England vs Australia LIVE: T20 World Cup result and reaction as Aussies win by 36 runs

Phil Salt is bowled by Adam Zampa (AP)
Phil Salt is bowled by Adam Zampa (AP)

England take on Australia in their second match of the T20 World Cup after their opener against Scotland was washed out in Barbados.

The old rivalry between the two nations, which came to a head during the Ashes last summer, will be reignited when they face each other at the Kensington Oval.

England went into the tournament as the defending champions, but their first match was not one they or the tournament would have wanted. Just 10 overs were possible and everyone was left frustrated, including those in red who had two of their four warm up games on home soil washed out without a ball being bowled.

Australia’s preparations have been a bit smoother, they arrived in the Caribbean when England were still facing rain delays at home, but had to use some of their coaching staff to make up numbers in warm-up matches.

Follow all the live action from the T20 World Cup match in the blog below

England vs Australia

  • Wicket! Warner out for 39! b Ali, Australia 70-1 (5)

  • Wicket! Head out for 34! b Archer, Australia 74-2 (6)

  • Wicket! Marsh out for 35! st Buttler b Livingstone - Australia 139-3

  • Wicket! Maxwell out for 28! ct Salt, b Rashid, Australia 141-4

  • Wicket! David out for 11! ct Livingstone b Jordan - Australia 168-5

  • Wicket! Stoinis out for 30! ct Brook b Jordan - Australia 200-6

  • Wicket! Cummins out for 0! run out Jordan - Australia 200-7

  • Australia set England 202 runs to win

  • Wicket! Salt out for 37! b Zampa - England 73-1

  • Wicket! Buttler out for 42! ct Cummins b Zampa - England 92-2

  • Wicket! Jacks out for 10! ct Starc b Stoinis - England 96-3

  • Wicket! Bairstow out for 7! ct Maxwell b Hazlewood - England 124-4

  • Wicket! Ali out for 25! ct Warner b Cummins - England 128-5

  • Wicket! Livingstone out for 15! ct Starc b Cummins - England 152-6

  • Australia beat England by 36 runs

England thrashed by Australia as T20 World Cup hopes falter

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England’s World Cup woes followed them to Barbados as their T20 defence was left looking precarious after a heavy defeat at the hands of Australia.

Six months on from a dire performance in the 50-over competition in India and four days after an unconvincing bowling display in their washed out game against Scotland, Jos Buttler’s men were thrashed by 36 runs by their Ashes rivals.

An unchanged attack was sprayed around the Kensington Oval as Australia racked up their highest score of the tournament to date, reaching 201 for seven with 13 sixes and 14 fours.

England thrashed by Australia as T20 World Cup hopes falter

Australia beat England by 36 runs

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England captain Jos Buttler: “I thought they came out with a lot of intent and played really well and put us under a lot of pressure straight away. It was tough to drag it back from there. They bowled really well in that middle phase, took wickets at regular times and defended really well.

“There is always hindsight and a lot of decisions you can change or do earlier. There were a couple of soft balls where we could have saved boundaries.”

Australia beat England by 36 runs

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England will want to address some of the key errors that crept into their performance. The decision to bowl Will Jacks second over with the batters hitting with the breeze to the very short boundary was potentially ill-judged, and Australia capitalised.

Whereas Australia stormed ahead in their batting powerplay, hitting six sixes and putting England under pressure, when it came to Jos Buttler and Phil Salt’s turn they never got going with the same threat.

The Australian bowlers did not leave them any openings and it was a dominant victory for Mitchell Marsh’s team.

Australia beat England by 36 runs

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Stoinis will bowl the last over of the match. The result is not in doubt, and England will be leaving with more questions than answers.

Brook does get a four, it’s a lovely shot, and he might just want to make the most of the time in the middle now, as it’s too little too late for England.

