Australia v England, 5th ODI, Brisbane

Australia take series with 51-run win

The Report by Andrew McGlashan at the Gabba

January 30, 2011

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Australia 249 (Clarke 54, Woakes 6-45) beat England 198 (Pietersen 40, Watson 3-25) by 51 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Chris Woakes celebrates removing Cameron White, Australia v England, 5th ODI, Brisbane, January 30, 2011
Chris Woakes took six wickets but it was in a losing cause © Getty Images

Australia secured the one-day series with two matches to spare after a comprehensive 51-run victory at the Gabba as England's batting once again flopped. The top order was rocked by the pace of Brett Lee, then John Hastings removed the key pair of Kevin Pietersen and Ian Bell before the innings subsided rapidly to give Australia their first piece of silverware since March last year.

The hosts' innings had been far from problem-free but Michael Clarke registered a much-needed half-century, which was his first since the Adelaide Test. He fell to the Man of the Match Chris Woakes, who took 6 for 45, England's best overseas analysis in one-day internationals, but he was a lone shining light. Although the visitors have twice nudged 300 in the series - at Melbourne and Adelaide - there has been far too much inconsistency and soft dismissals.

Pietersen and Bell battled nicely to steady England from 3 for 22, but having been given a life on 34 when Steve Smith missed a return catch, Pietersen picked out mid-on as he tried to pull a Hastings slower ball. Eoin Morgan continued his poor series when he lofted his fourth ball to long-off against Smith, even though the required rate was below a run-a-ball. Morgan has struggled to live up to his reputation as a world-class finisher in the series after his extended period on the sidelines during the Ashes.

England's last real hope disappeared when Bell, who had been at his most fluent, dragged Hastings into his stumps. Shane Watson bagged two in his first over in front of an appreciative home crowd, who could put the troubles of the past month behind then at least for an evening. A record-last wicket stand of 53 between James Anderson and Steven Finn, on his ODI debut, only narrowed the margin and showed up the batsmen.

Australia's bowlers hunted as a unit and the one-day attack has most bases covered, even though Xavier Doherty was left out with a stiff back. Lee bowled with real venom early on, twice whistling rapid bouncers past Andrew Strauss's helmet and Doug Bollinger wasn't far behind when he struck Matt Prior in his opening over. But neither of England's openers wanted to back down and Prior responded with three boundaries against Bollinger. However, Lee was a different prospect and Prior lost his off stump when he tried to play square on the off side.

From the next delivery, the first ball of Bollinger's third over, Strauss picked out square leg with a pull and it became worse when Lee put himself on a hat-trick as Jonathan Trott flicked a delivery off his hip straight to short fine-leg. Although the hat-trick ball to Bell was a no-ball it was also a rapid bouncer and Australia were in no mood for this series to stay alive.

Even though their total proved plenty, it was a tale of missed opportunity as several batsmen made starts only to give their wickets away. Watson (16) cut to point and Brad Haddin (37) walked across his stumps to give Finn his first ODI wicket. Shaun Marsh (16) lazily flicked to midwicket and David Hussey chopped on against Woakes for 34, having set a platform alongside Clarke with a 65-run fifth-wicket stand. Cameron White couldn't do much about his dismissal as an excellent ball from Woakes bounced and took the edge.

Clarke's innings had three distinct phases. After being booed to the crease, he began with aggressive intent and moved to 17 off 13 balls, but then slowed considerably with 18 off his next 41 deliveries before driving Finn through cover. The fifty came from 70 balls but he couldn't carry on, top-edging Woakes while trying to work through the leg side on 54.

England were hampered in the closing overs when Ajmal Shahzad injured his hamstring and Johnson took 15 off his eighth over during the batting Powerplay. Smith and Hastings also cashed in as Finn was struck for 14 off his ninth but Woakes, who was preferred to Michael Yardy and struck three times in the first over of a spell, returned to have Hastings caught at deep midwicket to complete his five, after which Lee carved to third man.

Woakes' figures sit behind Collingwood's 6 for 31 against Bangladesh, at Trent Bridge in 2005, but they were a hollow success. England are now left with the task of avoiding a 6-1 scoreline to match the drubbing after the 2009 Ashes.

