Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    7.3 searing in at Warner and his stumps are toppled! It was the cross-seamer, like the previous ball, only it still manages to swing. Beats him for pace, beats him for movement and sends him back. Big strike for England, and what was the length? 57/1
    36.3 direct hit from the captain and Finch is gone! England are pumped up! He backed away to slap the ball past short cover, Morgan moved to his left, took aim and nailed the target. Finch was not even in the frame. MCG rises to celebrate a wonderful innings, but he was walking off cursing himself. Finch really could have enjoyed himself with over 10 overs left. Ends up fifth on the highest individual score by an Australian in the World Cup 216/4
    7.4 it just had to happen, right? MCG, big, raucous crowd, Broad is in his element! Terrific length and the line is impeccable on off stump. Brings the batsman forward and jags the ball away, steals the outside edge and the keeper does the rest. England are right back in it! 57/2
    10.3 inswing! Beautiful inswing! Gets the inside edge, knocks into off stump and Smith is on his way. He was moving around the crease a touch too much and the fuller delivery cuts back in to fool his front-foot drive on the up and makes him hear a sound every batsman hates 70/3
    38.1 oh, he's gone now! Drags it on and England have got rid of the set batsmen. The fatal slice to point against a good length ball outside off ends up an inside edge to knock middle stump. Good, solid innings from Bailey. Australia needed that. 228/5
    49.5 skews it down the ground and Root has taken an absolute blinder! It was full and speared in at the batsman's legs, credit to Maxwell to powering it that far down the ground but Root has made this wicket. Races to his right from long-off, dives full length and grabs it low with both hands. Text-book awesomeness! 342/8
    45.1 length ball has done the trick! Marsh holes out at long-off! The crowd roars it Root's ears as he settles beneath the miscued forehand-slam from the batsman and takes it comfortably 281/6
    49.4 swings and gets a thick outside edge that tests Broad at deep third man and he passes it with flying colours. Runs in, keeps his eyes all the way on it after Haddin looks for the boundary with a big slog as is necessary with only two balls left, he's played a little gem here 342/7
    49.6 at-trick for Finn, and a five- for! That's a third time a bowler has been two-in-two today and Finn is the only one to convert. It was back of a length, Johnson backed away and slapped it straight at mid-off. Has a wry smile on his face and the reason is that Australia have piled up 342! 342/9
    not out
    5 (lb 2, w 3)
    342/9 (50 Overs, RR: 6.84)
    Did not bat: JR Hazlewood
    Fall of wickets: 1-57 (David Warner, 7.3 ov), 2-57 (Shane Watson, 7.4 ov), 3-70 (Steven Smith, 10.3 ov), 4-216 (Aaron Finch, 36.3 ov), 5-228 (George Bailey, 38.1 ov), 6-281 (Mitchell Marsh, 45.1 ov), 7-342 (Brad Haddin, 49.4 ov), 8-342 (Glenn Maxwell, 49.5 ov), 9-342 (Mitchell Johnson, 49.6 ov)
    JM Anderson1006706.70318110
    SCJ Broad1006626.60298010
    CR Woakes1006516.50227000
    ST Finn1007157.10288010
    MM Ali906006.66196100
    JE Root1011011.0031100
    4.4 tried to force one too many, didn't pick the right ball, didn't pick the right bowler. Starc's been generating some serious pace, and this shortish ball reaches Moeen a bit too quickly. A mistimed pull shot lands in mid-on's hands 25/1
    13.4 speaking of Mitches... This was a slower, length ball and Bell has decided it had to go. Got onto the front foot and slogged it quite well. Only he forgot to calculate for Starc lurking on the midwicket boundary there 66/3
    9.4 trap set, trap sprung! It's a good length ball on middle, and it shapes in at him as well. Ballance can't help himself but go for a flick and he's picked out Finch at short midwicket 49/2
    13.5 two in two! And Marsh is sure pulling his weight! Becomes the fourth man on a hat-trick today as he gets Root to top-edge a short ball that Haddin tracks down around fine leg 66/4
    17.6 six balls, no runs, poor shot, Morgan's form appears to be like a mythical creature that just cannot be found. It's the slower short ball and he goes for a pull, can't adjust for the lack of pace, and gets a cue-end to Haddin, who dives to his left and forward as well to complete a spectacular grab 73/5
    not out
    21.2 Marsh has five, but this wicket is all Smith's! What a stunner at short cover! Forget Superman, just look at this guy leaping to his left and sticking out both hands that grapples a full-blooded bludgeon! 92/6
    35.2 slower ball outside off, lifted a bit too high into the air and well, don't bother it's Smith under it having back-pedalled from mid-off. So it's bound to be taken. Beaten for the lack of pace and England's fiesty resistance seems to be at an end 184/7
    36.1 first-baller and the stumps right up! Eight wickers down, all to the Mitches. And this was a yorker any fast bowler would he proud of! Ripped right through Broad's defences 194/8
    37.1 Johnson v tailender... only one result! Vicious bouncer on middle, Finn appeared rooted, defends to protect himself and stared bemusedly at where the ball might have gone after it popped up off the splice. Mitch knew exactly where it was though as he runs up and takes the easiest of caught-and-bowleds 195/9
    41.5 full and straight on middle and leg, Taylor looks for a flick and seems to have almost fallen over. Big appeal from the bowler, umpire Dar thinks and then gives it. Taylor immediately reviews it and it appears the ball might be skating down leg. Century still on the cards, it would seem. Funnily though, Aaron Finch had come up and started shaking hands with Taylor thinking the match was done. But wait, Dharmasena was checking for the run-out as the batsmen were looking to sneak a leg bye and it appears Maxwell has found his target to leave Anderson short of his ground. But how can that be considering Dar had given it out lbw and that means the ball should be dead, right? The question is, was he run out before the umpire's finger came up or was it after.... Taylor keeps telling it is dead ball, repeating it over and over, but Australia are already shaking hands and the umpires confirm that Anderson is indeed run out 231/10
    16 (lb 5, w 11)
    231 all out (41.5 Overs, RR: 5.52)
    Fall of wickets: 1-25 (Moeen Ali, 4.4 ov), 2-49 (Gary Ballance, 9.4 ov), 3-66 (Ian Bell, 13.4 ov), 4-66 (Joe Root, 13.5 ov), 5-73 (Eoin Morgan, 17.6 ov), 6-92 (Jos Buttler, 21.2 ov), 7-184 (Chris Woakes, 35.2 ov), 8-194 (Stuart Broad, 36.1 ov), 9-195 (Steven Finn, 37.1 ov), 10-231 (James Anderson, 41.5 ov)
    MA Starc914725.22346100
    JR Hazlewood6.504506.58226030
    MG Johnson803624.50354030
    MR Marsh903353.66332100
    SR Watson301304.3380000
    GJ Maxwell403308.2563010
    SPD Smith201909.5032000

