Australia tour of England and Scotland, 5th ODI: England v Australia at Southampton, Sep 16, 2013
Australia won by 49 runs
16 September 2013 - day/night match (50-over match)

We're going to start on time, despite the delay to the toss, and the teams are wandering out to the strains of "Jerusalem" for the umpteenth time this summer... Boyd Rankin has the ball in hand and Phillip Hughes is on strike in his first international appearance since the Lord's Test in July.

1.50pm: The pitch is the same one as used for the ODI with New Zealand earlier this summer, in which Martin Guptill scored 189 not out. It looks pretty hard and dry, no live grass on it and Nigel Gray, the head groundsman, expects it to play pretty well (that is, for the batsmen).

"Glad Wrighty is back in," says Simon. "Gives it some humpty up top and adds to the three-and-a-bit attack. Between him, Stokes, Ravi, Root and maybe KP we should be able to get the remaining 20 overs dealt with."

CharlieJ has some insight on England's new man: "I agree on Chris Jordan, as a Surrey supporter it is sad we could not keep him and help him make the most of his talent. It was a Surrey issue not his fault."

And James is today's wet blanket: "The way this series has gone so far, it would seem entirely right for it to be decided by D/L with a shortened game."

1.45pm: Well, well. England have arguably gone with just two specialist bowlers and four allrounders, which is about as far removed as is possible from their previous strategy, under Andy Flower, of playing specialists. Thoughts?

1.40pm: Australia have won the toss and will bat, Michael Clarke says he's 100% fit to contribute and wants to end the series on a high. There's been some late drama in the England camp, however, Ashley Giles dashing over to Eoin Morgan moments before the coin flip and they've made two changes: Jordan in for Finn, who has a "mild side strain" and Luke Wright replacing Jonathan Trott after he went down with a back spasm...

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

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

1.35pm: So, we've just seen Jordan presented with his England cap by Nasser - he'll be No. 231 in ODIs (provided there isn't a change of plan after the delay). The suggestion is that Steven Finn may have a side strain, so that would mean England sticking to the three-and-a-half men attack that has been the talking point of this series.

1.30pm: Disappointingly (but not entirely unexpectedly) a coastal squall has just swept in off the Solent, forcing the groundstaff to wheel on the covers. The toss will be delayed, though hopefully only for 10-15 minutes, with a strong wind ushering the clouds through.

Here's Mark Kidger: "If the Chris Jordan rumour is true, it is great news, although he is a specialist *RED* ball bowler, so it would follow recent England tradition. Definitely, if it's batting conditions today, England need the extra bowler." He's bowled pretty well in all formats for Sussex this season and, as well as being an excellent fielder, he can bat a bit too. It's an exciting selection.

1.25pm: Brother Gnasher, our man at the ground, has spotted Michael Clarke readying himself for coin-calling duties in the middle, so it looks like his back has been girdled up sufficiently to play. Nasser Hussain was the man who presented Jordan with his cap, apparently; no news as to whether he then called for a single that wasn't there.

1.20pm: Good afternoon, one and all, ye thrill seekers and banter lovers. The final international match of the English summer is upon us and we will shortly be delivered of team and toss news. Until then, nourish yourselves with our preview and prepare for the revelation that, contrary to the suggestions in that tablet of stone, England may be about to change their XI. Rumour from the ground is that Chris Jordan has been inducted into the holy order of one-day internationals - we will have confirmation from whomsoever is Sky's High Priest of the Toss shortly. I'm Alan Gardner and, in league with my fellow acolyte Alex Winter, we will bring enlightenment to the benighted one last time today.

0.1

Rankin to Hughes, no run, back of a length, over the top of the stumps, Hughes hops back and defends

0.2

Rankin to Hughes, no run, short and down the leg side, Hughes had gone across his stumps a little way but those are normally called wide...

0.3

Rankin to Hughes, 1 run, at the body again, tries to flick off the thigh pad and it rolls away for a leg bye behind square

By the way, as this is the last England-Australia clash for yonks (almost ten weeks), do let us know what your highlights of the tour have been...

0.4

Rankin to Finch, 1 run, pitched up outside off for Finch's first ball and he carves a drive through backward point to third man

0.5

Rankin to Hughes, no run, good pace and carry in the corridor, clocked at nearly 89mph, Hughes goes back and across and lifts his bat out of the way

0.6

Rankin to Hughes, no run, squared up a little bit, trying to play to leg and a leading edge runs into the covers

End of over 1 (2 runs) Australia 2/0 (RR: 2.00)

    • PJ Hughes 1 (5b)
    • AJ Finch 1 (1b)
    • WB Rankin 1-0-2-0

It'll be Chris Jordan at the other end, for his first bowl in big cricket. Speaking of whom, here's John: "I think that's a bit unfair on Chris Jordan. He's clearly in the squad as a bowler not an allrounder. It's not his fault he's nowhere near as good as Finn... Having said that with Luke Wright back in the team there are at least more options with the ball. Actually, I'd have picked Luke Wright ahead of maybe Carberry originally. He has developed into a quality short form player and if he goes well could see a permanent place even ahead of say Trott (or Root), who can then stick to tests."

1.1

Jordan to Finch, FOUR, pitched up in wide of the stumps, in the slot for a clean hitter like Finch and he bullies Jordan's first ball to the cover boundary

1.2

Jordan to Finch, no run, full again, driven with a flourish but picks out mid-off

1.3

Jordan to Finch, no run, length ball, shaping back a touch from wide of the stumps, Finch lets this one through

1.4

Jordan to Finch, FOUR, too wide and floaty again from Jordan and Finch tucks in, plants the front foot and murders another drive through extra cover - the fielders didn't move

1.5

Jordan to Finch, no run, full and quick, good comeback from Jordan, firing in the yorker and it's only a touchy under 90mph too, well kept out by Finch

1.6

Jordan to Finch, no run, length ball, driven on the up into the covers

An 'interesting' first over, there... "Thanks for completely ignoring the Phil Hughes change til ball one... Any news on why? Form or injury?" Sorry, John, I forgot to confirm Hughes was replacing the hamstrung Shaun Marsh, as was speculated in the preview yesterday

End of over 2 (8 runs) Australia 10/0 (RR: 5.00)

    • AJ Finch 9 (7b 2x4)
    • PJ Hughes 1 (5b)
    • CJ Jordan 1-0-8-0
    • WB Rankin 1-0-2-0
2.1

Rankin to Hughes, 1 wide, sling this short and down the leg side - called this time

2.1

Rankin to Hughes, no run, short and attacking the batsman, who again goes back in defence

2.2

Rankin to Hughes, no run, angled across on a length, gets in line

2.3

Rankin to Hughes, 1 run, gets on top of the bounce and dabs it into the off side for a quick single

2.4

Rankin to Finch, no run, this nips back and flips the flap of Finch's front pad, loops through to Buttler and they seemingly appeal for both lbw and caught behind. It is neither

2.5

Rankin to Finch, no run, beaten on the outside this time, drawn forward into a play and a miss

2.6

Rankin to Finch, no run, pitched up a little further, angling and hitting Finch on the front pad as he tried to play across the line

Good start from Rankin, who's been hella good in this series. It should be noted, however, that Finch knows how to bat on this pitch

End of over 3 (2 runs) Australia 12/0 (RR: 4.00)

    • AJ Finch 9 (10b 2x4)
    • PJ Hughes 2 (8b)
    • WB Rankin 2-0-4-0
    • CJ Jordan 1-0-8-0

Here's Ron P: "Not to take anything away from Belly, but my personal highlight from the tour has to be the crowd mockingly throwing punches whenever Warner fielded on the boundary."

3.1

Jordan to Hughes, 1 wide, back of a length but down leg

3.1

Jordan to Hughes, OUT, dug in short again, tried tries to pull and Hughes has got a huge top edge - it loops to midwicket and Jordan leaps in the air to celebrate his first England wicket! Think Hughes was beaten for pace, the bottom hand came off the handle and he knew where this was going as soon as he connnected - poor Pippy, it's been a long few months

PJ Hughes c Carberry b Jordan 2 (16m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 22.22

3.2

Jordan to Watson, 1 wide, fired past leg stump, Watson misses with an attempted flick

3.2

Jordan to Watson, no run, stays back and defends as a back-of-a-length ball angles in from outside off

3.3

Jordan to Watson, 2 runs, touch short, on the body and nudged through square, the fielder has to come round and they get two

3.4

Jordan to Watson, no run, Watson continues to play back, defends outside off

3.5

Jordan to Watson, no run, this is fiery stuff from Jordan, pushing above 90mph now and a snorting bouncer has Watson fending the ball away from in front of his throat

3.6

Jordan to Watson, 2 runs, drifts a little towards leg stump and again clipped through square for two

"My only worry about Jordan (as I write this he gets Hughes) is that while he's taken a lot of wickets for Sussex he also goes for runs," observes Simon. "He's pretty quick though."

End of over 4 (6 runs) Australia 18/1 (RR: 4.50)

    • SR Watson 4 (5b)
    • AJ Finch 9 (10b 2x4)
    • CJ Jordan 2-0-14-1
    • WB Rankin 2-0-4-0
4.1

Rankin to Finch, no run, comes across and defends a length ball into the off side

4.2

Rankin to Finch, no run, slightly fuller length, targeting off stump, Finch gets behind it solidly

4.3

Rankin to Finch, no run, shorter and straighter, takes the shoulder of the bat as Finch closes the face, drops short on the leg side

4.4

Rankin to Finch, FOUR, well played, Rankin sending down a half-tracker that Finch was ready for, he swivels smoothly and blaps it cross-batted through square to the boundary

4.5

Rankin to Finch, no run, full of a length, comes forward and punches to mid-off

4.6

Rankin to Finch, 1 run, length delivery, tapped towards mid-on and they jog through for one

Heeeeeeeeeeere's Johnny: "My highlight: England managing to scrape victories while being largely outplayed - may it continue today!"

End of over 5 (5 runs) Australia 23/1 (RR: 4.60)

    • AJ Finch 14 (16b 3x4)
    • SR Watson 4 (5b)
    • WB Rankin 3-0-9-0
    • CJ Jordan 2-0-14-1
5.1

Jordan to Finch, FOUR, drops short, on Finch's sizeable hips and he nonchalantly paddles it fine of long leg for another boundary

"Good fiery stuff from Jordan (if occasionally a little wayward), but he needs to pitch it up occasionally, especially to Watson: go for the LBW," suggests James

5.2

Jordan to Finch, no run, on the stumps, worked towards midwicket

5.3

Jordan to Finch, no run, better length from Jordan, the batsman goes back and across to defend with a straight bat

5.4

Jordan to Finch, 1 leg bye, works a single off the pads through square

5.5

Jordan to Watson, no run, length ball angled in on off stump, Watson shows it the maker's name

5.6

Jordan to Watson, 1 wide, slightly back of a length, again strays down the leg side

5.6

Jordan to Watson, no run, Watson gets forward to defend a length delivery into the off side

"Highlights of the tour (as an Aussie living in the UK): I was going to say that the number one highlight is the tour finally finishing. But a couple would be Chris Rogers finally being given a run in the team and then performing admirably and everything that Ryan Harris did." Dobbo has had his (her?) fill for now

End of over 6 (6 runs) Australia 29/1 (RR: 4.83)

    • SR Watson 4 (7b)
    • AJ Finch 18 (20b 4x4)
    • CJ Jordan 3-0-19-1
    • WB Rankin 3-0-9-0

This sun is out over the ground, though one or two grey clouds a still lurking...

6.1

Rankin to Finch, no run, very wide but just in side the tramlines, pitching on a good length and bouncing through to Buttler as Finch ignores it

6.2

Rankin to Finch, no run, closer to off stump, Finch gets in line to defend

6.3

Rankin to Finch, no run, drops the bat on a fuller ball to keep it out in front of the wicket

6.4

Rankin to Finch, no run, Rankin continues to test Finch's patience outside off, another solid block from the big fella

6.5

Rankin to Finch, no run, touch short of a length, climbing in the corridor, defended towards point

6.6

Rankin to Finch, no run, plays away from the body to a length ball, thickish outside edge falls well short of point - maiden from Rankin

"Don't ..... let ..... Finch .....get .....in," warns ellipsis fan Dave Summerfield

End of over 7 (maiden) Australia 29/1 (RR: 4.14)

    • AJ Finch 18 (26b 4x4)
    • SR Watson 4 (7b)
    • WB Rankin 4-1-9-0
    • CJ Jordan 3-0-19-1
7.1

Jordan to Watson, no run, outside the line of off, punched with a regal follow through straight to mid-off

Here's Craig Ormsby: "Highlights - listening to Aussies whinge about how useless England are then watching us win all the deciding sessions...although swap Aussies for Poms for series down under (gulp)!"

7.2

Jordan to Watson, FOUR, goes for some more chin music but Watson knows this tune and kapows a muscular pull high over midwicket and towards the boundary in the bounce

7.3

Jordan to Watson, no run, even shorter this time, a 90mph bouncer, Watson has to go back and defend up around his jugular

7.4

Jordan to Watson, 1 run, angling in and worked to leg

7.5

Jordan to Finch, no run, length delivery on off stump, Finch defends diligently again

7.6

Jordan to Finch, FOUR, Jordan continues to threaten and go for runs in equal measure, this time offering a bit of width and Finch chops it through backward point like a veteran lumberjack, the pace on the ball gives third man Luke Wright no chance of cutting it off

End of over 8 (9 runs) Australia 38/1 (RR: 4.75)

    • AJ Finch 22 (28b 5x4)
    • SR Watson 9 (11b 1x4)
    • CJ Jordan 4-0-28-1
    • WB Rankin 4-1-9-0
8.1

Rankin to Watson, no run, goes across his stumps to defend a length ball from the crease

"I note England has another debutant and I also note that he is yet another non-England born player. Unlikely I guess, but it would sure be good to play an English team from time to time!" Rejoice, Simon Philpott, for we are a mongrel race (and West Indians tend to bowl quick, which is useful)

8.2

Rankin to Watson, no run, length ball, good bounce around the line of off, defended again

8.3

Rankin to Watson, 1 run, short and stops a little in the pitch, Watson is through the pull a little early and it loops gently behind square

8.4

Rankin to Finch, 4 leg byes, sliding to the leg side, Finch misses with a flick but it kisses his, er, derriere on the way past and runs to the boundary for extras

8.5

Rankin to Finch, FOUR, short, wide and swatted dismissively over point, buffet ball and Finch gladly helped himself

8.6

Rankin to Finch, no run, better line and defended back down the track

End of over 9 (9 runs) Australia 47/1 (RR: 5.22)

    • AJ Finch 26 (31b 6x4)
    • SR Watson 10 (14b 1x4)
    • WB Rankin 5-1-14-0
    • CJ Jordan 4-0-28-1

First change, then, with Jordan a little expensive, Ben Stokes into the attack

9.1

Stokes to Watson, no run, tight line around off, Watson plants the front foot and pushes back towards mid-on

9.2

Stokes to Watson, no run, little shorter, over the top of the stumps, blocked on the back foot

9.3

Stokes to Watson, 1 run, outside the line of off, Watson opens the face and guides a length ball past second slip for one

The players are re-taking the field, Ben Stokes stretching his deltoids and latissimus dorsi in preparation for resuming his over.

3pm: The 22 yards of cut strip have been laid gloriously bare once again... Positions, please. Play is going to restart at 3.10pm, we have lost 28 minutes, so still a couple left for wiggle room in order to get the full overs in.

"I see Chris Jordan came here on a cricket scholarship, suggesting England have gone to the West Indies, watched some youth cricket and cherry picked one of the most promising talents to be a possible England player in the future. This in the face of the continual ECB statement that a strong West Indies is good for cricket. Surely detrimental tactics to maintain the strength of the world game." I'm not sure the thinking was quite that joined up, Ben, though he has been available for West Indies to pick if they'd wanted right up until now.

2.55pm: The groundstaff have taken off some of those sheets again, the run-ups are being uncovered. Looks like the shower has done one.

2.50pm: Part of the square has been covered, too, looks a bit mucky out the back of the Sky studio. "I understand the players coming off for rain, but did they need to flee the field like they were being chased by Freddy Krueger? It's only water, lads." They obviously take a similar view towards spitting as dinner ladies (as per Peter Kay), Gareth.

"This series has raised many questions / talking points," muses Mark T. "The biggest question for me is what does Shane Warne do these days? Does he have a role with Cricket Australia? He clearly seems to think we all value his opinion on social media - sadly." Yes, but he hasn't tweeted Liz recently, has he?

And here's Martin S: "In response to Simon Philpott, I'd just like to say how good it is to see two players of African-Caribbean heritage in the England side. It's been too long. With Daniel Bell-Drummond and Keith Barker coming through as well, the cricket team could better reflect the nation for years to come."

2.45pm: The forecast for this afternoon is a bit iffy and the rain is now slanting down, the wind gusting it almost sideways. The covers are brought on and we're going to have a short delay, hopefully it will blow through quickly.

And the rain has materialised out of nowhere, the players go dashing off and there is a flurry of brolly-related activity in the stands...

9.4

Stokes to Finch, OUT, fullish, bit of width and Finch is tempted, doesn't get over a square drive and picks out Morgan first ball after the resumption! Not sure what Finch was thinking there, he surely could have done with a sighter, didn't need to go after that delivery but he's thrown away a promising start and the England players are singing in the post-rain

AJ Finch c Morgan b Stokes 26 (42m 32b 6x4 0x6) SR: 81.25

A change to the Australia order, with Matthew Wade coming out at No. 4...

9.5

Stokes to Wade, OUT, and he's gloved his first ball behind, a golden duck for Wade! This is quackers, we've had a brief interruption and Australia have come out and lost two in two! Stokes beat Wade for pace with the bouncer, it was a touch leg side, again could have been ignored but the new batsman chased it, clear flick of glove and Stokes has another

MS Wade c †Buttler b Stokes 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

So, for the second match in a row, we have a bowler on a hat-trick... Michael Clarke does come out now, Joe Root is called in under the helmet at short leg

9.6

Stokes to Clarke, no run, doesn't go short, though, length ball shaping back on middle and off, Clarke keeps it out comfortably enough

So, Australia finish the Powerplay in a much more precarious position than looked likely at the start of the previous over. The danger with having chosen to bat first with rain interruptions likely is that the innings stalls and D/L may favour the side chasing...

End of over 10 (1 run) Australia 48/3 (RR: 4.80)

    • MJ Clarke 0 (1b)
    • SR Watson 11 (17b 1x4)
    • BA Stokes 1-0-1-2
    • WB Rankin 5-1-14-0

Rankin continues from the other end

10.1

Rankin to Watson, 1 run, short and at the body, Watson, an onlooker during the carnage, works through square

"You know how I asked if anyone had Hadds phone number last week?" I'm not sure I do, Sultan, but I'll take your word for it... "It's too late now but that should end the silly experiment with Wade."

10.2

Rankin to Clarke, no run, length ball, on off stump, Clarke has edged away towards leg stump but gets in line to defend

10.3

Rankin to Clarke, no run, continues to pitch it up to Clarke for now, who blocks

10.4

Rankin to Clarke, 1 run, now drops the ball shorter, paddled securely enough through midwicket for one to get Australia's captain off the mark

10.5

Rankin to Watson, 2 runs, bit of width, Watson goes deep in the crease and runs the ball off the face of the bat past backward point

10.6

Rankin to Watson, 1 run, length ball, angled in and nudged through midwicket for another single

End of over 11 (5 runs) Australia 53/3 (RR: 4.81)

    • SR Watson 15 (20b 1x4)
    • MJ Clarke 1 (4b)
    • WB Rankin 6-1-19-0
    • BA Stokes 1-0-1-2
11.1

Stokes to Watson, 1 run, slightly full and in the channel outside off, driven into the ground and it bounces gently towards mid-off, time for a comfortable single

11.2

Stokes to Clarke, FOUR, no foot movement from Clarke as he hacks wildly at a length ball, it flies away through square off the inside edge and although Michael Carberry goes full pelt after it, he's not quite able to pull it in before making contact with the rope

11.3

Stokes to Clarke, no run, full and around the line of off, bump ball pushed back towards the bowler, who drops it and causes a section of the crowd to groan

11.4

Stokes to Clarke, no run, short of a length and defended in front of off stump

11.5

Stokes to Clarke, no run, Clarke throws the bat again, looking a little frantic and slices a drive on the up, the ball dropping short of mid-off

11.6

Stokes to Clarke, no run, at the body, rising off back of a length, tries to tuck square and gets a gentle leading edge into the on side

"48/3 after 10... Precarious for sure, but why panic, Bailey has not even come in to bat :P" Ah, yes, Tushar. The soothing balsam of the Australia order

End of over 12 (5 runs) Australia 58/3 (RR: 4.83)

    • MJ Clarke 5 (9b 1x4)
    • SR Watson 16 (21b 1x4)
    • BA Stokes 2-0-6-2
    • WB Rankin 6-1-19-0

Rankin gets a rest, as Morgan rotates his frontline bowlers and brings back Jordan. As someone said, he's a genuine quick, only sort-of qualifying for allrounder status because he's okay with the bat too

12.1

Jordan to Watson, no run, pitched up and knocked to mid-off on the front foot

Still a couple of slips in at this stage

12.2

Jordan to Watson, 2 runs, straighter line, Watson walks across his stumps and glances fine, Rankin does well to prevent a boundary at full stretch

12.3

Jordan to Watson, 1 run, tailing in and tucked square for one this time

12.4

Jordan to Clarke, no run, bumper this time, outside off stump, Clarke drops back and gets in line

12.5

Jordan to Clarke, FOUR, short and pulled without a hint of disquiet for a boundary through square leg - you work Clarke over without sustaining a bit of damage yourself

"I'd still pick Wade ahead of Haddin in all formats," says Azza. "Might pick Paine ahead of Wade in ODI and T20, but Wade's got the most upside by far."

12.6

Jordan to Clarke, 1 wide, more short stuff, this time sailing down the leg side as Clarke attempts to pull and misses out

12.6

Jordan to Clarke, no run, good length on off stump, defended on the back foot into the covers

"Re: Chris Jordan. His maternal grandparents are British citizens and he has British citizenship, via a British passport," pipes up Julian Walter, who is from Peru not Chile (just to make clear)

End of over 13 (8 runs) Australia 66/3 (RR: 5.07)

    • MJ Clarke 9 (12b 2x4)
    • SR Watson 19 (24b 1x4)
    • CJ Jordan 5-0-36-1
    • BA Stokes 2-0-6-2
13.1

Stokes to Watson, 3 runs, full and straight and clipped firmly through midwicket, Jordan makes a sliding stop on the boundary

13.2

Stokes to Clarke, FOUR, pitched up and tailing in, Clarke doesn't need to move too much to crunch this down the ground, it was right under his nose and he placed it fine of mid-off for four

13.3

Stokes to Clarke, no run, goes across and dabs a length ball towards point

13.4

Stokes to Clarke, 1 run, dug in, the ball sits up and Clarke swats it through square leg for one

13.5

Stokes to Watson, FOUR, overpitched again by Stokes and Watson on-drives past short midwicket, only came off the toe of his blunderbuss but the ball races to the boundary

13.6

Stokes to Watson, no run, better length, chopped into the ground towards covers

Australia may have lost a few but they're still cracking along at a decent lick

End of over 14 (12 runs) Australia 78/3 (RR: 5.57)

    • SR Watson 26 (27b 2x4)
    • MJ Clarke 14 (15b 3x4)
    • BA Stokes 3-0-18-2
    • CJ Jordan 5-0-36-1

One slip in now, Jordan to continue

14.1

Jordan to Clarke, no run, short and wide and thrashed off the back foot, superbly struck but straight to Stokes at backward point, who has the audacity to throw for the bowler's end and try to run out Watson, too

"@Azza - Upside for whom? For the opposition?" queries ABJ. "Haddin is still Australia's best keeper and I would argue that it extends to all formats of the game"

14.2

Jordan to Clarke, no run, length ball outside off, Clarke pushes away from his body and an inside edge rolls short on the leg side

14.3

Jordan to Clarke, no run, tighter from Jordan, Clarke again tries to drive on the up outside off and can't get it away

Clarke pulls away as something blows into his eye

14.4

Jordan to Clarke, 1 leg bye, shaping in off a length, an attempted flick rolls off the pads

14.5

Jordan to Watson, 1 run, waits on a length delivery outside off and cuts into the ground behind point

14.6

Jordan to Clarke, 1 wide, drifts down the leg side again

14.6

Jordan to Clarke, no run, good length, on a line around off stump, driven into the ground towards mid-off

Lucas isn't worried yet: "To be honest, Clarke, Bailey and Voges are our 3 best batsmen, because of this I'm never too concerned when the top three fail."

End of over 15 (3 runs) Australia 81/3 (RR: 5.40)

    • MJ Clarke 14 (20b 3x4)
    • SR Watson 27 (28b 2x4)
    • CJ Jordan 6-0-38-1
    • BA Stokes 3-0-18-2
15.1

Stokes to Watson, FOUR, too full from Stokes and Watson steps outside off, hits through the line for an authoritative boundary through mid-on

15.2

Stokes to Watson, no run, comes forward to drive again, this time Stokes gets a boot on it in his follow through

15.3

Stokes to Watson, 1 run, not quite as full, on the stumps and worked through square

15.4

Stokes to Clarke, no run, length delivery angled in on off stump, Clarke punches to mid-on

15.5

Stokes to Clarke, no run, Clarke goes back and across to defend

"Lets get Tredders on before Bailey gets in - limit the damage!" Jezz is also thinking ahead...

15.6

Stokes to Clarke, no run, back of a length, at the batsman's body, blocked into the leg side from the crease

Time for a change up here, Alex Winter is your man for a spell

End of over 16 (5 runs) Australia 86/3 (RR: 5.37)

    • MJ Clarke 14 (23b 3x4)
    • SR Watson 32 (31b 3x4)
    • BA Stokes 4-0-23-2
    • CJ Jordan 6-0-38-1

Cheers Monty, here's Ravi Bopara at the Pavilion End with some dark clouds looming...

16.1

Bopara to Watson, no run, full at the stumps, tucked to midwicket

16.2

Bopara to Watson, no run, length ball on off stump, pushed to cover from the crease

16.3

Bopara to Watson, no run, fuller on middle and off, swung slightly across it, timed well but only as far as midwicket

16.4

Bopara to Watson, 1 run, length ball just a touch straight so Watson able to tuck it past midwicket into the deep

16.5

Bopara to Clarke, no run, slightly loosely driven from off stump to mid-on, wasn't quite the length to drive

16.6

Bopara to Clarke, 2 runs, touch wide of off stump and dabbed wide of third man, they sprint back for two

Good start from Bopara...

End of over 17 (3 runs) Australia 89/3 (RR: 5.23)

    • MJ Clarke 16 (25b 3x4)
    • SR Watson 33 (35b 3x4)
    • RS Bopara 1-0-3-0
    • BA Stokes 4-0-23-2

So how are we all? Final game of the summer? Sad? Relieved? Matt is okay: "Even though we lost two quick wickets, I am happy that Aus are still floating above five an over." Yes if anything the rate has increased since the wickets...

17.1

Stokes to Watson, no run, length on off stump, played on the back foot back to the bowler

17.2

Stokes to Watson, FOUR, too straight and too short, wheeled around the corner and gets four to fine leg, poor ball

England are leaking too many boundaries...

17.3

Stokes to Watson, 1 run, full on the stumps, clipped out to deep midwicket

17.4

Stokes to Clarke, SIX, lovely strike, picked up off a length on off stump and a gorgeous straight drive up and all the way over the rope, delightful timing, just calmly played and timed away

17.5

Stokes to Clarke, no run, touch shorter length and a touch wider, Clarke drives loosely at it and gets an inside edge to midwicket

17.6

Stokes to Clarke, no run, good length on the stumps, Clarke defending back and across the off stick

End of over 18 (11 runs) Australia 100/3 (RR: 5.55)

    • MJ Clarke 22 (28b 3x4 1x6)
    • SR Watson 38 (38b 4x4)
    • BA Stokes 5-0-34-2
    • RS Bopara 1-0-3-0

Essential to try and keep picking up wickets, otherwise set batsman can cause serious damage on this excellent wicket...

18.1

Bopara to Watson, no run, touch wider, driven at, didn't time it and finds point

18.2

Bopara to Watson, 1 run, full on off stump, clipped out to deep midwicket

18.3

Bopara to Clarke, no run, little shimmy down the wicket and gets an inside edge pushing forward to short long leg

18.4

Bopara to Clarke, 1 run, full just outside off, driven with a large bottom hand steer out to deep cover

18.5

Bopara to Watson, FOUR, flicked right across the front pad but gets enough bat on it and steers it fine of the 45

18.6

Bopara to Watson, no run, shaped to pull for a moment then realised it was a touch full a foot outside off, ended up steering it to point

End of over 19 (6 runs) Australia 106/3 (RR: 5.57)

    • SR Watson 43 (42b 5x4)
    • MJ Clarke 23 (30b 3x4 1x6)
    • RS Bopara 2-0-9-0
    • BA Stokes 5-0-34-2

James Tredwell comes on from the Northern End, will the Aussies go for him again?

19.1

Tredwell to Clarke, no run, around the wicket on the stumps, blocked covering up

19.2

Tredwell to Clarke, no run, floated up, Clarke skipped out to it and ran it back to the bowler

19.3

Tredwell to Clarke, 1 run, step down again and this is clipped with the spin to deep midwicket

19.4

Tredwell to Watson, 1 run, over the wicket to Watson, fourth-stump line, paddle swept out to deep square leg

19.5

Tredwell to Clarke, 1 run, shimmy down and clip out to deep midwicket

19.6

Tredwell to Watson, no run, thought of coming down, then tried to rock back and cut a ball a foot outside off, ended up missing

End of over 20 (3 runs) Australia 109/3 (RR: 5.45)

    • SR Watson 44 (44b 5x4)
    • MJ Clarke 25 (34b 3x4 1x6)
    • JC Tredwell 1-0-3-0
    • RS Bopara 2-0-9-0
20.1

Bopara to Clarke, 1 run, length ball wide enough of off stump to steer to the sweeper

20.2

Bopara to Watson, no run, fuller and straighter, forward press to extra cover

20.3

Bopara to Watson, 1 run, full and this time driven firmly to extra-cover who slides and parries - Root in there - they go on the misfield

20.4

Bopara to Clarke, no run, step across the off stump and tried to push a length ball into the on side, finds mid-on

20.5

Bopara to Clarke, 1 run, length just outside off, Clarke stays leg side of it and pushes firmly to deep cover

20.6

Bopara to Watson, no run, forward on off stump, pushed carefully back to the bowler

Decent set from Rav, the Ravster as his mates call him...

End of over 21 (3 runs) Australia 112/3 (RR: 5.33)

    • SR Watson 45 (47b 5x4)
    • MJ Clarke 27 (37b 3x4 1x6)
    • RS Bopara 3-0-12-0
    • JC Tredwell 1-0-3-0
21.1

Tredwell to Clarke, 1 run, down the track and tries to go hard into the on side, midwicket half saves and they get a single out to long on

21.2

Tredwell to Watson, FOUR, tight off stump line, Watson is right back on his stumps and giving himself a little room to late cut down to third man, Pietersen in pursuit and they'll check the save, think it's four, foot in contact when he dragged the ball back

21.3

Tredwell to Watson, 1 run, forward on off stump, clipped with the spin to deep midwicket and that's a nice fifty for Watson, good pace and keeping Australia going well

21.4

Tredwell to Clarke, 1 run, skip down to the pitch and ran down to long on

21.5

Tredwell to Watson, SIX, Watson steps down now and a big swing over long-on, nailed it

21.6

Tredwell to Watson, FOUR, now swing wide of long-on, nailed it again and that's a one bounce four, powerful strike

End of over 22 (17 runs) Australia 129/3 (RR: 5.86)

    • SR Watson 60 (51b 7x4 1x6)
    • MJ Clarke 29 (39b 3x4 1x6)
    • JC Tredwell 2-0-20-0
    • RS Bopara 3-0-12-0

Australia with a great platform now, these two well set...

22.1

Bopara to Clarke, 1 run, length on off stump, tucked in front of square leg for a single

22.2

Bopara to Watson, SIX, touch short and pulled hard, who's out at deep midwicket? Jordan is but he's just too short with the jump to take the catch, it went flat and hard and just cleared the rope. Jordan was a few pace in off the rope because it's a big boundary out there

22.3

Bopara to Watson, no run, forward and dabbing to point from just outside off

22.4

Bopara to Watson, 2 runs, full delivery driven, a thick outside edge runs where third slip might have been, Carberry scrambled well at third man

22.5

Bopara to Watson, 2 runs, forward and opens the face down to third man again, they run very hard and get two, excellent running that is, home easily in the end, throw was a bit high of Buttler

22.6

Bopara to Watson, 1 run, Carberry in the game again, this time comfortably picking up and conceding just a single

Watto on the charge...

End of over 23 (12 runs) Australia 141/3 (RR: 6.13)

    • SR Watson 71 (56b 7x4 2x6)
    • MJ Clarke 30 (40b 3x4 1x6)
    • RS Bopara 4-0-24-0
    • JC Tredwell 2-0-20-0
23.1

Tredwell to Watson, no run, around the wicket to Watson now too, floated up a little, flicked from off stump to midwicket

23.2

Tredwell to Watson, no run, touch flatter, ran to midwicket again with the spin

23.3

Tredwell to Watson, 1 run, shimmy out of his ground and this time pushes down to long on

23.4

Tredwell to Clarke, no run, flat delivery, Clarke stands in the crease and blocks

23.5

Tredwell to Clarke, 1 run, shifts back, lets the delivery slide towards off stump and late cuts backward of point

23.6

Tredwell to Watson, SIX, chances his arm down the ground and...six more! Easily clears Joe Root and the 100 partnership is suddenly up, Watson on fire

End of over 24 (8 runs) Australia 149/3 (RR: 6.20)

    • SR Watson 78 (60b 7x4 3x6)
    • MJ Clarke 31 (42b 3x4 1x6)
    • JC Tredwell 3-0-28-0
    • RS Bopara 4-0-24-0

Irresistible beefing from Watson at the moment. Australia motoring along, England need a wicket...

24.1

Bopara to Clarke, no run, off stump on a length, blocked up the wicket

24.2

Bopara to Clarke, no run, step across the stumps and takes a length ball from outside off to midwicket

24.3

Bopara to Clarke, no run, fuller on off stump, firm drive to the bowler's left hand

24.4

Bopara to Clarke, 1 run, Buttler up to the stumps, tucked from on the stumps wide of midwicket for a quick single

24.5

Bopara to Watson, 1 run, wider on the crease, played forward on off stump, thick edge down to third man

24.6

Bopara to Clarke, 1 run, just short enough to pull and finds deep midwicket

Cheaper over, England needed that...

End of over 25 (3 runs) Australia 152/3 (RR: 6.08)

    • MJ Clarke 33 (47b 3x4 1x6)
    • SR Watson 79 (61b 7x4 3x6)
    • RS Bopara 5-0-27-0
    • JC Tredwell 3-0-28-0

Damian: "The problem with this completely second string attack is there that no bowler offers control or wickets once the Aussies get going. England could be facing a huge total here." I reckon it's a 300+ pitch again regardless of who is bowling, coming on nicely to the bat, fast outfield...

25.1

Tredwell to Clarke, no run, step down and pushes up to midwicket

25.2

Tredwell to Clarke, 3 runs, step down again, gives himself room and drives wide of extra-cover, long chase for long-off who flicks the ball back and they get three

25.3

Tredwell to Watson, 1 run, floated up on middle, big stride down, tucks through the gap at square leg

25.4

Tredwell to Clarke, FOUR, swept firmly off the stumps, well connected and gets it backward of square, four more

25.5

Tredwell to Clarke, 1 run, length ball patted through midwicket, thoughts of two are rejected and there's nearly a mix up

25.6

Tredwell to Watson, 1 run, flat hard delivery outside off, pulled firmly out to long-on

Oh dear Tredders, not very tricky again today...

End of over 26 (10 runs) Australia 162/3 (RR: 6.23)

    • SR Watson 81 (63b 7x4 3x6)
    • MJ Clarke 41 (51b 4x4 1x6)
    • JC Tredwell 4-0-38-0
    • RS Bopara 5-0-27-0
26.1

Bopara to Watson, 1 run, forward on the stump and pushed firmly out to long on

26.2

Bopara to Clarke, FOUR, full length wide enough of off stump to allow Clarke to lift it up and over extra-cover, timing is lovely

26.3

Bopara to Clarke, no run, similar line, can only find mid-off with the drive this time

26.4

Bopara to Clarke, no run, drags the length back a bit, clipped with the angle to the leg side 45

26.5

Bopara to Clarke, FOUR, this time beats the leg side 45, line was too straight from Bopara and Clarke flicks it away merrily

26.6

Bopara to Clarke, no run, length ball just outside off, pushed forward and ran to point

End of over 27 (9 runs) Australia 171/3 (RR: 6.33)

    • MJ Clarke 49 (56b 6x4 1x6)
    • SR Watson 82 (64b 7x4 3x6)
    • RS Bopara 6-0-36-0
    • JC Tredwell 4-0-38-0

All you can do at the moment is suck on a double Devon toffee and admire this strokeplay. Can Joe Root stem the flow of runs...

27.1

Root to Watson, 1 run, around the wicket, flat just outside off, forward and dropped in front of backward point for a sharp single

27.2

Root to Clarke, no run, step down the track and clip to midwicket from middle stump

27.3

Root to Clarke, 1 run, floated up on leg stump, clipped through square leg, backward square is in quickly to save the second and Clarke's fifty comes up, back holding up okay

27.4

Root to Watson, 1 wide, flat down leg side, flicked at and missed

27.4

Root to Watson, 2 runs, middle and leg line, clipped inbetween deep backward square and deep midwicket, they get a couple with good running

27.5

Root to Watson, no run, forward just outside off to push to extra-cover

27.6

Root to Watson, FOUR, step back and pulled into the deep, can Stokes get around to save four on the midwicket rope? He jumps over the rope and pats it back but unfortunately had his foot grounded over the rope when flicking it back, almost a great save

End of over 28 (9 runs) Australia 180/3 (RR: 6.42)

    • SR Watson 89 (68b 8x4 3x6)
    • MJ Clarke 50 (58b 6x4 1x6)
    • JE Root 1-0-9-0
    • RS Bopara 6-0-36-0
28.1

Bopara to Clarke, FOUR, length ball on off stump, Clarke gets across his stumps and flicks with the angle backward of square and beats the deep fielder, excellent placement

28.2

Bopara to Clarke, no run, full just outside off, pushed up to extra-cover

28.3

Bopara to Clarke, FOUR, poor line and flicked fine for four, simple leg glance

28.4

Bopara to Clarke, 1 run, length on off stump, clipped out through midwicket from the crease

28.5

Bopara to Watson, no run, length on off stump, Watson plays from the crease and tucks to midwicket

28.6

Bopara to Watson, no run, hint of width outside off and cut hard, got his wrists through that stroke quickly but a fabulous diving save at backward point keeps it to a dot

Some rain in the air but they're not going off completely, just grabbing a drink...

End of over 29 (9 runs) Australia 189/3 (RR: 6.51)

    • SR Watson 89 (70b 8x4 3x6)
    • MJ Clarke 59 (62b 8x4 1x6)
    • RS Bopara 7-0-45-0
    • JE Root 1-0-9-0

Kapil: "Absolute rubbish bowling from Bopara. Five boundaries to fine leg? Why doesn't the bowler and captain just change the field and put a fielder there and then ask him to bowl that line? Really ridiculous bowling and atrocious captaincy." Powerplay time and Stokes is coming back at the Northern End, good luck son...

