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Australia v England, 1st T20, Adelaide

Nerveless Woakes seals record win

The Report by Andrew McGlashan at the Adelaide Oval

January 12, 2011

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England 9 for 158 (Morgan 43, Watson 4-15) beat Australia 7 for 157 (Watson 59, Yardy 2-28) by one wicket
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Chris Woakes celebrates hitting the winning run as England beat Australia by one wicket, Australia v England, 1st Twenty20, Adelaide, January 12, 2011
Chris Woakes kept his cool to guide England to an eighth Twenty20 win in a row © Getty Images
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Chris Woakes showed nerves of steel on his international debut to seal England a thrilling one-wicket victory at Adelaide and a world-record eighth Twenty20 win on the trot. Woakes finished unbeaten on 19 from 15 balls as he struck the final ball over midwicket having lost Graeme Swann at the start of the last over with four needed.

Ajmal Shahzad faced two dot balls before scrambling to the non-striker's end then Woakes scythed Shane Watson, who produced an outstanding all-round display with 59 and four wickets, through backward point to level the scores and ensure, at worst, England couldn't lose. They really shouldn't have pushed it so close having always been in control of the asking rate, but it's a credit to their belief that they could still pull through for victory despite a late clatter of wickets.

Watson will feel the defeat particularly acutely having almost pulled the match back for Australia. Eoin Morgan, in his first major innings since September, had eased 43 off 33 balls when he drove to cover and Michael Yardy fell first ball as he failed to get his bat out of the line of a short ball. But Woakes, a replacement for Stuart Broad in the England squad, showed why he was sent in ahead of Swann when he pulled Shaun Tait for a mighty six and was there to see his side home.

Australia were still some way short of the standards they set themselves having lost momentum with the bat after a fine start, the combined eight overs of Tait and Brett Lee went for 81, and their fielding display included a number of errors. They should have struck first ball of the innings but Steve O'Keefe dropped a regulation chance at square leg as Ian Bell went to pull Tait. Bell responded with three boundaries, including an effortless back-foot drive which oozed the class he has shown all tour.

England clearly weren't going to hold back in the first six overs. It was thrilling cricket to watch as the sides traded boundaries and wickets. Steven Davies drove his second ball to cover to give Brett Lee a wicket on his international return then Bell was given a second life, again off Tait, when David Warner dropped a tough chance at backward point.

Bell, playing his first Twenty20 international since 2008, unleashed an uppercut over third man of which Virender Sehwag would have been proud and Kevin Pietersen didn't want to be left behind as he joined in the boundary hunt. Australia continued to lapse in the field as O'Keefe let one through his legs at deep square-leg with England scoring at more than 10-an-over.

The batsmen didn't want to rein themselves in, however, even though the asking-rate was plummeting, and Bell drove Mitchell Johnson's third ball to cover. O'Keefe, meanwhile, must have feared how his evening would develop when Pietersen hit his first two balls for four and six but the left-arm spinner struck back when Pietersen failed to clear a leaping David Hussey at mid-off. It was a needless shot in terms of the run-rate, but England's tactic - which has reaped rich rewards - has been to go hard regardless in the first six overs.

The situation was made for steady accumulation and for a period Morgan and Paul Collingwood calmly ticked off the runs. It was hard to tell which batsman had barely played an innings since the end of the English season. Morgan pulled Lee for six then placed him perfectly over mid-off, but kept losing partners when Collingwood top-edged a sweep and Luke Wright walked across his stumps. And for once, Morgan couldn't finish the game himself.

Australia had threatened a far greater total than 157 when Watson was cutting loose to take Swann's first over for 26 on the way to a 27-ball half-century. He added 83 for the first wicket with Warner, but when the pair were separated the innings struggled to regain momentum and Australia failed to double their score.

Watson struck one boundary off Bresnan so hard that his bat broke, but the real damage came against the spinners. Yardy's opening over cost nine before Watson took Swann's first three deliveries over midwicket for increasingly large sixes and he added another boundary to reach fifty. Yardy, though, is a canny operator and fired one past Watson's attempted cut to give England a much-needed boost and he later had Warner taken at deep midwicket.

Despite Watson's departure Swann was whipped out of the attack but when he returned he produced a tight three overs which only went for 14. Hussey struggled to find his usual striking range, and though he eventually pulled Bresnan over midwicket for six. he then missed a perfect yorker next ball. England's bowlers were superb in the closing overs and the final result once again showed how the smallest of margins can make the difference in Twenty20 cricket.

Innings Dot balls 4s 6s PP1 16-20 overs NB/Wides
Australia 57 17 4 41/0 35/1 0/2
England 45 14 4 64/3 29/4 0/2

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Posted by   on (January 13, 2011, 23:33 GMT)

As a Brit I'm glad for England that they got the record for T20 wins, but this brings up a niggle that I've had for a long time regarding limited-over cricket - the fact that it's only runs that count. Which was the better team in Adelaide? Australia, because they scored 157 with the loss of 4 wickets, while England managed 158 with the loss of 9 wickets. But England won. Wouldn't it be fairer for limited overs cricket to be won on a combination of runs scored and wickets lost? Something as simple as average per wicket: then Australia would have won with an average of 39.25 per wicket against England's 17.5. Surely this is a better reflection of the teams' qualities on the day, and it would give more reward to bowlers to aim to take wickets. OK, some of the immediate excitement of the final over might be lost, but it would be simple to have the scoreboard show the running average per wicket.

Posted by   on (January 13, 2011, 21:06 GMT)

Congrats to England on the win, it was a very entertaining match to watch. I feel Lee's second last over though lost it for Australia, his bowling just was not tight enough. Watson did particularly well under pressure to reign it back in. But Woakes was outstanding for such a young man.

Posted by 5wombats on (January 13, 2011, 19:22 GMT)

@Marcio; "Check Please". Waiter; "Certainly sir - what kind? Reality"? @landl47 - don't worry - I don't know what he's talking about either. But it's FUN isn't it!

Posted by selvasnz on (January 13, 2011, 9:32 GMT)

Hi, Iam happy about England winning, anyone notice that while Brett Lee bowling in the last over, he blocked deliberately Swan running and hitting by leg and pulling again, there is no sportive approach at all. If somebody there in Lee's place, they would have complained, there only Aussies are staying, still.

Posted by indoorminer on (January 13, 2011, 9:17 GMT)

Eng should have had the game wrapped up after that explosive start, but Aussies hung in there and Eng looked to have thrown it away. Woakes held nerve admirably on his debut. Watson can count himself unlucky to be on the losing side (was it me or did he seemed to have more intensity here, even though this is supposed 'fun cricket'?). Good game though. (As for Runsters comments, Scgboy is right. And great teams make their own luck - apart from their undoubted ability they also had the ability/desire to claw a game back when things weren't going well. I watched games that they looked to have lost but give them a sniff, and they were back in it. And after time that developed into an aura of almost invincibility. I'm an Eng supporter, but those Aussies teams were great and its churlish to say otherwise).

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (January 13, 2011, 8:05 GMT)

Can you believe Poms made a world record? Aussies can make a world record too. How many T20 matches lost in a row by a country. Aussie lost 5 now. (most recent first) Australia LLLLL England WWWWW

Posted by azzaman333 on (January 13, 2011, 7:20 GMT)

We lost because Tait and Lee bowled too many boundary balls. 11 fours and 3 sixes came of their combined bowling. Can't afford to play both of them unless the pitch is lightning fast. Warner's 14 dot balls at the top of the order when it was easiest to score didn't help either.

Posted by Something_Witty on (January 13, 2011, 6:55 GMT)

@ftb93, so one long overdue pull shot to a half-tracker which cleared the tiny square boundaries at Adelaide Oval, makes up for the 3 or 4 overs of meandering along at less than a run-a-ball? It shouldn't take you 20 deliveries to be able to play the pull shot. Watto, Warner, White, Paine, Smith and others (heck even Clarke), can play the pull shot successfully as soon as they come in. If you can't come out and blast balls (regardless of length/line), from the first ball, then you have no place in T-20 cricket. I hate to say it, but David Hussey really needs to do something about it. It's quite obvious that he hates short-pitched bowling, and if he can't score quickly off short balls, bowlers will never do anything else but bowl back of a length and short. Basically, he's been found out, and needs to change his game or he will never be able to justify his place.

Posted by   on (January 13, 2011, 6:24 GMT)

Does anyone else wonder why the two best attacking w/k batsmen in the world cannot get into thier respective ODI sides? It seems bizarre to me that after the series they have both had that they are not deemed good enough for the joke cricket. There is no point changing the side for the sake of change is there? I am not saying that either Payne or Davies are bad players but it seems stupid. Neither Haddin or Prior are about to retire.

Posted by straight_drive4 on (January 13, 2011, 6:19 GMT)

@ scgboy - spot on... where have rrunster and all his mates been hiding for the last 15 years? in someones back door - thats where.

