England vs Australia

Match info: England v Australia ODI Series 2012 at Emirates Durham ICG - 4th ODI

Date: 7th Jul 2012 Umpires: M Erasmus and N J Llong

50-over match

Home team and score Away team score


201/2 (47.5 Overs)



200/9 (50.0 Overs)

England win by 8 wickets

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  • England win by eight wickets

    Another thumping victory in an increasingly one-sided series. Injuries, toss, having better cricketers: everything went England's way today and the result was rarely in doubt despite a pugnacious 70 from Hussey taking the Aussies to a score that might've been a bit more competitive had the cloud cover hung around. But it didn't and, McKay apart, Australia's seamers could not replicate the accuracy of England's as the hosts sauntered to victory. England win the series 3-0 with one match still to play, at Old Trafford on Tuesday.
  • Over 48 Hussey 1-1-3-0-0-0

    201-2 - Bopara hits through the offside for three runs to complete England's victory. Comprehensive. England's seventh home series win in a row in one-day cricket.
  • Over 47 Clarke 0-1-1-0-1-0

    196-2 - Clarke spins two balls past the outside edge in this over. Even that may be part of Bopara and Trott's plan to annoy the Australians. Dastardly. As is Trott's wheeze of almost-but-not-quite-leaving-his-crease to keep Wade interested.
  • Over 46 Hussey 4-0-1-1-4-1

    193-2 - Bopara helps himself to a couple of boundaries through the legside as Hussey bowls some late filth. Experienced campaigner is Hussey; just wants to go home now.
  • Over 45 Pattinson 0-0-0-0-0-1

    182-2 - The 45th over marks Australia's last to be bowled by a frontliner. Bopara doesn't manage to get out during it, which means he's going to have to get out to a part-timer. Probably funnier that way.
  • Over 44 Hussey 1-2-1-0-2-0

    181-2 - The only point of order now is exactly how close to the finishing line England will be when Bopara gets out.
  • Over 43 Clarke 1-0-0-1-1-0

    175-2 - I reckon England are going to win this.
  • Over 42 Hussey 2-2-1-3-0wd-0-1

    172-2 - Trott sweeps and drives for a pair of twos before easing down the ground for a single. Bopara drives elegantly through the offside for three before Hussey fires a wide down the legside. Wade whips the bails off smartly, but Trott's foot was planted. Another sweep brings a single.
  • Over 41 Pattinson 0-0-0-1-0-4

    162-2 - Clarke's bowling options here are, ahem, limited. McKay's bowled out. Hilfenhaus is bowled out. Pattinson has one over left after this one. Lee's borked. Watson's injured. Fair to say he is out of frontline options. Meanwhile, Trott sprints through for a single to reach yet another half-century. Bopara tries to thrash the ball through the offside for four and instead inside-edges it past the off stump and away to fine-leg. Does Wade bowl at all?
  • Over 40 Hilfenhaus 0-1-1-0-0-0

    157-2 - While I admire Trott's clinical sapping of the Australian spirit, he would do well to consider the fact that I really need a wee. Another powerplay dribbles pointlessly by. Shouldn't have used the word 'dribbles'.
  • Over 39 Pattinson 4-0-0-0-0-0

    155-2 - Trott is definitely doing this deliberately. Swivels to pull the first ball of Pattinson's over to the boundary and studiously blocks the remaining five. Four an over is what we need, and four an over is what we shall score.
  • Over 38 Hilfenhaus 0-1-0-0-0-0

    151-2 - Ten runs off the last two overs, so Trott and Bopara throttle back. Wouldn't do to win this too quickly.
  • Over 37 McKay 0-0-3-2-0-0

    150-2 - Trott eases a drive through the covers for three, before Bopara helps himselt to two runs to third-man. Doherty's fielding success greeted by cheers from the crowd. Cruel game. England's 150 up.
  • Over 36 Hilfenhaus 0-1-1-2-1-0

    145-2 - England are sadistically making Australia stay in the field for the maximum time possible by scoring these 201 runs at an almost pathologically consistent four an over. Current run-rate: 4.02; Required run-rate: 4.00
  • Powerplay

    We've had 35 overs. It's the batting powerplay. Curiously comforting in its way, like the familiar if faintly nauseating smell of an elderly aunt's kitchen.
  • Over 35 McKay 0-0-0-0-0-1

    140-2 - Bugbear of mine: needlessly flowery wicketkeepers who make a big show of taking the ball with an exaggerated 'give' rather than just taking the ball naturally. Wade is one such gloveman. All skippety sidesteps and ending up with the ball a yard outside his eyeline and behind his body. For unknown reasons, some keepers think this makes them look good, despite being a genuinely ridiculous way to catch a ball. Get your hands out in front of your body, catch the ball in front of your eyes and allow your hands to give naturally. You'll be moving slightly sideways anyway which will naturally take the ball to the side of your body. There's no need for this showiness. We're not impressed. We're annoyed if anything. Well I am anyway. Trott almost gets out lbw to McKay, but doesn't.
  • Over 34 Clarke 1-0-1-0-1-0

    139-2 - Three runs from a Clarke over so soul-crushingly uneventful that the umpires decide to hold an impromptu party/drinks break on the outfield.
  • Over 33 McKay 1-4-W-0-0-0

    136-2 WICKET! Batsmen absolutely love dabbing the ball to third-man for a single. Even when the ball is in no way positioned to be dabbed to third-man for a single. Even when they've just slapped a gorgeous four over mid-off's head. Even when they're winning the game at a gentle carefree canter. There's no point getting upset about it. There's nothing to be done. Dabbing to third-man for one comes as naturally to your ODI batsman as breathing in and out does to you or I. Bell departs needlessly, bowled off a bottom edge, for 69. Ravi Bopara is the new batsman.
  • Over 32 Warner 0-4-1-1-2-0

    131-1 - Plan W for Clarke here. David Warner, a part-time leg-spinner, is into the attack bowling filthy medium-pace pies. Not only that but medium-pace full-toss pies. Bell helps himself to four through midwicket and cuts the last ball of what must surely be a one-over experiment for two more. There are also some singles, but those are basically a victory for the bowler.
  • Over 31 McKay 0-0-1-0-0-0

    123-1 - Another decent over from McKay, fat lot of good it's doing.

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