England v Australia, 1st ODI, Rose Bowl June 21, 2010

A Phoney War with focus

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Match facts

June 22, 2010
Start time 2.30pm (13.30GMT)

Big Picture

If there is a future for 50-over cricket, then surely it lies in contests such as this: a five-match hors d'oeuvre that is decidedly and unashamedly geared towards more significant encounters in the not-so-distant future. Everything that England and Australia have done in their recent outings - whether it's thumping Pakistan or labouring past Bangladesh - has been assessed in the context of their Ashes preparations. So here we go then. Here's a proper Phoney War to be getting on with. May the best team steal the momentum and land the psychological blows.

Whatever happens in the coming five games, it is hard to envisage a scoreline as one-sided as last September's 6-1 drubbing. England have come on in leaps and bounds since that ignominious thrashing - their gameplans have been liberated by key personnel such as Eoin Morgan and Craig Kieswetter - while Australia, regardless of their status as World Cup and Champions Trophy-holders, are in an undeniable period of transition, and beset by a raft of injuries to many of their first-choice seam attack, most notably Mitchell Johnson, Ben Hilfenhaus and the fading Brett Lee.

But the real reason why this series could and should be a humdinger lies in its timing. Ever since the days of the Texaco Trophy, English teams have invariably performed better when the one-dayers have preceded the Tests. In 2005, England produced some of their best 50-over form of the decade to share the NatWest Series courtesy of a tied final against Australia (before slumping 2-1 in the subsequent NatWest Challenge, but that's another story), while their achievement in beating South Africa in South Africa back in November gave them vital self-belief ahead of the tough Test series that followed.

Whether the public interest will match the expected commitment from the teams is a moot point - although given how woeful both England and Australia have been in the football World Cup to date, many sports fans might quite enjoy the chance to recapture some bragging rights.

Form guide (last five completed matches)

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Watch out for...

Ricky Ponting is back in England and bristling for vengeance once again. His last two visits have not been among the most enjoyable memories of his illustrious career, seeing as he surrendered the Ashes in both 2005 and 2009, but the indignities will only have strengthened his resolve. He's now the elder statesman of a new-look team, and his talents may not be as razor-edged as they once were, but his presence on a cricket field remains inspirational nonetheless.

Paul Collingwood was a part of the England side that thrashed Australia by 100 runs on this very ground in 2005, in the first Twenty20 international between the two teams. While the prospect of once again reducing the Aussies to 31 for 7 may be improbable, Collingwood knows full well how critical it is to attack from the outset, just as they did five years ago. After his break during the Bangladesh series, he's fit and refreshed, and ready to resume hostilities.

Team news

Cameron White scored a century on this ground when the teams met last September, and he is now the fulcrum of the batting line-up at No. 5. Tim Paine resumes his wicketkeeping duties following the injury to Brad Haddin, while Doug Bollinger leads an inexperienced seam attack, in the absence of Johnson and Hilfenhaus.

Australia (probable) 1 Shane Watson, 2 Tim Paine (wk), 3 Ricky Ponting (capt), 4 Michael Clarke, 5 Cameron White, 6 Michael Hussey, 7 James Hopes, 8 Nathan Hauritz, 9 Ryan Harris, 10 Clint McKay, 11 Doug Bollinger.

England eased to victory over Scotland at the weekend, and it's hard to envisage many changes to the side for that game. Andrew Strauss and Craig Kieswetter gelled as an opening partnership at the first time of asking, while Stuart Broad will be better for his first outing since the World Twenty20 final.

England (probable) 1 Andrew Strauss (capt), 2 Craig Kieswetter (wk), 3 Kevin Pietersen, 4 Paul Collingwood, 5 Eoin Morgan, 6 Luke Wright, 7 Tim Bresnan, 8 Graeme Swann, 9 Stuart Broad, 10 Ajmal Shahzad, 11 James Anderson.

Pitch and conditions

The Rose Bowl had a reputation as a seamer's paradise in its early years, but the pitch has settled down considerably since then. With fine weather in prospect, the challenge of batting under lights will be less daunting than it might otherwise have been, although White and Co. weren't exactly unsettled by the autumnal chill they experienced on their last visit.

Stats and Trivia

  • The Rose Bowl match will be the 3000th ODI, and it will feature the same two teams who contested the first, at Melbourne in January 1971.

  • Despite defeating Australia in the Ashes and the final of the World Twenty20, England's recent record in ODIs against them is woeful. They've lost eight of their last nine fixtures, dating back to the World Cup in March 2007, and most recently were crushed by nine wickets in the semi-final of the Champions Trophy last October.