Posted by   on (January 13, 2011, 4:47 GMT)

Can White possibly captain as twelfth man? Since he can't bat and doesn't bowl anymore I feel his biggest captaining dilemma must be dealing with himself.

Posted by Meety on (January 13, 2011, 4:17 GMT)

I am not a fan of T20s, but I would hate losing marbles to a Pom, let alone some form of cricket, so I was spewing about the result. I think that Lee & Tait showed promise, & I would like them persisted with for the next T20 & 50/50. MJ bowled fairly well as did Watto. I am a fan of O'Keefe - but that drop was crucial, to a lessor extent so was Warners. I have been whinging about Oz fielding for well over a year, (noticed the decline in the 2005 Ashes), it is killing our chances every game. Get rid of Mike Young & Tim Nielson - I find it incredible that a former w/k would not be working out ways to improve our fielding standards - & what would a Yank know about catching barehanded? Great batsmen & bowlers don't grow on trees, but fielders can improve thru practise. Great fielding also can make bowlers look better by holding chances.

Posted by Scgboy on (January 13, 2011, 4:14 GMT)

er Rrunster ,that wasn't luck ,that was Gd given skill and brilliance.An assembly of the some of the most talented and amazing cricketers ever to walk onto a field.That was the nucleus of the Aussie dominance at top. Awesome performers in all three aspects of the game ,be it with bat , balll or fielding with iron willed determination.All the great sides have or had it.to say otherwise , is dishonest and demeaning.smell of cheap jealousy and spite as well.

the fact that the teams has broken apart and is now rebuilding , as every teams must , explains the situation.England has displayed much more of those above mentioned qualities and skills than our team , as of late hence have reaped their well deserved rewards. Assuming that your team can dominated for 15 years ,then would we be right in calling them just lucky??/

Posted by FTB93 on (January 13, 2011, 3:11 GMT)

Something_Witty obvioulsy you didnt see the bit where bresnan I think bowled a bouncer and Hussey hit him far into the grand stand. Watson is the new Jacques Kallis and it was a great match funny how little things like when Bresnan hit a four straight down the ground and Johnson was ruled to have touched the rope when flicking it back and keeping it to a 3. Would of meant in the long run a draw and super over wich would of been interesting.

Posted by jkaussie on (January 13, 2011, 2:38 GMT)

@straight_drive4 you're wrong actually. Having your field straight for full and straight bowling does not work at int'l T20 level. batsmen are adept at taking those deliveries square of the wicket with deflections, inside out or lap/reverse sweeps even off the seamers. T20 is a batsmen's game so the bowlers have to mix it up; as such placing your field is more of a lottery, changes are made based on player's strength areas and to create doubt and a fair slice of luck comes into the equation.

Posted by Deenesh on (January 13, 2011, 2:08 GMT)

awwwwww. Aussies lost again. Wen its not ur series its not ur series. England will destroy the ODI's. And dont expect a close 20/20 for the next game. Eng will win by a large margin. Watson cant strike twice :P

Posted by Runster1 on (January 13, 2011, 1:49 GMT)

Looks like australia have lost their luck after all. serves them right, their lucky few years at the top of the table (yes they had legendary warne and gilchrist), but in the last few years after their retirement and the infamous sydney test, they were bloody lucky. so aussies, now u knw how unlucky life can be, and i assure you, there is more to come; a debt of 3-5 years.

Posted by BSapkota on (January 13, 2011, 1:22 GMT)

What a game its great to wave english flag sittin around aussie fans in adelaide oval.....

Posted by Something_Witty on (January 13, 2011, 1:07 GMT)

@200ondebut, did I ever say that I was unhappy with the umpiring because it affected the result of the game? No. I Simply said the umpiring was poor, and it was. Tait got away with a couple of no balls that he shouldn't have, and a couple of wides were called when they should not have been. If anything, Australia benefited from poor umpiring more than England in this game. I still cannot abide poor umpiring though, it's as simple as that. The umpires are paid to do a job, and during series involving England and Australia, they seem less and less capable of doing said job.

Posted by Mad_Hamish on (January 13, 2011, 0:55 GMT)

You can't blame the Australian fielding coach for O'Keefe who hasn't been part of the squad so hasn't been working with him.

Posted by   on (January 13, 2011, 0:54 GMT)

The player fielding at backward point prevented any runs being scored there , straight-drive4 . Wasn't that the purpose ? Pity field placement wasn't as effective in other areas! Like , O'Keeffe's square of the wicket dropped chance off Dinga Bell !

