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Australia v England, 2nd ODI, Hobart

Marsh and Bollinger star in Australian victory

The Report by Andrew McGlashan at Bellerive Oval

January 21, 2011

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Australia 230 (Marsh 110, White 45, Tremlett 3-22, Shahzad 3-43) beat England 184 (Trott 32, Bell 32, Bollinger 4-28) by 46 runs
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Shaun Marsh held firm while wickets tumbled around him , Australia v England, 2nd ODI, Hobart, January 21, 2011
Shaun Marsh made his second ODI hundred to set up a 46-run win for Australia © AFP
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Shaun Marsh wasn't deemed good enough to be in Australia's World Cup squad, but in his first outing as Mike Hussey's injury replacement he cracked a brilliant hundred to lift his team from a hopeless position to 46-run victory at Hobart. Marsh's 110 rescued the hosts from two collapses, then England put together a poor run chase as Doug Bollinger completed a fine all-round match with four wickets.

Australia's top order slumped to 4 for 33 and, following a 100-run stand between Marsh and Cameron White, they slipped to 8 for 142, before Marsh turned the game on its head. But his matchwinning effort wouldn't have been possible without Bollinger, who showed previously unknown batting prowess to hit 30 in an Australia record ninth-wicket stand of 88.

Marsh was given a life on 61 when Ajmal Shahzad dropped a return chance and went from 84 to 101 in the space of one Michael Yardy over, the 45th of the innings, with two boundaries through midwicket followed by a six in the same direction to bring up his hundred from 101 balls. The run chase should still have been within England's grasp but they never formed a solid foundation.

Bollinger was key to that when he extracted Andrew Strauss and Kevin Pietersen with consecutive balls. Strauss was struck on the back leg and was happy to take the umpire's lbw verdict, only to be talked into a wasted review by Jonathan Trott. Pietersen then got an inside into the stumps, although Bollinger missed a hat-trick when Ian Bell pulled wide of short fine-leg.

Bollinger later returned to snuff out any last-ditch charge from the lower order when he had Tim Bresnan, batting with a runner due to a calf strain, caught at third man and trapped James Tredwell lbw in a performance that has confirmed his World Cup credentials.

However, Australia's victory came at a cost. Nathan Hauritz suffered what appeared to be a dislocated shoulder when he dived in the outfield, and it was shocking luck for a player making his first appearance since the start of the Ashes. He left the field and went straight to hospital in serious pain. A short while later, Shaun Tait limped out of the attack five balls into his sixth over having pulled a muscle in his left thigh.

England's innings had made a poor start when Matt Prior marked his recall in opposite style to Marsh with a third-ball duck when he edged Brett Lee to first slip. There was no shortage of pace from the Australia attack and Trott had no clue about the bouncer from Tait which he gloved over the slips.

However, Trott and Bell began to settle the run chase only for it all to come unravelling as the evening closed in on Hobart's first floodlit one-day international. After the fire and brimstone from the quicks, the sight of Steve Smith would have been a signal to increase the tempo but instead Trott pulled his second ball straight to midwicket.

With Michael Clarke sensing a crucial moment he recalled Lee, who snaffled Bell with a wide delivery that was cut to point. It continued the trend in the early stages of this series of England handing Australia wickets on a plate. Yardy and Eoin Morgan suggested a fightback and their pair opted for the Powerplay in the 34th over only for Morgan to be superbly caught by Tait running towards the boundary and Yardy run out.

England will ask themselves some serious questions about how they twice let Australia off the hook. The pick of the attack was Chris Tremlett, another World Cup discard, who claimed 3 for 22 and Ajmal Shahzad also claimed three but the problem came in a lack of incisive support for the three main quick bowlers with the absence of James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann.

This was the same England pace attack that played against Australia A here in November when they were classed as the reserve unit to the Test trio, but with Anderson and Broad still away from the squad they are currently the main men. Shahzad found early swing and took Watson's inside edge into the stumps with Brad Haddin following in similar fashion as he tried to drive.

That left the out-of-form Clarke under pressure to steady the innings. It was a situation made for Test-style batting and Clarke battled against the moving ball without ever threatening fluency except for one flick over midwicket off Shahzad. However, the manner of his dismissal won't have done him any favours when he slapped a wide ball straight cover to leave Australia 3 for 21.

David Hussey was then well caught in the gully when he fended at Tremlett. Without his brother to guide a rescue mission Australia needed someone else to bail them out of trouble. The innings was first revived by White, who escaped a top-edged pull on 2 that split three fielders, and Marsh as they negotiated the tough period before cashing in against the reduced threat of England's spinners. Marsh did an excellent impression of the man he has replaced, Mike Hussey, as he latched onto anything loose and showed good footwork.

White is more of a stand-and-deliver batsman and they formed a productive pair which also benefited from the left-right-hand combination that made life tougher for the bowlers. The momentum was just switching to Australia with White using his feet to elegantly drive Yardy through the covers, but next ball pushed back a return catch on 45.

That began Australia's second slide of the innings and when Lee missed a straight ball from Yardy the end was coming quickly, but confidence is slowly returning to this team and they hauled themselves off the floor in emphatic style.

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Posted by Meety on (January 24, 2011, 10:21 GMT)

@5wombats - sounds like your "Bask"ing is gettin a little chilly! Well on tour you have all but Anderson & Broad, I'll take bowling better against any side given that Oz were bowling against most of the Ashes batting line up. Credit where credit is due or don't bother commenting.

Posted by 5wombats on (January 23, 2011, 9:47 GMT)

@Meety; You can have this ODI series - and if you like you can continue to bask in the warmth of the belief that Australia that are a top ODI side. They are not.

Posted by Meety on (January 23, 2011, 7:14 GMT)

@ 5wombats - Smith was good enough to pick up 3 top order Poms in 2 ODIs, these old crocks are good enough to put the Poms fairly under the pump at the end of the 1st innings in the 3rd ODI!

Posted by 5wombats on (January 22, 2011, 22:53 GMT)

That's the whole point Hagrid - England have bowlers galore. What do Australia have? - A load of injury prone crocks, oh - and Steve Smith.

Posted by 5wombats on (January 22, 2011, 22:03 GMT)

Now, where was I? Once upon a time there was this guy who used to play for Australia whose name began with H. In 2010 he played 20 ODI's and took 19 wickets. A wicked Uncle whose name began with P (I seem to remember) dropped him for that. Can't think why. "Swann is a good offie but vastly overrated, I don't rate him much higher than I rate Haury". Mmm... Swann's current ODI ranking is 3 - H-guy's ranking is.... 31. Mmm... Tremlett has played 11 ODI's and taken 12 wickets. Didn't play for England in ODI's for over 2 years - he replaces Anderson, Englands frontline bowler. Anderson is ranked 9 in the world ODI list. "Dougy is fantastic when he's at his best" - he's Australia top ranked ODI bowler at 8. Stuart Broad, ranked 6 in the world is injured. Bresnan is ranked 46 - a second string bowler & Shazad - arguably 3rd string is outside the the top 100. Do you want me to start talking about Australia (Tait #43, Johnson #21, Lee #37, Siddle #97) - or Hadrid - would you rather I stopped?

Posted by 5wombats on (January 22, 2011, 21:03 GMT)

@Something_ Witty; Ha ha ! You are funny! I think your comments are brilliant! Well Hagrid when I've stopped laughing I'll put in a longer post...! ha ha ha ! I just love this site and this banter. Thanks Cricinfo!

