NatWest Series [Australia in England] - 1st ODI

England v Australia

England won by 15 runs

Here come Alastair Cook and Ian Bell...let's get going. Brett Lee to open the bowling

"Reckon the light is worse than when they came off in Test at Edgbaston," suggests Mr Dobell. "No lights on yet." Ah, now the lights have come on. It's gloomy.

10.40am "I'd love to crack open a stubby, but I think my boss might complain...," says Steve Wood. Some people have no sense of occasion.

Ashwin: "I think England's middle order looks little brittle when compared to Aussies on paper but heaven only knows what can happen on a particular day. Like the one which happened yesterday at SW19."

10.35am Ten minutes away from the toss so settle in, put the kettle on or crack open a stubby.

"I really do not understand why Prior keeps getting overlooked for ODIs?" says Tom Bennett. "Best keeper batsmen in country and scores at a quick rate? Bemused." This is a big series for Craig Kieswetter.

Here's Neil: "Watson mind games. I'd much rather have Bresnan, Broad and Swan than Wade, Lee and Mckay. Who has the better balance?"

10.25am Will be very interesting to see how Cummins goes with the new ball. Young bowlers often struggle on their first appearance at Lord's as the slope takes some adjusting to.

"Really happy to see Steven Smith getting a chance," says Hugh. "He gets a lot of stick from the Aussies, but he's still a young man with a big future in limited overs, if not yet Test cricket."

10.15am Australia have won the toss and will bowl. "It's a tough decision to get six bowlers down to three," Michael Clarke says before confirming it's Cummins, Lee and McKay as the fast men.

England, meanwhile, have gone with the same team that beat West Indies. Tim Bresnan at No. 7 in an attack of five specialist bowlers.

England 1 Alastair Cook (capt), 2 Ian Bell, 3 Jonathan Trott, 4 Ravi Bopara, 5 Eoin Morgan, 6 Craig Kieswetter, 7 Tim Bresnan, 8 Stuart Broad, 9 Graeme Swann, 10 James Anderson, 11 Steve Finn

The Lord's groundsman, Mick Hunt, has said there will be a fair amount of moisture under the surface so not surprising that Clarke has given his quicks first crack. Will be a good test for Cook, Bell and Trott.

Australia 1 Shane Watson, 2 David Warner, 3 George Bailey, 4 Michael Clarke, 5 David Hussey, 6 Steven Smith, 7 Matthew Wade (wk), 8 Brett Lee, 9 Clint McKay, 10 Pat Cummins, 11 Xavier Doherty

10.05am George Dobell, who is at the ground along with Dan Brettig who has been allowed in, reports that it is brightening up after a great start.

9.55am Hello everyone and welcome to coverage of the first one-day international between Australia and England from Lord's. This is an odd series - there are various reasons it is being played - and it certainly feels without much context, but matches between these two teams always have an edge. We should be in for a cracking five matches.

The early news from the ground is that it is an overcast morning which may impact what either team wants to do at the toss. Both teams have strong pace attacks and this will be England's first look at Pat Cummins.

Meanwhile, both Alastair Cook and Michael Clarke gave their pre-series thoughts yesterday.

0.1

Lee to Cook, 1 run, back of a length on off stump, Cook opens the face and gets it fine of backward point

0.2

Lee to Bell, no run, touch of movement for Lee, this is outside off and shapes away from Bell who shoulders arms

Two slips in place

0.3

Lee to Bell, no run, makes him play this time, fuller on off stump and it's defended square into the off side

0.4

Lee to Bell, no run, beauty! This one beats the edge, it was shorter and seamed away from Bell...it was still on the rise when Wade gathered it

0.5

Lee to Bell, 1 run, onto the front foot, pushes into the off side and there's a gap at cover

0.6

Lee to Cook, no run, squares him up a touch on off stump but it is defended solidly to point...a testing first over from Lee

Andrew isn't too happy. "How the hell is Bailey at three? He's good, but surely Huss Jr. is a better candidate?"

End of over 1 (2 runs) England 2/0 (RR: 2.00)
AN Cook    1* (2b)      B Lee    1-0-2-0
IR Bell    1* (4b)     

Clint McKay will share the new ball instead of Pat Cummins

1.1

McKay to Bell, 4 leg byes, quite a big appeal from McKay as this takes the pad and glances away fine past the keeper but it didn't seem to have much going for it

1.2

McKay to Bell, no run, wide outside off and left alone

1.3

McKay to Bell, no run, that's a good length, full on off stump and it squirts off a thick outside edge as Bell pushes into the shot

1.4

McKay to Bell, no run, punchy stroke from Bell, driven firmly back towards the bowler who gets his left hand on it

1.5

McKay to Bell, no run, back of a length outside off, left alone and this one barely reaches Matthew Wade

1.6

McKay to Bell, no run, good one to finish with, shapes away from off stump and scoots past the outside edge...this is a morning where a Test-match top-order could serve England well

"Since Jonny Bairstow seems to be only carrying drinks for England, can we have him back at Yorkshire please for the T20?," asks Mike Bradley

End of over 2 (4 runs, maiden) England 6/0 (RR: 3.00)
IR Bell    1* (10b)      CJ McKay    1-1-0-0
AN Cook    1* (2b)      B Lee    1-0-2-0

There's some rain in the air. Yes, it's the end of flaming June.

2.1

Lee to Cook, no run, outside off, going across Cook, and left alone

2.2

Lee to Cook, no run, short run from Lee, on off stump and defended to the off side

Here we go again...

11.00am A rope is going around the outfield (never convinced how much that does) and the Australians are making their way out

10.55am Rain stopped play, for the 1000th time this season. But don't think we'll be off for long.

The cover has been taken off so we should be back on very soon

2.3

Lee to Cook, no run, back of his full run now, on off stump and Cook defends from the back foot to cover

2.4

Lee to Cook, no run, a cracker! Moves away from Cook and beats the outside edge as he is drawn into pushing away from his body

2.5

Lee to Cook, no run, fuller this time, Cook gets a decent stride in and blocks firmly to the off side

Deep square has gone out, fine leg has come up

2.6

Lee to Cook, no run, outside off and left alone...a maiden either side of that brief stoppage

End of over 3 (maiden) England 6/0 (RR: 2.00)
AN Cook    1* (8b)      B Lee    2-1-2-0
IR Bell    1* (10b)      CJ McKay    1-1-0-0

3.1

McKay to Bell, no run, full outside off and left alone

"I went to bed last night thinking that this would be a huge toss to win," says John Muir. "Neither side would have wanted to bat first. Definitely advantage Australia."

3.2

McKay to Bell, no run, seams back into Bell but it is wide enough for him to leave alone

3.3

McKay to Bell, 1 run, out with a hit! Bell was short. He pushed it towards Cummins at mid-on and raced off for a single after a series of dot balls.

3.4

McKay to Cook, no run, back of a length, no width for Cook as he plays it back to the bowler

"The rope is great," says Tim. "Helps break up the water droplets so they're even smaller, and require less energy to evaporate as they're a lower mass."

