England v Australia, fifth ODI, as it happened

Shane Watson's powerful 143 helps Australia beat England in the final one-day international to take the series 2-1.

16 September 2013 Last updated at 23:35

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  1. 2249: 

    And so, Lehmann ends a tumultuous tour with a smile on his face. To think, he wasn't even in charge when the Aussies arrived on these shores back in June. You'd have to say that despite the Ashes defeat, Australia have finished the summer in a far better place than they were in at the start, with plenty of reasons to believe they can be a real force in the return series down under.

    Hostilities will resume at the Gabba in Brisbane in November and until then I will bid you a fond farewell. It's been a pleasure.

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    Michael Vaughan presents Australia with the trophy and the players give captain Michael Clarke a good soaking with champagne, while coach Darren Lehmann watches on, beer in hand.


    Shane Watson: "That was a lot of fun. I knew how important that game was. We haven't had much success so it was nice to have the success we did. Boyd Rankin was a good challenge, but I had to try to capitalise on England's fourth and fifth bowlers. That is a weakness in their team.

    "Things have changed for the better in a big way. We are having a lot of fun. We are playing the brand of cricket we enjoy and everyone is very excited about what lies ahead."


    Australia captain Michael Clarke: "I'm extremely happy to win the series. To a lot of people this ODI series does not mean much, but to the Australia players it means a lot.

    "I don't know whether it will have much impact on the Ashes back home but we get the flight back home tomorrow a lot happier as a one-day side certainly.

    "The Ashes is still a way away but everyone is excited about that and the players are thinking about it already, but our focus has to be on the seven ODIs in India first."


    Jack in Earlsfield, via text on 81111: People stagger me at times, what would they prefer? An England first XI that won a one-day series of limited meaning and has played far too much cricket without an adequate break before an Ashes series down under? Or the same 11 being rested and valuable cricket being shared around those who earned a gamble and a fresher team come the winter? I know what I prefer.


    Andrew Priestley: The Aussies can have the ODI trophy, it certainly wasn't what they came for this summer. All that matters is the urn is staying!


    England captain Eoin Morgan: "We've been competitive. We've learnt a lot about guys coming through, especially Stokes, Jordan and Rankin. They showed a lot of promise. We've learnt they can step up to the mark.

    "The nature of the international schedule is that it's hectic. We prioritise Test cricket and with back-to-back Ashes series we have to be picky and choosy. But the next best guys here have done really well.

    "I've enjoyed being captain, giving caps to the younger guys coming through and the challenges of managing an inexperienced side."

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "England got the balance all wrong. They haven't had enough bowlers in the side and poor Eoin Morgan's been looking around for who to turn to next. There's a few positives with Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes and Boyd Rankin to look back on though."

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

    "This was pretty much Australia's best side. Aaron Finch has been a good find over this series - he's a matchwinner. He gets a few ducks but can turn a game."

  10. 2224: 

    Well, what can you say about that? The Ashes summer ends at 10.20pm on a cold September night with an Irish fast bowler being bowled by a leg-spinner from Pakistan.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "Australia dominated the game and are deserved winners. They are all patting each on the backs and have something to take home with them after a long summer."

    CHAMPAGNE MOMENT- Australia win series 2-1
    CHAMPAGNE MOMENT- Australia win by 49 runs
  14. 48 overs: 
    WICKET- Rankin b Ahmed 4 (Eng 249 all out)

    Rankin is the new man, hoiking the ball into the leg side, and getting dropped by Finch. No matter, the next ball goes through the gate and bowls him.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "Australia's players and Michael Clarke will go back home and tell the gentlemen of the press they were fighting close in the Test matches, with the exception of Lord's, and they won the one-day series."

  16. 46.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Stokes c Clarke b Faulkner 27 (Eng 240-9)

    Tredwell waddles out with 64 needed off 24 balls. Talk about a hiding to nothing. He gets off the strike, but only succeeds in setting up Stokes to deflect the ball tamely to Clarke at backward point.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I suppose Chris Jordan had to try to do something. He was drafted into the squad and has done himself no harm whatsoever. There's a lot of talent there but whether he'll get another chance soon remains to be seen."

  18. 46 overs: 
    WICKET- Jordan c b Watson 14 (Eng 236-8)

    Scrambled seam from Watson, Jordan connects with a big hit towards cow corner and is caught in the deep by Bailey.


    Chris Wynn, TMS inbox: "Bad selection cost England the series and cost fans in the pocket to see a B team. Well done the Aussies!"


    It's not looking good for England, but you can cheer yourself up by re-living their Ashes-winning 2013 season. Listen again to Test Match Special's Highlights of Summer.

  21. 45 overs: 
    Eng 232-7

    Jordan swings the willow with gusto to dispatch McKay to the square leg fence for his first boundary. Stokes then drills one down the ground to the delight of two men dressed as penguins in the ever-thinning crowd.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I'm not sure Chris Jordan has faced many bowlers of this pace before. He's struggling a bit. He can bat a bit, but there are not many around in county cricket who bowl the pace of Mitchell Johnson."

  23. 44 overs: 
    Eng 221-7

    Johnson to Jordan. It sounds like 1990s NBA. And 'Magic' Johnson is much too good for Jordan as he gives up just two runs to finish with highly palatable figures of 10-1-21-2.

  24. 43 overs: 
    Eng 219-7

    Welcome to the Stokes show. The Durham all-rounder bludgeons England's first six of the innings off Watson over cow corner. A few more of those and they might have to reopen the gates of the ground. Right now, the equation still looks bleak, with England needing 80 off 42 balls.


    BBC TMS on Twitter: Thanks to TMS listener Mark Dansell who found the ball which Clint McKay used to take the hat-trick on in Cardiff Saturday and is sending it to him.

  26. 42 overs: 
    Eng 209-7 (Target 299)

    Is Stokes playing for a place on the plane to Oz here? If he is, that peachy cover drive off Ahmed for four will do his chances no harm.

  27. 41 overs: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Eng 201-7

    Big swing from Stokes, and Watson and Wade go up for a caught behind. Umpire Abbott, I mean Bailey, is not amused, and replays justify his caution. Nice little slap from Stokes through the off side for a couple. One of these two needs to go medieval.

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

    "You get the feeling with that maiden over played out by Chris Jordan it's gone for England. Ben Stokes is going to have play an absolute blinder here."


    Andrew Murdy: The Aussies really are clutching at straws if they think this ODI series win is any kind of moral victory after this summer.

  30. 40 overs: 
    Eng 197-7

    Jordan's batting has been talked up by Alec Stewart, but the stats don't really back it up. His first class average is 22, his list A average 12. And now he's facing Mitchell Johnson. Plays and misses are the order of the day. England need 102 off 60.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "That was a sharp catch by Adam Voges because that really flew off Ravi Bopara's bat. Chris Jordan has coming out swinging his arms, playing his shots on the way to the crease. He hasn't faced a ball yet but looks the part!"

  32. 39.1 overs: 
    WICKET- Bopara c Voges b Johnson 62 (Eng 197-6)

    Mitchell Johnson is back and Ravi Bopara lashes his first ball to extra cover, where Voges holds on to an excellent falling catch. That's Johnson's 200th wicket in one-day internationals.

    Mitchell Johnson

    The ball hit Stokes's pad just before bat, but it pitched outside the line of off stump, so the Durham man survives.


    Stokes is the new man, and Faulkner thinks he's got him early. Umpire Bailey turns down the lbw shout, but Australia want to review.

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

    "In these sorts of situations you have to play those shots so you can't fault Jos Buttler for the manner of the dismissal. As a bowler you sometimes want to just keep it simple and bowl straight. The old saying of they miss, you hit."

  36. 38 overs: 
    WICKET- Buttler b Faulkner 42 (Eng 195-6)

    Buttler swings at a full length ball from faulkner, plays around it and is clean bowler. What a shame. I was getting in to that.

    James Faulkner

    Luke Bailey: Almost certainly tempting fate here, but England could actually sneak this if Jos Buttler and Ravi Bopara stay in until the end.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "That was smashed away by Jos Buttler. He's really hit that hard. More of the same required."

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  39. 38 overs: 
    Eng 195-5

    The chase is on. Bopara clubs a couple of doubles then Buttler opens his shoulders and cracks Watson over the infield for a one-bounce four. Superb, clean hitting from England's man of the moment. Bopara then reads a slower ball and rolls his wrists over it to beat short fine leg and collect four more. The run rate has come down from 10 an over to eight.


    Adrian Bailey: Why does this 50-over game feel like it's taking longer than a five-day Test?

  41. 37 overs: 
    Eng 181-5

    Buttler comes over all Morgan and dabs a pair of twos into the leg side off McKay. "Bring out the ramp" they scream in my imaginary world, and Buttler obliges with a scoop over his head for four. Two more off the last ball to make it two from the over.

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

    "The game is petering out now. England need a big over to go for 25 but you can't see where it's going to come from. Australia haven't given England an inch."

  43. 36 overs: 
    Eng 169-5

    Another direct hit from George Bailey and the third umpire takes an age determine that Buttler is clearly not out. Only four runs from the over.

    What a way for an Ashes summer to end. A dreary England defeat in freezing temperatures in front of a half-full ground at 10.30 at night. Sorry, if I'm not exactly selling this to you.


    Charles Isere: At least Ravi Bopara looks like he's now trying. England need to risk a big defeat if they're going to have a go at this.

  45. 35 overs: 
    Bopara fifty- Eng 165-5

    Six runs off Fawad Ahmed's over, culminating in a single to take Bopara to his half-century. Batting Powerplay for England now. Let's see what these two are made of.

  46. 34 overs: 
    Eng 159-5 (Target 299)

    A rare leg side ball from Watson is glanced by Buttler for four. Is this the start of the onslaught? Not yet. Surely it's time for England to dial G for gamble.

    Ed Smith, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "The drinks have come out but you'd be thinking a pot of tea might be ordered by a few players given how cold it is out there."


    Nicola Coles: Is it all down to Jos Buttler again! Surely man of the series if he pulls this off?

    Andrew Priestley: England are pinning all their fading hopes on this Ravi Bopara and Jos Buttler partnership. Buttler to be the hero again.

    Alec Stewart, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "At the moment the game is drifting away from England. Soon it will be gone. If anyone can do it Jos Buttler can. But if England are going to win this then Ravi Bopara is going to have to walk off with an unbeaten century and Buttler with a score of 80 odd."

  50. 33 overs: 
    Eng 152-5

    Lot's of debate on TMS and here at live text HQ about when England choose to throw the bat. Quite a few of the Southampton faithful haven't bothered to stay to find out. Bopara takes the hint and pulls Faulkner for four.

  51. 32 overs: 
    Eng 146-5

    Bopara pulls, but doesn't get hold of the ball and it's just a single. No sixes yet from England, and only 11 fours. England are drifting towards defeat here.

  52. 31 overs: 
    Eng 141-5

    Runs come a bit more easily for England off Faulkner, including four for Bopara via a thick outside edge - ugly but right now England will take anything.

  53. 30 overs: 
    Eng 132-5

    Watson keeps it tight again to take us to the 30 over mark. England need 167 to win off 120 balls.

  54. 29 overs: 
    Eng 128-5

    Bopara, on the back foot, drills Ahmed for four. England need plenty more where that came from. Buttler is beaten by a flipper. Unless something dramatic happens, England's summer is going to end with a whimper here.


    Andrew Howell, TMS inbox: "I am pleased England have tried out the less experience players and it is a good move for the future. But clearly Australia are the better overall team."

  56. 27 overs: 
    Eng 114-5

    Clarke chooses a good time to bring back Fawad Ahmed, who sends down a probing set of six for the loss of five runs. England require 185 to win off 138 balls. Tough. Ask.

    Ravi Bopara

    Alex Bull: England having a stinker tonight. Two run outs and now Eoin Morgan gets stumped after attempting to launch Adm Voges downfield.

  58. 26 overs: 
    Eng 109-5

    What's that noise? Oh, it's the fat lady warbling. She's well within her rights to warm-up, but Jos Buttler might have something to say about that. The Somerset stumper rocks back and cuts hard in front of square for four.

    Alan Mullally, Ex-England bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "It was a bit quicker, a bit flatter. He was done on the angle. He's off now for a hot shower and a cup of tea."

  60. 25.1 overs: 
    WICKET- Morgan st Wade b Voges 30 (Eng 103-5)

    Good bowling from Voges. He drew Morgan out of his crease and beat him with a ball that just carried on with the arm. Wade did the rest and Morgan was stumped by a distance.

    Adam Voges
  61. 25 overs: 
    Eng 103-4

    Watson looks as miserable as ever as Clarke throws him the ball. He's typically accurate and miserly and gives up just three from the over.

  62. 24 overs: 
    Eng 100-4 (Target 299)

    Much better from England as they take 11 from the over. Bopara is flirting with an lbw as he plants his front pad and sweeps at Adam Voges. Clever play from Morgan as he nudges successive balls into the same gap on the leg side and picks up a pair of twos. Then Bopara opens the face and picks up three.

    Alan Mullally, Ex-England bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "Eoin Morgan needs to up the ante with the strike rate. It feels like a bit of uphill struggle for England at the moment. Morgan needs to play the innings of his life here."

  64. 23 overs: 
    Eng 89-4

    There are some kids playing a game of dustbin cricket on the Rose Bowl concourse. I'm surprised someone hasn't lit a fire in the bin to keep warm. England are still dealing in singles and trotting along at four an over at the moment. Something will have to give soon.


    Simon Coltman, via text on 81111: Time for Ravi Bopara to step up, he won't get a better chance to silence the critics and prove himself than this!

    Alan Mullally, Ex-England bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "With the naked eye that looked plumb but it was obviously missing. Credit to Ravi Bopara for good use of the referral."


    It's missing! Aleem Dar has to overturn his own decision as Hawk-Eye shows the ball sailing high and wide of leg stump.


    Voges to Bopara. Oh dear.... Rapped on the pads. Given out but Ravi refers. Is this sliding down?

  69. 21 overs: 
    Eng 81-4 (Target 299)

    Two singles each for Morgan and Bopara off McKay. The run rate is up to 7.5 an over.

  70. 20 overs: 
    Eng 78-4

    Michael Clarke knows full well that if he takes another wicket now it's game over, so he's giving Mitch Johnson an eighth over. No big dramas but not many runs either. Morgan has 19 off 21 and Bopara has three from 10.


    Jonathan Fitter: Unbelievable how often England can press self-destruct, already two run outs in this innings. Staggering.

  72. 19 overs: 
    Eng 75-4 (Morgan 18, Bopara 3)

    Dibs and dabs from Ravi and Morgs - they sound a bit like a children's TV duo - as they look to keep England's hopes alive after that quick bang bang of wickets.

    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC TMS producer Adam Mountford on Twitter: "Here is the 'young hopeful' Jonathan Agnew as featured in the England Cricket Annual."

  74. 18 overs: 
    Eng 71-4

    Ravi Bopara is the new man. He and Morgan saved England against Ireland, but this is a much bigger ask, against a much better attack. No offence to Trent Johnston, but I'd rather be facing him than Mitchell Johnson. Six more 90mph bullets from the left-armer yield three runs to the England total.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I don't know when we'll see Luke Wright again in England colours. But you have to feel sorry for him. He didn't get a bowl and run out for a duck after facing one ball."

  76. 16.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Wright run out (Bailey) 0 (Eng 68-4)

    Morgans tips and runs and calls a single and Wright is brilliantly run out by George Bailey at cover point.

     Luke Wright

    Morgan is the man for England now. Or is he? A thick edge sails to Watson's right at slip, but he puts down a regulation chance. Big let off for the England captain.

    Alec Stewart, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's a big wicket and excellent captaincy bringing back Mitchell Johnson who is main dangerman . It looked like a big inswinging yorker at first glance but Joe Root got a thick inside edge on it so he maybe he will feel little unlucky. You have to give Clarke credit for the attacking captaincy."

  79. 15.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Root b Johnson 21 (Eng 64-3)

    Michael Clarke hauls off Ahmed after just two overs and calls for Mitchell Johnson. It's nothing short of a masterstroke as Johnson makes the breakthrough. It's yorker length outside off stump and Root gets a thick inside edge onto his timbers.

    Joe Root
  80. 15 overs: 
    Eng 63-2

    Busy. That's the word I'd use to describe Joe Root. The Yorkshire batsman clips one into the leg side and scurries along at pace to turn one into two. The other five are dots though, so no obvious sign of England getting a move on just yet.


    Keith Whitburn, TMS inbox: "Whatever the result today. Well done England on retaining the Ashes and having the courage to give the youngsters a chance in ODI and Twenty20s. The future looks very bright for the English cricket team."

    Alec Stewart, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "This is going to be the crucial partnership for England. There's a lot of pressure and expectation on Joe Root and Eoin Morgan to replicate what Michael Clarke and Shane Watson did for Australia."

  83. 14 overs: 
    Eng 61-2

    Morgan gets off the mark a ropey old shot, an inside edge off Fawad Ahmed that misses the stumps and races away for four. Morgan's tactics are clear though, and he crashes Ahmed over midwicket for four more, then picks up two more on the leg side.

    So, Aggers thinks Mitchell Johnson looks like David Milliband, I've tarred umpire Bailey with the Abbott brush. Would anyone else care to suggest a lookalike to cheer us up on this cold autumn evening?

    Alec Stewart, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's difficult for umpires, but when the ball is hitting half-way up and on middle you would expect them to get it right."

  85. 12.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Carberry lbw b Faulkner 30 (Eng 50-2)

    The ball was hitting middle stump about half way up. That was a pretty average decision from Rob Bailey. Or is it Russ Abbott out there? It's hard to tell sometimes.


    Carberry plays across one from Faulkner and is smashed low on the front pad. Umpire Rob Bailey says no and the Aussies send for a review. This looks out to me...


    Nick Turner: Has big Mitchell Johnson been eating his Weetabix again? Bowling with real gas tonight!

  88. 12 overs: 
    Eng 47-1
    Joe Root

    Time for some leg-spin, in the shape of Fawad Ahmed. Carberry reads the googly and cuts it through the off side, in front of square for two. Root then deflects a low full toss round the corner and picks up three.

    I really do pity the poor souls in the Southampton crowd. They look absolutely freezing. Scarves, hats, coats, balaclavas, ear-muffs, they are all on show out there. I'm not sure day-night cricket was really invented for England in mid-September.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "Is it me, or does Mitchell Johnson look a bit like Ed Miliband?"

  90. 11 overs: 
    Eng 40-1 (Target 299)

    Thanks Justin. Nice little knock that.

    Kevin Pietersen must be kicking himself in that England dressing-room. Surely, this was his stage. The last international of the summer, with a big run chase. This is such an ugly innings from Carberry - he's beaten again by James Faulkner then wafts at a pull shot and gets nowhere near the ball.

    Alec Stewart, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "This is real pace from Mitchell Johnson. The quickest we've seen from anyone in an Australia shirt all summer."

  92. 10 overs: 
    Eng 37-1

    Root gets in on the act, beaten by one that Johnson angles across him from over the wicket as the Yorkie attempts to drive. England getting tetchy as the runs dry up a tad. Hopefully Sam Sheringham can help settle these nerves...

  93. 9 overs: 
    Eng 36-1 (target 299)

    What do we have here? Carberry twice advancing down the track to McKay and defending into the off side. The bowler refuses to be intimidated - rather, he has Carberry playing and missing at one that was a little too close to cut.

  94. 8 overs: 
    Eng 35-1 (Carberry 26, Root 8)

    Johnson's radar lets him down. Spared some punishment when Root mistimes a cut, Johnson then bowls a horrid wide outside off stump before being punched smartly off the back foot through cover for a well-run three.

    Ed Smith, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "The man in front of me has put on his second fleece of the night. It's absolutely freezing - this is classic September day/night cricket in England."

  96. 7 overs: 
    Eng 30-1 (target 299)

    That's better, Michael. Carberry must have been reading his MCC coaching manual between overs, judging by that sumptuous off-drive off McKay. Spiffing.


    James Ward: Any chance Michael Carberry can pick my lottery numbers tonight?

    Jake Dickson: Michael Carberry set for a big innings, you can feel it!

    Andrew Priestley: Michael Carberry has been a real flop. His performances have been well below par. He was shambolic versus Ireland in Dublin.

  98. 6 overs: 
    Eng 25-1

    Left-armer Johnson is touching 90mph here and Root, whose tendency to hang on to the back foot proved his undoing during the Ashes, is hardly taking a big stride forward. He gets off strike before Carberry watches one whistle past his nose.


    Harriet in Southampton, TMS inbox: My my Carbs, that was beautifully placed between wicketkeeper and slip. Class.

  100. 5 overs: 
    DROPPED CATCH- Eng 22-1 (target 299)

    Carberry let off not once but twice! First he slashes a drive for four via the outstretched left hand of Finch at second slip, then watches another edge fly between the reluctant Matthew Wade and Shane Watson, wicketkeeper and first slip respectively. Streaky doesn't do it justice.

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

    "We've seen good pace out of Mitchell Johnson. He's always exciting to watch - whether it's balls past the edge or it flying to the boundary for four."

  102. 4 overs: 
    Eng 11-1 (Carberry 7, Root 4)

    Johnson, who has bowled well enough in this series to spark chat that he may be back in contention for the Ashes down under this winter, beats Joe Root's defensive prod before inducing a rash cut which also meets only thin air. What was I saying about England settling down...?

  103. 3 overs: 
    Eng 9-1 (target 299)

    The first boundary of the innings comes courtesy of Carberry's leg glance as McKay strays in line. England settling down.


    Chris in Munich, TMS inbox: If we get 30-something for 3 again, which seems to be likely, then it's curtains.

  105. 2 overs: 
    Eng 3-1 (target 299)

    After the madness of that first over, England will be delighted with a couple of regulation singles off the next, bowled by Mitchell Johnson. And breathe out...


    Stoney: Some might say Carberry owed Pietersen one but the bottom line is once again stupidity outwits ability. Will we ever learn?

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

    "I can't help but smile. What goes around comes around. There was a single there but Pietersen seemed to camp. Carberry was yelling at him to come through but Pietersen was asleep."

  108. 0.4 overs: 
    WICKET- Pietersen run out 0 (Eng 1-1)
    Kevin Pietersen

    Fancied a steady start? Think again. Pietersen survives an lbw appeal off the fourth ball of the innings, wicketkeeper Wade fails to collect the ball cleanly and Carberry calls him through for a single as the ball finds its way to short fine-leg. If Pietersen had gone straightaway, he would have got in comfortably. As it is, the throw from Fawad Ahmed is collected at the non-striker's end by Phil Hughes, who dives to take the bails off. Pietersen goes for nought and (whisper it in the dressing room) Carberry has revenge of sorts after being run out by Pietersen at Edgbaston.

  109. 1842: 

    Cardiff hat-trick hero Clint McKay will take the new ball for Australia as Michael Carberry - Hampshire's finest, playing on his home ground - scratches his guard.

  110. 1840: 

    The Australians are certainly raring to go: there's a posse of them gathered on the boundary, almost all chewing gum, as captain Clarke chucks the ball from one hand to another.

  111. 1836: 

    Thanks Sam. So who's your money on? England will be relatively happy to have kept Australia under 300 after Watson and Clarke had carried them to 211-3 with the best part of 18 overs remaining, but if they are to win this match - and the series - they must pull off the highest successful chase at this ground.


    Mustakim Sayedmiam: Brilliant innings by Shane Watson. Disappointed by the rest of Aussie batsmen, though.


    Head over to the BBC Sport Facebook page to have your say on who will win the one-day series decider and check out our match-action gallery.


    Chris Harvey: Considering one man scored almost 50% of Australia's runs, England's rookies didn't do too badly there.

  115. 1820: 

    I'm giving my typing paws a rest for a bit. Justin Goulding is your man on the microphone.

    Alec Stewart, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "We saw Martin Guptill earlier in the summer and that innings from Shane Watson was just as good. He has corrected that one little technical flaw and has been in great form since. England are going to need someone to put in an equally good display."

    Shane Watson
  117. 1811: 

    More stattingtons for you before the dinner break. If Shane Watson had hit seven more runs he would have become the first Australian to hit three scores of 150+ in ODIs. Currently he's tied on two 150s with Adam Gilchrist, Matthew Hayden and Andrew Symonds.


    Sam Woods: Joe Root hardly bowls for Yorkshire. England think he's a batting all-rounder. Strange.

    Si Lomas: Some of those were utter pies from Joe Root!

  119. 1810: 

    A great finish from England, but a day to forget with the ball for Joe Root. It turns out that 28 runs is a new record for England's most expensive over in one-day cricket, beating the 26 conceded by Graham Gooch in 1986.

    Alec Stewart, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "At one point it looked Australia would run away with it but England have done well to bring it back. England will certainly be the happier of the two teams and will back themselves to chase anything under 300. The dismissal of Michael Clarke was the key one for me during the powerplay. That's cost Australia another 40 runs in a needless fashion."

  121. 49.1 overs: 
    WICKET- McKay c Root b Rankin 5 (Aus 298 all out)

    McKay tries to lash Rankin out of the ground, but only succeeds in lashing him to Joe Root at long-on. Australia, who were 211-3 and flying in the 32nd over, are 298 all out.

  122. 49 overs: 
    Aus 298-9

    Jordan greets Fawad Ahmed with a bouncer, but the leg-spinner gets his own back as he cracks the bowler's last ball through the covers for four.

    Alec Stewart, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "That's a great decision by umpire Aleem Dar on the field. James Faulkner is shaking his head and it was only a feather but what he can see on the big screen isn't as clear. When he gets back to the dressing room he'll be told otherwise."

  124. 48.4 overs: 
    WICKET- Faulkner c Buttler b Jordan 10 (Aus 294-9)

    Hot Spot does the job, revealing a small mark on the shoulder of his bat before the ball brushes Faulkner's hips and is sharply caught by Buttler - his fifth dismissal of the innings.


    Jordan thinks he's strangled Faulkner down the leg side. The batsman disagrees and sends for a review. Is there any bat on this?

    Alec Stewart, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's a bit of anti-climatic end to the Australian innings. They're just creeping towards the 300-mark now."


    Jon Tattz: I really like the look of both Ben Stokes and Chris Jordan. Interesting to see what England will do when the big guns are available.

  128. 48 overs: 
    Aus 293-8

    Rankin - surely another England Ashes contender - slips a couple of pearlers past McKay's outside edge. McKay clips a single to leg to keep the strike. There should really have been two there.

    Alec Stewart, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "The question is whether Ben Stokes' bowling will become good enough and consistent enough to be England's fourth seam option. Having a genuine all-rounder is a real asset to a side - it can be like having a 12th man. I think it won't be too long until he is wearing a Test shirt."

    Ben Stokes
  130. 47 overs: 
    Aus 290-8

    McKay gets off the mark with a pulled single off Stokes, who finishes with figures of 5-61. Has he put himself in prime position for a place on England's Ashes tour?


    Alastair Leighton, TMS inbox: "Well done Ben Stokes. Great to see a young Durham lad doing well for England."

  132. 46 overs: 
    Aus 286-8

    All the energy has gone from this Australian innings. Faulkner takes a single from the second ball of Jordan's over to give McKay the strike. The result is five dot balls in a row. Four overs left for Australia to get the 14 runs they need to reach the magical 300 mark.

    Alec Stewart, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Ben Stokes is looking like a genuine all-rounder. Last winter with England Lions he was sent back home for a bit of bad behaviour but it seems like he has learnt his lesson and you can see the potential is there."


    And that's a five-wicket haul for Ben Stokes. His first in his tenth one-day international. Clint McKay in next. Can he help get Australia to the magic 300 mark?

  135. 45 overs: 
    WICKET- Johnson c & b Stokes 6 (Aus 284-8)

    Johnson tries to turn the ball to leg, but gets a thick leading edge back to Ben Stokes.

  136. 44.4 overs: 
    WICKET- Watson c Buttler b Stokes 143 (Aus 282-7)

    Watson has a huge slog at Stokes and nicks to Buttler. Four wickets for Stokes - a great day for the Durham man.

    Shane Watson
    Alec Stewart, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "What an innings this has been from Shane Watson. Can Watson beat Martin Guptill's record 189 on the same ground? Although you would expect the experience and nous of James Tredwell would be better than Joe Root at this stage."

