Tour Match, Southampton, Jul 1 - 3 2020, Other Matches
287/5d & 200/6d
(30.2 ov, target 255)233 & 157/4
Match drawn
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• Rory Dollard at the Ageas Bowl

England batsmen show fluency as warm-up ends before the fireworks

Squad to be narrowed to 22 on Saturday following useful work-outs for probable top six

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Scorecard summary
Team Buttler287/5(90 overs)1st INNINGS
Team Stokes233/10(87.5 overs)1st INNINGS
Zak Crawley43 (77)
Ben Stokes41 (63)
Team Buttler200/6(41.4 overs)2nd INNINGS
Ollie Pope*55 (66)
Chris Woakes37 (32)
Jack Leach3/82(13.4)
Moeen Ali2/38(6)
Team Stokes157/4(30.2 overs)2nd INNINGS

Well, thanks to all and sundry for joining us for the first live ball-by-ball commentary since mid-March. It's been a lot of fun, even if England haven't necessarily learned all that much from it. We'll bring you all the latest from tomorrow's squad announcement tomorrow morning on the site, and will have some post-match reaction for you later this evening. But other than that, from me, Miller and Alan, it's goodbye - and see you on Wednesday morning!

5.42pm: And with that, it looks like they're bumping fists! What an anti-climax after all that! But it seems as though that will be that, as the groundsman heads out there with a broom.

Bess to Ali, OUT

skids on with the angle as Moeen tries to reverse this through point. He's struck on the pad, Bess goes up, and he's given! Thought that might have hit him outside the line, but Moeen is on his way

Moeen Ali lbw b Bess 6 (9m 5b 1x4 0x6) SR: 120
Bess to Ali, no run

has a waft at one outside off and is beaten

This is definitely on, you know. 98 off 96 balls, by my count. Bess continues from round the wicket, with slip in place

end of over 307 runs • 1 wicket
TS: 157/3CRR: 5.23 
Moeen Ali6 (3)
Ben Stokes33 (17)
Mark Wood 4-1-19-1
Dom Bess 1-0-12-0
Wood to Ali, 1 run

flicked off the pads down to deep square to keep the strike

Slip moves out

Wood to Ali, FOUR runs

length outside off, driven elegantly through cover for Moeen's first boundary. 99 needed...

Wood to Stokes, 1 run

length outside leg stump, Stokes clears the front leg and chips it out to cover point

Wood to Stokes, no run

short ball aimed at the left shoulder, Stokes sways inside the line

Wood to Ali, 1 run

back of a length outside off, steered down to third man

Wood is round the wicket

Moeen Ali is the new man, presumably with license to have a whack. And meanwhile, the PM has confirmed that recreational cricket is back next weekend, or so I'm told

Wood to Crawley, OUT

hit on the back pad trying to work to leg, big shout, given! Looked good to the naked eye, smashed dead in front and Crawley trudges off after a useful cameo

Zak Crawley lbw b Wood 34 (62m 43b 6x4 0x6) SR: 79.06
end of over 2914 runs
TS: 150/2CRR: 5.17 
Zak Crawley34 (42)
Ben Stokes32 (15)
Dom Bess 1-0-12-0
Mark Wood 3-1-12-0
Bess to Crawley, 1 run

heaved up and over midwicket, Stokes doesn't bother running because he's sure it's four but it doesn't go, and they only get one as a result

Bess to Crawley, 2 leg byes

full on fifth stump, shapes to sweep and is beaten. It ricochets off a mixture of his and Buttler's pads to Burns at wide slip who throws to the non-striker's end with Stokes wandering down the pitch, and away for overthrows. Mayhem!

Bess to Crawley, FOUR runs

full and straight, reverse-swept deftly past backward point and away for four! Crawley joins in on the fun

Bess to Stokes, 1 run

tossed up, slapped out to deep cover

Bess to Stokes, FOUR runs

tossed up full, Stokes lofts it inside-out over cover and it runs away to the boundary

Bess to Stokes, 2 runs

speared in round-arm, and slugged out to deep midwicket. They take on a risky second, but the throw to the keeper's end is wild

Parkinson is hauled out of the attack, with Dom Bess coming on for the first time today. He did well yesterday, but this is a tricky time to enter the fray. 120 off 108 is the nominal equation.

end of over 285 runs
TS: 136/2CRR: 4.85 
Ben Stokes25 (12)
Zak Crawley29 (39)
Mark Wood 3-1-12-0
Matt Parkinson 7-0-47-2

Tim M: "Is Denly keeping wicket at the moment or is Jos just wearing his shirt..? Hard to tell when there are no close-ups!" Can confirm it's Buttler in Denly's shirt!

Wood to Stokes, 1 leg bye

fired in full at the pads, clipped away for one into the leg side

Another mini-conference between Buttler and Wood. Get on with it! He goes round the wicket now

Wood to Crawley, 1 run

hard length, tucked off the hip for one

"England have become so white ball focused recently even their test warm up games end up like this," grumbles Sam K. Embrace the chaos!

Wood to Stokes, 1 run

short ball, pulled hard round the corner but only to long leg

Wood to Stokes, 1 wide

bumper, angled across Stokes but it's very wayward, sailing way over him, and is called wide

Wood to Stokes, no run

back of a length on the hip, looks to pull but again can't get anything on it

Wood to Stokes, no run

back of a length, Stokes looks to pull but can't get anything on it, apparently from possibly a skim off the bottom of the bat on the way through

What's Wood's plan to Stokes? Buttler runs down to have a chat with him. Bit of a hold-up here as Buttler hatches a plan. Wood stays over the wicket, and a load of fielders have just run across the screen - must be a packed leg-side field, I think. Slip moves out

Match details
The Rose Bowl, Southampton
TossTeam Stokes, elected to field first
SeriesOther Matches
Players per side15 (11 batting, 11 fielding)
Match days1,2,3 July 2020 - day (3-day match)
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Richard Illingworth
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Richard Kettleborough