England v India, 5th ODI, Headingley September 5, 2014

Root century sets up consolation victory

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England 294 for 7 (Root 113, Buttler 49) beat India 253 (Jadeja 87, Rayudu 53, Stokes 3-47) by 41 runs
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Hopps: Root's ton helps Cook's captaincy

An all-too familiar tale was seemingly unfolding at Headingley as England's batsmen were again finding spin an unsolvable puzzle in the middle overs. The dot-ball torture most affected Eoin Morgan, who scored 2 off 19 R Ashwin deliveries before being stumped to leave England at 117 for 4 after 29 overs. Another 220-odd target for India's batsmen to chase down as they stifled yawns?

Joe Root and Jos Buttler erased that scenario with a vigorous century stand, England's first of the series. Buttler fell on 49 to the sort of comical run-out that goes viral as a gif, but Root sped to his second ODI century, in front of a delighted home crowd. That rousing partnership and some lower-order swinging took England to 294, leaving India with their stiffest challenge of the series.

India's batsmen weren't up to the task, as recognisable elements from the Test series re-appeared. The opening stand didn't last long, James Anderson had Virat Kohli nibbling to slip, Moeen Ali made important breakthroughs, and MS Dhoni had too much to do. All of which led to England winning their first ODI since late May.

The match began slipping away from India during England's batting Powerplay, when Root and Buttler walloped boundary after boundary to pillage 55 in five overs. Root made a far bigger overall score, but Buttler's impact was huge. He began the mayhem in the Powerplay, cashing in against the recalled Umesh Yadav with a crunching four over mid-off followed by a fortuitous top edge over third man for six. Scoring against pace is fine, but what about spin? When Ashwin dropped short two overs later, Buttler bludgeoned him over square leg for four, and then to cow corner for six.

Thirty-nine runs had come off the first three Powerplay overs, the chokehold applied by the spinners had came off, and the hitherto watchful Root also started reeling off big hits. Suddenly 300 wasn't looking like a far-fetched target, particularly given India's long-standing troubles with death bowling.

Buttler had set up a grandstand finish to the innings but he fell in the 43rd over, after blindly setting off for a run even though the ball had barely dribbled past the wicketkeeper. Root then took apart Ravindra Jadeja, as 17 runs came off the 45th over, with the slog-sweep that earned him plenty of runs also bringing up his century. The boos which Moeen complained about were replaced by celebratory shouts of "Rooooot", as the local boy shrugged off a lean summer in the ODIs.

Ben Stokes swung a few sixes, Yadav's propensity for leaking runs resurfaced and though Mohammed Shami set down some perfect yorkers, England finished close to 300.

That score seemed unlikely after Alex Hales' failure, Alastair Cook again making a sluggish 40-odd, and Moeen's promotion not working out. Only 49 runs came between the 16th and 30th over, Morgan's range of sweeps and reverse-sweeps weren't working, and India's fielders were diving around in the circle to cut off any easy runs.

Unlike his captain though, Root didn't give it away after getting a start. There were controlled pulls early on, and two stunning straight drives off Bhuvneshwar Kumar, as he began with a mix of boundaries and defence. A direct hit from Jadeja at point could have ended his innings in the 16th over with Root on 23. After that he concentrated on the ones and twos - hitting just one boundary in the next 20 overs - before cashing in towards the end.

India's chase spluttered in the first over itself. Ajinkya Rahane had spoken of how he had sleepless nights after a "silly mistake" cost his wicket in the second ODI; he will toss and turn tonight as well after lazily slicing a wide delivery to point in the first over to fall for a duck.

Kohli is at his best when faced with a tall chase, and after a disastrous tour, there were hopes he would provide a glimpse of his talent but his search for a half-century extended as he was caught at slip for 13. Shikhar Dhawan swiped Moeen for a big six but was bowled later in the over attempting the same shot.

Ambati Rayudu collected his second half-century in three innings, but he holed out to mid-on soon after. Suresh Raina had already become another of Moeen's victims, and when Dhoni slapped a short and wide Steven Finn delivery straight to cover in the 37th over, India's already slender chances were virtually over. The wicket was the luck Finn deserved after both Raina and Rayudu had been put down in one of his earlier overs.

Ravindra Jadeja re-enacted his famous Rajput celebration from Lord's as he picked up a half-century, but there was no real threat of him preventing an England victory. The win will be scant consolation though after a wretched limited-overs home season, with England still having plenty to work out as the World Cup approaches.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on September 5, 2014, 19:18 GMT

    Well a much better effort from England it has to be said. I think Hales' problem this series is that he's tried to cross-bat almost everything, instead of punch/drive down the ground more. O.K. Ali got out cheaply today as well, but at least he was trying to hit through the covers with a straight bat, and just seemed to get an edge down to third man. Root is a class little player, but I still say he belongs down the order in both tests and ODI's. I sincerely hope England don't try messing around with him again and hoisting him way up the order. Morgan was like a fish out of water all series, and I hope he can find some sort of form soon. As others have said, it will be interesting to see where England go from here now. Now that Stokes has finally done something noteworthy, I bet he'll be in favour with the selectors for an eternity now. Conversely, Tredwell had one bad game, so we'll get the usual detractors moaning about him, despite him being one of England's miserly bowlers. Hmmmm!

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on September 7, 2014, 13:05 GMT

    @milepost (post on September 7, 2014, 5:46 GMT): He [Root] didn't do so badly against Australia during the Ashes 2013 if my memory serves me correctly. And that was when he was inexplicably hoisted up the order to open as well, when it's obvious he belongs in the middle order.

  • on September 7, 2014, 7:11 GMT

    Yesterday I saw Stokes playing, few shots made me remember.yuvraj singh in full flow. England needs to.play Stokes up order and give responsibility . England if select some players and remove few , they can go all the way world cup. But do selectors have guts to remove cook ?

  • milepost on September 7, 2014, 5:46 GMT

    When Root fails all next summer against the Aussies people will say it's form. Truth is, he's still can't play quality bowling.

  • xtrafalgarx on September 6, 2014, 15:40 GMT

    @RU4RNick: Also, you are mistaken if you think there is one interpretation of that saying. My point is completely different to yours, in which you somehow try to make out that a stopped clock is something desirable, never heard that one before.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on September 6, 2014, 14:36 GMT

    @xtrafalgarx (post on September 5, 2014, 19:00 GMT): "Even a broken clock tells the right time twice a day"... I think you'll find only a 'stopped' clock gets it right twice a day. A clock that's running fast or slow never gets it (completely) right. England haven't stopped, and no matter what detractors like @Cpt.Meanster may say, they never will - even in short formats. England are simply running too slow in short formats, and need a kick to get them closer to perfection. I still maintain that the likes of Australia are running too fast. Too many all-or-nothing style players is equally not the way to go, and the current tri-series final seems to be proving me right.

  • D.S.A on September 6, 2014, 13:27 GMT

    1. Varun Chopra (captain), 2. Michael Carberry, 3. James Vince, 4. Ravinder Singh Bopara, 5. Eoin Morgan, 6. Jos Buttler, 7. Samit Patel, 8. Chris Jordan/Chris Woakes/Ben Stokes, 9. Steven Finn, 10. James Tredwell, 11. Graham Onions.

    Reserve top order player: Alex Hales. Reserve middle order player: James Taylor. Reserve fast bowler: Boyd Rankin Reserve spin bowler: Ravi Patel

    A squad that is complete with match winners, and requires no alterations between the Sri Lankan series and the World Cup, which is what all squads should have

  • on September 6, 2014, 12:46 GMT

    @Lin Comp, I would not rate SA as high, though they have some excellent players in the 11, reason being - they have a very strong record of brain freeze in the knockout of a WC event. Better SA sides than what AB has got today have lost to weaker oppositions than what will be fielded in this WC, simply doing daft things.

    My grading would be - Grade 1, India, Aus Grade 2, SL, Pak, WI (marginally above average bowling & several batsmen who on their day can take the game away from the opposition with a short burst). Grade 3, SA, Eng, NZ (Good players, not proven as yet).

  • on September 6, 2014, 12:44 GMT

    Hopefully this will be my final grading of the ODI teams for the WC 2015 based on their best winning potential;

    Grade 1a - Australia, India

    Grade 1b South Africa

    Grade 2a New Zealand, Srilanka

    Grade 2b Pakistan, West Indies

    Grade 2c England

    Grade 3 Bangladesh, Zimbabwe

    Grade 4: Ireland, Scotland, UAE, Afganistan

  • brusselslion on September 6, 2014, 12:43 GMT

    @ Cpt.Meanster: Thanks for the wooden spoon. Make sure that you take care of the 'Test match' equivalent.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on September 5, 2014, 19:18 GMT

    Well a much better effort from England it has to be said. I think Hales' problem this series is that he's tried to cross-bat almost everything, instead of punch/drive down the ground more. O.K. Ali got out cheaply today as well, but at least he was trying to hit through the covers with a straight bat, and just seemed to get an edge down to third man. Root is a class little player, but I still say he belongs down the order in both tests and ODI's. I sincerely hope England don't try messing around with him again and hoisting him way up the order. Morgan was like a fish out of water all series, and I hope he can find some sort of form soon. As others have said, it will be interesting to see where England go from here now. Now that Stokes has finally done something noteworthy, I bet he'll be in favour with the selectors for an eternity now. Conversely, Tredwell had one bad game, so we'll get the usual detractors moaning about him, despite him being one of England's miserly bowlers. Hmmmm!

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on September 7, 2014, 13:05 GMT

    @milepost (post on September 7, 2014, 5:46 GMT): He [Root] didn't do so badly against Australia during the Ashes 2013 if my memory serves me correctly. And that was when he was inexplicably hoisted up the order to open as well, when it's obvious he belongs in the middle order.

  • on September 7, 2014, 7:11 GMT

    Yesterday I saw Stokes playing, few shots made me remember.yuvraj singh in full flow. England needs to.play Stokes up order and give responsibility . England if select some players and remove few , they can go all the way world cup. But do selectors have guts to remove cook ?

  • milepost on September 7, 2014, 5:46 GMT

    When Root fails all next summer against the Aussies people will say it's form. Truth is, he's still can't play quality bowling.

  • xtrafalgarx on September 6, 2014, 15:40 GMT

    @RU4RNick: Also, you are mistaken if you think there is one interpretation of that saying. My point is completely different to yours, in which you somehow try to make out that a stopped clock is something desirable, never heard that one before.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on September 6, 2014, 14:36 GMT

    @xtrafalgarx (post on September 5, 2014, 19:00 GMT): "Even a broken clock tells the right time twice a day"... I think you'll find only a 'stopped' clock gets it right twice a day. A clock that's running fast or slow never gets it (completely) right. England haven't stopped, and no matter what detractors like @Cpt.Meanster may say, they never will - even in short formats. England are simply running too slow in short formats, and need a kick to get them closer to perfection. I still maintain that the likes of Australia are running too fast. Too many all-or-nothing style players is equally not the way to go, and the current tri-series final seems to be proving me right.

  • D.S.A on September 6, 2014, 13:27 GMT

    1. Varun Chopra (captain), 2. Michael Carberry, 3. James Vince, 4. Ravinder Singh Bopara, 5. Eoin Morgan, 6. Jos Buttler, 7. Samit Patel, 8. Chris Jordan/Chris Woakes/Ben Stokes, 9. Steven Finn, 10. James Tredwell, 11. Graham Onions.

    Reserve top order player: Alex Hales. Reserve middle order player: James Taylor. Reserve fast bowler: Boyd Rankin Reserve spin bowler: Ravi Patel

    A squad that is complete with match winners, and requires no alterations between the Sri Lankan series and the World Cup, which is what all squads should have

  • on September 6, 2014, 12:46 GMT

    @Lin Comp, I would not rate SA as high, though they have some excellent players in the 11, reason being - they have a very strong record of brain freeze in the knockout of a WC event. Better SA sides than what AB has got today have lost to weaker oppositions than what will be fielded in this WC, simply doing daft things.

    My grading would be - Grade 1, India, Aus Grade 2, SL, Pak, WI (marginally above average bowling & several batsmen who on their day can take the game away from the opposition with a short burst). Grade 3, SA, Eng, NZ (Good players, not proven as yet).

  • on September 6, 2014, 12:44 GMT

    Hopefully this will be my final grading of the ODI teams for the WC 2015 based on their best winning potential;

    Grade 1a - Australia, India

    Grade 1b South Africa

    Grade 2a New Zealand, Srilanka

    Grade 2b Pakistan, West Indies

    Grade 2c England

    Grade 3 Bangladesh, Zimbabwe

    Grade 4: Ireland, Scotland, UAE, Afganistan

  • brusselslion on September 6, 2014, 12:43 GMT

    @ Cpt.Meanster: Thanks for the wooden spoon. Make sure that you take care of the 'Test match' equivalent.

  • 1st_WC_without_Sachin on September 6, 2014, 12:35 GMT

    I Really want south africa to win the World cup 2015. No other team than africa to deserve it, with India as a runner-up. Qdk, Amla, faf, Abd, duminy, miller, steyn, parnell, morkel, OH MY GOD!!! What a team!!!

  • SpaMaster on September 6, 2014, 11:59 GMT

    Cook is in denial if he thinks that the 5th ODI performance is what his team has always been capable of doing and that they were just a bit unlucky that it did not click for them until then. Wake up. The series was over and they were thoroughly trounced before a 10-over period where their batting clicked. England has some deep malaise in their approach towards ODI. They would immediately be better if Cook is removed from the ODI team. They could either pick the best talent available in the country to fill in that place - Kevin Pietersen. Or if the ECB management ego is too big to make up for their mistake and hell bent on keeping KP out, they should bring in someone like Bopara. Bell could easily open the innings. That is one easy step to make this team better than they are now.

  • on September 6, 2014, 11:59 GMT

    @CodandChips, 3 clarifications;

    1) SL is among the best ODI teams, but the reason I did not rate them as high as the Aus, Ind, SA is because SL has a habit of reaching upto the finals only, and then they lose the final and end up as the runners up. The grading was about actual WC final winning potential, not just based on the overall team abilities, if abilities are considered then SL is among the best teams in the world, and there is no doubt about it.

    2) The reason SA was kept in the grade 1 because the odds may favor them this time. Being one of the top teams how long they can go on without winning the WC like this? so the odds may favor them this time (just my guess)

    3) England was rated bit high in my grading because the australian pitches may suit england batsmen more than their own slow/turning pitches, they have some promising batsmen and bowlers so they do have some moderate chances. Agree they are not in the category as SL but england will perform well in WC 2015.

  • vkumar_086 on September 6, 2014, 11:50 GMT

    Now When comes to batting first, again India posted more than 400 totals 4 times (418/5 Vs WI, 414/5 Vs SL, 413 Vs Bermuda, 401/3 Vs SA ) and 350 totals 15 times (392, 387, 383, 376, 374, 373, 370, 363, 362, 356, 354, 353, 351, 351, 350), no other team is near to India in ODI's…some teams like Pak, NZ, WI even not posted 400+ total even once and teams like Pak, SL, WI have not chased more than 330 total till now…

    India won highest number of multinational tourneys (2 WC's, 2 CT's, 1 T20 WC's, 5 Asia cup, 1 Benson & Hedges cup, 3 U-19 WC's) along with Australia…considering these all stats along with performance of TOP 8 teams in last 1-2 years...India, Australia, SA having very high chances of winning 2015 WC… Grade 1: India, Aus, SA Grade 2: NZ Grade 3: SL, Pak Grade 4: WI, Eng

  • vkumar_086 on September 6, 2014, 11:44 GMT

    @sudhakar_billapati...India has won ALL THREE ICC TROPHIES outside Asia...this achievement is still a DREAM for other Asian countries...I weigh the winning of 2011 WC bit high because in final, India lost 2 important wickets inside 3 overs while chasing big total (one can imagine the pressure of chasing 270+ total in final of WC and its in front of home crowd), but showed how to chase high totals in ODI in a planned manner…In fact India showed this in lot of occasions in ODI cricket…362/1 Vs Aus, 351/4 Vs Aus, 330/4 Vs Pak, 326/8 Vs Eng, 325/5 Vs WI, 321/3 Vs SL, 321/5 Vs NZ, thus having UNIQUE record of chasing 320+ totals against all top 7 teams except SA..

    contd.....

  • Herath-UK on September 6, 2014, 11:33 GMT

    CodandChips, I would agree with you that bracketing Sri Lanka with England, someone shows his ignorance. On recent form alone Sri Lanka won consecutive T20 series in Australia & won the BL ODI series there. They knocked out who else but India in the 3 team tournament.

  • 1st_WC_without_Sachin on September 6, 2014, 11:21 GMT

    @codandchips, i agree with you mate, i just want to add a point in ur comment," yes, NZ has very best chance, bcoz of home support and they are all-time great fielding side ever." i would like to watch super 4 as South africa, austrailia, India, New zealand.

  • CodandChips on September 6, 2014, 11:13 GMT

    @Lin Comp (continued)

    I don't give South Africa as high a chance as others; probably a mistake on my part. But I do think their bowling is strong, with Steyn leading the way obviously, and Kyle Abbott has to play. Other Hampshire fans will support me on that. Not too sure about their batting, though Amla, De Villiers and Du Plessis are good. And Ryan Mclaren is like Ravi Bopara; one of those allrounders who is worth much more than people realise.

    Perhaps I give South Africa the same chance as Sri Lanka.

    Pakistan a good side but I question their batting and ability to play in such conditions.

    England are poor. End of.

    West Indies overrated because of their history, their WT20 win and that their players play well in IPL. Their bowling is strong, but their batting is at times spineless. They really ought to have Chanderpaul in that side.

    So if I were to group teams like you:

    1- Australia, India 1b New Zealand 2- Sri Lanka, South Africa 3- Pakistan 4- England, Windies, Ireland

  • CodandChips on September 6, 2014, 11:03 GMT

    @Lin Comp

    I'm not too sure about your predictions. Do you seriously think that Sri Lanka, one of the best sides in international white-ball cricket, have an equal chance as England? Such a view is foolish imo.

    Australia and India are excellent sides. Sri Lanka have a lot of know-how and some seriously talented players, but still rely too much on those senior players, and I think Jayawardene at 4 horribly imbalances their batting at times.

    I really like New Zealand and I can't understand why nobody else gives them much chance, especially when games are being played there. I actually backed them to win WT20. In Guptill, Mcullum and Taylor they have 3 of the most talented batsmen in world cricket, with plenty of experience. Williamson is a fine player. Neesham and Anderson are good allrounders (though more batsmen than bowlers) and Anderson has the record for the quickest ODI hundred. Mclenaghan, Southee, Boult. Plus their A side is very good. Don't rule them out.

  • on September 6, 2014, 10:29 GMT

    My revised & latest projections for the 2015 World cup winning chances - I have categorized the teams into 4 gradings. These gradings are done based on their performance in the recent about 1 to 2 years, also based on the number of tournaments they have recently won etc.

    Grade 1: Australia, South Africa, India - Teams in this grade have the highest chances of winning the WC 2015

    Grade 2a: New Zeland, Pakistan, West Indies

    Grade 2b: Srilanka, England

    Teams in this grade have moderate chances of winning the WC 2015 & overall Grade 2a has more chances than Grade 2b of winning WC

    Grade 3: Bangladesh, Zimbabwe - Teams in this grade have some very tiny chances of winning the WC 2015

    Grade 4: Scotland, UAE, Afganistan, Ireland - Teams in this grade have almost no chances of winning the WC 2015

    @Siddharth Mane, I tried to re-categorize SL, may be it is now placed more properly.

  • Jaffa79 on September 6, 2014, 9:49 GMT

    Best England team: Hales, Vince, Ali, Root, Morgan/Taylor, Buttler, Bopara, Stokes, Woakes, Broad, Anderson.

    Best aspects: bats deep, aggressive up front, good in the field, 7 bowling options Worst aspects: Bowling lacks pace and quite similar (RFM), lack of experience in spin bowling.

    I'd go with this as at least it gives you a punchers chance. Lacks bowling penetration but at least there are quite a few explosive batsmen. I just hope they bat without fear; if you can't get to 300 regularly this WC, you might as well stay at home.

  • on September 6, 2014, 9:45 GMT

    @lincomp your predictions are right though I think srilanka should be in grade 3 category

  • VillageBlacksmith on September 6, 2014, 9:44 GMT

    Eng have continually (for over 10 ODI matches!) played the likes of morgan despite his returns being dreadful and his presence in the side being an absolute hinderance to victory… Why is this? Every commentator and pundit every match has said morgan is out of form but he is still picked .. Morgan has been so ineffective a stick of rhubarb on its own would have put up more of a fight and scored more runs.. Are Eng now in a position that a central contract gets you a gig even if you cannot hit the ball off the square? A central contract keeps you in the team, no matter how bad you are playing at the expense of looking at other non contracted but better players? It seems so but it's wrong. The Eng central contract set up seems to have become so cosy that players that are even a liability and contribute nothing positive to the success of the team are continually picked because they have a contract… There can be no other reason for playing morgan for so long when he is contibuting so little

  • sudhakar_billapati on September 6, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    vkumar_86,dear brother the format of future world cup in 2015 and that happened in 2011 in india is rubbish one.there are 7 teams india,australia,england,south africa,pakistan,newzeeland,srilanka and west indies which comes to quarter finals irrespective of the outcomes of the matches in their respective groups between them ,if they win only against bangladesh,zimbabwe,and other associated countries so winning 3 matches quarters,semis and finals total 3 matches by any of above 8 teams gives them world cup.they need not worry about their respective outcomes in league matches between these 8 teams as long as any of these 8 teams dont lose against bangladesh,zimbabwe and any associated teams.thsi happened in 1996 world cup in india also so there is less value to 1996 srilanka win,2011 india win and champion in 2015 world cup compared to other teams winning world cups think neutrally and logically,u will understand it

  • on September 6, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    My projections for the 2015 World cup winning chances - I have categorized the teams into 4 gradings. These gradings are done based on their performance in the recent about 1 to 2 years as well as based on the number of tournaments they have recently won etc.

    Grade 1: Australia, South Africa, India - Teams in this grade have the highest chances of winning the WC 2015

    Grade 2: New Zeland, Pakistan, West Indies, Srilanka, England - Teams in this grade have moderate chances of winning the WC 2015

    Grade 3: Bangladesh, Zimbabwe - Teams in this grade have some very tiny chances of winning the WC 2015

    Grade 4: Scotland, UAE, Afganistan, Ireland - Teams in this grade have almost no chances of winning the WC 2015

  • CodandChips on September 6, 2014, 8:49 GMT

    (continued)

    Samson as reserve batsman/keeper but he needs a few games to settle and prove his worth. Rayudu as reserve batsman. I'm not too convinced about him but he has a high ODI average and he showed ability to dominate international bowlers this series so he'll suffice as a reserve batsman.

    Jadeja is obvious. Ashwin as well, though if conditions are seam friendly I'd replace him with Binny. Binny can hit a good cricket ball and his bowling is more useful in white-ball cricket. I thought he showed good batting ability in the tests and bowled not too badly.

    Kumar obviously. Shami as well. I also like Unedket (the left-arm seamer who has impressed me in the IPL- apologies for the spelling). I'd risk Yadav as well since he has impressed me at times and I prefer him to Ishant Sharma.

    1.Dhawan 2.Rahane 3.Kohli 4.Sharma 5.Dhoni 6.Raina 7.Ashwin/Binny 8.Jadeja (can be moved up order!when required) 9.Kumar 10.Shami 11.Unedket

    Other reserves: Samson, Rayudu, Yadav

  • Herath-UK on September 6, 2014, 8:45 GMT

    This facile ODI series win infact will hide indian poor status in Test cricket & rather a loss would have benefitted more to bring changes needed. Sri Lanka finished a superb tour,sad Indian woes continue in England .

  • 1st_WC_without_Sachin on September 6, 2014, 8:43 GMT

    I think Rahane should be great option, along with Rayudu, For No.4. Plz guys, dont worry abt Rohit, i think, we will see different kind of Rohit in austrailia, Rohit is an aggressive batsman. My 17 for World cup 2015. 1.Rohit 2.Dhawan/Rahane 3.Kohli 4.Rahane/Rayudu 5.Raina 6.MSD 7.Jadeja 8.Ashwin 9.Bhuvi 10.Shami 11.Varun aaron 12.Mohit sharma 13.Umesh yadav 14.Rayudu 15.Pankaj singh 16.Manan Vohra 17.Sanju samson.

  • CodandChips on September 6, 2014, 8:41 GMT

    India look pretty good to challenge Australia, Sri Lanka and New Zealand in the world cup.

    I know you have the champions league for players to make names for themselves but how many more ODIs do you have to give opportunities to the likes of Samson and Binny to prove their worth?

    I'd open with Rahane and Dhawan. I think Rahane is suited to open in ODIs where as Sharma is better at 4. Kohli is a class player in ODIs and like Eoin Morgan I'm sure he'll find form before the world cup.

    I'd move Dhoni up to 5. His improved test batting shows he could bat higher in ODIs. Rather than having him mending crises all the time, have him in earlier to prevent them. A slow starter like Dhoni would also enjoy extra time. Though he is the best finisher on the planet so maybe he shouldn't be moved from his preferred position.

    Raina at 6 for me. He is seriously improved imo and can handle pace. I think he'd be more valuable as a finisher. And his spin is better than part-time.

    (continued)

  • vkumar_086 on September 6, 2014, 8:28 GMT

    Asia cup is played with only 3 teams (did not consider BD and Afghanistan)...Champions trophy will be played with 8 SUPERIOR and STRONG teams and in a knock out manner...winning it without losing a single match and that too OUTSIDE ASIA is cant be matched with winning Asia cup (Australia won 2007 world cup in this manner)....so i must say CT >>>>Asia cup and World cup >>>>>Asia cup....India also won Asia cup as much as SL (5 each) but SL did not won ICC trophies as much as India (2 WC's + 2 CT's +1 T20 WC)

    The world cup 2015 which is going to held in Australia, where SL is yet to win an ODI series (also a test match), its really funny to say SL (could not able to win against STRONG OPPONENT like SA in home soil) is one of the STRONG contender for WC 2015....only Australia, India and SA are having very good chance to win, other teams have chance to participate...plz publish

  • 1st_WC_without_Sachin on September 6, 2014, 8:26 GMT

    Many positives coming up through the 3-1 ODI WIN. 1). Shami's death bowling. 2). Jadeja's death economy rate in 41-50 overs is 4.9. 3).Rayudu at No.4. 4).Raina recovered against short pitch doubts+important in slog overs, as he gave breakthrough in his 1st 2 overs in all 4 matches. 5). Jadeja as finisher along with dhoni for 41-50 overs. 6).Raina, Jadeja, Kohli, Rahane, Bhuvi, Dhawan as a fielders. Main concern is kohli's batting form, i think the guy need just 1 (25+) inning... Form is temporary, class is permanant...

  • JG2704 on September 6, 2014, 8:23 GMT

    @landl47 on (September 5, 2014, 17:28 GMT) You can play with urgency without even swinging the bat. If you go in with the mindset that you want to get a run a ball or thereabouts (even just by singles) that should be possible. You obviously know that I'm a big Buttler fan - even if unlike some I have the ability to see shortcomings in my favourite player. I started fearing that he had developed what I call (testitis or England testitis to give it it's full title) but in this game he showed more aggressing (not just in hitting). When Buttler is right you can almost see the cogs turning re where's the next run/boundary coming from. I also feel it was no coincidence that this influenced Root (who at one point I believe his SR had dropped to around 70) to come out of his shell. And Morgan is becoming a worry too

  • JG2704 on September 6, 2014, 8:23 GMT

    @jackiethepen on (September 5, 2014, 15:06 GMT) Everyone bar Ali batted cautiously or smartly (depending on how you word it) in the last game and we scraped 220. Without Ali's aggression it would have been even more embarrassing. In this game Root only properly upped his game in the PP overs with Buttler joining him. Problem is that that our batsmen so often go from one extreme to the other and so often can't do calculated aggression. I still say our manouvering the field and rotating the strike is a big problem. Also quite a few of Root's runs were when he freed his arms - where does freeing your arms become slogging? Also I'll add to Landl's comms. If all our batsmen go at a SR of around 71 I make it the team scores 210-215 so you need batsmen to play with freedom to make up for those who don't

    @CodandChips on (September 5, 2014, 16:05 GMT) Lol - seriously though , Bell has been pretty fluent in recent matches/series

  • on September 6, 2014, 8:00 GMT

    For Sri Lanka and beyond... Hales, Roy, Ali, Root, Taylor, Bopara (Capt), Buttler, Stokes, Rashid, Broad, Anderson. Ballance, Finn, Morgan, Woakes, Tredwell to make up the squad.

