NatWest Series [Australia in England] - 6th ODI

England v Australia

Australia won by 111 runs

All set for the start now. Here we go. Anderson steams in

Chris: "The Bulletin list Hilfenhaus playing for Australia and you list Siddle. Do you know which is playing?" It's Siddle, not Hilfy, that's been corrected

We have an e-mail from the Czech Republic. Writing from presumably Prague is Michael Gates: "What is with Australia's selection policy at the moment. Cameron White had three games and a T20 at number 3 and shone with intelligent batting using power and intelligence and yet he will be batting way down the order. Put him in above Michael 'no runs' Hussey." He just called him 'no runs' - how the mighty have fallen!

Another one joins in, Dave: "Swann, Anderson, Sidebottom, Mascarenhas. That attack wouldn't scare Tottington paperboys 2nd II, 6-0 to Australia."

And here's a South Africa based Aussie with his slapstick reply, rubbing it in - Jackie: "They keep picking Sidebottom 'cause there's no one else! (Sorry but I'm an Aussie and after the Ashes this is delicious.)"

Rob Pritchard sends us our first feedback of the day, and it's a complaint: "Why oh why do England persist with Ryan Sidebottom. In his last 7 ODIs he has taken 2 wickets at an average of 143.50. Why can't England give someone else a chance?"

2.13pm The first of five bulletins today is in. Alex Brown sends us this. Also, check out the playing XIs above.

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2.02 pm It continues to pour in. Australia have won their first toss of the series, and have chosen to bat. Johnson has been rested, and Clarke, too, probably. We'll get the intel on that soon.

2.00pm Some more news trickling in from our man Alex Brown at Trent Bridge. Johnson and Michael Clarke are out, and Lee and James Hopes come in.

Also, want to write on the Champions Trophy for Cricinfo? If you're going to be at the grounds for any of the games, you might have a chance to. Details here.

1.50pm Geoff Boycott has shed his views on England's ODI woes, listen to the fortnightly aired Bowl at Boycs show here. While England players have proved quite inventive in getting themselves out of the team, Sriram Veera takes a look at equally interesting ways in which batsmen have been dismissed - read that in our weekly Cricinfo XI feature. Here's a reader penning his thoughts on means by which England can bring about a change in their ODI fortunes - Ben Tanner provides ten tips for improving his team's ODI chances on our Inbox blog.

It's Sid Talya taking you through the commentary today. Still a short while before the toss, so read Alex Brown's preview to the game in the meantime. England's players find novel ways of injuring themselves, that's been another headache for them this series. We all know of Joe Denly; Luke Wright has joined him, injuring his toe while facing a bowling machine and is out of the final two games. There's more bad news. Stuart Broad is out of the series, too, having injured his right knee, though he's not a doubt for the Champions Trophy. England can take some solace from Mitchell Johnson's mysterious absence from the warm-ups this morning. But we need a confirmation on him. Anderson comes back from his rest, and is likely to take Broad's place.

1.40pm local We head to Trent Bridge for the sixth ODI of what's been a torturous series for the home team. Australia have come back hard from the Ashes loss and consigned England to a 5-0 defeat, with possibly more to come, in this ODI series. Can England salvage something out what's been a hammering ahead of the Champions Trophy?

0.1

Anderson to Watson, no run, fullish outside off, moving away, driven to extra cover off the front foot

0.2

Anderson to Watson, 1 wide, fullish, just outside leg, tries to clip it fine, misses and is called a wide, opens the account

0.2

Anderson to Watson, 1 wide, two in a row, but this one just clipped the pads on the way to the keeper, the umpire didn't hear it though, so too bad for Anderson

0.2

Anderson to Watson, 1 leg bye, short of a good length on the off, coming in a touch, tries to whip it square, clips the thighs and they sneak a leg bye

0.3

Anderson to Paine, no run, on middle and off, appeared to hold its line, got his body nicely behind it and tapped it towards mid-off

0.4

Anderson to Paine, 1 run, too straight, worked away between midwicket and mid-on for a single

0.5

Anderson to Watson, FOUR, too short, too wide and gets the treatment, Anderson gifts Watson and he accepts it gleefully, smacking it off the back foot between cover and point for a boundary

0.6

Anderson to Watson, no run, good comeback, played inside the line, expecting it to move in a little but it didn't , just escaped the outside edge as he tried to play forward

End of over 1 (8 runs) Australia 8/0 (RR: 8.00)
SR Watson    4* (4b 1x4)      JM Anderson    1-0-7-0
TD Paine    1* (2b)     

Pritchard won't approve of this but Sidebottom charges in

1.1

Sidebottom to Paine, 1 wide, starts with a wide....down the leg side, the umpire gets some exercise

1.1

Sidebottom to Paine, 1 wide, horrible stuff, so far at least, down the leg side for the fourth time this match, we're just in the second over, another wide, miles from the batsman

1.1

Sidebottom to Paine, 1 wide, rubbish, three in a row, slightly short but the line is still the same, the keeper's being made to work for his pay

Just one slip in place

1.1

Sidebottom to Paine, no run, gets it right, finally and the crowd roar sarcastically, just on a good length outside off, defended confidently down to cover

There's also a short midwicket

1.2

Sidebottom to Paine, no run, a touch shorter, Paine gets forward and dabs it in the direction of extra cover

1.3

Sidebottom to Paine, no run, on the stumps this time, rooted to the crease is Payne who waits, closes the face and turns it to midwicket

1.4

Sidebottom to Paine, no run, beaten this time, tempted him into playing the drive, was full and wide and Paine's eyes lit up, just went at it hard but with almost no foot movement, it swung back in to beat him through the gate

1.5

Sidebottom to Paine, no run, much better from the batsman this time, picked the length early and rocked back to defend it towards the bowler

1.6

Sidebottom to Paine, 1 run, came back in just a little, waited and guided it behind point for an easy single

End of over 2 (4 runs) Australia 12/0 (RR: 6.00)
TD Paine    2* (8b)      RJ Sidebottom    1-0-4-0
SR Watson    4* (4b 1x4)      JM Anderson    1-0-7-0

Here's a clarification from the South Africa based Jacky, sorry: "Heyy guys me again.

I'm actually a girl! And it's Jacky with a Y (only my mum spells it the other way)" Humble apologies

2.1

Anderson to Paine, no run, fullish outside off, driven firmly to cover

Another slip comes in

2.2

Anderson to Paine, no run, closer to the stumps, not quite driving length, gets to the pitch and blocks it towards cover

2.3

Anderson to Paine, no run, full and straight on the off stump, drills it back to the bowler who reacts well on his follow through

2.4

Anderson to Paine, 1 run, back of a length, width and he's not able to time it well, chops it wide of MOrgan at point who dives to his right and saves a couple of runs

2.5

Anderson to Watson, no run, shaping in from a good length outside off, decent pace too, 143.1 kmph, defended with an open face to Morgan again

2.6

Anderson to Watson, no run, swinging in, Watson is guarded, getting to the pitch and presenting the full face while defending with bat close to pad

End of over 3 (1 run) Australia 13/0 (RR: 4.33)
SR Watson    4* (6b 1x4)      JM Anderson    2-0-8-0
TD Paine    3* (12b)      RJ Sidebottom    1-0-4-0

3.1

Sidebottom to Paine, no run, short of a good length on middle and off, gets back and drops it in front of cover

Sidebottom appears to have recovered from that atrocious start

3.2

Sidebottom to Paine, no run, nicely done, getting it to leave the right hander, some late movement there, Paine watched it all the way through, opening the face at the last moment to defend it to point

3.3

Sidebottom to Paine, FOUR, in the zone for the right hander, full and wide, meaty, juicy, Paine is tempted and he crashes it through the covers for a boundary

3.4

Sidebottom to Paine, 1 run, waits for it, it's slightly short, guides it down wide of Anderson at third man, and he returns a strong throw to the keeper much to the appreciation of this capacity crowd

3.5

Sidebottom to Watson, no run, tight line this time, probing him on middle and off, is well forward is Watson and he blocks it to cover

3.6

Sidebottom to Watson, no run, back of a length this time, rocks back and taps it past the bowler

End of over 4 (5 runs) Australia 18/0 (RR: 4.50)
SR Watson    4* (8b 1x4)      RJ Sidebottom    2-0-9-0
TD Paine    8* (16b 1x4)      JM Anderson    2-0-8-0

Here's a more serious e-mail from John W: "Great athletes such as Seb Coe and Ian Stewart believed second was nowhere. England's cricketers should start feeding off that ideology and start wearing the England cap with more pride."

