Australia v England, 3rd ODI, Sydney

Hussey and Lee hand Australia 3-0 lead

The Report by Andrew McGlashan at the SCG

January 23, 2011

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Australia 6 for 215 (Hussey 68*, Haddin 54) beat England 214 (Trott 84*, Lee 3-27) by 4 wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Matt Prior was trapped in front by Brett Lee for his second duck in succession, Australia v England, 3rd ODI, Sydney, January 23, 2011
Brett Lee was Man of the Match for his 3 for 27 © AFP

Australia put themselves within touching distance of taking the one-day series with a four-wicket victory at the SCG. David Hussey guided them home in an uncertain run chase with an unbeaten 68 alongside Victoria team-mate John Hastings after Brad Haddin's aggressive 54 set the early pace. England were kept interested by early wickets and a double for Paul Collingwood but there were always too few runs on the board for a depleted bowling attack.

It was an important innings for Hussey, who reached his fifty with a six, after he was named in the World Cup despite not playing ODI cricket for 18 months and he showed the finishing skills that have so often been evident for his domestic teams. He had important support from Steve Smith (26) after Australia wobbled on 5 for 114 then, after Smith departed to a horrid swipe, Hastings showed why he's off to the World Cup with a composed 18.

It was a match low on batting quality as England limped to 214 only thanks to Jonathan Trott's determined 84. Continuing their pattern of the series they handed wickets to Australia, this time including the run-out of Andrew Strauss, but the home side weren't blameless when it came to their dismissals. That at least kept the contest interesting until Hussey rattled down the target with consecutive boundaries off Ajmal Shahzad and Australia had four overs in hand.

When Collingwood, recalled to the side to replace the injured Kevin Pietersen who has a groin strain, claimed two wickets in the first two overs England suddenly sniffed a victory to haul themselves back into the series. Collingwood failed again with the bat when he missed a straight ball from Xavier Doherty, but trapped Cameron White lbw with his second delivery and then had Haddin, who was earlier dropped on 37, caught at long-on for 54 from a needless shot.

Haddin put Australia well ahead of the rate but kept losing partners. Shane Watson missed a drive at Chris Tremlett in the second over and Shaun Marsh, promoted to No.3, was brought back down to earth after his 110 at Hobart when he was lbw to Shahzad. Michael Clarke's form showed no signs of improving as he chipped Chris Woakes' sixth ball in one-day international cricket to midwicket, where Michael Yardy juggled the catch.

It should have been 4 for 68 when Haddin drove to mid-off but Tremlett couldn't take the chance low to his left and Haddin brought up his fifty with a fine cover-drive only to put pressure on his team-mates with poor shot selection. The difference at the moment, though, is Australia's belief is on the rise and England's is taking a hit, which is especially evident in the batting

With the exception of Trott, whose innings is also likely to spark debate, no one covered themselves in any glory against an Australia attack lacking two first-choice options in Nathan Hauritz and Shaun Tait. Injuries are a problem for both sides - Tim Bresnan has been ruled out of the series - but the hosts are covering their casualty list with much more aplomb. On this occasion, Doherty was impressive with 2 for 37 and Hastings showed his all-round value.

Brett Lee was the overall pick, though, and began England's problems in the first over when he removed Matt Prior lbw for his second consecutive duck since his recall. A wicket to the new ball is forgivable, but the mix-up between Strauss and Trott was shambolic as they were left standing at the same end. The only reason the third umpire was needed was to decide Strauss was the man to go.

Ian Bell got a leading edge back to Watson who took it with a dive in his follow through before Trott and Eoin Morgan began a recovery with a stand of 50. Morgan, though, had struggled to settle with two near-misses in his innings before pulling a long hop from Hussey to midwicket. He's just lost his knack of finding the gaps.

There was help on offer for the spinners but England made it look even harder. Collingwood opened his account with an edge past leg stump then missed a delivery which took off stump. Yardy continued to struggle when he chipped a limp return catch to the bowler and it left Trott needing to bat out the innings.

He and Luke Wright added 49 but it was slow progress as Trott dealt in singles for 40 consecutive scoring shots, then Wright gave it away with a loose drive at Hastings. Lee hustled through the lower order and Tremlett's run-out when he failed to ground his bat summed up how England, so outstanding during the Ashes, are starting to make costly basic errors. It's a long way back from here.

Innings Dot balls 4s 6s PP1 PP2 PP3 Last 10 overs NB/Wides
England 142 10 0 47/2 16/1 (11-15) 15/2 (46-50) 39/4 1/6
Australia 172 19 3 53/2 17/1 (11-15) 7/0 (46-50) 39/0 0/11

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Posted by Hutty86 on (January 27, 2011, 0:00 GMT)

@5nuffies-Hahaha, what a resounding comeback, superbly played, nuff-nuff. Aus won the last ODI series they played in the subcontinent against 'the worlds most dominant team' and will be delighted if they get to play the Poms in a WC semi/final. SA have been one of the favourites the past 3 world cups and have failed to deliver every time. Get a grip.

Posted by Meety on (January 25, 2011, 23:31 GMT)

@ landl47 - I think it's you who hasn't been watching the games, Watto has had 1 good innings but has bowled very well EVERY time, Bollinger is getting his zip back & near his best - which is very good by the way. Doherty has bowled well & should be better for it if he is in place of Hauritz. D Hussey & Haddin batted very well in the 3rd match. The Oz fielding is improving rapidly & if this can continue, we will eb in with one red hot shot, England will need to turn things around over the next 4 games because losing is a habit that is hard to break. The only way the Poms will do better than Oz in the WC is thru KP playing at or near his best in every game. I think he should be bowling a bit more - to me he would be good for 3 or 4 overs in India per game. This would place his bowling at the same level of effect as Yardy!

Posted by 5wombats on (January 25, 2011, 12:11 GMT)

@Hutty86; You talk about planet earth as if you've spent time there. BTW clutching is spelt; clutching. And I think I know who's doing it. PS - It's the blue one, third out from the sun.

Posted by landl47 on (January 25, 2011, 5:46 GMT)

@Marcio and Hutty86- if you think Australia are playing well (let alone being the greatest ODI side on earth) then you haven't been watching the games. Lee has bowled well. Watson has batted well in one match. Marsh has batted well in one match. And that's it. England have been right off the boil, just like Australia in 2007. They're a better team than that and a better team than Australia, especially in the subcontinent where their bowlers will be much more effective than Australia's. I'm making no secret of the fact that I don't think England will win the World Cup; they're short an allrounder so either the batting or the bowling is going to be light. I like Australia's chances even less. I believe Sri Lanka will be the team to beat. India's showing against SA was surprising, so they can't be discounted. SA have the best batting side, though their bowling hasn't much depth. England and Australia rank 4th and 5th, in that order, and who knows what Pakistan will do? Dream on, guys.

