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England in Australia ODI Series - 1st ODI

Australia v England

Australia won by 6 wickets (with 5 balls remaining)

2.20pm England's openers, Steve Davies and Andrew Strauss, stride out from the dressing-room - in regulation England one-day outfits, with no hint of the 70s - and the Australian team follows. Two slips in place for Brett Lee.

2.10pm All the commentators dressed in retro-mode to mark 40 years of one-dayers. Everyone wearing outrageous wigs, handlebar moustaches and ridiculously long sideburns. All very 70s. The two captains come out to the toss wearing super-bright green Dennis Lillee-style headbands.

Strauss: "Good cricket played by both sides in the Twenty20s, no real advantage for either side heading to the one-dayers."

Clarke: "Slats is looking better than usual, he's looking sharp. There might be a bit of spin later in the day, we are confident of chasing down any total England put up. Hopefully Ponting gets fit towards the back end of the series, he'll be around the team during the series though."

2.00pm We are still 20 minutes from the start. Andrew McGlashan's preview has most things you need to know about the game.

Here are the two teams:

Australia 1 Shane Watson, 2 Brad Haddin (wk), 3 Michael Clarke (capt), 4 Cameron White, 5 David Hussey, 6 Michael Hussey, 7 Steve Smith, 8 Mitchell Johnson, 9 Xavier Doherty, 10 Brett Lee, 11 Doug Bollinger

England 1 Andrew Strauss (capt) 2 Steven Davies (wk), 3 Jonathan Trott, 4 Kevin Pietersen, 5 Ian Bell, 6 Eoin Morgan, 7 Michael Yardy, 8 Tim Bresnan, 9 Graeme Swann, 10 Ajmal Shahzad, 11 Chris Tremlett

1.50pm The Tests and Twenty20s are done, and only the one-dayers remain. It's the last chance for both teams to test their combinations ahead of the World Cup starting next match.

Toss England win and choose to bat. The big team news in Paul Collingwood has been dropped. The other is that Shaun Tait has been sidelined by a back strain.

0.1

Lee to Strauss, no run, Lee starts with a short of length ball that swings in a touch, pitching on middle and leg and going down, off the pads towards short fine

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0.1

Lee to Strauss, no run

0.2

Lee to Strauss, no run, switches to an outside off line, length delivery, Strauss looks to drive that one through the off, gets an inside edge on to his pads

0.3

Lee to Strauss, no run, doesn't take too long for Brett Lee to bring out the bouncer, Strauss ducks under that one

0.4

Lee to Strauss, no run, length ball on off, defended towards the bowler, a hint of movement away for Lee

0.5

Lee to Strauss, no run, short of length ball, on leg stump and sliding down, off the thigh pad behind square leg

0.6

Lee to Strauss, 1 run, short and wide from Lee, first chance for Strauss to free his arms, he guides that one down to third man, and England are away, Lee working up some good pace in that over

End of over 1 (1 run) England 1/0 (RR: 1.00)
AJ Strauss    1* (6b)      B Lee    1-0-1-0
SM Davies    0* (0b)     

Only one slip for Doug Bollinger

1.1

Bollinger to Strauss, no run, he begins with a length ball on offstump, punched towards mid-off

1.2

Bollinger to Strauss, 4 runs, short of length ball, just outside off, Strauss pulls it past a diving midwicket, timing wasn't great so the ball doesn't go all the way, but there's a long, long chase for the fielder, and England scamper four runs anyway

1.3

Bollinger to Strauss, no run, just outside off, Strauss looks to swat that towards midwicket again, he misses

1.4

Bollinger to Strauss, no run, similar delivery from Bollinger, Strauss stands tall and defends this one

1.5

Bollinger to Strauss, no run, on offstump, again it is not too short but Strauss goes for the pull, not off the middle of the bat, squirts away towards square leg

1.6

Bollinger to Strauss, 3 runs, attempted yorker, ends up as a very full toss on middle and off, dug past midwicket

End of over 2 (7 runs) England 8/0 (RR: 4.00)
AJ Strauss    8* (12b)      DE Bollinger    1-0-7-0
SM Davies    0* (0b)      B Lee    1-0-1-0

2.1

Lee to Strauss, no run, two chances for a dismissal, an attempted pull lands wide of the keeper after which Australia make a mess of a run-out, it was a quick bouncer from Lee, loops of the glove, Davies wanted the single and charged out, Strauss didn't want one, so Davies has to rush back, there seemed to be plenty of time to run out Davies without facing a ball, instead the throw from Bollinger is wide of the crease, Lee was hustling back towards the stumps and Smith was backing up, Smith collects and underarms the ball from a couple of yards away and misses the stumps, he was blinded the bowler coming back towards the stumps, Davies is a relieved man

2.2

Lee to Strauss, 1 run, pushed off the backfoot towards square leg for a single

2.3

Lee to Davies, no run, first ball for Davies, defended to the off side

2.4

Lee to Davies, no run, length ball on off, pushed towards cover by Davies

2.5

Lee to Davies, 1 run, Davies gets his first run by steering the ball towards a wide third man

2.6

Lee to Strauss, FOUR, pitched up and just outside off from Lee, Strauss punches it with superb timing between the bowler and mid-off for a boundary

End of over 3 (6 runs) England 14/0 (RR: 4.66)
AJ Strauss    13* (15b 1x4)      B Lee    2-0-7-0
SM Davies    1* (3b)      DE Bollinger    1-0-7-0

3.1

Bollinger to Davies, no run, back of a length ball outside off, defended towards point

3.2

Bollinger to Davies, 3 runs, slightly overpitched, on the pads, whipped towards midwicket by Davies

3.3

Bollinger to Strauss, no run, just short of a length from Bollinger, Strauss punches it off the front foot towards the off side

3.4

Bollinger to Strauss, 1 wide, it's a quick bouncer from Bollinger, Strauss has already shown he's keen on the pull and hook, he attempts to smash this to the leg side, but he doesn't connect, it's deemed a wide, tight call that

3.4

Bollinger to Strauss, no run, into middle and leg, Strauss works the ball towards midwicket, quickly calls 'No' to let Davies know he doesn't want a single

3.5

Bollinger to Strauss, no run, in the channel outside off, Strauss looking to help that towards square leg, gets a thick inside-edge onto his pads, and the ball dribbles towards point

3.6

Bollinger to Strauss, 1 run, strays onto leg, Strauss tucks that in front of square leg for a single to retain the strike

End of over 4 (5 runs) England 19/0 (RR: 4.75)
AJ Strauss    14* (19b 1x4)      DE Bollinger    2-0-12-0
SM Davies    4* (5b)      B Lee    2-0-7-0

4.1

Lee to Strauss, no run, the pull hasn't exactly been working for Strauss today, but he keeps attempting it to deliveries outside off, another inside-edge, on to the body this time

4.2

Lee to Strauss, no run, Lee keeps it on a shortish length, on legstump this time, Strauss tries to help it along towards fine leg, bottom-edge to short fine leg

4.3

Lee to Strauss, 3 runs, and Strauss continues to live on the edge, a slower bouncer from Lee outside off, Strauss brings out the pull again, gets a top-edge this time, and there's plenty of excited calls of 'catch' from the Australian fielders but the ball loops over short fine

4.4

Lee to Davies, no run, Lee finally pitches one up, punched off the front foot towards extra cover

