Commonwealth Bank Series, 2006/07 / Commentary

Commonwealth Bank Series - 2nd final

Australia v England

England won by 34 runs (D/L method)

2.15pm Everyone's in the middle, we've had the huddles and all that, so here we go ... It's Brett Lee to Ed Joyce ...

2.05pm England have won the toss and will bat. Both sides are unchanged and despite forecasts of poor weather, the sun is shining and we are set for a prompt start. There is a lot of rain to the south, however, so fingers crossed.

Andrew Flintoff: "I'm pleased as the wicket did more second half under lights. They'll be keen to put the record straight and we'll have to play well to keep them down."

Ricky Ponting: "I'd like to have won the toss.The way is to get out there and bat first. It might get slower as the game goes on. The ball might swing around a bit this afternoon."

England 1 Ed Joyce, 2 Mal Loye, 3 Ian Bell, 4 Andrew Strauss, 5 Paul Collingwood, 6 Andrew Flintoff (capt), 7 Jamie Dalrymple, 8 Paul Nixon (wk), 9 Liam Plunkett, 10 Sajid Mahmood, 11 Monty Panesar.

Australia 1 Adam Gilchrist (wk), 2 Matthew Hayden, 3 Ricky Ponting (capt), 4 Michael Clarke, 5 Brad Hodge, 6 Michael Hussey, 7 Shane Watson, 8 Brad Hogg, 9 Brett Lee, 10 Nathan Bracken, 11 Glenn McGrath.

1.20pm Good afternoon and welcome to our coverage of the second CB Series final. England have named an unchanged side, Australian news when we get it ...

12.00pm Hello and welcome to Cricinfo's live ball-by-ball coverage of the second final of the CB Series between Australia and England at Sydney. Well, well, what have we got ourselves here? A bit of a contest, that's what. After three months of abject capitulations at the hands of the Australians, England's cricketers have finally found some fight. On Friday, they won a thrilling match at Melbourne by four wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three finals, and another victory tonight would snatch their first trophy on Australian soil for a full 20 years. Join us at 3.15am GMT for all the action.

0.1

Lee to Joyce, no run, good start, on middle, flicked into the leg side, a lose throw to the keeper and all very messy as fielders dive to save overthrows

0.2

Lee to Joyce, 1 run, pushed gently into the leg side, Lee springs across to field and ends up in a heap as he tries to tumble and throw, all very undignified

0.3

Lee to Loye, no run, short of a length outside off, a very loose and unconvincing swish from a man who needs a score to cement a World Cup berth

0.4

Lee to Loye, 1 wide, wider and left alone (92mph, 148kph). Not to the umpire's liking, a bit of a harsh call

0.4

Lee to Loye, no run, Loye jabs down a little late, into the covers and a firm call of "no" from both ends

0.5

Lee to Loye, no run, Loye shapes to play a heave/sweep to a ball fractionally short outside off stump and gets hit in the body. Lee follows through to give him some advice, Loye shrugs

0.6

Lee to Loye, no run, outside off stump at 93mph (150kph) and left alone

And Nathan Bracken to share the new ball with Lee from the Paddington End

End of over 1 (2 runs) England 2/0
MB Loye    0* (4b)      B Lee    1-0-2-0
EC Joyce    1* (2b)     

1.1

Bracken to Joyce, FOUR, loose, started wide and swung wider, Joyce punches that through the covers. he didn't look to have timed it at all but the ball keeps trundling and although Hussey dives and pulls it back, it had already hit the boundary marker

1.2

Bracken to Joyce, no run, turned to midwicket

Commentators lambasting Hussey for not signalling that had gone for four. "He knew damn well it had," says David Lloyd

1.3

Bracken to Joyce, 1 run, wide again, and this wasn't timed and it bobbles out into the covers

1.4

Bracken to Loye, no run, leg side, off Loye's pads and it bobbles very fine to Gilchrist who takes two steps across to gather

1.5

Bracken to Loye, no run, short again but also down the leg, off Loye's thigh pad and Gilchrist has to move with a little more speed to take it

1.6

Bracken to Loye, no run, Loye takes a big step forward, gets a thick inside edge onto his pad and it loops into space on the leg. A hint of inswing there

End of over 2 (5 runs) England 7/0
MB Loye    0* (7b)      NW Bracken    1-0-5-0
EC Joyce    6* (5b 1x4)      B Lee    1-0-2-0

2.1

Lee to Joyce, no run, slanted across the left hander, Joyce shoulders arms

2.2

Lee to Joyce, no run, short, Joyce up on his toes and steers the ball to backward point where Clarke makes a diving stop to his right

2.3

Lee to Joyce, no run, Joyce forward and pushes to point

The gloom merchants are telling us it will rain later this afternoon. Well, it might, but it's sunny now.

2.4

Lee to Joyce, no run, Joyce again has to use his height to get over that and the ball trundles towards extra cover

2.5

Lee to Joyce, 1 no ball, short, too quick for Joyce (93mph/150kph) and it's through him by the time he plays at it.

2.5

Lee to Joyce, FOUR, long hop, pulled convincingly in front of square on the leg, four all the way

2.6

Lee to Joyce, no run, defensive push to point

Ian Chappell is laying into Mal Loye yet again on the Channel Nine commentary, grumbling that he has no shots except the pull and the slogsweep. Who are we to argue?

End of over 3 (5 runs) England 12/0
EC Joyce    10* (12b 2x4)      B Lee    2-0-7-0
MB Loye    0* (7b)      NW Bracken    1-0-5-0

3.1

Bracken to Loye, FOUR, banged it and thumped with real oomph through midwicket. It went like a tracer bullet. That one was for Chappelli

3.2

Bracken to Loye, no run, fuller and a good line, pushed back up the pitch

3.3

Bracken to Loye, no run, angled across the right hander and Loye not at all interested

3.4

Bracken to Loye, 1 run, Loye stands upright and stays back, choosing to play it late as he opens the face and runs the ball to third man

3.5

Bracken to Joyce, no run, Joyce moves forward early, it's outside off and he leaves

3.6

Bracken to Joyce, no run, short of a length, Joyce plays defensively into the covers

End of over 4 (5 runs) England 17/0
EC Joyce    10* (14b 2x4)      NW Bracken    2-0-10-0
MB Loye    5* (11b 1x4)      B Lee    2-0-7-0

4.1

Lee to Loye, no run, full outside off stump, a really loose drive that ends up bobbling towards the slips

4.2

Lee to Loye, no run, a massive swing as he tries to sweep Lee, misses by some way. You can almost hear Chappell teeing off ...

