Australia v England, 2nd ODI, Brisbane

England renew Johnson battle

The Preview by Andrew McGlashan

January 16, 2014

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Ehantharajah: Challenges galore for Ashley Giles

Match Facts

January 17, 2014, Brisbane
Start time 1.20pm (0320GMT)

No mo: Mitchell Johnson is back minus the facial hair, Brisbane, January 16, 2014
Mitchell Johnson is back for the Brisbane ODI, but there will be less facial hair this time © Getty Images

The Big Picture

A few late wickets made the final result appear a little more respectable, but the first ODI at the MCG was only one thing: another thrashing for England. In the intervening days they have at least managed a victory - their first since mid-November - but apart from avoiding further embarrassment (and the resilience of the middle order) it would be foolish to read too much into the win over the Prime Minister's XI.

Five-match series at least give a team the chance to fight back, but England can't afford to leave it any longer to start giving Australia a run for their money. A chase of 270 in Melbourne was a decent ask but the home side made it look like a cakewalk. Aaron Finch and David Warner, albeit given a life each, cantered along at a merry rate against a thin-looking England attack and Stuart Broad will again be missing for this match.

The contrast between how Australia begin their innings and how England, generally, go about their efforts at the crease in the first 10 to 20 overs is stark. Alastair Cook and Ashley Giles appear steadfast in their belief that there is still room for the building-blocks of a total to be steadily put in place over the first half of the innings, arguing, with some evidence, that the middle order is where the strength lies. Still, with a World Cup staged partly here in little over a year's time they are going to have to force themselves out of their comfort zone sooner or later.

Australia just want to keep the bandwagon rolling. Cricket is not quite dominating the back pages like it was a few weeks ago (now it's the turn of the tennis) but the team are determined to keep England down. Glenn Maxwell has spoken of wiping them out in all formats while Mitchell Johnson and George Bailey scoffed at suggestions of any sympathy. It won't be getting any easier for them.

Form guide

(Completed matches, most recent first)


Watch out for

Chris Jordan has made as many headlines for the friendship with Rhianna as his exploits on the field, but on a desperate tour for England his 10 overs in Melbourne were a rare bright spot. On another day he would have bagged three or four wickets. Swing, at a lively pace, is an enticing combination and in Brisbane, with the greater humidity and what should be a pitch with more bounce, he could prove a handful.

Mitchell Johnson is back. But the moustache has gone. Will the powers remain? After a post-Ashes break to chill out after his urn-winning exploits it's time to renew acquaintances with the English batsmen on the ground where it all began at the end of November. Some are new to the one-day squad, but others such as Cook, Bell and possibly Carberry will have vivid memories of what unfolded on that second day. This time Johnson only has 10 overs, although that's still enough for some significant damage.

Team news

Shane Watson has now been given the next three matches off which means Shaun Marsh should get a chance at No. 3. Johnson's return is likely to be at the expense of Nathan Coulter-Nile although the absence of Watson may make the selectors consider if they need another pace option.

Australia (possible) 1 David Warner, 2 Aaron Finch, 3 Shaun Marsh, 4 Michael Clarke (capt), 5 George Bailey, 6 Glenn Maxwell, 7 Brad Haddin (wk), 8 James Faulkner, 9 Mitchell Johnson, 10 Nathan Coulter-Nile, 11 Clint McKay

England may freshen up their top order with the likeliest change being Michael Carberry, who made 47 against the PM's XI, replacing the struggling Joe Root. The absence of Root, though, would remove an extra bowling option.

England (possible) 1 Alastair Cook (capt), 2 Ian Bell, 3 Michael Carberry, 4 Gary Ballance, 5 Eoin Morgan, 6 Ravi Bopara, 7 Jos Buttler (wk), 8 Ben Stokes, 9 Tim Bresnan, 10 Chris Jordan, 11 Boyd Rankin

Pitch and conditions

Expect good pace and carry and some swing - so pretty much as normal for the Gabba. The forecast is set fair without a significant chance of the game being disrupted by large hailstone as it was during the Test.

