Australia v England, second one-day international, Brisbane

James Faulkner plays a stunning innings to lead Australia to a one-wicket win in the second ODI in Brisbane.

17 January 2014 Last updated at 02:55

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  1. 1152: 

    I think it's only fair to allow the Australians the last laugh after another devastating England defeat. Alastair Cook's men played well for large portions of the match but just when they thought they were over the line, James Faulkner steamed up on the blindside and blew them off the road.

    Who would want to be in Alastair Cook's shoes now? He has about 36 hours to rally his troops for the third one-dayer on Sunday. We'll be there too if you can bear to join us. Goodnight.

    Alastair Cook
  2. 1149: 

    A nice touch of schadenfreude from the Cricket Australia Twitter boys. Picking up on the fact that the ECB Twitter feed had earlier described James Faulkner's expensive bowling figures of 2-73 as "entertaining", they've published a picture of the celebrating Faulkner with the word "ENTERTAINING" in large print.

  3. 1141: 

    You have to feel sorry for a few England players out there. Eoin Morgan, whose blistering 106 off 99 balls took England to the 300 mark, Chris Jordan who bowled very well and took one of the great reflex catches off his own bowling and even Alastair Cook, who must have believed that his team had finally done enough to get over the line only to watch England's nightmarish tour take another gruesome twist.

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    Lewis Powell: Please just tell them to come home it gets more and more embarrassing!

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    Alex via text: Bopara bowls 5 overs for 19 runs. Surely he has to bowl at the death, as good as the other full time bowlers. Clueless captain Cook.


    Australia coach Darren Lehmann: "We were outplayed the whole game. We certainly didn't bat well enough to chase that down apart from James Faulkner at the end. We got away with it really. I think we were right on the money, with 100 off 16 needed, but Haddin and Maxwell played some silly shots and we were a bit lucky.

    "Both sides need to work on their bowling, being smarter in the death overs. We are finding a way to win."

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    Ross Davies: I would say this is surely rock bottom. But I've said that at least three times on this tour already so I know better...

  8. 1128: 

    England limited-overs coach Ashley Giles: "It's pretty quiet down there [in our dressing-room]. We played some good cricket but that innings by Faulkner was just too much. It was brilliant from him, but we have got to be better at the death. We have to back our skills, that is why we practice them. From the position we were in, we'd have liked to have gone to Sydney at 1-1.

    "Guys are learning out here and sometimes it's a steep learning curve. We had them 240-9 so I think we got the position pretty right today. Nine and a half times out of 10 you would win from that position."

  9. 1126: 

    Australia captain Michael Clarke: "I've seen James doing it before. He's the new finisher, the new Michael Bevan. What an innings, that was unbelievable. When someone in our top four didn't get 100 I thought that was disappointing on a good wicket. I would have liked a few more wickets in hand but James showed he's an incredible talent who strikes the ball as well as anybody.

    "It's nice that we are playing with confidence. People believe that if they are in at the end they can win a game of cricket for us."

  10. 1123: 

    James Faulkner: "When you bat in the lower-order you have to get the team home. It's all about winning games of cricket for for your country, so tonight is a good night.

    "I might look calm, but I was pretty nervous. It's a special night.

    "It's definitely the highlight of my career."

  11. 1121: 

    England captain Alastair Cook: "It took an unbelievable innings to beat us today. 300 was defendable and we did everything right until the last wicket. James took it as deep as he dared and played pretty well.

    "It's an emotional dressing-room now, a tough place to be, but when we look at it tomorrow we'll realise it was an astonishing innings that beat us. We'll have to look at how we played at the end but I'm proud of the way the lads stuck in."

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    Mike: Cook's decisions again are called into question, Bopara should, without question, had the last couple of overs.

    Chris Parker: Can we just concede the rest of our games, this just gets more and more embarrassing by the day.

    Daniel Woodley: This tour beggars belief. England have been woeful and have just snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.

  13. 1117: 

    TV are showing Faulkner's wagon wheel, including the distance of his sixes. One of them was 110 metres. I think I would need at least five goes to his it that far.

  14. 1115: 

    Australia give Faulkner a makeshift guard of honour as he departs to a standing ovation following his incredible unbeaten 69 off 47 balls. His last-wicket partnership with McKay was 57, of which McKay scored exactly two.

    Dean Jones, Ex-Australia batsman

    "I think England need to work on their bowling line-up, bring in the left-arm spin of Briggs, but they are not too far away. If they continue to work with these guys, they have a good chance of getting a win soon."

  16. 1113: 

    Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell: "It was nice to show our depth tonight. Hopefully the top order gets back to form in the next match but we'll always be there to back them up."

  17. 1111: 

    Australia all-rounder James Faulkner: "Clint was trying to talk me through it, we were helping each other. We won, so you beauty. It was a really good team effort."

  18. 1111: 

    Australia's successful chase of 301 is the highest at the Gabba.

    Clint McKay and James Faulkner
  19. 1110: 

    Faulkner wheels his bat in delight and hugs his batting partner McKay. Jubilation on the Aussie bench too with David Warner predictably prominent.

  20. 49.3 overs: 
    CHAMPAGNE MOMENT- Australia win by 1 wicket

    Full toss from Bresnan, eased through the gap by Faulkner and Australia have themselves a new national hero.

    James Faulkner celebrates
  21. 49.2 overs: 
    Aus 297-9

    Slower ball from Bresnan, cracked through cow corner for four more. Faulkner is going to win this on his own. Shattering for England.

  22. 49.1 overs: 
    Aus 293-9

    Bresnan to Faulkner - edge - over the keeper's head for four.

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    Richard Anthony: Squeaky bum time!

    Mike Bell: In the hope that I will stop it materialising, I am convincing myself that England could still find a way to lose this.

    Dean Jones, Ex-Australia batsman

    "This is difficult for Alastair Cook. I wouldn't want to be in his position."

  25. 49 overs: 
    Aus 289-9 (target 301)

    Great response from Stokes as he beats the bat outside off stump. but Faulkner gets the single he wants from the last ball to leave 12 runs needed from the final over. Faulkner reached fifty with his second six by the way. Ball by ball time.

  26. 48.4 overs: 
    Aus 288-9

    Great start from Stokes, right in the blockhole. Faulkner digs one out down the ground and refuses the single. Then a length ball is given the treatment, heaved over midwicket for six. Then another one. The crowd are delirious...

    James Faulkner
  27. 48 overs: 
    Aus 276-9

    Nip and tuck, but not really enough from Australia's point of view. Bresnan bowls two dots then concedes four in two balls to Faulkner. Controversy at the death as Bresnan bowls a high-ish bouncer and gets away with it. Australia need 25 from 12 balls.

    Dean Jones, Ex-Australia batsman

    That was the best catch never given. It was absolutely brilliant. If you take the catch and still have control of the ball inside the field of play, it should be given out.

  29. 47 overs: 
    Aus 271-9

    Incredible scenes. Faulkner hammers one into the leg side and Joe Root takes an incredible one-handed low catch at full speed. Sadly for England, his momentum takes him over the rope and the result is six runs.

    Dean Jones, Ex-Australia batsman

    Australia will need to hit some boundaries at some point and it can't be all Faulkner. McKay will have to help him.

    Dean Jones, Ex-Australia batsman

    "Faulkner is trying to work out which way he'll go, which bowlers to take on."

