NatWest Series [Australia in England] - 4th ODI

England v Australia

England won by 3 wickets (with 3 balls remaining)

Right, out come the teams for the ninth time this summer. One more left this year and then a nice two year month break before we do it all again down under. Finch to take strike and Steven Finn from the Cathedral Road End...

10.05am Australia have decided to tweak their side, surprising perhaps given their good showing from what cricket has been played in this series so far. Coulter-Nile gets a day-boo, a bowler with pace and a chance to impress. And we thought it might have been England dishing out the debuts in this series. Only one match remaining now if they want to have a look at either or both of Chris Jordan or Jamie Overton. But alking of pace, Mitchell Johnson has shown plenty of it so far in this series and looks in good shape for a Test recall.

Sahil: "Hello sir." Hello to you to old boy! Feeling well? Good breakfast? I've had three Weetabix and a free coffee from Waitrose. And then one hell of a workout with 12 flights of stairs taken at a good clip. Thighs are burning.

What of these teams then. England, well they've only lost once so may as well ignore the fact that they're a bowler light and play the same team again. So Stokes will be require to bowl his full 10 and James Tredwell again becomes a key figure and if Australia can get after him again, Morgan could have problems. At least Morgan can't be criticised for his decision at the toss today. There will be some moisture in the surface and best to try and exploit that first thing, particularly as England like chasing anyway.

9.55am The good news is...oh hang on, the fire alarms are back! But we'll ignore them because it's only a drill. So anyway, the good news is that the weather is dry and bright! Dry and bright! We should get a full days cricket which is tremendous news.

Straight to the toss, Michael Clarke calls heads, it lands tails and Eoin Morgan chooses to bowl first and England go with the same side that got thumped in Manchester and struggled at Edgbaston. Clarke would also have bowled first and announces that Nathan Coulter-Nile is playing instead of Josh Hazlewood.

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

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

9.40am BST Morning all. Stairs, fire alarms, delayed trains, the things we overcome to bring you the live coverage eh?

0.1

Finn to Finch, 1 wide, full and well wide of off stump, a right old loosner

I don't understand looseners first ball of the match, surely you've warmed up...

0.1

Finn to Finch, OUT, but this ain't no loosener, full and straight, struck on the pad and given out lbw. Oh yes that's dead, finger goes up straight away and Finch is gone. A fast full delivery that seamed in a little bit and beat the attempted straight drive, hit the pad flush around the ankle and right in front of middle and leg, great start for England

AJ Finch lbw b Finn 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

So just what England wanted, get Watto in against the new ball...

0.2

Finn to Watson, no run, length on off stump, defended in the crease and pushed towards backward point

Finn must be full having seen that first ball...

0.3

Finn to Watson, 1 bye, this is short and wide, swings away having past the bat, Buttler fumbles it and it runs down to third man for a bye

0.4

Finn to Marsh, no run, good place this, length on off stump, Marsh drawn forward and blocks square on the off side

0.5

Finn to Marsh, no run, full length, that's where Finn needs to be, left alone a foot wide of the sticks

0.6

Finn to Marsh, 1 wide, an inch down leg, not good enough in one-day cricket

0.6

Finn to Marsh, no run, good length a foot wide of off stump, left alone

Decent start for Finn...

End of over 1 (3 runs) Australia 3/1 (RR: 3.00)
SE Marsh    0* (3b)      ST Finn    1-0-2-1
SR Watson    0* (2b)     

Boyd Rankin from the River End...

1.1

Rankin to Watson, 1 run, firm drive outside off, thick edge down to third man

1.2

Rankin to Marsh, no run, full length on off stump, clipped to square leg where Carberry fields

1.3

Rankin to Marsh, no run, length ball a touch straighter, tried to be turned into the leg side, comes off the pads this time to Carberry

1.4

Rankin to Marsh, no run, full and sliding past the off stump, left alone, good lengths so far from Rankin

1.5

Rankin to Marsh, no run, touch shorter, Marsh up on his toes to block out square on the off side

1.6

Rankin to Marsh, 1 run, touch straight and clipped down to long leg

End of over 2 (2 runs) Australia 5/1 (RR: 2.50)
SE Marsh    1* (8b)      WB Rankin    1-0-2-0
SR Watson    1* (3b)      ST Finn    1-0-2-1

It's been quite autumnal in Britain this last week, so a little chilly this morning...

2.1

Finn to Marsh, no run, full just outside off stump, played forward and it seams away and beats the bat, well bowled

2.2

Finn to Marsh, 1 leg bye, full again but gets the line wrong, comes off the pad as Marsh tried to clip it through the on side, gets a leg bye behind square

2.3

Finn to Watson, FOUR, full length a good two feet wide of off stump, Watson swings at it and gets plenty on it to clear the inner ring, thick outside edge but it flies away past point and gets four only just, this outfield is slow

2.4

Finn to Watson, 1 run, tighter line and a shorter length, Watson stays inside it and dabs it down to third man

2.5

Finn to Marsh, no run, full length, left alone outside off, major after bat swing and Buttler has to dive to his left to take it with two hands

2.6

Finn to Marsh, no run, similar line, a touch shorter which had Marsh considering aiming a cut at it, at the last moment left it alone

End of over 3 (6 runs) Australia 11/1 (RR: 3.66)
SE Marsh    1* (12b)      ST Finn    2-0-7-1
SR Watson    6* (5b 1x4)      WB Rankin    1-0-2-0

3.1

Rankin to Watson, no run, just back in length on off stump, punched firmly and gets it to extra cover

3.2

Rankin to Watson, no run, wider on the crease onto a good length, Watson is feeling for it from the crease, it bounces and straightens a touch and beats the edge, superb delivery

3.3

Rankin to Watson, no run, beats the edge again, the angle forcing Watson to play and the delivery seaming just enough, well too much you could say, and beating the edge

3.4

Rankin to Watson, no run, touch straight and Watson able to push this off the back foot to cover

3.5

Rankin to Watson, no run, fuller length, Watson forward and struck on the pad, strangled appeal for lbw, umpire Ravi says no because it probably too high

3.6

Rankin to Watson, OUT, full length, nibbles away and this time Watson has nicked it behind and that is an outstanding over from Rankin that has been rewarded. A fuller length this time has Watson trying to drive it though mid-off but a little seam movement sees the ball leave the batsman, taking a thin outside edge and a simple catch to Buttler. Outstanding bowling, set him up perfectly there

SR Watson c †Buttler b Rankin 6 (16m 11b 1x4 0x6) SR: 54.54

End of over 4 (wicket maiden) Australia 11/2 (RR: 2.75)
     WB Rankin    2-1-2-1
SE Marsh    1* (12b)      ST Finn    2-0-7-1

4.1

Finn to Marsh, FOUR, touch full a foot outside off, driven steadily down the ground but timed well and gets it through mid-off for four

4.2

Finn to Marsh, no run, good length on the stumps, Marsh squared up a little and gets struck high on the front pad

4.3

Finn to Marsh, no run, good length again, it started to shape away but not enough and Marsh able to block around off stump

4.4

Finn to Marsh, no run, good tight line, well left, good judgement shouldering arms

4.5

Finn to Marsh, no run, full length, Marsh drawn forward, it seams away and beats the bat again just outside off

4.6

Finn to Marsh, no run, another good leave to a ball on a tight fourth-stump line

End of over 5 (4 runs) Australia 15/2 (RR: 3.00)
SE Marsh    5* (18b 1x4)      ST Finn    3-0-11-1
MJ Clarke    0* (0b)      WB Rankin    2-1-2-1

Seb: "That last over from Rankin! He's go to be in contention for an ashes spot!" Well that was certainly Anderson-esque, played around with the lengths wonderfully well and nailed his man...