Posted by Hutty86 on (January 25, 2011, 4:04 GMT)

@landl47.. the Poms winning the 07 one day series meant nothing because everyone knew Aus were far from their best and would turn it on when it counted-aka the most dominant WC of all time that year. No side wants losing form heading into this tournament and you are merely clytching at straws because you can't handle the fact Australia are still the best ODI side on earth.

Posted by Okakaboka on (January 24, 2011, 23:54 GMT)

Want to see something scary. Doesn't give one a lot of faith that Australia will make the semis of the world cup: Watson, Haddin, Ponting, Clarke, M. Hussey, White, Smith, Johnston, Hauritz/Doherty, Lee, Tait. This is what super brain will select assuming everyone is fit. That is one fragile batting line up (2 coming back from injury & one badly out of form anyway) Two bowlers who generally spray the ball all over the place. Ahhhh! HELP!! I wouldn't pick this team...Would you?????

Posted by   on (January 24, 2011, 15:55 GMT)

got to agree, clarke needs a rest, even our former greatest batsmen have been dropped, hayden was dropped and put back into the 2007 World Cup team, what happened? he got man of the series.

Posted by VixV on (January 24, 2011, 11:38 GMT)

Still not the time for Austalian Cricket to cheer up and undoubtly Hussey brothers are the backbone of Aus and will play key role in WC. But my questionis on Clarke..he should not be in the team. Person not performing at all n above that he is captain or vice Cap in WC..this is biggest drawback for Aus cricket..drop him get the inform batsman or a bowler or an all rounder in the team. Where is that professionalism which we use to see in Aus Cricket??

Posted by Marcio on (January 24, 2011, 11:10 GMT)

Yeah, right landl47. This is the final tournament for before the world cup and nobody cares about the results. Keep telling yourself that. If there is a recipe for losing, it is to start losing regularly develop the habit of losing, then destroy team morale and confidence. This is exactly what I was saying about the Australian management when they started a lackadaisical attitude towards the one dayers and T20 vs India and SL just before the ashes. They were shifting players all over the place - e.g using Clarke as an opener in T20s, sending players to play state games when they should have been playing in the international short games. They lost 4/5 games. That was just plain dumb, and really screwed the psyche of the team. Meanwhile, at the present time AUS is improving and growing in confidence, esp in bowling and fielding (batting needs work - but someone is standing up every time).

Posted by 5wombats on (January 24, 2011, 9:36 GMT)

@GlinnMgraw; Good idea! - Are you listening cricinfo?

Posted by Meety on (January 24, 2011, 9:18 GMT)

@Jaz Saz Brady re: Cook. I think Cook would be a good ODI opener & a better ODI captain then Strauss. Problem is - I think playing ODIs in general will weaken his Test temperment. I think he will pick up bad habits - in the Ashes, apart from playing about as well as Bradman - he seemed to be very focussed on eliminating certain habits that in the past have hampered him (nibbling innoculously outside off stump). ODIs I think will re-infect him. @snowman0504 re: ODIs, I agree. Whilst the Ashes were the Main course (unfortunately for this analogy played first), T20s are like a piece of Garlic Bread tastey but soon forgotten in anticipation for the Main course, ODIs are like dessert. You went out to dinner for the Main meal but the ODIs are like a good Mud Cake, it adds to the experience (being the season). So I would trade a 7nil ODI series victory for a 3-1 Ashes win for Oz in a heart beat, IF Oz win the series I will be very happy & buoyed for the future (sort of)!

Posted by Meety on (January 24, 2011, 9:08 GMT)

@Okakaboka re: smith v Hussey, I suggested that a couple of weeks ago with D Hussey batting @ #7. He's getting more overs than Smith. I do beleive Smith is one of the best fieldsmen in the country - I have seen people crucifying as shite in the field because he missed a run out! @landl47 - maybe the distance is warping your Tv/video reception but Oz bowling in the whole was quite good. The one generally bad shot was Luke Wright's it was appalling, Colly's was made a good ball look like it was the greatest ever bowled - just rememeber it deviate significantly - but Colly not to get a touch, he is out of form - but he bowled well. England should of played Tredwell instead of Yardy - he did bowl crap. For Hastings got better as the innings wore on, Watto did what he was supposed to do - bowl tight lines with subtle pace variances. Bollinger wasn't as good as in Hobart, but bowled well. I thought Shahzad was dangerous (but not as much as the week before). TBC

Posted by 5wombats on (January 24, 2011, 8:44 GMT)

@landl47; I completely agree. There are some very funny Australia comments on here!

Posted by KingofRedLions on (January 24, 2011, 8:30 GMT)

Curious as to why Cricinfo hasn't thought of creating a forum yet. The comments section is getting bigger and bigger, surely the best thing to do is enable the commenters to have a proper conversation with each other.

Posted by brisCricFan on (January 24, 2011, 6:57 GMT)

Ask any of these guys if these games count and I bet you would get the same answer... EVERY GAME COUNTS. Whilst it is important to shake out any niggles and overcome some teething problems in this warm-up to the main event, none would want to go in on anything but a winning feeling. Even a good team that has had a recent run of losses will start to doubt themselves. On paper, England (when full strength) have a good team, as good a chance as any. Australia probably a little less so... but they are getting some invaluable wins under their belt as a unit going into a major world tournament. Whilst we are a little under strength to the normal AUS teams taking the field, one look at the squad and you can still see the strength there. Hard to fault the team that is going but at the same time there are some quality players in fine form staying home. Having looked at all the teams in the WC, I think you could throw a picnic blanket over the top teams and a circus tent for the rest.

Posted by landl47 on (January 24, 2011, 4:52 GMT)

So just to make it clear, when England beat Australia in the 2007 ODIs after losing the Ashes 5-0, that made England the better team? From a lot of the Australian comments here, you'd think that was the case. The truth is that after the Ashes this tournament is like the closing ceremony of the Olympics- good fun for everyone, but the real business is over. Neither team is playing well; Australia have had a couple of good batting performances from individuals and in this latest game they were slightly less bad than England. What does it mean as far as the World Cup is concerned? As 2007 proved, absolutely.... nothing.

