LIVE: Australia v England, 4th ODI

By Matthew Sherry

The fourth one-day international was in the balance after Aaron Finch’s 108 gave Australia a chance of chasing 317.

The home side – already holding an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series – began their pursuit impressively as Finch mixed good running with thoughtful attacks.

He reached a stunning centuy and although he fell to Stuart Broad and Glenn Maxwell was ousted by Ben Stokes, Australia were still in the hunt at 226 for six after 41 overs.

Earlier, a stunning late cameo from Jos Buttler lifted England – aiming to avoid matching a team-record by suffering 10th successive defeat – to a good total.

Half-centuries from Ian Bell and Stokes, the latter again enjoying the WACA having struck a stunning maiden Test century at the ground last month, had built upon Cook’s 44 and laid the perfect foundation for late fireworks.

Eoin Morgan and Buttler did not disappoint, either, as the former struck 33 and the latter a stunning, 43-ball 71.

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Australia Innings 

10.41am – WICKET! Faulkner c Buttler b Stokes 2; Australia 230/7 – There will be no heroics from Faulkner today as he feathers an attempted cut to Jos Buttler. Surely England have this wrapped up now?

10.38am – Just three runs have come from the last two overs with Stokes and Broad keeping a lid on Australia’s scoring.

10.29am – WICKET! Maxwell c Buttler b Stokes 26; Australia 222/6 – Got him! Cook brings back Stokes and it pays immediate dividends as Maxwell nicks an attempted heave behind.

10.22am – Maxwell and Dan Christian are ticking the score over nicely here. With James Faulkner in next, Australia are far from out of this.

10.08am – WICKET! Finch c Broad b Bresnan 108; Australia 191/5 – That’s the breakthrough England wanted so badly! Finch attempts to upper-cut Bresnan but picks out Broad at third man.

10.04am – Glenn Maxwell is looking busy alongside Finch. The batting powerplay is in place, with its first over bringing just four runs.

9.48am – WICKET! Smith c Buttler b Broad 19; Australia 174/4 – Brilliant from Broad, who – one ball after being pulled for four – induces a feather from Smith.

9.44am – CENTURY! Finch (97b 8×4 4×6) – A clip to leg brings two and a brilliant century for Finch. How England would love to get rid of him.

9.40am – Steven Smith is proving a good foil for Finch, who is on to 97, and picks up his first six with a pull… Australia are 160 for three after 30 overs.

9.19am – WICKET! Bailey c Buttler b Stokes 11; Australia 132/3 – Excellent, excellent review from Cook. Ben Stokes appeals loudly for a caught-behind down the leg side off Bailey but umpire Kumar Dharmasena shakes his head. However, HotSpot shows an inside edge and the Australia skipper is on his way.

9.13am – That scalp had slowed Australia down until George Bailey thumped Bopara down the ground for four.

8.58am – WICKET! Wade c Cook b Bopara 23; Australia 110/2 – It’s all happening! Now England have a breakthrough as Wade picks out Alastair Cook at mid-off.

8.56am – We knew it would come… Finch begins to take the attack to Tredwell, who had been economical, and strikes successive sixes – the first of which flew out of the stadium!

8.50am – Matthew Wade picks up his first boundary of the innings, clipping Ravi Bopara – who erred too straight – fine for four.

8.44am – As I was saying… 

8.40am – FIFTY! Finch (54b 7×4 1×6) – Finch brings up a good half-century. I cannot help but think there are some fireworks to come from the opener soon.

8.37am – In spite of that maximum, England are applying the squeeze impressive here.

8.23am – England are keeping a lid on things nicely, with just 12 runs coming in the last five overs. James Tredwell is now into the attack.

8.05am – WICKET! Marsh c Bell b Bresnan 15; Australia 46/1 – England needed that. With the home side rocketing along, Marsh opened the face and tried to steer Tim Bresnan to third man. However, Ian Bell had other ideas and held a fine, diving catch at second slip.

8am – The runs continue to flow for Australia as Jordan and Stuart Broad struggle to find the right length.

7.47am – Australia are off to a flyer here as Shaun Marsh and Finch pepper the boundary, taking the score to 27 after three overs.

7.39am – Aaron Finch, the dangerman of these early stages, gets Australia moving with a powerful, aerial drive through cover – only to be cut in half by a Chris Jordan beauty at the end of the opening over.

England Innings 

7.01am – END OF INNINGS! England 316/8; Broad 4, Jordan 0 – Brilliant end to the innings for England as Stuart Broad crunches Faulkner’s hat-trick delivery through cover for four.

6.59am – WICKET! Bresnan c Johnson b Faulkner 2; England 312/8 – Two in two! Tim Bresnan edges a wild heave, the ball flying off the bat straight to Johnson in the same position. Faulkner’s on a hat-trick with a delivery remaining.

