NatWest Series [Australia in England] - 3rd ODI

England v Australia

Australia won by 6 wickets (with 9 balls remaining)

"I forgot there was a game today," gripes Del Joseph in his wonderfully Caribbean drawl. "That's how much I care about this series." Miserable legend. Here's Brett Lee, who's about as pumped up as can be

Unfortunately, players are coming out on the pitch. Wibbling like this is so much more interesting than one-day cricket. But anyway - perhaps England and Australia can both click in unison and provide us with a September spectacle.

Thanks for all the emails. I'm readily weeping. Fear not, however, for my copilot today is George Binoy, who's currently being grilled by his editor.

We're getting a fair few emails asking cricket-based questions: what the wicket's like, rain. Will you never learn? Well alright. The wicket is a little boggy from what I can see, and it's been drizzling with pensionable urgency, but we should yet be starting on time.

"There's a big pink cross on the outfield," he says. "Lots of random paratroopers. No-one's managed to hit the cross yet. Three attempts so far. Four now, and one of them nearly impaled himself on the scoreboard, but recovered well." Damn.

Andrew Miller has, yet again, somehow arrived just in the nick of time. For those of you who don't know him, this is a man whose desk harbours most known diseases; an organic maelstrom of mess and mystery, yet despite his apparent bumblingness, he has yet to miss a match. That's very much something to celebrate, so join me in a quick round of applause.

Now then. There's been some chav-like spitting from the heavens but it's dry enough at the moment and we should be on time, which is nothing short of delightful news. Twenty-four minutes until the first ball. Be good.

Clarke was going to have a bat, he says with characteristic chirpiness. Unchanged team from Australia.

No Rashid? For the love of Grace. England win the toss again - top tossing - and they're going to have a bat. "We've got to improve our batting," Strauss dead-pans like a total champion.

England Strauss, Bopara, Prior, Shah, Collingwood, Morgan, Wright, Bresnan, Swann, Sidebottom, Anderson

2.00pm It's match three of seven. Are we tired of these end-of-season one-dayers? Are we hogwash. How dare you. We could scarcely be more up for it. Will Luke here, and it's a teary-eyed day for you all as it's my last commentary stint at Cricinfo. Ergo, let's go out in style. No middle-order muddling from anyone, please.

0.1

Lee to Strauss, no run, a slower ball to start with, I think. Strauss seemed to have so much time on the back foot, and was a little early on it

0.2

Lee to Strauss, no run, forced off the back foot behind square on the off side

0.3

Lee to Strauss, no run, wide of the off stump, too wide

Henna Khan is looking for a husband. She also wants a shout-out

0.4

Lee to Strauss, no run, late on this square cut, Strauss's bread and butter - this pitch is dog slow. Goes for his favoured cut and inside edges it

There's no pace or bounce in this pitch. We're in for a corker today

0.5

Lee to Strauss, no run, wide of the off stump, and this one carries through nicely

0.6

Lee to Strauss, no run, excellent delivery at 90.7mph just outside off, cramping Strauss for room, and the added bounce further restricts his forcing shot off the back foot as Lee completes a tidy maiden

Can't beat a tidy maiden

End of over 1 (maiden) England 0/0 (RR: 0.00)
AJ Strauss    0* (6b)      B Lee    1-1-0-0
RS Bopara    0* (0b)     

Right, Ravi. What have you for England today, mmm?

1.1

Bracken to Bopara, 1 run, short of a length and tucked around the corner. A quiet crowd cheer with English irony as England, and Bopara, are off the mark at last

1.2

Bracken to Strauss, no run, again a bit too short and left alone

1.3

Bracken to Strauss, no run, a good one from the alice-band-wearing left-arm pacer which cuts away from Strauss's little waft outside off

1.4

Bracken to Strauss, no run, flashed to point off the back foot

1.5

Bracken to Strauss, no run, firmly worked from the off stump to mid-on

1.6

Bracken to Strauss, 1 run, short of a length and tucked to leg

End of over 2 (2 runs) England 2/0 (RR: 1.00)
AJ Strauss    1* (11b)      NW Bracken    1-0-2-0
RS Bopara    1* (1b)      B Lee    1-1-0-0

England off to a scorcher, then. To be entirely fair, the pitch is very, very slow. Not quite an Irish bog, but not that far off it.

2.1

Lee to Strauss, 2 runs, thick outside edge which flies to third man! Perfectly safe edge all along the ground

2.2

Lee to Strauss, FOUR, oh he's timed that nicely. Quickly onto the pull, which he did sky and spoon a little, but it was perfectly safe and landed a foot inside the rope for four

2.3

Lee to Strauss, FOUR, thwackingly good stroke. On the front foot this time, and he slams it through cover. Too full from Lee

Round the wicket this time

2.4

Lee to Strauss, FOUR, poor ball, right in Strauss's slot. It's cut with serious hammer for four. Top batting

2.5

Lee to Strauss, no run, left alone this time outside off

2.6

Lee to Strauss, no run, on the off stump and punched back to Lee. Handbags! Rompingly pink handbags at dawn as Lee threatens to knock Strauss's head off, before they both smile and chuckle and enjoy the crowd's jeers

End of over 3 (14 runs) England 16/0 (RR: 5.33)
AJ Strauss    15* (17b 3x4)      B Lee    2-1-14-0
RS Bopara    1* (1b)      NW Bracken    1-0-2-0

3.1

Bracken to Bopara, no run, flicked to leg

3.2

Bracken to Bopara, no run, nearly! Weak, nothing sort of stroke by Bopara as he came forward and got an inside edge onto his pads

3.3

Bracken to Bopara, no run, on the back foot, he defends

3.4

Bracken to Bopara, no run, wide of the off stump and left alone

3.5

Bracken to Bopara, no run

3.6

Bracken to Bopara, 1 run, punched out to mid-off and they'll have to be quick - the throw hits the stumps. Then Bopara goes for a second run, the monstrous winner that he is, and charges halfway down the pitch with Owais Shah-like awareness, but Strauss sends him back and the ball's wide anyway. Absolute total chaos

End of over 4 (1 run) England 17/0 (RR: 4.25)
RS Bopara    2* (7b)      NW Bracken    2-0-3-0
AJ Strauss    15* (17b 3x4)      B Lee    2-1-14-0

4.1

Lee to Bopara, no run, on the back foot, he defends

4.2

Lee to Bopara, 1 run, thick outside edge as Bopara goes for a drive, and Johnson mis-fields at third man just to check if the crowd still love him. They cheer and jeer his fumble, so that's affirmative

4.3

Lee to Strauss, no run, beaten with a cracker! That was seriously fast, holding its line just outside off and beating his outside edge

4.4

Lee to Strauss, no run, goes on the drive to mid-off

4.5

Lee to Strauss, 2 runs, gives himself a bit of room and cuts it hard down to third man

4.6

Lee to Strauss, no run, short of a length, he cuts, he misses

End of over 5 (3 runs) England 20/0 (RR: 4.00)
AJ Strauss    17* (21b 3x4)      B Lee    3-1-17-0
RS Bopara    3* (9b)      NW Bracken    2-0-3-0

5.1

Bracken to Bopara, SIX, impetuous but brilliant. Down the pitch from Bopara and he smashes this over long-on for six. That is a seriously good shot!

