Australia v England, 2nd ODI, Brisbane January 17, 2014

Faulkner pulls off stunning heist

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Australia 9 for 301 (Faulkner 69*, Marsh 55, Maxwell 54) beat England 8 for 300 (Morgan 106, Bell 68) by 1 wicket
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Ehantharajah: What have England done to deserve James Faulkner?

Just when England's grim, debilitating tour looked as though it would have a moment of relief, James Faulkner carried Australia to a heart-stopping one-wicket victory at the Gabba with three balls to spare. Left with No. 11 Clint McKay for company and 57 runs still needed, Faulkner calmly turned down singles and backed himself to find the required boundaries, which he did with regularity as he knocked off the final 25 needed in seven deliveries.

He hit five sixes in total, including two in the penultimate over off Ben Stokes (who Faulkner hit for all his sixes), then closed out the match with three consecutive boundaries in the final over from Tim Bresnan to leave England shattered and now facing the prospect of another whitewash. Bresnan appeared to have calmed England nerves with two wickets in the 35th over - Brad Haddin taken at mid-off and Glenn Maxwell swinging to midwicket - but he could not defend 12 when it came to the crunch. That Australia still had three balls only added to the incredulity of it all.

It was a reprisal of Faulkner's heroics in India, when he hit 64 off 29 balls to win the match in Mohali and then struck a hundred from No. 7 - Australia's fastest ever - in a failed chase in Bangalore. His unbeaten 69 here was the third-highest score by a No. 9 in ODIs and his stand with McKay was the second-highest tenth-wicket partnership to win a match.

Australia were in touch with the asking rate for a large proportion of the innings but no one could build the substantial score to give them an anchor. The chase was hit immediately when Aaron Finch, the century-maker at the MCG, drove on the up to mid-off where Gary Ballance this time held the catch, one-handed above his head. However, Chris Jordan's grab, in his follow through, to remove David Warner was even more spectacular and meant that the two batsmen who could have very quickly made a target of 301 look much smaller were back in the pavilion.

Shaun Marsh timed the ball beautifully in his fifty and Maxwell, who hit three consecutive reverse sweeps for four off Joe Root, hammered 54 off 39 balls, sparking Australia's second surge, but wickets were seemingly falling with too great a frequency. No one told Faulkner.

Alastair Cook look shattered afterwards, having less than an hour earlier been within touching distance of a win and a level series. But the pendulum started to swing, even though Australia were nine down, when they got the requirement to 30 off 18 balls. When a team is on a losing streak it is easy to let doubts enter the mind and with each subsequent boundary clubbed by Faulkner the England players started fearing the worse.

Still, a bowler of Bresnan's experience had an even chance of success in that final over, only to see his first delivery top-edged over the keeper then his second pulled through midwicket. The next flew past a diving extra cover, who stayed on the ground as the Australians sprinted on in celebration. England's bowling tactics will be dissected: why did Stokes bowl ahead of Jordan? Could Ravi Bopara have been entrusted with more, having bowled five overs for 19? And can England rely on Boyd Rankin, who had to leave the field with a tight hamstring? At the moment, though, Australia are playing with the confidence that anything is achievable.

They were not at their best for much of this game and, for the first time this season, were rattled while Eoin Morgan, with his sixth one-day international hundred and a brilliant piece of acceleration that will now be lost amid the result, and Jos Buttler added 117 in 11 overs in the most uplifting England batting of the tour. The innings had been drifting nowhere on 5 for 178 but Morgan played with the verve of someone not burdened by previous failures.

He required just 24 balls for his second fifty, hitting five sixes in that period and six overall (including three off consecutive deliveries). He reached his hundred from 94 balls with a ramp over the keeper and celebrated in unusually flamboyant fashion although it was a worrying sight, on top of all England's other woes, when he had to leave the field during the Australia innings with a strained calf.

The full force of Morgan's striking began in the 43rd over when he hammered Mitchell Johnson for a flat six over cover. Another six, a bottom-handed flick over midwicket off Faulkner, landed in the English fancy dress section of the crowd.

Morgan's tactical awareness was on display much earlier in his innings. When he had 1, Morgan spotted that Michael Clarke - who was also the bowler at the time - had one too many fielders outside the ring and took the opportunity for what, effectively, was a free hit. He was caught at deep midwicket, but immediately signalled to the umpire Kumar Dharmasena to check the field and the no-ball was duly called. For a long time it looked like England's fortunes had turned only for them to hit with another sickening blow.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | January 19, 2014, 3:51 GMT

    @dunger.bob:

    Yes, I agree. Most NZ wickets are somewhat dual-natured. When conditions are cloudy, they become typically English but when it is bright then they are easy to score runs on, esp with most of the grounds being somewhat smaller.

    For some time I have been sensing that NZ & WI are on their way up but WI have kind of stagnated of late. I still have hopes from NZ, Trent Boult is a very impressive bowler they got. I liked him when NZ last toured India. He showed some passion in bowling. I'd say India have the better odds but you never know with India these days.

    India's biggest problem is their bowling. It often takes one good bowler to make the whole attack invincible, like Mitch did for Aus but India do not seem to have anyone close to Mitch, neither in pace not in attitude. Bhuvi was impressive for a while & India did well in CT-13 thanks to his starts but now there is no one. If only someone could make a magic potion for Ishant Sharma.

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | January 19, 2014, 3:40 GMT

    @RJHB:

    Well in that case do you promise that there won't be any Aussies commenting in the Ind-NZ matches huh? As a matter of fact, a number of Aussies did comment on the recent Ind-SA matches FYI. Why?

    @LooksPlumbFromHere:

    No one is making any claim of the sort that you mention there but talking about the initial few words of your comment, why don't you (as a group) first do what you preach here to others? I saw hardly any Aus fans saying "Well Played" to India when they chased 350 twice a few months back. What we heard were unsavoury comments from your ilk. The funniest of them was that India were lucky cos the grounds were small. Firstly, then it is Aus's fault cos they should have scored more and Secondly, Nagpur ODI where India again chased 350 had 80 mtr boundaries, nearly as large as your MCG.

    So the next time you ask others to say "Well Played" ask yourself how many times have you used that phrase yourself.

  • POSTED BY RJHB on | January 18, 2014, 22:43 GMT

    Ohhhhhhh yawn! What have India got anything to do with this result, this series, this tour, this summer, this country or this discussion??? For goodness sake, we don't care!!!

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | January 18, 2014, 18:41 GMT

    Clean sweep those bunnies Aussie. Apart from Morgan broad and Joyce and I guess bell. It's a really poor looking english side . Root has been found out big time against good bowling. Really needs to be dropped, looks like a school boy against Johnson.

  • POSTED BY LooksPlumbFromHere on | January 18, 2014, 15:38 GMT

    @ dunger.bob on (January 18, 2014, 6:28 GMT) Now that's just crazy talk! ;)

    I live in hope for a "well played" where it is due, rather than the "big deal, India are the best" that seems able to be applied to any discussion of cricket. It's a little tedious.

  • POSTED BY on | January 18, 2014, 15:07 GMT

    Australia have won series in SA & SRL.How many have India won there

  • POSTED BY on | January 18, 2014, 13:47 GMT

    Record of Australia prior to Ashes down under....thrashed by India 4-0 and thrashed by Pommies 3-0...basically 7-0..South Africa won against Aussies 1-0.So Aussie fans thinking beating teams in their own backyard will make Aussies number one again..Think again Aussies.You guys havent won anything in last 7 years.Beware of South Africans the best team in the world

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | January 18, 2014, 11:12 GMT

    @Juice - often said recently that I'd quite like to see a team with NO test players in it. Had Eng retained the Ashes the chances are that the test players would either have been rested or been playing at half throttle (although it's difficult define what half throttle is with some of our batsmen). When losing the Ashes and so heavily the rot is carried over by these players into the ODIs. I'm (like yourself) still pretty bitter about Buttler leaving and I have mixed feelings with how I want him to do.But he is thee most destructive batsman in the Eng side and if Eng use him properly he has the talent to be as big as KP. He is regularly going at a SR of over 100 and is growing in confidence in the side. However if England persist in pigeonholing him at 7 or 8 (or last 5-10) overs he will not fulfill his potential. If Eng are realistically considering Jos as a test player surely they should be giving him longer at the crease? And as I said previously Morgan's urgency levels increase

  • POSTED BY dunger.bob on | January 18, 2014, 10:09 GMT

    @ Harmony111 : NZ tracks can be, shall we say, tricky. It's never easy as people think over there. They've got a team capable of surprising the best of them.

    It'll be a good preview for your guys to the conditions they might get in the World Cup so should be a valuable recon mission. .. The closest ground to NZ conditions in Australia is probably Hobart and it's be known to seam around something fierce at times. Expect a bit of that and the Kiwi bowlers know how to use those conditions. They bowled us out sub 150 in Hobart not that long ago. A different set of bowlers, but still clever Kiwi's.

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | January 18, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    @dunger.bob:

    I have liked your comment most of the times in the past and have even mentioned this at times if you have noticed it.

    Do you notice what is wrong with your comment?

    Aus have won in Aus chasing 300+. Why would the Aus fans ever say that Aus won on a flat track blah blah? Obviously they are going to say that Aus showed tremendous character, Faulkner played a gem of a knock etc. They are going to say that this was a great ODI and this was a great wicket cos it produced a great match.

    It is upto the Ind fans here to show what was said by some/most of the Aus fans in the past. In fact, it is to be noted that no-one here made any mention whatsoever of these things and focused on the knock of JF, who did play well. It is this absence that is what constitutes the shift in stand that I talked about. One set of comments for matches in Ind but abandoning them when Aus do something similar.

    The NZ tour would be quite close. Ind are still to settle & got poor bowling.

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | January 19, 2014, 3:51 GMT

    @dunger.bob:

    Yes, I agree. Most NZ wickets are somewhat dual-natured. When conditions are cloudy, they become typically English but when it is bright then they are easy to score runs on, esp with most of the grounds being somewhat smaller.

    For some time I have been sensing that NZ & WI are on their way up but WI have kind of stagnated of late. I still have hopes from NZ, Trent Boult is a very impressive bowler they got. I liked him when NZ last toured India. He showed some passion in bowling. I'd say India have the better odds but you never know with India these days.

    India's biggest problem is their bowling. It often takes one good bowler to make the whole attack invincible, like Mitch did for Aus but India do not seem to have anyone close to Mitch, neither in pace not in attitude. Bhuvi was impressive for a while & India did well in CT-13 thanks to his starts but now there is no one. If only someone could make a magic potion for Ishant Sharma.

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | January 19, 2014, 3:40 GMT

    @RJHB:

    Well in that case do you promise that there won't be any Aussies commenting in the Ind-NZ matches huh? As a matter of fact, a number of Aussies did comment on the recent Ind-SA matches FYI. Why?

    @LooksPlumbFromHere:

    No one is making any claim of the sort that you mention there but talking about the initial few words of your comment, why don't you (as a group) first do what you preach here to others? I saw hardly any Aus fans saying "Well Played" to India when they chased 350 twice a few months back. What we heard were unsavoury comments from your ilk. The funniest of them was that India were lucky cos the grounds were small. Firstly, then it is Aus's fault cos they should have scored more and Secondly, Nagpur ODI where India again chased 350 had 80 mtr boundaries, nearly as large as your MCG.

    So the next time you ask others to say "Well Played" ask yourself how many times have you used that phrase yourself.

  • POSTED BY RJHB on | January 18, 2014, 22:43 GMT

    Ohhhhhhh yawn! What have India got anything to do with this result, this series, this tour, this summer, this country or this discussion??? For goodness sake, we don't care!!!

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | January 18, 2014, 18:41 GMT

    Clean sweep those bunnies Aussie. Apart from Morgan broad and Joyce and I guess bell. It's a really poor looking english side . Root has been found out big time against good bowling. Really needs to be dropped, looks like a school boy against Johnson.

  • POSTED BY LooksPlumbFromHere on | January 18, 2014, 15:38 GMT

    @ dunger.bob on (January 18, 2014, 6:28 GMT) Now that's just crazy talk! ;)

    I live in hope for a "well played" where it is due, rather than the "big deal, India are the best" that seems able to be applied to any discussion of cricket. It's a little tedious.

  • POSTED BY on | January 18, 2014, 15:07 GMT

    Australia have won series in SA & SRL.How many have India won there

  • POSTED BY on | January 18, 2014, 13:47 GMT

    Record of Australia prior to Ashes down under....thrashed by India 4-0 and thrashed by Pommies 3-0...basically 7-0..South Africa won against Aussies 1-0.So Aussie fans thinking beating teams in their own backyard will make Aussies number one again..Think again Aussies.You guys havent won anything in last 7 years.Beware of South Africans the best team in the world

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | January 18, 2014, 11:12 GMT

    @Juice - often said recently that I'd quite like to see a team with NO test players in it. Had Eng retained the Ashes the chances are that the test players would either have been rested or been playing at half throttle (although it's difficult define what half throttle is with some of our batsmen). When losing the Ashes and so heavily the rot is carried over by these players into the ODIs. I'm (like yourself) still pretty bitter about Buttler leaving and I have mixed feelings with how I want him to do.But he is thee most destructive batsman in the Eng side and if Eng use him properly he has the talent to be as big as KP. He is regularly going at a SR of over 100 and is growing in confidence in the side. However if England persist in pigeonholing him at 7 or 8 (or last 5-10) overs he will not fulfill his potential. If Eng are realistically considering Jos as a test player surely they should be giving him longer at the crease? And as I said previously Morgan's urgency levels increase

  • POSTED BY dunger.bob on | January 18, 2014, 10:09 GMT

    @ Harmony111 : NZ tracks can be, shall we say, tricky. It's never easy as people think over there. They've got a team capable of surprising the best of them.

    It'll be a good preview for your guys to the conditions they might get in the World Cup so should be a valuable recon mission. .. The closest ground to NZ conditions in Australia is probably Hobart and it's be known to seam around something fierce at times. Expect a bit of that and the Kiwi bowlers know how to use those conditions. They bowled us out sub 150 in Hobart not that long ago. A different set of bowlers, but still clever Kiwi's.

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | January 18, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    @dunger.bob:

    I have liked your comment most of the times in the past and have even mentioned this at times if you have noticed it.

    Do you notice what is wrong with your comment?

    Aus have won in Aus chasing 300+. Why would the Aus fans ever say that Aus won on a flat track blah blah? Obviously they are going to say that Aus showed tremendous character, Faulkner played a gem of a knock etc. They are going to say that this was a great ODI and this was a great wicket cos it produced a great match.