4.3

Lee to Loye, no run, outside off at 92.8mph (149.5kph) and Loye leaves it

4.4

Lee to Loye, 1 no ball, outside off, too wide to tempt Loye but wide enough for the umpire to signal it

4.4

Lee to Loye, no run, Loye goes forward to defend, a little more bounce and it raps him on the bottom hand and trickles into the leg side

4.5

Lee to Loye, FOUR, much better shot and a real confidence booster, full and wide and driven along the ground between cover and extra cover

4.6

Lee to Loye, 1 no ball, another attempted sweep which Loye again misses but Lee oversteps by some way

4.6

Lee to Loye, no run, driven, but off balance and the ball scoots to mid-on rather than through the off side

Hoofer emails: "Mate - as far as the rain is concerned, I am a pom living in western Sydney and it has been persistently raining for about two hours now. The satellite forecast is not great. Great commentary, very entertaining - better than the parochial Aussie TV commentary." We like Hoofer ...

End of over 5 (6 runs) England 23/0
MB Loye    9* (19b 2x4)      B Lee    3-0-13-0
EC Joyce    10* (14b 2x4)      NW Bracken    2-0-10-0

5.1

Bracken to Joyce, no run, Joyce leaves one outside off

5.2

Bracken to Joyce, no run, same line, with a bit more bounce, and again Joyce pulls inside the ball

5.3

Bracken to Joyce, no run, Joyce plays defensively into the off side

5.4

Bracken to Joyce, no run, almost a replay of the second ball, Joyce leaves outside off stump

5.5

Bracken to Joyce, no run, tighter line, Joyce back and punches the ball down and into the covers

5.6

Bracken to Joyce, no run, jabbed towards backward point and Clarke sprints in like an enthusiastic puppy

End of over 6 (maiden) England 23/0
EC Joyce    10* (20b 2x4)      NW Bracken    3-1-10-0
MB Loye    9* (19b 2x4)      B Lee    3-0-13-0

Lee, who looked rattled by Loye's cross-batted swishes, is replaced by McGrath. A big cheer as his name is announced to the fast-filling ground.

6.1

McGrath to Loye, no run, Loye back and across to block ... 82mph/132kph

6.2

McGrath to Loye, no run, Loye again takes a step across his stumps and pushes it to midwicket. he looked slightly off balance with both those shots

6.3

McGrath to Loye, no run, nice length, not letting Loye get forward. This one is patted to extra cover

6.4

McGrath to Loye, 2 runs, short and an unconvincing and not timed pull, the ball positively puffs through midwicket

6.5

McGrath to Loye, no run, first-rate yorker which Loye digs out

The TV commentators call over ... prematurely ...

6.6

McGrath to Loye, FOUR, super shot, Loye climbs on his toes and punches the ball off the back foot through the covers.

End of over 7 (6 runs) England 29/0
MB Loye    15* (25b 3x4)      GD McGrath    1-0-6-0
EC Joyce    10* (20b 2x4)      NW Bracken    3-1-10-0

7.1

Bracken to Joyce, no run, Joyce leaves one short of a length outside off

7.2

Bracken to Joyce, no run, Joyce shuffles across and jabs at that one, it kept low and he missed it, even if he had edged it wouldn't have carried

7.3

Bracken to Joyce, FOUR, Bracken's excellent line wavers, he bowls short and Joyce thumps it through wide midwicket. With seven men on the off, Bracken can't drop it short

7.4

Bracken to Joyce, no run, patted into the off side

7.5

Bracken to Joyce, no run, flat batted to cover

"How come no-one has mentioned that this tough and masculine Australian cricket team has an opening bowler who wears an Alice Band?" remarks Alan Baxendale. They have now ...

7.6

Bracken to Joyce, 1 run, steered to the right of Clarke at backward point, third man trots in to field

End of over 8 (5 runs) England 34/0
EC Joyce    15* (26b 3x4)      NW Bracken    4-1-15-0
MB Loye    15* (25b 3x4)      GD McGrath    1-0-6-0

8.1

McGrath to Joyce, OUT, short, Joyce looked to pull but didn't time it, didn't commit to hitting over the infield and Brad Hodge takes a really good catch with a full-length dive to his left at midwicket

EC Joyce c Hodge b McGrath 15 (37m 27b 3x4 0x6) SR: 55.55

Andrew "Roy" Symonds, a guest commentator on Channel Nine, informs the Australian public: "You beauty, just what we needed ..."

8.2

McGrath to Bell, no run, Bell takes a big step forward to meet the ball and blocks

8.3

McGrath to Bell, no run, outside off and left, that one had some zing in it

8.4

McGrath to Bell, no run, Bell into line and pats the ball back

8.5

McGrath to Bell, 2 runs, a little too wide and cut through backward point, third man had some distance to go to his right and that allowed the second

8.6

McGrath to Bell, no run, Bell tries to play a Loyesque heave through midwicket and misses

McGrath breaks through and looks a far happier chappie than he did on Friday already. A great response to the local media's attacks on him which followed ... Bracken off at the Members End and Lee back on.

End of over 9 (2 runs) England 36/1
IR Bell    2* (5b)      GD McGrath    2-0-8-1
MB Loye    15* (25b 3x4)      NW Bracken    4-1-15-0

9.1

Lee to Loye, 2 runs, full and wide, driven uppishly past a diving short extra cover, a good chase and relay field

9.2

Lee to Loye, no run, patted with no force to Hogg at deepish cover, Bell had come for a run and would have been well out at the bowler's end had the shy at the stumps hit

9.3

Lee to Loye, no run, played into the covers, this time with no alarms

9.4

Lee to Loye, no run, right up there, virtual yorker length, and squeezed into the leg side

9.5

Lee to Loye, no run, speared in outside off at 92.8mph/149.5kph, all all done so with a loud grunt

9.6

Lee to Loye, no run, firm front-foot drive to mid-off

"You guys got beat 5-0 and now you're calling some Aussies feminine," rages Ronnie the Ralgon Kid. "You pommy bastards are the feminine ones." Fair dinkum. And now to take some more abuse, fresh from a fish curry, it's Andrew Miller and Powerplay No. 2.

Thanks Martin, intriguingly poised

End of over 10 (2 runs) England 38/1
MB Loye    17* (31b 3x4)      B Lee    4-0-15-0
IR Bell    2* (5b)      GD McGrath    2-0-8-1

10.1

McGrath to Bell, no run, right on the money with Adam Gilchrist standing up to the stumps. Defended into the covers

10.2

McGrath to Bell, 1 run, hint of width this time and some extra bounce too - a late deflection down to third man

10.3

McGrath to Loye, no run, perfect line and length from McGrath - he's a bowler reborn after his horror story at Melbourne. So far

10.4

McGrath to Loye, no run, a flashier stroke from Loye, but still no width to work with, cover tidies up

10.5

McGrath to Loye, no run, tighter to the stumps, and defended solidly back down the pitch

10.6

McGrath to Loye, no run, excellent over, just one run from it, as this one fizzes past off stump with no stroke offered

Symonds just called McGrath "a wily old coyote" (but pronounced it "kyoat", incidentally)

End of over 11 (1 run) England 39/1
MB Loye    17* (35b 3x4)      GD McGrath    3-0-9-1
IR Bell    3* (7b)      B Lee    4-0-15-0

11.1

Lee to Bell, no run, drawn onto the front foot, defended to short cover

11.2

Lee to Bell, no run, pushed back onto his stumps this time, but same result. Tight bowling, as the run-rate slips below 3.5 an over

11.3

Lee to Bell, 1 run, width, and worked down to third man, where McGrath fields to loud and not entirely ironic cheers

11.4

Lee to Loye, 1 no ball, drawn forward in a tight defence. Played into the covers. Steady stuff from the Aussies

11.4

Lee to Loye, FOUR, good strike, up and over midwicket for a rare boundary. That was banged in too short, and sits up nicely for Loye to slap out of sight.

