England v Australia, 2nd ODI, The Oval June 30, 2012

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Sunday, July 1, 2012
Start time 1045 (0945 GMT)

The Big Picture


Victory at Lord's was extremely important for England. Many would have cast off their improved ODI fortunes as nothing much having beaten Pakistan at the end of a tour in which the opposition had already got the job done in the main series - Pakistan swept the Tests 3-0 - and then against West Indies, who were always going to struggle in bowler-friendly conditions.

The win in the first ODI was against top class opposition - Australia are the World's No. 1 ODI team - who were fresh, prepared and motivated for the series. More wins against these type of teams will make people look more favourably on England's chances for the 2015 World Cup - which is what this series in particular is geared towards. Another England victory would also have them dreaming of claiming the No. 1 spot from Australia, which a 5-0 whitewash would achieve.

The only issue for the hosts is whether James Anderson is fit to play. Surrey's fast man Stuart Meaker has been called up as cover. Anderson was rested when fit for the Edgbaston Test so any sign of injury will surely see him whisked out of the side.

For the tourists, they didn't do too much wrong at Lord's but where their problems could lie is in the middle order. David Hussey looked troubled by the pace of Steve Finn - pace which will be accelerated by a hard Oval pitch - Steve Smith is yet to convince at No. 6 and Matthew Wade is perhaps batting too low for his talent and could often be coming in under pressure with the two players above him struggling to contribute.

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Players to watch


Consistently above 90mph at Lord's Steve Finn will have a firmer deck to get through at The Oval which will help him even more. He has been England best bowler in the last few ODI series and is England's answer to the young quicks that Australia are bringing through. Finn has the firepower to take out Australia's big hitters and is key to providing a sharp edge to England's attack.

A harder, flatter pitch might help the quicker bowlers but it will also provide a perfect platform for David Warner. He hits the ball so hard and has a marvellous ability to hit cleanly through the line and use the pace of the ball to cut, again with immense power. He will enjoy The Oval.

Team news


England (probable) 1 Alastair Cook (capt), 2 Ian Bell, 3 Jonathan Trott, 4 Ravi Bopara, 5 Eoin Morgan, 6 Craig Kieswetter, 7 Tim Bresnan, 8 Stuart Broad, 9 Graeme Swann, 10 James Anderson/Stuart Meaker, 11 Steve Finn.

Australia (probable) 1 Shane Watson, 2 David Warner, 3 George Bailey, 4 Michael Clarke, 5 David Hussey, 6 Steven Smith, 7 Matthew Wade, 8 Brett Lee, 9 Clint McKay, 10 Pat Cummins, 11 Xavier Doherty.

Pitch and conditions


The weather at Lord's was nearly the Australian's 12th man, with the ball zipping around at the start of England's innings. No such advantages should be experienced at The Oval with the forecast fine with period of sunshine expected. The wicket looks brown and hard and should be quicker than Lord's.

Quotes


"It's nice as a captain when you can keep pulling on bowlers of that quality, take one off and another one keeps following up, and keeps the pressure on. That's the idea anyway. We're being really harsh on ourselves, I don't think it was a perfect performance in the field or close to it, so that was encouraging."
Alastair Cook thinks England's bowlers can raise their games again after winning the series opener.

"We weren't outplayed at all yesterday, I just think that we lost our wickets in clumps, the Powerplay cost us and that little back part of the innings where they got 40-50 runs from the last few overs, they're the crucial moments that win it or lose it for you. We've got to fix those things up and then I reckon we're in good stead for the next four games."
David Warner identifies where Australia must improve at the Oval.

Alex Winter is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | July 2, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    @R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (July 01 2012, 12:02 PM GMT) Hello again. I think you need a balance but I do wonder about Craig as a boundary or nothing sort of batsman. Still unsure about the balance , part of me would like to see a Buttler or Bairstow in there. While I like our top 4 my concern is if we have to chase a big total or have Bopara coming in when we may need 7+ per over.It's also a weird one re KP as we were all (and others) wondering what we'd do without him and although if KP made himself available again I'd try and shoe him in because I really believe he is THAT good , who would be dropped? Trott is still top 10 , Bell has come in and impressed , Cook is captain and has done little wrong and if Bopara continues his form... I like Morgan as he is one of those players who usually doesn't let the RR stagnate and keeps the scoreboard ticking with 1s and 2s til he is ready to fire

  • POSTED BY R_U_4_REAL_NICK on | July 1, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    @JG2704 (Post on June 30 2012, 17:46 PM GMT): Yeah I know what you're saying. It is important to take into consideration the 'age and situation' of the innings. But I grew up watching guys like Graham Thorpe, Alec Stewart... These guys were hardly legendary in ODI's by today's standards - avergages of 37 and 31 respectively - but there was something aesthetically pleasing about them if they were brought in at the right time. Those 30 - 40 runs they almost always scored in all their games often turned out to be crucial! I just feel '4, 6 or out' batsmen alone are not enough to win ODI's... T20's you can maybe get away with it more.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | July 1, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    @kevinpp24 on (July 01 2012, 08:55 AM GMT), I like the looks of that squad. I think England are still a bit wary and are in a consolidation phase. They have improved as an ODI side but are still yet to show a period of consistency. Until they do, I really can't see them dropping Trott and his average of 50. They'll settle for a lower strike rate for now to get such a solid performer. They'll also be loathe to move Bell for a while if he keeps up the good work as an opener, given how long it will have taken him to settle into ODIs. If Bell and Hales can both fulfil their apparent potential then that looks a really strong lineup.

  • POSTED BY kevinpp24 on | July 1, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    When KP was there and Craig was opening it dint looked much of problem but now the top 4 looks too slow for ODIs these days. They are doing this in flat pitches as well thats the big problem here. I personally like to see a playing XI somewhat like this in a couple of years hopefully. Cook(C), Hales, Bell, Morgan, Davies(W)/Bairstow(W), Butler, Stokes/Bresnan/Samit, Broad, Swann/Briggs, Finn, Andersen. We seriously need a good batsmen who can bowl couple of overs. I'm pretty sure Andy is going towards that kinda squad.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | July 1, 2012, 8:46 GMT

    @Shan156 on (July 01 2012, 03:33 AM GMT) Mate - not sure why this happens. It comes across as obsessive to me but I guess we all have different levels of humility and dignity

  • POSTED BY on | July 1, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    Recall inform Cameron White for Aus

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | July 1, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    Is Warner implying that if they had lost wickets at more regular intervals instead of in clumps that they would have done better? I'd say that they probably would have done worse in that case. This is cricket isn't it? England scored more runs than Australia and took more wickets. To me, that seems to be the very definition of being outplayed.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | July 1, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    @subbass on (July 01 2012, 00:38 AM GMT), you may well be right about Finn being the best young fast bowler but don't let's forget that Cummins is barely 19. How good was Finn when he was 19? I honestly don't know the answer to that but there's no doubt that Cummins looks to be at least quite good right now and has great potential for the future. That potential doesn't help Australia right now of course and whether he will fulfils that potential to the degree predicted by some is still up for debate. Only time will tell but I'm sure that, barring injury, we'll be seeing Finn and Cummins up against each other for a long time to come and both will likely retire with excellent numbers.

  • POSTED BY on | July 1, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    Why they continue playing Steven Smith in the ODI team is beyond me. When he bats, he looks like a tail-ender, and when he bowls he looks like a part-timer.

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding on | July 1, 2012, 6:39 GMT

    @TheHoneymonster, Meaker is most likely to replace Anderson, as Dernbach isnt in the squad. Add on that its his home gound it will be good to see what the lad can do, although Cricinfo have meaker down as a Fast-medium, which suprised me as hes a yard quicker than Finn.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | July 2, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    @R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (July 01 2012, 12:02 PM GMT) Hello again. I think you need a balance but I do wonder about Craig as a boundary or nothing sort of batsman. Still unsure about the balance , part of me would like to see a Buttler or Bairstow in there. While I like our top 4 my concern is if we have to chase a big total or have Bopara coming in when we may need 7+ per over.It's also a weird one re KP as we were all (and others) wondering what we'd do without him and although if KP made himself available again I'd try and shoe him in because I really believe he is THAT good , who would be dropped? Trott is still top 10 , Bell has come in and impressed , Cook is captain and has done little wrong and if Bopara continues his form... I like Morgan as he is one of those players who usually doesn't let the RR stagnate and keeps the scoreboard ticking with 1s and 2s til he is ready to fire

