Australia tour of England and Scotland, 1st T20I: England v Australia at Manchester, Aug 30, 2009
30 August 2009 (20-over match)

Anderson to open

Here come the players, running out past some flares under steely-grey skies and McCartney's Live and Let Die.

Meanwhile, over in Amstelveen, Afghanistan - the mighty, great Afghanistan - have rolled Netherlands for 188. Come on the 'ghans. Talking of such things, it won't have escaped your attention that the World Cricket League Division Six is underway. We're covering it comprehensively, so keep your eyes peeled. When the rain stops, that is.

2.10pm Play's due to get underway at 2.30pm. We've a few things to tidy up before the cricket swamps us like quicksand, so get yourselves sorted and join us shortly. But wait - here's Andrew McGlashan, aka Gnasher, for a quick update. "The ground is now covered in smoke," he tuts, scarcely able to conceal his flagrant disgust, "because of a flare being let off on the boundary." Traditionalist, is McGlashan. "Ah, we have people parachuting into the ground." It's the transport of choice for Twenty20, the parachute.

Toss news! Collingwood Tosses. Clarke says tails. It's a head. Ergo, England win and Collingwood wants a bowl. "Looks a good deck," he says, but is hopeful of some early wickets. Clarke has a win-win record in captaining Twenty20s. Captained two, won two.

Bright and dry up in Manchester, so there goes my hopeless prediction in yesterday's preview. Then again, this is Manchester. Forecasts up here are as useful as a chocolate fire guard.

1.55pm A very good afternoon to you all. Will Luke here, primed like a rusty but reliable grenade to guide you through the madness of these Twenty20s. With immediacy, here's the confirmed England team. And Australia's, too.

England Joe Denly, Ravi Bopara, Jonathan Trott, Matt Prior (wk), Paul Collingwood (capt), Owais Shah, Luke Wright, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, Ryan Sidebottom, James Anderson

Australia Shane Watson, David Warner, Michael Clarke (capt), Cameron White, David Hussey, Adam Voges, Tim Paine (wk), Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, Nathan Haurtiz, Dirk Nannes


Anderson to Watson, no run, beats him with a beauty - wide of the crease and it holds its line on Watson's poke, bouncing too


Anderson to Watson, 1 run, punched to point and Australia are off the mark

Here's little Dave Warner on strike


Anderson to Warner, 2 runs, Dave's off the mark with a nudge for two to leg

There are not enough Daves playing international cricket


Anderson to Warner, no run, wide of the off stump this time and Dave leaves it alone


Anderson to Warner, 1 wide, a bouncer down the leg side and harshly wided by the umpire. Well, I suppose that's fair game in Twenty20s. Bowlers have it tough


Anderson to Warner, 1 run, on the off stump, Warner drops it out to cover for a hasty single


Anderson to Watson, 1 run, outside off and another easyish single to cover. England on their heels here...

End of over 1 (6 runs) Australia 6/0 (RR: 6.00)

    • SR Watson 2 (3b)
    • DA Warner 3 (3b)
    • JM Anderson 1-0-6-0

Siddybum's back into the team. Welcome back, Sidebottom


Sidebottom to Watson, no run, starts nicely, too, with one that shapes back a touch on middle stump. Good length


Sidebottom to Watson, 1 run, chopped past slip to third man for a single


Sidebottom to Warner, 1 leg bye, off his pads for a single to leg


Sidebottom to Watson, 1 run, yorker-length but dug out powerfully - so much so that it hammers into mid-on who parries it, allowing them another run


Sidebottom to Warner, 1 wide, a real wide, that! Very fast. That flew through to Prior but it was well wide and Warner couldn't reach it


Sidebottom to Warner, 2 runs, edged past second slip, excellent delivery. Wright cleans up at third man nicely, putting in a dive. Terrific ball and fielding from England. 89mph


Sidebottom to Warner, no run, 90mph this time and that genuinely hurries Warner who's rapped high on the pads

End of over 2 (6 runs) Australia 12/0 (RR: 6.00)

