Australia v England, fourth one-day international, Perth, as it happened

England end a losing run of nine matches against Australia, winning the fourth one-day international by 57 runs in Perth.

24 January 2014 Last updated at 02:52

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  1. 11:40: 
    BBC COVERAGE

    There's a lot of cricket on the BBC this weekend - the third women's ODI begins in Hobart at 23:00 GMT on Saturday evening, with England knowing a win will give them an unassailable lead in the multi-format Women's Ashes series with the three T20 games yet to be played.

    There's commentary on the women's game on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra from 22:45 GMT, which then continues on the BBC Sport website from 03:00 GMT on Sunday morning (around the time the second innings begins) as TMS takes to the airwaves for the final ODI in the men's series. The venue is Adelaide - as is traditional on Australia Day. And I hope you'll join us then. Enjoy the weekend...

  2. 11:37: 

    So, a muted celebration - but still a celebration for England to end a wretched run. It will be interesting to see the team line-ups for the final game in Adelaide - Australia will have one or two of their big guns like captain Michael Clarke back. I'd imagine England would keep the same side now they've won a game, rather than being 4-0 down which might tempt them to take a look at Carberry, Root, Rankin or Briggs.

  3. 11:35: 
    CAPTAIN'S REACTION
    Alastair Cook

    England captain Alastair Cook: "It's been a while since we've had this feeling and those couple of catches at the end made us wait a bit longer! It's frustrating because we have played a long way below our potential and you see glimpses like today, but the good thing is we know it's there and when you see the way some of the guys have performed you know we're not a bad side.

    "[Stokes] he's an outstanding cricketer, still quite raw, but he competes and you can see how much he has learned from that second match in Brisbane."

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    Simon Hart: Typical. Chris Jordan has bowled with his heart and soul in this series, taken wickets previously, been one of the better bowlers but ended up on the losing side. Today, no luck, no wickets, but ends up on the winning side. He'll probably be dropped for the next game for being so poor in this one…

  5. 11:27: 
    MAN OF THE MATCH
    Ben Stokes

    England all-rounder Ben Stokes: "The whole team performance was good. Cookie and Belly started well and Morgan and Jos got us up to 300. I'll just keep looking ahead and keep trying to put in performances. I love the challenge at every game, especially Australia, who are the old foes. We start again on Sunday so we need to be professional but we will enjoy it while we can. It's our first win on tour so we have to be happy."

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    Ryan in Cornwall: Congratulations to England on their first win but sadly against the Australian B team! Could have been a different story if Clarke, Warner and Haddin were playing.

  7. 11:24: 
    CAPTAIN'S REACTION
    George Bailey

    Australia captain George Bailey: "We were outplayed today. I think there was plenty in the wicket early on and we struggled to control the ball a bit which allowed them to get off to a flier. We did well to claw it back, at one stage they looked on course for 350. Ideally you want the same team playing all the time but tonight threw up some opportunities. Ben Stokes has gone from strength to strength, loves the contest and I bet Cookie loves having him in his side."

  8. 11:24: 
    MAN OF THE MATCH

    And the man of the match award goes to... Ben Stokes.

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    Andy Sanders: Think my Twitter must be playing up this morning #bbccricket say we've won a game, must be some mistake.

  10. 11:20: 

    Australia's run of nine successive victories over England stretched back to September, when after England won the fourth ODI in Cardiff, Australia took the series by winning the fifth in Southampton. And since then, they've won five Tests and three ODIs before today's England win.

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    Terry Alderman, Ex-Australia seam bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "They are not over-jubilant because the series is gone but these fellas can hold their heads high today. They were led well from the front by Bell and Cook. It surprised me that Australia chose to bowl first because there are no gremlins in this wicket. There were some tremendous cricket shots played today. The cream on the cake was first Stokes, and then Buttler."

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  12. 11:16: 

    So, England triumph with 14 balls to spare. The man-of-the-match choice will indeed be interesting - one could make a case for Stokes (70 from 84 balls and 4-39), Buttler (71 from 43 balls and five catches). And, if you're an Australian, for Finch who top scored with 108 when none of his team-mates scored more than 26.

  13.  
    CHAMPAGNE MOMENT

    ENGLAND WIN FOURTH ONE-DAY INTERNATIONAL BY 57 RUNS - Australia lead five-match series 3-1 with one to play.

    It's also England's first win over Australia in an international match at the Waca since 1987. Crumbs.

  14. 47.4 overs: 
    WICKET- Pattinson c Buttler b Bresnan 4 (Aus 259 all out)

    Stokes (with 4-39 from nine) is off - can Tim Bresnan finish it for England? Coulter-Nile bludgeons a two and a single through mid-wicket, Pattinson skies one high into the air, three fielders converge but keeper Buttler calls for it and takes the catch while tumbling to the ground - ENGLAND HAVE WON A MATCH IN AUSTRALIA! Captain Cook closes his eyes and raises both hands to the heavens in relief.

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    Peter Maltby: If England actually win this game I'm feeling bus parade to Trafalgar Square and a knighthood for Ben Stokes!

    Damon Miles: England on the verge of beating Australia's reserves! Let's not overdo the long-awaited celebrations.

    Matt Arnerich: If England win I want to see the full works. I'm talking champagne, piggybacking, jumping huddles, pitch invasions.

  16. 47 overs: 
    TWO DROPPED CATCHES- Aus 256-9 (target 317)

    Some ironic cheers from the Aussie fans as a Jordan wide brings their score to the 250 mark. Coulter-Nile skies one high into the stratosphere, is this it... no, he's dropped by Stokes! Looks like he took his eye off it. Even Monty P would have been expected to take that one... They managed to run one. Jordan is penalised with another wide - it's been a bit of a problem for both sides today - and Pattinson steers a single to that man Stokes, who takes some barracking from the crowd as he runs in from the boundary. Coulter-Nile rotates the strike, Pattinson gets another top edge, is this the moment England win? No, he's dropped by Ballance diving forwards from fine leg, in a swirling wind! It's even as if the weather can't believe England are on the verge of victory. Pattinson managed to run two there, so Australia need an increasingly implausible 61 from 18 balls.

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    Stuart Broad

    Rachel Williamson: England on the verge of winning a cricket match and MUFC about to sign a decent player. Please don't let me wake up...

  18. 46 overs: 
    Aus 249-9 (target 317)

    Stokes, with 4-37 from eight overs, looks to close the deal for England, bowling to last man James Pattinson. He manages a single, but the runs are becoming largely academic as England are looking to bowl Australia out here. Coulter-Nile punches a single to mid-on, and the left-handed Pattinson can't get the rest of the over away. The target is now 68 from 24 balls, and is cruising down the motorway from Improbable to Impossible.

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    Francoise Darras: If England win, what style of team celebration seems appropriate? I'm in favour of a muted reaction.

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    Terry Alderman, Ex-Australia seam bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "That's a terrific catch. He judged that to perfection. He kept his head and eyes nice and still and took the catch comfortably. The end is near."

  21. 45 overs: 
    WICKET- Christian c Ballance b Broad 23 (Aus 247-9)

    Coulter-Nile swings and misses as Broad begins his last over, then ducks under a bouncer and is disappointed it's not signalled as a wide - aerial wides having been signalled rather inconsistently today. A single to third man brings Christian on strike, another swing-and-a-miss. A big blast towards cow corner brings the 30-year-old his first four, then Broad's last ball is swiped to third man where Gary Ballance slides in on his knees and takes the catch.

    Broad finishes with 2-56 but with 70 needed from 30 balls, the last pair are in together. Ladies and gentlemen, are we about to see an England victory? In Australia? You're not dreaming...

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    Mitchell Johnson

    Stewart Patterson: England in danger of winning this now, as long as Broad doesn't have one of his "Yuvraj overs".

  23. 44 overs: 
    Aus 242-8 (target 317)

    This flurry of wickets and rash shots is starting to remind me of England in a batting powerplay... Nathan Coulter-Nile is the new batsman, he's no mug with the bat and helps his first ball to square leg for a single. Christian, on whom so much now depends for Australia, can only rotate the strike, and NCN tries an agricultural heave which only brings him a leg bye. 75 needed from 36 balls.

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    Terry Alderman, Ex-Australia seam bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "I'm not happy with how Johnson went about that. He should save that for the 45th over. His job there was to push a single and give the strike back to Dan Christian."

  25. 43.4 overs: 
    WICKET- Johnson b Stokes 6 (Aus 239-8)

    Stokes to continue, Cook may not have to go back to Bopara or Tredwell at this rate. Christian adds a single, England still seem to have a problem with wides as Stokes fires one down the leg side, but then the Durham man boosts his man-of-the-match credentials by shattering Johnson's stumps!

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    Terry Alderman, Ex-Australia seam bowler on BBC Test Match Special
    Ben Stokes

    "England will celebrate if they win, and so they should. It would be more than a miracle for Australia to win from here."

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    AADZ: Maxwell gets in, looks dangerous and gets out! Has he ever finished a game for Aus yet? Million dollar man is a few short.

    He's finished plenty in the Big Bash, does that count?

  28. 43 overs: 
    Aus 237-7 (Christian 17*, Johnson 6*)

    Looks like the umpires had a bit of a word with Cook there about Stokes giving Faulkner a "send-off". Apparently Faulkner had given Stokes a send-off in England's innings... but as my dad would say, you don't prove your own innocence by alleging the guilt of others.

