NatWest Series [Australia in England] - 2nd ODI

England v Australia

England won by 6 wickets (with 26 balls remaining)

Here we go then, Steven Finn to open the bowling to Shane Watson...

"I'm very sorry to hear that Pat Cummins is out of the tour, injured yet again. The prospect of having discovered a new Dennis Lillee was thrilling, but unfortunately it seems Australia might have discovered a new Ryan Harris." Indeed disappointing John, hopefully he's a young man who will get stronger and more resistant to injury. James Anderson remember was very injury prone in his early days and is now the best in the world...

Alastair Cook says England would have bowled first, interesting. No worries for their team with a straight swap, Dernbach for Anderson with Jade coming in on his home ground and he will be desperate to impress.

Positive signs for England would you say with these team changes for Australia? Obviously the injury to Cummins can't be helped but the change of Smith for Forrest is obviously designed to bolster their batting, fearful of England's powerful bowling line-up?

10.30am Let's confirm the teams then...
England Bell, Cook, Trott, Bopara, Morgan, Kieswetter, Bresnan, Broad, Swann, Dernbach, Finn
Australia Watson, Warner, Forrest, Clarke, Hussey, Bailey, Wade, Johnson, Lee, McKay, Doherty

10.15am Australia won the toss and will bat Peter Forrest replaces Steve Smith and Johnson confirmed as Cummins' replacement. For England, Jade Dernbach on his home ground comes in for James Anderson.

10.00am Good morning and welcome to coverage of the second NatWest one-day international between England and Australia from The Oval. England took the honours at Lord's with another impressive all-round display, but there isn't much to choose between the two teams.

The early news from the ground is that Pat Cummins is out of the tour. That's a big blow for Australia and adds to the concerns about the strain on his body at a young age. No replacement has been called into the squad. The word is that Mitchell Johnson could play today. There is also doubt of James Anderson, who has a groin strain, with Jade Dernbach favourite to replace him. We'll confirm the teams shortly.

0.1

Finn to Watson, 1 leg bye, full and off the pads to square leg

And David Warner opening with Watson...

0.2

Finn to Warner, FOUR, terrible delivery, wide full toss and hammered through point for four

0.3

Finn to Warner, no run, much better, on a length just outside off and left alone

0.4

Finn to Warner, no run, back of a length on a similar line and blocked back up the wicket

0.5

Finn to Warner, no run, tucked to point from a similar delivery

0.6

Finn to Warner, no run, ends with a good one, shaping away from Warner and beating his defensive push from the crease

End of over 1 (5 runs) Australia 5/0 (RR: 5.00)
DA Warner    4* (5b 1x4)      ST Finn    1-0-4-0
SR Watson    0* (1b)     

Trusting Jade Dernbach to open from the Vauxhall End, right move for me, put your faith in him...

1.1

Dernbach to Watson, 1 run, full and the ball shaping away, Watson forward to angle down to third man

1.2

Dernbach to Warner, no run, full and wide, Warner chased it, swung and missed

Good idea to Warner early in those areas, goes without the feet to try and drive that...

1.3

Dernbach to Warner, no run, tighter line and blocked into the covers

1.4

Dernbach to Warner, no run, length outside off and left alone

1.5

Dernbach to Warner, no run, wide and perhaps not short enough to cut and Warner just slaps it into the ground

1.6

Dernbach to Warner, no run, length and this comes back to strike the pad, a brief cry for lbw but too high, good delivery that

Dernbach will take that opening set...

End of over 2 (1 run) Australia 6/0 (RR: 3.00)
DA Warner    4* (10b 1x4)      JW Dernbach    1-0-1-0
SR Watson    1* (2b)      ST Finn    1-0-4-0

2.1

Finn to Watson, 1 run, full and clipped powerfully not wide enough of mid on who slides and saves well to his right

Watson gets off strike first ball of the over again...

2.2

Finn to Warner, no run, a cracker, squaring Warner up and beating him outside the off stump, great length and left him

2.3

Finn to Warner, 1 run, full and striking the pad, the umpire doesn't signal anything so reckons Warner hit this, was close otherwise, might have missed off stump anyway but he did hit it, another excellent delivery

2.4

Finn to Watson, 1 run, another good length, Watson forward to drive gets an inside edge past the stumps to square leg

2.5

Finn to Warner, no run, back of a length, Warner stays back and blocks

2.6

Finn to Warner, 1 leg bye, too straight now and off the pad wide of Kieswetter for a single

End of over 3 (4 runs) Australia 10/0 (RR: 3.33)
DA Warner    5* (14b 1x4)      ST Finn    2-0-7-0
SR Watson    3* (4b)      JW Dernbach    1-0-1-0

This little bit of movement is the reason Cook wanted to bowl first...

3.1

Dernbach to Warner, no run, full again causes problems for Warner, he swings across a full straight ball that just misses the inside edge and the off stump

3.2

Dernbach to Warner, no run, length and pushed to point

3.3

Dernbach to Warner, no run, short and pulled to mid on, wasn't timed

3.4

Dernbach to Warner, FOUR, pulled again towards mid on but this goes under Cook and away for four, probably wasn't a chance but it was an awkward one that he couldn't get behind

3.5

Dernbach to Warner, 1 run, full outside off played forward off the outer half of the bat to third man, Finn scrambles well to save two

3.6

Dernbach to Watson, no run, off stump and blocked

End of over 4 (5 runs) Australia 15/0 (RR: 3.75)
SR Watson    3* (5b)      JW Dernbach    2-0-6-0
DA Warner    10* (19b 2x4)      ST Finn    2-0-7-0

A reasonable start for both teams, England have probed away well and will desperately like an early wicket...

4.1

Finn to Warner, OUT, and there is the wicket! Pulled straight up and into the hands of square leg. It was short and slightly wide, Warner tried to fetch it to leg and was late on the stroke, getting a top edge that looped up to square leg. Big wicket for England and the extra pace of Finn tells again

DA Warner c Bell b Finn 10 (18m 20b 2x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Now Peter Forrest, big challenge for him...but they crossed so Watson back on strike...

4.2

Finn to Watson, no run, forward to drive powerfully to mid off

4.3

Finn to Watson, 1 run, back of a length and guided down nicely to third man

4.4

Finn to Forrest, no run, angled in, off the pad down the leg side but no shot offered so dead ball

4.5

Finn to Forrest, no run, half-forward to block into the covers just outside off stump

4.6

Finn to Forrest, no run, striking the pad again as Forrest looked to turn a length ball to leg

End of over 5 (1 run) Australia 16/1 (RR: 3.20)
PJ Forrest    0* (3b)      ST Finn    3-0-8-1
SR Watson    4* (7b)      JW Dernbach    2-0-6-0

5.1

Dernbach to Watson, FOUR, full and leg side and whipped past midwicket, poor ball nicely put away

5.2

Dernbach to Watson, no run, full and driven at, edged and dropped in the gully and it's Trott to put the catch down. It was angled in and the drive produced a very thick edge but a diving Trott couldn't hold it going to his right, it was a good height and a bad miss

5.3

Dernbach to Watson, no run, forward to block on off stump

5.4

Dernbach to Watson, FOUR, oh lovely, just guided away from a length outside off past point, super timing

5.5

Dernbach to Watson, FOUR, and now cut for four more, that was short and wide and hammered away

Already proving a costly drop...