3.5

McKay to Cook, 1 run, worked off the stumps through square leg

3.6

McKay to Bell, no run, loose from Bell, he fishes outside off without any footwork and is lucky not to edge this to the keeper

End of over 4 (2 runs) England 8/0 (RR: 2.00)
IR Bell    2* (14b)      CJ McKay    2-1-2-0
AN Cook    2* (10b)      B Lee    2-1-2-0

4.1

Lee to Cook, 1 run, another tight single as Cook works this towards midwicket but this time it's safe enough

Some more rain in the air, sadly

4.2

Lee to Bell, 1 run, movement for Lee but Bell plays this one well with soft hands and guides it fine of backward point towards third man

4.3

Lee to Cook, no run, well bowled, pushed up very full to Cook who drives with his feet caught in the crease and gets beaten

4.4

Lee to Cook, 1 run, first hint of width to Cook to cuts it firmly but David Warner pulls off a brilliant piece of work at backward point to prevent a boundary

4.5

Lee to Bell, no run, back on off stump, Bell walks into a defensive push to cover

4.6

Lee to Bell, no run, this one jags back onto Bell and plays it late and the ball bobbles towards the slips

Five overs and no boundaries but not much more England can do at the moment. Sometimes you have to give a few overs to the bowling side in these conditions

End of over 5 (3 runs) England 11/0 (RR: 2.20)
IR Bell    3* (17b)      B Lee    3-1-5-0
AN Cook    4* (13b)      CJ McKay    2-1-2-0

5.1

McKay to Cook, 1 run, opens the face and places this nicely into the covers

5.2

McKay to Bell, no run, Given caught behind! Bell reviews straight away. Has this taken the inside edge? Was a superb delivery that nipped back and it appears it may have hit his trouser pocket. Now the players have walked off for rain and still no decision given. Everyone hanging around. And it's not out. So Bell walks off but isn't out.

The batsmen are heading back out...we'll try again

11.30am The umpires are coming out for a look and the side covers and being rolled back.

The DRS debate rumbles on. Here's John Muir. "The DRS does its job again. I don't know why the ICC doesn't develop a backbone and insist that it's used by everybody. Those that don't want it can play domestic cricket until they're ready to accept it."

"In response to John Muir re DRS," says Alex. "Not every board has money to spurge on expensive DRS and if your suggestion be implemented then there be no international cricket in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, New Zealand and West Indies. India doesnt want to do it so international cricket will shrink to AUS, ENG and SA.. Way to go mate !!" Erm, well, how about the ICC pay for it?

Play will resume at 11.35am.

11.15am Rain has stopped play again. England battling against some excellent new-ball bowling. Here's a website we have used a fair bit this season. Not much rain on it.

5.3

McKay to Bell, 1 run, moves back into Bell who works it neatly down to fine leg

5.4

McKay to Cook, 2 runs, edged! Cook goes for the cut and it flies just over David Hussey at second slip then Lee pulls off a good diving save a third man

5.5

McKay to Cook, no run, back defending as he plays into the off side

It's raining again.

5.6

McKay to Cook, no run, full outside off and left alone

12.00pm Right, enough DRS debate for now. Most people appear to want it and accept. A few don't like it. Doubt there will ever me consensus. Meanwhile, the side covers are being rolled in again.

"Selective posting Andrew to suit your convenience," says Sundar. "We all know that was not the only instance with dravid. But than again, does it matter what dravid thought of it? Is that what decisions are based on, or are they based on whether it is actually out or not." Yes, I'm afraid it is selective posting because we get thousands come in and I'm one person. Can't read them all. Sorry if I skip over some. Might not bother starting a debate next time.

Play will resume at 12.10pm

"Andrew, if you've already made up your mind what is the point in posting the debate," says Ashish. "You just post the points supporting DRS as they are (however riduclous they may be) while you counter every point against DRS, if you publish them at all. This is my 3rd one by the way." Yes, I do have an opinion of DRS. It works. Also, most of the comments coming in support it. But, yes, good point. I won't bother next time.

11.55am The Australian players are lingering the boundary edge but the covers still in place.

News from the ECB: Samit Patel and Jonny Bairstow have been released for tonight's Friends Life t20 matches. Will rejoin the squad tomorrow.

Chris: "The 100% standard for DRS appears only to be trotted out by those who dislike it for other reasons as an excuse for getting rid of it. Anybody making a rational assessment would simply look at the question of whether it improves the quality of the decision making process, which it undoubtedly does."

Sundar: "By the way, which DRS are we debating about here? The decision review system, or the Dravid removal system? Enhanced?? You must be kidding!!" You talking about the bootlace incident? The one Dravid didn't even review himself because he thought he'd hit it?

Gert from Belgium adds: "@Aravind: So the game's been played for 130 years, and you think there's no point adding new things in that time? Ok, let's ban helmets, not bother inventing 20/20, go back to 8-ball overs, go back to 2 stumps instead of 3, get rid of 3rd umpires for run-out decisions, and maybe tear down any stadiums built after 1845 while we're at it."

11.50am Mickey Arthur has popped out to the middle to have a word with the two umpires. The covers are still in place not not too many umbrellas up now.

Aravind is back. "@ Philip: Cricket is played from 130 yrs with umpires and so there is no point in adding a new thing called DRS which is not 100% foolproof." Isn't the point that we are getting more correct decisions? [Head meet brick wall]

Dev says: "@Theo and all likely minded peoples- India faced lot many decisions in which they suffered because of wrong decions given after review and hence oppose it. How come it's improving the decision??" Let's clarify, India had a tough time with DRS in the very early days of the system but they seem reluctant to embrace the enhanced version. Lots of people cite the Bell decision at the World Cup - but that was given not out under the parameters set down.

11.45am "It seems as rain is being interrupted by some cricket," says Mudassar.

Phillip in reply Aravind: "Even the umpires are not 100% foolproof. The main aim is to be consistent for both sides, and the DRS will provide that consistency without bias."

And James says: "The ICC believes (on the basis of considerable study) that DRS improves decision making. is it 100% right? Of course not, but that's utterly irrelevant."

Meanwhile, covers on at Wimbledon too although they'll carry on under the Centre Court roof

"To Aravind and all the like-minded, please guys, how did 100% get into this debate?" asks Theo from the UAE. "Nothing will ever be 100%, the question is "Will DRS help to improve the decisions made by the umpires?" And the answer from all the evidence is 'YES!'."

11.37am And off the go again. Rain stopped play.

Here's Aravind: "Reply to John Muir: Do you think DRS is 100% fool proof?? IF not i will tell you one example... If your Govt ban a drug saying it will be harmful and then someother tell you that its not 100% harmful and only 90% harmfull will your govt agree to remove the ban... apply the same logic here.."

"In response to John Muir re DRS," says Alex. "Not every board has money to spurge on expensive DRS and if your suggestion be implemented then there be no international cricket in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, New Zealand and West Indies. India doesnt want to do it so international cricket will shrink to AUS, ENG and SA.. Way to go mate !!" Erm, well, how about the ICC pay for it?

End of over 6 (4 runs) England 15/0 (RR: 2.50)
AN Cook    7* (17b)      CJ McKay    3-1-6-0
IR Bell    4* (19b)      B Lee    3-1-5-0

The players are back and it will be Pat Cummins. Been looking forward to this

6.1

Cummins to Bell, no run, starts full on off stump and driven without much timing into the covers

6.2

Cummins to Bell, no run, back of a length outside off and left alone

6.3

Cummins to Bell, no run, tucked off the body into the leg side

6.4

Cummins to Bell, FOUR, back of a length, Bell goes for the pull and gets a big top edge that flies over the keeper and slips for the first boundary off the bat

6.5

Cummins to Bell, 3 runs, lovely drive, leans onto the front and punches perfectly straight back down the pitch...Doherty chases hard and pulls it in just before the rope. Outfield still quite damp.

