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Summary

  1. Australia win by 112 runs to take tri-series
  2. England 166 in 39.1 overs chasing 279
  3. Maxwell 4-40 & Johnson 3-27; Bopara 33
  4. Australia made 278-8 (86 off last 10 overs)
  5. Maxwell (95) and Marsh (60) put on 141
  6. Broad 3-55, Anderson 2-38, Woakes 0-89

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  1. Post update

    And we will be here to bring it to you. There will be live text on every World Cup game, with live radio commentary either on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra or online.

    Until then.

  2. Post update

    So England have two weeks and two warm-up matches to get it right for the first day of the World Cup, when they play...Australia.

    Melbourne on 14 February. You can't help but worry about the possibility of a St Valentine's Day massacre.

  3. Post update

    Australia captain George Bailey: "It's really promising to see Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Johnson curb their natural games and get the team back into the game.

    "I don't have an update on James Faulkner, but he's always been a bit dramatic, so we'll hope he'll be alright.

    "Trying to choose the team for the World Cup is a great problem to have, it's good to have so many players in form before the tournament."

  4. England reaction

    England captain Eoin Morgan: "I think we could've kept Australia to a lot less. It didn't help some of the decisions we made and the way we played.

    "I think we keep grafting and learning as we go along. We've made great strides over the last few weeks, but although today will be hard to take, the test will be how we come back from this.

    "There's two warm-up games to come in Sydney which will give us some more time to get some games under our belts and also some more experience of these conditions."

  5. Man of the match

    Man of the match Glenn Maxwell: "I've screwed up a few times for us before, so it was nice to get through to the 40th over.

    "I've got to keep trying to get to that three-figure mark, but it's not something I'm thinking about too much. It's nice to enter the World Cup in some form with bat and ball.

    Glenn Maxwell
  6. Man of the series

    Man of the series Mitchell Starc: "I think the whole bowling unit has shown their strength throughout this series. It's important to use that new ball and get some swing and with Mitch (Johnson) and I up front also trying to bowl as quick as we can, it's exciting. I think we've got a great squad and an exciting bowling unit, so it should be very interesting in the World Cup."

  7. Post update

    Glenn Maxwell has just been announced as the man of the match, but no one knows where he is. Perhaps he's in the England dressing room explaining how to recover from losing four early wickets.

  8. Text 81111

    Alan in Herts: I'm reminded of a team mate who, when asked by his wife how he'd got on, said, "not great. Didn't bat, didn't bowl, dropped a catch." Have a feeling Chris Woakes would have settled for that today.

  9. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    The Sun's cricket correspondent John Etheridge: Terrible performance by England. Johnson put the wind up them again.

    The Daily Mail's Paul Newman: Comprehensive victory for Australia…and it was as if Mitchell Johnson had never been away. They will be firm favourites for the World Cup.

  10. Final scorecard

    England 166 all out from 39.1 overs

    Fall of wickets: 1-18 (Bell 8), 2-35 (Taylor 4), 3-46 (Moeen 26), 4-46 (Morgan 0), 5-71 (Root 25), 6-97 (Buttler 17), 7-97 (Woakes 0), 8-130 (Broad 24), 9-166 (Finn 6)

    Not out batsman: Anderson 5

    Bowling figures: Starc 7-0-40-0, Hazlewood 6.1-2-13-2, Johnson 7-2-27-3, Marsh 7-0-18-0, Maxwell 9-0-46-4, Faulkner 2.3-1-11-1, Finch 0.3-0-3-0

    Australia 278-8: Maxwell 95, Marsh 60, Faulkner 50 not out; Broad 10-1-55-3, Anderson 10-2-38-2, Finn 10-0-53-1, Moeen 10-0-39-1, Woakes 10-0-89-0

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  11. Post update

    Australia batsman Steve Smith: "The way Maxi played today was outstanding. That's the way he needs to bat in the future.

    "It's been very good preparation for the World Cup. We now can't wait to get on with it.

    "Hopefully I can continue my form and get some runs in the World Cup. It's been a pretty good season, we've played good cricket through the summer."

  12. Post update

    Brad Hogg

    Ex-Australia spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "England had their moments in this game, but they couldn't put the nails in the coffin. They're a young team, they had a chance to show the world what they could do today, but they never got close to chasing that total down."

  13. Post update

    Jim Maxwell

    BBC Test Match Special

    Australia celebrate

    "This performance from Australia confirms the all-round quality, the resilience and the power of some of their cricket. For England - it's back to the nets."

  14. Post update

    Brad Hogg

    Ex-Australia spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's a huge worry for England the gulf in class here today, going in to a major tournament. But, there's been a change of personnel and they've made a decision to go with youth and once you go down that road, you can't chop and change."

  15. Australia win by 112 runs and take the tri-series

    Whatever way you look at it, that is a shellacking. Yes, England have beaten India twice in this series, but they have come up way short in three matches against Australia. Remember, it is the Aussies who England face on the opening day of the World Cup. They have now lost 13 of their last 15 ODIs against Australia down under.

  16. WICKET

    Finn b Hazlewood 6 (Eng 166 all out)

    Steven Finn

    Josh Hazlewood to Steven Finn. A swipe. Stumps everywhere. Thrashing complete.

  17. Post update

    Brad Hogg

    Ex-Australia spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Bopara tried to take Maxwell on and all the fielders were up in the circle trying to invite him to go over the top and he failed to do so. His poor tour continues and if he's going to make any kind of impact on this World Cup, he'll have to work very hard on his batting."

  18. WICKET

    Bopara c Bailey b Maxwell 33 (Eng 160-9)

    Finally, something happens. Predictably, it's a wicket. Ravi Bopara tries to break the shackles, dancing to aim a swipe at Glenn Maxwell, succeeding only in miscuing to cover. One wicket left. Put the kettle on.

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    Tats in Shrewsbury: Watching TMS updates while enduring the pain of Sunday morning kid's club cinema. Even the uber-painful adverts for Dora the Explorer are a welcome break from the difficult reading this England performance is delivering. Hopefully this is England lulling the opposition into false security prior to World Club. Hopefully.....

  20. Eng 159-8 (Bopara 33, Finn 5)

    George Bailey shuffles his pack, asking Josh Hazlewood to put England to sleep. Two men catching on the leg side, but Steve Finn still doing well in his bad to see out the draw. Bailey has a chinwag with Steve Smith, possibly about tactics, possibly about where they're going to have dinner tonight. The required rate is at exactly 10 per over.

  21. Post update

    Brad Hogg

    Ex-Australia spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Sometimes you have those days that you just want to forget as a player and Chris Woakes has had that today. But, he's got to go away and pray to the cricketing gods that in 13 days time, things will be a lot better for him."

  22. Eng 158-8 (target 279)

    It's hard to put in to words how little is left in this match. Even the sun has stopped watching. What is interesting is that ninth-wicket stand is now worth 28, the second-highest of the England innings.

  23. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Taggy Elliot: Sucks having an Aussie boyfriend when we're being torn apart by the Aussie bowlers. Sort it out before the WC I beg you.

    Lee Fairweather: Amazing how far we have fell behind the Aussies in such a short time after being so dominant against them.

  24. Appeal - not out

    Eng 151-8

    Even the umpires don't seem keen on ending this one, with Simon Fry turning down an lbw shout from Mitchell Marsh against Steven Finn that looks stone dead. James Faulkner has, in fact, not left the ground. He's sitting in the Australia dressing room, getting a peck on the cheek from a blonde lady. Have you read Of Mice And Men? England are doing a good Lennie at the moment.

  25. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Matt Barron: Just woke up and checked the score. Not the greatest way to start a Sunday, but no real surprise either

    James Rudd: Wow, not what I wanted to wake up to. This makes the hangover feel even worse

    Peter Beck: Another game, another poor showing from Morgan and Bopara. #GroundHogDay

  26. Eng 150-8 (target 279)

    Glenn Maxwell, with 95 and three-fer a decent shout for man of the match, is back in a bid to improve what has already been an excellent day for him. Now beardless (that was before the match started, he hasn't had a shave mid-game), he twirls his off-breaks down without looking. England's batting powerplay coming up. Could be a game-changer.

  27. Post update

    Brad Hogg

    Ex-Australia spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "James Faulkner's condition will be a bit of a concern for the Australia selectors, but Shane Watson is waiting in the wings having just returned from an injury himself. Moises Henriques is probably somebody in contention should Australia need to draft in a replacement to the squad."

  28. Eng 147-8 (Bopara 24, Finn 4)

    Still Mitchell Marsh, with the huge figure of Steven Finn doing his bit as the Watford Wall as the sun just dips behind a cloud. It's fair to say that this game is now meandering. Bopara, meanwhile, has doubled his run tally for the series.

  29. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Russell Higginbotham: Is it too late to swap Woakes for Stokes? As their names rhyme do you think no one will notice if we sneaked him in?

    Adam F: Fortunately for England, they've made enough to avoid the follow on..

    Ben Matthews: Is there a prize for getting half of the required total?

  30. Eng 144-8 (Bopara 22, Finn 3)

    Cricket is unique in the way it can prolong a defeat. England are done here, toast, yet we must go through the formalities until the misery is complete. Still the loose-limbed Mitchell Starc in the Perth evening sunshine, casting a long shadow as lollops in. Ooofff, that's a snorter, almost taking Bopara's nose off.

  31. Post update

    Alan Mullally

    Ex-England seam bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "How do England turn this around? Practice, practice, practice. But, I don't understand this inability to get yorkers right by the bowlers. They're supposed to be international standard, but they can't seem to execute it."

  32. Dropped catch

    Eng 138-8

    Does Mitchell Johnson want to prolong England's agony? This is a shocker of a dropped catch, shelling a chance presented by Ravi Bopara at mid-on. Johnson had just been replaced by Mitchell Marsh, so perhaps he was quietly seething under his cap. We have a drink. England on the whiskey.

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    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain

    On Twitter: For England's ODI team you get the feeling it was two steps forward on Friday but not sure how many steps back after today.

  34. Eng 134-8 (Bopara 19, Finn 1)

    Australia want to get this over, recalling Mitchell Starc to the attack in place of Glenn Maxwell. James Faulkner, by the way, has left the ground with rib soreness. Home coach Darren Lehmann is so relaxed that he's having a spin on an exercise bike. Ravi Bopara is going through an exercise in crease occupation. Not much happening, England going nowhere.

  35. Email tms@bbc.co.uk

    Sam in Paris: My phone beeps each time England lose a wicket. It's beeping so often it's spelt out "England suck under pressure" in Morse code.

  36. Eng 130-8 (target 279)

    Steven Finn was spared the pleasure of Mitchell Johnson last winter, but now he has the chance to get himself acquainted with the Aussie menace. Johnson sends the leather past Finn's nose, then decides he wants to hunt his body from round the wicket. in fairness to Finn, his defence against Johnson is looking reasonable enough. Problem is, England need to score at more than seven an over.

  37. WICKET

    Broad c sub (Cummins) b Maxwell 24 (Eng 130-8)

    Glenn Maxwell of Australia celebrates

    Stuart Broad wasn't going to die wondering. Teeing off at every ball, his innings comes to an inevitable end, he swipes at Glenn Maxwell, with Pat Cummins doing the business in the deep. Not much longer to run in this one.

  38. Not out

    Eng 130-7

    Not out, just a smidge of boot behind the line. And then...

  39. Third umpire

    Eng 129-7

    Brad Haddin taking the bails off. Broad gone?

  40. Eng 128-7 (Bopara 16, Broad 23)

    Hmmm, maybe I've been doing Stuart Broad a disservice. He's giving Johnson some tap, firstly by slapping down the ground for four, then backing off to ramp over the slips...all the way for six! Is there a hint of backing away, though? Yep, his first movement is definitely towards square leg. It's a sensible plan, one that I'd be employing if Johnson was stalking it to me.

  41. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Neil Robinson: Usual surrender against Aussies we are beaten before we even go out fight aggression with aggression

    Ben Matthews: Poor old Ravi, desperately needs a decent knock but he's probably going to be stranded on about 20 not out

    Tony Munky: Possibly not a game Chris Woakes will want to remember for long

  42. Eng 116-7 (Bopara 16, Broad 12)

    Stuart Broad

    Perhaps not expecting much success against Johnson, Broad is swiping away at the off-spin of Glenn Maxwell, with varying degrees of bat on ball. Oooofff, 'ave some of that. A rock back to a short ball, a mighty heavy for six over cow corner. The problem for Broad is a single off the final ball gets him back in the sights of Mitch.

