England tour of Australia, 1st T20I: Australia v England at Adelaide, Jan 12, 2011
England won by 1 wicket (with 0 balls remaining)
Played at Adelaide Oval
12 January 2011 - night match (20-over match)

7.00pm Right, we're almost ready for the off. Shane Watson and David Warner provide the muscle at the top of the order for Australia. The crowd is heaving and Chris Woakes, on debut, will get things going for England. Two slips in place...

6.55pm Greg Blewett on Sky helpful informs us that the pitch is an "absolute cracker" and he expects plenty of runs. Good toss to win and according to Michael Vaughan's Twitter "Aussie should be big favourites now they have won the toss and are batting first..." So there you go.

The players and crowd are observing a minute's silence for those who've lost their lives in Queensland.

6.50pm As ever, things beyond the field put the cricket into perspective. The terrible events in Queensland have rocked the country and the teams will be wearing black armbands in respect to those who have lost their lives in the flooding. What's more they will be collecting donations for the flood-relief effort with the players donating part of their match fees.

6.45pm Cameron White has started his captaincy on the right note by winning the toss and Australia will bat.

Some team news is that Ian Bell returns to the Twenty20 side for the first time since 2008 and Chris Woakes makes his debut. All of which means England look like this:

England: 1 Ian Bell, 2 Steven Davies (wk), 3 Kevin Pietersen, 4 Paul Collingwood (capt), 5 Eoin Morgan, 6 Luke Wright, 7 Michael Yardy, 8 Tim Bresnan, 9 Graeme Swann, 10 Ajmal Shahzad, 11 Chris Woakes.

Australia meanwhile have a debutant of their own in Aaron Finch and there is a place for Brett Lee, which is always good news. Plenty of pace in Australia's line-up.

Australia: 1 David Warner, 2 Shane Watson, 3 Tim Paine (wk), 4 David Hussey, 5 Cameron White (capt), 6 Aaron Finch, 7 Steve Smith, 8 Steve O'Keefe, 9 Mitchell Johnson, 10 Brett Lee, 11 Shaun Tait

6.30pm Hello and welcome to Cricinfo's coverage of the 1st Twenty20 between Australia and England. I hope you enjoyed the Ashes because that's the last red-ball cricket you'll be seeing in a while around these parts. Instead we have two Twenty20s and an eye-watering seven ODIs ahead of us.

I'm Sahil Dutta and I'm delighted to announce that Mr Andrew Miller will be sharing the comms duties for this match. At the ground we have Andrew McGlashan and after the Ashes drubbing Australia arrive in Adelaide with a new T20 captain - Cameron White - some new faces, some old faces and a whole load of hope.

England, meanwhile, are chasing a record win as Andrew McGlashan's preview tells you all about.


Woakes to Warner, 1 run, tidy enough start for both teams, dished up fullish on the stumps, Warner flicks around the corner for a single, they thought about two before thinking again


Woakes to Watson, 2 runs, Woakes is lucky to get away with this, it's hideously short and wide and Watson slaps it towards third man who scoots round to field


Woakes to Watson, no run, short ball followed by a half-volley that Watson cracks towards mid-on where a tumbling Pietersen fields well to save


Woakes to Watson, no run, much better this time, Woakes finds the length and line to meet that characteristic clunked forward block from Watson


Woakes to Watson, 1 run, Woakes is happy to go full in search of swing, there isn't any and Watson drills a straight drive that again Pietersen fields smartly


Woakes to Warner, no run, back of a length this time, Warner tried to work to leg but couldn't. All of which ends a tidy over

End of over 1 (4 runs) Australia 4/0 (RR: 4.00)

    • DA Warner 1 (2b)
    • SR Watson 3 (4b)
    • CR Woakes 1-0-4-0

Sharing the new ball is Ajmal Shahzad, who finally gets a go after waiting in the wings all Test tour.