  138. 44 overs: 
    Aus 279-6

    Ruthless from Watson as he absolutely savages Joe Root's off-spin. I'll give you the numbers and I think they'll tell you all you need to know: 1-6-4-6-wide-6-4 makes 28 from the over.

  139. 43 overs: 
    Aus 251-6

    Another very fine over from Stokes, who along with Buttler has definitely enhanced his reputation in this series. Australia's last fifty runs have taken 77 balls and we have to credit England's new look attack for that. The wicket of Michael Clarke was the big one.


    Andrew Priestley: Shane Watson must be very frustrating for Australian fans. He goes from hitting brilliant centuries to giving up easy wickets.

    Shane Watson and Jos Buttler
  141. 42 overs: 
    Aus 248-6

    Better from Root. He's giving the ball a bit more air and bowling fuller to keep Australia to four from the over. You sense that Australia might bide their time for a bit, then go wild in the final five.

    Alan Mullally, Ex-England bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "Mitchell Johnson is a dangerous player but Shane Watson is still the key wicket here and he has to bat through. Australia will be looking at 330 if Watson is still there at the end. If he goes England will back themselves to polish Australia off for under 300."

  143. 41 overs: 
    Aus 244-6

    Now then, can James Faulkner like up to the hype? Not like that, he won't. He drops the ball down in front of him and sets off for a suicidal single, but thinks better of it and avoids being run out for the second match in a row.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "That was a sharp catch for Jos Buttler. He's gone from being a promising stopper to a genuine wicketkeeper."

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  145. 40.3 overs: 
    WICKET- Voges c Buttler b Stokes 8 (Aus 244-6)

    Stokes dangles the carrot in that awkward slot and Voges can't resist a nibble. He gets a thin edge and is well-snaffled low by Buttler.

    Ben Stokes

    Martin Pilkington in Preston, via text on 81111: Jos Buttler, having shown batting class, is reminding selectors that he is a fine potential back-up keeper for the Test squad, or even first choice if Matt Prior doesn't start making runs again quickly. Seems less nervous than Jonny Bairstow too.

  147. 40 overs: 
    Aus 242-5

    Rooty Toot drops short to Watson and is heaved away for two successive fours. Ten overs left. Boy do England need to get Watson out soon.

    Justin Goulding, BBC Sport

    "I suspect England's bowlers won't be able to get away from this ground quickly enough after the game. This is where they leaked 359-3 against New Zealand earlier this summer, with Martin Guptill smashing an unbeaten 189, although Joe Root is the only surviving member of that attack. For the record, the next highest total at Southampton is India's 290-4 against Kenya in the 2004 Champions Trophy."

  149. 39 overs: 
    Aus 233-5

    Ravi Bopara finishes his 10-over quota with a tight set of six, to end with figures of 0-54. In the context of this Aussie runfest that's not bad going. If Australia continue at their current run rate of 5.97, they will reach 299. They will want a few more than that.

  150. 37 overs: 
    WATSON CENTURY- Aus 227-5
    Shane Watson

    Bopara nags away at Watson's off timber to keep him waiting on 99 for four balls. The fifth is a bit wider and Watson cuts to third man for a single to bring up his eighth one-day hundred off 87 balls. The celebration is muted, with little by way of a smile, but after a century in the last Test and last ODI of the summer, I reckon he's feeling pretty good about himself right now.


    Andrew Lawton: What a steal by Jos Buttler! Superb work.

  152. 36 overs: 
    Aus 225-5

    Adam Voges is the new batter, boasting an ODI average of 51. All eyes on Watto on 98, and he nurdles Root away for a single to reach 99 and keep the strike.

    Alan Mullally, Ex-England bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "There was only a couple of centimetres in it but that's good work by Jos Buttler. George Bailey's body language straightaway suggested he knew he was out."

  154. 35.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Bailey st Buttler b Root 4 (Aus 221-5)

    Bailey was just slightly off balance there and couldn't sneak his sneaker behind the line in time. A good comeback from England here. Can they whip out another couple?

    George Bailey

    This is close, but out for me. Let's see what the third umpire makes of it all.


    Bailey tries to sweep Root and Buttler whips the bails off. England are convinced they have stumped their man here and Bailey looks a bit guilty. We're going upstairs.

  157. 35 overs: 
    Aus 220-4

    A lot of players are looking very at home out there and it's hardly surprising. Watson, Clarke, Bailey, Voges, Pietersen and Carberry have all played for Hampshire at some time or other. The end of the powerplay means the start of another Ravi Bopara spell. Bailey picks up a couple.


    Jay Smith: This cricket is painful to watch. England's reserve side are being smashed around.

    Scott Thompson: Just shows how reliant England are on James Anderson and Graeme Swann. I'm all for giving young players a chance, though.

    Rachel: Calm down everyone. I'm fully expecting Michael Carberry to marmalise the Aussie bowlers.

  159. 34 overs: 
    Aus 216-4 (Watson 95, Bailey 1)

    Jordan has one side of his collar turned up and the other turned down. One more wicket for the new boy and I reckon he'll turn the whole thing up, Cantona-style. For now, he's doing a good job of keeping Bailey quiet.


    Jon in North Herts, via text on 81111: If England lose I really hope they receive a wake-up call. It's no issue resting players and giving others an opportunity but you need to give your captain a chance. England won in Cardiff despite the selection, not because of it.

    Adam in Darlington, via text on 81111: Are England the only team who are scared of being dominant and ruthless? Harsh but fair to say, it's been a pathetic performance since those two wickets.

    Richard in Birmingham, via text on 81111: There's a big score coming here, unless we get wickets. Going to be an exciting second innings but England don't chase big scores well.

  161. 33 overs: 
    Aus 214-4

    Now this is hardly a reassuring sight for England. The in-form George Bailey striding out to bat, fresh from his 87 in Cardiff. Rankin atones for his dropped catch with another fine over, yielding just four runs to the rampant Aussies.

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

    "Clarke was trying to force the pace. Maybe he was thinking in T20 mode; the field was up and he was trying to force the ball over the top. But that was a good innings - again."

  163. 32 overs: 
    WICKET- Clarke c Pietersen b Jordan 75 (Aus 211-4)

    Rankin got two hands on the ball. Twice. But still failed to hold on to it. He had sunglasses on too, so I'm not buying the blinded by the sun excuse. Clarke gets four leg byes to fine leg then aims a big heave over the top. He's not got hold of it but the ball lands safely and they run two. Three strikes and you're out. Clarke gets a pull shot horribly wrong and Pietersen holds on to the catch at mid-off.

  164. 31.1 overs: 

    Ed Smith has just made a massive call. He reckons 400 is on the cards for Australia here! This won't help England's cause. Clarke cracks Jordan to mid-off where Rankin, with the sun is his eyes, fluffs a straightforward chance.

  165. 31 overs: 

    A dominant Australia take the batting powerplay, although, given the number of times a wicket falls during these five-over periods, is that such a bad thing for England? The returning Rankin twice beats Clarke's outside edge, and an over costing just one run leave him with figures of 0-20 from seven overs. Impeccable.


    Michael in London, via text on 81111: Vic Marks has a degree in Classics. He could commentate in Latin!

    Jack in Bristol, via text on 81111: Is Joe Root still studying for his year six SATs?

