England v Australia, NatWest Series, Lord's June 29, 2012

Morgan stars for all-round England

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England 272 for 5 (Morgan 89*, Trott 54) beat Australia 257 for 9 (Clarke 61, Warner 56) by 15 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

This is surely one of the most inconsequential England v Australia series in history, but it did not lack for intensity or entertainment for all that and long before the end the Lord's crowd was relishing the renewal of old rivalries. First blood in the NatWest series went to England, but the match felt closer than the final 15-run margin would indicate.

Australia's chances departed with their captain, Michael Clarke, who had made 61 from 67 balls when he walked across his stumps, not for the first time, and was aghast to fall plumb lbw to a swinging, low full toss from Tim Bresnan.

It aggravated the hurt of the previous over when Australia lost Matthew Wade to a run out. Wade had just lifted James Anderson into the Mound Stand, Clarke had deposited Graeme Swann's offspin into the Tavern and another 69 from 49 balls felt just about gettable. Then Wade pushed Swann into the leg side, did not share his captain's enthusiasm for the single and barely got halfway down the pitch when the stumps were broken.

England have now won seven successive ODIs, and they have taken the last six home series in this format, but their record against Australia over 50 overs has been discouraging. Statistical talk of a 5-0 series win which would make them the first side in the world to be No. 1 in all three forms of the game is regarded even by England's most optimistic fans as a late-night pub fantasy. It has the makings of a tight series.

England were under pressure after losing the toss on a drizzly morning, but they avoided the early tremors that Australia must have felt were within their grasp on a pitch that the groundsman, Mick Hunt, accepted had more moisture in it than would normally be expected at Lord's at the end of June. Much of the rest was down to Eoin Morgan, who roused the innings with 89 from 63 balls and for the first time for a while had that assassin's look again.

Morgan has had an unsettled time since his return from an inactive season with Kolkata Knight Riders at IPL. His technique has been under scrutiny, particularly the adoption of a squatting stance, he has been omitted from the Test side as a result, and he has dared to tell the ECB that England's domestic Twenty20 tournament has fallen hopelessly behind the times.

It was dangerously late in the day for England when he finally broke Australia. His first six came in the 38th over when Pat Cummins spilled 13 in the middle of England's batting Powerplay. England then made 46 from the last 20 balls, Morgan responsible for 34 of them, including three sixes. If the first blow, a scythe over long on, was encouraged by Brett Lee's full toss, the follow-up was special as Morgan, back leg bent almost to ground level, swung a near yorker into the crowd. Shane Watson was also swung over the square-leg boards.

An opening stand of 74 in 17 overs between Alastair Cook and Ian Bell quietly batted England into good shape. Neither looked secure; it was not the sort of morning to expect that. Cook's first boundary took 11 overs and, on 28, he was dropped down the leg side by Wade off Watson before Cummins, as mature as you like as he experienced the Lord's slope from Nursery and Pavilion ends, had him caught at the wicket, driving at a wide one.

Bell, whose introduction to the opener's role after the retirement of Kevin Pietersen had brought a century against West Indies at West End, had an eventful and not-altogether convincing stay. He marched off when Brett Lee's lbw appeal was answered in the affirmative, but the Hot Spot cameras these days could probably spot the friction of a fly on a teacup and TV replays as he unstrapped his pads suggested that he had managed the faintest inside edge.

He had already reviewed successfully, on 3, given out caught at wicket of Clint McKay only for replays to show that the ball came off his trousers. Trott was left to guide England through the middle overs before being bowled for 54 as he failed to work Doherty through the leg side.

Australia repeatedly faltered just as they threatened to break the target. Anderson bowled throiugh a strained groin and looked as if life was hanging heavily upon him, but he found something to cheer him as he removed George Bailey and David Warner in the space of three balls.

Warner's belligerence was growing on a sound Lord's surface, with Steven Finn cudgelled through the offside twice in an over when he strayed in line, but when he had made 56 from 61 balls Anderson exposed a lack of footwork by shading a delivery away from him and the nick was well held by wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter. Bailey chopped on in Anderson's previous over.

Then Australia's chase foundered again during their batting Powerplay. Clarke called it at 131 for 3 after 28 overs to enliven the innings, but things went awry as they lost both David Hussey and Steve Smith in five overs while adding 17 runs.

Hussey was bowled by Finn as he tried to hook and, if there was an element of ill luck as the ball dropped onto the bails off shoulder and helmet, he got in a tangle playing the shot. Smith felt for a wide one from Bresnan and was caught at the wicket. Australia could also have lost Clarke, on 16, but Bresnan failed to hold a relatively simple return chance.

As for DRS, it again proved its value, not just with Bell's successful review, but with Watson's dismissal as the much-improved Hotspot cameras showed a thin edge.

Time and again in this England cricket season, technology has improved the standards of decision making, supporting good umpiring and sparing bad. It has not achieved perfection - nobody has ever claimed that - but it has moved closer towards it. Those who continue to question the merits of DRS are either too wedded to tradition, too busy or simply too wilful to recognise the facts.

David Hopps is the UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • Meety on July 1, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    Watched all the Eng Innings & the last 5 or 6 overs of Oz innings. Very good quality match. I am not a Bell fan, but his partnership at the top of Eng's innings was very handy, (felt on other days, he would of been out for sub 10 but that's another story). Then Morgan's innings was the difference. Eng looked unlikely to get to 250 (despite wickets in hand), he slaughtered us. Thought Oz were slightly unlucky in the field, some shots just fell wide of the fielders, but all in all Eng were the better side. Spewing about Cummins injury - Hyclass will have a field day!

  • RandyOZ on July 1, 2012, 4:49 GMT

    @Okakaboka - good to hear from you. Hiding from that Melbourne winter? Myki Smith, absolute classic! I do like the Myki system though I wish we had it in Adelaide!

  • JG2704 on June 30, 2012, 20:30 GMT

    @CricketingStargazer on (June 30 2012, 19:04 PM GMT) - Sorry , don't remember that re Bell. Regardless ,I hope we don't use Bopara/Trott too much as that means that our bowlers are failing. Fair shout for Woakes. Guessing too early to think about Tremlett

  • Plz_Dont_Get_Whitewashed on June 30, 2012, 20:12 GMT

    England = Home Tigers.... nothing more!!! :D

  • CricketingStargazer on June 30, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    JG, Bell was the regular partnership breaker when Collingwood was not playing until Trott took over the role of 5th/6th bowler. At one point he was touted for the all-rounder role. If Jimmy Anderson is ruled out Woakes (or someone else) could be called-up as cover.

  • JG2704 on June 30, 2012, 18:20 GMT

    @landl47 on (June 30 2012, 13:11 PM GMT) Would the word contradictory suffice?

  • JG2704 on June 30, 2012, 18:19 GMT

    @CS - Bell bowling? I don't remember Bell bowling but I bow to you. I like Dernbach but I sometimes thing he tries to overdo the variations and comes unstuck trying to do too much. Woakes could be a good shout , but is he in the squad. I would still be happy with any sort of win but only a 4-1 win would actually move us up a place. Well I think it would lift us above India on a decimal point superiority. Realistically I can't see it happening but if it did I can already picture the comments that will follow.

  • Okakaboka on June 30, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    AAHHHHH!!! I'M SCREAMING AT THE MONITOR! SELECTORS!.....ARE YOU LISTENING......DROP 'MYKI' SMITH!!!!!!! YES, HE IS A MEGA PASSENGER!

  • rajattiwaari on June 30, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    England have become a wonderful team in odis. If they can have just 1 more explosive batsman in the middle order, they'll be perfect. And how many opportunities will Bopara get. Bring in Bairstow!!

  • 2.14istherunrate on June 30, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    That was a great game of cricket as a game. I think that england's favourite australian, S.W., forgot about his own team though when remarking on England's makeup. Also agree with anyone who thinks that 4/5 tests v SAwould have been better implemtation of time, but that's the way the organisers do not cater for the fans. and it's gonna get worse.

  • Meety on July 1, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    Watched all the Eng Innings & the last 5 or 6 overs of Oz innings. Very good quality match. I am not a Bell fan, but his partnership at the top of Eng's innings was very handy, (felt on other days, he would of been out for sub 10 but that's another story). Then Morgan's innings was the difference. Eng looked unlikely to get to 250 (despite wickets in hand), he slaughtered us. Thought Oz were slightly unlucky in the field, some shots just fell wide of the fielders, but all in all Eng were the better side. Spewing about Cummins injury - Hyclass will have a field day!

