England v Australia, NatWest Series, Old Trafford July 9, 2012

England aim to finish in style

The Preview by David Hopps
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Match facts

Tuesday, July 10
Start time 1400 (1300 GMT)

Big Picture

To be as driven to succeed as this England side are under the stewardship of Andy Flower is quite an advantage in a NatWest Series which essentially means very little and where desire has to come from within. That is enough for England to start as strong favourites in the final match against Australia at Old Trafford to achieve their tenth ODI win on the trot. Whether their improvement translates into a powerful challenge in the Champions Trophy next summer or the next World Cup in Australia and New Zealand remains to be seen.

That an England v Australia series could at times feel so mundane must have been quite a shock to the administrators who foisted it upon us. It has been a series without a proper narrative, an add-on before the real business of the Ashes next summer. There has been an underlying feeling that something is not quite right.

Rarely can an England one-day victory against Australia have felt as routine as their eight-wicket victory in Chester-le-Street on Saturday, a result that put them 3-0 with only Tuesday's dead rubber at Old Trafford remaining, an Old Trafford that is in the throes of rebuilding work. Only the fa├žade of the old pavilion remains and two new two-tier stands were still Hard Hat areas as the weather again forced both sides to practice indoors.

There was much to admire in England's Chester-le-Street performance - the destructive fast bowling of Steve Finn and the batting elegance of Ian Bell are two of the highlights that spring to mind - but Australia, in the words of their coach Mickey Arthur, had allowed themselves to be "bullied." Australia's 50-over side, he asserted, had "something missing." Old Trafford is their last chance to find it.

Form guide (Complete matches, most recent first)

England WWWWW
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Watch out for

Chris Woakes was once described by Warwickshire's director of cricket and England selector, Ashley Giles, as the player he would most like to clone. The original uncloned version is still awaiting a chance in the series. He has the ability to balance up the side at No. 8 and deserves a home debut.

Coaches might value the reliability of players who allow them to sleep at night, but Mitchell Johnson might provide some welcome unpredictability for the spectators. Johnson has been told by Arthur to increase Australia's aggression, but he only has one game to do it and admitted he has no idea whether he can flick the switch.

Team news

Do not be surprised to see England rest one, or even two, frontline players for this final match ahead of the South Africa Test series.

England (possible) 1 Alastair Cook (capt), 2 Ian Bell, 3 Jonathan Trott, 4 Ravi Bopara, 5 Eoin Morgan, 6 Craig Kieswetter (wk), 7 Tim Bresnan, 8 Chris Woakes, 9 James Tredwell, 10 James Anderson, 11 Steven Finn

Matthew Wade will fill the vacancy created by Shane Watson's injury while Mitchell Starc could get a chance to bring his good form for Yorkshire onto the international stage.

Australia (possible) 1 Matthew Wade (wk), 2 Dave Warner, 3 Peter Forrest, 4 Michael Clarke (capt), 5 George Bailey, 6 David Hussey, 7 Steve Smith, 8 Mitchell Johnson, 9 Clint McKay, 10 James Pattinson, 11 Mitchell Starc

Stats and trivia

  • England are looking for their 10th successive ODI win, but Graham Gooch, now England's batting coach, was captain when they won 11 in a row, a run which ended with defeat in the 1992 World Cup final although that included a no-result against Pakistan in the group stage.

  • Stuart Broad needs two wickets to reach 150 in ODIs while Alastair Cook needs 20 runs to reach 2000.

  • Australia have never lost four matches in a one-day series against England

    Quotes

    "Everything for me is focused towards playing Test match cricket. But at the moment it is about taking the responsibility of opening the bowling for the one-day team and trying to thrive on it."
    Steven Finn, England's fast bowler, wants a long-term spot in the Test team but is not getting carried away

    "There's maybe a bit of fire missing in our one-day side. My role in the team is I want to have that fire in the belly, get really aggressive, show them that we're serious and get on top of them. It could take a few games, it might be the next game where it all switches back on for me."
    Australia's enigma Mitchell Johnson wondering if he can switch on for the final game of the series.