5.6

Dernbach to Watson, no run, length and blocked around off stump

End of over 6 (12 runs) Australia 28/1 (RR: 4.66)
SR Watson    16* (13b 3x4)      JW Dernbach    3-0-18-0
PJ Forrest    0* (3b)      ST Finn    3-0-8-1

That would been an excellent second wicket for England, alas we move on...

6.1

Finn to Forrest, no run, off stump and blocked coming forward

6.2

Finn to Forrest, no run, forward and blocked to point, better footwork

6.3

Finn to Forrest, no run, back of a length now and blocked

6.4

Finn to Forrest, no run, blocked in a similar region

6.5

Finn to Forrest, 1 run, little straight and whipped out to long leg

6.6

Finn to Watson, 1 wide, short and drifts down leg side for a wide, was that actually out of the batsman's reach? Seemed to be very close to leg stump but rules are rules

6.6

Finn to Watson, no run, forward blocking on a length on off stump

End of over 7 (2 runs) Australia 30/1 (RR: 4.28)
SR Watson    16* (14b 3x4)      ST Finn    4-0-10-1
PJ Forrest    1* (8b)      JW Dernbach    3-0-18-0

Expensive last over, Dernbach under a little bit of pressure, primarily because the catch was dropped of his bowling...

7.1

Dernbach to Forrest, no run, bumper and swayed outside the line

7.2

Dernbach to Forrest, no run, wide of off stump and Forrest goes a long way out to follow it as it just shaped away, a goodun

7.3

Dernbach to Forrest, no run, length around off stump, blocked to midwicket

7.4

Dernbach to Forrest, no run, fuller and blocked to mid off

7.5

Dernbach to Forrest, no run, full and driven again to mid off

7.6

Dernbach to Forrest, no run, blocked with soft hands around off stump

And that's a maiden, good over...

End of over 8 (maiden) Australia 30/1 (RR: 3.75)
PJ Forrest    1* (14b)      JW Dernbach    4-1-18-0
SR Watson    16* (14b 3x4)      ST Finn    4-0-10-1

"Anderson's absence again proving costly in the field. Trott wasn't great during the warm-ups and it's carried onto the field," says Gnasher at The Oval for us today...

8.1

Finn to Watson, 1 run, back of a length, tried to be guided to third man again, comes off high on the pad and towards slip who parries on the bounce

8.2

Finn to Forrest, 1 run, turned off a length to long leg

8.3

Finn to Watson, no run, forward and blocked around off stump

8.4

Finn to Watson, 1 run, guided to third man from quite a tight line, stayed leg side of the ball and chopped it down

8.5

Finn to Forrest, 1 wide, leg side wide

8.5

Finn to Forrest, no run, blocked around off stump

8.6

Finn to Forrest, no run, left this time outside off

End of over 9 (4 runs) Australia 34/1 (RR: 3.77)
PJ Forrest    2* (17b)      ST Finn    5-0-14-1
SR Watson    18* (17b 3x4)      JW Dernbach    4-1-18-0

You guys are laying into Peter Forrest a little too soon. He's playing patiently but it's early days and England are bowling well, so long as he's got a few more gears for later on...first change and Dernbach is replaced by Tim Bresnan...

9.1

Bresnan to Watson, FOUR, starts with a wide loosener and gets slapped through extra cover

9.2

Bresnan to Watson, no run, full and driven again, the stumps do the fielding at the non-striker's end

9.3

Bresnan to Watson, 1 run, played forward towards mid on and they scamper through for a sharp single

9.4

Bresnan to Forrest, 3 runs, this is better for Forrest, flicked wide of mid on for three on the front foot

9.5

Bresnan to Watson, FOUR, leg side and tickled for four

9.6

Bresnan to Watson, no run, forward and blocked around off stump

Expensive start by Bresnan...

End of over 10 (12 runs) Australia 46/1 (RR: 4.60)
SR Watson    27* (22b 5x4)      TT Bresnan    1-0-12-0
PJ Forrest    5* (18b)      ST Finn    5-0-14-1

A double change with Stuart Broad now into the attack...

10.1

Broad to Forrest, 2 runs, full on middle and leg and flicked behind square on the leg side

10.2

Broad to Forrest, no run, forward and blocked to mid off

10.3

Broad to Forrest, 1 run, leg stump and worked to deep square leg

10.4

Broad to Watson, no run, nice-looking drive and blocked by Broad getting down low well

10.5

Broad to Watson, no run, back of a length, tried to be pulled but he played over the top of it, wasn't quite short enough

10.6

Broad to Watson, no run, length and pushed to point from outside off

End of over 11 (3 runs) Australia 49/1 (RR: 4.45)
SR Watson    27* (25b 5x4)      SCJ Broad    1-0-3-0
PJ Forrest    8* (21b)      TT Bresnan    1-0-12-0

49 for 1 in the Powerplay, not a blistering start but Australia could be at least one more down, so they'll be content, England would have liked another...

11.1

Bresnan to Forrest, no run, length outside off and pushed to point

A few umbrellas going up...

11.2

Bresnan to Forrest, 2 runs, length and worked down to long leg, Finn comes across quickly to field

12pm Looks lovely and sunny now, all the sheets have been hauled off and we're looking to get going again in the next few minutes...ah yes back come the players...Bresnan to get us restarted...

Official word is a 12.05pm restart...just get them back out there...

11.45am Covers coming off now so hopefully won't be too long until we're back out there...hoping to restart at 12pm but a tad more drizzle has returned...but now the sun looks to be out! Typical British weather...

Heavier ran now reports Gnasher, it will probably blow over quickly...but the covers are being ushered on so a brief delay here...it looks pretty bright and the radar is for the chance of showers only so I'd be surprised if there's any more than a 15 minute break...

11.3

Bresnan to Forrest, no run, length outside off and pushed to point

11.4

Bresnan to Forrest, 1 run, worked from middle and leg down to long leg

11.5

Bresnan to Watson, no run, length on middle and off, coming forward to block

11.6

Bresnan to Watson, 1 run, little bit of width and a back of a length ball chopped to third man

End of over 12 (4 runs) Australia 53/1 (RR: 4.41)
SR Watson    28* (27b 5x4)      TT Bresnan    2-0-16-0
PJ Forrest    11* (25b)      SCJ Broad    1-0-3-0

And Broad to resume...

