England v Australia, NatWest series, Chester-le-Street July 7, 2012

England take series with clinical win

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England 201 for 2 (Bell 69, Trott 64*) beat Australia 200 for 9 (Hussey 70, Clarke 43, Finn 4-37) by eight wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

With an ease that would have been quite unthinkable a few years ago, England cruised to victory over Australia in the fourth ODI in Durham, with 13 deliveries and eight wickets in hand. The result not only secured the five-match series with a game to spare but also completed England's ninth successive victory in completed one-dayers - a new record for them - and secured their seventh successive series win at home.

Steven Finn, with a devastating display of fast bowling, and Ian Bell, with an assured innings in testing conditions, were the main architects of England's victory, though Ravi Bopara, with another intelligent spell of bowling and another assured innings, and Jonathan Trott, with a typically calm innings of 64 not out also contributed. England will now consider resting players for the final game in Manchester on Tuesday, with a view to ensuring the freshness of key players for the forthcoming Test series against South Africa.

Australia might count themselves somewhat unfortunate. Not only did they lose two of their bowlers - Brett Lee and Shane Wason - to injury during the game, but by winning a disproportionately important toss, England's captain Alastair Cook forced Australia to bat in desperately testing conditions, which had eased a little by the time England began their reply. Mitchell Johnson was also forced out of the Australian team for the match with an ankle injury.

But Australia would be deluding themselves if they put this result down to poor fortune. They might reflect that some of their top-order batsmen were lacking in technique and discipline against the moving ball and that their bowlers lacked the control to exploit conditions that remained helpful. While this touring squad, already missing Michael Hussey and Pat Cummins and further weakened by the absence of Johnson, is not short of potential, it is hard to recall a weaker Australian team.

That Australia were able to set any sort of competitive total was largely due to a defiant half-century from David Hussey. Hussey made 70 from 73 balls to help his side recover from the perilous position of 96 for 6 in the 33rd over. With Brett Lee he added 70 in 13 overs for the seventh wicket, helping Australia take 71 from the final 10 overs of their innings. Against a high-class attack in such conditions, their final total of 200 was not so far under par as it might have appeared.

Finn, in particular, bowled beautifully and was twice on a hat-trick. The first occasion came in his third over - a double-wicket maiden - when he trapped David Warner and Peter Forrest leg before from successive deliveries. Warner, who laboured for 19 deliveries for his two runs, was defeated when he played horribly across a straight full delivery and umpire Nigel Llong's original 'not out' decision was over turned after England utilised the Decision Review System (DRS). Forest, tentative and half forward, was beaten for pace by one that came into the batsman just a fraction off the seam. Michael Clarke was beaten through the gate by the hat-trick delivery, but the ball bounced over the stumps. Australia were 6 for 2 in the sixth over and, by the end of their first Powerplay, had scored just 15 for 2. It was their lowest 10-over Powerplay score.

Later Finn defeated Clarke's forward push with one that nipped back, before next ball Matthew Wade was brilliantly caught by a diving Craig Kieswetter off the inside edge by one that cut back into him.

James Anderson, who delivered three maidens and, with the wicket of Lee, secured his 500th international wicket, also utilised the conditions well. But it was Finn, generating sharp pace, maintaining an immaculate line and length and finding sharp seam movement, who really shone. It was another highly impressive performance from a man who still cannot be assured of a place in England's Test team.

It might have been even better for England. Eoin Morgan, at point, squandered a relatively simple chance at point as Clarke, on 8, attempted to drive Tim Bresnan - Australia would have been 17 for 3 had the catch been taken - while replays showed that Clarke should have been given leg before on 28 when he played across a straight one from Stuart Broad. England had already utilised their one unsuccessful appeal to the DRS. Clarke was also dropped, a tough chance, on 31 at first slip by Anderson off Broad.

Hussey, too, enjoyed some fortune. He narrowly survived a strong leg before appeal before he had scored and was then dropped on 15, when Bopara spurned a tough caught and bowled chance. Bell also missed a tough chance running in from the extra cover boundary when Hussey had 29, also off the deserving Bopara.

That Australia were able to set any sort of competitive total was largely due to two decent partnerships. First Watson and Clarke added 51 in 13 overs for the third wicket, before Hussey and Lee added 70 in 13 overs for the seventh. Watson finally fell, playing on as he tried to run a delivery from off stump down to third man, and George Bailey was beaten by a beauty from Bopara that pitched middle and hit the top of off stump.

If Australia were going to claw their way back into the game, they needed to bowl well and take every half-chance. But, as it was, Hussey, at second slip, was unable to reach an edge from Bell, on 21 - the score was 36 without loss - off James Pattinson that flew for Four. Cook, playing his 50th ODI, was also reprieved on 13 when Clint McKay was unable to cling on to a tough caught and bowled chance.

Nor was the bowling as tight as it might have been. Pattinson started with a no-ball that was clipped off Bell's legs for four - a stroke that Bell repeated later in the over - while Cook produced two rasping square cuts for four as Lee's second over cost 12. Ben Hilfenhaus also donated a free-hit after over stepping and was punished for two fours in an over as he over-pitched to Bell and strayed on to Cook's legs.

Bell, making light of the awkward batting conditions, reached 50 from 72 balls with seven fours - most of them sweetly timed through cover or midwicket - to sustain his excellent run of form. Since returning to the side, Bell has scored 126, 53, 41, 75 and 69 (at an average of 72.80 and a strike-rate of 81.61) to revitalise a limited-overs career that, but for Kevin Pietersen's retirement, might have been over.

Trott and Bopara, unhurried and untroubled by a weakened attack, added 65 in 15 overs without breaking sweat to take England to victory.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Meety on July 10, 2012, 10:37 GMT

    @CricketingStargazer - the way I read what you are saying is this - you can't judge a player by a couple of games (correct - at least IMO), but Oz look a shambles (which based on 3 games IMO is the opposite of the first part of your comment)! I would not be writing off a side based on 3 games, particularly as it has performed well in the format over the last 18mths. As far as Doherty is concerned there are several things to note 1) Doherty's overall E/R is 4.7, 2) His E/R against Eng is 4.7, 3) His E/R in 2 games this series is 5.1. Nothing in any of that suggests he has been "tucked into", particularly as Swann's E/R is 4.5 & is highly rated. As for MJ, you are classifying him as a weakness, yet he has a world class ODI career record (admit his test form IMO makes him lucky to be in our top 12 bowlers in Tests). Regarding Cummins, the kid is a massive talent & has achieved more than 99% of 19yo have done, however I agree 100% his career could go down (or up), too early to call.

  • proudcricketfan on July 10, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    treat to watch aussies getting smashed...they simply couldn't recover from the loss of the legends i.e. hayden,gilchrist,ponting.mcgrath & warne....

  • CricketingStargazer on July 10, 2012, 7:07 GMT

    @Meety, the point is that assessing players on the bais of a 4 match tour and saying "yeah or nay" to them having a career at this level is ridiculous. Right now, based purely on these matches, one would say that the Australian batting is a shambles and that the bowling resources thin. You would have said the same about England after the ODIs in India and Tests in Pakistan. I can't assess Matthew Wade based on the littel that I have seen. I can't assess Cummins either. Cummins, based on what others have done before him at this age might become a great star, or fade away in 2 years (as did Johnson and Phil Hughes). If I had to take a bet I would bet on Warner going more down the Hughes route as he is found out by bowlers rather than continuing to be destructive. What is worrying (unless you are English) is seeing players like Mitch Johnson who have baggage being re-cycled constantly: he's a weakness. I never expected to see Doherty back & you saw how the England batsmen tucked in to him

  • Meety on July 10, 2012, 2:43 GMT

    @Green_How - well said, (I disagree but well said). I doubt there are many players to have ever struck fear into an opposing player in cricket, the fearful player probably wasn't up to International standard. FYI - Ferguson v England, he has an ave over 50 in ODIs. Now I know 9 games is not a great sample size, & the 3 not outs certainly help, but given his S/R was 92.67, I would suggest he certainly wasn't playing for averages, (ps: his ave in England is over 60!!!) Also re: Voges, he has only played England once with an 80 not out. Now would these 2 players have changed the result? Nobody could say for sure, but I believe they are good ODI batsmen with great stats, it would suggest better totals. @CricketingStargazer - not sure what your point is, I would take your Bresnan quote as proof that you can't write a player off over a small sample size of matches. As for "4 best keeper batsmen in the world" - I guess I know who said that, & it is not worth repeating for credibility sake!

  • Green_How on July 9, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    @Meety ok point taken, perhaps i am being a little harsh, especially on Wade who looked good stood up to the aussie seamers. I maintain my other point tho, i still think there are no aussies out there who could have taimed this England attack bowling the way it is. While Mike Hussey is still a very good player, his record in England is not exactly floorless and he is hardly the future, the other 3 you mention have limited experience at the top level of international cricket, especially big game experience in English conditions and are not names that instantly strike fear to the hearts of England fans.

  • Sudu_putha on July 9, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    aUSSIES GETTING SMASHED.....LOL

  • CricketingStargazer on July 9, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    @Meety, things can change very fast. How many people remember Tim Bresnan's debut? He took - I recall - 0-25 in 2 overs as Sri Lanka chased down 330 in 37 overs. No one seriously expected to see him again because he looked out of his depth. And before the 2010 Ashes, he was regarded as being a serious weak link in the attack who would never have been selected if other bowlers had been fit. Of course, injuries let him into the Ashes XI and the rest is history... Having read the opinion of one Australian poster that Australia had the best 4 wicket-keepers in world cricket, I was interested to see Wade perform and. so far, have seen only flashes of what he is capable of, as has been the case with Warner (I guess that the smart money was always going to be that bowlers would start to find him out, the way that Phil Hughes was rumbled). Right now the batting looks a shambles, but then 4 months ago you'd have said that of England; it doesn't take much for things to change radically.

