Match Over - England won by 6 wickets + Match Details

Match Details

  • Toss: Australia, who chose to bat
  • Venue: Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street
  • Referee: RS Madugalle
  • When: 21 Jun 2018, 15:00 SAST
  • Winner: England
  • Man of the Match: JJ Roy


  • Umpire1: M Erasmus
  • Umpire2: MA Gough
  • Third Umpire: HDPK Dharmasena



Overs: 44.4 / 50.0




Overs: 50.0 / 50.0


9.20pm: Right, thanks for sticking your head in again, we've had fun in the sun up towards the wall. England roll on, 4-0 up with one to play: George's report will tell the story, then why not pop over to ESPN FC for the latest from the World Cup? That's it from us for tonight, join us again for more slam-bam exploits from Old Trafford on Sunday. Bye!

9.10pm: Presentations time, Mike Atherton is joined by Australia captain Tim Paine: "Yeah, thought we were 30-40 short, Shaun and Aaron batted really well but we didn't quite finish off. [Enough to challenge?] Thought we were in the game for a patch, didn't quite execute up front and Jonny and Jason jumped all over it. [Another tough dy - dropped Hales] I'm trying to enjoy it, when it rains it pours, you've got to catch those but it just bobbled out. We came here with an inexperienced side and while it's not an excuse, we're up against the best side in the world and they're red hot at the moment. We've got to keep learning and take things out of the game, this will hold them in good stead."

England captain Eoin Morgan: "Thought we played pretty solid cricket, lost the toss and our objective was to chase something that was within our grasp. We struggled to take wickets but managed to control the run rate, which is nice when the batting line-up we have is firing. [300 easy for you now?] It depends on conditions, feedback was that the wicket was good, Jos' evaluation, 'Was it a good score, a chaseable score?', and certainly at halfway we thought it was within our grasp. [Overton debut] He impressed, his opportunity came today, he his straps, which was awesome. There might be an opportunity in the next game. [Aiming for 5-0] We like playing at Old Trafford, the challenge is to finish it off."

Jason Roy is Man of the Match: "I'm feeling like I'm in a good training routine, just want to get out there and do my job. Just trying to control my innings, pace my innings, so I can set some good foundations. Unfortunately I didn't kick on today. [Relay catch to remove Marsh] Was just hoping I would catch it and for Overs to dig me out. The big fellow did well."

9pm: England stroll home with 32 balls to spare, completing their second-highest chase in ODIs with barely a flutter of nerves to go 4-0 up in the series. That was almost as brutal as the other day, dismissively seeing Australia's hard-fought 310-8 and raising them so high they had to fold. Jason Roy made his second hundred in three innings, Jonny Bairstow just 79 off 66 today, and then Jos Buttler trashed any lingering hopes Tim Paine might have had of his bowlers pulling something out of the fire. Australia's top three all produced good innings on paper... but from 225-1 they somehow managed to produce a total that was barely par. Their tough trot goes on.

44.4MG Neser to JC Buttler, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, overpitched, Buttler fires one final bottom-handed blast over cover, seals a six-wicket win for England!.
44.3MG Neser to JC Buttler, 2 runs, spooned straight up, this will be caught coming in from long-on... but they run two while it's in the air, bringing up Buttler's fifty from 28 balls! Phew.
44.3MG Neser to JC Buttler, NO BALL, BOUNDARY, 7 runs, high full toss, Buttler sees it big and slugs a home run into the crowd at deep midwicket! That's a no-ball on height, but didn't stop him smashing six!.
44.2MG Neser to JC Buttler, No run, length, poked into the off side.
44.1MG Neser to JC Buttler, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, power from Buttler again, a low full toss and that bottom hand comes through to club four more through cover.
44.1MG Neser to JC Buttler, WIDE, 1 run, sliding down the leg side.
End of over 44. 2 runs this over. 296/4 after 264 balls.
AD Hales 34 (45b 3x4 0x6 ) NM Lyon 7-0-38-1
JC Buttler 38 (24b 7x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 43. 14 runs this over. 294/4 after 258 balls.
AD Hales 33 (43b 3x4 0x6 ) MG Neser 8-0-56-0
JC Buttler 38 (20b 7x4 0x6 ) more

"Hales showing another side to his game this evening after the fireworks at Trent anchoring this home allowing Morgan & Buttler to play the big shots," warbles Dave, "can only enhance his claims to a permanent spot once Stokes returns...."

End of over 42. 6 runs this over. 280/4 after 252 balls.
JC Buttler 29 (16b 5x4 0x6 ) B Stanlake 8-0-54-1
AD Hales 28 (41b 2x4 0x6 ) more

Meanwhile, in Novgorod... Argentina have got football pie all over their face!

"England got this one in the bag and so does Croatia in Russia," yelps Sias. It's all kicking off!

End of over 41. 14 runs this over. 274/4 after 246 balls.
JC Buttler 24 (14b 4x4 0x6 ) JA Richardson 7-0-58-0
AD Hales 27 (37b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 40. 6 runs this over. 260/4 after 240 balls.
AD Hales 26 (36b 2x4 0x6 ) B Stanlake 7-0-48-1
JC Buttler 11 (9b 1x4 0x6 ) more

This, Bharath tells me, is the highest aggregate for the top three from both sides in an ODI in England

End of over 39. 5 runs this over. 254/4 after 234 balls.
JC Buttler 7 (6b 1x4 0x6 ) AC Agar 8-0-48-2
AD Hales 24 (33b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 38. 5 runs this over. 249/4 after 228 balls.
JC Buttler 3 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) JA Richardson 6-0-44-0
AD Hales 23 (30b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 37. 12 runs this over. 244/4 after 222 balls.
EJG Morgan 15 (11b 2x4 0x6 ) AC Agar 7-0-43-2
AD Hales 21 (27b 2x4 0x6 ) more

A brisk cameo from Morgan - not entirely unnecessary, but perhaps looking to hurry more than the moment needed. England are taking this one deep as usual!

Right, I think that is drinks - everything has been thrown out of kilter by England's rapid over-rate. Here's Alan to take you home

Ramble: "It's easy to blame Tim Paine. This Aussie team is losing to England whoever skippers right now. Missing first choice bowlers is the more serious problem (like 0 - 5 vs SA), although I think some of this lot have potential to learn from this and become world class. Stanlake for example. " Don't disagree on the final point. He is quality

End of over 36. 3 runs this over. 232/3 after 216 balls.
EJG Morgan 3 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) MG Neser 7-0-42-0
AD Hales 21 (27b 2x4 0x6 ) more

An interesting dynamic now for Hales... a chance to play the Root anchor role, and show his full repertoire... he's proven the other side of his game fairly emphatically!

Malcolm Watson: "Don't worry everyone, there is still plenty of time for England to screw this up... Aus just need six more quick wickets and its game on.."

End of over 35. 3 runs this over. 229/3 after 210 balls.
EJG Morgan 1 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) AC Agar 6-0-31-1
AD Hales 20 (25b 2x4 0x6 ) more

Now then ... that makes things moderately interesting... Australia have kept things very tight in the last ten, and are trying to chisel themselves back into contention

Captain Underpa: "What a stupid thing to suggest getting rid of Root when things are going so swimmingly. Has the thought ever occurred that his loss in the team may upset the winningness experienced thus far?" I rather agree. But they'll have to win this one without him

Ali: "Aussies need Bailey-ul-Haq" Perfect. Clone him at once!

Muhammad Talha: "With the way Root's playing right now, forcing himself to hit boundaries, it seems he's afraid he'll be the one to make way once Stokes comes back." I just don't think that is remotely feasible. But no-one is totally safe, not even England's most complete batsman

End of over 34. 5 runs this over. 226/2 after 204 balls.
AD Hales 19 (23b 2x4 0x6 ) MG Neser 6-0-39-0
JE Root 26 (32b 2x4 1x6 ) more

Dilesha: "G'day! Just tuned into this one. Glad to see Finch back at the top 'finally'. But was kinda surprised after seeing the rest of the Aussie line-up. Especially the middle order. It just doesn't feel right, does it? I'd loved to see George Bailey to lead this side till the return of Smith and Warner. Which would also give some solidarity in the middle order. Or even Finch to lead the side. On the other hand lots of 'positive selection headaches for England" Bailey is an interesting call. The ideal emergency skipper, maybe?

End of over 33. 8 runs this over. 221/2 after 198 balls.
JE Root 21 (28b 1x4 1x6 ) AC Agar 5-0-28-0
AD Hales 19 (21b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 32. 7 runs this over. 213/2 after 192 balls.
JE Root 14 (24b 1x4 0x6 ) MG Neser 5-0-34-0
AD Hales 18 (19b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 31. 8 runs this over. 206/2 after 186 balls.
AD Hales 15 (16b 2x4 0x6 ) MP Stoinis 6-0-41-0
JE Root 10 (21b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Chris M: "Can't they just drop Overton and Wood/Willey for Stokes and Woakes and use Root as the sixth bowler if required?" I wonder if today's spell was an attempt to find that out? The depth of options when those two return will be something remarkable

Sunil Sharma Bh: "Will this English juggernaut last till the world cup ! I doubt." I predict a final scene similar to that in Steven Spielberg's Duel

Upesh : "You have to wait till next month to see India playing like England and England playing like Australia. " We shall see... but I can't wait for that one!

