Essex v Australians, Tour match, Chelmsford June 26, 2012

Australia cook up a feast

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Australians 313 for 9 (Clarke 76, Hussey 67, Topley 4-46) beat Essex 134 (Cummins 3-26) by 179 runs
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Australia will hope for similarly brief encounters with Alastair Cook over the next two weeks. So dominant with the bat in his recent appearances as ODI captain of England, not to mention a 766-run Ashes jaunt down under in the last Ashes series, Cook lasted only 15 balls for 5 as the tourists routed Essex at Chelmsford in their final warm-up for the looming NatWest Series which begins at Lord's on Friday.

Cook's conqueror here was the Victorian seamer Clint McKay. Cracked to the backward point boundary early on, he persisted with a back-of-a-length line outside off stump and was rewarded when Cook edged an attempted forcing stroke to Michael Clarke at slip. By that point Mark Pettini had already departed, slicing Brett Lee to third man, and the Australians' towering 313 for 9 was never to be threatened. Ravi Bopara and James Foster came closest to disrupting the procession.

Aside from the early demise of Cook, Australia were also encouraged by a decidedly swift contribution from the 19-year-old Pat Cummins, who beat both Tom Westley and Greg Smith for pace to clatter their stumps. He later nudged the helmet of Reece Topley to demonstrate the aggression so admired by his teammates and coaches. Having earned selection for this fixture ahead of James Pattinson, Cummins is now heavily favoured to play at Lord's, where he may find the slope to his advantage.

Australia had limbered up by rushing beyond 300. The captain Clarke and the seasoned David Hussey did best for the tourists with a pair of half centuries, after David Warner and Shane Watson had sprinted at the start. Matthew Wade and Steve Smith also contributed at the end, leaving George Bailey as the only batsman not to have made a score of any real note in two county innings on the tour so far. His stay was ended by Topley, who caught the eye with his height, bounce and modicum of movement and finished with four wickets.

Lee took the new ball and swung his first two past Pettini, though being right-handed the ball struck Wade's gloves rather than the stumps as it had in two of his first three balls against Irish left-handers at Stormont. McKay took the second over, though it is unlikely he will get such a privilege for long consaidering the form Cummins is in.

Westley lost his off stump to a delivery angled in and moving away, before Ryan ten Doeschate was involved in a mix-up with Bopara and elected to give up his wicket to the run-out instead of his England partner. The gesture was not to benefit Essex too much, as Bopara's stay was ended by a diffident wave of the bat at Watson and a simple catch for Wade.

All Australia's bowlers finished the evening with wickets, Steve Smith's snare to dismiss Foster a particularly laudable piece of fielding as the visitors reached a decent level of sharpness ahead of the first match against England.

Clarke had won the toss on a beautiful summer's afternoon, sending out his third top-order batting combination in as many matches by pairing Watson and Warner to open, with Bailey slated to come in at No. 3 after recovering from a groin strain. The visitors' pace attack comprised Brett Lee and Cummins, who each bowled against Ireland, and Clint McKay who did not.

Warner and Watson were off to a rollicking start, adding 51 in little more than 6 overs as they took advantage of an invitingly short western boundary. A Warner pull shot sailed clear beyond the stands, while a Watson on-drive clanged off the back of an open stand. Mercifully for Essex, Warner would perish for only 26, unable to control a hook towards the more distant fence and being caught in the deep off Graham Napier.

Watson was soon to follow, touching a bouncing delivery from Topley as it arrowed down the legside and offering a catch to Foster. When Bailey cut the promising Topley to an alert Greg Smith at backward point having made only 12, Essex had rather made up for the flowing runs off the first six overs.

Clarke had picked the gap at mid wicket to reach the boundary from his first ball, and with Hussey he set about regrouping. All of the bowlers were to be taken for greater than five runs per over with batting that was more busy than bluster, Clarke timing the ball sweetly across a swift outfield and Hussey punching his strokes with typical purpose. Their stand was worth 137 in 123 balls by the time Clarke decided he'd had enough and retired, and Hussey stayed only another four runs before he swung once too often at Tim Phillips' slow left-arm.