  • Australia have a 100% record in ODIs at the Rose Bowl, albeit they've played just two matches, against England in 2009 and the USA in 2004. England have won two, lost two in four visits.

Quotes

"We all remember that Twenty20 game at Hampshire where we kept nipping them out. You've got to go hard at them. We've learnt that over the last five or six years."
Paul Collingwood wants no quarter given as England begin their Ashes preparations in earnest

"Whenever there is a big series coming up the build-up starts a fair way out - and for the Ashes it's already started. Pretty much from now until the Ashes are over and done with in the middle of January, everything we do will have some sort of focus on the Ashes series. There will be no excuses for us come late November."
Ricky Ponting is quite focused, it would appear.

Andrew Miller is UK editor of Cricinfo.

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  • Tayles_100 on June 23, 2010, 13:12 GMT

    @Paullie Oops, looks like I might have been right after all. The Aussie batting looked toothless, the bowling one-dimensional and the captaincy unimagninative. It's been a good run for the Aussie side, but their number's up. When Ponting retires, is there anyone of a similar calibre to step into his shoes? Michael Clarke? Don't make me laugh.

  • landl47 on June 22, 2010, 21:14 GMT

    Well, I guess those who said that Australia would easily beat England might have to start rethinking. This isn't the England team of a couple of years ago nor, for that matter, is it the same Australian team. Interestingly, the England team had 9 of the same players who won the T20 World Cup (Strauss and Anderson for Lumb and Sidebottom were the changes). This side has the habit of winning and now they have players all through the order who can rise to the occasion. Good effort as always by the Aussies, but they came up short today.

  • JovialJim on June 22, 2010, 17:37 GMT

    Darren Pattinson was born in England....and in case anymore accusations fly, Strauss has an English mother and Prior has an English father. Usman Khawaja was born in Pakistan and has Pakistani parents and grandparents, and only qualifies for Australia via residency. His only comparison with Bopara & Panesar is the colour of his skin, and the English moved away from that as a criteria decades ago.

    People in glass houses shouldnt throw stones.

  • JovialJim on June 22, 2010, 13:05 GMT

    Matt Rule: So it's ok for Dirk Nannes to play for Holland and Australia, but not Joyce and Morgan? I think you will find that players who are eligible for non-test playing nations, can choose to play for a test playing nation that they are affiliated to. The recent Scotland Captain also played for England..and Joyce now plays for Ireland again. Kieswetter qualifies via his Scottish Mother. And i think you will find that KP has an English mother and so can play for England on merit without residency. Lumbs father is English so same applies. Trotts grandparents are English and he has duel nationality. G.Jones parents are Welsh....and so plays for the England & Wales Cricket team without question. Bopara and Panesar are English. The fact they are not white is irrelevent. Crincinfo is a great site, and you can find all the info to get your facts right with a modicum of research.

  • PeterCook on June 22, 2010, 13:01 GMT

    I think the Australians have forgotten that Andrew Symonds, one of their best ODI players of all time, was born in Birmingham - which was in England last time I checked.

  • on June 22, 2010, 11:12 GMT

    Can't believe English people saying that they pick their own team. Australia does pick people who are different ie Khawaja, Henriques like England have with some players like Bopara and Penesar . The point is players like Kiewetter, Trott, Pieterson, Ambrose, Geraint Jones and Darren Pattinson shouldn't be able to play for England just because they aren't good enough for their own country. Oh, and Morgan and Joyce should never be allowed to play for England. How is Ireland ever going to get any good if this continues?

  • JovialJim on June 22, 2010, 10:48 GMT

    Englands football team has indeed been poor recently Loudhailer606 , but we havent lost 4-0 to anyone as yet. And fortunately we didnt have to wait for an England v Australia cricket match to gain some pride, as our Rugby boys beat the Aussies on Saturday.

  • __PK on June 22, 2010, 10:44 GMT

    Hey Tayles_100, you reckon we just wait until things go our way? Well, you know what? They ALWAYS DO! Funny, that. A fading force? It seems to me we've been hearing that line for almost as long as we've been hearing English claims of a resurgence, with just as little evidence of a long-term trend. Sorry, but the fading and subesequent transition period lasted about 2 months and it's long over. Black-Panther may be an idiot, for regurgitating the old irrelevance about England's overseas-raised players, but it doesn't mean he isn't probably right about the result (if nothing else). And, Rooboy, take a look at the recent ODI results - if that's from an unsettled side, then God help the rest when it does settle. But you're spot on about one thing - this series will have little impact on the Ashes later in the year. ODI's and Ashes series frequently go in opposite directions, even when they're played back-to-back.

