Australia v England, 7th ODI, Perth

Voges helps Australia take series 6-1

The Report by Andrew McGlashan at the WACA

February 6, 2011

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Australia 7 for 279 (Voges 80*, Hussey 60, Anderson 3-48) beat England 222 (Yardy 60, Johnson 3-18, Tait 3-48) by 57 runs
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Adam Voges clips one through leg during his half-century, Australia v England, 7th ODI, Perth, February 6 2011
Adam Voges was the Man of the Match for his unbeaten 80 © Getty Images

Australia rounded off their international summer in style with a commanding 57-run victory in Perth. It wasn't a high-quality match, with the exception of the batting from Adam Voges and David Hussey, as a long season drew to a close with two patched-up sides on show. However, Australia's depth came to the fore again as Voges hit a career-best 80 before England's mentally-finished top order was blown away to end hopes of a face-saving win.

Nothing will compensate for the crushing loss in the Ashes series, but Australia's resurgent one-day form has suggested a fourth consecutive World Cup title isn't out of reach, especially if key players return from injury. Even taking into account England's own injury problems and declining form, the home side's performances have boded well in the absence of Ricky Ponting, Mike Hussey and Nathan Hauritz - all key figures in the one-day side.

During the Test matches, Australia's reserves did not appear up to international standard, but the team has not retained its No.1 one-day ranking by luck. Their pace attack is rapid, if wayward at times - they matched England's wide tally of 19 - while the lack of a matchwinning spinner isn't so harshly felt. Meanwhile, the batting is packed with stroke-makers.

Two were on show here after the top order wobbled to 4 for 102 before Hussey and Voges added 95 in 13 overs. This could be a one-off opportunity for Voges but if an injury replacement is needed for the World Cup, and Shaun Marsh doesn't recover, he might have put his name ahead of Callum Ferguson, who edged James Anderson to slip for 15.

Once Australia had posted a competitive total it was always unlikely that the visitors would be able to dig deep enough to make it a contest with the prospect of their flight home tomorrow evening. Mentally, a number of the players have long since been in those aircraft seats.

Andrew Strauss has plenty of reasons to be feeling weary after arriving in Australia on October 29 and it was a tired shot that ended his series when he was very late against Shaun Tait. The bat had barely come down when the ball knocked back the off stump. Steve Davies, back opening after the reshuffle caused by Eoin Morgan's injury, was unconvincing in his short stay until flapping at Doug Bollinger to complete an unhappy few weeks.

Jonathan Trott and Kevin Pietersen briefly consolidated but there was never any great sense of permanency even from the in-form Trott. He was drawn into a flat-footed drive against Johnson which sent a thick edge to first slip, then Pietersen's uncertain stay ended with a drive to backward point. Even taking into account the looseness of England's batting this was the good Mitchell Johnson and he added a third when Ian Bell carved down to third man.

At 5 for 64 the game was over. Matt Prior played some handsome drives before giving Jason Krejza his maiden one-day wicket to end another unfulfilled innings and Michael Yardy battled hard to reduce the margin of defeat with his highest ODI score. But it had ceased to matter in the wider context.

England's makeshift bowling attack had done a decent job through the first half of the innings as the quicks started well and Yardy picked up two, but in a familiar pattern the work of the front line bowlers was squandered. Hussey and Voges took advantage with some positive strokeplay as they dispatched the loose deliveries on offer. Hussey had been given a life on 4 when Luke Wright dropped a return chance that should have been held and reached his fifty from 44 balls, which included a pulled six off Yardy.

With his boundary-clearing ability and a Powerplay to come he could have cut loose during the final 10 overs, but was squared up by Liam Plunkett and got a leading edge to backward point. Plunkett ended with 2 for 49, which was an impressive effort considering that he only arrived in the country three days ago following a 40-hour journey from the Caribbean.

Voges, though, remained to reach fifty off 45 deliveries, regularly showing his strength square of the wicket and rapid running. Although the boundaries dried up he placed the ball well to ensure 34 came off the last three overs, but Australia were helped by England's waywardness. That was symptomatic of a team not fully focussed and the batting effort was further evidence that minds were elsewhere. If they want to perform at the World Cup there isn't much time to refocus, but Australia can leave for the subcontinent this week in good spirits.

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Posted by PeterCook on (February 8, 2011, 12:06 GMT)

The Ashes was the main event, and we won easily. Utter humiliation. The one day series was like a cartoon. Pointless ahead of the WC in totally different conditions. England are still one of the favourites to win. Personally I tip India, but of course, despite their pathetic test team, Aus have a good chance too. SAF will choke as usual.

Posted by _Australian_ on (February 8, 2011, 11:32 GMT)

@Ausasinator. I agree that fatigue was the issue and by saying so further enhances my point. If you don't have the mental strength to separate one series to the next how can you expect to become world no.1. Also I don't assume nor did not say the current Australian side are better. The length of this series is no different to when Australia toured England in 09 so that does not cut it either. In total England were playing for 38 days out of 102. Hardly a strain on the body compared to a county or state cricketer's workload (noting that international cricket is a higher demand). Lack of mental strength is why England will struggle to reach the heights of West Indies and Australian PAST dominating sides. Good luck to them in the WC. They have just as much of a chance to as any other recognised team in what is shaping up to be anybodies WC. If they fail I will once again watch England supporters dismiss it like it does not matter like all losses they suffer.

Posted by brisCricFan on (February 7, 2011, 23:18 GMT)

@Aussasinator - agree, long tour... too long but does that mean that when Aus left in 2009 and went via SAF to Eng for the Ashes hence a 3 month tour, that the only reason AUS lost was because they were fatigued? Come on, these guys are elite athletes, expected to be mentally and physically tough ... it goes with the territory. Being able to switch on and off is all part of it. As for this being an ordinary AUS side, you have to remember the guys playing now have been knocking on the door of selection for years but couldn't get past a fit crew of incumbents... injury has just provided them the key and they are showing now at an international level what they always were capable of. Don't knock ENG too harshly, albeit they didn't play their best cricket, these young AUS guys aren't all that bad.

Posted by Aussasinator on (February 7, 2011, 14:04 GMT)

@SeaforthA1. This England team was genuinely fatigued the moment the Test series were over. This is what usually happens to visiting teams to Australia. An Australian tour lasts more than 3 months which is ridiculously long. It saps the motivation and involvement levels of all visiting teams, to the advantage of the Australian team, and in this case, a very ordinary Australian team. I'd like to see Australia beat England in any future ODIs, either in the World cup or anywhere else. It'll be a different ball game altogether. And with Ponting's return the losing spiral will start anyway. I can hardly wait !