Posted by mariofan97 on (January 24, 2011, 3:25 GMT)

the selectors should boot Clarke for a game or two and MAKE HIM PRACTICE A LOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Remember when the selectors booted Mitchell Johnson after Brisbane. After that, he showed form with both bat and ball in perth!

Posted by Ozcricketwriter on (January 24, 2011, 3:22 GMT)

Xavier Doherty was the best of the bowlers. Hopefully Doherty plays in the World Cup. Tell Hauritz to sit tight in hospital so that our best spinner can play.

Posted by dsig3 on (January 24, 2011, 2:25 GMT)

I dont know why everyone is crying about Smith. He is still learning the game. We have seen enough in the last few years to warrant giving him an extended run based on potential and talent. Does everyone forget Watson. He was a protected species for years and years and looked alot worse than Smith. Watson couldnt run, bowled pies and couldnt hit a ball off the square. He also got injured every second game. Now he is our best player. Come on guys..

Posted by dsig3 on (January 24, 2011, 2:19 GMT)

Its strange because in 2007 we wiped the floor with the pomms but got smashed in the last few games of the ODI's. I went to an adelaide odi that series where England made about 3 runs and lost by 15 wickets and was trying to find Flintoff to ask for my money back. They ended up winning the series convincingly. The teams are very close at the moment its just that aus have won the key moments.

Posted by   on (January 24, 2011, 2:06 GMT)

Tell you what, I don't understand how Cook couldn't get a game, being in such a rare vein of form you'd think he'd be a shoe-in despite not playing an ODI since last march. We just could't seem to get him out, he could have anchored their innings. Prior has proven to be a dud selection, especially after Kieswetter has played pretty well in the recent past and Davies got them off to a good start at the MCG. I had a feeling the Poms wouldn't be able to beat us. Just about all their wickets were caught behind the wicket in the tests. Which is harder to do in the limited overs games due to the lack of a full slips cordon.The addition of Anderson should help in the remaining games I think.

Posted by   on (January 24, 2011, 1:56 GMT)

@mansel, where's your keeper?

Posted by leggetinoz on (January 24, 2011, 1:00 GMT)

I think Clarke has been doing a good job as captain and was good in the field yesterday. The problem with his batting is obvious at the moment and a shame as i think he is the best person to take australia into the future. I think the problem is that Clarke can't win with supporters especially in this T20 big hitting days and he is trying to hard to be a player people want everyone to be these days. A big hitting, boundary clearing batsman. His strength was always finding a way to knock the ball about with the odd boundary rotating the strike and picking up the singles and doubles keeping the scoreboard ticking over. He needs to go back to this and ignore the calls for him to try and be a more aggressive boundary hitter and the australian fans need to lose this idea that every cricketer should be able to hit every ball for 6.

Posted by   on (January 24, 2011, 0:50 GMT)

I don't really get the bashing that Haddin as copped here, he makes a useful 54 off 59, which is entirely reasonable with such a low target, takes 2 catches and finishes a run out. So what if he tried to cart it out into the deep and got caught, its an ODI, that's what happens. Furthermore, just about all the Aust. frontline bowlers performed as well, Lee was was the pick of course, but Dougie Bollinger applied good pressure, Watto was simply brilliant and Doherty bowled very well too. While Steve Smith my not have been great with the ball, without his 26, think about where we would have been, 6 for a bit over 100? Plus, in 3 games he's only bowled 8 overs and taken 3 wickets (Bell, Morgan and Trott) and gone for 36 runs. That's really quite good bowling, almost as good as Lee's performance in this game, who took the out of form Prior, then 2 tailenders. Lay off the poor boy, his bowling is really quite acceptable.

Posted by cricket_for_all on (January 24, 2011, 0:45 GMT)

Well Just let AUS and ENG play between them while other teams are getting ready for WC. There is no way ENG can even the think about WC. AUS can always come back. For ENG winning Ashes is like world champion.

Posted by whitesXI on (January 24, 2011, 0:31 GMT)

Hey mansel, it's a good looking side on paper but don't forget that the WC is being held in the subcontinent, a minimum of one full time and two part time spinners will be needed on the spin friendly wickets (which is why the selectors are so determined to play smith). On that note I'd also have Hauritz (if fit), doherty has proven to be a wicket taker in this form, but he has only ever bowled on the bouncy aussie decks, a change in the speed of the wicket might turn him into every batsmens dream bowler

Posted by auscrktfan on (January 24, 2011, 0:24 GMT)

hahahhahah England's injury ravaged side.. What about Australia's injured players? Ponting, Hussey, Harris, Tait, Hauritz, Mckay, Starc...

Posted by auscrktfan on (January 24, 2011, 0:22 GMT)

Mansel, nice side, but who is keeping wickets for you?

Posted by brisCricFan on (January 23, 2011, 23:51 GMT)

@mansel sure that line up has some depth but who are you handing the gloves to? No keeper in the line. For mind I would try something different 1. Paine, 2. Marsh, 3. Ponting (can't leave him out if fit - a big game performer), 4. White, 5. Clarke (not a fan but also a big game performer), 6. M Hussey, 7 D Hussey, 8. Watson, 9. Hastings, 10 Johnson, 11. Lee, 12. Doherty. That is batting depth. Bowling you have both Hussey's and White who I think is bowling too little of late. I think Clarke/Ponting is a dilemma as you would want both but having them both doesn't allow for a full time slow bowler in the line.

Posted by Okakaboka on (January 23, 2011, 23:48 GMT)

Geez....Some of you are off beam....There is no Steve Smith Hate. Read the posts. No one is blaming him...He is trying his best. BUT HE IS NOT UP TO THE STANDARD REQUIRED...End of Story. Our Hate is directed at Hilditch....The head of the selection panel who cost us the Ashes and seems determined to get us knocked out of the World Cup because he refuses to admit to making mistakes.

Posted by Wozza-CY on (January 23, 2011, 23:28 GMT)

Injuries & circumstance is ensuring that Aus is putting its best one day team on the paddock! Further emphasising the selectors are way off the pace. How could you leave Marsh out of our one day team? How can you have three 'wild things' in the one team (Tait, Lee, Johnson). Great Lee is getting it together again but on his day he can still lose control. Clarke had the right troops at his disposal for control. Hastings, Doherty, Watson & Hussey were all good. Fine to have one 'wicket taking' bowler, but 3? The accuracy of the bowlers allowed Oz to build pressure & that resulted in wickets. It also proves that Oz has to move on. Sorry Ricky, you've been great, but you're taking the place of younger man. White & D.Hussey add some steel to the middle order. Not always pretty, but assess the situation & get the job done. The new troops since the ashes have added spark & fight to this team. England put a lot of energy & focus into the Ashes & are suffering the 'hangover'. Clarke needs runs!

