Australia v England, third one-day international, Sydney, as it happened

Australia win the third ODI in Sydney to take an unassailable 3-0 series lead, while England close in on winning the Women's Ashes.

19 January 2014 Last updated at 02:51

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  1. 1100: 

    Is there another way to describe an England thrashing? I'm running out of ideas. At least the women are closing in on Ashes success, which can be wrapped up on Thursday. As for England, their battle to avoid a second whitewash resumes on Friday. Bye for now.

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    Martin Menhinick: For the second ODI England don't bowl out their best bowler only giving Ravi Bopara five overs each time, what's going on?

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    Paul, Lincoln: Tactics, style of play and inspiration has to come from the coaches. They have found to be wanting so far. A radical rethink is required with a more robust and attacking style adopted. About time for a leader to step forward.

  4. 1055: 

    England batsman Eoin Morgan: "I think to start with we were light on runs. People got themselves in but didn't make a substantial contribution which left us short. That was disappointing. If we could have got to 280 or 290 we might have been in the game.

    "The wicket was a bit two paced and a lot of guys were indecisive. We are playing a good Australia side who are tough to beat but we have to keep coming hard. We never seemed to get going against their bowlers.

    "We might have rolled over after Brisbane but we put on some sort of score. A lot of the young guys are still learning.

    "Personally I've found a good bit form so the more games we play the better. Should I be batting higher? I enjoy batting at five and being there in the middle overs. I haven't batted at three elsewhere."

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    The Sun's John Etheridge: This must be England's worst tour ever. You can't get any worse than losing every match. So...0-8 in results, three non-injured players home, divisions involving the highest-profile player, poor leadership and brutally outclassed. But the most important thing is that England get a bigger slice of world cricket's financial pie.


    Richard Ellis: When I was growing up a Test average of over 40 during a career made you a good player; over 45 made you a very good Test player. I merely throw out the fact that Cook, Bell, Pietersen and Trott all average over 45. Prior incidentally over 40. In comparison Atherton, Hussain, Stewart and the current experts all averaged UNDER 40. Gooch averaged under 45. Food for thought even taking bowling strengths into account?

  7. 1050: 

    Cook said he doesn't know when and where England's World Cup matches are. When it was pointed out that they open the 2015 tournament against Australia at the MCG his reply was simply "oh, good."

  8. 1049: 

    England captain Alastair Cook: "We were at least 30 or 40 runs short. Everyone got 20 or 30-odd and we didn't convert to big scores and a hundred as we did the other day in Brisbane.

    "We kept losing wickets and it's hard to keep momentum. We needed to go on and get a big score like we did in the last game. There's two matches left and we have to try to win a game.

    "I haven't looked at the World Cup in terms of what fixtures we are playing where, but every time we play at these grounds we get more information and experience for a young side."

  9. 1048: 

    Australia captain Michael Clarke: "Our bowlers did a fantastic job on a pretty good batting wicket and our batters executed very well.

    "It was important for our bowlers to take the pace off the ball, and our spinners did very well.

    "David Warner has had a wonderful summer and deserves a break if the selectors are listening. He's certainly a little bit tired.

    "I don't think I'll go to Perth. Our priority was to win the series and now we want to win 5-0. I think I'll get Perth off but will be back for Australia Day in Adelaide.

  10. 1045: 

    Man of the match David Warner: "This is as good as I've ever felt. I've been able to show my true potential and I'm going well at the moment and hopefully I can continue to do that. It was a good wicket and it stayed like that the whole way through. It's great being part of this side at the moment and it's fantastic when you are winning."

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    Andrew, Richhill: England's attitude after the summer Ashes win was 'If it isn't broken, don't fix it', even though there were some cracks beginning to show. Now we are in the completely opposite position, the team is very much broken, it needs fixed and it needs a complete re-shuffle of both players and management. Are the ECB brave enough to make the tough calls though?

  12. 1042: 

    How will Alastair Cook explain this one? I'm looking forward to his post-match chat.

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    Ian Marks: Probably about time to admit Australia are just about the better team.

    Christopher Furness: England's main problems are captaincy, selection and coaching all are under par. For me, the selection has been pathetic all tour.

    David Longley: Until the ECB allow players to play a full part in the IPL, we will continue to be stuck in the past. Old-fashioned, 250 par score.

  14. 1040: 

    Is there any way that England can avoid another whitewash? How can they pick themselves up from this last gubbing? Who could come in? Carberry? Briggs? Woakes? It's hardly calling the cavalry, is it?

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    Michael, Bicester: The problem is that once we get to the top, we forget to do what's required to stay there and don't adapt. The problems and lack of depth are being laid bare on this tour. Matt Prior could be the interim captain needed. Plenty of respect in the dressing room and would be a good buffer between the young and old.

  16. 1038: 

    A proper slapping is right, Dirk. Australia won with 60 balls to spare. Shaun Marsh ended on 71 from 89 balls, Brad Haddin 37 from 33. Four of England's bowlers went at more than six an over.

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

    "That's a proper slapping for England who were outclassed in all departments. At one stage they threatened 280 or 290 but their batting petered out. And the bowling didn't ask Australia any real questions. There was no consistent pressure which allowed Australia to coast over the line."

  18. 1035: 

    Yep, it's another series in which England have been beaten down under. In all, they have lost nine successive matches to Australia. The men in green are whoop-whooping, while England coach Ashley Giles is down the steps with a very grave look on his face. At the moment, he's heading for the same 5-0 fate as Test coach Andy Flower.

  19. 40 overs: 

    Game over. I'd say the contest is done, but it wasn't close enough to be called a contest. Shaun Marsh belts Chris Jordan through mid-wicket for four to complete the match and give Australia an unassailable 3-0 lead.

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    Andrew Platt: There appears to be no appetite to really put pressure on the opposition - so so poor.

    Joshua Lennard-Jones: Alastair Cook can only do so much when the players perform like they have.

  21. 39 overs: 
    Aus 234-3 (10 to win)

    Bowling to Brad Haddin is like firing ping pong balls at a revolving door. No matter where it comes from, Haddin sends it to the fence. Bresnan the bowler, heaved through the leg side for four more. England send fielders here and there, Haddin, the bully, gives his chewing gum a serious lesson. Men against boys.

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

    "It's sad to say it but Australia are just too good for us."

  23. 38 overs: 
    Aus 227-3 (need 17 from 72 balls)

    We're sprinting to the endgame here, the conclusion of a thorough shellacking for the men in red. Brad Haddin, the man all England supporters are thoroughly sick of the sight of, could get runs with a golf club at the minute. On one knee to go over mid-wicket, then backing off to dab to third man - back-to-back boundaries off Broad. Will we need two more? Maybe three?


    Leo Mulvany: Double whitewash - how about a whiter shade of fail?

  25. 37 overs: 
    Aus 218-3 (target 244)

    Right then Tim Bresnan, there's 32 to win with 14 overs to go. And it's the powerplay. Knock a couple over, will you? Bresnan is tidy enough, but spoils a good over with a wide half-volley that Haddin calypsoes through the covers for four.

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

    "Ravi Bopara has bowled extremely well and has showed up the other English bowlers who haven't been nearly as consistent enough. They've been hit both sides of the wicket and bowled too straight."

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  27. 36 overs: 
    POWERPLAY- Aus 212-3

    Right then, this is just the boost that Australia need - the mandatory powerplay. If they go well here, we could be done with 10 overs to spare. Stuart Broad returns, fielders come up. Did I say 10 overs to spare? Brad Haddin must have somewhere to be. Leg cleared, six swiped over cow corner. Long on goes out, third man comes up, so Haddin slashes in just that direction for four more. He's taking the Michael.

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    Joe, Thames Ditton: Like others, I think it's time to end Captain Cook's reign but - seriously - who's there to replace him? Does anyone know a great captain who could lead this team, Mike Brearley-esque, while the star players do the heavy lifting?

    Dan, Manchester: Who replaces the senior players that move aside though? We've already seen what a few of the options are, and they're not filling me with confidence either.

    Darren, County Down: Eight matches, eight defeats. All playing negative, dour and all so predictable cricket. The ECB should apologise for this shambles of a tour, and then get rid of the entire coaching staff and Captain Cook. Major changes needed.

  29. 35 overs: 
    Aus 200-3 (target 244)

    Alastair Cook is getting plenty of stick on text, tweet and email, but, consider this - due to lack of form, retirements and resting, he is without Graeme Swann, James Anderson, Kevin Pietersen, Jonathan Trott and Steven Finn. All five of those men helped England to the top of the ODI world rankings 18 months ago. Yes, he can sometimes seem behind the game, but he's currently a struggling captain without his best team. Or am I being too easy on him?