Innings Dot balls 4s 6s PP1 PP2 PP3 Last 10 overs NB/Wides
Australia 178 24 2 50/1 23/1 (11-15) 46/3 (45-49) 64/5 1/11
England 173 17 2 45/3 25/0 (11-15) 33/0 (39-43) 37/1 7/4

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Posted by   on (February 2, 2011, 0:44 GMT)

Sad for ENGLAND. Strauss has stressed with the statement that they would remain Attacking. What sort of attacking cricket this is ? its just a reckless cricket. They are going after OZies bowling from the ball one. Which is ridiculous indeed. They should occupy the crease for quite a while. Watch out for a new ball instead of going over smart and loosing wickets, one after another. I reckon England has missed a fine trick in this ODI series after winning Ashes. They should have continued or kept Alestair Cook in the ODI squad too. Because he had faced and got through a new ball very beautifully more then any one else. Same opening combination might have tricked for England. Right now they are struggling with the newer ball. Strauss and Prior should wait for bad balls and watch out for Lee and Bollinger`s first spell. So once they get settled, they can utilize rest of the overs with maximum wickets in hands. Over attacking has caused or cost them ODI series.

Posted by   on (February 1, 2011, 11:47 GMT)

Despite all the hype following their Ashes victory, the plain fact of the matter is that England are 5th in the ODI table 19 points behind Oz who are top. That gap is reflected in the current series scoreline. Nobody should be surprised at that, nor should they read too much into it with regards to Oz's chances in the World Cup. India, Sri Lanka and Sth Africa are currently Numers 2, 3 and 4 respectively, so one would assume one of those 3 is likely to be the main challenger, wiht Pakistan the dark horses.

Posted by Monisha on (January 31, 2011, 15:50 GMT)

Write off Australia at your own peril. Though many do not fancy Australia's chances for winning 2011 World Cup; still Australia has got tremendous fightback abilities; and that was clearly on display when they beat England comprehensiely in the fifth ODI! To win the Commonwealth Bank series after losing theb Ashes would surely boost their morale ahead of the World Cup. All the best wishes to the Aussies!

Posted by   on (January 31, 2011, 13:09 GMT)

Even though Australia ranked 5th in test cricket and many reckons to end of their supremacy in world cricket but still they are the best one day side at the moment. Dont forget they are the defending Champions next they still hold the number one ODI ranking in ODI list even though many sides like India S A,Srilanka are playing well.The current one day series between the two side is the clear picture of Australian domination in one dayer once again.Still It is still very much the same that the side which will win the world cup has to beat Aussies in the certain stage of the tournamanet.Hence Watch out For Australia

Posted by Dismayed on (January 31, 2011, 12:37 GMT)

I believe all the injured playes should be removed from consideration for the WC. Take a fit side.I think G.Bailey should be looked at very closely along with D.Christian and Ferguson, just. Marsh will keep getting injured. Watson, Paine, Khawaja, C.White, D.Hussey, D.Christian, S.Smith, O'Keefe, Hastings, Johnson, Lee, Nannes, G.Bailey, Krezja, Finch. Sick of seeing guys come straight back from injury without having any match fitness/hardness.Time for a change regardless of what tournament it is. Well past time where guys who have been performing should be given opportunities.

Posted by   on (January 31, 2011, 12:20 GMT)

Cool stuff...watch out teams..

Posted by Tiruvendipuram on (January 31, 2011, 11:06 GMT)

It is very good for the Australian Cricket to Win the ODI series before the WC.

Best Wishes

Posted by Faizan-Ul-Haq-Fareedi on (January 31, 2011, 10:46 GMT)

Congratulation to Aus...!!! Now its looking that All Players are Feel Comforable under the Micheal Clark Captince, Board should to Concern it and Pointing Should to Play as Ordinery Batsman but that would be Unfair For Ponting as He has won 2 WC already. Now wait and Watch who will lead Aus as Pakistan is also Worried about Caption

Posted by   on (January 31, 2011, 9:00 GMT)

australia have heaps of injuries as well and they still beat england. australia have got more chance of winning the world cup than england do.

Posted by James_Prabhu on (January 31, 2011, 8:31 GMT)

yep... england's loss is due to the lack of the key players in the team... maybe they'll be back in form during the world cup.. sure the Britts have the same chances of winning like any other team in the world...

Posted by   on (January 31, 2011, 7:29 GMT)

England are struggling with injuries to their bowlers; it will be interesting to see what their lineup for the sub-continent will be. There will be a lot of pressure on James Anderson and Graeme Swann, one thinks.

Posted by Clyde on (January 31, 2011, 7:18 GMT)

Shane Watson's secret is probably that he does very often, as has been noted in these comments, bowl so that the ball is destined to hit the wicket if the batsman doesn't stop it, and the batsman very often needs to stop it with his bat, as the ball doesn't land outside the line of leg stump, to right-handers. Embarrassing as it may seem, in modern cricket I believe there Test players who, if you gave them one stump to aim at in the nets, they could not hit it six times out of six. Certainly this is the impression you get from the commentaries, and it is scandalous that we have to sit on our bleachers and be hoodwinked into thinking he 'bowled too straight'. The fact his he bowled on off, middle or leg, but so as the ball would miss leg. In other professions this would be called incompetent.

Posted by   on (January 31, 2011, 6:48 GMT)

great playing from oz. good to se lee bowling like that

Posted by Ozcricketwriter on (January 31, 2011, 3:46 GMT)

Not sure why England consider themselves equal favourites for the World Cup or why bookmakers have them listed as 2nd favourites, just behind India. I have them as 6th with Australia 3rd and this series suggests that my ranking is more accurate than what the bookmakers or Duncan Fletcher are.

Posted by rajufer on (January 31, 2011, 3:19 GMT)

Australia under estimated, England over estimated. South Africa and Indial will not have a chance in the world cup the way they performed at last series. Sri Lanka will not have the advantage of local grounds since not a single match being played before the world cup. Australia and Pakistan will be the teams to watch.

Posted by Meety on (January 31, 2011, 2:55 GMT)

@swansong86 - agree re: Strauss but I think he was closer to 16 than 6 when he moved to the UK. Honestly though KP, Trott, & Morgan are not real Englishman & a Zim coach, & Oz bowling coach! Not to mention all the other non-english born cricketers who've played for England in the recent past Ozzys McCague, Hollioke bro's, Mullaly (the greatest Left arm bowler ever), and Hick, Jones (PNG born Ozzy w/k) plus Joyce.

Posted by mistertee on (January 31, 2011, 2:50 GMT)

To those whom wish to bag Haddin , stop comparing him with Adam Gilchrist , and appreciate the fact , that he is a more worthy player than Mat Prior . Knocking players and booing your own players does not do one little bit of good . Constructive criticism can be helpful , but destructive criticism only lessens the cause . We have beaten the Poms 4 out of five , doesn't that mean something to you . We are in an unbeatable position , isn't that a great position to be in ? Apparently not because so many of you are still trying to deconstruct a winning team . If you want perfect , look in the dictionary , that's the only place you will find it .

Posted by Alka-Delics on (January 31, 2011, 2:36 GMT)

@Shakil Crítico Mim - you couldn't be more ill-informed. Every cricket fan knows Tait would not last 1 spell bowling in India. Ponting will captain Aus in the WC and is only 16 days away from rediscovering his dominating form in a warm up match against RSA... then to unleash on Zimbabwe in Australia's first group match. As for Hopes, he's never played a WC and don't see how he'd be instrumental in a successful Australian WC squad. He'd be lucky to even be put on standby for the WC. How long have you been following the game of cricket, a week?

Posted by Naren on (January 31, 2011, 2:31 GMT)

Australia should now focus on giving chances to people like Dan Christian and Callum Ferguson. It might be handy if the injured does not recover in time. Dan might be better to replace Hauritz. I think Smith and D.Hussey should be enough to handle the spin options in India. Callum should come in if M.Hussey and Shaun Marsh are not fit. I would have liked to have Callum, Dan and Shaun Marsh included in the original squad anyway.

Posted by swansong86 on (January 31, 2011, 2:28 GMT)

Nampally, don't think you can call Strauss a 'South African recruit'. He was 6 when moved to the UK. I'm not English, but am sick of hearing about the SA influence on the English Ashes campaign.

Posted by   on (January 31, 2011, 2:13 GMT)

I dont get how watson gets all these wickets. He isnt expess pace, but not bad. He doesnt really swing it around too much (except reverse swing, hes good at that) and he just keeps a tidy line and length. Batsmen shouldnt really be getting out to him, but for some reason he always bags 2 or 3 wickets every game even though he bowls 6 or 7 overs. Must have the midas touch really...

Posted by tsingh027 on (January 31, 2011, 1:36 GMT)

I honestly feel sorry for M.Clarke being booed by his own fans, I think that he is doing a great job as captain for Australia in this ODI series replacing the injured Ponting. The English a batting so terribly, and to an extent making the Aussies look good and it's not as if the Aussies are batting very well either, one person has stepped up every game and all the others have made starts and got out. If I was an Australian selector I would drop Ponting from the side, as Clarke is doing a great job and Pontings batting is nothing great any more, I think he's passed his used by date. It will be interesting to see if M.Hussey makes it back in time for the world cup as he is the man to hold Australias innings in those middle overs. Go NEW ZEALAND this world cup lift the trophy stun everyone silence your critics you can do it!!!!

Posted by RJHB on (January 31, 2011, 1:06 GMT)

@Rickaby Smith is bowling ok and should actually be bowling more, but Clarke does appear to be holding him back a little. He rips a few through and is reasonably accurate. He'll bowl more overs in the world cup I would think. At this stage of his career his bowling is much more suited to ODI than tests and he can be compared a little to Brad Hogg I reckon. He might even work against India, though I'm sure the Indians would lick their lips at that prospect!! Just remember Indian supporters, it is ODI, not test cricket, a whole different ball game!

