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- 23rd June 2012, 12:30 PM #1
Australia bowl after winning toss
Australia's captain, Michael Clarke, won the toss and sent Ireland in to bat in the one-off ODI at Stormont in Belfast. The ground had recovered well from heavy pre-match rain, allowing the match to get underway at 11.30am local time - 45 minutes later than scheduled - without a reduction on the allotted 50 overs a side.
The tourists made four changes from the team that accounted for Leicestershire in their opening match of the tour, a minor muscle strain ruling out George Bailey and allowing Peter Forrest to come in. The pace attack was reshuffled entirely, Brett Lee, Pat Cummins and Ben Hilfenhaus for Mitchell Johnson, James Pattinson and Clint McKay.
Ireland opened up with Paul Stirling and Will Porterfield at the top of the order, the same combination that gave Australia a fright the last time these two sides met in 2010, while Tim Murtagh was handed an expected debut.
Ireland 1 Paul Stirling, 2 Will Porterfield (capt), 3 Ed Joyce, 4 Niall O'Brien (wk), 5 Gary Wilson, 6 Kevin O'Brien, 7 Alex Cusack, 8 John Mooney, 9 Trent Johnston, 10 George Dockrell, 11 Tim Murtagh.
Australia 1 David Warner, 2 Matthew Wade (wk), 3 Shane Watson, 4 Michael Clarke (capt), 5 David Hussey, 6 Peter Forrest, 7 Steve Smith, 8 Brett Lee, 9 Pat Cummins, 10 Ben Hilfenhaus, 11 Xavier Doherty.
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