England v Australia, 3rd ODI, Old Trafford June 27, 2010

England seal series in thrilling finale

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England 214 for 9 (Strauss 87, Bollinger 3-20, Tait 3-28) beat Australia 212 (Watson 61, Swann 4-37, Anderson 3-22) by one wicket
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

The finale was clumsy and ungainly, and it came as scant consolation for the wider sporting public on a day when the nation's footballers were soundly thrashed by their own arch-enemies, Germany, but England's cricketers somehow held their nerve to wrap up an unassailable 3-0 lead with two matches to come in their ODI series against Australia.

After Graeme Swann's 4 for 37 had limited the Aussies to an eminently gettable 212, England had at one stage been coasting to victory on 185 for 3 with eight-and-a-half overs in hand, but a sensational collapse of six wickets for 18 in 38 balls meant their victory bunting had been somewhat frayed around the edges by the time Tim Bresnan slashed two desperate boundaries in the space of three deliveries to seal a one-wicket victory with five balls to spare.

The catalyst for the collapse was the dismissal of Eoin Morgan, England's star finisher from the first two games at the Rose Bowl and Cardiff. He had joined forces with his captain, Andrew Strauss, to take England to the brink of a thumping victory when he swatted a tame pull to midwicket off Steven Smith to give Australia a sniff of an opening. Seven balls later, and with his fourth ODI century there for the taking, Strauss edged Ryan Harris with 24 still needed from 44 balls, whereupon Luke Wright hoisted Smith to long-off for a third-ball duck.

With Shaun Tait, Australia's Twenty20 shock-jock, still lurking, England now knew they were in for a torrid finale. Playing in his first ODI since February 2009, and touching 95mph in five searing two-over spells, Tait had commanded instant respect from his opponents by yorking Craig Kieswetter for a first-ball duck, before returning in the 13th over to extract Kevin Pietersen via a sharp caught-and-bowled. His last hurrah yielded the wicket of Michael Yardy, who flashed a loose edge to the keeper, and at 197 for 7, the innings was officially on the ropes.

Graeme Swann scratched around for 1 from 10 balls before Doug Bollinger plucked out his off stump with 10 runs still needed from 17 balls, and an Old Trafford crowd that had been finding some solace in the exploits of their cricketers had been stunned into total silence. With the ball reverse-swinging and Bollinger bowling with immaculate discipline, he restricted Stuart Broad to four dot balls in a row before swinging the last ball of his spell, a perfect yorker, through his defences to complete figures for 3 for 20 in 10 overs. Bresnan, however, kept his cool even as the asking rate dipped to a run a ball, and picked the right deliveries - a hint of width from Harris and Hopes respectively - to mow the winning boundaries through the off side.

Their fumbling finale notwithstanding, it was another impressive effort from England, for whom victory over Australia can never be taken lightly. After winning the toss and bucking convention by bowling first on a baking hot day, the key aspect of the triumph was the speed with which they adjusted their gameplan in the field. With the exception of James Anderson, who wrapped up the tail for figures of 3 for 22, England's seamers had an off-day, with Bresnan proving especially hittable on a pacy surface. But the slow-bowling contingent was on hand to bail the side out. Swann, Yardy and the rarely-used Paul Collingwood produced combined figures of 6 for 103 in 25 overs, and it was that intervention that crushed Australia's bid for momentum in the middle part of their innings.

Paine, who made 44 from 48 balls, had kickstarted Australia's innings with four fours in six balls off Bresnan, while Luke Wright's solitary over was dispatched for 14 by Watson, including a mown six over midwicket and a firm clip through the leg-side. But Yardy's introduction in the 14th over paid dividends from his third delivery, as Paine was beaten by the angle and nailed plumb in front of middle stump. Then, two balls after the drinks break, Ricky Ponting was suckered by a ripping delivery from Swann that turned way down the leg-side and was expertly gathered by Craig Kieswetter, who whipped off the bails to send Australia's captain on his way for 3 from 18 balls.

Watson duly completed his second half-century in consecutive innings, but not for the first time in his career, he was unable to convert his start. On 61 from 76 balls, he attempted a sweep at Swann but failed to take his extra bounce into account, and Strauss at square leg clung onto a dollied top-edge. The same combination then accounted for Cameron White eight overs later - but this time it required a sharp piece of work from Strauss who stooped low to his left to snaffle a full-blooded sweep.

The off-colour Michael Clarke nibbled along to 33 from 54 balls before hoisting Swann to wide mid-off, before Collingwood's offcutters bowled Hussey, via a faint inside-edge, for a run-a-ball 21. At 183 for 6, Strauss then returned to his seamers to apply the coup de grace: James Hopes wafted a slow bouncer from Anderson onto his stumps for 7, before Ryan Harris spliced an attempted pull off Broad to Strauss at midwicket, who completed his third catch of the innings. Steven Smith was then pinned lbw on the back heel by Anderson for 20, who wrapped up excellent figures of 3 for 22 in eight overs by yorking Bollinger in the same over.

Until the twist in the tale, the second half of the match belonged to Strauss, who boxed himself off from the cheers and groans from the football-watchers in the hospitality suites to produce the sort of innings which not only justifies his retention as England's 50-overs captain but entirely quashes the debate about his role. He made 87 from 121 balls to break the back of the run-chase in the unflappable manner that he brings to all of his best performances, and while he was unable to see the innings to its conclusion, he wasn't alone in that. If England were in danger of getting complacent about their current run of success, this was just the sort of scare to bring their one-day challenge back into full focus.

Andrew Miller is UK editor of Cricinfo.

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  • POSTED BY _Australian_ on | June 30, 2010, 14:12 GMT

    Well godfather007 this is true. We do not know how to handle defeat as we are clearly not used to it. Perhaps as an English supporter you could teach us how to handle defeat seeing your team has been so good at losing for so long. For those that are intent on bashing Ponting. You don't score almost 13,000 one day runs by having a dominating opening stand to follow. Are you short of memory of Ponting's innings in the WC final v India in South Africa and the other 12,800 runs he has scored. He will score runs again soon. Don't bad talk the man who is second best behind Bradman as an Australian batsman and who has performed better than any English player could or ever will.

  • POSTED BY Aussasinator on | June 29, 2010, 16:57 GMT

    @Godfather007. You're spot on. As a weak No. 3 batsman, Ponting is now spoiling an entire middle order, generating pressure for others.. He could never in his career handle pressure but fed off the ease created by others who absorbed the pressure. A good team is losing more than it should because of him as a batsman and captain.His role as the latter is ridiculous. the Oz establishment is being taken for a ride, but its the best thing that can happen to opposition teams now. Lets hope he's never dropped. Ponting is good for world cricket.

