England v India, 5th ODI, Cardiff September 17, 2011

Bairstow a fine find, says Cook

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Alastair Cook believes that England have "found one" in their quest to build a world-beating 50-overs team to go alongside their top-ranked Test squad, after the Yorkshire debutant, Jonny Bairstow, blazed a brilliant 41 not out from 21 balls to win the fifth and final ODI at Cardiff.

In a rain-reduced run-chase, England had been set a stiff 241 from 34 overs and still needed 75 at almost nine an over when Bairstow emerged in the 25th. But after smacking his fifth ball over midwicket for six, he settled comfortably into an attacking groove, as he and Ravi Bopara wrapped up the contest with ten balls to spare.

"I just wanted to go out and play my natural game," said Bairstow. "It wasn't necessarily easy, and it was really pleasing the way it turned out in the end. There were obviously some nerves. That's only natural, and you've just got to turn them into something positive. It was a new challenge and something I really enjoyed, but a massive part of it is how the guys, the captain and the coach, make you feel when you come into the set-up. You're made to feel completely at home."

The six-wicket victory gave England an impressive 3-0 scoreline to go alongside their 4-0 whitewash in the Tests, as well as their one-off win in the Twenty20 at Old Trafford, and as Cook's thoughts now turn to the challenge that awaits his new-look squad in the return one-day series in India next month, he believes that Bairstow has the makings of a vital member of England's middle-order.

"What a way to make an international statement," said Cook. "I think we've just found a player. I don't want to heap too much pressure on him, but to make your debut like that and go and play in such a controlled but positive way was incredible. The lads looking around in the dressing room were saying we've just found one. All credit to Jonny for that. It's never always going to be plain sailing, but he looks like an outstanding prospect."

The scenario for England in the final match of the series had not looked too rosy at the halfway point of the contest, after India had posted their first 300-plus total of summer courtesy a Virat Kohli century. But the calm confidence that has been a hallmark of England's batting all series came once again to the fore, with important contributions from every member of the top six.

"That was an outstanding chase - 240 in 34 overs, to get it done with 10 balls to spare," said Cook. "The batting line-up as a whole can take a lot of credit for that, and the way Jonny and Ravi finished it off was spectacular. What we have done is started off on what we hope will be a very successful journey.

"Obviously we've missed the experienced players, [but it] has given others an opportunity," he added. "It's been a tough battle, close games and rain - and I've been very happy with the way we've been able to adapt. We've had a lot of little situations thrown at us, and the way we've handled them - especially as a batting side - is pleasing.

In the absence of several key players, including the established middle-order pairing of Kevin Pietersen and Eoin Morgan, as well as the two senior seamers, James Anderson and Stuart Broad, Cook was pleased to finish the series with so many new contenders making their case for selection. Jade Dernbach tailed off towards the end of the series but sealed the Twenty20 with a Man-of-the-Match performance, while Ben Stokes - who missed this game with a damaged finger - is another man who can expect to feature strongly in India next month.

"With these young players coming in now - people like Jade, who's made a mark, obviously Jonny, Ben Stokes - I'm very happy with how we've played in certain areas," Cook said. "The hunger and determination to improve from the lads is very encouraging. We are going to need that over the next couple of months in subcontinent conditions, where we haven't played a huge amount of successful one-day cricket, and our learning curve is going to be steep, but I'm very confident in the players we've got.

"It's been an incredible summer for us, and in the last two months we've played some outstanding cricket," he added. "In these last few games we've managed to sneak home, which shows very good character in the side and that bodes well for the future.

On a personal note, it has been an impressive summer's work from the captain Cook, who restarted his ODI career amid criticism of his "plodding" tempo in limited-overs cricket. He has now passed fifty in six of his 13 games in charge, at a strike-rate of 94.53, while securing series wins against each of his three opponents, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and India.

"I hope I've answered a few of the critics," Cook said. "But it's not about proving people wrong as such; it's about proving to myself that I can do it. The last couple of games I don't think I've played as well as I could have done. I think I've struggled a little bit with my timing. It always takes time for a new captain to come in and players to get used to your style. But we'll call it a good start, and move on from there."

The next challenge promises to be Cook's toughest yet, as he prepares to take on India in their own conditions in their first series on home soil since the World Cup victory in April. On their last tour of the country in November 2008, under Kevin Pietersen, England were drubbed 5-0 in the ODIs and also lost an incredible Test in Chennai, so the scale of the task is not to be under-estimated, even with the morale of the two teams so polarised.

"India are world champions for a reason," said Cook. "When we went to India last time we didn't win a game, so that shows the challenge we have ahead of us in these next two months. But with the developing squad we've got, these are exciting times - and I think we can adapt well to those conditions."

Andrew Miller is UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • YorkshirePudding on September 20, 2011, 10:47 GMT

    @cricket_for_all, hes been imported for the glorious country that is Yorkshire, a country rich with its own traditions, and famed for producing great players, such as Rhodes, Sutcliffe, Verity, Hutton, Trueman, Illingworth, Boycott, Gough, Vaughan, Hoggard, Sidebottom, and now Bairstow looks to be adding his name to the list of Imports from this small but great country.

