Australia v England, 2nd ODI, Hobart January 20, 2011

Watson aside, room for both teams to lift

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Match Facts

January 21, Hobart
Start time 14.20 (03.20 GMT)

The Big Picture

The first game at the MCG was the last chance for both teams to answer any selection queries before finalising their World Cup squads. And not everyone who played has made the cut - Steven Davies, Chris Tremlett and Xavier Doherty, for example. Now both teams can really begin their World Cup preparations in earnest.

Shane Watson's brilliant unbeaten 161 on Sunday gave Australia a 1-0 series lead, but the reality is that apart from Watson's innings, the rest of Australia's performance was no more than middling. Michael Clarke took up 57 balls and got out without hitting a boundary, and in the field his team allowed England to post nearly 300, with a few too many missed run-outs and stumpings and dropped catches. Australia's World Cup defence begins in just over a month, and they need to be working better as a unit instead of being carried by one magnificent individual effort.

Not that England can be very pleased with their display at the MCG, either. After 30 overs they'd posted 3 for 174, a position from which they should have reached well over 300. And their attack, without James Anderson, didn't look terribly threatening. They too need to hone their form ahead of the World Cup, and they'll do so in Hobart without Graeme Swann, who has a knee problem.

Both teams have been hit by fitness concerns, with Michael Hussey now at home in Perth after undergoing surgery on a serious hamstring injury he picked up while running a sharp two during the win at the MCG. The Australians are also without Mitchell Johnson, who has a throat infection and didn't fly to Hobart with the team. "He has improved in the last 24 hours and is expected to meet the team in Sydney on Saturday," the physio Alex Kountouris said.

Form guide


(completed matches, most recent first)
Australia WWLLL
England LWLLW

Watch out for...

Remember Nathan Hauritz? He's that spinner Australia had been grooming for two years only to discard him on the eve of the Ashes in favour of a one-day specialist who failed to hold his place after two Tests. And now that one-day specialist, Xavier Doherty, has been cut from the limited-overs team, leaving Hauritz as the main man for the World Cup. He hasn't played for his country since November 5, and rest assured he wants to stick it to the selectors who didn't stick with him.

Like Hauritz, Matt Prior didn't play the opening ODI in Melbourne. Davies was the preferred gloveman, which was an odd choice given Prior's powerful striking and impressive form during the Ashes. But come World Cup selection time, England went with the experience of Prior, and as a result he's finished his Twenty20 stint with Victoria and flown to Hobart to join the one-day squad. He'll open the batting with Andrew Strauss, and the Australians know that if they don't get rid of Prior early, he could be a matchwinner.

Team news

Things have changed since the first match. Australia's World Cup squad has been settled, so Doherty has made way for Hauritz, but there are also a couple of other issues for Australia. Hussey's place in the middle order is likely to be filled by Shaun Marsh, who didn't make the World Cup squad but is a possible replacement if Hussey is ruled out of that tournament. And Johnson's throat infection should mean a place for Shaun Tait, who had back stiffness in Melbourne and was rested as a precaution.

Australia (probable) 1 Shane Watson, 2 Brad Haddin (wk), 3 Michael Clarke (capt), 4 Cameron White, 5 David Hussey, 6 Shaun Marsh, 7 Steven Smith, 8 Brett Lee, 9 Nathan Hauritz, 10 Doug Bollinger, 11 Shaun Tait.

Prior has come in to take the place of Davies, and it will be a straight swap at the top of the order. Swann will also miss out due to a knee injury, and his spot should be taken by James Tredwell, who is set to play his third one-day international. Paul Collingwood will have to wait for his chance to break back in to the side.

England (probable) 1 Andrew Strauss (capt), 2 Matt Prior (wk), 3 Jonathan Trott, 4 Kevin Pietersen, 5 Ian Bell, 6 Eoin Morgan, 7 Michael Yardy, 8 Tim Bresnan, 9 James Tredwell, 10 Chris Tremlett, 11 Ajmal Shahzad.

