NatWest Series [Australia in England] - 1st ODI

England v Australia

England won by 4 wickets (with 24 balls remaining)

Hello, and a very warm welcome to Cricinfo's coverage of the first one-day international between England and Australia. Liam Brickhill and Sahil Dutta will be your commentators today, and Brydon Coverdale will be on bulletin duties.

Toss: Ricky Ponting called correctly at the toss and Australia are going to have a bat on a wicket that "looks pretty good". Andrew Strauss is not overy disappointed about losing the toss, as he thinks the wicket will be just as good to chase runs on as it will be to set them. It is, he says, a case of restricting Australia first up.

Team news The biggest news is that Josh Hazelwood, the right-arm seamer, will make his debut today - and, at 19 years and 165 days, he is Australia's youngest ever debutant in limited-overs internationals. England made only one change from the side that easily accounted for Scotland, with Tim Bresnan included at the expense of Ajmal Shahzad.

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"This is probably the biggest surprise the selectors has sprung for over 24 months," writes Sheldon from Australia. "But best luck to Hazelwood, he is a fine tall fast bowler." Tall he is - 196 centimetres!

Under gloriously sunny skies, Watto and Paine are striding confidently out to the middle, and England are in a huddle as they walk by. Here we go! Anderson to start proceedings.

0.1

Anderson to Watson, no run, what a leave! That didn't pitch too far outside off and swung in, Watson raised his bat out of the way to leave but that really didn't miss the off stump by much

0.2

Anderson to Watson, 1 run, this one goes the other way, squirting off the outer half of the bat down to third man, and Watto's away

0.3

Anderson to Paine, no run, seems a good pitch this, good carry through to the keeper. Nice wheels from Anderson too, as Paine raises his bat up and watches one go by outside off

0.4

Anderson to Paine, no run, dead on target, zoning in on off stump, and Paine is forward and right behind it to defend. Good pace again from Anderson

0.5

Anderson to Paine, 1 run, just too straight this time, and Paine works one off his pads down to fine leg

0.6

Anderson to Watson, no run, good ball to finish the over, full and straight. Watson defends, and that's a good, tight first over from Anderson

End of over 1 (2 runs) Australia 2/0 (RR: 2.00)
SR Watson    1* (3b)      JM Anderson    1-0-2-0
TD Paine    1* (3b)     

Tim Bresnan to share the new ball. Has he fully recovered from injury? We shall soon see.

1.1

Bresnan to Paine, no run, there's the Bresnan we got to know in Bangladesh this winter, bang on target on off stump straight away and giving the batsman nothing

1.2

Bresnan to Paine, no run, spits off a length! Paine is struck on the glove and immediately pulls it off the bat. That must've hurt. Good ball on a length on off stump, just reared up at him

1.3

Bresnan to Paine, no run, metronomic from Bresnan so far, on a length on off and defended

1.4

Bresnan to Paine, no run, ah, Paine's lost his trust for this wicket. This was an identical ball to the last, on a length on off, but he didn't trust the bounce and defended awkwardly

1.5

Bresnan to Paine, no run, a touch straighter, pushed to midwicket but no run

1.6

Bresnan to Paine, no run, good finish, "nice tidy line and length" says Holding on commentary, and I concur

End of over 2 (maiden) Australia 2/0 (RR: 1.00)
TD Paine    1* (9b)      TT Bresnan    1-1-0-0
SR Watson    1* (3b)      JM Anderson    1-0-2-0

2.1

Anderson to Watson, 1 run, flashing drive from Watson, but it's well cut off by a diving Eoin Morgan at cover - he's saved runs there

2.2

Anderson to Paine, no run, on a length and slightly wide of off. Not wide enough for a cut, though, and Paine leaves well alone

2.3

Anderson to Paine, no run, identical ball to the last, and Paine reacts with a confident leave once again

2.4

Anderson to Paine, 2 runs, shorter this time, and Paine swivels quickly into a pull. He went aerial but really didn't get a good connection on that, the ball lobs over midwicket though

2.5

Anderson to Paine, 1 run, on a length outside off, and Paine runs the ball of the face of the bat down to third man

2.6

Anderson to Watson, no run, fuller, wider, and left alone

So, a fairly sedate start to what is, almost unbelievably, the 3,000th one-day international

End of over 3 (4 runs) Australia 6/0 (RR: 2.00)
SR Watson    2* (5b)      JM Anderson    2-0-6-0
TD Paine    4* (13b)      TT Bresnan    1-1-0-0

3.1

Bresnan to Paine, 2 runs, first hint of width from Bresnan, and he's cut away towards point. The ball was hit very hard into the ground and bounced up and over the fielder there

3.2

Bresnan to Paine, no run, fuller, and driven firmly into the covers

3.3

Bresnan to Paine, FOUR, first boundary, and it's a good one! Bresnan fired one down full and straight and Paine presented the full face of the bat to drive down the ground. He hit the ball in the air, but firmly and dead straight, so not really any chance for the caught-and-bowled

3.4

Bresnan to Paine, no run, Bresnan reverts to a better line and length, banging in a 'heavy ball' that jags up into the splice

3.5

Bresnan to Paine, no run, and same again, he seems to have found his radar again

3.6

Bresnan to Paine, no run, and again! Nice stuff from Bresnan, he's found a good length on this pitch and doesn't give any width either

End of over 4 (6 runs) Australia 12/0 (RR: 3.00)
TD Paine    10* (19b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    2-1-6-0
SR Watson    2* (5b)      JM Anderson    2-0-6-0

4.1

Anderson to Watson, 1 run, on a length, and jammed down to third man off an open face

There's not been much in the way of swing so far, not even from Anderson. Seems to be good pace and bounce in the pitch though

4.2

Anderson to Paine, 1 run, slightly shorter, Paine rises with the ball and sends it down to third man

4.3

Anderson to Watson, no run, fuller, Watto again looks for the one to third man but this time the ball goes to Pietersen at second slip. On the bounce.

4.4

Anderson to Watson, FOUR, smeared across the line to midwicket! The ball was full, just outside off and he just drilled it through midwicket. Luke Wright was close in at midwicket but he barely had a chance to stop that. Was it a chance? Well, it almost took his head off it was so hard

4.5

Anderson to Watson, FOUR, four more! Width from Anderson this time and Watson slashes up and over the slips and down to third man. Purposefully hit.

4.6

Anderson to Watson, no run, much better ball to finish, seaming in just a touch and full of length. Watson defends and the ball squirts off the inside edge to the leg side

End of over 5 (10 runs) Australia 22/0 (RR: 4.40)
SR Watson    11* (10b 2x4)      JM Anderson    3-0-16-0
TD Paine    11* (20b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    2-1-6-0

5.1

Bresnan to Paine, 1 run, short, not quite the bouncer but it got up to chest height. Paine plays the ball one-handed towards square leg and they set off for a quick single

5.2

Bresnan to Watson, FOUR, easy, easy runs. Fine leg had just been brought up, Bresnan slipped one down towards leg stump and all he had to do was get bat on it.

5.3

Bresnan to Watson, no run, Watto is struck in the midriff! The ball wasn't that short but he went for an almighty swipe to midwicket. The ball rushed on to him to beat the shot

5.4

Bresnan to Watson, no run, half an appeal from England as Bresnan gets a fuller one to seam in a little and strike the pad. He appeared to get some bat on it though. Woud've hit the top of middle.