  • 5wombats on September 19, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    @RandyOZ - hilarious! "I cannot wait to see them cleaned up by tough opposition, which they will get from SA and us in the next Ashes" LOL - mate - you've spent too long reading some of the comments on here from our indian friends. "cleaned up by a tough opposition". LOL You have no idea how funny that sounds coming from an aussie....

  • RandyOZ on September 19, 2011, 15:34 GMT

    its hilarious that the English and the likes of 5wombats still continue to believe that they are untouchable. I cannot wait to see them cleaned up by tough opposition, which they will get from SA and us in the next Ashes

  • 5wombats on September 19, 2011, 13:37 GMT

    @Snick_To_Backward_Point; I agree with you my friend. I have hardly seen any of your posts lately. I have been luckier with cricinfo and around 60% of my comments get put up - but much of my "work" is lost. Like you, I have also commented to them about putting up posts. You say "Seems certain posters get to have their say ad infinitum, often controversially" - this is certainly true. Come on cricinfo - this site is good, but people are going to be put off if their comments and opinions don't get posted.

  • Snick_To_Backward_Point on September 19, 2011, 12:29 GMT

    Hi - this isn't intended as a post more a request for help...

    Could you let me know what your rules & regs regarding comments left on articles are? I'm having trouble trying to understand why most of the time I'm falling foul of your rules.

    This is one of my favourite sites that im on almost every day but It's so frustrating to leave comments only to find them ignored!

    I can;t find any rhyme or reason to the censorship either when I look at other posts. Seems certain posters get to have their say ad infinitum, often controversially?

  • cricket_for_all on September 19, 2011, 3:38 GMT

    Is He English or another import?

  • on September 18, 2011, 22:34 GMT

    just wanna say that i played against bairstow at school in a twenty20 i bowled 2 overs at him and bowled 2 overs for 4 runs thought i had the upper hand, then came back on at the death and got absolutely demolished lol this guy can seriously play, he looks focussed and i hope he does stay focused cos he can hit a clean ball and thats judging from first hand experience lol not a great technique but an unbelievable eye! keep goin jonny just not against india!!!

  • Quazar on September 18, 2011, 11:56 GMT

    (Repost) - @shan156... you distorted the meaning of one of my earlier posts. I never claimed India was as dominant as the West Indies or Australia... and you conveniently ignored that I had mentioned South Africa as well. My point was that England would gain even more kudos if they displayed more consistent quality in both major forms of the international game, just like other top teams (and top players) have in the past... it is certainly a challenge that other top teams have accepted and overcome. As for winning the World Cup versus Test series... there is no trade-off. Indian fans cherish both a great deal; and the top teams can excel in both. Finally, winning the World Cup isn't just a "nice thing to do"... it is bloody hard to achieve! You get 1 chance in 4 years, all the top nations come hard at each other, and the mental challenge (or ghosts in the case of the unfortunate Saffers) is as tough as it gets.

  • Quazar on September 18, 2011, 11:54 GMT

    (Repost) - @shan156... you distorted the meaning of one of my earlier posts. I never claimed India was as dominant as the West Indies or Australia... and you conveniently ignored that I had mentioned South Africa as well. My point was that England would gain even more kudos if they displayed more consistent quality in both major forms of the international game, just like other top teams (and top players) have in the past... it is certainly a challenge that other top teams have accepted and overcome. As for winning the World Cup versus Test series... there is no trade-off. Indian fans cherish both a great deal; and the top teams can excel in both. Finally, winning the World Cup isn't just a "nice thing to do"... it is bloody hard to achieve! You get 1 chance in 4 years, all the top nations come hard at each other, and the mental challenge (or ghosts in the case of the unfortunate Saffers) is as tough as it gets.

  • hhillbumper on September 18, 2011, 9:59 GMT

    reading some of the comments on here I can see why Indian cricket could be in trouble.Sometimes accepting your team is not as strong can make you address the issues.England do not claim to be an all time great team.We are a good team striving to be great.We made changes to county cricket and that is why there is so much young English talent.We could field a team of under 25s who could hold their own and they are not all south african kolpaks.

  • YorkshirePudding on September 20, 2011, 10:47 GMT

    @cricket_for_all, hes been imported for the glorious country that is Yorkshire, a country rich with its own traditions, and famed for producing great players, such as Rhodes, Sutcliffe, Verity, Hutton, Trueman, Illingworth, Boycott, Gough, Vaughan, Hoggard, Sidebottom, and now Bairstow looks to be adding his name to the list of Imports from this small but great country.

  • 5wombats on September 19, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    @RandyOZ - hilarious! "I cannot wait to see them cleaned up by tough opposition, which they will get from SA and us in the next Ashes" LOL - mate - you've spent too long reading some of the comments on here from our indian friends. "cleaned up by a tough opposition". LOL You have no idea how funny that sounds coming from an aussie....