Posted by brisCricFan on (January 31, 2011, 0:54 GMT)

@Rickaby re feedback; Smith bowled tidy without any prodigous turn but didn't offer up the candy he has the tendancy to do on occasion. Still, like comments about Collingwood, I think there were definite opportunities to go after him that weren't taken up. The wicket of Morgan was to a good stock ball but the result could have been different... all in all I would have given his efforts 8/10 for the night with the ball. His batting was intelligent, likewise 8.5/10. As for the game, it really could have gone either way (even after the early Eng wickets) if Pietersen and Bell had played a little more intelligently. This game really didn't show me anything more about the prospects of the upcoming World Cup. The guys that will come back to both teams will make a large impact for each and I think will make both teams that much stronger. With the 'flood relief appeal' receiving 4k and 6k for boundaries, I think the Aus fans were cheering on Anderson and Finn to the end.

Posted by Marcio on (January 31, 2011, 0:50 GMT)

Everyone loves Dougie Bollinger, but is he really the best we have? Dirk Nannes is two levels up on him, so why isn't he in the team? I just don't get it. Why not just pick the best players? With Nannes Aust would have a decent chance of winning the WC. As it is, I think they should make it to the semis, all things being equal, but players like Bollinger are too one dimensional. A year ago Nannes was the best bowler in the T20 world cup, now he's not even one of the best dozen bowlers in AUS, according to selection policies of the AUS selectors. I've been watching him bowl in domestic cricket, and he has lost nothing. He' definitely a much better bet than Tait, too. One really has to wonder what the hell is going on with Hilditch and co.

Posted by Meety on (January 30, 2011, 23:28 GMT)

Points of concern still for me are; 1. Ponting; will he have enough time to get with bat in hand before the WC (or at least before the big games)? 2. M Hussey - will he recover in time as with Punter? 3. Bollinger - apart from the first couple of spells in the 4th game @ Adelaide, & at the SCG - I think he has been flat. 4. Tait - what's doing there? 5. Hauritz - same as with Punter & Huss, but with ball in hand. I think a bowler needs more practise then a batter - so I think the selectors need to be playing Doherty in the last 2 games, (my preference would be for them to play O'Keefe though, but that is unlikely). I beleive if Punter & Huss are fully fit & somewhere near form, Oz will only get beaten by some individual piece of brilliance. I think a 7th WC Final appearance is very likely.

Posted by Meety on (January 30, 2011, 23:20 GMT)

It's pretty dissappointing to see that despite probably the most complete short format victory of the summer - people are still looking for players to sack. Now that Pup has a 50 to his name, attention is now turning to MJ & Haddin. Funny how Oz 2 "saviours" White & Marsh have been underwhelming (Marsh's Hobart blitz aside) - are yet to be scrutinized by the same people who have been touting them. I know the selectors have stuffed things up - Ashes in particular this summer. Hsatings is showing signs of being a good option - I think he'll be difficult in India, Lee has been great (stats are one thing but the sheer joy & enthusiasm he brings is infectious), Pup is showing definate signs he has turned the corner, MJs lines are tighter more consistantly than it has been all summer, Smith is doing his job with bat & ball. Still not where I'd like Oz to be, but the fact is Oz have only missed the WC Final twice since inception & I think will find a way to get there & then look out!

Posted by kkrisawesome on (January 30, 2011, 23:04 GMT)

i think for the first part of the last wicket partnership australia wernt bowling well on purpose because the commonwealth bank was giving $4000 for every 4 and $6000 for every 6 it went toward the flood devestation. but for the second part they were definatly trying to get them out

Posted by   on (January 30, 2011, 22:53 GMT)

Australia won't win the world cup as the selectors have missed a trick in picking Tait and Ponting. Particularly the latter...like Australia's current ODI team seem to be doing very well without his 'batting' or "captaincy". The fact that Hopes was not selected will be one reason why Australia dont win the WC this year.

Posted by Wozza-CY on (January 30, 2011, 22:51 GMT)

There are a few things I don't understand; Why people boo any sports professional? Brad Haddins shot selection once he gets over 20 runs? Why people are bagging S.Smith (for oz, third in bat avges, third in strike rate, 2nd in wicket takers & best economy)? Why Doug the rug bowls in power plays? Why he (or other full time professionals) can't get develop a variety of deliveries? Why oz coaches aren't taking note of the way they've been bowled to vs SL & Eng and see that mixing pace & bowling with discipline makes it hard to score & takes wickets? Why both teams wait till their bowlers are in to take bat p'plays? Why Bell doesn't open the innings for Eng? I don't think England have been at their best but well done oz for winning the series. Brett Lees opening spell last night was nothing short of sensational & Watson as always is a class act. Hastings variety was good. Oz need to 'kill teams off' better if they hope to win WC.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2011, 22:43 GMT)

ubl2729... KP is not the key wicket these days in ODIs.. Over the last 2 years his form is abysmal... averaging 20.75. If it was any other player he'd be in danger of losing his place, But since the selectors believe a major innings is "just one knock away" or "just round the corner".. they continue to suffer his lack of form. No doubt now that the series is lost he'll come good and all his fans will be ecstatic... but he couldn't step up to the plate when his team most needed it.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2011, 22:34 GMT)

Simply english are not as good as British Media, Darren Gough thinks.

