England tour of Australia, 2006/07 / Commentary

7.32pm On God. Whoever said black is slimming has not seen the outfit umpire Peter Parker has been forced to wear ... clinging lycra. England have a huddle, probably to discuss Parker's kit as they emerge laughing. Australia's Big Mac openers emerge. Here we go.

Jenny has found a quote attributed to Parker in July when he hoped to make it to the elite panel of umpires by following fellow Aussie umpire Simon Taufel's example and getting trim. "I need to get my weight down," he says. "My body needs to look better." Presume he had a good Christmas then ...

7.30pm The players have nicknames on the backs of their shirts and we will try to bring you any amusing ones. As ever, there are far too many down the Belly, Colly and Clarky route ... please send all alternative suggestions to us here. England are about to take the field in their normal one-day kit, preferring not to look like students at a fast-foot checkout which is Cricket Australia's preference.

7.20pm The cheerleaders are in full flow and we will be off in 15 minutes. Your commentators through this match will be Martin Williamson and Jenny Thompson ...

7.05pm Ricky Ponting won the toss and chose to bat, admitting that he has not played enough Twenty20 cricket to know whether it is better to bat or bowl first. He added that while it was essentially fun, it needed to be taken a bit seriously. Michael Vaughan said the format was "good fun" while he also acknowledged England need a win after the Ashes.

For fashion experts, Ponting is wearing a design Cricket Australia seem to have borrowed from McDonalds check-out staff circa 1979. "Super combo bucket and a diet coke please," chips in Andrew.

Australia Adam Gilchrist, Matthew Hayden, Ricky Ponting, Mike Hussey, Michael Clarke, Andrew Symonds, Cameron White, Brad Hogg, Nathan Bracken, Ben Hilfenhaus, Shane Harwood.

England Michael Vaughan (capt), Ed Joyce, Andrew Flintoff, Ian Bell, Kevin Pietersen, Paul Collingwood, Paul Nixon, Jamie Dalrymple, Jon Lewis, James Anderson, Monty Panesar.

7.00pm The weather in Sydney is fine and a big crowd is expected, the cheerleaders are in position and we have a pre-match scratch-off between local DJs about to take place. And bullish chat from the English TV channels who keep stressing that England have a 100% record in Twenty20 matches against Australia. Played one, won one.

6.40pm England have named their XI and there is no place for Andrew Strauss, who is dropped or rested rather than unfit. Michael Vaughan will open with Ed Joyce.

"Are you sure it's a chest infection for Lee?" asks Simon. He could be suffering shame brought on by his music video.

6.25pm Good evening and welcome to our coverage of the one-off Twenty20 clash between Australia and England. After the rout in the Tests series, England bring back back Michael Vaughan as captain, his first game for the side since December 2005. They also give a first cap to Paul Nixon, the 36-year-old Leicestershire wicketkeeper, who is preferred to Chris Read.

Australia will be without Brett Lee and Mitchell Johnson due to illness and injury. Lee is suffering from a chest infection while Johnson, who partnered Andrew Symonds in hitting balls from a driving range in a public relations exercise on Monday, has a stomach strain.

Any thoughts on life, the universe and everything? Drop us a line.

0.1

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, patted to point and a single

Michael Atherton has just suggested the nickname Justin Langer would have had on his shirt ... no comment from us!

Ed Joyce and Michael Vaughan open the innings, Nathan Bracken the bowling

0.1

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run

0.1

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, run down to third man

0.1

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, run down to third man

0.2

Flintoff to Gilchrist, 1 wide, short and down the leg side, no question that's a wide

0.2

Flintoff to Gilchrist, FOUR, wide and slashed over slip, deliberate shot, well placed

0.3

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, short of a length, Gilchrist forced back to defend

0.4

Flintoff to Gilchrist, 1 wide, leg-side wide again. Flintoff not pitching anything up but struggling for his line

0.4

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, lovely ball, beats Gilchrist's inside edge as he aims a fairly nothing drive off the back foot

"I love Twenty20," Boonie says. "Less running."