    Broad has a slip in for his penultimate over, Johnson crashes a four through the covers and heaves a single to square leg. The low sun means Broad's shadow looks about nine feet long as he bowls the last ball to Christian, who drills a single to long-off to keep the strike. 80 needed from 42 balls. Surely not even England can lose from here? (Oh, didn't we say that in Brisbane?)

  29.   
    Terry Alderman, Ex-Australia seam bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "Stokes is in line for the man of the match award, no doubt about that. Some of his shots were incredible and now he's turning it on with the ball. In this situation, with a bit of bounce in the wicket, it might be too much for Mitchell Johnson."

  30. 42 overs: 
    Aus 231-7 (target 317)

    The new batsman is England's winter nemesis Mitchell Johnson, who went for 72 from 10 wicketless overs today. Can he resume his role as England's bogeyman? He swats his first ball for a single to third man. 86 needed from 48 balls, and is it looking premature that we're discussing whether Stokes or Buttler should get man of the match?

  31. 41.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Faulkner c Buttler b Stokes 2 (Aus 230-7)

    Stokes to continue, Christian is hit on the pad and trots through for a leg bye. Faulkner punches a single to the cover sweeper, Christian clips a two just wide of Tredwell at mid-wicket and pulls a single to deep square leg, but Australia are going to need boundaries here to stay in touch. And in a carbon copy of the Maxwell dismissal, Faulkner gets a top edge to the keeper trying to force Stokes to leg. Advantage England?

  32. 41 overs: 
    Aus 225-6 (Christian 13*, Faulkner 1*)

    Broad replaces Jordan as Cook shuffles his front-line seamers. Christian and Faulkner work three singles, and the required rate has climbed to more than 10 an over. 92 needed from 54 balls. But in the modern T20 age, 10 an over is not quite what it used to be...

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    Brad Hogg, Ex-Australia spinner on BBC Test Match Special
    James Faulkner

    "England will be worried about Faulkner. I've played in teams where you just can't get a win and things just aren't working. They will have some negativity in the back of their minds but they will be trying to force the positivity to the front."

  34. 40 overs: 
    Aus 222-6 (target 317)

    You may want to hold the hand of any nervous cricket fans with you - James Faulkner is the new batsman, he who may now be remembered as the Butcher of Brisbane after that astonishing ODI. So, with Stokes bowling the 40th over, Cook has a Chinese puzzle to deal with as he still needs to find three overs from him, Bopara or Tredwell, assuming that Jordan (who's bowled eight), Broad (seven) and Bresnan (eight) bowl out. But Faulkner is kept under wraps for five balls as Stokes keeps it tight and completes a wicket maiden - 95 needed from 60 balls.

  35. 39.1 overs: 
    WICKET- Maxwell c Buttler b Stokes 26 (Aus 222-6)

    Stokes replaces Bresnan - and the Durham man makes the breakthrough as another Maxwell top edge is eagerly pouched by Buttler. Double Nelson brings a wicket.

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    Brad Hogg, Ex-Australia spinner on BBC Test Match Special
    James Tredwell

    "I don't understand why Cook is not bringing on the spinner. You only have 11 overs left and you have to use all your options. Everyone thinks the Waca is no good for spin but you have the Freemantle Doctor and the extra bounce so I think it's a great place to bowl spin. England need to break this partnership because these are the two who will get England close to the total."

  37. 39 overs: 
    Aus 222-5 (Maxwell 26*, Christian 11*)

    Brad Hogg on TMS wonders why England aren't bringing back Tredwell, but I wouldn't have thought they planned to bowl him in the powerplay - while their possible options are further limited as Bopara leaves the field.

    Jordan to bowl his eighth over, and the last of the powerplay - Maxwell top-edges a single to third man, Christian scatters a horde of pigeons (are they there for Bill Lawry?) as he runs a leg bye, Maxwell guides another one towards fine leg where tumbling substitute fielder Joe Root prevents the boundary and they run two.

    A single takes him to 25, and now it's Christian's turn to go for glory as he powers the last ball of the powerplay over the bowler's head for six. Ker-pow. 95 needed from 66 balls.

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    Adam Mills: Not counting any chickens until Faulkner has his off and middle removed.

    Matthew Birch: No chance of getting any work done today. More BBC live sport feed tabs open than work-related ones.

    Josh Holmes: England pick the day I have an exam to look like they could actually win for a change...

  39. 38 overs: 
    Aus 211-5 (target 317)
    Glenn Maxwell

    A Maxwell single takes Australia to 200, Bresnan sends down a wide, Christian adds a two and a single to his score, while Maxwell continues to punish anything short, whacking another four through long leg. Cook sends fine leg back but must bring long-on up, and a bouncer is signalled as the second wide of the over, this time aerial. Another bouncer, another wide, this one a little harsher as Maxwell fails to connect with a hook shot. Another single means Maxwell has 22, Christian has five, and Australia need 106 from 72 balls.

    If you're an England fan dreaming of a first international victory of a pretty sorry tour... two words to strike fear into you: James Faulkner.

  40. 37 overs: 
    Aus 199-5 (Maxwell 16*, Christian 2*)

    Christian drives Jordan for a single, then the Sussex youngster sends down a half-volley which Maxwell effortlessly whips through backward square leg for four, straight off the meat of the bat. Next ball, the red mist comes down and he gives Jordan the charge but swings and misses.

    The next ball is down the leg side - the home fans think it should be a wide, the England fans appeal for a catch behind, but neither is given as replays show the ball flicking Maxwell's pad. He moves to 16 with a single to fine leg, and with 118 needed from 78 balls, the required rate has exceeded nine an over.

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    Alex Hardy: Good to see England are once more striving to grasp defeat from the jaws of victory in the ODIs.

  42. 36 overs: 
    Aus 193-5 (target 317)

    Dan Christian is the new batsman - followers of English county cricket will remember his participation for Hampshire in an astonishing finish to a domestic T20 final when as an injured batsman with a runner, he ran a (winning) single off the last ball of the match, and Somerset's lack of knowledge of the laws of cricket (sorry to remind them!) meant they didn't try to run him out at the striker's end, which would have handed them victory.

    Christian and fellow ex-Hampshire man Maxwell add some ones and twos as the rate climbs up to 8.85 - Australia need 124 from 84 balls with the pendulum swinging towards England.

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    Brad Hogg, Ex-Australia spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "He'll be disappointed he didn't go on and get Australia closer to the target, he's a character that's very hard on himself but it was a fantastic innings he's really set up a platform for Australia but they are on the back foot now."

  44. 35.1 overs: 
    WICKET- Finch c Broad b Bresnan 108 (Aus 189-4)
    Tim Bresnan

    Bresnan back, Finch uppercuts and is caught at third man by the overjoyed Stuart Broad. Big, big wicket!

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    Calum Robinson: We can do this, we could actually win a game!

    Rakesh Pradhan: Spent my lunch money on an England win.

    Lindsay Ship: Just cancelled my own meeting; can't leave now. This could finally be the day!

  46. 35 overs: 
    POWERPLAY- Aus 189-4 (target 317)

    Here's a turn-up for the books - Australia have taken the batting powerplay an over before they're obliged to do so, so there will be a maximum of three fielders outside the circle for overs 35-39. Might it have upset England's plans for who bowls when? With five right-arm seamers to rotate, Jordan is back on and Maxwell helps himself to another two before nudging a leg bye. Another single means Finch has 108 and Maxwell has nine - they need 128 from 90 balls.

  47. 34 overs: 
    Aus 185-4 (target 317)

    With 138 needed from 102 balls, Australia resume with Maxwell dropping the ball at his feet and scampering through for a single, which doesn't please the bowler, Broad. Finch guides a two through mid-wicket, where Stokes is back on the field, and a single takes him to 107 - he now has the highest Australia ODI score on this ground against England (beating a 104 by Dean Jones). Maxwell is moving along well, adding a two and a single. While the setting sun may trouble a few fielders, the fans are still topping up their tans - one, dressed as an Imperial stormtrooper, has removed his helmet. 132 needed from 96.

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    Mickey Arthur, Ex-Australia & South Africa coach on BBC Test Match Special
    England celebrate a wicket

    "We're certainly going to have a close finish, at eight an over Australia will still believe they are in control."

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    Andy Jackson: Need to build some pressure England. Come on keep it tight. We still believe!

    Nick Turner: I was inches from putting 10 very well earned English pounds on a Finch century - I was hoping he would fail - poor from me.

  50. 33 overs: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Aus 178-4 (Finch 104*, Maxwell 2*)

    That man Finch is still Australia's danger man here, guiding Bopara for a single before Maxwell gets off the mark with a dabbed single to third man. Two more singles mean it's four from Bopara's over as the required rate creeps up above eight... and there's nearly a priceless wicket as Finch plays defensively and the ball nearly trickles onto his stumps. Drinkies.

  51. 32 overs: 
    Aus 174-4 (target 317)

    Glenn Maxwell is the new batsman - and a very dangerous one in limited-overs cricket, as his ODI career strike rate of 130.52 suggests. But he can't get the last two deliveries away - Broad has 1-35 from six overs. Australia need 143 from 108 balls.

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    Mickey Arthur, Ex-Australia & South Africa coach on BBC Test Match Special

    "That is so well bowled. Here at the Waca you never want to let the batsman play you comfortably off the back foot."

