ICC World Twenty20, Final: Australia v England at Bridgetown, May 16, 2010
England won by 7 wickets (with 18 balls remaining)
Played at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados (neutral venue)
16 May 2010 (20-over match)

11.25am Here come the players, Collingwood and Pietersen having a long chat as the field spreads. Watson will take strike to Sidebottom. Bring. It. On.

11.20am Goodness me, they're doing national anthems. Not sure it's ever suited cricket really. Lots of mumbling from the players, apart from Graeme Swann, who is belting it out.

11.15am Jaydeep has his own one-liner on proceedings. "Guys, Hold you nerves. It's 'The founders vs The Dominators' of cricket. It will be a thrilling contest." Zaqie reckons: "England had made a mistalke by opting to field. Australians are always huge target setters in big matches!", while everyone's favourite rocket scientist Mark Kidger says: "Definitely the right decision to chase. Pakistan were mugged at the death; if we are chasing we will have more control over our destiny."

11.05am According to Ian Bishop, who knows a bit about pace and bounce, the pitch is a touch drier than the ones we've seen through this tournament, it may be a touch slower but won't be lacking carry at all. I wonder if Australia's unbelievable semi-final chase played any role in England opting to field first.

Comparing those sides, you see where the strengths lies. At six and seven coming out for Australia is Cameron White and Michael Hussey - England have Luke Wright and Tim Bresnan. That said, England have five frontline bowlers while Australia have to make the best of Clarke, Shane Watson and Steven Smith's offerings.

11.00am Right, first blood to Collingwood! England have won the toss and will bowl first. Collingwood reckons the pitch looks good but won't change in character as the day goes on. Both teams are unchanged so will line up like this:

Australia 1 Shane Watson, 2 David Warner, 3 Brad Haddin (wk), 4 Michael Clarke (capt), 5 David Hussey, 6 Cameron White, 7 Michael Hussey, 8 Steven Smith, 9 Mitchell Johnson, 10 Dirk Nannes, 11 Shaun Tait.

England 1 Michael Lumb, 2 Craig Kieswetter (wk), 3 Kevin Pietersen, 4 Paul Collingwood (capt), 5 Eoin Morgan, 6 Luke Wright, 7 Tim Bresnan, 8 Graeme Swann, 9 Michael Yardy, 10 Stuart Broad, 11 Ryan Sidebottom.

10.50am Excitingly we have a Cricket Radio channel, where you can hear commentary from this game. Sadly, if you're in India, South Africa, Australia or New Zealand, you won't be able to access this service due to rights restrictions. But fear not, you have us instead. While we wait for the toss, which should be in about ten minutes, you could always have a look at Andrew Miller and Peter English's preview.

10.45am "The crowd is slowly building, the consensus among the locals seems to be they'll support England today," says Gnasher. "Meanwhile, Colly and the team get a huge cheer from the fans as they run a lap of the outfield."

10.20am Hello one and all, I'm thrilled to welcome you to Cricinfo's coverage of the World Twenty20 final. It's England v Australia in the world cup final and, for all the qualms over the shortest format, it rarely comes bigger than this.

I'm Sahil Dutta and I'll be joined by Liam Brickhill to bring all the ball-by-ball coverage, Andrew Miller will be scribing bulletins and Andrew McGlashan will be battling the heat and tension in Barbados to drop in with some wisdom of his own as the game unfolds.

There's aching anticipation here. Andy Flower has calmly taken the rabble of English limited-overs cricket and turned them into a powerful and inventive side bristling with confidence and hoping to break their duck that stretches back to 1975 in ICC events. Australia, under Michael Clarke, have finally decided to take Twenty20 seriously and have a side packed with testosterone and self belief that borders on delusional and are looking to complete the set having bagged the 50-over World Cup and Champions Trophy. Added to the mix is a Barbados pitch that recalls a heady time when wickets were prepared for spectators not CEOs and has had pace, carry and spin to favour all aspects of the game through this tournament.

Gnasher McGlashan already has his first scoop of the day - telling us "It's warm and sunny as the teams start their warm-ups."

