England set Australia target of 343 to win second ODI – live!

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Thanks, Tim. Mighty effort from you with the much longer session than expected due to the rain. Isn’t Jos good at cricket? Plenty of oooohing and aaaahing in the press box as he did his thing. To adding a couple of extra stats to what Tim has noted below, that was the best ever ODI score at this ground, and if Australia win from here it’ll be their highest successful chase. The re-start is about ten minutes away so I’m going to grab a cup of tea. I suggest you do the same before dropping me a line (or a tweet).

50th over: England 342-8 (Buttler 91, Rashid 0) Tye bowls a near-wide, which is also short, and Buttler does phenomenally well to toe-end a cut for four. Last ball, he shovel-hooks for four more into the gap at long leg. Shame there wasn’t time for a hundred, but that is a sparkling captain’s innings. And it’s also England’s highest-ever one-day score against Australia.

England are firm favourites, but there are plenty of runs in this pitch and the weather is unlikely to get in Australia’s way. Thanks for your company and correspondence, combination sports and all, and it’ll be Adam Collins to see you through.

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Written by Tim de Lisle (first innings) and Adam Collins (second innings)
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