NatWest Series [Australia in England] - 7th ODI

England v Australia

England won by 4 wickets (with 60 balls remaining)

The players have made their way out. Anderson runs in to Watson.

10.10am Just five minutes away from the start now. I've just ordered some tea.

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.

10.05am Toss news. England win and opt to bowl, despite their poor chase in the previous game. Three changes for Australia, they're playing a full-strength team, indicating how desperately they want to seal a 7-0 win. Mitchell Johnson comes back, for Peter Siddle, Ben Hilfenhaus replaces Nathan Bracken and Michael Clarke returns in place of Callum Ferguson.

9.57am We continue our 50 Magic Moments series, today's special is Adam Gilchrist's famous walking off during the semi-final of the 2003 World Cup. Lovers of cricket books will enjoy this article on one of their great authors, Roland Mason.

9.53am Some team news trickling in. Paul Collingwood comes in, and so does Graham Onions, making his ODI debut on his home turf. Dimitri Mascarenhas and Ryan Sidebottom have been left out.

9.45am Flintoff may have gone freelance by not signing the ECB contract, but he's maintained that England will be foremost in his priorities as a cricketer. Check it out here. The domestic season in England is nearing its end, and Jeremy James has this piece on a cricketer who could stake his claim for the wicketkeeper's role in the England side. He's another import from South Africa, Craig Kieswetter. Also, don't forget Gideon Haigh's tribute to an Australian cricketing colossus, Warwick Armstrong.

9.35am local time Australia are on the verge of creating history, and England, of facing their worst limited-overs humiliation. We head to Durham for the final game of this really long tour, at a time when the euphoria of the Ashes win has almost completely dissipated. England have one final chance of ensuring they go in to the Champions Trophy with some element of encouragement. It's Sid Talya taking you through the commentary today. Still a short while to go for the toss, so here's Andrew McGlashan's preview to kill some time.

0.1

Anderson to Watson, no run, nice start, short of a good length just outside off and shapes away just a hint, Watson thinks of playing at it initially but withdraws his bat at the right time

0.2

Anderson to Watson, no run, fullish outside off, driving length, seams away, Watson lets it be

Two slips in place

0.3

Anderson to Watson, no run, fullish on the off stump, appears to hold its line, Watson gets forward and defends it with an open face to point

0.4

Anderson to Watson, OUT, gone! Beautifully bowled, short of a good length on the off and moves away off the pitch, Watson gets back to defend but the movement produces a thick edge that's snapped comfortably at first slip by Swann

SR Watson c Swann b Anderson 0 (4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Encouraging start in bright and sunny conditions for the home team. The spectators are still trickling in. Movement straightaway for Anderson, and it earns him a wicket

Ponting comes in

0.5

Anderson to Ponting, no run, shortish again on middle and squaring him up with movement away, defended awkwardly by Ponting back to the bowler

0.6

Anderson to Ponting, 1 run, the outside edge, short of a good length, seaming away, plays at it but the edge this time is thicker, rolls down to third man past gully for a single

End of over 1 (1 run) Australia 1/1 (RR: 1.00)
RT Ponting    1* (2b)      JM Anderson    1-0-1-1
TD Paine    0* (0b)     

Onions to bowl his first ball in ODIs

1.1

Onions to Ponting, no run, it comes in, shortish outside off, a hint of inward movement, Ponting lets it go

1.2

Onions to Ponting, no run, short and wide, he's playing away from his body there as he goes for the cut, chops it down to point

1.3

Onions to Ponting, no run, much fuller this time, comes back in from a good length outside off, Ponting shoulders arms

1.4

Onions to Ponting, no run, much fuller, trying to tempt him into playing the drive, some inswing, Ponting is restrained, lets it go

1.5

Onions to Ponting, 3 runs, runs this time, short of a good length outside off, punched through point and cover for three runs

The centurion in the previous game Tim Paine takes strike.

1.6

Onions to Paine, no run, Onions on target, full on the off stump, gets to the pitch and defends it rock solid towards extra cover

End of over 2 (3 runs) Australia 4/1 (RR: 2.00)
TD Paine    0* (1b)      G Onions    1-0-3-0
RT Ponting    4* (7b)      JM Anderson    1-0-1-1

2.1

Anderson to Ponting, no run, pitched up full on middle and gets that all -important movement just away from Ponting, the Australian captain, though, has it well covered, moving to the back foot and pushing it to extra cover

Dangerous late movement there

2.2

Anderson to Ponting, no run, full on the off, some movement again, pushed through to extra cover off the front foot

2.3

Anderson to Ponting, no run, back of a length, just outside off, left alone to the keeper, appeared to hold its line there

2.4

Anderson to Ponting, FOUR, overpitched and gets the treatment, width offered, Ponting leant forward and square-drove it through point for Australia's first four

2.5

Anderson to Ponting, FOUR, overcompensated there, full on the pads this time, bread and butter stuff for Ponting who flicks it well wide of a squarish fine leg for another four

2.6

Anderson to Ponting, no run, held back the length this time, pitched it short on middle, Ponting rocks back and defends it on the pitch

My tea has arrived, all milky and sugary

End of over 3 (8 runs) Australia 12/1 (RR: 4.00)
RT Ponting    12* (13b 2x4)      JM Anderson    2-0-9-1
TD Paine    0* (1b)      G Onions    1-0-3-0

3.1

Onions to Paine, no run, driving length outside off, moving away, Paine lets it through

3.2

Onions to Paine, FOUR, not this time, similar but much fuller, gets forward and just eases it through cover and point to get off the mark in style

Not a power-player Paine, doesn't have a great flourish either but he times it beautifully

3.3

Onions to Paine, 1 wide, short, too wide, restrains himself from playing the cut, wide given

3.3

Onions to Paine, no run, identical length but much closer to the off stump, left alone to the keeper

3.4

Onions to Paine, OUT, big wicket! Onions gets his maiden ODI wicket, followed up those two shortish deliveries with one bowled on a good length just marginally outside off, Paine prodded at it as it moved away from him, got a thick edge straight to Prior

TD Paine c †Prior b Onions 4 (5b 1x4 0x6) SR: 80.00

Australia in a bit of early trouble now. It's up to their two most experienced batsmen now to steer them through this. Clarke comes in.

