England v Australia: Second Twenty20 international, Chester-le-Street, as it happened

England beat Australia by 27 runs to win the second Twenty20 international at Chester-le-Street.

31 August 2013 Last updated at 18:00

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  1. 1800: 

    Well, that's it from us after an action-packed day which has included victories for England's women and men over their Australian counterparts in the shortest format of the game.

    Thanks for all your messages, texts, tweets and emails - make sure you join us on Tuesday for the Ireland v England ODI (with, I'm sure a large side order of Scotland v Australia), and for the England v Australia ODIs which follow. Until then, TTFN.


    Man of the match Alex Hales: "I was disappointed not to get 100 after getting close, Lumby helped me out at the start - he gets going quicker than me."


    England captain Stuart Broad: "After losing the toss, the guys adapted tot he conditions really well - to get 60 off six without losing a wicket was excellent. It was great to keep wickets in hand as we can set a good platform. Jade has been fantastic in the last few games, we know in Twenty20 that it's taking wickets that slows the run rate.

    "To get near 200 in two innings was exceptional, we still need to nail our skills with the ball but we've played on a couple of good wickets here."


    Australia captain George Bailey: "It looked a good pitch when Lumb and Hales were going at the top. It was tough with the wind and we probably didn't nail our skills as well as we would have liked.

    "We'll take some good things out of this. Finch's innings the other night was fantastic, James Faulkner will continue to improve and to have a leg-spinner is great in Twenty20."

  5. 1748: 

    Test Match Special have handed over to US Open tennis on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra - but rest assured, you'll be able to listen to all of England's ODIs against Ireland and Australia on TMS over the next fortnight.


    Bob Moss: Why did they not have three matches rather than two, then at least we would have a winner?

    I'm sure the question will be asked when England host Sri Lanka in a two-Test series next summer...

  7. 1743: 

    The England women's team have stayed to watch this - a couple of them are enjoying a well-deserved glass of wine on the balcony, perhaps as an aperitif ahead of Danielle Hazell's hen night tonight. Their season is over now, but the men briefly disperse - England to Ireland and Australia - before they reconvene at Headingley next Friday for a five-game ODI series.

    Dirk Nannes, Ex-Australia bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "That was a good performance by England, nothing particularly special about the way they went about it, but Hales and Lumb got them off to a good start and Dernbach was exceptional, he delivered when he needed to."

  9. 20 overs: 
    Australia 168-9

    Fawad Ahmed is off the mark in internationals with a single to fine leg, but it officially leaves Australia needing snookers. Johnson rotates the strike with a single. Ahmed pulls and misses at a Dernbach bouncer, then he's "caught" by Eoin Morgan off a high full toss but it's signalled as a no-ball for being above waist height... not far off from being a beamer at his fellow number 11. They run one. Johnson adds another single to his score, leaving Ahmed a mere 29 runs to score off the final two deliveries. He can't connect with the penultimate ball, manages a single off the last and England win by 27 runs to tie the T20 series 1-1.

  10. 19 overs: 
    Australia 162-9 (target 196)

    Johnson swings and misses at Finn's last ball. So, we're going to see Fawad Ahmed bat for the first time in an international match. He has a Panesaresque first-class batting average of 10, but may need a Sobersesque performance in the last over, from which 34 runs are required from six balls.

  11. 18.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Coulter-Nile c Briggs b Finn 13 (Aus 162-9)

    Steven Finn back in the attack, Coulter-Nile has some long levers and he swings the first ball over cow corner for six. 40 needed from 11. Second ball is short, Coulter-Nile hooks it for another six! 34 from 10. But slower-ball bouncers fox him... and he swings and misses. Twice. 34 from eight. And the Coulter-Nile cameo is ended when he gifts a catch to short fine leg.

  12. 18 overs: 
    Australia 150-8 (target 196)

    Nathan Coulter-Nile is the new batsman but it's Mitchell Johnson to face the hat-trick ball, which he steers through point for one. He'll need to hit a few boundaries to the left, and to the right, if Australia are to rescue a seemingly impossible scenario. Coulter-Nile adds a single leaving Australia needing 46 from 12 balls.


    Jamie Jackson: Credit where credit's due - Dernbach bowling well.

  14. 17.3 overs: 
    WICKET- Faulkner c Morgan b Dernbach 5 (Aus 148-8)

    Mitchell Johnson is the new batsman but he's not facing - Faulkner swings wildly and is superbly caught at backward point by Eoin Morgan. Dernbach on a hat-trick.

