Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

CL White
86(98) 7x4 - 2x6
Control %95%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 10 runs
  • 0x4 - 1x6
0 2 4 5 2 4 12 3
EJG Morgan
52(64) 3x4 - 0x6
Control %88%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull/hook on back foot
  • 4 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 0 1 5 6 0 0 2

Best performances - Bowlers

DE Bollinger
O10.0
M2
R46
W3
Eco4.60
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
SCJ Broad
O10.0
M0
R44
W4
Eco4.40
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

Well, two in two for England, and they've cantered to the win both times! There was a little stutter today towards the end, but England looked the slicker, more professional outfit throughout the day and the win is well-deserved. Australia are missing some firepower in the bowling department, and it's really showed in the first two games. Their bowlers are generally quite inexperienced, but their batsmen aren't - Ponting, Hussey, Clarke, even Watson - these guys are veterans but they were disappointing today. England did the basics so well, they obviously had plans - just look at the dismissal of Clarke - and they stuck to them superbly. Anyway, enough of my waffle. For a much more incisive and in-depth look at the game, have a look at Brydon's bulletin while we wait for the match presentation - please stay with us for that.

Ponting: "We havent had much success down here. The game today mirrored the first game, we batted first, started strongly but then lost our way. A couple of injuries hasn't helped, but we've got to look at our strengths and play accordingly. 240 was never going to be enough. I thought White showed a lot of maturity, his innings gave us something to bowl at, but not enough. When you're batting at the top of the order it's your responsibility to make runs, and i haven't done that so far. All in all, another poor performance from us."

Strauss: "They got off to a pretty fast start, but the bowlers reacted to the condition of the wicket very well, we dragged it back and got them on the back foot again. A little bit of a wobble at the end of the chase, but another good performance. Yardy's OK, just a bit of a groin strain. We've got to make sure we don't rest on our laurels now. It went pretty well for us, and when you're on top you can try a few things. But we've got to keep it going, not get too carried away."

Stuart Broad, on his 24th birthday, is Man of the Match for his four wickets: "We performed well as a team today, but we know how important it is to stand up again at Old Trafford. It was hard work in the gym... it's a fantastic changing room to be in at the moment. We tried to use the short ball and adapt to conditions, a few cross-seamers etc. It's important that the younger bowlers just keep learning. I have opened the bowling in the past, and I hope to do it in the future, but i'm happy coming on first change. Old Trafford is the sort of wicket that bowlers look forward to."

That's all from us tonight, thanks for joining us, thanks for the feedback, and do join us again for the next game of the series, at Old Trafford, on Sunday June 27. The final word from Mark Kidger, because we like him: "7 wins on the bounce now and it includes a few against South Africa and Australia, plus some wins from seemingly lost positions in Bangladesh. Even England fans are starting to believe..."

45.2
6
McKay to Swann, SIX runs, what a shot! It's all over now, and in style! McKay dished up a half-volley on off stump and Swann just murdered it over long-off. The ball never got up high but went way over the rope, and Swann is pumping his fist! The crowd had been very vocal as England closed in on the win, and they're cheering now too.
45.1
2
McKay to Swann, 2 runs, short and wide, cut away behind square and Bollinger sprints round from third man to cut it off

With five overs left, England must now take the Batting Powerplay (Australia having taken theirs after the wicket of Pietersen). It'll be McKay to bowl

END OF OVER:
45 | 3 Runs | ENG: 235/6

  • TT Bresnan12 (19b)
  • GP Swann11 (12b)
  • SPD Smith8-0-40-1
  • CJ McKay9-0-52-0
44.6
0
Smith to Bresnan, no run, punched to cover, but straight to the fielder
44.5
1
Smith to Swann, 1 run, pushed out on the off side off the back foot
44.4
1
Smith to Bresnan, 1 run, swept out to deep square
44.3
1
Smith to Swann, 1 run, was that a wrong 'un? A flipper? Either way it seemed to rush straight on, striking Swann on the pad but going well over

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

CL White
86(98) 7x4 - 2x6
Control %95%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 10 runs
  • 0x4 - 1x6
0 2 4 5 2 4 12 3
EJG Morgan
52(64) 3x4 - 0x6
Control %88%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull/hook on back foot
  • 4 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 0 1 5 6 0 0 2

Best performances - Bowlers

DE Bollinger
O10.0
M2
R46
W3
Eco4.60
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
SCJ Broad
O10.0
M0
R44
W4
Eco4.40
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF