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England in Australia ODI Series - 5th ODI

Australia v England

Australia won by 51 runs

Welcome back everyone, I'm Liam Brickhill and I'll be your commentator for the beginning of the second innings. The latest news is that Shaun Marsh has injured his hamstring and won't field. Brett Lee is pawing the turf at the end of his run - he'l take the new ball. Two slips in place.

0.1

Lee to Strauss, 1 wide, pacy start, but wildly inaccurate from Lee. Hurled well wide of off stump, and one of those slips was almost in action to stop that - before Haddin moved across

0.1

Lee to Strauss, no run, that's better! Strauss whips his bat inside the line as Lee hits a good length on off stump. A leave, rather than a miss, but the line was great

0.2

Lee to Strauss, no run, and again. Back of a length, hitting the seam and going away from the bat. Strauss watches it carefully and keeps the bat inside the line

0.3

Lee to Strauss, no run, this time he is beaten! Lee goes fuller outside off, Strauss steps half forward into the drive but is beaten on the outside edge. Lee wanders down to offer him a few tips on his technique

0.4

Lee to Strauss, no run, a hint of movement back into the left-hander, and good pace from the bowler too. Defended back down the track

0.5

Lee to Strauss, no run, feisty stuff! Banged in short by Lee, Strauss whips his head out of the way in a hurry. He dealt with a good bouncer pretty well

0.6

Lee to Strauss, no run, great finish to the over, curving gently in through the air but the pace is anything but gentle. Defended by Strauss

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End of over 1 (1 run) England 1/0 (249 runs required from 49 overs, RR: 1.00, RRR: 5.08)
AJ Strauss    0* (6b)      B Lee    1-0-1-0
MJ Prior    0* (0b)     

1.1

Bollinger to Prior, 2 leg byes, off the thigh pad and down to fine leg. That's good running, as they sprint back for the second

1.2

Bollinger to Prior, no run, pace and bounce, and Prior didn't know much about that! He turns his head away and thrusts the bat out in hope ... but the bouncer ricochets off the glove and grille. That's got the crowd going

1.3

Bollinger to Prior, no run, it's been a spirited start by Australia's new-ball bowlers, and this time Bollinger hits a length and the ball bursts past the outside edge

1.4

Bollinger to Prior, FOUR, unorthodox, but effective! Back of a length and Prior initially set himself to pull over midwicket. The ball hit the seam and moved towards the slips, but he went through with the shot and ended up lifting it straight back over the bowler's head. One bounce, and over the rope

1.5

Bollinger to Prior, no run, and he follows that up with some back-foot defence

1.6

Bollinger to Prior, FOUR, slashed, and that flies over gully and down to third man for four! Prior is really flinging his bat into these shots, that was a thick edge but it raced away

End of over 2 (10 runs) England 11/0 (239 runs required from 48 overs, RR: 5.50, RRR: 4.97)
MJ Prior    8* (6b 2x4)      DE Bollinger    1-0-8-0
AJ Strauss    0* (6b)      B Lee    1-0-1-0

2.1

Lee to Strauss, no run, back of a length, with a hint of width. Strauss steps back and cracks into the off side, but straight to the cover fielder

2.2

Lee to Strauss, 1 run, now the England captain is slashing up and over down to third man! Both batsmen keen to impose themselves early on, but this didn't bounce too far away from the fielder, Bollinger

2.3

Lee to Prior, no run, this one leaps off a length and hits the splice as Prior hops back in defence

2.4

Lee to Prior, no run, fuller this time, Prior is sat on the back foot though and drives to cover. Lee's fastest ball of the innings so far

2.5

Lee to Prior, no run, and he follows it up with a much slower delivery! Spotted early by Prior, who drives to mid-on

2.6

Lee to Prior, 1 run, tucked into the leg side, and they take the chance for a sprinted single

End of over 3 (2 runs) England 13/0 (237 runs required from 47 overs, RR: 4.33, RRR: 5.04)
MJ Prior    9* (10b 2x4)      B Lee    2-0-3-0
AJ Strauss    1* (8b)      DE Bollinger    1-0-8-0

3.1

Bollinger to Prior, 1 run, Prior clears the left leg and slaps down the ground ... that won't reach the boundary, however, as deep mid-off swoops to cut it off

3.2

Bollinger to Strauss, no run, wobbling around on a length, just outside off. Strauss punches into the covers, but hits the field

3.3

Bollinger to Strauss, no run, that's definitely hit the seam, jagging back in, and Strauss is caught in an awkward position as he sets himself for some sort of paddle-pull. The ball strikes him in the midriff and rolls into the off side

3.4

Bollinger to Strauss, 1 run, width outside off, Strauss chops down to third man

3.5

Bollinger to Prior, FOUR, crack! All that effort from Bollinger as he charges to the crease, only to see the ball ping out of the middle of the bat and fly to the boundary in a moment. Authoritative pull from Prior, he's ticking nicely now

3.6

Bollinger to Prior, no run, back of a length again, this time he opts to defend back down the track

End of over 4 (6 runs) England 19/0 (231 runs required from 46 overs, RR: 4.75, RRR: 5.02)
MJ Prior    14* (13b 3x4)      DE Bollinger    2-0-14-0
AJ Strauss    2* (11b)      B Lee    2-0-3-0

4.1

Lee to Strauss, no run, at the other end, Strauss's absorbing battle with Lee continues! The batsman backed away to leg but Lee followed him with a sharp bouncer that had him ducking for safety, and a verbal barrage to boot!

4.2

Lee to Strauss, no run, tapped into the off side

4.3

Lee to Strauss, no run, again Strauss targets the off side, but he can't find the gap as short cover point fields the ball on the bounce

4.4

Lee to Strauss, 1 run, so instead, he tucks into the wide spaces on the leg side, picking up a single

Fine leg comes up, deep square is out

4.5

Lee to Prior, no run, close to the edge! That actually sounded like he may have got something on it, plenty of daylight between bat and ball however

4.6

Lee to Prior, OUT, bowled 'im! Lee has comprehensively won this battle, firing one at the top of off. Prior's feet went nowhere, the ball bursts past his attempted nurdle to gully and makes a mess of the stumps. Lee celebrates with a hop and a kick, and that's the first breakthrough for Australia!