Posted by   on (February 7, 2011, 12:21 GMT)

australia seems like back in form... the hussey brothers and shane watson will surely do well and their bowling with lee back in form has turned furious..... they will definitely have a good time playing in sub continent

Posted by brisCricFan on (February 7, 2011, 11:51 GMT)

@Malibongwe Sikhosana - SAF has a good team and definitely will be in the mix - I think for the first time in a while Kallis won't be the key - this time I see Amla as being the dominant force and the ever reliable deVilliers. Steyn wasn't as scary during his IPL stint but I think he will be one of the leading wicket takers coming out of the tournament. ... ... Where people are wary of placing too much of their 'hard earned' on SAF is there habit of crashing under the pressure of the big ones... lets not forget the infamous run out in 1999.

Posted by Biggus on (February 7, 2011, 10:45 GMT)

@Malibongwe Sikhosana-Shouldn't you be supporting Zimbabwe first and foremost mate? I understand South Africa is a good second choice though.

Posted by   on (February 7, 2011, 10:07 GMT)

hie um i dont support any particular team but i must say SA wil win e 2011 ICC world cup coz the team zis tym around z loaded w heavy artillery the lyks o Amla,Fuf,Kallis,AB ey goona b hoot lyk chiilli in subcontinet e Aussises i must admit ey superblicious but e proteas a gonna whip em .

Posted by _Australian_ on (February 7, 2011, 9:49 GMT)

I do laugh how all the English supporters are playing down this series like it does not matter. The wheels have once again fallen off like they always seem to do. I wonder how you expect this current crop of English players to become world beaters if they can't dominate all types of the game and can't move on and play just as well in the next series after putting in the time and effort to win the ashes. Sure you have a great test side and a good group of players currently but you will never be no.1 if you can't keep playing good cricket continuously in all forms. Good luck trying to emulate the Australian or West Indies sides of the past. I personally doubt you will ever be that good.

Posted by steelo_esq on (February 7, 2011, 9:23 GMT)

Even as an aussie, i have reservations winning the world cup in the Sub Continent. Yes we won it there once before, but id have to say this time round it'd have to be Sth Africa or India to take the honours, hopefully the aussies put up a good fight though.

Posted by diehardcricketfan3 on (February 7, 2011, 9:20 GMT)

i'm indian cricket fan...i think aussies will defend this world cup...

Posted by diehardcricketfan3 on (February 7, 2011, 9:18 GMT)

i'm an indian cricket fan...6-1 series win gets the momentum back to the aussies and they are very strong in asian conditions... if clarke continues his last innings form and ponting has regained form, then this WC will be 4 in a row for aussies...

Posted by Winsome on (February 7, 2011, 9:11 GMT)

Voges is a very fine batsman with the ability to go at a run a ball pretty much from the get go. He's been like that for years. His big problem, like so many of the Aus batsmen, is concentration.

Anybody who has watched that guy play live would realize that he oozes talent and has a very calm presence at the crease.

Posted by Biggus on (February 7, 2011, 8:35 GMT)

On a different note Mark Taylor and Doug Walters are being inducted into the Aus cricket hall of fame tonight and I, for one, couldn't be happier.Two of my very favourite cricketers. Bravo!

Posted by RAJ787 on (February 7, 2011, 8:02 GMT)

Me too an Indian cricket fan but practically speaking Aussies are mighty favorites for the cup....thanks to ipl all players have experience to play in subcontinent and players like watson, hussey bros. white all flourish in indian conditions...with bowlers like bollinger lee tait i dont see pitches affecting them...bst of luck aussies....

Posted by Aussasinator on (February 7, 2011, 7:20 GMT)

Australian ODI team looks like WC winning one now. Clarke and White have shown their mettle. How different things look the moment Ponting is away!!

Posted by Biggus on (February 7, 2011, 7:10 GMT)

@aanandd-Thanks for your support mate but as you note towards the end of your post Pakistan can do anything and recent events could affect them either way, and the Kiwis would also take great pleasure in knocking us over too. We'd be plain stupid to underestimate either of them.

Posted by Meety on (February 7, 2011, 7:06 GMT)

@Rooboy - LOL! Stitched him up good & proper. If Oz had Pommie mentality - we would never have won the 2003 & 2007 W/Cups. The injuries we had coming into that + Chappell Hadlee ODI series. Instead of surrendering the boys took it as a challenge & won. The Poms could in theory do really well in this tournament - but once injuries & scheduling excuses started to get pedalled around - they're goneski! @aanandd- you're right about Pakistan, they are really an X-Factor. @ brisCricFan re:Captaincy. Its not the Oz way to select a captain just for those skills- although I think @ times Tubby Taylor filled that role in ODIs (& was worth his WEIGHT in Gold!).The issue with Punter & Pup- is that they are obviously class batsmen. The selectors made a call that they were going to back them. 3 yrs ago SRT looked gone, India stuck with him & he has paid them back ten-fold. I think Punter & Pup will do so too! I didn't include White as he only captained 1 ODI - & T20s don't deserve too much analysis!

Posted by gilly007 on (February 7, 2011, 6:56 GMT)

@ neutral_umpire. Funny how all you people just wait for a bad / good result to demean. The guy is the best captain in odi history and at the WCs. He beat India 4-2 with an even worse team than the one playing right one. Worst may be a strong word, but inexperienced. Everyone is just waiting to write him off. but if he wins the WC, people will just say he has a great team thats why he won. Funny how that will completely contradict what was said months ago. P.S. I do hope SRT retires atleast after this WC whether india wins it or not.

Posted by Meety on (February 7, 2011, 6:55 GMT)

@chad_reid - yeah it does seem that singles are not Haddin & White's go. I disagree that Haddin should bat down the order though. I think he is Oz best "chipper" of the ball over the in-field & he has the power to launch into the stands if he gets it right. With the field up - Haddin can play with freedom & if he fails it's not like we've wasted a "Prime Resource" (made that term up). Bit like the other night when MJ was promoted - we all know he can bat, but he is not in the side for his batting, (although sometimes you wonder). @brisCricFan - agree re: batting order, I still would be inclined for Pup @ 4, mainly because Huss is such a good finisher. I could handle Hastings for Bollinger (strengthens the batting even more). The Tait selection I think is cover for Lee, but they are toying with an all out pace assault. Oz won the Champions Trophy & other ODIs in India bowling heat at Indian bodies. SRT & Sehwag excepted - that strategy in theory will work even better this time (IMO).