  43. Email tms@bbc.co.uk

    Simon Tracey: I am 51 & my mate Nigel is 63, we are just starting our 2nd season of playing cricket in & around Tamworth, we are a pair of openers. Are there any vacancies in the England team?

  44. Eng 106-7

    Thanks, Adam. Being handed the live text baton at the end of an England batting card ruined by Mitchell Johnson takes me back to last winter. Good days. As predictable as night following day, Johnson is revved up for a pop at Stuart Broad, who backs away when he's distracted by the Spidercam. Facing Johnson is tough enough without a go kart on strings hovering in your eyeline. Broad does well not to be sconned by a bouncer, but we're merely going through the motions.

  45. Scorecard update

    England 105-7 from 25 overs (target 279)

    Batsmen: Bopara 14, Broad 5

    Fall of wickets: 1-18 (Bell 8), 2-35 (Taylor 4), 3-46 (Moeen 26), 4-46 (Morgan 0), 5-71 (Root 25), 6-97 (Buttler 17), 7-97 (Woakes 0)

    Bowling figures: Starc 5-0-35-0, Hazlewood 5-2-12-1, Johnson 4-1-14-3, Marsh 4-0-9-0, Maxwell 4-0-20-2, Faulkner 2.3-1-11-1, Finch 0.3-0-3-0

    Australia 278-8: Maxwell 95, Marsh 60, Faulkner 50 not out; Broad 10-1-55-3, Anderson 10-2-38-2, Woakes 10-0-89-0, Finn 10-0-53-1, Moeen 10-0-39-1

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  46. Eng 105-7 (Maxwell 4-0-20-2)

    Devastation once again in this England innings. Broad almost succumbs second ball with a horrible leading edge that eventually falls safe of the man running back from mid-off. He then gets a four with a sweep behind square. All sorts of stuff in that over. I think it's time for me to come off, I'm clearly taking too many wickets here. Stephan Shemilt has polished off his breakfast and will see you through to the conclusion.

  47. On a hat-trick

    Stuart Broad in against Glenn Maxwell. He survives as he leaves it alone outside off.

  48. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Will Morrall: Worst performance in cricketing history goes to: Chris Woakes

  49. WICKET

    Woakes c&b Maxwell 0 (Eng 97-7)

    Maxwell celebrates with Bailey

    What a day to forget for Chris Woakes. He's presented the simplest of catches back to the bowler and Glenn Maxwell has two in two balls.

  50. WICKET

    Buttler c sub b Maxwell 16 (Eng 97-6)

    Australia celebrate

    Just as it looked like England were building a partnership, Buttler is on his way. An attempted reverse sweep and it's well held by Pat Cummins the sub fielder, who has just come on for Faulkner and has dived forward two-handed to grab it at short third man.

  51. Eng 97-5 (Bopara 14, Buttler 16)

    James Faulkner walks off injured

    Bopara crashes a four back past the bowler and it's fair to say that's woken a few people on this live text desk up. A cracking shot, hit with some real venom. But, it doesn't look too good for James Faulkner who pulls up mid-way through the over and he's off the park. Aaron Finch comes on to bowl the rest of it. Is that an injury blow for Australia ahead of the World Cup?

  52. Eng 90-5 (target 279)

    Stephan has rattled through that breakfast of his away to my right and Australia are rattling through these overs. Buttler tries a bit of improv to ramp the ball down to third man, but misses. He connects with a wider delivery though off the final ball and gets four wide of that man on the fence with a late cut.

  53. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Alan Compton: Note to England: Maxwell and Marsh are not Warne and McGrath. Adjust aggression accordingly.

    Luke Fram Burton: Desire for 'morale-boosting' England escape/win turns to acceptance of 'reality bites' embarrassment/defeat. Roll on World Cup.

  54. Eng 85-5 (Bopara 7, Buttler 11)

    Something has to give here from England as the rate approaches seven-an-over. Faulkner trundles in for a maiden over and there's little of note from it.

  55. Text 81111

    Ade: England's mental fragility against this good, but without question not great, Australian team is infuriating. They are like under 10s playing a men's team. Seem petrified.

  56. Eng 85-5 (target 279)

    Mitchell "Starkers" Starc is back on to bowl at the Prindeville Road End. Buttler drives elegantly through extra cover for four and then has to duck under a short ball. Bopara keeps the fielders interested and almost lobs a catch to Johnson at mid-off. Just short, In other news, Stephan is making good progress on his breakfast ensemble.

  57. Email tms@bbc.co.uk

    Chris: Bopara has bowled three overs in this series and his batting has been very ordinary. If he doesn't contribute with the bat now he should be replaced with a proper batsman for the World Cup.

  58. Eng 77-5 (Bopara 6, Buttler 5)

    In comes Jos Buttler "to clean things up" as Brad Hogg says on commentary. He gets a very juicy half-volley first ball and duly drives it back down the ground for four. Simple. Bopara backs away from a delivery right at the last moment, clearly distracted by something in his eyeline. England have lost 3-31 in that last 10 overs. Devastating.

  59. Post update

    Brad Hogg

    Ex-Australia spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "That was a great piece of bowling. Full and straight. Root, trying to get a move on, was trying to working it to mid-wicket. Australia are well on top, the Buttler has to clear this mess for England."

  60. WICKET

    Root lbw b Faulkner 25 (Eng 71-5)

    James Faulkner

    James Faulkner is on to bowl and has a wicket with his first ball. A big inswinging yorker and it traps Root on the crease and adjacent to the stumps. Missing off and leg and crashing in to the base of middle stump.

  61. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Dan Tipp: Looking for nearest wall to bang head against. Frustrating to listen to the same old shambles.

    Paul Felgate: Anyone else get that feeling when England play Australia in the cricket circa 90's??