  167. 30 overs: 
    Aus 202-3

    The rain makes way for something approaching glorious sunshine, but England's mood darkens as Stokes' first ball after drinks is pulled for four by Clarke. He over-corrects himself and gifts Clarke the opportunity to drive beautifully to mid-off's left. Boyd Rankin, running in treacle, sets off in pursuit - to no avail. The 200 is up.

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

    "It's almost got a practice game feel to it at the moment. The last six or seven overs have just drifted along and Australia have been able to put a mountain of runs on the board. They have plundered runs."

    Michael Clarke
  169. 29 overs: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Aus 189-3 (Watson 89, Clarke 59)

    Clarke is in his element here, lashing two more balls from Bopara for four. A certain third boundary is prevented by a brilliant stop by Stokes at backward point. There's some light rain falling, and they are taking a drinks break. I think they are staying on, though. For now.


    Head over to the BBC Sport Facebook page to have your say on who will win the one-day series decider and check out our match-action gallery.


    Tim Young: This ODI series has had its uses; it should have put to bed any calls for James Tredwell to be our second spinner this winter.

    Jimmy Cowgill: After a great six months Tredwell being found out a little. Graeme Swann would be able to adjust. He needs to do likewise.

  172. 28 overs: 
    CLARKE FIFTY- Aus 180-3

    Clarke tickles one to leg to reach his fifty off 58 balls, with six fours and one six. It's his 55th ODI half-ton in 232 matches. Root's fifth bowl is short and heaved to cow corner by Watson, where Stokes leaps across the boundary and pulls the ball back into play. Was his foot touching the ground? Yes it was, so four more to Watson.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "The runs are coming now at an absolutely alarming rate from Eoin Morgan's point of view."

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  174. 27 overs: 
    Aus 171-3

    Even Bopara is losing the plot. Two more fours to Clarke, one on each side of the crease to take the Aussie skipper to 49. Morgan has had a good scratch of his head and is turning to Joe Root's off-spin. Mind your heads...

  175. 26 overs: 
    Aus 162-3 (Watson 81, Clarke 41)

    The Tredwell-trashing continues apace as Clarke sweeps him dismissively for four. I really fear for England's inexperienced attack here, with Australia's two leading batsmen right in the zone.


    Anon, via text on 81111: Sir Geoffrey of Boycott has a horticultural degree. Specialising in Rhubarb!

    *Remember to put your name and where you are on all tweets, texts and e-mails please.

  177. 25 overs: 
    Aus 152-3

    Bopara comes to England's rescue as he cramps up Clarke and restricts the Aussies to three from the over. Australia are 152-3 at the halfway point and well on the way to a massive score.


    James in Crawley, via text on 81111: Re cricketers with other qualifications. As part of my background reading for my degree dissertation, I had to decipher a report written by Nasser Hussain, who had carried out a geological survey over the same area I was investigating. Let's just say I can see why he chose cricket as his career!

  179. 24 overs: 
    Aus 149-3 (Watson 78, Clarke 31)

    Watson continues to attack, hammering Tredwell over long-on for his third six. He has 78 off 60 balls and Australia have 40 from the last four overs. Where can Morgan turn?

    Shane Watson
    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "My goodness, Shane Watson hit that six hard. Ravi Bopara's given Chris Jordan a bit of stare afterwards but he didn't stand much chance of catching it."

  181. 23 overs: 
    Aus 141-3

    Watson is absolutely flying now, slapping Bopara for a flat six over deep square leg. He is one powerful man. Then a risky second run, but Carberry's slightly sluggish throw lets Watson off the hook.

    Alec Stewart, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "I think from a technical point of view Shane Watson has looked a better player since the middle of the summer. I know Ricky Ponting had a long conversation with him about his head position and he's been playing a lot straighter since then. I'm sure he'd heard it from other people, but sometimes you need something like that to come from someone you respect for it to really have an impact."

    Shane Watson
  183. 22 overs: 
    WATSON FIFTY- Aus 129-3

    Watson moves to a fine fifty off 49 balls with a four and a single off Tredders. And Now he's away, hoiking Tredwell over long-on for six, then four over midwicket. 17 runs from the over.

  184. 21 overs: 
    Aus 112-3

    Tidy from Ravi - just three off the over. You can, of course, make up your cricketers and qualifications/professions, in the interests of middle-overs mirth.

  185. 20 overs: 
    Aus 109-3

    Watson gets down on bended knee and swats Tredwell away for a single. Meanwhile, on TMS, Alec Stewart is audibly stunned by the news that former Leicestershire seamer and TMS new boy Charlie Dagnall has a degree in chemistry. Not sure why he's so amazed, I suppose Daggers's chirpy vibe suggests more of an artist than a scientist. Any other cricketers with unlikely qualifications?


    Clare Morgan, TMS inbox: "I think the selectors should take a serious note of how impressive Boyd Rankin's been in the one-dayers. If the Australian pitches are going to offer pace and bounce surely he must be considered as serious back up along with Steven Finn and Chris Tremlett?"

  187. 19 overs: 
    Aus 106-3

    The blue sky has a dark grey mohican running right down the middle of it. More tidy stuff from Bopara until he errs slightly in line and is turned past short fine leg by Watson for four.

    Ed Smith, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "That was a perfect cricket shot from Michael Clarke to hit Ben Stokes for six. He's not tried to over hit the ball and just timed it. That's the 50 partnership for this pair as well. Australia's hopes will rest on these two."

  189. 18 overs: 
    Aus 100-3 (Watson 38, Clarke 22)

    Belting shot from Clarke! He absolutely middles a straight drive back over the head of bowler Stokes for six. And to top it all off the ball lands in a puddle.

  190. 17 overs: 
    Aus 89-3

    It's a good start from Ravi Bopara as he settles on a decent length on off stump. One to Watto then two to Clarke, wide of third man.

    Michael Clarke

    Lawrence Allen: If we can reduce Australia to a sub-250 score, we'll be strong favourites for the series win. Luke Wright and Jos Buttler to guide England home.

  192. 16 overs: 
    Aus 86-3

    Overpitched again from Stokes and Watson slams it through the legs of the non-striker Clarke and down the ground for another four. His length improves as the over elapses and he finishes with a trio of dots to Clarke. Bopara next.


    Waѕiyυllah Budye: Why are Australia experimenting with their batting order in such a crucial match?

    Alec Stewart, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Michael Clarke looks a bit unsettled so far. Perhaps it's a combination of a bit more pace on the ball, a cold day and a stiff back. Australia will need him to do a lot of batting, though, to get themselves into a decent position."

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  195. 15 overs: 
    Aus 81-3

    Oh dear, mockers alert. We went a bit big on that Chris Parker tweet about Ben Stokes. Glossy picture and all sorts. Then he gave away 12 off an over. Sorry Ben.

    Let's see what Jordan can do here? A much better over, until he blots his copybook with his fifth wide of the day. The extra ball is decent though and Clarke can only push it to mid-off.

    Chris Jordan
  196. 14 overs: 
    Aus 78-3

    Glorious sunshine as Stokes resumes his spell and is worked through mid-on by Watson for three. Then he overpitches to Clarke and is pummelled down the ground. Four more to Watson from a leg stump half-volley. This is buffet bowling to Australia's two most experienced players

    Ben Stokes

    Chris Parker: At 22, could Ben Stokes be the future Ian Botham/Andrew Flintoff that England have been looking for? Early days but I wouldn't be surprised.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "Australia are going at about five an over so England will be pretty pleased with this start. The bowlers will just keep chipping away at Michael Clarke now."

