England v West Indies, Twenty20, Trent Bridge June 24, 2012

Hales leads England to record-breaking win

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England 173 for 3 (Hales 99, Bopara 59) beat West Indies 172 for 4 (Smith 70*, Bravo 54) by seven wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Alex Hales fell one run short of England's first Twenty20 international hundred but his 99, in a record 159-run partnership with Ravi Bopara, powered the home side to a convincing seven-wicket victory against West Indies at Trent Bridge, with their highest successful T20I chase.

Hales' matchwinning innings, on his home ground, overtook Eoin Morgan's unbeaten 85 against South Africa at Johannesburg as England's best in this format and secured his place for the World Twenty20 title defence in Sri Lanka later this year. He fell to the last ball of penultimate over, bowled trying to work Ravi Rampaul to leg, and neither could Ravi Bopara stay to the end as he found long-off for 59 off 44 balls, but Eoin Morgan collected the winning runs (with the help of a misfield at mid-off) with two deliveries remaining.

The second-wicket partnership - England's highest in T20Is and the third-highest by any team - was a superbly constructed stand by two batsmen still trying to find their place in international cricket. Although Hales struck four sixes, smart placement and quick running were key ingredients to their success as they exploited a large playing area. West Indies had earlier gone down a more brutal route with the final eight overs of their innings bringing 107 runs as Dwayne Bravo sparkled and in all they hit 10 sixes.

As in the one-day series, West Indies' bowling disappointed and there were a number of fumbles in the field which aided England's progress. Sunil Narine went wicketless in the format that has made his name, although did not have much luck. In the 13th over - his third - he watched a Bopara shot fall between two fielders then Hales got a bottom edge between the keeper's legs. With 22 needed off 17 balls Bopara was dropped at midwicket by Darren Sammy off Narine, which was West Indies last chance to try and exert some pressure on a new batsman.

As with Ian Bell's success at the top of the order in 50-over cricket, Hales' performance is a significant moment as England aim to fill the vacancy left by Kevin Pietersen's enforced retirement from Twenty20. Hales had a brief taste in the team last year - against India and West Indies - but missed out against Pakistan in the UAE, when Pietersen opened alongside Craig Kieswetter.

Three of Hales' sixes came from hooks and pulls, after some discussion last year that he struggled against short bowling. He favoured the leg side early in his innings, but picked up more runs through the off side the longer he stayed, including a couple of expertly placed late cuts. A feature of England's chase was each time a boundary was needed to release some pressure either Hales or Bopara found the rope. The five overs from 13 to 17 all went for double figures to keep them ahead of the rate.

It was an equally important innings for Bopara who is still trying to find his home in both limited-overs formats. His chances in the 50-over series were limited but this was an opportunity to shape a match at a crucial stage and his 59 was also a career-best. With 46 needed off 30 balls he took two important boundaries off Marlon Samuels then latched on to a poor penultimate over by Rampaul with two leg-side fours. It did not appear West Indies would post such a testing target when they slipped to 30 for 3. Steven Finn had set a good tone for England with a tight, rapid, opening over. There was a clear plan to bowl short at Chris Gayle and it did not take long for the ploy to work when he top-edged a well-directed bouncer from Finn to fine leg where Jonny Bairstow held a well-judged catch.

Bairstow showed his prowess in the outfield again when he sprinted in from the boundary edge to dive and slide to get underneath Lendl Simmons' pull at deep midwicket. One area where this England Twenty20 side should not suffer is in the field with Bairstow, Jos Buttler and Morgan all outstanding.

The six-over Powerplay brought just 29 runs for West Indies. Graeme Swann then struck with his second delivery with one that gripped to take Samuels' glove and bobble through to Kieswetter. Smith started to locate the boundary again in the ninth over with consecutive blows off Swann and also drove Samit Patel straight drive down the ground, a shot he repeated with even greater distance in Swann's final over. It was superbly controlled striking - not hot-headed slogging - and his third six took him to fifty off 46 balls.

Following Smith's departure Kieron Pollard had five overs to make an impression and saw Patel's final over as an opportunity cut loose, as it went for 14. It meant England's eight combined overs of spin - which will be important in Sri Lanka - had cost 66 while Jade Dernbach's last spell was expensive. Bravo, having worked his way to 22 off 24 balls, finished the innings in style as 32 came off his final 12 deliveries but he was not the batsman being talked about when the game finished.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • JG2704 on June 27, 2012, 8:26 GMT

    @AKS286 on (June 27 2012, 06:51 AM GMT) To be honest that's just purely your opinion. Morgan for 1 is a batsman who has proven how well he can play when the team is under pressure in these fmts

  • AKS286 on June 27, 2012, 6:51 GMT

    Current ODI & T20 is just an avg. team of ENG. except bell, cook no one can handle pressure and score big runs. ENG team looks like finisher team of after 43 overs.

  • JG2704 on June 26, 2012, 20:42 GMT

    @Rahane-fan on (June 26 2012, 14:36 PM GMT)PS re "The one-off T20 in India last year that you people are boasting about was the only win for you guys on that tour if I can remember well" - No one's actually boasting about it. Just stating what happened . It's a good job India had wins over Eng (any format) in the previous tour otherwise your words could look a little hollow.

  • JG2704 on June 26, 2012, 20:41 GMT

    @Rahane-Fan - We were poor in the last ODI series in India and in the last test series in UAE and in the drawn series in SL . No excuses , never used them. We were decent in the ODI series in UAE vs Pakistan (you may remember them as they went on to win the Asia cup) and good enough in the T20. I just would presume that after one's favourite team just lost 8 away tests in a row and couldn't qualify for finals for a 3 and 4 team OD tournament you may want to have a little quiet dignity. Our record in tests in the SC is pretty woeful - agreed but most of those test series defeats have been by solitary tests plus a few draws. Guess we'll just have to see what happens in the upcoming series. Keep smiling Mate

  • 30-30-150 on June 26, 2012, 14:46 GMT

    @Lmaotsetung : If that WI attack was third grade, then the attack of Bresnan-Broad-Dernbach-Swann-Patel has to be fifth grade since Rahane scored 61 (39) at Old Trafford in his debut international game. Right?