Stats and trivia

  • The last two one-day internationals on this ground (both involving Australia and Sri Lanka) could barely have been more contrasting: in 2012 Australia made 321 for 6 and won, although Sri Lanka reached 306, then in 2013 Australia were shattered for 74 although the visitors lost six in reaching the target.

  • Before that loss against Sri Lanka, Australia had won six consecutive ODIs at the Gabba

  • Since his second-innings half-century in the Boxing Day Test, Alastair Cook has made 7, 7, 4 and 1


"I feel good. I've spent a bit of time in the middle, got a decent score in the first game then to get another fifty was good. I've got a bit of confidence."
Gary Ballance is starting to feel at home at international level

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Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 17, 2014, 4:03 GMT)

Meety ; I agreed with everything up to the last comment, however I would love to see Qld give Cutting a go to bat long periods and he may turn out to be. But he tends to only bat 5-10 overs and as such I would prefer Christian to him.

Posted by   on (January 17, 2014, 2:44 GMT)

Luke Wright and Alex Hales in. Rankin and Carberry out.

Posted by Meety on (January 17, 2014, 1:51 GMT)

I know the "We love S Marsh Brigade" will be annoyed by the comments I will make but who cares. I am sick to death of S Marsh getting picked in the National team when there are PLENTY of other candidates that deserve attention. Khawaja, White & Klinger all performed better than Marsh in the Ryobi this season. Marsh has had repeated question marks raised over his commitment to bettering himself as a cricketer, & to bring him into an environment where work ethic is paramount could be like placing a rotten apple in the bunch. Voges has an ODI ave of 46 with a S/R of 85+, he has some injury issues - but surely no more than Marsh? Ferguson averages 41.4 in ODIs - Marsh average is 38. Watson (a very good ODI allrounder), needs to be replaced by an allrounder, otherwise we need to get 10 overs out of Maxwell - (despite me having a lot of time for him), is a high risk strategy. The reality is neither Christian or Marsh should be playing, it should be Cutting, better bat than either!

Posted by   on (January 17, 2014, 0:46 GMT)

Umm why has no one suggested that Woakes come in for Rankin? He cant bowl any worse and he bats and fields a whole lot better. Why cant your bowlers all be all rounders? PS I support New Zealand and anyone playing England!!!

Posted by isitok on (January 17, 2014, 0:28 GMT)

I'm a bit bemused at the concept of Root being rested. I know the England innings don't last particularly long, but doesn't he get enough rest between failing and fielding. Let's be honest; he's been dropped.......... again.

Posted by   on (January 17, 2014, 0:03 GMT)

no Broad or Anderson or Dernbach?? not discrediting current bowling but England need some experience in their side to win against Aussies. good luck to both teams for tonights match. should be a cracker

Posted by bigopinions3000listentome on (January 16, 2014, 23:56 GMT)

Can somebody please explain to me what I don't seem to understand about Australia's obsession with Shaun Marsh? I must need educating, help?

Posted by cricket_ahan on (January 16, 2014, 23:41 GMT)

England needs some bigger hitters - guys who can break the game open. Cook and Root should be rested. Both are quality players, but both are slow accumulators, and also hopelessly out of form. England have some exciting players currently competing in the Big Bash such as Woakes and Wright - think it wouldn't be a bad idea giving them a go. After all, things can't really get much worse - why not try some new players (who have been performing in the BBL) and be aggressive.

Posted by dunger.bob on (January 16, 2014, 23:07 GMT)

I'm a firm believer that bowlers win you 50 over matches. I think the days of squeezing a team to death with an array of economical bowlers are over. .. Grounds aren't big enough to contain many of these modern day batsmen. .. The best way to win a game is destroy their batting, not contain it.