    It is upto the Ind fans here to show what was said by some/most of the Aus fans in the past. In fact, it is to be noted that no-one here made any mention whatsoever of these things and focused on the knock of JF, who did play well. It is this absence that is what constitutes the shift in stand that I talked about. One set of comments for matches in Ind but abandoning them when Aus do something similar.

    The NZ tour would be quite close. Ind are still to settle & got poor bowling.

  • POSTED BY Jas.Sohd on | January 18, 2014, 8:30 GMT

    A lot of things about this England team are wrong. Selectors are going to make us world's laughing stock again. Cook can never be a great captain like Clark, Dhoni or Smith cause he can't trust his bowlers. Bresnan is in this team cause some old hasbeens really like him Luke Wright and Ravi Bopara are better bowlers than him. 5 overs for 19 and not given any trust! What's wrong with you Cook, Ponting is always there around you and there is no shame in learning a few things from the greatest captain you have ever seen.

  • POSTED BY dunger.bob on | January 18, 2014, 8:05 GMT

    @ Harmony111 : The irony of it all is that nobody mentioned any of this until one of your compatriots chimed in with the claim that if it had been played in India everyone would have been talking about flat track bullies. It wasn't on the table until an Indian slammed it down with righteous indignity. .. You strike me as an intelligent bloke. Can you not see how that is annoying as it is ironic.

    As a sweetener, I'm happy to support you in your claim that Indian pitches are what they are. I don't subscribe to the doctored pitches theory at all. .. Curators around the world are a breed apart and generally do the best they can with the conditions they've got.

    C'mon mate, give it a break and let's talk about something really interesting. How's the prospects in NZ for instance.?

  • POSTED BY dunger.bob on | January 18, 2014, 7:30 GMT

    @ stormy16 : I've got high hopes for Faulkner. That probably makes him a goner already but if my record of putting the mocker on players mis-fires for once, he's going to end up somewhere near legendary status.

    I thought his bowling was rusty early on but he got into his work faster then I thought he could. You've got to remember he's played hardly any actual cricket this summer being 12th man for 5 tests straight. .. As for his batting it's as intelligent as it is powerful. It's the difference, the X factor, that separates him from the likes of Glen Maxwell. Imo.

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | January 18, 2014, 7:15 GMT

    Well played Faulkner. This was one of those matches where I had a premonition that Aus would win it. I got that feeling quite early when Maxwell & Haddin were playing. But one thing that amazes me is the speed with which some ppl shift their stand as per their convenience. So for these ppl when India chase 300 runs in India then they are flat track bullies and are ruining the game by producing such flat wicket but if Aus does that in Aus then that is great batting and a terrific match played on a lovely wicket.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 18, 2014, 6:38 GMT

    What a self destruction button created by England.Just like the eng vs ireland clash in wc.

    First tip to teams playing against Faulkner- 1.never ever bowl short.

    2. always target the tail because Faulkner can help them to survive

  • POSTED BY BHAGWAN-XI on | January 18, 2014, 6:28 GMT

    I am also the big fan of cook and i am very dis-pointed with his captaincy, why he given last over to jorden or bopara, they have very good economy as stocks which not the right choice when aus 9 down at 250. I think cook should leave the job from captaincy from both format because he would be strong batsman for long time if there is no pressure of captaincy and manage the team when your senior player not played good. He should focus on his batting.

  • POSTED BY dunger.bob on | January 18, 2014, 6:28 GMT

    @ LooksPlumbFromHere: India didn't do it so it's no damn good. That's how it works.

  • POSTED BY stormy16 on | January 18, 2014, 5:53 GMT

    Once is a fluke, twice you take note but three times and Faulkner has made a huge statement to the world. We always knew he could bat but this is not just batting but winning games from no where with insane hitting. Eng cant get a break this summer and if you cannot defend 300 things are simply not going your way especially when the opponents are 9 down with 50+ needed.

  • POSTED BY on | January 18, 2014, 5:39 GMT

    How many explosive batsmen does this Aus side need? lol .. Warner/Finch/Watson/ Maxwell/Faulkner and Nathan. Wow, Pakistan wouldn't mind one of these hitters :)

  • POSTED BY VivGilchrist on | January 18, 2014, 3:37 GMT

    Why such negativity about a great game of cricket? A lot criticising the English bowling but you must remember the Australian bowlers conceded 104 off the last 10. It was just the type of game it was. Credit where credit is due. What Faulkner achieved was unbelievable. I do not understand why some "neutral" fans feel the need to play down his and Australia's achievement in this game. If you are not satisfied by this sort of thing, then why watch cricket?

  • POSTED BY JOHNCSPACE on | January 18, 2014, 2:57 GMT

    To all you commenters...well fair game, contrary to "sour grape" quotes, Australia is this and that, what more do you want, this is a team sport...and yes we Australians can be nasty, but that's for on the field mate...AFL is our best game, that's not cricket, however the CONTRIBUTIONS from all our players is just very good. Yes England were unlucky, and out played this time, thanks to some individual efforts...however in our book the AUSTRALIAN team is the winner this round. SA will be a very interesting tour for us, winnable SA or India are not the best teams around, We are...if you look at the number of Win loss records....perhaps West Indies of old were somewhere there...so to all you mean commenters, well just too bad go figure....

  • POSTED BY on | January 18, 2014, 2:17 GMT

    Wonderful come from behind win by Aus, but I think in the context of this contest, the word 'hapless' is definitely off the mark.brilliant display by Faulkner, ( I'm a Pom-ex Tassie) and lots of guts by Morgan & Buttler. A real competition for a change, but I reiterate, nothing hapless about anyone who played in a thrilling encounter.

  • POSTED BY LooksPlumbFromHere on | January 18, 2014, 2:11 GMT

    @ Assertive-Indian on (January 17, 2014, 15:12 GMT) I'm sorry you are not impressed, but I wonder, were we watching the same game? Are we reading the same article? Didn't the last 5.3 overs of the match remind you why you love cricket? It did for me.

    The 9th wicket fell at 244 leaving 57 runs required from 36 balls with 1 wicket in hand. Unlikely in the extreme. Yet Faulkner and McKay got the runs, through clever running and big hits (did you see that one 110 meters into the 2nd tier?) with 3 balls to spare!! McKay contributed a well compiled 2 n.o. of 57. And did you read the bit in the article where McGlashan reports it was the 2nd highest 10th wicket partnership to win in the history of ODIs? Look, I know it was a pretty flat track and Cook could have used his bowlers differently, but would you agree Clint McKay is not quite Virenda Sehwag? At 9-down I doubt I was the only one who didn't think Australia would win.

    Go on! Let yourself be impressed - just a little bit! :)

  • POSTED BY CherryWood_Champion on | January 18, 2014, 2:06 GMT

    Bopara's bowling figures 5-0-19-1 ... why the hell wasn`t he given another 3 overs atleast ?

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | January 18, 2014, 1:36 GMT

    England has forgotten how to win!!

  • POSTED BY hotcric01 on | January 18, 2014, 1:32 GMT

    Congratulations Faulkner! He is now one of best allrounders in ODI cricket.His death over bowling is just exceptional.He has confidence to win matches with the bat.With watto's comeback this Australian side is best in the world.They are slowly stepping towards "former dream Australian team".Glenn maxwell is new Andrew symonds.Both johnson and NCN can be great allronders.With these talents and attitudes they must be in next year ODI world cup semi final.With some luck,they deserve to be the world champions.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | January 18, 2014, 1:20 GMT

    Well,what i can say now for Eng and Cook.i am big Cook fan but i think he seriously need rest or atleast leave odi captaincy,give it to Morgan;who is the most deserving and right man for this job.after this defeat;English team's confidence would be shatterd a big time

  • POSTED BY Vnott on | January 18, 2014, 1:07 GMT

    James Faulkner has played a few brilliant knocks in IPL for Rajasthan Royals. Having seen some of those knocks on TV, it was no surprise to see him fashion one against England as well. He is hugely talented and no luck here. He has played absolutely similar knocks before.....

  • POSTED BY Surajdon9 on | January 18, 2014, 1:04 GMT

    That feeling when you come from behind to win a game that people have written off. Wow, there is nothing quite like it!!! Faulkner is the new 'iceman' and his self belief is incredible. Note to all other teams - you had better bring your A+ game if you want to be Australia in next years World Cup!! Don't mess with the Aussies ;)

  • POSTED BY Surajdon9 on | January 18, 2014, 1:03 GMT

    That was the best finish I have ever seen and one you never expect to see especially from a young man who is only just starting his international career. What's his secret ? good breeding (his dad played for Tassie), fresh air, great food, great coaching, mentoring and support from Cricket Tasmania. Well done James!

  • POSTED BY Clyde on | January 18, 2014, 0:57 GMT

    It seems there are truly two world's of cricket. This one-dayer has received hundreds of comments on line, yet I am not interested in one-dayers per se: I sometimes wonder if a particular one-day player might make it at Test level. But it always remains inconclusive, as the abilities and temperaments required are so different. I dare say this is the reason you are not going to see Kimber or Dobell reporting on one-dayers (though here is the excellent McGlashan). Contrary to what is often said, one-day cricket is dreadfully defensive: the 'bowling attack' is actually in avoidance and there is even 'death bowling'. One-day cricket might be more interesting to those interested in Test cricket if Power Plays were abolished.

  • POSTED BY Thegimp on | January 18, 2014, 0:43 GMT

    LOL, really??? India trounced Australia recently in the one dayers?? As I recall it was very close and only the sending home of Mitch Johnson for the final one dayer turned the tide to the home team. Prior that Mitch had the Indians hopping and jumping like frogs in a pond. and it was only MS Dohni's unorthodox brilliance that made it close in other matches. You Indians are dreaming if you think the World Cup is going to go all your own way. How much is Mitch going to make you jump over here?? How many world cups have you guys won?

  • POSTED BY electric_loco_WAP4 on | January 18, 2014, 0:05 GMT

    @Capt Mean- Aus are far from world beaters like the Aussies of old-nobody currently is-far from it. But despite all that are v competitive in all forms.And are no.2 in world in ODIs in spite not playing single home ODI for long.Give cr. where is due! -:)

  • POSTED BY bren19 on | January 18, 2014, 0:02 GMT

    @harsh josh and co who keep on this line of Australia is lucky to keep winning. It seems a bit naïve to say that we are 5-0 up in tests and 2-0 up in ODI is the result of an extended run of luck. To say we are not world beaters - well we can only beat who is in front of us this summer. We have done that comprehensively. We are now ranked 3 in test, 2 in ODI and we are on our way back to the top. More importantly to those who keep hanging on to their luck theories (AKA poms), your team is also headed where it deserves to be - down the rankings.

  • POSTED BY Maroubra_Flyer on | January 17, 2014, 23:55 GMT

    Cook's got to go. It was criminal for Bopara & Jordan to still have overs up their sleeve. England need to recast their one day side. Bell to open with Carberry with Morgan at three. Why is Pietersen not at 4? I don't care what he has done, he has to be one of the best bats in the world & captain (keep him happy - far too much politics England). Ballance at 5 (give him time to settle into International cricket) Stokes at 6 and then Butler Broad, Bresnan, Jordan & Treadwell/Mills. Pietersen can bowl a few overs, leave out Root he needs to concentrate on Test cricket & then bring him in. Cook just needs to concentrate on Tests and get his captaincy right for that. Cook reminds me of Ponting when he lost his great players, he was shown up as chasing the game (understandable given the players he had before at his disposal). You have to play your best players & give them the opportunity to shine without the axe over their shoulder. England reverting to the bad old 90s.

  • POSTED BY pommy80 on | January 17, 2014, 23:37 GMT

    People that complain about England poaching players are the people that have never visited England and seen how multicultural it is. Only a matter of time before Aussies have Indians, Pakistani's representing them (Don't forget that Pakistan player who your government helped gain a visa). Most of them have been in England for atleast 10 years. Anyone can represent any country. Just an excuse whenever England are doing well.

  • POSTED BY dunger.bob on | January 17, 2014, 23:02 GMT

    I thought England's tactics and captaincy were just about perfect for 99% of the game. Cook was aggressive with his field placements (2 slips, lot's of other catching men etc) and for the first time on the tour looked as though he was steering his ship brilliantly. .. Tough luck for England. Really tough luck. .. still, I think they're back on track somewhat and their confidence should be heading upward despite this amazing defeat.

    Brilliant knock by Morgan. Beautifully constructed and paced to a tee. He's a powerful hitter and seems to have a sharp cricket brain. I'd definitely pay money to watch him bat any day of the week.

    Jimmy Faulkner!. He's just a very, very good boy.

  • POSTED BY 2.14istherunrate on | January 17, 2014, 22:41 GMT

    For once that was no disgrace...that was just a really great game! Great knock by Morgan really seemed the brightest spot in the whole winter. Faulkner as seen in India packs a mean punch at the end-wow!! Rankin needs fitness training. Root needs to tell the captain when he needs a break-part timers should not bowl 10 in a row.

  • POSTED BY TheBigBoodha on | January 17, 2014, 22:38 GMT

    Man, I really do feel sorry for Cook. Did anyone else notice that he was close to tears during the post-game interview? He looked like he just needed a shoulder to cry on. And who could blame him? All I can say is that old cliche, tough times never last, but tough people do. He has to be very honest with his own limitations & errors as a batsman & captain. I have no doubt this is exactly what he is doing. He'll be back. Not sure if he will survive the capataincy. He might well resign if there is someone better to take over? Maybe Morgan in the ODIs. Not sure about the tests.

    I imagine he is looking forward to the end of this tour. The tour from hell. And then some.

  • POSTED BY Shaggy076 on | January 17, 2014, 22:32 GMT

    Cot.Meanstar my memory is that a full strength India snuck home in the last game to win the serie against an Australian outfit without their captain, strike bowler and explosive opening batsman to finally win a series against Australia at home. Considering the world champions didn't fare as well in Australia at home suggests that considering the world championship is in Australia that the Aussies will certainly be favourites to be world champions. So I don't see how you can label Australia as far from world champions.

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2014, 22:31 GMT

    England still seems under pressure.

  • POSTED BY Matt.au on | January 17, 2014, 22:31 GMT

    Posted by BradmanBestEver Let us just have T20 for the $ and test cricket for the genuine, serious cricket fans.

    Good grief I hope that isn't going to be the consensus.

    If it was I'm betting your namesake would be spinning in his grave.

    Perrhaps you should be like me, follow the format you least like as least as possible, T20 for me.