  • 30-30-150 on June 26, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    @JG2704 : "are you sure you want to start bringing test matches into it? Seriously?".... Seriously yes mate. England's last Test series win in India came in 1984 whereas India's last Test series win in England came in 2007. England's last Test series win in the sub-continent (except against Bangladesh) came in 2001 against SL. What excuses do you have for these wonderful recent-year performances, pray tell.

  • 30-30-150 on June 26, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    @A_Vacant_Slip : "Such a pity you cannot appreciate a good game of cricket when you see it".... Did I say anything about England's recent-past performances? No. All I said was they can't win a series in any format for the remaining half of this year.

  • 30-30-150 on June 26, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    @jmcilhinney : You can remember England beating West Indies in the WC but can't remember the same England losing to Bangladesh and Ireland can you? Or the hard-fought match against Netherlands?

  • 30-30-150 on June 26, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    @A_Vacant_Slip, @JG2704, @jmcilhinney : The one-off T20 in India last year that you people are boasting about was the only win for you guys on that tour if I can remember well. Not to forget it was a far from full-strength Indian team that easily beat your near full-strength England 5-0 in the ODI series just before the T20 game.. Ha! you forget the 5-0 thrashing but remember only the sweet consolation win in T20. And guess who won that T20 for you? Good ol' KP who won't be playing in colored clothing anymore.. I said ''England don't have a winning chance in a SERIES this year'' A one-off match is not called a 'series'!! Read well and think well before commenting.

  • jmcilhinney on June 26, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    @zenboomerang on (June 26 2012, 08:17 AM GMT), no worries.

  • JG2704 on June 27, 2012, 8:26 GMT

    @AKS286 on (June 27 2012, 06:51 AM GMT) To be honest that's just purely your opinion. Morgan for 1 is a batsman who has proven how well he can play when the team is under pressure in these fmts

  • AKS286 on June 27, 2012, 6:51 GMT

    Current ODI & T20 is just an avg. team of ENG. except bell, cook no one can handle pressure and score big runs. ENG team looks like finisher team of after 43 overs.

  • JG2704 on June 26, 2012, 20:42 GMT

    @Rahane-fan on (June 26 2012, 14:36 PM GMT)PS re "The one-off T20 in India last year that you people are boasting about was the only win for you guys on that tour if I can remember well" - No one's actually boasting about it. Just stating what happened . It's a good job India had wins over Eng (any format) in the previous tour otherwise your words could look a little hollow.

  • JG2704 on June 26, 2012, 20:41 GMT

    @Rahane-Fan - We were poor in the last ODI series in India and in the last test series in UAE and in the drawn series in SL . No excuses , never used them. We were decent in the ODI series in UAE vs Pakistan (you may remember them as they went on to win the Asia cup) and good enough in the T20. I just would presume that after one's favourite team just lost 8 away tests in a row and couldn't qualify for finals for a 3 and 4 team OD tournament you may want to have a little quiet dignity. Our record in tests in the SC is pretty woeful - agreed but most of those test series defeats have been by solitary tests plus a few draws. Guess we'll just have to see what happens in the upcoming series. Keep smiling Mate

  • 30-30-150 on June 26, 2012, 14:46 GMT

    @Lmaotsetung : If that WI attack was third grade, then the attack of Bresnan-Broad-Dernbach-Swann-Patel has to be fifth grade since Rahane scored 61 (39) at Old Trafford in his debut international game. Right?

  • 30-30-150 on June 26, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    @JG2704 : "are you sure you want to start bringing test matches into it? Seriously?".... Seriously yes mate. England's last Test series win in India came in 1984 whereas India's last Test series win in England came in 2007. England's last Test series win in the sub-continent (except against Bangladesh) came in 2001 against SL. What excuses do you have for these wonderful recent-year performances, pray tell.

  • 30-30-150 on June 26, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    @A_Vacant_Slip : "Such a pity you cannot appreciate a good game of cricket when you see it".... Did I say anything about England's recent-past performances? No. All I said was they can't win a series in any format for the remaining half of this year.

  • 30-30-150 on June 26, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    @jmcilhinney : You can remember England beating West Indies in the WC but can't remember the same England losing to Bangladesh and Ireland can you? Or the hard-fought match against Netherlands?

  • 30-30-150 on June 26, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    @A_Vacant_Slip, @JG2704, @jmcilhinney : The one-off T20 in India last year that you people are boasting about was the only win for you guys on that tour if I can remember well. Not to forget it was a far from full-strength Indian team that easily beat your near full-strength England 5-0 in the ODI series just before the T20 game.. Ha! you forget the 5-0 thrashing but remember only the sweet consolation win in T20. And guess who won that T20 for you? Good ol' KP who won't be playing in colored clothing anymore.. I said ''England don't have a winning chance in a SERIES this year'' A one-off match is not called a 'series'!! Read well and think well before commenting.

  • jmcilhinney on June 26, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    @zenboomerang on (June 26 2012, 08:17 AM GMT), no worries.

  • zenboomerang on June 26, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    @YorkshirePudding:- "in fact australia and NZ played the worlds first International T20 game"... & that proves something?... The same year Eng v SA played!... While formats similar to 20/20 have been played in Eng since the 1960's among amateur cricket... Neither proves anything... 20/20 was a tack on to the Shield comp & never taken seriously by CA until the last year (new admin) when it grew from a 6 team comp - how many teams in Eng?... The improvements have been dramatic in the new BBL with Sydney getting 50,000 crowds to a domestic 20/20 game while international player numbers are growing - be surprised if KP isn't playing here this summer among the growing number of Eng players that enjoy a warm summer ;) ...

  • JG2704 on June 26, 2012, 8:19 GMT

    @Warren Mendes - I'm not all that convinced that 3 captains is the best way to go for our team but it seems ok at the moment. As for your pointing the finger at Sammy's captaincy - I do notice that Sammy/Gibson (whether it be their selections/tactics etc) get pretty much all the blame for WI losing. You are saying that Sammy's field placings were the reason WI lost. How about 4 other reasons , like their bowling wasn't good enough , their fielding wasn't good enough , Engs batsmen played well and maybe we had some luck. Sammy set the field for the whole inns right? The fact that Eng scored around 7-7.5 off Sammy and Narine proves his field placings were ok for those 2 bowlers so if it was poor field settings how come S/N were economical? I'm sorry , but I think Gayle is a poor example as a captain for WI. His body language in the field was awful. As decent a player as he is (esp as a batsman) he comes over as someone who feels his talent alone is enough.

