Australia A v England Lions, 3rd unofficial ODI, Hobart February 22, 2013

Australia A clinch series with big win

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Australia A 6 for 256 (Ferguson 65, Finch 57, Rohrer 43) beat England Lions 143 (Taylor 78*, McDermott 3-32) by 113 runs

A solid top-order batting, led by half-centuries from Aaron Finch and Callum Ferguson, and an all-round bowling effort led Australia A to a series-clinching, 113-run win against England Lions in Hobart.

After being put in to bat, Australia A openers, Peter Handscomb and Finch, put on 66 runs to give them a positive start. Two wickets fell quickly, then, before Ferguson added 82 runs for the fourth wicket with Rohrer, and 51 runs with wicketkeeper Tim Paine, pushing the score beyond 250. For the Lions, Simon Kerrigan was the most productive bowler, taking 2 for 27 off his ten overs.

In reply, the Lions were two down for 27 in the ninth over. Their captain James Taylor kept them in the hunt with a 67-run stand with Gary Ballance, but a collapse ensued after Ballance was out in the 23rd over. Seamer Alister McDermott took three wickets and spinner Cameron Boyce took a couple, to leave the Lions struggling at 112 for 8 in the 31st over.

Taylor, however, remained unbeaten for 78, as his team were bowled out for 143.

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  • John on February 24, 2013, 0:50 GMT

    Not a good Lions tour but then again they lost to Bangladesh not long ago. Already 2 sent home for bad behaviour and looking at the scorecard, this is a decent batting lineup. I know nothing of the Aussie talents so I won't even go there but from an England viewpoint, the top 6 with the exception of Foakes are very experienced cricketers but I guess does not cut it on the international level. One positive is that Taylor is back in the queue for the #6 spot and all he needs is a solid county season.

  • ronan on February 23, 2013, 22:02 GMT

    HAHAHAHA!!! Why are they even bothering to play the last 2 games??!! The English "Lions" have been smashed in 6 consecutive matches and weren't even able to get close to a Victorian 2nd XI side. The hubris of England fans in the comparatively brief time they've been ranked ahead of Australia in the Test rankings has been breathtaking. There were numerous Poms on here at the start of this tour claiming this Lions side would be hard to beat and would demonstrate the depth of English cricket. Well, the latter is certainly true!! LOL. Wait til Pattinson gets his hands on England's increasingly brittle batting lineup. Apart from Cook and Pietersen, who can they bank on? Bell and Trott have clearly gone backwards, while Compton and Root are green and yet to prove themselves. Get that urn ready for the Aussies!

  • j on February 23, 2013, 14:49 GMT

    With this being their 4 or 5th XI, the English youngsters will learn their lessons from this tour and put them in place by the 2024 Ashes. They haven't a hope of getting into the England 1st XI before then, there's such a deep pool of batting and bowling talent available to England right now, it's bursting at the seams and there's far too many knocking on the door for every place. Tough for any youngsters when a first 11 has players like the world's best test opener as just the starting point. Interesting how some Australian fans think this is half an achievement too, let's not mention the Ashes, whitewashes or the word 'Spin' shall we..

  • Will on February 23, 2013, 14:17 GMT

    Haha well we've already integrated a lot of our young talented players into our full international set-up and they're prospering. Whilst Aus bring players in like their 'holy grail' all-rounder Moses. It's such a shame he can't quite perform the miracles on the field to do justice to his name.

  • Roo on February 23, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    Some odd comments recently about the lack of Eng players experience - if anything, they have more experience at FC / List A level than Oz: e.g. Clarke 150 FC matches, 179 List A - Rohrer 32 FC matches, 29 List A - both 31y.o. ... Most of the Eng players have substantial FC / List A experience except Foakes, Overton - while Sandhu, Handscomb are similarly inexperienced...

  • Roo on February 23, 2013, 13:04 GMT

    @Darren Cook :- " how well 18 year old Overton is doing in such testing conditions and he is sure of a long term England career"... Nothing against the kid, but his last 6 matches in Oz haven't been very good... Testing conditions?... lol... 3 matches in Vic & 3 in Tassie - coldest greenest States in Oz...

    He may go on to a career for Eng but Cummins at a younger age has played Test, ODI & T20 for Oz... Try comparing Overton v Sandhu brief List A stats - don't see any Aussies calling Gurinder the next best thing - promising yes - bit too early to talk up Craig until he shows some more promising results...

  • Randolph on February 23, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    Yet another demoralising loss to the lions. Coupled with the U19s getting smashed in South africa, it is clear that the cupboard is completely bare in England.

  • Basil on February 23, 2013, 6:08 GMT

    The future looks damning for England. No depth whatsoever. Considering Australia have 18 players in India, injuries, and players like Boyce and Hanscombe aren't even close to national selection really shows the depth we have. Looks like its off to South Africa, Ireland, or wherever else has more talent to fill your spots.....

  • Dummy4 on February 22, 2013, 21:03 GMT

    Not sure how I can be positive about today's game but Taylor has once again shown he is class and I'm also shocked how he isn't in at least one full England squad, although we seem to be forgetting how well 18 year old Overton is doing in such testing conditions and he is sure of a long term England career.

  • Nathan on February 22, 2013, 13:32 GMT

    Good to see Ferg amongst the runs, be great to see him resume his international career soon. England must be praying there's a crop of talented young south Africans, Irishmen, etc coming through, because the english talent, as usual, isn't up to it.