  • RandyOZ on July 1, 2012, 4:49 GMT

    @Okakaboka - good to hear from you. Hiding from that Melbourne winter? Myki Smith, absolute classic! I do like the Myki system though I wish we had it in Adelaide!

  • JG2704 on June 30, 2012, 20:30 GMT

    @CricketingStargazer on (June 30 2012, 19:04 PM GMT) - Sorry , don't remember that re Bell. Regardless ,I hope we don't use Bopara/Trott too much as that means that our bowlers are failing. Fair shout for Woakes. Guessing too early to think about Tremlett

  • Plz_Dont_Get_Whitewashed on June 30, 2012, 20:12 GMT

    England = Home Tigers.... nothing more!!! :D

  • CricketingStargazer on June 30, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    JG, Bell was the regular partnership breaker when Collingwood was not playing until Trott took over the role of 5th/6th bowler. At one point he was touted for the all-rounder role. If Jimmy Anderson is ruled out Woakes (or someone else) could be called-up as cover.

  • JG2704 on June 30, 2012, 18:20 GMT

    @landl47 on (June 30 2012, 13:11 PM GMT) Would the word contradictory suffice?

  • JG2704 on June 30, 2012, 18:19 GMT

    @CS - Bell bowling? I don't remember Bell bowling but I bow to you. I like Dernbach but I sometimes thing he tries to overdo the variations and comes unstuck trying to do too much. Woakes could be a good shout , but is he in the squad. I would still be happy with any sort of win but only a 4-1 win would actually move us up a place. Well I think it would lift us above India on a decimal point superiority. Realistically I can't see it happening but if it did I can already picture the comments that will follow.

  • Okakaboka on June 30, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    AAHHHHH!!! I'M SCREAMING AT THE MONITOR! SELECTORS!.....ARE YOU LISTENING......DROP 'MYKI' SMITH!!!!!!! YES, HE IS A MEGA PASSENGER!

  • rajattiwaari on June 30, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    England have become a wonderful team in odis. If they can have just 1 more explosive batsman in the middle order, they'll be perfect. And how many opportunities will Bopara get. Bring in Bairstow!!

  • 2.14istherunrate on June 30, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    That was a great game of cricket as a game. I think that england's favourite australian, S.W., forgot about his own team though when remarking on England's makeup. Also agree with anyone who thinks that 4/5 tests v SAwould have been better implemtation of time, but that's the way the organisers do not cater for the fans. and it's gonna get worse.

  • landl47 on June 30, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    @jmgilhinney: I've noticed that the TV feed and Cricinfo don't always show the same radar speeds. Since the Cricinfo commentators obviously watch the TV feed (they often comment on what the TV people are saying), I wonder where they get their speed radar information from? Perhaps someone from Cricinfo could enlighten us?

  • landl47 on June 30, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    Ah, we hear from RandyOZ!. Just a suggestion, RO- if you're going to take a dig at England for playing people who were born abroad (even though they are qualified for England) and also urge the Australian selectors to pick someone who was born abroad (but is qualified for Australia), DON'T DO IT IN THE SAME POST. It makes you look kind of..... can anyone help me with the word?

  • Vilander on June 30, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    sad not to see Pietersen around :(

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on June 30, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    Bravo England! Congratulations. Well done.

  • Wozzz on June 30, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    As an Australian I was disappointed in the result, but mostly heartened by the performance. Many of the Aussie team have had limited time to adjust to the English conditions and some (like Cummins) are short a gallop after coming back from injury. Smith may look an odd selection, but after being previously dropped his domestic form has been very good. He is still young, has some x factor in the field and is creative with the bat. I just hope his bowling doesn't go the way of Cameron White's. Warner looked good but will need to improve against Anderson. Forrest looks a more reliable bet, but has even less experience. I expect to see changes for the next game as this tour is a good one for newer players to prove themselves and/or gain experience in preparation for the ashes. As an aside, did anyone else notice how preened some of the English players looked compared to the Aussies? My wife did. The difference between being 'on tour' vs 'at home' I guess.

  • CricketingStargazer on June 30, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    Reading RandyOz whinging and whining in defeat somehow cheapens the victory for me...

  • dariuscorny on June 30, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    still feel Aus will bounce back and take the series,but if they lose the next one as well,it would become quite tough.@allenglish fans dont become self proclaimed champs,please calm down.every team does well at their backyard ,its not a big deal.this is the problem with english cricket,the moment they win,they dream of WC.but,when the time comes to prove their worths they are knocked out.so please calm down as the series has not finished yet ,Aussies are known for bounce back, they will certainly

  • KameshRao on June 30, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    Unmistakable where the last rant is directed at... Reporters are best when they report and write about the contest rather than waste space with opinions. At the end of the day "support for the DRS" is no less an opinion as "opposition to it". If there is opposition what are the makers of the DRS doing to change opinions... Here is a suggestion, Set the right expectations (in other words stop making claims that are empirically not supported), Encourage a debate and an agreement on standards that will be acceptable to everyone - so when it is introduced they and others are accountable for the results. Introduce the technology at the domestic level so there is broader support among players and administrators... it is staggering this is being peddled at the most elite levels where the stakes are the highest!. If the ICC is so supportive why dont they put their money where their mouth is and fund it in every series? - One less reason for complaint!.

  • EnglishCricket on June 30, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    @shaantanu - lol You're not making any sense, England in Football are ranked in the top 10 and unlike Cricket, there's so much competition in Football with over 200 countries playing Football so I don't understand what case you're trying to make cause its not adding up. The fact is unlike India or Pakistan or any other Asian Country, we've at least won the World Cup in Football and you've just reminded me that overall, the English are superior than the Asian countries in not just Football and Cricket but in many other sports fact. England not doing well in away conditions? I don't think any country in Cricket is dominant in away countries but at least we're competitive. We've beaten Pakistan this year in UAE 4-0 in ODIs and 2-1 in T20s plus drew away in Sri Lanka 1-1 so sorry to say this but your arguments are invalid based on these evidences and logic :)

  • g.narsimha on June 30, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    A-VACANT SLIP-This is on ENG-AUS , but as usual since u dragged INDIA than let me say now a days every one is TIGER at home , SWANN might have taken 8 wickets in ENG but his ovel all performance vrs INDIA is not that much impressive in TESTS-ave-around 40, in odis-35, he was part of the odi team that toured INDIA after great white wash in tests in ENG , yaa as usual one more spinner had magnificent figures against u r team his ave- vrs pak- in tests-17,even better than THE GREAT WARNEE- who enjoyed huge supremacy over u r batting even in u r place with over all ave-22 ,so i too not inclaine to talk on u r batting .

  • CricketingStargazer on June 30, 2012, 10:37 GMT

    @Jono, thanks for that. I was also just trying to put this defeat into perspective for you. You may yet lose the series, but it is not going to be the 5-0 win and the career-ending experience that Australians were predicting. Maybe by game 5 you guys will be firing, but it would be nice to think that the series will be over by then. Australia can't just roll up and expect to win these days. And you can't expect sides to make your life easy. After 20 years of feeding England crow, we are rather hoping that you guys will start to get a taste for eating it yourselves. Australia will need to lift their game a fair bit from yesterday's rather fragile performance to win the series.

  • 5wombats on June 30, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    @CricketingStargazer on (June 30 2012, 08:50 AM GMT) - nicely put to @Jono Makin. Shades of conversations in The Ashes 2010/11. Aussies just aren't used to losing, and, to be frank - we aren't used to winning! It's too soon to say what is going to happen in this series - we think it's fair bet that if England had won the toss and put Aus in to bat, it would have been fun to watch. But as it was, we think the weather brought the sides closer together than they actually are. @shaantanu - helpful and relevent comments from you.... about football..... thanks!

  • RandyOZ on June 30, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    The fact that England once again relied on two internationals is no excuse for Australia. Mickey Mouse Arthur has intriduced the choke to this group and I just hope it is not too late to remove this. The selectors have done nothing since the Argus review, get Khawaja in this side ASAP. cricinfo plz publish.