  • zenboomerang on June 26, 2012, 8:17 GMT

    @jmcilhinney... Apologies if you took the "superior" comment as a personal sledge - it should have been on a seperate post as I was generalising on other comments & not yours :) ...

  • jmcilhinney on June 26, 2012, 0:49 GMT

    @Warren Mendes on (June 25 2012, 18:18 PM GMT), If I remember correctly Dwayne Bravo wasn't even playing in the series against Australia in the Caribbean and we all know Chris Gayle wasn't. As if Gayle would come in from the cold after all this time and they'd make him captain just like that. There are still many who doubt he'll even fit in to the current WI team ethos and in time the same old rift will resurface. As for England being considered weak, it does seem to be a popular stance despite England being #1 in both Tests and T20s and also moving up the rankings in ODIs. It seems to be a position based on something other than evidence. As for IPL teams bowling England out for 75, that seems odd given that England easily beat India in the T20 on their last tour. England probably wouldn't need to score 75 against an IPL team because they would all have been caught 10 metres inside the boundary. T20Is are played on proper cricket fields, not playgrounds like the IPL.

  • on June 25, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    Why don't West Indies have the same captain for all formats? Surely, the T20 format is one in which Chris Gayle or Dwayne Bravo, who are heavily seasoned all round T20 players, would be better at calling the plays and setting the fields, having played so many T20 league games in India and Australia? The team set up a big total and then Sammy was clueless as to how to defend against what most people consider a weak side in T20 - England. As a result the best bowler in IP, Narine, was made to look pretty useless.This England side would have been bowled out for 75 by any IPL team. It's time for the WI selectors to recognize that there are actually three distictly different formats of cricket, and you cannot simply set one team for all three. Particularly with bowling options this is true.

  • Lakpj on June 25, 2012, 18:01 GMT

    Good show by England, but wins against WI doesn't prove that they have improved in limited overs games as a team. their real test comes when they face Aus and SA in this summer. but at the moment it is pretty much safe to say that out of the sides who are experimenting with young players Eng youngsters have shown the most promise. Which ever team that does well with youngsters in the next 2 years will have best chance in the 2015 WC coz most of the top players in the world at the moment will be retired by then.

  • YorkshirePudding on June 25, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    @zenboomerang, I think you will find that they didnt, contrary to popular belief India didnt pick up the T20 concept until 2006/7 when the ICL, and the IPL a year later. Regardless of whether it was a good set up or not KFC T20 was played by professionals in Australia in 2004/5, in fact australia and NZ played the worlds first International T20 game.

  • JG2704 on June 25, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    @ James Badge Wing on (June 25 2012, 13:44 PM GMT) No team needs to try and copy any other. If you have huge hitters but lazy runners in your side then play that way. If you don't have the power hitters but have guys who can run well between the wickets etc then go that way. That was the pleasing thing about this win , even if it is against a low ranked team

  • JG2704 on June 25, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    @rahulcricket007 on (June 25 2012, 11:23 AM GMT) Whoever wins the T20 I'll accept it. Even if your opinion has no substance whatsoever

  • on June 25, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    @Si Baker "Take a look at both the Indian & West Indian top six: every single player in both those teams has the ability to turn any game on its head via a bout of power hitting." Well you say we should copy this but another way of looking at it is that we are no.1, world champions and have just beat WI and recently beat India in T20s both at home and away, so perhaps they should be coping us!

  • AKS286 on June 25, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    @INDIANPUNJABI I"M FULLY AGREE WITH YOU.

  • on June 25, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    Brilliant to see two young English batsmen succeed in 20/20 and great to see Finn bowl well as well.

  • BifferSpice on June 25, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    @Jazz Here. Yes, Narine would have got 20/3 on any other day, but then Morgan and Buttler would have smashed the required amount off just seven overs, in a fearsome display. On any other day, we'd have won even quicker. It's good this complete making up of stats, rather than looking at the actual scorecard of a match that just happened, isn't it? I'll do it again, by joining you in predictions. England will win the T20 World Cup, and the West Indies will get thrashed in every game they play. Narine will end up on 20/3 every match, but all the other bowlers will get confused and start bowling in the wrong direction and your batsmen will run into each other in panic and confusion. Shame, eh?

  • jmcilhinney on June 25, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    @zenboomerang on (June 25 2012, 09:20 AM GMT), I'm quite aware that WI are the great over-achievers in world cricket from that point of view. I've been known to bring it up myself on occasion. The fact is though that squad depth is crucial to sustained success these days and WI don't have it. There being valid reasons for the fact don't change the fact. It was a statement of fact, not a judgement.

  • rahulcricket007 on June 25, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    WHETHER YOU ACCPET IT OR NOT BUT T20 WC WILL BE WON BY INDIA , PAK OR SL . ENGLAND WILL NOT REACH INTO SEMIS .

  • A_Vacant_Slip on June 25, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    @Rahane-fan. What are you talking about!!! You say "Apart form that, there is not a slender chance England will win any series this year across all formats". Didn't you know that England already won 2 series AWAY in UAE ODI 4-0 and T20i 2-1. England also won 2 series in England 2-0 Tests and 2-0 ODI. Now England win T20i in great game. Such a pity you cannot appreciate a good game of cricket when you see it. So that is FOUR series win this year for England. England also beat India in T20 in India last November - maybe it doesn't count though because it was an India defeat. Not a slender chance that you can actually count I would say.... Let see your beloved India WIN a series ANYPLACE outside India, any FORMAT, then we will talk.

  • Hammond on June 25, 2012, 10:37 GMT

    Poor old Randy doesn't realise that the English players actually read this stuff and they probably find the poor deluded cove quite hilarious. Sorry thing is he isn't the only one eyed crazy Aussie cricket fan. They are usually of the migrating football fan type (aka no idea about cricket anyways) but the occasional one actually follows cricket. It's just a reaction to losing 3 of the last 4 ashes series (and the one in Australia didn't really count given a quarter of the first side was out of the series with injury). It really hurts. No other international team has managed in the period to maintain that kind of dominance over the Aussie cricket team. Extra sore that it is England, the whipping boy of cricket in Australia since Botham retired.