29.1

Stokes to Clarke, FOUR, length ball, Clarke steps to leg and heaves it away through square leg, enough bat on that to beat the deep fielder running to his left

29.2

Stokes to Clarke, 3 runs, now a full toss on middle, clipped through midwicket and three more

29.3

Stokes to Watson, no run, length ball, a little straight with no long leg back, Watson tucks it to the man in the ring

29.4

Stokes to Watson, 1 run, fuller line and a front-foot push to midwicket

29.5

Stokes to Clarke, FOUR, full delivery just wide of off stump, driven firmly and times it well, guiding it wide of mid-off, Rankin can't get down to it and it races away from him, 150 stand up

29.6

Stokes to Clarke, 1 run, full on the stumps, clipped out to deep square leg

Great start to the Powerplay for the Australians, who at this pace could be looking at t a huge total...

End of over 30 (13 runs) Australia 202/3 (RR: 6.73)

    • MJ Clarke 71 (66b 10x4 1x6)
    • SR Watson 90 (72b 8x4 3x6)
    • BA Stokes 6-0-47-2
    • RS Bopara 7-0-45-0

Boyd Rankin, England's best bowler by a country mile today, is back at the Pavilion End...

30.1

Rankin to Clarke, no run, just back of a length outside off, Clarke goes to late cut and misses, bounced a bit on him

30.2

Rankin to Clarke, no run, pulls this from a similar line, gets it off the toe to mid-on

30.3

Rankin to Clarke, no run, oh lovely, great length around off stump, it bounces again and beats Clarke's dab aimed at cover

30.4

Rankin to Clarke, no run, touch fuller, Clarke just blocks around off stump up the wicket

30.5

Rankin to Clarke, 1 run, touch wider of off stump allowing Clarke to guide down to third man

30.6

Rankin to Watson, no run, full length draws Watson forward, he plays at it and gets beaten outside off, nicely bowled

Another excellent over from Rankin...

End of over 31 (1 run) Australia 203/3 (RR: 6.54)

    • SR Watson 90 (73b 8x4 3x6)
    • MJ Clarke 72 (71b 10x4 1x6)
    • WB Rankin 7-1-20-0
    • BA Stokes 6-0-47-2

Chris Jordan is now going to have a go...

31.1

Jordan to Clarke, 1 run, full on off stump, slapped hard clearing the front leg, Rankin at mid-off, straight to him, it bursts through his hands above head height and he can't grab it tumbling backward, big miss, should definitely have been taken

31.2

Jordan to Watson, 1 run, full on off stump, pushed from off stump up towards mid-on and they steal a single

31.3

Jordan to Clarke, no run, full length angled into the body, Clarke blocks it in the crease, trying to give himself a little room is Clarke

31.4

Jordan to Clarke, 4 leg byes, poor line and it runs off the thigh guard to fine leg, trying to tuck the batsman up and overdid it

31.5

Jordan to Clarke, 2 runs, off stump on a full length, struck up and over the infield, not perfectly timed but enough club to clear mid-off and extra-cover running back

31.6

Jordan to Clarke, OUT, another chance to mid-off, Pietersen's there this time and takes the catch as Clarke splices a pull stroke. Tried to open up the off side again did Clarke but didn't become a great position from which to play a pull stroke, perhaps got hurried by Jordan and got nowhere near enough on the stroke and it looped to Pietersen who showed Rankin how to do it

MJ Clarke c Pietersen b Jordan 75 (96m 76b 10x4 1x6) SR: 98.68

End of over 32 (8 runs) Australia 211/4 (RR: 6.59)

    • SR Watson 91 (74b 8x4 3x6)
    • CJ Jordan 7-0-42-2
    • WB Rankin 7-1-20-0

A badly-needed wicket but out comes the red hot George Bailey...

32.1

Rankin to Watson, no run, full and well wide of off stump, Watson leaves it alone

32.2

Rankin to Watson, 2 runs, same line, this time Watson plays and clips it out to third man, wide enough of the fielder for a couple

32.3

Rankin to Watson, 1 run, slightly tighter line and late cut off an underedge, it bounces wide of slip and they get a single

32.4

Rankin to Bailey, no run, full length two feet wide of off stump, left alone

32.5

Rankin to Bailey, no run, similar line a touch fuller, shoulders arms again

32.6

Rankin to Bailey, no run, plays at this, also just outside off stump, dabbed into the covers

Another cheap over from Rankin...

End of over 33 (3 runs) Australia 214/4 (RR: 6.48)

    • GJ Bailey 0 (3b)
    • SR Watson 94 (77b 8x4 3x6)
    • WB Rankin 8-1-23-0
    • CJ Jordan 7-0-42-2

25 for 1 so far in the Powerplay, here's the final set...

33.1

Jordan to Watson, 1 run, full just outside off, Watson leans back in the crease and opens the face to get it to third man

33.2

Jordan to Bailey, no run, length ball, well wide of off stump, Bailey goes to cut and misses, scurried through a little low that

33.3

Jordan to Bailey, no run, straighter line and goes to flick through the leg side and gets struck on the pad

33.4

Jordan to Bailey, no run, full ball a foot outside off, didn't really use the feet well enough and mistimed a drive to extra-cover

33.5

Jordan to Bailey, no run, full ball on off stump, Bailey just blocking in the crease

33.6

Jordan to Bailey, 1 run, too straight on a length, lucky to only be flicked to long leg

Good end to the Powerplay for England. Monty is back to take you through to tea. See you later...

End of over 34 (2 runs) Australia 216/4 (RR: 6.35)

    • GJ Bailey 1 (8b)
    • SR Watson 95 (78b 8x4 3x6)
    • CJ Jordan 8-0-44-2
    • WB Rankin 8-1-23-0

Ahoy there, nice south-coast stroll for Australia, this... Can they get more than the 359 New Zealand racked up here a few months back? Bopara back on after the Powerplay

34.1

Bopara to Bailey, no run, length ball, comes forward and pushes to mid-on

34.2

Bopara to Bailey, no run, outside the line of off, goes back and cuts the ball to point

34.3

Bopara to Bailey, 1 run, drops a little short, pulled in front of square to the fielder on the fence

34.4

Bopara to Watson, 1 run, driven back, Bopara despairingly tries to get a fingertip on it but fails, the ball hits the stumps at the non-striker's end and deflects between two fielders

34.5

Bopara to Bailey, 2 runs, worked through square leg and they get back for a comfortable two

34.6

Bopara to Bailey, no run, comes forward and taps straight to a fielder at extra cover

Okay, Steven Phillips, before you strain something: "Oi!!! I keep emailing you with this simple query!!! Where is Luke Wright? Why is he not bowling?" Do I look like Eoin Morgan to you?

End of over 35 (4 runs) Australia 220/4 (RR: 6.28)

    • GJ Bailey 4 (13b)
    • SR Watson 96 (79b 8x4 3x6)
    • RS Bopara 8-0-49-0
    • CJ Jordan 8-0-44-2

No sign of Wright, Joe Root back on for some more fill-in...

