Australia v England, 1st ODI, Melbourne January 12, 2014

Finch hundred sets up Australia win

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Australia 4 for 270 (Finch 121, Warner 65) beat England 7 for 269 (Ballance 79, Morgan 50, McKay 3-44) by 6 wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Aaron Finch is becoming Australia's post-Ashes specialist. Four days after the end of the Ashes in England, the teams reconvened in Southampton for the first of the short-form matches and Finch broke the all-time record for the highest Twenty20 international score with 156. This time, one week after Australia completed their 5-0 Ashes clean sweep, Finch became the first Victorian to score an ODI hundred at the MCG as Australia cruised to a six-wicket win with 26 balls to spare.

If England hoped that a change of fortunes would accompany their change of format and clothing, they were mistaken.

Things looked okay for a while. Alastair Cook won the toss and chose to bat, Gary Ballance and Eoin Morgan scored half-centuries to set up a competitive total of 7 for 269. But as the lights came on after the change of innings, it became apparent nobody was at home for England. A straightforward chance went down with Finch on 8 and nothing went England's way from then on.

Finch and his opening partner David Warner put on 163 for the first wicket, a record opening stand for Australia in one-day internationals against England. But they rode their luck to get there; seven times they were fortunate to survive missed catches, run-outs or tight umpiring decisions. By the time their stand was finally broken by Joe Root, England's only spinner as they had left out James Tredwell, the result was more or less a formality.

It could all have been so different had Ballance held on to a regulation chance when Finch, on 8, drove Chris Jordan uppishly to mid-off. Jordan was justifiably frustrated and was again twice in his next over, first when Alastair Cook moved second slip out and the next ball was edged by Finch straight through the new gap, and then next delivery when an lbw shout was turned down; England reviewed and Finch survived on a perilously tight umpire's call.

Finch's fortune continued in the next over when he chipped Boyd Rankin without control up towards square leg, where Ben Stokes dived but was just unable to reach the ball. If that wasn't bad enough, Jordan's next over featured yet another dropped chance, although this was a screamingly difficult one; Warner drove the ball straight back at Jordan, who stuck his left hand out but couldn't make it stick. Five close calls in five overs. It was Australia's night.

It became more so in the 14th over when Warner edged behind off Ben Stokes for 22. The wicketkeeper Jos Buttler claimed the catch and Warner was happy to take his word and walked off, but the umpires wanted to check the low-to-the ground take. The replays were typically open to interpretation, as most are with such two-dimensional views, but it seemed likely the catch was clean. The umpires erred on the side of caution, though, and Warner was called back from near the boundary's edge.

In between all the drama, Finch and Warner played their shots and made use of their luck. Finch used his muscle to score boundaries on both sides of the wicket and straight down the ground. His power was evident from the shot that brought up his fifty from 47 balls, a straight drive off Stokes that crunched into the stumps at the bowler's end yet still had enough momentum to fly away past the diving mid-on for four.

Warner struck five fours and one six, a strong down-the-ground effort off Jordan, and got to his half-century from 59 balls. He survived a run-out chance on 58 when a direct hit would have had him short, but on 65 he finally departed with a high slog off Root that was taken by Stokes at long-on. Shane Watson was bowled by Jordan for a second-ball duck but Finch and Michael Clarke ensured the chase remained on target with a 72-run stand.

Finch was given a standing ovation for his hundred, the first by a Victorian-born player in any international match at the MCG since Graeme Yallop in 1983, but on 121 he steered a catch to third man off Stokes. Clarke lobbed a catch up to mid-off from the bowling of Tim Bresnan for 44, but George Bailey and Glenn Maxwell comfortably completed the win.

Apart from calling correctly at the toss, the day had also started badly for England when Alastair Cook edged behind in the first over of the game. The bowler, Clint McKay, celebrated like a man playing for his place in the side, which after his struggles on the recent tour of India and having been dropped by the Melbourne Stars last week, he possibly was. But his nagging line and length troubled England and reduced them to 2 for 22 when Joe Root was lbw for a labouring 3 off 23 balls.

Ian Bell looked comfortable before he was bowled trying to slog-sweep Xavier Doherty for 41 and that left Ballance and Morgan to put the innings back on track. Morgan's brisk half-century was entertaining but he lost concentration on 50 and drove a catch to cover off Maxwell, and Ballance played some classy strokes in his 79 but missed the chance of a hundred when he guided a catch to third man off McKay (3 for 44) late in the innings.

Stokes and Ravi Bopara made contributions, Buttler's 34 not out and an unbeaten 16 from Bresnan pushed the total up to 7 for 269 but when evening came, everything went Australia's way. Cook could be forgiven for counting the days until he boards that plane home.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • sharadgargconnect on January 17, 2014, 15:20 GMT

    Why dont they play Faulkner at no4 or no5. he is the real match winner in terms of batting. He can make 150-200 runs in an innings in odi at ease. He plays at a strike rate above 150. Its high time that Australia should play

    1. Finch 2.Warner 3. Faulkner 4.Bailey 5.Maxwell 6.Watson at the top of the innings. They can keep 7. Clarke, 8. Marsh 9. Haddin for bottom.

    If australian top order doesnt make runs then three will come into play.

  • on January 14, 2014, 1:34 GMT

    I detest these sorts of articles. The number of luckless games Australia have played where opponents have an endless series of lucky moments (including Ashes test matches in England recently!) and not a comment from anyone about it. But as soon as some Australian cricketers have a bit of luck, that's all you hear about. Seriously? A ball lobbed up and fell short of a fielder? Wow! Poor England!

  • on January 13, 2014, 22:39 GMT

    @Meety, I think you are wrong, England had the wrong attitude completely. After their start they were NEVER going to post a competitive score. I think they need guys like Bopara, Wright, Hales, KP, Carberry and Lumb in the top three, blokes who will challenge the bowling without the fear of getting out. It's no good letting blokes like McKay just bowl at you because he'll simply take 2-35 every time. These guys have to attack from the outset, look to score 60-70 off the first ten and then have Bell and Morgan in the middle order to accumulate, lets face it, Faulkner, Maxwell, Doherty and Watson would be pretty simple to milk! We've seen for a long time here in OZ that the first 10-15 overs can be a great catalyst for big scores.

    @JG2704, well, yes, that is the big problem I guess. Any thoughts as to who, from a coaching perspective could turn it around in the same manner Lehmann has?

  • Cricmaths123 on January 13, 2014, 15:33 GMT

    So Shane Watson failed again. To be honest people are being too harsh on him. Everybody goes through lean patches and some tough times and this is not a good time for him. In India even yuvraj Singh was dropped but then he played a lot of domestic cricket and has regained his form and is in the Indian team. It is the same with Watson. He should just play domestic cricket for some time and then again he will be in good form and score consistently. Till then Australia can try Lynn, Maddinson etc. at no.3 position.

  • JG2704 on January 13, 2014, 12:24 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster on (January 13, 2014, 5:23 GMT) I think it's only our test contracted players who the ECB controls. So realistically that means KP and maybe Broad? I don't think the IPL franchises will be interested in any of our other contracted players anyway. Re KP as I said the other day , I'm not sure if he'll do IPL - and it's not that I don't think he shouldnt do IPL. Unfortunately he moaned about the schedule being too demanding as it is which gives ECB a ready made reason to stop him doing IPL. You also have to factor in that the counties will want to have their best players playing for them (if they're not ECB contracted players). I think the biggest factor is that it clashes. IPL wont change for Eng and they shouldn't either and if Eng changed it may mean cramming int series too close together. It also depends on how the player gets on. Morgan in 2012 didnt get a game so I don't think that does any player good.

  • JG2704 on January 13, 2014, 12:24 GMT

    @Meety - Hello. You say about the problem is and then list several.Big words I know but I compare Jos to a young KP in terms of flamboyance, ability and firepower. Look at the guy's SR. A scenario as an Aus fan - Your team is behind the game in terms of run rate when compiling a score and you're at the halfway stage. Who do you want to see coming in - someone like Maxwell/Bailey or Vogues/Hughes. Imagine someone like Mccullum,Bailey,KP coming in at number 8 (with less than 10 overs to go) when you're behind the game? How pointless is it not having a powerful hitter with intent at the crease when you have a powerplay coming up? You say about Bres coming it at 9 and yes he did a decent job but if you depend too much on Buttler and the lower order pulling off miracles all the time you're going to be in trouble. From the position Buttler came into the crease and the position where Bres joined him 269 was as good as we could have hoped for and it still proved way short

  • rickyvoncanterbury on January 13, 2014, 11:50 GMT

    @ Micky.Panda Giving myself time to reflect there are some blokes who were unlucky to miss my team, Cutting and Voges are but 2, re Doherty I have always been looking for someone to replace him and only god knows why... he performs... but I would not be unhappy with Lyon, SOK or Hoggy (cannot see it ) re Smith I just think the selectors would love to get him in there as the possible successor to pup.

  • ThirteenthMan on January 13, 2014, 11:21 GMT

    There must be a strong case for resting Al Cook. If he plays next match, I hope he does well but the risk is failure will just heap more pressure on him.

  • Micky.Panda on January 13, 2014, 11:00 GMT

    Not a bad squad, Rickyvonc. I agree that Bird and Lynn are the obvious inclusions at the moment. Nice to see you left S Marsh out of the squad. I agree with that too. He is too slow for the modern game. I don't think Smith is really a short format all-rounder and possibly bats a bit too slow. He doesn't bowl much. Mitchell Marsh is a possible, but I think 3 all-rounders is probably enough. I am not sure about Pattinson. Consider Cutting as he can be an explosive bat too (list A SR 132), and of course Ryan Harris. I think you want a side that will allow good batting right down almost to number 11. Perhaps Bird is not selected at the moment as he is not much with the bat, however his control and wicket taking is good. I would like to see Brad Hogg come back as he is much better than Doherty with both bat and with ball. I am very much against a youth policy. With the right side, Aus should win the world cup.

  • JG2704 on January 13, 2014, 10:40 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster ctd - I still dont see IPL franchises being interested in our test players.IPL franchises are businesses, not charities and wont pick players unless they thought they could do a job. So right now you look at the test players and who would you (if you were in charge of selection) consider from our test players? If your 1st glimpse of KP was from the last 12 months and you had never seen anything other than that of him would you pick him , purely on what you see? The more I think about it (and again it's not me saying he shouldn't play IPL) the more I think KP wont play IPL 2014 and Eng.He is pretty fragile these days. I reckon he'll stay with England and not do IPL or play IPL at the expense of England.Don't see him doing both. Actually I'm starting to think - with all the unrest - he'll choose IPL above Eng this year although I wonder if he may lose significant earnings (sponsorship/endorsements) if he did that and thet's why he continues for England?

  • sharadgargconnect on January 17, 2014, 15:20 GMT

    Why dont they play Faulkner at no4 or no5. he is the real match winner in terms of batting. He can make 150-200 runs in an innings in odi at ease. He plays at a strike rate above 150. Its high time that Australia should play

    1. Finch 2.Warner 3. Faulkner 4.Bailey 5.Maxwell 6.Watson at the top of the innings. They can keep 7. Clarke, 8. Marsh 9. Haddin for bottom.

    If australian top order doesnt make runs then three will come into play.

  • on January 14, 2014, 1:34 GMT

    I detest these sorts of articles. The number of luckless games Australia have played where opponents have an endless series of lucky moments (including Ashes test matches in England recently!) and not a comment from anyone about it. But as soon as some Australian cricketers have a bit of luck, that's all you hear about. Seriously? A ball lobbed up and fell short of a fielder? Wow! Poor England!

  • on January 13, 2014, 22:39 GMT

    @Meety, I think you are wrong, England had the wrong attitude completely. After their start they were NEVER going to post a competitive score. I think they need guys like Bopara, Wright, Hales, KP, Carberry and Lumb in the top three, blokes who will challenge the bowling without the fear of getting out. It's no good letting blokes like McKay just bowl at you because he'll simply take 2-35 every time. These guys have to attack from the outset, look to score 60-70 off the first ten and then have Bell and Morgan in the middle order to accumulate, lets face it, Faulkner, Maxwell, Doherty and Watson would be pretty simple to milk! We've seen for a long time here in OZ that the first 10-15 overs can be a great catalyst for big scores.