Smith and Wade contributed useful cameos to hurry the tally along towards 300, and Lee put a capstone on the innings by lathering a six to rival those of Watson and Warner before Topley removed his leg stump. There was some evidence of reverse swing late in the innings on a dry pitch, a skill the Australian bowlers would also go on to rehearse.

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  • POSTED BY dunger.bob on | June 28, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    HatsforBats said " I actually think Pattinson may develop into a bowling all-rounder down the line." Good on you mate, I see it too and have been saying it for a while. .. I also agree that we Aussies shouldn't be too bullish about our prospects against England, but then again we go into most ODI's feeling at least reasonably confident. It comes from years of doing OK in the format I suppose.

  • POSTED BY chicko1983 on | June 28, 2012, 3:55 GMT

    @Mayan820 - yes he worked Kallis over for three overs, and then he also worked over the rest of the 5 wickets he took that innings. Check them out on youtube, all caught behind the wicket or bowled. And yes, in that match, he did bowl better than steyn, philander and morkel in their home conditions. I saw him bowl in the domestic first class final a while back and gave Bailey, Cosgrove, Birt and Cowan a working over - all international standard batsmen. He is better than all those bowlers you mentioned and in ten years time, will have more than 270 wickets that Anderson has. Currently he is bowling within himself as he has come back from a 8 mth lay off. Give him a full year before next years Ashes, Aussies will have the last laugh.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | June 28, 2012, 3:34 GMT

    @AdrianVanDenStael on (June 27 2012, 12:26 PM GMT), I didn't say that Australia should be worried about Cummins "only" taking 3 wickets but I was pointing out that the over-the-top tendencies of some Australian fans should be tempered by the fact that an even younger England bowler took 4 against significantly stronger opposition. As for opportunities, your logic is way beyond flawed. The fact that other Australian bowlers were taking wickets is irrelevant. Cummins bowled 7 overs so he had 42 legal deliveries to take wickets, regardless of what any other bowler may have done. Topley bowled 8 overs so he had 48 deleiveries to take wickets. That makes Cummins' strike rate 14 and Topley's 12, regardless of what anyone else did. I'm not trying to say that Cummins is no good or that Topley is better but that to crow over one performance and dismiss the other is disingenuous.

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | June 27, 2012, 23:58 GMT

    @5wombats. Chuckles, re: your response to RandyOz (not representing the majority) I seem to recall us selecting Nannes after he played for The Netherlands so it's not the first time, although he was born in Melbourne. BTW, was that a misprint about RN ten Doeschate? First I heard about it? This was really only a warmup game, nothing more, no one needs to read much into it, from either the Aussies or Cook's pov, just that players got to have a stretch & a hit. I would probably wait until after the series before the chest beating by a few from both sides of the fence. Everyone is a winner BEFORE games.

  • POSTED BY HatsforBats on | June 27, 2012, 22:14 GMT

    @ EnglishCricket, I was wondering why Finn generally bowled 130's in the recent test against WI? By no means was he express pace during the match, though I know he's capable of quicker. Any injuries he's overcoming?

  • POSTED BY HatsforBats on | June 27, 2012, 22:07 GMT

    @ Mayan820, Cummins is 10yrs younger than Anderson, why compare the two?To me he looks a better prospect than Anderson & Steyn did at this stage of their international careers. Also, Aus racking up 300+ plus against Eng has been done a fair few times before; Clarke, Watson, Warner, Huss, & Wade are as good an odi batting lineup as anything England can put on the field.

  • POSTED BY HatsforBats on | June 27, 2012, 22:02 GMT

    @ JG2704, I agree re: Pattinson. I see Cummins & Starc as the future leaders of the attack. I actually think Pattinson may develop into a bowling all-rounder down the line.

  • POSTED BY EnglishCricket on | June 27, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    Steve Finn bowls faster than both Pattinson and Cummins. Unless there's weather interruption, I'm expecting a comfortable Series win from England 4-1 if not 5-0 no questions. Australians will be lucky to achieve a 3-2 series loss ;)"

  • POSTED BY Mayan820 on | June 27, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    300+ runs for Australia against Essex? I am confused as to why this is such a big achievement for Australia, or am I perhaps missing something here? Let the Ausies repeat this score against England on Friday coming and once or twice more and win these games, then we can talk again. As far as P. Cummins is concerned, is he really a better bowler than England's Broad, Anderson, Bresnan and Swan, in any conditions, never mind in England? Really?? While we are on this subject, is he better than South Africa's best in D. Steyn, M. Morkel, Philander and even the new youngster (his name slipped my mind for the moment), in any conditions and in any format of the game? I don't think so! So he worked Kallis over in a good 3 over spell one day in Johannesburg . . . big deal. Literally tens if not hundreds of new international bowlers, from all nationalities, have done exactly the same against the best batsmen in the world throughout the last 7 odd decades, alone.

  • POSTED BY simon_w on | June 27, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    @RandyOZ -- dude, there really isn't anything that could make you look good, sorry...

  • POSTED BY dunger.bob on | June 28, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    HatsforBats said " I actually think Pattinson may develop into a bowling all-rounder down the line." Good on you mate, I see it too and have been saying it for a while. .. I also agree that we Aussies shouldn't be too bullish about our prospects against England, but then again we go into most ODI's feeling at least reasonably confident. It comes from years of doing OK in the format I suppose.

  • POSTED BY chicko1983 on | June 28, 2012, 3:55 GMT

    @Mayan820 - yes he worked Kallis over for three overs, and then he also worked over the rest of the 5 wickets he took that innings. Check them out on youtube, all caught behind the wicket or bowled. And yes, in that match, he did bowl better than steyn, philander and morkel in their home conditions. I saw him bowl in the domestic first class final a while back and gave Bailey, Cosgrove, Birt and Cowan a working over - all international standard batsmen. He is better than all those bowlers you mentioned and in ten years time, will have more than 270 wickets that Anderson has. Currently he is bowling within himself as he has come back from a 8 mth lay off. Give him a full year before next years Ashes, Aussies will have the last laugh.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | June 28, 2012, 3:34 GMT

    @AdrianVanDenStael on (June 27 2012, 12:26 PM GMT), I didn't say that Australia should be worried about Cummins "only" taking 3 wickets but I was pointing out that the over-the-top tendencies of some Australian fans should be tempered by the fact that an even younger England bowler took 4 against significantly stronger opposition. As for opportunities, your logic is way beyond flawed. The fact that other Australian bowlers were taking wickets is irrelevant. Cummins bowled 7 overs so he had 42 legal deliveries to take wickets, regardless of what any other bowler may have done. Topley bowled 8 overs so he had 48 deleiveries to take wickets. That makes Cummins' strike rate 14 and Topley's 12, regardless of what anyone else did. I'm not trying to say that Cummins is no good or that Topley is better but that to crow over one performance and dismiss the other is disingenuous.

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | June 27, 2012, 23:58 GMT

    @5wombats. Chuckles, re: your response to RandyOz (not representing the majority) I seem to recall us selecting Nannes after he played for The Netherlands so it's not the first time, although he was born in Melbourne. BTW, was that a misprint about RN ten Doeschate? First I heard about it? This was really only a warmup game, nothing more, no one needs to read much into it, from either the Aussies or Cook's pov, just that players got to have a stretch & a hit. I would probably wait until after the series before the chest beating by a few from both sides of the fence. Everyone is a winner BEFORE games.

  • POSTED BY HatsforBats on | June 27, 2012, 22:14 GMT

    @ EnglishCricket, I was wondering why Finn generally bowled 130's in the recent test against WI? By no means was he express pace during the match, though I know he's capable of quicker. Any injuries he's overcoming?

  • POSTED BY HatsforBats on | June 27, 2012, 22:07 GMT

    @ Mayan820, Cummins is 10yrs younger than Anderson, why compare the two?To me he looks a better prospect than Anderson & Steyn did at this stage of their international careers. Also, Aus racking up 300+ plus against Eng has been done a fair few times before; Clarke, Watson, Warner, Huss, & Wade are as good an odi batting lineup as anything England can put on the field.

  • POSTED BY HatsforBats on | June 27, 2012, 22:02 GMT

    @ JG2704, I agree re: Pattinson. I see Cummins & Starc as the future leaders of the attack. I actually think Pattinson may develop into a bowling all-rounder down the line.