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

England are playing poorly and haven't got their selections right. Ludicrous run outs aside, batsmen are playing poor shots and bowlers can't hold their lines/lengths. It is positive to show attacking intent, but batsmen are being too aggressive too soon. One batsman is sadly out of form while a couple of others are out of their depth at international level. Davies, who looks to have great potential, should not have been dropped Strauss and his bowlers should be locked in a room together for 3 hours with a DVD of Glen McGrath bowling. They should also be reminded of what one well known captain is reported to have told his bowlers - roughly paraphrased as if he (batsman) wants to hook , give him a fishing rod, if he wants to drive, give him a car and if he wants to cut, let him be a butcher.

England's defeats are all the worse given that Australia have not performed particularly well. Both teams will have to lift for the World Cup.

Posted by rambadi on (January 23, 2011, 22:52 GMT)

Seems like Bret's Lee return to Australia's ODI squad has shaken England. Hussey might have had a role in this win for Australia, but Bret Lee is the difference maker for the series. England has not seen the man that has haunted them with his super fast deliveries in a relatively long period of time. His rather unexpected return to the international ODI scene has certainly put a measure of fear on England.

As much as I am sick of seeing Australia win the world cup time and again, I am very happy to see Bret Lee make his comeback. And I will be equally happy to see him play at the world cup. This could very well be our last chance to see him play at the world cup. We might as well cherish the opportunity to see a legend in action.

Posted by snowman0504 on (January 23, 2011, 22:35 GMT)

Time for a touch of realism guys. Those who knock 50/50...I think it's a way better game then 20/20. At least a player can build an innings and its not all just a slogfest... but I appreciate its here to stay. England in tatters? Maybe at the moment..but they flogged us in the ashes and showed us how good they can be. Clark - good captain,but u REALLY need runs. Lee, u r a superstar, wot a comeback!! Why knock Haddin?? Paine is very good, but so is Hadds. Aus r winning, but its not really good winning form...need to amp it up to have a shot at the world cup. Hope Punter comes back with a vengeance.Still unsure on Smith...hes young and should get betta, but i dont think his bowling is good enuf yet to rate him as our all-rounder. Colly...so sad to see this champion playing like this. He is still an amazing fielder tho. Finally, I agree with a few who complain about Heals. Man is he annoying. GREAT former player, but not so great as a commentator.

Posted by   on (January 23, 2011, 22:33 GMT)

what how did england lose

Posted by PlayingItStraight on (January 23, 2011, 22:24 GMT)

Major concern for Aussies is the fact that only one or two batsmen are contributing each game ... you don't win the World Cup only scoring 220-240 runs, and to get up around 300 you need more than two contributors. And can the real England please turn up in Adelaide, so we can retain some interest in the rest of this ODI series?

Posted by mansel on (January 23, 2011, 22:24 GMT)

I love how many english are claiming not to care about the ODI's... lol Yet you are hear reading up on the match summary and talking about all kinds of strategy/form etc. Get over it, you guys are about to lose a series. Lots of talk about Smiths role in the Aus team, I would have to agree... He just hasn't shown enough with either bat or ball to warrant a full time position. There are plenty of part time bowlers who are doing a pretty good job to make up the 50. My ideal line up (if Marsh was given a place in the WC and that he is a natural opener and all players are fit. I wouldn't have Clarke but he will be there anyway). Watson, Marsh, Ponting, Clarke, White, M Hussey, D Hussey, Hastings, Lee, Bolinger, Doherty. Improves the batting quality much further down the lineup... Thoughts?

Posted by   on (January 23, 2011, 22:09 GMT)

England could just be exhausted, it's been a long tour.

Posted by Scgboy on (January 23, 2011, 21:58 GMT)

well doh ,this has been the most positive highlight in a painful summer.so yeah , its something to take pride in. England have been a little of the boil after winning the Ashes that doesn't however take away for Australis good showing.

Posted by   on (January 23, 2011, 21:28 GMT)

Watching Hussey and Marsh compose their innings in the last two games, makes you wonder what was going through the selectors head's. Watching a young Steve Smith fight to 26 to help his country win the match should be a time for celebration in Australia. Instead it highlights just how bad the selector's got the test team. Smith's batting is not world class at one day level and is not even close at test. Marsh is on 27 and has been very consistant at first class level for many years. If you were going to have a player come in based on youth and skill, surely he would have been a pick or White 27. I'm not even going to bother with Clarke as he is going to get runs sooner or later( his not that bad) and evidently he has all the time in the world. If he keeps under acheiving he may become the head of selector's as well.

Posted by   on (January 23, 2011, 21:06 GMT)

Dilemna for the Aussies...When Ponting is declared fit will he come back into the team to join an equally as out of form Clarke or does one of them go?

Posted by   on (January 23, 2011, 20:54 GMT)

Good to see Lee back in the side.I hope that he stays fit so that we can watch this great bowler in action for years to come.

Posted by StuL on (January 23, 2011, 20:22 GMT)

It shows the importance of sliding your bat, another 15 runs would have put an interesting amount of pressure on from the outset. The world cup will be a different story altogether, when it comes to the big games anyone of 6 teams can beat any other if its their day. Ozzies would do well to realise Smith is at best a work in progress though.

Posted by   on (January 23, 2011, 20:08 GMT)

Xavier Doherty continues to impressive in the short form of the game and it is totally explicable that he has been left out of the world cup squad. Why would you not take two spinners to the world cup anyway.

Despite the fact that I still believe he can't spin a bottle, I can't help feel sorry for Nathan Hauratz. He has been working very hard to get back in the side, and to get injured in his comeback game the way he did was horrible. I wish him all the best in his rehabilitation.

Lee is our number 1 strike and he is showing us why with his performances. Tait, at the moment should not be considered because he is fragile and his radar is all over the place, something you do not need in this form of the game. What on earth is Smith doing in the side? He is neither a good batsman or a good bowler. His technique is shocking. Good to see David Hussey doing well.

Posted by 5wombats on (January 23, 2011, 19:46 GMT)

@Mervo; "England won the toss in every Test except one, and that was also a major factor". You are coming up with the same old cobblers as before. Look mate - if Test match cricket or ODI for that matter came down to the toss of a coin - why would we bother to play the match? Move on.

