Australia tour of England and Scotland, 4th ODI: England v Australia at Lord's, Sep 12, 2009
Australia won by 7 wickets (with 38 balls remaining)
Played at Lord's, London
12 September 2009 (50-over match)

Toss Andrew Strauss has won the toss and England will bat.

Is Strauss worried about batting first with such an early start? "Not in these conditions. The wicket played well when we were here last week." Ricky Ponting notes a little grass on the wicket and doesn't mind bowling first.

England 1 Andrew Strauss (capt), 2 Joe Denly, 3 Ravi Bopara, 4 Matt Prior (wk), 5 Owais Shah, 6 Eoin Morgan, 7 Luke Wright, 8 Stuart Broad, 9 Adil Rashid, 10 Tim Bresnan, 11 Ryan Sidebottom

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

So, Swann has been dropped, while Collingwood and Anderson are being rested. Denly, Broad and Rashid come in. For Australia, just the one change with James Hopes making way for Ponting.

Lord's is only about half full, notes Gnasher. The players are out there and it's Lee to Strauss to begin.

9.40am Welcome, welcome, it's match four of seven and Australia can wrap up the series with a victory at Lord's today. I'm Brydon Coverdale and I'll be your commentator throughout the game. Andrew McGlashan is at the ground and he says it's cracking the flags, which I'm told means bright and sunny. Stay tuned for the toss and teams, any minute now. What we can tell you already is that Paul Collingwood and James Anderson have been rested for England, while Ricky Ponting returns for Australia and resumes the captaincy.

0.1

Lee to Strauss, no run, angled across Strauss, leaves it alone, that's a bit of a warm-up delivery from Lee

0.2

Lee to Strauss, no run, pushed across Strauss again, leaves it alone again

0.3

Lee to Strauss, 1 run, swings down leg, Strauss gets it away to fine leg

Here's Joe Denly for the first time since his football-related mishap

0.4

Lee to Denly, FOUR, great start from Denly, Lee strays onto the pads and it's clipped confidently through square leg

0.5

Lee to Denly, no run, shapes away from Denly, who leaves it alone

0.6

Lee to Denly, no run, nudged to cover and can't beat the field

End of over 1 (5 runs) England 5/0 (RR: 5.00)

    • JL Denly 4 (3b 1x4)
    • AJ Strauss 1 (3b)
    • B Lee 1-0-5-0
1.1

Bracken to Strauss, no run, on the pads, Denly wants a single to short fine leg but Strauss sends him back

1.2

Bracken to Strauss, no run, nudged away to leg

1.3

Bracken to Strauss, 1 run, worked away behind square

1.4

Bracken to Denly, no run, angled across, Denly who leaves it alone

1.5

Bracken to Denly, no run, left alone outside off again

1.6

Bracken to Denly, 3 runs, lovely drive from Denly, times this one nicely down to long on via Johnson, who knocks it down at mid on

End of over 2 (4 runs) England 9/0 (RR: 4.50)

    • JL Denly 7 (6b 1x4)
    • AJ Strauss 2 (6b)
    • NW Bracken 1-0-4-0
    • B Lee 1-0-5-0
2.1

Lee to Denly, no run, some real zip from Lee here, he jags one back and beats Denly's inside edge

2.2

Lee to Denly, no run, punched away to point

2.3

Lee to Denly, no run, pushed away to the off side again

2.4

Lee to Denly, no run, pushed away to Hussey at cover point

2.5

Lee to Denly, 1 no ball, Lee oversteps now, Denly crunches it into the turf and he'll now get a free hit

So, here comes the free hit

2.5

Lee to Denly, 1 wide, oops, Lee sprays this one wide of off, he'll have to bowl that again, AND the free hit remains in play next ball

Apologies for the delay in scoring for the first couple of overs, we've had some technical issues but it appears to be fixed now.

2.5

Lee to Denly, FOUR, Denly launches into the free hit and gets a thick edge over the slips, it races away to the boundary

2.6

Lee to Denly, no run, straight-bat defence now

End of over 3 (6 runs) England 15/0 (RR: 5.00)

    • JL Denly 11 (13b 2x4)
    • AJ Strauss 2 (6b)
    • B Lee 2-0-11-0
    • NW Bracken 1-0-4-0
3.1

Bracken to Strauss, no run, cut away to point, Strauss can't beat the field

3.2

Bracken to Strauss, FOUR, that's a cracking shot from Strauss! Short and wide, and at Bracken's pace that's a recipe for runs. He's laced that cut through point, wonderful timing

3.3

Bracken to Strauss, FOUR, and there's another boundary, this time Bracken strays to leg, Strauss walks across and glances past the man at short fine leg. Well played, but poor bowling

3.4

Bracken to Strauss, no run, slower delivery outside off, Strauss defends

3.5

Bracken to Strauss, FOUR, bang, short and wide again, Strauss cuts it beautifully behind point for another boundary

Really not very good bowling from Bracken

3.6

Bracken to Strauss, 1 run, slower outside off, Strauss waits on it and guides behind point

End of over 4 (13 runs) England 28/0 (RR: 7.00)

    • AJ Strauss 15 (12b 3x4)
    • JL Denly 11 (13b 2x4)
    • NW Bracken 2-0-17-0
    • B Lee 2-0-11-0

Lee continues, around the wicket now, though

4.1

Lee to Strauss, 1 run, Strauss opens the face on this and guides it behind point

4.2

Lee to Denly, no run, banged in short of a length, Denly tries to punch through cover but can't beat the field

4.3

Lee to Denly, no run, 90mph or 146kph, right on line and Denly defends

Still two slips in place

4.4

Lee to Denly, no run, fuller length, Denly drives to mid off

4.5

Lee to Denly, OUT, gone! Lee makes the breakthrough and Denly departs to a slightly tame nudge outside off, there's a hint of movement away and his edge is snaffled by White at first slip

JL Denly c White b Lee 11 (20m 17b 2x4 0x6) SR: 64.70

Here's Ravi Bopara, not opening today but still facing a relatively new ball

4.6

Lee to Bopara, no run, left alone outside off

End of over 5 (1 run) England 29/1 (RR: 5.80)