    So, take a break from watching the ODI's, keep yourself sane and the T20's will be on before you know it.

    I rarely, if ever, post to T20 games articles negatively, as I try to leave those articles to those that enjoy that format.

  • POSTED BY TheBigBoodha on | January 17, 2014, 22:23 GMT

    CPR. Meanster, remember what happened in India recently? Maybe you forgot it was Australia that set the pace in that series with a second string team that did not feature Clarke, Warner nor Johnson who was sent home for the deciding game. Australia scored over 300 every game, with one score of 297. Finch, our best player in those conditions, was given out LBW 2/6 innings with the ball clearly missing the stumps, something I found very peculiar indeed. But this always seems to happen in India. During the last test series there India had twelve LBW decisions awarded before Australia had its first LBW appeal upheld. By that time the series was over. Can you imagine the furore if that happened when India toured Australia?

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2014, 22:22 GMT

    Thank god Australia have James Faulkner, because Glenn Maxwell frustratingly revealed himself to be a greater shot-maker than Michael Hussey at no. 6 but, tragically, to also have NONE of the match awareness whatsoever. When the last two overs had demolished the asking rate he bafflingly got on the front foot to play a low-angled pull shot.

    Congrats to Faulkner for pulling off a stunning victory in truly spectacular fashion... but it's just as well. He only stole the game from England after Maxwell had handed it over. The Big Show needs more rehearsal time.

  • POSTED BY Matt.au on | January 17, 2014, 22:12 GMT

    @ PrasPunter & rickyvoncanterbury

    The exciting thing is that when you have a look at some of the style of player that is coming through the system now it makes test crickets future look pretty bright.

    The great thing about Faulkners innings last night was that it wasn't done with the swish swash of a T20 upbringing.

    He wasn't thinking "Bloody hell, there is only two wickets to go, I'm swinging at everything"

    He stayed true to the long form of the game and built his innings and batted deep into the teams innings looking for the better balls to hit.

    He kept his cool, played most balls on their merit, didn't refuse singles (until the last over from memory) and trusted even his No 11.

    Players like Smith that can hook or pull but then drive if occassioned and is fleet of foot to the spinners. Counter punchers like Haddin, Warner, Watson to name but 3.

    I don't think we are going to go as terrible in SA as many a SA and Indian fan expect. It would help if Bailey was left out.

  • POSTED BY __PK on | January 17, 2014, 21:55 GMT

    Cpt.Meanster is conveniently ignoring that fact that mediocre England are actually no 3 in ODI's, Australia performed quite well in the Indian ODI's although they didn't actually win the series and the next World Cup is going be be down here. Australia ARE the next World Champions. But I disagree with Pup's labelling Faulkner the new Bevan. He's most like the new Lance Klusener.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 17, 2014, 21:31 GMT

    Smart & matured innings by Faulkner, thrilling match..the rest of the Aussie players threw their wickets away..at the end winning is important which they got now..hope the team is getting back to where they belong.

  • POSTED BY ScottStevo on | January 17, 2014, 21:30 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster, we also saw what happened to team India in SA. A little bit of life in the track and a few tidy quicks and India are a disasterpiece! After requiring miracles to beat us in your own backyard, and with India's well known troubles with pace and bounce on top of being renowned as the worst tourists, I wouldn't be so cocky about my team. I'd expect Aus to trounce India if a series was played in Australia, much in the same way you got hammered the last time you were out there in the tri-series with SL...Oh, and for the record, Aus aren't 'FAR' away from being world champions in ODIs. We're ranked 2 in the world, or maybe better when NZ give you a touch up, which on zippy tracks, they're more than capable of doing, and you'd be hard pressed to back against Aus in a home WC. Best of luck to you, as I suspect your team will need it more than mine, sport.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | January 17, 2014, 21:30 GMT

    Lovely batting and nerves of steel displayed by Faulkner. Love him to bits. From a loyal RR fan here...Wish he did something like this for RR on a consistent basis in IPL. Halla bol halla bol.....This year's IPL Champs are going to be RR.

  • POSTED BY Juiceoftheapple on | January 17, 2014, 21:30 GMT

    When the ECB stuck their oar in and told Jos Buttler he had to leave Somerset to wickie regularly to become a mainstay of the England team, I came on this site and said I wanted Australia to win the Ashes. I regret that now, I have no love for Giles, or Flower still, but they dont matter anymore, all that matters is that some people who know what they're on about (Rose/Atherton/Fraser whoever), come together and plot how to beat Australia, how to pummel them into the dirt, because that is all that matters, nothing else. And if the ECB, the coaches, selectors, players, England hopefuls hate the Australian cricket team half as much as I do after this tour, then they will work it out, because then you stop thinking about yourself and are single bloody minded enough, and if anyone in the setup is not up for this then they need to be shown the door. We will come back and we'll have them, and if anyone at ECB does not take this on with every sinew of their being, they should foxtrot oscar.

  • POSTED BY Mervo on | January 17, 2014, 21:20 GMT

    In ODIs this happens. Interesting to note that 5 of the last 7 England players come from other countries. Is there a message here to young England-born players?

  • POSTED BY Juiceoftheapple on | January 17, 2014, 21:07 GMT

    JG you know I dont think that losing constantly on this tour is the worst thing that could happen to us, the test teams failings force us to rebuild during a more forgiving period of upcoming test series, find a new Trott, a new Swann, a new Prior, a new fast bowler, a new opener. But I think we need the ODI team to break from the test teams safety first mindset. T20 has made such an impact on batting styles, and we are stuck in the past, it would do us better to have an 'awakening' rather than a win to justify clinging to a traditional and technical approach, especially given the white ball and true international pitches. We need aggression and a more cavalier approach and less of the puritan. I believe we have the players to beat Australia in ODIs, to go toe to toe with anyone outside the subcontinent. We are now lacking a spinner and a No.3 to beat them in tests, but that should be addressed. But a forced restructure in ODIs towards a T20 mindset would serve us better than a win.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | January 17, 2014, 21:04 GMT

    One player I feel we really miss is Swann. Obviously the pre Ashes in Oz version. He would often come out with outstanding figures in the middle overs and strangle decent/set batsmen. I'm not sure we have anyone like that who can do such a job? Also wonder if the Stokes IPL possibility is a non starter now. Can't see any IPL franchise being interested in him from these performances. Buttler is the only player from this side (not already doing IPL) that IPL franchises would be interested in

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | January 17, 2014, 21:02 GMT

    @ Nishat_India on (January 17, 2014, 17:56 GMT) Bresnan was poor but he played in 2 tests. Being that the Ashes is played over 5 tests I'd say you're overdoing it blaming Bres. Cook,Bell,KP,Carberry and Jimmy played all 5 tests with little impact between them

  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | January 17, 2014, 20:57 GMT

    @ CodandChips Agree 100% pretty much what I said before this series even began, surely they can't go on . . .

  • POSTED BY jb633 on | January 17, 2014, 20:53 GMT

    @cpt.meanster, it is not even a mediocre side but one of the worst to ever represent the country. Aus should hammer England 5-0 no problem at the moment. They are far superior in all three departments and are playing with great confidence. They would muller most sides at home i think, including your beloved India.

  • POSTED BY Natural_Outswing on | January 17, 2014, 20:49 GMT

    Well played both sides. An even contest that came down to a lottery in the end. England can take much heart from trading blows and being on top for significant periods. They'll win 50% of matches like this if they can maintain the standard.

  • POSTED BY SAF-Fan-no-1 on | January 17, 2014, 20:46 GMT

    Drop Cook, Bresnan, Root - These guys are no good for One day international - They might fit for Test but not oneday. England should dropped them - Get Moin Ali - Jonathan Bartshaw, James Taylor. They guys are good for onedays. Shame on England...........!

  • POSTED BY AlSmug on | January 17, 2014, 20:26 GMT

    Wow fell asleep after Clarke got out, thought finally those poor English will get a token win , but ......oh dear if they cant win from there... well what can one say, Australia bowled poorly i doubt they will again

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | January 17, 2014, 19:43 GMT

    In regards to harsh below, Australia plain lucky to beat pommies? Yeah a 5-0 series whitewash where very test was a resounding win was just plain luck eh

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | January 17, 2014, 19:41 GMT

    England must be demoralised now. After 44 overs I thought it was over. Amazing batting by Faulkner to pull it out the fire. 5-0 in both series is now a distinct possibility. I don't think England believe they can beat Australia now

  • POSTED BY JimmyDean on | January 17, 2014, 19:30 GMT

    @ CodandChips , Great team you have put together there and very much agreed with what you have written as well. Need to rest Cook and have Morgan as captain for next three ODI. Would maybe like Wright to open with Bell if Carberry fail.

  • POSTED BY TSJ07 on | January 17, 2014, 19:06 GMT

    You beauty Faulkner! 1st you did against us in India and now again you did against hapless ENG. You are turning out be a great find for AUS and just at the right time before WC15. If AUS can continue like this they will give tough time to India and SA and will also be front runners along with two other teams.Rest of teams are just too ordinary to have any chance. Only WI can if their strike players wake up up from deep sleep. Faulkner has become my favorite players especially the way he conducted himself in IPL, thats very unlike Aus players.I wish him all the best for his future career.

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | January 17, 2014, 18:50 GMT

    Engalnd losing because of cook captaincy. Period. This is winnable game lost because of bad captaincy. Cook is tired. Someone has to be captain now.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | January 17, 2014, 18:45 GMT

    @Sai Potharaju: This Australian team is FAR from being world champions. Winning against a mediocre English out fit doesn't make them world beaters. Please remember what happened to these Aussies in India recently. Still, a good game of ODI cricket. Who said test cricket was the only one with drama !

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | January 17, 2014, 18:11 GMT

    ctd Obviously Jos/Morgan could (maybe should) have taken them to a score of around 310-20 but I think we can let them off considering where they started. For me it's criminal that none of the top/middle order seem to be able to impose themselves on the bowlers and Maxwell/Clarke's combined 12 overs (and Morgan is also guilty here) going for 48 (4RPO) is terribly lame from our batsmen - especially as we have 7 batsmen an all rounder and Bres.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | January 17, 2014, 18:04 GMT

    Good comeback by Australia (within the game). I wonder if this result may be even more deflating than a thrashing because it is probably a total they should have defended given that the Oz run chase didn't start too well. I dont think I've read one comments so far defending the team persisting with Root when he is obviously so hopelessly out of form. Again he struggled big time and again he wasted the sole review the side had. Luckily it was not a crucial waste but what an absolute waste to use up a review on a batsman who is in terrible touch anyway. How obvious is it to have another bowler to replace Root? As for the game. Well I suppose 300 was a great effort when you consider what the situation was when Buttler joined Morgan at the crease. The pair seem to gel well together - Morgan seems to up the gears with Jos at the crease with him - and luckily Bopara and those before him got out earlier this time. Otherwise we'd have had another 4 over inns from him.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 17, 2014, 17:58 GMT

    Apart from Indian team's overseas records the thing that has baffled me the most is the team selection policy of the English selectors.Over the last few years they have always chosen certain players who were rank misfits for the shorter version of the game but they continue doing the same thing again and again.

  • POSTED BY LongLiveTestCricket on | January 17, 2014, 17:57 GMT

    Although they lost but it would be unfair to ignore Morgan's fighting century which took England to this total despite losing wickets too regularly. In fact this very seemed similar to the Mohali match where Dhoni's outstanding hundred was wasted by bowlers. Also the English bowling obliged by bowling length balls time and again, just like Ishant & Vinay, to Faulkner when he was eagerly waiting for them. Also not much effort was spent on trying to keep McKay on strike. If England had held onto some of the opportunities in the 1st game and approached the final moments of this game with aggression, things would be very different for them right now.

  • POSTED BY Nishat_India on | January 17, 2014, 17:56 GMT

    Bresnan was one of the main reasons why England lost Ashes. Now he is still in the one day team. Just give a chance to Finn.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | January 17, 2014, 17:46 GMT

    Wow You Beauty Faulkner What A AllRounder He Is Having

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | January 17, 2014, 17:41 GMT

    Boom Boom Wow You Beauty Faulkner What A Allrounder He Is Having For Australia

  • POSTED BY CodandChips on | January 17, 2014, 17:39 GMT

    In a way a decent result because I fear that if we had won, Giles would have stuck with his absurd formula forever. This game is an excellent example of why it did not work for the following reasons: 1.Had the top order done their job we would have got nowhere near 300. 2.4 bowlers is not enough, especially when Rankin is poor and Stokes is not a full time bowler 3.Finishers need more time to do their work

    Next match- out Cook, Root (both need a rest), Rankin and Bresnan. In Carberry, Woakes, Broad and Briggs. Woakes is arguably just as good as Bresnan but can bat better and has potential. The only advantage Bresnan has is experience. Broad is class and better than Rankin. Briggs cos we need a spinner and I don't trust Tredwell anymore following his annihilation at home. Carberry to try and score quickly at the top.

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

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | January 17, 2014, 17:36 GMT

    If this form of Australia continues, they will be WORLD CHAMPIONS once again. You got to feel for England, they have done the hard work but a miraculous innings from James snatched a victory from the jaws of defeat..

  • POSTED BY H_Z_O on | January 17, 2014, 17:14 GMT

    @Yasi_Gee Cook can't bat? A test average of 46 and ODI average of 38 would tend to suggest otherwise. That puts him second to only KP in England's all-time records across both formats.

    @TheBigBoodha cheers mate, class as always. It's a shame that after such a great match there's still so much negativity in the comments. For every comment about Faulkner's spectacular innings there are a dozen more whinging about tactics. The same thing happened to Root's 180 at Lord's. The history of cricket is littered with plenty of examples of great innings where the batsman got a slice of luck, be it an umpiring decision, a dropped catch or poor tactics. It's all part of the drama.

    We should be commending Faulkner on holding his nerve in a pressure situation. It took a lot of guts, especially with wickets tumbling at the other end. And we were thoroughly entertained, for the first time in a couple of months, by a close contest. Some people are never satisfied.

  • POSTED BY dreamliner on | January 17, 2014, 17:03 GMT

    Good show from Faulkner, Morgan and Buttler. Bell should have converted his 50 into 100; that is what is expected of him after seeing off the new ball.

    I've said this before, no 3 and 4 are critical positions. Cheap wickets of Root and Ballance are where we lost the batting match despite Morgan and Butler bringing it back somewhat.