  • praveen4honestremark on June 30, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    @ jmcilhinney... We Indians have nice thinking called " use it when it is worth". Everyone here in India wants technology to be part of game if it's really worth paying money for it. Technology showed many times with Dravid, and couldn't spot nicks and adjudged LBW. Laxman doesn't even play a Broad delivery but in Hot spot it shows there was nick. Broad says like this " there might be wax applied to bat"??. Many greats like Kallis, Andy flower who said it has serious flaws. So, after all after working so hard day long we expect our money be valued after we invest some where. A immature DRS is more harm to game than helpful..And to your question what about England when playing India. Answer is simple, don't play with us if u want DRS. If u want revenues play with us. U will surely play with us, keeping all that pride u have on DRS aside bcoz you want revenues, and it showed up when you sacked up test matches for ODI's. Our stance is simple- make it effective, cheaper and complete.

  • CricketingStargazer on June 30, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    OK JG. The Australian talk of 5-0 was just standard Australian hype. We can still lose (I hope not because England was superior today in all departments), but if we had lost the first two there would be no way to avoid the 5-0. Personally, I would have taken a 3-2 defeat as acceptable and even a decent result. Right now though I would be disappointed if we only win 3-2, but things may look a whole lot different after the Oval. Losing Jimmy A. would be worrying: who should take his place? At the Oval I imagine that it would be Jade Dernbach (like for like and the local boy), but I still do not see Dernbach as a long-term solution. For me Chris Woakes would be the more adventurous pick and one that might just pay off big long-term, even at the cost of weakening the attack somewhat now. With Bopara, Trott and Bell we can always find a few overs if someone gets hit out of the attack.

  • on June 30, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    @cricketingstargazer. Just trying to help you guys put this win into perspective, that's all. I'd expect the Aussies to be firing a little better by games 3,4 and 5... For the Aussies, Clarke's timing of the batting powerplay was also disastrous. Taking it with two barely set nurdlers at the crease is the wrong strategy entirely and they paid a heavy price. Wade looked pretty good for the start of the tour and would have been far more effective hitting through and over the field.

  • Sunil_Batra on June 30, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    @c3vzn well said mate, though I wouldn't change too much in the Aussie batting attack until the end of the series. At the end of the series I would consider batsman such as Forrest and Khawaja who would be good number 3's in the ODI format. I am predicting a big series from Clarke.

  • Mary_786 on June 30, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    @c3vzn agree with you Khawaja mate, he would be a better number 3 then Bailey and definitely better then Smith, but I think he will need one more solid Ryobi cup before the selectors take him in. And the world hasn't ended because we lost one game to England, the Aussies will bounce back.

  • jmcilhinney on June 30, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    @Jono Makim on (June 30 2012, 07:56 AM GMT), we'd be more likely to take such things into account if others had done so before the series. We were told by SOME how Cummins was going to rip through the England batting line up so excuse us for being pleased that he didn't and pointing it out. It's rather like Sunil Narine all over again, with both WI and neutral fans telling us how he was going have England for breakfast and then did nothing of the sort. As for your proposed Australia team, anyone can write 11 names and say that that team would succeed where others haven't. I'm surprised that Cricket Australia have looked through this site to find the members for its selection panel.

  • shaantanu on June 30, 2012, 8:58 GMT

    From the day i started watching cricket i have witnessed england being thrashed again and again by australia .after years and years of mediocrity its about time england had their day under the sun.

  • shaantanu on June 30, 2012, 8:51 GMT

    @EnglishCricket:Cricket may not be your most popular sport but everyone can see how good England are in their most popular sport-football......not even progressing to the business end of a major tournament......when was the last time you won a World Cup:1966.Ooh thts pretty recent.n when was the last time you won a cricket world cup....uum never right?.......tht said must say the english have improved in cricket but only on their home soil.....outside home, less said the better

  • CricketingStargazer on June 30, 2012, 8:50 GMT

    @Jono Makin, I'm afraid that it's the new reality that you have to get used to. England aren't scared of Australia any longer. We respect you, but the side will be in your faces and the fans are confident that we can give as good as we have been receiving for so many years, largely unanswered. The wheel will turn again soon enough, but you will just have to put up with it until it does. If Australia came underprepared because they thought that it was going to be too easy, that's their problem, not ours.

  • A_Vacant_Slip on June 30, 2012, 8:36 GMT

    @CricketingStargazer "It is good to have an attack where three bowlers can send it down at 90mph (144km/h +), but it is no good if they bowl dross at that speed". Yes absolutely and I have this same conversation with Aussie boy @Marcio some time ago here on cricinfo. Aussie seem to be hooked on pace - they have no spin bowler worth the mention. I remember last time in England ODI Aus had Tait and when he was on target he was fast and lethal.

  • JG2704 on June 30, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    I'll have to disagree with some comms of my fellow Eng fans re Australia being average. Morgan played a sensational knock and if Morgan scored anywhere near the SR of the rest of our batting line up scored we'd have been short and Aus finished less than 20 behind England.

  • JG2704 on June 30, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    @g.narsimha on (June 30 2012, 06:18 AM GMT) Quite funny commenting like that when you obviously did not see the game. Swann came on in the 11th over which is hardly unusual for a spinner and if anything he had the tougher conditions to bowl in and if you watched Warner play Swann he had very little attacking intent. In fact you can probably see this just by looking at the commentary and seeing how Swann dried up the runs in his 1st few overs. So well done for noticing that Warner wasn't bowled out by our pacers early on but not noticing that Warner did not back up his words vs Swann. Also who actually got Warner's wicket?

  • JG2704 on June 30, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    @CricketingStargazer on (June 29 2012, 21:33 PM GMT) My point re the 5-0 was that we achieved one result and at least could not be whitewashed - which some on here posted. Still unsure about Craig. I'm pretty sure that Morgan got off strike 1st ball with a single and was getting the 1s and 2s with little risk before he exploded. CK I find has the mentality of swing or block. Coming in at 6 and towards the end of the inns I'd want to see that man score at over a run a ball

  • A_Vacant_Slip on June 30, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    @g.narsimha on (June 30 2012, 06:18 AM GMT)...."where was SWANNY hiding while WARNER WAS ON CREASE.." why this comment? it clearly could be seen that Warner have BIG weakness against spin. His big talk about smashing Swann is just so much Aussie BS - it cover the weakness he know he has V spin. Swann always have good chance against left hander. Seem to me that you FORGOT how good is Swann in England. Last year in ODI v India Swann was leading wicket taker with 8 wickets at 18. The India bowling.... well, best not to talk about that!

  • CricketingStargazer on June 30, 2012, 8:04 GMT

    @jmcilhinney, pace is fundamental. It is good to have an attack where three bowlers can send it down at 90mph (144km/h +), but it is no good if they bowl dross at that speed. The key is "quality pace": accurate, consistent. It's the point that I was making: if pace is inaccurate it goes for a lot of runs. That's why Saj Mahmood never made it... he had pace, but never developed the control to make it effective. It's why Steve Harmison was lethal on his day, but could be innocuous and expensive. Australia bowled well in favourable conditions, but not well enough and allowed England a launchpad for a big score. The average 1st innings score at Lords is, incredibly, 233. 250 gave us a real chance. When we reached 260 you felt that it would always be too many barring something remarkable from Warner.

  • on June 30, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    Wow, the English fans here are really talking themselves up! Well, you have to take a few things into consideration. Like that England has been playing full on cricket for the last two months and is battle ready. Poor young Patty Cummins has just played his first proper game of cricket in months a few days ago and was right up around the 90mph mark from the start... For the Aussies, they'd look a heck of a lot stronger with Watson, Warner, Forrest, Clarke, Hussey, Hussey, Wade as the top 7. My team for the next match would be; Warner, Wade, Watson, Clarke, Hussey, Bailey, Johnson, Lee, Pattinson, Cummins, Hilfenhaus. Now that would be a proper pace battery.

  • YorkshirePudding on June 30, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    @g.narsimha, Swann bowled when Warner was at the crease and he faced 12 deliveries scoring 5 runs (all singles), so I doubt swann was hiding.. The england bowlers will learn dont forget this is the first time that they have bowled at Warner, so will be pouring over the video footage today, Warner bats a little like Tresco like in that he barely has any foot movement and relies on raw physical strength. which will be his undoing if the ball swings....Australias biggest problem was they they didnt manage to bowl england out despite the having the best of the bowling conditions.