  • POSTED BY R_U_4_REAL_NICK on | July 1, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    @JG2704 (Post on June 30 2012, 17:46 PM GMT): Yeah I know what you're saying. It is important to take into consideration the 'age and situation' of the innings. But I grew up watching guys like Graham Thorpe, Alec Stewart... These guys were hardly legendary in ODI's by today's standards - avergages of 37 and 31 respectively - but there was something aesthetically pleasing about them if they were brought in at the right time. Those 30 - 40 runs they almost always scored in all their games often turned out to be crucial! I just feel '4, 6 or out' batsmen alone are not enough to win ODI's... T20's you can maybe get away with it more.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | July 1, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    @kevinpp24 on (July 01 2012, 08:55 AM GMT), I like the looks of that squad. I think England are still a bit wary and are in a consolidation phase. They have improved as an ODI side but are still yet to show a period of consistency. Until they do, I really can't see them dropping Trott and his average of 50. They'll settle for a lower strike rate for now to get such a solid performer. They'll also be loathe to move Bell for a while if he keeps up the good work as an opener, given how long it will have taken him to settle into ODIs. If Bell and Hales can both fulfil their apparent potential then that looks a really strong lineup.

  • POSTED BY kevinpp24 on | July 1, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    When KP was there and Craig was opening it dint looked much of problem but now the top 4 looks too slow for ODIs these days. They are doing this in flat pitches as well thats the big problem here. I personally like to see a playing XI somewhat like this in a couple of years hopefully. Cook(C), Hales, Bell, Morgan, Davies(W)/Bairstow(W), Butler, Stokes/Bresnan/Samit, Broad, Swann/Briggs, Finn, Andersen. We seriously need a good batsmen who can bowl couple of overs. I'm pretty sure Andy is going towards that kinda squad.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | July 1, 2012, 8:46 GMT

    @Shan156 on (July 01 2012, 03:33 AM GMT) Mate - not sure why this happens. It comes across as obsessive to me but I guess we all have different levels of humility and dignity

  • POSTED BY on | July 1, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    Recall inform Cameron White for Aus

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | July 1, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    Is Warner implying that if they had lost wickets at more regular intervals instead of in clumps that they would have done better? I'd say that they probably would have done worse in that case. This is cricket isn't it? England scored more runs than Australia and took more wickets. To me, that seems to be the very definition of being outplayed.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | July 1, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    @subbass on (July 01 2012, 00:38 AM GMT), you may well be right about Finn being the best young fast bowler but don't let's forget that Cummins is barely 19. How good was Finn when he was 19? I honestly don't know the answer to that but there's no doubt that Cummins looks to be at least quite good right now and has great potential for the future. That potential doesn't help Australia right now of course and whether he will fulfils that potential to the degree predicted by some is still up for debate. Only time will tell but I'm sure that, barring injury, we'll be seeing Finn and Cummins up against each other for a long time to come and both will likely retire with excellent numbers.

  • POSTED BY on | July 1, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    Why they continue playing Steven Smith in the ODI team is beyond me. When he bats, he looks like a tail-ender, and when he bowls he looks like a part-timer.

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding on | July 1, 2012, 6:39 GMT

    @TheHoneymonster, Meaker is most likely to replace Anderson, as Dernbach isnt in the squad. Add on that its his home gound it will be good to see what the lad can do, although Cricinfo have meaker down as a Fast-medium, which suprised me as hes a yard quicker than Finn.

  • POSTED BY on | July 1, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    DAVID WARNER WILL BE THE MAN ON THE WORLD CUP AUSTRALI GOT TO WORK ON THERE TEAM AND WADE SHOULD BAT UP THE ORDER

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | July 1, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    That's a funny quote from Warner and he is apparently at odds with his captain. I just read a story on ecb.co.uk: "They outplayed us in all facets," Clarke said of England. "They batted better, didn't lose wickets at crucial times and their death bowling and powerplay bowling; their execution was very good."