6.6

Cummins to Cook, no run, pushed across outside off and left alone...Cummins finding his feet in that first over but the speeds are good

End of over 7 (7 runs) England 22/0 (RR: 3.14)
AN Cook    7* (18b)      PJ Cummins    1-0-7-0
IR Bell    11* (24b 1x4)      CJ McKay    3-1-6-0

7.1

McKay to Bell, no run, full on off stump, sweetly timed drive but he picks out the man at cover

7.2

McKay to Bell, 1 wide, dragged short and wide outside off, Bell chases it and loses his shape on the shot...it's too wide for the umpire

7.2

McKay to Bell, 2 runs, flies off a thick outside edge as Bell drives, it goes in the air for a while but wide of backward point

7.3

McKay to Bell, no run, solid this time from Bell, comes forward and defends with bat and pad together

7.4

McKay to Bell, no run, back of a length and played to the covers

7.5

McKay to Bell, no run, that's a good one, angled into Bell then straightens off the seam...actually beats the edge by quite a distance

7.6

McKay to Bell, no run, fraction to wide this time and Bell pulls his bat inside the line

End of over 8 (3 runs) England 25/0 (RR: 3.12)
IR Bell    13* (30b 1x4)      CJ McKay    4-1-9-0
AN Cook    7* (18b)      PJ Cummins    1-0-7-0

8.1

Cummins to Cook, no run, back of a length, not quite as full as Lee was, and Cook nudges into the leg side

Applause goes round the ground as the sun pokes through

8.2

Cummins to Cook, no run, fuller on off stump and defended with a solid thud to cover

8.3

Cummins to Cook, no run, the speed gun edging towards 90mph as Cook again pushes into the off side

8.4

Cummins to Cook, 1 run, dropped in short and it's quick, Cook goes for the hook and is fortunate that the top edge doesn't carry to fine leg

8.5

Cummins to Bell, no run, back of a length outside off, shapes back into the right hander but he's able to leave

8.6

Cummins to Bell, 1 run, opens the face and runs it down to third man

End of over 9 (2 runs) England 27/0 (RR: 3.00)
IR Bell    14* (32b 1x4)      PJ Cummins    2-0-9-0
AN Cook    8* (22b)      CJ McKay    4-1-9-0

9.1

McKay to Bell, 2 runs, comes towards the bowler who drops it shorter and Bell then pulls through midwicket although doesn't time it cleanly

9.2

McKay to Bell, no run, short of a length, defended to the off side

9.3

McKay to Bell, FOUR, now he opens up through the off side, it was a full delivery and he didn't hold back with a drive which flew in the air but between cover and mid-off

9.4

McKay to Bell, FOUR, what a gem of a shot. A perfect on-drive from Bell as he leans on a full ball with pristine timing. Even on a damp outfield it raced away

The early hard work starting to pay dividends for Bell

9.5

McKay to Bell, no run, drags the length back and Bell defends

9.6

McKay to Bell, no run, beaten as he tries to drive. McKay answers back a touch with that last ball as it swings away nicely to beat the edge

End of over 10 (10 runs) England 37/0 (RR: 3.70)
IR Bell    24* (38b 3x4)      CJ McKay    5-1-19-0
AN Cook    8* (22b)      PJ Cummins    2-0-9-0

We are now out of Powerplay cricket, but doubt the fields will change much

10.1

Cummins to Cook, no run, worked towards midwicket

10.2

Cummins to Cook, no run, offered some width and latches into a cut but picks out backward point

10.3

Cummins to Cook, FOUR, lovely from Cook now, full outside off and he drives it square through the off side picking the gap perfectly. His first boundary.

And here's a thought for the day from George Dobell. "You could argue this start either 1: proves why England are right to go with this opening pair. or 2: why they aren't. I lean to the former."

10.4

Cummins to Cook, 1 run, short ball this time and Cook plays a swivel-pull all along the ground through square leg

10.5

Cummins to Bell, 1 run, a slower delivery which is quite short, Bell runs it down to third man

10.6

Cummins to Cook, no run, another slower ball to end the over and Cook pushes to the off side

End of over 11 (6 runs) England 43/0 (RR: 3.90)
AN Cook    13* (27b 1x4)      PJ Cummins    3-0-15-0
IR Bell    25* (39b 3x4)      CJ McKay    5-1-19-0

Interesting change of bowling now. Xavier Doherty into the attack from the Nursery End.

11.1

Doherty to Bell, 1 run, round the wicket, very full and driven down to long-off

"This is starting to feel like the WI ODI at the Rose Bowl," says David Wright. "We (Australia) need to pinch a wicket soon, otherwise the Bell/Cook combo could really gain momentum."

11.2

Doherty to Cook, 1 run, stays round the wicket to Cook who pushes easily down to long-on

Slip in place (has been since the start of the over)

11.3

Doherty to Bell, 1 run, easily milked down to long-off passed a diving Doherty

11.4

Doherty to Cook, no run, beaten as he tries to cut

11.5

Doherty to Cook, no run, comes forward and works from off stump to square leg

11.6

Doherty to Cook, no run, sweeps firmly from quite wide outside off, connects well but square leg makes a good save

That's it from me for now. Thanks for the feedback (honest). Here's Alan Gardner.

End of over 12 (3 runs) England 46/0 (RR: 3.83)
AN Cook    14* (31b 1x4)      XJ Doherty    1-0-3-0
IR Bell    27* (41b 3x4)      PJ Cummins    3-0-15-0

Howdy everyone. And howdy Shane Watson, who's on for a spell, mullet blowing in the wind ...

12.1

Watson to Bell, no run, length ball, dabbed towards point

12.2

Watson to Bell, FOUR, pitched up on the stumps and whipped smartly in front of midwicket for another sweetly timed boundary for Bell

12.3

Watson to Bell, 1 run, length ball outside off, dropped short on the off side for a quick single

12.4

Watson to Cook, no run, good length, sliding across Cook and leaving him a touch, draws a false stroke - but no edge

12.5

Watson to Cook, 1 run, short and slightly wide, slashed behind point with a workmanlike swing of the arms

12.6

Watson to Bell, no run, tight line on off, good length, defended into off side

That Bell ping through leg brought up to fifty for England - which seemed quite a long way off a few overs back

End of over 13 (6 runs) England 52/0 (RR: 4.00)
IR Bell    32* (45b 4x4)      SR Watson    1-0-6-0
AN Cook    15* (33b 1x4)      XJ Doherty    1-0-3-0

13.1

Doherty to Cook, 1 run, tossed up and swept to deep backward square

13.2

Doherty to Bell, no run, flighted on the stumps, pushed into the off side coming forward

13.3

Doherty to Bell, FOUR, full toss from Doherty and Bell had already reversed the grip, reverse paddling four through the vacant third man area - impudent stuff

13.4

Doherty to Bell, no run, tossed up and driven to cover

13.5

Doherty to Bell, 1 run, length ball on off, tapped short of cover for another one

13.6

Doherty to Cook, FOUR, short and wide, Cook hangs back and slaps this behind point for four more - all looking a lot easier for the English opening pair now

Here's Kurt, with a plan: "Australia need quick wickets, the English middle order is untested territory."

End of over 14 (10 runs) England 62/0 (RR: 4.42)
AN Cook    20* (35b 2x4)      XJ Doherty    2-0-13-0
IR Bell    37* (49b 5x4)      SR Watson    1-0-6-0

Clarke turns back to Lee ...

14.1

Lee to Bell, no run, full and outside off, driven to mid-off on the front foot

14.2

Lee to Bell, no run, tight line, quite full in length again, punched towards cover

Looks like we've seen the last of the swing with the white ball, by the way

14.3

Lee to Bell, no run, back of a length, Bell thinks about pulling but decides against it, ducking his head out of the way

14.4

Lee to Bell, no run, short of a good length again, on the stumps, defended back down the track and Lee fields

14.5

Lee to Bell, 1 run, full and wide, steered through point to the man on the boundary rope

14.6

Lee to Cook, 1 run, short, on the body, nudged into the leg side

"Untested, yes, extremely powerful in last 10 overs, yes," says Alex, presumably in reference to England's enigmatic/marshmallow (delete according to affiliation) middle order

End of over 15 (2 runs) England 64/0 (RR: 4.26)
AN Cook    21* (36b 2x4)      B Lee    4-1-7-0
IR Bell    38* (54b 5x4)      XJ Doherty    2-0-13-0

Australia take the bowling Powerplay, with Watson switching ends to replace Doughy

15.1

Watson to Cook, no run, good length, on the line of off, pushed defensively to cover

15.2

Watson to Cook, 1 run, pitched up outside off, Cook shuffles across and drives to mid-off, who misfields and they pick up one

"Bell's looking good, won't make a hundred though," says Theo. "Will probably slap one straight to cover for 60, as per usual." Haven't you heard? This is Bell MK II, Theo. They've worked out the bugs in the old model

15.3

Watson to Bell, no run, touch short, on the stumps, defended

15.4

Watson to Bell, 2 runs, bit of width and chopped through gully, third man comes round to cut it off

15.5

Watson to Bell, 1 run, in the corridor outside off, driven through cover

15.6

Watson to Cook, 1 run, pitched up on leg stump, clipped through square

And with that, we'll have a drinks break. As if the players haven't seen enough water this morning ...

