Australia tour of England and Ireland, 5th ODI: England v Australia at Manchester, Jul 10, 2012
England won by 7 wickets (with 11 balls remaining) (D/L method)
10 July 2012 - day/night match (50-over match)

James Anderson to open the bowling on his home ground...

At last, here come the players. We. Have. Cricket. Warner and Wade to open for Australia.

5.25pm "Daft," starts Hugh. "No offence Tredwell (well, some), but you have no real future as an England player. Rather have Samit, Briggs or Monty playing first. But Woakes is going to star in all formats. If he ever gets a game."

And here's Ed Dixon: "Ha ha! So after all the talk, Australia won't actually get to bowl at Bres after all during the whole series."

5.15pm England win the toss and bowl, no real surprise there. Tim Bresnan has a sore elbow so misses out and England play both James Tredwell and Samit Patel. No rest for either Stuart Broad or James Anderson. Still no game for Woakes, either.

"Would have expected the ball to swing today, so I'm a bit surprised Tredwell has been preferred to Woakes," says James.

For Australia, Steve Smith and Xavier Doherty are back so plenty of spin on show today.

England Alastair Cook, Ian Bell, Jonathan Trott, Ravi Bopara, Eoin Morgan, Craig Kieswetter, Samit Patel, Stuart Broad, James Tredwell, James Anderson, Steven Finn

Australia David Warner, Matthew Wade, Peter Forrest, Michael Clarke, George Bailey, David Hussey, Steve Smith, Clint McKay, James Pattinson, Ben Hilfenhaus, Xavier Doherty

5.10pm Good news, folks, the covers are coming off and we'll have the toss shortly

5.00pm The toss has been pushed back to 5.15pm but we are still on for a 32-over match.

4.45pm Reports from the ground that it has started to rain a little but the players continue to warm up...and the covers are now back on.

4.35pm Hello everyone, Gnasher here for the first time today as Alan has gone on a coffee run. The players are out in the middle warming up as we cling to the hope that the rain will stay away.

4.15pm: So, you've an hour or so to amuse yourselves. The toss should be at 5pm, as long as the rain doesn't return. I'm going to go grab a coffee and stretch my glutes in preparation for some actual commentary, but I'll leave you with a few more offerings from the postbag ...

"I think the difference is it's supposed to be raining in Melbourne, whereas it's not supposed to be in England," says Guy in response to Mark (3.55pm). Though he's obviously never experienced a summer in this country if he thinks that.

"Good news for us, bad news for Mitch," chirps Dubes, "he now has to walk the talk! I am pretty sure he made that statement after watching the weather forecast. This should teach him to rely on weather forecasts!" Has anyone ever walked the talk? I'm not quite sure how that would work.

Ed Dixon has issued a mea culpa: "The rain is all my fault. Well to be exact, it's my wife's fault actually as after many years of trying, she has finally managed to master the art of the rain dance in order to interfere with my cricketing ambitions, but has clearly overdone it. Sorry everyone."

James, meanwhile, is look further down the line: "For England fans, the main event of the summer should be the South Africa series, and you would have thought England would try to get in some proper preparation. Sadly, the poor quality of the opposition hasn't allowed us to do so."

4.10pm: Hallelujah - your patience has been rewarded. They're going to try for a 5.30pm start at Old Trafford, with 32 overs per side. Powerplay overs will be seven (mandatory) at the start, then three batting and three bowling. Two bowlers to be allowed seven overs each, three with six.

4pm: Actually, it looks reasonably clear over Manchester at the moment. Messrs Dar, Gould and Erasmus are plodding around diligently, inspecting various patches of turf ...

"I hope that this inspection goes smoothly now that Mister Dar has discovered that Mister Gould has on occasion been known to perform inspections with a certain Mr Bowden." Indeed, Mark, it was a great scandal at the time but I believe the two gentlemen to have been reconciled, for the sake of their good reputations in umpiring circles.

3.55pm: With the sense of timing of Mr Collins asking Elizabeth Bennett for her hand in marriage, it has apparently just started to spit at Old Trafford. The umpires, of course, are due to make an inspection shortly.

"To make the Poms feel slightly better, it is currently raining solidly at the moment in Melbourne." I think I'm right in saying, Mark, that the Poms aren't necessarily the ones in need of being made to feel better ...

3.50pm: Jason is off on a flight of fancy. "Just imagine... looking out the window of your carriage, watching the scenery flow past when, suddenly, a ghostly image of Aleem Dar's head appears in the window to give you out." Sounds more like Dickens than Austen, I have to say, Jase. Still, all literary contributions welcome, in these rain-delay longueurs.

Pavan, meanwhile, can't resist a 4-0 jibe: "A tin of whitewash for Christmas? Is Dhoni driving this heavy roller?"

3.30pm: Out in the middle at Old Trafford, the groundstaff appear to have ceded control of the heavy roller to a 15-year-old boy. Apparently he is a competition winner ... Imagine entering a competition to have a go on a heavy roller! It'd be like asking your parents for a tin of whitewash for Christmas.

Hugh, meanwhile, has a different take on the whims of the weather gods: "It's all a conspiracy against Chris Woakes. Someone just doesn't want him to prove himself ..." What can Woakes have done to upset Michael Fish (the god of inconvenient rainfall), Hugh?

3.20pm: Steve has news of the sun: "Got up at 5.45am to watch this latest Australian cricket lesson. It's only 102F here now at 7.10am in the Phoenix valley. Personally I'd quite like to watch it rain! Haven't had any here for months. Rain is about as rare as good Aussie batting..." Ouch. Tough time to be green-and-gold when even the US is ragging on you - though I expect Steve is an expat who can't quite believe his internet connection these days.

