NatWest Series [Australia in England] - 1st ODI

England v Australia

Australia won by 4 runs

And here come the players under breezyish clouds, England wearing an aggressive hue of red. Anderson's taking the new ball, natch. Tim Paine to open for Australia, the rather unknown wicketkeeper.

In answer to a few tongue-in-cheek emails: yes, the run-ups are just dandy. And yes, the players are safe. As safe as they can be given Shah is within a 100 metre radius of them all, that is.

And here's Australia's much-changed side. So we're pretty much all primed, set and ready to explode. Twenty short minutes until the start. Andrew Miller's at the ground and will be providing regular stats, like the Wendy he is, and we'll be back just before play begins. Be ready.

1 Shane Watson, 2 Tim Paine (wk) , 3 Cameron White, 4 Michael Clarke (capt), 5 Callum Ferguson, 6 Michael Hussey, 7 James Hopes, 8 Mitchell Johnson, 9 Brett Lee, 10 Nathan Hauritz, 11 Nathan Bracken

Toss news: Strass flicks, Clarke calls tails, England win the toss and "we'll have a bowl actually," says Strauss. Wright will bat No.6. Any football today? "It was just a solid, professional warm-up this morning," smiles Strauss, like a brazen legend. Clarke was going to bat anyway, he says

Here's England's team. Pretty attacking lineup it is, too. Two spinners. Fascinating to see when Rashid comes into bat. Could be 6, 7 or 8 but I'm plumping for No. 8.

1 Ravi Bopara, 2 Andrew Strauss (capt), 3 Matt Prior (wk), 4 Owais Shah, 5 Paul Collingwood, 6 Luke Wright, 7 Stuart Broad, 8 Adil Rashid, 9 Graeme Swann, 10 James Anderson, 11 Ryan Sidebottom.

12.20pm Good afternoon, gluttons, and welcome to the first of a punishing seven ODIs between England and Australia. Who says there's too much cricket? Not I; nor us. I'm Will Luke, and will be joined today by Andrew McGlashan for the first time this summer - bar occasionally anonymous stints during the Ashes for my calls of nature and tobacco. As you'll know by now, England's Joe Denly will not be taking part, since Owais Shah hacked him to pieces playing football yesterday. I put up a slightly cheeky "Should football be banned as a warm-up?" poll last night, and only a disappointing 21.40% of you think the bladder-chasing sport should be banned by cricket teams. Disgraceful lack of loyalty you've all shown. That's all very much by the by; we've about 40 minutes until the start, and will keep you abreast of developments with haste and enthusiasm.

0.1

Anderson to Watson, 1 wide, and deservedly so. Miles away from the right-hander who swung his hands and missed it comfortably. A loose start by all involved

0.1

Anderson to Watson, no run, that too's a little too wide, and left alone

0.2

Anderson to Watson, no run, straighter and worked to Bopara at short midwicket

0.3

Anderson to Watson, no run, outside off and the first signs of a pitch lacking in pace. Lacking in bounce. That barely carried through to the keeper

0.4

Anderson to Watson, FOUR, bosh! Onto the front foot and flayed over cover-point. Third man didn't have a hope of stopping it to his right

0.5

Anderson to Watson, no run, better length and defended on the back foot. Paine wants a single and he's not stopping! Watson is adamant, however, and sends the young buck scurrying back in his box

0.6

Anderson to Watson, no run, well timed off the back foot to backward point

End of over 1 (5 runs) Australia 5/0 (RR: 5.00)
SR Watson    4* (6b 1x4)      JM Anderson    1-0-5-0
TD Paine    0* (0b)     

Stuart Broad's opening from the other end. Encouraging bowling stats from the lanky pacer - 76 at 26.75. And that's my first and last attempt at elegant variation for the day

1.1

Broad to Paine, no run, starts a little bit too wide of Paine

1.2

Broad to Paine, no run, a leg-cutter is left alone. Good length from Broad, but too wide

1.3

Broad to Paine, no run, now that's much better. Attacking the off stump and it keeps a little low on Paine, whose name is rife for punning later on, but it's well defended on the back foot

1.4

Broad to Paine, no run, an extravagant leave wide of the off stump. No need to touch those just yet

1.5

Broad to Paine, no run, defended on the back foot, and he's a little late on it. Broad's working is way up to 90mph here

1.6

Broad to Paine, no run, again late on it and cuts, but gets a thick inside edge

End of over 2 (maiden) Australia 5/0 (RR: 2.50)
TD Paine    0* (6b)      SCJ Broad    1-1-0-0
SR Watson    4* (6b 1x4)      JM Anderson    1-0-5-0

Poor old Aggers won't be commentating for TMS today. He put petrol into his diesel car. Woops!

Anderson hasn't taken a wicket since August 3rd, Gnasher McGlashan, my copliot today, informs me.

2.1

Anderson to Watson, no run, beaten by a beauty which left him off a length. Superb delivery. A fuller length is the length to bowl on this pitch

2.2

Anderson to Watson, no run, bottom edge! But too wide and it doesn't carry to Prior. Only your commentator gets even remotely excited

2.3

Anderson to Watson, 2 runs, bang! He's hammered that cut but Rashid scoots round from third man and after a bit of a juggle with his feet, retains his balance and cuts off four. And sends in a very good throw, too

2.4

Anderson to Watson, no run, inside edge again

2.5

Anderson to Watson, FOUR, my word, he's absolutely smashed that into Anderson's body. A firm off-drive of ugly power; he got a hand on it did Anderson but it still sped for four. Sheesh. He does nail it, Watson

2.6

Anderson to Watson, OUT, terrible run! Dabbed to backward point and Watson calls him through, but Collingwood's quick onto it and has all three pegs to aim at, running out Paine by at least two yards!

TD Paine run out 0 (11m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

End of over 3 (6 runs) Australia 11/1 (RR: 3.66)
SR Watson    10* (12b 2x4)      JM Anderson    2-0-11-0
     SCJ Broad    1-1-0-0

What in the name of village was Watson thinking of? That was a horribly poor run. "I feel his Paine," snorts Miller. Get out.

3.1

Broad to Watson, no run, angling back into Watson who's defending

Poor old Paine. He gave up all hope, didn't even bother running his bat in

3.2

Broad to Watson, 2 runs, nudged to leg

3.3

Broad to Watson, FOUR, brilliant hands from Watson, opening the face quite superbly and running it past slip for four. Class

3.4

Broad to Watson, no run, excellent comeback from Broad, dropping it just slightly shorter

"Stuart Broad needs 6 wickets today to become the highest wicket-taker for England in a bowler's first 50 ODIs," writes Ric Finlay. "Darren Gough (81) currently holds the record."