  • Big-Dog on June 30, 2012, 7:47 GMT

    I don't understand why so many people think Doherty should be dropped. He has been a steady performer & always takes wickets. He certainly was'nt the worst bowler in this game. Smith should certainly be dropped but Bailey, in his debut year is worth another go, afterall, Smith was retained all through the last ashes series despite consistant failures at all formats.

  • VivGilchrist on June 30, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    Cricket is a truly universal game.... an Irishman and a South African top-scoring for "England". Well done.

  • Charlie101 on June 30, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    Funny how the outspoken Randyoz is not quite so outspoken today. I guess the "popgun attack " did the business today !!!

  • Heisenburg on June 30, 2012, 7:18 GMT

    I knew Smith would fail, Drop him and put Forrest at 3 and Bailey at 6. Also Doherty, the guy is hopeless yet nobody ever says anything about him, it would be better if we put another paceman in there, I'd go with Hilfenhaus.

  • jmcilhinney on June 30, 2012, 6:28 GMT

    @landl47 on (June 30 2012, 04:01 AM GMT), I went through the CricInfo commentary to get all the bowling speeds so I can't take responsibility for the accuracy of the numbers. There was at least one ball for each bowler that didn't have the speed listed, so maybe they were the fast ones. Regardless, I think it was fairly obvious who was the fastest bowler today. Of course, we England fans have been saying that speed isn't everything and so it isn't. Maybe it was because the England batsmen were playing with more care for most of the innings but the Australian attack looked less menacing overall, despite having the early assistance. Finn looked the most threatening bowler for the day I think, which is mighty enocuraging.

  • on June 30, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    Suddenly England look the team to challenge the No. 1 ODI team spot... and an sure they will before the end of the year...

  • g.narsimha on June 30, 2012, 6:18 GMT

    FW of ENGLSH fans declared that WARNER would be consumed in intiat overs by ENG fast bowlers but he was able to score an actractive 50, where was SWANNY hiding while WARNER WAS ON CREASE .The turnring point was WADES needles run out how ever enjoyed this match , evenly matched .

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on June 30, 2012, 5:32 GMT

    England had terrible conditions to bat in, when Australia batted the sun beat down; And yet England continue to be years ahead of Australia in all forms of cricket.

  • jmcilhinney on June 30, 2012, 5:09 GMT

    Like many others, I'm not completely convinced by Ravi Bopara. He did play a very good T20 innings against WI and I do have to wonder whether that blow to the head affected him in this game but even if he plays to his potential, I don;t think he is the right man to come in behind Cook, Bell and Trott. With those three at the top, England need more KP/Morgan-style explosiveness in the middle order. I wonder whether the selectors decided they needed to retain some experience after losing KP, but I wonder whether bringing Buttler or Bairstow in might not be a better idea. I agree with JG that Kieswetter can get bogged down when not hitting boundaries but I think that, after a slow start here, he did do a good job of scoring some singles and rotating the strike. he probably needs to do that earlier in his innings though. I can see Bairstow taking over the gloves in ODIs and T20s in the not too distant future.

  • jmcilhinney on June 30, 2012, 5:00 GMT

    There's a lot of talk about Steve Smith, and probably rightly so. I'm not sure of the actual figures but Smith has been doing well in domestic cricket lately. I know that it's results that matter but Smith has to be the ugliest batsman going and I just don't think that his lack of technique can stand up to international cricket. If he was having an impact with the ball then you could understand his inclusion but if he's not going to bowl then there just doesn't seem to be justification for his inclusion. Far better spinners than Smith have trouble making an impact in England so I'm not sure what he would achieve with the ball anyway. Apparently Clarke isn't convinced either. Assuming he won't bowl, surely Smith isn't the best batsman Australia have to replace Mike Hussey.

  • jmcilhinney on June 30, 2012, 4:50 GMT

    A lot of people like to tell us England fans that, #1 in Test cricket or not, this England team is a long way short of the great Australia teams of the recent past. They are quite right too, but I for one have never claimed any different. Significantly though, #1 in ODIs or not, this Australia team is a long way short of those teams too. There's certainly potential to improve in various facets of the Australia team, but the same can be said of England too. He's only played one game so far so things could change, but Cummins is the second bowler this summer who has been touted as being England's destroyer and to have not done so. Just like Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins is undoubtedly a good bowler with most likely a big career ahead of him but he has come up against what is a very good England team in their home conditions. I really didn't expect Narine to have an impact in English conditions though. Cummins has much more in his favour.

  • Sinhaya on June 30, 2012, 4:40 GMT

    Aussie batting is the weak link for sure and that was why they had to settle for a 2-2 draw in ODIs in Windies. In the tests in the Caribbean, it was all average scores that were posted. English bowling is invincible in the "Fortress England". England can win the ODIs 5-0 for sure. It was this time last year that Chandimal scored a ton at Lords and that was the last time England lost an ODI at home. England will be a fortress for many years to come. Mark my words, England will win the Ashes next year 3-0 or 4-0! Anderson, Bresnan and Broad will have a field day and England's long batting lineup will wear off the Aussies.

  • on June 30, 2012, 4:28 GMT

    TeamRocker, Smith is from NSW and is young. That's the explanation for why he is selected. Otherwise how on earth can you explain why David Hussey averaging 55 in first class cricket has yet to play a test. Guys with averages around 39/40 have already been given chances. Andrew McDonald would be a useful containment bowler in ODIs and he bats better than SS. But then, he is 31 & Victorian. If Mike Hussey is fit, he can play 5 or 6 so Steve S can be dropped. Otherwise Phil Hughes in the middle order can play inventive strokes, and in ODIs, especially batting at 6, will not need to worry about the short ball. He could be a great finisher.

  • landl47 on June 30, 2012, 4:01 GMT

    A few more impressions: Watson was the worst bowler on either side today and didn't make many runs. Perhaps Aus has a balance problem? Although this game was superficially close, Aus were never really up with the rate and lost a lot more wickets. Given that they had the best of the conditions, there was a bigger gap between the sides than the scoreline indicates. I love watching Brett Lee play, he gives 100%, never gives up and always appears to be enjoying himself. Contrast that with Bopara; I'm sure he cares, but he wanders around in his own little world and never appears to be part of the team effort. @jmcilhinney: you're underselling Finn; his fastest ball today was 92.9mph, or 149.51kph, according to the TV. Cummins' was 91.2mph or 146.77kph. The difference was the sustained speed, Finn was consistently faster. Folks, let's not get carried away. This was one game and the Aussies will come back strong- that's what they do. It will be a close series.

  • simon_w on June 30, 2012, 3:07 GMT

    I think this was a hugely important toss to win -- given that Australia had far the better of the batting conditions having won the toss, this was an impressive win for England. Had Cook won the toss and put Australia in, I can only think that it would have been a much more significant winning margin.

  • c3vzn on June 30, 2012, 3:00 GMT

    Khawaja has a decent record in List A, he should get a go at number 3, he's in England after all. Bailey can drop down to 6 and replace Smith.

  • on June 30, 2012, 2:26 GMT

    England are still the yardstick to beat in world cricket. Australia has caught up somewhat but still will not beat England.

  • TeamRocker on June 30, 2012, 1:57 GMT

    OK, seriously, Australia need to explain Smith's place in the squad. (Other than specialist fielder) Is he a pinch hitter? No. Is he an all-rounder? No, he practically never bowls. Is he a specialist batsmen? No, there are way better batsmen in the ranks, waiting to be brought in. I just don't get it.

  • Hodra99 on June 30, 2012, 1:57 GMT

    Australia only need to make one change. Smith out, Forrest in. Australia win. Simple

  • subbass on June 30, 2012, 1:41 GMT

    Steve Finn showed why he is the best young quick bowler in world cricket today.

    Hostile stuff from the big fella.

  • on June 30, 2012, 1:13 GMT

    drop George baily,petter forrest and xavier doherty... back cameron white, shaun marsh and nathan lyon.... aus best odi xi are: 1.watson 2.warner 3.marsh 4.clarke 5.white 6.hussey/smith 7.pain/wade 8.johntion 9.lee 10.pittintion 11.lyon

  • Patchmaster on June 30, 2012, 1:10 GMT

    Bairstow in for Keiswetter. Butler for Hayes in for Bopara please.