  • POSTED BY Shan156 on | July 1, 2012, 3:33 GMT

    @JG2704, you need to understand the Indian psyche. They came to England last summer as the #1 test team in the world and also as the world champions. Most of their fans were claiming that India would win 4-0 and anything less would be a victory for England. Unfortunately for them, the reverse happened and they are yet to recover from that even after winning 5-0 in the return ODI series. Indian fans have made up their minds that England cannot be good at ODIs. So, even though we have an enviable home record (we have won our last bilateral series against all nations except NZ) and also a decent away record (wins against Pakistan, SL, WI, and SA), and also have won our last 7 ODIs against good opposition, we still cannot be considered a decent ODI team (according to Indian fans). What that makes of India who lost to us 0-3 in England is a question only Indian fans can answer?

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | July 1, 2012, 2:40 GMT

    That Australia A tour is the main reason that I think this ODI series is pointless. We've been told that it's so that Australia's young/inexperienced players can get experience in English conditions ahead of next year's Ashes but sure all those players will be on that A tour and playing (I believe) first class games against the Lions. I would think that that would be better experience anyway so I just can't see how 5 ODIs a year out are going to help.

  • POSTED BY subbass on | July 1, 2012, 0:38 GMT

    Steve Finn is surely now the best young quick bowler in world cricket. He is far better than Cummins. In fact I am going to predict right now Finn gets 4-fer in another England win. 5-0 here we come.

    (cricinfo plz publish. )

  • POSTED BY on | June 30, 2012, 23:56 GMT

    England proved yet again at The Oval (their 7th ODI win on the bounce, lest we forget) that their policy of playing what amounts to a five-man specialist Test attack (of whom three are genuine all-rounders) makes excellent sense. My only issues now as regards the ODI team are with having four accumulators in the top four - either Trott or Bopara has to go, with Morgan moving up to No. 4 or even No. 3 - & with Kieswetter. Against quality attacks, he's quite simply out of his depth. If we're going to continue with a specialist five-man attack, we desperately need a genuine batsman-keeper at 6. My own solution would be to recall by far the best keeper-batsman in the world, but if it's deemed that Matt Prior has shot his bolt at ODI level, then either Davies or Bairstow would fulfil the role admirably. As for Australia's selectors: what on earth are they thinking? Only in a parallel universe would Doherty, Smith, Bailey & McKay be considered international class.

  • POSTED BY on | June 30, 2012, 22:50 GMT

    I saw some of the highlights of their first match and have to say the Australians along with the South Africans are the closest challengers to England in their home conditions but I still think England will win this Series at least 3-2.

  • POSTED BY 2.14istherunrate on | June 30, 2012, 22:24 GMT

    Hopefully England will start to apply real pressure on Aus in this game. There are no weak links in England's bowling. There are at least two in Australia's and Smith is really just there to make up XI. Again the batting strength seems to favour England. There are some who complain abpout trott but his is usuallly a decent contribution and he sells his wicket dearly so that at leastthe processions of the past do not happen so regularly. England have fast scorers anyway to play around him.

  • POSTED BY 5wombats on | June 30, 2012, 20:17 GMT

    Guys... Yeah! Meaker; forgot about him! OMG We are SO blessed with bowling talent. Meaker - jeez he IS quick! Broad, Meaker & Finn on a hard Oval pitch V Australia... Now, that would be fun to watch!

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | June 30, 2012, 20:15 GMT

    @Rajat Narain Singh on (June 30 2012, 16:33 PM GMT) That'll be the 4th best team in the world in ODIs. ICC rank Eng number 1 and if ICC was biased they'd be ranking all our players in the respective top 10s and have us at 1 in ODIs too. Most non English folk on here seem to think our players are awful , so that means they are underrated and not overrated. Please publish

  • POSTED BY Behind_the_bowlers_arm on | June 30, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    Wade has to bat higher obviously but I wouldn't be surprised if , as suggested here, Australia go with this unbalanced side. I'd like Pattinson & Cummins both to play here but I suspect they will be an either/or in this series as potential Test players while the ODI specialists McKay & Lee (with Johnson as a sub) & Doherty will play all 5. I'd have Doherty's bowling done by Hussey & Clarke at times too and leave out Smith for a proper batsman. Bit of a mess this team but it's always been secondary on this tour apart from general experience gained to the Aust A portion where we will see Pattinson , Cummins & Starc bowl together and the likes of Forrest, Cowan & Burns bat.