Shahzad to Watson, no run, Shahzad does find some swing early on and Watson's squeezed drive is fielded superbly by Collingwood, jumping up with to save with one hand at cover


Shahzad to Watson, 1 run, this is a touch close to off stump for the shot but Watson still manages to chop this to third man


Shahzad to Warner, no run, nervy times as Watson gets in a tangle with his running. No alarms though. Shahzad was swift there, getting Warner hopping on the back foot and beating him for pace


Shahzad to Warner, no run, again Shahzad has Warner in a hurry. Hitting a length around off stump and Warner is slow to get forward


Shahzad to Warner, 1 run, good start this from Shahzad and he finds something approaching the edge here but it's thickish and flies wide of the slips to third man


Shahzad to Watson, no run, he's all hustle and bustle but this is a touch wide and Watson crashes his arms through the line, pinging it to cover

So, after two overs no real damage inflicted by either team.

End of over 2 (2 runs) Australia 6/0 (RR: 3.00)

    • SR Watson 4 (7b)
    • DA Warner 2 (5b)
    • A Shahzad 1-0-2-0
    • CR Woakes 1-0-4-0

Woakes to Warner, no run, Australia are just hitting the field at the moment, Woakes here aims full and Warner cracks it straight to mid-off


Woakes to Warner, FOUR, first boundary of the day and the ball certainly deserved it. Grisly wide delivery, full as well, Warner just had to throw his arms through the line and the boundary followed


Woakes to Warner, FOUR, and again! Even better shot this time. On the up and threaded through extra cover


Woakes to Warner, 1 run, decent recovery from Woakes, reverting to a length and line and it's crisply punched to mid-on for a swiftly-taken single

A few emails have come in from Queensland residents wondering if the game is live on TV. Channel Nine has non-stop coverage of the floods but the match is available on their HD channel, Gem.


Woakes to Watson, FOUR, oops, a few wide ones and now this is fatally full on the pads. Watson only had to help it on its way with a flick of his wrists to collect another boundary


Woakes to Watson, 1 run, this time it's worked off a middle-stump line to midwicket for another single

Good over that for Australia, the openers are away now.

End of over 3 (14 runs) Australia 20/0 (RR: 6.66)

    • SR Watson 9 (9b 1x4)
    • DA Warner 11 (9b 2x4)
    • CR Woakes 2-0-18-0
    • A Shahzad 1-0-2-0

Right, time for a change. Collingwood has had enough of Shahzad - possibly a change of end - here's Tim Bresnan.


Bresnan to Watson, no run, straight away Bresnan hits his length and line, just like the Tests, and Watson solidly forward to defend


Bresnan to Watson, no run, again Bresnan bangs it down on a length and Watson aims a swish which he can't connect with


Bresnan to Watson, FOUR, wow, Watson has banged this so hard to the cover boundary that he's broken his bat. The handle comes off as he plays the shot - smacking a full wide delivery away


Bresnan to Watson, no run, this is again mullered by Watson, on the up as well, but Luke Wright diving at mid-off cuts off the runs


Bresnan to Watson, FOUR, yup, Watson is ticking now, gets a length ball from Bresnan and whips it to the midwicket boundary


Bresnan to Watson, 1 run, low full toss comes off the toe-end and trickles down to long-on. Probably tried to hit it too hard there

End of over 4 (9 runs) Australia 29/0 (RR: 7.25)

    • SR Watson 18 (15b 3x4)
    • DA Warner 11 (9b 2x4)
    • TT Bresnan 1-0-9-0
    • CR Woakes 2-0-18-0

Here is Shahzad again.


Shahzad to Watson, 1 run, good start to the new spell, finds the off-stump channel and Watson steers to point


Shahzad to Warner, no run, wonderful hack there from Warner, never looked like hitting it as he swung across the line


Shahzad to Warner, 1 run, Shahzad aims full in search of a yorker and it crunches off the toe-end to mid-on


Shahzad to Watson, FOUR, Pietersen has made a hash of that. He was moved back to a deepish mid-on and Watson duly drove uppishly in his direction but as he set himself the ball sailed over his head and went for four!