  • 5wombats on July 9, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    @Bruisers on (July 08 2012, 12:00 PM GMT) Nonsense. What do you have - a crystal ball?

  • Meety on July 9, 2012, 0:33 GMT

    @Green_How - "...The likes of .... Wade are not good enough and unlikely to ever will be..." - absolute rubbish. Wade has a dismissal rate as a keeper - superior to Kiesweitter, he has a test ave a shade under 40, (with a match winning ton to his name already), is only 24 & has batted already in 6 different positions in 20 games. "...i really don't think there is any aussie batsmen, that is not here, that could take on this relentless bowling attack..." obviously you had forgotten about MHussey, but apart from him, we have 2 other batsmen with 40+ ODI stats (Voges & Ferguson), & technically a 3rd one in Cooper with a 50+ ODI ave. Enjoy the series win, England deserve it, but making sweeping statements on a sample base of 3 games is folly!

  • Cricketfan101 on July 8, 2012, 20:48 GMT

    What is peter forest doing in odi squad with a sr 67

  • Meety on July 10, 2012, 10:37 GMT

    @CricketingStargazer - the way I read what you are saying is this - you can't judge a player by a couple of games (correct - at least IMO), but Oz look a shambles (which based on 3 games IMO is the opposite of the first part of your comment)! I would not be writing off a side based on 3 games, particularly as it has performed well in the format over the last 18mths. As far as Doherty is concerned there are several things to note 1) Doherty's overall E/R is 4.7, 2) His E/R against Eng is 4.7, 3) His E/R in 2 games this series is 5.1. Nothing in any of that suggests he has been "tucked into", particularly as Swann's E/R is 4.5 & is highly rated. As for MJ, you are classifying him as a weakness, yet he has a world class ODI career record (admit his test form IMO makes him lucky to be in our top 12 bowlers in Tests). Regarding Cummins, the kid is a massive talent & has achieved more than 99% of 19yo have done, however I agree 100% his career could go down (or up), too early to call.

  • proudcricketfan on July 10, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    treat to watch aussies getting smashed...they simply couldn't recover from the loss of the legends i.e. hayden,gilchrist,ponting.mcgrath & warne....

  • CricketingStargazer on July 10, 2012, 7:07 GMT

    @Meety, the point is that assessing players on the bais of a 4 match tour and saying "yeah or nay" to them having a career at this level is ridiculous. Right now, based purely on these matches, one would say that the Australian batting is a shambles and that the bowling resources thin. You would have said the same about England after the ODIs in India and Tests in Pakistan. I can't assess Matthew Wade based on the littel that I have seen. I can't assess Cummins either. Cummins, based on what others have done before him at this age might become a great star, or fade away in 2 years (as did Johnson and Phil Hughes). If I had to take a bet I would bet on Warner going more down the Hughes route as he is found out by bowlers rather than continuing to be destructive. What is worrying (unless you are English) is seeing players like Mitch Johnson who have baggage being re-cycled constantly: he's a weakness. I never expected to see Doherty back & you saw how the England batsmen tucked in to him

  • Meety on July 10, 2012, 2:43 GMT

    @Green_How - well said, (I disagree but well said). I doubt there are many players to have ever struck fear into an opposing player in cricket, the fearful player probably wasn't up to International standard. FYI - Ferguson v England, he has an ave over 50 in ODIs. Now I know 9 games is not a great sample size, & the 3 not outs certainly help, but given his S/R was 92.67, I would suggest he certainly wasn't playing for averages, (ps: his ave in England is over 60!!!) Also re: Voges, he has only played England once with an 80 not out. Now would these 2 players have changed the result? Nobody could say for sure, but I believe they are good ODI batsmen with great stats, it would suggest better totals. @CricketingStargazer - not sure what your point is, I would take your Bresnan quote as proof that you can't write a player off over a small sample size of matches. As for "4 best keeper batsmen in the world" - I guess I know who said that, & it is not worth repeating for credibility sake!

  • Green_How on July 9, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    @Meety ok point taken, perhaps i am being a little harsh, especially on Wade who looked good stood up to the aussie seamers. I maintain my other point tho, i still think there are no aussies out there who could have taimed this England attack bowling the way it is. While Mike Hussey is still a very good player, his record in England is not exactly floorless and he is hardly the future, the other 3 you mention have limited experience at the top level of international cricket, especially big game experience in English conditions and are not names that instantly strike fear to the hearts of England fans.

  • Sudu_putha on July 9, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    aUSSIES GETTING SMASHED.....LOL

  • CricketingStargazer on July 9, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    @Meety, things can change very fast. How many people remember Tim Bresnan's debut? He took - I recall - 0-25 in 2 overs as Sri Lanka chased down 330 in 37 overs. No one seriously expected to see him again because he looked out of his depth. And before the 2010 Ashes, he was regarded as being a serious weak link in the attack who would never have been selected if other bowlers had been fit. Of course, injuries let him into the Ashes XI and the rest is history... Having read the opinion of one Australian poster that Australia had the best 4 wicket-keepers in world cricket, I was interested to see Wade perform and. so far, have seen only flashes of what he is capable of, as has been the case with Warner (I guess that the smart money was always going to be that bowlers would start to find him out, the way that Phil Hughes was rumbled). Right now the batting looks a shambles, but then 4 months ago you'd have said that of England; it doesn't take much for things to change radically.

  • 5wombats on July 9, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    @Bruisers on (July 08 2012, 12:00 PM GMT) Nonsense. What do you have - a crystal ball?

  • Meety on July 9, 2012, 0:33 GMT

    @Green_How - "...The likes of .... Wade are not good enough and unlikely to ever will be..." - absolute rubbish. Wade has a dismissal rate as a keeper - superior to Kiesweitter, he has a test ave a shade under 40, (with a match winning ton to his name already), is only 24 & has batted already in 6 different positions in 20 games. "...i really don't think there is any aussie batsmen, that is not here, that could take on this relentless bowling attack..." obviously you had forgotten about MHussey, but apart from him, we have 2 other batsmen with 40+ ODI stats (Voges & Ferguson), & technically a 3rd one in Cooper with a 50+ ODI ave. Enjoy the series win, England deserve it, but making sweeping statements on a sample base of 3 games is folly!

  • Cricketfan101 on July 8, 2012, 20:48 GMT

    What is peter forest doing in odi squad with a sr 67

  • JG2704 on July 8, 2012, 20:44 GMT

    @maddy20 on (July 08 2012, 16:17 PM GMT) Whenever a team beats another (esp when unexpected) you always get a certain amount of fans sniping. As you know with England they are a funny side in ODIs. They are good enough to convincingly beat India at home but bad enough to het whitewashed away . In the WC we lose vs Bangladesh and Ireland but beat SA and draw with India. And since the mauling India gave us we somehow beat Pak 4-0 in UAE and that after a disastrous test series.England (in ODIs) have the ability to beat anyone on their day but also the ability to implode. Re Australia , could just be a bad series. They were unbeaten for quite some time before now and won a tri nations series with SL and India and bt SA in SA all within the last 8 months. Also I think they have been competitive in spells and in game 1 only lost by 15 runs and if it wasn't for Morgan.

  • JG2704 on July 8, 2012, 20:43 GMT

    @CricketingStargazer on (July 08 2012, 08:37 AM GMT) Fair enough. I just always look for ways in which I think we can improve even when we're winning

  • JG2704 on July 8, 2012, 16:31 GMT

    @George Matt on (July 08 2012, 03:49 AM GMT) And I suppose Jaya and Sanga were infighting in the 2nd SL test , otherwise Eng would have lost that series 2-0? Did you not hear that Bell , Morgan and Cook came to blows in UAE which is why Eng lost the test series? No? Neither did I but it's no more far fetched that what you have just put? Please publish

  • JG2704 on July 8, 2012, 16:31 GMT

    @Okakaboka on (July 08 2012, 12:29 PM GMT) - Only if you take Dernbach and naturalise him as one of yours

  • JG2704 on July 8, 2012, 16:30 GMT

    @g.narsimha on (July 08 2012, 10:47 AM GMT) Conveniently overlooked one of your fans comments trying to belittle Australia then? No one was mentioning India until that point

  • maddy20 on July 8, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    When England was beating India, Aussie fans were going holalala and said their side would thrash England blablabla. ODIs are England's weakest link. Even India challenged them in ODIs on England tour. If they cannot beat England in ODIs then they might as well hand the Ashes to them on a silver platter! This is despicable performance to say the least. Three of the soundest thrashings in ODIs in recent times.

  • sonu77 on July 8, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    4-0 on the cards..This England team seems to be unbeatable at their own backyard right now.Only Sri Lanka has better record against them in recently.SL won 7 of their last 10 ODIs in England.

  • jackthelad on July 8, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    Strangely strange but oddly normal. Australia are a second-class cricketing side, and the sooner they can get their heads around this, the sooner they will be able to start the rebuilding that is sorely necessary.

  • Green_How on July 8, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    I was at Chester-le-Street y'day and it was pretty desperate for the Aussies. What is clear is that the new blokes that the Aussies are trying to intergrate into the team are miles off. The likes of Forrest, Bailey and Wade are not good enough and unlikely to ever will be. I know that many aussie commentators on here think that this isnt their strongest team but i really don't think there is any aussie batsmen, that is not here, that could take on this relentless bowling attack. And I think if the aussies are honest with themselves, they would admit this. England are probably the strongest they have ever been and i can't see the Ashes going anywhere soon.

  • dscoll on July 8, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    Whenever Aus players are interviewed they sound positive and confident, but once they are on the pitch they show there true colours, Warner with 2 from 19 deliiveries being a prime example. Eng turned up the heat and Aus melted.

  • Sinhaya on July 8, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    Aussies cant be that great in ODIs if Windies managed to make it 2-2 at home and one was a tie which could have gone either way. Also, if Sri Lanka beat Australia 4 times in the CB series this year and also out of the 3 times Sri Lanka lost to Australia, 2 were narrow ones.

  • landl47 on July 8, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    Mind the windows, RandyOZ.

  • Okakaboka on July 8, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    Hey, English CA, Um, I went to school with a Bell, so your Ian Bell might be related to him??? ( I wish!). Tell you what.....on behalf of Cricket Australia...we'll swap Ian Bell and give you M. Johnston, Warner, Smith, Forrest, Bailey and Watson (he could be good for parts). Deal??????

  • Bruisers on July 8, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    @5wombats- It was the same untimely rain that saved England in the 1st ODI of the series last year. Chasing 275, England were reeling at 27/2 in the eighth over before rain came to the rescue for England. "the only reason india tied a game with England last year was because it rained" How can you say that? India were favorites to win the match. Look at the scorecard. England had to make 11 runs from 1.1 overs with two wickets in hand (practically one wicket in hand, since BROAD was injured that day while bowling). If you think Finn and Anderson would have scored those runs, I can't help but laugh. Rain actually saved ENGLAND that day, not India, didn't it? And not to forget ONLY FIVE PLAYERS of India's WC winning squad were part of that 15-man team. Tells you enough about what type of team India actually fielded.

  • Plz_Dont_Get_Whitewashed on July 8, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    "Don't give me excuses, give me Results"!! ... and that's exactly what this England team have done! .... And I think they'll be able to WIN even the ODI series in India later this year because of the form all their players are in!! - From a shell-shocked Indian fan :)

  • whatawicket on July 8, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    i think from randys postings, that hes furious in fact hes so furious, iv seen it posted on 2 forum pages. so he must be furious. i like langer he does not make me furious what about the rest of you guys are you furious.

  • yorkshirematt on July 8, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    @randy oz Me neither. Not the full story anyway although I knew it was something to do with the royals. Your question about the lions has kept me occupied until I go to Yorkshire's big T20 clash this afternoon! It raises an interesting question actually. Brits hadn't discovered Africa or presumably lions in the 1tth and 12th century, so why did these royal families have them as their emblem? Maybe they were actually saffers too!

  • Hammond on July 8, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    @RandyOz-interesting comment. Why would England fans have "delusions of grandeur?" England are only number one in the world in tests and 20/20, and have just flattened the number 1 side in the world in ODI cricket. What delusions should we have? Delusions of mediocrity? I know for one that is a delusion turning into a reality for fans of the Aussie side.

  • Sinhaya on July 8, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    @sobersfan, please read my comment properly. I never said we won a series. I clearly said we were the last to win an ODI match in England. We won 2 consecutive ODIs in England where we won in Headingly thanks to Mahela's 145 and in Lords thanks to Chandimal's ton.

  • CricketingStargazer on July 8, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    @yorkshirematt, I've been supporting England since 1968 and following the Ashes since 1970/71. I have even paid to watch some of the most embarassing England performances of all time (I was at England v Sri Lanka in 1984). I also support one of the most unsuccessful county sides in England. Sometimes one can only suffer in silence (but after suffering so many bad years we can enjoy winning as much as Australia did in the late '80s). The UAE tour was appalling. I really do not know what happened, but the normally meticulous preparation was simply absent. Possibly though the seeds of a successful tour of India were sown there, as the seeds of the current ODI run were sown in India last winter. I quite like having RandyOz around as a reality check. He comes up with some sometimes uncomfortable half-truths that we do well to remember and his bad humour and increasingly infrequent posts in this series are a useful barometer of England's progress.

  • Hammond on July 8, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    @Okakaboka- I am quite acquainted with Bradley Hodge, being an Australian, and had no idea why he didn't play more for Australia. Maybe he annoyed Ponting once. At his age he still could play better than all the young batsmen in this country. It was a bit of a Dean Jones thing maybe.. one thing people always miss is the absence of Damien Martyn in the Aussie middle order and the huge hole it left. Since his departure Australia have consistently retained a brittle middle order and have quite often been left battling with the tail. The loss of Hussey in the future will also leave a tremendous hole.

  • g.narsimha on July 8, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    5WOMBATS- Than where did ENG won 8-0 , what about 5-0 odi white wash in INDIA deosnt it count , i was least inciined to coment on this thread , enjoying these matches but as usual again UN NECCESSERLY DRAGGED OUR TEAM racking once in a life time heroics in recent past as past is not that pleasant site gainst us in home & away its een our team playing in our place,we might have seen scores of coments titiling HOME TIGERS, FLAT TRACK BULLIES ..BLAAH......good show after unimpressive Twin tours of UAE, SL.

  • RandyOZ on July 8, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    @yorkshirematt - wow, thanks for that I had no idea. Very interesting!

  • Silatwarrior on July 8, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    Don't you love it when the Aussies are rattled, news for you Australian fans on here, other countries besides Australia have good cricketers, England played better than you, fact!

  • Bramblefly on July 8, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    I can hear real anger creeping into Australian posts here and I like it. Maybe it's the first step towards realising that no team is number one solely by right. Here's your problem; you don't realise quite what you had in the nineties and the early noughties. Those Australian sides were a collection of quite exceptional talents. You are deluding yourselves if you think that a rubbish England side is a fixed point in time and space and only your selectors stand between you and your national birthright. Let's face it, it doesn't look good for you in the next couple of years or more. I'd let Inverarity and co get on with what they need to do and work with the talent they have. Remember, you were slating Hilditch in the same way until recently. The depth of Australian cricket resources haven't changed since then.

  • voma on July 8, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    @RandyOz , you ever been down to London me old mucka , theres this big house down there . That the queen and all that lot live in , have a gander at all the flags and statues . You might be able to work out exactly why there are 3 LIONS on English shirts . Ha Ha Ha , honestly mate .

  • spence1324 on July 8, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    @randyoz you are right, so i will try and keep my feet on the ground 3-0!

  • yorkshirematt on July 8, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    @randy oz And why can't we enjoy the success of our team, after the rubbish we endured in the pas?. I would be the first to criticise them when they play badly like in the UAE, and they are far from the finished article, and doubts will remain until they win in subcontinental conditions. However I also like to give them credit when they win, albeit against weakened opponents, but look forward with a little trepidation to the SA series, then India away at the end of the year. But yes you are correct. Being a supporter, and a player to some extent, is about taking the rough with the smooth, and I hope that comes across in my posts.

  • whatawicket on July 8, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    im furious from adelaide randy. as usual u r wrong cave drawings from the ice age shows lions in the uk and were there, more so than the coutries were lions live now. unless those people had flown to africa and brought them back if customs allowed.

  • Riz000 on July 8, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    This is end of AUSTRALLIA IN ODIS AND TEST aUS ARE FINSIHED BRING BACK PLAYERS LIKE USMAN KHAWAJA PHIL HUGES THEY ARE THE FUTURE OF AUSTRALLIA

  • 5wombats on July 8, 2012, 9:53 GMT

    @rahulcricket007 - might have guessed there would be someone from a particular country handing out some ungracious gloating. Mate - the only reason india tied a game with England last year was because it rained. You talk about one-sided, eh? So - how does England 8 - india 0 look to you? BTW Bang, Zim, SA have all beaten india in ODI's lately - do you go onto their forums when they lose? @rahulcricket007 - We can take care of the Australians in our own way, we don't need any help. And PS Turn your Caps Lock off. please publish.

  • CricketingStargazer on July 8, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    One thing that remains to be seen is whether or not England can up the intensity to seal the whitewash. England have had a habit of feeling sorry for beaten opponen ts and taking it easy at the end of series, which needs to be lost. 4-0 would not be as loud a statement as 5-0, but it will still be a statement of intent for next year's Ashes tour. In the end today, the Swann/Patel swap was almost irrelevant (Patel did not bat and only bowled 3 overs). I would not mind seeing Chris Woakes replace Tim Bresnan for the last game, as a like-for-like change that will tell us more about our squad depth, but Finn, Anderson and Broad should all play. Fortunately, having Ravi Bopara bowling well does add to the options and if either Patel or Woakes were to take some punishment, we can always find some tight overs from Bopara.

  • Valavan on July 8, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    @rahulcricket007, you are back, As long as Indian have lost the series in England, noway to bring who played better. Accept the fact England have the quality instead we did that and this, this very indian team, beaten black and blue in Australian Tri series and ofcourse India is better than Australia as they won the QF in WC2011.cricinfo please publish.

  • RandyOZ on July 8, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    Pommy fans can be compared to India with their delusions of grandeur. Only one of two have their feet on the ground (@JG for example), which explains why they all go missing when the proverbial hits the fan, and come back months later as if nothing happened.

  • yorkshirematt on July 8, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    @randy oz A quick history lesson for you: The lions have a history going back to the 12th century, when a standard with three gold lions on a red field was carried into battle to inspire the troops.

    The first one came from Henry I - known as the lion of England - who had a lion on his standard on taking power in 1100. Shortly afterwards he married Adeliza, whose father also had a lion on his shield, and to commemorate the event he added a second lion to his standard. In 1154, two lions became three when Henry II married Eleanor of Aquitaine, who also had a lion her family crest.

    Later that century, Richard the Lionheart (1189-1199) used the three golden lions on a scarlet background as a symbol of the English throne and, after that, it appeared on the Royal Arms of every succeeding monarch.

