15th over: England 72-2 (Stokes 2, Vince 21) – target 298 Vince flicks one off the pads to fine leg for a lovely four, he really picked up the ball quickly on that one. He then fails to get the next five deliveries off the square.
Jesse Linklater asks: “Just a quick question: why does sky list Moeen Ali as ‘Moeen’ as opposed to ‘Ali’ on the batting list? Do they always show his first name? Am I just finally noticing this?”
I think it is naming traditions and I am sure someone can explain it better. But essentially Moeen would be a family name. Hopefully, I am not too ignorant on the matter.
14th over: England 68-2 (Stokes 2, Vince 17) – target 298 Lyon is rewarded for his catch with his opening over, probably just to have a dart at Stokes with the ball spinning away from the left-hander. He calmly cuts the second ball for a single to get off strike. Could be a solid spell of pushing the ball around here for singles. A half-hearted LBW shout goes up after one jags back but no one really believes it. A reverse sweep hits Stokes on the thigh, another appeal goes up but nothing is doing. Stokes needs to settle here.
13th over: England 66-2 (Stokes 1, Vince 16) – target 298 The England batsmen are starting to move around in the crease to Richardson, trying to make him think where he puts the ball and counteract the bounce. It doesn’t work as Roy proves. Stokes is in at No 4, giving himself a long time to bat. How will he cope?
Wicket! England 65-2 (Roy c Lyon b Richardson, 32)
A ball rears up off a length from Richardson, surprising Roy who just pops it up to Lyon at cover. The England opener had struggled with the pace of the pitch throughout.
12th over: England 63-1 (Roy 31, Vince 15) – target 298 Vince comes down the pitch to the first ball, which hits his pads, Zampa appeals but he is halfway down the track, so the umpire shakes his head. Four singles come from the over.
Wood is still down to bat but seeing as this game is very fluid, if the No 11 is required, can England just call on Root, Collingwood or a member of the crowd to fill the gap?
11th over: England 59-1 (Roy 29, Vince 13) – target 298 Richardson joins the attack, starting with a vicious one which bounces and speeds up off a length, much to Roy’s surprise as it flashes past him. Similar happens to Vince later in the over, a sign there is some pace in this pitch, contrary to previous claims.
10th over: England 57-1 (Roy 28, Vince 12) – target 298 Zampa is not offering any pace to work with, meaning Vince is trying to use his feet to het him away. Roy will be looking to get his eye in against the spinner, too, but for now the two are keen on nudging him around for singles. Well … they were until Roy slog sweeps one into his own foot. Vince pushes one behind square for four off the final ball, to end the Powerplay on a high.
9th over: England 50-1 (Roy 26, Vince 7) – target 298 Vince flicks his first boundary after Behrendorff strays onto the Hampshire man’s legs. His response is to go back of a length and get the ball to flash past the outside edge. Roy brings up the 50 by knocking one off his hips.
8th over: England 43-1 (Roy 24, Vince 2) – target 298 Zampa comes into the attack early on. He will be looking to show his variations here, testing them in English conditions. He catches Vince on the pads but it hits outside leg stump, so the umpire is not interested on any level. It’s an impressive start from the spinner, only blemished by a couple of wides and dropping one short outside off.
OB Jato points out: “The last time England were this modest in the Powerplay even without losing a single wicket, it was 2015!”
7th over: England 39-1 (Roy 24, Vince 0) – target 298 Bairstow slaps the ball at Roy, luckily his teammate swerves out of the way, allowing the ball to speed along to the boundary. Bairstow is looking more convincing now, lifting one over mid-on for another four. But is the caught out. Time for Vince to show what he can do.
Wicket! England 39-1 (Bairstow c Warner, b Behrendorff 12)
Consecutive boundaries are followed by Bairstow smashing one straight up in the air for Warner to run round and claim.
6th over: England 31-0 (Roy 24, Bairstow 4) – target 298 Mark Wood will have a scan later today on his leg injury which forced him out of the attack during Australia’s innings. Hopefully all will be fine. In the actual action, Roy whips one through midwicket. He is looking more aggressive, moving down the pitch to the ball to give him some much-needed momentum as it is not coming onto the bat, as he would like. Bairstow has a big LBW appeal against him but it looks high. Australia decide to review, which from here looks surprising. Bairstow is smiling on the pitch as he sees where it hit him. It is just clipping the bails but the call stays with the umpire’s Not Out decision. Roy pulls the next ball for four, just out of the reach of a short fine leg. Interesting over.
5th over: England 22-0 (Roy 17, Bairstow 4) – target 298 The pitch does not seem to be true at the moment, as Roy finds out when Behrendorff smashes a shot one into the ribs of the England opener, who was too quick on it. He gains his revenge with a mistimed punt through cover, which Stoinis dives over. Bairstow finds point with shot off the back foot, as he looks to find the middle for the first time in his inning.
Ian Copestake says: “I am late to the game as I am on Boston time, but wanted to wish England a fine reply, yourself a fine debut and Gary Naylor a fine birthday!” And a happy birthday to anyone who is celebrating.
4th over: England 19-0 (Roy 14, Bairstow 4) – target 298 Roy gets himself a few pre-over painkillers after being hit earlier on the thumb, hopefully they don’t dull his senses too much as he looks to whack the ball around. England happy to take their time here. Another drive gets a thick edge down to third man from Roy but he is never in danger as he picks up a single, the only run from Coulter-Nile’s over.
Scott Probst says: “We would have to consider that Smith and Warner have taken the rough with the smooth today so far, would we not?”
I assume the emphasis is on the rough here.