4.1

Anderson to Paine, no run, lands on a good length on the off stump, defended with a bit of a reach towards cover

4.2

Anderson to Paine, 1 run, back of a length on middle, moves back and turns it down towards midwicket

4.3

Anderson to Watson, OUT, got him! Chopped it on! Short and wide, went for the cut, the shot was on but a bit of inward movement did him in ultimately, a thick inside edge straight onto middle and off to give England their first breakthrough

SR Watson b Anderson 4 (20m 9b 1x4 0x6) SR: 44.44

In comes Ricky Ponting. What an innings that was in the previous game

4.4

Anderson to Ponting, no run, trying to catch him plumb but the movement's not there this time, full on leg stump, trying to get it to move away a little but it holds its line, plays it awkwardly to cover

4.5

Anderson to Ponting, no run, gets forward and punches it towards cover point

4.6

Anderson to Ponting, no run, appeal for a catch, beaten as the ball held its line and he played for the movement into him, the bat clipped the pad and the fielders were excited for a bit, the umpire had no doubts though

End of over 5 (1 run) Australia 19/1 (RR: 3.80)
RT Ponting    0* (3b)      JM Anderson    3-0-9-1
TD Paine    9* (18b 1x4)      RJ Sidebottom    2-0-9-0

5.1

Sidebottom to Paine, no run, beaten! Impressive stuff, left Paine just as he prodded at it from the crease, missed the edge by not much

5.2

Sidebottom to Paine, no run, slightly short on middle, gets on the back foot and defends it short of cover

5.3

Sidebottom to Paine, 1 run, short of a good length outside off, glides it down to third man for a single to give Ponting the strike

5.4

Sidebottom to Ponting, 5 wides, Sidebottom's down-the-leg side woes return, and with a bang as the diving Prior can't get his hands to it, five to the total

A slip and a gully in place

5.4

Sidebottom to Ponting, no run, measured bowling this time, got the line right, just outside off and Ponting covered it well, moving forward and defending it with a straight bat

5.5

Sidebottom to Ponting, FOUR, wristy, tried t surprise him with the short one but that's Ponting's favourite zone, got forward and swiped it behind square for a boundary

5.6

Sidebottom to Ponting, no run, shot off the pitch after landing on a good length, Ponting checked his shot by taking the bottom-hand off

End of over 6 (10 runs) Australia 29/1 (RR: 4.83)
RT Ponting    4* (6b 1x4)      RJ Sidebottom    3-0-19-0
TD Paine    10* (21b 1x4)      JM Anderson    3-0-9-1

Paul Wilson writes in from France: "In response to John W talking about pride: England are suffering a lack of confidence, not a lack of pride. That attitude is rather akin to telling an anxiety-sufferer to "pull themselves together". They need to relax and enjoy their cricket above all. (An Englishman in Paris)"

6.1

Anderson to Paine, no run, shortish on middle and off, gets back and works it down to mid-on

6.2

Anderson to Paine, FOUR, not fully in control there, banged in short on middle, was a little late in getting into position for playing the hook, got the top-edge over the keeper for four

6.3

Anderson to Paine, no run, pushes him back again, is nicely behind it this time and defends it cautiously towards cover

6.4

Anderson to Paine, 1 run, played it nicely in the end, neat stuff, was a little surprised by the bounce but played it really late, tapping it down towards third man from the crease for a single

6.5

Anderson to Ponting, no run, elegantly done but there wasn't much timing to it, leant into the drive, playing it straight to extra cover

Steve has this interesting anecdote: "That Seb Coe comment reminds me of a good story from Lords. Invited to be keynote speaker at the aftermatch dinner, Coe was trying to enter the South entrance, but was repeatedly told he had to enter via the North entrance. When Coe haughtily stated that he'd won long distance running gold medals for England, he was politely told by the MCC steward "well, it shouldn't be a problem for you to run over to the North entrance then, should it"!!"

6.6

Anderson to Ponting, no run, back of a length but he is committed to playing on the front foot, defends it to cover

End of over 7 (5 runs) Australia 34/1 (RR: 4.85)
RT Ponting    4* (8b 1x4)      JM Anderson    4-0-14-1
TD Paine    15* (25b 2x4)      RJ Sidebottom    3-0-19-0

7.1

Sidebottom to Paine, no run, slightly short on middle and off, pushed back to the bowler from the crease

7.2

Sidebottom to Paine, no run, gets on the back foot and drops it short of point, Ponting calls for a single but Paine sends him back, rightly so

7.3

Sidebottom to Paine, no run, the odd bounce again, was moving in as well, struck Paine hard on the glove as he played forward, trying to tap it into the off side

7.4

Sidebottom to Paine, no run, leaving him this time, got all the way back and defended it to Sidebottom

7.5

Sidebottom to Paine, FOUR, thrashed through the off side, full and wide and gives him the treatment, creaming him through point

7.6

Sidebottom to Paine, no run, shortish on middle and leg, works it down to square leg, no run on offer there

End of over 8 (4 runs) Australia 38/1 (RR: 4.75)
TD Paine    19* (31b 3x4)      RJ Sidebottom    4-0-23-0
RT Ponting    4* (8b 1x4)      JM Anderson    4-0-14-1

8.1

Anderson to Ponting, 2 runs, fullish outside off, swinging in, takes it on the half-volley and drives it through cover and point for a couple of runs

8.2

Anderson to Ponting, no run, much more confident from Ponting this time, but straight to point, sliced it a little as well, so was uppish but fell short of the fielder

8.3

Anderson to Ponting, no run, coming back in from a good length outside off, defended down to midwicket

8.4

Anderson to Ponting, no run, getting it to come back in fairly consistently, gets forward and pushes it to cover

8.5

Anderson to Ponting, no run, pitched up outside off, lethargically drives it down to point

8.6

Anderson to Ponting, OUT, gone! A hint of frustration as he had middled the last few balls but didn't find the gap, Anderson had set it up, hurled it short on middle, Ponting pulled it away disdainfully but straight into the palms of Sidebottom positioned perfectly at fine leg, two down

RT Ponting c Sidebottom b Anderson 6 (18m 14b 1x4 0x6) SR: 42.85

End of over 9 (2 runs) Australia 40/2 (RR: 4.44)
     JM Anderson    5-0-16-2
TD Paine    19* (31b 3x4)      RJ Sidebottom    4-0-23-0

Mascarenhas comes on now, replacing Sidebottom. The keeper's up, one slip in place

9.1

Mascarenhas to Paine, no run, shortish on middle, defended with a closed face down towards midwicket

9.2

Mascarenhas to Paine, no run, poor ball but gets away with it, Paine pulls it straight down to Sidebottom at short fine leg

9.3

Mascarenhas to Paine, no run, angling in from wide of the crease, takes a couple of steps and steers it to point

9.4

Mascarenhas to Paine, 1 run, a touch too straight, worked between square leg and short fine for a single

Hussey to face, "no run", someone had referred to him as earlier

9.5

Mascarenhas to Hussey, no run, pitched up on middle, pushed off the front foot to cover

9.6

Mascarenhas to Hussey, no run, overpitched but the batsman is new to the crease and therefore a little cautious, defended down to midwicket

End of over 10 (1 run) Australia 41/2 (RR: 4.10)
MEK Hussey    0* (2b)      AD Mascarenhas    1-0-1-0
TD Paine    20* (35b 3x4)      JM Anderson    5-0-16-2

England have taken the second powerplay. Three allowed outside the circle now.