  • CricketingStargazer on July 8, 2012, 8:37 GMT

    JG, I agree that England were poor today, at least in the field and some of the bowling lacked intensity. There were though some interesting tactical choices from Alistair Cook: Samit Patel barely bowled, but Ravi Bopara got 9 overs so two of the front-line seamers were not bowled out. That struck me as quite pragmatic. Had ge known that he would have those overs in hand (although not from Anderson and Finn) he might have bowled them for longer at the start. However, I don't think that anyone expected Ravi Bopara to be quite as affective as he was. Us fans are singularly critical in our comments at the best of times. Strauss has always been slated as "defensive" (it doesn't matter how many matches we win), Cook as "inflexible" and he has 9 wins on the bounce now. Cook is growing into his job as Strauss grew into his: we should not expect miracles quite yet. Flexibility comes as you gain greater and greater confidence in your team to deliver.

  • Hammond on July 8, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    @Okakaboka- so basically- well done England but don't look too much into it because our whole system of developing, coaching and selecting cricketers is defunct? And if one of the armchair critics got hold of CA and run the whole show the way it should be then England would be toast? Seriously?

  • JG2704 on July 8, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    @Okakaboka on (July 08 2012, 06:37 AM GMT) - Mate , if I was an Australian fan I'd be frustrated like you , but at least you - unlike some others - aren't blaming it on anything but Aus underperforming. It's only natural to look at one's own teams' faults more that give credit to the other side , but thanks also for giving credit to England

  • JG2704 on July 8, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    @Mervo on (July 07 2012, 21:14 PM GMT) Like they did in the 1st game when Eng had to endure such conditions and Aus had the advantage?

  • JG2704 on July 8, 2012, 8:17 GMT

    @rahulcricket007 on (July 08 2012, 02:51 AM GMT) Nah , Australia are still better than India as they proved in the recent Tri Nations series. Besides the series hasn't finished yet

  • Hammond on July 8, 2012, 8:00 GMT

    @RandyOz- I asked you before the series to get your excuses ready and mate you didn't disappoint. Once again no direct compliments to the England team only a backhanded swipe at the birth place of some of the players. Read up on the Kolpak decision and tell us all (including the ECB who would be certainly interested) how England can legally refuse county players the right to play for their own adopted country based only upon their place of birth. I know you won't because you aren't really interested in the facts, only the ability to repeat your favourite excuse. (that and sack the coach :) ? )

  • kevinpp24 on July 8, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    @Okakaboka, well that's what all English fans said before the series, this Aussie side is not good enough for ODIs, they left better players back in the country but it's the Aussie fans who were chest-thumping about thrashing England. Anyway its good to see atleast one good Aussie fan giving credit to England's performance, thank you. But seriously to all those blaming for SAns in Eng team, except SL, Bang, Pak and few more minnows no team Including SA, NZ, OZ, WI, Ind can argue about foreigners in Eng team. All these teams done this before, mind you. After all it's not ECBs fault that these players are not happy with their own country's management and very much happy to play for Eng. Maybe you should first stop sending them to UK.

  • OneEyedAussie on July 8, 2012, 7:34 GMT

    An excellent bowling performance from Finn (who bowled in the off stump corridor and moved the ball in both directions) took full advantage of the good bowling conditions afforded to England after winning the toss and put the Aussies out of the game. Aside from a fluent batting display by Hussey in the closing overs and another good effort by McKay, there wasn't much to write home about for Australia.

  • zenboomerang on July 8, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    Well played England... Very poor opening & no.3 by the Oz batsmen - looked little better than bunnies under the spotlight... As I commented before the series started - Eng to win 3 or 4 games, now it could be a whitewash :( ... Clarke & the other selectors have been shown up completely for their lack of foresight in trying to bring in batters unsuited to ODI's & bringing back bowlers before giving them trials in FC competition and/or List A...

  • jmcilhinney on July 8, 2012, 6:46 GMT

    So RandyOZ wants Inverarity, Arthur and Langer axed does he? Let me guess, they don't deserve to be let down lightly. Where have I heard this before? Less than a year ago he was demanding that Hughes and Khawaja be axed and now he's lambasting the selectors for leaving them out when they're clearly the best talent in Australia. It's great to be an armchair selector with no accountability and no requirement to prove your mental health.

  • Okakaboka on July 8, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    @Hammond...You are right! Full credit to the English team. They bowled really well and their batting was great. However, as one of the many frustrated Australian fans... there are many stupid decisions being made about our cricket team. Our team have been made look like genuine hacks...hell, we are not even competitive.... We can't even make a game of it. We do know however, that Langer...our..um... washing hangerer outer...woops..batting coach.... has systematically stuffed our batting completely. Something is wrong with the condition of our bowlers as well...every single one of them has had a serious injury in the last 2 years. As for our selectors...????....well...um....couldn't pick the winner of a one horse race. To give you an idea of the mentality that exists in Australian cricket, Clarke would bring Haddin back simply because he is a 'mate'.... he literally said this. We have a very unprofessional administration and it filters through to the players.

  • priceless1 on July 8, 2012, 6:18 GMT

    Australia is on the verge of a embarrassing white wash , get ready to burn the bails again and start a one day" Ashes "series

  • landl47 on July 8, 2012, 5:53 GMT

    On the contrary, Jason Spray, we are very, very proud of those who were born in England and those who have chosen to regard England as their home. We consider it an honour and a privilege when families from elsewhere move to England and they or their children compete for a place in our national side. We understand that other countries haven't been as attractive to those who wish to play international cricket and have had to make do with the occasional Tahir and Khawaja, but it's nice to see that all countries welcome players from elsewhere when they do get them, just as we do. It's a pity that some fans are jealous when our England team succeeds, but we forgive them in the true cricketing spirit of goodwill.

  • jmcilhinney on July 8, 2012, 5:36 GMT

    @Jason Spray on (July 08 2012, 01:45 AM GMT), actually, if you took out every player that wasn't born in England then they'd still be a decent batting side with arguably the best bowling attack in the world. Given there's no reason or requirement to remove those players though, it's a rather moot point either way. Given that that is the only criticism you seem capable of mustering, I guess we can assume that you think that this England team are very good. I agree.

  • RandyOZ on July 8, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    What is the common thread in all these collapses? Langer. He simply has to go. Sack him now. The mate's game has to stop.

  • AKS286 on July 8, 2012, 5:22 GMT

    a good management of players required. no voges, beer in the squad. pattinson is not a ODI bowler. watson, warner, paine, clarke, voges, birt/mcdonald, d.hussey, harris, mckay, copeland, beer. forrest is ideal for test and bailey continues failures. why not voges? voges deserves test & odi permanent place. warner says he inspires by sehwag both are occasional batsmen team can't rely on them. beer is steady , accurate, tight line & length so deserves the position.

  • heathrf1974 on July 8, 2012, 5:19 GMT

    The English team are more professional and better coached than the Australians. This will give the Australians a good idea which players are the real deal and who are the pretenders. Pattinson and Hilfenhaus disappointed with too many leg-side balls.

  • on July 8, 2012, 4:46 GMT

    Australia's record in their last 10 ODI games reads WLTLW vs WI, NR vs IRE & LLNRL vs ENG. So 2 wins, 5 losses, 1 tie and 2 no results in their last 10 games means problems in the Australian ODI team. Clarke being captain, Arthur being coach, Langer being batting coach and McDermott the departed bowling coach. You can't blame anyone but the Aussies players themselves. Full credit to England. Plus injuries to Johnson, Lee and Watson, with Cummins already sent home. What's making these aussie fast bowlers get injured so easily? Missing coach McDermott?

  • RandyOZ on July 8, 2012, 4:44 GMT

    @Bob Young what has England got to do with Lions? Never seen one in the old country myself. Is it to keep the Saffers happy? So they feel like home? We have already heard directly from Trott he moved for money so I guess so.

  • RandyOZ on July 8, 2012, 4:41 GMT

    We can only hope that the Aussie media is ruthless and tears this team apart. I am calling for blood. The selections have been appalling. Inverarity, Arthur and Langer need to be axed immediately. This is not a good England side, merely a sub-standard Aussie one. It's good their fans are up and about. Will be great to hear them go silent again at the hands of Smith and Amla.

  • AMAZINGFAN on July 8, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    @sinhaya,lol ur side won an odi at lord's not the series...sl also lost eng last year in odi seies.

  • RandyOZ on July 8, 2012, 4:33 GMT

    I am furious. Utterly furious. WHY IS LANGER IMMUNE TO ALL CRITICISM??? Our batting is appalling, and the selections just as bad. Arthur has imported failure into the team and Langer built on it. Peter Forrest?????????? Gimme a break!!!

  • AMAZINGFAN on July 8, 2012, 4:33 GMT

    aus side is very ordinary now.sl gave them run for their money in cb series.they were lucky to win that series.they have been thrashed by this eng side.those days are gone when aus used to dominate their opponents in their own backyard but now they are getting hammered outside their home.

  • RandyOZ on July 8, 2012, 4:26 GMT

    Utterly disappointing performance again by the Aussies. It is now definitely time for Arthur and Langer to go, and to restructure the selection panel so that we can actually get our best XI out on the park. Forrest would have to be the worst player to don the canary yellow sice Cameron White and Steve Smith. Appalling. Credit again to the mercenary Trott, who addmitted recently he only moved to England for money. Anderson, who has done well ever since the great Australian team retired, continues to impress. Well played United XI.

  • praveen4honestremark on July 8, 2012, 4:25 GMT

    Congratulations England!! Your bowling is top class. Well done!!

  • TheMehssiah on July 8, 2012, 4:21 GMT

    Obviously it's an exercise in speculation, but I do wonder what would have happened had this English side run into the Aussies at their McGrath / Warne peak. Would Langer / Hayden / Ponting / Gilchrist have managed to destroy the confidence of England's pace battery? Would England's batsmen ever be able to put a good score on the board? What I've been watching in this series is England psychologically breaking down an Australian side which isn't half as bad as they're being made to look. It makes me wonder whether English sides in the past weren't quite as bad as their averages appear; they just had to play the Aussies too much...

  • Lahori_Munde on July 8, 2012, 4:03 GMT

    Shane Watcon opened his big mouth way to early in the series. It looks like Aussies just can't bat..

  • on July 8, 2012, 3:49 GMT

    england will remain good at home but will struggle in subcontinent...they don't have players to win in subcontinent...they won in uae cuz of the internal fights among pak players but they will struggle in asia...they bopara can do well for 5-6 games,and then the same old story,he doesnt have the concentration to succeed at this level...england is brilliant at home just like india but will be pathetic when they tour india this year

  • on July 8, 2012, 3:45 GMT

    Cyniket says, "australia are so close to being a good side. they just need to find 11 good cricketers". I think they need to plaster some mouths as well, starting from Watson! Watson questioned England's decision to have 5 specialist bowlers and batting Bresnan at #7. England has already won the series, and Bresnan is yet to hold the bat!!

  • on July 8, 2012, 3:42 GMT

    England understand the principles of good team selection. that is, pick specialist batsmen and bowlers. Anderson, broad, bresman and Finn will give most all round batsmen problems and all rounders while bowling will not cause specialist batsmen many problems. unless you are good as kalis, sobers etc, there is no place for all rounders in the modern game.

  • on July 8, 2012, 3:38 GMT

    been watching cricket since 2001... always been a great aussie fan...nd for the first time in this 10 12 yrs i have felt aussies need to restart..their reign at the top is over nd they need to rebuild...warner needs to spend couple of season in shield can't play the moving ball..watson since he has to bowl will be best suited at 4..clarke needs to move to 3..wade averages below 10 abroad..forrest poor OD player...dhuss should stay...bailey deserves few more chances..lee he has always been my hero bt now for future of aussie crickt needs to retire maybe comeback as a bowling coach..tim paine nd hughes should open IMO..ferguson at 6, hussey at 5..voges at 7

  • on July 8, 2012, 3:37 GMT

    list of south african players in the test squad : andrew strauss kevin pieterson jonathon Trott matt prior. when you guys play south africa it will be SA vs SA

  • skkh on July 8, 2012, 3:34 GMT

    Hilarious to see the poms gloating. They are playing in "England" and are playing against a rubbish Australian side. True they have dominated this series but can these poms perform better in the Indian subcontinent ??? We Aussies have been an embarrassment this series and we accept the fact. Just wait till the South Africans arrive. They will show you who is the better side even in the "english" conditions. Man to man they are a far superior side than the English.

  • mikey76 on July 8, 2012, 3:32 GMT

    Where were we scouting South Africans?? Trott is the only South African in the side. 99% of the young talent coming through is English. This whole SA connection is getting exaggerated way beyond reality.

  • Hammond on July 8, 2012, 2:59 GMT

    @Jason Spray- where is Englands best odi/test bowler from? You missed the bowlers out for some reason.

  • Hammond on July 8, 2012, 2:57 GMT

    Okakaboka- no credit given to the England boys at all? Maybe Australia are Ok, average even. Maybe the England side just has better cricketers in it.

  • rahulcricket007 on July 8, 2012, 2:51 GMT

    THE SO CALLED GREAT AUS TEAM .HMMM . NO.1 ODII TEAM LOLZ .EVEN INDIA WERE BETTER THAN AUS IN ODIS . AT LEAST INDIAN TEAM MANAGE TO TIE A ODI IN THE SERIES & ALL MATCHES WERE FOUGHT TILL THE END UNLIKE THIS SERIES WHICH HAS BEEN ONE SIDED .

  • Okakaboka on July 8, 2012, 2:29 GMT

    The Australian team needs to be rebuilt.....The ONLY Players I would keep would be Clarke, Mackay, D. Hussey and Wade (and even he is on notice). Watson looks like he is ready to break down at anytime...I'll swear if you listened to him coming in to bowl you would hear a "Ooo...ahhhh....ooooo...ahhhh...ooo... .ahhh.. .ouch..er.. .ooo...arrrr! Mackay is the only bowler who has looked like he is up to the required standard. He should even be considered for test duties. At the moment, we have NO openers, no number 3 or 6 (Hussey should bat at 5), No spinner, and No genuine strike bowler. Desperate times!

  • on July 8, 2012, 1:45 GMT

    take out every player that is not english on the england team in all forms of the game and they are just a aaverage side simple as that. Nothing to be proud of. ther best one day batman is irish, best test batsman is south african

  • ozwriter on July 8, 2012, 1:10 GMT

    epic failure by forrest and bailey. Mr Inverarity, drop FORREST, drop BAILEY. only david hussey has the mental and technical strength for this level.

  • Hammond on July 8, 2012, 0:46 GMT

    Oh yeah- just thought, England didn't need either KP or Swann to thrash this Aussie team. England's best ODI team wasn't even on the park. Will be interesting to see what salvage Australia drags up for the last game. We may even see Punter again?

  • Captain_Oblivious on July 8, 2012, 0:38 GMT

    Okay, my previous comment was tongue-in-cheek, but now I'll be serious. Can't believe people are taking these ODI's seriously - for Australia it's an off-season series of friendlies with nothing at stake, and for England it's just a diversion from the big one against South Africa. Cricket administrators should hang their heads in shame. Does anyone remember ODI series results? I seem to recall Australia crushing WI 4-1 in 1991 before losing the Test series 2-1. And the results were completely reversed four years later, with WI winning the ODI's 4-1 before Australia having their iconic Test series win. People who read too much into this series don't know much about cricket.

  • Hammond on July 8, 2012, 0:37 GMT

    @Captain_Oblivious- do your history mate. Prior to the "Kolpak" ruling each county was under ECB rules only able to play one overseas professional per county team. After Kolpak, whole teams could have been taken over by professional cricketers from both African and Carribean sources. The central English contract system that has led to a resurgent England side was a direct result of the ECB trying (unsuccessfully) to limit "foreign" players infiltrating the national side. Plus they have recently lengthened the county cricket qualification period to 7 years before they can don an England cap. The ECB certainly didn't "talent scout" South Africa, they were forced by EU courts into accepting plenty more foreign players after May 2003, and have been trying ever since to stop a massive foreign influx into county cricket. But as usual the history will be ignored and it will remain fashionable to criticise the ECB for a situation legally forced upon them.

  • cyniket on July 8, 2012, 0:34 GMT

    australia are so close to being a good side. they just need to find 11 good cricketers.

  • SaracensBob on July 8, 2012, 0:29 GMT

    Congrats to England! 3 brutally efficient performances putting paid to this very mediocre Aus side. BUT - what a silly series! Everything about this Aus side suggests that they don't want to be here, I think we can assume that they'll select a much stronger squad for next year's visit. We're about to play RSA to sort out who is the best test side in world cricket. We're going to do so over 3, yes THREE, matches. To my mind it should be a genuine five match contest ( that tends to sort out the men from the boys). Well that wasn't going to happen, but without this meaningless sideshow we could have sneaked an extra test in. Seems the administrators are happy to devalue test cricket whilst pursuing income from unnecessary ODI's. Shame on them!

  • on July 8, 2012, 0:26 GMT

    England are simply awesome these days and will remain so for the next 5 years or so.The worrying factor for the teams like Australia,India and New Zealand is,there are not many world class talents coming through just like what the West Indies are going through now and England did few years back.The Australian's setback I think will be short term while the setback for the Indians and for the New Zealanders will be more long term.

  • Hammond on July 8, 2012, 0:23 GMT

    I am assuming that RandyOZ and meety have taken a holiday to the same place that some of us went during the Pakistan series.

    For all their talk and bluster, this Aussie team is, well, bog average.

  • skkh on July 8, 2012, 0:19 GMT

    Well this is no surprise at all for me. I have been saying this for some time now that we have a very very mediocre team, what with the likes of Forrest and Bailey in the team. Our selectors (read that as Clarke) decided it was time to dump Ricky. Today without Ricky and Mike Hussey our team is ridiculously mediocre. True Ricky is not what he was a couple of years back but he is still our best batsman. Watson our best batsman performs once in a blue moon. Warner is still learning the game. Clarke is a flashy batsman who will fail more often than not and his performances against the listless Indians should never be used as a yard stick. Forrest and Bailey do not deserve a place in the team and neither does Steve Smith. Bring in Hughes, Shaun and Mitch Marsh and Khawaja. Give these blokes an extended run and we may not win many matches but over time they will with exposure be better assets. Let us accept the fact and build for the future.

  • cricketWI on July 8, 2012, 0:02 GMT

    Eng at the moment are playing good cricket and are difficult to beat but I wouldn't say that they are legends now or leading the era of cricket. They still have a lot to prove, especially in other countries and not just their own. ......and no i'm not hating on them, because I do admit that they have class players who don't even seem to miss KP.

  • Donut_Davey on July 7, 2012, 23:39 GMT

    As for the weak untested middle order of England. I would love to see more of Morgan v the Aussie bowlers. Australia need to toughten up their batting without limiting their bowling so Forrest out and also forget Johnson and Hilf. It is time to bring in Luke Butterworth and quality Tasmanian Alrounder. Bat at 7

  • landl47 on July 7, 2012, 23:34 GMT

    I didn't think England played all that well today. They shelled at least 4 catches and some of the fielding was sloppy. Cook rather lost the plot- got his 2 economical overs from Patel, but got greedy and kept him on even though his seamers all had overs left. Bres bowled a poor last over, legside full tosses weren't what was needed. I thought 200 might be a decent score and it probably would have been if McKay hadn't been the only Aus bowler to trouble the batsmen. England's batting looked stodgy, but this still wasn't an easy pitch and they paced it well. Let me say again, though- this was a meaningless series. The Ashes isn't till next year. Still, England did a very efficient job of beating a below par Aus side. If we don't see Brett Lee again- it's been great to watch you, Bing.