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  • JG2704 on July 10, 2012, 19:36 GMT

    @landl47 on (July 10 2012, 13:36 PM GMT) To be fair , although the whole series has been a team effort , I do agree that Morgan was thee difference in the 1st match. Had he not blitzed the Australian attack towards the end - with the end difference only being 18 runs - Bell and Cook's great efforts at the beginning of that inns would have counted for nothing

  • 5wombats on July 10, 2012, 19:20 GMT

    @Muttee on (July 10 2012, 13:31 PM GMT) - and how many ODI games did india lose in Zimbabwe, and in Bangladesh, and in Australia, and in South Africa, and in England? What's your point?

  • on July 10, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    At everyone who's pointing out the win streak 'fault' in this article you are all incorrect. Eng V Zimbabwe... well i reckon Andy Flower was on the winning side that day and he's just as English as they come, just ask Jonny Trott. It's a measure of how good England are these days that we can longer remember a time when when they were on the losing side. Simply they are brilliant and I can't quite understand that they lost that final, having won everything since..

  • praveen4honestremark on July 10, 2012, 16:40 GMT

    Australia will win this match comprehensively. Players to watch out: Hilfy, Doherty, Clarke.

  • on July 10, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    i would like to see aaron finch, mitchel marsh and adam voges in australian squad

  • landl47 on July 10, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    @bantersaurus: Yes, the first ODI was decided by Morgan. The second ODI was decided by Bopara. The third ODI was decided by Finn. Ian Bell has scored 41, 75 and 69. Jonathan Trott has two scores over 50 (54 and 64 not out). Swann bowled 8 overs, 1-27 in the second ODI. You see where I'm going with this?

  • Muttee on July 10, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    lol @ england lost in the world cup final only, they even lost to zimbabwe in that world cup.

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/65152.html

  • on July 10, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    Mickey Arthur is probably best served by using this down-time to tweak the team for the Ashes. Time to seriously look at the one-day contracts for the next season, based on this performance. Granted, we have had to do some rebuilding, but as I said before, it's back to the bad old days of middle-order collapses and players who just aren't worth their contract money. Sad, but true.

  • on July 10, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    Seems like we're back to the bad old days of middle order collapses. Maybe with the rain delay, we will have a 20-20 match to decide the series. But I hope not. Mickey Arthur has his work cut out for him, I think. Our boys need a wake-up call.

  • RagTagTeam on July 10, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    I have been quite surprised at the disparity between England and Aus. Off recent form I was expecting Australia to be a very close match for England, albiet a more fragile team. Glad Starc might have a game. His stats suggest he is getting an eye for the English conditions and his control is ever improving. Currently an average of ~11 and an economy of ~6 in a T20 competition, consistently taking wickets - solid stuff..

  • JG2704 on July 10, 2012, 19:36 GMT

    @landl47 on (July 10 2012, 13:36 PM GMT) To be fair , although the whole series has been a team effort , I do agree that Morgan was thee difference in the 1st match. Had he not blitzed the Australian attack towards the end - with the end difference only being 18 runs - Bell and Cook's great efforts at the beginning of that inns would have counted for nothing

  • 5wombats on July 10, 2012, 19:20 GMT

    @Muttee on (July 10 2012, 13:31 PM GMT) - and how many ODI games did india lose in Zimbabwe, and in Bangladesh, and in Australia, and in South Africa, and in England? What's your point?

  • on July 10, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    At everyone who's pointing out the win streak 'fault' in this article you are all incorrect. Eng V Zimbabwe... well i reckon Andy Flower was on the winning side that day and he's just as English as they come, just ask Jonny Trott. It's a measure of how good England are these days that we can longer remember a time when when they were on the losing side. Simply they are brilliant and I can't quite understand that they lost that final, having won everything since..

  • praveen4honestremark on July 10, 2012, 16:40 GMT

    Australia will win this match comprehensively. Players to watch out: Hilfy, Doherty, Clarke.

  • on July 10, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    i would like to see aaron finch, mitchel marsh and adam voges in australian squad

  • landl47 on July 10, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    @bantersaurus: Yes, the first ODI was decided by Morgan. The second ODI was decided by Bopara. The third ODI was decided by Finn. Ian Bell has scored 41, 75 and 69. Jonathan Trott has two scores over 50 (54 and 64 not out). Swann bowled 8 overs, 1-27 in the second ODI. You see where I'm going with this?

