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Ehantharajah: England's top order fails to convince

Vithushan Ehantharajah reports from Melbourne and senses a lack of energy in England's top order after Australia win the opening ODI at the MCG

January 12, 2014

Posted by disco_bob on (January 13, 2014, 21:14 GMT)

@jackiethepen, why should Warner have been out on 22, have the laws of cricket been changed recently?

Posted by Jagger on (January 13, 2014, 6:04 GMT)

This particular reporter (I'm sorry, but I just can't be bothered typing out his outrageous name) quoted ICC player rankings in his article like they are some kind of well-researched reference. Says it all, really.

Notice to reporter: The ICC rankings have McCullum 2nd, Chris Gayle at equal 9th, Dhoni at equal 29th and Jos Butler at 75th. They are wrong.

Posted by Clyde on (January 13, 2014, 4:18 GMT)

I am afraid that a lesser form of cricket is going to limit the number of journalists interested in it. And you would need a genius to explain ODI, in its Powerplays, particularly. I tried following this ODI on Cricinfo but ran into the problem of not knowing whether the Powerplay was in effect, at any particular moment, or not. As far as I can determine, Powerplay means a handicap is applied to the fielding team that allows the batting team to hit the ball in the air. It needs to be explained why Bradman was wrong in this respect about cricket, as one of his abilities was not to hit it in the air. I defy any cricket journalist to get to the bottom of this, let alone one assigned in the aftermath of an Ashes series. I suggest Cricinfo show its running summary with an orange backlight when a Powerplay is on.

Posted by Shunter on (January 12, 2014, 21:54 GMT)

That's a pretty poor summary by any standards. Was there not a half decent journalist at the game? Bit surprised that minute was considered worthy of putting on the site.

Posted by   on (January 12, 2014, 19:49 GMT)

England team needs to improve its opening pair. Luke Write and Kevin Pieterson should be made part of the batting line up. A wide weakness being observed in the bowling action. We must say that England Team must play with experienced bowlers like James Anderson and Stuart Broad. Anyway it was a good game which the whole cricket lovers enjoyed.

Posted by jackiethepen on (January 12, 2014, 17:04 GMT)

Sounds like a rushed summary. Finch had 3 lives. Should have been out on 8 and batted rashly in the first 10 overs. He would be suspect against much tighter bowling. We lack strike bowlers. Warner, who started slowly, should have been out on 22. None of this was noted. Cook and Root were out for 4 and 3 but Bell carried on to partner Ballance who was quite slow to start. Bell got 41. Then Morgan came in during the 18th over which was early enough to pick up the rate which he did. Losing him on 50 was a big blow. Watson was out for a duck and Clarke for 43. So didn't all go Australia's way despite the scorecard and our green rookie attack. Fortune did not favour England.

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