Stats and trivia

  • The teams have only met once before in an ODI at Bellerive Oval, back in 2002-03, when Australia won by seven runs

  • With no Anderson, England's attack is so inexperienced that Tim Bresnan is the leading wicket-taker amongst the bowlers, with 38 ODI victims

  • Australia's win-loss ratio at Bellerive is better than at any other venue in the country - they have won 10 of the 14 ODIs they've played in Hobart

Quotes

"We've got a lot of improvement to do, definitely, with the ball and in the field at the start of our innings especially."
Michael Clarke

"You look at Shane Watson in the last game getting 161 - it's a match-winning total. Those are the types of innings that all batsmen are looking to get and realising that their 40s, 50s and 60s don't win games."
Matt Prior

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • 5wombats on January 21, 2011, 14:29 GMT

    @landl47; looks like you are going to collect on that Tait body parts franchise! You'll make a million - and it's easy money.....!

  • on January 21, 2011, 11:41 GMT

    I've got to be fair . Australia gave the Poms a good going over , but all the hype about England being supreme players of ODI , prior to coming to Australia , failed to be exhibited . They are making the Aussies look real good . We are NOT good , we are below average , and if we are beating England , then neither of these two teams will fare very well against the top four Nations in the World Cup . Still , it makes it interesting cricket , and entertains both the crowd and the TV and ABC Radio fans. Shaun Marsh has to replace one of the Hussey brothers , not sure which one yet ! Another front line spinner will be required , cannot risk Hauritz with injury . Tait.....yes injured again...what's new . Failed to notch a wicket too . M.Clarke still disappoints , even his ardent followers must have doubts how much longer he will last .To be fair I must say Lady Luck has leaned a bit towards the Green and Gold .

  • Meety on January 21, 2011, 7:06 GMT

    Well @ 4/33 I was quite depressed, - 230 is sort of alright, but brilliant from where the innings was heading. I am now thinking that Bollinger should be promoted to #7 as a "bowling allrounder"! Marsh's knock was a beauty, I haven't been a fan of his - the 4,4,6 to bring up his century was gold. Nothing else to be stoked about..... yet! I think the 2nd spinner for the Poms is a bit clearer now - Tredwell was way better than Yardy. My opinion of Shahzad improves everytime I see him bowl. Reminds me of a faster version of Praveen Kumar, (not based on looks but style - LOL). I think Tremlett should of been in the WC squad instead of Bresnan. I think he is way better than Broad.

  • Marcio on January 21, 2011, 3:04 GMT

    @PlayingItStraight, not only will Shane Watson not play well again, neither will Brad Haddin and the fielders play that badly again. You can twist facts any way you want. I'm picking Australia for this game. I think England will go walkabout for a few games here.

  • Saddles on January 21, 2011, 2:53 GMT

    Shaun Marsh at 6?! Would be better opening in place of Haddin - or at least first or second drop. He can build a big innings scoring at high rate. Wasted down the order. Option F for me. Tait will pull a heart muscle when asked to bowl a third consecutive over and will be carried from the ground.

  • landl47 on January 21, 2011, 2:52 GMT

    @5wombats. Pity you didn't choose D. I've got the Shaun Tait body parts concession for the mid-western United States.

  • auscrktfan on January 21, 2011, 2:30 GMT

    To those saying that if England had Swann, Broad and Anderson playing it would be no contest.. Let's add Johnson, Harris, Starc, McKay and Hussey to the Australian team and see how it would go..

  • on January 21, 2011, 1:31 GMT

    Interesting match for us Aussies ! Will Watson continue his good form , Will Shaun Marsh be a suitable opener , and be M.Hussey's replacement , Will M.Clarke still scratch around and fail , Will Smith show some inkling of being and all round batsman AND bowler , Will D.Hussey show he is capable of BATTING , Will Hadden show that he is over the sulks , Will White show why he was selected as a batsman , Will Bollinger bowl some Champagne overs , Will Brett Lee find his youthfulness again , Will Hauritz give us ALL a surprise and cause the opposition to be mesmerised with his tripe , and the big ask is , WILL Tait not be replaced after bowling his first ball ????????

  • Wozza-CY on January 21, 2011, 0:17 GMT

    Landl47...interesting question, there a few things we can be certain of; 1)Selectors will choose our best one day spinner for tests & our best test spinner for an ODI, especially when their policy is horses for courses, obviously you would drop Doherty for a game on his home ground. 2) Our obsession for 'variety' in our attack means we will pick a left arm seamer, regardless of how poor their form is just to give opposition off spinners a fair go (the same variety doesn't apply for oz spinners, ref point 1. 3) Clarke will slash in test matches & block on ODI's. 4)We will pick players for a WC tournament that won't make it due to fitness, then pick a young player for these games to get' them into form & not take them to the WC. 4) We will take a wicket on a no ball. 5) We will miss many opportunities in the field. 6) Our selectors will 'do a good job'. 7) We will be inconsistent (refer all previous points). Not all bad though, Bell is in the form of his life...drop him to 5?

