Commonwealth Bank Series, 10th Match: Australia v England at Sydney, Feb 2, 2007
England won by 92 runs
2 February 2007 - day/night match (50-over match)

2.10pm The players are out on the field, and Shaun Tait will take the new ball in his first ODI.

2.00pm Andrew Flintoff wins the toss. England will bat.

Australia 1 Adam Gilchrist (capt, wk), 2 Matthew Hayden, 3 Brad Hodge, 4 Michael Clarke, 5 Andrew Symonds, 6 Mike Hussey, 7 Cameron White, 8 Nathan Bracken, 9 Stuart Clark, 10 Glenn McGrath, 11 Shaun Tait.

England 1 Mal Loye, 2 Ed Joyce, 3 Ian Bell, 4 Andrew Strauss, 5 Ravi Bopara, 6 Andrew Flintoff (capt), 7 Jamie Dalrymple, 8 Paul Nixon (wk), 9 Liam Plunkett, 10 Sajid Mahmood, 11 Monty Panesar. The 12th man is Jon Lewis.

So, Ravi Bopara is set to become England's 37th one-day cricketer since the 2005 Ashes, while Sajid Mahmood gets another chance to atone for his ODI beastings of 2006. Chris Tremlett has been quietly ditched, and Paul Collingwood is apparently ill.

1.40pm Good morning, and welcome to Cricinfo's coverage of the 10th match of the CB Series, between Australia and England at Sydney. I'm Andrew Miller, and I'm grimly fascinated by what we've got in prospect this morning.

Barring miracles (ie a home defeat) this will be the penultimate fixture of an England tour that has just got worse, and worse, and worse. Somehow, even if they did achieve the improbable and reach the finals ahead of New Zealand, you can't imagine they'd be too pleased about hanging around for further humiliation.

But enough of such talk. It's a new day, a new start, and a newish-look Australia team is set to line up against them. Brett Lee is expected to be rested to give Shaun Tait an opportunity to press for World Cup honours, while Ricky Ponting's strained hip means that Brad Hodge is also expected to play.

For England, however, there's yet more injury woe. James Anderson has flown home with back trouble, Michael Vaughan has been ruled out with that dodgy hamstring. Full team news to follow.

0.1

Tait to Joyce, no run, well, that was pretty erratic to start things off, but maybe because it's his first ball, he's been given the benefit of the doubt

0.2

Tait to Joyce, no run, better, straighter, and good carry as well

Lots of fans still streaming through the turnstiles

0.3

Tait to Joyce, 1 wide, oops! That's almost Harmisonesque. Pitched on the white lines and swung towards the slips

0.3

Tait to Joyce, no run, wonderful response! Real pace, yorker length and inswinging. Joyce gets his bat down just in time

0.4

Tait to Joyce, FOUR, strays onto the pads and that's clipped firmly through midwicket to bring up the first boundary of the day. Good shot

0.5

Tait to Joyce, no run, banged in and bending back into the batsman. Joyce plays inside the line with a perpendicular bat

0.6

Tait to Joyce, 1 wide, wild again. Arguably less wide than his first ball, but rightly called as Gilchrist takes in front of slip

0.6

Tait to Joyce, 2 runs, leg-side again, and Joyce tickles the last ball down to fine leg. A woolly first over

End of over 1 (8 runs) England 8/0 (RR: 8.00)

    • EC Joyce 6 (6b 1x4)
    • MB Loye 0 (0b)
    • SW Tait 1-0-8-0

Here's Nathan Bracken, left-arm over the wicket

1.1

Bracken to Loye, no run, good start, full length, curving in, defended on the front foot

1.2

Bracken to Loye, 1 run, gets it a fraction wrong this time. Loye flicks to leg to get off the mark

1.3

Bracken to Joyce, 1 wide, bit of width, but not too much. Strange call, to be honest

1.3

Bracken to Joyce, no run, tighter, and just back of a length. Joyce plays inside the line again

Aggression from Gilchrist. A gully comes in to join the two slips. Only two fielders on the leg-side

1.4

Bracken to Joyce, no run, good probing length outside the left-hander's off stump

1.5

Bracken to Joyce, no run, no stroke offered as the ball fizzes through

1.6

Bracken to Joyce, no run, curving towards the slips, and edged towards the gully. Safe though

End of over 2 (2 runs) England 10/0 (RR: 5.00)

    • EC Joyce 6 (10b 1x4)
    • MB Loye 1 (2b)
    • NW Bracken 1-0-2-0
    • SW Tait 1-0-8-0
2.1

Tait to Loye, no run, big booming outswing from Tait. Useful pace as well. Loye leaves alone

2.2

Tait to Loye, 2 runs, starts on middle-and-leg, decent swing again, but easily clipped to midwicket

2.3

Tait to Loye, no run, big appeal from Tait, but that looked to be sliding down leg. Loye was well squared up though. Hawkeye disagrees ...

2.4

Tait to Loye, no run, fuller, outside off, and squirted to gully. Rapid

2.5

Tait to Loye, 1 wide, 95mph, but misdirected, and slips past Loye's ribs for another extra

2.5

Tait to Loye, no run, good pace again, Loye drawn into the drive, but controls his aggression

2.6

Tait to Loye, no run, right up to the bat, and an inside-edge bobbles into the crease as Loye drives again. Better over

End of over 3 (3 runs) England 13/0 (RR: 4.33)

    • MB Loye 3 (8b)
    • EC Joyce 6 (10b 1x4)
    • SW Tait 2-0-11-0
    • NW Bracken 1-0-2-0
3.1

Bracken to Joyce, no run, fizzes through, no stroke offered

3.2

Bracken to Joyce, no run, probing, probing. No stroke again as the ball sits in the channel outside off stump

3.3

Bracken to Joyce, no run, good discipline from Bracken.

3.4

Bracken to Joyce, no run, outside off stump once again, Joyce shoulders arms once again

David Partridge asks: "Is it true the Swans booked a training session at the SCG tonight on hearing England are batting?" Cruel but fair.

3.5

Bracken to Joyce, no run, straighter, and this time Joyce is forced to defend. Drawn onto the front foot

3.6

Bracken to Joyce, no run, excellent over. Joyce defends into the covers

End of over 4 (maiden) England 13/0 (RR: 3.25)

    • EC Joyce 6 (16b 1x4)
    • MB Loye 3 (8b)
    • NW Bracken 2-1-2-0
    • SW Tait 2-0-11-0
4.1

Tait to Loye, no run, banged in, takes the glove and dribbles into the covers. Good aggression

4.2

Tait to Loye, no run, right up to the bat, hint of movement and watchfully defended back up the pitch

4.3

Tait to Loye, no run, speared down the leg-side, takes the pad but Gilchrist runs round to field

4.4

Tait to Loye, 2 runs, attempted yorker, 90mph-plus but no movement, and easily squeezed to square leg

4.5

Tait to Loye, 2 runs, nicely timed through square leg, bit of a half-volley this time but Tait is finding a good rhythm after that erratic first over

4.6

Tait to Loye, no run, booming full-toss, Loye flings the bat but the outswing deceives him and he under-edges into the slips.

