NatWest Series [Australia in England] - 2nd ODI

England v Australia

Australia won by 88 runs

Here we go, then, Steven Finn marching to the top of his run-up at the Statham End. Shaun Marsh will take the first ball, two slips in

10.10am: We're going to see Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh striding out in a few minutes. They may be a slightly one-dimensional pair but, when they hit the ball, it goes big in all three dimensions. Australia have lost their last five ODIs against England, which in addition to a couple of washouts means they haven't triumphed in a one-dayer since early 2011 (although that series was won 6-1, remember).

Here's A Aleem: "Good that Aus have selected Adam Voges. The poor guy needs to play higher than he is assigned."

10am: After their Ashes hiding, Australia have got themselves a new PM for the return series. Tony Abbott has led the coalition into power and I wouldn't want to be in Michael Clarke's shoes if the team goes back home with just one T20 win under their belts. Just look at this. Good luck, Pup.

Speaking of the Australia elections, Daniel Brettig managed to paint them into his excellent broad picture on Fawad Ahmed and his adopted country's cultural faultlines. Have a read.

9.55am: The Old Trafford pitch for the Test was a belter, so Australia should have a decent chance to set up the game - particularly given the inexperienced attack England are fielding. Speaking of which...

"The England team looks a little light on bowling to me, Stokes seems in the wrong position!" We'll find out for sure whether he's an international third seamer today, KM.

9.45am: England have won the toss and will bowl, Eoin Morgan has confirmed that Kevin Pietersen will open, with just three changes to the team that beat Ireland: KP, Jonathan Trott and Joe Root replacing Luke Wright, James Taylor and Gary Ballance. Morgan said he hoped the ball would do a bit, with the early start, and England are always most comfortable chasing.

Michael Clarke was happy to bat and Australia have named the same team as in the 200-run win over Scotland. There's some gunpowder at the top of that order. Clarke is still looking for his first win over England since touching down in the country more than three months ago.

England 1 Michael Carberry, 2 Kevin Pietersen, 3 Jonathan Trott, 4 Joe Root, 5 Eoin Morgan (capt), 6 Ravi Bopara, 7 Jos Buttler (wk), 8 Ben Stokes, 9 James Tredwell, 10 Boyd Rankin, 11 Steven Finn

Australia 1 Aaron Finch, 2 Shaun Marsh, 3 Shane Watson, 4 Michael Clarke (capt), 5 George Bailey, 6 Adam Voges, 7 Matthew Wade, 8 James Faulkner, 9 Mitchell Johnson, 10 Clint McKay, 11 Fawad Ahmed

9.40am: Hello, how are ya? England and Australia have pitched up in Madchester for the second (first) ODI of the series, hoping for better weather after the rain reigned in Leeds. The good news is that the sun is shining today. Your preparatory reading matter is David Hopps' preview. I'm Alan Gardner and I'll be joined by Alex Winter for today's tippy-tappy live coverage.

0.1

Finn to Marsh, no run, good length, on leg stump, falls over it slightly and turns the ball short on the leg side

0.2

Finn to Marsh, no run, middle and leg, length delivery and Marsh defends it with a straight bat coming forwards

0.3

Finn to Marsh, no run, touch shorter, quick and in the channel outside off, left alone

0.4

Finn to Marsh, OUT, pitched up, Marsh prods and edges through to the keeper - gone! Poor shot from an opening batsman, the ball didn't really do anything off the pitch but Marsh's feet were stuck in a bog and he dangled his bat outside off stump, there was a big deflection and Buttler took a comfortable catch at chest height

SE Marsh c †Buttler b Finn 0 (3m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

So, after putting on an Australia record for the opening wicket in their last match, the Marsh-Finch stand is worth zip this time around. In comes Shane Watson

0.5

Finn to Watson, no run, plants the front foot, the ball slams into Watson's ginormous front pad and Kettleborough raises the finger! Watson looks bemused, like someone has taken his favourite toy away, and asks for the review ... This is very tight, there's a big mark on Hot Spot but Kettleborough seems to have asked Aleem Dar, the third umpire, to check that it is not bat on pad. The standing umpire was convinced that bat missed ball and his the front pad but Dar isn't sure ... It's fiendishly difficult to tell from the replays, but Dar decides there is enough evidence to overturn the decision - so Watson survives

0.6

Finn to Watson, no run, good length delivery in the corridor outside off stump, left alone this time

End of over 1 (wicket maiden) Australia 0/1 (RR: 0.00)
SR Watson    0* (2b)      ST Finn    1-1-0-1
AJ Finch    0* (0b)     

What an opening over. I think, having seen it replayed several time, Watson did get an edge on that ball, though it was mighty close. Boyd Rankin will take the second new ball from the Pavilion End

1.1

Rankin to Finch, 1 run, bit of width outside off, Finch rocks back and chops a single behind point

1.2

Rankin to Watson, no run, back of a length, this jags in towards the batsman awkwardly, Watson does well to keep it down

1.3

Rankin to Watson, no run, full and wide, throws the plumbing at it and misses completely

1.4

Rankin to Watson, no run, pitched up and driven to mid-off, the throw in hits the stumps, I think, but they decide against trying to sneak one

1.5

Rankin to Watson, 1 run, short of a good length and in the channel outside off, drops back and steers behind square

1.6

Rankin to Finch, no run, rearing off a length and Finch drops back, defends into the leg side

End of over 2 (2 runs) Australia 2/1 (RR: 1.00)
AJ Finch    1* (2b)      WB Rankin    1-0-2-0
SR Watson    1* (6b)      ST Finn    1-1-0-1

John is convinced: "I'm an England fan but Watson was obviously not out on replay. The mark on HotSpot couldn't possibly have been bat on pad because it was far to high. had to have been bat on ball. Good decision in the end. DRS shows again why it should be used."

2.1

Finn to Watson, no run, slightly full, Watson gets a stride in and attempts to drive, slightly early on the shot, comes off the inside edge towards midwicket

2.2

Finn to Watson, 1 run, stays back and glides the ball down to third man

2.3

Finn to Finch, no run, wider, on a length and left alone by Finch

2.4

Finn to Finch, no run, pitched up around the line of off stump, leans forward to defend back down the track

2.5

Finn to Finch, no run, hops back and lifts the arms into the arm to a length ball outside off

2.6

Finn to Finch, 2 runs, at the body, touch short and glanced off the hips, the ball runs fine and they get a couple as Jonathan Trott ambles round the boundary to field

Jamie, however, thinks something went awry in that review: "There was no convincing evidence to show the on field umpire was wrong with that LBW so why has the 3rd umpire over ruled it. This is one of the reasons people question DRS. Undermined a perfectly valid on field decision"

End of over 3 (3 runs) Australia 5/1 (RR: 1.66)
AJ Finch    3* (6b)      ST Finn    2-1-3-1
SR Watson    2* (8b)      WB Rankin    1-0-2-0

3.1

Rankin to Watson, no run, back of a length and the ball goes searing through past the outside edge as Watson draws his bat inside the line

3.2

Rankin to Watson, no run, gets forward and drives, not a clean connection and it bobbles to mid-on

3.3

Rankin to Watson, FOUR, lovely shot, riding the bounce and thumped between midwicket and mid-on, Watson pulling firmly for the first boundary of the innings

3.4

Rankin to Watson, 1 run, comes forward and dabs one into the covers

3.5

Rankin to Finch, no run, another short-of-a-length ball whizzes through outside off as Finch shoulders arms

3.6

Rankin to Finch, no run, seaming back at the batsman, who tries to guide the ball to leg but rolls short off the pad

End of over 4 (5 runs) Australia 10/1 (RR: 2.50)
AJ Finch    3* (8b)      WB Rankin    2-0-7-0
SR Watson    7* (12b 1x4)      ST Finn    2-1-3-1

4.1

Finn to Watson, no run, ooh, this nearly goes wrong for Watto, trying to guide one to third man and it bounces a little on him, hits the glove and ends up lodge behind the flap of his back pad

4.2

Finn to Watson, no run, length, outside off and a big woolly woof from Watson, trying to hit the leather off it and missing the ball entriely

4.3

Finn to Watson, FOUR, now that's a good shot, slightly overpitched from Finn and Watson transfers the weight into a serene straight drive back down the ground

4.4

Finn to Watson, 2 runs, good length outside the line of off, opens the face and steers a couple through backward point

4.5

Finn to Watson, no run, tries to run the ball off the face again and it doesn't come off again, the ball deflecting down past the stumps towards the slips

"I'm afraid Gopi, it seems to be plumb for me from the first to last replay," says Uwaisul Karnain. "But nowadays a controversial umpiring decision seems to be compulsory for every England-Australia clash. Let's move on!"