Posted by aanandd on (February 7, 2011, 5:53 GMT)

Hi I am an Indian but still appre Aussie becz since the time i am watching cricket they are the only team who has been consistence.Currently in ODI they are no way a weak team.For subcontinent they just need to get their Middle Order right.I would prefer Watson and M Clarke opening and then Rickey Pointing becz in batting power play they will need David Hussey, Haddin and M. Hussey.There only problem could be in middle overs if pointing and M Clarke bats togather.Considering out of form Ricky and M Clarke recent struggle.Further i really see Srilanka only as their competitor in their Group.They can manage Pakistan. Also they have always done well in India in ODIs.I remember them winning majorly all the ODI series in last 10 years or so in India.so i think they do have experience of playing in India.I think by logic i see Ind,SL, Aus and SA in final four but then u never knw Pak has always been very dangerious side atleast in WCs - Best of luck to all tm-we welcum al for the EXTRAVANZA

Posted by Rooboy on (February 7, 2011, 4:21 GMT)

@Optic - clutching at straws much?! You say that 'The Australians didn't play anything like that much' in terms of games played ... so who were england playing against in most of those games?! You mention 18 games played and 14 of those were against Australia so I'm just struggling to grasp your logic that the Australians 'didn't play anything like that much'. Not forgetting that most of the Australians also played a Shield game or two prior to the Ashes, as well as 3 ODIs v Sri Lanka, and had just got back from a tour of India prior to that. England's the only team that plays a year round calendar? Hahaha..you'd probably be taken more seriously if you stick to facts and didn't make things up! As for your 'now their fans think they're the best in the world' comment - again, stop making things up.. I don't see anyone here getting carried away with the results of this series. And even if the fans do think they're the best (ODI team) in the world, they'd be right according to the rankings

Posted by brisCricFan on (February 7, 2011, 4:20 GMT)

@Meety - I like the look of that line up - but for probably one change in order and one replacement... On form, I would consider Hastings for Bollinger and bite the bullet and open with Lee and Johnson... ... Gilchrist last night vouched for Bolly in India, but he looks flat at the moment and isn't the threat he was 12 months ago. ... ... As for the line-up - I think M Hussey should be coming in at 4 ahead of Clarke. He is used to opening for WA so should there be a bad start and he finds himself in early, the new white ball isn't something unusual and hard to handle for him. That makes Clarke 5 (can still be an anchor if things are bad - and play an SCG innings with some freedom if things are good) and more importantly White in at 6 where he has more freedom to bat and open his shoulders. ... ... I think the actual line up will be something similar to that ... which leaves you scratching over the Tait selection... how does he fit in to the plan???

Posted by chad_reid on (February 7, 2011, 4:17 GMT)


Posted by brisCricFan on (February 7, 2011, 4:13 GMT)

@Meety - yes, on each occasion (Test and ODI) you could say the captain failed in their primary role with the bat... whilst the captaincy of the ODI series was effective, it still doesn't mean you have the ability to carry a full time captain. ... ... agree the bowling was tidy but there seemed an awful lot of shots played back down the wicket and straight to the cover field... there wasn't even a sense that the batsmen were going to try to take on the field at any stage. I think both White and Hussey to a lesser stage are trying to shake the T20 specialist image they have and it is preventing the runs from flowing as freely as we have come to expect from them. Ferguson appeared to be playing with more freedom and played more shots but his strike rate doesn't actually stand up to that analysis only slightly better then both White and Haddin. Puts the innings of Hussey and Voges in perspective really.

Posted by straight_drive4 on (February 7, 2011, 3:48 GMT)

@meety - i like that team you have suggested, it would be very strong.

Posted by MichaelBevan on (February 7, 2011, 3:45 GMT)

Awesome win from the Aussies, to battle back from the point where it looked like they would post a very substandard total. Just proves that we are a battling side, and although I think we're probably not favourites for the World Cup, that we'll put up a battle against anyone and won't lie down. I think on current form, we would prefer NOT to be favourites anyway... Let's put the pressure on another side and label them favourites! And let's not forget - we are the defending champs, and winners of the most World Cups by FAR! The worry is definitely the lack of a top class spinner (that's not to say what we have isn't any good) and I haven't been keeping up with the progress on Haury's shoulder. Our batting hasn't been an issues in my opinion - if we have a collapse, we have the depth for someone to step up... even if it's just to get us to 250. Big morale booster when we field half a team (perhaps a slight exaggeration) and still whalop a team that claims to be contenders (for the WC)!

Posted by mansel on (February 7, 2011, 3:05 GMT)

Nice wrap up by the Aussies who are firing at around 75%. Imagine when all the gears click and they are playing at 100%. Unbeatable, as simple as that. Only played one game near 100% (the 333 run chase) in this series. @neutral_umpire Ponting has won more one dayers than anyone in history mate... I love how people just make up stuff after one bad test series. India and SA will have so much expectation on them this tournament that they will fail unfortunately... Might get to the final but they will not win. Aussies advantage is that 3 in a row has smashed every record and expectation, so they will be very very comfortable. They will also be comfortable reminding each team how they choked against them at crucial stages... haha

Posted by Meety on (February 7, 2011, 2:54 GMT)

@neutral_umpire - tongue in cheek re: Punter??? @brisCricFan - do you mean the captain "underperformed" in terms of with the bat??? The Haddin/White go slow was against good bowling - the only blight that I saw was 1) not enough rotation of the strike, & 2) Missed a few legside freebies. It wasn't an easy pitch & they needed some consolidation. That being said - D Hussey & Voges made batting look easy afterwards!

Posted by Meety on (February 7, 2011, 2:48 GMT)

@straight_drive4 / pj3000 re: White funny how everyone was saying that about Clarke a week ago!!! There are two fundamental differences between Clarke/D Hussey/White. 1) Clark & D Hussey are class batsmen 2) White is a batsmen who can hit very long. If you look at D Husseys 1st class statistics he is actually the better batsmen but has not quite nailed the ODI opportunities he's had. I think we are just starting to see the real D Hussey. I wouldn't have selected him for this W/C, but I could see him coming in @ #7 or #8 & bowling 6 to 10 overs a match. I am seriously thinking - he could be our main spinner! Side being 1.Watto, 2.Haddin, 3. Punter, 4. Pup, 5. White, 6. M Hussey, 7. Smith, 8. D Hussey, 9. MJ, 10. Lee, 11. Bollinger. We would be light on in main bowlers (3 + Watto), but Smith/D Huss/White/Clarke should cover that 5th option. A batting line up with D Hussey & MJ@ 8 & 9 in the order means that White can just come out & smash because there is plenty of resources below him!!

Posted by brisCricFan on (February 7, 2011, 2:30 GMT)

Ok - so nice series win and all, but turning our attention to the main event - WC2011 - what can Australia take out of the summer? In almost every game, the captain underperformed and in general the team never really clicked as a whole unit. The last two games were the best team efforts and one could argue the bowling had gone walkabout in game 6. ... ... ... England definitely were not on their game and didn't enjoy a hit out nor provide Australia with the opportunity to get in some quality match practice. ... ... ... The squad that is going has shown in pieces that they are more than capable of making this 4-in-a-row but really need to gel better if they are to pull it off. ... ... I think seniors; Ponting, Clarke, Watson, Haddin, Hussey (if fit) need to work out who is the anchor and who is the cannons for each match coming up and play out the plan... can't afford repeats of Haddin/White go slow period when they were listless. Hoist the flag boys Capt Rick is on the high WC.