  62. Eng 71-4 (target 279)

    Ugly shot from Root as he tries to mow Maxwell away over cow corner. A big swing and a miss as he goes down on one leg. Meanwhile, in other live text news, Stephan Shemilt has arrived with his third breakfast of the morning. Extremely distracting.

  63. Eng 68-4 (target 279)

    A wild throw comes in from Mitchell Starc as he collects on the leg side boundary. Well backed-up, but there's no pressure on Australia at the moment, so they can afford to get away with a bit of sloppiness. Bopara doesn't quite time a pull stroke and gets two down to long leg.

  64. Post update

    Mitchell Johnson
  65. Eng 65-4 (Root 22, Bopara 2)

    The required rate is hovering around 6.5 an over and you don't really get a sense of what these two are doing to try and keep that under control. Some dozy cricket from them as they almost get in a tangle and Bopara has to quickly about turn and avoid getting run out. Just three off Maxwell's second over.

  66. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Paul Hallett: I am rather hoping Bopara isn't going for his normal trick of taking too long to play himself in only to get out for nothing.

    Harry Page: You could of stick my mum into bat and she would of offered more batting than Morgan there.

  67. Eng 62-4 (Root 20, Bopara 1)

    More steady stuff from Mitchell Marsh. He gets some great back-up in the field as David Warner dives one-handed to stop a Bopara straight drive from going to the fence. Just the one run off the over and on comes the branded refreshment vehicle for a short playing intermission.

  68. Post update

    Brad Hogg

    Ex-Australia spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I'd like to be led by George Bailey, but if he hasn't got the runs on the board, you have to make those hard decisions. However, I do think that Michael Clarke won't play in the first couple of games of the World Cup."

  69. Eng 61-4 (target 279)

    Johnson takes a blow after that devastating four-over spell and is replaced by Glenn Maxwell. Root cuts him away for a welcome boundary behind square. The scores are almost identical on the comparison chart at this stage. But, Australia being 60-4 seems a long, long time ago now.

  70. Email tms@bbc.co.uk

    Mark Collins: That was a definite no ball to Taylor. If the bowler can't get his foot behind the line and he has three feet to do so then the batsman should get any benefit of the doubt.

  71. Eng 54-4 (Root 12, Bopara 1)

    Not a lot going on at the moment it's fair to say. An extremely becalmed England are clearly trying to take stock. Mitchell Marsh is economical with his right-arm seam and just the one is scored.

  72. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Paul Roberts: England are so far behind the Aussies, TV companies will insist the Baggy Greens always bat first. Spectators need some value.

  73. Eng 53-4 (Johnson 4-1-14-3)

    So, it's the man who is clearly picked for his batting at the moment Ravi Bopara in here against Mitchell Johnson. Not sure I fancy this to last too long. Root picks up three with a shot off his legs.

  74. Email tms@bbc.co.uk

    Jake Collins: After seeing Morgan leave a straight ball, how much of a poison chalice is captaincy?

  75. Eng 50-4 (target 279)

    Perhaps England are in a rush to watch Andy Murray in the tennis. Not that we want you to leave us, but you can follow it all on our live text here should you wish. Back at the Waca, we've got a pair of Mitchells bowling as Marsh replaces Hazlewood. England reach 50 after the carnage of the over before.

  76. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Adam F: Well left, Captain.

    Louis Samuels: Not sure Eoin Morgan is entirely sure where his off stump is...well, I suppose he is now!

    Andrew Haines: Wickets tumbling at regular intervals - should be done by the end of the 1st set of the tennis.

  77. Eng 46-4 (Target 279)

    The victory target looks a long way off now for Root and Bopara. Once again, Mitchell Johnson devastates an England middle order.

  78. Hat-trick ball

    Ravi Bopara is in on a hat-trick. In comes Johnson. But Ravi survives as it goes wide of off stump and it's left alone.

  79. Morgan out first ball!

    Morgan b Johnson (Eng 46-4)

    Mitchell Johnson

    Two down in two balls. England are on the rack and Johnson is on a hat-trick. What was he doing there? He's left a full length delivery on off stump and it's crashed into his stumps.

  80. Post update

    Alan Mullally

    Ex-England seam bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's class fast bowling. Pace, bounce and right on the money. Moeen is usually a man with all the time in the world, but that has done him a kipper. There's nothing better than watching a fast bowler running in and bowling quick."

  81. WICKET

    Moeen c Finch b Johnson 26 (Eng 46-3)

    Mitchell Johnson strikes

    Big bounce once again from Mitchell Johnson and Moeen can't fend it away. The ball finds the outside edge and carries through at an easy pace to a waiting Aaron Finch at slip.

  82. Scorecard update

    England 46-2 from 10 overs (target 279)

    Batsmen: Moeen 26, Root 6

    Fall of wickets: 1-18 (Bell 8), 2-35 (Taylor 4)

    Bowling figures: Starc 3-0-23-0, Hazlewood 5-2-12-1, Johnson 2-0-11-1

    Australia 278-8: Maxwell 95, Marsh 60, Faulkner 50 not out

    Bowling figures: Anderson 10-2-38-2, Woakes 10-0-89-0, Broad 10-1-55-3, Finn 10-0-53-1, Moeen 10-0-39-1

    Full scorecard

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  83. Eng 46-2 (Hazlewood 5-2-12-1)

    End of the mandatory powerplay and Hazlewood concedes his first boundary as Root pulls a short ball away through mid-wicket. England's 46-2 plays Australia 42-2 in the comparison at this stage.

  84. Email tms@bbc.co.uk

    Julian in Surrey: How come Johnson is 'rested' whereas a break for any of our bowlers leaves them 'under cooked'?

  85. Eng 40-2 (Moeen 25, Root 1)

    Joe Root is the new man in and he's off the mark first ball which is a sharp lifting one up to his chest. Four more for Moeen at the end of the over with an immaculately timed cover drive.

  86. WICKET

    Taylor c Maxwell b Johnson 3 (Eng 35-2)

    Mitchell Johnson

    Big Mitch strikes and England are two down. Taylor tries to drive on the up, but it squirts off the face and Maxwell takes the catch at point, diving forward. There's a long old look at the replay though and Johnson is right on the very edge of the line for a no-ball. Looked questionable to me. I think the thick whitewash has saved the bowler there.