5.2

Bracken to Bopara, no run, on the back foot, slower ball! Great stuff. Bopara's up to the mark and defends

5.3

Bracken to Bopara, 1 run, nudged to leg this time

5.4

Bracken to Strauss, no run, an orthodoxly solid drive to mid-off

How spiffing. It's the 9th of the 9th of the 9th today, and would've been my Grandpa's 100th birthday. Happy birthday old man!

5.5

Bracken to Strauss, 1 run, driven out to the off side

5.6

Bracken to Bopara, no run, onto the front foot and he blocks. Good comeback from Bracken after being boshed for six

End of over 6 (8 runs) England 28/0 (RR: 4.66)
RS Bopara    10* (13b 1x6)      NW Bracken    3-0-11-0
AJ Strauss    18* (23b 3x4)      B Lee    3-1-17-0

"'Can't beat a tidy maiden' ... is that because you can go to jail for it?" asks Bob

6.1

Lee to Strauss, (no ball) FOUR, oh he's timed that beautifully. Nothing more than a turn of the wrists but the pace of Lee, and his leg-stump line from around the wicket, sees that fly for four

6.1

Lee to Strauss, 2 runs, very fast attempted yorker and Strauss steps to leg - but Lee follows him and tries to crush his toes

6.2

Lee to Strauss, no run, flicked to leg

"I think I preferred Belfast," says Miller. Belfast in the 70s. He didn't say that; I did.

6.3

Lee to Strauss, no run, on the front foot, he defends

6.4

Lee to Strauss, FOUR, and again he's timed that for four! Angling into his pads, and Strauss whipped it purposefully through midwicket for another boundary. He's playing a gem here, Strausss

6.5

Lee to Strauss, no run, on the back foot, gets into a bit of a tangle and isn't sure where the ball's gone

6.6

Lee to Strauss, 1 run, on the back foot, nudges to leg for a hasty single

End of over 7 (12 runs) England 40/0 (RR: 5.71)
AJ Strauss    29* (30b 5x4)      B Lee    4-1-29-0
RS Bopara    10* (13b 1x6)      NW Bracken    3-0-11-0

"Will Sambit be on Cricinfo commentary for a while?" asks a feedbacker. I shall propose it to Mr Bal...

7.1

Bracken to Strauss, 1 run, fuller delivery and it's punched out to the off side

We have connection issues I'm afraid. Slight delay in commentary. Sit on your hands, or something. Bopara's out, by the way. Tried to whack it over the top, and failed utterly. Wicket Prior's now out! Caught at square leg. England 41 for 2

7.2

Bracken to Bopara, no run, slower ball on middle-and-leg. Bopara's forward on the front foot

7.3

Bracken to Bopara, no run, defended cautiously out to the off side

7.4

Bracken to Bopara, no run, hammered off the back foot with Tendulkarish orthodoxy but straight to short extra-cover

7.5

Bracken to Bopara, OUT, brilliantly caught by Hopes! Bopara went for another impetuous crack over the top but got a leading, spiralling edge over the bowlers head and Hopes ran back a good eight or nine metres, taking the ball from over his head and diving in the process

RS Bopara c Hopes b Bracken 10 (33m 17b 0x4 1x6) SR: 58.82

7.6

Bracken to Strauss, no run, left alone off the back foot. Good take from the keeper

End of over 8 (1 run) England 41/1 (RR: 5.12)
AJ Strauss    30* (32b 5x4)      NW Bracken    4-0-12-1
MJ Prior    0* (0b)      B Lee    4-1-29-0

8.1

Johnson to Prior, no run, on the back foot and nudged to mid-on

8.2

Johnson to Prior, no run, outside off and Prior flashes and misses! That climbed a lot on him, but it was a poor stroke indeed

8.3

Johnson to Prior, no run, on the back foot, he defends this on the back foot

8.4

Johnson to Prior, OUT, short, he goes on the pull and pulls it straight to square leg! Johnson strikes! Another good, low catch by James Hopes and England's bright start has disappeared

MJ Prior c Hopes b Johnson 0 (2m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Here's Shah, the run-out merchant. What will he do today?

8.5

Johnson to Shah, no run

8.6

Johnson to Shah, no run, mind your stumps, Owais. Steps back and nearly steps on them like he did in the last match

End of over 9 (wicket maiden) England 41/2 (RR: 4.55)
OA Shah    0* (2b)      MG Johnson    1-1-0-1
AJ Strauss    30* (32b 5x4)      NW Bracken    4-0-12-1

Paine standing up

9.1

Bracken to Strauss, no run, swings and misses! Excellent take by Paine who whips off the bails in hope. He's kept well this young keeper

9.2

Bracken to Strauss, no run

9.3

Bracken to Strauss, no run, forced off the back foot

9.4

Bracken to Strauss, 2 runs, short of a length and he goes for a pull, does so nicely

9.5

Bracken to Strauss, no run, short of a length; he cuts and misses

9.6

Bracken to Strauss, no run, cuts and misses once more!

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End of over 10 (2 runs) England 43/2 (RR: 4.30)
AJ Strauss    32* (38b 5x4)      NW Bracken    5-0-14-1
OA Shah    0* (2b)      MG Johnson    1-1-0-1

Cheers Will, my first commentary stint in what feels like ages and ages, I've been flexing my fingers for the last half hour. Australia have taken their Powerplay.

