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Live Reporting

Phil Dawkes and Marc Higginson

All times stated are UK

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  2. Post update

    One down, four to play. We move on to Lord's on Saturday for game two. Australia deserved winners today. I'll leave the final words to Henry Morgan...

  3. Man of the match

    Australia wicketkeeper Matthew Wade, who scored 71 off 50 balls and took three catches: "Me and Mitchell (Marsh) just knuckled down and took our innings deep. I thought we might have been 10 or 15 runs under but our bowlers did well. It's great to be back in the team, I'm just trying to take my confidence into this series and play as well as I can."

  4. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Sumant Singh Bhatia: The difference between the teams was that Australia got the ball to reverse swing - BIG advantage to bat first

  5. Captain's reaction

    Australia captain Steven Smith: "I thought the boys played nicely. We had a little hiccup in the middle order but Matthew Wade and Mitchell Marsh did well to get us to that score. With the new ball it came on nice but it was two-pace when the ball got older. We knew we would have to bowl well and we did that.

    "This sort of attack has done well for us over a while. We are number one in the world so we have been doing a lot of things right. But you have to assess the conditions.

    "We have to recover tonight, drive to London tomorrow and we are looking forward to playing at Lord's."

  6. Captain's reaction

    England captain Eoin Morgan: "We lost it in the 10 or 15 overs in the middle of the chase where Australia bowled pretty well. We got off to a fantastic start and when we get off to a start like that we should be chasing down 305.

    "We'll look back at our plans and execution and try and improve for Lord's. I was pleased with Adil Rashid, he has come on in leaps and bounds. For him to come out and hold his nerve, I was very impressed."

  7. Post update

  8. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Chippi: This England ODI team just like our test team aren't that threatening without Joe Root.

  9. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Diccon Thornely: Time to drop Jos?

  10. Final scorecard

    England 246 all out (45.3 overs) - Australia win by 59 runs

    Batsman: Wood 10*

    Fall of wickets: 70-1 (Hales 22), 112-2 (Roy 67), 152-3 (Taylor 49), 172-4 (Stokes 13), 194-5 (Morgan 38), 194-6 (Buttler 4), 194-7 (Woakes 0), 220-8 (Rashid 11), 232-9 (Moeen 17), 246-10 (Finn 10)

    Bowling figures: Starc 10-0-55-2, Coulter-Nile 8-1-39-2, Cummins 9.3-1-48-2, M Marsh 4-1-35-1, Watson 8-0-39-2, Maxwell 6-0-29-1.

    Australia 305-6 (50 overs) - Wade 71*, Warner 59, Rashid 4-59

    Australia won toss

  11. Email

    Dave Perrins: Here's one for you - I reckon England are looking at getting two players for every position in this team - 1) Hales/Ali, 2) Roy/Ansari, 3) Taylor/Root, 4) Morgan(c)/Vince, 5) Stokes/Taylor(c), 6) Buttler/Bairstow, 7) Ali/Billings, 8) Rashid/?, 9) Woakes/Willey, 10) Wood/Plunkett, 11) Finn/Broad.

    They just need to fill in the question marks...

  12. Post update

    Marcus North

    Ex-Australia batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "England have got a really exciting young team, they look well organised, Eoin Morgan captained very well and after the start they had it was looking dangerous for Australia. However, they held their nerve and that cluster of wickets in the middle of the England innings proved too much."

  13. Email

    Alex Meissner: An enjoyable contest today but, once again, Australia's death bowling is something England need to replicate. From 193-6 to 305-6 tells me Australia have the calmness to bat at will, whereas England have crumbled. It still makes for a fascinating ODI contest!

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    Marcus North

    Ex-Australia batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "That win will set the tone for Australia. I think we'll see some close games but this will give Australia plenty of confidence. A couple of soft dismissals from Jason Roy and James Taylor let us back in."

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    Simon Mann

    BBC Test Match Special

    "It is Australia's 10th victory against England in their last 11 one-day internationals."

  16. Australia win by 59 runs

    It promised to be a dramatic finish. It looked at one stage that England were heading for victory. But some poor shot choices, coupled with some good middle-innings bowling from Australia, has given the tourists victory. Even Shane Watson bowled pretty well.

  17. WICKET

    Finn b Cummins 10 (Eng 246 all out)

    Pat Cummins celebrates the wicket of Steven Finn

    And that is that. Finn's stumps are flattened by Pat Cummins and Australia win by 59 runs. The world champions lead 1-0 in the series.