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  53. 31.4 overs: 
    WICKET- Smith c Buttler b Broad 19 (Aus 174-4)

    With Stokes off the field, England are forced into a bowling change and it's the return of Stuart Broad. It only seems a short while ago that Broad was the brash new kid on the block, he's now easily the most experienced bowler in this attack. Finch adds another single and Smith is seeing the ball well here, savagely pulling Broad for four. But Broad hits back as Smith feathers an edge to the keeper next ball!

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    Mickey Arthur, Ex-Australia & South Africa coach on BBC Test Match Special
    Aaron Finch

    "It has been an incredible innings from Finch so far, if he goes deep and gets a big one England might struggle. Again the sixth ball of the over has gone for a boundary and that's incredibly disappointing."

  55. 31 overs: 
    FINCH 100- Aus 169-3 (target 317)

    Bopara back on for Jordan - and after an exchange of singles, Finch scampers a two to reach his third ODI hundred from only 97 balls. Well batted, sir. Stokes is off the field, his replacement Joe Root has to chase a Finch single through the covers, and when Bopara strays down the leg side with a pie of a half-volley, Smith helps the "freebie" for four wide of fine leg.

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    Mickey Arthur, Ex-Australia & South Africa coach on BBC Test Match Special

    "You know as bowlers your first ball and sixth ball are the most important. Stokes will be very disappointed with that, he had bowled a good over and then he dropped short with that last ball."

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    Totum: It's the hope that kills you. I had given up hope, I could accept defeat after defeat. Then, at 7am this morning, hope returned.

  58. 30 overs: 
    Aus 160-3 (Finch 97*, Smith 10*)
    Steve Smith

    Finch forges ahead with a single - now, can Smith keep the scoreboard ticking the way Bailey did (and Wade didn't)? He adds a single to leg, Stokes pings another wide down the leg side - England's third wide, compared to Australia's 16. Finch punches a two through the covers and nudges a single to move to within three of his century. Smith pulls over square leg - and that's a flat six over the leaping Jordan on the boundary.

    If you follow the "double the score after 30 overs" formula... it's going to be a close finish. Australia are just over halfway there and need 157 from 120 balls.

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    Abdullah Mahmood: If the Aussie dressing room ever gets worried they just look across, see Faulkner and think, "Yeah we've got this."

    Troy Nicholson: Unfortunately, due to certain players, we now have to check if the ball has carried in each DRS.

  60. 29 overs: 
    Aus 148-3 (target 317)

    There are some big boundaries at the Waca - Finch works Jordan for two, then tips-and-runs a quick single as Smith comes charging through. Smith gets a flashing edge... and it doesn't quite carry to Cook, the solitary slip. But a tidier over from Jordan, who has 0-31 from five overs. Australia need 169 from 126 balls.

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    Mickey Arthur, Ex-Australia & South Africa coach on BBC Test Match Special
    Aaron Finch

    "I still think it's pretty much a 50-50 game, eight an over won't scare any batsman now, they are used to chasing that in 20-over cricket."

  62. 28 overs: 
    Aus 145-3 (Finch 90*, Smith 3*)

    With the required rate up to 7.73, Finch works Stokes - who seems to have a bit of a knack of picking up wickets in whichever format he plays - for a single to get off the dreaded 87. Smith and Finch are quick between the wickets and add some more singles, while Stokes strays with a leg-side wide.

    It's a delicate balance for Captain Cook here. Get Finch out, and you probably win the game. But even defending a big score, how many runs can you afford to give away in pursuit of that wicket? If Finch stays in, he can win this game single-handed.

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    Terry Alderman, Ex-Australia seam bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "I still think Australia are in touch, it's really up to Smith to get himself in as quickly as he can, start playing a few shots and take the pressure off Finch."

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  64. 27 overs: 
    Aus 139-3 (target 317)

    Steve Smith is the new batsman - like Ben Stokes, he already has a recent international hundred on this ground, after the pair both hit tons in the Perth Test. For now, it's Jordan back into the attack and Finch dismissively cover-drives him for four. The right-hander then chops a single to Ballance who is the cover sweeper. The baby-faced Smith, who's now 24 and playing his 34th ODI, is off the mark with a single. Finch moves to 87 - notoriously unlucky for Aussies - with a single.

    Meanwhile, the snickometer - which we didn't see on TV for the Bailey wicket - shows a definite nick. So there.

  65. 26 overs: 
    WICKET- Bailey c Buttler b Stokes 11 (Aus 132-3)

    It was an attempted leg glance, and there are several questions to be answered. Hotspot doesn't look conclusive over whether it touched his bat (was that a tiny white dot?), and what's more, did the ball carry to the keeper? It's not unlike that Buttler "catch" the other day which was quite low down. Dharmasena has a word with his colleague, Aussie opener John Ward, then there's another look at a multitude of replays. And the verdict is... out!

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    UMPIRE REVIEW
    Matthew Wade

    Thanks, Marc. A worrying thought for England... the way Wade was playing, is it better for Australia's chances of winning that he did get out, given that he was using up a lot of dot balls and Bailey is rotating the strike better? Just a thought.

    Stokes in for his third over, three singles added and then England appeal for a catch behind against Bailey... umpire Dharmasena shakes his head but England signal for a review.

  67. 25 overs: 
    Aus 129-2 (Target 317)

    Don't pitch it there, Ravi - George Bailey drives back down the ground for four when the bowler lands it just back of a length. Complementing four singles, it's another good over for the Aussies. And here's Mark Mitchener to talk you through what looks likely to be a fascinating finish. Seatbelts on.

  68. 24 overs: 
    Aus 121-2 (Finch 77*, Bailey 4*)

    George Bailey appears to be struggling with the hip injury which threatened his participation in the match - Ben Stokes finding the middle of the pitch and testing out the Aussie skipper with some short stuff. Bailey is, however, able to scamper a single through midwicket. Three from the over.

  69. 23 overs: 
    Aus 118-2 (Target 317)

    Ravi Bopara, with his short run-up and whippy action, continues to nag away outside off stump - Aaron Finch and George Bailey happy to take stock and milk ones and twos. And why not with James Faulkner still in the hut?

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    Ben Pathe: If we had posted this total three months ago I would have been 100% confident of winning this game but too many scars this winter.

    Abdullah Mahmood: Too early to pencil Buttler in as Test keeper. Needs a couple of full county champ seasons behind the stumps first

  71. 22 overs: 
    Aus 113-2 (Finch 74*, Bailey 0*)

    Aaron Finch has bullied James Tredwell out of the England attack, Alastair Cook turning to Ben Stokes to try and make another breakthrough. The Durham all-rounder has already impressed with the bat today, scoring 70 at number three. Aaron Finch is up to the early examination - hitting two and a single before George Bailey safely sees out the rest of the over.

  72. 21 overs: 
    Aus 110-2 (Target 317)

    Out walks the Australian captain, George Bailey. This match is at a crucial stage, with Australia needing another 207 runs with 29 overs left.

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    Brad Hogg, Ex-Australia spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "You could just feel the pressure building up on Wade, he would have been thinking he had to play a big shot and find the boundary and that the run rate was building up too much."

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  74. 20.3 overs: 
    WICKET- Wade c Cook b Bopara 23 (Aus 110-2)
    Matthew Wade

    The pressure of not scoring quickly enough catches up with Matthew Wade who, with very little footwork, plays a lofted shot through the off side but succeeds only in picking out Alastair Cook at long-off.

  75. 20 overs: 
    Aus 110-1 (Target 317)

    James Tredwell has to go, roars Aaron Finch - the burly opener heaving the off-spinner over midwicket for six. It was such a big shot that the ball is lost on the Waca roof. After clearing a fly from his eye, Finch muscles another maximum over long-on. The momentum is back with Australia with two big swings of Finch's bat.

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    Brad Hogg, Ex-Australia spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I don't mind this move from Cook, he's got Stokes up his sleeve and it's that change of pace making the batsman hit harder to get full value for his shots."

  77. 19 overs: 
    Aus 96-1 (Finch 58*, Wade 22*)

    Alastair Cook turns to Ravi Bopara, perhaps keen to keep the pressure on with some slower bowling. The Essex all-rounder starts sloppily - angling one down leg which Matthew Wade helps along to the boundary. Two more singles bring up the 50 partnership from 72 balls.

  78. 18 overs: 
    Aus 90-1 (Target 317)

    Lancashire have certainly got a good 'un in Jos Buttler, but will they see enough of him with his ever-increasing England commitments? More James Tredwell, three more runs to the score.

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    Thomas Stirk: Really looking forward to seeing Buttler at Old Trafford this season, really is the star of the future.

    Daniel Jarmin: As a Lancs fan great to see Butler keeps scoring runs. Selfish to not want him in the Test side before he actually plays for us?

  80.   
    Brad Hogg, Ex-Australia spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "The quality of bats these days in unbelievable, I can't believe how batsmen get away with mis-timed shots going over the fence."

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  81. 17 overs: 
    50 FOR AARON FINCH- Aus 87-1 (Finch 56*, Wade 15*)
    Aaron Finch

    Aaron Finch brings up his third one-day international fifty with a late cut down to third man - the sort of measured shot which has epitomised a composed innings. Maybe he has a career in the longer format after all? Realising the boundaries have dried up, Australia are running their singles hard now - trying to turn one into two etc. And when the ball is pitched up, Finch hammers Tim Bresnan back over his head for six. Booming.

