England v Australia 2010 June 29, 2010

'No need for crisis meetings' - Watson

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Australia have never been whitewashed 5-0 in any format, but Shane Watson insists there have been no crisis meetings as the prospect of being held winless by England looms. However, he does believe the visitors have been caught underprepared after taking a month off following their return home from the ICC World Twenty20.

England took the series with their victory at Old Trafford and at The Oval on Wednesday they could bring the scoreline to 4-0, tantalisingly close to a clean sweep with one match to play at Lord's. Adding to the psychological challenge for the Australians is the return to The Oval, where last year's Ashes defeat was decided, but Watson said the captain Ricky Ponting had kept a cool head over the past few days.

"It hasn't been fire and brimstone," Watson said of Ponting's approach. "We've just talked about the things we can continue to develop and get exactly where we want to. We know as a group we've been slightly below par.

"There's no need to have big crisis meetings and that sort of thing. We are a continually developing group and we have had a bit of time off. The majority of us made the most of it, because we haven't had three weeks off for quite a while. We've made the most of our time off but we've been caught a little bit short here, I think."

The key for Australia to regain some pride in the remaining two games is an improvement in their batting. Their totals have steadily dropped away as the series has progressed - 267 in Southampton, 239 in Cardiff and 212 at Old Trafford - and it has left their undermanned attack repeatedly fighting losing battles.

Watson has been comfortably Australia's best batsman, with two half-centuries and 150 runs, leaving him second only to Eoin Morgan in the series tally. However, he has struggled to push on after reaching fifty when a big hundred could set up an Australian win, and he said switching back to the 50-over version after the World Twenty20 had been a challenge.

"I wouldn't think it's the pressure being built up, because so far I feel I've been able to release that pressure pretty well throughout an innings," Watson said. "It's more a concentration thing, to be able to make sure I give myself a little bit more time.

"There is an adjustment going from Twenty20 cricket to one-day cricket, so I've got to continue to remind myself there's a lot more time in the game. On the opposite side of that, Twenty20 is a thing where you keep going no matter what."

However, the England squad has been more adept at changing formats, having beaten Australia in the World Twenty20 final. It has been a stark turnaround from last year, when Australia thrashed England 6-1 in the ODI series that followed the Ashes and then knocked them out in the Champions Trophy semi-final, but Watson said the 3-0 scoreline was not a great shock to the Australians.

"I'm not surprised, no," Watson said. "I've seen it from afar and also from the Twenty20 World Cup, they've continued to improve as a group and got some guys into the team who are making a big difference. Kevin Pietersen was sorely missed for them during that one-day series we played here and during the Champions Trophy.

"He adds a world-class batsman at the top of the order. That's definitely something that has made a big difference. We knew we were going to be hit very hard by the English, because they're continuing to develop as a very good international team in all forms of the game."

The Australians are likely to stick with their scratchy batting unit, with no room for Shaun Marsh to squeeze into the side. Josh Hazlewood might come into calculations if The Oval pitch provides some bounce, while all eyes will be on Shaun Tait to see how he backs up following his strong return to ODI cricket.

Brydon Coverdale is a staff writer at Cricinfo

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  • Puppster23 on June 30, 2010, 20:15 GMT

    @manasvi_lingam Ok, so the Aussie batting line-up is a pale shadow of its glorious past, but hey... they still have been beating every team around, hence proving its not names, but performances that truly matter.... Australian middle order let them down in this series against England, and had they played anything like they did today, then they would have had England, on the backfoot in this series.

  • Stewieee on June 30, 2010, 16:49 GMT

    Fresh commentary from the game - "5.2 Tait to Strauss, 2 runs, 93.0 mph, dropped! It was a good ball just outside off, Strauss pushes at it and gets a thick edge which flies to Watto at first slip... but he can't hold on! The ball was really motoring, but he just couldn't wrap the hands round it"

    Hmmm - may be Watson should concentrate more on the field, than worrying about media...

