ALL TO PLAY FOR So England's narrow win in Cardiff sets up a series decider at the Ageas Bowl (let us all hope the rain stays away). Bailey was superb for Australia as they recovered from 57-4 to 227 all out. However, it was the Buttler 'wot done it' at the death. The wicketkeeper-batsman smacked his way to an unbeaten half-century to keep England alive.
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Buttler finishes it off with a boundary, blasting Johnson straight down the ground. He celebrates by punching the air - England have kept the series alive and one of their young guns may have just come of age in Cardiff. Buttler finishes up unbeaten on 65 from 48 deliveries, having hit five fours and two sixes.
SIX! Johnson to Buttler...it's up...it's up...it's gone! Six over mid-wicket. England's equation now much easier. He had to reach for it, too. Dread to think where that would have ended up if he'd have middled it
Over 49 - England 221/7 (Buttler 55, Tredwell 1) Tension now seriously rising. Tredwell can't do anything from the first three balls he faces, including one wild swing. Bat on ball eventually allows him through for a single, but that leaves Buttler under pressure. Knowing he needs at least a single to keep the strike, he scrambles one off his thigh. England need seven off six
Late twist, perhaps? Stokes is cleaned up by McKay, bowled in between bat and pad to become the seamer's fourth wicket of the day. He departs for 25 from 29 deliveries and now it's over to new man James Tredwell to help keep Buttler company through to the finish.
Over 48 - England 219/6 (Buttler 55, Stokes 25) Just as the pressure seemed to be building on Stokes after he'd faced four dot balls in a row in the last two overs, he eases the tension by rocking back and slamming a short ball over the top of mid-on for four. Nerves do seem to get the better of him, however, when he calls through for a single after a throw from mid-on hits the stumps. A direct hit, even a better throw to the wicketkeeper, and Buttler would have been out by a distance. Johnson loses his bottle, sending down a horrible bouncer that is called a wide, then gets pulled away by Buttler for a couple. England now need nine off the final two overs.
Nick waxes lyrical about a potentially match-winning knock from Buttler:
A wonderful, wonderful innings from a super, super player. He's very difficult to bowl to and hits the ball all over the ground. It's been a really sensible innings at a time when it matter most for his team
Over 47 - England 210/6 (Buttler 52, Stokes 20) McKay back into the attack - Australia could do with another hat-trick from him right now. Buttler gets two through square to get through to his second half-century of the series - he top-scored for England at Old Trafford with 75. Stokes picks up a pair leg byes when the ball seems to cannon off his pads like it has hit a brick wall. Stokes misses out on the last ball, meaning it's five from the over. The home side need 18 from 18.