  • POSTED BY EnglishCricket on | June 27, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    Steve Finn bowls faster than both Pattinson and Cummins. Unless there's weather interruption, I'm expecting a comfortable Series win from England 4-1 if not 5-0 no questions. Australians will be lucky to achieve a 3-2 series loss ;)"

  • POSTED BY Mayan820 on | June 27, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    300+ runs for Australia against Essex? I am confused as to why this is such a big achievement for Australia, or am I perhaps missing something here? Let the Ausies repeat this score against England on Friday coming and once or twice more and win these games, then we can talk again. As far as P. Cummins is concerned, is he really a better bowler than England's Broad, Anderson, Bresnan and Swan, in any conditions, never mind in England? Really?? While we are on this subject, is he better than South Africa's best in D. Steyn, M. Morkel, Philander and even the new youngster (his name slipped my mind for the moment), in any conditions and in any format of the game? I don't think so! So he worked Kallis over in a good 3 over spell one day in Johannesburg . . . big deal. Literally tens if not hundreds of new international bowlers, from all nationalities, have done exactly the same against the best batsmen in the world throughout the last 7 odd decades, alone.

  • POSTED BY simon_w on | June 27, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    @RandyOZ -- dude, there really isn't anything that could make you look good, sorry...

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | June 27, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    @HatsforBats / chicko1983 - from what little I've seen of Cummins he has impressed me - much more than Pattinson actually - but Chicko1983 - your comms made it sound like speed is a huge thing and obviously if he can combine speed with accuracy he will be a handful. I just wonder about bowlers who try too hard to bowl too fast and lose some control

  • POSTED BY AdrianVanDenStael on | June 27, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    In this case, I agree with the Australians fans. Some poor recent results notwithstanding, I don't think this Essex side (strengthened by the availability of ten Doeschaete and the highly unusual inclusion of England's ODI captain) is a terrible side by English county cricket standards. I also can't help observing that it's the start of the tour and Australia are winning matches, whereas on the start of England tours of Australia it's common for England to lose to some up-country XI or other and plead unfamiliarity with conditions. I thus think this was a strong performance by Australia and they should be favourites for the ODI series with England, not since England are only ranked 4= in the world whereas Australia are ranked top. I also can't see how Cummins taking "only" three wickets whereas Topley took 4 is something Australia should be concerned about; there was less opportunity for Cummins to take wickets since other Australia (unlike Essex) bowlers were taking wickets as well

  • POSTED BY 5wombats on | June 27, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    This is a classic example of why wombats are known as muddle-headed. They also have pretty ordinary eye-sight especially after a hard night of grazing!

  • POSTED BY Potatis on | June 27, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    I can't believe Topley got man of the match. 2 of his 4 wickets came in the 50th over against batsmen trying to smash quick runs, and one of the others was Bailey who isn't a great batsman IMO. Kudos to him for getting Watson though, but removing Lee and Cummins in the 50th over is hardly a game changing performance.

  • POSTED BY chicko1983 on | June 27, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    @landl47: Hughes (currently carving up Steve Finn in county cricket), khawaja (already batted 3 for Australia in tests and plays short ball better than jb), cooper (odi average over 50 for Netherlands in the world cup), joe burns (22 with better first class average than jb) and Mitch marsh (20 with an ipl contract And can bowl, genuine all rounder and will play test cricket). There are a few very good young batsmen in Australia to complement the great bowlers we are about to unleash. Steve smith is only 22 as well and he is better than bairstow. @JG7204: cummins was cracking 155kph against the sth Africans in the test match he was mom in. Gave kallis an absolute working over for two overs before getting him out. Bang on the right spot as well. This is why he is a special talent. Get to a ground and watch him bowl this summer, you'll be telling your grandkids about the day you saw the great pat cummins bowl.

  • POSTED BY HatsforBats on | June 27, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    @ JG2704, one of the most promising things about Cummins is that he has shown a good cricketing brain to go along with his natural pace & aggression. He reminds me of Gillespie, though hopefully he finds the edge a bit more (poor Dizzy would often beat both edges at once).

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | June 27, 2012, 9:30 GMT

    @RandyOZ on (June 27 2012, 07:16 AM GMT), can you point out the specific facts that I got wrong so that I can correct them? It's interesting that you comment yourself that it requires others to be ill-informed to make you look good. Now you're starting to catch on.

