Australia v England, 1st ODI, Melbourne January 16, 2011

Watson's epic guides Australia to victory

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Australia 4 for 297 (Watson 161*) beat England 294 (Pietersen 78, Strauss 63) by six wickets
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Shane Watson produced one of Australia's finest one-day hundreds to carry them to a record-breaking six-wicket win at the MCG with the highest successful chase on the ground. His unbeaten, career-best 161, Australia's fifth highest individual effort, allowed them to hunt down 295 with five balls to spare and take an early lead in the seven-match series.

After a summer that has become synonymous with Watson's fifties this was a huge moment for the allrounder and both his hundred, and later the 150, were celebrated with arms aloft in front of an appreciative 34,000 fans. He kept his cool when the asking rate began to climb and fittingly was the man to finish it with a six over long-off.

On a surface where scoring became hard work against spin and a soft ball this was a mammoth pursuit and for most of the time Australia had it under control. However, there was just a moment when England were giving themselves a chance, partly helped by a painful innings from Michael Clarke who eventually drove to mid-off.

Steve Smith was then strangely promoted to No.4, clearly to take advantage of the Powerplay, above the likes of Cameron White and the Hussey brothers. He swung wildly before being caught at short third-man and although Australia had plenty of wickets left it gave England a timely boost. However, Mike Hussey provided the late spark with 21 off 15 balls and Cameron White, in front of his home supporters, had the muscle to ease the pressure.

This, though, was Watson's match. He was quickly out of the blocks with a second-ball clip to fine leg and collected boundaries in each of the first five overs against Tim Bresnan and Chris Tremlett. He and Brad Haddin knew how important it was to make the most of the hard ball before the spinners could start have a say on proceedings.

Tremlett nearly provided the breakthrough when Watson top-edged a pull but Jonathan Trott couldn't back-pedal far enough at mid-on. Andrew Strauss opted to hold back his bowling Powerplay to try and reign in the scoring with his slow bowlers, but after three overs called the restrictions which signalled another charge from the openers.

Bresnan's comeback over went for nine and Shahzad's opening two deliveries were dispatched by Haddin who was starting to catch up with his partner. The breakthrough went to Graeme Swann as Haddin tried to clear the large leg-side boundary. Watson, though, continued towards his hundred with the occasional four to keep the required rate under control. When he reached three figures he had nearly two thirds of Australia's runs.

However, problems were starting to develop at the other end. Clarke, filling Ricky Ponting's shoes at No.3, continued to be horribly out of form and his 57-ball 36 put increasing pressure on Watson. Clarke was even booed by home supporters when he played out dots and cheered when he got off strike. For his sake it was a good job Watson got them over the line.

England will see this as a major missed opportunity because Australia were poor in the field, but they kept giving away wickets after an opening stand of 90 in 12 overs between Strauss and Steve Davies. The next best partnership was 50 for the sixth wicket between Kevin Pietersen, who top-scored with 78, and Michael Yardy, but Pietersen fell early in the batting Powerplay which hampered England's chances of a late charge.

This was Pietersen's first fifty-plus score in one-dayers since he made an unbeaten 111 at Cuttack in November 2008, although due to injury and being dropped he has only had 17 innings in that period. Still, having been brought back at the expense of Paul Collingwood, who paid for his poor Ashes form, he needed to justify that faith and it went to plan until Mitchell Johnson's superb soccer skills found him well short.

Pietersen and Ian Bell were starting to form a useful stand when Smith chipped in with two important wickets. It was a good day for Australia's part-time spinners because David Hussey also bagged a brace. Smith had Bell and Eoin Morgan caught in the covers to leave England 5 for 186 and needing a rebuilding job.

However, Haddin had a shocking day behind the timber and the third of his misses reprieved Pietersen on 37 moments after the loss of Morgan. Instead, Pietersen responded with consecutive straight sixes off Hussey to move to his fifty and later added a third when he drilled Xavier Doherty into the sightscreen.

Davies had been the earlier major beneficiary of Australia's generosity in the field when he was given four lives; a missed run out, being caught off a no-ball against Brett Lee, Haddin's first missed stumping and a sharp catch to cover. There was also some wayward bowling to feast on from Johnson and Doug Bollinger before Davies missed a big sweep at Hussey, who then claimed Trott.

Strauss had also been given a life on 48, another error from Haddin, and looked set to make Australia pay until the lack of pace off the surface led to him spooning Lee to midwicket. In the end the lack of a batsman converting to three figures hurt England. Watson showed what a difference it can make.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY Munro_Mick on | January 19, 2011, 19:42 GMT

    straight_drive4 -

    you really have it in for Victorians don't you. 'All Victorians'.......when someone makes silly comments like that then it's just not worth the effort. That said though, I wasn't bringing Clarke's place in the team into question. Haddin yes, not Clarke. Australia can't afford to discard Clarke, too much invested in him. That Clarke once scored a 100 in India is lovely. Noting his S/R was 80, for his 111 after Aust lost 2 early, and Cam White cam in with 89 off 49 to set a decent target which got eaten up by India with Kohli showing Clarke how to do it with a run a ball 118 after Inida had been 2-35. But no, Clarke is a super star and his current form is just impeccable, isn't it. Point is still, at 1-200 with the RRReq creeping up and 8 batters in the shed, Clarke was getting bogged down exactly when he needing to accelarate. No need to be a rhodes scholar there. The booing was more like murmerings of discontent, and OTHER players have drawn that ire too.

  • POSTED BY whofriggincares on | January 19, 2011, 10:57 GMT

    Hey wombats I can see why you spend so much time doing this, it's addictive! And matty I did admit you are better than us surely you understood it was very clear. But "far superior" is a bit of a stretch , you guys at the top of your game doing everything right, full of confidence , and playing great cricket . Us playing poorly, selection in an absolute mess , questioning our proven players and confidence at an all time low, and the series deadlocked after 3 tests! We are still alot closer than you care to admit. And judging by your brilliant defence of 294 against a "far inferior" side, england wont be adding any silverware after the WC. I also noticed that captain cool quickly turned into captain cranky after a few overthrows and things not going quite to plan. Who knows the next rout for 51 like the far inferior Windies inflicted on you not that long ago could be just around the corner!

  • POSTED BY 5wombats on | January 19, 2011, 8:43 GMT

    @Meety; you are getting tedious. Everyone knows I love a good argument about luck. I never claimed Australias win in the 1st ODI was luck - and I'll go toe-to-toe for as long as you like about the luck involved in johnson kicking down KP's stumps. I actually said Watsons inning was worthy - perhaps you didn't read that part. If it was Tremlett kicking down Watsons stumps I'd have said the same thing - pure luck. Time to move on. Goodbye.

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | January 19, 2011, 5:43 GMT

    So it turns out Swann was hurt and is now going to miss a couple of weeks. The suggestion that England was trying to bend the rules to use Colly in the field was indeed Aussie paranioa. @Meety: when one guy makes 161* and no-one else makes 40, it seems to me that the side was carried by one man. I'll agree that he paced the chase well- he had to, since he was doing most of the work. Not England's best performance, but their problems pale by comparison with Australia's. With Hussey gone, who makes runs in the middle order- Hastings? In which game will Tait get injured ? Does Hauritz finally get a game against England and, if so, how many stumpings will Haddin miss off him? Should Johnson be trying out for the Aussie World Cup soccer team, since he is evidently a better soccer player than bowler? Is Steve Smith's batting more like a tennis player or a baseball player? Will Bollinger's bowling cause him to tear his hair out (again)? Deep questions indeed.

  • POSTED BY Marcio on | January 19, 2011, 4:32 GMT

    @Matty_Clark, you & your mates don't get it, do you? The Ashes are over. Aust does not have a shortage of talent, as you wishfully imagine. If Eng is so full of talent and AUS so short, why have all 3 short games gone down to the wire? The truth is that talent wise these are two evenly matched teams. Preparation doesn't matter so much for the shorter games, so the idiocy of CA & team management isn't affecting results so much (though in the longer run it will continue to do so). Take a look at how many wickets Eng has been losing per game vs AUS recently. Even when Eng won on the last ball in the 1st T20 they were 9 down vs AUS' 4 down at the end of their innings. AUS only lost 4 wickets in getting to 295 last game - Eng were bowled out. That should tell you something obvious - so obvious I won't mention it. Anyway, back to reality, where a tightly contested 1 day series is being fought - pretty much like the last 50 over series which Eng won 3-2, the 3rd game being won by 1 wkt.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | January 19, 2011, 0:25 GMT

    @5wombats - you are turning into the biggest hypocrite, you make comments like you don't get into arguements about luck - but as soon as the Poms lose you start whiinging about luck. MJ has hit the stumps more times by kicking the ball than bowling it - & he has a history of running batsmen out at the strikers end. I previously noted that he was dropped on 44 by Trott - but it would of been just about the catch of the Summer. To bring in drop catches & crap like that opens up a whole can of what could of should of beens.

  • POSTED BY 5wombats on | January 18, 2011, 22:07 GMT

    @Meety- yes indeed - PURE LUCK kicking down KP's stumps. These are the facts; Watson was dropped on 44 (if you thought it was 120 then your memory must be fading) - he cashed in big time and played a great innings which deserved to win the game. Cricket is like that and sometimes its just your day. Any further clarification needed - don't hesitate to ask. Not sure why you are carrying on - Aus won didn't they? Enjoy it while it lasts would be my advice. As for you @_Witty; your comments are like my mother in laws cooking; best taken with a pinch of salt. @Meety; you are going to be proven wrong about Anderson. People often forget that cricket statistics describe THE PAST.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | January 18, 2011, 19:54 GMT

    @5wombats - perhaps your memory is fading. Posted by 5wombats on (January 16 2011, 15:45 PM GMT) "Games like this are why they call Australia The Lucky Country" then again later, "...once Johnson kicked the ball onto onto KP's stumps I thought; aye aye - here we go - The Force is with Aus here..." re: Anderson - I was merely stating that he is not as good as he is in Tests. Also the Lee, Tait & MJ trio are better stat wise.