Two slips prowling around

3.5

Onions to Clarke, no run, back of a length on middle, Clarke is nicely behind it and blocks it hard back to the bowler

3.6

Onions to Clarke, no run, full, just outside off, leans forward and pushes it straight to extra cover

Australia will have to be a little guarded now, for England are making good use of the early movement

End of over 4 (5 runs) Australia 17/2 (RR: 4.25)
MJ Clarke    0* (2b)      G Onions    2-0-8-1
RT Ponting    12* (13b 2x4)      JM Anderson    2-0-9-1

4.1

Anderson to Ponting, no run, trying to probe him outside off but it's a little too wide, Ponting has nothing to do with it

4.2

Anderson to Ponting, FOUR, full on the pads, doesn't learn from his mistake in the previous over, identical result, flicked away to the fine-leg boundary

4.3

Anderson to Ponting, no run, alters his line, rightly so, angling it in towards middle and off, fullish, defended to midwicket from the crease

4.4

Anderson to Ponting, no run, held back the length slightly, bowled at close to 88mph, moving in just a touch, Ponting watches it through to the keeper

4.5

Anderson to Ponting, no run, full on the off stump, driven straight to cover off the front foot

4.6

Anderson to Ponting, no run, appeal for lbw, not given, short of a good length outside off, darting back in and Ponting, trying to let it through, is rapped on the pads, would have gone over

End of over 5 (4 runs) Australia 21/2 (RR: 4.20)
RT Ponting    16* (19b 3x4)      JM Anderson    3-0-13-1
MJ Clarke    0* (2b)      G Onions    2-0-8-1

5.1

Onions to Clarke, no run, overpitched on the off stump, pushed straight to extra cover

5.2

Onions to Clarke, no run, lands on a good length on middle and off, offers the straight bat and pushes it back to the bowler

5.3

Onions to Clarke, no run, back of a length just outside off, shoots off the pitch and carries waist-high to the keeper

5.4

Onions to Clarke, no run, short of a good length just outside off, trying to ruffle him up a little at the start, moves away just at the right time as Clarke tries to defend off the back foot, is beaten

5.5

Onions to Clarke, no run, lands on a good length just outside off, gets a stride forward and defends it to extra cover

5.6

Onions to Clarke, no run, shortish on the off stump, punched straight to Collingwood at extra cover

End of over 6 (maiden) Australia 21/2 (RR: 3.50)
MJ Clarke    0* (8b)      G Onions    3-1-8-1
RT Ponting    16* (19b 3x4)      JM Anderson    3-0-13-1

6.1

Anderson to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting is saved by the inside edge, Anderson, bowling from slightly wide of the crease, angles it in towards middle, Ponting tries to drive that off the front foot past midwicket, gets a thin edge onto the pads and it rolls over behind square leg

6.2

Anderson to Clarke, no run, short and wide, there to cut but Clarke isn't interested, leaves it be

6.3

Anderson to Clarke, 2 runs, too straight this time, in the right zone for Clarke who flicks it elegantly through square leg for a couple of runs

6.4

Anderson to Clarke, no run, appeal for a catch, probing line just outside off and shoots away, Clarke gets forward to defend and his bat clips his pads while doing so, Anderson and Prior go up but Rauf, the umpire, has made the right call, no contact with the ball there

6.5

Anderson to Clarke, no run

6.6

Anderson to Clarke, no run, hurling it in just outside off, and getting it to move in, it's perilously close to the off stump as Clarke leaves it alone

End of over 7 (3 runs) Australia 24/2 (RR: 3.42)
MJ Clarke    2* (13b)      JM Anderson    4-0-16-1
RT Ponting    17* (20b 3x4)      G Onions    3-1-8-1

7.1

Onions to Ponting, no run, appeal for lbw, the movement is working well for England here, just outside off and nipping back in to strike him on the pads in line with middle but it would have gone over, probably a bit of inside edge there as well

7.2

Onions to Ponting, 1 run, full on middle, closes the face and pushes it wide of midwicket for a single

7.3

Onions to Clarke, no run, held back the length a little, comes back in just a hint, wide enough for Clarke to leave it be

7.4

Onions to Clarke, no run, banged it short, just outside off and Clarke fished for it, only for it to evade him and beat the outside edge

7.5

Onions to Clarke, 1 wide, bouncer on middle, called a wide, too high, but worth a shot once in a while to get the batsman worked up, Clarke, though, in this case, didn't have to do much to duck under it

7.5

Onions to Clarke, no run, good, testing length just outside off, gets outside the line of the off stump and defends it towards extra cover

7.6

Onions to Clarke, no run, short of a good length just outside off, shaping away from the right hander, Clarke lets it go

End of over 8 (2 runs) Australia 26/2 (RR: 3.25)
MJ Clarke    2* (17b)      G Onions    4-1-10-1
RT Ponting    18* (22b 3x4)      JM Anderson    4-0-16-1

8.1

Anderson to Ponting, FOUR, timed it really well, just marginally outside off, got forward and just opened the face to place it behind point to beat third man to the ropes

8.2

Anderson to Ponting, no run, back of a length outside off, darts back in to strike him high on the pads, dropped on the off side, Ponting called for a single but it wasn't available

8.3

Anderson to Ponting, no run, short of a length, leaving the right hander, Ponting doesn't bother playing at it

8.4

Anderson to Ponting, no run, fullish outside off and comes back in, Ponting goes for the drive but the swing beats him through the gate

8.5

Anderson to Ponting, no run, big appeal for a catch, angling in, lands just marginally outside off and comes in, Ponting lunges to defend, is beaten through the gate again, the ball clips the pads on the way to the keeper, hence the appeal

8.6

Anderson to Ponting, no run, pushed off the front foot towards extra cover

End of over 9 (4 runs) Australia 30/2 (RR: 3.33)
RT Ponting    22* (28b 4x4)      JM Anderson    5-0-20-1
MJ Clarke    2* (17b)      G Onions    4-1-10-1

9.1

Onions to Clarke, 1 run, targeting middle and off, moves away a hint, Clarke offers the straight bat but ends up getting a thick edge down to third man for a single

9.2

Onions to Ponting, 1 run, back of a length on middle, worked away down to fine leg for a single

9.3

Onions to Clarke, no run, slightly short on the off, gets well behind it and defends it to extra cover

9.4

Onions to Clarke, no run, bowled straight on middle, gets across and turns it down to midwicket

The crowd has built up nicely, is almost up to capacity now

9.5

Onions to Clarke, no run, short of a good length outside off, pushed off the back foot to extra cover

9.6

Onions to Clarke, no run, slower one there, bowled at 76mph, Clarke waited for it and dabbed it towards extra cover

England take the honours in the first Powerplay, a wicket-a-piece for their opening seamers

End of over 10 (2 runs) Australia 32/2 (RR: 3.20)
MJ Clarke    3* (22b)      G Onions    5-1-12-1
RT Ponting    23* (29b 4x4)      JM Anderson    5-0-20-1

The second Powerplay has been taken

10.1

Anderson to Ponting, no run, angling in towards middle and off, defends it watchfully into the off side