12.1

Broad to Watson, no run, off stump line, tucked to midwicket with a typically-Watson big stride forward

12.2

Broad to Watson, no run, played back up the wicket to a length ball

12.3

Broad to Watson, 2 runs, length and dropped through midwicket, they scramble well for two

12.4

Broad to Watson, 2 runs, driven off an inside edge past the stumps to long leg, Bresnan slides and saves the boundary

12.5

Broad to Watson, 2 leg byes, leg side, off the pad and they take two more, excellent running again

12.6

Broad to Watson, FOUR, width outside off on a length and a lovely stroke through extra cover for four

End of over 13 (10 runs) Australia 63/1 (RR: 4.84)
SR Watson    36* (33b 6x4)      SCJ Broad    2-0-11-0
PJ Forrest    11* (25b)      TT Bresnan    2-0-16-0

Watson quickly back into touch...

13.1

Bresnan to Forrest, no run, tucked to midwicket from a full length

13.2

Bresnan to Forrest, 1 run, wide of off stump and guided to third man

13.3

Bresnan to Watson, no run, played forward and blocked to cover

13.4

Bresnan to Watson, 1 run, dropped in front of mid off and they take a quick single

50 stand in 57 balls, good little stand so far...

13.5

Bresnan to Forrest, no run, bumper and ducked

13.6

Bresnan to Forrest, no run, played forward towards mid off for no run

End of over 14 (2 runs) Australia 65/1 (RR: 4.64)
PJ Forrest    12* (29b)      TT Bresnan    3-0-18-0
SR Watson    37* (35b 6x4)      SCJ Broad    2-0-11-0

14.1

Broad to Watson, 1 run, length turned down to long leg

Paul Collingwood's in the stand, a fresh beverage in hand...

14.2

Broad to Forrest, OUT, great catch! And Broad strikes, it was dug in and Forrest looked to pull, it came off the face of the bat and a diving Kieswetter snaffled it with one hand, superb take. Seemed to be beaten for pace there Forrest, he looked to help it on its way but ended up brushing it behind where he was very well taken

PJ Forrest c †Kieswetter b Broad 12 (42m 30b 0x4 0x6) SR: 40.00

So now the Australian skipper...

14.3

Broad to Clarke, no run, bumper and ducked

14.4

Broad to Clarke, no run, length and pushed into the covers

Been in superb touch Michael Clarke...

14.5

Broad to Clarke, no run, down the leg side, brushes the body and falls short of the keeper

14.6

Broad to Clarke, (no ball) 1 run, no-ball and pulled out to deep square leg

So now a free hit...the can change the field because they crossed...

14.6

Broad to Watson, 1 wide, and now it's a leg side wide

Still a free hit...

14.6

Broad to Watson, 2 runs, full and straight slapped between cow corner and long on, they take two

End of over 15 (6 runs) Australia 71/2 (RR: 4.73)
SR Watson    40* (37b 6x4)      SCJ Broad    3-0-17-1
MJ Clarke    1* (4b)      TT Bresnan    3-0-18-0

Bowling Powerplay time...predictably enough, no wonder they want to get rid of it...

15.1

Bresnan to Clarke, 2 runs, cut a touch loosely in the air down to third man, they charge back for two, good running, big boundaries to work with at The Oval

15.2

Bresnan to Clarke, 4 leg byes, leg side off the pad to fine leg for four

15.3

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, much better line, fourth stump, and driven to point

15.4

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, better again, enticing a push outside off stump and a play and miss to a length ball

15.5

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, blocked solidly on off stump now

15.6

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, forward to block off inside edge and pad now around off stump

End of over 16 (6 runs) Australia 77/2 (RR: 4.81)
MJ Clarke    3* (10b)      TT Bresnan    4-0-20-0
SR Watson    40* (37b 6x4)      SCJ Broad    3-0-17-1

Looks as if Brett Lee is on the balcony with a commentary earpiece in his ear...

16.1

Broad to Watson, no run, short and wide, cut and missed

16.2

Broad to Watson, 1 wide, leg side wide

16.2

Broad to Watson, no run, forward, struck on the pad and given out! It looked good, did he get outside the line, it's referred, it was hit on the knee roll, going over? Yep it is, a good referral by Watson, the ball going over leg stump according to Hawk Eye, only just though, a millimetre from the bail

16.3

Broad to Watson, no run, forward to solidly block now to a similar line

16.4

Broad to Watson, 1 wide, another leg side wide

16.4

Broad to Watson, 1 run, full and wide of off stump, driven off an inside edge behind square on the leg side for a single to long leg

16.5

Broad to Clarke, no run, back of a length and blocked down the wicket

16.6

Broad to Clarke, no run, stayed back to cut into the off side but can only find cover

End of over 17 (3 runs) Australia 80/2 (RR: 4.70)
MJ Clarke    3* (12b)      SCJ Broad    4-0-20-1
SR Watson    41* (41b 6x4)      TT Bresnan    4-0-20-0

Looks like a change of bat for Watson...

17.1

Bresnan to Watson, 1 run, cut hard down to third man

17.2

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, full and wide, swung at and missed

17.3

Bresnan to Clarke, 1 wide, another leg side wide, there have been quite a few by England so far, hasn't been the most disciplined bowling display

17.3

Bresnan to Clarke, 1 run, full and tucked to midwicket where they run on a misfield

17.4

Bresnan to Watson, no run, forward on off stump and pushed up to mid off

17.5

Bresnan to Watson, 1 run, guided down behind square on the off side for a single

17.6

Bresnan to Clarke, FOUR, short and cut for four

Again with the indisciplined bowling...

End of over 18 (8 runs) Australia 88/2 (RR: 4.88)
MJ Clarke    8* (15b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    5-0-28-0
SR Watson    43* (44b 6x4)      SCJ Broad    4-0-20-1

Andrew not a fan of Forrest..."Sorry, mate, but that is a terrible innings by Forrest, and I don't know why you are sticking up for him. Batters have to be able to turn the strike over and score against good bowling. He barely scored a run against anything other than rubbish leg-stump half-volleys." I suppose it hadn't helped that he hasn't had a bat so far on the tour...

18.1

Broad to Watson, no run, full and played into midwicket

18.2

Broad to Watson, no run, forward, another large lbw shout was it pad first? It was given not out but England refer this, outside the line for me. It's definitely pad first but he was outside off stump, not the best referral from England

18.3

Broad to Watson, FOUR, too straight and with long leg up in the circle that is a very poor line, flicked for four

18.4

Broad to Watson, no run, full and pushed into the off side

18.5

Broad to Watson, 1 run, they take a very very sharp single to midwicket and a direct hit gets him but the back-hand throw from Bell misses coming in from mid on, a poor run

18.6

Broad to Clarke, no run, length outside off and left

End of over 19 (5 runs) Australia 93/2 (RR: 4.89)
MJ Clarke    8* (16b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    5-0-25-1
SR Watson    48* (49b 7x4)      TT Bresnan    5-0-28-0

"Forrest's predictable slow RR and failure was obviously for all to see. If a mere cricinfo poster like myself can have this sort of vision then what on Earth are our selectors getting paid for? Meanwhile, Phil Hughes clocks up another big score in England......." I hear you there Rozzy, Hughes has been excellent for Worcestershire...Dernbach returns...