4.6

Finn to Watson, no run, fast and bouncy length ball outside off, Watto swishes his bat in the wind and misses again

End of over 5 (6 runs) Australia 16/1 (RR: 3.20)
SR Watson    13* (18b 2x4)      ST Finn    3-1-9-1
AJ Finch    3* (8b)      WB Rankin    2-0-7-0

5.1

Rankin to Finch, 1 run, shaping in off a length, worked off the front pad to midwicket, where it's not stopped cleanly and they get one

5.2

Rankin to Watson, no run, length delivery, holding its line outside off and flying through as Watson pushes at it

5.3

Rankin to Watson, no run, this is a good line to Watson, an even better delivery that is a whisker away from brushing the edge, nibbling off the seam as Watson goes hard at it

5.4

Rankin to Watson, no run, shouts of "catch!" as Watson fends, gets a thick outside edge short of point, well fielded on the bounce

5.5

Rankin to Watson, FOUR, drops short and Watson seems more comfortable with that, swivels through a flat pull through square leg. It's all gravy

5.6

Rankin to Watson, 1 run, length delivery, shaping back in from outside off, stays back and guides one to third man

End of over 6 (6 runs) Australia 22/1 (RR: 3.66)
SR Watson    18* (23b 3x4)      WB Rankin    3-0-13-0
AJ Finch    4* (9b)      ST Finn    3-1-9-1

6.1

Finn to Watson, no run, slightly short of a length and over the top of off stump, slightly squared up in defence but gets behind it

6.2

Finn to Watson, no run, gets a big stride in to defend on the front foot

6.3

Finn to Watson, no run, tight lines from Finn, again Watson presses forward to block

6.4

Finn to Watson, no run, plants the front foot and defends a length ball on off back down the track

6.5

Finn to Watson, FOUR, Finn continues to probe on off stump, this wasn't overly full but Watson was happy to hit through the line, more of a chip than a drive and it came slightly high off the bat, cleared mid-on and bounced away to the rope

6.6

Finn to Watson, no run, terrific response from Finn, after five vanilla deliveries on off stump he digs in something short, with a bit of flavour and Watson jerks himself underneath it

End of over 7 (4 runs) Australia 26/1 (RR: 3.71)
SR Watson    22* (29b 4x4)      ST Finn    4-1-13-1
AJ Finch    4* (9b)      WB Rankin    3-0-13-0

"In or out, what a great exciting start," gurgles Dave Fern, and rightly so. "Can't understand people who say cricket is boring!"

7.1

Rankin to Finch, 1 run, this goes all wrong for Finch but he gets away with it! Tried to pull a back-of-a-length delivery from outside off, got a big top edge but it ballooned beyond the slips and short of third man

7.2

Rankin to Watson, no run, fullish and driven on the front foot to mid-off

7.3

Rankin to Watson, no run, beautiful delivery, holding its line and edged, just a tickle but it drops short of Buttler before bouncing into the gloves. Rankin shakes his head in disbelief

7.4

Rankin to Watson, FOUR, and Watson exacts his revenge, Rankin a touch full and wide and hammered through the covers, reaching for it slightly back the hands went through the shot so quickly

7.5

Rankin to Watson, no run, tight line, comes forward and defends a length ball

7.6

Rankin to Watson, no run, dug in, hits the deck hard and the ball flies through as Watson leans back

End of over 8 (5 runs) Australia 31/1 (RR: 3.87)
SR Watson    26* (34b 5x4)      WB Rankin    4-0-18-0
AJ Finch    5* (10b)      ST Finn    4-1-13-1

8.1

Finn to Finch, FOUR, on the stumps, whipped through midwicket, well timed by Finch and although Pietersen gamely gives chase, his feet touched the rope before he managed to pull it in

8.2

Finn to Finch, no run, slightly short, pulled into the ground but straight to midwicket

8.3

Finn to Finch, FOUR, smashed! Finch on the pull and that would have gone through masonry, such was the power, it went hard and flat past square leg for another boundary

8.4

Finn to Finch, 2 runs, flicks to leg, gets slightly under a length delivery and the ball loops over Carberry at square leg

8.5

Finn to Finch, no run, outside off, comes forward to block a length delivery

8.6

Finn to Finch, 2 runs, a little fuller from Finn, driven on the up and it runs wide of mid-off for a couple more

Good over for Australia, Finch just beginning to click up through the gears. We know he's a juggernaut at top speed

End of over 9 (12 runs) Australia 43/1 (RR: 4.77)
AJ Finch    17* (16b 2x4)      ST Finn    5-1-25-1
SR Watson    26* (34b 5x4)      WB Rankin    4-0-18-0

First bowling change, Ben Stokes on for Rankin. Big test for the Durham allrounder

9.1

Stokes to Watson, no run, starts with a low full toss, Watson punches it straight to mid-on

Josh Knight has got the F.E.A.R: "HOW are these two still together? They've played more false shots, edges, LBWs than genuine cricket shots. I fear a huge partnership."

9.2

Stokes to Watson, no run, full of a length, outside off and maybe sticks in the pitch, Watson drives, gets an inside edge on to his front pad

9.3

Stokes to Watson, FOUR, another full toss, wide of the stumps this time and flayed through cover point, Watson giving that the treatment it deserved

9.4

Stokes to Watson, no run, full of a length, outside off and driven to mid-off

9.5

Stokes to Watson, 1 run, too full and wide again, Watson gets hold of the ball and drills wide of mid-off, but a terrific diving grab with one hand keeps them to just a single

9.6

Stokes to Finch, 1 run, length ball, outside the line again and Finch goes hammer and tongs, thickish outside edge flies down towards third man

End of over 10 (6 runs) Australia 49/1 (RR: 4.90)
AJ Finch    18* (17b 2x4)      BA Stokes    1-0-6-0
SR Watson    31* (39b 6x4)      ST Finn    5-1-25-1

Australia won't be too unhappy after the Powerplay, especially after that wicket maiden to begin the innings. On comes Ravi Bopara at second change

10.1

Bopara to Finch, no run, length ball on off stump, sticks in the wicket a little and Finch gets a leading edge trying to pat across the line of the ball

10.2

Bopara to Finch, 1 run, gets on the front foot and drives one through the covers

10.3

Bopara to Watson, no run, Watson stays back, dangles his bat out horizontally and is beaten, Buttler taking it up to the stumps

10.4

Bopara to Watson, no run, length ball, Watson pushes into the off side

10.5

Bopara to Watson, no run, there's a mix up and England could have had a run-out at both ends! Watson pushed the ball to mid-off and both he and Finch set off before realising there wasn't a run, Root could have thrown it to Buttler at the striker's end, decided to have a shy at the bowler's end and missed, with both batsmen out of their ground