Brook edges the ball away for a boundary from the final ball of the match, and Australia win by 36 runs

Wicket! Livingstone out for 15! ct Starc b Cummins - England 152-6 (19)

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The match is just heading towards it’s inevitable conclusion now, although England will want to keep the net run rate down as much as possible.

The batters just cannot get going, or get the pace-off deliveries away. Brook is getting frustrated.

Zampa almost took a stunning catch! It was a one-handed high jumping catch, and he spilled it just at the last minute.

But it doesn’t matter, Livingstone goes next ball, caught on the boundary rope.

England 148-5 (18) Brook 8, Livingstone 13, Zampa 2-28 (4) - need 54 runs to win

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Zampa is into his last over. Again Livingstone and Brook are just pushing the ball out to the fielders in the deep for singles.

After 21 deliveries without a boundary, Livingstone has smashed a big six, picked the googly and sent it high into the stands.

England 136-5 (17) Brook 6, Livingstone 5, Hazlewood 1-28 (4) - need 66 runs to win

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Another single for England and it’s not even close to what they need. At the end of the last over the required run rate was 18 an over.

The match is just meandering along now to what feels like a foregone conclusion. Brooks and Livingstone are just picking up singles from Hazlewood, just hitting to the field.

The last boundary feels like a very long time ago, the hosts aren’t bad, but the field placements are just perfect.

England 130-5 (16) Brook 2, Livingstone 1, Cummins 1-19 (3) - need 72 more runs to win

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Livingstone is the next batter in, the first ball is a wide, but he does pick up a single from the final ball of the over.

Wicket! Ali out for 25! ct Warner b Cummins - England 128-5

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Cummins is back on to bowl, can England make the most of the extra pace?

Ali has to take risks to beat the infield, and he’s not even rewarded with a boundary, it went to the fielder in the deep and he’ll just get a single.

Another slower ball punched through the gap just brings another single.

Ali has to take risks, he goes big but doesn’t get enough on it and it’s caught by Warner on the boundary.

England 126-4 (15) Ali 24, Brook 1, Hazlewood 1-22 (3) - need 76 runs to win

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Brook gets off the mark with a single first ball. Bairstow never really got going despite his explosive power, but he is a typical T20 opener rather than a number four.

Ali tries to create space, but Brook prods at the next one and doesn’t get anything on it.

Brook tries to carve out space for a paddle, and again misses it.

That could be the decisive over, just two runs and a wicket.

Wicket! Bairstow out for 7! ct Maxwell b Hazlewood - England 124-4

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Bairstow falls just as England were trying to get going! He made just seven from 13, Maxwell takes the catch off Hazlewood.

England 118-3 (14) Bairstow 7, Ali 17, Maxwell 0-22 (2) - need 78 more runs to win

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Ali goes big! Back to back sixes and that’s just what they needed!

The next ball is outside off stump and he can’t do anything with it, they’ll get a single from the fourth.

Ali flicks the last ball of the over for another six! That over has gone for 20 and given England a lifeline.

England 104-3 (13) Bairstow 6, Ali 4, Zampa 2-16 (3) - need 98 more runs to win

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Ali just fends off the first two balls of the over and the run rate has built up to a very difficult level. Ali gets off strike, but just leaves Bairstow three balls.

They have not scored a boundary for quite some overs now. Bairstow tries to hit it but doesn’t get hold of it, and it’s another dot.

Bairstow goes big, but it’s an inside edge and they will just get a couple. Five runs from the last 11 deliveries.

England 101-3 (12) Bairstow 4, Ali 3, Maxwell 0-2 (1) - need 101 runs to win

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Glenn Maxwell will come into the attack for the two new batters, and they’ve just been watchful, with two runs from the first four balls.

And it’s just two from the over, that was very well bowled.

England 99-3 (11) Bairstow 3, Ali 2, Stoinis 1-12 (2) - need 103 runs to win

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England have gone for experience over youth here with Moeen Ali coming in ahead of Harry Brook.

That’s a great over from Stoinis and he has bowled well again today.