5.5

Bresnan to Watson, 1 run, jammed down just behind point and they charge through for a tight single

5.6

Bresnan to Paine, no run, tight finish, on a length and zoning in on off stump and Paine defends

End of over 6 (6 runs) Australia 28/0 (RR: 4.66)
TD Paine    12* (22b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    3-1-12-0
SR Watson    16* (14b 3x4)      JM Anderson    3-0-16-0

6.1

Anderson to Watson, no run, tight lines, on off stump and defended

6.2

Anderson to Watson, 1 run, a touch of width given, and the ball is run down to third man without drama

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6.3

Anderson to Paine, no run, full again, and defended

6.4

Anderson to Paine, FOUR, where has that come from? Paine moved across to off stump and played a flamboyant one-legged flick over midwicket. He nailed it, really confident shot - and so it should be, there's not a lot on offer for the quick bowlers in this wicket

6.5

Anderson to Paine, no run, punched defensively to the off side

6.6

Anderson to Paine, no run, short and wide outside off, Paine goes for a full-blooded cut but can't get anything on it as the ball scoots past the outside edge

End of over 7 (5 runs) Australia 33/0 (RR: 4.71)
TD Paine    16* (26b 2x4)      JM Anderson    4-0-21-0
SR Watson    17* (16b 3x4)      TT Bresnan    3-1-12-0

7.1

Bresnan to Watson, 2 runs, well-played, he punched the ball square, just behind point, and picks up a couple as third man runs round

7.2

Bresnan to Watson, FOUR, aggression from Australia's openers! Bresnan runs his fingers over a slower one that ends up as a half-volley on off stump. Watson picked it early and slammed him up and over mid on. Strong shot!

7.3

Bresnan to Watson, no run, Watto's struck again! He was going for that swivel-pull, but again the ball wasn't quite there to be hit and he's struck in the stomach. Doesn't flinch though...

7.4

Bresnan to Watson, no run, on a length but wide, Watson goes for the slash to third man but the ball flies past the bat - no connection

7.5

Bresnan to Watson, 1 run, run down to third man, just the one

7.6

Bresnan to Paine, FOUR, well, after such a solid start Bresnan is beginning to lose it here. He bangs one in short but it's misdirected down the leg side and Paine has no trouble pulling the ball down to fine leg. He rolled his wrists over the ball nicely, keeping it down and finding perfect placement

End of over 8 (11 runs) Australia 44/0 (RR: 5.50)
TD Paine    20* (27b 3x4)      TT Bresnan    4-1-23-0
SR Watson    24* (21b 4x4)      JM Anderson    4-0-21-0

Broad replaces Anderson, and England need something special from him to stem this Australian charge. The openers have played really well, just had a look first up and they're beginning to pick up the pace now

8.1

Broad to Watson, FOUR, not a great start, Broad dishes up a juicy half-volley on leg stump and Watson flicks down to fine leg. The fielder is slight up in the circle there, so anything hit past him is runs

8.2

Broad to Watson, no run, better, starting outside off and just tailing in a touch. Watson is nicely behind it to defend

8.3

Broad to Watson, no run, sharp yorker from Broad, and England appeal for the lbw! Watson was struck on the toe, and then the bat as he jammed it down, but the umpire's not interested. That was mighty close, struck just outside off stump but that was hitting off.

8.4

Broad to Watson, FOUR, good riposte from Watson, as he thrashes a full ball drifting in to the pads wide of mid on and down to the boundary

8.5

Broad to Watson, OUT, Watto falls! Oh, he is utterly disconsolate as he walks off. Broad fired down a bumper, Watson was quickly into the pull - but perhaps too quick on the shot. The ball struck the leading edge - or possibly even the back of the bat - and looped ever so gently back towards Broad, who tumbled over in taking a good caught-and-bowled

SR Watson c & b Broad 32 (33m 26b 6x4 0x6) SR: 123.07

That's just what England needed, and that wicket has come against the run of play on a batsman's wicket. Ponting walks out to warm applause. No, really.

8.6

Broad to Ponting, no run, full on off stump, Ponting defends

End of over 9 (8 runs) Australia 52/1 (RR: 5.77)
RT Ponting    0* (1b)      SCJ Broad    1-0-8-1
TD Paine    20* (27b 3x4)      TT Bresnan    4-1-23-0

9.1

Bresnan to Paine, 1 run, just a touch of width outside off, and Paine sends the ball down to third man to give his captain the strike

9.2

Bresnan to Ponting, 1 wide, good pace from Bresnan, but mis-directed down the leg side. Ponting tried to hit it, but nothing on it and that's a wide

9.2

Bresnan to Ponting, no run, on a length and straight, Ponting works him straight to midwicket off the back foot

9.3

Bresnan to Ponting, no run, slipping towards leg stump, Ponting shapes to leg glance but is struck on the pad. Going down the leg side, though, so no appeal

9.4

Bresnan to Ponting, FOUR, well, they need to get Ponting out early, but they're not going to get him like this. Attempted bouncer, but Ponting is back and across in a flash and pulls him down to fine leg for an easy boundary. The fielder was back on the rope, but is quite square

9.5

Bresnan to Ponting, no run, fuller, clipped to midwicket

9.6

Bresnan to Ponting, no run, punched out to point, no run

And here's Sahil to take you through the next 10 overs

End of over 10 (6 runs) Australia 58/1 (RR: 5.80)
RT Ponting    4* (6b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    5-1-29-0
TD Paine    21* (28b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    1-0-8-1

Thanks Liam. Bowling Powerplay taken straight away by England.

10.1

Broad to Paine, no run, Broad starts it well, landing on a length and line on off stump, drawing nothing but careful defence

10.2

Broad to Paine, no run, touch of in-drift here from Broad, very early for reverse-swing I'd have thought, met with the fullest of faces, from the fresh-faced Paine

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10.3

Broad to Paine, no run, another good straight ball meets another good straight bat, patted back to the bowler

10.4

Broad to Paine, 1 run, touch shorter from Broad, allows Paine to swivel and pull carefully out to deep midwicket for a single

10.5

Broad to Ponting, 1 wide, Broad digs one in short, and it's fairly quick, Ponting tucks under it and rises to see the umpire calling it wide, much to Broad's annoyance

10.5

Broad to Ponting, no run, this is turning out to be a good over from Broad, on a length and line and Ponting nails a very solid defence

10.6

Broad to Ponting, no run, slightly slower ball, and fuller too, Ponting check-drives back to Broad, who fields in his follow though and throws the ball back past Ponting to the wicketkeeper

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End of over 11 (2 runs) Australia 60/1 (RR: 5.45)
RT Ponting    4* (8b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    2-0-10-1
TD Paine    22* (32b 3x4)      TT Bresnan    5-1-29-0

11.1

Bresnan to Paine, no run, long spell from Bresnan here, his sixth over, jumps wide of the crease and angles it in, Paine defends

11.2

Bresnan to Paine, 2 runs, ooh! Pretty close, Paine tickled a fullish ball round the corner, and called for two, a touch of misunderstanding means Paine has to dive in as he completes the second, the throw from fine leg is a fraction wide so by the time Kieswetter has the bails off, Paine is safe

11.3

Bresnan to Paine, no run, much quieter this delivery, just on off stump and defended back to the bowler

11.4

Bresnan to Paine, no run, Paine looking to work Bresnan with the angle into the leg side, but Bresnan is mixing up his pace nicely, and Paine can't quite connect

11.5

Bresnan to Paine, 1 run, much more width on this, lures Paine into having a bit of a slash outside off stump, gets the inside edge and squirts away for a single

11.6

Bresnan to Ponting, 1 run, Bresnan is probably lucky to get away with this, it was short, angling down the leg side, Ponting accepted the invitation to pull, but couldn't quite connect firmly and collected a scrappy single towards square leg

