England tour of Australia, 4th ODI: Australia v England at Perth, Jan 24, 2014
England won by 57 runs

The umpires are on their way out and the Australians won't be far behind. Then Cook and Bell follow. We are just about ready...Mitchell Johnson with the first over

11.15am Glenn: "Any truth in the rumour that Andy Murray will soon be given the English captaincy because at least he's won some games in Australia this summer?" Cheers for that, Glenn. Not sure whether his strength is batting or bowling.

11.05am neil: "Ryan- don't worry the cricket will be over before the tennis"

It's quite a breezy day in Perth but looks a beautiful day. Mitchell Johnson is back on a ground he loves and there should be help for Pattinson and Coulter-Nile as well. It appears as though England will stick with Ben Stokes at No. 3

Lachymac: "Great to Smith back in the side. Not sure why he wasn't in the team to begin with, he is one of our future stars. Looking forward to seeing him ton up today!"

10.55am Australia have won the toss and will bowl. George Bailey says the pitch feels a little tacky and the extra bounce could play a part after a few slower surfaces

Here's the England team, it's unchanged: Cook, Bell, Stokes, Ballance, Morgan, Bopara, Buttler, Bresnan, Broad, Jordan, Tredwell

After his comments the other day, Cook says he's "desperate" to carry on the captaincy

10.50am The toss will be coming up in a few moments. We know Australia's team as that was confirmed yesterday. We await confirmation of England's.

Ryan: "Australia vs England or Federer vs Nadal this afternoon. If only I had two TVs..."

10.30am Hello and welcome to the continuation of what feels like England's endless tour of Australia, and there are still 10 days to go. It's back to Perth today as the visitors try to secure their first international victory of the trip. They probably won't get a better chance (well, except when they had Australia nine down and still needing 57 in Brisbane - but that's a minor detail) as the home side have rested four senior players. It might even things up a touch. I'm Andrew McGlashan and along with Brydon Coverdale will be here to bring you all the action.

0.1

Johnson to Cook, no run, full on middle to start with, Cook defends solidly back to the bowler

0.2

Johnson to Cook, no run, gets one past the outside edge this time, hint of movement away from Cook who played inside the line

0.3

Johnson to Cook, 3 runs, short of a length on the hip and it's turned around down to long leg...and we'll have buzzers as the throw hits the stumps and ricochets away for two more

Two slips in place...

0.4

Johnson to Bell, no run, full and outside off, left alone

0.5

Johnson to Bell, no run, short ball over middle and leg, Bell goes underneath it...made him hop about a bit

0.6

Johnson to Bell, no run, that's a good one to finish with, full at off stump and it holds its line past Bell's outside edge as he plays forward

End of over 1 (3 runs) England 3/0 (RR: 3.00)

    • IR Bell 0 (3b)
    • AN Cook 3 (3b)
    • MG Johnson 1-0-3-0

James Pattinson takes the other new ball. He struggle a bit in Sydney on his comeback but will be on the plane to South Africa

1.1

Pattinson to Cook, no run, good delivery outside off, left alone by Cook and it carries at chest height to Wade

1.2

Pattinson to Cook, no run, full outside off, hint of shape back into Cook but it was wide enough to leave

1.3

Pattinson to Cook, 1 wide, more swing on this one but it started on leg stump and went past Cook's pads

1.3

Pattinson to Cook, no run, that's lovely bowling, lures Cook into a drive against a pitched-up ball outside off and he was caught on the crease. Lucky not to get an edge

1.4

Pattinson to Cook, 1 wide, slips down the leg side again, the signs of the rustiness in Pattinson's game but he's getting some attractive movement

1.4

Pattinson to Cook, 1 wide, back outside off, too wide that way now and it's called again

1.4

Pattinson to Cook, no run, makes him play, this ducked in from outside off and Cook defended to cover

1.5

Pattinson to Cook, 1 wide, poor delivery, short and down the leg side, Cook went for the pull but was some way from making contact

1.5

Pattinson to Cook, no run, close! Gets one on target, full at off stump, 135kph, Cook prods at it without much footwork and it spoons towards mid-on before falling a few meters short

1.6

Pattinson to Cook, no run, left alone outside off to end a 10-ball over

End of over 2 (4 runs) England 7/0 (RR: 3.50)

    • AN Cook 3 (9b)
    • IR Bell 0 (3b)
    • JL Pattinson 1-0-4-0
    • MG Johnson 1-0-3-0
2.1

Johnson to Bell, 1 run, short of a length on leg stump, worked into midwicket

2.2

Johnson to Cook, no run, full at off stump, Cook drives it square but he's still pretty static in the crease

2.3

Johnson to Cook, 1 run, on leg stump, flicked down the long leg and this Coulter-Nile's throw is over Wade's head but at least doesn't cost any runs

Deano: "My how the tables have turned, 2overs bowled, 4 wides, and Mitchell Johnson hasn't committed any of them!!"

2.4

Johnson to Bell, no run, good line just outside off, Bell leaves it on trusting the bounce as well as the line

2.5

Johnson to Bell, no run, superb fielding at cover, Smith flings himself low to his right to cut off Bell's sweetly-timed front-foot punch

Johnson aborts his delivery in his final stride

2.6

Johnson to Bell, no run, back of a length on off stump, steered to cover

End of over 3 (2 runs) England 9/0 (RR: 3.00)

    • IR Bell 1 (7b)
    • AN Cook 4 (11b)
    • MG Johnson 2-0-5-0
    • JL Pattinson 1-0-4-0
3.1

Pattinson to Cook, 1 run, outside leg stump again, this time Cook catches up with it and gets another single to long leg

3.2

Pattinson to Bell, no run, that's a better delivery, outside off to Bell with a hint of shape away and it's left alone

3.3

Pattinson to Bell, FOUR, aggression from Bell, he advances down the pitch and aims to go over mid-off but instead the ball flies off a thick outside edge over the slips and fine of third man

3.4

Pattinson to Bell, 1 run, full at off stump, confidently forward and pushes firmly to cover

3.5

Pattinson to Cook, no run, a beauty! Goes across Cook and scoots past the outside edge as he shuffles across the crease

3.6

Pattinson to Cook, no run, shapes back into Cook on a good length, defended square into the off side

End of over 4 (6 runs) England 15/0 (RR: 3.75)

    • AN Cook 5 (14b)
    • IR Bell 6 (10b 1x4)
    • JL Pattinson 2-0-10-0
    • MG Johnson 2-0-5-0
4.1

Johnson to Bell, 3 runs, goes up and over the off side to a length delivery, it easily clears the ring of fielders but then plugs in the outfield

4.2

Johnson to Cook, 2 runs, angled into the pads, uses his wrists and tucks through midwicket

4.3

Johnson to Cook, no run, pushed into the pads again, 145kph, this time Cook doesn't make contact and the ball bobbles to the leg side

4.4

Johnson to Cook, no run, short and wide, Cook attempts to go up and over point but the ball bounces over his top edge

4.5

Johnson to Cook, FOUR, this time he makes contact, more width from Johnson and Cook flashes hard getting a healthy top edge over the slips...fully committed to the shot

4.6

Johnson to Cook, no run, follows up with a full delivery at the toes which is dug out towards mid-on

End of over 5 (9 runs) England 24/0 (RR: 4.80)

    • AN Cook 11 (19b 1x4)
    • IR Bell 9 (11b 1x4)
    • MG Johnson 3-0-14-0
    • JL Pattinson 2-0-10-0
5.1

Pattinson to Bell, no run, appeal for caught behind! Bell jabbed at a very full delivery and Wade went up for the catch, but the ball bounced out of the footmarks and Bell hit the ground in his shot

5.2

Pattinson to Bell, no run, uses his feet again, gets a thick inside edge into his pads as he aims to drive through the off side

5.3

Pattinson to Bell, no run, good delivery, targets Bell's feet and it swings...dug out to the off side

5.4

Pattinson to Bell, no run, back of a length, Bell takes his bottom hand off the bat as he fends it to the leg side

5.5

Pattinson to Bell, FOUR, he frees his arms square over the off side, this ball swung but it was too wide and meant Bell had room to go up and over point

Fine leg comes up, deep square on the boundary now

5.6

Pattinson to Bell, 2 runs, over the top again, this time straight down the ground. It has more height than distance, plugging in the outfield about two thirds of the way to the rope. Good intent.