0.5

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, angled to Pietersen at backward point and he tries a pointless hurl at the stumps

0.6

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, backfoot block, sliding stop by Bell in the covers

James Anderson with the new ball. His hair seems to have been tinted since the Test. Very Westlife.

End of over 1 (6 runs) Australia 6/0 (RR: 6.00)
AC Gilchrist    4* (6b 1x4)      A Flintoff    1-0-6-0
ML Hayden    0* (0b)     

1.1

Anderson to Hayden, FOUR, two steps down the track and blasted over long-on ... it trickles over the rope but a lovely strike

1.2

Anderson to Hayden, no run, squirted to point where Pietersen fields

1.3

Anderson to Hayden, FOUR, savage straight drive, Anderson faced with being a hero or ducking, opts to live to bowl another ball

1.4

Anderson to Hayden, 2 runs, and another slash over the covers, Joyce sprints round from third man on the rope

1.5

Anderson to Hayden, FOUR, fuller, lovely drive through extra cover

1.6

Anderson to Hayden, no run, half volley, cracked straight at Ian Bell at cover

14 off the over and almost a beheading

End of over 2 (14 runs) Australia 20/0 (RR: 10.00)
ML Hayden    14* (6b 3x4)      JM Anderson    1-0-14-0
AC Gilchrist    4* (6b 1x4)      A Flintoff    1-0-6-0

2.1

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, Gilchrist looks to swing to leg, thin inside edge into his pads and the field converges

2.2

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, slower ball, almost a yorker, and Gilchrist can do no more than prod it into the covers

Two dot balls in this kind of cricket is excellent.

2.3

Flintoff to Gilchrist, 2 runs, slashed to cover where Pietersen makes a total hash of stopping it and gives two where there were none

2.4

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, attempted pull but Gilchrist misses

short extra cover comes in

2.5

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, full toss, Gilchrist smacks it right back at Flintoff who fields in his follow through

2.6

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, attempted yorker, Gilchrist chops down on it and it pootles up to mid-off

Two off the over. Super stuff and good variation of his length. Vaughan on the atmosphere (the players are miked up) . "Electric, a few in (of the Barmy Army). Not as many as the Test match... we don't mind that."

End of over 3 (2 runs) Australia 22/0 (RR: 7.33)
AC Gilchrist    6* (12b 1x4)      A Flintoff    2-0-8-0
ML Hayden    14* (6b 3x4)      JM Anderson    1-0-14-0

3.1

Anderson to Hayden, SIX, MAXIMUM! half volley, swished over square leg

Nixon stands up to pin Hayden into his crease

3.2

Anderson to Hayden, OUT, Hayden onto the front foot as everything Anderson has bowled so far has been pitched up, but this one isn't and his slash comes off the splice and loops to Dalrymple at mid-off

ML Hayden c Dalrymple b Anderson 20 (15m 8b 3x4 1x6) SR: 250.00

"Does umpire Peter Parker have a nickname on his shirt?" asks Geoff Cooke. "Spiderman would be the obvious one."

Nixon standing up made the difference .. had he been back then Hayden would have been a yard down the track and would have middled that

3.3

Anderson to Gilchrist, no run, big slash and well taken by Nixon

3.4

Anderson to Gilchrist, FOUR, run off the face of the bat as if he was giving slip-catching practice, super shot&

3.5

Anderson to Gilchrist, 1 run, tip and run to Joyce at point, good communication

3.6

Anderson to Ponting, 1 run, more tip and run to Pietersen in the covers ... he was a bit slow onto that and his shy at the stumps missed anyway

End of over 4 (12 runs) Australia 34/1 (RR: 8.50)
RT Ponting    1* (1b)      JM Anderson    2-0-26-1
AC Gilchrist    11* (15b 2x4)      A Flintoff    2-0-8-0