  87. Eng 35-1 (target 279)

    Taylor takes a little shimmy down the track against Hazlewood and pulls the ball in front of square for two. Interesting tactic. He was almost off both his feet though when he connected with the ball. Good stuff from Hazelwood once again, just three off the over.

  88. Post update

    Alan Mullally

    Ex-England seam bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "Moeen Ali is good to watch, very elegant. He doesn't seem to hit the ball hard, he just times it beautifully. He's a class act and his bowling has improved out of sight in the past 12 months."

  89. Eng 32-1 (Moeen 21, Taylor 1)

    There's a definite hum of excitement in the crowd as Johnson comes on to bowl. Not sporting the big 'tache of last year in the Ashes, but still a pretty menacing sight as he steams in. Taylor gets off the mark from his 11th ball tucking one off his legs. Moeen drives a beautiful shot for four wide of mid-off.

  90. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Voice From The Stand: It's an English thing of judging a player based on two poor games. We forget that Woakes was our best bowler in the SL series.

  91. Eng 26-1 (target 279)

    Hazlewood finds some extra bounce as one flies over Taylor as he tries to pull it away. Probably would've been a fairly routine ball for anyone other than Taylor though, who it's fair to say, isn't as tall as most batsman. A maiden over. Here comes Mitchell Johnson on to bowl.

  92. Email tms@bbc.co.uk

    Simon in London: Feel a bit sick at the prospect of what a rested Mitchell Johnson is about to serve up. Like I do when my kids are playing with the bigger boys on our street.

  93. Eng 26-1 (Moeen 16, Taylor 0)

    Another four for Moeen on the leg side as he opens the face against Starc and the ball races to the mid-wicket boundary. Follows it up with a customary swing and a miss outside off though before getting four more off his legs, a bit squarer this time.

  94. Email tms@bbc.co.uk

    First name XI

    Stephen: A 'Flight' of Mitchells. The RAF and probably the Royal Australian Air Force too, used the NA B-25 light bomber in World War II, and called it the Mitchell. 12 Mitchells would be a Squadron, but three would be a Flight.

  95. Eng 18-1 (target 279)

    Another tidy over from Hazlewood and he's done the trick for his captain with an early scalp. James Taylor is in at number three. Can he repeat his impressive innings from Friday? Someone will need to if England are going to get close to this target.

  96. Post update

    Terry Alderman

    Ex-Australia seam bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "Bell looks down at the wicket, but he created that. There wasn't any great movement. Haddin was unsighted, he didn't see it until late, some other keeps would have taken that in two hands without much trouble."

  97. WICKET

    Bell c Haddin b Hazlewood 8 (Eng 18-1)

    Ian Bell

    England lose an early wicket and it's Ian Bell on the way after a cracking delivery from Hazlewood. Bit of movement away off the seam and it finds the outside edge and just about carries through to Haddin's as he takes a one-handed catch in the webbing between the thumb and fore finger.

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    Angel Telecom: So Bopara can't get a bowl are we seriously selecting him as a batsman..? Surely not.. James Whitaker.. What planet are you on?

    Dave J: A 24 ball half century from Faulkner? Really nothing special these days! AB deVilliers has re-written the rules on quick knocks.

  99. Eng 18-0 (Bell 8, Moeen 8)

    The sublime and then the less so from Moeen in successive balls. He gets four for a nicely timed leg glance which races away past long leg. But, he follows that up with a wild swing as he tries to cut a ball away outside off and misses. He crunches an off drive straight to the fielder at mid-off and then takes another swing and a miss outside off.

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    Terry Alderman

    Ex-Australia seam bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "This is a wonderful start. There doesn't look anything wrong with the wicket at the moment. These England batsmen are using the pace. Starc has got two lengths at the moment - full and then ridiculously short."

  101. Eng 12-0 (Bell 8, Moeen 4)

    Josh Hazlewood shares the new ball with Starc rather than making it a pair of Mitchells for Australia. Wonder what the collective word is for a pair or even a trio of Mitchells as we have on display today? Nice start from the right-armer, just three singles from his opening over.

  102. Eng 9-0 (target 279)

    So Starc wins the battle of "which Mitchell will bowl first for Australia?". It's a decent show of pace from the left-armer to begin with and Bell uses that to drive him for four twice through the covers in successive balls. Decent start for England.

  103. Play resumes

    Moeen Ali and Ian Bell opening up for England. The target is 279 to win this tri-series, Mitchell Starc opens up the bowling for Australia.

  104. Time to ring the bell

    Definitely a day to forget for Chris Woakes, but you never know, he could be a hero later on with the bat. England's reply is just around the corner.

  105. Post update

    Chris Woakes
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    Tony Ward in Lougborough: Why didn't Ravi Bopara bowl? Surely if Woakes was having an off day, someone else should have taken over.

    Will in Cropredy: Australia were just being Australian in their approach. England need to step out of character and charge every man to go all out for a win.

    Ben in Alberta: Does this put Woakes place in the world cup team in jeopardy? The good news is that if England were to chase this total down, it would be a real morale booster. I'm not holding my breath though.

  107. Time to recap

    Stuart Broad celebrates

    If you're just waking up and joining us this Sunday morning, a very warm welcome along and hope all is well with you.

    A chance now to summarise the state of the game in case you weren't with us.

    England won the toss and unchanged once again, elected to bowl first. It was an impressive start from Morgan's men and early wickets saw Australia in trouble at 60-4.

    Glenn Maxwell

    Then came the rebuilding job. Glenn Maxwell (95) and Mitchell Marsh (60) put on 141 for the fifth wicket and tee-ed things up for the James Faulkner show for the closing overs.

    The all-rounder hit four sixes and four fours in a 24-ball unbeaten half century and Australia finished on 278-8.

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  109. England in focus

    Paul Newman, John Etheridge and Dean Wilson

    While we wait for the game to resume, why not tune in and listen to Charles Dagnall discuss England's World Cup prospects and their performances in this tri-series in the company of the Daily Mirror's Dean Wilson, the Daily Mail's Paul Newman and The Sun's John Etheridge.