Posted by phoenixsteve on (January 30, 2011, 22:14 GMT)

Well done Australia a thoroughly conclusive a well deserved series win! Now that the series is lost.... GO HOME BOYS! Your job in Australia is over and you won the most important part! Lets get the team home and let them rest and prepare for ODI World Cup. They must be exhausted and really deserve some rest and recognition before the Indian experience.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2011, 21:22 GMT)

Yes, we may have lost but I would rather have England's squad and prospects for the future than Australia's.

Posted by Nampally on (January 30, 2011, 19:29 GMT)

England forgot that the Aussies are the World Champs in ODI. Brett Lee and shane Watson are great ODI players. With these 2 in the side, it is difficult to beat the Aussies. They will start as the favourites at the WC in India this year. Both Lee and Watson contributed to the victory. England still does not have tha right approach to the ODI's. Furthermore their star batsman Cooke swho did so much to retain the Ashes is not in the side.So England is mainly dependent on the SA recruits in batting - Strauss, Trott & KP. England at least found one new bowler who can take wickets in Woakes. They have to build from here with inclusion of Broiad & Swann in bowling and may be couple of new batsmen.The current England team is unlikely to make last 4 of the WC, while the Aussies will. In fact the Aussies with further addition of Ponting & Tait may retain the WC. So England takes the Ashes but Australia retain their leadership in ODI.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2011, 17:13 GMT)

@AeyKay Darren Gough said he thought England would be World Number one in test cricket. I didn't hear him say anything about one day cricket. Anyway why take it so personal? He merely suggested England have the quality and depth to be number one in test cricket.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2011, 16:58 GMT)

its waste of expecting from england i thought england could win this match how easy this match was and with a great confidence from woakes then also losed this enland are best in breaking confidence of there fans

Posted by ubl2729 on (January 30, 2011, 16:53 GMT)

kp is key wicket in this match

Posted by cricket_for_all on (January 30, 2011, 16:12 GMT)

I think that AUS is simply good because of Lee (Whether he takes wickets or not He is a genuine bowler and he can attack any times).

Posted by AeyKay on (January 30, 2011, 15:35 GMT)

Where is Darren Gough? I hope he wud stop being cocky, thid kind of drubbing willgive some hope to canada, ireland etc as they need someone to be their losing side. How did Strauss commented after last match that England can still beat Australia after 3 consecutive defeats. Hope Darren wud tweet again.

Posted by jackiethepen on (January 30, 2011, 15:32 GMT)

This was a low scoring game or did no one notice? Clarke - what a good captain he is and so honest! - said that it was not an easy wicket to bat on and that 230 would have been a good score, extra runs were a bonus. By comparison Strauss said nothing about the wicket and about batting second - always difficult at the Gabba. Yes the batting wasn't good enough but to say that tiredness wasn't an excuse is just silly. The bowlers are falling in their droves, one injury after another. Caused by? The batsmen looked determined but weary. Mishits can occur through tiredness. The Test batsmen do have an excuse. Start complaining to the management/ECB about 7 ODIs with not a single rest day after the ashes. Madness. And then 3 days interlude between this series and the WC. Great planning?

Posted by   on (January 30, 2011, 14:15 GMT)

The Titans of The One Dayers Return (Y)

Posted by karl43 on (January 30, 2011, 14:06 GMT)

The way England are playing at the moment they would be lucky to win an egg cup never mind the world cup, the ashes winning magic has long since washed away and they are making schoolboy errors with their batting in this odi series, the bowling is fine but it's like the team have morphed from super heroes in the first half of the tour into a bunch of no hopers, then they fly home to lick their wounds......for 3 days and then fly off to sub-continent..how ridiculous is that

Posted by Rickaby on (January 30, 2011, 13:59 GMT)

Unbelievable amount of no-balls (free hits) from Aus and wides from Eng!