  • AussieFan on January 21, 2011, 0:01 GMT

    WORLD CUP PREPARATION: 1. Shane Watson should be rested from the remaining games. There are two warm-up games in India before the tournament begins. Can't afford to lose him now! 2. Need to determine the best opening partner for Watson - Haddin, Paine or Marsh? Marsh provides left/right combination and has a great record in India. Haddin has not really done well as an opener and could be better suited at 6/7 and to face the spinners in the middle overs. Paine has done well opening. 3. Who will replace Ponting IF his finger does not recover? Maybe give Khwaja a few games at three. 4. What if Michael Clarke does not score many runs in the next six games? Surely he cannot then be guaranteed a spot for the WC with his poor 12 months. 5. Who's the Finisher if M. Hussey is not fit? Maybe Haddin/Hopes should be given some games at seven. 6. Is Smith the second spinner in the team? If so, he should be bowling more overs in the next six games to gain confidence. 7. Hastings role at the WC?

  • 5wombats on January 21, 2011, 14:29 GMT

    @landl47; looks like you are going to collect on that Tait body parts franchise! You'll make a million - and it's easy money.....!

  • on January 21, 2011, 11:41 GMT

    I've got to be fair . Australia gave the Poms a good going over , but all the hype about England being supreme players of ODI , prior to coming to Australia , failed to be exhibited . They are making the Aussies look real good . We are NOT good , we are below average , and if we are beating England , then neither of these two teams will fare very well against the top four Nations in the World Cup . Still , it makes it interesting cricket , and entertains both the crowd and the TV and ABC Radio fans. Shaun Marsh has to replace one of the Hussey brothers , not sure which one yet ! Another front line spinner will be required , cannot risk Hauritz with injury . Tait.....yes injured again...what's new . Failed to notch a wicket too . M.Clarke still disappoints , even his ardent followers must have doubts how much longer he will last .To be fair I must say Lady Luck has leaned a bit towards the Green and Gold .

  • Meety on January 21, 2011, 7:06 GMT

    Well @ 4/33 I was quite depressed, - 230 is sort of alright, but brilliant from where the innings was heading. I am now thinking that Bollinger should be promoted to #7 as a "bowling allrounder"! Marsh's knock was a beauty, I haven't been a fan of his - the 4,4,6 to bring up his century was gold. Nothing else to be stoked about..... yet! I think the 2nd spinner for the Poms is a bit clearer now - Tredwell was way better than Yardy. My opinion of Shahzad improves everytime I see him bowl. Reminds me of a faster version of Praveen Kumar, (not based on looks but style - LOL). I think Tremlett should of been in the WC squad instead of Bresnan. I think he is way better than Broad.

  • Marcio on January 21, 2011, 3:04 GMT

    @PlayingItStraight, not only will Shane Watson not play well again, neither will Brad Haddin and the fielders play that badly again. You can twist facts any way you want. I'm picking Australia for this game. I think England will go walkabout for a few games here.

  • Saddles on January 21, 2011, 2:53 GMT

    Shaun Marsh at 6?! Would be better opening in place of Haddin - or at least first or second drop. He can build a big innings scoring at high rate. Wasted down the order. Option F for me. Tait will pull a heart muscle when asked to bowl a third consecutive over and will be carried from the ground.

  • landl47 on January 21, 2011, 2:52 GMT

    @5wombats. Pity you didn't choose D. I've got the Shaun Tait body parts concession for the mid-western United States.

  • auscrktfan on January 21, 2011, 2:30 GMT

    To those saying that if England had Swann, Broad and Anderson playing it would be no contest.. Let's add Johnson, Harris, Starc, McKay and Hussey to the Australian team and see how it would go..

