ICC Champions Trophy - 3rd match, Group A

England v Australia

England won by 48 runs

Mitchell Starc has the ball in hand, Alastair Cook standing tall... are you ready for this? Hang on, Cook isn't, there's someone moving behind the bowler's arm. Tum-ti-tum. Let's try again...

10.27am: It's a little cloudy over Edgbaston but the pitch is expected to be pretty hard and dry. "An absolute belter," is Shane Warne's verdict. Remember, India and Sri Lanka scored over 600 on this track in a warm-up fixture during the week...

By the way, you can also follow the match with Gnasher on our social scorecard. It's got graphs, tweets and whizzy stuff like that.

10.25am: The teams are strolling out for the anthems, a few sparklers having just gone off on the outfield. For apple types, at this juncture I'd like to point you in the direction of our new iPhone app, available from the iTunes store. Click, click, click.

10.20am: Australia, it should be remembered, have won their last six ODIs, including a whitewash of West Indies; they'll be hoping to chip away at England's still-fragile confidence in this format, as New Zealand did to good effect over the last week. As far as Ashes omens go, if Bailey and co can engineer a surprise victory, it may well carry echoes of the meeting between these two in the 2004 Champions Trophy, also at Edgbaston, ahead of the epic 2005 series.

"I love how warm-ups seem to only be relevant to form when Australia lose," grumbles James, trying to spoil everyone's fun. "We beat West Indies in the other warm-up and they went all right yesterday."

Ashif, meanwhile, thinks England are up to something... "No Swann and Finn? I smell a conspiracy theory."

And here's Ian: "It would be nice if the young Aussie bowling attack could fire collectively at last today. There's a lot of talent there, I wonder if Starc, Faulkner and Mckay have the composure to threaten the English top order?"

10.10am: Okay, have you updated your Ashes swingometer, then? An injury to Swann (though we don't know how serious it is) will cause a shiver down the spine of many England fans but Tredwell is a very capable deputy, as he showed against New Zealand the other day, as well as in the fifth Australia ODI last summer.

"Here we go!" chirps Mark "The phoney war before the great battle. Both sides will claim that this is a meaningless game and will have no influence on anything. Both sides are sporting a cauliflower ear from their previous battle. It might be meaningless (especially to the neutrals), but there is a lot of pride at stake."

Ryan, meanwhile, think Australia may have overestimated English conditions in this (so far) sunny June: "Why on earth have Australia picked a team with 6 fast bowlers and no spinner? We are in England sure but haven't they seen the games so far? Spin has been king in the middle overs"

10am: England win the toss and bat, there's no - *intake of breath* - Graeme Swann or Steven Finn in their XI. Swann pulled up with a sore back, with Finn left out on grounds of form. James Tredwell plays, as does Ravi Bopara, so England have already abandoned their five batsmen, five seamers masterplan in their first game of the tournament.

Australia, meanwhile, have named the same side that lost to India but that 200-plus margin in the warm-up fixture. Stand-in captain, George Bailey, seems chipper enough and think that being underdogs might suit them. Oh, how times have changed.

England 1 Alastair Cook (capt), 2 Ian Bell, 3 Jonathan Trott, 4 Joe Root, 5 Eoin Morgan, 6 Ravi Bopara, 7 Jos Buttler (wk) 8 Tim Bresnan, 9 Stuart Broad, 10 James Tredwell, 11 James Anderson

Australia 1 Shane Watson, 2 David Warner, 3 Phil Hughes, 4 George Bailey (capt), 5 Adam Voges, 6 Mitchell Marsh, 7 Matthew Wade (wk), 8 James Faulkner, 9 Mitchell Johnson, 10 Mitchell Starc, 11 Clint McKay

9.50am: Good morning, welcome, step inside - we're having a pre-Ashes party. Not that anyone's calling it that, despite this being the first skirmish in an eight-month war. Today is all about the Champions Trophy, the last trinket on Australia's mantelpiece. The last time Australia arrived on an Ashes tour, they held the World Cup and Champions Trophy - they're after a "three-peat" in this competition - as well as the urn but, as Brydon Coverdale points out in his preview, a bit of form ahead of you-know-what might be the best they can ask for. England know a fair bit about about crumbling empires but they go into this tournament, in home conditions, with a blueprint that has made them among the favourites, despite the series defeat to New Zealand. Australia, without their captain, Michael Clarke, and with 65 on their mind, will still fancy their chances of landing a couple of psychological blows... David Hopps' preview is the final piece of today's pre-match jigsaw and we'll have news of the toss shortly.

0.1

Starc to Cook, FOUR, overpitched on leg stump, nice juicy volley to begin with from Starc and Cook clumps it through backward square with relish, to raucous cheering from around the ground

Few nerves, Mitchell? This is his first match against England in any format...

0.2

Starc to Cook, no run, good length, in the channel outside off stump, much better line and Cook shoulders arms as it shapes away

0.3

Starc to Cook, 1 run, full and sliding on to the pads again, worked finer, towards long leg, Cook wants two but they decide against doing anything silly

0.4

Starc to Bell, no run, angled across on a good length outside off stump, good carry through to the keeper as Bell leaves

0.5

Starc to Bell, no run, back of a length and at the body, tapped short into the leg side

0.6

Starc to Bell, no run, pitched up, around the line of off, Bell opens the face and steers into the gully

"England just became my favourite team in this tournament. I absolutely love their new red uniform!" Amit Bhatnagar, perhaps coincidentally, is from Canada

End of over 1 (5 runs) England 5/0 (RR: 5.00)
IR Bell    0* (3b)      MA Starc    1-0-5-0
AN Cook    5* (3b 1x4)     

From the other end, with the second new ball and a neatly slicked 'do, it will be Mitch Johnson. Left-arm Mitchells from both ends for Aus

1.1

Johnson to Cook, no run, in the channel outside off, better first ball from this Mitch, Cook leaves

1.2

Johnson to Cook, no run, slightly overpitched, again a little leg side, shovelled towards backward square

1.3

Johnson to Cook, no run, fullish and shaping nicely around off stump, gets across and shows it the face in defence

1.4

Johnson to Cook, no run, full and holding its line on off stump, again Cook gets his bat down in time

1.5

Johnson to Cook, no run, lovely delivery from Johnson, angled in on a testing length and nipping away as Cook prods at it and is beaten

1.6

Johnson to Cook, 1 run, back of a length and wide, opens the arms and cracks a cut shot down to third man for a single to deny Mitch a maiden

End of over 2 (1 run) England 6/0 (RR: 3.00)
AN Cook    6* (9b 1x4)      MG Johnson    1-0-1-0
IR Bell    0* (3b)      MA Starc    1-0-5-0

2.1

Starc to Cook, no run, on the pads, slightly full but Cook can't tuck it away this time

2.2

Starc to Cook, (no ball) 2 runs, confusion, appeals, overthrows, chaos! Starc oversteps to concede a no-ball and Cook then has to scramble back to just beat a direct hit from point, Bell had gone charging down the pitch anyway, the ball deflects through midwicket after clipping the bails and they pick up a couple anyway

Free hit coming up...

