Tri-series 1st ODI, Australia vs England: As it Happened...
Live updates from the first ODI tri-series match between Australia and England from the Sydney Cricket Ground.
England 234 all out (47.5 overs) Morgan 121, Starc 4/42
Australia 235/7 (39.5 overs) Warner 127, Woakes 4/40
Australia win by three wickets with a bonus point.
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Broad bowls as Haddin manages to get a single off the 2nd ball. Faulkner then hits a shot that goes straight to Jordan as Haddin who went for a run, gets out. Faulkner then gets two runs to seal win with a bonus point for Australia.
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Warner hits another four through mid-on off Woakes. He then goes for a switch-hit but finds the fielder. Woakes then bowls a waist height full toss and Warner punishes him for another four. Woakes then gets his man as Warner tries to get room and go over off side but latches a catch to the fielder. Faulkner comes in and smacks a boundary off the last ball.
DA Warner c Bell b Woakes 127 (115b)
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Haddin comes in and hits a shot through mid on. More of a slap shot. The next ball he pulls a shot for another four. Next ball he hits his 3rd boundary, this time through the off side. Warner then slaps a shot over mid-wicket for four. 18 runs come from the over.
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Five runs come from Broad's over as Australia lose Bailey for 10 runs in the next over to Woakes. Short of a length ball outside off and Bailey looks to pull it and offers a catch to Buttler. Maxwell comes in and departs as well. He was there for just two balls. No outside edge seems here. Maxwell should feel sad. Australia meanwhile, bring up their 200.
GJ Maxwell c Buttler b Woakes 0 (2b)
GJ Bailey c Buttler b Woakes 10 (25b)
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Australia take the power play. Woakes gets the treatement from both Warner and Bailey as 11 runs come from the over.
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Warner misses to get a single in the first two balls off Ali. But then sweeps a leg sided delivery for four to bring his century off just 97 balls. Bailey then survivies a LBW appeal in the final ball of the over.
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Finn and Ali have bowled some good overs in between which included a maiden. Australia are steady meanwhile and look in no hurry. Warner then breaks the shackles in Finn's over by getting a boundary. He is on 99.
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Warner and Smith getting runs in a heap here. Bopara's ordinary presence continues as he gives away eight runs with Smith hitting a four through the leg side. Ali then gets the same treatement from Smith who hovers a shot past mid-wicket region for four. Same amount of runs come as the previous over. Finn is introduced again and well Warner punishes him through mid-wicket for a boundary. Six runs come from the over. Ali then gets a breakthrough. Smith is the man who departs. He made a well looked 37.
SPD Smith b Ali 37 (47b)
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Warner gets lucky again as his edge goes deflected past keeper's glove for two runs. Bopara conceded five from the over. Ali then continues and well Smith smashes him for a huge six over mid-off.
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Aussie are getting runs quickly here mostly due to Warner's heroics. Jordan concedes eight runs as Warner gets a thick edge past the vacant slips for a boundary. Ali then gives away five singles. Jordan then gets hammered once again as Warner hits two flashy boundaries. Moeen Ali has been bowling decent meanwhile, but needs a wicket.
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Three runs come from Jordan's over as Warner gets to his fifty. The wicket is looking to hold on a bit. Moeen Ali is introduced and he concedes just two runs. It had a close call as Warner tried to sweep Ali and got his pads getting the ball. Close call for LBW but the umpire dismisses it.
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Warner keeps the chase going strongly after getting a cheeky shot past the keeper's head for four. He then hits through the covers for another four. Nine runs come from Broad's over. Jordan and Broad then concede just five runs from the next two overs. Warner is the key here.
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Warner gets two runs after a flick shot off Broad. In the next ball he survives a close chance after driving through the air and Morgan who dived missed it by inches, he gets three runs. Jordan continues and well Watson departs. The all-rounder pulls and Woakes takes a good catch running from deep mid-wicket. Run machine Steve Smith is the new man in.
SR Watson c Woakes b Jordan 16 (20b)
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Broad is introduced and Warner welcomes him with a four. Jordan then comes in and this time it's Watson who slashes past point for a four of the first ball. He then gets two runs in the third man region as 9 runs come from Jordan's over.