3.5

Broad to Watson, no run, on the back foot, he defends

3.6

Broad to Watson, 1 run, flicked off his hip behind square. "Easy single to Shah," spits my colleague, Gnasher, the former Lancashire fan

End of over 4 (7 runs) Australia 18/1 (RR: 4.50)
SR Watson    17* (18b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    2-1-7-0
CL White    0* (0b)      JM Anderson    2-0-11-0

4.1

Anderson to Watson, no run, the firmest of drives! His timing is breathtaking when he gets it right. That shot like a bullet to long-on

4.2

Anderson to Watson, 1 run, driven out to long-off, this time

4.3

Anderson to White, no run, left alone outside off

"The decision to take that run was so village it was Steeple Bumpstead," writes Steve Wood. Apropos of Watson's incredulous run to kill off Tim Paine

4.4

Anderson to White, no run, wide of the crease and this shapes back with the angle, beating White comfortably

4.5

Anderson to White, 1 run, straight enough for a nudge to mid-on, and White's off the mark

4.6

Anderson to Watson, 1 run, dabbed out to the off side and they get a quick single

End of over 5 (3 runs) Australia 21/1 (RR: 4.20)
SR Watson    19* (21b 3x4)      JM Anderson    3-0-14-0
CL White    1* (3b)      SCJ Broad    2-1-7-0

5.1

Broad to Watson, 1 run, opens the face while driving powerfully. Sidebottom cleans up at third man

5.2

Broad to White, no run, not a hope. Beaten all ends up by one which held its own

White's taking a middle-and-leg stance, I believe. Which isn't something you often see by a No. 3

5.3

Broad to White, no run, left alone this time outside off

5.4

Broad to White, no run, comes forward and drives defensively to mid-off

5.5

Broad to White, no run, on the front foot and he defends very solidly

5.6

Broad to White, no run, very straight - White's a little late on it on the front foot, but it's defended solidly nevertheless

End of over 6 (1 run) Australia 22/1 (RR: 3.66)
CL White    1* (8b)      SCJ Broad    3-1-8-0
SR Watson    20* (22b 3x4)      JM Anderson    3-0-14-0

6.1

Anderson to Watson, no run, angling in on the off stump, and he defends

Good, straight, accurate bowling from England this morning. That's put the kibosh on them...

6.2

Anderson to Watson, no run, plays and misses to one which scoots low outside off

6.3

Anderson to Watson, 1 run, fine stroke, cover-driving on the up but only for a single

6.4

Anderson to White, no run, tries to work this fine but gets a bit of a leading edge, and it finds mid-on

6.5

Anderson to White, no run, very good line just outside off, and defended off the back foot. White roars "no", as if to remind Watson how to call

6.6

Anderson to White, FOUR, elegant flourish of the blade finds him four through extra cover. The placement was the key to that; really neatly played

End of over 7 (5 runs) Australia 27/1 (RR: 3.85)
CL White    5* (11b 1x4)      JM Anderson    4-0-19-0
SR Watson    21* (25b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    3-1-8-0

Just a few overs to go before ladies' favourite, Andrew McGlashan, is back on comms. You lucky devils

7.1

Broad to Watson, 1 run, short of a length and he mistimes a pull. Watson roars his unabashed disgust at not making the most of such a rank long-hop

7.2

Broad to White, no run, quicker bouncer at 91mph, but wide of the off stump

7.3

Broad to White, no run, another sharp bouncer, again evaded with a sway

7.4

Broad to White, 2 runs, another short one is pulled through midwicket

7.5

Broad to White, no run, slower and straighter delivery stroked out to the off side

7.6

Broad to White, no run, swinging back into him but he opens up into a powerful drive to long-off

End of over 8 (3 runs) Australia 30/1 (RR: 3.75)
CL White    7* (16b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    4-1-11-0
SR Watson    22* (26b 3x4)      JM Anderson    4-0-19-0

Right. Here's Sidebottom into the attack

Quite a quiet start this by Australia. And by the crowd, too, who are just settling into things. Mind you, it's not balmy out there - a real autumnal feel to the last few days in London, bright and very breezy. Autumn is comfortably the best of seasons.

8.1

Sidebottom to Watson, FOUR, wide. Way, way too wide and clumped hard into the ground square of the wicket, and it races away for four. Nothing more than a push from Watson

8.2

Sidebottom to Watson, no run, fuller, straight delivery from Sidebottom forces Watson to defend

8.3

Sidebottom to Watson, no run, that's also a very good line on the off stump, and Watson is cautiously defending

8.4

Sidebottom to Watson, 1 run, nudged to leg

8.5

Sidebottom to White, no run, timed out to the off side

8.6

Sidebottom to White, 1 run, full and just outside the off stump, driven to mid-off and Shah tackles it as though the ball was called Joe Denly

End of over 9 (6 runs) Australia 36/1 (RR: 4.00)
CL White    8* (18b 1x4)      RJ Sidebottom    1-0-6-0
SR Watson    27* (30b 4x4)      SCJ Broad    4-1-11-0

Here's Broad

9.1

Broad to White, no run, off the back foot, and he got a slight inside edge to leg

9.2

Broad to White, FOUR, slapped off the back foot - that's really well timed for four!

9.3

Broad to White, no run, onto the front foot and defends out to cover

9.4

Broad to White, no run, a good line just outside off, but White can't make anything of it, dabbing it behind square

9.5

Broad to White, no run, shapes back into the right-hander who drives cautiously back to Broad

9.6

Broad to White, 1 run, that spat up at him off a good length, nasty ball but he dealt with it well, playing with soft hands down to third man

End of over 10 (5 runs) Australia 41/1 (RR: 4.10)
CL White    13* (24b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    5-1-16-0
SR Watson    27* (30b 4x4)      RJ Sidebottom    1-0-6-0

Lock up your daughters. Hereeeee's Gnasher. Thanks Will, it's fun to be here. England have taken their Powerplay

10.1

Sidebottom to White, FOUR, too much width from Sidebottom, cut away hard through the covers and this outfield is lightening quick

10.2

Sidebottom to White, no run, better line, on middle and off, White comes forward and defends into the covers

10.3

Sidebottom to White, FOUR, flicked nicely off leg stump and with great timing, beats the man at short midwicket and has enough pace to beat deep square-leg as well...not the best of starts for Sidebottom

10.4

Sidebottom to White, 1 wide, responds with a bouncer, was quite short and after some thought Nigel Llong decides it was too wide, much to Sidebottom's displeasure

10.4

Sidebottom to White, 1 wide, another wide, this time down the leg side and it's an easy decision to call this one

10.4

Sidebottom to White, no run, that's where Sidebottom needs to be, on off stump and White pushed back down the pitch

10.5

Sidebottom to White, no run, defended into the leg side, no sign of any swing for Sidebottom so he has to concentrate on a tight line and length

10.6

Sidebottom to White, no run, worked into the leg side to end the over, Sidebottom tightened up after a wayward start but it still cost 10

End of over 11 (10 runs) Australia 51/1 (RR: 4.63)
CL White    21* (30b 4x4)      RJ Sidebottom    2-0-16-0
SR Watson    27* (30b 4x4)      SCJ Broad    5-1-16-0