10.1

Johnson to Shah, no run, Johnson runs in and fires a full ball outside off stump, Shah moves across and miss the drive

10.2

Johnson to Shah, 1 run, Shah moves across his stumps once again, he has to be careful here, he taps the ball into the vacant spaces at midwicket and runs the single, Shah wants the second but Strauss knows better

10.3

Johnson to Strauss, no run, width offered outside off stump, Strauss cuts but finds the fielder

10.4

Johnson to Strauss, FOUR, he hasn't found the fielder this time! Short, wide bowling and Strauss hammers it past Clarke at point, he really should have stopped that

10.5

Johnson to Strauss, no run, Strauss goes for the cut again but doesn't make contact

10.6

Johnson to Strauss, 1 wide, short ball but it's misdirected down leg side, Johnson will have to rebowl that

10.6

Johnson to Strauss, 1 run, better line and length from Johnson but Strauss waits on the back foot and dabs it late towards backward point, Shah is up for the quick single

End of over 11 (7 runs) England 50/2 (RR: 4.54)
AJ Strauss    37* (42b 6x4)      MG Johnson    2-1-7-1
OA Shah    1* (4b)      NW Bracken    5-0-14-1

Hopes into the attack, from over the wicket

11.1

Hopes to Strauss, no run, Strauss wanted to hit that on the leg side but spliced it towards the off, it was full and straight from Hopes

11.2

Hopes to Strauss, 1 run, Strauss goes on the back foot and muscles the ball towards square leg, it wasn't that short but he managed to pull it

11.3

Hopes to Shah, no run, played back to the bowler, gently

11.4

Hopes to Shah, no run, Shah strides forward and presents a straight bat while defending on the off side

Did I mention Paine's standing up? Don't think i did.

11.5

Hopes to Shah, no run, played off the back foot towards point, tidy over this, one to go

11.6

Hopes to Shah, no run, Shah takes a step towards off and swats the ball, or tries to, towards leg, he doesn't time it well though

End of over 12 (1 run) England 51/2 (RR: 4.25)
OA Shah    1* (8b)      JR Hopes    1-0-1-0
AJ Strauss    38* (44b 6x4)      MG Johnson    2-1-7-1

12.1

Johnson to Strauss, 1 leg bye, Johnson offers Strauss a delivery on his pads and he will be disappointed that he hasn't done more with it than play to fine leg for one, leg bye that too

12.2

Johnson to Shah, FOUR, Shah gets under one and sends it over cover, the ball bounces well before the rope and teases Callum Ferguson all the way to the boundary, Ferguson put in a spectacular dive but to no avail

12.3

Johnson to Shah, 1 run, short of a length on leg and middle, Shah jumps back and fends towards the leg side

12.4

Johnson to Strauss, no run, strauss stays in his crease and nudges towards midwicket

12.5

Johnson to Strauss, 2 runs, straight ball from Johnson and Strauss whips off his pads behind square and calls Shah through for two

12.6

Johnson to Strauss, no run, played towards point, England are 59 for 2

End of over 13 (8 runs) England 59/2 (RR: 4.53)
AJ Strauss    40* (48b 6x4)      MG Johnson    3-1-14-1
OA Shah    6* (10b 1x4)      JR Hopes    1-0-1-0

13.1

Hopes to Shah, no run, played carefully on the front foot towards the off side

13.2

Hopes to Shah, no run, Shah moves smoothly forward and blocks

13.3

Hopes to Shah, 2 runs, width offered outside off and Shah cuts hard but places it wide enough of the third man fielder to come back for the second

13.4

Hopes to Shah, no run, played on the off but straight to the fielder

13.5

Hopes to Shah, no run, knocked off the pads towards midwicket, another dot

13.6

Hopes to Shah, no run, a bit too straight from Hopes but Shah misses the whip off the pads

End of over 14 (2 runs) England 61/2 (RR: 4.35)
OA Shah    8* (16b 1x4)      JR Hopes    2-0-3-0
AJ Strauss    40* (48b 6x4)      MG Johnson    3-1-14-1

Last over of the first Powerplay coming up ...

14.1

Johnson to Strauss, no run, that's too close to off stump for the cut, and Strauss missed it

14.2

Johnson to Strauss, 1 run, good length and straight, Strauss opens the face ever so slightly and guides towards third man

14.3

Johnson to Shah, no run, Shah plants his front foot across his stumps and waits for the Johnson slower ball to reach him before defending

14.4

Johnson to Shah, no run, Shah sees width outside off and flays his bat at it, he doesn't connect with his mighty swing though

14.5

Johnson to Shah, OUT, lbw! Shah moves across his stumps and tries to whip across the line through midwicket, he misses and gets hit on the pad, the umpire takes a good look and eventually raises the finger, replays show that the ball may have been missing off stump, Shah's a bit unlucky there, but it looks so close when he moves across his stumps like that

OA Shah lbw b Johnson 8 (24m 19b 1x4 0x6) SR: 42.10

Collingwood's the new batsman ...

14.6

Johnson to Collingwood, no run, and he lets his first ball go through to the keeper

End of over 15 (1 run) England 62/3 (RR: 4.13)
PD Collingwood    0* (1b)      MG Johnson    4-1-15-2
AJ Strauss    41* (50b 6x4)      JR Hopes    2-0-3-0

15.1

Hopes to Strauss, no run, steady and straight from Hopes, defended on the back foot

15.2

Hopes to Strauss, no run, nudged towards the leg side

15.3

Hopes to Strauss, 2 runs, fractionally short and Strauss latches on to it and pulls towards deep midwicket

15.4

Hopes to Strauss, 1 run, Hopes pitches outside leg, allowing Strauss to flick off his pads towards deep square

15.5

Hopes to Collingwood, no run, short of a length and just outside off, Collingwood waits and lets ball hit bat

15.6

Hopes to Collingwood, no run, Hopes bowls a good length ball angling towards off and middle, Collingwood waits and just when you think it's too late, he thrusts his bat out and blocks it. Shouts of "OH!" from the Aussies but Colly was in control there

End of over 16 (3 runs) England 65/3 (RR: 4.06)
PD Collingwood    0* (3b)      JR Hopes    3-0-6-0
AJ Strauss    44* (54b 6x4)      MG Johnson    4-1-15-2

16.1

Johnson to Strauss, 1 run, worked off his pads behind square for one

16.2

Johnson to Collingwood, 1 wide, bah, short ball but down leg side, poor direction and that's a wide

16.2

Johnson to Collingwood, no run, short of a length outside off, Collingwood gets on top of the bounce and plays a crisp cut towards point, doesn't beat the fielder though

16.3

Johnson to Collingwood, no run, worked off the pads towards square leg

16.4

Johnson to Collingwood, no run, forced off the back foot but straight to the man at cover

16.5

Johnson to Collingwood, no run, fuller ball outside off, Collingwood leans into the drive and plays the ball to cover

16.6

Johnson to Collingwood, 1 run, full and straight from Johnson, Collingwood flicks the ball off his pad through midwicket

The players are taking a drinks break ... another 220 odd total I reckon, but I'm no expert.