19.1

Dernbach to Watson, FOUR, full and swung just past midwicket for four, a diving Bell couldn't get there

50 for Watson from 50 balls exactly, a good knock so far...

19.2

Dernbach to Watson, no run, blocked into the off side

19.3

Dernbach to Watson, 1 run, slower ball, waited for and cut down to third man

19.4

Dernbach to Clarke, no run, length and blocked around off stump

19.5

Dernbach to Clarke, no run, length and driven to mid off, that was timed quite well

19.6

Dernbach to Clarke, 2 runs, slower ball, Clarke defends and gets an outside edge that runs fine to third man

100 up at a good rate for Australia, building a fine platform...

End of over 20 (7 runs) Australia 100/2 (RR: 5.00)
MJ Clarke    10* (19b 1x4)      JW Dernbach    5-1-25-0
SR Watson    53* (52b 8x4)      SCJ Broad    5-0-25-1

Still no Graeme Swann but Ravi Bopara now, cue easy run-a-ball overs...

20.1

Bopara to Watson, 1 run, chopped to third man for a single

20.2

Bopara to Clarke, no run, angled in, Clarke blocks forward off inside edge and pad to midwicket

20.3

Bopara to Clarke, OUT, but this is edged behind! Goodness me I did not expect that, a little cutter outside off and Clarke feathers it low to Kieswetter. It was a good length and Clarke pushed at it and got a thing edge through to the keeper, good area from Bopara and a mistake from Clarke

MJ Clarke c †Kieswetter b Bopara 10 (31m 21b 1x4 0x6) SR: 47.61

20.4

Bopara to Bailey, 2 runs, back-cut to third man, told you it was easy runs

20.5

Bopara to Bailey, no run, length and pushed to point

20.6

Bopara to Bailey, no run, played to the square fielder again

End of over 21 (3 runs) Australia 103/3 (RR: 4.90)
GJ Bailey    2* (3b)      RS Bopara    1-0-3-1
SR Watson    54* (53b 8x4)      JW Dernbach    5-1-25-0

Cook likes his double changes, here's Graeme Swann can he prize out Watson...

21.1

Swann to Watson, no run, length, back foot punch to the right of Swann

21.2

Swann to Watson, 2 runs, outside off, cut in front of the the cover sweeper

21.3

Swann to Watson, no run, tucked to midwicket

21.4

Swann to Watson, no run, length and worked into the leg side

21.5

Swann to Watson, no run, a skip down and clipped back to the bowler

21.6

Swann to Watson, no run, forward outside off and blocked

End of over 22 (2 runs) Australia 105/3 (RR: 4.77)
SR Watson    56* (59b 8x4)      GP Swann    1-0-2-0
GJ Bailey    2* (3b)      RS Bopara    1-0-3-1

22.1

Bopara to Bailey, 1 run, full and driven down off an edge to third man

22.2

Bopara to Watson, 1 run, third man fielding again

22.3

Bopara to Bailey, 1 run, pushed through the covers to the man in the deep

22.4

Bopara to Watson, no run, played forward outside off into the off side

22.5

Bopara to Watson, no run, forward and blocked just outside off stump

22.6

Bopara to Watson, no run, full and played back up the wicket, saved by a diving Bopara to his right-hand side

End of over 23 (3 runs) Australia 108/3 (RR: 4.69)
SR Watson    57* (63b 8x4)      RS Bopara    2-0-6-1
GJ Bailey    4* (5b)      GP Swann    1-0-2-0

Swann with the shades...

23.1

Swann to Bailey, no run, forward to a length ball and blocked back to the bowler

23.2

Swann to Bailey, no run, outside off, turned to midwicket

23.3

Swann to Bailey, no run, the slider and it beats the late cut outside off

23.4

Swann to Bailey, no run, outside off again and Bell dives and saves at midwicket, a fine save

23.5

Swann to Bailey, 1 run, thick outside edge as Forrest looked to flick away down the ground I think, through cover for one

23.6

Swann to Watson, no run, firmly played to midwicket

Very good over from Swann...

End of over 24 (1 run) Australia 109/3 (RR: 4.54)
SR Watson    57* (64b 8x4)      GP Swann    2-0-3-0
GJ Bailey    5* (10b)      RS Bopara    2-0-6-1

End of Bopara and back comes FInn a good, positive move...slip goes in...

24.1

Finn to Bailey, no run, length around off stump and blocked

24.2

Finn to Bailey, no run, blocked in a similar area

24.3

Finn to Bailey, 1 run, back of a length, a little straight and worked down to long leg

24.4

Finn to Watson, no run, full and blocked back up the wicket

Slip goes to gully...

24.5

Finn to Watson, 1 run, guided past gully to third man

24.6

Finn to Bailey, 1 run, goes for the pull and gets it square on the leg side

Another cheap over and that will be drinks at half-way in the innings, with things well poised for the second half and Monty Gardner coming in to take you to tea...

End of over 25 (3 runs) Australia 112/3 (RR: 4.48)
GJ Bailey    7* (14b)      ST Finn    6-0-17-1
SR Watson    58* (66b 8x4)      GP Swann    2-0-3-0

Good time-of-day to you. This is shaping up to be another sinew-straining wrassle, isn't it? Swann to continue from the Vauxhall Road end ...

25.1

Swann to Bailey, no run, flighted, on the stumps and stays a bit low, Bailey chips the ball back and it doesn't fall far short of Swann

25.2

Swann to Bailey, no run, on the stumps, worked into the leg side

25.3

Swann to Bailey, 1 run, tossed up and punched down to long-on

25.4

Swann to Watson, no run, flighted, on the stumps, played down the wicket

25.5

Swann to Watson, no run, bit of air outside off, can't work it past Swann on the drive

25.6

Swann to Watson, no run, full and straight, not much turn but again Watson can't get him away again

End of over 26 (1 run) Australia 113/3 (RR: 4.34)
SR Watson    58* (69b 8x4)      GP Swann    3-0-4-0
GJ Bailey    8* (17b)      ST Finn    6-0-17-1

26.1

Finn to Bailey, no run, good length ball outside off stump, no stroke

26.2

Finn to Bailey, 1 run, short of a length, swings this round the corner for one to deep backward square leg

26.3

Finn to Watson, 1 run, pitched up and wide of the timbers, Watson leans out and drives through cover to the sweeper

26.4

Finn to Bailey, no run, tight line on off, good length, jabbed towards cover

26.5

Finn to Bailey, no run, touch short, angling back in from outside off, tries to cut but bottom-edges short on the off side

26.6

Finn to Bailey, no run, back of a length, pushed in front of point, Bailey goes charging out of his crease but is sent back before anything untoward can occur

Watson the key wicket for both sides, you feel. And to think, he was almost sawn off early. What would we do without DRS, eh?