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  199. 13 overs: 
    Aus 66-3

    Jordan is back to give Rankin a rest. Captain Morgan doesn't have many options in the seam department, and won't want to use Luke Wright or Ravi Bopara this early. Bit of a rum deal really. Short means sweet for Michael Clarke as he pulls a waist-high bouncer in front of square for four.

  200. 12 overs: 
    Aus 58-3

    A few spots of rain are appearing on the TV cameras as Clarke whips Stokes through midwicket and the ball just beats Carberry to the boundary. Clarke then tries to crash one down the ground but can't beat mid-off. Crucial period this, if the heavy rain stays away.

  201. 11 overs: 
    Aus 53-3

    Rankin in for his sixth over now to try to split Australian buddy boys Clarke and Watson. The latter squirts one past point for two then angles a single through midwicket.

  202. 10 overs: 
    Aus 48-3

    In comes Root at short leg. Pressure on Clarke and his dicky back. But the Aussie skipper reads the double bluff and gets his bat behind a straight, full delivery.

    Alan Mullally, Ex-England bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "I don't know why Matthew Wade has gone for that shot. Why didn't he take a bit of look at it first up? Australia in a bit of trouble now. I think the players are thinking of going home."

  204. 9.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Wade c Buttler b Stokes 0 (Aus 48-3)

    Australia are self-destructing out there. Badly. Wade aims a pull at Stokes and feathers through to Buttler. Stokes is on a hat-trick...

    Ben Stokes
    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "That's the way Aaron Finch plays. He'll be disappointed and that might be down to a lapse in concentration after the rain break. But a key wicket for England."

  206. 9.4 overs: 
    WICKET- Finch c Morgan b Stokes 26 (Aus 48-2)

    What was I saying about Finch and that 156? Well, he's out. Caught at backward point by Morgan off a thick outside edge from the first ball after the restart.


    Jim Harrison: Concerning TMS pundits as cars I think Phil Tufnell would be a Robin Reliant: Unique, quirky, lovable but nobody really knows what's going to happen round the next bend.

    Steven Gordon: Shocked no one has thrown out the suggestion of Geoff Boycott as an old jag.

    Monte Gibber: Charles Dagnall, surely a Sinclair C5. In theory half decent but never quite came off.

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

    "There are probably enough of the raw attributes in Chris Jordan for him to make it in international cricket. The change of county from Surrey and Sussex seems to have done something for him. It's hard to put your finger on why sometimes, but you just need that change."


    Loïc via text on 81111: Re TMS pundits as cars, Geoff Boycott would be a Jowett Javelin, designed and built in Yorkshire, slow, noisy and unconventional. Fairly successful a long time but only wheeled out occasionally now to show how far we've come since then.

    Duncan via text on 81111: How about Blowers as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang?

    Michael via text on 81111: Michael Vaughan would be any kind of soft top.

  210. 1501: 

    News from the middle. We will restart at 3.10pm. But there are some very heavy clouds lurking...

  211. 1500: 

    A quick cricket line for you from elsewhere. Alex Hales told me this morning that he is hopeful of playing in next season's IPL after constructive talks with Nottinghamshire. Remember Hales, who is currently the number one T20 batsman in the world, was barred from playing in the IPL by Notts earlier this year.


    Ian Dell, TMS inbox: "Blowers must present the hardest to match up - my vote, perhaps because my Dad had one in the sixties, is for an Austin Cambridge - a dear old thing."

    Alec Stewart, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Chris Jordan was spotted playing on a Dulwich College tour of the West Indies. I saw him playing for the school side as a 17-year-old and he was the best young player I'd seen since Graham Thorpe. He broke into the Surrey team but then struggled with injuries and eventually the decision was he should move on. It didn't surprise me that Sussex snapped him straight away. He's a talented cricketer with a lot of ability and it's whether he can turn that into performances and wickets."

  214. 1456: 

    Promising scenes. They are peeling back the outer covers and only the hover-cover remains. We should be back on pretty pronto folks. Aaron Finch will be itching to get started again. He's 26 not out off 31 balls on the ground where he made a record 156 against England in a Twenty20 international last month.

    Alan Mullally, Ex-England bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "You are always going to be nervous in your first over, but that was some welcome to international cricket for Chris Jordan, seeing his first ball hammered for four. He's got pace, and there's definitely something to work with. He just needs to get a bit more accurate and reduce the bad balls."


    Paul in Felixstowe, via text on 81111: Henry Blofeld has to be a Bentley man. Subtle, with old-school manners and featuring finest leather.

    John in Oxford, via text on 81111: Surely it's a toss up between a Bentley an a London bus for Blowers?

    Jonny in London , via text on 81111: Phil Tufnell is surely a VW campervan.

  217. 1448: 

    One or two umbrellas in the crowd are struggling to cope with this sudden downpour. There will be a few shopping trips for replacements after this. This was forecast by BBC weatherman Nick Miller earlier although he did suggest any showers would be short and sharp.

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

    "England's players were so quick to get off the field and out of the rain they accidentally took the ball with them instead of giving it to the umpires! This came from nowhere, It was almost as if someone turned the taps on."

  219. 1443: 

    Jordan is taken off after conceding 28 in his four overs and replaced by Ben Stokes. Single to Watson, then a sudden shower, and a mad dash to the pavilion from all and sundry.

  220. 9 overs: 
    Aus 47-1

    Rankin hits Finch flush on the rear and the ball runs away for four leg byes. Four more, swatted over point. Too many bad balls from England at the moment.


    Peter Minihan: Concerning TMS pundits as cars. Ed Smith has to be a Triumph Stag.

    Jon Greenwood: What about Aggers as a 1974 Granada Ghia- a thoroughbread in dour clothing!

  222. 8 overs: 
    Aus 38-1

    Jordan is falling into the trap of trying to repeat the ball that got him a wicket. He's digging too many balls in short and Watson and Finch are ready and waiting to pounce. Watson finds the boundary with a pull shot, then Finch cuts late for four of his own.


    John Waller, TMS inbox: Re TMS pundits as cars. Geoffrey Boycott has to be a Volvo. Boring, frugal, lasts forever without going too fast and if hit will still be driveable even with a few dents.

  224. 7 overs: 
    Aus 29-1

    Terrific bowling from big Boyd Rankin. Testing, probing stuff as he sends down a welcome maiden. "There's something about him that makes him very compelling to watch," purrs Dirk Nannes.

    Ed Smith, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "When you watch Aaron Finch bat the way he does in one-day cricket, it's hard to imagine he averages under 30 in first-class cricket."

  226. 6 overs: 
    Aus 29-1

    Short again from Jordan, but Finch is ready for it, pulling it round the corner for four. Then another short ball is too far to leg and called a wide. Jordan has a List A economy rate of 5.5, suggesting there may well be a few loose ones in amongst the unplayables.

    Meanwhile, Aggers has been having a bit of fun, asking which make of car best represents each member of the TMS team. Apparently the question was posed at one of his shows this week. Any thoughts?