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  32. 46 overs: 
    Aus 260-9 (target 301)

    Bresnan does his job to a tee. After the flurry of sixes, nothing but three singles and the equation for Australia now is 41 from 24 balls. One wicket would do it for England...

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    Matt Jarrett: Where should I park the open top bus for the parade?

    Charles Isere: And the best news? No time for Johnson to grow back the tash before Sunday.

  34. 45 overs: 
    Aus 257-9 (Faulkner 27, McKay 0)

    Stokes's face is as red as his England shirt as he returns to his mark. An lbw appeal is turned down before McKay opts against a single from the last ball of the over. Faulkner to face Bresnan now... with 44 needed off 30 balls.

  35. 44.2 overs: 
    Aus 256-9

    Twist in the tale? Faulkner goes medieval on Stokes and creams two leg side sixes in a row.

  36. 44 overs: 
    WICKET- Johnson c Buttler b Bopara 2 (Aus 244-9)

    Johnson is trying to be too clever by half here, aiming a reverse sweep at Bopara. Then he drives ... and nicks one through to keeper Buttler. Nine down, England's first international win since September is almost in the bag.

    Ravi Bopara celebrates
  37. 43 overs: 
    Aus 240-8 (Faulkner 12, Johnson 1)

    Right, who is going to have a dash or is this Aussie innings just going to peter out? It looks like the latter as they only take four off Stokes. Mind you it would only take one big over to swing the momentum back in their favour.

  38. 42 overs: 
    Aus 236-8 (target 301)

    Now then, I wouldn't put it past Mitchell Johnson to rain on England's parade here. He'll need to get his eye in first though and Ravi Bopara doesn't give him an inch and his concedes just one run from his over.

    John Emburey, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Excellent bowling by Ben Stokes, full and straight, and there is a lesson to be learned for the other bowlers. We tend to have a habit of bowling short but that is excellent bowling."

  40. 41 overs: 
    WICKET- Coulter-Nile lbw b Stokes 16 (Aus 235-8)

    Ben Stokes, England's most expensive bowler so far, gets it right when it counts. Bowling full and straight, he cramps up Coulter-Nile and, after three dot balls, pins his man in front of middle.

  41. 40 overs: 
    Aus 233-7 (target 301)

    Eoin Morgan has already been off the field once with what I think was a tight hamstring and now he's in quite some discomfort. Michael Carberry waits to replace him as Ravi Bopara sends down another tight set. Morgan heads off once more - is that bad news for Sunday's third ODI? With 68 needed from the final 10 overs, here comes Sam Sheringham.

  42. 39 overs: 
    Aus 229-7 (target 301)

    As my man John Emburey says, Ben Stokes is back into the attack, starting with a leggy wide but then going full and straight. When boundaries aren't available, Australia look to tip and run. Four from it. Are your nervous? 72 from 11 overs is very gettable, but not with only three wickets in hand. Still, this pair can bat, and Mitchell Johnson is next in.

    John Emburey, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Ben Stokes has got to be on the money straightaway. We cannot have looseners going for four."

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  44. 38 overs: 
    Aus 225-7 (target 301)

    Bopara back on after the powerplay - he'll probably have a bit of work to do because Rankin and Stokes have been expensive. Good length, pace mixed, tidy stuff. Ooofff, huge mix-up here. Coulter-Nile is very late to set off, diving in to avoid trouble from Morgan's throw. 76 needed from 72 balls.

    Adam Mountford, BBC Test Match Special

    On Twitter: Don't miss a celebration of the life of Brian Johnston @BBCRadio4Extra tomorrow, 20 years after his death.

  46. 37 overs: 
    Aus 222-7 (target 301)

    Remember how the buzz inside the Gabba was gradually cranked up as the Maxwell-Haddin partnership? Brisbane is flatter than month-old lemonade now. Maybe it's time for the Queenslanders to awaken once more. Coulter-Nile changes his bat and is then gifted a long hop by Tim Bresnan. A huge swing, a top edge over long leg for a maximum. Powerplay done.

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    Matthew Dawes: BREAKING NEWS - England are competing in a game of cricket with Australia.

    Scott Lennon: I think I've forgotten what a victory v Australia feels like. Knew it was gonna be a good day when Cook reached double figures.

    Alex Dann: Brad will be gutted about that, he'd been Haddin such a good tour.

  48. 36 overs: 
    Aus 210-7 (need 91 from 84 balls)

    James Faulkner is the new man, England smelling blood by posting a slip. Chris Jordan, ball out in front of him, continues in the powerplay with sweat glistening on his dark skin. Only four from it. Nothing halts the scoring like a couple of wickets.

    Isa Guha, Ex-England seamer

    "What a moment for England, Glenn Maxwell was going so well but that is the way he plays and now all of a sudden pressure back on Australia, who were looking so good."

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  50. 34.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Maxwell c Bopara b Bresnan 54 (Aus 206-7)
    Tim Bresnan celebrates with team-mates

    The killer blow? Just as he was looking like pulling off something special, Glenn Maxwell perishes, pulling Tim Bresnan to Ravi Bopara at mid-wicket. He storms off in a fit of anger, perhaps for some kit-throwing in the dressing room. Surely England have won this now?

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    England batsman Kevin Pietersen on Twitter: "Wow - just seen @Eoin16 & @josbuttler finish our innings.. I'd pay money to watch these guys every day of the week! #entertainers."

  52. 34.4 overs: 
    50 FOR GLENN MAXWELL- Aus 206-6

    Well played Glenn Maxwell. After the blow of losing Haddin, he goes to a sixth ODI fifty from only 37 balls. Nathan Coulter-Nile is the new man, given a slight promotion to apply willow to leather. A scampered single, then Maxwell gets out what can only be described as a reverse pull shot for four. Amazing.

  53. 34.1 overs: 
    WICKET- Haddin c Cook b Bresnan 26 (Aus 200-6)

    Gone! England have the wicket they so desperately needed. Brad Haddin looks to biff Tim Bresnan out of Brisbane, but his baseball-style slap only goes skywards and into the relieved hands of Alastair Cook at mid-off. Cook celebrates as if he's just reached double figures with the bat. This game turns once more.

    Brad Haddin is dismissed
  54. 34 overs: 
    Aus 200-5 (need 101 from 96)

    Chris Jordan, Malcolm Marshall necklace and an action not unlike the great man, returns to the kitchen. It's not very Marshall-esque as twice he gives Haddin too much width to be sent over the covers into the wide open space where no fielder lives. Australia are slowly cutting the gap between runs required and balls remaining.

    Isa Guha, Ex-England seamer

    "Maxwell is looking to score off every ball and it's important the quicker bowlers change their pace. We saw Mitchell Johnson do it to dismiss Joe Root and it could be a ploy for Maxwell."

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  56. 33 overs: 
    Aus 186-5 (target 301)

    Tim Bresnan summoned, leg-side fence protected, by Glenn Maxwell is seeing it like a beach ball. Sweep for four, then a pull that earns three thanks to the scampering of Brad Haddin. Short again, Haddin again puts the burners on for a couple. Hot under the lights, England under the pump, the Gabba starting to believe. 37 runs have come from the last four overs.

  57. 32 overs: 
    POWERPLAY- Aus 178-5

    Momentum going their way, Australia ask for the batting powerplay three overs early. The next 30 deliveries could decide the destiny of this game. Only three men outside the ring. Run-fest? Opportunity for wickets?

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    From Simon: Within a two week period, I got knocked off my bike by both Billy Connolly & Virginia Wade at the same place on the King's Road in Chelsea. Neither of them were looking where they were going.