Posted by Aaaaaron on (January 13, 2011, 0:49 GMT)

Micheal Clarke is waste for the 20-20's, good decision by him to get down and Can somebody tel me what happened to Brad haddin?

Posted by   on (January 13, 2011, 0:48 GMT)

i think the game also showed the value of godd, quick, accurate spinners. I think Aus could do with less of tait and lee and a bit more thoguht in the slow bowling department

Posted by phoenixsteve on (January 12, 2011, 23:43 GMT)

@ChrisMcKeown. Well said and words deserving the respect of all cricket fans - regardless of allegance! A true sports/cricket fan......

Posted by maccaroo on (January 12, 2011, 23:21 GMT)

I'm an ex Saffa, so supporting the aussie cricket team has been a slow process of conversion. Last night things changed - Never thought I'd ever be cheering for a guy called Shayne W... C'mon aussie for the second T20!

Posted by righthandbat on (January 12, 2011, 23:18 GMT)

I think both sides could do with some tinkering - my teams would be for next match:

England order: Bell, Pietersen, Morgan, Davies, Collingwood, Bresnan, Woakes, Yardy, Tremlett, Shahzad, Panesar.

Australian order: Warner, Watson, S.Marsh, D. Hussey, White, Paine, Christian, Johnson, Hauritz, Doherty, Clark.

Posted by straight_drive4 on (January 12, 2011, 23:16 GMT)

abraham, not sure why i have to repeat this as i have already said it in my previous comments - if you are going to bowl full and straight, have your fielders straight. morgan hit majority of his runs through that area and a lot were in the air... it doesnt take a brain surgeon to work that out. im pretty sure you will find he didnt hit a single ball through backward point his whole innings, yet he had a fielder there the whole time.

Posted by _Australian_ on (January 12, 2011, 23:04 GMT)

Not taking away from excellent late innings bowling from England but I think Australia need a big hitter down the order to finish off what was a good first 10 overs. White did a good job as captain but maybe he could bat at 6 or 7. Smith would be better suited coming in earlier (3 or 4) where his unorthodox style would be better suited guiding the ball around and keeping the scoring rate ticking. We really need our fielding coach full time as previous. Our fielding is really slipping. O'Keefe first ball drop was terrible!

Posted by johntycodes on (January 12, 2011, 23:01 GMT)

Thank you to those so called brilliant victorians white, hussey and finch who cost us the match by pushing singles in the middle overs. Cameron white is pathetic the way he comes in and tries to block his first 10 balls every innings.

Posted by   on (January 12, 2011, 22:58 GMT)

I'm probably the first aussie to say this but as much as it sux we are losing atm ...its great! we've got a contest on our shoulders and something to compete at now we have a challenge to face and a chance to rebuild it should be exciting even if we are losing atm... no team can forever stay dominate forever every team goes through rebuilding phases. aussies will come back again but prob not for a while but enjoy the tension and the game of cricket.

Posted by landl47 on (January 12, 2011, 22:34 GMT)

Couple more observations- Tait always had a low delivery, but now his back knee is almost brushing the ground and his arm is horizontal. He looks like a pretzel, no wonder he's always injured. I see very little prospect of him getting through the WC without injury. Aus made 8 changes from the side that lost the Ashes, but it was the same result. The reason more Eng players aren't picked for the IPL is that it clashes with the start of the English season. Got to laugh @ Marcio- 'during the Ashes Aus often threw away strong positions'. Really? They weren't able to capitalize on their lead in the first test, because England scored 1-517, but otherwise, name me one strong position Australia threw away. They didn't have any strong positions in tests 2, 4 and 5. When the opposition scores 5-620 (against 245), 513 (against 98), and 644 (against 280), strong positions are hard to come by.

Posted by AbrahamBenjamin on (January 12, 2011, 22:08 GMT)

What would you have done in White's situation straight_drive? Put a fielder half way between the ring and the boundary??? From what I recall there was five batsman caught on the off-side in the England innings...

Posted by Aaaaaron on (January 12, 2011, 21:36 GMT)

Bad luck Auss, Tim paine ans steven Smith as all-rounder was waste in the team.