Posted by Something_Witty on (January 22, 2011, 16:46 GMT)

@5wombats, Tremlett can hardly be called a second string bowler. IMO he's England's best bowler across all formats right now. Swann is a good offie but vastly overrated, I don't rate him much higher than I rate Haury. - (That's if he gets to play of course!) Anderson, for all his improvement, still has some issues, especially when it comes to ODI bowling. He seems to lose the plot if the batsmen attack him, and start spraying the ball around and going for even more runs. Bresnan is definitely (in England's mind at least) one of their frontline bowlers. - He bowled in every match in the 2010 series and has bowled 2/2 matches so far. And Shahzad looks every bit as good an ODI bowler as Stuart Broad. There really is very little difference between England's "frontline" ODI attack, and their reserves. Give credit where it's due, Binga has been bowling brilliantly, Watto is very underrated with the ball, Dougy is fantastic when he's at his best, and they were too good for England last match.

Posted by 5wombats on (January 22, 2011, 10:15 GMT)

@Meety; "Oz bowled even better" Mmm... you think that do you? - better than England? Australia's World Cup attack bowled better than Englands 2nd string bowlers - well, I should hope so too. That was a gift - thanks!

Posted by VivGilchrist on (January 22, 2011, 9:09 GMT)

I can honestly understand if players start turning there backs on international cricket and choose to follow the big bucks of the various t20 comps. When as a player you have more skill and better form but selectors choose to snub them in favor of inferior players it must really grind them. Hodge, Marsh, Ferguson, and Christian are either more suited to or at leas in better form then there counterparts in Clarke, D Hussey, Smith, and Johnson that's it's just not fair.

Posted by jackiethepen on (January 22, 2011, 8:29 GMT)

230 was obviously a very good total on that wicket. It is not for nothing that both top orders were blown away. Strauss showed poor judgement when he brought Trott on to bowl and relieved the pressure. Likewise he set fields back and put spinners on when Bollinger should have faced merciless pressure. His previous best was 2 runs! Strauss said we needed another seamer. So who read the pitch wrong? But what we needed was a death bowler. In the past Gough did the job. Then Harmison, Now Anderson is our best death bowler. Tremlett did the job but only after far too much licence was given by the spinners. To talk breezily of 230 not being competitive is complete nonsense. Reports of a difficult pitch preceded this match so England should have been ready.

Posted by   on (January 22, 2011, 3:04 GMT)

Is it true that Shaun Marsh was overlooked from the World Cup squad because he doesn't bowl.

Posted by shramiac1 on (January 22, 2011, 2:38 GMT)

Ah... can't wait for Ponting to return and end Clarke's ODI career! Marsh to stay in the team instead of Clarke! Clarke and his slow batting just has to go!

Posted by bennn17 on (January 22, 2011, 1:58 GMT)

Englands team selection cost them the match. They needed another seamer to finish the game off after the early wickets but had no one to turn too but spinners and part timers. It allowed Marsh to get into his game and by the time Shazhad and co were back Marsh was all over them.

Posted by Meety on (January 22, 2011, 1:33 GMT)

@Something_Witty -also on the sub fielder, I do recall in the mid 1980s Viv Richards sent a bowler off during an ODI against Oz. The bowler (Baptese I think), misfielded about 4 times in a couple of overs! Also Oz used a Sth Oz player Des O'Connor a few times in the mid 80s.

Posted by Meety on (January 22, 2011, 1:30 GMT)

@phoenixsteve - I think you're a bit harsh on KP! (can't beleive I said that!). He got a pretty good ball first up & sometimes there's nothing you can do about it. I do agree that form levels are going in the opposite directions, I think that Strauss missed a golden opportunity with Oz @ 4/33. He should of rammed home the advantages he had (Pitch & Bowlers form), with Shahzad & Tremlett even consider bowling out their quotas, if he'd got White or Marsh early Oz may not of got 100 it was looking that ugly. Instead he used Trott, & spread the field!@Something_Witty - re: sub fielder, I did agree with you on that last game, but when it was revealed Swann was injured it has tempered my stance on that a bit. Also, I think either Bresnan or Yardy were injured (I couldn't hear the telecast as I was having dinner). So there may of been reasons - although I do beleive they have been exploiting this rule though. TBC

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

@stationmaster re:Trott, I agree that some players are not quite equipped for all formats of the game (Cook for example), however with Trott, I think it is too early to be sure. I think he is better suited down the order for the nurdling overs, he is definately not a power hitter. @John Ide re: Marsh, I always beleived that Marsh would get his day in Tests. To say he should of been in the first Test ahead of Watto & Katich - our two most consistant batsmen of the last 2 years is wrong. Maybe later in the series when Katich was injured. Marsh is still a WIP, great century he got yesterday, I think he has booked a spot to India should M Hussey be injured. Never know with the selectors! @5wombats - re: "Hopeless batting" fact is the degree of Oz "hopelessness" yesterday is put in perspective by the Poms Innings. The pitch was doing a fair bit & Shahzad in particular was putting a lot of balls in the right spot (Tremlett too). Oz bowled even better, (captained better yesterday too)!

Posted by Meety on (January 22, 2011, 1:11 GMT)

Whilst I was stoked with the way Oz were in the field (they showed the desperation that I've been expecting ALL summer), before people get on the Marsh & White bandwagon, consider the bowling they (White in particular faced), Trott & Yardy vs what Watto, Haddin Pup & Hussey faced, which was Shahzad & Tremlett. I thought Shahzad was slightly better than Bollinger yesterday - just didn't get the spoils. Brett Lee was great, not far off his best. Sadly I thought Tait was approaching his best (could of had Strauss 1st ball), his 2nd & 3rd spells were very good. I was very happy with Dougui finally showing what he can do this summer - good time to do it leading into the WC. The Poms SHOULD of chased down 231 on that pitch - but they are showing a surprising lack of application (KP not included he got a good ball 1st up & stuff happens). Real grit in the field which if they can maintain that intensity we are dead set red hot shot at winning the WC.

Posted by Meety on (January 22, 2011, 1:04 GMT)

@Peter Bryant - I agree 100%. I think Strauss made some tactical errors in this match. He called the toss right & was an obvious decision to send Oz in. The Pitch was at its most LETHAL during OZ opening 15 overs. Strauss should of gone for the jugular & kept rotating his faster bowlers for longer. It is a bit of a gamble but if he'd broken the White/Marsh partnership early Oz were toast. Instead he brought on Trott, Yardt & Tredwell. I thought Tredwell bowled really well & should be the 2nd spinner, but Yardy is the type of bowler who does well in T20 because he only has to bowl 4 overs. A trend I am noticing with Yardy - the more he bowls the more batsmen take to him. If he has to play bowl him for several 1 or 2 over spells. I definately think that Tremlett is a better bowler in all formats than Bresnan (not bagging Bresnan - just Tremlett is better). TBC

Posted by whatthecook on (January 22, 2011, 0:11 GMT)

england's second string bowling again did them proud! the batting again failed! morgan is not the get out of jail free card, he's a finisher in the bevan mould. i'd like to see the openers bat sensibly but with freedom and the middle order assess the situation and bat accordingly. we have a very capable team given the players we have to xome back in but irresponsible shot selection will cost us! in the T20 world cup the batting was well thought out but 50 over cricket is different, a total of 230 is not competitive and should be easily chased down! i could forgive reckless shots given a total of 330 or so to chase! england, unless a new strategy or mindset is evolved will reach the 2nd round at best. good T20 side, good test team, 50 over cricket continues to baffle them

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

I agree with Bridgeplayer. Smith is one of the better bowlers this series, having bowled at a good economy with a good average. His batting is a little erratic, but his recent failures mainly come from his mental attitude when he was bought into a Powerplay (first ODI) and into a period when Australia were languishing with a run rate of about 3.5 an over. This then meant that he felt that he was under pressure to start scoring at once, which in both cases resulted in him getting out going for a rash shot too quickly. All he needs to do is to get himself set before starting to play his shots. IMO either D.Hussey or M.Hussey (Shaun Marsh if injured) should open the batting with Watson, with Haddin batting a little down the order, as his power game isn't suited to opening. Everyone is calling for a huge amount of change in the batsmen selected, but really, the only 2 batsmen who have consistently failed in this series and the 20/20's are D.Hussey and Clarke. Haddin doesn't count.

