England v Australia, 1st ODI, Lord's June 29, 2012

Bell's missed review

ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from the first ODI at Lord's
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Edge of the day
Ian Bell endured a tough start to his innings. With Lee and McKay nipping the ball off the seam, he and Cook both played and missed a few times early on and, had Cummins at mid-on, hit with his throw, Bell would have been run out for just one. He was also reprieved on three, when he utilised the DRS to show that he had not hit a delivery from McKay. By the time he was out, however, Bell was timing the ball beautifully and looked set for a substantial score. Then, however, he was trapped in front by a good one that nipped back from Brett Lee and adjudged leg before. Had he called for another review, it would have shown that had edged the ball on to his pad. It was an incident that underlined the oft-repeated claim by batsmen over the years that they do not always know when they have nicked one.

Milestone of the day
This was the 150th One-Day International in which umpire Aleem Dar has been one of the on-field umpires. He has also officiated in 31 as a TV umpire. The advent of DRS and the improved detail provided by television have increased scrutiny on the performance of umpires and sometimes made their job appear somewhat thankless. But, in Dar's case, the increased exposure has only served to underline his excellence. Perfection is not a human quality - Dar made at least two errors in this game and was overruled when Shane Watson was shown to have edged James Anderson to Criag Kieswetter - but Dar must still be considered one of the best umpires the game has seen.

Blow of the day
Pat Cummins' figures were far from exceptional, but there were a few moments that hinted at what might be when he returns in the Ashes squad next year. Perhaps the most obvious was an excellent bouncer - decidedly quicker than any other delivery in the over - that struck Ravi Bopara a crushing blow on the side of the helmet as he flinched to try and avoid it. For a 19-year-old who generally appeared to be holding just a little back, it was an encouraging performance.

Wicket of the day
There has been talk of late that David Hussey, despite being almost 35, might yet have a future in the Test side. With a first-class record like his - over 12,000 runs and an average of 54.84 - he might well consider himself unfortunate not to have played already. But, on the evidence of this performance, his omission is understandable. He looked tentative against the pace of Steven Finn, in particular, and got himself into a terrible tangle with the delivery that caused his dismissal: a sharp bouncer that Hussey, unsure whether to play or avoid, did a bit of both and a lot of neither and succeeded only in parrying the ball on to his stumps. If he does play in the Ashes, he can expect to face plenty of short-pitched bowling.

Mix-up of the day
Matthew Wade and Michael Clarke had clawed Australia back into the game. The pair had added 57 in nine overs, batting with increasing confidence, and were just beginning to make England look a little ratted. Eventually, however, the pressure of the run-rate told. Wade dabbed one from Swann into the leg side only to see Clarke bearing down on him, utterly committed to an optimistic single. It left Wade, still in his crease as Clarke approached, to either leave his captain stranded or sacrifice himself. He chose the latter. The wicket was a nail in the coffin of Australia's victory hopes.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on June 30, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    @George Dobell: you forgot to mention "shot of the day". Bret Lee's 'periscope' shot for 4 off Finn was hilarious! I've not seen such a wonderful smile on both Lee and Finn all season. Great stuff!

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on June 30, 2012, 15:22 GMT

    Regarding Bell's edge that he didin't review: the thicker, heavier bats and stronger gloves used these days by players means that tiny nicks like that can't be fealt at all. Geoff Boycott was quite harsh on Bell during commentating, that he "should have fealt that... should have reviewed it...". Boycott, get out there and pick up one of those bats in a pair of modern gloves and try it! Oh and this proves my comments I made about the DRS: NO amount of technology will stop these phenomena. A decision still has to be made by the players to challenge or not.

  • pussatina on June 30, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    re Plz - bit like India then, at least Windies gave England a bit more fight this summer

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

    England - Home Tigers, nothing more !! :P

  • on June 30, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    @ satish619chandar how can hotspot be inaccurate? It detects heat as a result of impact by friction, it is not calculated by any external means. It is the interpretation which is inaccurate, not the device itself.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on June 30, 2012, 5:26 GMT

    It's a shame Bell didn't review it, as his innings showed him to be better and have more skill than all the other Aussie batsmen combined. Cook and Bell would've batted all day if this had been a test match. The gulf between the two sides is amazing.

