The oldest and the most famous rivals of Cricket - England and Australia were all set ro come face to face in the ICC Champions Trophy before the real championship, The Ashes. The venue was Edgbaston, Birmingham on 8th of June 2013. England won the first part, the Toss, and chose to bat first. Once again their dependable skipper Cook and the experienced Bell took them to a good start and then classical Jonathan Trott played his part. But some quick wickets then and Bopara and Bresnan took them to 269/6 in their 50 overs. Australia in reply didn't start well with Warner walking away soon. Small partnerships between Watson/Hughes and Hughes/Bailey steadied the chase of 270. But with the collapse of their lower middle over couldn't help them and in the end they lost the match by 48 runs. Ian Bell was declared the Man of the Match for his 91(115).
Statistical Highlights of this match
# England and Australia were playing 118th ODI between them. Prior to this match, in the 117 games Aus had won 67 and Eng 46.
# England and Australia had met each other thrice before in Champions Trophy, Australia winning twice and England once.
# This was ODI #3565 and 44th ODI at Edgbaston, Birmingham.
# England were playing their 17th match and Australia their 19th in The ICC Champions Trophy.
# Australia were playing with 3 players sharing the same First name, Mitchell - Johnson, Starc and Marsh.
# George Bailey is the 3rd captain for Australia in Champions Trophy history. Ponting captained 16 matches, Steve Waugh captained 2 in earlier editions.
# Ian Bell and Alastair Cook completed 1000 runs as Opening Pairs for England in their 24th match opening together. They are the second English pair to do so after Nick Knight/Marcus Trescothick, they added 1567 runs as openers in 43 innings.
# Bell/Cook scored 53 runs for the first wicket which was their 9th 50+ opening partnerships, 2 100s and 7 50s. Only Knight/Trescothick scored more, 12 50+ partnerships.
# Bell and Cook now average 44.04 as opening pairs.
# Ian Bell scored his 27th Half Century in ODIs and 6th against Australia. Has scored 3 tons too.
# Ian Bell's 91(115) is his first score in nervous 90s in ODIs.
# Ian Bell's 91 is the second highest score by any player against Australia in Champions
Trophy behind Sachin Tendulkar's 141 in 1998 edition.
# Ian Bell is the 12th batsman to have a score of 90s in Champions Trophy and 4th England batsman.
# Edgbaston is Ian Bell's home ground, he played his 5th ODI here today and scored his second fifty.
# Joe Root scored 12 runs in this match. This is his lowest score in his 12 match ODI career. His lowest was 28 runs vs NZ in 2013.
# Ravi Bopara scored 46*(37). It his 9th score in 40s in ODIs and he has scored 10 fifties.
# Mitchell Starc conceded 75 runs in his 10 overs. This is his worst performance in ODIs. He had
never given more than 51 runs in a match before this.
# Mitchell Starc's 1/75 is the worst bowling figure by a Aussie bowler in Champions Trophy. Next worst for Australia is Michael Kasprowicz' 1/71 vs India at Dhaka in 1998 edition.
# Mitchell Starc's 75 runs are the second most runs conceded by a Aussie bowler against England in ODIs after Mitchell Johnson's 2/80 at Nottingham in 2009.
# England scored 269/6 in 50 overs. This is their highest total vs Australia in Champions Trophy.
# Australia had never chased a score of more than 260 in Champions Trophy.
# Philip Hughes averages 49.55 after his 11 ODIs. He has the 3rd highest batting average among the Aussie players who played over 10 innings
# George Bailey scored his 5th half century in ODIs and 2nd as captain in 4 matches.
# James Anderson with his wicket of Matthew Wade
became the leading wicket taker for England in ODIs. He overcame Darren Gough's 235 ODI wickets. Gough took 234 wickets for England and 1 wicket for ICC World XI.
# Most ODI Wickets for England: 237 James Anderson, 234 Darren Gough, 168 Andrew Flintoff, 155 Stuart Broad, 145 Sir Ian Botham,
# James Faulkner hit his maiden ODI fifty, 54*(42). He now has 126 runs in 4 innings with 1 half century at an average of 63.00
# James Faulkner is the 9th Australian to score 50 at No.8. Only Brett Lee has scored 2 50s while
batting at No.8.
# James Faulkner became the 87th Aussie player to score an ODI 50. Among other 86, 23 of them never score another fifty in their career.
# James Anderson's figures of 3/30 are the best for Eng vs Aus in Champions Trophy.
# James Anderson with 13 wickets in Champions Trophy is the leading wicket taker for England. Next on the list are Stuart Broad and Steve Harmison with 11 wickets each.
# England won the match by 48 runs which is their 4th biggest win in Champions Trophy in terms of runs.
# England and Australia now played 4 matches in Champions Trophy. Both won 2 matches. England won both their matches at the same venue - Edgbaston, Birmingham. Another victory was by 6
wickets in the 2004 Semi Final.
# England won their 9th match in Champions Trophy in the 17 matches they played.
# Australia lost their 6th match in Champions Trophy in the 19 matches they played.
# Ian Bell received his 9th Man of the Match Award.
England play there next match against Sri Lanka on 13th June at The Oval.
Australia play there next match against New Zealand on 12th June at Brimingham.
Thats all from the statistical highlights of Match No.3 of ICC Champions Trophy between England and Australia.