    • DA Warner 5 (6b)
    • SR Watson 4 (6b)
    • RJ Sidebottom 1-0-5-0
    • JM Anderson 1-0-6-0

Anderson to Watson, 1 run, short of a length and punched strongly to cover - for another single. England are a little bit deep, here - Australia are picking off singles willy nilly


Anderson to Warner, FOUR, strong, whippy shot off his legs. Timed that beautifully through square leg


Anderson to Warner, 2 runs, uppish - another short-arm pull which evades Bopara at shortish midwicket. That hurried Warner


Anderson to Warner, 1 run, and another one is mis-hit by Warner, again on the pull, but the ball falls short of mid-on! These are really hurrying through on Warner, and he checks his bat as though it hit the splice. Which it did


Anderson to Watson, 1 run, bosh - take that. A monstrous off-drive finds mid-off

Five on the leg-side


Anderson to Warner, 2 runs, pulled through midwicket nicely. Slower ball from Anderson

End of over 3 (11 runs) Australia 23/0 (RR: 7.66)

    • DA Warner 14 (10b 1x4)
    • SR Watson 6 (8b)
    • JM Anderson 2-0-17-0
    • RJ Sidebottom 1-0-5-0

Here's the new Sobers


Broad to Watson, 1 run, smashed over the top but mistimed


Broad to Warner, no run, down the leg side - "catch!" is the cry but it falls short of a short fine-leg. Or a leg gully, more accurately


Broad to Warner, 1 run, flicked to leg for another single - that too hurries Warneer


Broad to Watson, 1 run, worked to leg


Broad to Warner, no run, mistimes it again - that climbed a bit more than Warner anticipated


Broad to Warner, FOUR, ah, shot. That's Warner somewhere near his best, giving himself room outside leg and cutting through point. Timed it perfectly

End of over 4 (7 runs) Australia 30/0 (RR: 7.50)

    • DA Warner 19 (14b 2x4)
    • SR Watson 8 (10b)
    • SCJ Broad 1-0-7-0
    • JM Anderson 2-0-17-0

Sidebottom to Watson, 1 run, short of a length and tucked through midwicket. Watson's looked more comfortable against those that are short of a length


Sidebottom to Warner, no run, very full, Warner gives himself room but carves straight to mid-off


Sidebottom to Warner, 1 run, much slower delivery but Warner's alive to it, urgently flicking it to leg for another single

Warner's chanced his arm today, and so far it's come off. In a manner of speaking


Sidebottom to Watson, 1 run, smashed back to Sidebottom! Absolutely nailed that drive - too powerfully hit for Sidebottom to stop


Sidebottom to Warner, 1 run, another good slower ball but again Warner picks it and works him to mid-on


Sidebottom to Watson, 1 leg bye, worked off his pads

End of over 5 (5 runs) Australia 35/0 (RR: 7.00)

    • SR Watson 10 (13b)
    • DA Warner 21 (17b 2x4)
    • RJ Sidebottom 2-0-9-0
    • SCJ Broad 1-0-7-0

Here's Broad


Broad to Watson, OUT, good catch by Bopara running round at midwicket. Watson hurried by a shorter ball as he tried to pull it on the front foot over midwicket, wellying it high in the air and Bopara makes good ground to his left

SR Watson c Bopara b Broad 10 (14b 0x4 0x6) SR: 71.42


Broad to Warner, 2 runs, pulled around the corner - for two, but they'll have to hurry! Swann's throw from fine-leg was too high, though. Very dodgy second run


Broad to Warner, FOUR, oh yes - take that. A scything crash to a short, wide delivery - absolutely thrashed off the back foot


Broad to Warner, 1 run, and for the umpteenth time today Warner's mis-hit this shorter ball, pulling to leg


Broad to Clarke, no run, really quick bouncer - Clarke is miles late on this hook and misses it

90mph from Broad. This pitch is seriously slick


Broad to Clarke, 1 run, wonderful "crack" off the bat as he pulls and connects, but finds deep square leg

End of over 6 (8 runs) Australia 43/1 (RR: 7.16)