  15. 17.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Maxwell c Lumb b Dernbach 27 (Aus 148-7, target 196)

    Maxwell swings and misses, then hits a knee-high Dernbach full toss down deep backward square leg's throat - game over?

  16. 17 overs: 
    Australia 148-6 (Maxwell 27*, Faulkner 5*)

    Maxwell lofts Bopara over backward square leg for six before swatting a two to leg. The next ball sits up well for the bearded right-hander who swipes it for four through extra cover, and aims another baseball-style cross-batted blast over the bowler's head but Finn and Morgan combine well to restrict them to two. Next ball, he gets hold of it better and that's four to the same area - a single mean it's 19 from that over, all from Maxwell. He has 27 from 14 balls, Australia need 48 from 18.


    First Line: Professional cricketers bowling a max of 24 balls, bowling any wides is simply not good enough, let alone this many!

  18. 16 overs: 
    Australia 129-6 (target 196)

    The umpires take a look at the ball between deliveries and decide it needs to be changed. James Faulkner is the new batsman, he's a right-hander despite bowling left-arm seam, and he's off the mark with a single. Maxwell biffs a single, Faulkner crashes a four through the covers, but they'll need a few more of those if they're to win today. 67 needed from 24 balls.

  19. 15.1 overs: 
    WICKET- Wade b Briggs 4 (Aus 123-6, target 196)

    Wade perishes as he heaves across the line against Briggs and is bowled.

    Dirk Nannes, Ex-Australia bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "The whole game now rests with Maxwell. Wade has played some good innings, but I think only Maxwell can chase down a target like this. The rate's up to 14.6."

  21. 15 overs: 
    Australia 123-5 (target 196)

    Cap'n Broad continues to shuffle his bowlers as Bopara returns. Maxwell and Wade can only manage ones and twos, Maxwell's not reading Ravi's change of pace too well. 73 needed from 30 balls.

    And some news from the ECB - Alex Hales and Luke Wright have today earned themselves incremental England contracts for what remains of the 2012-13 season, by virtue of all the limited-overs matches they've played for England over the last year.

  22. 14 overs: 
    Australia 115-5 (target 196)

    Suddenly Australia have two new batsmen at the crease as Matthew Wade joins Glenn Maxwell in the middle. Two more singles added - the asking rate is up to 13.5 runs per over (81 from 36 balls).

    Steve Harmison, Ex-England bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "Danny Briggs is very difficult to sweep as he's tall, doesn't turn the ball much, but varies his pace."

  24. 13.4 overs: 
    WICKET- Bailey lbw b Briggs 23 (Aus 113-5, target 196)
    Danny Briggs

    Glenn Maxwell is the new batsman, but Bailey on strike as Briggs returns to the attack. A single to fine leg brings Maxwell on strike against his former Hampshire team-mate, Briggs wins the first duel with a dot ball, Maxwell then reverse-sweeps a single. Bailey sweeps, misses and Briggs has a wicket - dismissing another man with whom he's shared a Hampshire dressing-room.

  25. 13 overs: 
    WICKET- Warner c Hales b Dernbach 53 (Aus 111-4, target 196)

    Dernbach is back... and opens with a wide. Warner and Bailey busily help themselves to singles and twos. Warner skies one into the air over the bowler's head, long-off Finn calls long-on Root off... but the diving Finn can't take the catch. But it doesn't cost England more than two runs as Warner goes aerial again and this time, spoons one up to the extra-cover boundary where Hales takes the catch. 85 needed from 42 balls.

  26. 12 overs: 
    WARNER FIFTY- Australia 104-3 (Warner 50*, Bailey 19)

    Root wheels away for his third over, Warner and Bailey plunder some ones and twos to push Australia's score into three figures, while Warner reaches his fifty from 38 balls, and he almost reluctantly raises his bat to acknowledge the applause - as if to show how aware he is that the job is far from done. Bailey adds another two off the last ball of an over containing three twos and three singles.

    Steve Harmison, Ex-England bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "The best bowler in first-class cricket on this ground in the last five years has been Graham Onions, and it's not rocket science why. He runs up and bowls hard at the top of off stump, keeps the seam upright and lets the wicket do the rest."

  28. 11 overs: 
    Australia 95-3 (target 196)

    Aussie T20 skipper George Bailey is the new batsman as his opposite number Stuart Broad returns to the attack. Warner manages a single, then there's a slip and a short mid-wicket in for Bailey. Broad strays with his length and it's in the slot for Bailey to drill a first-bounce four over the bowler's head, before he helps a two to fine leg. And as if to prove his credentials as a T20 batsman - not just as a captain - he launches the last ball of the over for six over the mid-wicket fence.

    Steve Harmison, Ex-England bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "Marsh was trying to hit that with his body rather than his arms. He's taken his eye off the ball, and he's missed it. The captain Stuart Broad's bringing himself on - he'll think if he can get Warner, they'll win this. To Warner, I can see him bowling a lot of slower balls, and a lot of bouncers - and attack the stumps to George Bailey."

  30. 10 overs: 
    WICKET- Marsh b Root 13 (Aus 82-3)

    England are giving Australia rather too many freebies here, Root sends down the sixth wide of the innings before Marsh clears the ropes for the first time, effortlessly slog-sweeping the youngster for six. But then he tries the same shot, misses and is bowled!

  31. 9 overs: 
    Australia 73-2 (Warner 47*, Marsh 7*)

    England have used six bowlers in the last six overs as Ravi Bopara's right-arm medium pace is brought on in place of Briggs's left-arm spin. Marsh and Warner add three singles, while Bopara boosts the Aussie score with a couple of wides. Warner moves to 47 with a well-run two to long-on. Seven from the over, but the reuired rate is still over 11 as 123 are needed from 66 balls.


    Steve in Stoke Newington via text on 81111: Dirk Nannes says Warner would "pull anything." Except his punches, of course.

  33. 8 overs: 
    Australia 66-2 (target 196)

    Joe Root has to run from the boundary to the other end as he's now being asked to bowl his off-spin in place of Dernbach. But Marsh and Warner are easily able to pick off the ones and twos, while Warner square-drives, the diving Lumb gets a hand to it on the boundary but can only divert it onto the rope. Australia are moving up through the gears, they need 130 from 72 balls.


    Charlie Smith, County Durham, TMS inbox: Re: Rev Liam Reilly: In the recent triangular one-day series between Aus A, SA A, and India A, Maxwell hit 145* off 99 and 93 off 56 in two matches against India A - truly spectacular hitting, with the former innings helping Aus A from 152-8 to 298-8.

  35. 7 overs: 
    Australia 57-2 (Warner 39*, Marsh 1*)

    A double change as Hampshire left-arm spinner Danny Briggs is into the attack, will Warner take him on? Briggs starts with a legside wide, Warner steps up and flicks a first-bounce four to cow corner before stepping back and whacking a full toss for four more through extra cover. Then Warner goes for the big one, this will be six or out... and it's six as the leaping Joe Root can't take the catch above his head at long-on. It might have been a different story had the boundary fielder been Steven Finn, Chris Tremlett or Mohammad Irfan...

    Charles Dagnall, BBC Test Match Special

    "If any umpire should be able to judge a wide from square leg, it's Michael Gough, the former Durham player, who's six feet six."

  37. 6 overs: 
    Australia 41-2 (target 196)

    England make their first bowling change and it's Jade Dernbach to bowl the final over of the powerplay. Warner immediately tucks into a half-tracker from the Surrey seamer, launching his second six of the innings over long-on, while Dernbach is already chuntering after being charged with a wide when he bangs in a bouncer a foot over Warner's head. A single takes Warner to 25.

    Alison Mitchell, BBC Test Match Special

    "One England women's player, who will remain nameless, actually asked me just before the toss today whether it was a 1000 or 1015 start."

  39. 5 overs: 
    Australia 34-2 (target 196)

    Finn continues for his third over, Warner goes aerial and punches a six over long-off, before smearing a quick single to mid-on. Finn strays with a wide, and the Aussies add a couple more singles.

    Dirk Nannes, Ex-Australia bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "Since Warner started playing Test cricket, he's changed as a batsman - his signature shot used to be the pull shot, he'd pull anything. But now he cuts - he's a very different player."

  41. 4 overs: 
    Australia 24-2 (Warner 11*, Marsh 0*)

    Warner whacks Broad over his head for four, then square-drives him for four more. Cap'n Broad tinkers with his field, Warner jabs a single to Finn at third man.


    Jonathan Brook: Watson & Finch both gone, 196 will be to the Aussies as the pigeon was to Dick Dastardly.