  • Muttee on July 10, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    lol @ england lost in the world cup final only, they even lost to zimbabwe in that world cup.

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/65152.html

  • on July 10, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    Mickey Arthur is probably best served by using this down-time to tweak the team for the Ashes. Time to seriously look at the one-day contracts for the next season, based on this performance. Granted, we have had to do some rebuilding, but as I said before, it's back to the bad old days of middle-order collapses and players who just aren't worth their contract money. Sad, but true.

  • on July 10, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    Seems like we're back to the bad old days of middle order collapses. Maybe with the rain delay, we will have a 20-20 match to decide the series. But I hope not. Mickey Arthur has his work cut out for him, I think. Our boys need a wake-up call.

  • RagTagTeam on July 10, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    I have been quite surprised at the disparity between England and Aus. Off recent form I was expecting Australia to be a very close match for England, albiet a more fragile team. Glad Starc might have a game. His stats suggest he is getting an eye for the English conditions and his control is ever improving. Currently an average of ~11 and an economy of ~6 in a T20 competition, consistently taking wickets - solid stuff..

  • RandyOZ on July 10, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    @zenboomerang - nice one. I was over at Streak Bay last weekend raking in the King George!

  • satish619chandar on July 10, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    Unless rain, England stand as a huge favorites.. And Australia need a miracle kind of stuff to turn things.. Aussies need to lift themselves and it sounds very odd that they are in this stage.. Poor that the big guys left side one after another but the replacements we see these days never played along with those guys apart from Mike Hussey.. So there was an obvious misplanning.. The guys like Jaques, Rogers, Hughes, Hauritz, Ferguson who played when the big guys were in the team are now overlooked for some reason and missed..

  • Marcio on July 10, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    @jmcilhinney, I love England. They are the greatest! Now, can we get back to talking about the cricket, LOL?

  • 5wombats on July 10, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    @KURUWITA on (July 10 2012, 08:35 AM GMT) - hey mate! Great post as ever. Yes you are right - we need to test out Watsons hypothesis with the batting order you suggest!!! Trouble is - they will need a rowing boat to get out to the middle.

  • bantersaurus on July 10, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    @jmcilhinney fair call mate! They did bat well to get through the new ball but the game was decided by 18 runs and was in Australia's favour when Kieswetter came to the crease and was struggling. Morgan took it upon himself to not only post defendable total but what turned out to be a winning one. Australia has just lacked that person, that match winner to say I'm not losing this game, grit their teeth and put together a winning performance. But that comes with confidence and form which is what our 11 is just lacking a little. It will come. This has been a great measuring stick but roll on the Ashes! I can't wait!

  • on July 10, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    it is good for Aus to get the rude awakening they are getting, at least it's not the ashes! to be frank, any side would struggle to replace a Ricky Ponting, and a Mike Hussey, that batting lineup looks so much different with them in it. the sad bit is just that no batsmen have put up their hand for selection for next year's ashes. maybe the aus A tour will provide some pointers, Inverarity will be hoping. as a one day side, i wouldn't be too worried if i were aus- playing a side that is well into their cricket season and well and truly match hardenned. second, english conditions first time for bailey, forrest, warner, wade, cummins, doherty at international level...

  • jmcilhinney on July 10, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    @bantersaurus on (July 10 2012, 07:16 AM GMT), that's a slightly rose-coloured view of this series. To say that Morgan was the only difference in the first game pays no credit to Cook and Bell in particular who fought their way through in tough conditions to keep wickets in hand for England, something Australia failed to do in the last game. Some England supporters are definitely going over the top but some Aussie supporters are stoically avoiding paying any credit to the opposition. Yes, I'm talking about you Marcio.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on July 10, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    @jackiethepen Sold out and Washed out. The series will end as Eng won 3 Rain won 2 and Aussies Zip.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on July 10, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    We need to see what Watson said was correct. Since Aussies could not get to No 7 I suggest in this match Batting line for ENG should be as 1 Tim Bresnan, 2 Chris Woakes, 3 James Tredwell, 4 James Anderson, 5 Steven Finn, (capt), 6 Craig Kieswetter (wk), 7 Eoin Morgan 8 Ravi Bopara 9 Jonathan Trott, 10 Ian Bell, 11 Alastair Cook.