  • POSTED BY Godfather007 on | June 29, 2010, 13:26 GMT

    Well after reading all this stuff one thing is crystal clear,the Aussie fans can't digest defeat easily making poor and lame excuses.Listen dudes at present England are a much superior side than Oz."Born Overseas" & "understrength Aussies" are rubbish excuses.When Oz thrashed England 6-1 last year England were without Pietersen & Flintoff.LOL at ur comments.Rather than criticising England ask Ponting to hang up his boots.He piled up runs due to the blitzkrieg of Haydos & Gilly,lethal combo of Warne & Macgrath.For ages he hasn't played an under pressure knock LOL at his all time great status.Aussies show some sports man spirit (oh God I forgot these type of words are not in ur dictionary........)

  • POSTED BY _Australian_ on | June 29, 2010, 13:10 GMT

    asillypoint. I wrote that knowing exactly where each person was born knowing you would bite. But I was very curious to see what you would write forTim Cahill. You left him out why is that?? My issue with non countrymen playing is not where they were born but adopting already developed players as your own. This only hurting the game on a worldwide capacity. We have been just as guilty with Dirk Nannes recently and a few others in the past but with the English it is starting to get a little out of hand when almost half the side are players like this.

  • POSTED BY bobmartin on | June 29, 2010, 7:13 GMT

    I wrote this in an earlier thread, but I think it's well worth repeating here: " I don't think the Aussies should be giving too much voice to this 'born overseas' player nonsense. After all, they now have, of all things, a Welsh born lady as Prime Minister. To put things on a more serious level, are all the whingers about foreign born players in the England team really serious when they suggest that players should only be allowed to represent the country they were born in. That would suggest that even though these people are British citizens and have British passports, they don't have the same rights as other British citizens simply due to an accident of birth in that they were born overseas. Wouldn't that be a violation of their human and citizen's rights."

  • POSTED BY asillypoint on | June 29, 2010, 6:02 GMT

    @SeaforthA1. I'm sorry. William Marshall Mason (born 15 April 1980 in Auckland, New Zealand), George Waitoa Gregan AM (born 19 April 1973 in Lusaka, Zambia), Gillard was born in 1961 in Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales (the same as Ness and Stacey) - I knows that.

  • POSTED BY _Australian_ on | June 29, 2010, 5:29 GMT

    a sillypoint the three names you have mentioned were all born in Austalia and have been Australian all their life. Unlike players in the current England side. All teams have had the odd non countryman in their national side but half the side is a bit much.

  • POSTED BY asillypoint on | June 29, 2010, 4:35 GMT

    @popcorn, for the wider audience, could you please enlighten all of us when, where and how "England cheated in the 1966 World Cup Final at Wembley". I cannot find a record of this anywhere.

  • POSTED BY Rooboy on | June 29, 2010, 3:59 GMT

    Come on @popcorn, @Something_Witty etc. I agree that Australia got screwed by the umpiring, and that Ian Gould is a bad joke, but the score is in the book and whining now won't change it. We (Aussies) don't like losing and are not used to it but PLEASE guys, don't carry on like so many indian fans do. They have the market on childish bleating covered so leave it to them. So congrats to england. @SnowSnake, I realise 20/20 is not the same as a 50 over game but my point was that Hussey has shown he can still play extremely damaging innings against international opponents. I agree Huss is getting on in age, look for Callum Ferguson to be back if he scores some runs for SA at the start of the Aus summer. lol @ vichan - Australia 'soundly beaten in all 3 formats'?! Hahaha. One 20/20 match, an away test series that went right to the wire, and Aus lead 6-4 in the last 10 head to head ODIs. Oh yeah that's 'soundly beaten' alright ...

  • POSTED BY Aussasinator on | June 29, 2010, 3:27 GMT

    My guess is it will be 4-1. Bollinger deserves one win at least. He's bowled his heart out. These complaints and excuses about not having their best bowlers are hollow and attempts to further deny their own lack of skills. Bollinger would find a place in a World XI ahead of Brett Lee or Hilfenhaus on current form. The only real absence is of Mithcell Johnson, who is inconsistent in any case. Let's not forget that when Australia beat England 6-1 last time, Flintoff and Pietersen were not in the side. England never cribbed.

    It's time Ponting and some others displayed some sportsmanship. After all didnt the world give them credit for winning the Champions Trophy when none of the opposing featured their full strength XIs? My single suggestion for Oz cricket- get a wiser and more tactical skipper. The team is not bad enough to lose in this manner.

  • POSTED BY _Australian_ on | June 30, 2010, 14:12 GMT

    Well godfather007 this is true. We do not know how to handle defeat as we are clearly not used to it. Perhaps as an English supporter you could teach us how to handle defeat seeing your team has been so good at losing for so long. For those that are intent on bashing Ponting. You don't score almost 13,000 one day runs by having a dominating opening stand to follow. Are you short of memory of Ponting's innings in the WC final v India in South Africa and the other 12,800 runs he has scored. He will score runs again soon. Don't bad talk the man who is second best behind Bradman as an Australian batsman and who has performed better than any English player could or ever will.

  • POSTED BY Aussasinator on | June 29, 2010, 16:57 GMT

    @Godfather007. You're spot on. As a weak No. 3 batsman, Ponting is now spoiling an entire middle order, generating pressure for others.. He could never in his career handle pressure but fed off the ease created by others who absorbed the pressure. A good team is losing more than it should because of him as a batsman and captain.His role as the latter is ridiculous. the Oz establishment is being taken for a ride, but its the best thing that can happen to opposition teams now. Lets hope he's never dropped. Ponting is good for world cricket.

  • POSTED BY Godfather007 on | June 29, 2010, 13:26 GMT

    Well after reading all this stuff one thing is crystal clear,the Aussie fans can't digest defeat easily making poor and lame excuses.Listen dudes at present England are a much superior side than Oz."Born Overseas" & "understrength Aussies" are rubbish excuses.When Oz thrashed England 6-1 last year England were without Pietersen & Flintoff.LOL at ur comments.Rather than criticising England ask Ponting to hang up his boots.He piled up runs due to the blitzkrieg of Haydos & Gilly,lethal combo of Warne & Macgrath.For ages he hasn't played an under pressure knock LOL at his all time great status.Aussies show some sports man spirit (oh God I forgot these type of words are not in ur dictionary........)