End of over 6 (6 runs) England 30/0 (RR: 5.00)

    • IR Bell 15 (17b 2x4)
    • AN Cook 11 (19b 1x4)
    • JL Pattinson 3-0-16-0
    • MG Johnson 3-0-14-0

First chance of bowling as James Faulkner comes into the attack

6.1

Faulkner to Cook, no run, full at the stumps and worked to midwicket

6.2

Faulkner to Cook, 1 wide, short, down the leg side but Cook had moved across outside off as he went for the pull. Almost went over leg stump, but called wide

6.2

Faulkner to Cook, 2 runs, short of a length, Cook pulls again and it doesn't come out of the middle but splits the gap between midwicket and mid-on

6.3

Faulkner to Cook, FOUR, crunched! This one had the power. Wasn't very short from Faulkner, but Cook latched on, fetching it from outside off and hammering through midwicket. More brute force than timing

6.4

Faulkner to Cook, no run, driven firmly to mid-off

6.5

Faulkner to Cook, FOUR, excellent stuff from Cook, he came across his stumps and picked this up from a length outside off and pulled it in the air behind square...one bounce over the boundary

6.6

Faulkner to Cook, no run, pitches up outside, Cook quickly forward and drives sweetly to mid-off

End of over 7 (11 runs) England 41/0 (RR: 5.85)

    • AN Cook 21 (25b 3x4)
    • IR Bell 15 (17b 2x4)
    • JP Faulkner 1-0-11-0
    • JL Pattinson 3-0-16-0

Nathan Coulter-Nile comes into the attack on his home ground

7.1

Coulter-Nile to Bell, no run, back of a length on middle and off, defended to the covers

7.2

Coulter-Nile to Bell, 1 run, touch fuller, Bell drops it into the on side between midwicket and mid-on for a well-judged single

7.3

Coulter-Nile to Cook, no run, full outside off, 135kph, left alone

7.4

Coulter-Nile to Cook, 1 wide, short ball, outside off stump, Cook goes for the pull but is beaten by the extra bounce and it's too high for the umpires

7.4

Coulter-Nile to Cook, FOUR, that's another strong shot by Cook, this time he cuts against some width from Coulter-Nile and goes over point

7.5

Coulter-Nile to Cook, FOUR, and again! There's a touch of anger and frustration in this batting from Cook, another poor delivery which was short and wide gets dispatched square of the wicket with the cut

7.6

Coulter-Nile to Cook, FOUR, three in a row...this time it's a lovely, flowing cover drive. This is a glimpse of the Cook the world game got used to see a while ago. Coulter-Nile tries to compensate by pitching up, but Cook takes a big stride forward and creams it through the off side

End of over 8 (14 runs) England 55/0 (RR: 6.87)

    • AN Cook 33 (29b 6x4)
    • IR Bell 16 (19b 2x4)
    • NM Coulter-Nile 1-0-14-0
    • JP Faulkner 1-0-11-0
8.1

Faulkner to Bell, no run, strangled appeal for lbw, nipped back into Bell but sounded like two noises...might have been two pads but it was high as well

8.2

Faulkner to Bell, 1 run, now it's Bell on the pull short as this is dropped short, goes out to deep square

8.3

Faulkner to Cook, no run, full outside off, gets forward and drives to mid-on

8.4

Faulkner to Cook, 1 run, finds the outside edge, flies through the area that would be packed during a Test but today is worth a single to third man

8.5

Faulkner to Bell, FOUR, this is lovely from Bell, comes at the bowler again then drives perfectly straight down the ground in the air...nearly plugs in the outfield again, but dribbles over the rope

8.6

Faulkner to Bell, FOUR, same again! And this time it's timed much better, launched straight down the ground by Bell as this flying starts continues

End of over 9 (10 runs) England 65/0 (RR: 7.22)

    • IR Bell 25 (23b 4x4)
    • AN Cook 34 (31b 6x4)
    • JP Faulkner 2-0-21-0
    • NM Coulter-Nile 1-0-14-0
9.1

Coulter-Nile to Cook, no run, full outside off, left alone

Anver: "Nice to see Cook going for his shots....... trying to regain his lost form by playing positively"

9.2

Coulter-Nile to Cook, no run, this one is cut off the front foot, hard into the ground and fielded by short point

9.3

Coulter-Nile to Cook, FOUR, another short ball, another boundary...Cook pulls fiercely just past a diving square where Christian wasn't miles away from pulling off a blinder

9.4

Coulter-Nile to Cook, no run, onto the front foot and drives to cover

9.5

Coulter-Nile to Cook, no run, gets forward and this takes an inside edge into the pads then rolls to mid-off

9.6

Coulter-Nile to Cook, FOUR, this is straight down the ground, not a common shot for Cook...it didn't come quite of the middle, the bat turned in his hand, but it was straight of mid-off

That's 10 overs gone and England are racing along. Their best start of the series. Can they build on it?

End of over 10 (8 runs) England 73/0 (RR: 7.30)

    • AN Cook 42 (37b 8x4)
    • IR Bell 25 (23b 4x4)
    • NM Coulter-Nile 2-0-22-0
    • JP Faulkner 2-0-21-0

Change of pace by Australia. Glenn Maxwell into the attack

10.1

Maxwell to Bell, no run, round the wicket, full and dug out back to the bowler

10.2

Maxwell to Bell, 1 run, outside leg stump and turned through midwicket

Mal: "Bright start from England. Take the batting powerplay straight away?" Good thought, but rarely (if ever) happens

10.3

Maxwell to Cook, no run, touch short outside off, Cook back-cuts to short third man

10.4

Maxwell to Cook, 1 run, drifts into the pads and tucked backward of square

Max: "Clint McKay didn't play in Sydney and isn't playing here. Not in test side, so why is he being rested?" There was some suggestion of a minor niggle

10.5

Maxwell to Bell, 1 run, drops short and it's pulled off the front foot through straight midwicket...long-on comes into action

10.6

Maxwell to Cook, no run, onto the front foot, drives firmly into the ground and to cover

End of over 11 (3 runs) England 76/0 (RR: 6.90)

    • AN Cook 43 (40b 8x4)
    • IR Bell 27 (26b 4x4)
    • GJ Maxwell 1-0-3-0
    • NM Coulter-Nile 2-0-22-0

James Pattinson comes back onto the attack

11.1

Pattinson to Bell, FOUR, edged! But just wide of slip as he dived to his right. Full delivery, Bell comes into the drive and gets a thick edge just out of reach of Marsh at the lone slip