Match Notes

Australia's turf


ODIs won by Australia against England at the MCG - they have beaten only one other team at any venue more often. WI at the SCG, 17 times.

Anderson first up


Wickets taken by James Anderson in the mandatory Powerplays since 2014 - only Lasith Malinga has more (12).

Not this time


Watson's ODI batting average against Broad before this game. Watson got dismissed for a first-ball duck in this match.

Before today


Steven Smith's average in international cricket between this innings and the last time he was dismissed in single digits.

Indifferent form


George Bailey's batting average since he got his last hundred in ODIs. He has got three fifties in 21 innings.

None before


Number of Australian batsmen before Finch to hit a century against England in the World Cup.

Rare achievement


Number of Australian batsmen before Finch to hit a century on World Cup debut; Overall, Finch is the 14th batsman to do this.



Inns taken by Bailey to complete 2000 ODI runs - the joint third-fastest Australian to the landmark.

Tough ask


Number of times out of 53 targets of 300 or more have been chased successfully in the World Cup.

Best World Cup Debut


Best bowling figures on World Cup debut by an Australian, by Gary Gilmour. Marsh has taken four.

Like father, like son


Mitchell Marsh is only the seventh bowler to take a five-for on World cup debut. His father, Geoff also had a good debut - he got a ton.

No. 6 stat


No. of World Cup games in which No. 6 from both teams have hit fifties, including this match. Last happened in 1999, twice.

Top, from bottom


Previous highest by an England batsman batting at No. 6 or lower in the World Cup, Taylor has beaten that.

Top at six


England's previous highest against Australia at No. 6 - Kevin Pietersen's 91 in 2005. Taylor has surpassed that score.