11.5

Lee to Loye, no run, better length, slightly wide of off stump, but then that's the line that has done for Loye this series

11.6

Lee to Loye, no run, good finish to the over, good line, good length, Loye comes forward and drives out to cover

End of over 12 (6 runs) England 45/1
MB Loye    21* (39b 4x4)      B Lee    5-0-21-0
IR Bell    4* (10b)      GD McGrath    3-0-9-1

12.1

McGrath to Bell, no run, excellent work from Clarke at point. Bell drives square off the back foot, but the call of "wait" is amply justified as the ball is intercepted one-handed at full stretch to Clarke's left

12.2

McGrath to Bell, no run, a fraction short, but Bell can't get his swivel-pull away

12.3

McGrath to Bell, no run, steady stuff once again from McGrath. Keeper's standing up, and Bell is cagily forward to defend

12.4

McGrath to Bell, FOUR, that's a great strike from Bell! Pitched on middle-and-leg and just a bit too full, and caressed firmly through long-on!

12.5

McGrath to Bell, no run, back on a better length, but McGrath's still muttering to himself about that last ball

12.6

McGrath to Bell, no run, angled into the pads, but worked no further than short midwicket. Another economical over for Australia

End of over 13 (4 runs) England 49/1
IR Bell    8* (16b 1x4)      GD McGrath    4-0-13-1
MB Loye    21* (39b 4x4)      B Lee    5-0-21-0

Time for a change. Here's Shane Watson

13.1

Watson to Loye, no run, good first delivery. Decent pace, hint of outswing, left alone by Loye

13.2

Watson to Loye, no run, attacking intent from Loye, who stands tall to smear that into the covers, but it's not timed

13.3

Watson to Loye, no run, full bunger, and Loye misses out as he slaps this one to cover

13.4

Watson to Loye, 1 wide, way outside off stump and swinging further away

13.4

Watson to Loye, no run, outside off again, but a tighter line and again no shot

13.5

Watson to Loye, FOUR, short and spanked! That fizzed over midwicket! When he hits it, it does stay hit ...

Admittedly he misses a few as well

13.6

Watson to Loye, FOUR, two in two balls! A touch more orthodox this time, but the same result. Watson just losing his length at the end of that over, and he lacks the pace to get away with it on this slight pudding of a pitch

End of over 14 (9 runs) England 58/1
MB Loye    29* (45b 6x4)      SR Watson    1-0-9-0
IR Bell    8* (16b 1x4)      GD McGrath    4-0-13-1

14.1

McGrath to Bell, no run, lovely ball. Slapped into Gilchrist's gloves, waiting as they were over the top of off stump

14.2

McGrath to Bell, no run, another fine take from Gilchrist as Bell aims a flashy drive but misses

14.3

McGrath to Bell, no run, extra bounce from a good length, and Bell fends that uncomfortably to gully. All along the ground though

14.4

McGrath to Bell, no run, good length and good bounce again. Gully tidies up

14.5

McGrath to Bell, no run, classy drive, but not timed

And it's started to rain ...

14.6

McGrath to Bell, 1 run, lovely over, right on the spot each time. This ball is pushed away off the front foot

4pm Here we go. The players are back, the showers have moved off. No overs have been lost, and it'll be Bell to face Watson. It's the start of the Third Powerplay

3.47pm The covers look like they might be coming off ... Indeed they are, and we are set for a resumption at 4pm local time. So far, no time or overs have been lost.

If this match gets washed out, incidentally, then England will secure at least a share of the trophy. Everything will hinge on the third final at Adelaide. "For the determination of the final series no reference will be made to preliminary match results, wins or run-rates," say Cricket Australia. "In the event of a tied final series, the prize-money will be shared equally."

Rain stops play and it's getting heavier. Not a lot going on here for the mo, but why not join our colleagues in Rajkot, where Sri Lanka are in a bit of trouble against India

And that's a bank of filthy black clouds behind the member's pavilion. The sun is still out but it's tipping down!

And off they go. The groundstaff are hurtling out to the middle. It's a stiff breeze so this particular cloud should pass soon enough. Depends what's lurking behind it though. If this is anything to go by, the breaks could be rather frequent today.

End of over 15 (1 run) England 59/1
IR Bell    9* (22b 1x4)      GD McGrath    5-0-14-1
MB Loye    29* (45b 6x4)      SR Watson    1-0-9-0

15.1

Watson to Bell, 1 run, handsome drive to get things back underway. Tidy field and shy from mid-off

15.2

Watson to Loye, 1 wide, a fraction harsh there, but Loye offered no shot so the umpire made the call

15.2

Watson to Loye, no run, tighter and fuller, and Loye drives out to the covers

15.3

Watson to Loye, FOUR, far too much width, and Loye goes down on one knee to slap fiercely past point! Top strike!

Ponting's reinforced the off side

15.4

Watson to Loye, no run, down on one knee to slog-sweep, and that's a nice strike, but straight to square leg. Good thinking but misses out

15.5

Watson to Loye, no run, driving once again, can't beat the field

15.6

Watson to Loye, 1 run, more slog-sweeping! That would have been a massive wide, but Loye fetched it from way outside off stump, and toe-ended it over midwicket

Another pricy over from Watson. Here's McGrath to tighten things up

End of over 16 (7 runs) England 66/1
MB Loye    34* (50b 7x4)      SR Watson    2-0-16-0
IR Bell    10* (23b 1x4)      GD McGrath    5-0-14-1

16.1

McGrath to Loye, 1 leg bye, angled into the pads, Loye sizes up a flick off one leg, but can't get bat on it. Bobbles into space behind square nonetheless

16.2

McGrath to Bell, 1 run, good nudge off the hips from Bell, but England miss out on a second run as Hodge misfields at square leg. Neither batsman noticed ...

16.3

McGrath to Loye, no run, perfect line and length this time. Pushed respectfully back up the pitch

16.4

McGrath to Loye, no run, big scythe of the bat outside off stump, but can't bisect the cover fielders

16.5

McGrath to Loye, SIX, thwack! There's Loye's signature shot, and it's flown all the way over backward square for a maximum! Fetched from outside off on one knee, and wonderfully timed!