End of over 12 (4 runs) Australia 64/1 (RR: 5.33)
RT Ponting    5* (9b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    6-1-33-0
TD Paine    25* (37b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    2-0-10-1

12.1

Broad to Ponting, no run, tidy start to the over here, fullish on off stump and Ponting strides out and defends

12.2

Broad to Ponting, 1 run, touch of drift into the legs and Ponting helps himself to a single out to deep midwicket

12.3

Broad to Paine, no run, Broad, who has spent the last month in the gym, is trying to be aggressive here, fielding the ball and aiming a throw at Ponting at the non-strikers end

12.4

Broad to Paine, no run, good tight bowling and Paine is happy to give nothing away, blocking away diligently

12.5

Broad to Paine, no run, much shorter here, and quick too, zipping well past Paine who pulls out the way of the bouncer

12.6

Broad to Paine, 1 run, dropped by Anderson, and what a catch it should have been! Paine tried to break the shackles, swiping across the line at Broad, but it was mistimed towards mid on where a diving Anderson got two hands to it but could not hold on

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End of over 13 (2 runs) Australia 66/1 (RR: 5.07)
TD Paine    26* (41b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    3-0-12-1
RT Ponting    6* (11b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    6-1-33-0

Luke Wright is the new man

13.1

Wright to Paine, no run, carefully defended this time by Paine

13.2

Wright to Paine, OUT, gone this time! The mistake doesn't cost England as Luke Wright strikes. It was a touch slower, outside off, Paine aimed a cut shot but it found the inside edge, went on to his boot and on to the stumps

TD Paine b Wright 26 (55m 43b 3x4 0x6) SR: 60.46

Michael Clarke is the new man and he is yet to make a run this tour.

13.3

Wright to Clarke, no run, oooh, almost added a third duck to his tour, this ghosted past the outside edge as Clarke hung his bat tentatively

13.4

Wright to Clarke, no run, much more solid this time, meeting a full straight bat with a broad straight bat and patting it back to the bowler

13.5

Wright to Clarke, no run, dug in a fraction shorter, and there was some width outside off, Clarke thought about a cut but opted to leave alone instead

13.6

Wright to Clarke, no run, Wright completes an excellent over with another ball bang on target, Clarke tried to work it into the leg side but couldn't connect

End of over 14 (wicket maiden) Australia 66/2 (RR: 4.71)
MJ Clarke    0* (4b)      LJ Wright    1-1-0-1
RT Ponting    6* (11b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    3-0-12-1

14.1

Broad to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting looks at ease among all the action, just turning this off his legs for a single to midwicket

14.2

Broad to Clarke, no run, good stuff from Broad, full and attacking the stumps with a touch of inswing, Clarke carefully pushes it away

14.3

Broad to Clarke, no run, Clarke yet to score but this is a well-played defensive shot, full-faced bat taps it back to the bowler

14.4

Broad to Clarke, 1 wide, well, he's still on zero but only because Clarke couldn't reach it, very short and called a wide

14.4

Broad to Clarke, 1 run, off the mark now, pushed delicately to point where a quick single becomes comfortable thanks to a needless fumble

14.5

Broad to Ponting, FOUR, lovely shot, really top shot this, made it look so easy. Broad landed a slower ball a fraction wide outside off, Ponting got on his toes and caressed a back-foot drive through cover for four

14.6

Broad to Ponting, 1 run, fuller ball this time, Ponting tickles it for a single and that ends the bowling Powerplay

End of over 15 (8 runs) Australia 74/2 (RR: 4.93)
RT Ponting    12* (14b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    4-0-20-1
MJ Clarke    1* (7b)      LJ Wright    1-1-0-1

15.1

Wright to Ponting, no run, Ponting really strides into this forward defence, he's really bristling around the crease, busily patting down patches

15.2

Wright to Ponting, 2 runs, little bit of width allows the batsman to open the face and guide this for a couple to third man

15.3

Wright to Ponting, no run, fuller and straighter from Wright, Ponting pushes it firmly to mid on

15.4

Wright to Ponting, no run, nicely bowled, Wright holding his nerve and landing it full on off stump, Ponting full-faces into the covers

15.5

Wright to Ponting, no run, once again it's carefully defended, pushed into the cover region

15.6

Wright to Ponting, FOUR, well, what was going to be a very good over has been undone in an instant. Ponting leant into a crisp drive, playing it on the up, to send it careering through the covers for four

End of over 16 (6 runs) Australia 80/2 (RR: 5.00)
RT Ponting    18* (20b 3x4)      LJ Wright    2-1-6-1
MJ Clarke    1* (7b)      SCJ Broad    4-0-20-1

16.1

Broad to Clarke, no run, good stuff from Broad once more, landing it on and around middle stump, just short of a length, Clarke defends

16.2

Broad to Clarke, 1 run, touch fuller from Broad, Clarke tucks it to mid on, and scampers a swift single

16.3

Broad to Ponting, 1 run, quicker from Broad and a touch short, Ponting swivelled on a pull shot, placing it carefully down to fine leg for a single

16.4

Broad to Clarke, no run, Clarke is pushing at the ball a fraction, which happens when you're out of nick, it means it comes off an inside edge flying into his unmentionables

16.5

Broad to Clarke, 1 run, more comfortable here from Clarke, working it round the corner for a single

16.6

Broad to Ponting, 2 runs, neatly played, just short of a length, Ponting worked it gently in front of midwicket to collect a couple

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End of over 17 (5 runs) Australia 85/2 (RR: 5.00)
RT Ponting    21* (22b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    5-0-25-1
MJ Clarke    3* (11b)      LJ Wright    2-1-6-1

17.1

Wright to Clarke, 1 leg bye, Wright lands this down the leg side, thuds off Clarke's thigh for a single

17.2

Wright to Ponting, OUT, How about that!? Ponting has gone! Really gifted his wicket away there, it was short and angling down the leg side, Ponting tried to help a routine pull shot on it's way, but got under the ball, sending it in the air towards fine leg, where Broad ran around to his right and slid to take an excellent catch with both hands. Massive breakthrough for England

RT Ponting c Broad b Wright 21 (39m 23b 3x4 0x6) SR: 91.30

Cameron White is the new man, he's in top form for Australia after his century to drag Australia out of trouble against Middlesex on Saturday.

17.3

Wright to White, no run, White gets a good yorker first up, and defends it very comfortably

17.4

Wright to White, 1 run, good ball this, aggressive stuff from Wright, banged in and reared up at White, who got in an awful position and it came off the shoulder of the bat

17.5

Wright to Clarke, no run, Wright really bounding in, finding decent pace and a decent line, Clarke defends

17.6

Wright to Clarke, no run, good ball to finish the over, he's bowled very well so far today, good length and good line, defended watchfully

End of over 18 (2 runs) Australia 87/3 (RR: 4.83)
MJ Clarke    3* (14b)      LJ Wright    3-1-7-2
CL White    1* (2b)      SCJ Broad    5-0-25-1

Time for a change of pace, Michael Yardy is into the attack with his particular take on left-arm spin. He doesn't spin it much, but is a smart fellow, apparently.

18.1

Yardy to White, no run, starts well, looping it on off stump, White, who is enormous, defends

18.2

Yardy to White, no run, slung in of off stump again, White content to watch carefully and defend

18.3

Yardy to White, no run, just drifting on to middle stump, later in his innings White might have had a heave at, but here he blocks

18.4

Yardy to White, no run, this just grips and sticks in the wicket a fraction, draws a slightly false defensive shot from White

18.5

Yardy to White, no run, tidy stuff from Yardy, just restricting White, nothing fancy, on off stump and defended

18.6

Yardy to White, no run, maiden over! Good on Yardy, White treating him with utmost respect. For now.

