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Australia v England, 6th ODI, Sydney

Clarke's acceleration seals thrilling win

The Report by Andrew McGlashan at the SCG

February 2, 2011

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Australia 8 for 334 (Clarke 82, Johnson 57) beat England 6 for 333 (Trott 137) by two wickets
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Jonathan Trott celebrates his hundred, Australia v England, 6th ODI, Sydney, February 2, 2011
Jonathan Trott's superb form continued with a career-best 137, but it wasn't enough to secure victory © Associated Press
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The boos from Brisbane turned to cheers in Sydney as Michael Clarke helped Australia hunt down a record 334, their highest successful chase, by two wickets with four balls to spare at the SCG. However, it was a tense finish after Clarke was run out for 82 with seven needed but John Hastings and Brett Lee held their nerve to see the home side across the line and leave a weary England with plenty of soul-searching to do

That will be particularly true of Jonathan Trott, who was involved in key pieces of action in the closing stages after earlier scoring a career-best 137 to anchor England's highest score in Australia and their highest total in a defeat. Then, in the space of five balls, he lost and almost won the match with two contrasting pieces of fielding. Firstly he failed to hold onto Clarke's clip at short fine-leg which burst through his hands for four, but he then produced a pin-point throw to find the Australian captain short as he came back for a second.

It was the third wicket to fall quickly with Australia faltering as the target approached. David Hussey edged behind against Steven Finn to end a key stand of 90 in 11 overs with Clarke - including 50 runs from the batting Powerplay - and Steven Smith, batting with a runner after a hip injury that has ruled him out of Perth, was run out after a chaotic mix-up. However, Hastings edged the winning runs down to fine leg off Chris Woakes - although there was still confusion as the umpires didn't realise the match was over. A match of 667 runs can frazzle the mind.

Australia's top order had laid the foundations in the chase as Shane Watson butchered a 32-ball fifty and Mitchell Johnson responded to his promotion to No. 4 with a well-made 57. As is his style, Clarke took time to play himself in and his strike rate was under 100 until he'd passed his half-century and took the batting Powerplay. He then whipped James Anderson, who conceded the second most expensive figures by an England bowler, over square leg for six and followed that with another boundary as the home side made their crucial push.

Hussey also located the rope after a sluggish start when he tore into the expensive Anderson and suddenly an asking rate over eight-an-over was down at a run-a-ball although an impressive effort from Finn, in his second ODI, gave England a chance at the end. They were handicapped by an injury to Paul Collingwood, who suffered a back spasm on the last ball of the innings and wasn't able to bowl. He came onto the field briefly after 16 overs, but his back began to stiffen up again. It meant England had to find 10 overs between Trott and Kevin Pietersen which cost 72 - although Pietersen did have Johnson stumped.

Johnson had responded with his second ODI fifty which built on a blistering opening from Australia against some wayward bowling. They had nine runs after just one legal delivery and Anderson came in for some fierce punishment in his third over as Watson collected four boundaries with 19 runs coming in total to bring up the fifty inside six overs.

England needed a stroke of fortune to break through when Brad Haddin flicked a leg-stump delivery to short fine-leg where Trott, who'd recently come into the field after recovering from cramp, took a sharp catch to his right. Watson went to his fifty off 32 balls but didn't go any further when he flicked Michael Yardy to midwicket. Callum Ferguson, replacing the injured Shaun Marsh, played nicely for his 46 until being run out but the required rate was never out of hand for Australia.

Smart Stats

  • Australia's successful chase of England's 333 is the highest target chased in Australia, surpassing the previous best of 303 by Sri Lanka against England in 2003.
  • Australia won their fifth match of the series, making it the sixth time that they have won five or more matches in a bilateral ODI series. They also won the ODI series in England in 2009 6-1.
  • The target of 334 is also the highest chased successfully by any team against England surpassing India's successful chase of 326 in 2002.
  • The match aggregate of 667 is also the second highest ever in an ODI in Australia. The highest ever is the 678 runs in the match between Australia and New Zealand in 2007.
  • Michael Clarke's 82 was his second consecutive half-century and his seventh since the beginning of 2010. In 25 ODI innings since January 2010, Clarke averages nearly 50 with a century and seven fifties.
  • England's score of 333 is their highest score against Australia in ODIs surpassing the 320 in Birmingham in 1980.
  • Jonathan Trott scored his second century of the series and third overall. He now averages 56.26 from 16 matches with three centuries and six fifties.

Despite England's batting problems during this series, characterised by soft dismissals, this was the third time they had beaten their record total after the innings at Melbourne and Adelaide. Trott's hundred was his fourth of the trip following two in the Ashes series and his 102 at Adelaide last week. He took his time to play himself in and didn't strike a boundary until his 40th delivery, his first fifty taking 61 balls. But the next half of his ton came off 39 balls as he collected four boundaries during the batting Powerplay.

Shaun Tait thought he had him lbw on 82, but the decision was overturned on review with the ball sliding down leg, and Trott escaped again with a missed run-out opportunity on 88. He started to suffer from cramp as the hundred approached and, after passing three figures and slamming Johnson through the covers, was allowed a runner until falling in the final over. The last 87 of his runs came from 65 deliveries.

Ian Bell provided the innings with ideal acceleration as he got himself going in the batting Powerplay then showed his inventive skills by lapping Watson and John Hastings for boundaries. He and Trott added runs at nearly nine an over, the sort of dominant partnership England have struggled to produce even in their previous hefty totals.

Andrew Strauss had set a good tone with his second fifty of the series off 52 balls and looked set for three figures until he clipped Smith to midwicket. Kevin Pietersen was threatening to cut loose with two boundaries in three balls off Hastings, but his frustrating series continued when he drove the first ball of the batting Powerplay to mid-off.

The fielding restrictions again threatening to be a curse rather than a blessing, but the five overs produced 43 runs as Trott and Bell began their surge. Still, though, it didn't prove enough and another 6-1 drubbing is on the cards.

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Posted by brisCricFan on (February 5, 2011, 23:50 GMT)

@5wombats (and others about close 'last over' matches) - in a big run chase, it shows the class and temperament of a team that knows what is required and goes about achieving it. ... ... ... lesser teams might think to stamp their authority and win with lots of overs in the bag putting unnecessary pressure on the bats to keep up an unnecessary run rate and losing wickets and potentially the game in the process. ... ... That AUS won the games with wickets in hand and no stupid risk shots belies that these were as close as just winning with 5 balls to spare (as happened on both last over matches)

Posted by Meety on (February 4, 2011, 22:50 GMT)

@5wombats - under what criteria do you need players playing for Oz between the ages of 21 to 25. The M Hussey (no wind up) example is a classic case of why older players of high value. He was the most ready made entrant into Test cricket seen in decades - probably since SRT. He learned his craft it what is generally regarded by experts in the game as the best Domestic contests in the cricket world. Even back in the mid 80s - still racked by Rebel Tours, the competition was that fierce that one of the greatest competitors of all time - Imran Khan thought it was a close as you get to Test cricket. That hasn't changed & anyone of the Bowlers mentioned previously will come thru their 1st class education with flying colours. There will be NO NEED to DRAFT players internationally to do so either, (acknowledge Nesser is a Saffa for QLD). Look at the Champions League - Oz don't require imports to be competitive, but other franchises need Ozzys. The worm WILL turn matey, & VERY SOON!!!!

Posted by Something_Witty on (February 4, 2011, 22:15 GMT)

So Steve Smith, Phil Hughes and Usman Khawaja are not in the 21-25 year old category? That's funny. I could've sworn they were all 21 - 23 years old. Bizarre. I didn't mention only under 19s. Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood are 20 and both have made their debut in ODI cricket. - Their chances at test level will come very soon. James Pattinson is 20 and will play for Aus soon. Aaron Finch recently debuted, Callum Ferguson made his debut when he was 24. - What's your opinion on Fergy by the way? Anyway. No England's batting is not "rubbish". England's batting has been reasonable, but guilty of throwing away great starts. Your top 6 batsmen are very unlikely to change for the WC, so if they're "rubbish" now, then they're going to be "rubbish" in the world cup too.