    Other than some glimpses by Jordan, the England bowling attack was routine and lacked teeth. Bres is an ordinary bowler with nothing up his sleeve. Stokes isn't much better. Nor for that fact is Bopara. Rankin is injured both physically and mentally so we need some proper bowlers..couldn't trouble Zimbabwe with this bowling attack.

    Too many ineffective ENG players not troubling Aus nearly enough with bat or ball so operation STR (Stop the rot) should be enforced; OUT: Bresnan, Cook, Rankin, Stokes and Root IN: Carberry No1, Ali No3, Broad (c), Tredwell and Briggs

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 17, 2014, 16:50 GMT

    what a great innings faulkner hes the man cheers

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2014, 16:44 GMT

    Aussie fanboys thinking that Australia will rise again ... Australia lost 1-0 to south Africa at home last year..they were thrashed by India and England 7-0..They were plain lucky to beat Pommies who lost Trott in the first test and Anderson's form dipped...South Africa the best side in the world is waiting to pounce on Aussies

  • POSTED BY disco_bob on | January 17, 2014, 16:37 GMT

    England are going to wonder what they need to do and nightmare of an unprecedented double whitewash is still on. This must be as soul destroying a loss as possible, the fruits of victory have turned to Ashes in their mouth.

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2014, 16:28 GMT

    Though this was a heart break for English, they should have been more cautious against Faulkner. Agreed that he rose to prominence against one of the weakest bowling attck-India-but boy cricket is a game of confidence. Isn't it? Confidence of Faulkner and Maxwell regarding BIG hitting are at highest point possible and these young guns are guaranteed to provide fun in coming years.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | January 17, 2014, 16:11 GMT

    Outstanding cricket from both teams. It was nice to see good comeback from Morgan and team England but hats off to Faulkner. He is a real entertainer and match winner

  • POSTED BY gudolerhum on | January 17, 2014, 16:07 GMT

    @stumpedlloyd - you have that spot on. Bresnan is a shadow of himself. Onions please come back. Root does need a break or his spirit will break and whoops there goes another good player, so many have gone before. Thoughts of dropping KP must be banished, even if he is disruptive in the dressing room or hotel he is hardly more so that one Boycott must have been and look how long and well he served England. Start thinking again Andy or give up the job.

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2014, 16:01 GMT

    Great comeback powered by Faulkner! Australia gave a glimpse of their old self - snatching improbable wins from certain defeats. Maxwell too deserves credit for making it doable for JF. Incidentally even in Aus 300 seems to be no more a defendable target. Ishant Sharma shd be breathing easy too ;)

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2014, 15:55 GMT

    What did they do to deserve this? Not pick any bowlers. A pace-less Bresnan as the most senior bowler (by a mile).

    In New Zealand ODI's in NZ last year the opening spells from Finn and Anderson followed by Broad and a specialist spinner was what won England those games. Team England ditched the lot - in one fell swoop.

    Ok blood a few players. But with Bresnan still struggling to get the ball over 80mph.

    BTW Mr Bresnan, when you bowl your slower ball 6 times in seven balls? - It isn't your "slower ball" any more; it's just slow bowling. You are just a slow bowler End of!

    Rankin. Stokes, Jordan and Root? Bowling almost 40 overs between them?

    Come on! By all means blood a couple of players here and there. But to gut the bowling attack and expect 4 guys who no-one had even heard of 9 months ago to carry the team?

    It's not fair on the new bowlers to put them in wholesale like this. Who are they learning from during the game? Each other? A pace-less Bresnan?

    Shambles!

  • POSTED BY cricpanther on | January 17, 2014, 15:51 GMT

    Congrats Faulkner you are the Star!! For England point of view, it's all started with Captain Cook's wicket, such a stupid wicket that was, cook has given Loly-Pop catch to part time bowler like Maxwell who does not know how to bowl!!! It all started right there, and some what good start goes vein and unnecessary pressure created. Certainly Australians are from no where to every where. Make sure, both the openers of England have not given good quick start and 6 run/over run rate, its very slow and careful start but what England gets later...all over. Suddenly Joe Root wicket....initially he was living dangerously and he was total out of control and not making ground shorts, bow was flying in the air all the time and LBW, with wrong judged ball with wrong judged wasted DRS!! Balance gone with Maxwell!! Bell is just playing and batting but lacks of winning attitude, good that Kp is outside of the team. Only positive is Morgan the best!! he showed temperament!!!

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2014, 15:50 GMT

    I wish i was watching this game live

  • POSTED BY cricpanther on | January 17, 2014, 15:40 GMT

    How many times, James Faulkner has won the matches for Australia from almost loosing situation and suddenly stupendous win, which is as close to miracle!!! Faulkner is the BEST of the BEST ALLROUNDER of ALL time. He has having super Great temperament for the game. Certainly there was a DON of Cricket...Sir Don Bradman, GOD of Cricket..Sachin Tendulkar and NOW>>>> JAMES BOND of the Cricket is JAMES FAULKNER!!!! BRAVO BRAVO!!! Take a BOW!!!! WELDONE J.F. !!

  • POSTED BY rocky2611 on | January 17, 2014, 15:40 GMT

    Faulkner is another one of the Rajasthan Royals production, although he was a good player in Aus domestic circuit but the exposure given by RR to this talented Tasmanian on big stage has proven to be a boon for Australia. He has been phenomenal in the past 6 months and RR have pulled off a magnificent bargain by retaining him.

  • POSTED BY DD_f0rever on | January 17, 2014, 15:38 GMT

    LOL..What kind of tracks are Aus preparing ? Really FLAT !

    Even someone like Faulkner No.9 batsman hitting SIXES at will !

    No value..These runs scored by Aus batsmen..These victories in your den ..what is the use ,,,when you look like LAMB outside Aus ?

    Home Track Bullies ..Australia.. :) !

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2014, 15:37 GMT

    It was an entertaining game of one day cricket. Congratulations to Australis in general and Faulkner in particular in pulling off the heist. By the way, if this match was played on sub continent, between India and SL, many Aussie and Englsih supporters would have commented on the pointlessness of playing such matches on road like pitches where 600+ runs are scored, and how poor was the Indian bowlers.

  • POSTED BY rickyvoncanterbury on | January 17, 2014, 15:36 GMT

    @ Assertive-Indian on (January 17, 2014, 15:12 GMT) Thanks for opinion but unfortunately I do not value it to much.

  • POSTED BY jonesy2 on | January 17, 2014, 15:36 GMT

    so humble as well, far too humble actually. no jimmy you don't know what its like to be in their position, when you were over there you won the one day series and dominated most of the test series. anyway wow what a performance, what a hero.

  • POSTED BY xtrafalgarx on | January 17, 2014, 15:32 GMT

    What are the Indian fans so angry about? Everyone knows they are currently the best ODI side in the world with good batters, and they should be able to give the World Cup a good shake. However, i don't see what this match has to do with India!!!!!???

  • POSTED BY Dhali_BD_Fan on | January 17, 2014, 15:32 GMT

    I had stopped watching the Aussies play after my fav greats retired 3 years ago... it seems new Aussi greats are coming in to take thier predessors place. Am officially back watching and supporting the Aussies again due to Maxwell, Faulkner, Shane W and Bailey!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 17, 2014, 15:28 GMT

    Well I really feel sorry for England lol. I knew they can't win, but i was not expecting it in this way. It's really cruel. Mother luck has really been against them. Losing from a winning position. Man they will be really down and out.

    I read a few comments about India. Well I think we should admit, every team has his time, no matter how much we talk against India, like Australia as they ruled the cricket world, it's now time for India. It's India's turn now and me not being fan of Indian cricket, but seriously we should admit. They are the going to the ruling cricketing nation for quiet some time now. It's just their bad luck, they don't have any quality fast bowlers.

    To cut long chat short, please be fair to cricket and not being biased, give credit to India, and accept it. I'm by the way Pakistani, but I admit they are kind of better in many aspects atm.

    No grudges against any other team, I just love cricket and I hope it flourish by leap and bounds. Cheers all

  • POSTED BY stumpedlloyd on | January 17, 2014, 15:26 GMT

    Will some English cricket fan out there please explain to me the selectors' love for Tim Bresnan? He clearly has lost considerable pace after his surgery, the poor chap. I wish I followed English county cricket more closely, but surely there have to be some better alternatives to some of the players wearing the whites and the reds for England right now. The selectors also need to quit causing more agony to Joe Root. His confidence is shot. Continuing to play him in Australia right now will only cause more pain. Send him home, and let him play some county cricket and regain his form. I know there is a lot of chatter about Cook and Flower wanting KP out of the test side. I hope not. Surely, this test team will benefit greatly from the likes of KP and Morgan - he should be recalled and bat at 6 for the Sri Lanka and India test series - who can adjust to situations, not panic and clearly have the ability and talent to wrest the advantage from the opposition. England cricket is so myopic!

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2014, 15:25 GMT

    India vs Australia wc and 2015 final

  • POSTED BY Blackholesun on | January 17, 2014, 15:23 GMT

    Fantastic innings by Faulkner. Seems like England's bad luck is really bad (sic) ! They are themselves to be blamed. Some rashshots by their batsmen in the last two overs of their innings did them in, it was easily 310+ score.

    Faulkner is proving to be a dangerous customer. He did in India and has done it again. In both cases the Australia had lost the match. It is rightly said that in the game of cricket nothing can be said till the last ball is balled. If anyone had seen SA Ram Slam match, they will know what I am saying.

    I think after today's game, the English team will be totally mentally shattered (they already were after 5-0 drubbing in the Test match). Let's see what happens in the remaining games.

  • POSTED BY JustIPL on | January 17, 2014, 15:19 GMT

    Aussie three precious all rounders do it again and again. Only Watson in for Bailey and aussie troica of all rounders is there for taking.

  • POSTED BY Assertive-Indian on | January 17, 2014, 15:18 GMT

    @rickyvoncanterbury We Indians have not commented negatively to your prediction about semifinalists in the next world cup, is because we don't value it too much. But I certainly hope that Australia qualifies for the semifinals or else local crowds will lose interest.

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2014, 15:16 GMT

    Easily the Best Cricket Match i have Seen in the Recent past !

    Roaring Brisbane Crowd + Clean Hitting From Faulkner,Maxwell = 100% Entertainment.

  • POSTED BY Assertive-Indian on | January 17, 2014, 15:15 GMT

    Flat track specialists in action, I guess! The thing about these flat tracks is that winning the game is winning the toss. Both the outcomes are equally probable, irrespective of the skill sets of players involved.

  • POSTED BY Tigg on | January 17, 2014, 15:13 GMT

    I'm fast coming to the conclusion that, with the exception of his first dozen or so tests, Bresnan isn't international caliber. Ranki I think could be, but he's either not fit enough or not right in the head at the moment.

    Drop both for Tredwell and Broad (if he's back) or Woakes.

    I also don't think Stokes is good enough to be played as a bowler alone. He can bat 6/7 and bowl 5-8 overs but getting ten good ones is a huge ask from an all-rounder.

    The only bright spot, bowling wise, is Jordan.

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | January 17, 2014, 15:12 GMT

    @ FBiswasteoftime FBiswasteoftime wrote that "Any where you go "INDIA" is referred." That might be because, with over a billion people, anywhere one goes one can find an Indian talking about India? It is a bit like saying "everywhere one goes on a beach, SAND is referred."

  • POSTED BY Assertive-Indian on | January 17, 2014, 15:12 GMT

    I am not impressed by the Aussie victory. This match was played on a flat track, where one can just hit through the line. That is one can adopt 'see the ball and hit the ball' approach. I wish Virender Sehwag were playing here, and he could have resurrected his international career today. Either of teams could have won the match and it so happens that it was Australia. In this case at least England just chose to lose the game due to some silly mistakes by their captain. But, I do hope that Aussies provide this kind of pitches in the world cup, and then India will no doubt win it again.

  • POSTED BY electric_loco_WAP4 on | January 17, 2014, 15:11 GMT

    To all those bagging Cooks capt.-while I wont like to be in his shoes now-made perfect logical move giving Stokes 2nd last over. Of all Eng bowlers-bar Broad not playing-he was best opt. Only 1 from Eng with any conf.,s/belief for that kind of situ.

  • POSTED BY InfiniteWhite on | January 17, 2014, 14:57 GMT

    Faulkner should be in the test team top order for the simplest of reasons: he's very difficult to get out (everybody knows that) and the Aussie's test team top order is too unstable. Since Australia are going to face strong teams this year and cannot try this idea, maybe Tasmania should try Faulkner at 3.

  • POSTED BY dabbadubba on | January 17, 2014, 14:54 GMT

    whats wrong with australian pitches now.. flat wickets.. small stadiums.. contributing to 300 ish scores... its really boring and gives a false sense of records for average players like faulkner

  • POSTED BY rickyvoncanterbury on | January 17, 2014, 14:50 GMT

    It is pretty late.... but I have only seen one negative Indian comment.... just because people do not think India will make the semi's does not make us INDIAN BASHERS.

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2014, 14:49 GMT

    cooks poor captaincy keep using stokes until the last over when he has other options as well......5 ontionuos overs from stokes n he ws going for runs n still he was given the ball .....POOR CAPTAINCY

  • POSTED BY electric_loco_WAP4 on | January 17, 2014, 14:48 GMT

    @Hash Joshi- Eng in WC semis? Maybe you are right . Eng are def. a shoo in for S/f in Womens WC.-:) M/while in 'real' WC -WC 2015- here is s/f lineup - 1. favs. Aus 2.Pak 3.SL 4.NZ .

  • POSTED BY electric_loco_WAP4 on | January 17, 2014, 14:36 GMT

    @Harsh Joshi- So you like the Eng fans didnt enjoy Aus win. The way the young new Aussies have literally risen from Ashes becoming a dom. force to point where they win 'lost' games has left 'sour' taste and hard to digest for some. Enjoy those grapes!

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2014, 14:34 GMT

    To all those India bashers... not sure if champions trophy was held in England.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | January 17, 2014, 14:34 GMT

    I would say only Aussie has this kind of players I remember when mr cricket made 21 in last over against world best bowler s.ajmal today weldone Aussie

  • POSTED BY Ahmedpakistan6 on | January 17, 2014, 14:28 GMT

    Congratulations to Australia for yet another win against England. I think Australia should go for the kill and not let England win a single game whether it is ODIs, T20s or Tests to make it a tour that will be remembered for ever. A big Aussie fan from Pakistan. :)

  • POSTED BY wightred on | January 17, 2014, 14:27 GMT

    I still don't understand why he bowled Stokes and Bresnan for the last two overs when his most economical ones still had them in the bag.More poor captaincy.I think it's time for Cook to hand over the reins and concentrate on getting back to the batsman we know he can be.

  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | January 17, 2014, 14:25 GMT

    Root Ballance and Cook sadly aren't going to win you many ODI internationals in the modern day even on their good days. ODI's have basically now become an extended T20 300 is the new par 320 on flat decks like this. Amazing play by Faukener I saw his knocks in India so knew it was always on he played it beautifully with minimal risk so well calculated ! Cook bowling Stokes a second time after Faulkener had taken a liking to him was really criminal though and it also shows lack of confidence in his new strike bowler JOrdan. Please just let Morgan captain put Cook out his misery bring in Carberry and the spinner for either Root/Bresnan I can't watch 3 more games of this . . .

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | January 17, 2014, 14:23 GMT

    However weak Indian balling is they will blast towards the final with dhoni & they extraordinary batsmen However weak the batting,balling line ups & fielding of srilanka they will be there in the final. They definitely proved that in the last two worldcups,t20 worldcups They have come to almost every semi final since 2006

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | January 17, 2014, 14:22 GMT

    @waleed. Agreed manj. Semi for worldcup pakistan, australia, south africa and newzealand

  • POSTED BY First_Drop on | January 17, 2014, 14:22 GMT

    @FB user who thinks Faulkner should thank India....seriously? You think India wanted him to do that in Mohali? India didn't give it to him, he took it away from India. He has no one to thasnk but his teamates and his coaches.

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2014, 14:14 GMT

    @Harsh Joshi ..Atleast a Indian or SA fan should not say like that as do u know when last time SA won test series against Aus in SA?? its not 10, no 20, not 30 its more than 40 years since SA last won series against Aus at their home. Least said the better about India pathetic overseas records.

  • POSTED BY siddhartha87 on | January 17, 2014, 14:11 GMT

    faulkner and Maxwell are beasts.Period.

  • POSTED BY ThemanID on | January 17, 2014, 14:10 GMT

    @harsh Joshi Australia can only play at home not true. Even if that is true how can they not be semi finalist for the next World Cup when it is held in australia

  • POSTED BY pull_shot on | January 17, 2014, 14:03 GMT

    Have to feel for England, as a indian fan i know how it feels but all d best for England for there next game

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 17, 2014, 13:57 GMT

    india and sti Lanka will never reach the semis mate. they won't be good enough. Australia and south Africa will be there till the end

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | January 17, 2014, 13:54 GMT

    Well done, Australia! Go Aussie power!

  • POSTED BY First_Drop on | January 17, 2014, 13:54 GMT

    @Sanddeep33: This match desn't prove anythign about India, though you might likie it to. @CricketingStargazer: who would u suggest to replace Cook? there isn't anyone else. @Big_Chikka: If Cook had bowled Ravi at the end, and England had lost, he would have been crucified. Bopara is a part-timer who ocassionally gets lucky.

    Englands problems are deep, and this is underlined by the fact that Englands best ODI bat is Irish and best Test bat is a South African.

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2014, 13:53 GMT

    Any where you go "INDIA" is referred. INDIA encourages in all fields. For instance, Faulkner could do it because India helped him doing it earlier. Faulkner should first thank INDIA and then others for creating such a confidence in him.

    Otherwise great going, good entertainment.

    Keep it up .

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2014, 13:50 GMT

    "Posted by Sudu_putha on (January 17, 2014, 13:14 GMT) Now IPL team fight hard to get Faulkner to your team..lol.. Guess how much he will get 2 Mill may be"

    He has already been retained by Rajasthan Royals

  • POSTED BY neo-galactico on | January 17, 2014, 13:47 GMT

    Now I'm convinced that England isn't going to win a single match on this tour. They had it in the bag for large swathes of the innings but Faulkner really pulled off a heist, kudos to the Ozzie tail for staying with him for long enough... Phew! I can't breathe. Arguably the worst loss so far and definitely the most hurtful

  • POSTED BY R_U_4_REAL_NICK on | January 17, 2014, 13:45 GMT

    Congratulations Australia - what a fantastic game! England just can't seem to stop this juggernaut in any format. I thought 300 was a very commendable score on this pitch and against that bowling attack, but Australia just kept their heads up and Faulkner really pulled off a stunning finish. Cook's captaincy, particularly with the bowling changes, will no doubt be debated yet again - but I reckon if we all stop and think about it there's not really much he could have done differently. It's not like the Australian bowlers did a great job of silencing Morgan, did they?

    Root's form must be really giving the selectors headaches, because if they drop him for another batsman who's going to bowl those extra 5 - 10 overs he seems to frequently chip in with these days...

  • POSTED BY sasidharbiet on | January 17, 2014, 13:42 GMT

    Faulkner is hero for Aussies from now onwards

  • POSTED BY RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on | January 17, 2014, 13:41 GMT

    did faulkner really turn down singles?? I remember many occasions when jimmy ran one when i felt it was not necessary

    Guess what was this reporter looking at?

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2014, 13:40 GMT

    I went to sleep knowing that england will win this match easily after 8 down but australia once again showed the meaning of world australiaizm. amazing batting by faulkner and only australia can pull off heist like that in cricket. so faulkner again did it and ishant sharma might be relax now.

  • POSTED BY Cricmaths123 on | January 17, 2014, 13:38 GMT

    Amazing hitting from Faulkner again after the 3rd ODI in mohali where he made 64* of just 29 balls. He has proved once again that he is an invaluable player. I think after this performance he will be in test team for S.A. tour.

  • POSTED BY looloogun on | January 17, 2014, 13:37 GMT

    mr.flower if at all cook and his team needs you its now in the dressing room //now // cheers atlest they need someone to say that its all because of kp .

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2014, 13:34 GMT

    India,Sri Lanka,South Africa and England will be 4 semi finalists in next year's world cup

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2014, 13:33 GMT

    wow Australia can only play at home...the South African tigers are waiting to pounce upon Aussie lambs

  • POSTED BY rickyvoncanterbury on | January 17, 2014, 13:30 GMT

    @ Matt.au on (January 17, 2014, 12:47 GMT) if only Watson could bat like Faulkner and Faulkner could bowl like Harris, it would not matter what format you followed. long live test cricket

  • POSTED BY sandeep33 on | January 17, 2014, 13:22 GMT

    Everyone was criticising the indian bowlers for their depth bowling,,jst see wts happening here,,australia conceded 104 in the last 10 and england too gav too many,,dhoni is corect with the new fielding rule 350 is old 300..,so there is no point of bashing only indian bowlers,,now all feeling the sam heat,,

  • POSTED BY tpjpower on | January 17, 2014, 13:21 GMT

    Well batted, James 'Fourteen Fingers' Faulkner.

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2014, 13:19 GMT

    Reprise? not reprisal surely.

  • POSTED BY looloogun on | January 17, 2014, 13:18 GMT

    dunk ,simmons , lynn , m marsh, are not even fringe players for aussies now bench is very strong for the aussies ?bbl>ipl

  • POSTED BY Hatter_Mad on | January 17, 2014, 13:16 GMT

    Stokes was leaking runs from the start, why bowl him at the death. Yes, Australia got lucky but Cook helped them too.

  • POSTED BY Sudu_putha on | January 17, 2014, 13:14 GMT

    Now IPL team fight hard to get Faulkner to your team..lol.. Guess how much he will get 2 Mill may be

  • POSTED BY rickyvoncanterbury on | January 17, 2014, 13:07 GMT

    @ tanstell87 on (January 17, 2014, 12:43 GMT) so you agree with me an Asian team can win the WC.... the semis...... Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and Pakistan

  • POSTED BY CricketingStargazer on | January 17, 2014, 13:06 GMT

    With every match the chances of England walking out with a new skipper against Sri Lanka in June are increasing. England's most expensive bowler is the only one to bowl his full 10 overs. Why oh why was Stokes kept on when Jordan, Rankin and Bopara all had overs unused??

  • POSTED BY Big_Chikka on | January 17, 2014, 13:02 GMT

    looking at the scorecard couldn't help but wonder why cook didn't try ravi a bit more 5 overs 19 runs...................

  • POSTED BY Assasinator_007 on | January 17, 2014, 13:02 GMT

    ...so now its not just Ishant Sharma!!!

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | January 17, 2014, 13:01 GMT

    Well well well!! that was some breath-taking stuff by Faulkner.what a stunning display of pure power hitting.I really have to feel sorry for England bec for the 1st time on this poor tour,they got themselves in a position to win this match quite comfortably (57 runs with only 1 wicket to take) but there is very little a captain can do when someone hits it like that.kudos to jimmy and hopefully England can avoid another whitewash! Morgan's unbelievable century in vain! feel sorry for the lad

  • POSTED BY heathrf1974 on | January 17, 2014, 13:01 GMT

    They got close England. In their defence, this isn't their first bowling lineup.

  • POSTED BY PrasPunter on | January 17, 2014, 12:59 GMT

    @Matt.au, count me in - to me, Aus has already won the big prize - a test-series victory. Test cricket is the ultimate. Can watch all these ODIs and stuff, may be enjoy it, but if it comes without test-victories, that is next to nothing.

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2014, 12:58 GMT

    Faulkner proved that the Mohali heist was not a one-off.

  • POSTED BY Matt.au on | January 17, 2014, 12:58 GMT

    Obviously, I need to learn how to spell Faulkner.

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2014, 12:55 GMT

    Cook couldn't captain a toy boat across a pond. Leaving his most expensive bowler on for the penultimate over? What a master stroke.

  • POSTED BY smudgeon on | January 17, 2014, 12:52 GMT

    Just checked the comments to see whether anyone would claim the IPL is to thank for James Faulkner, and not surprised. Might want to check his domestic List A, domestic T20, and First Class figures for the last few seasons too, guys ;)

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 17, 2014, 12:48 GMT

    Alistar cook should leave thecaptainship .He has no strategy he should have watched the videos of faulkners batting in india.

  • POSTED BY Matt.au on | January 17, 2014, 12:47 GMT

    Posted by rickyvoncanterbury @ Matt.au on (January 17, 2014, 11:58 GMT) I am test match to the bone,

    Well, at least there are two of us of the same mettle left in the world. I'm sure there are lots more out there, I was just being conservative lol.

    I'm really pleased that blokes like Fawlkner (and others but it's Fawlkners night) have come along and added excitement to ODI's to get them back on the map too.

    If Fawlkner can keep his progression going and get into the test team, perhaps if Watson can get his stuff together, some exciting matches are likely to be seen with the aggressiveness of most Australian batters and all Australian bowlers.

  • POSTED BY tanstell87 on | January 17, 2014, 12:43 GMT

    so Faulknar has turned into a FTB & also Australian wickets are roads now...The Asian teams now got a great chance to win next year's World Cup...

  • POSTED BY pitch_curator on | January 17, 2014, 12:42 GMT

    Great win by Australia. Fantastic innings by Faulkner but poor captaincy and bowling from England. England need to change their captain and bring fresh ideas. Barring Morgan, Stokes and KP (maybe Buttler when he plays), the rest of the guys do not play aggressive cricket at all.

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2014, 12:40 GMT

    I really liked Faulkner in the one Ashes test he played and this ODI and the one he won in India is further proof that this guy has real ticker and talent. Not sure he is proven with the red ball yet, but i think Bailey and Watson should definitely be looking over their shoulders.

  • POSTED BY Srini_Indian on | January 17, 2014, 12:37 GMT

    Absolutely rubbish captaincy from Cook. Faulkner was clearly targeting the end where the short boundaries on the leg side. It was that obvious, what Cook does? He keeps 3 deep fielders in leg side and Stokes dishes up back off the length ball. He got very good bowlers who can execute the plan but his captaincy is as clueless as it gets. Can Faulkner hit a six in off side? Can he score anything in off side? No, i would think. So, what about a yorker on 5th or 6th stump line?

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug on | January 17, 2014, 12:32 GMT

    I can just keep cutting and pasting my comments on Root - another single figure score at a strike rate in the 20's. Behold the future of English cricket lol! England will return winless, that's a certainty.

  • POSTED BY electric_loco_WAP4 on | January 17, 2014, 12:32 GMT

    Well I cant belive am saying it but 1 might have be tempted to feel a bit sorry for Eng. Couldnt think of better way to describe this tour for Eng. Cook finds himself pushed 'from the f/pan into the fire' !!

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2014, 12:31 GMT

    Well that was annoying. England should have won that match but throw it away again. One Aussie steps up and England run scare again.

  • POSTED BY jb633 on | January 17, 2014, 12:30 GMT

    West Ham have recently offered refunds for their away fans who went to Nottingham and Manchester to watch their side captiulate without a fight. The ECB should do the same or at least to some extent. To be fair Aus is a great place to visit as a tourist, with nice beaches and friendly people, but the fans have come for more than that. No fans when the dust has settled minds their side's losing in Aus. However, what people object to is the fact our guys have showed no stomach for the fight from start to finish. There does not seem to have been a point in which someone has rallyed the guys together and said enough is enough. Instead the same old story game after game with nobody taking the blame from top to bottom. I am genuinely disgusted with everything that has happened with English cricket from the Oval test of 2013. They deserve this hiding for being complacent and molly cuddled to the extent they have forgotten how to fight. Very very angry right now.

  • POSTED BY PanGlupek on | January 17, 2014, 12:28 GMT

    Cook & Giles both came out with the line, "It took a great innings to beat us". True, it was a great innings, but it was also pretty naive tactics at the end: No bowling changes in the last 9 overs, lots of length deliveries, and only one yorker (which was a dot ball).

    Still, Faulkner does it again, hats off to him, well done lad.

  • POSTED BY David_Boon on | January 17, 2014, 12:24 GMT

    @AidanFX 30 years ago he would have crashed into the fence and broken his neck!

  • POSTED BY Yousafahmed11 on | January 17, 2014, 12:24 GMT

    When he smashed Indian bowlers, it was because of the inability of Indian bowlers. Hope, at least now he will get the credit for his batting!lol.

  • POSTED BY jb633 on | January 17, 2014, 12:19 GMT

    I am going to chuck my money on England to not win a game in the whole tour. It's probably the best investment one could make at the moment. We are a shambles and the whole world deserves to be laughing in our faces, calling us weak poms, mocking our fight name any insult and this English side deserves it. We are the 3rd worst side in world cricket at the moment behind WI and SL. I would imagine though our ODI side will get trounced in the Caribbean though and SL and India will come and give us a roasting at home. We are genuinely pathetic with zero resources to speak of and no young talent coming through. A bleak 5 years to follow. The real aggravating thing is this Aussie side is bog average but very good at punishing garbage (which we dish up regularly). The whole system needs a huge shake up starting with Cook and Flower. Cook is the worst England captain I have ever seen. Tactically awful and chokes under pressure time and again. This is dire.