10.1

Anderson to Paine, FOUR, classy, not overpitched but he just leant into it and eased it past cover point and extra cover for a boundary, crisply struck

10.2

Anderson to Paine, no run, short of a good length on the off, rocks back and blocks it towards the bowler

10.3

Anderson to Paine, no run, short of a good length on middle, defended from the crease into the off side wide of cover

10.4

Anderson to Paine, no run, fuller but he opts to play it off the back foot, presenting the full face back to the bowler

Dave Richerby has a dig at the poor Sidebottom: "Somebody was asking what is the point of Sidebottom. I think we can now say that it is to take catches and exercise the wicketkeeper."

10.5

Anderson to Paine, 1 run, thrashed through point but there's cover in the deep, pitched up and he cashed in, not quite, just a single

10.6

Anderson to Hussey, no run, appeal for lbw, not a strong one though, pitched outside leg, moved in and struck Hussey high on the pads while he was playing it off the back foot, the umpire was unmoved, you can't give those out

End of over 11 (5 runs) Australia 46/2 (RR: 4.18)
MEK Hussey    0* (3b)      JM Anderson    6-0-21-2
TD Paine    25* (40b 4x4)      AD Mascarenhas    1-0-1-0

11.1

Mascarenhas to Paine, FOUR, misfield, Strauss the culprit, sets a bad example as he dives to his left and allows it through the gate all the way to the boundary wide of mid-off

11.2

Mascarenhas to Paine, no run, the crowd cheer as he stops this one, didn't have to move though, driven straight to him and firmly

11.3

Mascarenhas to Paine, no run, lands on a good length just outside off, defended solidly off the front foot wide of the bowler

11.4

Mascarenhas to Paine, 1 run, on middle and leg, worked away wide of midwicket for a single

11.5

Mascarenhas to Hussey, no run, chance of a catch, cut back in from a good length outside off, Hussey got forward to defend, wasn't quite there to the pitch, was surprised by the bounce, got an inside edge onto his pads and it lobbed up in front of Prior who tried his utmost but couldn't reach it as he dived forward

11.6

Mascarenhas to Hussey, no run, fullish outside off, driven straight to mid-off

End of over 12 (5 runs) Australia 51/2 (RR: 4.25)
MEK Hussey    0* (5b)      AD Mascarenhas    2-0-6-0
TD Paine    30* (44b 5x4)      JM Anderson    6-0-21-2

Another bowling chance, Bresnan comes on, replacing the successful Anderson

12.1

Bresnan to Paine, FOUR, another chance of a catch, Prior's being made to work, short and wide, cut back in, went for the cut, got a thick edge past the diving Prior, he stretched fully to his right but couldn't reach

12.2

Bresnan to Paine, no run, a touch fuller, gets forward and defends it wide of Bresnan

12.3

Bresnan to Paine, no run, angling in towards middle, overpitched, driven back to the bowler

12.4

Bresnan to Paine, no run, slightly short on middle, turned away to midwicket off the front foot

12.5

Bresnan to Paine, no run, slower offcutter, kept low as he went for the cut, was into the shot too early, didn't pick it

12.6

Bresnan to Paine, no run, angling in towards middle, defended from the crease back to the bowler, decent start for Bresnan

End of over 13 (4 runs) Australia 55/2 (RR: 4.23)
TD Paine    34* (50b 6x4)      TT Bresnan    1-0-4-0
MEK Hussey    0* (5b)      AD Mascarenhas    2-0-6-0

Jeff: "I'm English but would like to see Michael "No runs" Hussey get a few today. Test & ODI average of 52 put's him in a very high quality category of players, so a little ridiculous to be slating him. I thought the Aussies were always so consistent as they kept faith in quality players through rough patches."

13.1

Mascarenhas to Hussey, 2 runs, Hussey's off, is handed a full delivery on the pads and he drives it into the deep through midwicket for a couple of runs

13.2

Mascarenhas to Hussey, no run, trying to suck him into the drive, but Hussey's measured, easing it to mid-off

13.3

Mascarenhas to Hussey, 1 run, full again, driven just wide of mid-off, scampers through for a single and Anderson pulls off a dive to keep them down to that

13.4

Mascarenhas to Paine, no run, bowled at 120.4 kmph, gets forward and punches it down to extra cover, thinks of a single but it's not there

13.5

Mascarenhas to Paine, 1 run, Anderson's doing it for England in the field today, it's driven firmly past him, through the line wide of mid-on but he runs and hurls himself to his left to just allow them one run

13.6

Mascarenhas to Hussey, no run, full and straight, cracked to mid-off, not in the gap, straight to the fielder

End of over 14 (4 runs) Australia 59/2 (RR: 4.21)
MEK Hussey    3* (9b)      AD Mascarenhas    3-0-10-0
TD Paine    35* (52b 6x4)      TT Bresnan    1-0-4-0

14.1

Bresnan to Paine, FOUR, Paine's looked good, wasn't a bad ball at all, just a fraction overpitched and he's onto it, square-driving it through point for a boundary

14.2

Bresnan to Paine, no run, guarded approach this time, similar delivery but he opts to defend it down to extra cover

14.3

Bresnan to Paine, no run, cutting back in, same result, pushes it down to extra cover

14.4

Bresnan to Paine, FOUR, poor delivery and it costs him, too straight, straying on the pads, just a slight shuffle from Paine who glances it down elegantly to the fine-leg boundary

14.5

Bresnan to Paine, no run, driven on the up towards extra cover, gaining in confidence is Paine

14.6

Bresnan to Paine, no run, tries to chop it behind point but mistimes it towards extra cover

The bowling powerplays are done and England owe it to Anderson for getting them those two wickets. Paine has hung on and has pulled off some classy strokes, but the man to watch out for is Hussey, dying to get back into some form ahead of the Champions Trophy

End of over 15 (8 runs) Australia 67/2 (RR: 4.46)
TD Paine    43* (58b 8x4)      TT Bresnan    2-0-12-0
MEK Hussey    3* (9b)      AD Mascarenhas    3-0-10-0

15.1

Mascarenhas to Hussey, 1 run, Hussey's still a little restrained, he's not going after the bad balls, this definitely was one, full and wide, drove it firmly but not really with the intention of getting a boundary, was well stopped at short cover, just a single

15.2

Mascarenhas to Paine, no run, countering the offcutter by getting well outside the line and presenting the straight bat

15.3

Mascarenhas to Paine, no run

15.4

Mascarenhas to Paine, SIX, beautifully picked, spotted the slower one, planted his foot forward, took it on the half-volley and cleared long-off comfortably with an effortless swing

15.5

Mascarenhas to Paine, no run, pushed through to mid-on off the front foot

15.6

Mascarenhas to Paine, 1 run, well played Mr.Paine, short and wide, guided down to third man to reach his second ODI half-century

Well-paced innings that, scratchy on occasion, classy and confident on most.

End of over 16 (8 runs) Australia 75/2 (RR: 4.68)
TD Paine    50* (63b 8x4 1x6)      AD Mascarenhas    4-0-18-0
MEK Hussey    4* (10b)      TT Bresnan    2-0-12-0

Swann comes on to bowl his offspinners now.

16.1

Swann to Paine, 2 leg byes, appeal for lbw, tossed it up outside off, it spun back in sharply and caught Paine on the pads as he tried to work it past midwicket, was struck outside the line

16.2

Swann to Paine, no run, short outside off, spun back in, he let it be

16.3

Swann to Paine, 1 run, threw it up outside off, lands full, driven down the ground to long-on for a single

16.4

Swann to Hussey, 1 run, drifting in towards the left-hander, he's coming round the wicket to Hussey, eased wide of point for a single

16.5

Swann to Paine, FOUR, poor delivery from Swann, it's full and wide, Paine reaches forward and reverse-sweeps it well wide of short third man for four more

16.6

Swann to Paine, no run, pushed it full outside off, covered the turn by stepping outside the line, closing the face and turning it down to midwicket

Time for a drink! It's tea for me here. Both batsmen have survived a couple of anxious moments out in the middle, England have created chances. The game's even at this stage. The introduction of spin, though, despite the turn didn't prove too encouraging for the home team.