  • POSTED BY Matty_Clark on | January 18, 2011, 18:36 GMT

    whofriggincares, perhaps you didn't notice that this Ashes victory was practically as comprehensive as Australia's in 2007. In all likelihood, given the sparsity of Australia's options at the moment, it seems probable that a few more years of dominance are to follow don't you think? And in the last couple of years or so, Australia simply haven't been used to winning, so there's no point dwelling on the successes of the past. Just stop trying to save face and admit, along with your other Aussie friends, that England are a far superior team at the moment. Even in the last game, you only won thanks to a once-in-a-lifetime performance from Watson!

  • POSTED BY Something_Witty on | January 18, 2011, 12:21 GMT

    @5wombats, Johnson kicking the ball onto the stumps is LUCKY? So he's had awfully good luck then, three times this summer alone, and quite a few more in his international career. Damn that's some good luck, wonder why it's all gone to Johnson? Admit it, you know it wasn't luck, it was mad soccer skills.

  • POSTED BY Munro_Mick on | January 19, 2011, 19:42 GMT

    straight_drive4 -

    you really have it in for Victorians don't you. 'All Victorians'.......when someone makes silly comments like that then it's just not worth the effort. That said though, I wasn't bringing Clarke's place in the team into question. Haddin yes, not Clarke. Australia can't afford to discard Clarke, too much invested in him. That Clarke once scored a 100 in India is lovely. Noting his S/R was 80, for his 111 after Aust lost 2 early, and Cam White cam in with 89 off 49 to set a decent target which got eaten up by India with Kohli showing Clarke how to do it with a run a ball 118 after Inida had been 2-35. But no, Clarke is a super star and his current form is just impeccable, isn't it. Point is still, at 1-200 with the RRReq creeping up and 8 batters in the shed, Clarke was getting bogged down exactly when he needing to accelarate. No need to be a rhodes scholar there. The booing was more like murmerings of discontent, and OTHER players have drawn that ire too.

  • POSTED BY whofriggincares on | January 19, 2011, 10:57 GMT

    Hey wombats I can see why you spend so much time doing this, it's addictive! And matty I did admit you are better than us surely you understood it was very clear. But "far superior" is a bit of a stretch , you guys at the top of your game doing everything right, full of confidence , and playing great cricket . Us playing poorly, selection in an absolute mess , questioning our proven players and confidence at an all time low, and the series deadlocked after 3 tests! We are still alot closer than you care to admit. And judging by your brilliant defence of 294 against a "far inferior" side, england wont be adding any silverware after the WC. I also noticed that captain cool quickly turned into captain cranky after a few overthrows and things not going quite to plan. Who knows the next rout for 51 like the far inferior Windies inflicted on you not that long ago could be just around the corner!

  • POSTED BY 5wombats on | January 19, 2011, 8:43 GMT

    @Meety; you are getting tedious. Everyone knows I love a good argument about luck. I never claimed Australias win in the 1st ODI was luck - and I'll go toe-to-toe for as long as you like about the luck involved in johnson kicking down KP's stumps. I actually said Watsons inning was worthy - perhaps you didn't read that part. If it was Tremlett kicking down Watsons stumps I'd have said the same thing - pure luck. Time to move on. Goodbye.

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | January 19, 2011, 5:43 GMT

    So it turns out Swann was hurt and is now going to miss a couple of weeks. The suggestion that England was trying to bend the rules to use Colly in the field was indeed Aussie paranioa. @Meety: when one guy makes 161* and no-one else makes 40, it seems to me that the side was carried by one man. I'll agree that he paced the chase well- he had to, since he was doing most of the work. Not England's best performance, but their problems pale by comparison with Australia's. With Hussey gone, who makes runs in the middle order- Hastings? In which game will Tait get injured ? Does Hauritz finally get a game against England and, if so, how many stumpings will Haddin miss off him? Should Johnson be trying out for the Aussie World Cup soccer team, since he is evidently a better soccer player than bowler? Is Steve Smith's batting more like a tennis player or a baseball player? Will Bollinger's bowling cause him to tear his hair out (again)? Deep questions indeed.

  • POSTED BY Marcio on | January 19, 2011, 4:32 GMT

    @Matty_Clark, you & your mates don't get it, do you? The Ashes are over. Aust does not have a shortage of talent, as you wishfully imagine. If Eng is so full of talent and AUS so short, why have all 3 short games gone down to the wire? The truth is that talent wise these are two evenly matched teams. Preparation doesn't matter so much for the shorter games, so the idiocy of CA & team management isn't affecting results so much (though in the longer run it will continue to do so). Take a look at how many wickets Eng has been losing per game vs AUS recently. Even when Eng won on the last ball in the 1st T20 they were 9 down vs AUS' 4 down at the end of their innings. AUS only lost 4 wickets in getting to 295 last game - Eng were bowled out. That should tell you something obvious - so obvious I won't mention it. Anyway, back to reality, where a tightly contested 1 day series is being fought - pretty much like the last 50 over series which Eng won 3-2, the 3rd game being won by 1 wkt.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | January 19, 2011, 0:25 GMT

    @5wombats - you are turning into the biggest hypocrite, you make comments like you don't get into arguements about luck - but as soon as the Poms lose you start whiinging about luck. MJ has hit the stumps more times by kicking the ball than bowling it - & he has a history of running batsmen out at the strikers end. I previously noted that he was dropped on 44 by Trott - but it would of been just about the catch of the Summer. To bring in drop catches & crap like that opens up a whole can of what could of should of beens.

  • POSTED BY 5wombats on | January 18, 2011, 22:07 GMT

    @Meety- yes indeed - PURE LUCK kicking down KP's stumps. These are the facts; Watson was dropped on 44 (if you thought it was 120 then your memory must be fading) - he cashed in big time and played a great innings which deserved to win the game. Cricket is like that and sometimes its just your day. Any further clarification needed - don't hesitate to ask. Not sure why you are carrying on - Aus won didn't they? Enjoy it while it lasts would be my advice. As for you @_Witty; your comments are like my mother in laws cooking; best taken with a pinch of salt. @Meety; you are going to be proven wrong about Anderson. People often forget that cricket statistics describe THE PAST.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | January 18, 2011, 19:54 GMT

    @5wombats - perhaps your memory is fading. Posted by 5wombats on (January 16 2011, 15:45 PM GMT) "Games like this are why they call Australia The Lucky Country" then again later, "...once Johnson kicked the ball onto onto KP's stumps I thought; aye aye - here we go - The Force is with Aus here..." re: Anderson - I was merely stating that he is not as good as he is in Tests. Also the Lee, Tait & MJ trio are better stat wise.

  • POSTED BY Matty_Clark on | January 18, 2011, 18:36 GMT

    whofriggincares, perhaps you didn't notice that this Ashes victory was practically as comprehensive as Australia's in 2007. In all likelihood, given the sparsity of Australia's options at the moment, it seems probable that a few more years of dominance are to follow don't you think? And in the last couple of years or so, Australia simply haven't been used to winning, so there's no point dwelling on the successes of the past. Just stop trying to save face and admit, along with your other Aussie friends, that England are a far superior team at the moment. Even in the last game, you only won thanks to a once-in-a-lifetime performance from Watson!

  • POSTED BY Something_Witty on | January 18, 2011, 12:21 GMT

    @5wombats, Johnson kicking the ball onto the stumps is LUCKY? So he's had awfully good luck then, three times this summer alone, and quite a few more in his international career. Damn that's some good luck, wonder why it's all gone to Johnson? Admit it, you know it wasn't luck, it was mad soccer skills.

  • POSTED BY on | January 18, 2011, 11:15 GMT

    A single Oz ODI win will never compensate for a 3-1 Ashes loss (sorry- that should be thrashing). Even if you win the ODI series and/or the World Cup again, you've still lost 3 out of the last 4 Ashes series. So gloat on if it gives you so much satisfaction..

  • POSTED BY 5wombats on | January 18, 2011, 8:53 GMT

    @whofriggincares; you need to ease off a bit there mate - otherwise people might stop taking you seriously.....

  • POSTED BY pie314 on | January 18, 2011, 8:33 GMT

    @landl47 - 3 missed stumpings, 1 no ball catch, dreadful opening bowling from Australia, 294 on the board on a slowing pitch - and England still couldn't win???? Saying England didn't have a very good game is an understatement.

  • POSTED BY 5wombats on | January 18, 2011, 8:33 GMT

    @Meety; I never said the Aus win was lucky! - kicking the ball onto the stumps - that is! But you are as wrong about Anderson in ODI's as most Australians were wrong about him in tests. He's not a T20 player - this is quite a different type of game to 50ovs. Anderson is WAY better than MJ (no comparison on current form) - Lee is good but his figures are historic - the only way for him is down. Tait - can be lethal. But Anderson more reliable and skilful - write him off if you like - lets just see what happens shall we? Mind you - goodonyer @Meety for clearing that up about Eng winning the Ashes; dead right - Luck had nothing to do with it.