16.6

McGrath to Loye, 1 run, straighter this time, and prodded out to point. Good resumption from England

Watson has been hauled out of the attack - no surprise there. Here's Nathan Bracken for another burst

End of over 17 (9 runs) England 75/1
MB Loye    41* (55b 7x4 1x6)      GD McGrath    6-0-22-1
IR Bell    11* (24b 1x4)      SR Watson    2-0-16-0

17.1

Bracken to Loye, no run, good start from Bracken. Pitches middle-and-leg, angled across the right hander, Loye, who offers no shot. 82.5mph (133kph)

17.2

Bracken to Loye, no run, Loye was contemplating the sweep-slog again, but backed out at the last minute and drove into the covers instead

17.3

Bracken to Loye, no run, good line and length, no room for Loye to swing his arms as yet. Pushed out to point

17.4

Bracken to Loye, FOUR, there was room that time! Away he goes again, and that's four more through square leg! It's a sweepathon at the SCG!

17.5

Bracken to Loye, no run, advances down the pitch in a statement of intent, but played defensively at the last minute

17.6

Bracken to Loye, no run, good finish, but that's another productive over for England and Loye, who is advancing towards his first ODI fifty

Ian Chappell decides Loye is not so bad after all: "It makes a bit more sense playing that shot now because there's no fine leg"

Change of ends now for Watson. He's got to get through his overs. A few clouds around

End of over 18 (4 runs) England 79/1
MB Loye    45* (61b 8x4 1x6)      NW Bracken    5-1-19-0
IR Bell    11* (24b 1x4)      GD McGrath    6-0-22-1

18.1

Watson to Bell, no run, good shot for no runs. Bell opened his shoulders and flailed that down the ground. Mid-off intercepted

18.2

Watson to Bell, no run, good response from Watson. Better length, and Bell's best attacking stroke can't beat the covers

4.29pm Here come the players again ... the floodlights are on and they will remain on for the rest of the match, come what may.

4.23pm The umpires are out taking a look, and play with resume in five minutes. Still no overs lost, which is good. A slight delay as the umpires are out in the middle but they haven't summoned the players yet.

Oh dear, it's tipping down once again. This is frustrating, and off they go again. Still, a handy mini-session for England, who have added 20 runs in 3.2 overs. The immediate prospects are for a swift resumption.

Meanwhile, in Rajkot, Sri Lanka are regrouping after a shaky start.

Shane Watson to resume to Ian Bell. He's not done much with the ball in his brief spell to date ... let's see what he can produce now ...

18.3

Watson to Bell, OUT, Mal Loye is run out. Bell steered it straight to backward point where Hayden picked the ball up and threw down the stumps at the striker's end ... Loye was not in the picture and even had Hayden missed Gilchrist would have had time to complete the run out. The calling was indecisive and the stop-start running calamitous

MB Loye run out 45 (85m 61b 8x4 1x6) SR: 73.77

18.4

Watson to Strauss, no run, Strauss back and defends

18.5

Watson to Strauss, 2 runs, flicked to midwicket where a misfield and allows Strauss to get off the mark

18.6

Watson to Strauss, 4 runs, firm drive to mid-on who should have done better, he dived over the ball and it pulled up a yard inside the boundary

End of over 19 (6 runs) England 85/2
AJ Strauss    6* (3b)      SR Watson    3-0-22-0
IR Bell    11* (27b 1x4)      NW Bracken    5-1-19-0

Nathan Bracken resumes

19.1

Bracken to Bell, 1 run, a shout of "catch" rings round as Bell edges a drive through a gap in the gully area.

19.2

Bracken to Strauss, no run, good length on off stump, defended into the covers

19.3

Bracken to Strauss, OUT, loose drive outside off stump, minimal footwork and Gilchrist holds an edge at chest height to his left. A good delivery which seemed to pick up some zip off the pitch

AJ Strauss c †Gilchrist b Bracken 6 (6m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 120.00

That brings in the form man, Paul Collingwood.

19.4

Bracken to Collingwood, no run, speared across the right hander and he leaves it

19.5

Bracken to Collingwood, no run, similar ball, again Collingwood not tempted

19.6

Bracken to Collingwood, 1 run, punched to mid-off, Hussey picks up and throws down the stumps at the non-striker's end ...the crowd gets excited, the fielders don't and the replay shows Collingwood was well in

End of over 20 (2 runs) England 87/3
PD Collingwood    1* (3b)      NW Bracken    6-1-21-1
IR Bell    12* (28b 1x4)      SR Watson    3-0-22-0

20.1

Watson to Collingwood, no run, fractionally outside off stump, defensive push

20.2

Watson to Collingwood, no run, slightly wishy-washy drive, inside edge into his pads and the ball dobbles back to the bowler

20.3

Watson to Collingwood, no run, again driven and not timed, the ball bobbles to mid-off

20.4

Watson to Collingwood, 1 run, slower ball, full length, clipped to deep midwicket

20.5

Watson to Bell, no run, good ball, just short of a length and Bell sparred at that

20.6

Watson to Bell, 1 run, played a few yards into the off side, enough taken off the ball to allow a quick single as point sprinted in

End of over 21 (2 runs) England 89/3
IR Bell    13* (30b 1x4)      SR Watson    4-0-24-0
PD Collingwood    2* (7b)      NW Bracken    6-1-21-1

21.1

Bracken to Bell, 1 run, steered along to ground to third man

21.2

Bracken to Collingwood, 3 runs, Collingwood takes a big stride to meet the ball and whips it through midwicket. McGrath gives chase and catches up with it a couple of yards inside the boundary

21.3

Bracken to Bell, no run, Bell left that but it again picked up some pace off the wicket and Gilchrist took that on the rise

21.4

Bracken to Bell, no run, cut firmly to point where Clarke makes fielding look easy

21.5

Bracken to Bell, 2 runs, pulled between midwicket and mid-on, Hayden chases, dives but is left clutching at air ... McGrath round from deep midwicket to mop up

21.6

Bracken to Bell, no run, left alone outside the off stump

End of over 22 (6 runs) England 95/3
IR Bell    16* (35b 1x4)      NW Bracken    7-1-27-1
PD Collingwood    5* (8b)      SR Watson    4-0-24-0

22.1

Watson to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood right behind that, defended back to the bowler

22.2

Watson to Collingwood, no run, opens the face of the bat late but directs the ball right to point

22.3

Watson to Collingwood, no run, tries to flick the ball into space on the leg but finds short midwicket

22.4

Watson to Collingwood, 1 run, checked drive to mid-on who is too deep to save the one

22.5

Watson to Bell, 2 runs, leg side, turned fine, good running to come back for the second as Bell spotted that Bracken had to run round the ball to pick it up

22.6

Watson to Bell, 3 runs, driven through extra cover, Hayden had plenty of ground to cover from sweeper, a good throw and Bell has to stretch to make the third

End of over 23 (6 runs) England 101/3
IR Bell    21* (37b 1x4)      SR Watson    5-0-30-0
PD Collingwood    6* (12b)      NW Bracken    7-1-27-1

Ricky Ponting turns to Brett Lee

23.1

Lee to Bell, no run, Bell pulls his bat inside the line of a ball three or four inches outside off

23.2

Lee to Bell, 1 run, pushed to point and again a moment of hesitation from Bell before he set off

23.3

Lee to Collingwood, 2 runs, clipped off his legs square on the leg side

23.4

Lee to Collingwood, no run, short of a length at Collingwood's chest, he gets over it well and defends into the off side

23.5

Lee to Collingwood, 1 run, well bowled, Lee finding a good line and Collingwood has to settle for defence

23.6

Lee to Bell, no run, outside off at 92.5mph/149kph, left alone

End of over 24 (4 runs) England 105/3
IR Bell    22* (40b 1x4)      B Lee    6-0-25-0
PD Collingwood    9* (15b)      SR Watson    5-0-30-0

Mike Hussey brought on at the Randwick End. Interesting tactic.