End of over 5 (4 runs) England 17/0 (RR: 3.40)

    • MB Loye 7 (14b)
    • EC Joyce 6 (16b 1x4)
    • SW Tait 3-0-15-0
    • NW Bracken 2-1-2-0
5.1

Bracken to Joyce, no run, a swish and a miss from Joyce - that was loose. Tempted by a hint of width, but good bounce and movement

5.2

Bracken to Joyce, 2 runs, dropped! And that was a dolly. Joyce's first attacking move of the match, danced down the track, had a smear, and Tait at deep point fluffed a sitter

5.3

Bracken to Joyce, 1 wide, outside off, tight call, but that won't improve Bracken's mood

"Tait was dropping them for fun at fielding practice," says David Lloyd.

5.3

Bracken to Joyce, no run, tighter to the stumps and defended

5.4

Bracken to Joyce, 1 run, fuller length, and pushed to leg

5.5

Bracken to Loye, SIX, there he goes! It's that slog-sweep again, and it's a big, big six again! Slight top-edge, but what power! Twelve rows back, I reckon

5.6

Bracken to Loye, 1 run, back on a good length, and solidly defended

So, there's the six from Loye. Will he chase a wide one to complete another identikit innings?

End of over 6 (11 runs) England 28/0 (RR: 4.66)

    • MB Loye 14 (16b 1x6)
    • EC Joyce 9 (20b 1x4)
    • NW Bracken 3-1-13-0
    • SW Tait 3-0-15-0
6.1

Tait to Loye, no run, fancy that, it's a wide one, and he chased it!

6.2

Tait to Loye, 1 run, shorter, quicker, but defended on the hop into the vacant gully. 97mph that one, and Loye is shaking his finger, as well he might

6.3

Tait to Joyce, no run, 96.1mph now, and that climbs past the left-hander's edge for Gilchrist to take above his head

6.4

Tait to Joyce, no run, yorker! And a good one too. Hastily dug out by Joyce

6.5

Tait to Joyce, no run, swinging again, but a bit short and easily defended into the leg-side

6.6

Tait to Joyce, no run, right on the spot, swinging back towards off stump, and solidly pushed back up the pitch. Tidy stuff, and brutally quick as well!

End of over 7 (1 run) England 29/0 (RR: 4.14)

    • EC Joyce 9 (24b 1x4)
    • MB Loye 15 (18b 1x6)
    • SW Tait 4-0-16-0
    • NW Bracken 3-1-13-0
7.1

Bracken to Loye, 1 run, leg-side, and turned away for a quick single

7.2

Bracken to Joyce, FOUR, width, and smacked! That's a lovely shot - down the track, on the up, and over the covers

7.3

Bracken to Joyce, no run, shorter but straighter, and turned to leg with no great pace

7.4

Bracken to Joyce, 1 leg bye, leg-sided again, clipped into space - in fact, it came off the pad but the intent was there

7.5

Bracken to Loye, FOUR, there's the sweep again! But this time it's a wild outside-edge that flies high over the slips. Still, it'll do

7.6

Bracken to Loye, FOUR, no edges this time! That's a fine sweep, fizzes through square leg to complete an expensive over!

End of over 8 (14 runs) England 43/0 (RR: 5.37)

    • MB Loye 24 (21b 2x4 1x6)
    • EC Joyce 13 (27b 2x4)
    • NW Bracken 4-1-26-0
    • SW Tait 4-0-16-0
8.1

Tait to Joyce, no run, 94.9mph that time, but nicely timed even though the direction was lacking. Steered into the gully off the back foot

8.2

Tait to Joyce, 1 run, good yorker, squeezed out to the gully

8.3

Tait to Loye, no run, slightly short, but rapid and Loye can't time his clip through leg

8.4

Tait to Loye, no run, quick! Short and climbing at Loye, who fends this off his nose with a bit of discomfort

8.5

Tait to Loye, no run, that's that tempter again, and Loye is drawn into it once again. Beaten by the swing, and just as well for his sake

8.6

Tait to Loye, FOUR, much better shot, up towards the blockhole but swinging away. He didn't try to smack it, but it went like the proverbial through the covers all the same. When it's coming at you at 97mph, you don't need to have a mow!

First change of the day. Here's Stuart Clark

End of over 9 (5 runs) England 48/0 (RR: 5.33)

    • MB Loye 28 (25b 3x4 1x6)
    • EC Joyce 14 (29b 2x4)
    • SW Tait 5-0-21-0
    • NW Bracken 4-1-26-0
9.1

Clark to Joyce, no run, right on the money first up. Defended, but there's no swing

9.2

Clark to Joyce, no run, there's the intent. Joyce takes a couple of steps but defends nonetheless. Wasn't quite there for the shot

9.3

Clark to Joyce, FOUR, short, and smeared through midwicket - that was a front-foot pull and it was hammered. Good batting

For those of you who can't cope with mph, Tait has been touching 156kph. Which is ... err ... rapid

9.4

Clark to Joyce, 3 runs, fuller, but well timed through midwicket again. Clipped rather than carved though

9.5

Clark to Loye, no run, outside off, left alone

9.6

Clark to Loye, 1 wide, wider, and Loye flinches in his eagerness to have a mow, but managed to restrain himself

9.6

Clark to Loye, 1 run, decent over for England

Here comes the second powerplay, and here comes Glenn McGrath as well

End of over 10 (9 runs) England 57/0 (RR: 5.70)

    • MB Loye 29 (27b 3x4 1x6)
    • EC Joyce 21 (33b 3x4)
    • SR Clark 1-0-9-0
    • SW Tait 5-0-21-0
10.1

McGrath to Loye, no run, line and length, as you'd expect. Respectfully defended

10.2

McGrath to Loye, no run, same again. No pace, no movement, but just there

10.3

McGrath to Loye, 1 wide, flashy flashy! It's that width again, and Loye just can't quite get it right with that shot. But it's too wide

10.3

McGrath to Loye, no run, straighter, and left alone

10.4

McGrath to Loye, no run, excellent line and length this time, and some big seam movement back towards the stumps. Loye leaves alone with a flourish

10.5

McGrath to Loye, no run, thunk! Good grief, down on the sweep, slight top-edge straight into the grille! McGrath looks as non-plussed as a fast bowler should when someone attempts to sweep them

And Loye's in a bit of trouble here. There's a nasty cut on his chin, although no sympathy from the Aussies, unsurprisingly. The physio's out, checking on jaw damage. He's got an ice-pack on his cheek, and this could be more bad news for England.