  59. 32 overs: 
    Aus 178-5 (target 301)

    Thanks, Sam. I arrive with Ravi Bopara, who's on for his first wobble of the day. A couple of leggy wides, an Ian Bell mis-field, the Gabba crowd just warming to the thought that the fightback is on. How damaging would an England defeat be? Short and wide, Maxwell cuts for four. Not again?

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    Mark Lawford: When I lived in Northampton a car driven by Allan Lamb and with Kapil Dev as passenger stopped for me at a zebra crossing.

    Nick Aston: Bill Beaumont once helped my mum down some particularly icy steps in the Alps.

  61. 31 overs: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Aus 171-5

    Jordan gets one to jag back into Maxwell and screams an appeal for lbw. No chance says the umpire and they run a couple of leg byes.

    Maxwell is seeing it like a football and he gets another boundary with a cross-batted crash through cover. Time for a quick switch here. With the game in the ballance it's Sheringham out, Shemilt in for a short stint.

    Dean Jones, Ex-Australia batsman

    "The big show is at the Gabba! I got out to a reverse sweep once and [former coach] Bob Simpson told me 'you play that again you'll never play for Australia again' but they practice it so much now."

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  63. 30 overs: 
    Aus 162-5

    Million-dollar Maxwell!! Three reverse sweeps in a row all bring him boundaries, the third via a pretty ropey full toss from Root.


    From Philip: My dog Luke, an enthusiastic golden retriever, nearly put an end to Barry McGuigan's come back fight. The boxer was on a training run around the fields outside our village. The retriever was off the lead. He charged after Mr M who initially encouraged Luke, until Luke started leaping up at the poor man mid-stride. Some unscheduled practice, perhaps, in how to keep your balance under severe provocation.

  65. 29 overs: 
    Aus 149-5

    Dean Jones says Chris Jordan reminds him of Gladstone Small. I'll leave you to judge whether that's a good thing or bad thing. You certainly couldn't meet a nicer fella than Gladstone. Six from the over.

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    Peter Ellis: In a cafe in Bridlington in the 80s, I saw Big Daddy and Giant Haystacks tucking into fish and chips together. Ruined my childhood.

  67. 28 overs: 
    Aus 145-5 (target 301)

    Another tidy over from Joe Root and still no fireworks from Braddin. Australia are still 13 runs ahead of England's total at this point, but crucially the have lost two more wickets than the tourists.

  68. 27 overs: 
    Aus 139-5

    Maxwell and Haddin pick off Jordan for seven runs. One thing is for sure. If England win this, it will set the series up very nicely, at 1-1 with three matches to play.

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    From Sarah: I once served Tony Adams at a restaurant I worked in. He was so rude, his wife threatened to slap him if he didn't apologise. She wore the trousers.

  70. 26 overs: 
    Aus 132-5 (Maxwell 13, Haddin 2)

    Glenn Maxwell pulls out his party trick as he reverse sweeps Root over point. Australia will need plenty more of that type of invention if they are to get out of this one.

  71. 25 overs: 
    Aus 125-5

    Under the lights, Boyd Rankin charges in and slides one past Haddin's outside edge. Then the batsman cuts and misses. There is a definite spring in Rankin's step. He looks in better rhythm than he has done at any stage of the tour.

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    Jonathan Williams: I bumped into Mr and Mrs Mike Gatting on St Martin's, Isles of Scilly while I was searching for a rare rose-breasted Grosbeak.

  73. 24 overs: 
    Aus 123-5 (target 301)

    "They'll bring out the bunting if England win this," quips a colleague. To anyone thinking this is all over, I merely need to inform you of the identity of the new batsman. Mr Brad Haddin, walking out to bat at 120-5. Haven't we been here before?


    From Craig in Barcelona: I was at a beach football tournament in Brighton many years ago. I was heading to the toilet and at the door I met Matt Le Tissier, being respectful I let him go first and said "Age before beauty" at the same time. He was not amused but his mate was.

    Dean Jones, Ex-Australia batsman

    "Exactly what Rankin needed, he's bowled ok, he's started to get better and better. They shouldn't lose it from here should they? Should they?"

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  76. 23 overs: 
    WICKET- Bailey lbw b Rankin 24 (Aus 120-5)
    Boyd Rankin celebrates George Bailey's wicket

    Cook brings in a slip for Boyd Rankin. A show of faith in the big fast bowler. Full, straight ... gone. Bailey swings across the line and is trapped right in front of middle.

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    Robbie, Cambridge: My brother worked in a restaurant in Newcastle. One evening Shay Given came in with his wife and daughter. During the meal his daughter knocked a glass from the table and with cat-like reflexes he caught it before it hit the floor.

  78. 21.4 overs: 
    WICKET- Marsh b Root 55 (Aus 114-4)

    A crucial breakthrough and it's Root again. The ball goes on with the arm and rattles the off stump.

    Shaun Marsh
  79. 21 overs: 
    Aus 111-3

    George Bailey worries me. Do you want to know why? He averages 55 at a strike rate of 92. Ones and twos off Rankin.

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    Adrian, London: I've never played pyjama cricket but surely as a batsman it's easier to see and avoid fielders in red than blue or any other colour? I'm guessing that's why Australia have gone for camouflage green over their old gold kits. Another area where Australia's brains trust beats ours?

  81. 20 overs: 
    Aus 104-3 (target 301)

    Root's canny little spell continues as he keeps Australia to four singles. His figures at this stage are 4-0-13-1. Just want his captain ordered. Mind you, Australia are 104-3, whereas England were 90-3 at this same stage.

    John Emburey, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Marsh has always impressed he me looks as if he has so much time to play. His shot execution just has to be a little better and he can take another step on."

  83. 19 overs: 
    MARSH FIFTY- Aus 100-3

    Magnificent from Marsh, lacing Stokes down the ground, and following with a two and a one to bring up his ninth fifty in 42 one-dayers from 59 balls.

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    Chris Skinner: I was at school with Stella McCartney. Paul used to drop her off, and say hello to us in the playground, a really nice bloke.

    Jon Bennett-Tomlin: My friend Harry Potter's (no joke) dad went to school with J K Rowling... Coincidence!?

  85. 18 overs: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Aus 90-3 (target 301)

    Bailey misses Root and is slapped on the thigh in front of the stumps. But the ball pitched outside leg so England's non-review is the right decision.

  86. 17 overs: 
    Aus 88-3 (target 301)

    Ben Stokes, all flame hair and sweaty brow, picks up the attack after drinks. George Bailey is good to continue, but he's grimacing through his helmet. At the other end, Marsh leans back to cut behind point for four.

    John Emburey, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Cook is being a little bit more proactive in his field placings and Root is doing exactly what the captain wants him to do. But, it begs the question about the attack. It would be lovely to see a regular spinner in the side - I would have gone for Danny Briggs."

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    From Genghis Dad: I used to deliver milk to Clive Lloyd's house when he was at Lancs. Gold top too.

  89. 16 overs: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Aus 80-3 (target 301)

    Bad news for George Bailey as he appears to tweak a hamstring midway through a second run. On comes the physio to give him some treatment during a well-timed drinks break.

  90. 0837: 

    Now then? What have we got here. As catching techniques go, I'm not sure you'd find this effort from Gary Ballance in the textbook! But they all count. Anyone care to insert a headline?

    Gary Ballance

    From Andrew: When working behind the bar at a social club, I bumped into Sir Cliff, who was giving a talk upstairs, when I had a tray of empties. He had the good grace to apologise to me and help me pick up the largest of the broken pieces.


    The ball pitches outside leg. Not out. Marsh survives.

  93. 14.3 overs: 

    George Bailey tucks into Bresnan but the ball doesn't quite have enough legs to reach the boundary and they have to settle for three. Then Bres raps Marsh on the pads. Umpire says no. Bresnan says yes. We're going upstairs.

  94. 13.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Clarke c Ballance b Root 17 (Aus 70-3)

    Time for some tweak. And in England's case that means the occasional off-spin of Joe Root. And in Michael's Clarke's case, that means the end! A thick outside edge off an attempted drive is snaffled by Ballance at point.

    England celebrate
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    From Shahban: I am at university with Imran Khan's nephew and Roman Abramovich's daughter who both study law. Definitely trumps Rihanna.

  96. 13 overs: 
    Aus 67-2

    Interesting revelations about Nigel Winterburn's powerful genes. There was a boy at my school who looked like he'd been separated at birth from Nigel Clough. Anyway, I digress. In the middle, Tim Bresnan is putting the brakes on the Aussies, giving up just the three runs from his third over.

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    Max Barnard: Nigel Winterburn's son went to my school. He had exactly the same face.

  98. 11 overs: 
    Aus 60-2 (target 301)

    Chance. A great chance to run out Marsh is missed as Ian Bell can't hit the stumps.

    Jack's email below, about clocking Roy Keane with a snowball, has got me chuckling. Could we even have a theme within a theme here? Run-ins with the rich and famous.

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    Richard Bannan: I was at school with Ali Cook. Taught him everything he knows. Blame me!

    Tim Deathridge: I went to school with Kelly Grocott's (of ELO band fame) son. surely #betterthanrhianna

  100. 10 overs: 
    Aus 57-2

    Too much loose stuff from England at the moment. Ben Stokes is the offender this time, serving up a leg stump half-volley and a half-tracker to gift Marsh two more easy boundaries. From memory, England had only hit about two fours by this stage.

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    Dr Lionel Gentlefist: I've seen more aggression, passion and quality bowling from Jordan then all the England bowlers in the previous 5 tests.

    Totum: After that catch and this bowling performance I will have to replace the Jordan poster on my wall for a different Jordan.

  102. 9 overs: 
    Aus 49-2 (target 301)

    Bresnan, replacing Rankin, fails to heed the Jordan warning and a short ball is pulled away through midwicket by Marsh for four.


    From Jack: I was at school with Roy Keane's daughter. I remember somebody throwing a snowball from a hidden window and clocking him on the back of the head one weekend. He was a Liverpool fan...

  104. 8 overs: 
    Aus 44-2 (Marsh 14, Clarke 11)

    Jordan learns an important lesson. If you both too short to Michael Clarke you will get punished. The Aussie skipper puts away two boundaries, one pulled and one cut, to bring the England new boy crashing back down to earth.

  105. 7 overs: 
    Aus 34-2 (target 301)

    If England's aim in this match was to correct the errors they made in the first one-dayer, then they are going the right way about it. Jordan and Ballance both dropped catches in the first Test, but this time they have both held on to remove the very same batsmen they let off last time. Cook keeps faith with Rankin and the decision pays off as Marsh and Clarke are restricted to just a single each.

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

    "Extraordinary reflexes, how you can have the reflexes to get that in the middle of the hand. Warner smashed that!"

  107. 5.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Warner c & b Jordan 18 (Aus 32-2)

    What a catch. I repeat. What a catch. Warner middles a drive down the ground but Jordan sticks out a paw and clings on to a brilliant one-hander off his own bowling. The ball sticks in his fingers and the celebrations are appropriately unconstrained.

    Chris Jordan celebrates

    From Dave Thomas: I went to school with both Sooty's and Shakin Steven's son. I think that comfortably trumps Rhianna.

  109. 5 overs: 
    Aus 31-1

    Marsh is already looking dangerous, tall and still right until the moment the ball arrives under his eyes, whereupon he explodes into action. An overpitched ball outside off stump is slashed through the covers before Warner hammers one down the ground. Rankin has conceded 22 runs off his first three overs and Cook already has a dilemma.

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    Tony G: My mum went to school with Leo Sayer #betterthanrihanna

    Rachel T: Rather tenuously - I went to school with the double whammy of Boy George's cousin & Jim Davidson's daughter.

  111. 4 overs: 
    Aus 19-1

    Warner shows his class by clubbing Jordan down the ground for four. Surprisingly, Warner only averages 31 in one-dayers. I can only see that going one way in the next few years.

  112. 3 overs: 
    Aus 14-1 (target 301)

    The left-handed Marsh - a replacement for the rested Shane Watson - gets his innings off to a flyer with a sumptuous cover drive for four off Rankin.

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    Jay: How do you make up for a catch dropped with both hands? You take one with one hand.

    Scott Lennon: Got to think getting rid of Finch for a duck has to save England at least 40-60 runs if he's have gotten going.

  114. 2 overs: 
    Aus 9-1

    An early wicket for Chris Jordan. Did you know he went to school with Rihanna in Barbados? Doesn't like to talk about it. Except to all the media in Australia this week. At length.

    Can anyone trump him for a famous schoolmate?

  115. 1.3 overs: 
    WICKET- Finch c Ballance b Jordan 1 (Aus 6-1)

    Got him! Finch mis-times a drive and Ballance sticks out a hand at mid-off to take the catch. I don't think Ballance picked the ball up until the last minute, but unlike in Melbourne when he let Finch off the hook, this time he held on.

    Aaron Finch is dismissed
  116. 1 over: 
    Aus 5-0 (target 301)

    Big Boyd Rankin is given the responsibility of the first over. David Warner works his first ball to extra cover for a couple, then pulls one away for three.

  117. 0734: 

    News from the middle. England's score has been upgraded to 300. The reason is that when Shaun Marsh appeared to save a six by leaping and parrying the ball from behind the boundary, he had actually already planted his feet over the rope. So Buttler's score moves from 45 to 49 and Australia will be chasing 301 to win.

  118. 0709: 

    If you are just joining us, here's a brief synopsis of the England innings. It started well enough, with Alastair Cook and Ian Bell putting on 57 at five an over before the England captain was caught and bowled by Glenn Maxwell for 22. Joe Root and Gary Ballance fell cheaply, but from 78-3 Bell and Eoin Morgan steadily rebuilt the England innings. Morgan went through the gears in the last 10 overs to score a brilliant 106 off 99 balls, with some dynamic middle order support from Ravi Bopara and Jos Buttler as England racked up 296-8.

    Time for a quick refuel here before we bring you Australia's attempt to chase down 297 and take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.

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    Eoin O'Mara: Not only is Eoin Morgan exciting and England's most dynamic player but he is also brilliant at timing and judging his innings.

    Isa Guha, Ex-England seamer

    "I thought Bell and Morgan played really well and when Buttler came in another partnership formed, which is so crucial. England have given them a chance, at the start it looked as though they were behind the rate."

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  121. 50 overs: 
    Eng 296-8

    England's innings ends with a whimper as Jordan plays and misses at three balls in a row before smuggling a couple off Faulkner's last ball.

    So England finish four short of the magical 300 mark after scoring 100 off the last ten overs of their innings.

  122. 0700: 

    Chris Jordan and Tim Bresnan at the crease. Five balls to go...