End of over 17 (3 runs) England 68/3 (RR: 4.00)
PD Collingwood    1* (8b)      MG Johnson    5-1-18-2
AJ Strauss    45* (55b 6x4)      JR Hopes    3-0-6-0

17.1

Hopes to Collingwood, 1 run, steady and straight again, played towards the leg side

17.2

Hopes to Strauss, no run, Hopes slants the ball wide and draws Strauss into swishing at it, he swishes and misses

17.3

Hopes to Strauss, 1 run, very similar shot but this time Strauss connects with the swish and runs the single

17.4

Hopes to Collingwood, 1 run, pushed off the back foot through cover point

17.5

Hopes to Strauss, no run, Strauss pushes the ball off the front foot towards cover

17.6

Hopes to Strauss, 3 runs, Strauss leans across an drives the ball firmly and just wide of the fielder at mid-on, nicely placed

End of over 18 (6 runs) England 74/3 (RR: 4.11)
AJ Strauss    49* (59b 6x4)      JR Hopes    4-0-12-0
PD Collingwood    3* (10b)      MG Johnson    5-1-18-2

We'll shortly be entering the cruise control phase of the match (overs 20-40), hopefully someone will take charge and impose himself on the game. Maybe it'll be Hauritz! Here he comes from over the wicket.

18.1

Hauritz to Strauss, 1 run, Strauss moves back and nudges towards short leg leg, Collingwood is off in a flash from the non-strikers end, that single brings up Strauss's fifty, well played but he needs to carry on

Collingwood takes a look at the field ...

18.2

Hauritz to Collingwood, no run, ... and then blocks towards the off side

18.3

Hauritz to Collingwood, no run, tossed up by Hauritz, it's a slow pitch this, Collingwood strides forward and blocks

18.4

Hauritz to Collingwood, no run, he pulls out the slog sweep but the line is much too far outside off and Collingwood misses

18.5

Hauritz to Collingwood, 1 run, worked off the front foot towards wide long on for one

18.6

Hauritz to Strauss, 1 run, Strauss waits on the back foot and works the ball behind square

End of over 19 (3 runs) England 77/3 (RR: 4.05)
AJ Strauss    51* (61b 6x4)      NM Hauritz    1-0-3-0
PD Collingwood    4* (14b)      JR Hopes    4-0-12-0

19.1

Hopes to Strauss, 2 runs, Strauss swivels and pulls and will get two for his effort

19.2

Hopes to Strauss, 1 run, fuller length and Strauss flicks from leg stump towards deep square

19.3

Hopes to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood swivels and tries to pull, he doesn't do it very well

19.4

Hopes to Collingwood, 3 runs, oh! that just cleared the fielder, Collingwood chipped the ball in the air and it flew just over the fielder's head at midwicket, that was the offcutter from Hopes

19.5

Hopes to Strauss, no run, Strauss stays in his crease and defends

19.6

Hopes to Strauss, FOUR, Strauss stays in his crease again, rocks back and pulls the ball over wide mid-on, England end the Powerplay with a boundary

Over to Will again for the next ten overs ...

End of over 20 (10 runs) England 87/3 (RR: 4.35)
AJ Strauss    58* (65b 7x4)      JR Hopes    5-0-22-0
PD Collingwood    7* (16b)      NM Hauritz    1-0-3-0

Thanks George. Honoured

20.1

Hauritz to Collingwood, 1 run, tossed up outside off and he cracks him to cover

20.2

Hauritz to Strauss, 1 run, down the leg side and tickled fine. That's top tickling, that

20.3

Hauritz to Collingwood, 1 run, full and straight, Collingwood nudges (© P Collingwood)

Around the wicket

20.4

Hauritz to Strauss, no run, Strauss forces this off the back foot

20.5

Hauritz to Strauss, 1 run, Strauss comes down the pitch, drives to long-on

20.6

Hauritz to Collingwood, 1 run, chopped for nothing more than a single

End of over 21 (5 runs) England 92/3 (RR: 4.38)
PD Collingwood    10* (19b)      NM Hauritz    2-0-8-0
AJ Strauss    60* (68b 7x4)      JR Hopes    5-0-22-0

Happy anniversary to Andrew and Sarah Miller. Three years strong. Word-up to those two, I say. Here's the Alice-band that is Nathan Bracken

21.1

Bracken to Collingwood, 1 run, driven back to Bracken who rather stiffly bends forward but can't pick it up. He looks like an arthritic giraffe sometimes

21.2

Bracken to Strauss, 2 runs, cheeky shot, plucking it out of Paine's gloves and down to third man. Ferguson cleans up

That deflected off Paine's gloves, in fact. Half a chance. Well, a quarter of a chance

21.3

Bracken to Strauss, 1 run, turned to leg

21.4

Bracken to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood stands tall. Collingwood cracks to cover. Collingwood stays where he is

21.5

Bracken to Collingwood, no run, angling into his pads (he's around the wicket, by the way), Collingwood works it to midwicket

21.6

Bracken to Collingwood, 1 run, short of a length and again flicked to deep square leg

End of over 22 (5 runs) England 97/3 (RR: 4.40)
PD Collingwood    12* (23b)      NW Bracken    6-0-19-1
AJ Strauss    63* (70b 7x4)      NM Hauritz    2-0-8-0

22.1

Hauritz to Collingwood, 1 run, good, flattish delivery but short enough to be pumped to mid-on

Around the wicket

22.2

Hauritz to Strauss, no run, turned to leg

22.3

Hauritz to Strauss, OUT, goddim! Down the pitch by Strauss, flicking it and timing it beautifully but it just carried to Michael Clarke, diving forward at short midwicket

AJ Strauss c Clarke b Hauritz 63 (97m 72b 7x4 0x6) SR: 87.50

And again an England batsman falls after making a promising start. Tsk. Such a frustration.

"Is anyone else getting thoroughly cheesed off with Owais Shah?" emails A Flower. Only joking; it's from a feedbacker, no less! Yes, I think most England fans have had their fill of Mr Shah at the moment. Outrageously gifted. He used to be able to bat left-handed as well as right when he was young. Never fear, Eoin's here

22.4

Hauritz to Morgan, no run, tossed up on middle, he's forward and defending

22.5

Hauritz to Morgan, no run

22.6

Hauritz to Morgan, 1 run, smashed powerfully through cover

End of over 23 (2 runs) England 99/4 (RR: 4.30)
EJG Morgan    1* (3b)      NM Hauritz    3-0-10-1
PD Collingwood    13* (24b)      NW Bracken    6-0-19-1

23.1

Bracken to Morgan, no run, cuts back sharply on Strauss who chops out to the off side

23.2

Bracken to Morgan, 1 run, very crisply struck, and he made a good stride forward there. Uses his feet really well, Morgan

The hundred's up. A crowd heaving with apathy finally bring themselves to applaud. My god this is tedious

23.3

Bracken to Collingwood, 1 run, forced off the back foot

23.4

Bracken to Morgan, no run, good, straight delivery. He is a demon, Bracken, on surfaces like these. Hardly ever gets serious tap

And there's yet another cricket phrase you couldn't use to anyone other than a cricket fan.