2.2

Starc to Cook, 2 runs, pitched up, Cook goes for a heave straight out of the farmyard, so agricultural was it, more air than distance but it clears mid-off for a couple

2.3

Starc to Cook, 1 run, edged, Cook pushes with hard hands but gets enough bat on it to take it wide of second slip for a single to third man

2.4

Starc to Bell, no run, goes back and across to defend a shortish ball outside off

"Neatly slicked? Alan, how much did Mitchell pay you to say that?" Okay, Andrew, I admit - it's a barbarous bit of barbery

2.5

Starc to Bell, FOUR, full and wide, angled across Bell who steps out and elegantly laces four through the covers, super timing

2.6

Starc to Bell, no run, short of a length, on the stumps and defended from the crease

End of over 3 (10 runs) England 16/0 (RR: 5.33)
IR Bell    4* (6b 1x4)      MA Starc    2-0-15-0
AN Cook    11* (13b 1x4)      MG Johnson    1-0-1-0

3.1

Johnson to Cook, no run, full and wide and beats Cook driving, it swung a touch though it was probably one to be leaving at this stage, even in one-day mode

3.2

Johnson to Cook, no run, cracked off the back foot towards point, plenty of power on the shot but David Warner makes a customarily smart stop

3.3

Johnson to Cook, 2 runs, Cook gets forward and clips firmly off his front pad through midwicket, touch too full and straight again from Johnson

3.4

Johnson to Cook, 1 run, pitched up a foot or so outside off, Cook chops down on it and the ball squirts through midwicket

3.5

Johnson to Bell, 1 run, sharp bouncer from Johnson, he's working up decent pace and this gets big on Bell, who thrusts his hands at it and does well to keep it down towards gully

3.6

Johnson to Cook, no run, pitched up outside the line of off, textbook front-foot drive from Cook but he picks mid-off

"Some how I feel there is a void in the middle order. No KP, Bell opening. If Aus can get rid of the top three, they may have a chance. Time for Morgan & Bopara to shine!" Janak Gheewala wants Australia to go for the head

End of over 4 (4 runs) England 20/0 (RR: 5.00)
AN Cook    14* (18b 1x4)      MG Johnson    2-0-5-0
IR Bell    5* (7b 1x4)      MA Starc    2-0-15-0

Early change from Bailey, with Starc struggling to locate his line... Cling McKay into the attack

4.1

McKay to Bell, 1 wide, well, if anything that's a worse start - "we've had Defreitas at the Gabba, now it's Harmison," mutters Gnasher to my right - as a length ball just about lands on the cut strip and swings towards first slip

4.1

McKay to Bell, no run, gets his radar functioning, homing in around off stump and blocked

4.2

McKay to Bell, no run, nipping back off the surface, wide of the stumps and Bell is happy to leave

4.3

McKay to Bell, 2 runs, full, slightly wide and Bell skips forward lightly to loft the ball over extra cover, not perfectly timed but they get a couple into the deep

4.4

McKay to Bell, FOUR, overpitched again, Bell drives uppishly but into a gap, this has more middle about it and beats the chasing fielder to the extra cover boundary

4.5

McKay to Bell, no run, length delivery in the channel, not doing much off the straight and Bell shoulders arms

4.6

McKay to Bell, no run, driving again and edged but it doesn't carry, the ball bouncing a few inches in front of a sprawling second slip

Here's Max Weber: "Do we really need 3 left-arm pace bowlers? With Faulkner, Watson and Marsh surely we could've gotten away without Johnson and added another batsmen. Wade, Hughes and Marsh are always shaky with the bat as is- I don't think England need to post a massive score to beat Australia here." It's a tournament for lefties, what with Pakistan and New Zealand's posse too

End of over 5 (7 runs) England 27/0 (RR: 5.40)
IR Bell    11* (13b 2x4)      CJ McKay    1-0-7-0
AN Cook    14* (18b 1x4)      MG Johnson    2-0-5-0

5.1

Johnson to Cook, no run, back of a length, outside off and flayed off the back foot, picks out point though

5.2

Johnson to Cook, no run, tighter line and blocked into the leg side

5.3

Johnson to Cook, 2 runs, full, veering towards leg stump, glanced in front of square by Cook and the back on the boundary covers good ground to prevent a boundary

5.4

Johnson to Cook, 1 leg bye, again that low, slingy action sends the ball tailing towards leg, misses with a clip this time and it rolls away off the pad

5.5

Johnson to Bell, no run, fired across on a good length, going on with the arm, Bell lets it through

5.6

Johnson to Bell, no run, pitched up around middle and off, Bell taps respectfully back down the pitch

MJ has started pretty consistently, just seven conceded from his three overs so far. "I think Australia has come to England with a plan to bowl a certain length (England failed with the same length in their series against NZ). The conditions are not as expected and that length is now wrong. Will they adjust? In the last match and the beginning of this one there is no evidence to suggest it will happen." David is already clutching his worry beads

End of over 6 (3 runs) England 30/0 (RR: 5.00)
IR Bell    11* (15b 2x4)      MG Johnson    3-0-7-0
AN Cook    16* (22b 1x4)      CJ McKay    1-0-7-0

Still two slips in place for McKay

6.1

McKay to Cook, 1 run, full, drifting on to the pads, it's not swinging and another single is milked through square leg

6.2

McKay to Bell, 1 run, touch short and steered through point of the back foot

6.3

McKay to Cook, no run, pitched up around off stump, played towards mid-off coming forward

6.4

McKay to Cook, FOUR, floated up outside off stump, "hit me, hit me, hit me!" screams the ball and Cook duly plays a prim and proper cover drive to the appropriate part of the ground

6.5

McKay to Cook, no run, full and straight again, this comes off somewhere nearer the toe of the bat and rolls to mid-off

6.6

McKay to Cook, no run, better length, around off stump, blocked back down the track

End of over 7 (6 runs) England 36/0 (RR: 5.14)
AN Cook    21* (27b 2x4)      CJ McKay    2-0-13-0
IR Bell    12* (16b 2x4)      MG Johnson    3-0-7-0

"You think Hughes is shaky do you? Averages 52 in ODIs and 44 in list A my friend." Mick will not hear a bad word about Pippy (at least outside of Test cricket)

7.1

Johnson to Bell, no run, that's an excellent line from Johnson to Bell, speared across and lifting sharply, the batsman has his off stump covered but is drawn into a bit of a flirt anyway

7.2

Johnson to Bell, 1 leg bye, straighter, attempts to tuck off his pads but doesn't get any bat on it

7.3

Johnson to Cook, FOUR, Johnson gets the boundary treatment now, full and wide of the stumps, the ball isn't doing anything threatening through the air or off the pitch and Cook confidently punches another four through the covers

7.4

Johnson to Cook, 1 run, gets across and tucks one through square leg

7.5

Johnson to Bell, 1 run, another well-directed bumper, Bell jerks his bat up in front of his face and the ball flies off the handle in the air through backward square leg

7.6

Johnson to Cook, 2 runs, slung down around leg stump, Cook waits on it and squirrels another couple behind square on the leg side

End of over 8 (9 runs) England 45/0 (RR: 5.62)
AN Cook    28* (30b 3x4)      MG Johnson    4-0-15-0
IR Bell    13* (19b 2x4)      CJ McKay    2-0-13-0

"Never worked out why McKay is as successful as he is. Apparently innocuous, but works." He's a classic one-day bowler, James, tight lines, bit of nip... though innocuous kind of covers his first couple of overs today

8.1

McKay to Bell, no run, length delivery outside off, blocked coming forward

There's a short extra cover in for Bell now, with those aerial drives in mind

8.2

McKay to Bell, 1 run, slashes with a slightly angled bat, playing away from his body and a thick edge runs down to third man

8.3

McKay to Cook, no run, pitched up around the line of off, punched back towards mid-off

8.4

McKay to Cook, no run, pushed across, again probably a touch full, Cook doesn't time his drive towards the man at extra cover

Looks like he's bust his bat, too, Cook signalling for a replacement

8.5

McKay to Cook, no run, length ball, angled across but offering Cook width, he scythes the bat through a meaty cut but Warner pulls off a terrific diving stop to take the ball on the bounce and save his side a boundary

8.6

McKay to Cook, no run, line and length outside off, stands tall and taps square

"Good to see England starting with a bit of intent," muses John. "I don't think that most of us want to see them blazing away at the top of the order, especially with this top order, but playing positively as they seem to be today."

