 between Kepler Wessels and John Dyson vs New Zealand on January 9, 1983.
# David Warner (65 off 72 balls) has recorded his highest score vs England in ODIs, outstripping the 56 at Lord's on June 29, 2012.
# Warner's second fifty vs England is his seventh in ODIs.
# Shane Watson's tenth duck in ODIs is his second vs England.
# Watson has registered successive ducks in Australia in ODIs - both at Melbourne Cricket Ground.
# Australia have won 15 and lost six out of 21 ODIs played vs England at MCG.
# Overall, Australia have won 70 and lost 48 out of 123 contested vs England in ODIs (NR 3 and Tied 2) - winning 59.16 per cent.
# Australia's 270 for four is their second successful chase vs England at MCG - the highest being 297 for four on January 16, 2011.
# England (269/7) have registered their second highest total in ODIs at MCG - the highest being 294 vs Australia on January 16, 2011.
# Gary Ballance (79 off 96 balls) has posted his highest score in ODIs - his maiden fifty.
# Eoin Morgan (50 off 47 balls) has registered his 20th fifty in ODIs - his sixth vs Australia.
# Morgan's aforesaid innings is his first fifty in seven innings vs Australia in Australia in ODIs.
# Clint McKay (3/44) enjoys an outstanding record in ODIs in Australia - his tally being 57 wickets (ave.17.91) in 28 games. His strike rate of 24.0 is also superb.
# Jos Buttler (34 not out off 24 balls) has recorded his highest score away from home in ODIs, outstripping the 21 vs New Zealand at Hamilton on February 17, 2013.
# James Faulkner's economy rate of 5.76 is below average in ODIs. In five successive innings, he has conceded 60 or more runs.
# England's last five opening partnerships vs Australia in ODIs have produced 8, 5, 8, 1 & 4. England openers have failed to post a fifty-run partnership in their last ten outings in ODIs.
(stats provided by Rajesh Kumar)