  • RandyOZ on September 19, 2011, 15:34 GMT

    its hilarious that the English and the likes of 5wombats still continue to believe that they are untouchable. I cannot wait to see them cleaned up by tough opposition, which they will get from SA and us in the next Ashes

  • 5wombats on September 19, 2011, 13:37 GMT

    @Snick_To_Backward_Point; I agree with you my friend. I have hardly seen any of your posts lately. I have been luckier with cricinfo and around 60% of my comments get put up - but much of my "work" is lost. Like you, I have also commented to them about putting up posts. You say "Seems certain posters get to have their say ad infinitum, often controversially" - this is certainly true. Come on cricinfo - this site is good, but people are going to be put off if their comments and opinions don't get posted.

  • Snick_To_Backward_Point on September 19, 2011, 12:29 GMT

    Hi - this isn't intended as a post more a request for help...

    Could you let me know what your rules & regs regarding comments left on articles are? I'm having trouble trying to understand why most of the time I'm falling foul of your rules.

    This is one of my favourite sites that im on almost every day but It's so frustrating to leave comments only to find them ignored!

    I can;t find any rhyme or reason to the censorship either when I look at other posts. Seems certain posters get to have their say ad infinitum, often controversially?

  • cricket_for_all on September 19, 2011, 3:38 GMT

    Is He English or another import?

  • on September 18, 2011, 22:34 GMT

    just wanna say that i played against bairstow at school in a twenty20 i bowled 2 overs at him and bowled 2 overs for 4 runs thought i had the upper hand, then came back on at the death and got absolutely demolished lol this guy can seriously play, he looks focussed and i hope he does stay focused cos he can hit a clean ball and thats judging from first hand experience lol not a great technique but an unbelievable eye! keep goin jonny just not against india!!!

  • Quazar on September 18, 2011, 11:56 GMT

    (Repost) - @shan156... you distorted the meaning of one of my earlier posts. I never claimed India was as dominant as the West Indies or Australia... and you conveniently ignored that I had mentioned South Africa as well. My point was that England would gain even more kudos if they displayed more consistent quality in both major forms of the international game, just like other top teams (and top players) have in the past... it is certainly a challenge that other top teams have accepted and overcome. As for winning the World Cup versus Test series... there is no trade-off. Indian fans cherish both a great deal; and the top teams can excel in both. Finally, winning the World Cup isn't just a "nice thing to do"... it is bloody hard to achieve! You get 1 chance in 4 years, all the top nations come hard at each other, and the mental challenge (or ghosts in the case of the unfortunate Saffers) is as tough as it gets.

  • Quazar on September 18, 2011, 11:54 GMT

    (Repost) - @shan156... you distorted the meaning of one of my earlier posts. I never claimed India was as dominant as the West Indies or Australia... and you conveniently ignored that I had mentioned South Africa as well. My point was that England would gain even more kudos if they displayed more consistent quality in both major forms of the international game, just like other top teams (and top players) have in the past... it is certainly a challenge that other top teams have accepted and overcome. As for winning the World Cup versus Test series... there is no trade-off. Indian fans cherish both a great deal; and the top teams can excel in both. Finally, winning the World Cup isn't just a "nice thing to do"... it is bloody hard to achieve! You get 1 chance in 4 years, all the top nations come hard at each other, and the mental challenge (or ghosts in the case of the unfortunate Saffers) is as tough as it gets.

  • hhillbumper on September 18, 2011, 9:59 GMT

    reading some of the comments on here I can see why Indian cricket could be in trouble.Sometimes accepting your team is not as strong can make you address the issues.England do not claim to be an all time great team.We are a good team striving to be great.We made changes to county cricket and that is why there is so much young English talent.We could field a team of under 25s who could hold their own and they are not all south african kolpaks.

  • Quazar on September 18, 2011, 8:32 GMT

    @shan156... as for India's Test record, I'm well aware of that. But you're unaware it seems that on a Home-Away net basis, as in football leagues, we were second to none in the 3 years between 2008 and mid-2011. We lost 2-1 in Oz, but then beat Australia 2-0 later in 2008, and then 2-0 once again in 2010. We tied 1-1 in SL last year, but had beaten them 2-0 on their last trip here. Only SA had maintained parity with us via 1-1 ties both home and away. So I'm very proud of the progress we've made in the 2000s as a Test nation; and we were the only team to have more wins than losses against the Aussies in the 2000s. And with India's growing wealth and resources, there's no reason why Indian cricket can't grow even stronger over the next 2 decades. Indian administrators and selectors certainly needed a wake up call, and this English tour has provided that.

  • Quazar on September 18, 2011, 8:31 GMT

    @shan156... as for India's Test record, I'm well aware of that. But you're unaware it seems that on a Home-Away net basis, as in football leagues, we were second to none in the 3 years between 2008 and mid-2011. We lost 2-1 in Oz, but then beat Australia 2-0 later in 2008, and then 2-0 once again in 2010. We tied 1-1 in SL last year, but had beaten them 2-0 on their last trip here. Only SA had maintained parity with us via 1-1 ties both home and away. So I'm very proud of the progress we've made in the 2000s as a Test nation; and we were the only team to have more wins than losses against the Aussies in the 2000s. And with India's growing wealth and resources, there's no reason why Indian cricket can't grow even stronger over the next 2 decades. Indian administrators and selectors certainly needed a wake up call, and this English tour has provided that.