Posted by neutral_umpire on (February 7, 2011, 1:52 GMT)

Absolute proof as to why Ponting is no longer needed in this team. But I would still like to see him back in the world cup squad. At least he will take Australia back to their losing ways and give other teams a shot at the cup

Posted by   on (February 7, 2011, 1:43 GMT)

for england,

stay fit else world cup wil b far away..

Posted by straight_drive4 on (February 7, 2011, 1:34 GMT)

@PJ3000 - good point. i think to a certain degree david hussey has clightly changed his game (for the better). he used to be a little predictable like cameron white where he would wait for the bad ball and then punce but i think he has added that ability to his game to be able to work the singles which makes his very valuable.. dont know if white hasnt got that dimension to his game or he has just lost form/confidence... he is certainly a big asset when in form but just cant afford to keep playing the way he is in the middle order during a world cup

Posted by pj3000 on (February 6, 2011, 23:45 GMT)

straight_drive4 - Cameron White looks like he spends most of his innings waiting for four balls. Doesn't seem to have the ability to work the ball around early in innings, like his wrists are made of concrete. I think he'd serve the team better at six or seven, coming in with 10 overs to go (all being well) to tee off. Both the Husseys and Ferguson seem better credentialed to bat in the Nos 4 & 5 positions, as they can all put the bad ball away while working the good balls for ones and (with their smart running) twos.

Posted by pj3000 on (February 6, 2011, 23:26 GMT)

@ Meety - I'm being persuaded by the Voges argument. He seemed a lot more fluent at the crease on Sunday than I recall seeing him in previous outings. Ferguson too looks well organised: he did get a good nut from Anderson on Sunday and it was an unfortunate run out that cut short what was shaping as an excellent innings in Sydney. irmark - agreed, the longer the format of the game, the more weaknesses of techinque and character are exposed. Our Test team is certainly as weak as it's ever been since the mid-80s...but I do believe our selection policies have contributed to our poor showings in recent years. We've chopped and changed, taking one ad hoc step forward then two steps back in regards to regeneration of the Test team. I'd be surprised if half the Test team knows whether it's Martha or Athur.

Posted by BravoBravo on (February 6, 2011, 22:35 GMT)

My bets are on AUS for WC2011 as fourth consecutive win of the tournament. On a lighter side, they already defeated (with huge margins) all, but one (BD), of the subcontinent teams, i.e. PAK (in 1999), IND (in 2003), and SL (in 2007). Such was the domination by AUS in all 3 Final game that each of the three oppoenents were sent back to pavillion in less than 40 overs. Would it be BD facing AUS in finals this time? To me ENG, NZ were never in contention. SA and IND are not very well equipped for big crunch games. They may have JK, and SRT as star players, but they have them for last 18+ years without winning the covetted trophy even a single time. SL has a very good chance in claiming a beth in finals. Nothing can be said about PAK, the most unpredictable team in tournament.Good luck AUS for win in WC2011.

Posted by irmark on (February 6, 2011, 22:29 GMT)

It should hardly be a mystery that Australia near hopeless at Tests and still very good at one dayers, The one day format hides all of Austrlais glaring weaknesses in Test, in One dayers the batsmen have to force the action, whereas in test the fielding and bowling has to force the action and get wickets. Pontings test fields often make no sesne in test, but would perfectly fine in a one day match if no wickets atn 4-5 runs and over would be acceptable. We have plenty of spin bowlers who are decent for 1 day format (eg smith hussey doherty), and only one or two passable for test (Krejia , Hauritz), neither of whom played in the ashes. No matter how bad the selectors are, thankfulyl australias current talent ppol makes it too hard for even them to stuff it up.

Posted by straight_drive4 on (February 6, 2011, 21:45 GMT)

if cameron white bats like this in the world cup we will go nowhere as our middle order will be too weak.

Posted by   on (February 6, 2011, 21:10 GMT)

our boys smashed them and it's as simple that. the english fans can say we have injuries and keep saying and the aussies will struggle in the world cup in the sub continent. have a look at your own one day set up before you bag anoyone hey. god it's pathetic. australia have performed elses on the sub continent before and they can knock of the top teams over there. i doubt england

Posted by righthandbat on (February 6, 2011, 20:45 GMT)

England's first mistake was dropping Davies for Prior. From then on, compounded with injuries and all batsmen other than Trott throwing their wicket away routinely made run-chases a pipe dream. Injuries to key bowlers reduced the discipline of the pace-attack. England can re-group for the WC but need to find the discipline that made them so successful in the Ashes.

Posted by rambadi on (February 6, 2011, 20:40 GMT)

Well...that does it. Any of us who thought England had any chance at the world cup can think again. I suppose it was wrong to assume that Australia will not do well at the world cup based on a Test Series (Ashes). I still say that Australia has less chance this year compared to the previous world cup events. They have lost a lot of their quality players.

But, we know one thing for sure now. England has a snowball's chance in hell at winning the world cup if they play this way. They did not even put up a fight. Losing the series 6-1 to such a worn-out, beaten-down and mostly inexperienced young Australian team. Neither country has been known to perform well in the subcontinent. But, Australia always does well at the world cup. This year will be different, however. But I write off England as a hopeful at this point. My bets are on Sri Lanka, South Africa or India. India is a poor performer at important events though. We will have to wait and see what happens.

Posted by   on (February 6, 2011, 19:50 GMT)

It's a fine trophy.... but it will always play second fiddle to the small urn...

Posted by Meety on (February 6, 2011, 19:45 GMT)

@Mark Hili - AGREED, in the old days (previous Ashes tour & before!), the Poms often would play up to 5 games in about 9 days. This time around there was 3 & 4 days break in between. @Optic - nice re: (India, SL & England), but really the India series was 1 match & the SL series was an unwanted distraction prior to the Ashes.

Posted by 5wombats on (February 6, 2011, 19:44 GMT)

@buggyboy; did you really write; "As an Australian I find the Ashes largely overrated." Ha ha ha ha! Make a note to yourself @buggyboy; Note reads - "never give the Poms a clue that not winning The Ashes" hurts a lot". And never leave your slippers lying around when the wombats are in town...

Posted by Meety on (February 6, 2011, 19:34 GMT)

@ pj3000 - re Vogues. I have always felt Ferguson looked more competant at the crease, & I suppose home ground advantage made Voges look better than Ferguson. I have always rated Voges ahead of Marsh. In ODIs the fact that Voges is a useful spinner puts him MARGINALLY ahead of Ferguson IF M Hussey is out of the CUP. @Something_Witty / Popcorn re Bolly. I don't think Bolly has been right all summer. His bowling has been down on speed all summer. Last year he regularly bowled mid 140kph. H ehas good Short Form stats in India (IPL) included so I think may be more of a threat once the W/Cup starts - but he has not impressed ALL summer. @Paul Rone Clark - who cares that you don't care LOL! (We know you really do) LOL! I'd watch (& have watched) Oz beat the Poms in Lawn Bowls, so I am happy that there has been a moderate offset of the Ashes debacle! @buggyboy - I do rate wins against India & Saffas highly - but nothing compares to the Ashes.

Posted by   on (February 6, 2011, 19:29 GMT)

I think that Aussies are back in form for defending their World Cup title.... thanks to pathetic English Side....

Posted by   on (February 6, 2011, 19:26 GMT)

one oddity ... all the england wickets to fall were in proper order of the batting line-up (not counting Yardy, who remained n.o.)

Posted by Meety on (February 6, 2011, 19:23 GMT)

@Biggus - yeah the bounce was lower than expected - just didn't like the decision. Doubt it would of changed Oz score much. No way the Umpire could of given it out, but he eventually reversed his decision, benefit of the doubt I think should of kicked in. I think it would be tough to be given out on any pitch that far down the wicket. @Something_Witty - I'd like to see the selectors take a different path with their T20 selections & move more to having frontline spinners. I'd like to see any TWO of Hauritz/O'Keefe/Krezja & Doherty in the starting line up. Rather than having 3 pacemen, 1 spinner. @Biggus - agreed re: ODIs with Krezja, but I think everyone gets tonked in T20s - may as well have a genuine wicket taker in the side. Like to see him get a go in the tests as a "tight" bowler like Doherty still went for 4+ an over during the Ashes.

Posted by maddy20 on (February 6, 2011, 19:09 GMT)

Enjoy while it lasts for this worldcup sub-continental teams are gonna steamroll ya mates!Infact despite of their losses I wouldn't be surprised if Pak beats Aus

Posted by Trickstar on (February 6, 2011, 18:16 GMT)

@boooonnie Totally agree, but apparently it's just an excuse and as a Australian you should know better:)

Posted by 5wombats on (February 6, 2011, 17:57 GMT)

Ooops! should also have thanked; @pheonixsteve & @Trickstar - Proud members of the 2010/11 Cricinfo Barmy Massive and others too numerous to mention....! Bravo!!!! See you at the World Cup guys.

Posted by   on (February 6, 2011, 17:49 GMT)

Still Australia is good team...It's a wake up call for teams like India, South Africa and Sri Lanka....Australia can beat any team....

Posted by Optic on (February 6, 2011, 17:48 GMT)

So Oz finally win a series,what was it 3 in a row in before this without a win (Sri Lanka, England, India) and now their fans think they're the best in the world, come on , you can't believe that can you. Which ever way, each teams fans spin this result, there was something obviously a miss in the skill level and intensity levels form both team, but it looks like Oz, battled that little bit harder to keep face after the Ashes, a bit like England back in 2007 after getting a pasting 5-0 , but I don't think I remember any England fans claiming it meant that much back then.

Posted by   on (February 6, 2011, 17:02 GMT)

i certainly hope that Eng have booked an extra airline ticket for a certain Alistair Cook in view of Morgan injury

Posted by Jim1207 on (February 6, 2011, 16:51 GMT)

Need any more proof why Ponting should sit in home hereafter and watch Cricket from his armchair, or may be specially made to satisfy him, a Captain's Throne?

Posted by   on (February 6, 2011, 16:22 GMT)

True Champion....r Back beware other team

Posted by 5wombats on (February 6, 2011, 15:59 GMT)

I got up this morning was quite surprised to find YET ANOTHER ODI game between Aus & England! I was even more surprised to find that the score-line at the time was 5-1. There had been 3 games that I hadn't even noticed!!! When I looked at the teams I wondered who the hell half of them were! Anyway England lost this series 6-1 (apparently). I'm Ok with that. Truly. As for the epic Banter - it's been brilliant! I hope the wombats have been able to educate a few people along the way and destroy the doormats of those who refused the offer. @Biggus - you're an ace; keep that garage tidy for my arrival! @Something_Witty; you're fun, and you'll need a new doormat... @Marcio; I'll take your "spin" comments in the complimentary way (I think) they were intended... Friendly advice - just bring your doormat in at night... Finally @landl47; the voice of reason; Bravo! To all you Aussies - I salute you and don't forget; We'll always have Melbourne. Whooopie!

Posted by Optic on (February 6, 2011, 15:28 GMT)

@Nagen i'm sorry but your wrong,with England being the only Northern Hemisphere team, they play a all year round calender, which the other teams don't, that's why straight after the WC England are playing Sri Lanka in May in England. This series England played 4 warm up first class games ,5 test matches and 2 20/20's and 7 Odi's. The Australians didn't play anything like that much, as well as only using Watson, Clarke, Haddin and to some extent Johnson from the Test team and the guys they used for the OdI's looked fresher and more switched on . Could you imagine the Indian team gong on a tour of this size, I can't, because Dhoni was talking about the length of the tour and tiredness at the end of it and that was relatively short.

Posted by Optic on (February 6, 2011, 15:07 GMT)

@Biggus Agree mate and it does seem to have become a bit of a Ashes tradition this, your lot did us the favor back in 2006/7, to make us feel a little better, but as I remember it didn't, it hurt right up to 2009. The main thing for England, is to sort out, who's going to be fit and who's not, they can't take chances on unfit players and now that Morgan has broke is finger England's chances are reducing by the day. If they can some how get their best team together, there in there with a chance like the rest of the teams, getting away from Aus and back home for a few days, will do them some good.

Posted by karl43 on (February 6, 2011, 15:02 GMT)

at least england are no worse than they were at the end of the 2009 season when they also lost 6-1....so for consistancy I award england 10/10. You could argue that the ashes winning celebrations have scrambled their desire to compete in this 7 odi series where both teams were weakened by injuries.

Posted by Trickstar on (February 6, 2011, 14:48 GMT)

There's nothing like a bit of perspective is there, the winner of the Ashes hasn't won the one day series since 2002/3 and there's a reason behind that, whether you want to call it the loser of the Ashes saving face , or the winner not getting up for the series, I don't know. Australia had only 2 test players in their one day side Clarke and Watson, while England used most of their batsmen except Cook, that could have something to do with England's tiredness. As much as people would like to write England off, the fact is this is their first one day series loss since the Ashes in 2009, since then they beat Aus, SA , PAK and Bang x2, so they don't suddenly just become a bad team for losing this series on the back end of a 3 month tour, after they've used nearly the same group of players for all their 3 warm up tests and Presi Cup thing, 5 test Ashes, 20/20 and 7 ODi's @elmonez Rubbish England are ranked 3 in tests and hammered Aus so how is that make them a bottom level teams. Durrh

Posted by   on (February 6, 2011, 14:26 GMT)

hhahahaha 6-1... england think they can be number 1 team lol!!