Shahzad to Watson, 1 run, firmly driven again this time out to deep cover


Shahzad to Warner, 1 run, Warner tries to give himself room but the delivery is on him too quickly and he can only steer to cover

End of over 5 (8 runs) Australia 37/0 (RR: 7.40)

    • DA Warner 13 (12b 2x4)
    • SR Watson 24 (18b 4x4)
    • A Shahzad 2-0-10-0
    • TT Bresnan 1-0-9-0

Bresnan to Warner, 1 leg bye, Bresnan finds a length around leg stump and it thuds off the pads around the corner for a jogged single


Bresnan to Watson, 1 run, full toss from Bresnan and Watson toe-ends to longish mid-on, jogging through for another single


Bresnan to Warner, no run, Warner hasn't quite found his range and despite the width here his cut shot is mistimed to cover


Bresnan to Warner, no run, good length and line from Bresnan and Warner has nowhere to go


Bresnan to Warner, 1 run, good work from Bresnan, rushing onto Warner from back of a length, it crashes off the body into the off side and a sharp single is taken


Bresnan to Watson, 1 run, ouch! Watson murdered a drive back at Bresnan, who stuck out a boot and found, to his horror, the ball crashing into it

End of over 6 (4 runs) Australia 41/0 (RR: 6.83)

    • SR Watson 26 (20b 4x4)
    • DA Warner 14 (16b 2x4)
    • TT Bresnan 2-0-12-0
    • A Shahzad 2-0-10-0

That's the end of the Powerplay and here is the left-arm dart merchant, Michael Yardy. "Knows his game" is the cliche about him.


Yardy to Watson, no run, starts excellently, firing it in from wide of the crease and rushing Watson into a defence


Yardy to Watson, 1 run, width will always cost, but this time just a single as Watson's cut finds deep point

Warner is eyeing up deep midwicket..


Yardy to Warner, no run, but won't find it here as he has to hurry to defend a slippery delivery


Yardy to Warner, FOUR, wrong line from Yardy, heading down the leg side and Warner gets to swing it around the corner firmly for four


Yardy to Warner, no run, cripes, that is a very swift quicker ball and Warner again scampers into defence


Yardy to Warner, FOUR, the line is wrong and it's made a good over bad. Fired down the leg side, comes off a flurry of bat and arms and runs away for four down to fine leg to bring up the fifty stand

End of over 7 (9 runs) Australia 50/0 (RR: 7.14)

    • DA Warner 22 (20b 4x4)
    • SR Watson 27 (22b 4x4)
    • MH Yardy 1-0-9-0
    • TT Bresnan 2-0-12-0

Spin from both ends. Different class though - it's Graeme Swann. The man deemed not good enough for the IPL.


Swann to Watson, SIX, welcome Mr Swann. Watson thrusts down a foot and bangs a slog-sweep a long way into the crowds


Swann to Watson, SIX, have that! Swann tossed it up outside off stump, Watson didn't care and repeated the dose. Crashed a long way


Swann to Watson, SIX, three in a row! This is the best of the lot! Again some air from Swann, but not as much as from Watson who swept it a mile into the stands at deep midwicket



Swann to Watson, 2 runs, fired in this time flat and full, boos ring around the ground as Watson clunks down the ground for a couple


Swann to Watson, FOUR, four more this time and Watson has fifty! What an over, what an innings! This is again boshed from outside off stump very firmly for four straight down the ground


Swann to Watson, 2 runs, full toss, quicker ball again, Watson flicks to square leg

End of over 8 (26 runs) Australia 76/0 (RR: 9.50)

    • SR Watson 53 (28b 5x4 3x6)
    • DA Warner 22 (20b 4x4)
    • GP Swann 1-0-26-0
    • MH Yardy 1-0-9-0

Yardy to Warner, 1 run, Warner wants a go now but his swinging isn't quite as good and he collects one to deep midwicket


Yardy to Watson, FOUR, Australia are flying now, this is chopped away past short third man for another boundary. Some class to backup all the muscle


Yardy to Watson, 2 runs, flicked this time to midwicket for a couple more


Yardy to Watson, OUT, Watson falls in the fifties again! Gives himself plenty of room very early and Yardy slings down a swift quicker ball that zips off the pitch and crashes into the top of off stump

SR Watson b Yardy 59 (35m 31b 6x4 3x6) SR: 190.32

England really needed that, ends a fine innings. Here's David Hussey.