    @JG2704, well, yes, that is the big problem I guess. Any thoughts as to who, from a coaching perspective could turn it around in the same manner Lehmann has?

  • Cricmaths123 on January 13, 2014, 15:33 GMT

    So Shane Watson failed again. To be honest people are being too harsh on him. Everybody goes through lean patches and some tough times and this is not a good time for him. In India even yuvraj Singh was dropped but then he played a lot of domestic cricket and has regained his form and is in the Indian team. It is the same with Watson. He should just play domestic cricket for some time and then again he will be in good form and score consistently. Till then Australia can try Lynn, Maddinson etc. at no.3 position.

  • JG2704 on January 13, 2014, 12:24 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster on (January 13, 2014, 5:23 GMT) I think it's only our test contracted players who the ECB controls. So realistically that means KP and maybe Broad? I don't think the IPL franchises will be interested in any of our other contracted players anyway. Re KP as I said the other day , I'm not sure if he'll do IPL - and it's not that I don't think he shouldnt do IPL. Unfortunately he moaned about the schedule being too demanding as it is which gives ECB a ready made reason to stop him doing IPL. You also have to factor in that the counties will want to have their best players playing for them (if they're not ECB contracted players). I think the biggest factor is that it clashes. IPL wont change for Eng and they shouldn't either and if Eng changed it may mean cramming int series too close together. It also depends on how the player gets on. Morgan in 2012 didnt get a game so I don't think that does any player good.

  • JG2704 on January 13, 2014, 12:24 GMT

    @Meety - Hello. You say about the problem is and then list several.Big words I know but I compare Jos to a young KP in terms of flamboyance, ability and firepower. Look at the guy's SR. A scenario as an Aus fan - Your team is behind the game in terms of run rate when compiling a score and you're at the halfway stage. Who do you want to see coming in - someone like Maxwell/Bailey or Vogues/Hughes. Imagine someone like Mccullum,Bailey,KP coming in at number 8 (with less than 10 overs to go) when you're behind the game? How pointless is it not having a powerful hitter with intent at the crease when you have a powerplay coming up? You say about Bres coming it at 9 and yes he did a decent job but if you depend too much on Buttler and the lower order pulling off miracles all the time you're going to be in trouble. From the position Buttler came into the crease and the position where Bres joined him 269 was as good as we could have hoped for and it still proved way short

  • rickyvoncanterbury on January 13, 2014, 11:50 GMT

    @ Micky.Panda Giving myself time to reflect there are some blokes who were unlucky to miss my team, Cutting and Voges are but 2, re Doherty I have always been looking for someone to replace him and only god knows why... he performs... but I would not be unhappy with Lyon, SOK or Hoggy (cannot see it ) re Smith I just think the selectors would love to get him in there as the possible successor to pup.

  • ThirteenthMan on January 13, 2014, 11:21 GMT

    There must be a strong case for resting Al Cook. If he plays next match, I hope he does well but the risk is failure will just heap more pressure on him.

  • Micky.Panda on January 13, 2014, 11:00 GMT

    Not a bad squad, Rickyvonc. I agree that Bird and Lynn are the obvious inclusions at the moment. Nice to see you left S Marsh out of the squad. I agree with that too. He is too slow for the modern game. I don't think Smith is really a short format all-rounder and possibly bats a bit too slow. He doesn't bowl much. Mitchell Marsh is a possible, but I think 3 all-rounders is probably enough. I am not sure about Pattinson. Consider Cutting as he can be an explosive bat too (list A SR 132), and of course Ryan Harris. I think you want a side that will allow good batting right down almost to number 11. Perhaps Bird is not selected at the moment as he is not much with the bat, however his control and wicket taking is good. I would like to see Brad Hogg come back as he is much better than Doherty with both bat and with ball. I am very much against a youth policy. With the right side, Aus should win the world cup.

  • JG2704 on January 13, 2014, 10:40 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster ctd - I still dont see IPL franchises being interested in our test players.IPL franchises are businesses, not charities and wont pick players unless they thought they could do a job. So right now you look at the test players and who would you (if you were in charge of selection) consider from our test players? If your 1st glimpse of KP was from the last 12 months and you had never seen anything other than that of him would you pick him , purely on what you see? The more I think about it (and again it's not me saying he shouldn't play IPL) the more I think KP wont play IPL 2014 and Eng.He is pretty fragile these days. I reckon he'll stay with England and not do IPL or play IPL at the expense of England.Don't see him doing both. Actually I'm starting to think - with all the unrest - he'll choose IPL above Eng this year although I wonder if he may lose significant earnings (sponsorship/endorsements) if he did that and thet's why he continues for England?

  • Meety on January 13, 2014, 10:25 GMT

    @AidanFX on (January 12, 2014, 7:10 GMT) - go check McKay's ODI stats, a strike rate of 30 is better than good. Its better than McGrath & he did okay I hear! == == == @ JG2704 on (January 12, 2014, 11:43 GMT) - actually, I don't mind the make up of the England side (batting-wise), assuming form. I agree that Root is on the verge of being a batting basket case (that wild slog he did before he got out was desperation). The problem (IMO), is that Bell threw his wicket away needlessly. Cook - wasn't in, got out to a good ball, Root was struggling & tried to up the tempo, the rest batted reasonably well. The ugly swipe off Doherty gave Oz command - if it wasn't for the England batting depth having Bresnan in at #9, England would of struggled to get 240 - which would of been a poor score on a reasonable pitch. Should England field the same team for the 2nd Test, someone should whisper in Bell's ear that he is needed to be at the crease at the 40th over.

  • JG2704 on January 13, 2014, 10:24 GMT

    @Jono Makim on (January 12, 2014, 22:48 GMT) You're right but if Wright was there he'd have tp play like he does and not like England do. But let's not forget this is a team that has one of the most exciting SF batsmen in world cricket and they leave him in the hutch , leaving him 24 balls to face. Imagine if we did that with KP a few years ago?

  • on January 13, 2014, 9:24 GMT

    Excellent innings by Finch. A good addition of Finch, Bailey and Maxwell. Australian team once again on the top and ready to defeat any opponent. I think there is a need to put some focus on Shaun Marsh, David Hussy and Brad Hodge as they can strengthen the team more than they are right now. At the end one good word for Michael Clark, the best player, the best captain and the best person in Cricket World...

  • rickyvoncanterbury on January 13, 2014, 9:08 GMT

    @ AlSmug on (January 13, 2014, 8:42 GMT) Sorry if I confused you, but that was me throwing names around, that's why I wrote.... Boof give us a call but thanks for the rant.

  • dunger.bob on January 13, 2014, 9:06 GMT

    @ Statchin.Tendulkar.the.Greatest : Man, that's just so hard to argue with I'm on board.

  • Statchin.Tendulkar.the.Greatest on January 13, 2014, 8:50 GMT

    Even if Aus wins 5-0 they dnt deserve No. 1, India does. Aus doesnt even desrve no. 2 Aus are home track bullies, India are obviously the best. Pakistan are the worst

  • AlSmug on January 13, 2014, 8:42 GMT

    @rickyvoncantebury, i had no idea that the likes of Lynn were named in the squad ,dear oh dear what on earth are the selectors smoking! !! Lynn plays withhard hands always playing in front of the body hence his struggle to maintain a qld spot, let alone being named in the world cup squad, was not aware they announced it. I feel for the likes of Johnson, Cummins to be not given time to prve his worth , Voges, Marsh brothers , starc to name a few , dumb struck they have named the squad, this goes against everything the argus review mentioned timed for CA to tighten their little fragile minds

  • Matt.au on January 13, 2014, 8:17 GMT

    Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (January 13, 2014, 5:23 GMT) My suggestion to the ECB and England think tank - "LET your players PLAY in the IPL"

    Just whom do you think an IPL team would take out of this current English bunch?

  • dunger.bob on January 13, 2014, 7:38 GMT

    @ Cpt.Meanster : That's the Captain we all know and have mixed feelings about ! Well said. You have a point and it may very well be valid. .. Something for the Pom's to at least think about anyway.

  • rickyvoncanterbury on January 13, 2014, 7:22 GMT

    If Finch, Warner, Lynn, Clarke, Bailey and Hughes can bat, and Johnson Pattinson Mckay, NCN, Bird, and Doherty can bowl, Haddin and ??? can keep wickets, that leaves Smith, Maxwell, Faulkner, Watson as all rounders to use depending on conditions, (give me a call Boof) that's 18, how many in a world cup squad??

  • neil99 on January 13, 2014, 6:34 GMT

    Over the past 18 months or so we've witnessed a run of terrible results with scores way below par for the modern ODI game. Including SA in 2012, England has won 2, drawn 1 and lost 4 series.

    It's the same old. A steady decline at the top has produced what can only be described as shambolic scoring rates - usually less than 4 per over inside the first 15. When those top order batsmen invariably fail to score big, the pedestrian scoring leaves the middle and lower middle order too much to do - they often can't strike with freedom and get out cheaply, or just manage to scramble a total on the low side of reasonable. This seems to be the case whether England bats first or chases down.

    So what's the answer from the England set-up? It's continue as normal, head down. Just like the test side, England's brand of cricket needs immediate overhaul. Yet again England with one dimensional captain Cook at the helm show they are incapable of "Plan B".

  • anver777 on January 13, 2014, 6:23 GMT

    Eng missed some crucial chances..... though Ballance played a good hand in scoring 79, he missed a straightforward chance of Finch that laid the foundation for a easy Aus win !!!!! wake up Eng we want to see a close contest !!!

  • Thegimp on January 13, 2014, 6:19 GMT

    @ RednWhiteArmy .......you only need to look at Buttler in the huddle when the catch was referred to know he didn't think it was clean. As soon as the unpire referred it he knew he was condemmed. I played for some 30 years, even spent some of those years wicket keeping but virtually the rest at slip. You can not tell me when those catches come you can be 100% certain you caught it. The way it feels in your gloves or hits your palms. Even if you got your fingers under it the solid plastic caps in the fingers of the gloves wouldn't allow you to know whether it hit your fingers or not. It's all about how it feels as it hits the hands. The only fair thing to do is say "I'm not sure Ump" unfortunately Buttler has probably roomed too long with Stuart Broad.

  • lillee4PM on January 13, 2014, 6:03 GMT

    "Posted by MarinManiac on (January 13, 2014, 4:26 GMT) All right. Time for wholesale changes. Clearly we have to replace Alastair Cook with Charlotte Edwards as the captain of the England team."

    Charlotte Edwards has far too much class to be reduced to playing with the England men's side. Also, she was actually born in England, rather than South Africa, Ireland, Zimbabwe or New Zealand etc. so that would probably go against her selection!!

  • LoungeChairCritic on January 13, 2014, 5:54 GMT

    @rickyvoncanterbury yes I do agree Maxwell's bowling at this stage is not quite up to it. With the world cup 12 months away this is the time to get him bowling. Having a spare 6th bowler when Watto is your 5th bowler will be important when you play 10 matches in say 6 weeks at the World Cup. It's nice playing a bowler short and having Faulkner at 8 and Mitch Johnson at 9. Coulter Nile can definitely bat. I reckon he has the potential to be a half decent late order slogger. I reckon they should try batting Faulkner at 7, Johnson 8 and Coulter Nile 9 for the Gabba. Perhaps experiment with Clarke at 3 to replace Watson. Tis the season to experiment

  • rickyvoncanterbury on January 13, 2014, 5:46 GMT

    Personally I cannot believe Australia won so easily IMO Faulkner, Watson and Maxwell bowled poorly, England will never get a better chance this series with better bowlers waiting to come into the team.

  • Cpt.Meanster on January 13, 2014, 5:23 GMT

    My suggestion to the ECB and England think tank - "LET your players PLAY in the IPL" and then watch how much they improve. Look at Eoin Morgan, the ONLY English player to feature in the IPL before and he played FEARLESS cricket compared to the rest of the bunch. All other nations (IND, AUS, SL, SA, NZ, WI) have players participating in the 2 month long T20 league and they have all become better players in limited overs cricket. In fact, ALL those teams are capable of trouncing this mediocre England outfit. The ICC ODI rankings tell a fair story of why England are in the position they are; they are simply not good enough. That won't change unless their players all play 2 months of good IPL cricket. I know I will get some negative remarks for this, but just think about the facts and harsh realities. Everyone wants to see a strong, competitive England in limited overs cricket.