His front foot slipped badly as he went for the shot, and his head ended up lower as a result. What irony though. McGrath, the slowest of Australia's seamers, has now nobbled two of England's best World Cup prospects, Loye and Kevin Pietersen.

Loye will continue, but it's going to be tricky. His helmet isn't going to fit, and his favourite shot is now a bit of a liability.

10.6

McGrath to Loye, OUT, GOT HIM! McGrath dropped it short, as he was bound to do, and Loye tried to keep things positive by playing the hook. But it was a stroke played with no conviction, and a steepling top-edge ended in the hands of deep square-leg!

MB Loye c Bracken b McGrath 29 (52m 33b 3x4 1x6) SR: 87.87

He'll be straight off to hospital, I'd reckon, as Ian Bell comes out to replace him.

End of over 11 (1 run) England 58/1 (RR: 5.27)

    • EC Joyce 21 (33b 3x4)
    • GD McGrath 1-0-1-1
    • SR Clark 1-0-9-0
11.1

Clark to Bell, 1 run, off the mark straight away, but a bit of hesitation there! Tickled to leg but safely home

11.2

Clark to Joyce, no run, good length, and defended with a hint of inside-edge

11.3

Clark to Joyce, 1 run, clipped off the pads and another stuttering single. These two won't have batted together very often

11.4

Clark to Bell, no run, just back of a length, defended with a loud "NO!"

11.5

Clark to Bell, no run, outside off stump and played on the up to cover

11.6

Clark to Bell, no run, drawn forward and played coolly into the covers. Solid over

End of over 12 (2 runs) England 60/1 (RR: 5.00)

    • IR Bell 1 (4b)
    • EC Joyce 22 (35b 3x4)
    • SR Clark 2-0-11-0
    • GD McGrath 1-0-1-1
12.1

McGrath to Joyce, no run, probing line, just back of a length and angling across the left-hander. Defended off the back foot

12.2

McGrath to Joyce, no run, straighter and squared up as Joyce attempts to work to leg

12.3

McGrath to Joyce, no run, fizzes past the bat with a bit of cut and good carry

12.4

McGrath to Joyce, no run, slightly wider but still in the channel. Left alone

12.5

McGrath to Joyce, no run, starts outside leg but nips back to take the thigh pad

12.6

McGrath to Joyce, FOUR, shorter, and that's an excellent swivel-pull to dent McGrath's ego at the end of the over

Not that Aussies have big egos of course. Lou Vincent is clearly delusional

End of over 13 (4 runs) England 64/1 (RR: 4.92)

    • EC Joyce 26 (41b 4x4)
    • IR Bell 1 (4b)
    • GD McGrath 2-0-5-1
    • SR Clark 2-0-11-0
13.1

Clark to Bell, no run, outside off stump once again. No great pace or movement

13.2

Clark to Bell, no run, banged in a bit this time, but outside off again and left alone

13.3

Clark to Bell, no run, wicket-to-wicket. Turned into the leg-side

Michael Holding speculates that the Aussies aren't especially up for this game. Surely they aren't bored of their dominance?

13.4

Clark to Bell, no run, on the money again. Defended into the covers

Fine leg goes a bit squarer

13.5

Clark to Bell, no run, that one fizzed through! Lots of oohs and aahs, but no real alarms for Bell

13.6

Clark to Bell, 1 run, attempted yorker, but easily driven out for a single to mid-on. Bell keeps the strike, which Australia might not mind too much

End of over 14 (1 run) England 65/1 (RR: 4.64)

    • IR Bell 2 (10b)
    • EC Joyce 26 (41b 4x4)
    • SR Clark 3-0-12-0
    • GD McGrath 2-0-5-1
14.1

McGrath to Bell, FOUR, short and wide and deservedly timed through the covers. Bell didn't try to hit that too hard, just placed it behind point. Well played

14.2

McGrath to Bell, FOUR, short and wide again! Strangely erratic from McGrath, and Bell - perhaps astonished to get two such rank balls in succession hits this harder and in the air in front of point!

14.3

McGrath to Bell, 1 no ball, better line and length this time. A loud "NO!"

"That bum Loye totally deserved that ball in the face," says Andy from Canada. What charming readers we have

14.3

McGrath to Bell, no run, width but left alone. Sensible batting

14.4

McGrath to Bell, no run, shoulders arms again

14.5

McGrath to Bell, no run, a bit of a squelch as this one nips back to hit Bell amidships. He's not fussed though. Balls of steel

14.6

McGrath to Bell, 1 run, outside off, and nudged down to third man

Handy start from England, as the umpires call for a drinks break. Here's the second powerplay

End of over 15 (10 runs) England 75/1 (RR: 5.00)

    • IR Bell 11 (17b 2x4)
    • EC Joyce 26 (41b 4x4)
    • GD McGrath 3-0-15-1
    • SR Clark 3-0-12-0
15.1

Clark to Bell, no run, good line and length to resume

15.2

Clark to Bell, FOUR, lovely strike. Good stride and perfect placement, straight through extra cover

15.3

Clark to Bell, 1 run, width, and a measured carve through point

15.4

Clark to Joyce, 1 run, defended into the covers, and a scampered single

15.5

Clark to Bell, no run, dropped in a touch short, and this one is defended into the gully

15.6

Clark to Bell, no run, bit of a fish outside off stump that time! It bent away from the bat at the last minute, and Bell was tempted. Still, he lives on

End of over 16 (6 runs) England 81/1 (RR: 5.06)

    • IR Bell 16 (22b 3x4)
    • EC Joyce 27 (42b 4x4)
    • SR Clark 4-0-18-0
    • GD McGrath 3-0-15-1
16.1

McGrath to Joyce, no run, bit of nip again for McGrath - he's liking this track

16.2

McGrath to Joyce, no run, again, good carry to the keeper from outside off stump. Joyce plays inside the line, as is his wont

16.3

McGrath to Joyce, no run, shorter and straighter - defended off the back foot to point, and a loud "No!"

16.4

McGrath to Joyce, no run, probing stuff, played with an angled bat into the gully

16.5

McGrath to Joyce, no run, tries to turn this to leg, but slightly squared up

16.6

McGrath to Joyce, FOUR, lovely strike. McGrath is serving up far too many four-balls by his own high standards. Width again, and cracked past point for another boundary

Gareth emails: "This England team have 230 caps (including this game) compared to Australia's 1,026. In fact Gilchrist and McGrath each have more caps than all of England. It's starting to show."