  • POSTED BY spence1324 on | June 30, 2012, 18:11 GMT

    @5wombats SC Meaker not in the squad no? because him and Finn would make a interesting combo, Meaker is apparently the quickest bowler in the county championship at this present time.

  • POSTED BY SDHM on | June 30, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    5Wombats - I don't think Woakes is in the squad. I heard on Sky that Meaker has been called in as cover, and in all honesty if the pitch is going to be a nice quick one I'd love to see him get a run out alongside Finn - if you think Finn and Cummins are quick, then Meaker has a yard on both of them! It would probably go against Flower's thinking though - Dernbach is next in line and actually bowled really well in the last ODI he played in the UAE, so I expect him to turn out tomorrow. I don't particularly rate him, but then again, I'm not Cook or Flower, so what I think doesn't matter.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | June 30, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    @R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (June 30 2012, 15:56 PM GMT) I feel that Trott is a very selfish batsman which in tests is great. In ODIs it can work both ways. If conditions are tough then he is a good guy to come in but sometimes he eats up too many balls/overs without accelerating the score. I'd like England to maybe replace one of the top 4 for a Bairstow or Buttler and as I have said in another thread , If our openers have seen through the 1st 10 overs then I'd like to see Morgan shifted up the order.

  • POSTED BY wiseshah on | June 30, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    england is very strong team at the moment. i think their different format players helped to strength their bench. they have a strong bowlers pool ( anderson-bresnan-broad-finn-swann-onion-dernbach-samit patel-meaker-monty panesar) very good stock--u can play any player any time

  • POSTED BY 5wombats on | June 30, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    Not big on Derbach... Watched him get walloped in the T20i last weekend. Admittedly - it was at the death and West Indies had their big hitters in and firing trying to get a score - but Derbach got caned and didn't really look up for it. We'd go for Onions, maybe Woakes. But England won't do that - they'll go for Derbach if Anderson isn't going to play. These days the England management is so predictable. A hard surface may suit Finn but would also suit Cummins - nice shoot out, but we'll pick Finn. England to win again tomorrow and Finn + Broad will star.

  • POSTED BY MasudRUETeee091040 on | June 30, 2012, 16:49 GMT

    Bret Lee need a partner at the lower to win the match.

  • POSTED BY whatawicket on | June 30, 2012, 16:42 GMT

    warner in odis and T20 as seen you dont need to be outplayed to lose just win the important moments, that said thats sports. you took the slant that the overcast/drizzle stopped you reversing the bowl, how strange never seen that you guys could reverse it. you could have been 50 for 4 if england had bowled, mind india could have been all out

  • POSTED BY on | June 30, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    AUSSIES need to win against the self proclaimed best team in the world. Eng is full of overrated players...

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | June 30, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    Saying "We weren't outplayed at all yesterday" is trying to put a brave face on it by David Warner. Aus were outplayed in every part of the game and if Bresnan had caught and bowled Clarke when Clarke was 16 the margin would have been much bigger. As it was, England won convincingly even though Aus had the best of the conditions. I'm not a big fan of Dernbach and I'd much rather see Woakes or even Patel in; they would strengthen the batting and would be just as effective as Dernbach with the ball. Aus has some problems. Watson didn't bowl very well and didn't make runs; Smith is not a top 6 batsman yet so if he doesn't bowl there's no reason to pick him and the bottom order looks fragile, with the exception of Wade. The bowling was OK and McKay was better than that, but it wasn't as devastating as it needed to be to give a rather weak batting side a chance of making the runs. England slight favorites, but in one-day cricket anything can happen.

  • POSTED BY on | June 30, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    england is superb,,,,i think they will win series 4-1...anderson, broad and steve finn r equal,,,kook bell morgan trot r all equal....

  • POSTED BY R_U_4_REAL_NICK on | June 30, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    Dernbach as a replacement for Anderson? Are you serious? I like Dernbach, but he's not a like-for-like replacement for Anderson by any stretch of the imagination. Surely Onions or somebody deserves another shot! This will sound strange and probably get some feedback, but Trott and Clarke are similar to me. I like players like them coming in at 3 or 4. They don't score fast or 'entertain' as much as other players, but I believe you need somebody stubborn/steadfast at 3 or 4, just to ensure some consistency.

