Player of the Match
Player of the Match

48 | 9 Runs 1 Wkt | ENG: 249/10 (50 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 5.18, RRR: 25.00)

  • James Tredwell5 (4b)
  • Fawad Ahmed7-0-51-1
  • James Faulkner9-0-38-3

Less than a month until Australia are back in action, they get their one-day tour to India underway on October 10 with a T20 before seven ODIs. England have some time off before they travel down under for the return Ashes and the first Test gets underway on November 21 in Brisbane. That's the next time you'll hear from Monty and I, we're off for a well-deserved graze in the shires. See you soon...

So that's all she wrote for the summer of 2013. It started with New Zealand causing an upset in the one-dayers before England flexed their muscles in the Tests. Then came the Champions Trophy that was cracking entertainment and a thrilling final between England and India that the hosts managed to throw away. But the big one was the Ashes, it wasn't vintage but we had four highly competitive matches and England won the moments when it mattered to take the Urn 3-0. Some T20 and one-day action has closed things out and Australia are going home with a consolation NatWest series win.

Presentation time. Out come the medallions for all and sundry. What do you reckon they do with these random medals just for showing up? Jamie Overton will get one and hasn't done anything. Man of the Match is Shane Watson surprise surprise, an extra medal and champagne for him. "That was a lot of fun, he says. "We haven't had much success on this tour so it's nice to come away with the win. I capitalised on England's fourth and fifth bowlers, we though that was the weaker part of their team. It's been an amazing tour in the end, things have changed for the better and I think everyone's very excited about what lies ahead.

Man of the Series goes to the winning Australian captain Michael Clarke, for his ton in Manchester and good showing today.

Eoin Morgan: "We did really well to restrict them to under 300 but we lost wickets regularly and no-one played a big innings for us. We haven't stuck to our guns and built up front. But we've learned a lot from the young prospect coming through. It's been really interesting for me as captain. I've enjoyed the young guys coming through and I'm getting back my own form."

The winning, yes winning skipper Clarke: "It was extremely cold but we hung in there. Shane Watson today was outstanding, to be able to play like that in what was a final for us was a great effort, and they way we bowled was a very good performances today. this series to a lot of people doesn't matter much for us it matters a great deal. We've worked extremely hard and it's a nice reward. We go to India now and hopefully we can perform well, we want to the be the No. 1 one-day side in the world. We've had a great time and the people of the UK have treated us very well." Despite the very cold conditions, out comes the champagne as Calrke holds aloft the trophy.

And like at Old Trafford, England never threatened to chase down the target. Two calamitous run-outs hampered their cause and they had Michael Carberry and especially Joe Root looking out of touch and struggling to time the ball. It was Eoin Morgan once again that was required to get the chase going. He did but only for so long and Jos Buttler and Ravi Bopara, despite looking pretty good in cameos, had far too much to do. Mitchell Johnson, Clint McKay and James Faulkner were again excellent for Australia.

Today, for the third time this season, the visitors have enjoyed the conditions far better at the Ageas Bowl. A hard, flat wicket has served up plenty of runs and Shane Watson scored most of them. He was at his brutal best striking 12 fours and six sixes in 143 that motored Australia along having won the toss, Michael Clarke also played another tidy innings and even though they again collapsed at the end of the innings, 298 gave them plenty to bowl at.

There we have it then, end of the series, end of the summer and Australia have won by 49 runs a pretty comprehensive victory in this final rubber. They have something to take home with them, it was a pretty torrid tour but in this NatWest series they have got themselves together nicely and played some decent stuff and deserved to take the series, albeit only over three matches. They take the series 2-1 with two easy wins here and in what was the first game at Old Trafford.