11.2

Pattinson to Bell, 1 wide, now this is fired down the leg side...another wide

11.2

Pattinson to Bell, FOUR, on leg stump and that's a lovely piece of timing and placement by Bell as he flicks it in the air over midwicket

11.3

Pattinson to Bell, no run, this one comes out of the screws as well, full outside off and Bell drives to cover

11.4

Pattinson to Bell, no run, back of a length outside off, Bell watches it go through to the keeper

11.5

Pattinson to Bell, 1 run, pushed into the pads and it's flicked through square leg

11.6

Pattinson to Cook, 1 run, full outside off, driven wide of the diving cover but it wasn't really timed so mid-off can get around

End of over 12 (11 runs) England 87/0 (RR: 7.25)

    • AN Cook 44 (41b 8x4)
    • IR Bell 36 (31b 6x4)
    • JL Pattinson 4-0-27-0
    • GJ Maxwell 1-0-3-0
12.1

Maxwell to Cook, no run, defended to the off side

12.2

Maxwell to Cook, OUT, breakthrough! Another start not built on for Cook. Goes for the slog sweep, played over the top of the ball and it hits off stump. Was quite full for the shot. There may have been a little bottom edge. Maxwell does the trick again.

AN Cook b Maxwell 44 (53m 43b 8x4 0x6) SR: 102.32

Ben Stokes retains his spot at No. 3

12.3

Maxwell to Stokes, no run, onto the front foot, blocked firmly to cover

12.4

Maxwell to Stokes, no run, played back to the bowler

12.5

Maxwell to Stokes, FOUR, angled outside leg stump, and Stokes connects with a strong sweep which beats deep square leg

12.6

Maxwell to Stokes, no run, touch quicker and flatter, played off the back foot to midwicket

End of over 13 (4 runs) England 91/1 (RR: 7.00)

    • BA Stokes 4 (4b 1x4)
    • IR Bell 36 (31b 6x4)
    • GJ Maxwell 2-0-7-1
    • JL Pattinson 4-0-27-0
13.1

Pattinson to Bell, FOUR, the boundaries keep coming, Bell goes straight down the ground against a full delivery although it was in the air for quite a while but was too straight for mid-on...his bottom hand came into play

13.2

Pattinson to Bell, 1 run, short of a length, opens the face to third man

13.3

Pattinson to Stokes, no run, full and wide, 140kph, Stokes chases it with a drive and gets beaten

13.4

Pattinson to Stokes, no run, gets square up this time as he aims to leg and a thick outside edge falls short of point

13.5

Pattinson to Stokes, 2 runs, on leg stump and it's flicked wide of deep square-leg

13.6

Pattinson to Stokes, FOUR, oh, that's a stunner...a stand-and-deliver on-drive is punched down the ground past a diving Pattinson in his follow through and too well timed for mid-on to have a chance

England's 100 comes up with that boundary

End of over 14 (11 runs) England 102/1 (RR: 7.28)

    • BA Stokes 10 (8b 2x4)
    • IR Bell 41 (33b 7x4)
    • JL Pattinson 5-0-38-0
    • GJ Maxwell 2-0-7-1
14.1

Maxwell to Bell, no run, brings out the reverse sweep, misses and gets taken on the pad...not quite sure that's needed right now

14.2

Maxwell to Bell, 1 run, goes onto the back foot and works this out to deep square

14.3

Maxwell to Stokes, 2 runs, swept again, well placed and it nearly reaches the boundary but deep square-leg is able to get the slide out

14.4

Maxwell to Stokes, 1 run, stretches forward and drives through cover to the sweeper

14.5

Maxwell to Bell, no run, short outside off, Bell cuts and gets beaten by some extra bounce

14.6

Maxwell to Bell, no run, on off stump, skids on and it's defended to the covers

An excellent start by England. I'm going to hand over to Brydon for a spell.

End of over 15 (4 runs) England 106/1 (RR: 7.06)

    • IR Bell 42 (37b 7x4)
    • BA Stokes 13 (10b 2x4)
    • GJ Maxwell 3-0-11-1
    • JL Pattinson 5-0-38-0

Thanks Gnasher.

15.1

Coulter-Nile to Stokes, no run, angled across Stokes, who drives hard and misses

15.2

Coulter-Nile to Stokes, no run, solidly defended by Stokes on off stump

15.3

Coulter-Nile to Stokes, no run, good delivery, right length from Coulter-Nile and this nips away from around leg stump past the edge outside off - tough one for Stokes

15.4

Coulter-Nile to Stokes, no run, drives clunkily down past the bowler

15.5

Coulter-Nile to Stokes, 1 run, oh, nearly a chance here! Stokes gets sick of the lack of runs this over and tries to close the face on this to work it to leg, instead it's a leading edge that lobs only just over the head of Maxwell at point

15.6

Coulter-Nile to Bell, no run, pushed away to the off side

End of over 16 (1 run) England 107/1 (RR: 6.68)

    • IR Bell 42 (38b 7x4)
    • BA Stokes 14 (15b 2x4)
    • NM Coulter-Nile 3-0-23-0
    • GJ Maxwell 3-0-11-1
16.1

Maxwell to Stokes, no run, punched away to the off side

16.2

Maxwell to Stokes, no run, quickish from Maxwell, Stokes defends

16.3

Maxwell to Stokes, no run, tries to turn this to leg and it's another leading edge

16.4

Maxwell to Stokes, no run, tossed up a bit more now and Stokes tries to defend, gets a thick inside edge onto the pad and it lobs up safely to leg

16.5

Maxwell to Stokes, 1 run, goes the reverse sweep now and doesn't get this far past the keeper

16.6

Maxwell to Bell, 1 run, turned away behind square leg now

End of over 17 (2 runs) England 109/1 (RR: 6.41)

    • IR Bell 43 (39b 7x4)
    • BA Stokes 15 (20b 2x4)
    • GJ Maxwell 4-0-13-1
    • NM Coulter-Nile 3-0-23-0

It's drinks now and England would be very happy with this start after being sent in, although Cook will be frustrated at not going on with it again. And Australia's bowlers have pegged things back in the last couple of overs at least.

17.1

Coulter-Nile to Bell, no run, banged in shorter by Coulter-Nile and Bell now gets a leading edge - a few of them in the last couple of overs - just lobs back in front of him on the pitch

17.2

Coulter-Nile to Bell, no run, yeah yeah no! That's the call from Bell as he nudges to off and nearly sells Stokes down the river - the no came quick enough for them to both get back safely though

17.3

Coulter-Nile to Bell, 1 run, opens the face and steers the late cut down to third man

17.4

Coulter-Nile to Stokes, no run, good bowling from Coulter-Nile here, he pushes it across Stokes on a good length and the batsman plays and misses

17.5

Coulter-Nile to Stokes, 1 run, waits on a late cut now and works a single behind point

17.6

Coulter-Nile to Bell, FOUR, what a good shot this is! Bell leans forward and lifts Coulter-Nile over mid-off, it bounces away for a boundary. Initially it was hard to tell how well he'd timed it - the answer was very.

End of over 18 (6 runs) England 115/1 (RR: 6.38)

    • IR Bell 48 (43b 8x4)
    • BA Stokes 16 (22b 2x4)
    • NM Coulter-Nile 4-0-29-0
    • GJ Maxwell 4-0-13-1

Time for the Allan Border Medallist and Australia's vice-captain to have another spell.