  • on June 22, 2010, 10:01 GMT

    As a neutral cricket fan, I find some of the comments really funny, but what the helll the english have to support their team even if it is a "foreign legion' and Australia have to talk about how theirs is a truly Australian team, though I am glad that Usman Khawaja has been selected for the Pakistan series. This series will have limited if any impact on this years Ashes played as it will be in front of booisterous, rabidly parochial crowds and a hostile media. We need to see how some of the younger English {?} players cope with the pressure and sledging. While England can crow about their recent successes, I think their track record in Ashes games for the last twenty years or so has been pathetic. They have been scarred by Warne.Mcgrath, Steve Waugh and Adam Gilchrist. They have been mentally disintegrated systematically over the years particulary in Australia. Now with Australia in transition England can tilt the balance. Will they continue to be "pretenders"? I think so. Sridhar

  • arsalan1996 on June 22, 2010, 9:04 GMT

    come on Aussies,repeat the history of 1971 once again.

  • Tayles_100 on June 23, 2010, 13:12 GMT

    @Paullie Oops, looks like I might have been right after all. The Aussie batting looked toothless, the bowling one-dimensional and the captaincy unimagninative. It's been a good run for the Aussie side, but their number's up. When Ponting retires, is there anyone of a similar calibre to step into his shoes? Michael Clarke? Don't make me laugh.

  • landl47 on June 22, 2010, 21:14 GMT

    Well, I guess those who said that Australia would easily beat England might have to start rethinking. This isn't the England team of a couple of years ago nor, for that matter, is it the same Australian team. Interestingly, the England team had 9 of the same players who won the T20 World Cup (Strauss and Anderson for Lumb and Sidebottom were the changes). This side has the habit of winning and now they have players all through the order who can rise to the occasion. Good effort as always by the Aussies, but they came up short today.

  • JovialJim on June 22, 2010, 17:37 GMT

    Darren Pattinson was born in England....and in case anymore accusations fly, Strauss has an English mother and Prior has an English father. Usman Khawaja was born in Pakistan and has Pakistani parents and grandparents, and only qualifies for Australia via residency. His only comparison with Bopara & Panesar is the colour of his skin, and the English moved away from that as a criteria decades ago.

    People in glass houses shouldnt throw stones.

  • JovialJim on June 22, 2010, 13:05 GMT

    Matt Rule: So it's ok for Dirk Nannes to play for Holland and Australia, but not Joyce and Morgan? I think you will find that players who are eligible for non-test playing nations, can choose to play for a test playing nation that they are affiliated to. The recent Scotland Captain also played for England..and Joyce now plays for Ireland again. Kieswetter qualifies via his Scottish Mother. And i think you will find that KP has an English mother and so can play for England on merit without residency. Lumbs father is English so same applies. Trotts grandparents are English and he has duel nationality. G.Jones parents are Welsh....and so plays for the England & Wales Cricket team without question. Bopara and Panesar are English. The fact they are not white is irrelevent. Crincinfo is a great site, and you can find all the info to get your facts right with a modicum of research.

  • PeterCook on June 22, 2010, 13:01 GMT

    I think the Australians have forgotten that Andrew Symonds, one of their best ODI players of all time, was born in Birmingham - which was in England last time I checked.

  • on June 22, 2010, 11:12 GMT

    Can't believe English people saying that they pick their own team. Australia does pick people who are different ie Khawaja, Henriques like England have with some players like Bopara and Penesar . The point is players like Kiewetter, Trott, Pieterson, Ambrose, Geraint Jones and Darren Pattinson shouldn't be able to play for England just because they aren't good enough for their own country. Oh, and Morgan and Joyce should never be allowed to play for England. How is Ireland ever going to get any good if this continues?

  • JovialJim on June 22, 2010, 10:48 GMT

    Englands football team has indeed been poor recently Loudhailer606 , but we havent lost 4-0 to anyone as yet. And fortunately we didnt have to wait for an England v Australia cricket match to gain some pride, as our Rugby boys beat the Aussies on Saturday.