  • Valavan on September 18, 2011, 7:52 GMT

    @Docbindra, it was just a motivating sign for US. bairstow must keep consistency to be in lineup. Our ODI team changes every year due to flaws. We hope bairstow improves and proves his worth to England. Didnt you see how Ishant sharma was hyped after he dismissed ponting twice, even kemar roach was hyped, but what was ishant's contribution after ponting dismissal. We want bairstow to develop into good cricketer, rather loosing like sharma.

  • Rajul_Tandon on September 18, 2011, 6:20 GMT

    Congratulations to all english fans for reaching the numero uno status after 150 years of inventing the game and thrashing all across the globe....

  • on September 18, 2011, 6:03 GMT

    @ puntertakeson after the October u would be waiting for the next series, Give these poms a credit they deserve it.

  • aracer on September 18, 2011, 1:51 GMT

    "accept the fact this bunch performed better than English side despite being unlucky". Where do you get your "facts" from, puntertakeson? Checking the usual source of cricketing facts (there's a button marked "Results" at the top of this screen), it would seem that the fact is the India bunch performed significantly worse than the England side.

  • DocBindra on September 18, 2011, 1:29 GMT

    Wow, one innings and Bairstow is the greatest thing since sliced bread? Lets give him the next year's ICC player of the year already...please. @landl47, isn't this basically the same youthful team that got handed a whopping at the hands of Ireland and Bangladesh? LOL. England had their 15 minutes of fame at home so lets not overreact. @wombats, the only thing I agree with you on...thank god this series is over. I am an Indian and their is no gloom here because normal people like to keep proper perspective. Its a GAME and its intended to entertain...THAT'S IT! Doesn't pay the bills and has no bearing on my day to day life, besides NFL is already back. Amazing at so many English potshots, didn't realize that many English cared about cricket, you know the other sport. The bandwagon is pretty full at the moment, for how long we will see, wasn't that long made poor Nasser cry that long ago. @Brittop, lost to a team 4 years before winning the WC, huh? Sorry, that makes no sense. PLZ post

  • Shan156 on September 17, 2011, 21:28 GMT

    @Quazar, to mention India in the same breath as the great West Indian and Australian teams of yore would amount to sacrilege. India were never a force to reckon with outside home in test matches. Especially, considering that they are yet to win a series in Australia and SA. They haven't won a series in SL for more than 15 years either. England have a long way to go in be compared to the great teams of past but India were never in the same league either.

    Also, most England fans would trade in any number of world cups for continuous success in tests. Sure, a world cup would be nice but more important is winning consistently in tests both home and away. Of course, Indian fans might think otherwise.

  • Quazar on September 17, 2011, 19:57 GMT

    @allblue, I think it's also about raw talent, and not just mindset. England finally have multiple players with flair (with bat and ball) in their ODI team... Morgan, Bopara, Swann, Dernbach, Broad and Bresnan (the last for death overs bowling). Perhaps Bairstow, Buttler and Stokes may join that list in some time (need to wait and see). But yes, England under Flower also seem to acknowledge that like other top teams in their heyday (WI, Australia, South Africa and India, till recently), England too need to excel in both Test and ODI cricket (the top 2 forms of international cricket) to have the same exalted status.

  • Quazar on September 17, 2011, 19:42 GMT

    @Valavan, England have hosted the World Cup 4 times (more than any country)... but are yet to win. And India have won the WC away from home too. Anyway, home or away, winning the World Cup is a MASSIVE FEAT. But yes, I agree that Bairstow and Buttler look like very good talents, and seem to have very good temperament too. Will be exciting to see them in India.

  • allblue on September 17, 2011, 19:22 GMT

    England have now won 9 out the last 11 bi-lateral ODI series against Test nations. Admittedly the two defeats were thrashings at the hands of Australia, but includes victories against every test nation apart from NZ, who we have not played in that period. That is a pretty impressive record. Even so, I'm yet to be fully convinced by them. The team seems to be in a perpetual state of transition, and unlike Test cricket, we have yet to find the right formula to think about the no.1 ranking. Perhaps this is partly because we do place a much higher priority on Test cricket in England, and haven't given the shorter format the same degree of focus. The ECB are saying they want us to progress as an ODI team, so maybe there will be a more concerted effort to move us up from our current 4th to challenge for the no.1 spot, and have a real crack at the next WC. It's a change of mindset as much anything I think.

  • on September 17, 2011, 17:19 GMT

    John baristow very good but this is no big deal scoring against one of the weakest bowling attack in the world . Score against steyn , morkel , tahir then we will really see what kind of a player you are

  • Valavan on September 17, 2011, 16:01 GMT

    @PUNTERTAKESOOON, i dont care about indian domestic structure, if you chest thump kohli and rahane, i only watch english counties, i know who is better here, and without knowing the talent, you cant simply undersay than bairstow was just lucky and so on. so Punter, got it faair and share, wipe your eyes, as of September 16th 2011, India No.3 in tests and No.5 in ODIs despite winning a World Cup at HOME.