  • MarinManiac on January 13, 2014, 4:26 GMT

    All right. Time for wholesale changes. Clearly we have to replace Alastair Cook with Charlotte Edwards as the captain of the England team.

  • rickyvoncanterbury on January 13, 2014, 4:16 GMT

    When Maxwell bowls, am I the only one shaking their head.

  • Matt.au on January 13, 2014, 4:09 GMT

    Posted by lillee4PM on (January 13, 2014, 3:48 GMT) Finch is a very good limited overs player but those that think he deserves test consideration should go and take a pill and lay down, coz he only has a first class average of 28.19!!

    It was patently clear in last nights innings, with his technique, he would be horribly found out in the test arena.

  • popcorn on January 13, 2014, 3:52 GMT

    Shane Watson is a "problem" .Where do you slot him in? In the Tests, Rogers and Warner are well established as Openers. In the ODIs, Finch and Warner are well established as Openers. Watson has failed at Number 3. The Legends say our best batsman should bat at Number 3. That's Michael Clarke. Like Ricky Ponting.So the RIGHT slot for Watson is Number 4 - both in Tests, AND ODIs.

  • lillee4PM on January 13, 2014, 3:48 GMT

    Finch is a very good limited overs player but those that think he deserves test consideration should go and take a pill and lay down, coz he only has a first class average of 28.19!!

  • lillee4PM on January 13, 2014, 3:41 GMT

    Watson dropped for 2nd ODI and rightly so; forget this "rested" BS terminolgy, if they were gonna rest him he would not have played the first game! Also, where have all the McKay slaggers gone now? He deserved his inclusion in the first game and proved his outstanding quality as a limited overs bowler, well done!

  • Matt.au on January 13, 2014, 3:40 GMT

    I think England might win one or two in this series.

    If they can somehow clear their minds, just forget the recent past for the next 100 overs, and just go for it. They have some good young players coming through and they need to be given as much opportunity as possible.

    Root is a young player but he needs a rest. He should be sent home for his own good to get away from cricket for as long as he can until he is required for whatever team comes first at the start of his next season.

    Broad is coming back so that bolsters the stocks, England will bat down to 11. Obviously, there is the point of a few reasonable Australian bowlers to be let loose yet but they are just another bowler when you are in the right frame of mind.

    I'd really like to see these young blokes have a good hard crack and have some luck and fun and win a game. Hard as that is for me to say being an Aussie.

  • Back-Foot-Cringe on January 13, 2014, 3:37 GMT

    @electric_loco_WAP4 "By the by wheres our mate-FFL-aka 'Front Footed...something'? Where art thou??"

    I heard that his mum took her computer back to play solitaire & Lungie's catching up on all the house chores he's been neglecting.

    Meanwhile, with the worst AUS bowling figures for the match plus a second-ball duck, Watto is looking more & more like a freeloading passenger. A stowaway, in fact.

  • dunger.bob on January 13, 2014, 3:28 GMT

    I'm not sure it's wise to read to much into the game. I'm a staunch Aussie but even I'll admit we used up nearly a full years supply of dumb luck in this match.

    I'm going to wait until after the next game to make any predictions. This one was a bit too much of an aberration to be a reliable form guide imo.

  • Back-Foot-Cringe on January 13, 2014, 3:15 GMT

    There's a certain poster here who, regardless of his/her handle, may or may not actually come from Sri Lanka but who clearly delights in saying things for no other reason than to provoke others.

    In this age of anonymous electronic communication, such a practitioner is labeled a troll.

    As with the trolls of old legend & folklore, if we stop feeding them, they will eventually go back into their cave.

    So let's not feed this one, either. Ignore it & it will have no power.

    A nice, measured innings by Finchy, by the way.

  • Ozizim on January 13, 2014, 2:45 GMT

    Oh boy! Flicked across to the Pak-SL game. Painful to see such a one sided contest. 1 similarity noticed: Test 1 - Haddin dropped when he'd hardly scored; ODI 1 - Finch dropped on 8. Both easy chances. Let's see if people can come up with others. I support any team that plays the Aussies but my optimism for the Poms has run out, please give us a competitive game 2 so we keep interest in this series....As for the Warner out situ, let it go guys, storm in a tea cup and all that......

  • 2.14istherunrate on January 13, 2014, 2:44 GMT

    How can England win if they are going to have only 1 slip in the 6th over? They are far too conservative for my taste in all they do. There is no thought of attack,just the belief that Austalia will be as negative and unadventurous as they are. This just gets worse and worse from team 'clueless'. Wickets have always been the way curtail scoring. Jordan looked like he was being tortured..Perhaps he smiled. Shocking!

  • on January 13, 2014, 1:56 GMT

    Haddin did nothing, OK 2 catches, drop him.....hang on meant Whatsisname

  • BiSymonds on January 13, 2014, 1:45 GMT

    As an Aussie, I'd love to see Cook continue as captain.

  • Greatest_Game on January 13, 2014, 1:23 GMT

    @ SLslider. If you want to rubbish Eng or Aus, go ahead and make a fool of yourself. Just leave SA out of it. SA expect a good fight from Aus, and by no way are we arrogant or ignorant enough to write them off. Do not use SA as a prop for your bad manners. We don't want to be associated with the rubbish you spout. Do your own dirty work.

  • neil99 on January 13, 2014, 1:16 GMT

    Over the past 18 months or so we've witnessed a run of terrible results with scores way below par for the modern ODI game. Including SA in 2012, England has won 2, drawn 1 and lost 4 series.

    It's the same old. A steady decline at the top produces what can only be described as shambolic scoring rates - usually less than 4 per over. When those top order batsmen invariably fail to score big, the pedestrian scoring leaves the middle and lower middle order too much to do - they often can't strike with freedom and get out cheaply, or just manage to scramble a total on the low side of reasonable. This seems to be the case whether England bats first or chases down.

    So what's the answer from the England set-up? It's continue as normal, head down. Just like the test side, England's brand of cricket needs immediate overhaul. Yet again England with one dimensional captain Cook at the helm show they are incapable of "Plan B".

    Already it looks like 5 zip Australia.

  • Vishnu27 on January 13, 2014, 0:46 GMT

    SLslider: it's funny how YOU are talking SO much! If you want to post so much unrelated inflammatory commentary on Australian articles, wouldn't it be wise for SL to have some kind of winning form over Australia??? Fact is, home or away, Australia has easily accounted for SL in test matches over the last 10 years. 13 tests have been played between SL & Australia in the last 10 years (Australia has won 10 & drawn 3). SL has NOT won a test match at home OR away against Australia in that period. Now please comment on the article.

  • C.Gull on January 13, 2014, 0:03 GMT

    I don't know if anyone's mentioned this, but when England were fielding I twice saw Bell flinch from the ball: once when he should have moved forward to receive it and complete a run-out attempt, and once when he should have dived behind the keeper for a first slip catch that the keeper couldn't quite reach. Very, very poor. Before this I hadn't included Bell in the "shot, send home" category of England players but now I do.

  • Matt.au on January 12, 2014, 23:57 GMT

    Posted by SLslider on (January 12, 2014, 5:50 GMT) It's funny how AUS fans are talking so much after winning just one series at their home. LOL.

    How many Australians have gone and rubbished the fact that Sri Lanka finally won a test?

    Australia lead Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka 6 -1.

    Oh btw, your great spinner Herath you speak of, here's his figures bowling at home to Bangladesh.

    HMRKB Herath 62 11 161 2

    Now why not be nice and leave people to talk about their team in peace.

  • LoungeChairCritic on January 12, 2014, 23:49 GMT

    England were at least competitive. It was more than what they have been in the test matches. Although we were missing Mitchell Johnson, England didn't field their strongest side. You would think that Broad, Anderson and Pieterson if available would fit into that side. This series will be an excellent time to experiment for both sides when you consider that the world cup will commence in 12 months time in Ozzi conditions. I was surprised England didn't play a spinner on a two paced MCG pitch. Ozzi grounds tend to have larger boundaries, so spinners tend to be effective in our conditions in the shorter form of the game. In my opinion it is vital for England to find a spinner who can do a job in the next 12 months in both the short and long form of the game. Swann will be hard to replace.

  • trigga315 on January 12, 2014, 23:36 GMT

    Cook and Root look mentally shot , they need a small break of 2 to 3 weeks to get their minds back in shape. Cook is failing the same way nearly every game and the longer he is on this tour the worse it gets for him, this must be affecting his team mates to see them fall to 1/10 nearly every game. Also no matter how hard he tries his form is affecting his captaincy and his team mates confidence. Root confidence and state of mind is rooted to get him out of the form slump he tried to buckle down and get behind the ball. All this ended up doing was making him get out for a lower score off slightly more balls. His only got 2 50's in his last 19 innings (5 ODI and 14 test). He also averages just under 8 in those last 5 ODI innings. If Cook is out of form Root is completely gone at this rate they may as well pick a random Englishman out of the development squad instead of Root. Hales and Wright are alsol in Australia atm.

  • Matt.au on January 12, 2014, 23:03 GMT

    Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (January 12, 2014, 9:58 GMT). However, the fact that warner himself thought he was out and had walked off the whole pitch suggests he was out.

    On what authority do you say Warner walked because he himself thought he was out? He may well have asked Butler if he caught it and Butler said yes, so off he walked.

    I can tell you that if you watch Stokes and the umpire in the replays they are both immediately unconvinced the ball was caught.

  • on January 12, 2014, 23:00 GMT

    Finch may be worth keeping an eye on for test matches once Rogers retires. He has a sound technique and could make the transition to test opener, particularly if his partnership blossoms with Warner

  • on January 12, 2014, 22:48 GMT

    I think the Aussies have gone back to the mid 90's playbook of the Sri Lankans and it's by far the best way to play here in Aus. I can kind of see why England have the game plan they do IF they were playing in English conditions, with two new balls you retain your poles and go hard later, makes sense in swinging/seaming conditions. In Oz, however, this doesn't last long and with two hard rocks it needs to be a case of sending in some hitters early and 'watch the white ball fly'! England clearly missing a trick on this one and you can't see them moving Bell and Cook around in the order, or even dropping them, in order to experiment with this method with an eye towards the WC, so staid is their thinking.

    @JG2704, Agree with much of what you say, mate. Quite unfortunate that English HQ can't see past their noses. One of the Big Bash commentators said the other night "They must have a pretty good ODI squad if they can afford to leave this guy (Wright) out!" He should be there!

  • drinks.break on January 12, 2014, 22:22 GMT

    England is yet to recognise quite how dire their situation is, so they still refuse to make the drastic changes necessary.

    At the post-match presentations last night, Cook said that he thought England was about 20 runs short. What game was he referring to? It can't have been last night's match!

    Given that Australia coasted their last 10 overs, and still won with almost 5 overs to spare, if Cook had said England was 50 runs short, that would still have been optimistic.

    But where is England going to find an extra 50 runs an innings? Certainly not with a top four reading Cook, Bell, Root, Ballance.

  • Moppa on January 12, 2014, 21:53 GMT

    No one seems to have mentioned that, whilst Finch was the first Victorian to make an ODI hundred at the MCG, Brad Hodge was left 99* vs NZ in 2007 when the winning runs were hit. Still amazed that Deano never managed it though.

  • cheesemethod on January 12, 2014, 21:43 GMT

    I don't know much about the depth of the english ODI team but WHERE is Luke Wright and Alex Hales??? No doubt that Luke Wright will feature in the t20i series...but a white ball game is a white ball game....You need destruction at the top of the order for the powerplay. Cook has had a terrible series but no doubt he can bat. If he has to stay, hes better coming in at 3 to try and play an anchor innings through the 15-35 overs.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on January 12, 2014, 21:40 GMT

    Good win Aus. That was easy. Keep it up. Go for 5-0. By the by wheres our mate-FFL-aka 'Front Footed...something'? Where art thou??