  18. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Hamzah127: Strike rate of over 100, 2 100s & 3 50s, best 108*, no doubt at all that Moeen Ali should be batting higher up the order.

  19. Post update

    Simon Mann

    BBC Test Match Special

    "Matthew Wade has got a good shout of being man of the match - ever since running out Shane Watson he's played really well with both bat and behind the stumps."

  20. Eng 244-9 (target 306)

    Steven Finn runs

    Steven Finn and Mark Wood eek out a few more singles but this does them no good. Finn is attempting a few heaves but missing. There is a very good reason he is last man in.

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    Rachel T: Ah well, backing England to win the rest and get that elusive 4-1 series win.

  22. Eng 241-9 (65 runs needed off 36 balls)

    Poor Steven Finn is getting some treatment from the Australian pace attack. Pat Cummins follows him with a short ball but the big England man copes well. Cummins tries to repeat the trick but Finn stays where he is and England get a wide. If Pat can throw in 50 more of those, the home side might have a chance.

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    Anand Sangha: With Starc's ability to get out right-handers at will, why did he bowl so wayward in the Ashes? If he bowled like he does in the shorter format, I believe the Ashes would've stayed in Australia.

  25. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Srihari: Everyone suggesting Moeen should open or bat higher up the order, in all formats, surely is unaware of his short ball problem.

  26. Eng 235-9 (target 306)

    Steven Finn

    Mitchell Starc to Steven Finn. It is a total mis-match. The England man gets a hit all over his body but survives and even picks up a run with an edge down to third man.

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    Moeen Ali

    Josh Roberts: If Moeen didn't have to come in so low down the order he wouldn't have to chase the game and get out cheaply, waste of a batsman.

  28. Email

    James Weller: At the Ageas Bowl, cold and baffled by the order of Stokes and Woakes above Ali and Rashid. Game over.

  29. WICKET

    Moeen c Marsh b Cummins 17 (Eng 232-9)

    Pat Cummins celebrates

    Game over. Moeen looks to pull a short Pat Cummins ball but it is too quick for him and he skies it for Mitchell Marsh to catch on the leg side. It will be a miracle if England win this now.

  30. Eng 229-8

    Moeen Ali and Pat Cummins

    Mark Wood is in and with only Steven Finn to come you feel like this is a game England are going to lose now. However, Moeen Ali is class and Wood is a fighter. He edges a quick Mitchell Starc ball to bring a very welcome four before his partner drives for another boundary. England will need plenty more of those.

  31. WICKET

    Rashid c Wade b Starc 11 (Eng 220-8)

    Adil Rashid

    Just as England were starting to build a tiny bit of belief, Australia strike to bring an air of doom rushing back in. Mitchell Starc pitches up and Adil Rashid edges to Matthew Wade.

  32. Eng 220-7

    Pat Cummins is back, no doubt with the intention of blowing the tail away. Moeen has other ideas, though, and hits the ball straight back over the bowler's head for four. He then launches another for two into the off side. The Worcestershire man is such a big asset coming in at seven, especially in these circumstances. Can he do this for England?

  33. Eng 211-7 (need 95 off 66)

    Mitchell Starc bowls to Moeen Ali

    These two were England's best bowlers and now it's their chance to be England's best batsmen. Moeen has won many admirers with the willow this summer, and it's easy to see why when he plays a straight drive off Mitchell Starc for four.

  34. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Ben Fox: 3... 2... 1... Cue the Buttler critics... Probably the same people that wanted Lyth in the Test team and now want him out.

    Charles Duncan: Bet England wish they had Willey batting at 9 now, huh?

  35. Eng 206-7 (100 to win off 72 balls)

    Adil Rashid gets a bit of luck with a toe edge that flies past Matthew Wade for four. Every run is welcome right now by England. The Yorkshire player steers a subsequent ball with greater purpose to a similar area for two more.

  36. Text 81111

    Phill in York: Re. James Taylor batting in Tests. My solution all summer has been Moeen to open with Cook. He has seen off the second new ball many times now. Can play constructively or expansively. The solution is staring us in the face. Then the option of Taylor (or sticking with Lyth) becomes easier to manage down the order. Thoughts?