End of over 17 (8 runs) Australia 83/2 (RR: 4.88)
TD Paine    55* (68b 9x4 1x6)      GP Swann    1-0-6-0
MEK Hussey    5* (11b)      AD Mascarenhas    4-0-18-0

Mascarenhas will continue

17.1

Mascarenhas to Hussey, no run, full outside off, driven hard but straight to mid-off

17.2

Mascarenhas to Hussey, no run, defends with bat close to pad, held its line this time, straight on middle, a little risky from Hussey who managed to get his bat down in time

17.3

Mascarenhas to Hussey, no run, short outside off, tried to force it past point but didn't time it well

17.4

Mascarenhas to Hussey, 1 run, well fielded by the guy at short cover, driven firmly towards him but he gets a hand to it diving to his left and deflects it to mid-off to allow just a single, much to Hussey's frustration

17.5

Mascarenhas to Paine, no run, lands on a good length just outside off, defended watchfully just wide of cover

17.6

Mascarenhas to Paine, no run, closer to the stumps, cuts in, dabs it to point

Hussey's struck a few well but the runs aren't coming. Paine's just waiting to get back into his groove after the drinks break, hence, perhaps, the cautious apprach in that first over

End of over 18 (1 run) Australia 84/2 (RR: 4.66)
TD Paine    55* (70b 9x4 1x6)      AD Mascarenhas    5-0-19-0
MEK Hussey    6* (15b)      GP Swann    1-0-6-0

One slip in place for Swann

18.1

Swann to Hussey, 1 run, fullish outside off, driven down to a slightly deepish mid-on for a quick single

18.2

Swann to Paine, no run, tossed it up on the off stump, got front and across and clipped it down to short fine

18.3

Swann to Paine, no run, defended off the front foot just wide of extra cover

18.4

Swann to Paine, no run, closes the face and works it down to midwicket

18.5

Swann to Paine, 1 run, threw it up on the off stump, charged down the track, took it on the full and drilled it down to long-on

18.6

Swann to Hussey, 1 run, slightly short on the off, rocked back and bunted it down to deep cover for a single

End of over 19 (3 runs) Australia 87/2 (RR: 4.57)
MEK Hussey    8* (17b)      GP Swann    2-0-9-0
TD Paine    56* (74b 9x4 1x6)      AD Mascarenhas    5-0-19-0

Michael Gates continues his anti-Hussey charade: "Alright I conceed I may have been harsh in labeling him Michael 'no runs' Hussey. Since he is now off the mark perhaps Michael 'not many runs' Hussey is more appropriate."

19.1

Mascarenhas to Hussey, 1 run, guided behind point from the crease and sets off for a quick single

19.2

Mascarenhas to Paine, no run, the offcutter again, tries to guide it down to third man but fails to make contact

19.3

Mascarenhas to Paine, 1 run, back of a length on middle, rocks back and turns it off his hips behind square for a single

19.4

Mascarenhas to Hussey, 1 run, back of a length on the off, dropped it off the back foot smack in the middle of cover and point for a single, the fielders are undecided as to who should pick it up

19.5

Mascarenhas to Paine, 2 runs, miscue and a misfield, pitched up outside off, tries to clear mid-off but ends up slicing it just short of deep extra cover, it bounces over him and he allows them to come back for the second

19.6

Mascarenhas to Paine, no run, overpitched on middle and off, leans forward and taps it just wide of extra cover

End of over 20 (5 runs) Australia 92/2 (RR: 4.60)
TD Paine    59* (78b 9x4 1x6)      AD Mascarenhas    6-0-24-0
MEK Hussey    10* (19b)      GP Swann    2-0-9-0

Sean: "It seems Aus made a poor decision sending Hussey in ahead of White. Sending White in early would have given him time to play himself in and score freely later, particularly in the form he's showed. Hussey is simply slowly down the RR at the moment!"

20.1

Bresnan to Hussey, no run, slightly short on middle, moves back and defends it down to midwicket

Tim Paine has been warned by the umpire for running down the pitch

20.2

Bresnan to Hussey, 1 run, lands on a good length outside off, eases that wide of cover for a quick single

20.3

Bresnan to Paine, no run, slightly short on the off, tries to drive on the up past cover but ends up getting a thick inside edge towards midwicket

20.4

Bresnan to Paine, 1 run, slower one, Paine waits for it and runs it down to third man for a single

20.5

Bresnan to Hussey, no run, beaten! Shot away from a good length on middle and off, Hussey was rooted to the crease and tried to work it in the direction of midwicket, was fortunate he didn't nick that one

20.6

Bresnan to Hussey, 2 runs, scratchy again, played inside the line to that one and got a thick edge down to third man for a couple of runs

End of over 21 (4 runs) Australia 96/2 (RR: 4.57)
MEK Hussey    13* (23b)      TT Bresnan    3-0-16-0
TD Paine    60* (80b 9x4 1x6)      AD Mascarenhas    6-0-24-0

21.1

Swann to Paine, no run, appeal for stumping, full, much quicker through the air, Paine tries to dig it out, misses, Prior collects well and takes off the bails but he never left the crease

21.2

Swann to Paine, no run, held it back this time, bowled flat, turned down to midwicket

21.3

Swann to Paine, 1 run, flighted, lands full on the off, chips it just wide of a diving Anderson at midwicket, a single taken

21.4

Swann to Hussey, FOUR, vintage Hussey, that should get him going, low full toss on middle from round the wicket, leans forward, bends low and paddles it down to the fine-leg boundary

21.5

Swann to Hussey, 1 run, drifting in towards middle, drops it just wide of point to sneak in a single, sensible stuff

21.6

Swann to Paine, no run, almost had him! Far quicker and Paine was late onto it, full on the off stump, he attempted to heave it over midwicket, got his bat down just in time to get a thick inside edge down to short fine, nice variation from Swann

End of over 22 (6 runs) Australia 102/2 (RR: 4.63)
TD Paine    61* (84b 9x4 1x6)      GP Swann    3-0-15-0
MEK Hussey    18* (25b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    3-0-16-0

Benji from Australia: "To Sean, with the series won it seems as though the emphasis on winning has been placed to one side in favour of ensuring all players in the squad are in the best shape for the champions trophy. That'd be why Hussey has been given an opportunity to have some time in the middle ahead of White or Ferguson. Makes sense, in a dead rubber."

22.1

Bresnan to Hussey, 1 run, short of a length outside off, chopped down to third man for a single

22.2

Bresnan to Paine, no run, short of a good length just outside off, driven on the rise to cover

22.3

Bresnan to Paine, 1 run, Bresnan saw the batsman give him the charge and dropped it short, helped o its way down to fine leg for a single, Paine adjusted well to the change in length

22.4

Bresnan to Hussey, 1 run, signs of confidence from the left-hander, comes down and crunches Bresnan down to deep cover

22.5

Bresnan to Paine, no run, short and wide, cut away down to point, can't get it past him

22.6

Bresnan to Paine, FOUR, does so this time, beautifully timed, it's never power-play from Paine, latched on to a short one this time and cut it hard behind a diving point to beat third man to the ropes

End of over 23 (7 runs) Australia 109/2 (RR: 4.73)
TD Paine    66* (88b 10x4 1x6)      TT Bresnan    4-0-23-0
MEK Hussey    20* (27b 1x4)      GP Swann    3-0-15-0

23.1

Swann to Hussey, 1 run, full on the off stump, driven down to long-off for a single

23.2

Swann to Paine, 1 run, pitched up on the off, clanked down to long-on

23.3

Swann to Hussey, 1 run, short on middle, Hussey rocks back and punches it to long-on

23.4

Swann to Paine, 1 run, full and straight, worked away down to deep square leg

23.5

Swann to Hussey, no run, quicker through the air, Hussey was late to spot it, tried to chop it down, got a thick inside edge in the direction of square leg

23.6

Swann to Hussey, no run, short on the off, punched off the back foot to extra cover

End of over 24 (4 runs) Australia 113/2 (RR: 4.70)
MEK Hussey    22* (31b 1x4)      GP Swann    4-0-19-0
TD Paine    68* (90b 10x4 1x6)      TT Bresnan    4-0-23-0

24.1

Bresnan to Paine, 1 run, slower delivery, taken on the full and driven to long-on for a single

24.2

Bresnan to Hussey, 1 run, back of a length outside off, guided down to third man, this partnership has now grown to 74 and a fair pace

24.3

Bresnan to Paine, no run, lands on a length on middle, driven through the line to mid--on

24.4

Bresnan to Paine, no run, angling in towards middle, bowled at 137.2 kmph, opened the face just a touch to defend it towards point

24.5

Bresnan to Paine, no run, cramping him for space there, sticking to a tight line is Bresnan, driven straight to him

24.6

Bresnan to Paine, 2 runs, nicely done, a bit more power in that shot, similar delivery to the previous one but Paine forced it down the ground past the bowler and mid-off, managed a couple as long-on cut that off

End of over 25 (4 runs) Australia 117/2 (RR: 4.68)
TD Paine    71* (95b 10x4 1x6)      TT Bresnan    5-0-27-0
MEK Hussey    23* (32b 1x4)      GP Swann    4-0-19-0

Julian: "If I recall correctly, in it's hey day, one day cricket was swashbuckling, adventurous and competitive - this series, it's been tied down, disappointing and uneventful... Should "Mr Cricket" get "Man of the Series" for adapting to the new style of play the most?"

