Player of the Match
Player of the Match
  • BATSMEN
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    4.4 tried to force one too many, didn't pick the right ball, didn't pick the right bowler. Starc's been generating some serious pace, and this shortish ball reaches Moeen a bit too quickly. A mistimed pull shot lands in mid-on's hands 25/1
    13.4 speaking of Mitches... This was a slower, length ball and Bell has decided it had to go. Got onto the front foot and slogged it quite well. Only he forgot to calculate for Starc lurking on the midwicket boundary there 66/3
    9.4 trap set, trap sprung! It's a good length ball on middle, and it shapes in at him as well. Ballance can't help himself but go for a flick and he's picked out Finch at short midwicket 49/2
    13.5 two in two! And Marsh is sure pulling his weight! Becomes the fourth man on a hat-trick today as he gets Root to top-edge a short ball that Haddin tracks down around fine leg 66/4
    17.6 six balls, no runs, poor shot, Morgan's form appears to be like a mythical creature that just cannot be found. It's the slower short ball and he goes for a pull, can't adjust for the lack of pace, and gets a cue-end to Haddin, who dives to his left and forward as well to complete a spectacular grab 73/5
    not out
    98
    126
    90
    11
    2
    108.88
    21.2 Marsh has five, but this wicket is all Smith's! What a stunner at short cover! Forget Superman, just look at this guy leaping to his left and sticking out both hands that grapples a full-blooded bludgeon! 92/6
    35.2 slower ball outside off, lifted a bit too high into the air and well, don't bother it's Smith under it having back-pedalled from mid-off. So it's bound to be taken. Beaten for the lack of pace and England's fiesty resistance seems to be at an end 184/7
    36.1 first-baller and the stumps right up! Eight wickers down, all to the Mitches. And this was a yorker any fast bowler would he proud of! Ripped right through Broad's defences 194/8
    37.1 Johnson v tailender... only one result! Vicious bouncer on middle, Finn appeared rooted, defends to protect himself and stared bemusedly at where the ball might have gone after it popped up off the splice. Mitch knew exactly where it was though as he runs up and takes the easiest of caught-and-bowleds 195/9
    41.5 full and straight on middle and leg, Taylor looks for a flick and seems to have almost fallen over. Big appeal from the bowler, umpire Dar thinks and then gives it. Taylor immediately reviews it and it appears the ball might be skating down leg. Century still on the cards, it would seem. Funnily though, Aaron Finch had come up and started shaking hands with Taylor thinking the match was done. But wait, Dharmasena was checking for the run-out as the batsmen were looking to sneak a leg bye and it appears Maxwell has found his target to leave Anderson short of his ground. But how can that be considering Dar had given it out lbw and that means the ball should be dead, right? The question is, was he run out before the umpire's finger came up or was it after.... Taylor keeps telling it is dead ball, repeating it over and over, but Australia are already shaking hands and the umpires confirm that Anderson is indeed run out 231/10
    Extras
    16 (lb 5, w 11)
    TOTAL
    231 all out (41.5 Overs, RR: 5.52)
    Fall of wickets: 1-25 (MM Ali, 4.4 ov), 2-49 (GS Ballance, 9.4 ov), 3-66 (IR Bell, 13.4 ov), 4-66 (JE Root, 13.5 ov), 5-73 (EJG Morgan, 17.6 ov), 6-92 (JC Buttler, 21.2 ov), 7-184 (CR Woakes, 35.2 ov), 8-194 (SCJ Broad, 36.1 ov), 9-195 (ST Finn, 37.1 ov), 10-231 (JM Anderson, 41.5 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEcon0s4s6sWDNB
    MA Starc9.014725.22346100
    JR Hazlewood6.504506.58226030
    MG Johnson8.003624.50354030
    MR Marsh9.003353.66332100
    SR Watson3.001304.3380000
    GJ Maxwell4.003308.2563010
    SPD Smith2.001909.5032000

Match Notes

Top at six

91

England's previous highest against Australia at No. 6 - Kevin Pietersen's 91 in 2005. Taylor has surpassed that score.

Top, from bottom

66

Previous highest by an England batsman batting at No. 6 or lower in the World Cup, Taylor has beaten that.

No. 6 stat

3

No. of World Cup games in which No. 6 from both teams have hit fifties, including this match. Last happened in 1999, twice.

Like father, like son

7

Mitchell Marsh is only the seventh bowler to take a five-for on World cup debut. His father, Geoff also had a good debut - he got a ton.

Best World Cup Debut

6/14

Best bowling figures on World Cup debut by an Australian, by Gary Gilmour. Marsh has taken four.

Tough ask

4

Number of times out of 53 targets of 300 or more have been chased successfully in the World Cup.

Quick!

54

Inns taken by Bailey to complete 2000 ODI runs - the joint third-fastest Australian to the landmark.

Rare achievement

3

Number of Australian batsmen before Finch to hit a century on World Cup debut; Overall, Finch is the 14th batsman to do this.

None before

0

Number of Australian batsmen before Finch to hit a century against England in the World Cup.

Indifferent form

21.35

George Bailey's batting average since he got his last hundred in ODIs. He has got three fifties in 21 innings.

Before today

103.58

Steven Smith's average in international cricket between this innings and the last time he was dismissed in single digits.

Not this time

52

Watson's ODI batting average against Broad before this game. Watson got dismissed for a first-ball duck in this match.

Anderson first up

11

Wickets taken by James Anderson in the mandatory Powerplays since 2014 - only Lasith Malinga has more (12).

Australia's turf

15

ODIs won by Australia against England at the MCG - they have beaten only one other team at any venue more often. WI at the SCG, 17 times.