England in Australia ODI Series - 2nd ODI

Australia v England

Australia won by 1 wicket (with 3 balls remaining)

Hello all, welcome to the second ODI at the Gabba. The news from the middle is that England have won the toss and will bat. They have also gone in with an unchanged side from the Melbourne ODI, despite the loss there. A win against the Prime Minister's XI might just have given them a little of the confidence that has been lacking.

Australia have made two changes. Xavier Doherty has been dropped to make room for Mitchell Johnson, who had a rest from the first game. And Shane Watson is also taking a break - his place has been taken by Shaun Marsh. So Glenn Maxwell will be the main spinner for Australia today.

Here are those teams:

Australia 1 Aaron Finch, 2 David Warner, 3 Shaun Marsh, 4 Michael Clarke, 5 George Bailey, 6 Glenn Maxwell, 7 Brad Haddin, 8 James Faulkner, 9 Mitchell Johnson, 10 Nathan Coulter-Nile, 11 Clint McKay.

England 1 Alastair Cook, 2 Ian Bell, 3 Joe Root, 4 Gary Ballance, 5 Eoin Morgan, 6 Ravi Bopara, 7 Jos Buttler, 8 Ben Stokes, 9 Tim Bresnan, 10 Chris Jordan, 11 Boyd Rankin.

Brydon Coverdale here with you for the start of this match, we'll be joined later on by Rohan Sharma. The return of Mitch Johnson adds a little intrigue to this match - will he maintain the kind of pace and threat he did in the Tests? Pony thinks so: "England to bat first, Johnson must be licking his mustache. Sorry, I mean lips."

DJ: "Cant believe Root is still at no3. He can't hit the ball of the square at the moment. Between him and his captain there are two walking wickets right there."

Cam: "No doubt that Root is talented but he is in a bad rut at the moment. If he has another poor game today do England stick with him or give him a bit of a break?"

Jazz: "What was that definition of insanity again?? I can only hope both Cook & Root have been supported with a free licence to try and hit themselves out of their respective holes. Building a launching pad is all well and good when it works, but wasting this first powerplay again will make it almost impossible for the middle order. C'mon England!!!"

The weather is fine in Brisbane at the moment, all is set for play to begin shortly. A couple of people have asked on feedback why Australia haven't picked James Pattinson. I can only assume they want to ease him back slowly, perhaps later in the series. But it would be good to see him bowl more than four overs in a T20 with the South African tour coming up.

Time for the action to begin, it's Clint McKay with the first new ball at the Vulture Street End...

0.1

McKay to Cook, 1 run, Cook starts with a cut, gets it away to third man for a single

0.2

McKay to Bell, no run, tempting line outside off from McKay and gets some away swing, Bell lets it through to Haddin

0.3

McKay to Bell, 1 wide, McKay gets this one wrong, swinging it down leg side for a very wide wide

0.3

McKay to Bell, 2 runs, Bell goes for a drive outside off and this skews off a thickish outside edge behind point, he picks up a couple of runs

0.4

McKay to Bell, 1 wide, plenty of swing here for McKay but again it's too much movement - this one curves too wide of off and is called a wide

0.4

McKay to Bell, no run, outswing again but not quite as wide and Bell just watches this through to Haddin

0.5

McKay to Bell, no run, more accurate now as McKay probes on off stump and Bell defends a short-of-a-length delivery

0.6

McKay to Bell, no run, Bell comes forward now and ends up just defending this back towards McKay

So a length first over with a couple of wides. Plenty of swing out there, it's just a matter of controlling it.

End of over 1 (5 runs) England 5/0 (RR: 5.00)
IR Bell    2* (5b)      CJ McKay    1-0-5-0
AN Cook    1* (1b)     

Here's a moustacheless Mitchell Johnson.

1.1

Johnson to Cook, no run, accurate immediately at 140kph, Cook defends this from off stump

1.2

Johnson to Cook, 1 wide, and Johnson now finds what McKay has already discovered - it ain't easy controlling this swing. This one curves well wide of off and almost to first slip. Wide signalled by umpire John Ward, who is on his ODI debut

1.2

Johnson to Cook, no run, beaten outside off! Lovely delivery, just moves away enough to beat the bat of Cook, who was dabbing at this

1.3

Johnson to Cook, no run, outside off stump again and this one Cook leaves alone

1.4

Johnson to Cook, no run, Johnson goes fuller, aiming for the yorker at 146kph, but it's not quite full enough for a yorker and Cook pushes to leg

1.5

Johnson to Cook, 2 runs, Cook gets some width now and it's a touch shorter, he's happy to punch this through cover and pick up a couple more runs

1.6

Johnson to Cook, no run, this one swings in just a touch and Cook defends solidly towards off

End of over 2 (3 runs) England 8/0 (RR: 4.00)
AN Cook    3* (7b)      MG Johnson    1-0-3-0
IR Bell    2* (5b)      CJ McKay    1-0-5-0

2.1

McKay to Bell, no run, McKay moves this in to the right-hander Bell, who defends

2.2

McKay to Bell, no run, Bell leans out to defend once more, he's making a watchful start

2.3

McKay to Bell, no run, a shout from the Australians here as this one swings down leg and Bell goes for a glance, Haddin makes a diving take. Umpire Dharmasena says not out, but also doesn't signal wide, indicating perhaps that was off thigh pad. Replays suggest it may have missed everything - McKay probably lucky that wasn't called wide

2.4

McKay to Bell, 1 leg bye, worked away to the leg side

2.5

McKay to Cook, no run, Cook is defending off the back foot now

2.6

McKay to Cook, 1 run, on the pads now and Cook flicks it away towards fine leg, just ticking the scoreboard over gently at this stage

End of over 3 (2 runs) England 10/0 (RR: 3.33)
AN Cook    4* (9b)      CJ McKay    2-0-6-0
IR Bell    2* (9b)      MG Johnson    1-0-3-0

3.1

Johnson to Cook, no run, again Johnson beats Cook outside off! Really had him squared up here, angled in towards off and just straightening enough, Cook's feet go nowhere and he's lucky not to edge this

3.2

Johnson to Cook, FOUR, Cook picks up the first boundary of the innings, just a casual sort of flick through square leg as Johnson gives him one on middle and leg

3.3

Johnson to Cook, 1 run, steered away towards fine leg and Faulkner does the fielding

3.4

Johnson to Bell, 1 run, Johnson bangs this one in short and Bell works it away off the body behind square, awkward delivery

3.5

Johnson to Cook, no run, solidly defended by Cook

3.6

Johnson to Cook, no run, left alone outside off as Johnson gives Cook a bit more width

Alex: "BC, who is playing the slips for Aus with no Watson? Clarke at 1st? "

Looks like Shaun Marsh at first and Aaron Finch at second at the moment, Alex.

End of over 4 (6 runs) England 16/0 (RR: 4.00)
AN Cook    9* (14b 1x4)      MG Johnson    2-0-9-0
IR Bell    3* (10b)      CJ McKay    2-0-6-0

Australia's NCN rollout continues. Here he is to replace McKay.