10.2

Anderson to Ponting, FOUR, short and wide, cut away behind point, Bresnan runs to his right from third man, dives but can't haul it back in

10.3

Anderson to Ponting, no run, full on the off stump, driven straight to midwicket

10.4

Anderson to Ponting, 1 run, short of a good length on the off, gets back, stands tall and punches it wide of mid-off for a single

10.5

Anderson to Clarke, no run, short again, pushes him back and Clarke offers the full face while playing it to mid-off

10.6

Anderson to Clarke, no run, similar length, dropped hard onto the ground in the off side towards cover

End of over 11 (5 runs) Australia 37/2 (RR: 3.36)
MJ Clarke    3* (24b)      JM Anderson    6-0-25-1
RT Ponting    28* (33b 5x4)      G Onions    5-1-12-1

Clarke has taken his time to settle in, 3 off 24 balls

11.1

Onions to Ponting, 1 run, short on middle, pulled away down to fine leg for a single, a nice roll of the wrists there

11.2

Onions to Clarke, 1 run, short of a good length on middle, moves back and turns it just wide of square leg for a single

11.3

Onions to Ponting, 1 wide, bouncer, wide, too high, well over the head

Just one slip in place now

11.3

Onions to Ponting, 1 run, fullish on middle, gets forward and works it down towards midwicket

11.4

Onions to Clarke, no run, targeting middle, held its line there, bowled on a good length, pushed towards mid-on

The slip moves a little wider

11.5

Onions to Clarke, 1 run, short on middle, whipped away down to fine leg for a single, Clarke gets a run

Here's Alan from China trying to play smart, give the way Clarke's playing: "Are you sure Clarke isn't English??"

11.6

Onions to Ponting, no run, fullish on the off, pushed off the front foot towards cover

End of over 12 (5 runs) Australia 42/2 (RR: 3.50)
RT Ponting    30* (36b 5x4)      G Onions    6-1-17-1
MJ Clarke    5* (27b)      JM Anderson    6-0-25-1

First bowling change, Bresnan to bowl. One slip in place

12.1

Bresnan to Clarke, 1 run, appeal for a run-out, shortish outside off, cut away behind point for a single, Ponting calls for the second but is sent back, strong throw from Denly at third man, Prior takes off the bails but Ponting is a foot in

12.2

Bresnan to Ponting, no run, pushed him back, bowling it a little short on the off, defended into the leg side

12.3

Bresnan to Ponting, no run, pitched up just on the off stump, defended forward, back to the bowler

12.4

Bresnan to Ponting, no run, change in line, full on middle and leg, driven straight to midwicket

12.5

Bresnan to Ponting, FOUR, Ponting cashes in on this overpitched delivery, full on middle from wide of the crease, he drives it hard and straight down the ground to beat mid-on and mid-off

12.6

Bresnan to Ponting, no run, stifled appeal for lbw, angling it in towards middle and leg, probably a bit of inward movement too, Ponting gets a huge stride forward while trying to defend it straight, is hit on the pads, perhaps a little high there, the stride saved him too

End of over 13 (5 runs) Australia 47/2 (RR: 3.61)
RT Ponting    34* (41b 6x4)      TT Bresnan    1-0-5-0
MJ Clarke    6* (28b)      G Onions    6-1-17-1

13.1

Onions to Clarke, no run, short of a length outside off, tries to jab it down towards point, gets an inside edge onto his pads

13.2

Onions to Clarke, no run, fullish on the off, pushed through to mid-off from the crease

13.3

Onions to Clarke, FOUR, aggression for Clarke, short outside off, gets back and cracks it hard through mid-off and extra cover for his first boundary, took a while to come

13.4

Onions to Clarke, no run, beaten! bowled from wide of the crease, angling in towards off and moves away, drives at it but is almost done in by the swing

13.5

Onions to Clarke, no run, short of a length on middle, pushed through to mid-on off the back foot

13.6

Onions to Clarke, 1 run, hurled it short outside off, pulled down to deep midwicket for a single

End of over 14 (5 runs) Australia 52/2 (RR: 3.71)
MJ Clarke    11* (34b 1x4)      G Onions    7-1-22-1
RT Ponting    34* (41b 6x4)      TT Bresnan    1-0-5-0

Gareth from Australia: "To be honest, i think Australia would have been better suited in getting flogged by South Africa or India in the lead up to the Champions Trophy. Beating the very mediocre English side is not the sort of preparation Australia needs to hit form again."

14.1

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, short of a length on middle, pushed down to mid-off

14.2

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, back of a length on the off, rocks back and drops it down back to the bowler

14.3

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, full on the off, driven through the line firmly to mid-off

14.4

Bresnan to Clarke, 1 run, short of a length on middle, gets back and turns it off his wrists into the deep for a single

14.5

Bresnan to Ponting, FOUR, angling it on the pads, shuffles just a hint and helps it on its way to the fine-leg boundary, appeared to come off the pads there but the umpire's given it as runs

14.6

Bresnan to Ponting, no run, overpitched outside off, driven hard but extra cover comes in way, Bopara diving to his left to save a few runs

Good recovery so far from this pair. Clarke has taken a while to get into his groove but Ponting's been fluent throughout. Seven fours in his 38

End of over 15 (5 runs) Australia 57/2 (RR: 3.80)
RT Ponting    38* (43b 7x4)      TT Bresnan    2-0-10-0
MJ Clarke    12* (38b 1x4)      G Onions    7-1-22-1

Collingwood into the attack now, five inside the circle

15.1

Collingwood to Clarke, no run, full on the off stump, leans forward and drives it down to mid-off

15.2

Collingwood to Clarke, no run, on middle and leg, pushed down to mid-on this time

15.3

Collingwood to Clarke, 1 run, held back the length slightly, opened the face and guided it past point down to third man for a single

15.4

Collingwood to Ponting, no run, bowled at 75mph on middle, gets forward and defends it to extra cover

15.5

Collingwood to Ponting, no run, short of a good length on the off, rocks back and knocks it down to the bowler

15.6

Collingwood to Ponting, no run, full on the off, gets to the pitch and pushes it down to cover, tidy over from the local boy

End of over 16 (1 run) Australia 58/2 (RR: 3.62)
RT Ponting    38* (46b 7x4)      PD Collingwood    1-0-1-0
MJ Clarke    13* (41b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    2-0-10-0

16.1

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, short and wide, cut hard into the ground and Collingwood's in the act again, diving to his right to save a couple of runs

16.2

Bresnan to Clarke, 1 wide, down the leg side, Clarke fails to make contact, Prior throws himself to his right and saves four byes, a wide given