"So, to continue the Jane Austen theme, does that mean that we are in for a bit of domestic trauma, before everything turns out fine in the end?" Well, Mark, if Alastair Cook and Ian Bell aren't happily engaged by sundown, I'll eat my bonnet.

James, however, isn't convinced: "Sorry about this, but I'm really struggling to imagine Aleem Dar glancing coquettishly at anyone." Just imagine those deep brooding eyes looking deep into your soul, James. He'd be a perfect Mr Dar-cy.

3.10pm: News from Old Trafford is that there is going to be another umpires inspection at 4pm. The pitch is getting a trim from the mower but there are one or two muddy patches still causing the umpires concern. The clouds above the ground are still of the gun-metal grey variety, so Lincoln might have to dance like Michael Flatley for a while yet.

3.05pm: "Good morning from Aus, 12.01am, waiting up patiently for some cricket action, got my fingers and toes crossed," writes Lincoln, who I assume is either an Anglophile or a glutton for punishment. "Performing a 'dry' dance in my living room."

3pm: The umpires are taking a turn around the pitch. I like to imagine them arm-in-arm, like a couple of Jane Austen heroines, every now and again glancing coquettishly over the grand piano at the two captains. And as Sky are showing highlights of the 2007 CB Series, I'll assume that's what they are doing.

2.45pm and 4.3sec: It hasn't start raining ... We may be in luck.

2.45pm: The hover cover on the wicket is now the only protection being afforded the pitch. Expect the deluge to begin in about 4.3 seconds.

By the way, to the ones of you asking why Boucher has 998 dismissals on the records page - he took one catch in the outfield, against West Indies in 2010 when AB de Villiers was keeping wicket. You can thank Stat Detective Brydon Coverdale for that titbit. Firdose's story has been tweaked accordingly.

2.35pm: On The Subject of English Weather: "More games have been rained off in the midlands than the north this year," says Sanjay. "If you look at the T20 groups, as many as 10 games have been washed out in just 2 weeks. The North Group by comparison has about 6 washouts. Warwickshire suffered 4 washouts + WI Test ruined + Oz ODI ruined. And as I write this, it's raining heavily in Brum so tomorrow's CB40 game is in jeopardy too. Birmingham is the new Manchester."

"The problem is that most of that 806mm seems to be on the outfield at the moment," giggles Mark, in response to Gerard's earlier point about average rainfall.

James, meanwhile, didn't have a ticket for Hit factory Live ... "Probably the best thing that could happen to a Stock Aitken Waterman reunion gig, IMHO. Also, Isle of Wight festival was flooded, floods in south west and north east, I tried to go to the Headingley ODI v West Indies. Manchester has no monopoly on rain."

And here's the man who started an argument in an empty cricket ground, Ed Bowden: "No offence meant to the Mancunians, it has been a dreadful summer all over the country. I just hope Lancs insured themselves against food and drink sales as well as ticket refunds like Warwicks. But they are touchy!"

2.30pm: Looking a bit more promising out in the middle, where a breeze is blowing and the majority of the covers on the square are off. Some of the players are on the outfield and there's an air of expectancy among the crowd ... Well, it's either that or half-cut ambivalence, I'm not quite sure which. Umpires inspection will take place in half an hour.

2.20pm: "C'mon guys don't forget his wicket," pipes up Scott. "It takes him to 1000!" A Test average of 6, for a wicketkeeper, might be his most impressive stat ...

Meanwhile, Ed Bowden has got a few backs up: "'Which idiot organised a game of cricket in Manchester in July?' says Ed Bowden. When will people stop having a go at Manchester weather? Has no-one noticed that it has rained almost incessantly this summer all over England and Wales. Have these images of floods on television been a myth? For the records Manchester has 806mm of rain on average a year and Cardiff just over 1100mm/year." Gerard Walsh just wanted that off his chest.

Charles Frankland prefers a more biting response: "Which idiot would organise a reunion concert in London in July. As they say down there, we really love stereotyping the rest of the country." For those who aren't fans of Stock, Aitken and Waterman (unlikely, I know, but there might be a few), this is what Charles is referring to.

2.10pm: "Somehow, 999 dismissals feels a bit like a batting average of 99.94. And that's good company." An excellent point, James. He also has a word in defence of today's venue: "To be fair to Manchester (Ed Bowdon), games of cricket have been getting rained off all over the country this 'summer'."

2pm: Anil Katwal highlights Boucher's huge haul of victims: "Take a bow, Mark Boucher. What a career. Finishes on 999 dismissals in international cricket. Will that ever be beaten?" The odds suggest Boucher's marks will last for some time. His 555 Test dismissals puts him more than 100 ahead of Adam Gilchrist; MS Dhoni is the next-best current keeper, with 220. As Dileep Premachandran has just tweeted, Dhoni has 496 victims in international cricket, less than half of Boucher's bag of skulls. Here's a piece from the archive about Boucher's 500 Test catches.

1.55pm: We've had a few messages on Boucher, who has been forced to quit international cricket after sustaining a freak eye injury. Here's his 108 against England at Durban in 1999 - his third Test ton of a breakthrough year.

"Boucher was not the most naturally talented player," begins Sebastian, "but I have so much respect for him because he squeezed everything out of what he had, and I really admire his grit, determination and concentration."

And here's Asha: "A great sportsman. Felt really sad when I heard the news. We will certainly miss you Bouch. Well wishes for the future and hope you will recover from that injury soon!"

1.45pm: Right, the toss has officially been delayed and the umpires will make an inspection at 3pm. This feels like deja vu all over again. I'm not too confident about this one - hope may spring eternal but I think even hope has sprung a leak.