Posted by Scgboy on (January 12, 2011, 21:33 GMT)

At last a faint ray of sunlight , in an otherwise dismal summer (so far)

my friends, the Ashes is the be all and end all, for any true cricket fan. Australian and Englishman that is.if your an indian or what not , then please notice that this is about Aussies and pommies , not India and tendulkar.so go rant somewhere else. So that in mind ,and puting aside England well deserved win, everything else pales in contrast.Do we really care , if anyone wins or loses a biff and a bash? Have we been waiting two years to see if the boys can win , the ODI series? i think not. Thats said , the teams needs to win to regain some momentum and pride ,but dont over state the case please.

Posted by straight_drive4 on (January 12, 2011, 21:12 GMT)

not the best start to a captaincy career by white... field placement wasnt the best. most of the english left handers were hitting 4s in the air out to deep cover and the fielders on the offside were placed at deep backward point. not quite sure how the batter is going to hit to backward of point when a right handed bolwer is coming around the wicket and bowling full into the left handed batter. leaked many runs through there and msised many catching opportunities.

Posted by straight_drive4 on (January 12, 2011, 20:59 GMT)

@ gilly4ever - now i know why you and all the other victorian fans are constantly talking about averages. every second post is about whites average, husseys averages, hodges average etc etc - australia were in a very dominant position until WHITE AND HUSSEY started batting for their averages.

Posted by pom_and_proud on (January 12, 2011, 20:22 GMT)

Look on the bright side at least you can't lose by an innings in 20/20

Posted by Ozcricketwriter on (January 12, 2011, 20:17 GMT)

I think White did well in his captaincy debut to get it this close. Pity that the roll of the dice at the end didn't work but it oh so nearly did.

Posted by StarveTheLizard on (January 12, 2011, 19:04 GMT)

I really think T20 is the game of the future. You can figure out the result of most test matches by day 3. The result of this game wasn't figured out until the last ball of the game!

Posted by true_cricket_fan on (January 12, 2011, 19:02 GMT)

"One ball before the victory, he ensured, at worst, England couldn't lose." This statement is not true. This is 20-20. Had the match been tied, England could have lost in the super over.

Posted by   on (January 12, 2011, 18:50 GMT)

I agree with most of the aussies, this fromat does not really matter but it is fun. It is a great leveller with the short overs and means that the two sides can have a good game rather that a mismatch. Look forward to the next couple of weeks. Nice to see the roos compete.

Posted by stationmaster on (January 12, 2011, 18:42 GMT)

Amazing to see how many AUS fans say this doesn't matter ! NOT what they were saying yesterday. GREAT win by ENG

Posted by aracer on (January 12, 2011, 18:33 GMT)

Of course no time traveller from 2007 would be surprised that the world record for consecutive T20 wins was set in this match. After all they'd expect Australia to be good at this format.

Posted by WilliamFranklin on (January 12, 2011, 17:37 GMT)

Win is a win and in australia's case another defeat.

Really shocking that Watson gets bowling figures like that.

Posted by pom_don on (January 12, 2011, 17:28 GMT)

It is amazing to see how many Aus comments say this format doesn't matter....bet it would have mattered if they had won! I would think that the next game will be won at a canter by England......roll on the one dayers that will sort the doubters out!

Posted by Sidwwechamp on (January 12, 2011, 17:19 GMT)

It was a truly close contest. Australia got their score good but not unachievable. The Englishmen proved that although quite hard.

Posted by 200ondebut on (January 12, 2011, 17:15 GMT)

@Something_Witty. Seems a bit odd you criticising Oz fielding when you are clutching at straws yourself with your other comments. Umpiring wasn't great - missed a number of no-balls in Englands innings which would have made result much more comfortable - but of course game less exciting.

If I were you I would get used to losing and learn hiow to do it with a bit more grace.

Posted by 200ondebut on (January 12, 2011, 17:10 GMT)

Well done Woakes. If you were Indian you'd be worth millions in the IPL.

Great match - edge of the seat stuff. England world champs and now record holders. Well done.

@dh74 - it would have included India if they had managed to reach the final of the World T20 cup!

Posted by phoenixsteve on (January 12, 2011, 17:09 GMT)

Well, with the ime differnce and this being a D-N game I was tempted to miss the Cricinfo commentary for this one - not being a huge fan of his format. In the end I set my alarm for 1.30 and was royally entertained by a fascinating contest which ended aroung 4.45 here. Tired as I was there was nothing to yawn about though! Australia showed moments of brilliance and then moments of ordinaryness! England were sublime and the end result was a nail biter that apparently wouldn't have been so close - had several no balls been spotted? The old decisions debate again.... don't 'they' (the powers that be) know yet that we crciket fans just want justice? Anyhow, great win for England and any win oiver Australia is to be enjoyed at any time! Good to see some new blood/young guns coming through for England. Maybe this talk of an English Cricketing Dynasty isn't so far fetched? Hope not! Great stuff England and after the Ashes thrashing we gave the Aussies this is just icing on the cake!