End of over 9 (1 run) England 46/0 (RR: 5.11)
AN Cook    28* (34b 3x4)      CJ McKay    3-0-14-0
IR Bell    14* (21b 2x4)      MG Johnson    4-0-15-0

Another early change, with Shane Watson and his golden arm replacing Johnson

9.1

Watson to Bell, FOUR, woof, there's nothing too dazzling about that from the bowler's point of view, wide half-volley and Bell spanks it straight back past Watson for a howdy-do-dee four

9.2

Watson to Bell, no run, better length, comes forward and defends around off

9.3

Watson to Bell, 1 run, worked wide of mid-on, they scamper a quick one, despite the direct hit at the striker's end

9.4

Watson to Cook, 1 run, sliding across the left-hander from over the wicket, opens the face and steers one to third man

Now Bell appears to have broken his bat. Australia doing some damage but not really the useful sort

9.5

Watson to Bell, 2 runs, full and wide of the stumps, Bell waits, crouches and angles a couple through gully, it's wide of third man and they get back for two

9.6

Watson to Bell, no run, pitched up in the channel and driven towards mid-off

Powerplay over, England have settled quickly. Already pushp is beginning to fear for the green-and-gold uns: "I wonder what will Aussies do after the ball gets old. No spinner to slow up the pace. It might turn out to be a nightmare again (like against India)."

End of over 10 (8 runs) England 54/0 (RR: 5.40)
IR Bell    21* (26b 3x4)      SR Watson    1-0-8-0
AN Cook    29* (35b 3x4)      CJ McKay    3-0-14-0

10.1

McKay to Cook, 1 run, pitched up in the corridor (of absolute certainty today, it would appear), Cook drives and a thickish edge runs to third man

10.2

McKay to Bell, 1 run, goes back and across and glides a single down to third man

10.3

McKay to Cook, no run, full and straight, the bat turns in Cook's hands as he tries to push back down the wicket

10.4

McKay to Cook, no run, good, probing line, not too full and Cook is only half forward, gets an inside edge on to his pad

10.5

McKay to Cook, no run, maintains that diligent line around middle and off, again defended coming forward

10.6

McKay to Cook, no run, slightly wider, on a length and blocked into the covers

"In good news for Australia, Siddle's looking like a bolter for an opener's spot after the CT - 89* and looking solid." Smudgeon reports on Australia A's efforts against the mighty Scotland

End of over 11 (2 runs) England 56/0 (RR: 5.09)
AN Cook    30* (40b 3x4)      CJ McKay    4-0-16-0
IR Bell    22* (27b 3x4)      SR Watson    1-0-8-0

11.1

Watson to Bell, no run, touch short of a good length, defended on the back foot outside off

11.2

Watson to Bell, 1 run, dug in, straighter line, this sits up and pulls comfortably for a single down towards fine leg

Here's John: "The England openers obviously went out with their tuk tuk bats, which can't handle it now that they're actually hitting the ball."

11.3

Watson to Cook, no run, stays in the crease and plays towards point

11.4

Watson to Cook, OUT, he's done it, Watson makes the breakthrough, drawing Cook into a drive to be caught behind! Cook will feel he should have pinged that through the covers, it was a little wide, on a good length but they've not had any problems hitting on the up this morning - just a thin snick of bat and Cook trudges off having made another solid start but failed to go on

AN Cook c †Wade b Watson 30 (55m 42b 3x4 0x6) SR: 71.42

Succour for Australia - and now they get to watch Jonathan Trott bat too

11.5

Watson to Trott, no run, length ball in the corridor outside off stump, gets across to defend

11.6

Watson to Trott, no run, angling in towards middle and off, worked off the front pad straight to midwicket

End of over 12 (1 run) England 57/1 (RR: 4.75)
IJL Trott    0* (2b)      SR Watson    2-0-9-1
IR Bell    23* (29b 3x4)      CJ McKay    4-0-16-0

12.1

McKay to Bell, 1 run, length delivery outside off, sits back and dabs one to third man

12.2

McKay to Trott, no run, McKay lets out a grunt of effort in sending down a gun-barrel straight delivery outside off, Trott leaves it alone

12.3

McKay to Trott, 1 run, touch shorter, goes across and flicks with a turn of the wrists out to deep midwicket

Ian Bell has just had a little word from Kumar Dharmasena about running on the pitch. Well, he's not got an Aussie spinner to worry about...

12.4

McKay to Bell, no run, pitched up outside the line of off, defended

12.5

McKay to Bell, no run, off-stump line, gets forward to block short on the off side

12.6

McKay to Bell, 1 leg bye, hit on the pad walking across his stumps, McKay lets out a lone gargle of an appeal - probably sliding down leg, though the replay shows it to have been a pretty close call, maybe tickling the top of the stump

End of over 13 (3 runs) England 60/1 (RR: 4.61)
IR Bell    24* (33b 3x4)      CJ McKay    5-0-18-0
IJL Trott    1* (4b)      SR Watson    2-0-9-1

13.1

Watson to Bell, 2 runs, on the stumps, goes across and turns through square leg for a couple with a closed bat face

"And such a joy too, to watch Trott bat," observes Jo, without tongue in cheek. "If he were a tennis player he'd be up there with Nole for the time violations. Hope this match is as good as that one."

13.2

Watson to Bell, no run, shortens his length, Bell covers his stumps in defence

13.3

Watson to Bell, no run, gets forward and blocks into the off side

13.4

Watson to Bell, 1 run, strays towards leg stump, flicked off the pads for a single to fine leg

13.5

Watson to Trott, no run, good length, Trott edges across and gets a leading edge towards mid-on trying to glance square

13.6

Watson to Trott, no run, length delivery, coming in with the arm, Trott gets outside the line of off stump and there's both bat and pad involved, Marais Erasmus shaking his head at Watson's appeal

"England are slowing down and just sitting in the game now, not the best idea on a good pitch" Tim Goodliff thinks Bell and Trott are getting too comfortable in their La-Z-boys

End of over 14 (3 runs) England 63/1 (RR: 4.50)
IJL Trott    1* (6b)      SR Watson    3-0-12-1
IR Bell    27* (37b 3x4)      CJ McKay    5-0-18-0

Mitchell Starc, after a brief rest, returns in place of McKay

14.1

Starc to Bell, 1 run, short and angled across, waits in the crease and dabs a single to third man

14.2

Starc to Trott, 1 run, nudged into a gap at midwicket, Trott initially looks like coming back for a second until Bell bellows "No!"

14.3

Starc to Bell, 2 runs, pitched up outside off and lofted over the man brought in at short extra cover, lands between mid-off and cover but doesn't go all the way

14.4

Starc to Bell, 1 run, gets forward and drives a full-length delivery through square to the man on the fence

14.5

Starc to Trott, no run, straighter line, defended into the leg side from in front of off stump

14.6

Starc to Trott, no run, angled across, Trott comes forward and punches a half-volley to mid-off

That's drinks, with the sun shining portentously over the ground. Australia have tugged on the leash at little, after England threatened to gambol away like Bouncer - just 14 runs off the last five overs. Here's Gnasher for a spell, please give him a big hand

End of over 15 (5 runs) England 68/1 (RR: 4.53)
IJL Trott    2* (9b)      MA Starc    3-0-20-0
IR Bell    31* (40b 3x4)      SR Watson    3-0-12-1

Hello everyone, interesting start to this contest...Watson continues

15.1

Watson to Bell, no run, on a length at off stump, defended to the off side

15.2

Watson to Bell, no run, fuller this time, punched very firmly straight and it bursts through Watson's in his follow through but mid-off is able to get around

15.3

Watson to Bell, 1 run, dragged down short, Bell is coming forward then rocks back to pull through square leg

15.4

Watson to Trott, 1 run, short again, Trott whip-pulls it off his hip out to deep square-leg

15.5

Watson to Bell, no run, in the air...but short of mid-on. Bell came forward to drive and was a fraction early on the shot, the ball carried about two-thirds of the way towards the fielder