Here's James: "To be fair, apart from Clarke and Hussey, Australia's middle order is not much to write home about ..." Wait for it, wait for it ... "Unless you're a sitcom conoisseur." Oi, oi!

End of over 16 (5 runs) England 69/0 (RR: 4.31)
AN Cook    23* (39b 2x4)      SR Watson    2-0-11-0
IR Bell    41* (57b 5x4)      B Lee    4-1-7-0

Lee, who's been masterful and miserly thus far today, will continue during the Powerplay

16.1

Lee to Cook, no run, full, almost yorker length, and Cook does well to dig it out in front of middle and off

16.2

Lee to Cook, no run, pitched up and driven into the covers

16.3

Lee to Cook, FOUR, length ball on off, driven through mid-off and George Bailey misfields in Australian-middle-order-sitcom fashion to send the ball skittering away for four

16.4

Lee to Cook, no run, defended in front of the stumps

16.5

Lee to Cook, 1 run, wide of the stumps and cut aerially through the gully region

16.6

Lee to Bell, OUT, oh no, Bell MK II suffers a familiar glitch, hit in front of off and he has to go, no matter how attractive his 41 was! It was another testing ball from Lee, nipping back just a shade and Bell tried to drive back down the pitch, looked like a good call from Aleem Dar and the batsman decides against reviewing

IR Bell lbw b Lee 41 (91m 58b 5x4 0x6) SR: 70.68

A much-needed breakthrough for Australia. And we're going to get a little bit of Cook and Trott batting together (yippee!) ...

End of over 17 (5 runs) England 74/1 (RR: 4.35)
     B Lee    5-1-12-1
AN Cook    28* (44b 3x4)      SR Watson    2-0-11-0

17.1

Watson to Cook, 2 runs, almost two in two! Length ball down the leg side and Cook gets a faint edge on it, the ball hitting Wade's fingertips and running away

Perhaps Wade doesn't want a look at the England middle order after all

17.2

Watson to Cook, no run, defended in front of the stumps

17.3

Watson to Cook, no run, tight line and length, forward defensive

17.4

Watson to Cook, FOUR, too wide this time and Cook hammers a cut shot to the rope, a familiar, thrashing blow

17.5

Watson to Cook, no run, length ball outside off, no stroke

Hot Spot replays, by the way, seem to suggest Bell might have edged that ball from Lee

17.6

Watson to Cook, 1 run, pushed through outside off, edged on to the pads and they nab one

End of over 18 (7 runs) England 81/1 (RR: 4.50)
AN Cook    35* (50b 4x4)      SR Watson    3-0-18-0
IJL Trott    0* (0b)      B Lee    5-1-12-1

18.1

Lee to Cook, 1 run, pitched up on the legs, clipped through square

While we wait for Trotty to take guard, here's Suman, with a good spot: "When Trott came out to bat his total runs is 1921 runs with the highest score of 137, as was Cook's total runs 1921 with highest score of 137. Only difference Cook played 1 match more."

18.2

Lee to Trott, no run, back of a length outside off, played towards point

18.3

Lee to Trott, 1 run, length ball, seaming back a touch from outside off and deflected past leg stump via Trott's inside edge

18.4

Lee to Cook, FOUR, short and Cook is quickly on the pull (not like that - he's a married man) to crash a boundary through square on the leg side

18.5

Lee to Cook, no run, length ball on off, pushed back down the pitch

18.6

Lee to Cook, no run, tight line, gets forward and pushes short of cover

"If Bell had nicked the ball...why he didn't refer," wonders Rahul Arora, "is he even not sure of the accuracy of Hot Spot?" I think he didn't realise he'd nicked it. Pretty sure most batsmen are happy to defer to Hot Spot these days

End of over 19 (6 runs) England 87/1 (RR: 4.57)
AN Cook    40* (54b 5x4)      B Lee    6-1-18-1
IJL Trott    1* (2b)      SR Watson    3-0-18-0

19.1

Watson to Trott, no run, length ball and dabbed into the off side

19.2

Watson to Trott, no run, short and wide, Trott shuffles across and swipes a cut shot ... straight to point on the bounce

19.3

Watson to Trott, no run, pitched up and driven towards midwicket

19.4

Watson to Trott, no run, length ball outside off, Trott gets forward in lugubrious defence

"Are any other England supporters happy for Lee to have bowled 6 overs by now?" chirps Phil. "And are any Australians worried about who is going to be left bowling the closing overs?!"

19.5

Watson to Trott, 1 run, full and wide of off, driven on the front foot to the cover sweeper

19.6

Watson to Cook, no run, full and around off, gets forward and punched to mid-off

Powerplay over, get ready for the Boring Middle Overs, everyone. Cook and Trott settling in for some trench warfare

End of over 20 (1 run) England 88/1 (RR: 4.40)
AN Cook    40* (55b 5x4)      SR Watson    4-0-19-0
IJL Trott    2* (7b)      B Lee    6-1-18-1

Cummins back into the attack

20.1

Cummins to Trott, no run, length ball outside off, pushed into the covers

20.2

Cummins to Trott, 1 run, fuller length, driven through a gap to the man at deep cover

20.3

Cummins to Cook, no run, length ball outside off, lets this one through

20.4

Cummins to Cook, no run, angled across and punched into the off side

20.5

Cummins to Cook, no run, fullish length, outside off and driven straight to mid-off

20.6

Cummins to Cook, OUT, Lord's falls quiet as Cook chases one outside off and nicks off. Cummins has his first international wicket against England (the first of many?) and Australia's bowlers are finally getting the rewards for their disciplined approach

AN Cook c †Wade b Cummins 40 (112m 59b 5x4 0x6) SR: 67.79

Both England openers fall in the forties ... and here's Ravi Bopara, vanguard of the much-debated middle order

End of over 21 (1 run) England 89/2 (RR: 4.23)
     PJ Cummins    4-0-16-1
IJL Trott    3* (9b)      SR Watson    4-0-19-0

Trott's ability to drop anchor could be crucial for England now ...

21.1

Watson to Trott, 2 runs, on the pads and nudged through square, good running garners them a couple

21.2

Watson to Trott, no run, length ball, defended outside off

"In Reply to Phil," replies Wareo, to Phil. "Have you heard of Postman Pat or Mckay? Mckay will be solid at the death...mark my words Lee is about to be rested until the end and Cummins is about to get a trundle..." If that's a trundle I wouldn't want to see a dash

21.3

Watson to Trott, no run, in the corridor outside off, Trott gets forward in defence

21.4

Watson to Trott, no run, off-stump line, good length, tapped into the covers

21.5

Watson to Trott, no run, back of a length, sticks in the pitch a touch and Trott scoops it short of mid-on trying to work the ball square

21.6

Watson to Trott, 1 run, short and wide of off stump, Trott turns it round the corner for a single to square leg

Here's John: "@Rahul Arora, nice try to recruit Bell unbeknownst to your anti-DRS club but I assure you that if he thought that he'd hit the ball he would have reviewed. Some may consider it payback for the one he is said to have knowingly nicked against WI."