"Which idiot organised a game of cricket in Manchester in July?" says Ed Bowden. "As they say up there, if you can't see the Pennines it is raining. If you can, it will start soon." Never mind the Pennines, it's quite difficult to make out The Point in the murk. Although, in fairness to the administrators, if you're going to organise any outdoor activity in Manchester, in normal circumstances July would seem a fair month to do it.

1.35pm: First pictures from Old Trafford and Sky's Nick Knight is standing in a puddle. That doesn't necessarily mean he looks any wetter than usual, though ... arf. The good news is: it is not currently raining. The bad: the groundstaff expect the pitch will need at least two or three hours to dry out. If any more rain comes (and there is some forecast for later in the day) it could be curtains.

A look at our favourite rain map of the country suggests the worst has passed for now. The cut-off time is 7.07pm (or 7.17pm, if they can only squeeze in a 20-over game with a shortened interval).

1.25pm: Hello there, you're looking well. Is that a new haircut? Anyway, welcome to live, hand-typed coverage of the fifth and final ODI between England and Australia. Apparently the weather is looking mardier than the Stone Roses when asked a question by someone from the Daily Mail. However, we'll keep you up to date with developments and hopefully the rain will relent to get some sort of a game on. To tide you over, here is David Hopps' preview of the match and the latest bullish statement of intent from Steve Harmison Mitchell Johnson.

Meanwhile, away from Manchester, the breaking news from the South Africa camp is that Mark Boucher has officially announced his retirement from international cricket, due to the eye injury he sustained at Taunton yesterday. Very sad news, I'm sure you'll agree, as this tour of England was due to be Boucher's last, allowing him to reach 150 Tests and pass 1,000 dismissals in the international game. Please do feel free to send in your tributes ...


Anderson to Wade, no run, outside off, hint of movement back into the batsman and it's left alone


Anderson to Wade, 1 run, fuller on off stump, driven firmly down the ground to the off side and but mid-off is quite straight


Anderson to Warner, no run, pushed across and left alone

Lots of sawdust around for the bowlers


Anderson to Warner, no run, a touch wider outside off and he shoulders arms


Anderson to Warner, no run, pitched up fuller, Warner comes forward and pushes towards mid-off

Slip and a short midwicket catching. Fine leg in the circle


Anderson to Warner, no run, good line outside off stump and he opts not to play again

End of over 1 (1 run) Australia 1/0 (RR: 1.00)

    • DA Warner 0 (4b)
    • MS Wade 1 (2b)
    • JM Anderson 1-0-1-0

Steven Finn will share the new ball...he's been outstanding


Finn to Wade, no run, what a beauty to start with...full outside off and it draws Wade forward who then plays and misses with a drive

Two slips for Finn


Finn to Wade, no run, and again! Beaten two in two. Some pace on that from Finn as Wade launches into a drive and the ball beats the edge


Finn to Wade, no run, full on middle and off, gets a good stride in and blocks to mid-off


Finn to Wade, no run, back of a length and this one nips back into the left hander who is taken at the top of the pads


Finn to Wade, 1 run, this jars the splice as Wade plays it towards square leg and takes one hand off the bat


Finn to Warner, no run, dragged a little short and wide but Warner can't take advantage as he flashes and misses at a cut

End of over 2 (1 run) Australia 2/0 (RR: 1.00)

    • DA Warner 0 (5b)
    • MS Wade 2 (7b)
    • ST Finn 1-0-1-0
    • JM Anderson 1-0-1-0

Anderson to Wade, no run, a cracker...completely squares up Wade as this swings in then seams away past the outside. Almost too good


Anderson to Wade, no run, full on middle and off, searching stuff from Anderson, Wade presses forward and defends


Anderson to Wade, no run, full outside off, carries through at ankle height to Kieswetter


Anderson to Wade, no run, short of a length at the body, Wade defends a touch awkwardly off the back foot


Anderson to Wade, no run, how do you play that? Beats the outside edge again with late movement from a full length and Wade is left prodding


Anderson to Wade, no run, squared up by a ball starting around leg stump that he tried to work through the on side and a leading edge rolls into the off side

End of over 3 (maiden) Australia 2/0 (RR: 0.66)

    • MS Wade 2 (13b)
    • DA Warner 0 (5b)
    • JM Anderson 2-1-1-0
    • ST Finn 1-0-1-0

Finn to Warner, 1 wide, extravagant seam movement and bounce as Warner is beaten playing another cut...but it's a fraction too wide


Finn to Warner, no run, now beaten on the front foot by a full delivery...this is fantastic bowling


Finn to Warner, FOUR, finally, they get one away and it's a very pleasing drive from Warner as he punches a full delivery straight past mid-off


Finn to Warner, no run, wider outside off stump


Finn to Warner, 1 run, whipped away from middle and leg down to long leg


Finn to Wade, no run, very full, yorker-length on the popping crease, squeezed out to the off side


Finn to Wade, no run, full on middle and off, solidly defended back to the bowler

End of over 4 (6 runs) Australia 8/0 (RR: 2.00)

    • MS Wade 2 (15b)
    • DA Warner 5 (9b 1x4)
    • ST Finn 2-0-7-0
    • JM Anderson 2-1-1-0

Anderson to Warner, no run, pitching around middle and leg, straightens on Warner who ends up playing it chest on due to the late swing


Anderson to Warner, 1 run, a touch shorter and Warner hops into the back foot to work it through midwicket


Anderson to Wade, no run, worked off leg stump to midwicket


Anderson to Wade, no run, full on off stump, brings Wade forward and he drives sweetly but straight to mid-off