Yardy to Hussey, 1 run, tossed up by Yardy this time, don't see that too often and Hussey full-faces down the ground for one


Yardy to Warner, no run, good delivery again, full and flat and dug out straight back to Warner

End of over 9 (8 runs) Australia 84/1 (RR: 9.33)

    • DA Warner 23 (22b 4x4)
    • DJ Hussey 1 (1b)
    • MH Yardy 2-0-17-1
    • GP Swann 1-0-26-0

Shahzad has replaced Swann after that brutal last over.


Shahzad to Hussey, no run, bouncer here, outside off stump and Hussey sways out the way


Shahzad to Hussey, no run, short again, good delivery. This was sharper and Hussey quickly had to bob under it


Shahzad to Hussey, no run, short again, pacey too and Hussey had a flap at it outside off without connecting


Shahzad to Hussey, 1 run, this time Shahzad goes fuller, not much fuller though and Hussey chops down to third man


Shahzad to Warner, 1 run, after all the short stuff this is the opposite - a low full toss - but Warner can only mistime it down to long-off


Shahzad to Hussey, no run, excellent yorker to finish a brilliant over. Hussey jabs it back to the bowler who needlessly falls as he collects

End of over 10 (2 runs) Australia 86/1 (RR: 8.60)

    • DJ Hussey 2 (6b)
    • DA Warner 24 (23b 4x4)
    • A Shahzad 3-0-12-0
    • MH Yardy 2-0-17-1

Yardy to Warner, 2 runs, Warner hurries back for a second after driving this off his toes to deep mid-on


Yardy to Warner, no run, good quicker ball, slightly shorter too and cramping Warner for room


Yardy to Warner, FOUR, this time Warner flays cleanly. Down the track and swinging crisply down to the mid-on boundary


Yardy to Warner, no run, Yardy's response is predictable - flat and quick - Warner mistimes an attempted cut


Yardy to Warner, OUT, Warner couldn't quite clear the ropes this innings and he's picked out Shahzad on the midwicket boundary as he swung this to leg

DA Warner c Shahzad b Yardy 30 (45m 28b 5x4 0x6) SR: 107.14

Ends a decent innings but not a devastating one and brings captain White to the crease

White has hit more sixes than fours in T20 cricket, so make of that what you will.


Yardy to White, no run, this is neither six nor four as instead White shapes the perfect defence back to the bowler

End of over 11 (6 runs) Australia 92/2 (RR: 8.36)

    • CL White 0 (1b)
    • DJ Hussey 2 (6b)
    • MH Yardy 3-0-23-2
    • A Shahzad 3-0-12-0

Swann's back and his figures can barely get worse...


Swann to Hussey, no run, some spin here from outside off, beats the Hussey defence and thuds into pads


Swann to Hussey, 1 run, this time it's flicked around the corner for a single


Swann to White, 1 run, White swings a powerful sweep shot down to the square-leg boundary


Swann to Hussey, no run, slightly quicker from Swann and worked to mid-on


Swann to Hussey, 1 run, steered down the ground for a single. Good comeback over this from Swann


Swann to White, no run, White steers this straight to short third man

End of over 12 (3 runs) Australia 95/2 (RR: 7.91)

    • CL White 1 (3b)
    • DJ Hussey 4 (10b)
    • GP Swann 2-0-29-0
    • MH Yardy 3-0-23-2

Chris Woakes is back into the attack. He had a good start before it went belly-up second over.