End of over 22 (3 runs) England 92/2 (RR: 4.18)
IJL Trott    6* (15b)      SR Watson    5-0-22-0
RS Bopara    0* (0b)      PJ Cummins    4-0-16-1

22.1

Cummins to Trott, 1 run, pitched up outside off, cover drive through the infield for one

22.2

Cummins to Bopara, 1 run, good length ball outside off, Bopara gets forward and opens the face for one down to third man

Excellent point from Hunbbel Meer: "I'm not going to believe the HotSpot if the original decision came from Aleem Dar." Or Robo Dar, as I like to call him

22.3

Cummins to Trott, no run, defended on the front foot outside off

22.4

Cummins to Trott, 1 run, searching for that fuller length, clipped through the covers

22.5

Cummins to Bopara, no run, fierce bouncer, well-directed from Cummins, hits Bopara on the helmet and neck as he turns away

Ouch! But Bopara wears it nonchalantly enough. "He's experienced worse on a night out in Chelmsford," says Gnasher to my right

22.6

Cummins to Bopara, no run, good length ball on the stumps, Bopara gets forward well in defence

End of over 23 (3 runs) England 95/2 (RR: 4.13)
RS Bopara    1* (3b)      PJ Cummins    5-0-19-1
IJL Trott    8* (18b)      SR Watson    5-0-22-0

Another chance for the tweaker, Doherty

23.1

Doherty to Trott, no run, tossed up on middle, tickled to the man at midwicket

23.2

Doherty to Trott, 1 wide, flighted but drifting down leg, Trott misses out with an attempted sweep - but it was a wide

23.2

Doherty to Trott, 1 run, tossed up and punched past midwicket and they put pressure on mid-on to successfully scramble one

23.3

Doherty to Bopara, no run, full and pushed into the covers

23.4

Doherty to Bopara, no run, tossed up outside off, Bopara opens the face and steers to short third man

23.5

Doherty to Bopara, no run, bit of spin, outside off and played to cover

23.6

Doherty to Bopara, 1 run, tossed up and driven to mid-on for one

End of over 24 (3 runs) England 98/2 (RR: 4.08)
RS Bopara    2* (7b)      XJ Doherty    3-0-16-0
IJL Trott    9* (20b)      PJ Cummins    5-0-19-1

24.1

Cummins to Bopara, no run, back of a length and worked to midwicket pressing forward

24.2

Cummins to Bopara, 3 runs, full, angling in on off stump but Bopara flicks the wrists and times the ball like a Rolex back past the bowler

24.3

Cummins to Trott, 1 run, length ball, pushed through covers

24.4

Cummins to Bopara, 1 run, touch full, driven through extra-cover on the front foot

Neil Mulligan isn't a Trott fan, I guess: "'Ability to drop anchor'? are you crazy this is a good platform and you need a busy partnership that will build progressively. Not someone that will eat up deliveries and cant accelerate."

24.5

Cummins to Trott, no run, length ball, played into the off side

24.6

Cummins to Trott, no run, Trott steps away and Cummins spies him, sending down a slower ball wide of off and the batsman is marooned, can't connect

End of over 25 (5 runs) England 103/2 (RR: 4.12)
IJL Trott    10* (23b)      PJ Cummins    6-0-24-1
RS Bopara    6* (10b)      XJ Doherty    3-0-16-0

25.1

Doherty to Bopara, no run, tossed up outside off, pushed to the man at extra-cover

25.2

Doherty to Bopara, 2 runs, shorter length, bit of grip and Bopara cuts fine - possibly via a thick edge - for a couple to third man

25.3

Doherty to Bopara, 1 run, short again, goes back and cuts hard through point to the man on the rope

25.4

Doherty to Trott, FOUR, full and flighted, Trott skips forward and pokes Neil Mulligan right in the eye lofts Doherty straight back down the ground for four

25.5

Doherty to Trott, no run, length ball outside off, flatter delivery, tapped into the off side

25.6

Doherty to Trott, 1 run, full and on leg stump, swept behind square

And with that, I'll pop you back into the loving hands of Gnasher

End of over 26 (8 runs) England 111/2 (RR: 4.26)
IJL Trott    15* (26b 1x4)      XJ Doherty    4-0-24-0
RS Bopara    9* (13b)      PJ Cummins    6-0-24-1

26.1

Cummins to Trott, 1 run, would have been a run-out! Dropped into the off side and they race for a single, Cummins collected in his follow through, turned and threw at the non-striker's end which would have had Trott short

26.2

Cummins to Bopara, no run, played into the leg side

26.3

Cummins to Bopara, no run, beaten! Lovely delivery, full outside off stump and draws Bopara into a drive

26.4

Cummins to Bopara, 1 run, whipped into the leg side from outside off, mid-on moves to his right to field

Still to catchers at gully for Trott

26.5

Cummins to Trott, no run, and one of them is in action as Trott defends a back-of-a-length delivery

26.6

Cummins to Trott, 1 wide, loses his line this time, attempted slower ball which doesn't come out right and is dragged very wide

26.6

Cummins to Trott, 1 run, played late by Trott as he guides it fine of the first gully down to third man

End of over 27 (4 runs) England 115/2 (RR: 4.25)
IJL Trott    17* (29b 1x4)      PJ Cummins    7-0-28-1
RS Bopara    10* (16b)      XJ Doherty    4-0-24-0

27.1

Doherty to Trott, 1 run, sweeps a very full delivery out to deep square

27.2

Doherty to Bopara, no run, touch quicker, angling in towards middle and leg, defended to the off side

27.3

Doherty to Bopara, FOUR, down the pitch and drilled through the off side, but he was nearly done in the flight as Doherty tossed it fuller and wider as he saw Bopara charge but the batsman held his nerve

27.4

Doherty to Bopara, no run, popped in the air towards mid-on...right where one of the catches was previously when the quicks bowled at Bopara earlier

27.5

Doherty to Bopara, 1 run, pushed into the off side

27.6

Doherty to Trott, no run, pushed off the back foot into the covers

End of over 28 (6 runs) England 121/2 (RR: 4.32)
IJL Trott    18* (31b 1x4)      XJ Doherty    5-0-30-0
RS Bopara    15* (20b 1x4)      PJ Cummins    7-0-28-1

Change of bowling and Clint McKay comes back

28.1

McKay to Bopara, OUT, gone! Strikes first ball with a lovely delivery. Squared up Bopara on off stump and the edge flies comfortably to Michael Clarke at slip who is rewarded for still attacking

RS Bopara c Clarke b McKay 15 (24m 21b 1x4 0x6) SR: 71.42

Clarke on the attack with two slips and two gullies for Morgan

28.2

McKay to Morgan, 1 run, off the mark straight away as he drives off the back foot to deep cover

28.3

McKay to Trott, no run, back of a length, defended with soft hands to gully

28.4

McKay to Trott, 1 run, uses his feet to McKay then drives him over cover to the man sweeping on the boundary

28.5

McKay to Morgan, no run, pushed wider outside off and left alone

28.6

McKay to Morgan, no run, closer to off stump but Morgan again opts not to play

Important these two lay a base now for the final 10 overs

End of over 29 (2 runs) England 123/3 (RR: 4.24)
EJG Morgan    1* (3b)      CJ McKay    6-1-21-1
IJL Trott    19* (33b 1x4)      XJ Doherty    5-0-30-0

29.1

Doherty to Trott, 1 run, tossed up on off stump, driven past a diving cover down to long-off

29.2

Doherty to Morgan, 1 run, places this square backward of point

29.3

Doherty to Trott, no run, punched back towards the bowler who dives in his followthrough

29.4

Doherty to Trott, no run, defended off the back foot to the leg side

29.5

Doherty to Trott, no run, drives off a thick outside edge to short third man

29.6

Doherty to Trott, 1 run, dragged down shorter and wider, Trott cuts out to the man in the deep...don't suspect Australia will mind Trott keeping the strike