  • JG2704 on January 12, 2014, 21:13 GMT

    @salazar555 on (January 12, 2014, 16:31 GMT) Presuming this is re Woakes - I agree that his 1st class stats are excellent but his A list stats (relating closest to the 50 over game)are not at all great. I'm not even against him playing but he certainly should be below Jos in the batting order

  • Martin00 on January 12, 2014, 21:07 GMT

    @denno didn't snicko show an edge On Root's bat?

  • righthandbat on January 12, 2014, 20:55 GMT

    An under-strength Australia wins fairly comfortably. It will be very hard for England to turn it around.

  • AlSmug on January 12, 2014, 20:41 GMT

    Yet again England ere woeful , average bowling from Australia a lot of poor deliveries , they really are at rock bottom , i think Bangladesh v England be a good game to watch at the moment , would be tough to pick who would win

  • Martin00 on January 12, 2014, 20:27 GMT

    Interesting looking at ODI averages and strike rates:

    Root 37 80 Morgan 39 86 Bell 36 74 Buttler 27 127 Bopara 32 79 Cook 38 78

    Nobody stands out do they!

  • on January 12, 2014, 20:20 GMT

    SLslider is a joke!! Makes himself feel better about his Team by dissing other teams.. what a muppet! Go the blackcaps

  • iceaxe on January 12, 2014, 20:00 GMT

    Cook has got to go. Far too inconsistent.

  • on January 12, 2014, 19:40 GMT

    England's performance was not too bad with the comparison of Ashes, I think its quite positive. It was just an outstanding show from Australia as their confidence boosted to moon after regaining Ashes. All the best to England for the rest of the series. And for Joe Root, he needs more matches as to be a better international player, he needs exposure.

  • Chris_P on January 12, 2014, 19:01 GMT

    @SLslider . For starters, this is an English/Australian series so why even mention Sri Lanka? Most of your countrymen post intelligently whereas the challenge of composing something resembling intellectually stimulating remains a dream. However, for your benefit, less than 12 months ago Australia wiped SL at home after beating them at home the previous year (something few other countries have managed including Sth Africa). But you wouldn't kow that as oyu show your lack of cricket knowledge by your posts.

  • anupamraj114 on January 12, 2014, 18:34 GMT

    I am an Indian. I can't really understand why Eng don't try Hales at the top. He will the perfect partner for someone like Cook. While Cook can take his time, Hales can take on the attack as it comes naturally to him. Bell can come at no. 3 and Root can go back to county and get his confidence back. With current tactic I don't see Eng going anywhere.

  • beingrajan on January 12, 2014, 18:13 GMT

    english repeating same!! as they did it in test. looks like ausses domination began.

  • Martin00 on January 12, 2014, 18:11 GMT

    Interesting looking at ODI averages and strike rates:

    Root 37 80 Morgan 39 86 Bell 36 74 Buttler 27 127 Bopara 32 79 Cook 38 78

    Nobody stands out do they!

  • stumpedlloyd on January 12, 2014, 17:26 GMT

    Joe Root is done. His confidence is shot. During the test series, I heard commentators say he was also a terrific one-day player. Yesterday's batting display did nothing to prove that. I have no doubt he will have a good England career but, for now, Root needs to go back to county cricket, gain some confidence and make some big runs. I was one of those people who thought England didn't really need to be changed from the inside out after The Ashes thrashing, but how come KP gets (rightly) taken to task for getting out playing to mid-wicket so much so that now his future in the team is being questioned, but Alastair Cook keeps nicking innocuous deliveries outside off-stump to the wicket-keeper or slips for very low scores and his place is never in doubt? Perhaps it is time to change skippers? Either turn around and make someone unpredictable and exciting as KP as skipper or bring in a Mike Brearley-type who will shape this into a winning outfit. Right now, this team is rubbish.

  • ABKhanISB on January 12, 2014, 17:24 GMT

    Looking at this form of English team, any day Even team like Bangladesh is going to defeat them.

  • Denno911 on January 12, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    @Amit - You have hit the nail dead center.. Joe Root's form is way off at the moment and to make his bad situation worse. Today he was given out plum LBW, yet in total denial he felt the need to again review the decision, you are out pal and reviewing a sound decision only makes you look more desperate to justify your spot in the team. At what point do you tell the lad, you are not allowed to review a decision based on the fact that you copped a bad call 6 games ago.

  • on January 12, 2014, 16:44 GMT

    Joe Root with his quintessentially English boyish looks at the beginning of last year being touted as the next David Gower of English cricket. Since then having being given ample opportunity he has failed to stamp his authority at any position up and down the batting order. Can we all simply accept that he is currently not good enough at the international stage bat at any position and his career will greatly benefit in the longer run by spending a few years back at the domestic level. He can take some comfort from similar experiences from likes of Graham Gooch and Alec Stewart who both went on to eventually become world class players. DL Gower was of course more than a bit special...

  • JG2704 on January 12, 2014, 16:39 GMT

    @Jmc - Of course (re chances etc) but it could have been a whole lot worse in our inns.Buttler came in with Eng 206-6 with 7 overs left + Bres joined him with 26 balls l with England 228-7 so if Jos didn't come off today (again asking him to play a cameo) and if Bres (who had one of his better days with bat) got out early (which is more usual than not) we could have been all out for around 245. Re Root - could be nothing to do with opening - just that he's badly out of nick. Personally I'd like to see an overhaul of those at the top and if necessary a whole new side. Everything is so formulated. I mean re powerplays for instance (did I hear them say we got 24 runs of our batting powerplay?). Either we should take the batting PP earlier (when Morgan was there) or have players who have the skills/intent to make use of those overs? If I was playing against England I'd consider having more close in fielders all the time (except maybe when Jos and Morgan are at the crease)

  • JG2704 on January 12, 2014, 16:34 GMT

    @Landl - Our best performers with the bat were Ballance,Morgan and Buttler and with the ball was Jordan. Only 1 experienced (for Eng) campaigner there so I'd say experience has nothing to do with it in this instance.

  • SaadRocx on January 12, 2014, 16:34 GMT

    Rip English Cricket!!!!!!

  • Iddo555 on January 12, 2014, 16:31 GMT

    His list A stats aren't great but his first class stats are fantastic, throughout his carrer he avverages 40 with the bat and 25 with he ball, those are stats beefy Botham would have loved to have had. If we take 2013 alone 50 with the bat and 21 with the ball. It doesn't get better than that

    You can't tell me he doesn't deserve a shot

  • Denno911 on January 12, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    It will always be much harder for a Team to gain momentum after being handed 5 straight test defeats, changing the starting line up or not. I feel for Cook as he is copping a hiding from every direction. He has been a driving force in recent times, leading England to series success in times gone past. But I have to ask - what happened during the flight to Australia. His captaincy during this tour has been questionable at the very least. How long do you allow the rot to fester before you get out the bleach. It would be a massive shame / setback for English International Cricket to see the ODI team get white washed as well. At least pick a side in form that remembers how to hold onto the rock when it is hit in their direction... Good luck with the rest of the tour England cause at the moment (You need it)

  • Iddo555 on January 12, 2014, 16:20 GMT

    @brutal,

    Pro 40 is not test cricket, it's not even county cricket.

    He averaged 30's last season and throughout his career in the long form. Hardly what you would call test level. Especially as it's in division 2 as well. Age is a factor when looking to the future, when looking to the world cup and the next ashes.

    You could argue he deserved a chance at the short form but test level in the ashes? No chance. He didn't deserve the call up, Compton and even Lumb had better 1st class records last year as openers and both in division 1 against better bowling too.

  • JG2704 on January 12, 2014, 16:10 GMT

    Interesting possibilities of who could come in. We have the usual comms re Carberry. I'm not sure if he was under instructions or if he's just been overcautious for England? The way I see it is that all our batsmen (who play expansive games) have reined in their games and overdone it (besides Jos and maybe Morgan) so it could be due to instructions. However I also feel that Carberry would not have been asked to rein his game in so much that snails were seen walking by laughing at him for being so pedestrian in the recent Ashes series. So I wonder how our T20 players (Wright,maybe the 2 Notts guys, domestically Trego) would go if they played ODIs for England? Is it a pressure thing or is it to do with instructions? If Carberry doesn't play for Eng again I think he'll kick himself for overcompensating and overdoing responsibility over his natural game. If I was Wright or whoever , I'd say (if picked)that I want to play in the fashion which I'm most successful with or not at al

  • JG2704 on January 12, 2014, 15:55 GMT

    @CodandChips - He is right now (I'd say) more destructive than KP and Trego. Trego had a great 2013 but in 2012 was less brutal. He is more prone to getting bogged down than Jos although he could be a leftfield selection if Eng want a bit of power at the top , a decent fielder and often a tidy bowler. For me he's have to come in top 3 as he is much less effective at 6/7/8. I'd also probably play Wright before Trego. Obviously Ravi deserves a few more chances before this happens. I don't think KP is as brutal as he used to be. Maybe it's my imagination but I'd love to see how his SRs (in all formats) match those of the previous years

  • JG2704 on January 12, 2014, 15:54 GMT

    @salazar555 - Woakes List A stats (which are most relevant to ODIs) are (career) batting 18 SR 85 (bowling) 34.65 ER 5.51 and last season his stats from 2 games were worse. Buttler's career List A stats are 51 SR 123. Last season 75 SR 146. England ODIs batting Jos - 27 SR 127 , Woakes 23 SR 73 So the only stat he's remotely close to Jos on is in Eng ODIs. Also he has the rep as a finisher because he has saved Somerset on many occasions in T20 etc. Vs Notts (2011 I think) he and Pollard looked up against it but pulled of a QF win when they came in late in the day. However he has also shown he can come in earlier and build an inns as all Somerset fans will know - most notably when they lost to Surrey in the YB40 final and beating Yorks last season. And you look at his Eng career so far and his best inns have been when he's come in earlier (after losing early wkts) vs Australia this summer. His worst performances for Eng have been when he's come in and slogged late on

  • BRUTALANALYST on January 12, 2014, 15:53 GMT

    @salazar555 My team was based on who's in Aus now. Age is irrelevant to me and for what it's worth I'd have Peter Trego in my short format side even in his 30's funny enough he and Carberry are 2 of if not the fittest crickets in county cricket. For Aus I'd have Hodge any day of the week t20/odi and he's nearly 40 ! Carberry averaged 47 in last yrs pro 40, top score of 150 at strike rate of 115 I'd hardly call that nothing . . .

  • anton1234 on January 12, 2014, 15:51 GMT

    I think Carberry played rather well in the Ashes. He was one of the few that looked composed. Would have liked him to be more positive and played his natural game though.

  • JG2704 on January 12, 2014, 15:49 GMT

    @salazar555 - Woakes List A stats (which are most relevant to ODIs) are (career) batting 18 SR 85 (bowling) 34.65 ER 5.51 and last season his stats from 2 games were worse. Buttler's career List A stats are 51 SR 123. Last season 75 SR 146. England ODIs batting Jos - 27 SR 127 , Woakes 23 SR 73 So the only stat he's remotely close to Jos on is in Eng ODIs. Also he has the rep as a finisher because he has saved Somerset on many occasions in T20 etc. Vs Notts (2011 I think) he and Pollard looked up against it but pulled of a QF win when they came in late in the day. However he has also shown he can come in earlier and build an inns as all Somerset fans will know - most notably when they lost to Surrey in the YB40 final and beating Yorks last season. And you look at his Eng career so far and his best inns have been when he's come in earlier (after losing early wkts) vs Australia this summer. His worst performances for Eng have been when he's come in and slogged late on

  • Living_It on January 12, 2014, 15:44 GMT

    @balajik2505, completely agree. It just amazes me how long it takes people to adapt and acknowledge change. This change is mainly due to the new field restrictions, T20s and the 2 new white balls. This ignorance is all due to commentators who back in their day would never have a strike rate above 70-80. The Australian commentators in particular (such as Ian Healy) have no idea how much the game has evolved, mainly due to the fact that they only watch test matches or ODIs or T20s that they have to commentate.

    Unless a match is being played on fast and green pitch which favours bowling (eg: some of the recent ODIs in South Africa) any score under 300 is below par. Not saying you cant win, but you will either have to bowl well or other side will bat badly.

