ENG vs AUS World Cup Warm-up: Australia thumps England by 12 runs

Steve Smith's 116 off 102 deliveries helped Australia overcome its first hurdle in the World Cup Warm-up as it floored the host by 12 runs at Southampton.

Jason Behrendorff gave Australia the early breakthrough by dismissing Jonny Bairstow in the seventh over.   -  GETTY IMAGES

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's highlights of the warm-up match between England and Australia being played at Southampton's Rose Bowl Cricket Ground.

◙ Australia has done it. What a match this has been! It thumps England by 12 runs as Jofra Archer who wanted to go for a second run has been run out. England finishes at 285.

◙ Stoinis takes another wicket! Plunkett is the victim this time. He goes for a powerful pull shot but turns out he hasn't got enough to clear the fence.

◙ And another one bites the dust! Chris Woakes departs. Stoinis finds Woakes, the non-striker trying to steal a run. He aims and brings the stumps down. RUN OUT! England requires 23 runs off 16 balls to win this contest.

◙ Curran has to take the long walk back to the pavilion now. Curran goes for a square cut but finds Khawaja at point who does a fine job. England 251/7 after 43 overs.

WICKET! Moeen Ali departs. Adam Zampa finally gets a wicket. England 240/6 after 41 overs. England requires 58 runs from 54 balls now.

With that boundary by Woakes, England moves to 228/5 in 39 overs. England must be relieved that the strike-rate is under control: almost run-a-ball. The batsmen are just concentrating on rotating the strike as of now.

OUT! A short ball outside off from Behrendoff sees James Vince trying to go for a late cut but he ends up awarding a sitter to Lyon. Did Vince realise that the third man was up in the circle? England 197/5 after 33.5 overs.

◙ James Vince gets to his fifty now off 62 balls. Not the quickest of them one might say: Buttler had walked in when Vince was on 31. England cannot afford to lose anymore wickets now. 118 runs required for England to win this contest now, in 19 overs.

◙ Stand-in skipper Jos Buttler gets to his fifty off 30 balls but gives away his wicket in the very next delivery. Coulter-Nile exacts his revenge! The batsman gets a leading edge which finds Khawaja at midwicket. England 171/4 after 29 overs.

◙ Jos Buttler smashes Coulter-Nile all over the park as the latter concedes 24 runs in the 27th over of the match:the most expensive one of the day. With that Buttler moves to 46* off 25 balls. There was simply no way you could stop Buttler there. England 159/3.

◙ James Vince justifying his inclusion quite well at Southampton. The 28-year-old from Sussex has moved on to 42* off 49 balls. England 133/3 after 25.3 overs.

OUT! Lyon picks up his first wicket as Stokes is stumped by Carey. Stokes was dropped by Finch in the previous over but it does no damage as Lyon gets his man. Stokes charged down the pitch but Lyon bowled it wide off the off stump and the Englishman completely missed it. Stokes st Carey b Lyon 20 (32b). Jos Buttler is the new man in. England 100/3 in 21.1 overs

◙ At end of the 20th over, England is 97/2. Vince and Stokes have added 32 for the third wicket and will need to get some quick runs to match the required run rate of 6.70. England 97/2 after 20 overs, trails by 201 runs; Vince 30*, Stokes 18*

◙ Nine runs in three overs, that's all England has managed. Nathan Lyon has been introduced and he's conceded only 5 runs in his 2 overs. England 75/2 after 16 overs; Vince 22*, Stokes 2*.

OUT! The extra bounce undoes Roy as he's dismissed for 32. Richardson bowls a cross seam delivery and Roy merely pokes at the ball and it's a simply catch for Lyon at short cover. Roy c Lyon b Richardson 32 (37b), England 65/2 after 12.3 overs.

◙ Roy continues to try and slam every delivery for a boundary and the team fifty comes up. Roy is on 28 off 30 balls, while James Vince has 12 off 13 balls. Behrendorff has been taken off the attack and Kane Richardson has been given the ball. England 57/1 after 10 overs.