  • Gary_the_Pom on July 7, 2012, 23:30 GMT

    Captain_Oblivious, Maybe they could get a few Kiwis to play for them like they do in most other sports.

  • SDHM on July 7, 2012, 23:10 GMT

    Methuselah - it could work in India's favour too. Two new balls means the ball comes on to the bat for longer, so in the subcontinent, a part of the world where large scores are already the norm, we might see scores going up and up!

  • Captain_Oblivious on July 7, 2012, 23:09 GMT

    Okay, I think it's time for Australia to bite the bullet and imitate England's talent identification, by scouting South Africa...

  • JG2704 on July 7, 2012, 23:02 GMT

    @KURUWITA on (July 07 2012, 21:28 PM GMT) Fair enough , but this Eng line up was more of a 6/1/4 than a 5/1/5 with Patel replacing Swann

  • JG2704 on July 7, 2012, 23:00 GMT

    I see there are several comms re Finn hitting the stumps when he took Clarke's wicket. As JM pointed out , these comms only seem to appear when a wicket is taken despite the fact that Finn had been doing it all series. What I will say is that I can see how it could put off a batsman but it's up to the batsman to pull out if something is distracting them. Also if Finn was penalised for it I'm sure he'd have corrected the problem by now.

  • JG2704 on July 7, 2012, 23:00 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge on (July 07 2012, 17:20 PM GMT) We aren't number 1 in ODIs and can't possibly go number 1 until after the SA series and we could lose even our number 1 ranking in tests in a 50/50 series

  • JG2704 on July 7, 2012, 23:00 GMT

    @CS - I say it as I see it there. Yes Cook has been winning matches but let's be honest , in this particular match we had by far the better of the bowling conditions. I try to make observations/constructive criticisms as I see them. I thought Cook was a bit negative with some of the field placings in out losing ODI tour of India and I still would have liked to have seen him bowl Anderson and Finn both for another 2 overs (maybe 3) if they were still looking threatening and not going for runs. If bowlers were that much on top in a test match surely you'd keep them on. There are still things I think we can do better and I like to mention things when we are doing well rather than wait until struggling period - A la fans of other teams who pick a different team every time they lose..

  • pom_don on July 7, 2012, 23:00 GMT

    @Mervo you say a 'win the toss....win the game wicket' surely the same could have been said about the first game especially as the England batters had to stop & re-start several times.....the difference is clear & that is the quality of the England team compared with that of Australia, the pitch helped here but only helped the inevitable happen.

  • Paul.Power on July 7, 2012, 22:49 GMT

    Mervo - Lord's was also supposedly a "win the toss - win the game" wicket. England lost that toss and still won the game.

  • Wozza-CY on July 7, 2012, 22:46 GMT

    My Oz completely outplayed in every department. This English team is strong getting stronger. Surprised to hear our head selector say 'these are the best batsmen Oz has'. The English bowlers aren't re-inventing the wheel, they are simply bowling accurately at good pace & our batsmen seem rooted to the crease with no answer to rotate the strike. Bell showed how you combat the ball moving...move around & out of your crease, disrupt the bowlers early. Waste of time taking Warner to UK for Ashes as a test opener....Mr.Inverarity, you had better start looking for some more batsmen!!

  • on July 7, 2012, 22:37 GMT

    come on lads. why haven't you posted my last post about the extraordinary number of Saffers mascarading as england players? it was a very salient article!

  • CricketingStargazer on July 7, 2012, 22:27 GMT

    @Mervo, the first match of the series was also a "win the toss and win" and England still won comfortably batting first in difficult conditions. All it did was make the final margin a bit closer.

  • Gary_the_Pom on July 7, 2012, 22:25 GMT

    thanks Mervo on (July 07 2012, 21:14 PM GMT) its always good to see someone on here with a sense of humour

  • subbass on July 7, 2012, 22:11 GMT

    It is not always win the toss win the game. If that was so Australia would have won at Lords, where the conditions were in truth, even better for bowling.

    What a pity for England that rain is looking like robbing them of been number one in all format as 5-0 would surely be on if we had not lost the 3rd match. Still it's surely just a matter of time for this superb England side to reach such heights.

    (cricinfo moderators please publish)

  • Always-positive on July 7, 2012, 22:01 GMT

    @ Mervo.. Lords was a "win the toss - win the game' wicket", strange how then Australia won the toss there ??, please don't embarress yourself with anymore brainless comments.

    Please read Michael Clarkes comments in defeat as to how to handle yourself with dignity.

    The truth here ( no matter what you think ) is that this England side is better than the Australian side. that may change in time but right here and now we play cricket better than you ( Australia ), and you know it.

  • 5wombats on July 7, 2012, 21:59 GMT

    So, @Mervo, in that case how do you explain what happened at Lords; Aus won the toss there and still got shredded. Man up - this current Aus team isn't up to snuff. Stop with the excuses.

  • Tom_Bowler on July 7, 2012, 21:36 GMT

    I'm never going to tire of seeing England beat Australia, it's nice to see some consistent performances in a format we've been poor at for a long time and it's good that the "Play England, get thrashed" message their more experienced colleagues are already familiar with has been hammered into some of the Aussie new faces before next season. On the other hand this is a meaningless series on home turf in the middle of the most horrible summer I can recall. Let's not get too carried away with the results and let's not forget that these games have robbed us of a fourth Test match against SA.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on July 7, 2012, 21:28 GMT

    @JG2704 I mentioned as per Watson's comments before the start of the series. Watson may have changed his comments now.

  • Mervo on July 7, 2012, 21:14 GMT

    THis was a 'win the toss - win the game' wicket. Soft and seaming and almost impossible to play first after too much rain. Then later it flattened out. If Australia had won the toss they would have won the game.

  • Lmaotsetung on July 7, 2012, 21:11 GMT

    Yup, I'd bring in Bairstow for Trott and move Bopara and Morgan up a spot since Morgan need some time in the middle too.

  • on July 7, 2012, 21:06 GMT

    Either this is not Aus or i m too old now

  • MattyP1979 on July 7, 2012, 20:12 GMT

    Players to rest are simple. All test playing bowlers including Finn. Harsh I know but it simply not worth the rsik against such a poor Aus side in a frankly pointless endevor. Keep the batsman as they are too get more runs under their belt and continue form. Our second string attack should still be enough to turn this fragile Aus side especially with Lee and Watto out.

  • The_bowlers_Holding on July 7, 2012, 20:08 GMT

    Whatawicket your post re:the 2 new balls is spot on, England and SA will benefit hugely and other teams that have qaulity quicks (there aren't any others at the moment but will be in time). I find it suprising India did not block a change in the rules that may result in lower scoring games (damage legends averages) and be generally bowler friendly, so fair dues there, difficult batting leads to better quality batsmen ultimately.

  • SirViv1973 on July 7, 2012, 20:02 GMT

    @KURUWITA, I can't possibly agree with your comments. I'm not sure how you can say Aus bat all the way down and Eng don't! Lee is the only aus bowler who has shown any ability with the bat in this series. The Eng bowlers haven't been needed to bat but Bresnan, Broad & Swan are all more than capable of doing what Lee has done in the series if called upon. Don't forget Bresnan ave 40 in test Cricket & Broad has a test 100 and an ave approaching 30 which is better than any other 8/9 in tests. I know their odi stats aren't as great but that is simply down to the fact that they don't get much time at the crease in this form of game. Personally I think way too much has been made of Eng and the perceived lack of the depth in the batting, any how the squad is flexible as we saw with Samit coming in to the team at 7 today.

  • Juiceoftheapple on July 7, 2012, 19:59 GMT

    jmcilhinney interesting point re kieswetter. I've always thought he was an exciting wickie if not fault free, and thought for a season or two that he should drop the pinch hitter role, I've thought he's a better bat than that (when he doesnt go too aerial), although Buttler and Bairstow are probably more talented bats. BUT could Kieswetter be doing a Prior here where he elevates his keeping to that of an International wckie and makes himself undroppable - and scoring consistent runs - as is Flowers philosophy of prevailing with players who perform that already posess the shirt. I've seen a lot of Kies over the last few seasons and I would not put it past him to defy most of us - as is the battling spirit of the South African born player - to make the shirt his own, we can only wait and see.

  • jmcilhinney on July 7, 2012, 19:44 GMT

    People are talking about resting players, and fair enough, but who exactly should be rested? Given how important he is to the Test team, I can see the wisdom of not playing Anderson. He'd probably not be impressed at missing another game but he may just be England's most important player. Broad is a candidate given that he has been a bit injury prone but he still looks a bit out of sorts so I can't help feeling that he might yet benefit from a bit more bowling before the SA series. Bresnan has also looked a little off, although his bowling seems to have always been better the older the ball has gotten. Finn didn't play the WI Tests and may not play the SA Tests either so I'm not usre he'd be too impressed at missing any chance to pull on an England shirt. I'm not sure it's advisable to rest any batsmen. Cook and Bell could do with cementing their opening partnership and Bopara would benefit from more time at the crease. Maybe Bairstow for Trott would be an idea.

  • on July 7, 2012, 19:39 GMT

    should have legends like Gilchrist ,mcgrarh pointing watching this game ,what would have been their feelings ,oh how time changes no body knows,.

  • i_witnessed_2011 on July 7, 2012, 19:32 GMT

    England have built a fortress , you cant beat them at home ( I am not saying outside they are not strong, But at home they are just unbeatable). I think today Oz played best possible team. But they could not beat them. Oz are rebuilding team , it will take some time to take beat top teams consistently.