10.6

Bopara to Watson, 1 run, on a length outside off, sits back and glides a single to third man

End of over 11 (2 runs) Australia 51/1 (RR: 4.63)
SR Watson    32* (43b 6x4)      RS Bopara    1-0-2-0
AJ Finch    19* (19b 2x4)      BA Stokes    1-0-6-0

Another change from Morgan, bringing on spin early in the form of James Tredwell. He bowled well on this ground against Australia last year

11.1

Tredwell to Watson, no run, tossed up and skids on with the arm outside off, defended

11.2

Tredwell to Watson, no run, pushed through, Watson comes forward and defends

11.3

Tredwell to Watson, no run, worked off the front pad to midwicket

11.4

Tredwell to Watson, SIX, bit more air on this and Watson gets to the pitch, clatters a big ole mow over wide long-on, there was a man out there but it clears him into the crowd

11.5

Tredwell to Watson, no run, turn for Tredwell, this spins back and cramps Watson as he tries to cut

11.6

Tredwell to Watson, no run, gets in a tangle again, flatter and quicker and Watson is beaten pushing outside off

Interesting first over from Tredwell - one scoring shot, five dots, six runs off it

End of over 12 (6 runs) Australia 57/1 (RR: 4.75)
SR Watson    38* (49b 6x4 1x6)      JC Tredwell    1-0-6-0
AJ Finch    19* (19b 2x4)      RS Bopara    1-0-2-0

12.1

Bopara to Finch, 2 runs, length ball outside off, steered through backward point and wide of third man for a couple

12.2

Bopara to Finch, 1 run, gets forward and pushes one into a gap in the covers

12.3

Bopara to Watson, no run, slightly full, around the line of off, pushed back on the front foot

Buttler is standing back to Bopara now

12.4

Bopara to Watson, OUT, length, outside off, Watson tries to cut off the back foot, he misses - or does he? Bopara is convinced he hit this and England review. We're into Clockwork Orange replay territory, the footage run over and over again from different angles; there's a definite sound as the ball passes, seemingly over the top edge - but the side-on, Hot Spot angle, has the ball going past the toe of the bat, and no heat mark. This is very tricky, as the different camera angles almost look like they're showing different deliveries... but Dar decides the audio is clear, there's nothing else the bat could have hit as the ball went through, and the decision is overturned. Watson has to go this time!

SR Watson c †Buttler b Bopara 38 (51m 51b 6x4 1x6) SR: 74.50

In comes Michael Clarke at No. 4. Bopara was convinced that was out and it's hard to see where else the sound would have come from - Watson wasn't happy with the decision, though

12.5

Bopara to Clarke, no run, length ball, wide of the stumps and chopped to point on the back foot

12.6

Bopara to Clarke, 1 run, width again, drops back and guides one down to third man

End of over 13 (4 runs) Australia 61/2 (RR: 4.69)
MJ Clarke    1* (2b)      RS Bopara    2-0-6-1
AJ Finch    22* (21b 2x4)      JC Tredwell    1-0-6-0

With the new batsman in, Morgan brings back Rankin. One slip in place

13.1

Rankin to Clarke, no run, slightly back of a length and outside off, turned to leg

13.2

Rankin to Clarke, no run, comes forward and blocks

13.3

Rankin to Clarke, 1 run, hops back, the ball seams in and rises off a length, defended behind square on the off side

13.4

Rankin to Finch, no run, good-length delivery, outside off and coming back, Finch thrusts out a pad and leaveas

13.5

Rankin to Finch, no run, pitched up a bit further, defended coming forwards

13.6

Rankin to Finch, no run, full and in the channel, punched into the ground and fielded by Rankin in his follow through

Snickometer, by the way, which isn't part of the DRS, suggests there was indeed a scrape of Watson's bat on that dismissal... AD isn't having it, though: "That's not out. No way there was conclusive enough evidence to suggest he was out. The on-field umpire gave it not out. So how on earth can the third umpire give it out. This is insane.... Shame on cricket!"

End of over 14 (1 run) Australia 62/2 (RR: 4.42)
AJ Finch    22* (24b 2x4)      WB Rankin    5-0-19-0
MJ Clarke    2* (5b)      RS Bopara    2-0-6-1

14.1

Bopara to Clarke, 1 run, little bit of width and Clarke steers cut-dab through point

14.2

Bopara to Finch, no run, length ball, around off, pushed back on the off side

14.3

Bopara to Finch, FOUR, slightly full, Finch hits out and just clears mid-off, came off the bat near the toe but there was enough on it, the ball runs for four

14.4

Bopara to Finch, 1 leg bye, works the ball of the pads into the leg side

14.5

Bopara to Clarke, no run, pitched up on the stumps, Clarke drives, fine of mid-on but there's no run

14.6

Bopara to Clarke, 1 run, width offered again, stays back and runs another single down to third man

Time for drinks, you've got a couple of minutes to go put the kettle on and raid the cupboard for Hob Nobs. Here's CSB, with something to dunk in the metaphorical tea of technology in cricket: "I used to be a huge fan of the DRS. Over the last couple of years it's done nothing but bring controversy to an already controversial issue. Time for it to be scrapped or have major revisions applied. The current form is an absolute joke. This English summer has proved that many times."

End of over 15 (7 runs) Australia 69/2 (RR: 4.60)
MJ Clarke    4* (8b)      RS Bopara    3-0-12-1
AJ Finch    26* (27b 3x4)      WB Rankin    5-0-19-0

Rankin continues after the break, slip still in

15.1

Rankin to Clarke, no run, dug in short, the ball rises to a good height on its way through as Clarke drops his hands inside the line

15.2

Rankin to Clarke, no run, half an appeal from Rankin, as he beats Clarke for pace on the inside, hits the pad ... heading down past leg, though

Clarke still looking a bit awkward at being targeted by short stuff, then following up fuller and straighter, as Broad did during the Tests

15.3

Rankin to Clarke, 1 run, length, on the stumps and worked through square leg from deep in the crease

15.4

Rankin to Finch, no run, Finch gets forward to a length ball around off

15.5

Rankin to Finch, 1 run, little bit wide, Finch drives and gets a thick edge through gully/third slip, single down to third man

15.6

Rankin to Clarke, FOUR, Clarke deals with this well enough, not really a bouncer from Rankin and it sits up to be pulled smartly through midwicket for four

End of over 16 (6 runs) Australia 75/2 (RR: 4.68)
MJ Clarke    9* (12b 1x4)      WB Rankin    6-0-25-0
AJ Finch    27* (29b 3x4)      RS Bopara    3-0-12-1

16.1

Bopara to Finch, 1 run, on the stumps, nurdled to leg for one more

"The one I feel sorry for is Kettleborough," says joey. "Two perfectly reasonable decisions overturned on evidence that only 50% are convinced by. Tough being an ump."

