10th over: England 49-1 (Roy 30, Vince 6) Vince, facing Abbott, plays and misses yet again before finally remembering that he’s James Vince and cutting for three. So the powerplay ends with Australia well on top but England hanging in there. The sun is half-out, so England’s blushes are not about to be spared by the rain.
9th over: England 45-1 (Roy 29, Vince 3) Roy has found his touch, to the point where he can take a length ball from Hazlewood, on off stump, and time it past mid-on. He has now added 30 in a useful little stand with extras.
8th over: England 38-1 (Roy 24, Vince 2) Cummins takes himself off and turns to Sean Abbott, who starts well (four dots) before letting Roy escape with two fours, a cover punch and a flick through midwicket. At the age of 30, Abbott is playing only his eighth ODI.
7th over: England 32-1 (Roy 17, Vince 2) Vince, facing Hazlewood, gets bat on ball for once and almost perishes as an inside edge pops up towards square leg but lands just short. Serves Cummins right for not having a short leg. Vince celebrates by taking a scrappy single to mid-off. His timing, usually so effortless, has deserted him tonight.
6th over: England 30-1 (Roy 16, Vince 1) Cummins keeps himself on and starts with a wide to Roy that is so wide, down the leg side, that it goes for four byes to boot. Cummins is finding movement and beating the bat but bowling too short to find the edge. There’s a second wide soon afterwards, and then a third. England are getting ’em in extras! Eleven so far.
5th over: England 23-1 (Roy 16, Vince 1) England could do with a boundary, and J-Roy supplies one, pinging a flick off Hazelwood. Vince still can’t buy a run (1 off 11). An ad on the pitch says “Bat. Bowl. Dettol.” which may be the silliest three-word slogan since “Take back control”.
4th over: England 17-1 (Roy 11, Vince 1) Too good from Cummins too: a maiden! To Vince, who was beaten on the inside edge, then the outside edge, then the inside edge again, more painfully. Game off.
3rd over: England 17-1 (Roy 11, Vince 1) Too good from Hazlewood, a Test bowler with Test figures this evening (2-0-5-1). Shame about Malan, who was England’s best bet for a designated driver to make 130 off 100 balls. That role now beckons to James Vince, who did get a hundred two games ago in his own personal timeline.
Mr Measured gets his measurements wrong! Malan sees a full length and goes for the drive but can only get an inside edge, well held by the keeper.
2nd over: England 13-0 (Roy 11, Malan 1) OK, one over to get your eye in, then you go for it. Jason Roy, who desperately needs runs, gets four from Pat Cummins’ first ball, forcing past cover, and another four later in the over from a clip off the pads. Game on!?
1st over: England 3-0 (Roy 1, Malan 1) How do you set about a monster chase? Sedately, it seems. At least when facing Josh Hazlewood. Three dots, two singles and a leg-bye as England’s Mr Measured, Dawid Malan, steps up to open in place of Phil Salt, who took a blow to the head earlier. I do hope he’s OK.
Hello everyone and thanks Geoff. What an elegant writer he is, even in an elongated shift covering a giant anticlimax. Still, this is quite a tally that Australia have piled up here. It should be more than enough to see off this depleted, demotivated England team. The only glimmer of hope for England is that (according to Cricinfo) of the nine successful chases above 350 in ODI history, four have come against Australia.
Let’s factor in the DLS adjustment. Australia’s 355 becomes 363, because if they had known about the missing overs then they would have attacked earlier.
So it will need to be one of those barnstorming England chases of old, to get something massive in 48 overs.
Should be fun. That’s enough for me, I’ll leave you in the capable typing hands of Tim de Lisle.
48th over: Australia 355-5 (Carey 12, Labuschagne 8) No time-wasting from Labuschagne. Bashes his second ball down the ground for four, cross-batted, after missing the same shot from his first. Lofts two over the bowler, then clears the front leg and smears two to midwicket.
M-m-m-m-monster Marsh! First ball of the last over, home run over left field. Second ball though, big outside edge as he aims a drive at a full ball. Looping up to cover where Dawson tracks back under the high ball.
