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enGLAnD v AUstRALIA At tHe sWALeC stADIUM,


CARDIFF on 24tH JUne 2010 (natWest series oDI)


Umpires: Aleem Dar and N J Llong


(Third umpire – IJ Gould; Fourth umpire – RK Illingworth) Scorers: A K Hignell and B Jones


Nearly twelve months after their nail-biting draw in the Ashes Test Match at Cardiff, the Australians returned to the Welsh capital city where they suffered a second defeat in the space of three days in their NatWest series with England, further extending their series of losses sustained at Glamorgan’s headquarters which includes defeats to New Zealand in the 1999 World Cup and in 2005 to cricketing minnows Bangladesh. As far as this contest was concerned, the day began badly for Australia with injuries to two of their bowlers as Nathan Hauritz aggravated a foot injury and Ryan Harris sustained a groin injury which forced his withdrawl from the contest shortly before the toss. In contrast, England were in buoyant mood after their success in the ICC World Twenty20 competition in the Caribbean, as well as their victory in the opening match of the series at The Rose Bowl. There had also been broad smiles the day before the contest at Cardiff when England’s football team beat Slovakia to reach the quarter-final stages of the World Cup. Twenty-four hours later it was Stuart Broad who put the smiles on the faces of the country’s cricket supporters as he produced a Man-of-the-Match performance with a return of 4/44 and all on his 24th birthday as he became the quickest England bowler to take 100 wickets in One-Day Internationals. His scalps included the stellar pairing of Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke who were both undone by the youngster’s cross-seam tactics as he extracted lateral movement and sharp lift from an excellent wicket as Australia nosedived to 118/5 after electing to bat first. Cameron White and Steve Smith then added a semblance of respectability with a stand of 84 in sixteen overs. Smith eventually became Broad’s fourth victim as he miscued to cover, before some feisty blows in the closing overs by White saw him finish unbeaten on 86 as Australia closed on 239/7. Craig Kieswetter, who had pouched three good catches, soon departed after a couple of fours, before Andrew Strauss made a rousing start by striking two sixes which prompted a rendition of “Bread of Heaven” from a section of the capacity 16,000 crowd. Kevin Pietersen also unfurled some sweetly-timed strokes, but after despatching Smith’s leg-spin to long-on, over-ambition once again became his downfall as Ponting took a superb one-handed catch high above his head at short mid-wicket as the England man tried to club another four. Strauss continued to accumulate stead- ily but shortly after reaching his half-century, he was caught and bowled by Hauritz, and it was left to Paul Collingwood and Eoin Morgan – who in the first match of the series had scored a fine century – to engineer England’s progress towards their target. The pair added 83 in seventeen overs before Collingwood was bowled by the persevering Doug Bollinger, shortly after the Durham man had broken Alec Stewart’s record for the highest aggregate of runs by an Englishman in One Day Internationals. The fiery Bollinger also added Morgan’s wicket shortly after the Irishman had reached his fifty, but with 29 runs needed from eight overs, Graeme Swann and Tim Bresnan kept a cool head and without any scoreboard pressure, they whittled away the target with a series of singles until a lofted drive for six by Swann against Clint McKay saw England to their target with 28 balls remaining as Cardiff continued to be an unhappy hunting ground for the Australian cricketers. The match proved to be another resounding success for the Glamorgan as they sought further international matches, but Australia’s defeat proved to be a bitter-sweet one for the Welsh county as the following morning it was confirmed that Shaun Tait had been called up by Australia for the rest of their series to beef up an attack which, by its own very high standards, and a series of injuries to their first-choice bowlers, had been shown to be devoid of its usual stardust.


Australia innings S R Watson +T D Paine *R T Ponting M J Clarke C L White


M E K Hussey S P D Smith J R Hopes N M Hauritz C J McKay


D E Bollinger Extras Total


Bowling Anderson Bresnan Broad Wright Yardy


Swann


c Kieswetter b Wright c Kieswetter b Broad c Kieswetter b Broad c Swann b Broad not out


c Collingwood b Broad run out (Bresnan) not out


(2w, 1nb) (7 Wickets, 50 Overs)


FOW: 51, 67, 77, 94, 118, 202, 238. o M R W


10 9


10 3 9 4


1 0 0 0 0 0


63 44 44 19 31 19


1 0 4 1 0 0


Toss - Australia won and elected to bat.


57 16 13 1


15


b Anderson 14 41 8 0


3 239


Bollinger McKay Hopes Hauritz Smith


Watson


england innings *A J Strauss +C Kieswetter K P Pietersen


P D Collingwood E J M Morgan L J Wright


T T Bresnan G P Swann M H Yardy S C J Broad J M Anderson


c & b Hauritz c Paine


c Ponting c Paine not out


not out (2lb, 3w, 5nb)


23, 91, 109, 192, 211, 211. Bowling


o M R W 10 2 46 9.2 0 60 5 0 30 10 0 56 8 0 40 3 0


9


3 0 1 1 1 0


Result - England won by four wickets


b Bollinger b Smith


51 8


33


b Bollinger 48 b Bollinger 52 b Hopes


10 12 19


10 (6 Wickets, 42.5 Overs) 243


12


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