England vs Australia
Over 20 - England 209/6 (Root 90, Broad 4)
Broad clubs a boundary down the ground before scampering a bye. Root needs 11 from the last ball of the innings to reach a century, but can only get a single. Joe 90. Looks like him and everything. Australia win a quite ludicrous game of Twenty20 cricket by 39 runs. Fair to say Finch was the difference.
WICKET! Buttler b Faulkner 27
Buttler whacks Faulkner down the ground for six to bring up England's 200 but is bowled by a full slower ball next up, a dismissal which also surely scuppers Root's chances of three-figures. There are just three balls left, and he'll face a maximum of two.
Over 19 - England 195/5 (Root 89, Buttler 19)
Still a chance for Root to reach three-figures here as a reverse-ramp-scoop-thing goes straight through Ahmed's hands at short third-man and down to the boundary. A one-handed pull shot lobs over square-leg for two before Root gets a bang on the knee trying to repeat the reverse-ramp-scoop-thing. A more orthodox whack off the pads finds the square-leg boundary. A low full-toss is pushed out to deep cover for two.
Over 18 - England 181/5 (Root 77, Buttler 18)
Good over from Faulkner, with England only able to pick up ones and twos. This is going to be a thumping defeat for a side with 200 runs on the board. This is already the highest-scoring T20 international ever, with 12 balls left to add to that total.
Over 17 - England 175/5 (Root 73, Buttler 16)
It means little in the context of the result, but since getting whacked in the face Root has played an absolute gem of an innings here. He carves a length ball from Johnson over the ropes at point before thrashing a drive past extra-cover for four and pulling over square-leg for another boundary. A no-ball gives Root a free-hit to go after, but Johnson's wide yorker beats the bat. Good recovery. Johnson ends up with 2/41 from his four overs. England won't be winning the game, but an outside chance for Root to become the first England player to score a T20 international century.
Over 16 - England 158/5 (Root 58, Buttler 15)
Hazlewood back into the attack. Couple of singles either side of a solid Root pull shot through midwicket that brings four. Buttler then collects just the third six of the England innings as he launches length from Hazlewood into the sightscreen. England need 91 from four overs.
Over 15 - England 145/5 (Root 53, Buttler 7)
Buttler gets his first boundary as he squirts a back-cut in the air but safely wide of the man at backward point to send the ball running away for four. Ahmed's four overs cost 43, with no wicket and not much threat.
Over 14 - England 137/5 (Root 52, Buttler 0)
Jos Buttler the new batsman for England, and he's hit on the chest after playing his shot far too early against a slower-ball bouncer from Watson.
WICKET! Bopara c Warner b Watson 45
Bopara, understandably enough, decides this must be his night and goes six, two, four before miscuing Watson to midwicket where, of course, Warner takes the catch. It's almost a surprise to learn that it's not a front foot no-ball to bring Bopara back to the middle yet again.
Over 13 - England 125/4 (Root 52, Bopara 33)
Another piece of outrageous good fortune from Bopara. He's wasting them on a futile chase here. It's a bad single in the first place from Bopara, and Warner's direct hit strikes a glancing blow on the stump with the batsman short but by the time the bail falls he's in. Amusingly, Bopara believes he's out and starts walking off before the third umpire decision is made. He then has to sheepishly walk back. Root, meanwhile, completes an excellent half-century by clobbering Faulkner over midwicket for four.
Over 12 - England 114/4 (Root 48, Bopara 27)
Good over from Watson. Root and Bopara thrashing away but get only five runs from the over.
Over 11 - England 110/4 (Root 46, Bopara 25)
Wade pays the price for being too quick behind the stumps, smartly taking a wide down the legside from Ahmed and whipping the bails off just a moment before Bopara overbalances and lifts his foot. Great bit of keeping - impossible really to delay that. Couldn't have known. Bopara works the next ball into the legside for a scampered two and then clubs a four down the ground. Quick single to end the over.
Over 10 - England 98/4 (Root 45, Bopara 15)
Bopara clubs a four down the ground to take England's requirement down to 154 off 63. Finch could do it. Root and Bopara begin their attempt to match Finch with a few singles. Might work.
Over 9 - England 88/4 (Root 41, Bopara 9)
Root reverse-sweeps Ahmed and just gets the toe of the bat to the ball before the toe of his foot. Would've been plumb lbw that, but instead it brings four runs. A powerful sweep hit through square-leg beats Marsh to the boundary. Bopara gets two off the last ball of the over with another well-hit sweep.
Over 8 - England 75/4 (Root 30, Bopara 7)
Root batting beautifully here since getting that whack in the face. Two well-struck pull shots find the boundary either side of the square-leg boundary rider at square-leg. Watson's first over costs 11 as Bopara blocks the last ball of it back to the bowler.
Over 7 - England 64/4 (Root 19, Bopara 7)
First bowl for Fawad Ahmed. Bopara promptly sweeps him for four runs and the over costs 10.
Over 6 - England 54/4 (Root 15, Bopara 1)
A second boundary for Root as he picks a slower ball from Hazlewood and clubs it over midwicket for four. Not perfect timing, but good enough. A clip off the pads brings two more and takes England to 50. Run-rate's not bad, in a normal situation. Nice battin from Root brings four more as he gives himself a little room and times a square drive past the dive at point. England have avoided the follow-on.
Over 5 - England 42/4 (Root 4, Bopara 0)
A wicket-maiden from Johnson. Textbook. Love it.
WICKET! Morgan c Maxwell b Johnson 0
Morgan makes good contact with a drive off Johnson but hits the ball straight to Maxwell at cover-point. Smart catch above head height, and England are circling the drain.
Over 4 - England 42/3 (Morgan 0, Root 4)
Morgan and Root at the crease now for England, and the Yorkshire batsman gets a whack on the grille as he top-edges a pull shot. A part of the grille actually breaks away from the helmet as the ball lodges in there and gives the batsman a split lip. Root so lucky to get away without something more serious there with rapid cricket balls and bits of metal flying around. Lengthy delay, and Warner, inevitably, is the first Australian on the scene to check on the England batsman's wellbeing. Root gets treatment and secures a new helmet before promptly clipping the very next ball to the midwicket boundary. Eventful over.
WICKET! Wright c Wade b Hazlewood 4
This one's more straightforward. Wright thrashes a drive to the cover boundary but then nicks an attempted square cut to the keeper.
WICKET! Hales c Wade b Hazlewood 8
Just your standard caught behind here, as Hales has an almighty slog at Hazlewood and sends the ball high into the Southampton night sky. When it starts coming down, Wade and square-leg Ahmed appear to be leaving it to each other, but Wade belatedly makes his way towards the ball and takes a superb diving catch.
Over 3 - England 33/1 (Hales 8)
Hales got his first boundary in that over, thrashed through point and then should've been run out but escaped as Faulkner missed the target. Luke Wright in at three.
WICKET! Lumb lbw b Johnson 22
Mitchell Johnson. Don't ever change. Another over of absolute filth goes relatively unpunished this time before a fast, swinging ball traps Lumb plumb in front.
Over 2 - England 26/0 (Lumb 20, Hales 3)
Good start for Josh Hazlewood ruined by Lumb clubbing the last ball of the over way back beyond the ropes at long-on. England still up with the rate.
Over 1 - England 17/0 (Lumb 14, Hales 0)
Generous start from crowd favourite Mitchell Johnson, who donates two wides and a no-ball to the cause. Gloriously, the two wides were actually bowled to the left and then to the right. When he does get it on the cut strip, Lumb edges him over third-man for four and then adds two more far more convincing boundaries clipped through square-leg and smeared over cover. England ahead of the rate.
A magnificent display of powerful and clean ball-striking from Finch. I'll stick my neck out: it's a matchwinning innings. His 156 is a new record score in this form of the international game and made up 63 per cent of the team's giant total. We're in for some fun if England win this. Finch's is the biggest individual international score in this form of the game, Australia's 248/6 the second-highest team total.
Over 20 - Australia 248/6 (Wade 15, Faulkner 3)
Dernbach's last two overs have been superb here. Won't make a difference, but he's taken three wickets and cut off the boundaries. Among the carnage, Dernbach's 3/34 is a fine effort.
WICKET! Maxwell b Dernbach 1
Dernbach bothers the timbers again as he arrows a yorker under Maxwell's attempted offside thrash and knocks back the off stump.
Over 19 - Australia 242/5 (Maxwell 1, Wade 14)
Wade has a couple of sighters before pulling Finn down to the long-leg boundary and then levering a length ball up and over long-on for six. Last ball of the over is a slow, hit-me short ball. Wade doesn't get all of it, so has to settle for four.
WICKET! Bailey lbw b Finn 1
Bailey can't join in the fun. He's palpably lbw to Finn for just a single.
Over 18 - Australia 228/4 (Maxwell 1, Bailey 1)
Two wickets and only six runs from an excellent Dernbach over. Two new batsman, Maxwell and skipper Bailey, at the crease to tee off for the last two overs.
WICKET! Watson b Dernbach 37
Two in the over for Dernbach, and this one's brilliant. Back-of-the-hand slower ball completely does Watson, looping towards the batsman and dipping under the bat before plonking into leg stump.
WICKET! Finch b Dernbach 156
The fun is over. Dernbach returns and, although Finch does manage to club a four down the ground, removes the centurion bowled off the inside edge. A quite extraordinary innings comes to an end on 156.
Over 17 - Australia 222/2 (Finch 152, Watson 37)
This is just silly. Briggs back on for a bowl. Finch whacks him down the ground for four before launching three HUGE sixes over the legside. Fourteen sixes in his 152 not out, another record falls. Not only can he hit for six, he can count to six. Picks up a single off the last ball of the over. He could get 200 here. Sri Lanka's record score of 260 definitely in strife.
Over 16 - Australia 199/2 (Finch 129, Watson 37)
Shot! Finch goes to the highest score in international Twenty20 cricket with an outrageous shot hammered flat over extra-cover. Broad double-teapots before heading back to his mark to continue the punishmen. Watson's moved almost unnoticed to 32 not out off 13 here as he slaps Broad over long-on for another six. Broad brings deep point up inside the ring and then bowls a wide full-toss. Horror show this for England, and Watson eases the ball to the point boundary. Absolute carnage.
Over 15 - Australia 180/2 (Finch 121, Watson 26)
The landmark reached, Finch back to his original plan of attack as Wright is deposited for two huge sixes over the legside. Watson joins in the fun with the best six of the night, hit classically straight back over the bowler's head.
Over 14 - Australia 157/2 (Finch 106, Watson 18)
Finch's nervous nineties continue before a top-edged pull shot just clears the ropes at fine-leg to bring up a century from 47 balls. Been a bit shoddy in the last few overs as he allowed the personal landmark to change his plan of attack, but that's nit-picking. It's been a sensational display of hitting. First T20 international by an Australian. Plenty of time to add to it as well. Watson also going well, and he gets a toe-end off Broad past the diving Buttler for four more.
Over 13 - Australia 145/2 (Finch 99, Watson 13)
Great over from Luke Wright. Just four runs from it, with Finch on 99 off 45 balls which means he won't break the record for fastest ever T20 international century.
Over 12 - Australia 141/2 (Finch 97, Watson 11)
Finch blocking his way to three-figures now. Shocking. Bunts the ball into the offside for a single before Watson gets two to third-man and then a single to the same man with back cuts. Finch again content to drop and run a single off a Dernbach slower ball before Watson picks up his first boundary by thrashing a length ball past extra-cover. Another four runs from the last ball of the over, clubbed back past the bowler. Bang.
Over 11 - Australia 129/2 (Finch 95, Watson 0)
Good over from Briggs. Just six runs from it as well as the wicket. Even managed to bowl a dot ball to Finch.
WICKET! Marsh c Lumb b Briggs 28
England needed a wicket. They've not got the one they really needed, but they'll take it as Marsh skies Briggs to long-on where Lumb takes a safe catch.
Over 10 - Australia 122/1 (Finch 91, Marsh 27
Crikey. Root into the attack. And he gets utterly destroyed by Finch, who launches two sixes down the ground before a flat swipe over midwicket has the crowd running for cover. Victory for Root next ball, though, with Finch only able to thrash it past cover along the ground for four. The last ball slides off the outside edge for four more! Twenty-seven runs from the over, and Finch is 91 not out off just 36 balls. Insane hitting.
Over 9 - Australia 95/1 (Finch 65, Marsh 26)
Good over from Briggs, but he's let down in the field. Should've been just six singles from it, but a Hollywood piece of needless sliding fielding from Lumb at long-on allows the ball dribble to past for four.
Over 8 - Australia 86/1 (Finch 59, Marsh 23)
Sensational hitting this from Finch. Bopara the next man in the firing line and, after Marsh back-cuts for four and then picks up a single, Finch launches a slower ball down the ground for six to reach his 50 before smashing a length ball in-to-out over extra-cover for four.
Over 7 - Australia 71/1 (Finch 49, Marsh 18)
Change of pace from England, but not from Australia as Danny Briggs comes on and gets cracked for four through point by Finch and then launched wide of long-on for six by Marsh. Australia on for a huge total here.
Over 6 - Australia 58/1 (Finch 44, Marsh 10)
Dernbach into the attack and once again it's the last ball of the over that goes the distance to spoil a good start from the Surrey man. Finch backs away and somehow gets enough bat on a full ball outside off stump to clear the ropes at cover. Actually fell over playing the shot. Still nailed it. Great powerplay for Australia.
Over 5 - Australia 49/1 (Finch 37, Marsh 8)
Finn continues into a third over despite an expensive start. Two singles to start the over before Finch heaves to leg again but gets only two runs thanks to good work from Joe Root on the boundary. Finn gets in a couple of dot balls but then drops short again with predictably dire results. Root reduced to a spectator this time as the ball sails way over his head.
Over 4 - Australia 39/1 (Finch 28, Marsh 7)
Broad looks like sneaking in another relatively quiet over until the last ball, which is short, wide and cut away hard past backward point for four by the left-handed Marsh.
Over 3 - Australia 29/1 (Finch 25, Marsh 0)
Finch taking Finn apart here, banging two boundaries over the top before picking a slower ball and drop-kicking that over deep midwicket for four more.
Over 2 - Australia 16/1 (Finch 13, Marsh 0)
Slip comes out, and Finch promptly nicks the ball right where the man had been standing to pick up four. Shaun Marsh the new batsman in at three.
WICKET! Warner c Buttler b Broad 1
Warner tosses away his wicket, bat. The left-hander aims a huge mow on the legside and sends the bat flying out of his hands towards square-leg and the ball skying to short third-man, where Buttler moves round to take the catch. Warner suffers the ignominy of having to walk over to get his bat back before leaving the park.
Over 1 - Australia 10/0 (Warner 1, Finch 7)
Steven Finn opens the bowling for England on a dry, cracked surface. First runs for Australia, whose task tonight and in these upcoming one-dayers is the equivalent of throwing some shoes over a Slough office block but with Aaron rather than Chris Finch, comes via leg-byes from Finn's second delivery. Warner beaten for pace attempting an optimistic pull shot and makes no contact but gets bat on ball with a repeat effort and sends the ball high towards long-leg. Lands short of Jade Dernbach. That brings the right-handed Finch on strike, and he shows Warner how the pull shot should be done by hammering his first ball way back over deep square-leg for six. Finch keeps the strike with a single to mid-off, and it's a good start for Australia.
Ready to go
England's players out in the middle for a huddle and a last-minute team talk from Broad. Aaron Finch and Dave Warner to open the batting for Australia.
From some RAF parachute chaps. Assume it was planned.
An Australia debut for Fawad Ahmed (and it's only his second ever game of professional T20 cricket), but no place for Michael Carberry in the England side on his home ground. Only Root, Broad and Finn of England's Ashes winners are involved.
Hales, Lumb, Wright, Root, Morgan, Bopara, Buttler (wk), Broad (capt), Finn, Briggs, Dernbach.
Warner, Finch, Watson, Marsh, Bailey (capt), Maxwell, Wade (wk), Faulkner, Johnson, Hazlewood, Ahmed.
England win the toss and bowl
Stuart Broad wins the toss and elects to bowl first at the Ageas Bowl.
As well as new-look teams, we've got a couple of new captains ready for the toss with England led by Stuart Broad and George Bailey at the helm for Australia.
Much-changed squads and a very different format as, after England's 3-0 victory in the Ashes series, the whites make way for green, gold and - for some reason - red as Tests make way for T20s. The Ageas Bowl in Southampton is the venue for the first of two clashes over the sprint distance, and we'll have full over-by-over coverage of the game right here.
- 29th Aug 2013
- England won the toss and elected to bowl.
- The Ageas Bowl
- R J Bailey, R T Robinson
- TV Umpire
- M A Gough
- Match Referee
- R S Mahanama
- Reserve Umpire
- D J Millns
england BATTING CARD
|M.J. Lumb||lbw Johnson||22|
|A.D. Hales||c Wade b Hazlewood||8|
|L.J. Wright||c Wade b Hazlewood||4|
|E.J.G. Morgan||c Maxwell b Johnson||0|
|J.E. Root||Not out||90|
|R.S. Bopara||c Warner b Watson||45|
|J.C. Buttler||b Faulkner||27|
|S.C.J. Broad||Not out||4|
|Extras||2nb, 6w, 1b,||9|
|Total||20.0 Overs||209 - 6|