23.5

Bracken to Morgan, 1 run, forced off the back foot behind square

23.6

Bracken to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood drives firmly to mid-off. But, well, straight to mid-off

End of over 24 (3 runs) England 102/4 (RR: 4.25)
PD Collingwood    14* (26b)      NW Bracken    7-0-22-1
EJG Morgan    3* (7b)      NM Hauritz    3-0-10-1

24.1

Hauritz to Morgan, no run, down the pitch, drives to mid-off

24.2

Hauritz to Morgan, no run, speared in fast on the off stump, Morgan drives

24.3

Hauritz to Morgan, no run, skips back, tries to give himself room but this is tremendous bowling from Hauritz, cramping him for room

24.4

Hauritz to Morgan, 1 run, stroked out nicely through extra cover

Mid-off's gone deeper

24.5

Hauritz to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood swings and misses to a faster ball from The Ritzy

24.6

Hauritz to Collingwood, 1 run, wider and well flighted, he strokes it tamely to mid-off

End of over 25 (2 runs) England 104/4 (RR: 4.16)
PD Collingwood    15* (28b)      NM Hauritz    4-0-12-1
EJG Morgan    4* (11b)      NW Bracken    7-0-22-1

25.1

Bracken to Collingwood, 1 run, back-cut down to third man

25.2

Bracken to Morgan, 1 run, late cut - nicely done, too. Good, soft hands

25.3

Bracken to Collingwood, no run, angling into the right-hander who defends. That was impossibly slow

25.4

Bracken to Collingwood, no run, punched forcefully off the back foot

25.5

Bracken to Collingwood, no run, outside off, forced to cover for another rip-roaring zero

25.6

Bracken to Collingwood, 1 run, another similar forcing shot, this time to mid-off.

End of over 26 (3 runs) England 107/4 (RR: 4.11)
PD Collingwood    17* (33b)      NW Bracken    8-0-25-1
EJG Morgan    5* (12b)      NM Hauritz    4-0-12-1

26.1

Hauritz to Collingwood, 1 run, quicker ball worked off his pads

"I know there is more glitz in cricket these days, but should we really condone players donning Alice bands?" asks Darren Masters. Yes. A thousand times, yes.

26.2

Hauritz to Morgan, FOUR, shot! Reverse swept with great power for four. At last - some inventiveness from England, and he nailed it completely

26.3

Hauritz to Morgan, 1 run, skips down the pitch for a clunked single to long-off

26.4

Hauritz to Collingwood, 1 run, whipped to leg

26.5

Hauritz to Morgan, no run, comes forward and pats a defensive

26.6

Hauritz to Morgan, no run, tries to work it to leg but can't...erm. Well, he just can't.

End of over 27 (7 runs) England 114/4 (RR: 4.22)
EJG Morgan    10* (16b 1x4)      NM Hauritz    5-0-19-1
PD Collingwood    19* (35b)      NW Bracken    8-0-25-1

27.1

Bracken to Collingwood, no run, defended out to mid-off

I love these middle-overs. This may be my last time on commentary, but by heck - these middling overs are nothing less than a fantastic waste of everybody's time

27.2

Bracken to Collingwood, 1 run, full of length, driven out to cover

27.3

Bracken to Morgan, no run, flicks this on the walk to the leg side

27.4

Bracken to Morgan, 1 run, elegant little late dab out to the off side

27.5

Bracken to Collingwood, 1 run, another single to long-off

27.6

Bracken to Morgan, 1 run, tossed up outside off, Morgan works him to long-on

The crowd are making their own entertainment now, with Mexican waves and beer, an unbeatable combination

End of over 28 (4 runs) England 118/4 (RR: 4.21)
EJG Morgan    12* (19b 1x4)      NW Bracken    9-0-29-1
PD Collingwood    21* (38b)      NM Hauritz    5-0-19-1

28.1

Hauritz to Morgan, 1 run, stroked once more to long-off. Strokey

28.2

Hauritz to Collingwood, no run, tossed up just outside off, he's forward and defending with solidity

28.3

Hauritz to Collingwood, 1 run, short of a length and pushed off the back foot out to cover

28.4

Hauritz to Morgan, 1 run, good line but a bit too short and he guides it out to point

28.5

Hauritz to Collingwood, 1 run, driven out to long-on

28.6

Hauritz to Morgan, 1 run, short and wide - is that four? No! Ah well. A single is almost as good, if 75% not as good. Firm cut finds deep cover point

End of over 29 (5 runs) England 123/4 (RR: 4.24)
EJG Morgan    15* (22b 1x4)      NM Hauritz    6-0-24-1
PD Collingwood    23* (41b)      NW Bracken    9-0-29-1

Here's Shane Watson, who has yet to break down with an horrific back injury this tour

29.1

Watson to Morgan, 1 run, starts with one just outside off to which he comes forward and drives, firmly

Lee's warming up, too

29.2

Watson to Collingwood, no run, on the back foot, driven

29.3

Watson to Collingwood, no run, slides into Collingwood's pads, and Watson roars an appeal but it's going down leg

29.4

Watson to Collingwood, 1 run, flicked to square leg

29.5

Watson to Morgan, no run, on the front foot, Morgan blocks to cover

29.6

Watson to Morgan, 2 runs, onto the front foot, he drives hard to mid-off

End of over 30 (4 runs) England 127/4 (RR: 4.23)
EJG Morgan    18* (25b 1x4)      SR Watson    1-0-4-0
PD Collingwood    24* (44b)      NM Hauritz    6-0-24-1

Lee's back into the attack ... got hit for three fours by Strauss in his first spell.

30.1

Lee to Collingwood, no run, full ball with a hint of swing back into Collingwood, dug out by the batsman

30.2

Lee to Collingwood, no run, full ball again, driven to mid-on for no run

30.3

Lee to Collingwood, 2 runs, Collingwood plays behind square and takes on the fielder, coming back for the second

30.4

Lee to Collingwood, no run, Lee's right up there, 90mph full on middle stump, Collingwood stays where he is and blocks

30.5

Lee to Collingwood, 1 run, Lee drags it short and wide, Collingwood dabs towards third man

30.6

Lee to Morgan, no run, full on off stump, driven towards mid off

End of over 31 (3 runs) England 130/4 (RR: 4.19)
EJG Morgan    18* (26b 1x4)      B Lee    5-1-32-0
PD Collingwood    27* (49b)      SR Watson    1-0-4-0

31.1

Watson to Collingwood, no run, Watson also gets the ball to swing into Collingwood, his footwork is tentative as he nudges towards midwicket, five men in the circle

31.2

Watson to Collingwood, 1 run, there's a bit of width outside off stump and Collingwood is quick to cut towards deep point

31.3

Watson to Morgan, 1 run, Morgan forces the ball off is pads and hits it with enough power to get past midwicket

31.4

Watson to Collingwood, OUT, caught, Collingwood tries to hit down the ground but doesn't get enough elevation, he hits it straight to mid-on

PD Collingwood c Bracken b Watson 28 (64m 52b 0x4 0x6) SR: 53.84

Wright is the new batsman ...

