Australia vs England
So England now have the momentum with them heading into the double-or-quits contest in Adelaide. That's how it works, right? In all seriousness, a good, all-round team effort has seen them break their duck on this tour against Australia. Please join us again on Sunday for the fifth and final one-dayer on what is Australia Day - and the hosts will have Clarke, Haddin, Watson and Warner back for that match at the weekend. Thanks for your company.
'It's been a while since we've had this feeling,' says Cook, providing a candidate for the biggest understatement uttered so far in 2014. 'All-in-all it was a pretty good performance. It's been a frustrating tour, we have played a long way below our potential. We haven't for some reason accessed those levels on this tour. But when you see the players perform like they have today, it shows we're not such a bad side.' On Stokes, he added: 'He's an outstanding cricketer - he's still quite raw. But after his death bowling in Brisbane we saw today how quickly he learns.'
No shock to see Stokes named man of the match, despite that late drop in the field: 'We batted really well. Then we were really consistent tonight, put a lot of pressure on with the ball. I've done alright here (in Perth). I love the challenge in every game and I'm really enjoying it. We will enjoy this while we can.'
Australia's stand-in skipper: 'We probably struggled to control the ball. They got off to a flyer and we did well to claw it back to 316. At one stage they looked set to get 350. Ideally you'd want the same team to play every game if you can, but that wasn't the case. Other players were given the opportunities.' Also mentions that Ben Stokes 'loves a contest'. Bailey will hand back the captaincy to Michael Clarke for the final game of the ODI series.
Well, would you Adam and Eve it. Australia rest the majority of their top order and England make the most of it to finally get on the board. Finch was superb with his second hundred of the series, but he fought a lone hand in the face of such a big target. Cook managed to crack a smile when that catch was taken - I expected tears, possibly ripping off his shirt, maybe kicking the stumps over. But no, typical Cook. Just an understated smile.
ENGLAND WIN BY 57 RUNS!
England win! ENGLAND WIN! They landed on October 24, they record their first victory over their hosts on this tour on January 24. Pattinson is the last man to go, skying the ball high into the air off Bresnan. Buttler decides it's up to him with the gloves to accept responsibility, going back from his position to take the catch that finally, FINALLY, win the match.
Over 47 - Australia 254/9 (Coulter-Nile 5, Pattinson 4)
DROPPED! Stokes has the chance to finish the match but can't cling on coming in from deep square leg. Barely laid a hand on it to be honest, the opportunity from Coulter-Nile's bat going straight through and hitting him on the wrist. He looks a little embarrassed, I can tell that from the colour in his face. An apology to the bowler follows. The final ball of the over also goes up in the air but Ballance never gets underneath it. The breeze troubled him. England's wait for the final wicket goes on. Stokes punished for that drop by being taken out of the attack, Bresnan coming on in his place.
Over 46 - Australia 249/9 (Coulter-Nile 4, Pattinson 1)
You know, James Pattinson isn't the worst no.11 in world cricket. He nearly won an Ashes Test at Trent Bridge, remember? Australia's last pair need to get 68 off the last four overs. England, not even this England, can find a way to lose this game from here. Right? RIGHT???? Jordan back to replace Broad.
Over 45 - Australia 247/9 (Coulter-Nile 2, Pattinson 0)
Broad finishes with figures of 2-56 - has been excellent in the second half of the innings after a shocking opening spell in the initial powerplay. But for Finch, Australia's run chase has lacked conviction. That kinda happens when you've won the series and your leading men have all taken the day off.
WICKET! Christian c Ballance b Broad 23
Having slapped Broad away through mid-wicket for four earlier in the over, Dan Christian perishes trying to repeat the trick. Second time around it comes less off the middle and more the outside edge, which carries on the breeze down to Ballance at third man. ENGLAND WON, SORRY ONE, WICKET AWAY
Over 44 - Australia 242/8 (Christian 19, Coulter-Nile 1)
Australia need 75 from six overs. Coulter-Nile not the worst number 10 in world cricket...just sayin'. Stokes, who was limping earlier, now has 4-37 from his eight overs.