15.6

Watson to Bell, no run, full at off stump, defended back to the bowler

End of over 16 (2 runs) England 70/1 (RR: 4.37)
IR Bell    32* (45b 3x4)      SR Watson    4-0-14-1
IJL Trott    3* (10b)      MA Starc    3-0-20-0

16.1

Starc to Trott, no run, touch of width outside off but Trott picks out backward point as he drives off the back foot

16.2

Starc to Trott, no run, fuller and closer to off stump, Trott shuffles across the crease and works it to mid-on

16.3

Starc to Trott, no run, whipped with a strong bottom from outside off to mid-on

16.4

Starc to Trott, FOUR, lovely placement and timing, Trott came forward to a good length ball angled across him and places it perfectly between cover and point...basically just touched the ball

16.5

Starc to Trott, no run, short ball outside off stump, Trott drops his hands and lets it through

16.6

Starc to Trott, no run, short again and a little wider outside off, Trott lets it go through to Wade

England have made 20 runs in the last seven overs

End of over 17 (4 runs) England 74/1 (RR: 4.35)
IJL Trott    7* (16b 1x4)      MA Starc    4-0-24-0
IR Bell    32* (45b 3x4)      SR Watson    4-0-14-1

Time for our first look today at James Faulkner, another left-armer

17.1

Faulkner to Bell, 1 run, full and outside off, Bell drives into the off side but without any great timing

17.2

Faulkner to Trott, 1 run, waits for this outside off, opens the face and runs it past the very wide slip down to third man

Carl: "When Trott puts out an autobiography it should be called "Jonathan Trott - Waiting...NO""

17.3

Faulkner to Bell, no run, forward on off stump, defended square into the off side

17.4

Faulkner to Bell, 2 leg byes, short of a length, Bell goes a long way across his crease and it flicks his thigh pad towards fine leg

17.5

Faulkner to Bell, 2 runs, slower ball on the stumps, neatly tucked off the pads through square leg with just the placement to allow him back for a second

17.6

Faulkner to Bell, no run, touch of extra bounce, lifts from quite a full length and catches Bell by surprise but he's able to take the bottom hand off the bat as he defends

End of over 18 (6 runs) England 80/1 (RR: 4.44)
IR Bell    35* (50b 3x4)      JP Faulkner    1-0-4-0
IJL Trott    8* (17b 1x4)      MA Starc    4-0-24-0

18.1

Starc to Trott, 1 run, plenty of width, Trott stretches well forward and drives strong through the off side to the cover sweeper

18.2

Starc to Bell, 1 run, shorter delivery, comes very slowly off the surface and Bell has to hold his shot for a second before placing it through the off side

Faraz Aman: "If Australia wouldn't have been bowled out for 65 against India in the warm up match Cook would have played Finn and swann. What do u think gnasher?" I doubt Australia's 65 had anything to do with England's selection

18.3

Starc to Trott, 1 run, placed into the off side, it beats Warner who goes one-handed for the stop and doesn't quite get down to the ball

18.4

Starc to Bell, no run, defended off the back foot to cover

18.5

Starc to Bell, 1 run, stands tall and drives this off the back foot to the cover sweeper

18.6

Starc to Trott, no run, fuller on middle and off, Bell walks into his defensive shot which finds cover

End of over 19 (4 runs) England 84/1 (RR: 4.42)
IJL Trott    10* (20b 1x4)      MA Starc    5-0-28-0
IR Bell    37* (53b 3x4)      JP Faulkner    1-0-4-0

19.1

Faulkner to Bell, 1 run, full on the stumps, Bell steps across the crease and works it through straight midwicket

19.2

Faulkner to Trott, no run, wider outside off, defended square to backward point

19.3

Faulkner to Trott, no run, sensing a build-up of the pressure, Trott comes down the pitch and outside leg to try and make room through the off side but Faulker fires it wider outside off

19.4

Faulkner to Trott, no run, short of a length, takes Trott high above the pads and drops by his feet

19.5

Faulkner to Trott, 1 run, worked from well outside off through square leg...Trott's bottom hand taking over again

19.6

Faulkner to Bell, 1 run, placed neatly through the off side from the front foot

Australia, despite taking just the one wicket, will be fairly content at the moment with England scoring at under five an over

End of over 20 (3 runs) England 87/1 (RR: 4.35)
IR Bell    39* (55b 3x4)      JP Faulkner    2-0-7-0
IJL Trott    11* (24b 1x4)      MA Starc    5-0-28-0

Australia don't have much spin in their ranks, but here comes Adam Voges with some left-arm stuff. He has one wicket at 159 in ODIs.

20.1

Voges to Bell, no run, round the wicket, full on off stump, driven straight to cover

20.2

Voges to Bell, no run, a little shorter, Bell rocks back and cuts but picks out backward point

20.3

Voges to Bell, 2 runs, paddle-sweeps this from outside off through backward square leg

20.4

Voges to Bell, 2 runs, lovely off-side drive, placed wide of the cover sweeper but he manages to get around the boundary

20.5

Voges to Bell, no run, very full, dug out into the off side and Voges comes across from his follow through

20.6

Voges to Bell, no run, this one skids through outside off and goes under the bottom edge of Bell's bat as he tries to cut

Chris: "Amazing to think Trott first came to prominence in 2007 as a T20 batsman" His Twenty20 stats for Warwickshire are very impressive if memory serves me correctly

End of over 21 (4 runs) England 91/1 (RR: 4.33)
IR Bell    43* (61b 3x4)      AC Voges    1-0-4-0
IJL Trott    11* (24b 1x4)      JP Faulkner    2-0-7-0

21.1

Faulkner to Trott, 1 run, full and wide outside off, Trott strides forward and drives to the sweeper who is a busy man at the moment

21.2

Faulkner to Bell, FOUR, dragged down shot, poor delivery on a slow pitch, and Bell pulls it through midwicket...not quite out of the middle but has enough to beat deep square-leg running around the boundary

21.3

Faulkner to Bell, no run, back on a full length, driven firmly to cover

21.4

Faulkner to Bell, no run, the bottom hand comes off the bat as he drives a fraction early, the ball goes in the air for a while but falls well short of point

21.5

Faulkner to Bell, 1 run, a delicate late cut to third man

21.6

Faulkner to Trott, no run, tries to work this from outside off through the leg side but only gets it back to Faulkner

KellyM: "With two such experienced batsmen at the crease, it's a little disappointing not to see them put a bit more pressure on the Aussies and up the run rate"

End of over 22 (6 runs) England 97/1 (RR: 4.40)
IJL Trott    12* (26b 1x4)      JP Faulkner    3-0-13-0
IR Bell    48* (65b 4x4)      AC Voges    1-0-4-0

22.1

Voges to Bell, no run, gently floated up outside off, patted back to Voges

22.2

Voges to Bell, no run, tossed up very full, Bell can only dig it out to the off side

22.3

Voges to Bell, no run, on middle and leg, pushed to midwicket

22.4

Voges to Bell, 1 run, drives with an open face and it beats cover who dives over the ball

22.5

Voges to Trott, 1 run, a touch shorter, worked off the back foot through the leg side

22.6

Voges to Bell, 1 run, full on off, driven down the ground, and that's his fifty...he needs to build on this

Bill: "Having a left armer in your attack is good for variation and all, but doesn't playing two, let alone three kind of defeat the purpose? (I suppose it could & should of been four). Plus, congratulations to Siddle on a maiden ton!" Bill is referring to the Scotland v Australia A match.