  • POSTED BY yorkshirematt on | June 27, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    @potatis Yes I agree the lad deserves nothing less than a call up to the Australian team. If he was called up to the full side, and I think he's good enough and far better than Johnson as you say, then I would have no problem with him leaving us to play for his country, however the fact that it is "only" an Aus A tour makes it more annoying. Still I think he's enjoyed working with "Dizzy" up here and hopefully we'll see him bac khere some time.

  • POSTED BY Nishant2012 on | June 27, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    it was obvious... essex were out played against strong aussie side

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | June 27, 2012, 8:46 GMT

    @5wombats on (June 27 2012, 05:27 AM GMT) To be honest I'm not sure what teamsheet you saw. I've not read anything about RTD playing for Oz

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | June 27, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    @chicko1983 on (June 26 2012, 21:46 PM GMT) Cummins looked a decent player from what little I saw of him. Thing is if he tries to overdo the speed thing he may lose some control. Pace isn't everything. Hopefully for Aus Cummins will be intellegent enough to realise that speed isn't everything as a fast bowler

  • POSTED BY Dashgar on | June 27, 2012, 8:04 GMT

    Essex only had 3 players who'd played less than 50 List A games and every player had some international experience, be it full, A team or U19. This was supposed to be a quality side to put Australia through their paces but they have been thrashed unceremoniously. Australia should expect to continue their dominance now. There isn't a whole lot more England have up their sleeve to throw at us, especially with the lack of KP.

  • POSTED BY Mr_Ronan on | June 27, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    Obviously very poor opposition for Australia but it was a slick performance nontheless. Topley bowled well and as a 6'7 left armer he really offers something different. Would like to see our 6'6 leftie Starc playing ahead of old Lee. Aussies are still clearly the no. 1 ODI side in the world and England, while improving, simply do not have the same firepower with the bat. Warner and Watson at the top of the order can take a game away from the opposition in a 10-over burst. Aus were 0 for 45 after 5 overs and that pair have done similar against good international attacks. Cook, Bell and Trott, while all fine batsmen, don't have that same explosiveness. England will desperately miss Pietersen in the middle order - which is an area of strength for the Aussies with the Hussey brothers. The Poms also lack a decent all-rounder whereas Aus have the world's best in Watson. Home advantage means its unlikely Aus will dominate like the last 6-1 result. But I'd still have my money on Clarke's boys.

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | June 27, 2012, 7:16 GMT

    @jmc/5wombats - thanks guys for exposing your complete lack of knowledge once again. ten do plays for Essex and considering we are talking about one day cricket, the Redbacks won the one day comp last year, so I am actually on a nice high! Keep up the ill-informed facts, they really make me look good!

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | June 27, 2012, 6:59 GMT

    @5wombats on (June 27 2012, 05:27 AM GMT), I think you'll find that RtD was playing for Essex. Maybe you were confusing him with Kepler Wessels, that great Ashes hero of yesteryear. Saw him score 160 against England at the Gabba way back when.

  • POSTED BY Winsome on | June 27, 2012, 6:46 GMT

    5wombats, ten Doeschate plays for Essex. Has done for years.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | June 27, 2012, 6:30 GMT

    @RandyOZ, hmmm... Cummins gets 3 wickets against the 16th best county team while Topley gets 4 wickets against the Australian national team and England are supposed to be the ones worried about the opposition's young bowling talent? The fact that you feel the need to gloat about victories over counties coming second- and third-last in division 2 of the county championship as well as last and second-last in their CB40 groups indicates an even greater inferiority complex than I first thought. I guess with poor South Australia being so pathetic and going winless in the last Sheffield Shield you need lots of positive reinforcement at the moment.

  • POSTED BY jonesy2 on | June 27, 2012, 5:28 GMT

    couldnt have dominated anymore. @johnnycash -well said. nice username by the way. if the kid stays on the park he will be the next great. as for any changes to the side for the first ODI i would have bailey out, wade opening, watto at 3 and MJ at 7

  • POSTED BY 5wombats on | June 27, 2012, 5:27 GMT

    @RandyOZ - we just noticed the name RN ten Doeschate on the Australia team sheet. Is that a misprint? Or is that the guy who was born in South Africa and played for Netherlands? Surely Australia would never have to stoop so low as to selecting a player born in another country - who's also played for another country? Surely not...... Never!