5.1

Rankin to Clarke, no run, good length on off stump, Clarke back in his crease but could have been forward, dabs it up on the off side

Short square leg is in...

5.2

Rankin to Clarke, 2 runs, full and Clarke caught on the crease, getting a thick inside edge that flies past the short square leg and wide of long leg for two, well bowled again

5.3

Rankin to Clarke, no run, short and wide, Clarke tried to cut it from a horrible position and missed

5.4

Rankin to Clarke, no run, a touch fuller, this is bouncing from two feet wide of off and beating the cut stroke again

5.5

Rankin to Clarke, 2 runs, fuller and Clarke just about gets out of his crease, pushes through extra-cover anyway and gets a couple

5.6

Rankin to Clarke, no run, another swing and a miss outside off, this more of a back foot slash rather than a square cut

End of over 6 (4 runs) Australia 19/2 (RR: 3.16)
MJ Clarke    4* (6b)      WB Rankin    3-1-6-1
SE Marsh    5* (18b 1x4)      ST Finn    3-0-11-1

So far so good for England. I reckon Australia's best plan is to try and just ride this out and then attack the change bowlers. If they're four down in 15 overs they've got a big job to set a decent score...

6.1

Finn to Marsh, no run, full on off stump, forward and pushed up to mid-off

6.2

Finn to Marsh, no run, length ball on off stump, it shapes back a touch and clips the pad as Marsh shouldered arms, too high for an lbw appeal but a very good line that

6.3

Finn to Marsh, no run, fuller and a good stride out of his ground and a well struck drive to mid-off

6.4

Finn to Marsh, FOUR, drives past mid-off down the ground this time and with the short straight boundaries here at Cardiff that runs away for four

6.5

Finn to Marsh, no run, tries to drive down the ground again but gets it off the inner half of the bat and Finn is able to field

6.6

Finn to Marsh, no run, shorter and Marsh cuts at it and misses, got a little excited with the length and tried to force it away a touch firmly really

End of over 7 (4 runs) Australia 23/2 (RR: 3.28)
SE Marsh    9* (24b 2x4)      ST Finn    4-0-15-1
MJ Clarke    4* (6b)      WB Rankin    3-1-6-1

7.1

Rankin to Clarke, no run, back of a length, defended going back on the stumps

7.2

Rankin to Clarke, no run, back of a length at the body, tucked just short of short square leg, I think he's helmetted but no shin pads

7.3

Rankin to Clarke, FOUR, another short ball, a swivel pull and gets it off the top edge, not in control at all but it races past long leg for four

We've lost the ball by the boundary rope, suspicious it may have gone up a water pipe! A few shakes later it reappears, hopefully not too damaged...

7.4

Rankin to Clarke, no run, short on off stump, Clarke pulls out of the hook stroke

7.5

Rankin to Clarke, no run, full length just outside off, a loose drive off the toe is well saved at cover by a diving Bopara

7.6

Rankin to Clarke, no run, poor stroke, length a foot outside off, Clarke hangs the bat out without moving his feet, flies through to the keeper

End of over 8 (4 runs) Australia 27/2 (RR: 3.37)
MJ Clarke    8* (12b 1x4)      WB Rankin    4-1-10-1
SE Marsh    9* (24b 2x4)      ST Finn    4-0-15-1

8.1

Finn to Marsh, 2 runs, length on the stumps, clipped wide of long leg and the fielder can't get in quickly enough to save two

8.2

Finn to Marsh, no run, good length that leaves the batsman outside off stump, left alone comfortably

8.3

Finn to Marsh, no run, full length on off stump, dug out to cover

8.4

Finn to Marsh, no run, full on the stumps, goes to flick to leg and gets struck on the pad

8.5

Finn to Marsh, no run, oh lovely, great length, played from the crease, it bounces and seams away a touch and beats the bat

8.6

Finn to Marsh, no run, touch fuller but Marsh recognises the line early and left alone

End of over 9 (2 runs) Australia 29/2 (RR: 3.22)
SE Marsh    11* (30b 2x4)      ST Finn    5-0-17-1
MJ Clarke    8* (12b 1x4)      WB Rankin    4-1-10-1

9.1

Rankin to Clarke, no run, full length wide of off stump, left alone

9.2

Rankin to Clarke, no run, short at the body, ducked

9.3

Rankin to Clarke, 2 runs, touch wide and Clarke forces off the back foot and gets it behind point, wide of third man for a couple

9.4

Rankin to Clarke, no run, full length and Clarke throws the kitchen sink at it two feet outside off, just stood still and aimed a huge waft at it down the ground, missed completely, that was wild

9.5

Rankin to Clarke, no run, more sensible push into the covers from a tighter line on the same length

9.6

Rankin to Clarke, no run, back of a length at the body, Clarke blocks in the crease

End of over 10 (2 runs) Australia 31/2 (RR: 3.10)
MJ Clarke    10* (18b 1x4)      WB Rankin    5-1-12-1
SE Marsh    11* (30b 2x4)      ST Finn    5-0-17-1

31 for 2 in the Powerplay, could have been worse for Australia. How long does Morgan persist with his quicks? Well, no more because Ben Stokes is replacing Finn. Can he extract the same movement?

10.1

Stokes to Marsh, no run, still two slips, full just outside off stump, pushed to mid-off

10.2

Stokes to Marsh, 2 runs, full on the stumps, clipped out wide of long leg who runs well to his right to save three

10.3

Stokes to Marsh, FOUR, full on leg stump, clipped down fine and gets four

10.4

Stokes to Marsh, no run, forward to a length ball just wide of off stump, dabbed into the covers

10.5

Stokes to Marsh, no run, blocked with bat and pad together coming forward just outside off

10.6

Stokes to Marsh, FOUR, touch wide, touch full and slapped hard past point, well timed

So straight away we have a change and straight away the Aussie mindset changes and they get a healthy over...

End of over 11 (10 runs) Australia 41/2 (RR: 3.72)
SE Marsh    21* (36b 4x4)      BA Stokes    1-0-10-0
MJ Clarke    10* (18b 1x4)      WB Rankin    5-1-12-1

Rankin to continue...

