Australia v England, 4th ODI, Perth January 24, 2014

Stokes's stern send off

ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from the fourth ODI in Perth

Relief of the day

England knew the game wasn't safe while James Faulkner was at the crease. What happened in Brisbane will have been too fresh in their mind for that, so there was understandable relief when he edged a leg-side swipe through to the keeper. It all became a bit much for Ben Stokes who gave Faulkner a rather in-your-face send-off that could well cost him a portion of his match fee. He can at least put his Man-of-the-Match cheque towards it, if needed, although even that wasn't available at the end of the game. Maybe it was the surprise of an England player winning the award.

Misjudgement of the day

On 48, Ian Bell carved Nathan Coulter-Nile towards deep cover. There was a man on the boundary, or at least he should have been. James Pattinson had come in off the rope to such an extent that the ball looped over his hard and still bounced short of being a six. Fortunately for Pattinson, who had not started well with the ball either, Bell was out seven runs later.

Fruity moment of the day

Jos Buttler was beginning to cut loose towards the end of England's innings when he lofted Coulter-Nile over the long-on boundary for a huge six. The ball lodged in one of the tarpaulins providing shade to some of the crowd, but smart thinking from a member of the public ensured the umpires didn't need a replacement. He used an orange to knock the ball down, then caught it one-handed while still ensuring he kept his beer safe.

Review of the day

When George Bailey glanced Ben Stokes down the leg side the bowler was convinced he had heard, or seen, some bat involved. Alastair Cook trusted his bowler and Hot Spot soon showed it to be a very wise move as a small white mark showed up on the reply. The only issue was then confirming whether the ball carried and this time not even the third umpire could find doubt in the replays - although the wait while the frames were played back will have made Cook nervous.

Dodgy run-up of the day

Chris Jordan had horrendous problems with his run-up during his opening spell, aborting consecutive balls and delivering from way behind his crease as he stuttered into his action. It was a worrying sight, especially for a team who have had their fair share of problems with bowlers on this tour, but Jordan returned in much better shape during his latter spells and his three overs in the batting Powerplay were only dented by a last-ball six from Dan Christian.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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