  • vkumar_086 on September 6, 2014, 8:00 GMT

    Asia cup is played with only 3 teams (did not consider BD and Afghanistan)...Champions trophy will be played with 8 SUPERIOR and STRONG teams and in a knock out manner...winning it without losing a single match and that too OUTSIDE ASIA is cant be matched with winning Asia cup (Australia won 2007 world cup in this manner)....so i must say CT >>>>Asia cup and World cup >>>>>Asia cup....India also won Asia cup as much as SL (5 each) but SL did not won ICC trophies as much as India (2 WC's + 2 CT's +1 T20 WC)

    The world cup 2015 which is going to held in Australia, where SL is yet to win an ODI series (also a test match), its really funny to say SL (could not able to win against STRONG OPPONENT like SA in home soil) is one of the STRONG contender for WC 2015....only Australia, India and SA are having very good chance to win, other teams have chance to participate...plz publish

  • on September 6, 2014, 7:57 GMT

    @aby_97, I am not sure whether you got the crux of my earlier points. BHUVI was not the main focus, the main focus was that doni preferred to continue essentially with the same team implies that he and india took the last odi very seriously. It is a normal and common practice after winning the series to rest some players and also test the bench strength but doni decided against it which was strange. The bhuvi issue came because even during the recent test series there were doubts about him playing due to some ankle issues but doni persisted with him due to his perfect line and length against the opposition opener batsmen which won so many odi games for doni. Even after the series was won doni retained essentially the same team along with exhausted and overworked bhuvi implies doni took the last odi very seriously. He may bring complacency issues during press conferences but the truth is doni and the indian team tried their best in the last odi but still lost.

  • ListenToMe on September 6, 2014, 7:46 GMT

    England proved that they are far better team than India. After the humiliation in previous matches, they came strongly to win this match. This is the sign of a good team. India instead in tests, did not even fight after they started to lose. India can win matches only when they are not tested, meaning, when the opposition plays poorly. They cannot win against AUS for sure. I predict India will lose all matches against AUS. Unless India selects separate teams for tests and ODIs, they will not survive in testing pitches. Dhoni, jadeja, Binny, Dhawan, Raina should not be there for overseas tests. Batsmen should include Kohli, Rohit, Rahane. Pujari. In bowling Aaron and Umesh should be included. But in ODIs, I think Umesh is not good enough. Aaron has proved in ODIs.

  • CodandChips on September 6, 2014, 7:40 GMT

    (continued)

    That leaves one last place. Adil Rashid. Others have been asking for his inclusion. That forced me to look how he's done this year. Leading wicket taker in RL cup. Done well in Blast as well as championship runs and wickets. And as a legspinner he provides something a bit different.

  • CodandChips on September 6, 2014, 7:36 GMT

    I'd take a combination of players fighting for their place with those trying to establish themselves to Sri Lanka.

    Hales to open and play positively. Not slog. Not grind and graft. Play as he does for Notts. I'd also open with Lumb as he did well in West Indies. Bat through at a reasonable pace and look to accelerate later. If Lumb fails this series then take Bell to Australia. At least Hales has a T20I record to fall back on.

    Root and Taylor to battle out number 3. Taylor could bat 4. Fine player, very versatile. See earlier comments for why I see them suitable. Morgan 4 or 5. Is in bad form but was in better form more recently than Cook, Bell and when in form the team is definitely better with him in it.

    Buttler to keep.

    Ali and Bopara to play. Bopara our best white-ball allrounder. Ali has potential.

    Gurney, Finn, Woakes (though I'm not convinced), Jordan and Luke Fletcher to fight out for places (Anderson and Broad automatic selections). Tredwell to play.

    (continued)

  • CodandChips on September 6, 2014, 7:29 GMT

    So now there is a tour to Sri Lanka to try and rescue things. Problem is that the conditions will be very different to those in Australia and New Zealand for the world cup. And playing in Sri Lanka, England are going to lose badly, and it probably won't make much difference who they play.

    I'd consider giving different players a start. England can go 1 of 2 ways. 1. Pick what they believe to be their best side to win the world cup. 2.Pick a completely different side to see if a different approach will work and who else could freshen up the side.

    Personally I'd like to see new faces. Players who can bat through at a reasonable pace with the ability to up the tempo later. Players who can bowl in white-ball cricket. Allrounders who can bowl and bat. And a captain who can get into the side automatically and is tactically aware to the ODI game.

  • FAB_ALI on September 6, 2014, 7:24 GMT

    The chase never worked out as it should, India lost wickets regularly and could not establish one good partnership. Rayudu threw his wicket away at crucial time and once Dhoni mistimed his shot, the game was all but over.

  • aby_97 on September 6, 2014, 7:19 GMT

    @LinComp I know you are trying hard to convince everyone that England's win against India wasn't a fluke and that India took this game very seriously.I think you don't know DHONI very well.Dhoni backs a player till he miserably fails.Dhoni never likes to change a winning combination and it makes sense as well.But not giving Bhuvi a rest doesn't prove that India have taken this match seriously.

  • Yousufahmed1 on September 6, 2014, 6:50 GMT

    @ Greatest_Game " if Jaddu had been born in countries like Zimbabwe, West Indies, England, New Zealand, Australia or South Africa, professional cricket would have been beyond his grasp as he could not have made any of their teams". I bet a player called Robin Peterson was way more talented than Jaddu and would have easily made any of the mentioned teams. Jaddu was the player of the series in an ICC tournament called CT which was held in ENG. He would have walked into SA team as well. You play a bowler like Tahir who In November 2012 bowled 37 overs in a Test match against Australia, with no wickets for 260 runs - the worst bowling figures in Test match history. I rest my case. LOL.

  • Sexysteven on September 6, 2014, 6:40 GMT

    Yea that win shouldn't mean not much to England they still have a lot of issues to sort out before the World Cup they have stick with hales early days for him prob open with Vince with him followed by bell root Taylor Ali buttler stokes broad when fit tredwell Anderson and bell or root to captain prob is the best side England should go with I reckon

  • on September 6, 2014, 6:38 GMT

    i think india team should stop playing test, bcoz test for cricketers like sanga, not for BASEBALL hitters

  • Yousufahmed1 on September 6, 2014, 6:31 GMT

    @ hiranya Yet its IND who has 2 WC outside Asia and SL yet to win a single one. LOL.

  • on September 6, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    I reckon they should stick with Cook, his overall records pretty good in ODI's. Butler should open with him, if it were Australia that would have been a no brainer. Ian Bell at 3, and Root at 4 and you've got a pretty good side already.

  • on September 6, 2014, 6:21 GMT

    @sinahaya Lol statistics !!you will realize soon that your dream will be shattered . Have patience .

  • on September 6, 2014, 6:20 GMT

    India played with same intensity or with even more intensity than the previous 3 ODIs but still england won this odi. The hint that doni had taken this last odi very seriously was obvious when he did not make as such any changes in the original team (except one insignificant change). When doni did not want to rest bhuvi then only we knew that doni had taken this last odi extremely seriously and was hoping for a whitewash, but england finally played well and prevented whitewash. In fact england finally found out how to play the odi in the contemporary way and i am very sure if there were few more ODI to be played in this series then england could have competed very well against india, may be even won some of them. Doni regards bhuvi highly because he is the bowler who because of his line of length causing lot of problems to the openers of opposition ODI teams and inspite of bhuvi overworked still doni played him so doni took this last odi very seriously but still he lost it.

  • gomahajan on September 6, 2014, 5:46 GMT

    I am always amused to read statements of some of the cricket fans who may have never held a cricket bat in their lives. Some would crib about not taking fresh legs in the team despite of knowing that there is hardly any scope of experimenting with the settled team before WC2015. And then when he gives chance to Umesh Yadav some people poke their necks out and start criticizing the skipper for experimenting and taking things light. Well it was more like a practice match for the young lad and he may have not done well but then we were not losing a series to this one so yes finally a good fight from England but saying that they are now a formidable ODI team and India is not just because of one match isn't right, is it?

  • Sinhaya on September 6, 2014, 5:36 GMT

    @Siddath Mane, keep dreaming. Sri Lanka have won an ODI series in Australia in 2010, 2-1 and we drew 2-2 last year. Out of the last 19 ODIs in Australia between SL and Australia, we have won 9 losing 9 with 1 rain hit. So we have a 50% success rate there which no other team has. Definitely Sri Lanka will excel next year and your dreams will be shredded.

  • Sinhaya on September 6, 2014, 5:33 GMT

    This year has been tough for the Sri Lanka haters (Indian fans). Here it is explained. Before the start of the year, we were called bridesmaids in not winning tournament finals. When we won the Asia Cup and World T20 (which some Indians called a hit and giggle tournament, of course when they won it in 2007 it was as serious as the Ashes, such is the cricket world the delusional Indian fan lives in). They said we wont win in England. We won the T20 International (Sri Lanka have never lost to ENG in England in a T20 international) and the ODI Series, some Indian fans said that we would lose the Test Series 1-0 or 2-0. We won the Test Series 1-0 and Indian fans said its a weak England side" and we never won a Test Match in India or Australia.

    Reminder to Indian fans that the test match win percentage of Sri Lanka and India away from home is the same. Despite India playing Test Cricket a lot longer than Sri Lanka (SL played its first Test in 1982).

  • on September 6, 2014, 5:02 GMT

    @Albert_campbell you've got to be kidding me... I hope you're kidding... Comparing Moen Ali's record in England with Anil Kumble's record in England and saying a statement like any spinner can be a legend in India if Kumble can become one Is kind of a........ Well I don't have a word to say...

  • yogicoolboy on September 6, 2014, 4:57 GMT

    I think India didnt go with the same intensity as they did in first 3 one dayers. They became Complacent as Dhoni admitted. Spinners were Indifferent in the last 15 overs. If India have to compete in the world cup they have to improve their depth bowling. Good luck

  • yogicoolboy on September 6, 2014, 4:57 GMT

    I think India didnt go with the same intensity as they did in first 3 one dayers. They became Complacent as Dhoni admitted. Spinners were Indifferent in the last 15 overs. If India have to compete in the world cup they have to improve their depth bowling. Good luck

  • on September 6, 2014, 4:54 GMT

    dhoni reacts what I told few days back, he is very adamant, to check new players, what happened now, they lost final odi, he should have been removed dhawan and replaced by samson, dhawan is a limited player, he is not capable for driving fullish delivery, he has been doing these mistakes repeatedly also he knoes limited shots eg. cutting outside off stump, also fell with similar delivery. dhoni keeping him for the reputation of his debut show. if he and selectors continues him may be Top order of indian batting will collapse because of him and one cannot survive with gutsy show also need strong technic. in dhawan case is technical aspect is missing.

  • yogicoolboy on September 6, 2014, 4:46 GMT

    India missed the golden opportunity for a white wash. Could have completed 4-0. But Engalnd executed the plans better then India. They also missed a chance to test the reserves. Could have given samson a go. And could have experimented by batting first as they had already won the series. Neverthless 3-1 is a a good result. Hope they show the same intensity in test series also. Dhoni should take a break for the entire west Indies series and give the captaincy to Kohli, As India are going to play Non stop cricket. They need all the players fit and fresh. Was surprised by the fact to Kumar didnt bowl the entire 10 overs.

  • cric_lover_1991 on September 6, 2014, 4:44 GMT

    all are saying in AUS problem mitch will be difficult to india but the real problem is with peter siddle he is expert to bowl batsmen weakness balls continuously see how he bowl to weakness of batsmen in previous series and also ryan harris new ball will be life diff for our indian openrs in 1st two test vijay DROPPED BY prior at 0 in AUS it is difficult

  • on September 6, 2014, 4:15 GMT

    Congrats to Team India. It should be 4-0 but poor captaincy, poor fielding and batting cost India first defeat in the series. When you win the toss, bat first on a beautiful batting track!! Once u asked the opposition to bat first, why delaying spinner to bowl?? Ashwin given 15 runs in 7 overs, continue to finish his quota of ten overs, may be Butler / Root wicket in this period!!!! I don't understant why selectors picking nonsense bowler UMesh Yadav as he has no brian......wake up Dhoni...use cricketing skills and to win World Cup 2015, dont't make deceision like this match you did.... 3-1 win fantastin win..............let them enjoy....

  • milepost on September 6, 2014, 4:03 GMT

    Cook 40 odd at a strike rate of 77. The Aussie test openers are better than that and people still think Cook should be in the ODI team? Question is will Moores be sacked after the world cup group stage when England go home winless or will they sack him after the 5-0 Ashes drubbing the Aussies will dish out?

  • on September 6, 2014, 3:33 GMT

    Srilanka cannot go ahead of group stage in world cup , forget about being contenders . fans should be practical rather than dreaming

  • Sinhaya on September 6, 2014, 3:16 GMT

    @hiranya, very well summed up, analyzed and thanks a lot. I really like your comments as you talk real sense. Thanks again.

  • Ms.Cricket on September 6, 2014, 3:08 GMT

    Superb captaincy from Cook.

  • Albert_cambell on September 6, 2014, 2:45 GMT

    Well bowled Moeen Ali. You have a great future ahead. He would have been a spin legend in India if gets picked as a front line spinner in this Indian team. He already proved that he is a better spinner than their legendary spinner Anil Kumble as Moeen(Avg 28.09 in Eng) got better record than Kumble(Avg 41.41 in Eng and has poor records countries like Aus, Pak, SL,NZ etc) in England. If players like Kumble can become a legend in India I am sure any spinner from Pak, SL, Ban would simply walk into the Indian tea as a front line spinner.

