OVER 4: ENG 13/2 (Bairstow 8 Morgan 4)
A superb cut backward of square from Bairstow, just waiting on the short ball and thrashing it for four! Not an awful but but an awfully good shot. Next ball draws and outside edge but it never got up off the pitch not off the bat, falling well short of slip. Not an especially lively pitch, it seems.
OVER 3: ENG 9/2 (Bairstow 4 Morgan 4)
A leg-side wide from Starc first up but very little for Morgan to get away in the rest of the over, including a few back of a length. Threatening still.
OVER 2: ENG 8/2 (Bairstow 4 Morgan 4)
Josh Hazlewood at the other end. Decent start from his first three balls on a good line and length. Bairstow picks up a slight deviation in length — a little short, here — and tries a swivel-pull but straight to the fielder. And not really timed, either. Unlike the next ball, which is full and punished with a flashing drive on the up through the covers for four! Bread and butter stuff for an ODI opener of Bairstow’s quality.
OVER 1: ENG 4/2 (Bairstow 0 Morgan 4)
Morgan backs a way a little, giving himself room and it’s a firm push through the covers for four… England off the mark and now have more runs than wickets down. Bit of a waft outside off, playing well away from his body before he decides to half-leave. Dot ball to end.
Starc to Morgan…
Angling in to the left-hander but it doesn’t swing… and comes off Morgan’s pad. No run.
WICKET! Root b LBW Starc 0
Swinging in, in-between length and he traps Root in front first ball! Up goes the finger… Root thinks about reviewing but he knows it was plumb.
Starc on a hat-trick! Already…
WICKET! Roy b Starc c Maxwell 0
Roy throws his hands at full and wide-ish one, gets a chunky outside edge and it goes straight into the hands of gulley who snaffles it fairly comfortably!
Fair to say he’s not very happy with himself and a microphone somewhere near the dressing room picks up the F-bomb and the sound of a bat hitting something hard.
FOW England 0/1
Right, here we go
England to bat. Mitchell Starc to open the bowling. Roy and Bairstow doing likewise with the bat for England.
Morgan on Sam Curran’s omission
“Sam is a very talented and versatile cricketer who gives us a lot of options, — it is hard for him to take but we’ve gone with the extra pace. The win on Sunday will give us a huge amount of confidence. The bowling line-up progressed throughout the World Cup, and continuing to explore that before the next World Cup is going to be important.”
Will England leave it all out there? Eoin Morgan says yes, obviously
I think we have to. We’re playing against a really strong Australian side. It’s been incredible. Our thanks go out to all teams – West Indies, Pakistan and Australia – who come over here, took the leap of faith and put it in the ECB’s hands. The hard work that’s gone alongside it. I think the guidance of Tom Harrison has been exceptional.
England have won the toss
And they are going to bat first. So it’ll be up to the bowlers to defend a score again, then.
Michael Vaughan: England have mastered the mental side of cricket – but their fielding is nowhere near good enough
With everything around English cricket in terms of coaching, pathway programmes, fitness and equipment, for them to be a very average fielding team really surprises me. Before they know it, it will cost them a big moment. It could be a Twenty20 World Cup final or an Ashes series in Australia. That is my concern.
What’s going on with Australia?
Tim Wigmore takes a look at their “choking” problem against England. Their last ODI defeat was not the only time they’ve failed to get over the line when comfortable favourites in the game.
There is now a sense of these vulnerabilities extending to the limited-overs games. Since the start of 2018, Australia have lost ODIs to England by margins of 12 runs, 16 runs, three wickets, one wicket and now 24 runs. Australia’s two victories by similar margins – three wickets at Adelaide in 2018 and then 19 runs in the first ODI – both came in matches in which England were always floundering.
And welcome to our liveblog for the final — and deciding — ODI in this England vs Australia series. It has indeed been a strange summer but once things got going on the men’s international cricket front in early July, they never really stopped.
Unfortunately, however, the sound of international leather on international willow is about to cease… but thankfully not before we’ve got the hundred or so overs of this match out of the way. At least it’s not a dead rubber, eh?
What can we expect from this decider? A repeat of the second one would be good news for England, but I’m not sure it will be that easy. Our chief cricket writer Scyld Berry has a look into what we might get.
The third and last ODI, between the current and previous World Cup holders, is going to be staged on a fresh pitch. It is four strips away from the one on which both England and Australia have struggled to score whenever the bowling has been straight and of “a heavy length” so the batsman, whether on front or back foot, cannot throw his hands at the ball. Strange concoctions have been throw up by 22 yards of Mancunian turf this summer and last. If the bowling has been wayward, the pitches have yielded huge totals, like England’s 400 against Afghanistan in the World Cup. If the bowling has been accurate and “heavy”, any decent total has been hard to chase.First-innings totals of 294 and 231 in the first two internationals proved more than adequate. Even though the winning margins were only approximately 20 runs, the team chasing the target did not truly come close. It was the same in the World Cup semi-final at Old Trafford: New Zealand scraped together only 239, yet the target was too much for India’s batsmen against their expert seamers, by 19 runs.
Whatever happens, we’ll be here to take you through it all, right to the very bitter end. Game starts at 1pm, toss at 12.30.