4.1

Coulter-Nile to Bell, 1 run, cut away behind point for a single

4.2

Coulter-Nile to Cook, no run, Cook cuts hard but finds point

4.3

Coulter-Nile to Cook, no run, Cook again goes for the cut but this one beats the bat - Coulter-Nile giving him a little width here

4.4

Coulter-Nile to Cook, 1 run, on the pads now and Cook is easily able to work this to fine leg for a single

4.5

Coulter-Nile to Bell, no run, on off stump now and Bell defends

4.6

Coulter-Nile to Bell, 1 run, shortish and wideish and cuttish to third mannish

End of over 5 (3 runs) England 19/0 (RR: 3.80)
IR Bell    5* (13b)      NM Coulter-Nile    1-0-3-0
AN Cook    10* (17b 1x4)      MG Johnson    2-0-9-0

5.1

Johnson to Bell, no run, Johnson bangs it in towards the hips, Bell just works it down towards leg

5.2

Johnson to Bell, no run, bouncer, nice and accurate too but Bell is keen to play, tries to sway back and steer it over the cordon but doesn't connect - Johnson is interested in a caught behind appeal but Haddin isn't

5.3

Johnson to Bell, FOUR, Bell has had enough of waiting around, he flashes outside off and crunches Johnson uppishly through cover for his first boundary

5.4

Johnson to Bell, no run, Bell drives hard again, this time along the ground and straight to mid-off

5.5

Johnson to Bell, no run, nearly played on! Bell defends outside off and this skews off the inside edge just past the stumps - that was close!

5.6

Johnson to Bell, 1 run, fuller from Johnson and that allows Bell to play that late cut that he enjoys, just steers this safely along the ground to third man

End of over 6 (5 runs) England 24/0 (RR: 4.00)
IR Bell    10* (19b 1x4)      MG Johnson    3-0-14-0
AN Cook    10* (17b 1x4)      NM Coulter-Nile    1-0-3-0

6.1

Coulter-Nile to Bell, no run, Bell launches at this, tries to drive Coulter-Nile through mid-off but finds the fielder

6.2

Coulter-Nile to Bell, 3 runs, width from Coulter-Nile and Bell is keen to go after him, throws the bat at this and lobs him over cover but the ball pulls up well inside the boundary

6.3

Coulter-Nile to Cook, 3 runs, now Cook is taking on Coulter-Nile, too, with a lovely cover drive that is chased down by McKay with a sliding save on the boundary

6.4

Coulter-Nile to Bell, FOUR, Bell picks up a boundary this time, nice attractive shot too as he clips off his pads wide of mid-on and although it was uppishly struck it was safe, lovely placement

One of the two slips comes out now, Coulter-Nile under a bit of pressure

6.5

Coulter-Nile to Bell, 2 runs, and wouldn't you know it, a slip comes out and Bell edges this one through the new gap, though angled it down so it wasn't really catchable height - third man collects

6.6

Coulter-Nile to Bell, no run, defended towards the off side now

So, 12 off the over. Good intent now from Cook and Bell, they've made a very solid start.

End of over 7 (12 runs) England 36/0 (RR: 5.14)
IR Bell    19* (24b 2x4)      NM Coulter-Nile    2-0-15-0
AN Cook    13* (18b 1x4)      MG Johnson    3-0-14-0

McKay returns now, he's switched to the Stanley Street End.

7.1

McKay to Cook, no run, Cook defends a delivery that came at him at 125kph

7.2

McKay to Cook, 3 runs, on the pads now and Cook waits on it, clips comfortably through midwicket but it's chased down inside the boundary by Maxwell

7.3

McKay to Bell, 1 run, McKay continues at his usual high 120s speed, Bell steers this late cut safely away for another run

7.4

McKay to Cook, no run, cuts hard into the turf and straight to point

7.5

McKay to Cook, no run, McKay hurls this one down with a Sharapova-like grunt, Cook nudges off the pads to midwicket

7.6

McKay to Cook, FOUR, poor ball, short and down leg side and all Cook had to do was help this on its way to fine leg - which he did. McKay is chastising himself at that delivery

Fair to say the bowling has been pretty inconsistent so far today. Here's Coulter-Nile to continue

End of over 8 (8 runs) England 44/0 (RR: 5.50)
AN Cook    20* (23b 2x4)      CJ McKay    3-0-14-0
IR Bell    20* (25b 2x4)      NM Coulter-Nile    2-0-15-0

8.1

Coulter-Nile to Bell, no run, defended towards the off side

8.2

Coulter-Nile to Bell, no run, Bell looks to smash Coulter-Nile over midwicket now but miscues away to the off side

8.3

Coulter-Nile to Bell, 1 run, hmmm, Bell has nearly thrown it away here as he tries to launch it over mid-off and it lobs up in the air, Faulkner runs back from mid-off and nearly gets to it - Bell is lucky to survive there

8.4

Coulter-Nile to Cook, no run, beaten outside off now as Coulter-Nile angles it across and draws Cook into the drive

8.5

Coulter-Nile to Cook, no run, pushed away towards mid-off

8.6

Coulter-Nile to Cook, no run, driven away to mid-off once again

End of over 9 (1 run) England 45/0 (RR: 5.00)
AN Cook    20* (26b 2x4)      NM Coulter-Nile    3-0-16-0
IR Bell    21* (28b 2x4)      CJ McKay    3-0-14-0

Craig : "What on earth is going on out there ???can someone please get a fake moustache out to Mitchell Johnson ASAP !!"

9.1

McKay to Bell, no run, accurate from McKay on off stump, Bell just defends after a couple of more adventurous swings at Coulter-Nile last over

9.2

McKay to Bell, no run, Bell walks down the pitch, keen to get the scoreboard moving further, McKay drags the length back and makes Bell defend

9.3

McKay to Bell, 1 wide, horribly wide of off now, McKay has done this a few times today, just squirting it far too wide

9.3

McKay to Bell, FOUR, now Bell gets some width and goes with it, takes a swing at McKay and scoops this up over point and the ball runs away to the boundary, confident shot and well executed by Bell

9.4

McKay to Bell, 2 runs, he continues to have a real crack does Bell, tries the big aerial straight drive and doesn't quite middle it, Bailey running back from mid-on can't quite get there in time and has to content himself with keeping it to two runs

9.5

McKay to Bell, no run, left alone outside off

9.6

McKay to Bell, no run, Bell walks at McKay again and defends

So, ten overs gone and 52 runs on the board with no loss. England will be happy with that - really solid platform so far. Can they make the most of it?

End of over 10 (7 runs) England 52/0 (RR: 5.20)
IR Bell    27* (34b 3x4)      CJ McKay    4-0-21-0
AN Cook    20* (26b 2x4)      NM Coulter-Nile    3-0-16-0

Time for a bowling change, James Faulkner is on.

10.1

Faulkner to Cook, no run, starts at 132kph and fullish outside off, Cook drives to mid-off

10.2

Faulkner to Cook, 1 run, Faulkner hurries in again, he almost looks like he's trying to sneak up on the batsman with his quick action, Cook works it away to square leg

10.3

Faulkner to Bell, 1 run, Bell cuts hard when he gets some width, Maxwell does the fielding out on the point boundary

10.4

Faulkner to Cook, 1 run, Cook drags one from wide of off through midwicket now, made that ball go through the gap he'd identified, though the two runs he wanted can't happen

10.5

Faulkner to Bell, no run, fuller on the pads, Bell pushes to leg

10.6

Faulkner to Bell, 1 run, late cut again, Bell does love that shot, and it continues to bring him safe runs

John: "Bell is looking like either he or the team has made a decision that keeping wickets in hand and expecting the middle-order hitters to rack up a total is not going to cut it."

End of over 11 (4 runs) England 56/0 (RR: 5.09)
IR Bell    29* (37b 3x4)      JP Faulkner    1-0-4-0
AN Cook    22* (29b 2x4)      CJ McKay    4-0-21-0

Well, the pace hasn't done the job for Australia so Clarke has turned to Glenn Maxwell. He's their only spinner today. Interesting to see if England go after him because Australia may find themselves a bowler short in this match if Maxwell is expensive.

11.1

Maxwell to Bell, 1 run, tossed up on the pads and Bell works it through midwicket

11.2

Maxwell to Cook, OUT, Maxwell strikes! Around the wicket to Cook, who drives at a half-volley but does nothing more than send it back in the direction of the bowler, who takes a sharp catch low to his right. Cook will be kicking himself!