Posted by 5wombats on (February 4, 2011, 19:55 GMT)

@Something_Witty; I am not asking about under19's. I want to know where the 21-25 year olds are in Australian cricket NOW. I want to know what definition of "good" is being used if they are not playing for Australia (that's the accepted benchmark). Australia has still not learned the mistakes of the Ponting years - you know - not playing youth. They have ended up with what they've got - good players (no wind up!) like the Husseys', Katich, Lee, right at the end of their careers. Then there are other very ordinary players in the 29-33 range - players who might have been ok if they they had been brought in earlier to play alongside the greats. But they weren't - so they aren't any good. You know who I think they are. Meanwhile there is virtually nobody playing for Aus in the 21-25 age range. WHY? I can't rubbish them because they are not out there playing for Australia. If they were any good they'd be playing for Australia - and they are not going to be any good until they do.

Posted by 5wombats on (February 4, 2011, 17:37 GMT)

Oh! has there been more than 4 games? I'd lost interest and just guessed at the number of games played. Sorry!

Posted by 5wombats on (February 4, 2011, 12:39 GMT)

@Damian Chandler; YES - Aus do have problems! Their first pick bowlers couldn't stop England piling up 330+ and we are reliably informed that Englands batting is rubbish - so how much worse is it going to be for Australia when they come up against "good" batting sides on flat Indian wickets???. Meanwhile England's first pick bowlers (Anderson excepted), Broad, Swann, Bresnan, Tremlett, Shazad are all back home resting and Collingwood didn't bowl in the last game in order to rest him too.

Posted by Something_Witty on (February 4, 2011, 11:39 GMT)

5wombats, the young Aus players are not playing at the moment because they're either too young and need a tad more experience before being thrown into the big stage, or their chance is just around the corner. (Players like Khawaja, Finch, Pattinson etc). Some of them are injured, e.g. Starc, Hazlewood. Re: the current series. Aus has comfortably won 3 out of 5 games, and chased down massive totals in the other two. Your analysis of MJ and Tait is absurd, as they are two very good exponents of reverse swing (a key in the subcontinent). Tait in particular; I doubt anyone bowls a better reverse swinging yorker these days. If you actually take the time to have a look at the youngsters in the Aussie domestic system, you might see that the prospects for Australia's next 3-5 years are actually very good. Might I ask where England placed in the under 19 world cup? I don't go rubbishing England's young prospects, because I frankly don't know enough about them. - Try doing the same with ours eh?

Posted by pie314 on (February 4, 2011, 10:32 GMT)

@5wombats "Given that most of the games have gone into the last over" - please stop embarrassing yourself. Only 2 out of 5 Australian wins went down to the last over. It seems you are the one who is not on planet Earth when you define most as something less than 50%.

Posted by 5wombats on (February 4, 2011, 9:12 GMT)

@Something_Witty - the usual one-eyed stuff from you; " England have been absolute rubbish in this series and it doesn't look good for them going into the WC". Given that most of the games have gone into the last over - and given that, according to you "England have been absolute rubbish" - then by your reckoning Australia must be rubbish. I'd agree with that assessment. You are SO wrong in your assessment of Englands bowlers and SO one-eyed in your assessment of Australias bowlers (including, as it does - the fearsome MJ and Tait... on Indian surfaces....!) - that frankly it's not even worth commenting on. Meanwhile, on planet Earth - POP QUIZ; I still want to know where all these great young Aus players are, and in particular I want to know why - if they are so good - why are they not playing for Australia? Mmm... Not only does it not look good for Australia going into the WC - it doesn't look good for them going into the next 3-5 years. Aus just doesn't have great players anymore.

Posted by Something_Witty on (February 4, 2011, 7:37 GMT)

Ahh the poms and their excuses. "Injured bowler this", "missing player that", "unlucky dismissal the other". England have been absolute rubbish in this series and it doesn't look good for them going into the WC. The only bowler who will actually add something to England's bowling lineup is Swann, other than that, any bowlers coming back from injury will not make an iota of difference.

Posted by Meety on (February 4, 2011, 6:51 GMT)

@landl47 - mate I agree that it is odd that Wright & Tredwell have seen little game time on tour. What I was saying was that it's not quite right to say that England's attack is 2nd, 3rd or 4th string - as they have players (bowlers), who are expected to perform in some capacity in the W/C available on the sidelines but were preferred for "better" players. Do you agree that Yardy is probably going to play the games that count???? I would also presume the same with Anderson???? That is 2 "frontline" options. I admit losing Colly during the match was a big blow, if he was uninjured 3 out of the 5 main bowling slots were available at the start of the game. The only member genuinely missing from the BOWLING line up is Swann. Broad - debatable whether he is any better bowler than Bresnan/Tremlett/Finn, (its bating that gets him the nod over those 3).

Posted by brisCricFan on (February 4, 2011, 6:37 GMT)

@paulf - It seemed ugly on the reply, but i don't think that there is a man out there that isn't playing hard BUT WITHIN the spirit of the game... ... at speed and in the heat of the moment, I am prepared to give him the benefit of the doubt that he couldn't know for sure that the ball didn't take the bail off at roughly the same time as his thrust with the gloves... ... apparently there was a clear noise that may have given reasonable thought that something had hit the stumps roughly coinciding with the ball passing ... ... ... heat of the moment will occasionally throw up these incidents that when analysed in the cool light of 25 replays seem implausible that anything other than a serious mind melt could have occurred. Prior is a tough competitor - a regular over appealer - but I don't think he is an intentional cheat.

Posted by Abhiramb on (February 4, 2011, 5:11 GMT)

What a way for Clarke to tell his critics to shut up!! Everyone including me was making suggestions about dropping him from the team!

Posted by paulf on (February 4, 2011, 5:08 GMT)

What action has the match referee taken regarding Matt Prior's attempt to claim that an Australian batsman was out bowled when he deliberately removed the bail? Surely this was a clear example of cheating?

Posted by landl47 on (February 4, 2011, 3:23 GMT)

@Meety: if you've read my comments on other threads, you'll have seen that I don't understand why England are not playing Wright and Tredwell, at least for the last 2 games of this series. However, the fact is that Tredwell and Wright (in that order) are the 14th and 15th members of the England squad and are not likely to play in any of the games that matter except in the event of injury. England have problems, because Colly isn't batting well and without him they have only 5 bowlers- you saw what happened when they played 5 bowlers including Colly in the last game. I've said all along that the lack of a genuine all-rounder is England's weakness. The Oz weakness is that they haven't a front-line spinner, and their quicks will be ineffective on slow wickets- again, as you saw in the last game. That's why I don't like either side to win the WC. Eng will do better than Oz because they do have better slow bowling, Swann to take wickets and Yardy to contain.

Posted by Meety on (February 4, 2011, 0:14 GMT)

@ landl47 - LOL down 4 bowlers! I suppose Yardy & Anderson nor Wright & Tredwell will bowl in India. You forget that Oz was down a spinner for this match - given Oz ALWAYS play a main spinner @ the SCG, Doherty out injured. Doherty probably WOULD NOT have taken many wickets - but he almost definately wouldn't of been carted for more than 50. This pitch was a 350 & Oz bowlers did well to keep the score below that. Most of the good batting line ups in the world would of scored 300+ on that pitch in that heat. If your star bowler goes for 91 runs - that is a MAJOR concern, far more than Oz chasing down & winning with a record run chase. As you know there must be question marks over Wright & Tredwell's ABILITY if they are not selected. Therefor by your reckoning England @ full strength in the W/Cup are sending a 4th "String" side. LOL!