MJ Prior b Lee 14 (22m 15b 3x4 0x6) SR: 93.33

End of over 5 (1 run) England 20/1 (230 runs required from 45 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 5.11)
     B Lee    3-0-4-1
AJ Strauss    3* (15b)      DE Bollinger    2-0-14-0

5.1

Bollinger to Strauss, OUT, two wickets in two balls! Both openers depart, England are in a hole now. Short, Strauss was quickly onto the pull but the ball didn't come off the middle of the bat, flying straight to Smith at square leg for an easy catch

AJ Strauss c Smith b Bollinger 3 (24m 16b 0x4 0x6) SR: 18.75

Right, Kevin Pietersen lopes to the crease with his team in deep trouble. Neither he nor Trott have yet faced a ball, they'll have to re-build this innings from scratch

5.2

Bollinger to Pietersen, no run, slower ball, a cutter, and it's pulled down quite short. Pietersen defends

5.3

Bollinger to Pietersen, no run, thick inside edge, that could so easily have gone back to hit the stumps! Luckily for Pietersen, it hits the body and bounces harmlessly towards the slips

5.4

Bollinger to Pietersen, no run, hurled down on a length, outside off, and left alone

5.5

Bollinger to Pietersen, 2 runs, fuller, the batsman leans forward into a cautious drive and is off the mark with a scurried two

5.6

Bollinger to Pietersen, no run, and another good leave to end the over

End of over 6 (2 runs) England 22/2 (228 runs required from 44 overs, RR: 3.66, RRR: 5.18)
KP Pietersen    2* (5b)      DE Bollinger    3-0-16-1
IJL Trott    0* (0b)      B Lee    3-0-4-1

Trott marks an extensive guard in preparation for his first delivery. Lee doesn't look impressed

6.1

Lee to Trott, OUT, gone first ball! Lee strikes again! It wasn't the best ball, a touch short and angling down the leg side. Trott flicked off his hip but in the air, and Bollinger tumbles forward at short fine leg to take the catch. England are in disarray. Brett Lee is on a hat-trick...

IJL Trott c Bollinger b Lee 0 (7m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

The crowd are really geed up now. Two slips in place, Lee is fired up. Full and straight?

6.2

Lee to Bell, 1 no ball, no, short and ballooning over the ducking batsman. And what's more, he's over-stepped - it's a no-ball and his next delivery will be a Free Hit

6.2

Lee to Bell, 1 run, short again, Bell flails and pops it straight up in the air. The crowd roar as Smith takes the catch, they perhaps don't quite realise what's going on ... Lee's got a smile on his face

6.3

Lee to Pietersen, 2 runs, a thick outside edge bounces down to third man ... and the return from the fielder is atrocious, yorking Haddin and they come back for another

6.4

Lee to Pietersen, no run, tapped into the covers

6.5

Lee to Pietersen, 1 run, full, straight and fast. Pushed just wide of mid-on and they dash through for one

6.6

Lee to Bell, no run, languid drive from Bell, a good-looking shot but it goes straight to the fielder

End of over 7 (5 runs) England 27/3 (223 runs required from 43 overs, RR: 3.85, RRR: 5.18)
IR Bell    1* (3b)      B Lee    4-0-9-2
KP Pietersen    5* (8b)      DE Bollinger    3-0-16-1

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7.1

Bollinger to Pietersen, 1 run, on a length and defended by Pietersen ... who spots the opportunity for a quick single as mid-off is slow to amble in to field. Hands on hips from Bollinger

7.2

Bollinger to Bell, no run, left alone outside off stump

7.3

Bollinger to Bell, no run, Bell smelt that one, a bouncer bursting past his helmet and into Haddin's gloves. The 'keeper appeals, who knows why

7.4

Bollinger to Bell, no run, pushed to cover point

7.5

Bollinger to Bell, 2 runs, short and Bell is on the pull, that hits the splice and loops up slowly ... but it's got enough on it to evade the fielder running back from square leg

7.6

Bollinger to Bell, no run, going across the right-hander on the angle, going further off the seam, and Bell leaves alone

End of over 8 (3 runs) England 30/3 (220 runs required from 42 overs, RR: 3.75, RRR: 5.23)
IR Bell    3* (8b)      DE Bollinger    4-0-19-1
KP Pietersen    6* (9b)      B Lee    4-0-9-2

Change in the attack, Mitchell Johnson comes in to replace Lee. One slip in place

8.1

Johnson to Pietersen, no run, decent start, just short of a good length but aimed right at off stump. Pietersen gets across and defends to leg

8.2

Johnson to Pietersen, FOUR, slapped straight back down the ground, the ball scorches across the turf and over the boundary. Strong shot!

8.3

Johnson to Pietersen, no run, that'll have stung the hands of Hussey at short extra cover! Full and wide, absolutely slammed out the middle but straight at the fielder. He can see the funny side. Great effort to even stop that actually

8.4

Johnson to Pietersen, 1 run, full and straight, Pietersen pushes firmly back to the bowler, who parries to his right to give away a single

8.5

Johnson to Bell, 1 run, tucked off the pads into the leg side

8.6

Johnson to Pietersen, 2 runs, Pietersen steps right across to the off side and clips a leg-stump delivery out into the deep ... Fine leg is up but deep square sprints across to keep them to two

End of over 9 (8 runs) England 38/3 (212 runs required from 41 overs, RR: 4.22, RRR: 5.17)
KP Pietersen    13* (14b 1x4)      MG Johnson    1-0-8-0
IR Bell    4* (9b)      DE Bollinger    4-0-19-1

9.1

Bollinger to Bell, 1 run, squirted into the off side, Hussey is still close in in that catching position at cover, he dives to his left and gets a hand to it but can't quite stop the single

9.2

Bollinger to Pietersen, no run, offcutter from Bollinger, slower and stopping in the wicket. Pietersen pushes into the leg side

9.3

Bollinger to Pietersen, FOUR, Pietersen is counter-attacking in fine style here, lunging forward to smash this through the covers. There's no stopping that

9.4

Bollinger to Pietersen, no run, extravagant leave to follow that up, KP struts down to tap the wicket

9.5

Bollinger to Pietersen, 1 run, tapped to deep mid-off for one

9.6

Bollinger to Bell, 1 run, flashed airily through gully! That would've resulted in a regulation catch in a Test match, but here it's a single down to third man. Keeps the bowler interested though, and that's the end of the first Powerplay

End of over 10 (7 runs) England 45/3 (205 runs required from 40 overs, RR: 4.50, RRR: 5.12)
IR Bell    6* (11b)      DE Bollinger    5-0-26-1
KP Pietersen    18* (18b 2x4)      MG Johnson    1-0-8-0

And Australia take the Bowling Powerplay straight away. Johnson continues, slip stays in place

10.1

Johnson to Bell, 1 run, glanced behind square on the leg side

10.2

Johnson to Pietersen, FOUR, the first really testing delivery Johnson has bowled today, and it goes for four! Pietersen was caught on the crease, the ball leaving him off the pitch and taking a thick edge. That beats slip, but goes fine enough to beat third man too

10.3

Johnson to Pietersen, no run, defended watchfully into the off side

10.4

Johnson to Pietersen, no run, direct hit would've been interesting here! Pietersen dropped it into the off side and both batsmen left their creases ... but Smith swoops in a flash and fires a shy at the non-striker's end. Bell dives, and the throw goes wide. He'd have been out if that had hit

10.5

Johnson to Pietersen, 1 run, tapped to deep mid-off, and a single is taken

10.6

Johnson to Bell, no run, defended down to gully off the back foot

End of over 11 (6 runs) England 51/3 (199 runs required from 39 overs, RR: 4.63, RRR: 5.10)
IR Bell    7* (13b)      MG Johnson    2-0-14-0
KP Pietersen    23* (22b 3x4)      DE Bollinger    5-0-26-1