  • on June 30, 2010, 12:52 GMT

    Altho i wud love to see Aus go down 5-0, my guess is England is going to behave like any other team on top on Aussies. I guess they will become too over confident and complacent and give aussies a come back like 2-3.

    I think Bolinger has been an awesome spearhead for aussies in this series. I dont remember seeing any bowler in past who , despite being relatively new in international cricket and not being the first choice bowler when seniors r in a game, has taken a wicket everytime he has been thrown the ball by a captain. This guys comes back after 20 overs for a fag end spell and first ball lands on target against a settled batsman. Hope CSK retain him :-)

    Also I guess "Rusty" Ponting is the main reason for Aussies losses. Many might deny but if Ricky consistently fails (i mean getting a 70+) then invariably Aussie bating looks weak. He is a match winner for them like Sachin for Ind. They may have players like White, Hussey who can save matches but Ponting is the engine.

  • SnowSnake on June 30, 2010, 11:18 GMT

    Rooboy: You may want to find a different example or drop it all together. The Australia team that visited NZ was not the same that played the WC. Key players were rested for the WC-- Ponting and McGrath were among them. The team was lead by Hussey. The current Aus. team is geneuinly weak. Hussey, and Ponting are not performing well. Also, both are near retirement and Aus. has not yet dropped them. It appears very likely that Aus. will not make any changes between now and WC. This is ominous because two underperforming batsmen will be in Aus. WC team. Aus. selection board did not plan for upcoming retirements and searched enough for new talent. As a result, I see that Aus. team will remain weak for some years to come.

  • johntothejohn on June 30, 2010, 11:09 GMT

    I don't think England should e getting carried away too much just yet, because as we all remember last time the same thing happened and we were white washed 5-0 down under. We are improving that's for sure but we need to keep are feet on the ground. The Aussie team obviously isn't as strong as it used to be but don't write them off just yet, key bowlers are set to return and although Hussey and Ponting are on the decline in a major way, that batting line up has a lot of talent in there when they fire. I recently saw the Aussies dominate India at home a team that has been dominating every other team for quite some time now in ODI's(barring recently when they rested near enough all their first choice players in Zimbabwe)To me the Aussies are still the number one ODI side just look at the rankings they don't lie and they will be the team to beat this world cup I'm sure of that although it is nice to see them getting beaten now lol

  • Gizza on June 30, 2010, 10:54 GMT

    To Wikiwarrior who said: "Australia have never been whitewashed 5-0 in any format" ummm not true New Zealand did a white wash on the aussies 3 nil in the Chappel Handlee just before the world cup... come on dude get your facts right."

    You CONTRADICT YOURSELF and are wrong. Australia HAVEN'T been whitewashed 5-0 ever. They were only whitewashed 3-0.

  • on June 30, 2010, 10:38 GMT

    it's sad and disturbing to see that Marcio & colleagues are unable to digest the whitewash..they must start yogas or even can sell off their tvs to be not aware of wats going on with England and keep dreaming of an Aussie comeback in the 5 match seies of bouncing back...haha...

  • 68704 on June 30, 2010, 9:14 GMT

    Today the difference between teams is so minimal that teams have to be on full strength and in form if they are to win and win consiistently. England has been at full strength and is playing more or less to potential, while Australia has struggled with injuries, a long lay off and a few top players who seem to be unable to come to terms with the conditions and the opposition bowling, This is a meaningless and ill timed contest, a bit like the Chappell, Hadlee trophy has been on occasion.Australia could benefit as they might play better against Pakistan. England certainly have bragging rights, after all they have never ever won a major tournament barring the T20. I do hope that this willl stand England in good stead in the world cup next year in the subcontinent, for they have been pathetic on the big stage. Australia is in transition, now more than ever, cilinging on to their number one status. I am sure they will use this to get their act right for the Ashes and the world cup.

  • ashankar on June 30, 2010, 8:27 GMT

    @Marcio - Come on Dude, you got to be kidding...The sub continent fans and teams are more matured than the Aussies. Please recollect what has happened in India's last tour to Aus. recollect what Anil Kumble said at the press conference. Probably, you got to stop sticking pins on Sub continent players' and teams' dolls.

  • vvrr on June 30, 2010, 6:25 GMT

    Time for Ricky pointing to exit or leave captancy to young people and play like sachin as a batsman...

  • Puppster23 on June 30, 2010, 20:15 GMT

    @manasvi_lingam Ok, so the Aussie batting line-up is a pale shadow of its glorious past, but hey... they still have been beating every team around, hence proving its not names, but performances that truly matter.... Australian middle order let them down in this series against England, and had they played anything like they did today, then they would have had England, on the backfoot in this series.

  • Stewieee on June 30, 2010, 16:49 GMT

    Fresh commentary from the game - "5.2 Tait to Strauss, 2 runs, 93.0 mph, dropped! It was a good ball just outside off, Strauss pushes at it and gets a thick edge which flies to Watto at first slip... but he can't hold on! The ball was really motoring, but he just couldn't wrap the hands round it"

    Hmmm - may be Watson should concentrate more on the field, than worrying about media...

  • on June 30, 2010, 12:52 GMT

    Altho i wud love to see Aus go down 5-0, my guess is England is going to behave like any other team on top on Aussies. I guess they will become too over confident and complacent and give aussies a come back like 2-3.

    I think Bolinger has been an awesome spearhead for aussies in this series. I dont remember seeing any bowler in past who , despite being relatively new in international cricket and not being the first choice bowler when seniors r in a game, has taken a wicket everytime he has been thrown the ball by a captain. This guys comes back after 20 overs for a fag end spell and first ball lands on target against a settled batsman. Hope CSK retain him :-)

    Also I guess "Rusty" Ponting is the main reason for Aussies losses. Many might deny but if Ricky consistently fails (i mean getting a 70+) then invariably Aussie bating looks weak. He is a match winner for them like Sachin for Ind. They may have players like White, Hussey who can save matches but Ponting is the engine.

  • SnowSnake on June 30, 2010, 11:18 GMT

    Rooboy: You may want to find a different example or drop it all together. The Australia team that visited NZ was not the same that played the WC. Key players were rested for the WC-- Ponting and McGrath were among them. The team was lead by Hussey. The current Aus. team is geneuinly weak. Hussey, and Ponting are not performing well. Also, both are near retirement and Aus. has not yet dropped them. It appears very likely that Aus. will not make any changes between now and WC. This is ominous because two underperforming batsmen will be in Aus. WC team. Aus. selection board did not plan for upcoming retirements and searched enough for new talent. As a result, I see that Aus. team will remain weak for some years to come.

  • johntothejohn on June 30, 2010, 11:09 GMT

    I don't think England should e getting carried away too much just yet, because as we all remember last time the same thing happened and we were white washed 5-0 down under. We are improving that's for sure but we need to keep are feet on the ground. The Aussie team obviously isn't as strong as it used to be but don't write them off just yet, key bowlers are set to return and although Hussey and Ponting are on the decline in a major way, that batting line up has a lot of talent in there when they fire. I recently saw the Aussies dominate India at home a team that has been dominating every other team for quite some time now in ODI's(barring recently when they rested near enough all their first choice players in Zimbabwe)To me the Aussies are still the number one ODI side just look at the rankings they don't lie and they will be the team to beat this world cup I'm sure of that although it is nice to see them getting beaten now lol

  • Gizza on June 30, 2010, 10:54 GMT

    To Wikiwarrior who said: "Australia have never been whitewashed 5-0 in any format" ummm not true New Zealand did a white wash on the aussies 3 nil in the Chappel Handlee just before the world cup... come on dude get your facts right."

    You CONTRADICT YOURSELF and are wrong. Australia HAVEN'T been whitewashed 5-0 ever. They were only whitewashed 3-0.

  • on June 30, 2010, 10:38 GMT

    it's sad and disturbing to see that Marcio & colleagues are unable to digest the whitewash..they must start yogas or even can sell off their tvs to be not aware of wats going on with England and keep dreaming of an Aussie comeback in the 5 match seies of bouncing back...haha...

