Surprises:

England batted first, swapped Joyce for Strauss, opened with Bell, Pietersen scores England’s first World Cup hundred since Graeme Hick in 1745 against Holland, Glen McGrath gets smashed around.

Not a surprise: 

England won the toss, lost early wickets, didn’t capitalise on good positions, lost quick wickets at the end, Flintoff bowling well, Flintoff batting badly, umpires unwilling to give out Australian batsman when plumb LBW, Ponting scores big runs to win the game, England show promise but lose.

Suggestions for next match from TVC:

Strauss to open instead of Vaughan, Vaughan to four, Pietersen to three, Bopara to six, Flintoff to seven.

I don’t have the desire to go into this game in any more detail. I will refer you to CricInfo.

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