  • whatawicket on June 25, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    randyoz you make yourself sound so soft, we know that you dont like england or any success that they achieve. but just do what you did after the ashes leave the postings till your team gives you something to be excited about.

  • JG2704 on June 25, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    @Indianpunjabi on (June 24 2012, 22:51 PM GMT) RE " Westindies should give their test status to Ireland" says the Indian fan

  • Valavan on June 25, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    Great Win. Had England lost this game, there could have been all gnarsimha,rahulcricket007 would have said how bad england is blah blah so on. but anyway there was 1 here, howling, bringing tests in middle of T20s, about ODIs when it happens to be tests, but good win at last. all hail england. cricinfo please publish.

  • zenboomerang on June 25, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    @jmcilhinney... Re: WI lacking backups... WI have a small population as does NZ which makes their ability to have strong backups much harder - its numbers & money... Considering WI's past, they have out performed all other countries (taking population & money into consideration)... I get tired of Oz, Eng, Ind fans bagging other teams with much less opportunity... Must make us feel ohh so superior...

  • zenboomerang on June 25, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    @jmcilhinney... @YorkshirePudding... The KFC 20/20... Come on, get real - it was a tack on game for the Shield players & poorly organised by the last administration... CA admits it & the Argus report has brought on a new urgency - i.e. the BBL was not due to start until this summer (2012/2013) but contracts for media, players & owners were rushed through at the last minute... The BBL is about a real comp & hopefully should expand to include more regions... You will also find that Ind started playing 20/20 at the same time as Eng...

  • JG2704 on June 25, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    @Rahane-fan on (June 25 2012, 02:02 AM GMT) I agree about not getting carried away about a one off match vs a very low ranked side at home but Eng actually won their only T20 of the last tour to India (you may not remember it as it was a defeat) and won 2-1 in UAE vs Pak. BTW Hammond mentioned those wins in response to your post re IYO Eng can't win T20s in such conditions. As an Indian fan are you sure you want to start bringing test matches into it? Seriously?

  • JG2704 on June 25, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    @landsite on (June 24 2012, 22:10 PM GMT) You are making loads of ifs and ands there. By the same token if our bowlers (Derbach in particular) had bowled with a little more discipline near the end then WI wouldn't have posted anything near what they did. The Sammy drop of Bopara was near the end when Eng had started to bring the runrate down and re Ramdin , that was an extremely tough chance after Hales got an inside edge

  • JG2704 on June 25, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    @Si Baker on (June 25 2012, 00:06 AM GMT) To be fair it was just one inns from Hales. If he keeps doing the same in this format for Eng then he starts seriously knocking on the door. Also Cook and Bell have started of their OD partnerships in fine fettle. I think it's still too early to get carried away. WI are ranked where they are for a reason. The one very good thing is that Eng have chased down a decent T20 total without KP on their 1st attempt.

  • YorkshirePudding on June 25, 2012, 7:54 GMT

    @zenboomerang, not quite correct in regards to the time leagues have been running, The English were the first to set up a T20 league in 2003, but Australia were the second as I beleive theoriginal Big Bash (or KFC big Bash) has been running since 2005, where as the IPL only started in 2008., even the ICL only started in 2007, so England And australia have been playing domestic T20 the longest. Im not sure that the Franchise system brings anything to the board in terms of developing players.

  • Lmaotsetung on June 25, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    @Rahane-fan - how did your boy fare in the just concluded unofficial test series against what was basically a 3rd rate West Indies attack?

  • jmcilhinney on June 25, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    @zenboomerang on (June 25 2012, 06:55 AM GMT), I hope that you're not implying that Australia have only just started playing domestic T20. The franchise-based Big Bash League may be new but the states have been playing the KFC Big Bash since the 2005-06 season. That's before the IPL and even the ICL. England started playing T20 first in 2003, but even that's not a huge head start.

  • zenboomerang on June 25, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    @@tappee74... It should have been with 2 balls to spare...

  • on June 25, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    Narine bowled very well & was really unlucky not to get 2-3 wickets..any other day his figure would have been 20/3, WI will easily beat England in Sri Lanka T20 World cup. With Badree & Sunil Narine in side they will be one of the best teams in T20 World Cup this year

  • Hammond on June 25, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    @Rahane-fan- bit funny you talking about "embarassing whitewashes"- I don't think England have ever lost 8 test matches in a row.

  • Midonoff on June 25, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    Good game, however, I think WI should appoint a new captain for T20 or possibly ODI, as I think Samy made some poor bowling decisions in both formats. In most instances clueless.

  • zenboomerang on June 25, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    @Optic... Eng drew the T20 series in Oz (didn't win) & won the first game by 1 wkt with 0 balls to spare while Oz lost just 4 wkts... Yes that makes Eng far superior than Oz... :P ...

  • zenboomerang on June 25, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    @tappee74 :- "English demonstrating to the world why they are the number one team"... Sure & they beat the no.9 team by just 2 runs at home... Some gloating... It also shows that T20 teams are fairly close & that the game itself is basically a hit & miss affair, with luck having much more say that in the longer formats... Lets not forget that Eng & Ind started playing 20/20 first & set up strong competitions that others are just starting now - SL, Bang, Oz (BBL), etc - while others do not have strong comps...

  • anver777 on June 25, 2012, 6:54 GMT

    A solid knock by Alex !!! KP's absent was not felt at all......

  • BRUTALANALYST on June 25, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    @JMCILHINNEY Agree 100% Roach has been the no1 strike bowler and today there was clearly no plans ! In regards to depth there is some young promising pace bowlers coming up though if you check W.I A recent victorious series win over INDIA Delorn Johnson promising left arm fast (MAN OF SERIES) Kevin McClean and tall Jason Holder dominated the Indian batsman even on the typically slower Asian style conditions of St Vincent and St Lucia plus Jerome Taylor is said to be back playing cricket in Jamaica.

