NatWest Series [Australia in England] - 4th ODI

England v Australia

England won by 8 wickets (with 13 balls remaining)

Shane Watson and David Warner run down the steps and on to the field on what is a murky, overcast day. The weather was rubbish yesterday so it's a minor miracle that play is starting on time.

James Anderson has the new ball, running in from over the wicket. Two slips in place.

PDTM: "No Doherty? Brilliant. Dave Hussey should get a trundle. He is a bit smarter than Doh, and his first couple of overs tend to be very efficient."

10.40 am Mark Kidger, who I haven't seen in this neck of the woods in a while, is our early bird emailer, as usual. "England look a little weaker without Swann. Australia a little stronger without Doherty and Johnson. Could be a much closer game today, although Australia still have to solve the problem of batting first against a strong attack."

10.15 am The word on twitter is that the groundstaff have been fabulous and we might start on time. There was a bit of rain about earlier.

Alastair Cook has won the toss and England will bowl. They won eight games on the bounce before the Edgbatson washout and are unbeaten in ODIs this year.

Samit Patel has been named in England's XI so James Tredwell is on the bench. Patel replaces Swann and James Anderson is in for Jade Dernbach.

No Mitchell Johnson and Xavier Doherty for Australia today, Ben Hilfenhaus and James Pattinson are playing.

10.05 am Good morning and welcome to ESPNcricinfo's ball-by-ball coverage of the fourth ODI at Chester-le-Street. England lead the five-match contest 2-0 and the washout at Edgbaston means Australia cannot win the series. It also means England will not be able to go No. 1 in the ODI rankings. They needed a 5-0 win to dethrone Australia.

About ten minutes to go until the toss, have you read David Hopps' piece on Graeme Swann's elbow injury?

This is not quite the routine injury England would have you believe. For Swann's elbow read Flintoff's knee - a slight exaggeration perhaps but it is a known vulnerability. He refers in his autobiography, The Breaks Are Off, to "career-saving surgery" in Minnesota three years ago, when the renowned elbow surgeon Shawn O'Driscoll found 29 fragments of bone and removed 26 of them, leaving only the three that were too close to the nerve for extraction.

Jarrod Kimber, in his blog, explains why he thinks Australia aren't a top-class one-day outfit anymore.

0.1

Anderson to Watson, no run, Anderson hits a good length just outside off stump immediately, and gets the ball to move away from Watson, who lets it go.

0.2

Anderson to Watson, no run, another one moves away from a good length closer to off stump, Watson pokes at it this time and is beaten. This pitch doesn't seem to be that quick though

0.3

Anderson to Watson, no run, after two balls jag away, this one holds its line and rears up at Watson from short of a length, he takes one hand off the bat as he fends towards point

0.4

Anderson to Watson, no run, defended on the front foot towards the off side

0.5

Anderson to Watson, no run, top start from Anderson, four accurate deliveries, Watson gets behind the line of this one and defends on the off side

0.6

Anderson to Watson, no run, a touch wider outside off stump, Watson doesn't have to play at it and so he lets it go. Anderson returns to the side with a maiden

End of over 1 (maiden) Australia 0/0 (RR: 0.00)
SR Watson    0* (6b)      JM Anderson    1-1-0-0
DA Warner    0* (0b)     

Two slips in place for Steven Finn, bowling from over the wicket.

1.1

Finn to Warner, no run, Warner stays in his crease and lets the ball go as it seams across him

1.2

Finn to Warner, no run, a fuller ball outside off stump, Warner stays back and lets the ball pass again

Some sawdust is being put in Finn's landing area.

1.3

Finn to Warner, no run, a full ball just outside off stump, Warner pushes towards mid-off

1.4

Finn to Warner, no run, short of a length outside off stump, Warner shoulders arms

1.5

Finn to Warner, no run, Australia stay scoreless as Warner stays back and defends on the off side

1.6

Finn to Warner, no run, the ball lifts off a good length outside off stump, Warner watches it pass just outside off stump

What Anderson can do, Finn can too. Another maiden.

Liam: "Australia might serve up rubbish cricket but at least we can serve up decent weather, even in the middle of winter. It's been sunny in Perth for about a week." Small comforts?

End of over 2 (maiden) Australia 0/0 (RR: 0.00)
DA Warner    0* (6b)      ST Finn    1-1-0-0
SR Watson    0* (6b)      JM Anderson    1-1-0-0

2.1

Anderson to Watson, 1 run, runs at last, via an outside edge past the empty gully region as Watson moves forward and tries to punch a good length ball that seams away from him

2.2

Anderson to Warner, no run, Warner braces for the movement into him from Anderson and pushes towards extra cover

2.3

Anderson to Warner, no run, wider outside the off stump this time, Warner lets it go to Kieswetter

Nisarg: "Rather what Watson can do, Warner too."

2.4

Anderson to Warner, no run, Warner lifts his bat out of the way of a short of a length ball that pitches around off and slants away from the left-hander

2.5

Anderson to Warner, no run, good length outside off stump, Warner lets it the ball again. England's bowlers have given Australia nothing so far to hit

2.6

Anderson to Warner, no run, Anderson gets the ball to jag away sharply after pitching on a good length around off stump, Warner shoulders arms

End of over 3 (1 run) Australia 1/0 (RR: 0.33)
DA Warner    0* (11b)      JM Anderson    2-1-1-0
SR Watson    1* (7b)      ST Finn    1-1-0-0

3.1

Finn to Watson, 1 run, runs, again via an outside edge through the empty gully region. This time the ball was edged in the air. Watson came forward to drive a good length ball, which moved away from him

3.2

Finn to Warner, no run, short of a length at Warner's body, he gets behind the line and defends

3.3

Finn to Warner, no run, Warner stays back and defends a straight ball on a good length towards the leg side

Cook's got to have more catchers in these conditions, and especially given how Finn and Anderson have been bowling. Only two slips in place.

3.4

Finn to Warner, no run, Finn hits a good length outside off and the ball jags towards Kieswetter's right after Warner lets it go

3.5

Finn to Warner, no run, Warner stays on the back foot and defends towards the off side

3.6

Finn to Warner, 1 run, Warner finally gets off the mark by getting awkwardly on top of the bounce of a short of a length delivery and swatting the ball down through cover. Not timed well.

End of over 4 (2 runs) Australia 3/0 (RR: 0.75)
DA Warner    1* (16b)      ST Finn    2-1-2-0
SR Watson    2* (8b)      JM Anderson    2-1-1-0

4.1

Anderson to Warner, no run, a swish and a miss outside off stump, Warner stayed back and reached for the ball as it seamed away from him

4.2

Anderson to Warner, 1 run, another swish outside off stump and this time the ball hits the edge and flies down to third man

There's a fielder at gully now.

4.3

Anderson to Watson, no run, defended on the off side towards cover, where Bopara fields.

