Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

GS Ballance
79(96) 6x4 - 0x6
Control %89%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 10 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
0 2 2 0 11 4 1 2
AJ Finch
121(128) 12x4 - 0x6
Control %86%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 7 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 4 2 3 3 4 1 2

Best performances - Bowlers

JE Root
O2.0
M0
R11
W1
Eco5.50
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
CJ McKay
O10.0
M0
R44
W3
Eco4.40
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

Okay, folks, that's yer lot for today. Brydon Coverdale's report should be your next stop and then Plays of the Day, why not? If you're in England, Sunday is your oyster; those in the Antipodes should slug a green grenade and then get to bed - remember you've got work tomorrow. To each and everyone in between, thanks for your comments, we'll be back again next week. Cheerio!

10.05pm: Another day, another win for Australia, the taste of defeat growing wearyingly familiar for England. Defending a middling target, they had to take early wickets but practically threw away the game along with several chances in the first 15 overs. Aaron Finch cruised to a century and that was plenty for Australia... and he is duly named Man of the Match.

"It's always nice to get a good start to the series, especially at your home ground," Finch says. "It was a good feeling. The way the wicket was, it swung around a bit early, a game of one-day cricket, you do need a bit of luck early, it was nice that it went our way and to contribute to a big partnership with Davey Warner. When you're batting with him it gives you confidence to give it a bit of a belt. He takes a lot of pressure off, the confidence he brings in from Test cricket, I've known him for about 15 years and it never gets boring."

England's captain, Alastair Cook: "I'm disappointed, we were probably about 20 short but we didn't bowl well enough. We wanted to keep it tight, hit the top of off, but we needed to take those chances. The batsmen wanted to get in - Finch and Warner did that - you can't just go off and running straight away but whenever we managed to build a partnership we had a setback. We've got to [manage the squad] this way, we've got a lot of one-day cricket to come and it was pleasing to see Chris Jordan come off. If things come together on the day we can be competitive at the Gabba."

Australia captain, Michael Clarke: "We were a bit sloppy in the field but did enough. I think the momentum has come from putting in the hard work, we played well in the UK and things are coming together. We've got a lot of guys who can bat and bowl, which makes my job a lot easier, in one-day cricket you need to do two things these days. We're just looking from series to series at the moment but we know the World Cup is coming along."

45.4
2
Bresnan to Maxwell, 2 runs, back of a length, swatted in front of deep midwicket, they'll get back for two meaning Australia win by six wickets and go 1-0 up in the series

"Time to bring out the Undertaker," murmurs Matt

45.3
0
Bresnan to Maxwell, no run, goes full and wide as Maxwell backed away, inside the tramlines, well bowled
45.2
1
Bresnan to Bailey, 1 run, short and outside off, rolls his wrists on a pull in front of square
45.1
1
Bresnan to Maxwell, 1 run, slower ball, nudged into the leg side for one

END OF OVER:
45 | 9 Runs | AUS: 266/4

  • GJ Bailey16 (17b)
  • GJ Maxwell5 (9b)
  • BA Stokes10-0-64-1
  • TT Bresnan9-0-52-1
44.6
4
Stokes to Bailey, FOUR runs, scooped over the ring, Bailey driving aerially towards long-off, it bounces short but that's a boundary to take Australia within one hit of victory
44.5
1lb
Stokes to Maxwell, 1 leg bye, pitched up on leg stump, swings and misses, there's a leg bye for the taking... though Stokes makes a playful attempt to rugby tackle Bailey as he tried to field in his follow through

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

GS Ballance
79(96) 6x4 - 0x6
Control %89%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 10 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
0 2 2 0 11 4 1 2
AJ Finch
121(128) 12x4 - 0x6
Control %86%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 7 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 4 2 3 3 4 1 2

Best performances - Bowlers

JE Root
O2.0
M0
R11
W1
Eco5.50
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
CJ McKay
O10.0
M0
R44
W3
Eco4.40
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF