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England victory at last

At last I witnessed what I thought I would never witness all summer - an England victory over Australia. England beat Australia in the Commonwealth Bank International Triangular series match by 92 runs at the SCG tonight.

This was going to be the last match between the two teams because had England lost they would have been out of the finals for which Australia has already qualified. With this win, England are still in the mix but have to beat New Zealand next Tuesday and if that happens then there would be at least two more matches against Australia.

Ed Joyce scored a rare England century to give England an edge with a total of 292 runs and this 292 is the highest one day score England has scored this summer so far. Throughout the summer I think England has lacked that one batsman who can go out there and score a huge score and let others add to it around him. Joyce did that with Ian Bell chipping in with a decent 51.

With Australia captain Ricky Ponting not playing, Australia were early in trouble losing two quick wickets in the opening two overs and I could see that England could sense that a face saving victory was in the offing.

I think this victory may have come too late though because New Zealand are on a roll right now and to me they look the most likely team to be reach the finals next weekend. Lets wait and see.

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