  • POSTED BY whofriggincares on | January 18, 2011, 8:11 GMT

    Hey matty_clark, no we arent used to victory Ha Ha , we have had 20 years to get used to it mate. Yes England are better than us in the test arena at the moment (RECENT history proves this.) This is to be expected! Nothing lasts forever. But I can guarantee this, it wont take us aussies 15 years to get hungry enough to win the ashes back. And after watching the poms insipid weak and boring cricket over a very very long time , all you english supporters know this deep down. That is why you are so vocal after a couple of years (if that) of decent cricket. You are making the most of it while you can , pathetic really. Anyway it is obvious who is not used to something ,and that is you english supporters winning anything at all. Make as much noise as you want now it will make it even more sweet when the inevitable happens ,and we start flogging you again (Remember us five and you zip) maybe when you beat us in a whitewash then you will have earned the right to give a bit of lip yeah?

  • POSTED BY Meety on | January 18, 2011, 6:31 GMT

    @landl47 - I never said that Oz were on a revival - all I said was that Oz was not a spent force in ODIs. I would say that regardless of who was bowling - not being able to defend 294 runs is not very good. To suggest it was a one man band is poor as the chase was paced far better than what the Poms did, holding wickets & then turning the match into a comfortable T20 chase. Nice choice of words - " Trott dropped Watson on 44" - as that would of been the catch of the year if that was held. If you want to talk about players coming back in Anderson is not as good ODI bowler as in Tests - no place for him in the WC winning T20 side. His S/R is inferior to Lee, MJ & Tait & economy rate is not as good as Lee & only marginally better than MJ & Tait. Whilst Watto won't hit a century every game - Haddin won't miss 3 stumpings every game either. So KP would never have got the score he did. Can go on about would of & SHOULD ofs forever!

  • POSTED BY Meety on | January 18, 2011, 6:15 GMT

    @5wombats - I have blogged plenty on this website & the Poms won fair & square, things went their way but not many incidences would of come close to swaying the series. I honestly did beleive that the icing on the cake was when the sun came out after Oz was routed for 98 @ the MCG. All in all the Poms had the in form batsmen & bowlers, Oz didn't. However - it was you said that Oz win in the 1st ODI was LUCKY. Also in reference to MJ kicking the ball onto the stumps MJ has done twice before this summer - no result, any several times previously, so its not luck it seems he can kick a ball more accurately then he bowls!!!!

  • POSTED BY 5wombats on | January 17, 2011, 22:05 GMT

    Jeez - some Aussies are a bit sensitive aren't they! Me and the wombats have lived in the Lucky Country long enough and played enough cricket there to know luck when they see it. So if you really want to know what I think you've got it; Johnson - had a 'mare. Dire. Bollinger - Dire. I really wanted him to do better than that. Smith - please...! Haddin was dire behind the sticks. But England had their worst ODI for a long time - look - Bresnan - that was his worst ever game for England. Tremlett - replacing Anderson - Tremlett has not been an England regular in any format. He was poor. He looked knackered. Trott was poor - in my opinion he is not a one-day player at all - as the hapless defeat against Bangladesh showed (yes - like Australia - England have also lost against them). Morgan never gets out so cheaply and Yardy had a bad game by his standards. I wanted to say that Watsons innings was excellent. If you want the rest of what I think look at Marcios comments - which are spot on.

  • POSTED BY 5wombats on | January 17, 2011, 20:51 GMT

    @Meety - I'm not going to bother with any of that mate. The minute anyone says that England were lucky to win the Ashes - I just switch off; 3 Innings defeats.... mmm.... tells it's own story. Goodbye. Meanwhile Marcio - I find myself in complete agreement with you! Dead right - once Johnson kicked the ball onto onto KP's stumps I thought; aye aye - here we go - The Force is with Aus here - and KP was just opening the throttle. A fast bowler following through and kicking the ball onto the stumps - well - it could go anywhere - a lucky break. But tell you what - Marcio - good innings from Watson! Top drawer. Credit. That on it's own would deserve to win any game. Meanwhile - and this is not a wind-up - because I'm agreeing with you - both sides are going to need to improve big time before the WC. It's GOOD that Ponting is out of the side, also that Collingwood is "rested". These are well matched sides - until Anderson returns..... and Meety - Trott dropped Watson on 44.

  • POSTED BY nutter-whosane on | January 17, 2011, 20:22 GMT

    well deserved beating for english team....may be now people like alec stewart would be forced to talk more sense....

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | January 17, 2011, 17:05 GMT

    A couple of comments on comments: @robheinen: if England were going to use Collingwood to replace a fielder, the fielder they would choose wouldn't be Pietersen or Swann. It would be Trott or, depending on when he was needed to bowl, Tremlett. You're just getting paranoid. @ Meety, Aussie06 and the rest of the Aussie fans hailing this as the great Aussie revival: one man made 161 of the Aussie runs and also bowled 8 tidy overs. Most of the rest of the side did nothing special at all. What would Aus have done without Watson? The bowling of Johnson and Bollinger was awful, the fielding was dire, Haddin missed 3 easy stumping chances and only Watson made more than 40. England didn't have a very good game- they should have made more runs and didn't bowl and field up to their usual standards- but at least they aren't a one-man show. Even without two of their regular ODI bowlers, they took the game to the last over. Aus has far more problems than England; Watson won't make 161 every game.

  • POSTED BY Matty_Clark on | January 17, 2011, 16:12 GMT

    I suppose Australians aren't used to victory, so when it comes around they need to make it last.

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2011, 11:57 GMT

    Great innings by Watto. Eng did not play their best batsman (Cook), keeper (Prior) or bolwer (Anderson), and really had control and should have scored 325+. Even so, 294 was defendable and they couldn't - due to a brilliant individual one day innings.

  • POSTED BY Marcio on | January 17, 2011, 11:53 GMT

    After the T20s, people get used to the idea of batsmen going out there and slogging the cover off the ball. But there's a HUGE difference between batting for 20 overs vs 50 overs. Even the MCG crowd seemed to forget that. As pointed out by @Meaty and others, AUS timed their chase to perfection. Nonetheless, there's s bit of truth to both sides of the Clarke debate. His hanging in there definitely did help set up the win. However he IS very badly out of touch, and needs to lift his game. In the end it cannot be denied that this was a fantastic AUS victory to chase down 295. England's bowlers mostly bowled pretty well, esp. Shahzad. The fielding was OK, just one or two slip ups. Give them a break. It is a long tour, and it is hard to win everything. AUS lost soooo many close games in many formats in the last year or two. Finally they have won a couple. About time!

  • POSTED BY Something_Witty on | January 17, 2011, 10:52 GMT

    @popcorn, change the record please, it's already getting really old. @davo47, lol! Agreed. @ Chris Mckeown, Harris and Starc are both injured currently. Pattinson will get his turn soon enough.

  • POSTED BY Something_Witty on | January 17, 2011, 10:43 GMT

    @gilly4ever, while I agree that Haddin should be out and Wade should be in, your facts are wrong. Haddin missed ONE stumping chance off Doherty (Strauss), and two off David Hussey (Davies, Pietersen).

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2011, 9:28 GMT

    He is the one man army through out the series....he deserve it...what a game he played yesterday,,one of the best allrounder...

  • POSTED BY captainbarebum on | January 17, 2011, 9:13 GMT

    @5wombats: Insisting Oz was *lucky* in this one? Come on, I realise you're a die-hard Pom (nothing wrong with that) but just show a little grace in defeat. Just a tiny bit. Watto's knock was one of the best ever in ODI, especially given that he was chasing a massive total on a degrading wicket in changing light. Celebrate a magnificent performance, even if by the enemy! Several missed catches, stumpings, runouts by Oz looks more like *bad luck* to unbiased spectators, I reckon. That said, the Poms are an awesome TEAM with a terrific record in all formats over the last year. NO LUCK whatsoever that they beat Oz so handily to retain the Urn -- they were miles better in all aspects of the test game, physical and mental. See, womby? It's not hard to praise the opposition when they do well.

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2011, 8:43 GMT

    Well. I think England had allowed Watson to play that great knock by dropping his catches twice. Specially the first one, where Trott missed the ball and went totally to wrong way. Watson just pulled the ball high in the air, that should have been taken easily. If that catch had taken, whole scenario would have been changed. They bowled too much to the leg side. Miss fielding and over throws and few mistakes led the England down. Length by the various bowlers was shocking to me. They gave juicy full tosses to Ozies, even in the last ball. Also in the batting, Eng could not capitalized on the last power play. Pieterson got out cheaply. No one resisted in the middle order. Too many soft dismissals. Foundation was built very nicely for Eng so that they could have easily made beyond 320. They were 30 runs short, specially where they were placed after 30 overs. Wicket was too flat and irresponsible.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | January 17, 2011, 7:47 GMT

    A telling statistic Wides were 14-3 by Oz - yet we still won. Look how the inning was paced, the 3rd powerplay Oz bettered England & then the last 10 overs Oz ran over the top of England. This was because Oz retained wickets - Poms threw theirs away & so couldn't push the score in the end. Great tactics by Pup!

  • POSTED BY Aussie06 on | January 17, 2011, 6:50 GMT

    I hope all the poms were watching that match so that they can see the Australian Legends in the making! Woooot!!! GO Aussie! Aussie Aussie Aussie Oi Oi Oi !!! Watto played superbly with an unbeaten mega ton! We're in as the underdogs for the world cup even though we won the last one but we'll put up a pretty daym good fight! What happened to the unbeatable England side... praised as 'the best English side ever' ...not so great eh?

  • POSTED BY RohCricket on | January 17, 2011, 6:44 GMT

    great knock by watson. too bad he can't seem to do it in the test matches where it REALLY matters. oh well, we'll take any victory over the old enemy in the current state we are in.