AN Cook c & b Maxwell 22 (50m 30b 2x4 0x6) SR: 73.33

Just a nothing sort of shot, that. Not the first time that has been said of Cook on this tour, though he looked to be playing better today. Anyway, here's an out-of-form Joe Root to face Maxwell around the wicket

11.3

Maxwell to Root, no run, Root drives but can't beat point - there's a really tight field inside the ring to try to keep Root on strike

11.4

Maxwell to Root, 2 runs, Root is a touch lucky here, gets it away fine off the toe of the bat to get himself off the mark

11.5

Maxwell to Root, no run, driven down towards mid-on

11.6

Maxwell to Root, no run, fullish from Maxwell, not giving it time to turn, Root drives to mid-off with a clunky sort of sound

Janakarex: "Don't think Cook has the footwork to kick himself at the minute."

End of over 12 (3 runs) England 59/1 (RR: 4.91)
JE Root    2* (4b)      GJ Maxwell    1-0-3-1
IR Bell    30* (38b 3x4)      JP Faulkner    1-0-4-0

No surprise here that with Root at the crease, Johnson is back. But it's Bell on strike for now.

12.1

Johnson to Bell, 1 run, soft hands from Bell as he just guides this one through square leg for a single

12.2

Johnson to Root, no run, accurate at 143kph and Root defends

12.3

Johnson to Root, no run, uppishly driven, very uppishly driven towards mid-off and Root is fortunate he didn't get a fraction more on that as it's bounced just short of the fielder

12.4

Johnson to Root, no run, again shouts of "catch it!" as Root drives at a fullish Johnson ball and lobs it up short of point

12.5

Johnson to Root, OUT, Johnson gets Root! It seemed inevitable, and it's an lbw that gets him. Johnson gets this one to swing back in a fraction, at pace, and the only thing as slow as Root's attempt to get the bat down in time is Dharmasena's delayed decision to give that out. As he did in the first ODI, Root wants a review and as was the case then, he is still out. It was an umpire's call, replays suggesting it would have hit the leg bail. Really ungainly shot by Root, who just couldn't handle the pace

JE Root lbw b Johnson 2 (8m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

Ballance comes in now to face Johnson, who cracked him on the helmet in the final Ashes Test

12.6

Johnson to Ballance, 1 wide, swings this one down leg

12.6

Johnson to Ballance, no run, shortish at 142kph but it's outside off, so Ballance isn't in danger - though he dabbed the bat at it perhaps unnecessarily

End of over 13 (2 runs) England 61/2 (RR: 4.69)
GS Ballance    0* (1b)      MG Johnson    4-0-16-1
IR Bell    31* (39b 3x4)      GJ Maxwell    1-0-3-1

13.1

Maxwell to Bell, 1 run, tossed up on the stumps from around the wicket, Bell now with two partners gone is happy to just work this through midwicket

13.2

Maxwell to Ballance, no run, very full from Maxwell, Ballance drives at it but mistimes it towards short cover

13.3

Maxwell to Ballance, 1 run, tossed up more this time and a touch of turn, Ballance nudges a single past short cover now

13.4

Maxwell to Bell, no run, quicker and angled across Bell, who defends

13.5

Maxwell to Bell, 1 run, Maxwell strays onto the pads now and Bell comfortably flicks a single through square leg

13.6

Maxwell to Ballance, no run, again Maxwell tosses it up and tries to draw Ballance into the drive, he does go at it but mistimes

End of over 14 (3 runs) England 64/2 (RR: 4.57)
GS Ballance    1* (4b)      GJ Maxwell    2-0-6-1
IR Bell    33* (42b 3x4)      MG Johnson    4-0-16-1

Well, this is interesting. Johnson has done the job he was brought on for, and now Michael Clarke is going to have a bowl himself. That's a rarity in recent times.

14.1

Clarke to Bell, 1 run, nearly strikes immediately! Tossed up outside off and Bell pushes at it, the inside edge just misses the stumps!

14.2

Clarke to Ballance, no run, on the back foot, crunched to short cover

14.3

Clarke to Ballance, 1 run, Clarke is tossing this up, slowly, and Ballance drives down through mid-on

14.4

Clarke to Bell, 1 run, Bell uses the feet now and just drives a safe single down to long-on

14.5

Clarke to Ballance, 1 run, driven through midwicket for another single

14.6

Clarke to Bell, 2 runs, tossed up wide of off, Bell was advancing and had to adjust for the width and turn, did well in the end to steer through point and pick up a couple of runs

End of over 15 (6 runs) England 70/2 (RR: 4.66)
IR Bell    37* (45b 3x4)      MJ Clarke    1-0-6-0
GS Ballance    3* (7b)      GJ Maxwell    2-0-6-1

Thanks Brydon. Maxwell continues from the other end

15.1

Maxwell to Ballance, 1 run, turns this one to the leg side for a single

15.2

Maxwell to Bell, 1 run, this delivery heading down the leg side to backward square

15.3

Maxwell to Ballance, no run, defended on the front foot by Ballance

15.4

Maxwell to Ballance, 1 run, drills this one straight to silly mid-off, who makes a valiant dive to stop it

15.5

Maxwell to Bell, 1 run, plays this away to the off side

15.6

Maxwell to Ballance, 1 run, driven straight down the ground to the fielder at long-off to end the over

Sam : "70/2 isn't all bad. Foundation laid!"

End of over 16 (5 runs) England 75/2 (RR: 4.68)
GS Ballance    6* (11b)      GJ Maxwell    3-0-11-1
IR Bell    39* (47b 3x4)      MJ Clarke    1-0-6-0

16.1

Clarke to Ballance, no run, bowls one on a length which is defended to the leg side

16.2

Clarke to Ballance, no run, looks for the gap through the off side, but finds the fielder

16.3

Clarke to Ballance, no run, this time looking to get past silly mid-on, but the fielder is equal to the task

16.4

Clarke to Ballance, no run, played to the off side, but no run on offer

16.5

Clarke to Ballance, no run, once again played to the same man as Ballance is itching for a single

16.6

Clarke to Ballance, 1 run, played off the back foot as this is worked away to backward square for a single

Ev: "Just out of interest (speaking of out-of-form players) - who has the worst DRS conversion (e.g. decision overturned in their favour) rate: Root or Watson?"

End of over 17 (1 run) England 76/2 (RR: 4.47)
GS Ballance    7* (17b)      MJ Clarke    2-0-7-0
IR Bell    39* (47b 3x4)      GJ Maxwell    3-0-11-1

17.1

Maxwell to Ballance, 2 runs, pitches this a bit wider as he drives this straight to the man at sweeper cover, with the pair able to complete a couple

17.2

Maxwell to Ballance, OUT, and Maxwell beats an increasingly fidgety Ballance as he lofts one just around off stump, with the flight drawing Ballance down the track before the left-hander, trying to work this leg side, misses the ball completely, and turns around just in time to see Haddin collect the ball and whip the bails off. Maxwell strikes again and suddenly England seemed to have lost their way at 78 for 3

GS Ballance st †Haddin b Maxwell 9 (17m 19b 0x4 0x6) SR: 47.36

Eoin Morgan strides in at No.5

17.3

Maxwell to Morgan, no run, lets the keeper collect this one as it spins away from the bat

17.4

Maxwell to Morgan, 1 run, steers this one down to long-off for a single

17.5

Maxwell to Bell, no run, on the back foot to negotiate this back of a length offering carefully back to the bowler

17.6

Maxwell to Bell, 1 run, works this one off the pads to bring the over to an end

End of over 18 (4 runs) England 80/3 (RR: 4.44)
IR Bell    40* (49b 3x4)      GJ Maxwell    4-0-15-2
EJG Morgan    1* (2b)      MJ Clarke    2-0-7-0

Allan Sherbs: "Don't tell me he lost his Ballance and was stumped!!!"