End of over 19 (maiden) Australia 87/3 (RR: 4.57)
CL White    1* (8b)      MH Yardy    1-1-0-0
MJ Clarke    3* (14b)      LJ Wright    3-1-7-2

19.1

Wright to Clarke, 1 run, neatly done from Clarke, just pushing a good-length delivery into a space at cover for one

19.2

Wright to White, no run, tight stuff from Wright again, on off stump, the batsman happy to defend

19.3

Wright to White, no run, Wright has such a happy run-up, really bounds in like a puppy, the ball is less adorable though, forcing White into a hurried defensive block

19.4

Wright to White, no run, White content to play himself in, defending diligently on off stump

19.5

Wright to White, FOUR, and that's why. Too short, plenty of time for White to roll his thunderous arms over the ball and send a pull shot running away for four down to square leg

19.6

Wright to White, no run

End of over 20 (5 runs) Australia 92/3 (RR: 4.60)
CL White    5* (13b 1x4)      LJ Wright    4-1-12-2
MJ Clarke    4* (15b)      MH Yardy    1-1-0-0

20.1

Yardy to Clarke, no run, Clarke hurries into a defensive block to cover

20.2

Yardy to Clarke, 1 run, for some reason mid off is deep, allowing Clarke to milk a gentle single

20.3

Yardy to White, no run, White defends carefully again against Yardy

20.4

Yardy to White, 2 runs, neatly played here, down on one knee and working a carefully sweep down to fine leg for a couple

20.5

Yardy to White, 2 runs, another couple taken, just pushed into space easily enough

20.6

Yardy to White, 1 run, single taken into the leg side

End of over 21 (6 runs) Australia 98/3 (RR: 4.66)
CL White    10* (17b 1x4)      MH Yardy    2-1-6-0
MJ Clarke    5* (17b)      LJ Wright    4-1-12-2

Change of bowling - Anderson comes on, and change of comms too - here's Liam

21.1

Anderson to White, no run, left alone outside off stump to start

21.2

Anderson to White, OUT, gone! Anderson changes ends and picks up a wicket, as White tries to force the ball through the covers off the back foot but gets an inside edge which cannons into his stumps! England continue to chip away at the Australian batting line-up, and a great deal now rests on Clarke and Hussey

CL White b Anderson 10 (10m 19b 1x4 0x6) SR: 52.63

21.3

Anderson to Hussey, no run, is that a touch of reverse swing from Anderson? Surely too early for it, but this ball snaked away from Hussey sharply, and late too! Defended though.

21.4

Anderson to Hussey, no run, tapped defensively into the covers

21.5

Anderson to Hussey, no run, good lines, starting on leg stump and just tucking Hussey up a touch as he shapes to clip to midwicket

21.6

Anderson to Hussey, no run, fuller this time, and Hussey dead-bats it back down the wicket with the straightest of bats. Wicket maiden for Anderson!

End of over 22 (wicket maiden) Australia 98/4 (RR: 4.45)
MEK Hussey    0* (4b)      JM Anderson    5-1-21-1
MJ Clarke    5* (17b)      MH Yardy    2-1-6-0

22.1

Yardy to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke shuffles across to off and bunts down to long-on for one

22.2

Yardy to Hussey, 1 run, Hussey rocks quickly onto the back foot to force down to long on, and he's off the mark

22.3

Yardy to Clarke, 1 run, twinkle-toed use of the feet from Clarke, as he comes down the track and clips through midwicket

22.4

Yardy to Hussey, 2 runs, nice placement from Hussey, as he sends the ball down towards third man. Picks up two, he didn't try to hit it too hard, just getting it past the man there

22.5

Yardy to Hussey, 1 run, easily worked down to long-off

22.6

Yardy to Clarke, 1 run, quicker one speared in to Clarke's pads, and he works the ball out to deep midwicket

End of over 23 (7 runs) Australia 105/4 (RR: 4.56)
MJ Clarke    8* (20b)      MH Yardy    3-1-13-0
MEK Hussey    4* (7b)      JM Anderson    5-1-21-1

23.1

Anderson to Clarke, no run, punch-drive. Firmly hit, but straight to mid off.

23.2

Anderson to Clarke, 2 runs, slapped square, the point fielder leaps extravagantly to his left to try and cut it off, but they pick up a couple as third man sprints round

23.3

Anderson to Clarke, no run, Anderson straightens his line, Clarke gets nicely back and across and defends back down the wicket

23.4

Anderson to Clarke, 1 run, tip-and-run from the batsmen, as Clarke drops the ball close in on the off side and they set off

23.5

Anderson to Hussey, no run, Anderson has kept things very tight to Hussey so far, and this ball is no exception. Full and aimed at the stumps, and Mr. Cricket defends

23.6

Anderson to Hussey, no run, angling across the left-hander, who taps the ball towards point and looks for the single. No runs on offer though, as the fielder charges in

End of over 24 (3 runs) Australia 108/4 (RR: 4.50)
MEK Hussey    4* (9b)      JM Anderson    6-1-24-1
MJ Clarke    11* (24b)      MH Yardy    3-1-13-0

Wright replaces Yardy - still no sign of Swann though!

24.1

Wright to Clarke, 1 run, nice and straight to start, Clarke punches to mid on, where Pietersen fluffs a simple stop and they take a single as a result

24.2

Wright to Hussey, 1 run, hmm, a few little fielding errors creeping in here. Hussey drives straight to Anderson in the covers, the ball slips under his hands and they take another single from a misfield

24.3

Wright to Clarke, 1 run, on a length, punched just to mid-off's left and the call for a single comes straight away. Good running, no hesitation at all.

24.4

Wright to Hussey, no run, Hussey tries to clip to midwicket, but the ball takes the inside edge, bobbles off the pad and lands at his feet. He thinks about the cheeky single, but the England fielders quickly converge

24.5

Wright to Hussey, 1 run, sliced down to third man for one

24.6

Wright to Clarke, no run, driven hard along the ground to mid-off's right, where the fielder makes a good, tumbling stop. No run

End of over 25 (4 runs) Australia 112/4 (RR: 4.48)
MJ Clarke    13* (27b)      LJ Wright    5-1-16-2
MEK Hussey    6* (12b)      JM Anderson    6-1-24-1

And here is Graeme Swann, finally. It'll be interesting to see what tactics both teams adopt here. Australia won't want to let Swann settle, but they can't afford to lose another wicket with 25 overs still to be bowled.

25.1

Swann to Hussey, 1 run, tapped between point and short third man and they set off for a sharp single

"We Pakistanis have learned the hard way that there isn't much point in getting nine Australian wickets if Mike Hussey is still on crease," says Abdullah. Poor chap, you can feel his pain, even now.