Posted by bouncedout on (January 12, 2011, 16:55 GMT)

@something witty, the same can be true of any game, cricket or otherwise. What I do know is that England deserved to win this game in the same way that they deserved to win the T20 final.

England are presently a more skilful and deserving side than Australia. That may be why they are winning...

Posted by Fifthman on (January 12, 2011, 16:45 GMT)

Shouldn't that be 'Woakes seals Wecord-bweaking Win' ?

Posted by landl47 on (January 12, 2011, 16:13 GMT)

Nice to see Chris Woakes having a good game and scoring the winning runs. At 21, he's an international all-rounder in the making. I had a feeling having Tait, Lee and Johnson in the same side in T20 might be a mistake and so it proved. Tremendous effort by Watson with both bat and ball- frustrating to play so well and lose, but he didn't get much help from the others. With a bowling attack featuring Woakes, Shahzad and Bresnan, England did pretty well to hold Aus to 157. I'm with Something_Witty in that this isn't my favorite form of the game and the results don't mean much, but it was exciting and the right team won.

Posted by   on (January 12, 2011, 15:28 GMT)

Who got man of the match? Watson's performance deserves it surely even if he was on the losing side

Posted by   on (January 12, 2011, 15:28 GMT)

Well congratulations to England. Ecstatic Eng continues to be on top in this format either. Carrying the form from Tests to T20 and adjusting in the format quite sharply fast. But i believe England could have won easily, if they had played a little more sensibly. Too many reckless shorts by the players like Pieterson and Morgan as well. I wanted to see Morgan guiding the team to home till the end but he also threw his wicket away. England needs to be more patient. They could have easily won by 4 wickets at least. Top order and middle order needs to be sensible. 157 was the below power score after getting dangerous Watto out. But england made this total difficult for them in the end by throwing their wickets away. Australia could have won in the end but thanks to new comer`s awesome temperament and performance, they won. Cracking game

Posted by zn264 on (January 12, 2011, 15:23 GMT)

T20 matches are hear to stay so why not get excited about them! All these aussie comments saying it doesn't mean anything, well it does, your still loosing. Tests are where the real cricket is played for sure, but we can't just ignore this format of the game. Boy I can't wait till we start playing them again, might be the only thing we can win...but I doubt it...from Black Caps supporter.

Posted by Something_Witty on (January 12, 2011, 15:11 GMT)

@bouncedout, you can think that if you like. It won't make it true. The fact is that T-20 is largely a game of gambles. It's quite enjoyable to watch, but by its very nature, the winner might not necessarily be (and quite often is not) the most skilful or most deserving side.

Posted by   on (January 12, 2011, 15:08 GMT)

Watson played really well, and England breaking the World Record in the way they know how, by the skin of their teeth! Excellent match! I hope the next T20 is just as entertaining. We need big crowds in to help with the Queensland Floods Fund.

Posted by Guernica on (January 12, 2011, 14:44 GMT)

Well, good to keep the run of wins going with a partly experimental team. I know it's only 20-20 but England's run is more impressive for not including any minnows. Pak x 3 times, Aus x 2, NZ, SA and SL. No doubt Indian fans will point out that it doesn't include India...

Posted by Manibharathi on (January 12, 2011, 14:27 GMT)

What a match! Incredible.. This is the first victory in T20 brief history by the margin of one wicket..Very sad to see the state of once mighty Aussies..England is really a team to beat

Posted by popcorn on (January 12, 2011, 14:25 GMT)

Catches win matches, annd no truer example is the regulation catch dropped by Steve O'Keefe off Ian Bell.Australia need a good sharp fielding coach. Mike Young is good for fielding in the deep.Get Mark Waugh IMMEDIATELY.

Posted by Dr.Qwert on (January 12, 2011, 14:21 GMT)

difference was the fielding, 1st summer i can remember the aussies have been out fielded. steve smith doesn't have the power for T20 batting. Lee shouldn't be bowling at the death. when we return to proper cricket (apposed to T20 garbage) it's going to be very interesting. australia doesn't have a great test team any more but are still up there in ODIs. if they select a capable team that is, 1 with Marsh & Hodge.

