Match Over - Australia won by 3 wickets + Match Details

Match Details

  • Toss: Australia, who chose to bat
  • Venue: Adelaide Oval
  • Referee: RS Madugalle
  • When: 26 Jan 2018, 05:20 SAST
  • Winner: Australia
  • Man of the Match: PJ Cummins


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



Overs: 37.0 / 50.0




Overs: 44.5 / 50.0


8.53pm So, that is the end of that. So, the series moves to Perth for the finale ... and the start of a new era with the WACA put to mothballs and 60,000 people anticipated in the city's new purpose-built stadium. Join us there on Sunday for all the fun of the fair.

Mark: "Aus might like to reflect that they have been rescued by Travis Head. Had he got out for 70 instead of staying almost to the end, they would have lost." Quite possibly. But they didn't. Happy 'Straya Day, y'all!

eddie: "Don't understand Morgan's take on their batting here... Bairstow, Hales and Roy all nicked off chasing wide balls just doing a little bit very early in their innings. That doesn't mean there's too much in the pitch, its just juvenile batting." Indeed. I suspect that one will have some legs in the post-match analysis...

Steve Smith "Nice to get over the line, a pretty ordinary [batting] display... It all happened pretty quickly for a moment there, 5 for 8 you'd take any day."

8.59pm Time for some presentations: "We fought really well to get Australia seven-down, but to be five-down after ten overs and no boundaries in the first 15 really shows how much there was in the wicket," says Eoin Morgan, which is an eyebrow-raising take on England's collapse.

"Having broken into the middle order a few times, if we could have reopened a few cracks..."

Pat Cummins is Man of the Match "I think the wicket here has been brilliant for the last couple of years. Josh is about the best bowler in the world in ODIs, lands it on a dime every time with a bit of movement."

8.52pm James: "Given where they were after 6.2 overs (creek and paddle come to mind) England have done pretty well to make a competitive game of this." It goes to show that their competitive spirit is second to none in this format at present. But their headlong stampede to a batting collapse didn't do them much credit. It was rather the same against South Africa at Lord's this summer...

Charles : "Paine relief!" I see what you've done there

36.6MA Wood to AJ Tye, 3 runs, drilled down the ground and Australia win by three wickets! They made hard work of a game that they basically had in the bag after 6.2 overs, but they've avoided the whitewash.

Jack: "Will be a disgusting choke job if Australia manage to lose this. They're a soft team. "

36.5MA Wood to TD Paine, 1 run, spanked out to square leg, can't beat the field, but a comfortable single.
36.4MA Wood to TD Paine, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, swivel-pulled through backward square, and suddenly that pressure, on Australia and Paine himself, has evaporated!.
36.3MA Wood to TD Paine, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, short and wide, that will help no end!.
36.2MA Wood to TD Paine, No run, a sharp bouncer, and swayed inside the line.
36.1MA Wood to PJ Cummins, OUT, 1 run, full length, clipped down to long-on and there's a huge mix-up! How on earth did that happen? Cummins turned blind for the second, his partner was going nowhere, and rightly so, as the shy came in, Wood gathered and flicked off the bails, and ... well ... jitters! EDIT: There would have been two if Paine had pushed the first one ... he'll know he was at fault.
End of over 36. 2 runs this over. 184/6 after 216 balls.
PJ Cummins 2 (8b 0x4 0x6 ) CR Woakes 7-0-36-1
TD Paine 16 (27b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Chris: "How are you commentating on this and judging the comments in the India SA match?" Clairvoyance, obviously

Nayeem: "4 for 8, and England wins, payback time fellas. " We've been there before in this match

End of over 35. 2 runs this over. 182/6 after 210 balls.
PJ Cummins 1 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) MA Wood 8-0-45-1
TD Paine 15 (26b 0x4 0x6 ) more

This match is almost over, but things are just hotting up in Joburg ... arguably too hot, to judge by some of the comments about the state of the pitch ... Right, here's Miller to finish off the dregs

End of over 34. 3 runs this over. 180/5 after 204 balls.
TM Head 96 (105b 15x4 0x6 ) CR Woakes 6-0-34-1
TD Paine 14 (25b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Time for drinks, with Head closing in on an accomplished hundred and Australia nearing a consolation win

