Player of the Match
Player of the Match

9.20pm: Right, thanks for sticking your head in again, we've had fun in the sun up towards the wall. England roll on, 4-0 up with one to play: George's report will tell the story, then why not pop over to ESPN FC for the latest from the World Cup? That's it from us for tonight, join us again for more slam-bam exploits from Old Trafford on Sunday. Bye!

9.10pm: Presentations time, Mike Atherton is joined by Australia captain Tim Paine: "Yeah, thought we were 30-40 short, Shaun and Aaron batted really well but we didn't quite finish off. [Enough to challenge?] Thought we were in the game for a patch, didn't quite execute up front and Jonny and Jason jumped all over it. [Another tough dy - dropped Hales] I'm trying to enjoy it, when it rains it pours, you've got to catch those but it just bobbled out. We came here with an inexperienced side and while it's not an excuse, we're up against the best side in the world and they're red hot at the moment. We've got to keep learning and take things out of the game, this will hold them in good stead."

England captain Eoin Morgan: "Thought we played pretty solid cricket, lost the toss and our objective was to chase something that was within our grasp. We struggled to take wickets but managed to control the run rate, which is nice when the batting line-up we have is firing. [300 easy for you now?] It depends on conditions, feedback was that the wicket was good, Jos' evaluation, 'Was it a good score, a chaseable score?', and certainly at halfway we thought it was within our grasp. [Overton debut] He impressed, his opportunity came today, he his straps, which was awesome. There might be an opportunity in the next game. [Aiming for 5-0] We like playing at Old Trafford, the challenge is to finish it off."

Jason Roy is Man of the Match: "I'm feeling like I'm in a good training routine, just want to get out there and do my job. Just trying to control my innings, pace my innings, so I can set some good foundations. Unfortunately I didn't kick on today. [Relay catch to remove Marsh] Was just hoping I would catch it and for Overs to dig me out. The big fellow did well."

9pm: England stroll home with 32 balls to spare, completing their second-highest chase in ODIs with barely a flutter of nerves to go 4-0 up in the series. That was almost as brutal as the other day, dismissively seeing Australia's hard-fought 310-8 and raising them so high they had to fold. Jason Roy made his second hundred in three innings, Jonny Bairstow just 79 off 66 today, and then Jos Buttler trashed any lingering hopes Tim Paine might have had of his bowlers pulling something out of the fire. Australia's top three all produced good innings on paper... but from 225-1 they somehow managed to produce a total that was barely par. Their tough trot goes on.

Neser to Buttler, FOUR runs, overpitched, Buttler fires one final bottom-handed blast over cover, seals a six-wicket win for England!
Neser to Buttler, 2 runs, spooned straight up, this will be caught coming in from long-on... but they run two while it's in the air, bringing up Buttler's fifty from 28 balls! Phew

Free hit, then

Neser to Buttler, (no ball) SIX runs, high full toss, Buttler sees it big and slugs a home run into the crowd at deep midwicket! That's a no-ball on height, but didn't stop him smashing six!
Neser to Buttler, no run, length, poked into the off side
Neser to Buttler, FOUR runs, power from Buttler again, a low full toss and that bottom hand comes through to club four more through cover
Neser to Buttler, 1 wide, sliding down the leg side

"Argentina with pie on their face..." chortles Francis Barton. "Sounds quite Messi."

44 | 2 Runs | ENG: 296/4 (15 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 6.72, RRR: 2.50)

  • Alex Hales34 (45b)
  • Jos Buttler38 (24b)
  • Nathan Lyon7-0-38-1
  • Michael Neser8-0-56-0
Lyon to Hales, no run, comes across on off and prods away
Lyon to Buttler, 1 bye, tossed up and spinning through the gate, Buttler plays around it but it beats Paine, too, and they nick a bye
Lyon to Buttler, no run, pushed through and Buttler again finds the infield on the off side
Lyon to Buttler, no run, pushed through outside off and Buttler pings it to point
Lyon to Buttler, no run, nudged with the spin to square leg
Lyon to Hales, 1 run, tossed up on the stumps, clipped through mid-on

Nathan Lyon returns, 17 needed...

43 | 14 Runs | ENG: 294/4 (17 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 6.83, RRR: 2.42)

  • Alex Hales33 (43b)
  • Jos Buttler38 (20b)
  • Michael Neser8-0-56-0
  • Billy Stanlake8-0-54-1

"Hales showing another side to his game this evening after the fireworks at Trent anchoring this home allowing Morgan & Buttler to play the big shots," warbles Dave, "can only enhance his claims to a permanent spot once Stokes returns...."

Neser to Hales, 1 run, on the stumps, turned into the leg side for one
Neser to Hales, FOUR runs, bit of width, Hales flashes hard and squirts a third boundary in the over through backward point
Neser to Buttler, 1 run, comes down and prods into a gap
Neser to Buttler, FOUR runs, ah, that's a genuine half-volley, Buttler steps on to the front foot and hoofs it over mid-off, bounces just in front of the rope
Neser to Buttler, FOUR runs, wristy power, full in the channel and slashed away behind point, opening the face and finding the gap
Neser to Buttler, no run, full, slips this one under the bat as Buttler swings and misses

Michael Neser returns, England closing in

42 | 6 Runs | ENG: 280/4 (31 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 6.66, RRR: 3.87)

  • Jos Buttler29 (16b)
  • Alex Hales28 (41b)
  • Billy Stanlake8-0-54-1
  • Jhye Richardson7-0-58-0
Stanlake to Buttler, 1 run, full and dabbed through the off side for one more to keep the strike
Stanlake to Buttler, FOUR runs, woof! Pick that out... Buttler stand still on off, waits on the overpitched delivery and then blaps it through the covers! The equivalent of sticking a free-kick right in the top corner
Stanlake to Hales, 1 run, chopped into the off side, Buttler calls him through for a tight single

England 2nd innings Partnerships

1st174JM BairstowJJ Roy
2nd9AD HalesJM Bairstow
3rd45AD HalesJE Root
4th16EJG MorganAD Hales
5th70AD HalesJC Buttler