11.1

Broad to Watson, FOUR, short and pulled away fine, it dribbles into the rope as Shah opts not to get the dive out at fine leg...he's not the most athletic and that was a fairly feeble effort

11.2

Broad to Watson, FOUR, another boundary, and much more power in this one as he pulls sweetly square and no one had a chance of getting close to that

Australia increasing the tempo

11.3

Broad to Watson, no run, width outside off, but Watson picks out Collingwood at backward point with his cut

11.4

Broad to Watson, 1 run, opens the face and guides down to third man

Watson has looked in fine form recently without cashing in for a hundred. Maybe today is the day

11.5

Broad to White, no run, defended into the covers

11.6

Broad to White, 1 run, full on the stumps, squeezed down the ground just past the stumps and there's an easy single as mid-on comes round to field

End of over 12 (10 runs) Australia 61/1 (RR: 5.08)
CL White    22* (32b 4x4)      SCJ Broad    6-1-26-0
SR Watson    36* (34b 6x4)      RJ Sidebottom    2-0-16-0

12.1

Sidebottom to White, 1 run, drives and gets a thick outside edge along the ground towards backward point where Collingwood makes an excellent save

12.2

Sidebottom to Watson, 1 run, plays that open-face shot to third man again, plenty of space with no slips in

12.3

Sidebottom to White, no run, defended down to mid off, Sidebottom more consistent so far in this over

Will be very interesting to see at what stage Strauss uses his two spinners...he'll want to save some overs from the quicks for Australia's Powerplay

12.4

Sidebottom to White, no run, on middle, defended comfortably into the leg side

12.5

Sidebottom to White, 1 leg bye, tries to turn this round the corner but takes the pad towards square leg

12.6

Sidebottom to Watson, 1 run, plays this well into the leg side, was a touch more bounce but he rolled his wrists and keeps the strike

These two have added 54 now, giving Australia a solid base after that early mishap

End of over 13 (4 runs) Australia 65/1 (RR: 5.00)
SR Watson    38* (36b 6x4)      RJ Sidebottom    3-0-19-0
CL White    23* (36b 4x4)      SCJ Broad    6-1-26-0

Another change from England, here comes Luke Wright who is being suggested as a possible all-round option for the Test side as well. He's a bit of a way of that at the moment

13.1

Wright to Watson, 1 run, starts with a short ball but gets away with it as Bopara produces an excellent piece of fielding at deep square-leg. He collected, rolled and released the ball almost in one motion

13.2

Wright to White, no run, fuller this time, turned into the leg side

13.3

Wright to White, no run, angling into the pads again but White can't beat the man at midwicket...84mph from Wright

13.4

Wright to White, no run, fuller on middle, White tries to work it away but ends up playing it back towards the bowler

13.5

Wright to White, FOUR, top shot, long half volley and White unfurls a perfect straight drive that rockets past Wright and races away

13.6

Wright to White, FOUR, too short this time, poor stuff really, and White dispatches him through midwicket with really power

Not a great start from Wright, who seemed a little tense, and White cashed in

End of over 14 (9 runs) Australia 74/1 (RR: 5.28)
CL White    31* (41b 6x4)      LJ Wright    1-0-9-0
SR Watson    39* (37b 6x4)      RJ Sidebottom    3-0-19-0

14.1

Sidebottom to Watson, 1 wide, horrible ball down the leg side, this is pretty average stuff from England in the last few overs

14.1

Sidebottom to Watson, 1 run, uses the angle and plays this down to third man

We might see some spin shortly, Rashid loosening up

14.2

Sidebottom to White, no run, played square on the off side, was trying to find third man but couldn't get it fine enough

14.3

Sidebottom to White, no run, pushed up to mid-on, momentarily the thought of a single but that was quickly ditched

14.4

Sidebottom to White, 2 runs, nearly for England...White tries to launch this through midwicket, was the slower ball, but it skews off a think inside half of the bat and flies in the air past mid-on as Sidebottom holds his head in his hands

14.5

Sidebottom to White, 1 run, worked off the stumps into the gap at midwicket

14.6

Sidebottom to Watson, 1 run, driven through the covers out to the deep sweeper

A good Powerplay for Australia

End of over 15 (6 runs) Australia 80/1 (RR: 5.33)
SR Watson    41* (39b 6x4)      RJ Sidebottom    4-0-25-0
CL White    34* (45b 6x4)      LJ Wright    1-0-9-0

Now then, this will be interesting. Here comes legspin from Adil Rashid. Just four men in the circle, the rest on the boundary

15.1

Rashid to Watson, no run, good started, on middle and Watson defends coming forward

15.2

Rashid to Watson, no run, nicely flighted, pushed out to midwicket

Rashid impressed during the World Twenty20 with his nerve

15.3

Rashid to Watson, 1 run, drags this down, a real long hop, but Watson slams it straight out to deep midwicket...he could have hit that anywhere he wanted

15.4

Rashid to White, no run, worked into the leg side, doesn't beat midwicket

15.5

Rashid to White, 1 run, driven down to long off

15.6

Rashid to Watson, no run, nicely bowled to finish, slightly quicker on off stump and Watson punches off the back foot back to the bowler

End of over 16 (2 runs) Australia 82/1 (RR: 5.12)
SR Watson    42* (43b 6x4)      AU Rashid    1-0-2-0
CL White    35* (47b 6x4)      RJ Sidebottom    4-0-25-0

Not it's the turn of Paul Collingwood as Strauss rings the changes...his off-cutters were very effective in the first Twenty20 at Old Trafford. Keeping stand up to the stumps

16.1

Collingwood to White, 1 run, punched down to long off, looked like a cutter to start with

16.2

Collingwood to Watson, no run, yep, he's in cutter mode, and Watson flicks into the leg side

16.3

Collingwood to Watson, 1 run, holds in the pitch a fraction as Watson punches down to long on

16.4

Collingwood to White, 1 run, pushed out square on the off side, they set off quickly thinking two is an option but deep cover cuts it off

16.5

Collingwood to Watson, 1 run, gentle worked down the ground to long-off...it's fairly quiet at the moment

16.6

Collingwood to White, no run, forced off the back foot to cover who makes a good save...tidy start from Collingwood

End of over 17 (4 runs) Australia 86/1 (RR: 5.05)
CL White    37* (50b 6x4)      PD Collingwood    1-0-4-0
SR Watson    44* (46b 6x4)      AU Rashid    1-0-2-0

17.1

Rashid to Watson, 1 run, tossed up on middle, driven down the pitch and Rashid parries it away to long on as he tries to dive for the save

17.2

Rashid to White, 2 runs, opens his shoulders with a powerful cover drive, he threw the kitchen sink at that but deep cover managed to cut it off

17.3

Rashid to White, no run, good stuff from Rashid, nice line on middle and White defends slightly awkwardly into the covers

17.4

Rashid to White, 1 run, gets his left leg out of the way and drives down to long off

The game has entered that holding phase

17.5

Rashid to Watson, 1 run, that looked like a googly, driven firmly down the ground to tick the scoreboard over

17.6

Rashid to White, 1 run, another flaying drive, but just brings a single down to long off

And with that it's time for a drink. Australia well placed as Watson and White build a solid stand following the early loss of Tim Paine. England's bowling has been fairly disappointing, but Rashid has made a promising start.