  • POSTED BY _Australian_ on | June 29, 2010, 13:10 GMT

    asillypoint. I wrote that knowing exactly where each person was born knowing you would bite. But I was very curious to see what you would write forTim Cahill. You left him out why is that?? My issue with non countrymen playing is not where they were born but adopting already developed players as your own. This only hurting the game on a worldwide capacity. We have been just as guilty with Dirk Nannes recently and a few others in the past but with the English it is starting to get a little out of hand when almost half the side are players like this.

  • POSTED BY bobmartin on | June 29, 2010, 7:13 GMT

    I wrote this in an earlier thread, but I think it's well worth repeating here: " I don't think the Aussies should be giving too much voice to this 'born overseas' player nonsense. After all, they now have, of all things, a Welsh born lady as Prime Minister. To put things on a more serious level, are all the whingers about foreign born players in the England team really serious when they suggest that players should only be allowed to represent the country they were born in. That would suggest that even though these people are British citizens and have British passports, they don't have the same rights as other British citizens simply due to an accident of birth in that they were born overseas. Wouldn't that be a violation of their human and citizen's rights."

  • POSTED BY asillypoint on | June 29, 2010, 6:02 GMT

    @SeaforthA1. I'm sorry. William Marshall Mason (born 15 April 1980 in Auckland, New Zealand), George Waitoa Gregan AM (born 19 April 1973 in Lusaka, Zambia), Gillard was born in 1961 in Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales (the same as Ness and Stacey) - I knows that.

  • POSTED BY _Australian_ on | June 29, 2010, 5:29 GMT

    a sillypoint the three names you have mentioned were all born in Austalia and have been Australian all their life. Unlike players in the current England side. All teams have had the odd non countryman in their national side but half the side is a bit much.

  • POSTED BY asillypoint on | June 29, 2010, 4:35 GMT

    @popcorn, for the wider audience, could you please enlighten all of us when, where and how "England cheated in the 1966 World Cup Final at Wembley". I cannot find a record of this anywhere.

  • POSTED BY Rooboy on | June 29, 2010, 3:59 GMT

    Come on @popcorn, @Something_Witty etc. I agree that Australia got screwed by the umpiring, and that Ian Gould is a bad joke, but the score is in the book and whining now won't change it. We (Aussies) don't like losing and are not used to it but PLEASE guys, don't carry on like so many indian fans do. They have the market on childish bleating covered so leave it to them. So congrats to england. @SnowSnake, I realise 20/20 is not the same as a 50 over game but my point was that Hussey has shown he can still play extremely damaging innings against international opponents. I agree Huss is getting on in age, look for Callum Ferguson to be back if he scores some runs for SA at the start of the Aus summer. lol @ vichan - Australia 'soundly beaten in all 3 formats'?! Hahaha. One 20/20 match, an away test series that went right to the wire, and Aus lead 6-4 in the last 10 head to head ODIs. Oh yeah that's 'soundly beaten' alright ...

  • POSTED BY Aussasinator on | June 29, 2010, 3:27 GMT

    My guess is it will be 4-1. Bollinger deserves one win at least. He's bowled his heart out. These complaints and excuses about not having their best bowlers are hollow and attempts to further deny their own lack of skills. Bollinger would find a place in a World XI ahead of Brett Lee or Hilfenhaus on current form. The only real absence is of Mithcell Johnson, who is inconsistent in any case. Let's not forget that when Australia beat England 6-1 last time, Flintoff and Pietersen were not in the side. England never cribbed.

    It's time Ponting and some others displayed some sportsmanship. After all didnt the world give them credit for winning the Champions Trophy when none of the opposing featured their full strength XIs? My single suggestion for Oz cricket- get a wiser and more tactical skipper. The team is not bad enough to lose in this manner.

  • POSTED BY asillypoint on | June 28, 2010, 23:19 GMT

    @Graham McMillan Thomas. Please, before you make comments about the composition of the England and Wales cricket team, look closer to home. Have a look at the nationality of the Australian weightlifting team, skiers, Tim Cahill, Willie Mason, George Greagan, numerous rugby league and union players. The list is endless. Whatever next,even a Welsh Prime Minister. Mr. Thomas, a great Welsh name!

  • POSTED BY mick82 on | June 28, 2010, 20:33 GMT

    Please Aussie fans, if you say your'e an aussie then you value fair play and take things in your stride. Too many of us get on their keyboard and start making excuses and blaming umpire decisions. We lost fair and square. Our team is far from invincible, but there are still some good players. Stop talking it up and let the performance of the team do the talking. I am far more embarrassed by the complaining, whingeing and inability to say well done to a worthy opposition, than i am embarrassed our team lost a match.

  • POSTED BY bobmartin on | June 28, 2010, 20:30 GMT

    Oh dear ... poor popcorn.. Isn't it a real downer having lost the Ashes... the T20 final... and now an ODI series ... all within the space of 12 months and heaven forbid.. to lowly rubbishy old England of all teams.. . You must be heartbroken about all the myriad outside forces that have been at work to cause Australia such ill luck. Of course, maybe... just maybe... it's simply that the old Mother Country happened to play better cricket on these occasions.. Or is that not within the boundaries of your thinking that someone could play better than your beloved unbeatable world conquering team.. And if you think that's a gloat... you're damn right.... it is..

  • POSTED BY Aussasinator on | June 28, 2010, 17:08 GMT

    This Australian cricket team has been living in denial and over aggressive posturing, without content within for a few years now. This team cannot beat anybody consistently now. They have a captain in Ponting who is a merry loser and doesnt seem to be able or keen to hold a side together, despite having so many talented players. Many a series have been lost due to poor captaincy, more than any lack of quality in the team. Hussey. Clarke and cameron White should form the crux of the team, with Clarke coming in at No. 3, if the Aussies have to make any progress hereafter. Ponting is unable to make an impact. Even earlier, he was living off the exploits of the famous opening pair of langer-hayden in tests and Gilchrist-Hayden in ODis. His contribution with the bat has never been match changing. It was always the bowlers who did the job for Australia. And now he's a visible, stark liability for Australia as a batsman and more as a captain. The young lot will do better under Clarke.

  • POSTED BY defense on | June 28, 2010, 16:22 GMT

    Something_Witty: I am not an English fan or an Aussie supporter. Nonetheless, Something_Witty, going by your comments, it appears you seem more than contented with Aussie team's performance. Talk about low standards!...I am glad you skin is not made of paper, because else with the Aussie cricket's current record, you would have been lacerated beyond imagination. As for England team's performance, it is the current record that matters in the end, and as of now England has the edge over Australia. People who resort to history (like Ponting for example) to justify current performance are just looking for an excuse and a hiding place.