  • TsoroM on June 25, 2012, 6:15 GMT

    Good cricket from the English yesterday and an even better batting display from Hales. I'm sure all English supporters had a glimmer of hope yesterday after the loss of KP, especially leading to the T20 World Cup, but lets wait and see how English batsmen go against better bowling line-ups, like Aus and SA. with all due respect to the Windies they just do not have a good bowling line they have a few all-rounders but they hardly qualify as good bowlers, they are all just average. And with the Brett Lees, Hilfenhaus, the Steyns and the Morkels coming to your shores those should be a great test for you.

  • AKS286 on June 25, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    samuel badree is better than narain. if any selects a player on the basis of IPL then simply its a poor decision.

  • jmcilhinney on June 25, 2012, 5:44 GMT

    @Si Baker on (June 25 2012, 00:06 AM GMT), I'd want to see more of the same from Bell and Hales to really declare them as having arrived, but it does look promising. I think that, in the short to medium term, the only way Hales gets into the ODI team is by Bell reverting to his previous ordinary form or through injury. Maybe he could replace Trott to up the tempo but I don't see England being ready to make that move for a while yet. Let's not forget that Bell already had a decent record in England anyway though. The upcoming tour of India will be a big test of his progress. Hales also needs to perform in other conditions. I'm not sure that he really shone for the Lions on their recent tour of the subcontinent so the T20 WC in SL will be a great test for him.

  • AKS286 on June 25, 2012, 5:42 GMT

    ZIM fought very bravely in whole series and they WIN. beating up the equivalent team like SA. learn WI learn. NO STAR PLAYERS IN ZIM. not an IPL players. IPL giants KP & GAYLE. clicks in a year.

  • jmcilhinney on June 25, 2012, 5:38 GMT

    @Rahane-fan on (June 25 2012, 02:02 AM GMT), I seem to recall that England beat WI in the last ODI WC. Where was that held again? I seem to recall that England beat India in the last T20 played in India. India is on the subcontinent isn't it? England also beat Pakistan in a T20 series and whitewashed them in an ODI series in UAE, which, while not actually part of the subcontinent, has far more in common with it than it does with England when it comes to cricket-playing conditions. People keep wielding the word "subcontinent" around like England have never won a game there. They're no power-house in those conditions but they're not as bad as people like to make out. On the other hand, WI now go home from England winless, much as India did last summer. England are still #1 in T20 and Tests and are now turning their attention to ODIs in earnest. Bet against them at your peril.

  • AKS286 on June 25, 2012, 5:37 GMT

    @FANS don't come up with this excuse i'm bored since Wills World cup "WI Fought very bravely, ( i add) but as usual the result of every fight is LOST". ENG weather did't support gayle storm only indian weather supports.This time all players are playing now to whom you all put the resposibility? very easy for you all soft target WICB.REmember IPL final KKR Vs CSK bravo sinks CSK & naraine sinks KKR. WI international status must be in scrutiny. WI should play intercontinental cup IF qualified then come to International cricket. Appreciation to HALES and well played ENG.

  • 30-30-150 on June 25, 2012, 4:36 GMT

    @Hammond : How can you mention UAE when your team got an embarrassing Test whitewash there? So much for world number one... Now get prepared for back-to-back series losses in your own backyard against the Ozzies and the Proteas. And then one in India as well in all formats. Wonder if you're backing your team, without KP, to win all these limited-overs series. England's best chance of any success is drawing the home Test series against South Africa. Apart form that, there is not a slender chance England will win any series this year across all formats. Unlike the Windies, none of your opponents are gonna be a walk in the park.

  • on June 25, 2012, 4:10 GMT

    For me, the only possible negative to be drawn from this game was, paradoxically, the success of Bopara. He'll now, no doubt, be pencilled in at No. 3 for the World Cup &, at some point in the not-too-distant future, will cost England a vital game through his inability to score at more than a run a ball while he tortuously plays himself in. If there's one thing England - & other, similarly misguided teams such as Australia & Pakistan - can learn from both the West Indies & India, it's the *absolute* necessity of packing your top six with batsmen who are capable, should circumstances demand it, of smoking along at a strike rate of 200. Take a look at both the Indian & West Indian top six: every single player in both those teams has the ability to turn any game on its head via a bout of power hitting. Do England's top six? No. Bopara clearly fails in that regard, while both Buttler & Bairstow are - dangerously, with the T20 World Cup looming into view - largely unproven.

  • on June 25, 2012, 3:52 GMT

    Great game - & one that throws up an interesting yet enviable selection dilemma for England: how can Hales now be left out of England's ODI squad? We've lost KP, but due * entirely* to his absence, we've found two (relatively) new ODI/T20 openers in Bell & Hales: a fair swap for the future, I'd say...

  • jmcilhinney on June 25, 2012, 3:21 GMT

    One thing that we England fans should not forget is that WI were missing Roach for this game. If he was available, presumably he would have played in place of Edwards and may have made a difference. That said, Edwards certainly wasn't WI worst bowler. Also, WI seemed to be bowling without a plan, which is a worry when your head coach was a specialist bowling coach previously. With no clear direction, would Roach necessarily have been any more effective? Also, injuries are part of the game and their depth is one of England's strengths. If the standard did drop off without Roach then it just shows that WI lack one of the key ingredients for sustained success.

  • jmcilhinney on June 25, 2012, 3:05 GMT

    There are some excuses being made by a few on here but that's just sour grapes. To say that WI would have won if Bopara had been caught is making a HUGE assumption. There's every chance that Morgan would have finished the game off sooner. Cricket requires three primary disciplines: batting, bowling and fielding. You can't say a team are unlucky to lose because of poor fielding. One of the main reasons that England did so poorly against India in India in ODIs last time was their uncharacteristically poor fielding. If they had fielded better then they most likely would have won at least one game. They didn't field better and they didn't win any games. That's how it goes. As for Hales, he was a bit lucky on that one occasion but he's not the first. You could barely even call it a chance because Ramdin had no time to react and it was well away from his gloves.