16.2

Bopara to Clarke, 1 run, bangs this in short of a length, again Clarke is equal to it, keeping a pull shot down towards deep square leg

16.3

Bopara to Finch, 1 run, little bit short and width for Finch to cue end one down to third man

16.4

Bopara to Clarke, 1 run, the bat turns in the hand as Clarke attempts an expansive drive, the ball screws away through square leg

16.5

Bopara to Finch, no run, comes forward, hitting slightly across the line and the ball pings back to Bopara

16.6

Bopara to Finch, no run, touch back of a length, pushed to mid-on off the back foot

End of over 17 (4 runs) Australia 79/2 (RR: 4.64)
AJ Finch    29* (33b 3x4)      RS Bopara    4-0-16-1
MJ Clarke    11* (14b 1x4)      WB Rankin    6-0-25-0

Tredwell brought back into the attack

17.1

Tredwell to Clarke, 1 run, tossed up, comes forward and worked with the spin into a gap on the leg side

17.2

Tredwell to Finch, no run, there's an lbw appeal from Tredwell, think the ball hit pad before bat, but umpire S Ravi isn't interested. No one else was, really, but Morgan decides the go with his bowler and England review. This looks a little speculative, though it was definitely pad first ... the line is the key and Hawk-Eye adjudges the ball struck fractionally outside off, so Finch survives

17.3

Tredwell to Finch, 1 run, little bit wide and Finch drops back, cuts one through point to the sweeper

17.4

Tredwell to Clarke, FOUR, excellent footwork makes this a drivable delivery for Clarke, who lasers the ball through extra cover and all the way to the rope

17.5

Tredwell to Clarke, no run, tossed up, spinning in and defended coming forwards

17.6

Tredwell to Clarke, 2 runs, Clarke is on the walk again, works thew ball into midwicket and they pick up a couple

End of over 18 (8 runs) Australia 87/2 (RR: 4.83)
MJ Clarke    18* (18b 2x4)      JC Tredwell    2-0-14-0
AJ Finch    30* (35b 3x4)      RS Bopara    4-0-16-1

18.1

Bopara to Finch, no run, pitched up in the channel, driven with a flourish but straight to mid-off

18.2

Bopara to Finch, 1 run, length delivery, little bit wider and crunched off the back foot through point, there's a man out there

Clarke is walking up the pitch, he's been distracted by something at the Statham End, where the player dressing rooms are - it appears there is sunlight reflecting off the top of an ice cream van. Mr Whippy has stopped play! Looks like it's going to have to be moved - they've also put a towel on top of the heavy roller, I think

18.3

Bopara to Clarke, 1 run, slightly back of a length and the ball jags in, hits Clarke in the midriff, they steal a bye as Stokes runs in from point and misses trying to kick the ball on to the stumps

18.4

Bopara to Finch, 1 run, pitched up and punched towards mid-off

18.5

Bopara to Clarke, no run, hit on the pad by a fullish ball that tails in, would have slid past leg

18.6

Bopara to Clarke, 1 run, goes across and works the ball into the leg side

End of over 19 (4 runs) Australia 91/2 (RR: 4.78)
MJ Clarke    20* (21b 2x4)      RS Bopara    5-0-20-1
AJ Finch    32* (38b 3x4)      JC Tredwell    2-0-14-0

19.1

Tredwell to Clarke, 1 run, tossed up, spinning from off to leg and nudge through square for one

19.2

Tredwell to Finch, SIX, gives it some air and Tredwell is again carted for six! Agricultural stuff from Finch but with those forearms you'd happily let him plough your field, he plants his front foot and slog-sweeps flat over midwicket

19.3

Tredwell to Finch, no run, flatter, pushed back down the track

19.4

Tredwell to Finch, 1 run, makes a bit of room and drives one through the covers

19.5

Tredwell to Clarke, FOUR, dainty footwork from Clarke, who looks like he's auditioning for a spot on Strictly Come Prancing, flutters down the pitch and lofts Tredwell over mid-off for four

19.6

Tredwell to Clarke, 1 run, gets forward and works the ball back down the ground to long-on

The hundred is up for Australia - and that's a mighty fine over for Australia

End of over 20 (13 runs) Australia 104/2 (RR: 5.20)
MJ Clarke    26* (24b 3x4)      JC Tredwell    3-0-27-0
AJ Finch    39* (41b 3x4 1x6)      RS Bopara    5-0-20-1

20.1

Bopara to Clarke, no run, length ball, pushed on the front foot towards mid-off

"Now, the sunlight is interrupting the game," exclaims Rohit. "It's really ironic seeing what we got in the last game!"

20.2

Bopara to Clarke, no run, tight line and Clarke can only work the ball back to the bowler

Buttler is up to the stumps again

20.3

Bopara to Clarke, 1 run, little bit wider, Clarke drops back and glides one down to third man

20.4

Bopara to Finch, 1 run, waits, dabs the ball short and square on the off side for another single

20.5

Bopara to Clarke, no run, woof, beaten and the ball flying just over the top of the stumps! Buttler though there might have been an edge but Bopara wasn't so interested, Clarke dropping back and attempting to run the ball off the face, failed to make contact

20.6

Bopara to Clarke, no run, tapped short into the covers, thinks about stealing a base but quickly turns back

End of over 21 (2 runs) Australia 106/2 (RR: 5.04)
MJ Clarke    27* (29b 3x4)      RS Bopara    6-0-22-1
AJ Finch    40* (42b 3x4 1x6)      JC Tredwell    3-0-27-0

21.1

Tredwell to Finch, FOUR, tossed up around off stump, Finch backs away and cracks the ball flat down the ground, the man at long-on gets there but can't cut it off

21.2

Tredwell to Finch, 1 run, pushed back past the bowler for long-on

21.3

Tredwell to Clarke, FOUR, flighted, on off stump, Clarke skips forward and hits the ball inside to out, against the spin but cleanly and crisply over extra cover for another boundary

Tredwell getting just a bit of tap, here

21.4

Tredwell to Clarke, 1 run, comes forward and works the ball down the ground again

21.5

Tredwell to Finch, OUT, goes for another big slog down the ground but picks out long-on! Finch has given it away, launching the ball flat and straight down the gullet of Joe Root on the fence, who barely has to move and swallows it without fuss

AJ Finch c Root b Tredwell 45 (98m 45b 4x4 1x6) SR: 100.00

George Bailey joins his captain in the middle. The innings is neatly poised at the moment, England will be delighted to have pinched out Finch

21.6

Tredwell to Bailey, no run, floated up, comes forward and turns the mid-on

End of over 22 (10 runs) Australia 116/3 (RR: 5.27)
GJ Bailey    0* (1b)      JC Tredwell    4-0-37-1
MJ Clarke    32* (31b 4x4)      RS Bopara    6-0-22-1

Stokes back into the attack for Bopara

22.1

Stokes to Clarke, no run, touch short, around off stump, Clarke stays back and defends

22.2

Stokes to Clarke, 1 run, outside the line of off stump, goes back and dabs one behind square on the off side

22.3

Stokes to Bailey, 1 run, on the stumps, works across the line and picks up one through midwicket to get off the mark

22.4

Stokes to Clarke, no run, wide of the stumps, Clarke stays back and steers the ball to point

22.5

Stokes to Clarke, no run, tight line, opens the face and drops the ball short, point fields

22.6

Stokes to Clarke, no run, good bouncer from Stokes, zips through at 85mph and Clarke ducks smartly under it

End of over 23 (2 runs) Australia 118/3 (RR: 5.13)
MJ Clarke    33* (36b 4x4)      BA Stokes    2-0-8-0
GJ Bailey    1* (2b)      JC Tredwell    4-0-37-1

23.1

Tredwell to Bailey, 1 run, tossed up on the stumps, Bailey comes forward and pushes one to long-on

23.2

Tredwell to Clarke, 1 run, Tredwell goes round the wicket, Clarke on the move again, closes the face for one through midwicket

23.3

Tredwell to Bailey, 1 run, punches back past the bowler, who can't stop it diving to his right

23.4

Tredwell to Clarke, 1 run, on the stumps, plays with the turn for one in front of square out towards the sweeper

23.5

Tredwell to Bailey, 1 run, good rotation of the strike from these two, Bailey using his feet and clipping another single through midwicket

23.6

Tredwell to Clarke, 1 run, round the wicket, flatter and on leg stump, glanced through square

"Really like the look of the Aus batting line up," observes Sultan. "For once we look balanced with plenty of hard heads."

