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  1. Australia beat England by three wickets
  2. Hosts chase 304 with one ball to spare
  3. Smith 102*, Marsh 45, Haddin 42
  4. England 303-8: Bell 141, Root 69, Moeen 46
  5. Bell becomes England's top ODI run-scorer
  6. Australia reach tri-series final
  7. Australia 13 points, England 5, India 0

Live Reporting

By Mark Mitchener

All times stated are UK

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So, we got the exciting finish we wanted, and we even saw England post a score over 300. Unfortunately for the tourists, those who suggested England were 30-40 runs short at the interval were proved right, as Steve Smith saw Australia home in his first ODI as captain.

Next up, it's Australia v India at the SCG on Monday - Australia Day - and if you're up with the lark, you can listen to commentary on TMS from 03:00 GMT. Then, when the series moves to Perth, it's England v India on Friday with TMS commentary and live text right here. Until then, enjoy your weekend (check out the new cricket show

"Stumped" on the BBC World Service) and may
the magic of the FA Cup be with you.

Australia captain Steve Smith
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A couple of last entries for the Bird XI

Terry in Burnhope, Co Durham: Dominic Stork.

Matthew Wilson: What about Jason Galahspie?

I'll leave you to keep "tweeting" on that one.

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Chris White: Haddin gets England again. Anyone else sick of the sight of him?

djpauly: What a finish! Took it to the penultimate ball. Congrats Australia but very well played England.

Alec: Why didn't Tredwell play? Would've built up pressure in the middle overs and given fast bowlers a rest before the death.

England batsman Ian Bell on Sky Sports: "The guys were disappointed not to get 340-350 but there were some good things to take out of it. There was a lot of reverse swing, Starc was excellent, there's something to learn from but credit to Australia, they were outstanding and Smith's in a great run of form.

"A good game of cricket, if we can push on to 350s in this World Cup we will give ourselves a good chance. I'm really enjoying being at the top of the order when you get full value for shots, that's where I prefer to be, but I think we're in a good place as a team."

And if we didn't make it clear after that stunning finale, Australia are now definitely through to the tri-series final in Perth with a game to spare, as they can't be caught by England and India. The table looks like this:

  • Australia - Played 3, Won 3, Bonus points 1, Points 13
  • England - Played 3, Won 1, Lost 2, BP 1, Points 5
  • India - Played 2, Lost 2, BP 0, Points 0

Remaining fixtures:

  • Mon 26 Jan: Australia v India (Sydney)
  • Fri 30 Jan: England v India (Perth)
  • Sun 1 Feb: Final - Australia v England or India (Perth)

Captain's view

More from Australia captain Steve Smith: "We timed our chase pretty well, we let it got a little later than we'd liked but a lot of credit has to go to our bowlers for keeping them to 300 when we were staring down the barrel of 350.

"The way we pulled it back was outstanding. Hopefully we can keep that up going into the World Cup. Brad Haddin was outstanding and really took the pressure off me at the end."

Ravi Bopara and Steve Smith
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Captain's view

England captain Eoin Morgan: "It wasn't a bad day in general. Ian Bell played a magnificent role but ultimately the last 10 overs let us down.

"Australia bowled really well late on and took advantage of the reverse swing that was available. 300 was about par. If they hadn't bowled that well at the end we might have got 350. Credit to Australia - they fought right through and played better cricket than us.

"We'll grow in confidence in certain stages of our game. We want to win the tri-series but it's good preparation for the World Cup."

Ebony makes a good point - Australia had four players in their XI today in Shaun Marsh, Cameron White, Moises Henriques and Gurinder Sandhu who are not even in their World Cup squad. While White bagged a duck and Henriques looked a bit nervy at the end, Sandhu was the pick of Australia's bowlers and Marsh gave Australia a great start at the top of the order.

Man of the match

Australia captain Steve Smith: "It was nice to get home in the end. Brad Haddin came out and took the pressure off and cleared the fence a couple of time. I feel good at the moment. Hopefully it keeps up for me."

"We gave a few too many boundaries away early on but our bowlers came back really well at the end and only went for six an over in the last 10."

Close-of-play scorecard

Australia beat England by three wickets

England 303-8: Bell 141, Root 69, Moeen 46

Australia 304-7 (49.5 overs)

Batsmen: Smith 102*, Starc 1*

Fall of wickets: 76-1 (Finch 32), 92-2 (Marsh 45), 92-3 (White 0), 161-4 (Maxwell 37), 216-5 (Faulkner 35), 297-6 (Haddin 42), 302-7 (Henriques 4)

Bowling figures: Woakes 9.5-0-58-2, Anderson 10-0-56-0, Broad 9-0-61-0, Moeen 10-0-50-2, Finn 10-0-65-2, Bopara 1-0-11-0

Australia won toss


Australia fans
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Australia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin: "We were probably a batsman light, but this is a good wicket and you expect the top order to do what they did tonight.

"I'm enjoying this one-day format. It's good playing games under pressure, which is what you need going into the World Cup."

Man of the match

Australia captain Steve Smith is named as man of the match for his unbeaten 102. But surely a mention in despatches for Ian Bell, hitting 141 in a losing cause as well as holding three smart catches.

So, we got an exciting finish in the end - one that didn't look likely when Haddin and Smith were in full cry. Australia can book their hotel rooms for the tri-series final in Perth.