25.2

Swann to Clarke, no run, Clarke comes down the track but can't get to the pitch, so instead thrusts his pad and bat out at the ball. Big turn from Swann, and bounce

25.3

Swann to Clarke, no run, again he uses his feet, but can't get a good connection

25.4

Swann to Clarke, FOUR, stays deep in the crease this time, Swann slips just a little short and he's carved away behind point for four. Intelligent batting from Clarke there, he had come down two balls in a row and then stayed right back

25.5

Swann to Clarke, FOUR, four more, off the edge of the bat this time. Clarke went to drive down the ground but the ball went on with the arm, taking a thick edge and running down to third man

25.6

Swann to Clarke, no run, punched into the leg side

End of over 26 (9 runs) Australia 121/4 (RR: 4.65)
MJ Clarke    21* (32b 2x4)      GP Swann    1-0-9-0
MEK Hussey    7* (13b)      LJ Wright    5-1-16-2

26.1

Wright to Hussey, 1 run, angling across Hussey from over the wicket, and the ball is easily worked down to third man

26.2

Wright to Clarke, no run, back of a length, on or around off stump, and Clarke goes back and across to defend with a straight bat

26.3

Wright to Clarke, no run, short, and wide of off but Clarke follows through with the pull. The ball was far too wide for the shot though, and it goes absolutely nowhere, trickling to mid on

26.4

Wright to Clarke, (no ball) FOUR, classical shot! Wonderfully driven on the up through the covers by Clarke, all along the turf. What's more, Wright has over-stepped and that's a no-ball

Free hit coming up!

26.4

Wright to Clarke, 1 run, short, and pulled off the toe of the bat to deep midwicket

26.5

Wright to Hussey, 1 run, short, and rearing up into Hussey's ribs. He rode the bounce admirably, however, dropping the ball on the leg side and Clarke immediately calls him through for one

26.6

Wright to Clarke, 1 run, driven on the walk by Clarke, who gets a good connection but can't quite beat a tumbling mid off

End of over 27 (9 runs) Australia 130/4 (RR: 4.81)
MJ Clarke    27* (37b 3x4)      LJ Wright    6-1-25-2
MEK Hussey    9* (15b)      GP Swann    1-0-9-0

27.1

Swann to Clarke, no run, Clarke dances down the track, Swann sees him coming and pulls the length back and he's defended

27.2

Swann to Clarke, 1 run, down the track again, gets to the pitch this time and drives him out to cover

27.3

Swann to Hussey, no run, Hussey opens the face as he looks for space square on the off side, no run though as it went straight to the fielder at backward point

27.4

Swann to Hussey, 1 run, punched down to long off

27.5

Swann to Clarke, 1 run, much too short from Swann, but the damage is minimal as Clarke slaps him hard off the back foot but straight out to the cover sweeper

27.6

Swann to Hussey, 1 run, full, driven off the front foot through the covers and out to the boundary fielder

End of over 28 (4 runs) Australia 134/4 (RR: 4.78)
MEK Hussey    11* (18b)      GP Swann    2-0-13-0
MJ Clarke    29* (40b 3x4)      LJ Wright    6-1-25-2

28.1

Wright to Hussey, 1 run, Hussey is hurried as the ball spits up at him off a length, but rides the bounce well and opens the face to pick up one to third man

28.2

Wright to Clarke, no run, driven straight to mid on

I wonder if Simon is a Sussex lad: "Today, at least so far, has shown how much Luke Wright has improved as a bowler. He's picked up his pace, is bowling tidily and (if today and the World Cup are anything to go by) has aquired the nack of taking key wickets from nowhere. Maybe now he can finally be considered the true allrounder he is not just the bits and pieces player he gets labelled."

28.3

Wright to Clarke, FOUR, and, just as that comment comes through, Wright slips short and is pulled away to the square leg boundary by Clarke. There are two men out there, but he found great placement with a well-controlled pull

28.4

Wright to Clarke, no run, much fuller this time, Clarke comes down the track and drives on the walk back to Wright, who picks the ball up and sends the batsman scrambling back to his crease

28.5

Wright to Clarke, FOUR, confident shot! Very full again and Clarke swings through the line and nails a superb straight drive down the ground. Aesthetically pleasing, to say the least.

28.6

Wright to Clarke, no run, full again, but not quite there for the drive and Clarke defends out into the covers

End of over 29 (9 runs) Australia 143/4 (RR: 4.93)
MJ Clarke    37* (45b 5x4)      LJ Wright    7-1-34-2
MEK Hussey    12* (19b)      GP Swann    2-0-13-0

29.1

Swann to Hussey, 2 runs, just too full from Swann, Hussey drives out through the covers and the sweeper on the boundary has to run to his left to cut it off, allowing them to get back for two

29.2

Swann to Hussey, no run, much better length, and Hussey defends off the front foot

29.3

Swann to Hussey, no run, again, floated up nicely and on the right length, Hussey stretches forward to smother the spin

29.4

Swann to Hussey, 1 run, tapped gently into the covers between the fielders, and they sprint through for a sharp single

29.5

Swann to Clarke, no run, Clarke comes down the track as Swann fires one wide, but he gets his bat and pad nicely together and across to keep the ball out

29.6

Swann to Clarke, no run, defends off the front foot with the full face of the bat

End of over 30 (3 runs) Australia 146/4 (RR: 4.86)
MJ Clarke    37* (47b 5x4)      GP Swann    3-0-16-0
MEK Hussey    15* (23b)      LJ Wright    7-1-34-2

Yardy is brought back from the other end

30.1

Yardy to Hussey, 1 run, driven hard out square on the off side by Hussey, but there's a boundary fielder to cut it off

30.2

Yardy to Clarke, 1 run, just a touch short from Yardy, and Clarke stays deep in the crease, punching down to long on for one to bring up the fifty partnership

30.3

Yardy to Hussey, 1 run, dragged down short again, Hussey is quickly back into a powerful pull, but straight out to the fielder

30.4

Yardy to Clarke, 1 run, tapped into the covers, a touch of hesitation in the running! The throw comes in, fairly softly it must be said, and they appeal for the run out but he was easily in.

30.5

Yardy to Hussey, no run, Hussey looks to chop the ball down to third man but he's cramped for room and can't get it away

30.6

Yardy to Hussey, 2 runs, width given this time, and Hussey slashes him down behind square for a couple

Here's Sahil back for another stint

End of over 31 (6 runs) Australia 152/4 (RR: 4.90)
MEK Hussey    19* (27b)      MH Yardy    4-1-19-0
MJ Clarke    39* (49b 5x4)      GP Swann    3-0-16-0

Cheers Liam, good spell this for Australia.

31.1

Swann to Clarke, 1 run, Swann flights one to Clarke, who happily punches it out to long on for a single

31.2

Swann to Hussey, no run, nicely done from Swann, just went on with the arm from outside off stump, Hussey tried to cut but couldn't get much of it

31.3

Swann to Hussey, 1 run, this time it's neatly turned into the leg side for a single

31.4

Swann to Clarke, 1 run, middle-over-milking mode from Clarke, picking a gap to long on and collecting one

31.5

Swann to Hussey, 1 run, another single, brings up the 50 stand, strokes through cover for one

31.6

Swann to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke skips up the wicket, meets it on the half-volley and send it to long on for a single

End of over 32 (5 runs) Australia 157/4 (RR: 4.90)
MJ Clarke    42* (52b 5x4)      GP Swann    4-0-21-0
MEK Hussey    21* (30b)      MH Yardy    4-1-19-0

32.1

Yardy to Clarke, 1 run, neatly done again by Clarke, walking up the wicket and clipping a single to long on

32.2

Yardy to Hussey, 1 run, touch too leg-sided from Yardy, Hussey eagerly clips off his legs for one square of the wicket

32.3

Yardy to Clarke, 1 run, touch shorter, allows Clarke to stand tall and push down the wicket to long on

32.4

Yardy to Hussey, no run, dot ball, rare dot at the moment, touch short, Hussey pulled but straight to midwicket

32.5

Yardy to Hussey, no run, good ball this, full and straight and Hussey happy to defend

32.6

Yardy to Hussey, no run, another dot to end the over, fullish, Hussey works it into the leg side but straight to midwicket

End of over 33 (3 runs) Australia 160/4 (RR: 4.84)
MEK Hussey    22* (34b)      MH Yardy    5-1-22-0
MJ Clarke    44* (54b 5x4)      GP Swann    4-0-21-0

33.1

Swann to Clarke, no run, nicely bowled by Swann, just held back a fraction, Clarke skips forward and defends

33.2

Swann to Clarke, 1 run, once again Clarke is dancing down the track, so comfortable, and working a single to long on

Following on from Simon's comments on Wright, Matt writes: "Good point though, isn't it? Both his batting and bowling look to have improved a lot - could be a Test option very soon. For the record, I'm a Leicestershire follower - wondering how we let him leave so easily."