End of over 24 (6 runs) Australia 124/3 (RR: 5.16)
MJ Clarke    36* (39b 4x4)      JC Tredwell    5-0-43-1
GJ Bailey    4* (5b)      BA Stokes    2-0-8-0

24.1

Stokes to Clarke, no run, pitched up on off stump, pushed back and into the ground, fielded on the bounce by Stokes

24.2

Stokes to Clarke, FOUR, good pace from Stokes, bit of width and the ball is edged through the slips as Clarke throws the hands, no one there, though, and it will fly to the boundary

24.3

Stokes to Clarke, no run, goes full and straight, Clarke had gambled on that, opened his body and thrashed a drive straight at mid-off

24.4

Stokes to Clarke, 1 run, waits on a slower ball, drops short of point and calls Bailey through, a direct hit would have made things interesting

24.5

Stokes to Bailey, no run, stays back and guides a length ball to point

24.6

Stokes to Bailey, no run, Morgan again swoops in from square of the wicket to prevent Bailey from picking up one

Luke Wright trots on, for Stokes I think. Doesn't appear to be a major problem

End of over 25 (5 runs) Australia 129/3 (RR: 5.16)
GJ Bailey    4* (7b)      BA Stokes    3-0-13-0
MJ Clarke    41* (43b 5x4)      JC Tredwell    5-0-43-1

25.1

Tredwell to Clarke, no run, continues round the wicket, pushed back down the track

Here's KM: "I've liked Morgan so far as captain, seems like he's handled his bowlers really well. Sticking with Tredwell despite him getting some tap and letting Stokes settle"

25.2

Tredwell to Clarke, no run, flighted, outside off, leans out and defends with a straight bat

25.3

Tredwell to Clarke, 1 run, tossed up on the stumps, comes forward and nudges one down the ground to long-on

25.4

Tredwell to Bailey, SIX, BOOM goes the dynamite! Bailey on the charge, gets plenty of bat on a lofted shot straight down the ground, goes all the way

25.5

Tredwell to Bailey, no run, driven back and well fielded by Tredwell

25.6

Tredwell to Bailey, 1 run, tossed up on the stumps and worked through the leg side

It was actually Finn who was replaced by Wright. He's back on now

End of over 26 (8 runs) Australia 137/3 (RR: 5.26)
GJ Bailey    11* (10b 1x6)      JC Tredwell    6-0-51-1
MJ Clarke    42* (46b 5x4)      BA Stokes    3-0-13-0

26.1

Stokes to Bailey, no run, tight line and defended around off stump

26.2

Stokes to Bailey, no run, good nut from Stokes, a little wide but it darts away as Bailey wafts and misses in the channel

26.3

Stokes to Bailey, no run, done him again, Bailey prodding forward uncertainly outside off, beats the outside edge on its way through to Buttler

A slip comes back in for Bailey, on the evidence of those two balls

26.4

Stokes to Bailey, 1 run, pitched up and dropped into the covers for a single

26.5

Stokes to Clarke, no run, Stokes is working up good pace and bounce right now, gets one through past Clarke's leaden-footed swish this time

26.6

Stokes to Clarke, no run, punched into the covers, another dot - excellent over from Stokes

Here's Rohit Verma: "I know that there are a lot of edges, missed shots and 3 wickets in all, but, the approach from the Aussies looked pretty good to me so far. A bit of aggression mixed with some good sensible stuff."

End of over 27 (1 run) Australia 138/3 (RR: 5.11)
MJ Clarke    42* (48b 5x4)      BA Stokes    4-0-14-0
GJ Bailey    12* (14b 1x6)      JC Tredwell    6-0-51-1

One thing Australia have definitely done well is attack James Tredwell. The spinner has not been able to give Morgan control, as he usually does, and Bopara is brought back on

27.1

Bopara to Bailey, 1 run, slightly full and tailing in, clipped through midwicket for a single

27.2

Bopara to Clarke, no run, fullish, wide of the stumps, pushed to the fielder in front of square

27.3

Bopara to Clarke, no run, takes a bit of pace off of, Clarke a little early on the shot but he manages to check it, the ball dying and bouncing into the stumps at the other end as Bopara threw himself to his right

27.4

Bopara to Clarke, no run, good length, comes forward and pushes into the covers

27.5

Bopara to Clarke, no run, tight stuff from Bopara, the batsman comes forward and plays with a straight bat into the covers

27.6

Bopara to Clarke, 1 run, low full toss, wide of the stumps and pushed to mid-off for a single

End of over 28 (2 runs) Australia 140/3 (RR: 5.00)
MJ Clarke    43* (53b 5x4)      RS Bopara    7-0-24-1
GJ Bailey    13* (15b 1x6)      BA Stokes    4-0-14-0

28.1

Stokes to Clarke, 2 runs, slightly full, Clarke throws the hands through an uppish drive, gets under it but the shot has the distance to clear Finn running back from mid-off

28.2

Stokes to Clarke, 1 run, gets forward, drives hard at the ball and gets an inside edge through square

28.3

Stokes to Bailey, 2 runs, short ball, stops a little on Bailey and his pull lobs in the air but safe through midwicket

28.4

Stokes to Bailey, no run, gets on the front foot and punches to cover

28.5

Stokes to Bailey, no run, full of a length outside off, driven into the ground and back to Stokes

"There's no uneven bounce or turn is there?" Not really, Jeff, seems to be a decent deck

28.6

Stokes to Bailey, SIX, touch overpitched and Bailey smites the ball over long-on again, excellent stroke, hitting through the line and clearing the rope

That releases the little bit of pressure England had built up, with just three runs coming from the previous two overs

End of over 29 (11 runs) Australia 151/3 (RR: 5.20)
GJ Bailey    21* (19b 2x6)      BA Stokes    5-0-25-0
MJ Clarke    46* (55b 5x4)      RS Bopara    7-0-24-1

Another change, Root and his offbreaks into the attack

29.1

Root to Clarke, no run, tossed up and blocked on the front foot

29.2

Root to Clarke, no run, spinning back in from outside off, Clarke manages to keep it out

29.3

Root to Clarke, 2 runs, heaves across the line, a lot of bottom hand and picks out a gap towards deep midwicket

29.4

Root to Clarke, 1 run, flatter, skidding on, Clarke works the ball flat off the pads, decides against a second

29.5

Root to Bailey, 1 run, on the stumps, darted in, turned short on the leg side

Morgan brings in Finn from deep square to prevent another single there

29.6

Root to Clarke, FOUR, flat, on the stumps and swept in the air, safely beyond Finn to the now-unguarded boundary - that's four and it brings up a half-century for Clarke

End of over 30 (8 runs) Australia 159/3 (RR: 5.30)
MJ Clarke    53* (60b 6x4)      JE Root    1-0-8-0
GJ Bailey    22* (20b 2x6)      BA Stokes    5-0-25-0

30.1

Stokes to Bailey, FOUR, ever-so-slightly full, on middle and off and flicked meatily through midwicket, beats the man on the ring and runs away

30.2

Stokes to Bailey, 1 run, shortens his length, dabbed short on the off side for one more

30.3

Stokes to Clarke, FOUR, stays back, Clarke opens the face and guides the ball fine, might have come off the shoulder of the bat but it was well played, beating third man for another boundary

30.4

Stokes to Clarke, 1 run, length on off stump, drives with the bat away from the front pad, inside-edged through backward square leg

30.5

Stokes to Bailey, 1 run, short, attempted bouncer and pulled flat through square for one

30.6

Stokes to Clarke, no run, back of a length, seams back in as Clarke tries to cut, takes the bottom half of the bat and bounces back down the pitch

A decent start has become an excellent platform for Australia. England's batting should be their stronger suite, with this experimental XI, but chasing 300 is usually beyond them