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Sidebottom to Watson, 2 runs, all action start, Sidebottom lands it on about half way down, good line, Watson pulls off the front foot, without much timing towards the deep midwicket boundary for a couple


Sidebottom to Watson, no run, good adjustment from Sidebottom, pitches up, hint of swing into the batsman, Watson rocks forward and defends


Sidebottom to Watson, OUT, gone! Sidebottom strikes! Watson flashes at a short and widish ball, flies off the top edge to Kieswetter, who can't quite hold on, bounces off his gloves and Swann takes the rebound! Massive breakthrough for England.

SR Watson c Swann b Sidebottom 2 (3m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

Michael Clarke, who has barely scored a run all tournament, has brought himself in.


Sidebottom to Clarke, 1 wide, poor start from Sidebottom to Clarke, well down the leg side and a gentle wide


Sidebottom to Clarke, 1 run, gets his line better this time, fuller and on middle, Clarke flicks it round the corner to fine leg to get off the mark


Sidebottom to Warner, 1 run, dug in and angled towards Warner's body, he hops back and works it to square leg for a single


Sidebottom to Clarke, 1 wide, another one shoved in down the leg side, Clarke attempted to fiddle it away, but misses and it's another wide


Sidebottom to Clarke, no run, good finish to the over, full and straight, Clarke defends back to the bowler, who fields in his follow through

End of over 1 (6 runs) Australia 6/1 (RR: 6.00)

    • MJ Clarke 1 (2b)
    • DA Warner 1 (1b)
    • RJ Sidebottom 1-0-6-1

Bresnan to Warner, no run, good start from Bresnan, nippy and bang on a length and line, Warner skipped back and tried to force it on to the leg side, but it was on him too quickly


Bresnan to Warner, no run, Warner itching to get things going, giving himself a touch of room and looking to scythe this through the off side, it gets a touch big on him and he can't time it


Bresnan to Warner, 1 run, Warner hangs on the back foot and pulls this, from a fullish length really, through square leg for a single


Bresnan to Clarke, no run, Bresnan really holding his nerve here, banging it in just short of a length on a good line, and Clarke defends


Bresnan to Clarke, OUT, Warner gone this time! England on fire, Clarke pushes a good-length ball to cover, and then attempts a single, Warner tares down but Lumb swooped in and under-armed his throw on to the stumps at the strikers end to leave Warner well short of his ground

DA Warner run out 2 (11m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00


Bresnan to Haddin, 1 run, oh dear, indecision again from Clarke, Haddin guided it to short third man and Clarke called a very close single, this time though, the throw missed the stumps. High drama and nerves already!

End of over 2 (2 runs) Australia 8/2 (RR: 4.00)

    • BJ Haddin 1 (1b)
    • MJ Clarke 1 (4b)
    • TT Bresnan 1-0-2-0
    • RJ Sidebottom 1-0-6-1

Sidebottom to Haddin, OUT, Sidebottom strikes again! Australia lose another wicket! Short and down the leg side from Sidebottom, hardly a great ball, but Haddin swung hard at it and it came off what looks like the thigh, Kieswetter took an excellent catch high to his left. Great catch but very unlucky for Haddin

BJ Haddin c †Kieswetter b Sidebottom 1 (2m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00


Sidebottom to DJ Hussey, 1 run, very carefully played this by David Hussey, it was on a length and aimed around off stump, Hussey watches it on to the bat and guides it down to third man for a single


Sidebottom to Clarke, 1 run, dug in shortish again, not many pitched up, but the pitch is zipping through, and Clarke nurdles it down to short fine leg for a quick single


Sidebottom to DJ Hussey, no run, excellent stuff, swinging in a touch, bang on off and middle, Hussey defends very carefully from the crease


Sidebottom to DJ Hussey, no run, good again from Sidebottom, fuller this time, and finding enough swing into the batsman to bring caution, Hussey pushes to the covers where Lumb races in to field


Sidebottom to DJ Hussey, no run, beaten! Real nip of the pitch here, climbing off a decent length outside off and rushing past the edge of Hussey's hanging bat

End of over 3 (2 runs) Australia 10/3 (RR: 3.33)

    • DJ Hussey 1 (4b)
    • MJ Clarke 2 (5b)
    • RJ Sidebottom 2-0-8-2
    • TT Bresnan 1-0-2-0

Stuart Broad takes over from Bresnan, can he keep up England's good work?