    • RS Bopara 0 (1b)
    • AJ Strauss 16 (13b 3x4)
    • B Lee 3-0-12-1
    • NW Bracken 2-0-17-0

A change of pace for the left-armers now, it's Johnson to replace Bracken

5.1

Johnson to Strauss, no run, short first up, Strauss cuts straight to point

5.2

Johnson to Strauss, FOUR, Strauss helps another one on its way, Johnson bowls on the pads and Strauss flicks it comfortably through square leg

5.3

Johnson to Strauss, 1 run, oops, Johnson nearly had one there, some movement back in to Strauss, who looks to drive through off and gets a thick inside edge not far from the stumps

5.4

Johnson to Bopara, no run, angled across Bopara, who pushes to cover

5.5

Johnson to Bopara, 1 run, straighter ball, Bopara gets off the mark with a delicate nudge to midwicket where he can take a quick single

5.6

Johnson to Strauss, no run, left alone outside off

End of over 6 (6 runs) England 35/1 (RR: 5.83)

    • AJ Strauss 21 (17b 4x4)
    • RS Bopara 1 (3b)
    • MG Johnson 1-0-6-0
    • B Lee 3-0-12-1
6.1

Lee to Bopara, 1 no ball, short and tucks Bopara up, but it's an overstep and once again Lee gives away a free hit

6.1

Lee to Bopara, 2 runs, slower ball for the free hit, it's fullish as well, Bopara clips it over wide midwicket but doesn't quite time it well enough to reach the boundary

6.2

Lee to Bopara, no run, short again, Bopara gets down over it to defend

6.3

Lee to Bopara, 1 run, edged and just short! A genuine edge from Bopara, Ponting at second slip dives to his right and does well to make a stop on the half-volley, that could have been a boundary otherwise

Just the one slip for Strauss

6.4

Lee to Strauss, no run, Lee is around the wicket, Strauss defends

6.5

Lee to Strauss, no run, Strauss really opens the shoulders here, trying for a big drive through off, but the bump ball finds the man at cover

6.6

Lee to Strauss, no run, driven to short cover

End of over 7 (4 runs) England 39/1 (RR: 5.57)

    • AJ Strauss 21 (20b 4x4)
    • RS Bopara 4 (7b)
    • B Lee 4-0-16-1
    • MG Johnson 1-0-6-0
7.1

Johnson to Bopara, no run, full and wide, Bopara drives straight to cover

7.2

Johnson to Bopara, 1 run, nudged away through the gap at midwicket

7.3

Johnson to Strauss, no run, short outside off and slower, Strauss works it to point

7.4

Johnson to Strauss, no run, fuller ball now, Strauss slashes outside off and clunks it straight down into the turf

7.5

Johnson to Strauss, FOUR, some aggression here from Strauss, he steps forward almost Matthew Hayden-like and then closes the face to work it through midwicket, really well played to a ball that was 93mph or 149kph

7.6

Johnson to Strauss, 1 run, full face of the bat this time, driven back to the bowler, who doesn't take it cleanly and the deflection allows a single

End of over 8 (6 runs) England 45/1 (RR: 5.62)

    • AJ Strauss 26 (24b 5x4)
    • RS Bopara 5 (9b)
    • MG Johnson 2-0-12-0
    • B Lee 4-0-16-1
8.1

Lee to Strauss, no run, wide and full, Strauss drives hard but straight to point

8.2

Lee to Strauss, FOUR, oh, is that a chance for Paine? Short and straight, Strauss looks to hook but it's on him too quickly, off the glove and just wide of Paine's right glove, he was diving but it was a few inches away

8.3

Lee to Strauss, no run, worked away to leg

8.4

Lee to Strauss, 1 run, angled in to the stumps, Strauss clips it through midwicket and that brings up England's 50

8.5

Lee to Bopara, no run, Bopara is forward and defends

8.6

Lee to Bopara, FOUR, Lee tries for the yorker, but it's just down leg, Bopara does well to get a fine little glance on that and it runs away for a boundary

End of over 9 (9 runs) England 54/1 (RR: 6.00)

    • RS Bopara 9 (11b 1x4)
    • AJ Strauss 31 (28b 6x4)
    • B Lee 5-0-25-1
    • MG Johnson 2-0-12-0

Another change, Johnson's off after two overs and Shane Watson comes on. Australia are one bowling option down today, with James Hopes not in the side.

9.1

Watson to Strauss, FOUR, that's a loosener from Watson, but Strauss is well and truly loose already and rocks back to pull a short one through midwicket with power

No slips in place, the catching men are at short cover and short midwicket

9.2

Watson to Strauss, no run, swing and a miss this time, outside off and Strauss was looking to cut

9.3

Watson to Strauss, no run, straighter this time, Strauss leaves one just outside his off stump

9.4

Watson to Strauss, 1 run, quick single, very quick and almost a run-out chance. Strauss nudges behind point and the throw to the striker's end misses, and finds Bopara in his ground anyway. Strauss was dawdling a touch though, so the throw probably went to the wrong end

9.5

Watson to Bopara, no run, slower ball, driven to mid-on

9.6

Watson to Bopara, no run, short of a length, Bopara punches to mid off

End of over 10 (5 runs) England 59/1 (RR: 5.90)

    • RS Bopara 9 (13b 1x4)
    • AJ Strauss 36 (32b 7x4)
    • SR Watson 1-0-5-0
    • B Lee 5-0-25-1

Johnson switches ends to replace Lee and Ricky Ponting has taken the Powerplay

10.1

Johnson to Strauss, 2 runs, wrong line again from Johnson, down leg and Strauss works it wide of fine leg

10.2

Johnson to Strauss, 1 run, oh, Strauss has gotten away with one here. He's tried to hook this from chest height, the extra pace and bounce does him and the ball lobs up off the top edge, just short of midwicket

10.3

Johnson to Bopara, no run, angled across Bopara, who drives well but straight to cover

10.4

Johnson to Bopara, 1 run, straighter line, Bopara clips through midwicket

10.5

Johnson to Strauss, no run, slower ball, full outside off and it's driven to cover

10.6

Johnson to Strauss, 1 run, Strauss works to midwicket and gets through for a quick single, despite an accurate through displacing one of the stumps at the bowler's end