    Chris, Prawnchurch, Essex: Alex Hales has been ranked T20 world number one batsman for quite some time now. Above Warner, Finch, Gayle, McCullum, Kohli, and De Villiers. ONLY England could have a player like this at their disposal and never have given him a ODI debut by now.

  31. 34 overs: 
    Aus 197-3 (need 47 from 96 balls)

    What would you call a double whitewash? A whites-wash? Sounds like my mum putting the bedsheets in the washing machine. Bit of a rumpus here. Brad Haddin thinks England didn't have enough fielders in the ring when Bopara bowled and replays how he was right, but a no-ball isn't called. I don't think it will affect the result.

    Damien Fleming, Ex-Australia bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "Shaun Marsh is showing his his class now to reach his half-century. He generally bats better on pitches which are slower and lower. His home ground is the WACA where it's quicker, and he actually finds it a greater test there."

  33. 33 overs: 
    DROPPED CATCH- Aus 194-3

    Is this a drop? Yep, when the ball hits you on the ankle, it's a chance. Shaun Marsh dabs a late cut off Tredwell in the direction of Cook at slip, but it's through the skipper to hit him near the boot. The reprieved Marsh leans back to hammer a short ball through point for four, going to 50 from 68 balls.

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    Sean Olivier: How has Andy Flower convinced everyone that despite the poorest tour ever by an England side that he and Alastair Cook are irreplaceable?

  35. 32 overs: 
    Aus 187-3 (need 57 from 18 overs)

    A day-nighter at the SCG takes me back to a previous life as a coach at a Sydney school. The day after a night game, I was in charge of a match on a field next to the SCG that had been used as a car park. With one car remaining, it stayed on the outfield as the game got under way and was hit a few times before the owner retrieved it. Ben Stokes back, Marsh nearing a half-century with a flick through mid-wicket. Sweepstake on how quickly this game will be over?

    Damien Fleming, Ex-Australia bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "Ravi Bopara is doing a good job for England here. He's been economical and picked up the wicket of Michael Clarke."

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  37. 31 overs: 
    Aus 178-3 (target 244)

    Though a wicket only went down a couple of overs ago, there is no sense that any of the pressure has been reversed on to the Aussies. No catchers in for new man Haddin, who won't arrive at the crease in many simpler situations than this. The contest is not really fit for the magnificent SCG stage. I'm trying to think of a better ground in the world for a day-night cricket. Stands pretty full, crowd buzzing, Sydney alive by the sea.


    Tom Fletcher: Sad times these for England, we look beaten and no idea how to stop it.... warning signs were there in the summer... I think a complete reset is needed, lots of "senior" players need to do the decent thing and move aside if we are to have any chance of getting back to top of the world.

  39. 30 overs: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Aus 177-3

    Ah, there's a sight to reassure England fans. Jade Dernbach is on the England bench, ready to go in the T20s. Jordan, gold necklace swinging, hustles in and hollers for leg before against the static Haddin. Nothing doing, but the replays show it might have been close. Four from it.

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    Steve Cohen: Why is Ravi Bopara underused as a bowler in ODIs? Excellent control and very canny.

  41. 29 overs: 
    Aus 173-3 (need 71 from 126 balls)

    Replays of the Clarke dismissal show what a good delivery that was from Bopara. Hitting the seam, nipping back at the right-hander. Brad Haddin is the new man. Long tail?

    Damien Fleming, Ex-Australia bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "Michael Clarke seemed to push too hard at that delivery from Ravi Bopara and it looked like it swung in a bit. The wicket has given England a little bit of sniff anyway."

  43. 28.4 overs: 
    WICKET- Clarke b Bopara 34 (Aus 172-3)

    Oh Ravi! It may be in a losing cause, but you have just castled the Australia captain. Angled in from Bopara, big drive from Michael Clarke, through the gate to take middle and off. Too little, too late, or the start of something special?

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  44. 28 overs: 
    DROPPED CATCH- Aus 169-2

    Oooohhh, a hint of a chance. Uppish drive from Marsh hangs in the air, but just past the dive of Eoin Morgan in the covers. Now what? Clarke drive back at Jordan, head high, out goes the hand, but it's through and down the ground for four. Jordan took a screamer in similar circumstances on Friday, but nothing is halting the Aussie juggernaut today.

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    Kevin Rose: England's confidence is so shot they don't believe they can win and Australia don't believe they can lose.

  46. 0933: 

    England are trying a bit of ballology here. The old "if the ball isn't doing anything, try to change it" trick. I think they've succeeded too.

  47. 0932: 

    Elsewhere in the world of cricket, New Zealand beat India by 24 runs in their first one-day international at McLean Park in Napier on Sunday.

    Batting first, New Zealand made 292-7 with Kane Williamson scoring 71 and Corey Anderson 68 not out. India were all out for 268, with Virat Kohli making 123, while Mitchell McClenaghan took 4-68.

  48. 27 overs: 
    Aus 158-2 (target 244)

    So it seems pretty simple. If things continue in this manner, Australia will win without about 10 overs to spare. England need wickets - nothing else will save the series. James Tredwell, round of belly, continues around the wicket to both the right and left-handers. Cook goes to slip for leftie Marsh, but the Aussies are milking.

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

    "Things aren't going well when you throw the ball to Chris Jordan, essentially your rookie bowler, at this stage of the game in a desperate search for a breakthrough."

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  50. 26 overs: 
    Aus 154-2 (target 244)

    Thanks, Mitch. Am I here just to describe the closing stages of a procession? Chris Jordan returns with England desperate for a quick wicket or six, a slip posted for captain Clarke under the Sydney lights. Very little happening out there. Cook chews his gum, keeper Buttler has hands on hips. Any ideas? England, by the way, have never suffered 5-0 whitewashes in both Tests and ODIs on the same tour.

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    Rachel Tyrrell, Lincoln: It's a sad moment when your 10 year old son would rather do his homework - write a descriptive paragraph about Lady Macbeth - than watch England play cricket.

  52. 25 overs: 
    Aus 149-2 (target 244)

    James Tredwell returns in place of Stokes, he immediately puts the brakes on with five dot balls before Marsh glides a two past the keeper. And we've reached the halfway point of the innings - time to see if a change of commentator can help England out of the mire. Stephan Shemilt will talk you through the rest of the game.

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    Rob, Ipswich: I think we've all had enough of this tour but whatever our views about passion, loyalty and support, what unites us is that we're all still here, watching... listening... hoping!

  54. 24 overs: 
    Aus 147-2 (Marsh 25*, Clarke 21*)

    After a single from Marsh, a flashing Clarke drive brings him three, before Marsh rotates the strike again - happy to play the supporting role to his captain. Charles Dagnall on TMS has noticed some dark clouds in the vicinity of the SCG, but I wouldn't expect even Duckworth-Lewis would (or could) save England here. A confident Clarke two - and another wide - leaves the hosts needing only 97 more from 156 balls.

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    Ben: Cook looked drained and emotional at his last post match interview, I am sad to say I think his time is up - probably for his own good. As for the rest, if you are prepared to let venomous Australians dominate you, they will. Wholesale changes needed, in ODI and Test fronts, including our 'star' Test batsman who wanders around aloof, unable to approach batting in any other way than a useless T20 style - oh and of course stir up dirt now and again. Please everybody stop making excuses for him!

  56. 23 overs: 
    Aus 139-2 (target 244)

    Clarke hammers Stokes for four to move into double figures before nurdling a single to fine leg. The field switches for the left-handed Marsh, who moves to 23 from 37 balls. Stokes bangs in a bouncer, Clarke hooks and the ball flies off an edge to disappear for four through fine leg.

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    Adrian, London: Re: Matthew's comment on support (10th over). I don't mind getting behind a losing team at least moving in the right direction - as the Aussies were last year. England's leadership group by contrast have their heads so stubbornly stuck where the sun don't shine I doubt it's occurred to them to notice how Australia have simply but effectively turned it around.

  58. 22 overs: 
    Aus 128-2 (Marsh 22*, Clarke 6*)

    Here's a novelty for 50-over cricket - Gary Ballance dons a helmet to stand at short leg for Clarke, but it doesn't prevent the flow of ones and twos against Broad, who also seems to be put off by people moving near the sightscreen, frantically waving them away - you'd have thought that would have discombobulated the batsman more than the bowler.

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

    "That ball was a fraction fuller to get David Warner out. It was similar to the one that Aaron Finch got out to earlier - caught by Ravi Bopara in the covers - but it's still been a fine innings by Warner."

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  60. 21 overs: 
    Aus 122-2 (target 244)

    Aussie captain Michael Clarke is the new batsman, he nudges his first ball from Stokes for a single backward of square leg.

  61. 20.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Warner c Bell b Stokes 71 (Aus 121-2)

    And with that advice from Embers ringing in his ears, Tredwell is... taken out of the attack as all-rounder Ben Stokes comes on as England's sixth bowler (and fifth right-arm seamer). His first ball is overpitched, Warner says "thanks very much, mate" and pummels it over extra cover for four. But attempting the same shot, he doesn't quite get hold of it and Ian Bell takes the catch at extra cover.