18.1

Johnson to Stokes, no run, probes outside off and Stokes leaves it alone

A second slip comes in now with Stokes on strike

18.2

Johnson to Stokes, no run, lovely ball as Johnson goes fullish and swings this away late - Stokes drives at it just outside off and doesn't really get the bat near it

18.3

Johnson to Stokes, no run, goes the yorker again but it's just a touch short and Stokes keeps it out well

18.4

Johnson to Stokes, no run, Johnson draws the edge from Stokes but this has fallen short of Marsh at first slip! And it's fallen quite a way short - perhaps Marsh is a touch too deep because you'd expect those to carry at the WACA

18.5

Johnson to Stokes, 2 runs, clipped away to Finch who is patrolling the deep midwicket boundary

18.6

Johnson to Stokes, 3 runs, Stokes drives outside off and places this nicely between point and cover and the outfield is super fast - he didn't time it that well but this has almost reached the boundary

End of over 19 (5 runs) England 120/1 (RR: 6.31)

    • BA Stokes 21 (28b 2x4)
    • IR Bell 48 (43b 8x4)
    • MG Johnson 4-0-19-0
    • NM Coulter-Nile 4-0-29-0
19.1

Coulter-Nile to Stokes, 1 run, a touch short outside off and Stokes waits on this for a late cut into the ground

19.2

Coulter-Nile to Bell, no run, Bell defends with a straight bat

19.3

Coulter-Nile to Bell, no run, dabs this away towards point

19.4

Coulter-Nile to Bell, no run, again Bell tries to steer this fine of point but again he's not quite got it fine enough

19.5

Coulter-Nile to Bell, FOUR, oh dear, Pattinson has misjudged one in the deep and it has brought Bell his half-century. Bell went inside out over cover and Pattinson was on the boundary there, but he's taken too many strides in and misjudged this - the ball goes over his head and bounces for four! Had he stayed back that may have been a reasonably straightforward catch. A let-off for Bell.

19.6

Coulter-Nile to Bell, no run, pushed away defensively

End of over 20 (5 runs) England 125/1 (RR: 6.25)

    • IR Bell 52 (48b 9x4)
    • BA Stokes 22 (29b 2x4)
    • NM Coulter-Nile 5-0-34-0
    • MG Johnson 4-0-19-0
20.1

Johnson to Stokes, no run, left alone outside off and this wasn't far away from the top of off

20.2

Johnson to Stokes, 1 run, Stokes goes for the pull off a bouncer here and it runs along the ground to deep square leg

20.3

Johnson to Bell, 1 run, oh, it's another life for Bell! This time Marsh at first slip has dropped it! Not an easy chance as Bell opens the face and tries to glide this wide of slip, it's within reach of Marsh who thrusts the hands up to his right and can't hold on, just parries the ball away towards third man

20.4

Johnson to Stokes, 2 runs, cut away for two into the deep

20.5

Johnson to Stokes, FOUR, clipped away well through square leg and Stokes picks up a boundary as Johnson goes too far towards leg

20.6

Johnson to Stokes, 1 run, another drop! And again it was a really difficult one for Marsh at first slip. Stokes gets a genuine edge and this one flies to where second slip would have been - if there was one. Marsh dives to his left and gets the hand to this but it doesn't stick.

Oh dear, neither of Marsh's chances in that over were easy but Australia have been holding on to the tough ones this summer - not today.

End of over 21 (9 runs) England 134/1 (RR: 6.38)

    • BA Stokes 30 (34b 3x4)
    • IR Bell 53 (49b 9x4)
    • MG Johnson 5-0-28-0
    • NM Coulter-Nile 5-0-34-0

Here's Dan Christian at the River End. He'll take the pace off the ball.

21.1

Christian to Stokes, 1 run, fullish and wide of off, Stokes flashes hard and gets a thickish edge away to third man

21.2

Christian to Bell, no run, 131kph from Christian on the stumps and Bell defends

21.3

Christian to Bell, 1 wide, Christian gets the line wrong now, down leg side for a wide

21.3

Christian to Bell, 2 runs, Bell drives hard again over the infield and this one is into safe territory, between cover and mid-off and Coulter-Nile gets around to cut off the boundary

21.4

Christian to Bell, OUT, Bell is gone! Oh, he'll be so frustrated at himself here. It was a bad ball down leg and Bell goes for the glance but fine leg is up in the circle and takes the catch easily! That didn't look like a plan from the Australians, just a fortuitous piece of, well, fortune.

IR Bell c Faulkner b Christian 55 (92m 52b 9x4 0x6) SR: 105.76

What a shame for Ian Bell - he's made starts in all four games so far without going on for a really big score. Here's Ballance.

21.5

Christian to Ballance, no run, driven away towards point

21.6

Christian to Ballance, 1 run, Ballance gets himself off the mark with a drive through cover point

Davros: "It is good to see England doing really well early here except a nagging feeling is making me ask 'So how will England manage to lose this game today?'"

End of over 22 (5 runs) England 139/2 (RR: 6.31)

    • GS Ballance 1 (2b)
    • BA Stokes 31 (35b 3x4)
    • DT Christian 1-0-5-1
    • MG Johnson 5-0-28-0

Time for the Max factor.

22.1

Maxwell to Ballance, no run, driven away to cover and can't beat the field

22.2

Maxwell to Ballance, 1 run, on the back foot now and cut forward of point

22.3

Maxwell to Stokes, no run, beaten outside off now as Stokes tries to cut late - he's cut too late to get any bat on the ball

22.4

Maxwell to Stokes, no run, nudged away to off

22.5

Maxwell to Stokes, no run, Stokes uses the feet and drives back to Maxwell

22.6

Maxwell to Stokes, 2 runs, crunched through extra cover for a couple more

End of over 23 (3 runs) England 142/2 (RR: 6.17)

    • BA Stokes 33 (39b 3x4)
    • GS Ballance 2 (4b)
    • GJ Maxwell 5-0-16-1
    • DT Christian 1-0-5-1
23.1

Christian to Ballance, 1 wide, short and wide, beats Ballance and is also too wide for the umpire's liking - he's called it wide

23.1

Christian to Ballance, 1 run, just waits on this one and dabs it towards off, they take off for a quick single and Maxwell running in from point fumbles

23.2

Christian to Stokes, no run, pushed right across Stokes, who leaves it alone

23.3

Christian to Stokes, no run, pushed away defensively to the off side

23.4

Christian to Stokes, 1 wide, Stokes slashes hard outside off and this again is too wide from Christian - umpire Dharmasena is not having that

23.4

Christian to Stokes, 1 run, Stokes steers this through the vacant slip region and it's collected at third man

23.5

Christian to Ballance, no run, pushed down towards mid-on and can't beat the field

23.6

Christian to Ballance, no run, again Christian just angles it across the left-hander, this time it very nearly tickles the edge on the way through to Wade

Raj Sundararama: "Davros: As is often the case, no English batsmen will play a long enough innings that is so often required to post a very good total"

End of over 24 (4 runs) England 146/2 (RR: 6.08)

    • GS Ballance 3 (7b)
    • BA Stokes 34 (42b 3x4)
    • DT Christian 2-0-9-1
    • GJ Maxwell 5-0-16-1
24.1

Maxwell to Stokes, no run, Stokes goes for the big swing now and misses

24.2

Maxwell to Stokes, 1 run, on the back foot Stokes punches down the ground to mid-off

24.3

Maxwell to Ballance, no run, pushed away to mid-on and they can't find a run

24.4

Maxwell to Ballance, no run, driven hard back to the bowler

24.5

Maxwell to Ballance, no run, tries the late cut but it's too full and Ballance can't find the gap