  • on July 10, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    England are looking for their 10th successive ODI win, but Graham Gooch, now England's batting coach, was captain when they won 11 in a row, a run which ended with defeat in the 1992 World Cup final although that included a no-result against Pakistan in the group stage.This stat is wrong. England also lost to new zealand in 1992 world cup.

  • on July 10, 2012, 8:00 GMT

    Wow, can't this just be over already... on a scale of misplaced adventure this ranks somewhere alongside 'epic'. Australian cricket is in a far better state of health than has been indicated by the poor showing on his tour. Bring on the T20 championship and some nice flat tracks for the three W's.

  • bantersaurus on July 10, 2012, 7:16 GMT

    no need to fear @snick_to_backward_point Test and ODI cricket are different kettles of fish Australia performed extremely well in SA recently where they had 1 poor session which lead to them losing the test match convincingly. Also beat Sri Lanka @ SL 1-0 so there has been encouraging signs Australia is on the way up... I see this as a good chance to have a look at guys like Forrest and Bailey without having the Ponting's and Hussey's to fall back on and I thought the last match at Durham was a fantastic performance by Australia with the bat. Also the first game was tight and the difference was Morgan and that is it, Australia lost by 18 runs with Steve Smith in the side! It has only been the Oval where Australia has been blown away!

  • jmcilhinney on July 10, 2012, 7:02 GMT

    I've been watching the rain radar and there is a reasonable amount of rain around but most of it seems to be heading generally eastwards. There is this one blob over Manchester though that seems to be bucking the trend, staying where it is and, if anything, intensifying. Does the Adams Family live in Manchester or something?

  • apple160gb on July 10, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    every cricket nation in recent years have been lions in their own den,but not abroad.So no team is great unless they are lions everywere.Including england even though they might become No.1 odi team in near future.

  • Snick_To_Backward_Point on July 10, 2012, 6:40 GMT

    sk12 - it's not cause for joy. I prefer a contest but I fear the next 2-3 Ashes at least are going to be damp squibs the Aussies are shot.

  • bantersaurus on July 10, 2012, 6:01 GMT

    @Gilly4ever Not sure why you are getting so carried away mate. I'm not sure if you could get more aggressive bats at the top in world cricket than Watson and Warner and that is bringin our downfall in those conditions. Look at England's blue brint you've got 4 correct batsman to start with and 3 hitters to see through the middle overs and end. I believe in English conditions we're just too top heavy and needed to send Watson down the and play a Quiney or Klinger with Warner. Against the kookaburra you can blast from the start but against the Duke as Bell and Cook have shown you need to be more measured with your approach. Personally I don't mind chucking guys with little experience in now to see how they will cope, there is still plenty of cricket to be played between now the Ashes and I don't think it's panic stations at all. This new contract structure too will see a great amount of pressure coming from what is already the best first class system in the world. RELAX

  • jmcilhinney on July 10, 2012, 5:52 GMT

    @johntycodes on (July 10 2012, 01:13 AM GMT), really? You really want to split that hair? Seems kinda desperate if you ask me. England have won the last 9 games that they have played. There was no play (or even so much as a toss) in the scheduled third game of this series so it doesn't come into the reckoning. If you want to consider their streak based on games scheduled rather than played then go ahead, but the smart money says that England would already have a 10 match streak if that game had gone ahead.

  • 5wombats on July 10, 2012, 5:34 GMT

    Only if you live in these rain swept isles could you even begin to have nighmares about this "Summer". It is simply APPALLING..... We remember some bad summers, god knows, '68, '85 wasn't great - but this.... this is the worst summer EVER. And to think we had a hose-pipe ban right into June! Unbelievably BAD weather.

  • zenboomerang on July 10, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    @RandyOZ... I had a look at Manchesters 7 day weather report yesterday - it was nearly the same as Adelaides for max temp & rainfall... Except we are in the middle of winter - lol... Last month I was up on the GB Reef in shorts & t-shirt getting our deep freezers full of reef fish...

  • zenboomerang on July 10, 2012, 5:14 GMT

    @jackiethepen... Ever read any comments?... As an Aussie (think the boomerang in my name says it all), I predicted Eng would win this series & probably easily, well before the series started... No one has "proclaimed [Oz] as a comeback side" - if anything, most called this one of the poorest to represent Oz in decades...