End of over 23 (3 runs) England 100/1 (RR: 4.34)
IR Bell    50* (70b 4x4)      AC Voges    2-0-7-0
IJL Trott    13* (27b 1x4)      JP Faulkner    3-0-13-0

23.1

Faulkner to Bell, no run, opens the face and finds backward point

23.2

Faulkner to Bell, 1 run, driven firmly just to the left of mid-off who is fairly deep

23.3

Faulkner to Trott, 2 runs, offers some width to Trott who drives strongly square of the wicket, backward point dives but can't pull off the stop

23.4

Faulkner to Trott, 1 run, goes right across outside off and works it through midwicket

23.5

Faulkner to Bell, 1 run, neat, punchy drive straight down the pitch...mid-off moves to his right but there's an easy single

23.6

Faulkner to Trott, no run, worked to mid-on

End of over 24 (5 runs) England 105/1 (RR: 4.37)
IJL Trott    16* (30b 1x4)      JP Faulkner    4-0-18-0
IR Bell    52* (73b 4x4)      AC Voges    2-0-7-0

24.1

Voges to Bell, 2 runs, swept from outside off through square leg

24.2

Voges to Bell, 1 run, floated up on off stump, driven carefully down the ground to long-off

24.3

Voges to Trott, 1 run, driven down to long-on

24.4

Voges to Bell, 1 run, pat, pat, pat...this one is again pushed down the ground

24.5

Voges to Trott, 1 run, full on leg stump, flicked out to deep square-leg

24.6

Voges to Bell, no run, gets away with a low full toss which Bell flicks straight to midwicket

Mr Ronan: "Australia will be hoping they don't take another wicket. They'll happily chase 210."

End of over 25 (6 runs) England 111/1 (RR: 4.44)
IR Bell    56* (77b 4x4)      AC Voges    3-0-13-0
IJL Trott    18* (32b 1x4)      JP Faulkner    4-0-18-0

Mitchell Johnson comes back into the attack. KK: "Despite good on paper...England will be the most boring side of the tournament..."

25.1

Johnson to Trott, no run, full at off stump, defended back to Johnson

25.2

Johnson to Trott, 1 run, tucked through his favourite area at midwicket from outside off

25.3

Johnson to Bell, 1 run, full outside off, driven out to deep cover

25.4

Johnson to Trott, 1 run, worked from the off stump through the leg side again...tick, tick, tick by this pair

25.5

Johnson to Bell, no run, outside off, angled across Bell who leaves alone...goes on the second bounce to Wade

25.6

Johnson to Bell, 1 run, dropped in short, Bell hops back and pulls firmly in front of square

Hari: "@cricinfo .. Off-topic .. Which was the first match you started this commentary ??" Hi Hari...my first BBB came during the 2006-07 Champions Trophy

End of over 26 (4 runs) England 115/1 (RR: 4.42)
IR Bell    58* (80b 4x4)      MG Johnson    5-0-19-0
IJL Trott    20* (35b 1x4)      AC Voges    3-0-13-0

Shane Watson back for another spell

26.1

Watson to Bell, 1 run, full on off stump, opens the face and places it through backward point

26.2

Watson to Trott, 1 run, width outside off, angled down to third man

26.3

Watson to Bell, no run, firmly driven behind square where backward point cuts it off

26.4

Watson to Bell, no run, punched back to the bowler, Bell started to advance but couldn't manufacture anything

26.5

Watson to Bell, no run, beaten outside off, a cutter from Watson, grips a little off the surface and goes over the top edge as Bell tries to run to third man

26.6

Watson to Bell, 1 run, angled to backward point who makes a full-length dive, but parries the ball away so it's a single anyway

End of over 27 (3 runs) England 118/1 (RR: 4.37)
IR Bell    60* (85b 4x4)      SR Watson    5-0-17-1
IJL Trott    21* (36b 1x4)      MG Johnson    5-0-19-0

Still a very wide slip in place...

27.1

Johnson to Bell, FOUR, some aggression from Bell as he drives a full, wide delivery over the top of backward point and he places it well enough to beat the boundary sweeper

27.2

Johnson to Bell, no run, a spanking drive from Bell but it rockets straight to cover

27.3

Johnson to Bell, no run, full and wide, going across Bell who chases it with out off drive but doesn't make contact

27.4

Johnson to Bell, no run, he's feeding Bell's off-side strokes at the moment but he again picks out backward point

27.5

Johnson to Bell, 1 run, a short ball that sits in the surface and Bell pulls it down to towards fine leg

27.6

Johnson to Trott, no run, played out to backward point

End of over 28 (5 runs) England 123/1 (RR: 4.39)
IJL Trott    21* (37b 1x4)      MG Johnson    6-0-24-0
IR Bell    65* (90b 5x4)      SR Watson    5-0-17-1

Khan: "If you drop a catch on purpose because you know next batsmen coming in is more dangerous than the both batsmen at the crease. Is that against the spirit of cricket?"

28.1

Watson to Bell, no run, beaten as he tries to cut...Watson's style very much suited to this surface

28.2

Watson to Bell, 2 leg byes, goes right across his stumps and tickles it fine past the keeper off the pad

28.3

Watson to Bell, 1 run, chopped down to third man

28.4

Watson to Trott, 1 run, punched off the back foot through the gap at cover

28.5

Watson to Bell, FOUR, very nicely done by Bell, delicate and deliberate as he uses his wrists to run this very fine down to third man who can't get around

28.6

Watson to Bell, 1 run, worked from off stump into the leg side

End of over 29 (9 runs) England 132/1 (RR: 4.55)
IR Bell    71* (95b 6x4)      SR Watson    6-0-24-1
IJL Trott    22* (38b 1x4)      MG Johnson    6-0-24-0

29.1

Johnson to Bell, FOUR, short ball and Bell top edges his pull straight over the wicketkeeper...extra pace did for Bell, but the end result good for England

29.2

Johnson to Bell, 1 run, looks as though he's trying to push on now, a low full toss, slower ball, outside off and the bottom hand comes off the bat as he drives to drive...gets a single through square

29.3

Johnson to Trott, 1 run, placed through the off side

Tom: "@Khan Our team did that during a club final. They send in a 13year old kid to give him a chance. We made sure he stayed in till the end. So we dropped him 6 times and never bowled straight to him. He only scored 3 runs off 40 balls. We managed to win as well."

29.4

Johnson to Bell, 1 run, short again, Bell is more comfortable with this one as he pulls in front of square

29.5

Johnson to Trott, 2 runs, good placement and good running...Trott worked this from outside off through fine leg and quickly spotted the chance for a second. It was tight, but he was well back in the end

29.6

Johnson to Trott, 1 run, more swift running, pushed towards mid-off and he scampers...10 from the over

So, 20 overs to go, England have the base they want. Can they make it count?

End of over 30 (10 runs) England 142/1 (RR: 4.73)
IJL Trott    26* (41b 1x4)      MG Johnson    7-0-34-0
IR Bell    77* (98b 7x4)      SR Watson    6-0-24-1

Mitchell Marsh comes into the attack...similar style to Watson

30.1

Marsh to Trott, no run, full on middle and off, worked towards mid-on

We have a few words in the middle...Wade was trying to get around Trott to collect the throw and tripped over Trott's bat. Wade wasn't happy. Not sure anyone is particularly to blame. Just seems a bit of a tangle

30.2

Marsh to Trott, 1 run, worked through square leg

30.3

Marsh to Bell, 1 run, on leg stump, flicked in the air wide of the midwicket fielder inside the circle

30.4

Marsh to Trott, 1 wide, pushed down the leg side

Jo: "Primed for a classic batting powerplay collapse me thinks."

30.4

Marsh to Trott, 1 run, full on middle and whipped to long leg

30.5

Marsh to Bell, 1 run, dropped in his follow through by Marsh...quite a tough one to his right, Bell pushed early at the ball

30.6

Marsh to Trott, 2 runs, going across his stumps again, worked wide of Wade who then chases after it but can't prevent them coming back for a second

End of over 31 (7 runs) England 149/1 (RR: 4.80)
IJL Trott    30* (45b 1x4)      MR Marsh    1-0-7-0
IR Bell    79* (100b 7x4)      MG Johnson    7-0-34-0

The players are taking a drink. Waleed: "@Khan:-We do that all the time in Street Cricket.We drop the batsmen we feel are not dangerous. Fortunately,we have executed it to good effect till now and won many matches in the process."

