England v Australia - as it happened!


Good morning: OK it's a dead rubber fixture but it has been a compelling series to date and there should be plenty of pointers for the matches against Pakistan ahead for both sides (if not for the Ashes despite some showboating from the UK press). England are unchanged for the fifth match in succession but Michael Clarke, who made a fine unbeaten 99 in the last match, is out. It looks a hard, fast and bouncy pitch - not the feather bed of yore that led Brian Johnston to wonder how Colin Cowdrey's mother's bouncers fared on a feather bed and Australia have won the toss and decided to bat.

The teams:
England: 1 Andrew Strauss (capt); 2 Craig Kieswetter (wk); 3 Kevin Pietersen; 4 Paul Collingwood; 5 Eoin Morgan; 6 Michael Yardy; 7 Luke Wright; 8 Tim Bresnan; 9 Graeme Swann; 10 Stuart Broad; 11 James Anderson.

Australia: 1 Shane Watson; 2 Tim Paine (wk); 3 Ricky Ponting (capt); 4 Shaun Marsh; 5 Cameron White; 6 Michael Hussey; 7 James Hopes; 8 Steven Smith; 9 Shaun Tait; 10 Ryan Harris; 11 Doug Bollinger.

It looks doubtful that Tim Paine will open but we'll have to wait and see.

England go into the huddle: And Tim Paine is opening for Australia and not Shaun Marsh despite the speculation. Has anyone seen young Jason Roy's T20 innings for Surrey. Yesterday the 19-year-old followed up his ton against Kent with 74 in the match against Somerset. Awesome figures but any first-hand accounts would be appreciated.

1st over: Australia 1-0 (Watson 1, Paine 0) Jimmy Anderson opens the bowling from the Pavilion End and Shane Watson gets off the mark with a single clipped to third man. First three deliveries are all short of a length and there looks to be a hint of swing for Anderson. The last ball snakes away from Paine, too. Promising stuff from Anderson.

2nd over: Australia 1-0 (Watson 1, Paine 0) And it;s Barney Ronay's favourite player, Tim Bresnan, from the Nursery End. His first four balls jag about outside off stump and Watson plays inside the line to them, not so much plya and misses but theatrical leaves. He certainly has a nibble at the last one, though, and Bresnan starts with a maiden.

3rd over: Australia 10-0 (Watson 9, Paine 1) Paine gets off the mark with a squirt off the inside wdge behind square leg and then Watson pulls him off the front foot with a baseball hoick over midwicket for four. That was what Geoff Boycott calls a powder puff delivery. He repeats the shot next ball for another four, just rocking slightly back on his heels rather than taking a pace back classical fashion. Anderson fights back well with a quicker one that Watson looks to cut/avoid. There was certainly a sound to spark England's appeal but hotspot looks inconclusive – no telltale shining mark on the ball.

4th over: Australia 12-0 (Watson 9, Paine 2) That should have read telltale shining mark on the bat. There is a mark on the ball but that may have come from the pitch. Bresnan's found his mojo straight away, perfect line, slightly short. Paine tries to give him the charge but swings and misses. He doesn't look capable of taking on the new ball in England. After praising Bresnan he then serves up a pie of a wide and Paine farms the strike off the last ball with a push to short midwicket.

5th over: Australia 15-0 (Watson 9, Paine 5) Sky have gone back to Snicko to look at Watson's "edge" and there's definitely a spike. Matt Healey has a view of Jason Roy: "I was fortunate enough to watch Jason Roy out-bat everyone else on the park yesterday evening at the Oval. The pitch must have been taking quite a bit of spin and everyone - bar Roy - found it difficult to score quickly. Surrey had 91-1 from their first 10 overs (I think) and still only managed 171. Murali Kartik caused all the batsmen trouble - Younus Khan in particular - but Roy managed a couple of perfectly executed straight sixes off him. Surrey opened the bowling with spin and Somerset - a couple of bashes from Pollard notwithstanding - were never in it. Looking forward to seeing more of Roy in the future." Sounds very good, though I note, to get the Bufton Tuftons spluttering, that he was born in South Africa. Anderson was milked for three off his first full-length delivery of the morning but pegs back Watson in his crease for the remaining balls.

6th over: Australia 16-0 (Watson 9, Paine 6) Bresnan's in probing mode. He looks deceptively hittable but the movement he's getting is keeping Paine honest. Having seen such an incident recently I was wondering whether there is ever a more undignified sight than a person who has lost one of their shoes. (Just the one, mind.) Chap on the tube was explaining to his friend how he'd come to lose it (some odd story about a train door) and was sat with one flip-flop on and one barefoot. The perils of flippers in town.

7th over: Australia 19-0 (Watson 10, Paine 8) Australia are labouring in these first few overs, Paine especially. Anderson's length is spot on, all on a good length and some slightly short but with movement away from the batsman. Paine top edges a hook, safe, to fine leg and gets a single. Michael Yardy was down there but it fell way short.

8th over: Australia 23-0 (Watson 10, Paine 12) Paine climbs into a cover drive that goes for four without really coming off the meat of the bat. It made a ping like Dennis Lillee's aluminium bat. Then Bresnan goes wider on the crease and makes Paine play and miss. Here's John Starbuck: "For all the Ashes-related hysteria, people seem to have forgotten that England will be facing Pakistan next, so do we need different players for them? They blow hot and cold but we know if they're on their game they'll beat anyone. I expect we'll be fielding a four-man pace attack plus Swann, so some batsmen are really going to have to earn their keep." Does that mean Prior will bat at No6 in your view, John. That always gives me the fear. I think they'll stick to six batsmen, Prior, Swann, Broad, Anderson and Finn.

9th over: Australia 27-0 (Watson 14, Paine 12) Delay while Paine changes his bat after that weird sound it made when he unleashed his extra cover drive. Stuart Broad takes over from Anderson and Watson pulls his second, short delivery to the midwicket boundary. Lovely bat speed but it was a shocking delivery.

WICKET!!: Watson c Anderson b Broad 14 He's made runs with the pull shot this morning but golden arm Broad, the king of getting batsmen out with bad balls, tempted him again and Watson carved it to wide mid-on.

9th over cont'd: Australia 27-1 (Ponting 0, Paine 12) Enter Ricky Ponting and Broad bowls a nice, dangerous wobbly one first-up that the Australian captain taps down the pitch.

10th over: Australia 31-1 (Ponting 0, Paine 15) Bresnan's first ball drifts on to leg and Paine whips him away for three bringing Ponting to face. Extravagant, typically Ponting, leaves then he has a swish at a wide one squirting down the leg side that Kieswetter does well to stop. It's definitely moving off the pitch for Bresnan and he keeps Ponting doubtful whether to push at a couple. He opts for discretion.

11th over: Australia 37-1 (Ponting 4, Paine 16) Ben Reynolds writes in: "I remain convinced that Broad gets more wickets than he might otherwise because opposition players really don't like him, and attempt shots they otherwise wouldn't. Meanwhile, Botham is at it again with his 'knack' nonsense." I think you're right Ben. And Botham was exactly the same, brilliantly conning scores of wickets by tempting batsmen to be more aggressive than they would against anyone else. Paine almost invokes the wrath of Ponting by calloing for a second on Kevin Pietersen's arm. Ponting sends him back and gives him a Paddington Bear stare. Broad bowls a beachball bounce wide then reverts to his outside off-stump (v Tendulkar) line and Ponting does his beg step and leave. Beautiful shot from Ponting off the last , goes on to the back foot and smashes it, with a straight bat, through point for four. Too wide and fuller than his previous balls,

12th over: Australia 44-1 (Ponting 8, Paine 19) Bresnan's continuing and he gets Paine to drive uppsihly through midwicket for three. Sir Ian Botham's saying that Bresna is looking for outswing but not getting it, the seam position demands the ball moves in the air but that elusive art flummoxes Bresnan's expectations. Lovely shot from Ponting. During the 2005 Ashes I had an argument with a friend who insisted that Ponting wasn't a wonderful stylist as I maintained. Well, Dave. Watch that shot. You know nowt.

13th over: Australia 45-1 (Ponting 8, Paine 20) Broad starts with a more middle stump line to Ponting, probably looking for the LBW when he falls over his front leg early in his innings. This is good from Broad, not straying on to leg stick at all this over, as if he's keen to keep his pitch map neat.

14th over: Australia 47-1 (Ponting 9, Paine 21) Anderson replaces Bresnan and starts with a loosener that Paine decides, late and probably wrongly, not to cut. Paine then turns one round the corner for a single. He's a bit of a throwback as an opener, a nurdly manipulator without, on this evidence, the hitting to milk the powerplay. Ponting takes single with a risky shot off his legs, almost ending up with both pads facing down the pitch French cricket style. Weird.

15th over: Australia 48-1 (Ponting 10, Paine 21) Broad really bends his back and invites Paine to sniff the leather second ball, up to 89mph for four balls in a row. Paine ducks under the second bumper. "Effort" balls, Bumble calls them. Good over, Paine's hands will hurt after he got a couple of stingers up the splice (sounds a bit Finbarr Saunders).

16th over: Australia 54-1 (Ponting 15, Paine 22) Good stat from Sky - this is Strauss's 13th ODI as captain against Australia, beating Mike Brearley's 12. I would have thought Graham Gooch would have had many more but what do I know? Anderson concedes a couple of singles. Then Ponting charges down the wicket last ball and smashes a four through mid-off.

17th over: Australia 55-1 (Ponting 15, Paine 23) Broad again finds some good pace as Paine's throwback innings continues, trying to tempt him to hook, which he does but keeps safe, perhaps because of his poor timing this knock.

WICKET! Ponting c Kieswetter b Broad 15 Broad strikes again. His bouncer looks appetising enough for Ponting to climb into but the extra pace cocks up the Australian captain's timing and he gloves it through to the keeper.

18th over: Australia 63-2 (White 6, Paine 25) Cameron White comes up the order to No4 in Michael Clarke's absence and he's got Luke Wright first up. Here's Tim Woolias enjoying Australian dominance: "Hi Rob, I'm following the OBO from The Wiggles live in Hammersmith, and I have to say the Aussie top four are bossing it here." Captain Feathersword, wh, Tim? How apt! (Apologies for the exclamation mark). White deals with Wright pretty comfortably and the Australians take eight in unspectacular fashion.

19th over: Australia 71-2 (White 8, Paine 30) Greg Blewett has a theory on Sky, that the rest of the world are having to play catch-up with England, who have mastered the are of devising and executing bowling plans for each batsman. Who'd have thought it? Rare Collingwood misfield gives Australia a single and Broad responds by hiting 90mph for a ball carved to third man. Paine finally connects with his hook, getting on top of it and biffing it squareish for four. Pietersen hits Luke Wright with his return off the last ball and he wears the ball on the back of his head.

20th over: Australia 74-2 (White 9, Paine 33) Wright shakes his head after the blow, chats with Collingwood and trundles in to bowl. Gives up a legside single third ball but his line, otherwise, has been tighter, squaring White up and hitting the shoulder of his bat but White manages to shovel it past point.

21st over: Australia 75-2 (White 9, Paine 34) A ceratin German sportswear manufacturer is sponsoring both sides, since when did they move into the cricket market in such a big way? Here's an interesting discourse on what three-stripe obsession can do courtesy of . Broad pegs back Paine for the first thre balls and then makes him look clueless and not a little concerned with being hit by the fifth ball. It was short, arrowing in and Paine took his eyes completely off it and luckily mangled a single off it. Very good over. The better balls don't take wickets, though.

22nd over: Australia 77-2 (White 10, Paine 35) "I just want everyone to know that I bumped into Glenn McGrath in central Sydney the other night," writes Douglas Wilson. "I said 'Hi' and he said 'G'day', but only one of us looked like a little boy meeting Santa for the first time. As I watched him go, my wife, by nature a restrained and dignified woman, turned to me and sang - 'Ooh, Ah, Glenn McGrath - I say Ooh-Ah Glenn McGrath.' I can now die happy." Happy to oblige Douglas. Further musings sent to the Old Dart from down there. This is Kate: "Kate here in Sydney. is going to be live on TV in 30 mins then Wimbledon at 11pm AND the Argentina v Germany on another channel. A bonanza of sport coming up. Do any of your female followers agree that Rafael Nadal has the best backside in sport? He certainly won game set and match in the eye candy competition yesterday. Now where is that lovely Stuart Broad?" Objectification of the male form? Is that Guardian or not Guardian? I'll wait for the reprimand. Two off the over. They've managed to put Paine in crisis mode. He looks lost out there at the moment, no confidence, no timing, no answer.

23rd over: Australia 78-2 (White 11, Paine 35) Here comes Michael Yardy. A few years ago I once wrote a headline when Rana ul Naved and Yardy put on a big partnership for Sussex. "Nippy Naved fires once tardy Yardy." I was inordinately proud of it until someone told me it was garbage. I've never recovered. I used to hate left-arm spear it in merchants like Yardy but he actually has a bit more dash than I remember. His wide angle from round the wicket is very confusing.

24th over: Australia 83-2 (White 13, Paine 38) England have tied up Australia here well, and would probably not be too miffed to keep Paine at the wicket as he's helping them slow things up. White takes a single round the corner off Wright. Paine slogs a short ball for three, a sort of two-hand smash as about as elegant as a plate of tripe. Are the shackles off?

25th over: Australia 89-2 (White 14, Paine 43) Approaching halfway and Yardy has a big appeal for lbw first ball up as White shapes to sweep. Not out, too high. Then Paine reverse sweeps him for four - he's adapted at last to the knowledge that swiping at balls is not going to work for him today.

26th over: Australia 97-2 (White 19, Paine 46) Another top-edged pull, this time White which bounces twice before hitting the rope very fine. Geoff Roberts pulls this headline out: "Teenage priest in sex-change mercy dash to Palace. Beats yours by a country mile, I'd say." You need the material, Geoff. Can the OBOers help Phil Powell? "It is my great honour to be captain of a select drinking society that masquerades as a cricket team. We have two fixtures this summer and in a break with tradition have decided to have a few nets first. I thought I'd try to harness the power of the mighty OBO to help with finding some decent nets that are both free, and fairly central in Big London. Any suggestions?" I think there's a couple on Kew Green, Phil, we used to use but haven't been down there for ages.

27th over: Australia 104-2 (White 20, Paine 52) Paine brings up his fifty with a fine, deft cut. He's better at the wristy stuff and perhaps is beginning to bloom. White, though, goes all agricultural and misses with a cow corner hoick off Yardy that would have cleared the Tavern if he'd got hold of it. They're starting to up the pace off the unthreatening Wright and Yardy, here. Get a proper bowler on for an over or two.

28th over: Australia 104-2 (White 20, Paine 52) And its Graeme Swann who gets the call to replace Wright. And he takes a WICKET in his first over.

WICKET! White c Yardy b Swann 20 Nice teasing delivery from Swann, he saw White twitching with adrenaline and poised to charge so he tossed it up a bit higher and White took the bait, spooning it up to mid-off about 15 yards in from the fence and Yardy took the easyish catch.

28th over contd: Australia 104-3 (Marsh 0, Paine 52) Paine has a swish and Kieswetter whips the bails off but the batsman's back leg hadn't moved and then Paine puts Marsh on strike with a diddly reverse sweep. Swann turns the last one majestically and Marsh goes fishing.

29th over: Australia 106-3 (Marsh 0, Paine 54) Yes, Jen Oram. Sorry about the Wright/White cock-up. Here's Swann's spin twin Yardy and Paine takes a single but turns down one to let Marsh get off the mark that was comfortably there. Is he protecting Marsh from Swann? Strange.

WICKET! Paine b Swann 54 The batsman tries an absurd reverse sweep. Swann's ball pitches back and crashes into the stumps. Swann is all over this at the moment. The Australians look thoroughly depressed.

30th and 31st overs: Australia 107-4 (Marsh 0, Hussey 1) That over and wicket was exclusively brought to you by Scott Murray, genius of this parish, to allow me to take a comfort break in the bathroom as our American cousins say. Scott has gone off to prepare his mind for the Diego-Jogi show ahead so I can't elucidate further.

32nd over: Australia 114-4 (Marsh 3, Hussey 5) Yardy goes for five off that over. Paine must be kicking himself if his team-mates haven't got there first. He'd clawed his way to fifty, belatedly realised that slogging wasn't his forte and looked set to anchor the innings. Instead he lost his marbles with a daft and poorly executed shot. Swann is causing all sort of problems for the Australians.

33rd over: Australia 118-4 (Marsh 5, Hussey 7) Collingwood on, coming round the wicket to Marsh who clips him for a single to mid-off. Stays round the wicket to Hussey, too, who looks like he's going to get his head down and try to orchestrate the fight back in typical Hussey slow-starting style. Single here, single there. Tip and run, textbook rebuilding stuff.

34th over: Australia 121-4 (Marsh 6, Hussey 9) Marsh clips a single off Swann as does Hussey and then again. This is the way ahead, it seems, the mid-innings torpor as both are wary of Swann but keen to get their heads down and resist the urge to panic. Update from the Hammersmith Odeon or whatever it's called these days from Tim Wollias: "It's all over here, all four back in the hutch by 12.40…" I'll leave that ellipsis there, Tim. I can't put the ball over the line.

35th over: Australia 125-4 (Marsh 6, Hussey 11) Back comes Bresnan, who does look run in like Botham circa 1989. he can cut the ball off the seam with some skill, the Bres, and gets the ball to leave Hussey who also underestimates his pace with a hook that flies infront of square. Bresnan fights back well with a sharp one short of a length to rattle the ribs.

36th over: Australia 129-4 (Marsh 10, Hussey 12) On comes the fourth umpire to give Aleem Dar a drink and there's a short delay. Swann eventually continues, has a shout against Hussey for lbw but the Hawk shows it was far too high on this bouncy pitch. Australia play milky milky clever accumulation, risk free single gathering at the moment. Firework-free it may be, but it's bright thinking.

37th over: Australia 136-4 (Marsh 13, Hussey 15) Bresnan bowls a wide - on both counts as it's too high and too wide. Hussey gave Bresnan the charge so the Yorkie dropped it shorter and forced the batsman to chip it in the air but it landed safe. They're ceratinly causing problems with the shorter lengths. Three singles and a two. Bad news for KP, or potentially, he held his knee after fielding the ball, shouted for the 12th man and walked off.

38th over: Australia 142-4 (Marsh 15, Hussey 19) Gary Naylor is on his holidays: "In Toronto en route to London from Vegas, wondering why Canada doesn't play
decent standard cricket. It should really." It should Gary, and it was in the 1850s, I think. What happened? Six more off this over but the overall rate is still below four. Sensible batting but they're going to have to get shifting soon

39th over: Australia 147-4 (Marsh 15, Hussey 24) Luke Wright returns to the attack. Strauss has confidence in him but I think Yardy would have been better at this spell. A pair of deuces as my cribbage playing granny used to call them followed by a single from Mr Cricket. Marsh looks as is he's getting ready to have a crack and Hussey has a word. Patience is Hussey's watchword.

40th over: Australia 162-4 (Marsh 25, Hussey 27) Batting powerplay means Swann comes out of the attack as Anderson, Broad and Strauss discuss their options. They give Broad the nod after a five-minute chat that should irk Australia and the match referee. Hussey has to dive to get home as he takes on Collingwoods arm at cover. Collingwood had only one stump to aim at and misses but that was close. Marsh then helps himself to two in his unassuming manner before Broad ties him up attempting to pull off the fron foot. he has another swipe at a short one that he gloves for four over the keeper's head. And then, he smashes a six, in perfect style, off the back foot and over midwicket to take 15 off the over.

41st over: Australia 174-4 (Marsh 34, Hussey 30) Anderson starts a little better than Broad in this powerplay but then his legside full toss is turned by Marsh for four. Elegant shot is followed by a streaky one for another four to fine leg - a partnership of 65 off 66 balls so far. Anderson's line to the left-handers in this over was poor, 2nd, 3rd and 4th balls but gets it right 5th with one that almost yorks Hussey. Twelve off that over.

42nd over: Australia 189-4 (Marsh 47, Hussey 31) The Brains Trust meets again and Broad advocates a field change, which Strauss agrees. Anderson's right in Broad's ear before he bowls a ball, pointing and advising. Takes two off the first ball after a misfield from Collingwood then Broad bowls a wide. This looks like a mistake and lack of faith in Swann who was bowling superbly and keeping Marsh, in particular, scratching around. This is a ragbag from Broad, short, then overpitched, then full, then a full toss. This length feeds Marsh and he slams Broad straight back down the ground for six. He's got his eye in, with help from the opticians Strauss, Broad and Anderson. Four off the last one, smeared past point.

43rd over: Australia 199-4 (Marsh 49, Hussey 39) Thanks, Phil Sawyer, for your notes on Canada: "In fact, Canada actually played an international against the USA in 1844, and an all-England XI toured there in 1959. I'd love to claim credit for this knowledge, but these facts are provided by Derek Birley's excellent 'A Social History Of English Cricket'." It's a fantastic book, Phil, truly a wolf in sheep's clothing with that slightly dull-sounding title. And Swann comes back with a heavy legside field and pitches his first outside off that Husseypunches through the covers for four. His LBW shout is turned down – and should not have been though the umpire seems to have thought it was bat-pad rather than pad-bat. This pair are running England's fielders, forcing them to make mistakes.

44th over: Australia 210-4 (Marsh 58, Hussey 40) Anderson comes on to bowl the last over of this powerplay that Australia have feasted on. Pietersen came back on for a couple of overs but has gone off again with a thigh strain. Marsh brings up his fifty with a single, what an excellent innings this has been. He had 15 before the powerplay but has just capitalised on it brilliantly, backing himself and forcing the bowlers and fielders into mistakes. And he's not resting on his laurels, his aggression forces Anderson to be less decisive and chuck up another full toss that Marsh larrups for six over mid-on.

45th over: Australia 210-4 (Marsh 58, Hussey 40) Great batting during the powerplay and a fine partnership of contrasting but complementary approaches from the two left handers.

WICKET! Marsh c Morgan b Swann 59 Swann, again, gets the breakthrough by being bold and using his flight to beguile the batsman. Marsh thought it was oen to belt but the flight meant he got under it and hit it miles up but not far enough to clear the rope and Morgan bagged him.

45th over cont'd: Australia 214-5 (Smith 0, Hussey 43) Swann did a fine job there in putting a dent in Australia's fightback. He's not fazed by the batsmen at all.

46th over: Australia 224-5 (Smith 4, Hussey 49) Bresnan comes on but is smeared for four first up, looked like his slower ball. And then bowls a real dross full toss wide of off-stump that Hussey fails to cash in on. He would normally have creamed it but he just steered it to deep cover instead.

47th over: Australia 237-5 (Smith 10, Hussey 56) Magnificent innings from Hussey – unspectacular but effective and intelligent. Anderson tries to topple him before he reaches fifty by getting him to hook but he reaches his first half ton in eight games with a flick down to long leg. He's only hit two fours and yet he's done it in 50 balls. Then Smith plays a glorious shot, putting his front leg over to the leg side and driving a half volley through the covers. Hussey decides to trump him last ball by launching Anderson for six with a full-blooded cleave over square leg.

48th over: Australia 248-5 (Smith 13, Hussey 64) Bresnan takes a huge chunk out of Hussey's Kookaburra bat as he tries to cut. He still saunters a single before replacing it. Smith swats a short-pitched ball outside off stump for one, a really odd and ugly shot but doubtless one that'll get him many runs in the future. I can't even imagine how you play that shot, getting the bat above your shoulders then chopping down. He then does a reverse pull for a run putting Hussey on strike who clubs Bresnan's last ball, a full toss, for six over square leg/midwicket. He started well, Bresnan, but ends with 0 for 48 off 10 and only one wicket all series but at a fairly miserly rate.

49th over: Australia 263-5 (Smith 15, Hussey 76) Anderson mops his forehead, fiddles his field, runs in to bowl, juicy slower, half volley and Hussey lifts it over extra cover for four then gets another through midwicket with the one Anderson bowls on middle and leg. He needs to get back to the length he favoured first thing this morning but seems intent on looking for the yorker. And Hussey crowns a brilliant over for Australia with a cute scoop managed wirth a deft flick of the wrist for four down to fine leg.

WICKET! Smith c Anderson b Broad 15 Smith played one of his loopy tennis shots to Broad's slightly short first ball and forearm smashed it up in the air for Anderson's bucket hands to pouch.

WICKET! Hussey c Anderson b Broad 79 And his brilliant innings ends thanks to the Anderson Broad combo as Hussey was looking to skelp it over long-on but toed it up in the air. Broad has four wickets.

50th over: Australia 277-5 (Hopes 12, Harris 0) After the wickest Hopes got the strike and whacked a cut shot for six the first ball he faced, then pulled his second, a slowish bouncer, for four past mid on. Takes two off the last ball with a slog to mid-on. Twelve off three balls for Hopes. Thanks to Hussey and Marsh and their astute judgment of when to take the powerplay Australia are in the box seat here, helped by Strauss's decision to take his spinners off at that point. Still, it looks a belter of a pitch. See you when they come back.


1st over: England 3 for 0 (Strauss 1, Kieswetter 1)
Because of Kevin Pietersen's absence from the field for his his thigh strain, he can't bat for the first 44 minutes of England's innings. Shaun Tait starts with two balls of 97mph, the second a legside wide. And his first two balls to Kieswetter (after Strauss drops one on the pitch and takes a single) arc towards off. Lovely shape. My, he looks a good bowler. Kieswetter hits his fifth ball, at 100.1mph, to midwicket for a single. This is quick.

2nd over: England 5 for 0 (Strauss 1, Kieswetter 2)
And now Doug Bollinger has started swinging it, pitching slightly outside off and almost clipping the top of Kieswetter's off stump. A midwicket punch gets him off strike as Bollinger hits 87mph on the speed gun, about Broad's pace. He bowls a juicy swinging long hop to Strauss who demurs but gets a wide. The next one swings, too. Late movement and big diversions. England have to ride this out and it's going to be difficult. Strauss is tempted into a shot off the last ball but drags his bat inside the line as the ball moves away.

3rd over: England 10 for 0 (Strauss 3, Kieswetter 5) Kieswetter picks up two through midwicket with a powerful flick but Tait is straining all the while to get one to laeve him. Early swing this time enables the Somerset keeper to play it with confidence down to third man and Strauss then turns one round the corner to the same fielder who has turned into fine leg.

4th over: England 10 for 0 (Strauss 3, Kieswetter 5) Bollinger's straight off to be replaced by Ryan Harris. And Kieswetter's eyes light up at his loosener outside off, gets his front foot nowhere near it and swings and misses by a country mile. He decides to do an encore then finally connects on the third ball but no run as it goes to cover. The fourth ball finally shapes in after three outswingers and Kieswetter squirts it on the onside for no run. A maiden – they almost went for a run on a possible overthrow but Strauss wisely sent his partner back.

WICKET! Strauss b Tait 7 A beautiful inswinging peach bowls Strauss "NECK AND CROP" as Tony Greig used to shout.

WICKET!! Yardy b Tait 0 That was wasted on Yardy – another 98mph delivery, swinging in, straight through the gate. And the wicket cartwheels again. Thrilling sight (when you've alreday won the series. Actually, no, at any time). It wasn't through the gate in fact but Yardy actually shouldered arms. A shocking bit of thinking there.

5th over: England 22 for 2 (Collingwood 3, Kieswetter 5) Tait continues for a record third straight over in a spell and Strauss clouts him over short third man for four. He's pushing it wider against the left-hander or at least he was until he got his rardar righjt and cleaned Strauss out. Michael Yardy comes in at No3 and is almost out first ball, right between bat and pad and the ball flies for four byes but almost cut Yardy in half. Next ball he's out and Collingwood who gets abuse from the Aussies for not having the bottle to come in at No3. Tait's got two for 15 off three. Spectacular spell.

6th over: England 25 for 2 (Collingwood 6, Kieswetter 5) Harris gets his line spot on for the first three balls, leaving Collingwood off a good length but when he straightens up Collingwood clumps him for another three through mid on. Nasser and Bumble are having a very funny discussion on Tait's ability to play Test cricket. Hussain thinks Tait's not got the body to let him do it, it's falling apart. Bumble reckons that's hogwash. "He's built like a Brisbane dunny," he says. And that's why David Lloyd is a treasure. The pitch of his voice when he says it is priceless.

7th over: England 38 for 2 (Collingwood 18, Kieswetter 5) Tait's fourth over and Collingwood hammers a four and a six, launching the counterattack, the first a backfoot punch through point/third man. The six was a brilliant pull shot over square leg. They might be sledging Collingwood but he's got an answer for them. Tait needs a rest, even if he's still consistently in the 90s.

7th over: England 44 for 2 (Collingwood 18, Kieswetter 11) Harris now moves up to 93mph but he looks more dangerous when it swings. You'd think Bollinger will come on to replace Tait at the other end, now. Kieswetter gets a good length delivery which he clasically off drives for four then takes three to fine leg with a less Cardus-pleasing shot.

WICKET!! Kieswetter c Hussey b Harris 11 Mistimed a punch to leg, his wrists rock slightly and the ball scoops up to short cover. A problem with his technique there, possibly, and with his hand position for legside shots.

8th over contd: England 44 for 3 (Collingwood 18, Morgan 0) England struggling and Pietersen still cannot bat because of his absence while fielding. He should be able to come in next, though

9th over: England 49 for 3 (Collingwood 23, Morgan 0) That old Austrlain chirruping from the fielders, so familiar series in series out when they annihalated England is back today. Bollinger is on for Tait as we thought and Collingwood greets him by shuffling across his stumps and bashing him for four. It's down to these two, you'd think, for England, as Pietersen will have to bat with a runner which usually bamboozles him. Last ball of the over Collingwood dances down the wicket but digs it out with his bottom edge when it comes to him quicker than he expected and takes the single.

10th over: England 50 for 3 (Collingwood 24, Morgan 0) Little headway off Harris who finds a probing line with heavy, jarring deliveries, until Collingwood posts England's fifty with a dab down to short midwicket.

11th over: England 51 for 3 (Collingwood 25, Morgan 0) Here comes the powerplay, if you're interested. On the theme of "Is there anyone out there?" does anyone remember an indie song circa 1987 with the chorus: "Is there anyone out there for me? Is anyone else lonely? I can't stand another summer of, 'If only, wel, if only'." I can't remember the band at all and I'm desperate to know. Anyway, Bollinger has an lbw shout against Collingwood but it was a smidge too high. And Morgan finally gets on strike to a very aggressive field of two slips and a shortish point. Just the one off that over.

12th over: England 52 for 3 (Collingwood 26, Morgan 0) Morgan is almost run out and would have been if Smith's throw had hit after a mix-up over calls with Collingwood who's grinning like a Cheshire cheese when Morgan dusts himself down after his dive. Another one-run over.

13th over: England 56 for 3 (Collingwood 28, Morgan 0) Bollinger bounces Collingwood with an off-side bumper that Collingwood goes for but is too high. I suspect they're trying to do a Hussey/Marsh thing here but they're pretty becalmed at the moment, picking up the odd single and extra. I remember when I first heard Richie Benaud call them sundries nin about 1975. It sounded so exotic. Maker's name stuff from Morgan, so far.

14th over: England 61 for 3 (Collingwood 30, Morgan 2) Ricky Ponting chucks the ball to James Hopes and Collingwood edges his first ball just short of Watson at first slip. Morgan gets off the mark with a round the corner push. Ben Reynolds is still here: "Still here. However, as the game is meandering, I am delving further into the Guardian website and have entered a competition to win Arcade Fire tickets. Don't suppose you could have a word with the man with the gloved hand to make sure he picks my entry out of the virtual hat? With all the other sport going on, not to mention the sunshine outside, it surely just reward for my loyalty to OBO." I can have a word with a man with a gloved hand, Ben, but what happens in the proctologist's office, stays in the proctologist's office. It is meandering, though, Ben. Germany are still winning the football, if you're interested.

15th over: England 66 for 3 (Collingwood 30, Morgan 3) They're bowling very rapidly out there and Morgan tries one of his hooks but it's too quick and hits the back of his helmet and shoulder and goes for four leg-byes. It seems to have woken Morgan up a bit and he grabs a nifty simgle with one of his drop shots. Collingwod, having hit the six and four in his second over, is finding it difficult to play the big shots because of the persistently demanding line that Bollinger favours for him.

16th over: England 72 for 3 (Collingwood 30, Morgan 9) Drinks and England are 21 ahead of where Australia were at this point but with three down compared to one. Morgan hits a crisp four through cover point after coming down the pitch to Hopes and turns to square leg for two. Tempo up, woohoo.

WICKET!! Morgan c Marsh b Hopes 9 Tempo halted, boohoo. It looked like a fine shot from Morgan, a powerful pull but Shaun Marsh, on the deep midwicket boundary took a stunning, diving catch. Enter Pietersen with Kieswetter running.

16th over contd: England 72 for 4 (Collingwood 30, Pietersen 0) That was a really good catch from son of Geoff, the naked mirror batsman. Pietersen is thrown a bouncer to start with but he lets it go.

17th over: England 72 for 4 (Collingwood 30, Pietersen 0) The legspinner, Steven Smith, is going to invite Pietersen and Collingwood to a test. No spin at first and Collingwood tickles a single. If Pietersen can't use his feet, he may have to stand and slog.

WICKET! Pietersen b Smith 0 Rocks on to his back foot to cut, hits his bottom edge and knocks off the bails via his right foot. Didn't look as though it turned.

17th over cont'd: England 73 for 5 (Collingwood 31, Wright 0) England have been blown away by Tait and bu a couple of reckless shots. One would think that's it … but then again.

18th over: England 73 for 5 (Collingwood 31, Wright 0) Hopes springs in. That's a savage haircut for such a hirsute man. Five heavy dot balls, like a turbo-charged Collingwood, unnerving, er , Collingwood, by hitting the splice a couple of times. Maiden.

19th over: England 77 for 5 (Collingwood 32, Wright 3) Wright takes three off the first ball with a tentative-looking drive through cover when he might have freed his arms had he been in a bit longer. Collingwood is tied down, though, his cut and defensive strokes finding the fielders until he takes a single off the last ball. Germany two up.

20th over: England 81 for 5 (Collingwood 35, Wright 4) A message. A message, Mr Mainwaring. "As this series has progressed I'm beginning to worry that Luke Wright is looking like a luxury that the England ODI team cannot afford," opines Tom van de Gucht. "At present the bowling line up is as settled as I can remember it, and there's always Collingwood's Bombay mix bowling to call upon if a disaster strikes, so Wright's rarely really required. Also in terms of batting, Wright's main strength seems to be heaving towards cow corner, exciting and sometimes effective but I'd feel a lot more confident if England picked another genuine batsmen to step up in situations such as the one we're facing today, perhaps Ian Bell could fulfill a Husseyesque role at 6. Hopefully Wright will use this message to spur himself on and prove me wrong, knocking out a truly spectacular century against the odds." Me, too, Tom. Get Andrew Gale in there. Slightly moribund, now, this game. It's very unlike Lord's to get the last game of a series but the crowd is impressively high given what else is on.

21st over: England 84 for 5 (Collingwood 36, Wright 6) Smith's zipping through his over without exactly ripping the ball. Good nfielding from Ricky Ponting to stop Luke Wright's village thwack and keep him to a single.

22nd over: England 87 for 5 (Collingwood 37, Wright 8) Hopes is better than I thought, a real pig of a bowler to get away. Think Ian Austin but with more pace. Wright hooks his bouncer and gets away with a top edge as it falls short of Bollinger. He takes a single, as does Collingwood with a dab to mid on repeated next ball by Wright.

23rd over: England 92 for 5 (Collingwood 40, Wright 10) Smith's length and rapid drop on to a length is is not giving the batsmen any time to get on top of him. A single here, one there, ooh, look, one there, too.

24th over: England 94 for 5 (Collingwood 40, Wright 11) This is very patient from Collingwood and Wright, they look as though they're struggling to get the bowlers away but are desperate to survive. Germany have done unto Argentina what they did to England. And it's gone very quite at Lord's.

25th over: England 104 for 5 (Collingwood 51, Wright 11) But not for long because Tait's back on and Collingwood starts with a midwicket scooped four then flashes hard outside off but misses. His loosener was 91mph and the next two are actually slower. "I'm guessing that the fluorescent green circles under the English players' arms are for improved ventilation," writes Douglas Wilson. "They do, however, look like they've been put there to remind players of where their armpits are." Isn't that more common on ar¢es and elbows? Collingwood brings up his fifty with a top edge six that was executed with his eyes closed. Game not exactly on but that was refreshing.

26th over: England 110 for 5 (Collingwood 51, Wright 17) Hopes gets so close to the stumps that he knocks them over after his delivery. That must smart. Wright follows Collingwood by top-edging a boundary with a hook, again with his eyes closed but he then plays a decent cover drive for two.

27th over: England 117 for 5 (Collingwood 56, Wright 19) Tait's return hasn't been a golden one and his first ball is a full toss bashed through the legside by Collingwood for four. That was his slower ball at 77 but when he cranks it back into the early 90s Wright can only squirt a two.

28th over: England 120 for 5 (Collingwood 59, Wright 19) Hopes continues and Collingwood squirrels his first ball down to squre leg. He likes this length, Hopes, shortish and arrowed into the body. But get it wrong and because he's not especially tall, it should be hittable. So far it hasn't been, however. Only three from it.

29th over: England 123 for 5 (Collingwood 60, Wright 20) Smith replaces Tait and invites Collingwood down the pitch but his shot slips under the bat and were it not for his back leg that diverted it, he would have been stumped. He's then pinned on the back foot and there's a big appeal but there was a thickish inside edge.

30th over: England 128 for 5 (Collingwood 65, Wright 21) Hopes still keeps England's handbrake on with a two and a one only conceded from his first three and once Wright's on strike he bounces him but the Sussex allrounder then clips a single to point and Collingwood takes one to midwicket.

WICKET! Wright c Marsh b Smith 21 They've been finding it very difficult to get Smith away and Wright looks as though he's had enough, sweeps him from a straightish, maybe even offstumpish, ball and top edges it to the diving Shaun Marsh at square leg who takes another excellent diving catch.

31st over: England 129 for 6 (Collingwood 65, Bresnan 0) That took Smith's figures to two for 17 off five and a bit overs and he's even got away with a rank piece of long-hoppy filth to Collingwood who just smeared it to the cover fielder's feet.

32nd over: England 137 for 6 (Collingwood 67, Bresnan 6) In comes Hopes to bowl his 10th over in a row, giving as little away as usual, daring Collingwood to take him on. Bresnan gets a four with a subtle edge which first slip would have stopped but not caught as the batsman loosened his bottom hand to kill the ball. He ends with one for 42. Dan Lucas comes up with an arresting image of Luke Wright: "Seriously, what does Luke Wright actually do? He's seems to fill that county trundler role that England one day teams are so keen on, like a version of Ravi Bopara for people who like Oasis and Top Gear." I like it Dan.

33rd over: England 143 for 6 (Collingwood 70, Bresnan 9) Smith bowls a wide and follows it up with a top-spinner which Paine greets with "Yessss, Smudgie." Hmm. Top Gear, I suspect, is Graeme Swann's favourite programme. Bresnan cuts Smith, looking more at home against the leggie than Wright ever did.

34th over: England 153 for 6 (Collingwood 73, Bresnan 15) Well, they've got a platform of sorts, and though the target looks a long way off, Collingwood does look mightily determined as he swigs his electric drink. Hussey's having an over, looking to add to his two ODI wickets, perhaps, the Sky crew reckon, because Tait can't make it to 10. After a single-fest Bresnan smites him for four to square leg then edges the next but because Paine's standing up it hits his pad and goes for a single. Odd bowling choice and suitably taken for 10.

35th over: England 159 for 6 (Collingwood 79, Bresnan 15) Smith and Collingwood rejoin their struggle, Smith pinning him down until Collingwood goes down the pitch to take two and then gets a juicy full toss he whacks for four. "Hmm, I suspect Swann prefers The Office," writes Dan Lucas, "given his Ricky Gervais impressions in most interviews, which impressively teeter on just the right side of irksome." I suspect "impressively teeters on just the right side of irksome" will be his epitaph, unimprovably put Dan.

36th over: England 171 for 6 (Collingwood 88, Bresnan 17) Hussey's pies have give England hope. Collingwood strokes him a way for a pair of fours and takes another three singles. He's only bowled five overs in ODIs since 2007. Strange, strange decision.

37th over: England 177 for 6 (Collingwood 90, Bresnan 22) Bollinger's back now. Have Ponting and Hussey given England some momentum? Bresnan climbs into Bollinger with a strong cut that Hopes almost stops on the rope. Powerplay still to come as well. Initiative, impetus but alas not wickets are with England. Surely Harris or Tait has to come back for Bresnan.

38th over: England 182 for 6 (Collingwood 90, Bresnan 27) So 101 from 13 overs, 7.77 runs an over at its start. And it is Harris who hits his straps straight off but his earlier swing seems to have deserted him. Gives Bresnan no room to hit his first three balls, though, and his fourth, a wayawardish one, Bresnan mistimes then gloriously belts him through extra cover for four. Top shot. A one-handed swipe gets a single to end the over to deep mid on.

39th over: England 184 for 6 (Collingwood 91, Bresnan 28) Bollinger drops short and Bresnan shovels him for a single – he wanted two but Collingwood judiciously sent him back and the fielder threw to the wrong end (Shaun Marsh, of all people). And that's a good over for Australia, just two off it. Call for the Powerplay.

40th over: England 193 for 6 (Collingwood 94, Bresnan 34) But they've delayed the decision. Andy Flower has told Collingwood to judge for himself and then Bresnan hits a fine, stinging four through cover and saunters another couple of singles.

41st over: England 194 for 6 (Collingwood 95, Bresnan 34) Still not taking it as Tait comes back in, looking like lumbago has set in. He's aged 20 years since his first spell but gets some inswing with his second ball which Collingwood knocks for one.

WICKET!! Bresnan run out (Ponting) 34 And that fine partnership comes to an end with Ponting's dead-eyed and superb throw when Bresnan sprinted for a very tight single. Good knock from Bresnan.

41st over contd: England 194 for 7 (Collingwood 95, Swann 0 ) Stunning fielding from Ponting, perfect balance and composure.

WICKET!! Collingwood b Tait 95 He played all around it trying to get a move on after Bresnan's wicket and got an inside edge. Can't help feeling England have wasted another powerplay but Tait's ability to hit the stumps is phenomenal.

42nd over: England 200 for 8 (Broad 1, Swann 5) It was going so well with Collingwood and Bresnan as well. Smith bowls a bouncer, from a leggie, which gets past the batsman who is almost stumped. Comedy moment, well, a lame one, anyway. Still no powerplay called and Bumble's going bananas.

43rd over: England 202 for 8 (Broad 2, Swann 6) Tait's back up to 90 mph and bowling a lovely line to the left hander Broad from around the wicket. He's far too quick for Swann and the swing almost knocks out off stump as Swann plays and misses. This day is done.

44th over: England 216 for 8 (Broad 2, Swann 20) Bit of batting practice for Swann and Broad, I suppose, getting to know Smith. Not very exciting, pushing the ball to the deep fielders and running hard for twos. Swann then plays a cracking reverse/switch hit sweep and a nice, straightish cut. Another switch hit for Swann, hands changed over, and 14 off the over.

45th over: England 229 for 8 (Broad 3, Swann 32) Hallelujah! Here comes the powerplay, as if by rote. Swann smacks a full toss behind square for four off Harris amd then pulls a good lengthish slower ball over mid on for four, then ondrives one for four. That this day is done thing, file that into the idiocy category if they pull this off.

WICKET!! Broad c & b Bollinger 3 It hits pretty high up the bat and spoons up to Bollinger on his follow through. The bowler threw out his hand and the ball stuck.

46th over: England 235 for 9 (Anderson 5, Swann 33) Anderson gets off the mark with an uppercut that falls short of third man. Swann definitely thinks he can do it and Ponting has a discussion with Bollinger about line and he attacks leg stump, hitting the pad and conceding only a leg-bye. But Anderson creams him through cover for four as the intended yorker doesn't come out right.

47th over: England 235 for 9 (Anderson 5, Swann 33) Here's a cheery David Keech missive: "Knocked out by Germany, Brit knocked out of Wimbledon in the semi-final, England getting a whipping by Australia. All is well once again with the world and we Brits can retrun to our customed inferiority which we do so well." So well? We do it brilliantly, David.

Wicket!! Swann c Harris b Tait 33

Australia win by 42 runs
England win the series 3-2
Thanks for all your emails today. Michael Hussey batted beautifully and Shaun Tait bowled thrillingly quick. And England had a good go at it, perhaps reflecting their new approach. Byee.