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England in Australia ODI Series - 6th ODI

Australia v England

Australia won by 2 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)

Welcome back everyone, I'm Liam Brickhill and I'll be your commentator for the opening exchanges of Australia's pursuit of 334. We're all set for what should be a thrilling chase. Chris Woakes will take the new ball, and he'll be under pressure from the start on a flat deck. Shane Watson will take first strike.

0.1

Woakes to Watson, FOUR, well, that's one way to start! Woakes searches for swing with the new ball, floating it right up outside off, but Watson simply leans forward to caress a drive to the cover boundary. Australia up and running

0.2

Woakes to Watson, 5 wides, that's ugly, sprayed well down the leg side and Prior never had a chance

0.2

Woakes to Watson, no run, Watson steps confidently forward and aims a muscly drive right at mid-on

Just the one slip in place, fine leg is right up in what is basically a wide leg slip position

0.3

Woakes to Watson, 1 run, on a decent length, but quite wide of off and Watson is in no trouble chopping down to third man

0.4

Woakes to Haddin, 1 run, Haddin's off the mark straight away, simply laying bat on one and sending the ball dribbling into the leg side. It's wide of mid-on, and so an easy single

0.5

Woakes to Watson, no run, is that a better length with virtually no swing on offer? Woakes jams this one into the pitch to have Watson hopping back to defend to point

0.6

Woakes to Watson, no run, pushed to point once more, off the front foot this time

It appears that both Trott and Collingwood aren't on the field. Collingwood hobbled off at the end of the innings, the current feeling is that he's having some trouble with his back

End of over 1 (11 runs) Australia 11/0 (323 runs required from 49 overs, RR: 11.00, RRR: 6.59)
SR Watson    5* (5b 1x4)      CR Woakes    1-0-11-0
BJ Haddin    1* (1b)     

James Anderson to share the new ball

1.1

Anderson to Haddin, no run, interesting start, Anderson pitches it right up in the blockhole first ball. Dug out, not much swing

1.2

Anderson to Haddin, no run, there is some seam movement though, as this one jags back in off the pitch. Just short of a good length, hitting the pitch hard

1.3

Anderson to Haddin, 1 run, a bit of wobble in to the batsman through the air, clipped gently into the leg side for one

1.4

Anderson to Watson, 1 run, good length but just a bit too straight from Anderson, and now Watson picks up a single with a nudge into the leg side

Slip comes out now. Close catchers at short extra cover and short midwicket - the field an even spread

1.5

Anderson to Haddin, 1 run, tapped towards mid-on, not hit with much power so there's time for them to sprint through for one

And now Pietersen is gingerly stretching his hamstring - he was the fielder at mid-on...

1.6

Anderson to Watson, 1 run, a low, swinging full toss is worked into the leg side to end the over

This just in from Andrew McGlashan, who is at the ground: "Trott confirmed as suffering cramp during his innings, currently off the fielding taking fluids. Collingwood also off being treated for a bad back which he picked up playing the last shot of the innings."

End of over 2 (4 runs) Australia 15/0 (319 runs required from 48 overs, RR: 7.50, RRR: 6.64)
SR Watson    7* (7b 1x4)      JM Anderson    1-0-4-0
BJ Haddin    3* (5b)      CR Woakes    1-0-11-0

2.1

Woakes to Watson, FOUR, this is a shaky start from Woakes, again he goes back of a length but speared down the leg side. Watson just gets a touch on it, sending the ball fine of the man at wide leg slip to pick up four

2.2

Woakes to Watson, 1 run, chopped wide of gully for one

2.3

Woakes to Haddin, no run, slightly ungainly defence from Haddin, he's almost playing French cricket as he defends flat-footed into the covers

2.4

Woakes to Haddin, no run, this time he's nicely in line and defending down the track

2.5

Woakes to Haddin, 1 run, well, this one's hit the seam and left the batsman off the pitch. Haddin is totally squared up and a thick outside edge squirts behind square on the off side

2.6

Woakes to Watson, FOUR, slap! Dismissive stroke from Watson, seizing on a short, wide delivery and crashing it away through point

End of over 3 (10 runs) Australia 25/0 (309 runs required from 47 overs, RR: 8.33, RRR: 6.57)
SR Watson    16* (10b 3x4)      CR Woakes    2-0-21-0
BJ Haddin    4* (8b)      JM Anderson    1-0-4-0

3.1

Anderson to Haddin, FOUR, Haddin joins in, as he too is offered a short, wide gift from Anderson. The batsman accepts happily, rocking back to crack a cut in front of point

3.2

Anderson to Haddin, 2 runs, pulled this time, not altogether convincingly however and that wasn't too far from the man in catching at short midwicket

3.3

Anderson to Haddin, no run, forced off the back foot into the off side, but straight to the fielder

3.4

Anderson to Haddin, no run, Haddin sets himself for the booming cover drive, but is perhaps too enthusiastic in the shot as the ball takes a thick inside edge and ricochets off the pad

3.5

Anderson to Haddin, 1 run, punched just wide of mid-off, and they have time to nip through for a quick single

3.6

Anderson to Watson, no run, these two batsmen matching each other shot for shot, now Watson is too early into a drive and inside edges back down the track...

End of over 4 (7 runs) Australia 32/0 (302 runs required from 46 overs, RR: 8.00, RRR: 6.56)
SR Watson    16* (11b 3x4)      JM Anderson    2-0-11-0
BJ Haddin    11* (13b 1x4)      CR Woakes    2-0-21-0

England forced into an early change, Steven Finn is brought on

4.1

Finn to Haddin, no run, just short of a length to start, tucked into the covers

4.2

Finn to Haddin, no run, cracking delivery from Finn, an outswinger that hits the pitch and moves further away to beat the outside edge of Haddin's bat

4.3

Finn to Haddin, 2 runs, sloppy stuff in the field - and from James Anderson of all people. Haddin popped a drive in the air just wide of Strauss at short extra cover, Anderson charged round in the covers but as he slid to field kicked the ball further away to allow the runs

4.4

Finn to Haddin, no run, driven hard, straight to mid-off

4.5

Finn to Haddin, 2 runs, Finn trudges nonplussed back to his mark as the ball is hit right between point and cover, bisecting both diving fielders

4.6

Finn to Haddin, no run, good finish, keeping Haddin deep in the crease and defending

While the cricket continues, spare a thought for the residents of the north Queensland coast. After the floods in the south, Hurricane Yasi is now descending on the north. Puts the cricket in perspective

End of over 5 (4 runs) Australia 36/0 (298 runs required from 45 overs, RR: 7.20, RRR: 6.62)
BJ Haddin    15* (19b 1x4)      ST Finn    1-0-4-0
SR Watson    16* (11b 3x4)      JM Anderson    2-0-11-0

5.1

Anderson to Watson, FOUR, Watson is in dominant mood, lifting a length delivery outside off up and over cover point. Didn't bother trying to keep it down, just scythed through the line

5.2

Anderson to Watson, FOUR, four more, he was aiming for the late cut but hit it rather finer than perhaps he was hoping. The edge flies just wide of an airborne Prior and away for four

5.3

Anderson to Watson, FOUR, three in a row! Watson was aiming for deep midwicket but the ball takes the top edge of the bat and flies down to third man once again

5.4

Anderson to Watson, no run, good comeback - eventually - from Anderson, a perfectly pitched outswinger beating the outside edge

5.5

Anderson to Watson, FOUR, well, that was short-lived. Watson is on the attack once more, sending the ball racing away through cover point with a crunching cut

5.6

Anderson to Watson, 3 runs, big over for Australia, everything going Watson's way at the moment. This could so easily have ended up in the hands of the fielder, Watson is turned inside-out by another outswinger but the ball lands safely and rolls away

End of over 6 (19 runs) Australia 55/0 (279 runs required from 44 overs, RR: 9.16, RRR: 6.34)
SR Watson    35* (17b 7x4)      JM Anderson    3-0-30-0
BJ Haddin    15* (19b 1x4)      ST Finn    1-0-4-0

6.1

Finn to Watson, 1 run, flicked to midwicket for one

6.2

Finn to Haddin, no run, Haddin hops back and defends to cover

It's been a good start from Finn, he's given England some control amid the carnage

6.3

Finn to Haddin, 1 run, brave running! Haddin punches almost straight to Anderson at mid-off and sets off, the pick-up and throw are good but not good enough - the ball goes wide and Haddin slides safely into the crease with a dive

6.4

Finn to Watson, 1 run, guided down to third man off the face of the bat

6.5

Finn to Haddin, 1 run, length delivery, just outside off and now Haddin runs down to third man

6.6

Finn to Watson, FOUR, Watson attacks into the leg side, lifting the ball high into the air ... Wright charges round from deep midwicket, the ball bounces safely at wide long-on and evades his despairing dive!