16.2

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, bowled on a good length just outside off, defended hard down to extra cover

16.3

Bresnan to Clarke, 1 run, full on middle, clipped off his pads down to deep square leg for a single

16.4

Bresnan to Ponting, 1 run, fullish outside off, just pushed it gently wide of a diving Strauss at cover for a single

16.5

Bresnan to Clarke, 2 runs, appeal for run-out, pushed just to the left of Strauss at extra cover and Ponting scampers through for a quick single, direct hit at the striker's end but Ponting's well in, they get another run off the ricochet

16.6

Bresnan to Clarke, 1 run, guided down to third man for a single and it's time for drinks

End of over 17 (6 runs) Australia 64/2 (RR: 3.76)
MJ Clarke    17* (46b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    3-0-16-0
RT Ponting    39* (47b 7x4)      PD Collingwood    1-0-1-0

A couple of milestones reached in this match. Ricky Ponting has gone past Inzaman-ul-Haq to become the third-highest run-getter in ODIs. And Matt Prior's catch off Paine was his 50th in ODIs.

17.1

Collingwood to Clarke, no run, taps it down in front of point off the back foot

17.2

Collingwood to Clarke, no run, full outside off, moves away just a bit, drives hard at it, misses , Prior takes off the bails and appeals but the umpire doesn't refer it, he never left his crease

17.3

Collingwood to Clarke, 1 run, short outside off, eased off the back foot down to deep cover for a single

17.4

Collingwood to Ponting, 1 run, pushed away off the back foot down to Bopara at deep midwicket for a single

17.5

Collingwood to Clarke, no run, perhaps a hint of frustration there from Clarke, slower through the air this time, pitched up on middle, Clarke goes hard at it, trying to clear mid-on, mistimes it and it lands just short of the fielder

17.6

Collingwood to Clarke, no run, just a little wide of the off stump, opens the face and runs it down to point

Stuart: "Is Pup Clarke actually dead? What on earth is he doing pootling along at a strike rate of 30. Get some runs on the board or get off the pitch! "

End of over 18 (2 runs) Australia 66/2 (RR: 3.66)
MJ Clarke    18* (51b 1x4)      PD Collingwood    2-0-3-0
RT Ponting    40* (48b 7x4)      TT Bresnan    3-0-16-0

18.1

Bresnan to Ponting, 1 run, short outside off, run down to third man for a single to bring up the 50-stand

It's taken some time, but the conditions are testing and Australia had lost two early wickets. Ponting's handled the bowling superbly while his deputy has struggled, but hung on

18.2

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, pushed off the back foot down to mid-on

18.3

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, lands on a good length on the off, defended with a bit of a reach into the off side

18.4

Bresnan to Clarke, 1 run, shortish outside off, cut down to third man for a single

18.5

Bresnan to Ponting, no run, tries to jab it down to third man but it's too close to cut, gets an inside edge onto his pads

18.6

Bresnan to Ponting, no run, much fuller, bowled on a driving length on the off, Ponting gets well forward and defends it back to the bowler

End of over 19 (2 runs) Australia 68/2 (RR: 3.57)
RT Ponting    41* (51b 7x4)      TT Bresnan    4-0-18-0
MJ Clarke    19* (54b 1x4)      PD Collingwood    2-0-3-0

19.1

Collingwood to Clarke, 1 run, good running, slightly short outside off, just dropped his hands on that one, playing it in front of point to squeeze a quick single

19.2

Collingwood to Ponting, no run, straight on middle, gets on the back foot and turns it towards midwicket

19.3

Collingwood to Ponting, 2 runs, safe shot, full on middle, not quite to the pitch is Ponting, tries to clear mid-on, does so but doesn't time it well enough, just a couple

19.4

Collingwood to Ponting, 1 run, swivels and pulls it down to fine leg for a single this time

19.5

Collingwood to Clarke, no run, angling it in on middle and off, pushed hard but straight back to the bowler who fields well on his follow-through

19.6

Collingwood to Clarke, 1 run, too straight, worked away down to deep square leg for a single

End of over 20 (5 runs) Australia 73/2 (RR: 3.65)
MJ Clarke    21* (57b 1x4)      PD Collingwood    3-0-8-0
RT Ponting    44* (54b 7x4)      TT Bresnan    4-0-18-0

20.1

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, hitting the pitch hard there, bowling from wide of the crease, defended in front of the bowler

20.2

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, pushed to mid-off, calls for a single but then sends back Ponting, he slides his back into the crease just in time as Swann scores a direct hit

Asad from Sweden: "Stuart cricket is the game of patience... the ones with the greatest strike rates r not the best ones.... be patient .... see what they il do later on"

20.3

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, shortish on middle, clipped down to midwicket, no single available again

20.4

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, a touch fuller, lands on a good length, cracked straight to point, the frustration builds

20.5

Bresnan to Clarke, 1 run, they gift a run there, slower one bowled at 75 mph, pushed wide of midwicket, Anderson fumbles while getting to it and deflects it past mid-on to concede a single to Clarke

20.6

Bresnan to Ponting, 1 run, on leg stump, glanced down to fine leg for one more

End of over 21 (2 runs) Australia 75/2 (RR: 3.57)
RT Ponting    45* (55b 7x4)      TT Bresnan    5-0-20-0
MJ Clarke    22* (62b 1x4)      PD Collingwood    3-0-8-0

21.1

Collingwood to Ponting, 1 run, fullish on middle, uses his wrists to flick it to deep square leg for a single

21.2

Collingwood to Clarke, FOUR, goes over the top, meaty delivery outside off, full and wide, lofts it nice and clean over mid-off for a one bounce four, that'll ease the pressure a little

21.3

Collingwood to Clarke, 1 run, gets off strike by punching that wide of extra cover for a single

21.4

Collingwood to Ponting, FOUR, Ponting reaches his 68th ODI half-century by pulling a short one over square leg, bisected the gap between deep midwicket and deep square leg there, has led an excellent revival after those two early jolts

21.5

Collingwood to Ponting, 1 run, pushed through the line to long-on for a single

21.6

Collingwood to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke does the same but off the back foot, this stand is now worth 70

End of over 22 (12 runs) Australia 87/2 (RR: 3.95)
MJ Clarke    28* (65b 2x4)      PD Collingwood    4-0-20-0
RT Ponting    51* (58b 8x4)      TT Bresnan    5-0-20-0

22.1

Bresnan to Clarke, 2 runs, two more, runs coming much more easily now, punched off the back foot in that big gap between deep extra cover and long-off

22.2

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, short of a good length on the off, dropped down towards cover

22.3

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, angling it in towards middle and off, flicked down to midwicket

22.4

Bresnan to Clarke, 2 runs, Clarke goes after it, gave the charge to Bresnan who bowled it short, adjusted well to pull it in front of square for a couple

22.5

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, slower one on the off stump, the offcutter, defended into the leg side

22.6

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, slower one again, Clarke, trying to be attacking, made room and tried to cart that over the covers, missed, and the ball just about managed to evade the off stump

End of over 23 (4 runs) Australia 91/2 (RR: 3.95)
MJ Clarke    32* (71b 2x4)      TT Bresnan    6-0-24-0
RT Ponting    51* (58b 8x4)      PD Collingwood    4-0-20-0

Bryce: "It might be a coincidence but it seems animals have a thing against collingwood this weekend, 1st the aussie rules thumping by the cats, we hope that the other one also suffers the same fate at the hands of a pup..."