    • MJ Clarke 1 (2b)
    • DA Warner 28 (20b 3x4)
    • SCJ Broad 2-0-15-1
    • RJ Sidebottom 2-0-9-0

Collingwood's bringing himself on for a bowl. Prior's standing up


Collingwood to Clarke, 1 run, whips this cutter to leg


Collingwood to Warner, 1 run, very slow. 63mph - that's Monty's stock delivery, almost. Chopped to point and Wright wings in a throw to the non-striker's stumps


Collingwood to Clarke, 1 wide, massive turn! What's happened there? An off-cutter has absolutely ripped off a length, from outside off to ending up down the leg side! Remarkable


Collingwood to Clarke, 1 run, opens the face and chops to fine leg


Collingwood to Warner, 1 run, wrong line and he nudges it to fine leg


Collingwood to Clarke, no run, ooh, good line outside off. The right-hander is forward, defending cautiously


Collingwood to Clarke, no run, slower, loopy delivery and well fielded in his follow-through, diving to his right to cut off a strong drive

End of over 7 (5 runs) Australia 48/1 (RR: 6.85)

    • MJ Clarke 3 (6b)
    • DA Warner 30 (22b 3x4)
    • PD Collingwood 1-0-5-0
    • SCJ Broad 2-0-15-1

Luke Wright's into the attack. Anyone attempting "Luke left, more like" jokes will be expelled.


Wright to Warner, 1 run, short of a length and slapped off the back foot to long-off


Wright to Clarke, no run, that hurries him and he gets a thick inside edge

Wright is sharp. Mid-80s and can get it up to 90mph some time. A real hustling, bustling run-up with a braced front leg


Wright to Clarke, 1 run, dropped out to point for a dangerous single - that would've been tight had it hit


Wright to Warner, 1 run, steps outside leg and carves it outrageously over cover-point for a single

Just struggling to time it here, Warner. Australia off to a great start nonetheless


Wright to Clarke, 1 run, slower ball worked to leg


Wright to Warner, 1 wide, a wide down the leg side. That's absurd! Half a foot outside leg, if that...


Wright to Warner, 1 run, short of a length and pummeled back past Wright to long-on

End of over 8 (6 runs) Australia 54/1 (RR: 6.75)

    • DA Warner 33 (25b 3x4)
    • MJ Clarke 5 (9b)
    • LJ Wright 1-0-6-0
    • PD Collingwood 1-0-5-0

So then, here comes Collingwood


Collingwood to Warner, OUT, got him! A slower ball just outside leg, so I thought, and he went for a big smash over midwicket and up goes the finger. A touch unlucky for Warner as that probably pitched just outside leg

DA Warner lbw b Collingwood 33 (26b 3x4 0x6) SR: 126.92


Collingwood to Hussey, no run, outside off, and he plays and misses! Good, nagging line


Collingwood to Hussey, OUT, swings and misses and Prior whips off the bails! Terrific cricket from England and Prior. He was so, so quick there. Awful shot from Hussey, coming charging down the pitch and missing by miles

DJ Hussey st †Prior b Collingwood 0 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

What a shocker from Hussey. That was just needless and thoughtless


Collingwood to White, no run, clunked to point


Collingwood to White, no run, steps back and again cracks it to point


Collingwood to White, 1 run, another lovely slower-ball cutter chopped to fine leg - but it's well fielded, and there ends a double-wicket over for Collingwood! Terrific effort. Two huge blows

End of over 9 (1 run) Australia 55/3 (RR: 6.11)

    • CL White 1 (3b)
    • MJ Clarke 5 (9b)
    • PD Collingwood 2-0-6-2
    • LJ Wright 1-0-6-0

Swann into the attack. Collingwood's ripped a couple...