End of over 30 (3 runs) England 126/3 (RR: 4.20)
IJL Trott    21* (38b 1x4)      XJ Doherty    6-0-33-0
EJG Morgan    2* (4b)      CJ McKay    6-1-21-1

30.1

McKay to Trott, no run, pushed square into the off side

30.2

McKay to Trott, 1 run, goes across his crease and works it through midwicket out to the sweeper

30.3

McKay to Morgan, no run, drives and misses outside off, wasn't that full and he was aiming on the up

30.4

McKay to Morgan, 1 run, on the back foot, opens the face to find the gap

30.5

McKay to Trott, 1 run, a slower ball which is dragged down a touch short and Trott pulls to deep square

30.6

McKay to Morgan, 2 runs, latches onto some width with a front-foot cut which he doesn't time that well and it allows Lee to tidy up from deep cover

End of over 31 (5 runs) England 131/3 (RR: 4.22)
EJG Morgan    5* (7b)      CJ McKay    7-1-26-1
IJL Trott    23* (41b 1x4)      XJ Doherty    6-0-33-0

31.1

Doherty to Trott, no run, nice stuff from Doherty now, draws Trott forward and he pushes to the off side

31.2

Doherty to Trott, no run, half an appeal as Trott squeezes this into the off side

31.3

Doherty to Trott, 3 runs, full on leg side, beautifully whipped away through midwicket...David Hussey makes an athletic dive on the boundary and pulls off a stunning piece of fielding to prevent the boundary. Brilliant effort

31.4

Doherty to Morgan, 1 run, stays round the wicket, worked off middle out to deep midwicket

31.5

Doherty to Trott, no run, lovely bowling, beats Trott with one that turns quite sharply. Australia go for two appeals (stumping and catch) and Clarke then reviews for the caught behind. Hot Spot doesn't show an edge

31.6

Doherty to Trott, 1 run, driven down to long-off

End of over 32 (5 runs) England 136/3 (RR: 4.25)
IJL Trott    27* (46b 1x4)      XJ Doherty    7-0-38-0
EJG Morgan    6* (8b)      CJ McKay    7-1-26-1

Important stage of Trott's innings. Important he doesn't put too much pressure on the other batsmen. Meanwhile, Shane Watson back into the attack

32.1

Watson to Trott, 1 run, back of a length and turned to deep square

32.2

Watson to Morgan, no run, comes across outside off and defends back to the bowler

32.3

Watson to Morgan, 1 run, a full delivery which is nicely driven through the off side

"Smith should be given a whirl," says Herman. "Leggies often have a knack of plucking a wicket from nowhere. And surely Smith hasn't been selected as a specialist bat.."

32.4

Watson to Trott, 2 runs, takes a straight delivery through midwicket with a tuck off his pads

32.5

Watson to Trott, no run, outside off and left alone

32.6

Watson to Trott, 2 runs, comes down the pitch and outside leg to give himself some room and drives through the off side...placed well enough for a brace

And that's drinks with 17 overs to go. England will have to take their batting Powerplay soon.

End of over 33 (6 runs) England 142/3 (RR: 4.30)
IJL Trott    32* (50b 1x4)      SR Watson    6-0-28-0
EJG Morgan    7* (10b)      XJ Doherty    7-0-38-0

33.1

Doherty to Morgan, 2 runs, round the wicket, worked from well outside off through midwicket and placed nicely wide of long-on

33.2

Doherty to Morgan, no run, goes for the cut and misses

33.3

Doherty to Morgan, 1 run, connects this time having jumped extravagantly around the crease...gets a single to deep point

33.4

Doherty to Trott, no run, defended to the off side

33.5

Doherty to Trott, no run, driven out to cover

33.6

Doherty to Trott, 1 run, pushed off the back foot down to long off

Tom says: "I wish all these doubters would give Trott a break, would they rather he tried to play like somenone he isn't and his average and runs go through the floor?! I think not." Just to clarify by earlier point. It was meant to sound critical. Was just stating that you don't what a situation where new batsmen feel they have to swing straight away

End of over 34 (4 runs) England 146/3 (RR: 4.29)
IJL Trott    33* (53b 1x4)      XJ Doherty    8-0-42-0
EJG Morgan    10* (13b)      SR Watson    6-0-28-0

34.1

Watson to Trott, 1 run, back of a length, worked from outside off to midwicket

34.2

Watson to Morgan, 1 run, picks out the gap at midwicket

34.3

Watson to Trott, 1 run, aggression from Trott, again steps to leg to open up the off side and drills his shot out to the cover sweeper

34.4

Watson to Morgan, no run, outside off and left alone

34.5

Watson to Morgan, no run, on off stump, leans forward and defends to the off side

34.6

Watson to Morgan, no run, driven off the back foot and picks out cover

End of over 35 (3 runs) England 149/3 (RR: 4.25)
EJG Morgan    11* (17b)      SR Watson    7-0-31-0
IJL Trott    35* (55b 1x4)      XJ Doherty    8-0-42-0

Could be make-or-break time for the innings. It's the batting Powerplay. Pat Cummins back into the attack

35.1

Cummins to Trott, 1 run, starts full outside and driven to deep cover

Slip in place

35.2

Cummins to Morgan, no run, back of a length on off stump, defended to the covers

35.3

Cummins to Morgan, no run, fuller on middle and off, worked down to mid-on

35.4

Cummins to Morgan, no run, beaten for pace as he goes for a cut...perhaps wasn't as wide as Morgan thought

35.5

Cummins to Morgan, 1 run, flicked in the air through midwicket but it's just a single

35.6

Cummins to Trott, no run, drives square on the off side and well fielded by point...excellent over from Cummins

End of over 36 (2 runs) England 151/3 (RR: 4.19)
IJL Trott    36* (57b 1x4)      PJ Cummins    8-0-30-1
EJG Morgan    12* (21b)      SR Watson    7-0-31-0

"I am a Trott believer, but it does create issues at times - and now might be one of them," says Tim. "England has to take the power play, which potentially means that Trott's supply of easy singles dries up. Will he be able to change through the gears to take advantage of the PP?"

36.1

Lee to Morgan, FOUR, nicely played, taken from outside off stump with a turn of the wrists. It beats mid-on and a laboured McKay can't catch it

36.2

Lee to Morgan, no run, pulls the length back a little and pushed firmly to cover

36.3

Lee to Morgan, 1 run, cut in the air through gully and reaches third man in a flash

36.4

Lee to Trott, 1 run, a full toss outside off stump takes Trott by surprise but he ends up playing it quite well down to third man...as though he didn't pick up that delivery

Very close to being a no-ball on height. Replays suggest it should have been.

36.5

Lee to Morgan, no run, defended back towards the bowler

36.6

Lee to Morgan, no run, ooh, he nearly chops this into the stumps but the bottom edges scoots past Wade to fine leg

End of over 37 (6 runs) England 157/3 (RR: 4.24)
EJG Morgan    17* (26b 1x4)      B Lee    7-1-24-1
IJL Trott    37* (58b 1x4)      PJ Cummins    8-0-30-1

37.1

Cummins to Trott, 1 run, another occasion when Trott gives himself room by coming down outside leg stump but can only slice this to deep cover

37.2

Cummins to Morgan, 1 run, now Morgan uses his feet too, Cummins responds by dragging the length back and it's cut to third man

37.3

Cummins to Trott, no run, dropped was driven firmly back to the bowler but Cummins couldn't hold on

37.4

Cummins to Trott, FOUR, very wide and Trott finally latches onto one with timing and placement as he dispatches it away from deep cover

37.5

Cummins to Trott, 1 run, short of a length, Trott hangs on the back foot and opens the face

37.6

Cummins to Morgan, SIX, big blow! Morgan breaks free by launching a full delivery high straight down the ground and it comfortably clears the boundary

"To all the Trott bashers...S/R 64, Morgan S/R 66. Why isn't anyone moaning about Morgan then?" asks Matthew Vincent. That last ball might explain why. General feeling is that Morgan can more easily move through the gears unlike Trott. Both have key roles to play and Trott doing his job okay right now.