4.5

Lee to Davies, (no ball) 1 run, the pull shot has finally led to a wicket, oh hang on, it's a no-ball, Davies pulls another short one from Lee, doesn't get hold of it, easy catch to fine leg, Australia are celberating, Davies is on his way, umpire says 'wait a minute, I want to see whether Lee has overstepped', replays show that Lee has indeed crossed the line, so Davies survives, first time that rule has been used in one-dayers

And what's more, its a free-hit

4.5

Lee to Strauss, FOUR, Lee serves up a half-tracker, Strauss responds to the gift with an awkward swat, connects well enough though and sends the ball racing past mid-off for four

4.6

Lee to Strauss, 1 wide, fires in a full delivery, line is wrong this time, down the leg side and another free run for England

4.6

Lee to Strauss, no run, switches back to the short length, Strauss defends off the back foot towards the off side

End of over 5 (10 runs) England 29/0 (RR: 5.80)
AJ Strauss    21* (24b 2x4)      B Lee    3-0-17-0
SM Davies    5* (7b)      DE Bollinger    2-0-12-0

5.1

Bollinger to Davies, 3 runs, Bollinger also keeps it short, batsman pulls, with better placement this time and it gets him a couple to deep midwicket

5.2

Bollinger to Strauss, 1 run, worked towards square leg off the back foot for a single

5.3

Bollinger to Davies, 2 runs, full and on the pads, whipped away towards fine leg for a couple

5.4

Bollinger to Davies, FOUR, length ball on middle and leg, gets his front leg out of the way and slaps that past mid-on for a boundary, runs starting to flow now for England

5.5

Bollinger to Davies, FOUR, Bolinger serves it up on a length, just outside off, Davies opens the face to guide that one past the keeper and fine of third man for a boundary, wasn't totally in control of that one

5.6

Bollinger to Davies, no run, 'Catch' is the call again as Davies flatbats the ball towards mid-on, lands well short of the fielder

End of over 6 (14 runs) England 43/0 (RR: 7.16)
SM Davies    18* (12b 2x4)      DE Bollinger    3-0-26-0
AJ Strauss    22* (25b 2x4)      B Lee    3-0-17-0

6.1

Lee to Strauss, 1 run, more short-pitched stuff, more pulls, a single results after the ball is sent to deep square leg

6.2

Lee to Davies, no run, short of length and down the leg side, Davies looks to pull that one, gets it off the glove towards the keeper, who dives to the right to collect the ball after it bounces on its way to him

6.3

Lee to Davies, no run, length ball, pushed off the front foot towards mid-off

6.4

Lee to Davies, no run, dropped by Shane Watson, it was a very tough chance, a short of length ball outside off is hammered by Davies towards short cover, it's low and to the left of Watson, who has very little time to react, he sticks his hand out, it's in his palm for an instant but it doesn't stick

6.5

Lee to Davies, no run, Lee keeps it short, Davies goes for the pull, mistimes it to the leg side

6.6

Lee to Davies, 1 wide, Davies goes for the hook to another short one down the leg side, he doesn't get hold of it, Haddin appeals for a caught-behind, umpire says no and calls it a wide, good thing for Australia that they didn't call for the review as Lee has overstepped

6.6

Lee to Davies, no run, quick bouncer on offstump line, defended off the back foot towards the bowler

End of over 7 (2 runs) England 45/0 (RR: 6.42)
SM Davies    18* (17b 2x4)      B Lee    4-0-19-0
AJ Strauss    23* (26b 2x4)      DE Bollinger    3-0-26-0

Australia get a spinner on, David Hussey starts round the wicket

7.1

DJ Hussey to Strauss, no run, first ball is cracked towards cover point, Brett Lee moves quickly to cut that off

7.2

DJ Hussey to Strauss, 1 run, whipped towards squre leg by Strauss for a single

7.3

DJ Hussey to Davies, 2 runs, worked to sweeper cover for a couple by Davies

7.4

DJ Hussey to Davies, FOUR, wonderful shot to bring up the fifty, a length ball just outside off, Davies responds with a lofted inside-out drive over extra cover, ball speeds away for a boundary

7.5

DJ Hussey to Davies, 1 bye, not as good from Davies this time, and Haddin misses a stumping, Davies was looking for another big hit, coming down the track and aiming for the long-on boundary, he misses the ball which stays low, sneaks past legstump, Haddin doesn't collect and Davies' charmed life continues

7.6

DJ Hussey to Strauss, 1 run, short ball from Hussey, clipped towards square leg for a single

End of over 8 (9 runs) England 54/0 (RR: 6.75)
AJ Strauss    25* (29b 2x4)      DJ Hussey    1-0-8-0
SM Davies    24* (20b 3x4)      B Lee    4-0-19-0

Johnson into the attack

8.1

Johnson to Strauss, 1 run, square leg and midwicket continue to be profitable for Strauss, short of length ball is slapped towards deep square for a single

8.2

Johnson to Davies, 1 run, outside off from Johnson, Davies guides it down to third man for a single

8.3

Johnson to Strauss, 1 run, this time it is Strauss who pokes a ball outside off towards third man for another single

8.4

Johnson to Davies, no run, outside off and left alone by Davies

8.5

Johnson to Davies, FOUR, shortish from Johnson outside off, another mess of a pull from Davies, takes the top-edge and could have gone anywhere, it almost goes all the way for six near third man, lands wide of the fielder and runs away for four, Davies is a lucky, lucky man today

8.6

Johnson to Davies, 1 wide, fires one down the leg side

8.6

Johnson to Davies, 1 run, works the ball down to third man for a single

End of over 9 (9 runs) England 63/0 (RR: 7.00)
SM Davies    30* (24b 4x4)      MG Johnson    1-0-9-0
AJ Strauss    27* (31b 2x4)      DJ Hussey    1-0-8-0

Australia bring on their fifth bowler already

9.1

Watson to Davies, no run, short of length ball outside off, pushed it to point

9.2

Watson to Davies, FOUR, length ball angling across, Davies just stands in his crease and launches it over extra cover for a boundary, makes it look very easy, supremely timing from Davies

9.3

Watson to Davies, no run, keeps it on a length, punched by Davies towards mid-off

9.4

Watson to Davies, 2 runs, makes a bit of room and carves that one over deep backward point for a couple

9.5

Watson to Davies, 1 run, length ball on off, Davies moves across his stumps and tucks the ball towards midwicket

9.6

Watson to Strauss, no run, a touch shorter, and just outside off, pushed back towards the bowler

End of over 10 (7 runs) England 70/0 (RR: 7.00)
AJ Strauss    27* (32b 2x4)      SR Watson    1-0-7-0
SM Davies    37* (29b 5x4)      MG Johnson    1-0-9-0

Despite the carnage, Australia take the Bowling Powerplay. This could be interesting.

10.1

Johnson to Davies, 1 run, full on off stump, Davies stays on the crease and guides it to point for one

10.2

Johnson to Strauss, FOUR, ooh, shot from Strauss, who can hammer these short balls all day and night. Johnson lands it in the halfway house and it nips away a bit, but why is that going to worry Strauss? He gets back and across, and creams it away through point

10.3

Johnson to Strauss, 1 run, over-compensates with a full delivery on the toes which Strauss glances with the angle towards fine leg

10.4

Johnson to Davies, 1 run, slower ball of sorts, 127 kph, back of a length outside off and Davies drops it with soft hands for another single

10.5

Johnson to Strauss, FOUR, tripe from Mitch. Another one sliding down the leg side and Strauss gladly gets inside the line and tickles it along the way to fine leg

10.6

Johnson to Strauss, no run, shifts to the line outside off, a touch too full at 140 kph and Strauss drives powerfully, bvut straight to mid off

End of over 11 (11 runs) England 81/0 (RR: 7.36)
AJ Strauss    36* (36b 4x4)      MG Johnson    2-0-20-0
SM Davies    39* (31b 5x4)      SR Watson    1-0-7-0

11.1

Watson to Davies, 1 run, back of a length outside off and Davies seemed to be lining him up for the carve before deciding to steer it square for one

11.2

Watson to Strauss, FOUR, this is a violent start from Strauss. He's been bashing the short stuff all-round. He hasn't got a short ball for a couple of deliveries, so he charges out, keeping the off side open, gets to the length and tees away over mid-off

11.3

Watson to Strauss, 1 run, fuller on off stump and he drives to mid off for a single

11.4

Watson to Davies, 1 run, short ball and Davies was beside himself with eagerness to pull, and ended up mistiming the shot for a single

11.5

Watson to Strauss, 1 run, in the slot for the drive, Strauss drives through the covers for another single

11.6

Watson to Davies, 1 run, Watto holds the length back a touch, Davies stays in the crease and guides behind point with an angled face. England chug along.

End of over 12 (9 runs) England 90/0 (RR: 7.50)
SM Davies    42* (34b 5x4)      SR Watson    2-0-16-0
AJ Strauss    42* (39b 5x4)      MG Johnson    2-0-20-0

David Hussey comes back into action. Australia need a wicket in a hurry.

12.1

DJ Hussey to Davies, OUT, and that's exactly what Hussey has produced. Davies' lottery run comes to an end. Hussey's speared this in off a round-arm, flat from wide of the crease, round the wicket, and it straightens past an attempted mow through cow corner and clattered into the furniture. Australia will breathe easier now.

SM Davies b DJ Hussey 42 (58m 35b 5x4 0x6) SR: 120.00

Trott signs in at No. 3. Slip in place, with four men inside the circle on the off side.

12.2

DJ Hussey to Trott, 1 run, back of a length outside off, turning into Trott who nudges to the leg side off the back foot

12.3

DJ Hussey to Strauss, no run, Haddin lets out a huge appeal for lbw, unsupported by D Hussey. It was a skidder that held its line as Strauss played back and it seemed like it hit bat before pad. In fact it did not hit pad at all.

12.4

DJ Hussey to Strauss, no run

12.5

DJ Hussey to Strauss, no run, ooh, the reverse sweep, Strauss changes the grip and slaps well, but straight to short third man

12.6

DJ Hussey to Strauss, 1 run, tossed up further on middle and leg, Strauss presses forward and works it to midwicket

End of over 13 (2 runs) England 92/1 (RR: 7.07)
AJ Strauss    43* (43b 5x4)      DJ Hussey    2-0-10-1
IJL Trott    1* (1b)      SR Watson    2-0-16-0

13.1

Watson to Strauss, 2 runs, Watson grunts as he delivers that short of length ball outside off, Strauss gets on the back foot and pulls the ball towards midwicket

13.2

Watson to Strauss, 1 run, short of length ball outside off, Strauss makes a touch of room, guides the ball down towards third man

13.3

Watson to Trott, FOUR, similar length from Watson and just outside off, Trott jumps across the stumps and looks to work that one towards fine leg, gets an edge which takes it very fine past the keeper for four

13.4

Watson to Trott, no run, solidly defended off the front foot by Trott

13.5

Watson to Trott, no run, keeps it accurate around offstump, Trott gets behind the line and defends towards cover

13.6

Watson to Trott, 1 run, pushed towards mid-on, Trott zips through for a single, for a moment it looked like it might be tight but he comfortably beats the throw from the fielder who had to run in a bit before getting to the ball

End of over 14 (8 runs) England 100/1 (RR: 7.14)
IJL Trott    6* (5b 1x4)      SR Watson    3-0-24-0
AJ Strauss    46* (45b 5x4)      DJ Hussey    2-0-10-1

14.1

DJ Hussey to Trott, no run, short ball on off, Trott goes for the reverse-sweep but he doesn't connect because of the extra bounce, into his body

14.2

DJ Hussey to Trott, OUT, a smart catch from Haddin ends Trott's innings, a short of length ball pitches outside off and turns in gently, Trott is on the back foot quickly and looks to guide it towards third man, gets an outside edge and Haddin snaps it up, Hussey helping Australia pull things back, not doing his World Cup chances any harm here

IJL Trott c †Haddin b DJ Hussey 6 (8m 7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 85.71

Pietersen's the new batsman

14.3

DJ Hussey to Pietersen, no run, full ball outside off, defended off the front foot

14.4

DJ Hussey to Pietersen, no run, more defence from KP, this time to the leg side

14.5

DJ Hussey to Pietersen, 1 run, again there are shouts of 'catch' but that was hit hard into the ground, a full toss outside off, Pietersen thumps it towards cover, where the fielder can't latch on the ball at shoulder-height to his left, allows a single

14.6

DJ Hussey to Strauss, 1 run, worked towards midwicket for a single

End of over 15 (2 runs) England 102/2 (RR: 6.80)
AJ Strauss    47* (46b 5x4)      DJ Hussey    3-0-12-2
KP Pietersen    1* (3b)      SR Watson    3-0-24-0

Xavier Doherty to get his first bowl of the day

15.1

Doherty to Strauss, 1 run, stats with a full ball outside off, swept by Strauss towards square leg

Round the wicket

15.2

Doherty to Pietersen, 1 run, full toss outside off, punched to long-off

15.3

Doherty to Strauss, no run, way outside off, Strauss looks to steer it to third man but misses

15.4

Doherty to Strauss, no run, a howler from Haddin, he misses the second stumping of the day, Strauss was yards out of the crease and missed the wide delivery from Doherty, Haddin had a simple chance to get rid of the England captain, but he doesn't collect the ball

15.5

Doherty to Strauss, 1 run

15.6

Doherty to Pietersen, 1 run, punched to long-on for a single

End of over 16 (4 runs) England 106/2 (RR: 6.62)
KP Pietersen    3* (5b)      XJ Doherty    1-0-4-0
AJ Strauss    49* (50b 5x4)      DJ Hussey    3-0-12-2

16.1

DJ Hussey to Pietersen, no run, on a length outside off, defended off the front foot

16.2

DJ Hussey to Pietersen, FOUR, width from Hussey, Pietersen stretches across and crashes the ball through covers for his first boundary

16.3

DJ Hussey to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen gets well forward to convert that delivery into a yorker, dug out towards point

16.4

DJ Hussey to Pietersen, 1 run, looks to flick this one towards midwicket, gets an outside edge which takes the ball towards short third

Round the wicket

16.5

DJ Hussey to Strauss, 2 runs, Strauss bring up the fifty by punching the ball off the front foot past extra cover

16.6

DJ Hussey to Strauss, 1 run, Hussey keeps it full, Strauss nurdles the ball in front of square leg

End of over 17 (8 runs) England 114/2 (RR: 6.70)
AJ Strauss    52* (52b 5x4)      DJ Hussey    4-0-20-2
KP Pietersen    8* (9b 1x4)      XJ Doherty    1-0-4-0

17.1

Doherty to Strauss, 1 run, 'Two,' called Strauss after flat-batting a short ball towards long-on off the back foot, Pietersen races the first but decides against the second

17.2

Doherty to Pietersen, 2 runs, guides this one down to fine leg for a couple

17.3

Doherty to Pietersen, no run, length ball outside off, Pietersen is down the track looking to defend, struck on the pads but outside off, muted appeal from Australia

17.4

Doherty to Pietersen, 1 run, a wristy on-drive to long-on gets KP a single

17.5

Doherty to Strauss, no run, looks to sweep a full ball from outside off, he misses, Haddin collects and breaks the stumps, but Strauss' backfoot was planted in the crease all along

17.6

Doherty to Strauss, 1 run, gets this one away to sqaure leg for a single

End of over 18 (5 runs) England 119/2 (RR: 6.61)
AJ Strauss    54* (55b 5x4)      XJ Doherty    2-0-9-0
KP Pietersen    11* (12b 1x4)      DJ Hussey    4-0-20-2

18.1

DJ Hussey to Strauss, 1 run, pushed towards extra cover for a single

18.2

DJ Hussey to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen is looking to come down the track on most deliveries to the spinners, eases it down to long-on

18.3

DJ Hussey to Strauss, no run, pushes this one towards mid-on

18.4

DJ Hussey to Strauss, FOUR, Strauss comes out of the crease and drags a full ball from outside off past mid-on for a boundary

18.5

DJ Hussey to Strauss, no run, dabs this one from the crease towards cover

18.6

DJ Hussey to Strauss, 1 run, on the pads, tucked in front of square leg by Strauss

Adrian Meredith: "Haddin can't keep to Doherty, it seems. Perhaps we should get in a keeper who can take catches and stumpings, like Matthew Wade." Others plumping for Paine

End of over 19 (7 runs) England 126/2 (RR: 6.63)
AJ Strauss    60* (60b 6x4)      DJ Hussey    5-0-27-2
KP Pietersen    12* (13b 1x4)      XJ Doherty    2-0-9-0

19.1

Doherty to Strauss, 1 run, paddle-sweeps from outside off towards short fine leg

19.2

Doherty to Pietersen, no run, another full ball well outside off, Pietersen decides to sweep that one but misses

19.3

Doherty to Pietersen, no run, length ball heading for off, defended solidly off the front foot

19.4

Doherty to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen takes a couple of paces down the track and drives the ball along the ground to long-on for an easy single

19.5

Doherty to Strauss, 1 run, on a length and on off, steady from Doherty, tucked behind square leg

19.6

Doherty to Pietersen, no run, again Pietersen charges out of the crease, this time he defends towards cover

End of over 20 (3 runs) England 129/2 (RR: 6.45)
KP Pietersen    13* (17b 1x4)      XJ Doherty    3-0-12-0
AJ Strauss    62* (62b 6x4)      DJ Hussey    5-0-27-2

Brett Lee is back, round the wicket

20.1

Lee to Strauss, 1 run, immediately he sends down a short ball, Strauss respond with the pull, picks up a single to deep midwicket

20.2

Lee to Pietersen, 1 run, a low full toss outside off, jabbed past the bowler for a single, Strauss was late to respond, but there are no alarms as the batsmen complete the run easily

20.3

Lee to Strauss, no run, another low full toss, driven towards mid-off by Strauss

20.4

Lee to Strauss, OUT, that's the end of Strauss, Lee strikes, a short of length ball around middle, Strauss was initially looking to pull that to square leg, then decides to play with a straight bat, the ball loops off the bat towards midwicket where Clarke is waiting

AJ Strauss c Clarke b Lee 63 (90m 65b 6x4 0x6) SR: 96.92

20.5

Lee to Bell, no run, quick length ball outside off, Bell is drawn towards the one, he's beaten as he looks to drive, Lee follows-through and gives Bell a glare

20.6

Lee to Bell, 2 runs, short of length ball outside off, Bell gets on the back foot and helps the ball towards third man

End of over 21 (4 runs) England 133/3 (RR: 6.33)
IR Bell    2* (2b)      B Lee    5-0-23-1
KP Pietersen    14* (18b 1x4)      XJ Doherty    3-0-12-0

21.1

Doherty to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen sweeps a full ball behind square leg

21.2

Doherty to Bell, no run, length ball outside off, pushed towards cover by Bell

21.3

Doherty to Bell, no run, flighted delivery from Doherty, around off, defended by Bell towards the bowler

21.4

Doherty to Bell, no run, full, on middle and leg, pushed towards mid-on by Bell

21.5

Doherty to Bell, no run, Steven Smith races across from short cover to field a punch from Bell

21.6

Doherty to Bell, 1 run, driven off the backfoot past the bowler for a single that ends a quiet over

Mandar Purandare: "So, has Lee got some fuel in his tank left?" Certainly looks like it from today's performance

End of over 22 (2 runs) England 135/3 (RR: 6.13)
IR Bell    3* (7b)      XJ Doherty    4-0-14-0
KP Pietersen    15* (19b 1x4)      B Lee    5-0-23-1

22.1

Lee to Bell, no run, Lee starts this over with a length ball, defended solidly by Bell

22.2

Lee to Bell, no run, slightly shorter from Lee, but tight line around off, blocked off the back foot towards point

22.3

Lee to Bell, 1 run, overpitched and a bit wide from Lee, driven off the front foot past cover

22.4

Lee to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen moves across the stumps early, a short of length ball outside off, Pietersen looks to defend towards cover, gets an inside-edge towards midwicket, a quick single is taken

22.5

Lee to Bell, 1 run, short and a bit of width on offer for Bell, who plays a very controlled late cut, down to third man, nicely done by Bell

22.6

Lee to Pietersen, no run, attempts the bouncer, sits up for Pietersen well outside off, he tries to swat that powerfully to midwicket, bottom-edges onto his boot

End of over 23 (3 runs) England 138/3 (RR: 6.00)
KP Pietersen    16* (21b 1x4)      B Lee    6-0-26-1
IR Bell    5* (11b)      XJ Doherty    4-0-14-0

23.1

Doherty to Bell, FOUR, wonderful stroke from Bell, overpitched and on the pads from Doherty, Bell chips it over midwicket, very well timed to get a boundary

23.2

Doherty to Bell, no run, outside off, chopped towards gully

23.3

Doherty to Bell, 1 run, on middle and leg, played with soft hands towards midwicket, Bell calls early for the single

23.4

Doherty to Pietersen, 1 run, length ball on middle and off, Pietersen reverts to his usual tactic of walking down the track, drives the ball down to long-on

23.5

Doherty to Bell, 1 run, another single, delicately played in front of square leg

23.6

Doherty to Pietersen, 1 run, nothing delicate in that stroke, Pietersen's out of his crease and looks to hammer a wide ball through cover, picks up a single

End of over 24 (8 runs) England 146/3 (RR: 6.08)
KP Pietersen    18* (23b 1x4)      XJ Doherty    5-0-22-0
IR Bell    11* (15b 1x4)      B Lee    6-0-26-1

Bollinger takes over from Lee, he had a poor first spell

24.1

Bollinger to Pietersen, 1 wide, short of length ball and way down the leg side, poor from Bollinger

24.1

Bollinger to Pietersen, 2 runs, similiar length and closer to legstump, Pietersen works it behind square after taking a couple of paces down the track, and screams 'push, push', a good throw from the deep would have had him in trouble, but it was wide from Doherty

24.2

Bollinger to Pietersen, 1 run, looks for a powerful pull, but doesn't quite get hold of it, mistimed towards deep midwicket

24.3

Bollinger to Bell, 1 run, guided down to fine leg where Doherty fields

24.4

Bollinger to Pietersen, 1 run, short of length ball just outside off, dropped to the off side and a single is taken

Kevin: "It's hard to believe that KP hasn't scored a 50 in ODIs since is hundred against India in November 2008."

24.5

Bollinger to Bell, no run, way outside off, just close enough to the stumps to satisfy the umpire that it was a legit delivery, Pietersen gives the umpire a glare

24.6

Bollinger to Bell, no run, much-better delivery to end the over, short of length and on middle and off, Bell gets on the back foot and blocks that one

End of over 25 (6 runs) England 152/3 (RR: 6.08)
IR Bell    12* (18b 1x4)      DE Bollinger    4-0-32-0
KP Pietersen    22* (26b 1x4)      XJ Doherty    5-0-22-0

25.1

Doherty to Pietersen, 1 run, whipped off the pads towards midwicket

Mango: "For a world class outfit,the Australian bowling and fielding looks pretty tame....too many schoolboy errors."

25.2

Doherty to Bell, 1 run, sliding onto the pads again, worked in front of square leg for another single

25.3

Doherty to Pietersen, 2 runs, a paddle-sweep from way outside off, it was a bottom-edge form KP, sends the ball fine past the keeper

25.4

Doherty to Pietersen, no run, solidly defended off the front foot by Pietersen

25.5

Doherty to Pietersen, 1 run, opens the face to guide the ball towards short third man for a single

25.6

Doherty to Bell, no run, Doherty grunts as he delivers that one, outside off and dabbed to short third, went too quickly to get a single

For all those asking, yup UDRS is being used for the one-day series as well

End of over 26 (5 runs) England 157/3 (RR: 6.03)
IR Bell    13* (20b 1x4)      XJ Doherty    6-0-27-0
KP Pietersen    26* (30b 1x4)      DE Bollinger    4-0-32-0

26.1

Bollinger to Pietersen, 1 run, short of length ball is played off the front foot towards cover by Pietersen

26.2

Bollinger to Bell, 1 run, short of length, opens the face and plays the ball towards short third

26.3

Bollinger to Pietersen, 1 run, shortish ball, slapped past a diving White at point, White got a hand to that one but couldn't stop it

26.4

Bollinger to Bell, 1 run, short ball, not very well timed pull from Bell, the ball drops towards midwicket

26.5

Bollinger to Pietersen, 1 run, length ball heading for off, punched down the ground for a single

Nigel Thompson: "Is there a reason Jimmy Anderson isnt playing? I wouldve thought he would be one of the first English bowlers picked." He's been rested.

26.6

Bollinger to Bell, 1 run, short of length ball and outside off, guided down to third man for a single

End of over 27 (6 runs) England 163/3 (RR: 6.03)
IR Bell    16* (23b 1x4)      DE Bollinger    5-0-38-0
KP Pietersen    29* (33b 1x4)      XJ Doherty    6-0-27-0

27.1

Watson to Bell, 1 run, loads of width for Bell to work with, he dabs the ball down to third man

27.2

Watson to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen continues to advance down the track, drilled down to long-on for a single

27.3

Watson to Bell, 1 run, Bell continues to pick up runs down to third man, easily done

27.4

Watson to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen plants his front well forward to a short of length legcutter, beaten by the bounce

27.5

Watson to Pietersen, 1 run, fuller from Watson, this time Pietersen connects nicely this time, to long-off

27.6

Watson to Bell, 1 run, third single to third man in the over for Bell, no frills for him

End of over 28 (5 runs) England 168/3 (RR: 6.00)
IR Bell    19* (26b 1x4)      SR Watson    4-0-29-0
KP Pietersen    31* (36b 1x4)      DE Bollinger    5-0-38-0

Steven Smith is the new bowler

28.1

Smith to Bell, no run, almost gets a wicket first ball, Bell looks to paddle sweep that, top edge onto the body and luckily for him it doesn't pop up to Haddin, lands in front of the batsman

28.2

Smith to Bell, 1 run, pushed towards extra cover for a single

28.3

Smith to Pietersen, no run, another pre-meditated sweep, he misses

28.4

Smith to Pietersen, 1 run, flicked stylishly towards midwicket

28.5

Smith to Bell, 1 run, full and way outside off, Bell reaches across and then sweeps towards square leg

28.6

Smith to Pietersen, no run, a wristy shot towards the leg side, no run

End of over 29 (3 runs) England 171/3 (RR: 5.89)
KP Pietersen    32* (39b 1x4)      SPD Smith    1-0-3-0
IR Bell    21* (29b 1x4)      SR Watson    4-0-29-0

29.1

Watson to Bell, 1 run, cuts in after pitching on a length outside off, defended by Bell to the off side, takes a brisk single

29.2

Watson to Pietersen, no run, length ball from Watson, punched firmly back towards the bowler

29.3

Watson to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen walks down the track and hammers the slower ball back towards the bowler, on the bounce to Watson who tries to field that but is hit on the wrist

29.4

Watson to Pietersen, no run, quicker ball, short of length outside off, beaten as he looks to jab it towards cover, there's a noise but it's KP's bat hitting his pad

29.5

Watson to Pietersen, 1 run, punched towards long-on, where Steven Smith misfields, no extra run given away

29.6

Watson to Bell, 1 run, chopped towards point for a single to end the over

End of over 30 (3 runs) England 174/3 (RR: 5.80)
IR Bell    23* (31b 1x4)      SR Watson    5-0-32-0
KP Pietersen    33* (43b 1x4)      SPD Smith    1-0-3-0

30.1

Smith to Bell, OUT, soft dismissal that, Smith has struck, a length ball, Bell was looking to chip it inside-out over extra cover, he doesn't get the height he wanted, ends up hitting it towards Clarke at extra cover, a threatening partnership has been broken

IR Bell c Clarke b Smith 23 (38m 32b 1x4 0x6) SR: 71.87

Eoin Morgan walks out

30.2

Smith to Morgan, no run, length ball outside off, driven towards point by Morgan

30.3

Smith to Morgan, no run, defended by Morgan off the front foot

30.4

Smith to Morgan, FOUR, down the leg side, helped fine by Morgan, Watson chases and makes a sliding stop but his foot touches the rope

30.5

Smith to Morgan, no run, flighted delivery, driven to the off side

30.6

Smith to Morgan, no run, fuller from Smith, driven firmly back to the bowler, who fields and fires the ball back to the keeper

End of over 31 (4 runs) England 178/4 (RR: 5.74)
EJG Morgan    4* (5b 1x4)      SPD Smith    2-0-7-1
KP Pietersen    33* (43b 1x4)      SR Watson    5-0-32-0

31.1

Watson to Pietersen, 1 run, length ball just outside off, worked wristily down to long-on for an ambled single

31.2

Watson to Morgan, no run, length ball on off, defended off the front foot

31.3

Watson to Morgan, no run, slightly shorter, on middle and leg, Morgan comes down the track and pushes the ball towards midwicket

31.4

Watson to Morgan, no run, just a bit of width from Watson, Morgan rocks back and cracks that to point, doesn't beat the fielder

31.5

Watson to Morgan, 1 run, length ball outside off, worked towards sweeper cover by Morgan for a single

31.6

Watson to Pietersen, 1 run, lovely drive all along the ground to long-on, came down the track and stood tall as he played that

End of over 32 (3 runs) England 181/4 (RR: 5.65)
KP Pietersen    35* (45b 1x4)      SR Watson    6-0-35-0
EJG Morgan    5* (9b 1x4)      SPD Smith    2-0-7-1

32.1

Smith to Pietersen, 1 run, full and on the pads, again KP uses his feet and drives the ball to long-on

32.2

Smith to Morgan, 2 runs, full and wide, Morgan stretches and drives the ball towards sweeper cover