24.6

Maxwell to Ballance, 1 run, wide of off and Ballance drives hard to deep cover

End of over 25 (2 runs) England 148/2 (RR: 5.92)

    • GS Ballance 4 (11b)
    • BA Stokes 35 (44b 3x4)
    • GJ Maxwell 6-0-18-1
    • DT Christian 2-0-9-1
25.1

Christian to Ballance, 2 runs, Ballance goes aerial now over midwicket and this just stops dead in the turf in the outfield like a well executed chip onto the green

25.2

Christian to Ballance, 1 run, worked away through midwicket along the ground now

25.3

Christian to Stokes, 1 run, Christian again goes well across the left-hander, who slashes hard and his edge flies down on the bounce to third man

25.4

Christian to Ballance, 1 run, goes uppishly over the cordon again and bounces down to third man

25.5

Christian to Stokes, no run, Stokes walks across his stumps now and tries to work it behind short fine leg - can't beat him though

25.6

Christian to Stokes, 1 run, worked away for a single to end the over

End of over 26 (6 runs) England 154/2 (RR: 5.92)

    • BA Stokes 37 (47b 3x4)
    • GS Ballance 8 (14b)
    • DT Christian 3-0-15-1
    • GJ Maxwell 6-0-18-1
26.1

Maxwell to Stokes, no run, pushed away to cover and can't beat the field

26.2

Maxwell to Stokes, FOUR, finally England go after Maxwell and rightly so, as he dropped too short here and was pulled confidently through midwicket

26.3

Maxwell to Stokes, 1 run, advances and drives to mid-off

26.4

Maxwell to Ballance, 1 run, Ballance waits on this and plays late - cutting through point

26.5

Maxwell to Stokes, 1 run, drives along the ground to long-off

26.6

Maxwell to Ballance, no run, 93kph from Maxwell on the stumps, it's defended

End of over 27 (7 runs) England 161/2 (RR: 5.96)

    • GS Ballance 9 (16b)
    • BA Stokes 43 (51b 4x4)
    • GJ Maxwell 7-0-25-1
    • DT Christian 3-0-15-1

Faulkner is on now to replace Christian.

27.1

Faulkner to Stokes, no run, cuts hard and finds the man at point

27.2

Faulkner to Stokes, no run, Stokes has got this pull out of the middle of the bat but it's also smashed into the middle of Shaun Marsh's hand at midwicket - on the bounce

27.3

Faulkner to Stokes, no run, defended away to the off side

27.4

Faulkner to Stokes, no run, good ball beats the bat! Faulkner brought the length back just enough but Stokes was committed to trying a drive - the ball also nips away a tiny bit and beats the edge

27.5

Faulkner to Stokes, 1 run, steered away to third man now

27.6

Faulkner to Ballance, 1 run, Ballance waits on this and turns a single towards midwicket

End of over 28 (2 runs) England 163/2 (RR: 5.82)

    • GS Ballance 10 (17b)
    • BA Stokes 44 (56b 4x4)
    • JP Faulkner 3-0-23-0
    • GJ Maxwell 7-0-25-1
28.1

Maxwell to Ballance, no run, cuts hard and this goes into the turf and back past Wade

28.2

Maxwell to Ballance, no run, angled on to the pads now and it's worked fine

28.3

Maxwell to Ballance, 1 run, 93kph from Maxwell so he's bowling pretty quick at times, it's nudged away to leg for a single

28.4

Maxwell to Stokes, 1 wide, quick and flat again, this one is down leg though

28.4

Maxwell to Stokes, no run, tossed up a touch more and the cut can't beat the infield

28.5

Maxwell to Stokes, SIX, Stokes has had enough, he has advanced to Maxwell and lifted this over long-on for a really well-struck six that goes many rows back into the crowd, he just hit through the line of the ball and played it well enough to clear the boundary. And bring up his fifty

28.6

Maxwell to Stokes, 1 run, defended away safely

End of over 29 (9 runs) England 172/2 (RR: 5.93)

    • BA Stokes 51 (59b 4x4 1x6)
    • GS Ballance 11 (20b)
    • GJ Maxwell 8-0-34-1
    • JP Faulkner 3-0-23-0
29.1

Faulkner to Stokes, 1 run, punched away to cover and they take a quick single - and it's a run-out chance that goes begging! Coulter-Nile is not deep at cover and pounces, throws at the bowler's end and misses. But Ballance had given up on that - he was gone

29.2

Faulkner to Ballance, 1 run, pushed away to the off side

29.3

Faulkner to Stokes, no run, beaten outside off now

29.4

Faulkner to Stokes, no run, a hint of outswing and this also beats the bat of Stokes

29.5

Faulkner to Stokes, no run, drives towards short cover and this time there's no thought of a run

29.6

Faulkner to Stokes, no run, drives down to the mid-off in the circle

And here's Gnasher to take you through the next period of play.

End of over 30 (2 runs) England 174/2 (RR: 5.80)

    • BA Stokes 52 (64b 4x4 1x6)
    • GS Ballance 12 (21b)
    • JP Faulkner 4-0-25-0
    • GJ Maxwell 8-0-34-1

Thanks Brydon. England well placed although the scoring has stagnated a touch

30.1

Maxwell to Ballance, no run, pushed to the off side

30.2

Maxwell to Ballance, 1 run, gives himself some room towards leg stump so he can drive square through point

30.3

Maxwell to Stokes, no run, this drive firmly but straight at cover

30.4

Maxwell to Stokes, no run, picks out the fielder again, the same man at cover

30.5

Maxwell to Stokes, 1 wide, almost a leg-side stumping, fired down the leg side but it was just too wide for Wade to get back in time

30.5

Maxwell to Stokes, no run, pushed to the off side

30.6

Maxwell to Stokes, 1 run, driven out to the deep sweeper...another tight over from Maxwell

End of over 31 (3 runs) England 177/2 (RR: 5.70)

    • BA Stokes 53 (68b 4x4 1x6)
    • GS Ballance 13 (23b)
    • GJ Maxwell 9-0-37-1
    • JP Faulkner 4-0-25-0

James Pattinson, who has struggled today, is back for a third spell

31.1

Pattinson to Stokes, no run, plays and misses as he tries to drive on the up through the covers

Sean: "With only 25 overs to go, England's best batsman is not yet in. Morgan is a great finisher and he must get maximum overs. "

31.2

Pattinson to Stokes, no run, has this carried? Marsh, the catcher, isn't sure so it's not quite like the previous match. Was flicked firmly by Stokes and Marsh dived forward. As usual, will be tough to see on TV replays. Marsh immediately said he wasn't sure. Not much excitement from the fielders. And it's not out

31.3

Pattinson to Stokes, 1 run, chopped down to third man

31.4

Pattinson to Ballance, FOUR, aims to guide this to third man, gets it finer than he wanted past the diving Wade but he benefits with a boundary

31.5

Pattinson to Ballance, no run, full outside off, driven on the up behind square on the off side

31.6

Pattinson to Ballance, no run, drives and misses, full outside off but Ballance was quite into the ball with his footwork

End of over 32 (5 runs) England 182/2 (RR: 5.68)

    • GS Ballance 17 (26b 1x4)
    • BA Stokes 54 (71b 4x4 1x6)
    • JL Pattinson 6-0-43-0
    • GJ Maxwell 9-0-37-1

Mitchell Johnson back into the attack

32.1

Johnson to Stokes, FOUR, cracking shot, superb piece of timing through midwicket...Johnson homing in on leg stump but Stokes whipped it away strongly