End of over 7 (8 runs) Australia 63/0 (271 runs required from 43 overs, RR: 9.00, RRR: 6.30)
SR Watson    41* (20b 8x4)      ST Finn    2-0-12-0
BJ Haddin    17* (22b 1x4)      JM Anderson    3-0-30-0

7.1

Anderson to Haddin, 3 runs, as the lacquer's come off the new ball it's just started to move around a bit more - Haddin is undone by an outswinger from Anderson, playing too early and driving in the air ... but wide of the fielder!

7.2

Anderson to Watson, 2 runs, another chance! Watson this time, driving much too early. The ball dips just in front of a leaping Andrew Strauss, it was a really tough chance but he could have got the fingers under that one

7.3

Anderson to Watson, 2 runs, glanced down to fine leg

7.4

Anderson to Watson, 1 run, thick outside edge as Watson aims a front-foot pull into the leg side, the ball loops up ever so gently and falls short of third man. An eventful over!

7.5

Anderson to Haddin, no run, fuller, driven by Haddin. He can't find the gap in the field this time

7.6

Anderson to Haddin, OUT, Trott is back on the field and back into action with a tremendous, diving catch at short fine leg! Leg stump half-volley from Anderson, begging to be put away and Haddin gets nicely into position to flick to fine leg. The ball goes in the air, however, and Trott goes airborne to pull off a great catch. He's still got some juice in the legs then! That'll lift England

BJ Haddin c Trott b Anderson 20 (33m 25b 1x4 0x6) SR: 80.00

End of over 8 (8 runs) Australia 71/1 (263 runs required from 42 overs, RR: 8.87, RRR: 6.26)
     JM Anderson    4-0-38-1
SR Watson    46* (23b 8x4)      ST Finn    2-0-12-0

This is interesting, Strauss immediately calls for spin in the form of Michael Yardy. Two men out on the leg side boundary, ring of fielders in the covers.

8.1

Yardy to Watson, 2 runs, a hard run two to start, Watson clipping right between the two men on the leg boundary and pushing for the second. Good running

8.2

Yardy to Watson, no run, driven hard back to the bowler

8.3

Yardy to Watson, 1 run, punched down to long-on

There was a slight delay at the beginning of the over to get the fielder at short fine leg up into more of a catching position - leg slip/gully

8.4

Yardy to Ferguson, no run, full and straight from Yardy, solidly defended

8.5

Yardy to Ferguson, 2 runs, Ferguson is up and away, cutting nicely behind square. Some tag-team fielding on the boundary saves runs

8.6

Yardy to Ferguson, 1 run, worked to the right of the mid-on fielder, a quick single the result

End of over 9 (6 runs) Australia 77/1 (257 runs required from 41 overs, RR: 8.55, RRR: 6.26)
CJ Ferguson    3* (3b)      MH Yardy    1-0-6-0
SR Watson    49* (26b 8x4)      JM Anderson    4-0-38-1

Finn replaces Anderson

9.1

Finn to Ferguson, no run, Finn hits the deck hard, Ferguson defends to backward point

9.2

Finn to Ferguson, 1 run, forced away through gully and down to third man for one

9.3

Finn to Watson, no run, Watson stays deep in the crease and defends into the off side

9.4

Finn to Watson, no run, fuller from Finn, targeting the pads. Watson nudges to leg but a tumbling short midwicket negates any thought of a run

9.5

Finn to Watson, no run, this one hits the seam and moves appreciably back in off the pitch. Good bounce too, taking the splice of the bat

9.6

Finn to Watson, no run, good finish to the over, Finn hitting a good length and a nice, straight line. Watson can't get him away and will have to wait a bit longer for his 19th ODI fifty

End of over 10 (1 run) Australia 78/1 (256 runs required from 40 overs, RR: 7.80, RRR: 6.40)
SR Watson    49* (30b 8x4)      ST Finn    3-0-13-0
CJ Ferguson    4* (5b)      MH Yardy    1-0-6-0

The Bowling Powerplay called for straight away by England. Yardy continues

10.1

Yardy to Ferguson, 1 run, wristily worked out into the deep on the leg side

Same field for Yardy, men out on the leg side, in on the off

10.2

Yardy to Watson, no run, full, watchful defence

10.3

Yardy to Watson, 1 run, there's the fifty for Watto, and from just 32 balls. Driven down to long-on, and a warm ripple of applause greets the landmark

10.4

Yardy to Ferguson, no run, Yardy giving the batsmen no room to work with, clipped straight to square leg

10.5

Yardy to Ferguson, no run, glanced to short fine leg this time, again no run to be had

There's a short break as a large beachball is removed from the outfield

10.6

Yardy to Ferguson, 1 run, Ferguson finds some space on the off side for a quick single to keep the strike

End of over 11 (3 runs) Australia 81/1 (253 runs required from 39 overs, RR: 7.36, RRR: 6.48)
CJ Ferguson    6* (9b)      MH Yardy    2-0-9-0
SR Watson    50* (32b 8x4)      ST Finn    3-0-13-0

"Before the start of this series no-one gave Trotty a chance to perform against a side like Aus...but look at him..in almost all the games he has been a crucial factor.he will be an even bigger factor in the world cup!" writes Jackie. " Good on'ya Trotty!" And that's high praise coming from a fellow Saffa

11.1

Finn to Ferguson, no run, short of length and rising on Ferguson, who pushes to point

11.2

Finn to Ferguson, 1 run, slightly too straight, worked round the corner for a quick single

11.3

Finn to Watson, 1 run, straight-ish again, Watson gets across to off and nurdles to midwicket for one

11.4

Finn to Ferguson, no run, Ferguson doesn't look entirely convincing when the ball is rising up at his chest, this time he stands at the crease and tries to work to leg, but the ball goes nowhere

11.5

Finn to Ferguson, no run, Finn keeping the ball relatively short, Ferguson can't get it away

11.6

Finn to Ferguson, FOUR, thrashed through cover! Ferguson backs right away to give himself room as Finn goes fuller, he gets a great connection and the ball is across the boundary in a flash

End of over 12 (6 runs) Australia 87/1 (247 runs required from 38 overs, RR: 7.25, RRR: 6.50)
CJ Ferguson    11* (14b 1x4)      ST Finn    4-0-19-0
SR Watson    51* (33b 8x4)      MH Yardy    2-0-9-0

12.1

Yardy to Watson, OUT, Yardy strikes! Great catch from Andrew Strauss. Another fifty-and-out for Watson, he was aiming to whip through the leg side but hit the ball in the air. Strauss, at short midwicket, leapt to his right to pluck the ball out of the air. A timely wicket for England

SR Watson c Strauss b Yardy 51 (51m 34b 8x4 0x6) SR: 150.00

Interesting move from Australia, Mitchell Johnson is the new batsman - presumably he's come out as a pinch-hitter. Men out at deep midwicket and long-on

12.2

Yardy to Johnson, 1 run, Johnson is off the mark straight away, dropping the ball in front of point

12.3

Yardy to Ferguson, 1 run, wide and much too short from Yardy, he's got protection on the cover boundary for Ferguson though

12.4

Yardy to Johnson, 1 run, glanced down to fine leg

12.5

Yardy to Ferguson, 2 runs, speared down the leg side, the ball flicks the pad and trickles down to fine leg

