Australia v England, 2nd ODI, Hobart January 21, 2011

Marsh and Bollinger star in Australian victory


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 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.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Andrew 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.

  • Martin 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.

  • Andrew 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!

  • Martin 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.

  • Martin 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?

  • Martin 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!

  • John 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.

  • Martin 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!

  • Basil 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.

  • Jackie 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.

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