Wicket! Jacks out for 10! ct Starc b Stoinis - England 96-3

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Stoinis is back on to bowl, Bairstow chips again, this time into the leg side but again it falls safe.

Jacks heaves it away leg side, but it’s not timed perfectly and that will also just be a single. Bairstow goes for a big shot and misses the ball.

Jacks goes for the big hit down the ground, Starc runs in and takes a stunning diving catch, it was low and he was coming in at speed and still managed to get his hands under the ball.

Wicket! Buttler out for 42! ct Cummins b Zampa - England 93-2 (10) Jacks 9, Bairstow 1, Zampa 2-13 (2) - need 109 runs to win

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Three runs from the first two balls of Zampa’s over, but England cannot afford to let the required run rate keep creeping up, Buttler is trying the reverse sweeps, he’s hitting them well but just picking out the fielders.

This time he does send the ball down the ground and up and over the fielders for a six with a flick of the wrists.

He goes to the reverse sweep next ball and hits it to the fielder in the ring! That’s the massive wicket of Jos Buttler out for 42!

Zampa and Australia celebrate, and they almost have another the next ball! Bairstow hits the ball in the air but just over the ring.

England 83-1 (9) Buttler 34, Jacks 8, Cummins 0-15 (2) - need 119 more runs to win

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Cummins is back on to bowl, his first over went for just eight runs. There are just singles from the first two balls of the over.

This is a hard stage of the game for England, they can’t let it get away from them. Jacks has his first boundary, he just holds his shot and sends the ball through extra cover to the boundary, it beat Travis Head in the ring for pace.

Just seven runs from the over.

England 76-1 (8) Buttler 33, Jacks 2, Zampa 1-3 (1) - need 126 runs to win

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Will Jacks comes to the crease, and just works away a ball that keeps low for a single.

Buttler has to just defend one away, before adding another single to the total.

Wicket! Salt out for 37! b Zampa - England 73-1

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Zampa strikes with the first ball of his spell! That was a key breakthrough. The ball just clips the bails on the way through and that’s the end of the England opener.

England 73-0 (7) Salt 37, Buttler 32, Starc 0-37 (3) - need 129 runs to win

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England have a six! Salt was caught by Travis Head on the boundary, but his foot was touching the rope, and how important will that be for the batting side?

Buttler goes big again, he only had one hand on the bat at the end of that, but it’s another six, is this the big over that England desperately needed? That one went 88 metres.

Buttler drills another low full toss straight back down the ground, this is a good over as far as England are concerned.

A full toss has just hit the bat and gone absolutely nowhere off Salt’s bat.

England 54-0 (6) Salt 29, Buttler 21, Stoinis 0-6 (1) - need 148 runs to win

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Another bowling change, Stoinis is brought on and Buttler goes big over the top, doesn’t quite get hold of it and it bounces before crossing the rope.

Salt and Buttler both just turn the ball away for singles. It’s a far cry from the six sixes that Australia hit in their batting powerplay.

Wade dives to his right to take a catch, there was a noise but not bat, and that’s the end of the powerplay.

England 48-0 (5) Salt 28, Buttler 16, Cummins 0-8 (1) - need 154 runs to win

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Cummins comes on to bowl, and Salt picks up a couple to deep cover, the next ball he goes over extra cover, Warner gives chase again and it will just be two more.

Another good yorker, and this time Salt can’t find the gap. A wide yorker is carved away again by Salt, it was overpitched and it sails along the turf to the boundary.

England 40-0 (4) Salt 20, Buttler 16, Hazlewood 0-20 (2) - need 162 runs to win

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Hazlewood bowls two dot balls, Salt charges down the pitch, but misses the ball and the pressure just builds, but the next one is cut away behind square for a good boundary.

Salt cuts away again behind square to pick up another four, nine runs from the over.

England 31-0 (3) Salt 12, Buttler 16, Starc 0-18 (2) - need 171 runs to win

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Australia had 25 runs from their opening two overs, England have 18. It might not be anything to worry about just yet but it is a significant difference.