3rd over: England 18-0 (Roy 13, Bairstow 4) – target 298
Bairstow does not look too comfortable against the left arm of Behrendorff. He offers something a touch different with his height and movement. He could be a tricky customer this summer. Bairstow adds a couple more to his tally with a punch down the ground as he starts to settle at the crease.
Peter asks a few cricketing questions
Favourite cricketer? Ian Austin
Favourite match? Lancs winning T20 at Edgbaston was right good fun
2nd over: England 14-0 (Roy 12, Bairstow 1) – target 298
Bairstow gets England off the mark in the second over, sending one to square leg. Roy plays a loose shot to secure his first boundary of the day, edging a cover drive down to third man. He doubles his score with an inside edge for four down to fine leg. He then slaps one through point for a third boundary of the over. That’s more like it.
1st over: England 0-0 (Roy 0, Bairstow 0) – target 298
Behrendorff finds some early rhythm, forcing Roy onto the back foot in the first few deliveries, including a ball into the ribs. He has found his line and length pretty early on here. Roy has not looked too comfortable facing the left-armer so far, proven by that fact he should be out. The fifth ball is angled to slip by Roy but Smith inexplicably drops the easiest cordon catch you will ever see. It’s a maiden but should have been so much more.
Wasp says England are strong favourites here, so that’s good enough for me.
“Hello Will,” says John. “Welcome to the OBO. You’ll need to develop a thick skin, especially if you run into technical difficulties, but the main thing is knowing your cricket and a wide range of popular culture too. It’s not all bad and at times has the potential to be very good indeed.”
All abuse regarding my lack of knowledge can be sent to the email address above.
And we’re off!
Good afternoon! Welcome to a first international cricket outing for myself. I think Australia are a few short here, having fallen below the 300 milestone but their attack can certainly win this, especially if England take their eye off the ball in what is essentially a friendly.
To start me off on the old OBO … here’s some reading for the break:
Vic Marks on what winning the World Cup could mean to England …
A team-by-team guide for the tournament …
You don’t need to read the whole back catalogue of Wisdens to know who to look out for during the World Cup …
And if reading isn’t your thing … it’s our brand new podcast
50th over: Australia 297-9 (Behrendorff 4) That was a good last over from Curran, which kept Australia below 300. Smith struck one majestic six over long-off before his peculiar dismissal, but there were only three runs from the over five deliveries. England need 298 to win.
WICKET! Australia 297-9 (Zampa run out 1)
Adam Zampa is run out off the last delivery of the innings, having been sent back when he turned for a second run.
WICKET! Australia 296-8 (Smith ct and b Curran 116)
Steve Smith is caught and bowled off a yorker. I’ve never seen that before. I’m not sure it was out, either. It looked like a clear bump ball, yet the third umpire Joel Wilson gave it out. The strange thing is that Smith also thought it was out – when it went upstairs, he started to walk, but then turned round after seeing the replay. If that had happened in a World Cup final it might have sparked an international incident. In a warm-up game it doesn’t really matter, and Smith walks off to decent applause after making a fine 116.
49th over: Australia 288-7 (Smith 108, Behrendorff 4) Australia have scored 84 from the last eight overs, and might yet sneak past 300.
“Shall we say Smith got a gritty hundred upon his return?” writes Marie Meyer, our sandpaper correspondent.
WICKET! Australia 283-7 (Coulter-Nile b Plunkett 1)
Smith ramps Plunkett for six more before Coulter-Nile is cleaned up when he misses a heave across the line. Four wickets for Plunkett.
48th over: Australia 276-6 (Smith 101, Coulter-Nile 1) A century for Steve Smith! He moves from 93 to 99 with a staggering shot, driving Ben Stokes high over backward point for six. Stokes smiles at the sheer brilliance of his IPL mate. Smith works the next ball for a single to reach an impressive 94-ball hundred. The achievement is greeted with boos, which is both tedious and counter-productive.
47th over: Australia 266-6 (Smith 93, Coulter-Nile 0) Plunkett has figures of 8-0-57-3.
WICKET! Australia 266-6 (Carey c Curran b Plunkett 30)
Carey’s eye-catching cameo of 30 from 14 balls is ended by a brilliant diving catch from Curran. Carey smacked Plunkett miles in the air towards short fine leg, where Curran briefly lost sight of the ball before flying forward to take a spectacular two-handed catch.
46th over: Australia 257-5 (Smith 91, Carey 23) Carey survives another run-out chance, with the bowler Curran missing the stumps this time. Actually, Carey might have been safe even with a direct hit. Curran’s over disappears for 12, with Carey spanking the last delivery between mid-off and extra cover for four. He has 23 from 11 balls.
45th over: Australia 245-5 (Smith 86, Carey 16) A poor short ball from Plunkett is helped round the corner for four by Carey, who then chips lazily over mid-off four more. Carey has raced to 16 from 8 balls.
“Thanks for the coverage,” says Nick Butler. “What’s your take on Hales – correct decision or totally over the top reaction? Are the other players really such snowflakes that they wouldn’t be able to hit the ball properly if Hales was on the balcony? Feels like Morgan was looking for a reason to get rid of him as didn’t like him, which is bordering on bullying in my opinion.”
I think that’s a reach, and also think Morgan is better than that.. That said, it’s hard to know with things like this or the Kevin Pietersen case because we only have a certain amount of information. My feeling is it was the correct decision, although I do have a lot of sympathy for Hales.
44th over: Australia 232-5 (Smith 84, Carey 6) Carey survives a run-out chance, with the substitute Root missing the stumps from short cover. And now we have another England injury! This is great, this. Dawson, backing up, is hit painfully on the right hand by a throw from the deep and leaves the field straight away. It looks like a split rather than a break.