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England v Australia - Champions Trophy LIVE!

 BY CHARLES REYNOLDS

by Charles Reynoldson Jun 8, 2013 at 10:21 AM


  • 1st over - England 5/0 (Cook 5, Bell 0)
    Good start for England, Cook picking up a boundary with a deft flick off his pads. Mitchell Starc going for five from his first over. Fellow Mitchell (Johnson) will start off from the opposite end.
    6/8/2013 9:37:15 AM
  • 2nd over - England 6/0 (Cook 6, Bell 0)
    So in the face of a few ironic cheers from the crowd when his name was announced, Mitchell Johnson bowls a very creditable first over with just a single coming from it.
    6/8/2013 9:41:37 AM
  • 3rd over - England 16/0 (Cook 11, Bell 4)
    Drama here, Bell really should be run out but Australia completely bungle the chance. Meanwhile Starc overstepped so England get a free hit. Cook attempts to strike it back over the bowler's head for six but he doesn't get hold of it and they just run two. Bell ends the over in style, driving through the offside for his first boundary.
    6/8/2013 9:46:12 AM
  • 4th over - England 20/0 (Cook 14, Bell 5)
    This has been some good early stuff from Mitchell Johnson - he bowls a real snorter at Bell which bounces up around his throat and the England man does well not to fend it to the slips. Four from the over.
    6/8/2013 9:51:54 AM
  • 5th over - England 27/0 (Cook 14, Bell 11)
    Clint McKay comes into the attack and he starts with a fairly hideous wide. Bell is watchful to start with but then cuts loose towards the end of the over, hitting over the top for a couple then more along the ground for four next ball. However he gets a bit of luck last ball, edging a drive but it doesn't carry to Phillip Hughes at second slip.
    6/8/2013 9:56:07 AM
  • 6th over - England 30/0 (Cook 16, Bell 11)
    Mitchell Johnson has been the pick of Australia's bowlers so far, England can only take three from the over. It hasn't all been great for Mitchell though, there is some serious discussion going on about his new haircut and not much of it is complementary.
    6/8/2013 10:03:14 AM
  • 7th over - England 36/0 (Cook 21, Bell 12)
    McKay continues and he gives Cook a delivery that's just floated outside off stump and positively pleading to be driven through the covers. Cook obliges and picks up an easy boundary. Six from the over.
    6/8/2013 10:05:06 AM
  • 8th over - England 42/0 (Cook 26, Bell 12)
    Johnson definitely troubling Bell more than Cook at the moment. England's skipper picks up another boundary punching a drive through the covers. Bell gets slightly rattled by a short ball but it's Johnson's most expensive over and England pick up nine.
    6/8/2013 10:09:22 AM
  • 9th over - England 46/0 (Cook 28, Bell 14)
    McKay bowls a better over, England can just pick up four from it although Australia have a leaping David Warner to thank for preventing Cook from picking up a boundary with a vicious cut shot.
    6/8/2013 10:16:02 AM
  • 10th over - England 54/0 (Cook 29, Bell 21)
    Shane Watson into the attack and he's treated with disdain by Ian Bell first ball. The England man thumps a booming drive straight down the ground between mid off and the bowler. Cracking shot. England bring up their 50 and they are going well so far.
    6/8/2013 10:18:37 AM



  • 6/8/2013 10:18:44 AM

  • Both sides sing their national anthems before the start of play 
    by Charles Reynoldson Jun 8, 2013 at 10:20 AM


    6/8/2013 10:21:07 AM
  • 11th over - England 56/0 (Cook 30, Bell 22)
    Clint McKay continues for Australia and he's getting more economical as he goes on. England pick up just two from the over. 
    6/8/2013 10:23:40 AM
  • WICKET! Cook c Wade b Watson - 30
    Oh no. Cook wafts a drive at one outside off stump and he nicks it on its way through to the keeper. First blow for Australia.
    6/8/2013 10:25:36 AM
  • 12th over - England 57/1 (Bell 23, Trott 0)
    So just as England's batsmen had the appearance of men in a not very strenuous net, Watson makes the breakthrough. Trott comes to crease to make it two Warwickshire men at the crease.
    6/8/2013 10:30:31 AM
  • 13th over - England 60/1 (Bell 24, Trott 1)
    He might not be looking that threatening, but Clint McKay is at least being quite economical. Just three from the over.
    6/8/2013 10:35:18 AM

  • Shane Watson celebrates removing England's skipper 
    by Charles Reynoldson Jun 8, 2013 at 10:37 AM


    6/8/2013 10:38:16 AM
  • 14th over - England 63/1 (Bell 27, Trott 1)
    Australia appeal heartily for LBW off the last ball of the over but Trott is outside the line of stump and there's at least a hint of bat in it anyway. Umpire Erasmus is not interested anyway. Three from the over.
    6/8/2013 10:40:11 AM
  • DRINKS 15th over - England 68/1 (Bell 31, Trott 2)
    Starc comes back into the attack and Bell gets a bit lucky with one. He's through a drive a little early and the ball momentarily floats up invitingly but it's safely in the gap and England pick up two. Five from the over.
    6/8/2013 10:42:30 AM
  • 16th over - England 70/1 (Bell 32, Trott 3)
    Watson continues after the drinks break and England only pick up two from the over. They have decelerated slightly worryingly since the loss of Cook. This looks like a good batting wicket so they need to avoid getting bogged down.
    6/8/2013 10:52:18 AM
  • The Independent's Stephen Brenkley from Edgaston:

    6/8/2013 10:53:22 AM
  • 17th over - England 74/1 (Bell 32, Trott 7)
    Trott picks up his first boundary with a simple push square of the wicket that is perfectly placed to bisect the point and cover fielders and run away for four. Perfect timing.
    6/8/2013 10:55:01 AM