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

    "It's not a matter of England keeping it tight now - they need wickets. James Tredwell needs to bowl outside off-stump and a touch slower. He might get hit for a few, but wickets are what is required."

  63. 20 overs: 
    Aus 117-1 (target 244)

    Bopara gets the hook after two overs and Broad returns, but his first delivery is loose and Warner launches him over his head for another four. Broad responds with a much better delivery which moves away from Warner and has him fencing at fresh air. A single takes him to 67 from 68 balls.

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    Peter Hindley: In the old days if you had a conviction you were sent to Australia. Now you don't need conviction to be in the England cricket team.

  65. 19 overs: 
    Aus 112-1 (Warner 62*, Marsh 21*)

    Marsh and Warner keep the scoreboard ticking against Tredwell, before Warner clubs a flat six wide of long-on which is caught one-handed by an enthusiastic Aussie fan leaning down in front of the advertising boards.


    From Martyn: Bridleway of bamboozlement.

    From Simon: The passageway to perplexity.

    From Robert: Street of serendipity.

  67. 18 overs: 
    Aus 100-1 (target 244)

    Warner and Marsh help themselves to siome ones and twos against Bopara, reaching three figures without too much hassle. The Essex seamer also strays with a wide - England have bowled four now, compared to two in the whole of their innings. England need to be able to keep the pressure on at both ends here - not just Tredwell's.

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

    "I'd like to see David Warner continue like this and not try to smash it. He should be trying to finish a game unbeaten. It's just a matter of being a little more selective, play the ball on merit and execute the right shot. Well, when I say I want to see him finish it I don't mean today!"

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  69. 0845: 

    And that's drinks - if you're following England and you've just woken up after a night on the tiles, you would be forgiven for taking a look at the score and going back to bed.

  70. 17 overs: 
    WARNER FIFTY- Aus 93-1

    Warner chops Tredwell for a single to the cover sweeper to reach his eighth ODI fifty from 56 balls, and Marsh pushes a two to bring up the fifty partnership.

    David Warner
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    Stuart: Couldn't agree more with Helen (13th over) really. To me, winning while not being too exciting is acceptable. Losing while being good to watch is acceptable. Losing, playing boring attritional cricket, while showing no inclination to change however low you sink, is 100% not acceptable and will eventually alienate fans.

  72. 16 overs: 
    Aus 90-1 (target 244)

    Ravi Bopara into the attack with his right-arm medium pace, in place of Bresnan who has leaked 29 runs in four overs. Marsh and Warner exchange singles, it's a good first over from the Essex man but England will need a lot more like that.

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    Nick Bruzon: Re Matthew Vernon (10th over) - there's a difference between 'negativity' and just hoping the team put up some fight at ANY point on the tour.

  74. 15 overs: 
    Aus 88-1 (Warner 48*, Marsh 13*)

    Tredwell, with a slip in, skips in for his third over, let's not forget that he had already been selected for this one-day series ahead of Graeme Swann, before Swann made his mid-Ashes retirement decision. He restricts Warner to a single, but Marsh forces an on-drive past mid-on, and with six men on the off side, that was always going to be four if it beat the infield. A single takes him to 13.

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

    "If you're a medium-fast bowler you can't lose that nip. And Tim Bresnan has slowed down a bit. Once you lose that nip you're not the same bowler. He is becoming almost predictable for the Australian batsmen - when he gets hit for four the next ball will be pitched up."

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    Paul Hallett: Some knew the team was mediocre and got the breaks, much as Australia have done this time. We're both not all that good.

  77. 14 overs: 
    Aus 82-1 (target 244)

    Warner taps Bresnan for a quick single to cover, fellow left-hander Marsh pulls a short delivery for four through long leg - that sat up perfectly for him. This pair have already added 39 in seven overs.

    Damien Fleming, Ex-Australia bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "England need to put pressure on Shaun Marsh now and dry the runs up at one end. David Warner has been aggressive but a bit of movement off the pitch might create some uncertainty in his mind."

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  79. 13 overs: 
    Aus 77-1 (Warner 46*, Marsh 4*)

    At this stage of the England innings, Australia did well to keep the squeeze on with Doherty and Maxwell bowling in tandem, but James Tredwell must shoulder England's spin burden on his own - having dropped Joe Root, there's not so much as a part-time spinner in their ranks. But Tredders is on the money, keeping Marsh tied down after an early single for Warner.

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    From Helen: The tragedy of this 'management' team (& I 100% agree that Cook, Gooch, Flower and Giles must be replaced NOW by people with fire and hunger in them) is that I'm not the only 'cricket obsessive' who didn't care in the summer whether we won or lost, I just didn't want to watch such dross. We're used to losing, but this lacks heart, soul and basic technique and, God forbid, excitement. Much more of this unwatchable humiliation will have serious repercussions for the game.

  81. 12 overs: 
    Aus 76-1 (target 244)

    Better from Bresnan, who went for 20 in his first two overs but this one only yields five. Warner and Marsh run well between the wickets to scamper some ones and twos, but you can't help but feel Australia have a ticket for the subway of success here.

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    Steve: You might want to change the word 'pessimistic' to 'realistic' in the 3rd over paragraph.

  83. 11 overs: 
    Aus 71-1 (Warner 42*, Marsh 3*)

    And with the powerplay concluded and the field back, it's off-spinner James Tredwell into the attack. Four singles from the over, while Charles Dagnall on TMS runs through the Damien Fleming Bingo card, mentioning the highway of hesitancy and the boulevard of bewilderment, courtesy of you readers earlier on today's ODI. Keep 'em coming - text, tweet and email us the usual ways.

    Damien Fleming, Ex-Australia bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "We'll get a better indication of whether England have got anything close to enough runs when the first powerplay is over. There's a bit of turn in the pitch so James Tredwell might come into England's thinking after that. I wouldn't use him before then."

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  85. 10 overs: 
    Aus 67-1 (target 244)

    Marsh knocks his first ball for a single, then Warner continues his assault on Bresnan, thrashing a first-bounce four through mid-wicket, lacing his fourth four through the covers, and shovelling his fifth wide of short fine leg. A positive for England? That's it for the opening powerplay.

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    Matthew Vernon: *Bangs head against wall at how predictably negative England fans are year in year out*. The word support is utterly lost on some.

  87. 9 overs: 
    Aus 54-1 (Warner 28*, Marsh 0*)

    Warner steers a couple to third man, before clipping a two wide of mid-on. He has 28 from 34 balls, Marsh is yet to face.

  88. 8 overs: 
    Aus 50-1 (target 244)

    Shaun Marsh is in at first drop for Australia, seemingly now back in favour in the limited-overs side although he's not played a Test for two years. Tim Bresnan replaces Stuart Broad in the attack - and his second delivery is lashed back over the bowler's head for six by Warner. The left-hander then slips over as he tries to force the ball through the leg side, but rides his luck when he tries another big blast and the ball spoons over Broad at mid-on while they run a single.

    Damien Fleming, Ex-Australia bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "That was a high risk shot by Aaron Finch who tried to hit over cover. It went like lightning to Ravi Bopara though who took a beautiful catch. It's a just reward for Chris Jordan's efforts as well."

  90. 7 overs: 
    WICKET- Finch c Bopara b Jordan 22 (Aus 43-1)

    Bowling change, anyone? No, it's still Jordan for his fourth over, he sends down another wide before Finch is hit on the pad, there's an appeal and there appears to be no talk of a review from England - the replay shows the thickest of thick inside edges onto the pad. A couple more singles, and Finch square-cuts another four - but he finally perishes when he punches a catch to extra cover where Bopara takes a good low catch.

    England celebrate
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    Ade: How is it possible that there's only one group of people in the world, England's management, who don't realise that Cook and Giles running a ODI side is embarrassing? We still, in 2014, seem to set out looking for 250 each and every game. Anyone who thought the Ashes might be the tipping point to make England play aggressive exciting cricket is going to be very disappointed. Business as usual, nothing's changed.

  92. 6 overs: 
    Aus 36-0 (Finch 17*, Warner 16*)

    Broad to continue, firing in a bouncer which Warner aggressively pulls for four to the cow corner boundary. Whatever England are trying... it's not working. A comfortable two takes him to 16, and Australia are trotting along at six an over without too much trouble.

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

    "England's bowlers have been a little bit wayward with their lines, but there length is OK. They keep straying to the pads. Chris Jordan has got some good pace up though."

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  94. 5 overs: 
    Aus 30-0 (target 244)

    Finch taps Jordan for a single, and while Alison Mitchell and Dirk Nannes on TMS discuss the SCG's catering standards, the Aussie openers continue to help themselves cafeteria-style as Warner swivels to guide a single to fine leg. "Don't get on the legs, they love it there," warns Dirk. Finch powerfully drills a fuller delivery back past the bowler for four.