Posted by   on (February 6, 2011, 14:02 GMT)

Where was Michael Clarke, who care about the Allan Border Medal he needs another hitout . Two good innings don't mean that you are in form. If England were winning they would'nt be complaining, they have been touring Australia like this since 1979/80 old World Series cup days. At least they have got the Ashes

Posted by NALINWIJ on (February 6, 2011, 13:55 GMT)

England is in a group with INDIA,SA,WI,BANGALADESH in good form One team is to miss out and IRELAND will do no favors. They need to get their act together if they do not wish to miss out on the quarterfinal lottery. Eventhough KREYZA appears a better wicket taking option than other Aussie spinners, the wickets are slow and halftrackers are crucified in the subcontinent. Doherty did show his potential at ODI on debut vs.Sri Lanka and I see Hauritz as Australia's version of Ashley Giles- someone not penetrative but can bowl tidily and bat usefully may be the solution for AUstralia. This will be a concern in the World CUP. This is one area Sri Lanka has the edge over others with MURALI,MENDIS and Herath who can put the breaks in the middle overs.

Posted by   on (February 6, 2011, 13:51 GMT)

Yeah!!! That's the Aussie winning style............ Really Aussies dominated this series in every respect. But the point is that is this result boost Punters captaincy during the WC. I dont think so. But Im hoping for that.Punter should come up with great confidence because he is the only Unbeaten captain in history of WC. All the best to a great captain ant a great team.

Posted by landl47 on (February 6, 2011, 13:47 GMT)

Congratulations to Australia, you played very well and beat us handily. Excellent partnership by Hussey and Voges. Tait's ball to bowl Strauss was a beauty. Apart from a couple of games, England never really competed in the ODI series. I only hope that the injured players can recover in time for the World Cup. Goodbye, Australia, see you in 2013.

Posted by Nagen on (February 6, 2011, 13:26 GMT)

It is ridiculous to say that Strauss was out because of tiredness. Cricketers all over the world have the same kind of tight schedule. When England wins every thing is well done. But when they lose its blame game on other circumstances. What a shame! England need to accept that they're not the best of One day teams.

Posted by oze13 on (February 6, 2011, 13:20 GMT)

If this is England's attempt to dominate world cricket then they've got a long, long, way to go. Soft batsmen, poor selection and muddled captaincy all need to be addressed. As for the World Cup, on this performance winning it is only a pipe dream. Pietersen's batting is a complete joke. No-one gives his wicket away more easily. Morgan needs to learn to hit the ball along the ground to stop giving easy catches. Luke Wright and Tredwell? For what reason have they been selected? They must wonder themeselves! England can't find anyone to open the batting? England's best batsmen and fast bowler have been left at home for the World Cup. ie Cook and Tremlett. How many other countries will be leaving their best batsmen and fast bowler out of their squad? None! Strauss and Flower need to wake up before another opportunity passes England by. To lose 6-1 to this poor Australian side is truly pathetic.

Posted by Biggus on (February 6, 2011, 13:14 GMT)

@Paul Rone-Clarke :- For a guy who doesn't care you seen unusually motivated to come here and inform us of this fact. Methinks thou dost protest too much!

To the rest of the English fans:- It's been fun. Kudos on the Ashes win, we get the booby prize and best of luck for the WC (but not at our expense please!)

Posted by Something_Witty on (February 6, 2011, 13:10 GMT)

@Paul Rone-Clarke, nice excuses, but I have the feeling you'd be saying something a bit different if England had won 6-1. The fact that this series is not on free to air TV means nothing. Very few overseas tours are ever on FTA TV any more. By your logic, whenever the Ashes are played in England, nobody in Aus cares about them because they are not on FTA TV. Also, if this is England's fourth 11, what are Strauss, Prior, Davies, Morgan, Bell, Pietersen, Anderson, Trott and Collingwood doing in it?? If anyone really thinks that playing an ODI series on the eve of the World Cup is a waste of time/meaningless, they must be mad. What better preparation is there for a 50 over tournament than a 50 over series against quality opposition???

Posted by buggyboy on (February 6, 2011, 13:09 GMT)

Why are people surprised England lost so badly? Talking to the average English fan they state that all that matters in international cricket is The Ashes. Thats it. So that means English cricket for the next two and a half years will be hopeless. As an Australian I find the Ashes largely overrated. Maybe most Australians got blasé about the Ashes considering we've held them for 18 of the past 21 years. Most real Australian cricket fans value a test series win against India as a greater accomplishment.

Posted by   on (February 6, 2011, 12:47 GMT)

Where is Mr Darren Gough? Where Is his future no. 1 team? Mr Gough, think 10 times before talking about other teams, (as u talked abt India). All the best ENGLAND for World cup. if u cant play good on homelike bouncy pitches, what will happen on slow wickets in india?

Posted by   on (February 6, 2011, 12:45 GMT)

No one in the UK really cares. This series is so low key you need s digital radio just to listen to it (and not many people have one of those) It's not on main stream TVB, it's not on "normal" radio. You need Sky or an internet connection and to stay awake all night. In fact even the radio only seems to have aussie commentators (who are so biased it makes you cringe) In England no one cares at all about this tourny The aussies Vs Englands fourth choice XI. We all turned off at the end of the ashes and will turn back on at the start of the WC

Posted by Something_Witty on (February 6, 2011, 12:32 GMT)

@ popcorn, incorrect re the yardy non-dismissal. The referral was umpires call (the ball was hitting the bails), so it would have remained not out. Dougy is out of form at the moment, but he is far from useless. He needs to work on his death overs bowling (or not bowl at the death), but other than that, I think his form is improving.

Posted by   on (February 6, 2011, 12:23 GMT)

I don't think you could use the length of the tour as an excuse for England's dismal performance in the ODI's because the fact is Australia had to compete for the same period of time. If you had to pick your top 4 contenders for the World Cup England wouldn't even come close to getting a mention even if they fielded their best side, their players took it seriously and if KP decided to start playing for the team instead of his ego.