The Eng. team has only 2 bowlers that look destructive enough. I think Jordan could take wickets and, believe it or not, Rankin as well. ..The rest of them look to be the 'good solid pro' type who can hold an end steady but not really rip through a side. AND, there's no spinner. .. You've got to play a spinner in Brissy haven't you?

@ SLslider: You're the funny one. One solitary song on your playlist and you bring it out on every article involving Aus. .. Boring as hell mate.

Posted by bren19 on (January 16, 2014, 22:45 GMT)

With Stokes at 8 you would feel England might be batsmen heavy. May be short a genuine bowler or 2 in the side. Could cost them against an aggressive Australia.

Posted by Moppa on (January 16, 2014, 22:21 GMT)

@landl47, I agree re Root and can't really understand why England persist with him in shorter formats at the moment. He's got a great mindset for longer forms of the game (though maybe needs some technical work), just let him focus on red ball cricket and become a top line Test batsmen before adapting to limited overs. A bit like Finn, he should probably head home to clear his mind and get ready for some serious cricket in the northern summer.

Posted by JG2704 on (January 16, 2014, 22:05 GMT)

If I was Clarke - depending on who's at the crease for England - I'd consider keeping close in fields after the 1st set of powerplay overs and really try and squeeze England. I can see our fragile batsmen having real problems with that. Also notice - if this is the side - aside from ONLY having 5 bowling options there is no spin option.Dont have 100% faith in Tredwell right now but unless we our batting strong line up are going to play a more expansive game then we should definitely sacrifice one of the many accumulators for a bowler. Even a Patel/Yardy type of bowling may work ok on this pitch but to have no spinner seems to be a little short sighted

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (January 16, 2014, 20:55 GMT)

@landl47 That is exactly what I have been saying. Frankly, I would not have picked Cook for this match either and think that he will drop himself when Stuart Broad comes back in the 3rd ODI, unless he makes a score here.

The CricInfo XI makes uncomfortable reading: 4 bowlers + Bopara and no realistic sixth bowler. Like you, I'd go for Tredwell instead of Rankin.

Posted by wapuser on (January 16, 2014, 20:18 GMT)

@ first drop. In many spells in the recent india vs sa series steyn bowled at average speeds of 142kph and even reaching 148kph at times. He would sometimes bowl 4 balls around the 145kph mark in a single over. So clearly someone doesn't watch enough sa cricket to make comments like that. Steyn usually bowls 1 very fast spell and innings. I can think of many in the last year alone where he bowled really fast including the recently concluded series.

Posted by landl47 on (January 16, 2014, 19:55 GMT)

Cook's idea of the top 3 laying down a platform from which the middle order can attack is fine- as long as the top 3 lay down a platform. If the side is 2 down before reaching 20 then the whole scheme crumbles away, especially if they've taken a bunch of overs to get there.

I've been a staunch defender of Root in tests. I'm sure he's going to work hard and resolve his issues. In the shorter formats, there isn't the same luxury. Either a batsman scores at a decent rate or he's no use to the side, no matter how long he sticks around. Root obviously just isn't in any kind of form and needs a break.

Rankin hasn't done anything on the tour, is a poor fielder and doesn't bat much. Bring in Tredwell for him and add a bit of variety and experience to the attack. JT can also add a few runs and catch the ball- one of the big differences between the sides.

I'm impressed by how seriously Australia are taking this ODI series. They're playing some excellent cricket.

Posted by RoBoBobster on (January 16, 2014, 19:36 GMT)

Before even worrying about team selection, England have a very poor squad selection as they have no batsman who can bowl - only bowlers who can bat for alrounders. 3 proper bowlers* and 2 strong bowling allrounders (including Bopara for this role) is fine if you can get at least 3-4 overs out of others. Without Root no-one in the squad is good for this. They probably added Woakes due to a lack of allrounders, but what they need is someone e.g. Wright (or even Patel, with Bopara) who is primarily a batsmen, but can send a few down *Jordan, Rankin/Tredwell Bresnan (also decent bat) **Stokes, Bopara

Posted by siltbreeze on (January 16, 2014, 18:10 GMT)

Surely Giles has to abandon his 3 bowler policy and play Tredwell. Stokes is a good 5th bowler (and wasted at 8) and Bopara a good 6th bowler. But expecting 20 overs from them - with Root surely rested - means we have the balance all wrong.