Ha, another delay as yet another beachball is retrieved from the outfield and swiftly popped. Mirthful cheers from the crowd as the security guard launches a frenzied knife attack on the offending beachball

12.6

Yardy to Ferguson, no run, good finish to the over, accurate stuff from Yardy and Ferguson can't get him away

End of over 13 (5 runs) Australia 92/2 (242 runs required from 37 overs, RR: 7.07, RRR: 6.54)
CJ Ferguson    14* (17b 1x4)      MH Yardy    3-0-14-1
MG Johnson    2* (2b)      ST Finn    4-0-19-0

Long leg goes out, deep cover comes in

13.1

Finn to Johnson, no run, good length from Finn, zoning in on the top of off stump. Johnson defends

13.2

Finn to Johnson, no run, Johnson gets himself in position to work to leg, but a touch of seam movement means he ends up playing the ball gently back down the wicket

13.3

Finn to Johnson, FOUR, intelligent batting from Johnson. He knew there was no-one out on the off side, Finn pitches one up and he immediately scoops up and over cover point. Strong shot

Straight away Strauss pushes a man out to the cover boundary to stop that shot

13.4

Finn to Johnson, 1 run, quick single, drop-an-run into the covers by Johnson

13.5

Finn to Ferguson, 1 run, nicely flicked off the hip by Ferguson, and they take a single as the ball rolls to square leg

13.6

Finn to Johnson, no run, quiet end to the over, Johnson defends to leg

"Pinch hitter? that is so 1997," writes Sai. Bharathram adds: "Greg Chappell introduced the "floater" strategy in the Indian team, by sending in one pinch hitter at the top of the order. I think a similar strategy is being executed with Mitchell Johnson right now. Greg Chappell is a selector of the Australian team now."

End of over 14 (6 runs) Australia 98/2 (236 runs required from 36 overs, RR: 7.00, RRR: 6.55)
MG Johnson    7* (7b 1x4)      ST Finn    5-0-25-0
CJ Ferguson    15* (18b 1x4)      MH Yardy    3-0-14-1

14.1

Yardy to Ferguson, 1 run, tapped down behind square on the off side for one

14.2

Yardy to Johnson, no run, that's what he's in for! Johnson bends into a mighty slog-sweep, missing the ball by acres however. Big appeal from Prior as he's struck on the pad, but that was highly optimistic. HawkEye confirms missing leg

14.3

Yardy to Johnson, 1 run, another heave into the leg side, this time the ball takes a thick inside edge

14.4

Yardy to Ferguson, 1 run, Ferguson is working the ball around nicely, another quick single

14.5

Yardy to Johnson, 1 run, slapped hard out to the man at long leg, all along the ground though

14.6

Yardy to Ferguson, 2 runs, hurled down on a leg-stump line by Yardy, Ferguson gets a little tickle on it to send the ball down towards fine leg

End of over 15 (6 runs) Australia 104/2 (230 runs required from 35 overs, RR: 6.93, RRR: 6.57)
CJ Ferguson    19* (21b 1x4)      MH Yardy    4-0-20-1
MG Johnson    9* (10b 1x4)      ST Finn    5-0-25-0

With Collingwood struggling with some back trouble and Trott obviously knackered after his knock, Strauss is turning to Kevin Pietersen as a fifth bowler here. End of the Powerplay, so the field spreads.

15.1

Pietersen to Johnson, 1 run, Johnson props forward and opens the face of the bat to pick up a single behind point

15.2

Pietersen to Ferguson, no run, flat outside off, but decent revs on the ball. Ferguson, not quite sure what to expect, defends slightly awkwardly

15.3

Pietersen to Ferguson, 1 run, spinning in and bouncing quite sharply, but Ferguson goes deep in the crease and works to leg

15.4

Pietersen to Johnson, 1 run, Johnson happy to simply accept singles with the field spread at the moment, again dropping the ball into the off side and setting off

15.5

Pietersen to Ferguson, 1 run, floated up slower and fuller, the ball dips and grips to take a thick inside edge roll into the leg side. The fielder rushes in but he can't stop the single

15.6

Pietersen to Johnson, SIX, huge! It was always simply a matter of time for Johnson, especially with KP bowling. He charges down the track and heaves into the leg side, the ball comes right out of the middle and sails into the crowd

And with that, drinks come onto the field. Brydon Coverdale will pick up commentary when play resumes

End of over 16 (10 runs) Australia 114/2 (220 runs required from 34 overs, RR: 7.12, RRR: 6.47)
MG Johnson    17* (13b 1x4 1x6)      KP Pietersen    1-0-10-0
CJ Ferguson    21* (24b 1x4)      MH Yardy    4-0-20-1

Thanks Liam. It's quite a tantalising prospect here, after Mitchell Johnson's last shot. Let's see if there are any more of those in the works...

16.1

Yardy to Ferguson, 1 run, plenty of flight here and Ferguson leans out to push a single through cover

16.2

Yardy to Johnson, no run, quicker - all Johnson can do is defend

16.3

Yardy to Johnson, no run, now then, what's happened here? Johnson has taken a big swing, Prior takes the bails off and then doesn't seem to bother appealing. It's almost as if he thinks Johnson has been bowled, but clearly that hasn't happened. Prior has taken the bails off with Johnson's foot completely grounded - and he's not out. Very odd.

16.4

Yardy to Johnson, no run, another quick one angles in to the pads and Johnson can't connect

16.5

Yardy to Johnson, 1 run, a single only for Johnson as he pulls another quick ball down towards long on

16.6

Yardy to Ferguson, 2 runs, drifts on to the pads of Ferguson, who clips through leg and picks up a single - ah, but the throw is messy and Prior can't collect, and that allows an overthrow

End of over 17 (4 runs) Australia 118/2 (216 runs required from 33 overs, RR: 6.94, RRR: 6.54)
CJ Ferguson    24* (26b 1x4)      MH Yardy    5-0-24-1
MG Johnson    18* (17b 1x4 1x6)      KP Pietersen    1-0-10-0

17.1

Pietersen to Johnson, no run, Johnson uses the feet now but turns this delivery into a yorker and can only push it back to KP

17.2

Pietersen to Johnson, 2 runs, a good, straight-bat push through extra cover now and Johnson picks up two runs

17.3

Pietersen to Johnson, no run, fullish and on the pads, Johnson can't beat square leg

17.4

Pietersen to Johnson, 2 runs, again Johnson advances, and this one is a full toss that he drives down the ground for two more

17.5

Pietersen to Johnson, 1 run, chipped down the ground towards long-on for a single

17.6

Pietersen to Ferguson, 2 runs, not a great ball, well wide of off, and Ferguson cuts through point

Another point to note, with all these runs scored, is that we had to wait for the 65th over of the match for a six to be hit.

End of over 18 (7 runs) Australia 125/2 (209 runs required from 32 overs, RR: 6.94, RRR: 6.53)
CJ Ferguson    26* (27b 1x4)      KP Pietersen    2-0-17-0
MG Johnson    23* (22b 1x4 1x6)      MH Yardy    5-0-24-1

Time for another change - here's the man of the moment, Jonathan Trott.

18.1

Trott to Johnson, 1 run, shortish to start with and Trott is perhaps lucky to get away with that, Johnson pulls a single to deep square leg

18.2

Trott to Ferguson, 1 run, tucked away through square leg for a single, but that's not the story here. Kevin Pietersen is the fielder and he's twisted his right ankle sliding to collect the ball, and he immediately goes down, not throwing the ball in. He looks in pain, getting some attention from the physio.

He's walking off the field, which is probably a good sign. If it was too serious, surely he'd be carried off. Anyway, yet another sub fielder comes on for England.

18.3

Trott to Johnson, 1 run, Johnson punches this through cover for another single

18.4

Trott to Ferguson, no run, pushed away to point and can't find a gap

18.5

Trott to Ferguson, 1 run, Ferguson backs off a touch and pulls hard through square leg but can't find a boundary

18.6

Trott to Johnson, 2 runs, on the pads now and Johnson flicks another couple of runs behind square

"Damn decent of the Aussie batsmen to not take an extra run when Pietersen went down. Unlike when Hauritz got hurt and the English took an extra run," says Nath.

Rex doesn't agree: "I can't believe Pietersen threw the ball away and I can't believe the Aussies didn't take the extra run he offered."

End of over 19 (6 runs) Australia 131/2 (203 runs required from 31 overs, RR: 6.89, RRR: 6.54)
MG Johnson    27* (25b 1x4 1x6)      IJL Trott    1-0-6-0
CJ Ferguson    28* (30b 1x4)      KP Pietersen    2-0-17-0

Woakes comes back now.

19.1

Woakes to Ferguson, 1 run, Ferguson backs off and gives himself a little room again, then punches through cover point

19.2

Woakes to Johnson, 2 runs, a crunchy back-foot drive from Johnson flies through the air at cover, and he picks up two to the man in the deep

19.3

Woakes to Johnson, 1 run, flicks another single through the leg side now

19.4

Woakes to Ferguson, no run, solidly defended by Ferguson

19.5

Woakes to Ferguson, no run, tries to power this one through cover but Strauss has fielded it well

19.6

Woakes to Ferguson, 1 run, pushed just wide enough of cover to collect a run

"How come Trott doesn't have a runner to run in for him when he bowls?" wonders Bernie Bourke.

End of over 20 (5 runs) Australia 136/2 (198 runs required from 30 overs, RR: 6.80, RRR: 6.60)
CJ Ferguson    30* (34b 1x4)      CR Woakes    3-0-26-0
MG Johnson    30* (27b 1x4 1x6)      IJL Trott    1-0-6-0

20.1

Trott to Ferguson, 1 run, a lucky single to third man now as Ferguson backs off and tries to drive through cover, getting an edge through the vacant slips region

20.2

Trott to Johnson, 1 run, driven uppishly now, it bounces down towards long-on

20.3

Trott to Ferguson, 1 run, Ferguson is happy to pick up the singles when they're on offer, another clip behind square leg

20.4

Trott to Johnson, no run, on the back foot, Johnson punches a drive that can't quite beat mid-off

20.5

Trott to Johnson, 2 runs, a solid back-foot drive through cover now and Wright in the deep does the fielding, sliding well to save the boundary

20.6

Trott to Johnson, 1 run, this one gets through mid-off but again there is a man in the deep

End of over 21 (6 runs) Australia 142/2 (192 runs required from 29 overs, RR: 6.76, RRR: 6.62)
MG Johnson    34* (31b 1x4 1x6)      IJL Trott    2-0-12-0
CJ Ferguson    32* (36b 1x4)      CR Woakes    3-0-26-0

21.1

Woakes to Johnson, 1 run, banged in short by Woakes, and Johnson pulls comfortably to deep midwicket

21.2

Woakes to Ferguson, 2 runs, a wristy flick from Ferguson finds him two more runs through midwicket, these two really are ticking the score along, even if the boundaries aren't flowing

21.3

Woakes to Ferguson, 1 run, again Ferguson gives himself room and cuts hard through point

21.4

Woakes to Johnson, 1 run, slower ball from Woakes and Johnson has picked it, punching it back past the bowler, the ball flicks one of those run-up marker discs and is collected by long-on

21.5

Woakes to Ferguson, FOUR, very well played by Ferguson, he's walked across just a touch to work this one from middle stump behind square leg. Fine leg is up, deep square can't get it , and that's a valuable boundary

21.6

Woakes to Ferguson, 1 run, square-driven now through point

End of over 22 (10 runs) Australia 152/2 (182 runs required from 28 overs, RR: 6.90, RRR: 6.50)
CJ Ferguson    40* (40b 2x4)      CR Woakes    4-0-36-0
MG Johnson    36* (33b 1x4 1x6)      IJL Trott    2-0-12-0

22.1

Trott to Ferguson, no run, Ferguson tries to drive through cover but can't find the gap

22.2

Trott to Ferguson, FOUR, another boundary for Ferguson, as he backs off and crunches Trott over cover, clearing the man safely enough and there is nobody in the deep

22.3

Trott to Ferguson, 1 run, slower ball from Trott - which is to say, even slower - and Ferguson flicks it through square leg

22.4

Trott to Johnson, 2 runs, Johnson flicks this one through square leg and it's collected in the deep

22.5

Trott to Johnson, no run, slower and fuller, Johnson clips to midwicket

22.6

Trott to Johnson, SIX, Johnson goes for it and just clear the rope! He's decided to go after Trott and lifted him over midwicket, there's a man back on the boundary, it's Woakes, and he wasn't far off being able to reach it, but couldn't quite make it. In fact, on second inspection, it may have flicked his fingers on the way through. Half a chance, perhaps.

End of over 23 (13 runs) Australia 165/2 (169 runs required from 27 overs, RR: 7.17, RRR: 6.25)
MG Johnson    44* (36b 1x4 2x6)      IJL Trott    3-0-25-0
CJ Ferguson    45* (43b 3x4)      CR Woakes    4-0-36-0

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23.1

Yardy to Ferguson, 1 run, a well-timed sweep from Ferguson, but straight to the man at deep midwicket

23.2

Yardy to Johnson, no run, Johnson uses his feet but Yardy spears it in, and the ball is pushed back to him

23.3

Yardy to Johnson, no run, Johnson turns another one into a yorker by advancing, can only clip to leg

23.4

Yardy to Johnson, no run, another dot as Johnson flicks to midwicket, the quicker balls are hard to get away

23.5

Yardy to Johnson, OUT, oh dear, Ferguson and Johnson had done so well but they've really messed this up. Johnson tried to slog sweep, it lobbed off his pad out to the leg side and Ferguson toook off for a single that Mitch wasn't ready for, Ferguson turns back but has no hope of beating the throw from Prior to Yardy

CJ Ferguson run out 46 (68m 44b 3x4 0x6) SR: 104.54

What a valuable breakthrough for England, they have a big total on the board but Australia are nearly halfway there in terms of runs, with 26 overs left. Now here comes Michael Clarke.

23.6

Yardy to Johnson, no run, Johnson pushes another one defensively back to Yardy

What an over for England - one run and one wicket.

End of over 24 (1 run) Australia 166/3 (168 runs required from 26 overs, RR: 6.91, RRR: 6.46)
MG Johnson    44* (41b 1x4 2x6)      MH Yardy    6-0-25-1
MJ Clarke    0* (0b)      IJL Trott    3-0-25-0

24.1

Trott to Clarke, 1 run, flicked through midwicket for a single, Clarke is off the mark immediately

24.2

Trott to Johnson, no run, this ball skids across Johnson, who tries to force through off but misses it

24.3

Trott to Johnson, 1 run, Johnson glides this one away and Finn at short third man dives across to save a boundary

24.4

Trott to Clarke, no run, slower ball now and Clarke drives to cover

24.5

Trott to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke goes for the pull over midwicket now, and the man in the deep does the fielding

24.6

Trott to Johnson, 1 run, fullish and straight, Johnson checks his drive and gets a single through leg

End of over 25 (4 runs) Australia 170/3 (164 runs required from 25 overs, RR: 6.80, RRR: 6.56)
MG Johnson    46* (44b 1x4 2x6)      IJL Trott    4-0-29-0
MJ Clarke    2* (3b)      MH Yardy    6-0-25-1

25.1

Yardy to Johnson, 1 run, quick, flat ball from Yardy - surprise, surprise - and Johnson punches a single to long-on

25.2

Yardy to Clarke, 1 run, Yardy flights it more for Clarke, who uses his feet and pushes a single to long-on

25.3

Yardy to Johnson, 2 runs, quick again, and Johnson clips through midwicket for a pretty comfortable two

25.4

Yardy to Johnson, no run, defended away to the off side

25.5

Yardy to Johnson, no run, leans forward to this one and it gets him on the pad

25.6

Yardy to Johnson, no run, nudged to leg and Johnson can't quite find his fifty yet

End of over 26 (4 runs) Australia 174/3 (160 runs required from 24 overs, RR: 6.69, RRR: 6.66)
MG Johnson    49* (49b 1x4 2x6)      MH Yardy    7-0-29-1
MJ Clarke    3* (4b)      IJL Trott    4-0-29-0

Now then, some pace will come on for the batsmen now, so how will they handle James Anderson?