  95. 4 overs: 
    Aus 24-0 (Finch 12*, Warner 9*)

    A better over from Broad, no boundaries but still four singles and a wide from it. Will Cook be as innovative as Clarke with some early bowling changes? You wouldn't put your house on it.

  96. 3 overs: 
    Aus 19-0 (target 244)

    With two slips still in, the powerfully-built Finch picks off a couple of twos and a leg bye against Jordan, who is straying too far onto middle and leg against the left-hander. Warner adds a single, and if this scoring rate continues, the more pessimistic England fans among you may wish to start a sweepstake on how many overs Australia will have to spare when they win this...

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    Andy: Let's call a spade a spade here. Pathetic, inept and an embarrassment on and off the pitch all winter and so it goes on. Time for big big changes and break up the old boys club. Cook, Flower, Gooch, Giles ta ta.

  98. 2 overs: 
    Aus 13-0 (Finch 6*, Warner 6*)

    Stuart Broad to take the other new ball - as the senior bowler, should he have taken the first over? - and Warner punches a quick single to mid-off. Finch forces a four off his legs, and rotates the strike with a leg bye to allow Warner to hammer one to the extra cover boundary - a four which is dutifully signalled by a fancy dress posse including the Incredible Hulk (a possible kindred spirit for Warner - you won't like it when they're angry).

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    Nick Bruzon: Another early Sunday torture session following England, 244 is men against boys for Oz. We may as well pick a journos ex-player XI.

  100. 1 over: 
    Aus 3-0 (target 244)

    There's a bit of a delay while someone moves near the sightscreen - who lets these people in the ground? - as Jordan, right-arm fast-medium, gets England under way. Finch chops a single into the covers, and Warner wouldn't have even been in the frame if Ravi Bopara's throw had hit the stumps. Jordan sends down a legside wide to the left-handed Warner, who's off the mark with a single.

    Aaron Finch
  101. 0734: 

    Australia's openers Aaron Finch and David Warner are ready to chase down a target which John Emburey on TMS fears is 20-25 runs short. Chris Jordan, playing only his fourth ODI, will take the first over for England.

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

    "I'm sorry to see Steven Finn go, as he was due to meet us for a barbecue in Melbourne after the Twenty20 match there. I'm a fan of Steven's, he's a wicket-taking bowler and we've not had that in Australia. But the only place where you can rediscover your rhythm after bowling in the nets for two months, is in the middle."

  103. 0732: 

    If you're just getting up, what better way to start your Sunday than with a Monty-fest? Keep listening to TMS where they're about to hear from Steven Finn following his return home from the Australia tour. What you've missed so far:

    In Sydney, England's men made 243-9 from their 50 overs, with Eoin Morgan top scoring with 54, aided by a lusty unbeaten 41 from big Tim Bresnan. And in Melbourne, England's women gave a lesson in how to pace a run chase, beating Australia by seven wickets in their first ODI to take an 8-0 lead in the multi-format Women's Ashes series - Australia must now win all five remaining games to prevent England retaining the trophy.

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    Monty Panesar on TMS: "I really felt part of the furniture when I came to Essex on loan last season, they really wanted me to be there. Though I may go to B&Q to get the groundsman a few rakes so the ball turns!"

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

    "I was coaching at Northants when Monty came for a trial - I remember noticing how big his hands were. I do some spin bowling coaching with Essex, so I'll probably catch up with him in the summer! The one thing about Chelmsford is the short boundaries, but the pitches can dry up later in the summer and help the spinners."

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    Monty Panesar on TMS: "Steven Finn has good people around him at home, like Angus Fraser and Richard Johnson, sometimes trusted people can know your game better than you do. Sometimes it helps to get away from a team performance environment - I've taken a few wickets in grade cricket and it's less stressful, you're meeting cricketers with different perspectives which can help. They sledge more in grade cricket than in international cricket, it surprises you how hard they come at you."


    From Simon Dipple: Re: Ian (0643) I am not sure having a friend who coaches at school level, who says anything really means anything. Giles achieved at county level and impressed enough to convince the England set-up to give him a chance. He's only been in the role for a little over a year, which is a little early to judge him I think. Sure, he's not the finished article but give the guy a chance!

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    Monty Panesar on TMS: "I was shouting out from fine leg at Melbourne on that fourth day that I wanted to bowl, but there were two left-handers in and they probably wanted an off-spinner to turn the ball away for them. Hopefully by staying out here, showing the England selectors there's a lot of hunger and desire left in me, and starting well with Essex, I can get back in the frame. I need to get my love back for spin bowling, my focus here is getting back to doing what I do best. It was a tough period last season at Sussex and I thought rather than watching Luton Town and Arsenal every Saturday, I'd stay out here and work on my bowling and fitness."

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    England spinner Monty Panesar on TMS: "[Former Australia spinner] Greg Matthews has been a mentor for my spin bowling. With Graeeme Swann retiring, there's an opportunity for a spinner in the Test side, so I've been working with Greg and trying to get my game where he needs to be. I thought Swanny still had another three or four years in him as a spin bowler, but he knows his body. He's set a benchmark in spin bowling and if I can achieve even half of what he's done, I'll have a smile on my face."

  110. 0706: 

    Thanks, Stephan. Keep your ears glued to TMS - everyone's favourite England cult hero Monty Panesar is in the house. He's playing grade cricket for Western Suburbs in Sydney.

  111. 0654: 

    So, as my colleague Mark Mitchener tells me he will be breakfasting on paella, we will take a short break and be back for the Aussie chase. It's 244 to win the series, and that man Mitchener will be here to talk you through it.

  112. 0652: 

    Have a butcher's at these Aussie bowling figures. They suggest that pace off the ball is the way to go. Spinners Doherty and Maxwell had combined figures of 1-66 off 19, while the dobbers of Dan Christian, who bowled throughout the last 10, went for 2-52 off nine.

    Faulkner 6-0-35-2, Pattinson 6-0-41-0, Coulter-Nile 10-0-47-3, Doherty 10-2-28-1, Maxwell 9-0-38-0, Christian 9-0-52-2.

  113. 0648:  
    BBC Radio Test Match Special

    Those fine TMS chaps will be speaking to Monty Panesar during the interval, as well as hearing from Steven Finn. Stay tuned.


    From Ian, Newmarket: My mate who coaches at school level said that the fact is Giles is not good enough and this has been said by many people at several sessions and meetings he has attended. The higher management in the England set-up know this.

  115. 0643: 

    The bottom line after all that is Australia need 244 to win the series. If Aaron Finch and David Warner get going, they'll be at Darling Harbour in time for tea.

    Damien Fleming, Ex-Australia bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "The way Cook and Bell started they were looking at 280 but the SCG is a funny pitch, not always the easiest to chase. They've done well but you want someone in your top four to get a 70 or 80. Spin is a factor, it's hard with no pace to work with. But early wickets by the English will turn the match back."

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  117. 50 overs: 
    Eng 243-9

    Well batted, Tim Bresnan. He may, just may have given England something to bowl at. Three singles come from the final three balls, the last of which was well stopped at short fine leg after a cheeky Bresnan sweep. He ends with 41 from 29 balls, blowing hard as he departs. You feel it's not enough, but it's more respectable than it might have been.

    Damien Fleming, Ex-Australia bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "He's a big man Bresnan and he gave himself a great position to hit. Do not bowl length, length is hittable."

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  119. 49.3 overs: 
    Eng 240-9

    Fetch! Tim Bresnan is on strike for the second ball of the over, swinging himself off his feet. Caught in the crowd at cow corner. Third ball...same result. Big Tim giving it some humpty.


    From Den: Groan... when is Captain Cooky going to resign and let us play some exciting cricket for a change! The ladies would beat us at present!

  121. 49 overs: 
    Eng 227-9

    Come in, number 11. James Tredwell is the man bringing up the rear. He'll be on strike to Dan Christian for the last set.

    Damien Fleming, Ex-Australia bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "Good catch by the podgy Victorian Finch, it went so high and you have a lot of time to think about it."

  123. 48.3 overs: 
    WICKET- Jordan c Finch b Faulkner 10 (Eng 225-9)

    Nine down. Chris Jordan had some trouble with James Faulkner's short stuff in Brisbane and gets more here. At first, he looks to have the hang of it with a pull for four. Next ball, though, is skied straight up, help by deep square leg Aaron Finch. 50 overs or 10 wickets - which will come first?

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    Charles Isere: Not looking pretty, but even 200 is more than England scored in 6 of their 10 Ashes innings.