"Hope Head doesn't get dropped for the last game," chirps Prajwal. "White, imo, has to hit the road." Depends on Finch's fitness, I guess. But White hasn't really been able to grab his chance

End of over 33. 6 runs this over. 177/5 after 198 balls.
TM Head 94 (101b 15x4 0x6 ) MA Wood 7-0-43-0
TD Paine 13 (23b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 32. 6 runs this over. 171/5 after 192 balls.
TM Head 91 (98b 15x4 0x6 ) CR Woakes 5-0-31-1
TD Paine 10 (20b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 31. 8 runs this over. 165/5 after 185 balls.
TD Paine 9 (18b 0x4 0x6 ) MM Ali 8-0-41-0
TM Head 86 (93b 14x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 30. 2 runs this over. 157/5 after 180 balls.
TM Head 80 (90b 13x4 0x6 ) AU Rashid 10-0-49-3
TD Paine 8 (15b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 29. 9 runs this over. 155/5 after 174 balls.
TM Head 79 (89b 13x4 0x6 ) MM Ali 7-0-33-0
TD Paine 7 (10b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 28. 3 runs this over. 146/5 after 168 balls.
TD Paine 3 (6b 0x4 0x6 ) AU Rashid 9-0-47-3
TM Head 74 (87b 12x4 0x6 ) more

"Wood is not on it today," muses Webby. "Morgan needs to stop bowling him and get Woakes or Curran on."

End of over 27. 6 runs this over. 143/5 after 162 balls.
TM Head 73 (83b 12x4 0x6 ) MA Wood 6-0-37-0
TD Paine 1 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) more

"What a difference it would have been if Head had been caught when he was on 15 when there was no longer a second slip in place..." what ifs James. For a crucial moment, Morgan forgot the teachings of B-Mac...

"Surely England can't pull this off?" mutters Henrycat, scratching his head. "This is the sort of thing that Australia are supposed to do to us. Stop the universe! I wanna get off!"

End of over 26. 9 runs this over. 137/5 after 156 balls.
TD Paine 0 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) AU Rashid 8-0-44-3
TM Head 68 (79b 11x4 0x6 ) more

Patrick Nicholl: "The Stoinis experiment has been a dismal failure. Same with Cameron White." Stoinis has made two fifties in the series (not to mention his hundred against NZ last year), so I think he's done okay... White on the other hand

End of over 25. 4 runs this over. 128/4 after 150 balls.
MP Stoinis 6 (8b 1x4 0x6 ) MA Wood 5-0-31-0
TM Head 67 (78b 11x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 24. 4 runs this over. 124/4 after 144 balls.
TM Head 64 (76b 11x4 0x6 ) AU Rashid 7-0-35-2
MP Stoinis 5 (4b 1x4 0x6 ) more

"An 8/5 now would turn the game in England's favour. ;)" murmurs AshesBashes

"If Travis Head falls now, Australia will lose," declares Mark. "That would be quite an achievement."

End of over 23. 4 runs this over. 120/4 after 138 balls.
TM Head 61 (73b 11x4 0x6 ) MA Wood 4-0-27-0
MP Stoinis 4 (1b 1x4 0x6 ) more

"FLUBBED?? Flubbed it back to the bowler! Loving the neologisms on Cricinfo. Keep it up." We like to embiggen your vocabulary with the most cromulent words, Matt Frost

End of over 22. 8 runs this over. 116/4 after 132 balls.
MP Stoinis 4 (1b 1x4 0x6 ) AU Rashid 6-0-31-2
TM Head 57 (67b 10x4 0x6 ) more

"That's why, ilyas," toots Peter

"I'm confused why Morgan is not giving bowl to the fast bowlers," warbles ilyas

End of over 21. 3 runs this over. 108/3 after 126 balls.
TM Head 55 (65b 10x4 0x6 ) JE Root 1-0-3-0
MR Marsh 30 (27b 3x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 20. 4 runs this over. 105/3 after 120 balls.
TM Head 54 (61b 10x4 0x6 ) AU Rashid 5-0-23-1
MR Marsh 28 (25b 3x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 19. 6 runs this over. 101/3 after 114 balls.
MR Marsh 28 (25b 3x4 1x6 ) MM Ali 6-0-24-0
TM Head 50 (55b 9x4 0x6 ) more