35.1

Root to Watson, 1 run, tossed up from round the wicket, pushed wide of the bowler and Root can't quite prevent one

35.2

Root to Bailey, OUT, Bailey sweeps and misses, Buttler nudges off the bails and trots away to celebrate with Root - he seems pretty certain but the umpires send it upstairs to check. And the evidence is pretty clear, Bailey's foot stayed grounded just beyond his crease, he made no effort to get it back, so must have lost his bearings... This is going to be out, Root has done the trick, in slightly bizarre circumstances

GJ Bailey st †Buttler b Root 4 (14m 14b 0x4 0x6) SR: 28.57

So, Adam Voges is in at No. 7, with a princely average above 50

35.3

Root to Voges, 1 run, tossed up on leg stump, worked through midwicket for one to get going

35.4

Root to Watson, 1 run, darted through on the stumps, fiddled behind square on the leg side

35.5

Root to Voges, 1 run, stays leg side, Voges comes forward and closes the face for another one through midwicket

35.6

Root to Watson, 1 run, paddled through backward square, they think better of going for two, so Watson keeps the strike and remains on 99

End of over 36 (5 runs) Australia 225/5 (RR: 6.25)

    • SR Watson 99 (82b 8x4 3x6)
    • AC Voges 2 (2b)
    • JE Root 2-0-14-1
    • RS Bopara 8-0-49-0
36.1

Bopara to Watson, no run, touch full and outside the line of off, leans into a drive to mid-off

36.2

Bopara to Watson, no run, short of a length, this time Watson covers up in defence in front of the stumps

"Please, no. Not another collapse..." murmurs Vinson

36.3

Bopara to Watson, no run, tight line, on off stump, pushed back to the bowler

36.4

Bopara to Watson, no run, goes across his stumps and works the ball short on the leg side

36.5

Bopara to Watson, 1 run, bit of width this time and Watson is able to run a single through backward point - that's his century, Watson's eighth in ODIs and, from 87 balls, one of his rampaging best

There's runs in that Rose Bowl, as prospectors say

36.6

Bopara to Voges, 1 run, Voges gets forward and dabs into the covers, there's no run until the throw defeats Buttler and runs to backward square leg

End of over 37 (2 runs) Australia 227/5 (RR: 6.13)

    • AC Voges 3 (3b)
    • SR Watson 100 (87b 8x4 3x6)
    • RS Bopara 9-0-51-0
    • JE Root 2-0-14-1
37.1

Root to Voges, 1 run, tossed up on the stumps, worked through square leg for one

37.2

Root to Watson, 1 run, nudged off the pads for another single

37.3

Root to Voges, no run, tossed up on leg stump, comes forward to drive but can't get it past Root

37.4

Root to Voges, no run, on the stumps, defended

37.5

Root to Voges, no run, leans out and blocks back to the bowler

37.6

Root to Voges, 1 run, flat trajectory, darted in and clipped to midwicket, where a diving stop keeps them to one, just three off the over

End of over 38 (3 runs) Australia 230/5 (RR: 6.05)

    • AC Voges 5 (8b)
    • SR Watson 101 (88b 8x4 3x6)
    • JE Root 3-0-17-1
    • RS Bopara 9-0-51-0
38.1

Bopara to Voges, no run, good length outside off, Voges leans out and pushes into the covers

38.2

Bopara to Voges, no run, on the stumps, comes forward but can't pick a gap turning the ball to leg

38.3

Bopara to Voges, no run, quite wide, skids through a touch low and Voges misses with a wild cut

38.4

Bopara to Voges, 1 run, slightly overpitched and this is driven trough the covers to the sweeper in the deep

38.5

Bopara to Watson, 2 runs, nicely placed, Watson opening the face and steering the ball through backward point, third man has to come in and they get two

38.6

Bopara to Watson, no run, comes forward, pushed into the covers and well stopped

Bopara completes his allocation with a respectable 0 for 54

End of over 39 (3 runs) Australia 233/5 (RR: 5.97)

    • SR Watson 103 (90b 8x4 3x6)
    • AC Voges 6 (12b)
    • RS Bopara 10-0-54-0
    • JE Root 3-0-17-1
39.1

Root to Voges, no run, tossed up on leg stump, pushed back down the track to the bowler

39.2

Root to Voges, no run, floated up, can't get it away

39.3

Root to Voges, 1 run, angled in, flat and a bit quicker, manages to nurdle the ball into a gap at midwicket

39.4

Root to Watson, no run, fired in on the pads, clipped into the on side, stopped smartly at midwicket

39.5

Root to Watson, FOUR, some release, full and on the pads, Watson is down on one knee to sweep fine, that'll run for a much-needed boundary

39.6

Root to Watson, FOUR, Root takes some more tap, consecutive fours for Watson, who lofts a slog-sweep over the leg side, Carberry was running back from midwicket but had little chance of getting under it and the ball bounces away to the fence

kk is not impressed: "Australia seems to have imported self destructive button from Pakistan. They imploded in last ODI . And now taking Batting PP after 29th over. Really Mr. Clarke? What batting line up gave you that confidence? The one of 2007? Welcome to 2013."

End of over 40 (9 runs) Australia 242/5 (RR: 6.05)

    • SR Watson 111 (93b 10x4 3x6)
    • AC Voges 7 (15b)
    • JE Root 4-0-26-1
    • RS Bopara 10-0-54-0

Stokes back on in place of Ravi. Australia still well placed going into the final ten

40.1

Stokes to Voges, 1 run, comes forward and drives on the up through point

40.2

Stokes to Watson, 1 run, full and wide, Watson has to reach with a horizontal bat to poke one through the off side

40.3

Stokes to Voges, OUT, edged and gone, caught at the wicket with Buttler plunging to his right! Bit of a nothing stroke from Voges, half forward and attempting a little push, the ball kissed the edge and just about carried through

AC Voges c †Buttler b Stokes 8 (12m 17b 0x4 0x6) SR: 47.05

Three wickets for Stokes - Ashley Giles will be pleased. In comes James Faulkner

40.4

Stokes to Faulkner, no run, pitched up, around off stump, comes forward to block

Morgan has brought a slip in for the new batsman

40.5

Stokes to Faulkner, no run, defended short on the off side, Faulkner calls one but Watson shakes his head immediately as point races in - could have been trouble there

40.6

Stokes to Faulkner, no run, line and length in the channel, shoulders arms this time

End of over 41 (2 runs) Australia 244/6 (RR: 5.95)

    • JP Faulkner 0 (3b)
    • SR Watson 112 (94b 10x4 3x6)
    • BA Stokes 7-0-49-3
    • JE Root 4-0-26-1
41.1

Root to Watson, 1 run, darted on leg stump, Watson leans out and clips a single to deep midwicket

Varma has spotted a problem for Australia: "Looks like Watson is running out of partners!"

41.2

Root to Faulkner, 1 run, bit more air, angled across and pushed towards mid-off, they steal one

41.3

Root to Watson, no run, tossed up, dips on off stump and Watson has to drop his bat on it

41.4

Root to Watson, 1 run, drags this very short, outside the line of leg and nudged through square

41.5

Root to Faulkner, no run, full and on the stumps, poked back to the bowler

41.6

Root to Faulkner, 1 run, hustles through the over, length on leg stump and Faulkner clips a single through square leg

Four off Root's fifth, he's covered pretty well for Tredders. Watson biding his time before entering 'Beast mode', you feel

End of over 42 (4 runs) Australia 248/6 (RR: 5.90)

    • JP Faulkner 2 (6b)
    • SR Watson 114 (97b 10x4 3x6)
    • JE Root 5-0-30-1
    • BA Stokes 7-0-49-3
42.1

Stokes to Faulkner, no run, fullish length outside off, Faulkner doesn't move his feet, swings hard and misses

42.2

Stokes to Faulkner, 1 run, leans out and drives to the cover sweeper

Fine leg up, mid-on drops back to the boundary for Watto

42.3

Stokes to Watson, no run, pitched up on off stump, drilled back down the track but Stokes gets something on it to take the pace off

42.4

Stokes to Watson, 1 run, plants the front foot and heaves down the ground, on the bounce to the man stationed at long-on

42.5

Stokes to Faulkner, 1 run, touch short of a length, outside the line and Faulkner jabs at it, gets a single to third man

42.6

Stokes to Watson, no run, spots Watson coming forwards and fires the ball wide, within the tramlines though, beating the horizontal bat

England have really put the buffers on - almost unbelievable, given how serenely Watson and Clarke were progressing

End of over 43 (3 runs) Australia 251/6 (RR: 5.83)

    • SR Watson 115 (100b 10x4 3x6)
    • JP Faulkner 4 (9b)
    • BA Stokes 8-0-52-3
    • JE Root 5-0-30-1
43.1

Root to Faulkner, 1 run, angled flat on leg stump from round the wicket, nudged through backward square

43.2

Root to Watson, SIX, flat and on the stumps, Watson picks this up early, clears the front leg and crumps it straight back over the bowler's head, clearing the man at long-on

43.3

Root to Watson, FOUR, full toss from Root, maybe slipped out of the hand and Watson swings hard across the line, not a clean connection but it sails towards deep backward square on the bounce

Watson is using his power-ups in this over!