4.1

Flintoff to Ponting, 1 run, shortish, onto the back foot, patted into the covers and great running even though it was right to the inrushing fielder

4.2

Flintoff to Gilchrist, 1 run, chopped down to third man

4.3

Flintoff to Ponting, SIX, just short and Ponting onto it like a big cat and smacked into the first tier of the stand at square leg

4.4

Flintoff to Ponting, FOUR, smacked to the other side, slashed over backward point

4.5

Flintoff to Ponting, 4 runs, driven in the air over the covers - he opened the face there - and although Pietersen just caught it inside the ropes, they ran four anyhow

4.6

Flintoff to Ponting, 2 runs, high high - very high - and Lewis at mid-on waited an age and made a complete hash of it. It was right down his throat and he seemed far too casual, it bounced out of his hands and he couldn't grab the rebound. Numpty, as Mr Miller loves to say

End of over 5 (18 runs) Australia 52/1 (RR: 10.40)
RT Ponting    18* (6b 1x4 1x6)      A Flintoff    3-0-26-0
AC Gilchrist    12* (16b 2x4)      JM Anderson    2-0-26-1

5.1

Anderson to Gilchrist, SIX, pulled over deep midwicket ... carnage

5.2

Anderson to Gilchrist, SIX, in the slot, lofted drive over mid-off which lands a foot over the rope

5.3

Anderson to Gilchrist, SIX, and again ...smashed over deep midwicket and dropped in the crowd

"It's at moments like this that the PA needs some Iron Maiden to blare over the speakers," says Andrew Metal Miller. "Six! Six, six! The Number of the Beast!"

5.4

Anderson to Gilchrist, 1 run, driven to mid-off and a quick single ... what an anticlimax

5.5

Anderson to Ponting, 1 run, punched to mid-on. Anderson laughs

5.6

Anderson to Gilchrist, 1 run, smashed to mid-off where Dalrymple makes a good sprawling stop

It's Monty time. Duck everyone. Especially those in the top tier.

End of over 6 (21 runs) Australia 73/1 (RR: 12.16)
AC Gilchrist    32* (21b 2x4 3x6)      JM Anderson    3-0-47-1
RT Ponting    19* (7b 1x4 1x6)      A Flintoff    3-0-26-0

6.1

Panesar to Gilchrist, no run, Gilchrist back and blocks

Nixon urges Panesar to bowl slowly

6.2

Panesar to Gilchrist, 1 run, and he does ... lofted in between the in and out field on the off

6.3

Panesar to Ponting, 1 run, pushed to point where Dalrymple overruns the ball but recovers quickly to prevent the second

6.4

Panesar to Gilchrist, no run, roundarm delivery, Gilchrist aims a reverse sweep but misses

6.5

Panesar to Gilchrist, SIX, drive straight and high and Peter Parker signals a six ... and his oh-so-tight shirt is stretched to the limit

6.6

Panesar to Gilchrist, 2 runs, punched to long-on

End of over 7 (10 runs) Australia 83/1 (RR: 11.85)
AC Gilchrist    41* (26b 2x4 4x6)      MS Panesar    1-0-10-0
RT Ponting    20* (8b 1x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    3-0-47-1

Jon Lewis into the attack. Seven fours and six sixes so far in this innings.

7.1

Lewis to Ponting, 2 runs, nurdled round the corner and with Panesar on his knees as he fields, a second is easy

7.2

Lewis to Ponting, 1 run, in the air but short of the incoming deep midwicket

7.3

Lewis to Gilchrist, SIX, Oh yes! Gilchrist onto one knee and he smashes the ball over deep midwicket and it ends up halfway up the Bill O'Reilly stand

"Ooh, aah, Glenn McGrath," says Boonie. Just because he can

7.4

Lewis to Gilchrist, 1 run, punched to deep mid-off

7.5

Lewis to Ponting, no run, Ponting back and straight to point

"Punter has had a little bit of the flu.... or that's what he's calling it after the Ashes celebrations." Gilchrist to the commentary team.