Anderson to Wade, no run, another one scoots past the edge - already been plenty of them - as this seams away on off stump


Anderson to Wade, no run, behind the line this time and defended back to the bowler

End of over 5 (1 run) Australia 9/0 (RR: 1.80)

    • MS Wade 2 (19b)
    • DA Warner 6 (11b 1x4)
    • JM Anderson 3-1-2-0
    • ST Finn 2-0-7-0

Finn to Warner, no run, full and dug out back to the bowler


Finn to Warner, no run, another crackerjack! Bounces and seams away from off stump and Warner doesn't have a hope of playing it


Finn to Warner, no run, finds somewhere near the middle of the back this time, short of a length and punched to cover


Finn to Warner, no run, back on a full length and another punchy drive finds mid-off


Finn to Warner, no run, straighter this time and a well-timed flick goes straight to midwicket


Finn to Warner, FOUR, edged! Batsmen need some luck in these conditions and Warner finds some as he Chinese cuts past the stumps and a diving Kieswetter...the delivery nipped back into him to cramp him for room

End of over 6 (4 runs) Australia 13/0 (RR: 2.16)

    • DA Warner 10 (17b 2x4)
    • MS Wade 2 (19b)
    • ST Finn 3-0-11-0
    • JM Anderson 3-1-2-0

Anderson to Wade, 1 run, defends with an open face to backward point and they scramble a single which leaves Warner diving for his ground


Anderson to Warner, 2 runs, pulled down shorter and it's whipped away through square leg


Anderson to Warner, FOUR, nicely played, short again and Warner helps it behind square on the leg side with a pull which beats deep square-leg


Anderson to Warner, no run, good reply! Jags back to beat Warner on the inside edge as he tries to play through the off side


Anderson to Warner, 1 run, opens the face off the back foot and the ball just evades a diving backward point


Anderson to Wade, 1 run, full on off stump, opens the face down to third man

End of over 7 (9 runs) Australia 22/0 (RR: 3.14)

    • MS Wade 4 (21b)
    • DA Warner 17 (21b 3x4)
    • JM Anderson 4-1-11-0
    • ST Finn 3-0-11-0

First change of bowling as Stuart Broad comes into the attack


Broad to Wade, no run, starts back of a length and it is punched to cover...a cross-seam delivery from Broad


Broad to Wade, no run, nips back into the Wade from a good length and it's driven to point


Broad to Wade, no run, full and swinging into the pads, Wade misses out as he doesn't connect


Broad to Wade, 1 run, dropped Anderson has shelled one at slip...Wade went hard at the ball and edged at a good height just to Anderson's left so he had to move a bit but should have held it


Broad to Warner, no run, full on middle and leg, played to mid-on


Broad to Warner, 1 run, dropped into the off side and that's a well-judged single

End of over 8 (2 runs) Australia 24/0 (RR: 3.00)

    • DA Warner 18 (23b 3x4)
    • MS Wade 5 (25b)
    • SCJ Broad 1-0-2-0
    • JM Anderson 4-1-11-0

Finn to Warner, FOUR, well played by Warner who is starting benefit from the hard graft as he drives through the off side and Bopara can't quite haul it in


Finn to Warner, 1 run, full again at the stumps, punched firmly towards mid-on who is fairly deep and allowing the single


Finn to Wade, no run, outside off and left alone


Finn to Wade, 2 runs, edged! Did it carry to Tredwell at second slip? Yes, it looks as though it just got there so that goes down as another drop. Was a tough, low, catch but he seemed a little slow to move


Finn to Wade, no run


Finn to Wade, no run, full and driven with a crunch to mid-off

"England's ground fielding has been quite good this series but their catching has been very poor," says John. Yep, they will have to improve for the Test series against South Africa

End of over 9 (7 runs) Australia 31/0 (RR: 3.44)

    • MS Wade 7 (29b)
    • DA Warner 23 (25b 4x4)
    • ST Finn 4-0-18-0
    • SCJ Broad 1-0-2-0

Broad to Warner, no run, that's a wild swing by Warner as he tries to launch this over mid-on but only connects with fresh air


Broad to Warner, SIX, that's middled! Plays the same shot and connects with power this time as he lofts Broad high of mid-on


Broad to Warner, no run, pushed into the off side towards point


Broad to Warner, 1 run, tries to give himself a bit of room to drive through the off side but only finds mid-off


Broad to Wade, 1 wide, loses his fine down the leg side so that's an extra ball


Broad to Wade, 1 run, worked away from leg stump into square leg


Broad to Warner, 2 runs, dropped! Another one goes down and this time it's Samit Patel at third man as Warner goes up and over. Patel steadied himself under the catch but it was a pretty poor effort in the end. Cook is not impressed

Anyway, on that note it's over to Alan for ten overs

End of over 10 (11 runs) Australia 42/0 (RR: 4.20)

    • DA Warner 32 (30b 4x4 1x6)
    • MS Wade 8 (30b)
    • SCJ Broad 2-0-13-0
    • ST Finn 4-0-18-0

Hello again. That was a shocker from Patel ... Anyway, James Tredwell is on for his first bowl in international cricket for over a year


Tredwell to Wade, no run, round the wicket, tossed up and pushed to cover


Tredwell to Wade, 1 run, on the stumps, clipped through midwicket


Tredwell to Warner, no run, full, sliding down the leg side, goes back and taps to short fine leg


Tredwell to Warner, OUT, tossed up, misses with the sweep and gone! Warner often looks a little uncertain trying to work slower bowlers around and he falls to a plumb lbw decision, the ball was full and straightening on middle and he didn't get anything on it. Hawk Eye showing pretty big turn for Tredwell, suggesting the ball would have gone on to hit off