  43. 3 overs: 
    Australia 15-2 (target 196)

    Shaun Marsh is the new batsman so we have two lefties in together, but that's a good finish to the over as Finn has Marsh playing and missing.

    Dirk Nannes, Ex-Australia bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "There's never a single there. He'll look at the TV in the changing room and pull his head in a bit."

  45. 2.4 overs: 
    WICKET- Watson run out (Morgan direct hit) 7 (Aus 15-2)
    Shane Watson

    An easy one for the third ump - the diving Watson has gone as Eoin MOrgan's throw from backward point hits the stumps.


    Watson guides Finn for two to the cover sweeper, then picks Finn up from just outside off stump and bludgeons it for a first-bounce four through long-on. Never mind Finch, Watto's a player not many attacks can live with, on his day... but there's fatal hesitation when he sets off for a run, and is sent back and has to dive for the crease...

  47. 2 overs: 
    Australia 9-1 (target 196)

    So, no "boom boom" today from Aaron Finch. The new batsman in at three is Shane Watson, who takes a Jonathan Trott-like pleasure in scratching his guard and clearing away a bit of debris from his crease. He's a dangerous player in T20, as anyone who remembers last year's World T20 in Sri Lanka would attest. He's off the mark with a single.


    Hugo Brundle: Finch won't do it again, doesn't mean that some other Aussie won't. Especially against that bowling attack.

  49. 1.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Finch c Wright b Broad 5 (Aus 8-1)
    Aaron Finch

    England's T20 captain Stuart Broad takes the second over, Finch hits his first ball over mid-off for four, but he top-edges his second and is pouched by Luke Wright at mid-wicket!


    Chris in Munich, TMS inbox: Oh well, at least Buttler just cost us one dot ball.

  51. 1 over: 
    Australia 4-0 (target 196)

    With a required run rate of 9.8 per over, the left-handed David Warner steers the first ball of the innings for a single, the right-handed Aaron Finch nudges his first ball for a leg bye. Warner rotates the strike again, Finch hooks at a bouncer but misses as keeper Jos Buttler takes it high above his head. A tip-and-run off the last ball brings Finch a single - with one run from three balls, his strike rate of 33.33 is well down on Thursday's 247.61...

  52. 1609: 

    There's not much time for a changeover in T20, Australia are ready to begin their run chase - Steven Finn taking the new ball for England.


    Michael in London, TMS inbox: England don't have enough power, with exception of Carberry who didn't play, that's why when Finch doesn't middle it it still goes for six whereas we get caught on the boundary!


    England head of women's performance Paul Shaw on TMS, speaking about captain Charlotte Edwards: "She's driven more than anyone else to perform at this level, and she's worth her weight in gold for us."


    Stuart Mitchell: An England T20 100 seems like one of those mental barriers that we can't quite cross, loads of 90+ scores.

  56. 1604: 

    It's worth reflecting on some of those bowling figures. Fawad Ahmed, playing only his second international match, took 3-25 from his four overs, while the next most economical bowler was (whisper it) Mitchell Johnson, whose 0-32 from his four overs didn't do justice to how well he bowled.


    Reverend Liam Reilly: Can someone tell me why Glenn Maxwell was worth several million dollars in the IPL auction? He's looked decidedly average.

    At the risk of sounding like Dr Evil, I think it was just the "one million dollars" he was bought for...

    Charles Dagnall, BBC Test Match Special

    "I asked Dirk earlier how England might bowl to Finch if he gets off to a flier again - maybe if he gets to 15 or 20 in boundaries, England need to maintain their focus as they know the chance could still come."

    Steve Harmison, Ex-England bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "I think if Aaron Finch bats the way he did on Thursday, we could be going home after 15 overs."

  60. 20 overs: 
    England 195-5

    Finally Joe Root in for the last two balls of the innings. He reverse-sweeps his first ball for a single, ensuring he'll finish with a strike-rate of 100 for this innings, and Bopara swishes and misses at the last ball. England finish on 195-5, but what a good last over by Fawad Ahmed - two wickets from it.

  61. 19.4 overs: 
    WICKET- Morgan c Coulter-Nile b Ahmed 20 (Eng 194-5)

    And it's still not Joe Root yet - the man who scored 90 not out from 49 balls remains in the dug-out as Ravi Bopara starts with a single, Morgan swipes another six and tries to slog-sweep another when he's caught on the mid-wicket fence.

  62. 19.1 overs: 
    WICKET- Buttler b Ahmed 0 (Eng 187-4)

    What's this? A change in England's batting order? A collector's item indeed - Jos Buttler is the new batsman. He comes in... he plays down completely the wrong line to a leg break and is bowled first ball!

  63. 19 overs: 
    WICKET- Hales c Warner b Faulkner 94 (Eng 187-3)
    Alex Hales

    Faulkner stays on for the penultimate over, Hales drills a single to long-off and Morgan guides a well-run two off his legs, though it's signalled as leg byes. The Dubliner digs out a yorker and manages a quick single, Hales powers a full toss back past the bowler for two, and another full toss is... hit to long-on where David Warner takes a tumbling catch. The hundred will have to wait for another day.


    Tom Holmes: Why are so many people moaning about Carberry? It's the bowling that's the problem, not the batting! Hales and Lumb excellent.

  65. 18 overs: 
    England 181-2 (Hales 91*, Morgan 13*)

    Morgan shows Hales the way to go - if he has half a mind on a T20 century - by effortlessly launching Coulter-Nile for six several rows back at mid-wicket. A single brings Hales on strike, Coulter-Nile bowls a no-ball which Hales hits for two, the free-hit ball is hoisted for two more, and Hales then tucks in again with a four over backward point to move to 90. A single gets Morgan back on strike, he chips a two over extra cover when he was looking to hit over mid-wicket and the ball flew off the edge. With two overs left, Hales will have the strike - and is nine away from a century.

    Steve Harmison, Ex-England bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "I loved Ian Bell when he first got in the England side, but I don't think Duncan Fletcher was that good for him. Fletcher had a group of people who he liked to coach and be involved in, and Bell didn't seem to be in that. I think he may be more comfortable with Andy Flower than Fletcher, as his best time as an England player have been when he's felt as though he's belonged."

  67. 17 overs: 
    England 162-2 (Hales 82*, Morgan 4*)

    As usual, England choose not to tinker with their batting order so it's Eoin Morgan - preparing to captain England in the forthcoming ODIs against Ireland and Australia - in at four. He steers his first two deliveries for a two and a single, Hales seems to have slowed down a bit - maybe he's not getting much of the strike - as he only manages a single, while Morgan nicks the bowling.

  68. 16.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Wright c Johnson b Faulkner 30 (Eng 157-2)

    Wright adds two but then swipes a Faulkner full toss to the leaping Johnson who takes a good catch above his head at mid-off.


    Tom Holmes: Why are so many people moaning about Carberry? It's the bowling that's the problem, not the batting! Hales and Lumb excellent.


    Michael Short: If the umpire is cutting a loose thread off the seam, that is ball tampering and he should be fined!

  71. 16 overs: 
    England 155-1 (Hales 81*, Wright 28*)

    Single from Hales, then Wright launches Maxwell into the stratosphere over the bowler's head, high over the sightscreen for six, before swatting a four through point. Next ball is a Steve Smith-style thigh-high full toss, which Wright despatches just wide of the mid-wicket sweeper for a first-bounce four. A single takes the Sussex man to 28 (from 16 balls), Hales adds a couple more to go to 81 - and with 18 off that over, we may not see Maxwell again in the bowling department.

    Steve Harmison, Ex-England bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "Mitchell Johnson has taken stick for his wayward bowling, but he's been unlucky there - two Chinese cuts off him for four."

  73. 15 overs: 
    England 137-1 (Hales 78*, Wright 13*)

    He bowls to the Hales, he bowls to the Wright... that Mitchell Johnson, his bowling is... ahem, finished for the day as he returns for his fourth and final over. And he manages to put the brakes on with three dot balls before Wright and Hales manage two singles. Wright throws his bat out at a wide delivery and fortuitously bottom-edges it past the keeper for four. Johnson finishes with 0-32.

    Dirk Nannes, Ex-Australia bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "The trouble with Maxwell is you don't know what you're going to get - he hasn't really worked his game out, and you can't have that in Test cricket."

  75. 14 overs: 
    England 131-1 (Hales 77*, Wright 8*)

    Glenn Maxwell, the man who made his way from South Wilts CC in the Southern League to a million-dollar IPL contract in less than a year, is on to bowl some off-spin, and there's a comedy moment for the crowd as official Ashes 2013 pantomime villain David Warner overbalances while trying to pick the ball up in the deep, and does a commando roll before throwing the ball back in as Wright and Hales easily plunder some ones and twos. Seven from the over.