    Finally the teams themselves sometimes fail to bat in accordance to the evolution of ODIs. Perfect example of that is Joe Root. His slow scoring rate was particularly ridiculous considering how deep englands batting line up was.

  • balajik2505 on January 12, 2014, 15:31 GMT

    landl47, the English top order played poorly, including Bell. As for experience, these guys would have played a lot of domestic limited overs cricket, and that is why they are in the team. England still has arguably the best domestic structure in the cricket world. The Aussie bowling except McKay was not very experienced, the spinners were pretty much up and down; and yet England did not take a toll of them. I don't mean that they had to be tonked out of the ground; they could easily have been milked; 2 for 69 in 15 overs from 2 guys who are essentially part timers is stupid. Rotate the strike; the boundary balls will come. Nobody except Morgan in the English line-up understood that.

  • kreeketer on January 12, 2014, 15:29 GMT

    Well played Aaron and Davo....Its hightime Cook scores atleast double digit...all say he is a very good bat according to stats and his age and bla bla bla...

    he complains about umpire decisions....You first score some runs as a captain to lead the team..I thing Eoin Morgan should be given the captaincy and Cook axed for rest of the tour...otherwise England will loose big in ODIs as well..

  • Martin00 on January 12, 2014, 15:19 GMT

    Interesting comments about Root not being up to it. He's out of form and certainly should be given a rest but didn't he achieve scores of 30+ in his first dozen or so ODI innings including a few scores of 50+ at more than a run a ball. He's out of form not out of his depth.

  • Iddo555 on January 12, 2014, 15:19 GMT

    @brutal

    You seem to have a thing for Carberry. I'm not sure why. He didn't do anything in first class last year and got picked for the ashes on 20/20 form which is wrong in itself. He then went from 20/20 dasher in domestic competition to shot less in the test. 12 runs off 86 balls before being given out. He certainly isn't the future playing like he has and being 33.

    You look like you wanted to pick a 20/20 side and if that's the case this would be better:

    Hales, Lumb, Wright, Bell, Morgan, Stokes, Butler, Borthwick, Willey, Broad, Jordan,

  • jmcilhinney on January 12, 2014, 15:15 GMT

    I was a supporter of the decision to move Root up to open in the Test team but am now convinced that he shouldn't be anywhere near the top of the order in any format for a long time, if ever. If he can learn from the experience of this tour and work on his technique to become a better player then it may be a blessing in the long run but he looks all at sea right now. He's played several good innings down the order in all formats so that's where he should stay. It's a matter of whether they think Ballance is ready to come in at #3, although it would be temporary anyway, with KP expected back after this series.

  • jmcilhinney on January 12, 2014, 15:11 GMT

    Once again England are left to try to wring a few positives out of a negative situation. That said, I'm not sure that the difference between the teams was as great as the magnitude of the victory might suggest but, if England still needed a reminder that they can't afford to drop catches then they got it today. The Australian openers had plenty of luck, although that happens, but to drop Finch on 8 was obviously extremely expensive. The fact that it was a fairly simple chance just rubs salt into the wounds. England didn't bat well at the top of the order and didn't bowl all that well at times so Australia were probably still the better side but the game should have been closer. I'm sure that England work just as hard as any other team on their fielding so I just don't understand why their catching has been so poor for so long. Tredwell and Carberry are known as good fielders and they both seemed to forget how to catch when they made the ODI team. It's cost England plenty already.

  • on January 12, 2014, 14:55 GMT

    There were some players out there today who are not really International class, either now or in the future.We will all disagree on who should be playing,but Unless those who select improve their choices-we will have another hiding from a much better team in all departments. It might be a start to have less non English players in the side,I counted five born Overseas today-I guess the game doesn't get played at school anymore,except the fee paying ones who produce with overseas hybrids,current English cricket teams bar a few bowlers-for example who was the last good Test batsman who Went to a State School in England.."

  • BRUTALANALYST on January 12, 2014, 14:53 GMT

    If England actually want to compete in the duration of this series 1.Carberry 2.Hales .3 Bell 4. Morgan (C) 5.Bopara 6.Wright 7.Butler 8.Stokes 9.Jordan 10.Broad 11.Tredwell/Finn P.S Giles Cook and Root are not the future if England want to challenge for the World Cup out here.

  • balajik2505 on January 12, 2014, 14:50 GMT

    It was funny to hear the commentators talking up the English batters during this match. I got a distinct feeling of watching a cricket match circa 2000. Cook is a better LOI player than people think, but right now he is struggling. Root was a no brainer, considering the series he just had. The England innings just sputtered along until Morgan came in. I just wonder, if Stokes and Buttler had been promoted to keep the score moving while Ballance held one end up would have meant that England would have got 300, a total to defend.It is this l lack of imagination on the part of England, which saw them lose so badly. Doherty,Maxwell and Watson conceded just 105 runs in 20 overs. The English should have easily got another 20 runs out of them. McKay is the only experienced bowler in this line-up. England could have easily put more pressure on what was a thin Aussie attack, but are back home mentally. Well done Australia, the fielding was excellent, giving the bowling an edge.

  • Iddo555 on January 12, 2014, 14:18 GMT

    I don't rate one day cricket, in fact I think it is the worst out of the three forms but it would be good for Cook to get a win or two in this series. The team looks very down at the moment, they look like they want to be anywhere but playing cricket, especially Cook

  • landl47 on January 12, 2014, 14:14 GMT

    I didn't see Australia's innings, but England batted reasonably well. You have to keep some perspective about this; Australia played well with an experienced side (6 players over 30 and only one under 25) against a much younger and less experienced England side (only one player over 30 and 5 under 25). England certainly aren't the finished article, but a number of players are showing promise. Whether they'll be ready by the World Cup in 2015 is another matter.

    Australia, on their home turf, look to be the side to beat in 2015.

  • Phantom_XI on January 12, 2014, 13:55 GMT

    Pieterson, Anderson, Borad (selected matches) rested in the series that followed Ashes white wash and it was crucial to get some pride back, it just doesn't make sense putting out part-timers & wannabes. England should be treating ODI series with some respect especially the world cup is going to here next year. Need to learn about posting 300+ with new rules and I can't see this team getting anywhere closer. Why are they asking for another humuliaton? Just don't get it.

  • on January 12, 2014, 13:54 GMT

    id say cook and root need a rest, those 2 especially must be drained from the tests, bring in woakes, kp, finn, broad.. even carberry if he's to play the opening dasher role. I also would like to see Buttler captain the side, I just think there's something about him that could be experimented with in ODI's. I feel bad for Cook, he's in a bad way, back to the wall, if he plays rest of ODIs, he needs to get a bit of mongrel in him, and find a way to score some runs. Australia obviously playing well, could rotate in and out 5+ players and have same results and team spirit, lets hope they do well against SA.

  • CodandChips on January 12, 2014, 13:51 GMT

    @JG2704 Yes Buttler is a very destructive batsman (3rd in England after KP and Trego in my opinion) but he only averages mid 20s currently in ODIs and I'd hate to put too much pressure on him. Perhaps I should have put him at 6 and Stokes 7. I think I got carried away by Stokes' test hundred.

    On Carberry I agree he was "abysmal" at home, but I think we need change from Cook Bell snail pace. At least you agree that Carberry will allow Cook, Bell or Root to have a well needed rest?

  • on January 12, 2014, 13:50 GMT

    English fielding is probably another area of concern. Collingwood was brilliant. Morgan is very good but Ballance certainly didn't give that impression of being a good fielder, Root isn't spectacular, Stokes looks good in the outfield. Except England and Pakistan all other ODI outfits in the world have 3-4 brilliant fielders. Warner, Maxwell, Clarke for AUS; Raina, Kohli, Jadeja for India; Du Plessis, Miller, Duminy for SA.

  • balajik2505 on January 12, 2014, 13:46 GMT

    England messed up their batting order. Ideally Morgan should have gone in at 3. He made an immediate difference when he came in. If Stokes and Buttler are good stroke players, why weren't they pushed up the order. What was the logic of playing Root, when he was clearly out of form? Australia got through 15 overs of ordinary spin bowling pretty cheap. This was where England could have really turned things around. Ballance looks good, but until Morgan came in, England did not try to rotate the strike. England's one day game is at least 10 years behind. A not so great Aussie bowling attack was made to look better than it really was in this match. I knew Australia would easily chase this target down, and did'nt bother to watch.

  • Iddo555 on January 12, 2014, 13:35 GMT

    @ Brutal

    Someone will come in for Root but it won't be Carberry, it will be an all-rounder to make up for the overs Root bowls.

    Woakes is the man to come in, he bats at 6 and the likes of Ballance and Morgan can all move up a place. Carberry has done nothing on tour and looks about as good as Root does at the moment.

  • AussieSam on January 12, 2014, 13:34 GMT

    When England posted 269 I thought that this was going to be a exciting chase that would go right to the end. I certainly didn't think the match would be over 25 overs into the innings. Although England were unfortunate a couple of times this could easily have been a 10 wicket win, as all the wickets that fell except for Watson's were due to the batsman trying to accelerate unnecessarily because it didn't even matter if they threw their wicket away.

    Another record broken by Finch and yet he still looks like he has fair bit of room for improvement. Looks a real gritty, determined player.

    As for England, they made at least one major selection error by not playing a spinner, imo. Cook only bowled Root as a last resort when the battle was virtually over anyway so obviously England didn't have confidence in him to play the spinner role. If they don't rate Tredwell surely Borthwick would have been worth a try? And why was Butler batting at no. 8? Were they expecting to be bowled out?

  • on January 12, 2014, 13:34 GMT

    Sadly, watching Australia play England this summer is akin to watching paint dry. The writing is always on the wall. Cricket needs contests. A bilateral tie is meaningless when one team never wanted to get off the aeroplane. Next series, please.

  • creebo777 on January 12, 2014, 13:33 GMT

    steven finn second best fast bowler in odis after dale steyn not playing?whats wrong with england,kevin pietersen also not playing? Bring kp back ,let root open and rest cook

  • Iddo555 on January 12, 2014, 13:28 GMT

    @jg

    He (Woakes)averaged 50+ with the bat and 20 with the ball this season, those stats are amazing

    I think Root is out of form and needs to be put out of his misery, so I would drop him and have Woakes, who offers with both bat and ball. The reason I would have Woakes ahead of Buttler in the order is I think Butler is best with 10 overs to go.

    If the situation meant there were 10 overs to go and both Woakes and Butler waiting to bat then you could change the order, but I would like to keep Butler for the last 10 overs so he can come in and swing and be destructive like he is in 20/20.

    Players on notice for their place.

    Root Bopara Bresnan Rankin Cook too, but I don't see that happening

  • BRUTALANALYST on January 12, 2014, 13:14 GMT

    Carberry needs to come in for Root next game no question and be given a licence. It's a shame he wasn't picked today without Johnson playing.

  • looloogun on January 12, 2014, 13:11 GMT

    butler is a better fielder than a keeper and yes best bat in da lineup; kieswetter ,hales ,lumb ,wright ,? samit patel would not be a bad choice now without swann here but only if andyflower likes him.. any left arm quicky ,but sidebottom what is he doing ?

  • anton1234 on January 12, 2014, 13:10 GMT

    I honestly think they should do away with the 50 over game after next year's world cup. You can see that the ground was half empty, even though pretty much every day of each test match was full. The Big Bash League has been a huge success both at the grounds and also on TV. I do wonder if the 50 over game finds itself neither here nor there - in between the two very different formats of test and T20s. The 50 over game is too predictable, because you know you are going to get long periods of ball being nurdled around with trying to protect their wickets.

    I really do think they need to alter the ODI format and put greater intensity into it. I would recommend 40 overs a side with two 5 over powerplays (no more than that as you want to keep the game natural as possible and avoid too much artificial field placings). The bowlers have to hurry back to their mark (as they do in T20s). 40 overs will intensify the ODIs but also keep some of the subtlety of the 50 over game.

  • disco_bob on January 12, 2014, 13:01 GMT

    England lost this match after the first 10 overs when the score was only 28. @RedandWhiteArmy, Buttler claimed the catch Warner only walked because he hit it and accepted Buttlers word at face value.