End of over 11 (5 runs) England 64/1 (RR: 5.81)

    • AJ Strauss 40 (36b 7x4)
    • RS Bopara 10 (15b 1x4)
    • MG Johnson 3-0-17-0
    • SR Watson 1-0-5-0
11.1

Watson to Strauss, 1 run, driven away through cover, there's a man in the deep

11.2

Watson to Bopara, 1 run, half a shout there, bat and pad close together, but Bopara got enough wood on that - and before the pad, too - that he can get a single through square

11.3

Watson to Strauss, no run, cut away to point

11.4

Watson to Strauss, no run, prodded to the leg side

11.5

Watson to Strauss, 1 run, too wide and short, Strauss cuts it away and the man at deep cover does the sweeping

11.6

Watson to Bopara, 2 runs, short and well directed, Bopara is tucked up and manages to work it behind square, really good running between the wickets gets him two

A very strong start from England here, Strauss has been in terrific touch again and Bopara looks busy

End of over 12 (5 runs) England 69/1 (RR: 5.75)

    • RS Bopara 13 (17b 1x4)
    • AJ Strauss 42 (40b 7x4)
    • SR Watson 2-0-10-0
    • MG Johnson 3-0-17-0
12.1

Johnson to Strauss, 1 run, opens the face and guides a single down to third man

12.2

Johnson to Bopara, no run, bunted back down the pitch with a dead bat

12.3

Johnson to Bopara, 1 run, slower ball, on line, and Bopara does well to nudge to mid-on and sneak a very sharp single, he's really putting the pressure on the fielders

12.4

Johnson to Strauss, no run, straight-bat defence from Strauss

12.5

Johnson to Strauss, no run, angled in with a hint of swing, Strauss drives to mid on

12.6

Johnson to Strauss, 1 run, shorter and Strauss pulls through midwicket

End of over 13 (3 runs) England 72/1 (RR: 5.53)

    • AJ Strauss 44 (44b 7x4)
    • RS Bopara 14 (19b 1x4)
    • MG Johnson 4-0-20-0
    • SR Watson 2-0-10-0
13.1

Watson to Strauss, 1 run, driven away through point, good confident play from Strauss

13.2

Watson to Bopara, FOUR, wrong line, down leg and Bopara gets enough on that to get a boundary to fine leg

13.3

Watson to Bopara, no run, straight bat from Bopara, who pushes back down the pitch

13.4

Watson to Bopara, 1 run, slower ball on the pads, Bopara works it through square leg

13.5

Watson to Strauss, 1 run, Strauss opens the face once again and picks up another single

That's the 50 partnership, these two have really given England a strong start

13.6

Watson to Bopara, 1 run, probing outside off, Bopara gets it away off a thickish edge to third man

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End of over 14 (8 runs) England 80/1 (RR: 5.71)

    • RS Bopara 20 (23b 2x4)
    • AJ Strauss 46 (46b 7x4)
    • SR Watson 3-0-18-0
    • MG Johnson 4-0-20-0

Time for something slower. The speed of the ball, that is. Nathan Hauritz, to be precise. There's one over of the Powerplay remaining, plenty of protection out on the leg side

14.1

Hauritz to Bopara, no run, tossed up outside off, Bopara defends

14.2

Hauritz to Bopara, no run, play and a miss! Bopara drives outside off and can't get bat on a straight ball, Pain whips the bails off but Bopara's back foot hadn't been raised

14.3

Hauritz to Bopara, FOUR, that's well played, Bopara gets this one through cover with a big stride down the pitch, nobody out on the boundary there

14.4

Hauritz to Bopara, no run, a slight mix-up there, Bopara wanted a single to leg and Strauss sent him back

14.5

Hauritz to Bopara, no run, a big backlift from Bopara, driving to cover

14.6

Hauritz to Bopara, no run, thick edge now, Bopara looking to drive again, only succeeds in getting it to backward point

Not much spin there from Hauritz

End of over 15 (4 runs) England 84/1 (RR: 5.60)

    • RS Bopara 24 (29b 3x4)
    • AJ Strauss 46 (46b 7x4)
    • NM Hauritz 1-0-4-0
    • SR Watson 3-0-18-0

Australia's Powerplay ends and the field spreads

15.1

Watson to Strauss, no run, angled across Strauss, who guides behind point

15.2

Watson to Strauss, FOUR, Strauss picks up his half-century with a confident pull straight through square leg

Well played by Andrew Strauss, he's got there from 48 balls with eight fours

15.2

Watson to Strauss, FOUR, Strauss picks up his half-century with a confident pull straight through square leg

Well played by Andrew Strauss, he's got there from 48 balls with eight fours

15.3

Watson to Strauss, no run, Strauss defends outside off

15.4

Watson to Strauss, 1 run, wide of off, Strauss guides it away to third man

15.5

Watson to Bopara, no run, straight ball, Bopara defends

15.6

Watson to Bopara, no run, pushed away to the off side again

Drinks now.

End of over 16 (5 runs) England 89/1 (RR: 5.56)

    • RS Bopara 24 (31b 3x4)
    • AJ Strauss 51 (50b 8x4)
    • SR Watson 4-0-23-0
    • NM Hauritz 1-0-4-0

Hauritz is around the wicket to Strauss

16.1

Hauritz to Strauss, no run, down leg, Strauss can't beat short fine leg

16.2

Hauritz to Strauss, 1 run, drifting down leg again, Strauss pushes through midwicket

16.3

Hauritz to Bopara, 1 run, Hauritz gives this a lot of air, Bopara waits and works it through leg

16.4

Hauritz to Strauss, no run, right on line, not much spin, Strauss nudges to leg

16.5

Hauritz to Strauss, no run, Strauss advances, that came from nowhere, and he's not managed to get much bat on that

16.6

Hauritz to Strauss, no run, tossed up on line, Strauss defends

End of over 17 (2 runs) England 91/1 (RR: 5.35)

    • AJ Strauss 52 (55b 8x4)
    • RS Bopara 25 (32b 3x4)
    • NM Hauritz 2-0-6-0
    • SR Watson 4-0-23-0