26.1

Anderson to Clarke, FOUR, a boundary to begin with as Anderson strays on to the pads, and Clarke glances fine, well played to get his first boundary

26.2

Anderson to Clarke, no run, driven down to mid-on

26.3

Anderson to Clarke, no run, Clarke walks down the pitch a little and defends

26.4

Anderson to Clarke, no run, slower delivery from Anderson, and Clarke defends

26.5

Anderson to Clarke, no run, oooh, almost another mix-up as Clarke drives and wants a single to mid-off but then decides against it, just in time

26.6

Anderson to Clarke, 1 run, pushes this one through wide mid-on for a single

End of over 27 (5 runs) Australia 179/3 (155 runs required from 23 overs, RR: 6.62, RRR: 6.73)
MJ Clarke    8* (10b 1x4)      JM Anderson    5-0-43-1
MG Johnson    49* (49b 1x4 2x6)      MH Yardy    7-0-29-1

27.1

Yardy to Clarke, 1 run, driven down to long-on for another single

27.2

Yardy to Johnson, 1 run, there's the half-century for Johnson, his second in ODIs, and it comes with a single clipped through square leg

27.3

Yardy to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke is happy to keep the singles ticking over, with another drive to long-off

27.4

Yardy to Johnson, 1 run, Johnson uses the feet now, but just gets a single from his lofted drive to deep wide mid-on

27.5

Yardy to Clarke, 1 run, cut through cover for another one

27.6

Yardy to Johnson, 1 run, Johnson clips through midwicket and they want to turn this into two, but Johnson has slipped during the turn

End of over 28 (6 runs) Australia 185/3 (149 runs required from 22 overs, RR: 6.60, RRR: 6.77)
MG Johnson    52* (52b 1x4 2x6)      MH Yardy    8-0-35-1
MJ Clarke    11* (13b 1x4)      JM Anderson    5-0-43-1

28.1

Anderson to Johnson, 1 run, cleverly chipped through midwicket as Johnson just waits on this ball and turns it wide of the fielder

28.2

Anderson to Clarke, 2 runs, Clarke has gone for the aerial pull off the front foot now and skies it off the top edge, but this lands safely halfway to the rope and he gets two runs

28.3

Anderson to Clarke, 1 run, a very sharp single as Clarke pushes to backward point, Johnson was just quick enough to make it, although the throw missed in any case

28.4

Anderson to Johnson, no run, Johnson goes for the backswing as if he's thinking big, and then checks it and defends

28.5

Anderson to Johnson, no run, good ball, that's fullish and straight, and Johnson keeps it out

28.6

Anderson to Johnson, 2 runs, very well played as Johnson drives straight back past the bowler and long-on and long-off converge to cut off the boundary

End of over 29 (6 runs) Australia 191/3 (143 runs required from 21 overs, RR: 6.58, RRR: 6.80)
MG Johnson    55* (56b 1x4 2x6)      JM Anderson    6-0-49-1
MJ Clarke    14* (15b 1x4)      MH Yardy    8-0-35-1

Yardy's having a rest now and Pietersen is back on. I guess that ankle injury wasn't bad after all.

29.1

Pietersen to Clarke, no run, clipped to midwicket and can't find a gap

29.2

Pietersen to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke uses the feet now and drives to long-on

29.3

Pietersen to Johnson, no run, tossed up outside off, Johnson defends

29.4

Pietersen to Johnson, 2 runs, Johnson's eyes light up now, not surprisingly, as he advances and lofts high over mid-off, trying to clear the rope. He doesn't connect properly, and it lobs safely short of long-off

29.5

Pietersen to Johnson, OUT, this time Johnson is gone! Pietersen makes the breakthrough, giving it some air and pushing it well wide of off, Johnson was down the pitch again, but couldn't connect, and Prior whips the bails off

MG Johnson st †Prior b Pietersen 57 (73m 59b 1x4 2x6) SR: 96.61

Cameron White now comes out to join his captain Michael Clarke. A big job lies ahead for these two.

29.6

Pietersen to White, no run, White defends his first ball as Pietersen gets one to turn in to the batsman

End of over 30 (3 runs) Australia 194/4 (140 runs required from 20 overs, RR: 6.46, RRR: 7.00)
CL White    0* (1b)      KP Pietersen    3-0-20-1
MJ Clarke    15* (17b 1x4)      JM Anderson    6-0-49-1

Woakes comes back on. He's been costly, but with two newish batsmen here's a chance to improve his figures.

30.1

Woakes to Clarke, 1 run, late cut from Clarke, who gets a single to third man

30.2

Woakes to White, no run, a big shout of 'no, no!' from White as he pushes to cover, where Pietersen collects and then gingerly hops around a bit

30.3

Woakes to White, 1 run, driven uppishly through cover point to get White off the mark

30.4

Woakes to Clarke, no run, slower ball now and Clarke pushes to backward point

30.5

Woakes to Clarke, no run, flicked to leg, and Clarke can't find a gap

30.6

Woakes to Clarke, no run, nudged away to the off side and Clarke can't find a gap

End of over 31 (2 runs) Australia 196/4 (138 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 6.32, RRR: 7.26)
MJ Clarke    16* (21b 1x4)      CR Woakes    5-0-38-0
CL White    1* (3b)      KP Pietersen    3-0-20-1

31.1

Pietersen to White, 1 run, White nudges a single away to the off side

31.2

Pietersen to Clarke, 1 run, tossed up outside off and Clarke looks for the slog sweep, but just gets it along the ground through midwicket

31.3

Pietersen to White, no run, is that dropped? Possibly a thin edge there as he pushes outside off and Prior can't glove it. Hard to tell if there was bat on that, but by the reaction of the England players, perhaps.

31.4

Pietersen to White, 2 runs, punched through cover for some runs

31.5

Pietersen to White, no run, defended back down the pitch

31.6

Pietersen to White, 1 run, clipped through leg again

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End of over 32 (5 runs) Australia 201/4 (133 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 6.28, RRR: 7.38)
CL White    5* (8b)      KP Pietersen    4-0-25-1
MJ Clarke    17* (22b 1x4)      CR Woakes    5-0-38-0

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32.1

Woakes to White, 1 run, a meaty pull to start proceedings, the ball flies in the air but well short of the men out on the leg boundary

32.2

Woakes to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke follows White's example, in his own way - pulling all along the ground out to the same fielder

32.3

Woakes to White, 1 run, drop-and-run from White, good awareness from both batsmen

32.4

Woakes to Clarke, 2 runs, well, a better throw and that could well have been out! Clarke clipped out to long leg and turned quickly for the second, Trott rifled in the throw but it came to Prior with an awkward bounce

32.5

Woakes to Clarke, 1 run, tapped away on the off side this time, these two keeping things ticking over nicely

32.6

Woakes to White, no run, on a length and straight, White aims a defensive push to mid-on

End of over 33 (6 runs) Australia 207/4 (127 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 6.27, RRR: 7.47)
CL White    7* (11b)      CR Woakes    6-0-44-0
MJ Clarke    21* (25b 1x4)      KP Pietersen    4-0-25-1

33.1

Pietersen to Clarke, 1 run, good use of the feet from Clarke, as we've come to expect from him. He gets nicely to the pitch and cracks the ball down the ground for one

33.2

Pietersen to White, 2 runs, good placement from White, the ball was short and quite wide and he picked out the gap behind square. Good ground fielding out in the deep keeps them to two, however