  • satish619chandar on June 30, 2012, 5:03 GMT

    Couldn't the Bell hawkeye a flaw from hotspot? Often we see some marks which none realises but should they consider such decisions as HOWLER? Given the inaccuracy of hotspot, such things need not be termed as howler..

  • simon_w on June 30, 2012, 3:29 GMT

    This was a hugely important toss to win, and 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.

  • Patchmaster on June 30, 2012, 0:18 GMT

    Shame the 19 year old speedster who was going to blow ENG away didn't play....oh...he did ? Finn showed AUS what a TRUE fast bowler can do.

  • MattyP1979 on June 29, 2012, 23:52 GMT

    Short of Alem Darr taking up an extra fielding posistion for Aus they had everything for them. Eng to win after losing the toss here was exceptional. Also where was the 19 year old speedsta that was going to blow Eng away? Did he play? I did see some very quick balls from Finn though.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on June 30, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    @George Dobell: you forgot to mention "shot of the day". Bret Lee's 'periscope' shot for 4 off Finn was hilarious! I've not seen such a wonderful smile on both Lee and Finn all season. Great stuff!

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on June 30, 2012, 15:22 GMT

    Regarding Bell's edge that he didin't review: the thicker, heavier bats and stronger gloves used these days by players means that tiny nicks like that can't be fealt at all. Geoff Boycott was quite harsh on Bell during commentating, that he "should have fealt that... should have reviewed it...". Boycott, get out there and pick up one of those bats in a pair of modern gloves and try it! Oh and this proves my comments I made about the DRS: NO amount of technology will stop these phenomena. A decision still has to be made by the players to challenge or not.

  • pussatina on June 30, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    re Plz - bit like India then, at least Windies gave England a bit more fight this summer

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

    England - Home Tigers, nothing more !! :P

  • on June 30, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    @ satish619chandar how can hotspot be inaccurate? It detects heat as a result of impact by friction, it is not calculated by any external means. It is the interpretation which is inaccurate, not the device itself.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on June 30, 2012, 5:26 GMT

    It's a shame Bell didn't review it, as his innings showed him to be better and have more skill than all the other Aussie batsmen combined. Cook and Bell would've batted all day if this had been a test match. The gulf between the two sides is amazing.

  • satish619chandar on June 30, 2012, 5:03 GMT

    Couldn't the Bell hawkeye a flaw from hotspot? Often we see some marks which none realises but should they consider such decisions as HOWLER? Given the inaccuracy of hotspot, such things need not be termed as howler..

  • simon_w on June 30, 2012, 3:29 GMT

    This was a hugely important toss to win, and 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.

  • Patchmaster on June 30, 2012, 0:18 GMT

    Shame the 19 year old speedster who was going to blow ENG away didn't play....oh...he did ? Finn showed AUS what a TRUE fast bowler can do.

  • MattyP1979 on June 29, 2012, 23:52 GMT

    Short of Alem Darr taking up an extra fielding posistion for Aus they had everything for them. Eng to win after losing the toss here was exceptional. Also where was the 19 year old speedsta that was going to blow Eng away? Did he play? I did see some very quick balls from Finn though.

  • landl47 on June 29, 2012, 21:39 GMT

    Anderson didn't look to be moving too badly and stayed on the field till the end. He actually looked ill rather than injured. However, if he is anything less than 100% he should be kept out of the side. This series really doesn't matter, but he needs to be fit for the SA tests.

  • jmcilhinney on June 29, 2012, 20:23 GMT

    I'm not sure that Bopara was hit on the side of the helmet to be honest. It looked like the ball actually hit the strap at the back so it must have hurt. I was very concerned at the time that he may end up concussed but he seemed fine in the field. Ironically, while it is simple reflex to turn your face away from the ball, he would have been better off facing it and taking the ball on the grill rather than on the back of his head/neck. It was a fairly well-directed bouncer and Bopara was not smart to turn away but you could see from the side-on replay that the ball kept low. Based on where the ball pitched, if it had bounced consistently compared with the rest of the day then it would have gone over the batsman's head.