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | June 27, 2012, 4:52 GMT

    A perfect rehearsal for Aus before the ODI series......

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | June 27, 2012, 3:55 GMT

    @chico983: I agree that Aus has some very promising young fast bowlers. Even though Starc doesn't bowl over 90mph, I'm very impressed with him and I think he should be in this squad. However, you seem to have forgotten a couple of things. First, there's no shortage of good young fast bowlers in England. Apart from Broad, Finn and Bresnan in this squad, England has (among others) Meaker, Coles, Woakes and, as you saw today, Topley, who took 4 Aus wickets and has just turned 18, so he's even younger than Cummins. Second, if Bairstow was Australian, he'd be Australia's best batting prospect. England has a number of great young batting prospects in addition to Bairstow- Taylor, Root, Stokes, Hales, etc. Australia..... well, put it this way, you named every good young Australian batting prospect in your post.

  • POSTED BY disco_bob on | June 27, 2012, 2:57 GMT

    @DamieninFrance, "I don't think anyone's going to take these results too seriously." Considering England's recent home form, I would think an England thrashing certainly would be 'taken seriously'. Or perhaps you are softening yourself up in advance.

  • POSTED BY segga-express on | June 27, 2012, 2:57 GMT

    @chicko1983 - Not sure bowling down the hill is very relevant for Cummins as at Lord's the slope goes sideways. Also Bairstow is unlikely to feature in the team during the series. Finally, we're still on only 1 bouncer per over so even if he were to play I'm sure Bairstow would cope with the short ball. Regarding the series - 5 days of cricket I'd prefer to have seen as a test match against SA or as T20s in preparation for the WC.

  • POSTED BY Hammond on | June 27, 2012, 2:45 GMT

    Well done Australia for beating a team from the bottom of Division 2. Like a battleship verses a corvette. Best of luck against the big guns on Friday night. You will need it.

  • POSTED BY johnnycash on | June 27, 2012, 2:38 GMT

    If I lived in England, I would get out and watch the Aussies play so that when the Ashes are on next year, you can tell the guy beside you that you 'Saw Patrick Cummins bowl here last year'.

  • POSTED BY kensohatter on | June 27, 2012, 1:55 GMT

    As an Australian even ill agree this match doesnt really show much other than Australians bowling may be gaining momentum. Cant read to much into the batting cause broad, anderson and swann will be an entirely different proposition. I do think England will struggle to score quickly with a batting line up of cook, trott, bell

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | June 27, 2012, 1:23 GMT

    @desi1 on (June 26 2012, 22:40 PM GMT), if you've been paying attention then you'll know that many an England fan has been saying that this series is meaningless or pointless for some time, so the implication that it's being saved as an excuse in case of a loss is a bit disingenuous. I, like many, think that England have every chance of winning this series but, even if they do, will still believe that it should not have been played. Accepting it was required by the ECB to get the series they wanted before the next WC though so, if England do well in that WC as a result then I guess that will have been the point, for us at least.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | June 27, 2012, 1:19 GMT

    From an England perspective, it's disappointing to see Cook go cheaply but he is always a very hit or miss batsman. He almost always seems to either get out early or go on to make a big score. He did get a third-ball duck against WI and followed that up with a hundred. I reckon that his percentage of scores in the 20s, 30s and 40s must close to the lowest going around. Lets hope that this has gotten one of his misses out of the way and he's primarily hitting during the ODIs. It was also encouraging to see Bopara play a decent innings. His scoring rate wasn't great but then, with wickets falling around him, you wouldn't expect him to be taking too many risks. Australia may also not be completely satisfied with their batting. They put up a good score but probably would have liked to do so with fewer wickets down. Bailey's lack of impact would likely also be a concern. All in all I reckon we're in for a pretty interesting series.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | June 27, 2012, 1:10 GMT

    I'm curious to know who selects the opposition for these tour games. I'm sure that Australia will be pleased at having done what everyone, including they themselves, would have expected of them in these two warmup games but playing two teams that are second-last and third-last in division 2 of the county championship and are also last and second-last in their group in the CB40 was never really going to push them. Did Australia want opposition that would allow them to win at a canter or did England want to lull them into a false sense of security. You can only play the opposition in front of you so I'm not casting any aspersions on the wins but they're really just time in the middle, which is needed of course, rather than indicators of what might happen in the upcoming ODIs.