End of over 31 (11 runs) Australia 170/3 (RR: 5.48)
MJ Clarke    58* (63b 7x4)      BA Stokes    6-0-36-0
GJ Bailey    28* (23b 1x4 2x6)      JE Root    1-0-8-0

31.1

Root to Bailey, 1 run, tossed up, punched back down the ground to long-on

31.2

Root to Clarke, 1 run, drags this a little short, swivels through a pull to deep midwicket

31.3

Root to Bailey, 1 run, drifts down the leg side, Bailey had moved across his stumps and sweeps hard, deep backward square keeps them to one

31.4

Root to Clarke, 1 run, glances firmly off the pads, Morgan throws himself to the ground at midwicket and makes a good stop

31.5

Root to Bailey, 1 run, stops a little, the ball pops off the bat face and runs down to long-on

31.6

Root to Clarke, no run, flatter, skids through on to the pad and runs short on the leg side, Buttler gives chase

End of over 32 (5 runs) Australia 175/3 (RR: 5.46)
MJ Clarke    60* (66b 7x4)      JE Root    2-0-13-0
GJ Bailey    31* (26b 1x4 2x6)      BA Stokes    6-0-36-0

Tredwell is recalled to the attack

32.1

Tredwell to Bailey, no run, round the wicket, tossed up and straightening down the leg side, Bailey misses it, not called wide though

32.2

Tredwell to Bailey, no run, this loops up off the front pad, Buttler runs forward and takes it but there wasn't any bat or glove involved

32.3

Tredwell to Bailey, no run, pushed forward on leg stump again, this does take the shoulder of the bat, on to the front pad but plops safely square, Buttler unable to get there

32.4

Tredwell to Bailey, 1 run, works one off the pads to midwicket

32.5

Tredwell to Clarke, no run, drops back and cuts late from in front of the stumps, picks out point

32.6

Tredwell to Clarke, 1 run, floated up on the stumps, glanced in front of square on the leg side for one more

End of over 33 (2 runs) Australia 177/3 (RR: 5.36)
MJ Clarke    61* (68b 7x4)      JC Tredwell    7-0-53-1
GJ Bailey    32* (30b 1x4 2x6)      JE Root    2-0-13-0

Australia decide to take the batting Powerplay a couple of overs early. These two are set, so probably a good call... Steven Finn replaces Root

33.1

Finn to Clarke, no run, slightly short of a length, comes back at Clarke of the pitch as he tries to cut

"This looks like a decent batting track. A 300+ would be competitive. All Aussies, barring Marsh, have got good starts. Let's see whether these two will be able to turn their starts into biggies and register their first win of the Ashes." Don't forget the T20, Murali. They count too. They do, honestly

33.2

Finn to Clarke, FOUR, hit on the up, just an ice cream scoop down the ground, mid-on gives chase but that will be four

33.3

Finn to Clarke, FOUR, Finn digs the ball in short, outside off stump and battered between midwicket and mid-on, superb placement on the pull stroke from Clarke and that's another boundary

33.4

Finn to Clarke, 1 wide, short again, the bumper veering down the leg side as Clarke crouched out of the way

33.4

Finn to Clarke, 1 run, back of a length outside off, tapped into the ground short of point

Trott, who had just been called up from fine leg, returns to the fence and mid-on comes up

33.5

Finn to Bailey, no run, slightly back of a length, beats Bailey for pace and hits him on the back thigh as he prods from the crease

33.6

Finn to Bailey, 1 run, length ball around off, gets forward and pushes into the covers, they take on Carberry's arm and get home safely enough

On come the drinks again. Alex is joining us for a stint, but I'll leave you with this, from John: "If England manage a bit of luck when batting, which they probably deserve given what Australia have got away with, then they may well have the personnel to chase down 300 here. If Carberry and KP can get them away to a flyer, which they're quite capable of, things could get interesting."

End of over 34 (11 runs) Australia 188/3 (RR: 5.52)
GJ Bailey    33* (32b 1x4 2x6)      ST Finn    6-1-36-1
MJ Clarke    70* (72b 9x4)      JC Tredwell    7-0-53-1

Hello everyone, Alex Winter with you until lunch. Lovely day and Australia basking in the conditions. Still four more Powerplay overs to come. Back comes Boyd Rankin at the Statham End...

34.1

Rankin to Bailey, FOUR, length ball, poked at from the crease, genuine nick and it runs fine of third man, very unfortunate for the bowler, good delivery, forced and error and still concedes four

34.2

Rankin to Bailey, 1 run, good length on middle and leg, whipped down to long leg

34.3

Rankin to Clarke, 1 run, length ball on off stump, dropped from the back foot into the covers and the grab a quick single before backward point can get in

34.4

Rankin to Bailey, no run, similar line, dabbed too close to extra-cover this time for a single

34.5

Rankin to Bailey, no run, touch tighter line and played off the back foot towards midwicket

34.6

Rankin to Bailey, no run, fuller a foot outside off, played forward and plays and misses, good back end of the over

End of over 35 (6 runs) Australia 194/3 (RR: 5.54)
GJ Bailey    38* (37b 2x4 2x6)      WB Rankin    7-0-31-0
MJ Clarke    71* (73b 9x4)      ST Finn    6-1-36-1

35.1

Finn to Clarke, no run, excellent yorker-length on off stump, dug out into extra-cover

35.2

Finn to Clarke, FOUR, just back of a length and picked up over midwicket, well struck with a straight-arm jab and timed it superbly

35.3

Finn to Clarke, 1 run, back of a length, 77mph slower ball, Clarke wait for it and cuts without timing, cover saves well and they steal a run

35.4

Finn to Bailey, FOUR, slightly shoirt of a good length and hammered on the pull in front of deep square leg, well struck, four more

35.5

Finn to Bailey, no run, good length on off stump, dabbed from the crease up on the off side

35.6

Finn to Bailey, 1 run, fuller length, 78mph cutter, dabbed from the crease towards point, they get a single in front of the fielder

End of over 36 (10 runs) Australia 204/3 (RR: 5.66)
GJ Bailey    43* (40b 3x4 2x6)      ST Finn    7-1-46-1
MJ Clarke    76* (76b 10x4)      WB Rankin    7-0-31-0

36.1

Rankin to Bailey, 2 runs, short and pulled high on the bat over mid-on, just enough bat to clear the fielder, rather clothed with a stroke leaning back and trying to heave over the in-field

36.2

Rankin to Bailey, no run, tries to pull a good length ball outside off and misses, rather too big a swing, position was poor and overbalanced

36.3

Rankin to Bailey, no run, leans back again and cuts this to backward point from just outside off, straight to the fielder

36.4

Rankin to Bailey, no run, good length a foot outside off, bit of a nothing stroke really, playing from the crease, fiddles it outside off and misses

36.5

Rankin to Bailey, 1 run, similar area, dabbed from a foot outside off in front of cover for a sharp single

36.6

Rankin to Clarke, no run, backs away and tries to clear the off side field who are all up in the circle, Rankin followed him with a good length ball and Clarke missed

End of over 37 (3 runs) Australia 207/3 (RR: 5.59)
MJ Clarke    76* (77b 10x4)      WB Rankin    8-0-34-0
GJ Bailey    46* (45b 3x4 2x6)      ST Finn    7-1-46-1

Touch cloudier now, bit of cover has blown in, England need some cover on the boundaries. Ben Stokes to bowl the final Powerplay over...

37.1

Stokes to Bailey, 1 run, length on off stump, tucked from the crease to midwicket on the edge of the circle for an easy single

37.2

Stokes to Clarke, FOUR, poor ball, length on the pads and tickled past short long leg, awful ball to that field

Clarke now has the highest score by an Australian in an ODI on this ground, beating Mark Taylor...