Nathan Bracken returns now from the Pavilion End. Paine is up to the stumps with the helmet on

17.1

Bracken to Bopara, 1 run, nudged away through point for a single

17.2

Bracken to Strauss, 2 runs, worked away through square leg and they think about a second run, Johnson misfields, and so they do take that second, good hard running from Strauss and Bopara

17.3

Bracken to Strauss, no run, guided away behind point

17.4

Bracken to Strauss, 1 run, short outside off, Strauss on the back foot crunches it away through cover

17.5

Bracken to Bopara, no run, Bopara is solid in defence, pushing to cover

17.6

Bracken to Bopara, no run, driven straight to Clarke at point

End of over 18 (4 runs) England 95/1 (RR: 5.27)

    • RS Bopara 26 (35b 3x4)
    • AJ Strauss 55 (58b 8x4)
    • NW Bracken 3-0-21-0
    • NM Hauritz 2-0-6-0
18.1

Hauritz to Strauss, no run, well flighted by Hauritz, Strauss waits and defends

18.2

Hauritz to Strauss, 1 run, Strauss sweeps from outside off, it's flown off the top edge and lobs just short of Mike Hussey at deep square leg

18.3

Hauritz to Bopara, OUT, Hauritz gets rid of Bopara! Spinning in a fraction, Bopara looks to sweep and is struck in line with off stump, Nigel Llong sends him on his way

RS Bopara lbw b Hauritz 26 (61m 36b 3x4 0x6) SR: 72.22

Ah, the frustration for Bopara. He's failed to make the most of what was a really solid start. Here's Matt Prior

18.4

Hauritz to Prior, no run, Hauritz gives this a lot of air, outside off and Prior jams the bat down on it

18.5

Hauritz to Prior, no run, edged and just short of slip! Prior plays for the spin that isn't there, angles the bat down though, so it's not reached White at first slip

18.6

Hauritz to Prior, no run, worked away to square leg

End of over 19 (1 run) England 96/2 (RR: 5.05)

    • MJ Prior 0 (3b)
    • AJ Strauss 56 (60b 8x4)
    • NM Hauritz 3-0-7-1
    • NW Bracken 3-0-21-0
19.1

Bracken to Strauss, 1 run, meanwhile, Strauss continues to tick the scoreboard over, he cuts a single away behind point

19.2

Bracken to Prior, 1 run, Prior gets off the mark with a flick behind square

19.3

Bracken to Strauss, 1 run, fuller length, Strauss clips a single through midwicket

19.4

Bracken to Prior, no run, dead straight this time, Prior gets in behind to defend

19.5

Bracken to Prior, no run, 80mph or 129kph, beats the bat outside off. Prior was looking to open the face and guide it to third man, but there is a slip in place, so he's perhaps lucky he didn't make contact

Paine goes back off the stumps now

19.6

Bracken to Prior, 1 run, guided away through point

End of over 20 (4 runs) England 100/2 (RR: 5.00)

    • MJ Prior 2 (7b)
    • AJ Strauss 58 (62b 8x4)
    • NW Bracken 4-0-25-0
    • NM Hauritz 3-0-7-1
20.1

Hauritz to Prior, no run, flatter ball, Prior pushes to the off side

20.2

Hauritz to Prior, no run, driven to mid on

20.3

Hauritz to Prior, no run, flighted and a hint of turn, Prior clips to midwicket

20.4

Hauritz to Prior, no run, driven to cover, Prior can't beat the field

20.5

Hauritz to Prior, 1 run, almost sneaks one through Prior, some turn in from outside off, Prior just gets the bat down to guide it to leg

20.6

Hauritz to Strauss, 1 run, turned away to mid on and that's good running once again

End of over 21 (2 runs) England 102/2 (RR: 4.85)

    • AJ Strauss 59 (63b 8x4)
    • MJ Prior 3 (12b)
    • NM Hauritz 4-0-9-1
    • NW Bracken 4-0-25-0
21.1

Bracken to Strauss, no run, slower ball from Bracken, Strauss waits on it and pushes to off

21.2

Bracken to Strauss, no run, beats the bat this time, Bracken rolls the fingers on that one and Strauss looks to guide behind point, and can't quite get it

21.3

Bracken to Strauss, no run, solid in defence this time

21.4

Bracken to Strauss, 1 run, nudged to point, they take off for a quick single and Clarke's throw to the bowler's end misses

21.5

Bracken to Prior, no run, Prior clips to midwicket

21.6

Bracken to Prior, 1 run, square drive from Prior, who beats the man at point

End of over 22 (2 runs) England 104/2 (RR: 4.72)

    • MJ Prior 4 (14b)
    • AJ Strauss 60 (67b 8x4)
    • NW Bracken 5-0-27-0
    • NM Hauritz 4-0-9-1
22.1

Hauritz to Prior, no run, yorker length, Prior prods back to Hauritz

22.2

Hauritz to Prior, 1 run, swept away through square leg

22.3

Hauritz to Strauss, no run, well bowled, Strauss looks to sweep, Hauritz holds it back and beats the bat, Paine whips the bails off but Strauss was safe

22.4

Hauritz to Strauss, no run, worked to midwicket

22.5

Hauritz to Strauss, 1 run, this time Strauss does get the sweep away, through square leg

22.6

Hauritz to Prior, no run, some turn there, in towards the off stump, and Prior clips to mid on

End of over 23 (2 runs) England 106/2 (RR: 4.60)

    • MJ Prior 5 (17b)
    • AJ Strauss 61 (70b 8x4)
    • NM Hauritz 5-0-11-1
    • NW Bracken 5-0-27-0

Hauritz has kept things tight so Ponting opts for spin from both ends. Michael Clarke gets the ball. He's around the wicket to Strauss

23.1

Clarke to Strauss, no run, on the pads, worked to midwicket

23.2

Clarke to Strauss, no run, Strauss advances, then prods back to the bowler

23.3

Clarke to Strauss, 1 run, short and pulled away but there's a man at deep midwicket to prevent the boundary

Clarke remains around the wicket

23.4

Clarke to Prior, 1 run, shortish again, punched down the ground to long-on

23.5

Clarke to Strauss, 1 run, no turn from Clarke, Strauss clips it through square leg