11.1

Rankin to Clarke, FOUR, short and Clarke is waiting for it and pulls hard through square leg, lovely timing

11.2

Rankin to Clarke, no run, fuller length, blocked on the crease and pushed back up the wicket

11.3

Rankin to Clarke, 1 run, forward on the stumps and dabbed into midwicket and for the first time in a while, Clarke gets up the other end to Rankin

11.4

Rankin to Marsh, no run, full length wide enough of off stump to leave alone

11.5

Rankin to Marsh, no run, full length wide of off stump, left alone

11.6

Rankin to Marsh, FOUR, firm flick square on the leg side, that is delightfully timed and it races away even with the slow outfield

End of over 12 (9 runs) Australia 50/2 (RR: 4.16)
SE Marsh    25* (39b 5x4)      WB Rankin    6-1-21-1
MJ Clarke    15* (21b 2x4)      BA Stokes    1-0-10-0

12.1

Stokes to Clarke, no run, still a couple of slips are in, full on off stump, pushed without timing into the covers

12.2

Stokes to Clarke, no run, full again, this is a straighter line, pushed to midwicket, again not timed

12.3

Stokes to Clarke, no run, full delivery just outside off stump, forward and pushed to point

12.4

Stokes to Clarke, 1 run, length ball just nips back in a touch, Clarke cramped up on the crease but able to work down to long leg

12.5

Stokes to Marsh, OUT, bouncer, surprise delivery, hooked at and Buttler takes it well above his head, has Marsh gloved this? Yes he has and Stokes makes the breakthrough. Good use of the bumper and it really hurried Marsh who was in no control of the hook which got up on him and brushed the glove, it flew high above Buttler's head but he leaped up with his right hand and made a smart grab

SE Marsh c †Buttler b Stokes 25 (57m 40b 5x4 0x6) SR: 62.50

12.6

Stokes to Bailey, no run, length on off stump, pushed into the covers

End of over 13 (1 run) Australia 51/3 (RR: 3.92)
GJ Bailey    0* (1b)      BA Stokes    2-0-11-1
MJ Clarke    16* (25b 2x4)      WB Rankin    6-1-21-1

So in his ninth ODI, Stokes finally takes a wicket! Finn is coming back to replace to Rankin at the River End, England would love to remove Clarke here...

13.1

Finn to Clarke, FOUR, full and driven back down the ground, a bit airy and a bit uncontrolled, it was another swing from the crease but got plenty of this and runs away past mid-on

13.2

Finn to Clarke, 2 runs, pulled this time, not controlled again, this off the splice of the bat and it bloops wide of mid-on for a couple

13.3

Finn to Clarke, OUT, full, it nips back and strikes Clarke on the pad hanging back on his stumps, given out lbw Clarke has a chat with Bailey and decides to review. Was it going down? Was it too high? Umpire Ravi though it looked good. There's no bat on Hot Spot. Hawk Eye has it clipping the top of leg stump and that is good enough for umpire Ravi and England, Clarke goes, done by a delivery that seamed back in and the change back to Finn has worked but Clarke may feel a touch hard done by then

MJ Clarke lbw b Finn 22 (43m 28b 3x4 0x6) SR: 78.57

13.4

Finn to Voges, no run, full length delivery outside off, Voges leaves alone, that seamed back a little, not enough for Finn

13.5

Finn to Voges, no run, pushed at just outside off, this holds it line outside off and beats the outside edge, great line and length

13.6

Finn to Voges, no run, length on off stump, blocked back in the crease into the covers

End of over 14 (6 runs) Australia 57/4 (RR: 4.07)
AC Voges    0* (3b)      ST Finn    6-0-23-2
GJ Bailey    0* (1b)      BA Stokes    2-0-11-1

Just what England wanted, Clarke gone and their decision to bowl first is now justified, they've made the most of conditions this morning...

14.1

Stokes to Bailey, no run, full length wide of off stump, left alone

14.2

Stokes to Bailey, no run, nicely bowled, nibbled away and beat the outside edge with Bailey playing from the crease

14.3

Stokes to Bailey, no run, similar area, bounces a little on Bailey who keeps it out on the crease into the covers

14.4

Stokes to Bailey, no run, fuller just outside off, ran to point

14.5

Stokes to Bailey, no run, full length that slides past the outside edge with Bailey playing forward, well bowled

14.6

Stokes to Bailey, no run, touch shorter and wide, Bailey leaned back to cut but played and missed

Drinks time and England will be delighted with their start...

End of over 15 (maiden) Australia 57/4 (RR: 3.80)
GJ Bailey    0* (7b)      BA Stokes    3-1-11-1
AC Voges    0* (3b)      ST Finn    6-0-23-2

15.1

Finn to Voges, no run, Finn pitches it up, defended towards mid-on

15.2

Finn to Voges, no run, short of length ball just outside off, blocked from the crease to the off side

15.3

Finn to Voges, no run, short of length ball, Voges jumps to get on top of the bounce and defends

15.4

Finn to Voges, no run, length ball not much width outside off, solidly defended off the front foot

Vinay Patel: "Time for the two best Aussie batsmen not playing test matches to show us why they should be playing test matches."

15.5

Finn to Voges, no run, slanting in towards off stump, length ball from Finn, more defence

15.6

Finn to Voges, 2 runs, short of length ball on the pads, clipped towards deep square leg for a single

End of over 16 (2 runs) Australia 59/4 (RR: 3.68)
AC Voges    2* (9b)      ST Finn    7-0-25-2
GJ Bailey    0* (7b)      BA Stokes    3-1-11-1

16.1

Stokes to Bailey, no run, full length, clipped off middle stump straight to Bopara at midwicket, rather missed out there

16.2

Stokes to Bailey, no run, full length a foot wide of off stump, driven firmly up to mid off

16.3

Stokes to Bailey, no run, fuller just outside off, dabbed into the covers this time from the crease

16.4

Stokes to Bailey, 2 runs, back of a length and turned away behind square leg and Bailey gets off the mark

16.5

Stokes to Bailey, no run, back of a length a foot wide of off stump, knock off the back foot to cover

16.6

Stokes to Bailey, no run, another back foot push to cover, this was better timed but no better placed

End of over 17 (2 runs) Australia 61/4 (RR: 3.58)
GJ Bailey    2* (13b)      BA Stokes    4-1-13-1
AC Voges    2* (9b)      ST Finn    7-0-25-2

Rankin is back on, Finn trying to go for the jugular...

17.1

Rankin to Voges, no run, good length that shapes away a touch and beats Voges's prod foward

17.2

Rankin to Voges, no run, full length down the leg side, not by much, Voges went a long way across his stumps and that is a hairs width away from leg stump

17.3

Rankin to Voges, 1 leg bye, touch straighter, off the thigh pad and behind square for a quick leg bye

17.4

Rankin to Bailey, no run, full length that again slides past the outside edge outside off stump, batsman feeling for it

17.5

Rankin to Bailey, 1 run, similarly played and squirted down to third man for just the sixth single of the innings

17.6

Rankin to Voges, FOUR, too straight and clipped fine of long leg for four

End of over 18 (6 runs) Australia 67/4 (RR: 3.72)
AC Voges    6* (13b 1x4)      WB Rankin    7-1-26-1
GJ Bailey    3* (15b)      BA Stokes    4-1-13-1

18.1

Stokes to Bailey, 1 run, length ball on the stumps and clipped down to long leg

18.2

Stokes to Voges, no run, full length wide enogh of off stump to leave alone

18.3

Stokes to Voges, no run, fuller length but wide enough to ignore again

18.4

Stokes to Voges, no run, back of a length on off stump, turned into the leg side

18.5

Stokes to Voges, no run, good length on off stump, blocked back up the wicket

18.6

Stokes to Voges, no run, length ball wide of off stump, Voges poked at it and played and missed

End of over 19 (1 run) Australia 68/4 (RR: 3.57)
AC Voges    6* (18b 1x4)      BA Stokes    5-1-14-1
GJ Bailey    4* (16b)      WB Rankin    7-1-26-1

Nikhil: "Last few ODIs at Cardiff (Batting first) Sri Lanka scored 181, England all out on 169, South Africa scored 230, SL all out on 138." But then we had that run-fest between SA and India in the Champions Trophy and there was a 330 plays 320 in the 40-over game here earlier in the year...