Posted by CricketChat on (January 16, 2014, 18:10 GMT)

Despite all facts pointing to another bash up for Eng, I feel Eng will rise to the occasion this time (hoping they do) as they have got nothing to lose from this point on. They need someone better than Rankin to start things of though.

Posted by 2.14istherunrate on (January 16, 2014, 17:23 GMT)

I liked seeing the different faces which have been brought into the ODI side,but even at this late hour a win would be very welcome. In the present heat though,we are more likely to flag. I hope Root goes-save his remnants of confidence,please.I do not like not playing a spinner really even though the choices in this team do not light up the horizon. I think that Finn's departure says it all about this tour. No doubt this was KP's fault too. As of course is the excess heat in Australia as well as any bushfires. The state of any flagging economy too ;all KP's doing!!

Posted by CM1000 on (January 16, 2014, 17:13 GMT)

Where is Adam Voges? He bowled decently in the one-dayers in England last year, and if Watson isn't playing they need another batsman who can bowl a few overs. They don't want Clarke bowling if possible because of his back, and you wouldn't want Maxwell bowling 10. And why is Steve Smith not playing in the ODIs? He could bowl a few overs.

Posted by First_Drop on (January 16, 2014, 16:38 GMT)

@BradmanBestEver - probably agre with you on that. Maddison and Silk both are outstanding prospects.

Posted by JG2704 on (January 16, 2014, 16:08 GMT)

@jackiethepen on (January 16, 2014, 11:04 GMT) Maybe 270 wasnt that great on that pitch. Also if you are going to add to the batting strength at the expense of a specialised bowler then someone other than Morgan needs to up the ante with bat in hand or they need to put Buttler up the order, When Buttler came in England were 206-6 with 7 overs left and when Bres joined him they were on 228-7 with 26 balls left. So for England to even get to 269 was Bres and Buttler's doing more than anyone else and Buttler should not be expected to keep firing Eng to a vaguely competitive target with so little time at the crease .England need to put at least one power hitter in the top 3. IMO they should (wherever possible) always have a power hitter in with the accumulators

Posted by salazar555 on (January 16, 2014, 16:05 GMT)

Cook, Wright, Bell, Ballance, Morgan, Root, Stokes, Butler, Bresnan, Jordan, Rankin

Posted by salazar555 on (January 16, 2014, 15:41 GMT)

They should bring Like Wright in as a pinch hitter at the top and drop Root or Bopara. Bell can go down to 3

Posted by   on (January 16, 2014, 15:16 GMT)

Looks like both sides could go in with part time 5th bowlers. (As an English fan of fast bowling) it's good to see Pat Cummins back on a cricket field. He and Mitch would make an interesting opening pair in South Africa.

Posted by salazar555 on (January 16, 2014, 14:19 GMT)

Your possible England team with only 4 proper bowlers and part time Bopara having to bowl 10? Never going to happen

Posted by   on (January 16, 2014, 13:42 GMT)

Australian batting will fail in south Africa. steyn will rip right through them

Posted by First_Drop on (January 16, 2014, 13:12 GMT)

As regards Steyn, I havent seen him bowl above 145kph for a quite some time. Nowadays, he seems to prefer line and length coupled with movement to take his wickets. Will be very interesting to see how Mitch goes in South Africa, but I think Harris is a significantly better bowler.

Posted by mansel on (January 16, 2014, 13:10 GMT)

@morgan_gibson87 - Sean Marsh mediocre record at List A level? Really? 4000 runs at 40.33 with a strike rate of 77 doesn't sound too bad to me.