  • __PK on June 22, 2010, 10:44 GMT

    Hey Tayles_100, you reckon we just wait until things go our way? Well, you know what? They ALWAYS DO! Funny, that. A fading force? It seems to me we've been hearing that line for almost as long as we've been hearing English claims of a resurgence, with just as little evidence of a long-term trend. Sorry, but the fading and subesequent transition period lasted about 2 months and it's long over. Black-Panther may be an idiot, for regurgitating the old irrelevance about England's overseas-raised players, but it doesn't mean he isn't probably right about the result (if nothing else). And, Rooboy, take a look at the recent ODI results - if that's from an unsettled side, then God help the rest when it does settle. But you're spot on about one thing - this series will have little impact on the Ashes later in the year. ODI's and Ashes series frequently go in opposite directions, even when they're played back-to-back.

  • on June 22, 2010, 10:01 GMT

    As a neutral cricket fan, I find some of the comments really funny, but what the helll the english have to support their team even if it is a "foreign legion' and Australia have to talk about how theirs is a truly Australian team, though I am glad that Usman Khawaja has been selected for the Pakistan series. This series will have limited if any impact on this years Ashes played as it will be in front of booisterous, rabidly parochial crowds and a hostile media. We need to see how some of the younger English {?} players cope with the pressure and sledging. While England can crow about their recent successes, I think their track record in Ashes games for the last twenty years or so has been pathetic. They have been scarred by Warne.Mcgrath, Steve Waugh and Adam Gilchrist. They have been mentally disintegrated systematically over the years particulary in Australia. Now with Australia in transition England can tilt the balance. Will they continue to be "pretenders"? I think so. Sridhar

  • arsalan1996 on June 22, 2010, 9:04 GMT

    come on Aussies,repeat the history of 1971 once again.

  • Tayles_100 on June 22, 2010, 8:47 GMT

    Give it up Black Panther - your team is a fading force. Llike all Aussies you cannot give credit where it's due. You put down the opposition, ignore your own failings and wait until things go your way at which point you say, "I told you so." Arrogance or insecurity I wonder...?

    Let me break it down for you. You're going to lose this series, then you're going to lose the Ashes in your own backyard, and there's nothing your team of has-beens and never-weres will be able to do about it.

    And by the way, if someone decides to live in this country and wear the three lions, then that makes them English as far as I'm concerned. Seeing as how you come from a country of immigrants, I find it strange that you disagree.

  • Loudhailer606 on June 22, 2010, 7:34 GMT

    These 5 ODI encounters are all about which England team players can assert themselves and gets points over their opponents, thereby inflicting the first psychological blows pre the forthcoming Winter Ashes series. Flintoff was the one Pom who mastered this consistently. It's just possible that newbies Kieswetter, Shahzad, or even semi-stallwart Broad could do this. The key is, as Boycs would agree, is to burrow inside their heads first. Once again the over-hyped England football team are failing again dismally. The country is looking to cricket to inspire the nation's appetite for the kind of bully-beef gladiatorial combat that cricket has recently served-up. 20 overs, 40 overs, 50 overs, 90 overs, who gives a toss if the victory is England's and they bosh the Oz.

  • PeterCook on June 22, 2010, 7:31 GMT

    Bopara and Panesar were born in England. Strauss moved to England as a child. Pietersen's mother is English. However, I can understand complaints about Kieswetter and Morgan. Morgan was always going to pick England as Ireland won't get test status during the best years of his career. The Aussies should stop complaining. They lost the Ashes and world 2020 to England, but they still seem to have a massive superiorty complex. Australia's bowling attack looks weak. England's isn't much better, but with Swann they hold the edge.

  • on June 22, 2010, 6:24 GMT

    Why is it that every time a series of matches featuring England and Australia starts, the same old statements about 'non-English' players get aired. It really is becoming quite boring. England select its international players in accordance with the ICC qualification regulations, period. It's called playing by the rules. You may not agree with it, but although whingeing about it might make you feel better it won't change a thing; and that includes the result if you lose.

  • Nounboy on June 22, 2010, 3:18 GMT

    Black-Panther, we are all getting a little tired of complaints about England selecting players born in other countries. Just because Australia would never dream of selecting a Bopara or a Panasar or a Hussein doesn't mean that England can't select from other racial groups. Australia can continue selecting blue-eyed ocker-types. I'll continue with England - multicultural, progressive, embracing of all cultures.

  • Black-Panther on June 22, 2010, 1:21 GMT

    Does England really have team of their own...??? They have players from all around the world... (South Africa, Ireland, Pakistan)... I guess English team holds one unusual record : 2-3 Debutants in Every Single Series they play (Except Few)... Do they really have a quality All-rounder...?? Please don't say Luke Right is... He's no way near Shane Watson or even James Hopes.... They are the MOST HYPED Side in the world (in any sport)... Australia gonna win this series easily... Go Aussie Go...