  37. Eng 199-7 (target 306)

    Nathan Coulter-Nile helps England out with a wide, but they will need more than that. Adil Rashid is capable, which he shows with a checked drive through cover for four. It would be a stunning win from here for England.

  38. Hat-trick ball

    Eng 194-7

    Nathan Coulter-Nile

    There's no extra catchers for the hat-trick ball, which is a low full toss and Adil Rashid gets a leading edge which drops to safety.

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    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    Chris Woakes

    "That was just the faintest of gloves. It was a horrible ball and would have been wided but he went after it instinctively. He knew he had hit it. The pressure of the run chase is starting to show."

  40. WICKET

    Woakes c Wade b Coulter-Nile 0 (Eng 194-7)

    Nathan Coulter-Nile celebrates

    Three wickets in four balls and Nathan Coulter-Nile is on a hat-trick. He's ripped the heart out of the England batting with this double strike, Chris Woakes chasing a short ball down leg and feathering behind.

  41. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Alex Haworth: England really have themselves to blame for showing no urgency in the middle overs. They've let Australia back in the game.

    Dan Smith: If England could do a little bit and halt the pitch doing a little bit and stop Australia doing a little bit we might win this.

  42. WICKET

    Buttler c M Marsh b Coulter-Nile 4 (Eng 194-6)

    Nathan Coulter-Nile

    Now England are really wobbling - Jos Buttler driving on the up through the off side but picking out an athletic Mitchell Marsh at wide mid-off.

  43. Text 81111

    Ollie: When do we think it was that Shane Watson started hating cricket/life. Haven't seen the guy smile since c.2009.

    He was man of the match in the semi-final and final of the Champions Trophy in 2009. Don't recall many smiles since then.

  44. Eng 194-5 (112 needed off 84 balls)

    Moeen Ali is the new man. He is more than capable but he pats back another dot with his first ball. Every ball is vital now as that run-rate edges up. Well done Shane Watson, though. That has not been said often this summer.

  45. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    Shane Watson and Steve Smith

    "It was a ballooning bouncer - there's no doubting Shane Watson's commitment to the cause. He was growling after getting rid of Eoin Morgan, to go with the piercing glare he gave to James Taylor."

  46. WICKET

    Morgan c Wade b Watson 38 (Eng 194-5)

    Eoin Morgan

    Oh dear. This is a huge blow for England. Shane Watson digs in a short, slow bouncer and Eoin Morgan goes for it but catches a slim nick off his glove that flies through to Matthew Wade. This game has swung firmly in Australia's favour now.

  47. Post update

    Adam Williams

    BBC Sport at Southampton

    "I've just taken a check of the BBC's weather app to see what the outside temperature is here. It's saying 11 degrees Celsius, but I'm not having that.

    "I can see more of the crowd clutching cups of hot cocoa or Bovril perhaps rather than a pint. Feels more like a chilly night on the terraces at nearby Eastleigh's football ground instead of a balmy summer evening enjoying the cricket."

  48. Scorecard update

    England 192-4 (35 overs)

    Batsmen: Morgan 37*, Buttler 3*

    Fall of wickets: 70-1 (Hales 22), 112-2 (Roy 67), 152-3 (Taylor 49), 172-4 (Stokes 13)

    Bowling figures: Starc 6-0-35-1, Coulter-Nile 7-1-34-0, Cummins 6-1-29-0, M Marsh 4-1-35-1, Watson 6-0-30-1, Maxwell 6-0-29-1.

    Australia 305-6 (50 overs) - Wade 71*, Warner 59, Rashid 4-59

    Australia won toss

  49. Eng 192-4 (Morgan 37 off 42)

    Did you know Nathan Coulter-Nile's nickname is River? You do now...

    The runs keep flowing for Eoin Morgan who slashes hard outside off stump and the ball flies through gully and to the boundary. There's a bit more urgency about the skipper who is running hard to turn ones into twos. Nine from the over.

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    Thomas Measures: If one of Morgan or Buttler are in at the end, England will win.

    Jon Dunn: England trying their best to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

  51. Post update

    Simon Mann

    BBC Test Match Special

    "Shane Watson's boundary fielders are square, so you knew that shot was on for Eoin Morgan. It's hard for bowlers in situations like this."

  52. Eng 183-4 (need 123 off 96)

    Eoin Morgan

    The innings played by Matthew Wade for Australia is looking more and more important as this game goes on. England need a similar effort from one of their players. Will it be Eoin Morgan? Maybe. He plants one foot and hammers the first ball from the returning Shane Watson over mid-off for four - the most significant blow of a decent over. That'll be drinks.

