England v Australia, fourth ODI, Cardiff as it happened

England beat Australia by three wickets with three balls remaining to level the one-day series.

14 September 2013 Last updated at 17:39 GMT

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  1. 1837: 

    So the Buttler did it in Cardiff, taking England to a series-levelling victory. It's all set up for the day-nighter on Monday in Southampton. Join us then.

  2. 1836: 

    Man of the match Jos Buttler: "The knock I had at Old Trafford has given me a lot of confidence and to get us over the line is brilliant. I've tried to do a similar role for Somerset and it was good fun batting with Ben Stokes at the end.

    "The glovework behind the stumps is improving nicely as well. I've been working hard with Bruce French and I'm seeing the rewards now. It's been a good day and we'll look forward to Monday."

  3. 1831: 

    Australia captain Michael Clarke: "You have to take the good with the bad. England bowled well this morning and we came back well, particularly George Bailey. I'd have liked a few more runs but we recovered well.

    "Clint McKay bowled really well and deserves the credit for his hat-trick but we couldn't get over the line. You can always do more and look to get better and we'll do that.

    "Shaun Marsh looks doubtful for Monday, though because he's tweaked his hamstring."


    Dave Ross, TMS inbox: So, the Captain and three "young guns" snatch victory from defeat, by scoring over 200 from 230, with regular Test batsmen looking on. Where does England go from here??

  5. 1828: 

    England captain Eoin Morgan: "There was some hard-fought cricket, especially with the bat.

    "Our backs were against the wall. Me and Carbs dug in, we didn't expect it to nibble around all through the innings.

    "There's a lot of positives from today. Michael Carberry and Jos Buttler was world class at the end.

    "Carberry was cool and calm. He's got a great head on his shoulders.

    "It was good for me to get through a tough spell and set it up at the back end.

    "Ben Stokes has taken on a huge amount of responsibility and come up trumps. He's been one of the finds of the series."


    Bibhash Dash: Does a certain ex-cricketer still want England fans to get ticket refunds after that performance from "non-star" names?

  7. 1823: 

    Want more? The series decider will take place in Southampton on Monday. Will England head south feeling vindicated for their selection policy? The bonus of Ben Stokes at number eight was pretty crucial.


    Jordan Davies: What a show from Jos Buttler. Great head on young shoulders.

    Andrew Priestley: England snatch victory from the jaws of defeat! Tremendous attacking innings under immense pressure from Jos Buttler. Cool head.

    Dirk Nannes, Ex-Australia bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "It has to be said though that the partnership between Eoin Morgan and Michael Carberry laid the platform for this victory, though. They dug in, were brave leaving balls with the rate pushing up to six an over. But that patience was rewarded as the scoring opportunities eventually came. Then Jos Buttler came out and smoked Australia's bowlers everywhere."

  10. 1818: 

    Maybe spare a thought for Clint McKay? How often do you see a bowler take a hat-trick but still end on the losing side?


    Tom Burrows: Seriously cool head from Jos Buttler. Great stuff.

    James Sutton: The Buttler did it

  12. 1816: 

    Dirk Nannes is right, no other batsman was able to score at a run a ball, but Jos Buttler was the coolest man in Cardiff. Could he be England's finisher? He raises his bat as he enters the shadows of the pavilion, disappearing from a Cardiff evening that has provided a thrilling contest. Did anyone think England could get home when they were 8-3? Big credit should also go to Eoin Morgan and Michael Carberry.

    Dirk Nannes, Ex-Australia bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "What a finish! Jos Buttler has come out to bat and made it look like a different wicket. Because that's a difficult wicket to bat on and he's hit everything out of the middle. He's backed himself and finished the game in style."

  14. 49.3 overs: 

    Jos Buttler has done it. He leans back to slap Johnson down the ground for four, taking England home with three wickets and three balls to spare. He punches the air, the Somerset man has played wonderfully well for his 65 from only 48 balls. The England balcony rise to acclaim him, they head to Southampton on Monday for a series decider.

  15. 49.2 overs: 
    Eng 227-7

    Dot ball. Ooohhhhs from the crowd.

  16. 49.1 overs: 
    Eng 227-7

    What a shot! Jos Buttler hits Johnson miles over the leg side for a maximum. The scores are level!

  17. 49 overs: 
    Eng 221-7

    Oh, James Tredwell, what can you do for us? A run, kick it, let it hit your backside, anything. Tredwell is swiping, swinging, finally getting a single from the fifth ball of the over. Australia don't mind that, though, they want Tredwell on strike for the final over. What can Buttler do? huge swing, hit hits the pad, they set off. He would have been gone had the throw hit, but Buttler survives and will face the last over. Seven needed. Mitchell Johnson to bowl it...

    Dirk Nannes, Ex-Australia bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "Now you are starting to look for dot balls on the new batsman. Australia need to keep Jos Buttler off strike to have a chance."

  19. 48.1 overs: 
    WICKET- Stokes b McKay 25 (Eng 219-7)

    Bowled him! Is there another twist in this game? It's that man Clint McKay again, getting one to nip back and take Ben Stokes' leg stump. After his hat-trick earlier, could McKay yet have the final word? A good knock from Stokes, but he can't finish the job. James Tredwell, your time is now. Cometh the hour...

  20. 48 overs: 
    CLOSE!- Eng 219-6 (need 9 to win)

    Now Ben Stokes is in on the act. Initially kept quite by Mitchell Johnson, he leans back to pull over mid on for four. Michael Clarke mops his brow and looks to the sky. Now, is this the chance for Clarke and his men? Huge confusion between Stokes and Buttler. First Buttler is sent back, then they look to scramble an overthrow from the direct hit. Buttler would have been well short at the striker's end, but the throw is wayward. Cardiff rocking, nine needed from 12 balls.

  21. 47 overs: 
    50 FOR JOS BUTTLER- Eng 210-6 (target 228)

    Jos Buttler may need to polish his wicketkeeping, but his batting is starting to look vital for England's ODI side. A half-century in a losing cause at Old Trafford, he's now racked up 50 in 41 balls here. Is he taking England to victory? If he's there at the end, the hosts win. He and Stokes are scampering, taking singles that shouldn't be on, turning ones into twos. 18 needed from 18 balls, England favourites.

  22. 46 overs: 
    Eng 205-6 (target 228)

    Game-changer. Jos Buttler alleviates the pressure by belting James Faulkner high and long for a straight maximum. It's so long, the ball travels over the stand, causing the umpires to call for a replacement. Before then, England were starting to look edgy, the lack of boundaries starting to tell. Now, they are back in front. 23 needed off 24.

    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "The scenario of 32 off 30 is usually a stroll in the park. Because this wicket is nibbling and England are six down, it's a lot trickier; they could lose two wickets quickly."

  24. 45 overs: 
    Eng 196-6 (target 228)

    All of a sudden, Australia are just tightening things up. A few dots balls, the odd bit of good fielding, boundaries drying up. The tension rises, the fifty partnership posted. A penny for James Tredwell's thoughts. Next man in, nails being bitten? We're five overs away from 1-1 or 2-0. 32 needed off 30.

    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Tredwell, Finn and Rankin will be looking as these two, saying, 'Come on, get us a little bit nearer'."

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  26. 44 overs: 
    Eng 192-6 (target 228)

    Aussie skipper Michael Clarke looks to be getting loose as James Faulkner does a decent job of keeping it tight. A possible chuck for the captain's left-arm spin? We've seen no change of pace from the Aussies so far in this innings. Fluffy white clouds smatter the blue sky as Faulkner completes a very good over. Just three off. 36 needed from 36 balls.

  27. 43 overs: 
    Eng 189-6 (target 228)

    The crowd are warming to their task as this game nears what should be a tight finish. A big cheer as Buttler dives to complete a well-run two, with an even bigger roar coming as the same man edges Shane Watson to third man for four. Next ball? Same again! Exactly the same stroke to exactly the same ball. Four more. Crowd dancing, Watson giving it the double teapot in the middle of the pitch. If he was one of the Seven Dwarves, he'd be Grumpy. 14 off, 39 needed off 42.

  28. 42 overs: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Eng 175-6

    Long shadows are being cast by every one of the 15 men on the field as Mitchell Johnson stalks in. England doing well, even the left-armer's good balls are conceding singles. Johnson cranks it up again, Stokes in a tangle as he looks to hook. Huge appeal for caught behind, but umpire Ravi is statuesque. A little glove mark on HotSpot? Stokes gets away with one and rubs it in by whipping to square leg for four. 53 needed off 48.

    Simon Kerrigan

    Lancashire, the 2011 champions, have been promoted to Division One of the County Championship thanks to a draw with Leicestershire at Old Trafford. With Essex failing to beat Kent in a game that was also affected by rain, Lancashire are now 36 points clear of Northants in second and 57 ahead of Essex in third, with two games remaining.

  30. 41 overs: 
    Eng 167-6 (target 228)

    England on the charge, sort of. After scampering a couple, Buttler belts Faulkner down the ground for four as eight come from Faulkner's over. The required rate drops below seven. If Buttler stays to the end of this sun-kissed Cardiff evening, you fancy the hosts.


    James Sutton: This is why fans get frustrated with Ravi B. When he's really needed, his head goes. Suspect.

  32. 40 overs: 
    Eng 159-6 (target 228)

    Ah, England's problems deepen. Six wickets down, plenty to get, here comes the fire and brimstone of Mitchell Johnson. (What a turnaround, the appearance of Johnson would have once signalled the beginning of an England run spree.) Ben Stokes is off the mark with a single to fine leg, with James Faulkner doing some brilliant work at third man to deny Jos Buttler a boundary. Not so good at third man is Aaron Finch's attempt to grab left-hander Stokes' top edge, which runs for four. 69 needed from the final 10 overs.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "He is the most exasperating batsmen in the line-up. We watched him in Dublin play a sublime innings (against Ireland), timing the ball beautifully; he looked absolutely imperious. Here he was lucky to get seven - and it was not a great seven. He looked all at sea."

  34. 38.4 overs: 
    WICKET- Bopara lbw Faulkner 7 (Eng 144-6)

    A pretty painful knock from Ravi Bopara comes to an end. It's James Faulkner the bowler, pinning Bopara leg before from around the wicket. No review, a good move because it was hitting the top of middle. Maybe Ravi didn't fancy prolonging the agony anyway. England in trouble now, they need this extended batting line-up to pull them from the fire. Australia closing in on a series win.

    James Faulkner
    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "He hasn't bowled much rubbish. I'm sure he would have settled for that at 10.15 this morning."

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  36. 38 overs: 
    Eng 141-5 (target 228)

    If England do get home here, they may reflect on a certain amount of fortune. Plenty of playing and missing, dropped catches and the odd edge that doesn't go to hand. This time it's Ravi Bopara getting an edge in the direction of third man but managing to evade the fielder. Having said all that, when the ball is nipping around, you need a bit of luck. Nathan Coulter-Nile, on debut, finishes his 10 overs with 1-34. Good effort.

  37. 36.4 overs: 
    NOT OUT- Eng 137-5

    It just didn't look right. Jos Buttler gets a reprieve as the ball-tracker shows the ball to be missing leg stump. Naturally, Shane Watson takes the bad news with good humour, his head shaking as his chin hits his chest. That would have been a huge blow for the Aussies. You fancy Buttler as a key man. If he hangs around, he'll score quickly.

  38. 36.4 overs: 
    UMPIRE REVIEW- Eng 137-5

    Jos Buttler has to review this. Shane Watson the bowler, this lbw decision looks leggy....

  39. 36 overs: 
    POWERPLAY- Eng 133-5 (target 228)

    Number of balls left ticking down, number of runs required barely moving. What can Buttler do in this batting powerplay? He starts with a lovely cover drive, taking NCN for four on the up. Mitchell Johnson has four overs remaining. I fancy we might see a couple from him soon.


    Mike Bell in Kent, TMS inbox: Re cricketing berries. Surely Steven Finn is known as Huckleberry?

  41. 35 overs: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Eng 127-5 (target 228)

    So two new men at the crease, Jos Buttler joining Ravi Bopara. Is a Buttler biff what England need? It hasn't been much of a biffing day. Huge appeal against Buttler as the England wicketkeeper plays across the line to Shane Watson, but umpire Rob Bailey isn't keen. Watson snarls as Bailey shakes his head, then beats Buttler's edge. Ball still doing a bit, England's task getting harder.

    Dirk Nannes, Ex-Australia bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "He's batted well but has he cost England the game? You can't criticise him for that because he has been moving around in his crease, but it doesn't look good on the replay. That probably tips the game in Australia's favour."

  43. 34 overs: 
    WICKET- Carberry b Coulter-Nile 63 (Eng 126-5)

    Oh, Michael Carberry, what a way to go. After playing perhaps the most important innings of his life, Carberry shuffles too far across his stumps and is bowled around his legs by Nathan Coulter-Nile, a first ODI wicket for NCN. Australia on top? All that after Carberry had edged past the diving Matthew Wade, who looked like the most unhappy man in Cardiff. He's perked up now, mind.

  44. 33 overs: 
    DROPPED CATCH- Eng 120-4 (target 228)

    Matthew Wade, what have you done? The most simple of edges from Ravi Bopara, straight at the wicketkeeper's gut, is put down. It's hard to describe how much of a dolly that was; most club wicketkeepers would have been embarrassed to put it down. Shane Watson, the bowler, throws his head to the sky in anguish. Michael Clarke, the captain, closes his eyes in disgust. He looks like he could kick Wade all around Cardiff. All that after an appeal for lbw against Carberry and a near run-out when Bopara looks for one that isn't there. With Bopara again nearly edging behind, it looks a good time for a drinks break.


    Michael Hart, TMS inbox: "Re Mike. Can't think of a berry but Shane Watson is certainly a very obliging plum(b)! Sorry..."

  46. 32 overs: 
    Eng 117-4 (Carberry 55*, Bopara 0*)

    Carberry looks undeterred by the wicket, taking Coulter-Nile through the vacant slip area for four. Whereas Carberry has plenty of gaps in which to work the ball, new man Bopara has a slip and plenty of in-fielders for company. No easy way to get off the mark. Cloudy skies, tense atmosphere. Low-scoring ODIs are always better.


    Tom Graham in Essex, via text on 81111: RE: Mike in Shepherds Bush - Mike Roseberry played for Middlesex in Durham. His brother, picked from the same bush, played briefly for Glamorgan and Leicestershire.

  48. 31 overs: 
    Eng 112-4 (target 228)

    That wicket of Morgan has overshadowed a maiden international half-century by Michael Carberry. With his international career in the balance, a hat-trick going down at the other end and the ball nipping around he has done the business. Well played, sir. England's hopes may now rest on you. Your new buddy is Ravi Bopara.

    Simon Hughes, BBC Test Match Special

    "From hero to villain. He really brought about his own downfall there. Having dug England out of a hole, he put them back into a semi one there."

    Dirk Nannes, Ex-Australia bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "It looked as though he thought the ball was going to be a lot wider than it was. That was out of the blue - these guys were cruising along. This has blown the game wide open."

  51. 30.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Morgan b Watson 53 (Eng 112-3)

    The wicket Australia so dearly needed and a huge moment in this game. One ball after driving for four to go to 50, Eoin Morgan chops Shane Watson on to his stumps. Looking for width that wasn't there, Morgan gets a bottom edge. The Aussie celebrations show just how much they were pushing for that. It's back in the balance.

    Eoin Morgan
    Simon Hughes, BBC Test Match Special

    "If they don't lose any more wickets it should be fairly simple. But this pitch is doing a little bit for the bowlers..."

  53. 30 overs: 
    Eng 107-3

    Michael Carberry looks strong on the cut, his back foot only inches from his stumps as he belts NCN behind square for four. Catchable height? Maybe. Michael Clarke's frustrated head rub suggests so. Both men are on 49. You won't see more hard-working half-centuries in ODI cricket.

    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's been a very mature partnership. The skipper came out and realised it was all about occupying the crease for a while. Morgan's the key. He's done it on a number of occasions; he knows how to win a game of cricket, how to see a team home. It's so important he stays there for the duration."

    Eoin Morgan
  55. 29 overs: 
    Eng 101-3 (target 228)

    Carberry, a gold ring in his left ear, crouches low as he waits for James Faulkner. A pinched single brings up the 100 for England. How far away did that seem at 8-3? Carberry is drawing on all his experience in county cricket, Morgan using the ice that runs through his veins. There's still a bit in it for the bowlers, but England are killing Australia with singles. Do you fancy this one to be close? I do.


    Tattz: Legendary Clints - don't forget Clint Howard, brother to Director Ron but more awesomely, star of TV show Gentle Ben.

  57. 28 overs: 
    Eng 97-3 (Carberry 43*, Morgan 46*)

    Australia again turn to Nathan Coulter-Nile, who has been economical with looking threatening. Whereas Australia were once attacking, slips waiting for the edge, they now defend, waiting for a mistake. NCN, the look of a man who could front an American rock band, digs one in and thinks of appealing for a catch as Morgan's hook misses, but there's nothing doing.

    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's a crucial time. One of these two have got to go through the innings - if they do that, they win comfortably.

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  59. 27 overs: 
    Eng 95-3 (target 228)

    Oooohhhh, Michael Carberry, be careful. The Aussie trap is set, two men at point with James Faulkner hanging the ball outside off stump. Carberry can't resist, flashing aerially past the squarer of the two men. Aside from that, England continue their quiet accumulation. Six come from the over, up with the rate. If England do this for another 23 overs, they win.


    Julian Croker: Re: Mike in Shepherds Bush. Only The Master - Sir John Berry Hobbs.

  61. 26 overs: 
    Eng 89-3 (Carberry 38*, Morgan 43*)

    Is Michael Carberry growing into an international cricketer before our eyes? Mitchell Johnson is around the wicket to give the Hampshire man some leather-sniffers, but Carberry is back, Brian Lara-style, to pull one-legged for four. Johnson, the Incredible Hulk, gives it the 'you won't like me when I'm mad' second bumper, twice as quick, but Carberry ducks and dives like Floyd Mayweather.


    Dom in London via text: Re Mike. I don't know, but Clint Carberry sounds like a useful all rounder on his day.

  63. 25 overs: 
    Eng 84-3 (target 228)

    Five seamers in the Aussie attack - a little one-paced? Maybe some spin from Adam Voges? Back comes James Faulkner, Eoin Morgan greeting him with an attempted scoop over the wicketkeeper. Slightly wrong, outside edged high to third man but safe. That shot represents a high risk of getting one on the bonce. The sun reappears as this England pair, who have run well, milk five singles.

    Eoin Morgan
  64. 24 overs: 
    Eng 79-3 (Carberry 30*, Morgan 41*)

    Mitchell Johnson still bowling at the speed of light, causing Carberry to hit the deck. Johnson, one of a long line of Mitchells in the current Aussie set-up, has tattoos down his right arm, his dark hair and athletic build making him look like a futuristic villain. Pull in the air from Morgan, bouncing beside Shaun Marsh, who stacks it on the outfield. Big cheers from the crowd, comedy sounds on the tannoy, followed by a singalong of Sweet Caroline. My mum loves Neil Diamond.


    Mike in Shepherds Bush, via text to 81111: Are there any other cricketing berries apart from Carberry?

  66. 23 overs: 
    Eng 76-3 (target 228)

    Do you sense just a subtle change in momentum? This England pair are looking increasingly assured, Eoin Morgan skipping to whip fine for four. Two men dressed as crayons stand to signal the boundary. How on earth do you think to dress up as a crayon and where do you find such an outfit? Did I say change in momentum? Morgan is on the charge again, belting straight to almost decapitate McKay. Four more, with another coming from a pull shot. 15 off.

    Eoin Morgan

    Michael Bairstow: Re: famous Clints. Don't forget Clint Boon - keyboard player of the Inspiral Carpets.

  68. 22 overs: 
    Eng 61-3 (Carberry 28*, Morgan 25*)

    Michael Clarke calls for his other big man, the pace of Mitchell Johnson. A single to Morgan brings up the 50 partnership. This pair may have swiped more than Zorro, but all that playing and missing has still resulted in a stoic England fightback. Their next problem will come when the scoring rate needs to be upped. Still less than six, still manageable.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "McKay is furious with himself because he beat the bat three times and almost had him caught at extra-cover before that. Carberry hasn't hit a ball harder for England than that; it sped away"

  70. 21 overs: 
    Eng 57-3 (target 228)

    Clint McKay, the hat-trick man, returns as Australia look for another, decisive blow. McKay, who wouldn't be out of place if he was cast as the school bully in Neighbours, mutters a few words as Carberry plays and misses for the umpteenth time. Carberry, perhaps in desperation, mishits over the off side for a couple, then laces a bullet-like square drive for four. Better.

    Michael Carberry
  71. 20 overs: 
    Eng 51-3 (Carberry 19*, Morgan 24*)

    Graham's got me thinking, apart from Eastwood, are there any other famous Clints? Surely there's no other cricketing Clints? NCN (or River to his mates), continues to ask the question, Australia still searching for another wicket by keeping a slip in place. Plenty of empty seats in Cardiff, those that are occupied look to be by people in coats, jumpers and waterproofs. England need 177 from 30 overs, nearly six an over.


    Graham Winter: Radio commentary says this is first hat-trick by a Clint. How about Eastwood who got Good, Bad & Ugly with consecutive balls?

  73. 19 overs: 
    Eng 50-3 (target 228)

    There we go. The big shot was never likely to be too long in coming, with Morgan planting a front foot to belt Watson over mid off for four. The ball plugs slightly in the wet outfield but still has the legs to hit the rope. A couple of singles take England to 50. It's been arduous.


    Sarah-Jane Bacon: Nathan Coulter-Nile already has a nickname. Believe it or not, it's 'River'. Seriously.

  75. 18 overs: 
    Eng 43-3 (Carberry 16*, Morgan 19*)

    England haven't found the boundary since the 12th over - NCN is delivering the 18th here. The required run-rate is creeping towards six an over as Australia bowl areas and field tightly. The strike-rates of both Carberry and Morgan are down in the mid-30s. Did I say it was a batting afternoon?


    Jim, TMS inbox: The future George VI bagged a royal hat-trick, three kings in three balls in a game at Windsor Castle, all bowled, with Edward VII, George V and Edward VIII all back in the grandest 'hutch' of all (reported in Wisden 1953).

  77. 17 overs: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Eng 41-3 (target 228)

    Australia have been very disciplined to Morgan, bowling across the left-hander to dangle the ball outside off stump. He's played and missed a lot, but eventually gets one through the covers to take one off Watson. My word, how's Michael Carberry got away with this? Attempted pull, glove, loops to Matthew Wade. Surely out? No says Rob Bailey. He's right too, the ball hit Carberry's shoulder. Shows how good an umpire I'd be. Watson's mood darkens, if that's at all possible.

    Paul Collingwood and Graeme Onions

    Leaders Durham took a huge stride towards the County Championship title with a sensational nine-wicket win over Derbyshire. There seemed little prospect of a positive result when Durham began the final day on 257-4 in their first innings at Derby. However, after extending their total to 325, they bowled Derbyshire out for just 63 thanks largely to Graeme Onions's 5-23 - and a paltry target of 37 was knocked off before tea at Derby.

    What does it mean? With second-placed Yorkshire managing only a draw against Sussex at Hove, Durham's lead at the top of the table is now 27.5 points. Both sides have two games left, with a maximum of 22 points on offer for a win.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's a good game this. It's not yet a problem that England are going so slowly, because the target is not huge, but how long can Australia sustain this pressure?

    "This is a fantastic opportunity for Michael Carberry. When you watch a hat-trick from the non-striker's end, sometimes it gives you confidence."

  80. 16 overs: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Eng 40-3 (target 228)

    This game is less ODI, more first-class attrition. Less limited-overs biffing, more battle for bat to survive against ball. Coulter-Nile (can he be NCN for short?) charges in his his mouth gaping, testing Carberry with a bumper. Only two more singles added, England crawl to drinks.


    Derry Bannister: Took 2 hat tricks in 1 over at school in year 9. No-one else had played cricket before, though.

  82. 15 overs: 
    Eng 38-3 (Carberry 14*, Morgan 16*)

    Watson, 33 on his back, dirty blond hair the only thing moving freely as he lumbers in, is up to his old tricks. Tighter than a frogman's wetsuit, he angles the ball across the crouching Carberry, who needs four attempts to earn a single. From there, the dancing and swishing Morgan finds no joy.


    Will in Birmingham, via text on 81111: Hat-tricks nothing. Playing school second team cricket in the 90s, my mate Noel tool four wickets in four balls in two consecutive games on two consecutive days!

  84. 14 overs: 
    Eng 37-3 (target 228)

    Now then, a big moment for Nathan Coulter-Nile, bowling his first over in ODIs. Shaven headed, slightly gangly, he's delivering his right-arm seam from over the wicket to this pair of lefties. A slip in place, the sky darkening to reflect the tension of the situation. Yet more good stuff from this Aussie seam quintet, the fifth member holding up his end of the bargain.


    John Monks: Could someone remind England to pack a top three before their flight to Australia please?

    Kevin Pietersen
  86. 13 overs: 
    Eng 35-3 (Carberry 12*, Morgan 15*)

    As the clouds dull the sunshine, Australia turn to Shane Watson, still to crack a smile after almost four months in England. The face of a man so grumpy he wouldn't give you his tea leaves, Watson is a medium-pace miser and begins by conceding only a single.


    Scott Burrows, TMS inbox: The most momentous hat-trick I ever had the pleasure of seeing was the first three balls of a match, brilliant, only then for his next three balls to be put back over his head for gigantic sixes, best moment I have ever witnessed in the game.

  88. 12 overs: 
    Eng 34-3 (target 228)

    Michael Carberry had gone 13 deliveries without scoring but puts that right with a lovely shimmy to drive Faulkner down the ground for a boundary. England rebuilding ever so slowly. The problem the hosts have, though, is that the Aussie attack has good depth. When will they get some respite?

    Michael Carberry

    Rob in Cumbria, TMS inbox: Joe Braund-Smith at my club, Dalton CC, once took two hat-tricks in one game.

  90. 11 overs: 
    Eng 30-3 (Carberry 8*, Morgan 14*)

    Eoin Morgan is batting out of his crease in an attempt to negate McKay's nip and the Dubliner plays his first stroke of authority by driving down the ground for four. That may have been a tad full from McKay, but the rest of the over is excellent.

    Simon Hughes, BBC Test Match Special

    "It's certainly been a baptism of fire in international cricket for Carberry: Johnson bowling 90mph at one end and McKay nipping it both ways at the other."

  92. 10 overs: 
    Eng 26-3 (target 228)

    It's a beautiful day in Cardiff, the sun reflecting off both the plastic of Carberry's helmet and the white of the pitch. Now it's Michael Carberry's turn to play and miss, James Faulkner going past the outside edge. The rate England require is still very manageable, but they barely look like scoring a run.


    Ryan Wood: Was once on a hat trick of stumpings! Was sure I had my victim but the square leg umpire wasn't even looking!

  94. 9 overs: 
    Eng 26-3 (Carberry 8*, Morgan 10*)

    Clint McKay might have to send the piano down to Eoin Morgan, see if the skipper can play that. Nipping the ball this way and that, McKay repeatedly goes past the groping edge of Morgan's bat. On the England balcony, Jonathan Trott shakes his head. What's he so angry about? Surely the only man he can be miffed at is himself? Maybe he's had a ticking off from coach Giles. Very naughty boy, Jonathan.

    Dirk Nannes, Ex-Australia bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "If Carberry makes any runs out here, this is as difficult an interrogation as you're going to get. To his credit, he is leaving the ball really well."

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  96. 8 overs: 
    Eng 26-3 (target 26-3)

    Eoin Morgan looks all over the place, dancing to new bowler James Faulkner and getting nowhere near the ball. Faulkner, an awkward, low action, starts well, only a single from it. Are England going to even get close?


    James Addis: My money is on a Carberry century.

  98. 6.3 overs: 
    NOT OUT- Eng 23-3

    Nothing on HotSpot, Rob Bailey is vindicated and crosses his arms in front of his belly to indicate as such. It seems the noise was Morgan hitting his pad. The skipper survives. For now.

  99. 6.3 overs: 
    UMPIRE REVIEW- Eng 23-3

    A definite noise and Australia appeal. Is Eoin Morgan caught behind off McKay? No says Rob Bailey. We'll surely have a review...


    Grant Payne: Bye bye Ashley Giles.

  101. 6 overs: 
    CLOSE!- Eng 21-3

    Have you ever been involved in a hat-trick? Maybe taken three in three on the back garden or in Brian Lara Cricket? What about the most memorable hat-trick you've seen? I once saw a club game where a hat-trick was taken with the first three balls of the match. It made it into Wisden. There's a lady in the crowd with an umbrella up - surely the September sun in Cardiff isn't that hot? What is hot is the heat on this bumper from Mitchell Johnson, hammering into the glove as Michael Carberry jack-knifes backwards. The ball balloons but falls safe. Close.

    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Morgan has got a reputation for playing under pressure. When you see a player play a stroke like that early in his innings, you know he's comfortable about his game."

  103. 5 overs: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Eng 16-3 (target 228)

    A clatter of wickets like that sends panic through the batting team's dressing room. Players running around trying to get padded up in a hurry, thigh pads, boxes and helmets being thrown all over the place, batsmen walking out with kit untidily slapped on. Is a hat-trick the most likely time for the lesser-spotted "timed out"? McKay nearly at it again, but Carberry survives an appeal first for caught behind, then leg before.


    Callum Hurley: Pietersen, Trott, Root may be the most impressive hat-trick of all time.

  105. 4 overs: 
    Eng 16-3 (target 228)

    So often you see two wickets taken in two balls, but very rarely is the hat-trick completed. I'm pretty excited to have witnessed the McKay magic. Cardiff was alive for Clint but has since returned to a sort of stunned silence. Meanwhile, Mitchell Johnson has got Eoin Morgan ducking and hopping around. On what feels like a batting afternoon, Australia are a swarm of yellow dominance.


    Jack Ashbee: Anything Australia can collapse England can collapse better.

  107. 3 overs: 
    MCKAY HAT-TRICK- Eng 8-3

    McKay's is the fifth hat-trick to be taken by an Australian bowler in ODIs and the first since Dan Christian in March 2012. Overall, it's the 34th in ODIs. Meanwhile, England skipper Eoin Morgan is the man who has to scramble to put his pads on and get out to the middle. When he gets there, he's almost giving McKay a fourth wicket, inside edging. All happening.

    Clint McKay
    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Even the drinks guys are out there in a huddle - Australia are loving this. I back McKay to get four in four here."

  109. 2.3 overs: 
    HAT-TRICK FOR CLINT MCKAY- Root c Watson b McKay 0 (Eng 8-3)

    Clint McKay has a hat-trick! What a brilliant performance. It's Joe Root this time, poking at a full delivery and edging to Shane Watson at first slip. The Australia players rush to the seamer, ruffling his hair as the Aussie balcony rises to acclaim the right-armer. It was an excellent hat-trick ball, full and straight enough to force Root to play. In his second over, Clint McKay has made a little history and put England firmly in the mire.

    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Trott has had a difficult summer. Australia have found a weakness and for the first time in his international career he is struggling a bit."

  111. 2.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Trott c Finch b McKay 0 (Eng 8-2)

    Awful, simply awful from Jonathan Trott. His first ball is wide, very wide, but he can't resist following, getting a thick edge to the waiting hands of Aaron Finch at second slip. A second duck of the series for Trott, he looks badly short of form. Once again, England are in the soup.

    Jonathan Trott
    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Absolutely plumb. Clint Mckay is a danger because he hits the seam and bowls a good length. The ball nipped back sharply. Australia need wickets early to send a shiver through the England dressing-room and they have the key one in Kevin Pietersen."

  113. 2.1 overs: 
    WICKET- Pietersen lbw McKay 5 (Eng 8-1)

    Stone dead. England's main man is gone, playing all across a full ball from Clint McKay. Iron straight, Kevin Pietersen is heavy headed trying to whip to the leg side, but when he misses he's plumber than Plumby McPlumb, winner of last year's Mr Plumb competition on the Planet Plumb. A look towards Carberry, but no suggestion of a review.

    Kevin Pietersen and Clint McKay
  114. 2 overs: 
    Eng 8-0 (Carberry 2*, Pietersen 5*)

    The sun glinting off Carberry's aerodynamic helmet suggests it's a batting afternoon, but the left-arm slinging of Mitchell Johnson may beg to differ. Already banging the ball in at 91, 92, 94 mph the black-haired Johnson will exaggerate any assistance that can be found in this wicket. A hurried pull gets Carberry a single, with Pietersen pinching one straight.

  115. 1 over: 
    Eng 6-0 (target 228)

    Carberry away immediately with a single, with the bustling McKay off target to deliver a leg-side wide and a half-volley that Pietersen sends through square leg for four. A fist pump between the batsmen - they've put the run out fiasco of Edgbaston behind them. Incidentally, when did glove love first come in to cricket? Who's responsible? Hang on, run out fiasco? Carberry setting off, Pietersen unmoved. Eventually Carberry gets back. Didn't these lads play for Hampshire together?


    Adam Senn: Really hoping Carberry gets some runs today. Feel for someone under that much pressure.

  117. 1430: 

    Hmmmm...we have a delay. A round-bellied member of the groundstaff in shorts in running across the outfield, peering behind a boundary board and emerging with...a bucket. Turns out a sawdust pile is in the way of wicketkeeper Matthew Wade. It is scooped into the bucket and relocated. All is well with the world.

  118. 1428: 

    The players return into the bright Cardiff sunshine. The yellow Aussies and the red England openers, Kevin Pietersen and Michael Carberry, who looks like he has the weight of the world on his shoulders. Clint McKay has the ball, it will be Carberry on strike.


    Andrew Priestley: England don't need to come out particularly quickly, as long as they bat in a controlled manner and protect their wickets.

  120. 1425: 

    Right, as Sam said, it's Stephan Shemilt in position for the England run chase. 228 needed to level the series. Gettable? You'd say so. There's some uneven bounce and a bit of movement in this pitch, but also runs to be made. The home side should win.

    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Any batsman that gets in will make it look easy. The pitch looks pretty good. It's the new ball that England need to be wary of, the likes of Mitchell Johnson and Clint McKay. England were crying out for another bowler this morning. Imagine and Anderson, Broad or Bresnan in addition to Rankin and Finn."


    Ben Thapa: If England don't win this with room to spare, "strengthening" batting at the cost of bowling will look even more poorly founded.

    Tendai Chatara

    Just joining us? Maybe you missed the news of Zimbabwe's landmark Test victory over Pakistan - their first since 2001 against a side other than Bangladesh. Tendai Chatara took the match award for second-innings figures of 5-61. Here's the match report.

    George Bailey

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    Charles Dagnall, BBC Test Match Special

    "Australia have failed to use up 10 balls; how important might that be?"

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra


    Hugh in France: Surely that Aussie score is way below par. Surely England can win this. Surely?

  127. 1351: 

    Very much a game of three thirds there from Australia. A ropey start, a rampant middle and a rank awful ending in which they lost their last five wickets for 18 runs in six overs. England need to chase down 228 to keep this series alive. Stephan Shemilt will be your man for the home side's reply.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Tredwell got that one to turn. It shows if you're a good old pro, and you keep going, your day can turn around. He's made a fine recovery. England have turned it around. It looked at one point that Australia could get 270, but George Bailey got shackled by the wickets at the other end."

  129. 48.2 overs: 
    WICKET- McKay b Tredwell 2 (Aus 227 all out)

    A hint of turn for Tredwell, a heave and a miss from McKay and the batsman is bowled middle stump. Australia are all out 10 balls shy of their full 50 overs.

  130. 48 overs: 
    Aus 226-9

    Snicko confirms the faintest of edges on Bailey's bat earlier. Then a much thicker edge off Coulter-Nile's bat flies through the vacant second slip area. This may be the final stages of a one-day innings, but Australia's two remaining batsmen are in full-on survival mode.

  131. 47 overs: 
    Aus 225-9

    Steve Finn is back for his last over, but an attempted yorker ends up as a low full toss that debutant Coulter-Nile pushes gracefully through the covers for four. Then an elegant tickle for a single to square leg. "He's batting like Mark Waugh" opines Vic Marks on TMS. His wild swipe at the last ball of the over is a bit more like Devon Malcolm but he survives.


    Jamie Frost: Unlucky George Bailey, great knock. I can't help but notice he didn't walk though, is he a cheat too?

    Tattz: Carberry contributes! Stop the press! Declare a new bank holiday! Let the church bells ring!

  133. 46 overs: 
    Aus 219-9

    Australia are down to their final pair of Nathan Coulter-Nile and Clint McKay. The latter nurdles a single, then the former is beaten by one outside off stump.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Buttler was in no doubt. There is no review left but my guess is that he hit it. I'm just watching Bailey's reaction and, with my psychology cap on, I reckon he hit it. It's another big wicket."

    HOW'S STAT?!

    Australia have lost their last four wickets for nine runs in 18 balls.

  136. 45.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Bailey c Buttler b Rankin 87 (Aus 218-9)

    Another one! Rankin's got Bailey! It's a feather of an edge and Rankin's appeal is pretty belated, but umpire Ravi's finger goes up and Bailey opts not to review.

    George Bailey
    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It just turned a fraction. He went back to a fullish ball, it was a poor shot. That's a very tame ending for Johnson. England are turning the screw. For Tredwell, he's turned things around quickly. Bailey has now got to play with more circumspection."

  138. 45 overs: 
    WICKET- Johnson b Tredwell 4 (Aus 218-8)

    A bit of extra whip from Tredwell accounts for Johnson, who plays back and loses his off stump. Well bowled Tredders - he kept Bailey quiet in that over too.

    Mitchell Johnson
  139. 44 overs: 
    Aus 215-7

    Out comes Mitchell Johnson, his short sleeves exposing wall-to-wall tattoos down his forearms. Unlike Bailey, who looks far more of a straight up and down sort of bloke. In fact, my colleague Stephan Shemilt has likened him to Paul Collingwood - in style of play as well as appearance. Five more runs are scuttled to leave Bopara with handy figures of 10-0-45-1.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It was always a tight run, there was a little bit of hesitation too. Suddenly Australia are thinking about batting out the overs. It's been a big over for England, first Wade then the run-out. The new man has to come out with a little caution."

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  141. 42.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Faulkner run out 1 (Aus 210-7)

    Bailey tickles round the corner to Trott at short fine leg. Sharp throw, Buttler whips the bails off and non-striker James Faulkner is out by some distance. Suddenly, England have a chance to bowl the Aussies out here.

    James Faulkner and Jos Buttler
    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "That's cheered up Michael Carberry. It was far more difficult than the ones he dropped against Ireland, maybe because he didn't have time to think about it."

  143. 42.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Wade c Carberry b Tredwell 36 (Aus 209-6)

    Eoin Morgan decides to give Tredwell another go after one over from Root and the move pays instant dividends as Wade slices to Carberry, who takes an athletic one-handed catch above his head at short third man.


    Sy in Gravesend, via text on 81111: I had a cheeky pre match bet that if Australia batted first they would post 300 plus. Not sure if I now want that to be a case of the mockers.

  145. 42 overs: 
    Aus 209-5

    Bopara is varying his line and length to great effect, keeping the batters guessing as they look to move up into top gear. Six singles - England won't mind that.


    Chippi: One more front line bowler and we'd have knocked the Aussies off for 200


    Adrian Hoyes, TMS inbox: Given that a batsman when taking his guard is permitted to grind the mark into the pitch with his spikes and/or bat, is there anything in the rules to stop a bowler making a similar mark - probably just off the pitch - when they find a good length that they would like to continue aiming for?

  148. 41 overs: 
    Aus 204-5

    I like the look of Wade. He's short and compact but gives it a good whack. He takes to Root's gentle spin straight away, with a couple of twos then a punchy cover drive to the fence.

  149. 40 overs: 
    Aus 195-5

    Bopara does a great job of stemming the flow of runs as he keeps the rampant Aussie pair to three singles. Where does Eoin Morgan go next? Joe Rooty Toot.

    Simon Hughes, BBC Test Match Special

    "Although Australia have lost a lot of wickets, they have managed to keep the scoreboard whirring around. Accumulation is obsolete."


    Harry McCrea: This is conclusive proof that England don't have enough bowlers.

  152. 39 overs: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Aus 192-5

    Bailey leans back and heaves into the leg side. The ball almost plugs in the damp surface but just about has the legs to trickle over the rope. Then a horribly executed slower ball from Stokes is pulled away to the same area. Stokes has a decent appeal for lbw turned down and is then struck down the ground for four. Bailey is on fire out there - and his average is fast approaching fifty. An outside for an Ashes call-up perchance?

    George Bailey
  153. 38 overs: 
    Aus 177-5

    Slight delay out in the middle while they change the ball. Drinks all round, even though we had a drinks break just four overs ago. Morgan has a bit of a problem here, with his seamers running out of overs and Tredwell getting slapped around the park. Will he turn to Joe Root to fill in a few overs? Or Trottingtons?

    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special
    Ben Stokes

    "In India, you could see within five minutes that Joe Root was an international cricketer. Ben Stokes is the same. Michael Carberry looks wracked with doubt. He's 32 and knows this might be his last chance. My first go was at 24 so I was never under that pressure. It's almost the ultimate pressure in international sport. You feel for him."

  155. 38 overs: 
    Aus 177-5

    Wade steps away and makes room to crack Finn over extra cover for four. Finn responds well, snaking the next ball low past the outside edge. Bailey pulls in the air for two. What are Australia heading for here? 250? Could even be 270 if they get a trot on. It's been a fine recovery, led by Bailey.

  156. 37 overs: 
    Aus 169-5

    I'm having a good look at Stokes's run-up here and I'm convinced he'd be a yard quicker if he didn't take a bit of a detour en route to the crease. He seems to take a bit of a circuitous route, veering left and right before finally straightening up at the last moment. A bit like my mum's parking.

    Anyway, more importantly, he's bowling well, keeping it tight and restricting the Aussies to five from the over.

  157. 36 overs: 
    Aus 164-5

    The returning Finn is tickled off the hips for one from Wade. Then Bailey plays over another pea-shooter. The Aussie pacemen will be licking their lips in the dressing-room, and not only because lunch is approaching.

    Another risky single to Morgan, whose shy comes very close to running out Bailey.

    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special
    George Bailey

    "This pair have run well between the wickets. I like George Bailey - he's a smart thinker. He'd be ideally suited to bat at number six in Australia's Test match team. His first-class record isn't brilliant, but he looks like he can cope with the pressure of international cricket."

  159. 35 overs: 
    POWERPLAY- Aus 160-5

    Australia take the batting powerplay and Eoin Morgan brings Ben Stokes back into the attack. Bailey will punish anything off line and a short ball that sits up asking to be cut is given the treatment. Then a rip-snorter from Stokes that holds its line, keeps low and beats the outside edge.

    Charles Dagnall, BBC Test Match Special

    "Mitchell Johnson has ruffled up Kevin Pietersen and Jonathan Trott. That has to be taken into account. There's nothing to say he won't do it again."


    Stoney: The balance of the England attack, or lack of it, is once again allowing the Aussies back into the game.

  162. 34 overs: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Aus 153-5

    Good over for Australia. Two ones, two twos then a meaty cut shot from Wade for four, and a single for good measure. Time for some drinks.

    Dirk Nannes, Ex-Australia bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "That should have been a wicket. Buttler made a bit of a meal of it, I think he thought he was under a bit more time pressure than he actually was. It's not that bad a throw, it was probably two or three feet from the stumps. The wicketkeeper should be able to remove the bails from there."

  164. 33 overs: 
    George Bailey

    Bailey takes the aerial route once again, over Pietersen's head and into the stands about five rows back. Then he makes room for a sweep and beats Carberry's despairing dive. A risky second run brings up Bailey's fifty off 57 balls.

    The last ball of the over presents a great chance for a run out as Bailey picks out at square leg and runs for a second. The Hampshire's man's throw is wayward, and Buttler drops the ball to reprieve the batsman. Bad work all round from England.

    Dirk Nannes, Ex-Australia bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "The sideways movement is still there, but now the variable bounce is coming into play."

  166. 32 overs: 
    Aus 128-5

    A bit of width from Bopara, but once again the ball keeps low and scoots under Wade's bat. Just the one run from the over - a single to Bailey.

  167. 31 overs: 
    Aus 127-5

    The left-handed keeper Matthew Wade is the new man, getting off the mark with a scurried single off Tredders. Not a huge amount more to come for the Aussies, although Nathan Coulter-Nile can give it a biff.

  168. 30 overs: 
    WICKET- Voges b Bopara 30 (Aus 124-5)

    Breakthrough! Bopara is rapped on the ankle by a Voges drive but gets his revenge with a ball that keeps low, goes under the batsman's attempted pull shot and hits the top of off stump.

    Adam Voges

    It's all over in Harare, where Zimbabwe have clinched a historic 24-run win over Pakistan in the second Test - to draw the series 1-1. It is Zimbabwe's first victory against a side other than Bangladesh since 2001 - and only their 11th in 93 matches since being granted Test status in 1992. Pakistan, chasing 264 for victory, lost their last two wickets in three balls shortly after lunch, the last a run-out after Misbah-ul-Haq refused Rahat Ali's call for a single. Tendai Chatara finished with 5-61 as Misbah ended unbeaten on 79.

    Malcolm Ashton, BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "In his 28th match, George Bailey has reached 1,000 runs in one-day internationals, the 36th Australian to reach that milestone."

  171. 29 overs: 
    Aus 118-4

    Given his cue by Vic Marks, Bailey smashes another huge six off Tredwell over KP at long-on. He moves to 32 off 47. Voges has 27 off 47.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Australia still have 22 overs to go and as long as Bailey stays in they have a chance. He showed signs in Manchester that he could be the man to provide the acceleration."

  173. 28 overs: 
    Aus 107-4

    Another good tight over from Ravi Bopara, with five dots then a single down the ground from Voges to bring up the fifty partnership off 87 balls.


    Richard, TMS inbox: Hick and Dilley circus

    Peter: Craig White City?

    Nicholas: Ian Bell-ham - gateway to the South. It's on the Marcus North-ern line

  175. 27 overs: 
    Aus 106-4

    Voges cracks Tredwell for two through the covers. Then a risky single to mid-on where Morgan parries, then gets up and shies well wide of the stumps at the striker's end. Would have been close and Morgan looks furious with himself.

  176. 26 overs: 
    Aus 99-4

    Signs of progress for Australia as Voges nicks Bopara wide of Jos Buttler for four runs. Three singles follow to move the Aussies within one of a ton.


    Nick Larter: Elephant & Astle

    Emma: To include the ladies... Rainford-Brent Cross?

    Seb Gillot: Greenidge park, surely?

  178. 25 overs: 
    Aus 92-4

    We have lift-off. George Bailey has a little shuffle down the crease and launches Tredwell into the crowd, where a bespectacled man in a white T-shirt takes a fine catch in front of his face. Thank goodness he held on - that could have been messy.

    Spectator catches the ball
  179. 24 overs: 
    Aus 82-4

    Ravi Bopara, his centrally-parted hair looking freshly conditioned, charges in from the River Taff End. Voges cuts a wider ball for two then pushes a single through cover. Bailey snatches a single to keep the strike.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "England are playing' where are we going to hide Boyd?'. Rankin is not a bad fielder, but he's not as brisk as the others. They've put him straight - tall men at long on. England are now in containment mode. The Aussies have got to look to accelerate quite soon."

  181. 23 overs: 
    Aus 78-4
    Adam Voges

    There's no early assault from the Aussies. They know they still have plenty of time here, with more than half of their overs left. Three singles.


    Paddy in Caversham, TMS inbox: Move right down inside the Car-berry, use all available doors.

    Alan: Chris Old Street

    Nigel: Heath Streak Terminal 5?

  183. 22 overs: 
    Aus 75-4

    Now then, here's Bopara. Can Australia get him away? Bailey has a go, but picks out mid-off. Two singles from the over. Now for Tredwell, from the Cathedral Road End. The straight boundary is a bit longer from there.


    Craig, TMS inbox: Trottenham Court Rd.

    Will in Qatar: Hick-adilly Circus, Shane Bond Street.

  185. 21 overs: 
    Aus 73-4

    Even Test Match Special are picking up on the tube stops theme. Boyd Bank-in, offers scorer Malcolm Ashton. Nice work Ash-tray

    Out in the middle, Stokes gives up just two runs from his sixth over.

    Dirk Nannes, Ex-Australia bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's almost four-day cricket, there's a lot of leaving going on. I'd like to see more of Ben Stokes before I could say whether he should or shouldn't go on the Ashes tour."

  187. 20 overs: 
    Aus 71-4

    Bailey goes on the pull, latching on to a short ball from Rankin and picking up three. Australia are playing a waiting game here. I've a feeling they will tuck in when Tredwell and Bopara are served up on the buffet.


    Tim, TMS inbox: I live in Paris. Can I still play the tube stop game even though it's called the Métro? Hôtel de Ville-iers.

  189. 19 overs: 
    Aus 68-4

    Stokes is visibly growing as an international cricketer out there. He has settled on a classic line, just outside off and the Aussies can't get him off the square. Bailey's single is all they get from the over. Rankin next, for his eighth over of the innings.


    Ben Jardine: ThickEdgeWare Road

    Andrew Hill: Morgan-ton Crescent?

    The AntiVillan: Earls Court-ney Walsh

  191. 18 overs: 
    Aus 67-4

    Voges releases a little bit of the pressure by getting Rankin's last ball of the over away for four to long leg. It's the first boundary in five overs. With their hardhats and overalls on, Australia are in full rebuilding mode.


    Peter Webb: Graham Goodge St. I'll get my coat!

  193. 17 overs: 
    Aus 61-4

    Bailey gets off the mark from his 11th ball with a tickle off his legs for two, but those are the only runs from Stokes's fourth over. He has recovered brilliantly from conceding 10 from his first over - his next three have only gone for three. Sniffing blood, Eoin Morgan sends for Boyd Rankin.


    Jim Pipkin, TMS inbox: Wimble-Don Bradman?

    Paul: Steve Finn-sbury Park

    Harold Lovell: Angel-o Matthews?

  195. 16 overs: 
    Aus 59-4

    Voges nudges the last ball of Finn's first over for a single - Australia's first run in 15 balls. Meanwhile, we're already getting some cracking entries on the cricketing tube stops theme...


    Does history beckon in Harare? Zimbabwe, who have not won a Test against a team other than Bangladesh since 2001, are within sight of victory over Pakistan. Chasing 264 to win, Pakistan are 217-8 at lunch on the final day, with their faint hopes resting on captain Misbah-ul-Haq, who is 58 not out.


    Simon Carberry, TMS inbox: Michael Clarke's dismissal illustrates why Umpire's call is unsatisfactory. If the umpire had given that not out and England had asked for a review, it would have been not out. Two different decisions for the same incident. Potty.

    Dirk Nannes, Ex-Australia bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "Prior to his dismissal, Shaun Marsh was playing the line and trusting his eye. Some players can be comfortable playing and missing, but the rest of the Australia batsmen have not looked settled."

  199. 15 overs: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Aus 57-4

    Stokesy keeps the pressure on the two new batsmen with a fine maiden. George Bailey has a big swing and a miss at the last one. The pressure is firmly on the Aussies now.


    Philip Redmond, TMS inbox: The 'disappearing' ball has occurred before. In a Test match at Lord's a ball entered the tubing at the boundary edge in front of the Mound Stand, a few years back.

    Nice story Philip, but where's the punchline? Any other tales of cricketing tubes? Or cricketing tube stops? Phil Tufnell Park anyone?

    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Excellent work from Eoin Morgan. He assessed the situation and realised that Clarke was Australia's key wicket. It was just nipping back and clipping the top of the bails."

  202. 13.3 overs: 
    WICKET- Clarke lbw b Finn 22 (Aus 57-4)

    This is as close as they come. Hawkeye predicts the ball would have kissed the bails above leg stump. Australia are in deep trouble here.

  203. 13.3 overs: 
    UMPIRE REVIEW- Aus 57-3

    Clarke is on his tip-toes but he is a long way back. No inside edge. This looks close...

    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "He was always going to review, he's Australia's best player. It's the right decision and worth the risk."

  205. 13.3 overs: 
    UMPIRE REVIEW- Aus 57-3

    George Bailey walks out to join Clarke. This was the partnership that killed England at Old Trafford and Morgan responds by bringing back Finn. It's a masterstroke as Finn pins Clarks on the back foot. Clarke reviews but this looks more hope than expectation.


    Rob Blundell: Tippex for Callum J (3 overs), anyone?

    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "It was a good catch from Jos Buttler and an excellent piece of bowling from Ben Stokes. They'd just put the man back at deep square leg and the bouncer was well-directed. I really think Stokes will be a star of the future in all forms of the game."

  208. 12.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Marsh c Buttler b Stokes 25 (Aus 51-3)

    Ben Stokes's first international wicket is a really good one. A fierce bouncer that gives Marsh no room to execute the pull shot. He gets a thin edge and Buttler takes a brilliant one-handed catch above his head.

    Ben Stokes

    Richard in Sheffield, via text on 81111: Was that the Aussie chances of winning going down the tube?

  210. 12 overs: 
    Aus 50-1
    Mitchell Marsh

    Signs that Clarke is settling out there as he middles a pull shot off Rankin for four. A single gives Marsh the strike, and he works one off his pads through midwicket for another four. Australia are getting their skates on here.


    Alastair Milburn: That Clarke shot will be on You TUBE in no time!

  212. 11 overs: 
    Aus 41-2

    The first bowling change sees Ben Stokes come in for Steve Finn. And, sadly, the pressure is relieved as Stokes strays a little to leg and Marsh works him round the corner for two, then four. The last ball of the over is too wide and cracked through the covers for four. Ten from the over. Not the start Stokes - or England - would have wanted.


    Trends: Rankin looks better than Finn. Will surely have to be on the plane to down under.

  214. 10 overs: 
    Aus 31-2

    Clarke finally gets his bat on a ball from Rankin, cutting for two. But that's his lot from another cracking set of six from Rankin. His figures thus far? 5-1-12-1. Sharp.

    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special
    Michael Clarke

    "England have unsettled Clarke already; Rankin has bowled good areas to him. There's plenty in this wicket and the short ball is definitely in his mind. His front foot is going nowhere. Ben Stokes has a big role to play. Sometimes as a batsman you know the opening attack is stronger than the change bowling. You tell yourself to survive for 10 or 12 overs because you know you can catch up."

  216. 9 overs: 
    Aus 29-2

    Lost in the tube? I thought that only happened after a big night out. Finn and Rankin are still getting all sorts out of this bouncy pitch. Marsh clips Finn for two, then somehow ducks and weaves his way through the next five balls. How long does Morgan keep his opening bowlers on?


    Mike Bell, TMS inbox: As ever, Michael Clarke has a few good shots in the pipeline.

    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Teams these days will do anything to tamper with the ball. I bet Clarke can't do that again."

  219. 8 overs: 
    Aus 27-2

    Short from Rankin to Clarke, who looks anything but comfortable as he pulls it round the corner (with his eyes closed) for four.

    Hang on - this is extraordinary. The ball has become lodged in a piece of tubing on the other side of the boundary. It looks a bit like a beer snake to be honest, but on closer inspection is more like the tube you would find at the back of a tumble dryer.

    Steven Finn and James Tredwell give it a good shake to try to dislodge the ball, but to no avail, much to the crowd's amusement. Then suddenly, the ball flies out of one end of the tube, to huge cheers.

    Steven Finn

    Andrew, TMS inbox: I think it's a false dawn for Mitchell Johnson. He will be back to his old tricks again in Australia. Not only does he have a problem with confidence, but it is the matter of how easily he loses it. In Australia, when he starts bowling a few wides, Cook and co will get on top of him as well as the Barmy Army, and he will lose his place in the Ashes.

  221. 7 overs: 
    Aus 23-2

    Left-hander Marsh gobbles up another over-pitched ball from Finn and uses the pace to push it straight back down the ground for four. First fancy dress spot of the day - three blokes in storm trooper masks, only one of them showing any interest in the cricket.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "If you're in that slip cordon for Rankin and Clarke's on strike, you're on red alert at the moment. He's flashed at three."

  223. 6 overs: 
    Aus 19-2

    Now then, can England get Michael Clarke early too? Almost. Almost. The Aussie skipper tries to cut Rankin, but the ball bounces sharply and goes over the blade. This pitch is livelier than Cardiff city centre on a Saturday night.


    Si Lomas: Awful shot from Watson - it was never there to drive with ball moving around. Chance to get Aus for less than 200 here, big toss to win.

  225. 5 overs: 
    Aus 15-2

    What a remarkable piece of mocker-work from Callum J. Although I suppose he loses a mark for getting the means of dismissal wrong. And maybe another for his handwriting.

    Marsh connects with a straight drive to propel Finn to the boundary. But Finn recovers to send down a cracking set of deliveries, some short, some long, but each and every one of them posing a big test to Marsh.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "That was full enough to entice the drive and there has been a little bit of movement in this pitch. If you're driving at that length, you're going to be in trouble. Now Australia need a little bit of consolidation. Rankin's line has been good and he is always likely to get bounce. He seems to be in control of his game."

  227. 4 overs: 
    WICKET- Watson c Buttler b Rankin 6 (Aus 11-2)

    Rankin hits the deck and beats the blade of a fencing Watto. Pearler from Londonderry's finest. Then a big shout for lbw as the ball eludes Watson's inside edge. Looks a bit high and there's no review. Another beauty from Rankin and this time he finds the edge of Watson's flashing bat and Buttler takes a straightforward catch.

    Boyd Rankin

    Callum J: Pre-emptive strike?

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "That could have gone anywhere. There was a little bit of width, full enough to launch at, But Watson didn't know where it was going."

  230. 3 overs: 
    Aus 11-1

    Australia's first boundary is a scratchy old affair as Watson slices Finn off a thick outside edge over point for four.


    Ben Cain: Broad and Swann playing for Notts while being rested, what a joke. They should be playing for England if fit.

  232. 2 overs: 
    Aus 5-1

    Rankin is doing his best to rival Watson as the man who looks permanently fed up. The big, tall Irishman is up above 80mph and getting plenty of bounce but hasn't quite found the line to trouble Shaun Marsh, who tickles the last ball of the over off his hips for a single.

  233. 1 over: 
    Aus 3-1

    What ho Watto! Shane Watson walks out like a man who has just had to wolf down his breakfast and blocks his first ball. It's a real mixed bag from Finn, with another wide thrown in and a short, wide one that Buttler fumbles to allow a bye.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It was full and quick - it may have just dipped in fractionally. We know very well what he can do but he may not be the best technician. There's no question about height - nor line. That's out."

  235. 0.1 overs: 
    WICKET- Finch lbw b Finn 0 (Aus 1-1)

    What a start for England. After a wide first ball, Finn's second is right on the money - full and fast and rapping Finch on the pad right in front of middle. No review. Au revoir.

    Steven Finn and Aaron Finch

    BBC Weather's Chris Fawkes: "I'm pleased to say the weather's not going to play a significant part; the chances of showers in Cardiff are vanishingly small. We will get more and more sunshine coming through, so a lovely afternoon of cricket, with temperatures climbing to 16 degrees."

  237. 1012: 

    What are we going to talk about then? Michael Carberry and the last chance saloon? Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann being released to play for Notts in the YB40 final after being rested by England? A new song for Mitchell Johnson?

    Send all your chit-chat my way via the usual ways and means. Tweet me via #bbccricket, text to 81111 or email tms@bbc.co.uk.

    Dirk Nannes, Ex-Australia bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "Nathan Coulter-Nile was a bit down on pace in the Twenty20s in Durham but he is a good, hard competitor. He likes to bowl around the wicket, into the right-hander's armpits. He likes to be aggressive and bowl a lot of bouncers. He is a bit inconsistent, but he is still learning and will probably have a long international career."


    England: Carberry, Pietersen, Trott, Morgan (capt), Bopara, Buttler (wk), Stokes, Root, Tredwell, Rankin, Finn.

    Australia: Finch, Marsh, Watson, Clarke (capt), Bailey, Voges, Wade (wk), Faulkner, Johnson, Coulter-Nile, McKay.

    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "I think it's a good toss to win. There's a little bit of live grass on the surface. You'd think this is England's opportunity to get back in the series. England needed a bit of a head start with the toss of the coin and they've had that."

  241. 1001: 

    Meanwhile, England spinner James Tredwell, who conceded 60 runs in his eight overs at Old Trafford, is braced for another Australian onslaught on a ground with short straight boundaries. "It seemed to be as soon as I came on they were gunning for me," he said. "They came pretty hard in that game, pretty much a plan by the looks of it. When they come hard like that, it obviously gives me a chance to take wickets as well. The other day, they came off for them. I hope it will be my day at some stage in this series. Certainly one end here is pretty short. I'll stay away from that one."

  242. 0958: 

    There was some great fighting talk from the in-form Aussie seamer Mitchell Johnson in the build-up to this match. Far from being intimidated by the Barmy Army's famous "he bowls to the left, he bowls to the right" song, Johnson actually sings it to himself in his head. "When I first came over to England in 2009 I did not like the banter from the crowd," he said. "I had been in pretty good form and did not expect to cop as much flak as I did. Now, it doesn't bother me. I know it's coming, so I take it on board and move on. I sing their song in my head, it is pretty catchy."


    Retrogirl: "I've had enough of dreary performances by an England team in a red shirt. Backing Carberry to conquer Cardiff."

  244. 0954: 

    England captain Eoin Morgan: "There's plenty of moisture around so we're going to have a bowl this morning and try to take advantage of the conditions. It's the same team, which is quite encouraging and shows a bit of consistency and can hopefully instil some confidence in the lads. It's a huge opportunity for the young guys coming through."

    Australia skipper Michael Clarke: "I probably would have fielded. The wicket looks like it's got a bit of moisture in it, but either way when you bat, you've got to bat well. After what happened in the Test series we've got a lot to play for."

  245. 0951: 

    Good news on the weather front. This may be Wales in mid-September, but the sun in shining and we are set fair for a full day of cricket. England have had six previous ODIs in Cardiff, with three falling foul of the weather. The hosts won all three of the others, including beating Australia by four wickets in 2010.

  246. 0949: 

    Eoin Morgan announces an unchanged England team, while his opposite number Michael Clarke makes one switch, with Nathan Coulter-Nile coming in for his debut in place of Josh Hazlewood.

    Eoin Morgan and Michael Clarke
  248. 0942: 

    The heavy rain in Leeds and Birmingham has effectively reduced the one-day series from five matches to three. And after Australia's comprehensive clean-up in Manchester, England captain Eoin Morgan is billing the two remaining matches as a "semi-final and a final" for his makeshift and much-maligned team.

  249. 0940: 

    Morning all. Welcome to our coverage of the fourth one-day international between England and the Aussies in Cardiff. After two washouts and one walloping, England have it all to do.

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Live Scores - England v Australia


  • England beat Australia by 3 wickets
  • England: 231-7 (49.3 overs)
  • Australia: 227 (48.2 overs)
  • Venue: Cardiff

England Innings

Player outReason Bowledby Runs
Total for 7 231
Carberry b Coulter-Nile 63
Pietersen lbw b McKay 5
Trott c Finch b McKay 0
Root c Watson b McKay 0
Morgan b Watson 53
Bopara lbw b Faulkner 7
Buttler not out 65
Stokes b McKay 25
Tredwell not out 1
Extras 4w 8lb 12

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