Trescothick rides luck to master Australia

Australia 219-7 England 221-1

England win by 9 wikcets
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Trescothick has pummelled most of the world's leading bowlers during his career, but before this game he had failed against Australia. Glenn McGrath and Jason Gillespie have continually got the better of the left-hander through exposing weaknesses in his technique. Such has been their control over Trescothick, that in 35 previous innings against Australia his highest score had been 82.

But yesterday they had a taste of what he is capable of. The 29-year-old Trescothick rode his luck - he was caught off a no-ball on five and should have been given out caught behind on 81 - but there were plenty of powerful strokes too. He was given admirable support on the way to his 10th one-day hundred by Andrew Strauss and Vaughan, who each shared a century partnership with him.

Vaughan gained the honour of taking England past Australia's 219 for 7 when he pulled Brett Lee for four, but Trescothick deservedly won the man-of-the-match. Those watching would have been wondering the effects of the recent rule changes. Both teams used their substitutes, and the umpires took great pleasure in signalling when the fielding restrictions would be implemented, but the modifications had no bearing on the game.

The margin of victory suggests that England outplayed Australia, but there will be very few days during the coming weeks when they have so much good fortune. Overnight rain and heavy cloud cover made the toss crucial, and England, who selected a specialist batsman as their substitute, were lucky to win it. Had Ricky Ponting called correctly it is hard to see where Vikram Solanki would have featured in England's plans.

Yet the cloud cover disappeared during the break between innings, and this altered the value of Australia's hard fought total.

But thanks to Trescothick and Paul Collingwood's smartness with the ball, Solanki's sole role was to improve the quality of England's fielding.

Simon Jones became the first player to be substituted after he had completed his 10 overs with figures of 0-28, respectable figures but both he and Darren Gough wasted the new ball in perfect bowling conditions. Adam Gilchrist struck the first ball of the day for four before pulling Jones for six in his third over. But with the ball darting about Australia's openers were watchful. The ball beat the bat, and there was plenty of oohing and aahing from a partisan crowd, but England's bowling was poor.

Stephen Harmison and Andrew Flintoff were also disappointing, allowing the batsmen to watch too many deliveries pass by.

The International Cricket Council has decided to call the three segments in which fielding restrictions now apply "power plays". At the end of the first one - the first 10 overs - Australia were 36 for 0. The pitch encouraged Vaughan to continue with attacking fields and get his remaining powerplays - two five-over spells - out of the way. During the third one England took their first wicket.

Gilchrist has yet to post a big score against England this summer. Poor shot selection has often led to his downfall, but yesterday he was strangled by a leg-sided ball from Harmison. Matthew Hayden followed when he pulled Flintoff to mid-wicket.

Yet it was left to the Collingwood to show England's main bowlers how to bowl on a helpful pitch. Geraint Jones gained most of the plaudits in Saturday's meeting at Lord's, but Collingwood's 53 was just as crucial. His dismissal of Ponting, who pulled a long-hop to deep square-leg, was fortunate but three further wickets were gained through intelligent and accurate bowling. Andrew Symonds edged his medium pace to slip, Michael Clarke was bowled driving extravagantly, Damien Martyn gave Geraint Jones his second catch and Australia were 120 for 5.

Michael Hussey cannot get in Australia's Test side, but he is having an excellent time in the one-dayers. For the fourth time in five innings he got the tourists out of trouble, and helped them post a competitive total.

Headingley scoreboard

England won toss


ÝA C Gilchrist c G Jones b Harmison 42

68 min, 51 balls, 5 fours, 2 sixes

M L Hayden c Pietersen b Flintoff 17

75 min, 47 balls, 3 fours

*R T Ponting c Pietersen b Collingwood 14

52 min, 30 balls, 2 fours

D R Martyn c G Jones b Collingwood 43

106 min, 71 balls, 4 fours

A Symonds c Trescothick

b Collingwood 6

10 min, 10 balls, 1 four

M J Clarke b Collingwood 2

8 min, 9 balls

M E K Hussey not out 46

76 min, 52 balls, 4 fours, 1 six

S R Watson c Strauss b Harmison 3

14 min, 13 balls

B Lee not out 15

20 min, 19 balls, 3 fours

Extras (b2 lb12 w15 nb2) 31

Total (for 7, 218 min, 50 overs) 219

Fall: 1-62 (Gilchrist) 2-68 (Hayden) 3-107 (Ponting) 4-116 (Symonds) 5-120 (Clarke) 6-159 (Martyn) 7-168 (Watson).

Did not bat: J N Gillespie, G D McGrath, G B Hogg.

Bowling: Gough 10-1-50-0 (nb1 w3) (6-1-29-0, 1-0-3-0, 3-0-18-0); S Jones 10-1-28-0 (w2) (5-1-20-0, 5-0-8-0); Harmison 10-0-39-2 (w3) (6-0-25-1, 4-0-14-1); Flintoff 10-0-54-1 (nb1 w5) (5-0-20-1, 3-0-10-0, 2-0-24-0); Collingwood 10-0-34-4 (w2) (8-0-28-3, 2-0-6-1).

Progress: 10 overs score: 36-0. Power plays taken overs 11-15: 58-0 and 16-20: 79-2. S Jones was replaced by Solanki after 31 overs at 118-4. 50: 48 min, 68 balls. 100: 105 min, 142 balls. 150: 173 min, 239 balls. 200: 212 min, 292 balls.


M E Trescothick not out 104

198 min, 134 balls, 8 fours, 1 six

A J Strauss c G Jones b Hogg 41

110 min, 84 balls, 2 fours

*M P Vaughan not out 59

87 min, 65 balls, 7 fours

Extras (b1 lb2 w3 nb11) 17

Total (for 1, 198 min, 46 overs) 221

Fall: 1-101 (Strauss).

Did not bat: K P Pietersen, A Flintoff, P D Collingwood, V S Solanki, ÝG O Jones, A F Giles, D Gough, S P Jones, S J Harmison.

Bowling: Lee 9-0-48-0 (nb11) (5-0-18-0, 3-0-14-0, 1-0-16-0); McGrath 8-1-26-0 (w1) (6-1-18-0, 2-0-8-0); Gillespie 10-0-66-0 (w1) (7-0-38-0, 3- 0-28-0); Watson 3-0-16-0 (w1); Symonds 10-0-32-0 (one spell each); Hogg 6-0-30-1 (2-0-14-1, 4-0-16-0).

Progress: 10 overs score: 26-0. Power plays taken overs 11-15: 61-0 and 16-20: 86-0. Hayden was replaced by Hogg after 22 overs at 90-0. 50: 57 min, 84 balls. 100: 107 min, 149 balls. 150: 155 min, 217 balls. 200: 187 min, 268 balls.

Trescothick's 50: 117 min, 71 balls, 5 fours. 100: 192 min, 132 balls, 8 fours, 1 six. Vaughan's 50: 76 min, 58 balls, 5 fours.

Man of the match: M E Trescothick.

Umpires: M R Benson and R E Koertzen.