  53. Eng 176-4 (need 130 off 102)

    England's chances of victory are now rated at just 21% according to WASP, which is based on a par score set by the commentators at the ground and then takes into account how previous run chases have unfolded from this position. Jos Buttler is England's new batsman and he fails to see a Mitchell Starc yorker from round the wicket. He's a lick of paint away from having his off stump splattered.

  54. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    DrHolmes: England won 4-0 in the ODIs last time they played Pakistan in UAE. Lost 3-0 in Tests though. Need patient batters there who can persevere.

  55. Post update

    Phil Tufnell

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Huge wicket for Australia. It just tailed back in to Stokes. He times it beautifully but a bit uppish. Australia are perhaps just getting their noses in front thanks to Starc's last few overs."

  56. WICKET

    Stokes c Burns b Starc 13 (Eng 172-4)

    Mitchell Starc celebrates

    I'm handing that wicket to Australia captain Steve Smith for perfect fielding placing - Ben Stokes trying to whip Mitchell Starc through the leg side but hammering it straight to the man at short mid-wicket.

  57. Eng 172-3

    Ben Stokes

    England are getting bogged down here and it is giving encouragement to Australia. Ben Stokes looks to change that by hammering a short Glenn Maxwell ball to the midwicket boundary. Stokes is hitting it very hard but is picking out fielders with frustrating regularity.

  58. Eng 165-3 (need 141 more to win)

    Pat Cummins is taking time between deliveries to sign autographs for local schoolchildren. His fast bowler partner in crime Mitchell Starc is trying to blast into the England middle and lower order but Ben Stokes stands firm, reducing the target with a single into the leg side.

  59. Post update

    Simon Mann

    BBC Test Match Special

    "You definitely want to stay until the end. This is building up to that tight kind of climax that people enjoy in one-day cricket."

  60. Eng 164-3 (target 306)

    Nothing else risky from Ben Stokes, who drives for a single to deep cover. No run from the last ball.

  61. Not out

    There is clear daylight between bat and ball. The decision stays as it is and Ben Stokes survives.

  62. Umpire review

    Ben Stokes

    Instant review from Australia as Ben Stokes looks to reverse sweep and, in the view of the Aussies, catches a nick to Matthew Wade. Umpire turns it down but the tourists are very confident.

  63. Post update

    Phil Tufnell

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "The ball is just starting to reverse swing. It is a bit softer as well, so harder to hit for four. England need to keep knocking it about and then hit the bad ball when it comes."

  64. Eng 161-3 (Morgan 19, Stokes 3)

    Ben Stokes does away with the tubular bandages when batting, so it must be of some use when he's bowling. Happy to play himself in, he drives a single down the ground - Steve Smith's sprawling stop preventing a boundary. Just that single from Michell Starc's first over back in the attack.

  65. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    James Taylor

    Small Man Peaky: Taylor gets out to a rash shot after playing a class but not decisive innings. Much like Bell.

  66. Email

    Rob, Northants: As a Nottinghamshire supporter the success of Taylor and Hales does us no favours with an important semi final on Monday. The system does not help those counties who develop their players.

  67. Eng 160-3 (target 306)

    The Aussies are interested again now. Nathan Coulter-Nile has an extra zip in his step and he finds a good line for four balls before Eoin Morgan decides he has had enough and comes to plant a drive over mid-on, one bounce for four. The captain knows it is his turn to take responsibility for this chase.

  68. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Joe: Bowled by Watson?! Send him back to Sunday league cricket.

    Rob Taylor: Just when you start to have sympathy for Watson's predicament he gives a batsman a foul mouthed send off.

  69. Eng 154-3 (target 306)

    Australia players celebrate

    Should we assume from Shane Watson's send-off that he doesn't like batsmen charging him? Does he still think he's sending them down at 88mph? Ben Stokes is the new batsman, with Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali to come. Still no need for England to worry.

  70. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "That tailed back in, but it's a ridiculous shot. He'd just got a boundary, England were dominating the match and he goes and plays a shot like that. He had an opportunity to get three figures, win England the game and put himself on the international stage."

