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SEPTEMBER 9, 2013
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CERNOBBIO---Italian Premier Enrico Letta believes
Italy can form a bid for the 2024 Olympics.
Speaking on the sidelines of an event in northern Italy,
Letta says "we can seriously bid to host the 2024
Olympics. I consider it something doable, something we
The announcement comes a day after the IOC
awarded the 2020 Summer Games to Tokyo, making
Italian officials think that 2024 will be the right time to
bring the games back to Europe.
Rome was the first city to declare its bid for 2020 but
then last year premier Mario Monti refused to provide
government financial backing.
Letta adds that "when there are deadlines we work
better. It's something we'll work on."
While Letta did not specify a city, it would likely be
MANCHESTER---Michael Clarke s century
and a disciplined bowling effort propelled
Australia to an 88-run victory over England
in the second One-Day International yes-
terday, giving the tourists a 1-0 lead in the
Still smarting from a 3-0 loss in the Ashes,
the Australians outplayed the hosts with bat
and ball at Old Trafford to suggest the ODIs
will be a very different proposition to the test
series between the old foes.
Clarke made a fluent 105 for his eighth ODI
century, with his 155-run partnership with
George Bailey (82) for the fourth wicket push-
ing the tourists to 315-7 after surprisingly
being put in to bat.
England, playing an experimental side with
the 2015 World Cup in mind, required a record
run-chase to win in Manchester but never
got near the target despite some lusty shot-
making from Jos Buttler (75) and opener Kevin
"Winning is a habit," Bailey said. "So we
will take any win we can at the moment."
The first ODI was abandoned as a no result
on Friday following a wash-out.
England captain Eoin Morgan helped delay
the inevitable with 54 in the forlorn reply but
he had already played a key role in his team s
demise by opting to bowl first, in an attempt
to take advantage of morning conditions that
appeared ideal for seamers.
It backfired and once the Australians recov-
ered from losing opener Shaun Marsh for a
duck to the fourth ball of the day, they dom-
inated the match.
"Regardless if we had batted or bowled
first, we didn t play well enough today," Mor-
gan said. "We struggled to cope with the con-
ditions...and 300-plus was a big ask for us."
Clarke, who said he would have batted if
he d won the toss, laid into England s bowlers
with a flurry of boundaries at a ground where
he struck 187 in the third Ashes test last
month. He finished with 14 fours for his first
ODI hundred against England and the highest
individual score by an Australian at Old Traf-
Bailey was even more belligerent, his six
down the ground off Ben Stokes that brought
up his fifty being arguably the shot of the
match. Bailey struck five fours and four sixes
in his 67-ball knock.
With big-hitting Aaron Finch making a
run-a-ball 45 and Shane Watson weighing
in with 38, the tourists had already made a
fast start and a total of around 350 looked
likely when Clarke and Bailey were in the
Boyd Rankin s dismissal of Clarke and
Matthew Wade in successive balls helped slow
the run-rate but Australia still became only
the second side in the past 41 ODIs at Old
Trafford to pass 300 in the first innings.
Mitchell Johnson removed Michael Carberry
(4) and Jonathan Trott (0) in the space of
three balls to leave England on 9-2, four overs
into the reply. Pietersen, selected as an opener,
crashed some devastating blows to the bound-
ary in a 66-ball cameo that contained six
fours and two sixes but when he drove Watson
to James Faulkner at extra cover, the hosts
were in trouble on 97-4.
After Morgan departed, Buttler provided
some late entertainment with four fours and
two big sixes but the required run-rate was
above 12 at that stage and Australia wasn t
going to be caught.
The third ODI will be played at Edgbaston
Italian premier points to bid for 2024 Olympics
Aussies outplay England in Manchester
ENGLAND VS AUSTRALIA
AaronFinchcRootbTredwell . . . . . . . . .45
ShaunMarshcButtlerbFinn . . . . . . . . . . .0
Shane Watson c Buttler b Bopara . . . . .38
Michael Clarke c Buttler b Rankin . . . .105
George Bailey c Tredwell b Bopara . . . .82
JamesFaulknercMorganbFinn . . . . . . .18
TOTAL: (for 7 wickets, 50 overs) . . . 315
Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-60, 3-116, 4-271, 5-
283, 6-283, 7-308.
Did not bat: Clint McKay, Fawad Ahmed.
Bowling: Steven Finn 10-1-68-2 (1w),
Boyd Rankin 10-0-49-2, Ben Stokes 10-0-
66-0, Ravi Bopara 10-0-57-2 (1nb, 1w),
James Tredwell 8-0-60-1, Joe Root 2-0-
Michael Carberry c Clarke b Johnson . . . .4
Kevin Pietersen c Faulkner b Watson . .60
JonathanTrottcWadebJohnson . . . . . .0
EoinMorgancClarkebMcKay . . . . . . . .54
JosButtlercJohnsonbAhmed. . . . . . . .75
BenStokescBaileybMcKay . . . . . . . . . . .5
StevenFinncVogesbMcKay . . . . . . . . .16
TOTAL:(allout,44.2overs) . . . . . . . .227
Fall of wickets: 1-8, 2-9, 3-38, 4-97, 5-103,
6-154, 7-167, 8-169, 9-216.
Bowling: Clint McKay 9.2-1-47-3, Mitchell
Johnson 10-2-36-2 (3w), James Faulkner
8-1-39-1, Adam Voges 6-0-32-1 (3w),
Fawad Ahmed 7-0-55-1, Shane Watson 4-
Umpires: Richard Kettleborough, England,
and Sundaram Ravi, India.
Third Umpire: Aleem Dar, Pakistan.
Match Referee: Jeff Crowe, New Zealand.
Toss: won by England.
Result: Australia wins by 88 runs.
Series: Australia leads 1-0.
Australia's captain Michael Clarke hits a six off the bowling of England's Ben Stokes during
their One Day International cricket match at Old Trafford cricket ground, Manchester, England,
yesterday. AP PHOTO
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