Match Over - England won by 4 wickets + Match Details

Match Details

  • Toss: Australia, who chose to bat
  • Venue: Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane
  • Referee: RS Madugalle
  • When: 19 Jan 2018, 05:20 SAST
  • Winner: England
  • Man of the Match: JE Root


  • Umpire1: HDPK Dharmasena
  • Umpire2: SJ Nogajski
  • Third Umpire: CB Gaffaney



Overs: 50.0 / 50.0




Overs: 44.2 / 50.0


9.02pm Right, that's your lot. Thanks for joining us today, have a read of Dan Brettig's report and join us again on Sunday for the third ODI in Sydney, where Australia desperately need a win to stay alive in the series.

Sarvesh : "Even without Stokes, England ODI side is a force to reckon with. They were the most competitive in India among visiting teams last year, after South Africa. They played really well in South Africa before that. I m in favour of a whitewash in Australia !!! " Watch this space. They are clearly a team in a very good frame of mind at the moment. Good night.

9pm Man of the Match is Joe Root for his wickets and runs. "Enjoyable today, didn't think I'd bowl seven overs at the start of the day. The form Smith has been in this summer, very enjoyable to see the back of him."

"Whenever you come off a series loss you want to prove a point, and leading into the World Cup we want to set a benchmark. We had to stay cool in the moment and get the job done."

Eoin Morgan: "Our bowlers were exceptional. It puts pressure on the Australia batsmen. We did enough to win but it was far from a complete performance, which is exciting for us."

"We have a level of trust and confidence in the group that someone will put their hand up for us."

8.55pm Time for some presentations. Here's Steve Smith. "We're not playing good enough one-day cricket at the moment. It's a quality England batting line-up. We lost a couple of wickets in a row, we couldn't get that power going at the back end to get that 320 we were after."

"Richo bowled pretty well, perhaps [we should have played a spinner]. This wicket is different to the one we had for the Test match."

8.47pm England have won their first ODI at Brisbane since 1999, and they have taken an emphatic 2-0 lead without really being stretched in two apparently daunting chases.

Hypocaust: "Joe Root now has the 3rd highest average (87.06) in victorious ODI chases (min. 20 innings), behind Dhoni (102.72) and Kohli (93.64) and just ahead of Bevan (86.25)."

Mark: "Are we facing a scenario where Australia's total domination of the Tests will be countered by England's total domination of the ODIs and T20s. You begin to wonder if Australia could be whitewashed."

Deedat: "Like Morgan said last time, if Roy fails, someone from the rest of the team would step up. This time, seems like who whole team did. Magnificent from Hales and Bairstow. And just solid as always from Root"

44.2MP Stoinis to CR Woakes, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, pumped up and over long-on, plugs in the deep, trickles to the rope, and England have secured a tremendous win.

David: "So, in the end, we're looking at Joe Root utterly failing to convert. "

44.1MP Stoinis to CR Woakes, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, up and over point, leaning back and timing the pants off his uppercut! Scores are level....
End of over 44. 4 runs this over. 266/6 after 264 balls.
CR Woakes 31 (25b 3x4 1x6 ) MR Marsh 1-0-4-0
JE Root 46 (58b 1x4 0x6 ) more

England are easing towards the finish line... but the Alexis Sanchez transfer saga still has legs. Will he sign for Manchester United today? Or will Peter Crouch take the headlines by rocking up at Chelsea? Follow the madness over on Transfer Talk at ESPNFC

bhaskar: "Who was it that predicted the chase in 43.4 overs? Go and buy a lottery ticket or something! " Afraid he's missed the jackpot!

Sarvesh : "Still my Man of the match is Joe Root. Played in the shadow of Roy last game, didn't get that attention. But this time Roooot is anchoring just by rotation of strikes. And has the spotlight. "

End of over 43. 9 runs this over. 262/6 after 258 balls.
JE Root 45 (56b 1x4 0x6 ) MP Stoinis 4-0-26-0
CR Woakes 28 (21b 3x4 1x6 ) more

uzairbinnisar: "Can you update why M. Marsh has not bowled a single over in this match?" I cannot. Most peculiar. Well, blow me down. Here he comes!