On comes John Wayne Hastings. What a name

11.1

Hastings to Pietersen, 1 run, good start from him, this ball has just started to stick in the surface and do a little, and yet another edge flies off the bat and down to third man

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11.2

Hastings to Bell, no run, coming in through the air and off the seam, Bell defends with bat and pad right together

11.3

Hastings to Bell, no run, aggression from Bell, charging down the track but his drive can't pierce the off side field

11.4

Hastings to Bell, no run, tapped down towards cover, no single to be had

11.5

Hastings to Bell, 1 run, now he does find space, running one down to third man for an easy single

11.6

Hastings to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen walks down and across his stumps, and aims a controlled paddle-pull to midwicket

End of over 12 (3 runs) England 54/3 (196 runs required from 38 overs, RR: 4.50, RRR: 5.15)
KP Pietersen    25* (24b 3x4)      JW Hastings    1-0-3-0
IR Bell    8* (17b)      MG Johnson    2-0-14-0

12.1

Johnson to Pietersen, no run, just past the edge! Great line from Johnson, Pietersen had to play at that. Slip, who had been moved, is back in place

12.2

Johnson to Pietersen, 1 run, nudged into the leg side for one

12.3

Johnson to Bell, 1 run, chopped down to third man

12.4

Johnson to Pietersen, 1 run, a bit of bat, a bit of pad, and as the ball rolls to midwicket - with Johnson in hot pursuit - they scamper through for one

12.5

Johnson to Bell, 1 no ball, everything was right about this ball, tucking Bell up nicely in defence, except for the fact that he's been called for a no-ball. That's a bit harsh, he was certainly tight on the line but it was a borderline call. Free Hit coming up

12.5

Johnson to Bell, FOUR, back of a length, Bell makes room and flaps over mid-off. White sprints after it but can't pull it back in time

12.6

Johnson to Bell, no run, and defence to finish the over

End of over 13 (8 runs) England 62/3 (188 runs required from 37 overs, RR: 4.76, RRR: 5.08)
IR Bell    13* (21b 1x4)      MG Johnson    3-0-22-0
KP Pietersen    27* (27b 3x4)      JW Hastings    1-0-3-0

13.1

Hastings to Pietersen, 1 wide, Pietersen charges down the wicket but Hastings spots him coming and responds with a canny slower-ball bouncer ... that's a bit too short though, and it's called wide

13.1

Hastings to Pietersen, 1 run, pushed into the gap between mid-off and cover, quick single

13.2

Hastings to Bell, no run, Bell is dancing down the track now, but can't get to the pitch

Both batsmen are really looking to target Hastings

13.3

Hastings to Bell, 1 run, nicely driven by Bell, stretching well forward, but there's a sweeper out on the cover boundary

right, Australia have had enough of the batsmen using their feet to the seamer. Haddin gets the helmet on and comes up to the stumps

13.4

Hastings to Pietersen, no run, full, pushed to point

13.5

Hastings to Pietersen, FOUR, great shot, intelligent batting. Back of a length and Pietersen picks up four with the latest of late cuts, a deft little shot that beats third man

13.6

Hastings to Pietersen, no run, straighter from Hastings, Pietersen taps to point

End of over 14 (7 runs) England 69/3 (181 runs required from 36 overs, RR: 4.92, RRR: 5.02)
KP Pietersen    32* (31b 4x4)      JW Hastings    2-0-10-0
IR Bell    14* (23b 1x4)      MG Johnson    3-0-22-0

14.1

Johnson to Bell, no run, Bell hops down the track and sends the ball back to the bowler ... KP had backed up quite far and Johnson was on the ball in a flash, he's safely back to his crease though

14.2

Johnson to Bell, no run, tapped down, straight to the man at gully on the bounce

14.3

Johnson to Bell, no run, this time it's Smith at point doing the fielding, diving to his left to stop Bell's shot. Good effort from him

14.4

Johnson to Bell, no run, nicely straight from Johnson, Bell stays deep in the crease and defends

14.5

Johnson to Bell, 1 run, short and pacy from Johnson, Bell is hurried as he tries to pull ... the ball hits something though, the bat handle or the glove, and they take a single

14.6

Johnson to Pietersen, no run, inside edge ... the ball rolls back close to the stumps but Pietersen shows good awareness to quickly flick it away and avert the danger

End of over 15 (1 run) England 70/3 (180 runs required from 35 overs, RR: 4.66, RRR: 5.14)
KP Pietersen    32* (32b 4x4)      MG Johnson    4-0-23-0
IR Bell    15* (28b 1x4)      JW Hastings    2-0-10-0

And that's the drinks break, it appears, so I'll hand over to Brydon Coverdale for a spell.

Thanks Liam. John Hastings to continue now. Or Jonathan Hastings, as the Channel Nine commentators annoyingly and incorrectly insist on calling him.

15.1

Hastings to Bell, no run, Bell advances and then defends

15.2

Hastings to Bell, no run, Bell defends back down towards Hastings

15.3

Hastings to Bell, 1 run, short ball now and Bell turns a hook around the corner to Bollinger at fine leg

15.4

Hastings to Pietersen, no run, Hastings goes for the bouncer now and Pietersen ducks underneath it

15.5

Hastings to Pietersen, 1 run, quick single now as KP walks across and nudges it wide of point

15.6

Hastings to Bell, 2 runs, driven uppishly, shouts of catch it as it sails through cover but it is safe and Bell picks up two runs to the man in the deep

End of over 16 (4 runs) England 74/3 (176 runs required from 34 overs, RR: 4.62, RRR: 5.17)
IR Bell    18* (32b 1x4)      JW Hastings    3-0-14-0
KP Pietersen    33* (34b 4x4)      MG Johnson    4-0-23-0

Now, spin from Steven Smith. And with KP in and looking pretty good, things could get very interesting.

16.1

Smith to Pietersen, 1 run, some turn away from Pietersen, who punches through cover gently for a run

16.2

Smith to Bell, 2 runs, Bell advances and lofts this high but safely over cover and it lobs into the outfield

16.3

Smith to Bell, 1 run, cut hard through cover to the man in the deep

16.4

Smith to Pietersen, no run, a big stride forward from Pietersen as Smith drags the length back, the batsman defends

16.5

Smith to Pietersen, no run, tossed up on middle stump, Pietersen clips to Hussey at short midwicket

16.6

Smith to Pietersen, no run, tossed up and Pietersen drives back to Smith, who dives and nearly makes a catch, but there's no reaction from anyone. Hold on, though, Smith is saying he's not sure if he's taken it. He's come up with the ball clutched to his body. Asad Rauf believes it's not out but checks with the third umpire, who can easily see that ball has hit the hands, bounced while Smith is diving and then he has clutched it to his chest. Not out.