24.1

Hussey to Collingwood, 1 wide, leg-side wide, Gilchrist whips the bails off

24.1

Hussey to Collingwood, 1 run, too short and Collingwood angles the ball to third man

This is Hussey's first bowl in 18 ODIs

24.2

Hussey to Bell, no run, rank long hop and Bell misses a pull ... he was through the shot early and Bell looks to the heavens in frustration

24.3

Hussey to Bell, 1 run, cracking drive beats mid-off's dive but there's others around to tidy up

24.4

Hussey to Collingwood, no run, driven to mid-off

24.5

Hussey to Collingwood, no run, pushed into the covers

24.6

Hussey to Collingwood, 1 wide, wide outside off stump, again Gilchrist takes the bails off as if that might give some protection against the umpire signalling

24.6

Hussey to Collingwood, no run, flicked to midwicket

A good over, even allowing for the two wides. Brad Hogg into the attack at the Paddington End. And for those asking, the overs have not been reduced because of the two rain breaks.

End of over 25 (4 runs) England 109/3
PD Collingwood    10* (19b)      MEK Hussey    1-0-4-0
IR Bell    23* (42b 1x4)      B Lee    6-0-25-0

25.1

Hogg to Bell, 2 runs, full and very wide, heaved to long-on

25.2

Hogg to Bell, no run, tossed up, defended, much better line and length

25.3

Hogg to Bell, 1 run, turned with the spin to long leg

25.4

Hogg to Collingwood, OUT, block and run into the off side, Hussey sprints in, picks up, twists and throws down the stumps at the striker's end and Bell is well short. Australia's fielding coach gives it out and the third umpire agrees. Great fielding but again a sniff of indecision in the calling

IR Bell run out 26 (84m 45b 1x4 0x6) SR: 57.77

25.5

Hogg to Flintoff, 1 run, off the mark straight away for Flintoff. Pushed to midwicket, but sensibly turns down a second

25.6

Hogg to Collingwood, 1 run, full-toss, driven down the ground for a measured single

Big breakthrough for Australia. Lots of English batsmen making starts so far, but no-one's gone on beyond Loye's 45. Onto the attack, here's Lee

End of over 26 (5 runs) England 114/4
PD Collingwood    11* (21b)      GB Hogg    1-0-5-0
A Flintoff    1* (1b)      MEK Hussey    1-0-4-0

26.1

Lee to Collingwood, (no ball) 1 run, turned out to square leg, just dropped his wrists to nudge the single

26.1

Lee to Flintoff, 1 run, shorter, and Flintoff is up on his toes, cutting that out to deep cover

26.2

Lee to Collingwood, no run, fuller and faster, up to 90.3mph (145kph). Defended

26.3

Lee to Collingwood, FOUR, thwacked, and effectively so! A fraction short of a length, and Collingwood was onto it in a flash, pulling emphatically through square leg!

England's first boundary for seven overs, and an extra man has on onto the square leg fence

26.4

Lee to Collingwood, 2 runs, good running, nudged into the leg side. Hodge had a good distance to run in from deep square, and Collingwood was easily home

26.5

Lee to Collingwood, 1 run, pushed out to cover this time. More running for Collingwood. He's been hard worked in the past week

26.6

Lee to Flintoff, no run, back of a length, Flintoff defends into the covers and looks to run but is sent back with a loud "NOO!" as point swoops

End of over 27 (10 runs) England 124/4
A Flintoff    2* (3b)      B Lee    7-0-35-0
PD Collingwood    19* (26b 1x4)      GB Hogg    1-0-5-0

27.1

Hogg to Collingwood, 2 runs, stepped back into the crease to pull - clears McGrath at midwicket by a good couple of metres

27.2

Hogg to Collingwood, 1 run, on the back foot again, turned square this time

More clouds looming

27.3

Hogg to Flintoff, no run, defended with a phlegmatic nudge of the bat

27.4

Hogg to Flintoff, no run, big stride this time, but the same result. Measured defence

27.5

Hogg to Flintoff, no run, a big shout as Flintoff is stuck on the pad, but clearly going over

27.6

Hogg to Flintoff, 4 byes, googly! And everyone is foxed. Flintoff is beaten, so is Gilchrist and so is Hayden at slip! A bonus for England, but well bowled by Hogg

End of over 28 (7 runs) England 131/4
A Flintoff    2* (7b)      GB Hogg    2-0-8-0
PD Collingwood    22* (28b 1x4)      B Lee    7-0-35-0

Some running repairs for Lee as he prepares to bowl his eighth over

28.1

Lee to Collingwood, no run, full length and tailing in a fraction. Well dug out and pushed to midwicket

28.2

Lee to Collingwood, 1 wide, Collingwood steps across early, and Lee adjusts but too dramatically. That one is flung outside the tramlines on the off side

28.2

Lee to Collingwood, no run, tighter and fuller. Defended with a straight bat and a loud "no!"

28.3

Lee to Collingwood, 1 run, just back of a length, nurdled wide of gully, who stops well with a dive to his left, but the call is quick and the running is decisive

28.4

Lee to Flintoff, no run, big cheers from the crowd as Lee takes a catch high above his head, but it's a bump ball

28.5

Lee to Flintoff, no run, excellent full length, 90.5mph (145kph). Dug out and driven back down the pitch

28.6

Lee to Flintoff, FOUR, too wide from Lee, and Flintoff uses his pace to slash outside off and give McGrath at third man a futile chase. Ironic cheers as he dives and slides over the ropes

End of over 29 (6 runs) England 137/4
A Flintoff    6* (10b 1x4)      B Lee    8-0-41-0
PD Collingwood    23* (31b 1x4)      GB Hogg    2-0-8-0

29.1

Hogg to Collingwood, no run, another googly from Hogg, and Collingwood is beaten going for a cut

29.2

Hogg to Collingwood, 2 runs, easy two into the leg side. Good use of the crease by Collingwood, who just nudged that round the corner

29.3

Hogg to Collingwood, no run, forward, and firmly driven. Straight to mid-off though

29.4

Hogg to Collingwood, no run, "bowling, bowling" says Gilchrist, as this one is defended into the covers

29.5

Hogg to Collingwood, 1 run, swept, and swept fine, but Lee is quick off the mark to save the second this time

29.6

Hogg to Flintoff, 1 leg bye, loud appeal, but hugely optimistic as the batsmen cross for another extra