Posted by gogoldengreens on (January 23, 2011, 19:44 GMT)

Just imagine how slow a partnership between Trott & Clarke would be... Boring

Posted by   on (January 23, 2011, 19:35 GMT)


What a lot of twaddle. Not one bowler from Englands 1st Ashes attack is there (Anderson, Broad, Swann and Finn) Swann is sorely missed (rated number 1 spinner in the world) add to that no Cooke (Englands number one batsman) no Pietersen (Englands number one batsman) no Bresnan... I mean this team is almost a third eleven. Cooke and Pietersen were the two double centurions of the ashes.

As for Prior in ODI's His keeping is below par and his batting...well, has he actually touched the ball yet?

He is couterattacking against attacking fields and against old ball. New ball, in and out fields etc and he is being undone again and again.

Posted by scorpion_ish on (January 23, 2011, 19:20 GMT)

Really awesome to see my favorite BRETT LEE back in action. C' mon LEE.... best of luck for the WC11

Posted by   on (January 23, 2011, 19:15 GMT)

Hahaha loving all the aussie comments, clutching straws really. Just because we won the ashes (3-1), England next year will beat India at home because well we have a better bowling attack, then in the next couple of years we will become number one with South Africa, as Dravid, Tendulkar and Laxman are all coming to an end. The indian bowling attack is shocking, sreesanth laughable, harbhajan we have swann, khan we have anderson, broad, shahzad, tremlett, bresnan just to name a few. So before you all get on your high horse look at your sides, India just lost to South Africa and the series between Oz and England isn't over yet. Oh and also England havent lost an odi series since 2009, a series beating is bound to happen at some point it is impossible to win every game.

Posted by   on (January 23, 2011, 19:00 GMT)

England is still suffering from the ashes hangover. The steely resolve shown in Tests is missing esp. in batting. They ought to have retained Cook who was on a song. But flexibility and imagination have never been England's strong suit, as far as I have seen!

Posted by phoenixsteve on (January 23, 2011, 18:53 GMT)

As ever the comments on cricinfo range from informed/intelligent to deranged/prejudice. I agree with Landl and think that neither side is looking like World cup winners at the moment? Australia are on a slight upward curve and England are on a steeper downward one! I'm just glad the Ashes are over (and in the bag!) as too many England players are out of form. It's probably the result of a long tiring tour and the bubble had to burst sometime! If you 'diss' the ODI format and claim bragging rites for the Ashes performances (they were superb!) it's only fair to dismiss the T20 Fluke too? England are capable of being serious challengers in the upcoming ODI World Cup BUT form has to improve A LOT! Losing is a bad habit to break - no matter how potentially good you may be? If we lose the next ODI we should wave the white flag and abort the tour to rest and recover. After all, the main job has been done.......

Posted by RameshSubramaniam on (January 23, 2011, 18:43 GMT)

This is the reality check for England. England is with their full strength in their batting. Only missing players are Anderson and Broad. Both of them are highly disappointing in last Indian series. England's 2nd string is bowling out Australia but England is also bowled out by Australia. Can England bounce back? Or this will impact the team's confidence on world cup? Or as usual, England says Ashes is more important than world cup and find an excuse?

Posted by   on (January 23, 2011, 18:41 GMT)

Its an amazing achievement for Australia to be leading 3-0, considering they are effectively playing with 9 men, sans Clarke & Smith. What does it take for them to be dropped? Whatever kudos Smith gained with his inns was lost by playing an appalling shot to get out at criucial juncture, whilst Clarke's form has been a disgrace all summer. Drop them now !

Posted by   on (January 23, 2011, 18:33 GMT)

England did the Aussies a favour by picking Luke Wright.......like his spiky blonde counterpart Smith, both are not good enough with either bat or ball at this level & they basically cancelled each out!

Posted by   on (January 23, 2011, 18:30 GMT)

Smithie from where do you learn your batting, specially when you want to play to the leg side. Very interesting mate! Any way well done forthat 26., your bowling spells are also strange because when you bowl you take wickets and when you take wickets you stop bowling!

Posted by Delberto on (January 23, 2011, 18:04 GMT)

Bang on, Voma!!! Now, let's listen to the the 'Oz machine' bang on!!!

Posted by martina.AUS on (January 23, 2011, 17:57 GMT)

my babe lee is back. aus coming to terms now. really glad to see him steering with ball. eng shows signs of their true blood. @ paramjithh ,watever, glad to know u have sixth sense, simth is far better than ur nation posses. no regrets. first clean your house from spot fixing.

Posted by Delberto on (January 23, 2011, 17:48 GMT)

I'm not taking much notice of the 50-over game.......never have done, to be honest. Still basking in the Ashes win!!!! Great job, Andy Flower......

Oh...and well done to South Africa!!

Posted by SLfan on (January 23, 2011, 17:35 GMT)

Now I think this world cup is going to be a great one, since Aussies seems to be back in form again ! Otherwise there would not much to watch in this world cup without the fire power of Aussies...Come on Aussies, be the lethal team as before, bcoz then only other teams can become proud of themselves by beating Aussies...Cricket fans of the world will be lucky enough to see that beautiful run-up of Brett Lee again...So, looking forward to see the exiting clash between two of my favourites, Sanga and Lee...!

Posted by sonjjay on (January 23, 2011, 17:23 GMT)

Now this is more like the england team I know.

Posted by Dubby49 on (January 23, 2011, 17:22 GMT)

Do all those calling for 'A' to be dropped and 'B' to be brought in, realize that the selected 15 cannot be changed except for in jury. Ponting, Hussey M, Haurtz perhaps? You will have to live with the rest and hope they perform.

Posted by balajik1968 on (January 23, 2011, 16:54 GMT)

Nice to see Lee back Somewhere during the last 2 years the Aussie management seemed to have developed a mental block about him. Sure he had his problems, but he was always a performer. In fact after McGrath's retirement, he seemed to be taking leadership of the Aussie bowling attack, before something went wrong. I hope the Aussies have the sense to make good use of him, because he still has a lot to offer. Anyway, I always liked the guy, he played his cricket with a smile.

Posted by Ginson on (January 23, 2011, 16:25 GMT)

Test/ODI..Is this England is going to beat India everyday of a week!!!!! oh where is Darren Gough???..