23.6

Clarke to Prior, 1 run, soft hands from Prior, who guides behind square leg

End of over 24 (4 runs) England 110/2 (RR: 4.58)

    • MJ Prior 7 (19b)
    • AJ Strauss 63 (74b 8x4)
    • MJ Clarke 1-0-4-0
    • NM Hauritz 5-0-11-1
24.1

Hauritz to Prior, no run, spins in to Prior, who nudges to leg

24.2

Hauritz to Prior, no run, Prior launches into a big swing, then checks his shot and pushes to off

24.3

Hauritz to Prior, 1 run, nurdled down through mid-on for a single

Around the wicket to Strauss

24.4

Hauritz to Strauss, OUT, Strauss goes for 63! He's gone for a slightly premeditated slog over midwicket, but the ball turns a touch and skies off his top edge, Bracken at short third man takes a comfortable chance

AJ Strauss c Bracken b Hauritz 63 (104m 75b 8x4 0x6) SR: 84.00

Strauss had the perfect platform there to go on and bat through the innings. Now it's up to Shah to see what he can do.

The batsmen crossed there, so Prior is on strike

24.5

Hauritz to Prior, 1 run, turns in to the pads, Prior works to square leg

Hauritz around the wicket for Shah

24.6

Hauritz to Shah, no run, angled across Shah, who pushes to off

End of over 25 (2 runs) England 112/3 (RR: 4.48)

    • OA Shah 0 (1b)
    • MJ Prior 9 (23b)
    • NM Hauritz 6-0-13-2
    • MJ Clarke 1-0-4-0
25.1

Clarke to Prior, 2 runs, Clarke gets some curve in there, but Prior is good enough to rock back and cut behind point for a couple

25.2

Clarke to Prior, 1 run, clipped away towards fine leg

25.3

Clarke to Shah, no run, straight bat from Shah, who prods it back to Clarke

25.4

Clarke to Shah, 2 runs, Shah's off the mark, with a less-than-convincing shot. It's straightening just a touch and runs away to third man off a thick edge

25.5

Clarke to Shah, no run, on the back foot and pushes to mid on

25.6

Clarke to Shah, 1 run, drifting in to Shah, who drives square

End of over 26 (6 runs) England 118/3 (RR: 4.53)

    • OA Shah 3 (5b)
    • MJ Prior 12 (25b)
    • MJ Clarke 2-0-10-0
    • NM Hauritz 6-0-13-2
26.1

Hauritz to Shah, no run, angled across Shah from around the wicket, he's launched an expansive drive that finds Clarke at cover

26.2

Hauritz to Shah, no run, no idea. Shah had no idea about that. Drifting across him, he's looked to work it to leg and the ball lobs up short of slip, but Shah's looking to leg to try and find the ball

26.3

Hauritz to Shah, 1 run, worked away through square leg

26.4

Hauritz to Prior, no run, Prior walks across his stumps and nudges to leg

26.5

Hauritz to Prior, 1 run, driven to long-on for a single

Over the wicket now

26.6

Hauritz to Shah, 1 run, tossed up on line, Shah with that busy backlift of his drives past the bowler for a single

End of over 27 (3 runs) England 121/3 (RR: 4.48)

    • OA Shah 5 (9b)
    • MJ Prior 13 (27b)
    • NM Hauritz 7-0-16-2
    • MJ Clarke 2-0-10-0
27.1

Clarke to Shah, 1 run, no spin from Clarke, Shah prods it through point

27.2

Clarke to Prior, 1 run, drifting in to Prior, who pushes and takes off for a quick single, well judged run in the end

27.3

Clarke to Shah, 1 run, thumped away to deep cover

27.4

Clarke to Prior, no run, driven to cover

27.5

Clarke to Prior, FOUR, and there's a boundary, the first for 75 deliveries. Prior gets back to a quicker and flatter ball and cuts behind point

27.6

Clarke to Prior, 1 run, nudged away through leg

End of over 28 (8 runs) England 129/3 (RR: 4.60)

    • MJ Prior 19 (31b 1x4)
    • OA Shah 7 (11b)
    • MJ Clarke 3-0-18-0
    • NM Hauritz 7-0-16-2
28.1

Hauritz to Prior, 1 run, Prior waits on it again and cuts to deep point, there's a man out to mop up

28.2

Hauritz to Shah, 1 no ball, oh dear, a no-ball from the spinner, nudged to leg for no run

Hauritz was way over the line. Here's a free hit. This could go anywhere

28.2

Hauritz to Shah, 1 run, well bowled, he's jammed it in for a yorker-length ball that doesn't leave much option but a drive down the ground

28.3

Hauritz to Prior, no run, worked away to cover

28.4

Hauritz to Prior, no run, turns in to Prior, who drops it at his feet

28.5

Hauritz to Prior, 1 run, quicker, looking for an lbw with Prior walking across his stumps, but he's good enough to clip it away through square

28.6

Hauritz to Shah, no run, cut to point

End of over 29 (4 runs) England 133/3 (RR: 4.58)

    • OA Shah 8 (14b)
    • MJ Prior 21 (35b 1x4)
    • NM Hauritz 8-0-20-2
    • MJ Clarke 3-0-18-0

Bracken replaces Clarke

29.1

Bracken to Prior, 1 run, Prior opens the face and guides a single to third man

29.2

Bracken to Shah, 1 run, angled onto the pads, Shah works a single through square leg

29.3

Bracken to Prior, no run, defended to cover

29.4

Bracken to Prior, 1 leg bye, on the pads, it's worked away for a leg bye behind square leg

29.5

Bracken to Shah, 1 run, Shah waits on this one again and guides to third man

29.6

Bracken to Prior, 1 run, soft hands there, nudging a single to midwicket

Plenty of picket fences being constructed in this scoreline. No real urgency from the batsmen, but they're ticking the singles over

End of over 30 (5 runs) England 138/3 (RR: 4.60)

    • MJ Prior 23 (39b 1x4)
    • OA Shah 10 (16b)
    • NW Bracken 6-0-31-0
    • NM Hauritz 8-0-20-2
30.1