WICKET! Johnson b Stokes 6
Johnson cleaned up. He has a swipe at a full delivery from Stokes but makes no contact. No send-off this time, though bit rich to give a verbal volley to a man who destroyed you in the Ashes. Australia have now lost 3-17, all of them to Stokes.
Over 43 - Australia 237/7 (Christian 17, Johnson 6
Umpire Dharmasena had a word with Stokes after his 'choice' words to the departing Faulkner. Has his verbal volley just cost him his win bonus? Do England players get a win bonus? Do they even deserve any kind of 'bonus' on this tour? Anyway, Johnson slaps a full toss from Broad through the covers to raise a half-hearted cheer from the home crowd. Kevin emails in to say he has a tear in his eye...not sure yet whether it will drop in sheer joy or complete and utter despair.
Over 42 - Australia 231/7 (Christian 16, Johnson 1)
Stokes now has 3-32 - he also gave Faulkner a send-off, which was a case of repaying what he had to listen to earlier in the day. Australia need another 86 runs from the remaining 48 deliveries. Mitchell Johnson the new batsman in and off the mark with a single down to third man despite him looking to aim the drive over extra cover.
WICKET! Faulkner c Buttler b Stokes 2
Faulkner's gone...could this be it? Could England FINALLY WIN A GAME? The Gabba hero backed away to give himself room, but all he did was provide Buttler with another catch behind the stumps.
Over 41 - Australia 225/6 (Christian 12, Faulkner 1)
Required rate now above 10. How can England find a way to crush what's left of their supporters' belief by losing this one? While Faulkner's in the middle, there's always cause for concern. Stokes to continue after Broad gives away only three singles.
Over 40 - Australia 222/6 (Christian 11, Faulkner 0)
Wicket maiden! Meaning it's chew, chew, chew for six (do that in a Richie Benaud voice). England were 223-5 at this stage of their innings - can Faulkner be Australia's Buttler? Now the home team need a further 95 runs from the final 10 overs. England are to turn back to Broad for the first of them.
WICKET! Maxwell c Buttler b Stokes 26
Maxwell departs for a run-a-ball 26, giving new bowler Stokes the charge and aiming to deposit him out of the WACA he only gets an edge through to wicketkeeper Buttler. Australia six down...here comes James Faulkner.
Over 39 - Australia 222/5 (Maxwell 26, Christian 11)
Good over from Jordan...until he bowls length to finish and gets belted down the ground for six by Christian. And so ends the batting powerplay, Australia finished with a flourish to make 37 runs for the loss of one wicket. That's the same as they made in the first ODI - in the other two they scored 44 on each occasion.
Over 38 - Australia 211/5 (Maxwell 22, Christian 5)
Fine leg up - Bresnan duly serves up something down leg for Maxwell to flick past the fielder. I love it when a plan comes together. As if that's not bad enough, the Yorkshireman helps out further with three wides, making it an extremely long, and extremely poor, over. Requirement now 106 from 72.
- 24th Jan 2014
- Australia won the toss and elected to bowl.
- WACA Ground
- H D P K Dharmasena, J D Ward
- TV Umpire
- R Martinesz
- Match Referee
- A J Pycroft
- Reserve Umpire
- S D Fry
australia BATTING CARD
|S.E. Marsh||c Bell b Bresnan||15|
|A.J. Finch||c Broad b Bresnan||108|
|M.S. Wade||c Cook b Bopara||23|
|G.J. Bailey||c Buttler b Stokes||11|
|S.P.D. Smith||c Buttler b Broad||19|
|G.J. Maxwell||c Buttler b Stokes||26|
|D.T. Christian||c Ballance b Broad||23|
|J.P. Faulkner||c Buttler b Stokes||2|
|M.G. Johnson||b Stokes||6|
|N.M. Coulter-Nile||Not out||8|
|J.L. Pattinson||c Buttler b Bresnan||4|
|Total||All Out, 47.4 Overs||259|