KellyM: "Did we just see a strategic drop perhaps?"

31.1

Starc to Bell, 1 run, full at off stump, pushed firmly towards mid-off

Will be interesting to see what England do with their batting order when the next wicket falls

31.2

Starc to Trott, no run, on middle and off, played to backward point

31.3

Starc to Trott, 2 runs, lovely cover drive by Trott as he leans into the ball, placed just to the right of the sweeper

31.4

Starc to Trott, 1 wide, a bouncer from Starc and it's too wide for the umpires

31.4

Starc to Trott, no run, wide outside off, Trott's drive comes off a thick inside edge to the leg side

31.5

Starc to Trott, 2 runs, short ball, quite well directed, but Trott gets inside the line and pulls wide of long leg

31.6

Starc to Trott, 2 runs, neatly worked through midwicket off the back foot, well placed between the fielders and another well-judged couple. Brings up the hundred stand between these two on their home ground

Steven Dillon: "Just wondering if the introduction of the powerplay system has had any effect on the old rule of doubling the score after 30 overs. I'm sure it's a question your stats gurus would love to tackle." More than the Powerplay, it's having to have one more fielder inside the circle which has made the difference I think

End of over 32 (8 runs) England 157/1 (RR: 4.90)
IJL Trott    36* (50b 1x4)      MA Starc    6-0-36-0
IR Bell    80* (101b 7x4)      MR Marsh    1-0-7-0

32.1

Marsh to Bell, 1 wide, down the leg side, another extra to the tally

32.1

Marsh to Bell, 1 run, back outside off and driven through the covers

32.2

Marsh to Trott, no run, taken from outside off to midwicket

32.3

Marsh to Trott, 1 run, a full delivery outside off is bunted towards mid-on who is too deep to stop the single

32.4

Marsh to Bell, no run, nicely timed straight down the pitch but Marsh gets his right hand to it in his follow through

32.5

Marsh to Bell, 1 run, quick single into the off side

32.6

Marsh to Trott, 2 runs, back of a length, Trott works it off his hip and again the placement is good, wide of long leg, to make it a comfortable two

Jonathan Ellis: "Re. dropping slow-scoring batsmen: didn't the Windies drop Boycott in the 1979 World Cup Final because he was scoring slowly and they didn't want Gooch coming in and scoring faster..."

End of over 33 (6 runs) England 163/1 (RR: 4.93)
IJL Trott    39* (53b 1x4)      MR Marsh    2-0-13-0
IR Bell    82* (104b 7x4)      MA Starc    6-0-36-0

James: "Another issue Australia have is the over rates. They have 45 mins to bowl 17 overs. Who's next in line to captain after Bailey?"

33.1

Starc to Bell, 1 run, pushed across outside off, opens the face to find third man

He comes round the wicket

33.2

Starc to Trott, 2 runs, full outside off, dug out through square cover and it's place to the left of the sweeper

33.3

Starc to Trott, 2 runs, short ball outside off, it's another brace as he pulls through square leg

33.4

Starc to Trott, OUT, there's the breakthrough for Australia...Trott chases a wide ball outside off and gets a thin edge through to Wade

IJL Trott c †Wade b Starc 43 (99m 56b 1x4 0x6) SR: 76.78

Well, it's still Joe Root at No. 4...bit of a surprise. Starc back over the wicket with a slip in place

33.5

Starc to Root, 1 run, short of a length, he opens the face and gets off the mark to third

Chanz: "Wade should be banned for 3 matches for catching trott."

33.6

Starc to Bell, 1 run, close! Pushed into the off side by Bell who sets off straight away for the single and Root needs to get the dive out as the throw comes in, but it misses the stumps by quite some distance

End of over 34 (7 runs) England 170/2 (RR: 5.00)
IR Bell    84* (106b 7x4)      MA Starc    7-0-43-1
JE Root    1* (1b)      MR Marsh    2-0-13-0

Watson's back

34.1

Watson to Bell, no run, on middle, defended to the off side

34.2

Watson to Bell, 1 run, dabbed down to third man

Klive: "With powerplay on the verge..England could have gone with Morgan/Butler. Sending in Root doesn't fit the situation" I tend to agree

34.3

Watson to Root, no run, short of a length, he gets an inside edge into his body

34.4

Watson to Root, no run, fuller this time, punched firmly to mid-off

34.5

Watson to Root, 1 leg bye, he's early on his pull shot as this ball grips on the surface and it runs wide of backward point off his shoulder

34.6

Watson to Bell, 1 run, opens the face to third man again...just three from that over

End of over 35 (3 runs) England 173/2 (RR: 4.94)
IR Bell    86* (109b 7x4)      SR Watson    7-0-26-1
JE Root    1* (4b)      MA Starc    7-0-43-1

It's Powerplay time. Anything could happen from here...

35.1

Starc to Bell, 1 run, he stays in his comfort zone and runs this down to third man

35.2

Starc to Root, 1 run, full outside off, driven through the covers but the sweeper keeps them to a single

35.3

Starc to Bell, 1 run, very wide, Bell has to really reach for this and it comes off the toe end out to deep cover

Starc round the wicket

35.4

Starc to Root, FOUR, there's the invention from Root as he scoops a length ball over his shoulder and down to fine-leg...expertly played

35.5

Starc to Root, no run, full on middle, pushed to cover

35.6

Starc to Root, no run, back over the wicket now, and this is well bowled, touch of extra bounce beats Root's top edge

John: "Re: Jonathan Ellis, Clive Lloyd did drop Boycs but claimed it wasn't deliberate. Coincidently England went into that World Cup Final with only four bowlers, and the made-up fifth cost 86."

Australia won't mind if each PP over goes for seven

End of over 36 (7 runs) England 180/2 (RR: 5.00)
JE Root    6* (8b 1x4)      MA Starc    8-0-50-1
IR Bell    88* (111b 7x4)      SR Watson    7-0-26-1

Clint McKay back into the attack

36.1

McKay to Bell, 1 run, he's across the crease and takes this from outside off towards mid-on

36.2

McKay to Root, 1 run, flicked through the leg side, like Bell he shuffles across the crease and uses his bottom hand to help find the gap

36.3

McKay to Bell, 1 run, uses his feet to come at McKay, it's a back-of-a-length delivery which he just tucks to the right of midwicket

36.4

McKay to Root, 1 run, moves to leg to give himself some room but can only place this towards backward point

36.5

McKay to Bell, 1 run, short of a length, Bell turns it through square leg

36.6

McKay to Root, 1 run, slower delivery which is dragged down short, Root tries to wait for it but can still only pull the ball straight to deep square...a good Powerplay over from McKay

End of over 37 (6 runs) England 186/2 (RR: 5.02)
JE Root    9* (11b 1x4)      CJ McKay    6-0-24-0
IR Bell    91* (114b 7x4)      MA Starc    8-0-50-1

37.1

Faulkner to Root, no run, bringing out another of his range of strokes as he tries to reverse scoop over third man but fails to make contact

Faulkner comes back

37.2

Faulkner to Root, no run, full on leg stump, squeezed to midwicket

37.3

Faulkner to Root, 3 runs, flicked away off leg stump, nicely placed between long leg and deep square, Voges gets around to prevent the boundary but his flick to McKay is fumbled and it allows a third

37.4

Faulkner to Bell, OUT, full and straight, Bell gets cleaned up so he won't have a hometown hundred...Bell suggests the ball didn't bounce as he expected, but I just think he missed a straight one