  71. WICKET

    Taylor b Watson 49 (Eng 152-3)

    James Taylor is bowled by Shane Watson

    Taylor goes. After inside edging Shane Watson to fine leg for four he dances down again and is cleaned up. Stupid shot. Watson scowls and offers some choice words as the batsman departs. That was a shot born of over-confidence. Class it in the same bracket as Jason Roy - unnecessary.

  72. Eng 148-2 (target 306)

    Eoin Morgan stands with his bat in his hand like a bloke about to confront burglars. He and James Taylor nudge a single apiece. Decent over from Nathan Coulter-Nile.

  73. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Jimbo: Morgan now looking like he hasn't played for a month.

  74. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    James Taylor

    "It's a good series for James Taylor to be playing in, he can show Trevor Bayliss exactly what he can do ahead of the series in the UAE. There's so many players competing to get in the side now, it's really healthy."

  75. Eng 146-2

    Shane Watson

    Shane Watson is back but James Taylor and Eoin Morgan milk him for six runs, seemingly with ease. Having being one of the main men in the T20, Morgan is now showing signs of playing a superb support role for Taylor.

  76. Email

    Jerry, Worcester: Yorkshire will wrap up title next week when they play Middlesex. Let the whole team play Australia in rest of ODIs. Then we will know who is best team in the world. Think we already know!

  77. Eng 140-2 (required run-rate 6.38)

    Eoin Morgan

    This is crucial now for the direction this game is heading. Pat Cummins and Glenn Maxwell have given Australia a sniff and out the England batsmen under a pressure they did not feel in the first 15. We are not seeing a flurry of boundaries but thanks to the start the home side got, singles will do for now.

  78. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Shannon McKee: There is space for Taylor at five in Test matches, quality player, so often overlooked, Bairstow not convincing. Ali at one, Rashid eight.

  79. Post update

    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    Pat Cummins

    "That's a nice fluky four from Eoin Morgan which antagonises everyone on the fielding side."

  80. Eng 135-2 (runs required 171)

    Oh, luck for Eoin Morgan, who inside edges one off Pat Cummins just past his own stumps and then past Matthew Wade for four. That could not have been closer. We're talking millimetres. It may even have clipped the stump. It keeps the scoreboard moving, though.

  81. Who does Blowers look like?

    Henry Blofeld's purple attire today (see 44th over of Australia innings) has provoked plenty of lookalikes...

  82. Eng 128-2 (Taylor 34, Morgan 4)

    Glenn Maxwell

    Brilliant from James Taylor, who lofts a drive off Glenn Maxwell over mid-off for four, beating the diving Nathan Coulter-Nile. Morgan hasn't seen much of the strike, but he sees of Maxwell's last.

  83. Email

    Tom in Italy: James Taylor is a 25-year-old batsman with a List A average of 52.19 and a healthy strike-rate. With those numbers he should be the first name on England's team sheet. Surely there's room for him, perhaps by dropping Stokes down the order.

  84. Eng 122-2 (target 306)

    James Taylor refuses to let the dip in momentum continue as he leans into a drive and punches Pat Cummins through cover for four. Taylor is looking every inch an international cricketer. Makes you wonder why he was left out after the World Cup?

  85. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Scott Lennon: Couldn't James Taylor open the batting in Tests? Everyone else is being mentioned so why not.

  86. Scorecard

    England 117-2 (20 overs)

    Batsmen: Morgan 2*, Taylor 25*

    Fall of wickets: 70-1 (Hales 22), 112-2 (Roy 67)

    Bowling figures: Starc 3-0-29-0, Coulter-Nile 4-1-17-0, Cummins 4-1-17-0, M Marsh 4-1-35-1, Watson 3-0-11-0, Maxwell 2-0-8-1.

    Australia 305-6 (50 overs) - Wade 71*, Warner 59, Rashid 4-59

    Australia won toss

  87. Post update

    Adam Williams

    BBC Sport at Southampton

    "Incredible the difference a wicket can make to the tempo of a run-chase in an ODI. Before Jason Roy slashed Glenn Maxwell to point to depart the crease, England's pursuit of this target appeared untroubled.

    "But, runs now appear somewhat harder to come by as the task changes for England, who now must look to build another solid partnership.

    "The crowd also sense this is an important period. Despite the rather chilly evening (eight degrees Celsius by some reports), not many are leaving their seats."