End of over 17 (4 runs) England 78/3 (172 runs required from 33 overs, RR: 4.58, RRR: 5.21)
KP Pietersen    34* (38b 4x4)      SPD Smith    1-0-4-0
IR Bell    21* (34b 1x4)      JW Hastings    3-0-14-0

17.1

Hastings to Bell, 1 run, clipped away through square leg

17.2

Hastings to Pietersen, 1 run, tip and run from Pietersen as he nudges to cover

17.3

Hastings to Bell, no run, pushed back down the pitch

17.4

Hastings to Bell, 1 run, a good punchy drive through cover from Bell, who picks up a single to the man in the deep

17.5

Hastings to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen advances down the pitch again, and then clips defensively to leg

17.6

Hastings to Pietersen, no run, slower ball now and Pietersen drives on the bounce to Clarke at short cover

End of over 18 (3 runs) England 81/3 (169 runs required from 32 overs, RR: 4.50, RRR: 5.28)
KP Pietersen    35* (41b 4x4)      JW Hastings    4-0-17-0
IR Bell    23* (37b 1x4)      SPD Smith    1-0-4-0

18.1

Smith to Bell, 1 run, Bell advances to Smith and drives edgily and uppishly over cover point, it bounces safely short of the fielder

18.2

Smith to Pietersen, no run, solidly defended back to the bowler

18.3

Smith to Pietersen, 1 run, quicker and flatter, and it's punched through cover

18.4

Smith to Bell, 2 runs, well played by Bell as he takes this one off middle stump and dabs a paddle sweep fine enough to get two runs

18.5

Smith to Bell, no run, tossed up on leg stump, it's clipped to midwicket

18.6

Smith to Bell, 1 run, on the pads and it's tickled around the corner to short fine leg

End of over 19 (5 runs) England 86/3 (164 runs required from 31 overs, RR: 4.52, RRR: 5.29)
IR Bell    27* (41b 1x4)      SPD Smith    2-0-9-0
KP Pietersen    36* (43b 4x4)      JW Hastings    4-0-17-0

19.1

Hastings to Bell, 1 run, cut hard forward of point and another easy single

19.2

Hastings to Pietersen, 1 run, slower short ball now and Pietersen pulls over midwicket

19.3

Hastings to Bell, no run, walks down the pitch and dabs outside off but Hastings goes wide enough to beat the bat

19.4

Hastings to Bell, 1 run, fullish and straight, Bell drives a bump ball down to mid-off, where the fielder dives across but can't stop it

19.5

Hastings to Pietersen, no run, pushed to mid-off again and this time Clarke does get across to cut it off

19.6

Hastings to Pietersen, no run, goes for the pull now and he can't connect

End of over 20 (3 runs) England 89/3 (161 runs required from 30 overs, RR: 4.45, RRR: 5.36)
KP Pietersen    37* (46b 4x4)      JW Hastings    5-0-20-0
IR Bell    29* (44b 1x4)      SPD Smith    2-0-9-0

20.1

Smith to Bell, no run, Bell dances down the pitch and drives to cover

20.2

Smith to Bell, 1 run, a little shorter now and Bell cuts to deep point

20.3

Smith to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen now uses his feet to Smith, but then checks his shot

20.4

Smith to Pietersen, 1 run, and now Pietersen turns this into a full toss and swipes it across wide of midwicket

20.5

Smith to Bell, 1 run, drifting in to the pads, and soft hands from KP as he nudges it to leg

20.6

Smith to Pietersen, no run, good bowling, Pietersen advances and Smith sends it in flatter and quicker, the batsman has to check his shot again

End of over 21 (3 runs) England 92/3 (158 runs required from 29 overs, RR: 4.38, RRR: 5.44)
KP Pietersen    38* (49b 4x4)      SPD Smith    3-0-12-0
IR Bell    31* (47b 1x4)      JW Hastings    5-0-20-0

21.1

Hastings to Bell, no run, lovely fielding by David Hussey at gully, as he launches himself to his right to save a good late cut from Bell that might have run away to the boundary

21.2

Hastings to Bell, 1 run, slower ball now, which is chipped through square leg and they can't justify a second run

21.3

Hastings to Pietersen, 2 runs, driven hard through cover for another easy run

21.4

Hastings to Pietersen, OUT, Pietersen is gone! Oh, John Hastings has done it with the slower bouncer! It has absolutely stopped in mid-air on the way to Pietersen, who wants to pull hard but is playing too quickly and ends up swinging one-handed and gets a top edge that's taken by Lee at mid-on

KP Pietersen c Lee b Hastings 40 (68m 51b 4x4 0x6) SR: 78.43

That was clever bowling by Hastings, he has some impressive changes of pace and Pietersen was losing patience there, he wanted some boundaries

21.5

Hastings to Morgan, no run, on the pads and Morgan can't get it away

21.6

Hastings to Morgan, 1 run, good yorker now but Morgan manages to drive it wide of cover to get off the mark

End of over 22 (4 runs) England 96/4 (154 runs required from 28 overs, RR: 4.36, RRR: 5.50)
EJG Morgan    1* (2b)      JW Hastings    6-0-24-1
IR Bell    32* (49b 1x4)      SPD Smith    3-0-12-0

22.1

Smith to Morgan, 1 run, tossed up well outside off and Morgan steps across to work it through the leg side

22.2

Smith to Bell, no run, good flight from Smith, and Bell uses the feet and then drives to mid-on

22.3

Smith to Bell, no run, cut away to point and can't find the gap

22.4

Smith to Bell, 1 run, driven to long-off for a comfortable single

22.5

Smith to Morgan, OUT, another one goes! Morgan has holed out to Smith! Not a very clever piece of batting, you'd have to say, as he gets underneath a lofted drive and skies it to long-off, where Johnson runs around to his right and takes a catch that nearly bobbles out of his hands.

EJG Morgan c Johnson b Smith 2 (5m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

What a big two overs! All of a sudden Australia are back on top.

Well. Paul Collingwood is a pretty handy No. 7, but not in the sort of batting form he's in.