4.4

Anderson to Watson, no run, Anderson swings the ball into the right-hander this time, Watson comes forward and blocks

4.5

Anderson to Watson, 2 runs, Watson strides forward and drives a full ball gently between cover and point. The first proper scoring shot of the day

4.6

Anderson to Watson, no run, Anderson gets a bit straighter and Watson plays the ball towards midwicket

End of over 5 (3 runs) Australia 6/0 (RR: 1.20)
SR Watson    4* (12b)      JM Anderson    3-1-4-0
DA Warner    2* (18b)      ST Finn    2-1-2-0

5.1

Finn to Warner, OUT, a huge appeal for lbw but the umpire is unmoved. England have asked for a review. The ball was full and straight. Warner should have been playing forward but he wasn't. He hasn't played forward to anything today. He tried to close the face of the bat this time and play towards square, he missed and was struck plumb in front. That ball pitched on leg and middle and was going to hit middle. Plumb.

DA Warner lbw b Finn 2 (21m 19b 0x4 0x6) SR: 10.52

Forrest is the new batsman ...

5.2

Finn to Forrest, OUT, and he's now the old batsman. That looks plumb. Finn is keeping the ball very full, and this time he moves it back into the right-hander. Forrest prodded from his crease and was smacked flush on the back pad. He has a quick word with Watson, presumably about a review, and then marches right off. That ball was smashing into off and middle.

PJ Forrest lbw b Finn 0 (2m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Michael Clarke is facing the hat-trick ball ... three slips wait for the edge.

5.3

Finn to Clarke, no run, oh my word, what a hat-trick ball! Finn pitches on a good length outside off and seams the ball sharply into Clarke, who strode forward to defend. The ball cut through the gap between bat and body and passed over the top of the stumps. Phew.

5.4

Finn to Clarke, no run, Clarke's staying in his crease now, and digs out a full ball with the bottom of his bat

John: "I guess given that Swann isn't playing Warner figured he couldn't switch-hit him so there was no point hanging around, but what's Forrest's excuse?"

Ian Bell goes under the helmet at short leg.

5.5

Finn to Clarke, no run, full and straight, Clarke stays in his crease and plays back to the bowler

5.6

Finn to Clarke, no run, good length and straight, Clarke gets behind the line and defends back down the pitch, a double-wicket maiden.

End of over 6 (wicket maiden) Australia 6/2 (RR: 1.00)
MJ Clarke    0* (4b)      ST Finn    3-2-2-2
SR Watson    4* (12b)      JM Anderson    3-1-4-0

6.1

Anderson to Watson, no run, good length, pitching on off and angling into Watson, who gets behind the line on the back foot and defends

6.2

Anderson to Watson, no run, Watson gets hit on the thigh pad by one that is a bit to straight and moves into the right-hander

6.3

Anderson to Watson, no run, hits a good length outside off and holds its line, a nice follow-up ball after two that came into the right-hander, Watson let it go through to the keeper

6.4

Anderson to Watson, no run, the ball jags back into Watson and hits him on the front pad, he had got outside the line of off stump while trying to defend though

6.5

Anderson to Watson, no run, a full ball swinging into off and middle stump, Watson defends on the front foot towards cover

6.6

Anderson to Watson, 2 runs, a little too straight again, Watson moves forward and across and glances the ball towards fine leg

End of over 7 (2 runs) Australia 8/2 (RR: 1.14)
SR Watson    6* (18b)      JM Anderson    4-1-6-0
MJ Clarke    0* (4b)      ST Finn    3-2-2-2

Matt: "I'm finding it absolutely ridiculous that people have dicided that Australia is rubbish. We are playing against one of the best teams In the world, in their conditions, missing one of our best batsman, and people are whining that we lost 2 games! Ridiculous."

7.1

Finn to Clarke, no run, good length outside off stump, Clarke shoulders arms

7.2

Finn to Clarke, no run, a half-volley around off stump, and Clarke meets it with the full face of the bat and drives towards Finn, who gets some hand on it and deflects the ball towards mid-off

7.3

Finn to Clarke, FOUR, that is the first poor ball of the morning, a full toss outside off stump, Clarke drives it through cover for the innings' first boundary

7.4

Finn to Clarke, no run, that is a gem from Finn, he hit a good length just outside off stump and got the ball to straighten on the right-hander, Clarke lunged forward to defend but was beaten

7.5

Finn to Clarke, 2 runs, full and straight, Clarke tries to flick but gets a thick inside edge past Bell at short leg

7.6

Finn to Clarke, no run, a good leave, left it on bounce after the ball pitched on a good length, it passed over off stump

End of over 8 (6 runs) Australia 14/2 (RR: 1.75)
MJ Clarke    6* (10b 1x4)      ST Finn    4-2-8-2
SR Watson    6* (18b)      JM Anderson    4-1-6-0

Mike: "Surprised at the lack of praise aimed at the England seamers this morning...you may have the conditions in your favour, but you have to use them. England have been immaculate." Agree entirely, apart from that full toss, they have been perfect.

8.1

Anderson to Watson, no run, Anderson pitches outside off and jags the ball into the right-hander, Watson defends

8.2

Anderson to Watson, no run, a huge appeal from Anderson once again but I think Watson got his front pad outside the line of off stump, might have got an inside edge on it as well

8.3

Anderson to Watson, no run, Watson pushes forward to defend again and plays it towards the off side

8.4

Anderson to Watson, no run, defended on the back foot towards the bowler

8.5

Anderson to Watson, no run, another loud appeal for lbw as Watson defends on the front foot, the ball hit him just outside the line and was a bit high as well

8.6

Anderson to Watson, no run, defended on the front foot

End of over 9 (maiden) Australia 14/2 (RR: 1.55)
SR Watson    6* (24b)      JM Anderson    5-2-6-0
MJ Clarke    6* (10b 1x4)      ST Finn    4-2-8-2

Apologies for the couple of references to Prior being behind the stumps. I had a brain fade.

9.1

Finn to Clarke, no run, short of a length outside off stump and the ball holds its line to beat Clarke's defensive push

9.2

Finn to Clarke, no run, fuller length around off stump, Clarke stays in his crease and drives towards mid-off

9.3

Finn to Clarke, 1 run, a half-volley around off stump and Clarke drives wide of the fielder at mid-off for a single

9.4

Finn to Watson, no run, a full ball swings into the middle of the bat as Watson moves forward to drive, but he hits it to the man at mid-off

9.5

Finn to Watson, no run, short of a length on middle and off, Watson gets behind the line and defends

9.6

Finn to Watson, no run, good length on off and middle, Watson defends from his crease towards the off side. This is probably the hardest start to an ODI match in ages

End of over 10 (1 run) Australia 15/2 (RR: 1.50)
SR Watson    6* (27b)      ST Finn    5-2-9-2
MJ Clarke    7* (13b 1x4)      JM Anderson    5-2-6-0

Anderson makes way for Tim Bresnan, bowling over the wicket.