"I'd say to give Root a few overs if Morgan wants to continue with spin or to give the pace bowlers another burst. It clearly won't go to the final overs so he might want to get the most out of his impact bowlers while he can." Are you saying Rashid is less of an impact bowler than Root, Alex Chapman? Hmmm

End of over 18. 8 runs this over. 95/3 after 108 balls.
MR Marsh 23 (20b 2x4 1x6 ) AU Rashid 4-0-19-1
TM Head 49 (54b 9x4 0x6 ) more

So, Marsh is making merry, and England's wafer-thin hopes have been more or less digested already. Is there a burp around the corner? Alan is here to find out

End of over 17. 6 runs this over. 87/3 after 102 balls.
MR Marsh 16 (15b 2x4 0x6 ) MM Ali 5-0-18-0
TM Head 48 (53b 9x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 16. 7 runs this over. 81/3 after 96 balls.
TM Head 48 (53b 9x4 0x6 ) AU Rashid 3-0-11-1
MR Marsh 10 (9b 1x4 0x6 ) more

James B: "Jack sorry but that's nonsense. His last couple of seasons say otherwise. Fantastic young player with an all round game. And sorry Miller - pressure? Reaching a bit. RR 3.5 and 7 in the shed. A couple of wickets very soon at least required." Well yes, that was rather the proviso!

End of over 15. 4 runs this over. 74/3 after 90 balls.
TM Head 48 (52b 9x4 0x6 ) MM Ali 4-0-12-0
MR Marsh 3 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Adarsh: "Is it too early to say that England are the favourites to win the 2019 WC? I don't think any other team can still stay in the match after being 8 for 5 in 7 overs." Definitely not In home conditions they ought to be formidable. So long as they avoid too many abrasive decks against maverick Pakistan pacemen!

End of over 14. 1 runs this over. 70/3 after 84 balls.
MR Marsh 0 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) AU Rashid 2-0-4-1
TM Head 47 (49b 9x4 0x6 ) more

Justin: "England were 5 down for not much and they will win this ODI, Australian batsman have mostly been awful all series " We shall see... but it's looking less outlandish than it was after 6.2 overs!

Well, well... Head is shoulders above his team-mates on this track, much as Woakes was in England's innings... Is there a twist to come?

End of over 13. 3 runs this over. 69/2 after 78 balls.
SPD Smith 4 (12b 0x4 0x6 ) MM Ali 3-0-8-0
TM Head 46 (48b 9x4 0x6 ) more

Jack: "Head is such a one-track player. Four or nothing. There's no nuance to his game at all " Blunt but packs a whumph. Like a sock filled with sand

End of over 12. 3 runs this over. 66/2 after 72 balls.
TM Head 44 (45b 9x4 0x6 ) AU Rashid 1-0-3-0
SPD Smith 3 (9b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Vaibhav: "I think both Australia and India need to score same amount of runs today to win their respective matches. " Sounds about right. The Joburg Test is a humdinger...

End of over 11. 2 runs this over. 63/2 after 66 balls.
TM Head 42 (42b 9x4 0x6 ) MM Ali 2-0-5-0
SPD Smith 2 (6b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Victor Trumper: "I wish someone could explain to me in simple terms what Caneron White brings to this Australian team." Bantz, perhaps? All teams need good bantz

End of over 10. 6 runs this over. 57/2 after 58 balls.
TM Head 37 (37b 8x4 0x6 ) TK Curran 1-1-6-1
SPD Smith 1 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 9. 3 runs this over. 51/2 after 54 balls.
TM Head 33 (33b 7x4 0x6 ) MM Ali 1-0-3-0
SPD Smith 1 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) more

dan: "the only way I think oz remotely begin to panic, is if Smith doesn't get off the mark... Once he scores a few, he'll keep things in check, resist rushes of blood (ie incl relaying that to the others), and... well, u get the idea." Yep, I rather buy that too!