  • MattyP1979 on July 7, 2012, 19:31 GMT

    Aus fans are calling for a culling of their side much as we did in the 90's. Remember we are not winning these games by 1 run with 3 balls left we are hammering Aus here. Our best one day bowler out for this, our second best out in the second game. Simply put our players are better than yours. Aus fans will have to except that Eng are a better side right now. Exception was Smith now that kid is useless, we retired him last time round I thought, although the selectors are doing him no favours playing him against us.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on July 7, 2012, 19:31 GMT

    Surprised Australia didn't open with Wade, especially after all the talk about 'looking after Watson'... 'Anyway Clarke could come in at 3'... LOL @ MattyP1979 - totally agree about your post about Lee! I posted in an earlier article that he should be hoisted up the batting order, because he's done much better than the so-called middle order.

  • jmcilhinney on July 7, 2012, 19:31 GMT

    Steve Finn has been bumping the stumps with his leg all summer and I haven't seen anyone comment on it before today. Suddenly an instance happens to coincide with Australia losing a wicket and now it's off-putting to the batsmen? Excuses, excuses! Clarke was out because he played a bad shot to a good ball. I very much doubt that he even noticed the stumps being broken at the other end. Finn's bumping the stumps is actually a potential aid to the batsman. They could actually sneak a single that they may not otherwise be able to because a direct hit at the bowlers end would not be enough to run them out.

  • SDHM on July 7, 2012, 19:30 GMT

    I still don't think England are actually playing anywhere near their best - Finn aside, none of the seamers look at full throttle and the catching has been fairly atrocious at times in this series. That they're 3-0 up and the margins of victory are getting bigger tells me that when they actually put together a good all round performance, they'll be nigh on unbeatable here in England. Questions still remain that we'll find a few answers to on the India tour however.

  • whatawicket on July 7, 2012, 19:15 GMT

    with 2 white bowls its a wonder the ICC change the ball option of 2 per 50 overs it does give teams with quality pace bowlers a big advantage not sure why the asian block passed that rule would not have thought india to give it the ok. but i suppose at least spinnners get the option of a hard bowl to bowl with.

  • whatawicket on July 7, 2012, 19:11 GMT

    correctcall you may have something on that, could be off putting. i remember shaun pollock in his early days did that a lot. must be david saker wanting to get as SP did as close to wicket to wicket for LBW.

  • MattyP1979 on July 7, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    Whould love to see Eng play Finn in a 5 man attack but this will probably not hapopen. However unlike Aus we have the luxury of not having to rush our youngsters in. Can anyone tell me what is more fragile Aus batting card or their bowlers fitness? Eng are still an emerging one day team but again at least we are heading in the right direction.

  • MattyP1979 on July 7, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    Another convincing win for Eng, but I hope they rest alot of players for the final match and get themselves ready for SA. Eng have now had a look at the umplayable Patterson/Cummins who destroyed our batting line up lol. Aus should promote Lee to no.3 and play him as a specialist bat.

  • jackthelad on July 7, 2012, 18:47 GMT

    Let us consider the Australian first innings - oh, sorry, it's hard because their batsmen never showed up. It will take an awful long time - and a radical regig of Australian thinking - to get this team back anywhere near the top.

  • on July 7, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    HOw much english this team has increased their strength ,it is a great achievement , what a great trio of bowlers , finn exceptional , but my heart is ruieng atthe fact were thos gilchrists ,martyns,mcgrarhs ,pointings gllispes , has gone ,oh God.

  • gregjones on July 7, 2012, 18:40 GMT

    This Aussie side selection is nothing but a Joke. Look at the batting line up. Test players like Peter Forrest and Bailey are selected ahead of fine players like Ferguson, Voges and many more. Just cannot understand what these selectors see in these slow trucks like Forrest and Bailey.They just cannot get the ball off the square and are consistently selected in the one dayers and T20s. And a super striker like Mathew Wade are sent in at No. 7 which is another silly joke.He should be sent nowhere else but as an opener.In the past Australia used to win matches when their players went slam bang even if they lost early wickets and their main aim was to score a run every ball, i.e. atleast 300 off 300 balls, which is impossible with players that the Aussie team currently have.Even Warner is not fit to be in the side. He either scores in single digits or scores hundreds.What Australia needs is an opener who is consistent and not 'all or nothing' players.

  • baz72notout on July 7, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    @johnmclean: so Finn dislodging the bails at the non-striker's end is enough to distract Michael Clarke (Australia's "best" batsman in this line-up)? Pity Australia, then!

  • superstar100 on July 7, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    i dont understand why teams dont perforem in other countries like IN lost to ENG in ENG and when same ENG team went to INDIA they lost badley when same INDIA team tour to AUS they lost and when same AUS went to ENG they lost badley ?? same with pak

  • on July 7, 2012, 18:07 GMT

    Gordon Bennett...is this really the #1 ODI team in the world.... Of course it is... on paper... but on the field they are nothing more than paper tigers being mauled by English lions....

  • jmcilhinney on July 7, 2012, 18:05 GMT

    Craig Kieswetter is always a possibility to drop a sitter or miss a stumping but you really can't fault his athleticism. That was a fantastic catch to dismiss Wade today. I'm not sure that anyone would have faulted him if he'd missed it but that was a very important wicket because Wade and Hussey together could have staged a proper revival and maybe got Australia to a big enough total to put a bit of pressure on England.

  • jmcilhinney on July 7, 2012, 18:02 GMT

    I'm very impressed with the improvement in Alastair Cook's batting since coming back into the side as captain and I have seen improvements in his captaincy in that time too. That said, I'm inclined to agree with JG that, given how dangerous they were looking, persisting with Anderson and/or Finn for another over or two might have been a good idea. Also, given the conditions and the fact that he should have been caught in the gully last game, I'm a bit disappointed that Cook didn't have a gully in for Shane Watson from the start. He probably got a bit ambitious and persisted with Patel for an over too many as well. Hindsight is always 20/20 though, so I'd have to say that Cook a did fairly good job again.

  • jmcilhinney on July 7, 2012, 17:56 GMT

    I'm a fan of Ian Bell. Of all the batsmen in the world there is noone I'd rather watch in full flight than him. As such, I'm glad to see him back in the ODI side and making runs. He did already have a fairly reasonable average in England though, so the upcoming tour of India is going to be a real litmus test of his progress. Also, he doesn't have the best career strike rate and we haven't seen him better it this series yet. He scored quite quickly against WI but, despite Australia's issues, I think that it's safe to say that their bowling attack is a step up in quality. In the 3 games played so far, Bell hasn't had to score quickly for the team to win on two occasions and survival was paramount on the other. As such, his ability to score quickly against quality bowling is yet to be tested this summer. Hopefully SA can provide some real competition and we will see if Bell can raise his game accordingly. I'm very hopeful that he can and will, but won't be betting the farm on it just yet.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on July 7, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    As Watson said not like POMS All Aussies can bat (a bit) and All Aussies can Bowl (a bit) as shown in the 4th ODI. POMS's problem got only 5 batsmen, 5 bowlers and 1 wicket keeper.

  • jackthelad on July 7, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    Time the Aussies accepted that they are has-beens.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on July 7, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    As Watson said the problem with ENG is Batting No 6 position. I think END got batting problem not only No 6, No7 to No11 because ENG No 6 to 11 do not get any opportunity to bat.

  • Sinhaya on July 7, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    This is an unbreakable fortress England. So far no team has managed to beat them in England since Sri Lanka did it at Lords last year. Looks like England's top class fast bowling is simply the best. Other good fast bowling attacks like Australia and South Africa can be expensive at times. Aussie batting will be a weak link as Hussey is unlikely to last more than one more year with him being 37 plus.

  • jmcilhinney on July 7, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    I think it's rather funny that certain people were talking about Australia's "pace battery" who are all "averaging 150 clicks" and were going to blow England away. The only Australian bowler who has consistently posed any real threat to England is Clint Mackay, who is at least faster than Watson. It may be different elsewhere in the world but express pace was never going to be a weapon in and of itself in these conditions. That said, Steve Finn has been the fastest bowler on either side so far and he showed what pace can do when used well here today. I guess he's making a few others look pedestrian. It was also said before today's game that there was another young Aussie speedster who could rip through England's ordinary batting line-up. Well there was some ordinary batting today but the culprits were not wearing blue. As for the young Aussie speedster, I can only assume that that was a reference to Mitchell Starc because no Aussie who played today was ripping through anything.

  • 2.14istherunrate on July 7, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    What magic from the England side. So clinically ruthless in their dismantling of the old enemy-just how I like it!!! Great from Finn especially.

  • mikey76 on July 7, 2012, 17:39 GMT

    Steven Finn showing he is the premier young fast bowler in world cricket, not these pretenders Pattison and Cummins. Randy and Jonesy your boys took a hell of a beating, but for rain we would be looking at 5-0. I think you can count yourselves out of the ashes for at least another 5 years.

  • The_bowlers_Holding on July 7, 2012, 17:39 GMT

    Very professional performance again by England batsmen after the bowlers had been excellent. Winning the toss was important but that is the 3rd game played and the first toss won and the score is 3 zip. Finn bowled fantastically and was well backed up although not sure why Broad was bowling cross seam deliveries? Maybe he was following orders. I was looking forward to Pattinson after all the build up but still looks one very much for the future, are England above the best team ever India in the rankings yet?

  • jmcilhinney on July 7, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    As much as it pains me to say so, it appears that RandyOZ really does know what he's talking about. Before the washed out game against Ireland he said that it was funny that Ireland thought that they were in with a chance because Australia are no England. Never a truer word was spoken, as the results in this series have borne out. Ireland must be really cursing the weather watching these games. RandyOZ, I bow to your superior knowledge. Unfortunately your prediction of a 5-0 whitewash before the series has been scuppered by the third game being rained out but I'll still give you credit if the result turns out to be 4-0, as appears most likely at this point.

