England vs Australia
Moeen Ali is named man-of-the-match. So we move on to the first of five one-day internationals between these two sides on Thursday at the Ageas Bowl. See you then!
Over 20 - Australia 177-8
ENGLAND WIN BY FIVE RUNS. England win again - the batting was top-notch and Morgan's men backed it up in the field, much to the delight of the sell-out crowd. They delivered their skills when needed.
Cummins run out 0 - Aus 175-8
Brilliant from Stokes, who collects Roy's throw and runs Cummins out at the non-striker's end without facing
Coulter-Nile c Rashid b Stokes 0
Stokes strikes with his fourth ball as Coulter-Nile tries to tee off but only gets a top-edge to Rashid at third man. Australia need nine runs from two balls. Aus 174-7
Wade run out (Morgan) 2
What a mix-up! Stoinis refuses to come back for two and Wade, who had already set off, is run out by a country mile off the first ball of the over. Aus 172-6
Over 19 - Australia 171-5 (Wade 1, Stoinis 6)
We could have a super over if the match ends in a tie. Stoinis picks his spot perfectly, pulling for four through the leg-side - precision placement, is that. So Australia need 12 off that last over to be bowled by Stokes.
Smith c Billings b Willey 90
Willey loves the big moments and he's only gone and got Smith, who is toe ends a delivery that is in the slot. Aus 165-5
Over 18 - Australia 163-4 (Smith 89, Stoinis 1)
Very decent over from Topley that began with four bonus runs for Marsh as Moeen Ali took his eye off the ball and was nut-megged - very, very sloppy. Australia need 20 off 12 balls. Topley finishes with 1-35 off four.
Marsh b Topley 13
Brilliant from Topley who gets his first international wicket as Marsh slogs at a slower ball and is cleaned out. Aus 161-4
Over 17 - Australia 155-3 (Smith 87, M Marsh 8)
Smith steps across outside off to flick Willey for four, then gets his hands through the ball to power a delivery on middle-stump over cover for six. Merciless. Australia need 28 to win off 18 balls.
Over 16 - Australia 142-3 (Smith 76, M Marsh 6)
Billings twice slips out on the deep point boundary, twice allowing Smith to get back for a second and keep the strike. It's third time lucky for the Kent man as Smith digs out another full delivery from Topley, who finishes a very good over that costs just eight with a slower ball bumper that Smith pulls for one. Australia need 41 off 24 balls.
Over 15 - Australia 134-3 (Smith 71, M Marsh 3)
Morgan must be frustrated at how often his seamers have dropped short. Stokes is the guilty party this time - it's so easy for Smith to attack and pilfer four more. Australia need 49 off 30 balls.
Over 14 - Australia 127-3 (Smith 66, M Marsh 1)
Amazing how quality fielding can slow the momentum. Moeen's over costs just three singles and Australia now lead 56 from the last six overs.
Maxwell c Stokes b Moeen Ali 44
What a catch that is - athletic and timely! Stokes sprints to his right at long on and leaps to snaffle Maxwell's heave to leg. Australia 124-3
Over 13 - Australia 124-2 (Smith 64, Maxwell 44)
A stunning piece of Billings fielding, a flat out dive on the mid-wicket boundary, denies Smith a couple so he nails the next delivery from Finn high into the stands. Wow - that went the distance! The hundred stand is old news - these two are piling on the pain now for England. Smith slaps Finn's last ball just wide of extra cover - he finishes with 1-39 from four overs.
Over 12 - Australia 110-2 (Smith 51, Maxwell 43)
Smith powers to his first T20 fifty for Australia off just 30 fours with a glorious drive straight down the ground. With Maxwell pulling the first ball of Rashid's over for six, it's another costly over for England. The stand is now 98...
Over 11 - Australia 96-2 (Smith 46, Maxwell 34)
A spectacular dive from Smith is more for the cameras than his wicket because he beats Finn's throw from the deep easily. Backward point is helpless as Stokes drops short and wide and is hammered away for four - easy pickings. It was a slower ball out of the back of the hand that went wrong. Maxwell's through for a quick single but Stokes produces an amazing back heel to break the wicket. Both sides show-boating.
Over 10 - Australia 86-2 (Smith 38, Maxwell 33)
Smith toe-ends Rashid down the ground for six - a punter in the front row of the crowd failing to even lay a hand of it as the ball plummets to earth. Poor.
Over 9 - Australia 73-2 (Smith 28, Maxwell 30)
Stokes - who faced only one ball in England's innings - gets the chance to showcase his all-rounder credentials. There's little swing to help him - and predictably he's despatched by Smith when he drops short.
Over 8 - Australia 64-2 (Smith 22, Maxwell 29)
The spinner's first ball is hammered by Smith but just to the left of Morgan, who dives to save at least a couple. The fifty stand comes up off just 35 balls before Maxwell cuts Rashid and for a single and shares a grin and a joke with his county colleague. At this stage England were 43-2.
Over 7 - Australia 59-2 (Smith 19, Maxwell 27)
Maxwell, having rather lost his momentum, has an agricultural heave and is relieved to see an inside edge flash past his leg stump. Topley's poor fortune continues as Hales makes a pig's ear of a sliding stop on the point boundary, the ball skidding under his hand for four. Topley might well have had a couple of wickets for zip at this stage. He rather lets himself down with a half-tracker that Maxwell swivel pulls for four. Here comes Rashid...
Over 6 - Australia 45-2 (Smith 18, Maxwell 14)
That's the powerplay done and dusted - the run-rate is ok at this stage. England were 27-2! Smith launches Finn's first delivery down the park for six with some aplomb. Finn's foot is right on that front line again - living dangerously, is the lad.
Over 5 - Australia 37-2 (Smith 11, Maxwell 14)
The Essex man is centimetres away from his first wicket as Smith just about clears Willey at mid-on, a slower ball almost proving his undoing. Four dots in his first over, which costs five. Can't argue with that!
Over 4 - Australia 32-2 (Smith 6, Maxwell 14)
Maxwell mows a large blow down the ground into his front foot and sets off for a single that isn't there - Stokes swooping to shy at the stumps only to miss and one overthrow results. Finn's length remains a little too short and Smith pounces to whip-pull for four. Stokes saves four with a brilliant piece of fielding in the gully, diving to his left to get a hand to the most difficult of chances.
Over 3 - Australia 22-2 (Smith 1, Maxwell 9)
Willey earns a second over, bowling this one with slightly less distinction. Maxwell pummels him through the off-side on the front foot before rocking back to pull the Northants seamer behind square for a second boundary.
Over 2 - Australia 12-2 (Smith 0, Maxwell 0)
Watson must be heartily sick of England by now. He was looking in decent touch too, pulling hard for four before driving exquisitely through the off-side for a second boundary. But his footwork rather let him down, there. Back to skills school...
Watson b Finn 8
What a way to go. Realising the ball is bouncing back towards his stumps, Watson attempts to kick it away but fails to connect - unlike the ball, which dislodges the bails. Aus 12-2
Over 1 - Australia 4-1 (Smith 0, Watson 0
England have a choice of left-armers but it's Willey who opens up and does the business. Warner - whose bat resembles a railway sleeper - is undone as he looks to work to leg, the ball carrying a distance off a meaty leading edge.
Warner c Finn b Willey 4
Willey strikes sixth ball, turning Warner around - the ball taking the leading edge and flying all the way to Finn at third man. Aus 4-1
Over 20 - England 182-5 (Stokes 1, Moeen Ali 72)
So not 200 as Australia finish strongly but still a very decent total. Moeen - who didn't get enough of the strike in the final few overs - slices Starc over point for a very welcome boundary. Pure class. He hits deep cover for just a single off the next. Stokes faces just one ball, which he hits to mid-off for one. Some 120 runs came off the final 10 overs.
Billings run out (Smith) 2
Billings is a good yard out as he strives to get Moeen Ali back on strike - Smith throwing to Starc from mid-off. Eng 180-5
Over 19 - England 174-4 (Billings 1, Moeen Ali 66)
Billings gets off the mark fourth ball - charging and swinging at a 90mph Cummins delivery - the ball spooning to short mid-off for an unconventional single. Cummins continues to fire the ball into the block-hole at anything up to 94mph, hitting Billings on the back hip with the last. Cummins finishes with 2-25.
Over 18 - England 168-4 (Billings 0, Moeen Ali 64)
Billings gets the nod ahead of Stokes. Buttler's cameo could prove helpful - he lofted Starc's first ball back over cover for four. Mid-on then came up as a result and could only look skyward as Buttler heaved the next delivery over cow for six. Over finishes with three dots.
Buttler c Cummins b Starc 11
Buttler gets one in the slot but fails to connect properly and picks out Cummins at mid-on. Missed opportunity there, you feel. Eng 168-4
Over 17 - England 157-3 (Buttler 1, Moeen Ali 64)
It was a cutter that Morgan tried to drag over the rope - and the ball almost made it too. Is that England's chance of 200 gone? Coulter-Nile finishes with 1-24 - pretty impressive given his team-mates figures.
Morgan c Watson b Coulter-Nile 74
Coulter-Nile strikes with a slower ball that Morgan tries to dump out of the ground but he gets it on the toe end and Watson coolly takes the catch on the boundary. Eng 153-3.
Over 16 - England 152-2 (Moeen Ali 60, Morgan 74)
Cummins keeps it full and enjoys some relative success - certainly in comparison to the previous over, anyway. The short boundaries straight are put into context as Morgan mishits a high full toss from well outside off-stump for six over long off. The final ball is despatched into the stands over midwicket - it was another slower ball. Pace off really doesn't look the way to go. Some 68 runs have come off the last four overs.
Over 15 - England 136-2 (Moeen Ali 58, Morgan 60)
Big, big over for England! The 100 stand is up in the grand style - Morgan launching his third six of the innings down the ground off a Watson off-cutter. It's not going to be Watson's day, you feel, as a slower ball finds Morgan's leading edge but falls short of the on-rushing Smith. He sees Morgan coming and digs it in short but England's skipper adjusts and swings him behind square for six to reach his fifty off 32 balls with his fourth six. Morgan mows the next delivery down the ground for six - mowed. Watson takes himself out of the firing line with a wide before Morgan ships short of long on to keep the strike.
Over 14 - England 112-2 (Moeen Ali 58, Morgan 38)
Everyone loves a leggie, right? Especially when you're hammering them over long on as Moeen Ali does. He reaches his fifty off 31 balls next delivery, pulling well for four. He goes again next ball, sticking Boyce in the stands over cow. Nineteen of that over.
Over 13 - England 95-2 (Moeen Ali 41, Morgan 37)
Watson's on the wrong end of an astonishing shot from Morgan, who advances to thwack him down the ground for six with a half-helicopter shot - played with both feet are in the air.
Over 12 - England 84-2 (Moeen Ali 39, Morgan 28)
Moeen rather miscues a pull of Coulter-Nile - getting enough of it to pick up two but no more. The next delivery is a lot closer to the middle and disappears over midwicket to the boundary - timing and placement. He goes across his stumps to the next ball and tickles it past short fine leg for four more - a wristy shot if ever there was one.
Over 11 - England 73-2 (Moeen Ali 29, Morgan 27)
Morgan clears mid-on in rather unconvincing fashion but then nails a straight drive out of the ground, becoming England's leading T20 run-scorer in style. A chap wandering down by the river minding his own business collects the ball - oblivious to it being the match ball - before punters urge him to throw it back and we can 'get on with the game'.
Over 10 - England 62-2 (Moeen Ali 29, Morgan 16)
Maxwell proving tough to get away here - even when Moeen leans back and hammers him through the off-side he can't beat the fielder. Morgan cuts the last ball from a foot outside the leg stump. We're half way and England need to get a shift on.
Over 9 - England 56-2 (Moeen Ali 26, Morgan 13)
Moeen puts debutant Stoinis under pressure straight away - coming down the pitch to pull him high into the stands, then following up with a one-bounce four over mid-on. Morgan also takes on the shorter ball - it gets big on him but the ball falls in between the leg-side fielders.
Over 8 - England 43-2 (Moeen Ali 10, Morgan 12)
Maxwell yelps in excitement as Morgan backs away and cuts from outside leg stump past point - might have been easier to stand still and swing it away leg-side. After three singles Maxwell drops short and is pulled away. Starc initially does well on the boundary to stave four but then fumbles. Morgan runs on the error and just about makes his ground.
Over 7 - England 37-2 (Moeen Ali 10, Morgan 10)
Marsh's first ball is despatched up and over the covers, beating the man out on the boundary - Moeen striking the ball exceptionally crisply right now. Morgan is hurried by a short ball but gets another on it to pull fine for four. Ten from the over.
Over 6 - England 27-2 (Moeen Ali 5, Morgan 5)
Mitchell Marsh shies and hits the stumps at the non-striker's end but Moeen, having struggled to pierce the field, is home by a yard and almost two. He got the dive out, nonetheless. Is Morgan in any sort of form? Judging by that drive for four on the up, yes. That's the powerplay over and you'd think Australia are the happier at the moment.
Over 5 - England 22-2 (Moeen Ali 4, Morgan 1)
Morgan won't take his foot off the accelerator here if he can help it - it's not in new England's make-up. Moeen drives Coulter-Nile elegantly with high hands through the covers for three
Over 4 - England 18-2 (Moeen Ali 1, Morgan 0)
Cummins, who Shane Warne was adamant should have played in the Ashes, makes an instant impact with plenty of pace - although the full toss that accounted for Hales probably wasn't in the plan...
Roy c Coulter-Nile b Cummins 11
Roy slices the ball high to Coulter-Nile who takes a smart catch - Cummins has two in his first over. 18-2
Hales b Cummins 3 - Eng 17-1
Cummins strikes with his third ball after two strong lbw shouts - a 91.5mph full toss that does Hales for pace.
Over 3 - England 17-0 (Roy 11, Hales 3)
With a deft roll of the wrists, Roy pulls Starc away for four - picking his spot behind square with judicious ease. It must come as something of a relief after three dot balls. Hales drops and goes to keep the strike.
Over 2 - England 11-0 (Roy 6, Hales 2)
Roy - as is his wont - advances looking to hit Coulter-Nile up and over, only to miscue - the ball dropping over point but away from the fielder at third man. Decent running between this pair brings a couple more singles.
Over 1 - England 7-0 (Roy 4, Hales 0)
Time for the no fear cricket to begin - Roy and Hales (no room for Vince, remember) look like an explosive partnership but can they deliver? Roy cuts his second ball away for a couple to get the board moving - Starc donating a couple of wides as he initially struggles to switch the radar on. Roy leans on a drive through point and only a fine sliding stop by Warner prevents the first boundary of the day. It's a nine-ball over in the end, Starc sending down another leg-side wide.
AUSTRALIA WIN THE TOSS & BOWL
Moeen Ali slots in at three for the hosts in the absence of Root; Rashid plays and there is a debut for Reece Topley. Australia make seven changes from their last T20 outing, back in November. Stoinis, originally from WA, makes his debut while Boyce has flown over just to play this game.
The urn is England's. No dramas, there. But can they up their game in the limited overs formats. There is a World T20 on the horizon in March, don't forget. Trevor Bayliss and co have seven T20 games before then to get things right, so all eyes will be on today's team selection...
- 31st Aug 2015
- Australia won the toss and elected to bowl.
- Sophia Gardens Cardiff
- M A Gough, R T Robinson
- TV Umpire
- R J Bailey
- Match Referee
- J J Crowe
- Reserve Umpire
- R K Illingworth
australia BATTING CARD
|D.A. Warner||c Finn b Willey||4|
|S.R. Watson||b Finn||8|
|S.P.D. Smith||c Billings b Willey||90|
|G.J. Maxwell||c Stokes b Ali||44|
|M.R. Marsh||b Topley||13|
|M.P. Stoinis||Not out||10|
|M.S. Wade||run out (Morgan)||2|
|N.M. Coulter-Nile||c Rashid b Stokes||0|
|Total||20.0 Overs||177 - 8|