  • POSTED BY Shaggy076 on | January 17, 2014, 12:18 GMT

    Praspunter; I'm happy to get 20 out of Faulkner, Watson and Maxwell with a bit of help from Clarke. Pattinson is no one-day bowler and Starc still has to come back. Johnson is a lock the other 2 need to be able to bowl at the death. Starc can do it if fit, and then ifs from several other blokes I'd love to take Harris to the world cup but otherwise its from Pattinson, Coulter-Nile and to me Kane Richardson is one of the best one-day bowlers around because of what he can do in the last few overs.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | January 17, 2014, 12:17 GMT

    poor bowling by england they lacked gr8 death bowling i foresee a whitewash

  • POSTED BY rickyvoncanterbury on | January 17, 2014, 12:17 GMT

    @ Matt.au on (January 17, 2014, 11:58 GMT) I am test match to the bone,

  • POSTED BY USA_Res on | January 17, 2014, 12:12 GMT

    Congratulations to Australia on a great performance by Faulkner to pull this one out of the fire. As for England, well they got what they deserved after the worst "last 4 overs" bowling performance I think I have ever seen. Continuing to pound the ball in short of a length, even after Faulkner had shown that he was perfectly comfortable with balls in the waist-to-chest high range, was just plain stupid. All it would have taken (once the required rate was up over 8) would have been 2-3 overs of good line and good-to-full length and the game would have be clinched. It is relatively hard to hit a full pitched ball for 6, whereas at waist height it is easy to get under it and, for someone with Faulkner's power, loft it over the boundary. The blame for this loss is squarely on the closing bowlers. For once, the English fielding, particularly over the last 10 overs, was excellent.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 17, 2014, 12:11 GMT

    Somewhere in the world an Indian would be smiling. An Indian named Ishant Sharma.

  • POSTED BY Iceman29 on | January 17, 2014, 12:09 GMT

    OMG...wat an amazing allrounder he is turning out to be...when he did it against Ind I thought its because of our toothless bowling but now he is proving to be a great finisher..What a find for Australia...Thanks to IPL though without it I dont think he would have made it to the Aus team...Aus team is becoming a strong contender for next WC....

  • POSTED BY seantells on | January 17, 2014, 12:09 GMT

    great game of Cricket Faulkner is the new Bevan even better than him I guess

  • POSTED BY malepas on | January 17, 2014, 12:06 GMT

    A stunning game and what a cool head and striking from Faulkner, it will be very hard for England now to come back in the series, I think Cook is not a good captain and has got most of his tactics wrong in this game, he is not a natural leader so should be replaced both in Tests and ODI's. On the other hand, I think Aussie will be a formidable side in the next world cup, they will be favourite to WIN the world cup, they have one of strongest lower order of all ODI sides and this will be a huge advantage.

  • POSTED BY electric_loco_WAP4 on | January 17, 2014, 12:05 GMT

    @cricket_is_Popular- yes mate! Results and games like this and yester. rec. breaking BBL t20 game is exactly the short forms like ODI/t20 and IPL,BBL are pop. Cricket is popular. Indeed!

  • POSTED BY Nutcutlet on | January 17, 2014, 12:03 GMT

    @ Dark_Harlequin on (January 17, 2014, 11:20 GMT): I sit down to post the comment I've been chewing over for the last five minutes, only to have discover that you've got there before me. Pardon me, then, for echoing your comment. Once again, Eng was let down in the final overs by indecisive captaincy. Who was going to bowl over 49? Surely not Stokes? Yes, Stokes! (Does AC never think: who would the batsmen, esp. JF in this instance, least like to face now?). First two balls duly deposited over the rope & game gone at that point. There had been one of those conferences before the fateful over - four players - all having an opinion - lots of clarity there, then!And why didn't Stokes bowl round the wicket, wide of off with a 3rd man & boundary cover fielder? It was so b obvious! Faulkner only hits big to leg! But what do I know? PS: to the victors the spoils, but the stupidity of MoM-award-nonsense well demonstated here. Without Morgan's brilliant knock there wouldn't have been a match!

  • POSTED BY lillee4PM on | January 17, 2014, 12:02 GMT

    And there are still some people that think cricket is boring!!

  • POSTED BY PrasPunter on | January 17, 2014, 12:01 GMT

    @disco_bob is a Legend !! His prophecy has come true !! We have done it in the last over !!

  • POSTED BY SamRoy on | January 17, 2014, 11:59 GMT

    And Ian Chapell said in 2012 he had no idea why James Faulkner was atleast not in the limited overs (50 and 20 overs) sides. Chapelli might be wrong with some of his predictions e.g. England were favourites for Ashes down under (I thought Australia were favourites as they were playing at home) but he is one of the best observers (and very neutral too) of the game of cricket. P.S. Even I did not envision a 5-0 victory by Australia in the Ashes, thought they would win 2-1, 3-1 or 3-0. England lost 5-0 mostly because of mental fragility (and physical fear of MJ). Now after this remarkable heist by Faulkner another 5-0 hammering in ODIs is looking quite possible.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 17, 2014, 11:58 GMT

    cook should of carried on with bopara bowling . stokes was already getting hit around the park. bopara was bowling economical . cook a poor captain

  • POSTED BY Matt.au on | January 17, 2014, 11:58 GMT

    Posted by rickyvoncanterbury: When test cricket is dead.......

    I've been watching test cricket for 50 years and hopefully it dies after I'm dead. It may die in the Asian countries but I doubt that will ever be the case in Australia nor England.

    I'm estatic to see ODI's putting on such thrilling displays as I'd rather not see this form of cricket die if it comes down to ODIs and T20s.

  • POSTED BY looloogun on | January 17, 2014, 11:57 GMT

    who can be the sKP goat now mr.Flower ? cook !! nonoo...

  • POSTED BY electric_loco_WAP4 on | January 17, 2014, 11:56 GMT

    @Big_max_walker- how about 'UK X|' ? Just to be politically 'correct' w/o losing the context !! -:)

  • POSTED BY PrasPunter on | January 17, 2014, 11:55 GMT

    @Shaggy076 , as much as i liked JF's hitting, his bowling was rank-bad. He shouldnt be relied upon to bowl 10 overs. Mitch/Pattinson/Starc should be our bowlers. Warner/Watson/Clarke/Bailey/Max/Hadds/JF should be our top 7, with Mitch/Patto/Starc and X or Bird being our bowling group. Finch is way too unreliable. Max/Watson/JF shall bowl 10 overs. May be Pup can chip with an over or two. Pattinson, Starc and Mitch are no mugs with the bat so batting wont be an issue with this lineup. Unless we have four good bowlers, we wont be able to defend even 350+ as seen in india.

  • POSTED BY looloogun on | January 17, 2014, 11:54 GMT

    andy flower <<<<< kevin pietersen cheers.. faulkner is brilliant

  • POSTED BY ramli on | January 17, 2014, 11:53 GMT

    JF can see his stocks rising sky-high in the IPL market ... but coming to this match ... it took an extraordinary effort to knock England down ... they can still take heart out of this and compete ... India did it against the same team not so long ago after the mauling at the hands of JF ...

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2014, 11:52 GMT

    cook should go for rankin or jordan in the final 2 over...................as faulkner was looking very good against strokes

  • POSTED BY Shaggy076 on | January 17, 2014, 11:46 GMT

    Australia stole one there nearly lost it through trying to bully England into retreating. Really not the most sensible batting we were always in control of the run-rate but some shots were way riskier than the situation. dictacted. Our death bowling is poor, however Coulter- Nile showed something, Faulkner and Johnson are irreplaceable so we need to swap McKay for a death bowler. I like Richardson. The other one is we should look at another bowling option Watson certainly helps out if fit, but otherwise I like Coves and put Clarke on at 3.We also need to look at the Finch warner partnership no question Finch will win games but we have a very explosive line up and team balance may need the Marsh type opener instead of him. However I haven't made my mind up on that decision. Potentially we have the side that will win the world cup just need to find out what our best XI is.

  • POSTED BY dickiebrewsters on | January 17, 2014, 11:45 GMT

    Where was Rankin ? You need your front line bowling options at the death. He has let England down again. Not fit enough for a game of Darts, let alone International Cricket

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2014, 11:45 GMT

    It's official faulkner is a batting all rounder who can bowl a bit

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2014, 11:45 GMT

    not only ishant......every bowler in other country....fear to bowl in the last spell to james faulkner......

  • POSTED BY littleeden on | January 17, 2014, 11:45 GMT

    Maybe if we had someone else as captain, Cook could get his batting back on track, as well - long memories will recall a similar situation when Mike Brearley replaced Beefy back in '81, and to a slightly lesser degree, when Freddie and KP were ditched. Trouble is, who would it be?

  • POSTED BY Santosh_G_Vashista on | January 17, 2014, 11:44 GMT

    Faulkner is becoming a great finisher..for Ausses, Like Modi for India

  • POSTED BY shanks1967 on | January 17, 2014, 11:43 GMT

    I have decided to forgive Ishant Sharma, who is a poor apology for a fast bowler. When Ben Stokes can get tonked around like this, what could poor Ishant have done against a Marauding Faulkner. I am sure there is going to be hectic bidding for Faulkner in this IPL. He is part of the Rajasthan Royals team right now.. For ODIs I think Maxwell and Faulkner are too good for Australia. Great performance. Alistair Cook has been COOKED and deeply FRIED. He can say 1000 things saying that team did well, lads did well, but at the end of the day, he was not able to bring out the best from his team. Poor Show by the English team.

  • POSTED BY Captain_Tuk_Tuk on | January 17, 2014, 11:42 GMT

    What a match what a finish. England lost but it doesn't makes them a bad team it just means Australia were better. Wickets were falling but run-rate was always in control. It was like watching a thriller.

  • POSTED BY James_10 on | January 17, 2014, 11:42 GMT

    James Faulkner just booked himself a ticket to South Africa and spot in the test 11. Really stands out to me as the country's best all-rounder, not just in ODI/T20 but looks to stand up under real pressure, one thing the Test team really does lack in that middle-lower order. Could see him in the Test team in SA, especailly if Watson isn't bowling, 5 overs an innings isnt enough from an allrounder, and inconsistency at number 3 isnt what you want. Phil Hughes to slot in at 3, should never have been dropped in the first place, Faulkner at 7 and Haddin up to 6. Bailey maybe a bit stiff but did nothing at all in Ashes when opportunities presented. Once Haddin + Harris retires within a year or two i think the changing of the guard will be complete, with Watson gone as well, Rogers depending on form.

    Team soon: 1: Warner, 2: Hughes, 3: Maddinson, 4: Clarke, 5: Smith, 6: Faulkner, 7: Paine, 8: Johnson, 9: Siddle , 10: Cummins, 11: Lyon

    Lynn, Khawaja, Starc and Pattinson also thereabouts

  • POSTED BY AidanFX on | January 17, 2014, 11:40 GMT

    Yes a big apology to Faulkner. I accept humble pie. I had hoped he might do something crazy when I wrote but I did not imagine it was possible, nor could I work out what he was doing. I don't think I have seen runs chased down in that fashion before. In hindsight I guess he was aware there were hardly any wickets in hand. That was a terrific knock. He paced himself beautifully and he remained calm. He got the tactics perfect at the end. He blocked some, and was completely unfazed. I feel sorry for England after that. McKay needs to be acknowledged for his role at the depth. Still think the selectors need to take the bowling department more seriously.

    Root almost pulled off one of the all time great catches. 30 years ago it would have been.

  • POSTED BY TheBigBoodha on | January 17, 2014, 11:38 GMT

    Even I can't believe we won this. Well played England, pretty unlucky. But Australia do bat deep, as I alluded to earlier. For all those Aussies going on about the ethnicity of the England players, do give it a rest! If there is one thing we Aussies should realise by now is that these periods of great victories come and go. At the moment we are winning everything. Six months ago we were losing everything.

  • POSTED BY wanatawu on | January 17, 2014, 11:38 GMT

    I noted earlier that England are standing, but they fall flat again. LOL!!!

  • POSTED BY HatsforBats on | January 17, 2014, 11:37 GMT

    Anyone who thinks the post-test ODI series means nothing merely has to look at the players reactions to that finish.

    I think I finally figured out Joe Root too, he's a bowling all-rounder. Joking aside, he took an absolute cracking catch, and England in general have improved their fielding out of sight, or rather, have regained their former standard.

    Faulkner, take a bow.

  • POSTED BY Yasi_Gee on | January 17, 2014, 11:36 GMT

    I don't know how England managed to loose this Match. Cook should be dropped from the team. He is the worst captain in the world cricket at the moment, also can't bat or field. Jorden has one over left and Bopara is the most economical bowler in the match but Cook kept Strokes bowling although he was getting hit sixes all around. Nothing should be taken away from Faulker's batting and he was marvellous tonight.

  • POSTED BY Matt.au on | January 17, 2014, 11:35 GMT

    Posted by disco_bob: I tip Australia to win this in the last over.

    That was the first post to this thread.

    disco_bob, you are a genius.

    Oh, by the way, have you a tip for the upcoming Melbourne Cup? I want to get on it ASAP for the best odds.

  • POSTED BY vimal03 on | January 17, 2014, 11:35 GMT

    Remove Cook from captaincy and team. Morgan deserve a good position in the team. Root haven't got confidence in him change with KP. Bring a good spinner to the team. England team is never going to win a game without KP and a spinner. "Good batting from Faulker". Looking dangerous for the T20 (If he can cope with spin). Well deserved victory for Aussie.

  • POSTED BY StarveTheLizard on | January 17, 2014, 11:35 GMT

    Wow! It's good to be an Australian fan again! I would definitely not want to be on the English team right now, though. They have experienced some bad losses. This was just plain cruel. If they weren't gutted before, they probably are now!

  • POSTED BY littleeden on | January 17, 2014, 11:34 GMT

    What was Cook thinking? He'd got Ravi in the back pocket bowling at less than four an over, and yet he persisted with Stokes, who was giving Faulkner at least one six per over he bowled at him. I've got to say, I think he needs to go as skipper, he might be great in the dressing room, but he's not much on the field. I'm afraid, I put this loss primarily down to him, but while we're at it, why was Brezzy trying to bowl slow bouncers in the last over? Have none of them heard of Glen McGrath? All they had to do was keep it tight. England have to stop trying to be clever, and go back to doing the basics. Getting rid of the ridiculous dietary requirements would be a good start. Hanging my head in shame.