19.1

Rankin to Bailey, no run, full length on off stump, played forward and blocked back to the bowler

19.2

Rankin to Bailey, no run, similar length but a foot wide of off stump and ignored

19.3

Rankin to Bailey, no run, touch fuller and straighter, pushed up to mid-off

19.4

Rankin to Bailey, 3 runs, short of a length and Bailey onto it quickly and pulls over midwicket, it plugs in the outfield though, didn't time it perfectly

19.5

Rankin to Voges, no run, forward and half-plays a ball a foot and a half outside off, it goes through to Buttler

19.6

Rankin to Voges, no run, good length wide of off stump, left alone comfortably now

End of over 20 (3 runs) Australia 71/4 (RR: 3.55)
AC Voges    6* (20b 1x4)      WB Rankin    8-1-29-1
GJ Bailey    7* (20b)      BA Stokes    5-1-14-1

KM: "I know Morgan is going for the jugular, but Rankin and Finn don't have many overs left - probably time to introduce Ravi and Tredwell?" Well he's going to have to do something soon...

20.1

Stokes to Bailey, 1 wide, leg side, swung at and missed

20.1

Stokes to Bailey, no run, full and wide of off stump, driven at, gets it off a thick inside edge that runs into midwicket

20.2

Stokes to Bailey, no run, pulled from a length only just back in length, gets a thick inside edge onto the pad, ball runs to point

20.3

Stokes to Bailey, no run, full delivery a foot wide of off stump, Bailey pokes at it and misses again, that is just going to happen on a day like today

20.4

Stokes to Bailey, 1 run, just back in length at the stumps, played with a cross bat and gets it down to long leg

20.5

Stokes to Voges, no run, just back of a length, dabbed down into the covers

20.6

Stokes to Voges, no run, just a little short, played off the back foot to cover

End of over 21 (2 runs) Australia 73/4 (RR: 3.47)
AC Voges    6* (22b 1x4)      BA Stokes    6-1-16-1
GJ Bailey    8* (24b)      WB Rankin    8-1-29-1

Finally a fourth bowler and Ravi Bopara is coming on at the River End...

21.1

Bopara to Bailey, no run, full length on off stump, pressed back up towards the bowler

21.2

Bopara to Bailey, no run, full just outside off, forward and ran into the covers

21.3

Bopara to Bailey, no run, fuller, wide enough of off stump to allow Bailey to swing the hands at it, times a drive quite well but gets it only as far as mid-off

21.4

Bopara to Bailey, 1 run, tries to go leg side this time, mid-on is down quickly to save but he can't take it quickly and they take a quick single on the bobble

21.5

Bopara to Voges, no run, full on the stumps, tucked up towards mid-on

21.6

Bopara to Voges, 1 run, just back in length, clipped out through midwicket and they get a single to the man in the deep

End of over 22 (2 runs) Australia 75/4 (RR: 3.40)
AC Voges    7* (24b 1x4)      RS Bopara    1-0-2-0
GJ Bailey    9* (28b)      BA Stokes    6-1-16-1

Double change with James Tredwell on from the Cathedral Road End, Australia don't quite have the platform to take Tredwell on like they did at Old Trafford...

22.1

Tredwell to Voges, no run, full length on off stump, played back up the wicket

22.2

Tredwell to Voges, no run, back and across off stump, clipped to midwicket

22.3

Tredwell to Voges, 1 run, floated up outside off and ran to point

22.4

Tredwell to Bailey, 1 run, down the wicket and a flick out to long on

22.5

Tredwell to Voges, no run, flatter delivery having seen the batsman coming, forces it wide of short third man but the fielder does enough

22.6

Tredwell to Voges, 1 run, floated up on the stumps, pushed wide of square leg and they get a quick single

End of over 23 (3 runs) Australia 78/4 (RR: 3.39)
AC Voges    9* (29b 1x4)      JC Tredwell    1-0-3-0
GJ Bailey    10* (29b)      RS Bopara    1-0-2-0

23.1

Bopara to Voges, 2 runs, touch wide and cut wide of third man for a couple

23.2

Bopara to Voges, 1 run, forward press just outside off, gets it through cover, the deep fielder has to come in a long way but does save the second

23.3

Bopara to Bailey, no run, full and well wide of off stump, left alone

23.4

Bopara to Bailey, no run, pleasant drive from another delivery wide of off stump, finds extra-cover

23.5

Bopara to Bailey, no run, length ball that shapes in, Bailey tries to stay leg side of it and angle down to third man, misses

23.6

Bopara to Bailey, 1 run, slapped from two feet wide of off stump, mistimed cut out to deep cover

End of over 24 (4 runs) Australia 82/4 (RR: 3.41)
GJ Bailey    11* (33b)      RS Bopara    2-0-6-0
AC Voges    12* (31b 1x4)      JC Tredwell    1-0-3-0

24.1

Tredwell to Bailey, 2 runs, paddle swept from outside off, gets it fine and there's a chase for deep square leg who saves two

24.2

Tredwell to Bailey, SIX, down the track and a lofted drive sails into the Cathedral stand, good strike and a short boundary is no match for that well timed strike

24.3

Tredwell to Bailey, no run, flatter and clipped to midwicket

24.4

Tredwell to Bailey, no run, floated up on off stump, pushed back up the wicket

24.5

Tredwell to Bailey, 1 run, a skip down, Tredwell fires it in flat, pushed carefully to long on

24.6

Tredwell to Voges, 1 run, flicked from off stump with the turn through square leg for a single

Monty's coming in, see you shortly...

End of over 25 (10 runs) Australia 92/4 (RR: 3.68)
AC Voges    13* (32b 1x4)      JC Tredwell    2-0-13-0
GJ Bailey    20* (38b 1x6)      RS Bopara    2-0-6-0

Afternoon, everyone. So Australia are back, I see?

25.1

Bopara to Voges, FOUR, full and wide and nicked, off the toe of the bat and it squirts wide of Buttler, no one's defending that!

25.2

Bopara to Voges, 1 run, bit of width again, opens the arms and cracks a cut shot through the off side to the sweeper

25.3

Bopara to Bailey, no run, down the leg side, Bailey had gone across his stump and misses with a flick

25.4

Bopara to Bailey, no run, tighter line outside off, hangs back and defends

25.5

Bopara to Bailey, 1 run, pushed short and in front of square on the off side for one

25.6

Bopara to Voges, 1 run, angling in, worked off the pads through square leg for another single

These two are just beginning to settle now, guiding Australia through the middle-over longueurs...