7.6

Lewis to Ponting, FOUR, heaved inches over the man at midwicket, the kind of shot Ponting wouldn't normally play even in the nets, but anything goes in Twenty20

End of over 8 (14 runs) Australia 97/1 (RR: 12.12)
RT Ponting    27* (12b 2x4 1x6)      J Lewis    1-0-14-0
AC Gilchrist    48* (28b 2x4 5x6)      MS Panesar    1-0-10-0

8.1

Panesar to Gilchrist, OUT, Gilchrist shapes to pepper the Bill O'Reilly stand again but gets an inside edge into his off stump

AC Gilchrist b Panesar 48 (36m 29b 2x4 5x6) SR: 165.51

Enter Mike Hussey, aka Huss, Wonder how he got that nickname? Before he departed Gilly explained "Church" on the back of his shirt: "Ashes tour 97, first Test, a kid walks up and asks "Are you Eric Gilchurch?"

8.2

Panesar to Hussey, FOUR, reverse sweep, Anderson dives but only pushes the ball over the rope - and just laughs

8.3

Panesar to Hussey, no run, blocked, Nixon scurries out to field

8.4

Panesar to Hussey, 2 runs, full, swished to deep square leg and good running to create a second

8.5

Panesar to Hussey, 1 run, another reverse sweep, Hussey stretches to make it into a full toss, Anderson fields properly this time

8.6

Panesar to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting waits, leans back and smacks it in the air over the covers to the sweeper

End of over 9 (8 runs) Australia 105/2 (RR: 11.66)
RT Ponting    28* (13b 2x4 1x6)      MS Panesar    2-0-18-1
MEK Hussey    7* (4b 1x4)      J Lewis    1-0-14-0

Dalrymple into the attack

9.1

Dalrymple to Ponting, no run, swept straight to the man short on the 45

9.2

Dalrymple to Ponting, 1 run, sliced drive over the covers

9.3

Dalrymple to Hussey, FOUR, hit hard through extra cover, timed and placed

9.4

Dalrymple to Hussey, no run, Hussey moves outside leg stump, Dalrymple follows him and also does him in the air, a big swish and miss

9.5

Dalrymple to Hussey, 1 run, tossed up again, swept single to the man on the 45

9.6

Dalrymple to Ponting, SIX, checked drive, no follow through at all, and it still has enough legs to go over the head of long-off

And while I go and have a lie down, here's Jenny Thompson. Thanks Martin. Hello everyone. Cracker cricket this way

End of over 10 (12 runs) Australia 117/2 (RR: 11.70)
RT Ponting    35* (16b 2x4 2x6)      JWM Dalrymple    1-0-12-0
MEK Hussey    12* (7b 2x4)      MS Panesar    2-0-18-1

10.1

Panesar to Hussey, SIX, hello, massive! Hussey down the track and whacks that over the long midwicket boundary - that's huge

10.2

Panesar to Hussey, OUT, Hussey comes right down the track looking for the same shot this time - the crack over midwicket - and his stumps are taken by Nixon, with some sharp work

MEK Hussey st †Nixon b Panesar 18 (7m 9b 2x4 1x6) SR: 200.00

In strides Andrew Symonds - more bighitting to come no doubt... Symonds yesterday dismissed this form of the game as a bit of fun - let's see how much he has out there

10.3

Panesar to Symonds, 3 runs, drops that short, wide, and Symonds lobs that lazily over extra cover. Dalrymple wings it back in and there's a chance of a run-out, but Panesar throws to the wrong end

10.4

Panesar to Ponting, 1 run, dibbled out behind square

10.5

Panesar to Symonds, 1 run, flighted up there and that's driven to mid-on

Hussey's nickname should be Brazen suggest a few readers. Very good

10.6

Panesar to Ponting, 1 run, pushed up there again and an easy drive to mid-on once more

Paul Collingwood on to bowl now

Here are the Australian nicknames: Ricky Ponting (Punter) , Adam Gilchrist (Church), Matthew Hayden (Haydos), Mike Hussey (Huss), Michael Clarke (Clarkey), Andrew Symonds (Roy), Cameron White (Bear), Brad Hogg (George), Nathan Bracken (Andy G), Mitchell Johnson (Notch), Brett Lee (Binga), Ben Hilfenhaus (Hilfy).