  123. 49.1 overs: 
    WICKET- Morgan c Clarke b Faulkner 106 (Eng 293-8)

    Morgan clips a Faulkner full toss to mid-off. England have lost momentum just at the wrong time.

  124. 48.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Eng 292-7 (Run rate 5.98)

    It's two wickets in three balls as the new man Ben Stokes picks out Maxwell on the midwicket rope.

  125. 48.3 overs: 
    WICKET- Buttler c Clarke b Coulter-Nile 45 (Eng 291-6)

    Buttler attempts one cross-batted slap too many and is athletically taken by Clarke, running in from mid-on.

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    Rubyshakes: Just shows how psychological cricket is. Two players who didn't feature in the Tests are taking it to Australia. No fear, no pressure.

  127. 48 overs: 
    Eng 288-5 (Morgan 103, Buttler 46)

    Amazing fielding from Shaun Marsh. Buttler pummels Johnson down the ground but the fielder jumps over the rope and parries the ball back into play with his feet off the ground take turn six into two. Buttler's response is to swing his bat even harder and faster to pick up six more off the next two balls.

  128. 0645: 
    HOW'S STAT?!

    England have taken 80 runs off the last seven overs.

  129. 47 overs: 
    EOIN MORGAN 100- Eng 276-5

    Eoin Morgan take a bow. He helps a short ball from Coulter-Nile over the wicketkeeper's head for four and celebrates his sixth one-day hundred with gusto, punching the air and giving Buttler a bear hug.

    Eoin Morgan
    Isa Guha, Ex-England seamer

    "Morgan is one of our most exciting players. He's three dimensional, can give the ball a bit of a whack but can also show the deft touches."

  131. 46 overs: 
    Eng 268-5 (Morgan 97, Buttler 33)

    Boomtown rats! Awesome hitting from Eoin Morgan. Back to back sixes on the leg side off Faulkner take him to 96 big ones. Then Buttler uses the crease to make room for a carve for four. England take 18 runs off the over. With 66 runs off the last five overs, 300 may well be within reach now.

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    Alex Hardy: With this positive batting and calm demeanour it's no wonder Eoin Morgan can't get back in the Test side. Just wouldn't fit.

    Salman Ansari: Have been saying throughout, Morgan needs to be in the Test side. The chap can bat and bat well than the likes of Bairstow etc.

  133. 45 overs: 
    DROPPED CATCH- Eng 250-5

    Oh dear - taxi for Nathan Coulter-Nile! Buttler hammers one in the air and the bowler pushes everyone else aside, only to fluff the easiest of catches. Morgan makes him pay as he hammers the last ball of the over beyond long-off and into the stands.

    John Emburey, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I remember Eoin walking down the wicket to Andy Caddick and lifting him over long-on and I thought my God this boy can play. I can thank my assistant coach at Middlesex at the time, Jason Pooley, for going along to watch him play. One of the most impressive things about him is his maturity at the crease."

  135. 44 overs: 
    Eng 241-6

    Morgs and the Buttler bring up the 50 partnership off 36 balls. Then another sixer for Morgan, blasting Faulkner over mid-on. A low full toss brings up four more and takes Morgan to 75. That makes 39 off the last three overs for Ing-ger-land.

  136. 43 overs: 
    Eng 227-5

    Buttler swipes Johnson across the line for four. Then Morgan goes one better with a brilliant flat-batted slap over cover for six. Do not adjust your sets. Eoin Morgan has hit Mitchell Johnson for six! Morgan jabs his bat down on a yorker and picks up a single. The scoreboard is ticking over nicely now.

    Eoin Morgan
  137. 42 overs: 
    Eng 213-5 (Morgan 55, Buttler 20)

    Thanks Steph. Some nice pinch-hitting there, with the odd nudge and nurdle thrown in too. A big final pitch needed from England. Buttler has the right idea, finding the gaps in this huge outfield to pick up a handful of twos and threes.


    Despite those late strikes England Women have lost their warm-up match against a Cricket Australia Women's Representative XI, who reached their target of 238 in Melbourne with 13 balls remaining to win by two wickets.

  139. 41 overs: 
    Eng 202-5 (Morgan 54, Buttler 10)

    Mitchell Johnson, almost suave now he moustache-less, is back after the powerplay. Mitch the mo-less is lucky to get away with one down the leg side - ump Dharmasena has been pretty friendly with a few of those today - but gets called no-ball for one that's too short. No sign of an England injection, the Gabba subdued. Can they charge towards a winning total? Sam Sheringham is here to find out.

    John Emburey, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "England haven't been taking that first run quickly, Warner and Finch in that first match were absolutely unbelievable for Australia but England cricketers have become a bit lazy. So many games go down to the wire that pinching runs is so important."

  141. 40 overs: 
    50 FOR EOIN MORGAN- Eng 196-5

    A cover drive takes Eoin Morgan to a 21st ODI fifty from 70 balls with two fours and a six. It was fifty and out in the first ODI for the Dubliner, but it's important he bats deep into these final 10 today. Powerplay done, 34 runs from it.

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    Lewis Powell: "Problem lies with central contracting, if a player isn't in form, unfortunately you won't know until they play a Test or ODI. What's wrong with playing for counties and getting called up 4 form and merit rather than because you have a contract for a year."

  143. 39 overs: 
    Eng 188-5 (run-rate 4.82)

    Lots of talk about the make-up of this one-day side. Consider this. From the side of 18 months ago, when England reached number one in the world, absent today are Jonathan Trott, Graeme Swann, Steven Finn, James Anderson and Stuart Broad. Kevin Pietersen had retired from ODIs at that point, but would have been in then and again today had he not been rested. England have lost Trott, Swann and Finn for various reasons, while they continue to rest and rotate others. A good idea? How will they know their best XI for the World Cup?

  144. 0604: 

    Another for Jenny Gunn in the England Women in the warm-up match against a Cricket Australia Women's Representative XI in Melbourne, who now need 19 from 30 balls with only two wickets intact.

  145. 38 overs: 
    Eng 183-5 (Morgan 47, Buttler 1)

    So biffer Buttler has the best part of 13 overs in which to create some chaos. He's away with a dabbed single, with Morgan shimmying to slice over point for four. England are making decent headfway in the powerplay, 21 runs from three overs so far.

    Dean Jones, Ex-Australia batsman

    "It was soft wasn't it, that's why his Test average is only 30 or something. It was just when the momentum was going their way."

  147. 37.1 overs: 
    WICKET- Bopara c Bailey b Faulkner 24 (Eng 178-5)

    So often in ODI cricket, England look to be building momentum, then lose a wicket. And so it is thus. A tame end from Ravi Bopara, patting James Faulkner to George Bailey at shortish mid-wicket. Mandatory wicket fallen in the powerplay, but it at least makes way for Joseph Charles Buttler.

    James Faulkner
    Dean Jones, Ex-Australia batsman

    "England are in a really good position to strike hard, they've got these two who can belt it and plenty of firepower to come, let's not forget the highest run chase here is 284 so they still have a chance."

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  149. 37 overs: 
    Eng 178-4

    A shadow from one side of the ground is starting to creep across the ground, sort of saving two on the cover boundary as leftie Morgan face Coulter-Nile. You feel Morgan needs to hang around for a while, maybe with the shackles off Ravi and co. Shackles off? You betcha. Straight from Bopara, high and handsome over long on for a maximum. Well held in the crowd by a young shaver, prompting wild celebrations amongst his chums.

  150. 0554: 

    Jenny Gunn has made another breakthrough for England Women in the warm-up match against a Cricket Australia Women's Representative XI in Melbourne, who are 207-7, needing 31 from 46 balls.

  151. 36 overs: 
    POWERPLAY- Eng 170-4

    Like a trip to the dentist, we can put it off no longer. Batting powerplay time - only three men allowed outside the circle. Someone check with Michael Clarke to make sure he's clear on this. Faulkner starts with a bad 'un, short to allow Bopara a pull for four. Singles the order of the day thereafter as what sounds like the theme from Mario Bros plays inside the Gabba. I have no idea why.

    Ravi Bopara
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    Michael Scofield: How does Ravi Bopara keep getting into the England Side?! Even Columbo would struggle with this one.

  153. 35 overs: 
    Eng 162-4 (Morgan 40, Bopara 11)

    The lesser spotted Nathan Coulter-Nile after drinks, with Bopara and Morgan doing another hokey-cokey that almost sees Bopara come a cropper. David Warner's throw from point is wide and Ravi survives. On what is labelled the "England Dress-Up Deck", a couple of grandmas talk cricket. On the England balcony, there's some glum faces. I wonder where more sense is being made?

    Dean Jones, Ex-Australia batsman

    "We've played 72 one-day games on this great Gabba ground and 284 is the greatest run chase every achieved. England should get those."

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    Scott Lennon: My team for 3rd ODI would be Bell, Buttler, Cook, Morgan, Ballance, Bopara, Stokes, Bresnan, Broad, Jordan, Rankin.

  156. 34 overs: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Eng 157-4

    England have only found the boundary five times since the end of the powerplay - there's another five overs of powerplay due, probably after 35. Left-armer James Faulkner, double-jointed wrist and double 4 on his back, maintains an excellent length. Only three from it. Time for a drink.

    Dean Jones, Ex-Australia batsman

    "Mitchell Johnson has just had a huge go at umpire Dharmasena. I haven't seen him have like that for a long time."

  158. 33 overs: 
    Eng 154-4 (Johnson 1-24 off 7)

    Bright sunshine on the pale green turf, Mitchell Johnson up and over 90mph as the shadows start to lengthen. Bumper, Morgan in a tangle but still pulling for a couple. Mitch gets away with a wide down the leg side, then throws a strop when umpire Dharmasena gets his arms out on the off. Has he done that just to even things up? Like when a ref blows for a free-kick when he knows he shouldn't have given a corner?


    From Chris J: Re 0431 Cook: "Well, if it takes one stake through the heart to kill a vampire, maybe 3 stumps will stop Mitchell Johnson...."

  160. 32 overs: 
    Eng 149-4 (run-rate 4.65)

    Thanks, Sammy. Just a cameo from me today, beginning with the return of the gurning Clint McKay. Leggy from McKay, an easy tickle for four by leftie Morgan. At the minute, you feel England are going to be well short, just as they were in Melbourne on Sunday. There's batting to come, but they won't be stepping on the gas yet because more wickets could leave them in the soup. Has Ravi Bopara been in the nets all day? He drives his first ball down the ground, all along the carpet for four.

  161. 0529: 

    Dani Hazell takes two wickets in two balls for England Women in the warm-up match against a Cricket Australia Women's Representative XI in Melbourne, who are 184-6 with 14 overs remaining chasing 238.

  162. 31 overs: 
    Eng 140-4

    Ravi Bopara is the new man. But he doesn't get to face a ball because Morgan sees out five dots then nudges a single round the corner to keep the strike. I'm going to rest my typing paws for a few overs and hand you over to none other than Stephan Shemilt.

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

    "Terrific fielding, a lot of people don't appreciate the amount of work these people put in to their fielding. That was almost a training drill."

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  164. 30 overs: 
    WICKET- Bell run out 68 (Eng 139-4)
    Ian Bell

    Bell drives to Clarke at short cover. Morgan sends him back. But Bell is beaten by Clarke's throw and it's an easy decision for the television umpire.

  165. 29 overs: 
    Eng 132-3

    A roar echoes around the concrete bowl of the Gabba as Mitchell Johnson is thrown the ball. Bell still can't buy a run, missing out with an attempted uppercut. Only two runs from the over.


    From Kieren: Joe Root has really gone into his shell since the start of the Ashes. Needs to find some confidence and start hitting the ball and get some runs. Otherwise he will be sent home just like Finn.

  167. 0514: 
    Eng 130-3 (Bell 63, Morgan 26)

    James Faulkner is back for only his second over of the innings. And it's a good one, conceding only three runs. Bell has found a new gear - reverse.

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

    "It seems so effortless when Morgan plays his big shots. He seems to have so much time. I'd love to see him play golf."

  169. 27 overs: 
    Eng 127-3

    Morgan shuffles forward and spanks McKay over the top for six. Shot of the day, contender A.

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

    "I don't mind these guys rotating the strike. You can go at five an over for the next seven or eight overs and then start having a dip. If England lose a wicket now, it could cost them 20 runs or more. These two have to stay in."

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  171. 26 overs: 
    Eng 119-3

    Maxwell is bowling very full, with considerable reward. Morgan fails to score off three successive balls then dinks a single to long-on. Bell gets a single off the last ball to keep the strike. I'm going to level with you, it's anything but riveting.

    Eoin Morgan

    From David: Do the England selectors just have an admin assistant who they pay to photocopy the same team sheet before every match? I refuse to believe that the decision to keep picking Root and Cook is actually based on having watched the previous games on this tour!

  173. 25 overs: 
    Eng 116-3

    What was I saying about boundaries? Bell gets a top-edge to a McKay short ball over the keeper and picks up England's first since the 10th over. A single each and England reach the halfway point at 116-3.

  174. 24 overs: 
    Eng 110-3 (Bell 55, Morgan 14)

    Maxwell's extremely useful spell of off-spin continues with a four-run over. I can't help thinking England need to go up a gear sooner rather than later. They have only hit five boundaries in the whole innings.

    John Emburey, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "With the ammunition they have from one through to Johnson at number nine, Australia will be thinking if England get 300 they are still going to get home, so there is a lot of responsibility on Bell and Morgan."

  176. 23 overs: 
    Eng 106-3

    Clint McKay replaces Clarke and Morgan is almost run out and he takes on a very risky single. I've just seen a replay of the wicket that never was. Morgan clearly held up four fingers to the umpire to indicate Clarke's error.


    From John: Why, oh why does England keep persevering with Root? His confidence is shot and he is lucky to have scored a single run in Australia. Are the selectors determined to reduce England's chances of winning a match?

    From Simon: Cannot someone in the dressing room tell Joe Root to accept it when he is blatantly out and stop wasting the team's only DRS review. How many times this tour has he irresponsibly looked to overturn clear edges or plumb lbw shouts?

    John Emburey, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Very good fifty from Ian Bell, he's played some beautiful shots, one shot in my mind was the one on the up over extra cover."

  179. 22 overs: 
    IAN BELL FIFTY- Eng 100-3

    Bell nudges a single to bring up his half-century off 63 balls.

    Ian Bell

    From Oliver: Right. Come on. Morgan needs to take advantage of this and punish Australia.

    From Michael: I think Cook should stand down as captain and as a player in ODI's. We will have a better chance in the World Cup next year with Morgan in charge and Carberry opening with Bell. Pietersen to replace Root at 3 as well.