Posted by   on (February 3, 2011, 23:40 GMT)

@swombat. if you think we have problems. have a look at your own team. can't defend a massive total

Posted by brisCricFan on (February 3, 2011, 22:56 GMT)

@5wombats - yep, England were the better team and played the better cricket during the Ashes... this Aussie can easily accept that. But you are kidding yourself if you think that this series means nothing to the ENG ODI squad... NO TEAM wants to head into a major international event on the back of a string of losses... it is just not good for the mental state of the team and cricket is 90% in the mind. (As stated by one of the Chappell brothers many years ago). ... ... Sure, in the scheme of things, losing this series isn't a big deal if they are getting in the right sort of preparation for the WC i.e. trying new combinations etc, but that isn't even happening ... for some reason your WC squad members are warming the benches (Tredwell and Wright) whilst they bring in Woakes, Tremlett and co... doesn't make a lot of sense any way you look at it. ... ... On the other side, at least for the most part (bad selection aside) AUS are giving all their squad some match practice.

Posted by 5wombats on (February 3, 2011, 19:35 GMT)

The more I read this conversation - the more amazed I am. I shouldn't be - I ought to know what to expect after 3 months of this stuff!!! Ridiculous comments from some of the aussies. @landl47 is dead right!! This Sydney game simply exposes Australia's greatest weakness - inability to bowl teams out on nothing pitches. I'm not wrong - and some of you Aussies know it - What's the matter guys? Still not coping too well with being wrong about The Ashes??? Gee - that must really hurt - to be SO wrong!!! Well - get ready to deal with being wrong again; this time about the World Cup. Meanwhile - here in England NOBODY (trust me), NOBODY gives a flying fig about this silly ODI series. I know you want to think that we do - you're desperate to imagine that we do - but we don't. You know why? Because we won The Ashes - quite easily actually.

Posted by A_Vacant_Slip on (February 3, 2011, 19:16 GMT)

This isn't good! @whofriggingcares, @VivGilchrist, @Something_Witty and several other obviously aussie people - you are making a huge fool of yourself!!! Sydney is like a typical pitch in India! Australia have NO SPIN bowling option for the WC!! Oh Dear!! Aus bowlers will be thrashed around the park!! If Tait and Lee and first choice friends cannot stop England batsmen getting 330 in Aus then they have no chance whatsoever in India!!! India is a batsmans paradise!! Didn't Australia learn anything on their recent tour of India? Why have they assembled this team for the WC which will obviously fail?? Batsmen may be good enough (probably not good enough if Ponting comes back), bowlers definitely NOT good enough!! PS - Mitchel Johnson bowling in India!? Ha ha! that will be funny - I must see it! ha ha ha!

Posted by 5wombats on (February 3, 2011, 18:55 GMT)

OMG! - There is the usual utter garbage on here from some aussies!! Do you really think that pitches in India and Bangladesh will be any different to the magic pudding presented @Sydney??? Well - good luck if you do. The huge problem for Australia is no different now to what it was 3 months ago - NO BOWLERS! Aussies have become so used to seeing Warne & McGrath bowl sides out on good wickets - they still haven't adjusted to NOT having bowlers who can bowl out sides on good wickets. Englands 1st choice bowlers bowled out aus for fun on good wickets during The Ashes. Australia's 1st choice bowlers regularly FAILED to bowl England out on the same wickets. Aus fans; put 2 and 2 together and DON'T build up your hopes for the WC because you simply don't have bowlers who can bowl sides out on the puddings that are going to be served up in the sub-continent. Sydney proves this. Plus; I'm getting tired of reading about all these great young aus bowlers; if they are so good - where are they???

Posted by landl47 on (February 3, 2011, 16:49 GMT)

Haha- sounds like the Aussie fans took one look at my comment and panicked! @Something_Witty- yes, I admit that in this ODI series England have been outclassed (and I have never said they weren't). However, that means that you, and all the other Aussie fans who think that these matches have been representative of both sides, have to admit that when Aus played England in England last year when both sides were at full strength, Australia were outclassed. And yes, I do think that the bowling line-up Aus went in with is very close to its absolute first choice line-up. Hey, if I'm wrong, then whofriggincares and the others will be right and I'll be happy to admit it. I've been known to be wrong, but I wasn't wrong about the Ashes or the ODI series in England, both of which I predicted correctly before the event, to the scorn of the Aus fans. I don't believe either England or Aus will win the WC, but I think Eng will get further than Aus. Eng's team is better suited to the subcontinent.

Posted by NALINWIJ on (February 3, 2011, 13:39 GMT)

What has this series in Australian pitches translate into world cup success? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!! Neither side has shown the capacity to suffocate the opposition in the middle overs with spin bowlers that is critical in the world cup as in 1996. Australia has struggled in the slow pitches in the subcontinent even in it's heyday.Picking both LEE and TAIT may be superfluous there.Today Sri Lanka throttled the Windies with spin and this could be critical in the world cup.I would expect at least 2 teams from subcontinent to make the semi finals. Probably India and Sri lanka and Pakistan could cause an upset and Bangaladesh could surprise.

Posted by   on (February 3, 2011, 12:07 GMT)

@landl47 , tissue??? England what to be the best but mate you's have no hope both in tests and 1dayers. Great teams like the past Australian team will win without there 1st choice players, if there replacements cant carry there weight then it cant happen like the England team now!! 333 on the board and lose!! England have no hope come the WC.

Posted by   on (February 3, 2011, 11:19 GMT)

Is Mitch Johnson going to be a match winner in India? No. Is Douggie Bollinger going to swing the ball? Absolutely not! Then Who are the spinners? Is Australia really No.1 in ODIs? I am not sure about it. Well, Australia has serious competition on India, South Africa, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. 4 of the above 5 will contest the semis, I am more or less sure of it.

Posted by PrasPunter on (February 3, 2011, 11:17 GMT)

Circa 2009 - Ashes loss , followed by a ODI series victory against England, followed by winning an ICC championship.

2011 - Ashes loss, followed by an ODI series victory against England. The WC follows.

Posted by PrasPunter on (February 3, 2011, 11:12 GMT)

I agree with @dinosourus. For long, Aussies have been under lot of flak for things, while the others get away.

Posted by SuperSharky on (February 3, 2011, 10:46 GMT)

"Australia won by 2 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)". Most of these wins are norrow and very close. Everytime it could go either way. " "Australia also won the ODI series in England in 2009 6-1." So @ Mikecricket, for predicting another tennis score like 6-1. Let's rather settle for 5-2. This is cricket Mate, not tennis.

Posted by whofriggincares on (February 3, 2011, 10:14 GMT)

Couldnt agree more with VIVGILCHRIST's asessment of LANDL47 and his comments. If you want meaningless just read his drivel. Ask the players if a smashing like they have received this series means nothing, England would love to be winning games leading into the world cup have no doubt about that. And all this rubbish about 2nd string blah, blah. If your front liners bowl as well as Finn in the WC you will be very happy. And what about your one "first choice" bowler last night Jimmy anderson he had tidy figures didnt he. The team that plays is your best team regardless , that is what selection is all about ,injuries ,loss of form , horses for courses or whatever other problem the selection panel faces is all part of it. All this drivel about 1st string or second string is all just excuses and doesnt wash with people who truly understand the game. Stop twisting to suit and admit the aussies will be in the last 4 at the WC (as usual) and the poms wont(as usual).

Posted by   on (February 3, 2011, 10:13 GMT)

god people make excuses don't they. australia have plenty out. ponting hussey, hauritz, harris, marsh as well. but they aren't looking to sook about the schedule and injuries like the poms have and their fans. they have gone out and won the series and smashed them in the process. england won't be contender in india at the world cup

Posted by Something_Witty on (February 3, 2011, 9:38 GMT)

@landl, oh and Australia went in with its absolute first choice bowling lineup did it? Come on, man up and admit that this England ODI side is being totally and utterly outclassed.