Fawad Ahmed to Rankin, OUT, not that it matter because Rankin has swung and missed at the next delivery, lost his off stump and that's the game. Ahmed take the final wicket with a floaty legspinner that Rankin swung across and missed completely

WB Rankin b Fawad Ahmed 4 (2m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Fawad Ahmed to Rankin, 2 runs, down the track and swung into the leg side, it's gone a mile up, in comes Finch from deep midwicket but he drops the catch he got there but spilled it
Fawad Ahmed to Rankin, 2 runs, flicked with the spin into the leg side, rolled between deep midwicket and long-on, they get back for two
Fawad Ahmed to Tredwell, 1 bye, tries the sweep and misses completely, it bounces over Wade'd glove
Fawad Ahmed to Tredwell, no run, tried to flick to leg and got cramped up and hit on the pad
Fawad Ahmed to Tredwell, FOUR runs, oh shot of the day, a Lara-esque cover drive against the spin past extra-cover, timing was sublime

Ahmed returns...

47 | 4 Runs 1 Wkt | ENG: 240/9 (59 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 5.10, RRR: 19.66)

  • Boyd Rankin0 (1b)
  • James Tredwell1 (1b)
  • James Faulkner9-0-38-3
  • Shane Watson9-0-52-1
Faulkner to Rankin, no run, full on the off stump, driven back to the bowler

Last rites of the international summer...

Faulkner to Stokes, OUT, tries the ramp, it was another excellent yorker, it was a little too far outside off, tried to steer it over the off side in the end but just ended up chipping a catch to Clarke who pouched the simplest of chances gleefully

BA Stokes c Clarke b Faulkner 27 (43m 25b 2x4 1x6) SR: 108.00

Faulkner to Stokes, 2 runs, step down and tried to clear the leg side, mistimed and ends up being a right hack of an inside edge through square leg, the fielder slips and concedes a second, poor Ahmed
Faulkner to Tredwell, 1 run, back of a length on off stump, dabbed down to third man
Faulkner to Stokes, 1 run, another excellent yorker and digs it out down the ground, long-on does well, just a single and Tredwell comes back onto strike
Faulkner to Stokes, no run, step to leg, good yorker just outside off and Stokes's drive misses

Faulkner again...

46 | 4 Runs 1 Wkt | ENG: 236/8 (63 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 5.13, RRR: 15.75)

  • Ben Stokes24 (21b)
  • Shane Watson9-0-52-1
  • Clint McKay9-1-54-0
Watson to Jordan, OUT, swung over the leg side, big stroke but not big enough and George Bailey, who has enjoyed an outstanding day in the field, has taken the catch a yard inside the boundary. It sounded, and looked, a pretty good slug from Jordan but they're pretty decent boundaries at the Ageas and that needed a bit more tap

CJ Jordan c Bailey b Watson 14 (29m 25b 1x4 0x6) SR: 56.00

Watson to Stokes, 1 bye, goes for the ramp again, misses again and this time Wade can't stop it so they take a bye as short third man goes back to field
Watson to Jordan, 1 run, big swipe into the leg side, timed it quite well but deep midwicket can field easily
Watson to Stokes, 1 run, down the track and gets a toe towards long-on, just a single
Watson to Stokes, no run, goes to ramp but misses completed, it bypasses the off stump and Wade just about manages to stop it
Watson to Jordan, 1 run, length ball just outside off, pushed to backward point

45 | 11 Runs | ENG: 232/7 (67 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 5.15, RRR: 13.40)

  • Ben Stokes23 (18b)
  • Chris Jordan12 (22b)
  • Clint McKay9-1-54-0
  • Mitchell Johnson10-1-21-2
McKay to Stokes, FOUR runs, down the track and hit hard down the ground, nicely timed this is and gets is straight of long off
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England 2nd innings Partnerships

1st1MA CarberryKP Pietersen
2nd49MA CarberryJE Root
3rd14EJG MorganJE Root
4th4LJ WrightEJG Morgan
5th35RS BoparaEJG Morgan
6th92RS BoparaJC Buttler
7th2RS BoparaBA Stokes
8th39CJ JordanBA Stokes
9th4JC TredwellBA Stokes
10th9JC TredwellWB Rankin