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As it happened: Australia vs England, 4th ODI


Cricketnext Staff
Jan 24, 2014 at 05:48pm IST

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England will be battling to avoid another series whitewash in the fourth one-day game against Australia on Friday, and are rallying round their beleaguered captain.

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Australia triumphed by seven wickets with 10 overs to spare in the third one-dayer in Sydney on Sunday to sweep the series 3-0, with Alastair Cook admitting for the first time he will reconsider his captaincy after the weekend's final 50-overs match in Adelaide.

As it happened: Australia vs England, 4th ODI

A file photo of England captain Alastair Cook. (Getty Images)

Commentary (Australia 1st Innings)

That's it from us then! Join us again for the final ODI on 26th January, 2014. Until then, good bye and take care!

That also means Australia lose their number one rank in the ODI rankings as they slip second.

Man of the Match - Ben Stokes. He scored a 70-run knock earlier with the bat and picked 4/39 with the ball. He says it was a whole team performance. Morgan and Bell played well. He kept looking ahead and he is loving the challenge at the moment. He is loving every moment of it. Adds they are going to enjoy the win right now. Admits it's tough to get use to the conditions.

Ben Stokes was the pick of the bowlers picking up four crucial wickets whereas Tim Bresnan grabbed three wickets. Aaron Finch scored a century but he knock went in vain. It was another superb knock from the Victorian but unfortunately he couldn't win for his team this time.

Chasing over 300 was never going to be an easy task. Australia got off to a good start but England kept striking at regular intervals. As soon as the batsmen got start, they threw it away. England bowlers bowled well and ensured Australia don't take it home again this time.

England finally taste their first international win of the tour!

47.4 Tim Bresnan to J Pattinson, OUT! ENGLAND WIN BY 57 RUNS! Short of a length ball on middle, Pattinson goes for the pull but gets a top edge. The ball goes high up in the air and Buttler gets underneath at it behind. He waits for the ball and takes a good catch. England players start celebrating. 259/10

47.3 Tim Bresnan to N Coulter-Nile, Full on off, Coulter-Nile drives it through mid on for a single. 259/9

47.2 Tim Bresnan to N Coulter-Nile, Fullish around off, Coulter-Nile heaves it over mid-wicket for a couple. 258/9

47.1 Tim Bresnan to N Coulter-Nile, Full ball wide of outside off, Coulter-Nile goes after that one but misses. Appeal for a caught behind turned down. There was a noise, seems the bat hit the ground. 256/9

Tim Bresnan back on.

46.6 C Jordan to J Pattinson, Another chance for catch goes begging! Short of a length ball on middle, Pattinson tries to pull that one but gets a top edge. The ball lands near the deep backward square leg region where Ballance doesn't reach to the ball. Couple taken. 256/9

46.5 C Jordan to J Pattinson, Play and a miss! On middle, Pattinson looks to push to the off side but misses it completely. 254/9

46.4 C Jordan to N Coulter-Nile, On middle, Coulter-Nile drives it through mid on for a single. 254/9

46.3 C Jordan to J Pattinson, Landed around off, Pattinson chips it over the off side and takes a single. 253/9

46.3 C Jordan to J Pattinson, WIDE! Short ball, Pattinson ducks under it. The umpire signals a wide. 252/9

46.2 C Jordan to J Pattinson, Fuller length ball outside off, Pattinson goes after that one but misses it completely. 251/9

46.1 C Jordan to N Coulter-Nile, DROPPED! On middle, Coulter-Nile slogs sweeps it over mid-wicket. The ball goes high up in the air and Stokes settles underneath the ball in the deep. He tries to grab it but fails to pouch that one. He apologizes to his skipper. 251/9

46.1 C Jordan to N Coulter-Nile, WIDE! Down the leg side, Coulter-Nile goes after that one but misses. 250/9

Chris Jordan back on.

45.6 Ben Stokes to J Pattinson, Play and a miss! Length delivery outside off, Pattinson looks to play but gets beaten. 249/9

45.5 Ben Stokes to J Pattinson, Outside off, Pattinson pushes it to covers. 249/9

45.4 Ben Stokes to N Coulter-Nile, Around off, Coulter-Nile drives it through mid on for a single. 249/9

45.3 Ben Stokes to N Coulter-Nile, Fullish outside off, Coulter-Nile drives it to mid off. 248/9

45.2 Ben Stokes to J Pattinson, Length ball on middle, Pattinson tries to play that one but gets an outside edge towards third man. Single taken. 248/9

45.1 Ben Stokes to J Pattinson, On middle, Pattinson taps it to the off side. 247/9

James Pattinson is the last man in.

44.6 S Broad to D Christian, OUT! Another batsman bites the dust! Shortish around off, Christian goes after that one but gets an outside edge which flies towards third man. Ballance takes a good sliding catch there and Christian's cameo comes to an end. 247/9

44.5 S Broad to D Christian, FOUR! Hits it this time! On middle, Christian lofts it hard over the mid-wicket for a boundary. 247/8

44.4 S Broad to D Christian, Short ball on middle, Christian goes for the pull but misses it completely. 243/8

44.3 S Broad to N Coulter-Nile, On the pads, Coulter-Nile goes after that one but gets a leading edge at third man. Single taken. 243/8

44.2 S Broad to N Coulter-Nile, Bouncer on middle, Coulter-Nile leaves it alone. The umpire calls it one for the over. 242/8

44.1 S Broad to N Coulter-Nile, Length ball outside off, Coulter-Nile goes after that one but misses. 242/8

43.6 Ben Stokes to N Coulter-Nile, Full on middle and leg, Coulter-Nile misses his swing and gets an inside edge onto his pads. The batsmen pick up a single. 242/8

43.5 Ben Stokes to D Christian, On middle, Christian flicks it through mid-wicket for a single. 241/8

43.4 Ben Stokes to N Coulter-Nile, Short of a length ball on middle, Coulter-Nile pulls it over square leg for a single. 240/8

Nathan Coulter-Nile walks out to bat.