  • POSTED BY rickyvoncanterbury on | January 17, 2014, 11:33 GMT

    When test cricket is dead and Australia can only play short form cricket, and start dominating short form, I wonder what new version of cricket will come from distant lands.

  • POSTED BY 30-30-150 on | January 17, 2014, 11:33 GMT

    @Cricket_is_Unpopular - This is the 1000th time you are posting the SAME thing. *Yawn* If you are so sick of the sport then why do you post the same comment on every forum? I've been reading these posts from you for more than a year now.

  • POSTED BY OneEyedAussie on | January 17, 2014, 11:32 GMT

    Taking nothing away from Faulkner, but Australia really lost their way during the batting powerplay and the five overs after it. I'm not sure what message was sent out, but NCN and Faulkner going at 2-3 an over was bizarre. 300 was a par score on this pitch with the new fielding restrictions and it should have been chased down comfortably against a depleted English bowling attack.

  • POSTED BY cad76 on | January 17, 2014, 11:31 GMT

    Faulkner...the new Klusener. Stokes and Bresnan join the party founded by Ishant... Ishant is still the president (30 runs was just too much)

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2014, 11:31 GMT

    It was absurd Captaincy from Cook. Boapara and even Jordan was having quota of overs, still he kept Stokes on who was going for plenty. Need to change the attitude. He is certainly not my cup of tea in England's one day team. England are back to where they belong...

  • POSTED BY Akhter786 on | January 17, 2014, 11:28 GMT

    Somebody tell Cook to cook only... U can't be a captain and certainly not under such conditions.

    Superrrrrbbbbb James Faulkner... I love u... Ur humbleness ur Nerves-of-steel ur confidence and ur batting.....

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 17, 2014, 11:26 GMT

    Thumbs up to the aidenx bagging on Faulkner just before he did what he knows best. Great game by the Aussie boys!

  • POSTED BY BradmanBestEver on | January 17, 2014, 11:25 GMT

    At the end of this 1-days series we will have witnessed a double whitewash job = the most severe stuffing of the English team that is possible.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | January 17, 2014, 11:23 GMT

    It is interesting to read the earlier comments on Faulkner's batting. How do you all feel now? For mine, Watson should only bat at 3 (if consistent enough) and Faulkner the Test-all rounder.

  • POSTED BY kreeketer on | January 17, 2014, 11:22 GMT

    Hightime to Axe Cook as Captain

    make Eoin the Captain...England will win....

    what a knock from the upcoming allrounder Faulkner...well done Mate ! thanks for thrashing this hapless team with a hapless leader

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 17, 2014, 11:22 GMT

    good to see mighty aussies back.. well played aussies..

  • POSTED BY BradmanBestEver on | January 17, 2014, 11:21 GMT

    Things are looking very ominous for the opposing teams now that Australia is unearthing good quality talent in the second division

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 17, 2014, 11:20 GMT

    its not a big deal chasing down such score now a days specially on flat track

  • POSTED BY Harlequin. on | January 17, 2014, 11:20 GMT

    Great stuff by Faulkner, showed a lot of nerve

    However, not for the first time, and probably not for the last time, Cooks captaincy must come into question again. Terrible! Faulkner had clearly taken a liking to Stokes yet he kept him on, and somehow our most consistent ODI bowler over the past couple of years only got 5 overs through the day. The worst captain of England in my lifetime.

  • POSTED BY MuddyPom on | January 17, 2014, 11:20 GMT

    @ AidanFX " It is the most ridiculously batting I have seen in this situation"

    I think you owe Faulkner an apology and eat some humble pie, LOL

  • POSTED BY Akhter786 on | January 17, 2014, 11:19 GMT

    This is an ultimate shame for Cook's England... Shame shame and more shame...

    Pride pride and more pride for Aussies and one heck of it..James Faulkner

    Yess he can do it better and more sensationally than anyone else...

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2014, 11:18 GMT

    That is the Australian cricket cook

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2014, 11:17 GMT

    Hats off James! I remember Faulkner's class when he fought hard till end against India in India couple of months back but this time this man has shown his great class again with an unbelievable win i must say 'man of Steel nerves'

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | January 17, 2014, 11:17 GMT

    @AidanFX:

    You spoke too soon it seems. Faulkner won it for Aus, did you see that? Moreover, it is onus and not owness.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 17, 2014, 11:17 GMT

    where are Faulkner bashers? take that. having a last laugh. there are too many experts posting comments. do u guys really understand what's being in the middle of the pitch and playing. grow up and enjoy the game.

  • POSTED BY 3ddy on | January 17, 2014, 11:16 GMT

    ok this is just bad to see , english bowling is finished , not sure why they made a horrible decision to send finn back and now they rely on ever dependable "bresnan" who i honestly dont know what is doing in team be it oneday or test

  • POSTED BY xtrafalgarx on | January 17, 2014, 11:16 GMT

    He has done it again! James Faulkner, what a legend. He is going to be a great player for Australia, tough as nails, tough competitor and believes he can win the game from any position!

    This is what Pontings Australian's used to do back in the day, they would always find a way to jsut get over the line and it used to get under everyone's skins. It's great that Australia are pulling off trademark Aussie wins.

  • POSTED BY JimmyDean on | January 17, 2014, 11:16 GMT

    @AidanFX mateeeeee what did you just say about Faulkner??????

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 17, 2014, 11:16 GMT

    where are Faulkner bashers. take that hahaha. having a last laugh

  • POSTED BY aussie1993 on | January 17, 2014, 11:15 GMT

    where are faulkner hatters faulkner pulled of the impossible win sum1 tell stokes about ishant sharma and stokes told him I can do better than him hats of to australia

  • POSTED BY crookedfinger on | January 17, 2014, 11:14 GMT

    Well played faulkner.. England team didnt have any impact player.. Overall very good ODI match..

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2014, 11:14 GMT

    @ cricket is unpopular, you picked the worst game to post that comment on, this is perhaps one of the greatest chases in ODI history, we love our game, you just go back under the rock you came out from

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | January 17, 2014, 11:14 GMT

    Faulkner for Prime Minister!!! What a legend!!!

  • POSTED BY AnthonyMD on | January 17, 2014, 11:14 GMT

    I reckon you spoke too soon @AidanFX, questioning Faulkner's game plan and intention.

  • POSTED BY H_Z_O on | January 17, 2014, 11:14 GMT

    Heh, if you factor in the runs with the bat, Faulkner's 10 overs essentially only cost 4 runs. Maxwell's 54 also completely wiped out the 31 he conceded with the ball as well. Just goes to show the value in all-rounders (and that Stokes, as well as he did in the Tests, isn't quite there as a genuine all-rounder).

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 17, 2014, 11:13 GMT

    aidenfx maybe u can eat those words about faulkners batting plan

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 17, 2014, 11:13 GMT

    faulkner is better lans klussner of Australia ..who can finish in better way

  • POSTED BY oxpox on | January 17, 2014, 11:12 GMT

    Moron Cook, did not let Bopara bowl, who had the most economic figures. Retard!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 17, 2014, 11:12 GMT

    england couldn't win a chook raffle

  • POSTED BY PrasPunter on | January 17, 2014, 11:11 GMT

    "Posted by PrasPunter on (January 17, 2014, 10:53 GMT) I would blame it on poor-death bowling than batting for the loss." - Blushes, Blushes . still shivering as i type this. Seems JF has made up for poor bowling with his awesome hitting. Nice going Aussie Boys !! Love you !!

  • POSTED BY H_Z_O on | January 17, 2014, 11:11 GMT

    Called it. How ironic that it should be the much-maligned Faulkner and McKay who are there at the end getting Australia over the line.

    Well played again Australia, once again showing that England are truly broken. We simply cannot buy a win at the moment, the players are mentally shot to pieces. If this doesn't end up in a double 5-0 I'll be surprised.

  • POSTED BY shaikhsaab on | January 17, 2014, 11:10 GMT

    faulkner ua did it..poor stokes

  • POSTED BY minnow_cricketer on | January 17, 2014, 11:09 GMT

    What a match? Faulkner did that once again. What a man? what a cricketer? Playing with last man and winning is tremendous!!!!!..........

  • POSTED BY BradmanBestEver on | January 17, 2014, 11:08 GMT

    Just another day at the office for the Aussies - stroll in the park

  • POSTED BY Four_Bits on | January 17, 2014, 11:07 GMT

    @AidanFX Boy i hope u have to eat those words! Go Faulkner, time it to perfection

  • POSTED BY PrasPunter on | January 17, 2014, 10:53 GMT

    I would blame it on poor-death bowling than batting for the loss.

  • POSTED BY AidanFX on | January 17, 2014, 10:43 GMT

    Johnson 1 run 10 Balls. Who is the coach here? What on earth is the game plan. This is nonsense. Haddin and Maxwell threw away their wicket and then we watch Johnson block the ball and fend at one for his dismissal. And Faulkner playing butt the ball around.

  • POSTED BY AidanFX on | January 17, 2014, 10:35 GMT

    Can someone please explain to me what Faulker's game plan is? It is like tap and bunt the ball around the park. He showed absolutely no intention to make some runs. He doesn't need to smash it everywhere - but, gee the odd four, pick the gaps for some twos. It is the most ridiculously batting I have seen in this situation. When Johnson arrived to the crease - the owness is on him to pick up the rate.

  • POSTED BY Captainman on | January 17, 2014, 10:31 GMT

    As usual, England relying on a player from a country other than their own to help them sail through. If England used 11 'english' born and bread players than I can guarantee you they would've been average at best. Aren't these countless ODI series between these teams getting ridiculous? they have played eachother in 09, 10, 11, 12, 13 and now 14 lol so who are you trying to kid? no wonder the world hates Cricket an UNPOPULAR sport. Yawn. I post this in forums, facebook, youtube etc to get my point across hehehe....

  • POSTED BY RednWhiteArmy on | January 17, 2014, 10:19 GMT

    @Big_Maxy_Walker Yea, its funny how everyone wants to play for England, isnt it?

  • POSTED BY Big_Maxy_Walker on | January 17, 2014, 10:10 GMT

    The England team or World XI side as it should be known might actually get a win here. Cook or Root should drop out of the side for a strokemaker like Carberry or Wright.

  • POSTED BY electric_loco_WAP4 on | January 17, 2014, 10:05 GMT

    Aus just unlucky Finch,Warner got out early to freak dismisals. So easy that these 2 would've blitzed a 200 p/ship and Aus would be coasting to within few runs from tgt. by now.Mind you Maxwell living to his feared rep.,has fastest 100 in mind.Aus wins.

  • POSTED BY VivGilchrist on | January 17, 2014, 10:04 GMT

    I don't understand Haddin and Maxwells dismissals......Australia only needed a run a ball. Why?

  • POSTED BY TheBigBoodha on | January 17, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    Can't believe some of the negative comments about McKay and Faulkner's bowling! These guys a very good ODI bowlers, but they can't nail every game! 300 on this track is decent, but very get table. Under the new rules it is a good, but not great score. So Australia are off to a bad start and look like losing. But on this track they still have a chance. Anyway, almost every ODI bilateral series AUS has played in recent years they have won by a huge margin in the first game, then lost the second. Go and check it out. It is uncanny. I'm surprised the management aren't onto this trend as it happens almost every series.

  • POSTED BY H_Z_O on | January 17, 2014, 9:48 GMT

    @ VivGilchrist oh come off it! You can call Rankin and Morgan blatant cases of that kind of poaching, yes, but Stokes? He never played organised cricket back "home". His dad was a former professional rugby player and naturally he followed in those footsteps. It was only when his dad got a job coaching his former club in England that Ben came over with the family and started playing club cricket. Yes, he was technically born outside of England, but trying to suggest we "poached" him is a stretch when there was almost zero chance of him developing into a cricketer if he'd stayed in New Zealand.

    And need I mention Luke Ronchi?

    Jordan and Ballance both came to England on sporting scholarships as teenagers and in fact there was speculation they might choose to represent the countries of their birth. They chose not to, but that's their choice. Both are legally naturalised, no different to Fawad Ahmed. To refuse to select them, even though they qualify, would be discriminatory.

  • POSTED BY R_U_4_REAL_NICK on | January 17, 2014, 9:33 GMT

    Just realised Bopara has not bowled yet... (sorry, bit slow this morning!). Who'd have thunk it; yesterday he was England's secret strike bowler.

  • POSTED BY R_U_4_REAL_NICK on | January 17, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    LOL at the Australian fans pointing the finger at Clint McKay - ODI cricketer of the year - after just one poor game in hundreds. If pure pace is the answer to bowling, then what's Mitchell Johnson's excuse? Has he lost his powers because he shaved his beard? Do the same Australian fans want him dropped now as well?

    Great knock by Morgan, and England's total could have been more if Buttler had been sent in sooner (I would have sent him on before Bopara). Still hate the idea of Root at 3 regardless of form, but nice to Bell up opening again and showing what he can do. Spinners vital in cricket; kudos Root - England's new surprise first-choice spinner to replace Swann.

  • POSTED BY H_Z_O on | January 17, 2014, 9:09 GMT

    Still reckon we'll find a way to blow this. We managed it repeatedly during the Test series, getting into good positions only to somehow find a way to throw it all away.

    Despite what some say, I still don't think the Test defeat was down to a gulf in class, but mostly down to mental frailty. I said the same about Australia in England; in almost every Test (apart from Lord's) they got into a good position in the match only to find a way to blow it (Durham springs to mind).

    What aided Australia in England was the refreshed squad they chose for the ODIs. Only four of the players from the Test side were named in the squad. Meanwhile, 7 of our playing XI in these two ODIs played during the Test series. Hardly a surprise that some of our best performers have been the ones who didn't play during the Tests (Morgan, Buttler, Jordan).

    Root and Cook had tough tours. Broad had a good one. Yet we play the former two and "rest" the latter. I'd have left them out and made Broad stand-in skipper.

  • POSTED BY Shaggy076 on | January 17, 2014, 9:06 GMT

    Ccrider the scoring rate is no issue, wickets are. It's not that hard these days to get 160 of the last 20.