  • yousaf465 on June 30, 2012, 1:07 GMT

    Well this match add more support for DRS

    Went thrugh the whole article for this "technology has improved the standards of decision making, supporting good umpiring and sparing bad. It has not achieved perfection - nobody has ever claimed that - but it has moved closer towards it. Those who continue to question the merits of DRS are either too wedded to tradition, too busy or simply too wilful to recognise the facts."

    Where are those DRS haters and Where is martin was he watching ?

  • niroshw on June 30, 2012, 0:58 GMT

    I just don't get this. Why is Smith still in the team? Batting avg of 21 And bowling avg of 34 in 31 matches.

  • Okakaboka on June 30, 2012, 0:54 GMT

    Well, Myki Smith is back. Did he remember to swipe on and swipe off when he entered the ground. Can't call him Metcard Smith because Metcard is just about finished. Wish the selectors would finish the 'Smith' experiment. His selection is beyond the pail..... Geez, how much better the team would look if MacDonald was there. I'd lay London to a brick Smith will play next match because "We've invested a lot of development time in this player". Geez, HE AIN'T GOT IT!!

  • Deep_Point on June 30, 2012, 0:50 GMT

    Apart from the rain delays at the start, a really enjoyable game. England were very measured and without the fireworks from Morgan, it would have been even closer. Australia were in control for several periods of the game, but as always became ragged and the weaknesses in their batting were exposed. I expected more from Cummins and looking at the slo-mo of his action, can't help feeling he is protecting his back a little by holding his hips back a bit more than he should. More to come from him hopefully. As for Doherty - he is woefully exposed at this level. It really helps if you can turn the ball, even a little bit...

  • Hammond on June 30, 2012, 0:04 GMT

    1 win achieved, only 4 to go and England are number 1 in the world in all three formats. Australia, however, remain bog average. Cummins didn't look anything like the future of Australian cricket (Finn was consistently quicker too by the way), and Clarke panicked and consequently his field placings were poor. Funny, England didn't even seem to need KP to batter "the best bowling side in the world". Overall, Australia just looked outclassed.

  • Peterincanada on June 29, 2012, 23:57 GMT

    @adoh You are right. There are too many passengers on Aus. Doherty, Smith, Bailey to name 3. Not sure about D. Hussey either. Don't agree with all the trash talk about Cummins though. If he stays injury free he will be great. Aus can field a good bowling side. It's the batting that is not up to scratch.

  • jb633 on June 29, 2012, 23:50 GMT

    Can't help but think this victory is worthless, would rather see them warming up for a 5 match test series vs SA. Despite all the pre match hype surronding the Aus side I really did not see much in the bowling attack to scare the English side with regards to their ashes trophy. I just don't think that pace worries this English batting line up. Having wathced this side closely over the past few years I think the obvious way to beat them is with good spin bowling, on slow low wickets. Steven Finn appears to be performing better in the ODI's at the minute which seems strange as I always would have thought he would be better suited to the longer format. Roll on SA series, let the ODI's be over lol

  • Harry_Kool on June 29, 2012, 23:44 GMT

    Good effort from the Poms. The standard was high, good quality cricket. Hopefully it will remain at this standard throughout the series. We still got a few things to improve on, but the fact we were competitive whilst doing so is encouraging.

  • shillingsworth on June 29, 2012, 23:39 GMT

    @A_Yorkshire_Lad - personally I would have been far more riveted by a 4 test England v South Africa series.

  • jonesytoo on June 29, 2012, 23:36 GMT

    Don't really care about the result but it was good to see Pat Cummins ending several England batsmen's careers as predicted and obviously Swann will retire now after being destroyed by the powerhouse Aussie batting. We'll miss you Graeme.

  • MattyP1979 on June 29, 2012, 23:18 GMT

    A pretty good win by Eng considering. Luck was a factor.....not for Eng but Aus. Winning the toss made a game of it, and for us to get an LBW it has to hit half way up middle, Aus batsman have to edge it to 4th slip and our batsman CAn be given out LBW even if they middle it. If luck indeed evens out Aus are in trouble....thankyou DRS. And as for Cummins....lol.

  • EnglishCricket on June 29, 2012, 23:14 GMT

    Number 1 team in Tests, Number 1 in T20s and now hopefully Number 1 in ODIs and history is on the making but the funny thing is that Cricket is not our most popular sport but yet we're damn good at it :)

  • Adoh on June 29, 2012, 23:00 GMT

    Australia once again has not fielded a team of internationals. Smith is definately not playing in his correct grade, neither is Bailey, and sorry to say, neither is Doherty. So, if it's been decided to take the Australian team backwards, why not bring on Mitch for the next game and Hilfy and Forrest, keep Smith and Bailey and Doherty, bench Lee and Cummins and Warner. Where are the Marsh bros, Ferguson and Lyon? If not Lyon, why not O'Keefe. Australia has the talent, and it's very frustrating to see so much of it unutilsed and underdeveloped. If I were England, I'd be concerned that I only won by 15 runs considering I wasn't really playing an international team.

  • Juiceoftheapple on June 29, 2012, 22:37 GMT

    Nice victory, nice bowling, great reposte to Clarke re the grief to Bresnan & playing 5 bowlers (Would rather have Bres/broad/Swann as bats over Smith every second of my life!), great inswinger to get rid of him. Basically in our conditions, against our 5 bowlers there are no easy runs, and if someone gets some tap Cook just tries someone else. BUT not enough runs on the board for me, we should be beating this lot by a margin, not by 15 runs. Without Wade's run out I think they could have got it. I'm totally behind the top 3 philosopy, as we simply dont have Sehwag or Gilchrist (Tresco??), but the key for me is getting the most powerful 4,5 & 6 we can, Morgan is awesome and first on the team sheet (though I agree he's not a test bat), its just the other 2 slots. I think Bairstow will eventually take Kies' slot. I just dont think Kies hits enough 4 balls, considering he's huge! So its Buttler over Bopara for me. And hope we dont face more than 1 good spinner, cus we're average at spin.

  • MartinC on June 29, 2012, 22:34 GMT

    Can somone from Australia explain to me how Steve Smith gets into the side as a number 6 batsmen? He has played 30 odd ODIs and has not yet even made a fifty and averages under 30. He just does not have the technique to play as a batsman in England against a quality attack.

    If he is not good enough to be one of your 5 bowlers - and he's not - I can't believe there is not a better batsman somewhere in Australia to bat at 6.

  • O_Jackling on June 29, 2012, 22:25 GMT

    Should be a good series. Interesting to see how all the hyped players perform! Surprised no comments on warner - he looked very good, certainly better than the last 'great aus opener' (as an england fan, pls put hughes back in the team) to tour eng. Cummins looked ok but overhyped, lee was very impressive, warner good but the rest of aus disappointing. As far as eng are concerned - finn looked very impressive, the cook/bell opening partnership did ok in testing conditions, and morgan was clearly amazing. Surprised swann didn't get a wicket, did a great job slowing the scoring when eng really needed it.

  • AAN_GINA on June 29, 2012, 22:11 GMT

    "Time and again in this England cricket season, technology has improved the standards of decision making, supporting good umpiring and sparing bad. It has not achieved perfection - nobody has ever claimed that - but it has moved closer towards it."

    Sorry David Hopps, that's an insane logic to vouch for a flawed system.Either have a fool-proof solid syatem in place with the comprehensive use of Hawk Eye, Hot Spot, Knickometer etc, no incremental solutions are acceptable, got to have the complete package or none at all. If I have to have a flawed system I'd rather have a human do it than a machine.

  • Jimmers on June 29, 2012, 22:00 GMT

    Morgan - extraordinary. Bopara - hopeless. Again. If he doesn't come good in this series, I think that will be all his Englnd lives used up, for Tests and ODI.

  • kunderanengineer on June 29, 2012, 21:42 GMT

    If this first match is any indication we might be in for a good series. Really getting tired of all these blowouts. Could somebody win this series 3-2 for a change please? Anybody!