Posted by Mikecricket on (February 3, 2011, 8:33 GMT)

Go Australia Well done beating England on the 2ND Feb Now go to Perth And win The series 6,1

Posted by   on (February 3, 2011, 7:36 GMT)

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Posted by VivGilchrist on (February 3, 2011, 7:22 GMT)

@landl47. Stop whinging and making "observations" before you embarrass yourself any further.

Posted by   on (February 3, 2011, 6:29 GMT)

@Ibani: lets take it this way,2nd string Aussie batsmen chase down 334 in 49.3 overs. this was the best XI both sides could managed to field.English bowling may be 2nd or 3rd or whatever string but thats the best lot available for them at the moment.

Posted by legb4 on (February 3, 2011, 5:40 GMT)

At least we now know why Trott & Pietersen dont play for Sth Africa they go down as if shot and 5 minutes later are running around as if nothing happened. What a pair of precious little things they are.

Posted by landl47 on (February 3, 2011, 5:03 GMT)

Although this series always was and still is meaningless, this particular game must be more of a concern to Australia than to England. Australia's batting is down a couple of players, Ponting and Hussey, and England's bowling was down 4 for this match- Swann, Broad, Bresnan and Collingwood. However, England's batting was at full strength and this looks like Australia's best bowling attack (possibly Bollinger might play instead of Hastings, but that doesn't make a lot of difference). Therefore, the only meaningful contest was between England's batting and Australia's bowling. If England get their bowlers back and Australia get their batsmen back, I'd back England to win with 333-6 every time. Australia won't be getting 10 overs of KP/Trott in the WC, or two 21-year olds who have only played a couple of ODIs apiece. However, Tait, Lee, Johnson, Hastings, Smith, Hussey- who's going to replace them?

Posted by   on (February 3, 2011, 4:32 GMT)

on another note, congrats to clarke!! the pressure was tremendous and he delivered in a crunch situation and proved me wrong to some extent ( i say some extent because i am still to see an innings in whic he takes a game away off his own bat in a 'live' match, rather than a dead rubber). and @cpt meanster: i know, you are probably a typical inidan , but here goes. i am sure tait is a good reverse swing as well as a swing bowler. did you see some of his yorkers in death overs? almost malingaesque! something that india cannot do or have to work on anywas. second, brett lee is almost as good as zaheer khan (probably better) as a master of swing bowling. third, while i agree harbhajan is somewhat better than hauritz in _odis_(much better in tests, of course), he mostly bowls flat in odis, so doherty may well do the same job as harbhajan in odis. lastly, surely , johnson is as good as praveen kumar? plus a better batsman? so i fail to see how australia have as bleak a chance you mentioned?

Posted by Meety on (February 3, 2011, 4:14 GMT)

@Kevin Jong - mate you can't be serious? The fact is (Pup) has played two critical innings in a row - the first one when the series was alive. Earlier in the series - he was out of form & so his output was not where it was. All that he has gone thru this summer - this was a champion knock. Take out Watto, who has done better for Aus in this series??? Marsh - 1 top knock + 3 failures, White a string of starts, some quite sluggish (in the slow sense of the word). D Hussey 1 great knock under pressure in Game 2, a few promising starts then last night threw his wicket away with the end near, Haddin breezy but also threw his wicket away a bit. Clarke's form his heading in the right direction, lets get behind the boys. I am looking for a BIG CAPTAINS KNOCK @ the WACA from White, (not sure if his record in Perth is any good though), I also would love to see Ferguson step up again. Can MJ re-produce is 3rd Test magic at the WACA???

Posted by dinosaurus on (February 3, 2011, 3:42 GMT)

I'm glad that sgh142 saw what I saw about Prior. We Aussies have to put up with constant gripes both here and even on our local commentary (Peter Roebuck and Tony Greig both live in Aus but sledge for Eng), always asserting that Aussies play to win, never mind how ugly (as if they are the only team that does that!) Claiming a dismissal for bowled when you've knocked the bail off yourself is about the lowest act I've seen on a cricket field (after playing for 30+ years myself). And, while I'm having a go at the Poms' standards of "fair play", Bell should be careful about running interference across the pitch during close run-out situations. If he obstructs a batsman from the rugby league states of NSW or Qld he might just find the batsman drop his shoulder and propel Bell out to the 30 yard circle. If it were Andrew Symonds it might just be over the boundary fence!

Posted by   on (February 3, 2011, 3:41 GMT)

the best match i've had the good fortune to attend. very well done to all involved (apart from a few bowlers hehe). to anyone who thinks clarke batted well when there was nothing on the line - probably his career was on the line to an extent, and certainly the pride of the team, who don't just want to roll over and die in the last two matches; sure he has had a pretty rotten summer, but sometimes it happens. i was a nay-sayer, but i really respect clarkey, and hope he comes back better than ever and leads australia to another world cup victory.

Posted by brisCricFan on (February 3, 2011, 2:10 GMT)

At the end of the day, and quality of pitch aside, it was still a well controlled and managed run chase. Probably a couple of wickets towards the end made it seem closer than it was during the final 15 overs of play where it looked like AUS were really dominant. ... ... ... Not sure why Smith came in injured ahead of Hastings, that had me scratching my head but it worked out in the end. Good darts!! ... ... ... As for those that say AUS injuries aren't to key players, Harris was always a definite starter as too was Hauritz; McKay is a second tier replacement but of great quality and would have slotted in to Harris' place if fit. Let's not forget too that guys like AB McDonald were ruled out before it even started from earlier injuries. ... ... ... Don't get me wrong, ENG has suffered from this tour and the lack of back up support probably didn't help in this match, but every sporting team has to deal with star injuries from time to time ... those that do it best stay on top.

Posted by   on (February 3, 2011, 2:07 GMT)

DamonD7787 of course he is under pressure but if he was a batsman of class and backbone he would have made these runs in the first few matches when the series was still alive not when we're 4-1 up. How many times during the earlier matches has he been dismissed flaying at a ball outside off stump? He was quite impressive when he made is debut 6 years ago and you thought that this kid could play a few shots. The problem is that he still has learned to temper his game to fit the match situation and too many times he has been dismissed cheaply when the side needed him to play well.

Posted by MichaelBevan on (February 3, 2011, 1:50 GMT)

@Tricksta Spot on mate. The English team doesn't have near the depth of the Aussies, however Mike Hussey or 'Mussey' as you refer to him (which I quite enjoy and may now use with your permission :P) is in my opinion one of the top pressure one-day batsman if not THE top ODI pressure batsman and Ponting, although out of form with the bat is a very good captain (having said that Clarke has done well also) and Ponting is quite possibly a top 3 fielder at his age with batsman scared to take comfortable singles on his arm and with some incredible saves of boundaries. And the wealth of injuries to English players can't be put down to just bad luck - possibly lack of conditioning and durability. The World Cup is not long away, and not much of a break from a long and harsh tour of Australia. Who else is going to injure themselves? You can't call yourself a top team if it's a constant battle to stay fit.

Posted by Meety on (February 3, 2011, 1:07 GMT)

@Wozza-CY - good comments - agree that Anderson can't be great all the time, but the "heat" was nowhere near as bad as during the daylight hours, so I think that MAY of been a factor in Oz sub standard fielding & bowling. There had been a general improvement in those areas up until this game. @Wozza-CY - please bear in mind that the top 7 in the England line up are going to be your W/C line up. At the end of the day 9 out of 11 players are going to feature in your big games as it is most likely Swan will bowl WITH Yardy. As I said before given that the 2 remaining spaces went to players NOT going to the W/Cup means you have way bigger problems looming! @unbiased_referee - bit harsh about re-admitting England to ODIs. 2006 was 5 years ago & has no bearing on the current team who are reasonably good. All they need to do is work out the difference between aggressive & sensible cricket. Trott has.