22.6

Smith to Bell, no run, Bell reaches at this one and pushes to point

End of over 23 (2 runs) England 98/5 (152 runs required from 27 overs, RR: 4.26, RRR: 5.62)
IR Bell    33* (53b 1x4)      SPD Smith    4-0-14-1
PD Collingwood    0* (0b)      JW Hastings    6-0-24-1

23.1

Hastings to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood is beaten outside off first ball, there's no foot movement there as he just tries to dab a cut away

23.2

Hastings to Collingwood, no run, this time Collingwood gets across to defend with a straight bat

23.3

Hastings to Collingwood, 1 run, soft hands from Collingwood as he nudges to leg and gets off the mark

23.4

Hastings to Bell, no run, walks across this time and clips it to leg

23.5

Hastings to Bell, 1 run, bouncer from Hastings and Bell pulls, just getting over the top of it to get a run to square leg

23.6

Hastings to Collingwood, no run, another bouncer wide of off, Collingwood barely even moves as he leaves this one alone

End of over 24 (2 runs) England 100/5 (150 runs required from 26 overs, RR: 4.16, RRR: 5.76)
PD Collingwood    1* (4b)      JW Hastings    7-0-26-1
IR Bell    34* (55b 1x4)      SPD Smith    4-0-14-1

24.1

Smith to Bell, 1 run, Smith tosses this one up on off stump and Bell drives down to long-off

24.2

Smith to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood leans forward and defends

24.3

Smith to Collingwood, no run, fuller ball and Collingwood clips to mid-on

24.4

Smith to Collingwood, 1 run, on the back foot now, Collingwood crunches a cut through cover point

24.5

Smith to Bell, 1 run, a bit of a long hop here but it's not put away as Bell pulls a single down towards long-on

24.6

Smith to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood defends solidly

End of over 25 (3 runs) England 103/5 (147 runs required from 25 overs, RR: 4.12, RRR: 5.88)
PD Collingwood    2* (8b)      SPD Smith    5-0-17-1
IR Bell    36* (57b 1x4)      JW Hastings    7-0-26-1

25.1

Hastings to Bell, no run, Bell tries to dab a cut away fine but this one beats the bat

25.2

Hastings to Bell, no run, driven hard but straight to mid-off

25.3

Hastings to Bell, no run, slower ball - and much slower at 104kph - and it's driven to mid-on

25.4

Hastings to Bell, OUT, gone! Bell has played on and Hastings has got rid of both the well-set batsmen in KP and Bell. This one swings in and Bell tries for the late cut, the movement does him in and his bottom edge runs on to the off stump

IR Bell b Hastings 36 (77m 61b 1x4 0x6) SR: 59.01

Here's Chris Woakes. Can he draw some batting confidence from his six-wicket bowling effort?

25.5

Hastings to Woakes, 1 run, Woakes gets off the mark straight away with a thickish edge to third man

25.6

Hastings to Collingwood, 1 run, fullish and angling in to Collingwood, who gets a single as his drive is knocked down at short cover

End of over 26 (2 runs) England 105/6 (145 runs required from 24 overs, RR: 4.03, RRR: 6.04)
PD Collingwood    3* (9b)      JW Hastings    8-0-28-2
CR Woakes    1* (1b)      SPD Smith    5-0-17-1

Now, the umpires are having a look at the ball. They were checking it a couple of overs ago as well, but they're happy to continue with it. Smith to stay on.

26.1

Smith to Collingwood, 1 run, a tad short from Smith and Woakes punches it wide of mid-off

26.2

Smith to Woakes, no run, tries for the pull but can't get it away

26.3

Smith to Woakes, no run, well flighted and Woakes drives to cover

26.4

Smith to Woakes, 1 run, another one is driven through the off side, this time through the gap at cover

26.5

Smith to Collingwood, no run, really tossed up to tempt the batsman, Smith dives across to save the off-drive off his own bowling

26.6

Smith to Collingwood, 1 run, punched through extra cover for a single

End of over 27 (3 runs) England 108/6 (142 runs required from 23 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 6.17)
PD Collingwood    5* (12b)      SPD Smith    6-0-20-1
CR Woakes    2* (4b)      JW Hastings    8-0-28-2

27.1

Hastings to Collingwood, no run, Hastings angles this in and attacks the stumps, it's driven to mid-on

27.2

Hastings to Collingwood, no run, driven towards mid-off this time and can't find the gap

27.3

Hastings to Collingwood, FOUR, a good shot now from Collingwood, he's just forced this flick wide of mid-on, just placed well enough to find the gap and it runs away for a boundary

27.4

Hastings to Collingwood, 2 runs, soft hands now as Collingwood clips through midwicket and races back for two runs

27.5

Hastings to Collingwood, no run, bouncer, and this one looked too high but the umpires have been very lenient today on such decisions and again a wide is not called

27.6

Hastings to Collingwood, 1 wide, but this one is called a wide as Collingwood walks across outside off and Hastings sends it much wider

27.6

Hastings to Collingwood, no run, beaten outside off, just a good length delivery that angles in and Collingwood played the wrong line

End of over 28 (7 runs) England 115/6 (135 runs required from 22 overs, RR: 4.10, RRR: 6.13)
PD Collingwood    11* (18b 1x4)      JW Hastings    9-0-35-2
CR Woakes    2* (4b)      SPD Smith    6-0-20-1

28.1

Smith to Woakes, no run, pushed back to the bowler who does his own fielding

28.2

Smith to Woakes, no run, cut to backward point where White does the fielding

28.3

Smith to Woakes, 1 run, slower and shorter, Woakes waits on it and turns a single through square leg

28.4

Smith to Collingwood, 1 run, driven down towards long-on, just another gentle single

28.5

Smith to Woakes, 1 run, pushed down to long-off now and another single

28.6

Smith to Collingwood, no run, oooh, a touch edgy here as Collingwood leans forward and gets it off the shoulder of the bat, the ball lobs up but well short of Smith

End of over 29 (3 runs) England 118/6 (132 runs required from 21 overs, RR: 4.06, RRR: 6.28)
PD Collingwood    12* (20b 1x4)      SPD Smith    7-0-23-1
CR Woakes    4* (8b)      JW Hastings    9-0-35-2

Time for a change in bowling now and Mitchell Johnson is on from the Vulture Street End. What a good spell from John Hastings.

29.1

Johnson to Woakes, 1 run, banged in on the hips and it's clipped uppishly to square leg

29.2

Johnson to Collingwood, 1 run, again it's soft hands from Collingwood, who nudges a single to midwicket

29.3

Johnson to Woakes, no run, angled across Woakes, who cuts to backward point

29.4

Johnson to Woakes, no run, bouncer now from Johnson, and it's ducked by Woakes

29.5

Johnson to Woakes, 1 run, driven away through cover for another single

29.6

Johnson to Collingwood, 1 run, clipped away through square leg

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End of over 30 (4 runs) England 122/6 (128 runs required from 20 overs, RR: 4.06, RRR: 6.40)
PD Collingwood    14* (22b 1x4)      MG Johnson    5-0-27-0
CR Woakes    6* (12b)      SPD Smith    7-0-23-1

30.1

Smith to Collingwood, 2 runs, flicked through leg for some more runs

30.2

Smith to Collingwood, 1 run, driven back past the bowler

30.3

Smith to Woakes, 1 run, pushed down to long-off, where Bollinger does the fielding

30.4

Smith to Collingwood, 1 run, punched wide of cover this time

30.5

Smith to Woakes, 1 run, well flighted by Smith and Woakes goes for the dab sweep around the corner

30.6

Smith to Collingwood, no run, pushed straight to Clarke at cover

End of over 31 (6 runs) England 128/6 (122 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 4.12, RRR: 6.42)
PD Collingwood    18* (26b 1x4)      SPD Smith    8-0-29-1
CR Woakes    8* (14b)      MG Johnson    5-0-27-0

31.1

Johnson to Woakes, no run, pushed right across Woakes, who tries for the square drive but can't connect

31.2

Johnson to Woakes, no run, beaten outside off this time

31.3

Johnson to Woakes, no run, opens the face and tries to run a single through point but just finds the fielder

31.4

Johnson to Woakes, no run, again the angle across Woakes is difficult for the batsman, who tries to drive and is beaten

31.5

Johnson to Woakes, no run, pushed to point and can't find a run

31.6

Johnson to Woakes, no run, and that's a maiden, as Woakes defends the last ball

End of over 32 (maiden) England 128/6 (122 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 6.77)
CR Woakes    8* (20b)      MG Johnson    6-1-27-0
PD Collingwood    18* (26b 1x4)      SPD Smith    8-0-29-1

Steven Smith comes off now and Shane Watson comes on.