End of over 17 (4 runs) England 85/1 (RR: 5.00)

    • EC Joyce 31 (48b 5x4)
    • IR Bell 16 (22b 3x4)
    • GD McGrath 4-0-19-1
    • SR Clark 4-0-18-0
17.1

Clark to Bell, no run, turned to leg, another loud call stops the single

17.2

Clark to Bell, no run, line and length, respectfully defended

17.3

Clark to Bell, 2 runs, a fraction short, and Bell swings into a big ambitious pull over midwicket. Goes high, but well in front of the man in the deep. Decent shot

17.4

Clark to Bell, 1 run, width, and slapped past point

And he's off. Botham's latest rant is in full swing. "No attitude!" "Where's Stuart Broad!" "Pass me the earplugs!" Oh ... that's my line

17.5

Clark to Joyce, no run, straighter, and defended back down the pitch

17.6

Clark to Joyce, no run, pushed into the covers to complete another tidy over

End of over 18 (3 runs) England 88/1 (RR: 4.88)

    • EC Joyce 31 (50b 5x4)
    • IR Bell 19 (26b 3x4)
    • SR Clark 5-0-21-0
    • GD McGrath 4-0-19-1
18.1

McGrath to Bell, no run, oooh! Sawn in half by a big nip-backer. Passed through bat and midriff

18.2

McGrath to Bell, 1 run, fuller, and drawn forward to defend

18.3

McGrath to Joyce, 1 wide, strays down the leg side. Another extra

18.3

McGrath to Joyce, 1 run, quick single from a nudge into the gully. The shy was way off target though

"Who exactly were those 10 English players that Fletcher had identified in his now-famous statement?" asks Pappu Pager? No idea ... I think they were a figment of his imagination

18.4

McGrath to Bell, 1 run, width, and nudged down to third man

18.5

McGrath to Joyce, no run, tighter line, just back of a length. Joyce plays inside the line again

18.6

McGrath to Joyce, no run, attacking intent - down the pitch to meet McGrath, and a leading edge deflects through point

End of over 19 (4 runs) England 92/1 (RR: 4.84)

    • EC Joyce 32 (53b 5x4)
    • IR Bell 21 (29b 3x4)
    • GD McGrath 5-0-23-1
    • SR Clark 5-0-21-0
19.1

Clark to Bell, no run, good wheels, Stuey, good wheels. Right in the channel again

19.2

Clark to Bell, 1 run, another nudge into the gully, and a near-miss on that quick single. Joyce forgot that Clarke is left-handed in the field, and that might have been out if he had hit!

In fact, it clanged Joyce's helmet as he stooped for the line!

19.3

Clark to Joyce, 1 run, slightly squared up, but safe

19.4

Clark to Bell, 1 run, bang! Symonds takes out the leg stump at the non-striker's end, but Bell is home for another single

19.5

Clark to Joyce, 1 run, defended with an angled bat to point. The batsmen rotate the strike again

19.6

Clark to Bell, no run, outside off stump, and left alone to finish

"Can we perform the Mexican wave online?" asks Brett. "You won't kick us off I hope." No, but Cricket Australia has eyes everywhere ...

End of over 20 (4 runs) England 96/1 (RR: 4.80)

    • IR Bell 23 (33b 3x4)
    • EC Joyce 34 (55b 5x4)
    • SR Clark 6-0-25-0
    • GD McGrath 5-0-23-1
20.1

Tait to Joyce, no run, good swinging full length. Maybe not as sharp as his first spell, but rapid nonetheless. Nothing has dropped below 90mph yet (144kph)

Tait's back

20.2

Tait to Joyce, no run, outside off, driven without much power

20.3

Tait to Joyce, 1 run, short and swung into the leg-side. Cleaned up on the square-leg boundary

Lee emails: "Thanks for providing coverage of Botham's latest rant - I wish I was at home so I could listen to him in person but I am stuck here at work." Can we swap ... he's still banging on in a successful bid to be the 21st century Fred Trueman.

20.4

Tait to Bell, 3 runs, fuller length, and nicely timed down the ground by Bell.

That brings up the hundred. For one wicket! Strewth

20.5

Tait to Joyce, FOUR, that's a lovely strike from a man who's really starting to flourish now! Gave himself heaps of room by retreating to leg, and thwacked that through the covers. Nick Knight would be proud

20.6

Tait to Joyce, 1 run, banged in, swung away. A useful over for England

Here's some spin. It's time for Michael Clarke

Oh dear. Our hamster has fallen off its wheel again. Apologies. We'll keep you posted while we get the generator back up and running

End of over 21 (9 runs) England 105/1 (RR: 5.00)

    • EC Joyce 40 (60b 6x4)
    • IR Bell 26 (34b 3x4)
    • SW Tait 6-0-30-0
    • SR Clark 6-0-25-0
21.1

Clarke to Joyce, 1 run, starts with a gentle leg-stump half-volley. Clipped away

Nathan Bracken is back for another spell, replacing Shaun Tait, as our tecchies rummage furiously in our servers

Right, apologies for this. We have gremlins. But there's been no onpitch alarms. The score is currently 121 for 1 after 24 overs. We'll keep you posted.

21.2

Clarke to Bell, no run, "nice Pup!" says Gilchrist, good line and length, and flight too

21.3

Clarke to Bell, 1 run, paddle-sweep to fine leg. Good measured shot

21.4

Clarke to Joyce, no run, clipped to leg

21.5

Clarke to Joyce, no run, good flight, calm defence

21.6

Clarke to Joyce, no run, drifted across Joyce, and that was a bit of a loose waft. And he knows it

End of over 22 (2 runs) England 107/1 (RR: 4.86)

    • EC Joyce 41 (64b 6x4)
    • IR Bell 27 (36b 3x4)
    • MJ Clarke 1-0-2-0
    • SW Tait 6-0-30-0
22.1

Tait to Bell, 2 runs, strays onto the pads, clipped away

22.2

Tait to Bell, no run, driven firmly but fielded in the followthrough by Tait

22.3

Tait to Bell, no run, snorter! That was short, quick, straight, and vicious. Bell played it very well to be fair, watching closely and swaying out of line

22.4

Tait to Bell, 5 wides, tried to follow up with the yorker, but that was sprayed down leg. Nice idea, poorly executed

22.4

Tait to Bell, 1 run

22.5

Tait to Joyce, no run

22.6

Tait to Joyce, no run, fuller but slightly off-line. Joyce can't get it away though

End of over 23 (8 runs) England 115/1 (RR: 5.00)

    • EC Joyce 41 (66b 6x4)
    • IR Bell 30 (40b 3x4)
    • SW Tait 7-0-38-0
    • MJ Clarke 1-0-2-0
23.1

Clarke to Bell, no run, dabbed into the covers, and a scampered single

23.2

Clarke to Bell, 1 run

23.3

Clarke to Joyce, 2 runs, flapped out into the deep. Bit of a top-edge

23.4

Clarke to Joyce, 1 run

23.5

Clarke to Bell, 1 run

23.6

Clarke to Joyce, 1 run

End of over 24 (6 runs) England 121/1 (RR: 5.04)