  • Valavan on September 17, 2011, 15:58 GMT

    @Cpt.meanster, first of all Indian fans, most of them predicted as if India will have a cake walk in England. Even before the toss, many predicted that India will series by 2 tests margin, well ye ok tests done, English ODI team changes every 6 months, and what england had to worry if India cant play their best 11. we can just play what was put forward of us. some of your fans like puntertakeson, have a biased look, if India can find rahane, kohli, sharma to be best new finds, why cant england find bairstow, butler, stokes. many fans try to put down English team as inferior and talking utter rubbish, We know ourselves England is still trying to organize their ODI lineup, What about Indian fans cursing, insulting and threatening like we will win 5 - 0 in India.

  • OhhhhMattyMatty on September 17, 2011, 15:56 GMT

    8-0 - Decent performance for England. Disappointing not to win 10-0 though.

  • Valavan on September 17, 2011, 15:52 GMT

    @puntertakeson, England won the tri series in 2007 in Australia, the team which went on to win the World Cup in 2007. England won in NZ in 2008. OK even before India won it. Take a life. cricinfo please publish

  • BustIPL on September 17, 2011, 15:40 GMT

    A warm handshake from great legend Rahul Dravid will remind me of the moment in future when this greatt find will rule the world.

  • hhillbumper on September 17, 2011, 15:34 GMT

    what a great find he could be.Be good to see how he does against a real cricket team.When do we play bangladesh?

  • puntertakeson on September 17, 2011, 15:25 GMT

    @Valavan we won a triseries in Australia in 2008 that too against strong Aussie team. Majority of the player were missing then too, difference is that India had many rest before that series. Truth is that Next world cup is 2015 not tomorrow we've enough time to make better team than England accept the fact this bunch performed better than English side despite being unlucky. Wait for an injury to Finn he will bring down his pace to 130 from 145 the way he swinging the ball I don't need to tell you hahahaha. Even Anderson is not good in English pitch let alone in Australian pitch in ODI. Come on don't seethe when I post fact accept the fact and move on. It seems you never followed Indian Domestic cricket as well. Its just a wake up call for Indian team I'm happy with that. It will make sense to Indian selector. We have better bowling department than English we swing ball better than English FACT. In oct you'll know where english team stands. Pls post my comment cricinfo.

  • jackiethepen on September 17, 2011, 15:23 GMT

    alanharrison, why would you want the best test team in the world to be injured so you can give opportunities to young players? Test players don't grow on trees. I would be worried what you wish for. I hope they are all fit and raring to go in January.

  • lokphy on September 17, 2011, 14:54 GMT

    Good work England.. but don't take too much from this series... the present India team would have been beaten by even Bangladesh... so be prepared for future series against better teams..

  • yorkshirematt on September 17, 2011, 14:41 GMT

    And still the drivel from the Indians goes on. The rain did NOT win the series for England. Their depth of talent compared to India's DID. How can you comment on Bairstow when you've never seen him play? I have seen him develop for the last three years and since his first game every Yorkshireman has known he is eventually going to be a star for England. His keeping does still need some work but he is still young and learning. Anyway England don't need him as a keeper yet.

  • Cpt.Meanster on September 17, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    @Valavan: I agree with whatever you said but cut the arrogance in your tone. I have an allergy towards cockiness and hardheadedness. India is a great country but is ridiculed with bureaucracy that isn't allowing genuine cricketing talent to come out. Indian domestic cricket is as good, if not better, than English county or Aussie shield cricket. The only issue India have are the flat pitches and lack of good fast bowlers. Sadly, the soil in India has a lot to do with the flatness of the surface and that isn't going to chance one bit with all the heat and humidity around. You CANNOT deny the fact that India is blessed with an abundance of quality young batsmen. You saw a few of them on this trip. The bad part is they lack decent bowlers who can defend whatever totals their batsmen make. England "at this moment" have both bases covered.

  • on September 17, 2011, 13:48 GMT

    Bairstow was playing against a second grade indian attack that too with one bowler injured and spinners rendered impotent by rain..In a way this Indian attack would have been worse off than many county attacks. Indian attack even in its strongest team is a weak attack revolving largely around Zaheer in Tests and ODIs' and Harbhajan in ODIs'..Here they did not have even this luxury...So Bairstow's real test will come against teams which contain International quality bowlers. Without Zaheer Indian team is just better than Zim, Bang and WI. Because whatever India scores other team will be able to chase.