End of over 18 (6 runs) Australia 92/1 (RR: 5.11)
CL White    41* (54b 6x4)      AU Rashid    2-0-8-0
SR Watson    46* (48b 6x4)      PD Collingwood    1-0-4-0

18.1

Collingwood to White, no run, worked up to long on

18.2

Collingwood to White, no run, keeps a fraction low as Collingwood cuts his fingers across the ball, jabbed into the leg side

18.3

Collingwood to White, 1 run, punched into the pitch, bounces over Collingwood's attempted grab and down to long on

18.4

Collingwood to Watson, no run, worked into the leg side, can't find the gap

18.5

Collingwood to Watson, OUT, gone! There's the breakthrough for England, Watson gets a leading edge back to Collingwood as he tries to work through the leg side and it's a dolly of a catch. Clever bowling from Collingwood

SR Watson c & b Collingwood 46 (76m 50b 6x4 0x6) SR: 92.00

After the first Twenty20 Collingwood said he enjoyed bowling his "Basil Barwicks" and they have done the trick again...that's a reference to former Glamorgan bowler Steve Barwick who used to bowl little off-cutters with great effect

The Australia captain Michael Clarke comes in at No. 4

18.6

Collingwood to Clarke, no run, very full and driven back to Collingwood in his follow through

End of over 19 (1 run) Australia 93/2 (RR: 4.89)
MJ Clarke    0* (1b)      PD Collingwood    2-0-5-1
CL White    42* (57b 6x4)      AU Rashid    2-0-8-0

19.1

Rashid to White, no run, tossed up on middle and White, now wearing a cap, works to midwicket. Pretty rare to see a batsman in a cap...good job Shaun Udal wasn't wearing one yesterday

19.2

Rashid to White, 1 run, full toss slammed down to long off, White will feel he missed out a bit on that one

19.3

Rashid to Clarke, no run, leans forward and defends to the leg side

19.4

Rashid to Clarke, no run, uses his quick footwork and flicks to midwicket

19.5

Rashid to Clarke, no run, punched back to the bowler to deflects it out to cover

19.6

Rashid to Clarke, no run, good finish, Clarke wants to attack but has to defend with bat and pad together

So, England claw things back with that wicket. And now it's back to the world famous Will Luke

End of over 20 (1 run) Australia 94/2 (RR: 4.70)
MJ Clarke    0* (5b)      AU Rashid    3-0-9-0
CL White    43* (59b 6x4)      PD Collingwood    2-0-5-1

Cheers Gnasher

20.1

Collingwood to White, 1 run, full, swinging and cracked to cover

20.2

Collingwood to Clarke, 1 run, a nice little dobber just outside off which is dabbed behind square

20.3

Collingwood to White, FOUR, that's a superb shot. It's a filthy long-hop, mind, but he fairly smashed it off the back foot - standing tall, placing it beautifully

The hundred's up for 'straya

20.4

Collingwood to White, no run, better. Straighter delivery, defended

20.5

Collingwood to White, 1 run, a squidgy prod through mid-on for a single

20.6

Collingwood to Clarke, 1 run, pushed back to the bowler

End of over 21 (8 runs) Australia 102/2 (RR: 4.85)
MJ Clarke    2* (7b)      PD Collingwood    3-0-13-1
CL White    49* (63b 7x4)      AU Rashid    3-0-9-0

Now then. Here's Rashid once more. Tidy start by him

21.1

Rashid to Clarke, no run, another full toss bashed back to Rashid who can't collect it cleanly

He's dished up a couple of those

21.2

Rashid to Clarke, 1 run, flighted wider of the batsman who squeezes it out to the off side. A little dab, and they steal a single

21.3

Rashid to White, 1 run, touch too full to trouble White who deadens the spin on the front foot, stroking out to long-off

There's his maiden ODI fifty for Australia, a good'un from 64 balls

21.4

Rashid to Clarke, no run, down the leg side and nudged to leg

21.5

Rashid to Clarke, no run, comes down the pitch and drives hard to Rashid's right who dives well and prevents four. The crowd briefly wake up from their depressed slumber at the prospect of six more of these ridiculous ODIs, but it wasn't a catch

21.6

Rashid to Clarke, no run, well flighted and driven back to the bowler

End of over 22 (2 runs) Australia 104/2 (RR: 4.72)
MJ Clarke    3* (12b)      AU Rashid    4-0-11-0
CL White    50* (64b 7x4)      PD Collingwood    3-0-13-1

22.1

Collingwood to White, 1 run, worked to leg. On one leg. A flamingo flick

22.2

Collingwood to Clarke, no run, very well bowled, tossed up fuller. Just a hint of swing

22.3

Collingwood to Clarke, no run, extremely straight on middle-and-off and he drives it back to the bowler

22.4

Collingwood to Clarke, 2 runs, neat flick through midwicket for two. Wright's moving quickly on the boundary and sends in a good throw, but they nevertheless jog a single without great need to sprint

22.5

Collingwood to Clarke, no run, driven back to the bowler. Good, straight line of attack

22.6

Collingwood to Clarke, 1 run, turned to leg

End of over 23 (4 runs) Australia 108/2 (RR: 4.69)
MJ Clarke    6* (17b)      PD Collingwood    4-0-17-1
CL White    51* (65b 7x4)      AU Rashid    4-0-11-0

23.1

Rashid to Clarke, no run, nicely bowled. Standard leggie, tossed up on middle

23.2

Rashid to Clarke, 1 run, tossed up outside off, he skips down the pitch and strokes it out to Swann at long-off, who's not yet had a bowl

23.3

Rashid to White, no run, good length, if just a tiny bit too full. Stroked comfortably back to the bowler

Rashid just needs to drop his length to have the right-handers feeling. They're both quite comfortable at the moment

23.4

Rashid to White, no run, too short this time

23.5

Rashid to White, no run, that's the length. He's not sure whether to go forward or back, and in the end pats it off the back foot

23.6

Rashid to White, 1 run, and that is exactly the right length. Good revs has this ball spinning away from White, dancing down the pitch, and he's beaten in the air. It's miscued short of long-off

Good over. He's got steel, this kid

End of over 24 (2 runs) Australia 110/2 (RR: 4.58)
CL White    52* (69b 7x4)      AU Rashid    5-0-13-0
MJ Clarke    7* (19b)      PD Collingwood    4-0-17-1

24.1

Collingwood to White, no run, flicked to leg

24.2

Collingwood to White, 1 run, OUT, short, faster delivery whipped down to fine leg and they come back for two. Swann sends in a very good and fast throw as White comes back for a dangerous second, and he's well short as Prior smashes down the stumps! Terrific fielding from Swann; poor running and calling from Australia