Posted by   on (January 16, 2014, 12:56 GMT)

Shaun Marsh is a real waste.. Its better if Mitch replaces Watso and rest of the team remains the same.. Can also give a chance to Pattinson at the expense of Nathan counter Nile or Mckay..

Posted by BradmanBestEver on (January 16, 2014, 12:48 GMT)

Shaun Marsh? Surely there are better options - Maddinson or Silk are younger and show more promise at FC level.

Shaun Marsh is overrated, much like many of the English players selected for the recent flogging

Posted by morgan_gibson87 on (January 16, 2014, 12:30 GMT)

Don't understand why Shaun Marsh keeps getting put in the team. Mediocore record at first-class and List A level...

Posted by on (January 16, 2014, 11:36 GMT)

Posted by jackiethepen: The problem for Giles is that this is a makeshift side and Root is horribly out of form. Replace him with Carberry.


I would find it astonishing if the English selectors chose Root. I think the young bloke needs a rest. A lot has been asked of him and he has tried his level best to produce but the sustained pressure of the tour in general, let alone the bowlers, is affecting him.

Look, they may select him and he may then come out and get 100 off 40 balls and make me look like the goose I am - I doubt it though.

It's time some common sense was used and they said to him "Kid, have a rest"

I might feel sorry for Root but one thing is for sure, the Aussie bowlers wont.

Posted by jackiethepen on (January 16, 2014, 11:04 GMT)

The reason this side is lopsided is because our bowling attack has fallen apart. England need to rebuild their bowling unit. If Giles finds himself with Rankin, Jordan, Tredwell, Bresnan and Stokes, then it isn't his fault. Decisions to rest players were taken before the Ashes by Flower. There is no Plan B.

A good bowling unit should have defended 270 on that pitch. Even as it was two chances were given to the Aussie openers. Ballance is still not up to speed re. fielding and we know the liability of Cook as captain. The loss of form of Cook especially is causing a headache but unless you are going to replace him completely then he and Bell will stay at the top of the order. Root is keeping KP's place warm. The issues won't exist when the first XI is operational with Broad, Anderson and KP back in the side. The problem for Giles is that this is a makeshift side and Root is horribly out of form. Replace him with Carberry.

Posted by rickyvoncanterbury on (January 16, 2014, 10:37 GMT)

all this talk about Dale Steyn would be relevant if his name was mentioned once in the article. by the way who will win the Aussie open Djokovic?

Posted by   on (January 16, 2014, 10:36 GMT)

@ Omar Rashid Last time Aus played SAf on their home soil the series was tied 1-1, that was without a side with a majority of in form players playing with great confidence. Steyn is good, very good - but since honing his accuracy with some help from Dennis Lillee, Mitchel Johnson is a juggernaut that South Africa's fine batsmen will find very challenging to handle. This is going to be a cracker of a test series coming up, and i am confident of an Australian victory. Before the Ashes, all we heard was how good the England team were, predictions of 5-0 to England - we are having a similar build up of rhetoric to this next series. South Africans are about to "meet their Moses".

Posted by cricketjudger23 on (January 16, 2014, 10:24 GMT)

Typical Australian supporter, think they are world beaters after winning one series, going to be fantastic watching Smith and his team win again

Posted by zoot364 on (January 16, 2014, 10:16 GMT)

I completely understand England's argument about how they should start their innings. And I respect the England management enough to give them time to make it work. But there does come a point when you have to look honestly at the evidence and admit a strategy is failing. That point has surely arrived. With the current approach England simply have no chance of scoring totals large enough to sustain a successful World Cup campaign in Australian conditions.

Posted by   on (January 16, 2014, 10:11 GMT)

more like Steyn will target the aussies. a year ago Johnson was rubbish one good serious and he's the worlds best fast bowler lol that's what they used to say about James Anderson. what goes around defo comes back around

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (January 16, 2014, 9:52 GMT)

Worlds most fearsome fastest bowler is back! Int. to see Mitch have a crack at bunny Cook.How many balls will he last?Nice little w/out for worlds best quick bef. he targets his next victims-SA.