Chris Brant: "Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust, if Jhye doesn´t get you then Tye must." If at first you don't succeed, Try, Jhye and Tye again

Mukunda Phuyal: "Root justifying the value of keeping wicket and at times ticking the scoreboard. This is a typical one day old fashioned match winning innings from him." Every team needs a nurdler. Even the pedal to the metal ones

End of over 42. 6 runs this over. 253/6 after 252 balls.
CR Woakes 21 (18b 2x4 1x6 ) JA Richardson 10-1-57-2
JE Root 43 (53b 1x4 0x6 ) more

MAHARAJ SINGH: "Is he real Ben Stokes?" Even it it was, I think instigating an insurrection against his captain at this juncture of his career would be... less than prudent

Umair: "Some one tell Smith that in an ODI match you atleast play 4 pure bowlers! also instead of trying to play like England we would be a much better team if we focus on the Australian way!"

AshesAddict: "Going back to 2005 (with the sole exception of 2013/14), the team winning the Ashes tests series has then failed to win the following ODI series. Good omen for England?" I suppose it is. If you discount the fact that the team that has lost most of those ODI series is England!

End of over 41. 4 runs this over. 247/6 after 246 balls.
CR Woakes 16 (13b 1x4 1x6 ) AJ Tye 9-0-47-0
JE Root 42 (52b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Stokes: "What was the last time you saw Morgan scoring a century, Millllller? I think he should be dropped to get me in, I can captain too" Last summer as it happens. But absolutely not. He's a brilliant tactician and gets the very best out of his players. He's a first pick

Dhaval : "Just when the match went into Starc's zone, he's done with his overs. The other inexperienced bowlers have to stand up to show that they belong here." I think Richardson has already shown he belongs, to be honest. But you can't magic up experience

End of over 40. 12 runs this over. 243/6 after 240 balls.
CR Woakes 13 (9b 1x4 1x6 ) JA Richardson 9-1-51-2
JE Root 41 (50b 1x4 0x6 ) more

George: "Anybody who thinks England are in trouble here should note that Starc, who took four of the wickets, has bowled out." This is the fundamental truth of Australia's predicament. They have to take four more wickets because they won't defend the runs alone

End of over 39. 3 runs this over. 231/6 after 234 balls.
JE Root 40 (48b 1x4 0x6 ) AJ Tye 8-0-43-0
CR Woakes 2 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) more

andrewmc: "You did cometh with Dooom O Miller. Time methinks to bring some sunshine. (Hang on, I'll be back in a tick...)" It never rains, it pours...

End of over 38. 3 runs this over. 227/6 after 227 balls.
CR Woakes 0 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) MA Starc 10-0-58-4
JE Root 38 (45b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Mufaro: "Miller did you see the #betterthanAshes hashtag on SAvsINDIA series. I agree Ashes was boring although i think you were being sarcastic to Peter" I was, yes. But I also agree. Definitely the best 2-0-after-two scoreline of the winter!

End of over 37. 9 runs this over. 224/4 after 222 balls.
JE Root 37 (44b 1x4 0x6 ) TM Head 7-0-55-0
JC Buttler 42 (31b 5x4 0x6 ) more

Hershi: "Well done England. Good to see you peaking 18 months too early." And seven months too late...

End of over 36. 6 runs this over. 215/4 after 216 balls.
JC Buttler 37 (28b 5x4 0x6 ) MA Starc 9-0-55-2
JE Root 33 (41b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Peter: "As an England fan, it's so good to be seeing real cricket again after the unfortunate sideshow that is the Ashes. 50-over cricket is much the purer form, I've always thought." Damn right. Short game's a good game. Ashes, what Ashes?

Rob: "Morning Miller. Who would you drop from the England team when the errant Stokes is available for selection. Can't be Ali or Rashid, it's a bit harsh to drop Woakes, Plunkett maybe? " I'd lose whichever of Hales, Roy and Bairstow is even remotely off the pace. Treat em mean, keep em keen!

andrewmc: "What's sort of an effect will this Miller chap's presence have on the course of this game? No more wickets to fall and Butler to finish it fast?" I tend to come laden with DOOOM. But maybe that's just the Ashes...