31.5

Watson to Wright, no run, he lets the fist ball go outside of stump

31.6

Watson to Wright, no run, Watson swings the ball into the right-hander and Wright blocks on the front foot

End of over 32 (2 runs) England 132/5 (RR: 4.12)
LJ Wright    0* (2b)      SR Watson    2-0-6-1
EJG Morgan    19* (27b 1x4)      B Lee    5-1-32-0

32.1

Lee to Morgan, 1 run, goo length and straight from Lee, defended by the batsman

32.2

Lee to Wright, no run, Wright moves forward and defends a full ball on the leg side

32.3

Lee to Wright, 1 no ball, short ball but Lee's over-stepped, Wright ducks under the bouncer but has a free hit coming up

32.3

Lee to Wright, FOUR, he clears his front foot out of the way and smashes the ball wide of the fielder at mid-off, powerful shot all the way for four

32.4

Lee to Wright, 1 run, driven of the front foot towards mid off this time

32.5

Lee to Morgan, 1 run, Morgan moves forward and guides the ball past point for one more

32.6

Lee to Wright, no run, short of a length outside of, played towards point where Clarke swoops on the ball and throws at the bowler's end, Morgan has to hurry back

End of over 33 (8 runs) England 140/5 (RR: 4.24)
LJ Wright    5* (7b 1x4)      B Lee    6-1-40-0
EJG Morgan    21* (29b 1x4)      SR Watson    2-0-6-1

Hello! Will here. George's machine has had a fit

33.1

Watson to Morgan, no run, wide of the off stump and he crashes and misses

"Stuff this contest," spits Miller, who yesterday bowled Mike Gatting. We, the press box, the entire country haven't heard the last of this

33.2

Watson to Morgan, no run, on the back foot, he defends. Good, straight delivery

33.3

Watson to Morgan, no run, driven out to mid-off

33.4

Watson to Morgan, no run, short, he goes for a pull but misses. "Catttch" is the cry from what's his name, Watson

33.5

Watson to Morgan, no run, onto the front foot, he blocks

Will it be a maiden? Will it?

33.6

Watson to Morgan, 1 run, driven out to long-off

It's drinks. We can all catch our breath

End of over 34 (1 run) England 141/5 (RR: 4.14)
EJG Morgan    22* (35b 1x4)      SR Watson    3-0-7-1
LJ Wright    5* (7b 1x4)      B Lee    6-1-40-0

Last pair of proper batsmen at the crease, time for the Powerplay, in my humble opinion, no point taking it after the bowlers make their entrance.

But England haven't taken it, here's Johnson ....

34.1

Johnson to Morgan, 1 run, full ball outside off stump, Morgan strides forward and drives through cover

34.2

Johnson to Wright, no run, short of a length outside off stump, Wright whacks it but straight to Clarke at point

34.3

Johnson to Wright, no run, pushed off the back foot towards point

34.4

Johnson to Wright, no run, Wright stays in his crease and finds Clarke again at point

34.5

Johnson to Wright, 2 runs, played off the back foot towards third man

34.6

Johnson to Wright, 1 run, short ball and Wright pulls towards deep square leg

End of over 35 (4 runs) England 145/5 (RR: 4.14)
LJ Wright    8* (12b 1x4)      MG Johnson    6-1-22-2
EJG Morgan    23* (36b 1x4)      SR Watson    3-0-7-1

Hopes is back for another spell ... still no Powerplay.

35.1

Hopes to Wright, no run, Hopes bowls a cutter into the right-hander, Wright moves forward and defends, not very convincingly though

35.2

Hopes to Wright, 1 run, Wright plays the ball late and past the fielder at point for one

35.3

Hopes to Morgan, 1 run, Hopes slants the ball across Morgan and he uses the angle to cut towards third man

35.4

Hopes to Wright, OUT, there you go! Wright tries to blast the ball through cover but hits it hard and straight to Voges who takes a sharp low catch, England now don't have two specialist batsmen to utilise the final Powerplay

LJ Wright c sub (AC Voges) b Hopes 9 (18m 15b 1x4 0x6) SR: 60.00

Bresnan is the new batsman ...

35.5

Hopes to Bresnan, no run, Bresnan gets behind the line of a good length ball and defends

35.6

Hopes to Bresnan, 1 run, Bresnan eases on to the front foot and pushes the ball past cover and wide enough of the fielder at mid off for a single

End of over 36 (3 runs) England 148/6 (RR: 4.11)
TT Bresnan    1* (2b)      JR Hopes    6-0-25-1
EJG Morgan    24* (37b 1x4)      MG Johnson    6-1-22-2

36.1

Johnson to Bresnan, no run, short of a length outside off, defended on the back foot

36.2

Johnson to Bresnan, 1 run, Bresnan jumps on to the back foot and dabs the ball towards third man

36.3

Johnson to Morgan, no run, Morgan drives the ball firmly towards cover but can't beat the infield

36.4

Johnson to Morgan, 1 run, nudged towards fine leg for one

36.5

Johnson to Bresnan, no run, short of a length outside off, Bresnan stays in his crease and defends towards point

36.6

Johnson to Bresnan, no run, Johnson slants the ball across the right-hander and beats the outside edge of Bresnan's defence

End of over 37 (2 runs) England 150/6 (RR: 4.05)
TT Bresnan    2* (6b)      MG Johnson    7-1-24-2
EJG Morgan    25* (39b 1x4)      JR Hopes    6-0-25-1

37.1

Hopes to Morgan, SIX, smashed! Morgan plants his front foot forward and swings his bat hard, smacking the ball high over long on, that's the second six of the innings

37.2

Hopes to Morgan, 1 run, played towards third man for one

37.3

Hopes to Bresnan, 1 run, Hopes bowls a slower short ball and Bresnan pulls behind square

37.4

Hopes to Morgan, no run, good length just outside off, defended on the front foot

37.5

Hopes to Morgan, no run, nudged off the back foot towards midwicket

37.6

Hopes to Morgan, 1 run, full ball on off stump, driven off the front foot towards long-off

End of over 38 (9 runs) England 159/6 (RR: 4.18)
EJG Morgan    33* (44b 1x4 1x6)      JR Hopes    7-0-34-1
TT Bresnan    3* (7b)      MG Johnson    7-1-24-2

England send Onions out with drinks ...and possibly a message for the batsmen.