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (January 16, 2014, 9:26 GMT)

England need to use at least one spinner instead of going all out for seamers, and Buttler should be moved up the batting order if the top order manage to set a decent platform and/or use up too many overs. Australia need to hope the source of Mitchell Johnson's powers is/was not his beard, and I thought Daniel Christian was coming in for Watson?

Posted by JG2704 on (January 16, 2014, 9:24 GMT)

The balance of the England side is all wrong again. If this is the side I'm certainly in favour of the overdue resting of Root. When I said he should return home , I meant he should play no more cricket out there but maybe enjoy a break in sunnier pastures While I'm not against Carberry coming in it would be in place of Bell or Cook with an extra bowler coming in for Root. 270 wasn't that bad a total in the last game but we have trouble defending such totals at the best of times these days let alone when a bowler down. Actually the decision is even more baffling as we lose any potential overs from Root and we have only 4 specialist bowlers plus a part timer. Also I wonder if they'll learn to give our most destructive batsman more than 24 balls at the crease and have at least one free scoring batsman at the crease when it comes to the 2nd batting powerplay? Doubt it. If this is the side then Giles and Cook should be made to swim back and now

Posted by wapuser on (January 16, 2014, 9:23 GMT)

Dale steyn is the best and the fastest bowler in world . Like wasim akram Mitch comes no where . Why so much ga ga over him . He wasnt in the last ashesh where Australia lost badly .and Australian selectors even dont picked him ? thanks to john wright and anil kumble , and ricky ponting , cool heads who guided him thru mumbai indians in the ipl . He is back . I hope he creates

Posted by Paddyclark on (January 16, 2014, 9:22 GMT)

SLslider, lol - Aus no classy batsmen - Michael Clarke - you need to be reminded our spinner and poor batting line up beat SL in SL last test series in your country - ironically with those batsmen you detailed - then they crushed them in Aus in the test series there. As far as winning away from home - every team has found this hard - I think the stat is for all the tests which had a result in 2013, 29 were won by the home team and 2 by the touring sides. Clearly you know little about it. What Australians are exited about is their team is coming out of a rebuilding phase with an elite world class bowling attack and a batting line up that, while the top order still shaky, is very much improving.

It's really hard to hold back giving it back to you about home track bullies. SL's test credentials are pretty poor and I guess it's tall poppy syndrome because Australia's are on the rise again.

Posted by JG2704 on (January 16, 2014, 9:20 GMT)

@ SLslider on (January 16, 2014, 8:24 GMT) Yeah you came out with this rubbish before. Aus fans can probably cite similar re Eng fans who have acted in the same way after years of Oz dominance

Posted by Tigg on (January 16, 2014, 9:16 GMT)

England have to play Tredwell. I don't care what the pitch is like, you need at least a half-decent tweaker.

I also don't think England can afford to rely on just five bowlers.

Posted by Robertito on (January 16, 2014, 9:04 GMT)

I hate to be Hindsight Guy, but there was no way 270 was a competitive target in Melbourne. If you're batting Ben Stokes at number 8, it means your bowling is pretty limited and you need to get at least 320 on that pitch. Going for the ultra-deep batting order means you need to push 6 an over all innings because your bowlers will concede at least that much.

Posted by SLslider on (January 16, 2014, 8:24 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.

Posted by CodandChips on (January 16, 2014, 7:59 GMT)

Need 5 bowlers. Need batsmen who can score quicker than 5 runs an over.

1.Bell 2.Carberry 3.Ballance 4.Morgan (c) 5.Bopara 6.Buttler 7.Stokes 8.Woakes 9.Jordan 10.Rankin 11.Briggs

Carberry to come in and bat with freedom. Cook to drop out to have a rest. Root to go home to rest. Woakes for Bresnan because I feel Woakes is more talented and has more potential while Bresnan is a spent force. Rankin to drop out when Broad comes back from his rest. I would certainly not e afraid to make changes come the West Indies series, particularly with the batting

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (January 16, 2014, 7:47 GMT)

Aus has got by far the most destructive ODI-and t20-bat in world Watson-though hes out-and 2nd most dest. ODI/t20 bat in Warner. Young Finch as shown in t20/IPL is up there as well in top 10.