25.1

Swann to Hussey, 1 wide, Swann's caught the Sidebottom bug, hurls it down the leg side, gifts a run

25.1

Swann to Hussey, no run, shortish on middle, covers it well and defends it into the off side

25.2

Swann to Hussey, FOUR, Hussey's trying hard here, a determined knock thus far, hurled short and he catches the length early, pulling it away over midwicket for a welcome four

25.3

Swann to Hussey, 1 run, pushed wide of the bowler towards mid-on for a quick single

25.4

Swann to Paine, no run

25.5

Swann to Paine, 1 run, Paine does well, guides it wide of short third where Bresnan returns a strong throw to the non-striker's end but Paine blocks his view, running right in front of the stumps to complete the run

25.6

Swann to Hussey, no run, fullish outside off, pushed through to cover

End of over 26 (7 runs) Australia 124/2 (RR: 4.76)
MEK Hussey    28* (36b 2x4)      GP Swann    5-0-26-0
TD Paine    72* (97b 10x4 1x6)      TT Bresnan    5-0-27-0

26.1

Bresnan to Paine, 1 run, bang on middle, tickled to square leg for a single

26.2

Bresnan to Hussey, 1 run, full and wide, creamed through to deep extra cover for a single

Tim: "To Benji: As well as the Champion's Trophy, arent Australia also aiming for a 7-0 outcome? Reclaim the number 1 ranking, and finish the tour on a high, and go into the Trophy on a winning streak"

26.3

Bresnan to Paine, no run, punched off the back foot down towards cover, is unable to pierce the off-side field

26.4

Bresnan to Paine, 1 wide, short and down the leg side, tries to help it down on its way to the fine-leg boundary but makes no contact

26.4

Bresnan to Paine, FOUR, punished! Short again and he ensures he doesn't waste the opportunity this time, gets forward and pulls it contemptuously through square leg for a boundary

26.5

Bresnan to Paine, 2 runs, good running, pitched up outside off, driven hard between long-off and deep extra cover for a couple more

26.6

Bresnan to Paine, 1 run, well done, keeps the strike by striking it down to long-on for a single, 10 off the over, they're picking it up now

End of over 27 (10 runs) Australia 134/2 (RR: 4.96)
TD Paine    80* (102b 11x4 1x6)      TT Bresnan    6-0-37-0
MEK Hussey    29* (37b 2x4)      GP Swann    5-0-26-0

27.1

Swann to Paine, no run, flighted outside off, gets to the pitch and drives it back to the bowler

27.2

Swann to Paine, 1 run, wristily done, turned away through midwicket from outside off for a single

27.3

Swann to Hussey, 1 run, angling it in towards middle, defended between point and cover with the intention of squeezing a single and he gets it

27.4

Swann to Paine, 1 run, short on the off stump, turning in, rocks back and nurdles it wide of midwicket for one more

27.5

Swann to Hussey, FOUR, Hussey's gradually finding his form, normally a busy cricketer he returns to his known ways by reverse-sweeping that wide of short third for a boundary

Brings up the century partnership, England desperately need to strike now

27.6

Swann to Hussey, 1 run, shortish on middle, gets on the back foot and works it behind square

End of over 28 (8 runs) Australia 142/2 (RR: 5.07)
MEK Hussey    35* (40b 3x4)      GP Swann    6-0-34-0
TD Paine    82* (105b 11x4 1x6)      TT Bresnan    6-0-37-0

Strauss turns to Bopara, the desperation's now showing

28.1

Bopara to Hussey, 1 run, full on the off, driven down to long-off, one more

28.2

Bopara to Paine, no run, back of a length on the off, dropped down to point from the crease

28.3

Bopara to Paine, 1 run, pitched on a length on middle, drilled down to long-on for a single

28.4

Bopara to Hussey, 2 runs, full outside off, the workmanlike Hussey makes room and drives it wide of deep extra cover for a couple more

28.5

Bopara to Hussey, no run, pushed back to the bowler and Bopara does well on his follow through, bending low and stopping it to his right

28.6

Bopara to Hussey, 2 runs, cheeky but third man is finer than normal, late-cut it delicately behind the keeper, had to settle for a couple as Mascarenhas cut that off moving to his right

End of over 29 (6 runs) Australia 148/2 (RR: 5.10)
MEK Hussey    40* (44b 3x4)      RS Bopara    1-0-6-0
TD Paine    83* (107b 11x4 1x6)      GP Swann    6-0-34-0

Sidebottom is back. Comes round the wicket

29.1

Sidebottom to Paine, no run, overpitched and Paine pulls off a stylish drive but straight to short extra cover

29.2

Sidebottom to Paine, no run, a hint of movement into the batsman, walks through while pushing it to the same fielder yet again

29.3

Sidebottom to Paine, no run, slower one this time, lands on a good length on middle, picked it and dealt with it respectfully, defending it back to the bowler

29.4

Sidebottom to Paine, 1 run, too straight, however, worked away through midwicket into the deep for a single, thought of a second which was on but there was too much calling and indecision out in the middle, from Hussey

Over the wicket to Hussey

29.5

Sidebottom to Hussey, no run, tight line on middle, Hussey watches it closely on to his bat and drops it on the off side

29.6

Sidebottom to Hussey, no run, closes the face while getting forward and pushes it to midwicket, decent return from the initially wayward, curly-haired Sidebottom

End of over 30 (1 run) Australia 149/2 (RR: 4.96)
MEK Hussey    40* (46b 3x4)      RJ Sidebottom    5-0-24-0
TD Paine    84* (111b 11x4 1x6)      RS Bopara    1-0-6-0

Karnail Singh: "MEK Hussey is going to shut his critics including Michael Gates. Hussey has been consistent through out his carrier just look at his Ave. of 52. Friends Life is up and down so leave Hussey alone I would include him on my fantasy team over any English player. "

30.1

Bopara to Paine, FOUR, Paine's in prime touch, short outside off, cut away behind point, again, not too much effort but got the timing right, third man had no chance

30.2

Bopara to Paine, 1 run, short of a length on the off, dropped it into the off side with soft hands and ran through for a single

30.3

Bopara to Hussey, no run, short and wide, attempts a similar shot as Paine but not fully in control, chops it down, mistiming it to point

30.4

Bopara to Hussey, no run, short of a length on middle, worked away off the back foot to midwicket

30.5

Bopara to Hussey, no run, nicely done by Bopara who hurls it in the blockhole, dug out comfortably by Hussey towards extra cover

30.6

Bopara to Hussey, no run, short of a length outside off, pushed off the back foot to cover, good comeback after that first-ball four

End of over 31 (5 runs) Australia 154/2 (RR: 4.96)
MEK Hussey    40* (50b 3x4)      RS Bopara    2-0-11-0
TD Paine    89* (113b 12x4 1x6)      RJ Sidebottom    5-0-24-0

31.1

Sidebottom to Paine, FOUR, Paine picks the gap, had eyed that space between fine leg and deep square leg, moved across and clipped it stylishly off his pads for four more, he's into the 90s now

31.2

Sidebottom to Paine, 2 runs, two more, full outside off, steers it hard wide of point, deep point runs to his left and cuts it off

31.3

Sidebottom to Paine, 1 leg bye, back of a length, a slower one, on middle, is struck on the hips as he tries to turn it square, manages a leg bye

Anna: "To all: I'm sure that the team's priority is still to win this match, but I don't feel putting Mr Cricket in at number 3 is necessarily a bad move in aiming for this. Historically he's more than proven himself as capable, and it's often dead rubbers that can bring weary players out of a form slump.

