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Australia, 12 Jan - 13 Feb 2007



Ed Joyce hitting one of three early boundaries in Sydney

England elect to bat first in the second of the best-of-three CB Series finals and Ed Joyce is soon finding the boundary

Glenn McGrath strikes to remove Ed Joyce in the ninth over

Glenn McGrath removes Joyce in the ninth over as England strive to repeat their win in the first final in Melbourne

Mal Loye

The baton passes to Mal Loye, who struggles early on but starts to impress just before rain hits after 15 overs

Mal Loye dismissed

But from the first ball after the second rain break, Loye is run out by Matthew Hayden after a bright 45

Andrew Strauss is caught by Adam Gilchrist

Andrew Strauss departs shortly after, providing an edge to Adam Gilchrist behind the stumps and leaving England at 86-3

Ian Bell is run out by Michael Hussey

Ian Bell fails to make his ground as sharp work in the field from Michael Hussey puts the brakes on England's innings

Brett Lee catches Andrew Flintoff off his own bowling

Andrew Flintoff and Paul Collingwood consolidate but a brilliant caught and bowled by Brett Lee accounts for Flintoff for 42

Paul Collingwood

Collingwood top scores with 70 but England's momentum slows towards the end of their 50 overs

Australia celebrate Glenn McGrath's dismissal of Paul Nixon

In his last international at his home ground, McGrath dismisses Paul Nixon with the last ball to leave England at 246-8

England celebrate the dismissal of Matthew Hayden

England make early inroads when Collingwood at short mid-off snaps up Matthew Hayden's drive off Sajid Mahmood

Liam Plunkett celebrates the wicket of Ricky Ponting

Liam Plunkett has Australia at 35-2 when he forces an edge from dangerman Ricky Ponting and Strauss holds on at slip

Andrew Flintoff leads England off the field in the rain

The Duckworth/Lewis method is brought into play after more rain in Sydney, with Australia's revised target 227 in 41 overs

Adam Gilchrist departs

Plunkett bowls Gilchrist with the first ball after the delay and then dismisses Michael Clarke to have Australia at 40-4

Andrew Flintoff celebrates the wicket of Michael Hussey

Flintoff removes Hussey for a duck but then rain intervenes again and threatens to scupper England's chances

England celebrate Jamie Dalrymple's catch to remove Shane Watson

A diving catch from Jamie Dalrymple, when play resumes, removes Shane Watson and puts England within sight of glory

Andrew Flintoff shakes the hand of a fan

The players leave the field for rain again, with Australia on 152-8, and after a short delay England are awarded the game

Andrew Flintoff and Paul Collingwood display the series trophy

England enjoy their first overseas one-day tournament win since 1997 and a positive end to a tough tour of Australia



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