Amjad: "It has been an absolute pleasure and complete privilege watching Jimmy and Finn bowling today, right from the ball 1."

10.1

Bresnan to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke pushes a full ball coming into him towards cover and the batsmen run a single after a moment's hesitation

10.2

Bresnan to Watson, no run, Watson strides forward to defend but he was playing for the movement into him, the ball held its line outside off and beat the bat

10.3

Bresnan to Watson, no run, a loud appeal for lbw but the umpire says not out. England will not review it this time. Bresnan jagged the ball back into the right hander and hit the pad. It was too high

10.4

Bresnan to Watson, no run, played off the back foot towards the of side

10.5

Bresnan to Watson, 1 run, a little too straight from Bresnan and Watson whips the ball off his pads behind square

Ah the sun's made an appearance for the first time today. Very little sun though.

10.6

Bresnan to Clarke, 1 run, dropped at point! Clarke drove at a full ball outside off and edged it towards Morgan, it went straight to him and fell straight out as well. That's a sitter. Don't think he got much hand on it actually, seemed to thud into his chest.

End of over 11 (3 runs) Australia 18/2 (RR: 1.63)
MJ Clarke    9* (15b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    1-0-3-0
SR Watson    7* (31b)      ST Finn    5-2-9-2

Broad replaces Finn, the quality in this England attack is endless.

11.1

Broad to Clarke, no run, good length but a bit too wide outside off for Clarke to want to play a shot

11.2

Broad to Clarke, no run, full on off stump, Clarke moves forward and drives to the man at mid-off

Josh: "England have to be careful not to let Australia off the hook here. Even though the first PP is over, they can still keep the men around the bat and bowling in the right areas to ensure Australia don't start pushing singles."

11.3

Broad to Clarke, no run, good length and the ball straightens outside off stump to beat Clarke's defences

11.4

Broad to Clarke, 3 runs, fuller ball outside off, Clarke leans forward and drives through wide mid-off, the fielder gives chase

11.5

Broad to Watson, no run, good length just outside off stump, Watson moves forward and defends

11.6

Broad to Watson, no run, defended on the front foot towards point

End of over 12 (3 runs) Australia 21/2 (RR: 1.75)
SR Watson    7* (33b)      SCJ Broad    1-0-3-0
MJ Clarke    12* (19b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    1-0-3-0

Bresnan running in with the sun on his back. Tinges of blue sky in between all the grey.

12.1

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, good length outside off stump, the batsman lets it go

12.2

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, Clarke leans forward and plays an elegant cover drive to a full ball, but it's to the fielder

12.3

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, good length on off stump, defended back to the bowler

12.4

Bresnan to Clarke, 2 runs, on middle and leg stump, Clarke stays back and flicks the ball through square leg

12.5

Bresnan to Clarke, 2 runs, full ball on middle stump, Clarke leans across and drives the ball through midwicket

12.6

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, good length outside off stump, Clarke strides out and shoulders arms

End of over 13 (4 runs) Australia 25/2 (RR: 1.92)
MJ Clarke    16* (25b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    2-0-7-0
SR Watson    7* (33b)      SCJ Broad    1-0-3-0

13.1

Broad to Watson, no run, Broad keeps it full and beats Watson, who came forward to defend. He was playing for the angle into him but the delivery held its line outside off stump

13.2

Broad to Watson, FOUR, that's the first shot Watson's played with authority today. He came forward to a half-volley and thumped the ball hard between the bowler and mid-off

13.3

Broad to Watson, no run, defended on the front foot

13.4

Broad to Watson, no run, short of a length ball outside off stump, Watson is beaten on the cut

13.5

Broad to Watson, 1 no ball, Australia have a free hit. Broad over-stepped as he delivered a full ball on off stump, which Watson played back to him

13.5

Broad to Watson, SIX, he's smashed it, off the front foot. The length was not full, Watson came forward and pulled across the line, lofting the ball over the long-on boundary, it just cleared the rope

13.6

Broad to Watson, 3 runs, driven off the front foot through cover, that will make it 14 off the over, the best over for Australia by a mile

End of over 14 (14 runs) Australia 39/2 (RR: 2.78)
SR Watson    20* (40b 1x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    2-0-17-0
MJ Clarke    16* (25b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    2-0-7-0

Bopara replaces Bresnan, bowling medium-pace from over the wicket with no catchers in place.

14.1

Bopara to Watson, no run, good length outside off stump, played off the back foot towards cover

14.2

Bopara to Watson, no run, Watson heaves across the line at one that isn't short enough to pull from outside off stump, the ball passes under his bat

14.3

Bopara to Watson, 1 run, good length delivery angling into the right-hander, Watson moves forward and pushes towards mid-on

14.4

Bopara to Clarke, no run, full ball outside off stump, Clarke moves forward and plays towards cover

14.5

Bopara to Clarke, no run, Clarke moved forward and across to on-drive but got a bit of inside edge on to the pad

Pankaj: "England need to be wary of Clarke. He is cutting loose now. Need to put some more pressure here."

14.6

Bopara to Clarke, no run, good length outside off stump, Clarke moves forward and defends towards cover

End of over 15 (1 run) Australia 40/2 (RR: 2.66)
MJ Clarke    16* (28b 1x4)      RS Bopara    1-0-1-0
SR Watson    21* (43b 1x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    2-0-17-0

Cook's taken the bowling Powerplay.

15.1

Broad to Watson, no run, good length on off stump, Watson stays back and opens the face to steer the ball towards point

15.2

Broad to Watson, FOUR, shot! Too full from Broad and Watson strides forward and meets it with a wonderfully straight bat, driving with power past the bowler. Broad tried to get down quickly but had no chance

15.3

Broad to Watson, 1 run, a bit of room outside off and Watson cuts past gully towards third man

15.4

Broad to Clarke, no run, pitches on a good length outside off stump and seams slightly away from Clarke,who stays back and shoulders arms.

Broad's been bowling with a cross seam, whereas Finn had it upright.

15.5

Broad to Clarke, no run, Broad pitches on a good length and seams it away from Watson, who stays back and prods inside the line of the ball

15.6

Broad to Clarke, 2 runs, Clarke strides out to defend but gets an outside edge that runs towards third man

The players are having their first drinks break. Australia have begun to recover after the most torrid of starts.

End of over 16 (7 runs) Australia 47/2 (RR: 2.93)
MJ Clarke    18* (31b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    3-0-24-0
SR Watson    26* (46b 2x4 1x6)      RS Bopara    1-0-1-0

Bresnan is back for his second spell, after that one Bopara over.