CL White run out 53 (86m 71b 7x4 0x6) SR: 74.64

24.3

Collingwood to Ferguson, no run, tossed up on middle. Ferguson nudges

24.4

Collingwood to Ferguson, no run, whipped to leg

24.5

Collingwood to Ferguson, no run, nudged to leg

24.6

Collingwood to Ferguson, no run, defended to leg

End of over 25 (1 run) Australia 111/3 (RR: 4.44)
CJ Ferguson    0* (4b)      PD Collingwood    5-0-18-1
MJ Clarke    7* (19b)      AU Rashid    5-0-13-0

Can someone measure The Oval pitch? Must 30cm longer than regulation. How else to explain the four Australia run outs in their last 2 days of batting at the Oval?" spits Cricinfo's Australian, Alex Brown

25.1

Rashid to Clarke, no run, well flighted and flicked to leg

25.2

Rashid to Clarke, no run, nice bit of drift back into Clarke there. Faster from Rashid

Always the mark of a classy leggie: indrift. We can fly to the moon, yet we still can't explain reverse swing and drift from spinners

25.3

Rashid to Clarke, 1 run, driven out to the off side

25.4

Rashid to Ferguson, no run, huge shout from Prior as he's rapped high on the pads, attempting to turn it to leg, and that's not a bad shout at all. But it's going over. Well bowled - good, ripping turn

25.5

Rashid to Ferguson, no run, another leg-stump delivery turning back on Ferguson who whips it to short fine-leg

25.6

Rashid to Ferguson, 1 run, tossed up high and driven out to long-off

End of over 26 (2 runs) Australia 113/3 (RR: 4.34)
CJ Ferguson    1* (7b)      AU Rashid    6-0-15-0
MJ Clarke    8* (22b)      PD Collingwood    5-0-18-1

26.1

Collingwood to Ferguson, 1 run, fuller delivery and worked to Broad at mid-on who wings in a throw. But Ferguson's like a whippet on speed

26.2

Collingwood to Clarke, 1 run, dabbed out to the off side. Top dabbing

26.3

Collingwood to Ferguson, no run, good line just outside off. Defends out to the off side

26.4

Collingwood to Ferguson, 1 run, too straight and easily worked through midwicket for a single

26.5

Collingwood to Clarke, no run, driven back hard to the bowler

26.6

Collingwood to Clarke, 1 run, too short this time, whipped around the corner, but he can only manage a single

End of over 27 (4 runs) Australia 117/3 (RR: 4.33)
MJ Clarke    10* (25b)      PD Collingwood    6-0-22-1
CJ Ferguson    3* (10b)      AU Rashid    6-0-15-0

27.1

Rashid to Clarke, 1 run, nicely flighted just outside off. He comes skipping down the pitch and times it neatly to mid-off

27.2

Rashid to Ferguson, 1 run, driven hard to mid-on. Faster, flatter ball from Rashid

Australia on the move here. Tip-and-run cricket

27.3

Rashid to Clarke, no run, well bowled. That's gutsy from Rashid, holding back his pace nicely and giving it a fair old rip. defended

27.4

Rashid to Clarke, no run, some shot! A touch flatter, faster and wider, driven with elegant precision straight to cover

27.5

Rashid to Clarke, 1 run, down the pitch and he's nearly done him in the flight, here, but Clarke's got such quick hands that he jabs down on it to get a single to midwicket

27.6

Rashid to Ferguson, 3 runs, beautiful hands here, just dabbing it almost out of Prior's gloves down to third man

End of over 28 (6 runs) Australia 123/3 (RR: 4.39)
CJ Ferguson    7* (12b)      AU Rashid    7-0-21-0
MJ Clarke    12* (29b)      PD Collingwood    6-0-22-1

Ah, good. Swann into the attack

28.1

Swann to Ferguson, 1 run, a rank long-hop but he gets away with severe punishment. Nudged to long-on

28.2

Swann to Clarke, 1 run, faster ball outside off and he skips down the wicket, punching him hard to long-off

28.3

Swann to Ferguson, no run, defended out to the off side. No spin or rip from Swann, just yet

28.4

Swann to Ferguson, 1 run, steps outside off and bunts him off the back foot to long-on

28.5

Swann to Clarke, no run, much faster. Almost Collingwoodish speed and turned to the man himself behind square

28.6

Swann to Clarke, no run, driven back to Swann

End of over 29 (3 runs) Australia 126/3 (RR: 4.34)
MJ Clarke    13* (32b)      GP Swann    1-0-3-0
CJ Ferguson    9* (15b)      AU Rashid    7-0-21-0

Adil Rashid continues

29.1

Rashid to Ferguson, 1 run, fuller ball on middle, turned to Collingwood at midwicket who's predictably quick, and shies at the non-striker's stumps but it's wide

29.2

Rashid to Clarke, no run, a touch shorter - fair bit of turn for Rashid here, too, and Clarke can't make anything of it

29.3

Rashid to Clarke, no run, gives this excellent flight, luring him into a drive, and he smashes him straight to mid-off before shaking his head in frustration

29.4

Rashid to Clarke, no run, this is fantastic bowling. Another delivery on middle-and-leg, Clarke's back and back-cuts to short third man

Pressure bowling, this

29.5

Rashid to Clarke, no run, good length, good turn, Clarke's forward and can only defend

He's varying his pace here a lot, too

29.6

Rashid to Clarke, FOUR, shorter and he cuts to get a thick outside edge down to third man. Well, that's a bit of luck for Clarke, but Rashid's had the better of him all over. He's bowled beautifully all day has the young man

End of over 30 (5 runs) Australia 131/3 (RR: 4.36)
MJ Clarke    17* (37b 1x4)      AU Rashid    8-0-26-0
CJ Ferguson    10* (16b)      GP Swann    1-0-3-0

Righto, so Australia are 131 for 3 after 30. Here's Gnasher for another burst. Hello all, good spell from England

30.1

Swann to Ferguson, no run, straighter ball beats Ferguson outside off

30.2

Swann to Ferguson, no run, worked out to midwicket

30.3

Swann to Ferguson, 2 runs, goes back in his crease and whips neatly through the leg side with the placement to come back for a second

30.4

Swann to Ferguson, 1 run, quicker and flatter, played straight to Rashid at deep midwicket

30.5

Swann to Clarke, no run, uses his feet and drives sweetly but straight at cover

30.6

Swann to Clarke, no run, well bowled, saw Clarke coming and fired it in, flicked to midwicket. Clarke struggling to find the gaps

End of over 31 (3 runs) Australia 134/3 (RR: 4.32)
MJ Clarke    17* (39b 1x4)      GP Swann    2-0-6-0
CJ Ferguson    13* (20b)      AU Rashid    8-0-26-0

31.1

Rashid to Ferguson, 1 run, full toss, punched straight down the ground to long on