Posted by boooonnie on (February 6, 2011, 12:13 GMT)

As much as I love seeing the poms get a pasting the thought of any cricket team playing in Aust over a 3 month period criss-crossing the continent a multitude of times to play five tour games, five test matches, two 20/20's, and seven ODI's is mind boggling!Think of the hundreds of plane rides, bus coaches, different motel rooms, training sessions, team meetings etc, etc I get weary just thinking about it! This itinerary has clearly worn the poms down to nothing and might well have destroyed their chances of performing well at the World Cup. Both cricket boards should probably shelve their hunger for money and cut out a few of those meaningless one day games!

Posted by vjanand on (February 6, 2011, 11:58 GMT)

dengey ind will beat aus

Posted by Gujubhai on (February 6, 2011, 11:57 GMT)

so is this the kind of performance we should expect from a so called fit team? just goes to prove you can have all the fitness in the world but it is talent that gets you the wins!

Posted by popcorn on (February 6, 2011, 11:56 GMT)

Dougi Bollinger bowled RUBBISH as usual - his one wicket doesn't say much. I would put him 5 th in the pecking order after Lee,Tait,Johnson,Hastings. Wonder why Cameron white did not take the referral to claim Yardy was out lbw to Mitch when 7 wickets were already down for a low score -the match would have been over a long time ago.

Posted by elmonez on (February 6, 2011, 11:55 GMT)

JB77 ofcourse the one-day series was meaningless, now that england has been thrashed to a near white wash. To me the ashes was meaningless too. Some county test match between two bottom level teams.

Posted by unbiased_referee on (February 6, 2011, 11:53 GMT)

The one and only result ENG can take home at the end of this series is they were able to cross that magical 200 mark while chasing--thanks to AUS, for they raised the bar tonight a bit. It's an interesting statistic that AUS handed ENG a return of a 3-1 Ashes gain with 100% interest, i.e. 1-6 whitewash!! At this rate, all the other sides in Group B in the WC will keenly await their games against ENG to earn free points in the league stages. They face even more complex situation before the actual WC though--whether to play the sides in warm up matches like the ones they have fielded in this series, and face more embarrasement; or play a slightly stronger one and risk more enjuries before their first WC match. Whatever the case be, ENG chances of winning any match will depend on whether they can win the toss on the day and escape from having to chase 200+ under lights on subcontinental wicktets. All in all, in my view ENG do need to be re-admitted to ODI Cricket!!!!!

Posted by stunnerbond27 on (February 6, 2011, 11:43 GMT)

6-1, this is good for Aus.. thanks to Watson

Posted by MrKricket on (February 6, 2011, 11:39 GMT)

I don't think AUS played all that well in the series but a whole lot better than ENG. AUS would trade five such series wins to have the Ashes though. On the other hand ENG might trade the Ashes for a World Cup win.

Posted by pj3000 on (February 6, 2011, 11:37 GMT)

Voges has made me eat my words: I've never rated him, but he certainly looked accomplished at the crease today. You might well be onto something there @Meety. With Krejza, although he did bowl some periodic rubbish, you always get sense that he can sneak through for a wicket at any stage. I don't get that sense at any stage when I see Haury, Xavier or Beer bowl.

Posted by Dr.Qwert on (February 6, 2011, 11:24 GMT)

Tait was very poor & salvaged by a couple freebies at the end, his selection for a series in india where fast bowlers where the pitches offer very little & it's hot & humid he'll be a liability. 1 of the selectors key examples of incopetency! loving the form of the players coming into the team, ton for Marsh, good 40odd for Ferguson & now 80* for Voges, makes me wonder so reluctant to change the batting line-up. on top of those 3, Dave Hussey coming into the side after a year & a bit out of the team & was 3rd highest scorer for the series.

Posted by Biggus on (February 6, 2011, 11:20 GMT)

@Meety, Okaboka-On the Krejza thing I think you're both right. He did bowl a lot of pies but he's also potentially a far better offie than Hauritz. I'm one myself, and I appreciate Krejza has a lovely high release and a hand position that gives his stock delivery a greater degree of overspin than Haurie. Most offies (myself included) are happy to lose a little side-spin to get the ball to drop suddenly and kick from the pitch, as you're far more likely to beat the batsman in flight and catch a glove or bat handle. That said, at this point he's still a little wild for a finger spinner so I'm not sold on him for the ODIs.

Posted by Marcio on (February 6, 2011, 11:19 GMT)

Thanks for coming England. Lost 7 of the last 9 games, putting a slight dent in Strauss' quest for an unbeaten tour and world supremacy. I almost felt sorry for them, what given the fact that all their up and comers and back up players are... ahem.. superior to all Australia's. But good to see @landl47 and @5wombats here supporting the team. And, what with the way you two guys spin it, should Swann get injured during the world cup, Eng. have 2 ready made replacements on standby...

Posted by Something_Witty on (February 6, 2011, 11:17 GMT)

Krejza's bowling in this innings pretty much sums up what's great about him and also what's stopping him from getting a go. He gives it a ferocious rip, gets lovely drift, flight and turn, but bowls way too many four balls. It's a shame, because attacking spinners are a real rarity these days, it's refreshing to see a spinner toss the ball up as much as Krejza does. As for England, well they have real problems. - Winning is a habit, one they're now totally out of! They pretty much played 1/2 of an Australian side today, and got absolutely murdered. (The scoreline flattered them, they were never up with the run rate, and at 5/64 they were never going to win). Whatever excuses English fans come up with, they will know deep down that England have huge problems going into the WC. Australia has its fair share of problems, but they pale in comparison to the ones currently confronting England.

Posted by   on (February 6, 2011, 11:11 GMT)

After a long time, it is really great to see the Aussies perform as a team and look the unbeatable team they used to be. Contributions from all the players have kept them going throughout the one day series. Going by the recent performances of all the teams in the past few months, the Aussies are by far the best performing team true to their No 1 ranking. Well, I can surely see a Australia Vs ....final this world cup! But Hey this is cricket and anything can happen!

Posted by Biggus on (February 6, 2011, 11:02 GMT)

@Meety-Just as a coda to my previous statement, I agree that at the WACA the umpire could never have given that out with the naked eye, but even the slow motion camera (forget the predictor for a moment) showed that the ball had bounced less than one would have expected prior to contact with the pad, and that height wasn't a problem. Honestly, I think that's a good thing that we can help the umpires in this respect, although it's still rather a work in progress. If we refused to use anything that wasn't perfect none of us would own computers. Sometimes I have to whisper sweet nothings to mine to get it to behave.

Posted by Meety on (February 6, 2011, 11:00 GMT)

BTW - I think Vogues has played the best innings out of he, Marsh & Ferguson & I think would be better in India with his offies.That being said I think that Ferguson will be M Husseys replacement.