32.3

Smith to Morgan, 1 run, full toss and very wide, Morgan whips the ball down to long-off

32.4

Smith to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen sweeps a full ball on off behind square leg for another single

32.5

Smith to Morgan, OUT, Smith has another, a short of length ball, Morgan played that off the back foot after making room, he jabs it hard but in the air and towards White at short cover, White dives to his right to snap that up, that's another wicket and Australia are the team with the edge now, England have frittered that powerful start, Pietersen needs to play a big innings now

EJG Morgan c White b Smith 8 (9m 12b 1x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

32.6

Smith to Yardy, no run, Yardy aims an extravagant drive off his first delivery, it was a full ball outside off and Yardy can't connect

End of over 33 (5 runs) England 186/5 (RR: 5.63)
MH Yardy    0* (1b)      SPD Smith    3-0-12-2
KP Pietersen    37* (47b 1x4)      SR Watson    6-0-35-0

33.1

DJ Hussey to Pietersen, no run, Haddin's horror day continues, another stumping chance, Pietersen was down the track and missed a wide, full ball from Hussey, into Haddin's gloves and out, that would have been a massive wicket

33.2

DJ Hussey to Pietersen, 1 run, driven to long-on for a single

33.3

DJ Hussey to Yardy, 1 run, looks for the paddle-sweep, top edge from Yardy, flies over the keeper for a single

33.4

DJ Hussey to Pietersen, SIX, that was a hit-me full toss from Hussey, Pietersen dances down the track and clobbers that over long-on for six

33.5

DJ Hussey to Pietersen, SIX, and another monster hit to reach his fifty, again he charges out and muscles a flat six over long-on, this one travels a long way into the stands, a great way to end his one-day drought

33.6

DJ Hussey to Pietersen, 1 run, this time Pietersen drives along the ground to long-on

End of over 34 (15 runs) England 201/5 (RR: 5.91)
KP Pietersen    51* (52b 1x4 2x6)      DJ Hussey    6-0-42-2
MH Yardy    1* (2b)      SPD Smith    3-0-12-2

Ball has been changed since 34 overs are up. Mitchell Johnson comes back

34.1

Johnson to Pietersen, 1 wide, terrible delivery from Johnson, short and miles down the leg side, would have been a wide to a left-hander, the crowd has a big laugh

34.1

Johnson to Pietersen, 1 wide, another one down the leg side, Pietersen aims a powerful pull but misses

That's Pietersen's first fifty since November 2008

34.1

Johnson to Pietersen, 1 run, much better from Johnson, short of length and outside off, dropped towards cover by Pietersen for a single

34.2

Johnson to Yardy, no run, length ball heading for off, Yardy gets behind the line and defends

34.3

Johnson to Yardy, no run, short and outside off, Yardy wafts at it as he looks to guide to third man, misses

34.4

Johnson to Yardy, no run, pitched up from Johnson, front-foot defense from Yardy

34.5

Johnson to Yardy, 1 run, this time Yardy gets the ball down to third man for a single

Kevin Tilstone: "I am a Notts cricket fan and I remember several years ago when David Hussey and KP were in the same Notts side, Hussey issued a challenge to KP re: who could hit most sixes. I wonder if KP is up for the Hussey challenge now?"

34.6

Johnson to Pietersen, 1 run, length ball outside off, jabbed towards point by Pietersen for a single

Sam: "Haddin is making sure we don't miss Kamran Akmal :)"

End of over 35 (5 runs) England 206/5 (RR: 5.88)
KP Pietersen    53* (54b 1x4 2x6)      MG Johnson    3-0-25-0
MH Yardy    2* (6b)      DJ Hussey    6-0-42-2

Bolinger back for another burst

35.1

Bollinger to Pietersen, FOUR, Pietersen survives as he nicks a back of length ball outside off, flies through the vacant slip area for four

35.2

Bollinger to Pietersen, 1 run, similar length and on off stump, played towards cover and sets off for a tight single, makes it in time

35.3

Bollinger to Yardy, no run, fuller ball from Bollinger, defended by Yardy to the off side

35.4

Bollinger to Yardy, no run, length delivery heading for off, Yardy had shuffled across his stumps early on, he pushes the ball towards cover

35.5

Bollinger to Yardy, 1 run, full and slanting into the pads, tucked towards deep midwicket, Yardy wanted the second but Pietersen sent him back

35.6

Bollinger to Pietersen, no run, back of length ball, inside-edged onto the pads by Pietersen

Bryn: "Strange feel to this game, the usually emaculate Haddin costing more than a few wickets, Dougie Bollinger usually stamps his mark on a game but seems to just be ghosting through it out there."

End of over 36 (6 runs) England 212/5 (RR: 5.88)
KP Pietersen    58* (57b 2x4 2x6)      DE Bollinger    6-0-44-0
MH Yardy    3* (9b)      MG Johnson    3-0-25-0

36.1

Johnson to Yardy, 1 wide, Johnson starts with another regulation leg-side wide

36.1

Johnson to Yardy, 1 run, length ball on middle and off, tucked towards square leg

36.2

Johnson to Pietersen, no run, Johnson gets it right finally, very right, a bouncer surprises Pietersen, he was going for the hook but the ball gets big on him, turns away from the ball and crashes into the side of helmet, the ball loops high towards the keeper, Pietersen doesn't know quite where it is, so he stands over the stumps to ensure the ball doesn't ball on it, smart work from KP

36.3

Johnson to Pietersen, 1 run, full and wide, slapped to sweeper cover for a single

36.4

Johnson to Yardy, no run, Yardy gets behind the line and defends to the off side

36.5

Johnson to Yardy, 1 run, back of length ball outside off, guided towards third man for a single

36.6

Johnson to Pietersen, 1 run, length ball on off, pushed towards cover for a single to end the over

End of over 37 (5 runs) England 217/5 (RR: 5.86)
KP Pietersen    60* (60b 2x4 2x6)      MG Johnson    4-0-30-0
MH Yardy    5* (12b)      DE Bollinger    6-0-44-0

37.1

Bollinger to Pietersen, no run, short of length ball outside off, Pietersen makes a bit of room to look to guide the ball towards third man, the ball sails over the top edge of his bat

37.2

Bollinger to Pietersen, 1 wide, Pietersen was shuffling across the stumps early, Bollinger sees that and fires a yorker which is just outside leg, gets called for a wide

37.2

Bollinger to Pietersen, 1 run, another yorker from Bollinger, but well outside off, off the inside-edge towards midwicket

37.3

Bollinger to Yardy, no run, length ball on off, dropped towards point

37.4

Bollinger to Yardy, no run, another length delivery, Yardy drives that off the front foot to cover

37.5

Bollinger to Yardy, no run, short ball outside off from Bollinger, Yardy goes for the pull, badly mistimed, the ball is in the air for a bit but lands wide of short cover

37.6

Bollinger to Yardy, no run, shorter this time and on offstump, defended by Yardy to the leg side

End of over 38 (2 runs) England 219/5 (RR: 5.76)
MH Yardy    5* (16b)      DE Bollinger    7-0-46-0
KP Pietersen    61* (62b 2x4 2x6)      MG Johnson    4-0-30-0

Khawar: "It's time to take the batting PP, guys."

Doherty into the attack

38.1

Doherty to Pietersen, 1 run, fired into the legstump, driven down to long-on for a single

38.2

Doherty to Yardy, 2 runs, Yardy attempts the reverse-sweep, that ball was oh-so-close to the offstump, Yardy gets a thin egde, the ball misses off, Haddin misses the ball, Bollinger has to chase to pull that in just inside the rope

Nath: "No wonder KP was so quick to protect his stumps, we know he's been undone by a bouncer taking his helmet off and onto his bails before!"