    • EC Joyce 45 (69b 6x4)
    • IR Bell 32 (43b 3x4)
    • MJ Clarke 2-0-8-0
    • SW Tait 7-0-38-0
24.1

Bracken to Joyce, no run, defended into the covers

24.2

Bracken to Joyce, no run, turned into the leg-side

24.3

Bracken to Joyce, 1 run, another quick single into the covers

24.4

Bracken to Bell, 1 run

24.5

Bracken to Joyce, 1 run, steps across his stumps and turns this to mid-on for another single. Good rotation of the strike

24.6

Bracken to Bell, 2 runs, clipped into the deep to complete the over

And dare I tempt fate, but I think we are back up and running. Apologies for the gaps in the comms. You missed nothing of note

End of over 25 (5 runs) England 126/1 (RR: 5.04)

    • IR Bell 35 (45b 3x4)
    • EC Joyce 47 (73b 6x4)
    • NW Bracken 5-1-31-0
    • MJ Clarke 2-0-8-0
25.1

Clarke to Joyce, no run, turned to midwicket

25.2

Clarke to Joyce, 1 run, firm clip to square leg

25.3

Clarke to Bell, 1 run, down on one knee, and drilled over square leg. Not quite timed though, and swept up on the boundary's edge

25.4

Clarke to Joyce, no run, fuller length, and defended

25.5

Clarke to Joyce, 1 run, couple of quick steps down the pitch to pick the gap

25.6

Clarke to Bell, 1 run, firmly driven into the covers

End of over 26 (4 runs) England 130/1 (RR: 5.00)

    • IR Bell 37 (47b 3x4)
    • EC Joyce 49 (77b 6x4)
    • MJ Clarke 3-0-12-0
    • NW Bracken 5-1-31-0
26.1

Bracken to Bell, 1 leg bye, outside leg, takes the thigh pad, but that's another good quick single. Good communication

26.2

Bracken to Joyce, no run, straighter and angled towards off stump. Defended back down the pitch

26.3

Bracken to Joyce, 1 run, steered calmly to third man to bring up a very fine fifty for Ed Joyce. His second in consecutive matches. Well batted

26.4

Bracken to Bell, 1 run, leg-side again, and dabbed to midwicket

26.5

Bracken to Joyce, 2 runs, that's a lovely strike. Clip-driven, if you like, through midwicket all along the ground. Just picked up inside the rope

26.6

Bracken to Joyce, no run, takes the pad, and that's the over

End of over 27 (5 runs) England 135/1 (RR: 5.00)

    • EC Joyce 52 (81b 6x4)
    • IR Bell 38 (49b 3x4)
    • NW Bracken 6-1-35-0
    • MJ Clarke 3-0-12-0
27.1

Clarke to Bell, 2 runs, down on the sweep, and that's a thick inside-edge. Bit streaky, but gets away with it

27.2

Clarke to Bell, 3 runs, reverse-sweep - or dab, rather, as he did nothing more than deflect the ball. Found the gap through backward square

27.3

Clarke to Joyce, no run

27.4

Clarke to Joyce, 1 run, excellent running between these two. Another dab to third man

27.5

Clarke to Bell, no run, leg-sided, misses out with a glance

27.6

Clarke to Bell, no run, good ball to finish, line and length and maybe even some spin

End of over 28 (6 runs) England 141/1 (RR: 5.03)

    • IR Bell 43 (53b 3x4)
    • EC Joyce 53 (83b 6x4)
    • MJ Clarke 4-0-18-0
    • NW Bracken 6-1-35-0
28.1

Bracken to Joyce, no run, bit loose outside off stump. A dab and a miss

28.2

Bracken to Joyce, no run, a swing and a miss to follow up - that was rash. Down the track and a big hoon over cow corner, but hit nothing but air

28.3

Bracken to Joyce, 1 run, drawn forward with a defensive push, finds the gap

England are batting well, but Australia are definitely below-par today. Dropped catches, four-balls, and a general air of indifference

28.4

Bracken to Bell, no run, driven back down the ground, and that's quick work from Bracken! He fielded in his followthrough and Bell might have been out if his shy had hit

28.5

Bracken to Bell, 1 run, pushed out to point

28.6

Bracken to Joyce, 1 run, another nudge towards the cordon. Steady stuff

Here's Andrew Symonds for some seam-up

End of over 29 (3 runs) England 144/1 (RR: 4.96)

    • EC Joyce 55 (87b 6x4)
    • IR Bell 44 (55b 3x4)
    • NW Bracken 7-1-38-0
    • MJ Clarke 4-0-18-0
29.1

Symonds to Joyce, FOUR, sweet strike through extra-cover! That was a gentle loosener, but Joyce cracked it almost one-handed on the up!

29.2

Symonds to Joyce, no run, dropped! In the air to his left, and Symonds grabs with his weaker hand. That was a slower delivery, but he should have got it. And he's cross

29.3

Symonds to Joyce, no run, deflected behind square

29.4

Symonds to Joyce, no run

29.5

Symonds to Joyce, 2 runs, another miss! That was an inside-edge onto the pads, and it bobbled past Gilchrist! Lucky, lucky

29.6

Symonds to Joyce, 1 run, the end of an eventful over, now here's Cameron White.

Australia are just using this match to test their World Cup bowling options, I reckon. And why not

End of over 30 (7 runs) England 151/1 (RR: 5.03)

    • EC Joyce 62 (93b 7x4)
    • IR Bell 44 (55b 3x4)
    • A Symonds 1-0-7-0
    • NW Bracken 7-1-38-0
30.1

White to Joyce, no run, good start, nice flight, nice line

30.2

White to Joyce, no run, "bowled Barry!" says Gilchrist, and he's right

30.3

White to Joyce, 2 leg byes, strays onto leg this time

30.4

White to Joyce, no run, Joyce plays for non-existent spin, and uncomfortably so

30.5

White to Joyce, no run, clipped into the leg-side

30.6

White to Joyce, no run, good finish, Joyce leaves alone outside off stump

End of over 31 (2 runs, maiden) England 153/1 (RR: 4.93)

    • EC Joyce 62 (99b 7x4)
    • IR Bell 44 (55b 3x4)
    • CL White 1-1-0-0
    • A Symonds 1-0-7-0
31.1

Symonds to Bell, FOUR, shot! Drifts onto the pads, and that's clipped up and over midwicket for another boundary

Oh dear, we're down again. Sorry about this - it's all getting a bit village in the technical department.

Ian Bell has just reached his fifty though. It's 169 for 1 after 33 overs and the umpires have called for drinks.