DA Warner lbw b Tredwell 32 (46m 32b 4x4 1x6) SR: 100.00

Decent start from Warner but Tredwell has winkled him out and England won't mind bowling at Wade and Forrest for a bit


Tredwell to Forrest, no run, back over the wicket, on off, pushed square


Tredwell to Forrest, 1 run, flighted on the stumps, gets out and drives to long-on for a single to get off the mark

End of over 11 (2 runs) Australia 44/1 (RR: 4.00)

    • PJ Forrest 1 (2b)
    • MS Wade 9 (32b)
    • JC Tredwell 1-0-2-1
    • SCJ Broad 2-0-13-0

Broad to Forrest, no run, full and straight, Forrest is hit on the pad ... bit appeal but Dar had correctly spotted a thin inside edge. Broad having no luck today


Broad to Forrest, 1 run, pitched up again, Forrest gets forward and drives past mid-off


Broad to Wade, no run, short ball, Wade tries to pull and swipes fresh air


Broad to Wade, no run, length ball this time, angled across the left-hander who thrusts a pad at it and lets it through outside off


Broad to Wade, no run, back of a length, Wade tries to play off his hips and the ball squirts into the off side


Broad to Wade, no run, touch short and wide, cut on the back foot straight to point

Here's John: "I'm sure Patel will relieved to see Warner gone but, given his low strike rate so far, England may not be so concerned about missing Wade... as long as they do get him before he goes nuts."

End of over 12 (1 run) Australia 45/1 (RR: 3.75)

    • MS Wade 9 (36b)
    • PJ Forrest 2 (4b)
    • SCJ Broad 3-0-14-0
    • JC Tredwell 1-0-2-1

Tredwell to Forrest, no run, pushed through outside off, forward nudge into the covers


Tredwell to Forrest, no run, length ball outside off, played back down the track


Tredwell to Forrest, no run, bit more flight, worked into the leg side


Tredwell to Forrest, no run, bit of spin back in from outside off, Forrest plays back and is hit on the pad, probably too high


Tredwell to Forrest, no run, on the stumps, worked towards square leg and Ravi Bopara fields sharply to prevent a run


Tredwell to Forrest, no run, full and on off, played back to the bowler - maiden from Tredwell

End of over 13 (maiden) Australia 45/1 (RR: 3.46)

    • PJ Forrest 2 (10b)
    • MS Wade 9 (36b)
    • JC Tredwell 2-1-2-1
    • SCJ Broad 3-0-14-0

Broad to Wade, 1 run, touch short of a length, Wade backs away and slaps a cut shot through point to the man in the deep


Broad to Forrest, 1 run, bouncer, well-directed at the batsman, who hoicks aerially through the vacant square leg area


Broad to Wade, 1 run, fuller length, driven square through the infield


Broad to Forrest, no run, good length, straightening and Forrest is squared up trying to work to leg, gets a leading edge into the off side


Broad to Forrest, no run, full and straight, played back down the pitch to mid-on


Broad to Forrest, no run, short ball outside off, Forrest this time misses with a swish at Broad

England have reapplied the tourniquet. Australia again battling the conditions ...

End of over 14 (3 runs) Australia 48/1 (RR: 3.42)

    • PJ Forrest 3 (14b)
    • MS Wade 11 (38b)
    • SCJ Broad 4-0-17-0
    • JC Tredwell 2-1-2-1

Tredwell to Wade, 1 run, OUT, they try for two to long-on, Tredwell takes the throw at the bowler's end and swings his arm behind his body to break the wicket ... Forrest is struggling here, yep, he's a few inches short. The batsmen were hustling, trying to put pressure on the fielders but it backfired and Forrest is felled

PJ Forrest run out 3 (12m 14b 0x4 0x6) SR: 21.42

Michael Clarke the new man in, Wade still on strike


Tredwell to Wade, no run, tossed up outside off, pushed into the covers


Tredwell to Wade, OUT, flighted, spinning past the bat as Wade advances and stumped! Lovely dismissal for Tredwell, who lured the struggling Wade out of his crease, beat him with the turn - in fact almost bowled him - and Kieswetter was alert to whip off the bails

MS Wade st †Kieswetter b Tredwell 12 (61m 41b 0x4 0x6) SR: 29.26

Australia have promoted Steve Smith to No. 5, they need something special from the young lad


Tredwell to Smith, 1 run, full and on the stumps, whipped through midwicket to get off the mark first ball


Tredwell to Clarke, 1 run, tossed up and Clarke also uses his feet to clip one down the ground


Tredwell to Smith, 1 run, flighted, Smith is on the walk again, chips slightly aerially past the diving Ian Bell at mid-on to the man on the boundary

Well, no one would pretend James Tredwell is in Graham Swann's league ... but he's had a similarly devastating effect thus far

End of over 15 (4 runs) Australia 52/3 (RR: 3.46)

    • SPD Smith 2 (2b)
    • MJ Clarke 1 (1b)
    • JC Tredwell 3-1-6-2
    • SCJ Broad 4-0-17-0

Broad to Smith, 2 runs, touch short, worked through the leg side into a gap and they pick up two


Broad to Smith, no run, pitched up outside off and Smith frees the arms, drives straight at extra-cover


Broad to Smith, 1 run, length ball, gets forward and pushes wide of extra-cover, Smith calls one but Clarke sends him back ... and Bopara's shy misses, giving them an over-throw


Broad to Clarke, OUT, dabbed towards point ... and a direct hit from Eoin Morgan runs out Clarke! Australia are in disarray here, trying to push for singles as England crowd round like vultures. Clarke ran the gauntlet but was left well short by an excellent throw as Morgan fielded on the bounce

MJ Clarke run out 1 (8m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

David Hussey heads out to try another salvage operation. Smith on strike, though


Broad to Smith, no run, length ball outside off, steps out and plays no stroke


Broad to Smith, 1 run, short of a length and tucked into the leg side

End of over 16 (4 runs) Australia 56/4 (RR: 3.50)

    • SPD Smith 6 (7b)
    • DJ Hussey 0 (0b)
    • SCJ Broad 5-0-21-0
    • JC Tredwell 3-1-6-2

Tredwell switched for the left-arm tweak of Samit Patel. One slip in place ...