  • POSTED BY robheinen on | January 17, 2011, 6:29 GMT

    There's one thing that amazed me during this match. The umpires allowed the England side to try to set the game to their advantage by allowing Collingwood on the field to replace Pietersen for a fair stretch of time. It is law 2 that deals with this situation specifically. -----

    2.1.a. Pietersen wasn't ill or injured. He came back on the field later on. Collingwood stayed on the field. 2.1.c. He wasn't changing his boots or shirt or anything else, for then a substitue wouldn't have been allowed. So the sole argument the umpires had was that they allowed it at their discretion - which is, in my opinion bias. Looking closer we can see that the sole reason for the England team to change Pietersen is not to change Pietersen - or Swann - but to have Collingwood on the field. How this can be is beyond me.

  • POSTED BY siruskharel on | January 17, 2011, 6:17 GMT

    i think england's unexperenced bowlers......shouldnt bowled well......we need...anderson

  • POSTED BY neutral_umpire on | January 17, 2011, 5:34 GMT

    Great innings by Watson.... Australian one day team doesn't look bad at all at the moment... Pity that Ponting will be back soon

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2011, 5:26 GMT

    however there are 3 bowlers that should at least get a shot in the side and they are while Ryan Harris, Mitchell Starc and James Pattinson ....

    why not throw the 3 of them in there along side nannes.....

  • POSTED BY G.Talha on | January 17, 2011, 5:18 GMT

    Brad Haddin has been a good & awesome keeper. I think Shaun Marsh should be in & doherty should be out.

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2011, 5:12 GMT

    watto is the man!!! although he had a great game there still needs to be changes in the aussie side...

    my team would be:

    S watson D Warner S Marsh M Hussey C White (c) D Hussey B Haddin S Smith M Johnson B Lee D Nannes

    Not keen on S. Smith but his records show his pretty good in odi and theres other spinner any better then him atm... i think our bowling attack is more weak then anythink we hav got plenty of batters the selectors just need to choose the rite ones.

    but in saying this is great to have some1 like watson who can bowl to which strengths it a bit more

  • POSTED BY G.Talha on | January 17, 2011, 5:12 GMT

    Watson is Awesome,I hope Ricky Ponting will return & then we will see Great Game of Great Player (Ricky Ponting).Australia will Won World Cup 4th Time, INSHALLAH.

  • POSTED BY Faizan-Ul-Haq-Fareedi on | January 17, 2011, 4:17 GMT

    Great Inning By Watto.... NO Doubt Unforgivable Inning... Go A head...

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2011, 4:13 GMT

    Thank goodness we had a sensible batsman one Shane Watson a hero in my book, what stuck in my craw was the way in which he refused to run a few times and those painful commentators kept on about it, it never occurred to them he was tired. I reckon it is time for a revamp of those dreary commentators, prune them out.

  • POSTED BY David47 on | January 17, 2011, 2:41 GMT

    Thank goodness for Watson. Some useful contributions from others as well. Check out the Aussie strikerates and spot the guy who's too slow for one-day cricket.

  • POSTED BY __PK on | January 17, 2011, 2:39 GMT

    Campbell, you make me laugh. "You can't and won't win ODI's by grinding out runs with a SR of 60 something." Guess what? You can and we did! When one batsman is playing an innings God would be proud of, the best thing you can do is support him and not try to match him. I'm no fan of Clarke, but you gotta have a logical reason to criticise him.

  • POSTED BY mariofan97 on | January 17, 2011, 2:17 GMT

    side should be Watson, Haddin, Hodge, White(vc), Clarke(c)(give him a chance ppl!), M.Hussey, D. Hussey, Lee, Tait, Starc, Bollinger 12th man: Smith

  • POSTED BY popcorn on | January 17, 2011, 2:14 GMT

    Can't the selectors look BEYOND Steve Smith? Is he in the Test,ODI and T20 sides for his batting? Or bowling? Or Fielding? Or as a clown? He has DONE precious little with the bat - a 50 in a losing cause. His 2 / 12 yesterday was the ONLY bowling I have seen in several outings.And what fielding?!? He can't even hit the stumps THREE FEET AWAY to run out Steve Davies! We have Callum Ferguson, Daniel Christian,Mark Cameron, Michael Klinger,Adam Voges,Aaron Finch,to name but a few of the younger players in the State sides.

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2011, 2:14 GMT

    They were always determined!....

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2011, 2:05 GMT

    Clarke almost cost Australia the game. 3.5 overs of dot balls when chasing a 300 total isnt acceptable.

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2011, 1:37 GMT

    WE did win ......didn't we ? The end result is what matters. Lets celebrate a good Aussie win , with plaudits going to the 12 members that gained it for us . Remember whom they beat . A very creditable win , and don't change a winning side . I wouldn't like to be in the trenches with some of you blokes .Com'on Aussie com'on com'on .

  • POSTED BY Dr.Qwert on | January 17, 2011, 1:32 GMT

    i wonder what this match means for Dave Husseys WC chances not getting a chance to bat. is he going to be the spare batsmen when ponting returns or is Smith. His part offies seem preferred by Clarke & White to Smiths leggies & he bowled very well (although his figures were ruined by KP in 2 balls). anyone honest with themselves can't rate Smiths batting over huss, especially in a finishing position of 6 or 7. if haddins less than impreesive keeping performance continues they may need to bring in Paine & Marsh to open.

  • POSTED BY Nadeem1976 on | January 17, 2011, 1:14 GMT

    Good start australia you are deserving number 1 ODI team in the world. It will be very hard to beat Aus in WC. Lets see who wins the WC.

  • POSTED BY grg525 on | January 17, 2011, 1:02 GMT

    Strange the selectors can't see what everyone saw watching (and booing) last night. The team won in spite of Clarke not because of him. Can't ever recall an Australian captain being booed by his own supporters. He has played for himself and not the team all summer.

    What I find particularly disturbing is that, it putting himself in to bat at 3, he still believes he is the best one day batsman in the team, which is greatly removed from reality. How can one captain the team when you see yourself so differently to everyone else.

  • POSTED BY Marcio on | January 17, 2011, 0:23 GMT

    I wouldn't call it a one man performance. When someone makes a big hundred in a one dayer, naturall otehr scores will be smaler. Haddnin, Hussey and White all made valuable contributons. Even Clarke's contributions was valuable, as it gave later batsmen freedom to hit out. Having said that, he needs to get his game together. He even made hitting full tosses look difficult. He and Ponting could barely hit the ball during the ashes series, failing almost every time. There was no way we could be competitive with 3 of top 4 batmen hopelessly out of form. England didn't play badly BTW, although they could have put on about 330 after the sensational start and put the game beyond reach. Still, the pitch slowed up in later overs...

  • POSTED BY righthandbat on | January 17, 2011, 0:02 GMT

    Haddin has to be given a couple more games to justify his spot in the ODI team, otherwise I think Paine should probably take over as the Australian T20 and ODI wicket-keeper. Haddin could then focus on his keeping in domestic competitions and remain in the test team for a few more years to come.

  • POSTED BY Ozcricketwriter on | January 17, 2011, 0:02 GMT

    The captaincy of Clarke was appalling in this match, not correctly using his bowlers. He should have stepped in with the Haddin debacle, which I note that the author of this article has glossed over. Haddin didn't just miss 4 chances, 3 of them were off the same bowler, the same bowler who Haddin stared down in the Adelaide test, to all but end Doherty's career. This is atrocious stuff and Haddin needs to be dumped immediately as his attitude is affecting the entire career. The person who replied to me claiming I hadn't read the article is also wrong, as I very much did read the article, which did not anywhere mention just how bad Haddin was, how simple the catches and stumpings were, or that 3/4 of them were off the same bowler, who he also stuffed up against in the Adelaide test match. Surely it is time for us to say to Haddin enough is enough and to put a good wicket keeper like Matthew Wade in permanently.

  • POSTED BY Bargo_Darryl on | January 16, 2011, 23:48 GMT

    Good comment Sanj747 - Apart from 2 good tests, we've been carrying Johnson for 4 years! Poor Siddle who was originally selected got snubbed for the 'golden boy' at the last minute. His bowling was woeful again. But because of his run-out of Pieterson, this will probably guarantee him another 3 years if Hilditch and Ponting have their way. Great to see I'm not alone.

  • POSTED BY on | January 16, 2011, 23:43 GMT

    Next Match

    Watson Paine Clarke (c) White (vc) M. Hussey D. Hussey Smith Johnson (give him time) Siddle Hauritz

  • POSTED BY straight_drive4 on | January 16, 2011, 23:19 GMT

    @ munro mick. michael clarke recently socred a century in india in a one dayer and the world cup is going to be in the sub continent - one slow one day innings and you drop him? the same could easily be said for white and hussey in the last T20 but when it comes to victorians no seems to want to say anything? why? clarke has proven himself in the one day arena and everyone knows he can easily score plenty of runs at a decent strike rate as his stats suggest, so the question si why does everybody want to shoot him down after one bad game? like i said - you could have easily applied the hit out or get out theory after white and hussey completely destroyed the strong start in the first T20. point being all victorians have an obvious issue with clarke and it has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with his on field ability, it is purely due to the fact that "THEIR BOY" CAM WHITE IS NOT CAPTAIN. thats all it is. im sure had they made someone else captain, they would be shot down too. unaustralian.

  • POSTED BY on | January 16, 2011, 23:15 GMT

    To those criticising Steve Smith - 2/12 off 3 overs, easily the best bowling figures in the game. Removed Bell and Morgan. Fielding excellent. Sure, his batting is erratic but come on, he shouldn't have batted before the Hussey's or White. Compared to that, what did Michael Clarke do?

  • POSTED BY Raworth_Rabbitohs on | January 16, 2011, 23:12 GMT

    Haddin just had a bad night, all keepers have them. He has been great in the test series and generally a good keeper. Bollinger is still a great bowler, his injury has just cost him form. Before he got injured, he was causing Tendulkar worries. Brad Hodge should be in the team, Michael Clarke is HORRIBLY out of form, Mitchell Johnson is bowling like he wants to go back to First Class and Steve Smith is just not ready yet. My team would be 1. Shane Watson 2. Shaun Marsh 3. Brad Hodge 4. Brad Haddin 5. Michael Hussey 6. David Hussey 7. Luke Butterworth 8. Nathan Hauritz 9. Mitchell Starc 10. Shaun Tait 11. Brett Lee.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | January 16, 2011, 23:00 GMT

    @5wombats - what part of Oz win was luck? 3 missed stumpings a couple of dropped catches by Haddin & Watto? A catch off a no-ball from Lee? A fluffed run-out by Lee? These are the kind of "LUCKY" things that have gone the Poms way all summer. The only lucky thing that went Oz way was Watto being dropped when he was about 120 by Trott - The MJ runnout of Pieterson was NOT LUCK given MJ has done that 3 times this summer alone & several times previously. To people bagging the way Pup & Haddin batted - GET WITH THE 21st CENTURY!!! Since the intro of T20 - sides work out where they need to be at the 30th over mark - which equates to a T20 chase. Oz required 140 off 20 overs with 9 wickets in hand. The Poms innings ran out of steam beacuae they lost too many wickets. Pups last 30 runs were close to a run a ball. The last thing Watto needed was wickets at the other end - I feel that Watto kept his cool because he had Pup in his ear keeping him focussed.

  • POSTED BY cabinet96 on | January 16, 2011, 22:59 GMT

    @straight_drive4 Spot on mate.

  • POSTED BY Munro_Mick on | January 16, 2011, 22:57 GMT

    Note for straight_drive4, the booing was aimed at Michael Clarke who was eating up deliveries, finishing with 36 off 57. Nothing 'anti Australian', rather, that be it the captain or whomever, if he couldn't hit the thing off the square then he had to effectively 'hit out or get out' when you're 1-200 and got guys like the Hussey brothers and Cam White to come. btw - I'm a Vic and I'll state up front that Siddle should not be seen anywhere near a ODI or T20 side. However, I also hope that the selectors don't head off with BOTH Tait and Johnson. And Haddin, bat him at a specialist opener, but, please, please get a real wicket keeper in there!!! 3 stumpings missed in the one game, but, even in the Ashes tests, his feet were leaden, and hit gloves of iron - - he ain't getting any better the wrong side of 33.

  • POSTED BY cabinet96 on | January 16, 2011, 22:56 GMT

    Brilliant from Watson @wiqi111 Why would you drop Yardy. What has he done to deserve to be dropped. You can't just say he should be dropped because you don't like him, we're obviously going to go into the World Cup with 2 spinners. I think they should probably play him before Trott. There probably experimenting before the World Cup.

  • POSTED BY HatsforBats on | January 16, 2011, 22:43 GMT

    Several issues with this game but thankfully none of them impacted on the result and stopped Watto from producing one of the best batting performances I've ever seen in an odi. Sadly for Pup, it's time to concentrate on tests. There's nothing wrong with not being able to hit boundaries all the time but if he can't even get regular singles and keep the SR above 80 then it hurts the team, and he is the reason we only won in the final over (also promoting Smith in front of White, either Hussey or Johnson was ridiculous). Poor Haddin had a shocker and pushed up the target score by 50-60 runs by missed chances. Maybe bring in Paine to keep and play Haddin as a specialist batsmen instead of Clarke? And as for England, sneaky sneaky England. How's your form? Drop Collingwood and play him as a specialist fieldsman, that is just so close to cheating it's not funny. Not suprised though, you've been doing it for quite a while, whatever happened to Pratt by the way?

  • POSTED BY kkrisawesome on | January 16, 2011, 22:34 GMT

    Watsons innings was one of the greatest in odi history. Even in comparison to Tendulkars 200 (which was on a postage stamp sized ground) this was one of the best on one of the biggest pitches in the world.

  • POSTED BY straight_drive4 on | January 16, 2011, 22:01 GMT

    i have a question for all the Australian fans (this does not include people from Victoria as it is opbvious they support Victoria only and not australia).

    the question is - Have you ever heard the Australian team being booed when we are 1/200? i have NEVER heard it.

    last night, the victorian sans were booing OUR TEAM at 1/200. these people are retarded. they only care about Victoria and not Australia. They only car eabout themselves and that reflects their players. In both T20 games, White and Hussey batted for themselevs. I think Huseey feels that he can get his way into a test team by blocking in T20. Our team won and we have maggots like okabdoka and gilly4ever complaining about how they want more Victorians in the team. NOTE TO VICTORIANS - DO THE REST OF THE COUNTRY A FAVOUR AND START SUPPORTING THE NATIONAL TEAM - NOT THE STATE SIDE

  • POSTED BY Attractivue on | January 16, 2011, 21:49 GMT

    Well it was a great show of performance by Watson, an amazing player. People here making predictions of 5-2 in Australia's favour. I recon it will be more even like 4-3 in England's favour or prolly 4-3 in Australia's favour.

  • POSTED BY Guernica on | January 16, 2011, 21:44 GMT

    Well, reluctant hats off to Watson from an England fan. It's odd that his problem with converting 50s doesn't seem to be a problem in ODIs. England have somehow got to go all out to take wickets in the first 15 overs - play it like they did in the tests. If they are trying to restrict them, it's not working. Dropping Colly creates a problem in that you have to rely completely on your 5 specialist bowlers. Still, I guess it's good to find all this out before the world cup.

  • POSTED BY wiqi111 on | January 16, 2011, 21:27 GMT

    England made a big error to drop Collingwood because he is a very good batsman of english side and slow mixinf bowler also.He is out of form these days but a big bat only need a click and his form will return England should include him in playing eleven replaces Michel Yardy

  • POSTED BY frank2011 on | January 16, 2011, 21:18 GMT

    Well done to Shane Watson. He's in great form and there was some great stroke play in this innings. It was great to watch. I think the ODI series is going to be more evenly matched than the Ashes series. Having said that, this wasn't really a team performance to get the victory. Although it would be good to think that Dr. Watson will come to rescue Australia all the time, I don't think its possible. Hopefully the others will chip in and the team will all contribute to the victory. But well done to Shane Watson.

  • POSTED BY irfarham on | January 16, 2011, 20:56 GMT

    Australia are the Big Match winners though it was a one man performance that guided them to a victory over mighty confident England but i still believe that Australia is a team that knows how to perform on the Big day...still my favorites for the World cup

  • POSTED BY grug76 on | January 16, 2011, 20:51 GMT

    while i agree that steve smith hasn't set the world on fire with his performances yet i'd just like to remind people of shane watson's first few years on the international scene... now look at what people are saying about him!

  • POSTED BY Sanj747 on | January 16, 2011, 20:20 GMT

    Can we drop Mitchell Johnson please. A poor show from a player who has been pretty much a passenger in the team since early 09. Haddin's poor keeping continues. Watson and White will be key players in the world cup. Add Hauritz to the squad. Unfortunately it's Hildtich who won't come to the party.

  • POSTED BY straight_drive4 on | January 16, 2011, 19:56 GMT

    Watson and Kallis are the two best all rounders in the world with daylight a clear second

  • POSTED BY BlorScouser on | January 16, 2011, 19:31 GMT

    Take a bow Shane Watson. Awesome one-day cricket at the mcg. Good tryout for the UDRS system too.

  • POSTED BY rockdworldxi on | January 16, 2011, 19:25 GMT

    australia are peaking jus at the right tym before the world cup and dis is not a gud news for other teams, this aussie team mite not have the class of the lst 3 world cup winning squads but they are still very strong contenders for the world cup and england will fight back but aussies are going to win the series 5-2

  • POSTED BY cricket_lover25 on | January 16, 2011, 18:58 GMT

    Fantastic innings from Watson I think he has been a real consistent player for Australia for a while now. I think Watson, Kallis and Vettori are the best all rounders in world cricket at the moment. England need a plan to bowl against Watson I know he had trouble facing Pakistan bowler Amir because he could swing the bowl into him, maybe England need a left arm pace bowler in there on day attack.

  • POSTED BY Mr.CHAMP on | January 16, 2011, 18:45 GMT

    Watson gave a tight slap on the face of England who were over-confident.England u have just won ashes thats enough,now dont dare to aim for ODI win.This is just a trailer.Other innings are yet to be experienced.So england u are gone.Be alert

  • POSTED BY onebump on | January 16, 2011, 18:08 GMT

    Can someone tell me why Steven Smith is in the Aussie side please? He cannot bat or bowl. He does make fielding look spectacular. England used to have these bits and bobs players in their one day sides in the 90s....

  • POSTED BY on | January 16, 2011, 18:05 GMT

    This guy is gradually becoming one of my favorites in the fast formats of the game. Love his aggression with elegance.

  • POSTED BY on | January 16, 2011, 17:56 GMT

    Just one line came into ma mind 'bout watto that is hez d "one man army" of OZ team..i am a huge fan of him..cheers watto..keep hittin' massive sixes..

  • POSTED BY sahan_handunkanda on | January 16, 2011, 17:54 GMT

    hope they wont continue this...six more to go and and still too early to predict..they cant have four in a row..