Woakes to Hussey, 1 wide, starts with a bouncer, sadly for him the line is wrong, too far down the leg side


Woakes to Hussey, 1 run, Woakes very wide of the crease and fires this in full, worked away with the angle to deep square


Woakes to White, no run, this time Woakes locates the ideal length and line and White can do nothing but defend


Woakes to White, 1 run, hint of a slower ball here and it's driven without much power down the ground


Woakes to Hussey, 1 run, again there is not much timing, as this comes off the inside edge down the ground for one


Woakes to White, 1 run, an attempted yorker is steered away for a single to midwicket that brings up the Australia 100


Woakes to Hussey, 1 run, good over ends with a mistimed drive down the ground for one

End of over 13 (6 runs) Australia 101/2 (RR: 7.76)

    • DJ Hussey 7 (13b)
    • CL White 3 (6b)
    • CR Woakes 3-0-24-0
    • GP Swann 2-0-29-0

Swann to Hussey, no run, Swann throws this up outside off stump and Hussey flicks back to Swann who fields with a dive


Swann to Hussey, no run, again Hussey steers back to the bowler who scoots across to field


Swann to Hussey, no run, Hussey trying to work Swann into space with a flick of the wrists but he picks out midwicket


Swann to Hussey, 2 runs, this is a touch wide of off and chopped away behind point


Swann to Hussey, 2 runs, Hussey aims big here and his bad timing saves him as it heads one-bounce to deep midwicket


Swann to Hussey, no run, good over ends with nothing but defence

End of over 14 (4 runs) Australia 105/2 (RR: 7.50)

    • DJ Hussey 11 (19b)
    • CL White 3 (6b)
    • GP Swann 3-0-33-0
    • CR Woakes 3-0-24-0

Woakes to White, 1 run, Woakes finds an off-stump line, no great pace though and White cracks it to deep square


Woakes to Hussey, 2 runs, Hussey hasn't quite middled this which means he can collect two down to long-off


Woakes to Hussey, FOUR, ugly stroke as Hussey slugs across the line and it heads off the bottom edge down past short fine leg for four


Woakes to Hussey, 1 run, Woakes jumps very wide of the crease to angle this in and it's driven down the ground where Bresnan does well to keep it to two


Woakes to White, 2 runs, this fires off the inside edge and heads down to backwards square leg


Woakes to White, OUT, Woakes has his first international wicket! White departs trying to heave this over long-on, Pietersen jogs in, sets himself and holds an easy catch. Decent effort from Woakes removing a key scalp

CL White c Pietersen b Woakes 6 (14m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

End of over 15 (10 runs) Australia 115/3 (RR: 7.66)

    • DJ Hussey 18 (22b 1x4)
    • CR Woakes 4-0-34-1
    • GP Swann 3-0-33-0

Time for a debutant - Aaron Finch.


Swann to Finch, 1 run, fullish ball is driven from well outside off to deep cover


Swann to Hussey, 1 run, this comes off the inside edge and runs away behind the keeper for one


Swann to Finch, 1 run, touch of air from Swann to the newbie and it's worked away for a single into the leg side


Swann to Hussey, 2 runs, ooh, doesn't quite reach the fielder out at long-on, who collects on the bounce


Swann to Hussey, 1 run, whipped into the leg side for a single. Good stuff from Swann here


Swann to Finch, 1 run, worked away for one more to end Swann's spell, which was ruined by Watson's assault in the first over

When looking at the end scorecard, people are going to assume Watson was playing in a different game and pitch altogether," writes Gareth.

End of over 16 (7 runs) Australia 122/3 (RR: 7.62)

    • AJ Finch 3 (3b)
    • DJ Hussey 22 (25b 1x4)
    • GP Swann 4-0-40-0
    • CR Woakes 4-0-34-1

Bresnan to Finch, no run, sharp delivery from Bresnan, hitting a length outside off stump and zipping past the outside edge


Bresnan to Finch, FOUR, Finch is away now properly, skips down the wicket gets a touch of width and creams it wide of point for four


Bresnan to Finch, 1 run, Bresnan corrects his length and line and it's driven very correctly to deep cover


Bresnan to Hussey, SIX, That's gone way, way, way back. Bresnan lands a half-tracker and Hussey threw everything into his pull shot, sending it miles into the stands at midwicket


Bresnan to Hussey, OUT, emphatic response from Bresnan. Perfect yorker rocks the middle pole. Hussey gives himself room, too much room and can't squeeze anything down in time

DJ Hussey b Bresnan 28 (32m 27b 1x4 1x6) SR: 103.70

Here's Australia's Test No. 7 Steven Smith. He should be more useful in this instant-cricket form of the game.