  • Sinhaya on September 6, 2014, 2:18 GMT

    Favorites for CWC 2015 definitely are Australia, Sri Lanka, South Africa and Pakistan. England too can make it and are better than India definitely. Contrary to so called India's invincibility, yesterday clearly showed that India are an easily beatable side.

  • JoshFromJamRock on September 6, 2014, 2:14 GMT

    I just hope Anderson is knighted as soon as he retires. He would definitely deserve it. Also hope the ECB give him a one-year bonus contract like CSA did with Kallis. He's been a great servant to England.

    As it relates to this match, India isn't the perfect side they are striving to be but they are close. I know understand why Dhoni doesn't want Yadav and Aaron to bowl in ODIs - "The faster it comes, the faster it goes."

    India's medium pacers and spinners, taking pace on the ball, in the big grounds of Australia will actually work to their advantage given they don't bowl too many half-volleys, full-tosses and long hops.

    England will get "some" of its act together before the world cup but i know they won't beat West Indies for sure. :)

  • glen1 on September 6, 2014, 1:30 GMT

    This final ODI has pointed out that all is not well with the Indian team, celebrations notwithstanding. Kohli has been figured out and will be a walking wicket on a swinging and bouncing switch; so-called spin specialist batsmen are not able to handle quicker spinners; bowling at the end is awful, barring Shami. India seems to do well only when the opposition crumbles well before fifty overs; otherwise, the bowlers go for plenty. The biggest issue is England and other teams are better at learning than the wildly talented but ultimately uncoachable Indian players.

  • dunger.bob on September 6, 2014, 1:01 GMT

    In terms of the series it's 4 all. Both teams have won 4 and lost 4. The T20 is effectively the tie-breaker. Crickets version of a penalty shoot out?

    I think there's a lot of merit in the way the women organise their tours. It gives each and every game relevance. I think the mens game should at least explore it.

  • on September 6, 2014, 0:41 GMT

    English team would be better off with Ian Botham as Captain, Naseer Hussain, Graeme Swann, Geoff Boycott, Vaughan, David Gower, etc. as if they turn young! For English cricketers, it seems, senility comes much earlier.

  • mohsin9975 on September 6, 2014, 0:27 GMT

    Recipe' to dismiss V.Kohli

    Bowler-Any1 who bowls 125kph+(faster the better) Line-Channel of off-stump to imaginary 5th stmp Length-Just short of GL or adjusted acc to bounce in pitch so dat ball ends up @ a height dat forces him on backfoot. Field-1)Min of 1 slip & gully thr'out his innings(more d merrier when he's just in) 2) If in d mood to hit out into form-Bowl shorter. Place Slip+Gully+Deep point+3rd man as catching men, as he tends to charge @ d bowler & slices short balls in d air bowled in dat channel. He never plays Backfoot punch/square-cut vs pacers). Setting him up-2 balls coming in & then d killer outgoing ball (all in that channel). If he survives this, keep probing in d channel mixing up 2 indippers + 4 outswingers combo every over.

    N.B. 1) These tactics work in all pitch conditions & all 3 formats 2) NEVER allow him to play legside flick/front-foot cover drive(He is master of those shots i must admit)

  • Cpt.Meanster on September 6, 2014, 0:00 GMT

    Umm.. well done England I guess. Here is your wooden spoon.

  • on September 5, 2014, 23:49 GMT

    kohli looks like was not out. when cook caught it, the ball looks like touched ground but replay only show a little bit and not question if it touched the ground before catch. looks like cook picked the ball from ground.

  • hiranya on September 5, 2014, 23:15 GMT

    @vkumar_086; yes india will be a strong contender if the cup played in india, but surely not down under. will see how your dreams will be demolished next few weeks by the proud Aussies......

  • Mindmeld on September 5, 2014, 23:04 GMT

    Aravind, "Considering the weakness of Australian team against spinners, It is highly likely that Pitches in Worldcup would be Fast bowling friendly."

    Australia had NEVER doctored pitches to suit itself, and captains have stated clearly they have no say whatsoever in pitch preparation. The pitches will be EXACTLY the same as they have been for every single ODI tournament since the 70s - hard, true, perhaps a little slower as the tournament goes on. And with regional variations. Australia is probably the last place in the cricketing world where the local team often prepares tracks to assist visitors, especially those from the sub-continent. We have been doing this for years, to make more competitive contests, even moving games away from pacy, bouncy tracks, especially early in the series (you'll never see the Gabba or the Wacca first up - compare that the Galle and Chennai abominations that faced Australia last time they played tests in SL and IND.)

  • mohsin9975 on September 5, 2014, 23:01 GMT

    I was ridiculed when i had commented b4 SA series that Kohli has a weakness around that channel. Ridiculed again when i reiterated after the 1st Test @ nottingham. Now, the whole world knows his weakness. Nothing to hide...Nothing to hide

  • Sir_Francis on September 5, 2014, 22:58 GMT

    well, thank goodness for that. Business as usual. England are good again and will remain good forever (make sure you pick these 11 players for the next 15-20 years - you can alternate the 12th man). Watch out Australia. Watch out South Africa. England are back!

  • JustIPL on September 5, 2014, 22:28 GMT

    Continued…… Yadav did not complete his quota for obvious reasons as he again disappointed by proving that he is not the real backup bowling option that india will need to make an impact during the world cup. Moeen made sure that he compensates while bowling and got Dhawan who looked dangerous. While Rahane also failed at last after being the only notable batsmen from india on this trip alongwith Dhoni and Bhuvi. Dhoni has to play as full batsman hanging his keeping gloves for someone else to take on. Both India and England need to have an allrounder as their captain to emphasize again. This loss is significant as india failed in their strength of chasing just before the world cup.

  • on September 5, 2014, 22:27 GMT

    First time I've seen this Odi series England playing spin with ease and much confidence

  • JustIPL on September 5, 2014, 22:26 GMT

    While India needed a quick turnaround after test series debacle, England concentrated on long term plans keeping in mind the world cup. England's experimentation culminated in a win in this game. The notion that there will be many Moeen like challenges for india in world cup proved true in this game itself where Root was unstoppable and Amla, Bell, ABD, Sanga etc fall in the same category. India needed 11 per over in the last 11 overs and it was only possible if Dhoni or Raina have stayed till the end as well as England would have bowled like SL did during the world cup and pitch would have been the subcontinent pitch. Funny part is Dhoni's quota of runs rather than of overs as he did not bowl out Bhuvi like he did many time before to keep him conceding below 50 runs. Continued……

  • MiddleStump on September 5, 2014, 22:03 GMT

    Objectively speaking, India won't get far far in the World Cup on fast and bouncy pitches similar to the one here. Dhawan is always hit or miss, Rayudu may have scored runs but he is most uncomfortable against any kind of pace. Raina is only slightly better and still keeps hopping when facing pace and bounce. Kohli not only has a glaring weakness outside his off stump but he seems clueless how to rectify it. Mitchell Johnson must be salivating and planning his attack from left arm over bowling to Kohli. There is also hardly anybody on the horizon who could be better replacements in time for the World Cup. The bowling is patchy and hardly threatening. We will have a new champion in 2015.

  • on September 5, 2014, 21:57 GMT

    Well played England but well played India too for the winning the series. Looking to the 2015 World Cup India,South Africa,Sri Lanka,Australia and New Zealand all have an attacking team. If you look at India Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni and Ravi Ashwin are all threats to oppositions. No different with Australia Mitchell Johnson,Michael Clarke are all threats to the opposition but England don't have that sort of attack. If you look at all the teams named they all have a captain who is attacking and is a major threat but England just don't have that. Starting with their captain Alastair Cook isn't a danger to a team. I believe Alastair Cook can be a good one day player but he needs to be more attacking. He can bat an innings out and make only 120 in 50 overs. England don't have an attacking bowler either Graeme Swann was a threat but now he's gone and nobody is a threat. James Anderson just mouths off now and then but he's no threat to an opposition. The best threat England have is Eoin Morgan.

  • CurrentPresident on September 5, 2014, 21:54 GMT

    My faith in this Indian team is quite shaky. Where is the killer instinct to exert total dominance? Why not keep the boot on the throat and finish off 4-0?

    First serious challenge and the Indians give in. How will they handle tough challenges from the likes of Australia and SA (and Sri Lanka as well)?

  • Nampally on September 5, 2014, 21:38 GMT

    India lapsed into undisciplined batting again on a perfect batting strip. Rahane started ODI 3 by scoring with an uppish edged single to the point. In ODI 4 Anderson placed a point fielder & tried the same ball & Rahane was caught. What lesson did Rahane learn? Kohli also repeated his edged shot & was out to Anderson for the 7th time on his tour- Is he learning anything from his mistakes? Shastri needs to look into both these cases & eliminate repeat flaws. Lastly when both Dhoni & Raina fell, it was left up to Ashwin & Jadeja to play responsible innings. While Jadeja was superb, Ashwin recklessly threw away his wkt. If only Ashwin followed jadeja's lead knowing these 2 were the last recognized bats, India would have won the ODI 4. I was also surprised by Raina & Dhoni falling so easily by playing nothing like the "Best Finishers" in ODI's! So both bowling leaked away runs & batting irresponsible except for Rayudu & magnificent Jadeja, who battled like a the Lone Ranger -A Bad Loss!

  • Mundrathy on September 5, 2014, 21:21 GMT

    After a long tour of 10 test innings and 4 one day innings, India did not concede a century to Cook, sigh of relief, Cook is still out of form despite after India touring them.

  • Jamie-1212 on September 5, 2014, 21:12 GMT

    I thought Buttler played a gem of an innings. Roots strike rate was down when Buttler came in and i think the way Buttler played he took the pressure off of Root, who then flourished as a result of Buttler positive play.

    Really looking forward to seeing Jason Roy in an England shirt on Sunday night, he's the sort of guy that puts bums on seats.

  • thozar on September 5, 2014, 21:12 GMT

    @BK08, I agree. You have a very good point. There is no way India can lose to a team that just lost to Sri Lanka.

    Look at the way we disposed them in the one days. Sri Lanka huffed and puffed their way to a 3-2 win and even got all out for 60+ in one game, hahaha. The last match shows the difference between India and England and their real value. This applies to test matches also.

  • jimmyvida on September 5, 2014, 21:10 GMT

    My most disappointing part of India's innings was Ashwin's continuous efforts to get himself out. This guy looks so comfortable at the crease with lots of time to play and he just keeps inventing ways to get out. What goes on in this guy's head. Do batsmen give their wickets to him or does he have to earn them? Maybe, he needs to be dropped again, to teach him a lesson.

  • fguy on September 5, 2014, 21:03 GMT

    the amount of criticism that Eng odi team have faced i wouldnt be all that surprised if they shock the world & do well in WC just for the lolz ;) but seriously, have to admire their planning. no tests from now on, only odis. they reach Aus for the triseries well rested, get acclimatized for WC & get match fit without being too exhausted. compare this to india - clt20, 7 tests (vs Aus & WI) & 5 odis (vs WI) before the triseries. so even though they get enough time & matches to get acclimatized before WC they will also be absolutely knackered & injury prone. very poor planning imo.

  • xylo on September 5, 2014, 20:57 GMT

    England in World Cup could be the chance to shine for Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Kenya etc.

  • CodandChips on September 5, 2014, 20:56 GMT

    @R_U_4_REAL_NICK (continued)

    While Root started his ODI career as a finisher, I think that player seems to have disappeared, and he's better as a number 3 (potential Trott replacement). However I feel he perhaps starts too slowly to open in ODIs, but would challenge James Taylor for the number 3 place. Of course Taylor could play as a finisher, and challenge Morgan for his place.

  • CodandChips on September 5, 2014, 20:52 GMT

    @R_U_4_REAL_NICK

    I agree completely with this "Now that Stokes has finally done something noteworthy, I bet he'll be in favour with the selectors for an eternity now. Conversely, Tredwell had one bad game, so we'll get the usual detractors moaning about him, despite him being one of England's miserly bowlers. "

    It's all about how attractive/fashionable players are. People prefer Stokes to Bopara because he's a quicker bowler and more of a "gladiator", despite Bopara outclassing him with both bat and ball in white-ball cricket. I think Tredwell is unpopular because he looks fairly innocuous, despite the fact he is a skilful and clever and reliable performer. Though occasionally it does concern me when on the incredibly rare occasion he does go the distance.

    Re Root, down the order in tests, fair enough. But in ODIs? His style of batting renders him good for number 3 imo. He is a slow starter but bats through and accelerates nicely at the end. But my concern is on his consistency.

  • on September 5, 2014, 20:51 GMT

    I feel bad for Buttler for his unfortunate dismissal. Getting Out on 49 hurts.

    Anyway, India didn't seem like they cared much about today's match. They were lazy on the field. If They didn't rally care

  • thozar on September 5, 2014, 20:43 GMT

    @Aravind Sai Kuchibhotla, what are you talking about? We have handed out a perfect thrashing to this English team today's defeat notwithstanding. It was very clear that India did not play with their full vigor as the series was already won. They experimented mostly. If not you would have seen a bigger thrashing if that were possible than the one meted out to our hapless hosts in the previous match.

    India are doing really well. Did you read what Sachin said? This team is well prepared, all bases covered, and will surprise one and all in the world cup but not me. I expect them to defend the world cup. Do you remember the CB series win in Oz? Most of our players are in good form. Don't go by what happened in S Africa and N Zealand.

    I don't know much about England team except that they will not cross the first round in the world cup. It does not matter which players you name. They will not even win against associate nations.

  • Greatest_Game on September 5, 2014, 20:43 GMT

    @ Yousufahmed1 commented "if Jaddu was born in Sl he would have been a mega legend. Too bad he was born in IND and is batting at no. 8."

    I think he was very lucky to be born in India, with it's fine tradition of cricket excellence & well established cricketing infrastructure. Furthermore, if Jaddu had been born in countries like Zimbabwe, West Indies, England, New Zealand, Australia or South Africa, professional cricket would have been beyond his grasp as he could not have made any of their teams, so being born in India was lucky for him, and India are lucky to have him as a stalwart as they struggle to unearth talent.