31.2

Symonds to Bell, 1 run, more good scampering brings up the hundred stand. Well played chaps

"Never mind the online Mexican Wave - what about an online streak?" asks Martin Bishop. "Any takers?" Show-off

31.3

Symonds to Joyce, 2 runs, played through leg again. Some easy pickings at the moment

31.4

Symonds to Joyce, 2 runs, clipped off the pads. Good batting

31.5

Symonds to Joyce, no run, better line and length. Defended

31.6

Symonds to Joyce, no run, down on the sweep again, and good contact as well. Nine off the over

Flintoff is padded up and ready to come in next, it would seem

End of over 32 (9 runs) England 162/1 (RR: 5.06)

    • EC Joyce 66 (103b 7x4)
    • IR Bell 49 (57b 4x4)
    • A Symonds 2-0-16-0
    • CL White 1-1-0-0
32.1

White to Bell, 3 wides, loose again. Short, rank and leg-sided. Bell misses with his swing, but so does Gilchrist with his take

32.1

White to Bell, 1 wide, loose again. Not good bowling

32.1

White to Bell, 1 run, driven down the ground, and that's Bell's fifty - his first against Australia. Well played

32.2

White to Joyce, 1 run

32.3

White to Bell, 1 run, excellent rotation of the strike

32.4

White to Joyce, no run

32.5

White to Joyce, no run, tighter now, after those loose early deliveries

32.6

White to Joyce, no run

End of over 33 (7 runs) England 169/1 (RR: 5.12)

    • EC Joyce 67 (107b 7x4)
    • IR Bell 51 (59b 4x4)
    • CL White 2-1-7-0
    • A Symonds 2-0-16-0

Here comes Glenn McGrath

33.1

McGrath to Bell, OUT, and the drinks break brings a breakthrough once again! And it's that old shark McGrath who does the job. It was short, Bell went for a big swing, and Gilchrist steadied himself under a big top-edge

IR Bell c †Gilchrist b McGrath 51 (96m 60b 4x4 0x6) SR: 85.00

And as expected, it's Andrew Flintoff to have a bit of a swish. He's got the perfect platform here

33.2

McGrath to Joyce, 1 run, short again

33.3

McGrath to Flintoff, no run

33.4

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, outside off, and Flintoff drives off the back foot into the covers

33.5

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, tighter to off stump, and defended

33.6

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, in that corridor of uncertainty again, and dabbed to point

End of over 34 (1 run) England 170/2 (RR: 5.00)

    • A Flintoff 0 (4b)
    • EC Joyce 68 (108b 7x4)
    • GD McGrath 6-0-24-2
    • CL White 2-1-7-0
34.1

White to Joyce, no run, Joyce down the track and pads it back

34.2

White to Joyce, no run, again pad, and this time a loud appeal as well. Nothing doing there, though

34.3

White to Joyce, 2 runs, swept to deep square leg, good tag fielding on the rope from Bracken and Clarke

34.4

White to Joyce, 1 run, swept again, straight to the man in the deep so only ever one

34.5

White to Flintoff, no run, steps back and punches to mid-on

34.6

White to Flintoff, no run, turned straight to Symonds at midwicket

Sorry about the breaks in scoring ... as Andrew said, the hamster was on a go-slow. Should all be OK now as he's been fed and watered.

End of over 35 (3 runs) England 173/2 (RR: 4.94)

    • A Flintoff 0 (6b)
    • EC Joyce 71 (112b 7x4)
    • CL White 3-1-10-0
    • GD McGrath 6-0-24-2
35.1

McGrath to Joyce, no run, Joyce back and defends

35.2

McGrath to Joyce, no run, steered into the slips and slap bang into the one man there ...he's at third slip

35.3

McGrath to Joyce, 1 run, same shot, but this time Joyce finds the gap and ambles a single as third man fields

35.4

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, Flintoff cramped as he looks to thwack into the off and he can only push the ball to point

35.5

McGrath to Flintoff, 1 run, this time he steps back and finds more room, punching it wide of cover to the man in the deep

35.6

McGrath to Joyce, 1 run, short, pulled to deep midwicket

The commentators are on about bats and global warming. That can only mean we are in the twilight zone of an ODI innings between the opening excitement and the final crash-bang-wallop

End of over 36 (3 runs) England 176/2 (RR: 4.88)

    • EC Joyce 73 (116b 7x4)
    • A Flintoff 1 (8b)
    • GD McGrath 7-0-27-2
    • CL White 3-1-10-0
36.1

White to Joyce, no run, Joyce fails to time an attempted swat into the off side

36.2

White to Joyce, 1 run, White drifts to leg and Joyce sweeps

36.3

White to Flintoff, 2 runs, Flintoff works the ball to square leg, the man is right back and so they run two with some ease

36.4

White to Flintoff, OUT, Flintoff back, it hits him high up and the immediate thought was that it might have been going over the top. It pitched in line and was certainly straight ... is this the start of England's wobble?

A Flintoff lbw b White 3 (12m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 30.00

In comes the out-of-form Andrew Strauss, dropping down the order once again

36.5

White to Strauss, FOUR, confident start, short and he pulls through midwicket

36.6

White to Strauss, 1 run, clipped away into the leg side

Hawkeye says Harper was right with the Flintoff lbw. Good old Hawkeye.

End of over 37 (8 runs) England 184/3 (RR: 4.97)

    • AJ Strauss 5 (2b 1x4)
    • EC Joyce 74 (118b 7x4)
    • CL White 4-1-18-1
    • GD McGrath 7-0-27-2

A slip in for Strauss

37.1

McGrath to Strauss, no run, straight, Strauss defends solidly and correctly

37.2

McGrath to Strauss, 1 run, banged in, Strauss who was looking to come down the pitch, plays a rather hurried swat-pull, under control and down to long leg

37.3

McGrath to Joyce, 1 run, pushed into the leg side ... fielders converge but it's well placed and they can't prevent the single

37.4

McGrath to Strauss, no run, into the off side but not timed

37.5

McGrath to Strauss, no run, forward, he shapes to play at one leaving him outside off stump but changes his mind at the last moment and pulls out of the shot

37.6

McGrath to Strauss, 1 run, cut off the top edge through the slips and Tait gets his body in the line at third man

End of over 38 (3 runs) England 187/3 (RR: 4.92)

    • AJ Strauss 7 (7b 1x4)
    • EC Joyce 75 (119b 7x4)
    • GD McGrath 8-0-30-2
    • CL White 4-1-18-1
38.1

White to Strauss, 1 wide, very wide outside off stump ... Stevie Wonder would have spotted that one

38.1

White to Strauss, 1 run, clipped into space on the leg

38.2

White to Joyce, no run, chopped down into the pitch a few oohs as it bobbles close to the stumps

38.3

White to Joyce, 1 run, cut into the off side

38.4

White to Strauss, 2 runs, too much width and that allows Strauss to cut the ball behind square on the off

38.5

White to Strauss, 1 run, driven through the covers to the deep

Joyce limping after jarring his foot turning for a second

38.6

White to Joyce, 2 runs, steps back and plops it into the off

It's all very soporific ... have a single every ball and everyone is happy. The crowd - and it's not a good one - slumber and Andrew has gone to sleep under his desk. Anyhow, Clark into the attack.