There's still 20 overs to go, and with 8 wickets in hand there's plenty of room for the Aussies to approach a 300 total - especially with powerful hitters, the likes of Bear White and Binga yet to bat."

31.4

Sidebottom to Hussey, no run, fullish, comes down the track, closes the face and turns it to midwicket

31.5

Sidebottom to Hussey, 1 run, swinging in, thumps it down to long-on for one more

Sukhi: "Im interested to see who bowls at the death for England, with Anderson left with 4, and sidebottom with 5 left, and the aussies to take their batting powerplay. Is tim Bresnan gonna be any good bowling at the death against Paine/Hussey or White."

31.6

Sidebottom to Paine, 1 run, angling in towards middle, Paine moves to 96 with a work off the hips behind square

End of over 32 (9 runs) Australia 163/2 (RR: 5.09)
TD Paine    96* (117b 13x4 1x6)      RJ Sidebottom    6-0-32-0
MEK Hussey    41* (52b 3x4)      RS Bopara    2-0-11-0

Anderson's back into the attack

32.1

Anderson to Paine, no run, lands on a good length outside off, just a hint of reverse, tries to force it wide of cover, mistimes it

32.2

Anderson to Paine, 1 run, full and wide, driven down to deep cover for a single

32.3

Anderson to Hussey, 1 run, well run, Bresnan's a little deep at mid-off, Hussey just punched it towards him and was off in a flash

32.4

Anderson to Paine, 1 run, Paine does the same to Sidebottom, just eased off the front foot, inching towards a maiden ODI ton

32.5

Anderson to Hussey, 1 run, comes down the track, knocks it between point and cover and steals another run

32.6

Anderson to Paine, no run, slightly short, waits and taps it down to point, there's no run on offer

End of over 33 (4 runs) Australia 167/2 (RR: 5.06)
TD Paine    98* (121b 13x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    7-0-25-2
MEK Hussey    43* (54b 3x4)      RJ Sidebottom    6-0-32-0

Paine's struck 13 fours and a six in this knock and the feature of the innings has been the consistency with which he's dispatched the bad balls for boundaries in the overs after the Powerplays. The runs in this stand have come at a fairly brisk pace, and Hussey's had a chance to regain his touch

33.1

Sidebottom to Hussey, SIX, dispatched for six! Exquisite timing, lands on a good length on middle, comes down the track and flicks it well over the outstretched hands of deep midwicket for a six

33.2

Sidebottom to Hussey, 1 run, pushed wide of extra cover for a single to reach is half-century, his 22nd, timely return to his old ways

33.3

Sidebottom to Paine, no run

33.4

Sidebottom to Paine, no run, beaten! Short of a good length outside off, tries to run it down to third man but doesn't get a touch to it

33.5

Sidebottom to Paine, no run, fullish outside off, driven straight to extra cover, a bit of nerves for the young lad approaching a landmark

33.6

Sidebottom to Paine, no run, pushed off the front foot to extra cover again, he'll have to wait

End of over 34 (7 runs) Australia 174/2 (RR: 5.11)
TD Paine    98* (125b 13x4 1x6)      RJ Sidebottom    7-0-39-0
MEK Hussey    50* (56b 3x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    7-0-25-2

Mascarenhas returns

34.1

Mascarenhas to Hussey, 1 run, full on middle and off, driven down to long-off, hands Paine the strike

34.2

Mascarenhas to Paine, no run, his patience is being tested here, short of a good length outside off, the offcutter, defended down to point, thinks of a single but it isn;t there

34.3

Mascarenhas to Paine, no run, worked away past midwicket and the fielder there almost deflects it past Anderson at mid-on, not quite in the end much to Paine's frustration

34.4

Mascarenhas to Paine, no run, it builds further, struck sweetly but straight to cover

34.5

Mascarenhas to Paine, 1 run, short on middle, whipped away down to fine leg, finally a run, after eight balls, moves to 99

34.6

Mascarenhas to Hussey, 1 run, lands on a good length outside off, steered to third man for a single, Paine has to wait for the drinks break to end before he can reach the milestone

End of over 35 (3 runs) Australia 177/2 (RR: 5.05)
MEK Hussey    52* (58b 3x4 1x6)      AD Mascarenhas    7-0-27-0
TD Paine    99* (129b 13x4 1x6)      RJ Sidebottom    7-0-39-0

Michael Clarke is the man with the drinks today. How modest! Swann comes back on.

The reader has turned against Sidebottom, here's Paul Cook: "Good to see Sidebottom being threatening again, think my nan called bowl better than him and be quicker in the field! I can see New Zealand South Afica and Sri Lanka quaking in their boots next week!!!"

35.1

Swann to Hussey, 1 run, short of a length outside off, punched wide of cover to give Paine the strike

Paine's on 99

35.2

Swann to Paine, 1 run, reaches his maiden ODI century with a drive to long-on, Australia's tradition of producing qualify wicket-keeper batsmen continues, raises his bat and the crowd applaud in appreciation

35.3

Swann to Hussey, 1 run, worked away through midwicket for a single

35.4

Swann to Paine, no run, short of a length on middle, turned away to square leg off the back foot

35.5

Swann to Paine, no run, hopeless appeal for lbw, goes for the reverse-sweep but is struck on the pads, a metre outside the line of the off stump

35.6

Swann to Paine, 1 run, flighted outside off, driven down to long-off for a single

End of over 36 (4 runs) Australia 181/2 (RR: 5.02)
TD Paine    101* (133b 13x4 1x6)      GP Swann    7-0-38-0
MEK Hussey    54* (60b 3x4 1x6)      AD Mascarenhas    7-0-27-0

36.1

Mascarenhas to Paine, 1 run, short of a length outside off, guided down to third man, one more

36.2

Mascarenhas to Hussey, SIX, Hussey gets stuck into that one, just a fraction short outside off and he latches on to it, swinging it hard and mighty into the stands over deep midwicket, his 50th six in ODIs

36.3

Mascarenhas to Hussey, 1 run, pitched up outside off, driven down to long-off for a single

36.4

Mascarenhas to Paine, FOUR, brings up the 150-stand in style, full outside off, drills it hard, bisects the gap between mid-off and extra cover perfectly

36.5

Mascarenhas to Paine, no run, slower one this time, didn't pick it well, was early into the shot, mistimed a drive to extra cover

36.6

Mascarenhas to Paine, no run, straight on middle, whipped firmly but straight to midwicket, still, 12 off the over

The batting powerplay is still to come, and Australia have enough ammunition to bat England out here

End of over 37 (12 runs) Australia 193/2 (RR: 5.21)
TD Paine    106* (137b 14x4 1x6)      AD Mascarenhas    8-0-39-0
MEK Hussey    61* (62b 3x4 2x6)      GP Swann    7-0-38-0

37.1

Swann to Hussey, no run, flat on middle and off, defended to point off the front foot

37.2

Swann to Hussey, 1 run, full outside off, eased through to deep cover, one more to the total

37.3

Swann to Paine, 1 run, threw it up outside off, tries to knock it past over, takes it on the full, gets a thick outside edge wide of point

37.4

Swann to Hussey, 1 run, full outside off, bunts it down to deep cover for a single

37.5

Swann to Paine, 1 run, sees him come forward and alters the length, short outside off, punched down to long-on for a single

37.6

Swann to Hussey, no run, quicker through the air on middle, defended into the leg side off the back foot

End of over 38 (4 runs) Australia 197/2 (RR: 5.18)
MEK Hussey    63* (66b 3x4 2x6)      GP Swann    8-0-42-0
TD Paine    108* (139b 14x4 1x6)      AD Mascarenhas    8-0-39-0

Jediroya: "Now is the time to take the powerplay - both batsman passed the nervous stage approaching their milestones, plenty of wickets in hand meaning the last 10 overs will be hit and giggle anyway."