Srivatsan: "Strongly disagree with dropping Joe Root ...he is the most important member of this team I feel...we have seen England finding it difficult to adapt to tough batting pitches need a sane head like Joe Root ..." This is also sane feedback!

End of over 30. 1 runs this over. 198/2 after 180 balls.
JE Root 8 (18b 0x4 0x6 ) B Stanlake 6-0-42-1
AD Hales 9 (13b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Vishal Poojary: "With the rise of T20 cricket, totals in 300s seem easily doable. I remember the times when crossing 300 meant the game is almost won. What has changed? The pitches or the bowlers??" The regulations haven't helped. Two balls per innings among other things.

Philip McCarthy: "Miller, you're right. Should be a slow and steady next 20 overs and crawl over the line. England need to be able to do that method as much as the explosive. " Indeed. England have been accused of being too manic at times recently. They need to find every way to skin every conceivable World Cup cat, so to speak. Even the tail-less ones

End of over 29. 2 runs this over. 197/2 after 174 balls.
AD Hales 9 (13b 1x4 0x6 ) MP Stoinis 5-0-33-0
JE Root 7 (12b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Ravindra: "I always thought I would never drop Root from playing 11 no matter what, until he retires. But looks like that's not the case anymore. I would surely prefer Stokes over Root once Stokes is fit" That way madness lies ... but agree, it is such a tough call at the moment. Even Roy has arguably loosened his grip with the manner of his dismissal today!

End of over 28. 4 runs this over. 195/2 after 168 balls.
JE Root 6 (11b 0x4 0x6 ) B Stanlake 5-0-41-1
AD Hales 8 (8b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Pradeep D: "England should have shown some killer instinct by sending Buttler at No.4. Thats the sort of strategy needed to win world cups." I disagree actually. The flexibility of their batting order is one of their strong points. This is a time for respectful consolidation, not gungho fireworks

End of over 27. 6 runs this over. 191/2 after 162 balls.
AD Hales 8 (8b 1x4 0x6 ) JA Richardson 5-0-39-0
JE Root 2 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Sam Bharwani: "Who is this night-watchman Joe Root? He bowled quite well earlier today." I hear good things about him. A promising allrounder in the making

Roshan Tivlekar: "4-0-37-1 and 4-0-33-0... is it a T20???" There've been a few four-over analyses so far ...

Dave: "Game on .... well sort of , as the openers go in quick succession. Another Halestorm on the way? Or the Aussie fightback? " It think it'll be the Root nurdle-fest from here

End of over 26. 2 runs this over. 185/2 after 156 balls.
JE Root 1 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) B Stanlake 4-0-37-1
AD Hales 3 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) more

James: "Did I just hear "England batting collapse"?" It's blowin' in the wind...

It's a wobble for England, but surely nothing more? We shall see ... but it's probably a day to send for that offspin-bowling No.7, Joe Root

End of over 25. 7 runs this over. 183/1 after 150 balls.
JM Bairstow 79 (65b 10x4 0x6 ) JA Richardson 4-0-33-0
AD Hales 2 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Vikas Vadgama: Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy have the highest average partnership of an opening pair to have added 1000 runs together

"666 days between ODI wickets for Nathan Lyon," notes (goats) Dave Middleton on Twitter. "The number of the Goat"

End of over 24. 10 runs this over. 176/1 after 144 balls.
JM Bairstow 73 (60b 10x4 0x6 ) NM Lyon 6-0-37-1
AD Hales 1 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 23. 7 runs this over. 166/0 after 138 balls.
JM Bairstow 71 (58b 10x4 0x6 ) MP Stoinis 4-0-31-0
JJ Roy 94 (80b 12x4 1x6 ) more

Hruturaj : "England game these days is reminiscent of XBox cricket - walk-in, hit boundaries, sixes and score centuries at will. "

Dhaval : "Hello Miller : Australia's top 3 faced 262 balls and scored 264 runs with 2 centuries. If Roy Bairstow and Hales face 262 balls, imagine how much they can score with the kind of form they are. Australia really need Warner Finch and Smith in top 3 to compete at the highest level. " It's a fair point. It's two different games out there

End of over 22. 3 runs this over. 159/0 after 132 balls.
JJ Roy 92 (78b 12x4 1x6 ) NM Lyon 5-0-27-0
JM Bairstow 66 (54b 9x4 0x6 ) more

"Woah, we're halfway there," sing the crowd ... not really. Australia are living on a prayer

End of over 21. 10 runs this over. 156/0 after 126 balls.
JM Bairstow 65 (53b 9x4 0x6 ) MP Stoinis 3-0-24-0
JJ Roy 90 (73b 12x4 1x6 ) more

Soham Basak: "Hello Miller. You are loving this aren't you? Just to bring you down to earth, do you think England can play like this in India? Or in New Zealand?" Well, to be fair, they did (but still lost the series with 350-plus scores galore) and they won 3-2 in NZ this winter. So, probably! Can they win the World Cup though... I have complete faith that they will cock it up somewhere!

