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England set record run chase

England were set a record chase to beat Australia in the first Twenty20 international in Hobart.

A century stand between Cameron White (75) and Aaron Finch (52) paved the way for a menacing total of 213 for four.

That figure was ballooned by a short boundary on the eastern side, which Australia were effectively able to target to reach their second highest score on home soil.

England's record chase in the shortest format is the 181 for four they managed against India in December 2012, when Eoin Morgan hit the final ball for six.

Captain Stuart Broad was the best of England's bowlers, taking one wicket at a cost of 25 runs from his four overs, but elsewhere Danny Briggs and Jade Dernbach brought up unwanted half-centuries.

Australia got off to a flying start after winning the toss, thanks to the century opening stand between White and Finch.

England should have had White early, though, when Joe Root spilled a routine chance at first slip off Stuart Broad.

White was on 10 at the time and, having already launched Dernbach into the construction site over the longest boundary, the big hitting took over.

Dernbach's second over cost 16, with Finch lofting his second straight six.

With the short boundary a high-scoring contest was always likely and four of the next five overs all cost double figures going into the halfway point.

White mishit two maximums over the short rope and the 100-run stand was brought up from 59 balls when he revealed a defter touch to sweep Briggs for four.

Broad gambled by bringing himself back for his third over, in just the 11th of the match, and crucially broke the opening stand.

Finch's attempt to clout him for another six fell short and Alex Hales held on to end a 106-run partnership.

White continued to power on and when his Melbourne Stars team-mate Luke Wright took the ball for the first time he greeted him with six, four, four.

The fourth ball was caught, after a steepling top edge, only for the umpire to deem it a no-ball on height.

White used up all his luck though and when he tried to target the short boundary again before the end of the over, shuffling across his stumps, he missed to be lbw.

Wright's over still cost 18 runs, as did the next from Briggs, as the four-over spell cost 54.

The spinner was victim to an extraordinary Glenn Maxwell reverse swipe which went over point for six.

England needed wickets and when Maxwell tried to replicate the stroke from a Ravi Bopara slower ball he miscued to Tim Bresnan at point.

Chris Lynn, one of two Australia debutants alongside 20-year-old leg-spinner James Muirhead, was brought to the crease and hit an unbeaten 27 from 19 balls at the end to leave England with a sizeable task.