IR Bell b Faulkner 91 (174m 115b 7x4 0x6) SR: 79.13

So, now comes the crunch point of England's innings

37.5

Faulkner to Morgan, no run, outside off and left alone

37.6

Faulkner to Morgan, no run, comes forward on off stump and defends to cover

End of over 38 (3 runs) England 189/3 (RR: 4.97)
EJG Morgan    0* (2b)      JP Faulkner    5-0-21-1
JE Root    12* (14b 1x4)      CJ McKay    6-0-24-0

38.1

McKay to Root, no run, on off stump, played to point

38.2

McKay to Root, no run, again he can't find a gap as he pushes this square into the off side

38.3

McKay to Root, OUT, back to back wickets, Root clips a delivery from off stump straight to midwicket...Australia now making some significant inroads

JE Root c Bailey b McKay 12 (23m 17b 1x4 0x6) SR: 70.58

Will it be Bopara or Buttler next? It's Ravi...there's a slip in place

38.4

McKay to Bopara, no run, defended to the off side

38.5

McKay to Bopara, no run, full at off stump, played to cover again...one for a wicket maiden here

38.6

McKay to Bopara, 1 run, it won't quite be a maiden as he gets off the mark with a single to third man, but that was an excellent over from McKay

This has been a very good Powerplay for Australia

End of over 39 (1 run) England 190/4 (RR: 4.87)
RS Bopara    1* (3b)      CJ McKay    7-0-25-1
EJG Morgan    0* (2b)      JP Faulkner    5-0-21-1

39.1

Faulkner to Bopara, 2 runs, flicked in the air off leg stump but it's wide of midwicket and also wide of deep square

Two new batsmen is far from ideal for England

39.2

Faulkner to Bopara, no run, on off stump, pushed back to the bowler

39.3

Faulkner to Bopara, 2 runs, very full on off stump, jabbed down towards third man and Bopara does very well to spot the chance for a second

39.4

Faulkner to Bopara, no run, slower ball on off stump, Bopara comes forward and pushes to the off side

39.5

Faulkner to Bopara, 1 run, pushed square into the off side...Australia content to concede singles

We have a delay here as the umpires want to check why the bail was off behind Bopara as he played that last shot...it appears to have just fallen off on its own. Haha, then the big screen flashes up as 'Out' for a moment before a quick correction. A rather bizarre minute there

39.6

Faulkner to Morgan, 1 run, worked through midwicket to get off the mark

England are into their final 10. They need to match Trent Bridge the other night to reach 300. I'm handing back to Alan

End of over 40 (6 runs) England 196/4 (RR: 4.90)
EJG Morgan    1* (3b)      JP Faulkner    6-0-27-1
RS Bopara    6* (8b)      CJ McKay    7-0-25-1

Right'o, get strapped in. I think England might hit a six at some point in the next 60 balls

40.1

McKay to Morgan, no run, slightly full, on leg stump, clipped to midwicket

40.2

McKay to Morgan, 1 run, short of a length and angled across in the channel, waits and dabs one through gully

40.3

McKay to Bopara, no run, full and outside off, chops down and squeezes the ball towards cover point

40.4

McKay to Bopara, 1 run, again pitches the ball up in the channel, Bopara opens the face and thins a single down to third man

"Go home bail, you are drunk," giggles Manoz

40.5

McKay to Morgan, 1 run, shortish, on leg stump, comes off pad and glove, I think, short on the leg side and they nick another

40.6

McKay to Bopara, no run, pitched up and played back to the bowler

"This is the era in which Test Matches are played like one-day matches but it's strange from England team to see they play the one-day game like old Test matches," pronounces Shaik gravely (and with a touch of hyperbole)

End of over 41 (3 runs) England 199/4 (RR: 4.85)
RS Bopara    7* (11b)      CJ McKay    8-0-28-1
EJG Morgan    3* (6b)      JP Faulkner    6-0-27-1

41.1

Faulkner to Morgan, no run, good length ball around off stump, blocked back to the bowler

41.2

Faulkner to Morgan, 2 runs, slides down the leg side, whips the ball off a length through backward square, wide of the man in the deep

41.3

Faulkner to Morgan, 1 run, goes back and across and worked through backward point for one

41.4

Faulkner to Bopara, 1 leg bye, stays over the wicket to the right-hander, pitched outside leg stump, tries to glance and gets a single fine off the pad

41.5

Faulkner to Morgan, 1 run, full and wide and chopped into the ground on the off side

41.6

Faulkner to Bopara, 1 leg bye, pitched up around leg stump, Faulkner appeals as the ball thumps Bopara's pad and rolls into the off side ... and Australia decide to review the not-out decision. And the replays show it landed and struck outside the line, so that's a DRS fail for Australia

"40 overs without a SIX?!" exclaims Joey. "Doubt that the Aussie is THAT good. I think the batsmen are not THAT good. This is when u miss KP...."

End of over 42 (6 runs) England 205/4 (RR: 4.88)
RS Bopara    7* (13b)      JP Faulkner    7-0-31-1
EJG Morgan    7* (10b)      CJ McKay    8-0-28-1

42.1

McKay to Bopara, FOUR, pitched up in the slot outside off stump and Bopara pays out, the fruits align and he skips forward to bunt the ball over long-off, one-bounce four

42.2

McKay to Bopara, 1 run, pushed into the covers for one coming forward

42.3

McKay to Morgan, 1 run, slower bouncer, outside off stump, Morgan waits and guides one to third man

42.4

McKay to Bopara, 1 run, bends his back and digs this in short over the top of the stumps, Bopara drops it at his toes and they're alert to scamper a single

42.5

McKay to Morgan, OUT, shuffles across and bowled round his legs! McKay suckers him, maybe took the pace off a touch, Morgan going right across and exposing middle and leg stump, tried to wristily flick the ball over backward square leg, missed and the ball hit

EJG Morgan b McKay 8 (23m 12b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

Momentum draining away from England now... Jos Buttler and his barrel of gunpowder roll out at No. 7

42.6

McKay to Buttler, 1 run, very full and straight, gets the bat down in time and clips through square leg to get off the mark first ball

End of over 43 (8 runs) England 213/5 (RR: 4.95)
JC Buttler    1* (1b)      CJ McKay    9-0-36-2
RS Bopara    13* (16b 1x4)      JP Faulkner    7-0-31-1

43.1

Faulkner to Buttler, OUT, and Buttler's gone second ball, edging on to his stumps! Good areas from Faulkner, not quite wide or full enough for the drive and Buttler played away from his body, not much footwork, the ball cannoning back into his standing leg and then on to middle stump - the gunpowder has exploded in England's face!

JC Buttler b Faulkner 1 (1m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

England back to aspring for 250 or so, with Tim Bresnan to the wicket

43.2

Faulkner to Bresnan, no run, angled across on the full, played back towards the bowler

43.3

Faulkner to Bresnan, no run, full and outside off, driven hard along the ground straight to mid-off

43.4

Faulkner to Bresnan, no run, slower ball, Bresnan pushes forward and the ball loops short on the off side

43.5

Faulkner to Bresnan, 1 run, tip and run towards mid-off, slightly to one side of Warner but he collects cleanly and a direct hit might have seen Bresnan struggling

43.6

Faulkner to Bopara, 1 run, slightly too leg side, flicks a length delivery off the pads to fine leg

End of over 44 (2 runs) England 215/6 (RR: 4.88)
RS Bopara    14* (17b 1x4)      JP Faulkner    8-0-33-2
TT Bresnan    1* (4b)      CJ McKay    9-0-36-2

"For all the salivating over Buttler, he is averaging 14 after 10 matches," murmurs Mr Ronan

44.1

McKay to Bopara, no run, full and in the channel outside off, driven into the off side, can't beat the infield

44.2

McKay to Bopara, 1 run, hangs back and glides a length delivery towards third man

44.3

McKay to Bresnan, no run, full and outside off, gets a stride in a drills the ball straight to extra cover

44.4

McKay to Bresnan, no run, length, dabs the ball towards point

44.5

McKay to Bresnan, 1 leg bye, legcutter from Mckay and this surprises Bresnan, who was through his shot and is then hit on the arm trying to flinch out of the way

44.6

McKay to Bopara, 1 run, line and length outside off, dabs a single behind point

"England are appalling. It is the same old story again and again," grumbles Marty. "The current XI fundamentally only comprises two batsmen who are capable of hitting boundaries (Morgan and Butler) but who are only allowed to play in the last overs of their innings when the pressure is on."