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  110. Innings break

    James Faulkner

    That was a bruising closing few overs for England in the field there. You get the feeling they let the momentum slip away from about the 35th over and it could be too many for them to chase. A great first half from England's bowlers saw them reduce Australia to 60-4 and then Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Marsh played brilliantly to rebuild things. Their 141 stand for the fifth wicket sets things up perfectly for Faulkner to launch some fireworks late-on.

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    Paul Walmsley: Chris Woakes must be absolutely amazing in training. Worse than Dernbach. Painful to watch.

    Michael S-J: Woakes has let down the rest of the attack tonight. All the other England bowlers have good figures.

    Joseph Cunningham: Chris Jordan must be sitting there thinking his World Cup hopes are back on.

  112. Post update

    Brad Hogg

    Ex-Australia spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "England were on top early on in the game. At 60-4, they had the major breakthroughs. The partnership between Maxwell and Marsh got the momentum back Australia's way. England bowled terribly to Faulkner. In the death overs, the pace bowlers have to change their plans. They don't bowl enough yorkers. I think 278 is too many."

  113. Australia innings - final scorecard

    Australia 278-8 from 50 overs (England won toss)

    Not out batsmen: Faulkner 50, Starc 0

    Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Finch 0), 2-33 (Warner 12) 3-46 (Bailey 2), 4-60 (Smith 40), 5-201 (Maxwell 95), 6-217 (Marsh 60), 7-224 (Haddin 9), 8-269 (Johnson 3)

    Bowling figures: Anderson 10-2-38-2, Woakes 10-0-89-0, Broad 10-1-55-3, Finn 10-0-53-1, Moeen 10-0-39-1

    Most expensive over: Woakes' final over - the 49th of the innings - went for 24 runs

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  114. 50 for Faulkner

    Aus 278-8 (Faulkner 50 off 24 balls)

    James Faulkner of Australia

    A big finish to the innings from The Finisher. What a job he's done for his side yet again with the bat. Up to that point, it was a pretty decent over from Finn, but the full toss is dispatched yet again over the leg side rope.

  115. WICKET

    Johnson c Morgan b Finn 3 (269-8)

    Johnson tries to go for the big one, but can't get enough bat on it. Up it goes and hangs in the air for a while before Morgan takes a simple catch at mid-off.

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    Ben Mathews: Buffet bowling from Woakes

  117. 24 off the over

    Aus 267-7 (Faulkner 41, Johnson 2)

    Chris Woakes holds his head

    Another six. Three in the over and it's Faulkner once again. Woakes finishes with 0-89 from his 10 overs. That's the fourth-most expensive figures from an England bowler in a one-day international. Take a blow Chris.

  118. Aus 261-7

    Poor from Woakes. A full toss gets the treatment this time and it's six more.

  119. Aus 251-7

    Faulkner goes big to bring up the 250 for Australia. A short, slow ball from Woakes and its pulled over the rope for a maximum.

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    Brad Hogg

    Ex-Australia spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "There are four players in the deep on the leg side, but England are still being punished. Anderson has bowled a short ball and a good-length ball and has been hit for fours. England have not attempted enough yorkers."

  121. Aus 243-7 (Anderson 10-2-38-2)

    The Finisher is at it again. Down on one knee to play his trademark slog sweep, Faulkner, almost Mal Loye-esque, gets a one-bounce four down to long leg off Anderson. Obsessed with this slower ball bouncer tactic, Anderson gets punished as Faulkner dispatches between the two men on the leg side boundary. Faulkner and Johnson then sneak a single as the ball gets stuck under Faulkner's feet from an Anderson yorker.

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    Rt Rev. Liam Reilly: If I was James Anderson, I'd be watching Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes' bowling and wondering why I bothered.

  123. Aus 232-7 (Faulkner 8, Johnson 1)

    England have pulled this back quite nicely in the last few overs after that carnage during and either side of the powerplay. Just a shame they haven't kept the consistency throughout. Broad is in to his last over and James Faulkner gets the scoreboard ticking over again with a well-timed drive through the covers for four. Seven off the over and Broad finishes with figures of 3-55.

  124. Post update

    Brad Hogg

    Ex-Australia spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Australians are playing a lot of IPL cricket, so they are exposed to the four-over format. The England bowlers only play back home. You learn to watch a batsman moving around in the crease and what to do."

  125. Aus 225-7 (Anderson 9-2-28-2)

    The returning and refreshed Mitchell Johnson comes in at number 9 for Australia. We know from experience he can give it a bit of long handle. Doesn't get much away to begin with from James Anderson. Just the one run off that over.

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    Will Morrall: It's so nice to watch England play and not have to worry about Jade Dernbach bowling.

  127. WICKET

    Haddin c Taylor b Broad 9 (Aus 224-7)

    Haddin crashes a pull shot right in to the hands of a waiting James Taylor. He didn't have to move an inch there and Broad picks up a wicket with the slower ball. That's third wicket for Broad and a timely one too as you got the feeling Haddin and Faulkner could have enjoyed themselves if England didn't hit the right lengths.

  128. Aus 221-6 (Finn 9-0-42-0)

    So in comes James "The Finisher" Faulkner to join Brad Haddin. Playing a slightly different finishing role this time. Finn bowls a neat and tidy over until Haddin opens up for business with an immaculate straight drive for four from the final ball.

  129. Post update

    Alan Mullally

    Ex-England seam bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "Marsh didn't think there was two there. It's a great throw by Jos Buttler. Marsh played well, knocking it around nicely. Now, Faulkner comes in, he knows how to hold a bat. I still think Australia will get 260-270."

  130. WICKET

    Marsh run out 60 (Aus 217-6)

    Steven Finn is congratulated

    The danger man is gone for Australia. Brad Haddin worked the ball down to third man and was dead set on two from the off. Marsh was a bit sluggish and some quick-thinking from Buttler sees him collect the ball at one end and then through down the stumps at the bowler's end with a direct hit.

  131. Aus 216-5 (Marsh 60, Haddin 3)

    Broad continues and Marsh pulls him away for four through midwicket for four. Couple balls later, he dispatches a short and wide ball through the covers for four more. Poor stuff this from England after the impressive display earlier.

  132. Fifty for Marsh

    Aus 204-5 (Moeen 10-0-39-1)

    Marsh reaches his 50 off 64 balls with five fours and a six. Moeen completes his 10 overs and thankfully for England, it's a relatively quiet one compared to the last few. Just three runs from it.