  • POSTED BY Silloh on | January 16, 2011, 17:53 GMT

    Good win by Australia although it wasn't by a wide margin. Shane Watson certainly rolled back the clock with a fantastic innings and reminded us of the capabilities of a true Aussie batsman to the bone . Hope Australia can continue to build on this momentum so that the World Cup would be very competitive and the world would benefit from exciting cricket. Watson's knock in the face of flooding challenges at his hometown made his contribution to victory a special one .The Australian team by extension can motivate the people in the clean up drive. Best wishes from the Caribbean.

  • POSTED BY Something_Witty on | January 16, 2011, 17:19 GMT

    @ popcorn, Smithy's 2/12 from 3 overs was "useless" was it? Not sure what you've got against Steve Smith or Phil Hughes, but you seem to dislike a lot of our young players. Quite bizarre really. In a time where we should be looking to the young blokes to carry us forward, you seem to want a grandpa team playing and not a single talented youngster in the side.

  • POSTED BY Something_Witty on | January 16, 2011, 17:11 GMT

    5wombats, I hope you're not implying that this win was down to good luck. Because that would just be churlish. ;)

  • POSTED BY Smithie on | January 16, 2011, 17:06 GMT

    India take note - a close game the outcome of which, was not impacted by umpiring errors inspite of UDRS being on hand if required. How much better was this game as a true representation of the relative skills of the teams on the day by comparison with the umpire error assisted win of India over Sth Africa the day before - due to non use of UDRS.

  • POSTED BY balajik1968 on | January 16, 2011, 15:57 GMT

    Watson is easily Australia's most improved player over the last 2 years. From a stopgap, he has evolved to make a good fist as opener. He now needs to start scoring big in tests. But Watson's excellent performance masked the shoddiest show I have seen by Australia in years. What has happened to their fielding. Mitchell Johnson is shot to pieces. Iit was nice to see Brett Lee after such a long time. He did well. Which begs the question why was he out of the Aussie team for so long? Was it cricket or other things at work? Coming back to the fielding I have been watching the Aussies from 1986 and I have never seen shoddier fielding by an Australian team. I am an Indian. I admired the Aussies for doing the basics right always. This was what made them formidable. But this kind of poor cricket will be cruelly exposed sooner or later. Maybe this where the Aussies should make a fresh start. With the basics.

  • POSTED BY on | January 16, 2011, 15:50 GMT

    Watson is awesome.. only hope of aussie team with both bat and ball... WATSON IS AN ASSET. SMITH IS A LIABILITY TO TEAM AUSTRALIA.

  • POSTED BY 5wombats on | January 16, 2011, 15:45 GMT

    Games like this are why they call Australia The Lucky Country.

  • POSTED BY popcorn on | January 16, 2011, 15:29 GMT

    The winning feeling is back again!

  • POSTED BY popcorn on | January 16, 2011, 15:28 GMT

    Shane Watson is the best all rounder in world cricket today, shoulder to shoulder with Jaque Kallis. I don't want see Steve Smith ever again in theAaussie Team. Haven't we seen enough of his uselessness?Xavier Doherty, back to the wilderness. Dougie Bollinger is not dependable. Mitch, Sid Vicious, Hilfy,Binga and Taity - THAT's the fast bowling line-up for me. Binga brings energy to the side.Steve Smith can join the circus if wants to be a clown. IPL, take Dougie - he's all yours.David Hussey and Nathan Hauritz - two great dependable slow bowlers.

  • POSTED BY on | January 16, 2011, 15:16 GMT

    very good inning by shane watson

  • POSTED BY Campbell on | January 16, 2011, 15:08 GMT

    @Paullie.

    Clarke almost crippled the chase. You can't and won't win ODI's by grinding out runs with a SR of 60 something. The only reason we hadn't won by the 46th odd over is because Clarke dotted so many balls.

  • POSTED BY on | January 16, 2011, 15:03 GMT

    Attn., Gilly4ever.........If we are talking about above article, I see "However, Haddin had a shocking day behind the timbers, and the third of his misses ........." Please check carefully before making unjust criticism.

  • POSTED BY Mad_Hamish on | January 16, 2011, 14:48 GMT

    in response to Paullie, yes because when chasing 295 to win what we really need is somebody scoring at under 4 rpo. He faced almost 10 overs and scored under 40, putting the team under far more pressure than they should have been under. Watson, Hussey and White were good enough to get the job done but Clarke doesn't deserve any of the credit.

  • POSTED BY nadimguruz on | January 16, 2011, 14:44 GMT

    Clarke did the right job(though he was not at his best).It woudn't be right if he tried to go for hit and fell down.Captain's knock,but not as sound as he can.It is not fair to blame anybody whenever you get chance.He has already proved himself as a great cricketer.Everybody has his bad day.

  • POSTED BY Dr.Qwert on | January 16, 2011, 14:25 GMT

    very good with the bat, very ordinary with the bowl & attroscious in the field. Haddin probably secured Tim Paine in the WC squad as a back up keeper over a spare bat in Marsh or Hodge. & bollinger could have bowled himself out of the squad. McKay is a huge loss. but all kudos to Watson & an amazing batting performance. & Clarke coming back for 2 to get Watson to 100 was pivotal as we all know Watson near100 can be less than pretty. only real beef with the bat was Smith coming in for the power-play when he simply doesn't have the power over the 2 Husseys & White. if the idea was to protect them the Johnson was a better option. the result was about as inspiring as the idea making 5.

  • POSTED BY Ozcricketwriter on | January 16, 2011, 14:16 GMT

    This article did not mention even briefly the horrific performance of Brad Haddin, who missed 3 stumpings and 1 catch, all simple chances, 3 of the 4 chances being off Xavier Doherty. What is it going to take to dump him and put Wade in?

  • POSTED BY Geraldine on | January 16, 2011, 14:15 GMT

    Once again MICHAEL CLARKE nearly cost Australia the match with his pedestrian scoring. It is unbelievably selfish to bat with at a strike rate of 60 when you need a run a ball and put pressure on the others. When will it take for him to be dropped from the one day side?

  • POSTED BY Something_Witty on | January 16, 2011, 14:13 GMT

    Good game, but just imagine what would have happened if we HADN'T missed about 50 thousand chances in the field. This fielding display was simply not good enough. Totally unacceptable, no reason for it at all. If we're any chance of holding onto the world cup, we need to field far better than we did today.

  • POSTED BY gabby22 on | January 16, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    Captain's innings by Clarke? Hah! Look back at ODIs and T20s and check out his big innings - you start to spot a pattern. Most of the matches where he's made a big score (50+), Australia's lost. Why? Because he's too slow. Too often like tonight he turns a winning position into a real challenge, forcing his teammates to score at a *much* higher rate than him to save the match. Too often they can't. Hodge likewise. Big partnerships are worth b-all in this form of the game - if they're slow and too big, they sink the team, they're as much value as a giant millstone round the team's neck.

  • POSTED BY Okakaboka on | January 16, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    Ahhh! Look....Most of us are sick of the few people defending Clarke and Haddin. They both nearly lost us the match tonight. Clarke is the worst one day batsman on the planet. Even Bill Lawry would have scored quicker.....Clarke was batting for his average tonight...not the team!!!! As for his captaincy ......Yuck!...Remedial! GET OVER HIM!!! Haddin needs to go to wicket keeping school! PAINE OR WADE>>>>>NOW!!!!!! Watson was superb...brilliant stuff!

  • POSTED BY on | January 16, 2011, 13:59 GMT

    Whatever happened to Dirk Nannes... Is he still playing or retired.

  • POSTED BY Devd007 on | January 16, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    Wow...Watson scored three fifties in one innings. Truly great effort. As a neutral observer, however, I think Aus lacks firepower in the middle order. Cameron White doesn't seem to be striking the ball too well, and Smith is unpredictable. If Watson gets out early, Aus will be in trouble.

  • POSTED BY chad_reid on | January 16, 2011, 13:51 GMT

    FORGOT TO MENTION DROP DOHERTY TOO WITH SMITH AND JOHNSON. REPLACE THEM WITH HAURITZ, TAIT AND FINCH

  • POSTED BY chad_reid on | January 16, 2011, 13:47 GMT

    DROP JOHNSON AND SMITH THEY ARE HOPELESSLY TERRIBLE

  • POSTED BY on | January 16, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    Where is Callum Ferguson???

  • POSTED BY jonesy2 on | January 16, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    Paullie you are completely right why do people love to hate the best? ponting, clarke. clarke played very well with watson in fact he saved his energy by taking a fair bit of strike. oh and shane is hands down the MVP and best player in the world.

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | January 16, 2011, 13:34 GMT

    Congratulations to Australia and Watson- 161* is a fantastic score in an ODI and anyone who plays an innings like that deserves to win. I wasn't happy with the England batting; most of them got out to poor strokes off not very good balls. Aus have a lot of problems with their bowling and fielding, which England failed to exploit. Strange captaincy from Clarke, his best two bowlers were Lee and Smith and they only bowled 12 overs between them. Bollinger was well down on pace and Johnson was crazy wild, his kick was the only time he looked like hitting the stumps. England didn't bowl or field well either, so some tightening up is needed before the WC. Still, that's to take nothing away from Watto, it was his game. @P. Srinath: England haven't dropped Anderson. He was given the chance to spend some time with his new-born baby. This series is not as important as that. He'll be back to get ready for the WC.

  • POSTED BY Trickstar on | January 16, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    @P.Srikanth Anderson hasn't been dropped, he's gone home because he's just had a kid and will be back for the 4th Odi onwards and of course Broad has to comeback but that won't be until after this series. What are you on about 'come out of Ashes winning memories', saying stuff like that takes away from a great knock by Watson, but it's clear England have put the Ashes behind them, But this match demonstrated that England really missed their 2 opening bowlers because Tremlett isn't a one day bowler he hasn't the variation.