Posted by chickenpoo on (January 21, 2011, 23:20 GMT)

Steven Smith is a Cameron White Clone. I remeber 4 years ago it was the exact same situation! White was in the One day team against England as a bowler who can bat (like smith) It ended up with white bowling only 2 or 3 overs every match but getting a wicket or too (like smith) and White wasnt very impressive with the bat then (like smith). The only difference is that Smith is going to the world cup whereas 4 years ago White didnt make the team. Hahah love it!

Posted by souths70 on (January 21, 2011, 23:11 GMT)

Marsh will be at the World Cup. Hussey apparently tore the muscle from the bone ?? People it starts in three weeks. There is no way that you can repair three months recovery ( just to walk properly with no discomfort ) in three weeks. The man is also no spring chicken. Look at Katich, one of the toughest cricketers around; his injury is taking longer to repair because of age and the factor that coming back early and re-injuring at that age is a retirement ticket.

Hussey won't be available, so Marsh gets the gig. I am not excusing selectors for NOT picking the bloke. He played against NSW in a T20 match about 10 days ago and it was simply brutal how he got the Western Australians over 200. Also his 1st class average has lifted this season by more than 20, compared to when he was 1st selected a couple of years ago in ODI's. This is the key indicator that a batsman will perform consistently for you at the top level. Marsh really looks ready now. For the record I'm a mad NSW supporter.

Posted by jgoogly on (January 21, 2011, 21:21 GMT)

Ido not quite agree with many regarding Steve Smith. It takes time for a spinner especially a leg spinner to master the art. Shane Warne was hammered mercilessly in his First test and again so many times. Ritchie Benaud could not get a permanent place in a side which was getting beaten under Ian Johnson. He was made Captain to the surprise of many Neil Harvey and Keith Miller were overlooked. Ritchie became a good bowler and a superb Captain. Steve Smith is still young but has started on a better footing than Ritchie Benaud. Please be patient he has potential you cannot be a Great leg spinner overnight. It was Steve Smith who broke the partnership of Bell and Trout.

Posted by stationmaster on (January 21, 2011, 20:52 GMT)

J Trott = a one day player. Don't make me laugh.....

Posted by katandthat3 on (January 21, 2011, 20:35 GMT)

Well done Marshy! Not that it's much of a surprise, been calling to be picked for the Ashes and WC but probably helped him not to be a part of that trainwreck. The coaching staff would probably look at Marsh's crisp footwork to both pace and spin and calm temperament with bewilderment while they praise blokes like Hughes and Smith and say 'they are in a good place' and the future. Marsh will hopefully go to the World Cup as a replacement for an injured player but that just shows how incompetent these selectors are. He scored hi maiden ODI ton in India and also has done very well in the IPL so it was probably too obvious to pick him for a WC over there, he's over qualified - pick bits and pieces players - you get bits and pieces performances.

Posted by   on (January 21, 2011, 19:31 GMT)

Steve Smith the most over-rated cricketer currently (I even admit, he's more over-rated that Johnson) in the Australian squad. He brings energy and enthusiasm.... Great for Australian Idol, but even they have some standards... I look at Number 6 cricketers in the past for Australia and then we have Smith....REALLY?

Even in the worst teams of the 80s, where Wayne Phillips (keeper) was playing at 6. He had a better technique and brain. Tweet that Smith.

Posted by anshu220 on (January 21, 2011, 18:05 GMT)

The problem is if Clarke is dropped then no vice-captain with Ponting running out of age, Clarke is the only option. Unless they give it white, who is just starting and will feel too much burden

Posted by jackiethepen on (January 21, 2011, 17:27 GMT)

Shaun Marsh is fresh and took runs off our inadequate spinners. Our batsmen had to face some seriously quick bowling. Strauss said England were a seamer short. It would have changed the game if Australia had been all out 150. Clarke's captaincy was miles better than Strauss's. This was a bowler's pitch. Strauss set conservative fields and then let the spinners drift instead of bringing back Tremlett. Costly. Our batting order is in a shambles. Colly dropped, then Davies, Prior opening, Bell at 5. Tredwell bowling instead of a seamer. Just wrong.

Posted by Eccafrog on (January 21, 2011, 16:35 GMT)

The mystery of Steven Smith, batting just awful, getting out to dreadful shots. Bowled 5 overs 2 matches, 3 wickets for 17 runs. So why is he in the team when he can't bat and the stupid "Captain" doesn't let him bowl when he has such figures. Not sure if the selectors have their heads in the clouds, buried in the sand or are just incompetent

Posted by phoenixsteve on (January 21, 2011, 16:29 GMT)

Well played Australia who seem to have turned the form corner just as England are going in the opposite direction! The English bubble seems to have burst and some personnnel changes are needed urgently! Maybe they don't mind losing to the Aussies as they think they can turn it around in the World Cup? This is a seriously flawed piece of thinking and in the meantime Australia are getting results and their confidence back. If Mike Hussey is Mr Cricket then KP has to be Mr Inconsistent? England have problens and whilst the Aussies aren't exactly tearing it up - they are getting better! I suspect neither of these teams to do that well on the boring Indian flat-tracks but Australia at least are going in the right direction! Congratulations Australia..... can you keep it up?

Posted by popcorn on (January 21, 2011, 15:54 GMT)

I will say this till the cows come home - or till the Selectors take the decision to remove Steve Smith from the Test, ODI and T20 squads - he is so useless , it is not funny. He can't bat, he can't bowl, he can't field - he can't throiw down the stumps three feet away! (MCG - Januaryv 16th). And remove Phil Hughes from the Test Team - he is the most undependable opener Australia has ever produced. He has faulty technique and will demoralize the Team. In his place, select Shaun Marsh, who, like his father, Geoff Marsh, is a solid, dependable opening batsman.Both in Tests and ODIs. T20 too.A left hand , right hand combination - both in Tests and ODIs will be a powerful demoralizer fior ANY oppostion. For Tests, Shaun Marsh can take the p[lace of left hander Simon Katich after he retires. In ODIs, Shaun Marsh should open with Shane Watson, and Brad Haddin should move to N0.5 or 6. But, please, don't spoil moods with that clown - Steve Smith.