16.1

Bresnan to Watson, no run, Watson is struck on the front pad as he moves forward to defend, Bresnan appeals but the impact was outside the line of off stump

16.2

Bresnan to Watson, no run, good length around off stump, Watson comes forward and defends on the off side

More sawdust being put on the bowler's landing area.

16.3

Bresnan to Watson, 1 run, short of a length outside off stump, Watson has width and so he cuts hard, Morgan dives to his right and saves three runs at point

16.4

Bresnan to Clarke, FOUR, too full and Clarke comes forward to drive, he begins to run but the ball eventually beats the fielder diving across from mid-off

16.5

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, good length outside off stump, Clarke strides forward and shoulders arms

16.6

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, that's gone over middle stump! Bresnan pitched around off and jagged the ball back into Clarke, who came forward to defend but was cut in half

End of over 17 (5 runs) Australia 52/2 (RR: 3.05)
MJ Clarke    22* (34b 2x4)      TT Bresnan    3-0-12-0
SR Watson    27* (49b 2x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    3-0-24-0

Anderson's back for his second spell, replacing Broad. He's bowling from a different end at the moment.

17.1

Anderson to Watson, no run, the first ball is a bit straight but Watson fails to connect while trying to whip off his pads

17.2

Anderson to Watson, 1 run, short of a length outside off, Watson stays back and cuts the ball past the fielder at gully

17.3

Anderson to Clarke, FOUR, that's a half-volley on the pads, Clarke leans forward and across and flicks to the square-leg boundary to bring up the 50 partnership with Watson

17.4

Anderson to Clarke, no run, full and straight, on off and middle, Clarke plays the ball towards Anderson

17.5

Anderson to Clarke, no run, good length on off and middle, Clarke defends from his crease

17.6

Anderson to Clarke, no run, Anderson appeals for lbw but he's largely on his own this time. The ball nipped back from a good length and struck Clarke high on the back pad before going towards the gully region

End of over 18 (5 runs) Australia 57/2 (RR: 3.16)
MJ Clarke    26* (38b 3x4)      JM Anderson    6-2-11-0
SR Watson    28* (51b 2x4 1x6)      TT Bresnan    3-0-12-0

18.1

Bresnan to Watson, no run, defended on the back foot towards the off side

18.2

Bresnan to Watson, no run, good length around off stump, Watson moves forward to defend

18.3

Bresnan to Watson, OUT, bowled him! Watson tried to steer towards third man but the ball was too full and jagged back sharply into the right-hander. He was cramped for room and ended up bottom edging on to middle stump

SR Watson b Bresnan 28 (85m 54b 2x4 1x6) SR: 51.85

So Australia's recovery stand has been broken. Watson's gone, Clarke's lucky to be there and is joined by George Bailey.

18.4

Bresnan to Bailey, 1 run, good length on off stump,Bailey stays in his crease and pushes on the leg side

18.5

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, Clarke stays on the back foot and plays towards midwicket

18.6

Bresnan to Clarke, 1 run, steered off the front foot through point for a single

End of over 19 (2 runs) Australia 59/3 (RR: 3.10)
MJ Clarke    27* (40b 3x4)      TT Bresnan    4-0-14-1
GJ Bailey    1* (1b)      JM Anderson    6-2-11-0

Shah: "I have seen Anderson play for years. And what I have concluded is that he is the unluckiest of bowlers as he creates pressure and the others just reap the benefits because the batsman look to go after them and not Anderson."

19.1

Anderson to Clarke, no run, good length outside off stump, the ball holds its line, Clarke lets it pass

19.2

Anderson to Clarke, no run, Anderson swings one into the blockhole, Clarke moves forward and plays to midwicket

19.3

Anderson to Clarke, no run, good length on of stump, Clarke gets behind the line and defends

19.4

Anderson to Clarke, no run, good length on off and middle, Clarke moves forward and drives to midwicket

19.5

Anderson to Clarke, no run, Anderson pitches on off stump and gets the ball to straighten on Clarke, who closes the bat face ever so slightly and gets an outside edge towards point

19.6

Anderson to Clarke, no run, good length outside off, Clarke punches from the crease towards cover

End of over 20 (maiden) Australia 59/3 (RR: 2.95)
MJ Clarke    27* (46b 3x4)      JM Anderson    7-3-11-0
GJ Bailey    1* (1b)      TT Bresnan    4-0-14-1

20.1

Bresnan to Bailey, FOUR, short and wide outside off stump, Bailey cuts hard off the back foot and through the gap at point

20.2

Bresnan to Bailey, no run, defended from the crease towards the off side

20.3

Bresnan to Bailey, 1 run, played off the pads in front of square for a single

20.4

Bresnan to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke cuts the ball in front of point for a quick single

Pranav: "@Shah - It's called bowling in tandem, aka bowling partnerships. The whole point is for Anderson to create pressure at one end - the batsmen then try to release the pressure at the other end and give away their wickets! Kudos to England for bowling to their plan!"

20.5

Bresnan to Bailey, no run, Bailey's been cut in half as he tried to defend one that jagged back into him from the crease. He was beaten between bat and body

20.6

Bresnan to Bailey, 1 run, Bailey was trying to drive towards extra cover but got an inside edge past square leg instead

End of over 21 (7 runs) Australia 66/3 (RR: 3.14)
GJ Bailey    7* (6b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    5-0-21-1
MJ Clarke    28* (47b 3x4)      JM Anderson    7-3-11-0

Bopara's back ... replacing Anderson.

21.1

Bopara to Bailey, no run, full ball outside off stump, Bailey drives to mid off

21.2

Bopara to Bailey, no run, a low full toss, which Bailey drives to the fielder at mid-on

21.3

Bopara to Bailey, 2 runs, full ball outside off stump, Bailey moves forward and plays the square drive, placing the ball towards Morgan's left at point

21.4

Bopara to Bailey, OUT, that is a terrific ball and it's bowled Bailey! Bopara pitched the ball on a good length around middle stump and got it to straighten and leave the right-hander just enough to beat the outside edge of Bailey's forward push and clip the top of off stump. McGrath would have approved of that one

GJ Bailey b Bopara 9 (12m 10b 1x4 0x6) SR: 90.00

David Hussey is the new batsman, there's a slip for him.

21.5

Bopara to Hussey, no run, good length outside off, Hussey lets it pass

21.6

Bopara to Hussey, no run, Bopara roars the appeal for lbw after the yorker strikes Hussey on the boot. Umpire Nigel Llong says not out and Cook has asked for the review. The ball swung a long way into the right-hander, Hussey was playing forward from his crease and missed as he aimed for midwicket. Replays show the ball clipping leg stump but that's not good enough to overturn the on-field umpire's decision. Hussey survives, and is a trifle lucky to.