  • on January 21, 2011, 1:31 GMT

    Interesting match for us Aussies ! Will Watson continue his good form , Will Shaun Marsh be a suitable opener , and be M.Hussey's replacement , Will M.Clarke still scratch around and fail , Will Smith show some inkling of being and all round batsman AND bowler , Will D.Hussey show he is capable of BATTING , Will Hadden show that he is over the sulks , Will White show why he was selected as a batsman , Will Bollinger bowl some Champagne overs , Will Brett Lee find his youthfulness again , Will Hauritz give us ALL a surprise and cause the opposition to be mesmerised with his tripe , and the big ask is , WILL Tait not be replaced after bowling his first ball ????????

  • Wozza-CY on January 21, 2011, 0:17 GMT

    Landl47...interesting question, there a few things we can be certain of; 1)Selectors will choose our best one day spinner for tests & our best test spinner for an ODI, especially when their policy is horses for courses, obviously you would drop Doherty for a game on his home ground. 2) Our obsession for 'variety' in our attack means we will pick a left arm seamer, regardless of how poor their form is just to give opposition off spinners a fair go (the same variety doesn't apply for oz spinners, ref point 1. 3) Clarke will slash in test matches & block on ODI's. 4)We will pick players for a WC tournament that won't make it due to fitness, then pick a young player for these games to get' them into form & not take them to the WC. 4) We will take a wicket on a no ball. 5) We will miss many opportunities in the field. 6) Our selectors will 'do a good job'. 7) We will be inconsistent (refer all previous points). Not all bad though, Bell is in the form of his life...drop him to 5?

  • AussieFan on January 21, 2011, 0:01 GMT

    WORLD CUP PREPARATION: 1. Shane Watson should be rested from the remaining games. There are two warm-up games in India before the tournament begins. Can't afford to lose him now! 2. Need to determine the best opening partner for Watson - Haddin, Paine or Marsh? Marsh provides left/right combination and has a great record in India. Haddin has not really done well as an opener and could be better suited at 6/7 and to face the spinners in the middle overs. Paine has done well opening. 3. Who will replace Ponting IF his finger does not recover? Maybe give Khwaja a few games at three. 4. What if Michael Clarke does not score many runs in the next six games? Surely he cannot then be guaranteed a spot for the WC with his poor 12 months. 5. Who's the Finisher if M. Hussey is not fit? Maybe Haddin/Hopes should be given some games at seven. 6. Is Smith the second spinner in the team? If so, he should be bowling more overs in the next six games to gain confidence. 7. Hastings role at the WC?

  • landl47 on January 20, 2011, 23:12 GMT

    Thinking about it since my last post, I believe that logically Wright has to play in today's game. 4 of England's WC squad aren't playing, for various reasons: Swann, Broad, Anderson and Collingwood. Isn't that exactly why Wright is in the squad? With 2 seam bowlers out, Wright becomes the 3rd seamer and also strengthens the batting by coming in at #7. He's not as good a bowler as Tremlett, but he's a better bat and fielder. England will hope to get at least 6 or 7 overs out of him, with Trott or KP bowling a few if necessary. Let's face it, if Wright doesn't play when Broad and Anderson aren't available, when does he play? If he's not good enough to be the stand-in when England is down two seamers, then he shouldn't be in the 15, because he's certainly not good enough as a specialist bat. I'd expect the team to be Strauss, Prior, Trott, KP, Bell, Morgan, Wright, Yardy, Bresnan, Tredwell, Shahzad. That's a team that bats down to #11, even if the bowling's a bit weak.

  • 5wombats on January 20, 2011, 22:57 GMT

    @landl47; cute. I think A. B. & C. And my prize is...?

  • Rooboy on January 20, 2011, 22:56 GMT

    lol landl47. I'm going for option E. Tait bruises a toe nail getting dressed for the match and is forced to retire from international cricket.

  • montys_muse on January 20, 2011, 21:44 GMT

    Well, when there is a specialist opener in Bell, then why is Prior opening the innings?

  • PlayingItStraight on January 20, 2011, 21:20 GMT

    Watson's exceptional performance with the bat in game one covered up some serious weaknesses in Australia's team - their pace bowlers leaked way too many runs, Haddin kept like a poor quality grade cricketer (easily his worst game for Australia behind the stumps), and Clarke batted like it was a test match (a #3 batsman blocking in a one day game?). Without someone like Watson producing a match-winning performance, it's hard to see Australia playing well enough as a team to defeat England.

  • vsssarma on January 20, 2011, 20:34 GMT

    Appears a clear win for Australia tomorrow.