18.1

Clarke to Bell, no run, defended away to the off side by Bell

18.2

Clarke to Bell, 1 run, advances down the track to this tossed up delivery, with Bell looking to hit through mid-off, but instead hits it straight back to Clarke, who gets a touch on it as it just misses the non-striker's stumps, with Morgan backing up a bit too much, and was well short of his ground

18.3

Clarke to Morgan, (no ball) 1 run, down the track and Morgan figures he has got a handle on the pitch as he looks to clear midwicket with a big hit, but instead gets this to go higher than farther, with deep midwicket steadying himself under it to take the catch. Morgan has made an inquiry with the umpire about the fact that there are too many fielders outside of the circle. Currently verifying if this is indeed the case. And would you believe it, he is correct. The umpire reverses the signal and now calls for a no-ball. Can't recall the last time that happened to be honest

18.3

Clarke to Bell, 1 run, turned away to square leg for a single

18.4

Clarke to Morgan, 1 run, once again worked to square leg for one

18.5

Clarke to Bell, no run, tries to hit this past the off side, but its just not going to happen

18.6

Clarke to Bell, no run, defends this last one carefully to see an end to quite an entertaining over

jim bond: "Clarke and Maxwell bowling well- does it suggest that the wicket is helping spinners, and the only spinner that England have is Root."

End of over 19 (5 runs) England 85/3 (RR: 4.47)
IR Bell    42* (54b 3x4)      MJ Clarke    3-0-12-0
EJG Morgan    3* (4b)      GJ Maxwell    4-0-15-2

19.1

Maxwell to Morgan, 1 run

19.2

Maxwell to Bell, no run, defended with a straight bat back to the bowler

19.3

Maxwell to Bell, 1 run, a little shorter as this is whisked off the pads to the fielder at deep square leg

19.4

Maxwell to Morgan, no run, rocks forward to defend this latest offering from Maxwell

19.5

Maxwell to Morgan, 1 run, helped off the pads to the leg side for one

19.6

Maxwell to Bell, 2 runs, drags this on leg stump as Bell picks his gap before rocking back to play a short-arm pull to deep midwicket, but doesn't get enough on it for it to clear the boundary

Reece: "Digging this so far, thanks for the coverage. In regards to the Clarke no-ball: Don't know about internationals, but the field-restriction no ball happened last year in the second-to last ball in BBL semi between Perth and Melb. Stars. The bowler over-stepped that ball as well so it was a "double no-ball" so to speak."

End of over 20 (5 runs) England 90/3 (RR: 4.50)
IR Bell    45* (57b 3x4)      GJ Maxwell    5-0-20-2
EJG Morgan    5* (7b)      MJ Clarke    3-0-12-0

20.1

Clarke to Morgan, 1 run, manages to manufacture a flick off a shortish length behind square

20.2

Clarke to Bell, 1 run, in the slot and driven down to long-off for a single

20.3

Clarke to Morgan, 1 run, eases this fuller one to the same man who is able to rein it in

20.4

Clarke to Bell, no run, already in position for a front foot defence as this is played back to the bowler

20.5

Clarke to Bell, no run, afforded a little bit of width as he tries to cut this away past backward point

20.6

Clarke to Bell, 2 runs, a little bit short and wide as this is cut away to point for a quick-run two

nilesh mhatre: "If I recollect correctly, similar incident happened with New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming probably against South Africa. In that match Fleming pulled one Ferociously and then started signalling umpires that there are too many fielders outside the circle. Sorry I can't recall in which year the match was held ! "

End of over 21 (5 runs) England 95/3 (RR: 4.52)
IR Bell    48* (61b 3x4)      MJ Clarke    4-0-17-0
EJG Morgan    7* (9b)      GJ Maxwell    5-0-20-2

21.1

Maxwell to Morgan, no run, helped off the back foot to square leg

21.2

Maxwell to Morgan, 1 run, clipped off the pads to square leg for one

21.3

Maxwell to Bell, 1 run, thinks about leaving this one outside off before playing a shot to it

21.4

Maxwell to Morgan, 1 run, negotiated to the leg side with soft hands

21.5

Maxwell to Bell, 1 run, carves this to the off side with a push to bring up a well-played fifty, his 28th of his career

21.6

Maxwell to Morgan, 1 run, too short and wide as this is cut away to backward point for the easiest of singles. Also brings up the England 100 as well

Ryan: "@Reece: It also happened in the Semi Final or Final of the English T20 tournament. Cameron White as the bowler bowled the ball ran down the pitch yelling "No Ball, No Ball!""

End of over 22 (5 runs) England 100/3 (RR: 4.54)
EJG Morgan    10* (13b)      GJ Maxwell    6-0-25-2
IR Bell    50* (63b 3x4)      MJ Clarke    4-0-17-0

Clint McKay has come on to have a bowl

22.1

McKay to Morgan, 1 run, shortish length which is helped off the pads to the leg side

22.2

McKay to Bell, 1 run, back of a length which bounces higher than Bell expected as this catches the outside edge and spoons to the off side, but luckily there are no fielders in the vicinity

22.3

McKay to Morgan, no run, pushes this tentatively to the off side and sets off for a single, but when he sees the incoming fielder, decides to turn around and dive back to make his ground

22.4

McKay to Morgan, 1 run, played with the softest of hands near the body on the off side for a quick single

22.5

McKay to Bell, 2 runs, clipped off the pads down to deep midwicket for a brace

22.6

McKay to Bell, 1 run, shortish length played with soft hands to the off side off the back foot

Paul: "Tired of seeing England get their selections, along with their batting order, completely wrong. Credit to Australia this summer but gees England have been woeful. Their tall quicks, Root at the top, now no Tredwell and Morgan too low in the order."

End of over 23 (6 runs) England 106/3 (RR: 4.60)
IR Bell    54* (66b 3x4)      CJ McKay    5-0-27-0
EJG Morgan    12* (16b)      GJ Maxwell    6-0-25-2

23.1

Maxwell to Bell, 1 leg bye, tosses this up quite full as Bell employs the sweep, but misses the ball. Ends up running the leg-bye

23.2

Maxwell to Morgan, no run, defended stoically on the front foot by Morgan

23.3

Maxwell to Morgan, 1 run, a bit shorter as Morgan is able to cut this away through point for one

23.4

Maxwell to Bell, 1 run, worked off the back foot as he almost plays the wrong line

23.5

Maxwell to Morgan, no run, tries for the bunt once more, but fails to get it away

23.6

Maxwell to Morgan, 1 run, this time finds the gap through the off side for a single

Kelum: "First time I've seen Eng rotate the strike like this with singles. Good use of the left right combo. I still think Balance shouldn't play ODI and Bopara should come at 4."

End of over 24 (4 runs) England 110/3 (RR: 4.58)
EJG Morgan    14* (20b)      GJ Maxwell    7-0-28-2
IR Bell    55* (68b 3x4)      CJ McKay    5-0-27-0

24.1

McKay to Morgan, no run, shortish length which is defended off the back foot by Morgan

24.2

McKay to Morgan, no run, on the back foot again as this is worked down to the man at mid-off

24.3

McKay to Morgan, 1 run, full and in the slot as Morgan drives this down to deep extra-cover for a couple

24.4

McKay to Bell, FOUR, a short, slower bouncer from McKay which has Bell going through his pull quite early, with the ball top-edging right over the keeper's head to the boundary

24.5

McKay to Bell, no run, what a jaffa from McKay! this one 10 kph quicker as it rises off a length, with Bell getting tantalizing close to it as he tries to play a ramp over the slip region

24.6

McKay to Bell, 1 run, steers this one just outside off to third man for a single

Anwar: "Can any body tell me why Root being selected again and again after he has been out of form for so long? (No one in the squad to replace him?"