Swann to White, 1 run, flat and fast on middle, crunched to mid-on


Swann to Clarke, no run, well wide, cut hard to backward point. Swann's got away with one


Swann to Clarke, no run, worked to mid-on - but straight to the fielder once more


Swann to Clarke, 1 run, straighter this time and he's flicking him nicely "on the walk". A single is stolen


Swann to White, 2 runs, strong levers - really powered that down the ground, but Wright's quick to cut it off


Swann to White, 1 run, quick - quicker than Collingwood, in fact! 64.5mph - and worked to mid-on

End of over 10 (5 runs) Australia 60/3 (RR: 6.00)

    • CL White 5 (6b)
    • MJ Clarke 6 (12b)
    • GP Swann 1-0-5-0
    • PD Collingwood 2-0-6-2

So that's a fine performance by England in the first ten overs. Warner was going well, if struggling to really time it, but those two quick wickets have stifled Australia


Collingwood to White, no run, ooh and that's close, too - almost chops it on but it bounces over his stumps


Collingwood to White, FOUR, ah, now that's a great shot. Steps outside leg and carves it over extra cover for four. That's comfortably the most authoritative shot so far

Prior up to the stumps


Collingwood to White, 2 runs, gives himself more room, powering it wide of long-off and Shah cleans up


Collingwood to White, 1 run, wide of the off stump - he still gives himself room outside leg, guiding it out of Prior's hands down to third man


Collingwood to Clarke, no run, plays and misses outside off


Collingwood to Clarke, 1 run, forced to long-on

End of over 11 (8 runs) Australia 68/3 (RR: 6.18)

    • MJ Clarke 7 (14b)
    • CL White 12 (10b 1x4)
    • PD Collingwood 3-0-14-2
    • GP Swann 1-0-5-0

Anderson to Clarke, 1 run, gives himself room and guides to third man


Anderson to White, no run, dropped by a diving Denly at backward point. Bounced prodigiously on the right-hander who guided it to Denly's left, and that's a poor attempt, low to his left. Not a particularly tricky one


Anderson to White, 1 wide, very fast bouncer but rightly wided


Anderson to White, 1 run, slower ball, driven out to mid-off


Anderson to Clarke, 1 run, outside off, he works it to leg - a horrible looking swish across the line


Anderson to White, 1 run, full toss pinged to long-on


Anderson to Clarke, no run, beaten outside off - fast delivery and very full

End of over 12 (5 runs) Australia 73/3 (RR: 6.08)

    • MJ Clarke 9 (17b)
    • CL White 14 (13b 1x4)
    • JM Anderson 3-0-22-0
    • PD Collingwood 3-0-14-2

So then. Collingwood once more. Eight overs to go


Collingwood to White, no run, gives himself an outrageous amount of room to the leg side, all three pegs exposed, and clunks it hard into the ground


Collingwood to White, 2 runs, flipped to long-on - and gets two. Wow - great running from Clarke!


Collingwood to White, no run, guided to point


Collingwood to White, 1 run, flicked to leg

Pretty quiet in the crowd, incidentally. It's arctic


Collingwood to Clarke, 1 run, fuller and he whips him again to the leg side


Collingwood to White, 2 runs, another nudge - beautifully placed for two. Collingwood's fuming

End of over 13 (6 runs) Australia 79/3 (RR: 6.07)

    • CL White 19 (18b 1x4)
    • MJ Clarke 10 (18b)
    • PD Collingwood 4-0-20-2
    • JM Anderson 3-0-22-0

Four fours in 13 overs. Very un-Australian performance up here in the arctic region of Manchester


Anderson to Clarke, 1 run, driven on the walk out to long-off


Anderson to White, 2 runs, stands tall to this shorter ball and pulls him crisply to deep square leg


Anderson to White, no run, outside off and beaten, attempting an uppercut to third man


Anderson to White, 1 run, outside off and nicely squeezed, well-timed out to deep cover-point


Anderson to Clarke, 1 run, a real thrash from Clarke but mis-timed to long-off. No batsman has managed to nail any of their shots today. The ball's just coming onto hem quicker than they're expecting


Anderson to White, 1 run, another skewed pull falls short of deep square leg

End of over 14 (6 runs) Australia 85/3 (RR: 6.07)

    • CL White 23 (22b 1x4)
    • MJ Clarke 12 (20b)
    • JM Anderson 4-0-28-0
    • PD Collingwood 4-0-20-2

Swann's back


Swann to White, 1 run, tossed up outside off, he attempts a slashing cut but can't time it