Hauritz to Prior, 1 run, cut away through point

30.2

Hauritz to Shah, no run, Hauritz holds it back again and Shah nudges to leg

30.3

Hauritz to Shah, no run, pushed away to the leg side again

30.4

Hauritz to Shah, no run, turns in again, worked to leg

30.5

Hauritz to Shah, no run, tossed up and beats the edge! A groan from Paine as he sees how close that was to Shah's bat

30.6

Hauritz to Shah, 1 run, punched back down to long-on

End of over 31 (2 runs) England 140/3 (RR: 4.51)

    • OA Shah 11 (21b)
    • MJ Prior 24 (40b 1x4)
    • NM Hauritz 9-0-22-2
    • NW Bracken 6-0-31-0
31.1

Bracken to Shah, 1 bye, Shah goes for a drive outside off, it beats the bat and Paine, up to the stumps, can't glove it cleanly

31.2

Bracken to Prior, no run, Tim Paine appeals, he's whipped the bails off after the ball beats the outside edge. Llong asks for a replay but the foot was never raised and Prior was always safe

31.3

Bracken to Prior, FOUR, is that the Dilscoop? I think you'd call that Prior decision-making. He's walked across and flicked it over his shoulder for a boundary to fine leg

31.4

Bracken to Prior, no run, pushed away to the off side

31.5

Bracken to Prior, 1 run, slower ball from Bracken, Prior drives to long-off

31.6

Bracken to Shah, no run, slower again, 107kph in fact, and it's pushed back down the pitch

End of over 32 (6 runs) England 146/3 (RR: 4.56)

    • OA Shah 11 (23b)
    • MJ Prior 29 (44b 2x4)
    • NW Bracken 7-0-36-0
    • NM Hauritz 9-0-22-2

Interesting move here as Lee comes back on to replace Hauritz, who has one over left and had bowled really well

32.1

Lee to Prior, OUT, Lee strikes first ball! That's a perfect, fast yorker that angles in and Prior, used to the spin, doesn't get the bat down in time and loses his middle stump

MJ Prior b Lee 29 (43m 45b 2x4 0x6) SR: 64.44

Here comes Eoin Morgan.

32.2

Lee to Morgan, no run, Lee goes for the yorker again, but it's wide of off and Morgan gets bat on that

Lee is around the wicket to the left-hander

32.3

Lee to Morgan, no run, angling in and left alone outside off

32.4

Lee to Morgan, no run, angles the bat and guides to point

32.5

Lee to Morgan, no run, Lee tries for the inswinging yorker and Morgan pushes to off

32.6

Lee to Morgan, no run, short of a length now, nudged to cover

So, Lee's return has brought a wicket maiden. Inspired change, that.

End of over 33 (wicket maiden) England 146/4 (RR: 4.42)

    • EJG Morgan 0 (5b)
    • OA Shah 11 (23b)
    • B Lee 6-1-25-2
    • NW Bracken 7-0-36-0

Johnson returns as well.

33.1

Johnson to Shah, no run, angled across Shah, who pushes to off

33.2

Johnson to Shah, 1 run, quick single for Shah, who pushes to cover and takes off, that's a good call

33.3

Johnson to Morgan, no run, banged in short, Morgan looks to cut and slams it straight down into the pitch

33.4

Johnson to Morgan, no run, swinging in to Morgan, who can't beat short midwicket

33.5

Johnson to Morgan, 1 run, big lbw shout but Asad Rauf has called that runs off the bat. Fast inswinging yorker, it doesn't look like it has come off Morgan's bat, just pad, and might've taken leg. But, he's off the mark, and he'll take it

33.6

Johnson to Shah, 1 run, worked off the hips behind square

That's drinks and the ball will be changed.

End of over 34 (3 runs) England 149/4 (RR: 4.38)

    • OA Shah 13 (26b)
    • EJG Morgan 1 (8b)
    • MG Johnson 5-0-23-0
    • B Lee 6-1-25-2

And Hauritz will finish off his ten overs now, with the changed ball.

34.1

Hauritz to Shah, no run, a little bit of turn, Shah defends

34.2

Hauritz to Shah, no run, Shah thinking about an aerial shot there, but checks it and defends

34.3

Hauritz to Shah, no run, beats the edge once again, with a delivery that simply doesn't turn

34.4

Hauritz to Shah, no run, Tim Paine is absolutely convinced this is caught behind, but nobody else on the ground is. Hauritz barely appealed, Llong wasn't interested, but Paine was so convinced he started to run down to Hauritz

34.5

Hauritz to Shah, 1 run, pushed down to long-on for a single

34.6

Hauritz to Morgan, no run, beats the bat with an offspinner

That's Hauritz's ten overs done, he's taken 2 for 23 and that's a wonderful result for Australia.

End of over 35 (1 run) England 150/4 (RR: 4.28)

    • EJG Morgan 1 (9b)
    • OA Shah 14 (31b)
    • NM Hauritz 10-0-23-2
    • MG Johnson 5-0-23-0

Here's Shane Watson. He and Clarke will probably have to make up ten overs between them, with no Hopes in this match

35.1

Watson to Shah, 1 run, cut away to deep cover for a single

35.2

Watson to Morgan, no run, Morgan looks to work it through leg, but can't get bat on ball

35.3

Watson to Morgan, no run, pushed away to point and can't beat the field

35.4

Watson to Morgan, no run, pushed back down the pitch defensively

35.5

Watson to Morgan, 1 run, Morgan waits on this and cuts late, down to Lee at third man

35.6

Watson to Shah, no run, straight bat from Shah, pushes back to Watson

End of over 36 (2 runs) England 152/4 (RR: 4.22)

    • OA Shah 15 (33b)
    • EJG Morgan 2 (13b)
    • SR Watson 5-0-25-0
    • NM Hauritz 10-0-23-2

And to replace Hauritz now it'll be Mitch Johnson. England are positively crawling here.