33.3

Pietersen to White, no run, flatter from KP, pushed back to the bowler

33.4

Pietersen to White, SIX, a rifling mow flies into the crowd at wide long-on! The ball falls right into a crowded section of the ground, leaving one female spectator with a startled look on her face. No harm done though

33.5

Pietersen to White, no run, huge appeal for caught behind, Harper says no, and they'll review this ... Well, upon replay it doesn't look like he's got anywhere near that. Nothing on HotSpot. Yep, not out is the call

33.6

Pietersen to White, no run, flat on off stump to finish, the ball squirts off the outer half of the bat and goes to point

End of over 34 (9 runs) Australia 216/4 (118 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 6.35, RRR: 7.37)
CL White    15* (16b 1x6)      KP Pietersen    5-0-34-1
MJ Clarke    22* (26b 1x4)      CR Woakes    6-0-44-0

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34.1

Woakes to Clarke, 1 run, back of a length and rising, Clarke gets nicely across and tucks off his hip out to deep square leg

34.2

Woakes to White, no run, fuller this time, but nicely straight again. White is upset with himself for not making more of that, but it was a decent delivery

34.3

Woakes to White, FOUR, thrashed! An atrocious ball from Woakes, short and wide and just begging to be hit. White was camped on the front foot but he had all the time he needed to scythe through the line and send the ball screaming to the cover boundary

34.4

Woakes to White, no run, water-tight defence to follow that up. Not something you'd usually associate with Cameron White, but he looked utterly solid as he propped forward

34.5

Woakes to White, 1 run, tapped into the covers, an easy one

34.6

Woakes to Clarke, 2 runs, again worked off the hip by Clarke, the placement is good so they're back for the second

End of over 35 (8 runs) Australia 224/4 (110 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 6.40, RRR: 7.33)
MJ Clarke    25* (28b 1x4)      CR Woakes    7-0-52-0
CL White    20* (20b 1x4 1x6)      KP Pietersen    5-0-34-1

Right, a change for England as Steven Finn is brought back on. He bowled really well to hold Australia back early on, what can he do now?

35.1

Finn to White, OUT, he picks up a wicket first ball, the dangerous White departs! It was short and rising to about neck height, White swivelled into pull but couldn't control the shot and the ball lands in Eoin Morgan's hands out at deep square leg. He barely had to move there. Finn, who tumbled over in his follow-through as he does so often, stood up just in time to see the catch taken

CL White c Morgan b Finn 20 (20m 21b 1x4 1x6) SR: 95.23

Out comes David Hussey, England keep chipping away at this line-up

35.2

Finn to Hussey, no run, again Finn tastes the dirt, tumbling over after he lets the ball go. It's a good delivery to receive first ball, rising and wrapping him on the glove

35.3

Finn to Hussey, 2 runs, Hussey is off the mark, swiping out into the leg side. Morgan does well once again, sprinting round and saving two runs

35.4

Finn to Hussey, no run, tapped to mid-on, there's no run there

35.5

Finn to Hussey, no run, pushed into the off side this time, again he hits the field

35.6

Finn to Hussey, 1 run, slower ball from Finn, a cutter, and this time a single is the result as the ball is placed in gently into the gap at cover

End of over 36 (3 runs) Australia 227/5 (107 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 6.30, RRR: 7.64)
DJ Hussey    3* (5b)      ST Finn    6-0-28-1
MJ Clarke    25* (28b 1x4)      CR Woakes    7-0-52-0

Pietersen will continue, change of ends for him

36.1

Pietersen to Hussey, 1 run, not much flight, but some grip and turn for Pietersen. Punched down to long-on

36.2

Pietersen to Clarke, 1 wide, speared down the leg side this time, that's wide

36.2

Pietersen to Clarke, no run, KP holds this one back as Clarke advances down the track, good bowling

36.3

Pietersen to Clarke, FOUR, but that definitel isn't good bowling, short - a long-hop - and Clarke steps back to pull to midwicket, the ball pinging out of the middle and evading the fielders

36.4

Pietersen to Clarke, 1 run, short again, not punished quite as severely this time as Clarke picks up one to cover point

36.5

Pietersen to Hussey, no run, driven back hard to the bowler

36.6

Pietersen to Hussey, 1 run, worked beind square on the leg side

36.7

Pietersen to Clarke, 1 run, well, an extra ball to the over! What's more, it results in a single - England will be glad it's only a single

End of over 37 (9 runs) Australia 236/5 (98 runs required from 12.5 overs, RR: 6.34, RRR: 7.63)
MJ Clarke    31* (32b 2x4)      KP Pietersen    6-0-43-1
DJ Hussey    5* (8b)      ST Finn    6-0-28-1

37.1

Finn to Clarke, 1 run, short, pulled hard into the leg side but there's protection out there

37.2

Finn to Hussey, 1 run, length from Finn, Hussey gives himself room and picks up one to deep cover

37.3

Finn to Clarke, 1 run, glanced away down to fine leg

37.4

Finn to Hussey, no run, effort ball from Finn, and Hussey is beaten attempting to force through the off side

37.5

Finn to Hussey, 1 run, this time he plays for the extra bounce, staying deep and standing tall to run it down to third man

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37.6

Finn to Clarke, 1 wide, Finn attacks the body as Clarke shuffles to off, and he's called wide. Fair enough, good call

37.6

Finn to Clarke, no run, Finn has been England's most impressive bowler today and he continues to look dangerous. This time he beats the inside edge of the bat with a touch of seam movement and some flat-footed prodding from Clarke

End of over 38 (5 runs) Australia 241/5 (93 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 6.34, RRR: 7.75)
MJ Clarke    33* (35b 2x4)      ST Finn    7-0-33-1
DJ Hussey    7* (11b)      KP Pietersen    6-0-43-1

Has KP completed his quota? Woakes is called back into the attack

38.1

Woakes to Hussey, 1 run, quick single to start the over

38.2

Woakes to Clarke, 2 runs, this looked like a slower ball, hammered out into the deep on the leg side

38.3

Woakes to Clarke, 1 run, driven to mid-off, they take the single

38.4

Woakes to Hussey, no run, effort ball from Woakes, a touch of movement and bounce and Hussey is beaten

38.5

Woakes to Hussey, no run, this time it's an excellent piece of fielding that keeps the batsmen quiet, Anderson leaping like a salmon at point to stop a powerful cut

38.6

Woakes to Hussey, 1 run, another slower ball, clipped to fine leg

End of over 39 (5 runs) Australia 246/5 (88 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 6.30, RRR: 8.00)
DJ Hussey    9* (15b)      CR Woakes    8-0-57-0
MJ Clarke    36* (37b 2x4)      ST Finn    7-0-33-1

Bollinger comes out with a drink and a message ... but they don't take the Powerplay yet

39.1

Finn to Hussey, no run, Hussey gives himself some room and tries to force through the off side

39.2

Finn to Hussey, no run, Hussey is struggling slightly with the extra bounce, again Finn bends his back to beat the edge of an attempted glide to third man

Clarke wandered down the pitch after that ball to give his team-mate an encouraging word

39.3

Finn to Hussey, 1 run, a nervous shot, and some frenetic running! Hussey drove in the air, the ball dipping and dropping just short of mid-off. They also took off for a single that never was, and had the throw been better Hussey could've been run out too

39.4

Finn to Clarke, no run, full, Clarke makes room but can't get it away

39.5

Finn to Clarke, 2 runs, Clarke rides the bounce to send the ball down to third man ... he call's for the second and comes charging back, good running in the end as he was safely home

39.6

Finn to Clarke, 1 run, Finn hits the deck hard but Clarke deals with the extra bounce well, getting on top of the ball to pick up one behind point. There's Australia's 250

End of over 40 (4 runs) Australia 250/5 (84 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 6.25, RRR: 8.40)
MJ Clarke    39* (40b 2x4)      ST Finn    8-0-37-1
DJ Hussey    10* (18b)      CR Woakes    8-0-57-0

Change in the attack again, Yardy comes back. Clarke is having a word with Umpire Marais Erasmus now ... not sure about what, he doesn't look to happy though. Still no Powerplay, by the way