Posted by DamonD7787 on (February 3, 2011, 0:38 GMT)

Kevin Jong, you dont think Clarke was under pressure to make some runs leading up to the world cup?

Posted by hooks146 on (February 3, 2011, 0:21 GMT)

There's nothing wrong with Clarke's batting that runs won't fix. He should also hang onto the captaincy. His tactical flexibility puts him miles ahead of Ricky Ponting. That said, I would like to see Ricky back, batting maybe at four, with Clarke at five, where he had most success. As for yesterday's run feast, 300 was the par score for that wicket. England's score was only moderately ahead of par, so having it run down was not a total disaster.

Posted by   on (February 2, 2011, 22:39 GMT)

Trott is the man of the match!!!

He missed a vital catch off M Clarke and he cannot be the man of the match or is it the reason to get the title.

Posted by   on (February 2, 2011, 22:36 GMT)

Straight_drive4 Clarke scores some runs in a dead rubber of a series and you think that this some how justifies his place in the side? Everyone knows that it's one thing to score runs when the pressure is off and another when the series is on the line and you are required to stand up. Clarke does not have a proven record and before you quote me his career average in tests and ODI's let's not forget that stats can be misleading because they don't tell you when those runs were scored or the match situation. Only when he starts playing like this against a quality attack when the series is on the line will he restore his reputation because until then, he will never be seen as a big match player.

Posted by jjk1493 on (February 2, 2011, 22:22 GMT)

hahaha and England think they can beat South Africa and India, if you can't defend a total like that, then your fielding is lacking (doesn't take a genius to know that)...good game nonetheless!

Posted by Scgboy on (February 2, 2011, 21:52 GMT)

salutes the Australian team. well done boys. you have made my day!

Posted by JB77 on (February 2, 2011, 21:41 GMT)

My favourite part of the match was watching Kevin Pietersen take his bowling so seriously....as if its suddenly dawned on him that not only is he no longer the most important batsman in the team....he's no longer even the most important South African. Better do a Colly, KP and keep yourself in the team with your bowling!

Posted by hpn107 on (February 2, 2011, 21:16 GMT)

Both Clarke and Trott, two of the slowest players in world cricket, scored at better than run-a-ball in this match. Clearly, the pitch was an absolute beauty!!! I dont think there is much to glean by way of insight with this match---neither batsmen is any more explosive than they have been in the past.

Posted by Wozza-CY on (February 2, 2011, 20:44 GMT)

Agreed on the comments about the pitch, not great for aspiring young bowlers, but an entertaining game nevertheless. Good to see a few people answering their critics i.e Clarke & Trott. It seems there is still room for a patient innings in ODI's, especially when they know when to accelate. Some players have attracted some critics...seriously, how can you blame J.Anderson for this? He has bowled to a world class standard for three months & on a road like this at the end of a very, very long summer on a scorching day he goes for a few runs? Shame on him. I guess any who has played the game understands you can't perfom at the top of your game all the time! Good comments about Wright & Tredwell....seems we all have problemsn with selectors. I feel for Strauss because with the injuries to Colly, he had to use part timers & he batted well. Can't remember Ferguson letting the team down in any ODI he's played. Still, Ozi bowling lacks control & fielding needs a lot of work.

Posted by Mitcher on (February 2, 2011, 20:21 GMT)

You only have to read some of the early comments here early in the match to see how some 'Australia' fans would rather rant and rave about how their favourite player hasn't been picked and get negative at the earliest sign of trouble than support their team. Pathetic.

Posted by straight_drive4 on (February 2, 2011, 19:59 GMT)

great innings michael clarke. last night you reminded everybody of what you are capable of and what you have produced for the majority of your career. its a shame all the critics have very short memories and cant remember past the last couple months. this one is for all the knockers (p.s. i havent seen any comments from gilly4ever - i would say he is hiding somewhere after all the garbage he has put on clarke)

Posted by   on (February 2, 2011, 19:30 GMT)

Finally after about 20 attempts Clarke has managed to score some runs. The law of averages eventually gives in to him. He will now be happy and so will his supporters. He'll then have another 10 innings without scoring much. the cycle of failure will repeat itself

Posted by   on (February 2, 2011, 19:23 GMT)

Wish there were White DJHuss Lee in the Test Squad .. 4th World Cup in a row not far !

Posted by   on (February 2, 2011, 19:20 GMT)

SeaforthA1... Give the Sth Africa/Ireland comments a rest...We've heard it all before and it's getting pretty boring. The answer is perhaps too simple for words.. They are qualified and eligible... No rules are being broken by their selection.. so where's the problem ? You may not like it, but those are the facts and until/if the ICC change the criteria, that's the way it will be and no amount of snide comments on here will make any difference.

Posted by unbiased_referee on (February 2, 2011, 19:15 GMT)

AUS may well have begun their World Cup "warm up" matches, but will most definitely not derive any complacencies from this series against an ODI side that continues to languish in the bottom half of the league for so many years! On the contrary, ENG have more than finite chances to have free gravitational fall from here on, and live up to the reputation of not having made to the top four in WC since 1992! In my humble opinion, this is primarily because they haven't had true stars like Ian Botham since then. All their stars somehow shine between World Cups, with greatest emphasis on the Ashes. Maybe when English psyche starts paying equal respect to other bilateral and multilateral series, more stars will begin to emerge!! As for me, when I watched ENG lose a home ODI series 0-6 to SL in 2006, I proclaimed to my English colleagues at work that ENG needed to be re-admitted to ODI Cricket!!

Posted by Trickstar on (February 2, 2011, 19:05 GMT)

@buggyboy Maybe because it's all their bowlers, 1st choice attack and all their back up bowlers and what England have lost as far as key players. Apart from Ponting and Mussey all the rest are not 1st choice, that's the difference between both teams lining up with their strongest 11 out.It's a bit different when your at home, in the middle of your season, to be able to find like for likes especially in the batting. Australia seem to have plenty of back ups for their batting, they've got some decent guys waiting in the wings.

Posted by Trickstar on (February 2, 2011, 18:53 GMT)

@Chennakesava Kadapa That's the thing though isn't it, this England team won't be the one playing in the WC, it will be vastly different. @gorod675 How many of those are would make a 1st 11,doherty, okeefe, Clint Mckay, and probably Ryan Harris wouldn't be in the first choice side.If they went with Harris they have to leave out one of the other seamers, Lee, Tait,Bollinger or Johnson. Apart from Anderson, England are missing their first choice attack and their second one as well now Tremlett, Shahzad and now Colly are injured.The cupboards are very bare for England with so many out, hopefully they all turn out to be short term injuries because it starts in under 2 weeks and with still so many uncertainties with players, doesn't look good.

Posted by   on (February 2, 2011, 18:28 GMT)

he is the best one.he is one of my favourite player.

Posted by   on (February 2, 2011, 18:24 GMT)

This is called Australia.....

Posted by _Australian_ on (February 2, 2011, 18:12 GMT)

Great run chase. Good to see Clarke stick to his doubters. Also good captaincy by Clarke to promote Johnson. @Something_Witty I agree about the pitch but unfortunately for the survival of the game you need pitches like this for the non purist. You must admit though this series has had an excellent variety of pitches.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (February 2, 2011, 17:48 GMT)

There are too many Aussie sympathizers here. I for one will never ever be worried about these sheep under wolves' clothing (Aussie team). Are you guys even aware that the English team is without several key players ? The Aussies are playing with an almost full strength squad. Besides, that SCG pitch was as flat as my bathroom tiles. Even my grandmother could have scored runs there. India are still favorites in my book. They have quality batsmen with quality slow bowlers and swing bowlers with skill which are the key ingredients for success on the sub-continent. Apart from Sri Lanka no other team has that quality. Pakistan have some good bowlers too. I tip the sub-continental sides to boss this tournament. Australia can keep dreaming but there ain't no 4th world cup in a row for them.