Broad to Clarke, no run, starts well enough, fullish and on off stump, Clarke very positively strides into the ball and drives firmly to cover


Broad to Clarke, 1 run, shorter this time, angled into the body, Clarke turns it to midwicket easily enough for a calm single


Broad to DJ Hussey, 1 run, short again from Broad, clear plan by the looks of things, Hussey gets deep into his crease, rides the bounce and drops the ball into the off side and collects a sharp single


Broad to Clarke, 2 runs, very nicely played by Clarke here, another shortish ball and he was waiting on the back foot and picked a gap in front of midwicket to push for a couple


Broad to Clarke, 1 wide, this was a real short ball, zipped over the crouching Clarke, given a wide. Predictably, Broad moans a touch, but it seemed fair enough


Broad to Clarke, no run, lucky this for Broad. Dug in short, Clarke pulls but picks out the one fielder - short fine leg


Broad to Clarke, 1 run, oh dear! Push and go again from Clarke and almost trouble. Clarke called Hussey through for a single that wasn't there, Lumb ran in from cover and once again flicked an under-arm throw, this time though, he missed the stumps. Would have been out

End of over 4 (6 runs) Australia 16/3 (RR: 4.00)

    • MJ Clarke 6 (10b)
    • DJ Hussey 2 (5b)
    • SCJ Broad 1-0-6-0
    • RJ Sidebottom 2-0-8-2

Sidebottom to Clarke, FOUR, well, finally, the first four of the match, short and into Clarke's body, this is a bit of a gimme, he turns away behind him for an easy boundary


Sidebottom to Clarke, 1 run, better ball this time, on and around off stump, Clarke stands tall and pushes towards point for an easy single


Sidebottom to DJ Hussey, 1 leg bye, Hussey hanging on his back foot, no need to get forward at all here, and this shortish ball is tickled to short fine leg for a single


Sidebottom to Clarke, no run, good line from Sidebottom, back of a length, but just outside off, Clarke guides it to point


Sidebottom to Clarke, 1 run, good carry from a decent length, arrowed into Clarke's hip, he flicks airily down to deep square for a single


Sidebottom to DJ Hussey, no run, top finish to the over, bang on a length and line, Hussey can only push gently to the cover fielder

End of over 5 (7 runs) Australia 23/3 (RR: 4.60)

    • DJ Hussey 2 (7b)
    • MJ Clarke 12 (14b 1x4)
    • RJ Sidebottom 3-0-14-2
    • SCJ Broad 1-0-6-0

Last over of the Powerplay and Broad will continue.


Broad to Clarke, 1 run, good cricket all round here, good length on off stump, Clarke pushes to mid off and collects a sharp single


Broad to DJ Hussey, no run, Hussey looking for something here, edging leg side and trying to upper-cut for a boundary, good plan given the length England are bowling, but it zips past the top edge


Broad to DJ Hussey, no run, nothing fancy this time from Hussey, carefully defending off the back foot


Broad to DJ Hussey, no run, good intent from Broad, really sprinting in and banging the ball in short of a good length, Hussey skips back and defends


Broad to DJ Hussey, no run, pressure building here, Hussey again looking to manufacture something, edging leg side of the ball and trying to guide it away, but can't pierce the field


Broad to DJ Hussey, no run, Hussey skips leg side and smites, but straight to cover

End of over 6 (1 run) Australia 24/3 (RR: 4.00)

    • DJ Hussey 2 (12b)
    • MJ Clarke 13 (15b 1x4)
    • SCJ Broad 2-0-7-0
    • RJ Sidebottom 3-0-14-2

Bresnan to Clarke, 1 run, Bresnan back into the attack, Clarke greets him with a nurdle to leg side for one


Bresnan to DJ Hussey, 1 leg bye, Hussey can't quite find his range at the moment, this was arrowed down the leg side, but he couldn't get the flick away and it comes off the pads for a leg bye


Bresnan to Clarke, 2 runs, angled too far down leg this time, Clarke carefully pulls it down to a sliding deep square fielder who keeps it to a couple


Bresnan to Clarke, 1 run, good ball this, back of a length and Clarke stands tall and pushes towards point for a single


Bresnan to DJ Hussey, 1 run, Hussey looking to create some momentum, gets on the back foot and swipes, with no timing, down to mid on for a single


Bresnan to Clarke, FOUR, not a great ball this and Clarke punishes him, short but slower, sits up for Clarke who pulls past mid on for the second boundary of the innings

End of over 7 (10 runs) Australia 34/3 (RR: 4.85)

    • MJ Clarke 21 (19b 2x4)
    • DJ Hussey 3 (14b)
    • TT Bresnan 2-0-11-0
    • SCJ Broad 2-0-7-0

Right, this should be fun, Graeme Swann into the attack and you expect Hussey to really have a go. Should be a good contest.