40.1

Yardy to Clarke, 2 runs, just a touch too short from Yardy, Clarke steps back and aims a good-looking back-foot punch out to the cover boundary, but Morgan sprints round to cut it off

40.2

Yardy to Clarke, 2 runs, short from Yardy again, but once more Clarke can't make the most of it. He gets a good connection on the pull out to midwicket, but can't find the gap

Yardy switches to over the wicket now

40.3

Yardy to Clarke, 1 run, again not quite full enough, Clarke hops back and cuts out to deep cover

Yardy back round the wicket now

40.4

Yardy to Hussey, 1 run, dragged down short and fast, Hussey pulls along the ground and out to the fielder in the deep

40.5

Yardy to Clarke, no run, a touch fuller, and quick too, but short enough that Clarke decides to play off the back foot. Straight to cover

40.6

Yardy to Clarke, 1 run, cut off middle stump! A brave shot for just one run

Another discussion going on, Strauss and Clarke and the umpire all involved. Clarke is remonstrating with the England captain ... not sure why. The TV commentators think it's something to do with England's substitute fielders

End of over 41 (7 runs) Australia 257/5 (77 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 6.26, RRR: 8.55)
MJ Clarke    45* (45b 2x4)      MH Yardy    9-0-42-1
DJ Hussey    11* (19b)      ST Finn    8-0-37-1

Now they do take the Powerplay... or do they? No, they don't, but there are more discussions between umpire, Strauss and Clarke. Clarke is smiling and laughing about it now at least, as is the umpire.

41.1

Anderson to Clarke, 1 run, back of a length, tapped out into the off side

I've been reliably informed that the discussions are all to do with the batting powerplay. Clarke wanted to start it at the start of that previous over, and Erasmus said no, it's too late, the field is all set and the next over it was confusion over whether Clarke had taken it or not

41.2

Anderson to Hussey, 1 run, Hussey now working the ball away from one

41.3

Anderson to Clarke, no run, Clarke jumps down the track but can't get it away, Anderson fields in his follow-through

41.4

Anderson to Clarke, 1 run, reverse-swing! Definite movement through the air, out of nowhere, and it's quite exaggerated. A bit of inside edge on the clip to leg and they get one

41.5

Anderson to Hussey, 3 runs, more reverse for Anderson, Hussey steps back and goes over the cover field ... but yet again Morgan is on hand with some tireless fielding on the boundary to save two runs. Good stuff

41.6

Anderson to Clarke, 1 run, cracked away off the back foot for one, into the off side

End of over 42 (7 runs) Australia 264/5 (70 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 6.28, RRR: 8.75)
MJ Clarke    48* (49b 2x4)      JM Anderson    7-0-56-1
DJ Hussey    15* (21b)      MH Yardy    9-0-42-1

And now, finally, they do take the Batting Powerplay. Yardy to bowl. Man out at long-on ...

42.1

Yardy to Clarke, 1 run, and he's in action straight away, driven down the ground

42.2

Yardy to Hussey, 1 run, quicker ball from Yardy, practically medium pace and Hussey nudges him between square leg and fine leg for a quick single

42.3

Yardy to Clarke, 1 run, tapped down the ground, and there's Clarke's fifty

Deep midwicket, long-on, long-off is where the boundary fielders are. No-one on the sweep

42.4

Yardy to Hussey, no run, tapped into the leg side, just the one

42.5

Yardy to Hussey, 1 run, confusion! It was clipped to leg, the one was always on but there was no communication from the batsmen as they looked for the second. No harm done though

42.6

Yardy to Clarke, 1 run, pushed into the off side for one, and that ends a good day with the ball for Yardy

End of over 43 (5 runs) Australia 269/5 (65 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 6.25, RRR: 9.28)
MJ Clarke    51* (52b 2x4)      MH Yardy    10-0-47-1
DJ Hussey    17* (24b)      JM Anderson    7-0-56-1

43.1

Anderson to Clarke, SIX, shot! Clarke can really hit them when he wants to. This was not a slog by any means, or if it was it was a graceful one. Anderson strayed onto the pads, Clarke got insde the line and just lifted it over square leg. The ball never got up too high but it was easily six. Short boundary out there, 67 metres

43.2

Anderson to Clarke, 2 runs, driven down the ground

Big cheers for Clarke when he reached fifty, by the way. And even bigger when he hit that six

43.3

Anderson to Clarke, FOUR, four more, stroked through the covers! Clarke walked down the track, Anderson went wider but the batsman was right to the pitch and picked the gap in the off side field. Damaging for England!

43.4

Anderson to Clarke, 2 runs, two more, this over's had good shots and some equally good running. Driven down to long-on, they turn immediately for the second - no hesitation - and he's easily home

43.5

Anderson to Clarke, 1 wide, Anderson is slightly spooked here, he aims for the yorker but sends it down the leg side

43.5

Anderson to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke walks across to the off side as Anderson sends down a slower offcutter, whipping out to deep midwicket

The crowd are well involved now, clapping every ball

43.6

Anderson to Hussey, 1 run, good finish to the over, Anderson sends down a pinpoint yorker. Hussey jams down on it and they pick up just one as the ball rolls into the leg side and the bowler sprints after it himself

End of over 44 (17 runs) Australia 286/5 (48 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 6.50, RRR: 8.00)
DJ Hussey    18* (25b)      JM Anderson    8-0-73-1
MJ Clarke    66* (57b 3x4 1x6)      MH Yardy    10-0-47-1

Woakes comes back, England need something inspirational from the young man.

44.1

Woakes to Hussey, 1 wide, speared down the leg side to start, Prior appeals but is that just to try and hoodwink the umpire into not calling a wide? He's called wide, but Prior runs in and speaks to Strauss ... and they're going to review it! Nope, nothing to suggest that's hit either bat or pad. England out of reviews now

44.1

Woakes to Hussey, FOUR, chipped over cover, and that bounces away for four! The bowler had done really well, sending down a great slower ball that completely deceived the batsman. But Hussey went through with the shot, found space and on a quick outfield the ball couldn't be hauled in

44.2

Woakes to Hussey, 1 run, full on off stump, dug out to mid-off - who is on the edge of the circle - and they take one

44.3

Woakes to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke backs away to leg, giving himself acres of room, but just one run the result as he drills it down to long-on

44.4

Woakes to Hussey, 1 run, Hussey drives down to that man at long-on this time

44.5

Woakes to Clarke, 2 runs, nicely whipped out into the deep on the leg side, Clarke called for two straight away. Great running

44.6

Woakes to Clarke, no run, the ball flies between batsman and stumps as Clarke backs a good three feet away to leg and Woakes follows him. The batsman swishes and misses, the ball zips through to the keeper. Dot ball

End of over 45 (10 runs) Australia 296/5 (38 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 6.57, RRR: 7.60)
MJ Clarke    69* (60b 3x4 1x6)      CR Woakes    9-0-67-0
DJ Hussey    24* (28b 1x4)      JM Anderson    8-0-73-1

45.1

Anderson to Hussey, 1 run, Hussey swings slightly wildly to leg, the ball takes the inside edge/toe of the bat and trickles to long-on

45.2

Anderson to Clarke, 1 run, this would've been a good reverse-swinging yorker had Clarke stayed put in the crease, but he walks down to turn it into a full toss and clips to leg

45.3

Anderson to Hussey, SIX, Hussey brings up Australia's 300 with a big six over long-off! Superb hitting, he stepped down the track, taking it on the half volley, and committed himself fully to the stroke. An 88 metre hit

Long-off goes back on the ropes after that, square leg comes in

45.4

Anderson to Hussey, no run, full, Hussey swings but he can't put it away

45.5

Anderson to Hussey, FOUR, Hussey's turning it on here! Anderson sends down a high full toss, the batsman backs away to leg and sends it racing away through cover

45.6

Anderson to Hussey, 2 runs, cracked to long-on, and again great running as they're back for the second. Big cheers from the crowd!