Buttler has just had the vitality sticker taken off the back of his bat for some reason. Starc will bowl a second.

That one does swing, mostly past the batter, but Buttler can’t get bat on ball for a third time in this innings already.

And Salt smashes the first six, straight into the slot and into the top tier of the stand.

Buttler goes big this time, he hasn’t hit it as well as Salt, and it bounces just before the rope.

England 18-0 (2) Salt 6, Buttler 11, Hazlewood 0-12 (1) - need 184 more runs to win

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Hazlewood will bowl second, Salt manages to get a single. Australia scored 22 runs from their second over which is worth remembering.

Buttler flashes at another one and it goes past the outside edge through to the wicketkeeper. Buttler charges at this one and powers it to the off side boundary to relieve a bit of pressure.

The England captain adds another couple, and swipes the ball past the infield and through midwicket for another boundary.

England 6-0 (1) Salt 5 Buttler 0, Starc 0-6 (1) - England need 196 more runs to win

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Salt opens against Starc, the first ball is tucked away for four with a thick inside edge.

The next one is pushed across and just stays within the tramlines. Salt adds another single just turning the ball through square leg to the man on the boundary.

Buttler pushes at one that just goes past the outside edge, and he can’t score off the next one either.

Wade does a stunning job to prevent the ball flying to the boundary, but it’s still a wide and England will welcome every run.

England need 202 runs to win

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Here are some photos from the first innings:

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England need 202 runs to win

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David Warner: “I think it’s a very competitive total, we know over here in these conditions how important the first six.”

On Jacks bowling the second over: “We knew there was going to be spin upfront in the first six. But for us it was about trying to take it on.”

Australia finish their 20 overs with 201 for seven

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Jordan will bowl the final over of the innings. England have been slow and they have been penalised, the extra fielder has to come into the inner circle.

Stoinis hasn’t timed that one, but it still goes to the boundary, just evading a diving Brook.

Australia have moved past the previous highest run total of the tournament. Jordan goes wide, and it’s too wide, he’s bowled a few of those today.

Wade pulls it to the fielder on the boundary, but that will bring up the 200.

Wicket! Jordan has his 100th T20 international wicket, and Stoinis is out for 30!

Pat Cummins comes to the crease for the final two deliveries. Run out! Wade tries to sneak a single and Cummins didn’t want to go but had to, so the Australian Test captain is out for a duck.

Australia 193-5 (19) Stoinis 25, Wade 15, Archer 1-28 (3)

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Archer will bowl his last, and the last one from this end, it’s edged and goes away for another boundary. Wade motors on to 13 from 5.

Archer follows where Jordan left off, with cutters and hiding the ball outside the off stump. Brook dives down to go for the catch, couldn’t get there but stopped the boundary and that was a key piece of fielding.

Wade top-edges it high, but there’s no fielder underneath it and it drops safe with the batters able to run two.

Wade has been given out caught behind! He reviews straight away, and rightly so, it has hit the arm rather than the glove.

Australia 181-5 (18) Stoinis 20, Wade 9, Rashid 1-41 (4)

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Adil Rashid will bowl his last over. Stoinis only gets a single for a ball just pushed into a gap.

Rashid tried to hide the ball outside off to the left-handed Wade, but it was too wide and the batter send the ball through extra cover to the boundary.

Rashid is not happy, the final ball of the over, with two men behind square, and it’s reversed between them and Bairstow can’t catch up to it.

Wicket! David out for 11! ct Livingstone b Jordan - Australia 173-5, Wade 4, Stoinis 17, Jordan 1-36 (3)

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Jordan comes back on and he has just been whacked for six over extra cover by David! He tried to protect the shorter boundary, and he only hit it with one hand but it’s still gone for six.

Jordan has dropped one! David has whacked it straight back at the bowler and he has spilled it! That was hit so hard and he was in his follow through, but the England player does not drop many.