Posted by   on (January 30, 2011, 13:38 GMT)

The England batters have to get convert their starts! You don't do well in World Cups when your batters get pretty thirties and get out, they have to take responsibility and play longer innings. The stats don't lie, when a batsman gets a hundred you win most of the time. First of all they need to get the batting order right, Prior did well down the order for Sussex last season coming in and hitting boundaries later on in the game so why is he opening for England? Is there an unwritten rule that your keeper must open in one day cricket?

Posted by   on (January 30, 2011, 13:37 GMT)

It was fantastic seeing Chris Woakes getting 6 wickets only in his 2nd One day international .This kid has got hell lot of potential to make it big .Blokes never write England off in the forthcoming world cup .Remember after being thrashed in the Natwest series by Australia ,they bounced back in style to make it to the semifinals of the champions trophy ,albeit only to be beaten by Australia in the semis .Agreed that their record in the subcontinent is far from impressive but still this team has shown a lot of character over the last year and a half .There were too many soft dismissals today again which led to their downfall.@landl47 spot on mate .The pitch did not possess any demons .Collingwood and morgan should they rediscover their form , which i reckon they will, we have serious contenders for the forthcoming world cup.Cheers

Posted by Rickaby on (January 30, 2011, 13:35 GMT)

Just some interesting stats to go with my previous questions: for the series Smith's bowling has netted 7 wickets @ 14 (4.2 per over) and his batting avg is 33.7 which is very adjacent to SMarsh. Now, Marsh is averaging only 2 more than Haddin who is copping a flogging in the Comments. Stats aren't everything but it's food for thought...........

Posted by landl47 on (January 30, 2011, 13:32 GMT)

Well played, Australia, and I have to say that if England had to lose, I'm glad it was here. I'm sure the win will lift the spirits of the people in Queensland who have had such a terrible time over the last few weeks. Australia bowled well and really the margin of 51 runs flattered England due to the unlikely last wicket stand between Finn and Anderson. There wasn't much encouragement for England, given that the only player to make any kind of a mark was Woakes. Everyone did their bit for Aus and I'm sure Clarke feels better for having a 50 under his belt. Once again he captained well; I think he's a lot better captain than Ponting in the way he sets fields, uses his bowlers and gets his guys playing as a team. It would be good, now that the series is decided, if England could go home and rest up a bit before the WC, but I guess money dictates that the last two games have to be played. Still, congratulations to Aus on winning the series.

Posted by MaruthuDelft on (January 30, 2011, 13:26 GMT)

After Ian Chappel talked highly about Bell I watched him a few times closely. He doesn't have the technique to hit the ball hard. Pietersen also lacks the capacity to make a run a ball century. Strauss is good but because of the added burden of captaincy he is not able to produce a long innings frequently. England is no threat in the WC. Australia, South Africa, Sri Lanka and India for Semis. If India is drawn against Sri Lanka and if the match is going to be played in Sri Lanka Australia will win the WC else it will be India.

Posted by Rickaby on (January 30, 2011, 13:15 GMT)

I'd like some feedback please. Firstly, how did Smith bowl? I didn't get a chance to see the Eng innings. His figures look tidy - are they a good reflection? There is a distinct lack of Smith-bashing in the comments so I can only assume that he shut down his detractors with a decent allround performance. And I'd like to hear from the Marsh-supporters: is it still a travesty that he is not in the WC squad? He looked amazing during his ton but has looked equally ordinary in the last 3 innings. It would seem he has been worked out and worked over - spear the ball in at middle and off and he will do the rest.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2011, 13:09 GMT)

I think Australia have the resources to reach the final of the World Cup and get over the line for a fifth time. Some of their bowlers might struggle on the subcontinent -- Lee has never had a lot of success there but I'm backing Shane Watson and Steve Smith to come good with ball and bat. If Clarke can get some confidence in this series it'll be good for Australia because he's a key player in Indian conditions. As far as England are concerned, if Eoin Morgan and Pietersen don't fire their batting is toast. I don't know why Alistair Cook is not playing ODI cricket -- he should have been picked on his Test form. I think he can be the anchor that England needs in the ODI format.

Posted by Trickstar on (January 30, 2011, 13:00 GMT)

As the Ozzies kept telling me, no surprise that the team batted first won.

Posted by Gupta.Ankur on (January 30, 2011, 12:52 GMT)

It seems Eng will never win a major ODI series as neither the ECB nor the players are serious about any series other than the ashes....

Its hard to believe that the same set of players can turn it on in test matches,but not in Odi's....

Australia are far better in this regard,their batting has struggled both in test and one-days this summer...

Posted by Tigg on (January 30, 2011, 12:48 GMT)

Whatever the wicket I don't see the advantage of not having a spin option. No doubt Woakes was inspired but Finn? Quality First Class bowler but his list A figures aren't exactly inspiring.