If Stone gets a five-for here it will be… quite something.
47th over: Australia 341-4 (Marsh 24, Carey 12) Two overs to go. Carey is clever in these situations. Flicks a couple of runs, then baseballs four over Willey’s head. Taking it off a length. Places twos into the gaps. The left-hander also messes up the bowler’s lines, twice he errs past the leg stump for wides.
46th over: Australia 328-4 (Marsh 22, Carey 3) A further drop for Labuschagne as Carey comes in, sensible option here. You do often see this after a huge partnership, that the rest of the players bat more frantically and wickets tumble. Olly Stone 3 for 6 in his last two overs after 0 for 65 in his first seven.
Olly Stone’s weird long day continues! Does well with his first couple of balls, blockholing Marsh to the tune of one run. Then Smith premeditates a scoop shot but Stone bowls shorter. Too short to make contact as Smith goes through with it. Or not quite? There’s the tinest feather of a touch on that ball, and Buttler makes a very understated appeal. Paul Wilson gives a very understated signal of out, and Smith walks straight off.
45th over: Australia 323-3 (Smith 21, Marsh 20) There’s the power of M. Bison. Short from Curran, but Marsh backs himself to make the distance and pummels it over the fence at deep square leg. Some hit at the MCG. Up and over cover for two more after that, then a single via inside edge and boot as Curran hits the blockhole. Good delivery. Too much width to Smith though, who is able to open the face and calypso drive this over backward point! Some shot for four. The field goes back there, so he hits past the bowler for two, then two through cover.
44th over: Australia 306-3 (Smith 13, Marsh 11) Smith walks at Woakes, leading edge into the covers for a run. Called a leg bye in the end. Marsh pulls another. And so it goes: back of a length, hitting to the square sweepers. Finally Marsh waits on one, pulls it finer, and nearly beats the fine leg but can’t quite. One run from each ball of the over.
43rd over: Australia 300-3 (Smith 11, Marsh 8) Chris Jordan is now at slip, following the Stoinis wicket. England taking the proverbial here. Marsh isn’t worried about slip, he flicks two runs and then bashes four straight.
The break brings a breakthrough. First ball back, Stoinis aims leg side and gets a high leading edge towards point. And… is that Chris Jordan, sub fielding for England in the final overs? What a surprise, you’d never see that.
We’re back. 48 overs a side now.
Here’s Tom van der Gucht.
“In many ways, I’m more excited about tomorrow’s England v England Lions match. The opportunity for young upstarts to make a point is always exciting and I still remember the thrill of the Lions beating the main team on the run up to the 2010 T20 World Cup, leading to a complete change in personnel, direction and tactics.”
Em in Newcastle writes in. “Aside from congratulations Travis Head for the 100, what’s more pointless than this ODI series? How about a frisbee? That’s got no points either. What’s got more point? How about the 109th Grey Cup in Canadian Football League won by Toronto at the weekend?”
Well, I would direct people back to the Sam Billings interview at the start of the blog to find some point for the players ahead of next year’s World Cup. As for the Grey Cup, that doesn’t sound very colourful. Well done Toronto – if my very distant understanding is correct, they haven’t been swimming in titles with Blue Jays, Raptors, Leafs and the like.
Here comes the rain again. Just a light drizzle, but it’ll be enough to take some time and probably cost us some overs. Wonder what Duckworth and Lewis will make of things if Australia’s innings is curtailed now? And that’s before old mate Stern gets involved.
42nd over: Australia 290-2 (Smith 10, Stoinis 11) Woakes bashes away on a hard length, hoping to use the big square boundaries as protection or a wicket-taking device. Smith backs away and misses a swish, then backs away and plays the forehand overhead smash! Only gets one run for it, to mid on, but I recall him playing that in 2014 when he made that 192 against India batting for declaration runs. No boundaries from the over, only five singles, well bowled.
41st over: Australia 285-2 (Smith 8, Stoinis 8) Dancing shoes on for Smith, who hops outside his leg stump and cuts Dawson for four. Some sharp running for twos as well. Three leg-side boundary riders for Stoinis, who isn’t ready to play any huge shots yet. Hits a run past the bowler to keep the strike.
40th over: Australia 276-2 (Smith 3, Stoinis 4) Woakes returns. He’s had moderate success against Smith, as much as anyone can claim to have had. Wonder if that’s a planned rotation or a tactical move? Three overs left for him. Bowls four balls of six to Stoinis.
Phil Withall is watching from behind the sofa. “As an Englishman the disappointment of this Australian innings is only being compounded by the emptiness of the weather radar. I can see no hope in either…”
39th over: Australia 270-2 (Smith 1, Stoinis 0) Interesting that Smith got the nod at three, but Stoinis gets elevated above Labuschagne. Two wickets and one run from the Stone over!
And one brings two! Head steps away to the leg side, looking to play through or over cover. Stone perhaps has time to follow him a touch. The line of the ball is just outside leg stump, and it clips the outer edge of the timber after Head’s shot misses. That cheers up Olly Stone’s day a touch. Not sure he’ll be turning cartwheels about 2 for 66 in his eighth, but it’s better than not getting them.
Finally the partnership breaks. Olly Stone has been turned into a bowling machine set to slot, but he gets one lucky break. Warner pulls to deep midwicket, hits the gap between the two outfielders quite well, but just has too much elevation or not enough depth on the hit, and Willey is able to make up a lot of ground running parallel to the trajectory and pull off a wonderful catch.
38th over: Australia 269-0 (Head 152, Warner 106) Even Curran is going now, with Head smacking him to the leg side through midwicket and then the other side of the wicket through cover, both length balls that the batter could set himself up to attack by shifting position.
37th over: Australia 257-0 (Head 143, Warner 103) Goodness me. Travis Head is just pumping them now. Stone returns, first ball after drinks, and Head blasts him over long on and over the rope. Slashes away another boundary over the non-existent cordon. Takes a two and a one, gives strike to Warner, and Stone dishes him up an absolute freebie, low full toss with width, perfect for Warner to redirect through cover for four!
That’s ODI century #19 for Warner, which takes him ahead of Mark Waugh and behind only Ricky Ponting’s 29 for his country.
And Stone’s over has gone for 19.
36th over: Australia 239-0 (Head 130, Warner 97) A rare boundary from Curran, glanced through fine leg. This pair still running the second as hard as they did 36 overs ago, as Warner places the ball to deep midwicket. Warner has been out in the 90s four times before in ODI cricket. Gets off strike. Curran oversteps bowling to Head, has to deliver a free hit, and only gives away one run to deep point. Still the only England bowler today going at less than six per over. Drinks.
35th over: Australia 228-0 (Head 129, Warner 90) It’s the Richie Benaud over, the 35th. That old rule of thumb doesn’t quite work anymore. But let’s say that Australia are on track for… lots. And England’s only chance of pulling them back is if they go too hard and lose a bunch of wickets too quickly. There’s another six for Head, stepping well outside his leg stump and down the pitch to Dawson, contorting himself into a weird pretzel shape as he thumps a ball long over midwicket. Shades of Rishabh Pant in that one.
34th over: Australia 217-0 (Head 120, Warner 88) Curran has been useful so far, he’ll have some death overs to manage as well though you’d think. Tries the yorker, tries the slow bouncer, anything to draw a mistake, but these batters just keep collecting.
33rd over: Australia 212-0 (Head 118, Warner 86) Head charges Dawson, in the end cramping himself for room and pulling a single. Warner walks at the bowler to check a drive to mid off. Batting with restraint, got time to do so. He fell short of a hundred in the first match and won’t want to do that again. Head goes hard at Dawson’s last ball but Woakes saves it on the straight boundary. At some point this innings is going to light up, and everyone will have freedom to swing.
32nd over: Australia 206-0 (Head 114, Warner 83) There’s the 200 partnership for this pair, the second time they’ve done it in 13 innings together. Last time they went on to 284, the Australian ODI record. They take a single from every ball of Willey’s over, plus a wide. England looking flat as.
31st over: Australia 199-0 (Head 111, Warner 80) Nothing outrageous against Dawson, Warner relying on placement and running to score four from the over, Head content to knock a single to square leg.
30th over: Australia 194-0 (Head 110, Warner 76) The run rate is pushing 6.5 now, they’ve taken 38 off the last four overs. And we’re not even in the hitting stage of the innings yet. Willey manages to conjure a quiet over into existence, still six from it though. Dawson is about to come back.
29th over: Australia 188-0 (Head 108, Warner 74) Head plays his first post-ton slog, up high but with enough on it to clear mid on. It plugs for a single. That’s the second ball of the over. From the sixth, Head gets the shot more cleanly, hitting Woakes flat and wide of that fielder for four.
We’re crossing genres! Ground announcing / OBO coverage.
28th over: Australia 180-0 (Head 101, Warner 73) Ton’s up, fun’s up – but Warner is the one who decides to go big. Willey comes on to replace the struggling Stone, and Warner drop-kicks his first ball over wide long-on, the exact same spot where he hit Dawson. Six. Then closes out the over by shovelling a shorter ball over Buttler and away for four. Does Warner want to catch up?
27th over: Australia 168-0 (Head 100, Warner 62) A very sad sounding trumpeter is playing We Are the Champions, with all of the gusto of a deflating balloon. And Travis Head adds the final puncture, pop, by slashing World Cup winner Woakes away through backward point for four and for his century.
That’s his third for Australia, as well as nine others in List A cricket. He likes the 50-over format, for sure. Has applied his buccaneering style to this match, had some trouble early, but just ignored it and kept sailing. By now he looks completely in control.
26th over: Australia 161-0 (Head 95, Warner 60) Simple approach, and it keeps working today. Travis Head strides into that delivery from Stone, hitting it off a length over the bowler’s head, using a straight bat. Four. Tries to feather an uppercut through the vacant area by the keeper and misses that one. But if at first you don’t succeed… next ball, same ball, same shot, full face over the keeper, bat pointing back towards the boundary line. Top shot.
25th over: Australia 150-0 (Head 86, Warner 58) Moeen is looking after some of the scant fans in the ground, taking selfies down on the boundary between overs. Chris Woakes has the ball now from the Shane Warne End, England increasingly desperate for a breakthrough. No risks against the main man, but Head uses that trick again of moving to the off side and glancing fine for four. The rain didn’t cost us any overs, so it’s halfway through the innings and Australia should be thinking well over 300 by now.
24th over: Australia 143-0 (Head 81, Warner 56) Travis Head just keeps on keeping on! Stone is bowling a bit faster now, trying a short-pitched attack, but Head flat-bats him back down the ground for four, then slashes him to deep third for a couple. No fear.
23rd over: Australia 135-0 (Head 75, Warner 55) Quiet over for Dawson in contrast, four singles, but a couple of well struck shots to the boundary riders. Bold of Buttler to keep him on, that’s a test of nerve. For the bowler and the captain.
22nd over: Australia 131-0 (Head 73, Warner 53) Given that Moeen has replaced a specialist bat, he’s allowed to bat but not bowl. So go the substitution guidelines. Interesting argument as to what constitutes an all-rounder, then. Malan bowls occasionally, could he swap in both disciplines for Moeen?
Olly Stone has swung around to the MCC end, and bowls better, two singles off the over. Does bowl one down leg, Blocker Wilson is about to signal wide, but Buttler has a big appeal and then a long chat about whether to review for a catch. Wilson has to delay his signal, and by the time England’s confab is over, he has decided that the ball must have clipped clothing or pad to make a noise. Because no wide is signalled. You could say that’s tricky from England, or you could say it’s good umpiring to reconsider a decision when the first reaction was wrong.
21st over: Australia 129-0 (Head 72, Warner 52) Now it’s Warner’s turn to swat Dawson for six. First ball of the over, lifted over wide long on and just over the rope. Neatly placed. A few singles to follow, and suddenly Dawson’s 2 overs, 0 for 7 has turned into 4 overs, 0 for 30.