Pretty good last over from Watson, 8 off and a wicket on the last ball. 5/272 is the final score. Will be a tough chase for Australia, but its bed time here at TC Ink. Good night!
Kieswetter nails one back at Watson. He stops it with one hand and that looked painful. And now a scoop for 4.
Nearly a good over from Brett Lee. Only 3 off the first 5 deliveries, but the 6th goes to the boundary.
Wow. 4/257. 19 from that Watson over. England have exploded and will post a competitive total now surely.
Eoin goes again! Weird shot, almost a front foot pull. It wasn’t that short but its been hit for 6.
Kieswetter joins in, smashes Watson’s first ball down the ground for 4.
And again! This time its a half volley and Eoin swipes it for 6 in the same area. 2 very important 6s to finish that over. 4/238, 3 to go.
Shocking full toss from Brett Lee goes the distance thanks to Eoin.
4/224 with 4 overs to go… Kieswetter can’t get going. I think they need to get to 260.
England not forcing the issue yet here. Bedwetter only has 7 off 14.
Bedwetter comes in.
So England have done well, they are in a position to get 260-270.
Doherty clean bowls Trotty! Massive lapse in concentration and he’s been yorker by the spinner as he tried to flick it through leg side.
Watson to bowl the last powerplay over. He does pretty well, 6 off it.
50 for Trotty of 65 balls, 10 off this Lee over with 1 ball remaining. Could be another 2, and it is. 3/182 off 39. 1 PP over to go.
Annndd Cummins has copped it in that over. Eoin has hammered him down the ground for 6 off the last ball, powerplay starting to fire up now.
Cummins drops a sharp caught and bowled chance. Couldn’t quite get his hands up to it. Drops it short next ball and Trott smashes it for 4.
Now Lee does well to only give away 6. Good job by Australia so far.
Cummins has kept it well contained on over 1 of the batting PP, just 2 from it.
England forced to take the batting powerplay now at over 35. This will be interesting.
Eoin jumping around the crease looking for runs against Doherty, but not looking too convincing.
Two non-Englishmen at the crease now! Where is Cape Town? It’s in England! Where is Dublin? It’s in England!
It was only half an appeal, didn’t seem very convincing and I was surprised that Clarke chose to review. Hotspot shows nothing and it certainly wasn’t stumped. Not out.
Couple of appeals here, could be stumping or a catch.
Incredible fielding by David Hussey, big dive and just rakes it back away from the boundary. Trott looking good but not scoring very quickly.
Bopara prediction was spot on! McKay comes back on and gets an edge off Bopara and Clarke who, and full credit to him for being there, takes the catch at 1st slip. 3/121 off 28.1. Australia gaining some ascendancy now.
Play and a miss from Bopara, Cummins has it coming in a bit off the slope. Good bowling.
Trott takes off on a suicide single. Cummins fields and has a shot at the stumps but can’t hit and Trotty gets away with it. 2/112 off 26.1
Cummins belts Bopara in the head with a great short ball. Cop that! Bopara barely moved, he just turned his head and copped it. He’s OK though, straight back into it.
Bopara in now, I don’t rate him against an Australian attack, let’s see how he goes. Trott needs to play a big innings here.
Cummins back into the attack and gets Australia’s 2nd!! He built into that over well, increasing his pace with every ball. Cook was found out by that ball, he went searching for the drive and edged it through to Wade. 2/89 off 21.
Now Wade drops a difficult chance down leg, that would have been Cook gone as well. Replay shows it was quite catchable, missed opportunity there.
Oh that’s gotta be out! Great ball from Brett Lee and given!! Jagged in a little, beats Bell’s inside edge and plumb LBW. Australia on the board 1/74 off 17.
Great fielding by Bailey, Cook certainly didn’t deserve 4 for that shot.
They’ve only been back on for about 10 overs, but drinks breaks must go ahead as planned!
Still no breakthrough for Australia, Clarke’s decision to bowl first not looking too great at the moment! Cook and Bell aren’t setting the world alight however. 0/64 off 15.
So England off to a steady start before some typical English weather turned up. Eng are 0/15 off 6 at the rain delay. Radar doesn’t look too bad, should be able to get this game in!
Our updates will be a little infrequent until after tonight’s NRL match.
Toss has been won by Clarke and Australia will… Field. Cricinfo were indeed right with their prediction of the Aussie pace attack. Could be a bit in this pitch so a lot of responsibility on the quicks here to back up the skippers decision.
The more I think about this game, and look at the two teams, the more I think England should win this. Key for Australia is David Warner. He needs to get in and blast a big one.
If Cricinfo are correct, 2 out of the 3 pacers tonight will be contractless! Which is kind of funny considering there are 7 Cricket Australia contracted quicks.
Who knows who is going to run out for the Australian fast bowling circus. Cricinfo thinks it is going to be: Brett Lee, Clint McKay and Pat Cummins. Come on, there’s only 6 of them to choose from!
Welcome to our live comments on the first ODI between England and Australia.
First off, we’re going to have a crack at England taking the 2.02 offered. We rate this game as 50/50, with England having the edge if anything (they have won their last 6 ODI series at home), so this rates as pretty good value.