  181. 0451: 

    Update from the England Women's warm-up match in Melbourne where the Cricket Australia Women's Representative XI are 140-4 in the 29th over chasing 238. Earlier, Sarah Taylor made 52 for England after they were put in.

  182. 21 overs: 
    Eng 95-3

    Five off Clarke's latest over. The captain is doing a great job for his team here, but if Bell can hang around England still have a chance of 300 plus, with biffers aplenty to come.

  183. 20 overs: 
    Eng 90-3 (Bell 45, Morgan 5)

    The genius, in fact, is on Morgan's part, but it's clear that he had realised Clarke's error and therefore took on the big shot in full knowledge that he couldn't be given out. Bell hoiks Maxwell out into a gap on the leg side for two.

    John Emburey, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Fantastic awareness by Morgan to have picked that up. When he played the shot I thought 'what have you done?'"

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  185. 18.3 overs: 

    It's a no-ball. Captain Clarke, for all his genius, has made a howler here. He only had four fielders inside the 30-yard circle. Under the new laws you need at least five inside. What an unbelievable reprieve for Morgan.

  186. 18.3 overs: 

    Morgan heaves Clarke into the deep and is caught. But is he out? Is he out? Morgan is claiming that Australia didn't have enough men inside the circle. They need to have five inside...

    John Emburey, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "He was unlucky a bit there because I don't think Brad Haddin took the ball very well but Ballance was very slow to get back. It was the previous over where Michael Clarke bowled five dot balls and all of a sudden the batsmen feel they have to do something, where the only trouble we are going to get into is by losing wickets. Maxwell is not the sort of bowler you need to come down the pitch to because he's going to give you opportunities to score."

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  188. 17.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Ballance st Haddin b Maxwell 9 (Eng 78-3)

    Ballance has a rush of blood and charges down the wicket. Haddin stumps him after a bit of a fumble. The umpires take a quick look but Ballance is gone by a mile and after a promising start, England are sinking fast.

  189. 17 overs: 
    Eng 76-2

    Clarke comes within a ball of delivering the first maiden of the innings, Ballance proving the party pooper by working a single of his toes.

  190. 16 overs: 
    Eng 75-2 (Bell 38, Ballance 5)

    Maxwell, arms all over the show, spins his offies from around the wicket to both the right and left-handers, as seems to be the vogue down under. England nudging, nurdling, four singles and a two in the first set after refreshments.

    John Emburey, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Very pleasing the way Cook and Bell went about the business, Bell in particular looked very convincing which typifies the quality of this pitch. This is a crucial time for both teams, Australia are trying to rush through some overs before Ballance gets in."

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  192. 0431: 

    Now then, what's happening here? Alastair Cook hammering his own stumps back in. Is he having a WG Grace moment? Maybe he's now allowed two chances per innings? Got a caption for this pic? Answers on a postcard (or text, tweet and email).

    Alastair Cook
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    Stephen Botham: Another failure by Cook he really does have 9 lives surely that's his lot by now, time for a change at the top.

  194. 15 overs: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Eng 70-2 (Run rate 4.67)

    Michael Clarke introduces himself to the attack and almost strikes with his first ball as Bell misjudges the length and gets an inside edge past his leg stump. Some rapid running turns one into two. Time for a drink. Make Cook's a stiff one.

  195. 14 overs: 
    Eng 64-2

    Shaun Marsh has a brother apparently. His name? Mitch Marsh. Brilliant.

    Time for Bell to take command here. But little sign of it as a Maxwell over yields three runs.

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    The Pete: Cook had an awful first tour of Australia and look what he did in his second. Joe Root will come good, will learn a lot from this.

    Beth Cooper: Does Root need reminding of what is lbw? Another appeal lost.

  197. 13 overs: 
    Eng 62-2

    New batter Gary Ballance works his first ball to leg for one. Joe Root could make a pretty good case for this being his holiday from hell. Mind you, so could quite a few of the England touring party. Anyone got a travelling tale to rival their Aussie misadventure?

    Isa Guha, Ex-England seamer

    "Mitchell Johnson basically set him up with the slower ball the ball before then pinning him with the quicker delivery."

  199. 12.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Root lbw b Johnson 2 (Eng 60-2)

    Hawkeye shows the ball clipping the bails and Root is on his way. What a miserable door for the Yorkshire youngster - beaten for pace by Mitchell Johnson once again.

    Mitchell Johnson appeals
  200. 12.5 overs: 

    Michael Clarke responds to Root's arrival by bringing Johnson back into the attack. Root thinks about a drive, but checks the shot and almost gets caught at mid-off. Then he pushes at a slow ball and once again gets lucky as the ball lands short of point. Once again, and England batsman is getting into trouble by not fully committing to his shots. Rapped on the pads this time. The finger goes up from umpire Dharmasena. Root reviews...

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    Calamity Biscuits: Disappointing end for Cook after a more promising start. He pretty much spoon-fed the bowler.

  202. 12 overs: 
    Eng 59-1 (Bell 30, Root 2)

    Sorry Richard. No last-minute change of tack for England, and Joe Root is the new man, looking to turn around his own dodgy trot with the bat. He gets up and running with a nurdle off his toes to fine leg for two.


    From Richard: Anyone for a quick change in the order? Eoin 3, Joss 4, followed by the two Yorkshire boys. Let's wake the bulldog up.

    Isa Guha, Ex-England seamer

    "Bit of a gift from Alastair Cook, just leant on it really. Ian Bell has been forcing the pace at the other end and has been looking very good."

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  205. 11.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Cook c and b Maxwell 22 (Eng 57-1)

    Talking of Maxwell, he strikes with his second ball to take the wicket of the England captain. Cook pokes at a drive and Maxwell scoops up a low catch. Another unconvincing effort from the England captain.

    Australia celebrate
    Isa Guha, Ex-England seamer

    "I think Alastair Cook has a really good temperament in Test cricket. He's facing his biggest challenge because his form has been so bad. In the past when he's struggled he's been able to come back and perform. Clearly there were some issues in the Test series, I'm not entirely sure what was going on but clearly it was not the greatest atmosphere and there were so many players not performing for England."

  207. 11 overs: 
    Eng 56-0

    A single takes England to 53-0 - their highest first-wicket partnership at the Gabba would you believe. Glenn Maxwell - last year's million dollar man from the IPL - shows off his rocket arm to save a run. Talking of the IPL, I'm looking forward to the auction on February 12. How much do we reckon mad Mitch will fetch?

  208. 10 overs: 
    Eng 52-0

    McKay's line is all over the shop at the moment and Bell tucks into a wide ball to lash one uppishly over point for four. Then he goes over the top but doesn't reach the boundary and has to settle for two. The powerplay ends with England on a nice little roll...

  209. 9 overs: 
    Eng 45-0

    A stroke of luck for Bell as he mis-times a lofted drive and watches the ball land just out of reach of two converging Aussie fielders. Sometimes I wish Bell would just really commit to a shot and throw absolutely everything at it. Even when he slogs, it looks elegant.

    Ian Bell
  210. 8 overs: 
    Eng 44-0 (Cook 20, Bell 20)

    This deck looks an absolute belter and I reckon England are going to need more than 300 here. A decent over from McKay is ruined when a dreadful ball is helped round the corner from Cook for four. That takes him to 2,000 runs as captain in one-day internationals, second only to Andrew Strauss on 2,367.