Posted by karl43 on (January 23, 2011, 16:08 GMT)

Fair dinkum to all the aussies who replied to my first post on here, I wish the tour could have ended after the drawn T20 mini series finished but now it's turning into an embarrasing rerun of sept 2009 when you guys beat us 6-1 but it will probably be 7-0 this time because england are playing very badly now with lowering confidence each game but with a patched up team although australia have injuries aswell so fairs fair! England were FANTASTIC in the Ashes apart from Perth but the one day team are a shambles and this is the worst possible preperation for the world cup but we should have broad and anderson back by then and swann & bresnan..alaistair cook should be in the odi team..please pick him Mr Flower and davies has been treated shabily, prior should have been left playing for victoria.

Posted by voma on (January 23, 2011, 16:06 GMT)

This is a 1 day series , not the ashes ! .It does hurt that a weak Australai team is hammering a pathetic England team at the moment . But is it not lost on you aussies that our 2nd string bowlers our taking wickets far to easily . Australia have no chance in the world cup ! .

Posted by Something_Witty on (January 23, 2011, 15:50 GMT)

@Marcio, lol! Agreed. 25char

Posted by _Australian_ on (January 23, 2011, 14:51 GMT)

@milesy100 nice try...obviously you give a toss or you would not have bothered to comment. The game has room for all 3 types. I clearly remember your mob claiming 50 over games alive and well when they led 3-0 in the Australia in England series in your last summer.

Posted by Dashgar on (January 23, 2011, 14:51 GMT)

Australia win but still a poor performance by them. Only lucky that England performed worse. Too many wides and too many soft dismissals. Michael Clarke has to be dropped as he doesn't even look like making runs at the moment. We've got a ready made Callum Ferguson in the wings, why wait. Just include him now.

Posted by Marcio on (January 23, 2011, 14:45 GMT)

@Popcorn, did Steve Smith kiss your girlfriend or something?Sure seems to be something personal. Give the guy a break!

Posted by drlimpel on (January 23, 2011, 13:53 GMT)

Eat that Andy Flower, trying to pose like the "thinking" coach and making "tough" decisions, how does it feel to have your stupid decision of including matt prior ahead of steve davies backfire in spectacular fashion. The man has two ducks in two games, awesome run up to the WC I must say :D

Posted by   on (January 23, 2011, 13:53 GMT)

Yeah, yeah, Karl43. Have you noticed that we won the last two games without Ricky Ponting (captain and winner at two World Cups), and Mike Hussey, arguably one of the best one-day batsmen in the world. The bowling attack is hardly our first choice either! Your team is just hopeless at one-day cricket. Face it, as Paul Rone-Clarke has!

Posted by whofriggincares on (January 23, 2011, 13:46 GMT)

@karl43, ha ha ha, second string? the bowling aint the problem mate your batting is the problem. The new saviour Bell seems to be back to his wicked old ways, looks great then throws it away. Strauss limited in the odi , Trott boycott would be proud, Prior mmmmmm, Collingwood gonski. You were always going to drop Davies for prior it fits in perfectly with the recent upward trend in your cricket that is pick as many foreign born players as possible ( morgan makes 5 out of the 11 at the WC) . Really enjoying the english supporters saying ODI are not important ,never would have picked that at 3-0 down. In the future when you are back to getting flogged by everyone in the test arena the 20/20 will be the most important form of cricket I guess ,that is if you manage to keep winning at that. Winning just isnt part of your makeup, how many world cups have you won? Only one right, oh hang on that was football. LOL

Posted by longlivepakistan on (January 23, 2011, 13:38 GMT)

congratulations to australia from pakistan.....i think england lose their form and confedenc for world cup and if aus win this series by 5-2 or 6-1 that now more likely than they defnitly favriote for world cup.

Posted by landl47 on (January 23, 2011, 13:36 GMT)

In the two previous games a good knock by an Australian batsman made the difference. In this one almost no-one played well; Australia were slightly less bad than England. Apart from Lee, who looked as sharp as in his prime, the Australian bowling was very ordinary, which was better than England's batting. Prior got out to a good ball (saying it was a mistake to bring him back is off the mark, though opening is not what he should be doing) and so did Woakes, but the rest either played bad shots or were farcically run out. Trott held the innings together, but showed his limitations in the later part of the innings when he couldn't accelerate and he was responsible for running out Strauss who was playing well. England's bowling was tidy and Australia were a tad less bad with the bat. Not a good match; both teams were severely under-strength and looked it. Poor Colly looks like a #11. When you face two balls, have one lucky escape and are bowled by a straight one, you're out of form.

Posted by Something_Witty on (January 23, 2011, 13:25 GMT)

@karl43, if England's side is injury ravaged, Australia is practically fielding an entire spare parts team. We've had way more injuries this summer than the poms. The "Ashes hangover" excuses are already flying thick and fast I see.

Posted by   on (January 23, 2011, 13:18 GMT)

smith's six was turning point

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

I have found the perfect replacement for Smith. David Hussey. Bat him at number 6 and he is our spare spin bowler. This is a much better option. Also, The bowling attack looked way better tonight....without Tait. Hastings simply has more variety. Clearly a useful bat too. So, now replace Hussey (b/c he is batting at 6) with Finch, Hodge, Ferguson, Christian. The captaincy of our team has improved...I was watching...I think White is more proactive....he is now in the ear of the bowlers. this is good. Both Clarke and White are badly out of form...the team can't carry both of them...um...bye Clarke..White is the better option!

Posted by mansel on (January 23, 2011, 13:09 GMT)

Wow.... England are really looking scary in the ODI's.. pffffff!!! Favourites for the world cup? They need to be able to win a match first. @milesy100 - don't pretend for a second that you aren't gutted losing 3 in a row, because the team sure are... Yep, you smashed us in the Ashes, credit where credit due. This is a different game and you are being thoroughly spanked. English fans at the game today left early and took their England hats off as they stood up to leave on the walk of shame... haha really scary ODI team mate. Well done...

Posted by   on (January 23, 2011, 12:39 GMT)

Cant we have Clarke as an Non Playing captain. Also those who critizise Smith would do well to note that he looks far better a batsman than Clarke.

Posted by karl43 on (January 23, 2011, 12:37 GMT)

Congratulations to Australia for going 3-0 up against England's second string bowling attack and injury ravaged side, it seems to me that we are seeing a similar performance to england's ODI team which followed the Ashes winning 2009 series when they just lost interest after achieving their objective, the same thing happened to South Africa in 2008 when after beating England 2-1 they then went on to lose 4-0 in the subsequent ODI series. England have had a fantastic tour of australia and even if they lose 7-0 in this current series it won't take any gloss off winning the Ashes so convincingly 3-1.

