Well blow me down and rewrite history. England, yes, England!, have won the first final of the CB Series by four wickets, thanks to a monumental unbeaten 120 from 133 balls from Paul Collingwood!

An unbiased view from Rick Johnson who emails: "Ned Kelly, Robert Menzies, David Campese, Kylie Minogue, Skippy the Bush Kangaroo, Ian Thorpe, Yvonne Goolagong, Mel Gibson ... your boys took a hell of a beating"

The dressing-room has just spontaneously combusted, with Andrew Flintoff leading some monstrous bear-hugs. This has been a remarkable evening at Melbourne. The team that, two weeks ago, could sink no lower has just bounced back in remarkable style!

That's it from us today. No prizes for guessing the Man of the Match. I've been Andrew Miller, and from my colleagues, Martin Williamson and Andrew McGlashan, it's goodbye, and join us again on Sunday at 3.15am GMT for the second final at Sydney. It's been emotional and I need a cuppa ...

49.3
1
Bracken to Collingwood, 1 run, There it is! And it's Paul Collingwood with the winning runs through midwicket!
49.2
1
Bracken to Nixon, 1 run, tip and run and the scores are level! Chipped to mid-on and Nixon is too quick for the fielder

Everyone is in the circle

49.1
2
Bracken to Nixon, 2 runs, full-length from around the wicket, Nixon whips it fine again, and he's found space as well!

END OF OVER:
49 | 9 Runs | ENG: 249/6 (4 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 5.08, RRR: 4.00)

  • PD Collingwood119 (132b)
  • PA Nixon8 (8b)
  • GD McGrath10-0-53-0
  • SR Watson8-0-51-1

If this is a tie, it automatically goes to a third final ... In the meantime, it's Nathan Bracken to defend four runs in this final over ...

Hell of a day to give up barbiturates ...

48.6
0
McGrath to Collingwood, no run, full-toss, back to McGrath. A single threatened, but wisely turned down

Deep cover comes in. Ponting has to stop the singles

48.5
4
McGrath to Collingwood, FOUR runs, drilled down the ground! That's a massive strike! Great quick feet from Collingwood, and McGrath couldn't cut it off!
48.4
1
McGrath to Nixon, 1 run, low full-toss, clipped to the mid-off fielder in the ring, but another quick single ...
48.3
2
McGrath to Nixon, 2 runs, great cricket from Nixon. Big gaps on the leg side, and he worked it expertly off his toes into the gap. England need a run a ball again ...

England 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st1MB LoyeEC Joyce
2nd13EC JoyceIR Bell
3rd1AJ StraussIR Bell
4th133PD CollingwoodIR Bell
5th74PD CollingwoodA Flintoff
6th3PD CollingwoodJWM Dalrymple
7th28PD CollingwoodPA Nixon