38.1

Johnson to Morgan, no run, played towards mid-off, dot ball

38.2

Johnson to Morgan, 1 run, slower ball on middle stump, Morgan sees it and turns it off his pads towards midwicket

38.3

Johnson to Bresnan, no run, Bresnan moves forward and plays the ball to cover

38.4

Johnson to Bresnan, 1 wide, short ball but it's wide down leg side, the crowd cheer as the extra is added to England's total

38.4

Johnson to Bresnan, no run, played off the front foot towards point

38.5

Johnson to Bresnan, FOUR, full ball on the pads and Bresnan clips it fine, very fine actually and the ball speeds to the fine-leg boundary

38.6

Johnson to Bresnan, no run, full length but the line is better, driven towards cover

End of over 39 (6 runs) England 165/6 (RR: 4.23)
TT Bresnan    7* (11b 1x4)      MG Johnson    8-1-30-2
EJG Morgan    34* (46b 1x4 1x6)      JR Hopes    7-0-34-1

Bracken's back, he has one over to go ...

39.1

Bracken to Morgan, 1 run, slow delivery outside off stump, 67mph, cut towards short third man, the keeper is standing up as well

39.2

Bracken to Bresnan, 1 run, Bracken goes wide of the crease from round the wicket and bowls a slower ball, Bresnan drives through cover

39.3

Bracken to Morgan, 2 runs, Morgan strides forward and drives a good length ball towards the man on the sweeper boundary, that was another slower ball

39.4

Bracken to Morgan, 1 run, full ball on off stump, that was under 70mph as well, driven on the off side

39.5

Bracken to Bresnan, 1 run, cut off the back foot, more of a thick outside really towards third man

39.6

Bracken to Morgan, 1 run, played on the front foot towards cover, super over that

Over to Will for the home stretch ...

End of over 40 (7 runs) England 172/6 (RR: 4.30)
EJG Morgan    39* (50b 1x4 1x6)      NW Bracken    10-0-36-1
TT Bresnan    9* (13b 1x4)      MG Johnson    8-1-30-2

Hello

40.1

Johnson to Morgan, no run, how has that missed?! What a delivery. Good pace, shaping back on Morgan who's cut in half and somehow that misses his off bail

Sheepers that was a sharp delivery

40.2

Johnson to Morgan, 1 run, fuller but straighter and punched down the ground. Mid-on takes a tumble and a fumble, and the crowd jeer! Hurrah for mistakes like those. And mid-on now does the same! Tremendous work by everybody, well done

40.3

Johnson to Bresnan, 1 run, thick outside edge down to third man. Bracken cleans up with heroism

40.4

Johnson to Morgan, no run, nice and full, and Morgan whacks him to mid-off

40.5

Johnson to Morgan, 1 run, another good-length straight delivery which is on-driven to mid-on

40.6

Johnson to Bresnan, 1 run, angled to third man

End of over 41 (4 runs) England 176/6 (RR: 4.29)
TT Bresnan    11* (15b 1x4)      MG Johnson    9-1-34-2
EJG Morgan    41* (54b 1x4 1x6)      NW Bracken    10-0-36-1

Is it Powerplay time? Yes! The section of the crowd who know what that is all cheer. Everyone else looks on in bemusement

41.1

Watson to Bresnan, no run, outside off and he swings and misses

41.2

Watson to Bresnan, no run, short of a length and close to his off stump, Bresnan forces it to point off the back foot

41.3

Watson to Bresnan, no run, full, straight and he digs it out

41.4

Watson to Bresnan, 1 run, tries to pull but can't really time it. Still - he does get a single

41.5

Watson to Morgan, 1 run, firmly and crisply driven. But again, it's just for a single. That's fine for Australia, it really is

Quality over from Watson. Very full, very straight, and a Powerplaying waste by England

41.6

Watson to Bresnan, 1 run, defensively pushed out to the off side. Bresnan can't make anything of it. Top stuff from Watson but there's been no attempt by either batsman to be inventive, change his lengths, skip down the pitch or step outside leg. All far too easy

End of over 42 (3 runs) England 179/6 (RR: 4.26)
TT Bresnan    13* (20b 1x4)      SR Watson    4-0-10-1
EJG Morgan    42* (55b 1x4 1x6)      MG Johnson    9-1-34-2

Brett Lee's back

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42.1

Lee to Bresnan, 1 run, fast and straight! Attempted yorker dug out to Watson at mid-on who then shies at the stumps. Good athlete

42.2

Lee to Morgan, (no ball) 1 run, full again but outside off, and clunked to mid-off

No-ball and a free hit...

42.2

Lee to Bresnan, 1 run, slower ball on his legs! Bresnan gave himself a lot of room but was surprised by the slower ball and made nothing of it

42.3

Lee to Morgan, OUT, full toss, dug out straight to mid-off. And that's out! The crowd are practically silent, unable to believe just how limp that dismissal was

EJG Morgan c Johnson b Lee 43 (83m 57b 1x4 1x6) SR: 75.43

Not a bad effort from Morgan. Not a great one, either. Australia are all over England like a swarm of bees

Let's see if Swann can give it some

42.4

Lee to Swann, 1 run, tickles this slower ball down to fine leg

42.5

Lee to Bresnan, 1 run, shorter ball fended to leg

42.6

Lee to Swann, 2 runs, very full but nicely timed off his legs

End of over 43 (8 runs) England 187/7 (RR: 4.34)
GP Swann    3* (2b)      B Lee    7-1-48-1
TT Bresnan    16* (23b 1x4)      SR Watson    4-0-10-1

43.1

Watson to Bresnan, no run, steps down the pitch and clunks it to long-off

43.2

Watson to Bresnan, 1 run, flicked to leg

43.3

Watson to Swann, OUT, that's so out. Swung in late on middle stump as Swann played around it, and that's hitting middle stump halfway up

GP Swann lbw b Watson 3 (2m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Two wickets left. Can England get to 200? It's my last time on commentary, and I must have written that previous sentence dozens and dozens of times before. But never fear, Sidebottom's here

43.4

Watson to Sidebottom, no run, plays and misses outside off

Watson is around the wicket by the way

43.5

Watson to Sidebottom, no run, fired in very straight on middle-and-off, and Sidebottom is nearly squared up but manages to defend it

43.6

Watson to Sidebottom, 1 run, nudged behind square but that's another terrific over from Watson. He's been seriously tight and impressive today

End of over 44 (2 runs) England 189/8 (RR: 4.29)
RJ Sidebottom    1* (3b)      SR Watson    5-0-12-2
TT Bresnan    17* (25b 1x4)      B Lee    7-1-48-1