  • 68704 on June 30, 2010, 9:14 GMT

    Today the difference between teams is so minimal that teams have to be on full strength and in form if they are to win and win consiistently. England has been at full strength and is playing more or less to potential, while Australia has struggled with injuries, a long lay off and a few top players who seem to be unable to come to terms with the conditions and the opposition bowling, This is a meaningless and ill timed contest, a bit like the Chappell, Hadlee trophy has been on occasion.Australia could benefit as they might play better against Pakistan. England certainly have bragging rights, after all they have never ever won a major tournament barring the T20. I do hope that this willl stand England in good stead in the world cup next year in the subcontinent, for they have been pathetic on the big stage. Australia is in transition, now more than ever, cilinging on to their number one status. I am sure they will use this to get their act right for the Ashes and the world cup.

  • ashankar on June 30, 2010, 8:27 GMT

    @Marcio - Come on Dude, you got to be kidding...The sub continent fans and teams are more matured than the Aussies. Please recollect what has happened in India's last tour to Aus. recollect what Anil Kumble said at the press conference. Probably, you got to stop sticking pins on Sub continent players' and teams' dolls.

  • vvrr on June 30, 2010, 6:25 GMT

    Time for Ricky pointing to exit or leave captancy to young people and play like sachin as a batsman...

  • AsifRathod on June 30, 2010, 5:49 GMT

    Surely, It's going to be very difficult to beat Aussies 5-0. They will put all the efforts to save their pride. In my opinion, they'll win at least one of the two remaining matches against ENG. Winning series 5-0 against Aussie will make remaining two matches even more interesting and center of attraction for British & Aussie peoples. Both nation's hope at the football WC died as well. One lil ray of hope for dying ODIs.

  • LesGrossman on June 30, 2010, 4:32 GMT

    hahahahah... got to love the anti aussie brigade (aab)! In possibly the most pointless series in the history of cricket (who schedules 5 ODI's in the UK of all places, while the soccer world cup is on?) the aab forecasts doom and gloom. Newsflash people, the aussies don't care about this series! It's great to see the english getting their hopes up now, because they will be slaughtered in the ashes down under like last time. It could be worse for the aussies though, the could all be overweight like the Indian side! Now there is a team on the slide, but that's another story...

  • Fan84 on June 30, 2010, 4:25 GMT

    Iam an Indian,, iam a big big fan of Australian cricket, they are the masters and they deserve a big applause , they have dominated the cricket world for decades,and iam sure they will continue to dominmate in all formats of the games,my only concern is austrlia should "gracefuuly" ask Clark to concentrate on "TEST" cricket, as that is the best format for him to play,, he plays one t20 like a one day , and one day like a test. or lest hiom come very down the order , ask some one like white to come after ponting ,,please ,,

  • manasvi_lingam on June 30, 2010, 4:11 GMT

    I think it will be a 4-1 result because England have enough firepower to win at least 1 of the remaining 2 matches. Australia's batting which once comprised of greats like Hayden, Langer, Glichrist, Ponting, Martyn is a pale shadow of itself. Ponting needs to step up and lead from the front by example.

  • gzawilliam on June 30, 2010, 4:00 GMT

    I agree shaun marsh needs to be playing. And i don't think a whitewash will happen. Bollinger looked in good form last game so look out for another one from him. I think punting should have his place under scrutiny. He has looked so bad the last year and half compared to someone like white who needs to be in at 3 for australia to evolve.

  • buggyboy on June 30, 2010, 3:56 GMT

    Spot on Rooboy. If I had a dollar everytime in the past 12 years I heard that Australia was finished and washed I'd be rich enough to buy an IPL franchise. You only have to look at some of the comments here to know people just type stuff without thinking. Bollinger, Smith and Tait absolutely dominated the English batters taking a combined 29 Overs, 4 Maidens, 82 runs 8 wickets. Yes, Hopes and Harris weren't up to the job but overall the Australian bowling has performed quite well.