These two have paced this partnership so well, it looked as though the run-rate could get out of control but they've hit the boundaries at the right time and it's down to a-run-a-ball now. And just look at Anderson's figures!

End of over 46 (14 runs) Australia 310/5 (24 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 6.73, RRR: 6.00)
DJ Hussey    37* (33b 2x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    9-0-87-1
MJ Clarke    70* (61b 3x4 1x6)      CR Woakes    9-0-67-0

46.1

Finn to Clarke, 1 run, low, dipping full-toss and Clarke pushes down to long-on

46.2

Finn to Hussey, no run, Finn keeps his cool as Hussey charges him, going slightly wider and beating his outside edge

46.3

Finn to Hussey, 1 run, Hussey backs away this time, the ball takes the inside edge and bounces straight to Trott at short fine leg, but they're off for the single straight away

46.4

Finn to Clarke, no run, Finn continues to impress, hitting a great length and beating the outside edge of Clarke's bat now

46.5

Finn to Clarke, 1 wide, that won't please him, though. Finn aims for a slower-ball bouncer but it's misdirected down the leg side

46.5

Finn to Clarke, 1 run, full pace on the delivery, but now it's a full toss and Clarke slaps him down the ground

46.6

Finn to Hussey, OUT, got him! Finn strikes, after beating the outside edge a couple of times he sends down another slower cutter on a length and this time the ball kisses the edge of Hussey's flailing bat. Straight through to Prior, the celebrations are very muted indeed but that's given England a chance

DJ Hussey c †Prior b Finn 38 (59m 36b 2x4 1x6) SR: 105.55

End of over 47 (4 runs) Australia 314/6 (20 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 6.68, RRR: 6.66)
     ST Finn    9-0-41-2
MJ Clarke    72* (64b 3x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    9-0-87-1

Steven Smith is at the crease now - and so is Brad Haddin, as his runner! Haddin's already found time to have a quick chirp in Anderson's ear. This should be fun. Clarke on strike

47.1

Anderson to Clarke, 2 runs, leg-stump full-toss, Clarke could've made more of that. He picks up the single out to long leg

47.2

Anderson to Clarke, 1 run, a touch of wobble in through the air, Smith drives down the ground ... they think about the two, but no, it'll just be one

Smith is struggling with a hip injury

Speaking of injuries, we've just had the news that Ajmal Shahzad and Chris Tremlett are flying back to the UK to continue their rehabilitation - there's been no change in the status of their injuries but they'll continue the healing process back in Blighty

47.3

Anderson to Smith, no run, defended to cover point

47.4

Anderson to Smith, OUT, the disaster that was waiting to happen! Clipped straight to a sliding midwicket fielder, Australian batsmen running all over the place and Haddin is well short of his ground as the throw comes in to Anderson. He and Smith trudge off, heads bowed

SPD Smith run out 0 (3m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

47.5

Anderson to Clarke, 1 run, driven with plenty of wrist and bottom hand, down to long-on

47.6

Anderson to Hastings, no run, feisty short ball from Anderson to finish his spell, Hastings hops but keeps his bat inside the line

End of over 48 (4 runs) Australia 318/7 (16 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 6.62, RRR: 8.00)
JW Hastings    0* (1b)      JM Anderson    10-0-91-1
MJ Clarke    76* (67b 3x4 1x6)      ST Finn    9-0-41-2

48.1

Finn to Clarke, FOUR, dropped by Trott at short fine leg! He'd had such a good day until this moment, Clarke walked across to off and flicked uppishly, the ball flew in the air and Trott leapt but just tipped it over the bar - getting a hand to it but he just couldn't hold on. And he took such a good catch in that position earlier!

48.2

Finn to Clarke, 1 run, leading edge as Clarke looks to work to leg, into the covers and they steal a quick single

48.3

Finn to Hastings, no run, smell that! A well-directed bouncer from Finn and Hastings is in no position to play it. The ball bursts past his grille. That's one for the over

48.4

Finn to Hastings, 3 runs, that's in the air ... but safe! Hastings heaved a length delivery high into the leg side, two fielders chased after it but their tag-team effort goes slightly awry and they're back for three

48.5

Finn to Clarke, 1 run, OUT, slower-ball bouncer, Clarke aims a well-controlled paddle-pull into the deep. They push hard for the second ... but he's short of his ground! Clarke is run out and Australia are eight wickets down

MJ Clarke run out 82 (115m 70b 4x4 1x6) SR: 117.14

Trott was the fielder out there, after his earlier lapse he fired in a perfect throw to Prior. That ends a great knock from Clarke, 82 from 70 balls. The crowd rise to their feet as he leaves the field, that's good to see

England need 7 from 7 ... Brett Lee is the new batsman

48.6

Finn to Lee, 1 run, rising towards the hip, Lee doesn't know too much about it as the ball takes the thigh pad and lobs up in the air towards square leg ... eventually Hastings calls him through

End of over 49 (10 runs) Australia 328/8 (6 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 6.69, RRR: 6.00)
B Lee    1* (1b)      ST Finn    10-0-51-2
JW Hastings    3* (3b)      JM Anderson    10-0-91-1

One hit will do it. The short boundary is on the leg side. Chris Woakes will have the responsibility of bowling the final over. He looks relaxed in conversation with his captain. The crowd are alive at the SCG!

49.1

Woakes to Lee, 1 wide, not the best start, he's slammed that down halfway down and that's ballooned way, way over the batsman's head

Mid-off was up, three men were out on the leg side - so the bouncer was always on, but that was much too short

49.1

Woakes to Lee, 1 run, full and fast, Lee drives and a thick outside edge flies down to third man ... just the single

49.2

Woakes to Hastings, FOUR, there it is! The runs count no matter how you get them, Hastings swings and a thick inside edge rolls down to the fine leg boundary. The Duke has done it for Australia at the death

Australia go 5-1 up in the series with a nailbiting two-wicket win with four balls to spare. After all the flak he's received, it was Michael Clarke who held Australia's chase together with a well-paced knock that ensured that the earlier efforts of Watson, Johnson and Ferguson did not go in vain. There were contributions from all of Australia's batsmen, White and Hussey chipping in too.

But spare a thought for Jonathan Trott - a career-best effort from him to set up what could so easily have been a match-winning total. Strauss and Bell also showed they're in good nick. A thrilling end to the game that showed that there's still life and passion in this series - although, worryingly, injury lists for both teams continue to grow.

Andrew McGlashan's bulletin will be up presently - no doubt after a couple of frantic re-writes after that close finish.

A bittersweet victory, Andrew Strauss is asked. "Yeah just bitter I think, if I'm honest," he says. "It was great to see Trott play so well, all the same. 333 is a good score on any ground. We weren't helped by Collingwood's injury, and it was very disappointing not to be able to defend 333. Collingwood is ok, he had a back spasm." Team balance? "Five bowlers aren't enough when one of them goes down, that's for sure. We'll have to think about team balance at the world cup. We're 5-1 down, that's the way the game goes sometimes. If you've got seven matches it gives one side a great opportunity to gain momentum and get on top of the other. I'm still confident we've got a great side, we had a great Ashes series and no-one can take that away from us. This series hasn't really helped us nail down our World Cup XI as there've been so many injuries, but it's the same for Australia."

"Nice to get a hundred," says Jonathan Trott. "It's more memorable when you win the game. We would've taken 333 at the beginning of the day. It's good to be able to continue doing well for the team. I'm not looking to stand still, I'm looking to improve all the time."

"We're winning, first and foremost, and it's nice to be contributing with the bat," says a smiling Michael Clarke. "We had to take a few risks, I punted a bit on sending Mitch up the order and he played really well. He strikes the ball as clean as anyone. A few things didn't go to plan with the ball for us, but we're stoked to have chased those runs down. The boys are a bit weary, a bit tired, but we've got some tough cricket to come. My family and friends were out to support me today, I love playing at the SCG and it was nice to get some support today."

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Brett Lee took 1 for 66, Australia v England, 6th ODI, Sydney, February 2, 2011

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