  • A_Yorkshire_Lad on June 29, 2012, 21:34 GMT

    Hmm , quite a canny decision by ECB & CA to hold this competition , after all ! All these comments about it being inconsequntial and yet we're all riveted ! Good win for England but not by such a great margin and the aussies will bounce back and , as always , be ultra competitive to the last man.Interesting to note that Steve Smith didn't get a bowl in this match whereas Swann got a full 10 overs , though he didn't take a wicket - Smith must be hoping for more spin-friendly pitches otherwise he'll be anixous about keeping his place in the team as his batting is hardly inspiring. Is there another middle-order batsman in the squad to take his place ?

  • CricketingStargazer on June 29, 2012, 21:33 GMT

    JG, I will be staggered if this series is 5-0. 4-1 would need everything to go England's way (or Australia's from here on, as you seem to be suggesting). It would be surprising if Australia, for all their weaknesses, play this badly again. If England were to win at The Oval then I might start to believe, but I will want to see that first... We disagree over Craig Kieswetter: he has done a job for England and today he did play a vital innings and he will play many more.

  • hhillbumper on June 29, 2012, 21:17 GMT

    the team that did the talking did not do the walking.Still got bits to learn though England were nowhere near their best

  • StatisticsRocks on June 29, 2012, 21:13 GMT

    Yest, Watson talk now abt the combination of Eng team. Boy will these sports people never learn that their words comes back to bite them. To add insult to injury it was a shame that he did not walk after getting such a big edge. It was so obvious to everyone..why wait for the review.

  • pommy80 on June 29, 2012, 21:05 GMT

    Another dominant display for England against Australia. Great win, poor Australia ha ha ha ha ha.

  • Stark62 on June 29, 2012, 21:05 GMT

    After watching Cummins bowl against the Saffers and particularly Kallis, made me excited to see the guy bowl again but I was disappointed with his performance today and hope he does improve in ODI's.

    Also, who is this Baily guy?!?!

    He looks average at best!

  • JG2704 on June 29, 2012, 21:02 GMT

    Re Australia - I wonder if Watson's comments re balance have a kind of irony and wonder if , with the personnel they have , if they should not be following suit? If Mike was there then there would be no problem but as a follower of English cricket I have noticed what an influence Starc is having at Yorks in the T20s. He was the difference in the Leics win earlier in the week. Maybe he's not shown that in Australia , but if I was an Aus selector I'd call him up and possibly replace Smith. I always wondered what happened to Smith's bowling? I'm sure he was being compared to Warne at one point but now batting seems to be his suit oh and he's an exceptional fielder too. I like the guy but maybe he is a weak link

  • JG2704 on June 29, 2012, 21:02 GMT

    A few strange comms as usual. Obviously this is a decent win and means we can't be whitewashed but I still think we are a long way from the finished article and Morgan's magnificent innings was the difference. Bell and Cook started slow but it was understandable under the conditions and when Bell went we were going at 5 an over so good job there even if their SRs don't look impressive on paper. Was disappointed that it all seemed to slow down when him and Ravi were at the crease. As I've said before I'm still not convinced about having 4 accumulators in a row and wish Eng would bring Morgan in as early as 3 on days like today when the openers have got through more than 10 overs. Still not convinced by Craig in Eng colours. As I've said before,I feel he can get bogged down and when he's not finding the boundary he's stagnating the runrate and not rotating strike.Re bowling,despite figures I thought Swann was our best man as he slowed the scoring down just when Aus needed to accelerate

  • JG2704 on June 29, 2012, 20:59 GMT

    @Anas Ali on (June 29 2012, 10:24 AM GMT) I love it when folk say about hating the English weather , like us English love bad weather. Also , unlike other countries English weather is totally unpredictable. We've had the worst June (which is pretty much mid summer and has the longest day of daylinght) for yonks and it could turn out to be the wettest in history. These series are organised months and months ago and our weather forecasters can't get next day forecasts right half the time so how is anyone supposed to know when the bad weather will come

  • Big-Dog on June 29, 2012, 20:57 GMT

    Perhaps this result will remind Inverity of why Smith was dropped in the first place.

  • SoupOrSalad on June 29, 2012, 20:48 GMT

    Regardihg last paragraph on technolgy. I disagree. If it has performed well for this match or for this particular season does not prove anything. How it performs in different weather conditions and different light conditions would matter. DRS just had a good day, so does umpires have most of the time. That does not make DRS perfect, same as umpires. Let's take a cue from baseball. controversial umpiring decision adds to the drama and fun for fans. Do not take it away from us :)

  • whatawicket on June 29, 2012, 20:48 GMT

    makes watsons comments seem a bit dim, perhaps he did not know he was going to bowl the full quota of overs and also the worst bowler. i dont know why any player would come out with any thoughts, its plain stupid and could only be said with the management agreement. i think if flowers had heard english players he would get short shift.

  • vertical on June 29, 2012, 20:42 GMT

    @ jmcilhinney I am Indian I support DRS. I don't know what is the problem with BCCI .DRS clearly improves the accuracy and is worth it.The rejection of the technology just because it's not 100% is ridiculous and a fallacious argument.

  • 5wombats on June 29, 2012, 20:42 GMT

    Very good game. Well played to both sides. Close game. In the end the difference between the teams was just three swings of Morgans bat - the 3 sixes he hit towards the end of the Innings. Very competitive - really good advertisement for this format. More please!

  • LALITHKURUWITA on June 29, 2012, 20:39 GMT

    This will shut up Watson's comments about POM's batting line up.

  • Winsome on June 29, 2012, 20:38 GMT

    Well played England. Great to see Morgan leap into action, he's some talent in short formats. It will be interesting to see how the Aussies come back. They are no 1's almost by default. The team looks undergunned in the batting. They need to decide what to do with Steve Smith, they really do.

  • CricketingStargazer on June 29, 2012, 20:19 GMT

    To be honest I don't usually listen to TMS for ODIs unless it is a particularly interesting match, but I found this one gripping. England had by far the worst of the conditions, but always seemed to be in control and it was the solid batting of Cook, Trott and Bell at the top of the order that allowed Eoin Morgan to come in and play with freedom. Later, Craig Kieswetter provided solid support for his hitting. Lots of talk before about the balance of England's side, but having a 5th bowler was critical in the chase and Australia seemed at least one batsman short with Steve Smith at 6. In an ODI, if your #7 & #8 have time to play a long innings the match is probably lost anyway, so the talk was pretty vacuous anyway.

  • jmcilhinney on June 29, 2012, 20:17 GMT

    From an England vs Australia perspective, it's worth considering that Australia are missing Mike Hussey and England are missing KP but Australia will be getting Hussey back while England have seen the last of KP. That said, there's also plenty of improvement in this England team. Australia won't always have the conditions in their favour so much as they were today and Anderson looked like he should have been home in bed.

  • agupta429 on June 29, 2012, 20:16 GMT

    I DID NOT SEE THIS COMING!!! .. The match i mean.. i was still under the impression some Eng vs WI were underway lol

  • sheila_4 on June 29, 2012, 20:13 GMT

    5-0 Aus? Er... I don't think so!!

  • SDHM on June 29, 2012, 20:12 GMT

    I thought England did really well to win a game in which they bore the brunt of conditions. I said when I saw the weather it would be a massive toss to win and fancied England to nick two or three out early if they won it. Cook and Bell needed a bit of luck to survive the early overs, but survive they did. Cummins looked composed, but showed his inexperience when resorting to slower balls far too often. Warner looked good when playing his shots, but he didn't play Swann at all well on a pitch not offering much to the spinner I thought, and his dismissal does not bode well for an Ashes series next year if he can't work on his technique (plenty of time to do that though). If Smith isn't going to bowl, then he needs to be replaced with either a proper batsman or bowler - maybe Forrest or Pattinson could come in for him in the next game, depending on conditions.

  • whatawicket on June 29, 2012, 20:10 GMT

    aanas ali this should be our 2/3 month of summer when else u want it played.

  • jb633 on June 29, 2012, 20:09 GMT

    @Indian fans, this result should not count in the record books, because the game did not involve Tendulkar. Agree?

  • on June 29, 2012, 20:02 GMT

    Aussie batting line up looks very weak. Ten years ago they had Michael Bevan coming in at No 6. now they have Steve Smith. That just shows how much they have fallen back. Sadly so have many other international sides except perhaps South Africa which is why England look good now. I have a feeling that SA too are rather fragile so won't be surprised if our Commonwealth team steam rollers them too.