  227. 5 overs: 
    Aus 23-1

    Finch has started well, seeing and timing the ball beautifully. He finds the rope for the third time after latching on to a half-tracker from Rankin.

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

    "Joe Root might feel under a little bit of pressure today. He's had a few poor scores and will be one of the players who feels he needs to end the summer with a good innings."

    Justin Goulding, BBC SportWHO IS CHRIS JORDAN?

    For those who may not be familiar with Chris Jordan, he is a bustling seamer who turns 25 next month. Born in Barbados, he is eligible to play for England by virtue of his English grandmother - and was good enough for Surrey to sign him as a teenager.

    Having failed to live up to his early promise, partly because of a serious back injury, he left Surrey after six years to join Sussex for 2013. He has taken 52 wickets in the County Championship this summer, and boasts a career bowling average of 25 in one-day cricket. A first-class batting average of 22 suggests he is no mug with the willow either.

  230. 4 overs: 
    Aus 18-1

    Jordan strays slightly to Watson (no doubt targeting the lbw) and allows him to get off the mark with a tickle off his pads for two. Then a brute of a 90mph short ball that Watson doesn't like at all as he fends it away from his face with his glove. Two more to Watson through midwicket to round off the over.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special
    Chris Jordan

    "Well done Chris Jordan. He's come back from a difficult start to get his first wicket in international cricket. There was no letting up with the celebration either and you can't blame him."

  232. 3.1 overs: 
    WICKET- Hughes c Carberry b Jordan 2 (Aus 13-1)

    Jordan's on the board already! A hip-high bouncer cramps up the left-handed Hughes, who top-edges straight into the hands of a grateful Carberry at midwicket.

  233. 3 overs: 
    Aus 12-0

    Rankin starts his second over with a wide, then gets a ball to nip back between Finch's bat and pad.

    What do we make of this England attack then? If you'd have walked into a bookmakers and put money on England starting the last match of the summer with Rankin, Jordan, Stokes, Tredwell, Bopara and Wright, I think they'd have marched you straight to the nearest asylum.

  234. 2 overs: 
    Aus 11-0

    Welcome to international cricket Chris Jordan! Aaron Finch greets the England new boy by bludgeoning his first and fourth balls through the covers for four. Other than that, it's not a bad opening effort from Jordan, who is up around the 89mph mark and peppering the Boycott corridor just outside off stump.


    Rakesh Pradhan: England caps seem to be handed out like confetti these days. Gone are the days when you had to earn them.

    Chris Parker: I think England could chase anything below 350 with this batting line-up.

    Jon Hyde: Luke Wright in for Jonathan Trott....England have gone for like-for-like players then!

  236. 1 over: 
    Aus 2-0

    Boyd Rankin, England's new attack leader, gets the game underway and Aaron Finch works one to third man where Barbados-born Chris Jordan gets his first touch in international cricket.

    Alan Mullally, Ex-England bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "Chris Jordan is a very different type of bowler to Steve Finn. He'll need to take a bag of wickets to catch the eye of the selectors because England have a few of their big guns to bring back. He'll be nervous but he's just got out there and try to enjoy it."

  238. 1400: 

    The teams come out as Jerusalem blares out of the loudspeakers for the last time in this international summer. The umpires are Rob Bailey and Aleem Dar. Time for some cricket.

  239. 1357: 

    Hmmm, thanks Nick. I'm not sure whether to laugh or cry. With any luck the showers will be so short that the umpires won't have time to arrive at the decision to take the players off. Here's hoping anyway.


    BBC Weatherman Nick Miller: "We are expecting more brief interruptions The weather is coming from the north-west and there are some clusters of showers that will cause brief but intense downpours and possibly some hail. There should be some sunshine in between. The peak time in the showers will be between 3pm and 5pm. The longer we go into the evening, there will be fewer showers around."


    Australia captain Michael Clarke: "It was a good pitch for the Twenty20 international earlier in the summer so similar performance would go well today. My back is ok and I feel like I can perform at my best so I'm out here. It's been a good tour for Australia off the field and we've been looked after by the English people. But unfortunately our performances have not quite gone to plan. It would be nice to go home with something."

    Eoin Morgan and Michael Clarke

    England captain Eoin Morgan: "The conditions look really good and I'd have liked a bat but that's the way it goes. Steve Finn misses out with side strain so Chris Jordan comes in for his debut. Jonathan Trott has gone down with a back spasm so Luke Wright is in. We've got huge confidence from Cardiff. A lot of the young guys took some responsibility in that game and we're looking to go well again."

  243. 1347: 

    Time for a quick recap on the series so far. Australia took the lead with an 88-run victory at Old Trafford that was sandwiched between two washouts. The fourth match in Cardiff turned out to be a slow-burning thriller that went right down to the final over before two big swings of Jos Buttler's blade sealed a three-wicket England win and set up today's decider.


    England: Carberry, Pietersen, Wright, Morgan (capt), Bopara, Buttler (wk), Stokes, Root, Tredwell, Rankin, Jordan.

    Australia: Finch, Hughes, Watson, Clarke (capt), Bailey, Voges, Wade (wk), Faulkner, Johnson, Ahmed, McKay.

  245. 1344: 

    Two changes for each team. Chris Jordan comes in for Steven Finn, who does indeed have a side strain. And Jonathan Trott has been replaced by Luke Wright after feeling a spasm in his back at the last minute.

    Australia bring in Phil Hughes at the top of the order for the injured Shaun Marsh, while leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed replaces Nathan Coulter-Nile.

  247. 1339: 

    Good news. The covers have been taken off and the captains are heading out for the toss, with Michael Atherton primed...

  248. 1338: 
    Chris Jordan

    Sussex fast bowler Chris Jordan has just been handed his first cap by former England captain Nasser Hussain. We believe he will be replacing Steven Finn, who has a slight side strain.

  249. 1334: 

    What was I saying about the toss? It turns out I went too early. A short shower in Southampton means the toss has been delayed and the covers are being dragged on. A sorry, but rather familiar, sight.

  250. 1329: 

    Hearing a rumour that Chris Jordan is going to make his England debut. Michael Clarke's back injury makes him a doubt for Australia. Toss and full teams on their way...

  251. 1325: 

    I've heard a lot of people describing this one-day series between England and Australia as taking place somewhat after the Lord Mayor's show. To be honest, I think the Lord Mayor packed up his ceremonial garb quite some time ago and is currently sunning himself on a tropical beach.

    However, at least at the end of this sprawling summer we have a meaningful match to round it all off. After two washouts and one win apiece, it has come down to a shootout in Southampton.

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Live Scores - England v Australia


  • Australia beat England by 49 runs
  • England: 249 (48.0 overs)
  • Australia: 298 (49.1 overs)
  • Venue: Southampton

England Innings

All out
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Carberry lbw b Faulkner 30
Pietersen run out (Ahmed) 0
Root b Johnson 21
Morgan st Wade b Voges 30
Wright run out (Bailey) 0
Bopara c Voges b Johnson 62
Buttler b Faulkner 42
Stokes c Clarke b Faulkner 27
Jordan c Bailey b Watson 14
Tredwell not out 5
Rankin b Ahmed 4
Extras 6w 3b 5lb 14
Total all out 249

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