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Cricket: Ballance and Morgan instrumental in helping England reach 269-7 in ODI

Published on Jan 12, 2014 5:24 PM

MELBOURNE (AFP) - A patient 79 from Gary Ballance and a whirlwind 50 from Eoin Morgan pushed England to 269-7 in the first one-day international against Australia today.

Ballance, who came to the crease when England were struggling at 22-2, held the innings together before accelerating towards the end when quick runs were needed.

He shared an 83-run partnership with Morgan, who blasted his 20th ODI half-century off just 47 balls.

England had earlier won the toss, with skipper Alastair Cook having no hesitation in batting first on a flat MCG wicket.

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