End of over 22 (2 runs) Australia 68/4 (RR: 3.09)
DJ Hussey    0* (2b)      RS Bopara    2-0-3-1
MJ Clarke    28* (47b 3x4)      TT Bresnan    5-0-21-1

Board's back for another spell.

22.1

Broad to Clarke, no run, good length on off stump, played past the bowler towards mid-on, a loud shout of "Wait" from Clarke and they don't run in the end

22.2

Broad to Clarke, no run, has that hit Clarke's inside edge? England have no reviews left. No inside edge. The ball jagged from a good length into the right-hander and beat Clarke's forward push. That hit him in line with middle stump and would have knocked over leg stump. England can't review it though, after the unsuccessful review against Hussey in Bopara's over.

22.3

Broad to Clarke, 1 run, flicked through square leg for a single

22.4

Broad to Hussey, no run, driven on the front foot towards mid off

22.5

Broad to Hussey, 1 leg bye, flicked off the pads behind square

22.6

Broad to Clarke, no run, good length on off stump, played from the crease towards point

End of over 23 (2 runs) Australia 70/4 (RR: 3.04)
MJ Clarke    29* (51b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    4-0-25-0
DJ Hussey    0* (4b)      RS Bopara    2-0-3-1

Sarah: "I take objection to the description that Bopara's delivery was 'clipping' leg stump, crashing, thumping or thudding would be more appropriate." Fair enough, but it's only a predictive path. Thumping was what Broad's delivery would have done to Clarke's leg stump.

23.1

Bopara to Hussey, no run, defended on the off side

23.2

Bopara to Hussey, 1 run, pushed towards point off the front foot

23.3

Bopara to Clarke, no run, full ball on off stump, driven on the front foot to mid-off

23.4

Bopara to Clarke, no run, good length outside off stump, Clarke prods away from his body and is beaten

23.5

Bopara to Clarke, no run, good length again, this time angling into the right-hander, Clarke defends on the leg side

23.6

Bopara to Clarke, 1 run, clipped off the pads through midwicket

End of over 24 (2 runs) Australia 72/4 (RR: 3.00)
MJ Clarke    30* (55b 3x4)      RS Bopara    3-0-5-1
DJ Hussey    1* (6b)      SCJ Broad    4-0-25-0

24.1

Broad to Clarke, 1 run, fuller length on off stump, punched off the front foot through cover

24.2

Broad to Hussey, no run, hits a good length around off and nips into the right-hander, Hussey stays back and blocks

24.3

Broad to Hussey, 1 run, Hussey stays back again and knocks the ball into the gap at cover

24.4

Broad to Clarke, no run, good length outside off, Clarke lifts his bat out of the way

24.5

Broad to Clarke, no run, good length a little wider outside off stump, the batsman lets it pass

24.6

Broad to Clarke, 1 run, edged and has that carried? If it has, it's been dropped, but atough chance. Clarke came forward to drive and got an outside edge that went right between the keeper and first slip. Kieswetter dived to hisright, Anderson dived to his left but the ball went down.

End of over 25 (3 runs) Australia 75/4 (RR: 3.00)
MJ Clarke    32* (59b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    5-0-28-0
DJ Hussey    2* (8b)      RS Bopara    3-0-5-1

Cheers George, that could have made it even better for England, they're still all over Australia though...

25.1

Bopara to Clarke, no run, left outside off

25.2

Bopara to Clarke, no run, better ball that beats the outside edge

25.3

Bopara to Clarke, no run, another one on a great length and has Clarke feeling outside off and getting beaten again

25.4

Bopara to Clarke, 1 run, touch shorter and pulled out to deep midwicket

25.5

Bopara to Hussey, no run, defended from a full length just outside off

25.6

Bopara to Hussey, no run, played to cover again, this time with a firmer push but the fielder comes in to take a single

End of over 26 (1 run) Australia 76/4 (RR: 2.92)
DJ Hussey    2* (10b)      RS Bopara    4-0-6-1
MJ Clarke    33* (63b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    5-0-28-0

Clarke has enjoyed some fortune but needs to cash in on his let offs...

26.1

Broad to Clarke, no run, forward and pressed to point

26.2

Broad to Clarke, no run, unsure of coming forward, blocked into the covers

26.3

Broad to Clarke, no run, angled in from back of a length, off the pad into the off side

26.4

Broad to Clarke, no run, forward with bat and pad together, pushed to cover

26.5

Broad to Clarke, no run, forward to block more concertedly into the covers

26.6

Broad to Clarke, 1 run, fuller and pushed through cover, the fielder goes back and prevents the second run

End of over 27 (1 run) Australia 77/4 (RR: 2.85)
MJ Clarke    34* (69b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    6-0-29-0
DJ Hussey    2* (10b)      RS Bopara    4-0-6-1

Plenty of rebuilding to do before Australia can push on, it's so difficult to get going today...

27.1

Bopara to Clarke, 1 leg bye, length which beats the attempted turn to leg, off the pad into the off side

27.2

Bopara to Hussey, FOUR, full and pushed towards mid on and, oh dear Broad is beaten on the slide and it trickles away for four

England's fielding really has not been up to scratch...

27.3

Bopara to Hussey, no run, wowzer is this close to the off stump, left alone and it nips back and just goes over the off stump

27.4

Bopara to Hussey, 1 run, pushed wide of extra cover for a sharp single

27.5

Bopara to Clarke, no run, full and wide, Clarke enticed to play a drive and it ends up being a wild swipe that misses

27.6

Bopara to Clarke, no run, Clarke beaten again! Fabulous stuff from Bopara

I doubted his bowling before but on this pitch he has been as troublesome as the rest of the attack...

End of over 28 (6 runs) Australia 83/4 (RR: 2.96)
MJ Clarke    34* (72b 3x4)      RS Bopara    5-0-11-1
DJ Hussey    7* (13b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    6-0-29-0

28.1

Broad to Hussey, no run, shouldered arms outside off

28.2

Broad to Hussey, no run, full and left alone outside off

28.3

Broad to Hussey, no run, another huge shout for an lbw by Broad, again turned down because of height one assumes and indeed it is so this time it's a good decision

28.4

Broad to Hussey, no run, blocked on the crease around off stump

28.5

Broad to Hussey, no run, length around middle and off, pushed to mid on, they consider and then refuse the single

28.6

Broad to Hussey, no run, full just outside off stump and pushed to cover

More miserly bowling...

End of over 29 (maiden) Australia 83/4 (RR: 2.86)
DJ Hussey    7* (19b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    7-1-29-0
MJ Clarke    34* (72b 3x4)      RS Bopara    5-0-11-1

Nothing Australia can do but just grind away here...