  • POSTED BY Gabbagod on | June 27, 2012, 0:44 GMT

    Good effort by the Aussies. Our pace bowling attack is not the problem with Ciummins, Starc and Pattinson. Spin bowling in Tests is still a big question mark and the fragile batting. This ODI series is a bit of a nonsense series for both countries - alot of Aussies dont even know the guys are in the UK. Don't take too much out of it, although the young Aussie bowlers will benefit immensely from the experience for 2013. Our batters ? Well, let's hope they make no runs in this series and save them for the real stuff next year.

  • POSTED BY Potatis on | June 26, 2012, 23:54 GMT

    @yorkshirematt, as an Australian fan I find it disappointing that Yorkshire have a better left arm fast bowler than the Australia side. Starc is a better bowler than Johnson and should already be developing his skills and experience on the international stage. Enjoy him while you've got him, and the rest of us will cover our eyes when Johnson bowls.

  • POSTED BY chicko1983 on | June 26, 2012, 23:53 GMT

    @ yorkshirematt: I was implying that because JB is older than all three of those bowlers, he will have to confront them for the rest of his career whenever he plays Australia. Its not like he can wait two-three years for them to retire and then avoid them. Also, Starc was really starting to impress in the end of the Aussie summer. He had a couple of one-on-one lessons with Akram and his bowling improved out of site. The fact that he is a left armer is also exciting and I also hope he finishes off the season at yorkshire to help with Ashes preparation.

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | June 26, 2012, 23:51 GMT

    Another crushing defeat at the hands of Australia. Although the county system is extremely weak and these teams would be equivalent to Sydney grade sides in Oz, it was a good day out with Pat Cummins already wreaking havoc and getting into the pommy minds.

  • POSTED BY Smithy49 on | June 26, 2012, 23:29 GMT

    England are without KP and I am expecting the rest of the order will just fall to Lee, Cummins. England prepare to be beaten, go the aussies

  • POSTED BY Keepa-batsman on | June 26, 2012, 23:13 GMT

    still believe that unless conditions suit doherty 4 paceman is the go with clare/warner/smith in the lineup.

  • POSTED BY desi1 on | June 26, 2012, 22:40 GMT

    The australian bowling looks very strong. They might be light on batting. My money is on Australia to win this. I really like English method, they organize one day series and if they lose they say "It was a meaningless series; who cares for one day matches". So i firmly believe this is going to be another "meaningless ODI series for English"

  • POSTED BY yorkshirematt on | June 26, 2012, 22:38 GMT

    @ chicko1983 "all are younger than Bairstow and can bowl 90mph." Not sure what your point is there. Do you expect Jonny to be able to bowl 90mph as a keeper/batsman?

  • POSTED BY yorkshirematt on | June 26, 2012, 22:36 GMT

    @chicko1983 I'm rather surprised at Jonny's weakness against the short ball. but he'll be back. From a yorkshire perspective it would be good for us if England dropped him as he is by far our best batsman. That's if he doesn't get his head knocked off by Cummins like you predict! As for Starc I'm very impressed. When he leaves for the aussie A side in a couple of weeks we will certainly notice the difference. He's been by far our best bowler in all forms of the game, and he only arrived last month. Hope we get him back towards the back end of the season

  • POSTED BY chicko1983 on | June 26, 2012, 21:46 GMT

    Cummins downhill to bairstow is going to be funny to watch. I predict cummins will break 95 mph and take a minimum of 4 wickets. Cummins, pattinson, and starc (who is currently Consistently taking wickets for Yorkshire) are all younger than bairstow and all bowl over 90mph. My second prediction is that jb's test career will end after his disastrous tour of Australia in2013-14.

  • POSTED BY HatsforBats on | June 26, 2012, 21:38 GMT

    I am now convinced England have genetically engineered a master race of 6'7'' fast bowlers. Everything went to order for Aus, though I'm still not convinced of Bailey's spot. Not much fight from Essex, but this is a good bowling attack they were up against.