Liam Livingstone takes a catch on the boundary to bring an end to Tim David’s innings. That was just what England needed.

The last ball of the over was dispatched to the boundary along the ground however by Wade, and that again releases the pressure that had been built up.

Australia 160-4 (16) Stoinis 16, David 4, Livingstone 1-15 (2)

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Stoinis only had one hand left on his bat when he hit that massive six! Livingstone will continue after getting the key breakthrough in the last over, he gets a foot on the ball to stop a boundary.

Just singles from the first four deliveries of the over, but a six off the final ball just relieves all the pressure again. That was a huge hit, 90 metres.

Australia 149-4 (15) Stoinis 8, David 1, Rashid 1-29 (3)

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Tim David is the new batter, and Jofra Archer has gone in to leg slip. He taps his first delivery away for a single.

The next one was out the front of the hand and flew well wide. Stoinis goes for a big heave and misses, England needed to have two new batters to go at and that’s exactly what they’ve got.

All the pressure is released with a big six to the short boundary by the in-form Stoinis.

Wicket! Maxwell out for 28! ct Salt, b Rashid, Australia 141-4

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Another leg spinner now, and Adil Rashid is back on to bowl. And he takes another! Maxwell has holed out to the fielder on the leg side boundary and that’s a massive wicket!

He sat back in his crease trying to create an opening and it just opened up another opportunity.

Wicket! Marsh out for 35! st Buttler b Livingstone - Australia 139-3

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Maxwell attempted a reverse sweep the first ball of Livingstone’s first over. England are an over behind the run rate already, and Livingstone has just pulled out of a delivery.

If they don’t bowl their overs in time, they will have to bring an extra fielder into the ring.

And England have the breakthrough! Marsh has been stumped by Jos Buttler! The wicketkeeper missed the first chance but just about had enough chance on the second go, and that brings Stoinis to the crease.

Australia 136-2 (13) Marsh 34, Maxwell 26, Jordan 0-23 (2)

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Jordan bowls a low full toss, and Marsh manages to get a quick single from the first delivery of the over. England are under pressure with how long they’re taking with Buttler being captain and behind the stumps.

Jordan went wide, Maxwell got something on it and top-edged the ball which went just wide of Bairstow who had just been brought into the ring at square leg.

Another one outside off stump and it has flown to the boundary for a six, and to bring up the half century partnership between the duo.

Maxwell plays another unorthodox four and Maxwell is starting to get going which could be worrying for England.

Two wides in the over have not helped.

Australia 118-2 (12) Marsh 29, Maxwell 15, Wood 0-32 (3)

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It’s going to be a difficult challenge for England to balance this bowling attack and try and manage that shorter boundary, Archer did it well last over.

On Mark Wood’s Australia were allowed an extra run when a good throw from Livingstone deflected off the stumps and allowed the batters to run through for another run.

While Archer bowled cutters, Wood has kept the pace on at times, including deliveries over 90mph.

Maxwell powers the ball into the leg side and through midwicket for a good boundary.

Australia 111-2 (11) Marsh 26, Maxwell 16, Archer 1-21 (3)

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Archer starts his third over with another cutter that Marsh heaves across the line for a single.

Marsh goes for a massive hit but it comes off right of the bottom of the bat and just trickles to Archer in his follow through. The England bowler, capable of hitting speeds well above 90mph, but he has kept the pace off.

However, one from Marsh just drops over the rope for his side’s ninth six of the innings.

Nine runs from the over.

Australia 102-2 (10) Marsh 18, Maxwell 10, Jordan 0-5 (1)

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Jordan will bowl the 10th over, his first of the match. The first three balls go for just three runs.

The England bowler is employing the yorker ball to good effect, just five runs from the over and it’s time for drinks.

Australia 97-2 (9) Marsh 15, Maxwell 8, Adil 0-20 (2)

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Maxwell has got into the match now, a slog sweep for four for his first boundary, after a run of low scores with the bat.