  • JG2704 on September 5, 2014, 20:31 GMT

    One win and I guess that justifies all the rubbish we've witnessed throughout the series. Ironically Tredwell was expensive today but he'd still be one of the 1st names on my team sheet. Buttler seemed to forget he is now a test player for a few overs and showed why he could still do something in Oz if his mindset is right. I'd still rather none of the Okes were involved and another worry is Morgan's form. I still think there are issues with the way we approach the game and our selections which will now be ignored as the win will signify to the heirachy an upturn and everything is rosy

  • Herath-UK on September 5, 2014, 20:27 GMT

    England will be very happy preventing a whitewash. The Indian top order was disappointing as in the Tests but they will roar back in the champion league of course keeping their fans happy.

  • on September 5, 2014, 20:22 GMT

    at least those who have been calling for Umesh Yadav will have their eyes wide opened. he is sadly not a good bowler at the moment and not sure investing in him will ever pay off.

  • on September 5, 2014, 20:18 GMT

    Adding Bopara in place of Stokes is good idea though.

    England team: Cook, Hales, M.Ali, Root, Bell, R.Bopara, Butler, Woakes/Tredwell, Broad, Finn and Anderson.

  • on September 5, 2014, 20:06 GMT

    To all those England bashers and supporters who are worrying too much about England team:

    I still feel England team is looking very good and esp. the way they are preparing themselves for worldcup is absolutely fantastic. They are planning to check as many fast bowling allrounders as possible and they have even spin allrounders with them. They tested all these guys and they got fair idea about where all these players stand.

    A perfect batting line up for England would be:

    Cook, Hales/Ballace, M.Ali, Root, Bell/Morgan, Butler, Stokes/Jordan, Woakes/Tredwell, Broad, Finn and Anderson.

    Morgan is not in form else he is world class player.

    I see many reasons to worry for Indian team than England team.

    Indian team don't have proper fast bowling allrounders. Considering the weakness of Australian team against spinners, It is highly likely that Pitches in Worldcup would be Fast bowling friendly.

    Indian team and Dhoni is in illusion that All is well at this moment for Indian team

  • kumarcoolbuddy on September 5, 2014, 20:02 GMT

    @ gm47, unfortunately unsporting has become very common these days. I felt the same in test series when ENG did a big mess with Anderson-Jaddu drama. Cook & co just fooled the hosts with all unnecessary drama in the process of saving Anderson. They just proved that they are very unfriendly hosts. ENG just didn't care about respecting visiting country.

  • cric_lover_1991 on September 5, 2014, 20:02 GMT

    ALL english fans saying eng find kohli's weakness but they forgot that SA exposed kohli weakness just see how he was out in SA's 3odi series in SA just befor NZ tour abd NZ also did same like to kohli in all odi's. he poked as same as in this match was same as in SA 1st odi when mclaren bowl same delivery next match morkel bouncer in that same area and also kohli is a ego person he didnt like to dominate by bowlers if they have get him more than twice in same manner he try to satisfy his ego by attacking that line without thinking thats his problem and his temp with that balls irritates him he will learn dont blame him none other batsmen can score 13 centuries at an age of 23 remember

  • cric_lover_1991 on September 5, 2014, 19:52 GMT

    it is good for india kohli failure before WC2015 becoz he will come strongly after this failure this lean patches even sachin faces this type of debacle from his starting career to now kohli is at super form now just loss a focus some momentum he will return strong and even ABDV also has lean patch but ABDV is a far bettter player than kohli in both pace,bounce and also good in sub-cont pitches compare to other non-sub-cont countries in both TEST's and ODI's. somebody's told kohli is better than a ABDV to say that if our team may loss but he has to play better in tests to compare him with ABD but he proves ABD far complete player than others now this era

  • Kays789 on September 5, 2014, 19:48 GMT

    @vkumar_086: oh yes india will be a strong contender next year if Aus/NZ pitches suddenly became dust bowls where the ball never bounces above knee height. Unless that happens I'd say they will be strong contenders for a first round exit like in '07.

  • CodandChips on September 5, 2014, 19:43 GMT

    @USA_Res thanks for the stats. It's opened my eyes.

    But do consider a few things.

    I'm not sure how many ODIs have been played this year in Asia, with the WT20 and all. Most of those ODIs have probably been played in so-called bowler-friendly countries than Asia. But even then I'd still expect 300 to be more prominent.

    Are these games all 50 over games or where any reduced, thus reducing the likelihood of 300?

    Also perhaps games where big first innings scores have led to disintegrations of chases?

    And don't forget India vs Australia November 2014.

    But I am clutching at straws. Good piece of analysis. But England often don't score high 200s. Not sure they even aim that high. And against certain teams that still won't be enough. Especially with the likes of Stokes and Woakes doing all the bowling.

  • kumarcoolbuddy on September 5, 2014, 19:41 GMT

    Mr.Cook has become very defensive these days. He says "This is what we play like". He also says "It shows how tough to chase 300". I think he forgot Jaddu's batting. Jaddu has just showed Kohli & co batsmen that we could have easily won this match. Except Anderson no other bowler was good. Though India won the series they should feel bad for giving away wickets to those ENG bowlers.

  • CodandChips on September 5, 2014, 19:34 GMT

    @Madpashcrickers to be fair Anderson has been a fine servant of England in recent years (not so much in his early years). Before this series he was ranked 4th in ODIs. But occasionally it does seem to that they put too much faith in him. Recently he hasn't always been effective in less favourable conditions when looking slightly exhausted. Just something to be aware of.

    Personally I don't rate Anderson at the death. I'd get him to bowl 10 overs from the top. He's used to bowling mammoth spells in tests anyway. It would make sure we use him when he's best.

  • vkumar_086 on September 5, 2014, 19:30 GMT

    I must say its RESPECTABLE DEFEAT...even we lost 4 wickets around 100 runs, crossed 250 runs mark, thanx to Jadeja's innings....this shows even in worst of the worst cases we wont bundle out inside 100 runs (exactly 67 and 43 runs)...but im concerned about Kohli's form...now world cup is near, such an important player is not in form, so i suggest BCCI to arrange 3 match ODI series with SL for him to get back his form (he has scored lot of hundreds against SL in ODI's)...Raydu utilized this opportunity very well, could be handy middle order player in Australia, Rohit sharma is better bet for opener place with Dhawan...Rahane can be a middle order player...Dhoni having real test in Australia...

  • VillageBlacksmith on September 5, 2014, 19:24 GMT

    Totally pathetic by Eng…. They tried so hard to lose this game with dolly drops but their unerring success at winning games that do not matter saw them through… Cook has done nothing to see that he should be in the side and morgan was soooo poor today it was embarrassing… He's out of form they say… So what's he doing in the side then???? All 5 games!!! It just beggars belief. Tredwell dropped last match back in this match. Ali left out, now in, Hales left out for years, now in, but already going in to his shell with the hopeless Eng tactics… Cook bell and morgan have to be NOWHERE near this odi side… But sadly with this dead rubber win the Eng hierarchy will think all is OK… Ask the fans… IT'S NOT! That whole passage of play before Root and Buttler came together was a text book example of how NOT TO PLAY ODI cricket.. Roy, Hales, Root, Taylor, Bairstow, Ali, Buttler, Broad, Stokes, Tredwell, Finn… I will not be holding my breath for this quite obv selection..

  • Regwec on September 5, 2014, 19:21 GMT

    Probably an important win for England, who were somewhere between denial and "headless chicken" mode. Changes still need to be made, but often in life and in sport that seems easier from a position of hope rather than despair.

    If Hales and Buttler had not temporarily lost their senses, and catches off Finn's bowling had been retained, the margin would have been greater. I am hopeful that the dynamic between Hales and Cook (who I presume will stay) may gel together, but am troubled by Morgan's form. He is a talented and clever cricketer, but how much rope does he have? Woakes poses another question. I don't think that death bowling against the shadow of Freddie Flintoff is the same as against a top class side. I think he should be kept for red ball cricket, but would prefer Bopara as an all-rounder with the white ball.

  • gm47 on September 5, 2014, 19:17 GMT

    Are Indian fans the MOST unsporting in the world ??

    It appears that is true. I have never heard booing before when a player reaches his 100. It simply isn't cricket, how many Indian players have received that in an English ground !!! never in my memory !!

    Lost totally all respect for Indian fans. My Indian friends here in London can't believe it either :(

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on September 5, 2014, 19:08 GMT

    @USA_Res (post on September 5, 2014, 18:02 GMT): Interesting stats there! Personally I never got this whole 300+ argument; if teams are consistently getting 300+ against international attacks: a) the bowling attack is pants; and/or b) the pitches/grounds are too batsman-friendly, with little in the pitch for bowlers and much-too-short boundaries.

  • on September 5, 2014, 19:03 GMT

    This match and series probably showed a couple of things.

    Firstly, England still don't take ODIs entirely seriously. A test win is valued so highly, ODIs are a second prize. I'd take a 2-1 test series win and a 0-5 ODI loss over a 1-1 test series draw and 5-0 ODI win any day, and I suspect England fans would too.

    Secondly there's no outstanding side at all in international cricket at the moment, especially in ODI cricket. No side good at all conditions. This series has shown if the ball is turning, England are generally all at sea. And if its moving about, indian batsmen can't cope.

  • xtrafalgarx on September 5, 2014, 19:00 GMT

    Even a broken clock tells the right time twice a day. Nothing special for mine, move on. India were bound to have an off day at some stage.

  • Sudhir65 on September 5, 2014, 18:50 GMT

    Poor captaincy and coaching by India again. In a dead rubber and with WC coming up, India did not have guts to try out their bench, but still ended up losing tamely.

  • on September 5, 2014, 18:50 GMT

    We have one last opportunity in Australia, which should be utilized by the players as well as the mgmt to decide the perfect playing eleven for World cup. Players should also utilize the opportunity here. Appropriate team should be selected and make the match more interesting and competetive. As like last three test matches against England we should not simply waste the time and chances. Please give an opportunity to HR patel and Rishi dhawan. Please include Rayudu and Raina also in the test matches to give them more chances in test as they are looking good and sometimes will play more aggresively when we lose wickets at one end. My playing eleven is Rahane, Dhawan, Pujara, Rayudu, Raina, Dhoni, Ashwin, Jaddu, R dhawan, Bhuvi and Shami. (keep K sharma, HR patel, Aaron, kohli, N ojha in the bench)

  • vkumar_086 on September 5, 2014, 18:47 GMT

    @Greatest_Game....I still say its respectable defeat, we did not lose by HUGE margins like 133 runs, 9 wickets with 20 overs to spare, 6 wickets...INDIA is a CHAMPION TEAM with the number of trophies they won in last 2 years...and STRONG CONTENDER for WC 2015 along with Australia and SA

  • on September 5, 2014, 18:40 GMT

    Wow...India win the series easily, and no one says anything, because it's all part of "the plan". But lose one dead rubber, and everybody loses their mind (End Dark Knight reference here). As far as I'm concerned, winning and losing is part of the game. What really matters is what the problems are. And there are still a few that I see. 1) India's death bowling is still horrible, and I doubt it will ever improve. I guess we must make a provision for 80-100 runs in the last 10 overs. 2) The opening is still not right. Rahane+Dhawan should be given some time now...this looks much more promising then Rohit+Dhawan. 3) Kohli...I don't know what to say, really. I've never seen him go into this long a slump before. I haven't seen any cricket at all lately (Cricinfo allows me to follow it by text), so I cannot comment whether it is a simple loss of form or a technical flaw. I can only hope he comes out of this death spiral soon.

  • on September 5, 2014, 18:29 GMT

    Kohli should be rested because he is in low confidence. Every great player has debacle in their life kohli is going through this problem.

  • CricketChat on September 5, 2014, 18:29 GMT

    Fairly predictable result as Ind have already won the series and dropped the ball very early in the chase. An ideal opportunity to test bench strength (Binny, Samson and K Yadav) since Ind weren't taking this match seriously. At least, the Kohli's rotten tour will be over soon. Win might have saved Cook's place in the ODI side. Most disappointing is the abysmal failure of Morgan through out the series.

  • Madpashcrickers on September 5, 2014, 18:28 GMT

    @Posted by CodandChips on (September 5, 2014, 17:35 GMT)

    "...4.England have their favourites, inexplicably giving more chances to the likes of Anderson and Stokes than Gurney, despite Gurney earning the right to play vs Sri Lanka."

    Absolutely right, Anderson is the ultimate favourite, he will always be picked by England whether he has eight bad tests in a row like the last two Ashes or five bad ODIs in a row - his name will always be first on the teamsheet after Cook, regardless of his worth - objective evidence does not come into it, it's the cosy closed world of the England club.

    On a brighter note, Steve Finn is showing enormous pride and mental strength to get back for England after they dismantled him - to think he is still playing under Cook and Saker who let him down so badly and he is dealing with it all tells you what a strong character he is - it's so very heartening to see him back.

  • wake_up_india on September 5, 2014, 18:27 GMT

    Anderson has shown the whole world, once again, how to get Kholi out. This recipe will no doubt be applied by many, repeatedly, during the World Cup and beyond. There is nothing more important for Kholi's career survival than to fix this weakness.

  • tests_the_best on September 5, 2014, 18:26 GMT

    Good to see the fight despite the loss. Wish same could have been said about the test defeats. Even with wickets tumbling, Jadeja atleast got India past 250 which is quite creditable. This is what the team needs to do going forward (and more so in tests). No one resents a loss as long as there has been some fight, something which Ind didn't show in last 2 tests and Eng in the previous odis.

    At the end of the day India lost tests 1-3 and won odis 3-1. I would any day have taken the reverse result. Now the most important question. Would India show fight in Aus, let alone win a test?

  • yoohoo on September 5, 2014, 18:25 GMT

    @USA_Res - That's an incorrect way to look at it. The fact is if india had batted first in the last three ODIs they would have hit 300 in each one of them. There are many such matches. Same with the last ODI in the Eng vs SL series.

  • on September 5, 2014, 18:21 GMT

    well said temuzin!!

  • Cricket.Guru on September 5, 2014, 18:19 GMT

    Root is such a special talent.. He should be bat at no. three.. He has a good technique and solid temperament... Moeen Ali looks not good to bat no. three...