  • Rooboy on June 22, 2010, 0:50 GMT

    @CSpiers ... Australia's three opening bowlers for this match have played a total of 45 games between them ... Aus played 39 ODIs in 2009. How can you consider Australia to be a 'settled side' when the fast bowling line up has on average less than half a year's worth of games each under their belt?! It wasn't so long ago Bracken was the no.1 ranked ODI bowler but he's not even considered now, basically the whole attack has been turned over in the space of a couple of years. Not to mention that the openers have only played a handful of matches together. If that's not transition to you then I suggest you look up the definition of the word. And I don't get the continual connection to the Ashes ... either side could win 5-0 that might score some minor psychological points, but I really don't think it will have that much of a bearing on the tests that will be played on the other side of the world later in the year.

  • on June 22, 2010, 0:12 GMT

    England don't know what is mean by fighting. Aus will teach them what is mean by 'Fighting' tomorrow

  • redneck on June 22, 2010, 0:07 GMT

    too much is being made of the inexperienced aussie pace attack! its almost the same side that beat india in india in the ODI's last year! bollinger & harris both have played for years in domestic cricket so its a hard sell to call then inexperienced. honestly i think the poms have let an irrelevent 20/20 format win go to their heads, its not 20/20 its ODI! different players, different outcome.

  • thebrownie on June 21, 2010, 19:55 GMT

    Exactly on what basis is cricinfo talking about death of ODIs, I can't figure it out!

  • Saim93 on June 21, 2010, 17:12 GMT

    Stop talking about the death of ODI's cricinfo, you yourself keep talking about this over and over again. I saw the pak vs Bang commentary and there too you were belittling the format. If you stop this nonsense others will too.

  • landl47 on June 21, 2010, 16:32 GMT

    England beat South Africa in South Africa in the last meaningful 50-over series they played. To suggest that England's one-day form is 'woeful' is therefore nonsense. As for last year's series, which came after England had beaten Australia to regain the Ashes, England were clearly not motivated by one-day cricket after the Ashes triumph. And remind me- how many of Australia's current seam bowlers played in that series? Shane Watson? This will be a tough series, Australia never stop fighting. However, England have a fit and motivated side now. Australia's best seam bowlers are injured. I can't see England losing this series.

  • Shan156 on June 21, 2010, 15:30 GMT

    "before slumping 3-0 in the subsequent NatWest Challenge, but that's another story"

    England lost 1-2 - they won the first match (convincingly, may I add) at Headingley thanks to Marcus Trescothick's only century (in any format) against Australia.

  • arun15thmay on June 21, 2010, 12:57 GMT

    Don't keep on saying Aussies r in transition. may be in tests, they r in transition..In ODIs , now they have a pool of players to choose from which will be a winning combination any day against any team...They proved that by retaining the champion's trophy...

  • Kurapati on June 21, 2010, 12:41 GMT

    First line of this article says, "If there is a future for 50-over cricket, then surely it lies in contests such as this". I do not agree with this at all. Aus and Eng, everybody knows Aus is gonna win this cup. England did good only in T20 and 50-50 is different and Australia is always a great team if it comes with England especially. What made me annoyed is last saturday India Vs Pak, Games as such makes the 50 over format more interesting not these one sided bi-lateral tournaments. These kind of tournaments ruin the 50ovr format. All knew last september Aus won 6-1. Purely deadrubber matches after 4-0 which made audience feel like 50ovr format is worst. My point is Andre Miller doesn't know which bilateral series makes the 50 ovr format going.

  • Paul123 on June 21, 2010, 12:38 GMT

    '(before slumping 3-0 in the subsequent NatWest Challenge, but that's another story)'

    Andrew, the score was 2-1 to Australia. England did indeed win the first ODI of that series at Headingly. Think Tresco got a hundred.

  • LCromar on June 21, 2010, 12:15 GMT

    Just a small point - in the 2005 NatWest Challenge, England were not whitewashed but went down 2-1. http://www.cricinfo.com/natwestchallenge/engine/series/207165.html

  • Something_Witty on June 21, 2010, 12:04 GMT

    I'd like to point out that the last sentence of the second paragraph is incorrect. Ben Hilfenhaus has never been a first-choice bowler for the ODI side. strangely enough. I have absolutely no trouble envisaging a similar scoreline to the one last series. I don't know what it is about England, no matter who they're playing against or what they're doing, they are always the most insipid, boring, bland team on the field. KP is probably the only person on the team with more character than a cardboard cutout, and ironically, he isn't even English.