Patel to Smith, no run, on the stumps, pushed back down the track


Patel to Smith, 1 run, flighted on off, Smith goes back and dabs through point, they think and then re-think about two


Patel to Hussey, 1 run, played on the front foot towards cover, another risky single but a misfield aids them


Patel to Smith, 1 run, goes back and works one into the leg side


Patel to Hussey, 1 run, flighted on leg stump, straightening and takes a leading edge that loop through mid-off, Bopara can't quite get across from extra-cover to snaffle it


Patel to Smith, 1 run, full and on the stumps, punched down the ground for one

"They're even making Tredwell look good!!" exclaims Derek. Forget Tredwell, Patel's taken on an unexpected air of menace too

End of over 17 (5 runs) Australia 61/4 (RR: 3.58)

    • SPD Smith 9 (11b)
    • DJ Hussey 2 (2b)
    • SR Patel 1-0-5-0
    • SCJ Broad 5-0-21-0

Finn back into the attack, England seeking the jugular, perhaps


Finn to Smith, no run, full and straight, gets forward well in defence


Finn to Smith, FOUR, slightly overpitched outside off, nicely timed drive back down the ground, bouncing over Finn and beating the dive at long-on


Finn to Smith, 2 runs, nudge off the pads, they chance a second and get it, bit of a misdirected throw from midwicket forces Kieswetter to take above his head


Finn to Smith, no run, length ball on the stumps, forward defensive


Finn to Smith, no run, bit of width, seams away a touch and beats Smith's outside edge as he dabbles at the ball away from his body


Finn to Smith, FOUR, short ball, angling down leg and deflected smartly down to fine leg for another boundary

Busy start here from Smith, just what Australia need from him

End of over 18 (10 runs) Australia 71/4 (RR: 3.94)

    • SPD Smith 19 (17b 2x4)
    • DJ Hussey 2 (2b)
    • ST Finn 5-0-28-0
    • SR Patel 1-0-5-0

Patel to Hussey, 1 run, length ball, on off stump and straightening, goes back and chops through square leg


Patel to Smith, 1 run, tossed up and driven down the ground for one


Patel to Hussey, 1 run, flighted on off stump, gets forward and pushes to the man at long-off


Patel to Smith, 1 run, length, outside off, hangs back and dabs to short third man


Patel to Hussey, no run, flighted on middle and leg, defended back to the bowler


Patel to Hussey, 2 runs, tossed up and lofted over extra-cover, the sweeper has to run around and they get two

"The Aussies cannot blame being put in on a seamer's paradise," says Neil, "two for Tredwell, two in the run out column, bring on SA for a real contest." Well, it's probably sticky as well as seaming - but it certainly hasn't been pretty from an Aussie point of view

End of over 19 (6 runs) Australia 77/4 (RR: 4.05)

    • DJ Hussey 6 (6b)
    • SPD Smith 21 (19b 2x4)
    • SR Patel 2-0-11-0
    • ST Finn 5-0-28-0

Another change by Cook, with Ravi Bopara into the attack


Bopara to Smith, OUT, loosener, down the leg side - and Smith gets a tickle through to Kieswetter! Australia hit another bump in the road and that's a gimme for Bopara, whose gentle medium pace somehow foxed Smith

SPD Smith c †Kieswetter b Bopara 21 (21m 20b 2x4 0x6) SR: 105.00

That would probably have been a wide if Smith hadn't managed a touch on the ball ... Anyway, George Bailey to the crease


Bopara to Bailey, no run, pitched up outside off, pushed on the front foot to cover


Bopara to Bailey, no run, straighter line, worked off the legs towards mid-on


Bopara to Bailey, 2 runs, full and slightly wide, hit uppishly through the covers


Bopara to Bailey, 1 run, bit of width again and cut through square this time


Bopara to Hussey, no run, length ball, hangs back and slaps a cut shot to point on the bounce

"Warner, Clarke, Smith & Hussey - IPL stars. Anderson, Finn, Broad & Tredwell - not. But I know which ones I'd prefer in my team!" Phil is in triumphal mood

End of over 20 (3 runs) Australia 80/5 (RR: 4.00)

    • DJ Hussey 6 (7b)
    • GJ Bailey 3 (4b)
    • RS Bopara 1-0-3-1
    • SR Patel 2-0-11-0

Patel to Bailey, 1 run, tossed up on off, clipped back down the ground


Patel to Hussey, 1 run, flighted, comes forward and drives through mid-off to the man in the deep


Patel to Bailey, 1 run, touch short, straightening on the stumps, goes back and knocks into the leg side

Australia's batsmen showing urgency now. Haven't got much rope to play with though


Patel to Hussey, 1 run, flighted outside off stump, driven to long-off


Patel to Bailey, 1 run, full and clipped through the covers for one


Patel to Hussey, 1 run, tossed up outside off and driven square for another single

End of over 21 (6 runs) Australia 86/5 (RR: 4.09)