Swann to DJ Hussey, 1 run, tentative start from Swann, flat and quick on off stump, Hussey cuts to deep point for a single


Swann to Clarke, 1 run, pitched up this time, Clarke comes down the wicket and guides to long on for one


Swann to DJ Hussey, 1 run, nicely bowled, slower and outside off stump, Hussey stretches forward and guides to long off


Swann to Clarke, no run, flighted a touch again, Clarke drives firmly back to Swann who fields


Swann to Clarke, 1 run, nicely played by Clarke here, came down the wicket and opened the face to pick the gap in the covers and collect one


Swann to DJ Hussey, no run, Swann finishes the over well, on off stump, Hussey tries to force it through point but can't beat the fielder

End of over 8 (4 runs) Australia 38/3 (RR: 4.75)

    • DJ Hussey 5 (17b)
    • MJ Clarke 23 (22b 2x4)
    • GP Swann 1-0-4-0
    • TT Bresnan 2-0-11-0

Here's Yardy to bowl his left-arm darts.


Yardy to Clarke, 1 run, actually flighted a touch first up, Clarke carefully flicks it into a gap at midwicket a single


Yardy to DJ Hussey, 1 run, very careful so far from Hussey against spin, works this from off stump to long on for a gentle single


Yardy to Clarke, no run, pushed through this time, really quite quickly, Clarke hurries into a back foot defence


Yardy to Clarke, 2 runs, touch too much width this time, Clarke is back and cutting in a flash, past point for a couple


Yardy to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke using his feet well, walking up the wicket and turning this to deep midwicket for one


Yardy to DJ Hussey, 1 run, very well bowled, much quicker, it was on to Hussey in an instant and he could only end up inside-edging into to leg side and Clarke calls him through for a well-judged quick single

End of over 9 (6 runs) Australia 44/3 (RR: 4.88)

    • DJ Hussey 7 (19b)
    • MJ Clarke 27 (26b 2x4)
    • MH Yardy 1-0-6-0
    • GP Swann 1-0-4-0

Swann to DJ Hussey, 1 run, lovely bowling, flighted up invitingly, Hussey has a swipe but mistimes it to short fine leg for one


Swann to Clarke, OUT, brilliant from Collingwood! Fantastic catch! Swann flighted it up, and beat Clarke in the air as he skipped down the wicket, in the end it's chipped into what looked a vacant straight midwicket, but Collingwood dived to his left from short midwicket, two-handed and plucked it out the air

MJ Clarke c Collingwood b Swann 27 (35m 27b 2x4 0x6) SR: 100.00


Swann to White, 1 run, Swann flights it well up to big Cameron White, who pushes down to long on gently


Swann to DJ Hussey, 1 run, Hussey not doing anything fancy here, carefully pushing this down to long on for one


Swann to White, no run, nicely bowled, fullish and flighted, White can do nothing but defend off the front foot


Swann to White, no run, top over from Swann, finished with a good ball outside off, White stretches forward and defends, getting his eye in before trying anything too expansive

End of over 10 (3 runs) Australia 47/4 (RR: 4.70)

    • CL White 1 (3b)
    • DJ Hussey 9 (21b)
    • GP Swann 2-0-7-1
    • MH Yardy 1-0-6-0

Yardy to DJ Hussey, 1 run, Yardy continues his good work, on and around off stump and pushed into the covers for one


Yardy to White, 1 run, touch more air on this one, White content to push it to long on


Yardy to DJ Hussey, 2 runs, too short and enough width on this to allow Hussey to get back and cut firmly through point for a couple


Yardy to DJ Hussey, 1 run, quicker ball, finds a touch of bounce, shovelled down to long on for one


Yardy to White, 1 run, quicker again, and finding good bounce once more, worked to long on for an easy single


Yardy to DJ Hussey, 1 run, carefully worked away from a full length into midwicket for another easy single

End of over 11 (7 runs) Australia 54/4 (RR: 4.90)