36.1

Johnson to Morgan, 1 run, short and almost curtains for Morgan! He's pulled that one but it's too quick for him, hits high on the bat and lobs up just wide of White at short midwicket

36.2

Johnson to Shah, 1 run, on the pads, Shah works a single to midwicket

36.3

Johnson to Morgan, FOUR, and Morgan finally gets one away, a punchy drive wide of mid-on to a delivery that was a touch too full

36.4

Johnson to Morgan, no run, pushed away to leg

36.5

Johnson to Morgan, 1 run, hooked away to fine leg for a single

36.6

Johnson to Shah, no run, pushed to mid on

End of over 37 (7 runs) England 159/4 (RR: 4.29)

    • OA Shah 16 (35b)
    • EJG Morgan 8 (17b 1x4)
    • MG Johnson 6-0-30-0
    • SR Watson 5-0-25-0
37.1

Watson to Morgan, no run, guided away to point, no urgency from Morgan

Morgan reminds me of Australia's one-Test opener Chris Rogers, he's got a very crouchy stance

37.2

Watson to Morgan, no run, pushed to cover for no run

37.3

Watson to Morgan, 1 run, nudged away fro a quick single to the off side

37.4

Watson to Shah, FOUR, thumped away to the boundary, that's a powerful, if not very pretty, pull from Shah, who beats a diving Hussey at deep midwicket

37.5

Watson to Shah, 1 run, almost another Shah-related run-out! Pushed to cover and Shah takes off, Hauritz throws to the bowler's end but misses the stumps by a margin, with Shah well out of his ground

37.6

Watson to Morgan, no run, beats the bat, well bowled, angling across Morgan

End of over 38 (6 runs) England 165/4 (RR: 4.34)

    • EJG Morgan 9 (21b 1x4)
    • OA Shah 21 (37b 1x4)
    • SR Watson 6-0-31-0
    • MG Johnson 6-0-30-0

Ponting's off the field now, Hopes is on as a substitute.

38.1

Johnson to Shah, 1 run, driven down towards long-off for a single

38.2

Johnson to Morgan, 1 run, punched away for another single

38.3

Johnson to Shah, 1 run, Johnson strays onto the pads and Shah works it to fine leg

38.4

Johnson to Morgan, 2 runs, thick edge, shouts of 'catch it' as the ball flies wide of gully and down towards third man, Morgan gets back for two

38.5

Johnson to Morgan, 1 run, flicked away behind square leg

38.6

Johnson to Shah, 1 run, angled across Shah, who clunks a drive out to deep cover

End of over 39 (7 runs) England 172/4 (RR: 4.41)

    • OA Shah 24 (40b 1x4)
    • EJG Morgan 13 (24b 1x4)
    • MG Johnson 7-0-37-0
    • SR Watson 6-0-31-0

So, batting Powerplay, boys? No, it seems they're still not interested. And here's Bracken

39.1

Bracken to Shah, 1 run, driven away to deep cover for another single

39.2

Bracken to Morgan, no run, Morgan looks to cut outside off and can't get bat on ball

39.3

Bracken to Morgan, no run, offcutter, this one jags back in to Morgan, who misses his attempted cut again

Morgan is looking terribly scratchy here, doesn't look in good form at all

39.4

Bracken to Morgan, 1 wide, OUT, wonderful stumping! Superb work from Paine, up to the stumps to Bracken. It's a wide down leg side, Morgan looks to flick and misses the ball, and lifts his foot in the process. Paine collects and whips the bails off very smartly. Morgan's foot is on the line, and the third umpire gives that out.

EJG Morgan st †Paine b Bracken 13 (33m 26b 1x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

It's been called a wide, but you can be stumped off a wide. Anyway. Morgan has been put out of his misery by an outstanding piece of wicketkeeping from Tim Paine. Luke Wright is the next man in.

39.4

Bracken to Wright, 1 run, Wright gets off the mark immediately with a confident drive through cover

39.5

Bracken to Shah, 1 run, another single, driven out through cover

39.6

Bracken to Wright, no run, nudged straight to Ponting at cover

End of over 40 (4 runs) England 176/5 (RR: 4.40)

    • LJ Wright 1 (2b)
    • OA Shah 26 (42b 1x4)
    • NW Bracken 8-0-40-1
    • MG Johnson 7-0-37-0
40.1

Johnson to Shah, 1 run, Johnson tries for the inswinging yorker, Shah manages to work it away for a single

40.2

Johnson to Wright, no run, Wright is on the back foot, punches to cover

40.3

Johnson to Wright, no run, bouncer, and Johnson's probably lucky that wasn't called a wide, it looked to be too high for Wright

40.4

Johnson to Wright, no run, fast, Johnson troubles Wright here, he's jammed the bat down to send a bump ball Paine's way

40.5

Johnson to Wright, 1 run, fullish ball outside off, Wright drives just forward of point

40.6

Johnson to Shah, 1 run, slower ball this time, Shah cuts it away to deep point

End of over 41 (3 runs) England 179/5 (RR: 4.36)

    • OA Shah 28 (44b 1x4)
    • LJ Wright 2 (6b)
    • MG Johnson 8-0-40-0
    • NW Bracken 8-0-40-1

Right, here's the batting Powerplay. It won't be easy for Shah to suddenly lift his rate, especially with Wright being new to the crease. Anyway, they have to take the Australians on here. Brett Lee will bowl the first over of the Powerplay. Third man, fine leg and deep square leg are the men out of the circle.

41.1

Lee to Shah, 1 run, yorker to start, really well bowled, Shah gets a single away to cover

Now for Wright it's a deep cover rather than deep square leg

41.2

Lee to Wright, FOUR, ah, well played Luke Wright! He's whacked that one straight back over Lee's head, it was the slower ball and Wright timed that wonderfully

41.3

Lee to Wright, 1 run, full and outside off, Wright pushes a single to mid off

41.4

Lee to Shah, no run, full toss on the stumps, Shah is frustrated at himself for not finding a gap, he's pinpointed midwicket

41.5

Lee to Shah, FOUR, good shot, Shah gets a bouncer and goes back to pull that one with power through midwicket, when he plays that shot it looks ugly but it certainly is effective

41.6

Lee to Shah, 1 run, yorker, Shah can't beat the man at a deepish mid off

So, 11 runs off the first over of the Powerplay. That's a good start.