Posted by   on (February 2, 2011, 17:47 GMT)

And some people were saying that England were one of he favorites for the world cup? How can you be favorites when you lose 5 out of 6 matches? Don't judge too fast.

Posted by   on (February 2, 2011, 17:45 GMT)

Awesome win............................................................................keep it up.......................

Posted by   on (February 2, 2011, 17:33 GMT)

Finally Clarke makes an attempt after a long time to prove that hez not the most harmless batsman in the Australian line-up for any opposition :)

Posted by _Australian_ on (February 2, 2011, 17:25 GMT)

@Ben Dickens. Actually it is the England and Wales team. But with an Irishman and some South Africans I could understand why some would call it the Britts.

Posted by soumyas on (February 2, 2011, 17:21 GMT)

australians r not the World cup favorites this time, ODI series win is just England's failure not australia's heroics.

Posted by soumyas on (February 2, 2011, 17:17 GMT)

if u just see the score board it might look like australian's heroics, but its not completely true, if u have watched the match live u wud come to know the real reason behind england's defeat. its pure failure of Englad's bowling attack, and also captaincy decisions of utilizing full quota of Anderson's bowling who was already going 10 runs per over, finally his figure stood 10 overs 91 runs. which made the difference. england's bowling was pathetic, and toothless.

Posted by BravoBravo on (February 2, 2011, 17:04 GMT)

Glad that AUS are getting back to their winning habits. It will make WC 2011 very competitive and interesting. As a general point of view the victory should not be undermined regardless of whoever wins, whether AUS wins against ENG, SA wins against IND or IND wins against NZ. I am cofident that AUS will reach to final, the other 3 semifinalist could be anyone from top six ODI teams. If ICC ranking means anything AUS team is miles apart from other 5 teams in performance as a team and holding their nerves in crunch games.

Posted by ibbani on (February 2, 2011, 17:04 GMT)

This is not a morale booster for England though, and Australia must not boast of this either, as they have to know that their best bowling attack is thrashed into 333 runs and when they batted, they struggled till 49.2 overs to get that score against a 3rd string attack, where KP, Trott did bowl the quota of 5th bowler's 10 overs. but still win is a win 5-1 is not a bad margin either :)

Posted by AndyZaltzmannsHair on (February 2, 2011, 16:59 GMT)

Johnny Trott dropped the game.

Posted by buggyboy on (February 2, 2011, 16:59 GMT)

Why do people keep talking about English injuries? Australia had Ryan Harris, Nathan Hauritz, Xavier Doherty, Ricky Ponting, Shaun Marsh and Mike Hussey injured for this match.

Posted by welovepakistan on (February 2, 2011, 16:52 GMT)

i dont think with dis performanc england's chances decrease for world cup......they are still favriout for world cup,,,,,,now doubt this series is very bad for england but in that series they found also some positive points for feture in for worldcup.....they just need broad ans swann and still england is best side............

Posted by   on (February 2, 2011, 16:47 GMT)

That's Wut the great player does what Clark did yesterday!! Back in the form when his team needed the most!!! Gonna b honest not a huge fan of either teams but Clark is one of my favorite player.. I always knew he will b back in form b4 the big event this month. Good luck M Clark. wish u the best!!

Posted by   on (February 2, 2011, 16:46 GMT)

Well....................This time Aussies have proved they the Best & are ready to be World Champions again,Will it be??????????????? Hope so........ I really want to appreciate all Aussie players. It was like a real team performance. Pup played really well instead being under pressure right from the start of this series. All the best Aussies for WC....................

Posted by   on (February 2, 2011, 16:25 GMT)

Well I don't think you can blame the second/third string bowlers for the defeat...After all, Woakes, Finn, Yardy, Trott and Pietersen combined only went for 248 runs at an average of 6.33/over. It was Anderson who was the expensive on at over 9/over.

Posted by IAS2009 on (February 2, 2011, 15:48 GMT)

u got to defend 333, very poor performance from England, any team loose after scoring 333 have to do lot of soul searching, England should have won first couple of games they did not take Aussies seriously, now just before WC their confidence took a serious hit. injuries did not help either.

Posted by   on (February 2, 2011, 15:27 GMT)

I'm confused whether I have to be scared of the Aussies who are running into form just before the world cup or to be delighted to see their resurgence after such a pitiful year! Is the fourth world cup in a row on the cards?! Or is it simply a false dawn as victories in ODIs against England don't count for much anyway? Too many questions! :-)

Posted by ssm2407 on (February 2, 2011, 15:26 GMT)

Terrific game, terrific chase by the aussies. 2nd choice bowling attack or not this will do untold psycological damage to England's chances of winning the world cup, same way inability to finish off India at Mohali and Sri Lanka in ODI (Matthews / Malinga stand) undermined aussie confidence pre-Ashes.

Posted by   on (February 2, 2011, 14:59 GMT)

The Australian team is peaking right in time for the WC. They now look clear favorites to retain the cup. Whats more striking is the return to form of Clarke & both Lee & Tait back in the team. It looks more like a strategy of the Australian management to bring in their best strike bowlers just before the WC so that they are fresh and fit. It was like they were saving them over the last 2 years as they were not involved in too much of international cricket so that they don't get burned out.

Posted by Vatto on (February 2, 2011, 14:52 GMT)

Not one of the most impressive matches. It was just single dimensional. No thrills and twists n turns. Dont think both teams would be in the top 4 if this standard is the order of the day.

Posted by   on (February 2, 2011, 14:45 GMT)

key stand of 90 overs in 11 overs ????????/

Posted by   on (February 2, 2011, 14:38 GMT)

It was just a matter of time when Clarke would have found his form and now it seems that he has really got it back. England had started to flatter from the first odi itself. And now it seems all but over for this team. Trott apart no other has been able to maintain the consistency required to win the match. All the batsman are busy throwing their wickets to reckless shots. thats not a kind of approach you would like from the players with the World Cup knocking at the doors. I hope English batsman realize it before its too late. Good Going Aussies........:)

Posted by   on (February 2, 2011, 14:21 GMT)

seems like the AUSSIES are at their best....no matter how good they are they are not going to defend their title because they need to .. " BEWARE OF THE INDIANS".. the cup is ours...

Posted by   on (February 2, 2011, 14:18 GMT)

@James_Prabhu It's the England team not the British team....

Well played Australia.

Posted by   on (February 2, 2011, 14:16 GMT)

What a match! Can you doubt Australia and for that matter Clarke as real champions???? Well done! You are my team... after Pakistan :)

Posted by NALINWIJ on (February 2, 2011, 14:15 GMT)

Great chase by the aussies and I suppose they can not be counted out of the world cup. What I am yet to see in this series would be the the spinners suffocating the batsmen in the middle overs. This would be critical in the subcontinent as the Sri Lankans did in 1996. This is the area that this series will differ from the world cup and remains a concern.Can Doherty , Smith and whoever do it? This is where The subcontinent sides have won matches. England has Swan and Yardy -could they do it? We will soon see. Can ENGLAND regain form in a month when the Quarter Final lottery starts?

Posted by soumyas on (February 2, 2011, 14:09 GMT)

i watched the match closely today, i think more than aussis batting, england's bowling was worst, i dunno why Strauss gave Anderson so many overs even after getting hammered consistently all over the ground, he may be the best bowler u have but today he was leaking 10 Runs per over, but still managed to bowl 10 overs and gave away 91 runs, this is problems with the captaincy mate. Petersen was bowling nicely even though he gave 7 runs per over, he cud have tried Collingwood for few overs, about the other bowlers Finn and Woaks, they lack in variation and slow bowling techniques, so many times Clarcke,hussey went wide on legside trying to slog it over offside and missed, but these bowlers never tried to bowl a quick yorker and get them bowled out, they shud learn bowling tactics from the way Shaun Tait and John hastings bowled today.