  • AJDoogs on January 20, 2011, 20:24 GMT

    What is the pitch like? A better preview please.

  • on January 20, 2011, 19:45 GMT

    Shane Watson has a good day.But everyday he cannot repeat the Unbeatable Century.However still he can do good.

    Cameron White should not be relied for something big.

    Shaun Marsh can do something worthwhile but Nathan Hauritz may be average.

    David Hussey,Steven Smith ,Doug Bollinger and Shaun Tait can do well.

    Brad Haddin may have a mixed day.

    Andrew Strauss,James Anderson, Ajmal Shahjad have a good day and they may do well.

    Morgan and Matt Prior may also do well as their stars indicate .

    Kevin Peterson may fail but may be he may score some face saving runs.

  • landl47 on January 20, 2011, 19:00 GMT

    Here's a little quiz, just for fun. When Shaun Tait is bowling, will he: A. bowl like a demon and skittle the England side; B. bowl so many wides and no balls that England will win with extras as the top scorer; C. break down after being asked to bowl 4 consecutive overs and miss the rest of the series and the World Cup; D. have one of his body parts fly off into the crowd (and if so, which)?

  • landl47 on January 20, 2011, 18:50 GMT

    This game shows up England's main weakness- the lack of a genuine all-rounder. With Bresnan or Yardy having to bat at #7, England either have to play Wright at #6 or go in with just 5 bowlers. With the top 3 bowlers missing, that's a big ask for the others. However, Aus has its own problems, with its two most experienced bats missing and the bowling not having been great so far. Aus has the advantage of having Watson to bowl and bat. I expect the Aussies to target Tredwell, but although he is the least experienced ODI bowler, he's been around a long time and is pretty canny. Tremlett enjoyed Hobart before and should do again and I expect Bresnan to bowl better. England need to bat well (no giveaway wickets like the first game) and field up to their usual standard. If they do, they should at least make it a close game. Aus to win narrowly- England's bowling isn't strong enough without Swann, Broad and Anderson. If Eng win with this attack, then it'll be a great effort.

  • DazTaylor on January 20, 2011, 18:39 GMT

    Gutted Mitchell Johnson wont be playing as this will increase Australia's chances of a win... :-(

  • 5wombats on January 20, 2011, 18:35 GMT

    It seems that neither sides fans are particularly confident! I'm in the same boat. I think the first ODI was error strewn - except for Watson who was head and shoulders above. Without Swann England on the bowling side are going to find it hard going - but Prior is in good nick and I think batting big is Englands only hope here. They didn't get enough last time and it cost them. Probably going to be close again. For Aus - MJ was - well - !&$%? and it's good for them that he isn't going to be playing in Hobart. Don't know if any of the rest of you agree with me but I'm more interested in individual players form ahead of the World Cup than I am in this series. Australia V England is always a hot one in any format - but this series just seems like a bit of a side issue to me.

  • a.gaffar_J on January 20, 2011, 17:08 GMT

    Australians would have given Usman Khwaja a chance in odi's also.

  • on January 20, 2011, 16:39 GMT

    shane watson and shaun marsh will make a very good pair for opening in the sub-continent pitches. SAD!!!australian selectors failed to know this fact

  • danishsyed88 on January 20, 2011, 16:06 GMT

    What?? Prior's gonna open? I don't like this idea

  • on January 20, 2011, 13:37 GMT

    England let the Aussies off the hook at Adelaide, didn't score over 300 despite the solid start and should have taken Watson twice. Despite playing our B Team attack we should win. Put Put Broad, Anderson and Swann in that side and it would be no contest.

  • on January 20, 2011, 12:39 GMT

    They just better open the innings with SHAUN MARSH! Seriously, you have 2 make-shift openers, although Watson is doing a BRILLIANT job there, and in Haddin, Marsh, who has experience in opening all 3 forms in state games and ODI's and maybe T20 for Australia should be opening the Aussie Innings with Watson, Haddin down the order to hit towards the end of the innings. Marsh showed in the Big Bash that he can be a good aggressive opener. I would have him open in ODI's and T20 all the time...