OUT! Bairstow whacks two boundaries and is dismissed in his quest for a third one. It's a slightly short delivery and Bairstow looks to go the aerial route but can't get the desired connection and finds Warner at mid-on. Bairstow c Warner b Behrendorff 12 (17), England 39/1 in 6.4 overs.

◙ How many lives for Roy? He is struck on the pads by a Coulter-Nile delivery and umpire Ravi says nothing doing. The Australians review the decision and it's umpire's call! Roy mistimes a pull in the very next delivery and just manages to avoid Zampa at backward square. England 31/0 after 6 overs.

◙ It's been quite the start for England. After nearly getting out twice, Roy has held his ground and gone on to score 14 off 15 balls, albeit two of those boundaries coming off thick edges. Bairstow has been more cautious among the two and England is at 19/0 after 4 overs.

◙ A fantastic first over from Behrendorff. The first four deliveries swung in to Jason Roy, but he got the fifth one to swing away from the right-hander. Roy edged it to Smith at first slip, but the Aussie couldn't hold on to it.

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◙ A drama-filled last over comes to an end and Australia finishes at 297/9. Smith began the over with a double and then smashed Curran for a huge six, but was dismissed off the fifth delivery for 116. Adam Zampa came on and managed to add one run before being run out and that's the end of the innings. England will have to score 298 runs to win this contest.

◙ Alright then, we're down to the last over. Australia is at 288 and with Smith on strike, the Aussies might just as well get past 300.

WICKET! Plunkett bags his fourth wicket of the game as he knocks out Nathan Coulter-Nile's off-stump. The Aussie doesn't pick the slower one and is dismissed for one run. Coulter-Nile b Plunkett 1 (5b), Australia 283/7 in 48.4 overs.

HUNDRED FOR SMITH. What a sublime knock this has been. He came in with Australia at 82/2 and has played a terrific innings, littered with 8 fours and a six an has offered this batting line-up some much-needed stability. Great statement to make ahead of the World Cup. Australia is now at 276/6 with two overs to go.

WICKET! Carey's cameo comes to an end as he holes out to Curran. The Australian looks to take the aerial route, but it takes a top edge and Curran takes a stunning catch. Carey c Curran b Plunkett 30 (14)

◙ Twelve runs off the 46th over and Australia is 257 for five. Steve Smith is into the 90s, batting on 91, while Alex Carey has moved on to 23 off 11 balls.

◙ We're down to the last five overs and Australia have 245 on the board. Smith is racing to a century, having amassed 86 runs in as many deliveries, and will be one to watch out for. Carey has been among the runs, picking up 16 runs in 8 deliveries. Australia 245/5 after 45 overs.

◙ Uh oh, what's happened here? There's a mix-up between Smith and Stoinis and the latter is run-out. Stoinis run out (Woakes) 13 (22), Australia 224/5 in 42.5 overs. Alex Carey is the new man at the crease.

◙ The runs are drying up here after Khawaja's dismissal. Smith and Stoinis have only managed to score 22 runs in six overs. The duo will certainly have to accelerate the scoring is they are to get to 300. Australia 213/4 after 42 overs, Smith 72* Stoinis 12*.

WICKET! Local lad Liam Dawson strikes and it's Khawaja who has to walk back to the pavilion. Dawson tosses it up and angles it wide and Khwaja charges at it but makes no contact. He's miles out of the crease and Buttler has an easy stumping to make. Khawaja st Buttler b Dawson 31 (57), Australia 187/4 after 36 overs. 

◙ There's the fifty for Steve Smith. He's played a very calm and calculated innings and has ensured a steady run flow. Khwaja has been equally good on the other end and has offered him great support. The two have added 64 for the fourth wicket and Australia is at 172/3 after 33 overs.

◙ Usman Khwaja announces his arrival to the crease with a fantastic reverse-sweep and a cheeky Dilscoop. He's picked up 13 runs from as many deliveries and Australia is at 146/3 after 28 overs.