End of over 27 (2 runs) Australia 115/3 (RR: 4.25)
GJ Bailey    9* (22b)      ST Finn    7-0-19-1
SR Watson    59* (70b 8x4)      GP Swann    3-0-4-0

27.1

Swann to Watson, 1 run, tossed up and turned through midwicket

27.2

Swann to Bailey, no run, defended on the front foot in front of off

27.3

Swann to Bailey, 1 run, full and the batsman comes out, drives to long-on on the walk

27.4

Swann to Watson, 1 run, flighted on the stumps, clips wide of mid-on, good work in the deep stops them coming back for two

27.5

Swann to Bailey, 1 run, tossed up on middle, tickled back past the bowler

27.6

Swann to Watson, 1 run, flatter, on off and spinning across, worked with the turn through midwicket

End of over 28 (5 runs) Australia 120/3 (RR: 4.28)
SR Watson    62* (73b 8x4)      GP Swann    4-0-9-0
GJ Bailey    11* (25b)      ST Finn    7-0-19-1

Cook turns to Bopara again, fancies another cheap wicket

28.1

Bopara to Watson, 1 run, length ball on the stumps, whipped through the leg side

28.2

Bopara to Bailey, no run, defended outside off on a good length

28.3

Bopara to Bailey, no run, length, coming back in at the stumps, Bailey tries to heave him back down the ground but plays a massive air shot instead

28.4

Bopara to Bailey, no run, pushed into the off side off a good length

28.5

Bopara to Bailey, no run, length delivery, punched to extra-cover, again Bailey can't pierce the infield

28.6

Bopara to Bailey, 1 run, on the stumps, wicket-to-wicket stuff, knocked to long-on

Australia lacking a bit of dash at the moment. Still, wickets in hand could be important

End of over 29 (2 runs) Australia 122/3 (RR: 4.20)
GJ Bailey    12* (30b)      RS Bopara    3-0-8-1
SR Watson    63* (74b 8x4)      GP Swann    4-0-9-0

29.1

Swann to Bailey, no run, full and on the stump, turned to short midwicket

29.2

Swann to Bailey, no run, tossed up on middle and Bailey misses with a sweep, hit on the pad but the ball was sliding down leg

29.3

Swann to Bailey, no run, on off stump, can't beat the close fielder with a nudge to leg

29.4

Swann to Bailey, 1 run, flighted, driven down the ground to long-on

29.5

Swann to Watson, no run, flatter, pushed through on off, stays back a shovels to midwicket

29.6

Swann to Watson, 1 run, tossed up around off, clipped through midwicket for a single

Tick-tock, tick-tock. The Aussie innings in serious danger of becoming preserved in amber here ...

End of over 30 (2 runs) Australia 124/3 (RR: 4.13)
SR Watson    64* (76b 8x4)      GP Swann    5-0-11-0
GJ Bailey    13* (34b)      RS Bopara    3-0-8-1

30.1

Bopara to Watson, no run, good length ball, decent pace and beats the outside edge, genuine teaser from Bopara

30.2

Bopara to Watson, 1 run, slightly fuller, on the stumps, pushed back down the ground

30.3

Bopara to Bailey, 1 leg bye, length and darting back, cuts Bailey in half and thumps into the knee roll - looked a decent appeal but may have been just missing leg

30.4

Bopara to Watson, 1 run, steered down to third man from outside off

Hawk Eye suggesting the delivery to Bailey might have just shaved leg stump - but wouldn't have been overturned even if England had a review left

30.5

Bopara to Bailey, no run, on the stumps, turned to midwicket

30.6

Bopara to Bailey, 1 no ball, full toss, actually more like a beamer - called on height

30.6

Bopara to Bailey, no run, length ball outside off, pushed to cover

End of over 31 (4 runs) Australia 128/3 (RR: 4.12)
GJ Bailey    13* (38b)      RS Bopara    4-0-11-1
SR Watson    66* (79b 8x4)      GP Swann    5-0-11-0

31.1

Swann to Watson, OUT, lofted, high towards deep midwicket and Finn takes the catch low the ground ... Watson goes! Swann tempted Watson out of his crease, maybe dragged the length down a smidge, the batsman heaved high but it's a long boundary and Finn plunged forward to claim it

SR Watson c Finn b Swann 66 (133m 80b 8x4 0x6) SR: 82.50

That wicket was brought about in part by George Bailey's struggles at the other end. In comes David Hussey ...

31.2

Swann to Bailey, no run, tossed up, can't beat midwikcet with a nudge

31.3

Swann to Bailey, no run, full and on off, played back to the bowler, hint of a leading edge

31.4

Swann to Bailey, FOUR, down the leg side, goes back, gets a tickle the ball and it runs away to the fine boundary

Hint of rain back in the air again ...

31.5

Swann to Bailey, no run, tossed up, defended into the off side

31.6

Swann to Bailey, no run, flighted, on the stumps, can't beat the infield with a glance to leg

Here's Ryan: "You can credit Watson's wicket to Bailey's inability to rotate the strike. The others putting too much pressure on Watson to up the scoring rate."

End of over 32 (4 runs) Australia 132/4 (RR: 4.12)
GJ Bailey    17* (43b 1x4)      GP Swann    6-0-15-1
DJ Hussey    0* (0b)      RS Bopara    4-0-11-1

Bopara replaced by Broad after another economical couple of overs

32.1

Broad to Hussey, no run, good length outside off, left alone

32.2

Broad to Hussey, no run, pitched up, driven square and fielded by point, whose throw to the non-striker's end is a direct hit, the deflection also successfully fielded

32.3

Broad to Hussey, no run, defended in front of the stumps

32.4

Broad to Hussey, 1 run, fuller length, gets forward and drops one short on the off side

32.5

Broad to Bailey, no run, full and straight, driven to mid-on - Bailey's going to explode any minute now, I can feel it

32.6

Broad to Bailey, 1 run, on the stumps, played back past the bowler for one to long-on - see, I told you. Bailey loves the single to long-on

End of over 33 (2 runs) Australia 134/4 (RR: 4.06)
GJ Bailey    18* (45b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    6-0-27-1
DJ Hussey    1* (4b)      GP Swann    6-0-15-1

"Meandering along at three runs an over, before the only batsman decides to take some initiative and gets out, leaving the team in a dire position?" chirps Fraser. "Now you know what it's like to support New Zealand!"

33.1

Swann to Bailey, no run, tossed up on off, dabbed to midwicket

33.2

Swann to Bailey, 1 run, uses the feet this time, working a flatter ball behind square leg to rotate the strike

33.3

Swann to Hussey, no run, tossed up, played back to the bowler

33.4

Swann to Hussey, no run, flighted outside off, pushed short of point, who comes in

33.5

Swann to Hussey, 1 run, tossed up outside the line of off, driven through cover this time

33.6

Swann to Bailey, no run, length ball, spinning towards leg, clipped straight to midwicket

"Simplistic view Ran," says Tim. "Watto went from 50 of 50 to 66 of 80. I think Bailey was at the other end when that was happening."