  • POSTED BY popcorn on | June 28, 2010, 16:12 GMT

    Ian Gould has done it again! And Again! First,he gave Steven Smith out lbw when the ball struck his back foot, and was clearly going down leg. Then he did not give Andrew Strauss out lbw to Michael Clarke when he was clearly out. I thought there was a rule that you could not have a partisan Umpire in an ODI, especially when there was no provision for a referral system. How can Australia EVER win when incompetent umpires like English Ian Gould is officiating? Ian Gould made a similar mistake in the first ODI. What is ICC doing to penalize such umpires? And why is ICC selective in offering the URDS? I am truly happy that England were not given the goal in the FIFA Soccer World Cup against Germany. Now the Englishmen are crying foul that there was no technology for the Soccer match, because it would have suited them. England cheated in the 1966 World Cup Final at Wembley, so it is fitting poetic justice that there were denied the goal. Cheaters never prosper, England.

  • POSTED BY Bingaaa on | June 28, 2010, 16:08 GMT

    @ lucy yep england have a got decent team but beating us in 3 games doesnt mean they are a better team..No doubt they have improved a lot in odi's but still a long way to go for them to call themselves a better side..All this comments about aus goin down n blah blah is rubbish its just that whenever aus lose a game or series everyone just says that punter needs to retire or aussies cant win without gilly mcgrath i just dont understand all this..

  • POSTED BY bobmartin on | June 28, 2010, 15:57 GMT

    Well done DamieninFrance.. at least there is one magnanimous Aussie prepared to stand up and be counted. As for the rest of your countrymen who've contributed on here with their whining and moaning about umpires and other inconsequential matters.. don't you dare have the gall to call us whingeing Poms ever again. My God.. poor losers... you Aussies are definitely world champs at that.

  • POSTED BY Scube on | June 28, 2010, 15:24 GMT

    I don't know when will the English Fans ever agree to the facts!?! The Aussies would have won all the three matches hands down if they were playing with the full strength team: Gilly, Haydos, Symonds, Martin, McGrath, Warne, etc..Oops, have they all retired!?! Ok, how abt this list: Lee, Johnson, Siddle, Hilfenhaus & Hauritz! Then, the team would incude Lee, Johnson, Siddle, Hilfenhaus, Hauritz, Bollinger, Tait & Smith! Paine will be there for want a wicketkeeper! The best ever batsman Ponting and the best ever finisher Hussey will complete the 11! The bowlers will then ensure that the opposition never scores more than 100 and Ricky & Hussey will take care of the chase with the help of the many allrounders! If Aussies lose despite this, then the whole world knows that Gould played his tricks! ICC, can we have the MOST neutral umpires Bucknor & Benson for all Australia matches!?! Thanks in advance!

  • POSTED BY SOLUTE on | June 28, 2010, 15:09 GMT

    my all friends(criticizers of aus side &ponting)please go on criticizing &abusing.aus lost,yes but it won't be 5-0.it's the start of beginning.remember they are true champs rather than who shows glimpses of champion for a particular period.before 2011 worldcup starts all my dear friends you will be compelled to change your opinion.awesome aussies will show there full-proof credibility be it ponting,watson,clarke,hussey johnson and the rest.when they fire,you admire them not criticise

  • POSTED BY on | June 28, 2010, 15:05 GMT

    Is it beginning of the end of invincible era!!!

  • POSTED BY _Australian_ on | June 28, 2010, 14:57 GMT

    The 3 comments from lucy 82 and Andy Cronk and asillypoint. You have to be kidding. I don't doubt that our batsmen have been outplayed and are looking way out of touch. But we are missing our 5 best bowlers and our keeper. There ARE worrying signs for your batting if you collapse like that. Your bowlers have won you the recent prizes not your batting.Take out England's best 5 bowlers and see if the results stay the same. Infact try fielding a true English only side and see how you fare. You don't have a hope in the WC. The asian teams will tear you apart as will a full strength Australia. You win a poxy home series and claim to be world champs. As for being sore losers yes we are and so is everybody who is used to winning. No supporter is happy to lose. Our players are gracious in defeat not our supporters. Just like your soccer supporters who riot or blame a ref when you were flogged 4-1. Those supporters are sore certainly not gracious.

  • POSTED BY DamieninFrance on | June 28, 2010, 14:12 GMT

    Couldn't agree more with Lucy's comments. We Aussies are an ingracious lot in defeat- especially to England. We absolutely despise being beaten, and although we'll never publicly admit that you guys are better, we'll privately be searching for the solution to get the last ones over the old enemy. Now, I must prepare for the hunt as my fellow Australians search me out to feed me to the sharks. The fact that I even suggested that Australia might defer to England in cricket means that I will never be allowed to drink beer in public again. Frankly, it's about bloody time that Australia has had to face legitimate challenges in the world of cricket! Long may it continue for this agnificent game!

  • POSTED BY SnowSnake on | June 28, 2010, 14:06 GMT

    To my critics:

    I am neither Yuvi fan nor Hussey's adversary. I look at cricket from business point of view. Hussey has to go. I admit that Hussey played one good T20 game, but it was just that one good game. To draw a parallel he failed misrably to rescue Aus. from India in semi final of 1997 T20 WC. Australia did not win the final with Hussey. Letting someone keep a place in ODI with T20 performance is not right. A T20 legend is made by surviving 10 overs, 10 over minimum survival is expected in the ODI game. The reason I recommend firing of Hussey is that he is 36 yo. It is a age higher than average retirement age for a cricket player. Why would Aus. invest in Hussey when there is not much time left in his career? I recall a time about 1 year back where Aus. board warned Hussey to fire or fade away so my suggestion in not thar far fetched. I have put in more thought in my writing and then some, but I cannot write everything in 1000 char. limit.

  • POSTED BY Gupta.Ankur on | June 28, 2010, 12:49 GMT

    Why isn't the great Ricky Ponting winning games and scoring runs now? Has his batting skills deserted him in the same way as his retired team-mates?

    The truth is that Aussies won games b'coz of lHayden,Gilchrist,Warne,Mcgrath........

    And ponting made easy runs b'coz of lesser pressure and great opening combination of haydos and langer.....

    now he is being found out..........as he is unable to deliver under pressure.....

  • POSTED BY Something_Witty on | June 28, 2010, 12:38 GMT

    "England hold The Ashes, the T20 and 3-0 against Australia in a 50 over series" asillypoint, you're not really kidding yourself that, just because you've had a good six months, you're now the best team going around? You fluked a win in the Ashes due to a combination of weather intervention (Cardiff, Edgbaston), very dodgy umpiring (especially at Lord's) and possibly ball tampering given Daddy's boy Broad's recent incident in South Africa. You won the lottery that is the T20, and now, by playing your absolute BEST, you've managed to beat Aus in 3 games where they played at pretty much their absolute worst. If that's all you want from your team, obviously your standards are pretty low. It's ok. I can stand being called a sore loser. My skin isn't made of rice paper.

  • POSTED BY on | June 28, 2010, 12:32 GMT

    Real cricket , like Test matches , starts again in Brisbane in November . Whatever happens before that Series of Test matches is of no consequence . Don't go too early with your celebrations you English , Irish , South African , mixed races team followers. The Fat Lady has not even been told to prepare yet . Bring it on .

  • POSTED BY lucy82 on | June 28, 2010, 11:50 GMT

    Aussies and their excuses, such sore losers. Learn to be gracious in deafeat. England have a good team and you can't stand it.

  • POSTED BY bronze-echo on | June 28, 2010, 11:47 GMT

    this is a great win for england.common man!!lets encourage english players in my opinion this is best side in the world right now...no doubt in it they have a perfect balanced side..

  • POSTED BY on | June 28, 2010, 10:53 GMT

    So when Australia lose it's the umpires fault for two decisions, or they have an understrength team. You have an under fit team with a bowler than can't manage more than 2 overs at a time, yet looks your most dangerous bowler, and Ponting, Clarke, Hussey and Watson are clearly your weakest batsmen you can send...maybe England have played better than you in the last 4 games we have played you. It's always Umpires, pitches or lack of fit players recently isn't it boys, you are clearly still the best cricket side in the world, or you would be if all your best players were fit, (and hadn't retired).

  • POSTED BY foreigner on | June 28, 2010, 10:46 GMT

    Why is Man of the Match not mentioned in this bulletin?

  • POSTED BY TheSmudge on | June 28, 2010, 10:31 GMT

    A couple of observations on England's batting lineup. Yes, on this occassion they were only just good enough, but they did win. The lower middle order being full of quasi-allrounders is a gamble, but it is a gamble which has allowed them to field a bowling attack without a serious weak link, which is in large part why they've restricted Australian scores to gettable levels. A long, if meaty, tail is a risk, but so is going in with a donky dropping part time bowler. England are 3-0 up, so I reckon they have judged that risk pretty well.

  • POSTED BY Samdanh on | June 28, 2010, 9:34 GMT

    Aus did not bat well again. But Engalnd should thank Ian Gould their National umpire for two decisions that decisively went against Australia. One the Steve Smith Lbw which he gave out, two-The andew strauss lbw claim which he turned down. Both turned out to be horribly worng and crucial. Added to this Aleem Dar turned down appeal for caught behind when Swann gloved to wicket keeper. But that mistake did not cost too much as Swann left in the next over. Three decions going against one team in one match, is pathetic. Ian Gould also decided worngly when he turned down claim for caught behind when Pietersen nicked and this was in the first match. Unfortunately 4 wrong decision against Aus so far in this series. None against England. The first and the third are matches Aus could have won but for the 4 bad decisions by the officials. It is high time ICC made UDRS mandatory giving atleast two options for both teams, in both ODIs and Tests

  • POSTED BY Fan84 on | June 28, 2010, 9:26 GMT

    AUSSIES ARE CERTAINLY GOING TO BOUNCE BACK VERY SOON IAM A DIE HARD FAN OF AUSTRALIA CRICKET,,IMAGINE IF AUSTRALIA IS PLAYING WITH THE FOLLOWING PLAYERS,,,WATSON WARNER WHITE DAVID HUSSY MIKE HUSSY,HADDIN..AND BOLWLERS (PETER SIDDLE 150 KMPH),BRETT LEE(152 KMPH),MITCH (153 KMPH) NANNES (154 KMPH) AND FINALLY TAIT AT A SPEED OF (158 KMPH) ,, I DON'T THINK ANY ONE COME NEAR THEM,, I ONLY FEEL SAD THAT CLARKE IS REALLY WATING MANY BALLS,, HE SHOULD BE RESTED ,, CHEER UP AUSSIES,, ALL THE BEST

  • POSTED BY asillypoint on | June 28, 2010, 8:51 GMT

    @Something_Witty. If there are "Worrying signs for the England batting lineup" when England hold The Ashes, the T20 and 3-0 against Australia in a 50 over series, I'd really worry about the signs for Australia. Have I missed something?

  • POSTED BY on | June 28, 2010, 8:42 GMT

    Bravo England........... congrats once again.... australians seems to be loosing their nerve match by match and habbit of wining.....england comon take series 5-0

  • POSTED BY SOLUTE on | June 28, 2010, 8:27 GMT

    anyone who critises the integrity of ponting can do so,but it's true he is best.we know of they are no.1 in odi instead of depleted & injured side.before 2011 worldcup they reclaim there no.1 test status,not to worr yabout that.he is one of the very very few cricketers who left money making t20 cricket(he left ipl inspite of joining) to play for national team. he knows and accepted that he won't be able to break sachin's record & every living things in the universe knows that,so no question of records.it's just he is out of form & look for him this ashes & 2011 world cup.he makes things happen rather than waiting for things to happen on its own.if you don't believe then go & see his stats,if possible see the highlights of the matches under him.no can match it.so everyone is more welcomed to criticise and abuse him.but he is best and aus will be 2011 world cup champs whether it happens in india or srilanka or england or anywhere in universe because they are 'not arrogant,just better'

  • POSTED BY Cric_Clan on | June 28, 2010, 8:16 GMT

    Now Ian Chappel, isn't it time for Ponting and Hussey to retire immediately.

    When Sachin falis in a few matches, you are the first human to tell the world that Sachin should retire.

    What goes around, come back all the way around !!!

  • POSTED BY SettingSun on | June 28, 2010, 8:10 GMT

    @Rooboy - what you have to understand about @SnowSnake is that he's a Yuvraj fanboy, so for as long as Hussey is in the team, it makes his boy look bad as far as middle order ODI batsmen are concerned.