33.3

Swann to Hussey, 2 runs, this time Hussey earns a couple, stroking a square drive out to the point boundary

33.4

Swann to Hussey, 1 run, back to single mode, these two are playing very well, clipped off the legs into midwicket region

33.5

Swann to Clarke, 1 run, pushed down the ground once again from Clarke

33.6

Swann to Hussey, 3 runs, ovely bowling this, and if there was a slip this would have been out, looped up outside off, spinning away, Hussey drives, it comes off the edge and Morgan has to run down to the third man boundary, and slides well to keep it to three

This contest is pretty balanced at the moment and the umpires have decided it's time for a drink

End of over 34 (8 runs) Australia 168/4 (RR: 4.94)
MEK Hussey    28* (37b)      GP Swann    5-0-29-0
MJ Clarke    46* (57b 5x4)      MH Yardy    5-1-22-0

Prashanth isn't sure about Strauss's use of Swann in this game: "Swann must have been brought much earlier. He's the best attacking bowler in England and he could've prised out Hussey early (Huss being left-handed and all). Dhoni brings Harbhajan into the attack as soon as the Powerplays are finished. I fear the horse (Huss) has already bolted." Excitingly, we've just had the mandatory ball change.

34.1

Yardy to Hussey, OUT, the ball change, the drinks, and Michael Yardy have done the trick! Hussey has gone! Really nothing dismissal that, outside off, skidded on a touch with the newer ball perhaps, got a faint outside edge, and Hussey walked

MEK Hussey c †Kieswetter b Yardy 28 (47m 38b 0x4 0x6) SR: 73.68

Matthew Lowen takes things a bit further, suggesting Swann be scrapped altogether: "I think Keith Dutch should come and play for England as their frontline spinner and a top order batsman. I feel that he is far better than Swann. Swann has taken a few wickets here and there and all of a sudden he becomes the world's best spinner.I think Keith Dutch has more class." But.. he's not played since 2005! Anyway, he's the optimistically-named James Hopes.

34.2

Yardy to Hopes, no run, starts well enough, blocking out a darting yorker

Well, Yardy's just taken a wicket, but it seems you're all in the mood to stick to the spinners at the moment. Andrew, not from New South Wales, writes: "Why does Australia need national selectors? The NSW selectors could have picked the same team to play Pakistan. 8-9 players out of 14 selected for the Pak Tests are from NSW, which is 64%. What is Steven Smith in the squad for? He's not the extra batsman (that's Khuwaja), he's not the all-rounder (that's Watson) and he certainly is NOT a "test spin bowler". My grandma bowls better than him."

34.3

Yardy to Hopes, 1 run, oh dear, mid off back to the new batsman, how very needless, Hopes doesn't mind, he pushes to long on for a easy single

34.4

Yardy to Clarke, 1 wide, oops, darted well down the leg side from Yardy and he'll have to bowl another

34.4

Yardy to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke trying to give himself room to squeeze out a cut shot, but can't collect one

34.5

Yardy to Hopes, 1 run, single here though, repeating the shot, connecting well enough for a single to cover

34.6

Yardy to Clarke, no run

End of over 35 (4 runs) Australia 172/5 (RR: 4.91)
MJ Clarke    47* (59b 5x4)      MH Yardy    6-1-26-1
JR Hopes    2* (3b)      GP Swann    5-0-29-0

35.1

Swann to Hopes, no run, Swann landing it on a decent line and length and Hopes blocks

35.2

Swann to Hopes, no run, more good stuff from Swann, Hopes happy to dig in for a while

35.3

Swann to Hopes, no run, bit of spin here, from well outside off, and Hopes can't squeeze any sort of shot out

35.4

Swann to Hopes, 1 run, single this time, full and pushed into the covers for one

35.5

Swann to Clarke, no run, Clarke can't get one here, defending carefully off the front foot

35.6

Swann to Clarke, no run, good end to a good over, Clarke blocking away diligently

End of over 36 (1 run) Australia 173/5 (RR: 4.80)
MJ Clarke    47* (61b 5x4)      GP Swann    6-0-30-0
JR Hopes    3* (7b)      MH Yardy    6-1-26-1

36.1

Yardy to Hopes, no run, good again, darting it into the batsman, who can do nothing but defend

36.2

Yardy to Hopes, no run, very nicely done again from Yardy, building pressure

36.3

Yardy to Hopes, no run, nothing for the batsman to latch on to, very accurate stuff

36.4

Yardy to Hopes, no run, quietly blocked once again

36.5

Yardy to Hopes, no run, still nothing for Hopes, all defence

36.6

Yardy to Hopes, no run, neatly blocked to finish a maiden over

End of over 37 (maiden) Australia 173/5 (RR: 4.67)
JR Hopes    3* (13b)      MH Yardy    7-2-26-1
MJ Clarke    47* (61b 5x4)      GP Swann    6-0-30-0

37.1

Swann to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke collects a single straight away, skipping down the wicket and pushing to long on

37.2

Swann to Hopes, 1 run, Hopes gets into the swing of things now, milking a single down the ground

37.3

Swann to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke is doing this very well, working the ball around with ease

"Keith Dutch not played since 2005?!? Not true I played against him 3 weeks ago - he plays for Tring Park in the Home Counties Premier League! I'm an off spinner as well and finished above him in the averages last season, so that makes me the best off spinner in the country by Mathew Lowen's logic!!" writes Jimmy. Perhaps I should have said 'not played at the top level'?

37.4

Swann to Hopes, 2 runs, Hopes gets a touch of width and cuts past a diving point for a couple

37.5

Swann to Hopes, 1 run, now he helps himself to a single, pushing down the ground

37.6

Swann to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke brings up a very useful fifty. He was struggling for runs this tour, started slowly but has played the spinners superbly today

End of over 38 (7 runs) Australia 180/5 (RR: 4.73)
MJ Clarke    50* (64b 5x4)      GP Swann    7-0-37-0
JR Hopes    7* (16b)      MH Yardy    7-2-26-1

38.1

Yardy to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke continues his merry single taking, chipping down the crease and clipping a single down to long on

38.2

Yardy to Hopes, 1 run, Hopes follows the example set by his vice-captain, and dabs a single to midwicket

38.3

Yardy to Clarke, no run, nothing for Clarke here, too quick from Yardy, hurries the shot

38.4

Yardy to Clarke, no run, more good stuff from Yardy, Clarke given nothing to work with

38.5

Yardy to Clarke, no run, good ball, quicker, flatter, Clarke defends

38.6

Yardy to Clarke, no run, touch of extra bounce, Clarke dabs to short third man

End of over 39 (2 runs) Australia 182/5 (RR: 4.66)
MJ Clarke    51* (69b 5x4)      MH Yardy    8-2-28-1
JR Hopes    8* (17b)      GP Swann    7-0-37-0