43.4

Root to Watson, SIX, tossed up and planted into the stands at deep midwicket, this is murderous stuff, right out of the middle

43.5

Root to Watson, 1 wide, fires this in down the leg side, Buttler's pads prevent worse

43.5

Root to Watson, SIX, Watson is climbing into Root now, brutal hitting and he's undone about five overs of good work, launching another slog-sweep into the crowd... where it's caught

43.6

Root to Watson, FOUR, goes over the wicket, another full toss and Watson swings across the line, carted away again, more height than distance this time but it bounces between deep midwicket and deep square and over the boundary

That's 28 (twenty eight) off the over! I retract what I said about Root

End of over 44 (28 runs) Australia 279/6 (RR: 6.34)

    • SR Watson 141 (105b 12x4 6x6)
    • JP Faulkner 5 (10b)
    • JE Root 6-0-58-1
    • BA Stokes 8-0-52-3
44.1

Stokes to Faulkner, no run, digs this in short, Faulkner springs back and blocks

44.2

Stokes to Faulkner, 1 run, gets forward to a length ball and pushes through the covers

44.3

Stokes to Watson, 2 runs, outside the line of off, steers a drive wide of the sweeper in the deep and they get back for two

44.4

Stokes to Watson, OUT, steps away, swings the arms ... and nicks off! There'll be a few sighs of relief on the England balcony, as Watson was just threatening to take the game away again. He was looking to hit down the ground here but it wasn't quite full enough, Watson played down slightly the wrong line, small deflection and comfortably held

SR Watson c †Buttler b Stokes 143 (174m 107b 12x4 6x6) SR: 133.64

Mitchell Johnson in, Australia for all their good work in danger of getting bowled out...

44.5

Stokes to Johnson, 2 runs, leg-stump line, closes the face and works a couple through midwicket

44.6

Stokes to Johnson, OUT, tries to turn to leg again, leading edge and gone, caught and bowled! Stokes has five-for! Johnson departs with alacrity, having made just a couple, and England have now claimed 5 for 73 in 13 overs (which would look a whole lot better without that Watson assault on Root)

MG Johnson c & b Stokes 2 (2m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

End of over 45 (5 runs) Australia 284/8 (RR: 6.31)

    • JP Faulkner 6 (12b)
    • BA Stokes 9-0-57-5
    • JE Root 6-0-58-1

Clint McKay joins Faulkner, still five overs for Australia to try and bat out. Jordan comes back into the attack...

45.1

Jordan to Faulkner, 1 wide, starts with a loosener down the leg side

45.1

Jordan to Faulkner, 1 run, short of a length, waits on it and drops one into the off side

45.2

Jordan to McKay, no run, outside the line of off, shaping back and left alone

"Damn, now Faulkner is losing his partners ..." chuckles acemaverick

45.3

Jordan to McKay, no run, gets across and taps a length ball square on the off side

45.4

Jordan to McKay, no run, good line and length in the channel, McKay is determined to hang around for a bit, leaves again

45.5

Jordan to McKay, no run, hangs his bat out unsuccessfully this time, beaten

45.6

Jordan to McKay, no run, on the stumps, length ball, McKay pushes towards mid-on from the crease

End of over 46 (2 runs) Australia 286/8 (RR: 6.21)

    • CJ McKay 0 (5b)
    • JP Faulkner 7 (13b)
    • CJ Jordan 9-0-46-2
    • BA Stokes 9-0-57-5

Australia to get 300 - yes or no?

46.1

Stokes to Faulkner, 1 run, slightly full and tailing back in towards off stump, Faulkner squeezes it off the inside half of the bat

46.2

Stokes to McKay, no run, testing length from Stokes, the batsman can't get forward and ends up pushing unsuccessfully from the crease as the ball zips through

46.3

Stokes to McKay, no run, hangs back and defends in front of the stumps

46.4

Stokes to McKay, 1 run, short and at the man, McKay hooks in slightly ungainly fashion and gets one through square

46.5

Stokes to Faulkner, 2 runs, bit of width, Faulkner guides it into a gap behind point and thy get back for two

46.6

Stokes to Faulkner, no run, tight line on off stump, Faulkner continues to play with restraint and defends

Stokes finishes his allocation with 5 for 61. The last England bowler to get five-for in an ODI against Australia was Chris Woakes. On the plus side, Stokes' economy, though a little high, is well below Jade Dernbach levels...

End of over 47 (4 runs) Australia 290/8 (RR: 6.17)

    • JP Faulkner 10 (16b)
    • CJ McKay 1 (8b)
    • BA Stokes 10-0-61-5
    • CJ Jordan 9-0-46-2

Rankin back on to close the curtains

47.1

Rankin to McKay, 2 runs, short and pulled, in the air towards midwicket, Carberry doesn't pick it up and they get a couple

47.2

Rankin to McKay, no run, comes forward on the drive, not sure if that was a bump ball or straight off the bat but it clears the bowler and drops short of mid-off

47.3

Rankin to McKay, no run, lovely ball, too good for McKay, who swings wildly and misses

47.4

Rankin to McKay, no run, shuffles across his stumps, tries to play to leg and gets a leading edge

47.5

Rankin to McKay, no run, beaten again, another jaffa from Rankin, seaming and bouncing as McKay plays inside it, more through luck than judgement

47.6

Rankin to McKay, 1 run, nurdles to midwicket, McKay wants two but won't get a second, meaning he keeps the strike

"YES! Aussie 300 BUT England will chase it down!" says DMX, followed by: "Oops, I take it back! Didn't know that Rankin had 2 overs to bowl..."

End of over 48 (3 runs) Australia 293/8 (RR: 6.10)

    • CJ McKay 4 (14b)
    • JP Faulkner 10 (16b)
    • WB Rankin 9-1-26-0
    • BA Stokes 10-0-61-5

Stokes done, Jordan switches ends

48.1

Jordan to McKay, 1 run, bit of width, McKay hangs the bat out and takes a single to the cover sweeper

48.2

Jordan to Faulkner, no run, length delivery outside off, tries to run the ball behind point but picks out the fielder

48.3

Jordan to Faulkner, no run, edges forward, dabs into the off side and Jordan fields

48.4

Jordan to Faulkner, OUT, slightly back of a length and darting across Faulkner, Buttler throws himself down the leg side to take a sharp catch - was there a bit of glove on that? Umpire Dar thinks so but Faulkner immediately reviews. He thinks it flicked his sweater - and it did, but not before tickling the inside edge of the bat, Hot Spot clearly shows the mark and the decision is upheld. England have another

JP Faulkner c †Buttler b Jordan 10 (35m 19b 0x4 0x6) SR: 52.63

Fawad Ahmed rocks up to the crease. Australia currently only about par

48.5

Jordan to Fawad Ahmed, no run, dug in short and at Fawad's bonce, he manages to jerk out of the way

48.6

Jordan to Fawad Ahmed, FOUR, shot! Jordan went full and straight but it was more half-volley than yorker and Fawad stepped away, crunched a drive past mid-off for four

End of over 49 (5 runs) Australia 298/9 (RR: 6.08)

    • Fawad Ahmed 4 (2b 1x4)
    • CJ McKay 5 (15b)
    • CJ Jordan 10-0-51-3
    • WB Rankin 9-1-26-0
49.1

Rankin to McKay, OUT, McKay steps to leg, Rankin follows him and the slog across the line goes up in the air, to be safely pouched by the man coming in from deep square leg! Boyd Rankin, the pick of the attack, has a wicket at last and Australia have been bowled out for less than 300

CJ McKay c Root b Rankin 5 (20m 16b 0x4 0x6) SR: 31.25

6.05pm: Er, so how do you sum up that innings? It was helter skelter stuff, another very good Ageas Bowl pitch but Australia looked like they were going to easily get 350 at one stage; England will be delighted to have kept the target below 300, though 299 will still be a record chase here. Ben Stokes was the major beneficiary of Australia's bout of motion sickness but, spinners aside, the bowlers gave a decent account of themselves. We'll find out soon enough whether Shane Watson's (almost) one-man show or England's long batting order will carry the day - join us again in 30 minutes.

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