End of over 42 (11 runs) England 190/5 (RR: 4.52)

    • OA Shah 34 (48b 2x4)
    • LJ Wright 7 (8b 1x4)
    • B Lee 7-1-36-2
    • MG Johnson 8-0-40-0

Shane Watson now from the Nursery End.

42.1

Watson to Shah, no run, pushed away to cover, Shah can't beat the field

42.2

Watson to Shah, FOUR, Shah backs away now and gets a full toss that he cracks through cover, well directed

42.3

Watson to Shah, 1 run, backs away again and Watson follows him, Shah whips it to deep midwicket

42.4

Watson to Wright, FOUR, and Wright pierces the off side this time! Full and wide of off, Wright backs away and splits the men forward and backward of point, again that's excellent placement

42.5

Watson to Wright, 1 run, straighter line now and it's driven to mid off

That's England's 200

42.6

Watson to Shah, no run, full outside off and beats the bat

Another productive over for England, 10 off it

End of over 43 (10 runs) England 200/5 (RR: 4.65)

    • OA Shah 39 (52b 3x4)
    • LJ Wright 12 (10b 2x4)
    • SR Watson 7-0-41-0
    • B Lee 7-1-36-2
43.1

Lee to Wright, OUT, Another terrific yorker! Lee gets through Wright with a fast, full ball that angles in, beats the outside of the bat and slams into Wright's off stump

LJ Wright b Lee 12 (15m 11b 2x4 0x6) SR: 109.09

43.2

Lee to Broad, 2 runs, Broad gets runs immediately, flicking the ball behind square and it's good running as he gets back for a second

43.3

Lee to Broad, OUT, Lee gets another! This one takes Broad's leg stump, it was fast and full, Broad was backing away and just didn't get bat on ball.

SCJ Broad b Lee 2 (1m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Brett Lee's dangerous here. The lower-order players will find it hard to handle, he's just bowling fast and straight. Here's Rashid.

43.4

Lee to Rashid, no run, yorker again, it was on line but Rashid has done well to keep that out

43.5

Lee to Rashid, no run, too full this time, Rashid pushes it back to the bowler

43.6

Lee to Rashid, FOUR, 95mph or 153kph, that's a great yorker but Rashid has done well to keep it out and in the process squeezes the ball just past the diving wicketkeeper for a boundary. Great result for England, there.

Wonderful over from Brett Lee

End of over 44 (6 runs) England 206/7 (RR: 4.68)

    • AU Rashid 4 (3b 1x4)
    • OA Shah 39 (52b 3x4)
    • B Lee 8-1-42-4
    • SR Watson 7-0-41-0
44.1

Watson to Shah, OUT, is this out? The umpires converse and decide that, yes, that was a legal ball. They were checking on the height, it was a full toss around waist height, Shah pulled and mistimed, finding Ferguson at midwicket

OA Shah c Ferguson b Watson 39 (89m 53b 3x4 0x6) SR: 73.58

Shah wasn't happy, he felt that should've been a no-ball. It was a marginal one, and it ends a strange, subdued sort of innings from Shah.

Bresnan's the new man in

44.2

Watson to Bresnan, no run, beats the bat outside off

44.3

Watson to Bresnan, no run, punched away to point

44.4

Watson to Bresnan, 2 runs, clunked away towards third man, Paine sets off to chase and Bresnan manages to get back for two

44.5

Watson to Bresnan, 2 runs, Bresnan gets a couple more, drives that one out to deep cover and Hussey slides to make the save

44.6

Watson to Bresnan, 1 run, slower ball, Bresnan skies it out towards deep cover but it's short of Mike Hussey

England haven't had any momentum since Strauss departed. They've just fizzled away. A most uninspired performance on what is a good batting pitch.

End of over 45 (5 runs) England 211/8 (RR: 4.68)

    • TT Bresnan 5 (5b)
    • AU Rashid 4 (3b 1x4)
    • SR Watson 8-0-46-1
    • B Lee 8-1-42-4
45.1

Lee to Bresnan, 1 run, worked away for a single to leg

45.2

Lee to Rashid, no run, bouncer, Rashid ducks underneath it

45.3

Lee to Rashid, OUT, another yorker and another wicket for Lee! Superb bowling, fast, straight and simply too good for England's lower order. Rashid was backing away a touch to try and work it through off, but it's dead straight and crashes into middle stump

AU Rashid b Lee 4 (6m 5b 1x4 0x6) SR: 80.00

That's five wickets for Lee, who has bowled magnificently today. It's his ninth five-wicket haul in an ODI, and he's got an opportunity to take six for the first time. Sidebottom is the No. 11 and he's on strike.

45.4

Lee to Sidebottom, no run, full toss, and too full to trouble Sidebottom. Beats the bat, and gives Paine an awkward bounce to collect

45.5

Lee to Sidebottom, 1 run, fast and straight, Sidebottom nudges it through cover to get off the mark and off the strike

45.6

Lee to Bresnan, 1 no ball, yorker, kept out by Bresnan, and it's a no-ball, so Lee gives away a free hit

45.6

Lee to Bresnan, FOUR, Bresnan makes use of the free hit by backing away and driving a full ball through cover to the boundary, well done by Bresnan

End of over 46 (7 runs) England 218/9 (RR: 4.73)

    • TT Bresnan 10 (8b 1x4)
    • RJ Sidebottom 1 (2b)
    • B Lee 9-1-49-5
    • SR Watson 8-0-46-1

Johnson returns to try and finish England off

46.1

Johnson to Sidebottom, 1 run, Sidebottom pushes to point and hares through for a single

46.2

Johnson to Bresnan, 1 run, tucks Bresnan up with one on the hips, he swivels a pull behind square

46.3

Johnson to Sidebottom, OUT, Johnson finishes the innings! Sidebottom misses a straight one and Johnson's too fast, it crashes into middle and leg

RJ Sidebottom b Johnson 2 (2m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

So, England have finished with 220, which you'd have to say is below par on a good surface. Brett Lee misses the chance to grab six for the first time in an ODI, his best remains the 5 for 22 he picked up under the roof at Melbourne's Docklands against South Africa three years ago. Today he's bowled really well, fast and accurate, and besides Andrew Strauss, it was another insipid batting effort from England. But who knows, maybe it will be enough. To find out, join us for Australia's chase.

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