End of over 11 (12 runs) Australia 129/3 (RR: 11.72)
RT Ponting    37* (18b 2x4 2x6)      MS Panesar    3-0-30-2
A Symonds    4* (2b)      JWM Dalrymple    1-0-12-0

11.1

Collingwood to Ponting, FOUR, loosener, straying sown leg and that's flicked up down the leg-side, too fine for Pietersen who gives chase in vain

11.2

Collingwood to Ponting, no run, on the spot, good delivery and that's driven towards mid-on - midwicket came round and dived on it to stop it

11.3

Collingwood to Ponting, 2 runs, good start, pushed off the legs to a wide long-on

11.4

Collingwood to Ponting, 2 runs, sounded like he'd got hold of that, but in fact he didn't quite time it and that is bunted out to midwicket where it bounces in acres of space

11.5

Collingwood to Ponting, 1 run, Collingwood goes wider, and the batsman tries to cut that but only manages to get the toe-end of the bat on it

11.6

Collingwood to Symonds, 1 run, pushed right up there and Symonds does well to dig that out towards cover

If Australia keep up this run-rate they're on for 232

End of over 12 (10 runs) Australia 139/3 (RR: 11.58)
A Symonds    5* (3b)      PD Collingwood    1-0-10-0
RT Ponting    46* (23b 3x4 2x6)      MS Panesar    3-0-30-2

12.1

Panesar to Symonds, 2 runs, flighted up there and that's well driven out to the cover boundary

"The best balls in this match have been full tosses," notes Martin. "This might be my forte."

12.2

Panesar to Symonds, SIX, boosted over mid-on and it's dropped in the crowd

"The Aussie fielding in the stands has been dismal," says Andrew, shaking his head sadly. "Standards are dropping in the post-Warne era"

12.3

Panesar to Symonds, 1 run, wide and Symonds flat bats that forward to mid-off

12.4

Panesar to Ponting, no run, waits for that one and works it cleverly round with just a dink behind square

12.5

Panesar to Ponting, 1 run, good length delivery and that's worked out to long-on where it's cannoned back in quickly

12.6

Panesar to Symonds, no run, pushed up there and that's defended

Vaughan maintaining good humour - when asked about the knee: "Not too bad to be honest... I've got a sore neck!"

End of over 13 (10 runs) Australia 149/3 (RR: 11.46)
A Symonds    14* (7b 1x6)      MS Panesar    4-0-40-2
RT Ponting    47* (25b 3x4 2x6)      PD Collingwood    1-0-10-0

13.1

Collingwood to Ponting, OUT, down on one knee and tries to flick that high over square leg where Lewis makes no mistake this time, having dropped him on 16. Lewis shows the ball to the crowd... because he can

RT Ponting c Lewis b Collingwood 47 (41m 26b 3x4 2x6) SR: 180.76

It's Clarkey now

13.2

Collingwood to Symonds, 1 run, straight and shortish, Symonds waits on it and does well to late cut that very finely indeed before setting off quickly for a run

13.3

Collingwood to Clarke, no run, defended first up

England have no nicknames on their shirts ..possibly because most cricketers' nicknames in England are unprintable?

