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Moeen and Morgan power England to 182

An exhilirating partnership of 139 off 75 balls between Moeen Ali and Eoin Morgan powered England to a total of 182/5 – recovering from 18/2.

Morgan led from the front with a blistering knock of 74 off 39 balls to announce his return to the international fray in typical fashion. He smashed three 4s and seven 6s – including a couple that flew into the River Taff – to put his team in a commanding position after being put into bat by Aussie captain Steve Smith.

Morgan was ably assisted by Moeen Ali who blasted an unbeaten 72 off 46 balls, including six 4s and three 6s. The pair’s contrasting styles were hugely effective in putting Australia to the sword. While Ali preferred to flick and flay Australia along the floor square of the wicket, Morgan went aerial in smacking the ball down the ground.

Jos Buttler came and went, hitting a bright and breezy 11 off 4 balls before being caught by Pat Cummins off Mitchell Starc and Sam Billings made 2 before being run out.

Earlier, Cummins’ pace was too much for openers Alex Hales and Jason Roy, who were dismissed in the same over, as England only managed 27/2 off their powerplay overs, before Morgan and Ali staged their fightback.

What the papers say: Monday 31 August

A quick round-up of what the newspapers are writing about, as England kick-off their limited overs campaign at The SSE SWALEC today.

Morgan re-charged ahead of T20

The Mirror’s Dean Wilson reports that Eoin Morgan’s month-long rest from country cricket ought to stand him in good stead ahead of the upcoming series – and raring to go ahead of the T20 in Cardiff. They also reveal how Morgan spoke with Middlesex director (and England selector) Angus Fraser ahead of the proposed rest period which Morgan says has made him feel fully refreshed.

“The England one-day and T20 skipper downed tools after a miserable run of form for Middlesex left him tired and jaded,” Dean Wilson, Mirror Online.

Stoinis ready for Aussie debut

Marcus Stoinis’ international debut is the subject of the Sydney Morning Herald’s focus this morning. Their reporter Jesse Hogan writes that Stoinis has been backed by captain Steve Smith after his suprise inclusion in the team ahead of the likes of George Bailey and Joe Burns.

“Stoinis has not played in the Big Bash League since February 2014, having missed last season’s tournament due to injury. He was an unused member of Delhi’s squad in this year’s IPL,” Jesse Hogan, SMH.

Moeen Ali will try to earn an opening berth in England's Test team

Moeen Ali will try to earn an opening berth in England’s Test team

Exciting One Day series in prospect

Vic Marks, writing in The Guardian expresses hope that the ODI and T20 matches could be tighter than the Test series, which swung one way and then the other, with landslide victories for both teams. Nonetheless, Marks says England will be determined to build their momentum in limited overs cricket and their opening pair of Moeen Ali and Alex Hales could excite.

“Moeen is designated to open with Alex Hales, which is an appetising prospect. Should one of them be significantly more successful than the other then his chances of opening the batting alongside Alastair Cook in England’s next Test are likely to be enhanced,” Vic Marks, Guardian/Observer.

GALLERY: England train at The SSE SWALEC

See our gallery of pictures as England train on the outfield before taking on Australia tomorrow at The SSE SWALEC, Cardiff.

The squad were joined by Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, David Willey and James Vince, who missed yesterday’s session while playing in NatWest T20 Blast Finals Day.

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GALLERY: England go through their paces

On a warm afternoon at The SSE SWALEC, Trevor Bayliss and Paul Farbrace put the England squad through their paces ahead of the NatWest International T20 on Bank Holiday Monday.

The squad, led by Eoin Morgan, started with a quick game of football before going into the nets to blast some balls into the stands. Uncapped Rhys Topley joined the squad, while Jos Buttler, James Vince, David Willey and Chris Woakes were away at the NatWest T20 Blast Finals Day.

FULL ENGLAND SQUAD: E Morgan (capt), A Hales, J Roy, J Vince, B Stokes, M Ali, J Buttler (wk), S Billings, C Woakes, D Willey, A Rashid, R Topley, S Finn.

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Tea Report, Day Four: England close in on victory

A dream afternoon session sent England to the verge of a famous Ashes victory – their first on Welsh soil – as Australian wickets tumbled in Cardiff.

Stuart Broad was the leader of the attack, taking the precious wickets of Australian powerhouses Steve Smith and Michael Clarke, before Mark Wood and Moeen Ali got in the act, taking two wickets each to make the tourists suffer.

