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England make early inroads
England were rewarded with two early wickets after sending Australia in to bat in the second NatWest one-day international at Manchester.
Steven Finn found Shaun Marsh's edge with the fourth delivery of the day and initially had Shane Watson next ball, only for an lbw decision to be correctly over-ruled by the third umpire.
That began a curious Watson (38) innings, that saw him scatter some muscular strokeplay with a host of plays and misses, before he contentiously fell victim to the decision review system.
Umpire Richard Kettleborough ignored an appeal led mostly by Ravi Bopara for a faint edge off his bowling to wicketkeeper Jos Buttler.
England sent the decision upstairs and while Hot Spot did not detect an edge the audio evidence persuaded third umpire Aleem Dar to give Watson out.
That left Australia at 69 for two after 15 overs on a pitch offering assistance for England's seamers.
Marsh and Aaron Finch combined for an Australia opening-wicket record stand of 246 against Scotland last week but did not get off the mark today.
Marsh was unbalanced as he edged a full Finn delivery to Buttler, on his 23rd birthday, before Watson survived his first-ball scare.
Kettleborough did give this decision out, to spark English celebrations, but after long deliberation Dar reprieved Watson for an apparent inside edge.
Finn and opening partner Boyd Rankin found some movement in the Emirates Old Trafford pitch, which also hinted at being two-paced, but when Watson did offer a regulation edge off Rankin the ball died short of Buttler.
Despite that Watson punished anything short and was quickly into position to twice pull Rankin to the ropes.
Watson then greeted spinner James Tredwell's first over with a straight six, but confusion with Finch almost gifted England a run out.
Eoin Morgan failed to hit the stumps from mid-off, with Finch having given up after he had added 19.
It was potentially a costly miss after Finch blasted a world record Twenty20 international score of 156 in Southampton last week, although Watson's departure, and a seemingly tricky surface, ensured he was at least becalmed enough to have only hit three fours in an unbeaten 26 from 27 balls.