Posted by   on (February 2, 2011, 14:01 GMT)

great game...!!!

Posted by Itchy on (February 2, 2011, 13:58 GMT)

@landl47 : Don't know where you got your temperature readings from but having been at the ground and also checking weather stations close by, the temp never got much above 30. Completely agree with you on team selection though - omitting Wright, in particular, might be a colossal blunder.

Posted by   on (February 2, 2011, 13:51 GMT)

I believe OZs will rock the world cup and Brits will be happy if the find a place in the bottom six.

Posted by   on (February 2, 2011, 13:46 GMT)

ENGLAND IS ALREADY UP WITH RUSH OF ADRENLINE - IT WAS AUSTRALKIA WHO NEEDED A SHOT IN THE ARM AND NOW JUST ABOUT THE TIME READY FOR THE WORLD CUP - SHOULD BE SOME SATISFACTION.....

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

superb match.sending mitch above was a little bit of risk.good to see pup in form.looks like oz can win dis wc too if they keep playing like this.

Posted by sunnymachoo on (February 2, 2011, 13:11 GMT)

I think Clarke took those boos really seriously! =) even though he denied!! Anyway, it was a wonderful performance from skipper second time in a row! I have always liked Clarke and I was really concerned over his recent form. Well done Aussies!

Posted by Something_Witty on (February 2, 2011, 13:07 GMT)

Ok, now that I've had my rant about unsporting pitches, move on to the players. Ferguson is the big one. - He looked absolute class out there, as he has ever since he started at international level. He will go far. Mitch did a great job, 57 runs and bowled the one ball in the match that moved off the straight. Smithy again did really well and his runout was unfortunate. Clarke played a great innings, pity he wasn't there to finish it off. - He should take note of his slog-sweep off Anderson that went for 6. THAT should be his boundary hitting shot, it's one he plays well and successfully. I don't like to see him walking at the bowler all the time - he's not Dean Jones, he's Michael Clarke, so he should play like Michael Clarke. Anyway, overall a good performance all-round by the Australian team. Not a good performance by the curator though.

Posted by Guernica on (February 2, 2011, 13:04 GMT)

Wonder if Trott can reach 1000 ODI runs without hitting a six.

Posted by Aussasinator on (February 2, 2011, 12:59 GMT)

This is an unbelievable turnaround by a truly bubbling Australian team. England looks tired and weary, which they must be. a 3 month tour is too much for any visiting team. Cannot read anything long term into this Australian victory though. Would like to see them do well aganist fresh sides.

Posted by   on (February 2, 2011, 12:51 GMT)

Australia enjoying their Winning Feeling........

Posted by   on (February 2, 2011, 12:50 GMT)

Congrats Australia .But i really feel sorry for England as they had batted extremely well and could not get the services of their most economical bowler(Colly) . He could have easily been the difference between the two sides as his economy has been simply stupendous in this series .His stump to stump line has definitely rankled Australia .Spare a thought for Jonathan Trott .He has been a revelation in this series .But once again can't take anything away from Australia as they hunted down England with a complete team effort and recorded their highest ever run chase .Fully fit england are gonna be real threat in the forthcoming world cup. Once again congrats Clarke for a match winning innings and congrats Australia for this superb win. well played England.Cheers

Posted by Something_Witty on (February 2, 2011, 12:35 GMT)

@Tanzen Pia, while I agree that pitches should vary from game to game, there are two types of pitches which should be avoided. The first type is a horrible greentop, where the ball bounces inconsistently and there is absurd movement off the seam right through the 50 overs. The second is a pitch like this one. Absolutely NO assistance for bowlers whatsoever, just punishment punishment and more punishment. - The batsmen can do whatever they like and get away with it, the bowlers are just there to deliver the ball. The reason I dislike this pitch is the same as the reason I have disliked the Adelaide pitch for so long. - Just imagine a young kid sitting back watching this game, why would he want to take up fast bowling? Or any type of bowling for that matter? He wouldn't, he'd want to be a batsman, so he could walk out and make a run a ball hundred with little to no effort. In spite of what people will say, this was NOT a good cricket pitch.

Posted by Micgyver on (February 2, 2011, 12:35 GMT)

The great fighting spirit of the Aussies tonight is now going to be needed by the people of North Queensland,hold tight and stay safe up there everyone.

Posted by   on (February 2, 2011, 12:32 GMT)

would anybody still dare to bet that this ENG team will win the WC2011??? :D

Posted by Dougie123 on (February 2, 2011, 12:28 GMT)

Another good win by the Aussie against the world 11. Hopefully they can carry this form through to the world cup. What's going on with all the injuries to both teams. You'd think in this day and age with all the extra coaches and medical staff we'd be seeing less not more.

Posted by   on (February 2, 2011, 12:23 GMT)

I only hope England don't carry this "momentum" through to World Cup and go down 1-5 in the first round itself. Having posted 333 on board; and starting defence with just one slip? Wonder what Andrew Strauss was trying to do. Perhaps emulating sub-continental conditions??

Posted by mariofan97 on (February 2, 2011, 12:16 GMT)

Tonight's aussie Greats at the crease...

1. Watto(51) 2. Ferguson(46) 3. Mitch (57) 4. Dave Hussey(38) 5. Clarkey(82)

Posted by Percy_Fender on (February 2, 2011, 12:05 GMT)

Most of the Australian players in the current series have either played in India in ODIs or in the IPL and as such they could be a major contender for the World Cup. The team has regrouped pretty well after the Ashes debacle and I cannot help getting the impression that Ricky Ponting's poor luck all around contributed in no small measure to the Ashes defeat. Clark could not win the last Test but he seemed to have turned it around in the ODIs. It is sad that they do not have Hauritz for the World Cup. He would have added to the very impressive pace attack spearheaded by none other than the great Brett Lee wh is back to his best it seems. It promises to be great tournament with no clear favourites. I would back Australia to reach the finals at least if not win.

Posted by Trickstar on (February 2, 2011, 12:04 GMT)

@Paul Rone-Clarke It's actually a 3rd string attack ,if Broad,Swann,Anderson,Yardy,Colly is the first the Temlett, Shahzad and Brewsnan is 2nd,then they've brought in Woakes,Finn and had to bowl KP nearly a full quota, with Trott bowling a few as well, England are really out of bowlers. Jimmy looked so out of rhythm but it's his first bad performance all winter, so I'll let him off. When will people start to realise that Trott is a run machine,people may not like his style of batting, but wow he scores the runs averages over 60 in test and well over 50 in Odi's.

Posted by   on (February 2, 2011, 12:00 GMT)

@Something witty don't count your chickens before they are hatched!! It is not all about one's fav team winning... it is about them giving their best on field .. Pitches should vary from game to game, to keep the game exciting...Aus has shown how good they can be when it is ODI format..I believe England needs an aggressive captain at helm in ODIs. Clarke was the best investment selectors had made in the last Ten years although there was a sharp dip in its value recently, the long term prospects are looking good again.. Hope WC 2011 will be full of really hard-fought games... Am I counting the Chickens too soon??? !!!

Posted by karl43 on (February 2, 2011, 12:00 GMT)

Does this make up for losing the Ashes 3-1?

Posted by CharonTFm on (February 2, 2011, 11:55 GMT)

Clarke showed the critics unless 117 SR is still not good enough for you tall poppies. With this win I can see the confidence in the Australian team soaring. If Ponting can't make it good we have Watson Haddin Ferguson Johnson White/Marsh Clarke Husseys Smith Hasting Lee Doherty/Bollinger which can be a world beating side.

CA get rid of 40 over cricket and bring back 50 overs for state teams if anything it's great to practice for shield games.

Posted by   on (February 2, 2011, 11:47 GMT)

@Someting_Wity "England won this match when they won the toss". LOL. Fantastic game to watch, great finish. Never write Australia off, they don't give up. The curator would be the toast of the television execs after that game.