32.1

Watson to Collingwood, OUT, and Watson strikes with his first ball! Collingwood decided he was going after the medium-pacer and lofted it high over mid-on, Hastings began in the circle and ran halfway back to the boundary to take an outstanding catch running with the flight of the ball.

PD Collingwood c Hastings b Watson 18 (34m 27b 1x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

Well, you'd have to think it's all but over for England now. The run-rate required isn't too bad, but with bowlers batting at both ends, they would need a remarkable tail-end fightback to stay in this series.

The players are taking drinks after that wicket.

32.2

Watson to Woakes, no run, pushed away defensively to the off side

32.3

Watson to Woakes, no run, tickled down leg side and is that a dropped chance? Haddin diving to his left has missed the take with his left hand, but it's hard to see what that has come off - perhaps off the trousers. Not bat.

32.4

Watson to Woakes, no run, pushed away defensively

32.5

Watson to Woakes, no run, tries to force this through leg but can't connect

Shahzad has a runner out there, by the way, after hurting his hamstring during the bowling innings. Eoin Morgan is the runner.

32.6

Watson to Woakes, OUT, bouncer and it's caught behind! Watson has two in his first over! Woakes has tried to hook this one and got a tickle through to Haddin

CR Woakes c †Haddin b Watson 8 (27m 25b 0x4 0x6) SR: 32.00

Now, here's Liam Brickhill to take this game through to the end.

End of over 33 (wicket maiden) England 128/8 (122 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 3.87, RRR: 7.17)
     SR Watson    1-1-0-2
A Shahzad    0* (0b)      MG Johnson    6-1-27-0

Thanks, Brydon. Australia are so close to the series win, but Meety isn't celebrating just yet: "Not taking anything for granted - I still am having nightmares after the Matthews/Malinga great escape a few months ago - when I'm not having nightmares about the Ashes..."

33.1

Johnson to Shahzad, no run, sharp bouncer greets Shahzad! He wears it on the chest, and there are plenty of words being flung around too

Meanwhile, Sachin adds: "Not England' s day today in Australia, Murray is also down 1 set in the Aus Open finals"

33.2

Johnson to Shahzad, 1 wide, not the greatest follow-up, much too wide outside off stump

33.2

Johnson to Shahzad, no run, Johnson re-adjusts his line, a nervous waft from the batsman

33.3

Johnson to Shahzad, no run, Shahzad is forward and driving without any great conviction, and he's easily beaten on the outside edge

33.4

Johnson to Shahzad, no run, Johnson is firing it past the edge at will when he gets it right, as he does now. Shahzad's feet go nowhere as he stands at the crease to defend

33.5

Johnson to Shahzad, no run, the bowler attacks the stumps, this time the bat comes down in time to keep the ball out

33.6

Johnson to Shahzad, no run, pushed full again but slightly wider of off, yet again the ball flies past the edge of the bat

End of over 34 (1 run) England 129/8 (121 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 3.79, RRR: 7.56)
A Shahzad    0* (6b)      MG Johnson    7-1-28-0
JM Anderson    0* (0b)      SR Watson    1-1-0-2

Mandatory ball change at 34 overs, so Watto will have slightly harder, whiter ball in his hands

34.1

Watson to Anderson, no run, short on off stump, Anderson sways out of the way

34.2

Watson to Anderson, 1 no ball, another bouncer from Watson, this is much too short and balloons over the batsman

34.2

Watson to Anderson, no run, back of a length, outside off and oast the edge

34.3

Watson to Anderson, no run, another nervous swish from Anderson, not sure how much longer England's tail can survive these conditions

34.4

Watson to Anderson, FOUR, edged! Off the shoulder of the bat though, and the ball loops over a leaping second slip

34.5

Watson to Anderson, no run, booming cover drive this time ... but he hits nothing but fresh air

34.6

Watson to Anderson, no run, short on off stump to end the over, Anderson tries to uppercut it but again can't get a touch on it. Watto wanders down and stares in disbelief. Could easily have a had a third wicket any number of times in this over

End of over 35 (5 runs) England 134/8 (116 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 3.82, RRR: 7.73)
JM Anderson    4* (7b 1x4)      SR Watson    2-1-5-2
A Shahzad    0* (6b)      MG Johnson    7-1-28-0

35.1

Johnson to Shahzad, no run, on a length, but outside off and Shahzad leaves alone

35.2

Johnson to Shahzad, no run, dug in shorter and much faster by Johnson, the ball rises on Shahzad but he rides the bounce and plays it down to gully

35.3

Johnson to Shahzad, no run, bouncer from Johnson! He's got Shahzad hopping nervously, and the umpire calls one for the over with a wide smile on his face

35.4

Johnson to Shahzad, no run, this one hits the seam and jags away, past the edge for the umpteenth time

35.5

Johnson to Shahzad, 1 run, aimed at the top of middle, nudged to short third man and there's utter confusion between the three Englishmen out there - Shahzad has a runner remember - which really should've resulted in a run-out. The throw is wide, however

35.6

Johnson to Anderson, no run, just short of a length, tapped down to point

End of over 36 (1 run) England 135/8 (115 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 3.75, RRR: 8.21)
JM Anderson    4* (8b 1x4)      MG Johnson    8-1-29-0
A Shahzad    1* (11b)      SR Watson    2-1-5-2

36.1

Watson to Shahzad, no run, appeal as a good bouncer hits something on the way throught to Haddin ... was that off the shoulder? Not off the bat, reckons Umpire Rauf, and calls one for the over

36.2

Watson to Shahzad, 1 run, nudged off the hip, and an easy single into the leg side

36.3

Watson to Anderson, 1 run, and Anderson rotates the strike straight away with another quick single

36.4

Watson to Shahzad, 1 no ball, great line and length from Watson, again he's past the edge, but he's over-stepped so the next ball is going to be a Free Hit

36.4

Watson to Shahzad, SIX, Shahzad takes full toll, swinging mightily to send a length ball sailing over wide long-on! 84 metre boundary there

36.5

Watson to Shahzad, no run, and he follows that up with studied defence

36.6

Watson to Shahzad, 1 run, full on middle and leg, flicked to midwicket

End of over 37 (10 runs) England 145/8 (105 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 3.91, RRR: 8.07)
A Shahzad    9* (17b 1x6)      SR Watson    3-1-15-2
JM Anderson    5* (9b 1x4)      MG Johnson    8-1-29-0

Change in the attack, Dougie Bollinger comes back

37.1

Bollinger to Shahzad, no run, Shahzad continues to cling limpet-like to the crease, defending this

37.2

Bollinger to Shahzad, no run, banged into the pitch, the ball rises past the edge of the bat

37.3

Bollinger to Shahzad, no run, tapped down defensively to gully, nothing in the batsman's half

37.4

Bollinger to Shahzad, no run, there's spite and malice in this bouncer! Shahzad was in no position to play it, throwing the hands out. The ball takes the splice of the bat and lobs up, falling just past the stumps

37.5

Bollinger to Shahzad, no run, yet again past the edge. Surely, eventually, he'll get a touch on one of these?

