Australia vs England
Right, that's your lot from the Gabba. Once again England leave here wounded, just as they did at the start of the Ashes series. this time, though, they are now 2-0 down, and they've never before come back from such a scoreline to win a five-match series. They will certainly not be in a hurry to return to Brisbane. We will be back on Sunday from 3am GMT for the third match of the series in Sydney. Please join us again then.
'The guys are really disappointed,' says England's limited overs coach. 'For the majority of the game we played some really good cricket, fought hard. But that innings from Faulkner at the end was just too much. It was brilliant from him, but we've got to be better at the death. Today we didn't quite get it right. From the position we were in, we'd have liked to have gone to Sydney at 1-1. We've not necessarily got our most experienced attack out, but it's a steep learning curve.'
Australia's captain on Faulkner and the run chase: 'He's a new finisher, he's the new Michael Bevan. What an innings - that was unbelievable. When someone in our top four didn't make a hundred on a pretty good batting wicket I was disappointed, but we know we've got a strong batting unit. I'd have liked a few more wickets in hand there, but James showed he's a wonderful talent who strikes the ball as well as anybody.'
'Thanks for everyone coming out today - I hope we put on a good show,' Faulkner says, because chasing down 301 in the last over with one wicket to spare sometimes isn't enough for some. 'When you bat lower down the order you've got to try and get your team home. Tonight was a good night. Deep down I was pretty nervous - it's always good when Australia wins.'
Here's Alastair Cook, who might very well be on suicide watch tonight. 'It took an unbelievable innings to beat us today. We did everything pretty much right until the last wicket. James has played an astonishing innings. It's an emotional dressing room now, a bit of a tough place to be. But we did a lot of good things here and I'm proud of the way the lads stuck in.'
'You can't help but think it should be 1-1,' says David Gower. You can't help but think that England are doomed never to win a match against Australia this winter. I mean, to lose that game is a real sickening experience. Poor Eoin Morgan's efforts go to waste in the end, and he had to sit and watch the dramatic finish unfold from the stands due to injury.
AUSTRALIA WIN BY ONE WICKET!
So Australia set a new record for a run chase in an ODI at the Gabba, reaching their target of 301 with one wicket and three balls to spare. Faulkner says: 'It's always nice to get the boys over the line. I think it was a really good team effort today.'
Ball 3 - FOUR!
Faulkner does it in three balls! Gives himself room and thumps a low full toss from Bresnan through the cover region. He finishes up unbeaten on 69 from 47 deliveries, putting on a final-wicket stand of 57 that saw no 11 Clint McKay contribute two runs.
Ball 2 - FOUR!
No luck about this one, Faulkner setting himself fro the slower ball and duly smearing it over mid-wicket for another boundary. Now it's down to four off four. Does he go for it with one hit?
Ball 1 - FOUR!
It's an off-cutter from Bresnan, and Faulkner toe-ends it over the top of Buttler for a welcome boundary! Australia now need eight from the last five.
Over 49 - Australia 289/9 (Faulkner 57, McKay 2)
Oh dear. Stokes stays on. Stokes goes the distance. Faulkner doesn't panic after two dot balls, sending the next two over the rope at mid-wicket. They've not only gone over the rope, they've gone over the first tier of seats. The first six took the all-rounder to his half-century. A single off the last means Faulkner is on strike, needing another 12 for victory. It is, as expected, going to be Bresnan entrusted with the final over. Stokes' 10 overs cost 75 runs.
Over 48 - Australia 276/9 (Faulkner 44, McKay 2)
A pair of twos and a single, all to Faulkner, makes the equation a little tougher for Australia. The home crowd want a wide when Bresnan bangs in a bouncer at McKay, but the umpires aren't forthcoming. At least they've got the main man on strike for the next over. Stokes will bowl out here, meaning Jordan is unlikely to bowl his full compliment of 10. Australia need 25 from the final 12 balls.
Over 47 - Australia 271/9 (Faulkner 39, McKay 2)
Australia still in it, thanks mainly to a Faulkner maximum. He smashes Stokes over mid-wicket (the seamer doesn't seem to realise length deliveries will go the distance) and although Root takes a stunning catch out in the deep, he can't help but slide over the rope before pushing the ball back into play. Australia now need 30 from the remaining three overs. Faulkner on strike.
Over 46 - Australia 260/9 (Faulkner 29, McKay 1)
Bresnan back on - England need their most experienced seamer (and by some distance, too) to come through for them here. He can't deliver the final wicket, but he does only give away three runs. McKay gets off the mark with a single pulled out to deep square leg before then blocking the last in the over. It means Faulkner is on strike with Australia needing 41 from 24 deliveries. Stokes will be carrying on with his ninth over.
Over 45 - Australia 257/9 (Faulkner 27, McKay 0)
Fair play to Faulkner, he's swinging for the hills. The first delivery of the over is slapped straight down the ground for six, then the next is sent over the rope at deep square leg. Considering the size of this Gabba playing surface that is a massive hit. 44 needed from 30.
Over 44 - Australia 244/9 (Faulkner 14, McKay 0)
Time for Faulkner to cut loose - Australia need 57 from 36 balls and it's pretty much all on his shoulders now. Stokes to continue - he's got 1-9 from his last three overs after his first four went for 29.
WICKET! Johnson c Buttler b Bopara 2
Johnson gone, a rather tame end to a rather tame innings when a lazy-looking drive at Bopara offers a simple catch behind the stumps for wicketkeeper Buttler. Surely England can't blow this, right? RIGHT? Okay, perhaps they can.
Over 43 - Australia 240/8 (Faulkner 11, Johnson 0)
Mitchell still yet to get off the mark, in fact there's only one run off the bat in the Stokes over. Faulkner gets it, but that plus a leg bye and a wide isn't enough. Nowhere near enough. At this stage, though, England were 227-5 in their innings. The only difference was they were just trying to make as many as possible, not a set target. Hosts need 61 now from 42 deliveries. Asking rate fast heading for nine an over.
Over 42 - Australia 236/8 (Faulkner 10, Johnson 0)
Just a Faulkner single off the over - Bopara has now sent down three overs at a cost of just eight runs in this short spell. Equation now at 65 from 48.
Over 41 - Australia 235/8 (Faulkner 9, Johnson 0)
Huge cheers from the Gabba crowd as Mitchell Johnson comes out to the middle. His side need another 66 runs from the remaining 54 deliveries at their disposal. Bopara and Stokes doing an excellent job for skipper Cook straight after that busy batting powerplay.
- 17th Jan 2014
- England won the toss and elected to bat.
- Brisbane Cricket Ground
- H D P K Dharmasena, J D Ward
- TV Umpire
- R Martinesz
- Match Referee
- R S Madugalle
- Reserve Umpire
- S D Fry
australia BATTING CARD
|D.A. Warner||c&b Jordan||18|
|A.J. Finch||c Ballance b Jordan||0|
|S.E. Marsh||b Root||55|
|M.J. Clarke||c Ballance b Root||17|
|G.J. Bailey||lbw Rankin||24|
|G.J. Maxwell||c Bopara b Bresnan||54|
|B.J. Haddin||c Cook b Bresnan||26|
|N.M. Coulter-Nile||lbw Stokes||16|
|J.P. Faulkner||Not out||69|
|M.G. Johnson||c Buttler b Bopara||1|
|C.J. McKay||Not out||2|
|Total||49.3 Overs||301 - 9|