  • POSTED BY SOLUTE on | June 28, 2010, 8:03 GMT

    please tell icc to stop discrimination.when they use udrs(ump decision review system) for a meaningless test series between sa & wi whose outcome is already known why not in odi or even in t20's at international level. lbw decision of steven smith & andrew strauss was an classic example.last year they introduced udrs for aus vs wi test series,but not in ashes,cricket's biggest rivalry and biggest series.we saw what happened at lord's test(2nd test) and aus lost after 75 yrs at lord's.i am not biased.i won't say aus would have won the ashes or the 3rd odi.but ump fail to understand the importance of every run and wicket.when you see a team fight like aus did ,it's heart breaking. it's true that instead of udrs error of manual ump decision is on rise,which is being rectified by udrs at test level but not at odi or t20 level.this is absolute discrimination.we talk about racial discrimination in cricket,what about this? this is unfair and unjustified.icc have some shame

  • POSTED BY SOLUTE on | June 28, 2010, 7:41 GMT

    eng made mockery of themselves,maybe some mysterious force informed them during the match what happened at football world cup & under sudden depression,this happened.just kidding. if still someone wants to question the credibility of aus side & ponting,they can.its true aus still be the champions,because they are true champs while others are for temporary champs.such thrilling,nailbitting & heart attacking performance can be given by them only.aus side was looking completely different from 1st 2 odi and till the 4th wicket fell of eng in 3rd odi.they are invincibles and awesome and remember it won't be 5-0 and look out for cracking ashes this aus summer ,it willbe even bigger then 2011 world cup.

  • POSTED BY on | June 28, 2010, 7:27 GMT

    Good Going Boys! Keep up the good work. Nice to see cricket as an open game rather then a dominating team game.

  • POSTED BY on | June 28, 2010, 6:51 GMT

    A fantastic victory for England against our primary rivals.

  • POSTED BY vichan on | June 28, 2010, 6:48 GMT

    @Something_Witty, you said: "Aus have been miles below their best, but still England barely manage to scrape home"... Mate, you're an embarrassment to the other Aussie fans! Your constant whinging and inability to accept that your team is being beaten by a superior side is just laughable!! Any idea WHY Australia are miles below their best? Perhaps it's because their current opposition is FORCING them to be poor... Typical Aussie who can't give credit where it is due, but just keeps having a go at the opposition and its supposed weak points. Not really too much point in that when you're 3-0 down and the series has been lost, is it? And soundly beaten by England in all three formats - Test, T20 and now ODI - in the last 12 months...

  • POSTED BY on | June 28, 2010, 6:46 GMT

    It must be really worrying that you can't beat a team of bit's and pieces players with only four batsmen then - especially as two of them haven't performed!

    @hayley - you haven't got the ashes ;)

  • POSTED BY Marcio on | June 28, 2010, 6:28 GMT

    Things will turn around for Oz. You have to admit there has been a mixture of good play and good luck for the England team. All the decisions seem to be going their way, and it's been the same since the last ashes (where England were outplayed for most of the series, but still won). I don't think England can get too carried away with this, despite playing very well. This has been a heavily disrupted campaign by Australia. I predict Aust. will win one or two of the next 2 games. They have the basis of a very good side there, just have to put it together on the day.

  • POSTED BY bjcm12 on | June 28, 2010, 6:19 GMT

    Come on Aussies bounce back. Aussies needs more power in bowling. Ashes will be a different ball game and Ponting must fire at least 04 centuries for aussies to be comfortable in the ashes. England will never be a consistant team and that's for sure. They have never been such in any game. Micheal Clarke needs to take more responsibility in batting through the innings.

  • POSTED BY Something_Witty on | June 28, 2010, 5:03 GMT

    Worrying signs for the England batting lineup. Only four genuine batsmen in the side. Kieswetter is too much of a slogger and his style might come off once every five games or so, and there are way too many bowling all rounders. The tail really does start at number six, and if you take Kieswetter out as well (since he's a wicketkeeping all rounder), you're left with 4 actual batsmen in the top six. Aus have been miles below their best, but still England barely manage to scrape home. Tait and Dougy bowled superbly, I want to see Tait in the ODI side more often in future.

  • POSTED BY gzawilliam on | June 28, 2010, 5:02 GMT

    I must say watching ponting bat the last year and a half is so nervy. He looks like he could be out at any time. I think its time ricky. Forget the next WC and let it go. Give Clarke and white the reins and move aside.

    More so because we can't continue to have such a failing number 3 batsmen. He has said for a long time how important the first drop position is. And now we are starting to notice more than usual. White needs to be elevated to 3 to put it simply. We need to get a new middle order star in there. Even if its an untested one. Forget the husseys, forget voges, we need someone like Callum ferguson back in form and in the team.

    Fantastic to see Tait back. Even though we lost i think there was much to take out of this game. Bollinger bowling better(great for the up coming tests vs pak) and pain and watson continuing their good partnership. Pity punter and clarke ruined it for them.

  • POSTED BY upsrockstar on | June 28, 2010, 4:41 GMT

    What the hell are Ponting,Hussey & Hopes doing in the Australian team,they are just helping the England team win matches & a 5-0 now looks a certainity.Ponting in particular is having a torrid time with the bat.He is struggling against Broad & Swann & the day is not far when he will be dropped & will be stripped of captaincy.He is such a selfish player who is currently playing only for records & in the wildest of his dreams he can't even think of breaking Sachin's record.Also what is James Hopes doing in the team,he is pathetic with both bat and ball & is just an average cricketer.Please select Andrew Symonds in the future instead of this rubbish.

  • POSTED BY on | June 28, 2010, 3:29 GMT

    well played england.atleast u made england proud yesterday........by defeating arch rivals

  • POSTED BY on | June 28, 2010, 3:13 GMT

    Its nice to see england to win over kangaroo's!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 28, 2010, 3:05 GMT

    I didn't even know there was a ODI series on. It's getting pretty much zero coverage down here in Aus. Ahh well, they can have the ODI's, we'll have the Ashes.

  • POSTED BY Sutty101 on | June 28, 2010, 3:04 GMT

    I'd have to agree with Jackiethepen here, I must say that nobody can be surprised that England's tail collapsed (It begins with the no.6 batsman of course)

    Man of the match would have to go to Ian Gould in this situation... His umpiring was yet again abysmal... Strauss, let's face it, was plumb LBW for 23 against Clarke, as compared to the absolutely disgraceful decision against Steven Smith to cost Australia the chance of scoring another 20 runs at the end of the innings.