29.1

Bopara to Clarke, no run, full and dug out to point

29.2

Bopara to Clarke, 1 run, good length, played slightly around the pad down to long leg

29.3

Bopara to Hussey, no run, blocked on off stump back up the wicket

29.4

Bopara to Hussey, no run, turned to midwicket on a length

29.5

Bopara to Hussey, 1 run, driven outside off, comes off an inside edge towards square leg, it was a loose drive to the wrong length but they get one

29.6

Bopara to Clarke, 1 run, back foot punch out past point

Bopara skips through another cheap over...

End of over 30 (3 runs) Australia 86/4 (RR: 2.86)
MJ Clarke    36* (75b 3x4)      RS Bopara    6-0-14-1
DJ Hussey    8* (22b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    7-1-29-0

FInn with a change of ends for a second spell, immaculate first up...

30.1

Finn to Clarke, 1 run, ran down to third man

30.2

Finn to Hussey, 1 run, tucked into midwicket from a good length around middle and off

30.3

Finn to Clarke, no run, good length and defended back up the wicket

30.4

Finn to Clarke, no run, played into the off side on the back foot

30.5

Finn to Clarke, no run, cracking delivery drawing Clarke forward and driving, the ball seamed away and bounced beating Clarke all ends up

30.6

Finn to Clarke, no run, bumper and ducked

End of over 31 (2 runs) Australia 88/4 (RR: 2.83)
MJ Clarke    37* (80b 3x4)      ST Finn    6-2-11-2
DJ Hussey    9* (23b 1x4)      RS Bopara    6-0-14-1

31.1

Bopara to Hussey, 1 run, played with nice soft hands down to third man

31.2

Bopara to Clarke, 1 run, full and punched down to long on

31.3

Bopara to Hussey, no run, outside off and guided to point on the crease

31.4

Bopara to Hussey, 1 run, cut out to deep cover

Shots of the river behind the ground, full to the brim, it is a miracle we're playing today...

31.5

Bopara to Clarke, no run, played forward and guided into the covers

31.6

Bopara to Clarke, 1 run, little bit of width, Clarke coming forward and guided down to third man

Time for drinks with Australia at least getting something going again...

End of over 32 (4 runs) Australia 92/4 (RR: 2.87)
MJ Clarke    39* (83b 3x4)      RS Bopara    7-0-18-1
DJ Hussey    11* (26b 1x4)      ST Finn    6-2-11-2

32.1

Finn to Clarke, FOUR, excellent restart, this jags back off the seam and Clarke sort of back foot drive aimed at cover gets an inside edge to fine leg for four, lucky Clarke again

32.2

Finn to Clarke, OUT, cleaned him up now though and this is a cracker, a length ball seams back and takes the off and middle stumps. It's another great length, wasn't right up there to drive and Clarke got in a bad position, missed by a long way and his off stump ended up on the floor

MJ Clarke b Finn 43 (119m 85b 4x4 0x6) SR: 50.58

32.3

Finn to Wade, OUT, gone first ball again! And what a catch! Craig Kieswetter has flung himself to his right and taken a blinder on the juggle. It is a super delivery, back of length that zipped through and took an inside edge, Kieswetter took off, parried with the first attempted and then grabbed it as he fell to the ground

MS Wade c †Kieswetter b Finn 0 (2m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

So Finn on a hat-trick again...Brett Lee to face it...

32.4

Finn to Lee, no run, length outside off and left, not the best hat-trick ball, needed to make him play

32.5

Finn to Lee, no run, bouncer that Lee sways away from and it comes off his arm to the keeper

32.6

Finn to Lee, FOUR, width outside off and full, cracked away through the off side, belting stroke

Lee has looked in good form this series, needs a few more now...

End of over 33 (8 runs) Australia 100/6 (RR: 3.03)
B Lee    4* (3b 1x4)      ST Finn    7-2-19-4
DJ Hussey    11* (26b 1x4)      RS Bopara    7-0-18-1

33.1

Bopara to Hussey, 1 wide, stinker down leg side, miles wide

33.1

Bopara to Hussey, no run, responds with a ball outside off that wobbles in, well left

33.2

Bopara to Hussey, no run, full and punched to cover from just outside off stump

33.3

Bopara to Hussey, FOUR, this time he gets the drive past extra cover, just opening the face to steer it past the fielder, good stroke

33.4

Bopara to Hussey, no run, driven again, this time back to the bowler, did it carry to Bopara? Yep it did, out of the fingertips

33.5

Bopara to Hussey, 1 run, guided down to third man with an open face

33.6

Bopara to Lee, no run, back foot and punched to point

End of over 34 (6 runs) Australia 106/6 (RR: 3.11)
B Lee    4* (4b 1x4)      RS Bopara    8-0-24-1
DJ Hussey    16* (31b 2x4)      ST Finn    7-2-19-4

34.1

Finn to Hussey, 1 run, full and pushed to point who dives and half-saves, they take a single

34.2

Finn to Lee, FOUR, length ball that nips back and takes an inside edge as Lee tried to awkwardly fend it off, goes to fine leg

34.3

Finn to Lee, no run, back of a length and a cut and miss

34.4

Finn to Lee, no run, tried to same stroke to a fuller length, played and missed again

34.5

Finn to Lee, 2 runs, a sand-wedge over the bowler, taken off a length over the bowler's head it plugs absolutely dead in the outfield

34.6

Finn to Lee, no run, more length this time and kept out back to bowler

End of over 35 (7 runs) Australia 113/6 (RR: 3.22)
B Lee    10* (9b 2x4)      ST Finn    8-2-26-4
DJ Hussey    17* (32b 2x4)      RS Bopara    8-0-24-1

Lee looks as if he's not going to bother waiting for the good delivery that might get him, he's going to play some strokes and a chance now to use the Powerplay...and Bresnan returns...

35.1

Bresnan to Hussey, 1 run, driven from outside off, comes off an inside edge to leg

35.2

Bresnan to Lee, 1 run, chipped in front of square leg

35.3

Bresnan to Hussey, 1 run, a little too straight again and worked through square leg

35.4

Bresnan to Lee, no run, better line and just dropped into the leg side

35.5

Bresnan to Lee, no run, blocked again back up the wicket

35.6

Bresnan to Lee, no run, back of a length and blocked awkwardly, Lee was unsure where that ended up

End of over 36 (3 runs) Australia 116/6 (RR: 3.22)
B Lee    11* (13b 2x4)      TT Bresnan    6-0-24-1
DJ Hussey    19* (34b 2x4)      ST Finn    8-2-26-4

Broad returns, this attack is relentless but John wants Finn in England's Test side: "Finn has been the pick of the England bowlers in every game so far. He MUST play in the SA tests." But can you drop Bresnan after his performances? And what about Onions? He outbowled Finn at Edgbaston...

36.1

Broad to Hussey, 1 run, full and driven, a hand at extra cover saves four but they still get a run

36.2

Broad to Lee, no run, just back of length and blocked on the crease

36.3

Broad to Lee, 1 run, turned from a fuller length through square leg

Third man, long leg and deep square the deep fielders...