End of over 34 (2 runs) Australia 136/4 (RR: 4.00)
GJ Bailey    19* (48b 1x4)      GP Swann    7-0-17-1
DJ Hussey    2* (7b)      SCJ Broad    6-0-27-1

Australia's dynamo is flickering, here, struggling to stay alight as the innings grinds ...

34.1

Broad to Hussey, 2 runs, pitched up outside off, Hussey is busy in the crease and gets forward to punch through the covers for a couple

34.2

Broad to Hussey, no run, short ball, targeting the batsman, who ducks out of the way

34.3

Broad to Hussey, no run, full and straight, can't get this past extra-cover

34.4

Broad to Hussey, no run, touch full, played on the front foot to point

34.5

Broad to Hussey, 1 run, length delivery, off-stump line and Hussey opens the face to glide one to third man

34.6

Broad to Bailey, 1 run, full and straight, Bailey misdirects his drive, the bat turning in his hands as the ball skews through square leg

End of over 35 (4 runs) Australia 140/4 (RR: 4.00)
GJ Bailey    20* (49b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    7-0-31-1
DJ Hussey    5* (12b)      GP Swann    7-0-17-1

"Has Bailey seen an off spinner before??" wonders Brian Shousey. "He certainly doesn't know how to score off of one." He has looked like the owl in his pea green boat against Swann. But he'll not have to face spin for a few overs now, as the Powerplay has to be taken. Dernbach into the attack ...

35.1

Dernbach to Bailey, no run, length ball on the stumps, played back to the bowler

35.2

Dernbach to Bailey, 1 wide, slides down the leg side - that's a wide

35.2

Dernbach to Bailey, no run, full and straight, searching for the yorker, Bailey squeezes it to midwicket as the tails in at his toes

35.3

Dernbach to Bailey, FOUR, pitched up on off, basically a half volley and Bailey dispatches his second four of the innings back down the ground

35.4

Dernbach to Bailey, no run, length ball, defended in front of the stumps

35.5

Dernbach to Bailey, 1 run, slower ball, out the back of the hand, Bailey waits on it and finds a gap at midwicket

35.6

Dernbach to Hussey, no run, length ball, coming back in towards the top of off, dabbed short of the leg side but the field close in

End of over 36 (6 runs) Australia 146/4 (RR: 4.05)
DJ Hussey    5* (13b)      JW Dernbach    6-1-31-0
GJ Bailey    25* (54b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    7-0-31-1

Broad will continue at the other end during the Powerplay. Australia, betwixt and between, need to both score big and protect their wickets ...

36.1

Broad to Bailey, no run, length ball, chopped to the man at point

36.2

Broad to Bailey, 1 run, shorter, following the batsman, deflects off the gloves on to the wicket and they take one as Broad follows through to field

36.3

Broad to Hussey, 1 run

36.4

Broad to Bailey, 1 leg bye, sliding down the leg side, rolls away off the pads short on the leg side

36.5

Broad to Hussey, no run, full and straight - hint of reverse swing? - defended back to the bowler

36.6

Broad to Hussey, 1 wide, slides too far down leg and Hussey misses with a flick

36.6

Broad to Hussey, 1 run, length ball in the corridor, steered down to third man

End of over 37 (5 runs) Australia 151/4 (RR: 4.08)
DJ Hussey    7* (16b)      SCJ Broad    8-0-35-1
GJ Bailey    26* (57b 2x4)      JW Dernbach    6-1-31-0

37.1

Dernbach to Hussey, no run, pitched up, on middle and leg, Hussey misses with a glance and the ball deflects into the off side off the pad

37.2

Dernbach to Hussey, no run, touch shorter, chopped short on the leg side

Here's BK: "Let's not jump on Bailey's back too much. Warner, Forrest and Clarke all got out cheaply and with a strike rate of 50 or less. Maybe the bowling deserves a bit more respect."

37.3

Dernbach to Hussey, 1 run, length ball, on off, dribbled short of mid-on and they scamper one

Barring a rather high number of extras, England's attack - and fielders - have been on it as usual, like BK suggests

37.4

Dernbach to Bailey, no run, defended into the off side on the back foot

37.5

Dernbach to Bailey, no run, length ball outside off, tailing in towards the stumps, chopped to point

37.6

Dernbach to Bailey, 1 leg bye, good slower ball from Dernbach, hits Hussey on the pads as he tried to work through midwicket, would have missed leg but chalk that up as a victory to the bowler

Here's Boris, who I don't think is the mayor of LDN: "In just two games, it's so clear this middle order needs better players. Without Mike Hussey, they look absolutely toothless. George Bailey has looked out of his depth, Steve Smith has proven yet again that he is not up to the mark. Where are the likes of Lynn, Burns and the Marsh brothers?"

End of over 38 (2 runs) Australia 153/4 (RR: 4.02)
GJ Bailey    26* (60b 2x4)      JW Dernbach    7-1-32-0
DJ Hussey    8* (19b)      SCJ Broad    8-0-35-1

The players are taking drinks. By my reckoning, George Bailey will have just about got the top off the bottle by the time they have to restart.

"I'm a Tasmanian," says Jarrah, "but I'm really not sure why George Bailey is in the Australian team (let alone the captain of the T20 side!!). He's always been average at best with the very occasional flash of something good. This game is a testament. Not sure who would take his place though ..." Maybe a cardboard cut out?

38.1

Finn to Bailey, no run, length ball outside off, pushed towards point

38.2

Finn to Bailey, 2 runs, Bailey gets turned around trying to play through leg from well outside off, thick edge flies over point for a couple

38.3

Finn to Bailey, FOUR, pitched up and shovelled back down the ground in the air, past Finn's dive and beating mid-on ... an ugly but effective shot, just what Bailey needed

38.4

Finn to Bailey, FOUR, on the pads this time and neatly deflected down to fine leg - that'll get the worm twitching

38.5

Finn to Bailey, 1 run, back of a length, pushed short of cover on the back foot for a single

Long-leg goes out, cover comes in

38.6

Finn to Hussey, no run, pitched up outside off and pushed to cover on the front foot

Here's Ryan again: "@Tim. Yes, Bailey was in during that time, that is my point! You can't have two batsman not scoring, it puts pressure on one of them to start taking risks. Watson felt that pressure and went after a ball he shouldn't have. For someone who is captain of the T20 team Bailey should be able to score quicker."