End of over 35. 9 runs this over. 209/4 after 210 balls.
JC Buttler 33 (24b 5x4 0x6 ) TM Head 6-0-46-0
JE Root 31 (39b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Adrian Meredith: "This is what happens when you go in with an extra batsman, bat first and don't get enough runs." Valid

End of over 34. 8 runs this over. 196/4 after 203 balls.
JC Buttler 24 (21b 3x4 0x6 ) JA Richardson 8-1-35-2
JE Root 27 (35b 1x4 0x6 ) more

That's drinks. Can Australia make this tight? Or will England ease home? Here's Miller to find out

End of over 33. 10 runs this over. 188/4 after 198 balls.
JC Buttler 20 (18b 3x4 0x6 ) MP Stoinis 3-0-17-0
JE Root 24 (33b 1x4 0x6 ) more

T-rex: "How fast is Richardson bowling? Quicker than Starc?" Been around 140-142kph today

End of over 32. 2 runs this over. 178/4 after 192 balls.
JE Root 24 (33b 1x4 0x6 ) JA Richardson 7-1-27-2
JC Buttler 10 (12b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 31. 7 runs this over. 176/4 after 186 balls.
JC Buttler 10 (12b 1x4 0x6 ) AJ Tye 7-0-40-0
JE Root 22 (27b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 30. 5 runs this over. 169/4 after 180 balls.
JE Root 20 (25b 1x4 0x6 ) MA Starc 8-0-49-2
JC Buttler 5 (8b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 29. 5 runs this over. 164/4 after 174 balls.
JC Buttler 2 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) AJ Tye 6-0-33-0
JE Root 18 (22b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Johan: "Another 2 wickets and THEN perhaps game on... Smith needs to bowl out Starc and Richardson NOW. With this total its basically a 40 overs game - so make sure your frontliners at least get through their full 10. If england get to 45 overs, they've won anyway..."

End of over 28. 2 runs this over. 159/4 after 168 balls.
JC Buttler 1 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) MA Starc 7-0-44-2
JE Root 14 (18b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Varun Batra: "You are right about the importance of Morgan's wicket. So now Australia are finally back in this game, not ahead by any means though."

Barry de Klerk: "On the other hand, if Morgan's first scoring shot that went just wide of a diving Warner of Head went to hand then he would have been rated as a brilliant captain, go figure... "

Manish: "Root & Morgan's partnership will decide the fate of this match" So what do you reckon?

End of over 27. 4 runs this over. 157/3 after 162 balls.
JE Root 13 (16b 1x4 0x6 ) AJ Tye 5-0-28-0
EJG Morgan 21 (26b 2x4 1x6 ) more

Chris: "I was literally in the process of writing exactly the same as Jordan. It is beyond astonishing that Smith wouldn't seek to turn the screw and strike while the iron was hot. Absolutely woeful decision."

End of over 26. 3 runs this over. 153/3 after 156 balls.
EJG Morgan 20 (22b 2x4 1x6 ) MA Starc 6-0-42-1
JE Root 10 (14b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 25. 4 runs this over. 150/3 after 150 balls.
JE Root 9 (12b 1x4 0x6 ) TM Head 5-0-37-0
EJG Morgan 18 (18b 2x4 1x6 ) more

Rob: "Morning Gnasher. Ah this is more civilised, cricket during the day rather than in the middle of the night." Was still middle of the night when I came in!

End of over 24. 8 runs this over. 146/3 after 144 balls.
EJG Morgan 15 (13b 2x4 1x6 ) JA Richardson 6-1-25-2
JE Root 8 (11b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 23. 9 runs this over. 138/3 after 138 balls.
EJG Morgan 8 (8b 2x4 0x6 ) TM Head 4-0-33-0
JE Root 7 (10b 1x4 0x6 ) more

James: "20/2 off the 5 overs since you came on comms, Gnasher. Much more of this and Australia will make a game of it!"

End of over 22. 5 runs this over. 129/3 after 132 balls.
EJG Morgan 0 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) JA Richardson 5-1-17-2
JE Root 6 (9b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Now then. Australia have two new batsmen at the crease. Eoin Morgan comes in

End of over 21. 4 runs this over. 123/2 after 125 balls.
JE Root 0 (6b 0x4 0x6 ) MP Stoinis 2-0-6-0
JM Bairstow 60 (55b 9x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 20.  A maiden over! 119/2 after 120 balls.
JE Root 0 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) JA Richardson 4-1-12-1
JM Bairstow 58 (52b 9x4 0x6 ) more

Aussie fan: "Well done Gnasher."