End of over 20. 3 runs this over. 146/0 after 120 balls.
JJ Roy 84 (70b 11x4 1x6 ) NM Lyon 4-0-24-0
JM Bairstow 61 (50b 9x4 0x6 ) more

That lbw would have been umpire's call ... and a slight suspicion of an inside-edge too. But all the same. As close to pressure as Australia have applied so far

End of over 19. 7 runs this over. 141/0 after 113 balls.
JJ Roy 80 (64b 11x4 1x6 ) MP Stoinis 2-0-12-0
JM Bairstow 60 (49b 9x4 0x6 ) more

Time for drinks. England fans have been slurping down the Kool Aid for a few years now, and they love it... Already it looks a hard ask for Australia to peg England down - but Miller loves a challenge. Have fun!

For comparison, Australia had just ticked up the 100 at this point in their innings

"England batting like they are trying to pad their NRR," chuckles Kevin. That or their individual SRs, which are already ludicrous

End of over 18. 7 runs this over. 134/0 after 108 balls.
JM Bairstow 58 (47b 9x4 0x6 ) NM Lyon 3-0-21-0
JJ Roy 76 (61b 11x4 1x6 ) more

"This might be premature, but Langer said he compared current England top 3 with Gilchrist-Hayden-Ponting," squeaks Amit. "I think the current England top 3 way ahead"

"Is Tim Paine still offering up friendship handshakes before and after games?" scoffs Chris. "This series is rock bottom for Aus cricket. I bet Paine isn't even in the World Cup starting 11 next year!" It's a very tough gig, but yes, hard to feel he's not a bit out of his depth here

End of over 17. 5 runs this over. 127/0 after 102 balls.
JJ Roy 74 (59b 11x4 1x6 ) MP Stoinis 1-0-5-0
JM Bairstow 53 (43b 8x4 0x6 ) more

Here's Carl: "Root must stay in the squad. For every flying start England get there is always another incredible implosion around the corner for which Root is the one you want to hang around and build an innings."

End of over 16. 10 runs this over. 122/0 after 96 balls.
JJ Roy 72 (56b 11x4 1x6 ) AC Agar 4-0-20-0
JM Bairstow 50 (40b 8x4 0x6 ) more

"Enlighten me, how exactly is Australia planning to take a wicket here?" says a perplexed Ashish Tandon. "This seems to be the most toothless Aussie attack ever assembled. Ever!" Boredom?

End of over 15. 9 runs this over. 112/0 after 90 balls.
JJ Roy 66 (53b 10x4 1x6 ) B Stanlake 3-0-35-0
JM Bairstow 46 (37b 8x4 0x6 ) more

Chris M: "Bairstow must be the world number 1 ODI batsman right now. He is phenomenal. Can open batting, can slog, can build innings, good running between wickets, amazing fielder, can play wicketkeeper." He's certainly had a phenomenal 12 months... Wasn't in the side before that!

"So where does everyone stand on Stokes replacing Root rather than Hales when he comes back? Controversial or logical?" Well, Andy J, Root was England's most economical bowler today...

End of over 14. 6 runs this over. 103/0 after 84 balls.
JM Bairstow 41 (34b 7x4 0x6 ) AC Agar 3-0-10-0
JJ Roy 62 (50b 9x4 1x6 ) more

Ah, England got to 100 in 13.1 overs at Trent Bridge. So they're way off the pace today

"How many century stands between Roy and Bairstow, are they up there with the very best in terms of numbers?" asks Rivlud. I'm sure someone can dig that out for us...

End of over 13. 7 runs this over. 97/0 after 78 balls.
JJ Roy 60 (47b 9x4 1x6 ) JA Richardson 3-0-26-0
JM Bairstow 37 (31b 7x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 12. 3 runs this over. 90/0 after 72 balls.
JJ Roy 58 (45b 9x4 1x6 ) AC Agar 2-0-4-0
JM Bairstow 32 (27b 6x4 0x6 ) more

Here's Rakesh, steam coming out of his ears: "Australia score 24 boundaries in their entire 50 over's and England already have scored 15 from just 11 overs!!!!! If that does not reflect the attitude in batting between the two sides, nothing does. The Australians are batting Timidly, bowling like their bowlers are scared to run in and release the ball to the English batsmen and the less said about the Aussies field placements, the better."

