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Australia v England - Twenty20 int'l

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Sydney: 9 January, 2007



Paul Nixon goes into the game having played more Twenty20 games than anyone else in the world

As widely expected, 36-year-old wicket-keeper Paul Nixon makes his international debut for England in Sydney

Australia captain Ricky Ponting conducts the toss

Michael Vaughan returns from injury to lead England but loses his first toss as Australia choose to bat first

James Anderson's delivery is sent back down the ground for four

Matthew Hayden opens with Adam Gilchrist and attacks from the off - Australia score 20 off the first two overs

Jon Lewis fumbles a catching chance after Ponting hits the ball high into the air

Hayden is out for 20; he is almost joined in the pavilion an over later by Ricky Ponting but Jon Lewis drops him

Gilchrist's bails are dislodged by a Panesar delivery

With the score about to pass the 100 mark, Gilchrist's entertaining innings of 48 is ended by Monty Panesar

Ricky Ponting launches another shot towards the boundary

Australia's captain makes the most of his second chance and plays some big shots as he races towards a half century

The spin of Panesar takes wickets again

Panesar strikes again in the 11th over - Michael Hussey attempts a swipe, misses and Nixon stumps him

Nixon removes the bails following some sharp fielding by Paul Collingwood

Two further wickets fall within deliveries of each other - Ponting is finally caught by Lewis and Michael Clarke is run out

Cameron White launches another big shot during his innings of 40 not out

Cameron White, accompanied by Andrew Symonds, continues to smash the runs as Australia post a record total of 221-5

Australia's players celebrate the dismissal of Flintoff for a duck

In reply, England get off to an horrendous start losing Ed Joyce and Andrew Flintoff for only five runs

Gilchrist appeals for the run out of Pietersen

The visitors are reduced to 32-3 in the fifth over when Kevin Pietersen is run out for a disappointing score of 11

Vaughan shows his disappointment at getting out

Compared to his team-mates, Vaughan's knock of 27 marks a reasonable return to international duty as England struggle

Ian Bell gives himself space to play a shot

Ian Bell offers some resistance but by the time he and Paul Collingwood depart, England still need 144 runs to win

Jamie Dalrymple and Paul Nixon top score with 32 and 31 respectively

The tourists almost threaten to get going when Jamie Dalrymple and Nixon build a partnership of 49

Australia's players celebrate victory

However, with the former out for 32, what remains of the tail fails to wag and Australia romp to a comfortable 77-run win



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