6.58am – WICKET! Buttler c Johnson b Faulkner 71; England 312/7 – What a knock that was from Buttler. The ball after whipping Faulkner over midwicket for six, he edges to deep third man – where Johnson takes a good catch.

6.49am – FIFTY! Buttler (34b 4×4 2×6) – Buttler clips two and brings up a sublime half-century. He has two overs to inflict more damage…

6.46am – WICKET! Morgan c Christian b Faulkner 33; England 287/6 – A good, little Morgan cameo comes to an end as he nails Faulkner straight to midwicket, one ball after sweeping the left-arm seamer for six.

6.37am – What a talent. Buttler follows a powerful pulled four with an incredible straight six off Coulter-Nile. England are 270 for five with four overs left.

6.34am – Wonderful stuff from Buttler, who drives and pulls Johnson for effortless boundaries. 

6.12am – Morgan responds well, pulling Faulkner over fine-leg for four. He and Jos Buttler are the men England want at the crease in this situation.

6.04am – WICKET! Bopara c sub b Coulter-Nile 3; England 216/5 – After Morgan crunches a four through extra-cover, Ravi Bopara skies an attempted pull to mid-on, where Xavier Doherty claims a simple catch.

5.50am – WICKET! Stokes c Wade b Faulkner 70; England 206/4 – Big breakthrough for Australia as Faulkner, having been crunched over mid-off for four by Eoin Morgan, has Stokes caught at fine-leg off a top edge.

5.37am – WICKET! Ballance c Smith b Pattinson 18; England 190/3 – Ballance, who really struggled for fluency, top edges an attempted pull and Steven Smith snaffles a skier.

5.32am – The umpires ruled that there was not enough evidence to give Stokes out. Having watched Gary Ballance find a first boundary via an edge, the number three responded by crunching Johnson through midwicket.

5.19am – FIFTY! Stokes (58b 4×4 1×6) – What a way to bring up your first ODI half-century. Stokes advances and crunches Maxwell for a huge straight six despite men being in place at long-off and long-on.

5.13am – That’s more like it! Maxwell drops a little short and Stokes pulls powerfully through midwicket.

5.08am – England are struggling to get the ball away all of a sudden, although their earlier good work means they can afford a couple of quiet overs.

4.54am – WICKET! Bell c Faulkner b Christian 55; England 138/2 – There’s the breakthrough Australia needed. Bell whips Dan Christian straight to the hands of fine-leg Faulkner, who makes no mistake.

4.50am – MISSED CHANCES! – In the blink of an eye, Stokes is on to 29 with a whipped four. That precedes Shaun Marsh dropping his second chance of the over, both difficult efforts diving at slip as Bell and Stokes enjoy a life apiece.

4.44am – FIFTY! Bell (47b 9×4 0x6) – That’s an error from James Pattinson, who comes in too far from deep cover and watches an aerial Bell drive – which should have offered a simple chance – go over his head for four. That brings up a fine fifty for England’s opener.

4.23am – England’s rate has not slowed since Cook’s departure, Ben Stokes finding early fours via a sweep and straight drive either side of Bell adding to his count with a glorious front-foot stroke.

4.14am – WICKET! Cook b Maxwell 44; England 87/1 – The captain falls as, the over after watching Bell edge and clip to the rope, he inside edges an attempted slog-sweep at Glenn Maxwell on to his stumps. That was a cracking knock, which has left England in a fine position.

4.04am – Put simply, this is stunning batting. Bell successively hits Faulkner for straight, aerial fours before Cook adds boundaries with a powerful pull and drive in the next over. England end the powerplay on 73 without loss.

3.57am – Even better from the skipper as he twice cuts and then drives Nathan Coulter-Nile to the rope. He is on to 33 from just 29 balls.

3.54am – This has become an excellent start for England. James Faulkner’s first over goes for nine as Cook pulls and aerially clips leg-side fours to leave England 41 without loss after seven overs.

3.43am – Plenty of positive intent being shown by England, with Alastair Cook edging four over third man after Ian Bell picks up three with a lovely chip over cover.

3.24am – Wonderful opening over from Mitchell Johnson, who beats each batsman’s bat as England get three runs on the board.

Pre-Play News 

3.15am – Right then, we’re just five minutes from the action. So get the kettle on, make a cuppa and then settle in for some cricket, and hopefully an England win.

3am – Australia had already named their team yesterday, Bailey leading in place of Michael Clarke – who is rested along with David Warner and Brad Haddin. Xavier Doherty is left out with Steven Smith, Matthew Wade and Mitchell Johnson coming in.

2.52am – AUSTRALIA WIN TOSS & BOWL – Australia skipper George Bailey calls correctly and sends the tourists in.

2.43am – There is much of that aforementioned ‘pride’ at stake today, though, with Jos Buttler yesterday talking of the team’s desire to avoid equalling an England-record 10 straight losses.

2.30am – Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the fourth one-day international of five between Australia and England. The hosts are already 3-0 up in the rubber, meaning Alastair Cook’s side are playing for pride.

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