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    Ben Turner: Woakes isn't thinking about his bowling, he needs to pick up some tips from his opening partner and bowl to a plan

  134. WICKET

    Maxwell 95 c Buttler b Broad (Aus 201-5)

    Glenn Mitchell

    It's the breakthrough for England. Finally. Maxwell is gone - five shy of what would've been a well-deserved century. He goes for the big shot to try and get there, but top-edges high and Buttler has plenty of time to take the catch. Earlier in the over Marsh had despatched Broad for two fours with a dismissive shot wide of long-off and a straight drive past long-on.

  135. Scorecard update

    Australia 192-4 from 40 overs (England won toss)

    Batsmen: Maxwell 95, Marsh 39 (stand of 132)

    Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Finch 0), 2-33 (Warner 12) 3-46 (Bailey 2), 4-60 (Smith 40)

    Bowling figures: Anderson 8-2-27-2, Woakes 9-0-65-0, Broad 6-1-25-1, Finn 8-0-37-0, Moeen 9-0-36-1

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  136. 18 off the over

    Aus 192-4 (Maxwell 95, Marsh 39)

    More boundary action for Maxwell as he moves in to the 80s. He almost takes out his batting partner Marsh with this drive down the ground and Mitchell is forced to duck out the way of the oncoming ball. He gets four more with perhaps his best shot so far, backing away leg and over the covers for four. Scratch that - he beats that with the next shot - a reverse pull down to third man. It's carnage. Not content with that - he finished the over with four more - this time cut away through the covers and he's raced to 95. End of the powerplay, 18 from that over and 46-0 off those five overs.

  137. Aus 174-4 (Anderson 8-2-27-2)

    Anderson into his eighth over and he nutmegs Maxwell with an inswinging yorker that passes between his legs and a diving Jos Buttler is unable to stop it going for a bye. Jimmy bowls the much-maligned slower ball bouncer which Maxwell takes a huge mow at and misses. He gets some joy off the last delivery though with an inventive shot for four through the offside with a neat roll of his wrists.

  138. Aus 165-4 (Maxwell 75, Marsh 34)

    Woakes continues and gets clubbed through the covers by Maxwell for four as he bangs the ball in short. Clever stuff though next ball as he follows Maxwell as he tries to make room outside leg stump and swings and misses. A well-executed yorker follows and Maxwell digs it out.

  139. Aus 160-4 (100 partnership)

    Eoin Morgan and James Anderson

    Mr Alderman gets his wish and Jimmy Anderson is back on to bowl. Bit of a loosener to begin with as Maxwell glances the ball for four to fine leg. Maxwell looks to open his shoulders and plays a huge shot, which looks destined for six to start off with but lands short of the rope and he gets two. There's almost the breakthrough as Bopara dives full length at cover to a checked shot from Marsh, but he can't quite reach it with his fingertips and the ball escapes his grasp.

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    Tony: Eng v Aus in a cricket final.......Murray's attempt to win his first Aus Open ..... and I am stuck in LA where the only thing they are interested in is a Super Bowl which is nothing to do with Anderson.

  141. Aus 152-4 (Maxwell 64, Marsh 32)

    Just the one scoring stroke from the opening over of the powerplay and what a stroke. Deserved 12 for the distance it went.

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    Charles Dagnall

    BBC Test Match Special

    "It's fantastic timing from Marsh. Me thinks you can't bowl short to this boy. What a fabulous shot. It's easily gone 100m."

  143. Post update

    Terry Alderman

    Ex-Australia seam bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "James Anderson should be on after drinks. They have got to break this partnership, there's no point saving his overs. There's still something in the pitch and have Australia have the weapons, but they need a decent total to bowl at. The wicket has improved, there's no doubt about it."

  144. First six of the innings

    Aus 152-4

    Mitchell Marsh

    It is time for the powerplay and Chris Woakes comes back on to bowl in place of Moeen. Marsh takes advantage and scores the first six of the game with a handsome pull shot over the fence.

  145. Aus 146-4 (Maxwell 64, Marsh 26)

    It's almost batting powerplay time and you feel that's what Australia have been building this partnership towards. A score of 250-275 looks very gettable from here for Australia. Mitchell Marsh plays a sweetly timed shot for four through mid wicket past a diving Joe Root. He's looking better with every over. Time for some drinks.

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    Glenn Maxwell
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    Terry Alderman

    Ex-Australia seam bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "They have been talking about Maxwell as the X-factor in the World Cup. He can win the game with the bat and bowl his little off-spinners. There were a few times where he didn't need to do anything stupid, but would get out for 15 or 20. Everyone got deflated."

  148. Aus 139-4 (Maxwell 63, Marsh 20)

    Glenn Maxwell

    More reverse sweep action from Maxwell against Moeen and he paddles one past a diving James Taylor for four. Tries the same shot again, but Taylor denies him this time. Shows he can execute the traditional stroke as well, first with a scoop shot for two and then a single to deep square leg.

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    James Tucker: England may not be blessed with a lot of Mitchells but what about a top/middle order of Gooch, Thorpe and Hick with Onions and Swann bowling?

  150. Aus 131-4 (Maxwell 56, Marsh 19)

    Mitchell Marsh has seen enough of this strike rotation and breaks the boundary drought with a dismissive pull short off Finn. No need to run for that one. Maxwell looks to open the face a run down to third man and almost chops one on to off stumps. Next ball, he almost sees one loop back on to the stumps after it balloons off a combination of bat and pad. Finn still getting a nice bit of lift off the pitch.

  151. Post update

    Brad Hogg

    Ex-Australia spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I just can't see where James Tredwell will fit into this team, with Moeen bowling so well. England have also got Ravi Bopara's dibbly-dobblers to bowl a few overs to break the momentum. England will be wanting him to get his batting in order."

  152. Aus 123-4 (Moeen 8-0-27-1)

    Moeen continues to weave his spinning web and it proves tricky to get away once again for Maxwell and Marsh. Just the two singles from his eighth over.

  153. Post update

    Brad Hogg

    Ex-Australia spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Finn has probably been the pick of the England bowlers this summer. He's probably going to have to perform if England are to do well in the World Cup. The whole team will have to field and bowl well."