Rashid: "Is it ok now to say CamWhite selection over Maxi was a mistake... It's a step in the backward direction...given he will not be in the mix for WC19" Nor will Maxi, judging by how far out into the wilderness he's been cast

Miles: "England are behaving like polite guests should and letting their gracious hosts enjoy themselves on their special day, Australia day. Only today mind, back to normal on Sunday." We'll see... another wicket soon and this could yet get interesting (but I doubt it...)

End of over 8.  A maiden over! 48/2 after 48 balls.
SPD Smith 0 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) TK Curran 1-1-0-1
TM Head 31 (28b 7x4 0x6 ) more

GregM: "Arthur, sorry but Warner had quite a good Ashes series. Not his absolute best, but still...not half bad."

End of over 7. 11 runs this over. 48/1 after 42 balls.
TM Head 31 (28b 7x4 0x6 ) CR Woakes 4-0-25-1
CL White 3 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Arthur: "Yet another top-order failure from Warner, on top of an unremarkable Ashes series. He certainly gets leeway that no order Aussie batsman would be allowed." He's also earned that leeway with some remarkable feats.

James: "Why would you take out your second slip on a pitch which is doing a bit, when your only chance of winning is to bowl the opposition out?" Perhaps the sense was that Wood wasn't getting it quite right...

End of over 6. 12 runs this over. 37/1 after 36 balls.
TM Head 23 (23b 5x4 0x6 ) MA Wood 3-0-23-0
CL White 0 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 5. 4 runs this over. 25/1 after 30 balls.
CL White 0 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) CR Woakes 3-0-14-1
TM Head 11 (17b 2x4 0x6 ) more

A good day for Woakes in an otherwise dismal day for England. Here's Cameron White

Arun Khaspa: "I think Australian batters have learnt from England's innings." I'll say!

End of over 4. 9 runs this over. 21/0 after 24 balls.
TM Head 11 (17b 2x4 0x6 ) MA Wood 2-0-11-0
DA Warner 9 (7b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Mustafa Moudi: "Today is Australia Day & Indian Republic Day... both the teams are in action today having an upper hand in a dead-rubber after losing the series !!"

Peter Iddon: "Winning???, They have already lost, it's called 3-0" Every game counts for something... the ICC rankings insist as much!

End of over 3. 4 runs this over. 12/0 after 18 balls.
TM Head 5 (12b 1x4 0x6 ) CR Woakes 2-0-10-0
DA Warner 6 (6b 1x4 0x6 ) more

dan: "12/0 vs 8/5. similar starts :) Aus ever so slightly up..." Those read rather like the Ashes odds ...

Sam: "What are Australia doing? Not even hitting the required run rate yet!" Winning, that's what...

End of over 2. 1 runs this over. 7/0 after 11 balls.
TM Head 0 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) MA Wood 1-0-1-0
DA Warner 6 (6b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Mohd Irshad: "This series is becoming a refelection of test series while reversing the roles. England tried a comback in fourth game in ashes and here australia is doing so. Series outcome is all set to be 4-1"

End of over 1. 6 runs this over. 6/0 after 6 balls.
DA Warner 6 (6b 1x4 0x6 ) CR Woakes 1-0-6-0
TM Head 0 (0b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Faisal: "While we all agree England are a good ODI side. But I think they have to improve their game on pitches that are not flat tracks. Remember the CT semifinal where Morgan said that batting on a slow pitch was too much of an ask." Couldn't agree more. It's a matter of recognising the danger early enough to avoid calamity

DA WarnerC JC Buttler B CR Woakes131120118.18
TM HeadC EJG Morgan B MA Wood9610715089.72
CL WhiteLBW TK Curran370042.86
SPD SmithC JE Root B AU Rashid4160025
MR MarshC AU Rashid B AU Rashid323031106.67
MP StoinisC JJ Roy B AU Rashid141130127.27
TD Painenot out 25312080.65
PJ CumminsRun out TK Curran,MA Wood 390033.33
AJ Tyenot out 3100300
A Zampa -
JR Hazlewood -
Total 197/7
CR Woakes7.003615.14
MA Wood9.005816.44
TK Curran2.011015
MM Ali8.004105.13
AU Rashid10.004934.9
JE Root1.00303