Australia v England, 2nd ODI, Brisbane

Clarke's counting error

Plays of the Day from the second ODI between Australia and England at the Gabba

Andrew McGlashan at the Gabba

January 17, 2014

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Glenn Maxwell used reverse shots to good effect during his half-century, Australia v England, 2nd ODI, Gabba, January 17, 2014
Glenn Maxwell repeatedly reversed his hands to dispatch Joe Root © Getty Images
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No-ball of the day
Michael Clarke is often praised for his 'funky' captaincy and, for a moment, it appeared he had pulled off another smart move by bowling himself and having Eoin Morgan caught at deep midwicket. However, even before the catch was taken Morgan was telling Kumar Dharmasena, the bowler's end umpire, that he had spotted one too many fielders outside the fielding circle. The Australians started celebrating but Clarke soon did the sums himself and realised funky had turn into a basic error.

Shot of the day
There were a host to choose from the bat of Morgan (and the on-drive to get Ravi Bopara off the mark) but because of who it came against, and that it marked the beginning of Morgan's late surge, it goes to the flat six over cover off Mitchell Johnson. Nobody treated Mitchell like that in the Test matches. Maybe it is because the Mo has gone.

Catch of the day
The scoreboard in Melbourne should have read: Finch c Ballance b Jordan. The scoreboard in Brisbane did read: Finch c Ballance b Jordan. Dropped on 8 at the MCG, Finch went onto post a matchwinning hundred but this time, playing virtually the same shot, he watched Gary Ballance stick up his right hand and the ball, travelling at some speed, stuck in the palm. Quite how aware he was of his actions in those seconds is uncertain, but England were not worried about such things.

Another catch of the day
If Ballance's catch was good, Chris Jordan's was even better. Following through, he grasped Warner's fierce straight drive in his right hand before anyone could barely blink. And, unlike Ballance, he was in control of what he was doing, almost watching the ball into his hand despite the pace it was coming back at him. As he wheeled off in celebration, Warner tore himself away from the crease and cursed under his breath a few times back to the pavilion.

Smile of the day
Joe Root has had a tough time in Australia. With the bat he looks completely out of form, to the point where it may even be cruel to keep on playing him. Although, as Ashley Giles wryly noted the other day, you cannot remove everyone otherwise "he'd be a bit short". Also, Root provides an important option with the ball, especially with England not playing James Tredwell. With his fifth delivery he struck by removing Michael Clarke and there was a flash of the youthful smile that has not be sighted too regularly on this tour.

Hat-trick of the day
Glenn Maxwell may as well have stood there as a left-hander. Three balls in a row he reverse swept Root with considerable power through short fine-leg. However Alastair Cook tried to tinker with his field, and however fast Root tried to fire the ball in, Maxwell kept pinging it through the infield. At one point there were three men fielding from backward point to short third man to try and cut off the shot.

Upgrade of the day
Jos Buttler crunched Johnson towards long-off where Shaun Marsh stepped over the boundary, then jumped and knocked the ball back into play. Initially it was awarded just the two runs but during the interval was correct to a six to give England a round 300. When the game got tight towards the end it appeared those four runs may be vital, but James Faulkner made them irrelevant.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by __PK on (January 17, 2014, 21:48 GMT)

Wow England really dominated Australia in this game. Six out of seven plays. Yep, they really smashed 'em.

Posted by WheresTheEmpire on (January 17, 2014, 12:51 GMT)

@IndianInnerEdge: you are right. Also, there is nothing about Faulkner's hitting and the climactic ending to this match.

Does anyone else have the feeling that this article was prepared just a few overs too early?

Posted by Kernas on (January 17, 2014, 12:25 GMT)

hatrick of the day - the last three deliveries and the first three fours by Faulkner to win the game

Posted by IndianInnerEdge on (January 17, 2014, 12:07 GMT)

u missed the joe root catch off faulkner...that carried over the line for 6....that was a stupendous effort....

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Andrew McGlashan Assistant Editor Andrew arrived at ESPNcricinfo via Manchester and Cape Town, after finding the assistant editor at a weak moment as he watched England's batting collapse in the Newlands Test. Andrew began his cricket writing as a freelance covering Lancashire during 2004 when they were relegated in the County Championship. In fact, they were top of the table when he began reporting on them but things went dramatically downhill. He likes to let people know that he is a supporter of county cricket, a fact his colleagues will testify to and bemoan in equal quantities.
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