  88. Eng 116-2

    There is a lot more energy about the Australian field now. They've been given an inch and are eager to take a mile. They are nearly given another wicket but George Bailey's throw is not taken cleanly by Matthew Wade and James Taylor, who would have been miles out, is able to get home. Glenn Maxwell has had an impact here. Spin did it for England and Australia are now reaping the rewards of changing the pace.

  89. Post update

    Marcus North

    Ex-Australia batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "There's always been a debate that James Taylor has not had the opportunities he deserves, but he looks like he's got five matches at number three in this series. Joe Root's rested and he's in form - he's been excellent over the last month for Notts."

  90. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Daily Mirror cricket correspondent Dean Wilson: Roy goes for a high risk option against Maxwell. He will get out like that, but a bit of a waste when the milking was going well.

  91. Post update

  92. Eng 114-2 (Target 306)

    A new man at the crease and Australia turn back to their quickest man as Pat Cummins returns. James Taylor looks to have pulled a boundary from the first ball but is denied by a brilliant diving, one-handed stop from Mitchell Starc. Suddenly, Steve Smith has a smile on his face after looking pretty gloomy for 15 overs. Cummins is up to around 94mph.

  93. Eng 112-2

    The new man is the England skipper, Eoin Morgan. Steve Smith goes on the attack by coming in to slip but Morgan pats Maxwell's last ball back.

  94. Post update

    Marcus North

    Ex-Australia batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    Jason Roy

    "In the context of the game, Jason Roy didn't need to play that shot. He tried to invent a shot and he squirted the ball straight to point. It's great to see the slow bowler come on and change the game."

  95. WICKET

    Roy c Warner b Maxwell 67 (Eng 112-2)

    Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell celebrate

    If Australia ever needed the Big Show to live up to his billing it is now and he does just that by dismissing Jason Roy. The England opener has been positive throughout his innings but that was a shot too many as he looks to loft a drive over the off-side field and miscues his effort to Warner at point. It is a big misjudgement and an unnecessary one. It is still advantage England but the Aussies are back in the game.

  96. Post update

    Marcus North

    Ex-Australia batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "This is the time where England had their spinners in operation, it allowed them to change the pace of the game. Australia are too predictable at the moment. A change in pace and tactics is needed. I'd bring on Glenn Maxwell."

  97. Eng 107-1 (Target 306)

    Shane Watson throws the ball at the stumps

    Taylor is edging down the pitch as Shane Watson runs in to bowl. The big Aussie does not like it one bit and when one is patted back to him he launches the ball back towards the stumps with a snarl on his face. There was a summer's worth of anger and frustration in that.

  98. Post update

    Marcus North

    Ex-Australia batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    Mitchell Marsh

    "I think the Australians have bowled too straight at times. There's been a lot of scoring opportunities for England where the ball has gone fine down the leg side."

  99. Text 81111

    Guy Shafar: I think England did the right think in bringing some new reasonably young players into this squad. It was a gamble but I think it has paid off.

  100. Eng 105-1 (run-rate 6.56)

    Jason Roy

    Roy continues to play the aggressor. He latches on to short balls from Mitchell Marsh but doesn't quite connect and has to settle for a couple of twos. Taylor succeeds where Roy fails, pulling powerfully and just beating the diving Joe Burns at backward square. England pass 100.

  101. Don't look down on Taylor

    People slight James Taylor because of his size but, as Simon Hughes points out in this piece, being short can bring advantages to a batsman...

  102. Eng 94-1 (Target 306)

    James Taylor is another batsman who can mix strength with stealth. After the six off Mitchell Marsh he deftly prods Shane Watson down to third man for two. He gets a bit lucky soon after with an edge that doesn't carry to Matthew Wade.

  103. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "He's run down the wicket and hit the ball so straight. They ended up just two feet apart and Mitchell Marsh thought about saying something but thought better of it."

  104. Eng 90-1 (Taylor 9, Roy 58)

    James Taylor

    Jason Roy is not one for being dictated to. He scores another boundary with a back-foot punch through midwicket off Mitchell Marsh. It is clearly rubbing off on James Taylor, who gets in on the action by dancing down to hammer the ball back over Marsh's head for six. With Marsh towering over Taylor, that is David v Goliath stuff. Looks like the batsman has brought his sling-shot.

  105. Burble of Blowers

  106. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "We're used to Hales being the outright aggressor with somebody else trudging along in his wake, but Roy had most of the strike and did most of the scoring. That's a very polished innings full of eye-catching strokeplay."