  • on July 10, 2012, 4:44 GMT

    Can't Mitch injure himself again, so he can remain on the sidelines, perhaps for good this time? I hope Wade does a good job up the order - ideally I'd like to see him bat in the top 3 for Australia in the shorter format.

  • sk12 on July 10, 2012, 2:22 GMT

    I am not sure if its actually cause for joy, but Oz ODI team seem to be playing even poorer than the Indian team which played there last year. There were a couple of real close games then.

  • johntycodes on July 10, 2012, 1:13 GMT

    England haven't won 10 in a row. The third match in this series was washed out. They have 1 win in a row in ODI cricket.

  • wiseshah on July 10, 2012, 0:19 GMT

    dont drop broad, it will rain--its fact

  • RandyOZ on July 10, 2012, 0:05 GMT

    What is happening with the weather in England at the moment? Isn't it summer?! We all know they move here for that reason but who knew it was this bad!

  • on July 9, 2012, 23:42 GMT

    Really don't care. Always nice to beat the Aussies, of course, but roll on the Saffers and the battle between the two best Test teams on the planet!

  • jackiethepen on July 9, 2012, 23:38 GMT

    These ODIs have been sold out. So spectator interest has been huge. England's 3-0 so far has been beyond anyone's predictions or expectations. To see Australia in such a panic is very encouraging to England. We dispatched the Windies but the critics said - but wait until Australia give us a real contest. Now we have won the Series already. What we don't want is for critics to try to demean England's achievement. Australians pride themselves on their tough fighting spirit and this has been proclaimed as a comeback side. So it makes England's victory all the sweeter. Australia will be desperate to win one game. I hope the weather lets us have a game. The forecast is unsettled so there is hope. Light rain at 1 pm but clear by 4 p.m. But no money on it.

  • yorkshirematt on July 9, 2012, 22:21 GMT

    Guess what. Heavy rain is forecast for the Manchester area from around............... 2pm!

  • Shan156 on July 9, 2012, 21:06 GMT

    "a run which ended with defeat in the 1992 World Cup final "

    Didn't England lost to Zimbabwe (the Eddo Brandes show) and NZ in the league stage before they lost to Pakistan in the final? The run, most likely, ended with the defeat to Zimbabwe not the final.

  • Ozcricketwriter on July 9, 2012, 21:00 GMT

    For Australia to win, they need: 1) Aggressive bats at the top 2) Unpredictable bowling i.e. open with David Hussey and Steve Smith and ring in changes galore 3) Put value on their wicket. With this squad though I don't know that they are capable. Mitchell Marsh, Dan Christian and Cameron White would have had a chance of bringing this home but alas Peter Forrest, George Bailey and Steve Smith are not in the same league and this Australia A squad that they sent is just not good enough.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on July 9, 2012, 20:55 GMT

    What a series for England..A whitewash is within touching distance. A shallow win for Australia would only be judged as a dominant England temporarily taking their foot of the pedal. Between a rock and a hard place are Australia: No one would question for a second who the better team is, England have given he Aussies such a pounding it must be like groundhog day for their fans every match. English fans are kept smiling :)

  • on July 9, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    The statement "England are looking for their 10th successive ODI win, but Graham Gooch, now England's batting coach, was captain when they won 11 in a row, a run which ended with defeat in the 1992 World Cup final" is incorrect. England lost to NZ in the 1992 world cup as well.

    Refer to match http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/65148.html and correct the article please.

  • 5wombats on July 9, 2012, 19:22 GMT

    Rate the chances as between slim and nought.... that there will be any play tomorrow. The burrows are flooded AGAIN!! :(-(

  • Aussie_nrz on July 9, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    If P. Forrest can score 60+ runs at strike rate of 65+ tomorrow then he may think he did his best else we can conclude he can't be trusted with ODI cap and we need guys like Wade, Warner to give a good start i.e. 100+ partnership and one of them should play long innings if aussie want to win and they must give their best performances and for next tour of Pakistan select ODI squad for ODI not test.