  • jmcilhinney on June 25, 2012, 3:00 GMT

    This was an excellent win by England. Keeping WI quite early was key and all the bowlers contributed to that, but primarily Finn for doing over Gayle. Good thing they did get him early because if he got away as he did in the second ODI and WI finished the same way then they could have been looking at 200. It was no luck that got Gayle though. It was a well thought out and executed plan. Unfortunately, I think England stuck with shorter-pitched bowling a bit too long and that may have contributed to WI surge later in their innings. England never really looked troubled though. A fine innings from Bopara, whose selection in this format was questioned by some, including myself. He showed that someone perceived as primarily an accumulator can be very effective in T20. Hales was the star though. Fantastic innings and a real shame he missed out on the hundred. Both had a bit of luck against Narine but seriously, Ramdin would have to have had super powers to catch or stump Hales.

  • mikey76 on June 25, 2012, 2:44 GMT

    Oh the jealousy, its so hilarious reading these comments from certain people we love. Uzman Khawaja, Dirk Nannes, Andrew Symonds and before them Kepler Wessels and Brendon Julian were all born outside of Aus. Any success by England has to have cold water poured on it by these people. Get a life.

  • Hammond on June 25, 2012, 2:32 GMT

    @Rahane-fan.. so Australia is "English conditions"? So what about the UAE where the ODI team whitewashed Pakistan? English conditions? Is South Africa English conditions? I think the only geniune home track bully is India. England do fine on regular wickets. Most foreign teams struggle on dead dust bowls.

  • Hammond on June 25, 2012, 2:16 GMT

    @RandyOz England had more "foreign" players in the 80's & 90's than they do now- Hick, Smith, Lamb, Grieg, Malcom, Caddick, De-Freitas, Gladtsone Small, Cowans, etc etc etc. Funny no-one complained about the foreign born players when England were terrible.

  • 30-30-150 on June 25, 2012, 2:02 GMT

    @hhillbumper : England players do well nowhere but in English conditions. At least WI showed some resilience in England. I bet England would be struggling to make 120 in the sub-continent against the same bowling attack.

  • mar2000 on June 25, 2012, 1:08 GMT

    The West Indies need a STRONG bowling line up . Forget the "super Quick" stuff and bring in some quality slow bowlers . Put a "youngster" behind the stumps that can bat if you are not bold enough to let Simmons Keep wicket . Ramdin serves no purpose in the 20/20 team .....PERIOD.

  • on June 25, 2012, 1:06 GMT

    smackdawg lets face it these players still dont know how to win a match we keep blaming the captain all the time i am not defending sammy but he alone is not the cause for w/i losing the match loo at the way these guys were fielding 1 turning into 2 many times also not 1 single bowler in this match try to bowl on a consistent line every 1 of the bowlers had no sense of directiion in the game now we picked the best 11 and we still loose simply because they r not a disicipline side they r so boneheaded that i dont think they will learn no matter who they have as the coach r captain it is a case of being able to think when u r out there u know what is amazing is these same players will tell u that they care for w/i cricket fan well if this is the way they cares then i wouldnt like to see the other side of these players at all look at the other teams player they come to the game with a plan and they stick with it but the w/i players have no sense of direction at all no dedication at al

  • Munkeymomo on June 25, 2012, 0:50 GMT

    @landsite hilariously predictable comments as always on these comments boards. 'If x had happened England would have lost.' X didn't happen, England didn't lose, they were the better side. I feel people seem to forget cricketing skill is about fielding too, you don't field well chances are you'll struggle. As for Narine I hope he is better than he has been on this tour because he looks like the new Mendis, very average. The Indian fans have made him out to be the new Warne, Samuels has been far more effective.

    Anyway, always good to have the Windies over, they've got a great fanbase and they were much better than the scoreline suggests.Certainly gave England the biggest test at home they've had in a few years.

  • Optic on June 25, 2012, 0:10 GMT

    @landsite Had any of those things happened, Morgan, Bairstow and Buttler would have won instead. So what you're saying about Narine is that he needs a dry spinning wicket to be successful, well that goes for any spinner, can't be much of a spinner if he needs conditions so in his favor, by the way you sound bitter and coming up with excuses, show some class. @Merlin Moore Oh here we go, when have we not won Twenty20 games, we've done it all over the world the last couple of years, from England to SA to UAE, to India to Aus. SL conditions are not much different from the WI pitches where we won it last time, think on.

  • legend_963 on June 25, 2012, 0:10 GMT

    firstly So much for england's short balls in sri lanka and secondly this was all sammy's fault from the dropped catch to field placement.

  • on June 25, 2012, 0:06 GMT

    Great game - & one that throws up an interesting yet enviable selection dilemma for England: how can Hales now be left out of England's ODI squad? We've lost KP, but due * entirely* to his absence, we've found two (relatively) new ODI/T20 openers in Bell & Hales: a fair swap for the future, I'd say...

  • RandyOZ on June 24, 2012, 23:58 GMT

    How very confusing this is, and Englishman making runs? Surely cricinfo have his brithplace wrong? Maybe after diluting the value of international cricket with their mixed allsorts team England are finally realising that they have no respect when they field a team that isn't English.

  • tappee74 on June 24, 2012, 23:21 GMT

    Ah!the series has finally ended with the English demonstrating to the world why they are the number one team.They are worthy of all praises and credits .WI on the other hand is lost.Their bowling left much to be desired.Ramdin has brought some shame to himself and his team,nevertheless he was allowed to carry on.Gyale came and unfortunately failed.The faithful old horse Shiv Chanderpaul who have held them for nearly two decades was not consider for the one dayer neither the 20/20. One wonders what is the strategy used to select a team.Shiv Chanderpaul is capable to represent any team in the world in any format of the game.

  • TontonZolaMoukoko on June 24, 2012, 23:17 GMT

    Maybe WI were the stronger side on paper. Or maybe the English system just has plenty of depth and doesn't rely on overhyped T20 competitions. Who knows???

  • Indianpunjabi on June 24, 2012, 22:51 GMT

    Westindies should give their test status to Ireland

  • JG2704 on June 24, 2012, 22:39 GMT

    @5wombats on (June 24 2012, 21:47 PM GMT) Guessing you weren't 100% sure you'd get that much play considering what the weather was like. By the way - where does the user name come from or is that top secret?