Swann to Clarke, FOUR, fine, fine shot. Skips down the wicket and lofts him over extra cover, giving himself a touch of room. Creamed it


Swann to Clarke, 1 run, nice hands, dabbing it to short third man


Swann to White, 1 run, skips down the pitch and flicks to mid-on


Swann to Clarke, no run, flighted and much slower, draws him down the pitch and it's worked back to the bowler


Swann to Clarke, 1 run, a thrashing slog to cow-corner

End of over 15 (8 runs) Australia 93/3 (RR: 6.20)

    • MJ Clarke 18 (24b 1x4)
    • CL White 25 (24b 1x4)
    • GP Swann 2-0-13-0
    • JM Anderson 4-0-28-0

Broad's back with five overs remaining. Time for Australia to go bonkers


Broad to Clarke, 1 run, goes on the pull and top-edges it but it lands short of Sidebottom at fine-leg! Good thinking from Broad, a short ball but slower than Clarke anticipated


Broad to White, SIX, another short ball which he pulls massively - that's gone miles! First six of the day finally wakes up a freezing cold crowd

Around the wicket


Broad to White, 2 runs, savage blow to deep extra cover. Murdered it! Packed off-side field, though


Broad to White, 1 run, angled across him, he slaps it ungainly back down the ground but mistimes it just for a single


Broad to Clarke, 1 run, full toss, banged to extra cover

And there's the fifty partnership from 44. Good going, if not quite as heavy as Australia need right now


Broad to White, 1 run, another flay to mid-off

End of over 16 (12 runs) Australia 105/3 (RR: 6.56)

    • CL White 35 (28b 1x4 1x6)
    • MJ Clarke 20 (26b 1x4)
    • SCJ Broad 3-0-27-1
    • GP Swann 2-0-13-0

Swann to continue


Swann to White, SIX, down the pitch and he lofts him high, long, and handsomely for six over long-on! Huuuge blow

What a mighty hit


Swann to White, 1 run, flatter, faster and straighter - worked to mid-on


Swann to Clarke, 1 leg bye, down the pitch and worked off his pads - good, straight bowling from Swann


Swann to White, 2 runs, quicker and straighter, dug out to long-on but they get two

More urgency from Australia, all of a sudden. Three overs to go after this one


Swann to White, 1 run, quick single out to cover


Swann to Clarke, 1 run, big turn for Swann but it's slow spin, and Clarke can cut him hard out to the off side

End of over 17 (12 runs) Australia 117/3 (RR: 6.88)

    • MJ Clarke 21 (28b 1x4)
    • CL White 45 (32b 1x4 2x6)
    • GP Swann 3-0-24-0
    • SCJ Broad 3-0-27-1

Sidebottom's back.


Sidebottom to Clarke, 1 run, very full but well squeezed out by Clarke to the sweeper on the extra-cover boundary. Timed that beautifully; placement not quite there


Sidebottom to White, SIX, oh yes! Shot of the day from White. An unbelievable pick-up off his legs - disdain from White - and it's heaved almost out of the ground. Superb stroke to bring up his fifty


Sidebottom to White, 3 runs, thick outside edge over point - they'll get three, so quick are they between the wickets


Sidebottom to Clarke, 2 runs, quick, wristy hands brings him two to deep square leg. Excellent flick from Clarke


Sidebottom to Clarke, 1 run, just outside the off stump and Clarke opens the face to third man


Sidebottom to White, 1 run, carved out to long-off

End of over 18 (14 runs) Australia 131/3 (RR: 7.27)

    • CL White 55 (35b 1x4 3x6)
    • MJ Clarke 25 (31b 1x4)
    • RJ Sidebottom 3-0-23-0
    • GP Swann 3-0-24-0

Broad around the wicket to the right-handers

Afghanistan need 189 to beat Netherlands and are 40 for 2. Watch it


Broad to White, 1 wide, very, very wide of the off stump


Broad to White, OUT, but he's got him this time, angling it across the right-hander who leans back while driving as Collingwood leaps high to his left at mid-off

CL White c Collingwood b Broad 55 (36b 1x4 3x6) SR: 152.77

Really intelligent knock from White. Never panicked


Broad to Voges, no run, outside his off stump and he tries to whack it down the ground but can only clonk it back to Broad


Broad to Voges, no run, steps outside the off stump to counter Broad's angled tactics from around the wicket, and it's nice and full, too. Worked back to Broad.


