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England defeat Aussies in first ODI match despite our spirited bowling

Staff writers, June 14, 2018 8:34AM News Corp Australia Network

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Australia's Glenn Maxwell plays a shot. Picture: AFP media_cameraAustralia's Glenn Maxwell plays a shot. Picture: AFP

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CRICKET: An energetic* performance from the young Australian bowling line-up wasn’t enough to hold off a confident England in the first One Day International, as Moeen Ali rattled* the visitors with 3-43 and led England to a three-wicket victory with six overs to spare.

The small Aussie total of 214 never looked enough to defend, although there were positive performances from Ashton Agar (40) and Glenn Maxwell (62).

Roger Federer of Switzerland serves the ball. Picture: Getty media_cameraRoger Federer of Switzerland serves the ball. Picture: Getty

TENNIS: Roger Federer got off to a shaky start in his first match in three months, losing the opening set before battling back to defeat Germany’s Mischa Zverev 3-6 6-4 6-2 at the Stuttgart Open.

“Three months is a long time, it’s longer than the year-end break, so I’m very happy returning on good terms onto the tour,” Federer said.

In the Netherlands, Bernard Tomic continued his good form with a 6-3 7-5 win over veteran Robin Haase — his first win over a top-50 player in nearly a year.

Teammate Matt Ebden won with the same score over defending champion and third seed Gilles Muller.

Julen Lopetegui. Picture: Getty media_cameraJulen Lopetegui. Picture: Getty

SOCCER: Spain dramatically* sacked coach Julen Lopetegui just two days before the team’s opening game against Portugal at the World Cup.

In a surprise announcement on Wednesday, Real Madrid named Lopetegui as their next manager to start work after the tournament in Russia, sparking outrage among the federation and Spanish fans at the timing of the announcement.

Meanwhile, Australia is making final preparations ahead of its first match against France on Saturday night.

GLOSSARY

energetic: with lots of energy

rattled: put them off their game

dramatically: with great drama and shock factor

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1. How many wickets did England win the first ODI by?

2. What length of time did Roger Federer take a break away from tennis?

3. Which World Cup team has sacked its coach?

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After reading the article, with a partner, highlight as many connectives as you can find in pink. Discuss if these are being used as conjunctions, or to join ideas and create flow.

QUESTION: How do you feel about the Australian cricket team now after the ball-tampering incident in South Africa?

No one-word answers. Explain your reasons and use lot of adjectives.

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