  107. Post update

    Simon Mann

    BBC Test Match Special

    "James Taylor is in the side because Joe Root is not here. He actually captained the team against Ireland earlier this summer but wasn't picked for the match afterwards. He didn't actually do anything wrong. He's under scrutiny today though."

  108. Eng 75-1

    Five runs from Watson's first over. England consolidating after the loss of Alex Hales.

  109. 50 for Roy

    Eng 74-1

    Jason Roy

    Shane Watson has a smile on his face as mocking cheers from the crowd greet the announcement of his entry into the bowling attack. His first over is not in keeping with his summer so far by being pretty good, although James Taylor is able to get off the mark with a single before Jason Roy reaches 50.

  110. Eng 70-1 (target 306)

    James Taylor averages 35.14 in ODIs, with a best score of 98 not out, which came against Australia in Melbourne in the World Cup. Four dot balls to begin his innings as Mitchell Marsh completes a wicket maiden.

  111. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    The Australia players celebrate taking the wicket of Alex Hales

    "It was there to hit but he hit it straight to Watson. It's a bonus wicket but it doesn't matter how they come. Like in the Australia innings, it took a poor-ish ball to split the opening partnership."

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    Hales c Watson b Marsh 22 (Eng 70-1)

    Alex Hales

    Well, if you live by the sword, you die by it as well. Alex Hales rocks back to an average short ball and looks to pull but succeeds only in hammering it straight down Shane Watson's throat at midwicket. That is about as good as it has got for Watson in this game. First blow for England in their response. The big question is how will they respond? James Taylor has a cracking platform to build on.

  113. Eng 70-0 (Target 306)

    First signs that the pace of Pat Cummins and the light - which is that odd combination of fading natural combined with floodlight - could cause the batsmen some problems as Alex Hales plays the wrong line and misses. No problem for Jason Roy, though, who steers a short straight ball down to the third-man boundary for four before swivelling on another to help the ball fine for a boundary. Steve Smith stares at the floor. It's not easy this captaincy lark.

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    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Australia were in a similar position to England but then Adil Rashid came on to bowl and took four wickets. Australia don't have a bowler like that. Unless Steve Smith has a bowl."

  115. Eng 61-0 (Hales 21, Roy 40)

    Jason Roy

    Another bowling change sees Mitchell Marsh come in to the attack. He's another broad-shouldered unit. Jason Roy shows a lovely touch to deftly flick the second ball fine for four. The opening batsman follows it up with another shot to leg, which he tucks between fine and square leg. Roy ends the over on 40 - his highest ever ODI score, amassed from 42 balls. He and Alex Hales have given England the perfect start for their run-chase. Australia were 54-0 at this point, but lost their way soon after.

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    Zigzag: With his tighter technique, Roy would probably be our best option to open with Cook in the UAE? Looks more solid than Hales.

  117. Eng 52-0

    Pat Cummins

    In charges J-Lo... sorry Pat Cummins. He is in full flow now, getting it up in the early 90s with regularity. He's finding a good line as well and he slams down a much needed maiden for Australia.

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    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "Fred Trueman used to like a big backside, he'd say you can't bowl fast without a big bottom. He'd like Pat Cummins' bottom."

    Jennifer Lopez

    Phil Tufnell adds: "If that's the case, J-Lo must be a fast bowler. Pace like fire."

  119. Eng 52-0 (run-rate 6.50)

    These England openers may not get a run from every shot, but they are all hit hard, forcing the fielders to work hard. Nathan Coulter-Nile doesn't help himself with a short ball that Jason Roy pulls to bring up the England 50.

  120. Eng 46-0 (Hales 19, Roy 27)

    And here is Pat Cummins. England have forced Australia into this change. He did for both Alex Hales and Jason Roy in the T20 but the two deal with his first over with aplomb, including a 92mph last ball that Roy punches through cover for four.

  121. Eng 40-0 (Target 306)

    Fans in fancy dress

    No let up. Jason Roy wasn't aiming for fine leg but his top edge from a hook takes the ball there for four more runs. Another short ball is pulled to backward square leg for a single. I think Steve Smith needs to tell his bowlers that short might not be the way to go on here. England won't complain, though. This is a dream start.

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    Theo Bowyer: This pitch is a belter with pace on the ball... Australia's score is 40 runs short at least. I'm calling an England win now!

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