32.2

Johnson to Stokes, no run, slower ball on off stump, 129kph, defended to cover

32.3

Johnson to Stokes, 1 run, dropped a little shorter outside off, driven square off the back foot through point out to the sweeper

32.4

Johnson to Ballance, no run, good short ball, on off stump, and it climbs past Ballance's outside edge as he fends at it...close to the gloves

32.5

Johnson to Ballance, 1 run, turns this delivery, which is short of a length, into the leg side

Brings up the fifty stand...three in a row for the innings

32.6

Johnson to Stokes, 1 run, pulls a short ball over midwicket, more top edge than middle but it falls safely

End of over 33 (7 runs) England 189/2 (RR: 5.72)

    • BA Stokes 60 (75b 5x4 1x6)
    • GS Ballance 18 (28b 1x4)
    • MG Johnson 6-0-35-0
    • JL Pattinson 6-0-43-0
33.1

Pattinson to Stokes, no run, comes at the bowler and bunts this straight down the pitch, Pattinson gets his right hand to it

33.2

Pattinson to Stokes, 1 run, shuffles across to off stump and flicks this in front of square on the leg side

Slip in place

33.3

Pattinson to Ballance, no run, short over middle and off, Ballance sways out of the line

33.4

Pattinson to Ballance, OUT, that will boost Pattinson. Banged in a short, Ballance goes for the pull and gets a meaty top edge which goes now further than cover where Smith negotiates the sun to hold the catch

GS Ballance c Smith b Pattinson 18 (42m 30b 1x4 0x6) SR: 60.00

Not the most convincing innings from Ballance, but from England's point of view that wicket brings Morgan to the crease. With that, the players take a drink

Daniel: "Can't understand why England haven't taken the Powerplay early. They do realise that it's not compulsory to wait until 35 overs, right? Far too formulaic, as usual."

33.5

Pattinson to Stokes, 2 runs, short again, this time Stokes connects cleanly with his pull through midwicket

33.6

Pattinson to Stokes, 1 run, full at off stump and worked down the ground to long-on

John: "Dismissing Ballance may be a big error. We had the run rate down to 5.6"

End of over 34 (4 runs) England 193/3 (RR: 5.67)

    • BA Stokes 64 (79b 5x4 1x6)
    • EJG Morgan 0 (0b)
    • JL Pattinson 7-0-47-1
    • MG Johnson 6-0-35-0
34.1

Johnson to Stokes, 1 run, short on leg stump, rolls his wrists on the pull down to long leg

Rod: "England need a flexible batting order. In particular, Morgan should come in the first time a wicket falls after over 20 so that he has the chance to build a big innings.."

34.2

Johnson to Morgan, no run, gets a short ball first up, over off stump, Morgan sways out of the way

34.3

Johnson to Morgan, no run, good delivery, fuller outside off stump and Morgan nearly feels for it before pulling his bat away at the last second

Slip in place

34.4

Johnson to Morgan, 1 run, ooh, close! Full and he drives in the air just wide of point to get off the mark

34.5

Johnson to Stokes, no run, full on off stump, defended towards mid-on

34.6

Johnson to Stokes, FOUR, lovely shot, pitched up on off stump and Stokes pings a punchy off-drive straight of a diving mid-off. Superb timing

Matt: "What is the pitch like today? Will 300 be a par score?" Will need at least 300. More like 320-330, although Australia don't have Warner today

End of over 35 (6 runs) England 199/3 (RR: 5.68)

    • BA Stokes 69 (82b 6x4 1x6)
    • EJG Morgan 1 (3b)
    • MG Johnson 7-0-41-0
    • JL Pattinson 7-0-47-1

Make or break time? Here's the Powerplay. Faulkner to bowl

35.1

Faulkner to Morgan, 1 run, starts full on middle and off, punched sweetly down to long-on and that's 200 for England

35.2

Faulkner to Stokes, 1 run, strong bottom hand from Stokes as he takes this from outside off down to long-on

35.3

Faulkner to Morgan, FOUR, down the pitch then up and over he off side, a length ball outside off and Morgan drives to deep cover

35.4

Faulkner to Morgan, no run, good comeback from Faulkner, nips this away off the seam as Morgan tries to open the face

35.5

Faulkner to Morgan, 1 run, fuller and pushed down the ground

35.6

Faulkner to Stokes, OUT, big wicket! Stokes tries to lap-sweep a slower ball but can only get a top edge that loops behind him and Matthew Wade trots around for the catch. They check the no-ball, it's very tight but is just okay. Bit close for comfort.

BA Stokes c †Wade b Faulkner 70 (93m 84b 6x4 1x6) SR: 83.33

Now there's that situation of two new batsmen in during the Powerplay. England will probably consolidate now.

End of over 36 (7 runs) England 206/4 (RR: 5.72)

    • EJG Morgan 7 (7b 1x4)
    • JP Faulkner 5-0-32-1
    • MG Johnson 7-0-41-0

Coulter-Nile into the attack

36.1

Coulter-Nile to Bopara, no run, full outside off, Bopara comes forward and defends on the walk

36.2

Coulter-Nile to Bopara, no run, full outside off, defended square to point

36.3

Coulter-Nile to Bopara, no run, tries to get forward and drives without much timing to cover

36.4

Coulter-Nile to Bopara, no run, touch shorter, played into the off side...four dot balls to build the pressure

36.5

Coulter-Nile to Bopara, 1 run, nudged into the leg side to get off the mark

36.6

Coulter-Nile to Morgan, no run, nearly an edge as Morgan tries to run this into the off side, the ball slides across him over the top edge. Was a noise as the ball went past the bat

Good over from Coulter-Nile

End of over 37 (1 run) England 207/4 (RR: 5.59)

    • EJG Morgan 7 (8b 1x4)
    • RS Bopara 1 (5b)
    • NM Coulter-Nile 6-0-35-0
    • JP Faulkner 5-0-32-1
37.1

Faulkner to Bopara, no run, on off stump, defended to the covers

37.2

Faulkner to Bopara, 1 run, opens the face into the off sid

37.3

Faulkner to Morgan, 1 run, short of a length, dropped square into the off side

37.4

Faulkner to Bopara, 1 run, tucked off his hip behind square

37.5

Faulkner to Morgan, no run, fuller this time, driven very firmly and it's the air for a while but falls short of cover

37.6

Faulkner to Morgan, 1 run, opens the face towards short third man...just four singles off the over. Australia clawing back well.