  • MalikNomii on January 20, 2011, 11:52 GMT

    some changing need in England Team Prior is best now because he is in form. But Devis is a good player too he has a good technique and he played a goos drives Collingwood is another question where he is. Anderson out Y .. Lets hope for the best

  • gogoldengreens on January 20, 2011, 11:50 GMT

    Yet another great selection of the year award to Happy Hooker Hilditch... pick only one spinner in a comp to be held in India & Sri Lanka instead pick Tate who's back stuffs up after bowling 8 overs in three days!! Maybe if it was held in Aust, or South Africa that call would be fair enough. Watching Clarke bat reminds me of the way Geoff Marsh batted in one day games back in the 1980's when 220 was considered to be a par score - he needs to give the game up - why promote him self up the order only to gum up the works. Then not to have Cam White dropped down past Steve Smith - what a joke - nearly as good as Haddin's keeping in the last game!!

  • on January 20, 2011, 11:43 GMT

    Is there a new law that we don't know about, stating that the keeper must open in one-dayers and 20-20's?

    Let Marsh open, and put Haddin in at six.

    Just because Gilly did it, doesn't mean every other keeper after him has to!

  • Gazzypops on January 20, 2011, 10:52 GMT

    Hmmm. What about Collingwood rather than Tredwell. I think his bowling at the MCG would have been difficult to get off the square. If Hobart's a similar pitch, then perhaps his medium off-cutters would be more than a little handy. And, who knows, a match-winning, back-from-the-dead century from number 7! Nah. I think England's attack is enough to lose this game too... Ho hum.

  • Guernica on January 20, 2011, 10:26 GMT

    Hmm, I don't think England are favourites @Witty. We are now without our 3 best one-day bowlers (Broad, Anderson, Swann). And if we don't pick Collingwood we have virtually no back-up bowling options if someone gets targeted early in their spell (Tredwell or Yardy maybe). I can see us struggling for the rest of the series but at least we will find out a bit about some of the back-up guys (shame we have already named our world cup squad).

  • LALITHKURUWITA on January 20, 2011, 10:23 GMT

    I think Aussies will win as Poms missing 2 very good bowlers in Swann & Anderson. If Watto fails, Poms will will as other Aussie batters look just fillers of the batting order except Haddin. may be Aussie by 2 wickets or 20 runs.

  • Marcio on January 20, 2011, 8:40 GMT

    While I agree the fielding of Australia was poor in patches, I don't think the batting was "middling" at all. Just because nobody scored a 50 other than Watson is not bad - in fact White, Hussey and Haddin did a great jobs, I think, and even Clarke hung round for a 100-odd run partnership which helped seal the win. Definitely needs to pick up his game, however. I don't know why Bollinger is there instead of Dirk Nannes. The latter seems to be better in every respect. England's bowling lineup still looks a little soft to me. They don't want to be 3-0 down when Anderson comes back! Not surprised Tait hurt his back. His action really looks off at the moment - body position, arm, all look awful. Anybody part could give out at any moment. M Hussey is a loss, but Shaun Marsh is a real asset. A class player. Should be interesting. Let's hope Haddin doesn't do his impression of a schoolyard backstop again. He's actually a lot better than what we saw last time round I think.

  • Meety on January 20, 2011, 8:01 GMT

    I think the field whilst England weren't brilliant (The double overthrow was hilarious), they won't have as much improvement as the poor performance Oz put in. I think Oz can improve (in the context of the 1st ODI), about 50 runs.

  • Something_Witty on January 20, 2011, 7:53 GMT

    England have to be favourites going into this match. Even with our good record at Hobart, we are playing exceptionally dumb cricket at the moment. Unless Watto makes another mammoth score, or White/Marsh fire, I can't see us winning this match. Of course I would be happy to be proven wrong, but it's not a good thing when Watson is our best batsman AND our most consistent bowler. Too much pressure on one man, he can't win every single game for us. Will be interesting to see how Haury and Taity go. Finally, Steve Smith needs to bowl at least the majority of his ten overs. His leggies are very tidy, he gets nice drift and some nice spin, flights the ball well and has all the variations. Why has he only bowled 3 overs in the last 3 games?? Best of luck to the boys and come on Usstryia!!

  • catalyst213 on January 20, 2011, 7:48 GMT

    Its pretty fair to call Prior back, he definately has both experience and aggression and he is in great form too. Davies however will have to wait for his chance and im sure he'll have his day, someday.