  • landl47 on July 9, 2012, 18:07 GMT

    It's another appalling weather forecast- 15 degrees and rain. It looks as though this meaningless series will limp home with a game that at best is shortened, at worst is abandoned. I'm looking forward to seeing Mitch getting really aggressive, but I bet Matthew Wade isn't- the ball could go anywhere. Only McKay among the Aussies will be able to take the slightest feeling of accomplishment from the series. England's main concern will be not to have anyone injured ahead of the SA tests. If the weather is as bad as forecast, it will be hard to stop sliding around and that's when injuries occur. To lose a test player in a dead rubber ODI would be tragic.

  • braindead_rocker on July 9, 2012, 17:38 GMT

    England's taking this 4-0. No doubt whatsoever. To win Australia's batting needs to come good.

  • Naren on July 9, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    Blessing in Disguise for Australia. Wade and Warner to open is good for them. I hope they continue with the combination even in the Twernty20.

  • whatawicket on July 9, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    MJ as an aggressor i think not. he could snarl a couple of times. but take his fielding position in the outfield and then the crowd will have him back to a pussy cat

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  • whatawicket on July 9, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    MJ as an aggressor i think not. he could snarl a couple of times. but take his fielding position in the outfield and then the crowd will have him back to a pussy cat

  • Naren on July 9, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    Blessing in Disguise for Australia. Wade and Warner to open is good for them. I hope they continue with the combination even in the Twernty20.

  • braindead_rocker on July 9, 2012, 17:38 GMT

    England's taking this 4-0. No doubt whatsoever. To win Australia's batting needs to come good.

  • landl47 on July 9, 2012, 18:07 GMT

    It's another appalling weather forecast- 15 degrees and rain. It looks as though this meaningless series will limp home with a game that at best is shortened, at worst is abandoned. I'm looking forward to seeing Mitch getting really aggressive, but I bet Matthew Wade isn't- the ball could go anywhere. Only McKay among the Aussies will be able to take the slightest feeling of accomplishment from the series. England's main concern will be not to have anyone injured ahead of the SA tests. If the weather is as bad as forecast, it will be hard to stop sliding around and that's when injuries occur. To lose a test player in a dead rubber ODI would be tragic.

  • Aussie_nrz on July 9, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    If P. Forrest can score 60+ runs at strike rate of 65+ tomorrow then he may think he did his best else we can conclude he can't be trusted with ODI cap and we need guys like Wade, Warner to give a good start i.e. 100+ partnership and one of them should play long innings if aussie want to win and they must give their best performances and for next tour of Pakistan select ODI squad for ODI not test.

  • 5wombats on July 9, 2012, 19:22 GMT

    Rate the chances as between slim and nought.... that there will be any play tomorrow. The burrows are flooded AGAIN!! :(-(

  • on July 9, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    The statement "England are looking for their 10th successive ODI win, but Graham Gooch, now England's batting coach, was captain when they won 11 in a row, a run which ended with defeat in the 1992 World Cup final" is incorrect. England lost to NZ in the 1992 world cup as well.

    Refer to match http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/65148.html and correct the article please.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on July 9, 2012, 20:55 GMT

    What a series for England..A whitewash is within touching distance. A shallow win for Australia would only be judged as a dominant England temporarily taking their foot of the pedal. Between a rock and a hard place are Australia: No one would question for a second who the better team is, England have given he Aussies such a pounding it must be like groundhog day for their fans every match. English fans are kept smiling :)

  • Ozcricketwriter on July 9, 2012, 21:00 GMT

    For Australia to win, they need: 1) Aggressive bats at the top 2) Unpredictable bowling i.e. open with David Hussey and Steve Smith and ring in changes galore 3) Put value on their wicket. With this squad though I don't know that they are capable. Mitchell Marsh, Dan Christian and Cameron White would have had a chance of bringing this home but alas Peter Forrest, George Bailey and Steve Smith are not in the same league and this Australia A squad that they sent is just not good enough.

  • Shan156 on July 9, 2012, 21:06 GMT

    "a run which ended with defeat in the 1992 World Cup final "

    Didn't England lost to Zimbabwe (the Eddo Brandes show) and NZ in the league stage before they lost to Pakistan in the final? The run, most likely, ended with the defeat to Zimbabwe not the final.