37.3

Stokes to Clarke, 1 run, short and pulled firmly but straight to Bopara at deep midwicket

37.4

Stokes to Bailey, SIX, gorgeous shot, length on off stump, right in the slot for Bailey to swing through it and he nails it straight over the bowler's head for six, magnificent timing, just cleared the front leg a little to give him room to swing the bat, very nice half-century

37.5

Stokes to Bailey, 1 run, slower ball, very slower, waited for and pulled to deep midwicket

37.6

Stokes to Clarke, no run, full length on off stump, Clarke forward dabbing up the wicket and the bowler fields going to his left

End of over 38 (13 runs) Australia 220/3 (RR: 5.78)
MJ Clarke    81* (80b 11x4)      BA Stokes    7-0-49-0
GJ Bailey    54* (48b 3x4 3x6)      WB Rankin    8-0-34-0

43 for 0 in the batting Powerplay, great progress and Bailey in fine touch. James Tredwell back on...

38.1

Tredwell to Bailey, 1 run, step across the stumps and playing with the spin through square leg into the deep

38.2

Tredwell to Clarke, 1 run, shimmy down and flick with the spin through square leg again

38.3

Tredwell to Bailey, 2 runs, played out through square leg yet again, this softly played off the front foot and they run hard and get back for the second

38.4

Tredwell to Bailey, 1 run, forward, nice length ball, had to adjust and flick off middle and leg to short long leg, they steal a run

38.5

Tredwell to Clarke, 1 run, using his feet again to flick out through the leg side, finds deep midwicket

38.6

Tredwell to Bailey, 1 run, swept off the stumps to the 45, goes too quickly to the fielder for a run

End of over 39 (7 runs) Australia 227/3 (RR: 5.82)
GJ Bailey    59* (52b 3x4 3x6)      JC Tredwell    8-0-60-1
MJ Clarke    83* (82b 11x4)      BA Stokes    7-0-49-0

Uwaisul: "This has been the worst figures for James Tredwell in terms of runs conceeded in his impressive ODI career so far. Previously it was 54/2 in 10 against India." Ravi Bopara is the most economical bowler today and comes back...

39.1

Bopara to Bailey, 1 run, good length, tried to be swung over the leg side, gets a toe end through midwicket

39.2

Bopara to Clarke, 1 run, length ball angled in, Clarke was aiming off side, got a thick inside edge to leg, they run hard as the ball runs up towards long-on but just a single

39.3

Bopara to Bailey, 1 run, slower ball on off stump, pulled through midwicket, just a single again

39.4

Bopara to Clarke, no run, slower ball well wide of off stump, swung at and missed, probably a wide but not called

39.5

Bopara to Clarke, 1 wide, this is wide because it's down the leg side, Buttler does well to parry it and save five

39.5

Bopara to Clarke, no run, tries to step to leg and force through the off side, gets it high on the bat to mid-off

39.6

Bopara to Clarke, FOUR, this time clears the off side, little step away to leg to give the space to swing the arms, takes a length ball from off stump and lifts it over Rankin at mid-off, good strike, ruins a decent over

End of over 40 (8 runs) Australia 235/3 (RR: 5.87)
MJ Clarke    88* (86b 12x4)      RS Bopara    8-0-32-1
GJ Bailey    61* (54b 3x4 3x6)      JC Tredwell    8-0-60-1

So Australia now in superb shape to have a right old crack at this final 10 overs. They'll be looking to add 100 more here. Stokes changes ends...

40.1

Stokes to Bailey, FOUR, long leg is up in the circle and this is clipped past him for four, Bailey stepped to leg slightly, Stokes followed him, Bailey stepped back inside it and clipped past the short fielder

40.2

Stokes to Bailey, 2 runs, pulled firmly into the deep, they run hard and beat Carberry's throw from deep midwicket, he fumbled slightly and that was crucial

40.3

Stokes to Bailey, 1 run, full on off stump, swung hard, good connection but only as far as mid-off

Long leg back, third man up...

40.4

Stokes to Clarke, 1 run, full, angled in to the pads, pushed up towards long-on

40.5

Stokes to Bailey, 1 run, slower ball, 68mph, waited for and pulled steadily out to deep square leg for a single

40.6

Stokes to Clarke, no run, yorker length on middle, dug out into midwicket and the bowler is quickly across to field, funny how yorkers often work

End of over 41 (9 runs) Australia 244/3 (RR: 5.95)
MJ Clarke    89* (88b 12x4)      BA Stokes    8-0-58-0
GJ Bailey    69* (58b 4x4 3x6)      RS Bopara    8-0-32-1

41.1

Bopara to Bailey, FOUR, slower ball. 66mph on off stump, heaved over the leg side, Stokes is out at deep midwicket but it's over the fielder's head but short of the rope, criminal that Stokes is off the rope

41.2

Bopara to Bailey, SIX, just back of a length and nailed over midwicket this time into the crowd

41.3

Bopara to Bailey, no run, length well wide of off stump, tried to be cut and missed

41.4

Bopara to Bailey, 1 run, slapped through the off side from off stump straight to extra-cover, they take on the fielder and get home easily, well ran

41.5

Bopara to Clarke, FOUR, slower ball, spotted on off stump, chipped gracefully down the ground for a one-bounce four, nicely struck

41.6

Bopara to Clarke, no run, step to leg, Bopara follows him and the off side stroke comes off an under edge back to the bowler

End of over 42 (15 runs) Australia 259/3 (RR: 6.16)
MJ Clarke    93* (90b 13x4)      RS Bopara    9-0-47-1
GJ Bailey    80* (62b 5x4 4x6)      BA Stokes    8-0-58-0

Sultan: "Aussies have played the pull shot with supreme confidence today. Great to see. England too short." As in cumulative height?

42.1

Stokes to Bailey, no run, full ball, angled in, tried to be swung over the leg side and misses, gets hit on the body

42.2

Stokes to Bailey, 1 run, low full toss on off stump, carved towards cover point who saves but they get a single

42.3

Stokes to Clarke, 1 run, length ball on the stumps, covered up and tucked through square leg for a single

42.4

Stokes to Bailey, 1 run, cutter outside off, 76mph, slapped off the bottom of the bat to mid-off, they sprint and get a run

42.5

Stokes to Clarke, 1 run, length on leg stump, clipped down to long leg

42.6

Stokes to Bailey, no run, full at the pads, tried to be smashed to Liverpool, Bailey misses and Stokes runs up to save the single as it ran off the pads

End of over 43 (4 runs) Australia 263/3 (RR: 6.11)
GJ Bailey    82* (66b 5x4 4x6)      BA Stokes    9-0-62-0
MJ Clarke    95* (92b 13x4)      RS Bopara    9-0-47-1

43.1

Bopara to Clarke, (no ball) FOUR, oh dear, beamer I think, yep, Clarke backs away and manages it angle it past the wicketkeeper for four, just slipped out from Bopara and nearly took out the batsman and Buttler

43.1

Bopara to Clarke, 2 runs, slower on off stump, ran down to long-on, the sprint and get back for two and that is a tremendous century from Clarke, his first in ODIs against England, he's been excellent

43.2

Bopara to Clarke, 1 run, length ball on the stumps, pulled around out towards deep square leg, they fielder does well to save two

43.3

Bopara to Bailey, OUT, length ball on leg stump, Bailey swirls and pulls and picks out Tredwell at short long leg. Unlucky for Bailey really, he helped it on its way down the leg side, tried to keep it down but slapped it directly to Tredwell who held a solid chance with two hands at knee height, a gift for England and ends a fine innings