  • POSTED BY 5wombats on | June 26, 2012, 21:27 GMT

    @Winsome - England put up a fight??? Depend on it. Still love your name BTW...

  • POSTED BY Peterincanada on | June 26, 2012, 20:39 GMT

    It will be interesting to see who makes the final cut at Lords. The bowling, especially Lee and Cummins, looks particularly sharp.

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | June 26, 2012, 20:32 GMT

    Good outing for Australia. They're going to be tough! Topley looks an interesting bowler, though- taking 4 Australian wickets before leaving high school is something he'll remember.

  • POSTED BY DamieninFrance on | June 26, 2012, 20:16 GMT

    Wouldn't take too much from that result. Aussies on a hiding to nothing, really. hey win, it's expected. They lose, and they're no hope against England. Let's just get this series over with. It doesn't really mean anything, and although it's a chance for one team to crow in victory at the end of the series, I don't think anyone's going to take these results too seriously. Far more interested in the Saffa tour than this needless series

  • POSTED BY Winsome on | June 26, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    Clobbered 'em. It will be interesting to see how the Aussie batsmen go against a far superior attack. I was hoping that Essex would put up more of a fight, but I'm sure England will.

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  • POSTED BY Winsome on | June 26, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    Clobbered 'em. It will be interesting to see how the Aussie batsmen go against a far superior attack. I was hoping that Essex would put up more of a fight, but I'm sure England will.

  • POSTED BY DamieninFrance on | June 26, 2012, 20:16 GMT

    Wouldn't take too much from that result. Aussies on a hiding to nothing, really. hey win, it's expected. They lose, and they're no hope against England. Let's just get this series over with. It doesn't really mean anything, and although it's a chance for one team to crow in victory at the end of the series, I don't think anyone's going to take these results too seriously. Far more interested in the Saffa tour than this needless series

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | June 26, 2012, 20:32 GMT

    Good outing for Australia. They're going to be tough! Topley looks an interesting bowler, though- taking 4 Australian wickets before leaving high school is something he'll remember.

  • POSTED BY Peterincanada on | June 26, 2012, 20:39 GMT

    It will be interesting to see who makes the final cut at Lords. The bowling, especially Lee and Cummins, looks particularly sharp.

  • POSTED BY 5wombats on | June 26, 2012, 21:27 GMT

    @Winsome - England put up a fight??? Depend on it. Still love your name BTW...

  • POSTED BY HatsforBats on | June 26, 2012, 21:38 GMT

    I am now convinced England have genetically engineered a master race of 6'7'' fast bowlers. Everything went to order for Aus, though I'm still not convinced of Bailey's spot. Not much fight from Essex, but this is a good bowling attack they were up against.

  • POSTED BY chicko1983 on | June 26, 2012, 21:46 GMT

    Cummins downhill to bairstow is going to be funny to watch. I predict cummins will break 95 mph and take a minimum of 4 wickets. Cummins, pattinson, and starc (who is currently Consistently taking wickets for Yorkshire) are all younger than bairstow and all bowl over 90mph. My second prediction is that jb's test career will end after his disastrous tour of Australia in2013-14.

  • POSTED BY yorkshirematt on | June 26, 2012, 22:36 GMT

    @chicko1983 I'm rather surprised at Jonny's weakness against the short ball. but he'll be back. From a yorkshire perspective it would be good for us if England dropped him as he is by far our best batsman. That's if he doesn't get his head knocked off by Cummins like you predict! As for Starc I'm very impressed. When he leaves for the aussie A side in a couple of weeks we will certainly notice the difference. He's been by far our best bowler in all forms of the game, and he only arrived last month. Hope we get him back towards the back end of the season

  • POSTED BY yorkshirematt on | June 26, 2012, 22:38 GMT

    @ chicko1983 "all are younger than Bairstow and can bowl 90mph." Not sure what your point is there. Do you expect Jonny to be able to bowl 90mph as a keeper/batsman?

  • POSTED BY desi1 on | June 26, 2012, 22:40 GMT

    The australian bowling looks very strong. They might be light on batting. My money is on Australia to win this. I really like English method, they organize one day series and if they lose they say "It was a meaningless series; who cares for one day matches". So i firmly believe this is going to be another "meaningless ODI series for English"