Posted by thebill970 on (January 30, 2011, 12:36 GMT)

Well done to Australia, but they'll have to do much better than that if they want to go anywhere near the World Cup silverware. Our quicks are bowling too many extras - 1.5 extra overs in this match. Also, Haddin has a bad habit of getting about 50 runs and then throwing his wicket away. Like many of the Aussie batsmen, he doesn't go on an get big scores often enough. I think Clarke mainly gets booed because no-one wants him as captain or thinks he is captain material. Of course, we need him in the side for his batting expertise but I still doubt he is captain material. Excellent bowling from Woakes and a shame his batsmen let him down.

Posted by jimbo94 on (January 30, 2011, 12:31 GMT)

@Cooper11 - Mitchell Johnson wasn't playing before due to a throat infection.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2011, 12:31 GMT)

it was a good victory for oz atlast der is smthing 2 cheer abt after da ashes loss

Posted by unbiased_referee on (January 30, 2011, 12:21 GMT)

ENG have struggled to defend 300 and chase 214 in this series, and are therefore worthy losers--rather than AUS being the opposite!! Both ENG players and think-tank alike would be better served to concentrate now on how to make it to the knock-out stages of the World Cup. That would be an achievement as big as winning the Ashes in AUS, as they haven't played a knock-out match since the 1992 World Cup!!

Posted by dsig3 on (January 30, 2011, 12:12 GMT)

Wow, England batted really badly today. Well done to Aussie bowlers who didnt give any freebies. Really pleased with Smith who bowled really well for us. His tight spell in the middle overs really sealed the deal for us. At least we won something this season....

Posted by Meety on (January 30, 2011, 12:09 GMT)

@Cooper11 - MJ played earlier & then he missed a couple of games with a throat infection.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2011, 12:04 GMT)

good win and a good series win, but if you look at it. australia being the number 1 ranked odi team. they should win a series like this easily. woakes looks good

Posted by mansel on (January 30, 2011, 11:52 GMT)

Gee England are a scary ODI team aren't they.... aaaaaaahahahahaha. Favorites for the world cup? Please get off it.

Posted by Ragav999 on (January 30, 2011, 11:46 GMT)

Agree with VivGilchrist... Haddin has underperformed with the bat for a long time. It is due to his tendency to throw away his wicket most of the time rather than getting out to a good ball. He needs to use his experience and provide some toughness to the batting line up. Lee was good again. Clarke began well but went into a shell after some time. He needs to sort that out. Marsh is inconsistent as proved again this series. His careers strike rate is not too impressive. Both Clarke & Marsh can't be accomodated in a single line up in the sub continent (if M Hussey does not get fit). Steve Smith surprised me with his bowling, especially the lack of short balls.

Posted by Marcio on (January 30, 2011, 11:46 GMT)

No landl47, there was plenty in the pitch. A little movement, bounce, slowish till evening dew settled, then more pace and bounce. 250 was a good score, and I'm not surprised Eng came up well short.

Posted by Something_Witty on (January 30, 2011, 11:37 GMT)

Good that Pup finally made some runs, although his dismissal again proved that he struggles to find the boundaries in the slog overs. - Limited overs matches really aren't his game I'm afraid. Hastings, Lee and Johnson all bowled well. Smithy again bowled, batted and fielded superbly. Dougy really looks off his game at the moment. Not sure what's wrong with him, but he's become wayward, and he's nowhere near his best. Haddin again showed that he's incredibly irresponsible. Playing the most absurd shots after he'd got in and used up 50 balls is just not good enough. Watto was his usually brilliant self. Finn looked rubbish, as he has all summer, Woakes looked very good, the stats flatter him a little bit, but he bowled very well and looks a great prospect for England. One thing I am not satisfied with is how Australia have allowed Collingwood to bowl his dibbly dobblers and not attacked him. They've just tried to work him around and it hasn't worked. Time to be more aggressive boys!

Posted by Okakaboka on (January 30, 2011, 11:35 GMT)

@DonkieHoed....I agree....Just piggish. I think on the surface it looks like the booing is directed at Clarke.....and that IS the way it comes across...and no doubt it is off.....However, I would suggest it really is more about the frustration with the ridiculous antics of the selectors...... Australian Cricket supporters want to tell Hilditch & Co. what we think of their performance over the summer. I get the feeling by lack of form, Clarke has been forced to carry this frustration. And NO, it isn't fair....out of form he is, but he is doing his best. I would just love Hilditch to work to the centre of one of the grounds and just let the crowd give their verdict of his self-evaluated magnificent performance over the summer. In for one would be giving him an almighty raspberry.

Posted by Bargo_Darryl on (January 30, 2011, 11:34 GMT)

I see Oz had to carry Mitchell Johnson again. He is taking up space in the Test and ODI sides because of his potential that we've heard about for 5 years and seen it realised once a year at best. So he can bat a bit. So can Dan Christian and at least Dan can hit the pitch.