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

All the Steve Smith hate is getting ridiculous. At least give him a chance to show his best, he's not exactly had great opportunities. It's not his fault if the captain underbowls him. I think he played a very sensible innings with Hussey tonight. At least Hussey was able to (finally!) play an innings of some importance at ODI level. Maybe he won't do too badly in the subcontinent after all.

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

Australia is still best one day team.....

Posted by KingofRedLions on (January 23, 2011, 12:07 GMT)

Agree with Mac Mason on Ian Healy. Irritating to the max. Whinge, exaggerate, complain, talk too much, repeat. He has his moments, but they are few and far between. If he could shut his mouth more often, he'd be better. As for the cricket, was impressed by Clarke's captaincy, which no-one appears to have looked at too closely. Less calls for sacking from the public would be much appreciated too.

Posted by   on (January 23, 2011, 11:57 GMT)

I bet England are regretting dropping Davies now - A second duck by Prior. He always has been useless at ODI's - This must be very embarrasing for Flower.

England Good at T20, Good at Tests - still (after 20 years) TERRIBLE at 50 over game

Posted by VivGilchrist on (January 23, 2011, 11:57 GMT)

Smith maybe our test legspinner in 3yrs time but surely that doesn't mean he can get selected only to bowl 2 overs a game. Either he is good enough to bowl 7+ overs an innings or we choose someone else who can.

Posted by   on (January 23, 2011, 11:56 GMT)

I am very much happy that Brett Lee is back...love to see him bowling his "Leethal" wepons, Saavy?

Posted by gibbons on (January 23, 2011, 11:55 GMT)

Honestly Aussie fans, you won - enjoy the moment. I can't believe people are calling for Bollinger's sacking 2 days after he won a match.

People will start thinking you're English if you start whining while winning as well as losing...

Posted by gorod675 on (January 23, 2011, 11:51 GMT)

I think that these past odi's have shown that australia doesn't need mitchel johnson and that he is a waste in the world cup squad

Posted by unbiased_referee on (January 23, 2011, 11:45 GMT)

To me, this ENG side had defined its limits inside the first two matches of this series: couldn't defend 294; and was shot out for 184 while chasing 230! Now, when AUS are up 6-0 they might want to present ENG 150 to chase--and who knows even then.... ENG fans may well shift their hopes to the World Cup in the subcontinent now, where they don't look like winning more than two of their six first round matches. One has a feeling that ENG got drained 100% during the Ashes--this series might make it 200% !!

Posted by Will90 on (January 23, 2011, 11:45 GMT)

Haddin and Smith were decent, but let the team down getting out the way they did. Clarke failed for the second time in a row when the game situation called for his speciality - a long, careful innings. Ch 9 made a lot of his bowling choices, but I didn't see anything groundbreaking - start with the quicks, use spinners in the middle overs to tempt the batsman (Morgan and Yardy got out trying to force the pace), then bring Lee back to knock out the tail. On the plus side, D.Hussey is finally finding some form, and Doherty was tight.

Posted by jackiethepen on (January 23, 2011, 11:42 GMT)

The first costly error was made by Flower when he ditched Davies in his cutthroat competition speech. Appalling treatment and the message it has sent has scrambled the team. How can it be a band of brothers like in the Test Series? The word cutthroat belongs to piracy and gang warfare, not a game of cricket. Not surprising that Prior has two ducks. He was taken completely by surprise. Will Flower be blamed? No. Of course not. Trott was picked to bat at 3 by Flower from the start of the Series in the knowledge that he has no ability to change his game when needed. His run out of Strauss was just ruthless too. Trott's batting is selfish. He always makes the other batsman take the risk. You will get nowhere playing like that in one day cricket.

Posted by milesy100 on (January 23, 2011, 11:41 GMT)

50-over games?? Who really gives a flying toss about 50-over games. The only future of international cricket is Tests and 20/20.....So, bring it on you aussies!! Have your moment of victory in 50-over cricket because (who cares) we walloped you in the tests......

Posted by Eccafrog on (January 23, 2011, 11:26 GMT)

Here is a Clarke basher. 3 matches 3 wins, but he is getting a free ride. Batting Average - 8th, Batting Strike Rate 10th, while the bowlers and other batsmen are winning the matches. DUMP HIM.

Posted by Micgyver on (January 23, 2011, 11:25 GMT)

Australia win their 3rd on the trot and yet the whingers and winers are still on here bagging.Haddin got us off to a great start,Smith supported well,Hussey held firm,Hastings shows promise and Doherty looked good.Now all we need is Clarke to pull his finger out.

Posted by Meety on (January 23, 2011, 11:07 GMT)

@Okakaboka - I watched about 40 overs of the Poms innings - I didn'r see anything below par for an International Keeper! @ JB77 - you may be right - but he top scored for the Poms, IF Pommie batsmen had hung around with him - they may of got a 250+ score which would of been match winning. I admit he should of been more agressive @ 7 wickets down - call the power play early. @popcorn - this would be Lee's 2nd W/Cup, following on from your blog - he missed 2003 & 2007 with injury! @Mac Mason - drop Healy & bring in Stuey MacGill! @VivGilchrist - easy to say from the arm chair watching the game, but try being out their when your top order is dropping like flys or NOT rotating the strike like White! In the end we won & Haddin proved he is a good w/k-batsmen again tonight. @Dismayed - Smith did well tonight. @Popcorn, fair go - you may want him dropped but he shared a crucial partnership with Hussey & performed under huge pressure. My opinion of D Hussey is rising this series.

Posted by Javacrossing on (January 23, 2011, 11:07 GMT)

@popcorn Are you crazy?!!??!?! Smith and D.Hussey were the only thing holding australia back from getting skittled for less than 175. It was only when they took the pressure off themselves when Smith tried to up the ante, and got out. However, by then Australia looked to be in pretty good shape. @Pranjal I agree. Where are the Smith bashers now?

Posted by Mervo on (January 23, 2011, 11:06 GMT)

England won the toss in every Test except one, and that was also a major factor. That was there 'moment' in history and also their many South African-born/sourced players. I don't rate their team highly, with the exception of Strauss (SA), Trott (SA), Prior (SA) and Cook (England).

In the one-day stuff they were hardly interested and will struggle in the World Cup on that form.

Posted by phoenixsteve on (January 23, 2011, 11:06 GMT)

Another England loss and a heavy one too! Time to call it a day and just relish the Ashes victory. Leave this one day stuff to the test newbies like India and concentrate on proper crciket. England have done us proud in the 5 day game and I can't see any point or attraction to the World cup on Indian flat tracks? Well played Australia.... another deserved win! COME HOME ENGLAND!!!