23.1

Collingwood to Ponting, no run, slower one bowled short on leg stump, the offcutter, trying to work it into the leg side, is struck high on the pads

23.2

Collingwood to Ponting, 1 run, short, bowled at 62 mph, pulled down to fine leg for a single

23.3

Collingwood to Clarke, 1 run, pitched up on the off stump, eased down to long-on

23.4

Collingwood to Ponting, no run, gets a stride forward and defends it cautiously towards extra cover

23.5

Collingwood to Ponting, 1 run, offcutter again, turned down towards deep midwicket for just one, thinks of a second but Anderson prevents it

23.6

Collingwood to Clarke, 2 runs, full, comes down the track and drives it inside out wide of extra cover for a couple of runs, they're stepping it up

End of over 24 (5 runs) Australia 96/2 (RR: 4.00)
MJ Clarke    35* (73b 2x4)      PD Collingwood    5-0-25-0
RT Ponting    53* (62b 8x4)      TT Bresnan    6-0-24-0

An Englishman has this, Ian: "Who told Clarke to up his SR? I liked it better when he was languishing around the 30 mark."

Spin being introduced now, Swann into the attack

24.1

Swann to Ponting, no run, turns in from outside off, chops it down to extra cover

24.2

Swann to Ponting, no run, threw it up outside off, reaches forward to defend, is struck high on the pads

24.3

Swann to Ponting, no run, flighted, defended in front of extra cover

24.4

Swann to Ponting, no run, almost dragged it on there, tried to open the face to run it past point but it turned in to take the inside edge

24.5

Swann to Ponting, OUT, the bowling change works! Tossed it up outside off, landed full, Ponting went for it, looking to drive it hard past extra cover, it turned in sharply, the bat turned in his hand and he ended up scooping an easy catch to Collingwood at midwicket

RT Ponting c Collingwood b Swann 53 (67b 8x4 0x6) SR: 79.10

A timely wicket for England, who have struck just when these two were picking up the scoring. Michael Hussey, fresh from a good innings at Trent Bridge, comes in

24.6

Swann to Hussey, no run, round the wicket, hurling it on the off stump, guided down to short third

End of over 25 (wicket maiden) Australia 96/3 (RR: 3.84)
MEK Hussey    0* (1b)      GP Swann    1-1-0-1
MJ Clarke    35* (73b 2x4)      PD Collingwood    5-0-25-0

25.1

Collingwood to Clarke, 1 run, short of a length on the off, whipped through midwicket into the deep for a single

A slip in place

25.2

Collingwood to Hussey, 2 runs, round the wicket to the left-hander, bowls it short outside off, pulled away wide of deep midwicket for a couple to get off the mark

25.3

Collingwood to Hussey, no run, held its line this time, bowled at 63.7 mph, outside off, left alone

25.4

Collingwood to Hussey, no run, the offcutter this time, gets back and pushes it down to mid-on

25.5

Collingwood to Hussey, 2 runs, full and wide, square-drove it uppishly wide of a diving point into the deep for a couple, brings up the Australian 100

25.6

Collingwood to Hussey, FOUR, poor delivery, Hussey's taken no time to get things going here, banged in short outside off, pulled away hard and handsome through midwicket for a boundary

End of over 26 (9 runs) Australia 105/3 (RR: 4.03)
MEK Hussey    8* (6b 1x4)      PD Collingwood    6-0-34-0
MJ Clarke    36* (74b 2x4)      GP Swann    1-1-0-1

26.1

Swann to Clarke, no run, stifled appeal for lbw, flat, spins in from outside off, Clarke is struck on the pads while defending forward but outside the line of the off stump

26.2

Swann to Clarke, no run, quicker through the air, pushed back to the bowler

26.3

Swann to Clarke, no run, slightly short, defended off the back foot towards cover

26.4

Swann to Clarke, 1 run, tossed up on middle and off, swept down to long leg for a single

A slip for Hussey

26.5

Swann to Hussey, 1 run, short of a length outside off, punched down wide of long-off for a single

26.6

Swann to Clarke, no run, bowled full on the off stump, comes down the track and drives it back to the bowler

End of over 27 (2 runs) Australia 107/3 (RR: 3.96)
MJ Clarke    37* (79b 2x4)      GP Swann    2-1-2-1
MEK Hussey    9* (7b 1x4)      PD Collingwood    6-0-34-0

27.1

Collingwood to Hussey, no run, short of a length on middle, rocks back and drops it down into the off side

27.2

Collingwood to Hussey, no run, punched off the back foot down towards mid-off

27.3

Collingwood to Hussey, 1 run, taps it off the back foot just wide of extra cover to sneak in a single

27.4

Collingwood to Clarke, 1 run, slower one bowled full on middle, driven through to deep midwicket for a single

27.5

Collingwood to Hussey, 1 run, shortish outside off, chops it down wide of point for a single

27.6

Collingwood to Clarke, OUT, run-out, turned down towards short fine and calls for the single, excellent throw down to the non-striker's end as Collingwood takes down the bails to find Clarke inches short of his ground, Morgan was the fielder there

MJ Clarke run out 38 (81b 2x4 0x6) SR: 46.91

England have struck back with the wickets of two set batsman in fairly quick succession. Australia are left to rebuild again, with the bulk of the responsibility now on Hussey.