31.2

Rashid to Clarke, 1 run, backs away and cuts to short third man, there's a fumble which allows them through for a single

31.3

Rashid to Ferguson, 1 run, nicely bowled again, on middle and a hint of turn, played into the covers and there's some hesitation over the single before they sprint through

31.4

Rashid to Clarke, 1 run, dragged down, pulled hard out to deep square-leg

31.5

Rashid to Ferguson, no run, beautiful bowling, tossed up outside off and big spin that beats Ferguson's expansive drive. Sharp work from Prior with the stumping effort, but he had a long way to bring it back and Ferguson's foot is safely in

More impressive bowling from Rashid

31.6

Rashid to Ferguson, no run, defended solidly on middle, Rashid has commanded a lot of respect in this spell which is huge credit to a young legspinner

End of over 32 (4 runs) Australia 138/3 (RR: 4.31)
CJ Ferguson    15* (24b)      AU Rashid    9-0-30-0
MJ Clarke    19* (41b 1x4)      GP Swann    2-0-6-0

32.1

Swann to Clarke, 1 run, uses his feet and drives through the gap to deep cover

32.2

Swann to Ferguson, 1 run, opens the face to find the same gap at cover

Australia still have their batting Powerplay to use

32.3

Swann to Clarke, no run, outside off, hint of turn, Clarke defends into the off side

32.4

Swann to Clarke, 1 run, touch short and Clarke rocks onto the back foot to drive through the covers

32.5

Swann to Ferguson, no run, a little quicker this time, defended from the crease back to Swann

32.6

Swann to Ferguson, no run, flicked off the stumps and can't beat short fine-leg. Tidy stuff from Swann, Australia not getting away here

End of over 33 (3 runs) Australia 141/3 (RR: 4.27)
CJ Ferguson    16* (27b)      GP Swann    3-0-9-0
MJ Clarke    21* (44b 1x4)      AU Rashid    9-0-30-0

Rashid to start his last over...he deserves a wicket

33.1

Rashid to Clarke, no run, short and turning away but Clarke can't time it into the covers

33.2

Rashid to Clarke, FOUR, oh, that's a wonderful shot, steps down the pitch and goes inside-out over extra cover, once bounce for four. That's the classiest shot of the day so far

Clarke is such a good player of spin

33.3

Rashid to Clarke, 1 run, goes back and works out to deep square-leg

33.4

Rashid to Ferguson, 1 run, nearly beaten in the flight as he comes down the pitch and drives, skews off in the air over cover but lands in front of the fielder

33.5

Rashid to Clarke, 1 run, punched down to long off, more beat footwork

33.6

Rashid to Ferguson, no run, good finish, flighted on middle, Ferguson defends very watchfully

That's an excellent spell, ten overs for 37 in his first major ODI. A fine effort a player to keep a very close eye on

End of over 34 (7 runs) Australia 148/3 (RR: 4.35)
CJ Ferguson    17* (29b)      AU Rashid    10-0-37-0
MJ Clarke    27* (48b 2x4)      GP Swann    3-0-9-0

34.1

Swann to Clarke, no run, flighted too much, comes out as a full toss but Clarke can only slam it to cover and he's annoyed at missing out

34.2

Swann to Clarke, FOUR, another deft piece of batting this time, opens the face to a hint of width and guides it past short third man...superb placement

34.3

Swann to Clarke, 1 run, worked from outside off down to long on

34.4

Swann to Ferguson, no run, tries to chop this to third man, but unlike his captain he is beaten

34.5

Swann to Ferguson, 1 run, worked into the leg side, calls for a quick single and that would have been tight if Collingwood had collected cleanly at short midwicket

34.6

Swann to Clarke, 1 run, turned away from straight into the leg side

End of over 35 (7 runs) Australia 155/3 (RR: 4.42)
MJ Clarke    33* (52b 3x4)      GP Swann    4-0-16-0
CJ Ferguson    18* (31b)      AU Rashid    10-0-37-0

Change of bowling and after plenty of slow offerings it's time for some pace as Anderson returns

35.1

Anderson to Clarke, 1 run, outside off and pushed firmly through the covers

As Anderson delivered that, umpire Tony Hill's hat blew off...Hill nearly called dead ball but allowed play to continue

35.2

Anderson to Ferguson, 1 run, chopped into the ground and they scamper a single as Prior runs around to do the fielding

35.3

Anderson to Clarke, no run, driven firmly to mid-on

35.4

Anderson to Clarke, no run, worked into the leg side, doesn't find the gap

35.5

Anderson to Clarke, 1 run, flicked off the stumps down to fine leg, that was pretty straight

35.6

Anderson to Ferguson, no run, driven to midwicket, decent comeback from Anderson

End of over 36 (3 runs) Australia 158/3 (RR: 4.38)
CJ Ferguson    19* (33b)      JM Anderson    5-0-22-0
MJ Clarke    35* (56b 3x4)      GP Swann    4-0-16-0

36.1

Swann to Clarke, no run, on off stump, tries to place this into the covers but again doesn't beat the fielder

36.2

Swann to Clarke, no run

36.3

Swann to Clarke, no run, uses his feet and is nearly beaten by some turn from Swann, takes the inside edge to short fine leg

36.4

Swann to Clarke, 1 run, driven down to long off

36.5

Swann to Ferguson, 1 run, tucked to square leg

36.6

Swann to Clarke, no run, can't beat short fine-leg for the second time in the over...England keeping a tight leash on the innings

End of over 37 (2 runs) Australia 160/3 (RR: 4.32)
MJ Clarke    36* (61b 3x4)      GP Swann    5-0-18-0
CJ Ferguson    20* (34b)      JM Anderson    5-0-22-0

37.1

Anderson to Ferguson, no run, full and a hint of inswing for Anderson, driven back to the bowler

37.2

Anderson to Ferguson, no run, backs away outside leg to give himself room, however can only drive to Strauss at cover

37.3

Anderson to Ferguson, no run, good line on off stump, defended with a straight bat towards mid-off but Anderson fields in his follow through

37.4

Anderson to Ferguson, no run, the dot balls are lining up, Ferguson can't get this away from a tight off-stump line

37.5

Anderson to Ferguson, no run, low full toss and again it gets punched back to the bowler, five dots in a row this over

37.6

Anderson to Ferguson, 3 runs, finally gets it away, stepping outside leg again and sends this square through point...looks like a boundary but Wright makes a fine save on the rope

The fifty stand is up but it took 82 balls

End of over 38 (3 runs) Australia 163/3 (RR: 4.28)
CJ Ferguson    23* (40b)      JM Anderson    6-0-25-0
MJ Clarke    36* (61b 3x4)      GP Swann    5-0-18-0

38.1

Swann to Ferguson, 1 run, opens the face into the off side

38.2

Swann to Clarke, 1 run, driven firmly through the covers

38.3

Swann to Ferguson, no run, full ball, tries to find a leg-side gap but goes back to the bowler

38.4

Swann to Ferguson, 1 run, tucked to short fine-leg, this time they scamper a single

38.5

Swann to Clarke, 1 run, driven firmly down the pitch, Swann tries to flick it back to the non-strikers' stumps I think but gives away the single

38.6

Swann to Ferguson, 1 run, flicked to long on...another regulation over

And with that it's another drinks break...and for the final charge it's over to Mr Luke

End of over 39 (5 runs) Australia 168/3 (RR: 4.30)
CJ Ferguson    26* (44b)      GP Swann    6-0-23-0
MJ Clarke    38* (63b 3x4)      JM Anderson    6-0-25-0

Hello. Anderson is going to bowl some balls

39.1

Anderson to Ferguson, no run, an inswinger flipped to Rashid at short midwicket who fumbles but eventually gets in a throw.