Posted by Chapelau on (January 12, 2011, 14:21 GMT)

Have to agree with somethingwitty - this format doesnt float my boat either - as an England fan, its great that we are unbeaten in 16 series all formats, but the tests are what matters. Hats off to Watto - great all round performance. It does seem to be Australia's fielding that lets them down again and again - time for a new fielding coach ?

Posted by Okakaboka on (January 12, 2011, 14:07 GMT)

Yep, Lee and Tait were very disappointing. They just aren't that quick any more. Tait has definitely lowered his arm when he bowls.....and lost 10 kms/hr....Lee is slower and had no control of his length. We need Mackay, McDonald, Nannes, S. Clark, etc.

Posted by Herbet on (January 12, 2011, 13:49 GMT)

havn't seen the umpiring but Australia's fielding is poor, probably down to the inexperience of the players and the pressure they are under

Posted by Marcio on (January 12, 2011, 13:43 GMT)

Good to see Cameron White say at the end he thought Australia could win. You could see he meant it. That is a real positive, as during the Ashes AUS often threw away strong positions, as if they didn't think they could, or deserved to win. A win isn't far away. This one could have gone either way. There just needs to be even more resolve and determination. There's still some hesitation at key moments, and today this cost the game. It will swing back AUS's way sooner rather than later. Here's wishing AUS the best in the next game.

Posted by   on (January 12, 2011, 13:29 GMT)

gezz whiz England got lucky again ,just like they did in the Ashes,lucky lucky....

Posted by   on (January 12, 2011, 13:23 GMT)

congrats england well done

Posted by   on (January 12, 2011, 13:14 GMT)

The result was inevitable,England line up was threatening as it has been since the start of the season.Eoin Moin and Woakes showed some real class out there.Aussies looked pathetic except for shane watson.Bad luck for him.

Any ways it has now become evident that Australia is not a top class team any more.

Well Played England

Posted by girikula on (January 12, 2011, 13:12 GMT)

It was gr8 match!!! Nail biting till last ball!!! ENG were in control and almost gave away the match!! White is a cool customer and he can become very good future captain! Poor Watson - his team is not in flow when he is doing gr8! Congrats to Colly for the record win!

Posted by Assasinator_007 on (January 12, 2011, 13:11 GMT)

@Something_Witty...T-20 is popular format these days...Win or Loss just admit it...don't curse the format.

Posted by   on (January 12, 2011, 13:07 GMT)

Australia are getting better. They didn't lose by an innings this time.

Posted by   on (January 12, 2011, 13:07 GMT)

Brilliant batting by England & all credit to Woakes for keeping his cool and taking England to world record breaking victory!!!!

Posted by uknsaunders on (January 12, 2011, 13:03 GMT)

IPL Cost of Australia Team = 6.04m IPL Cost of England Team = 1.25m

Shouldn't Australia be nearly five times better :-)

Posted by   on (January 12, 2011, 12:57 GMT)

Watson is quality, shame he is surrounded by mediocrity.

Posted by popcorn on (January 12, 2011, 12:52 GMT)

Steve Smith can't bat, can't bowl, can't field. Neither in Test Cricket, where he cross-bats, nor in Twenty20. He should be out on his ear.He missed a crucial run out that denied Australia a win against India in the Test match in India, and missed a run -out here.Why do they ever select him?

Posted by   on (January 12, 2011, 12:48 GMT)

Aussie is nothing now..no more young talent

Posted by   on (January 12, 2011, 12:38 GMT)

with a really good run rate at the start, chasing is not a problem for england. it was a good game overall.

Posted by   on (January 12, 2011, 12:37 GMT)

omg! it was one hell of a match! it was a nail biting match but atlast aussie lost it in the last ball!

first the ashes loss and now this loss in t20! its end of aussie era!

Posted by Truemans_Ghost on (January 12, 2011, 12:36 GMT)

I was briefly excited, briefly pleased with the result.... then sank back into indifference because it is only t20 after all. England's 8 wins is a novelty, but in the same way that Nasser Hussein's string of toss losses was a statistical novelty. Maybe I oversate slightly. I'm quite pleased, but there is something wrong when the best bowlers are Watson and Yardy.

Posted by   on (January 12, 2011, 12:30 GMT)

Oz's in d Wrst Form..... They shud sing the song 'The Catalyst'..... ;-)

Posted by   on (January 12, 2011, 12:30 GMT)

Of course, this is all just practise for when England face their real test; vs India in the summer.