Smith departed immediately after lunch when he edged to Ian Bell at slip, before Clarke lofted on to Ben Stokes. Then, Adam Voges nicked behind to Buttler off Wood and captain Alastair Cook snaffled Brad Haddin at the second attempt when the wicketkeeper smacked one straight to mid-wicket.

Shane Watson and Mitchell Johnson attempted to rebuild – Australia had gone from 97/1 to 122/6 – but the visitors’ misery was worsened when Watson was trapped LBW by Wood. He did review the decision to no avail and Australia went in at tea 162/7 to leave England tasting victory.

Key clash of the day: Moeen Ali v Steve Smith

On what may turn out to be the final day of a thrilling test match at The SSE SWALEC, one player from either side may make the difference. With the Cardiff pitch deteriorating and the Aussies looking to make inroads into an imposing fourth innings target, the battle between these two men may be pivotal to the outcome of the day.

Moeen Ali

Derided by some for being a “part-time” spinner, Ali’s place in the team appeared under threat before the series, particularly after Adil Rashid’s impressive displays in the ODI series versus New Zealand. But the Worcestershire man keeps coming back. He took the prize wickets of Smith and Michael Clarke in the first innings and will surely play a vital role in securingthe 10 wickets England need in final innings.


33 – number of Test wickets.

1 – wicket taken by Moeen on debut.

3.62 – his Test economy rate (Aus scored at 3.63 in their first innings.

Steve Smith in The SSE SWALEC nets.

Steve Smith in The SSE SWALEC nets.

Steve Smith

The new No 1 batsman in the world looked all of a tizz in the first innings, thanks to Ali who won the first of many duels this summer. Smith has an impeccable record since his flight up the order, completing an unlikely journey from fringe leg-spinner to frontline batsman. So he cannot be underestimated by England. Smith will most likely look to attack Ali, which may bring English fielders into the game.


9 – number of Test hundreds.

8 – the number Steve batted at on his Test debut, in 2010.

56.23 – Smith’s Test average.

Day Three Report: Twists and turns in Cardiff

After another absorbing day of cricket unfolded at a boisterous SSE SWALEC, England were left pondering the extent of their advantage.

If you had asked an England fan which side was in the ascendency with the hosts’ score 170/3, with Ian Bell and Joe Root looking untroubled, the answer would have been obvious.

Ian Bell of England acknowledges his half century.

Ian Bell of England acknowledges his half century.

Yet a fightback staged by the Australians – one England should have expected given Darren Lehmann’s side recent record – pinned back English (and Welsh) hopes of a straightforward conclusion to this enthralling encounter. England closed on 289 all out, leading by 410.

Late wickets for Nathan Lyon who was gifted the scalps of Jos Buttler, Stuart Broad and James Anderson in the evening session clawed back Australia who were punished so harshly earlier in the day. First, Anderson’s command of the Dukes ball concluded the tourists’ innings in swift fashion; then, Bell and Root’s half-centuries appeared to have put England in an unassailable position.

But the Aussies are – and always have been – a resilient bunch. The dismissal of Shane Watson in unhappy circumstances, when Marais Erasmus raised his finger for a questionable umpires-call LBW, triggered a collapse that saw out-of-sorts Brad Haddin, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Johnson and Josh Hazlewood all depart before lunch. Anderson and Co. were on song.

So too were the Australian quick bowlers, continuously fighting to stay in the game. Mitchell Starc had Cook caught at point and then Hazlewood brushed one off Gary Ballance’s gloves to briefly fritter away England’s 122 first innings lead.

Stuart Broad skies one off Nathan Lyon.

Stuart Broad skies one off Nathan Lyon.

Root and Bell came together and looked unflustered, confirming England’s strong position. Many were waiting for a declaration some time tomorrow morning, none will be necessary now. Bell was cleaned up by Johnson, Root by Hazlewood, before Buttler, Broad and Ben Stokes were sloppily sent packing. Moeen Ali then fell in the final seven minutes, nicking behind off Johnson before Lyon got Anderson to finish with 4/75 to give Australia a sniff.

It is easy to forget England were 43/3 on the first morning and facing a situation with the ball when  Australia compiled 180/2 in thier first innings. So the weight of their achievements on an exciting third day should not be undervalued. It remains to be seen whether The SSE SWALEC pitch – derided by some for being “too flat” – will stay that way in the fourth innings. England’s current lead of 411 is formidable.