Marsh nearly drags a googly onto his stumps, but a short one is absolutely smashed onto the top of the stands by Marsh, that one might well have done damage to one of the solar panels on the roof!

That over went for 12 runs

Australia 85-2 (8) Marsh 8, Maxwell 3, Wood 0-25 (2)

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Mark Wood will have his second over. His first went for 22, but Australia have two new batters in.

It’s a much tighter over, just a single from the first three deliveries, and three from the entire over.

Australia 82-2 (7) Marsh 6, Maxwell 2, Rashid 0-8 (1)

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Adil Rashid will come on from the end that has brought the batters a lot of joy to the short boundary so far. It’s the end of the powerplay so that should help England stem the flow of boundaries a bit.

Marsh has his first boundary, got to the pitch of the ball well with a sweep along the ground.

Head out for 34! b Archer - Australia 74-2 (6) Marsh 0, Maxwell 0, Archer 1-12 (2)

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The bowlers need to bowl it into the surface, the delivery from Ali just kept low, skidded under the bat and crashed into the stumps.

Archer is sticking with the slower cutters and they’re proving more problematic than the fast-paced ones so far.

Head finds a way through the gaps to the boundary rope, taking the advantage of the final over of the powerplay.

Head is out! The slower ball does for him and the change of pace from England has reaped the rewards!

Wicket! Warner out for 39, Australia 70-1 (5)- Head 30, Ali 1-18 (2)

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Ali will have another as England try and stem the flow of runs. It doesn’t work, Head drives down the ground for four, the ball was too full and he got too much on it for Jordan to stop.

Head goes down the ground next ball and it’s another six!

Ali bowls a better length, and it’s still gone for four as Warner swats the ball away to the rope.

And Warner has gone! England desperately needed that! The Aussie opener was bowled.

Australia 55-0 (4) Head 19, Warner 35, Wood 0-22 (1)

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Mark Wood has his chance now, Warner flicks the ball to the boundary for six, it was in at his pads and the ball is just flicked away.

He goes leg side again and the ball sails over the player’s dugouts, and again it’s consecutive sixes, the next ball doesn’t have any width and is just fended back to the bowler by Warner.

Another six from Warner, a full toss has been punished, and that one has flown a long way, 92 metres!

Slower, shorter into the pitch, and it’s pulled in front of square for a four this time.

Australia 33-0 (3), Head 19, Warner 13, Archer 0-8 (1)

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Now it’s time for pace, Archer tosses the ball in his hand.

Warner chips the ball in the air, but it’s wide of Jordan at mid on...already it’s a good start. The Aussies sprint through for a very tight single after a good delivery from Archer.

Warner tries to create room, Archer went too straight and it’s a wide, the first extra of the match.

Another miss-timed ball and it loops just over cover.

Australia 25-0 (2) Head 18, Warner 7, Jacks 0-22 (1)

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More offspin from England, Will Jacks, sporting a short haircut has ball in hand, this gamble hasn’t quite played off and Head sweeps a full delivery for six to the short boundary.

He goes again the next ball and has consecutive sixes, this is great batting from Head. The Aussie opener is picking the length so well.

Mark Wood has to sprint to the third man rope to prevent another boundary from the third ball of the over. An offspinner to the short leg side boundary was interesting, the first over gamble paid off, but Warner has his first six of the match.

That was a poor over from England.

Australia 3-0 (1) Head 3, Warner 0, Ali 0-3 (1)

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Head defends the first ball out into the covers, and it could be a clever move from Buttler to take the pace off.

They do score the first run the next ball but just along the ground for two, and the next is tamely played straight back to Ali for a dot ball.

Cries of ‘oooh’ as Head goes back to a ball that grips and bounces past the bat but over the stumps and into Buttler’s gloves.

A very good start for England, just three runs from the first over.