  125. 48 overs: 
    Eng 220-8 (run-rate 4.58)

    We are limping, rather than sprinting, to the finish. In fact, the only thing that resembles a sprint out there is the burst of Steven Smith, the excitable puppy on as 12th man for Nathan Coulter-Nile. Still the regimental Christian, five singles. Since 40 overs, the tourists have found the fence only four times.

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    Scott Lennon: The first time England have a dangerous bowling attack in the ODI series and a poor batting performance lets them down.

    Sean Opie: Always funny when Clarke takes the moral high ground.

  127. 47 overs: 
    Eng 215-8 (Bresnan 21, Jordan 4)

    Since the end of the 26th over, the only England batsmen to find the fence are Eoin Morgan and Tim Bresnan. Big Bres has actually been in reasonable form with the bat, and he gets four more with a club through mid-wicket off Coulter-Nile. At the moment, that's the closest thing we have to late fireworks. The SCG is subdued, as if plenty have popped off for Sunday afternoon tea.

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

    "It must have surprised a lot of people in Australia that Dan Christian was given the opportunity to play in this match but he hasn't let them down. He bowls the off cutter but he has a leg cutter as well, with good changes of pace."

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  129. 46 overs: 
    Eng 208-8 (run-rate 4.52)

    Still Dan Christian. Who would have guessed he would be bowling this deep in the innings? His success has come from a diet of off-cutters, getting the ball to tick in this slowish deck with virtually no pace. England are swiping, wafting, but no getting it off the square. Four to go.

  130. 45 overs: 
    Eng 204-8 (run-rate 4.53)

    It seems that English hopes rest on the ample shoulders of Tim Bresnan, who looks quite comfortable with the responsibility. A pull for four takes the red men past 200. On taking that Broad catch, Brad Haddin threw the ball at the hovering Spidercam, getting a glancing blow. Chris Jordan the new man. We hear he can bat. Now would be the time to show it.

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

    "I think the Australian bowlers have proven when they have taken pace of the ball and changed their pace it has not been easy to time."

  132. 44.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Broad c Haddin b Coulter-Nile 1 (Eng 198-8)

    England are subsiding. Now Stuart Broad has joined the procession, aiming a flapping hook at Nathan Coulter-Nile, but only top-edging to the gauntlets of Brad Haddin. At this rate, we'll all be home in time for brunch.

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

    "Broad hasn't got to go mad straightaway, there are still seven overs to go so he can have a look at the pitch. The most important thing is they occupy their overs, 240 is going to be some sort of total, this pitch isn't the easiest, it's biting a bit."

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  134. 44 overs: 
    Eng 197-7 (Christian 2-27 from 6)

    The Sydney crowd is pleased to see Stuart Broad, who is greeted by boos after a couple of games' rest. He almost pats his first ball back to Christian, who looked entirely unready for a return chance. Just short. What can England get from here? They'd bite your hand off for 250.

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

    "It looked as though Jos Buttler was giving himself a bit of room to hit over extra cover and he played all round it. Off cutter from Dan Christian and what a big wicket for Australia, England precariously perched."

  136. 43.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Buttler b Christian 4 (Eng 195-7)

    If you find some wheels, please return to the England team, who can be found in the away dressing room at the SCG. Those wheels are off, the men in red are slip-sliding to an inadequate score. This time, the Buttler can't do it, Jos strangely looking to work Dan Christian on the leg side and getting an inside edge on to the stumps. England have lost three wickets for 18 runs.

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    Andy: So many dot balls wasted where the Aussies would have an easy run in the same situation. Boring predictable formulaic.

  138. 43 overs: 
    Eng 194-6 (run-rate 4.51)

    So can England get anywhere near a winning score? You suspect that Jos Buttler has to do the business once more for them to avoid losing this match and the series. Nathan Coulter-Nile back, only four from it. Those wickets have sucked the momentum from this innings. Seven overs left, four wickets in hand. Stick or twist?

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

    "I can understand Eoin Morgan standing his ground, it did look a bit tight, and I can understand Michael Clarke wanting to see the back of Eoin Morgan as well. I think there was enough doubt for Morgan to stand his ground. I know you say take the player's word but you don't do that nowadays."

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    David Longley: England's middle order is dangerous thanks to IPL/Big Bash experience. Top order is old-fashioned in comparison. ECB take note.

  141. 42 overs: 
    Eng 190-6

    Two things from that wicket. Firstly, replays were far from conclusive and so often you see those decisions go in favour of the batsman. Morgan, though, was sent on his way pretty quickly. Secondly, the Aussies have got short memories. Warner got away with one in Melbourne from a Jos Buttler catch that looked legit. Clarke and Buttler were still going at it as Morgan was replaced by Tim Bresnan.

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

    "Some amazing carry-on out there, the Australian captain right up in the face of Eoin Morgan. It's a huge wicket in the context of this game. If Morgan stays out there England make a big competitive total, now they're at risk of struggling to make 250."

    Michael Clarke and Eoin Morgan
  143. 41.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Morgan c&b Christian 54 (Eng 186-6)

    I don't think we've heard the last of this. First things first, it's brilliant work by Dan Christian. Morgan's leading edge loped, Christian made ground and dived forwards to get the ball above the turf. Australia, particularly Michael Clarke, were livid that Morgan stood his ground, and there were boos inside the SCG. But, remember David Warner being reprieved after initially walking in the first ODI? Either way, Morgan is given out and England are in trouble.

    Dan Christian
  144. 41.2 overs: 
    THIRD UMPIRE- Eng 186-5

    Has the worst happened for England? Eoin Morgan looks done for. Dan Christian the bowler, running to dive for a catch off his own bowling. Morgan isn't walking, though. We'll look again.

  145. 0600: 

    England have won the first Women's ODI by seven wickets with 19 balls to spare at the MCG and lead the multi-format Women's Ashes series 8-0, leaving Australia needing to win all five remaining games (two ODIs and three T20s) to prevent England from retaining the Ashes. A superb unbroken fourth-wicket stand of 142 by Lydia Greenway (69) and Arran Brindle (64) saw England home.

  146. 41 overs: 
    50 FOR EOIN MORGAN- Eng 185-5

    England might be in a horrible trof, but Eoin Morgan is in rare form. 50 in the first ODI, a ton in the second, and now another half-century, brought up by a reverse sweep for four off Glenn Maxwell. The Dubliner is also only the second England batsman, after Graham Gooch, to register 1,000 ODI runs against Australia. In tandem with new man Jos Buttler, England need more from him to get near a winning score.

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

    "It seems to be the same story on repeat, Ravi Bopara again wasting a start, you need more, Ravi, out of your number six."

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  148. 40 overs: 
    WICKET- Bopara c Haddin b Faulkner 21 (Eng 177-5)

    As it was is now and ever shall be. England just seem to have a knack of losing wickets whenever they are building momentum. Ravi Bopara is the man to go from the last ball of the powerplay, tickling James Faulkner behind, where Brad Haddin pulls off the sort of catch a 36-year-old shouldn't be able to. Dive to the right, one-handed, snaffled above the turf.

    James Faulkner celebrates after dismissing Ravi Bopara
  149. 0550: 

    Lydia Greenway (59) and Arran Brindle (55) have both reached their half centuries - the required run rate is coming down, England are 191-3, needing 19 from 32 balls to win the first women's ODI.

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  150. 39 overs: 
    Eng 173-4 (Morgan 45, Bopara 20)

    Oh, hello! Massive! Eoin Morgan shimmies at Coulter-Nile, gives it the full swing of the pendulum and sends the white sphere into orbit. It eventually lands somewhere near Addis Ababa, or, more accurately, in the crowd beyond the long-on fence. Mortals would need a about five hits to get it that far, but Morgan almost looks uninterested. No other England batsman has found the fence since the 26th over.


    From Dinty Leach: Can we manage to match the Aussie ladies' score from their 50 overs?

  152. 38 overs: 
    Eng 162-4 (partnership 41)

    Still Faulkner, bowling his slingy left-armers with what looks like a double-jointed wrist. Faulkner is a man of multiple slower-balls, one of which leave Morgan flapping at thin air like a tennis player missing a forehand. Five singles - 18 off three in the powerplay so far.

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

    "If you were three down you could probably start throwing the bat now but with four down you'll probably have to wait another few overs, probably after 40, to start having a dip."

  154. 0542: 

    Lydia Greenway (49) and Arran Brindle (48) have reached their century stand - England are 172-3 after 42.2 overs, needing 36 from 43 balls to win the first ODI.

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    From Alex, Virginia: It's now a great opportunity for Bopara to cement his place in that line-up at six. His bowling as a sixth bowler is good enough and his batting matured that a big innings could solidify a a strong and versatile middle order with Morgan.

  156. 0541: 

    Question. Why on earth do they have a drinks break in the powerplay?

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

    "Isn't Morgan looking good at the moment? He is smashing everything out of the middle. He just seems to have so much time to play the quicks, it's like he knows where the bowler is going to bowl the ball."

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  158. 37 overs: 
    Eng 157-4 (Morgan 36, Bopara 13)

    The powerplay means six men in the ring, with the Aussies employing a sweeper on either side, a fine leg for right-hander Bopara and a third man for leftie Morgan. The sun does its best to poke through as the chiselled Nathan Coulter-Nile returns, the right-armer getting good pace from a Lance Klusener-style action. Four singles from it. Drinks.

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

    "Anyone who hits sixes over extra cover inside out against pace bowling is incredible."

  160. 36 overs: 
    POWERPLAY- Eng 153-4

    James Faulkner - one of my new favourite cricketers - on in the powerplay. Floppy blond hair, permanent grin - he looks like a medical student, or the sort of chap you'd meet at Glastonbury. Morgan is greeting him with a dance and loft over extra cover...all the way for six. That really is an amazing stroke. It's so difficult to hit maximums in that area, but Morgan has rapid hands and forearms like hams.

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    Sharyn: Buttler isn't going to get enough overs here. Why does he come in so low?

  162. 35 overs: 
    Eng 144-4 (run-rate 4.11)

    Maxwell to bowl the last over before the powerplay, jogging back to his mark to bowl his over quickly. Australia race through their overs, which I suspect is a calculated ploy. If the over-rate is good, time can pass by before a batting side can notice. Only two singles from it. Somehow, Maxwell has 0-30 from eight.

    Damien Fleming, Ex-Australia bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "Morgan is not getting as lot to put away but the few he has he has done so very well."

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  164. 34 overs: 
    Eng 142-4 (Morgan 25, Bopara 9)

    It's overcast, very cloudy over the SCG, where flags flutter with some gusto atop of the magnificent old Members' Pavilion. I wonder if Eoin Morgan feels that if he doesn't get runs, no one else will? Christian into the arc, Morgan lofting towards cow corner for four. If a swifter fielder had been out there, if may have been pulled in. As it was, the Aaron Finch Escort Service ensures the ball reaches the fence.

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    David Longley: Sleep-inducing stuff from England here. Hoping it is the calm before the storm!

  166. 33 overs: 
    Eng 135-4 (run-rate 4.09)

    Glenn Maxwell back to bowl his offies. If he wasn't so tall, Maxwell could pass for the son/brother of Justin Langer. Maxwell around the wicket (does an offie ever bowl over anymore?), racing through his set. Two singles from it. How many will be enough? At the minute, England look short. Well short.

    Damien Fleming, Ex-Australia bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "England in England last year won the key moments because they had the belief but that belief has changed and Australia have done it here. In that last game at the Gabba there was no way Australia could have won, if England had been winning all summer they would have closed out that game."

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  168. 32 overs: 
    Eng 133-4 (Morgan 19, Bopara 6)

    A brew ha-ha followed by boos in the crowd suggest a Mexican Wave is under way. Or maybe a beach ball is on the loose. Still Dan Christian's wobblers, England remaining circumspect until Christian serves up some filth, Morgan pulling a long-hop to the fence. There's a powerplay to come, probably after 35 overs.

  169. 0519: 

    The Lydia Greenway-Arran Brindle stand is still going strong for England - they're 141-3 needing 73 from 79 balls to win the first women's ODI. Greenway has 32, Brindle has 36, they've added 73 together.

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    Lydia Greenway hits out
  170. 31 overs: 
    Eng 127-4 (Morgan 14, Bopara 5)

    Boundaries a rare occurrence for England - we've had only two since the 21st over. This pair look to rotate the strike, which they do with half-success against Coulter-Nile. Leftie Morgan has his crease across the breast of his shirt, as if it it fresh from the packet. Three from it.


    From Jon: How can England keep batting with Cook, an inept opener and captain, who cannot justify his place for either position? England have plenty of brilliant one-day openers and possible captains, yet they insist on playing Cook.

  172. 30 overs: 
    Eng 124-4 (run-rate 4.13)

    As he walked off, Gary Ballance had his mouth wide open like a man who couldn't believe he'd holed out to deep point. Maybe the youngster was worried what would happen to him when he got back to the dressing-room. It could a be a trick of the stump-cam, but the sky looks to be going a shade of pinky-red. Bopara faces Christian, which is almost like Bopara bowling to himself. Nurdled for a couple, then a single, but that's yer lot.

  173. 29 overs: 
    Eng 121-4

    Ravi Bopara is the next cab off the rank in this slightly shortened England batting line-up. Jos Buttler next, then the bowlers. You feel that Eoin Morgan has to bat deep once more.

    Damien Fleming, Ex-Australia bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "It seemed to kick off a length and he was unable to control the shot, maybe this pitch is a little two paced. It looked like they were looking at 280 earlier but 250 is more the mark now."

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  175. 28.3 overs: 
    WICKET- Ballance c Christian b Coulter-Nile 26 (Eng 121-4)

    What a way to go. Gary Ballance has drowned in honey. Short and wide from the returning Nathan Coulter-Nile, Ballance looks to give it the beans with a cut shot, but a top edge picks out Dan Christian on the point fence. That dismissal rather sums up Ballance's disjointed knock. England are in a spot of bother.

    Australia celebrate the dismissal of Gary Ballance
    Damien Fleming, Ex-Australia bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "Skipper Alastair Cook got England off to a flyer but it has been tough work, the pitch is a little bit slow, the field settings have been excellent from Michael Clarke, although not as good as his catch!"

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  177. 28 overs: 
    Eng 120-3 (Ballance 26, Morgan 12)

    With James Pattinson a little loose, Australia go to the medium-pacers of Dan Christian. Just-out-of-bed hair, stubble covering the chin, the gnarled Christian looks like he's driven a ute to the SCG. Around the wicket to the lefties, he's tidy. Three singles from it.

  178. 0503: 

    In the first women's ODI, England are 123-3 in the 34th over chasing 210 to win. The fourth-wicket stand between Lydia Greenway (21) and Arran Brindle (30) has just passed fifty.

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  179. 27 overs: 
    Eng 117-3 (Doherty 1-28 from 10)

    Xavier Doherty hops in around the wicket for the last of his 10 miserly overs. England have scored only three boundaries off him - two of which were in the first three deliveries he bowled. Singles are again the order of the day as he takes his cap for the last time. England have been almost courteous in their respect. He ends with 1-28.

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    Zak Millington: Hales and Wright: two genuine aggressors, both scoring runs in Aus right now. England selectors are useless and go blame free.

  181. 26 overs: 
    Eng 113-3 (run-rate 4.35)

    Thanks, Mitch. I arrive as England pass 100 with Ballance's flashing cut for four off Pattinson. The first 50 came at a run a ball, the second 50 took 102. England were able to accelerate in the second half of their innings on Friday, but even 300 wasn't enough. Ah, what have we here? Big front-foot no-ball by Pattinson, free-hit for England. Morgan on strike...leggy...hoiked for four. Better.

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

    "Xavier Doherty has done a fantastic job, he's bowled such a good line and attacked middle/middle and leg. The England batsmen haven't been able to work the ball, one has to say that is top quality bowling."

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  183. 25 overs: 
    Eng 97-3 (Ballance 15*, Morgan 2*)

    Doherty begins his penultimate over, the England batsmen manage two singles apiece but Doherty has 1-24 from nine overs - marvellous figures in this day and age. And England have reached the halfway point - here's Stephan Shemilt for the rest of their innings.

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    Stuart Flavell: Can someone explain to me the difference between the Clarke catch - fingers down - and Buttler's on the 1st ODI... bemused.

  185. 24 overs: 
    Eng 93-3

    Maxwell (0-26 from six) takes a rest, and 13 uninterrupted overs of spin are ended as James Pattinson returns to the attack. There's a (wideish) slip in place for Ballance, and after Pattinson strays with a legside wide, a single brings Morgan on strike but the Dubliner is yet to score.

  186. 23 overs: 
    Eng 91-3 (Ballance 12*, Morgan 0*)

    Eoin Morgan is the fourth left-hander in England's top five (with Messrs Broad and Tredwell still to come). That's a wicket maiden, Doherty has 1-20 from eight overs.

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

    "Stokes made good contact, it went flat, low to Michael Clarke's right. He's dived, put his hand down and the ball has stuck in his hand. There have been some fantastic catches in this series and another one here which is absolutely astonishing, he's just plucked the all in the tips of his fingers, absolutely incredible."

  188. 22.4 overs: 
    WICKET- Stokes b Clarke b Doherty 15 (Eng 91-3)

    Doherty continues to rattle through his overs - Stokes sweeps and is superbly caught one-handed by Michael Clarke diving to his right at backward square leg. What a catch! Stokes made 15 from 39 balls - not perhaps the aggression we expected when he walked out at number three.

    Australia celebrate

    From David: If England do escape the slough of despond, all the trumpets will get their chance at last.

  190. 22 overs: 
    Eng 91-2

    The reprieved Stokes adds a single to move to 15. Ballance has 12.

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

    "The umpire has had a little shake of the head because he has got both of those decisions wrong according to DRS. He's coming from Sri Lanka and the pitches don't really bounce there but here in Australia you have to take that into account."

  192. 21.4 overs: 
    NOT OUT- Eng 90-2

    Was there an inside edge there? A faint Hotspot? Whether there was or not, as with Cook's earlier review, the ball-tracker shows the ball going over the stumps. Stokes remains. And once more, Sri Lankan umpire Ranmore Martinesz has been overruled by his compatriot Kumar Dharmasena in the TV umpire's box.

  193. 21.4 overs: 
    UMPIRE REVIEW- Eng 90-2

    Maxwell in for his sixth over, Stokes chips a two to the patrolling Warner who races round from long-off to the extra cover boundary. Stokes prods forward, Australia appeal and he's given out - but England go for another review.

  194. 0438: 

    England have faltered after a good start to their chase of 210 to beat Australia in the first ODI at the MCG. They are 93-3 in the 27th over, with Arran Brindle and Lydia Greenway at the crease.

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

    "Slightly off line there Doherty, which enabled Ballance to get on to the front foot and almost have a free hit."

  196. 21 overs: 
    Eng 86-2

    Doherty has Ballance tied down for most of the over before he hoists a lofted drive over the bowler's head for four - the first boundary for nine overs.

  197. 20 overs: 
    Eng 82-2 (Stokes 11*, Ballance 7*)

    Can England's pilgrims break out of this slough of despond? Ballance tries to force the ball over the infield but it only brings him a single to the cover sweeper. Four more singles - Maxwell has 0-21 from five overs, Doherty has 0-16 from six. Economy rates some of England's bowlers could only dream about, on the evidence of the last ODI.

  198. 19 overs: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Eng 77-2

    Doherty rattles though his sixth over, just two singles from it, and Australia have earned a drinks break. England, on the evidence of the last few overs, shouldn't need one, given that Stokes and Ballance have barely broken sweat. Maybe some of Kevin Pietersen's favourite energy drinks should be prescribed to the young trio?

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    Dennis Edwards: Getting run out must be the worst possible way to lose your wicket. Wanted to see more of Ian Bell today, he's been looking good.

  200. 18 overs: 
    Eng 75-2 (Stokes 8*, Ballance 3*)

    The eighth successive over of spin (it does wonders for your over-rate), and Stokes finally breaks the deadlock as he drills a single to long-on. Ballance plays and misses - England seem to have lost the impetus they had under Cook and Bell. Not what you may have expected... Stokes's elevation to number three hasn't brought any fireworks yet.


    That is Ian Bell's 15th run out in ODI cricket, equalling the England record jointly held by Allan Lamb and Paul Collingwood.

  202. 17 overs: 
    Eng 74-2

    Ballance gets forward to Doherty but is sent back by Stokes when he has the sniff of a quick single, and has to dive to retain his ground. But Doherty keeps the Yorkshire left-hander tied down, and that's a maiden over.

  203. 16 overs: 
    Eng 74-2

    Ballance and Stokes plunder some singles off Maxwell, who's already into his third over. Interesting chat on TMS between Dirk Nannes and Alison Mitchell, over whether Ballance has a future with England - he played well in the first ODI, but doesn't seem to have convinced Dirk of his international pedigree just yet. And with Ballance and Stokes both born outside the UK, it leads onto a familiar discussion about England's "imports".

  204. 15 overs: 
    Eng 71-2 (Stokes 6*, Ballance 1*)

    Two left-handers at the crease now as Gary Ballance joins Ben Stokes. He's off the mark with a single.

  205. 14.1 overs: 
    WICKET- Bell run out (Warner direct hit) 29 (Eng 70-2)

    Bell guides a single past the diving Michael Clarke at backward point, goes for a risky second and is thrown out at the striker's end by a bullet-like throw from David Warner, in from the boundary. Good work by keeper Haddin, who saw the ball was on target and let it hit the stumps as the diving Bell slid into the crease.

    Australia celebrate
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    Stuart Flavell: Last time we batted at SCG we only lasted 31.5 overs, hoping 50 is not too much of a of a stretch today.

  207. 14 overs: 
    Eng 69-1

    The Aussie spinners are whistling through their overs here. Single from Bell, Maxwell goes round the wicket to the leftie Stokes who carefully guides a single to long-on. Bell clips another single off his legs.

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    Tom Davis: Have we had the Cul-de-sac of Confusion yet? The Highway of Hesitancy?

  209. 13 overs: 
    Eng 66-1 (Bell 26*, Stokes 5*)

    Spin from both ends as Doherty continues - the left-handed Stokes guides a single, Keeper Brad Haddin is standing up to the spinners but is wearing a cap rather than (as is the modern trend) a helmet. Bell gets the reverse sweep out of the locker again but this time it's straight to a fielder. A single takes him to 26.

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    Matthew Ball: I like the aggressive move by England but think Buttler would have made more sense than Stokes.

    Pete Naylor: Both the men and women lose a wicket for 50-1. Coincidence?

  211. 12 overs: 
    Eng 64-1

    Jim Maxwell informs TMS listeners that Ben Stokes is wearing that black armband following the death of his uncle. Off-spinner Glenn Maxwell is into the attack, Stokes and Bell plunder some singles before Bell reverse-sweeps him for four. A single takes the Warwickshire man to 25, and another single means Stokes has four.

  212. 0408: 

    Bad news from the MCG - England have lost Sarah Taylor (9) and Charlotte Edwards (41) in quick succession, and have gone from 68-1 to 68-3 chasing 210 to win.

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  213. 11 overs: 
    Eng 55-1

    Doherty is back on at the other end - Bell guides a single off his legs, Stokes is off the mark with a single pulled through mid-wicket. Bell wants a change of bat, and summons 12th man Michael Carberry to offer him a choice of replacement blades.

  214. 0404: 

    England have lost their first wicket in Melbourne - Heather Knight caught by Jess Cameron off the bowling of Julie Hunter for nine. The tourists are 68-1 in the 18th over, in their chase of 210. Charlotte Edwards is on 41 and has been joined by Sarah Taylor.

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    Julie Hunter celebrates
  215. 10 overs: 
    Eng 53-1 (Bell 18*, Stokes 0*)

    Despite (or because of?) the departure of Cook, Doherty is off after one over and Pattinson returns for the last over of the first powerplay. After four dot balls, Bell gives Pattinson the charge and biffs him for three to the extra cover boundary.

    Ian Bell and James Pattinson
    Damien Fleming, Ex-Australia bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "He's absolutely smoked that, it was a very good shot, but Glenn Maxwell. we talk about what an asset he is with bat and ball but also in the field, they're sort of catches you take when momentum is going your way and they must feel they can win from any position."

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  217. 9 overs: 
    Eng 50-1

    A change in the order - Gary Ballance was down at three on the scorecard, but England have sprung a surprise with Ben Stokes at three. He's wearing a black armband.

  218. 8.4 overs: 
    WICKET- Cook c Maxwell b Coulter-Nile 35 (Eng 50-1)

    Bell brings up the fifty stand, but it's all over for Cook as he tries to force Coulter-Nile off the back foot through the covers and is well caught by the diving Glenn Maxwell at cover. Good catch to end an exciting innings.

    Alastair Cook is dismissed
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    Richard Bowes, Leeds: For Damien Fleming's Bowlologist second drawer: The Boulevard of Bewilderment.

    For those of you playing Damien Fleming Bingo, we've already had the avenue of apprehension today...

  220. 8 overs: 
    Eng 49-0 (Cook 35*, Bell 14*)

    The chastened Cook sees off the rest of Xavier's over, but still has 35 from 34 balls. Bell has a round 14 from 14.


    It was a quicker ball from Doherty, but the issue here will be height. It pitched on the stumps, so an "umpire's call" would see Cook despatched. But the ball-tracker shows the ball sailing over the stumps - Cook is reprieved.

  222. 7.4 overs: 

    An early sight of spin for England as Australia turn to slow left-armer Xavier Doherty in place of Pattinson - and the new, improved Alastair Cook version 2.0 whacks him for a couple of aggressive fours over mid-wicket! But he reverts to his factory settings as he's trapped back on the crease and is given out lbw. Cook wants a review though...

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    Marc Sepetowski: This so much better from England. Great aggression... Good start! Fortune favouring the brave at the moment!

    Matthew Ball: Cook hitting a six is rare enough but landing in a poor guy's beer in the process is rarer still.

  224. 7 overs: 
    Eng 41-0

    It's a packed crowd at the SCG (although the top tier of the newest stand doesn't seem to be open), and it's a better over from Coulter-Nile, Cook cuts a single to third man, Bell bunts the ball through the vacant slip area, it's retrieved just in front of the third man boundary and they run two.

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    Rory Curran: Who is this Cook and can he bat for us every week?!

  226. 6 overs: 
    Eng 38-0 (Cook 26*, Bell 12*)

    So, Captain Cook and Captain Edwards going along well... what odds on an England double in Sydney and Melbourne today? Bell comes down the track and guides Pattinson for four past the diving Coulter-Nile at short fine leg, then top-edges a pull over the keeper's head for a first-bounce four.

    It has to be said, this is a pretty aggressive start by England's standards. Perhaps they read the same article I saw the other day about New Zealand's tactics at the 1992 World Cup when Mark Greatbatch teed off from the start? Will James Tredwell open the bowling in the style of off-spinner Dipak Patel?

  227. 0340: 

    England have made a good start to their chase of 210 to beat Australia in the first ODI of the Women's Ashes in Melbourne. The tourists have reached 38-0 from 10 overs, with captain Charlotte Edwards on 27 and Heather Knight five not out.

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    Damien Fleming, Ex-Australia bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "Coulter-Nile is still feeling his way here and if England can target him it leaves Australia a bowler down."

  229. 5 overs: 
    Eng 30-0

    Batman, Spiderman, Buzz Lightyear and an orange horse. Not the England middle order, but the latest fancy dress-wearers picked out by the TV cameras as the dark-haired Nathan Coulter-Nile replaces Faulkner... and Cook hoists him for six over mid-wicket! A Cookie six isn't quite the collector's item it was a few years ago - that was his 19th in 181 Test, ODI and T20 appearances - but still causing a sharp intake of breath. The skipper flicks a two to fine leg.

    Damien Fleming, Ex-Australia bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "Hitting over cover is not a shot we see often from Cook, the England skipper knows this is a do or die match for his team."

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  231. 4 overs: 
    Eng 22-0 (Cook 18*, Bell 4*)

    Captain Cook's flashing blade finally connects, the left-hander carving a four over cover and square-driving another boundary through backward point. There's not much swing around, according to TMS summariser Damien Fleming, as the England skipper guides another single through mid-wicket.

  232. 3 overs: 
    Eng 13-0

    Cook finds the boundary for the first time, on-driving Faulkner for four, but then steps across his stumps and swishes at thin air trying to drive the left-armer through the covers. A single brings Bell on strike, he wristily guides a four wide of mid-off.

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    Ollie Hayward: Still don't understand how Cook was made captain of the ODI side when he wasn't even in the team when Strauss retired.

    Correction: he wasn't even in the squad when Strauss retired from ODIs...

  234. 2 overs: 
    Eng 4-0 (Cook 4*, Bell 0*)

    James Pattinson takes the second over, for his first bowl in an international shirt since the second Test at Lord's in July. (Fantastic memories for those of us who were there - but it feels a lifetime ago now). Cook helps a two though the leg side. A single takes him to four from eight balls - Bell is yet to score from four.

  235. 0328: 

    Meanwhile, if you're off on your travels later today (or now), don't forget you can follow TMS via the BBC Sport app, which has recently been updated to support larger tablets, and includes radio streaming so you can listen to the commentary while reading the live text or anything else from the website.

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

    "Ian Bell has looked really good until he gets to about 30 and feels he has to hit boundaries, that's when he loses his shape a bit and I think he should look to bat through a bit more."

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  237. 1 over: 
    Eng 1-0

    Faulkner, left-arm fast-medium, opens up as Cook edges a single to third man. It looks like another fancy dress day at the SCG - cheering on from the boundary are the Stig and a couple of smartly-dressed fellows in Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan masks. But Faulkner keeps it tight with his line, just that single from the over.

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

    "James Faulkner does swing the ball and he might be looking to angle the ball into Alastair Cook and then swing it away."

  239. 0319: 

    Alastair Cook and Ian Bell walk out to open for England - the first over will be bowled by James Faulkner, who was their batting nemesis in the last game.

    Alastair Cook and Ian Bell
    John Emburey, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "What worries me is that we don't have any defensive bowlers, apart from James Tredwell. All the seamers are attacking bowlers, we don't have anyone who can keep the runs down to three or four an over and bowl to their field. If you're bowling four or five different variations you're not bowling to your field. If Ravi Bopara, who's probably England's sixth bowler, were playing in the Australian side, Michael Clarke would use him as a first or second change bowler to bowl five or six overs, which would give the captain more options for later in the innings."

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

    "When Ben Stokes was waiting to bowl in the last match, there were four players around him offering advice. Sometimes you can have too many chefs in the kitchen."

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

    "They've made the right decision to leave Joe Root out. He's struggling with the bat but you have to go for the tried and tested spin option. Although to be honest I'd like to have seen Danny Briggs given a go, he doesn't spin it as much as Tredwell but he can bowl with control. We need to see a bit more consistency for England's bowlers overall though."

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    Calmdown Youngman: A truly horrid tour, felt sick after the last game, but back for more punishment! Come on England! I think if we post 450 and all the Aussie players pull hamstrings, we might be in with a sniff.

  244. 0314: 

    So, can England turn it around today, or can the aforementioned depths of despair find new, erm, depths? You can text us via 81111 if you're in the UK, email (with "For Mark Mitchener" in the subject line), or tweet us via #bbccricket - thanks in advance.

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

    "Every side Australia seem to put on the park seems to looks like it can do the business. It's good to see James Pattinson back. He has been getting good pace up in T20s and has changed his action a little bit. He's swinging the ball as well and he's looking back to his best. And we had a 19-game losing streak at [Big Bash League side] Sydney Thunder before winning this week, so England's eight-match streak is nothing."

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    Alison Mitchell, BBC Test Match Special

    "One of the top headlines on a news broadcast I saw here last night was 'England in the depths of despair'."

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  247. 0309: 

    The full line-ups:

    Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh, Michael Clarke (capt), Glenn Maxwell, Dan Christian, Brad Haddin (wk), James Pattinson, James Faulkner, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Xavier Doherty.

    England: Alastair Cook (capt), Ian Bell, Gary Ballance, Eoin Morgan, Ravi Bopara, Jos Buttler (wk), Ben Stokes, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Chris Jordan, James Tredwell.

    Umpires are Australia's Simon Fry and Sri Lanka's Ranmore Martinesz.

  248. 0306: 

    Over in Melbourne, it's the break between innings as England's women take on Australia in the first one-dayer of the multi-format Women's Ashes series (which England lead 6-0 after winning the Test).

    Australia made 209-3 from their 50 overs, helped by an unbeaten fourth-wicket stand of 141 by Alex Blackwell (82 not out) and Ellyse Perry (65 not out) who rescued them from 68-3 and smashed 78 off the last 10 overs. There's no Katherine Brunt in the England side today, the pace bowler is out with a back injury, while Aussie skipper Jodie Fields is missing with a finger injury.

    Ellyse Perry bats

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  249. 0304: 

    England skipper Alastair Cook: "We were a little bit light of experience in the bowlers, but Broad is ready to go."

    Australia captain Michael Clarke: "I'm none from three at the moment in one-day tosses, but as long as we're winning I don't mind. It's a different wicket from the Gabba, we think this is the best attack for us to win this game."

  250. 0300: 

    Test Match Special are on air. Australia have also made three changes. Dan Christian (who I wasn't even aware was in the squad) replaces the injured George Bailey. Young paceman James Pattinson and spinner Xavier Doherty replace quicks Mitchell Johnson and Clint McKay.

  251. 0253: 

    England have won the toss and will bat first.

    They make a couple of changes - Stuart Broad and James Tredwell come in for Joe Root and Boyd Rankin. Front-line spinner? Check. (Theoretically) stronger bowling attack? Check. Weakened batting line-up? Check.

  252. 0252: 

    Yes, England's latest instalment of a pretty disastrous tour of Australia takes place at the Sydney Cricket Ground today. Already 2-0 down in the five-match one-day international series, they must win today to keep the series alive. Lose, and thoughts of another 5-0 thumping to match the Ashes will not be far from anyone's thoughts. We await the results of the toss...

  253. 0250: 

    Morning, everyone. How do you solve a problem like England? A change of tactics? A change of personnel, such as picking a front-line spinner? Answers on a postcode to Captain AN Cook, c/o the SCG. And if you don't want to know the result, look away now...

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Live Scores - Australia v England


  • Australia beat England by 7 wickets
  • Australia: 244-3 (40.0 overs)
  • England: 243-9 (50.0 overs)
  • Venue: Sydney

Australia Innings

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Finch c Bopara b Jordan 22
Warner c Bell b Stokes 71
S Marsh not out 71
Clarke b Bopara 34
Haddin not out 35
Extras 5w 2b 4lb 11
Total for 3 244

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