End of over 38 (13 runs) England 170/3 (RR: 4.47)
EJG Morgan    24* (28b 1x4 1x6)      PJ Cummins    9-0-43-1
IJL Trott    43* (62b 2x4)      B Lee    7-1-24-1

38.1

Lee to Trott, 1 run, guided down to third man

38.2

Lee to Morgan, 2 runs, full and wide, driven in the air over backward point with an open face and more excellent work on the boundary, this time by Cummins, to save the boundary as he flicks it back to his team-mate

38.3

Lee to Morgan, 1 run, pushed square through point

38.4

Lee to Trott, FOUR, driven off a thick outside edge and it races fine of third man...another useful boundary, some momentum building

38.5

Lee to Trott, 2 runs, angled backward of point and good running brings two to take him to another half-century, this one off 65 balls

38.6

Lee to Trott, 2 runs, sweetly driven through the off side, the sweeper is square and can't cut off the second...12 off the over, to go with 13 off the previous one

Trott and Morgan enjoying pace on the ball. Maybe Watson worth a go? "I like Trott but I wish his timing was as good as Matthew Vincent's," says Dan

End of over 39 (12 runs) England 182/3 (RR: 4.66)
IJL Trott    52* (66b 3x4)      B Lee    8-1-36-1
EJG Morgan    27* (30b 1x4 1x6)      PJ Cummins    9-0-43-1

Shane Watson is back. I don't have a direct line to Clarke

39.1

Watson to Morgan, 1 run, pushed into the off side

39.2

Watson to Trott, no run, opens the face with soft hands into the off side but point is in quickly

39.3

Watson to Trott, 1 run, full outside off and driven out to cover

39.4

Watson to Morgan, 1 wide, full outside leg stump and he doesn't get away with it

39.4

Watson to Morgan, 1 run, worked into the leg side, Watson chases himself and dives but can't prevent the single

39.5

Watson to Trott, 1 run, down the pitch and driven out to the cover sweeper

"@Andrew: What was that little piece of cloth somebody waved to Clarke, after reading you Commentary about Watson?" says Amjad. Ha, well, occasionally I make a valid point. Not often, I admit!

39.6

Watson to Morgan, 2 runs, cut through backward point and these two have run well together

That was a good Powerplay for England. For the final 10 overs it's back to Alan who has just finished his lunch

End of over 40 (7 runs) England 189/3 (RR: 4.72)
EJG Morgan    31* (33b 1x4 1x6)      SR Watson    8-0-38-0
IJL Trott    54* (69b 3x4)      B Lee    8-1-36-1

Hello there. A quiet Powerplay is a good Powerplay. That was the ICC's idea when they introduced them, right? Xavier Doherty's back, last ten overs, let's have some FUN!

40.1

Doherty to Trott, OUT, tossed up on leg stump and bowled him! Trott simply missed with an attempted glance through the on side, almost yorking himself as the ball dipped and slipped under the bat to break the wicket

IJL Trott b Doherty 54 (100m 70b 3x4 0x6) SR: 77.14

Might not be the worst time to lose Trott, in all honesty. Kieswetter and his stick of TNT to the crease ...

40.2

Doherty to Kieswetter, no run, full and on the stumps, studied forward defensive

40.3

Doherty to Kieswetter, no run, flighted around off, pushed to extra-cover

40.4

Doherty to Kieswetter, no run, tight line, full and straight, driven back to the bowler

40.5

Doherty to Kieswetter, 1 run, touch shorter, Kieswetter goes back and slashes hard , Smith leaps to his left at extra-cover to make a terrific stop and limit them to one

40.6

Doherty to Morgan, 1 run, tossed up and across, worked from in front of off through midwicket

"That was a very good innings from Trott to build a nice platform for Morgan and Kieswetter to tonk on! It's gonna rain sixes Aussies!!" Nick, for one, is happy (though it might just be down to E numbers)

End of over 41 (2 runs) England 191/4 (RR: 4.65)
EJG Morgan    32* (34b 1x4 1x6)      XJ Doherty    9-0-44-1
C Kieswetter    1* (4b)      SR Watson    8-0-38-0

Mckay back at the other end ... Still a burst of peroxide, in the shape of Lee, to come too

41.1

McKay to Morgan, 1 run, touch short, pushed across as Morgan steps out and angles the ball through point for one

41.2

McKay to Kieswetter, no run, length ball outside, coming back a touch, Kieswetter offers no stroke

41.3

McKay to Kieswetter, no run, touch short of a good length, angled in towards the stumps, dabbed into the on side

41.4

McKay to Kieswetter, no run, good length, just outside off, Kieswetter advances and attempts to mow the ball down the ground ... but fails to get ball on bat

41.5

McKay to Kieswetter, no run, shorter length, stays back and defends

41.6

McKay to Kieswetter, 1 run, pitched up outside off and driven square to the cover sweeper

Good, tight over from McKay. England aiming for 250, Australia will hope to keep them around 230, I reckon

End of over 42 (2 runs) England 193/4 (RR: 4.59)
C Kieswetter    2* (9b)      CJ McKay    8-1-28-1
EJG Morgan    33* (35b 1x4 1x6)      XJ Doherty    9-0-44-1

42.1

Doherty to Kieswetter, 1 run, tossed up on leg, nurdled through midwicket

42.2

Doherty to Morgan, 1 run, gives it some air, outside off and Morgan goes down on one knee, doesn't quite connect with the slog-sweep and they get one to deep midwicket

42.3

Doherty to Kieswetter, 1 run, full and one the stumps, straightening a touch, chipped down the ground

42.4

Doherty to Morgan, 1 run, length ball, sliding across, goes back and late cuts

Here's Mark: "Kieswetter certainly taken Trott's place - and his strike rate!"

42.5

Doherty to Kieswetter, 1 run, full and flighted on the stumps, Kieswetter drills a shot at extra-cover

42.6

Doherty to Morgan, 1 run, length ball, cut behind point

End of over 43 (6 runs) England 199/4 (RR: 4.62)
EJG Morgan    36* (38b 1x4 1x6)      XJ Doherty    10-0-50-1
C Kieswetter    5* (12b)      CJ McKay    8-1-28-1

"I must've misunderstood the TNT metaphor," says Louis, "but 2 off 9 is hardly explosive." I fear it is I, not you, who is mistaken, Louis

43.1

McKay to Morgan, FOUR, pitched up outside odd, Morgan narrows the gap and slams a lusty drive between mid-off and extra-cover for four, fierce stuff

43.2

McKay to Morgan, 1 run, on the stumps and worked to mid-on this time

43.3

McKay to Kieswetter, 1 run, back of a length, dropped into the off side for one

43.4

McKay to Morgan, 1 run, full and wide, dribbled back down the ground to long-off

43.5

McKay to Kieswetter, 1 run, slower ball outside off, patted through the covers

43.6

McKay to Morgan, 1 run, full and tickled into the off side for another single

England need a dose of what my friend calls "oompetus" (think oomph and impetus combined) here

End of over 44 (9 runs) England 208/4 (RR: 4.72)
EJG Morgan    43* (42b 2x4 1x6)      CJ McKay    9-1-37-1
C Kieswetter    7* (14b)      XJ Doherty    10-0-50-1

"Australia have been excellent in the field, consistency like England coupled with the amazing stops we have always had a thing for," observes PDTM. "I don't think Smith deserves a place in the team, but you would rather have him fielding than not."