  154. Aus 122-4 (Maxwell 54, Marsh 13)

    You feel England perhaps need to be a bit bold here and try something a bit extra to break this partnership and keep on top. They seem content to sit in here, but there's still Faulkner and Haddin in the shed for Australia to come and we all know what that striking power can do. Finn is on for Woakes and he's keen on an appeal for caught behind against Maxwell as one cuts back in between bat and pad. Not much interest from Buttler in the appeal.

  155. Scorecard update

    Australia 120-4 from 30 overs (England won toss)

    Batsmen: Maxwell 53, Marsh 12

    Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Finch 0), 2-33 (Warner 12) 3-46 (Bailey 2), 4-60 (Smith 40)

    Bowling figures: Anderson 6-2-11-2, Woakes 6-0-36-0, Broad 6-1-25-1, Finn 5-0-22-0, Moeen 7-0-26-1

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  156. 50 for Maxwell

    Aus 120-4 (Maxwell 53, Marsh 12)

    Glenn Maxwell

    Maxwell starts to show his improvisation skills as he pulls out his reverse sweep shot from his bag. He's denied at the first attempt by a diving James Taylor, but gets four with his second go down to third man and brings up a half century from 64 balls, which has included seven fours. He has another go at the reverse ramp shot and is lucky not to be caught as it falls short behind the wicket.

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    Oldjohn in Suffolk: Like the idea of getting the Ians, Botham and Chappell, in the same dressing room, then locking the door.

  158. Aus 115-4 (Maxwell 48, Marsh 12)

    Maxwell takes a low blow in an area of his anatomy that can smart a fair bit as he tries to work one off his legs from Woakes. He gets a couple down to third man as Broad, accompanied by a chorus of boos from the crowd, slides to stop in going for four. Again, another tidy economical over from England as these two continue to build a platform for Australia.

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    Mark Gunning: How about a team of Mikes/Michaels. Atherton, Vaughan, Slater, Clarke, Gatting, Proctor, Hussey, Bevan, Kasprowicz, Hendricks, Holding.

  160. Aus 112-4 (Moeen 6-0-20-1)

    More neat and reliable stuff from Moeen. Just the two off this over. James Tredwell looked a forlorn figure sat on the boundary in the mandatory hi-vis bib earlier. Wonder if he'll be in England's plans before 14 February?

  161. Post update

    Brad Hogg

    Ex-Australia spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "This is a good test for the Australia middle-order, they have to play a different game to what they have been picked for. They are usually there to impose themselves on the opposition. It's good for them to work, graft and be under pressure before a major tournament."

  162. Aus 110-4 (Maxwell 44, Marsh 11)

    Chris Woakes is back into the attack in place of Stuart Broad. Maxwell and Marsh run a quick two and "The Big Show" looks a man on a mission here. Marsh also keeps himself busy with a nippy single to the covers to bring up the 50 partnership. These two have put that together fairly smartly.

  163. Aus 106-4 (Moeen 5-0-19-1)

    Thanks Stephan, I seem to remember Bananas in Pyjamas shared a float alongside Kylie Minogue during the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games closing ceremony. That's how highly they're held in Australian culture. Back on the field, Moeen continues to try and break this fifth wicket partnership. Maxwell and Marsh content to knock it around.

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    China Dave: The outfield is lightening quick, worth an extra 20-25 runs easily today. Needs to be factored in when considering par scores

  165. Aus 103-4

    Yep, Glenn Maxwell really is starting to tick, flaying a wide from Stuart Broad behind point for four. This partnership 43 is worth in only 44 balls. Alarmingly for England, the ball seems to be behaving itself too. Maybe Adam Williams can break the stand. He's here for the rest of the innings.

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    Iain in Bridlington: Even with four wickets down I'm still getting the impression Australia will get 250....

  167. Aus 96-4 (Maxwell 33, Marsh 8)

    Now it's Marsh's turn to find the boundary, stepping back to hammer through the off side when Moeen drops short. England may have had a decent first half of the Australia innings, but that's all it is. If these two hang around for another 10 overs, there could well be a platform for an assault. England must keep chipping away. Meanwhile, in the crowd, the Bananas in Pyjamas have a dance. If you're dressed as the Bananas in Pyjamas, how do you get to the game? Do you just wear your outfit on the bus? "Two bananas to the Waca please".

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    Orson in Bristol: While England casually bowl the Australians out for a gettable figure, can they kindly remember not to annoy Mr M Johnson while doing so? We do not like him when he is in a bad mood.

  169. Aus 89-4 (Broad 5-1-18-1)

    A bowling change in some rare sunshine, with Stuart Broad coming on for Steven Finn. As if to greet the sun, the hum inside the Waca becomes more audible, the soundtrack you hear inside pretty much every cricket ground in the world. Broad kicking his way towards a track that shines in the sunlight, this Australia pair still ticking over in recovery mode. Maxwell has taken over from Smith as the big wicket. The Big Show is the big wicket.

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    John in Plymouth: How many Mitchell's can you get in one team?!

  171. Aus 84-4 (run-rate 3.81)

    Still Moeen, still with a leg slip. Mid-over, Moeen changes his plan and posts a conventional slip and short mid-on for Marsh. There are only three men saving runs on the off side, but Moeen is brave enough to chuck it up outside off stump. Tidy over, only two from it.

  172. Text 81111

    Praveen in Swansea: Woke up with some trepidation before checking the score, with memories of the last Ashes tour, so far pleasantly surprised with what's going on. Still won't get too confident as those memories are too raw!

    Alex Pearson: Don't want to jinx it but England on top at the moment, let's hope the batting line-up holds up! Come on England!

  173. Aus 82-4 (Maxwell 25 off 34)

    Glenn Maxwell

    Oh, Glenn Maxwell, I salute you. Subdued for a while, Maxwell is now taking it to England, looking to reverse the momentum. When Finn delivers one in to the slot, Maxwell plays the most handsome straight drive, the Daniel Craig of cricket strokes ( I think we can agree that Craig is a handsome man, no?). When Finn errs in line, Maxwell tickles fine for four more. Maxwell is nicknamed the Big Show. Is that after the wrestler of the same name?