Australia vs England
Australia win by 13 runs
Over 400 runs scored in Hobart but it's Australia who take a 1-0 series lead in this three-match series. Thanks for your company throughout the day, join me again on Friday for the second match from the MCG
Over 20 - England 200-9 (Bopara 65 Briggs 0)
A magnificent 50 from Bopara here, coming off just 23 balls - the fastest-ever by an England player in T20 internationals. Five wides at the start of the over and three more sixes from Bopara off Hazlewood at least ensured England reached 200, 14 runs short of the target
Over 19 - England 176-9 (Bopara 46 Briggs 0)
Despite three boundaries in that penultimate over, two for Bopara and one for Dernbach, England require 38 from the final over
Dernbach run out 5 (4)
Bopara tries to pinch the strike final ball of the 19th over but Dernbach perishes in doing so. Finch fires in the throw from short fine-leg and Wade dislodges the bails with a diving Dernbach short of his ground
Over 18 - England 162-8 (Bopara 37 Dernbach 0)
England have given this a decent go but losing wickets in clusters has really hurt them tonight. 52 runs are required from the final two overs and Bopara is going to have to produce something quite miraculous if England are to win from here
Broad bld Coulter-Nile 13 (5)
Two sixes and out for Broad. Coulter-Nile picks up his fourth wicket when a low full toss grazes the base of leg stump. The end is nigh for England
Over 17 - England 155-7 (Bopara 36 Broad 7)
Broad signals his intent by walking out and sweeping his first ball for six! A quite incredible shot down on one knee from the England captain. Muirhead ends with figures of 1-34 from his four overs - a very impressive debut. England need 59 runs from the last three overs..
Bresnan bld Muirhead 11 (14)
A maiden international wicket for Muirhead! Bresnan went for the big shot, missed the ball, ball hit stumps. Well bowled. England seven down
Over 16 - England 144-6 (Bopara 34 Bresnan 9)
Excellent over for England. Bopara is striking the ball beautifully and he clears the rope twice more to put Henriques under serious pressure. Bopara is walking across his stumps and targeting the leg-side. 16 off the over. 70 needed from the final four
Over 15 - England 128-6 (Bopara 20 Bresnan 7)
A fine over from Muirhead, just five runs conceded. England need to attack the young leggie but he is making Bresnan, in particular, look rather foolish. The Yorkshire all-rounder survives a stumping appeal, just, after some sharp work from Wade behind the stumps
Over 14 - England 123-6 (Bopara 17 Bresnan 5)
Well England need 15 an over and they get the 15 here thanks to some magnificent hitting from Bopara. The Essex man dispatches Hazlewood over midwicket with two lusty blows to have the crowd ducking for cover oncemore. The crowd fielding has been impressive tonight, it must be said
Over 13 - England 108-6 (Bopara 4 Bresnan 3)
Bailey brings back Muirhead with two new England batsmen to bowl at. Singles won't do at this stage but that's all Bopara and Bresnan can muster against the young leg-spinner. 106 more runs required from 42 balls at over 15 an over. Gulp.
Over 12 - England 101-6 (Bopara 1 Bresnan 0)
To have Bresnan in, in the 12th over certainly isn't ideal but that's what England have now. Two wickets in an over for the second time in the innings has put Australia in total command here. Just three runs conceded off the impressive Coulter-Nile
Root ct Finch bld Coulter-Nile 32 (24)
Six down! Root drills Coulter-Nile straight down the ground where Finch is waiting to take a simple catch
Buttler ct Muirhead bld Coulter-Nile 20 (14)
Game over? Buttler gets a ball in the slot outside off stump from Coulter-Nile but can only drive it off the toe straight to deep extra-cover, where Muirhead takes a simple catch
Over 11 - England 98-4 (Root 30 Buttler 20)
A welcome Root boundary rescues the 11th over for England. He just got enough elevation to beat Bailey on the edge of the circle at midwicket. Seven off it
Over 10 - England 91-4 (Root 25 Buttler 18)
After taking 2-5 in his first over, Henriques is brought back down to earth in his second, conceding 15. Root does the damage this time, pulling a short, slower ball over square-leg for a rare Root six and following that up with a one-bounce four back down the ground. 123 required from the final 10 overs
Over 9 - England 77-4 (Root 14 Buttler 15)
A boundary apiece for Buttler and Root off Maxwell keeps England in touch. Buttler strikes sweetly down the ground for a one-bounce four, Root clubs a full toss through midwicket. Poor bowling in truth from the 'Million Dollar Man' and it gifts England some much-needed momentum
Over 8 - England 66-4 (Root 8 Buttler 10)
Debutant leg-spinner James Muirhead comes into the attack for his first bowl for Australia. It's been a sharp rise to prominence for the 20-year-old, who has played just two first-class matches for Victoria. Buttler puts him under immediate pressure with a slog-sweep over midwicket for six. Cracking strike and a fine catch in the crowd. 11 off Muirhead's opening over
Over 7 - England 55-4 (Root 4 Buttler 3)
Big pressure on new man Buttler, who joins Root in the middle with England already needing 12 an over for victory. He makes a confident start with three runs from his first two balls faced
Morgan bld Maxwell 4 (4)
It's the big one! Morgan, one ball after finding the rope at extra cover, is bowled attempting a slog-sweep off Maxwell. A horrible shot in truth and with his demise could well go England's chances off pulling off an unlikely victory
Over 6 - England 46-3 (Root 2 Morgan 0)
The powerplay ends in a damp squib for England with just a Root single mustered from the final over of fielding restrictions. Morgan holds the key yet again to England's chances of winning a game of white ball cricket
Over 5 - England 45-3 (Root 1 Morgan 0)
This fifth over could be a decisive one when we look back at the end of the game. The gamble to bowl Henriques in the powerplays has paid off and England now have Root and Morgan in the middle with little time to play themselves in
Hales lbw Henriques 22
Two in the over for Henriques! Hales walks across his stumps and is trapped plumb lbw
Wright bld Henriques 9 (10)
After pulling medium-pacer Henriques for four the ball before, Wright attempted to repeat the dose but could only drag a slower ball back onto his stumps. Big wicket for Australia!
Over 4 - England 39-1 (Hales 22 Wright 5)
Hales continues on the boundary trail with two more off Coulter-Nile. The first is a ugly but effective swipe through midwicket, the second a powerful drive over extra cover which bounces just twice before crashing into the rope. Another double figure over for England, who are up with the required rate
Over 3 - England 29-1 (Hales 13 Wright 5)
Australia have a clear plan of banging the ball in to Wright, a man they know well due to his exploits in the Big Bash over the years. The plan nearly works when Hazlewood finds his edge, however the ball sails over the sole slip fielder and away for four. Even good balls go for four in T20... Six off the over
Over 2 - England 23-1 (Hales 13 Wright 0)
Wright joins Hales in the middle and, despite the wicket of Lumb, England can be happy with that second over, thanks to Hales. The No.1 ranked batsman in T20 cricket pulls and drives Coulter-Nile for back-to-back boundaries to end the over on a high. Jeez this looks a great pitch
Lumb ct Lynn bld Coulter-Nile 9 (6)
Despite finding the rope for a second time at the start of the second over, Lumb's innings is cut short when he drives Coulter-Nile straight to mid-off, where Lynn takes a simple catch
Over 1 - England 10-0 (Hales 5 Lumb 5)
A strong start for England as Australia's gamble to open the bowling with part-time off-spinner Maxwell fails to pay off. Lumb drives elegantly through extra cover for four and Hales finds the rope later in the over, cutting a wide long hope through the covers for four more. 10 off the over
Two men who know all about opening the batting in Australia, Lumb and Hales will kick off the run chase for England. This would be a world record chase in T20 internationals...
England require 214 to win
So, England know what's ahead of them and it looks quite an ask! A superb century opening partnership from White (75) and Finch (52) has left them needing 214 to win at 10.66 an over. Stay with us for the run-chase
Over 20 - Australia 213-4 (Lynn 33 Christian 6)
Lynn and new man Christian both find the boundary in the final over, using deft touch to beat short fine-leg and help Australia up to a commanding 213-4 from their 20 overs. Debutant Lynn finishes with unbeaten on 33 from just 19 balls
Bailey ct Bresnan bld Dernbach 14 (14)
Dernbach starts the final over with a wicket. Bailey is outfoxed by a slower ball and Bresnan takes another simple catch at point
Over 19 - Australia 200-3 (Bailey 14, Lynn 26)
14 from the penultimate over and Australia reach the magical 200 mark! Lynn looks a fabulous find, clearing the rope once more after launching Bresnan back down the ground for his third six. Bailey then gets in on the act, dragging a full toss from Bresnan into the gap at midwicket for four more. These runs are going to tkae some getting...
Over 18 - Australia 186-3 (Bailey 9, Lynn 17)
The good, the bad and the ugly from Dernbach in that over. He started brilliantly with two dots from the first three balls but Lynn gets hold of ball four, dispatching a length delivery into the building site for the biggest six of the day! Huge hit! Dernbach, searching for the yorker next up, gets his radar wrong and bowls a waist high full-toss which skims off Lynn's hip and away for four more. To make matters worse it is called a no-ball. 13 off the over
Over 17 - Australia 173-3 (Bailey 9, Lynn 10)
Brisbane boy Lynn lives up to his 'clean striker' tag with a crisp blow back down the ground off Bresnan which clears the rope straight. An ideal start to an over which costs 13. England's death bowling is really going to be tested here...
Over 16 - Australia 160-3 (Bailey 5, Lynn 2)
Debutant Chris Lynn is the new batsman but it's another excellent over for England. Just seven runs have been conceded from the last 12 balls. Bopara comes back well with the wicket of Maxwell and just three runs conceded - the most economical so far today. Can they keep Australia below 200?
Maxwell ct Bresnan bld Bopara 20 (13)
One reverse-sweep too many for Maxwell, who can only top-edge Bopara straight to Bresnan, who takes a simple catch at point
Over 15 - Australia 157-2 (Maxwell 20, Bailey 4)
An excellent comeback over from Broad, who ends with 1-25 from his four overs. Just four singles off the England captain's final over as Maxwell and Bailey set themselves up for an assault on England's 'lesser bowlers'...
Over 14 - Australia 153-2 (Maxwell 18, Bailey 2)
18 off the 13th over, 18 off the 14th. A chase of over 200 looks inevitable for England now. Maxwell heaps more misery on Briggs, who ends with figures of 0-53 from his four overs. Sticking with a leg-stump line, Maxwell counters it with two reverse-sweeps. One find the rope along the floor, the next, a ridiculous strike to a half-volley, clears the rope at what to a left-hander would be midwicket. Fantastic batting and the crowd are loving it!
Over 13 - Australia 135-2 (Maxwell 2, Bailey 1)
18 off the over in total after White's fireworks. We have two relatively new men in the middle now as captain and local lad Bailey joins Maxwell in the middle. Seven overs of potential carnage remain...
White lbw Wright 75 (43)
A much-needed wicket for England but it's come at a cost. White had earlier taken Melbourne Stars team-mate Wright for two fours and a six before stepping across his stumps and being adjudged lbw. Replays confirm it was clipping leg stump
Over 12 - Australia 117-1 (White 60, Maxwell 1)
A boundary-less over for Briggs here and that will do his confidence the world of good. He is operating on a defensive leg-stump line but it does the trick as neither White nor Finch are able to cause significant damage. Six runs off the over, including a wide
Over 11 - Australia 111-1 (White 56, Maxwell 0)
Broad and England will take that over. Seven runs off it and the wicket of Finch. That wicket has brought Glenn Maxwell to the middle - he's a man in form and this is a perfect time for him to come to the middle
Finch ct Hales bld Broad 52 (31)
Leave it to me, says the skipper. Broad makes the breakthrough! Finch's fun comes to an end when he skews high and Hales takes a steepler at long-on. Finch made 52 from 31 balls and has given his side an excellent platform
Over 10 - Australia 104-0 (White 50, Finch 51)
Keeping up with the milestones isn't easy so bare with me! White joins Finch past 50 after hitting Briggs for two more boundaries, one struck powerfully wide of mid-off and the other swept in unorthodox fashion past short fine-leg. Briggs is just left scratching his head in disbelief. He has no answer to this awesome Australia batting. The partnership is now worth more than 100!
Over 9 - Australia 89-0 (White 37, Finch 50)
50! Finch reaches his third T20I 50 from just 26 balls (5x4s 3x6s). He loves batting against England! 11 runs off this latest over, bowled by Bopara, who is hit for another six when White gets hold of him over midwicket. Anyone fancy a bowl?!
Over 8 - Australia 78-0 (White 30, Finch 47)
Finch is motoring along now. Briggs starts his opening over well enough with just a single from his first two balls but Finch hits three fours from the next four balls to move within three runs of his half-century. A mixture of power and panache from the Australia opener, who crunches Briggs for two boundaries through the covers and then reverse-paddle sweeps fine for four more. The run-rate is just under 10 an over
Over 7 - Australia 64-0 (White 25, Finch 38)
Bopara plays ahead of Stokes today, a decision the Sky Sports commentators have been left baffled by... Bopara starts his day with the ball with a leg-wide gimme which Finch clips past short fine-leg and away for four. A single then brings White on strike and he treats Bopara with disdain, walking across his stumps and swatting the England all-rounder over deep square-leg for six more. 12 off the over and Australia are flying!
Over 6 - Australia 52-0 (White 18, Finch 33)
The best over for some time for England. Bresnan ends the six-over powerplay by conceding just four singles. Nevertheless, it's been a strong start from White and Finch, who shake hands upon reaching their 50 partnership
Over 5 - Australia 48-0 (White 16, Finch 31)
A change of ends for Dernbach but no change in outcome for England as the sixes continue to rain down. Finch starts Dernbach's second over with the first four of the day, steering a wide delivery through backward point and away to the rope - perfectly placed. Another four follows, this one clubbed through midwicket and then a six! The biggest of the day from Finch, straight back over the bowler's head. After a dreadful opening half to the over, Dernbach comes back well with his next three balls costing just two runs. 16 off the over, though
Over 4 - Australia 33-0 (White 15, Finch 16)
The runs continue to flow for Australia in Hobart. Nine off the fourth over, Bresnan's first. Finch clears the midwicket boundary for a second time in the innings, clipping a slower ball effortlessly off his pads and all the way for six. England may want to consider putting that slower ball away for a while... A stat to consider: The average Big Bash score batting first in Hobart is 170
Over 3 - Australia 23-0 (White 14, Finch 9)
Six and....Not out! Finch starts the third over by planting Broad back over his head for six. A fantastic strike, hitting right through the line after Broad had over-pitched. White then returns on strike and is gifted a life when Root drops a regulation slip catch! Head in hands for the Yorkshireman, who has had a maiden Ashes tour to forget. White pinches two more as a result of the drop and the over costs 10
Over 2 - Australia 13-0 (White 11, Finch 2)
Jade Dernbach, remember him? Well, he opens the bowling alongside Broad. To re-jog your memory; tattoos, bowls quick then slow, quick, then slow and often costs a lot of runs? He hasn't changed since we last saw him, White depositing him into the building site for six during an opening over which costs nine. A cracking hit from White after Dernbach had tried to follow him to leg
Over 1 - Australia 4-0 (White 3, Finch 1)
A slight surprise to see Cameron White face the ball ahead of Aaron Finch. The Melbourne Stars skipper wastes no time getting off the mark, driving Broad's first delivery of the match over cover for three runs. Broad operates just back of a length to Finch, who adds just a single to a tight opening over from the England captain
The pitch looks an absolute belter and with relatively short boundaries here at the Bludstone Arena, all signs point to a run-fest! Here come the players...
The talking points from the team news; Hard-hitting batsman Chris Lynn and leg-spinner James Muirhead make their T20 debuts for Australia while Ben Stokes misses out for England.
Australia: Finch, White, Maxwell, Bailey, Lynn, Christian, Henriques, Wade, Coulter-Nile, Hazlewood, Muirhead. England: Lumb, Hales, Wright, Root, Morgan, Buttler, Bopara, Bresnan, Broad, Dernbach, Briggs.
Broad: "We too would have batted first but in T20 cricket it doesn't make too much difference."
Australia captain George Bailey has won the toss and Australia will bat first. "It looks a good pitch and hopefully some big runs first up will do the damage."
After respective 5-0 and 4-1 Test and one-day defeats England will now attempt to salvage some pride in this three-match T20 series. The first stop is the picturesque setting of Hobart. Toss and team news coming your way very shortly...
Hello everyone and welcome to text coverage of the first Twenty20 international between Australia and England, live from Hobart!
- 29th Jan 2014
- Australia won the toss and elected to bat.
- Bellerive Oval, Hobart
- S D Fry, J D Ward
- TV Umpire
- P Wilson
- Match Referee
- A J Pycroft
- Reserve Umpire
- M Graham-Smith
england BATTING CARD
|A.D. Hales||lbw Henriques||22|
|M.J. Lumb||c Lynn b Coulter-Nile||9|
|L.J. Wright||b Henriques||9|
|J.E. Root||c Finch b Coulter-Nile||32|
|E.J.G. Morgan||b Maxwell||4|
|J.C. Buttler||c Muirhead b Coulter-Nile||20|
|R.S. Bopara||Not out||65|
|T.T. Bresnan||b Muirhead||11|
|S.C.J. Broad||b Coulter-Nile||13|
|J.W. Dernbach||run out (Finch)||5|
|Total||20.0 Overs||200 - 9|