  • yorkslanka on June 29, 2012, 19:57 GMT

    well done to England on a good win...morgan was superb today and showed that he can be the new KP for England...hopefully when I go to watch the 4th match, the series will still be alive...

  • Peterincanada on June 29, 2012, 19:54 GMT

    Well done England. Oz still have too many passengers. I don't know why Smith was in the side. He doesn't bat near well enough for a six and doesn't bowl well enough to be given more than a couple of overs. I say Wade should be six and Johnson at seven. He gives an extra bowlig option and will score more runs than Smith. And that is just for a start. Bailey, D. Hussey and Doherty wouldn't get near an England side from what I have seen so far. The other players will have to play out of their skins to carry the light weights.

  • jmcilhinney on June 29, 2012, 19:46 GMT

    @praveen4honestremark on (June 29 2012, 10:36 AM GMT), it concerns us because we know that every time we play India they will refuse to use DRS and we all know that it improves the quality of umpiring decisions. Consider the fact that the vast majority of comments made against DRS are by Indian fans. What are the odds that the only national governing body that is against DRS is BCCI and most of the fans who argue against DRS are Indian? Is it that Indian s are genetically predisposed to dislike DRS or is the more likely explanation that Indian fans have simply decided to support their national governing body rather than form their own informed opinion? Many Indians said that the ICC should have independent testing conducted. They did and DRS passed, so now what's the problem?

  • jmcilhinney on June 29, 2012, 19:40 GMT

    I'm wondering when exactly Australia are going to unleash this pace battery with all these bowlers averaging 150 kph who make Steven Finn look so pedestrian because they certainly weren't playing in this match. Brett Lee: fastest = 143.6, average = 138.6; Pat Cummins: fastest = 145.4, average = 135.5; Steven Finn: fastest = 145.8, average = 141.2. Now, to be fair, they all bowled at least one slower ball but Cummins bowled significantly more. Taking out the slower balls for each bowler (2 balls below 133.6 for Lee, 10 balls below 134.1 for Cummins, 1 ball below 135.4 for Finn) you still get averages of 139.3, 139.4 and 141.6 for Lee, Cummins and Finn respectively. Maybe Steve Smith is the one who averages 150. Too bad he didn't get a bowl.

  • on June 29, 2012, 19:35 GMT

    England played well today and so did Morgan, Trott and Kieswetter!

  • YorkshirePudding on June 29, 2012, 19:35 GMT

    A win is a win, but there are some concerns for england, especially if Anderson is injured, Bopara, Cook and Bell were a little slow off the mark, but cook and bell did have disadvantage of being a little stop start during the first 5-10 overs so couldnt build momentum. At times the england bowlers were a little lax and bowled a few too many short balls, which almost let Australia off the hook. Overall Australia looked a little inexperienced in closing out the game, but they wont be like that for long, they never are. Looking forward to seeing more of Wade and Warner this series to see how they learn. The oval should suit Australia as its usually got a bit more pace and bounce than other wickets.

  • jackthelad on June 29, 2012, 19:29 GMT

    At the start of play, the pundits said it would go with whoever won the toss. It didn't. 'Nuff said.

  • mikey76 on June 29, 2012, 19:26 GMT

    Good all round performance from the boys, Kieswetter dallied a bit too much and possibly Trott too so it was fortunate Morgan played one of his best innings so far. I'm sure we'll get the usual SA/Irish rant from our Aussie pals who conveniently overlook the performances of Broad,Anderson and Bresnan etc. I'm sure Aus will come back strong so its important we up our game 10%. Give K'Wetter another shot but prob Bairstow is the better bet long term. If Bopara doesn't get any overs then Buttler would be my pick. Gives the middle order a bit more oompf.

  • priceless1 on June 29, 2012, 19:26 GMT

    to many useless players are in the Aussie line up ..

  • Muhtasim13 on June 29, 2012, 19:23 GMT

    yea Watson, Talk Nah... wasn't England's choice of 5 specialist bowlers going to hurt them? Look who ended up losing 10 wickets

  • jmcilhinney on June 29, 2012, 19:22 GMT

    I should also add David Hussey's dismissal as one of those critical moments. He was a little unlucky to be out but the fact is that it was a very good ball from Finn and he played it terribly. The toss was also probably fairly important. Australia definitely had the better of the conditions and it was in large part due to Cook's and Bell's grit and determination in weathering the early storm that England were in a position to accelerate later.

  • jackthelad on June 29, 2012, 19:22 GMT

    For sure, this is one of the most irrelevant, inconsequential 'competitions' an England team has ever been asked to take part in. However ... the Aussies, with their wayward young boys and their skinny middle-order, were at least exposed for the charlatans and pretenders to a throne occupied by their nation ten years ago that they currently are. It is a fairly competent team, but lacking in basics (and when Lee retires, will be even more so).

  • Cpt.Meanster on June 29, 2012, 19:19 GMT

    Well done England. You played better cricket over all. Aussies should keep quiet until the contest formally ends. No use of McGrath-like words unless you got the ability to back it up through performance. Like I have said many times, England are very good in their home conditions in any format. They can beat any team on English soil. The problem is away from home but then again most teams are not dominant away from home as Australia have clearly shown here. I still see Australia coming back to level the series next game.

  • on June 29, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    england had to much for an average aussie side, they are improving though and i expect this series wont be all one way.

  • cyborg on June 29, 2012, 19:05 GMT

    lucky English, a little wonder in morgan , but england was not looking good early and that was a little worry sign for me

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on June 29, 2012, 19:05 GMT

    So, as we all knew, England are way better than Australia. Not just in test cricket which the whole world has known for years, but in one dayers too!! A lack of skill and ability pervades the Aussie batting line up. And their bowling's a joke too. LOL at this result!!!

  • voma on June 29, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    Boom , another brilliant performance from Englands ODI team . I know were playing at home , in favourible conditions . But i thought we totally dominated a very good Australia team today . The Aussies had there chances today , but Anderson , Bresnan and Broad were just to good . Steven Finn is becoming the best emerging fast bowler in World Cricket now , i wanted to mention him last .

  • landl47 on June 29, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    Just a few impressions. Very good job by Cook and Bell to get through the worst of the conditions- winning the toss was a huge advantage to Aus. Cummins disappointingly ordinary, bowled a few quick balls but mostly between 135 and 140kph and his last over looked like Dernbach, 3 slow balls. McKay best Aus bowler. Morgan was brilliant; he has dropped that big dip in his trigger movement and looked much better balanced. Finn was great- fast, aggressive and accurate, all the things Cummins was supposed to be. Bresnan extended the match by dropping Clarke; you can't drop players of his class. Anderson obviously ill, did well to get through 9 overs. England generally just too professional for Aus, but it's only one match. Entertaining game.

  • The_bowlers_Holding on June 29, 2012, 18:56 GMT

    I didn't get to see the England innings as I was at work followed on cricinfo, by all accounts the Australian attack was very good apart from when Morgan let fly. Good controlled bowling by England the double wicket loss of Warner and the other chap put England in control. Good game all told but it doesn't really count because M.Hussey was injured and it was not in the sub-continent, green top bullies blah blah blah

  • EnglishCricket on June 29, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    So, where are the people that said Australia will thrash England 5-0? haha...Wasn't able to watch the match but heard it was a wonderful day of Cricket and bowlers from both teams played superbly.

  • richardror on June 29, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    Oh dear oh dear oh dear! RandyOZ where are you!? You have been very loud criticising us 'poms' throughout the winter and early summer and now Australia have felt the wrath of England you will be quiet! England have proved quite clearly they are vastly superior to you Aussies in all forms of cricket. Expect a 5-0 whitewash as Australian bowling is either too old or too inexperienced and you carry a frail batting line up.

  • jmcilhinney on June 29, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    Well, well, well... anyone who predicted 5-0 to Australia please stand up now and leave the room. A hard-fought game - as expected - but England were too good. Watson spoke about England picking 5 bowlers and leaving themselves a batsman short being a possible weakness but it ended up being the strength that England had hoped for. There were some moments that were or could have been crucial. Bell going when he inside edged could have cost England the game but, thanks to a fantastic innings by Eoin Morgan and a fine performance by all the bowlers, it didn't. Bresnan's dropping Clarke could also have lost them the game. For Australia, Wade's run out was probably the turning point. If he and Clarke had stayed together a while longer then things could have been different. That's all academic though because the tortoise of the ODI cricket world has won the day. Slow and steady wins the race, yet again.