England sizing up a 250-260 total, which could be competitive in drizzly, overcast, floodlit conditions

End of over 30 (4 runs) England 141/4
A Flintoff    6* (11b 1x4)      GB Hogg    3-0-11-0
PD Collingwood    26* (36b 1x4)      B Lee    8-0-41-0

30.1

McGrath to Flintoff, 1 run, just a fraction too short to be dangerous, Flintoff glides that past the keeper to third man

30.2

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, lovely nagging length, six inches outside off. Collingwood tries to work it to leg, but no gap there

30.3

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, on the spot again. Collingwood is back in his crease, defending with the bat angled downwards

30.4

McGrath to Collingwood, 1 run, shorter and into the hips, turned square but without any force

30.5

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, Flintoff shapes to advance, but McGrath adjusts late to force a defensive push

30.6

McGrath to Flintoff, 1 run, shorter again, and dabbed to third man to complete a tidy over

And that's drinks

End of over 31 (3 runs) England 144/4
A Flintoff    8* (14b 1x4)      GD McGrath    7-0-25-1
PD Collingwood    27* (39b 1x4)      GB Hogg    3-0-11-0

31.1

Hogg to Flintoff, 1 run, big stride, and a measured drive into the covers

31.2

Hogg to Collingwood, no run, solidly forward and defended out to point. Squeaked appeal

31.3

Hogg to Collingwood, no run, groans again as Collingwood defends a touch tentatively outside off. Probing stuff

31.4

Hogg to Collingwood, 1 wide, misdirected this time, speared down the leg side

31.4

Hogg to Collingwood, 1 wide, flipper, but this one also goes wrong!

31.4

Hogg to Collingwood, no run, back on a better line, Collingwood is beaten by some sharp turn outside off

31.5

Hogg to Collingwood, 1 run, big step across the stumps, worked out to square leg

31.6

Hogg to Flintoff, no run, short, but straight and turning back into Flintoff. Watchfully defended

End of over 32 (4 runs) England 148/4
A Flintoff    9* (16b 1x4)      GB Hogg    4-0-15-0
PD Collingwood    28* (43b 1x4)      GD McGrath    7-0-25-1

32.1

McGrath to Collingwood, 2 runs, nurdled out to square leg. Good power and placement

32.2

McGrath to Collingwood, 1 run, outside off stump as per normal for McGrath. Collingwood finds the gap in the covers

32.3

McGrath to Flintoff, 2 runs, shorter, and an attacking swipe from Flintoff brings third man into play. But he's safely back for the second before the throw comes in

32.4

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, half an appeal from McGrath, that was fuller and swung late into Flintoff's pads. Missing leg by some distance

32.5

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, good length once again. Defended

32.6

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, lovely fluid strike from Flintoff, but it flies like a bullet straight to cover

"Give him out!" cries Andrew Symonds of that last lbw appeal against Flintoff. Mark Taylor gently reminds him he's not supposed to say things like that on commentary ...

End of over 33 (5 runs) England 153/4
A Flintoff    11* (20b 1x4)      GD McGrath    8-0-30-1
PD Collingwood    31* (45b 1x4)      GB Hogg    4-0-15-0

33.1

Hogg to Collingwood, no run, defended off a good length outside off stump

33.2

Hogg to Collingwood, 1 run, down on one knee and worked square

33.3

Hogg to Flintoff, 1 run, another googly, half-picked this time and worked away

33.4

Hogg to Collingwood, no run, pushed out to point. Tidy line and length, and good tempting flight

33.5

Hogg to Collingwood, 1 run, steps across his stumps once again, and works round the corner

33.6

Hogg to Flintoff, no run, forward with intent, but forced to hold fire on the big stroke. Good over

Here's Watson once again. Will England go after the weak link in today's attack?

End of over 34 (3 runs) England 156/4
A Flintoff    12* (22b 1x4)      GB Hogg    5-0-18-0
PD Collingwood    33* (49b 1x4)      GD McGrath    8-0-30-1

34.1

Watson to Collingwood, no run, steady enough first up. Good line and length, and pushed back down the pitch

34.2

Watson to Collingwood, no run, wide of off stump, whisked out to midwicket with a slightly mistimed drive

34.3

Watson to Collingwood, no run, into position for a good-looking cover drive, but once again he hits the fielder

34.4

Watson to Collingwood, 1 run, slower ball, angled onto the pads, Collingwood steps inside the line and nudges to square leg

England biding their time. Ponting brings short fine leg into the circle

34.5

Watson to Flintoff, 1 run, and short fine leg quickly into the action as Flintoff skews a drive off the inside-edge

34.6

Watson to Collingwood, 2 runs, nurdled to leg once again. Good pace on the ball allows two as the fielder rushes in from the square-leg boundary

A run a ball from here would get 250 on the board

End of over 35 (4 runs) England 160/4
PD Collingwood    36* (54b 1x4)      SR Watson    6-0-34-0
A Flintoff    13* (23b 1x4)      GB Hogg    5-0-18-0

35.1

Hogg to Flintoff, 3 runs, another edge, but safe! Clarke gives chase, after Flintoff made room to leg, and pushed wide. Not a chance

35.2

Hogg to Collingwood, 1 run, forward and finds the gap with another push

35.3

Hogg to Flintoff, 1 run, another googly - Flintoff hasn't been able to pick him yet so has a big mow instead. An under-edge bobbles away

35.4

Hogg to Collingwood, 1 run, more expert gap-picking from Collingwood. He's being run off his feet today

35.5

Hogg to Flintoff, no run, good flight deceives Flintoff again. Pushed into the covers

35.6

Hogg to Flintoff, 1 run, forward and that's a better-looking drive down to mid-off

Steady stuff from this pair. England on course for a competitive total

End of over 36 (7 runs) England 167/4
A Flintoff    18* (27b 1x4)      GB Hogg    6-0-25-0
PD Collingwood    38* (56b 1x4)      SR Watson    6-0-34-0

36.1

Watson to Flintoff, 1 run, good measured stroke down the ground. Flintoff biding his time

36.2

Watson to Collingwood, 1 run, attractive strike through the covers. Swept up in the deep

36.3

Watson to Flintoff, no run, full toss, but Flintoff can't pick the gap. Drilled straight to short cover

36.4

Watson to Flintoff, no run, slower ball, and a good one too. Full-length and that would have been plumb lbw but for an inside-edge! Good bowling

36.5

Watson to Flintoff, 2 runs, another gentle push down the ground. Good running from Collingwood

36.6

Watson to Flintoff, 2 runs, width, and worked into the gap in the covers with a big swing of the blade. Good finish to another slightly leaky over

End of over 37 (6 runs) England 173/4
A Flintoff    23* (32b 1x4)      SR Watson    7-0-40-0
PD Collingwood    39* (57b 1x4)      GB Hogg    6-0-25-0

37.1

Hogg to Collingwood, 3 runs, leaping turn outside off stump, and Collingwood dabs that high through the vacant slip. Short third man can't cut it off, so useful runs