Posted by Trickstar on (January 21, 2011, 15:28 GMT)

It seems the England players haven't quite adjusted their games to the 50 over stuff yet, but I feel it will come before too long and both batsmen and bowlers haven't yet fired at the same time. So far we've had the batsmen putting up a decent score in the first Odi , but then got let down by the bowlers and today a great bowling display , let down by some dodgy batting. Were not going to get a good idea where this team is, until all the missing bowlers come back, but I expect them to start firing before too long, As long as they get it right for the WC is all that matters, but there has been a theme these last few years, of who wins the Ashes loses the one day stuff.

Posted by Desi_In_US on (January 21, 2011, 15:10 GMT)

Folks, you may laugh this off, but don't discount Aussie's out of the WC running. This game is another example how Aussie's can sniff out a victory from nowhere. Granted Aussie's are not the darling of this WC like previous ones, but they are no minnows by any stretch. Great show by Marsh and Bollinger with some strong support by the bowlers. Of'course this win would not be possible without the courtersy of English batsman who I think need to snap out of the Ashes hangover. Overall great Cricket on display.

Posted by   on (January 21, 2011, 14:49 GMT)

Bravo to Shaun Marsh. A most excellent innings. If only the selectors had the brains to have picked him instead of Hughes when Katich got injured. Marsh proved tonight that fine technique counts. None of this "standard stand and deliver" footwork which was demonstrated so clearly by Smith's dismissal. White proved his worth again - he probably is not in peek form but did a job forming a partnership with Marsh - as he did to help Watson get us home the other night. That's a good cricket brain there hence more evidence he should be seen as our next full time captain. Last but not least, well done Bollinger! Great to see the hunger in him with bat as well as the ball - get in and fight it out! Again the selectors used him poorly in the tests... Hauritz is yet another example - gee what a loss. He is our best spinner and his treatment by Hilditch and Co was pathetic.

Posted by Something_Witty on (January 21, 2011, 14:49 GMT)

@landl, no I am not hallucinating. He fielded several balls, but thankfully was never required for something special in the field. I'm just waiting until he pulls of a speccy runout or a great catch. - Then you'll hear some complaints from the less observant people out there, commentators included.

Posted by first_slip on (January 21, 2011, 14:37 GMT)

@john53, yeh i agree mate, Steven smith is good for nothing,and word about Clark, well what can you say he is the most overrated player in the world, i knew when i saw him in the U19 held in srilanka 2000, that he is not going to become the kind of player that commentators talked up then, and my thinking is correct, you can tell that soon as you see him bat if you know the technicality of batting when you see clark's bat grip, stance, and footwork, and i was proven correct, now i would say same thing about Steven Smith, he is not going to become a good batsmen or legspin bowler that people talking about, his grip, stance and footwork just like clark's, and he is a below average legspinner, poor old Shoun marsh; he has all the ingredients to be a great player like, technic, temperament, and lots of ability, but stupid selectors keep ignoring him, buy the way i am a sri lanken

Posted by Geraldine on (January 21, 2011, 14:03 GMT)

Another pathetic batting performance from Australia covered up by one good innings. Until the selectors get rid of Clarke, Australia are doomed.

Posted by Dr.Qwert on (January 21, 2011, 13:52 GMT)

this series will even up. england lacked the killer instinct that would finish us that swann, broad or anderson would have & today hits some fairly lousy balls straight to fielders. Trott hit a long hop straight to Huss at mid-wicket from Smith & Bell got himself out to a short wide 1. 2 very handy bonus wickets that we really can't rely on. good to see a better fielding performance though with 2 run out chances taken & can't think of a drop catch. very good catch from tait as well. get your fielding right batsmen start to doubt themselve & the bowlers lift.

Posted by Conynine on (January 21, 2011, 13:35 GMT)

Leaving Shaun Marsh out of the squad was not a wise move by the Aussie selectors.A strong a balanced squad though but Marsh could have been a difference.

Posted by CharonTFm on (January 21, 2011, 13:32 GMT)

Although I love to say "Keep Smith and Clarkey" it's time to "rip it off" and let them go. Smith did bowl a few good overs, however he should go back to State Cricket to really hone in on his skills, still young, but I think he should decide now whether he wants to be a Specialist Batsmen who can Bowl or a Specialist Bowler who can Bat. Take a page out of Watto and re-learn the skills you need to succeed!

As for Clarkey, Captained "OK" only because players rallied, otherwise the field he set for Hauritz allowed for easy singles or twos, and didn't give a wicket taking chance.

Hodge should come in as the experience Senior player, with Ferguson, Finch, Christian coming into the team for Youth.

Posted by StarveTheLizard on (January 21, 2011, 13:24 GMT)

I am amazed at thestate- bias some Australians display. Just because Smith and Haddin play for NSW doesn't mean there are better players out there in other states. Smith was booed by some sections of the crowd tonight whenever he picked up the ball. This is despite the fact that he managed to maintain the pressure on the batsmen, take a great catch and a wicket, to boot!

Posted by voma on (January 21, 2011, 13:19 GMT)

England have to get a grip with the 50 over game quickly . I thought our bowlers performed very well today , but if an aussei batsman gets a 100 then fair play to him . Its happened twice now and we have lost both games ! , someone has to make a decent score . We are giving these victorys to Australia .

Posted by landl47 on (January 21, 2011, 13:18 GMT)

Congratulations to Shaun Marsh and Doug Bollinger, they both played really well and deserved to get the win. England's second string bowlers did pretty well until Marsh and Bolly took it away from them in the last 10 overs; too bad for England, but all credit to Marsh, he was brilliant. England's batting isn't firing at the moment and losing two guys early for ducks didn't help. There's a bit of an Ashes hangover there, I suspect. Bad luck for Hauritz, this will be a year he wants to forget. Tait was injured AGAIN- it was madness risking him in the WC. Option C wins. @Something_Witty- are you hallucinating? I didn't see Collingwood on the field and the commentators never mentioned him. If he was on at all then he never fielded a ball. He certainly wasn't on the field for the majority of the innings. And guys- stop telling the selectors to change the squad. They were required to announce it by the 19th January and now it can only be changed through injury.

Posted by azzaman333 on (January 21, 2011, 13:03 GMT)

How long is it going to take the selectors to realise Smith is not international standard, Clarke can't hold his spot in the team in any form of the game let alone captain, Tait can't keep himself fit bowling more than 4 overs a game, Marsh is a fantastic top order player, Christian is the best allrounder in the country and Hodge should've been one of the first men picked for the World Cup?

Posted by   on (January 21, 2011, 12:54 GMT)

What does M Clarke have to do before he is dropped from the side? His form this season has been an utter disgrace, the decision to keep retaining him is another selectorial insanity to go along the catalogue of errors made by Hilditch & his cohorts. Well played Shaun Marsh, but he only got his chance coz of someone elses misfortune, not because of any inspired selectorial foresight!!

Posted by Cleon on (January 21, 2011, 12:54 GMT)

come on australia let us all hold hands and pray that tait and hauritz get well quickly and that michael clarke gets injuried quickly so we can rightly remove him from the WC squad and include marsh like i have always said. join me in prayer.

Posted by Boonys_army on (January 21, 2011, 12:53 GMT)

Steve Smith getting wickets off long hops doesn't make him a good bowler. As far as I can tell he is in the team for his fielding. He's a likeable chap but he's not international standard yet. When is someone going to start a fire the selectors petition, I honestly think many avid cricket fans could do a better job of it.