  • Randy0Z on June 29, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    Oh dear we are not very good.

  • MasudRUETeee091040 on June 29, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    Morgan you are unlucky.you could do a century.

  • praveen4honestremark on June 29, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    @jmcilhinney..I understood what you said, but the question still remains why the so called England boasting itself has test match rescuer, or say test match lover and say in front of world that some other country is killing test matches. When you are doing something accept it. Be honest. It's for your revenues, i don't mind you play what u like but don't boast. Thank u.

  • Long-Leg on June 29, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    @Anas Ali: I share your frustration about the weather. Unfortunately our weather is unpredictable and it can rain at any time of year. Believe it or not, the end of June is the height of summer for us. @praveen4honestremark: Your comment is a bit harsh re. revenues. However, there is some truth in what you say. Most England fans regard test cricket as the highest form of the game and are frustrated that this meaningless ODI series is taking place. I would much rather see 4 tests against SA.

  • 5wombats on June 29, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    Innings break. Would you believe it conditions have improved dramatically. The sun is shining and its dry. England did well to get to 272 in the end. Can't understand how Aus didn't get more wickets in that early period. England maybe could have been more agressive in the middle of the Innings - but they got to a decent score. Up to the bowlers now. Without doubt England's bowlers are better than Australia - but they now have to bowl in perfect batting conditions on a typically flat Lord's pitch. This will be a tough test of England's bowlers and we'll see just how good Australia's batsmen are. Good!

  • jmcilhinney on June 29, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    That's a decent total from England in the end but I'd rank Australia as favourites at the break. The England openers had it a bit tough, with the rain and stoppages, not to mention some really good bowling from Australia. They seemed to have weathered the storm and Bell in particular looked like he was getting on top of the bowlers so losing him when they did was a big blow. He was obviously a bit unlucky but he had the review to use if he wanted it so that's how it goes. After that, England just seemed to coast for quite a while, despite having plenty of wickets in hand. The bowling was still very good but England really let Clarke dictate terms, allowing him to maintain attacking fields and leading to Bopara's dismissal. Great finish by Morgan of course, so England are still in with a chance. Australia will no doubt come out attacking so early wickets will be a key for England to force Australia to play with care through the middle overs. We're glad to have 5 bowlers now Shane.

  • voma on June 29, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    Hmm i think England have done ok here , if the Aussies win this 1st ODI then well played them . I think all the batsmen have played very well ( English ) , Morgan was absolutely brilliant .

  • decent786 on June 29, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    very good batting from morgan pushed england to a good target 272

  • mikey76 on June 29, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    Well I'll get in there before Jonesy and RandyOz and just say that Lee, Watson, Cummins, Doherty and McKay all had off days and In fact are genius's and are part of the best attack in world cricket. Morgan got lucky and is still average, and he's Irish in case you didn't know! Aus will knock these runs off in 30 overs with the "world class" Warner smashing a hundred off 25 balls. Australia 5-0 winners!

  • Hammond on June 29, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    @rickyvoncanterbury.. can he brag now? I must say the worried expressions on the Fox commentary team was absolute gold. Mark Waugh forecast 280 and he wasn't far off- Blewett was just trying to put a positive spin on it. I don't reckon Australia will make 210 in reply. England packed their side with more bowlers and better bowlers than Australia had. Australia just look outclassed.

  • BRUTALANALYST on June 29, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    KIESWETTER'S 25 from 29 is not good enough furnishing the innings, poor effort his dot balls also prevented Morgan from getting his ton Butler for England much better batsman especially finishing the innings.

  • RedRoseMan on June 29, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    @Anas Ali - its not the time of year Anas - its like that all the time here!!! This is supposed to be the height of summer.

  • on June 29, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    The way England is scoring it could be a very short journey towards their ODI ranking ambitions....

  • RVC-38 on June 29, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    @Geoffrey Anthony Plumridge never brag till the innings is over

  • RVC-38 on June 29, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    i see plenty of positives for england. they are still competitive with australia.

  • A_Vacant_Slip on June 29, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    142-3. 33ov. Timid ordinary batting from England now. Aus bowling nothing special. Batting condition getting easier and easier. England will have to bowl really well now because I can't see how England are going to get enough run. 270 must be minimum at Lords. Trott so irritating to watch in ODI - he just too slow in this format.

  • on June 29, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    England's no 8, Broad, has made test centuries whereas Steve Smith at 6 is the weak link for Oz. Also, England has 5 real bowlers, all in good nick whilst Smith is not a real bowler so Watto has to bowl at least 7 overs. Oz should let Watto bowl 10 so no 6 can be a real batsman.

  • pom_don on June 29, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    England done very well in the first hour or so after the stop start & very favourable bowling conditions, shame Bell didn't review as he obviously nicked it but did not feel/hear it.

  • 5wombats on June 29, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    0/62 off 14. Considering that these are PERFECT and we mean PERFECT conditions for swing bowling the Aus bowlers aren't doing that much. Going to be very interesting to see Anderson, Broad, Bresnan bowling in these conditions

  • on June 29, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    Can't wait for the South Africans to arrive in England, at least we will get some real competition then. "Best attack in the world"? Meh.

  • jmcilhinney on June 29, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    @praveen4honestremark on (June 29 2012, 10:46 AM GMT), that doesn't really make sense. If this ODI series wasn't being played then it would be a Test match against SA that was being delayed by rain. We're 1/3 of the way through the English summer. If you weren't going to play cricket now then when exactly would you play it?

  • GerrardLK on June 29, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    After watching the 1st 5 overs, feel only Rain can save England.

  • praveen4honestremark on June 29, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    @ Anas Ali..only for revenues. They sacked tests for playing this matches. After all money matters for England more than tests.

  • praveen4honestremark on June 29, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    Again DRS comments in between the match commentary. Who stopped you from using in bilateral series.Even though you are using DRS in this series, you have complaints that why they don't use? Why it concerns u..use urself in ur series and be happy. A cheap trick played these days to improve ratings by talking on DRS. Stop all that.

  • on June 29, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    I hate England Weather why do they have to put all matches on this time of the year when rain plays spoil sports .

  • on June 29, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    Batting depth problems? England have a man at number 9 with first class hundreds to his name!

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  • on June 29, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    Batting depth problems? England have a man at number 9 with first class hundreds to his name!

  • on June 29, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    I hate England Weather why do they have to put all matches on this time of the year when rain plays spoil sports .

  • praveen4honestremark on June 29, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    Again DRS comments in between the match commentary. Who stopped you from using in bilateral series.Even though you are using DRS in this series, you have complaints that why they don't use? Why it concerns u..use urself in ur series and be happy. A cheap trick played these days to improve ratings by talking on DRS. Stop all that.

  • praveen4honestremark on June 29, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    @ Anas Ali..only for revenues. They sacked tests for playing this matches. After all money matters for England more than tests.

  • GerrardLK on June 29, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    After watching the 1st 5 overs, feel only Rain can save England.

  • jmcilhinney on June 29, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    @praveen4honestremark on (June 29 2012, 10:46 AM GMT), that doesn't really make sense. If this ODI series wasn't being played then it would be a Test match against SA that was being delayed by rain. We're 1/3 of the way through the English summer. If you weren't going to play cricket now then when exactly would you play it?

  • on June 29, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    Can't wait for the South Africans to arrive in England, at least we will get some real competition then. "Best attack in the world"? Meh.

  • 5wombats on June 29, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    0/62 off 14. Considering that these are PERFECT and we mean PERFECT conditions for swing bowling the Aus bowlers aren't doing that much. Going to be very interesting to see Anderson, Broad, Bresnan bowling in these conditions

  • pom_don on June 29, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    England done very well in the first hour or so after the stop start & very favourable bowling conditions, shame Bell didn't review as he obviously nicked it but did not feel/hear it.

  • on June 29, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    England's no 8, Broad, has made test centuries whereas Steve Smith at 6 is the weak link for Oz. Also, England has 5 real bowlers, all in good nick whilst Smith is not a real bowler so Watto has to bowl at least 7 overs. Oz should let Watto bowl 10 so no 6 can be a real batsman.