England vs Australia

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For all that talk of pace, Moeen Ali is just going through some warm up deliveries and is preparing to bowl first to Travis Head.

England vs Australia

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England have just had their pre-game huddle after the anthems and the match is about to get underway.

England vs Australia

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The players will come out on to the field to start the match in just five minutes’ time.

There will be some explosive firepower from England on display at the start of the innings as Mark Wood and Jofra Archer prepare to open against Travis Head and David Warner.

England vs Australia

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This could be the final outing of a historic rivalry between David Warner and England.

The Australian opener played his last Ashes Test last summer, his last 50-over World Cup in the Autumn and this will be his final international tournament.

David Warner is cricket’s pantomime villain. England fans love to hate him, and even Australians are not in agreement over what they think of the left-handed opener.

David Warner: The good, the bad and the ugly of Australian cricket’s bad boy

Australia XI

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David Warner

Travis Head

Mitchell Marsh

Glenn Maxwell

Marcus Stoinis

Tim David

Matthew Wade

Pat Cummins

Mitchell Starc

Adam Zampa

Josh Hazlewood

England XI:

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Phil Salt

Jos Buttler

Will Jacks

Jonny Bairstow

Harry Brook

Moeen Ali

Liam Livingstone

Chris Jordan

Jofra Archer

Adil Rashid

Mark Wood

England win the toss and elect to bowl

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Mitchell Marsh said Australia would also have chosen to bowl first.

The Australian captain adds: “It’s a great team, we’ve got a lot of experience.

Australia have made one change however with Pat Cummins coming in for Nathan Ellis.

England vs Australia

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Mitchell Marsh tosses the coin high and away from where the captains were gathered, and Jos Buttler wins the toss and chooses to bowl first.

On the Scotland game: “I think there was a couple of little areas we can catch up on, in the field we pride ourselves on our intensity.”

England are unchanged, Reece Topley misses out again.

England vs Australia

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The toss will take place in just a few minutes

Graeme Swann urges England to be ‘ultra aggressive’ against Australia

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Progression from Group B into the Super 8 stage is still firmly in the hands of England, who could potentially lose to Australia and still finish in the top two, but 2010 World Cup winner Swann urged the group to get back to what made them great under ex-captain Eoin Morgan.

“I think England can win it,” Swann told the PA news agency.

“On paper they are a very strong team, arguably the strongest team in the world, but their performances in the 50-over World Cup has made everyone feel a bit down about it.

“I think they need to forget about that. It is a different format. Go out there, play ultra-aggressive cricket and beat the Aussies.

“Realistically if you don’t win this game, then you’re relying on other results to go your way and because it’s Australia, it is a massive game for England.

“It’s a must-win game and I think it should inspire the team. I hope they go into it with a very aggressive mindset and not tentative at all.

“I think we were tentative in the 50-over World Cup but we never were under Eoin Morgan so I think we need to get a bit of that back.”

Graeme Swann urges England to be ‘ultra aggressive’ against Australia

17:10 , Sonia Twigg

Graeme Swann feels England can clinch a third T20 World Cup with “ultra-aggressive cricket” but acknowledged Saturday’s fixture with Australia already falls into the must-win category.

Rain came out on top on Tuesday when England started their title defence with an abandoned clash with Scotland after only 10 overs were bowled in Bridgetown.

A sloppy display in the field by England raised fears of another underwhelming showing after they crashed out of the 50-over World Cup in the group stage to increase scrutiny on captain Jos Buttler and head coach Matthew Mott.

England vs Australia

17:00 , Sonia Twigg

Here are some photos of the teams preparing for the match in Barbados:

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Jofra Archer felt he became a ‘burden’ to England during injury lay-off

16:30 , Sonia Twigg

Jofra Archer admits he was hurt by some of the negativity he experienced during his long injury lay-offs, amid worries he had become “a burden” on England.

Archer was well on the way to cricketing superstardom when he burst on to the scene in 2019, helping win the 50-over World Cup and rattling Australia in the Ashes during his debut summer.