End of over 38 (4 runs) England 211/4 (RR: 5.55)

    • EJG Morgan 9 (11b 1x4)
    • RS Bopara 3 (8b)
    • JP Faulkner 6-0-36-1
    • NM Coulter-Nile 6-0-35-0
38.1

Coulter-Nile to Morgan, no run, beaten again as he tries to run down to third man...Coulter-Nile has come back well after his first two overs were expensive

38.2

Coulter-Nile to Morgan, no run, back of a length, played square to point

38.3

Coulter-Nile to Morgan, FOUR, he's middled that okay...pushed up fuller outside off, allows Morgan to drive and he slots it wide of mid-off

38.4

Coulter-Nile to Morgan, 1 run, straighter this time, worked off the stumps towards mid-on who can't stop a sharp single

38.5

Coulter-Nile to Bopara, no run, tries to manufacture something now, moves outside leg to open up the off stump but can't make contact and is almost bowled

38.6

Coulter-Nile to Bopara, OUT, and now he's gone! England losing their way. A length delivery, Bopara tries to pull but can't get it over mid-on where Doherty runs backwards, keeps his eyes on the ball and holds a good catch

RS Bopara c sub (XJ Doherty) b Coulter-Nile 3 (12m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 30.00

You have to say Australia now taking control of this match. It's a cracking pitch and England now a long way from 300

End of over 39 (5 runs) England 216/5 (RR: 5.53)

    • EJG Morgan 14 (15b 2x4)
    • NM Coulter-Nile 7-0-40-1
    • JP Faulkner 6-0-36-1
39.1

Faulkner to Buttler, no run, short of a length on off stump, played into the covers

39.2

Faulkner to Buttler, 1 run, on leg stump, worked behind square

Sam Roy: "I am probably one of those very few who enjoy Bopara's bowling more than his batting. I think his bowling is massively under-rated. Consistently at around 78-80 mph but more importantly in helpful conditions gets more swing than any England bowler barring Anderson."

39.3

Faulkner to Morgan, FOUR, another short ball, but this time Morgan puts it away, angled towards leg stump and he helps it over short fine leg

39.4

Faulkner to Morgan, no run, that's better, adjusts his line to outside off and there's some extra bounce to take it through to the keeper

39.5

Faulkner to Morgan, 1 run, fuller outside off, think it was a slower one, Morgan drives down to long-off

39.6

Faulkner to Buttler, 1 run, worked towards mid-on who hits the stumps direct but Buttler is safe

That ends the Powerplay - a good one for Australia - and my stint. It's over to Brydon to see out the innings

End of over 40 (7 runs) England 223/5 (RR: 5.57)

    • JC Buttler 2 (3b)
    • EJG Morgan 19 (18b 3x4)
    • JP Faulkner 7-0-43-1
    • NM Coulter-Nile 7-0-40-1

Thanks Gnasher. The hyphen continues.

40.1

Coulter-Nile to Buttler, no run, bouncer from Coulter-Nile and that could nearly have been called a wide, but he gets away with it

40.2

Coulter-Nile to Buttler, no run, worked away off the pads

40.3

Coulter-Nile to Buttler, 1 run, tickled away to fine leg for a single

40.4

Coulter-Nile to Morgan, 2 runs, soft hands from Morgan as he edges this away safely wide of slip and third man does well to get across and cut this off

40.5

Coulter-Nile to Morgan, no run, defended back towards Coulter-Nile

40.6

Coulter-Nile to Morgan, no run, driven away to mid-off and can't beat the field

Watching the way Morgan plays in one-day cricket you could swear you were watching Michael Hussey at times.

End of over 41 (3 runs) England 226/5 (RR: 5.51)

    • EJG Morgan 21 (21b 3x4)
    • JC Buttler 3 (6b)
    • NM Coulter-Nile 8-0-43-1
    • JP Faulkner 7-0-43-1

BasaiahMS: "England without KP is like Burger without french fries."

What, you mean better for you?

41.1

Faulkner to Buttler, 2 runs, worked away off the pads through square leg and they've done well to turn this into two

41.2

Faulkner to Buttler, 1 wide, short ball from Faulkner and a delayed wide call by the umpire

41.2

Faulkner to Buttler, no run, this time they take the quick single to mid-on and Finch's throw misses at the non-striker's end - Buttler was probably quick enough to have been home anyway

41.3

Faulkner to Buttler, 1 run, this time they take the quick single to mid-on and Finch's throw misses at the non-striker's end - Buttler was probably quick enough to have been home anyway

41.4

Faulkner to Morgan, no run, there's the slower ball out of the back of the hand, and Morgan drives hard into the ground and back to Faulkner

41.5

Faulkner to Morgan, no run, again slower from Faulkner, again picked by Morgan

41.6

Faulkner to Morgan, no run, defended away safely again

End of over 42 (4 runs) England 230/5 (RR: 5.47)

    • EJG Morgan 21 (24b 3x4)
    • JC Buttler 6 (9b)
    • JP Faulkner 8-0-47-1
    • NM Coulter-Nile 8-0-43-1

Johnson returns. One slip in place.

42.1

Johnson to Buttler, no run, soft hands as Buttler nudges to off but can't justify a single

42.2

Johnson to Buttler, 2 runs, banged in at the hips and Buttler pulls it around the corner for a couple of runs

42.3

Johnson to Buttler, 1 run, on the pads and again Buttler works it away behind square

42.4

Johnson to Morgan, 1 wide, down leg side now and that will be called a wide - Morgan went the big hook but couldn't connect

42.4

Johnson to Morgan, 1 run, now it's the slower bouncer and Morgan goes the hook before picking the speed, then adjusts and swivels it finer

42.5

Johnson to Buttler, FOUR, good placement from Buttler now as he drives wide of mid-off and this one runs away for four, all the way along the ground

42.6

Johnson to Buttler, 1 run, turned away off the hips for another run to fine leg

Damon: "@BassishMS: Eng with KP is like a burger being eaten by 5 seagulls"

End of over 43 (10 runs) England 240/5 (RR: 5.58)

    • JC Buttler 14 (14b 1x4)
    • EJG Morgan 22 (25b 3x4)
    • MG Johnson 8-0-51-0
    • JP Faulkner 8-0-47-1

Nathan Coulter-Nile back on now.

43.1

Coulter-Nile to Buttler, 1 wide, Buttler tries to turn this one down fine leg but gets nothing on it - this is called a wide by Dharmasena and that seems a tough call, Buttler walked across his stumps and this was barely down leg at all

43.1

Coulter-Nile to Buttler, no run, pushed back down into the ground by Buttler

43.2

Coulter-Nile to Buttler, 1 run, again Buttler walks across his stumps and this time turns it behind square

43.3

Coulter-Nile to Morgan, 1 run, Morgan flicks it away through square leg and immediately takes off for the single

43.4

Coulter-Nile to Buttler, 1 wide, bouncer from Coulter-Nile and Buttler shapes to hook then backs out - it's called a wide

43.4

Coulter-Nile to Buttler, 1 run, short again and this time Buttler hooks along the ground through square leg

43.5

Coulter-Nile to Morgan, 1 run, aims at the hips of Morgan, who just nudges a single to leg

43.6

Coulter-Nile to Buttler, 1 run, Buttler is on the back foot as this is again short of a length, he pushes a single behind point

End of over 44 (7 runs) England 247/5 (RR: 5.61)

    • JC Buttler 17 (18b 1x4)
    • EJG Morgan 24 (27b 3x4)
    • NM Coulter-Nile 9-0-50-1
    • MG Johnson 8-0-51-0
44.1

Johnson to Buttler, no run, Johnson at 143kph beats Buttler outside off

44.2

Johnson to Buttler, FOUR, well struck by Buttler as Johnson gives him a touch of width at a driveable length and Buttler obliges by punching this soundly through the gap at cover

44.3

Johnson to Buttler, 2 runs, swivels a pull through square leg now and good running once again makes this into two

44.4

Johnson to Buttler, FOUR, even better now from Buttler, again he goes the pull but this is timed and placed better, fizzes along the ground and away to the boundary behind square leg

44.5

Johnson to Buttler, 1 run, pulls again and this one is collected in the deep

44.6

Johnson to Morgan, no run, left alone outside off, which is a touch surprising at this stage of the match

Saffer: "England without KP is like a burger without the patty. Soggy and pointless."

Well, it's a nice line Saffer, but England are doing well here. They're on track for 300-plus.

