Australia need to remember that their present situation is not their final destination. The best is yet to come. Even if that comes in the final ODI on Sunday, then so be it. Better late than never! Meanwhile for England, their life is very sweet as of now. All they need to do is be in the moment and enjoy their success. On that note, this is Nikhil signing off on behalf of Raju, Abhinand and Sulthan. Good night and take care!
Jason Roy, Man of the Match: It's been good fun, ya. I am feeling like I have got myself into a training routine. Feeling good that I am doing the job for the team. Just trying to control and pace my innings. Unfortunately couldn't carry on after the century. Was concentrating on taking the catch (Marsh's dismissal) and tuck it to someone, was lucky that I threw it to the big fellow (Overton).
Eoin Morgan, England captain: I thought we played pretty solid cricket today. Having lost the toss and Australia winning the toss, our objective was to restrict them to total that could be later chased on. I think it depends on conditions. The wicket was really good. At the halfway stage it was a total well within our grasp. He's (Overton) a young fellow, he came in and grabbed the opportunity. He might get an opportunity in the next game too as we go to Manchester. It's a ground we have enjoyed, hopefully it goes well there.
Tim Paine, Australia captain: I thought we were 30-40 short. We got ourselves in a good position, but failed to capitalize in the last 10 overs. We dropped the catch and lost the momentum. Jason and Jonny are really in good touch. I am trying to enjoy but you gotta catch those. We came here as an inexperienced side, but that can't be an excuse. This is a good chance for the young players and a good experience for them.
Highest targets chased down by Eng vs Australia:311 Chester-Le-Street, 2018305 MCG, 2018300 Leeds, 2015271 Brisbane, 2018270 Lord's, 1997
Eighth win for England against Australia in nine head-to-head encounters in 2018 - the joint most England have beaten an opponent in a calendar year alongside eight against Pak in 1987 (in 11 games)
Highest targets chased down by Eng:350 v NZ, Trent Bridge, 2015311 v Aus, Chester-Le-Street, 2018 *306 v Ban, Oval, 2017306 v SL, Oval, 2016
Another comprehensive victory for England, their 4th straight win in a row. In the previous match they notched up the highest ever score in the history of ODIs and today they have chased down their second highest total in this format. They've been on a roll, creating records for fun. Australia did manage to post a competitive score with Finch and Marsh scoring centuries but Willey stole the show in death overs by bagging four crucial wickets. Then it was the Roy-Bairstow show once again, that proved to be the knockout punch. Roy brought up his sixth ODI ton with his flamboyant stroke play while Bairstow missed out on his century by 20-odd runs. They had done enough damage as the likes of Hales and Buttler finished things off convincingly to give England a 6-wicket win. Buttler's 29-ball 54* was an icing on the cake. Hang on for the presentations...
Nathan Lyon [6.0-0-37-1] is back into the attack
Michael Neser [7.0-0-42-0] is back into the attack
England require only 31 runs off 8 overs!
Jhye Richardson [6.0-0-44-0] is back into the attack
Only 51 runs required off the final 10 overs! Should be a walk in the park unless something dramatic happens.
Billy Stanlake [6.0-0-42-1] is back into the attack
Jhye Richardson [5.0-0-39-0] is back into the attack
Jos Buttler, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Agar to Eoin Morgan, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Morgan has been adjudged caught behind but he has challenged the umpire's decision. Wonder why! Because there was a clear spike on the UltraEdge.
Eoin Morgan, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Agar to Root, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
Ashton Agar [4.0-0-20-0] is back into the attack
Michael Neser [4.0-0-27-0] is back into the attack
Marcus Stoinis [4.0-0-31-0] is back into the attack
Joe Root, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Stanlake to Bairstow, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Billy Stanlake [3.0-0-35-0] is back into the attack
Jhye Richardson [3.0-0-26-0] is back into the attack
174 is the highest opening stand at this venue surpassing 171* between Trescothick & Stewart vs WI in 2000.
Alex Hales, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Lyon to Roy, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Seventh 100 by an English opener in ODIs in 2018 - the most for them in a calendar year surpassing six in 2012
Paine standing upto the stumps
Two consecutive 150+ opening stands:S Elahi/ T Umar v Zim in 2002H Amla/ Q de Kock v Ind in 2013N Dickwella/ D Gunathilaka v Zim in 2017J ROY/ J BAIRSTOW v Aus in 2018 *
Time for drinks! The overrate has been superb from both sides. When teams can be fined for slow overrates, there should be some sort of reward for sides that complete their quota of overs inside the scheduled time. Whaddaya reckon? PS: The fact that I'm talking about overrates and not about England's innings so far should tell you where we are headed. Similar script, take four please
Nathan Lyon [2.0-0-14-0] is back into the attack
Marcus Stoinis, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Five 100+ opening stands for the 1st wicket between Roy & Bairstow - most by an English opening pair surpassing four by Knight & Trescothick.
Billy Stanlake [2.0-0-26-0] is back into the attack
Only the second instance of both teams scoring 100+ for the first wicket in an Australia-England ODI. Previous once was at the SCG in 2002.
***Number of fours scored by Marsh during his 92-ball 101 = 5***Number of fours scored by Bairstow so far (27 off 25) = 5
Ashton Agar, left-arm orthodox, comes into the attack
Jhye Richardson, right-arm fast, comes into the attack
Nathan Lyon, right-arm off break, comes into the attack
Spin introduced early. It's the offie. No slip.
Billy Stanlake, right-arm fast, comes into the attack
Roy and Bairstow are at the crease. Roy is on strike. Neser will open the attack