  • POSTED BY nataraajds on | June 28, 2010, 2:52 GMT

    England is running through a fantastic year, everything is going right for them. hope this Ashes test series will be more competitive for australia. well done England

  • POSTED BY mick82 on | June 28, 2010, 2:12 GMT

    Well done England. You guys played well again and showed some heart to win a tight game. And thats from an aussie, full respect guys, enjoy. I think Eng cricket is def on the up and up, as for us aussie team just gotta keep plugging away, build some character and good times will come

  • POSTED BY crashbang on | June 28, 2010, 2:08 GMT

    well this will be pontings last tour of England, said he wanted to tour England to revenge his 2 losses on English soil , will not happen ,use by date has arrived along with Hussey even if they make a few runs from here on in ,the time has come for them to GO.

  • POSTED BY 2.14istherunrate on | June 28, 2010, 2:01 GMT

    It took me 2 hours to actually feel as though England won; defeat all but snatched from the jaws of victory only to be dropped like a bad date just in time. That will go down as one of the all time great matches I am sure,and hopefully ensures that this format survives a lot longer. These matches have been good so far and make up a bit for all the recent games v B'desh in terms of necessity and relevance. It's foolish ever to assume the Aussies will lie down and die- they just don't. They have fighting spirit next to none. Thank god we're winning a few back though.

  • POSTED BY Browndog1968 on | June 28, 2010, 1:50 GMT

    Two howlers cost Aussies. Smith given out LBW in final overs where another twenty or so may have been the difference and Straus given not out to Bollinger when absolutely plumb when on about 20. There you have an 80 run turn around. Like the football, technology is there but refusal to use it properly is ruining the contest.

  • POSTED BY Rooboy on | June 28, 2010, 1:42 GMT

    Lol@SnowSnake. Yeah lets drop an absolute champion of the game on the basis of a few scratchy knocks. And Australia wouldn't have made the recent 20-20 final if Hussey hadn't played one of the most amazing innings you'd ever wish to see. But yeah, let's drop him too. Admittedly, Punter's best days are well and truly behind him but replace him with Katich?! Unbelievable ...

  • POSTED BY CSpiers on | June 28, 2010, 1:25 GMT

    good to see a team finally taking to the aussies, especially after we had a solid start. This lack of serious competition in ODI's over the last few years has made us grow slightly complacent (see the absolute whitewashes against pakistan and west indies last year) and hopefully we can rise this well structured english side in the next two matches!

  • POSTED BY on | June 28, 2010, 0:49 GMT

    i saw the half match till pieterson was there but andrew strauss played the captain's knock and i love and admire him as player he is not getting hos due he is truly one of the best players of modern day. hats off to andrew starauss. i also want fraddie again.

  • POSTED BY lucyferr on | June 28, 2010, 0:44 GMT

    I'm sorry, but why is this victory relevant? It's in a dead format. It's like a farmer winning a prize in a turnip contest when nobody wants to eat turnips any more.

  • POSTED BY Marcio on | June 28, 2010, 0:38 GMT

    Calling for Hussey to be dropped is ridiculous. Ponting maybe. Three games don't end the world. This has been a series with a huge amount of disruptions for Australia, and they haven't played well. They'll be back. We lost against NZ (was it 3-0?) just before the last 50 over world cup, and still smashed everyone else. We had crap performances before the last T20 world cup, and then in the actual didn't lose a game till the final.

    I think the current bowling lineup is underrated. Even though Harris bowled poorly last night, he is actually a very good one day bowler. Bollinger is no slouch either. They just haven't played consistently - a huge number of injuries, and changes every game as a result. I predict they'll come good.

    Judging by the initial selections, Australia didn't place too much importance on this series. It seems they were more interested in experimenting with bowlers. Their usual killer attitude seems to be down too. I suspect it is a wind-down from the T20 world cup.

  • POSTED BY threeheadedmonkey on | June 28, 2010, 0:01 GMT

    tait isn't in the regular 50 overs side because his body supposedly can't take it so to prolong his career he focuses on 20/20. I'd say he only played this match because he was in england already for the country 20/20 and we needed another quick.

  • POSTED BY mnemoniny on | June 27, 2010, 23:01 GMT

    Tait did bowl quite well, too bad he also gave away six wides. Him aside, the Australians bowled quite tightly I thought. Six wides isn't many, but with so few extras from his team mates and such a close result... those runs could seriously have been the difference Shaun.

    Still, happy to see England do something they used to do, then add an extra dimension and still win. But for the fact that they held on to win it, most of this game could have been from the nineties. How many times did we see England gain the advantage over their Antipodean rivals, only to forget their closing lines? This game was truly a satisfying watch. I feel like the echoes of the Fletcher era are finally dissipating.

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | June 27, 2010, 22:40 GMT

    Is that all you've got, Something_Witty? How about admitting you were comp-letely wrong about how this series was going to go and that England have dominated throughout except for a brief wobble when this match was almost over? Even whingers usually have the grace to congratulate the other team. The Aussies, to give them credit, never give up and some rash shots by a few of the English lower-order players coupled with some good bowling from Bollinger and Tait almost gave Australia a victory it never looked like getting for most of the match. However, along came Bresnan and justice was done. The series is over and England now have the wood over Australia in all three forms of the game. Happy day!

  • POSTED BY bobmartin on | June 27, 2010, 22:34 GMT

    A good win, but hardly a convincing victory.

  • POSTED BY jamol on | June 27, 2010, 22:17 GMT

    This is the best english ODI team i think ive seen in a while.....its got a nice balance to it.....and shaun tait is just amazing with that pace!PONTING looks out of sorts as well....maybe its time he plays test cricket alone

  • POSTED BY Sahilskt on | June 27, 2010, 22:11 GMT

    England is in his Gr8 form and am wishing to see them in gud form against australi in ashes for more thrill and fun.

  • POSTED BY Deenesh on | June 27, 2010, 21:21 GMT

    The opening of the article said it was clumsy, but it was truly a fitting finale in which England threw it away, and fought back for it. What a finish.

  • POSTED BY chrisalis11 on | June 27, 2010, 21:17 GMT

    5-0 to England! I'm not talking soccer either. How dare they have football during the cricket season!

  • POSTED BY Silatwarrior on | June 27, 2010, 21:15 GMT

    Well done England, Shaun Tait I thought bowled very well as did Doug Bollinger, something_whitty I can remember some poor umpiring decisions in various previous ashes series in Australia before neutral umpires, funnily enough these always seemed to go against England....

  • POSTED BY on | June 27, 2010, 21:14 GMT

    tait shpuld have played in that first game

  • POSTED BY on | June 27, 2010, 20:13 GMT

    Why didn't they have Tait in all along.....