39.1

Swann to Hopes, no run, good stuff from Swann, changing his pace nicely, Hopes can't set himself so blocks

39.2

Swann to Hopes, no run, defended once again, almost some pressure building here

39.3

Swann to Hopes, FOUR, ah, that will do nicely. Really top shot this, Hopes comes down the wicket and chips very carefully, and times it nicely, into a gap at cow corner for a welcome boundary

39.4

Swann to Hopes, no run, defended carefully

39.5

Swann to Hopes, 1 run, clipped away for a single

39.6

Swann to Clarke, 2 runs, good from Clarke, picking a gap and collecting a couple

End of over 40 (7 runs) Australia 189/5 (RR: 4.72)
MJ Clarke    53* (70b 5x4)      GP Swann    8-0-44-0
JR Hopes    13* (22b 1x4)      MH Yardy    8-2-28-1

40.1

Yardy to Hopes, 1 run, Yardy really darting them in, difficult to get away but Hopes manages to squeeze out a single

40.2

Yardy to Clarke, FOUR, touch of width and Clarke takes full toll, skipping leg side of the ball and cutting well behind point for four

40.3

Yardy to Clarke, no run, ooh, almost repeated the shot, but it skidded on a fraction and past the edge of Clarke's cut

40.4

Yardy to Clarke, 2 runs, this time Clarke goes leg side, flicking round the corner for two

40.5

Yardy to Clarke, 1 run, back to milking mode here, edging down the wicket and pushing down the ground for a single

40.6

Yardy to Hopes, 1 run, Hopes bunts a single down the ground to finish the over

So, Australia building momentum and here's Liam

End of over 41 (9 runs) Australia 198/5 (RR: 4.82)
JR Hopes    15* (24b 1x4)      MH Yardy    9-2-37-1
MJ Clarke    60* (74b 6x4)      GP Swann    8-0-44-0

Thanks, Sahil. Here's Bresnan back for another spell at the death. Australia are fairly well set here, but a wicket or two could change that very quickly. They need at least 280 on this flat track, I should think

41.1

Bresnan to Hopes, no run, good start - not traditional death bowling, back of a length, but nice and straight and there's nothing Hopes can do with that

41.2

Bresnan to Hopes, 2 runs, errs in line this time, too much width and he's cut away very hard towards the point boundary. A superb sliding stop from Anderson cuts the ball off though

41.3

Bresnan to Hopes, no run, back of a length again, Hopes can't seem to get it away when it's straight

41.4

Bresnan to Hopes, 1 run, a touch shorter this time, Hopes aims a meaty pull out to deep midwicket where Morgan fields not quite cleanly, but they decide against what would have been a risky two

41.5

Bresnan to Clarke, 1 run, too straight this time, and he's clipped down to fine leg

41.6

Bresnan to Hopes, FOUR, short again, Hopes has his eye in now and he's slapped this very hard in front of square on the leg side! The bowling plan backfired a bit there... taking nothing away from a top shot from Hopes

End of over 42 (8 runs) Australia 206/5 (RR: 4.90)
JR Hopes    22* (29b 2x4)      TT Bresnan    7-1-41-0
MJ Clarke    61* (75b 6x4)      MH Yardy    9-2-37-1

Yardy to complete his quota

42.1

Yardy to Clarke, no run, good start, Clarke skips down the track and Yardy spears one at his toes, almost yorking him

42.2

Yardy to Clarke, 1 run, chopped out to deep cover off the back foot

42.3

Yardy to Hopes, 1 run, floaty - for Yardy - and he's driven down to long on

42.4

Yardy to Clarke, 1 run, punched down on the other side of the wicket this time, Yardy dives across but can't cut it off and they take one to long-off

42.5

Yardy to Hopes, no run, clipped straight to midwicket in the circle

42.6

Yardy to Hopes, 1 run, stylishly driven down to long off to end Yardy's spell, and well-bowled!

End of over 43 (4 runs) Australia 210/5 (RR: 4.88)
JR Hopes    24* (32b 2x4)      MH Yardy    10-2-41-1
MJ Clarke    63* (78b 6x4)      TT Bresnan    7-1-41-0

43.1

Bresnan to Hopes, 1 run, full, fast and straight, Hopes stays leg side of the ball and drives down to long off

43.2

Bresnan to Clarke, 2 runs, full toss on off stump, Clarke drives him out to the cover sweeper. He could have hit that anywhere, it was a strangely passive shot

43.3

Bresnan to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke backs away to leg as Bresnan digs one in short. The ball is dropped softly into the covers, and they're across for a sharp single

43.4

Bresnan to Hopes, no run, in the blockhole, Hopes jams the bat down on the ball to send it on to the leg side, but Morgan scoots across from midwicket to cut it off

43.5

Bresnan to Hopes, 3 runs, going for the yorker again, but this one has slipped out as a half-volley on leg stump and he's firmly clipped wide of midwicket. Good running fetches them three as Wright sprints round to cut the ball off

43.6

Bresnan to Clarke, 1 run, punched down to long on, and that brings up the fifty partnership between these two, which is good news for Australia - they haven't let the loss of Hussey slow their momentum too much

End of over 44 (8 runs) Australia 218/5 (RR: 4.95)
MJ Clarke    67* (81b 6x4)      TT Bresnan    8-1-49-0
JR Hopes    28* (35b 2x4)      MH Yardy    10-2-41-1

With both batsmen well-set, they've called for the Batting Powerplay. Men out on the boundary at long on, deep midwicket and fine leg. Men all in on the off side

44.1

Anderson to Clarke, 1 run, yorker first up, hit hard into the ground and it bounces up and over Anderson - a single taken

44.2

Anderson to Hopes, FOUR, Hopes charges down the track and gives himself room as Anderson spears in another yorker. Good, intelligent batting from the allrounder, he doesn't look to welly it but just opens the face of the blade to place the ball between point and short third man. Top shot!

44.3

Anderson to Hopes, 2 runs, nudged out to deep midwicket

Man at square leg comes to short fine leg now

44.4

Anderson to Hopes, OUT, gone! Slower-ball bouncer from Anderson, rolling his fingers over the off-cutter. Hopes backed away and tried to uppercut to third man, but the ball was so slow that he couldn't get any elevation or distance on it, and Bresnan takes an easy catch at short third man. A wicket at just the right time for the hosts!

JR Hopes c Bresnan b Anderson 34 (36m 38b 3x4 0x6) SR: 89.47

44.5

Anderson to Hauritz, 2 runs, Hauritz is off the mark first ball as he tucks the ball easily into the acres of space on the leg side

44.6

Anderson to Hauritz, no run, offcutter again from Anderson, this one was fuller though - on a length on off stump - and Clarke just pushed it softly back to the bowler

End of over 45 (9 runs) Australia 227/6 (RR: 5.04)
NM Hauritz    2* (2b)      JM Anderson    7-1-33-2
MJ Clarke    68* (82b 6x4)      TT Bresnan    8-1-49-0

Broad comes in to the attack, similar field for him - in on the off side, out on the leg side

45.1

Broad to Clarke, 1 run, driven to a deep-ish mid off

Conference between Strauss, Broad and Anderson with Hauritz on strike, fine leg goes back, third man comes up, long on comes up

45.2

Broad to Hauritz, 1 run, back of a length, Hauritz chops the ball down behind square and they take one as third man runs in

45.3

Broad to Clarke, FOUR, slow off cutter from Broad, landing on a length outside off, Clarke comes down the track, giving himself some room as he does, and lifts the ball up and over the off side field. He didn't time it perfectly, but well enough to find the boundary