Posted by FlibbleT on (January 21, 2011, 12:47 GMT)

As an England supporter i wasn't looking forward to the ODI series as i know we won't peform well and at the moment it seems true. I'm glad Prior is back in the squad but why do the selectors and coaching staff feel he should open the batting? It seems that every wicket keeper batsmen has to do this in ODI's, he should bat in lower order, where he has the freedom to perform and be agressive. I don't know why Yardy is in the ODI squad either. I reckon Bell could open with Strauss and see how that goes. The Batting let England down today.

Posted by elle119 on (January 21, 2011, 12:45 GMT)

@chad_reid - I like the team you have picked. The only thing is that your team only has 5 proper bowling options then which means that all the bowlers have to bowl 10 overs (unless they bowl the opposition out). If any of the bowlers are having an off game, then it puts pressure on the team coz there are no alternatives (Clarke and White rarely bowl anymore). To that end, you probably need to replace Finch selection with someone who bowls at least decently as a second skill? Preferably someone with containing bowling - James Hopes comes to mind. This is probably the warped reason why the selectors insist on having Smith and D.Hussey in the team i.e. as bowling cover for the frontline bowlers. Whilst that in itself is a good idea, having TWO batsmen covering for bowlers AT THE EXPENSE of the batting is a very poor idea. For me Smith out (he has talent but needs to develop... away from Tim Neilson ideally) and D Hussey stays. Also include Ferguson and Hopes in that team u picked.

Posted by   on (January 21, 2011, 12:44 GMT)

This has been an enthrilling downunder tour for england, till the ODI series started. It seems that england are now playing with the added pressure which means a series lost ahead of the world cup wouldn't do good to them.An inspired performance by Shaun Marsh that Aussies know what to do when chips are down,and indeed this douggie showed a character for which australian side has been known for the two decades. Andrew Strauss wouldn't have imagined a such start to the ODI series.

Posted by   on (January 21, 2011, 12:39 GMT)

Well this was a wonderful fightbak by d aussies today!! but folks every day is not sunday n u cannot expect some1 lyk marsh or watson to win mathes single handedly for d team! First of all i think aussies should rellok at their batting order...watson is giving them such a good start all throught dis summer but d middle order has failed to capitalize on it!So i think watson should come down at no.4 to strengthen the middle order whli some one lyk marsh can open wit haddin...n at no.5 u hav mr dependable hussey wen he comes bak....n den hard hitters white n david hussey to follow! I think this battin order will surely end their battin woes!!

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

Very clearly the English are losing the plot -- Aussies are winning the key moments like Watson's 161 and Shaun's 100 -- the mojo that English had during the Test series is goine -- if Collingwood is not good enough, why is Pietersen good?

Posted by Something_Witty on (January 21, 2011, 12:35 GMT)

I would also like to add that I am sick of poor umpiring. It is pathetic to see the poms getting away with abusing the sub fielder rule again. - Collingwood was on the field for the majority of the Aussie innings. How can the umpires allow it? Maybe we should draft Andrew Symonds back in and have him as our twelfth man specialist fielder?

Posted by Nonapoligist4cricinfo on (January 21, 2011, 12:35 GMT)

Wonderful to see Andrew McGlashan keeping up cricinfo's bias for all things 'Not-Australian' when reporting on an Australian win against...well anybody really, doesn't really matter who we're playing or who's writing the column; Peter English, Andrew McGlashan...meh, they both damn with faint praise.

Australia won the match after an horrendous start and a remarkable innings by one S. Marsh just the same way one S.Watson won the match for an 'abject' Australia the other day. We'll keep on winning that way with an individual putting his hand up while the rest of the team struggle and feed off that individuals innings/bowling: We do it all the time but you'd never know it according to Mr McGlashan and other writers here...we're rubbish and lucky to have won seemingly.

It's enough to have a selection panel intent on killing us internationally while they jockey for sinecures and the like without supposed 'fair+impartial' sites like this constantly displaying bias .

A win is a win.

Posted by Javacrossing on (January 21, 2011, 12:29 GMT)

Could you all stop hating Smith? Even though his batting is inconsisent, he has played a few innings of note, like his 50 on the last test. Anyway, it's interesting how you complain about his batting, but ignore his excellent bowling figures for the 2 ODI's to date, at an economy of under 4.00

Posted by Micgyver on (January 21, 2011, 12:28 GMT)

Although i enjoyed the win and fighting spirit of the Aussies tonight,with the World Cup coming up i find it incomprehensible why Marsh has been brought in but left out of the WC.Obviously with Punter and Hussey injured a batsman had to be selected.But isnt that why Smith is there??Or is he selected as a bowler?Im confused cause he's bowled 2 overs the whole series!

Posted by mharun91 on (January 21, 2011, 12:25 GMT)

Regarding comment by nickythetoon: If Marsh is as good as you say (I haven't seen him yet), he is going to be trouble for the opposition teams. I distinctly remember Inzaman's debut, and immediately he made a similar impression, of being "leagues above others". This is a good sign for Australia (selectors should give it a thought), and bad news for other teams. Also, Inzamam then recently in the side was taken the 92 world cup where he made such a decisive impact. So, Australians selectors, it's never too late!

Posted by   on (January 21, 2011, 12:24 GMT)

What is with the Australians love of Tait? I don't wish an injury on anyone but surely this will make sure he is left on the substitute list for the world cup.

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

I've been saying it ALL Summer. Marsh and Huritz should have been in the test and ODI teams from day 1. With the rubbish that they did select, it seems they were determined not to select the proven performer Huritz, which make me suspect its personal rather than for cricket reasons. Marsh should have opened for Australia from the 1st test. Even with the pressure, he looked a class above the others. for ODI, Marsh and Watson to open. For tests, Watson did a good job but he should bat lower because of his bowling and tiredness, he rarely got past 60. The dumbo selectors should have started with Marsh and Katich and have Watson bat at 6 instead of North. And of course Huritz. Then again, Hilfenhaus should have also been dropped after the 2nd test, sadly it wasn't the old Hilf. The ostriches with the comfy sinecures should look at their performance and sack themselves, but they are too into denial.

Posted by first_slip on (January 21, 2011, 12:17 GMT)

@john53, yeh i agree mate, Steven smith is good for nothing,and word about Clark, well what can you say he is the most overrated player in the world, i knew when i saw him in the U19 held in srilanka 2000, that he is not going to become the kind of player that commentators talked up then, and my thinking is correct, you can tell that soon as you see him bat if you know the technicality of batting when you see clark's bat grip, stance, and footwork, and i was proven correct, now i would say same thing about Steven Smith, he is not going to become a good batsmen or legspin bowler that people talking about, his grip, stance and footwork just like clark's, and he is a below average legspinner, poor old Shoun marsh; he has all the ingredients to be a great player like, technic, temperament, and lots of ability, but stupid selectors keep ignoring him, buy the way i am a sri lanken

Posted by Will90 on (January 21, 2011, 12:14 GMT)

It seems that as long as one guy makes a century, we'll be all right. Though how much longer one player can carry the batting remains to be seen... We need to cut everyone who is out of form and choose a new squad:

1. Watson 2. Marsh 3. Hodge 4. Ponting (if not fit, Ferguson) 5. White 6. Wade 7. Christian 8. O'Keefe 9. Lee 10. Bollinger 11. Krezja 12. Hastings 13. Paine 14. Nannes 15. Johnson

Posted by   on (January 21, 2011, 12:09 GMT)

The board needs to rethink their stratergies and take marsh instead of smith or d hussey... marsh will rock

Posted by Trickstar on (January 21, 2011, 11:53 GMT)

@Paul Osborne You what? Pietersen got a good ball first up, happens to all batsmen, but how does he have a 'screw you all, im going home' look, that is rubbish and couldn't be further from the truth if you tried. I can't see how he's got a ugly technique either, it's not text book, but he plays some gorgeous drives, pulls and hooks and he's easily the best English batsman to watch,so I don't know why you feel the need to vent at Pietersen, just because England lost. In the last game he played beautifully and looked some what back to his best, that took him to the No 1 ranking in one day cricket and only got removed down to some flukey run out.