Posted by Something_Witty on (February 2, 2011, 11:47 GMT)

Well even though we won, I am still terribly disappointed with this pitch. - Who would want to be a fast bowler if they saw this match? The BEST two bowlers in the game took 4 wickets between them and still went at nearly 6 an over! Absolutely ridiculous. Great run chase by Australia, but some poor fielding from England cost them a game they should have won. Terribly and utterly disappointed with the pitch. That will be all.

Posted by James_Prabhu on (February 2, 2011, 11:40 GMT)

ouch!.. one more loss for the Britts.. anderson need to work on his bowling.. if the bowlers have done well then they could have won..

Posted by   on (February 2, 2011, 11:39 GMT)

wonder ful run chase...by ausies.....

Posted by Trickstar on (February 2, 2011, 11:39 GMT)

@sgh142 To be fair to Prior,when Snicko was showed it came off his bad,so that was the noise.

Posted by gorod675 on (February 2, 2011, 11:15 GMT)

@Paul Rone-Clarke also Michael Hussey and Ricky ponting are out as well

Posted by gorod675 on (February 2, 2011, 11:14 GMT)

@Paul Rone-Clarke The Aussies also have a few people out. Hauritz, doherty, okeefe, Clint Mckay, Ryan Harris

Posted by Marcio on (February 2, 2011, 11:00 GMT)

He He. At time of writing Anderson going for 16 runs off the 44th over. Almost hoping Eng pull themselves together, as I tipped them for this game. Would spoil my win/loss ratio if AUS wins! At any rate, looks like an entertaining game. Too bad I'm in the frozen north of China at present (just arrived) and can'r watch it live!

Posted by   on (February 2, 2011, 10:20 GMT)

England now have a complete second string ODI bowling attack out. No Broad, Swann, Bresnan, Tremlett and now Collingwood. The only possibility would be Anderson for either Tremlett or perhaps Colly if England went with 5 bowlers. Englands 1st choice attack - all injured. So the Aussies being challenged by a complete second string attack..and Jimmy

Posted by sgh142 on (February 2, 2011, 10:11 GMT)

Disgraceful performance by Prior behind stumps. Appealing and refering clear non starters. Desperation or man under pressure.

Posted by   on (February 2, 2011, 9:57 GMT)

Thought a runner was granted for injuries sustained during batting not for cramp or being a pea heart eg TROTT he certainly shouldnt be able to bowl during the second innings, watson didnt need arunner after bowling plenty and the smashing 160 odd you poms/south africans need to take a concrete pill and harden up.

Posted by James_Prabhu on (February 2, 2011, 9:23 GMT)

really the bowling of Britts sucks... y d hell no one is able to pick wickets... almost the winning opurtunity of Britts is less than 50%..

Posted by   on (February 2, 2011, 9:03 GMT)

@ Ilanl47 I agree.Why are Wright and Treadwell in the squad? They've hardly played in anger for 4 months, and now are not playing in this game.Are they going to the World Cup just to carry the drinks - becvasue they have virtually no match practice and are being denied it now in favor of those players going home in 5 days. What's going on? England picking FC players like Finn instead of OD players like Wright. I've no idea. England post their 3rd score of about 300 - I remember the days when 300 in a 50 over game (or 360 in the old 60 over game) was enough for the commentators to just give it up as a lost cause for the side batting second. Times have changed.

Posted by James_Prabhu on (February 2, 2011, 8:51 GMT)

Y d britts r lacking in bowling.... anderson seems to b very expensive.. need to look for wickets to stop aussies scoring..

Posted by landl47 on (February 2, 2011, 7:43 GMT)

333- a pretty good total as England's batsmen finally get their act together. Now we'll see whether Australia, having won the series, still have the motivation to go after the win. It will be a tall order even if they turn out to be on top of their game. This was easily Trott's best innings in ODIs; 137 at more than a run a ball in this heat (it's actually around 37, Rooboy) is a fantastic effort. I hope that his only problem is cramp. Good contributions from all the top six. Australia's bowlers didn't look great, although Tait was the best of them. Only he and Smith went for less than 6 an over. The fielding was pretty ordinary, too. Now it's Australia's turn. They'll be batting against Finn and Woakes, England's 6th and 7th choice seam bowlers, and don't have Swann to contend with, so let's see how they get on.

Posted by James_Prabhu on (February 2, 2011, 7:23 GMT)

terrific play by Trott... hope he is good for the Britts in the World cup.. the bowlers should keep the aussies down.. hope a win for the Britts!

Posted by Meety on (February 2, 2011, 7:18 GMT)

Ouch! Well on the bright side when England were 1/100 I thought they were a big chance of 400! At the halfway point I thought they should get 340 - Oz have short changed them by 7 runs! I'd love to do a Kallis & say "Ha, this is a 340 pitch" & Oz canter home. The reality is with the inherent pressure of chasing a score significantly over 300 we could fall in a big heap & hand the Poms a record win. Incidentally 3 of the Poms 5 highest scores against Oz have occurred this summer! The previous best was 320 in a 55 over match 30 yrs ago! I think Haddin & Watto need to get us off to a flyer. I'd consider opening with MJ or White to try & cash in on the field being up. The critical point is Oz need to be 160+ with plenty of wickets in hand (8+), @ the 30 over mark. Every lost wicket above 2 I'd add about 15 runs - so maybe 3/175 with 20 to go. Doesn't seem to hard!!!!!!! I think watch Two & half men tonight!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Something_Witty on (February 2, 2011, 7:14 GMT)

What a disgraceful road of a pitch. England won this match when they won the toss - scoreboard pressure will take the Aussie wickets for them. Pitches like these are the bane of ODI games, and curators who produce them should be punished.

Posted by VivGilchrist on (February 2, 2011, 7:11 GMT)

Ok Pup, we're chasing 320. Therefore a "steady" 50 off 70, or 36 off 51, or even 7 off 15 balls is not going to cut it. This is your chance to get out there and contribute without piling the pressure on the other batsmen and win the respect back from the Aussie public. Time to prove your critics wrong (if you're capable).

Posted by VivGilchrist on (February 2, 2011, 6:57 GMT)

I guess this answers the question if whether Australia can have Lee, Tait, and Johnson in the same attack. Missing the control, variety, and line and length of Harris and McKay big time.

Posted by gzawilliam on (February 2, 2011, 5:23 GMT)

why hasn't watson bowled?

Posted by Rooboy on (February 2, 2011, 5:14 GMT)

@VivGilchrist - good questions but I think by now we just give up trying to understand what the hell the selectors are thinking. And am I looking at the wrong forecast? Weather site says the temp in Sydney is less than 30 degrees ... how is that 'scorching' or 'sweltering heat'?! Geez I would have needed a jumper if the temp got down to 30 here in Adelaide the last couple of days.

Posted by landl47 on (February 2, 2011, 4:20 GMT)

I don't understand what England are thinking in their selection. The series is decided and yet they've got Woakes and Finn, who aren't in the World Cup squad, playing in this game and Tredwell and Wright, who are in the squad and who have played very little cricket, sitting on the bench. Not only that, but they've brought Plunkett all the way from the Caribbean for the last match. If Tredwell and Wright aren't good enough to play in this series in games which don't affect the outcome of the series, how can they be good enough for the World Cup squad?

Posted by Okakaboka on (February 2, 2011, 4:16 GMT)

Tait has bowled 3 overs in the heat......he should be stuffed by now. What are the odds on him sustaining an injury? Surely better than 50%.

Posted by VivGilchrist on (February 2, 2011, 3:24 GMT)

Not playing Doherty at SCG? I guess he's not playing in the World Cup... unless he's injured too. Couldve given OKeefe a go.... or is he injured? Is there anybody not injured at the moment!?

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