  • POSTED BY svln on | January 16, 2011, 13:25 GMT

    England made cardinal errors both in the second T20 and today.When they were pretty up there with the run rate batsman after batsman insisted in trying to hit every ball to the boundary.They could have easily consolidated.Over 300 today was an easy possibility.

  • POSTED BY NALINWIJ on | January 16, 2011, 13:18 GMT

    Brilliance of Watson compensated for an ordinary performance in the field. This was a 250-260 pitch and superb batting made up for below par bowling and fielding by Australia. This match and the recent match in South Africa shows the glorious uncertainty of this world cup and I have doubts whether Australia's bowlers can suffocate the opposition and who will be the spinners in the world cup for Australia. Will Doherty with the back up of Smith and Hussy or Hauritz as the second spinner do the job for Australia?

  • POSTED BY on | January 16, 2011, 13:10 GMT

    Indian primier League have given a good player for the aussie....who was droped out

  • POSTED BY vijujack on | January 16, 2011, 13:10 GMT

    Oz selectors continue their strange ways, and so does Clarke. So badly out of form and he comes one drop & backs it up by sending Smith 2 drop- Smith plays some ridiculous strokes and he gets to bat at the top of the order!!! Johnson continues his woeful bowling & yet gets 8 overs. And the selectors pick Doherty ahead of Hauritz, instead of giving H a good bowl to get him into form before WC. Same goes for Tait, but thankfully Lee got a good bowl. Haddin had a bad day at work, that doesn't make him a bad keeper, so am praying that they don't drop him. Bollinger seems to have lost his form at the wrong time. Watson finally & hopefully has exorcised his demons and will enjoy making big scores. for the WC, hopefully Ponting is fit and will shore up the batting, or else one has to put up with Clarke's inept batting & captaincy.

  • POSTED BY Gordo85 on | January 16, 2011, 13:06 GMT

    I am so pleased to see David Hussey did very well in the game. This is meant to be the only match he had to prove he was worthy for the World Cup squad. It was a bit of a shame he didn't get a bat tonight. I just hope he didn't hurt himself while fielding. I agree with Samroy about Gilchrist.

  • POSTED BY Vindaliew on | January 16, 2011, 12:59 GMT

    Nobody in the Australian team deserved to play an innings like this more than Watto. All summer he's been an anchor for Australia, but failing to really strike it big. Fate can be fair sometimes!!! =)

  • POSTED BY Winsome on | January 16, 2011, 12:56 GMT

    Paullie you must be a massive Clarke fan to put that sort of spin on his innings. That bloke will bat the Aussies out of contention in the WC. Just watch.

  • POSTED BY kickittome70 on | January 16, 2011, 12:55 GMT

    I suppor tMc Glashans comments 100% - Clarke is totally deluding himself about playing ODI's at number 3. He was terrible tonight. Could barely hit the ball off the square. It's kind of sad watching a bloke's career just disintegrate before your eyes. IT seems that perhaps the break up he went through - maybe he never got over it? He just hasnt been the same player since. PLease will someone just tell him, Neilson, HIlditch and co they are not up to the current competitive envronment that world cricket has evolved to and make way for someone else. Clarke as Australia's next test skipper - I cant see it. I went to the game tonight and most of the players (including Clarke) were consulting Cameron White for field spots etc. During a drinks break, there was a distinct gap around Clarke. He seemed to only have Haddin to talk to, whilst White was holding court about 10 metres way.CA - Bite the bullet and either get Paine in to fast track him, or appoint White. Clarke just isnt up to it.sad

  • POSTED BY flightedchinaman on | January 16, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    Watson was sensational, battling through cramp and immense pressure, seems Hussey propped up sore as well, some say it's his hammy, well that's not good news, on of the best finishers in ODI's, wen u look at australia's limited overs team it looks pretty good with Watson and Hussey and when the bowling is on song. Brett Lee was good today compared amongst the rest.

  • POSTED BY P.Srikanth on | January 16, 2011, 12:40 GMT

    England have not done the right thing by dropping James Anderson for ODI Series. He is one bowler who can swing the ball under lights, and probably take 2 wickets by giving 45-50 runs. England needs to think maturely as strike bowlers are going to win matches. Rookies don't. Selectors need to think that too many chopping and changing is not going to help the cause.....Please come out of Ashes winning memories, as it is the form in ODIs that is going to win the cup and not the test series.

  • POSTED BY SamRoy on | January 16, 2011, 12:40 GMT

    Watching Haddin today behind the stumps, I was a bit mystified. I felt likeI was watching a goal keeper rather than a wicketkeeper. I have had the same feeling sometimes watching Kamran Akmal, Haddin and during the early days of Dhoni and Matt Prior's career. Adam Gilchrist deserves the blame why people like Chris Read and Graham Manou aren't keeping wickets for England and Australia respectively.

  • POSTED BY on | January 16, 2011, 12:32 GMT

    i wazzz thinking dat he wud also touch 200 if dere wud be more chasing score available

  • POSTED BY __PK on | January 16, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    "...Clarke, filling Ricky Ponting's shoes at No.3, continued to be horribly out of form and his 57-ball 36 put increasing pressure on Watson?" What? Were we watching the same match? Clare was part of a 100-run partnership, at a crucial time, setting up the win, while chasing, which is an unnataural techinique for Australian sides. If you'd be prepared to view this game without bias, you'd see that Clarke played the perfect captain's role - a mentor, a facilitator, a stabiliser, but never needing to be the hero. Well done, Pup, shame to the populist media!

  • POSTED BY Kims7777 on | January 16, 2011, 12:26 GMT

    1 Shane Watson 2 Shaun Marsh 3 Brad Hodge 4 Mike Hussey 5 David Hussey 6 Cameron White 7 Tim Paine 8 Aaron Finch 9 Brett Lee 10 Mitchell Johnson 11 Shaun Tait

    My team. bowlers really need to learn not to bowl no balls.

  • POSTED BY dr.thirsty on | January 16, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    Just to say well done Aus. And one of the truly great one day innings from Watson - superb performance. You stitched us up like a kipper this time, no complaints. But we'll be back!

  • POSTED BY mike.iz on | January 16, 2011, 12:13 GMT

    What A knock By Watson.Paced his innings beautifully!!!!Hope this is the turning point for him to get more 100s.All da best Watto...All rounder a rare breed.Kallis, Watson never get the credit they deserve!!!Come on you Beauty's..Keep rocking

  • POSTED BY trumpoz on | January 16, 2011, 12:06 GMT

    Unfortunately IMO Brad Hodge will never play for Australia again so (me included) we all need to get over it. Yes he was (IMO) unfairly ignored for a number of years and dropped in favour of Damien Martyns return from injury. At the beginning of this season he was interviewed about his ambitions for playing in the one-day team. His reaction had a go at the Australian selectors and didn't seem like he really wanted to play for the national team.

    Johnston bowled his eight overs in three spells - being dragged twice after two overs when he couldn't get it right. His last 4 overs went for 20 runs..... very reasonable for the close of an innings.

  • POSTED BY on | January 16, 2011, 12:04 GMT

    today's match showed the brilliance in Shane Watson.....Its1 of his best ever score and against a strong bowling line up.........

  • POSTED BY on | January 16, 2011, 12:03 GMT

    simply superb knock frm Watooo,,,,u beauty..... finally he converted his start 2 best ODI score... well done wattoo keep goin...cheers

  • POSTED BY ozbrother on | January 16, 2011, 11:54 GMT

    What a performance from Watson - congratulations!! Hate to be negative after such a good win, but I keep hearing that Johnson is a strike bowler and that is why his wildness is tolerated. Looks to me like his pace is down and yet he continues to spray it around. He has swung the ball in Perth and nowhere else. The only way he gets wickets is when batsmen get themselves out. OK it was a batter's track, but he has to be more consistent to keep his place. Agree that Clarke was painful. Good to steady the innings, but too many dots...Brett Lee was terrific with the ball and in the field, his experience will be vital in the World Cup. Doherty - just doesn't have the weapons to be effective. England will bounce back - be ready. Still lots of improving to be done for the Aussies.

  • POSTED BY mattyboy95 on | January 16, 2011, 11:44 GMT

    @Steven: the selectors wouldn't be watching first-class cricket to see brad hog because he retired form f/c a year ago.

  • POSTED BY righthandbat on | January 16, 2011, 11:44 GMT

    England were all over the place in the field tonight. Captaincy decisions/field placing etc were all a bit out of whack, but you can take nothing away from Watto's knock. Anyway, moving forward to Tassie...

    Strauss (c), Davies, Bell, Pietersen, Morgan, Wright, Collingwood, Bresnan, Swann, Shahzad, Finn.

    England needed Collingwood in the field and his presence was missed. Batting at 7 is far better for him than 5. Trott was poor in the field and ineffective with the bat and looks like he needs to do a few sessions in the outfield practicing. Wright deserves a game and Bell would do well at 3. Strauss needs to learn how to make a hundred again. Collingwood's ability to slow up an end will help and with Shahzad/Bresnan/Swann it helps. Finn back into the side raring to go and a genuine wicket-taker should ensure that England are far more competitive in the next game.

  • POSTED BY Something_Witty on | January 16, 2011, 11:43 GMT

    Ahem. On a more sombre note, our fielding was terrible, Haddin should not be in the side, Wade/Paine need to come in. Brett Lee really has to sort out his no-ball problems, other than that, he bowled really well. Also, Clarke has proven time and time again that he is no longer a competent limited overs player. He needs to give up ODI cricket as well and concentrate entirely on test matches. Finally, Smithy NEEDS TO BOWL MORE. figures of 2/12 and he only got three overs... I think the less said about that the better.