    Dean Jones, Ex-Australia batsman

    "I think this a 300 plus pitch and if they want to make 300 they had better get a rattle on. This is a huge match for England, if they don't win this they are going to struggle to have any chance in the series."

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    Chris White: I'm all for England sticking with the same side, they got to number 1 in the world by sticking by players.

    Joshua Tucker: Why are Hales and Wright not in the national ODI team? It can be a chance for them to prove themselves for the Test arena.

  213. 7 overs: 
    Eng 36-0 (run-rate 5.14)

    England are warming to their task nicely now. Three apiece for Bell and Cook - sand wedge for Bell over the covers, flowing drive in the same area from the skipper. Nathan Coulter-Nile, the boyband-type, then strays on to Bell's pads and is whipped through mid-wicket for four. Blimey, 12 off the over for England in a powerplay. Amazing scenes.


    From Chris on the Sunshine Coast: Ironically, I'll miss the first couple of hours play as I'm taking my son to a bowling clinic with Luke McCoy, a Level 2 Coach from England currently playing for one of the local sides here on the Sunshine Coast. I hope we're not queuing behind Boyd Rankin et al.

  215. 6 overs: 
    Eng 24-0

    Bell tries to uppercut Johnson. Edge? No chance. Then Belly throws the bat with a bit of gusto and collects four over the infield.

    Ian Bell
    Dean Jones, Ex-Australia batsman

    "I've got a problem with both Cook and Bell opening, they are very similar players with similar strike rates. Stokes should open the batting, his technique is good enough at this level and with Morgan, Bopara and Bresnan you've got so many bangers at the bottom of the order."

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  217. 5 overs: 
    Eng 19-0 (Cook 10, Bell 5)

    Another play and miss from Cook as he slashes at Nathan Coulter-Nile. Good pace from the 26-year-old new boy, late 80s. A single apiece for the England plodders.


    From Jordan: England wait for things to happen instead of imposing themselves early. They need to go on the attack early. They look like are just hoping to do well instead of taking the game by the scruff of the neck.

    From Tom: It would be refreshing to see England actually attack from the start instead of going along at a snail's pace for the first 10 to 15 overs. I know their tactic is to keep wickets for the latter overs but it puts a lot of pressure on Balance, Morgan and co

  219. 4 overs: 
    Eng 16-0

    Johnson smokes one past Cook's outside edge and off stump. Then the first boundary of the innings as Cook deflects a leg stump half-volley away.

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    Ben Vincent: Can't believe England haven't made changes to their bowling, Rankin not good enough and Tredwell should play.

  221. 3 overs: 
    Eng 10-0

    McKay strays down the leg side. Brad Haddin appeals for a catch, but it's optimistic in the extreme. The problem with England's opening partnership is that they will never really impose themselves on the opposition. There's no fear from a bowlers' point of view. What's the worse that can happen? A couple of half-volleys pushed away for four.

  222. 0330: 

    England Women are in action today in a warm-up match against a Cricket Australia Women's Representative XI and they have posted 237. The hosts have made a fluent start in reply, 44 without loss in the sixth over.

  223. 2 overs: 
    Eng 8-0

    Our first glimpse of Johnson without his moustache. A bit let menacing perhaps, but just as quick with ball in hand. His first ball is wide, but his second is a pearler that swings away and beats Cook all ends up.

    Another sits up and asks to be hit, Cook obliging with a cut for two through cover.

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

    "A couple of balls in this over have swung massively."

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    Josh Orwin: England have to back themselves and their decision not to pick a spinner by going after Maxwell.

  226. 1 over: 
    Eng 5-0

    When I imagine an Australian, he looks just like Clint McKay. Chiselled, sporty and tanned - he could have been in Neighbours. Anyway, Alastair Cook dabs his opening ball down to third man for a single slightly convincingly, then a thick edge gets Bell off the mark with a couple.

    Clint McKay
  227. 0316: 

    So what do you reckon then? Are England crackers to go in without a spinner? Will Cook and Bell release the shackles? Should Carberry have played instead of Root? Ping us your thoughts via email to, Twitter to #bbccricket or text to 81111. Merci beaucoup.

    Isa Guha, Ex-England seamer

    "It is all about scoring 300 these days. The new regulations have made way for high-scoring affairs. Out of the last 16 games that England have played they have only reached 50 four times in the last 10 overs of the match. They rely on the middle-order to score the big runs, which is not the right way in my opinion."

  229. 0310: 

    Here's an encouraging factoid for England. The last time Australia played a one-dayer at the Gabba - one year ago - they were skittled out for 74 by Sri Lanka, having recovered from 40-9. The tourists went on to win the match, although they did lose six wickets in the process. Before that defeat Australia had won six successive one-dayers in Brisbane.

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

    "England had a gaping hole in the last game where a spinner should have been so I'm amazed they haven't brought James Tredwell in. It was obvious in Melbourne that they had to take the pace off the ball and change things up a little bit."

  231. 0305: 

    In between the first two one-dayers, England did at least record their first victory of any sort since mid-November against Brett Lee's Prime Minister's XI. The top order batting was far from convincing, however, with captain Alastair Cook making his fourth consecutive single-figure score.

  232. 0304: 

    Here are the teams in full:

    Australia: Aaron Finch, David Warner, Shaun Marsh, Michael Clarke, George Bailey, Glenn Maxwell, Brad Haddin, James Faulkner, Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Clint McKay

    England: Alastair Cook, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Gary Ballance, Eoin Morgan, Ravi Bopara, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Tim Bresnan, Chris Jordan, Boyd Rankin

  233. 0302: 

    So Johnson returns at the ground where the Ashes rout began to strengthen an Australia team that gave England a six-wicket pummelling in the opening ODI in Melbourne, largely thanks to another blistering century from opener Aaron Finch.

    He replaces Xavier Doherty, while Shaun Marsh comes in for Shane Watson, who is having a three-match rest. Glenn Maxwell will be the main spinner for Australia today.

  234. 0258: 

    Skipper Cook correctly predicts the spin of the spherical monetary unit and chooses to bat on a belter of a day in Brisbane. England are unchanged, meaning Joe Root keeps his place.

  235. 0256: 
    Mitchell Johnson

    One crumb of comfort for the England boys is that Johnson - who took 37 wickets at a shade under 14 during Australia's 5-0 Ashes whitewash - has shaved off his moustache. Will he still be as fierce and furious, or will he suddenly morph back into the wild and wayward Mitch of 2010-11? We are about to discover the power of the mo.

  236. 0255: 

    Apparently England batsmen Alastair Cook, Ian Bell and Joe Root finally returned to something resembling normal sleep patterns last week as their Mitchell Johnson-induced nightmares wore off during the left-arm quick's post-Ashes rest period.

    Well, I've got bad news for you fellas: he's back, and he can smell your fear…

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Live Scores - Australia v England


  • Australia beat England by 1 wicket
  • Australia: 301-9 (49.3 overs)
  • England: 300-8 (50.0 overs)
  • Venue: Brisbane

Australia Innings

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Warner c and b Jordan 18
Finch c Ballance b Jordan 0
S Marsh b Root 55
Clarke c Ballance b Root 17
Bailey lbw b Rankin 24
Maxwell c Bopara b Bresnan 54
Haddin c Cook b Bresnan 26
Coulter-Nile lbw b Stokes 16
Faulkner not out 69
Johnson c Buttler b Bopara 1
McKay not out 2
Extras 10w 9lb 19
Total for 9 301

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