Cummins back into the attack, with Doherty (1-50) bowled out

44.1

Cummins to Morgan, FOUR, short and shovelled wristily over square leg, that fair flew out of the middle, dying half a yard in front of the rope

44.2

Cummins to Morgan, 2 runs, bumper again and this time Morgan trampolines it towards third man with the open face of the bat, Wade makes very good ground getting across but can't quite pull off what would have been a stunning catch

44.3

Cummins to Morgan, 1 run, slower ball from Cummins, fiddled off the hips into the leg side - and that's a nifty fifty for Morgan, at more than a run a ball

44.4

Cummins to Kieswetter, 1 run, length outside off, driven through the covers

44.5

Cummins to Morgan, 1 run, slow bouncer this time, Morgan swivels and guides it round the corner to long leg

44.6

Cummins to Kieswetter, 1 run, another slower delivery, Kieswetter waits on it and dabs wide of short third man, who pulls it in but not before they get one

End of over 45 (10 runs) England 218/4 (RR: 4.84)
C Kieswetter    9* (16b)      PJ Cummins    10-0-53-1
EJG Morgan    51* (46b 3x4 1x6)      CJ McKay    9-1-37-1

Here's Richard: "The calls for TNT etc. are premature. England are gathering runs quite nicely and accelerating in a controlled way. 250 should be a doddle; 260+ a possibility."

Hmmm, we'll see. Last over from McKay ...

45.1

McKay to Kieswetter, 1 run, full and straight, punched through the leg side with a flick of the wrists

45.2

McKay to Morgan, no run, takes the pace off it, little bit short and wide but Morgan's flashing blade only finds the man at point

45.3

McKay to Morgan, 2 runs, pitched up outside off, Morgan manufactures a drive the infield, out to wide long-on, and they scamper a couple

45.4

McKay to Morgan, 1 run, pitched up outside off and drilled down the ground

Morgan definitely going for boundaries now, good response from McKay

45.5

McKay to Kieswetter, no run, slower ball, out the back off the hand, completely befuddles Kieswetter, who misses with a pulled and the ball bounces over the stumps

45.6

McKay to Kieswetter, 2 runs, another slower one, this time clubbed into a gap in front of deep midwicket, good running brings a couple

"Who'd have thought it? Cummins (10-0-53-1), the great white hope of Australian bowling, out-bowled by Xavier Who (10-0-50-1)?," pipes up Tim. "Lies, damned lies and statistics or is Doherty really Warne's heir in waiting?!!"

End of over 46 (6 runs) England 224/4 (RR: 4.86)
C Kieswetter    12* (19b)      CJ McKay    10-1-43-1
EJG Morgan    54* (49b 3x4 1x6)      PJ Cummins    10-0-53-1

Lee back into the attack, approaching the wicket like a great white in sight of the beach ...

46.1

Lee to Morgan, no run, full and straight, Morgan can't quite dig it out and Lee fields

46.2

Lee to Morgan, 1 run, pitched up wide of the stumps, chopped through cover-point to the man in the deep

46.3

Lee to Kieswetter, 1 run, another wide full-bunger from Lee, Kieswetter practically falls over bringing his bat down to squeeze the ball away square on the off side

46.4

Lee to Morgan, no run, bouncer but taking the pace off it, Morgan had stepped away and is foxed, no stroke played as the ball loops past

46.5

Lee to Morgan, SIX, full toss and this time Morgan does connect, bunting a maximum over wide long-on

46.6

Lee to Morgan, SIX, and he goes again! This one was only fractionally overpitched but Morgan stepped out and swiped Lee back over the rope, the same part of the ground, rather undoing all the bowler's good work in that over

End of over 47 (14 runs) England 238/4 (RR: 5.06)
EJG Morgan    67* (54b 3x4 3x6)      B Lee    9-1-50-1
C Kieswetter    13* (20b)      CJ McKay    10-1-43-1

Watson on to finish his allocation ...

47.1

Watson to Kieswetter, FOUR, and after more than a few sighters, Kieswetter follows Morgan's example by stepping away and crashing the ball back over the bowler's head

47.2

Watson to Kieswetter, 1 run, full and straight, dug out towards long-off

47.3

Watson to Morgan, SIX, length ball on middle and Morgan unleashes again, spearing the ball over the rope on the up out towards deep square leg - this is sixy hitting, all right

47.4

Watson to Morgan, 2 runs, full length, skips out and lofts over mid-on, well fielded on the bounce in the deep but they steal two

47.5

Watson to Morgan, 2 runs, pitched up wide of off, jams his bat down and it runs towards mid-off, the fielder on the boundary is a bit slow to react and they again hustle for two

47.6

Watson to Morgan, FOUR, overpitched, drilled low along the surface, very fine straight back past the bowler and beats the dive of long-off

19 off the over and somewhere up on the balcony Alastair Cook is smiling

End of over 48 (19 runs) England 257/4 (RR: 5.35)
EJG Morgan    81* (58b 4x4 4x6)      SR Watson    9-0-57-0
C Kieswetter    18* (22b 1x4)      B Lee    9-1-50-1

48.1

Lee to Kieswetter, 1 run, pitched up outside off, Kieswetter steps out and across, thinking to slog, changes his mind and deflects the ball short on the off side

48.2

Lee to Morgan, 1 run, pitched up wide of off, dragged back down the pitch for a single to long-off

"Australia seemed to have restricted England nicely but their death bowling seems to be hurting them as usual," says Gopes

48.3

Lee to Kieswetter, no run, yorker-length outside off, Kieswetter again looking to free his arms and can only chop into the off side

Precious dot ball from Lee, who's still fighting like the gnarled pro he is

48.4

Lee to Kieswetter, 1 run, length ball outside off, slapped through the cover region

48.5

Lee to Morgan, no run, round the wicket, full and wide, might have taken the pace off a bit and Morgan misses with a big old yahoo

"Did Watto just concede 19 runs off one over to England's unbalanced 5th wicket partnership?? Surely shome mishtake," haw-haws Javed

48.6

Lee to Morgan, FOUR, full and well wide, this time Morgan gets under it, the ball slicing away off the toe of the bat, over gully and skipping to the boundary

Well, the explosions haven't been provided by Kieswetter but England are blowing up nicely now ...

End of over 49 (7 runs) England 264/4 (RR: 5.38)
EJG Morgan    86* (61b 5x4 4x6)      B Lee    10-1-57-1
C Kieswetter    20* (25b 1x4)      SR Watson    9-0-57-0

Final over, can Aus keep it respectable? Wade up to the stumps

49.1

Watson to Kieswetter, no run, full toss, whacked back at Watson and he takes a nasty blow on the fingertips

49.2

Watson to Kieswetter, FOUR, length ball and Kieswetter turns inventor, going down on one knee to flip the ball over his head for four down to long leg

49.3

Watson to Kieswetter, 1 run, pitched up outside off, drilled through the covers

49.4

Watson to Morgan, 2 runs, another full toss, hoicked out towards deep midwicket, who runs around and fields on the bounce

49.5

Watson to Morgan, 1 run, pitched up, angled across, chopped down to long-on

49.6

Watson to Kieswetter, OUT, length ball, Kieswetter hits on the up but it goes straight up, long-off comes scampering in from the boundary and takes a well-judged diving catch

C Kieswetter c Warner b Watson 25 (41m 29b 2x4 0x6) SR: 86.20

3.25pm: That wraps up the England innings, with 54 runs coming off the last five overs. Morgan provided the spark, after the solid foundations built by Cook, Bell and Trott - exactly to plan, in other words. After a searching few overs with the new balls in helpful conditions, and having dismissed the top three without sustaining too much damage (not to mention winning the toss), Australia might feel they let things get a bit away from them ... but you never know what a par score is until both sides have batted. Alex Winter will be here in around half an hour to draw you a clearer picture.

End of over 50 (8 runs) England 272/5
     SR Watson    10-0-65-1
EJG Morgan    89* (63b 5x4 4x6)      B Lee    10-1-57-1
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