Bresnan's back

38.1

Bresnan to Paine, no run, well kept by Prior, Paine had made room to force that through the off side but missed and Prior hurled himself to his left to save four byes

38.2

Bresnan to Paine, no run, Paine's down! Nasser Hussain throws a cliche - "Pain for Paine", was bowled short and it came on to him too quickly, went for the pull and was struck hard on the ribs

38.3

Bresnan to Paine, no run

38.4

Bresnan to Paine, 1 run, chasing him outside leg stump again, tries to help it past the keeper but Prior's done well, threw himself towards the ball to keep it down to just one

38.5

Bresnan to Hussey, no run, beaten! Cut away after pitching on a good length on the off, Hussey tried to drive it through the line but was almost done in by the movement

38.6

Bresnan to Hussey, 1 wide, bowled it short seeing him come forward, quick thinking but it's a little too wide and the umpire calls it

38.6

Bresnan to Hussey, 1 wide, down the leg side this time, slower one, misdirected, Hussey gave him the charge and Bresnan made a mess of it

38.6

Bresnan to Hussey, 2 runs, back of a length on the off, cuts it away wide of deep point for a couple more

End of over 39 (5 runs) Australia 202/2 (RR: 5.17)
MEK Hussey    65* (68b 3x4 2x6)      TT Bresnan    7-0-42-0
TD Paine    109* (143b 14x4 1x6)      GP Swann    8-0-42-0

39.1

Swann to Paine, 1 run, threw it up just outside off, came down the track and struck it down to long-on for a single

39.2

Swann to Hussey, OUT, gone! Flatter outside off, takes it on the half-volley and tries to slog-sweep it over deep midwicket but doesn't get hold of it, Joe Denly watches it comfortably into his hands to give England a much-needed wicket

MEK Hussey c Denly b Swann 65 (119m 69b 3x4 2x6) SR: 94.20

Hussey will take that, just what he needed ahead of a big tournament. The pair added 163. Ferguson, who's impressed in this series, comes in.

39.3

Swann to Paine, 1 run, shortish on middle, swipes it down to deep square leg for a single

39.4

Swann to Ferguson, no run, flattish on the off stump, driven straight to midwicket off the front foot

39.5

Swann to Ferguson, no run, brilliant fielding by Anderson who throws himself to his left to save the single at mid-on

39.6

Swann to Ferguson, 2 runs, short and wide, Ferguson gets off the mark with a slash wide of deep point for a couple

End of over 40 (4 runs) Australia 206/3 (RR: 5.15)
CJ Ferguson    2* (3b)      GP Swann    9-0-46-1
TD Paine    111* (145b 14x4 1x6)      TT Bresnan    7-0-42-0

David S: "They should take the power play now. Two batters set at the crease. The English are demoralised, they could run them into the ground. Strauss would have to decide whether to use Anderson now or later. And if wickets are lost theres still time to bat themselves it and have another hit later."

40.1

Mascarenhas to Paine, no run, goes for the scoop, tries to get it over short fine but is struck on the chest as he tries it out

40.2

Mascarenhas to Paine, no run, slower offcutter, drive straight to extra cover

40.3

Mascarenhas to Paine, OUT, excellent catch by Prior! England are fighting back, the scoring had slowed down and Paine was getting restless, short outside off, goes for the slog over midwicket, gets a thin inside edge and Prior snaps it sharply behind the wicket

TD Paine c †Prior b Mascarenhas 111 (168m 148b 14x4 1x6) SR: 75.00

The end of a solid knock by Paine, well crafted, laced with delicious strokeplay but the onus is now on the middle order to get Australia somewhere close to 300

Cameron White comes in

40.4

Mascarenhas to White, no run, full outside off, driven towards point from the crease

40.5

Mascarenhas to White, 1 run, lands on a length outside off, run down to third man for a single

40.6

Mascarenhas to Ferguson, 1 run, picked it up but was really risky, full outside off, clips it over midwicket and for a while it seemed it would go the distance but that wasn't the case, by a mile, landed well short of deep midwicket, just a single

End of over 41 (2 runs) Australia 208/4 (RR: 5.07)
CJ Ferguson    3* (4b)      AD Mascarenhas    9-0-41-1
CL White    1* (2b)      GP Swann    9-0-46-1

41.1

Swann to Ferguson, no run, turned off the front foot to midwicket from the crease

41.2

Swann to Ferguson, 1 run, driven down the ground to long-on for one

41.3

Swann to White, no run, turning in from a good length outside off, gets outside the line to work it square

41.4

Swann to White, 2 leg byes, appeal for lbw, very optimistic, flighted outside off, he goes for the sweep, it turns in and raps him on the pads but he was struck well outside the line

41.5

Swann to White, no run, flighted on the off, pushed back to the bowler, good, tight over this

41.6

Swann to White, 1 run, short on leg stump, pats it behind square for a single to keep the strike

End of over 42 (4 runs) Australia 212/4 (RR: 5.04)
CL White    2* (6b)      GP Swann    10-0-48-1
CJ Ferguson    4* (6b)      AD Mascarenhas    9-0-41-1

James Holman: "Why is it that every spectator, commentator and analyst can see that batting powerplays are being taken 5-10 overs too late, in every single innings, yet coaches and captains continue to wait until the last possible moment? "

42.1

Mascarenhas to White, 1 run, driven all along the ground through the covers for a single

42.2

Mascarenhas to Ferguson, 1 run, driven uppishly wide of short cover into the deep for one more

42.3

Mascarenhas to White, no run, tight line, lands on a good length on middle, defends it back to the bowler

42.4

Mascarenhas to White, FOUR, well struck, short of a length, rocked back, stood tall, he's tall anyway, and punched it hard to beat the gap between long-off and deep extra cover

42.5

Mascarenhas to White, 1 run, waited for it and opened the face at the last moment to guide it down to third man

42.6

Mascarenhas to Ferguson, 1 run, stump-to-stump, worked away towards deep midwicket for a single

End of over 43 (8 runs) Australia 220/4 (RR: 5.11)
CJ Ferguson    6* (8b)      AD Mascarenhas    10-0-49-1
CL White    8* (10b 1x4)      GP Swann    10-0-48-1

Australia, finally, have decided to take the batting powerplay. Anderson, England's best bowler today, is back.

43.1

Anderson to Ferguson, OUT, got him! Swinging it back in, lands on the off and nips back and Ferguson was surprised by the movement, tried to fend it away into the leg side, got an inside edge onto the pads and then onto the stumps, timely wicket for England

CJ Ferguson b Anderson 6 (12m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

England have pulled things back nicely here. Three wickets in fairly quick time, and it's likely that Australia will fall short of what they would have targeted when Paine and Hussey were going strong. 203 for 2 they were at one stage.

Hopes comes in....

43.2

Anderson to Hopes, FOUR, ...and is off the mark in style, full outside off, leans into the drive and crashes it wide of mid-off for a boundary

43.3

Anderson to Hopes, no run, nips back in again, rocks back and defends it to the bowler

43.4

Anderson to Hopes, no run, back of a length on the off, punched down to cover

43.5

Anderson to Hopes, FOUR, four more, errs in length there, short and wide, Hopes just had to find the gap, placed it perfectly off the back foot between point and cover

43.6

Anderson to Hopes, 1 run, cover has been pushed back and Hopes just cracks it to him in the deep to keep the strike, mixed results for Anderson in his new spell

End of over 44 (9 runs) Australia 229/5 (RR: 5.20)
JR Hopes    9* (5b 2x4)      JM Anderson    8-0-34-3
CL White    8* (10b 1x4)      AD Mascarenhas    10-0-49-1

Shoaib: "Yes it true that PowerPlays are not taken at the time it should be taken. The formula should be simple, if you have two set batsmen in who are capable of hitting, then let them have it. If they get out, send in someone who can manage to hit big irrespective of the decided batting order. If he plays well, the match could be decided in your favor. If he goes as well then there will be batsmen in the hut to save the day."