  • 5wombats on September 17, 2011, 13:48 GMT

    For those who are very hard on the take up, the following players; Kohli, Rania, Pujara, rahane, Ashwin, Jadeja, Ishant, Praveen Kumar, Rohit sharma and RP singh are players that are below 25. SO, these are indias players of the future. England is also playing its' players of the future, also very young. England's future players have just thrashed indias future players. So, for those claiming that "India will be fielding better team than England in next world cup" I can't for the life of me see how this conclusion can be arrived at. The truth, as ever, is the opposite to what certain india "fans" are claiming. The truth is that England are a better team now and will be in the future. This is an essential problem for some india fans; they talk a lot about the past, with history lessons, etc, and they talk a lot about the future, about what india are going to do in the future, etc, etc, yawn. But they need to train their eyes on the present, and in the present they have just been crushed

  • on September 17, 2011, 13:00 GMT

    England did nit win the series Rain won for them.... these wins are temporary for them

  • Valavan on September 17, 2011, 12:59 GMT

    @puntertakeson, whats this question if bairstow never performed, he performed it, thats the truth, why should we give answer to the point that is never happened, what would you say if India lost to SL in WC2011, what would you say if sehwag didnt get a king pair in birmingham, what would you say if dravid never dropped the dolly from Cook in birmingham, Is it all happened, it is not. So speak what really happened. Why you are so so so jealous if England finds a player for future, you think these kohlis and rainas are the world's best. ENGLAND showed THE PLACE for INDIAN ARROGANCE. NO WINS in this SERIES.

  • Valavan on September 17, 2011, 12:55 GMT

    @puntertakeson, at the end of your finds of new talent which you call better than Englands available talent and i know you never follow Australian domestic cricket or english county, the fact is that you were defeated in ODIs. Shout loud and insult loud, but what is written in cricinfo archive will remain to express about this whitewash for future indian fans too. We know what is county cricket and we know how to manage and extract talents from available bunch, go and sort your injury excuses and btw next WC in Aussie and India have NO CHANCE.

  • ian_ghose on September 17, 2011, 11:38 GMT

    @Rajul_Tandon - don't be so sad! India has plenty of silverware - like Award for not winning a single match in the super 6s in 2 consecutive T20 World cups. - Award for losing to Bangladesh in the 2007 WC (with India's best ever team) and being knocked out in the first round- Special gold cup for being ranked no. 5 in ODI's (inspite of being gifted the World Cup) - Having the prestigious award for being ranked 3rd in Test Cricket (with a population more than all other cricketing nations put together, and with only 9 other nations to compete against)- And the top notch award, cup, trophy and everything else for not winning a single match on this tour of England and Wales.p.s. Bonus awards for not having a single bowler of international quality! Well done mate! You should be proud indeed.

  • kevinpp24 on September 17, 2011, 11:28 GMT

    The good thing is he didn't slog at everything, as soon as he hit boundary he immediately looked for singles tapping in the leg side and ran between the wickets really well. Future looks good for England there is good bunch of maneuvering batsmen, attacking batsmen, fast bowlers, spin bowlers along with a thinking coach. I just can't believe England can produce some many young players at the same time.

  • BobcatCatbob on September 17, 2011, 11:20 GMT

    Really good start by Bairstow. Questions must be asked why the passenger Stokes was picked ahead of him initially. Let's not get carried away though... the runs he scored were taken from a bowling attack that some Sunday league bowling attacks would be embarrassed about. Not being able to defend 241 in 34 overs, especially when England were only 53-1 after 10 overs at the first rain delay, is pretty pathetic.

  • AlanHarrison on September 17, 2011, 11:13 GMT

    Good to see Bairstow doing well, especially for those of us who remember his father, who was a very spirited cricketer and whose death was so sad. It seems strange to observe it but a downside of England's recent success is the lack of opportunity for certain young players to get a chance and make an impression in the test side. The England top six at the moment are hardly likely to be dropped (although may of course have injuries/be rested occasionally).

  • puntertakeson on September 17, 2011, 10:33 GMT

    @5wombats Dude you're hardly make sense , Kohli scored century last night, way Trott and bell played Ashwin in this series shows that second division player here could handle Ashwin better than these two. Rahane played better than we expected being a dedutant. He showed some skills while batting in Green Pasteur . Pujara Rohiy and Ishant were not even in this ODI tour due injury. Rania played brilliantly, in this ODI. R.P singh showed some class in ODI, give him some opportunity he would be replacing Zaheer. Your comment makes no sense to me. Good thing about this tour is we had more find than English. @Graemo Ov Trablus lol. Afridi is a good bolwer now same can't be said with Bairstow being a keeper. Atleast afridi can be relied on bowling if he is not performing with bat. What you say when Bairstow dosen't perform well with bat?. Cricinfo pls publish this comment

  • on September 17, 2011, 10:06 GMT

    @ Rajul_Tandon. I think you'll find England are World T20 champions and World Test Champions - and just thrashed the World ODI champions 3-0 ( as well as having the ashes and several other bi-national test trophies) The silverware cabinet is being sent away for enlargement. Do you just write without thinking? Looks like it

  • Truemans_Ghost on September 17, 2011, 9:34 GMT

    He plays in the same way as his dad, but with a more skill. Jonesy's words are reassuring. Everything he has said that England will never do, like winning the ashes and becoming test no one have come about, so maybe England will become a good odi team.

