Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

IJL Trott
137(126) 11x4 - 0x6
Control %85%
  • Productive Shot
  • on side drive on front foot
  • 5 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 0 1 0 0 2 7 3
MJ Clarke
82(70) 4x4 - 1x6
Control %87%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 9 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 0 7 2 3 1 5 2

Best performances - Bowlers

ST Finn
O10.0
M0
R51
W2
Eco5.10
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
SW Tait
O10.0
M0
R59
W2
Eco5.90
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

Australia go 5-1 up in the series with a nailbiting two-wicket win with four balls to spare. After all the flak he's received, it was Michael Clarke who held Australia's chase together with a well-paced knock that ensured that the earlier efforts of Watson, Johnson and Ferguson did not go in vain. There were contributions from all of Australia's batsmen, White and Hussey chipping in too.

But spare a thought for Jonathan Trott - a career-best effort from him to set up what could so easily have been a match-winning total. Strauss and Bell also showed they're in good nick. A thrilling end to the game that showed that there's still life and passion in this series - although, worryingly, injury lists for both teams continue to grow.

Andrew McGlashan's bulletin will be up presently - no doubt after a couple of frantic re-writes after that close finish.

A bittersweet victory, Andrew Strauss is asked. "Yeah just bitter I think, if I'm honest," he says. "It was great to see Trott play so well, all the same. 333 is a good score on any ground. We weren't helped by Collingwood's injury, and it was very disappointing not to be able to defend 333. Collingwood is ok, he had a back spasm." Team balance? "Five bowlers aren't enough when one of them goes down, that's for sure. We'll have to think about team balance at the world cup. We're 5-1 down, that's the way the game goes sometimes. If you've got seven matches it gives one side a great opportunity to gain momentum and get on top of the other. I'm still confident we've got a great side, we had a great Ashes series and no-one can take that away from us. This series hasn't really helped us nail down our World Cup XI as there've been so many injuries, but it's the same for Australia."

"Nice to get a hundred," says Jonathan Trott. "It's more memorable when you win the game. We would've taken 333 at the beginning of the day. It's good to be able to continue doing well for the team. I'm not looking to stand still, I'm looking to improve all the time."

"We're winning, first and foremost, and it's nice to be contributing with the bat," says a smiling Michael Clarke. "We had to take a few risks, I punted a bit on sending Mitch up the order and he played really well. He strikes the ball as clean as anyone. A few things didn't go to plan with the ball for us, but we're stoked to have chased those runs down. The boys are a bit weary, a bit tired, but we've got some tough cricket to come. My family and friends were out to support me today, I love playing at the SCG and it was nice to get some support today."

That's all from your commentary team today. Just a quick reminder, you can head over to our Twitter handle, @ESPNcricinfo, to remain updated on all the latest happenings in cricket. And while you are at it, you could also check out our Facebook page which gives you the chance to share all your thoughts on anything that's cricket - including today's game. Do join us for the final game of this series, which is being played at the WACA on Sunday (11:20 local, 03:20 GMT). Until then, goodbye!

49.2
4
Woakes to Hastings, FOUR runs, there it is! The runs count no matter how you get them, Hastings swings and a thick inside edge rolls down to the fine leg boundary. The Duke has done it for Australia at the death
49.1
1
Woakes to Lee, 1 run, full and fast, Lee drives and a thick outside edge flies down to third man ... just the single

Mid-off was up, three men were out on the leg side - so the bouncer was always on, but that was much too short

49.1
1w
Woakes to Lee, 1 wide, not the best start, he's slammed that down halfway down and that's ballooned way, way over the batsman's head

One hit will do it. The short boundary is on the leg side. Chris Woakes will have the responsibility of bowling the final over. He looks relaxed in conversation with his captain. The crowd are alive at the SCG!

END OF OVER:
49 | 10 Runs 1 Wkt | AUS: 328/8

  • B Lee1 (1b)
  • JW Hastings3 (3b)
  • ST Finn10-0-51-2
  • JM Anderson10-0-91-1
48.6
1
Finn to Lee, 1 run, rising towards the hip, Lee doesn't know too much about it as the ball takes the thigh pad and lobs up in the air towards square leg ... eventually Hastings calls him through

England need 7 from 7 ... Brett Lee is the new batsman

Trott was the fielder out there, after his earlier lapse he fired in a perfect throw to Prior. That ends a great knock from Clarke, 82 from 70 balls. The crowd rise to their feet as he leaves the field, that's good to see

48.5
W
Finn to Clarke, 1 run, OUT, slower-ball bouncer, Clarke aims a well-controlled paddle-pull into the deep. They push hard for the second ... but he's short of his ground! Clarke is run out and Australia are eight wickets down
48.4
3
Finn to Hastings, 3 runs, that's in the air ... but safe! Hastings heaved a length delivery high into the leg side, two fielders chased after it but their tag-team effort goes slightly awry and they're back for three

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

IJL Trott
137(126) 11x4 - 0x6
Control %85%
  • Productive Shot
  • on side drive on front foot
  • 5 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 0 1 0 0 2 7 3
MJ Clarke
82(70) 4x4 - 1x6
Control %87%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 9 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 0 7 2 3 1 5 2

Best performances - Bowlers

ST Finn
O10.0
M0
R51
W2
Eco5.10
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
SW Tait
O10.0
M0
R59
W2
Eco5.90
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF