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  1. England beat India by nine wickets
  2. England chase 154 with 22.3 overs to spare
  3. Bell 88*, Taylor 56*
  4. India 153 (39.3): Finn 5-33, Anderson 4-18
  5. England claim bonus point in Brisbane
  6. England go second in tri-series table
  7. Australia 9 points, England 5, India 0

Live Reporting

By Mark Mitchener

All times stated are UK

It's not the first time we've seen a touring team flayed at the Gabba - but it's quite rare for England to end up on top there. One sparkling performance against the defending World Cup champions later -

Stephan Shemilt's match report is already there for you to read - and England are very much back in this tri-series.

That's about it from us - it's all eyes on Hobart on Friday morning, when England will face an Australia side lacking David Warner and led by Steve Smith. I hope you'll join us at 03:00 GMT to see if England can build more pre-World Cup momentum. Bye for now.

England's Ian Bell and James Taylor

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Andrew Gell: Get thrashed in one then we thrash another. Welcome to one-day cricket.

The rest of the tri-series schedule is as follows:

  • Fri 23 Jan: Australia v England, Hobart
  • Mon 26 Jan: Australia v India, Sydney
  • Fri 30 Jan: England v India, Perth
  • Sun 1 Feb: Final, Perth

All matches are day/nighters starting at 03:20 GMT

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Manny Singh: Well we know India won't be winning no World Cup this year after that performance in Australia.

Player's view

England opener Ian Bell, who made 88 not out off 91 balls: "It was brilliant how the bowlers set the tone today. The bowlers were outstanding and they set the platform. This wicket is a particularly good one, so you've got small margin for errors as a bowler.

"We always wanted to be as positive as possible so it was nice to get some time [with the bat].

"We move on very quickly. This is one game - we've got a massive challenge against Australia in Hobart but it would be nice to have a complete game then."

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Cameron Tucker: Thoroughly deserved man of the match for Steve Finn. Those are Cricket 6s figures there.

Jon Finney: I really don't see what everyone was worrying about! Decent batting line-up and a strong bowling attack... game on!

Captain's view

England captain Eoin Morgan: "Outstanding. We really put an outstanding team performance together. We've had some outstanding individual performances.

"Steven Finn managed to get some of that steep bounce he gets - I've played a lot of cricket with him for Middlesex, and for him to produce performances like this makes me very happy. Jimmy set the tone with an early breakthrough and if it swings he can take advantage of it.

"Our fielding was pretty good, but the tone was set by the bowlers and we adapted pretty well. We'll continue to focus on what we do well."

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Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen: Clinical from England... Just watch this team under @Eoin16 over the next 6 weeks! Well done, Belly & JT!

Man of the match

Man of the match Steven Finn: "It came out nicely. The guys set the tone with the new ball really well. I got rid of the bad memories of Australia last year. There are still bits to work on on my game.

"Jimmy Anderson's a world-class bowler and it's good to have him and Stuart Broad back together. Their experience and cool heads means it's good to have them both back.

"The two new white balls stay newer for longer here, which means they did more throughout the innings. It was beautiful batting too, on what was not an easy wicket."

On Friday's match against Australia in Hobart: "We want to beat Australia and we need to put right what happened in Sydney.

Captain's view

India captain MS Dhoni: "I didn't think we batted well, the wicket was slightly two-paced and the batsmen found it difficult to rotate the strike. We weren't able to build partnerships and at the time we had to accelerate, we were losing wickets, Without runs on the board I don't think the bowlers could do much. Four and a half months away is difficult, but between now and the World Cup we have to use the time as best as possible, to assess what is needed."

India's Umesh Yadav
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Close-of-play scorecard

England beat India by nine wickets

England 156-1 (27.3)

Batsmen: Bell 65*, Taylor 36*

Fall of wickets: 25-1 (Moeen 8)

Bowling figures: Binny 7-0-34-1, Kumar 2-0-18-0, Yadav 6-0-42-0, Shami 4-0-23-0, Patel 7.3-0-32-0, Raina 1-0-7-0

India 153 (39.3): Binny 44; Finn 5-33, Anderson 4-18


England's James Taylor

Man of the match

And the man of the match award goes to... Steven Finn for his 5-33.

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LJ Messam: So many times we've seen a good bowling performance let down by batsmen. Really refreshing to see this and make it look so easy.

Andy English: And there I was, foolishly hoping England would save their annual good ODI performance for the World Cup. Ah well.

England are all smiles as their players walk onto the outfield to shake hands with their Indian counterparts. The tri-series table now reads:

  • Australia - played 2, won 2, points 9 (inc 1 bonus point)
  • England - played 2, won 1, lost 1, points 5 (inc 1 bonus point)
  • India - played 2, lost 2, points 0

Charles Dagnall

BBC Test Match Special

"The Australians are a big hurdle for England. Fingers crossed they will be able to get over that in Hobart."

Champagne moment


England's Ian Bell and James Taylor
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Eng 156-1

Bell knocks a single to long-on to leave two needed, and Taylor scoop-sweeps Axar Patel for four to complete the victory with 22.3 overs remaining. That's the ball game!

Eng 151-1 (target 154)

Shami charges in, Taylor pushes the ball into the covers and walks a single. With six needed, it looks like Ian Bell won't be reaching 5,000 ODI runs today - he needed 93 at start of play, and he's 85 now. Back in the dressing room, Joe Root - England's next man in - is practising his golf swing as Bell and Taylor are happy to knock off the runs in singles. Three needed for England to win - and notch a bonus point.

Drinks break

Common sense- which we briefly glimpsed this morning in the 16th over of India's innings - is thrown out of the window as with England needing seven runs from 24 overs... the umpires call for a drinks break. I ask you.

Taylor 50

Eng 147-1 (target 154)

After that one over of Raina, India turn back to young Axar Patel, and Taylor reaches his third ODI fifty with a careful pushed single to mid-wicket. Just eight needed - make that seven, as the birthday boy bowls a leg-side wide.

England's James Taylor
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Rachel T: This England performance today has warmed the cockles of my heart on such a freezing cold morning in January.

Eng 145-1 (Bell 85*, Taylor 49*)

Shami runs in from the Vulture Street End, Bell cuts an easy two and then a single to third man to reduce the deficit to 10 and bring Taylor on strike, two runs away from his half-century. Taylor uses his tennis skills again to turn an off-side bouncer for a single to mid-wicket. Nine more needed.

James Taylor and Ian Bell

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Stephen Jones: I'm not convinced England's batting line-up will cope in the World Cup, but our bowling is very strong. We do have a chance.

Eng 141-1 (target 154)

Is this India admitting the horse has bolted? Young slow left-armer Axar Patel is off after six overs, and India turn to Suresh Raina's part-time off-spin. Bell and Taylor find easy pickings, whipping Raina through the leg side to the deep fielders for singles, while Bell powerfully square-cuts and the diving Yadav just stops the ball inside the rope as they run three. Just 13 more required.

Eng 134-1 (Bell 77*, Taylor 46*)

As I expected, I think we've seen the last of Yadav today, as Shami returns to the attack. Taylor emulates the overhead tennis-style shot we saw Dhoni try earlier, clubbing a single down to fine leg. After Shami pings down a bouncer which is adjudged wide, Bell unleashes a signature sparkling cover drive, there's a man out there but they come back for three. Taylor fends off a single towards the square leg umpire, and Bell nicks the strike - 20 more needed.

If you're just joining us, England were indebted to their bowlers - and some occasional daft shots from India - to set up what will be a comprehensive victory.

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Ross Bentley: Is there still time for a dramatic collapse?

100 partnership

Eng 127-1 (target 154)

England will undoubtedly face much stiffer tests than this during the World Cup - but considering the winter (and indeed, much of the last year) they've endured in 50-over cricket, they will certainly take the confidence boost that will come from such a comprehensive victory. After an exchange of singles, Bell guides his way to another four through third man. 27 needed from a mere 28 overs.

Eng 121-1 (Bell 68*, Taylor 43*)

Yadav's line is letting him down again, spraying it either side of the wicket - Taylor helping one down the leg side for two, then guiding another double through the covers when Yadav goes the other way. The ones and twos (and even threes) are starting to flow far too easily against Yadav - that's 10 from the over, and only 33 more are needed.

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David Keane: How refreshing is this England performance? Definitely worth the all nighter! (if I jinx it feel free to kill me).

Scorecard update

England 111-1 (20 overs) - target 154

Batsmen: Bell 65*, Taylor 36*

Fall of wickets: 25-1 (Moeen 8)

Bowling figures: Binny 7-0-34-1, Kumar 2-0-18-0, Yadav 6-0-42-0, Shami 1-0-8-0, Patel 5-0-19-0

India 153 (39.3): Binny 44; Finn 5-33, Anderson 4-18

India won toss


England's Ian Bell
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Eng 111-1 (target 154)

Patel had gone four overs without conceding a boundary, but now Bell tucks into the youngster, scampering a two to long-off before finding the boundary both sides of the wicket - his first four a brutal pull, his second a more delicate late cut. The Warwickshire right-hander has 65 from 64 balls.

If you missed Charles Dagnall's interval chat with former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff, you can listen to it again on

the TMS podcast page - where you can also find last Friday's interview with ex-Australia fast bowler Brett Lee.

Andrew Flintoff

Eng 101-1 (Bell 55*, Taylor 36*)

Taylor crashes another four through the covers, while a single brings up the hundred for England. Bell is drenched in sweat - they don't call it tropical Queensland for nothing - but has ice in his veins as he calmly works the ball around. This stand is now worth 76, and England need 53 more from 31 overs - or 21 overs to get a bonus point.

Eng 95-1 (target 154)

On a normal day, this would be an excellent spell of containing bowling from Axar Patel, with just another two singles from his fourth over to give him 0-9 from four - but in the context of the game, India will lose this game by a distance unless they start taking wickets very quickly.

Charles Dagnall

BBC Test Match Special

"Why has Yadav not had the new ball? I'm staggered. Stuart Binny?!!"