    • DJ Hussey 14 (25b)
    • CL White 3 (5b)
    • MH Yardy 2-0-13-0
    • GP Swann 2-0-7-1

Swann to DJ Hussey, no run, quicker ball from Swann, firing it into the pads, worked to the short midwicket fielder


Swann to DJ Hussey, 1 run, nicely bowled once more from Swann, flight and dip, Hussey chipped it off the leading edge towards Broad, one bounce at long on


Swann to White, 2 runs, well played this, White went leg side of the ball and lifted it over extra cover for a couple


Swann to White, 1 run, touch of turn here for Swann, spinning in from outside off stump, White helps it on its way for a single to short fine leg


Swann to DJ Hussey, no run, good bowling once more, Hussey can do nothing but work it gently back to the bowler


Swann to DJ Hussey, 1 run, good over from Swann, spinners doing a good choking job for England, Hussey turns his wrists over the ball and sends it gently to midwicket for one

End of over 12 (5 runs) Australia 59/4 (RR: 4.91)

    • DJ Hussey 16 (29b)
    • CL White 6 (7b)
    • GP Swann 3-0-12-1
    • MH Yardy 2-0-13-0

Yardy to DJ Hussey, no run, nicely bowled, quicker on off stump, cut to a diving point fielder


Yardy to DJ Hussey, SIX, well, finally the shackles are broken! Shorter and Hussey swiped it brilliantly, sending it miles over midwicket for six


Yardy to DJ Hussey, 1 run, back on a length this time, worked away for one


Yardy to White, FOUR, oops, full toss, and to White that is asking for trouble! He butchers it down the ground for four


Yardy to White, SIX, White is off! Good ball, but White lent back and smacked it over cow corner for a big six again


Yardy to White, FOUR, White is a very powerful man, this has almost a yorker length, yet his still managed to swing his big arms through the ball and send it rocketing down the ground for four. Big big over for Australia

End of over 13 (21 runs) Australia 80/4 (RR: 6.15)

    • CL White 20 (10b 2x4 1x6)
    • DJ Hussey 23 (32b 1x6)
    • MH Yardy 3-0-34-0
    • GP Swann 3-0-12-1

Swann to DJ Hussey, no run, good from Swann, arrowed in at off, Hussey tried to cut but couldn't get it away


Swann to DJ Hussey, 1 run, fuller this time and driven into the covers for a single


Swann to White, no run, ooh, lovely stuff from Swann, held back a fraction, White thinks about another big shot but defends


Swann to White, no run, White edging down the wicket, Swann teasing him with flight, worked firmly to short midwicket and Collingwood fields


Swann to White, FOUR, top shot again, White really ticking now. Planted his front foot and smashed through the line, sending it flying flat down straight down the ground for four


Swann to White, no run, good finish to an excellent spell from Swann, touch of air, White clips it firmly back to the bowler

End of over 14 (5 runs) Australia 85/4 (RR: 6.07)

    • CL White 24 (14b 3x4 1x6)
    • DJ Hussey 24 (34b 1x6)
    • GP Swann 4-0-17-1
    • MH Yardy 3-0-34-0

Collingwood thought about Luke Wright but it's Tim Bresnan. Crucial time, the momentum is changing. England taking a while to place their field.


Bresnan to DJ Hussey, 1 run, Hussey looking more secure now, picking a gap to third man from this shortish ball outside off


Bresnan to White, FOUR, oh dear, don't bowl there if you're Tim Bresnan. Too short but lacking the intent, White hung on his back foot and bludgeoned it through midwicket for four


Bresnan to White, no run, good response from Bresnan, slightly fuller and giving White no room to swing his arms, defended back to the bowler

Though Mike won the semis; it was White who laid the foundation with his knock of 43. Doing the same again...I think hes one of the best batsmen in T20s!" gushes Rishabh


Bresnan to White, 1 run, banged in short and at the body again, White has no room to cause damage here, and it's worked into the leg side


Bresnan to DJ Hussey, no run, Hussey skipping leg side of the ball, looking to give himself room, as it was, it was wide off off stump anyway and he can't reach it


Bresnan to DJ Hussey, 1 run, all happening here! Hussey top edged a massive swipe, it went miles in the air, swirling around, Broad called it from mid on, but in the end could not even drop it, as he misjudged a huge chance completely. Strong breeze here might have been his undoing

"I really like Paul Collingwood's honest approach to the game, but he has to do something nuanced to tackled White," suggests Chirantan

End of over 15 (7 runs) Australia 92/4 (RR: 6.13)

    • DJ Hussey 26 (37b 1x6)
    • CL White 29 (17b 4x4 1x6)
    • TT Bresnan 3-0-18-0
    • GP Swann 4-0-17-1

Here is Wright, he has not bowled in the tournament yet.