Posted by   on (January 16, 2014, 7:30 GMT)

i agree. marsh is totally overrated . he's got a lucky last name. no way Watson is overrated. he's more than useful with bat AND ball. Maxwell can bat. keep him. who replaces Watson? . faulkner. why isn't Harris or siddle playing?

Posted by AlSmug on (January 16, 2014, 7:16 GMT)

At Matt30303 we can be all blessed you are not a selector ;)

Posted by tenfan on (January 16, 2014, 7:11 GMT)

And batting wont be weakened as Stokes at 7 and Bresnan at 8 should work out

Posted by tenfan on (January 16, 2014, 7:08 GMT)

It may make more sense for England to replace Root with Briggs or Tredwell. They clearly missed a fulltime spinner in 1st ODI where Aus used it to their benefit. May not be that effective at Brisbane though.

Posted by   on (January 16, 2014, 6:47 GMT)

Meaningless ODIs what else can one say?

Posted by leetrevor81 on (January 16, 2014, 6:16 GMT)

Matt3030 Watson has always performed well in limited overs games. He is one of the best in both 20 20 and 50 over, don't confuse his test career with his limited overs career. Just look at his numbers and strike rates.

You could even argue he is coming good in tests too, the big 170 in England, a century recently as well in Australia to go with an 80 not out.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 16, 2014, 6:07 GMT)

Matt3030; Watson is only the 2nd most overated batsman, Shaun Marsh is number 1. Least Watson can bowl some overs.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 16, 2014, 6:06 GMT)

Cant see that team happening for either side, Australia would rely on Maxwell completing his 10 overs with 20 overs off spin on the pace friendly Gabba. Surely cant go down that path. If Marsh comes in he replaces Maxwell, as for Watson we will need someone who can bowl 10.

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (January 16, 2014, 6:02 GMT)

Hope Aus bat 1st to make full use of friendly Eng bowling and score 350+. Also looking to f/works from Finch/Warner and a v big 1 from Warner. Dont see Eng get more than 100 batting 1st now with Mitch. So hope Aus bat 1st and get a longer game.

Posted by Jerryraj on (January 16, 2014, 5:57 GMT)

im not a England Fan neither Aussies Supporter. england is not a bad team, they have potential to beat Aussie. i think its going to happen in the 02nd ODI. England have good edge on it.

Posted by Matt3030 on (January 16, 2014, 5:51 GMT)

Marsh in for Watson definitely strengthen Aus, Watson is the most overrated Australian batsman. Carberry for root is a good move, Cook will score big and allow the England middle order to punish Australia. Johnson can't be far away from falling to pieces again!

Posted by   on (January 16, 2014, 5:07 GMT)

another thrashing for the english/zimbabwe/irish/south african/WI XI

Posted by Kolpak1989 on (January 16, 2014, 4:59 GMT)

Australia has quality all over the park and England, by way of contrast, has a struggling top order, a couple of kids in the middle order, and a pedestrian pace attack. 2-0 Australia methinks.

Posted by drinks.break on (January 16, 2014, 4:16 GMT)

Brisbane's bounce has always made spin a tricky proposition. So do you really think England will make the same mistake as Melbourne and not take a spinner into the match?

Oh, hang on ... given the decision-making this summer, I guess "making the same mistake" must be the first item on England's daily lunch menu!

Posted by   on (January 16, 2014, 4:09 GMT)

Watson is rested,so australia likely to swap him with dan christian,so it is better that haddin plays at 3 and christian will bat at n07 and england should drop root and play carberry and drop bresnan and play danny briggs... Danny bringgs can bring the X-factor for england..

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