  • Karthik78 on September 5, 2014, 18:19 GMT

    Dhoni keep doing same mistakes. Why cant he rotate the players? I prefer two players playing 50 + 50 or 60 + 40 matches instead of one players played 100 matches. Else, if any player injured or out of form (more chances like Kohli now) in world cup, there wont be any player to replace or with players just played 10+ matches have to replace!!!!

  • Greatest_Game on September 5, 2014, 18:17 GMT

    Number 1 gets downed by number five! Whoa. That's not a respectable defeat that's time for a rankings redo. India must be sent down to where their record puts them! Certainly not a number one team, by any means!

  • on September 5, 2014, 18:08 GMT

    I am not a KP fan but maybe this will now prove that England were wrong to get rid of him,the problem is maybe Cook and these commentators that want to put Bopara back in,I say "go for it" it makes the other countries wring their hands in glee,it just weakens your team even more.

  • Englishmanabroad on September 5, 2014, 18:06 GMT

    @Gloryof96: When are they going to start "knocking it off"???

  • CodandChips on September 5, 2014, 18:04 GMT

    So now there is a tour to Sri Lanka to try and rescue things. Problem is that the conditions will be very different to those in Australia and New Zealand for the world cup. And playing in Sri Lanka, England are going to lose badly, and it probably won't make much difference who they play.

    I'd consider giving different players a start. England can go 1 of 2 ways. 1. Pick what they believe to be their best side to win the world cup. 2.Pick a completely different side to see if a different approach will work and who else could freshen up the side.

    Personally I'd like to see new faces. Players who can bat through at a reasonable pace with the ability to up the tempo later. Players who can bowl in white-ball cricket. Allrounders who can bowl and bat. And a captain who can get into the side automatically and is tactically aware to the ODI game.

  • on September 5, 2014, 18:02 GMT

    mr.gurav manchanda...yuvi also won "two" worldcups for india..and dats more then enough for asking to include him..but its depends upon selectors..we r not going to select him...but truly he deserve atleast one more chance...and if talking about reflexes...he shows himself in ipl as well as in lords bicentry match..

  • CricketMakdi on September 5, 2014, 18:02 GMT

    People who keep asking for Umesh, you are taught a lesson.

    Same thing for people who keep asking Sehwag, Gambhir, Irfan , Yusuf should be played. These are the players who are currently failing even in Domestic circuit.

    There is no dearth of talent give others a chance. When Rohit and Ishant can get 5-10 years for mediocre performance why not others.

  • Englishmanabroad on September 5, 2014, 18:02 GMT

    @Codandchips: "Only England would accept 300 as a very good score. Most other teams consider it minimum. "

    You know, I was of the same opinion, but fool that I am, I thought I'd check it out.

    Looking at all of the International ODI's played this year, that had a result, I found 50 matches, (total of 100 innings.) Now look at how many innings resulted in a score of 300 or more., surprisingly only 13, and 6 of those were in games where BOTH teams scored 300+,

    Jan 16 Australia 301 v England 300 Jan 24 New Zealand 314 v India 314 Aug 27 Australia 327 v South Africa 328

    As nations, England has (surprisingly enough) done it the most (this years games).

    England - 3 Australia - 2 Sri Lanka - 2 New Zealand - 2 SA, WI, India, and Scotland have all done it once.

    So 300+ runs have only been achieved 13 times (i.e. 13%) of the time. Par score is still somewhere in the high 200's

  • vkumar_086 on September 5, 2014, 17:53 GMT

    I must say its RESPECTABLE DEFEAT...even we lost 4 wickets around 100 runs, crossed 250 runs mark, thanx to Jadeja's innings....this shows even in worst of the worst cases we wont bundle out inside 100 runs (exactly 67 and 43 runs)...but im concerned about Kohli's form...now world cup is near, such an important player is not in form, so i suggest BCCI to arrange 3 match ODI series with SL for him to get back his form (he has scored lot of hundreds against SL in ODI's)...Raydu utilized this opportunity very well, could be handy middle order player in Australia, Rohit sharma is better bet for opener place with Dhawan...Rahane can be a middle order player...Dhoni having real test in Australia...

  • on September 5, 2014, 17:50 GMT

    completely agree with u mr.reesav saha..india need yuvraj..atleast for world cup..he is always a game changer player and thats why an X factor for d team..although dis team has potential to win but still some experience is required...and at d moment yuvi is only one to fullfil dat condition...he deserve a chance in home series against windies as well as tour of australia before world cup...

  • on September 5, 2014, 17:46 GMT

    India are wasting talents of yusufPathan he can bowl offspin & He is 6.1 foot tall who can hit at will.If they pick him he will be threat to opponents in the coming overseas tours.

  • on September 5, 2014, 17:43 GMT

    I think there's a problem wid kohli's attitude towards the coaching staff..coz how can he comit the samw mistake again and again since the last 13 innings or so...

  • CodandChips on September 5, 2014, 17:42 GMT

    7.England still aren't winning when it matters

    8.Tredwell is generally an economical and canny operator but occasionally goes the distance.

    9. Jordan, Anderson and Woakes are all hit and miss.

    10. England are very stubbornly sticking to their side despite many bad performances.

    11. England still believe that 300 is a high score whereas India believe it as a minimum.

    12. England still struggle to bat vs spin.

    13. Ravi Bopara is still the best white-ball allrounder in England.

    14. James Taylor is still not going to get a go despite performing well domestically in List A games and being versatile enough to bat through or be a finisher. Could bat anywhere from 3 down.

    15. England don't look close to winning a world cup.

    16. India are a seriously good ODI side.

  • Valavan on September 5, 2014, 17:40 GMT

    Good win for england, need someone at opener should get big, 7 odi series follows in SL. England should sort out their line up and shall face atleast 15 ODIs before WC. cricinfo please publish.

  • naataamai_theerppu on September 5, 2014, 17:40 GMT

    Any how India is not winning these dead_rubbers,so they could have given some chances for the youngsters... Not only for the Nth time India didn't do well in a dead rubber,But what they did is,they have given some momentum to england. Jadeja limited that a little though...!

  • CodandChips on September 5, 2014, 17:35 GMT

    Some things have been learnt this series.

    Firstly the new:

    1.Ali has been able to take his improved bowling to white-ball cricket.

    2.Woakes is an improved white-ball bowler

    3.England are willing to rotate the team mid-series to ensure everyone gets a game

    4.Finn seems to have improved his control and is recovering but is down on pace

    5.England aren't so obsessed with the Cook-Bell combo at the top.

    And the old:

    1.Cook is still not scoring enough runs but England are sticking with him

    2.Morgan struggles vs spin

    3.England are rigidly sticking to their plans despite evidence to the contrary and the selection of Hales

    4.England have their favourites, inexplicably giving more chances to the likes of Anderson and Stokes than Gurney, despite Gurney earning the right to play vs Sri Lanka.

    5.Stokes is able to conjure up a bit of promise amongst his dreadful ODI performances but is still not deserving of a place.

    6.Inexperienced players need time to settle but aren't given it

  • vick2025 on September 5, 2014, 17:34 GMT

    Congrats England...you guys did well today...consider this game as a gift from India...lol...and get ready for some thrashing on Sunday for the T20...Can't wait for Sunday!!!

  • on September 5, 2014, 17:34 GMT

    @Reesav Saha : He already single handedly lost T20 world cup 2014 for INDIA, what else you want us to lose?

  • on September 5, 2014, 17:34 GMT

    Only one question to Ravi Shastri, why on hell then Sanju Samson got selected if he don't deserves a chance to play at least one game ??? Shame on Dhoni for keeping the Lad warming up the bench when heroes like Kohli (who is now a days more fond of acting in ad's and dating) who hardly knows in this entire tour as where his Off stump is. Now I really wish Sanju should have born to play while our dada or dravid Mia was captaining the side. Don't worry Sam, keep ur cool as we will be always there to support you. Also congrats to English team for making it count today.

  • Temuzin on September 5, 2014, 17:33 GMT

    It so shocking that fans who were crying for Yadav while cursing Dhoni for not selecting him are so silent. They had life miserable for many fans with their continuopus criticism of Dhoni for not selecting Yadav. Now he selected Yadav and team lost the match with Yadav having worst economy rate. I guess they may be busy in finding another excuse to criticize Dhoni. How about Dhoni did not select Sanju Samson? Yeah lets all start criticism of dhoni now on Samson's case.

  • landl47 on September 5, 2014, 17:28 GMT

    So what now- does England decide after winning a dead-rubber game that all is right with the world and their strategy and change nothing? That way madness lies.

    @jackiethepen: so I guess you also think this win justifies England's tactics in earlier games? What you seem to have missed is that Hales and Moeen, even if they didn't come off today, set the tempo for faster scoring. Cook in the second half of his innings and Morgan in the whole of his managed to drag it down again, but when Root and Buttler got together they showed aggression- not blind swiping, but not diddly singles all the time either. Stokes came in and played the way he should always play in ODIs and the result was a good score.

    The fact that it was the young players who did this shows the way forward. Cook might not be physically old, but his approach to ODIs is 10 years out of date.

  • CodandChips on September 5, 2014, 17:22 GMT

    Not sure if a win is that good a result for England, unless they have genuinely improved as cricketers. Such a performance may convince the selectors/management/ECB that all is well, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. And why not play well earlier?

    England did get close to 300 when batting first and won. But 300 should not be the rarity that only happens when someone plays a blinder. It should be a regularity, and in certain conditions the bare minimum. But at least the spin issues weren't too prominent this game.

    If England are to play well, Eoin Morgan has to fire. If I'm going to criticise Cook and Bell for lack of runs as well as the pace they score their runs, I have to do the same for Morgan. While I believe that Morgan is the best choice of captain that is currently in the side, such a poor series and prolonged loss of form is worrying.

    The bowlers shouldn't escape the blame. They may have done well today, but all have been expensive at various points this series.

  • on September 5, 2014, 17:15 GMT

    We need.. Yuvraj Singh...!!!!

  • Greatest_Game on September 5, 2014, 17:15 GMT

    @ KingAjmal on claims "England team is just too inexperienced for a side like India in ODIs."

    Really, King Ajmal. Too inexperienced for what? Eng can't be too inexperienced to beat India. After all, Eng did just that today.

    Perhaos you are too inexperienced to accurately judge the strengths of teams - you have been making the same mistakes for a while now.

  • LAKINGSFAN on September 5, 2014, 17:14 GMT

    This is not surprising given the fact Indian team is a certain loser in dead rubbers. This is the millionth time India lost a dead rubber. Nothing new. Indians as a whole never had intestinal fortitude like Australians in cricket. That's the reason Australia holds record for longest winning streaks in test and ODI.

  • D-Coach on September 5, 2014, 17:12 GMT

    Good Game;) Could be bit closer. Ashwin and Rayudu should not be in one day team even though they are good. Karn and Samson have special talent. They can be excellent if they can fit. It is virually visible that india is missing a fast bowling hitter who can score 20-30 runs at will. Umesh or Shami must be replaced by an allrounder atleast go with Binny.

    Kholi attitude with in a team does not look good also same like his form. Not even seen the Kholi who hass excellent concentration especially chasing during this tour. Some Distraction on back of the mind.

    All the best England and Best of Luck to India for next T20 ;)

  • on September 5, 2014, 17:11 GMT

    kohli has been measured and found wanting he is not a world class batsmen in the slightest

  • on September 5, 2014, 17:10 GMT

    India won the ODI series 3-1..and criticism now as they lost the last match..dhoni is right on closing his ears!!

  • Yousufahmedl on September 5, 2014, 17:06 GMT

    England are a very good team who can beat any team. Just that they are feeling the fatigue of a long summer. Good luck England for the CWC 2015. Swann is wrong. Cook is a good captain. This team is really good.

  • prakash_mishra on September 5, 2014, 17:05 GMT

    Kohli has been a big disappointment and he needs to review his technique or else he will flop like no one else has ever flopped. Mark My words!! Another Kambli on making..I like his batting but if he is not going to rectify his mistakes he will be one of those flop stars..

  • crzcric on September 5, 2014, 17:00 GMT

    So india Whitewashed England.

  • HarryCS on September 5, 2014, 17:00 GMT

    being an Indian fan BIG/BIGGER/BIGGEST disappointment on this tour is Virat Kohli. Everyone was waiting for him to leave some marks on this tour but he left none (still T20 there but no-one remember T20). And second disappointment is Dhoni, Captain cool must remember his only job is not being captain and keeping!

  • on September 5, 2014, 16:58 GMT

    So it all woRked out ... 1st: Rain, 2nd: Raina 3rd: Rayudu 4th: Rahane 5th: Root

  • Temuzin on September 5, 2014, 16:58 GMT

    How is sunil Gavaskar feeling about Jadeja now? Is he the allrounder we should take in to WC? Well played Sirjee.

  • vicky_777 on September 5, 2014, 16:52 GMT

    India lost tests 3-1 and now England will lose odi's by 3-1..,

  • on September 5, 2014, 16:49 GMT

    really wonderful display of how not to bowl, bat or field by indians. indian bowlers are really horrible, they don't know how to bowl bouncers, yorkers, slower balls. they keep bowling length bowls which are very easy to judge and hit in death overs.

  • Temuzin on September 5, 2014, 16:47 GMT

    Is sunil Gavaskar happy now for jadeja? Is he the allrounder for the world cup?

  • vsprabhu01 on September 5, 2014, 16:40 GMT

    Surprising .... Dhoni may have won 91 ODI's as captain and at top of the list but outside subcontinent it is DADA leading with 56% and Dhoni at 4th place with 44% behind Gavaskar and Kapil Dev .... Interesting ....

  • vsprabhu01 on September 5, 2014, 16:36 GMT

    Dada's analysis - seeing the mode of dismissal of India's Top order, England were bowling more towards middle stump in the past 3 ODI's, where Indians are more comfortable and strong and in this match , the line was just around outside Offstump, where India struggled all through the test matches ... Good point to take note off .... and DADA was spot on ....

  • Temuzin on September 5, 2014, 16:34 GMT

    @Bindaas: Yeah let the Dhoni bashing begins. He did not select Sanju Samson, He did not start whacking the ball from the go, and what Jadeja, raina and ashwin are doing in the team bla bla balh.