37.2

Hogg to Flintoff, no run, another googly, nicely defended

37.3

Hogg to Flintoff, 2 runs, a touch quicker, Flintoff read it off the pitch and placed it behind point with a heavily-timed late cut. He's not enjoying this trial by spin, but he's surviving nonetheless

37.4

Hogg to Flintoff, no run

37.5

Hogg to Flintoff, no run, shouts of "catch it!" but always safe

37.6

Hogg to Flintoff, 1 run, down on one knee, and that's slog-swept into the deep. No great timing, but another run

A vital little stand this from Collingwood and Flintoff. 67 from 12.2 overs, as Bracken returns for another burst

End of over 38 (6 runs) England 179/4
A Flintoff    26* (37b 1x4)      GB Hogg    7-0-31-0
PD Collingwood    42* (58b 1x4)      SR Watson    7-0-40-0

38.1

Bracken to Flintoff, 1 run, a touch short first-up, and that's dabbed through the vacant slip off the back foot

38.2

Bracken to Collingwood, no run, wider, and whacked straight to point. A forceful cut from Collingwood, showing his intent

38.3

Bracken to Collingwood, no run, wide of off stump again, but fuller. Driven back down the pitch and picked up in Bracken's followthrough

38.4

Bracken to Collingwood, 1 run, good use of the feet, and a scampered single into the covers

38.5

Bracken to Flintoff, no run, fuller and wider, Gilchrist up to the stumps. Flintoff plays with flat feet out to point

38.6

Bracken to Flintoff, 1 run, excellent over from Bracken. This one is right up to the bat, and driven down to long-off for a jogged single

End of over 39 (3 runs) England 182/4
A Flintoff    28* (40b 1x4)      NW Bracken    8-1-30-1
PD Collingwood    43* (61b 1x4)      GB Hogg    7-0-31-0

39.1

Hogg to Flintoff, 1 run, good length delivery, no spin on that one, pushed down the ground

39.2

Hogg to Collingwood, no run, extra bounce, that might have been the top-spinner

39.3

Hogg to Collingwood, 2 runs, twisting delivery outside off stump, cut wide of point

39.4

Hogg to Collingwood, 1 run, dancing feet at the crease. Played square on the off side once again

39.5

Hogg to Flintoff, 1 run, floated up into the blockhole, Hogg picks up in his followthrough

39.6

Hogg to Collingwood, no run, defended off the front foot

That's the end of the over, and here's Martin Williamson, fresh from chewing raw coffee.

End of over 40 (5 runs) England 187/4
PD Collingwood    46* (65b 1x4)      GB Hogg    8-0-36-0
A Flintoff    30* (42b 1x4)      NW Bracken    8-1-30-1

40.1

Hussey to Flintoff, no run, turned behind square but straight to the fielder

40.2

Hussey to Flintoff, 2 runs, chopped down to third man and they take on Lee's arm - not always wise - but get home

40.3

Hussey to Flintoff, FOUR, wide long hop, Flintoff absolutely heaves that through midwicket and it races away

40.4

Hussey to Flintoff, 1 run, full, Flintoff squeezes it into the covers

40.5

Hussey to Collingwood, 1 run, Collingwood steps back, waits, and squirts it into space at midwicket

40.6

Hussey to Flintoff, no run, Flintoff back and defends

Looking a bit cloudy again

End of over 41 (8 runs) England 195/4
A Flintoff    37* (47b 2x4)      MEK Hussey    2-0-12-0
PD Collingwood    47* (66b 1x4)      GB Hogg    8-0-36-0

41.1

Hogg to Collingwood, FOUR, lovely sweep from outside off stump through square leg for his second boundary

41.2

Hogg to Collingwood, 2 runs, similar shot but this time the field has been reinforced

41.3

Hogg to Collingwood, no run, defensively turned to square leg, Gilchrist scuttles out to field

41.4

Hogg to Collingwood, no run, two paces and turned round the corner to the fielder

41.5

Hogg to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood back and flicks to backward square leg

41.6

Hogg to Collingwood, 1 run, sweep, ballooned round the corner but nobody there so an easy one

Brett Lee back for his final two overs

End of over 42 (7 runs) England 202/4
PD Collingwood    54* (72b 2x4)      GB Hogg    9-0-43-0
A Flintoff    37* (47b 2x4)      MEK Hussey    2-0-12-0

42.1

Lee to Collingwood, 1 run, full toss outside off stump, thumped past mid-on

The umpires change the ball as it's gone off colour ... out comes the reserve umpire with a box of balls for them to chose from. This is taking an eternity ...

42.2

Lee to Flintoff, FOUR, full length, Flintoff stands tall and smashes that through extra cover, there's a man in the deep but he has no chance

42.3

Lee to Flintoff, 1 run, slower ball, spotted, and patted into the covers

42.4

Lee to Collingwood, no run, clipped to midwicket where Hussey fields

42.5

Lee to Collingwood, 1 run, full toss - he was trying for the yorker - and worked up to long-on

42.6

Lee to Flintoff, OUT, superb reflex catch ... driven hard back at Lee, right into his hands, and he does really well to cling on to it in his follow through ... it was at a perfect height but it was travelling

A Flintoff c & b Lee 42 (71m 50b 3x4 0x6) SR: 84.00

End of over 43 (7 runs) England 209/5
     B Lee    9-0-48-1
PD Collingwood    56* (75b 2x4)      GB Hogg    9-0-43-0

43.1

Hogg to Collingwood, no run, back, turned to square leg who is in quickly

43.2

Hogg to Collingwood, no run, driven to mid-off

43.3

Hogg to Collingwood, 1 run, flicked to long-on for an ambled single

43.4

Hogg to Dalrymple, 1 run, Dalrymple stretches to sweep the ball, well controlled and worked round the corner

43.5

Hogg to Collingwood, 1 wide, leg-side wide

43.5

Hogg to Collingwood, 1 run, premeditated sweep, top edged but nobody near enough behind square on the leg to catch it

43.6

Hogg to Dalrymple, no run, missed drive, Gilchrist whips off the bails but never a stumping chance

End of over 44 (4 runs) England 213/5
JWM Dalrymple    1* (2b)      GB Hogg    10-0-47-0
PD Collingwood    58* (79b 2x4)      B Lee    9-0-48-1

44.1

Lee to Collingwood, 1 run, driven to extra cover who is 30 yards back, and a quick run

44.2

Lee to Dalrymple, 1 run, yorker, Dalrymple jabs down and works the ball into the covers

44.3

Lee to Collingwood, 1 run, again up in the blockhole and Collingwood gets that up to mid-on

44.4

Lee to Dalrymple, no run, a rather nothing swish with zero footwork which he misses with

44.5

Lee to Dalrymple, 1 run, waist-high full toss, well worked to midwicket. Dalrymple wanted a second but Collingwood not having any of it

44.6

Lee to Collingwood, 1 run, another good yorker which is again well played to mid -on