End of over 28 (3 runs) Australia 110/4 (RR: 3.92)
     PD Collingwood    7-0-37-0
MEK Hussey    11* (11b 1x4)      GP Swann    2-1-2-1

Cameron White to face

28.1

Swann to White, 1 run, tossed up on the off stump, defended wide of extra cover to get off the mark

28.2

Swann to Hussey, no run, appeal for lbw, straight on middle, held its line, Hussy got forward to defend, was perilously close to the pads as he did so, hard to say, probably made contact with both at the same time

28.3

Swann to Hussey, no run, close shout for lbw, this one looked out, much fuller and angling in towards middle and leg, struck on the pads before the bat, huge appeal but Rauf turned it down, Hussey fortunate there

28.4

Swann to Hussey, 1 run, worked away into the leg side for a single

28.5

Swann to White, OUT, the spin does the trick again, short outside off and turned in sharply, too close to cut for White who was looking to tap it down behind point, got an inside edge onto the stumps, five down now

CL White b Swann 1 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

White had played a crucial role along with Hopes at Trent Bridge to take his team to a big score. In comes Hopes now

A silly point in place now

28.6

Swann to Hopes, no run, turning in from outside off, pushed straight to the close-in fielder off the back foot

End of over 29 (2 runs) Australia 112/5 (RR: 3.86)
JR Hopes    0* (1b)      GP Swann    3-1-4-2
MEK Hussey    12* (14b 1x4)      PD Collingwood    7-0-37-0

Onions comes back

29.1

Onions to Hussey, 1 run, short of a length , cut down towards deep cover for a single

29.2

Onions to Hopes, no run, short of a good length on the off, defended off the back foot onto the pitch

29.3

Onions to Hopes, no run, beaten! Short of a good length just outside off and seamed away, Hopes pushed at if off the back foot, ended up playing inside the line, and it just escaped the outside edge

29.4

Onions to Hopes, no run, beaten again, similar delivery, he tried to play at it this time, looking to run it down to third man, was playing from the crease

29.5

Onions to Hopes, no run, lands on a good length on the off, driven straight to mid-off

29.6

Onions to Hopes, no run, backs away from a pull there, bowled short outside off, thought of dealing with it but rightly left it be

End of over 30 (1 run) Australia 113/5 (RR: 3.76)
JR Hopes    0* (6b)      G Onions    8-1-23-1
MEK Hussey    13* (15b 1x4)      GP Swann    3-1-4-2

30.1

Swann to Hussey, 1 run, threw it up on leg stump, closed the face to play it wide of midwicket for a single

30.2

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

30.3

Swann to Hussey, 1 run, threw it up on the off, just taps it between point and cover for a quick single

30.4

Swann to Hopes, no run, left it alone there, spun in quite a bit but enough from outside off

30.5

Swann to Hopes, no run, flighted outside off, driven with a reach straight to extra cover

30.6

Swann to Hopes, no run, tossed up outside off, goes for the sweep down to square leg but misses

End of over 31 (3 runs) Australia 116/5 (RR: 3.74)
JR Hopes    1* (10b)      GP Swann    4-1-7-2
MEK Hussey    15* (17b 1x4)      G Onions    8-1-23-1

31.1

Onions to Hussey, FOUR, erring in length there, short, enough time for Hussey to rock back and pull it hard through square leg for a boundary, eases the pressure somewhat

31.2

Onions to Hussey, no run, pitched up outside off, driven down towards mid-off

31.3

Onions to Hussey, no run, slightly short outside off, knocks it down towards midwicket off the back foot

31.4

Onions to Hussey, no run, short of a good length on middle, turns the face and defends it to midwicket

31.5

Onions to Hussey, 1 run, slower one bowled on a good length on leg stump, worked away wide of midwicket this time for a single

31.6

Onions to Hopes, no run, driven firmly but straight to mid-on, bowled full on middle and Hopes played it confidently

End of over 32 (5 runs) Australia 121/5 (RR: 3.78)
JR Hopes    1* (11b)      G Onions    9-1-28-1
MEK Hussey    20* (22b 2x4)      GP Swann    4-1-7-2

32.1

Swann to Hussey, no run, bowled full on leg stump, pushed gently into the leg side

32.2

Swann to Hussey, 1 run, misfield by Owais Shah allows them a single, tossed up, driven down to mid-off where Shah overruns the ball

32.3

Swann to Hopes, 1 run, threw it up outside off, drilled down towards long-on where Shah fields to a sarcastic cheer from this crowd

32.4

Swann to Hussey, no run, bowed flat, and much quicker through the air, in the blockhole on middle, dug out in the off side

32.5

Swann to Hussey, no run, full on the off, defended down towards extra cover

32.6

Swann to Hussey, 1 run, gets on the back foot and bunts it down to deep extra cover for a single

Excellent figures from Swann, delivered almost immediately with that wicket of Ponting

End of over 33 (3 runs) Australia 124/5 (RR: 3.75)
MEK Hussey    22* (27b 2x4)      GP Swann    5-1-10-2
JR Hopes    2* (12b)      G Onions    9-1-28-1

Bopara into the attack now

33.1

Bopara to Hussey, 1 run, short of a length on leg stump, turned down to fine leg for a single

33.2

Bopara to Hopes, FOUR, poor ball, short and wide, a gift for Hopes who cuts it off the front foot hard wide of point for a boundary

33.3

Bopara to Hopes, no run, short of a good length on middle, defended off the back foot towards mid-on

33.4

Bopara to Hopes, no run, absolutely smashed that but straight to Strauss at extra cover, was full and wide and he'll be disappointed for missing out

33.5

Bopara to Hopes, no run, went for the drive again but missed, well collected by Prior

33.6

Bopara to Hopes, 2 runs, another misfield by Shah, full and wide, went for the drive, got a thick outside edge towards third man where Shah fumbled to allow them to come back for the second

A testing phase, this, for Australia. With five down, they have little ammunition to go hard at the death in this innings. Hussey and Hopes will have to preserve their wickets for another 8-9 overs.

End of over 34 (7 runs) Australia 131/5 (RR: 3.85)
JR Hopes    8* (17b 1x4)      RS Bopara    1-0-7-0
MEK Hussey    23* (28b 2x4)      GP Swann    5-1-10-2

The ball's being changed now, and Swann will take it.