Posted by corporaterock on (January 23, 2011, 11:00 GMT)

What's with all the Steve Smith hate?

Posted by phoenixsteve on (January 23, 2011, 10:51 GMT)

Dismal dreary performance from England. Come home lads - your job in Oz has already been done. Forget the World cup.... call in a sickie! It's been a great tour that these ODI s are in danger of spoiling......

Posted by popcorn on (January 23, 2011, 10:23 GMT)

Once again,Crossbat,undependeble Steve Smith gets out at the wrong time. What was the need to flay at the ball and give a simple catch? SACK HIM, p-l-e-a-s-e.

Posted by   on (January 23, 2011, 9:48 GMT)

where are smith bashers now?he looks like to be the spark that aus needs

Posted by Dismayed on (January 23, 2011, 9:45 GMT)

M.Clarke has to go. Bring in anyone from domestic cricket who is making runs, Khawaja,Fergsuon,Finch, anyone. Give me Nannes over Bollinger or Tait any day. I will have S.Smith at 7 any day along with S.O'keefe at 8with B.Lee and D.Nannes. You guys are off the mark on Smith, he will come good the kid needs games under his belt. So give me Watson, Paine, Khawaja, White, D. Hussey, S.Marsh, S.Smith, S. O'keefe, Lee, Nannes and anyone of Johnson,Hastings or Christian.Forget about guys coming back fom injury, take a fit side to the world cup.

Posted by VivGilchrist on (January 23, 2011, 9:26 GMT)

54 off 59 but I think Haddin just proved why so many are calling for his head. 115 needed off of 30 overs and as a senior player he plays that stupid shot. The team needed him to guide them home and he couldnt handle the responsibility. Fair enough if it was a good ball but as usuall he lost his head. I think I am now on the Paine or Wade bandwagon. As for Clarke I wish they would just put him out of his misery and drop him. Cannot believe he is taking a spot from Hodge or Ferguson.

Posted by trepuR on (January 23, 2011, 9:21 GMT)

I get very frustrated when I think or hear of the Ozzie selection panel. I could unleash a tirade at what shocking selections they have made for the worldcup, in The Ashes, and this series, the problem is, I'm actualy losing the energy to completely rip to shreds what the selectors have done, they have not listened, and I doubt they ever will. People ask for youth, they give us Smith, we ask for a better spinner, they bring in Beer, we say batting lineup is wrong, Smith again, all wrong calls, they appear to do what we 'want', but to avoid making themselves feel as though they have been pushed around by the majority, they make diferent call to what we actualy want, that way they all keep their bloated egos intact, and they can pretend to be listening. The only thing that lovers of Australian cricket can hope for is that they commision an entirely independant review of Oz cricket and that it recomends far reaching and fundemental changes to whole structure. Oops I have now run out of sp

Posted by popcorn on (January 23, 2011, 9:04 GMT)

At least NOW, the Australian selectors have understood the VALUE of Brett Lee.Brett Lee is a very unlucky cricketer. First his food was poisoned when he was playing Test Cricket in India in 2008. Next, he was unlucky to get injured in the Tour Game just before the start of the First Ashes Test in England in 2009. He SHOULD have been chosen over one of the pace bowlers AT LEAST for the Oval Test - he was FULLY FIT at that time.He was the MOST experienced of the pacers, and he strikes FEAR in the Poms' heads.Then at the Ashes 2010 -11, he was fully fit and was not selected.Hope he, like Glenn McGrath, signs off his career with a FOURTH ODI World Cup for Australia, and a Test Series win in 2011 -12.

Posted by   on (January 23, 2011, 8:09 GMT)

Hi all , since this match has been pretty much going the way I predicted since the 15th over of English team, I'll stick my neck out and say my sixth sense says aus are gonna win by 2 or 3 wickets at best . Oh and Steven smith is useless and haddin will make a score of 80 odd and get out in this match. Let's see I my prediction is true:)

Posted by   on (January 23, 2011, 7:54 GMT)

IAN HEALY is the MOST irritating and annoying commentator on TV. Hopefully there will be enough comments about this guy for Ch 9 to remove him. I am NOT criticizing him as a former player.

Posted by Okakaboka on (January 23, 2011, 7:42 GMT)

Again Haddin's performance behind the stumps was very poor.....supporting my contention that Australia is only taking one real keeper to the WC in Tim Paine. Haddin's batting has started scratchy again...let's hope he gets his feet MOVING. STEP TO THE BALL!!!!...Not away!

Posted by   on (January 23, 2011, 7:41 GMT)

It appears the only thing ENG can win 100% in this series is the TOSS!

Posted by JB77 on (January 23, 2011, 7:19 GMT)

Flower is committing the same sins and Fletcher before him - trying to keep an Ashes winning side together to the detriment of England's progress. Trott is NOT an ODI player, as can be seen from today's dour performance. No urgency, no match-awareness, poor strike-rate. He let Eng drift (yes wickets falling didn't help) and applied uneccessary pressure on the tail-enders. Prior clearly isn't up to it either. Collingwood....what can you say? He's finished. Many will disagree, but I'm not convinced that Strauss and Bell are ODI players either. There's a difference between false, bully-boy bravado at the wicket and meaningful ODI runs. Strauss and Bell look good yes, hit a few boundaries yes, but they give their wickets away too soon, too often (and have been doing so forever - Bell esp had made a career out of looking good and failing to go the distance). England with this squad won't win the World Cup.

Posted by UnniKkuttan on (January 23, 2011, 6:59 GMT)

Thanks to Australia to win one days in style against England. You brought the headstrong Englishmen back to earth. Just when England won the Ashes, people like Cork, Strauss etc... started talking like "We are Number One", "England Will Rule The World", "Indians do not perform outside subcontinent", "We have the best bowling attack", "Australia Decline", "The ranking is not correct" etc..etc.. I think, the blow on their head will make them to think straight.

Posted by ak1983 on (January 23, 2011, 5:45 GMT)

ha ha well play England........

Posted by Okakaboka on (January 23, 2011, 5:13 GMT)

Smith gets to play again?...This is a joke!....Give up SFB Hilditch..he's no good. Why should Australia play with 10 men and no wicket keeper? Stop trying to prove a point that has already been shown to be wrong. It is just sheer arrogance on Hilditch's part...nothing else!!!

Posted by chad_reid on (January 23, 2011, 4:19 GMT)


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