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Australia have beaten England by three wickets and have booked their place in the tri-series finals scheduled to be played in February 1 at Perth. Steven Smith becomes the only player to score a century on Test captaincy debut and ODI captaincy debut. Read the match report here

Steven Smith brings up his third ODI century as Australia near a win that would put them in the finals of the tri-series. Brad Haddin falls for 42, eight short from yet another half-century.

Steven Smith and Brad Haddin are looking aggressive as they bring up their 50-run stand. Haddin struck a six and a four to bring the required run rate down to around six an over.

Australia have brought up their 250 in the 43rd over. The pair of Steven Smith and Brad Haddin have put up run-a-ball 34. Need 54 from the last seven overs.

Brad Haddin and Steven Smith are playing sensible cricket as they try to get their team over the line. The match is evenly poised and either team can win in at this stage.

James Faulkner is out for 35 after looking extremely dangerous. He put on 50 plus stand for the fifth wicket as Australia looked to seal the game. Brad Haddin is the new man in.

Steven Smith and James Faulkner bring up their 50-run stand. Australia are closing in on a victory and if they do, they will book their berth in the final. James Faulkner has made a huge impact after coming on at number six.

Australia captain Steven Smith gets to his fourth ODI fifty after coming in to bat at number three. Smith is supported by James Faulkner at the other end, who is looking extremely soild at the moment.

Glenn Maxwell is dismissed for 37 after he tries to clear the boundary off the bowling of Moeen Ali. He is caught by Joe Root in the deep. James Faulkner walks in at number six for Australia. Australia still 143 runs away from victory. Skipper Steven Smith still at the crease as he nears another fifty.

Skipper Steven Smith and Glenn Maxwell bring up their 50 partnership and have put Australia well on course to win the match and book their place in the tri-series final. Australia are chasing 304 to win after Ian Bell’s superb century earlier.

England struck twice in quick succession as Australia lost their openers Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh after they added 76 runs for the first wicket. Australia lost their first wicket in form of Aaron Finch, who was dismissed by Moeen Ali. Finch added 76 runs for the opening wicket before Moeen struck in the 12th over of Australia’s chase to give them the first jolt. Marsh, who batted well for his 45, was dismissed by Steven Finn in the 16th over of the match.

Australia have already moved past 50. They are chasing 304 against England in the fourth One-Day International (ODI) of the tri-series at Hobart. Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh have bated very well and have played some delightful shots. Australia were able to restrict England to 303 after the visitors had started very well. A victory here for England will make things tougher for India. Whereas, Australia will book their spot in the final with a victory in this game.

Ian Bell scored his fourth One-Day International (ODI) century that helped England score 303 for eight against Australia in the fourth match of the tri-series Down Under. Bell and Moeen Ali put up a good 113-run opening stand and that set the platform for a surge for England. Bell led the innings all the way with his highest ODI score of 141. he took only 125 balls to make that score. Joe Root also contributed with a score of 69. England will now press for victory with their bowling attack in force. Stuart Broad, James Anderson etc would be in business. Remember, this batting line-up does not have David Warner and George Bailey in it. Steven Smith is leading Australia. England would have hoped to score a lot more, but they were restricted at the death.

It’s all over! Mitchell Strac scores the winning runs and Australia have won by three wickets with a ball to spare. Steven Smith scores an unbeaten century.

 

OUT! Henriques is out trying to go for a quick single. James Taylor hits the wicket from mid off.
Henriques run out Taylor 4 (11)

 

Australia just two runs away from win in the final over and England will be utterly disappointed with their performance in this match.

 

Australia just five runs away from a victory that would seal their place in the finals of the tri-series.

 

Brad Haddin is out, missing out on a half-century by eight runs. Australia still in command in the match.
Haddin 42 (29) c Bell b Woakes

 

Steven Smith moves into the nineties and James Anderson gets hit for a huge six. Australia inches away from win as Smith nears another century.

 

11 runs came off the Stuart Broad over. Steven Smith and Brad Haddin have brought the required run-rate to around five an over. Australia should win it easily.

 

Haddin scores a huge six off Steven Finn and then follows it up with a four. Australia going about their business with ease but still need to score at around six an over to win as the pair bring up 50 partnership.

 

Australia are now past 250 as Brad Haddin and Steven Smith are steading this innings after the loss of James Faulkner. Australia 54 runs away from a win.

