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Australia v England: Tri-Series final – live!

  • Live over-by-over updates from the tri-series final at the WACA Ground in Perth
  • Join Matt Cleary -; @journomatcleary on Twitter - for the day session beginning at 11:20 Perth time (14:20 AEDST, 03:20 GMT). He’ll be followed by Daniel Harris -; @danielharris - from 3pm/6pm/7am GMT.
  • Meanwhile, Clarke shrugs off rumours of row with Cricket Australia on return

Over No.20 Australia 72-4 (Glenn Maxwell 15, Mitchell Marsh 2)

Moeen Ali, has a slip to Mitch Marsh, a leg-slip to Super-Max. Not the worst batsman and part-time offie. No spinners in the country of England? Where’s the next Monty/ Swanny? How is old Swanny going? Funny man.

Over No.19 Australia 68-4 (Glenn Maxwell 13, Mitchell Marsh 0)

Shot. Off-drive, top shot. Four runs. Finn threw it up in the slot, full and a little wide, and Maxwell crunched it, four runs.

Over No.18 Australia 60-4 (Glenn Maxwell 5, Mitchell Marsh 0)

Here’s Mitchell Marsh. Batting with Glenn “Super Max” Maxwell. Four wickets down. This does not bode well with Maxwell trying to stem the mad blood-lust of his normal prediliction to GO MAD AT EVERYTHING AAAIIIEEE!! ... and Mitch Marsh having to bat for many overs. Poms on top.

Well, you can get him out. Tempt him to dance down the wicket. Beat him in flight. Miss the stumping first go when the ball bounces out of your gloves but he’s gone so far down and given up you and pick it up and get him out, stumped.

Bowled, Big Beard.

Over No.17 Australia 57-3 (Stephen Smith 39, Glenn Maxwell 3)

Big Finny, if Stuie Broad is Centerpoint, this man is that one in Dubai, the really tall one. Went there once, to Dubai, quite an amazing city and if it hadn’t been built on the back of poorly-treated near-slave labour you’d think, Top stuff, Dubai, desert city.

Over No.16 Australia 55-3 (Stephen Smith 38, Glenn Maxwell 2)

Big Stuie ... long man. He must be 8 foot 4. Ten foot two. The size of Centrepoint Tower. Maxwell tries to parry him over the slips, and misses. He tries to hit everything. Good bowlers, Test class men, they’ll love bowling to him.

Over No.15 Australia 55-3 (Stephen Smith 38, Glenn Maxwell 2)

Maxwell, cuts, one-handed. He’s batting in the 15th over. Made 130-odd in Canberra against this attack, off 85 balls or something. Bit different at Manuka, it’s granma’s featherbed compared to this white-looking but bouncy WACA track.

Over No.14 Australia 54-3 (Stephen Smith 38, Glenn Maxwell 1)

Okay, Stuie Broad, they’re bowling wider outside off stump to Steve Smith, who’s playing outside off stump. Still nipping it off his hip to leg. He’s just sort of forgotten - or disregarded - his own stumps. He’s just playing wherever he feels like, “using” the crease as his own personal love-gimp.

Over No.13 Australia 47-3 (Stephen Smith 33, Glenn Maxwell 0)

Yeah ... George Bailey didn’t play that well. It was short but he played it like it was a devil-ball for his throat. Flinched. Parried. And he’s David Gonski.

Broad gets one to bounce on Bailey and the out-of-form captain can only parry one to short leg where Taylor takes a simple catch. Bowling well Big Stuie. Lot of him. Buzz-cut hairdo, like a bovver-boy. Barnacle Bailey hasn’t scored after 13 balls. Then 14. Then 15. He got off the mark with a cut and was 2 off sixteen balls. Good one, Barnacle. But that was all she wrote.

And here comes Glenn Maxwell, not exactly the man you want to shore up an end, he’ll probably reserve sweep a ramp shot of Broad first ball.

Over No.11 Australia 43-2 (Stephen Smith 31, George Bailey 0)

Dangerous Jimmy gets another one, his sixth on the trot. It’s a typically fine spell, he’s 2-fer-10. Wonder why different countries do the wickets-and-runs things differently, who started doing it differently from the MCC Way.

Over No.10 Australia 42-2 (Stephen Smith 30, George Bailey 0)

And so ten overs in and the first thought of turning down the television commentators, as they plug the City of Perth like the tourism spruikers that they effectively are.

Stuart broad on. Buzz cut hairdo. Still doesn’t look scary.

Over No.9 Australia 39-2 (Stephen Smith 27, George Bailey 0)

Maiden over by Dangerous Jimmy, all negotiated by Barnacle Bailey.

Over No.8 Australia 39-2 (Stephen Smith 27, George Bailey 0)

Bang - Steve Smith, off-drive ... beautiful shot. He’s on 25 off 17 now with a gorgeous drive down the ground. He’s batting on a different wicket.

Over No.7 Australia 33-2 (Stephen Smith 21, George Bailey 0)

Subsequent replays show the ball bouncing more than Warner thought. But he’s gone forward on the WACA to a ball back of a length, tried to force it a bit. Wrong shot for the length.

Well - Anderson gets one to bounce off a good length to Warner who is forward and spooning a Fat Albert of an edge off the shoulder of his bat to James Taylor at point who pouched an easy one in front of his eyes. Still not sure it means there’s ghosts in the WACA machine. But it might.

Here’s George Bailey.

Over No.6 Australia 33-1 (David Warner 12; Stephen Smith 21)

Boom - Smith pounds Woakes down the ground, four runs, straight down the ground. it was full and more a half-volley than a yorker, and Smith spanked it.