End of over 39 (11 runs) Australia 164/4 (RR: 4.20)
DJ Hussey    8* (20b)      ST Finn    8-0-30-1
GJ Bailey    37* (65b 4x4)      JW Dernbach    7-1-32-0

39.1

Dernbach to Bailey, 1 run, full and straight, chipped in the over over midwicket, falls short of the man in the deep - more signs of Bailey attempting to get a wriggle on

39.2

Dernbach to Hussey, 2 runs, pitched up and worked through midwicket

39.3

Dernbach to Hussey, FOUR, slightly overpitched, on the stumps and picked up quickly, clean strike of the ball back down the ground, no man out and the ball bounces once for four to long-on

39.4

Dernbach to Hussey, 1 run, slower ball, nudged into the leg side

39.5

Dernbach to Bailey, no run, pitched up outside off, hint of reverse, miscued to midwicket

39.6

Dernbach to Bailey, FOUR, slow full toss outside off stump and Bailey doesn't mess about, carting a cross-batted shot over mid-on for the third boundary of the over

The Powerplay ends with a bang, then. Australia still in sight of 250ish (whether that will be enough is another matter)

End of over 40 (12 runs) Australia 176/4 (RR: 4.40)
GJ Bailey    42* (68b 5x4)      JW Dernbach    8-1-44-0
DJ Hussey    15* (23b 1x4)      ST Finn    8-0-30-1

Bresnan replaces Broad for a spell

40.1

Bresnan to Hussey, no run, full and straight, turned short on the leg side

40.2

Bresnan to Hussey, no run, short and wide and slapped hard through point ... well, would have been if Morgan hadn't cut it off superbly

40.3

Bresnan to Hussey, 1 run, banged in short and pulled agriculturally through midwicket

40.4

Bresnan to Bailey, FOUR, another back-of-a-length delivery, scooped over the infield, Finn gets round at deep midwicket but had collided with the boundary rope by the time he got to the ball

That's the fifty partnership - and at a decent lick

40.5

Bresnan to Bailey, 2 runs, clipped through square leg, a lot of bottom hand, worth another couple

40.6

Bresnan to Bailey, 1 run, full and outside off, slides this down to third man with an open face

End of over 41 (8 runs) Australia 184/4 (RR: 4.48)
GJ Bailey    49* (71b 6x4)      TT Bresnan    6-0-36-0
DJ Hussey    16* (26b 1x4)      JW Dernbach    8-1-44-0

Swann returns to the attack

41.1

Swann to Bailey, 2 runs, tossed up on off, spinning in, goes back and drives through cover - there's Bailey's half-century, valuable, no matter how long it's taken

41.2

Swann to Bailey, 1 run, tossed up, worked off the pads through the midwicket region

41.3

Swann to Hussey, 2 runs, flighted, clipped through midwicket, good running puts pressure on the fielder

41.4

Swann to Hussey, 2 runs, steered through the off side this time and another couple to deep backward point

41.5

Swann to Hussey, 1 run, flighted on off, driven down the ground to long-on

41.6

Swann to Bailey, 2 runs, full and juicy, Bailey goes big ... it's not got the legs to clear the rope but returns to earth between Bresnan at deep midwicket and Morgan at long-on. Bresnan perhaps hesitated and couldn't quite get his hands to the catch, despite throwing himself full length

End of over 42 (10 runs) Australia 194/4 (RR: 4.61)
GJ Bailey    54* (74b 6x4)      GP Swann    8-0-27-1
DJ Hussey    21* (29b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    6-0-36-0

Cook turns to Bopara's dobblers again

42.1

Bopara to Hussey, 1 run, full and squeezed out through point

42.2

Bopara to Bailey, 1 run, on the stumps, shovelled over the infield to deep cover

42.3

Bopara to Hussey, 1 run, blocked in front of the stumps, Bailey wanted a run, had to turn back as Bopara fielded, missed with a throw at the non-striker's end and they get one anyway

42.4

Bopara to Bailey, no run, length ball outside off, Bailey fails to connect with a big old heave

42.5

Bopara to Bailey, 1 run, slow bouncer, waits on it and pulls to deep midwicket

42.6

Bopara to Hussey, 1 run, low full toss, shovelled to mid-on, they want two but won't get them this time

"Won't you all be embarrassed if Bailey goes on to make a ton," says Dan. "A valuable 50 no matter what." if Australia win, the go-slow will be forgotten ... but if not, Bailey will likely get the blame

End of over 43 (5 runs) Australia 199/4 (RR: 4.62)
DJ Hussey    24* (32b 1x4)      RS Bopara    5-0-16-1
GJ Bailey    56* (77b 6x4)      GP Swann    8-0-27-1

Broad replaces Swann - who's probably still steaming after that Bresnan miss

43.1

Broad to Hussey, 1 run, driven back, Broad fields but only deflects the ball on to Bailey, the ball scooting away behind the stumps and they take one

43.2

Broad to Bailey, 1 leg bye, full and straight, the ball bobbles away off the pad

43.3

Broad to Hussey, 1 run, pitched up and punched to long-off

43.4

Broad to Bailey, 1 run, short ball, pulled through midwicket

43.5

Broad to Hussey, 2 runs, pitched up outside off, driven hard to the cover sweeper, who misfields slightly, the batsmen get two

43.6

Broad to Hussey, 1 run, Hussey backs away, Broad drags the ball short and takes the pace off, clubbed for one to long-on

Plenty of urgency about these two now ... but has it come too late in the piece for Australia?

End of over 44 (7 runs) Australia 206/4 (RR: 4.68)
DJ Hussey    29* (36b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    9-0-41-1
GJ Bailey    57* (79b 6x4)      RS Bopara    5-0-16-1

Another change, Finn on for Bopara

44.1

Finn to Hussey, OUT, full and wide, hoicked back at the bowler, who half stops the ball, turns, scrambles, throws at one stump ... and gone! Brilliant work from Finn, leaving Hussey yards short and squeezing the boot back on Australia's collective throat

DJ Hussey run out 29 (57m 37b 1x4 0x6) SR: 78.37

There was a moment's hesitation from both batsmen, as Finn half fielded, and that cost Hussey

44.2

Finn to Bailey, 1 run, full and straight, nudged short of cover

Matt Wade to face his first ball. One slip in place

44.3

Finn to Wade, no run, and it's the fastest one of the match so far, pitching on a length, rising and leaving Wade, who gets nowhere near it

44.4

Finn to Wade, 1 leg bye, down the leg side, clips the pad and rolls behind square

44.5

Finn to Bailey, FOUR, on the stumps, maybe trying for the slower ball, Bailey times this delightfully off his pads through deep backward square for the first boundary in four overs

44.6

Finn to Bailey, 1 run, on the stumps, pushed back down the ground for one

End of over 45 (7 runs) Australia 213/5 (RR: 4.73)
GJ Bailey    63* (82b 7x4)      ST Finn    9-0-36-1
MS Wade    0* (2b)      SCJ Broad    9-0-41-1

45.1

Broad to Bailey, 1 run, full and straight, lofted over the infield for one to long-off

45.2

Broad to Wade, 1 run, length ball, angled across the lefty, tries to dab into the off side and it ends up at short leg, they take one anyway

45.3

Broad to Bailey, no run, low full toss, Bailey had shuffled across and clips the ball straight to short fine leg - if he'd missed that would have been curtains

45.4

Broad to Bailey, 1 run, on the stumps, worked through the leg side

Here's Jarrah: "@Dan - Not at all. He may well go on to get a decent score at an acceptable strike rate, but that does not take away from the fact that he was too slow at the start. His slow rate put Australia in a difficult position in which they are now forced to take risks."