Wright to DJ Hussey, 1 run, starts well enough, yorker length, outside off stump, jabbed into the off side for one


Wright to White, 1 run, goodness me, if White did connect on that we would not get the ball back, it was full and in his hitting zone, but he tried to hit it too hard and couldn't time it well enough


Wright to DJ Hussey, 1 run, good stuff from Wright, holding his nerve and landing his yorker, Hussey slugs it down to long on


Wright to White, OUT, White gone this time! Broad takes the catch! Really good from Broad, it was another fullish ball, White had a big swish and it came off the outside edge miles in the air, Broad called for it straight away from point and ran behind him to hold on to an excellent, crucial catch

CL White c Broad b Wright 30 (21m 19b 4x4 1x6) SR: 157.89


Wright to DJ Hussey, 1 run, Luke Wright has done very well here, his length and line unflinching, Hussey shoves it, without much timing down the ground for one


Wright to MEK Hussey, 1 run, good ball first up to Hussey, and the ice-man coolly works it down to third man for a gentle single. The man has no idea what pressure is it seems!

"Wow! This is really shaping out to be a great game," writes Prahaladh. "The Aussies will reach 150 though, mark my words!". Yep, they got 75 off the last five against Pakistan, but there'll be no White to help them do it now...

End of over 16 (5 runs) Australia 97/5 (RR: 6.06)

    • MEK Hussey 1 (1b)
    • DJ Hussey 29 (40b 1x6)
    • LJ Wright 1-0-5-1
    • TT Bresnan 3-0-18-0

So four overs to go. What damage can the Hussey brothers do.


Bresnan to MEK Hussey, 1 run, big big chance here missed by Collingwood. Hussey guided a short ball straight to cover, Collingwood had all three stumps to aim at, but missed


Bresnan to DJ Hussey, 1 run, touch of swing into the right hander here, worked away into the leg side for a single


Bresnan to MEK Hussey, FOUR, well, Hussey gets away with one here, edging down the track and looking to drive through the covers, it flies off the outside edge wide of the keeper for four


Bresnan to MEK Hussey, 1 run, good ball from Bresnan, slower and Hussey guides it down to third man for a calm single


Bresnan to DJ Hussey, (no ball) SIX, very damaging for England that. Bresnan throws up a high full toss, far too high, no ball, and Hussey swiped it, with the breeze over midwicket for six


Bresnan to DJ Hussey, 2 runs, this time it's worked firmly down to deep midwicket for a couple, good over this for Australia


Bresnan to DJ Hussey, 1 run, tidy finish from Bresnan, finding a fullish length, Hussey swings hard but it comes off the bottom edge towards the keeper for another single

Bilal agrees with Prahaladh: "They will still get 150. Who needs White when they have Hussey blood running down the pitch?"

End of over 17 (17 runs) Australia 114/5 (RR: 6.70)

    • DJ Hussey 39 (44b 2x6)
    • MEK Hussey 7 (4b 1x4)
    • TT Bresnan 4-0-35-0
    • LJ Wright 1-0-5-1

Wright has done his job, it seems, and Broad is back. Fine leg up in the circle.


Broad to DJ Hussey, 1 run, arrowed into the body, as Hussey runs leg side of the ball and looks to cut towards third man, but he has no room to free his arms and guides it away for one to third man


Broad to MEK Hussey, FOUR, lovely shot from M.Hussey, really top stuff, picked the gap bang on square leg, and flicked a fullish ball straight to the boundary


Broad to MEK Hussey, 1 run, Broad ensuring Hussey can't repeat the shot by shoving this full and well outside off, Hussey can only squirt it down to third man for one


Broad to DJ Hussey, FOUR, David Hussey this time picking the gaps, very nicely done, saw the man up at fine leg, so Hussey ran off side of the ball, and flicked it, up on one leg, over the fielder for four