 

Australia going at a steady rate as the match is evenly poised. Steven Smith and Brad Haddin are building a decent partnership.

 

OUT!James Faulkner is out caught by Bell after going for an expansive drive. England right back in the game as Brad Haddin walks out to the middle.
J Faulkner 35 (43) c Bell b Woakes

 

Steven Smith and James Faulkner looking dangerous. England must strike now to have a chance of surviving.

 

Australia have taken the batting powerplay after Steven Smith and James Faulkner have steadied the innings after the loss of Shaun Marsh and Cameron White. Australia are still 107 runs away from victory.

 

Steven Smith reaches his fourth ODI fifty 51 balls and is well supported by James Faulkner, who is striking the ball beautifully at the moment. The duo are rebuilding the innings after England picked up two wickets in an over to dismiss Shaun Marsh and Cameron White.

 

 

Auatralia survive a run-out scare, but luckily it missed the stumps. Australia survive! They need another 133 runs to win in 20 overs.

 AUS 169/4 |Overs 29

Australia look to rebuild after losing Glenn Maxwell for 37. England must make use of this and pile on more misery on the Australians by picking up a few more wickets. Match evenly poised at this stage.

 

 

OUT! Glenn Maxwell is caught in the deep after trying to take on off-spinner Moeen Ali. Maxwell was looking dangerous and this will be a huge boost for England. James Faulkner is the next batsman.
G Maxwell 37 (38) c Root b Moeen Ali

 

At the half way stage England still need a further 155 runs to win and cement their place in the tri-series final. England need to pick up a couple wickets quickly and importantly break this partnership between Maxwell and Smith.

 

Steven Smith and Glenn Maxwell bring up their 50-run stand in well over a run a ball and look to carry their bats throughout. Ominous signs for England.

 

 

The Partnership between skipper Smith and Maxwell is looking more and more dangerous and England need to break this partnership immediately.

 

Steven Finn has put England right back on top with two wickets in one over, to leave the hosts struggling. Shaun Marsh was caught by Ian Bell for 45, and soon, Cameron White was dismissed for a duck.
OUT! S Marsh c Bell b Finn 45 (48), OUT! C White lbw b Finn 0 (2)

 

Australia captain Steven Smith has joined Shaun Marsh out there in the middle. Australia have reached 90 for one after first 15 overs, and they need another 214 runs to win.

 

OUT! Moeen Ali strikes to remove Aaron Finch. The right-handed batsman is cleaned up by the England spinner as Australia have lost their first wicket after a strong start.
OUT! A Finch b Ali 32 (32)

 

Runs have come quite easily during this run-chase. Australia have scored all round the park. Finch is also moving along well, but Marsh has looked authoritative. Marsh has now moved into the 40s.

 

Australia have started their run-chase on good style. England had set 303 for eight. Since then Shaun Marsh and Aaron Finch have led them well. Australia have reached their fifty as well.

 

Australia have looked untroubled so far. Shaun Marsh is very much in control and continuing from where he left in the tests. In fact, he is coming off a good game in the Big Bash League.

 

Shaun Marsh has started off very well. They have played some good strokes in the middle. Marsh drives and then plays through the leg-side. England can ill-afford a bad start here. March then cuts one for a four. In command here.

 

Bopara and Buttler get singles to begin. Bopara stands covering his stumps and that leaves the leg-stump vulnerable. Bopara is then yorked around his legs off the fourth ball. It has been a struggling innings by Bopara, having scored seven runs off 16 balls. Woakes comes in and misses the ball. They go for the bye and Haddin hits the stumps as Buttler dives. What a comeback by Buttler! Broad comes and makes room. He lets it go. That is bizarre! And they go for another bye. Haddin hits the stumps again as Woakes is dismissed. England scored only 59 runs in the last 10 overs for the loss of six wickets.
OUT! R Bopara 7 (16), J Buttler 25 (24) C Woakes 0 (1)

 

Australia have bowled very well in the last few overs. Buttler gets a single through the deep off the second ball. Bopara gets a single with Buttler following for one. Bopara then tries to chase a slower one, but it is signalled a wide. Bopara then gets a single. Faulkner bowls a full toss and Buttler finally gets a four down the ground.

 

Bopara tries to play across the line and he does not get it away. It only goes to the off-side. Bopara works the next ball, which is a yorker, for a single through the leg-side. Buttler gets a couple. He then tries to go over mid-off but gets only two as the fielder stops it before the boundary. Buttler gets a leg-bye off the last ball.