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Finn continues and well Warner gets two boundaries off him to continue his charge. He looks very good to continue his Test form into the ODIs. Woakes then bowls a good over apart from a four that Watson hit through square-leg boundary.
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Finch departs after getting an inside edge on to the stunps. Woakes gets the breakthrough. Shane Watson comes in and gets off the strike through a single. Warner then gets a run off the last ball to keep strike.
AJ Finch b Woakes 15 (18b)
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Runs are coming quickly here with two of the finest hitters getting their acts right. Finch gets a life here as his drive is in the air and Finn misses a caught and bowl chance. The ball goes to the boundary. Warner then hits a shot over cover for four.
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Woakes starts off with the proceedings and he concedes a four. Warner smashes a shot past covers. Finn comes on and after a decent five deliveries strays down the leg side and Finch flicks him for four. Woakes bowls a nice over for a maiden to Warner. Finn then concedes nine runs from his over as Finch powers a boundary again through the leg side. Woakes continues and Finch runs a close run as Finn's throw misses the stumps. Warner then follows with a boundary after getting down to his knees and hits a shot past covers.
Michael Vaughan too joins the praise for Morgan the skipper.
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) January 16, 2015
Meanwhile, Kevin Pietersen lauds Eoin Morgan for a brilliant century.
— Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) January 16, 2015
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Jordan gets a much important boundary off Cummins past the vacant slip cordon. Faulkner then gets Jordan who gets caught in the deep. Morgan then smashes Starc for a six and a four before holding on to Maxwell at deep mid-wicket. Finn comes and departs first ball.
ST Finn b Starc 0
EJG Morgan c Maxwell b Starc 121 (136b)
CJ Jordan c Maxwell b Faulkner 18 (21b)
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Morgan gets to his seventh ODI hundred. What a player he has been. Came in when England were jolted early on and has batted well after that. Faulkner gets punished for two fours in the over that saw him concede 11 runs.
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Morgan has been the chief carrier of England's batting. The bowlers have been well rotated by Bailey here. Maxwell gets Woakes in the 41st over before Morgan dispatched the spinner for a big six and four in the 43rd over. Starc then concedes just three runs.
CR Woakes c Smith b Maxwell 8 (13b)
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Well after all the hard work, Buttler departs for 28. He tries to heave Faulkner but finds Warner at sweeper cover.
JC Buttler c Warner b Faulkner 28 (60b)
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Faulkner concedes four runs from the 31st over. Doherty then continues and the fifty runs partnership comes for the duo at the crease. Maxwell is brought back and well Haddin misses a chance as Buttler edges one but it was a tough call. England take the powerplay and Morgan dispatches Dohery for a six. Nine runs come from the over as Morgan brings up his fifty.
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The runs have dried out as Doherty and Faulkner have kept it tight. David Warner meanwhile, has been a live wire in the field and has saved some crucial runs. The partnership between the two is 48 runs as England try to bat out overs here.
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Morgan gets a four off Watson after hitting him through mid-off for a four. Doherty then bowls miserly for two runs as Starc concedes four runs off the next over. Morgan gets vital three runs through cover off Starc. Doherty then gives away just three runs as Morgan and Buttler look watchful here. Starc then gets an edge off Buttler which was far from point area. One run comes from it.
Meanwhile Aussie quick Peter Siddle is promoting the ICC 2015 Cricket World Cup in Australia trophy tour.
— Peter Siddle (@petersiddle403) January 16, 2015
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Australia are mixing it well here. Maxwell has bowled meanwhile with Cummins and Doherty too rolling their arms. Morgan has loked well so far and will need to be the lone man standing. Bopara struck out straight to Maxwell in Doherty's first over. He departed for only 13. Buttler is the new man in and Watson gives away four runs from his over.
RS Bopara c Maxwell b Doherty 13 (18b)
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Cummins continues the sixth over and just one runs comes from it. Starc then gets hit for a six by Ali who flicks a shot over long on boundary. Watson is introduced and Ali gets on top of him beautifully carving him for a four over point. Eight runs come from the over. Faulkner comes in and well gets Ali who tries too many hits at once. Hits a shot that went straight to Maxwell in the sweeper cover region.