End of over 25 (6 runs) England 116/3 (RR: 4.64)
IR Bell    60* (71b 4x4)      CJ McKay    6-0-33-0
EJG Morgan    15* (23b)      GJ Maxwell    7-0-28-2

25.1

Maxwell to Bell, 1 run, eased down to the man at long-on for a single

25.2

Maxwell to Morgan, no run, gets forward to defend this latest offering back to Maxwell

25.3

Maxwell to Morgan, no run, driven straight to the man at extra-cover as Morgan looks for the gap

25.4

Maxwell to Morgan, no run, once again fails to find it as he plays this one straight to backward point

25.5

Maxwell to Morgan, 1 run, fired in on leg as this is worked down to long-on

25.6

Maxwell to Bell, 1 run, clipped off the pads to the leg side to retain the strike

Varun: "Singles are fine but just six fours (no sixers) in the first 25 overs isn't good enough. "

End of over 26 (3 runs) England 119/3 (RR: 4.57)
IR Bell    62* (73b 4x4)      GJ Maxwell    8-0-31-2
EJG Morgan    16* (27b)      CJ McKay    6-0-33-0

26.1

McKay to Bell, 1 run, slanting delivery which is helped to the leg side by Bell

26.2

McKay to Morgan, SIX, and the first six of the innings is brought to you by Morgan as he shimmies down the track before clubbing McKay right back over long-on with the easiest of swings

26.3

McKay to Morgan, no run, defended on the front foot

26.4

McKay to Morgan, 1 run, cuts this away to the man at point

26.5

McKay to Bell, no run, steered down to the man at midwicket

26.6

McKay to Bell, no run, plays this off the back foot back to McKay to bring the 27th over to an end

Sam: "Do you think Australia know in the back of their heads that no matter what happens, luck will just fall at there feet?"

End of over 27 (8 runs) England 127/3 (RR: 4.70)
IR Bell    63* (76b 4x4)      CJ McKay    7-0-41-0
EJG Morgan    23* (30b 1x6)      GJ Maxwell    8-0-31-2

James Faulkner comes on to replace Maxwell

27.1

Faulkner to Morgan, no run, starts off with a ball on a length which is defended to the off side

27.2

Faulkner to Morgan, no run, plays this shortish length delivery with soft hands to the man at backward point

27.3

Faulkner to Morgan, 2 runs, able to slice this length ball outside off to third man

Brings up the 50 partnership between these two

27.4

Faulkner to Morgan, no run, tries to get this past silly mid-on, but the fielder makes a great diving effort to save the run

27.5

Faulkner to Morgan, 1 run, too full from Faulkner as Morgan punches this straight back, with Faulkner getting his finger tips on it, with Bell short of his crease, but the ball evades the stumps once again. Second time that has happened this innings

27.6

Faulkner to Bell, no run, defended with soft hands to the off side by Bell

Todd McKenzie: "The Richie Benaud rule of doubling the 30 over score to work out the final score is looking like England finishing with 280ish. Probably 20-40 too short on this track"

End of over 28 (3 runs) England 130/3 (RR: 4.64)
IR Bell    63* (77b 4x4)      JP Faulkner    2-0-7-0
EJG Morgan    26* (35b 1x6)      CJ McKay    7-0-41-0

Mitchell Johnson is back into the attack

28.1

Johnson to Morgan, no run, shortish length which is defended back to the bowler

28.2

Johnson to Morgan, 1 run, short and wide as this is cut away in front of square to the fielder

28.3

Johnson to Bell, no run, fuller one which is safely negotiated by Bell

28.4

Johnson to Bell, no run, cuts this one away, with the hope of getting it past backward point, but the fielder is equal to the task

28.5

Johnson to Bell, no run, fires in a bouncer which Bell thinks about ramping, before bending his back to get away from the line

28.6

Johnson to Bell, 1 wide, fuller one which swings away as Bell decides to let it go, and a good decision by him as this is called a wide

Jman: "England should put Buttler in at the fall of the next wicket, only Pom showing anything resembling form at the moment and could do some damage with 15-20 overs to go"

28.6

Johnson to Bell, no run, finishes well as this back of a length delivery into the ribs is played back to the bowler

Ben: "@Todd... Richie formulated that in the 90's, pre-T20, and with different rules, so I'm not sure how much we can go by that. I'd say with wickets in had, 300 is still possible, though with this Eng team, so is all out for 180!!"

End of over 29 (2 runs) England 132/3 (RR: 4.55)
IR Bell    63* (81b 4x4)      MG Johnson    5-0-18-1
EJG Morgan    27* (37b 1x6)      JP Faulkner    2-0-7-0

29.1

Faulkner to Morgan, no run, bowls a length ball which is defended to the off side

29.2

Faulkner to Morgan, 1 run, plays this one with soft hands behind square as the pair are able to complete a run laced with danger, as Warner makes a quick-release throw at the striker's end, with Bell well short of his crease

29.3

Faulkner to Bell, FOUR, is afforded enough room to squeeze this away past backward point to the boundary. Was so close to the fielder, but it looks like the fielder had not picked it early

29.4

Faulkner to Bell, 1 run, in the same area as this one is run down to the man at third man

29.5

Faulkner to Morgan, 1 run, overpitches and is met with a full face drive past the bowler to the man at long-on

29.6

Faulkner to Bell, OUT, in the blockhole as Bell plays this with soft hands before setting off for one. He is turned back immediately by Morgan when he sees Clarke advancing on it, who picks it up and fires in a throw which has Bell diving for safety, but the bat bounces off the pitch as he looks to ground it. The throw beats Bell's dive handsomely, and just like that Bell is gone for a well-fought 68

IR Bell run out 68 (122m 84b 5x4 0x6) SR: 80.95

VR: "300 should be a good total and Eng should be able to defend it if they bowl well...Although Warner and Co are in good form. They will still be able to overhaul the total..."

End of over 30 (7 runs) England 139/4 (RR: 4.63)
     JP Faulkner    3-0-14-0
EJG Morgan    29* (40b 1x6)      MG Johnson    5-0-18-1

30.1

Johnson to Morgan, no run, defended solidly by Morgan on the front foot

Bopara is the new batsman for England

30.2

Johnson to Morgan, no run, thuds into Morgan's pads as he looks for the flick

30.3

Johnson to Morgan, no run, fires in a bouncer outside off which is left alone by the batsman

30.4

Johnson to Morgan, no run, short and wide and cut away to the man at backward point

30.5

Johnson to Morgan, no run, fuller one which is defended back to Johnson

30.6

Johnson to Morgan, 1 run, short of a length delivery going down the leg side as Morgan attempts to play this past the keeper down the leg side

Nathan: "I sense another English collapse. "

End of over 31 (1 run) England 140/4 (RR: 4.51)
EJG Morgan    30* (46b 1x6)      MG Johnson    6-0-19-1
RS Bopara    0* (0b)      JP Faulkner    3-0-14-0

McKay back into the attack

31.1

McKay to Morgan, FOUR, and he is met first up with a cheeky glance to this leg side delivery which has Haddin caught out as he looks to collect the ball from the off side

31.2

McKay to Morgan, no run, defends this next one rather carefully to the off side

31.3

McKay to Morgan, no run, short of a length which is allowed through to the keeper

wasay: "Guys forget 300, let them score 200 first considering England's recent form "

