England v Australia, NatWest Series, Old Trafford July 10, 2012

Clarke picks the wrong man

ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from the final ODI between England and Australia

Double-play of the day

By engineering the run-out of Peter Forrest after a mix-up with Matthew Wade, England toyed sufficiently with the mind of Australia's wicketkeeper to take his wicket two balls later. Forrest was distraught at losing his wicket for a third low score in as many innings in the series, ending with an unsightly 15 runs from 45 balls faced. Wade was clearly ruffled by the loss of his partner, and was not long in wandering aimlessly down the wicket to James Tredwell and being stumped.

Misjudgement of the day

Michael Clarke is commonly a shrewd judge of a run, but on a frazzled evening at the end of a difficult tour, his command of angles and fielders evaded him for a critical instant. Pushing a delivery into the offside, he scampered away in search of a single, only to realise in mid-stride that Eoin Morgan had all too much time to swoop on the ball and hurl it at the stumps. Clarke was a long way short and kept running back to the dressing room.

Stubborn gesture of the day

The arrival of rain in the sixth over of England's chase had the umpires first conferring, then electing to stay on, then departing, with Jonathan Trott and Alastair Cook leading the way off. Clarke's Australians were rather more stubborn in accepting the loss of time and overs, and stayed rooted in their fielding positions until the covers were all but on the pitch.

Nine-iron of the day

England needed four runs to win when Morgan struck what appeared to all to be the winning hit, the ball sailing high over Clint McKay's head and down towards the long-on fence. However Morgan's bat had imparted significant spin on the ball, which proceeded to pitch and stop suddenly on the outfield, limiting the scoring to three and extending the match by one more ball.

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  • John on July 11, 2012, 20:01 GMT

    @jmcilhinney on (July 11 2012, 11:13 AM GMT) Always said Craig should be the 1st name on the teamsheet lol

  • John on July 11, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    @JG2704 on (July 11 2012, 10:26 AM GMT), agree with that. As you say, correct decision and the umpire certainly has the right to consult the TV umpire regarding whether the ball carried or not, but it did all look rather strange. You'd think that he would have asked everyone to wait and consulted square leg first and then gone upstairs, but that the TV umpire would have been looking at the take only and not the contact. Another piece of good work by Kieswetter though, who has had a rather good series with the gloves. That take off Wade's inside edge in an earlier game was fantastic and Wade's stumping here was very good too, given how far the ball turned and how close it was to the stumps.

  • John on July 11, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    Must admit , I thought the Pattinson dismissal looked very curious. Obviously he nicked it and the right decision came about but the umpire seemed to just give it not out but then went to the tv umpire after some delay. It seemed strange that if he was just checking to see if it carried why he would not go to the tv umpire straight away

  • Dummy4 on July 11, 2012, 4:36 GMT

    Bailey , Forrest , Wade , Steven Smith is wrong selection . they need to replace them by C. White , S. Marsh , M. Marsh , T. Paine , C. Ferguson ,Nic Maddinson , Ed Cowan . My 15 Watson warner clarke M. hussey d. hussey shaun marsh mitch marsh c. white ferguson paine pattinson cummins hilfi lee lyon or anyone

  • John on July 10, 2012, 23:31 GMT

    I said before it started, and I still stick to it, that this series was meaningless. However, I've been shocked by how disorganized the Aussie management looked. Bailey started at #3, was moved down to #5 and today was demoted to #7. Considering he was Australia's most successful batsman on the tour, what the heck was going on? David Hussey was dropped below Smith, although Huss made 70 in the last game, and didn't get a bowl even though Tredwell, a very similar bowler, had good results. Starc, who should have been in the squad from the start, was called up and then left in the pavilion. Why? There seems to have been no plan, no defined roles and Arthur talking about no fight should be asking himself why that might be? Perhaps it was because when the players see that management hasn't got a clue, they react badly? The Australians will come back, they always do, but they need much more structure and consistency in management. Otherwise......

  • Keith on July 10, 2012, 23:30 GMT

    I'm getting heartily sick of the number of run outs there are in the Aussie ranks. I wouldn't be surprised if they have the worst record in the world, or near enough to it. And it always seems involve their top order batsmen. I would like to see the statistics, if anyone knows them.

  • Steve on July 10, 2012, 21:56 GMT

    Congratulations to England on a thoroughly professional "stuffing" of the old enemy! Just how good England are though is difficult to answer. Just how bad are Australia is similarly difficult. Hopefully the Aussies haven't set England up for a fall and sent them off to face South Africa with a quietly confident 'warm and fuzzy feeling' after having just beaten the worlds number one ranked ODI team? It was great to see Ravi get his act together and start to deliver some of that long awaited talent! The only down side I can think of is England's catching - or lack of! Anyhow proper cricket resumes soon and we'll see what South Africa are really made of. I suspect it won't be nearly as easy as India, Windies and the struggling Aussies? Let's see some real competition for the rest of the season..... COME ON ENGLAND!!!

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