Welcome to the Evening Standard’s live cricket commentary of England vs Australia, the second in the three-match ODI series.
The visitors took the spoils on Friday night despite a century from Sam Billings, as Australia won by 19 runs.
Now Eoin Morgan’s side have the chance to dust themselves off and make Wednesday’s third match a winner-takes-all affair by securing a victory today at Old Trafford.
Probably not what Root wanted as Roy takes a quick single off the first ball of Hazlewood’s next over so he’s straight into the firing line.
Mind you, he’s played that well, couple of strides down the pitch and pushed into the leg-side to get off the mark.
Joe Root is in at number three and is hit high on the hip by a Starc ball that strays too far across the stumps and will go all the way for four byes.
Ouch. Root’s in a bit of trouble here because he’s inside edged hard onto his knee, which was exposed as the pad bent forwards. The physio is on.
That’s the first ball Bairstow’s faced from Starc, and it gets him. Nice ball, good use of the left-arm angle from Starc, just goes across him. The good news for England is that Roy is looking in better form at the other end.
Gone! Jonny Bairstow’s hardly seen any of the strike and now he’s on his way without scoring as Starc finds the outside edge and it sails through to Carey for a simple catch behind the stumps.
That’s more like it. Not middled by Roy but terrifically placed out of the toe end of the bat and through a fine gap at extra cover.
Four more. Nicely clipped into the leg side and it absolutely romps away. The outfield looks quick.
And again! A bit of confidence, a bit more timing and suddenly Jason Roy looks in decent nick, cutting crisply to the fence.
Well Jason Roy would like a few more of these. He just clips tamely towards mid-on but Pat Cummins makes a hash of a routine stop and it races through him and away to the boundary.
Roy really does look all at sea out there, though, a few ugly swipes at air outside off.
Bairstow’s turn to use up a life. Hazlewood bangs one in and Bairstow goes on the pull but skews up in the air. It lands short of two fielders.
Bairstow has a couple of hefty swings at it later in the over but gets nowhere near. Terrific again from Hazlewood, a maiden to start.
Lucky Jason Roy. That looked a little high, and so it proved. Roy looks out of nick but needs to make that count.
Mitchell Starc to open up – remember, he was a bit of a fitness doubt. And has he got the early breakthrough here?!
The finger goes up, Roy hit on the pad but this looks very high to me. The batsman reviews, and yep, miles over. Rubbish decision and Roy survives.
Here we go then. Aaron Finch leads the Aussies out onto the field into the sunshine.
Interesting team from England, especially given it’s a used pitch. Moeen Ali’s out, suggestion of a slight niggle but perhaps he’s just been dropped. Two Currans in, Mark Wood rested as he « hasn’t pulled up too well ». No Steve Smith for Australia.
England have made two changes to their side – both the Curran brothers, Sam and Tom, are in in place of Mark Wood and Moeen Ali.
Australia are unchanged from the opening game so no Steve Smith and Mitchell Starc is fit to play.
We’ll have the toss and confirmed team news in around ten minutes’ time. The one major alteration from the first game is that Australia have Steve Smith available again.
The batsman was hit on the head in the nets in the build up to Friday night but has passed two concussion tests to get the all clear for this afternoon.
Sam Billing’s knock was the big plus for England as he continued his fine form from the ODI series against Ireland in the summer.
He’s also perhaps the man with most to prove, because you’d imagine he’d be making way for Ben Stokes in this side.
« I’ve threatened to get a score of substance for quite a while and it’s just nice to kick on and get a big score and stake a claim, » Billings said.
« That’s all I can do. I don’t think, however many runs I get, that I’ll keep that spot. »
Friday night’s opening game of the series saw the majority of Eoin Morgan’s World Cup winning side reunited in this form of the game but things did not go according to plan.
Glenn Maxwell and Mitch Marsh’s 126-run partnership helped Australia rally from 123/5 to set England a target of 295 for victory but a brilliant opening spell from Josh Hazlewood meant the hosts were always up against it.
Jonny Bairstow struck 88 while Sam Billings made his first international century but it wasn’t enough as England finished their chase 19 runs short.
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