31.4

McKay to Morgan, no run, short of a length which is defended to the off side

31.5

McKay to Morgan, 1 run, drives this next one down to long-off for an easy single

31.6

McKay to Bopara, FOUR, plays a lovely straight drive which is timed with such ease that it beats the two fielders converging on it quite comfortably

End of over 32 (9 runs) England 149/4 (RR: 4.65)
RS Bopara    4* (1b 1x4)      CJ McKay    8-0-50-0
EJG Morgan    35* (51b 1x4 1x6)      MG Johnson    6-0-19-1

32.1

Johnson to Morgan, no run, fuller one which is steered straight to silly mid-off

32.2

Johnson to Morgan, 2 runs, short of a length which is pulled behind square for a brace. Wasn't in complete control of that shot

32.3

Johnson to Morgan, 1 run, overpitched and driven down the ground, but doesn't get the timing quite right on this one

32.4

Johnson to Bopara, no run, short bouncer going down the leg side as Bopara doesn't offer a shot. I think he was banking on the umpire giving it a wide, but the hands are unmoved

32.5

Johnson to Bopara, no run, bowls a steepler which has Bopara dropping his wrists

32.6

Johnson to Bopara, 1 wide, length pitched wide outside off as this time the umpire is snapped back into attention as he signals a wide

32.6

Johnson to Bopara, 1 run, fires a yorker outside off which is steered to the off side

Paul: "Lets hope the English team don't return home via Tonga because the last Captain Cook to visit Australia was eaten when we went to Tonga"

End of over 33 (5 runs) England 154/4 (RR: 4.66)
RS Bopara    5* (4b 1x4)      MG Johnson    7-0-24-1
EJG Morgan    38* (54b 1x4 1x6)      CJ McKay    8-0-50-0

Faulkner to replace McKay

33.1

Faulkner to Bopara, no run, punched straight to the fielder at cover, which is greeted with a roar as the crowd think they have got a wicket, but it was hit into the ground before it carried

33.2

Faulkner to Bopara, no run, defended again to the off side by Bopara

33.3

Faulkner to Bopara, 1 run, able to get away this back of a length delivery which sits up to the leg side

33.4

Faulkner to Morgan, 1 run, full from Faulkner which is eased down to long-on for one

33.5

Faulkner to Bopara, no run, carved straight to point, who does well to get behind this one

33.6

Faulkner to Bopara, 1 run, strikes him on the pads, but it looks like he got an inside edge as the ball pops to the off side

And with that we have drinks. Time to hand it over to Brydon who will take you through to the conclusion of the innings

End of over 34 (3 runs) England 157/4 (RR: 4.61)
RS Bopara    7* (9b 1x4)      JP Faulkner    4-0-17-0
EJG Morgan    39* (55b 1x4 1x6)      MG Johnson    7-0-24-1

Thanks Rohan. Nathan Cool Denial back on for a bowl.

34.1

Coulter-Nile to Bopara, no run, bangs it in short and Bopara steers to backward point, wants a single but is sent back and fortunately, as David Warner was sharp in the field though no direct hit

34.2

Coulter-Nile to Bopara, 2 runs, wristy flick off the pads now through square leg and he picks up a couple of runs

34.3

Coulter-Nile to Bopara, 1 run, on the back foot now Bopara punches through point

34.4

Coulter-Nile to Morgan, 1 run, accurate from Coulter-Nile, Morgan just drops it towards off and gets through for a quick single

34.5

Coulter-Nile to Bopara, 1 run, Bopara again punches through cover off the back foot

34.6

Coulter-Nile to Morgan, no run, accurate again on middle and off and this time Morgan defends

End of over 35 (5 runs) England 162/4 (RR: 4.62)
EJG Morgan    40* (57b 1x4 1x6)      NM Coulter-Nile    4-0-21-0
RS Bopara    11* (13b 1x4)      JP Faulkner    4-0-17-0

It's batting powerplay time. Faulkner to bowl with three men out. Deep point, deep square leg and long-off are those men.

35.1

Faulkner to Bopara, FOUR, and immediately the field change brings a boundary, Bopara goes the pull and his under-edge runs past the short fine leg and away to the boundary

35.2

Faulkner to Bopara, 1 run, angled across Bopara, who drives down to long-off

35.3

Faulkner to Morgan, 1 run, tip and run from Morgan, who just nudges a single towards point

35.4

Faulkner to Bopara, 1 run, ticks the scoreboard over again with another drive to long-off

35.5

Faulkner to Morgan, no run, Morgan tries to get adventurous by shimmying down and across outside off, but it's yorker length and he can't get the ball through the field

35.6

Faulkner to Morgan, 1 run, another bunt to the off side and another single

End of over 36 (8 runs) England 170/4 (RR: 4.72)
EJG Morgan    42* (60b 1x4 1x6)      JP Faulkner    5-0-25-0
RS Bopara    17* (16b 2x4)      NM Coulter-Nile    4-0-21-0

36.1

Coulter-Nile to Morgan, no run, again Morgan tries to create something, walks down the pitch and across off stump, but his dab misses the ball

36.2

Coulter-Nile to Morgan, no run, Morgan has a slash again outside off, again this one misses the bat

36.3

Coulter-Nile to Morgan, no run, right on line now and Morgan defends, he's having trouble getting the ball away just at the moment

36.4

Coulter-Nile to Morgan, 1 run, tries to force the issue now and crunches it down past the bowler but mid-off gets across to cut this off

36.5

Coulter-Nile to Bopara, SIX, Bopara gets hold of this one! Lovely timing as he hits through the line and lifts Coulter-Nile over long-on for six, just a really clean strike

36.6

Coulter-Nile to Bopara, 1 run, pulls this forward of square

End of over 37 (8 runs) England 178/4 (RR: 4.81)
RS Bopara    24* (18b 2x4 1x6)      NM Coulter-Nile    5-0-29-0
EJG Morgan    43* (64b 1x4 1x6)      JP Faulkner    5-0-25-0

37.1

Faulkner to Bopara, OUT, Bopara's gone! He's tried to flick Faulkner through the leg side but has managed only to chip it up to George Bailey at short midwicket, straightforward catch and England are in a spot of bother now

RS Bopara c Bailey b Faulkner 24 (33m 19b 2x4 1x6) SR: 126.31

Right, what can Buttler serve up?

37.2

Faulkner to Buttler, no run, Buttler starts with a straight-bat defence as Faulkner targets middle and leg

37.3

Faulkner to Buttler, no run, drives down towards mid-on and can't beat the field

37.4

Faulkner to Buttler, 1 run, off the mark with a late cut, just waits on this and steers a single to third man

37.5

Faulkner to Morgan, no run, Faulkner goes for the yorker now and Morgan can only push it back in the direction from which it came

37.6

Faulkner to Morgan, FOUR, Morgan tries to lift the tempo while the field is up, and he gets away with a boundary. He backed away and swung hard outside off, his thickish edge flew over the infield and bounced away to the boundary

End of over 38 (5 runs) England 183/5 (RR: 4.81)
EJG Morgan    47* (66b 2x4 1x6)      JP Faulkner    6-0-30-1
JC Buttler    1* (3b)      NM Coulter-Nile    5-0-29-0

38.1

Coulter-Nile to Buttler, 1 wide, Coulter-Nile goes the bouncer and this one has been called a wide - just a touch too high

38.1

Coulter-Nile to Buttler, no run, again Coulter-Nile goes short, this time outside off and not quite as high, Buttler shapes to play and then leaves it alone

38.2

Coulter-Nile to Buttler, 1 run, quick single as Buttler nudges this to off, he's a little hesitant at first but gets to the bowler's end in time to beat Bailey's direct hit

38.3

Coulter-Nile to Morgan, no run, cut away towards backward point and Morgan can't find the gap

38.4

Coulter-Nile to Morgan, no run, Morgan looks to open the shoulders and smash this through midwicket, can't quite get it where he wants it though and finds mid-on

38.5

Coulter-Nile to Morgan, 1 run, good length from Coulter-Nile means Morgan can't do much except steer this to third man for a single

38.6

Coulter-Nile to Buttler, 2 runs, this one stays a touch low and Buttler does well to nudge a couple through midwicket

Gareth: "I'm such a huge fan of Faulkner, and how he didn't get a run this Ashes is beyond me. He brings so much as a true competitor, both with bat and ball. I like Bailey, but imagine the relentless fury and aggression of Faulks and Mitch from either end. One for the future!"