Broad to Voges, FOUR, edged down to third man for four! Tried to smite him over midwicket but got the thickest of outside edges


Broad to Voges, 1 run, very full - really good length from Broad. Too full to do anything with


Broad to Clarke, no run, well wide of the off stump - Prior's standing almost at where second slip might be

End of over 19 (6 runs) Australia 137/4 (RR: 7.21)

    • MJ Clarke 25 (32b 1x4)
    • AC Voges 5 (4b 1x4)
    • SCJ Broad 4-0-33-2
    • RJ Sidebottom 3-0-23-0

Sidebottom to Voges, 1 run, full of length and driven out to mid-on

Apparently some of you are experiencing problems with our scorecard, reverting back to previous overs etc. We're on it...


Sidebottom to Clarke, 1 run, takes a big step down the pitch and scythes it out to the off side. Good throw from Denly, making his debut today


Sidebottom to Voges, 1 run, nice and full, and he can only get a single to mid-off


Sidebottom to Clarke, 1 run, very full outside off - this is superb from Sidebottom. Driven just past the bowler


Sidebottom to Voges, 2 runs, attempts a big smash over the top but mistimes it, straight down the throat of Luke Wright at long-on who drops an absolute sitter! Seemed to line it up ok, a little to his right, steadying himself...but shelled it. Shocker from Wright


Sidebottom to Voges, 2 runs, another slapping shot to Wright but it falls short, and he wings in a throw. Sidebottom is utterly peeved at his lot, but that's been a pretty good final over

"I think the Aussie bowlers have sent down five overs of warm-ups...we could have had a game by now," spits Andrew McGlashan. Over at Amstelveen, Afghanistan have just lost a flurry of wickets chasing 189.

The main cover is being dragged off. It's looking very promising now. Play to resume at 4.55pm. As long as it doesn't rain, of course. Incidentally, I see an Ashes DVD will be published on October 5. They weren't quite to quick to release one for the 2006-07 series...

4.35pm Play at 4.50pm apparently. If it doesn't rain. It'll still be twenty overs, too.

4.30pm Australia are out in the middle doing their thing, but the covers remain steadfastly in place. Shan't be too much longer, though. Incidentally, Middlesex have somehow won a game today - their second in the Championship this season. Back soon.

4.22pm Oh drat. It's spitting and drizzling enough for the main cover to be dragged back over the pitch. Horrid day. Dark, cold, wet and frankly miserable, but I'm sure it's not terminal. This kind of spitting, indeterminate, rubbish rain is fine to play in.

4.15pm Ah. Well, we're going to have a delay. Play to resume at 4.30pm as they haven't had time to roll the pitch. So, fingers crossed it won't rain in the meantime. Time, therefore, for a cuppa.

4.05pm We've had a distinctly moist shower hurrying across the ground, but it ought not to delay us too much. We only need five overs to make a match of it, apparently, but as I write the covers are beginning to come off. So we shan't be too long. Very murky out there, mind - Autumn's unofficially arrived early. Talking of which, it's going to be properly autumnal later in the week - even in the sun-spot of London. But anyway. Meanwhile, Afghanistan are going nicely in their chase of 189 to beat Netherlands. Live commentary from Amstelveen.

Good efforts from Australia in the end. Only six fours and three sixes on a pitch much quicker than I think Australia were expecting. White played well, and Clarke showed the value of running like a whippet - so, it's hard to say who's on top at this stage. The rain's coming down, sadly, but hopefully we'll back in about 10 minutes for England's chase

End of over 20 (8 runs) Australia 145/4

    • AC Voges 11 (8b 1x4)
    • MJ Clarke 27 (34b 1x4)
    • RJ Sidebottom 4-0-31-0
    • SCJ Broad 4-0-33-2





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