Posted by puphusss on (January 21, 2011, 11:52 GMT)

Go on mates!! The cup is yours.

Cheers!

Posted by   on (January 21, 2011, 11:50 GMT)

Prior - Nought. Yeah great - an average already very much inferior to the man he just replaced gets worse. Nice pick Flower. Way to treat Davies! And can someone tell me why Marsh isn't in the WC squad. Sure the Prior pick seemed a little bias, but that pales to nothing compared to the Aussies not taking Marsh. Are they blind?

Posted by Salim_123 on (January 21, 2011, 11:50 GMT)

How many tiems we will tell Hilditch and co. ""we told you so"" what did Steven Smith do? Marsh has proved his selection right. I still feel we should bring inMarsh, Callum Ferguson, Daniel Christian. Tait is proving very expensive. Peter Siddle should have been selected, but who will put this into Hilditch's head.

Posted by Mervo on (January 21, 2011, 11:46 GMT)

How bad are Australia's selectors? They can't pick a Test Team and can't pick a one-day team. They leave out some of our best players in Marsh and James Hopes from our World Cup squads, they have a disastrous record in Test selections, they finally pick Hauritz, after shunning him all summer and yet they still get paid for their jobs! How stupid is that of our Cricket Australia? We can't sit around and hope it will all go away and that some 'review' will whitewash the Board, the selectors and the players. Cricket has always been our national game and we deserve to be listened to before it is no longer any game in Australia and just a short amusement between football seasons. Come on Cricket Australia - do something that we can see in the management of 'our' game!

Posted by john53 on (January 21, 2011, 11:41 GMT)

Strong statement made by Marsh.As far as I can remember Marsh was first picked for national team after the first IPL season. In that season he was the highest run scorer in that tournament.So it is hard to understand why they neglected him.After all he is a proven talent under those kind of conditions.Talking about the ODI series these two wins are desperately needed for aussies as they were short of confidence.These wins will act as a confidence booster for the rest of the series and WC also.

Posted by   on (January 21, 2011, 11:41 GMT)

im sorry but strauss cocked it up big time.im not being wise after the event,i was screaming for him to bring tremlett back and when he did bang 2 in 2.unfortunately the damage was done.for all strauss;s success as captain of the england team,the fact is he is a negative captain .at 142/8 the quicks should have been on,but no he persists with tredwell who underlined his world cup credentials and kept up his 100% record 3odis no wickets.i am worried that after 18 months of success the muddled thinking is working its way back into the england regimes thoughts ,how many chances does prior need before he justifies his place.on the subject of spinners,if thats the right word,yardy is a good t20 bowler because he can fly through 4 overs with his darts,but with 10 overs in odis batsman can get a feel for him.tredwell wouldnt get me out and i havnt played for 20 odd years.its all very well picking slow bowlers in the sub-continent but if they arent good enough just pick the best bowlers

Posted by SamRoy on (January 21, 2011, 11:41 GMT)

The way Watson bowled in the PP3 was quite amazing. The way Aussies are playing, if Watson gets injured before World Cup they can kiss their World Cup dreams goodbye. Without Watson Austalia will be knocked out either in group stages or in Quarter Finals.

Posted by   on (January 21, 2011, 11:39 GMT)

Shame on England. They could not rep up the situation when Aus were 144 for 8 and then what happened in the batting ? Awful batting display. They can not even take singles properly. They could not find the gaps as well. All the time they were throwing strokes to the in fielders. Run rate was creeping up all time. I think After Ashes they are looking down and tired in batting. Soft dismissals all the time. Run outs. They did not take the power play either ? when they were 7 down. Being ENG supporter i am very disappointed. Now Ausies will win the series. Sorry to say but England has no chance in the series as well as in the WC. Forget that. They way they are playing. KP is very inconsistent too. Collingwood is not making runs either. Opening combination is not working properly. Too many changes. They must bring back collingwood in the next match. Otherwise shambles for England.

Posted by A.Ak on (January 21, 2011, 11:34 GMT)

Congrats Marsh and Dougie. Well done. England brought back Prior, which is a very sensible move, but why on earth he is opening where he doesn't belong to, which is very stupid. His successful test batting came lower down the order. And keeping in form Bell and Morgan down the order.

Posted by svln on (January 21, 2011, 11:33 GMT)

The twoT20 matches and the two 50 overs clearly reveals that the English team is under the wrong impression that they must try and bang every ball.They are a better batting side than Australia but their coach must tell them that they need to settle down first by taking more singles to keep the scorecard ticking over.Instead they seem to chase even balls wide outside the off stump and get caught. It is almost as if they are telling themselves that now that the business end of the tour is over with the Ashes win,they can go and have fun. I am afraid if they continue to bat like this even a quarter final berth at the World Cup cannot be guaranteed.

Posted by   on (January 21, 2011, 11:32 GMT)

I would keep Marsh in the mdlle order. He's not the kind of player to attack the powerplays, thats what Watto and Haddin can do naturally and in the subcontinent will be a key part of Australia's game. Same with Ponting coming in first drop.

Posted by righthandbat on (January 21, 2011, 11:31 GMT)

England look tired. Pietersen needs a rest big time.

Openers: Bell, Strauss - Bell facing the first delivery like the in the T20's gives England a chance to score a few boundaries in the first over and give Bell new-ball scoring opportunities. Strauss needs to get back into his more free-flowing form.

First-drop: Morgan - He needs more time to get into his innings. I don't think the 'match-saver' thing is working for him - he would do well to play a longer innings and find that great form.

Four and five: Trott, Prior - Trott provides security at four and takes some pressure off, while Prior can play with some freedom at five.

Six and seven: Collingwood, Woakes - C'wood provides leadership, fielding, useful bowling and hopefully for his sake, batting. Woakes deserves a game and looked good with the bat in the T20.

Eight-eleven: Yardy, Shahzad, Tremlett, Finn. With Jimmy out and with Bresnan injured, Finn MUST play the next match. Genuine wicket taker and will be fresh as a daisy.

Posted by   on (January 21, 2011, 11:28 GMT)

I think the Australian selectors are looking sillier by the moment. How Shaun Marsh has not played this summer till today completely confounds me. I think Smith is clearly out of his depth, if the last few games are any indicatiion. Could not have a fast bolwing alrounder been a better option? I also think Hussey , David I mean, is vastly overrated. I am still waiting for him to make runs. I wonder when he will though! I think a lot of Australia's current problems are with the selectors. When the team was great, every selectorial bloomer was overlooked as the players just overwhelmed the competition. An ordinary team needs proper selection. Hope some of the Aussies get injured so others like Ferguson can come in. Australia is a decent fighting unit and two wins aout of two will do a world of good to their confidence. I only wish Clarke would make some runs!! sridhar

Posted by Something_Witty on (January 21, 2011, 11:27 GMT)

Would like to add that it's horrible to see Haury come back in and bowl so well, then get injured. It looked serious, but I really hope he's not out for too long. It was also not great to see Taity tweak a calf towards the end. Hope it isn't anything serious.