    David Ingham: 111 for 1 in 11.1 overs ... Lumb never stood a chance.

  77. 13 overs: 
    England 124-1 (Hales 76*, Wright 2*)

    Coulter-Nile has changed ends to replace Johnson, Hales and Wright exchange singles with a couple of agricultural smears across the line. Hales steps across to the off side and Dame Fortune favours him as he manages to flick a yorker between his legs and away for four through fine leg. A two takes him to 76.


    Matt in Luton via text on 81111: Why is everyone presuming that Finch will work wonders all over again? He could always end up another Graham Napier. One innings wonder!

  79. 12 overs: 
    England 116-1 (Hales 69*, Wright 1*)

    Luke Wright is the new batsman, he looks (lukes?) on as Hales helps himself to a two and a single against the bearded Ahmed. The right-handed (Wright-handed? I'll stop now) Wright steers his first ball for a single through point, and Hales moves to 69 with a single to nick the strike.

    Dirk Nannes, Ex-Australia bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "If England can keep going like this, they'll be on their way to winning the game."

  81. 11.1 overs: 
    WICKET- Lumb c Wade b Ahmed 43 (Eng 111-1)
    Michael Lumb

    England finally lose their first wicket, on Nelson, as Lumb skies one into the air and keeper Wade gratefully takes the catch.

    Dirk Nannes, Ex-Australia bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "A bowler like James Faulkner will adjust his field if he's going to bowl a bouncer, but Mitchell Johnson will use the same field and use the element of surprise, which I prefer."

  83. 11 overs: 
    England 110-0 (Lumb 43*, Hales 64*)

    "Moves Like Jagger" belts out over the Chester-le-Street PA system at the halfway mark - though after his 98 in the first Test, perhaps young Aussie spinners would prefer "Moves Like Agar"? Cap'n Bailey has a choice of bowling - all five of his bowlers have bowled two each - and he turns back to Mitchell Johnson. Single from Lumb, then Hales takes up the attack, launching another big six over long-on to bring up the century stand and then pulling another four. A single takes him to 64, and Lumb aims another big blast over the bowler's head - it bounces just in front of the rope for a first-bounce four.


    Si in Kent: While 10 an over maybe a good start, you feel that with Aaron Finch to come, anything less than 230 for England will be academic.

  85. 10 overs: 
    HALES FIFTY- England 94-0 (Lumb 38*, Hales 53*)
    Alex Hales

    Hales reaches his sixth T20 international half century (from 34 balls) with a two wide of mid-on - and he certainly has the time to challenge his all-time best score of 99. It looks like the umpire has to cut a bit of loose thread off the seam between overs. Ahmed doesn't seem to be leaking runs as much as his fellow bowlers, ones and twos are the order of the day.

  86. 9 overs: 
    England 88-0 (Lumb 36*, Hales 49*)

    Faulkner back at the Finchale End, Hales and Lumb plunder two quick singles before Hales is hit on the body, Lumb is three-quarters of the way down the pitch before realising his partner hasn't run and has to scamper back... but Faulkner's throw is wide when Lumb was close to being run out by half the pitch. Hales wristily turns a four backward of square leg, and a single over the bowler's head ensures he keeps the strike, one away from his half century.

  87. 8 overs: 
    England 81-0 (Lumb 35*, Hales 43*)

    Leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed into the attack, he even manages a rare (in the context of recent overs) dot ball before Hales square-drives him for four. He tucks a single down to fine leg, and a couple of leg byes mean that while it may not have been an Aaron Finch-esque display from England, you can hardly argue with 10 an over and no wickets lost in the first eight?


    England opener Heather Knight, player of the Women's Ashes series: Even a hamstring hanging off will not stop me celebrating tonight! So proud of all the girls, awesome team performance in the whole series.

  89. 7 overs: 
    England 74-0 (Lumb 35*, Hales 38*)

    Watson returns in place of Faulkner, Hales pushes a two wide of mid-on, while a fumble at short third man allows him a single. Then Lumb launches a huge six onto a balcony where the England women's team and coaches have to take cover. Opener Heather Knight, player of the Women's Ashes series, throws the ball back - she has to be careful, having injured a hamstring while batting in today's game. The singles and twos keep flowing - that's 13 off Watson's over, 24 off his two.