Posted by Meety on (February 6, 2011, 10:48 GMT)

@Okakaboka - bit harsh on Krezja, not many spinners get turn on this pitch - even on the 4th or 5th day of a Test. He does have good loop & thats what got him one of those wickets. I agree on Vogues - I have always rated him higher than Marsh or D Hussey - that being said I think D Hussey has improved in my eyes this summer. @Persons bagging Pup's S/R this summer, look at what White's innings produced. He is not in good form & had it not been for a very positive Hussey & Voges Oz could of been in real strife. I will concede that it may of been a deliberate PLOY to BUILD an INNINGS! Something that PUp does very well!!!!

Posted by Biggus on (February 6, 2011, 10:47 GMT)

@Meety-Yep, I thought Bell's use of the review in the test was a shocker but I think the decision today was correct. For some reason it didn't seem to bounce a lot and that can happen depending on how the seam hits the pitch. I don't pretend to be an expert on eagle-eye/hawk-eye but I have a pretty solid grasp of Physics and I can't see why you would need to calibrate it for different pitches (given that the ball bounces a certain distance before the pad-if it hits the pad approximately as it bounces that's a different matter). As long as it gets a decent look at the ball after it bounces (and it did today) and can determine it's position and velocity (a vector value that also includes direction) all that should be necessary is to apply Newton's laws of motion and a suitable co-efficient of friction to account for air resistance. Put simply, once the ball has bounced and is airborne again, and you know it's speed and direction, the pitch is irrelevant it would seem.

Posted by sgh142 on (February 6, 2011, 10:26 GMT)

12 days to the World Cup and once again we can safely say England in dissaray!!!!

No idea of team or where they bat.....village does not describe it!!!

Posted by Okakaboka on (February 6, 2011, 10:23 GMT)

Krejza has bowled crap. Yeah, so far he has got 2 wickets but the batsmen got themselves out. Lots and lots and lots of half trackers so Hilditch will send him to the WC. Um, someone told me he sometimes spins his off-breaks a bit. Yeah???...a little tinsy tiny itsy bit! Well done Voges....deserved your call up. However, HILDITCH....YOU'RE STILL FIRED!!

Posted by sgh142 on (February 6, 2011, 10:16 GMT)

JB77...spot on re Pietersen, never has and never will play for the team....time to look elsewhere.

Posted by Meety on (February 6, 2011, 9:54 GMT)

@Biggus - I know that the decision led to a period of Pommie dominance - but I felt whethr the Paine decision was right or not - my confidence in UDRS is shaken. In the past I have been a strong advocat for the technology. I was dissappointed during the tests a decision (the infamous Bell one), was reversed as I felt that the evidence needs to be compelling to get an umpire to reverse the decision. This time I was worried about the technology - what is the calibrations set to when a "normal" pitch is played on & what is the calibrations chnaged to when it is the WACA? I would never in a million years (unless a genuine a half volley or on the full) give a batter out @ the WACA LBW THAT far out of his crease. Fortunately the decision isn't going to cost Oz the game. My confidence in UDRS has gone from 99 to about 95%, (if that was measurable)! @ johnthepom - whats more funny is that Oz missed about 90% of those half volleys down the legside - very frustrating to watch!

Posted by Biggus on (February 6, 2011, 9:40 GMT)

Yep, KP played like a child. If that man had two brain cells to rub together he'd be dangerous.

Posted by brisCricFan on (February 6, 2011, 9:30 GMT)

Even the commentators are on the bandwagon now that Eng have shut up shop and put on those funny little eye cover things they use on long haul flights... ... to see some of the shots they have played you could almost believe it. Well done ENG on the Ashes victory, Congrats to AUS on a good ODI series... ... ... I know which I would be valuing more on the eve of the World Cup. ... ... ... lastly on the wides issue, how is it that these professional bowlers cannot get it even close... I thought ENG was bad but so far AUS have been far far worse (18 already), even reliable Bolly has sent a few down as though from a scattergun. And dont get me started on Leg side wide calls... If a batsmen takes guard way outside leg and shuffles across, I am not inclined to think that should be a wide when the ball almost hits the leg stump on the way through... and most definitely would hit the pads of a batsmen that kept their original guard.

Posted by JB77 on (February 6, 2011, 8:48 GMT)

KP's innings was a perfect snapshot at why he'll never be considered a team-player. Both openers out for 0, yet he throws hit bat at everything (no matter how wide) and tries to manufacture ridiculous shots....and then of course gets out in the search of glory or God-knows-what. I don't know how English fans can put up with him doing this again and again....yes he has loads of talent and yes he can 'entertain' but I wouldn't trade you one Hussey (Michael or David - your pick) for 100 Pietersens.

Posted by JB77 on (February 6, 2011, 7:53 GMT)

*insert English 'it was a long tour/we used up all our energy winning the Ashes/this ODI series is too close to the Wolrd Cup/this ODI series is meaningless' excuses here*

Posted by HawK89 on (February 6, 2011, 7:33 GMT)

This is an Australia A team, no waston, ponting, clarke, m.hussey, lee, hauritz. If England still have a handful of first-choice players, so they should win this with at least 3 wickets in hand. If not, they might as well not go to the WC.

Posted by   on (February 6, 2011, 7:18 GMT)

This total should be too hot to handle for ENG side in its current form! The question is, do they have enough in them left so as to make it a little interesting??

Posted by johnthepom on (February 6, 2011, 7:17 GMT)

Ridiculous as the legside wide rule is, no excuse for the UK bowlers to churn out 20-odd. They know the dumb rule and have effectively lost the match for England with almost 3.5 overs extra to Australia then appalling short pitched bowling (as in all the previous ODI) at the end. Can't anyone in the team bowl a yorker?

Posted by VivGilchrist on (February 6, 2011, 7:15 GMT)

Well done Voges, a fine effort from (according to landl47's reasoning) our 12th pick batsmen. I hope Hastings takes a few wickets tonight because from what he has shown thus far and as promising as he may be I fail to see how he is a better all-round option than Dan Christian. He hasn't middled one shot all series. I hope he takes a 5 for tonight.

Posted by Biggus on (February 6, 2011, 6:34 GMT)

On a somewhat random note, just a Michael Yardy is winding up and moving into his delivery stride he reminds me of Paul Adams. Right at that point he's a tad ungainly and all protruding elbows. The delivery itself is relatively normal, it's just that bit before. Anyone else see it or am I losing the plot?

Posted by VivGilchrist on (February 6, 2011, 6:08 GMT)

Once again Haddin and White find it hard to score and turn the strike over when they can't score boundaries. Note to any opposition teams- dry up there boundaries and they get very bogged down and out of frustration will get themselves out. These two need to learn to pick the gaps to accompany there big shots.

Posted by Biggus on (February 6, 2011, 4:04 GMT)

Though it went against us I felt the use of UDRS and Paul Reiffel's reversal of his initial decision was good. I just want to see a good game. Anderson's on a roll:-there goes Ferguson...

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