39.2

Anderson to Ferguson, FOUR, full toss, bashed through cover! Timed that alright

39.3

Anderson to Ferguson, 1 run, square driven out to the off side

39.4

Anderson to Clarke, 1 run, inswinger which is worked to mid-on

39.5

Anderson to Ferguson, 2 runs, another toss of the full variety, flicked hard through midwicket

39.6

Anderson to Ferguson, 2 runs, chipped out to the off side, and sleepy fielding yields two

If this is all feeling a bit sedate, have a look at the Twenty20 between New Zealand and Sri Lanka where the Kiwis are 109 for 2 in 13 overs

End of over 40 (10 runs) Australia 178/3 (RR: 4.45)
CJ Ferguson    35* (49b 1x4)      JM Anderson    7-0-35-0
MJ Clarke    39* (64b 3x4)      GP Swann    6-0-23-0

"One bowler's wicket in 40 overs, and they plod along at four an over. This is a masterclass of tedium," groans Miller.

40.1

Swann to Clarke, no run, faster delivery on middle-and-leg which hurries onto Clarke, or Calekr as I nearly wrote, who nudges to leg

40.2

Swann to Clarke, 1 run, cheeky dance down the pitch; even cheekier bunt to long-off

40.3

Swann to Ferguson, 1 run, short of a length and he has plenty of time to work it to leg, but just for a single

There is almost no atmosphere at The Oval today. It's as though everyone's turned up specifically not to watch the cricket. And I include some of the players in that, too

40.4

Swann to Clarke, 1 run, flicked to mid-on

40.5

Swann to Ferguson, 1 run, worked to the leg side

40.6

Swann to Clarke, 2 runs, gets squared up here by a good delivery just outside off, the ball squirting to backward point

End of over 41 (6 runs) Australia 184/3 (RR: 4.48)
MJ Clarke    43* (68b 3x4)      GP Swann    7-0-29-0
CJ Ferguson    37* (51b 1x4)      JM Anderson    7-0-35-0

Sidebottom's back and he's around the wicket

41.1

Sidebottom to Ferguson, 1 run, nudged off his hip

41.2

Sidebottom to Clarke, no run, short of a length and turned to leg

41.3

Sidebottom to Clarke, 1 run, outside off this time and this'll be out! No! Dabbed to backward point where Collingwood lurked, and was perfectly set up to destroy the stumps...but missed them but significant yardage in the end

41.4

Sidebottom to Ferguson, 1 run, short of a length, he steps outside leg to try and upset Sidebottom, but it's easily whipped off his hip to leg for another single

41.5

Sidebottom to Clarke, 1 run, guided down to third man

41.6

Sidebottom to Ferguson, 1 leg bye, steps outside off this time and tries to work him to leg, but it's a little too short and he's cramped for room. Nevertheless, they steal a run like the daylight robbers they are

End of over 42 (5 runs) Australia 189/3 (RR: 4.50)
CJ Ferguson    39* (54b 1x4)      RJ Sidebottom    5-0-29-0
MJ Clarke    45* (71b 3x4)      GP Swann    7-0-29-0

Perhaps Shah should let fly a tackle on the umpires. That ought to liven things up. As, indeed, might this forthcoming batting Powerplay which Australia have just taken. Collingwood's back into the attack. Why aye, man.

42.1

Collingwood to Ferguson, no run, very straight and flipped to a wideish mid-on. Very, very slow from Collingwood. He's effectively classed as OB here, not RM

42.2

Collingwood to Ferguson, 1 run, another little cutter, this time worked finer for a single

42.3

Collingwood to Clarke, OUT, down the wicket, tries to drive down the ground but is squared up, the ball eventually squeezing low to Shah at cover who dives forward to make a good, tackling catch

MJ Clarke c Shah b Collingwood 45 (78m 72b 3x4 0x6) SR: 62.50

And he's around the wicket

42.4

Collingwood to Hussey, 1 run, a fuller delivery this time to Hussey, who carves him out to the off side

42.5

Collingwood to Ferguson, FOUR, ah, fantastic shot! Ferguson's played this exquisitely, stepping outside leg to give himself room and driving inside out over extra cover. Shot of the day

42.6

Collingwood to Ferguson, 1 run, quick hands gives him a single to leg, whipping it late

End of over 43 (7 runs) Australia 196/4 (RR: 4.55)
CJ Ferguson    45* (58b 2x4)      PD Collingwood    7-0-29-2
MEK Hussey    1* (1b)      RJ Sidebottom    5-0-29-0

Broad back into the attack

43.1

Broad to Ferguson, 1 run, cut to Collingwood, who seems to be absolutely everywhere today, who again takes aim and fires at the non-striker's stumps but this time misses

The sun's out! How splendid. Nope - it's gone again. Broad's going around the wicket now

43.2

Broad to Hussey, 1 run, Hussey drops it out to the off side for a quick single

Still around the wicket to the right-hander

43.3

Broad to Ferguson, 1 run, flipped to leg and he gets a single

43.4

Broad to Hussey, 1 run, Hussey flings his bat to get a single to third man, bringing up Australia's 200

43.5

Broad to Ferguson, 1 run, tries to flog it over cover but gets a squidy inside edge

43.6

Broad to Hussey, FOUR, on the pull and gets a top-edge but it races down to fine leg for four

End of over 44 (9 runs) Australia 205/4 (RR: 4.65)
MEK Hussey    7* (4b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    7-1-35-0
CJ Ferguson    48* (61b 2x4)      PD Collingwood    7-0-29-2

44.1

Collingwood to Ferguson, 2 runs, short of a length and he works it hard off the back foot to long-on. He works even harder between the wickets, too, grabbing two to bring up a highly impressive fifty from 62. This bloke can play

44.2

Collingwood to Ferguson, 2 runs, neat flip off his legs - Anderson has mis-fielded. That's definitely worthy of emboldening, a) so shabby was his fielding and b) so rare is it that he misfields

44.3

Collingwood to Ferguson, 1 run, slower ball patted out to cover

Around the wicket

44.4

Collingwood to Hussey, no run, defended on the back foot

44.5

Collingwood to Hussey, no run, shapes back on Hussey who wants a single out to the off side, but Ferguson sends him back and wisely so! Hussey scrambles back into his crease

44.6

Collingwood to Hussey, no run, closeish shout as he's rapped on the pads, but that's probably sliding down

End of over 45 (5 runs) Australia 210/4 (RR: 4.66)
MEK Hussey    7* (7b 1x4)      PD Collingwood    8-0-34-2
CJ Ferguson    53* (64b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    7-1-35-0

Broad around the wicket to the right-hander

45.1

Broad to Ferguson, no run, blimey. Miles wide of the off stump as Ferguson inexplicably gave himself a mass of room outside leg. He was probably two metres away from the ball...though Broad's lucky he wasn't wided

45.2

Broad to Ferguson, 1 run, an ugly, one-dayish swipe, reaching out for it as though he was trying to reach a floating ball from the banks of a river

45.3

Broad to Hussey, FOUR, that's right in the slot and slotted for four, carving him square and timing it brilliantly. Serious power!