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  • POSTED BY R_U_4_REAL_NICK on | June 30, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    Dernbach as a replacement for Anderson? Are you serious? I like Dernbach, but he's not a like-for-like replacement for Anderson by any stretch of the imagination. Surely Onions or somebody deserves another shot! This will sound strange and probably get some feedback, but Trott and Clarke are similar to me. I like players like them coming in at 3 or 4. They don't score fast or 'entertain' as much as other players, but I believe you need somebody stubborn/steadfast at 3 or 4, just to ensure some consistency.

  • POSTED BY on | June 30, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    england is superb,,,,i think they will win series 4-1...anderson, broad and steve finn r equal,,,kook bell morgan trot r all equal....

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | June 30, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    Saying "We weren't outplayed at all yesterday" is trying to put a brave face on it by David Warner. Aus were outplayed in every part of the game and if Bresnan had caught and bowled Clarke when Clarke was 16 the margin would have been much bigger. As it was, England won convincingly even though Aus had the best of the conditions. I'm not a big fan of Dernbach and I'd much rather see Woakes or even Patel in; they would strengthen the batting and would be just as effective as Dernbach with the ball. Aus has some problems. Watson didn't bowl very well and didn't make runs; Smith is not a top 6 batsman yet so if he doesn't bowl there's no reason to pick him and the bottom order looks fragile, with the exception of Wade. The bowling was OK and McKay was better than that, but it wasn't as devastating as it needed to be to give a rather weak batting side a chance of making the runs. England slight favorites, but in one-day cricket anything can happen.

  • POSTED BY on | June 30, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    AUSSIES need to win against the self proclaimed best team in the world. Eng is full of overrated players...

  • POSTED BY whatawicket on | June 30, 2012, 16:42 GMT

    warner in odis and T20 as seen you dont need to be outplayed to lose just win the important moments, that said thats sports. you took the slant that the overcast/drizzle stopped you reversing the bowl, how strange never seen that you guys could reverse it. you could have been 50 for 4 if england had bowled, mind india could have been all out

  • POSTED BY MasudRUETeee091040 on | June 30, 2012, 16:49 GMT

    Bret Lee need a partner at the lower to win the match.

  • POSTED BY 5wombats on | June 30, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    Not big on Derbach... Watched him get walloped in the T20i last weekend. Admittedly - it was at the death and West Indies had their big hitters in and firing trying to get a score - but Derbach got caned and didn't really look up for it. We'd go for Onions, maybe Woakes. But England won't do that - they'll go for Derbach if Anderson isn't going to play. These days the England management is so predictable. A hard surface may suit Finn but would also suit Cummins - nice shoot out, but we'll pick Finn. England to win again tomorrow and Finn + Broad will star.

  • POSTED BY wiseshah on | June 30, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    england is very strong team at the moment. i think their different format players helped to strength their bench. they have a strong bowlers pool ( anderson-bresnan-broad-finn-swann-onion-dernbach-samit patel-meaker-monty panesar) very good stock--u can play any player any time

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | June 30, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    @R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (June 30 2012, 15:56 PM GMT) I feel that Trott is a very selfish batsman which in tests is great. In ODIs it can work both ways. If conditions are tough then he is a good guy to come in but sometimes he eats up too many balls/overs without accelerating the score. I'd like England to maybe replace one of the top 4 for a Bairstow or Buttler and as I have said in another thread , If our openers have seen through the 1st 10 overs then I'd like to see Morgan shifted up the order.

  • POSTED BY SDHM on | June 30, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    5Wombats - I don't think Woakes is in the squad. I heard on Sky that Meaker has been called in as cover, and in all honesty if the pitch is going to be a nice quick one I'd love to see him get a run out alongside Finn - if you think Finn and Cummins are quick, then Meaker has a yard on both of them! It would probably go against Flower's thinking though - Dernbach is next in line and actually bowled really well in the last ODI he played in the UAE, so I expect him to turn out tomorrow. I don't particularly rate him, but then again, I'm not Cook or Flower, so what I think doesn't matter.