End of over 39 (8 runs) England 195/3 (RR: 5.00)

    • EC Joyce 78 (122b 7x4)
    • AJ Strauss 11 (10b 1x4)
    • CL White 5-1-26-1
    • GD McGrath 8-0-30-2
39.1

Clark to Strauss, no run, Strauss back, drops it at his feet and Clark scurries down the track to prevent any thoughts of a single

The field has been set to stifle Strauss behind square on the off.

39.2

Clark to Strauss, 1 run, ... and so Clark serves him one on the leg which he whips through midwicket

39.3

Clark to Joyce, 1 run, short, pulled but straight into the ground ... net result still a single, as it would have been had he middled it

39.4

Clark to Strauss, 1 run, driven to the sweeper

The discussion has now turned to the calorific value of bananas

39.5

Clark to Joyce, FOUR, at last ...Joyce steps down the track and gives himself room to drive on the up over mid-off

39.6

Clark to Joyce, 1 run, turned off his hips to midwicket

Andy asks if there are any Mexican waves. No. I am not sure anyone is awake. Here comes Nathan Bracken for his last three overs.

End of over 40 (8 runs) England 203/3 (RR: 5.07)

    • EC Joyce 84 (125b 8x4)
    • AJ Strauss 13 (13b 1x4)
    • SR Clark 7-0-33-0
    • CL White 5-1-26-1
40.1

Bracken to Joyce, 1 run, fullish, dug out to midwicket

40.2

Bracken to Strauss, FOUR, full again, driven with timing and Hayden's dive at wide long-on is to no avail as his dive came too late and he carried the ball over with him

40.3

Bracken to Strauss, no run, tighter line and no run there

40.4

Bracken to Strauss, 2 runs, Strauss steps to off and works to deep long-on ...good running and when they saw it was Tait in the deep they came back for the second

40.5

Bracken to Strauss, 1 run, flicked into the off side this time

40.6

Bracken to Joyce, 2 runs, full toss driven at - and through -Symonds at extra cover. Ironic cheers from the crowd as Symonds looks as bewildered as a man whose pocket has just been picked

After undergoing X-rays, Mal Loye has been cleared of any bone damage to his jaw. He has received 3 stitches to his chin. "Bloody ECB text alerts," says Andrew. "I was just nodding off."

End of over 41 (10 runs) England 213/3 (RR: 5.19)

    • EC Joyce 87 (127b 8x4)
    • AJ Strauss 20 (17b 2x4)
    • NW Bracken 8-1-48-0
    • SR Clark 7-0-33-0
41.1

Clark to Strauss, no run, wide and left alone

Miller looks like a startled badger ...blinking at the lights as he was awoken.

41.2

Clark to Strauss, FOUR, two steps, one to leg, and that is crashed through cover and it races to the rope

41.3

Clark to Strauss, no run, pushed to Symonds at extra cover and ironic cheers as he stops it. Symonds scowls ..he certainly is not amused

41.4

Clark to Strauss, 1 run, straight, Strauss, again on the walk, bat-pads it and keep running

41.5

Clark to Joyce, 1 run, Joyce with < footwork finally has to stretch to squeeze the ball over Glenn McGrath at point ... yes, at point ... and it is well stopped by Tait in the deep

41.6

Clark to Strauss, 1 leg bye, pushed into the off side off his pads as Strauss nicks the strike

End of over 42 (7 runs) England 220/3 (RR: 5.23)

    • AJ Strauss 25 (22b 3x4)
    • EC Joyce 88 (128b 8x4)
    • SR Clark 8-0-39-0
    • NW Bracken 8-1-48-0
42.1

Bracken to Strauss, 1 run, smacked to mid-on who is two-thirds of the way back

42.2

Bracken to Joyce, 1 run, driven with real oomph past the bowler and deep mid-off fields well

I need a bonus. Botham is back on TV and still chuntering while there is the sound of snoring from under Miller's desk.

42.3

Bracken to Strauss, OUT, well, not a dismissal you'll see in a Test. Strauss walks right across his stumps and scoops the ball to leg ... it goes straight up and Clark only has to move eight or nine yards at backward square leg to take a sitter

AJ Strauss c Clark b Bracken 26 (25m 24b 3x4 0x6) SR: 108.33

42.4

Bracken to Joyce, 2 runs, angled bat and the ball is run to the left of third man, nice placement

42.5

Bracken to Joyce, 1 run, whipped from middle stump to square leg

42.6

Bracken to Dalrymple, no run, defended to mid-off

David emails: "Hang on - run rate 7.2 off the last 5 overs, overall run rate well over 5, ... how can this be "soporific". This is the most confident start England have had all tour. Perhaps because the Aussies are having a lacklustre day our esteemed commentators assume it can't be an exciting game? Give some credit where it is (at last) due." because it's so formulaic, that's why. But it's livening up now ...

End of over 43 (5 runs) England 225/4 (RR: 5.23)

    • JWM Dalrymple 0 (1b)
    • EC Joyce 92 (131b 8x4)
    • NW Bracken 9-1-53-1
    • SR Clark 8-0-39-0
43.1

Clark to Joyce, 1 run, pushed into space, ambled single, you know the drill

43.2

Clark to Dalrymple, 1 run, and again, no real pressure on the new man from the fielding side

43.3

Clark to Joyce, 1 run, flicked to square leg

43.4

Clark to Dalrymple, 2 runs, full toss patted to deep cover where Tait again makes a hash of some simple fielding. If he was trying to work his way out of a trip to the Caribbean he couldn't do a better job than he is today

43.5

Clark to Dalrymple, no run, blocked and Clark quick to field it as he dribbles back towards him

43.6

Clark to Dalrymple, 2 runs, squirted to third man, a half appeal from Clark but more in frustration than expectation

Now Tait comes back into the attack. Assuming he doesn't drop the ball.