  • jmcilhinney on July 7, 2012, 17:26 GMT

    Excellent bowling from England and some rather limp batting from Australia. If England had performed as well as they should have in the field then Australia probably would have been bowled out for no more than 150. England need to improve their catching because, while they've got away with a couple lately, there's no doubt that dropping a batsman of the calibre of Shane Watson or Michael Clarke will eventually cost them a game. One thing to keep in mind is that Australia did have a somewhat difficult lead up to this series, with rain both in England and Ireland. That mitigates the performances somewhat but they have still been rather disappointing.

  • Ozcricketwriter on July 7, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    Drop Peter Forrest. Drop Peter Forrest. Drop Peter Forrest. Drop Peter Forrest. Has that been said enough times yet? Oh yes, and drop Peter Forrest. And while you are at it, drop Peter Forrest. The guy either gets a big score off way too many balls and costs any chance of a victory or else he gets out cheaply, putting the rest of the batting under pressure. Australia have many much better batsmen than Peter Forrest going around - even Steve Smith is a lot better, and in much better form. Forrest cost us this match. Forrest cost us the last match too. I think he must be a record holder for most matches he has lost for his team.

  • jmcilhinney on July 7, 2012, 17:20 GMT

    That was undoubtedly a good toss to win for England but then we were saying the same for Australia at Lords. Unlike there, where England were able to weather the storm and put themselves in a position where a good innings at the end by Morgan took them to a very competitive total, the England bowlers were able to take full advantage of the conditions here and Australia were always well behind the pace, with a good innings by Hussey barely dragging them to respectability. The Australian bowling was certainly crippled by the loss of Watson and Lee but, realistically, they were unlikely to be able to defend such a small total and noone looked especially dangerous most of the time.

  • on July 7, 2012, 17:20 GMT

    Talent win games, England solid again

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on July 7, 2012, 17:20 GMT

    And so everyone can state the obvious: England are World Number One in all formats. Well played England. Australia's ODI team join their test team as an average, middle ranked team. And that it will stay.

  • sheila_4 on July 7, 2012, 17:18 GMT

    Ninth one on the bounce for England. What a bunch of rank amateurs this Aussie side are. A total embarrassment. Australia had better hope for a whole lot more rain before Old Trafford. Nothing else will save them from 4-0.

  • CamS71 on July 7, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    Is it just me or is Clarke the best spinner in Aus? Certainly gives it a good tweak.

  • CamS71 on July 7, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    Agree with Vaughan on TMS that England should have been busier over the last 10 overs. Almost been too easy.

  • CricketingStargazer on July 7, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    JG, you are a bit harsh thinking that Cook is "rigid with his captaincy". How many matches has he lost? He does what works and it works because he does it.

  • CamS71 on July 7, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    Would like to see England press the accelerator here.

  • CricketingStargazer on July 7, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    This must be so chasening for RandyOz. A few years ago Australia were playing an ICC World XI and winning. Now they are playing what he calls "South Africa B" and losing. Just as well that they aren't playing a First XI. :-). Another professional display from Bresnan, Anderson, Broad and Finn, all South-African born!

  • Wozza-CY on July 7, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    McKay showing how to bowl on this surface, lovely spell of bowling

  • on July 7, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    Clarke survived a cleam bowled first ball by a few centimeters, beatn through the gate. On 8, he was dropped. On 28, dropped again. Hmm. All great batsmen are only great till they encounter great bowling on bowler friendly pitches. Then the greatness disappears whether Clarke, Kallis, Sangakarra, Pietersen, Trott, Ponting or Tendulkar, all are the same. Only Cook, Trott & Bell have played great bowling with aplomb.

  • on July 7, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    David Hussey should be batting at no 3 in both ODIs and tests. Forrest is no number 3. Now look, no batsmen in the world bat well against quality seam in seam friendly conditions, not just SL & India but even Pak, WI and Australian batsmen fail. As do SaF and England. SL, India, Eng, SaF and Aus have equally good or equally bad batsmen. It is the attacks that are different in quality.

  • Wozza-CY on July 7, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    Ridiculous decision for Lee to come round the wicket in his 2nd over!

  • The_bowlers_Holding on July 7, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    Good bowling performance in helpful conditions, I think it might be tighter than you might think.

  • jackthelad on July 7, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    @ Kuruwita (I object to writing in capitals) - still to see what Oz can do on this surface, but frankly England's 'weak middle order' has never yet been tested, since the Aussie bowlers haven't been able to dispose of the top order. Could be one of the better examples of blowhard Aussie bombast, that analysis (tell you what as well, Bresnan is a better batsman than either Forrest of Smith, on current showing).

  • on July 7, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    When Steve Finn knock over the stumps in his run up to bowl, why is that not a no ball??? That need to be added to the rules,it may have helped him bowl Michael Clark in the 4th. ODI by distracting him just a little bit.

  • BRUTALANALYST on July 7, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    People were criticizing W.I but even the depleted W.I side put up a better performance than this Aussie side.

  • correctcall on July 7, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    ICC needs to review law on bowler hitting the stumps and dislodging the bails in delivery stride. It should be called a dead ball. Finn has done it a number of times in this series and it distracts the batsman - Clarke being bowled today when that happened. Simple change that improves the balance between bat and ball.

  • kunderanengineer on July 7, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    Pretty decent score considering they were 96 for 6. Great contributions from Hussey Clarke and Lee to keep the ship from sinking but afraid it won't be enough.

  • Wozza-CY on July 7, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    Better selections this game for oz, although I fear a similar result to the previous two games.....

  • SimonGr on July 7, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    Not so sure it's a good match up now eh Kuruwita???.... ;-)

  • Always-positive on July 7, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    @KURUWITA. Really !!, i thought Aussie tail started @ 5 !!!

  • Ozcricketwriter on July 7, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    Drop Forrest. Drop Forrest. Never pick him again. Bring back Cameron White. And unless there are major fitness concerns, Dan Christian and Mitchell Marsh need to be in the squad too. Even Steve Smith is better.

  • Hammond on July 7, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    Wow, Bopara (the worlds number one ODI bowler) is currently making Australia look like a Seven Hills B grade side. Bopara though??!! Amazing. The pitch isn't even bad.

  • Andy_S. on July 7, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    Bailey BOWLED by Bopara! How embarrassing!

  • tanstell87 on July 7, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    common the writing is on the wall....Australia is no longer the same team they were & can be easily overhauled when they play outside Australia..

  • JG2704 on July 7, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    Obviously a great toss to win for England and well made use of by Finn and Jimmy , but am I the only person who thinks Cook is being a bit rigid with his captaincy ? With Finn and Anderson going at a combined 1.5RPO could they not be kept on for at least another 2 overs each while they have the momentum. You are still saving 3 overs each for later and also there's no guarantee that when they come back on they'll be as effective. Bres has so far done better than in his last 2 and Broad has looked off radar so far. As I ttpe Aus are 59-3 off 19.3 overs so we'll see how it goes. I just feel that while our frontline bowlers have momentum then why change things so quickly

  • JG2704 on July 7, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    @KURUWITA on (July 07 2012, 10:44 AM GMT) Is Patel not a batsman then? Besides in this format batting depth is not so often called upon

  • LALITHKURUWITA on July 7, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    @5wombats Aussie still has the chance to win as Aussies has a long batting line up but Poms has only 6 batters as Per Watson.

  • 5wombats on July 7, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    2/15 off 10. Great attacking use of the Power Play there by the worlds number 1 ODI team. I hope the fans are going to get the 100 overs they paid for today.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on July 7, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    Good match up. It is better Aus dropped Jonson.

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  • LALITHKURUWITA on July 7, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    Good match up. It is better Aus dropped Jonson.

  • 5wombats on July 7, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    2/15 off 10. Great attacking use of the Power Play there by the worlds number 1 ODI team. I hope the fans are going to get the 100 overs they paid for today.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on July 7, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    @5wombats Aussie still has the chance to win as Aussies has a long batting line up but Poms has only 6 batters as Per Watson.

  • JG2704 on July 7, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    @KURUWITA on (July 07 2012, 10:44 AM GMT) Is Patel not a batsman then? Besides in this format batting depth is not so often called upon

  • JG2704 on July 7, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    Obviously a great toss to win for England and well made use of by Finn and Jimmy , but am I the only person who thinks Cook is being a bit rigid with his captaincy ? With Finn and Anderson going at a combined 1.5RPO could they not be kept on for at least another 2 overs each while they have the momentum. You are still saving 3 overs each for later and also there's no guarantee that when they come back on they'll be as effective. Bres has so far done better than in his last 2 and Broad has looked off radar so far. As I ttpe Aus are 59-3 off 19.3 overs so we'll see how it goes. I just feel that while our frontline bowlers have momentum then why change things so quickly

  • tanstell87 on July 7, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    common the writing is on the wall....Australia is no longer the same team they were & can be easily overhauled when they play outside Australia..

  • Andy_S. on July 7, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    Bailey BOWLED by Bopara! How embarrassing!

  • Hammond on July 7, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    Wow, Bopara (the worlds number one ODI bowler) is currently making Australia look like a Seven Hills B grade side. Bopara though??!! Amazing. The pitch isn't even bad.

  • Ozcricketwriter on July 7, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    Drop Forrest. Drop Forrest. Never pick him again. Bring back Cameron White. And unless there are major fitness concerns, Dan Christian and Mitchell Marsh need to be in the squad too. Even Steve Smith is better.

  • Always-positive on July 7, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    @KURUWITA. Really !!, i thought Aussie tail started @ 5 !!!