Can that spark something for Australia? Slip in place for Root

End of over 19. 3 runs this over. 119/1 after 114 balls.
AD Hales 57 (58b 7x4 1x6 ) MP Stoinis 1-0-3-0
JM Bairstow 58 (52b 9x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 18. 7 runs this over. 116/1 after 108 balls.
AD Hales 55 (55b 7x4 1x6 ) MA Starc 5-0-39-1
JM Bairstow 57 (49b 9x4 0x6 ) more

Amit: ""So, England are cruising. Here's Gnasher to ruin their momentum". That was a low blow Miller. Poor poor Gnasher" Not without some validity. And the players take a drink

End of over 17. 8 runs this over. 109/1 after 101 balls.
JM Bairstow 52 (44b 9x4 0x6 ) AJ Finch 3-0-17-0
AD Hales 53 (53b 7x4 1x6 ) more

So, England are cruising. Here's Gnasher to ruin their momentum

Gopi_logan: "Totally agree with Mark, cricinfo is a saviour from office boredom!!!! Next stop, mute phone and watch live in :)" That's the spirit. Cricinfo: Ruining Office Productiity since 1993

End of over 16. 8 runs this over. 101/1 after 96 balls.
JM Bairstow 52 (41b 9x4 0x6 ) MA Starc 4-0-32-1
AD Hales 46 (51b 7x4 0x6 ) more

James: "With England apparently cruising here, at least Australia U19 have won a thumping ODI victory, by 311 runs. Against the mighty Papua New Guinea." Absolute scenes

End of over 15. 2 runs this over. 93/1 after 90 balls.
AD Hales 44 (48b 7x4 0x6 ) AJ Finch 2-0-9-0
JM Bairstow 46 (38b 8x4 0x6 ) more

Steve: "As good as Stokes is, I think if England have a good all round series here it is going to be hard to justify parachuting him straight back in. Look how long Bairstow had to wait to get in. Then, if Stokes was available for this series it probably would have been Hales that missed out which also would have been unfair. Mind you, trying to squash 7 world class batsmen into 6 batting places isn't the worst problem to have..." Ain't that the truth. It's a different world to England's Ashes woe, that's for sure

End of over 14. 6 runs this over. 91/1 after 84 balls.
AD Hales 42 (42b 7x4 0x6 ) AJ Tye 4-0-24-0
JM Bairstow 46 (38b 8x4 0x6 ) more

Mark Moodley: "I am an Englishman living in Brisbane, who goes to the Gabba all the time It would have been wonderful to be able to see an England victory in Australia. However, I am currently working in France and he only way I can follow the cricket is by hiding behind my compter in a really boring meeting with you guys. Thank you !!" Happy to help!

End of over 13. 7 runs this over. 85/1 after 78 balls.
AD Hales 37 (37b 7x4 0x6 ) AJ Finch 1-0-7-0
JM Bairstow 45 (37b 8x4 0x6 ) more

Simon: "Stokes can come in for Woakes, or even Plunkett. You can't not pick him. He has the Xfactor (I hate that expression)."

End of over 12. 9 runs this over. 77/1 after 71 balls.
JM Bairstow 38 (33b 7x4 0x6 ) AJ Tye 3-0-17-0
AD Hales 36 (34b 7x4 0x6 ) more

Balladeer: "Since Fossie's made a bold call, here's mine: don't drop anybody for Stokes. The balance is fine as is with Root chipping in. Let him work his way back by dint of good scores in whatever T20 tournament he finds himself in." Controversial, but quite the way to ensure everyone keeps their focus!

End of over 11. 8 runs this over. 68/1 after 66 balls.
AD Hales 35 (32b 7x4 0x6 ) TM Head 3-0-24-0
JM Bairstow 31 (30b 6x4 0x6 ) more

Meanwhile, tennis fans in the Indian subcontinent can watch Rafael Nadal, Nick Kyrgios and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in third round action at the Australian Open here.

End of over 10. 4 runs this over. 60/1 after 60 balls.
JM Bairstow 25 (27b 5x4 0x6 ) AJ Tye 2-0-8-0
AD Hales 33 (29b 7x4 0x6 ) more

Tom: "Question is... who is Stokes going to replace??? Nice problem though tbh - wish our test team was in the same state!!!" Well quite. One of the top three, I'd imagine. But how do you drop any of them at present!

Fossie: "When was the last time you heard anyone calling for Warner's head? You heard it now. Too many starts, too comfortable in his spot." Oof, big call. And I'd personally look elsewhere first!