End of over 26 (7 runs) Australia 99/4 (RR: 3.80)
AC Voges    19* (35b 2x4)      RS Bopara    3-0-13-0
GJ Bailey    21* (41b 1x6)      JC Tredwell    2-0-13-0

26.1

Tredwell to Voges, 1 run, tossed up on middle stump, Voges goes down on one knee to sweep through backward square

26.2

Tredwell to Bailey, 1 run, punched back past the bowler for one to long-on

26.3

Tredwell to Voges, 2 runs, pushed through outside off, drops back and chops past the man on the edge of the circle at backward point, they get back for two

26.4

Tredwell to Voges, 1 run, nearly a mix-up, as Morgan half-stopped Voges on-drive, it rolled away from the fielder and the batsmen ran, a better throw to the bowler's end would have seen Bailey struggling

26.5

Tredwell to Bailey, 1 run, flighted, worked with the turn through midwicket

26.6

Tredwell to Voges, 1 run, drops back outside off and guides one more behind square

Tredwell being milked, rather than thumped, this time ... but still, not quite the control Morgan is after

End of over 27 (7 runs) Australia 106/4 (RR: 3.92)
AC Voges    24* (39b 2x4)      JC Tredwell    3-0-20-0
GJ Bailey    23* (43b 1x6)      RS Bopara    3-0-13-0

27.1

Bopara to Voges, no run, too wide, Voges hangs back and thrashes a cut shot but it's terrifically stopped on the dive by Ben Stokes at point

27.2

Bopara to Voges, no run, gets across and defends this time

27.3

Bopara to Voges, no run, comes forward, pitched up and tailing into the pads, pushed to mid-on

27.4

Bopara to Voges, no run, good length, in the channel, Voges defends into the off side - another dot

27.5

Bopara to Voges, no run, goes across his stumps and blocks a length ball into the on side

27.6

Bopara to Voges, 1 run, stands tall in the crease and prods a length ball down the ground to long-on, preventing a maiden

"England are faffing around here trying to get through some overs with sub-standard bowlers who offer no threat," grumbles Olly. "Aussies will see this and fill their boots...." They're filling them fairly slowly at the minute, Olly

End of over 28 (1 run) Australia 107/4 (RR: 3.82)
AC Voges    25* (45b 2x4)      RS Bopara    4-0-14-0
GJ Bailey    23* (43b 1x6)      JC Tredwell    3-0-20-0

28.1

Tredwell to Voges, 1 run, tossed up, played with the spin through square on the leg side

28.2

Tredwell to Bailey, 2 runs, goes round the wicket, slides the ball on outside off stump, Bailey drops back and times a cut through backward point for a couple more

28.3

Tredwell to Bailey, SIX, floated up in the slot and launched high, high, high into the crowd at long-on, full swing of the bat through the line and it disappears for six

28.4

Tredwell to Bailey, no run, flatter, straightening on off stump, Bailey gets behind this one in defence

28.5

Tredwell to Bailey, 1 run, tossed up, nudged in front of square leg for one

28.6

Tredwell to Voges, 1 run, length ball, Voges plays with the gentle turn for another single through midwicket

End of over 29 (11 runs) Australia 118/4 (RR: 4.06)
AC Voges    27* (47b 2x4)      JC Tredwell    4-0-31-0
GJ Bailey    32* (47b 2x6)      RS Bopara    4-0-14-0

The real action is happening - or has happened - over in Harare, by the way, where Zimbabwe have just knocked over Pakistan in the second Test

29.1

Bopara to Voges, 2 runs, dug in short and pulled flat, forcefully through midwicket for a couple

29.2

Bopara to Voges, no run, length ball on middle and off, defended

29.3

Bopara to Voges, 1 run, pitched up, drifting back in towards off stump, pushed through the covers

29.4

Bopara to Bailey, 3 runs, drops a little short and neatly paddled through backward square leg by Bailey, there's a good bit of work on the fence from Finn, who goes full length to prevent four but the batsmen take on the arm and get back for a third

29.5

Bopara to Voges, no run, full and driven fiercely, back down the track and hits Bopara on the boot

29.6

Bopara to Voges, OUT, bowled him, just tickled a bail and Bopara has struck! He is ecstatic, running off with a huge grin on his face, not quite sure what did for Voges there but he was through the shot early, attempting to pull a ball not quite short enough for the stroke, it passed under the blade and just nudged the woodwork. Maybe just skidded on a touch, rather than bouncing as much as usual, and sold Voges a dummy

AC Voges b Bopara 30 (60m 52b 2x4 0x6) SR: 57.69

End of over 30 (6 runs) Australia 124/5 (RR: 4.13)
     RS Bopara    5-0-20-1
GJ Bailey    35* (48b 2x6)      JC Tredwell    4-0-31-0

Matthew Wade is the new man, though Bailey, who's just gone past 1000 ODI runs, is on strike... Here's James Peat: "@ Olly: It's a bit harsh to call Tredwell sub-standard, although the Aussies have taken quite a shine to him of late."

30.1

Tredwell to Bailey, 1 run, tossed up on the stump, tickled back past the bowler for one

Slip in place for Wade

30.2

Tredwell to Wade, no run, round the wicket, full and straightening on middle and off, leans out round the front pad to defend

30.3

Tredwell to Wade, no run, angled in, little flatter, pushed into the covers coming forwards

30.4

Tredwell to Wade, 1 run, drops back this time and cuts into the ground, towards cover point and they scamper one

30.5

Tredwell to Bailey, no run, leans forward and turns the wrists, tapped to leg but the fielder is quickly in

30.6

Tredwell to Bailey, 1 run, this goes on with the arm across the right-hander, he goes back and forces the ball in front of cover, again a better throw might have made things interesting

End of over 31 (3 runs) Australia 127/5 (RR: 4.09)
GJ Bailey    37* (51b 2x6)      JC Tredwell    5-0-34-0
MS Wade    1* (3b)      RS Bopara    5-0-20-1

31.1

Bopara to Bailey, no run, length ball in the channel, sits on it and punches into the covers

31.2

Bopara to Bailey, 1 run, low full toss, driving back past Bopara, who sticks out a boot and misses, stopped at mid-off

31.3

Bopara to Wade, no run, continues over the wicket, touch short of a length and defended back to the bowler

31.4

Bopara to Wade, no run, Wade throws the bat at a wide one, again just skips on off the surface and beats the bat

31.5

Bopara to Wade, no run, fuller, on the front foot, pushed to mid-off

31.6

Bopara to Wade, no run, back of a length, stays back and punches into the covers, straight to the fielder

End of over 32 (1 run) Australia 128/5 (RR: 4.00)
MS Wade    1* (7b)      RS Bopara    6-0-21-1
GJ Bailey    38* (53b 2x6)      JC Tredwell    5-0-34-0

32.1

Tredwell to Bailey, SIX, Bailey takes Tredwell to the cleaners again, one step, two step and clouted into the stands at wide long-on again - wasn't to the pitch this time and nearly got under it but still had plenty of gas to clear the rope