13.4

Collingwood to Clarke, 2 runs, driven out to Pietersen out at a very wide long-on

13.5

Collingwood to Clarke, no run, driven into his toes. Ouch

13.6

Collingwood to Clarke, 1 run, worked off the back foot behind point and that's a relatively good over for England

Lewis back on

End of over 14 (4 runs) Australia 153/4 (RR: 10.92)
MJ Clarke    3* (4b)      PD Collingwood    2-0-14-1
A Symonds    15* (8b 1x6)      MS Panesar    4-0-40-2

14.1

Lewis to Clarke, 2 runs, guided behind point off the back foot and that's good running from Australia

14.2

Lewis to Clarke, OUT, short, just outside off and that's some sharp work in close from Collingwood, winged right back in over the stumps and Nixon who does the rest

MJ Clarke run out 5 (5m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 83.33

14.2

Lewis to Clarke, OUT, short, just outside off and that's some sharp work in close from Collingwood, winged right back in over the stumps and Nixon who does the rest. Mix up of the yes, no, wait, sorry variety

MJ Clarke run out 5 (5m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 83.33

In comes Cameron White - the big hitters just keep on coming

14.3

Lewis to White, no run, wide down the leg side and there's an appeal for a strangle, but it clearly flicked the outside of the pad

14.4

Lewis to White, no run, defended on the front foot

14.5

Lewis to White, 1 run, dabbed down off the back foot down to third man

14.6

Lewis to Symonds, 1 run, attempted yorker worked out to the man at long-on

End of over 15 (4 runs) Australia 157/5 (RR: 10.46)
A Symonds    16* (9b 1x6)      J Lewis    2-0-18-0
CL White    1* (3b)      PD Collingwood    2-0-14-1

15.1

Collingwood to Symonds, FOUR, slower ball, wide and clattered with a one-bounce four through extra cover, driving right through that one

15.2

Collingwood to Symonds, FOUR, low full toss, worked off the legs through square with a bottom-hand flick and that goes all the way - strength and placement

15.3

Collingwood to Symonds, 1 run, pushed up there and Symonds rushes that out to mid-on

15.4

Collingwood to White, no run

15.5

Collingwood to White, 1 run, slower ball again, off cutter, worked to gully and Vaughan wings that back in underarm while diving

15.6

Collingwood to Symonds, 1 run, attempted yorker and they push hard, looking for two, but it's not on

End of over 16 (11 runs) Australia 168/5 (RR: 10.50)
A Symonds    26* (13b 2x4 1x6)      PD Collingwood    3-0-25-1
CL White    2* (5b)      J Lewis    2-0-18-0

16.1

Lewis to Symonds, 1 run, wide, full and that's worked in front of point off the back foot

16.2

Lewis to White, no run, short and tries to hook that through midwicket, doesn't get hold of it, though

16.3

Lewis to White, SIX, whack! Lovely shot in front of midwicket and that's just inches over the boundary

16.4

Lewis to White, 1 leg bye, tries to hook that one as well, but the ricochet goes in front of gully to Vaughan

16.5

Lewis to Symonds, FOUR, straight, but Symonds stands tall and walks back, making room to send that up and over through point

16.6

Lewis to Symonds, 2 runs, huge! That's a flat bat swipe right over mid-on

"I think we need Simmo out," says Vaughan. Really?

End of over 17 (14 runs) Australia 182/5 (RR: 10.70)
A Symonds    33* (16b 3x4 1x6)      J Lewis    3-0-31-0
CL White    8* (8b 1x6)      PD Collingwood    3-0-25-1

17.1

Collingwood to White, 1 run, gives himself room to cut that down the ground for one

17.2

Collingwood to Symonds, 1 run, low full toss, worked out down the ground to Pietersen on the long-on boundary

17.3

Collingwood to White, 1 run, slower delivery and he tries to heave that one over to midwicket, mis-times it and Nixon trotting into the leg-side to field it

17.4

Collingwood to Symonds, 2 runs, yorker, worked out to midwicket and it's thrown back in on the bounce

17.5

Collingwood to Symonds, 1 leg bye, slower ball, strays down leg and Symonds can only get a leg on it as it goes to the man up at fine leg

17.6

Collingwood to White, SIX, clattered over midwicket and Dalrymple has a one-handed attempt to leap up and get that but it goes over him and just clears the rope. He was two yards in, if he'd have been on the ropes he'd have had that. As it is, that's the 12th six, equalling the record in a Twenty20 international

Australia 117 for 2 after 10, so a slight slowing down ... but only slight. Roars as Flintoff comes back on.