  82. 16 overs: 
    Aus 77-1 (Target 317)

    You feel something has to give soon - either Australia start scoring one or two boundaries or England strike and take a wicket. James Tredwell continues to be miserly, racing through another rapid over and conceding just three singles.

  83. 15 overs: 
    Aus 74-1 (Finch 45*, Wade 6*)

    Matthew Wade is likely to be Brad Haddin's eventual successor as Australia's Test wicketkeeper? Will he pulverise bowling attacks in the same way old man Brad does? He's certainly got the potential - he's got two Test centuries under his belt already. More Tim Bresnan, more steady-as-you-like batting from Wade and Finch. Australia's required run-rate is now up at almost seven an over.

  84.   
    Brad Hogg, Ex-Australia spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Tredwell surprises me how well he does in international cricket. With his action he doesn't look like he has much action on the ball. You've got to be very skilful with your flight and spinners shouldn't overlook the yorker."

  85. 14 overs: 
    Aus 72-1 (Target 317)

    The hum of the crowd complements the tense action out in the middle as James Tredwell races through another over which brings five as the two batsmen begin to milk the bowling and lay the foundations.

  86.   
    Mickey Arthur, Ex-Australia & South Africa coach on BBC Test Match Special
    Aaron Finch

    "With Finch going so hard you find the inner ring fielders sit on the edge of the ring, so if he just dabs it allows him to get a run. When the field is spread the game changes.

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

  87. 13 overs: 
    Aus 67-1 (Finch 45*, Wade 6*)

    Aaron Finch has had enough of being tied down. He decides to tackle a length ball from Tim Bresnan and puts it into Row Z, straight down the ground. He and Matthew Wade trade singles to complete a much better over for the home side.

  88. 12 overs: 
    Aus 59-1 (Target 317)

    Time for trial by spin as Captain Cook gives James Tredwell a chuck, and the Kent offie helps England to keep on top of the Australian run-rate - an Aaron Finch single the only thing the hosts have to show for the over.

  89. 11 overs: 
    Aus 58-1 (Finch 37*, Wade 5*)

    Tim Bresnan continues, clocking around 82mph on the old speed gun. Has the Yorkshireman lost a bit of nip since returning from a recent injury? Possibly, but there's still enough pace to trouble Matthew Wade as Big Tim sends down a bumper which flies through to wicketkeeper Jos Buttler. Two from another tidy over.

  90. 10 overs: 
    Aus 56-1 (Target 317)

    The late afternoon Perth sunshine has burned away any cloud cover, meaning England won't be getting too much help from above today. Stuart Broad to Aaron Finch - dot, dot dot, four - a square cut ending the mini run-drought.

  91.   
    Mickey Arthur, Ex-Australia & South Africa coach on BBC Test Match Special

    "Bresnan has found a good line to Finch and tucked him up."

  92. 9 overs: 
    Aus 52-1 (Finch 32*, Wade 4*)

    Bresnan begins a new over to the right-handed Finch, who guides a single through mid-wicket to take Australia to 50. Big Bres keeps it tight as the left-handed Wade struggles to beat the ring of off-side fielders. However, the Tasmanian runs hard when he angles a likely single past backward point and comes back for two.

  93. 8 overs: 
    Aus 49-1 (Finch 31*, Wade 2*)

    That wicket has checked Australia's progress, Stuart Broad cramping Aaron Finch for room and conceding just a couple of singles from his latest set of six.

  94. 7 overs: 
    Aus 47-1 (Target 317)

    Matthew Wade - Brad Haddin's replacement - marches to the crease and gets off the mark straight away with a single.

  95. 6.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Marsh c Bell b Bresnan 15 (Aus 46-1)
    Eoin Morgan, Ian Bell and Alastair Cook

    What a catch! Shaun Marsh tries to guide Tim Bresnan over the slips but Ian Bell rises like a salmon to take a fine catch at second slip. One down, nine to go. And England will need another nine if they want to win this one.

  96. 6 overs: 
    Aus 46-0 (Marsh 15*, Finch 30*)
    Aaron Finch

    There's a temptation to think Aaron Finch is a bit of a biffer, but he's actually playing some proper cricket shots as he dismantles England's opening bowlers - creaming Stuart Broad through the covers for four. A couple of singles to finish the over keep the hosts on track.

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    As Per Usual: Chris Jordan - need less bling and more zing.

    Kinetic: Can the England team just come home now...

  98. 5 overs: 
    Aus 40-0 (Target 317)

    Aaron Finch has come out throwing punches, counter-attacking England and hitting another four straight down the ground - helped by some indifferent fielding by James Tredwell. The bowler, Chris Jordan, doesn't look too impressed - threatening to throw the ball back at the batsman when he fields the next delivery. By my reckoning, CJ is not somebody you would want to upset - he's clocking 91mph now.

  99.   
    Terry Alderman, Ex-Australia seam bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "After England's start I thought there was a possibility of 350, it was a good team batting performance but you needed someone to go on to a hundred."

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  100. 4 overs: 
    Aus 33-0 (Marsh 14*, Finch 18*)

    It didn't take long to get us thinking 'here we go again', did it? Just 18 balls seem to have done it here. Hopefully the players are a bit more optimistic than us as Stuart Broad raps one into Aaron Finch's pads. Not out, and the English decide not to review. Rightly so, because it would struggle to have hit a fourth leg stump. The Australian assault continues from the very next ball when Finch carves Broad through point for four.

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    Kevin Rose: Australia to win it in 40 overs?

  102. 3 overs: 
    Aus 27-0 (Target 317)

    David Warner might have his feet up at home, but there's no let-up for the England opening bowlers as Aaron Finch muscles back-to-back boundaries through the off side. Chris Jordan is pumped, but he can't stop the flow of runs as Finch and Shaun Marsh trade singles. Three overs in and the Australians are going at nine and over. Ominous?

  103.   
    Terry Alderman, Ex-Australia seam bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "Will Broad have the same trouble Pattinson had? He's just coming in on the pads and Pattinson did exactly the same when Cook and Bell took over."

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  104. 2 overs: 
    Aus 17-0 (Marsh 12*, Finch 4*)
    Shaun Marsh

    Australia's favourite Englishman, Stuart Broad, gets off to a bad start with the ball - erring too much on the leg side and being flicked for four either side of two twos by Shaun Marsh. A profitable over ends with Marsh cutting to the third man boundary.

  105. 1 over: 
    Aus 5-0 (Target 317)

    Chris Jordan has been England's best bowler on this ODI trip, and he's likely to enjoy the pace of the Waca pitch. He's a little off radar early on though as serves up a half-volley and Aaron Finch smashes it to the cover boundary, but he recovers to square up the burly opener with one which nips back off the seam.

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    Owain Connors: The emergence of Ben Stokes, finally an heir to Flintoff's all-rounder throne, has been the one positive for England this winter.

    Daryl Flacks: Surely it's not physically possible to lose an ODI from this position...?

  107. 07:35: 

    Ready to rock and roll? The players are. Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh open up for Australia and Chris Jordan will send down the first over for England.

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    Max in Sydney: Am I the only one who thinks that - with some work on his longer-format batting - Buttler is our most exciting prospect for future Test keeper?

  109. 07:33: 

    Australia's batting order has been weakened by their decision to rest David Warner, Shane Watson and Michael Clarke. But Aaron Finch can give it a whack and Steve Smith scored a century on this ground in the Ashes series. So let's not count our ducks just yet!

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    Andrew, Richhill: Again a good batting performance from England. Now they have to do the same with the ball and in the field. I have a good feeling about this.

  111. 07:30: 

    Good morning everyone. Just waking up? Lucky you... and I bring good news because England surely could not have a better chance of winning against Australia. After being inserted by George Bailey, the tourists racked up 316-8 in their 50 overs. Jos Buttler top-scored with 71 off 43 balls, Ben Stokes hit 70 and Ian Bell made 55. Now let's see what the hosts have got...

  112. 07:07:  
    BBC Radio Test Match Special

    So then, keep listening to TMS during the interval - as we mentioned, they're going to discuss the future of the ICC (and its potential dominance by the India-Australia-England triumvirate), the Women's Ashes and the life of an English grade cricketer in Australia. We're going to take a quick break, and when we return, it will be Marc Higginson back at the live text helm. Enjoy.

  113. 07:06: 
    COOK'S FUTURE
    Alastair Cook

    Here's something for you to tuck into during the interval. Speaking before the toss this morning, Alastair Cook said he is "desperate" to remain as England's ODI captain despite suggesting he was considering his future in the aftermath of last Sunday's defeat at Sydney.

    "That was quite an emotional time, obviously we'd just lost another game," he said. "It's wrong for me to continue thinking like... I'm lucky enough to do this job. I'm desperate to carry on now."

  114.   
    Brad Hogg, Ex-Australia spinner on BBC Test Match Special
    Gary Ballance

    "They've got something to defend and history has shown anyone who scores anyone who scores over 300 at the Waca hasn't lost. If they get a couple of early wickets Australia will be on the back foot but they can't afford to give any width. If they bowl in the right areas England should comfortably find the finishing line in their favour."

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

  115. 07:04: 

    And that's the fourth highest ODI score made on this ground.

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    Salman Ansari: Buttler, Morgan etc. are much more impactful than Bairstow, Root etc. you need these guys in Tests. Can take sessions away.

  117. 50 overs: 
    Eng 316-8

    Chris Jordan is the new batsman but again they crossed on the catch so it's the left-handed Stuart Broad, Australia's favourite pantomime villain, facing the hat-trick ball. And Broad does well to hammer a four through the covers - Australia will need 317 to win.

  118. 49.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Bresnan c Johnson b Faulkner 2 (Eng 312-8)

    Stuart Broad's the new batsman, but Bresnan's facing and trying to emulate Buttler's heave over midwicket, he gives Johnson at third man his second catch off successive balls. Faulkner on a hat-trick for the final ball of the innings.

  119. 49.4 overs: 
    WICKET- Buttler c Johnson b Faulkner 71 (Eng 312-7)
    Jos Buttler

    Faulkner to bowl the last over. Buttler swings but can't connect. A full toss is hit straight to Bailey at mid-on, dot ball. But he picks up the third ball, flicking a seemingly effortless six onto the grassy bank behind the midwicket fence. But the keeper's innings is ended with two balls of the innings remaining as he swipes outside off stump and is pouched at third man. 71 from 43 balls for the new Lancastrian.

  120.   
    Charles Dagnall, BBC Test Match Special

    "These aren't just normal sixes, they should be given as 12."

  121. 49 overs: 
    Eng 306-6 (Buttler 65*, Bresnan 2*)

    With Johnson and Coulter-Nile bowled out, James Pattinson will send down the penultimate over. Bresnan does his job - a single off the first ball to get Buttler on strike - and the England keeper steps across to scoop a four over the keeper's head, before flashing his bat at a wide, full delivery outside off stump and it disappears for another four.

    A lofted drive over Pattinson's head brings Buttler another massive six to take England past 300. He scoops and misses at the fifth ball, and the sixth is clubbed for a single. 16 from Pattinson's over, Buttler has 65 from 39 balls, and the good news for England is he'll be facing the last over.

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    Nick, Colchester: Ballance definitely one for the future but don't quite understand how he's made the ODI team ahead of Luke Wright.

  123. 48 overs: 
    BUTTLER FIFTY- Eng 290-6

    Tim Bresnan is the new batsman, he's off the mark with a single which allows Buttler to reach his third ODI fifty from only 34 balls. The Buttler has certainly delivered today.

    And for any Yorkies amongst you, the Englishman in grade cricket set to feature on TMS during the interval is Bresnan's Tykes team-mate Jack Brooks.

  124. 06:49: 
    TMS AT THE INTERVAL

    To give you a taste of what they're going to be be chatting about on TMS during the interval - Alison Mitchell will be leading a discussion about the proposed changes to the ICC which would seemingly give India, England and Australia the power to play who they want, when they want. (Some might say that in the case of India, judging by the last few months, this has already happened). They'll also check in with England women's captain Charlotte Edwards and hear about what it's like for an Englishman playing grade cricket in Australia.

  125.   
    Brad Hogg, Ex-Australia spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "That's what I like about James Faulkner, he's got the courage. He tried the yorker the ball before and went for six but he tried it again and Eoin Morgan paid the price."

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

  126. 47.3 overs: 
    WICKET- Morgan c Christian b Faulkner 33 (Eng 287-6)

    After a single from Buttler, Morgan top-edges Faulkner for six over fine leg but he holes out at wide mid-on trying another big hit.

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    Aadz: Very poor use of Maxwell from Australia, every game he has been good and still has overs left, use your best bowlers. Been saying it a while, Buttler is a real talent, get him in the Test team & give him responsibility, too much talent not too shine.

  128. 47 overs: 
    Eng 280-5
    Jos Buttler

    Johnson to complete his spell, Morgan adds a single and Johnson momentarily foxes Buttler with a slower ball. (A slower ball from Johnson being a mere 80mph). But the England keeper has his revenge, heaving his second maximum over square leg and moving to 46 with a single. Morgan goes aerial but it reaches deep square leg on the bounce and they run one. A Buttler single off the last ball means Big Bad Mitch finishes with figures of 10-0-72-0.

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    Simon Bailey: The best two batsmen at the crease for this situation, c'mon England.

    Anbu Krish: I don't why eng are giving so many chances to Bopara. He is not performing consistently. Time to move on.

  130. 46 overs: 
    Eng 270-5

    Coulter-Nile will be the first Aussie bowler to complete his 10 overs, we've not seen Buttler's trademark ramps and scoops today but he's doing OK with the more orthodox cricket shots, pulling NCN for four and then launching a big blast over long-on for six, that lands several rows back. Buttler moves to 39 with a single, Morgan rotates the strike, and this stand is now worth 54, of which Morgan has only contributed 11 and Buttler 39. NCN finishes with 1-62. Four overs to go, is 300 suddenly back "on"?

  131.   
    Mickey Arthur, Ex-Australia & South Africa coach on BBC Test Match Special
    Eoin Morgan

    "For England to get that 300 you feel Morgan is going to have to bat pretty much to the end. I thought Coulter-Nile's length in his last over was outstanding, defending the short straight boundary."

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

  132. 45 overs: 
    Eng 258-5 (Morgan 24*, Buttler 28*)

    Johnson, having sent down eight wicketless overs for 51, is hammered for another cover-driven four by Buttler which pushes England past 250. The right-hander pulls a two and a four through square leg, is this England stepping on the aforementioned gas? A single ensures he keeps the strike - he's also overtaken Morgan.

    If you were emotionally scarred by Mitchell Johnson's performance during the Ashes, you may console yourselves with his figures today - 9-0-62-0.

  133.   
    Mickey Arthur, Ex-Australia & South Africa coach on BBC Test Match Special

    "Certainly 300 is a tough score to chase down because you need probably someone to get a hundred, but at the Waca 280-290 is almost par, it's a tough ground to defend on because the straight boundaries are small."

  134. 44 overs: 
    Eng 247-5

    Nathan Coulter-Nile is slightly unfortunate to have a wide chalked against his name as Buttler steps across his stumps and can't quite glance a ball which nearly brushes his hip - enough for a half-hearted appeal from some fielders. Or maybe it's kidology - appealing for a catch to dissuade the umpire from signalling a wide? Morgan and Buttler plunder five singles from the over, while NCN is charged with another wide - this time for height. Six overs left - when do England step on the gas?

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    Small man Peaky: Even if Bopara gets a five-for. he still won't deserve to stay in the England team. Too many chances and not consistent enough.

    Jack Byrne: Have Australia got 25 fielders? We cannot even get singles!

  136. 43 overs: 
    Eng 240-5
    Mitchell Johnson

    Here's Mitchell Johnson - now sporting some rather generic stubble rather than the Fu Manchu-style 'tache which adorned his face during the Ashes - back into the attack. Buttler and Morgan bide their time, it's ones and twos rather than fireworks at this stage from the sixth-wicket pair. Johnson also boosts the England score with a legside wide - that's 14 wides for the innings. Cap'n Bailey shuffles his field but Buttler finds the boundary for the first time, threading one between mid-off and extra cover. A single takes him to 14.

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    David in Spain: This does look very promising so far, but we've put 300 on the board in this series - and still lost it. It's not that I'm a pessimist; it's just that this tour really has been bad.

  138. 42 overs: 
    Eng 230-5 (Morgan 21*, Buttler 6*)

    Buttler pushes Faulkner for a scampered two, the left-armer fires in a bouncer which is signalled as an aerial wide by umpire Kumar Dharmasena, who's seen a lot of England in the last year. Buttler knocks a single, Faulkner is mixing up his slower balls well and Morgan is getting frustrated that he can't get him away.

  139.   
    Mickey Arthur, Ex-Australia & South Africa coach on BBC Test Match Special

    "I would like to have seen England manipulate the ones, it was either a four or nothing but they'll learn that as they mature in the one-day game. The key is manipulating the good ball for one and that's where your better players do well in this format."

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  140. 41 overs: 
    Eng 226-5

    England will be disappointed to have lost three wickets since Stokes and Ballance were going pretty well, but is there anyone in their XI you'd rather have in for the last 10 than Morgan and Buttler? The new Lancashire recruit adds his third single, and Morgan completes a two to third man despite dropping his bat at the non-striker's end.

  141.   
    Mickey Arthur, Ex-Australia & South Africa coach on BBC Test Match Special

    "He bowls a heavy ball, James Faulkner, he's quicker than you think."

  142. 40 overs: 
    Eng 223-5 (Morgan 19*, Buttler 2*)

    Faulkner to bowl the 40th over - so with 10 to go, Cap'n Bailey has plenty of options with all four front-line seamers having three overs left. Jos Buttler is the new batsman, he works his second ball for a single and Morgan hooks a short ball for four through fine leg. A single takes the Dubliner to 19, Buttler nicks the strike with a quick single to mid-on, and the 'Batting Powerplay of Doom' has yielded 24 runs at the cost of two wickets. Pretty standard, then.

  143.   
    Mickey Arthur, Ex-Australia & South Africa coach on BBC Test Match Special

    "You could almost see that starting to develop, you always want the batsman that comes to the wicket to lift the tempo but Ravi Bopara's was very slow and it certainly hampered Eoin Morgan a little bit. If Morgan gets out now England might only make 280 and I'm not sure that will be enough."

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  144. 39 overs: 
    WICKET- Bopara c sub (X Doherty) b Coulter-Nile 3 (Eng 216-5)

    Morgan swings and misses before guiding a single through the covers, a single brings Bopara on strike and a cross-batted heave from the Essex all-rounder gives mid-on a fairly easy catch running back from the edge of the circle. It's sub fielder Xavier Doherty, not sure who he's on for.

  145.   
    Terry Alderman, Ex-Australia seam bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "For the first time in this innings George Bailey is happy with the situation. He wouldn't have been too happy after the first 87 runs were scored very quickly but England now look as though they might struggle to get anywhere near 300."

  146. 38 overs: 
    Eng 211-4 (Morgan 9*, Bopara 3*)
    Eoin Morgan

    Bopara and Morgan help themselves to four singles against Faulkner, suddenly that 300+ total is looking quite a way off. And the latest fancy-dress wearers to catch the camera's eye are a trio of fans dressed as sharks, no doubt ready to celebrate England's uncanny ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

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    Rog, Cwmbach: Looking good but - wait a minute - we are due for a middle order collapse!

  148. 37 overs: 
    Eng 207-4

    While some fans might have toyed with the idea of promoting Jos Buttler, England stick to their planned batting order with Ravi Bopara in at six, while Coulter-Nile returns to the attack.

    None of Australia's seamers has bowled a spell longer than three overs today, but the change appears to work as Bopara takes five balls to get off the mark, and it's just one single from the over. Watching from the crowd is a fan dressed in the armour of Ned Kelly, quite possibly a man you'd want on your side in a Powerplay?

  149.   
    Terry Alderman, Ex-Australia seam bowler on BBC Test Match Special
    Ben Stokes

    "It completely bamboozled Stokes who'd played a terrific innings. England will be rueing the fact he's gone now, he was just hitting his straps and looking like he was going to get a hundred at least. It just puts a bit more pressure on the new pair."

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  150. 36 overs: 
    WICKET- Stokes c Wade b Faulkner 70 (Eng 206-4)

    Get your tin hats on, it's Powerplay o'clock, with only three fielders outside the circle for overs 36-40, and Faulkner's back on in place of Pattinson. Nathan Coulter-Nile at long-on gets plenty of work as Morgan and Stokes drill a couple of singles, before Morgan steps forward and whacks a first-bounce four over extra cover.

    How England might wish they could channel his natural talent for Test cricket to fill that number six spot they've been trying to fill since Paul Collingwood retired three years ago. Morgan moves to seven with a single, but the 'Batting Powerplay of Doom' strikes as Stokes top-edges a back-of-the-hand slower ball and is easily caught by the keeper.

  151. 35 overs: 
    Eng 199-3

    Stokes knocks a single to bring Morgan on strike for the first time, Johnson fires it in to the new batsman who withdraws the bat at the last minute (rather in the style of Michael Carberry, who's carrying the drinks again today). A square drive brings him a single, but Stokes is going really well here, off-driving the left-armer for another four. Johnson has 0-41 from seven overs.

  152.   
    Terry Alderman, Ex-Australia seam bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "England are certainly on track for 350 I would have thought. I did notice a drink came out, probably with some instruction from the dressing room, and I would have thought it would have have been to keep going playing shots."

  153. 34 overs: 
    Eng 193-3 (Stokes 64*, Morgan 0*)

    Eoin Morgan is the fourth left-hander in England's top five (and there's still potentially Broad and Tredwell to come, making seven southpaws in the side). They ran on the catch, so it's Stokes facing and he adds a double and a single.

    The other worry for England may be the approach of the Batting Powerplay of Doom in a couple of overs' time... if you didn't see yesterday's Women's ODI in Melbourne, the powerplay still seems to produce England batting collapses in both men's and women's international cricket.

  154.   
    Brad Hogg, Ex-Australia spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Ballance didn't seem to adjust to the extra pace and bounce of the Waca."

  155. 33.4 overs: 
    WICKET- Ballance c Smith b Pattinson 18 (Eng 190-3)
    James Pattinson

    Single from Stokes, then Ballance - who hasn't looked entirely as comfortable as his partner - goes for a big hit and a skier is caught by Steve Smith standing almost next to the bowler's end umpire. Well, Brad Hogg did want Morgan in...

  156.   
    Brad Hogg, Ex-Australia spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I think Morgan is an exceptional player and I'm surprised he wasn't in your Test squad. You want your better players to get a start early in the innings, if he's still there with wickets in hand he can demolish the attack. He's one of those players its very hard to set a field to he's going to be wasted if he doesn't get in."

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  157. 33 overs: 
    Eng 189-2
    Mitchell Johnson

    Australia keep Maxwell's last over up their sleeves and turn back to Mitchell Johnson. But Stokes tucks into Big Bad Mitch with his fiffth four of the day, this time fluently through mid-wicket. Two singles bring up the fifty partnership, Johnson bangs in a bouncer which Stokes toe-ends to deep square leg for a single. England going along nicely here.

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    BenTurner98: Going at 6 an over for the first 30 allows Morgs and Buttler to play themselves in, provides a launch pad. Expecting 360.

  159. 32 overs: 
    Eng 182-2 (Stokes 54*, Ballance 17*)

    Stokes forges ahead with a single, Ballance rides his luck with a four past the keeper.

  160.   
    Brad Hogg, Ex-Australia spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Some of these decisions can take far too long. If you can't make a decision in three replays you should give the benefit of the doubt to the batsman."

  161.  
    NOT OUT

    And the verdict is... not out. Just for once on this tour, there's no histrionics between the teams as everyone seems to accept the ball bounced a fraction before Marsh pouched it.

  162. 31.2 overs: 
    THIRD UMPIRE

    While Maxwell has tied up one end pretty well, Australia have struggled to stem the flow of runs at the other end. Pattinson replaces Faulkner, Stokes on-drives and Shaun Marsh dives forward at short mid-wicket... was that a catch? The fielder genuinely doesn't seem to know, so the TV umpire is going to have a look...

  163.   
    Brad Hogg, Ex-Australia spinner on BBC Test Match Special
    Ben Stokes

    "That's the sign of a good player if you're scratchy and still make runs. I think Stokes has got a bright future for England. I have really enjoyed the contest between Stokes and Maxwell."

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  164. 31 overs: 
    Eng 177-2 (Stokes 53*, Ballance 13*)

    Maxwell in for his ninth over, with 1-34 from his first eight, and it's another tight one from the former South Wilts CC all-rounder, just two singles and a legside wide from it.

  165. 30 overs: 
    Eng 174-2

    Stokes pushes Faulkner for a slightly risky single, Coulter-Nile's throw just misses the stumps when Ballance would have been well short. The Yorkshire youngster adds a single, and Stokes unleashes a flashing off-drive which is stopped well on the edge of the circle.

    And if you follow the "double-the-score-at-30-overs" school of thought, we could be in for a high-scoring game here.

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    Rob: Trying to stay awake as a desk sergeant through a slow night shift and catch a cheeky glimpse at the internet waiting for the England collapse.

  167. 29 overs: 
    STOKES FIFTY- Eng 172-2 (Stokes 51*, Ballance 11*)

    Ballance moves to 11 with a single, Maxwell sends down a wide and then Stokes brings up his maiden ODI fifty by hoisting a maximum over long-on. Boom Boom!

  168.   
    Brad Hogg, Ex-Australia spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I played with Ian Bell at Warwickshire, he knew where he wanted to go with his cricket, he was almost Tendulkar-like, he's an exceptional player. Jonathan Trott I played with too, I hope he's on the road to recovery I want to see him back on the park. He's tough, and like Ian Bell he knew where he wanted to go. You want to play with players like that."

  169. 28 overs: 
    Eng 163-2

    While Brad Hogg on TMS outlines his hopes of making Australia's squad for this year's World Twenty20 (the slow left-arm chinaman bowler is 43 next month), Bailey makes a bowling change - Faulkner's left-arm seam replaces Christian's medium pace, and it momentarily puts the brakes as he sends down four dot balls to Stokes - just a couple of singles from the over.

  170. 27 overs: 
    Eng 161-2 (Stokes 43*, Ballance 9*)

    Stokes, back on the ground where he scored England's only century of the Ashes series, pulls Maxwell for four, and three more singles extend this partnership to 23.

  171.  
    Brad Hogg, Ex-Australia spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Stokes is playing risky strokes but I'd like him to work them ball around because you can get some value for those shots. One thing playing at the Waca you can turn the ones into twos and that's the one thing England haven't done in this innings."

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  172. 26 overs: 
    Eng 154-2

    Thanks, Marc. The left-handed rookies are accumulating well here - Ballance guides a two and a single through the leg side, Stokes moves to 36 with a single, and Ballance chips one down to third man. Another Stokes single means it's six from Christian's over.

  173. 25 overs: 
    Eng 148-2 (Stokes 35*, Ballance 4*)

    Ben Stokes and Glenn Maxwell are having a chat out there in the middle. Friendly? I've no idea, but both men seem to be smiling. Here's something else to smile about - Mark Mitchener is ready and primed to take over commentary. Enjoy!

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    Joe Marshall: England's discussion this morning...Giles 'if nobody else fancies a game we'll have to go with the same team?' Good start though.

  175. 24 overs: 
    Eng 146-2 (Stokes 34*, Ballance 3*)

    Dan Christian sends down a couple of wides before Ben Stokes dabs a single down to third man. The burly all-rounder is getting good carry from the Waca pitch as he tempts both Stokes and Gary Ballance into a swish outside off stump during the over.

  176.   
    Terry Alderman, Ex-Australia seam bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "He's certainly done a very good job, Glenn Maxwell, four overs for 16 runs when all before him were going at five and six an over. There should have been some early wickets, I think, on this pitch."

  177. 23 overs: 
    Eng 142-2 (Stokes 33*, Ballance 2*)

    Ian Bell, Alastair Cook and Ben Stokes have laid good enough foundations for the rest of the team to take a bit of time to play themselves in. Which is just as well as Glenn Maxwell continue to prove economical - three from his fifth over. His figures now read 5-0-16-1.

  178.   
    Terry Alderman, Ex-Australia seam bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "England are playing a shot a ball at the moment, it's like a frenetic Twenty20 game and it has thrown Australia off their mark."

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  179. 22 overs: 
    Eng 139-2 (Stokes 31*, Ballance 1*)

    Gary Ballance replaces Ian Bell at the crease then. England back to relying on the kids.

  180. 21.4 overs: 
    WICKET- Bell c Faulkner b Christian 55 (Eng 138-2)

    A century was there for the taking, Belly. So why does the opener try and flick the ball around the corner and pick out James Faulkner, who is stationed at short fine leg? Only he knows. Either way, he's back in the dressing room. A fine knock comes to an abrupt end.

    Fall of wickets: 1-87 (Cook 44), 2-138 (Bell 55)

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    Gigs: Bell, Ballance, Bopara, Buttler, Bresnan, Broad... looks like England's playing its B-team again.

  182. 21 overs: 
    DROPPED CATCH- Eng 134-1 (Bell 53*, Stokes 30*)

    Mechanical scoreboards [see below] seem to be piling up on scrap heaps around the world, don't they? Yet, is there a more magnificent sight and sound than the metal turning over in the box?

    Anyway, back to action in the middle and Ian Bell is lucky to survive as he tries to guide Mitchell Johnson over first slip but Shaun Marsh gets his fingertips to it and almost sends the opener packing. The runs keep coming too, with Ben Stokes flicking four off his pads before the Durham all-rounder gets another edge towards the slips but Marsh grasses it. A very eventful over, but England emerge unscathed with an extra nine runs to their name.

  183.   
    Terry Alderman, Ex-Australia seam bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "England going along very, very nicely, keeping the mechanical scoreboard ticking, there are only two of them left in Australia, one in Adelaide and this one here."

  184. 20 overs: 
    FIFTY FOR IAN BELL- Eng 125-1 (Bell 52*, Stokes 22*)
    Ian Bell

    There's an England cricket fan at the Waca with a West Ham flag. Now there's somebody who deserves to see a victory today. Ian Bell is doing his level-best to make that happen as he brings up a classy half-century with another chip over the off side and to the boundary. That's his 29th fifty in 139 ODIs.

  185. 19 overs: 
    Eng 120-1 (Bell 48*, Stokes 21*)

    George Bailey is having to earn his corn as captain today as England take the upper hand. I wonder what Michael Clarke does on his day off? A Friday night barbecue? Mitchell Johnson is revved back up by the stand-in skip, and he induces Ben Stokes into an edge but the ball drops well short of Shaun Marsh in the slips. Five from the over.

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    Reverend Liam Reilly: Aussies not playing their best bowler from the last game and sticking with Maxwell, who only gets charity wickets? They pity us.

    Melchett Bowldim: Very impressed with Maxwell. No doubt will be haunting England in years to come.

  187. 18 overs: 
    Eng 115-1 (Bell 48*, Stokes 16*)

    Ian Bell is scoring at more than a run a ball, but he's barely played a shot which has not involved a straight bat. He's such a class act, showing that touch players, like he and Mahela Jayawardene, have a role to play in limited-overs cricket. He and Ben Stokes turn over the strike before Bell creams a boundary over extra cover. "Shot of the day," purrs Terry Alderman on TMS.

  188. 17 overs: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Eng 109-1 (Bell 43*, Stokes 15*)
    Ian Bell

    With the field now spread, England are struggling to find the gaps and Glenn Maxwell takes us into a drinks break with another tidy overs. Just two singles from it.

  189. 16 overs: 
    Eng 107-1 (Bell 42*, Stokes 14*)

    Steady on Tel, England haven't scored 370 since Rod Stewart was flogging cassettes. Or so it seems.

    The run-rate is slowed momentarily when Nathan Coulter-Nile returns to the attack and limits the tourists to just a single.

  190.   
    Terry Alderman, Ex-Australia seam bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "The run-rate at the moment is a 360-370 total - amazing. I think Australia will be rueing not selecting another spinner in Xavier Doherty."

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  191. 15 overs: 
    Eng 106-1 (Bell 42*, Stokes 13*)
    Glenn Maxwell

    With his wispy fringe, three-day-old facial growth and economical whippy action, Glenn Maxwell is racing through his overs - but England keep the scoreboard ticking with four from the latest set of six.

  192. 14 overs: 
    Eng 102-1 (Bell 41*, Stokes 10*)

    Much pressure on Ian Bell to kick on now, and the opener cracks another boundary back over the bowler's head. James Pattinson ruffles his hair in disbelief. It's a long time since I've seen an Aussie bowler look so troubled. His mood isn't helped by the most glorious of straight drives which pings off Ben Stokes's middle. JP has now gone for 38 from his 5 overs.

  193.   
    Terry Alderman, Ex-Australia seam bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "Great intent from both batsmen, if the ball was up they were hitting through the line, if it was short they were going to pull it, exhilarating stuff. They've got a base now to work on, a very good start, and these guys can play their natural game."

  194. 13 overs: 
    Eng 91-1 (Bell 36*, Stokes 4*)

    And that brings Ben Stokes to the crease at the scene of his maiden Test century. Those memories seems fresh as the Durham all-rounder sweeps Glenn Maxwell for four to get off the mark.

  195.   
    Mickey Arthur, Ex-Australia & South Africa coach on BBC Test Match Special

    "He attempted to go across the line, there is a vacant deep mid-wicket and he'll be disappointed a) with his shot and b) the fact he hasn't gone on to a big score. For England to put Australia under a lot of pressure they are going to have to get in excess of 300."

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  196. 12.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Cook b Maxwell 44 (Eng 87-1)
    Alastair Cook walks off

    Just when it looked like everything was going England's way, those pesky Aussies throw a spanner in the works. Alastair Cook tries another expansive shot but Glenn Maxwell manages to sneak the ball through, helped by a little bit of turn, and rearrange the skipper's timbers.

  197.   
    Mickey Arthur, Ex-Australia & South Africa coach on BBC Test Match Special

    "Very ordinary start from Australia, they've been particularly untidy with their lines and lengths."

  198. 12 overs: 
    Eng 87-0 (Cook 44*, Bell 36*)

    "This is our day," suggests my colleague as Ian Bell greets James Pattinson's return to the attack by edging through the slips for four. There is nothing fortunate about the next boundary as the opener takes a step forward and flicks through midwicket. The England run-rate is 7.25 at the moment. Nosebleed territory. Eleven from another very profitable over.

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    The Pete: After the Lord Mayor's show all this cricket now. Why can't they do the ODI's before the Tests like 2005?

  200. 11 overs: 
    Eng 76-0 (Cook 43*, Bell 27*)

    Australia's million-dollar baby, Glenn Maxwell, is drafted in to stop the England charge - the off-spinner varying his pace well as England milk him for three singles. A good start by the IPL star.

  201.   
    Mickey Arthur, Ex-Australia & South Africa coach on BBC Test Match Special

    "It is up to one of these guys to go on to get a big score so the younger guys have someone to bat around."

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  202. 10 overs: 
    Eng 73-0 (Cook 42*, Bell 25*)

    Stop it Cookie, you're giving us all hope here. Don't take it away from us. The England skipper pulls Nathan Coulter-Nile through midwicket for four and then slaps another boundary through mid-off. Lovely stuff.

  203.   
    Mickey Arthur, Ex-Australia & South Africa coach on BBC Test Match Special

    "It seems to be starting to dry out now, the pitch, it was a little tacky at the start and we could see by the mistiming of some strokes but the ball is starting to come on to the bat now, plenty of runs, and we could be in a for a big chase today."

  204. 9 overs: 
    Eng 65-0 (Cook 34*, Bell 25*)
    James Faulkner

    One of the England openers needs to go on and make a hundred today. If they can give players like Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler a platform, they have a chance of posting a proper target. A couple of singles off James Faulkner before Ian Bell goes aeriel and smacks the bowler back down the ground for four. He does it again, with all the aplomb of a senior batsman tucking into a youngster in the nets.

  205.   
    Mickey Arthur, Ex-Australia & South Africa coach on BBC Test Match Special

    "There are a lot of all-rounders in the Australian line-up but only four specialist batsmen. It looks like Cook and Bell are trying to be very positive here, they realise 250 has been comfortably chased down by Australia, but this is a different pitch and different conditions."

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  206. 8 overs: 
    Eng 55-0 (Cook 33*, Bell 16*)
    Alastair Cook

    A sure sign that Australia are searching for a breakthrough as James Pattinson is given a breather and replaced in the attack by Nathan Coulter-Nile. He of the double-barrelled name is from Western Australia so he's very much at home on the bouncy pitches of Perth. Not that Alastair Cook is too bothered as cuts back-to-back boundaries through point and ends the over with a glorious cover drive to the ropes. Dare I say it?

  207.   
    Mickey Arthur, Ex-Australia & South Africa coach on BBC Test Match Special

    "Faulkner won't be happy. The key at the wicket is the get the batsmen coming forward and he has been pulled three times. You want to get the batsmen driving and caught in the covers, with the extra bounce that is how you get the wickets here."

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  208. 7 overs: 
    Eng 41-0 (Cook 21*, Bell 15*)

    Left-arm all-rounder James Faulkner replaces Mitchell Johnson in the attack, and Alastair Cook rocks back on the back foot - scoring two into the leg side, four through midwicket and then another boundary through square leg. The England skipper has obviously not forgiven the youngster for that Brisbane battering he dished out seven days ago. How did the Aussies win that one, by the way?

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    Rog, Cwmbach: Surely England can beat a second string Aussie side captained by their most disappointing player in the Ashes series? Oh I forgot - Mitch is playing!

  210. 6 overs: 
    Eng 30-0 (Cook 11*, Bell 15*)
    James Pattinson

    The television cameras pan to friends enjoying the cricket at the Waca - sat on a picnic blanket, applying the sun lotion and wondering at which point to crack open the picnic basket. Idyllic. It's going pretty well for England so far too, with Ian Bell using James Pattinson's natural away swing to smash four over extra cover. He follows it up with a chip back over the bowler's head which brings two. Nice.

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    Lloyd Griffiths: All of this is leading with hilarious inevitability to the endpoint of Stuart Broad regaining the Ashes next year as captain.

    MetManPH: It's swinging a bit.

  212. 5 overs: 
    Eng 24-0 (Cook 11*, Bell 9*)

    Ian Bell has looked in good touch throughout this series, suffering run-outs in his last two innings when well set. The Warwickshire Bear is throwing a few punches early on as he chips Mitchell Johnson for three over extra cover before Alastair Cook helps himself to a couple. There's still the odd play and miss, before Cook slashes hard outside off stump and the ball flies away for four. Go hard or go home.

  213.   
    Mickey Arthur, Ex-Australia & South Africa coach on BBC Test Match Special

    "Any bowler that swings the ball away allows a batsman to free the arms, they often talk about the best way to bowl in one-day games being to slant the ball into the pads. It takes about 20 or 30 balls to get in at the Waca so they can go on sedately at the start."

  214. 4 overs: 
    Eng 15-0 (Cook 5*, Bell 6*)

    Here's one for you... how many of the England team today will be playing in their opening World Cup match in these parts next year? I'd wager there will be a few more changes before Ashley Giles is truly happy going into the 50-over World Cup.

    I'd like to think Ian Bell will be involved, and the opener scores the first boundary of the day when he dances down the track to James Pattinson and guides the ball over the slip cordon after initially looking to score over extra cover. It's not as easy for his opening partner, with Pattinson consistently posing questions of Alastair Cook with some fine outswingers to the left-hander.

  215.   
    Mickey Arthur, Ex-Australia & South Africa coach on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's a good start, these are quite good bowling conditions, there is an easterly wind to help the swing, the wicket is a little bit tacky underfoot which means your best chance to get anything out of it will be in the first hour. It's a tough ground to defend on though."

    Listen to live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  216. 3 overs: 
    Eng 9-0 (Cook 4*, Bell 1*)

    Steady-as-you-go early on for England, with Ian Bell and Alastair Cook trading singles off Mitchell Johnson. When Ian Bell does get one away towards the cover boundary, Steve Smith makes a superb one-handed diving stop. Dynamite bowling backed up by dynamic fielding. Two from the over.

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    Robbie Singh: This is now or never for England. If they cannot win this now then its going to be really tough in future to make a comeback.

  218. 2 overs: 
    Eng 7-0 (Cook 3*, Bell 0*)

    The players' shirts flutter in the Perth breeze as James Pattinson is handed the new ball alongside Mitchell Johnson - the young tyro is bowling at a decent lick and beating Alastair Cook on the outside edge. However, the right-arm quick is also struggling to find a consistent radar as he gives away four separate wides either side of the wicket. The only saving grace is the fact the ball is hooping around in the air and off the pitch.

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    Melchett Bowldim: Encouraging to see England ringing the changes... oh wait.

  220. 1 over: 
    Eng 3-0

    Mitchell Johnson, with the Allan Border Medal (Australia's player of the year) in his back pocket, opens the bowling for Australia. I caught a clip of MJ picking up an award the other night and I'm fairly certain he was holding a pint at the time. Was David Boon handing out the honours while sipping a tinnie?

    Back to the action, and Johnson gets one to shape away from Alastair Cook before the skipper gets off the mark with three, courtesy of a misfield. Ian Bell is left ducking and weaving by a sharp bouncer. A decent first over.

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    Rubyshakes: When a leader expresses doubt in he must step down. Cook is a fine player, England will benefit if he can just focus on his batting. I fear Cook is too nice to be captain. That was Freddie's problem too. Could the next Nasser or Vaughan please step forward.

  222. 03:18: 

    There's no doubting Eoin Morgan's ability, Scott. Is there any chance of him returning to the Test team? Right then...it's time for the action to begin. Alastair Cook and Ian Bell to take strike. Mitchell Johnson and Co to take aim. Take cover.

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    Scott, Glasgow: Morgan should be ODI captain. Very good ODI player and shown his brilliance with the free ball shot. Plus he has a bit of fight in him, it all seems to be empty words with Cook, and accepting defeat.

  224.  
    Stephen Brenkley, The Independent cricket correspondent on BBC Test Match Special

    "If there is a brittleness in the Australian side it is that top order."

  225. 03:14: 

    England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler, speaking to Test Match Special: "There has been a lot been written about why England haven't won games of cricket but the bottom line is we haven't performed well enough for long enough."

  226. 03:13: 
    George Bailey and Alastair Cook

    Are the Australians feeling sorry for England as they hurtle towards a record-equalling 10th consecutive loss? No chance. Grinning George Bailey, who captains the hosts today, wants to continue the torment.

    When asked if extending England's misery to record levels would be enjoyable, he said: "Yeah it would.

    "That's why we're talking about it. Not that you need any extra motivation to try to win a game.

    "We're all desperate to be out there and winning every game we play. But any time you have an opportunity to write history, that's pretty special as a team."

    Don't be rotten, Bails...

  227. 03:09: 

    Cook's Essex team-mate Ravi Bopara will be pleased to hear that his old buddy intends to stay in charge of the team. Speaking earlier this week, the all-rounder said: "I do believe that your best player should be your captain and I still believe that he is our best player."

  228. 03:07: 
    TEAM LINE-UPS

    Australia: Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh, Matthew Wade (wk), George Bailey (capt), Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Dan Christian, James Faulkner, Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Pattinson.

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

  229. 03:06: 

    Following that chastening defeat in the third one-day international, Alastair Cook suggested he is considering his future as England's ODI captain. Speaking at the toss of today's match, he said those comments were the result of that emotional defeat at Sydney. He now insists he wants to stay on. Happy with that? I reckon I am...

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    So what's been happening since we last met? Plenty actually, with most of the talk centred around Alastair Cook's future as ODI captain. I'm keen to get your thoughts on the captaincy issue - Test and one-day - and also anything else you want to get off your chest. It might be 3am in Blighty, but I'm here to listen. Get involved via the usual channels, using #bbccricket on Twitter, send a text to 81111 or email us at tms@bbc.co.uk

  231. 03:04: 
    TEST MATCH SPECIAL

    The first good news of the day - Test Match Special is on the air. Tune in on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, or listen via the BBC Sport website/app on your phone, tablet or any other gadget you currently possess.

  232. 02:59: 

    The tourists have got five more chances - including the three T20s that follow this ODI series - to turn the tide of Australian dominance. The hosts have rested a number of players now the series is in the bag, including captain Michael Clarke and opener David Warner. But Mitchell Johnson is licking his chops at the prospect of another feast on his favourite ground of all - the fast and bouncy wicket of Perth. Possibly the fastest pitch in the world.

  233. 02:58: 

    So, for the fourth time in the series, Australia will chase. Can England finally post a match-winning total? Or will they be steamrollered by those pesky Aussies once again?

  234. 02:56: 
    TOSS

    Australia have won the toss and will field. England have named an unchanged team - I'll get you full line-ups shortly.

  235. 02:55: 

    We live in hope at least, that England can salvage something from the smouldering wreckage of their trip to Australia. As if you needed any sort of reminder, they lost all five Ashes Tests and have stretched that 100% losing record into the one-day international series. Three-nil down with two to play, surely it's about time they 'won a do' as they say up north.

  236. 02:50: 

    What's that you say, skip? The tourists are down and out and heading into Mitchell Johnson's backyard at the Waca?

    No problem skip, Eoin, Jos and Ravi have got this one...

Live Scores - Australia v England

 

  • England beat Australia by 57 runs
  • Australia: 259 (47.4 overs)
  • England: 316-8 (50.0 overs)
  • Venue: Perth

Australia Innings

All out
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S Marsh c Bell b Bresnan 15
Finch c Broad b Bresnan 108
Wade c Cook b Bopara 23
Bailey c Buttler b Stokes 11
Smith c Buttler b Broad 19
Maxwell c Buttler b Stokes 26
Christian c Ballance b Broad 23
Faulkner c Buttler b Stokes 2
Johnson b Stokes 6
Coulter-Nile not out 9
Pattinson c Buttler b Bresnan 4
Extras 9w 4lb 13
Total all out 259

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