The reader's favourite Sidebottom is back

44.1

Sidebottom to Hopes, no run, short one on middle and off, makes way and drops it down towards point

44.2

Sidebottom to Hopes, 1 run, good length outside off, moves away and pushes it wide of mid-off for a single

44.3

Sidebottom to White, FOUR, White launches into that one, it's the slot, full and wide and dispatches that over extra cover for a boundary

44.4

Sidebottom to White, FOUR, another one, pitched up, poor length, White waits and drills it past Sidebottom and mid-on for four more

44.5

Sidebottom to White, 1 run, low full toss outside off, it's difficult to get those away, pushed to cover, one more to the score

44.6

Sidebottom to Hopes, FOUR, edged and four, didn't deserve that did Sidebottom, full on the off stump and got it to move away, Hopes tried to work it through the leg side, got a thick edge well wide of the keeper to beat third man to the ropes, 14 off that over

End of over 45 (14 runs) Australia 243/5 (RR: 5.40)
JR Hopes    14* (8b 3x4)      RJ Sidebottom    8-0-53-0
CL White    17* (13b 3x4)      JM Anderson    8-0-34-3

45.1

Anderson to White, no run, getting it to move back in, defended watchfully by White

45.2

Anderson to White, 1 run, straying on middle and leg, closes the face and turns it wide of midwicket for a single

45.3

Anderson to Hopes, 1 run, mistimed the short one there, was bowled slower, tried to pull it past mid-on but didn't do it well, just a single

45.4

Anderson to White, 1 run, full toss bowled at 140.4 kph on the off stump, crunched just wide of mid-off for a single

45.5

Anderson to Hopes, FOUR, smacked away, another full toss but this time Hopes takes full toll, smashing it wide of Denly at deep extra cover for a boundary to bring up the 250

45.6

Anderson to Hopes, FOUR, that's a bunt, short on the off stump, stays rooted to the crease and pulls it away over midwicket for four

35 runs have come in the three overs in this Powerplay so far.

End of over 46 (11 runs) Australia 254/5 (RR: 5.52)
JR Hopes    23* (11b 5x4)      JM Anderson    9-0-45-3
CL White    19* (16b 3x4)      RJ Sidebottom    8-0-53-0

Bresnan's back, replacing Sidebottom

46.1

Bresnan to White, 1 run, pitched up on the off, tries to dismiss it over mid-on, gets a thick inside edge down to short fine for a single

46.2

Bresnan to Hopes, 1 run, yorker on middle, just manages to dig it out in the leg side, scrambles a single

46.3

Bresnan to White, 1 run, full toss on middle, driven down to deep midwicket, will be disappointed he didn't get that away for more

46.4

Bresnan to Hopes, 1 run, another full delivery, makes room and thumps it to long-off for one more

46.5

Bresnan to White, SIX, that was coming, length ball, in the slot, he;s doling out freebies and White gets under it, lofting it cleanly over long-on for a big one

46.6

Bresnan to White, no run, good comeback, in the blockhole on middle, dug out back to the bowler

End of over 47 (10 runs) Australia 264/5 (RR: 5.61)
CL White    27* (20b 3x4 1x6)      TT Bresnan    8-0-52-0
JR Hopes    25* (13b 5x4)      JM Anderson    9-0-45-3

Australia have done well; the momentum lost after those three quick wickets has been regained in a matter of four overs. 44 off 23 balls, this partnership.

Shrey: "The Power play doesn't have to be taken when two set batsman are at the crease. If they are playing with more than 100 run partnership then they are able to find boundries and sixes at will. The power play should be saved for new batsman who do not waste time getting settled and have the freedom to swing their arms and get runs from some unconventional cricketing shots.

Taking the power play late can be in the favor of new batsman as they can use the pace of the bowlers since spinners and medium pacers tend not to close out the innings. "

47.1

Anderson to Hopes, 1 run, full outside off, thwacks it down to long-off for a single

47.2

Anderson to White, FOUR, poor delivery, slower one bowled short on middle, begging to be hit, White pulls it comfortably in the vacant gap behind square leg for four more

47.3

Anderson to White, FOUR, didn't get hold of it but there are plenty of spaces in the outfield, full toss on middle, pulled away in the direction of deep midwicket for a one bounce four, Anderson's figures have been scarred in a matter of a couple of overs

47.4

Anderson to White, OUT, But he contains the damage somewhat with a wicket! Not the best of deliveries, though, another full toss and White miscues the pull, the shot was on but it caught the top edge and Denly took a simple catch at extra cover

CL White c Denly b Anderson 35 (31m 23b 5x4 1x6) SR: 152.17

But enough harm had been inflicted by these two, 53 in just 27 balls to get the innings back on track after a slight wobble

47.5

Anderson to Hopes, no run, struck off the meat but straight to cover, Hopes won't be too happy

47.6

Anderson to Hopes, 1 run, full and wide, smacked wide of cover for a quick single

End of over 48 (10 runs) Australia 274/6 (RR: 5.70)
JR Hopes    27* (16b 5x4)      JM Anderson    10-0-55-4
B Lee    0* (0b)      TT Bresnan    8-0-52-0

The Powerplays are done...

48.1

Bresnan to Hopes, FOUR, ...but it makes no difference to Hopes, overpitched, he makes room and cracks that wide of a diving long-off for four more

48.2

Bresnan to Hopes, 1 run, slower one bowled short outside off, slapped to cover for a single

Lee to face

48.3

Bresnan to Lee, 1 leg bye, swinging in and strikes him on the pads, bowled full but would have missed leg, struck on the toe actually

48.4

Bresnan to Hopes, 1 run, OUT, run out, it's been Anderson's day in the field, in the blockhole, dug out towards long-on, they try to come back for the second but Anderson hurls in a strong throw, what's more it's accurate, knocking out the bails at the non-striker's end to find Lee short of his ground

B Lee run out 0 (3m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

48.5

Bresnan to Hopes, 1 run, pitched up outside off, drives it neat and clean down to long-off

Nathan Hauritz to face now

48.6

Bresnan to Hauritz, 1 run, yorker length on middle, pushed wide of the diving Bresnan towards long-on for a single to take the strike for the last over

End of over 49 (9 runs) Australia 283/7 (RR: 5.77)
NM Hauritz    1* (1b)      TT Bresnan    9-0-60-0
JR Hopes    34* (20b 6x4)      JM Anderson    10-0-55-4

Sidebottom to bowl the last over

49.1

Sidebottom to Hauritz, 1 bye, good delivery first up, leaving the right hander, trying to edge it past the keeper, misses, but they sneak in a bye

Hopes, the right man, is on strike

49.2

Sidebottom to Hopes, FOUR, and that's why, low full toss on leg stump, just chips it wide of deep midwicket, rolls over the ropes, just about

49.3

Sidebottom to Hopes, OUT, but he's gone this time! Had made too much room and Sidebottom threw in a low full toss outside off, Hopes had to reach for it and ended up chipping in straight to Strauss at extra cover

JR Hopes c Strauss b Sidebottom 38 (29m 22b 7x4 0x6) SR: 172.72

A significant contribution, though. 288 is already quite formidable

Siddle comes in

49.4

Sidebottom to Siddle, FOUR, enterprising stuff, it's Siddle who's pulled off the scoop and Sidebottom's ego is hurt, pitched up on middle, walks across and paddles it over short fine for four

49.5

Sidebottom to Siddle, 2 runs, slower one on middle, whipped away through square leg for a couple more, swift running, six to get to 300 now

49.6

Sidebottom to Siddle, 2 runs, pitched up on middle and leg, driven hard wide of deep midwicket for a couple

Australia have finished with a challenging 296. The platform was laid by that 163-run stand by Paine and Hussey, and though they lose three quick wickets, White and Hopes repaired the damage with a quickfire stand, cashing in on the restrictions in the Powerplay. 90 runs came off the last ten overs, and England will have to pull off something special to avert a 6-0 scoreline. Join us in just around 40 minutes for their chase.

End of over 50 (13 runs) Australia 296/8
PM Siddle    8* (3b 1x4)      RJ Sidebottom    9-0-65-1
NM Hauritz    1* (2b)      TT Bresnan    9-0-60-0
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