 

With Root going, the rate came down. Bopara could score only two runs off the 46th over bowled by Mitchell Starc. Only seven runs have come off the last two overs.

 

Root is gone! He tries to go over mid-on and that has been taken by the fielder there. A good innings by Root. Pat Cummins gets the wicket
OUT! J Root 69 (70)

 

Sandhu is in. He is bowling in the right channels here. Buttler then gets an edge and it has gone for a four very fine to third-man. Root then gets a four. And how! He is square on and scoops it, but reverse and it has gone for a four through third-man.

 

Buttler gets off the mark. Root moves across his stumps and scoops one over short third-man for a four. That was beautifully played.

 

 

Bell is gone! He tries to play a cross-batted slog over mid-off and is caught by the fielder. Gurinder Sandhu gets a wicket. Eoin Morgan is gone first ball. He edges to slip. He is gone. Double-blow for England.
OUT! I Bell 141 (125), E Morgan 0 (1)

 

Bell pulls across the line and that has gone all the way. It was well controlled and Bell is now on a roll here. He moves into the 140s.

 

Bell goes over mid-off and that has gone for a four. He is eyeing that charge now and go on to make a big one. The hundred of the partnership is up. Root gets his fifty with a couple. England are building along nicely. This is also now Bell’s highest ODI score. His previous best was 126 against India at Southampton.

 

Bell goes through the off-side and gets a four. He is gradually upping the ante. It has been a well paced innings by him so far.

 

Joe Root is also batting well here. He is knocking it around and has comfortably moved into the 40s. How much will England get in the last few overs? England would want a charge here. Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler would be warming up inside to come and smash the bowling around.

 

Starc comes back on and strays on Root’s pads. Root flicks it for a four behind square on the leg-slip. That was well played. That brings up the 200 for England. He then drops it towards third man for a single.

 

 

England are now calmly knocking the ball around the park. They are getting those singles and twos. Bell will now save his best energies for the assault later in the innings.

 

Root takes three and gets Bell back on strike. He is on 99. He plays out the Henriques’ over and remains on 99. In the next over by Cummins, Root takes a single again. Finally, that is his hundred. That is Bell’s fourth ODI ton. He has led England from the front and set the tone. This is turning out to be a good tour for him.

 

 

Root takes a single off Sandhu and hands the strike to Bell. He then takes a single to move to 99. Root retains strike with a single.

 

Root cuts late and gets it very fine through third-man for a four. Bell then pulls Henriques for three through mid-wicket to move to 96. Bell then works it to the deep for a single. He moves to 97. Later, Bell moves to 98 with another single. Root hits a boundary and then takes a single.

 

Henriques comes back on and Bell drives through cover for a four. It was hit in the air, the fielder dived at cover, but it was away from him. Bell continues to pick his spots perfectly. Bell then glides one through fine leg and that has gone for a four. The fielder was in the ring there. Bell moves into the 90s.

 

Bell tries to play the late cut, and it is too close to the body. He edges it, Haddin dives to his right, but only gets a glove to it. Meanwhile, Joe Root is the new man in the middle.

 

Taylor is gone! He tries to loft Moises Henriques over the top, but is caught at mid-off. He has to walk back to the pavillion.
OUT! J Taylor 5 (14)

 

Ian Bell smashes a four over long-on. He made room and aimed for mid-wicket, but it hit the toe end of the bat and that has gone for a four. Bell and Taylor then work the strike around with three singles.

 

 

Taylor taking his time in the middle. Bell continues to play a sheet anchor role. England’s scoring rate has now come before six an over, but it is nevertheless a good platform.

 

Moeen Ali is gone! He comes down the track and tries to pull across the line. He top edges it and James Faulkner gets a wicket as Doherty catches it at cover.
OUT! M Ali 46 (48)

 

Bell goes over cover and gets two. That is England’s hundred. He then lofts over wide long-off and gets another couple. These two shots show how well he is batting in the middle. He then drives through the off-side for another couple. He then gets a single down the ground.

 

Maxwell continues and Bell knocks it down for a single. Later in the over, he strays on Moeen’s pads and has been helped fine for a four. Later, he lofts one over mid-wicket for a four. Moeen also gets going now, inspired by Bell at the other end.