End of over 39 (5 runs) England 188/5 (RR: 4.82)
JC Buttler    4* (6b)      NM Coulter-Nile    6-0-34-0
EJG Morgan    48* (69b 2x4 1x6)      JP Faulkner    6-0-30-1

Professor: "So England now have more runs than they got in either innings of the test here. "

39.1

Faulkner to Morgan, 2 runs, nicely placed from Morgan as he brings up his half-century with a drive through the gap at extra cover

39.2

Faulkner to Morgan, 1 run, steered off the face of the bat towards backward point

Faulkner comes around the wicket now to Buttler

39.3

Faulkner to Buttler, 1 run, Buttler uses the angle to work it through square leg

39.4

Faulkner to Morgan, 1 run, Morgan backs off a touch and tries to force a yorker through cover, finds the fielder but also a single

39.5

Faulkner to Buttler, 2 runs, again the angle helps Buttler work this through midwicket but the boundary is protected so he can only pick up two

39.6

Faulkner to Buttler, 1 run, drives down towards long-on

That's the end of the batting powerplay, 34 runs and one wicket came from it. Ten overs to go - what can England post with five wickets in hand?

End of over 40 (8 runs) England 196/5 (RR: 4.90)
JC Buttler    8* (9b)      JP Faulkner    7-0-38-1
EJG Morgan    52* (72b 2x4 1x6)      NM Coulter-Nile    6-0-34-0

Johnson gets a huge roar from the Brisbane crowd as he comes back on, he has three overs left.

40.1

Johnson to Buttler, 1 run, Buttler turns this off his hips towards square leg

40.2

Johnson to Morgan, no run, interesting, no wide call from the umpire now as Morgan goes for a hook to a ball down leg - that was a long way down so the umpire must have felt there was some glove on that. Don't think there was - in any case it bounced short of Haddin

40.3

Johnson to Morgan, 1 wide, well, this one has been called wide now, a bouncer that is probably just a touch too high as Morgan ducks

40.3

Johnson to Morgan, 2 runs, Morgan is in busy Michael Hussey-mode here as he pushes through cover and calls and runs quickly, hares back for a second run

40.4

Johnson to Morgan, no run, defended back towards Johnson

40.5

Johnson to Morgan, 1 leg bye, swinging down leg but the pad of Morgan gets in the way, and he picks up a leg bye

40.6

Johnson to Buttler, 1 run, slower now at 132kph and Buttler pushes to leg and takes a single

Kapil: "If England are to win Test matches in dominating fashion, Morgan needs to replace Root in the XI. Players like KP and Morgan can set the game up by their attacking instincts which England lack considerably"

End of over 41 (6 runs) England 202/5 (RR: 4.92)
JC Buttler    10* (11b)      MG Johnson    8-0-29-1
EJG Morgan    54* (76b 2x4 1x6)      JP Faulkner    7-0-38-1

McKay is back at the Stanley Street End.

41.1

McKay to Buttler, 2 runs, worked away through square leg for a couple of runs

41.2

McKay to Buttler, 2 runs, McKay tries for the outside-off line but Buttler is good enough to whip it through leg for two more

41.3

McKay to Buttler, 3 runs, Buttler decides he's seen enough and backs away, lifts McKay over cover but didn't quite have the timing for it to reach the boundary

41.4

McKay to Morgan, 1 run, Morgan advances down the pitch but has to adjust his stroke and settles for a quick single nudged to point

41.5

McKay to Buttler, 2 runs, again Buttler uses the wrists nicely to flick this behind square from an off-stump line and his running is sharp enough to make that two

41.6

McKay to Buttler, 1 run, again Buttler works it through leg, makes it a pretty productive over - 10 off it with no boundaries

Neil: "@Kapil, I'd take winning scrappily a the moment! "

End of over 42 (11 runs) England 213/5 (RR: 5.07)
JC Buttler    20* (16b)      CJ McKay    9-0-61-0
EJG Morgan    55* (77b 2x4 1x6)      MG Johnson    8-0-29-1

42.1

Johnson to Buttler, FOUR, Buttler goes over the top now and doesn't quite time it, but had enough muscle behind it to get it away to the boundary at midwicket

42.2

Johnson to Buttler, 1 run, slower bouncer now from Johnson and Buttler shapes to hook, then adjusts and settles for a single to leg

42.3

Johnson to Morgan, SIX, super shot! Morgan has had a real crack at Johnson here, uses the pace of the ball and whacks this over cover with such timing that it has cleared the boundary!

42.4

Johnson to Morgan, 1 run, Johnson goes fuller now and Morgan drives through point

42.5

Johnson to Buttler, 1 run, Buttler goes back in his crease and gets a single to third man off a thickish edge

42.6

Johnson to Morgan, 1 run, Johnson goes for the yorker but Morgan is good enough to work it behind square for a single

Interesting position now - seven overs remaining and the run-rate has started to lift. Morgan and Buttler could get this total up into very handy territory.

End of over 43 (14 runs) England 227/5 (RR: 5.27)
EJG Morgan    63* (80b 2x4 2x6)      MG Johnson    9-0-43-1
JC Buttler    26* (19b 1x4)      CJ McKay    9-0-61-0

43.1

Faulkner to Morgan, 2 runs, Morgan lifts this over wide midwicket and it's well timed but reeled in on the boundary

43.2

Faulkner to Morgan, no run, Morgan advances but his drive can't beat cover

43.3

Faulkner to Morgan, SIX, powerful shot! Morgan has crunched Faulkner over long-on with such good timing and strength that it's made it ten rows back in the crowd, he could really get England's total moving here

43.4

Faulkner to Morgan, FOUR, another boundary, this time he's manouevred it through square leg where there is a gap

Faulkner changes things up by coming around the wicket now

43.5

Faulkner to Morgan, no run, good yorker - Morgan can't do anything but keep that out

43.6

Faulkner to Morgan, 2 runs, tries for another heave through leg but doesn't quite time this one well enough to reach the square leg boundary

End of over 44 (14 runs) England 241/5 (RR: 5.47)
EJG Morgan    77* (86b 3x4 3x6)      JP Faulkner    8-0-52-1
JC Buttler    26* (19b 1x4)      MG Johnson    9-0-43-1

Coulter-Nile is back on now.