End of over 44 (7 runs) England 232/4 (RR: 5.27)

    • JWM Dalrymple 5 (5b)
    • EC Joyce 94 (133b 8x4)
    • SR Clark 9-0-46-0
    • NW Bracken 9-1-53-1
44.1

Tait to Joyce, FOUR, superb shot, gives himself room and creams that between midwicket and mid-on

44.2

Tait to Joyce, 1 run, less impressive, slashed in the air a couple of yards short of the incoming third man

44.3

Tait to Dalrymple, 1 run, Tait follows Dalrymple as he moves to leg, but he still gets it into a gap

44.4

Tait to Joyce, FOUR, Joyce aims a big heave-pull and gets it fine on the leg side. Warm applause from the crowd for his maiden ODI hundred and the fourth one-day hundred of his career

44.5

Tait to Joyce, 1 run, patted into the off side

44.6

Tait to Dalrymple, FOUR, Dalrymple steps to leg, Tait goes to the off and at full stretch the batsman eases it over point and it races to the rope

End of over 45 (15 runs) England 247/4 (RR: 5.48)

    • JWM Dalrymple 10 (7b 1x4)
    • EC Joyce 104 (137b 10x4)
    • SW Tait 8-0-53-0
    • SR Clark 9-0-46-0

Raj send us an email bemoaning "the most stupid commentary ever".

45.1

Clark to Joyce, 1 run, worked to the sweeper

45.2

Clark to Dalrymple, FOUR, great shot from Dalrymple, driven off one knee through extra cover

45.3

Clark to Dalrymple, 1 run, pushed up to mid-off for a strolled one

45.4

Clark to Joyce, 1 run, driven to mid-on

45.5

Clark to Dalrymple, 1 run, driven down the ground to mid-off

45.6

Clark to Joyce, 1 run, dropped into the leg side and another straightforward single to end Clark's spell

End of over 46 (9 runs) England 256/4 (RR: 5.56)

    • EC Joyce 107 (140b 10x4)
    • JWM Dalrymple 16 (10b 2x4)
    • SR Clark 10-0-55-0
    • SW Tait 8-0-53-0
46.1

Tait to Joyce, no run, full toss driven at mid-off who fields on the bounce

46.2

Tait to Joyce, OUT, banged in, Joyce plays a tired pull which he doesn't get hold of and the ball loops to wide midwicket. A great ovation as he walks off. His innings has given England something to bowl at and also ensured that John Buchanan gets his wish of making sure Australia are in a game at last

EC Joyce c Bracken b Tait 107 (201m 142b 10x4 0x6) SR: 75.35

46.3

Tait to Dalrymple, no run, Dalrymple moves to leg, swishes and misses. That was 93mph (150kph) which is pretty remarkable at this stage with an old ball

46.4

Tait to Dalrymple, 1 run, full toss, absolutely hammered to McGrath at sweeper where he makes a good stop

46.5

Tait to Nixon, FOUR, short, Nixon hooks and gets a top edge over Gilchrist for four

46.6

Tait to Nixon, OUT, another one banged in, and this time Nixon plays a really nothing semi-pull shot which lobs to extra cover. A short and certainly not sweet stay.

PA Nixon c Hodge b Tait 4 (3m 2b 1x4 0x6) SR: 200.00

End of over 47 (5 runs) England 261/6 (RR: 5.55)

    • JWM Dalrymple 17 (12b 2x4)
    • SW Tait 9-0-58-2
    • SR Clark 10-0-55-0

"That Raj fellow is an idiot," says Tim Fisher. "During the last England/NZ game your commentary was much, much stupider than you have managed to acheive so far today. I wish people would take time to properly consider the facts before sending ridiculous and pointless comments like this." At last, some proper analysis. Meanwhile, McGrath is back ...

47.1

McGrath to Dalrymple, no run, short and Dalrymple swings and misses

47.2

McGrath to Dalrymple, no run, short of a length outside off stump, and another swing and miss from Dalrymple

47.3

McGrath to Dalrymple, SIX, yet again banged in but this time Dalrymple on it quickly and it goes all the way over midwicket ...it only just carries and it's dropped by the spectator leaning over the fence ...Tait's family enclosure?

47.4

McGrath to Dalrymple, 2 runs, McGrath responds with a yorker which Dalrymple hammers down the ground

47.5

McGrath to Dalrymple, FOUR, full toss and smashed wide of midwicket where it evades the desperate dive of White

47.6

McGrath to Dalrymple, 1 run, OUT, driven to long-on, the two players get in a real mess over the second and both end up at the bowler's end ... Dalrymple goes but surely Bopara should have sacrificed himself

JWM Dalrymple run out 30 (27m 18b 3x4 1x6) SR: 166.66

End of over 48 (13 runs) England 274/7 (RR: 5.70)

    • RS Bopara 0 (0b)
    • GD McGrath 9-0-43-2
    • SW Tait 9-0-58-2
48.1

Tait to Bopara, 1 wide, short and wide down the leg side

48.1

Tait to Bopara, 1 run, glanced to long leg

48.2

Tait to Plunkett, 2 runs, two steps and sliced to third man

48.3

Tait to Plunkett, 1 run, bobbled into the off side and a scampered single as Tait fields

48.4

Tait to Bopara, FOUR, sweet one-day shot, opens the face of the bat and uses Tait's pace to the full as the ball is angled through second slip

48.5

Tait to Bopara, 1 run, bumbled into the leg side

48.6

Tait to Plunkett, no run, Plunkett aims to run the ball through the slips but misses

End of over 49 (10 runs) England 284/7 (RR: 5.79)

    • LE Plunkett 3 (3b)
    • RS Bopara 6 (3b 1x4)
    • SW Tait 10-0-68-2
    • GD McGrath 9-0-43-2
49.1

McGrath to Bopara, no run, full, good ball which Bopara can only dig out

49.2

McGrath to Bopara, 1 run, full toss which Bopara looks to swing to leg, gets a leading edge and the ball hangs in the air before dropping feet in front of White racing in to mid-off

49.3

McGrath to Plunkett, no run, short and Plunkett looks surprised that it was not called wide. He has a point, but as long as the umpires are consistent it doesn't matter

49.4

McGrath to Plunkett, 2 runs, driven uppishly to long-off and Bopara runs well to the danger end for a second

49.5

McGrath to Plunkett, FOUR, overpitched and Plunkett smacks it over wide long-on for a one-bounce four

49.6

McGrath to Plunkett, 1 run, yorker, well dug out towards extra cover and a single to end

Welcome back. Here we go, the huddles are over and we are ready to roll. It'll be Liam Plunkett to take the new ball. Mal Loye will not be taking the field after that blow to the jaw during his innings. Paul Collingwood substitutes.

Well, at long last we have a game on our hands between Australia and England. Ed Joyce, dropped on 6 by Shaun Tait, made his maiden hundred to help England to 292 for 7 as all the Australian bowlers struggled. The rate needed is 5.86 but the pitch looks good and this should be a very interesting chase. Join us 6.35pm (0735GMT) to see how they get on.

End of over 50 (8 runs) England 292/7

    • LE Plunkett 10 (7b 1x4)
    • RS Bopara 7 (5b 1x4)
    • GD McGrath 10-0-51-2
    • SW Tait 10-0-68-2
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