Over No.5 Australia 25-1 (David Warner 12; Stephen Smith 13)

Smith is moving right across his wickets, he’s playing everything almost outside his off-stump. And he tucks Anderson fine behind square. Seeing it like Fat Albert.

Over No.4 Australia 22-1 (David Warner 11; Stephen Smith 11)

Four! Boom, cracking square cut by Smith. Woakes dished it up short and wide and Smith just stood tall and smote - smited, smoted, whacked it like an 18th century horse thief - for four backward of point. Top shot.

Over No.3 Australia 13-1 (David Warner 7; Stephen Smith 6)

Anderson, bowling well. Draws another Fat Albert from Warner off a good length delivery. Then he almost draws a popped front-foot forward defensive shot that’s just short of Bopara. Good areas, good speed. Played rugby with a Bruce Goodspeed, they called him Rowdy.

Over No.2 Australia 7-1 (David Warner 1; Stephen Smith 6)

Chris Woakes takes the new ball, and slings it in. Smith donks him for a single. David Warner defends on his back foot, hopping about. Looks a pretty good physical specimen, Woakesy. He squares up Warner and the ball squirts through point off a Fat Albert of an edge.

Over No.1 Australia 1-1 (David Warner 0; Stephen Smith 1)

Fine over from Anderson. Good bounce and swing, decent speed. He beat Finch two of three balls, and extracted him with the last one. Steve Smith first ball moved right across his stumps, as he’s been doing all summer. And David Warner negotiated the last couple.

Third ball! First one Anderson beat Finch with a Jaffa back of a length that swung and bounced. Third one was a similar nut straighter at his body that Finch could only snick to Root at first slip who took a tidy catch. Well bowled Dangerous Jim. Australia 1-fer.

Righto. We’ve had the anthems. The Welcome to Country. The low humming thrumming rumble, something, from the didgeridoo. Here comes David Warner and Aaron Finch, the latter of whom will face Dangerous James Anderson, who took 1-12 off ten overs ten years ago at the WACA against Matt Hayden and Adam Gilchrist, how about them apples. And here we go.

Overcast conditions and the wicket’s been up-and-down, Eoin Morgan calls correctly and puts Australia in. Bet George Bailey will say they would’ve batted ... no, he says he doesn’t know. Says the wicket’s tacky and feels a bit swingy. He reckons it will quicken up later on.

But there you go. Australia to bat.

Greetings, The People, and welcome to The WACA Ground in Perth for the tri-series final between Australia and England.

Normally a fast, bouncy but above-all true surface, the WACA (pronounced “whacker”, like The Bushwhackers) ground, it was a bit up-n-down on Friday when India scored 200 in 49 overs and England were 66-5.

All the latest will appear here from 3.20am GMT.

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Travis Snider traded to Orioles
The Pirates sent Travis Snider to Baltimore in exchange for pitching prospect Stephen Tarpley and another player to be named later on Tuesday night.  Just when it was looking like the Bucs were done making moves for the winter, Neal Huntington struck again…although this one is a bit of a head scratcher so far. Even […]

The Pirates sent Travis Snider to Baltimore in exchange for pitching prospect Stephen Tarpley and another player to be named later on Tuesday night.  Just when it was looking like the Bucs were done making moves for the winter, Neal Huntington struck again…although this one is a bit of a head scratcher so far.

Even though there hadn’t been any rumors leading up to this, it shouldn’t be surprising that Snider was on the trading block. Even after Snider started down the stretch last season when he got hot, Gregory Polanco figured to be the new full-time right fielder. Both are left handed, so a platoon or semi-platoon situation wasn’t really in play. Snider was slated to be the 4th OF, and after he finally showed that he could produce in 2014, that was fine. He was due to make $2.1 million and is under control (arbitration) through 2016.

The puzzling thing about this is the fact that the Pirates, a team looking to contend in the upcoming season, dumped him for prospects (rumor has it the other PTBNL will be a “similar” player). Tarpley is a perfectly interesting guy to acquire – he’s not one of the O’s best prospects (you wouldn’t expect that in exchange for Snider) but the young lefty was a 3rd round pick in 2013 and did fine in his first two years of pro ball. This trade could easily be justified from a pure long term value standpoint, and a few years ago it would have been a no brainer for a rebuilding team. But this is a move that makes the Pirates worse in the short term.

Not a whole lot worse, to be fair. All of the good vibes around Snider mostly come from one half season, and the Pirates may have an equivalent or better replacement for his role ready to go in Andrew Lambo. Maybe it’s finally time for Lambo to get a chance – that’s long overdue, and as a lefty power hitter, he profiles somewhat similar to Snider. Even beyond Lambo, it’s not as if they are starved for extra outfielders. Jose Tabata is still around (even though he’s not on the roster, they can safely stash him in the minors thanks to his bad contract). Corey Hart can probably still handle RF if needed, and if Jung-Ho Kang can play third occasionally, Josh Harrison can slide to the outfield. There’s also the possibility of another move to compensate – finding 4th OF’s is not the hardest thing in the world. So my best guess at the Pirates’ thought process here is that they can replace him easily, save a little money, and add some pitching for the future.

The biggest key to this working out is Gregory Polanco stepping up and producing – there’s no safety net for him now. Snider was something of a lightning rod for controversy during his tenure here. Most didn’t like the trade to bring him in (ironically, Brad Lincoln was re-acquired by the Pirates this offseason). Then people (myself included) wanted him out before last year, then especially wanted him out when Polanco was tearing up the minors. Eventually, I think most came to appreciate Snider as he did provide that late season safety net for Polanco. His best moments as a Pirate weren’t limited to just that, though. All the best to him in Baltimore.

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