End of over 45 (11 runs) England 258/5 (RR: 5.73)

    • EJG Morgan 24 (28b 3x4)
    • JC Buttler 28 (23b 3x4)
    • MG Johnson 9-0-62-0
    • NM Coulter-Nile 9-0-50-1
45.1

Coulter-Nile to Buttler, FOUR, muscular pull from Buttler as he gets one that is barely too short, but he's forced it through midwicket where Finch can't quite get a hand on it

45.2

Coulter-Nile to Buttler, no run, Buttler backs off now and Coulter-Nile follows him, well bowled

45.3

Coulter-Nile to Buttler, SIX, the Buttler serves up something special here! He's lifted Coulter-Nile over long-on, just a strong, well-timed shot that clears the boundary and goes a long way back. Hefty six, that

45.4

Coulter-Nile to Buttler, 1 run, flicked away towards fine leg for a single

45.5

Coulter-Nile to Morgan, 1 run, tries for the yorker but it turns into a low full toss, it's clipped through square leg

45.6

Coulter-Nile to Buttler, no run, full and wide of off, well bowled by Coulter-Nile as this was within the painted lines that guide the umpires on wides - but only just. Buttler reached with feet planted and couldn't get bat on ball

End of over 46 (12 runs) England 270/5 (RR: 5.86)

    • JC Buttler 39 (28b 4x4 1x6)
    • EJG Morgan 25 (29b 3x4)
    • NM Coulter-Nile 10-0-62-1
    • MG Johnson 9-0-62-0
46.1

Johnson to Morgan, 1 run, good ball as Johnson goes full and straight - and slow - Morgan can only bunt it away to off for a single

46.2

Johnson to Buttler, no run, 129kph as Johnson drops short, Buttler goes the pull and his under-edge nearly clips the off stump on the way through to Wade - done for a lack of pace there

46.3

Johnson to Buttler, SIX, Buttler clears the boundary again, and this one is square of the wicket - he's opened up his stance a little to clobber this up and over square leg - very, very well struck

46.4

Johnson to Buttler, 1 run, miscues this one as he crunches it away to midwicket

46.5

Johnson to Morgan, 1 run, now it's Morgan who tries to lift Johnson over square leg for six - but this one doesn't quite make it, it bounces to Coulter-Nile in the deep

46.6

Johnson to Buttler, 1 run, Buttler swats a pull to Marsh at midwicket, his throw misses at the non-striker's end

So, that's an expensive ten overs from the Allan Border Medallist Mitchell Johnson. Three overs to go and England have 280. What can they get to? 320? 330?

End of over 47 (10 runs) England 280/5 (RR: 5.95)

    • JC Buttler 47 (32b 4x4 2x6)
    • EJG Morgan 27 (31b 3x4)
    • MG Johnson 10-0-72-0
    • NM Coulter-Nile 10-0-62-1

Faulkner to try to stem the flow of runs now.

47.1

Faulkner to Buttler, 1 run, slower one down leg and Faulkner is lucky Buttler manages only to swivel a single to fine leg

47.2

Faulkner to Morgan, SIX, another six, and this is starting to get away from Australia - Morgan went the slog off Faulkner and it turns into a top edge that flies away with the wind and over the head of fine leg

47.3

Faulkner to Morgan, OUT, Morgan is gone, he has flicked a low full toss from Faulkner to midwicket where Christian takes a pretty straightforward catch.

EJG Morgan c Christian b Faulkner 33 (66m 33b 3x4 1x6) SR: 100.00

Could that slow England's progress in these last few overs?

47.4

Faulkner to Bresnan, no run, Bresnan is the new batsman and he drives to mid-on

47.5

Faulkner to Bresnan, 1 run, Bresnan picks up a bouncer and hooks away to the deep midwicket

47.6

Faulkner to Buttler, 2 runs, Buttler picks up two runs with a soft-handed nudge through square leg and that's his half-century, he's consistently offered something for England with the bat in this series

End of over 48 (10 runs) England 290/6 (RR: 6.04)

    • JC Buttler 50 (34b 4x4 2x6)
    • TT Bresnan 1 (2b)
    • JP Faulkner 9-0-57-2
    • MG Johnson 10-0-72-0
48.1

Pattinson to Bresnan, 1 run, good slower one from Pattinson at 113kph and it's surprised Bresnan by bouncing a little more than he anticipated - off the gloves for a single to fine leg

48.2

Pattinson to Buttler, FOUR, Buttler picks correctly here as he walks across and laps Pattinson's slower ball over the head of Matthew Wade. Easy runs if he gets something on it, and he gets plenty on it

48.3

Pattinson to Buttler, FOUR, four more as Buttler just flashes hard outside off and slices it uppishly between third man and point

48.4

Pattinson to Buttler, SIX, this is super stuff from Jos Buttler. Super stuff. He's now gone down the ground with a strong smash in the air straight back over the head of Pattinson and this flies 20 rows back into the crowd

48.5

Pattinson to Buttler, no run, again Buttler tries to walk across and lap Pattinson over Wade but this time he doesn't make contact

48.6

Pattinson to Buttler, 1 run, Pattinson goes well wide of off and Buttler slaps this in the air down the ground for a single

End of over 49 (16 runs) England 306/6 (RR: 6.24)

    • JC Buttler 65 (39b 6x4 3x6)
    • TT Bresnan 2 (3b)
    • JL Pattinson 8-0-63-1
    • JP Faulkner 9-0-57-2
49.1

Faulkner to Buttler, no run, Faulkner has the last over and he aims at the body, gives Buttler no room, and the batsman can't get it away

49.2

Faulkner to Buttler, no run, low full toss now and Buttler swings but finds mid-on - they turn down the single so Buttler can keep the strike

49.3

Faulkner to Buttler, SIX, and that's why Buttler wanted the strike! Faulkner goes low on the pads and Buttler just picks this up off the legs and this flies over square leg and is put down by a spectator on the hill

49.4

Faulkner to Buttler, OUT, Buttler's entertaining innings comes to an end, he's swung hard outside off and this slices off the top edge and flies away towards third man where Johnson comes in and takes the catch

JC Buttler c Johnson b Faulkner 71 (52m 43b 6x4 4x6) SR: 165.11

So Buttler is gone for 71 from 43 balls, what an innings that was. He's pushed England into seriously tough territory for Australia to chase. Bresnan will be on strike as the batsmen crossed there.

49.5

Faulkner to Bresnan, OUT, another catch at third man! Would you believe it? Bresnan has sliced this one off the edge and Johnson makes good ground to his left to take the catch

TT Bresnan c Johnson b Faulkner 2 (12m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

So James Faulkner finds himself on a hat-trick with the last ball of the innings. Stuart Broad is on strike as the batsmen crossed again.

49.6

Faulkner to Broad, FOUR, no hat-trick for Faulkner and Broad has also managed to force a boundary through cover, well struck and that takes the total to 8 for 316

Well, Jos Buttler was the man there for England, he really put the foot down in the last few overs and Australia will need 317 for victory - and they're missing four of their best batsmen, who are resting. The highest successful chase at the WACA was 274 by Pakistan back in January 1987. This will not be easy, but if someone like Aaron Finch gets going you just never know. Join us for the chase in half an hour.

End of over 50 (10 runs) England 316/8

    • SCJ Broad 4 (1b 1x4)
    • CJ Jordan 0 (0b)
    • JP Faulkner 10-0-67-4
    • JL Pattinson 8-0-63-1
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