32.2

Tredwell to Bailey, no run, outside leg stump, attempts to sweep but can't get it past the man on the 45

32.3

Tredwell to Bailey, FOUR, tossed up, again wide of leg stump and swept hard, in the air this time through backward square, the dive is in vain and reaches the rope

32.4

Tredwell to Bailey, 2 runs, nudges a couple through square leg, they come back for two and the throw to Tredwell isn't quite good enough to put pressure on Wade - fifty up for Bailey, well played, sir

32.5

Tredwell to Bailey, no run, pushed through a little quicker, lets it go outside off

32.6

Tredwell to Bailey, 2 runs, goes back and nurdles to square leg again, Carberry is quickly on it but another dicky throw means they get two safely

End of over 33 (14 runs) Australia 142/5 (RR: 4.30)
GJ Bailey    52* (59b 1x4 3x6)      JC Tredwell    6-0-48-0
MS Wade    1* (7b)      RS Bopara    6-0-21-1

Tredwell 0 for 48 from six, now. Bopara 6-0-21-1, by contrast

33.1

Bopara to Wade, 1 run, length ball, outside off, punched through the covers for a single

33.2

Bopara to Bailey, 1 run, drops back and runs the ball off the face past short third man, who's quickly on to it

33.3

Bopara to Wade, 2 runs, driven through the off side, the man in the deep has to come in and they get two

33.4

Bopara to Wade, 2 runs, round the wicket, bit of width and pushed gently towards Root, the cover sweeper, again, they get back for a second as the throw comes in

33.5

Bopara to Wade, FOUR, short and wide and clattered off the back foot through point, room for Wade to throw everything at that and the ball skedaddled to the boundary

33.6

Bopara to Wade, 1 run, dropped short on the off side, Bailey calls them through for one more

Another good over for Australia, Bailey the providing both glue and impetus. Time for drinks. Here's Max: "This is why Bailey should be in contention for the Ashes. Not because of his FC average, but because he's got graft and bottle. His runs are never easy, always important, he offers good experience and support to Clarke. Most importantly, he's a fantastic defensive counter puncher when Australia find themselves 4 down for under 100, which happens far too often these days."

End of over 34 (11 runs) Australia 153/5 (RR: 4.50)
MS Wade    11* (12b 1x4)      RS Bopara    7-0-32-1
GJ Bailey    53* (60b 1x4 3x6)      JC Tredwell    6-0-48-0

Australia have taken the batting Powerplay and Ben Stokes is back into the attack...

34.1

Stokes to Wade, 1 leg bye, slightly back of a length, Wade jerks his wrists and manages to punch it into the off side, came off the body

34.2

Stokes to Bailey, no run, fuller length, outside the line, mistimes a drive towards mid-off

34.3

Stokes to Bailey, FOUR, Stokes drops short and wide and Bailey carts him for four through point, it was in the air but Morgan wasn't getting there

34.4

Stokes to Bailey, no run, better length, around off stump, tapped defensively into the off side

34.5

Stokes to Bailey, no run, draws Bailey into pushing at one in the corridor, indeterminate stroke and he's beaten

34.6

Stokes to Bailey, 2 runs, gets on the front foot again, opens the face and runs the ball to third man, Trott misfields it but manages to rectify the situation before they think about a second run

"As much as Bailey was lambasted when he came into the team (including T20), he really has proven himself over the past 12 -18 months," muses Flashman. "I'd love to see what he could do at No. 6 in the Test team too. 14 x 1st class tons, but admittedly a poor average..." Indeed, I think he'd actually be a better Test-ODI player than ODI-T20, though he's captain of the team in the latter format

End of over 35 (7 runs) Australia 160/5 (RR: 4.57)
GJ Bailey    59* (65b 2x4 3x6)      BA Stokes    7-1-22-1
MS Wade    11* (13b 1x4)      RS Bopara    7-0-32-1

Finn returns from the other end. Morgan has a slip in

35.1

Finn to Wade, no run, pitched up in the channel, punched to mid-off

35.2

Finn to Wade, 1 run, drops short, at the body, Wade stays back and glances one off his hips

35.3

Finn to Bailey, no run, more signs of variable bounce, Finn dropping short but the ball grubbing through as Bailey attempted to swivel-pull

35.4

Finn to Bailey, 1 run, good length in the channel outside off, drops back and guides one down to third man

35.5

Finn to Wade, no run, short of a length, over the top of the stumps and played with soft hands behind square on the off side, Bailey was sent back by Wade as Morgan seized on the ball but missed with his throw to the non-striker's end as the batsman dived for his ground

35.6

Finn to Wade, 2 runs, angled across and Wade steers the ball from back in the crease wide of third man for two

End of over 36 (4 runs) Australia 164/5 (RR: 4.55)
MS Wade    14* (17b 1x4)      ST Finn    8-0-29-2
GJ Bailey    60* (67b 2x4 3x6)      BA Stokes    7-1-22-1

36.1

Stokes to Bailey, 2 runs, length delivery, little bit wide and Bailey chops the ball behind square, third man has to travel to his right and they get two more

36.2

Stokes to Bailey, no run, angled in towards middle and leg, hits the pad as Bailey flicks and misses, Stokes thinks about an appeal but it was heading past leg stump

36.3

Stokes to Bailey, 1 run, full and straight again, clipped through backward square for one

Looking like a nice day in Cardiff, now. If Australia can get up to 250, this should be interesting

36.4

Stokes to Wade, no run, leg-stump line from over the wicket, slightly back of a length, blocked towards mid-on

36.5

Stokes to Wade, no run, fuller, in the channel, driven with a high elbow straight to mid-off

36.6

Stokes to Wade, 2 runs, very agricultural this, about as attractive as a manure heap but Wade gets a couple, tried to brutalise a pull over square, didn't get hold of it but the ball dribbled through midwicket towards the sweeper

"To be fair to Bailey and his average in FC cricket, he does play on the green tops in Hobart... so 38 is not half bad. Bailey has an average of 35 in List A and he seems to be doing great now." A player who's more than the sum of his stats, eh, Elvin Zammit? Like Vaughan or Tresco

End of over 37 (5 runs) Australia 169/5 (RR: 4.56)
MS Wade    16* (20b 1x4)      BA Stokes    8-1-27-1
GJ Bailey    63* (70b 2x4 3x6)      ST Finn    8-0-29-2

37.1

Finn to Bailey, 1 run, length, seaming in towards middle and leg stump,goes across and glanced through square

37.2

Finn to Wade, no run, back of a length, outside off, defended square on the off side

37.3

Finn to Wade, FOUR, another rustic heave from Wade, backs away and opens up the off side, slapping a slightly short ball aerially in front of point for four

37.4

Finn to Wade, no run, that's a jaffa from Finn in response, tight line and defeating an awkward poke from the crease

37.5

Finn to Wade, 1 run, good line on off stump, defended into the covers and they sneak another single, Wade safe as the throw comes in

37.6

Finn to Bailey, 2 runs, drops short, not quite there to pull but Bailey manages to scoop it over midwicket, in front of deep square leg for a couple