38.3

Doherty to Yardy, 1 run, Yardy goes for the regulation sweep, in the air and lands behinds square leg

38.4

Doherty to Pietersen, 2 runs, great running from KP, gets two though that ball was hit just beyond the inner circle, it was a legstump delivery, tucked towards square leg

38.5

Doherty to Pietersen, SIX, lovely from KP, charges down the track to get to the pitch of the ball and hammers it flat over the bowler's head for six, powerful hit!

38.6

Doherty to Pietersen, 1 run, an elegant extra cover drive to end the over

Frank: ""In response to Byrn: Haddin is never emaculate (immaculate), he is a very poor keeper. Surely Paine or Wade will be called in now. We need someone who can keep wickets and who can bat, not someone who does one average (bat) and the other poorly (keep) like Haddin"

End of over 39 (13 runs) England 232/5 (RR: 5.94)
KP Pietersen    71* (66b 2x4 3x6)      XJ Doherty    7-0-40-0
MH Yardy    8* (18b)      DE Bollinger    7-0-46-0

39.1

Bollinger to Pietersen, 2 wides, a bouncer from Bollinger, way over Pietersen's head, Haddin jumps and tries to collect with one outstretched hand, gets glove on it but can't prevent the bye

39.1

Bollinger to Yardy, no run, another short one, Yardy mistimes another pull, lands short of mid-on

39.2

Bollinger to Yardy, 1 run, back of length and outside off, dabbed towards third man for a single

39.3

Bollinger to Pietersen, 1 run, a knee-high full toss outside off, KP mistimes a drive to mid-off

39.4

Bollinger to Yardy, OUT, finally Yardy perishes to the pull, he has mishit several of them today, this time he gets hold of it and it carries only as far as Michael Hussey at deep midwicket

MH Yardy c MEK Hussey b Bollinger 9 (37m 21b 0x4 0x6) SR: 42.85

39.5

Bollinger to Pietersen, no run, short of length ball on middle and leg, Pietersen hit on the thigh pad as he looks to defend

Jack: "I believe Haddin has been keeping very well, considering the form of the Australian team. Give him a break, it's the constant criticism that makes a batsman uneasy."

39.6

Bollinger to Pietersen, no run, similar length from Bolinger, on middle, Pietersen punches it back towards the bowler

Interesting replay of that Yardy dismissal. Pietersen was livid when the catch was taken, he knows that with the Powerplay to come, England need to keep their wickets

End of over 40 (4 runs) England 236/6 (RR: 5.90)
KP Pietersen    72* (69b 2x4 3x6)      DE Bollinger    8-0-50-1
TT Bresnan    0* (0b)      XJ Doherty    7-0-40-0

40.1

Watson to Bresnan, no run, a swish-and-miss from Bresnan to a ball outside off

40.2

Watson to Bresnan, no run, short of length ball outside off, mistimes a pull towards midwicket

40.3

Watson to Bresnan, FOUR, a bit of width, Bresnan goes after it hard, gets a n edge that flies past the keeper to the third man boundary

40.4

Watson to Bresnan, no run, another attempted powerful hit from Bresnan, he looks to crash the ball past extra cover, no contact

40.5

Watson to Bresnan, 2 runs, short ball from Hussey, Bresnan goes for the pull, connects well finally, Michael Hussey has work to do in the deep

40.6

Watson to Bresnan, no run, pitchd up and just outside off, driven towards mid-off by Bresnan

Kenny Q: "England need another batsman in the side, Yardy at 7 not good enough !"

End of over 41 (6 runs) England 242/6 (RR: 5.90)
TT Bresnan    6* (6b 1x4)      SR Watson    7-0-41-0
KP Pietersen    72* (69b 2x4 3x6)      DE Bollinger    8-0-50-1

41.1

Bollinger to Pietersen, 1 run, short of length outside off, KP hits it towards cover

41.2

Bollinger to Bresnan, 1 run, short of length ball on middle and off, defended to the off side

41.3

Bollinger to Pietersen, 1 run, similar length on the legstump, 'catch' is the cry but the only man who could have is the square-leg umpire

41.4

Bollinger to Bresnan, 2 runs, shortish ball just outside off, makes a bit of room and slaps that down to third man

41.5

Bollinger to Bresnan, 1 run, back of a length ball around off, Bresnan makes room and gets an outside edge towards third man

41.6

Bollinger to Pietersen, 1 run, good-looking shot, but not very well timed, all along the ground past the bowler

End of over 42 (7 runs) England 249/6 (RR: 5.92)
KP Pietersen    75* (72b 2x4 3x6)      DE Bollinger    9-0-57-1
TT Bresnan    10* (9b 1x4)      SR Watson    7-0-41-0

42.1

Watson to Pietersen, 1 run, driven down to long-on for a single to bring up the 250 for England

James: "In response to Frank; I've seen Hadding take some great catches as keeper, and he's pulled us out of trouble more then once with the bat, too. As for Paine, he missed several balls while keeping in last Friday's T20"

42.2

Watson to Bresnan, no run, defended back towards the bowler by Bresnan

42.3

Watson to Bresnan, 1 run, length ball on middle and leg, tucked towards midwicket

42.4

Watson to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen walks across the stumps and drives a length ball towards sweeper cover

42.5

Watson to Bresnan, no run, Bresnan backs away and chops the ball towards point

Tim: "In response to Kenny: Australia also need another batsman in their side. Smith at 7 is not good enough!"

42.6

Watson to Bresnan, no run, length ball is pushed back towards the bowler

End of over 43 (3 runs) England 252/6 (RR: 5.86)
TT Bresnan    11* (13b 1x4)      SR Watson    8-0-44-0
KP Pietersen    77* (74b 2x4 3x6)      DE Bollinger    9-0-57-1

Batting Powerplay

43.1

Johnson to Pietersen, 1 run, full and wide, cracked towards cover

Kevin Tilstone: "Bear in my that Yardy is just a makeshift. Broad is injured and when he comes back is a powerful hitting option in the lower order. Yardy will probably make way for him."

43.2

Johnson to Bresnan, FOUR, length ball just outside off, smoked down the ground for four

43.3

Johnson to Bresnan, no run, length ball outside off, Bresnan mistimes a cover drive

43.4

Johnson to Bresnan, OUT, superb work from Johnson, Pietersen's run-out, massive blow for England, Johnson might be having a tough time with the ball, but don't question his footballing skills, he bangs in a short ball, Bresnan looks to pull it, he misses and the ball hits him on the chest and rolls to the leg side, KP is very keen on a single and calls Bresnan though, Johnson races towards the ball and right-foots it onto the stumps, catching Pietersen well short

KP Pietersen run out 78 (128m 75b 2x4 3x6) SR: 104.00

43.5

Johnson to Swann, no run, length ball outside off, Swann slices that towards backward point

43.6

Johnson to Swann, no run, slower ball from Johnson, short and wide but Swann can't connect

End of over 44 (5 runs) England 257/7 (RR: 5.84)
GP Swann    0* (2b)      MG Johnson    5-0-35-0
TT Bresnan    15* (16b 2x4)      SR Watson    8-0-44-0

44.1

Lee to Bresnan, no run, short and wide slower ball from Lee to start, Bresnan cuts that hard to Smith at cover, Swann sets off for a single, David Hussey dives to do the backing up after the throw from Smith misses