End of over 9. 7 runs this over. 56/1 after 54 balls.
JM Bairstow 21 (21b 4x4 0x6 ) TM Head 2-0-16-0
AD Hales 33 (29b 7x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 8. 4 runs this over. 49/1 after 48 balls.
AD Hales 33 (29b 7x4 0x6 ) AJ Tye 1-0-4-0
JM Bairstow 14 (15b 3x4 0x6 ) more

Darshin: "England bat deep! Plunkett at 10 and that bloke can hit a few, yikes!" He's got levers. Gotta love levers

Donepudi: "It looks like we might see some leg spin from either Smith or White today as there are no other spinners today. " it's not out of the question. Pace on the ball has not been an asset so far

End of over 7. 9 runs this over. 45/1 after 42 balls.
JM Bairstow 14 (15b 3x4 0x6 ) TM Head 1-0-9-0
AD Hales 29 (23b 6x4 0x6 ) more

Nisarg: "Today incidentally, both the trans Tasman neighbors have scored pretty much the same score in their ODI innings and each featured a century from one of their openers. Australia will be hoping for a similar result like NZ. " Quite so. Though not sure Pakistan are quite the opposition that England are proving to be in this series.

End of over 6. 7 runs this over. 36/1 after 36 balls.
JM Bairstow 14 (14b 3x4 0x6 ) JA Richardson 3-0-12-0
AD Hales 20 (18b 4x4 0x6 ) more

Javed: "Cricinfo, I missed you commentary whole day sitting in office. There was some techncal problem so I could not read your commentary in both ODIs till now. Please dont do this, your commentary is much better than watching live match. :(" Apologies. There was a technical glitch in some regions this morning. Though it all still worked on our App, incidentally, if you ever need a back-up plan

Aaron : "I would not like to be an England selector when it comes to deciding who to drop from this batting line up to get Stokes back in. " So true. it's a tribute to the talents in their white-ball batting line-up that he's hardly been mentioned in these two games

End of over 5. 13 runs this over. 29/1 after 30 balls.
JM Bairstow 12 (13b 3x4 0x6 ) MA Starc 3-0-24-1
AD Hales 15 (13b 3x4 0x6 ) more

LP: "Roy early is a good start by Aust, but they needed it. Once the initial spells of these blokes is over, England are going to be able to tick the scoreboard over easily with little risk in the middle overs against the part-timers."

End of over 4. 1 runs this over. 16/1 after 24 balls.
JM Bairstow 4 (10b 1x4 0x6 ) JA Richardson 2-0-5-0
AD Hales 10 (10b 2x4 0x6 ) more

Neill Adamson: "Hales might want the English record back. That could be fun " I don't doubt he does, but he'd have to do something extraordinary to reclaim it today

End of over 3. 9 runs this over. 15/1 after 18 balls.
JM Bairstow 4 (7b 1x4 0x6 ) MA Starc 2-0-11-1
AD Hales 9 (7b 2x4 0x6 ) more

Ajju: ""Looking Richardson body language and the way he is bowling is very very nice... He is clicking 140+ ""

Mukunda Phuyal: "Last week was an aberration for Mitch not taking wicket in the powerplay...with J Roy gone this should make 270 like 325..."

End of over 2. 4 runs this over. 6/1 after 12 balls.
JM Bairstow 4 (6b 1x4 0x6 ) JA Richardson 1-0-4-0
AD Hales 0 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Sven Weichbrodt: "@Paul Taylor. England all out in 43.4 overs. ;)" That is the alternative option

End of over 1. 2 runs this over. 2/1 after 6 balls.
AD Hales 0 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) MA Starc 1-0-2-1
JM Bairstow 0 (0b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Drama already. And Bairstow has yet to face a ball

So, Hales - so often an opener - is facing up in the first over

Paul Taylor: "England will chase this down in 43.4 overs" You heard it here first

JJ RoyC AJ Finch B MA Starc240050
JM BairstowC DA Warner B JA Richardson605690107.14
AD HalesB JA Richardson57607195
JE Rootnot out 46581079.31
EJG MorganB MA Starc21272177.78
JC ButtlerC AT Carey B MA Starc423250131.25
MM AliB MA Starc120050
CR Woakesnot out 392751144.44
AU Rashid -
LE Plunkett -
MA Wood -
Total 274/6
MA Starc10.005945.9
JA Richardson10.015725.7
TM Head7.005507.86
AJ Tye9.004705.22
AJ Finch3.001705.67
MP Stoinis4.203407.85
MR Marsh1.00404