End of over 38 (8 runs) Australia 177/5 (RR: 4.65)
GJ Bailey    66* (72b 2x4 3x6)      ST Finn    9-0-37-2
MS Wade    21* (24b 2x4)      BA Stokes    8-1-27-1

They're changing one of the balls, must have gone out of shape ... Probably not unrelated is the fact this partnership is now worth 53 from 48 balls

38.1

Stokes to Wade, 1 run, Stokes pitches the ball full on leg stump, Wade gets his bat down in time and squeezes the ball between mid-on and midwicket

"Seven overs have to be bowled by Bopara+Tredwell... So, Australia need to keep their wickets intact to target those seven overs and not mind scoring quick runs in the Powerplay," suggests ramanb, in case Michael Clarke is reading

38.2

Stokes to Bailey, FOUR, drops short, outside the line of off but hoicked over wide mid-on, went quite high without having the distance to get all the way to that corner boundary but it bounces for four

38.3

Stokes to Bailey, 2 runs, drops back, steers a length ball down to third man

38.4

Stokes to Bailey, FOUR, slower ball from Stokes and thumped on the pull out to deep midwicket, it was in the air a long time but no man out there and it trundles for another four

38.5

Stokes to Bailey, no run, good length, zipping on outside off and hits the pad, runs to short third man - Stokes appealed but there was an inside edge too

38.6

Stokes to Bailey, FOUR, full and straight, driven on the up, beats the dive of mid-on and that will be another boundary, three for Bailey in the over

The Powerplay brings 39 runs, then, and these two are cruising. England, at least, will take comfort form the fact that batting looks pretty straightforward now

End of over 39 (15 runs) Australia 192/5 (RR: 4.92)
GJ Bailey    80* (77b 5x4 3x6)      BA Stokes    9-1-42-1
MS Wade    22* (25b 2x4)      ST Finn    9-0-37-2

Here come the back-up, R-Bop returns for Finn

39.1

Bopara to Wade, no run, slightly back of a length, punched off the back foot to point

39.2

Bopara to Wade, no run, on the legs, nudges the ball behind square but straight to the fielder

39.3

Bopara to Wade, 1 run, leg-stump line again, manages to work this wide of the man on the edge of the ring

39.4

Bopara to Bailey, 1 run, gets forward to a full-length ball, dabs one into the covers

39.5

Bopara to Wade, 1 run, pitched up on the stumps, driven to long-on

39.6

Bopara to Bailey, no run, good yorker from Bopara, slips the ball under Bailey's bat, outside off and through to the keeper

Here's Rompingwins, with a salient point: "The problem with Bailey is in the Shield in 2012/13 he scored 256 runs @ 18.28. Needs to do better to push for Test selection"

End of over 40 (3 runs) Australia 195/5 (RR: 4.87)
GJ Bailey    81* (79b 5x4 3x6)      RS Bopara    8-0-35-1
MS Wade    24* (29b 2x4)      BA Stokes    9-1-42-1

So, Morgan has come up with a sticking plaster for the Tredwell problem: Joe Root

40.1

Root to Wade, 2 runs, starts round the wicket to the left-hander, goes down on one knee and paddles a couple fine of long leg

40.2

Root to Wade, 2 runs, skips down the wicket, looking to menace the ball down the ground, completely miscues and the ball rolls through midwicket for a couple more

40.3

Root to Wade, no run, slides on with the arm, turned to midwicket

40.4

Root to Wade, FOUR, darts the ball in on off stump, this is a much better shot from Wade, who drills the ball through the covers, in to out and away to the boundary

40.5

Root to Wade, no run, fired in flat on the stumps, can't get this one away

40.6

Root to Wade, 1 run, skips forward again and punches past mid-off for one

"Looking at the current situation, the Aussies will set a fighting total of 275 plus," states Kashif confidently. Looking on for it at the minute, though a wicket might change that

End of over 41 (9 runs) Australia 204/5 (RR: 4.97)
MS Wade    33* (35b 3x4)      JE Root    1-0-9-0
GJ Bailey    81* (79b 5x4 3x6)      RS Bopara    8-0-35-1

There's an extra man in at short cover for Wade

41.1

Bopara to Wade, 1 run, slower ball, in the channel and driven, not timed and that's just a single to mid-off

41.2

Bopara to Bailey, 1 run, little bit short and swatted on the pull, right out of the middle but straight to deep midwicket on the bounce

41.3

Bopara to Wade, 1 run, digs the ball in short, Wade manages to drag the ball down from almost above his head for a single to square leg

41.4

Bopara to Bailey, 1 run, uses the feet and drives a half-volley, straight to mid-off, who's set back a bit

41.5

Bopara to Wade, 1 run, short and outside off, pulled flat and had through midwicket for another single

41.6

Bopara to Bailey, no run, Bopara goes full and wide, Bailey comes at him and drills the ball like an exocet but picks out mid-off, who takes it cleanly and prevents a run

End of over 42 (5 runs) Australia 209/5 (RR: 4.97)
GJ Bailey    83* (82b 5x4 3x6)      RS Bopara    9-0-40-1
MS Wade    36* (38b 3x4)      JE Root    1-0-9-0

Tidy over from Bopara, just five ones ... and Tredwell is back into the attack

42.1

Tredwell to Wade, no run, flat and on the stumps, prodded into the covers

42.2

Tredwell to Wade, OUT, comes down the pitch, has another flamin' yahoo and gets a thick outside edge, which is plucked from the air at backward point. Wade goes and Carberry is the man with a smart catch! Respite for Tredwell, who continued to give the ball a bit of air, it dipped on Wade and he sliced a drive, looked like it might clear Carberry but he leapt like nimble-footed teenager and took it one-handed

MS Wade c Carberry b Tredwell 36 (54m 40b 3x4 0x6) SR: 90.00

James Faulkner, who can also tonk it, in at No. 8

42.3

Tredwell to Faulkner, no run, over the wicket, flat delivery on off stump, defended

42.4

Tredwell to Faulkner, no run, pushed through, again not much turn, Faulkner is watchful in defence

42.5

Tredwell to Faulkner, 1 run, comes forward and turns a run into the leg side

42.6

Tredwell to Bailey, OUT, Bailey tickles one off his pads, straight to backward square leg and Faulkner is struggling here, Buttler takes Trott's flat throw in front of the stumps and swing his arms back to break the wicket ... It goes up to the third umpire but he is well short and Australia have lost two for one in five balls

JP Faulkner run out 1 (2m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

End of over 43 (1 run) Australia 210/7 (RR: 4.88)
GJ Bailey    83* (83b 5x4 3x6)      JC Tredwell    7-0-49-1
     RS Bopara    9-0-40-1

Mitchell Johnson strides out, England back in with a sniff

43.1

Bopara to Bailey, 1 run, pitched up on the stumps, clubbed through square leg to the man in the deep

43.2

Bopara to Johnson, 1 run, slightly back of a length, angled across and Johnson swats at it, gets an inside edge to fine leg

43.3

Bopara to Bailey, 1 run, good length, the ball shapes back in from wide of the stumps, waits on it and chops one to third man

43.4

Bopara to Johnson, 2 runs, Johnson lifts his bat up high, waits on a length ball and clips it through midwicket, wide of the sweeper for two

43.5

Bopara to Johnson, no run, takes the pace off, edged low, bobbling to Buttler's left but he snags it one-handed

43.6

Bopara to Johnson, no run, full, maybe out the back of the hand and Johnson mistimes a push straight to mid-off

Bopara finishes with a respectable 1 for 45 from his ten. What can Bailey drag Australia up to?