  • POSTED BY on | January 16, 2011, 11:42 GMT

    get paine in there haddin keeping isnt up to it and he just throw his wicket away tonight. we need to find 2 new bowlers douggy and johnson rnt odi bowlers

  • POSTED BY Winsome on | January 16, 2011, 11:40 GMT

    Made me laugh listening to commentators talking about Clarke being so out of form. They obviously haven't watching him play ODI's for the last 3 years. This is slightly worse than usual but he's always slow to start and frequently never actually gets going at a proper rate even when he gets a 50. The man can't hit boundaries with any regularity and just plays safe.

  • POSTED BY on | January 16, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    Good effort. Nice play. Welcome relief. Go Ausssies

  • POSTED BY Kims7777 on | January 16, 2011, 11:37 GMT

    If aus selectors make 2 changes ill be happy replace haddin with Paine and replace smith with finch, and someone really needs to go off at the aus bowlers anyone who bowls a no ball should be dropped, how simple is it to keep foot behide the line, very annoying

  • POSTED BY JB77 on | January 16, 2011, 11:37 GMT

    Not suprised to see Collingwood, dropped due to poor batting form, magically appear as a sub-fielder for Swann (and remain there for some time) once Swann had finished bowling his 10 overs. Not for the first time England push the sub-fielding laws to the limit, bordering on cheating.

  • POSTED BY Marcio on | January 16, 2011, 11:35 GMT

    Another close game, and AUS good enough to get up. Eng. actually butchered 20-30 runs in their innings, and I still expected AUS to win despite the big chase, given the friendly batting conditions. And I reckon there are days were you are just meant to win or lose, and there's nothing you can do about it - that's why i picked AUS before the game, to win (yeah, I'm delusional 5 Wombats - 6/7 calls right so far). It's the vibe, man!This time AUS got the better of the luck and calls, for the first time this summer. As I said, that stuff swings around sooner or later. Some absolutely awful fielding and bowling from AUS at times. If a kid in the U-12s sent down some of those wides that Johnson did, you'd kick his butt and send him home. Just embarrassing for AUS cricket! Having said that, he bowled really well in the T20s. Clarke did the right thing and got out before he handed the game to Eng. Someone should tell him you can't play for a draw in the 1 dayers.

  • POSTED BY on | January 16, 2011, 11:34 GMT

    bring back paine and hauri......drop smith what are they thinking of doing with him make him a perfect bowler or batsmen he only bowled three overs this match.....

  • POSTED BY on | January 16, 2011, 11:31 GMT

    TFjones, I think that's a good idea for every team, given the texture of modern cricket. It's an organization. There need to be specialists.

    Meanwhile, Watson is a star. I've been saying he's a dark horse for both ODI and T20. He seems to have done well for himself in the tests as well. If he becomes a solid pivot for the Aussies with White/Husseys/Clarke providing the leg up from time to time, Australia would be very much in contention.

    I think SA and AU will be top teams in my book. Maybe England is the only other such well rounded country. India seems too reliant on batting. Pakistan and SL are mercurial.

  • POSTED BY on | January 16, 2011, 11:30 GMT

    Well great knock by Watson. But England missed few tricks. They were too full to watson, resulting in providing juicy full tosses. Throughout the innings England were on the leg side. Missed a couple of catches as well. Wicket seemed flat and hard. KP run out was the key moment for AUS. If KP had not run out that time, Eng would have got 30 more runs easily. Without Anderson and Collingwood in the middle overs, Eng bowling seems lack of controlling things and run rate down. So far, great game of a cricket, indeed a great fight back by Ausies. Not easily to chase down around 300 total. Series is now alive. Wait for the hobbert match.

  • POSTED BY mushy15 on | January 16, 2011, 11:28 GMT

    Collingwood got dropped from batting not fielding. He was out there most of the time fielding, good ploy.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | January 16, 2011, 11:20 GMT

    Watto's a legend! Very good win by Oz. Positives - Watto carrying the bat thru to the 50th over, good team batting, good fight in the field (except Haddin who had a shocker), Lee's pace. Negatives - Haddin's keeping, hoping this is a one off. England lacked patience when batting (except Pieterson). The double over throw by the Poms was gold! I thought Pup's captaincy (again) was pretty good. Most of the first 15 overs the bowlers bowled poorly, my only query with Pup was - only bowling Smith for 3 overs, I think he deserved another 3. The way he bowled increased my dismay that White didn't use him in the T20. I know it's only one win & the Poms have enough ticker to come back - but this is proof that Oz is not a spent force in limited over cricket.

  • POSTED BY Something_Witty on | January 16, 2011, 11:16 GMT

    Watson is a legend. 'Nuff said.

  • POSTED BY Truemans_Ghost on | January 16, 2011, 11:12 GMT

    It's taken my time to get my head around it, but I do believe Watson might be a pukka good cricketer.

  • POSTED BY on | January 16, 2011, 11:04 GMT

    Nice knock by Watson.Australia will regain confidence after winning this

  • POSTED BY tfjones1978 on | January 16, 2011, 9:01 GMT

    I would like to see Australia start to move from having an intergrated team to three teams, being a test team (playing 20 tests per year), a ODI team (playing 50 ODI per year) and a T20I team (playing 50 T20I per year). All 3 teams (45 players) could have players change from one team to another every 6 or 12 months to allow players a variety of cricket, but also allowing players to focus on one event whilst allowing Aust to play all 3 formats against more teams. Regarding selection, domestic cricket is intended to be used as a stepping stone. At the moment the selectors are discriminating against the better batsmen and bowlers in domestic cricket by not selecting those in form, but instead by those that they like the look of (get a room!).

  • POSTED BY on | January 16, 2011, 7:34 GMT

    Give Haddin a break. He is a classy player. Perservere and he come good before the world cup!

  • POSTED BY Micgyver on | January 16, 2011, 7:18 GMT

    I felt a little sorry for Haddin,i like his batting but Paine is a better keeper.I cannot believe Clarke let Johnson bowl 8 overs,his bowling is a joke,we need accurate,CONSISTENT bowlers for the world cup!Bring in John Hastings.And Doherty is just not good enough.Bring Hauritz back in.

  • POSTED BY on | January 16, 2011, 7:04 GMT

    tim pain nex match weket keeper

  • POSTED BY on | January 16, 2011, 6:52 GMT

    I think the selectors have no idea. I am really starting to like tim paine and his batting and keeping, haddin has never been a good keeper. Johnson is bowling to slow, just trying to put it there and he is bowling rubbish, why is smith bowling more and BRAD HODGE should be in this team, even a Qlder in ian healy agrees he should be there. The selectors dont watch 1st class cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | January 16, 2011, 6:48 GMT

    jonhson magic gud kick smith i would of left him on pur haddin he just ant thinking today

  • POSTED BY chacha-cricket on | January 16, 2011, 6:33 GMT

    Seems like Brad Haddin is having Kamran Akmal's syndrome today ..

  • POSTED BY on | January 16, 2011, 6:00 GMT

    why is smith off? and healy is right, johnson needs a rocket from pup. more examples he's a weak skip.

  • POSTED BY Siddharth_Pandit on | January 16, 2011, 3:34 GMT

    Surprised to hear that a bowler like bollinger is fighting for a spot !!

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  • POSTED BY Siddharth_Pandit on | January 16, 2011, 3:34 GMT

    Surprised to hear that a bowler like bollinger is fighting for a spot !!

  • POSTED BY on | January 16, 2011, 6:00 GMT

    why is smith off? and healy is right, johnson needs a rocket from pup. more examples he's a weak skip.

  • POSTED BY chacha-cricket on | January 16, 2011, 6:33 GMT

    Seems like Brad Haddin is having Kamran Akmal's syndrome today ..

  • POSTED BY on | January 16, 2011, 6:48 GMT

    jonhson magic gud kick smith i would of left him on pur haddin he just ant thinking today

  • POSTED BY on | January 16, 2011, 6:52 GMT

    I think the selectors have no idea. I am really starting to like tim paine and his batting and keeping, haddin has never been a good keeper. Johnson is bowling to slow, just trying to put it there and he is bowling rubbish, why is smith bowling more and BRAD HODGE should be in this team, even a Qlder in ian healy agrees he should be there. The selectors dont watch 1st class cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | January 16, 2011, 7:04 GMT

    tim pain nex match weket keeper

  • POSTED BY Micgyver on | January 16, 2011, 7:18 GMT

    I felt a little sorry for Haddin,i like his batting but Paine is a better keeper.I cannot believe Clarke let Johnson bowl 8 overs,his bowling is a joke,we need accurate,CONSISTENT bowlers for the world cup!Bring in John Hastings.And Doherty is just not good enough.Bring Hauritz back in.

  • POSTED BY on | January 16, 2011, 7:34 GMT

    Give Haddin a break. He is a classy player. Perservere and he come good before the world cup!

  • POSTED BY tfjones1978 on | January 16, 2011, 9:01 GMT

    I would like to see Australia start to move from having an intergrated team to three teams, being a test team (playing 20 tests per year), a ODI team (playing 50 ODI per year) and a T20I team (playing 50 T20I per year). All 3 teams (45 players) could have players change from one team to another every 6 or 12 months to allow players a variety of cricket, but also allowing players to focus on one event whilst allowing Aust to play all 3 formats against more teams. Regarding selection, domestic cricket is intended to be used as a stepping stone. At the moment the selectors are discriminating against the better batsmen and bowlers in domestic cricket by not selecting those in form, but instead by those that they like the look of (get a room!).

  • POSTED BY on | January 16, 2011, 11:04 GMT

    Nice knock by Watson.Australia will regain confidence after winning this