44.1

Lee to Sidebottom, no run, full, straight, and defended by Sidebottom. A prod. Poor old Sidders hasn't got a hope against Lee here

44.2

Lee to Sidebottom, no run, quick! Seriously quick. Bouncer flies through and Sidebottom sways out of the way

44.3

Lee to Sidebottom, no run, fast, wide, left alone. Too quick for Sid

44.4

Lee to Sidebottom, no run, very fast, just outside off, and Sidders defends by digging it out

44.5

Lee to Sidebottom, no run, tries to pull it, and does pull it, but mistimes this scoopy attempt and is lucky he's not caught

44.6

Lee to Sidebottom, 1 run, driven with a slash down to third man and he steals the strike

End of over 45 (1 run) England 190/8 (RR: 4.22)
RJ Sidebottom    2* (9b)      B Lee    8-1-49-1
TT Bresnan    17* (25b 1x4)      SR Watson    5-0-12-2

45.1

Watson to Sidebottom, no run, slower ball! This really has been a terrific spell by Watson. He's mixed up his pace beautifully yet maintained a consistent line and length

45.2

Watson to Sidebottom, no run, on the pull but misses. England are almost going backwards here

45.3

Watson to Sidebottom, 1 run, short of a length and nudged to leg, but Sidebottom's about as quick as a one-legged rhino the poor old chap, and Clarke's throw is....just wide from short midwicket! He's furious with himself

45.4

Watson to Bresnan, FOUR, smashing shot. Much more like it. Short of a length, he steps outside leg and cuts it hard over backward point for four

At last, England. Now. Slower ball yorker?

45.5

Watson to Bresnan, FOUR, it's a little slower and again he steps outside leg, carving him over extra cover for four. Well timed! Really nailed it

45.6

Watson to Bresnan, 1 no ball, got him! No - no-ball. Full toss, very high, and he tries to hook it by it flies to point, but he's been no-balled. A bit of fortune for England

45.6

Watson to Bresnan, no run, stands tall and smacks him to mid-on

End of over 46 (10 runs) England 200/8 (RR: 4.34)
TT Bresnan    25* (29b 3x4)      SR Watson    6-0-22-2
RJ Sidebottom    3* (12b)      B Lee    8-1-49-1

England have reached 200. Well, we weren't quite sure if they'd get there. Four overs to go

46.1

Lee to Sidebottom, 1 run, edged wide of Paine and third man cleans up

46.2

Lee to Bresnan, 1 run, nice pull, not unlike Des Haynes

I realise that is a gross exaggeration, but just humour me.

46.3

Lee to Sidebottom, FOUR, Sidebottom's on the pull and he's boshed it powerfully in front of square for four! Well-set, good solid base, and he thwacked it firmly

46.4

Lee to Sidebottom, 1 run, late swing at 92.6mph which he digs out firmly

46.5

Lee to Bresnan, 2 runs, very full but dug out. 92.5mph attempted yorker and the crowd are alive at last as England have begun to take the initiative. It's much too late, of course - of course it is! But it's good to see at any rate

46.6

Lee to Bresnan, no run, down the leg side, off the pads and Paine manages to stop it

End of over 47 (9 runs) England 209/8 (RR: 4.44)
TT Bresnan    28* (32b 3x4)      B Lee    9-1-58-1
RJ Sidebottom    9* (15b 1x4)      SR Watson    6-0-22-2

47.1

Watson to Sidebottom, 1 run, flicked to leg

47.2

Watson to Bresnan, 1 run, a full toss, carved down to third man

47.3

Watson to Sidebottom, 1 wide, down the leg side - and a wide

47.3

Watson to Sidebottom, no run, worked out to the off side

47.4

Watson to Sidebottom, FOUR, goes for a tentative back-foot drive and edges it thickly past Paine for four!

47.5

Watson to Sidebottom, no run, on the pull, and he misses

47.6

Watson to Sidebottom, 1 run, pushed off the back square of the wicket

End of over 48 (8 runs) England 217/8 (RR: 4.52)
RJ Sidebottom    15* (20b 2x4)      SR Watson    7-0-30-2
TT Bresnan    29* (33b 3x4)      B Lee    9-1-58-1

Johnson's back

48.1

Johnson to Sidebottom, 1 run, nicely played by Sidebottom. He's lining these up. Steps outside leg and guides it to deep cover point

48.2

Johnson to Bresnan, no run, ah, that's such a quality slower ball from Johnson. Bresnan didn't have a clue

48.3

Johnson to Bresnan, no run, faster and Bresnan gives Johnson all three stumps to aim at. And somehow, he misses! Paine takes that sharply to his right - that leapt up on him

48.4

Johnson to Bresnan, 1 run, a one-handed slap out to the off side and this'll be out if the fielder's throw hits...which it doesn't! White, I think it was, at mid-off

48.5

Johnson to Sidebottom, 2 runs, whipped through midwicket with a flick of the wrists. Sidebottom's looking increasingly solid out there

48.6

Johnson to Sidebottom, 1 run, steps back and guides to point

End of over 49 (5 runs) England 222/8 (RR: 4.53)
RJ Sidebottom    19* (23b 2x4)      MG Johnson    10-1-39-2
TT Bresnan    30* (36b 3x4)      SR Watson    7-0-30-2

Six balls to go. Can England thwack it too all parts?

49.1

Watson to Sidebottom, no run, Too good. Or rather, Sidebottom's not sure how to handle this straight delivery, and he blocks it off the back foot

49.2

Watson to Sidebottom, 1 run, a gentle little dab down to third man

Clarke's changing the field

49.3

Watson to Bresnan, 1 run, stroked out to the off side

49.4

Watson to Sidebottom, 2 runs, straighter ball and skied miles in the air over the bowler's head, but there's no fielder there. Two more to England

49.5

Watson to Sidebottom, 2 runs, short of a length and very well pulled, powerfully even - but Hauritz, the great Ritzy himself, does very well to cut it off from long-on

49.6

Watson to Sidebottom, OUT, speared into his legs, Sidebottom tries to lift him for six but long-off holds a clean and comfortable catch at head height

RJ Sidebottom c White b Watson 24 (27m 28b 2x4 0x6) SR: 85.71

A better end to the innings than we feared, I think. Sidebottom and Bresnan did well to put on 41 at the end, and Strauss played nicely for his 63, but yet again no one went on to hit a big score. Shane Watson was absolutely outstanding, however, bowling full and straight to pick up 3 for 36. Join us in about half-an-hour for Australia's chase of 229

End of over 50 (6 runs) England 228/9
     SR Watson    8-0-36-3
TT Bresnan    31* (37b 3x4)      MG Johnson    10-1-39-2
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