    • DJ Hussey 9 (10b)
    • GJ Bailey 6 (7b)
    • SR Patel 3-0-17-0
    • RS Bopara 1-0-3-1

Bopara to Hussey, OUT, Bopara strikes again as Hussey feathers through to the keeper! It was another innocuous delivery, slightly short and wide, Hussey tried to dab it through the off side and nicked off. Bopara's golden arm could probably refloat the European economy right now

DJ Hussey c †Kieswetter b Bopara 9 (21m 11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 81.81

James Pattinson in at No. 8


Bopara to Pattinson, 1 run, full and sliding across, thick edge down to third man


Bopara to Bailey, no run, line and length around off, played back to the bowler


Bopara to Bailey, no run, tight line on the stumps, defended on the back foot


Bopara to Bailey, no run, fuller, ducking in a touch, can't beat mid-off with a drive


Bopara to Bailey, no run, full, almost yorker length and punched short on the leg side

Right, Gnasher is "coiled" and ready to take you through the final ten overs ...

End of over 22 (1 run) Australia 87/6 (RR: 3.95)

    • GJ Bailey 6 (11b)
    • JL Pattinson 1 (1b)
    • RS Bopara 2-0-4-2
    • SR Patel 3-0-17-0

Thanks Alan. Tredwell is back on


Tredwell to Pattinson, no run, big appeal first ball as this takes the pad with Pattinson not far forward but it's probably missing leg stump


Tredwell to Pattinson, no run, cuts and misses at one that bounces outside off


Tredwell to Pattinson, no run, played to the leg side


Tredwell to Pattinson, 1 run, flicked in the air, one bounce to long-on


Tredwell to Bailey, 1 run, full outside off, whipped with the turn past a diving midwicket


Tredwell to Pattinson, no run, another big appeal for lbw. This is close and they review. It's pad first as Pattinson lunges forward. This will be tight. But the impact is umpires' call and it was also missing off stump. So excellent decision by Ian Gould

End of over 23 (2 runs) Australia 89/6 (RR: 3.86)

    • JL Pattinson 2 (6b)
    • GJ Bailey 7 (12b)
    • JC Tredwell 4-1-8-2
    • RS Bopara 2-0-4-2

Bopara to Bailey, 1 run, full outside off, driven to a deepish mid-off


Bopara to Pattinson, no run, tight on middle and off, Pattinson defends back to the bowler


Bopara to Pattinson, no run, no width on offer, defended to the off side


Bopara to Pattinson, no run, full toss outside off, Pattinson drives and got a thin edge but the ball went straight to ground through to Kieswetter


Bopara to Pattinson, no run, pulls the length back and it's defend to cover


Bopara to Pattinson, no run, play and miss outside off as Pattinson drives to end a very tight over

End of over 24 (1 run) Australia 90/6 (RR: 3.75)

    • JL Pattinson 2 (11b)
    • GJ Bailey 8 (13b)
    • RS Bopara 3-0-5-2
    • JC Tredwell 4-1-8-2

Tredwell to Bailey, 1 run, a fumble in the field gives Bailey a single...he drove against the spin and the inside edge bobbled to the leg side


Tredwell to Pattinson, 1 run, round the wicket, driven down the on side and Tredwell can't reach it with a dive


Tredwell to Bailey, no run, tries to paddle this from way outside off stump but doesn't make contact


Tredwell to Bailey, 1 run, manages successfully this time and scoops it past the keeper through short fine-leg


Tredwell to Pattinson, no run, inside edge into the pad leads to a stifled lbw appeal


Tredwell to Pattinson, no run, big appeal, both for a catch and lbw I think, but it's not out to either. Plenty of turn for Tredwell as Pattinson played against the spin. The ball ended up a slip but not off the edge. It also pitched outside leg

End of over 25 (3 runs) Australia 93/6 (RR: 3.72)

    • JL Pattinson 3 (14b)
    • GJ Bailey 10 (16b)
    • JC Tredwell 5-1-11-2
    • RS Bopara 3-0-5-2

Bopara to Bailey, no run, full on off stump, pushed back to Bopara in his follow through


Bopara to Bailey, 1 run, worked into midwicket for a very sharp single


Bopara to Pattinson, no run, chopped into the off side


Bopara to Pattinson, no run, good work at cover by Anderson as his dive cuts off any chance of a run from a nice-looking drive


Bopara to Pattinson, 1 run, a slower ball is edged down to third man


Bopara to Bailey, 1 run, tucked from off stump down to long-on

End of over 26 (3 runs) Australia 96/6 (RR: 3.69)

    • GJ Bailey 12 (19b)
    • JL Pattinson 4 (17b)
    • RS Bopara 4-0-8-2
    • JC Tredwell 5-1-11-2

Tredwell to Bailey, no run, uses his feet but can't beat midwicket


Tredwell to Bailey, 1 run, goes for a sweep from well outside off stump, gets a top edge but no one is catching at short fine-leg

Still a slip in for the left hander


Tredwell to Pattinson, 1 run, swept firmly in front of deep square-leg

Cook now in at short fine-leg


Tredwell to Bailey, 1 run, flicked along the ground through a straight midwicket to the man in the deep


Tredwell to Pattinson, no run, flicked in the air but short of midwicket


Tredwell to Pattinson, no run, goes for a cut and gets beaten on the bottom edge...not far from off stump

"I never thought I'd read the headline: "Bopara and Tredwell rip open the Aussie middle order"! Dear Jimmy, can you fix it for me...," says Phil

End of over 27 (3 runs) Australia 99/6 (RR: 3.66)

    • JL Pattinson 5 (20b)
    • GJ Bailey 14 (22b)
    • JC Tredwell 6-1-14-2
    • RS Bopara 4-0-8-2