GJ Bailey c Tredwell b Bopara 82 (88m 67b 5x4 4x6) SR: 122.38

43.4

Bopara to Voges, 1 run, full just outside off, ran wide of mid-off and they get a quick single

43.5

Bopara to Clarke, no run, length ball on off stump, guided to point

43.6

Bopara to Clarke, 1 run, this time Clarke picks out Tredwell at short long leg but safely on the bounce flicking around the corner

End of over 44 (10 runs) Australia 273/4 (RR: 6.20)
MJ Clarke    103* (97b 14x4)      RS Bopara    10-0-57-2
AC Voges    1* (1b)      BA Stokes    9-0-62-0

44.1

Stokes to Clarke, no run, nice length delivery just outside off, it holds it line a little and beats Clarke as he tries to run it down fine

44.2

Stokes to Clarke, 1 run, slower ball, 76mph, length on off stump, clothed down the ground and just a single to long-on

44.3

Stokes to Voges, 1 run, length just outside off, dabbed down towards third man

44.4

Stokes to Clarke, 1 run, backs away, Stokes follows him on a full length and Clarke can only play up to mid-off for a single

44.5

Stokes to Voges, 1 run, full just outside off, played from the crease and angled down to third man

44.6

Stokes to Clarke, no run, full on off stump, tried to be swung down the ground, find mid-off, full and straight, it ain't too hard

End of over 45 (4 runs) Australia 277/4 (RR: 6.15)
MJ Clarke    105* (101b 14x4)      BA Stokes    10-0-66-0
AC Voges    3* (3b)      RS Bopara    10-0-57-2

Clarke wants a new willow. Finn returns with three to bowl. Him and Rankin to end the innings it would seem...

45.1

Finn to Voges, no run, full length on the stumps, played forward and blocked up the wicket

45.2

Finn to Voges, no run, full length on off stump, dabbed towards point, Bopara in quickly to save the single

45.3

Finn to Voges, 2 runs, just back in length, pulled through midwicket and they get a couple in front of deep square leg

45.4

Finn to Voges, 2 runs, similar line, wide of off stump, chopped wide of third man and they nearly get back for three on a fumble

45.5

Finn to Voges, no run, short ball on off stump, Voges lets it go by

45.6

Finn to Voges, 1 run, slower ball on the stumps, pulled out to deep square and a nice cheap over from Finn

End of over 46 (5 runs) Australia 282/4 (RR: 6.13)
AC Voges    8* (9b)      ST Finn    8-1-51-1
MJ Clarke    105* (101b 14x4)      BA Stokes    10-0-66-0

It will be Rankin from the other end. Crucially here Voges has kept the strike...

46.1

Rankin to Voges, 1 run, length on the stumps, flicked down to long leg and Voges manages to get away from the strike early this over

46.2

Rankin to Clarke, OUT, swing to a length ball just outside off, thin nick and taken by Buttler. Those seven balls that Voges faced forced Clarke into a quite wild swing from a poor base and he's got a thin edge behind bringing to an end a marvellous innings

MJ Clarke c †Buttler b Rankin 105 (141m 102b 14x4 0x6) SR: 102.94

46.3

Rankin to Wade, OUT, length ball on off stump, Wade plays a nothing stroke really from the crease trying to run it down towards third man, the delivery was too close for the stroke and he's dragged it on. Beaten for a pace a little and got a thick inside edge into off stump

MS Wade b Rankin 0 (2m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

So Rankin on a hat-trick...

46.4

Rankin to Faulkner, no run, good delivery, full on off stump, carefully blocked up on the off side, finds cover

46.5

Rankin to Faulkner, no run, full length wide of off stump, tried to be swung through the off side and misses

46.6

Rankin to Faulkner, 1 run, yorker-length outside off, angled out through cover, fine over from Rankin, just what England needed

End of over 47 (2 runs) Australia 284/6 (RR: 6.04)
JP Faulkner    1* (3b)      WB Rankin    9-0-36-2
AC Voges    9* (10b)      ST Finn    8-1-51-1

Sultan: "Anyone got Brad Haddin's phone number?" Ha! Haddin has said he wants to play in the 2015 World Cup...

47.1

Finn to Faulkner, 1 run, length on the stumps, angled down to third man backing away to leg and they get a single

47.2

Finn to Voges, 1 run, full on off stump, driven down the ground, mid-on makes a good save sliding to his left

47.3

Finn to Faulkner, FOUR, just back of a length, clears the front leg and swings it over the leg side, good strike wide of midwicket, length ball punished again, when will they learn

47.4

Finn to Faulkner, 1 run, another ball just back in length, Faulkner did too much on the crease and ended up leg side of it and had to angle it down to third man, had he stood still he could have aimed another leg side swipe at it

47.5

Finn to Voges, 2 runs, full, wahey, on the stumps, dabbed into midwicket and they get two wide of long-on but had they set a proper field for full bowling there would surely have been a midwicket saving one

47.6

Finn to Voges, 1 run, length on the stumps, slapped to point and they get a single

Boundary boosted that over nicely...

End of over 48 (10 runs) Australia 294/6 (RR: 6.12)
AC Voges    13* (13b)      ST Finn    9-1-61-1
JP Faulkner    7* (6b 1x4)      WB Rankin    9-0-36-2

48.1

Rankin to Voges, 1 run, yorker length on leg stump, clipped through square leg and just a single as the deep fielder does very well

48.2

Rankin to Faulkner, 1 run, full at leg stump, a leg side swipe gets just a single to deep midwicket

48.3

Rankin to Voges, 1 run, another good full ball at the stumps and again just a single to deep midwicket, get a man up

48.4

Rankin to Faulkner, no run, step to leg, Rankin followed him with another full delivery, comes off the pad as Faulkner tried to swing to leg, Rankin saves the run

48.5

Rankin to Faulkner, SIX, full at the stumps, gets the length just slightly wrong and Faulkner is back in his crease to smash it over long-off, huge strike

48.6

Rankin to Faulkner, FOUR, goes again for a one-bounce four between the two deep straight fielders

Ruins what had been another super over from Rankin but overall that is a very nice set...

End of over 49 (13 runs) Australia 307/6 (RR: 6.26)
JP Faulkner    18* (10b 2x4 1x6)      WB Rankin    10-0-49-2
AC Voges    15* (15b)      ST Finn    9-1-61-1

Final over, can Australia get up to 320...

49.1

Finn to Voges, 1 run, full and follows the batsman who had cleared the off side, squirts it out through midwicket

49.2

Finn to Faulkner, OUT, steps to leg and tries to clear the off side but gets it slightly high on the bat and finds extra-cover where Morgan takes a good low catch down by his bootlaces. Finn followed the batsman and slightly cramped him for room

JP Faulkner c Morgan b Finn 18 (12m 11b 2x4 1x6) SR: 163.63

49.3

Finn to Johnson, FOUR, full on the stumps, Johnson step to leg and swings hard through the off side, connects well and steers it past cover point

49.4

Finn to Johnson, 2 runs, slower, 77mph, on leg stump, flicked behind square and gets it wide of long leg for two

49.5

Finn to Johnson, no run, another slower ball, 78mph, just outside off, a big swing and a miss for strike one, batsman totally deceived

49.6

Finn to Johnson, 1 bye, slower again, another swing and a miss, they run to the keeper and get home for the bye

1.55pm, lunch Well having been sent in, that is a superb effort from Australia, riding on Michael Clarke's first ODI century against England and a fine innings from George Bailey to rack up a imposing total. England will need their highest successful ODI chase to win the match and we'll see if they can manage it in around half an hour...

End of over 50 (8 runs) Australia 315/7
MG Johnson    6* (4b 1x4)      ST Finn    10-1-68-2
AC Voges    16* (16b)      WB Rankin    10-0-49-2
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