Posted by Dismayed on (January 30, 2011, 11:23 GMT)

No comments on the bowling of the 2 young Aussie allrounders through the middle overs? Or the young guy who batted through to the 50 over again?

Posted by Javacrossing on (January 30, 2011, 11:22 GMT)

@Cooper11 Mitchell was down with a throat infection

Nice to see Smith bowl a few more overs and also make a decent contribution with the bat.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2011, 11:12 GMT)

I don't care what they've been through, you do NOT boo the Australian captain. Booing Pietersen was bad enough, but that was beyond the pale.

Posted by napster82 on (January 30, 2011, 11:09 GMT)

For all those people who try to write off Australia in the world cup better hold on. Aussies have announced their return to ODIs in grand style here and I strongly believe they are the team to beat in the WC.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2011, 11:00 GMT)

ausi ausi ausi!!ausi ausi ausi!!ausi ausi ausi!!ausi ausi ausi!!ausi ausi ausi!!ausi ausi ausi!!

Posted by   on (January 30, 2011, 10:59 GMT)

@Cooper11 Johnson had a throat infection so they didn't want to risk his chances for the World Cup. Finally great to see Clarke score some solid runs, his batting was alot better as well, and as for the crowd booing at him, that was horrid, just because he's out of form doesn't mean he should be hated.

Posted by VivGilchrist on (January 30, 2011, 10:45 GMT)

Please someone teach Dougie some tricks- no slower ball, yorkers, any sort of change of pace. Anderson and Finn coming at him and Dougie is like a bowling machine set at 137kph short of a good length.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2011, 10:06 GMT)

Iit looks like ENG batsmen were in a hurry to see if they can get out well in time to be able to go and watch Andy Murray play on TV in their hotel! Murray, on the other hand, having lost first set, and two service games in the second one, seems to be reciprocating!! Not so exciting day for ENG and GBR at large!!

Posted by Meety on (January 30, 2011, 9:36 GMT)

@DonkieHoed - the fickleness of the Oz public was on display re: Clarke. He was partially jeered coming out to bat but was warmly cheered after leaving as top score. This was the type of innings Pup was in the side for, he should of kept his head down for another couple of overs though. @landl47 - agree that Woakes is a talented young lad - I know he'll cherish his 1st international 6 for, I think he was treated a bit too loosely though by the Oz batters.

Posted by mariofan97 on (January 30, 2011, 8:28 GMT)

finally!!! some runs from pup!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by DonkieHoed on (January 30, 2011, 7:58 GMT)

I'm no great fan of Clarke's, but booing him imo is disgusting. Unless he insulted the Aussie public somehow (and just being off form is NOT) that I didn't see, then the aussie fans are simply piggish.

Posted by landl47 on (January 30, 2011, 7:24 GMT)

Mid-innings break. Great to see Woakes get 6 wickets, he's got a great future. Finn bowled well for his first 7 overs but fell apart a bit at the end. Anderson didn't look in top form today. Shahzad always seems to be trying to do a bit too much and ended up injuring himself. Hopefully he'll be all right by the World Cup- that's 4 of England's bowlers out hurt now. Colly was excellent; it shows the value of experience that he could bowl so well after going for 6 and 4 from successive balls early in his spell. Australia never really got going, but 249 is a defendable total. There didn't seem to be anything wrong with the pitch, so England have a shot.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2011, 5:55 GMT)

England dont really care about the one dayers do they lol and its a PAIN watching clarke bat xD

Posted by VivGilchrist on (January 30, 2011, 4:34 GMT)

Another irresponsible dismissal by Haddin. To get out like that scoring 37 off 26 balls you would think fair enough. But to use up 52 balls for 37 runs in an innings of predominantly dot balls with a scattering of thrasher boundaries looked really ugly. He dominated the strike batting with Watto due to his lack of singles with dot balls. I like Haddin but he has to decide if he is the guy who is going to get the team off to a flyer with slogging or anchor the innings. At the moment he is stuck somewhere in-between.

Posted by siruskharel on (January 30, 2011, 4:05 GMT)

nic 2 c u in odi,FINN.......just 21 yrs age.....great....

Posted by   on (January 30, 2011, 3:37 GMT)

England should drop Shahzad. He is not effective. Why drop Yardy???

Posted by Cooper11 on (January 30, 2011, 3:28 GMT)

Finally Mitchell Johnson gets a game why not earlier on?

Posted by Cooper11 on (January 30, 2011, 3:19 GMT)

Finally Mitchell Johnson is playing. If Australia get to bat near the middle order near the end Johnson should bat!

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