End of over 44 (5 runs) Australia 215/7 (RR: 4.88)
MG Johnson    3* (4b)      RS Bopara    10-0-45-1
GJ Bailey    85* (85b 5x4 3x6)      JC Tredwell    7-0-49-1

44.1

Tredwell to Bailey, no run, tossed up, outside off and tapped back towards mid-on

44.2

Tredwell to Bailey, no run, Tredwell drops this short, hands him the key to the safe, but Bailey thwacks his cut stroke straight at point

44.3

Tredwell to Bailey, 1 run, flighted, gets forward and pushes one down the ground

44.4

Tredwell to Johnson, 1 run, round the wicket, tossed up outside off, played with a straight bat down to long-off

44.5

Tredwell to Bailey, 1 run, spots Bailey on the walk, drags the length down and he can only turn a single through leg

44.6

Tredwell to Johnson, OUT, skids through the defences, bowled him! Flat delivery from Tredwell, Johnson should have been forward, couldn't get his bat down in time and the ball juddered off stump. Australia have lost three for nine in 17 deliveries

MG Johnson b Tredwell 4 (5m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

Tredwell redeeming himself at the death; Nathan Coulter-Nile the new man to keep Bailey company

End of over 45 (3 runs) Australia 218/8 (RR: 4.84)
     JC Tredwell    8-0-52-2
GJ Bailey    87* (89b 5x4 3x6)      RS Bopara    10-0-45-1

Boyd Rankin back into the attack

45.1

Rankin to Bailey, no run, good length, outside off and Bailey prods at it unsuccessfully

45.2

Rankin to Bailey, OUT, doesn't move the feet again, pushes and nicks off! Another one gone! Just a tickle of a feather of a scrape, Buttler went up immediately and it was just audible on the stump mic, umpire Ravi heard it too and Bailey, the redoubtable George Bailey, falls!

GJ Bailey c †Buttler b Rankin 87 (138m 91b 5x4 3x6) SR: 95.60

Last man Clint McKay slopes to the crease... England have wrenched this innings back their way, finishing as strongly as they began. Slip comes in

45.3

Rankin to McKay, no run, and McKay edges his first ball, played it late though and the ball goes to slip on the bounce

"Bailey undone by unlucky 87," observes Daniel Alexander, sagely. Only in Australia, Daniel, where things are upside down

45.4

Rankin to McKay, no run, short and outside off, McKay drops the hands out of the way

45.5

Rankin to McKay, 1 run, gets in line and drops the ball short on the off side, they trot through for one

Two slips in for Coulter-Nile

45.6

Rankin to Coulter-Nile, no run, good length, outside the line of off, Coulter-Nile props forward and is beaten

End of over 46 (1 run) Australia 219/9 (RR: 4.76)
NM Coulter-Nile    0* (1b)      WB Rankin    9-1-30-2
CJ McKay    1* (3b)      JC Tredwell    8-0-52-2

Steven Finn back on for his final over

Coming into the last ten overs, Australia were 195 for 5, a trampoline leap towards 260-70 still possible; they've since scored 24 runs in six overs and lost four wickets.

46.1

Finn to McKay, 1 run, slightly short, goes back and opens the face, runs one to backward point

46.2

Finn to Coulter-Nile, FOUR, nicely timed, gets on the front foot and plants a full-length ball through extra cover for four

46.3

Finn to Coulter-Nile, 1 run, fast and straight, manages to flick the ball through backward square from in front of the stumps

46.4

Finn to McKay, no run, coming back in from outside off, stays in the crease and defends

46.5

Finn to McKay, no run, goes for the bouncer, wide of the stumps and McKay rolls on a pull shot that misses everything

46.6

Finn to McKay, no run, slightly back of a length, rising steeply as McKay goes for a big ole straight drive, plays about two inches inside the line. Looked good, though

"Someone was talking about 275, now 225 is looking out of reach." They might still get 230, suleman sheikh

End of over 47 (6 runs) Australia 225/9 (RR: 4.78)
CJ McKay    2* (7b)      ST Finn    10-0-43-2
NM Coulter-Nile    5* (3b 1x4)      WB Rankin    9-1-30-2

47.1

Rankin to Coulter-Nile, no run, tight line, slightly short of a length but too close to cut and Coulter-Nile hacks and misses

47.2

Rankin to Coulter-Nile, 1 run, this kicks like a Red Bull hangover at the batsman, who gets a thick outside edge past slip, the second catcher had been taken out and they get a single to third man

47.3

Rankin to McKay, no run, shortish, around off stump, defended

47.4

Rankin to McKay, no run, comes forward and gets bat on this, pushing into the covers

47.5

Rankin to McKay, no run, beats the outside edge again, this is too good for a No. 11, pitching in the channel and holding its line as McKay pokes forlornly at it

47.6

Rankin to McKay, no run, sensible leave this time, gets a big stride in and lifts the bat high into the air

So another impressive display from Rankin, who completes his allocation with 2 for 31. Bowling himself on to the Ashes tour?

End of over 48 (1 run) Australia 226/9 (RR: 4.70)
CJ McKay    2* (11b)      WB Rankin    10-1-31-2
NM Coulter-Nile    6* (5b 1x4)      ST Finn    10-0-43-2

James Tredwell will bowl the penultimate over...

48.1

Tredwell to Coulter-Nile, 1 run, tossed up, chipped into the air towards mid-on but dropping short, they pick up one more

48.2

Tredwell to McKay, OUT, tries to hit down the ground, grips a little and McKay gets an inside edge on to his pad, then through to disturb the stumps! Australia have been bowled out with 10 deliveries still on the shelf, England taking the last five wickets for 18 runs

CJ McKay b Tredwell 2 (12m 12b 0x4 0x6) SR: 16.66

1.50pm: It's a good job Australia have George Bailey to provide the meat in their sandwich, else that effort would have been little more than two soggy slices of bread. Between England taking 4 for 57 at the top and 5 for 18 at the bottom, Bailey engineered partnerships of 67 with Adam Voges and 85 with Matthew Wade, meaning they do at least have a heap of beans to defend. Its quite a modest heap, however, and England should be favourites. But let's not get ahead of ourselves; Alex will be back in half an hour or so to see if the Aussie quicks can stick their oar in.

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Jos Buttler hit Mitchell Johnson for a towering six in the final over, England v Australia, 4th NatWest ODI, Cardiff, September, 14, 2013

Jos Buttler hit Mitchell Johnson for a towering six in the final over

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Jos Buttler splendidly led England home, England v Australia, 4th NatWest ODI, Cardiff, September, 14, 2013

Jos Buttler splendidly led England home

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