43.3 Ben Stokes to M Johnson, OUT! You miss, I hit! Fuller length ball on middle, Johnson backs away and looks to go after that one but misses it completely. The ball hits the stumps. Stokes picks up another wicket. 239/8

43.3 Ben Stokes to M Johnson, WIDE! Down the leg side, Johnson misses his flick. 239/7

43.2 Ben Stokes to M Johnson, Bouncer on middle, Johnson ducks under it. 238/7

43.1 Ben Stokes to D Christian, On the pads, Christian flicks it to fine leg for a single. 238/7

42.6 S Broad to D Christian, Fuller length ball outside off, Christian drives it through mid off for a single. 237/7

42.5 S Broad to M Johnson, Shortish on middle, Johnson goes for the pull but gets an inside edge to the leg side. The batsmen pick up a single. 236/7

Comes round the wicket..

42.4 S Broad to M Johnson, FOUR! Lovely shot! Low full toss outside off, Johnson smashes it hard through covers for a boundary. 235/7

42.3 S Broad to M Johnson, Bouncer! Johnson leaves it alone. 231/7

42.2 S Broad to M Johnson, Beaten! Full ball outside off, Johnson goes after that one but misses it completely. 231/7

42.1 S Broad to M Johnson, Fullish ball outside off, Johnson plays it to point. 231/7

41.6 Ben Stokes to M Johnson, Shortish around off, Johnson guides it towards third man for a single. 231/7

Mitchell Johnson walks out to bat.

41.5 Ben Stokes to J Faulkner, OUT! Is it all over for Australia now? Faulkner is gone. Short of a length ball outside off, Faulkner backs away and looks to slice that one. He gets an outside edge to the keeper. England celebrate as they know he could have been a huge threat. 230/7

41.4 Ben Stokes to D Christian, Shortish on middle, Christian pulls it through square leg for a single. 230/6

41.3 Ben Stokes to D Christian, On middle and off, Christian flicks it through mid-wicket. There's a fielder but it beats him and the batsmen take a couple. 229/6

41.2 Ben Stokes to J Faulkner, Outside off, Faulkner punches it away for a run. 227/6

41.1 Ben Stokes to D Christian, On the pads, Christian looks to play that one but misses and gets hit on the pads. The batsmen pick up a leg bye. 226/6

40.6 S Broad to J Faulkner, Good length delivery around off, Faulkner defends it into the ground. 225/6

40.5 S Broad to D Christian, Outside off, Christian guides it towards third man for a single. 225/6

40.4 S Broad to J Faulkner, Outside off, Faulkner plays it past point for a single to get off the mark. 224/6

40.3 S Broad to J Faulkner, Length ball around off, Faulkner stays back in his crease and defends. 223/6

40.2 S Broad to J Faulkner, Bouncer! Faulkner ducks under it. 223/6

40.1 S Broad to D Christian, Outside off, Christian drives it through covers for a single. 223/6

Stuart Broad back on.

39.6 Ben Stokes to J Faulkner, Fuller on off, Faulkner drives it with an inside edge back onto his pads. He wants a single but is sent back. 222/6

39.5 Ben Stokes to J Faulkner, Back of a length on off, Faulkner defends it down the track. 222/6

39.4 Ben Stokes to J Faulkner, Full on off, Faulkner keeps it out. 222/6

39.3 Ben Stokes to J Faulkner, Good length outside off, Faulkner defends it. 222/6

39.2 Ben Stokes to J Faulkner, Good length outside off, Faulkner lets it go through. 222/6

James Faulkner walks out to bat, can he script something special for Australia?

39.1 Ben Stokes to G Maxwell, OUT! Maxwell gone! Good length outside off, Maxwell backs away and looks to pull it through mid-wicket. He gets an edge back to the keeper. Maxwell is out, Australia need a partnership. England getting favourites to win this! 222/6

Ben Stokes comes back for a bowl.

38.6 C Jordan to D Christian, SIX! Bang! Fuller on middle, Christian lofts him down the ground over long on for a maximum. Good strike! 222/5

38.5 C Jordan to G Maxwell, Fullish outside off, Maxwell backs away and pushes it through covers for a single. 216/5

38.4 C Jordan to G Maxwell, Good fielding! Short on middle, Maxwell pulls it through fine leg. Root dives near the fence and keeps the batsmen down to a couple. 215/5

38.3 C Jordan to G Maxwell, Short on middle, Maxwell pulls him through mid-wicket. 213/5

38.2 C Jordan to D Christian, Good length on middle and leg, Christian fails to work it off his pads. They cross for a leg bye. 213/5

38.1 C Jordan to G Maxwell, Short outside off, Maxwell gets a top edge down to third man for single. 212/5

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