  • JG2704 on June 24, 2012, 22:36 GMT

    Thought this was a very good advert for the sport. I thought at half way WI had the momentum and in all honesty we'd struggle to chase the total down. I still would prefer Morgan to come in ahead of Bopara if we're chasing a big total . Having said that I was very pleased with the running between the wickets which goes to prove that you don't always need fireworks from your batsmen to chase down a total at 10 an over. We realise this was not the toughest team we'll ever play but it's encouraging to see us chase this sort of total without KP in the side. And well played WI for posting such a big total after a bad start and for taking the game to the final few balls.Oh and sad for Hales , he deserved a ton - but well played nonetheless

  • JG2704 on June 24, 2012, 22:36 GMT

    @hhillbumper on (June 24 2012, 17:56 PM GMT) Come on man , hardly useless. They posted a 170+ total for a start , which I honestly thought we'd struggle to chase and 2 of the IPL stars Bravo and Pollard were a big part of that innings

  • SDHM on June 24, 2012, 22:24 GMT

    Merlin - it's worth remembering that, despite what other struggles England had over the winter on the subcontinent (and there were a few!), we actually won 3 out of 4 T20 games. I definitely wouldn't say we're favourites going into the World T20, but this idea that we're going to struggle in Sri Lanka is slightly misplaced if you ask me.

  • Optic on June 24, 2012, 22:17 GMT

    England won because they are the best in the world in the format, simple as, nobody has really come close tbh last couple of years tbh. WI overhyped and over here, that's all you can say really.

  • landsite on June 24, 2012, 22:10 GMT

    Had the catch/stumping that Ramdin failed to make against Hales and the catch that Sammy failed to take off Bopara both of Narine, Windies would have won.Narine would sooner or later bowl against these same English batsmen in weather that suits the game and spin bowlers and the story will be different.Sammy's captaincy needs a lot to be desired.We know that England is unbeatable in English conditions that is foreign to all.

  • 5wombats on June 24, 2012, 21:47 GMT

    The wombats were at Trent Bridge today and we enjoyed a really good game. Finn bowled really well, but Hales innings was brilliant! Totally gutted when he got out couldn't believe it. He and Bopara had it fully under control. We got up to D/L par at about the 11th over and never looked like not knocking off the runs. Great power hitting from Hales. Fearless too as Edwards was quick! WI left the slog 1 or 2 overs too late. Must say - we weren't expecting so much fun and enjoyment. Thank you West Indies & England for giving us such an entertaining game.

  • smackdawg on June 24, 2012, 21:42 GMT

    The match was loss mainly as a result of bad field placing by Sammy. Too many 2s were conceded. Boundaries accounted for 70 of England's total. There were 10 extras. It wasn't that WI bowled much worse either. England had 13 extras and conceded more boundaries. I lay the blame squarely at Sammy's feet.

  • on June 24, 2012, 21:32 GMT

    In the words of baseball guru Yogi Bera: "When you are going good, you are not that good; and when you are going bad, you are not that bad." It's going good for England right now in their own back yard, but it will be a whole different story in September in St. Lanka. Mark my words!

  • Patchmaster on June 24, 2012, 21:30 GMT

    ALl the AUS batsmen are looking at Finn and thinking that he's gonna be handful.....faster than the Aussie bowlers and much more accurate.

  • on June 24, 2012, 21:21 GMT

    WI were the stronger side. 172 is a very good T 20 score on any ground. So where did we go wrong? Well simply put, we did not have a plan to get the ENG batters out. Proof? Ravi's last over, when he went around the wicket to Bopara. To me that was an impromptu decision that didn't work and cost us the match. The idea was a good one but it wasn't planned. ENG had a plan and executed it well. The short pitch ball was well utilised. Yes ENG is tough at home, and Andy is a much smarter customer that Ottis.

  • on June 24, 2012, 21:08 GMT

    Look at England's dot balls compared to West Indies. Those are the real difference between the sides.

  • sheila_4 on June 24, 2012, 20:47 GMT

    Bravo, England. A cracking game, and a stunning victory to the hosts, as I anticipated it would be. Although the stats make it look close, England could easily have upped the run rate toward the end if required, but had no need to do so as they were always in control of this one.

  • Sankofa on June 24, 2012, 20:47 GMT

    WI allowed England too many singles where was WI dont take enough singles. The WI bowlers had no plan for the batsmen.

  • mar2000 on June 24, 2012, 20:16 GMT

    Thanks SMITTY, i always knew you would come good if you kept a good shot selection . ( I am in your corner for the job as CAPTAIN of the WI 20/20 squad.) England came with the best bowling plan , full and wide , they even extended the boundry line and ran plenty 2's while the West Indies try to clear the ropes over and over .......Why Chris did not get a bowl worries me .

  • landl47 on June 24, 2012, 19:56 GMT

    The most significant thing about this game was the ages of the England players. Hales-23, Kies-24, Bopara-27, Morgan-25, Buttler-21, Bairstow-22, Patel-27, Broad-26 (today), Swann-33, Dern-26, Finn-23. Only one player over 27, and when you think that Bresnan and Cook, both 27, were left out and England has players like Root, Taylor, Stokes, Woakes, Coles and Briggs all 23 or less, I can't remember a time when England had so much young talent. The pitch looked a real belter, Finn bowled way better than anyone else and Chris Gayle might have made lots of runs in the IPL but Finn had him looking clueless today. Good fun, as far as T20s go which, let's face it, isn't very far.

  • BRUTALANALYST on June 24, 2012, 19:01 GMT

    Sammy dropped Bopara TWICE of NARINE that was the difference as well as W.I kicking on to late sending Pollard in with just 5 overs left and Sammy not even to the crease is a waste with only 4 wickets down BRAVO and Pollard were going so well just to late ! DWAYNE SMITH again was the stand out player what great innings he and Gayle need to become regular opening pair once they both fire it's game over whoever the opposition.

  • whatawicket on June 24, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    nice to see just coz the down under experts say whats gunna happen.dont say thats its true.

  • EnglishCricket on June 24, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    Excellent performance by England! and just as I have predicted England have yet won again so that's great to see and England don't really need Pieterson in the limited overs when one our young man Alex scores a brilliant 99 at his home ground and deserved the century only to be bowled out by a brilliant delivery. As for West Indies, I really think them and a few others at the top end need to be stripped from at least Tests and possibly ODIs for a while until they learn how to win in fact teams like Ireland, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh etc look more promising than them so sorry West Indies the record since 2010 in all formats combined speaks for itself.