  • Marcio on June 30, 2010, 3:47 GMT

    rohanbala, either you are on drugs, or you are just one of the many Aust-bashers who come out of the woodwork whenever Aust lose a game or two. I have to wonder whether people like you actually ever watch the games, or whether you just sit around sticking pins in Ricky Ponting dolls. The difference between the teams is far from 'gaping'. One could always twist whatever facts you like to make history seem inevitable. I could say, "Australia would have won the last game by 60 runs if it wasn't for their collapse in the last 15 overs, but that would be as dumb as saying "England only came close to losing because they collapsed at the end."

    Keep dreaming, dude.

  • buggyboy on June 30, 2010, 3:40 GMT

    I wonder how many times will Ponting bat first and lose before he realises its time to try putting the opposition in first for a change (yes, I know England won the toss for the 3rd ODI but they still put Australia in).England are now better than Australia in English conditions. What a revelation. Too bad the upcomgin Ashes are in Australia.

    I like how people have already awarded The Ashes to England when players like Katich are in the test team but not the ODI squad. Anderson has proven to be a dud in Australian conditions. Broad has never played a test in Australia. If Murali couldn't crack it in Australia then what chance does Swann have? Onion is injured. Flintoff retired. English bowling doesn't look too hot when it comes to the Ashes in Australia.

  • wikiwarrior on June 30, 2010, 3:23 GMT

    Quote= "Australia have never been whitewashed 5-0 in any format" ummm not true New Zealand did a white wash on the aussies 3 nil in the Chappel Handlee just before the world cup... come on dude get your facts right.

  • Marcio on June 30, 2010, 1:48 GMT

    Despite what Dumbasswar Talukdar writes, the Australian team always takes defeat well, and never makes excuses, which is why they have always bounced back from losses, even unlucky ones. They could have complained after the last ashes series - there were some very questionable decisions, including with pitch preparation, but they just moved on. Ponting said "congrats', and that was that. There are some very immature cricket supporters (and a team or two) in the sub-continent who could learn something from that.

  • rohanbala on June 30, 2010, 1:06 GMT

    A 5-0 series white wash appears most likely for the Australians considering the fact that there is a gaping difference between the two teams. While the English team seems to be loaded with players who can bat, bowl and field, the Australians have been the opposite. Clarke appears totally out of focus. Watson gets out trying too many things once he crosses 30 plus. Cameron White does not know what bowling is. Ricky Ponting seems more focussed on the Ashes. The bowling looks pretty ordinary. Looks like if Geoff Boycott is recalled by the English team, he would be able to take a couple of wickets by bowling a few overs.

  • Rooboy on June 30, 2010, 1:00 GMT

    lol@Aussasinator and the rest of the anti Australia brigade. Congrats to england for being the superior side so far, but predictions of Australia's imminent demise are as tiresome as they are foolish. I use this example all the time because people who want Australia to lose base their opinions on their own prejudices and not facts, but NZ whitewashed Aus 3-0 only weeks before the 2007 World Cup. That result provided great comfort to the anti Aus brigade, and resulted in similar gloating and writing off of Australia's WC chances. And then the real games started and Aus defended the WC undefeated. People have been predicting (hoping for) Australia's demise ever since Mark Taylor retired. Then after S.Waugh retired the anti Aus 'experts' told us it was a sure sign of the end. Then when McGrath, Warne, Langer and Martyn left, Australia was sure to stop winning etc etc etc ... what I'm saying is base your predictions on fact and learn from history, don't rant just because you hate Australia

  • jamrith on June 29, 2010, 23:42 GMT

    Don't count out the Aussies. At the end of the day, it is still Test matches that provide the acid test, and when Johnson, Siddle and Hilfenhaus are fit again, the Australian pace attack will be varied and deep. However, it will be interesting to see how the Aussies fare against Pakistan in the Tests to be played in England. The Pak bowling attack may revel in the conditions, and could well halt the blistering run of losses to Australia, including the semi-final loss in the World T20 championship in May 2010.