  • vicky_777 on September 5, 2014, 16:33 GMT

    i hope dhoni has been tested now! always the same strategy with him : hard hitting only in the slog overs! it never works always.

  • on September 5, 2014, 16:27 GMT

    England were missing a batsman playing a big knock. Today it happened and tve scoreboard pressure took the better of Indian batsmen. Runs on the board changes everything.

  • rk_ks on September 5, 2014, 16:26 GMT

    Now start, If Sanju Samson was there India would have won right. And you asked for Yadav, here he is and failed again. He is a failed piece already and you guys still want him. And now Dhoni the great before this match has become Dhoni not the great. Rahane who should replace Rohit is out for a zero today.

  • Kays789 on September 5, 2014, 16:17 GMT

    Rest of the world knows now what everyone in the subcontinent knew for awhile. Kohli is nothing but a flat track chump. Anderson's probably given him the shakes in his sleep these last two months. No wonder india wanted to get rid of Anderson by hook or crook early in the test series. Hilarious!

  • wide_gully on September 5, 2014, 16:16 GMT

    For those who were touting Virat as the next Sachin, this England trip should be an eye-opener...there is certainly no shortage of talent in Virat's case, but that of focus and application...

  • vsprabhu01 on September 5, 2014, 16:11 GMT

    If your batsmen are not putting enough runs on the board, even a good bowling attack looks ordinary and With batsmen scoring runs, even a mediocre bowling attack looks good ....

  • wide_gully on September 5, 2014, 16:08 GMT

    Dhoni's strategy of playing the waiting game till the final 10 overs is ridiculous...it can come off only if he ensures to stay at the wicket himself...otherwise it makes the task very difficult for the lower-order players that follow...if he wins it for the team, he is applauded for pacing it well but if he slows down and then gets out, he causes others to falter as well due to the high asking rate at the end...Dhoni needs to watch some old videos of Ponting's and Steve Waugh's innings to learn how easy it can be if you keep taking singles and twos, and build up the innings all throughout...if we lose here, which seems highly likely at this point, it will be all credit to Dhoni.

  • CodandChips on September 5, 2014, 16:05 GMT

    @jackiethepen Why are you having a go at @landl47? Where does he mention slogging? Or is anything related to increasing strike-rate mean slogging to you?

    Funny how you admire the ability of Root to raise his tempo towards the end when that's the thing that your beloved Bell always seems unwilling/unable to do (of course he never lasts that long anymore).

    What's wrong with somebody scoring quickly at the start? Hales scores quickly at the start for Notts without slogging. Same with Carberry and Vince for Hampshire and Lyth and Lees for Yorkshire. If you're gonna lose early wickets like England seem to be doing at least do so with runs on the board. In international cricket the likes of Jayasuria and Sehwag (apologies for any spelling mistakes) were successful scoring quickly while opening the batting. What's your issue with it?

    What about Lumb and Ali in the Windies? Batting through at 6 an over. Was that slogging? Or did you not watch it because Bell didn't play?

  • Temuzin on September 5, 2014, 16:01 GMT

    OK fans, India will lose, so lets start blaming Dhoni and Jadeja. We should forget Yadav, Kohli, Rahen rians etc. Its all Jadeja's fault. Or Dhoni did not included sanju samson lol...

  • Hasheem on September 5, 2014, 15:47 GMT

    Kohli and his tour of England ended the way it started.

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  • Temuzin on September 5, 2014, 15:34 GMT

    If India loses this ODI, it will be because of fans crying for Yadav. India depended on him and he failed that resulted in Eng scoring close to 300.

  • vsprabhu01 on September 5, 2014, 15:26 GMT

    175 runs in 22 overs with 6 wickets remaining at 8.0RPO and with Jadeja and Ashwin to follow, Now tell are we in a satisfied position with your all-rounders for World cup in Aus / Nz. How many of you think these 2 can carry India over the line ... Even Mr.Sunil Gavaskar doesn't think so ...

  • LAKINGSFAN on September 5, 2014, 15:25 GMT

    A good thing about this match is, Virat Kohli is just one match away from his miserable tour. Hope he learnt to curb his cockiness off the field and focus only on cricket like Sachin did.

  • jackiethepen on September 5, 2014, 15:06 GMT

    land147 doesn't seem to learn anything either. Root got his century by smart batting not blind swiping like Hales and Ali who listened to the siren calls of the media for risky batting at the top of the order. So much for that t20 approach. Root played carefully enough as is clear from this report but he didn't panic and just kept his wicket going. What has age to do with that? He kept his shots for later on when it was safer to do so. I think everyone knows - or should- that most runs these days with good SRs are taken at the end of the innings in the last 15 overs. That was Ganguly's game plan and how right he was. I admire Root for his steadfast refusal to be swayed by the media cries for t20 starts. He batted like a real pro. Well done. Buttler was able to come in and do his thing in the last 15 overs. No thanks to Hales and Ali. Anyone can be got out in the first overs but they gave their wickets away by mindless swiping. Cook struggled and gave chances but he hung on.

  • kumarcoolbuddy on September 5, 2014, 15:04 GMT

    Earlier I said though India is winning ODI series this young Indian team is not on top yet because they are prone to be inconsistent which they did in tests. Now they are showing the inconsistency in this ODI as well. Throwing away wickets was one of the problems in test series and they are repeating here. Fielding is as important bowling and batting to win matches. Batting and fielding were main problems in test and in this last ODI.

  • rk_ks on September 5, 2014, 15:03 GMT

    @electric_loco_WAP4 : Definition of a legend in SriLanka, who averages the same as our Sir Ravindra Jadeja after playong 300 odd odi matches. Definition of spirit of game in SriLanka, legend player and once a captain who asks a bowler to bowl a no ball deliberately to deny a century and the bowler shamelessly doing it. Definition of a world class team in SriLanka, losing 4 world cup finals out of 6 and winning a 2 match test series when one match was drawn because of pure luck.

  • on September 5, 2014, 14:57 GMT

    Only technical points for Kohli

    In order to play off stump good length delivery you got to play with

    1. left elbow high & punch it through the line with middle of the bat instead of top of the bat like what Dravid & Sachin did in their prime.

    2. In order to play down to third man u have to u move back foot across

    3. or at least move bat forward with open face. U can never poke at the ball.

    Kohli is having all 3 problems. His backfoot doesn't cover the linel, he doesn't raise elbow, & doesn't move bat forward or punches the ball instead he simply tries to touch the ball ie pokes at the ball with low wrists.

    It doesn't matter whether u play with close face or open face, side on or face on the real problem is with poking at the ball.

  • CodandChips on September 5, 2014, 14:49 GMT

    (continued)

    Apart from Cook going slowly, Hales and Ali couldn't get going. I still wonder how Hales has been instructed to bat. Get him to play his natural game. Don't get him to keep blocking or to slog. Get him to score quickly while batting properly. Though it should be mentioned that it appears that India have bowled excellently to him.

    Apparently Ali played a irresponsible slog? There's a way of batting positively without slogging. He and Lumb did it well in the West Indies. They batted through at 6 an over by rotating the strike and putting away the odd ball to the boundary. And they avoided poor starts. Why change a successful tactic?

    And for however well Root and Buttler played, we still got under 300. Only England would accept 300 as a very good score. Most other teams consider it minimum.

    Also looks like Stokes batted well. But unless he bowls outstandingly well, it shouldn't be enough to save his short-terms ODI career.

  • vsprabhu01 on September 5, 2014, 14:44 GMT

    14 innings and still fending outside off, something to ponder for the team management ... At 66/3 with Raina and Rayudu already dropped once, England holds the upper hand .... Lot more things need to be settled before WC2015...

  • on September 5, 2014, 14:42 GMT

    Ha ha Virat ( edge to slip ) Kohli lives up to his billing again! He really is Andersons bunny! World class more like Sunday league class it's that hilarious.

  • Kays789 on September 5, 2014, 14:42 GMT

    Just as I predicted. These past results haven't proven anything about India. Just that England were in complete shambles. Just put up a decent score and these flat track chumps spontaneously combust. Australia will be salivating in anticipation of this team later this year.

  • CodandChips on September 5, 2014, 14:41 GMT

    What a surprise I had having just turned the TV on to find India 3 down chasing 295.

    Upon scorecard examination and reading various reports, it looks like Root played the sort of innings that reconfirms my belief that he could bat 3 in ODIs. He has the ability to bat through and then accelerate at the end. This is something that others such as Cook, Bell, Ballance seem unable to do. But is Root able to do this consistently? Time to find out. He's scored more ODI hundreds than Cook and Bell recently. Part of me though thinks that because Root is such a fighter, he is best in a crisis.

    Good to see Buttler back to his old self. Showing his ability. Scoring rapidly. Destruction. And a silly runout.

    Word on Cook. Just under 50 at a strike rate of 70. That suggests the pitch is a minefield, not as it is being referred to by the commentators. At least he got some runs, but I still believe his race is run. Despite his grit we are losing early wickets.

    (continued)

  • on September 5, 2014, 14:34 GMT

    Repeatedly I have said on forums that only way to safely attack spinners is to play slog sweep & cross batted straight hit.

    Eng did this today & destroyed Indian spinners............Its got to be slog sweep towards straight mid wicket not sweep towards backward sq leg. Cook & Dhawan made this mistake & suffered

  • Yousufahmed1 on September 5, 2014, 14:28 GMT

    @ RD_CricFan Beautifully written couldn't have put it better myself. LOL. SL Legends retire prematurely to prolong their career as bench warmers in Indian domestic league. LOL.

  • wide_gully on September 5, 2014, 14:20 GMT

    Kohli should be made to earn his place for the World Cup...if a player does not perform once or twice, that is normal...but to fail 14 times in a row means that certain flaws need to be corrected...as much as we love his batting, we cannot afford to forget that Australian pitches are much faster with a lot more movement and bounce than in Eng...the no. 3 spot is too critical to be left to chance successes, esp in a world tournament...

  • RD_CricFan on September 5, 2014, 14:05 GMT

    @Cricketlover54... 1 Billion does not play cricket only... There are lot of other fileds and sports also where I think ur mighty srilanka is just zero in front of India. Srilankan players are just die to be selected in Indian format IPL and ready to be sold out anytime.

  • on September 5, 2014, 13:59 GMT

    @Cricketlover54. Beautifully written couldn't have put it better myself.

  • on September 5, 2014, 13:52 GMT

    Morgan fails again, but people like Vaughan and Swan want him to replace Cook as captain. Get the best eleven and then choose a captain. On performances over the past year I don't think Morgan would get in.

  • jeetv27 on September 5, 2014, 13:41 GMT

    Dhoni has always been a poor decision maker.No matter what the conditions are,he always decides to bowl first.He thinks he's a great chaser along with Virat.But what about others?They may not come good everytime.He doesn't win the tosses,people cry about it.And when he wins it,he always makes a wrong decision.Bat first,get to a respectable total and PUT PRESSURE on the team which is already under pressure.Terrible from Dhoni.

    TWITTER-@jeetv27

  • Cricketlover54 on September 5, 2014, 13:40 GMT

    @Yousufahmed. Haha mate Ind are the only team in the world to get bundled out in 3 days against Eng's out of form attack and completely give Eng their form back HAHAHHAA.

    1 Billion and no talent LOL.

  • Temuzin on September 5, 2014, 13:26 GMT

    So how was Yadav's performance? Many fans were criticizing Dhoni for not selecting him in ODIs. Now they should know why he was not selected. Same will be true for other bench warmers whenever selected.

  • on September 5, 2014, 13:08 GMT

    Stats don't lie..rather than talking about Indian team..srilankan fans should introspect what's wrong with there team

  • landl47 on September 5, 2014, 13:05 GMT

    Of the 294 scored by England, 195 was scored by the 23-year olds (the 3 youngest players in the side) and all of them scored at a strike rate of over 100. Cook's strike rate, after a bright start helped by a couple of edges through the slips, sank to his traditional 71 and Morgan's strike rate was a dismal 41.

    Do you think the England selectors will learn anything from that? No, neither do I.

  • Prakmca on September 5, 2014, 12:48 GMT

    Sanju Samson should have given the chance ahead of Jadeja or Ashwin. This is crucial time to think, do we need Jadeja and Ashwin both in ODIs???? Dhoni will never leave out Jadeja, Ashwin... Also few other who are belongs to CSK.

    Particularly world cup happening in AUS,NZ... having Jadeja and Ashwin going to hurt India a lot. Dhoni will never wake up on this.....Selectors????

  • on September 5, 2014, 12:43 GMT

    Sigh everybody is a better player outside the team it seems. What is the point of selecting Karn Sharma and Sanju Samson for one match??? Will they cement their spots ahead of the established crop with one good performance? And what if they fail??? All of you need to look at it from a neutral perspective rather than serving your Dhoni bashing agendas. How can Indians keep questioning the ODI methods of a world cup winning captain so freely. These are not tests and Im 100% sure nobody reads an ODI game better than MS.

  • vsprabhu01 on September 5, 2014, 12:42 GMT

    Indian Team management not at all showing confidence in their backup players - last ODI Dhawal Kulkarni was given just 7 overs and this game Umesh just 6 overs. This kind of approach will definitely not going to help the players in the longer run and this is one reason why Umesh is still in the bench. If he had been shown faith, similar to the one given by Gambir and Wasim Akram with KKR, he will be similar like shami who today bowled excellently after series of very bad death overs in his last 10-12 ODI matches before England series... Atleast show 50% of the confidence u show to your part time spinners ... Sorry state and this will not unearth any fast bowler till the approach is changed ....

  • Yousufahmed1 on September 5, 2014, 12:40 GMT

    @ Cricketlover54 He averages same as your legend mahela in Batting. Bowling is a plus. LOL.

    I guess IND should get out for 67 to match the mighty Lankans. Isn't that right. HAHA.