45.5

Broad to Wade, FOUR, touch short and room for Wade to swing those lumberjack forearms, slicing a cut shot thorugh point and away to the rope

45.6

Broad to Wade, 1 leg bye, full length, on leg stump, hits the pad and rolls square - Broad appeals but it probably was just outside the line

End of over 46 (8 runs) Australia 221/5 (RR: 4.80)
MS Wade    5* (5b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    10-0-48-1
GJ Bailey    65* (85b 7x4)      ST Finn    9-0-36-1

Four overs to go. Can Australia turn a respectable 250 into a defendable 270, a la England at Lord's? Bresnan is thrown the ball ...

46.1

Bresnan to Wade, 1 run, full and straight, punched down the ground to long-off

46.2

Bresnan to Bailey, OUT, another full bunger and bowled 'im! Excellent death delivery from Bresnan, pitched up and asking the batsman to take a chance - Bailey did but his heave-ho was unsuccessful, the timbers sounding a death rattle

GJ Bailey b Bresnan 65 (108m 86b 7x4 0x6) SR: 75.58

Bailey's 65 off 86 doesn't look too bad but we'll see exactly what is cost when England bat, I guess

46.3

Bresnan to Lee, 1 run, short ball to Lee first up, dabbed to third man

46.4

Bresnan to Wade, no run, full and wide, Wade has to reach to jam his bat down on it and Bresnan tidies up in his follow-through

46.5

Bresnan to Wade, OUT, another one down, caught a short fine leg trying to ramp the ball over the infield! Bresnan's length has been hard to hit, Wade tried to improvise but couldn't clear the man. Bresnan looks like a man who's found a twinkie down the back of the sofa

MS Wade c Broad b Bresnan 6 (13m 8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 75.00

46.6

Bresnan to Lee, 1 run, length ball, sliced through the covers

Huge over for England - two wickets and just three runs off it

End of over 47 (3 runs) Australia 224/7 (RR: 4.76)
B Lee    2* (2b)      TT Bresnan    7-0-39-2
MG Johnson    0* (0b)      SCJ Broad    10-0-48-1

Broad having bowled out, Cook turns to Dernbach and his bag of variables ...

47.1

Dernbach to Lee, 1 run, full and quick to start with, dug out for one back past the bowler

47.2

Dernbach to Johnson, no run, full toss, wide of the stumps and Dernbach gets away with it as Johnson swings and misses

"Hang on, Warner, Forrest, and Clarke are to blame more than Bailey!" says Will. "He had to come in and steady the ship! And has played the game that suits."

47.3

Dernbach to Johnson, 1 run, another low full toss, this time carved through cover-point

47.4

Dernbach to Lee, 2 runs, slower ball, slogged down the ground and Morgan drops it at long-on - perhaps had half an eye on the rope, he was that close, but should've been taken

47.5

Dernbach to Lee, 1 run, full toss, clubbed through the off side as Lee steps away

The umpires are apparently checking that wasn't a no-ball on height. Dernbach was just about okay

47.6

Dernbach to Johnson, 1 run, pitched up and chopped back down the ground, the ball clipping Lee at the non-striker's end on its way

End of over 48 (6 runs) Australia 230/7 (RR: 4.79)
MG Johnson    2* (3b)      JW Dernbach    9-1-50-0
B Lee    6* (5b)      TT Bresnan    7-0-39-2

48.1

Bresnan to Johnson, 1 run, full and again swiped down the ground - Lee has to jump out of the way again

48.2

Bresnan to Lee, SIX, low full toss and this time Lee middles it, fetching the ball a long way over the rope at long-on. BOOM!

48.3

Bresnan to Lee, 1 run, pitched up on off, driven to mid-off

48.4

Bresnan to Johnson, 1 run, full and wide of the stumps, dug out towards long-off, they think about two but think again

48.5

Bresnan to Lee, 1 run, more yorker-length stuff, drilled to long-on but can't get under it

48.6

Bresnan to Johnson, 1 run, full and straight again and chopped back past the bowler for one

Good stuff from Bresnan, despite the boundary. Just six more balls to go ...

End of over 49 (11 runs) Australia 241/7 (RR: 4.91)
MG Johnson    5* (6b)      TT Bresnan    8-0-50-2
B Lee    14* (8b 1x6)      JW Dernbach    9-1-50-0

Here's Boris: "Wade is just being wasted batting so low and being used as just a finisher. He's got fantastic technique that needs to be exposed higher up at number 3 or 4, not number 7. Most of the others are struggling with their techniques facing the swing bowlers."

49.1

Dernbach to Johnson, 1 run, pitched up and shovelled back down the ground

49.2

Dernbach to Lee, 2 runs, slower ball, on the stumps, Lee swings hard, comes off the toe of the bat and loops short of Morgan this time, coming in from long-off, the ball skips past him and they come back for two

49.3

Dernbach to Lee, 1 run, length ball on off, frees the arms again but gets an inside edge to backward square leg

49.4

Dernbach to Johnson, 2 runs, another slow delivery from Dernbach, worked into a gap in front of midwicket

49.5

Dernbach to Johnson, 1 leg bye, length delivery, Johnson has a golf swing at it, hit on the pad and it slides away towards the slip - Dernbach appeals but it probably pitched outside the line

49.6

Dernbach to Lee, 3 runs, slower ball, out of the back of the hand, Lee shovels the ball skyward again, it's coming down between long-on and long-off ... Morgan gets there but can't cling on as his body hits the turf, the ball popping free and allowing Lee to pick up three

2.55pm: So, Australia manage to hoist themselves above 250 thanks to a handy cameo from Lee, who might've have been caught on 3 but swung his bat with gusto. That looks some 20-30 runs short, on a decent wicket - though I think the average score batting first at The Oval is something like 255, so it might not be as bad (for George Bailey) as it looks. We'll see how England's nu one-dayers fair chasing in about half an hour's time. Could they really make it eight ODI wins in a row? Bit of light rainfall in south London but hopefully we won't lose any more time.

End of over 50 (10 runs) Australia 251/7
B Lee    20* (11b 1x6)      JW Dernbach    10-1-59-0
MG Johnson    8* (9b)      TT Bresnan    8-0-50-2
Series Results
England v Australia at Manchester - Jul 10, 2012
England won by 7 wickets (with 11 balls remaining) (D/L method)
England v Australia at Chester-le-Street - Jul 7, 2012
England won by 8 wickets (with 13 balls remaining)
England v Australia at Birmingham - Jul 4, 2012
Match abandoned without a ball bowled
England v Australia at The Oval - Jul 1, 2012
England won by 6 wickets (with 26 balls remaining)
England v Australia at Lord's - Jun 29, 2012
England won by 15 runs
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Jul 1, 2012

A cricket fan reads a magazine, England v Australia, 2nd ODI, The Oval, July 1, 2012

A cricket fan reads a magazine

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Jul 1, 2012

Eoin Morgan brought England home with an unbeaten 43, England v Australia, 2nd ODI, The Oval, July 1, 2012

Eoin Morgan brought England home with an unbeaten 43

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