  • stationmaster on June 29, 2010, 22:58 GMT

    Micheal Clarke - has there ever been a batsmen with more chances in a one day team (he might want to call Ian Bell and check) but surely must be feeling the pressure ?

  • Ozcricketwriter on June 29, 2010, 22:17 GMT

    Shaun Marsh should be brought in. Tim Paine's batting stinks and his keeping is so bad that they may as well use Michael Hussey as a keeper. If they don't want to part with Paine, then maybe Hopes? He hasn't done much with the ball. Marsh needs to play.

  • landl47 on June 29, 2010, 22:02 GMT

    There's a lot of talk about the Australian bowling line-up being 'inexperienced'. That's really nonsense- only Steve Smith is genuinely inexperienced. The rest- Bollinger, Tait, Harris, Hopes, Watson- have all been around for many years and have lots of experience, although in some cases not at international level. It's like calling Graeme Swann inexperienced; in fact, the reason Swann has done so well is that he spent many years gaining experience and skills before he was selected. Whether the Aussie bowlers are good enough at this level is an issue, but if they aren't it isn't because they don't have enough experience. These are guys in their late twenties and early thirties and they aren't going to get much better.

  • katandthat3 on June 29, 2010, 21:52 GMT

    Aussie Selectors/Ricky - Please pick Shaun Marsh! He should play at the the top and put Paine down to 6 and rotate Clarke and Hussey in the last two one-dayers. He's someone we need at the top to help with our batting. Also hope Hazelwood gets another crack at a game.

  • Uranium on June 29, 2010, 20:45 GMT

    Aussie batting needs to fire. Ponting and Clarke are under pressure at 3 & 4, their strike rates aren't up to scratch. In the bowling department Johnson would be handy.

  • Sathish_4 on June 29, 2010, 19:36 GMT

    Its a all new zone for the Australians. They have never been in this position in the past. So this is going to be very difficult for them to come back and make a 3-2 result. My prediction is 1st ever White Wash against Aussies..

  • khuddian on June 29, 2010, 18:46 GMT

    I wish luck to England for the remaining two matches. Cricket is not dull and boring now, in fact it is lot more interesting and unpredictable as Australia's decade long supremecy has come to an end. Really looking forward for the Ashes to begin!!!!

  • Aussasinator on June 29, 2010, 16:59 GMT

    There's no need for crisis meetings because this team is a merrily losing outfit. They now acknowledge their lack of skills.

  • SnowSnake on June 29, 2010, 16:24 GMT

    I can't wait for tomorrows game. I will be watching how Tait performs. I am omitting his first appearence performance because he was coming after long rest. Can he bowl over 150 Kmph two days after playing an ODI game? It will be a real test for him. Shane Watson plays well batting first. Can he bat well if Australia bats second and especially if he has to bowl in the first half? Ponting folds under pressure-- as a result he may prefer to bat first. However, Hussey gets focused under pressure and does well in batting second. How will it play out? As far as England is concerned, complacency may lead to their downfall. Can they keep joy of winning the series behind them and stay focused? Finally, what is the weather forecast? Would D/L play a role?

  • Something_Witty on June 29, 2010, 16:22 GMT

    Carn 'Straya. As Bill Lawry would say.

  • on June 29, 2010, 15:56 GMT

    It's good to see the Aussie players admitting their weakness and praising the opposite teams which they hardly do..Good to see the so called aggressive ,staring at you all the time Aussie Invincibles being humiliated in such a way and speacially Ponting who himself never admits that his team has become weaker after losing players like WARNE,GILLY,HAYDO,MACGRA,LEE and even GILLESPIE ,this time has no words to hide his frustration..Good to see England playing aggressive cricket which they never did in the past and hence were very boring..players like morgan,luke wright,bresnan is adding to the aggression.If Frediee comes back as an allrounder England would be a team to beat..