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  • catalyst213 on January 20, 2011, 7:48 GMT

    Its pretty fair to call Prior back, he definately has both experience and aggression and he is in great form too. Davies however will have to wait for his chance and im sure he'll have his day, someday.

  • Something_Witty on January 20, 2011, 7:53 GMT

    England have to be favourites going into this match. Even with our good record at Hobart, we are playing exceptionally dumb cricket at the moment. Unless Watto makes another mammoth score, or White/Marsh fire, I can't see us winning this match. Of course I would be happy to be proven wrong, but it's not a good thing when Watson is our best batsman AND our most consistent bowler. Too much pressure on one man, he can't win every single game for us. Will be interesting to see how Haury and Taity go. Finally, Steve Smith needs to bowl at least the majority of his ten overs. His leggies are very tidy, he gets nice drift and some nice spin, flights the ball well and has all the variations. Why has he only bowled 3 overs in the last 3 games?? Best of luck to the boys and come on Usstryia!!

  • Meety on January 20, 2011, 8:01 GMT

    I think the field whilst England weren't brilliant (The double overthrow was hilarious), they won't have as much improvement as the poor performance Oz put in. I think Oz can improve (in the context of the 1st ODI), about 50 runs.

  • Marcio on January 20, 2011, 8:40 GMT

    While I agree the fielding of Australia was poor in patches, I don't think the batting was "middling" at all. Just because nobody scored a 50 other than Watson is not bad - in fact White, Hussey and Haddin did a great jobs, I think, and even Clarke hung round for a 100-odd run partnership which helped seal the win. Definitely needs to pick up his game, however. I don't know why Bollinger is there instead of Dirk Nannes. The latter seems to be better in every respect. England's bowling lineup still looks a little soft to me. They don't want to be 3-0 down when Anderson comes back! Not surprised Tait hurt his back. His action really looks off at the moment - body position, arm, all look awful. Anybody part could give out at any moment. M Hussey is a loss, but Shaun Marsh is a real asset. A class player. Should be interesting. Let's hope Haddin doesn't do his impression of a schoolyard backstop again. He's actually a lot better than what we saw last time round I think.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on January 20, 2011, 10:23 GMT

    I think Aussies will win as Poms missing 2 very good bowlers in Swann & Anderson. If Watto fails, Poms will will as other Aussie batters look just fillers of the batting order except Haddin. may be Aussie by 2 wickets or 20 runs.

  • Guernica on January 20, 2011, 10:26 GMT

    Hmm, I don't think England are favourites @Witty. We are now without our 3 best one-day bowlers (Broad, Anderson, Swann). And if we don't pick Collingwood we have virtually no back-up bowling options if someone gets targeted early in their spell (Tredwell or Yardy maybe). I can see us struggling for the rest of the series but at least we will find out a bit about some of the back-up guys (shame we have already named our world cup squad).

  • Gazzypops on January 20, 2011, 10:52 GMT

    Hmmm. What about Collingwood rather than Tredwell. I think his bowling at the MCG would have been difficult to get off the square. If Hobart's a similar pitch, then perhaps his medium off-cutters would be more than a little handy. And, who knows, a match-winning, back-from-the-dead century from number 7! Nah. I think England's attack is enough to lose this game too... Ho hum.

  • on January 20, 2011, 11:43 GMT

    Is there a new law that we don't know about, stating that the keeper must open in one-dayers and 20-20's?

    Let Marsh open, and put Haddin in at six.

    Just because Gilly did it, doesn't mean every other keeper after him has to!

  • gogoldengreens on January 20, 2011, 11:50 GMT

    Yet another great selection of the year award to Happy Hooker Hilditch... pick only one spinner in a comp to be held in India & Sri Lanka instead pick Tate who's back stuffs up after bowling 8 overs in three days!! Maybe if it was held in Aust, or South Africa that call would be fair enough. Watching Clarke bat reminds me of the way Geoff Marsh batted in one day games back in the 1980's when 220 was considered to be a par score - he needs to give the game up - why promote him self up the order only to gum up the works. Then not to have Cam White dropped down past Steve Smith - what a joke - nearly as good as Haddin's keeping in the last game!!

  • MalikNomii on January 20, 2011, 11:52 GMT

    some changing need in England Team Prior is best now because he is in form. But Devis is a good player too he has a good technique and he played a goos drives Collingwood is another question where he is. Anderson out Y .. Lets hope for the best