Brett Geeves

Ex-Australia pace bowler on BBC Test Match Special

"That is a game of cricket. This is what cricket is about - get it into the last over. Woakes finished off really well but Starc hit it into the wicket, which forced it to bounce over the fielder.

"Credit to England for toughing that out. They could have very easily thrown their arms in. We've got a series here, which is terrific."

Champagne moment


Aus 304-7

Starc chops the ball over Bopara at short cover, Australia win with a ball to spare.

Australia's Mitchell Starc
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Left-hander Starc to face. Buttler calls for his helmet, he's going to stand up to the stumps. Shades of Hampshire's Michael Bates and his last-ball stumping off Kabir Ali in the 2012 CB40 final?

Aus 303-7 (target 304)

Mitchell Starc the new batsman, he's non-striker. Smith steers a single to cow corner. Scores level. Two balls left.

Brett Geeves

Ex-Australia pace bowler on BBC Test Match Special

"England have a massive sniff. Henriques really clammed up there. If I'm the cameraman in his face as he's walking off, I'd be careful of a flying cricket bat."


Henriques run out (Taylor direct hit) 4 (Aus 302-7)

Yorker, Henriques hits and runs, Taylor shies at the stumps at the bowler's end and hits!

Australia need two from three balls. They can't choke it from here, can they?


Australia's Moises Henriques
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Aus 302-6 (target 304)

Again, Henriques straight to Morgan at cover - dot. With Smith out of his ground, Morgan throws, Moeen backs up. Direct hit would have run him out. Two from four.

Aus 302-6 (target 304)

Fielders up saving one. Woakes to bowl. Henriques defends to cover. Dot ball, two from five.

Aus 302-6 (target 304)

Mid-on goes back. Henriques knocks it through the gap at mid-wicket for two, to push the total past 300 and reduce the deficit to three from eight balls. Henriques can't get the fifth ball away, he straight-drives the last to long-on, but he'll only get one. England have taken it to the last over - with two needed and Henriques on strike.

Aus 299-6 (target 304)

Henriques hits the first two balls of Anderson's last over straight to extra cover. Dot ball each time. And he then defends the third. Five from nine.

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Bird XI

Mike Wooldridge: How about Moises HENriques?

dan j pinchy: Alastair Cook-aburra...

Tom Cridland: Chris Nightin-Gale.

Aus 299-6 (target 304)

Smith knocks a single to bring Moises Henriques on strike for the first time. He can only manage one off the last ball - Australia need five from 12 balls, with Henriques on strike.


Haddin c Bell b Woakes 42 (Aus 297-6)

But after facing a leg-side wide, Haddin can't see it through, trying to uppercut a slower-ball bouncer over third man, but only succeeds in hoisting it to point where Ian Bell, running back, takes his third catch of the day. Haddin made 42 from 29 balls, Australia need seven from 15 balls.


Smith 100

Aus 296-5

Broad or Woakes? Woakes gets the nod - and a pulled single brings Smith his century from 93 balls. Gamechanger. Eight to win.

Australia's Steve Smith
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Aus 295-5 (target 304)

A hard-run two to deep mid-wicket takes Smith to 98, he aims another aggressive pull shot but this time he can only run one. He gets the strike, though - nine more needed from 18 balls.

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akshay apte: Jackson Bird has to be the captain of the Bird XI hands down.


Aus 292-5

England need some magic from James Anderson. Haddin launches one into the night sky, Steven Finn dashes back from mid-off but it lands safely just out of his reach. Then run two. A single reduces the target to 18 from 22 balls. Smith then stands-and-delivers, hoisting a huge straight six over the bowler's head. Now it's 12 from 21 needed - can he do it in two shots?

Australia's Brad Haddin
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Roger Woolley

Ex-Australia wicketkeeper on BBC Test Match Special

"I really thought England had a great chance at 303. But Haddin has come out and changed the game and Steve Smith has continued on with his Test form. He has done it so easy - it reminds me of a net session."

Aus 283-5 (Smith 90*, Haddin 39*)

Broad to continue - suddenly it's Smith playing the supporting role as Haddin picks the ball up off middle stump for a first-bounce four over square leg, while another diving stop on the rope, this time by Root on the extra cover boundary, restricts him to three off the next. Smith moves to 90 with a single, but with only 22 needed, Haddin is more than capable of winning this match on his own and leaving his captain stranded in the nineties... A single off the last ball takes Haddin to 39 from 25 balls, and leaves the Aussies needing 21 from 24.

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James Trafford: Looks like the lack of runs at the end of England's innings will be the difference!

Aus 272-5 (target 304)

Another big blast from Haddin, this time it's over mid-on for a first-bounce four. He's then hit on the glove by a powerful lifter from Finn, dropping it at his feet and scurrying through for a single. So Finn's figures are a little dented, he finishes with 2-65 and Australia need 32 from 30 balls - they must be favourites now.

Jim Maxwell

BBC Test Match Special

"This is brilliant batting from Brad Haddin. He can bat anywhere and he's batting like the old finisher, Michael Bevan. Australia are cruising again and rushing towards a win."

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Aus 267-5

Finn to bowl his last over. Smith has been stuck on 87 - a number unlucky for Australians - for an over and a half, but finally moves off it when he bashes a single over the covers. Haddin goes for the big one over the bowler's head, that's high, wide, handsome... and six!