37.6

Bollinger to Shahzad, OUT, there we go! Very full outside off, Shahzad flings his bat into a drive and a thick edge ends up nestled in a tumbling Brad Haddin's gloves. Australia just one wicket away now

A Shahzad c †Haddin b Bollinger 9 (26m 23b 0x4 1x6) SR: 39.13

End of over 38 (wicket maiden) England 145/9 (105 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 3.81, RRR: 8.75)
     DE Bollinger    6-1-26-2
JM Anderson    5* (9b 1x4)      SR Watson    3-1-15-2

England call for the Batting Powerplay, although it's all a bit pointless now. Two slips in place, Anderson on strike.

38.1

Watson to Anderson, no run, short on off stump, Anderson gives himself room and flashes wildly, play-and-a-miss

One of those slips is moved into a weird deep gully position

38.2

Watson to Anderson, no run, on a length, guided down to that man at deep gully/short third man

38.3

Watson to Anderson, no run, dug in short, past Anderson's grille as he plays a classic tailender's waft

38.4

Watson to Anderson, no run, fuller, wider, and driven off the toe of the bat to cover

That catch by Haddin just looks better and better on replay, it was a great effort diving at full-stretch to his right and plucking it out of the air one-handed

38.5

Watson to Anderson, FOUR, that one's come out of the middle! Smeared over mid-on by Anderson, one bounce and over the rope

38.6

Watson to Anderson, no run, well, he was aiming to send this one into the stratosphere, just shutting his eyes and heaving wildly to leg. Nowhere near it

End of over 39 (4 runs) England 149/9 (101 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 3.82, RRR: 9.18)
JM Anderson    9* (15b 2x4)      SR Watson    4-1-19-2
ST Finn    0* (0b)      DE Bollinger    6-1-26-2

39.1

Bollinger to Finn, no run, full on off stump, Finn taps to mid-on

39.2

Bollinger to Finn, no run, England's No. 11 is ducking now as Bollinger sends down a bouncer. One for the over, says the umpire

39.3

Bollinger to Finn, 3 runs, not the worst shot by Finn, backing away and cracking a length delivery up and over cover. Not enough on it to reach the boundary, however

39.4

Bollinger to Anderson, FOUR, slap! Anderson is starting to middle a couple now. He comes charging down the wicket and smashes this through extra cover

39.5

Bollinger to Anderson, 1 run, slower ball from Bollinger, not picked at all by Anderson who is through with the shot before the ball gets to him, but they pick up one into the leg side all the same

39.6

Bollinger to Finn, FOUR, England's tailenders are enjoying themselves now! Just short of a good length, Finn just opens his stance and swings this straight down the ground, standing to admire the shot as the ball sails away

End of over 40 (12 runs) England 161/9 (89 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 4.02, RRR: 8.90)
ST Finn    7* (4b 1x4)      DE Bollinger    7-1-38-2
JM Anderson    14* (17b 3x4)      SR Watson    4-1-19-2

Brett Lee comes back on as Australia look to wrap this up

40.1

Lee to Anderson, no run, Anderson immediately backs away and tries to cut, past the edge

40.2

Lee to Anderson, 1 run, tapped down just to gully's right, they hurry through for one

40.3

Lee to Finn, no run, short, and Finn is left lying on the ground in ungainly fashion as he gets out of the way of that. Slower-ball bouncer. Finn obviously likes the feel of the wicket against his derriere, he falls over enough when he's bowling

40.4

Lee to Finn, no run, short again, dealt with much more effectively this time

40.5

Lee to Finn, no run, fired full and straight, but Finn's bat comes down in good time

40.6

Lee to Finn, 1 run, on a length around off stump, Finn gives himself some room and cracks it towards mid-off. Clarke does well to cut the shot off

End of over 41 (2 runs) England 163/9 (87 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 3.97, RRR: 9.66)
ST Finn    8* (8b 1x4)      B Lee    5-0-11-2
JM Anderson    15* (19b 3x4)      DE Bollinger    7-1-38-2

41.1

Bollinger to Finn, no run, just short of a good length, Finn positions himself for an ambitious pull but the ball flies between bat and body and through to the keeper

41.2

Bollinger to Finn, 1 run, full and straight, swiped across the line into the leg side

41.3

Bollinger to Anderson, 1 run, Bollinger aims for the yorker, gets it slightly wrong and Anderson gets bat on the full toss to pick up another single

Career-best knocks for both of these two - not too hard for Finn in his first ODI innings

41.4

Bollinger to Finn, FOUR, heaved into the leg side, that's found the gap and Finn collects another boundary!

41.5

Bollinger to Finn, no run, now he's charging down the track and slogging wildly, Bollinger pushes it slightly wider of off and Finn gets nowhere near it

41.6

Bollinger to Finn, FOUR, straight back over the bowler's head, baseball style! Well, England may not have any chance of winning this, but the batsman are having fun. Making a bit of dosh for charity too, which is good

End of over 42 (10 runs) England 173/9 (77 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 4.11, RRR: 9.62)
ST Finn    17* (13b 3x4)      DE Bollinger    8-1-48-2
JM Anderson    16* (20b 3x4)      B Lee    5-0-11-2

42.1

Lee to Anderson, 1 run, slashed down to third man for one

42.2

Lee to Finn, no run, big swing, big miss

42.3

Lee to Finn, no run, Finn is knocked off his feet by a searing yorker! Somehow he's found a way to keep that out...

42.4

Lee to Finn, no run, full and fast again, Finn makes room and taps gently to cover

42.5

Lee to Finn, no run, slower-ball bouncer from Lee, an almighty heave from Finn but he doesn't get near it

42.6

Lee to Finn, FOUR, another slower ball, this time he spots it and clobbers it over midwicket!