45.4

Broad to Clarke, 1 run, slow cutter again, Clarke stays back and pulls out to deep midwicket

45.5

Broad to Hauritz, 1 run, bouncer to the lower-order batsman, and this time it's a quick one! He flings the bat out at it, and they take one as the ball trickles into the leg side

45.6

Broad to Clarke, 1 run, driven down to long on to keep the strike

End of over 46 (9 runs) Australia 236/6 (RR: 5.13)
MJ Clarke    75* (86b 7x4)      SCJ Broad    6-0-34-1
NM Hauritz    4* (4b)      JM Anderson    7-1-33-2

46.1

Anderson to Clarke, 1 run, backs away, Anderson flings down an inch-perfect yorker which he jams the bat down on. The ball goes nowhere, but Hauritz immediately charges through, racing Anderson to the other end and winning

46.2

Anderson to Hauritz, 1 run, punched to cover, they set off immediately for the single

46.3

Anderson to Clarke, 1 run, full again, but wide of off, and the ball is jammed out behind square on the off side

46.4

Anderson to Hauritz, 1 run, sharp bouncer, and Hauritz wasn't expecting that! Really well-directed, nasty short ball, Hauritz took his eyes off it and is struck on the glove. The ball goes in to space down to third man and they take one

46.5

Anderson to Clarke, 1 run, full, straight and drilled down to long on

46.6

Anderson to Hauritz, no run, slower bouncer to Hauritz this time, he seemed to pick it, waiting on the pull shot, but couldn't connect with the ball as it looped past his grille

End of over 47 (5 runs) Australia 241/6 (RR: 5.12)
NM Hauritz    6* (7b)      JM Anderson    8-1-38-2
MJ Clarke    78* (89b 7x4)      SCJ Broad    6-0-34-1

47.1

Broad to Clarke, 1 run, waist-high full toss, Clarke tries to paddle him to fine leg but straight to the fielder. Touch and go for the high no-ball

47.2

Broad to Hauritz, no run, bouncer from Broad, not all that sharp but it's good enough to beat Hauritz's swipe as he backs away to leg and aims to flay over off

47.3

Broad to Hauritz, 1 run, back of a length again, Hauritz backs away and drops the ball into the covers, they take a sharp single

47.4

Broad to Clarke, 1 run, slow cutter, just short of a length, and it's flat-batted down to long on

47.5

Broad to Hauritz, FOUR, well, Hauritz is finally coming to terms with this short-pitched attack. Another bumper, he backs to leg, setting himself, and lifts the ball up and over the keeper and away to third man

47.6

Broad to Hauritz, FOUR, and again, mirror image to the last shot! A somewhat predictable bouncer from Broad, this time Hauritz didn't back away and just helped the ball very fine on the leg side. Four more valuable runs for Australia

End of over 48 (11 runs) Australia 252/6 (RR: 5.25)
NM Hauritz    15* (11b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    7-0-45-1
MJ Clarke    80* (91b 7x4)      JM Anderson    8-1-38-2

Final over of the Powerplay

48.1

Anderson to Clarke, 1 run, full toss on leg stump, lifted out to deep midwicket but bouncing well short of any fielders

48.2

Anderson to Hauritz, 1 run, another full toss on leg stump, clipped along the ground this time but out to midwicket again

48.3

Anderson to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke backs away but Anderson follows him with a slower cutter, just one run as Clarke slams him down to long on

48.4

Anderson to Hauritz, 1 run, full and wide of off, Hauritz tries to drive through the covers but can't quite time it, the cover fielder cutting it off and just one run taken

48.5

Anderson to Clarke, 1 run, pinpoint yorker, Clarke jams his bat down to send the ball into the leg side and they take another one

48.6

Anderson to Hauritz, 1 leg bye, comical stuff, Hauritz shuffles right across to off and sets himself for the scoop over the keeper. The ball was well wide of off though, he re-adjusted but knocked himself off his feet as he does so. Recovered in time to complete the single and keep the strike though

End of over 49 (6 runs) Australia 258/6 (RR: 5.26)
NM Hauritz    17* (14b 2x4)      JM Anderson    9-1-43-2
MJ Clarke    83* (94b 7x4)      SCJ Broad    7-0-45-1

Last over coming up, Australia will be desperate to reach the boundary and boost their total

49.1

Broad to Hauritz, 1 run, full toss on middle, slapped down to long on

49.2

Broad to Clarke, 2 runs, on a length outside off, punched down to long on where some sluggish fielding allows them to charge back for the second!

49.3

Broad to Clarke, 1 run, backs away to leg and Broad follows him with a full ball. The ball takes the edge, cannons off the boot and loops to the off side. Clarke is disappointed he couldn't make more of that

49.4

Broad to Hauritz, FOUR, another paddle-scoop from Hauritz, and this time he pulls it off excellently! He never took his eyes off the ball as Broad fired one down wide of off, getting a good connection to lift the ball up and over the field

49.5

Broad to Hauritz, OUT, gone this time! Full toss on leg stump, and it's softly tapped straight to Strauss at mid off. He didn't even have to move! Still, Hauritz has done a good job

NM Hauritz c Strauss b Broad 22 (20m 17b 3x4 0x6) SR: 129.41

49.6

Broad to Clarke, 1 run, just a single to finish as Clarke goes across to the off side, tries to flick to leg but gets another edge on to the pad which goes towards third man. Clarke is disappointed not to have capitalised once again, swinging his bat in anger.

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Contrasting comments on Clarke's innings, the first from Karnail Singh: "Great work by MC he is such an unselfish player. He could have made 100 but he choose not to instead he occupied one end, rotated the strike, controlled the game and let his partners hit and put runs on the board. I tip my hat to you," and the second from Mudit: "Michael Clarke just hit one four in the final powerplay & bulk of scoring was done by hopes and hauritz, he is not good for one-day cricket only, how can they make him captain of 20-20 team?"

Bizza solves the Lowen/Dutch/Swann mystery from earlier: "I have played club cricket against both Keith Dutch and Jimmy and have scored runs against them both! As a modest batter I wouldn't consider either of them decent prosepcts for ODI cricket. Matthew Lowen is a promising youngster though, if a little bit biased towards his former coach."

Josh writes in: "I think you're spot on with the comments regarding Broad. Despite, undoubtedly, showing incredible promise, he continues to prove expensive in all formats on the game; his lack of form with the bat compounding his misery. Yes, he delivers the occasional match-winning spell (in the Ashes and versus SA), but, if he isn't careful, good county players such as Chris Woakes could see him pushed aside much like Liam Plunkett..."

So, Australia close on 267 for 7, which is a decent total and just about par on this pitch. Clarke did well to keep going when wickets fell, and played a role in the two biggest partnerships of the innings, for the fifth and sixth wickets with Hussey and Hopes. But he never really changed gear towards the end, and generally struggled to find the boundary. Six bowlers were used by England, and the stand-out performers were surely Yardy and Wright, the two allrounders, who generally kept things tight and picked up wickets at crucial times. Anderson bowled well too, but Bresnan and Broad - despite his two wickets - were somewhat disappointing.

While the players take the mid-innings break, have a look at Brydon's bulletin. And do stay with us for England's chase, which will start at 6.45pm.

End of over 50 (9 runs) Australia 267/7
MJ Clarke    87* (97b 7x4)      SCJ Broad    8-0-54-2
RJ Harris    0* (0b)      JM Anderson    9-1-43-2
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Graeme Hick conducts a masterclass for the TV audience, England v Australia, 1st ODI, Rose Bowl, June 22, 2010

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