  • Bell whips out a pull shot 
    by Charles Reynoldson Jun 8, 2013 at 10:55 AM


    6/8/2013 10:56:08 AM
  • 18th over - England 80/1 (Bell 35, Trott 8)
    James Faulkner comes into the attack for the first time today and England seem to have acknowledged that their strike rate had slipped a little because they keep the scoreboard ticking along. Six from the over.
    6/8/2013 11:00:54 AM
  • 19th over - England 84/1 (Bell 37, Trott 10)
    Starc continues but England can only take four from his over. He's not looking very threatening but England aren't managing to find the boundary with any regularity either.
    6/8/2013 11:05:37 AM
  • 20th over - England 87/1 (Bell 39, Trott 11)
    Better from Faulkner - England can only take three singles from the over. Looks like Australia are going to turn to a bit of spin for the first time today.
    6/8/2013 11:07:33 AM
  • 21st over - England 87/1 (Bell 43, Trott 11)
    So Adam Voges comes into the attack and Ian Bell plays a lovely off drive on bended knee that really deserves a boundary but is picked up by the sweeper on the off side boundary. Four from the over.
    6/8/2013 11:11:56 AM
  • 22nd over - England 97/1 (Bell 48, Trott 12)
    That is a four. Faulkner drops one too short and Bell pulls through midwicket. He doesn't quite time it but it's good enough to beat the man running round on the boundary.
    6/8/2013 11:13:21 AM
  • 50 for Ian Bell (70 balls, 4 fours)

    100 up for England (140 balls, 8 fours)

    6/8/2013 11:16:11 AM
  • 23rd over - England 100/1 (Bell 50, Trott 13)
    Voges continue and it's just three from the over although Bell brings up his second consecutive half-century. England could do with picking up their run rate here.
    6/8/2013 11:18:19 AM
  • 25th over - England 111/1 (Bell 56, Trott 18)
    England still not quite scoring fast enough you feel. Voges tosses up a juicy full toss for Bell but he can only hit it straight to the fielder. He'll be cross with that it was asking to be hit for four. 
    6/8/2013 11:23:18 AM
  • 26th over - England 115/1 (Bell 58, Trott 20)
    Mitchell Johnson back into the attack and England just work him for four singles. These two are still struggling to find the boundary.
    6/8/2013 11:27:42 AM
  • 27th over - England 118/1 (Bell 60, Trott 21)
    Watson replaces Voges and England's slumber continues, they can only pick up three from the over.

    6/8/2013 11:33:58 AM
  • 28th over - England 123/1 (Bell 65, Trott 21)
    A boundary! A real boundary! England's first for five overs. Johnson continues and Bell drives one that's full and wide and he gets it over backward point and beats the boundary sweeper. That's about it though for the over, England manage just one more scoring shot, a short ball that Bell pulls down to fine leg for a single.
    6/8/2013 11:37:07 AM
  • 29th over - England 132/1 (Bell 71, Trott 22)
    Jonny Bairstow comes onto the pitch, presumably delivering a message from the dressing room telling these batsmen to get on with it, and that's precisely what they do. England pick up nine from Watson's over, including a delicate leg glance for four from Bell. Better from England.
    6/8/2013 11:43:05 AM
  • DRINKS 31st over - England 149/1 (Bell 79, Trott 30)
    Ooh temper temper, there's a bit of a diplomatic incident here as Trott and wicketkeeper Wade get tangled up and have a bit of argie bargy before the umpire steps in to calm things down. England pick up seven from the over.

    6/8/2013 11:52:34 AM
  • So England are well set with 19 overs to go, can they kick on from here. Let's hope they can avoid their traditional batting powerplay meltdown...
    6/8/2013 11:54:13 AM
  • 32nd over - England 157/1 (Bell 80, Trott 36)
    Mitchell Starc comes back into the attack and England bring up their 150 and the hundred partnership between these two. Eight from the over. 
    6/8/2013 12:00:14 PM
  • The Independent's Stephen Brenkley:

    6/8/2013 12:01:40 PM
  • 33rd over - England 163/1 (Bell 81, Trott 39)
    Australia's third Mitchell, Mitchell Marsh, continues and England pick him off for six runs, but no boundaries. Surely there's a case for England taking their batting powerplay early considering they have two set batsmen here?

    6/8/2013 12:04:50 PM
  • WICKET! Trott c Wade b Starc - 43
    Second wicket down for England. Trott plays at a very wide one and just feathers it through to the keeper. Could work in England's favour though as it brings the more free-flowing Root to the crease.
    6/8/2013 12:06:29 PM
  • 34th over - England 170/2 (Bell 84, Root 1)
    So Starc makes the breakthrough for Australia, Trott goes for 43. Root arrives at the crease to hearty cheers from the crowd. He's been given the same reception at every ground so far this summer and seems to have firmly become a national favourite already.
    6/8/2013 12:10:29 PM
  • Mitchell Johnson's haircut has been hotly debated all morning, with various comparisons (mostly unflattering) being made. So what do you think? Don Draper or Adolf Hitler? Send us your thoughts...
    by Charles Reynoldson Jun 8, 2013 at 12:11 PM


    6/8/2013 12:13:12 PM
  • 35th over - England 173/2 (Bell 86, Root 1)
    Shane Watson back into the attack and England manage just three - it is time for the batting powerplay now so hopefully they can pick up the scoring rate now. Seems slightly odd that Morgan wasn't sent up the order ahead of Root to be honest.
    6/8/2013 12:15:29 PM
  • 36th over - England 180/2 (Bell 88, Root 6)
    Jos Buttler eat your heart out, Root plays a cheeky ramp/scoop shot over his head for four down to fine leg. Seven from the over.
    6/8/2013 12:18:44 PM
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