Posted by sgthacker on (January 21, 2011, 11:25 GMT)

This says a lot about batting of the poms. Full strength bowling attack by Australia (inclusion of Lee and Tait) ad the pommies batsmen running for cover. Hope Aussies wud have had lee and tai in test matches. May not have won them the series the way they batted but could have atleast put up some more fight with their bowling

Posted by Harlequin. on (January 21, 2011, 11:21 GMT)

I hope the results from the last couple of games can stop all this nonsense about England being serious challengers for the world cup. Yes we won the T20WC, but that is just a lottery as to who wins - 50 overs is enough time to negate the fortunes of 1 or 2 balls/shots and show up Englands lack of ODI batting ability. Morgan is our only world class ODI batsman, (with Bell starting to show promise) so if he fails in the subcontinent then so will England in a big way.

Posted by   on (January 21, 2011, 11:21 GMT)

Well done Aussies, though more individual performers that a great team effort in both matches. Collingwood put the cart before the horse!! England was thought to be front runners for the CWC but with this type of results you will not be in the semis even. With all the injuries and the level and quality of cricket both you teams will have no chance in the Semis in the sub-continent. Can you lift your games to the next level in a few weeks and condition to play on slow wickets?

Posted by johntycodes on (January 21, 2011, 11:15 GMT)

In the summary it says hauritz made a great comeback before going off injured. He was our second most expensive bowler and didn't take a wicket.

Posted by Something_Witty on (January 21, 2011, 11:13 GMT)

Well I said it would be very hard for us to win unless White/Marsh fired. Luckily for us Marsh did. Swampy junior is another absurd omission from the WC squad, selectors have a lot to answer for. Still, we still haven't stopped playing dumb cricket, and it's going to be hard for us to win games if we keep playing like this.

Posted by Marcio on (January 21, 2011, 11:12 GMT)

Who'd have thought it after AUS was 4/30. It's amazing how biased some Indian commentators are against anything Australian. Sanjez whatsisname on Star cricket, after the AUS innings, said, and I quote, "England will win in a cakewalk", after rubbishing the Australian team and saying that England were the better team in the short game formats so far, and were a much better chance at the world cup (Hello, they have only one one game by one wicket on the last ball, literally!). Having said that, both teams can improve greatly, and there has been some really dumb cricket and leadership in both sides. (BTW, that 7/8 games I have picked so far, not meaning to boast or anything).

Posted by BlorScouser on (January 21, 2011, 11:10 GMT)

A real slap on the face of the selectors. Marsh can still get a chance if injury rules anotjer batsman out.He should get the chance.

Posted by 5wombats on (January 21, 2011, 11:10 GMT)

What a hopeless performance from England. But Aus supporters shouldn't get carried away because they were awful too. England were just more awful. The 3 main differences between these sides are; Anderson, Broad and Swann. Go figure.

Posted by AeyKay on (January 21, 2011, 11:10 GMT)

I am not sure why People are doing Australia's team diagnosis. They lost Ashes because of bad cricket, they are back to winning matches. Australia always played with team spirit, they did have expertise of coming out of worse situations. Their selectors are not fools, they are making decisions based on certain information. People should focus on England team, which lacks the ability to continue winning habit. After Ashes win, they are done with... now they are on downward slope by end of the year, they would be again in pathetic situation, unless players stop being cocky, exhibiting personal life instead of talking with bat & balls and respect other teams.

Posted by gibbons on (January 21, 2011, 11:07 GMT)

Looking forward to reading some more of those articles about how England are short odds favourites for the World Cup and Australia haven't a chance. We've been short of those this week.

Posted by DazTaylor on (January 21, 2011, 10:36 GMT)

Why is there so much cricket? At the time of writing the two teams have picked up three more injuries between them. Absolutely ridiculous. Because of a, quite frankly, stupid 7 match series (should be 3 games or 5 at a push), this is going to hinder both England and Australia at the World Cup.

Posted by   on (January 21, 2011, 10:30 GMT)

I want to ask the guys who have written Aussies off..(too soon .... too soon). England cant play limited over cricket. On sub continent pitches they are terrible. Aussies have experience playing in the condition and the attitude. Aussie have equal chance of winning the world cup than any other team.

Posted by nickythetoon on (January 21, 2011, 9:54 GMT)

As soon as Marsh played his first few deliveries he looked in a different league to the rest of the batting and continued to do so to make a great ton. As an England fan though the reason we are probably going to now going to lose this match is because of Strass's awful schoolboy captaincy when the aussies were 144-8,that's 144-8 with Bollinger and Tait to bat!! And by the time the Aussies were all out Bresnan and Tremlett were still to bowl out??How on earth did he manage to bowl Tredwell's dibbly dobblers and Yardy to a tailender?? Incredible stuff!! Tremlett comes back and mops them up. I'm loath to criticise Strauss after such a successful tour but his captaincy is a bit like 'paint by numbers' as he doesn't read the game like a Vaughan does or Warney or Mark Taylor for the Aussie version. Incredible Marsh isn't at the WC after some of the Aussie dross that's been on view this winter.

Posted by AeyKay on (January 21, 2011, 9:49 GMT)

Australia will win this match & series as well.

Posted by   on (January 21, 2011, 9:35 GMT)

Its shocking how Aussie selectors cant see that Smith is a bowler who can at best bat at No. 8. Aussie cupboards cant be so barren as to Play him at 6 and 7. Looks like Aussie selectors have picked a horse and are now on some sort of ego trip to prove the selection right.

Posted by   on (January 21, 2011, 9:29 GMT)

I am glad everyone else is asking the same question that has been bugging me for the last couple of months.

Why is Smith in the team? He looks awful, awkward and out of his depth. It really stood out to me in the ashes. When he got to the crease he was just wafting his bat about at the none strikers end and he just looked so timid and unsure. It doesn't matter if you can catch, if you can't contribute to the team with bat nor ball then you should be dropped.

His batting is ugly. Doub Bollinger is an ugly man, but he bats prettier than Smith. Are you honestly telling me that is the best number 6 in Austrailia? On a positive note, great knock from Marsh.

Pieterson! man that guy just gets on my nervers. Ugly (word of the day) technique and his bloody "screw you all, im going home" attitude just grates.

Posted by chad_reid on (January 21, 2011, 9:28 GMT)

look how well hauritz is bowling well done selectors for not picking him for the ashes shows how dumb you really are cricket Australia needs to put their foot down and sack them right now and stop being a wuss

Posted by 5wombats on (January 21, 2011, 9:27 GMT)

It's the story of the Summer - hopeless Aus batting and one guy having to bail them out - but in a ODI you only need one guy. England fielding sharp this time though.

Posted by   on (January 21, 2011, 9:01 GMT)

This innings is a slap on the face of the Australian selectors , I have no idea what the hell are the players like Steven Smith doing in the World Cup squad? Why do you need two wicket keepers, it is far better to have an extra batsmen in the sub continent rather than having a extra wicket keeper or spinner........