44.1

Coulter-Nile to Buttler, no run, Buttler backs off and tries to force but can't beat the field

44.2

Coulter-Nile to Buttler, 1 run, goes for the bouncer now and Buttler's hook bounces out to Warner at deep midwicket

44.3

Coulter-Nile to Morgan, 1 run, Morgan backs away now and can't middle it, just gets a single down towards long-off

44.4

Coulter-Nile to Buttler, no run, yet again Buttler tries to create space by backing away but Coulter-Nile does well to adjust and follows him, gives him no room and Buttler can only keep it out

44.5

Coulter-Nile to Buttler, 1 run, oh dear, Coulter-Nile has missed the chance for a wicket - by dropping the catch himself! Buttler has top-edged and this ball flies high into the off side, Bailey comes in and seems to want the catch but Coulter-Nile calls it, then seems to be in position but grasses the chance - then grasses himself, kneeling on the ground in anguish

44.6

Coulter-Nile to Morgan, SIX, huge six! Morgan has timed this one magnificently, launched it way over the long-off boundary to add insult to injury for Coulter-Nile

End of over 45 (9 runs) England 250/5 (RR: 5.55)
EJG Morgan    84* (88b 3x4 4x6)      NM Coulter-Nile    7-0-43-0
JC Buttler    28* (23b 1x4)      JP Faulkner    8-0-52-1

45.1

Faulkner to Buttler, 1 run, good yorker and all Buttler can do is push it through the off side

45.2

Faulkner to Morgan, SIX, Morgan is on fire here! He's whipped a full toss off the middle-and-leg line and helped it on its way over square leg for six

45.3

Faulkner to Morgan, SIX, another six! Morgan has 96 now and this is the biggest six of the lot, he has launched an enormous swipe over midwicket to the long boundary - and it's gone many, many rows back into the crowd

45.4

Faulkner to Morgan, 1 run, he won't get the hundred just yet, forces a single through cover

45.5

Faulkner to Buttler, no run, good yorker now as Faulkner gets the length right, Buttler pushes it back to him

45.6

Faulkner to Buttler, FOUR, this yorker is not quite right though, just a fraction too short and Buttler slaps this half-volley over extra cover for four more runs

Phew. Eighteen off the over. Big total on the cards now!

End of over 46 (18 runs) England 268/5 (RR: 5.82)
JC Buttler    33* (26b 2x4)      JP Faulkner    9-0-70-1
EJG Morgan    97* (91b 3x4 6x6)      NM Coulter-Nile    7-0-43-0

46.1

Coulter-Nile to Morgan, 1 run, Morgan gets a low full toss but can't quite find the gap, picks up a single on the bounce to deep midwicket

46.2

Coulter-Nile to Buttler, 1 run, Buttler backs away and takes a swing, doesn't time it and gets a single to long-on

46.3

Coulter-Nile to Morgan, no run, Morgan times this but doesn't place it, finds the man at mid-off

46.4

Coulter-Nile to Morgan, FOUR, what a way to bring up the hundred! Morgan gets a shortish ball and simply - well, he makes it look simple - helps it on its way over the keeper's head where it bounces away to the boundary. That's his sixth ODI century and he's put England on track for a hefty total

46.5

Coulter-Nile to Morgan, 1 run, takes a swing at this through leg but just a single

46.6

Coulter-Nile to Buttler, 1 leg bye, once again Coulter-Nile does well to follow Buttler as he backs away, can only manage a leg bye

End of over 47 (8 runs) England 276/5 (RR: 5.87)
JC Buttler    34* (28b 2x4)      NM Coulter-Nile    8-0-50-0
EJG Morgan    103* (95b 4x4 6x6)      JP Faulkner    9-0-70-1

One more over from Johnson now. The question is whether his pace will help England or hinder them.

47.1

Johnson to Buttler, no run, Buttler tries to get fancy but it doesn't work, he's walked across well outside leg and tried to scoop it over Haddin, but doesn't manage to get hold of it and Haddin gloves the ball

47.2

Johnson to Buttler, SIX, this one Buttler plays more conventionally, thumps it down the ground towards long-off and that looks to be clearing the rope - Marsh steps over the rope and jumps and pushes the ball back in. Hmm, he launched himself from outside the field of play and was in the air when he touched the ball to force it back into play. That must be six, surely? And has been changed subsequently

47.3

Johnson to Buttler, 1 wide, wide of off

47.3

Johnson to Buttler, 2 runs, crunched away through midwicket now and Maxwell dives to reel it in inside the boundary

47.4

Johnson to Buttler, FOUR, Buttler gets lucky now as he swipes hard and a top edge flies over the head of Haddin for four more

47.5

Johnson to Buttler, 2 runs, struck down the ground and that's just a single

47.6

Johnson to Buttler, 1 run, crunched through midwicket for another single

End of over 48 (16 runs) England 292/5 (RR: 6.08)
JC Buttler    49* (34b 3x4 1x6)      MG Johnson    10-0-59-1
EJG Morgan    103* (95b 4x4 6x6)      NM Coulter-Nile    8-0-50-0

48.1

Coulter-Nile to Buttler, no run, well bowled by Coulter-Nile, Buttler back off and Coulter-Nile went wide of off to keep the ball out of his reach

48.2

Coulter-Nile to Buttler, 2 wides, down leg this time as Coulter-Nile tries to follow the batsman but goes too far

48.2

Coulter-Nile to Morgan, 1 run, thumped through the leg side now

48.3

Coulter-Nile to Buttler, OUT, Buttler skies this one and Clarke runs in from mid-on, appears at first to misjudge it and has to dive forward a bit but does indeed complete the catch, so Coulter-Nile gets the wicket he missed earlier, and England lose their sixth wicket, but Buttler has done a fine job

JC Buttler c Clarke b Coulter-Nile 49 (54m 36b 3x4 1x6) SR: 136.11

48.4

Coulter-Nile to Morgan, 1 run, Morgan jams down on a yorker and forces a single through off

48.5

Coulter-Nile to Stokes, OUT, Stokes is gone first ball! He's tried to launch this over the leg side and finds the man at deep midwicket, another one for Coulter-Nile

BA Stokes c Maxwell b Coulter-Nile 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

I'm sure someone can tell me if I'm misreading the Laws of Cricket, but Law 19 regarding boundaries includes the following stipulation for the ball remaining in play:

"(i) the first contact with the ball is by a fielder, not touching or grounded beyond the boundary, who has some part of his person grounded within the boundary or whose final contact with the ground before touching the ball was entirely within the boundary."

Marsh's final contact was out of play, so I would have thought it was six. But we shall wait and see.

48.6

Coulter-Nile to Morgan, 1 run, worked away through the leg side

End of over 49 (5 runs) England 297/7 (RR: 6.06)
EJG Morgan    106* (98b 4x4 6x6)      NM Coulter-Nile    9-0-55-2
TT Bresnan    0* (0b)      MG Johnson    10-0-59-1

49.1

Faulkner to Morgan, OUT, Morgan gets a low full toss and miscues it, finds the man at deep mid-off and that's the end of a wonderful innings of 106, Morgan has really given England's bowlers a strong target to defend

EJG Morgan c Clarke b Faulkner 106 (138m 99b 4x4 6x6) SR: 107.07

49.2

Faulkner to Bresnan, 1 run, Bresnan takes a swing and picks up a single through leg side

49.3

Faulkner to Jordan, no run, Jordan gets a slower bouncer and can't put bat on ball

49.4

Faulkner to Jordan, no run, again he can't put bat on a short ball

49.5

Faulkner to Jordan, no run, again Faulkner goes short and again Jordan can't hit it

49.6

Faulkner to Jordan, 2 runs, Jordan swipes and does make contact with this one, picks up two through the leg side despite a tight call with Bresnan completing the second at the non-striker's end

So England have finished with 8 for 296, leaving Australia chasing 297 for victory. (Note: After the innings break this was updated to 8 for 300 due to an umpiring error that called ball 47.2 a two, when it should have been a six). What a fantastic innings from Eoin Morgan, his hundred was the difference between a sub-par total and something much more competitive. Australia thought they had him cheaply when he was caught in the deep but Morgan was alert to the fact they had too many fielders outside the circle and it was subsequently called a no-ball. This won't be an easy chase for Australia, but it is still gettable on a good pitch. Join us for the run chase in half an hour.

End of over 50 (3 runs) England 300/8
CJ Jordan    2* (4b)      JP Faulkner    10-0-73-2
TT Bresnan    1* (1b)      NM Coulter-Nile    9-0-55-2
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