  • on September 17, 2011, 9:25 GMT

    puntertakeson:

    If Bairstow turns out to be 'only' as good as Afridi, then England will be very pleased indeed. You may not know, but he's also a wicketkeeper for his county, looks good to me...

  • YorkshirePudding on September 17, 2011, 9:15 GMT

    @Rahul_Tandon, the trophy cupbard is far from bare, lets see, the Ashes (check), Pataudi Trophy (Check), World T20 Trophy (Check), other assorted trophies (Check), and the jewel in the crown, the World Test Championship mace (Check). theres nowt wrong with looking forward to 2015, when that comes round this team will be at thier peak, the a good prospect for the to take the trophy, as for being beaten by Ireland and Bangladesh, that was a different team, I think there were only 4/5 players last night from those games.

  • 5wombats on September 17, 2011, 8:28 GMT

    @Rajul_Tandon; there is a strong smell of sour grapes surrounding your comment. Is it because india were SOUNDLY THRASHED in all formats of the game? There is someone dreaming here. @puntertakeson; "lol. Indian team has Kohli Rania Pujara, rahane, Ashwin Jadeja Ishant Praveen Kumar Rohit sharma and RP singh". The guys you just quoted were THRASHED - we know, we don't need reminding. And why is an indian telling us about a Pakistan player??? Laughable, incredible comments. But as ever in these moments we are joined by @jonesy2 - ever the comedian to help lighten the gloom india fans must feel. Come on now fella, back to your padded room.... ha ha ha.

  • brittop on September 17, 2011, 8:26 GMT

    @Rajul_Tandon: didn't India lose to BANGLADESH in 2007 before winning in 2011?

  • puntertakeson on September 17, 2011, 7:08 GMT

    One may they calling him a great find lol. Afridi scored fast century in his first innings (Second match). Every Pakistani told that he will broke Sachin's record. lol. @landl47 what about Trott Bell Kevin Anderson and Swann. lol. Indian team has Kohli Rania Pujara, rahane, Ashwin Jadeja Ishant Praveen Kumar Rohit sharma and RP singh (RP alone is 25) yet to reach 25. India will be fielding better team than England in next world cup. Come out of common sense. I hope Cricinfo publish the article. one series will never put England top. Yuvaraj Gambir and Dhoni will play next world cup

  • rajkumar002 on September 17, 2011, 7:02 GMT

    england wud have really found one. but i think he is like darren sammy who can only bat. he will have his problems against better bowling attacks and he wud be troubled by average bowling also when he plays some games and teams get 2 know about his batting. i hope his career wud last not more than odi series in india.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on September 17, 2011, 6:59 GMT

    What a find Jonny Bairstow is, just put the final touches on the cake and round off the perfect summer for English cricket. Zaheer excluded, the 'injured' Indian players left the tour with very suspicious injuries: Harbajan started it with an 'strain' that couldn't show up on a scan. What a weak and shameful tour this has been for India, Dravid besides. England are clearly the better team, in all conditions to, but this tour will haunt India for decades to come.

  • on September 17, 2011, 6:39 GMT

    What is most encouraging is the youth of this team. 8 of the 11 who played in the last ODI are 26 or younger, and when you add in Broad, Morgan, Stokes, Taylor and prospects like Hales, Woakes, Borthwick, Briggs and Buttler England can field a competitive side and good bench strength of players all yet to reach their 27th birthday. India talks about fielding a reserve team, but England's side is younger and a lot of the Indian players in the World Cup-winning side are near retirement and certainly won't be playing in the next World Cup. Tendulkar's 38, Zaheer and Sehwag will be 33 in a few weeks and Bhaji, Yuvraj, Dhoni and Gambhir are all close to or over 30. Basically, this ODI series was a rehearsal for what these teams will be like in a couple of years' time- and you saw which side came out on to

  • Rajul_Tandon on September 17, 2011, 6:23 GMT

    @landl47..nice observation landl....you are more of a soothsayer predicting what will happen 4 years down the line than looking at what happened 4 months back... beaten convincingly by NETHERLANDS and BANGLADESH..... with no silverware in their trophy wardrobe but indeed a brilliant series...good to see you guys imagining the worl cup in your hands in 2015....wish you guys luck in dreaming...

  • kevinpp24 on September 17, 2011, 6:21 GMT

    @landl47, no this is not their first time, they tried an younger team before in a tri-series in Zim and knocked out early. So big problems ahead for India.

  • jonesy2 on September 17, 2011, 6:14 GMT

    i actually like cook. wouldnt watch him bat if you paid me but i like him as a modest cricketer. but there is no way england are going to be half decent at limited overs. enjoy being ok at test cricket before youre not anymore fellas. wont be long

  • Denzel_Smith on September 17, 2011, 6:03 GMT

    Congratulations to the English team for such a spectacular performance. They have beaten us in all the departments of the game. Its a shame that we did not even look threatening enough, even to the debutants in their side. Hats off England.