    Steve Harmison, Ex-England bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's a complete batsman's game, this! I used to love Saturdays at Headingley with all the fancy dress, but I think the best fancy dress here at Durham would be as large a coat as you can find, as it will be a bit chilly later."

  91. 6 overs: 
    England 61-0 (Lumb 26*, Hales 34*)

    Having earned the praise of Steve Harmison on TMS for his first over, the dark-haired Coulter-Nile is criticised by the Durham legend for banging in a bouncer with fine leg up in the circle, and Hales easily hooks him for four to bring up the fifty stand. A single takes him to 34 - it's been the Alex Hales Show for the last over and a half, but Lumb joins in, bashing a couple of fours over mid-on and mid-wicket, and completing England's powerplay allocation with a two wide of third man.


    From Andy playing cricket in Somerset: How can Morgan get in the team instead of Kieswetter? Top scorer in English T20!

  93. 5 overs: 
    England 46-0 (Lumb 16*, Hales 29*)

    Johnson's off but it's another left-arm seamer, James Faulkner, on in his stead. Hales opens up with a couple of fours - one fortunately inside-edged past the stumps, one helped down to fine leg, and the Notts right-hander then goes big, launching Faulkner over his head for six. Hales powerfully guides another four off his toes and captain George Bailey can't prevent it from crossing the mid-wicket rope. But having scored 18 in five balls, Hales is looking for a single off the last delivery and is fortunate that Australia are slow to gather the ball as he hesitates in mid-pitch.


    Chris Parker: First four days at Durham in the Tests were sold out. Still tickets this morn for T20. Test cricket dead? Nope.

    Steve Harmison, Ex-England bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "I don't think Wade and Monty Panesar would be a good combination as wicketkeeper and bowler, I think they'd get fined for appealing for everything. Coulter-Nile will be happy with his first international over in England, only going for five. He's a big tall guy who looks good bowling on the Durham wicket."

  96. 4 overs: 
    England 27-0 (Lumb 16*, Hales 10*)

    Watson gets the hook after one expensive over and it's Nathan Coulter-Nile into the attack. Once more, keeper Matthew Wade appeals for a catch behind... once more, nothing doing. He adds a single, then Lumb gets a let-off when he skies the ball over mid-wicket, Glenn Maxwell misjudges it running round the boundary and over-runs the ball as it goes for four.

    Alison Mitchell, BBC Test Match Special

    "There's not many games until the World Twenty20 next March in Bangladesh, so it looks like this is the partnership England have decided on."

  98. 3 overs: 
    England 22-0 (Lumb 12*, Hales 9*)

    Hales gets his innings under way, whacking Johnson for back-to-back boundaries through the leg side, which the England fans - often keen to remind Johnson of his struggles on the 2010-11 Ashes tour - seem to enjoy. Needing two compulsory catchers at this time of the innings, Bailey moves his slip to short mid-wicket, and Hales ends another profitable over with a single.

    Isa Guha, Ex-England international on BBC Test Match Special

    "This is the formula England have gone with in recent times. Lumb had a good end to the domestic T20 season and looks in very good touch. But that's pressure created through other people like Michael Carberry doing very well."

  100. 2 overs: 
    England 13-0 (Lumb 12*, Hales 0*)

    Right-arm seamer Shane Watson takes the second over, but his first ball is short and wide, Lumb tucks in and square-cuts him for four, before lofting a single to the backward-point boundary. Hales nurdles a leg bye to fine leg, and Lumb looks in good nick as he pulls his second boundary of the over, and whips a two to the mid-wicket sweeper.


    2 Chew: So, after a complete hammering, England unchanged. Marvellous Giles.

    Sanjay: Michael Carberry best batsman in England left out once again - ridiculous.

  102. 1 over: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- England 1-0 (Lumb 1*, Hales 0*)

    Left-arm paceman Johnson bowls over the wicket to the left-handed Michael Lumb, he's off the mark with the fourth ball of the innings when he pulls a single to wide mid-on. That brings his Notts opening partner, the rangy right-hander Alex Hales on strike, he ducks a bouncer, then Australia appeal for a catch behind... but it's not out.

  103. 1430: 

    Here we go... Mitchell Johnson to take the new ball.

    Isa Guha, Ex-England international on BBC Test Match Special

    "I wondered if they'd go with James Tredwell ahead of Danny Briggs."