36.4

Broad to Hussey, 1 run, back of a length and dropped square on the leg side again

36.5

Broad to Lee, no run, width offered and again Lee throws the hands at it, slapping to mid off

36.6

Broad to Lee, no run, full and pushed to cover

End of over 37 (3 runs) Australia 119/6 (RR: 3.21)
B Lee    12* (17b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    8-1-32-0
DJ Hussey    21* (36b 2x4)      TT Bresnan    6-0-24-1

37.1

Bresnan to Hussey, FOUR, width and cut for four, a gift and Hussey cashed in

They're just producing a nice little stand these two, run a ball stuff...

37.2

Bresnan to Hussey, no run, back to block around the off stump

37.3

Bresnan to Hussey, no run, good length, Hussey stays in his crease and turns towards midwicket

37.4

Bresnan to Hussey, no run, length on off stump and blocked to cover

37.5

Bresnan to Hussey, 1 wide, leg side wide

37.5

Bresnan to Hussey, no run, length and blocked on middle and off

37.6

Bresnan to Hussey, no run, similarly defended

End of over 38 (5 runs) Australia 124/6 (RR: 3.26)
DJ Hussey    25* (42b 3x4)      TT Bresnan    7-0-29-1
B Lee    12* (17b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    8-1-32-0

John the weatherman: "I've been watching the radar and there's some rain heading north so we may not get away unscathed. There's possibly more behind it too so England will want to watch the D/L par score very closely when they're batting."

38.1

Broad to Lee, no run, guided toward point on the off side

38.2

Broad to Lee, no run, bumper and ducked beneath

38.3

Broad to Lee, no run, back of a length and played back up the wicket on the back foot

38.4

Broad to Lee, 1 run, tucked awkwardly through the leg side

38.5

Broad to Hussey, no run, back of a length into the thigh pad and Hussey tried to turn it around the corner

38.6

Broad to Hussey, 1 run, turned to midwicket and another midfield gives away a single

England's fielding throughout the series really has not been 100%...

End of over 39 (2 runs) Australia 126/6 (RR: 3.23)
DJ Hussey    26* (44b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    9-1-34-0
B Lee    13* (21b 2x4)      TT Bresnan    7-0-29-1

39.1

Bresnan to Hussey, no run, short and wide, would have been an extra had Hussey not attempted to cut, he only got it to cover too

Just laxed in standards has Bresnan...

39.2

Bresnan to Hussey, 1 run, dropped towards cover

39.3

Bresnan to Lee, no run, Lee gave himself a little bit of room there but left a short ball outside off

39.4

Bresnan to Lee, no run, fired in full at the pads, ricochets to cover

39.5

Bresnan to Lee, 1 wide, bumper and ducked but too short and called wide

39.5

Bresnan to Lee, no run, another short ball, Lee steps away to try and cut again but misses

39.6

Bresnan to Lee, 1 run, length and turned to the 45

End of over 40 (3 runs) Australia 129/6 (RR: 3.22)
B Lee    14* (25b 2x4)      TT Bresnan    8-0-32-1
DJ Hussey    27* (46b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    9-1-34-0

That ends the Powerplay, Australia have taken 16 in this latest set of five overs...now a bit of spin and Samit Patel is the need for spin today...

40.1

Patel to Lee, no run, forward and blocked back up the wicket

40.2

Patel to Lee, no run, that is awesome, turn and bounce past the outside edge, what a delivery

40.3

Patel to Lee, no run, down the wicket, Lee not to the pitch and blocked with the pad

40.4

Patel to Lee, no run, more turn and it's off the outside edge high on the bat to backward point who was just moved there

40.5

Patel to Lee, 2 runs, this is too short though and punched down wide of long off for a two, well ran

40.6

Patel to Lee, no run, blocked just outside off

Maybe it is a spinner's day too! A great over...

End of over 41 (2 runs) Australia 131/6 (RR: 3.19)
B Lee    16* (31b 2x4)      SR Patel    1-0-2-0
DJ Hussey    27* (46b 3x4)      TT Bresnan    8-0-32-1

How many can Australia tick up to here? Nine to go and Bopara returns...

41.1

Bopara to Hussey, 2 runs, short and cut out wide of deep cover so they can get back for the second

41.2

Bopara to Hussey, no run, full toss and missed out, only finding the bowler

41.3

Bopara to Hussey, no run, pushed back up the pitch from just outside off

41.4

Bopara to Hussey, 2 runs, hit into the deep, Bell screams in from deep cover to get there, gets two hands to it but can't hold on and another chance is missed by England

41.5

Bopara to Hussey, no run, blocked around off stump

41.6

Bopara to Hussey, 1 run, pushed down to long off from a full length

Better over, five from it...

End of over 42 (5 runs) Australia 136/6 (RR: 3.23)
DJ Hussey    32* (52b 3x4)      RS Bopara    9-0-29-1
B Lee    16* (31b 2x4)      SR Patel    1-0-2-0

42.1

Patel to Hussey, 1 run, flighted up and pushed down to long off

42.2

Patel to Lee, no run, middle and leg, ran back to the bowler

42.3

Patel to Lee, no run, down the wicket and blocked with bat and pad

42.4

Patel to Lee, 1 run, floated up, dropped carefully to the leg side and the scamper through for a run

42.5

Patel to Hussey, no run, driven firmly to extra cover

42.6

Patel to Hussey, no run, driven softer to the same fielder

End of over 43 (2 runs) Australia 138/6 (RR: 3.20)
DJ Hussey    33* (55b 3x4)      SR Patel    2-0-4-0
B Lee    17* (34b 2x4)      RS Bopara    9-0-29-1

Change again and Anderson is back...

43.1

Anderson to Lee, no run, off stump on a length, pushed in to cover

43.2

Anderson to Lee, 2 runs, slapped towards long off but it goes hardly anywhere meaning they can get two, landing between extra cover going back and long off coming in

43.3

Anderson to Lee, 1 run, pushed on the ground this time to long on

43.4

Anderson to Hussey, FOUR, driven and a edge past the wicketkeeper diving at full stretch to third man for four

Easy to say now but surely a slip is worth a go when a side is six down?

43.5

Anderson to Hussey, 1 run, full and flicked to midwicket

And the 50-run partnership comes up, fine stand in 68 balls, excellent progress and have put some runs on the board...

43.6

Anderson to Lee, no run, shorted outside off and left alone

End of over 44 (8 runs) Australia 146/6 (RR: 3.31)
B Lee    20* (38b 2x4)      JM Anderson    8-3-19-0
DJ Hussey    38* (57b 4x4)      SR Patel    2-0-4-0

180 would be some kind of target, we don't know what this pitch will go on to do in the second half...