  • subbass on June 24, 2012, 17:56 GMT

    Oh so gutted for Hales !! I thought he really deserved a century, but like they say, you would take 99 if offered every time you put your pads on. Good win for England overall, WI were probably favourites at H/T. What happened to Narine ? Pretty ordinary in English conditions so far. I still think he's a good bowler but he has been over hyped by his IPL performances, it shows that international cricket is a much harder game than ANY domestic league, even the biggest of the lot.

    Congrats England on a clean sweep of the Windies, ok they are a poor Test side but not so poor in the shorter formats, albeit a team which does look better on paper than they actually are in said format.

    plz publish..

  • hhillbumper on June 24, 2012, 17:56 GMT

    these players do well in IPL but look useless against England.Make of that what you will?

  • jb633 on June 24, 2012, 17:43 GMT

    Seriously when are people going to realise that without proper management this crop of WI players will never be able to produce results. If you look at man for man the WI side that played today should be beating England. We were however smarter in the way we approached the game. It looks to me like the WI bowlers don't have plans for particular batsmen and therfore make life too easy for them. It is a shame because there is much potential in that side. My fear as an Eng and cricket fan is that it will never come to full fruition. We are still looking incredibly formidable at home. And that is without the pitches offering anything to any bowlers. Well played Hales and Ravi. Good to see a youngster put his hand up and be counted like that. Bring on Italy now. 2-1 England lol

  • the_wallster on June 24, 2012, 17:33 GMT

    Out of ten I'd rate Hales' performance 9.9/10

  • on June 24, 2012, 17:26 GMT

    well, Smith! that's the way to bat, don't get overwhelmed by the circumstances, humble yourself and you will be exalted.Wait, be patient, don't get hyper concerning balls outside off stump, but bide your time, be patient and chose the right balls to dispatch and your desire to become a great player during your 2004 South Africa debacle will come back and put you on the rightful throne that you deserves

  • BRUTALANALYST on June 24, 2012, 17:18 GMT

    More poor management leaving Pollard to late and Bravo no place for Simmons in this side Gayle and Smith finally the right opening pair just not today for Chris well played Hales and England.

  • The_bowlers_Holding on June 24, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    Good game, England never got behind in the run chase did they really, why do we read so many negative reports on England in the shorter formats- they keep winning which ever team they put out. Saying that unless it is in the sub-continent it does not count. Good effort byt he young uns and the older boys nice mix, now get Stokes in somewhere (great surname) :)

  • on June 24, 2012, 17:13 GMT

    Well done England, but for T20 world cup at Sri Lanka, the concerned personnels will have to bring in KP t any cost to open with cook or Hales followed by Bell, Trot, Morgan, Bopara,Keiswetter,Broad,Swann,Bresnan,Tremlet r Finn.That will make England a relchampion side.All the very best to Stuart Broad and his team.

  • on June 24, 2012, 16:54 GMT

    What a magnificent win for England! Hats off to Alex Hales. His disappointment upon getting out on 99 was really affecting. But a great chase by the team. Well done, guys!

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on June 24, 2012, 16:48 GMT

    Yessssssssss!!!!!!!! There it is! What a game... what a victory for England! My wife has baked a lovely humble pie for me for doubting the youthful batsmen, and there's a HUGE slice left over for RandyOZ as well. Told you all it would be close! Well done England, well done Zimbabwe, and well done UK's weather for holding on today!

  • on June 24, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    Congrats England. played smart cricket, rotated the strike well.

  • on June 24, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    Well played smith bravo & pollard..............

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on June 24, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    O.K. half-time now. I'm a nervous wreck... great work by Finn; lovely batting by Smith and Bravo. I maybe would have given Bopara an over or two instead of Dernbach, who struggled today. Right, let's see how the England youngsters reply...

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on June 24, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    I told you WI should have opened with Chris Gayle and Dwayne Smith in the ODI's... As long as one of them stays in and goes on, WI will perform well. Lendl Simmons misses out again, but his time will come.

  • on June 24, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    that ball didn't play for Samuels

  • on June 24, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    I would love to see England win this one. The WI's look very strong on paper, but will they be strong on the field? I say Yes, but maybe I will be wrong . . .

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  • on June 24, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    I would love to see England win this one. The WI's look very strong on paper, but will they be strong on the field? I say Yes, but maybe I will be wrong . . .

  • on June 24, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    that ball didn't play for Samuels

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on June 24, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    I told you WI should have opened with Chris Gayle and Dwayne Smith in the ODI's... As long as one of them stays in and goes on, WI will perform well. Lendl Simmons misses out again, but his time will come.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on June 24, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    O.K. half-time now. I'm a nervous wreck... great work by Finn; lovely batting by Smith and Bravo. I maybe would have given Bopara an over or two instead of Dernbach, who struggled today. Right, let's see how the England youngsters reply...

  • on June 24, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    Well played smith bravo & pollard..............

  • on June 24, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    Congrats England. played smart cricket, rotated the strike well.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on June 24, 2012, 16:48 GMT

    Yessssssssss!!!!!!!! There it is! What a game... what a victory for England! My wife has baked a lovely humble pie for me for doubting the youthful batsmen, and there's a HUGE slice left over for RandyOZ as well. Told you all it would be close! Well done England, well done Zimbabwe, and well done UK's weather for holding on today!

  • on June 24, 2012, 16:54 GMT

    What a magnificent win for England! Hats off to Alex Hales. His disappointment upon getting out on 99 was really affecting. But a great chase by the team. Well done, guys!

  • on June 24, 2012, 17:13 GMT

    Well done England, but for T20 world cup at Sri Lanka, the concerned personnels will have to bring in KP t any cost to open with cook or Hales followed by Bell, Trot, Morgan, Bopara,Keiswetter,Broad,Swann,Bresnan,Tremlet r Finn.That will make England a relchampion side.All the very best to Stuart Broad and his team.

  • The_bowlers_Holding on June 24, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    Good game, England never got behind in the run chase did they really, why do we read so many negative reports on England in the shorter formats- they keep winning which ever team they put out. Saying that unless it is in the sub-continent it does not count. Good effort byt he young uns and the older boys nice mix, now get Stokes in somewhere (great surname) :)