  • on September 5, 2014, 12:37 GMT

    I really dont understand the strategy used by Dhoni, why do we need the third pace bowler here, why should not we fill that slot with another batsman. Yadav is taken, but denied the bowling in powerplay and in last 10, still sticking to jadeja and ashwin is not going to help when they are in a mood of hitting runs, also we have one slip in last 10 overs when they are hitting, shame. so we are allowing them to hit and let them win this match as consolidation for conducting the series. Dhoni needs to change his strategy of completly sticking to spin and not allowing the pace bowlers to bowl their complete 10 overs. It is not going to help i n the world cup

  • Gloryof96 on September 5, 2014, 12:36 GMT

    Whatever Eng make, India will knock it off in about 35 - 40 overs .... Remember 2006, SL chased 322 in 39 overs on this same pitch!!

  • SANATP22 on September 5, 2014, 12:30 GMT

    Dhoni doing same mistake again and again. Nice time for S Samson,K Sharma make ODI debut but Dhoni always select, the player he like. Good luck for Indian cricket

  • yooonooo on September 5, 2014, 12:22 GMT

    after the first win of india the fans got mad n started thinking that they r champions forever. After few days they were disapear as they got almost no fan for india. Nw again they coming mad... Just enjoy the game instead of nocking other players

  • on September 5, 2014, 12:22 GMT

    Wow Cook is in some real strife in regards to his batting. 14 innings against India at home and he is still out of from. If even India cant bring him back to form, I fear his days as an international cricketer maybe ending. Maybe the windies next year will be more fruitful. Or Bangladesh if all else fails

  • CricketChat on September 5, 2014, 12:19 GMT

    I think India missed an opportunity to try Samson and Karn Sharma just to see how they handle the big stage. Binny seems to have lost the confidence of Dhoni altogether. His playing tests, where he clearly does not belong, might have hurt his chances in other formats as well. I am afraid this tour will be the end of his international career. Umesh Yadav continues to disappoint whenever given chances. He was always wayward and expensive, but he doesn't know how to take wkts. I think India should move away from Yadav for WC.

  • Cricketlover54 on September 5, 2014, 12:15 GMT

    Wow the Indian fans in the match, pathetic.. Booing for boundaries and on Joe Roots century.

    Lol Yousufahmed no he would not be a legend, Jadeja is currently on 7.3 runs an over. He can only bat on flat tracks like the rest of Indian team.

  • vsprabhu01 on September 5, 2014, 11:53 GMT

    Again a poor strategy in power play this time from India .... 1) Why spinners in Powerplay with shami and Umesh bowled just 4 overs each ? 2) Why not bring the fast bowlers towards 33rd over where both will get an over before power play to get warmed up and getting their radar back? 3) Why not shami continued after he bowled an excellent 34th over? 4) Even in spinning track our current spinners in the eleven unable to control batsmen and what will they get in Aus/NZ? 5) Unless otherwise if you give chance, when your fast bowlers will get exposed to power plays ???

    So many questions to Team management .... Really it is going to be hard in Aus / NZ.

  • Yousufahmed1 on September 5, 2014, 11:52 GMT

    Jadeja is actually 3 SL legends rolled into 1. His batting average is same as Mahela, His bowling average is lower than Vaas and both used to bowl at the same speed, and he can field better than Dilshan. So yeah... if Jaddu was born in Sl he would have been a mega legend. Too bad he was born in IND and is batting at no. 8.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on September 5, 2014, 11:29 GMT

    Interesting to see Eng pitches take this much turn in odi series.Wonder if it is the dry climate or overused pitches.Maybe tried to make it with some grass covering to reduce the spin?As such these resemble 1s in Mumbai's Kanga league of Azad,Oval Maidan.

  • RapidCommentsPlz on September 5, 2014, 11:14 GMT

    @electrolocowap4 n @vkumar086 ha ha mate, keep humoring us. Didn't know Australians n SL have reached the new level of their pathetic nature. Good way.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on September 5, 2014, 11:07 GMT

    @all- Just to point out for n'th time I'm v much an Indian writing in from Ind.Just that I appreciate good cricket from whoever be it,even SL.As to the game loving the contest.Some fine Eng batting.Beautiful spin from Raina.What super fielding by Ajinkya!

  • mzm149 on September 5, 2014, 11:06 GMT

    I can't understand where is home advantage in these pitches. The ball swings for just 10 overs in first innings and then the pitch becomes spinner's heaven. They should have left some grass like test matches. Dhoni was lucky to win tosses and exploit swinging conditions in the beginning of the games. Most of the pitches in sub continent have less spin in them than these ones.

  • missionbegins2011 on September 5, 2014, 11:02 GMT

    Cook just got out buddy.....so much for your 300 by ENG plans. And yes SL is an eternal punchbag for IND

    ODI's 78 - 54

    Tests 14 - 6

    T20 3 - 3

    IND is way ahead..

  • vsprabhu01 on September 5, 2014, 10:58 GMT

    Oh No ... this is baffling from England ... one more wicket to sweep shot and they are not learning to correct the mistakes ... In the last ODI , Ali showed how to play spinners by scoring all his runs in front of the wicket by showing full face of the bat and coming down to the pitch of the ball ... i am wondering all these professionals are not learning to curb a shot which is risky and not productive either ...

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on September 5, 2014, 10:56 GMT

    Great to see Eng off to such great start.Just need to carry on like this deep into inngs. to be able to take full toll of Ind death bowling whick is among weakest in world.A 300 score will be easily defended v Ind who struggle in chasing.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on September 5, 2014, 10:53 GMT

    @electric_loco_WAP4. Far better than Mathews and Co.

  • Prodger on September 5, 2014, 10:51 GMT

    To leave Ballance out after one match smacks of short sightedness in the extreme. Admittedly he played a poor shot last game, but his record for Yorkshire at Headingley is impressive, it's his home ground, I'm sure the home supporters would have relished the opportunity to see him play

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on September 5, 2014, 10:46 GMT

    Though Eng found way to lose 2 W despite our bowlers not looking so are well placed to get well over 300 with Cook back in form.No way Ind who struggle chasing will get those.So much for 4-0.As an Indian find it disappointing.Cant see SL let up thus.

  • Yousufahmed1 on September 5, 2014, 10:37 GMT

    @ electric_loco_WAP4 Can't stop laughing, I guess you have forgotten your legendary fast bowler(I know its hard to remember SL legends) who used to bowl at 113 to 119 kph. LOL.

  • Yousufahmed1 on September 5, 2014, 10:33 GMT

    IND should not feel they are great after winning against ENG in Odis, even minnows like SL won(although not convincingly) against ENG. I hope IND players keep their feet on the ground and also hoping if we could have a series against SL just to boost our ranking points going into the WC. Thank you Sl for always being our punching bag Last 20 matches between SL and IND IND - 14 SL - 5 N/R - 1 Stats don't lie....

  • Yousufahmed1 on September 5, 2014, 10:32 GMT

    SL fans after SL won the ODI series against ENG(even though they were bowled out for less than 67 in one of the games) :- This is why SL is the best team from ASIA. We can win outside, Blah Blah. Lion Roar.

    SL fans after IND convincingly won the series against same team :- This is a hopeless ENG team, They don't know how to play. No big deal. Blah Blah Blah. Lions Roar.

  • Haleos on September 5, 2014, 10:18 GMT

    Well done Bhuvi. You showed an average player than you on field performance should do the talking and not your mouth.

  • vsprabhu01 on September 5, 2014, 10:18 GMT

    SHORT ball - Seeing three short balls from three of our bowlers, Umesh can trouble the batsmen and not the other two. Also Ishant and Umesh has good bouncers with former getting them with height and the latter with his little slinger action... quite interesting .... Also i am expecting England to score big, just to see how shami and Umesh fare in the death overs ..... Lets hope they do well ....

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on September 5, 2014, 10:13 GMT

    Defn. of an 'express' fast bowler from Ind. 1 who can touch 140 kph peak and maintain avg. of 135 k.And picks on an avg. a W every 2 matches and maintains eco. rate of 7-8 rpo. in 10 overs.We are so lucky in Ind to have few such-Umesh,Aron,Shami!

  • on September 5, 2014, 10:13 GMT

    Dhoni's "process" is getting quite tiring frankly. Blood the youngsters man. Meanwhile lost game for this other the psuedo notion of maintaining a winning feeling. Yes, it will be great to win 4-0 but it will be even more so to do with a slightly less experienced team. I get the impression that player's salaries are at stake if they miss a game? Or rather expectations from ECB on certain stars playing to appease the public and/or grounds?

    India has nothing more to prove in this series, and more importantly so Bhuvi. Give the guy a rest man. IMHO, it was a great opportunity to rest some key players. For this last ODI and for the lone T20, I would have gone with the team as, in batting order: Shikhar, Ajinkya, Virat, Suresh (Cp), Ambati, Sanju (wk), Stuart, Karn, Mohd, Dhawal, Umesh.

    Good balance of old and new players, rewarding contributing players (Suresh), chance to find form (Virat, Stuart), thrusting leadership (Mohd.) while playing with less pressure for newbies.

  • Bokesh on September 5, 2014, 10:07 GMT

    well, I guess England has ultimately found some body who can bowl and bat too, though I strongly believe that M.Ali is not a spinner of that class who could bother Indian( what he did in test series) They have played much much better spinners than him.this time he gets out cheaply but then every day is not Sunday Mr.Ali.

  • Captainman on September 5, 2014, 10:03 GMT

    England team is just too inexperienced for a side like India in ODIs. Previously in ODIs, they were too reliant on Trott, KP, Broad and Swann with 3 of them no longer with England. Hate to say this but England look set to become a poor ODI side from now on.

  • vsprabhu01 on September 5, 2014, 9:56 GMT

    Also quite baffling to see no one insisting Umesh to bowl bouncer to Moeen Ali who has struggled against bouncers all through the summer. Poor strategy on Dhoni's part .....

  • gundapps on September 5, 2014, 9:45 GMT

    Good opportunity to include Karn Sharma is lost. England will definitely put up a challenging total from the way it has started

  • on September 5, 2014, 9:42 GMT

    i would like to see SANJU SAMSON and KARAN SHARMA on the field in ENG. BAD LUCK !!!!

  • vsprabhu01 on September 5, 2014, 9:40 GMT

    I am happy to see Umesh in the eleven, but quite disappointing that he was in place of Kulkarni. Surely they should have swapped umesh with Bhuvi ( today's first over itself his pace hovers around 120-125kmph) and Kulkarni deserves a chance. Also they should have given Karan sharma his cap in place of either jadeja or Ashwin. Really disappointing selection policy.Quite baffling too ..... not the way forward to 2015WC.

  • jeetv27 on September 5, 2014, 9:39 GMT

    Wow!Ballance left out on his home ground.That is another ridiculous decision from Alistair Cook.India's line-up is good but Kulkarni will feel a bit let down given that he has been dropped after just one match.

    TWITTER-@jeetv27

  • jeetv27 on September 5, 2014, 9:39 GMT

    Wow!Ballance left out on his home ground.That is another ridiculous decision from Alistair Cook.India's line-up is good but Kulkarni will feel a bit let down given that he has been dropped after just one match.

    TWITTER-@jeetv27

  • vsprabhu01 on September 5, 2014, 9:40 GMT

    I am happy to see Umesh in the eleven, but quite disappointing that he was in place of Kulkarni. Surely they should have swapped umesh with Bhuvi ( today's first over itself his pace hovers around 120-125kmph) and Kulkarni deserves a chance. Also they should have given Karan sharma his cap in place of either jadeja or Ashwin. Really disappointing selection policy.Quite baffling too ..... not the way forward to 2015WC.

  • on September 5, 2014, 9:42 GMT

    i would like to see SANJU SAMSON and KARAN SHARMA on the field in ENG. BAD LUCK !!!!

  • gundapps on September 5, 2014, 9:45 GMT

    Good opportunity to include Karn Sharma is lost. England will definitely put up a challenging total from the way it has started

  • vsprabhu01 on September 5, 2014, 9:56 GMT

    Also quite baffling to see no one insisting Umesh to bowl bouncer to Moeen Ali who has struggled against bouncers all through the summer. Poor strategy on Dhoni's part .....

  • Captainman on September 5, 2014, 10:03 GMT

    England team is just too inexperienced for a side like India in ODIs. Previously in ODIs, they were too reliant on Trott, KP, Broad and Swann with 3 of them no longer with England. Hate to say this but England look set to become a poor ODI side from now on.

  • Bokesh on September 5, 2014, 10:07 GMT

    well, I guess England has ultimately found some body who can bowl and bat too, though I strongly believe that M.Ali is not a spinner of that class who could bother Indian( what he did in test series) They have played much much better spinners than him.this time he gets out cheaply but then every day is not Sunday Mr.Ali.

  • on September 5, 2014, 10:13 GMT

    Dhoni's "process" is getting quite tiring frankly. Blood the youngsters man. Meanwhile lost game for this other the psuedo notion of maintaining a winning feeling. Yes, it will be great to win 4-0 but it will be even more so to do with a slightly less experienced team. I get the impression that player's salaries are at stake if they miss a game? Or rather expectations from ECB on certain stars playing to appease the public and/or grounds?

    India has nothing more to prove in this series, and more importantly so Bhuvi. Give the guy a rest man. IMHO, it was a great opportunity to rest some key players. For this last ODI and for the lone T20, I would have gone with the team as, in batting order: Shikhar, Ajinkya, Virat, Suresh (Cp), Ambati, Sanju (wk), Stuart, Karn, Mohd, Dhawal, Umesh.

    Good balance of old and new players, rewarding contributing players (Suresh), chance to find form (Virat, Stuart), thrusting leadership (Mohd.) while playing with less pressure for newbies.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on September 5, 2014, 10:13 GMT

    Defn. of an 'express' fast bowler from Ind. 1 who can touch 140 kph peak and maintain avg. of 135 k.And picks on an avg. a W every 2 matches and maintains eco. rate of 7-8 rpo. in 10 overs.We are so lucky in Ind to have few such-Umesh,Aron,Shami!

  • vsprabhu01 on September 5, 2014, 10:18 GMT

    SHORT ball - Seeing three short balls from three of our bowlers, Umesh can trouble the batsmen and not the other two. Also Ishant and Umesh has good bouncers with former getting them with height and the latter with his little slinger action... quite interesting .... Also i am expecting England to score big, just to see how shami and Umesh fare in the death overs ..... Lets hope they do well ....