End of over 18 (12 runs) Australia 194/5 (RR: 10.77)
CL White    16* (11b 2x6)      PD Collingwood    4-0-36-1
A Symonds    36* (19b 3x4 1x6)      J Lewis    3-0-31-0

18.1

Flintoff to Symonds, no run, dot ball at 85mph (137 kmh) as Symonds plays under that one, trying to cut it

18.2

Flintoff to Symonds, 1 run, tries the yorker, but there's a touch of width and that's cut off the back foot behind point

18.3

Flintoff to White, FOUR, rocketed through extra cover off the back foot and that's smashed away, scorcher

18.4

Flintoff to White, 2 runs, yorker, driven off the back foot to cover and that brings up the 200

18.5

Flintoff to White, 1 run, short and sharp and that pings off the glove into the grille. Ouch. "Well bowled Andrew Flintoff" announces Nasser Hussain. Flintoff checks if White is OK

18.6

Flintoff to Symonds, 2 runs, worked to long-on and that's some great running from the pair

The highest total in an Twenty20 is 214 by Australia v New Zealand ... and Anderson threatening Tuffey's record for the most expensive analysis 1 for 54.

Anderson to bowl the final over and he's looking pensive. The field is spread

End of over 19 (10 runs) Australia 204/5 (RR: 10.73)
A Symonds    39* (22b 3x4 1x6)      A Flintoff    4-0-36-0
CL White    23* (14b 1x4 2x6)      PD Collingwood    4-0-36-1

19.1

Anderson to White, no run, yorker, good start but fluffs the chance to run out Symonds at his end

19.2

Anderson to White, SIX, huge, huger, hugest! That goes big over midwicket and it's fluffed in the crowd

That's the 13th six, breaking the record in a Twenty20 international

19.3

Anderson to White, 2 runs, Pietersen carbon-copies Lewis's drop earlier when Ponting was on 16 out at long-on. KP grins at the crowd, sheepishly

19.4

Anderson to White, SIX, that's into the Ladies Stand there, over long-on, and that extends the sixes record

19.5

Anderson to White, 2 runs, dropped into space at deep midwicket

19.6

Anderson to White, 1 run, worked to square and Anderson has the worst analysis of any bowler in Twenty20 internationals (1 for 64 from his four overs)

And no respite as the fielders amble out to warm-up ... to a background of fireworks from the top of the O'Reilly stand. England are 8-1 to win this ... tight odds. Smoke drifting across the outfield ...

Innings break Massive hitting from Australia there, murdering England's attack. Quality stuff, very entertaining to watch and they had bighitters right down the order.

England didn't help themselves with some average fielding at times, including two gaffesque drops. Vaughan's return as captain, though, was strangely encouraging - he was upbeat and seemed to be enjoying himself out there and his field placements were decent - for what they were worth, Australia often clearing the field with a record number of sixes.

Now let's see if Australia's bowlers can wipe the smile off his face though - their batsmen certainly had a good go. If this is any consolation at all for England, Australia's total isn't a record for all Twenty20 matches ... Somerset made 250 in 2006.

Martin will be back to take you through the next ten overs.

End of over 20 (17 runs) Australia 221/5
CL White    40* (20b 1x4 4x6)      JM Anderson    4-0-64-1
A Symonds    39* (22b 3x4 1x6)      A Flintoff    4-0-36-0
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Jan 9, 2007

Cheerleaders perform ahead of the Twenty20 action, Australia v England, Only Twenty20, Sydney, January 9, 2007

Cheerleaders perform ahead of the Twenty20 action

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