  • POSTED BY jackiethepen on | June 27, 2010, 19:57 GMT

    Twist in the tail is more accurate! The tail can't start at 6. With either Yardy or Wright at 6 this is going to happen again. Morgan can't be expected to win every game. Flower is gambling that he only needs five batsmen and the rest down the order can contribute. This almost cost them the game today. If we are building a team for the World Cup we need a top class batsman at 6 to shoulder responsibility for putting runs on the board or chasing down a total. This is a below par Australian side but they were a whisker away today.

  • POSTED BY FarMad on | June 27, 2010, 19:55 GMT

    wat a classic match...!!! i like the odi format as it is and it should remain the same, cause this format has still a lot of potential in it and more exciting cricket to come...!!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 27, 2010, 19:51 GMT

    thank god for that - completely shocking day for english sport otherwise

  • POSTED BY vichan on | June 27, 2010, 19:34 GMT

    On a day (Black Sunday) when English football has been left at perhaps its lowest point amongst many low points in these last 44 years, it is good to see the cricket team performing beyond expectations. They have prepared well, brought in the correct personnel and management, played with the right tactics and dominated the opposition during the last 12 months or so. Perhaps the Football Association should take note...

  • POSTED BY on | June 27, 2010, 18:54 GMT

    England won again - are you sure ?

    °_°

  • POSTED BY Something_Witty on | June 27, 2010, 18:22 GMT

    I'm going to have a massive whinge here because that's what I feel like doing. And now that I've acknowledged and admitted that it's a whinge, you poms don't have to point it out. So, here goes. Umpiring in series involving England. Why is it always so terrible? In the Ashes, we had Rudi, this series, he's not there. All summer long (Australian summer that is) I watched Ian Gould umpire and didn't see him make a single incorrect decision. He's a fantastic umpire, but apparently not when we're playing England. What is it? Just home town bias or extra pressure from umpiring in a game involving his old team? Given the close result of the game, how crucial do those two very poor decisions seem? First to give Smith out to a ball missing leg stump by about six inches, then to give Strauss not out to a ball hitting halfway up middle. The whinge is officially over. Now I can get to praising Bollinger and Taity for their superb bowling. Well done guys, the Poms could hardly score a run off ya.

  • POSTED BY SnowSnake on | June 27, 2010, 18:22 GMT

    Congratulations, England. I hope that in remaining 2 matches, England focuses on improving their batting further. Strauss and Colly are great, but Pieterson and Morgan are inconsistent. As far as Australia is concerned, Ponting and Hussey should be fired immediately. Their career is over and they don't have any time left in their career to make a comeback. Bring Katich and Warner in as replacements. There is very limited time left for Australia to prepare for World cup. Sticking with Ponting and Hussey is wasting time.

  • POSTED BY on | June 27, 2010, 18:19 GMT

    England is a much more confident team than it has been in the past. I loved their strong belief to finish of the match with one wicket in hand.

  • POSTED BY on | June 27, 2010, 18:05 GMT

    It was drama all the way! Trust England to put us through such drama in order to ensure a series win! Good lord people could've had cardiac arrests on a day like today, but all in all it wouldn't have been such a classic if it weren't for such a great Australian fightback! What a match!

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  • POSTED BY on | June 27, 2010, 18:05 GMT

    It was drama all the way! Trust England to put us through such drama in order to ensure a series win! Good lord people could've had cardiac arrests on a day like today, but all in all it wouldn't have been such a classic if it weren't for such a great Australian fightback! What a match!

  • POSTED BY on | June 27, 2010, 18:19 GMT

    England is a much more confident team than it has been in the past. I loved their strong belief to finish of the match with one wicket in hand.

  • POSTED BY SnowSnake on | June 27, 2010, 18:22 GMT

    Congratulations, England. I hope that in remaining 2 matches, England focuses on improving their batting further. Strauss and Colly are great, but Pieterson and Morgan are inconsistent. As far as Australia is concerned, Ponting and Hussey should be fired immediately. Their career is over and they don't have any time left in their career to make a comeback. Bring Katich and Warner in as replacements. There is very limited time left for Australia to prepare for World cup. Sticking with Ponting and Hussey is wasting time.

  • POSTED BY Something_Witty on | June 27, 2010, 18:22 GMT

    I'm going to have a massive whinge here because that's what I feel like doing. And now that I've acknowledged and admitted that it's a whinge, you poms don't have to point it out. So, here goes. Umpiring in series involving England. Why is it always so terrible? In the Ashes, we had Rudi, this series, he's not there. All summer long (Australian summer that is) I watched Ian Gould umpire and didn't see him make a single incorrect decision. He's a fantastic umpire, but apparently not when we're playing England. What is it? Just home town bias or extra pressure from umpiring in a game involving his old team? Given the close result of the game, how crucial do those two very poor decisions seem? First to give Smith out to a ball missing leg stump by about six inches, then to give Strauss not out to a ball hitting halfway up middle. The whinge is officially over. Now I can get to praising Bollinger and Taity for their superb bowling. Well done guys, the Poms could hardly score a run off ya.

  • POSTED BY on | June 27, 2010, 18:54 GMT

    England won again - are you sure ?

    °_°

  • POSTED BY vichan on | June 27, 2010, 19:34 GMT

    On a day (Black Sunday) when English football has been left at perhaps its lowest point amongst many low points in these last 44 years, it is good to see the cricket team performing beyond expectations. They have prepared well, brought in the correct personnel and management, played with the right tactics and dominated the opposition during the last 12 months or so. Perhaps the Football Association should take note...

  • POSTED BY on | June 27, 2010, 19:51 GMT

    thank god for that - completely shocking day for english sport otherwise

  • POSTED BY FarMad on | June 27, 2010, 19:55 GMT

    wat a classic match...!!! i like the odi format as it is and it should remain the same, cause this format has still a lot of potential in it and more exciting cricket to come...!!!

  • POSTED BY jackiethepen on | June 27, 2010, 19:57 GMT

    Twist in the tail is more accurate! The tail can't start at 6. With either Yardy or Wright at 6 this is going to happen again. Morgan can't be expected to win every game. Flower is gambling that he only needs five batsmen and the rest down the order can contribute. This almost cost them the game today. If we are building a team for the World Cup we need a top class batsman at 6 to shoulder responsibility for putting runs on the board or chasing down a total. This is a below par Australian side but they were a whisker away today.

  • POSTED BY on | June 27, 2010, 20:13 GMT

    Why didn't they have Tait in all along.....