  • landl47 on September 17, 2011, 4:52 GMT

    What is most encouraging is the youth of this team. 8 of the 11 who played in the last ODI are 26 or younger, and when you add in Broad, Morgan, Stokes, Taylor and prospects like Hales, Woakes, Borthwick, Briggs and Buttler England can field a competitive side and good bench strength of players all yet to reach their 27th birthday. India talks about fielding a reserve team, but England's side is younger and a lot of the Indian players in the World Cup-winning side are near retirement and certainly won't be playing in the next World Cup. Tendulkar's 38, Zaheer and Sehwag will be 33 in a few weeks and Bhaji, Yuvraj, Dhoni and Gambhir are all close to or over 30. Basically, this ODI series was a rehearsal for what these teams will be like in a couple of years' time- and you saw which side came out on top.

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  • landl47 on September 17, 2011, 4:52 GMT

    What is most encouraging is the youth of this team. 8 of the 11 who played in the last ODI are 26 or younger, and when you add in Broad, Morgan, Stokes, Taylor and prospects like Hales, Woakes, Borthwick, Briggs and Buttler England can field a competitive side and good bench strength of players all yet to reach their 27th birthday. India talks about fielding a reserve team, but England's side is younger and a lot of the Indian players in the World Cup-winning side are near retirement and certainly won't be playing in the next World Cup. Tendulkar's 38, Zaheer and Sehwag will be 33 in a few weeks and Bhaji, Yuvraj, Dhoni and Gambhir are all close to or over 30. Basically, this ODI series was a rehearsal for what these teams will be like in a couple of years' time- and you saw which side came out on top.

  • Denzel_Smith on September 17, 2011, 6:03 GMT

    Congratulations to the English team for such a spectacular performance. They have beaten us in all the departments of the game. Its a shame that we did not even look threatening enough, even to the debutants in their side. Hats off England.

  • jonesy2 on September 17, 2011, 6:14 GMT

    i actually like cook. wouldnt watch him bat if you paid me but i like him as a modest cricketer. but there is no way england are going to be half decent at limited overs. enjoy being ok at test cricket before youre not anymore fellas. wont be long

  • kevinpp24 on September 17, 2011, 6:21 GMT

    @landl47, no this is not their first time, they tried an younger team before in a tri-series in Zim and knocked out early. So big problems ahead for India.

  • Rajul_Tandon on September 17, 2011, 6:23 GMT

    @landl47..nice observation landl....you are more of a soothsayer predicting what will happen 4 years down the line than looking at what happened 4 months back... beaten convincingly by NETHERLANDS and BANGLADESH..... with no silverware in their trophy wardrobe but indeed a brilliant series...good to see you guys imagining the worl cup in your hands in 2015....wish you guys luck in dreaming...

  • on September 17, 2011, 6:39 GMT

    What is most encouraging is the youth of this team. 8 of the 11 who played in the last ODI are 26 or younger, and when you add in Broad, Morgan, Stokes, Taylor and prospects like Hales, Woakes, Borthwick, Briggs and Buttler England can field a competitive side and good bench strength of players all yet to reach their 27th birthday. India talks about fielding a reserve team, but England's side is younger and a lot of the Indian players in the World Cup-winning side are near retirement and certainly won't be playing in the next World Cup. Tendulkar's 38, Zaheer and Sehwag will be 33 in a few weeks and Bhaji, Yuvraj, Dhoni and Gambhir are all close to or over 30. Basically, this ODI series was a rehearsal for what these teams will be like in a couple of years' time- and you saw which side came out on to

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on September 17, 2011, 6:59 GMT

    What a find Jonny Bairstow is, just put the final touches on the cake and round off the perfect summer for English cricket. Zaheer excluded, the 'injured' Indian players left the tour with very suspicious injuries: Harbajan started it with an 'strain' that couldn't show up on a scan. What a weak and shameful tour this has been for India, Dravid besides. England are clearly the better team, in all conditions to, but this tour will haunt India for decades to come.

  • rajkumar002 on September 17, 2011, 7:02 GMT

    england wud have really found one. but i think he is like darren sammy who can only bat. he will have his problems against better bowling attacks and he wud be troubled by average bowling also when he plays some games and teams get 2 know about his batting. i hope his career wud last not more than odi series in india.

  • puntertakeson on September 17, 2011, 7:08 GMT

    One may they calling him a great find lol. Afridi scored fast century in his first innings (Second match). Every Pakistani told that he will broke Sachin's record. lol. @landl47 what about Trott Bell Kevin Anderson and Swann. lol. Indian team has Kohli Rania Pujara, rahane, Ashwin Jadeja Ishant Praveen Kumar Rohit sharma and RP singh (RP alone is 25) yet to reach 25. India will be fielding better team than England in next world cup. Come out of common sense. I hope Cricinfo publish the article. one series will never put England top. Yuvaraj Gambir and Dhoni will play next world cup

  • brittop on September 17, 2011, 8:26 GMT

    @Rajul_Tandon: didn't India lose to BANGLADESH in 2007 before winning in 2011?