Broad to DJ Hussey, 2 runs, D Hussey may have found his range now, edging down the wicket and slugging this firmly down the ground, Pietersen runs back from mid off, slides and stops it short of the boundary


Broad to DJ Hussey, 2 runs, good fielding again from Pietersen on the boundary, Hussey repeated the shot and timed it better, Pietersen off in a flash and sliding and stopping it just short of the long on boundary

End of over 18 (14 runs) Australia 128/5 (RR: 7.11)

    • DJ Hussey 48 (48b 1x4 2x6)
    • MEK Hussey 12 (6b 2x4)
    • SCJ Broad 3-0-21-0
    • TT Bresnan 4-0-35-0

Sidebottom to MEK Hussey, 1 run, Sidebottom backs his slower-ball bouncer, landing it first ball back, Hussey waits, and waits, and swats it down to midwicket for a single


Sidebottom to DJ Hussey, 2 runs, nicely played, D Hussey collects fifty of 49 balls, chipping this fullish ball down the ground for a well-run couple


Sidebottom to DJ Hussey, no run, Hussey goes leg side of the ball, Sidebottom angled it well wide of off, and it's a fine call, but not a wide


Sidebottom to DJ Hussey, FOUR, very unlucky that for the bowler, Hussey down the track and leg side of the ball again, Sidebottom fired it wide of him, but Hussey reached well enough to outside edge it wide of the keeper for four


Sidebottom to DJ Hussey, 2 runs, another fullish ball outside off, Hussey reaching for it once more and flaying it over cover for two more, hard running for these two


Sidebottom to DJ Hussey, 1 wide, this time it will be a wide, Hussey looking to edge leg side of the ball and swing through cover, Sidebottom shoving it outside off, but too far for the umpire


Sidebottom to DJ Hussey, 2 runs, good ball to finish a decent Sidebottom over, full and straight, D Hussey crashed it back down the ground firmly for another couple

End of over 19 (12 runs) Australia 140/5 (RR: 7.36)

    • DJ Hussey 58 (53b 2x4 2x6)
    • MEK Hussey 13 (7b 2x4)
    • RJ Sidebottom 4-0-26-2
    • SCJ Broad 3-0-21-0

Well, Australia have given themselves something to work with now. This final over could be crucial and Broad will bowl it. Fine leg up.


Broad to MEK Hussey, 1 run, Broad will be happy enough with that, full and Hussey swung it hard but straight down to the deep midwicket fielder


Broad to DJ Hussey, 1 run, OUT, very good again from Broad, full and straight, not giving much for Hussey to work with, he shoves it down to long on, Wright fields, and fires in a throw to the strikers end where Hussey is attempting to come back for the second, Kieswetter takes it in front of the stumps and has the bails off in a flash, beating the batsman, top fielding that!

DJ Hussey run out 59 (73m 54b 2x4 2x6) SR: 109.25

Four balls to go, Steve Smith on strike.


Broad to Smith, 1 bye, very good thinking from Broad, much slower ball, Smith swishes at thin air long before the ball arrives, Hussey runs through for a bye before Kieswetter can get the throw back


Broad to MEK Hussey, 1 run, full and wide of off stump, Hussey can't do much more than shove it down to long on, where the throw comes back like a rocket and keeps it to one


Broad to Smith, 1 run, lovely slower ball from Broad, once again defeating Smith's mow across the line, Hussey runs the bye


Broad to MEK Hussey, 2 runs, top finish from Broad, full and outside off, Hussey drives down to long off once more, Wright fumbles, much to Broad's vocal annoyance, and allows Hussey to come back for the second

Breathless stuff and, after a horrid start, Australia will be happy enough with 147, England would feel they have given themselves a great chance. Half way through and this game is far too close to call. England bowled and fielded excellently, but for one over where Yardy was taken for 21 and a couple of missed run out opportunities. Cameron White, once again, changed the momentum after England had started brilliantly, and the Hussey brothers ensured there is plenty for the Aussie pace battery to work with.

I'm bucketing sweat all over the keyboard, so it seems a good point to hand over comms for the second half of the game to Liam. In the meantime, here's Andrew Miller's bulletin.

End of over 20 (7 runs) Australia 147/6

    • MEK Hussey 17 (10b 2x4)
    • SPD Smith 1 (2b)
    • SCJ Broad 4-0-27-0
    • RJ Sidebottom 4-0-26-2





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