MM Ali c Maxwell b Faulkner 22 (21b)
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Starc gives away three runs from the over with Moeen Ali getting a two and a single. Morgan defends the rest of the over. Very good bowling here from Australia.
— Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) January 16, 2015
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FIrst twenty minutes and three wickets are back in the hut. Pat Cummins gets the wicket of Joe ROot who goes for an expensive drive and edges to Watson at first slip. He waits back and doesn't go forward and hung the bat. Wicket maiden for Cummins.
JE Root c Watson b Cummins 5 (15b)
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What a start for Mitchell Starc. He gets in-form Ian Bell off the first ball for a LBW as the batsman looked plumb in front of the wicket. James Taylor comes in and well he too departs for LBW. Might have gone down the leg side, close call and Dharamsena gives the decision in favour of the bowler. Joe Root comes in and defends the first ball. He then gets a boundary playing a half volley shot over point.
JWA Taylor lbw b Starc 0 (2b)
IR Bell lbw b Starc 0 (1b)
Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch, Shane Watson, Steven Smith, George Bailey(c),Glenn Maxwell, Brad Haddin(w), James Faulkner, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Xavier Doherty
England: Ian Bell, Moeen Ali, James Taylor, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Ravi Bopara,Jos Buttler(w), Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan, Stuart Broad, Steven Finn
England have won the toss and elected to bat first.
Sydney: With the World Cup in the back of their minds, favourites Australia and England will lock horns in the opening match of the ODI cricket tri-series here on Friday, looking to test their squads one last time in the final lead-up to next month's mega-event.
High on confidence after the 2-0 Test series win over India, the Australians will face England at the Sydney Cricket Ground tomorrow before renewing hostilities with the reigning World Cup title holders in Melbourne on Sunday.
The tri-series is seen as a final warm-up for all the three teams ahead of the World Cup, to be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand in less than a month's time. The series will provide players of all the three teams opportunity to find their form and stake a claim in the final XI of their respective sides in the World Cup.
The series will be specially vital for England as the team would look to settle down under new captain Eoin Morgan. In a big decision, England replaced Alastair Cook with Morgan as captain in less than two months before the World Cup to improve their chances.
Under Morgan's leadership, England have piled up runs in their two warm-up games in Canberra, scoring a total of 755. Ian Bell has been in threatening form as he blasted 187 off 145 balls in the 60-run win over the Prime Minister's XI yesterday.
But skipper Morgan is in desperate need of runs, having scored just one fifty in his past 19 ODI innings. To add to Morgan's woes, England's ODI form has been poor off late and they will look to regain the winning touch after last year's series losses at home to Sri Lanka and India, and away to Sri Lanka.
The series is also a chance for England to better their ODI record in Australia. Since their 2006-07 tour, England have played 12 ODIs in Australia but have managed to register only two wins, the last of which came in Sydney.
Australia, on the other hand, are one of the favourites to lift the World Cup but will be without their inspirational skipper Michael Clarke in the tri-series as he is still recovering from a hamstring surgery.
In Clarke's absence, Twenty20 captain George Bailey will lead the side with Steve Clarke as his deputy. Just like England, the tri-series is also an opportunity for Australia, some of whose players are battling fitness and form issues, to settle their possible World Cup team.
Playing for the Prime Minister's XI, all-rounder Glenn Maxwell smashed 136 off only 89 balls against England and looked set to explode in the tri-series.
But skipper Bailey desperately needs runs to cement his place in the team because if Clarke regains his fitness before the World Cup it is highly unlikely the former will feature in the playing XI. Among others, Mitchell Marsh is still recovering from a hamstring injury and is unlikely to be considered until the later part of the series.
Pace spearhead Mitchell Johnson and Josh Hazlewood too could be rested, which means a home-town ODI debut for Gurinder Sandhu. To add to it, the tri-series is also an opportunity for Australia to consolidate their position at the top of ODI rankings ahead of India. Australia edged India at the top of the ODI rankings after defeating South Africa 4-1 at home in November.
Australia: George Bailey (captain), Steve Smith, Pat Cummins, Xavier Doherty, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Brad Haddin, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Marsh Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Starc, David Warner, Shane Watson, Gurinder Sandhu.
England: Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Steven Finn, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Joe Root, James Taylor, James Tredwell, Chris Woakes.