44.2

Lee to Bresnan, 1 run

44.3

Lee to Swann, 1 run, shortish ball outside leg, batsman was backing away early, helped towards midwicket for a single

44.4

Lee to Bresnan, FOUR, slower bouncer from Lee, Bresnan doesn't pick it up, he was early into his attempted hook, adjusts late and gets it off the toe-end towards fine leg, gets enough on it to get a boundary

44.5

Lee to Bresnan, 1 run, pushed just wide of Brett Lee to get a single

44.6

Lee to Swann, no run, Swann goes for an ambitious swipe to a short of length ball just outside off, he misses and the ball zips through to the keeper

End of over 45 (7 runs) England 264/7 (RR: 5.86)
GP Swann    1* (4b)      B Lee    7-0-33-1
TT Bresnan    21* (20b 3x4)      MG Johnson    5-0-35-0

45.1

Johnson to Bresnan, no run, Johnson starts the over with a full and wide delivery, Bresnan looks to crash that through cover, but doesn't make contact

45.2

Johnson to Bresnan, no run, crowd are excited as Bresnan thumps a short ball back towards the bowler, mistimed and Johnson does well to field

45.3

Johnson to Bresnan, 2 runs, Bresnan swipes this one down the ground, Swann pushes him to come back for the second

45.4

Johnson to Bresnan, FOUR, Johnson gets the line totally wrong, outside leg and Bresnan clips that nicely behind square, well timed that

45.5

Johnson to Bresnan, 1 run, fullish ball outside off, muscled towards sweeper cover

45.6

Johnson to Swann, no run, bouncer down the leg side, batsman had backed away a long way, he tries to jab that past the keeper to third man but can't get bat on it

Adil Rehman: "In response to everyone : Please give Haddin a break, every one can have a bad day ! Lets see how he goes in the series before talking about replacements !"

End of over 46 (7 runs) England 271/7 (RR: 5.89)
GP Swann    1* (5b)      MG Johnson    6-0-42-0
TT Bresnan    28* (25b 4x4)      B Lee    7-0-33-1

46.1

Lee to Bresnan, no run, powered to extra cover, that was overpitched outside off, can't get it past the fielder

46.2

Lee to Bresnan, OUT, short and outside off, Bresnan looks to slash that one, gets a top-edge which sails to Doherty at third man, Lee is thrilled as he thought he had Davies caught at third man earlier before replays showed he had overstepped, no such worries this time

TT Bresnan c Doherty b Lee 28 (31m 27b 4x4 0x6) SR: 103.70

Junaid: "just a note an entire innings about to end and UDRS still not used even once by either side!"

46.3

Lee to Swann, 1 run, full and well outside off, sliced down to third man

46.4

Lee to Shahzad, no run, short ball outside off, Shahzad jumps as the ball rises but doesn't offer a shot, that was a quick delivery

46.5

Lee to Shahzad, 1 run, this was the slower bouncer, Shahzad mistimes the pull, the ball lands short of deep midwicket

46.6

Lee to Swann, 2 wides, fired down the leg side by Lee, batsman looks to tickle it to fine leg but misses

46.6

Lee to Shahzad, no run, came down the track and blocked it back to the bowler

End of over 47 (4 runs) England 275/8 (RR: 5.85)
A Shahzad    1* (3b)      B Lee    8-0-37-2
GP Swann    2* (6b)      MG Johnson    6-0-42-0

47.1

Johnson to Swann, 1 run, full and just outside off, jabbed past backward point by Swann, one run short says the umpire so England get only a single

47.2

Johnson to Swann, 1 run, length ball again well outside off, Swann drags it towards mid-on

47.3

Johnson to Shahzad, 1 leg bye, Shahzad backs away, Johnson follows him and the batsman is struck on the pad and the ball rolls towards square leg

47.4

Johnson to Swann, no run, slower ball angling away, Swann can't connect

47.5

Johnson to Swann, OUT, and another catch for Doherty, can England play out the 50 overs? there have inly one wicket left now as Swann holes out, a slower ball from Johnson, Swann looks to clear the in-field but can't chip it past Doherty at mid-on

GP Swann c Doherty b Johnson 4 (19m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 40.00

47.6

Johnson to Shahzad, no run, on middle and leg, batsman gets behind the line and defends

End of over 48 (3 runs) England 278/9 (RR: 5.79)
A Shahzad    1* (5b)      MG Johnson    7-0-44-1
CT Tremlett    0* (0b)      B Lee    8-0-37-2

48.1

Lee to Tremlett, no run, Lee nearly finishes the innings with a pinpoint yorker, Tremlett does well to keep that out

48.2

Lee to Tremlett, no run, the review system is being used for the first time in ODIs, Australia have asked for it after Shahzad is struck on the back pad outside leg and goes through to the keeper, Lee think there's an inside-edge and asks for a caught-behind, replays don't show a nick, there were two noises as the ball flicked the front pad before thudding into the back pad, Tremlett survives

48.3

Lee to Tremlett, no run, another yorker, outside off, Tremlett can't get bat on it

48.4

Lee to Tremlett, no run, Lee keeps chruning out the yorker,best delivery to the tailender, this one was heading for middle and off, Tremlett defends

48.5

Lee to Tremlett, 1 bye, this was short from Lee, Tremlett ducks, he is called through for a bye, the batsmen scramble one, Lee lucky that wasn't called a wide since the bouncer was down leg

48.6

Lee to Shahzad, SIX, whoah! Lee attempts a yorker again, just gets is wrong, Shahzad gets under that one and launches over mid-off, plenty of power behind that shot and that goes on for a six

End of over 49 (7 runs) England 285/9 (RR: 5.81)
A Shahzad    7* (6b 1x6)      B Lee    9-0-43-2
CT Tremlett    0* (5b)      MG Johnson    7-0-44-1

49.1

Johnson to Tremlett, 1 run, length ball heading for middle, Tremlett makes room and slaps it towards mid-on

49.2

Johnson to Shahzad, 1 run, short ball on legstump, swung down to Watson at fine leg

49.3

Johnson to Tremlett, SIX, another biggie, this time from Tremlett, a massive six, shortish ball outside leg, Tremlett made room and swiped that with incredible power, sends the ball soaring over midwicket

49.4

Johnson to Tremlett, 1 wide, another of those crazy Johnson deliveries, miles down the leg side

49.4

Johnson to Tremlett, OUT, the end of the innings, Tremlett had cleared the front leg to attempt another monster hit, it was a short of length ball from Johnson, takes the top edge and goes through at a nice height to Haddin

CT Tremlett c †Haddin b Johnson 7 (10m 8b 0x4 1x6) SR: 87.50

So England finish on 294, perhaps they would have expected more after the start they got. The openers had plenty of lives but maintained a punishing rate; only KP made a big contribution after the openers departed though and England couldn't reach the 300 they seemed set to get. It was a wonderful innings from KP, controlled initially before bringing out the big hits against the spinners. The slow bowlers are expected to get some help in the second half of the match, so Australia might have a tough task ahead of them.

I'm off to get some food. This is Siddarth Ravindran signing out. Liam Brickhill will be on hand in a bit to describe Australia's batting.

Hello everyone, Liam here. It was a fair effort from Australia to hold England to 294 after the start they had, but Ash isn't convinved with Michael Clarke's leadership: "Australia's best bowler today, Brett Lee, finishes 1 over short and Steven smith with 2 wickets and rate of 4 an over gets only 3. Hmm.. Clarke has some questions to answer there.."

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