Player of the Match
Player of the Match

9.02pm Right, that's your lot. Thanks for joining us today, have a read of Dan Brettig's report and join us again on Sunday for the third ODI in Sydney, where Australia desperately need a win to stay alive in the series.

Sarvesh : "Even without Stokes, England ODI side is a force to reckon with. They were the most competitive in India among visiting teams last year, after South Africa. They played really well in South Africa before that. I m in favour of a whitewash in Australia !!! " Watch this space. They are clearly a team in a very good frame of mind at the moment. Good night.

9pm Man of the Match is Joe Root for his wickets and runs. "Enjoyable today, didn't think I'd bowl seven overs at the start of the day. The form Smith has been in this summer, very enjoyable to see the back of him."

"Whenever you come off a series loss you want to prove a point, and leading into the World Cup we want to set a benchmark. We had to stay cool in the moment and get the job done."

Eoin Morgan: "Our bowlers were exceptional. It puts pressure on the Australia batsmen. We did enough to win but it was far from a complete performance, which is exciting for us."

"We have a level of trust and confidence in the group that someone will put their hand up for us."

8.55pm Time for some presentations. Here's Steve Smith. "We're not playing good enough one-day cricket at the moment. It's a quality England batting line-up. We lost a couple of wickets in a row, we couldn't get that power going at the back end to get that 320 we were after."

"Richo bowled pretty well, perhaps [we should have played a spinner]. This wicket is different to the one we had for the Test match."

8.47pm England have won their first ODI at Brisbane since 1999, and they have taken an emphatic 2-0 lead without really being stretched in two apparently daunting chases.

Hypocaust: "Joe Root now has the 3rd highest average (87.06) in victorious ODI chases (min. 20 innings), behind Dhoni (102.72) and Kohli (93.64) and just ahead of Bevan (86.25)."

Mark: "Are we facing a scenario where Australia's total domination of the Tests will be countered by England's total domination of the ODIs and T20s. You begin to wonder if Australia could be whitewashed."

Deedat: "Like Morgan said last time, if Roy fails, someone from the rest of the team would step up. This time, seems like who whole team did. Magnificent from Hales and Bairstow. And just solid as always from Root"

Stoinis to Woakes, FOUR runs, pumped up and over long-on, plugs in the deep, trickles to the rope, and England have secured a tremendous win

David: "So, in the end, we're looking at Joe Root utterly failing to convert. "

Stoinis to Woakes, FOUR runs, up and over point, leaning back and timing the pants off his uppercut! Scores are level...

44 | 4 Runs | ENG: 266/6 (5 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 6.04, RRR: 0.83)

  • Chris Woakes31 (25b)
  • Joe Root46 (58b)
  • Mitchell Marsh1-0-4-0
  • Marcus Stoinis4-0-26-0

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Marsh to Woakes, 3 runs, up and over the covers, a shackle-breaking slap to reduce the requirement to within a single blow
Marsh to Woakes, no run, on the pads, attempted flick, can't get this one through

bhaskar: "Who was it that predicted the chase in 43.4 overs? Go and buy a lottery ticket or something! " Afraid he's missed the jackpot!

Marsh to Woakes, no run, back foot block, pushed to cover
Marsh to Woakes, no run, solid defence, back down the track

Sarvesh : "Still my Man of the match is Joe Root. Played in the shadow of Roy last game, didn't get that attention. But this time Roooot is anchoring just by rotation of strikes. And has the spotlight. "

Marsh to Root, 1 run, short and through midwicket
Marsh to Root, no run, full length, attempted drill back past the bowler, but not quite timed

43 | 9 Runs | ENG: 262/6 (9 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 6.09, RRR: 1.28)

  • Joe Root45 (56b)
  • Chris Woakes28 (21b)
  • Marcus Stoinis4-0-26-0
  • Jhye Richardson10-1-57-2

uzairbinnisar: "Can you update why M. Marsh has not bowled a single over in this match?" I cannot. Most peculiar. Well, blow me down. Here he comes!

Stoinis to Root, 1 run, on the back foot, glided into the off side
Stoinis to Root, no run, defended into the off side

Chris Brant: "Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust, if Jhye doesn´t get you then Tye must." If at first you don't succeed, Try, Jhye and Tye again

Stoinis to Woakes, 1 run, open the face, angle the shot, down to third man
Stoinis to Woakes, FOUR runs, short, and slammed! A brilliant pull, going from high to low, nailed clean through square leg to reduce the requirement to 11

Mukunda Phuyal: "Root justifying the value of keeping wicket and at times ticking the scoreboard. This is a typical one day old fashioned match winning innings from him." Every team needs a nurdler. Even the pedal to the metal ones

Stoinis to Woakes, 2 runs, back of a length, pumped down the ground with a cross-batted mow, takes a bit of a top edge but eludes the field
Stoinis to Root, 1 run, on the pads, clipped through the leg side

42 | 6 Runs | ENG: 253/6 (18 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 6.02, RRR: 2.25)

  • Chris Woakes21 (18b)
  • Joe Root43 (53b)
  • Jhye Richardson10-1-57-2
  • Andrew Tye9-0-47-0

MAHARAJ SINGH: "Is he real Ben Stokes?" Even it it was, I think instigating an insurrection against his captain at this juncture of his career would be... less than prudent

Richardson to Woakes, no run, outside off, and an attempted thrash through the covers
Richardson to Woakes, FOUR runs, back of a length, pulled round the corner and ... whoops, that's a tremendous blooper from Stoinis, who slides, attempts to gather, lets the ball elude his grasp, and watches it trickle over the rope

Umair: "Some one tell Smith that in an ODI match you atleast play 4 pure bowlers! also instead of trying to play like England we would be a much better team if we focus on the Australian way!"

Richardson to Woakes, no run, blocked on a full length
Richardson to Woakes, no run, angled defence back down the pitch

AshesAddict: "Going back to 2005 (with the sole exception of 2013/14), the team winning the Ashes tests series has then failed to win the following ODI series. Good omen for England?" I suppose it is. If you discount the fact that the team that has lost most of those ODI series is England!

Richardson to Root, 1 run, dead-batted defence, down into the crease. And another sharp single
Richardson to Woakes, 1 run, short, an uncertain pull, but safely placed into no-man's land at midwicket

41 | 4 Runs | ENG: 247/6 (24 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 6.02, RRR: 2.66)

  • Chris Woakes16 (13b)
  • Joe Root42 (52b)
  • Andrew Tye9-0-47-0
  • Jhye Richardson9-1-51-2
Tye to Woakes, 3 runs, over-pitched, and Woakes once again produces an admirable shot in the circumstances, an open-faced steer into the gap at extra cover. It's almost done here, you sense...

Chased down


No. of bigger successful chases against Australia at Gabba than the 271 by England in this ODI. West Indies had won chasing 282 in 1997.

Poor finish


Australia's score in last 11 overs. They were 208 for 3 after 39 overs. Only in 3 of the last 11 overs they could score more than 6 runs.

No. 10 for Finch


No. of inns taken by Aaron Finch to score 10 ODI centuries, the least among Australia batsmen and 5th quickest among all batsmen.

Strong at Gabba


Australia's win-loss record in Brisbane in last 10 ODIs since 2010 - their best at any venue playing 5 or more ODIs. Their only defeat was to Sri Lanka in 2013.