  • Vilander on June 21, 2010, 11:12 GMT

    yeah Aus and Eng cricket team should eat less and sh@t less in preparation for the ashes. sick of the hype around this ashes ! eng pls trash aus..

  • CSpiers on June 21, 2010, 11:03 GMT

    I am SO sick of people saying australian are in a period of transition, add Adam Miller to the list. they are NOT. they have as settled a side as any team in the world, just because you come from having a team of absolute gods 10 years ago does not mean you are forever in transition until you come across another godly team.

  • Somerset-Richard on June 21, 2010, 11:02 GMT

    The link to the first ODI in 1971 makes interesting reading. Scoring rates of 3.6 per over (England) and 4.1 per over (Australia) wouldn't now be considered excessively quick in test matches. How far we've come!

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  • Somerset-Richard on June 21, 2010, 11:02 GMT

    The link to the first ODI in 1971 makes interesting reading. Scoring rates of 3.6 per over (England) and 4.1 per over (Australia) wouldn't now be considered excessively quick in test matches. How far we've come!

  • CSpiers on June 21, 2010, 11:03 GMT

    I am SO sick of people saying australian are in a period of transition, add Adam Miller to the list. they are NOT. they have as settled a side as any team in the world, just because you come from having a team of absolute gods 10 years ago does not mean you are forever in transition until you come across another godly team.

  • Vilander on June 21, 2010, 11:12 GMT

    yeah Aus and Eng cricket team should eat less and sh@t less in preparation for the ashes. sick of the hype around this ashes ! eng pls trash aus..

  • Something_Witty on June 21, 2010, 12:04 GMT

    I'd like to point out that the last sentence of the second paragraph is incorrect. Ben Hilfenhaus has never been a first-choice bowler for the ODI side. strangely enough. I have absolutely no trouble envisaging a similar scoreline to the one last series. I don't know what it is about England, no matter who they're playing against or what they're doing, they are always the most insipid, boring, bland team on the field. KP is probably the only person on the team with more character than a cardboard cutout, and ironically, he isn't even English.

  • LCromar on June 21, 2010, 12:15 GMT

    Just a small point - in the 2005 NatWest Challenge, England were not whitewashed but went down 2-1. http://www.cricinfo.com/natwestchallenge/engine/series/207165.html

  • Paul123 on June 21, 2010, 12:38 GMT

    '(before slumping 3-0 in the subsequent NatWest Challenge, but that's another story)'

    Andrew, the score was 2-1 to Australia. England did indeed win the first ODI of that series at Headingly. Think Tresco got a hundred.

  • Kurapati on June 21, 2010, 12:41 GMT

    First line of this article says, "If there is a future for 50-over cricket, then surely it lies in contests such as this". I do not agree with this at all. Aus and Eng, everybody knows Aus is gonna win this cup. England did good only in T20 and 50-50 is different and Australia is always a great team if it comes with England especially. What made me annoyed is last saturday India Vs Pak, Games as such makes the 50 over format more interesting not these one sided bi-lateral tournaments. These kind of tournaments ruin the 50ovr format. All knew last september Aus won 6-1. Purely deadrubber matches after 4-0 which made audience feel like 50ovr format is worst. My point is Andre Miller doesn't know which bilateral series makes the 50 ovr format going.

  • arun15thmay on June 21, 2010, 12:57 GMT

    Don't keep on saying Aussies r in transition. may be in tests, they r in transition..In ODIs , now they have a pool of players to choose from which will be a winning combination any day against any team...They proved that by retaining the champion's trophy...

  • Shan156 on June 21, 2010, 15:30 GMT

    "before slumping 3-0 in the subsequent NatWest Challenge, but that's another story"

    England lost 1-2 - they won the first match (convincingly, may I add) at Headingley thanks to Marcus Trescothick's only century (in any format) against Australia.

  • landl47 on June 21, 2010, 16:32 GMT

    England beat South Africa in South Africa in the last meaningful 50-over series they played. To suggest that England's one-day form is 'woeful' is therefore nonsense. As for last year's series, which came after England had beaten Australia to regain the Ashes, England were clearly not motivated by one-day cricket after the Ashes triumph. And remind me- how many of Australia's current seam bowlers played in that series? Shane Watson? This will be a tough series, Australia never stop fighting. However, England have a fit and motivated side now. Australia's best seam bowlers are injured. I can't see England losing this series.