  • Jaffa79 on January 12, 2014, 12:59 GMT

    @ Stephen Westmoreland...I really don't get your point. Martyn Moxon was also having a whinge about the treatment of Root and Bairstow. What have England done to Root? Let him start in the middle order, give him an opportunity at the top then (rather than dropping him), allow him to stay in the team away from the new ball. He just hasn't scored the weight of runs! I rate Root but the guy is getting opportunities to bat in international cricket and not taking them; that is not England's fault. It is the same mentality as people complaining that Ramprakash and Hick were mesed around with. Just man up! You are a batsmen and you need to score runs whether it be at no 1 or no 6. Root needs to go back to County Cricket, Bairstow on the other hand should never play for England again. He has played 14 Tests and does not average 30 and that just is not good enough. Prior, Davies, Buttler and Foakes are streets ahead of him.

  • adeng on January 12, 2014, 12:56 GMT

    What on earth is going on with England? I have never seen them quite this bad and dejected before they even halfway!

  • JG2704 on January 12, 2014, 12:49 GMT

    @CodandChips on (January 12, 2014, 11:58 GMT)/salazar555 on (January 12, 2014, 11:46 GMT)

    Why would you guys bring Buttler in at 7 and 8 respectively? There are 2 guys in the England side who are most capable of taking the game away from a side and that's Morgan and Buttler. Buttler nearly always has an SR of 100+ Re Carberry - his SR was poor in the home series vs Aus and in the tests it was abysmal. If he played like he does for Hants then yes but if you're going to have a batsmen with a SR similar to Cook and Bell (probably less for Eng without checking) then it may as well just be Cook and Bell. No point in bringing in another player unless he adds something different

    @Salazar - Woakes 2 places above Jos in the batting order - may I ask why?

  • JG2704 on January 12, 2014, 12:34 GMT

    @Nick Yates - Sorry , the bit about the Aus fans was in response to another poster

    @xtrafalgarx on (January 12, 2014, 9:25 GMT)Also Lumb isn't doing too badly in the BBL. I wonder if they would overcompensate (rein in too much) if they played 50 over cricket. We seem to have too many accumulators and not enough accelerators. Also these players have been playing shorter format cricket in Oz already and dont have the bagges the test players have. Root must have more baggage than Heathrow and Gatwick customs areas at the moment

    @Anand Kumar- Root should go before Bopara or Bres. His confidence is shot right now. Bopara does add a different bowling option but there's no way he should come in ahead of Buttler unless it's in the 1st 15 overs

  • SkyCutter on January 12, 2014, 12:17 GMT

    Well done AUS. What an opening stand. It seems the thrill ride continues for AUS.

  • nottyash50 on January 12, 2014, 12:15 GMT

    As a Yorkshireman I like to see Yorkshire players for England, but it does not make sense to continue playing Joe Root in the one day matches. He was in poor form last year in summer against Australia when we lost.He has continued this today by scoring just 3 in 22 balls. You might as well hit a 4 and get out next ball! The logic of the selectors is difficult to work out. If they want him in, then he must be told to score quicker, does not the captain tell him?

  • JG2704 on January 12, 2014, 12:14 GMT

    @Anand Kumar on (January 12, 2014, 4:08 GMT) Not sure if it's technical but keeping moving him all around the batting order probably didnt help. He should be at home resting

    @Nick Yates -I wonder if Wright would play the same way in England colours in 50 over cricket? If only 2 of your batsmen are playing aggressively when you have 7 batsmen plus an all rounder (2 if you inc Bres) then you wonder if our men at the top are against expansive cricket? Surely adding batting depth should mean that our batsmen can play with more freedom It's only a few who are chestbeating and they drew 2 games in Eng - both they could have won (one they would have but for weather) and 2 of Eng's wins could have gone either way.Tiime will tell re how they do in SA but their series vs SA have always been close and they wont have been in such a good place going into a series with SA for some time. Again much will depend on the form of Mitch and the fitness of Rhino

  • on January 12, 2014, 12:02 GMT

    Can Yorkshire please find a way to recall Root from the England Squad. He is getting destroyed by the mismanagement of the England coaches, selectors and captain. Yet again England find a promising young cricketer and destroy him.

  • CodandChips on January 12, 2014, 11:58 GMT

    Good to see we're back to the same old absurd formula of getting the top order to bat painfully slowly for as long as possible, putting all the pressure on our finishers (no wonder Bopara and Morgan struggle so much) and then hoping a four man attack can defend it. This may have sort of worked in CT13 but only because Broad, Anderson and Swann/Tredwell bowled well, and Trott and Bopara batted well.

    Well done Ballance (minus the catch) and Jordan showing why I want them both in this team and the test team.

    Next match: 1.Bring in Carberry to bat like he does for Hampshire 2.Get rid of Bresnan- overrated 3.Bring in Briggs. Has struggled in T20Is but has only played 1 ODI. Needs to be given a chance. Tredwell was poor at home vs Aus. 4.Send home Joe Root. He has played non stop since the CLT20 in 2012 and ha played in every series since, and for Yorkshire. Needs a rest 5.Play Finn

    1.Cook/Bell 2.Carberry 3.Ballance 4.Morgan 5.Bopara 6.Stokes 7.Buttler 8.Woakes 9.Jordan 10.Finn 11.Briggs

  • Captainman on January 12, 2014, 11:57 GMT

    England ODI team looks very inexperienced.

  • JG2704 on January 12, 2014, 11:57 GMT

    Rigid , Rigid , Rigid

    I'm still not convinced we have the right players out there but even with that set of 11 players we could have done things better. I put on the preview that it's crazy having such a talent as Buttler coming in at number 8. Was it coincidence that Buttler's best performances for England came vs Australia last summer when he came in earlier in the innings and that when he'd been held back he'd often looked reckless and desperate? He wasn't at his fluent best today but even so his SR is so much better than any of his teammates. He comes in with 7 overs to go with Eng 206-6 and Eng finish 269-7. I said before the game I'd like to see Morgan and Buttler both shifted up the order to either come in at 3&4 or 4&5. And once Ravi comes in above Jos just before the powerplay overs either he or Ballance should show more intent during the powerplay overs. Ballance did well but still feel he could have upped the anti earlier.

  • RednWhiteArmy on January 12, 2014, 11:52 GMT

    @disco_bob Warner was looking right at it with the best view in the house. If batsmen are not sure these days they stand their ground. Warner was convinced, England were convinced, so why use the technology?

  • on January 12, 2014, 11:50 GMT

    I would like to say Aussies are back in the rhythm and at the moment It's as tought as to beat them like they were after wining 3 world cups in a row without losing a single game and hadn't lost a single match in 83 matches untill Bangladesh won their first ODI against Aussies. Carry on boys I predict another white wash series against England and they deserve this after that stupid celebrations when the won the Ashes series last time

  • Iddo555 on January 12, 2014, 11:46 GMT

    Cook needs to score some runs as does Root. They both look out of form and it means England are usually 2 down for not many.

    My team for the next game:

    Cook, Bell, Ballance, Morgan, Woakes, Bopara, Stokes, Butler, Bresnan, Jordan, Briggs.

    Could bring in Wright who as been playing well in Oz and have something like this:

    Cook, Wright, Bell, Ballance, Morgan, Woakes, Stokes, Buttler, Bresnan, Jordan, Briggs

  • JG2704 on January 12, 2014, 11:43 GMT

    You get what you deserve.Well done Oz. Eng's management do their best to reduce chances of winning. Root should be home and keeping him out there when in this form may do him more harm - nevermind the team. The best case scenario is that he rediscovers some form but it's ages away before the next series so it's not like it has a bearing on the next test series. You have arguably one of the most destructive,innovative batsmen in world cricket so you maximise his scoring potential by bringing him in before the halfway mark - right? If not then you at least bring him in at the fall of the other most destructive player in the England side , so it gives him time to get himself in so he can get the most out of the powerplay overs - right? No, I've got a better idea - we'll give him just 4 overs worth of deliveries to face. Our bowlers are not what they used to be so a defendable target has to be a fair bit above par - esp when you've sacrificed a bowlerto strengthen the batting

  • 3ddy on January 12, 2014, 11:35 GMT

    only jordan looked decent in english bowling attack today , im starting to think that cook doesnt like finn thats why he hasnt got a single game and its unfair to a talent like finn , just because he was out of form. also australia needs to play patto instead of coulternile because he is a far better bowler imo and maybe fawad in place of doherty.

  • disco_bob on January 12, 2014, 11:35 GMT

    @RednWhiteArmy on (January 12, 2014, 10:28 GMT), Warner walking only indicates that he knew he hit it. Buttler said he'd taken the catch so Warner walked. I'll give Jos the benefit of the doubt that he could not tell. This was very similar to a catch that Haddin took in the Ashes but credit to Haddin he said he wasn't sure and it went upstairs. Although not given Hadds catch looked like he did have a finger under it, unlike the Buttler catch.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on January 12, 2014, 11:33 GMT

    Suprise!Yet another blob-failure-for Watson.Game1 itself.Did'nt take long,did it?With heaps of chances he's given.Likes of Marshes-Shaun,young Mitch-,Maddinson etc. are waiting time's run out for him.Well played Finch!Good 100. Should've seen it through.

  • bhasker.pakhrin on January 12, 2014, 11:18 GMT

    Good Century by Finch. Well Done Aussies. A bit of luck early on. But you don't need luck playing against England these days, they will make it for you...

  • BRUTALANALYST on January 12, 2014, 11:05 GMT

    I doubt Johnson will play any ODI's as it's vital he's fit for the SA Tests and quite frankly Australia do not need him to beat this England 11. Same could be likely for Pattinson considering the situation of Ryan Harris knee.

  • BradmanBestEver on January 12, 2014, 11:04 GMT

    An the Australian domination continues with a second string team to.

    Just another day at the office

  • TheBigBoodha on January 12, 2014, 10:59 GMT

    The replays clearly showed the ball hitting turf, so I don't know what the issue is with the Warner catch. The idea that Warner must have had a fool-proof view was contradicted by technology, I'm afraid. There was a couple of inches in it, so Warner cold hardly be expected to detect such a tiny differential from twenty metres away with the ball flying off the bat from a pace bowler. Get real. This was a GREAT example of technology doing its job, and getting it right.

    You can't invoke the missing frame argument when one frame shows ball on grass. You can invoke that argument for one camera that didn't show ball on grass, however.

  • on January 12, 2014, 10:55 GMT

    It won't matter who they pick. Jordon bowled ok- badly let down on the field. Fielding was pathetic. Bat Butler higher up and pick a spinner. The selectors have picked players like Finn and now Tredwell but have no intention of playing them! Why take them?

  • on January 12, 2014, 10:36 GMT

    @xtrafalgarx I think so too. Wright could replace Bresnan. I am not sure why the English selectors are so persistent with Bresnan. Wright for Bresnan would be like for like except more firepower in batting with Wright. Wright, Bell and Stokes at 1,2,3 could provide impetus at the top.

  • on January 12, 2014, 10:32 GMT

    @aussie1993 8:12 am oh yeah like nz is a better team dan England. keep dreams on dude!!! Its Eng who might lose 3-2 and Ind winning comfortably 5-0.

  • Four_Bits on January 12, 2014, 10:30 GMT

    Must side with you on this one REDnWhiteArmy. With Warner walking, do the umpires really need to intervene? Warner had a pretty good view of it and the players seemed to agree it was out. Use the technology to settle a dispute

  • RednWhiteArmy on January 12, 2014, 10:28 GMT

    @disco_bob The decision doesnt really matter considering England's fielding. But, as someone who's played the last 21 years, the batsman gets the best view & if he leaves the field he's fairly convinced he's out.

  • on January 12, 2014, 10:27 GMT

    @aussie1993 8:12 am oh yeah like nz is a better team dan England. keep dreams on dude!!! Its Eng who might lose 3-2 and Ind winning comfortably 5-0.