33 runs and no wickets in the Powerplay, not bad from these two

End of over 43 (5 runs) England 178/9 (72 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 4.13, RRR: 10.28)
ST Finn    21* (18b 4x4)      B Lee    6-0-16-2
JM Anderson    17* (21b 3x4)      DE Bollinger    8-1-48-2

Bollinger continues

43.1

Bollinger to Anderson, 3 no balls, ooh, that's nasty. That's slipped out as a very high full toss - a beamer really - at about sternum height. The ball evades Haddin too

43.1

Bollinger to Anderson, no run, that's more like it. On a length and aimed at the stumps, tapped to gully

43.2

Bollinger to Anderson, no run, Anderson gives himself acres of room as Bollinger fires in a yorker outside off, in fact Anderson has given himself so much room that he almost tumbles over towards square leg. Nowhere near hitting it

43.3

Bollinger to Anderson, 1 run, tapped straight to Hussey at cover, they set off for a suicidal single and the throw is wide

43.4

Bollinger to Finn, FOUR, another boundary for Finn! He picks up the length early and swings this away to wide midwicket

64 from 38 needed...

43.5

Bollinger to Finn, 1 run, much fuller, slapped to long-on for one

43.6

Bollinger to Anderson, no run, Anderson backs away, trying to open up the off side, but completely misses a length delivery from Bollinger

End of over 44 (9 runs) England 187/9 (63 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 4.25, RRR: 10.50)
JM Anderson    18* (26b 3x4)      DE Bollinger    9-1-57-2
ST Finn    26* (20b 5x4)      B Lee    6-0-16-2

"MCG v Sri Lanka?" asks Anush. "Anyone?"

44.1

Lee to Finn, 3 runs, well Finn has got an excellent connection on this one too! Full and straight from Lee, the batsman cracks it in the air to wide long-on and only a great piece of fielding from Hastings saves the boundary

45 from 38 the partnership now

44.2

Lee to Anderson, no run, yorker, outside off, and it slips right under Anderson's bat

44.3

Lee to Anderson, no run, back of a length, Anderson tries to run it down to third man but ball beats bat

44.4

Lee to Anderson, 2 runs, Anderson backs right away to leg and slashes a square drive out into the deep. They run hard and are easily back for the second when the throw arrives at the stumps

44.5

Lee to Anderson, no run, full and straight, Anderson defends awkwardly to cover

44.6

Lee to Anderson, no run, on a length, angling across the left-hander and he pulls his bat inside the line to leave

End of over 45 (5 runs) England 192/9 (58 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 4.26, RRR: 11.60)
JM Anderson    20* (31b 3x4)      B Lee    7-0-21-2
ST Finn    29* (21b 5x4)      DE Bollinger    9-1-57-2

58 runs from five overs, one wicket in hand. Surely not? Watson is brought on.

45.1

Watson to Finn, SIX, into the stands! What a shot from Finn, gunbarrel straight, a monstrous hit and there's the fifty partnership. Highest 10th wicket partnership by England in an ODI

45.2

Watson to Finn, no run, just past the off stump! Finn looked like a batsman hitting that six, now he's a tailender as he closes his eyes and swings wildly to leg

45.3

Watson to Finn, OUT, there it is, finally. Another ugly heave from Finn, the ball flicks the bail and that's a series win for Australia. Although not without a few flutters during this partnership, you'd think

ST Finn b Watson 35 (34m 24b 5x4 1x6) SR: 145.83

So, some consolation for Australia after the Ashes with a one-day series win secured with two games to spare. It was a team effort from them with both bat and ball today, Michael Clarke finding some semblance of form with his half-century. It looked like England would push them close and perhaps even keep the series alive during Pietersen and Bell's 73-run stand, but after they were dismissed England collapsed in a heap before the tailenders slogged their way to a record-breaking, but ultimately futile, partnership. England certainly haven't been at their best in this series - Eoin Morgan's failure to fire has surely had something to do with that. He had a long break with very little cricket at all during the Tests, does that have something to do with it? England have two more games to get things right before they head to the subcontinent. With the series secured, Australia may well rest a few of the key bowlers - Brett Lee perhaps - to keep them fresh for the World Cup.

Read all about today's action in Andrew McGlashan's bulletin, and do stick with us to read some quotes from the presentation ceremony.

"We were never able to build any momentum, apart from Pietersen and Bell, and we've been very disappointed with the way we've played as a batting group in this series," says Andrew Strauss. "We've got what we've deserved. We've talked a lot about it, but talk doesn't bring you results. It's decision making in choosing which bowlers to attack and when.

"The reason we haven't got it right, I'm not sure, but hopefully we can use the last two games to fix our problems. Morgs [Eoin Morgan] has struggled, but you can't put it on his shoulders. Apart from Trott none of the batsmen have been great. We've played very badly, we certainly could've won the first two games. We haven't played smart cricket. It'll be different conditions at the World Cup. Woakes showed a lot of talent in the Twenty20s with the bat, and in this game bowled really well, hit the deck hard. The future is bright for him."

"Maybe the problem is that Eoin Morgan has now been worked out and his technical deficiencies exposed, in the way that they have been in Tests and even in 2nd Divisions County cricket where he has struggled to make an impact in recent seasons?" ponders Mark Kidger. "I wonder if he will still be in the side this time next year (and I hope that I am wrong on this)..." The thing is, if you look at his dismissals, he's getting out to bad balls or trying to do to much - soft dismissals rather than specific types of deliveries finding him out.

"I'm pleased with my performance with the ball today," says Chris Woakes. "The ball seemed to follow the fielders a bit. It would've been sweeter if it had resulted in a win. The wicket was slightly two-paced. I don't know about the World Cup," he says when asked if he's still harbouring hopes that in injury might somehow get him a place at the tournament. "I'm not in the side at the moment!"

"It was a very nice feeling to contribute with the bat, and to win the series," says Michael Clarke. "I thought 230 to 240 would've been a good effort. The wicket was a bit two-paced. Everyone contributed throughout the game, Brett Lee bowled really well too. Most importantly, plenty of money was raised for the flood appeal. There was a great turn-out today. England have done their bit with donations too."

That's all from your commentary team, George Binoy, Brydon Coverdale and Liam Brickhill. Join us again for the 6th match of the series at Sydney on Wednesday (14:20 local, 03:20 GMT). Until then, goodbye!

Series Results
Australia v England at Perth - Feb 6, 2011
Australia won by 57 runs
Australia v England at Sydney - Feb 2, 2011
Australia won by 2 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)
Australia v England at Brisbane - Jan 30, 2011
Australia won by 51 runs
Australia v England at Adelaide - Jan 26, 2011
England won by 21 runs
Australia v England at Sydney - Jan 23, 2011
Australia won by 4 wickets (with 24 balls remaining)
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Jan 30, 2011

Michael Clarke clips one through leg, Australia v England, 5th ODI, Brisbane, January 30, 2011

Michael Clarke clips one through leg

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Jan 30, 2011

Shane Watson wrapped up Australia's win with his third wicket, Australia v England, 5th ODI, Brisbane, January 30, 2011

Shane Watson wrapped up Australia's win with his third wicket

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