  • whatawicket on June 29, 2012, 20:07 GMT

    not sure if it was a hotspot iv only seen the shortened highlight package but it looked the be there before the bowl hit the pad. just to say englands, how well the openers played in early conditions, to have lost the toss then the drizzle well you dream to bowl in england with it like that, then the sun shines for the aussies innings. anderson was either not fully fit or he picked to injury soon after start. and then the early reverse swing round the 35th over.

  • xylo on June 29, 2012, 20:00 GMT

    I believe that if Wade had not sacrificed himself and let Clarke get out, this match might have been much more closer.

  • pom_don on June 29, 2012, 19:37 GMT

    Well at least Bell declaring himself out when he wasn't meant the entertainment went on a bit longer, it could have been finished a lot earlier & had Bresnan held his caught/bowled....even earlier still, a good performance by England who had by far the worst conditions, let's hope Jimmy is well for Sunday.

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  • pom_don on June 29, 2012, 19:37 GMT

    Well at least Bell declaring himself out when he wasn't meant the entertainment went on a bit longer, it could have been finished a lot earlier & had Bresnan held his caught/bowled....even earlier still, a good performance by England who had by far the worst conditions, let's hope Jimmy is well for Sunday.

  • xylo on June 29, 2012, 20:00 GMT

    I believe that if Wade had not sacrificed himself and let Clarke get out, this match might have been much more closer.

  • whatawicket on June 29, 2012, 20:07 GMT

    not sure if it was a hotspot iv only seen the shortened highlight package but it looked the be there before the bowl hit the pad. just to say englands, how well the openers played in early conditions, to have lost the toss then the drizzle well you dream to bowl in england with it like that, then the sun shines for the aussies innings. anderson was either not fully fit or he picked to injury soon after start. and then the early reverse swing round the 35th over.

  • jmcilhinney on June 29, 2012, 20:23 GMT

    I'm not sure that Bopara was hit on the side of the helmet to be honest. It looked like the ball actually hit the strap at the back so it must have hurt. I was very concerned at the time that he may end up concussed but he seemed fine in the field. Ironically, while it is simple reflex to turn your face away from the ball, he would have been better off facing it and taking the ball on the grill rather than on the back of his head/neck. It was a fairly well-directed bouncer and Bopara was not smart to turn away but you could see from the side-on replay that the ball kept low. Based on where the ball pitched, if it had bounced consistently compared with the rest of the day then it would have gone over the batsman's head.

  • landl47 on June 29, 2012, 21:39 GMT

    Anderson didn't look to be moving too badly and stayed on the field till the end. He actually looked ill rather than injured. However, if he is anything less than 100% he should be kept out of the side. This series really doesn't matter, but he needs to be fit for the SA tests.

  • MattyP1979 on June 29, 2012, 23:52 GMT

    Short of Alem Darr taking up an extra fielding posistion for Aus they had everything for them. Eng to win after losing the toss here was exceptional. Also where was the 19 year old speedsta that was going to blow Eng away? Did he play? I did see some very quick balls from Finn though.

  • Patchmaster on June 30, 2012, 0:18 GMT

    Shame the 19 year old speedster who was going to blow ENG away didn't play....oh...he did ? Finn showed AUS what a TRUE fast bowler can do.

  • simon_w on June 30, 2012, 3:29 GMT

    This was a hugely important toss to win, and 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.

  • satish619chandar on June 30, 2012, 5:03 GMT

    Couldn't the Bell hawkeye a flaw from hotspot? Often we see some marks which none realises but should they consider such decisions as HOWLER? Given the inaccuracy of hotspot, such things need not be termed as howler..

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on June 30, 2012, 5:26 GMT

    It's a shame Bell didn't review it, as his innings showed him to be better and have more skill than all the other Aussie batsmen combined. Cook and Bell would've batted all day if this had been a test match. The gulf between the two sides is amazing.