  • Four_Bits on January 12, 2014, 10:12 GMT

    xtrafalgarx, Agreed r.e Wright. Has been a real treat watching this guy striking it well for Melbourne. Could come in to replace Root, who seems to be struggling a bit. Throw Hales in for Cook who adds little value in this format, particularly in the field and they may have enough firepower to make a competitive total. They also look a strike bowler short. Broad would be ideal. All the while, our boys are looking pretty comfortable. Go Aus

  • disco_bob on January 12, 2014, 10:07 GMT

    @RednWhiteArmy, If you watch the ball on slow motion it looks to be going straight into the gloves, but this is due to the foreshortening. On the slo mo replays the ball dips quickly and bounces off the ground high into the gloves. Clearly it hit the ground, no grey area on replays. It's already on youtube.

  • RednWhiteArmy on January 12, 2014, 9:58 GMT

    Well you gotta say the warner decision was yet another in the grey area. However, the fact that warner himself thought he was out and had walked off the whole pitch suggests he was out.

  • on January 12, 2014, 9:57 GMT

    It's also pretty strange why Finn has lost consideration totally. Last year he did a very decent job in ODIs in India except he clipped the stumps every now and then. He had one bad test in Trent Bridge. Finn, Broad, Rankin and Treadwell backed up by Stokes look far more threatening to take wickets than one which England is using now. Looks like England are thinking containment and not wickets. Not seen Onions but I read he is very effective as well but strangely enough fails to get a go.

  • xtrafalgarx on January 12, 2014, 9:50 GMT

    @Anand Kumar: NO! That's a silly move, when Johnson comes back it's for Coulter-nile. Why replace a batsman with a bowler!

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on January 12, 2014, 9:40 GMT

    @CaptainMeanster-Maybe are right about all that you said of team Eng.Cant really blame Cook.Has hands tied already helming an ordinary side and heavily losing as well.Playing a superior side-though 2nd string Aus-1 of top in ODI @ home also doesn't help.

  • humdrum on January 12, 2014, 9:39 GMT

    Eng heading towards a real hiding( ho hum) and the match could be over in less than 40 overs.As anticipated,none of the lads are making any impression and the feeling is that both Aussies are toying with the lads.Still,the crowd is getting its money's worth so that's all right. I bet Andy Flower is writing( dictating ?) Cook's speech for him in the post match celebrations.Oh well,we pretty much know it,still...

  • aussie1993 on January 12, 2014, 9:38 GMT

    @kelum let me remind u finch has scored 158 in a t20 international against england in england,has scored well against india in india,has been performing well in australia so how can u call a finch a flat track bully what abt mahlea bully he has not scored a odi ton against australia nd all sri lankan batsman have horrible record in sa nd australia

  • on January 12, 2014, 9:36 GMT

    When Johnson comes back - is it better to send Haddin at 1 or 2 and leave Finch ? (Although it might not be politically correct to leave a batsman out on the back of a good score). Faulkner and Johnson at 7 and 8 don't seem too bad.

  • xtrafalgarx on January 12, 2014, 9:25 GMT

    Why don't England just pick Wright? He would make such a big difference, i don't know why they don't fancy him. He is a good player. Maybe also Hales will be good as well, pick the best ONE DAY players not test players who are available.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on January 12, 2014, 9:23 GMT

    Wonderful piece of umpiring to refer bump catch of Warner to tech. as always-well almost-right dec. is made. Was clear to every1-bar Botthom-too much doubt factor there so 'benefit' had to be given.Warner's looking good for big1.1ce more well done umps. !

  • aussie1993 on January 12, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    @if sri lankan fans are taking abt past then let me remind them who hve won 4 world cups,3 in a row, who have won 2 consecutive champions trophy,who has highest win% in tests nd odi 45% in test miles ahead of any team nd 65% in odi well at the top dnt u remember wc 2007 final which we won in a 1 sided game against sri lanka

  • on January 12, 2014, 9:20 GMT

    @fisherdan this current side didn't do much during last year other than beat Eng and WI, Finch only scores runs on flat wickets, he's been very lucky today with a dropped chance and a few uppish shots falling harmlessly but won't be able to rely on that too much, Warner was dropped from the ODI squad due to bad form till recently and is just enjoying a purple patch on the back of the English, Clarke is in and out of the side with back problems, in fact Bailey has been the Aus saving grace in the last year. Supporting your home country is very patriotic but shows how little you know about cricket in general when u are comparing sides on paper.

  • on January 12, 2014, 9:16 GMT

    Bopara might be a good option on slow pitches like Premadasa, Colombo or Sher-e-bangla in Dhaka where ball tends to hold up and he can get through 5-6 overs. I don't see him bowling more than a couple of overs on quicker pitches in Australia.

  • on January 12, 2014, 9:12 GMT

    Broad can lend some balance to this team. He can come in for Bopara. Stokes lends that luxury to England where they can think aggressively and pick another bowler. Other teams would kill to have such a luxury. England might even think of utilizing Stokes in top 3 to take control of the game in powerplays.

  • on January 12, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    @Aussie1993 SL have never been a good test side, mainly cos we haven't had good enough bowling attacks capable of taking 20 wickets, but also don't forget we've only played test cricket for only 30 years, and until 2004 we only got 1 test series in Eng and haven't played more than 12 tests in Aus since 1995. Plus Australia had a much stronger squad than us. So Aus beating us 3-0 was no surprise at all. In fact we probably should have drawn the Hobart test. However this is the start of the ODI series and hence I was under the impression that we would be talking about ODI performance. My bad.

  • Shaggy076 on January 12, 2014, 9:08 GMT

    Kelum Pietersen so there is nothing wrong with my statement. And I didn't go into opinion pieces. The series was a draw period, I'm not going into that we rested every player and played a B team as unlike you Im not going to blur the facts. We got bowled out for 72 and Sri Lanka lost 7 in reply so it was a 3 wicket loss which really isn't that big of margin. As for labeling the worst groundsman effort that statement is poor, there was moisture and international umpires with an international referee called it off. As for the champions trophy we lost first game to England fair and square, then was crueled by weather in the second game. Third game left too much to do from the previous weather controlled game so break it down we weren't that bad and this was part of our 6 month poorperiod. You neglect to add in the last 2 years we have also won series in SL, South Africa, West Indies and more.

  • Marcio on January 12, 2014, 9:06 GMT

    Nice cherry picking, Kelum Skunkman Pietersen. SL never reached 200 in that entire 5 game series, so they were clearly the ones saved from the Sydney ODI, not Australia. And since it was Jayawardene who harangued the umpires to leave the field it was karmic justice. Aus only had one effective game in the CT - one washed out vs NZ when in a strong position and they had to try to score their runs in 29 overs vs SL and threw away all their wickets. They would have chased down SLs modest total 9/10 times over 50 overs. Australia has been consistently ranked near the top of the ODO rankings for a good reason - they are a very good ODI team.

  • xtrafalgarx on January 12, 2014, 9:04 GMT

    @Kelum Skunkman Pietersen: You're right about the SL series, but who cares? This is a new year and Australia has started well. It doesn't really matter what has happened before whether you win or you lose. Last year we didn't do as well away from home but the ODI side started to show consistency away from home in ENG when we won over there and we performed well in IND. The boys will want to do well in SA and PAK aswell to continue the trend.

  • JimmyDean on January 12, 2014, 8:57 GMT

    @ Kelum Skunkman Pietersen & SLslider, why talk about the past? With the current Aus side; it does not matter in which country they play the Lankan, I would doubt the Lankan would get anywhere near this Aus side of Finch, Warner, Watson, Clarke*, Bailey, Maxwell, Haddin†, Faulkner, Coulter-Nile, McKay , Doherty + Johnson, Cutting, Patterson.

  • humdrum on January 12, 2014, 8:56 GMT

    Iron bottam positively foaming at the mouth on Warner being recalled by the umps.He needs to be gently reminded who's in charge in the middle.Where's the stiff upper lip,mate? England's wise men on Sky are maintaining a strong silence on the key aspect--the selection of the team.Makes you wonder if its a no man's land and strictly off limits.

  • xtrafalgarx on January 12, 2014, 8:56 GMT

    Warner is actually not as good a one day player as you would assume he is. He is good at T20 and Tests, but for some reason has never really got ontop of oneday cricket.

  • aussie1993 on January 12, 2014, 8:52 GMT

    @kelum yes we drew the odi series with sri lanka but I m here taking abt test series were australia crushed u 3-0

  • Cpt.Meanster on January 12, 2014, 8:51 GMT

    Another pathetic display from England, resuming from where they left off during the tests. They should have scored 300+ on this pitch, instead they limp to 270. It's not enough and I am sure they know it. Australia should chase this down fairly comfortably. Cook is proving he's an ordinary captain with no innovative thinking or confidence in his players. He's also horribly out of form and lacks the skills to play one day international cricket for England. It's time England shed their old fashioned ways and bring in an aggressive captain and player into the team. KP should be playing here, instead he's sent home. That to me speaks volumes about England's negative frame of mind. They lack confidence and have NO hope whatsoever. They don't believe they can win ANY game on this tour. It doesn't bode well for English cricket. Too many bits and pieces players. Joe Root is proving he's average. Just too many failures in this team. Also, Where is the spinner for England ?

  • Big-Dog on January 12, 2014, 8:48 GMT

    I don't know what you are all talking about. The ball clearly bounced into the keepers gloves. Not Out!!.

  • humdrum on January 12, 2014, 8:39 GMT

    Aus on target to get 90 in the 1st 15 overs.The real fun and games will start once you have Bopara at one end and friendly Root at the other end.Warner and Finch are likely to send them on a trip to the moon.Hope Andy flower is watching the same match that the rest of the world is watching.

  • on January 12, 2014, 8:38 GMT

    @Shaggy076 I may be wrong but Aus only drew the home ODI series with SL that is thanks to a rain affected SCG game (might I add that was the worst bit of ground staff handling of rain I have ever seen in the last 20 odd years). I won't even mention that they were skittled for 70 odd by a medium pace trudler at the GABBA. Plus they didn't win a single game at the Champions trophy in Eng. Yes they beat Eng after the Ashes but that's about it.

  • pommy80 on January 12, 2014, 8:37 GMT

    Can someone explain why Finn isn't getting a game and Bresnan is? Bresnan is past his prime and Finn is left in the back when some Irish export just jumps into the team? Jordan looks like one for the future however.

  • milepost on January 12, 2014, 8:31 GMT

    Looks like England have picked up when they left off, batting like snails, catching like they think the ball is going to bite them..... If I were an England fan I would have stopped watching ages ago but wait a second..... @FFL did lol!

  • Nutcutlet on January 12, 2014, 8:31 GMT

    Want a summation of Cook's captaincy? Move 2nd slip to midwicket and watch the ball fly past, at good comfortable catch height, to your right! Chris Jordan has bowled much better than his figures currently suggest and why - in the power-play - does the captain deny him (and the team he is 'leading') the chance of an early scalp? If a bowler is hitting his straps then give him the encouragement to go for the wickets! Does he never learn from his opposite number? Cook is not a good captain - never will be - as he lacks that vital intuitive feel for the job. Can he make an adequate one? That's about the best England can hope for in the immediate future.

  • on January 12, 2014, 8:29 GMT

    Actually Hales or Wright to open with Cook. Or Hales and Wright to open with Cook at 3 Bell 4 Morgan 5 and the rest,

  • Lion83 on January 12, 2014, 8:24 GMT

    India will struggle in NZ series if they prepare grassy pitches.

  • on January 12, 2014, 8:17 GMT

    looks like Eng is going back to the dark ages in the 90s abd picking these half cricketers. Even though he top scored they shouldn't have picked Balance. And you can see the difference in the Eng docile top order and the hard hitting Aussie one. Hales should open with Cook, then Bell at 3 Morgan or Root (if Root is picked) at 4 then Bopara, Stokes, Butler and the bowlers with Treadwell as spinner. They showed no intensity or intent when they batted and are about 25-30 runs short. Now the new ball pair are making a mockery of this defence.

  • aussie1993 on January 12, 2014, 8:12 GMT

    another 5-0 in cards hopefully australia will get no 1 odi spot if india manage to win 3-2 still australia will get no 1 spot

  • humdrum on January 12, 2014, 8:11 GMT

    Well,well.So Aus get the start they wanted even as Finch exhausts 3 of his 9 lives.If Eng don't get a couple of breakthroughs,the match could turn out to be a one way street.Can't see the likes of Bopara and even Bresnan for that matter running through this Aussie side.

  • DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on January 12, 2014, 8:10 GMT

    please someone help me... Why the lbw decision against finch was not out?

    I think?! I saw more than half of the ball hitting leg stump. Explain rule?

  • on January 12, 2014, 8:05 GMT

    After the worst Ashes performance ever you would expect England to rebuild a new team. Obviously you need a new Leader of the team to do that, whatever 11 players. so why keep mentally defeated captain and players like Root in the side. Whilst Peterson was the top scorer in Ashes, but he gets sent out to grass....strategy for defeat here by England leadership. I think its not the England players that are rubbish..

  • adeng on January 12, 2014, 7:51 GMT

    Am I the only one who thinks Australia's one day apparel looks very similar to what Pakistan's uniform looked like not long ago?

  • Henry_Crun on January 12, 2014, 7:42 GMT

    @brutalananalyst - if Root IS the future of England then the future of England is rooted.

  • Mrpeck on January 12, 2014, 7:40 GMT

    Looking forward to the Aussie innings. This match will be a close one if the Aussie top order doesn't fire

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on January 12, 2014, 7:38 GMT

    Waiting for a Warner special. The best,most talented young bat in the world has it all set out before him -big crowd waiting for big hits to start,a good pitch and the sight of a friendly Eng attack his fave.Also Eng have managed to put a score at last.

  • disco_bob on January 12, 2014, 7:33 GMT

    I think England needed 320 to put any serious pressure on Australia. Baring some sort of meltdown, I can see us chasing this down in 47 overs.

  • humdrum on January 12, 2014, 7:15 GMT

    Leaving out Tredwell may well prove to be a serious error.Root can hardly take his place and the English attack looks uni-dimensional and the likes of Bopara are more likely to be cannon fodder than cannon,which would leave England with little options if he were attacked.As ponted out by Brydon,a high score is no guarantee for a win,if there are no match winning bowlers to back up the score.I repeat,leaving out Tredwell is a big mistake.

  • Shaggy076 on January 12, 2014, 7:14 GMT

    SLslider; we have only lost recently In England and India of all the other away series we drew in South Africa and won the rest. We had 6 months of bad cricket and suddenly we are a home track bully. As far as one-day international's go we only lost the latest away series in India and won everywhere else. As for India we have won more one-day series than we lost in recent times. It's surprising that supporters from countries that can't hold a candle to us speak out as they do. Sri Lanka would love our record.

  • on January 12, 2014, 7:12 GMT

    The way Australian One Day team performed in India, especially the batting, It seems that this english team is not going to pose any threat for these Aussie batsman.

  • AidanFX on January 12, 2014, 7:10 GMT

    What a dull bowling line up. CA is mocking the Australian public. The batting Lind up I am fine with. Seriously after producing some of the best bowling as a core unit since previous dominant eras of teams like Aid and Windies and we get served this team? How can McKay be leading the attack? I am not saying he shouldn't be selected per se but as useful as he may be in one day form he does not strike fear into opponents. Successful Aus teams in past WC (there is another one around the corner) had McGrath, Warne, Lee, Flemming - all class players and certainly the prospect of facing McGrath was intimidating. Granted Johnso being rested after 5 Tests, fair enough he earned it, Star, Cummins injured ok... Pattinson ignored. People pay money to go to these games. I don't think CA takes 50 overs seriously.

  • Nutcutlet on January 12, 2014, 7:02 GMT

    @ BRUTALANALYST on (January 12, 2014, 6:12 GMT): on recent performances, your remark is pretty justified. But the bigger picture is that Root IS the future. Graham Thorpe pushed his claims for higher honours relentlessly & Thorpe is as good a judge of a promising batsman as England has got. The trouble with Root is that he's been messed about - up & down & up the order - and then, critically, there's been the coaching input... The more influence he's had from those in the senior (Test) set up, the worse he - and others in the same sunk boat - have got. As I said earlier, there are some obvious conclusions to be drawn... But what do we know or understand? Clearly, the arrogance at the top of the England Hierarchy (worth the upper-case) has superior knowledge and is deaf to the increasingly loud clamour that tells them that they are not only doing a lousy job, but - worse - they are messing with exceptional young talent, setting young Joe back several notches. Resignations must come.

  • on January 12, 2014, 7:02 GMT

    thanks to mckay performance saved this match frm being onesided. best of luck to all the team

  • on January 12, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    Australia could contemplate sending Haddin right at the top. If he can score a quick fire 50, game would be sealed with England heavily relying on Rankin, Stokes. Not sure how good Bresnan's ODI form is. With Maxwell and Faulkner down the order, Haddin's form may be wasted if he is to bat lower down.

  • SLslider on January 12, 2014, 6:50 GMT

    @ Shaggy076 Why is it surprising? You aussie fans think only you have right to pinpoint others weakness when your team is a complete home track bully.

  • on January 12, 2014, 6:32 GMT

    Brydon Coverdale, your analysis in Report is brilliant. I am great fan of your writing. Yes, the absence of specialist spinner could cost England. But it seems they are mentally disturbed and are desperate to leave from Australia as soon as possible. In first ODI, I think Australia can pull-off because they are better ODI side than Tests.

    They have good pace attack, and batting is fine. However a solid start in run chase could make the work easy for middle order. Otherwise, I will be interested to see middle order response to the situation.

  • Shaggy076 on January 12, 2014, 6:26 GMT

    Solider; Sangakkara and Jayawardena were very classy over here last year putty they coukdnt score a run. Lyons figures were as good as Herath's. We had one bad year, but after beating Sri Lanka at home and away as well as not losing for a long time in ODI's I'm very surprised to see a SL fan talking about Australia's weaknesses.

  • BRUTALANALYST on January 12, 2014, 6:12 GMT

    Root is not the future . . .

  • on January 12, 2014, 6:09 GMT

    Ballane batting style is exactly the same as that of the former pakistani great opener Aamir Sohail' raising the waving the bat in the air right before the ball is delivered... Strokes the with the same technique as Aamir Sohail use to do....

  • Nutcutlet on January 12, 2014, 6:08 GMT

    Cook & Root looked desperately out of touch. Too much Gooch-infected coaching in recent weeks, IMO. Compare their stodgy uncertainty with the freedom shown in the clean hitting & positive running in the Ballance-Morgan partnership. There seems to be a simple division - the Ashes veterans are way out of kilter and the rest - the new-comers - are the ones with some sense of focus & purpose about them. I will not be the only one to draw some fairly damning conclusions.

  • Matadore on January 12, 2014, 6:08 GMT

    Per4mnceless BIG names r costng england.... On the other hand, Nameless performers r holding australia on top...

  • on January 12, 2014, 6:06 GMT

    England would be disappointed if they don't get 280-300 with such a deep batting line up they have opted for. English bowling doesn't look penetrating.

  • on January 12, 2014, 5:54 GMT

    Wats wrong with steven finn.. He is their best ODI bowler.. Poor selection by cook.. Cook dont deserve a place in ODI eleven... They must bring KP to open with bell and hope trott recovers and be back at 3...

  • SLslider on January 12, 2014, 5:50 GMT

    It's funny how AUS fans are talking so much after winning just one series at their home. LOL. They have lost all their matches away from AUS in last 1 year or so and will also get whitewashed in SA. Nor do they have a single classy batsman like Sanga and Mahela, neither they have a spinner with the quality of Herath. If AUS can draw a single test match in SA it will be an achievement for them. Steyn,Phil and Morkel will have AUS overrate batsmen for breakfast. LOL. Some less than 50 scores coming up people.

  • on January 12, 2014, 5:39 GMT

    Ballance scored 50 against England.. His batting style is the same as that of former Pakistani opener Aamir Sohail.. Raising and waving the bat before the ball is delivered.. Stroking the ball in the same style as Amir sohail use to do..

  • Mervo on January 12, 2014, 5:37 GMT

    Morgan is like Bailey. OK in the ODIs but not suited technically to the Test arena.

  • on January 12, 2014, 4:55 GMT

    Right. So how about Root down the order ? Swap with Bopara ? Or send Stokes up the order given his form. Root down the order might have the license to attack and be more positive and get some confidence back.

  • on January 12, 2014, 4:47 GMT

    one of them needs to post a hundr ed if Morgan stays then we've got a chance

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on January 12, 2014, 4:47 GMT

    A new series and 3rd string Aus bowling doing normal service-skittle clueless Eng top order cheaply. Shows why Aus is best by far pace pack in world.Dont see ordinary Eng get much more than 150 v this attack.Expect Warner/Watto to finish it of in 25 ovrs.

  • Shaggy076 on January 12, 2014, 4:30 GMT

    Anand Kumar; Obviously you have watched Root by picking up his backfoot play is awesome, the Aussies picked that up too and all summer have bowled a lot fuller too him. He really needs to work on his front foot play.

  • humdrum on January 12, 2014, 4:14 GMT

    Chances are that the bottom half(not being Iron Bottom) will perform better than the top half,particularly as the redoubtable Ben Stokes will perform his usual glorious deeds.Wonder what Cook is doing in the side.But then I never could understand what he was doing in the Test side either.Ah well,the mysteries of fate and Andy Flower take a long time to unravel and for us poor ignoramuses to question The Wise One would be nothing short of heresy.

  • Zahidsaltin on January 12, 2014, 4:11 GMT

    Can't be rooted more than 23 ball 3 by Root. These english players are mentally defeated even before start of a match.

  • on January 12, 2014, 4:08 GMT

    Looking at Root bat this morning, looks like his confidence has been completely lost. Does Coaching staff need to take the blame ? Did they try to fiddle with Root ? He was batting brilliantly in England. Looking at his backfoot play, one would ve thought he d succeed on Aussie pitches with pace and bounce

  • on January 12, 2014, 4:03 GMT

    How Joe Root gets in the side over Luke Wright is beyond me.

  • rock_kamran on January 12, 2014, 3:54 GMT

    Why is steven Finn nt selected?

  • Matadore on January 12, 2014, 3:32 GMT

    Horrable jersey! Aus jersey reminds me old school pak's one :) or, one can doubt is it Aus vs england or bangladsh vs zimbabwe

  • DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on January 12, 2014, 3:16 GMT

    dont expect cook will perform, he never ever performed in odi's. Oz will beat eng by 5-0

  • on January 12, 2014, 3:08 GMT

    Need batting

  • on January 12, 2014, 3:07 GMT

    Good need deep batting

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  • on January 12, 2014, 3:07 GMT

    Good need deep batting

  • on January 12, 2014, 3:08 GMT

    Need batting

  • DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on January 12, 2014, 3:16 GMT

    dont expect cook will perform, he never ever performed in odi's. Oz will beat eng by 5-0

  • Matadore on January 12, 2014, 3:32 GMT

    Horrable jersey! Aus jersey reminds me old school pak's one :) or, one can doubt is it Aus vs england or bangladsh vs zimbabwe

  • rock_kamran on January 12, 2014, 3:54 GMT

    Why is steven Finn nt selected?

  • on January 12, 2014, 4:03 GMT

    How Joe Root gets in the side over Luke Wright is beyond me.

  • on January 12, 2014, 4:08 GMT

    Looking at Root bat this morning, looks like his confidence has been completely lost. Does Coaching staff need to take the blame ? Did they try to fiddle with Root ? He was batting brilliantly in England. Looking at his backfoot play, one would ve thought he d succeed on Aussie pitches with pace and bounce

  • Zahidsaltin on January 12, 2014, 4:11 GMT

    Can't be rooted more than 23 ball 3 by Root. These english players are mentally defeated even before start of a match.

  • humdrum on January 12, 2014, 4:14 GMT

    Chances are that the bottom half(not being Iron Bottom) will perform better than the top half,particularly as the redoubtable Ben Stokes will perform his usual glorious deeds.Wonder what Cook is doing in the side.But then I never could understand what he was doing in the Test side either.Ah well,the mysteries of fate and Andy Flower take a long time to unravel and for us poor ignoramuses to question The Wise One would be nothing short of heresy.

  • Shaggy076 on January 12, 2014, 4:30 GMT

    Anand Kumar; Obviously you have watched Root by picking up his backfoot play is awesome, the Aussies picked that up too and all summer have bowled a lot fuller too him. He really needs to work on his front foot play.