Stuart Broad is back into the attack


Broad to Bailey, 1 run, full length, shapes into Bailey who drives down to long-on to take Australia to three figures


Broad to Pattinson, 1 run, short of a length and worked down to long leg


Broad to Bailey, no run, on off stump and pushed back to the bowler


Broad to Bailey, 1 run, full and nicely driven but he picks out mid-off on the edge of the circle


Broad to Pattinson, 1 run, short ball, Pattinson arches his back and gives himself a touch of room to angle it down to third man


Broad to Bailey, 1 run, pinball out there...Bailey works it from outside off to midwicket, Pattinson raced up for a run but was sent back and a direct hit then sent the ball flying off to the deep so they take a single anyway

End of over 28 (5 runs) Australia 104/6 (RR: 3.71)

    • GJ Bailey 17 (26b)
    • JL Pattinson 7 (22b)
    • SCJ Broad 6-0-26-0
    • JC Tredwell 6-1-14-2

Tredwell to Bailey, SIX, breaks free with a clean strike over long-on...strongly played


Tredwell to Bailey, no run, comes down the pitch again, takes the pad into the off side and can't get the single


Tredwell to Bailey, 1 run, worked along the deck to long-on


Tredwell to Pattinson, no run, round the wicket, goes for a sweep and doesn't connect...gets taken on the pad outside off


Tredwell to Pattinson, 1 run, flicked towards midwicket who can't stop it with a dive but Patel does well in the deep with a one-handed return


Tredwell to Bailey, 1 run, swept from outside off to deep square

Tredwell finishes with 2 for 23, an excellent return to the side

End of over 29 (9 runs) Australia 113/6 (RR: 3.89)

    • GJ Bailey 25 (30b 1x6)
    • JL Pattinson 8 (24b)
    • JC Tredwell 7-1-23-2
    • SCJ Broad 6-0-26-0

Australia take their batting Powerplay to close the innings. Finn is back


Finn to Bailey, 1 run, on off stump, pushed into the off side and Finn can't cut off the run from his follow through

Meanwhile, the ECB have announced played availability ahead of the first Test against South Africa, with England's five frontline bowlers - James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, Tim Bresnan and Steven Finn - all kept out of county cricket this week so won't bowl again ahead of the South Africa series.


Finn to Pattinson, FOUR, backs away to give himself room and carves a full delivery outside off over point


Finn to Pattinson, no run, tries to go over the same area but this time it's short and beats the top edge


Finn to Pattinson, 1 run, cuts again and gets a bottom edge that bobbles towards Kieswetter


Finn to Bailey, 1 run, bouncer from Finn and it's pulled with pretty good control down to fine leg


Finn to Pattinson, OUT, big appeal and not out...England are convinced Pattinson edged the slower ball as he heaved to leg. No reviews left for England. There was certainly a noise. Oh, hang on, the umpires are conferring about whether this has carried. So it could be out after all. This isn't a review, it's the umpires asking for the TV help. Everyone standing around. And he's out!. So Aleem Dar clearly heard an edge

JL Pattinson c †Kieswetter b Finn 13 (35m 28b 1x4 0x6) SR: 46.42

After all that Australia are seven down with two overs left

End of over 30 (7 runs) Australia 120/7 (RR: 4.00)

    • GJ Bailey 27 (32b 1x6)
    • ST Finn 6-0-35-1
    • JC Tredwell 7-1-23-2

Broad to Bailey, no run, opens the face and finds backward point


Broad to Bailey, FOUR, lovely shot, Bailey helps the ball backward of square on the leg side...was just a fraction short and he rolled his wrists nicely to beat deep square


Broad to Bailey, FOUR, back-to-back boundaries as he inside edges a full delivery past short fine-leg...Broad followed the batsman outside leg stump


Broad to Bailey, 1 run, back of a length and clubbed down to long-on


Broad to McKay, FOUR, edged away, more useful runs for Australia as McKay plays away from the body and gets it wide of the slips in the penultimate over


Broad to McKay, no run, swing and a miss as he tries to clear the leg side

End of over 31 (13 runs) Australia 133/7 (RR: 4.29)

    • CJ McKay 4 (2b 1x4)
    • GJ Bailey 36 (36b 2x4 1x6)
    • SCJ Broad 7-0-39-0
    • ST Finn 6-0-35-1

James Anderson will bowl the final over


Anderson to Bailey, 1 leg bye, big appeal for lbw as Bailey moved across his stumps to try and go through the leg side and probably got outside the line of off stump...ooh, mighty close but just outside


Anderson to McKay, 1 run, flicked out to deep square-leg to give the strike back to Bailey


Anderson to Bailey, no run, excellent delivery, saw the batsman moving to leg this time and following him which meant Bailey could only dig the yorker back to Anderson


Anderson to Bailey, SIX, that's a clean strike! Picked it up beautifully and launched it over long-on...been a very good innings from Bailey. Anderson just missed his length


Anderson to Bailey, no run, slower, shorter ball outside off and Bailey doesn't make contact


Anderson to Bailey, FOUR, and they close with another boundary as Bailey drills Anderson straight down the ground and he's given Australia something to bowl at

The last two overs cost 25 runs and, on a pitch offering help for seam and spin, it means Australia just have a chance. However, England are still strong favourites to make it 4-0. Excellent bowling by Tredwell and Bopara and we'll be back shortly with the run chase.

End of over 32 (12 runs) Australia 145/7

    • GJ Bailey 46 (41b 3x4 2x6)
    • CJ McKay 5 (3b 1x4)
    • JM Anderson 5-1-22-0
    • SCJ Broad 7-0-39-0





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