Posted by Raaakz on (January 21, 2011, 8:38 GMT)

As I always maintained there are one or two bad selections by the aussie selectors for the WC... They should have taken Marsh and Ferguson in place of S. Smith/D. Hussey and Paine...

Posted by   on (January 21, 2011, 8:27 GMT)

Marsh instead of Hughes as our opening batsman and we might have won the ashes but our selectors think they know best.

Posted by Abhiramb on (January 21, 2011, 8:13 GMT)

Cricket Aus - thanks for not selecting Marsh and for selecting Smith, Clarke and David Hussey for the WC!! By teh way, how does this team sound to you? Playing 11 (1) Watson (2) Warner (3) Ponting (4) Mike Hussey- if he is unfit then - Hodge (5) Shaun Marshe (6) White (7) Tim Paine (8) Hauritz (9) Johnson (10) Lee (11) Bollinger

(12)Dan Christian (13)Aaron Finch (14) Haddin (15) Taite

Posted by   on (January 21, 2011, 7:44 GMT)

The Aussie selectors need to get over Steven Smith. They're going on about him like he's the best thing since sliced bread...but he's done nothing, while Marsh has done everything. Aussie are pretty much sending an A team batting lineup given the form of players such as Finch, Christian, Hodge, Marsh and Fergusson...even James Hopes would have been a better bits and pieces player compared to Smith. And as much as I've backed D Hussey all these years, he's out of form right now too...

Posted by crow_eater on (January 21, 2011, 7:38 GMT)

VivGilchrist@ spot on mate, what is Smith doing there when you've got someone like Christian if such great form. David Hussey is also out of touch, have to wonder if he's there for his bowling now. Great work from Shaun Marsh though, one in the eye for the selectors, proven wrong once again. Can't help but think what the team would be like with Ferfuson & Hodge were included.

Posted by vswami on (January 21, 2011, 7:28 GMT)

Steve Smith is the Aussie Ravindra Jadeja. No one knows why he is in the side and by the time he will be removed, he would have clocked 30 games.

Posted by gzawilliam on (January 21, 2011, 7:27 GMT)

Well i wonder if Hildtich was actually watching or was he playing golf again.. Just by watching shaun marsh bat a few balls you can see he has more value in the the Australia setup than Phillip Hughes , Dave Hussey and Even brad haddin as a batsman. Not to mention clarkey in the worst form of his life.

And boy of boy will someone put Steve smith out of his misery. His batting looks worse than tailender skill. Looks like he will get out every ball.

I just hope Marsh stays fit. Because surely he needs to be watson's next partner when the next test series starts. Just has to be. No other option.

Posted by Okakaboka on (January 21, 2011, 7:18 GMT)

Yeah, it is serious. Highlights many of the points us bloggers have been making. Clarke needs to focus only on test cricket.....or re establish his batting. Marsh looked a class above Cam White who looked a class above anyone else. Now, it is a question of footwork and this is where our team has been going wrong for the last 2 years...and it is getting worse. Marsh (and Finch) have been away from the influence of the coaches and look at the footwork of both of these players. Coaches need to go!....as we have said. Smith...sorry..no footwork..not near the standard required and must be dropped. Always thought Haddin over achieved in the tests this summer and I was right..again..if the ball is moving he is no good because he has poor footwork. Wade is 1000% better keeper to spinners and I would argue a better bat. Paine better to fast bowlers. Oh dear, the selectors have blundered again.Surprise, surprise! Hussey is out of form. I suspect a bowling disaster looms but I hope I'm wrong.

Posted by   on (January 21, 2011, 7:16 GMT)

@ Gaurav Phutela mate the host's name is Mayanti Langer .She was the anchor along with John Dykes for FIFA world cup 2010 telecasted by ESPN-Star sports.

Posted by Rooboy on (January 21, 2011, 7:14 GMT)

@john53 - I think I can explain Smith's role in the team - specialist fieldsman. @VivGilchrist - perfectly put. How is it that we as casual, or even not so casual, cricketer observers can see what people paid to be involved in Aus cricket cannot, or will not, see? Hilditch's cluelessness is such that I wouldn't be surprised if he thinks Marsh is actually in the WC squad. How shocked he'll be when someone tells him Marsh isn't in the squad he helped pick. Top knock anyway Swampy Jr., and well done Dougie .. at least you've given Aus a chance tonight.

Posted by chad_reid on (January 21, 2011, 7:13 GMT)

@john53 your not the only one everyone in aus is asking the same question smith selection in the team is a mystery he cant bowl, bat or field missed the stumps by 3 feet in the first odi and i agree with VivGilchrist for gods sake selectors pick players in form we all saw what happened in the ashes picking players on name who were really out of form they are doing the same to our odi squad now haddin, clarke, d hussey and smith must go replace them with paine, finch and the injured hussey and ponting will come back in the team.

my team watson, paine, ponting, m hussey, marsh, whilte, finch, hauritz, lee, doug, tait also okeffe, harris -( recovering form injury) in for doug after recovered. okeffe-( we need to spinners for india) he is the best in aus after hauri and is an allrounder can bat and bowl both really well unlike smith who cant do anything right

Posted by   on (January 21, 2011, 6:58 GMT)

I always thought only Indian selectors are Jokers, by not selecting Marsh (and keeping Smith) in World Cup squad, Aus selectors proved they are not too far behind !!

Posted by suresh_sksj on (January 21, 2011, 6:47 GMT)

Oz selectors "Jack Asses"....why the hell Sahun is not part of the Ozy team...???

Posted by john53 on (January 21, 2011, 6:18 GMT)

Can anyone explain me the role of S Smith in this team.He doesn't look like a batsman or a proper bowling allrounder. Seems to me he does a little bit of both but can't categorized him for either job.I think he is lucky enough to be in the WC squad ,according to me the best choice was either Xavier or Marsh.I saw some players like him in many teams .Peterson playing for south africa in world cup,R Jadeja although not in the WC squad he played many matches for India.By the inclusion of these kind of player the the balance looks alright but in reality they won't help the team either way.In Smith's case when he first came to the arena it looked like his role is to bowl his overs if possible take a wicket or two . But as he was a bit handy with the bat. I guess the team management insisted him to play as a batsman and end result is he is too confused about his role in the team.So he is hardy doing anything at all.

Posted by swans007 on (January 21, 2011, 6:09 GMT)

So the only one to do well is not in the world cup squad - Cam White aside. Great selections guys. Michael Clarke needs to step down now - he is a joke at this point in time.

Posted by VivGilchrist on (January 21, 2011, 6:05 GMT)

Note to Aussie selectors - pick guys in form. Marsh is in great form and he is performing well. Unfortunately he is not in the WC squad, unless M Hussey is ruled out. Clarke and D Hussey are in terrible form and in the final 15 while Hodge and Ferguson are on the outer. Smith is in terrible touch and his dismissal today was that of a C grade club cricketer. Meanwhile the perfect no7 - D Christian is in white hot form and snubbed by selectors. Please stop picking your favourites and instead pick guys IN FORM to win the cup.

Posted by   on (January 21, 2011, 3:20 GMT)

this match will be good one to watch out,,, i love watching ENG vs AUS its always close. By the way who is that hot host of straight drive on star cricket, someone tell me her name. In match if AUS want to defend WC then practice some of matches without Shane Watson and test your bench strength.

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