34.1

Swann to Hussey, no run, short of a length outside off, tried to force it through the covers but mistimed it to point

Mid-off and mid-on have been brought up

34.2

Swann to Hussey, no run, tossed up on the off, defended watchfully down to extra cover

34.3

Swann to Hussey, no run, full down the leg side, clipped down to short fine where Strauss fumbles but they're unable to take the single

34.4

Swann to Hussey, 1 run, short on leg stump, worked away wide of midwicket for a single

34.5

Swann to Hopes, 2 runs, reaches forward and turns the face to nudge it down wide of long leg for a couple of runs

34.6

Swann to Hopes, no run, appeal for stumping, tossed up outside off, goes for a booming drive, it turns it to beat him through the gate, Prior takes off the bails, his foot never moved, needless appeal there

End of over 35 (3 runs) Australia 134/5 (RR: 3.82)
JR Hopes    10* (19b 1x4)      GP Swann    6-1-13-2
MEK Hussey    24* (32b 2x4)      RS Bopara    1-0-7-0

Owais Shah gets a chance to turn his arm over

35.1

Shah to Hussey, 2 runs, full on middle, pushed down wide of Onions at long-on, enough time to come back for the second

35.2

Shah to Hussey, no run, short of a length on middle and off, pushed back to the bowler

35.3

Shah to Hussey, no run, tossed it up outside off, cracked straight to extra cover

35.4

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

35.5

Shah to Hopes, 1 run, full toss on the off stump, cracked down to long-on

35.6

Shah to Hussey, no run, quicker through the air, pushed wide of the bowler, extra cover runs in to field and prevent the single

End of over 36 (4 runs) Australia 138/5 (RR: 3.83)
MEK Hussey    27* (37b 2x4)      OA Shah    1-0-4-0
JR Hopes    11* (20b 1x4)      GP Swann    6-1-13-2

Alan: "australia has 9 of it's best 11 on the field: swap ferguson for clarke, but the jury is still out on hilfenhaus vs bracken . . . a year ago i would have said bracken, but very glad to see hilfy getting a chance today"

36.1

Swann to Hopes, no run, tossed it up outside off, defended with a reach to extra cover

36.2

Swann to Hopes, no run, quicker one on middle, gets back and turns it down to midwicket

36.3

Swann to Hopes, OUT, a strange dismissal that, spun in from middle and kept really low, Hopes had shuffled quite a bit and tried to get his bat down, ended up getting the leading edge as he played too early and Swann just had to take a couple of steps to his right to complete a simple catch, almost crashed into mid-on there but he had called for it

JR Hopes c & b Swann 11 (23b 1x4 0x6) SR: 47.82

Three wickets for Swann, all important ones. Ponting, White and Hopes in fairly quick time. Johnson comes in

36.4

Swann to Johnson, no run, short of a good length on the off, gets forward and guides it down to point

36.5

Swann to Johnson, 3 runs, nicely timed, full on middle and leg, drove it stylishly through the line wide of a diving mid-on, Bresnan gives chase and just manages it drag it back in, three runs

36.6

Swann to Hussey, no run, bowled flat on leg stump, defended with bat close to pads towards cover

End of over 37 (3 runs) Australia 141/6 (RR: 3.81)
MEK Hussey    27* (38b 2x4)      GP Swann    7-1-16-3
MG Johnson    3* (2b)      OA Shah    1-0-4-0

Brian: "Alan, why would you swap Fergo for Clarke? Having the highest SR does not necessarily reflect on your performance or skills. And that is why ODI's is all about patience - you can't hit out like its 20/20 cricket. "

37.1

Shah to Johnson, 1 run, full and wide, drove it wide of long-off for a single

37.2

Shah to Hussey, 1 run, flighted on the off stump, crunched down to long-off

37.3

Shah to Johnson, no run, short on middle and leg, turned wide of midwicket, calls and then sends Hussey back

37.4

Shah to Johnson, no run, pushed back to the bowler

37.5

Shah to Johnson, no run, spinning away from a good length outside off, left alone to the keeper

37.6

Shah to Johnson, no run, full on the off, defended straight to extra cover

End of over 38 (2 runs) Australia 143/6 (RR: 3.76)
MG Johnson    4* (7b)      OA Shah    2-0-6-0
MEK Hussey    28* (39b 2x4)      GP Swann    7-1-16-3

38.1

Swann to Hussey, no run, appeal for stumping, turned away from middle, Hussey tried to work it square but the spin beat the outside edge, Prior took off the bails but Hussey's foot never left the crease

38.2

Swann to Hussey, no run, short of a length outside off, chopped down towards point

38.3

Swann to Hussey, no run, full on leg stump, tries to turn it square, is struck on the pads but it landed just outside leg

38.4

Swann to Hussey, 1 run, cut off the back foot wide of point for a single

38.5

Swann to Johnson, no run, angling it in towards middle, defended with a lunge to extra cover

38.6

Swann to Johnson, 1 run, turned off the back foot behind square, Swann continues to impress

End of over 39 (2 runs) Australia 145/6 (RR: 3.71)
MG Johnson    5* (9b)      GP Swann    8-1-18-3
MEK Hussey    29* (43b 2x4)      OA Shah    2-0-6-0

Dan: "I disagree that Australia is playing its best team. Watson and Paine shouldn't be opening. Phil Hughes should be and Paine will do til Haddin's return. Watson should take Hope's position down the order and David Hussy should be playing instead of Mike Hussey. As for Clarke he was going along too lowly for sure"

39.1

Shah to Johnson, no run, pushed to extra cover

39.2

Shah to Johnson, no run, played back to the bowler

39.3

Shah to Johnson, no run, on a good length outside off, gets to the pitch and defends it to extra cover

39.4

Shah to Johnson, 1 run, gets across and drives it down the ground to long-on

39.5

Shah to Hussey, 3 runs, delicately done, tossed up, converts it into a full toss by leaning forward, reverse-paddles it down wide of short third for three runs

39.6

Shah to Johnson, no run, short outside off, cut away hard but straight to point

End of over 40 (4 runs) Australia 149/6 (RR: 3.72)
MG Johnson    6* (14b)      OA Shah    3-0-10-0
MEK Hussey    32* (44b 2x4)      GP Swann    8-1-18-3

40.1

Swann to Hussey, 5 runs, threw it up on middle, gets it wide of midwicket for a quick single, a throw at the striker's end hits Hussey's bat as he tries to make it in and deflects to the long-off boundary, important runs

40.2

Swann to Johnson, no run

40.3

Swann to Johnson, FOUR, Johnson goes after it, bowled full outside off, Johnson took it on the half-volley and smacked it over mid-on for a boundary

40.4

Swann to Johnson, OUT, he's gone now, slightly flat outside off, Johnson tried to work it into the leg side but was into the shot a little too early, the ball stopped on him a bit and turned away to catch the leading edge, Anderson at extra cover didn't have to move much

MG Johnson c Anderson b Swann 10 (17b 1x4 0x6) SR: 58.82

Four now for Swann, Lee joins Hussey with almost ten overs to go

Silly point in place

40.5

Swann to Lee, no run, quicker delivery, turns in to rap Lee on the pads but he's outside the line

40.6

Swann to Lee, OUT, Swann gets a five-for! Tossed up outside off, Lee bends forward to defend but is bowled through the gate as it turns in

B Lee b Swann 0 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

The last six wickets have fallen for 62, with Swann taking five of them. The pitch is turning and is also aiding movement, but Australia don't appear to have enough at this stage. Big cheers for Swann as he runs back to the boundary