End of over 45 (5 runs) England 218/5
PD Collingwood    61* (82b 2x4)      B Lee    10-0-53-1
JWM Dalrymple    3* (5b)      GB Hogg    10-0-47-0

45.1

Watson to Collingwood, 2 runs, full toss, pulled into the leg side ... there's a man out there, although he cannot prevent the second

45.2

Watson to Collingwood, 2 runs, driven in the air over the bowler, long-on round to cover. Collingwood didn't really get hold of that

45.3

Watson to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood takes two steps, Watson sees him coming and digs one in and Collingwood ends up on his haunches to avoid being hit. He stands up with a big grin on his face

45.4

Watson to Collingwood, 1 run, thumped up the ground

45.5

Watson to Dalrymple, 1 bye, slower leg cutter, Dalrymple completely foxed but it cannons off Gilchrist's knee and into the leg side allowing a bye

45.6

Watson to Collingwood, 1 run, full toss, pulled hard at midwicket who makes a good stop but cannot stop the single

Nathan Bracken on for Brett Lee who has finished his spell.

End of over 46 (7 runs) England 225/5
PD Collingwood    67* (87b 2x4)      SR Watson    8-0-46-0
JWM Dalrymple    3* (6b)      B Lee    10-0-53-1

46.1

Bracken to Collingwood, 1 run, hit hard down the ground to long-off

46.2

Bracken to Dalrymple, 2 leg byes, premeditated sweep which he misses, but the ball flies off the front pad and goes down fine to third man

46.3

Bracken to Dalrymple, no run, Dalrymple steps to leg to slash through the covers, misses, and the ball shaves the off stump

46.4

Bracken to Dalrymple, 1 run, reverse sweep which catches the shoulder of the bat and ends up with backward point

46.5

Bracken to Collingwood, 2 runs, well placed between cover and extra cover

46.6

Bracken to Collingwood, OUT, with third man up, Collingwood tries to reverse sweep but the ball glances off the face of the bat and Gilchrist barely has to move

PD Collingwood c †Gilchrist b Bracken 70 (119m 90b 2x4 0x6) SR: 77.77

End of over 47 (6 runs) England 231/6
     NW Bracken    9-1-34-2
JWM Dalrymple    4* (9b)      SR Watson    8-0-46-0

McGrath back for his last spell at the SCG

47.1

McGrath to Dalrymple, 1 run, steered to backward point, always risky and had Hogg hit that would have been another run-out

47.2

McGrath to Nixon, no run, blocked into the off side, Dalrymple wanted a single but Nixon was not going anywhere

47.3

McGrath to Nixon, 1 run, OUT, Nixon almost converted that into a yorker but he squirted it to longish-on. Dalrymple turned for the second but Nixon sent him back far too late, the throw was good and Gilchrist took the bails off with Dalrymple yards from safety

JWM Dalrymple run out 5 (21m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

47.4

McGrath to Plunkett, no run, pushed to leg where Ponting makes a one-handed leaping stop to massive cheers

47.5

McGrath to Plunkett, no run, dug in and Plunkett ducks

47.6

McGrath to Plunkett, 1 run, heaved to long-on, not timed

McGrath chunters and he heads away but that was a good over at the death

End of over 48 (3 runs) England 234/7
LE Plunkett    1* (3b)      GD McGrath    9-0-33-1
PA Nixon    1* (2b)      NW Bracken    9-1-34-2

48.1

Bracken to Plunkett, no run, chipped on the bounce to midwicket

48.2

Bracken to Plunkett, 1 run, swatted to long-on, Lee in quickly to scotch thoughts of a second

48.3

Bracken to Nixon, 1 run, Nixon dabs to point for an easy one

48.4

Bracken to Plunkett, no run, expansive drive from Plunkett. He missed

48.5

Bracken to Plunkett, 1 run, full toss, mistimed by Plunkett and only the one to midwicket

48.6

Bracken to Nixon, 1 run, slow and wide, no power from Nixon as he paddles to cover

The last six overs have produced 29 runs for the loss of two wickets. And it's McGrath;s last over at the SCG. Cheers from the crowd ...

End of over 49 (4 runs) England 238/7
PA Nixon    3* (4b)      NW Bracken    10-1-38-2
LE Plunkett    3* (7b)      GD McGrath    9-0-33-1

49.1

McGrath to Nixon, 1 run, one big stride from Nixon and he hits an attempted yorker down the ground

49.2

McGrath to Plunkett, 2 runs, straight drive, up and over, and Clarke, who made considerable ground from long-on, made a terrific leaping stop to save the four

49.3

McGrath to Plunkett, 2 runs, hit high into space around cow corner

49.4

McGrath to Plunkett, 1 run, full toss thumped to Clarke at long-on

49.5

McGrath to Nixon, 2 runs, low full toss, worked to wide long-on

The crowd are on their feet for McGrath's last ball ... they're all on their feet.

49.6

McGrath to Nixon, OUT, full toss, launched right down the throat of the man five yards inside the rope at cow corner. McGrath gives a wry smile and a shake of the head as his team-mates leap on him.

PA Nixon c Hodge b McGrath 6 (13m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 85.71

After a long series of hearing Boonie and Beefy endlessly (in fairness, Beefy shut up around the middle of the Sydney Test), the Boonie doll has just been served up as a leg-side full toss to Andrew Miller and he smashed it ...straight into Andrew McGlashan who was writing a story and was unaware of other activity. We can report McGlashan's shoulder is fine and Boonie is in six pieces. Hopes he had been finally silenced were scotched when the remains of the base chirped in with "take that your majesty" a few second later.

A really tight last ten overs from Australia that might be the difference between the sides. England were again indebted to Paul Collingwood as well as Andrew Flintoff - the two added 97 for the fifth wicket - but Australia bowled well and fielded superbly. We'll be back at 7.15pm (0815GMT) for the second innings.

McGrath leads the team off to an amazing reception ... he turns just before he is engulfed by the pavilion and waves to all parts of the ground.

End of over 50 (8 runs) England 246/8
     GD McGrath    10-0-41-2
LE Plunkett    8* (10b)      NW Bracken    10-1-38-2
Tournament Results
Australia v England at Sydney - Feb 11, 2007
England won by 34 runs (D/L method)
Australia v England at Melbourne - Feb 9, 2007
England won by 4 wickets (with 3 balls remaining)
England v New Zealand at Brisbane - Feb 6, 2007
England won by 14 runs
Australia v New Zealand at Melbourne - Feb 4, 2007
Australia won by 5 wickets (with 10 balls remaining)
Australia v England at Sydney - Feb 2, 2007
England won by 92 runs
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Feb 11, 2007

Shane Watson drives to the off side, Australia v England, CB Series, 2nd final, Sydney, February 11, 2007

Shane Watson drives to the off side

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Feb 11, 2007

The England squad celebrate with the CB Series trophy, Australia v England, CB Series, 2nd final, Sydney, February 11, 2007

The England squad celebrate with the CB Series trophy

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