End of over 11. 11 runs this over. 87/0 after 66 balls.
JM Bairstow 31 (26b 6x4 0x6 ) JA Richardson 2-0-19-0
JJ Roy 56 (40b 9x4 1x6 ) more

"Can't wait for India-England series. I feel it's going to be a hell of a series. Pity it's just a 3-match series. Both teams have to be spot-on." Short and sweet, Dhaval. Like the India leg in 2017

End of over 10. 1 runs this over. 76/0 after 60 balls.
JM Bairstow 26 (24b 5x4 0x6 ) AC Agar 1-0-1-0
JJ Roy 50 (36b 8x4 1x6 ) more

So, end of the Powerplay, England 77 without loss. Handy in most circumstances...

End of over 9. 8 runs this over. 75/0 after 54 balls.
JM Bairstow 26 (20b 5x4 0x6 ) JA Richardson 1-0-8-0
JJ Roy 49 (34b 8x4 1x6 ) more

"Any chance of Jason Roy making his Test debut soon?" wonders Rivlud. "I certainly think he could do the job!" He has some boosters... Interestingly, I think he was next on that list after Finch of batsmen to score most ODI tons without a Test cap

End of over 8. 6 runs this over. 67/0 after 48 balls.
JJ Roy 49 (34b 8x4 1x6 ) NM Lyon 2-0-14-0
JM Bairstow 18 (14b 3x4 0x6 ) more

I think we're beginning to get a sense of whether Australia's 310-8 was a good score...

End of over 7. 15 runs this over. 61/0 after 42 balls.
JJ Roy 43 (28b 7x4 1x6 ) MG Neser 4-0-27-0
JM Bairstow 18 (14b 3x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 6. 8 runs this over. 46/0 after 36 balls.
JJ Roy 33 (24b 5x4 1x6 ) NM Lyon 1-0-8-0
JM Bairstow 13 (12b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 5. 3 runs this over. 38/0 after 30 balls.
JJ Roy 32 (21b 5x4 1x6 ) MG Neser 3-0-12-0
JM Bairstow 6 (9b 1x4 0x6 ) more

"England to close this out in 30 overs? Given the quality of Aussie bowling these days a distinct possibility I suppose," sledges Sandeep. Hashtag Tour of Paine

End of over 4. 14 runs this over. 35/0 after 24 balls.
JJ Roy 30 (16b 5x4 1x6 ) B Stanlake 2-0-26-0
JM Bairstow 5 (8b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Which Aussie bowler is going to the first to get Trent Bridge flashbacks?

End of over 3. 4 runs this over. 21/0 after 18 balls.
JM Bairstow 5 (8b 1x4 0x6 ) MG Neser 2-0-9-0
JJ Roy 16 (10b 3x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 2. 12 runs this over. 17/0 after 12 balls.
JJ Roy 16 (10b 3x4 0x6 ) B Stanlake 1-0-12-0
JM Bairstow 1 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) more

"Australia's bowling is weak, if Neser is regarded as a quickie to open or push the batsmen back ???, Australia what has happened no development of quickies, I am stunned never heard the Aussie's have no developmental quicks around." Think he's opening looking for swing, more than anything, Kim. Jhye Richardson is pretty quick, not to mention Stanlake

End of over 1. 5 runs this over. 5/0 after 6 balls.
JM Bairstow 0 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) MG Neser 1-0-5-0
JJ Roy 5 (5b 1x4 0x6 ) more

"Alan how can you forget selection of goat? Match isn't over until goat says so." I've not forgotten about the GOAT, vivek... but Australia pretty much have. This is Lyon's first ODI in two years

JJ RoyC SE Marsh B NM Lyon10183122121.69
JM BairstowC TD Paine B B Stanlake7966100119.7
AD Halesnot out 34453075.56
JE RootB AC Agar27352177.14
EJG MorganC TD Paine B AC Agar151120136.36
JC Buttlernot out 542991186.21
MM Ali -
DJ Willey -
C Overton -
AU Rashid -
MA Wood -
Total 314/4
MG Neser8.407408.54
B Stanlake8.005416.75
NM Lyon7.003815.43
JA Richardson7.005808.29
AC Agar8.004826
MP Stoinis6.004106.83