End of over 45 (3 runs) England 218/6 (RR: 4.84)
RS Bopara    16* (20b 1x4)      CJ McKay    10-0-38-2
TT Bresnan    1* (7b)      JP Faulkner    8-0-33-2

45.1

Faulkner to Bopara, FOUR, full and on the pads, only needs a tickle from Bopara's bat to send it skipping away to fine leg for a welcome boundary

45.2

Faulkner to Bopara, 1 wide, slower ball out the back of the hand, this spins like a chinaman past Bopara and is called wide

45.2

Faulkner to Bopara, no run, good length and angled across, beats Bopara's waft

45.3

Faulkner to Bopara, 2 runs, waits on a length ball, maybe slower again, works it into a gap at square leg for a couple

45.4

Faulkner to Bopara, no run, hangs back and defends short on the leg side, Faulkner collects in his follow through

"Innocuous McKay, ha ha, 2 for 38 in 10." Yep, he came back well after an average start, Chanz

45.5

Faulkner to Bopara, 1 run, goes round the wicket, another change of pace, tapped behind square on the off side for another single

45.6

Faulkner to Bresnan, 1 run, edges across the stumps and flicks a full-length ball angling in towards deep backward square

End of over 46 (9 runs) England 227/6 (RR: 4.93)
TT Bresnan    2* (8b)      JP Faulkner    9-0-42-2
RS Bopara    23* (25b 2x4)      CJ McKay    10-0-38-2

Bailey throws the ball to Mitchell Starc, with four overs to go...

Here's John: "It seems like everyone but the England management anticipated this. They got off to a good start and then, if I didn't know better, I'd swear that they slowed down on purpose. Trott and Bell could have scored another 30 or so by over 30 without significant risk. England have again painted themselves into a corner."

46.1

Starc to Bresnan, FOUR, round the wicket, dug in short, the pace seems to surprise Bresnan, who jerks his bat across the line and manages to divert a top edge out towards fine leg

46.2

Starc to Bresnan, FOUR, consecutive boundaries, this behind square on the off side as Bresnan launches into a drive and slices a full delivery wide of third man

46.3

Starc to Bresnan, 1 run, angled in and whipped off the pads through backward square

46.4

Starc to Bopara, 2 runs, low full toss, Bopara swats at it, gets a healthy edge and Wade does very well to get a glove on it as the ball skims past, ensuring third man can clean up

46.5

Starc to Bopara, 1 run, pitched up on the stumps, tapped back through mid-on for a single

46.6

Starc to Bresnan, no run, full, yorker-length outside off, Bresnan can only jam his bat down on it

"Interesting to see that only one player has 80 up strike rate on this road pitch." I guess we'll only know if it actually has a few pot holes after Australia have batted, Varun

End of over 47 (12 runs) England 239/6 (RR: 5.08)
TT Bresnan    11* (12b 2x4)      MA Starc    9-0-62-1
RS Bopara    26* (27b 2x4)      JP Faulkner    9-0-42-2

47.1

Faulkner to Bopara, 1 run, round the wicket, full and tailing in, worked between mid-on and midwicket for a single to the sweeper

47.2

Faulkner to Bresnan, no run, gets the ball right up in the blockhole and Bresnan is forced to dig it out

47.3

Faulkner to Bresnan, 1 run, good stuff from Faulkner, getting his yorkers in, this one squirts out into the off side

47.4

Faulkner to Bopara, 2 runs, full and on the pads, flicked wristily in the air in front of the man at deep midwicket for a couple

47.5

Faulkner to Bopara, 1 run, keeps the ball right up towards the crease, Bopara brings the bat down and inside-edges behind square

47.6

Faulkner to Bresnan, 1 run, full and pitching around leg stump, clears the front leg and drives to long-on

Here's Priyashrav: "Starc going for 60+ in 9 overs and yet both Watson and Johnson will not complete their full quota. I think Bailey missed a trick here."

End of over 48 (6 runs) England 245/6 (RR: 5.10)
TT Bresnan    13* (15b 2x4)      JP Faulkner    10-0-48-2
RS Bopara    30* (30b 2x4)      MA Starc    9-0-62-1

48.1

Starc to Bresnan, 2 runs, full and angled in from round the wicket, squeezed out behind square on the leg side, they get back for two

48.2

Starc to Bresnan, 2 runs, Bresnan frees the arms and bunts a fullish ball past the diving fielder at midwicket, he's not far off making a stupendous catch but they get a couple more

48.3

Starc to Bresnan, 1 run, backing away outside leg stump, opens the shoulders and drives one into the covers

48.4

Starc to Bopara, SIX, bosh, this one goes all the way, England's first six of the innings! A low full toss from Starc, Bopara clips it unfussily over deep midwicket, not much follow through but it flies low into the crowd

48.5

Starc to Bopara, 2 runs, dabs this into a gap through square leg and they run hard to get back for a second

48.6

Starc to Bopara, no run, full bunger, Bopara can't get under this one and Starc ends his allocation with a dot

"Pitch looks on the slow side and will only get slower. Thoughts?" I think it will turn, Sam. England will be glad they've packed their spinner

End of over 49 (13 runs) England 258/6 (RR: 5.26)
RS Bopara    38* (33b 2x4 1x6)      MA Starc    10-0-75-1
TT Bresnan    18* (18b 2x4)      JP Faulkner    10-0-48-2

See, I told you England would hit a six. It's just a sense (call it a sixth one) I have... Anyways, here's Mitch Snr (Snr) to bowl the final over

49.1

Johnson to Bresnan, 1 run, goes for the yorker wide of the stumps, Bresnan manages to work it away for a single through cover

49.2

Johnson to Bopara, 2 runs, slices this high, high into the off side, Bopara done by the slower ball as he tried to cart it back down the ground, it swirled above Bailey in the covers, he didn't get under it and then failed to get a finger on the attempted catch too!

49.3

Johnson to Bopara, 1 run, fired across and Bopara swings hard, gets a toe end past Wade

49.4

Johnson to Bresnan, 1 wide, sprayed very wide this time, as Bresnan stepped away - this one's called

49.4

Johnson to Bresnan, 1 leg bye, dug in short, the batsman swings across the line and misses, hits the body and runs away behind square - these two have put on fifty in quick time

49.5

Johnson to Bopara, FOUR, makes a calculated step across his stumps, Johnson pitches it up outside off and this is right under Bopara's nose, he middles it, smacked low straight back down the ground and it beats the diving long-off for another boundary

Johnson pulls out as Bopara steps away again..

49.6

Johnson to Bopara, 1 run, length ball, swung hard through midwicket but he picks out the the man in the deep and it's just a single to end a handy little cameo from Bopara and the innings with England 269 for 6

4.25pm: So, around 25 minutes late, the England innings ends (expect a potential fine for Australia due to the over rate) - and both sides will probably talk up their respective positions. England might have made more, given the start their top three gave them, but will feel that total is defendable. Australia pulled it back with some disciplined bowling in the last 15 overs - can the batsmen produce something equally doughty? Join us again shortly to find out

End of over 50 (11 runs) England 269/6
RS Bopara    46* (37b 3x4 1x6)      MG Johnson    8-0-44-0
TT Bresnan    19* (20b 2x4)      MA Starc    10-0-75-1
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