Posted by bumbles11 on (January 12, 2011, 12:28 GMT)

Watson and Morgan stand out players by a long way and Woakes can be expensive but he is technically an all-rounder. Exciting match and at least the Aussies were up for a fight, although I still expect England to win ODI' series quite easily.

Posted by Something_Witty on (January 12, 2011, 12:27 GMT)

I would also like to add that David Hussey has been sorely found out by the short-pitched stuff England have given him in the last few encounters. No way he can justify his place in the team given the fact that he can't get bat on ball if the bowlers pitch it short. He's also old, get him out and get someone like Travis Birt in.

Posted by bouncedout on (January 12, 2011, 12:24 GMT)

@Something Witty, you may not care less about the result but all of the supporters in the ground and the players certainly did. If you feel that T20 is no more significant than a game of tiddlywinks then perhaps you should stick to watching that rather than cricket.

I suspect that if Australia were T20 World Champs and had just set a new world record for consecutive wins then you would not have made such comments.

Posted by Marcio on (January 12, 2011, 12:22 GMT)

It was a good game. However, that's the 5th or 6th game AUS have lost by 1 wicket in the last 18 months. And they really should have won all of them. To score only 150 and lose only 4 wickets (while the opposition lost 5 more wickets in their innings) is almost incredible with the big hitters AUS have. Dropping Bell via a sitter off the first ball cost AUS the game. Just as in the test series, the fact that England's pace bowlers bowl 5-10 kms slower was a huge factor. Johnson actually got smart (relatively speaking) and dropped his pace into the 130s. Watson, bowling slow, was the most effective AUS bowler. Overall though, a good bowling/fielding effort by AS (after the two dropped catches in the 1st 3 overs). Eng. just slogged away, rather arrogantly I thought, in the first 8 overs, and paid the price with wickets, which was inevitable. A pity about the two dropped catches.

Posted by Kiran_dxb on (January 12, 2011, 12:22 GMT)

well done england... congrats on the record-breaking victory!! pls make sure you white-wash the aussies in da odi series.... lol

Posted by SettingSun on (January 12, 2011, 12:21 GMT)

World champions. World record holders. Ashes holders. Unbeaten in last several ODI series. BEST IN THE WORLD.

Posted by A.Afker on (January 12, 2011, 12:20 GMT)

Congratulation Team ENG!..ENG you are Really No1 in all format of the games.SA win against AUS in AUS and IND win in IND with AUS but non of those matches are so convincing like your win against AUS.You win 3Innings victories with AUS.That too in AUS.Now in T20.So you are shown the world who are real no in all format (Test,ODI and T20).Well done ENG Keep it up.Hope u will win ODI as well.

Posted by   on (January 12, 2011, 12:15 GMT)

congrats England u are rocking !!!!!

Posted by   on (January 12, 2011, 12:15 GMT)

what a great match and it almost was a tie but fielding counts in these matches so much. Its Englands fielding coach Australia needs to steel

Posted by   on (January 12, 2011, 12:11 GMT)

It's now become apparent that, in spite of all the pantomime villain posturing, Austraila are now a busted flush.

Posted by   on (January 12, 2011, 12:05 GMT)

Australians are out of luck.............

Posted by   on (January 12, 2011, 12:02 GMT)

Gee, they'd better give Shane Watson player of the match. By far the best bowling figures, and by far the best batting figures. And only two runs short of being on the winning side...

Posted by Gauravjit on (January 12, 2011, 12:00 GMT)

Exciting match, Well played both teams

Posted by   on (January 12, 2011, 11:59 GMT)

Too bad they lost, seems like losing is becoming their habit now...

Posted by   on (January 12, 2011, 11:59 GMT)

Bad over from Brett Lee cost Australia a lot. Lee should not be there in next match.

Posted by Something_Witty on (January 12, 2011, 11:59 GMT)

Well I couldn't care less about the result, it's just a t20 game after all, but there are a couple of things I am getting sick of. First is dodgy umpiring, the standard of umpiring in England/Australia games seems to drop several notches, and I have no idea why. Secondly is our boys dropping so many catches and fielding so poorly. I have not seen an Australian side field this poorly in a long time. It's pathetic and just not good enough. An exciting game in the end, but one must remember it's just a T-20 game, no more significant than a game of tiddlywinks.

Posted by satanswish on (January 12, 2011, 11:55 GMT)

What a thrilling match, well played England! Aussies are down but definitely not dead yet, lol.

Posted by   on (January 12, 2011, 10:11 GMT)

Australia start well but finished not good but i think Australia will win my Best wishes With Australia.

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