  • POSTED BY 2929paul on | January 17, 2014, 9:03 GMT

    Cannot understand this England selection. Both Root and Rankin are struggling whilst we have a specialist spinner in Tredwell and an excellent one day batsman in Carberry who could replace them. Seamers then are Bresnan, Jordan, Stokes and Bopara, with Tredwell as spinner. Carberry slots in at three, or could open instead of Bell, and you've got an extra stroke player.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 17, 2014, 8:45 GMT

    well played

  • POSTED BY VivGilchrist on | January 17, 2014, 8:42 GMT

    @wanatawu, the real England? Only 55% of the team are born-and-bred Englishman. Not even are they raised in England. How can cricket grow internationally when England are poaching players off of Ireland, Zimbabwe, New Zealand, and the West Indies. These teams could do with these players. Cricket is going to mimmick the EPL if this keeps up.

  • POSTED BY AidanFX on | January 17, 2014, 8:33 GMT

    Yep among other fans, hanging out for the availability of Starc and Pattinson (who already is available and bowling quick). Cummins should come into contention for the WC. @ PrasPunter - No Tait has retired from the longer forms of the game - he is not available. In any case he is lazy and can't be bothered bowling more than four overs. Whilst I get you see the importance of pace (as I do); pace alone is vain - in the case of Trait, whose best is behind him (2007 WC). Johnson, Pattinson, Starc and Cummins have quality with pace. But McKay and Faulkner will be destroyed come the WC, irrespective of past successes they may have had.

  • POSTED BY PrasPunter on | January 17, 2014, 8:32 GMT

    @DylanBrah , absolutely, he was feeding the batsmen with full-tosses left right and center, long hops and what not. Time for Mitch/Patt/Starc to steam in, a proper bowling combo that.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 17, 2014, 8:26 GMT

    England gonna win today

  • POSTED BY cccrider on | January 17, 2014, 8:23 GMT

    Marsh soaking up balls with dots. Like he always does. Add so much pressure. Get Steve Smith in.

  • POSTED BY xtrafalgarx on | January 17, 2014, 8:15 GMT

    People don't rate him, but Shaun Marsh is such a good player. So much better than Aaron Finch it's not funny, but unfortunately for him he has a fragile body, a bit of a fragile mind and also battles inconsistency. However, there is no doubt that when he is in form he is probably the best batsman in Australia bar Clarke for mine. Just so good.

  • POSTED BY Nutcutlet on | January 17, 2014, 8:10 GMT

    I'm watching Cook's captaincy very closely. It doesn't bear comparison with that of his opposite number. Michael Clarke continues to give a master-class to AC. Clarke has already taken a psychological advantage through smuggling 12 overs of spin early in the piece. And what did they cost? 48, plus the two wks snaffled by Maxwell. How many spinners has England selected? One half: Joe Root! Now, it may be that England will find a victory here (Aus currently 42/2 after 7), but it will not be down to team selection. Relying on brilliance from Eoin Morgan & Jos Buttler in the last ten overs is not the way in which victories are delivered on a regular basis. BTW, what's Root doing in the team? Oh, I see, he's England's secret weapon with his gentle offies. Silly me!

  • POSTED BY wanatawu on | January 17, 2014, 8:07 GMT

    And finally it seems the real England are standing up. Welcome back England, but it seems the tour is almost done.

  • POSTED BY anujbhasin56 on | January 17, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    @ PrasPunter: looking at maxwell's bowling, Doherty should have played today. Faulkner is a very good option for T20 but does'nt bowl enough wicket taking deliveries. Batsmen eventually get set and then score off him.

  • POSTED BY xtrafalgarx on | January 17, 2014, 7:48 GMT

    That's the reason why i don't quite rate Finch. He just doesn't learn from his mistakes. He gets out the same ways everytime and he just doens't seem to think about his game enough.

  • POSTED BY BradmanBestEver on | January 17, 2014, 7:46 GMT

    Australia have fielded a weak team and rightly so. Test cricket is the main game and the sooner 1-day cricket is abandoned the better off the game with be.

    Australia have clearly and unambiguously demonstrated that they dominate England in the main game which is how things should be

    Let us just have T20 for the $ and test cricket for the genuine, serious cricket fans.

  • POSTED BY DylanBrah on | January 17, 2014, 7:35 GMT

    Faulkner just doesn't cut it as a bowler I'm afraid. He should only be used as an allrounder. The sooner Pattinson and Starc are in the team, the better.

  • POSTED BY PrasPunter on | January 17, 2014, 7:27 GMT

    @xtrafalgarx , Sir, do you still see McKay in the team ? With the new rules, i could hardly see him being effective at all. Easy pickings at his 130K. Agree with you. Mitch/Patto/Starc/X or another seamer. It should be a toss-up between Maxi and Faulkner. Cant play both.

  • POSTED BY AlSmug on | January 17, 2014, 7:22 GMT

    I hope so so much England can win this one pity is a word i seldom use but i feel for those totaly mental fragile in the mind players that is England cricket at the moment , lets hope the Aussies give them a chance, on paper they have more than done so no Patto , playing Darsh the cricketing enigma , served on a platter

  • POSTED BY RednWhiteArmy on | January 17, 2014, 7:21 GMT

    australia should win against this 3rd string England team

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | January 17, 2014, 7:18 GMT

    It looks like England have posted a 300 total because, if they don't get awarded that extra 4 runs denied to Buttler when he hit Johnson for a legitimate 6, the entire umpiring panel need to be sacked. They were looking on target for 310 or maybe even 320, so those late wickets were important for Australia.

  • POSTED BY mixters on | January 17, 2014, 7:17 GMT

    good effort from England can we now expect the return of @Front_Foot_Lunge???

  • POSTED BY PrasPunter on | January 17, 2014, 7:17 GMT

    Not sure if Faulkner can be relied upon to bowl 10 overs. Pathetic to say the least. No point in having a order that bats deep when we cant defend 350+ runs. Mckay and NCN should never be selected again. 7 batsmen ( including Haddin ) and 4 pacemen should be good enough. Finch/Warner/Watto/Clarke/Bailey/Maxwell or Faulkner/Haddin/ Mitch/Patto/Starc/Bird should be our lineup. And how about recalling Tait ? He still bowls 140+ and would really be handy.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | January 17, 2014, 7:15 GMT

    To those complaining about McKay, the fact that he's not bowled well here is not an indication that he was a bad selection. McKay was Australia's ODI cricketer of the year last year so there's no suggestion that he's even second-string.

  • POSTED BY xtrafalgarx on | January 17, 2014, 7:08 GMT

    The one day bowling line up is actually struggling. We probably need to go all out with it and go with Starc, Pattinson, Johnson, and the X man, but that pushes out Faulkner who is a good all rounder, unless Maxwell can continue to improve on his offies to challenge the X man but that's unlikely.

    Our bowling wasn't up to scratch but Morgan did put a lot of pressure on them like the Indians did last year and the cracks began to show. It's hard to drop McKay because he has been so good over the last year but he is beggining to be inconsistent. Also, interestingly enough, Johnson now looks a much better test bowler than ODI!

  • POSTED BY electric_loco_WAP4 on | January 17, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    Eng using their luck to get near 300. Not bad score v 3rd string Aus attack. With dest. duo Warner/Finch in fine form and Warner due for big special inng. is going to be another easy 40 over W for Aus . Lots of ent. too!

  • POSTED BY PrasPunter on | January 17, 2014, 6:56 GMT

    Wondering what on earth the bowling coach is doing, given the dollies bowled by Mckay, Faulkner and NCN. I think we need four proper pacemen - not the ones bowling lollypops at 130K, given the relatively new ball and the field restrictions. Rank bad bowling from Faulkner and Mckay in particular. How Mckay makes it to the team is beyond me !!

  • POSTED BY xtrafalgarx on | January 17, 2014, 6:50 GMT

    __PK: He hit it in the air on purpose because he knew the Austraians had more fielders outside the ring than they should, very very smart and a good player.

  • POSTED BY AnthonyMD on | January 17, 2014, 6:46 GMT

    What costitutes a review and what doesn't? please explain.

  • POSTED BY AidanFX on | January 17, 2014, 6:40 GMT

    This was yet another weak bowling performance by the Australians. All this talk about wanting to be #1 in 50 Over as well as Tests, yet they choose these silly lineups. They are too worried about making the batting bat deep. There is of course some merit to this approach. But if the top 7 won't do it neither will top 9. Australia may be capable of setting or chasing big targets but it will backfire as it did in India - with Aus setting big scores and the then the totals being chased down. In this series Eng have set solid totals, after some time Aus will fail to chase such targets. They need to be picking the best bowlers. I am glad Morgan pasted the Aussies because the selectors need to take the WC more seriously and start picking quality pacemen and spinners. As a general rule I hate rotation policies - but Johnson looks fatigued to me - give him a couple of games off. Drop Coulter-Nile and McKay.

  • POSTED BY VivGilchrist on | January 17, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    Seriously to all non-Aussies, this Coulter-Nile bloke is not in our top tier players. He is merely a bit of an "experiment". Our selectors are having a bit of a lend until Starc and Cummins come back. We also can't go poaching Irish and Barbadian born bowlers.

  • POSTED BY VivGilchrist on | January 17, 2014, 5:38 GMT

    I write this during England's innings. I can't help but feel that Marsh will be a liability at no3. He takes too long to get set and usually needs a century before he hits a decent strike rate. He will also be playing for a spot rather than chasing down a total. I could be wrong....let's see. Good to see Maxwell bowling well, I hope he can develop his bowling as this will alleviate the need to select Doherty and free up a position for a real bowler.

  • POSTED BY AidanFX on | January 17, 2014, 5:37 GMT

    Ridiculous by the Australian selectors, mocking the public. How can they justify selecting McKay over Pattinson, honestly? He is bowling terrible. If your stop delivery is medium fast- fast medium max, there is no excuses for loose deliveries down leg side. if he is bowling quicker fine - but a bowler like him needs to be so much more accurate.

  • POSTED BY __PK on | January 17, 2014, 5:37 GMT

    Did Morgan question an umpire's decision and get it overturned? That shouldn't be. Next time he nicks behind, can he tell the umpire he didn't hit it?

  • POSTED BY xtrafalgarx on | January 17, 2014, 5:06 GMT

    Send Root home. There is picking and sticking, then there is cruxifiction. He is out of form and can't buy a run in his present state, same as Cook for that matter. The poms can't take a trick.

  • POSTED BY cricpanther on | January 17, 2014, 4:23 GMT

    Biggest Shock is not England's current form and performance in the Ashes, but the biggest set back is the situation when Great Fighter batsman/captain Andrew Strauss retired unexpectedly!!! He is way batter than current captain cook!! England badly miss him.

  • POSTED BY class9ryan on | January 17, 2014, 3:15 GMT

    Backing a players is good stuff from England captain, but I believe these very negative tactics going with 8 batsmen albeit Stokes has bowled well, but get Stokes at no. 3 and fit in a specialist bowler.

  • POSTED BY disco_bob on | January 17, 2014, 3:14 GMT

    A brave move from England and strangely enough shows a positive intent. This puts pressure on themselves and in a peculiar way actually relieves pressure. I think Australia will be mindful of this match being important in the context of keeping the double 5-0 whitewash, on. As such I expect this game to be the first one in this series that will go down to the wire. However the romantic in me wants to believe we can do this series 5-0 so I tip Australia to win this in the last over.

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  • POSTED BY disco_bob on | January 17, 2014, 3:14 GMT

    A brave move from England and strangely enough shows a positive intent. This puts pressure on themselves and in a peculiar way actually relieves pressure. I think Australia will be mindful of this match being important in the context of keeping the double 5-0 whitewash, on. As such I expect this game to be the first one in this series that will go down to the wire. However the romantic in me wants to believe we can do this series 5-0 so I tip Australia to win this in the last over.

  • POSTED BY class9ryan on | January 17, 2014, 3:15 GMT

    Backing a players is good stuff from England captain, but I believe these very negative tactics going with 8 batsmen albeit Stokes has bowled well, but get Stokes at no. 3 and fit in a specialist bowler.

  • POSTED BY cricpanther on | January 17, 2014, 4:23 GMT

    Biggest Shock is not England's current form and performance in the Ashes, but the biggest set back is the situation when Great Fighter batsman/captain Andrew Strauss retired unexpectedly!!! He is way batter than current captain cook!! England badly miss him.

  • POSTED BY xtrafalgarx on | January 17, 2014, 5:06 GMT

    Send Root home. There is picking and sticking, then there is cruxifiction. He is out of form and can't buy a run in his present state, same as Cook for that matter. The poms can't take a trick.

  • POSTED BY __PK on | January 17, 2014, 5:37 GMT

    Did Morgan question an umpire's decision and get it overturned? That shouldn't be. Next time he nicks behind, can he tell the umpire he didn't hit it?

  • POSTED BY AidanFX on | January 17, 2014, 5:37 GMT

    Ridiculous by the Australian selectors, mocking the public. How can they justify selecting McKay over Pattinson, honestly? He is bowling terrible. If your stop delivery is medium fast- fast medium max, there is no excuses for loose deliveries down leg side. if he is bowling quicker fine - but a bowler like him needs to be so much more accurate.

  • POSTED BY VivGilchrist on | January 17, 2014, 5:38 GMT

    I write this during England's innings. I can't help but feel that Marsh will be a liability at no3. He takes too long to get set and usually needs a century before he hits a decent strike rate. He will also be playing for a spot rather than chasing down a total. I could be wrong....let's see. Good to see Maxwell bowling well, I hope he can develop his bowling as this will alleviate the need to select Doherty and free up a position for a real bowler.

  • POSTED BY VivGilchrist on | January 17, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    Seriously to all non-Aussies, this Coulter-Nile bloke is not in our top tier players. He is merely a bit of an "experiment". Our selectors are having a bit of a lend until Starc and Cummins come back. We also can't go poaching Irish and Barbadian born bowlers.

  • POSTED BY AidanFX on | January 17, 2014, 6:40 GMT

    This was yet another weak bowling performance by the Australians. All this talk about wanting to be #1 in 50 Over as well as Tests, yet they choose these silly lineups. They are too worried about making the batting bat deep. There is of course some merit to this approach. But if the top 7 won't do it neither will top 9. Australia may be capable of setting or chasing big targets but it will backfire as it did in India - with Aus setting big scores and the then the totals being chased down. In this series Eng have set solid totals, after some time Aus will fail to chase such targets. They need to be picking the best bowlers. I am glad Morgan pasted the Aussies because the selectors need to take the WC more seriously and start picking quality pacemen and spinners. As a general rule I hate rotation policies - but Johnson looks fatigued to me - give him a couple of games off. Drop Coulter-Nile and McKay.

  • POSTED BY AnthonyMD on | January 17, 2014, 6:46 GMT

    What costitutes a review and what doesn't? please explain.