Bresnan to Smith, 2 runs, Smith starts by shuffling across his stumps and it's flicked off the toes towards long-on for a swiftly-taken couple

End of over 17 (13 runs) Australia 135/4 (RR: 7.94)

    • SPD Smith 2 (1b)
    • AJ Finch 8 (6b 1x4)
    • TT Bresnan 3-0-25-1
    • GP Swann 4-0-40-0

Yardy to Finch, 1 run, Yardy is back and starts with a typically quick flat delivery that's worked into the leg side for one


Yardy to Smith, 1 run, Smith is down the wicket and almost deceived by lack of pace from Yardy, but still works down the ground for one


Yardy to Finch, 1 run, hint of width here means Finch can chop a cut shot away, but only for one


Yardy to Smith, no run, this hurries through Smith's attempted work-to-leg before he could get a bat on it


Yardy to Smith, 1 run, this is swatted, with no great timing or power, down to long-on for one


Yardy to Finch, 1 run, flat-footed hack across the line can only earn a single. Excellent over and an excellent spell

End of over 18 (5 runs) Australia 140/4 (RR: 7.77)

    • AJ Finch 11 (9b 1x4)
    • SPD Smith 4 (4b)
    • MH Yardy 4-0-28-2
    • TT Bresnan 3-0-25-1

Tim Bresnan will bowl his last over here which means Shahzad will have the final-over duty.


Bresnan to Finch, 1 run, Bresnan starts unspectacularly with a full toss that is shoved down to midwicket for one


Bresnan to Smith, 1 run, this time Bresnan lands the yorker and it's driven hard square of the wicket but straight to deep point


Bresnan to Finch, no run, excellent work from Bresnan, full outside off stump, Finch flays and misses


Bresnan to Finch, 1 bye, ooh dear, this was an awful shot. Full ball again and Finch had his head in the skies as he tries to slug this into the leg side. The best thing he did was was run a bye

"Why such low intensity?" asks Jason. "Ashes was more fun to watch than this T20...is test cricket killing T20?"


Bresnan to Smith, no run, and again it's a play and miss outside off! This is turning into a monster over


Bresnan to Smith, 1 run, fantastic death over ends with another yorker that's just about dug out for a single

End of over 19 (4 runs) Australia 144/4 (RR: 7.57)

    • SPD Smith 6 (7b)
    • AJ Finch 12 (12b 1x4)
    • TT Bresnan 4-0-28-1
    • MH Yardy 4-0-28-2

Shahzad to finish, can Australia finds something to finish on a high?


Shahzad to Smith, 1 run, not here, as Smith fetches a full wide delivery into the midwicket region for a single


Shahzad to Finch, 2 runs, Yardy drops the catch! Chaos! Three fielders were after this as Finch got a leading edge that sailed up towards point, Yardy made good ground but spilled it


Shahzad to Finch, 1 wide, cripes. This is indescribably wide. Johnson-like. Full, quick and three miles outside off stump


Shahzad to Finch, 1 run, that's more like it from Shahzad! Full and straight yorker is dug out


Shahzad to Smith, 2 runs, this time it's heaved into the leg side, no great power or timing but good running makes it a couple


Shahzad to Smith, FOUR, shot! The cheeky cheery Smith finally shows himself. This is full and straight and quick and it's reverse-flicked for four over third man


Shahzad to Smith, 2 runs, Two to finish as Smith slugs it down the ground. Pretty good fielding effort from England to restrict Australia on a good pitch but runs on the board must count for something

England need 158 to win and you can read all about Australia's effort in Gnasher's bulletin which will be ready shortly. Anyway, the real excitement here is that Andrew Miller has returned triumphantly from Australia and is ready to take comms when the England innings starts.

End of over 20 (13 runs) Australia 157/4

    • SPD Smith 15 (11b 1x4)
    • AJ Finch 15 (14b 1x4)
    • A Shahzad 4-0-25-0
    • TT Bresnan 4-0-28-1





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