 

Bell has reached his fifty. An exciting innings this has been. Full of class and elegance. England are building on that start here in Hobart.

 

Glenn Maxwell comes in to bowl his off-spin. Off his fifth ball, Bell reverse-sweeps and goes past short third-man for a four. Great shot there. Well placed and controlled.

 

Moeen pulls over mid-wicket. And that has gone for a six! He then pulls a second time and it has sailed into the stands now. England have been good here. Moeen is fighting fire with fire! This time Moeen flicks off the hips, the fielder on the ropes, takes it, and is going over the ropes, tries to throw it over, but it has crossed the boundary! Three sixes in a row.

 

Cummins is back into the attack and Bell drives down the ground for a three. It was played extremely well. Moeen then pulls the second ball for a single. Bell then works to third-man for a single. Moeen gets a single with a pull shot.

 

Bell drives down the ground and gets a four. What a performance by the Englishman so far. He retains strike with a single off the last ball.

 

Moeen takes a single first ball. Bell on stage! And what does he do when he gets width! He dispatches it through cover for a four. Silken drive through cover. He then works it through the leg-side for a single.

 

Bell’s silken touch on display here. He works Cummins through the leg-side for four and then drives handsomely through the off-side for a four. On his day, Bell is an amazing treat to watch.

 

Bell gets 5,000 ODI runs. He flays one through the off-side for a four. That was more controlled, though a bit uppish. Starc then pulls the length back and Bell drives it through cover, all along the ground, for a four.

 

Bell faces Pat Cummins. The first ball is short and wide. Bell tries to cut uppishly and it fortunately falls in no-man’s land. They get a single for that. Moeen then gets a single through to third-man. Bell cuts again later in the over, and it goes on the bounce to third-man. Another single taken.

 

Moeen Ali faces Mitchell Starc. After playing two dots, he drives one gracefully through the off-side for a four. That helps England and Ali get off the mark. They are away in Hobart.

 

Teams:

Australia: Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh, Cameron White, Steven Smith (c), Moises Henriques, Glenn Maxwell, Brad Haddin (wk), James Faulkner, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Xavier Doherty, Gurinder Sandhu.

England: Ian Bell, Moeen Ali, James Taylor, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Ravi Bopara, Jos Buttler (wk), Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Steven Finn.


Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of the fourth One-Day International (ODI) between Australia and England at Hobart. I am Nishad Pai Vaidya, and I will bring you all the live updates from the match. Australia are currently on top of the table with two wins in two matches, while England are at the second position, having beaten India in the last game.

One more victory will all but assure Australia for a spot in the final, while if England manage to pull off a win it could seriously hamper India’s chances. After Australia defeated England by three wickets and with more than 10 overs to spare, they managed to overcome a late collapse and beat India in the second ODI. On both occasions, Mitchell Starc has been phenomenal for the hosts. READ: Australia should mind their own business.

On the other hand, England came back strongly after their first-match defeat to thoroughly outshine India. After Chris Woakes took four wickets in the opening ODI, Steven Finn and James Anderson ran amok against India. Anderson grabbed four wickets on comeback, while Finn took his maiden ODI fifer. READ: George Bailey’s form is a worry for Australia.

Australia will be going in with a much depleted batting line-up after Shane Watson was ruled out of the game. Meanwhile, stand-in skipper George Bailey will be missing the match due to a suspension, while David Warner has been rested following his recent run-ins. Cameron White and Shaun Marsh have been included in the playing XI.

Eoin Morgan has had a tumultuous last few days following a blackmailing controversy, but the ECB sorted things out so he can switch back to cricket. Meanwhile, former England captain Alastair Cook was included in the MCC squad for the Champion County match and the Emirates T20 tournament in the United Arab Emirates in March.

Hobart has been a high-scoring ground in the past — who can forget Virat Kohli’s tremendous 133 not out against Sri Lanka? — but this will be a new pitch and a new day. Australia remain firm favourites, but with a depleted side, England could bounce back and go for a win. READ: Why Virat Kohli at No. 4 makes sense.

Squads:

Australia: Steven Smith (c), Brad Haddin (wk), Aaron Finch, Pat Cummins, Moises Henriques, James Faulkner, Gurinder Sandhu, Mitchell Starc, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Cameron White.

England: Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler (wk), Steven Finn, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Joe Root, James Taylor, James Tredwell, Chris Woakes.

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