  • ihaq1 on June 29, 2010, 15:55 GMT

    well shaun marsh could be brought in at number 3 for clarke...although josh hazlewood seems a bit new to the game to matter...a lot of australians batters are failing and shaun marsh could come in for any of them...ricky ponting should also not leave the last over to harris methinks and could bring in hauritz for smith..maybe ricky should work on his bowling arithmatics..keeping tait on for four at the start could have made a difference too

  • on June 29, 2010, 15:13 GMT

    No need for crisis meetings. Australia will be whitewashed.

  • Puppster23 on June 29, 2010, 15:02 GMT

    Yeah, Watto taking a lot of sense there, Australia had just lost 2 ODI's out of their last 23 ODI's prior to this series, so a ODI series loss is hardly a reason to hit the panic button. Lessons should be learned from this, and the batting unit should do their bit, to take the pressure off the inexperienced bowling line-up, if they do that, then they would back to winning ways...

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  • Puppster23 on June 29, 2010, 15:02 GMT

    Yeah, Watto taking a lot of sense there, Australia had just lost 2 ODI's out of their last 23 ODI's prior to this series, so a ODI series loss is hardly a reason to hit the panic button. Lessons should be learned from this, and the batting unit should do their bit, to take the pressure off the inexperienced bowling line-up, if they do that, then they would back to winning ways...

  • on June 29, 2010, 15:13 GMT

    No need for crisis meetings. Australia will be whitewashed.

  • ihaq1 on June 29, 2010, 15:55 GMT

    well shaun marsh could be brought in at number 3 for clarke...although josh hazlewood seems a bit new to the game to matter...a lot of australians batters are failing and shaun marsh could come in for any of them...ricky ponting should also not leave the last over to harris methinks and could bring in hauritz for smith..maybe ricky should work on his bowling arithmatics..keeping tait on for four at the start could have made a difference too

  • on June 29, 2010, 15:56 GMT

    It's good to see the Aussie players admitting their weakness and praising the opposite teams which they hardly do..Good to see the so called aggressive ,staring at you all the time Aussie Invincibles being humiliated in such a way and speacially Ponting who himself never admits that his team has become weaker after losing players like WARNE,GILLY,HAYDO,MACGRA,LEE and even GILLESPIE ,this time has no words to hide his frustration..Good to see England playing aggressive cricket which they never did in the past and hence were very boring..players like morgan,luke wright,bresnan is adding to the aggression.If Frediee comes back as an allrounder England would be a team to beat..

  • Something_Witty on June 29, 2010, 16:22 GMT

    Carn 'Straya. As Bill Lawry would say.

  • SnowSnake on June 29, 2010, 16:24 GMT

    I can't wait for tomorrows game. I will be watching how Tait performs. I am omitting his first appearence performance because he was coming after long rest. Can he bowl over 150 Kmph two days after playing an ODI game? It will be a real test for him. Shane Watson plays well batting first. Can he bat well if Australia bats second and especially if he has to bowl in the first half? Ponting folds under pressure-- as a result he may prefer to bat first. However, Hussey gets focused under pressure and does well in batting second. How will it play out? As far as England is concerned, complacency may lead to their downfall. Can they keep joy of winning the series behind them and stay focused? Finally, what is the weather forecast? Would D/L play a role?

  • Aussasinator on June 29, 2010, 16:59 GMT

    There's no need for crisis meetings because this team is a merrily losing outfit. They now acknowledge their lack of skills.

  • khuddian on June 29, 2010, 18:46 GMT

    I wish luck to England for the remaining two matches. Cricket is not dull and boring now, in fact it is lot more interesting and unpredictable as Australia's decade long supremecy has come to an end. Really looking forward for the Ashes to begin!!!!

  • Sathish_4 on June 29, 2010, 19:36 GMT

    Its a all new zone for the Australians. They have never been in this position in the past. So this is going to be very difficult for them to come back and make a 3-2 result. My prediction is 1st ever White Wash against Aussies..

  • Uranium on June 29, 2010, 20:45 GMT

    Aussie batting needs to fire. Ponting and Clarke are under pressure at 3 & 4, their strike rates aren't up to scratch. In the bowling department Johnson would be handy.