◙ Steve Smith looks in terrific touch. He shifts his weight to his front foot and caresses the ball for a straight drive boundary. That's his second boundary of the over! Smith's got 31 runs off 28 balls. Australia 125/3 after 25 overs.

OUT! Plunkett picks up his second scalp and it's the valuable wicket of Shaun Marsh. It's not an extraordinary delivery, it's in fact going down the leg side. Marsh decides to have a go at it and it clips his gloves, offering wicketkeeper Jos Buttler an easy catch. Usman Khawaja is the new man in.
Marsh c Buttler b Plunkett 30 (44), AUS 108/3 in 22.2 overs.

◙ Marsh picks up a single and that brings up the 100 for Australia after 20 overs. Warner did the bulk of the scoring and it's now up to Marsh and Smith to keep it going. Surely, they're aiming for a 300+ total?
Australia 100/2 after 20 overs; Marsh 28, Smith 8*

So it turns out that Warner was actually booed the English crowd and was called a cheat. Is this a hint of the kind of hostile treatment he's going to be subjected to during the World Cup? Full story here - Warner booed during England vs Australia World Cup warm-up match

◙ Call this the blogger's curse now, eh? After a promising start, Warner throws his wicket away. He tries to whack Liam Plunkett for a big one, but only manages to find Jonny Bairstow at deep mid-wicket.
Warner c Bairstow b Plunkett 43(55), AUS 82/2 in 16.3 overs.

Fun fact: Bairstow and Warner were opening partners for Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Indian Premier League!

◙ England unable to make any further inroads here. Warner and Marsh have cemented themselves at the centre and have added 51 runs for the second wicket.
Australia 70/1 after 15 overs; Warner 33*, Marsh 17*

◙ Warner and Marsh look pretty sharp and done well to keep the scoreboard ticking. No rash shots yet, just simple calculated strokeplay.
Australia 58/1 after 12 overs; Warner 25*, Marsh 13*

◙ Alright then, we're going to see some spin here. Moeen Ali has been introduced into the attack.

◙ Stokes nearly got Warner there! The Aussie tried to fend off a yorker and nearly ended up playing it onto his stumps.
Australia 44/1 at the end of 9 overs; Warner 18*, Marsh 10*

◙ Uh oh, call it the commentator's curse, but Wood has just left the field! He pulled up midway his run up and appeared to have hurt something, but we can't really tell what's happened. Jofra Archer will replace him on the field, while Ben Stokes will complete the over.

In other news, India has lost three wickets and is reeling at 29/3 after 7 overs, You can follow that game live here - Trent Boult triple strike jolts India, Hardik joins Kohli

◙ Tom Curran has been pretty impressive so far having conceded only six runs in his three overs. Wood has gone for runs, 17 to be precise, but he's got the all-important opening wicket.
AUS 24/1 after 6 overs.

WICKET! Finch fails to pick the deceptive slow ball and plays it straight into the hands of Moeen Ali at mid-on. Wood gets the first breakthrough for England. AUS 19-1 after 4.3 overs. Shaun Marsh is the new man in.

◙ Decent start for Australia here. Aaron Finch survives an early LBW appeal and has looked in good touch since. He's scored 12 off 9 balls, while Warner has 4 runs off the same number of deliveries. Australia 16/0 after 3 overs.

◙ Mark Wood will begin the proceedings and David Warner is on strike.

◙ So England will miss Joe Root's services. His grandfather passed away two days ago and he's been rested for this game. Also missing the game for England will be Rashid, Jofra Archer and Eoin Morgan, with the latter suffering a flake fracture in his left index finger.

The Aussies have chosen to rest Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Glenn Maxwell.

TOSS UPDATE: England has won the toss and has opted to bowl first.

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The squads

England: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, James Vince, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (captain and wicketkeeper), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Liam Dawson, Tom Curran, Liam Plunkett, Mark Wood

Australia Squad: Aaron Finch (captain), David Warner, Steven Smith, Usman Khawaja, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey (wicketkeeper), Shaun Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, Kane Richardson, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Adam Zampa, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jason Behrendorff

Match starts at 3:00pm