But he has been dogged by fitness problems ever since, with stress fractures in his right elbow and back reducing him to a mere handful of appearances in recent years.

England have remained fully committed to a player they rate as a game changer at the peak of his powers, keeping him on a lucrative central contract throughout lengthy periods of rehabilitation and handing him a fresh two-year deal last autumn.

Jofra Archer felt he became a ‘burden’ to England during injury lay-off

I don’t need to sit and watch that – Jonny Bairstow won’t revisit run-out storm

16:00 , Sonia Twigg

Bairstow’s deeply divisive dismissal at Lord’s is a major focal point of the fly-on-the-wall series, with a host of talking heads from the Australian camp basking gleefully in recollections of an incident that many felt compromised the spirit of the game and drew comment from the prime ministers of both countries.

The man at the centre of the drama has not logged on to relive the moment but offered a pointed reminder that England rallied after the row to dominate the contest for the next three Tests, having to settle for 2-2 only because of a rain-affected draw at Old Trafford.

“I’ve not seen any of it to be quite honest with you. I’ve got other things that I watch on TV, I don’t need to sit and watch that in my hotel room,” he said.

I don’t need to sit and watch that – Jonny Bairstow won’t revisit run-out storm

I don’t need to sit and watch that – Jonny Bairstow won’t revisit run-out storm

15:30 , Sonia Twigg

Jonny Bairstow has not been tempted to watch Australia’s latest behind-the-scenes documentary ahead of a renewal of hostilities at the T20 World Cup, but remains convinced his controversial run-out last summer helped England raise their game.

The rivals face off in Barbados on Saturday in a match that will have a big say in shaping Group B, with England particularly keen for the points after being rained off against Scotland.

But the tensions of last summer’s Ashes still sit close to the surface, with some of the ill feeling flaring up after the recent arrival of season three of ‘The Test’ on Prime Video.

Predicted line ups

15:00 , Sonia Twigg

England XI: Phil Salt, Jos Buttler (capt. & wk), Will Jacks, Jonny Bairstow, Harry Brook, Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Chris Jordan, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood.

Australia XI: David Warner, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh (c), Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Tim David, Matthew Wade (wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood.


England win 11/10

Australia win 4/5

Team news

14:30 , Sonia Twigg

England are not thought to have any fresh concerns from their rain-curtailed opener. Mark Wood and Chris Jordan are likely to keep their places alongside Jofra Archer in the seam attack, while the batting line-up seems set.

Nathan Ellis, who offers real death bowling prowess, impressed against Oman, but may miss out for Pat Cummins if Australia seek to reunite their big three quicks. Matthew Wade got the nod ahead of Josh Inglis and should retain the gloves.

When is England vs Australia?

14:00 , Sonia Twigg

The T20 World Cup clash is due to start at 6pm BST on Saturday 8 June at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados.

How can I watch it?

Viewers in the United Kingdom can watch the action live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Cricket, with coverage from 5.30pm BST. Subscribers can stream the match via Sky Go

If you’re not a Sky customer, you can grab a NOWTV Day Pass here to watch without a subscription.

Is England v Australia on TV? Start time, channel and how to watch T20 World Cup

13:30 , Sonia Twigg

England and Australia meet in a crucial T20 World Cup group game with the defending champions in need of a win.

Rain curtailed England’s opening fixture against a frisky Scotland, with both sides taking a point apiece for the no result.

With only the top two teams in Group B progressing to the Super 8 stage, a defeat to their rivals here would leave Matthew Mott’s side in real peril of not advancing.

Australia began their tournament with victory over Oman despite an early scare, with Marcus Stoinis in impressive all-round form.

Here’s everything you need to know.

England vs Australia

Friday 7 June 2024 16:12 , Sonia Twigg

Good afternoon and welcome to The Independent’s live coverage of the T20 World Cup match between England and Australia.