    Steve Harmison, Ex-England bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "England going in with the same side is slightly surprising, I thought big Boyd Rankin might have got a game, but they've gone with the same side to see if they can turn it around. I was slightly surprised that Carberry was in the squad, but even more surprised once you pick a 32-year-old for the squad, and then don't play him."

  106. 1428: 

    "Jerusalem" finishes on the public address system, the teams line up under their national flags, are we going to have national anthems here? No, just the football-style handshakes, which thankfully pass off without incident. Australia's fielders have a "huddle", England's batsmen are ready to rock.

  107. 1422: 

    What can I tell you about Nathan Coulter-Nile? He's a right-handed batsman and right-arm quick bowler from Western Australia, and this is only his second international appearance, after one previous T20 appearance against West Indies at Brisbane in February - he took 1-36 from four overs and scored 16 not out from 11 balls. He's also plied his trade in franchise T20 for Perth Scorchers and Mumbai Indians.

    Dirk Nannes, Ex-Australia bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "When you're under the pump like England were the other night, they'll be looking to bowl pretty straight, not giving them anything wide. I thought they might bring Carberry in, but it's difficult to find a spot for him."


    England captain Stuart Broad on TMS: "I think we did OK the other night, we didn't get our plans exactly right but you have to give credit for a fantastic innings [by Aaron Finch]. If he's hitting your best ball for six, then fair play. Getting two runs off your record score when you're chasing isn't easy to go. It's up to the 11 guys who were on the losing side on Thursday to give it a go."


    Australia captain George Bailey on TMS: "Nathan Coulter-Nile is a pretty good all-round cricketer, he swings the ball well, he's good in the field and he can bat well, so he's a good Twenty20 cricketer."


    Tattz: Re: 1408 - I wasn't on Mars, but I was in Anglesey, which for wifi signal is about the same!

  112. 1414: 

    As we wait for Test Match Special to take to the airwaves at 1415 BST, we want to hear from you on England's team selection. Happy with the same batting line-up, and James Tredwell being asked to carry the drinks again?

    As usual, you can text us on 81111 if you're in the UK (with "CRICKET" as the first word, as we share a very busy inbox with football), tweet us via #bbccricket or email tms@bbc.co.uk as the mysterious "M" has below...


    M in Chester, TMS inbox: Why oh why hasn't Morgan been dropped and get Carberry in the team? And Tredwell? Why isn't he playing? What is the point of taking these players to matches time after time and not playing them?

  114. 1411: 

    England: Alex Hales, Michael Lumb, Luke Wright, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Ravi Bopara, Jos Buttler (wk), Stuart Broad (capt), Steven Finn, Danny Briggs, Jade Dernbach.

    Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh, Shane Watson, George Bailey (capt), Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade (wk), James Faulkner, Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Fawad Ahmed.

    Umpires are Rob Bailey and Michael Gough.

  115. 1408: 

    If you were on Mars on Thursday evening, you missed an extraordinary innings by Australia's Aaron Finch in the first of this two-match series at Southampton, smashing a record 156 from 63 balls as Australia racked up 248-6. I'd imagine they may struggle to match that today, given that we've just had a low-scoring women's game on the same pitch. But you never know...

  116. 1404: 

    Nathan Coulter-Nile replaces fellow paceman Josh Hazlewood for Australia, while England are unchanged. Looks like Michael Carberry had a wasted journey to the nets earlier, which the TV cameras had picked up.

  117. 1403: 

    Australia have won the toss, George Bailey opts to field first.

  118. 1400: 

    Afternoon, everyone. If you've only just joined us - you've missed a cracker of a match in which England's women rounded off a 12-4 win in the points-based Women's Ashes series. Over to the men...

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Live Scores - England v Australia


  • England beat Australia by 27 runs
  • England: 195-5 (20.0 overs)
  • Australia: 168-9 (20.0 overs)
  • Venue: Durham

Australia Innings

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Warner c Hales b Dernbach 53
Finch c Wright b Broad 5
Watson run out (Morgan) 7
S Marsh b Root 13
Bailey lbw b Briggs 23
Maxwell c Lumb b Dernbach 27
Wade b Briggs 4
Faulkner c Morgan b Dernbach 5
Johnson not out 3
Coulter-Nile c Briggs b Finn 13
Ahmed not out 3
Extras 1nb 7w 4lb 12
Total for 9 168

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