England vs Australia: First T20 international – LIVE!

England vs Australia – LIVE!

Good evening and welcome to the Evening Standard’s LIVE coverage of the first T20 international.

It’s the world’s best team in this format visiting the second best, with Australia boasting a full-strength squad while England are without Ben Stokes and Jason Roy.

We have Will Macpherson at the Rose Bowl Cricket Ground, while Malik Ouzia guides you through the action.

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WICKET! Moeen c Zampa b Maxwell 2   

ENG 108/5 (13.5 overs)

Oh dear. Moeen with a little reverse sweep, top edges and it easily caught by Zampa. 


ENG 105/4 (13.0 overs)

Malan 38, Moeen 1

Moeen Ali played a terrific knock in the final T20 against Pakistan but prior to that had been in dire form. 

At the other end, Malan is going to have to do a lot of the heavy lifting you feel and as Zampa fizzes one in he sweeps him hard into the stand for six. 

Cracking stroke, shorter from the bowler and Malan drags it into the legside, into a gap, and gets four. 


WICKET! Morgan c Smith b Maxwell 5  

ENG 92/4 (11.5 overs)

England are in trouble here! Glenn Maxwell comes on for a bowl and Morgan tries to take him on down the ground but skies it horribly and Steve Smith has safe hands. 

ENG 86/3 (11.0 overs)

Malan 20, Morgan 5

Remember, England have gone with some extra bowling today so it’s not a long tail. Morgan is in at five. 

Shot! Starc runs in and Malan lifts a peach of a drive over the men on the circle and gets four on the bounce. 

Peach. Morgan’s off the mark, served up a half-volley and the skipper gobbles it up. He’s gotten away with one next ball, though! Short from Starc, unconvincing from Morgan, but it just about lands safe. 


WICKET! Banton c Finch b Agar 8  

ENG 74/3 (9.5 overs)

The run rate has dropped down below eight now, having been well above nine a few overs ago. Malan tries to up things by heaving into the leg side but he doesn’t get all of it and it drops short of Starc on the fence.

Terrific catch! Banton skies high in the air, Finch is racing backwards and he takes it brilliantly over his shoulder. 

ENG 70/2 (9.0 overs)

Malan 11, Banton 6

There’s his signature. A little reverse sweep from Banton, his second ball flicked over the field for four. Delicious. 

Again, the comeback is good from Zampa – just one more conceded off the over. Australia have pegged England back nicely here. 

ENG 65/2 (8.0 overs)

Malan 11, Banton 1

So Tom Banton, who opened with such success against Pakistan but has spoken publicly about finding it harder in the middle order, is in at four. He’s away with a single.

Will Macpherson is at the Ageas Bowl

Big wicket! Buttler will wish he’d gone a little harder at that filth from Agar. Alas he’s out.


WICKET! Buttler c Cummins b Agar 44 

ENG 64/2 (7.5 overs)

Agar is back, though of course with a bit more protection now the powerplay is over. 

And he’s got the big wicket! Buttler hits out towards deep midwicket but he doesn’t quite commit to the shot and he picks out Pat Cummins in the deep! 

ENG 62/1 (7.0 overs)

Buttler 43, Malan 10

Adam Zanpa is on, skilful, skiddy bowler. Dawid Malan, after hitting that early boundary, hasn’t quite clicked into gear yet, as is often his way. 

That’s more like it, crisp through extra cover to the ropes. Decent start from Zampa though. 

ENG 55/1 (6.0 overs)

Buttler 41, Malan 5

Cummins to continue. Finch needs some tight overs from his best bowler because you suspect Buttler is going to properly get after the spinners. 

He’s happy to put the quick away, too, mind, gives himself some room and drills powerfully past cover for four. 

ENG 48/1 (5.0 overs)

Buttler 35, Malan 4

Kane Richardson is the next man handed the unenviable task of bowling to Jos Buttler, the batsman just nudging down the leg side for one. 

That brings the new man, David Malan, on strike and he’s straight up and running with a boundary, tucked away behind square. 

Will Macpherson is at the Ageas Bowl

Slightly strange wicket first up! Big cross-seamer from Cummins pop off the pitch a little and he edges to Mitchell Starc, who is stationed at a strange spot, sort of in the gully on the ring.


WICKET! Bairstow c Starc b Cummins 8 

ENG 43/1 (4.0 overs)

Unsurprisingly, Ashton Agar is not back. Pat Cummins into the attack. No difference – a little check-drive that’s chipped over cover and it races away for four more. 

Bairstow’s a goner, though! Some extra bounce, off the outside edge and third man is up to take it in the bread basket. 

Will Macpherson is at the Ageas Bowl

Superb start for England. If these two could bat for 5 more overs together, Australia will be in strife.

ENG 35/0 (3.0 overs)

Buttler 29, Bairstow 5

Marcus Stoinis is in the wars in the field, Bairstow drilling into his leg but he’s saved a boundary for his side. 

Jos Buttler looks in lovely touch. A couple of heaved sixes in the last over but this is all about placement, beautifully driven through point for four. 

Four more! No idea how he’s got this away, decent yorker from Starc but Buttler digs it out and squirts it wide of gully for four. 

Will Macpherson is at the Ageas Bowl

.64..6 for Jos Buttler against Ashton Agar. Seemed a strange choice to bowl the second over.


ENG 24/0 (2.0 overs)

Buttler 19, Bairstow 4

It’ll be Ashton Agar from the other end and Jos Buttler welcomes him to these shores by dancing down the track and whipping him straight down the ground for six. It’s gone a long way back, too, and Richardson has to go climbing in the seats to find it. 

Oh, he’s getting the treatment here. One bounce four next up. 

Oh my word. He’s got after him again, another huge six off the last ball. 16 off the over. 

ENG 8/0 (1.0 overs)

Buttler 3, Bairstow 4

Rancid from Starc, a wide to start. Full toss a couple of balls later but it catches Buttler a little by surprise and he can only push to mid-off for no run. 

Buttler chips through the air into the leg-side for the first runs off the bat, bit of inswing from Starc. 

Bairstow’s off the mark, not perfectly timed, but it’s got enough to beat the chase and brings the first boundary of the innings. 


Will Macpherson is at the Ageas Bowl

Mitchell Starc to open up for Australia; he’ll be bowling to Jos Buttler. Lot of IPL team-mates out there – Buttler with Steve Smith, Jonny. Bairstow with David Warner.

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TV and live stream details

TV: The match will be shown on Sky Sports Cricket (Sky: 405, Virgin: 504) and Sky Sports Main Event (Sky: 401, Virgin; 501).

Live stream: The match will be available each day on the Sky Go app, with a Sky Sports subscription required. Highlights will be available on the BBC Sport website and app.

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