End of over 41 (9 runs) Australia 158/8 (RR: 3.85)
     GP Swann    9-1-27-5
MEK Hussey    37* (45b 2x4)      OA Shah    3-0-10-0

41.1

Shah to Hussey, 1 run, full toss on the off stump, driven down to long-off

Hauritz to face

41.2

Shah to Hauritz, 1 run, short on the off stump, punched down to long-on to get off the mark

41.3

Shah to Hussey, 1 run, threw up on middle, worked away wide of long-on for a single

41.4

Shah to Hauritz, no run, short of a length outside off, holds its line, left alone to the keeper

41.5

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

41.6

Shah to Hussey, no run, short and wide, cut down hard but straight to point

End of over 42 (4 runs) Australia 162/8 (RR: 3.85)
MEK Hussey    39* (48b 2x4)      OA Shah    4-0-14-0
NM Hauritz    2* (3b)      GP Swann    9-1-27-5

Alex: "Great, now we're down to 9... 10 jack. And to think this is our strongest side. "

42.1

Swann to Hauritz, no run, tossed up outside off, defended down towards extra cover

42.2

Swann to Hauritz, no run, dropped off the front foot back to the bowler

Swann bowling his last over now

42.3

Swann to Hauritz, no run, pushed of the front foot straight to midwicket

42.4

Swann to Hauritz, 1 run, worked away through square leg for a single

42.5

Swann to Hussey, no run, tossed up outside off, leans forward and knocks it down towards short third

42.6

Swann to Hussey, no run, shot off the pitch, Hussey stood tall and dropped it down to point

Swann ends an excellent and a potentially match-winning spell

End of over 43 (1 run) Australia 163/8 (RR: 3.79)
MEK Hussey    39* (50b 2x4)      GP Swann    10-1-28-5
NM Hauritz    3* (7b)      OA Shah    4-0-14-0

43.1

Shah to Hauritz, OUT, hits it straight back to the bowler, tossed up on middle and just chips it back to Shah who accepts it gleefully

NM Hauritz c & b Shah 3 (8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 37.50

Australia have collapsed here, and are in danger of getting bowled out even before the batting powerplay's taken. All up to Hussey now, but Hilfy has to bat out the next ball

Alex again: "I agree with Dan, this is not their best team, but I disagree with Dan about the makeup of that team. I think Watson should be forgotten about at Test and ODI level...its only a matter of time before he breaks down again. I don't think Siddle is a better ODI bowler than Bracken either.

On another note, I still don't understand how England have persisted with Bopara and Shah for this long...both of them are horrifically out of form."

43.2

Shah to Hilfenhaus, no run, flat on the off stump, defended from the crease to silly point

43.3

Shah to Hilfenhaus, no run, tossed up on the off, defended to silly point again

43.4

Shah to Hilfenhaus, no run, guided down to point off the front foot

43.5

Shah to Hilfenhaus, no run, pushed off the back foot to extra cover

43.6

Shah to Hilfenhaus, no run, turns the face and defends it to midwicket

End of over 44 (wicket maiden) Australia 163/9 (RR: 3.70)
BW Hilfenhaus    0* (5b)      OA Shah    5-1-14-1
MEK Hussey    39* (50b 2x4)      GP Swann    10-1-28-5

Predictably, Australia have taken the batting Powerplay. Anderson into the attack

44.1

Anderson to Hussey, 1 leg bye, straying on leg stump, misses out on a chance to clip it down towards fine leg, misses and is hit on the pads, they squeeze a leg bye

44.2

Anderson to Hilfenhaus, no run, lands on a good length on the off, defended straight to extra cover, he just needs to hang on here

44.3

Anderson to Hilfenhaus, no run, targeting middle and off, bowled at 88mph, defended back to the bowler

44.4

Anderson to Hilfenhaus, 1 run, opens the face to steer it down to third man and hand Hussey the strike

44.5

Anderson to Hussey, FOUR, full on leg stump, in the slot for Hussey who flicks it through square leg for a boundary

44.6

Anderson to Hussey, SIX, poor length from Anderson, doling out freebies on leg stump, Hussey picks this up beautifully, clearing the deep square-leg boundary by a mile

End of over 45 (12 runs) Australia 175/9 (RR: 3.88)
MEK Hussey    49* (53b 3x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    7-0-36-1
BW Hilfenhaus    1* (8b)      OA Shah    5-1-14-1

Here's a tidbit. Swann's five-for is only the sixth time an England spinner has taken five wickets in an innings.

Bresnan into the attack

45.1

Bresnan to Hilfenhaus, no run, defended off the back foot into the off side

45.2

Bresnan to Hilfenhaus, no run, fullish on the off, pushed back to the bowler

45.3

Bresnan to Hilfenhaus, no run

Hussey on 49 now, a slightly miscount there

45.4

Bresnan to Hilfenhaus, 1 run, bowled on a length outside off, dragged down to mid-on for a single

45.5

Bresnan to Hussey, OUT, Australia have been bowled out, Hussey's gone for 49. Pitched up outside off, drove it straight into the palms of Denly at mid-off

MEK Hussey c Denly b Bresnan 49 (54b 3x4 1x6) SR: 90.74

England have an excellent opportunity to avert a 7-0 embarrassment. They raised their game this morning, taking full advantage of the favourable conditions on offer, to skittle out Australia for 176. Swann was the star, taking a rare five-for an England spinner and only three Australian batsmen offered any kind of resistance. The last eight wickets were lost for 80, an unwanted blip for the visitors ahead of an important ODI tournament. Join us in some time to see what England make of this.

Daniel Jewesbury: "Australians chewing their fingernails and agonising over who their better players are. It only takes one mediocre performance for them to start wailing and gnashing their teeth. Losing hurts them." We'll see if that happens, interesting note to end the first innings on.

Series Results
England v Australia at Chester-le-Street - Sep 20, 2009
England won by 4 wickets (with 60 balls remaining)
England v Australia at Nottingham - Sep 17, 2009
Australia won by 111 runs
England v Australia at Nottingham - Sep 15, 2009
Australia won by 4 wickets (with 10 balls remaining)
England v Australia at Lord's - Sep 12, 2009
Australia won by 7 wickets (with 38 balls remaining)
England v Australia at Southampton - Sep 9, 2009
Australia won by 6 wickets (with 9 balls remaining)
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Sep 20, 2009

Australia celebrate with the NatWest Series Trophy, England v Australia, 7th ODI, Chester-le-Street, September 20, 2009

Australia celebrate with the NatWest Series Trophy

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Sep 20, 2009

Owais Shah is caught behind as England wobble, England v Australia, 7th ODI, Chester-le-Street, September 20, 2009

Owais Shah is caught behind as England wobble

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