45.4

Broad to Hussey, no run, reaches out for it but can't, well, reach it. Drives and misses and looks back at the umpire with a puppy-dog "come on, ump. Surely that's a wide?" expression

45.5

Broad to Hussey, 1 run, guided to Sidebottom at short third man

45.6

Broad to Ferguson, FOUR, down the pitch to a full toss, a high one too, and slaps it down to third man for four!

Ferguson's really playing well here. Fair enough, that was a bit of a fortunate swipe of a stroke, but he's taking the bowlers on impressively

End of over 46 (10 runs) Australia 220/4 (RR: 4.78)
CJ Ferguson    58* (67b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    8-1-45-0
MEK Hussey    12* (10b 2x4)      PD Collingwood    8-0-34-2

Around the wicket

46.1

Collingwood to Hussey, 1 run, cramped for room and tries to pull

46.2

Collingwood to Ferguson, FOUR, reverse sweep for four! That's possibly the most deft stroke we've seen all day - real class and awareness by Ferguson. Absolutely super shot!

46.3

Collingwood to Ferguson, 1 run, leading edge out to cover but they're all pretty deep out there, and it falls safe

46.4

Collingwood to Hussey, no run, down the leg side and tries to turn it around the corner but misses

46.5

Collingwood to Hussey, 3 runs, flipped through square leg, and in fact he's placed that nicely for three

46.6

Collingwood to Ferguson, FOUR, another great shot which Broad pulls back quite superbly with a dive at long-off. Broad could've really hurt himself there. Terrific shot again from Ferguson, bisecting cover and mid-off - and in fact that's been given four after a couple of replays.

End of over 47 (13 runs) Australia 233/4 (RR: 4.95)
CJ Ferguson    67* (70b 5x4)      PD Collingwood    9-0-47-2
MEK Hussey    16* (13b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    8-1-45-0

47.1

Sidebottom to Hussey, FOUR, wow - this is a bit special. A paddle-sweep - he got onto that so quickly, scooping it fine for four.

47.2

Sidebottom to Hussey, OUT, what a comeback that is! Quicker, much fuller and straighter. Hussey tried to open the face and guide him out square, but lost his middle stump

MEK Hussey b Sidebottom 20 (18m 15b 3x4 0x6) SR: 133.33

47.3

Sidebottom to Hopes, 2 runs, guided out on the back foot. Oh dear. That's rubbish from England. Three players converge on the ball, and neither of them want to field it, allowing them two when even a single would've been too many!

47.4

Sidebottom to Hopes, 1 run, cracked out to cover

Around the wicket

47.5

Sidebottom to Ferguson, no run, bowled! Very, very full and angling into Ferguson who stepped to leg and was in no-man's land in the end. Tried a meek defensive push, but the length was too full

47.6

Sidebottom to Ferguson, 2 runs, full toss flipped to mid-on - they're going for two, and Hopes really will have to hurry here. He puts in a dive and somehow head-butts the ground in doing so, almost somersaulting over the line! Good commitment

End of over 48 (9 runs) Australia 242/5 (RR: 5.04)
CJ Ferguson    69* (72b 5x4)      RJ Sidebottom    6-0-38-1
JR Hopes    3* (2b)      PD Collingwood    9-0-47-2

48.1

Broad to Hopes, 2 runs, driven to long-on and they come back for two. He'll have to be quick! in comes the throw and he whips off the bails, and that is mighty, mighty close, but ruled not-out by the third umpire

48.2

Broad to Hopes, 1 run, driven out to mid-off

48.3

Broad to Ferguson, 1 run, squeezed out down to third man

48.4

Broad to Hopes, 1 run, full toss, smacked to third man

48.5

Broad to Ferguson, 1 run, down the pitch, charging Broad, and slapping him to cover

48.6

Broad to Hopes, 1 run, smacked to long-off

End of over 49 (7 runs) Australia 249/5 (RR: 5.08)
JR Hopes    8* (6b)      SCJ Broad    9-1-52-0
CJ Ferguson    71* (74b 5x4)      RJ Sidebottom    6-0-38-1

So then, the final over and he's around the wicket

49.1

Sidebottom to Hopes, 2 runs, smashed back down the ground and it destroys the stumps, but Sidebottom didn't get a finger on it

News from the ECB on Joe Denly. Scans have revealed no structural damage and he has been diagnosed with a small sprain. He is ruled out of the 2nd ODI at Lord's, and will undergo further treatment in the next 48 hours before being reassessed next week.

49.2

Sidebottom to Hopes, 2 runs, another full toss, again banged down the ground and they'll have to really scurry if they're to get two...but they do! Great effort

49.3

Sidebottom to Hopes, 1 run, and another full toss! This time bashed out to cover, and not quite timed

49.4

Sidebottom to Ferguson, 1 leg bye, excellent take by Prior down the leg side, as Sidebottom fires in an attempted yorker which slides down leg

49.5

Sidebottom to Hopes, FOUR, a full toss given the treatment, or nearly, over midwicket - not quite perfectly timed but sufficiently placed for four. Good, solid blow

49.6

Sidebottom to Hopes, 1 run, slashed to third man

So that's not a bad effort by England to restrict Australia to 260 for 5. Their spinners were particularly impressive, especially Adil Rashid, but Australia fought back in the last 15 overs. Super innings from young Ferguson who looks like a serious talent - his placement was particularly noteworthy today. Gnasher'll be back for England's reply shortly, so join us then

End of over 50 (11 runs) Australia 260/5
JR Hopes    18* (11b 1x4)      RJ Sidebottom    7-0-48-1
CJ Ferguson    71* (75b 5x4)      SCJ Broad    9-1-52-0
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Sep 4, 2009

Adil Rashid hammers one through cover, England v Australia, 1st ODI, The Oval, September 4, 2009

Adil Rashid hammers one through cover

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Adil Rashid heaves one over the covers during his superb, but in vain, 31, England v Australia, 1st ODI, The Oval, September 4, 2009

Adil Rashid heaves one over the covers during his superb, but in vain, 31

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