44.1

Patel to Hussey, 2 runs, back and worked down to long on, they come back and Lee with a dive takes the second

44.2

Patel to Hussey, FOUR, floated up and it's leg side, steered very fine for four

44.3

Patel to Hussey, FOUR, and now short and pulled wide of long on, finds the gap well

44.4

Patel to Hussey, 1 run, pushed for a single to extra cover

44.5

Patel to Lee, 1 run, another single through the off side

44.6

Patel to Hussey, 2 runs, back of a length and cut out through point for two wide of deep cover

50 for Hussey and that is a tremendous effort, I said in the preview to this match that Hussey was the key to guiding this lower order and that's exactly what he's done today, marvellous effort that...

End of over 45 (14 runs) Australia 160/6 (RR: 3.55)
DJ Hussey    51* (62b 6x4)      SR Patel    3-0-18-0
B Lee    21* (39b 2x4)      JM Anderson    8-3-19-0

45.1

Anderson to Lee, SIX, shot! Picked up from a full length on leg stump and he whacks it with great timing over deep square leg

45.2

Anderson to Lee, OUT, but this time finds the fielder, holing out to long on, was the necessary? It was mistimed and Broad came in to take a comfortable catch. Having just taken a six was another big heave required? Five singles, 11 off the over would do. After a lovely little innings that was a poor way to go really

B Lee c Broad b Anderson 27 (52m 41b 2x4 1x6) SR: 65.85

And now we have genuine tailenders out there...

45.3

Anderson to Hussey, 1 run, length and dropped into the off side for a single

Now the slip comes in, should have been there a while ago...

45.4

Anderson to McKay, no run, back of a length outside off and guided to point

45.5

Anderson to McKay, 1 run, pushed square on the off side

45.6

Anderson to Hussey, no run, cut at and missed outside off

Ended up being a good over after going for six first ball...

End of over 46 (8 runs) Australia 168/7 (RR: 3.65)
DJ Hussey    52* (64b 6x4)      JM Anderson    9-3-27-1
CJ McKay    1* (2b)      SR Patel    3-0-18-0

Finn replaces Patel...glad to see the slip is retained...

46.1

Finn to McKay, no run, forward and blocked into the covers

46.2

Finn to McKay, no run, pushing at a length ball just outside off, another great length

46.3

Finn to McKay, no run, full and there's a noise as McKay drives, the noise was bat on pad, good decision

46.4

Finn to McKay, 1 wide, leg side

46.4

Finn to McKay, no run, drive and a miss again, this time he definitely hit his pad

46.5

Finn to McKay, no run, forward to block just outside off, solid that time

46.6

Finn to McKay, 1 run, dropped into the leg side so McKay will keep the strike, England will like that

End of over 47 (2 runs) Australia 170/7 (RR: 3.61)
CJ McKay    2* (8b)      ST Finn    9-2-28-4
DJ Hussey    52* (64b 6x4)      JM Anderson    9-3-27-1

47.1

Anderson to McKay, FOUR, short and pulled for four, may England won't like McKay on strike, wonderful stroke, perfect technique

47.2

Anderson to McKay, no run, blocked around middle and off, they consider flashing through for a run but decide not too

47.3

Anderson to McKay, OUT, smashed up in the air, so high up, miles up and well taken by Bresnan at mid off, fine take diving backwards in the the end, McKay tried to go down the ground with a drive but simply went high and nowhere near long enough

CJ McKay c Bresnan b Anderson 6 (10m 11b 1x4 0x6) SR: 54.54

47.4

Anderson to Hussey, 1 run, full and smashed down to long off

Pattinson now...

47.5

Anderson to Pattinson, 1 run, played forward and eased through cover

47.6

Anderson to Hussey, 1 run, opened his body and guided to third man

End of over 48 (7 runs) Australia 177/8 (RR: 3.68)
DJ Hussey    54* (66b 6x4)      JM Anderson    10-3-34-2
JL Pattinson    1* (1b)      ST Finn    9-2-28-4

Two overs to go, can Australia reach 190 that's a score that will take some getting I reckon...

48.1

Finn to Hussey, 2 runs, step away and cut past point, Trott comes around and saves four, they take a couple

48.2

Finn to Hussey, 1 run, heaved down to long on this time there's no chance of a second run

48.3

Finn to Pattinson, 1 run, back of a length ball that rears up slightly but it's guided down well for a run behind square on the off side

48.4

Finn to Hussey, FOUR, great shot, straight down the ground over the bowler's head and it's well timed too

48.5

Finn to Hussey, 1 run, slower outside off, cut to point and they scramble through for the run

48.6

Finn to Pattinson, no run, swing and a miss outside off

Fine spell for Steve Finn...

End of over 49 (9 runs) Australia 186/8 (RR: 3.79)
JL Pattinson    2* (3b)      ST Finn    10-2-37-4
DJ Hussey    62* (70b 7x4)      JM Anderson    10-3-34-2

Now what can Hussey do in this last over, Bresnan to bowl it...

49.1

Bresnan to Hussey, FOUR, meets it on the full and gets it behind square on the leg side for four, helped around the corner

49.2

Bresnan to Hussey, FOUR, nearly the same again, in fact this beats midwicket and runs for four more, another shot helped into the leg side having met it on the full

Important runs here...

49.3

Bresnan to Hussey, OUT, caught on the boundary and Hussey falls trying to find the rope again, slugging a length ball towards long off, Anderson comes round and claims the comfortable chance

DJ Hussey c Anderson b Bresnan 70 (120m 73b 9x4 0x6) SR: 95.89

Brilliant innings from Hussey, he's given his side something to bowl at...

49.4

Bresnan to Pattinson, 2 runs, slapped over midwicket, not quite timed but two more

49.5

Bresnan to Pattinson, 2 runs, belted down the ground and the charge back for two to long off who retuned poorly

49.6

Bresnan to Pattinson, 2 runs, dug out towards long on and they get two again

14 off the last over and that completes a fine comeback having been 96 for 6. David Hussey has shown that if you stick around there are runs in this pitch. He played a fabulously controlled innings and has set up a solid total, not a huge total but on this wicket a huge score isn't required you wouldn't have though. But you can only judge a pitch until both teams have played on it and England will be chasing 201 to win after tea and George will be back with you then...

End of over 50 (14 runs) Australia 200/9
JL Pattinson    8* (6b)      TT Bresnan    9-0-46-2
BW Hilfenhaus    0* (0b)      ST Finn    10-2-37-4
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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Ravi Bopara struck the winning runs, England v Australia, 4th ODI, Chester-le-Street, July 7, 2012

Ravi Bopara struck the winning runs

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Jul 7, 2012

James Pattinson took 0 for 46 in his first match in England, England v Australia, 4th ODI, Chester-le-Street, July 7, 2012

James Pattinson took 0 for 46 in his first match in England

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