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

Stunned Giles must rally England

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Darren Lehmann conceded that Australia had been "outplayed for much of the game" and that Eoin Morgan produced the outstanding innings but, thanks to James Faulkner's heist, it was still Australia's coach who was able to savour an unexpected victory as England went 2-0 down in a five-match series.

Ashley Giles, England's limited-overs coach, who must have anticipated that England would be able to celebrate their first international win of the tour, was instead faced with the challenge of rallying spirits and preventing the sort of decline that took hold in their 5-0 Ashes defeat.

"We were outplayed the whole game, bar I suppose the middle overs with the ball," Lehmann told Sky Sports. "We needed 100 from 16 and we should have breezed home from there but a couple of blokes played silly shots. We got away with it really.

"Morgan was the best batsman on the night but we bowled really poorly in the last 10 overs, as probably did England."

Giles accepted that England's dressing room would be deflated after threatening to end their losing run and then falling to Faulkner's unbeaten 69 and a last-wicket stand of 57 in 33 balls with Clint McKay. They must win the next ODI, in Sydney on Sunday, to stay alive in the series.

"One thing I won't be doing is scream and shout at them," he said. "They are all feeling pretty low. We need to lift them back up. We need to get some energy back because the next game is already barely 24 hours away.

"But we need to learn our lessons as well. We need to get our skills right and we didn't quite get it right at the back end. But we were just a hair's width away from getting it right. Through this journey we need to learn along the way. We have got a World Cup here next year and as long as we are learning and improving as we go then I'm going to be happy.

"We said after batting that when our guys were going it was almost easier - it ran on to the bat and it was quite even. But still, from the position we were in, we would like to have gone to Sydney one-all."

Giles defended England's selection, which retained Joe Root at No. 3 and, to some eyes, remains batsman heavy. Root produced a tidy spell of offspin, but the departure of Boyd Rankin with more hamstring trouble did not aid England's cause.

"In terms of consistency we felt it was important to go with the same side," he said. "We will look again for Sydney. We had them 240-odd for 9 so I thought we got selection pretty right today. Morgan's innings was superb. When you are in that position nine-and-a-half times out of ten you are going to win the game.

"Stuart Broad comes back for the next one-dayer in Sydney and that is a positive for the side. We have played some really good cricket but we have not necessarily got our best or most-experienced attack out. Guys are learning and sometimes it's a steep learning curve."

Faulkner's appearance as low as No. 9, below Nathan Coulter-Nile, was a surprise, but Lehmann laughed away the suggestion that it was his latest masterstroke, stressing that the order was solely down to the captain, Michael Clarke.

"It was the skipper's decision," he said. "Nathan needed to have a hit. He hasn't played too much international cricket and he can hit a long ball. James will be back up the order next time I think."

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  • Brady on January 18, 2014, 12:02 GMT

    Calls for Giles to rally the team but the problems lie elsewhere. Is the English team of the previous two games even close to their best XI? Surely that would include Tredwell, Anderson, Finn (if he were managed properly), Broad and Pietersen. Having Hales or Wright add some power to the top 3 wouldn't go astray either.

  • rob on January 18, 2014, 10:49 GMT

    @ CodandChips: From the limited amount I've seen of him, Ravi Bopara looks like the modern day Mark Ramprakash. By all accounts should have been a star but never really made it for some reason. .. Still, unlike Ramps, it's not actually all over for Ravi just yet.

  • Gamini on January 18, 2014, 10:02 GMT

    Bring back real players who can stand up for the pressure and give a break to incompetent captain and replace with a good talented leader. it was a shame not to win a game that would have won by any good A grade captain. What happen to PETERSON, BRING HIM AS THE CAPTAIN.

  • Paulo on January 18, 2014, 8:12 GMT

    @Chomolungma I'd consider Vince to open for the tour of West Indies, but leave the squad as it is for now (unless Root returns home).On his bowling, its making progress, but certainly would not hope to rely on it in an ODI. On Bopara, I would ocnsider ignoring him post this series. He has not become the player he threatened to be (although at times I think England have made him to the hokey cokey on a pogo-stick- always in and out the side, up and down the order). Bopara frustrates me because his record is poor, and he never wins games when chasing- usually gets out (except in Dublin this year) eg Sri Lanka in WC 2007, India at Lords in 2011

  • David on January 18, 2014, 2:20 GMT

    After the exhiliration, now is the time for a realistic appraisal of that match. Firstly that was a 320+ run wicket, as was the case in the 2012 Aus(321) v Sri Lanka (307) match. It was a belter and both sides had a stronger tail than the 2012 match with bigger hitters. Given their position at the 40 over mark, England should be happy with their low end of par score. Australia probably should have given Clarke and Maxwell more overs. Unlike the first ODI, England had a lot of luck (Morgan not out was calculated - not luck) which carried into their bowling innings. Nonetheless, at 5 down with 15 overs left and only 100 to get (a chaseable total pre-new rules and pre 20/20) Australia should have coasted to victory. Somehow, they stumbled, losing the two set batsmen in the same over to innocuous bowling. Then they lost lost their way for a while until a brilliant innings by Faulkner helped them to win.. England should have tried Bopara earlier.

  • Dean on January 18, 2014, 2:01 GMT

    electric_loco_WAP4 on (January 17, 2014, 15:33 GMT) - You must be talking about the 2011 SCG game [ODI no. 3094]. Tredwell didn't play in it though and Watson scored fast 51. Pretty sure this 301 is the highest chase at the Gabba.

  • Dean on January 18, 2014, 1:42 GMT

    @nlpdave - That's the whiney, bitter attitude that seems to infect so many english fans when the team is not winning. Australia bowled exceptionally well in the tests, to not acknowledge that is to do a disservice to the England players. As for the latest defeat, Faulkner has played innings like this before. If Australia get done 2/3-0 in tests and lose the ODI series in S.A. I'll accept that they are average but until that series we should reserve our judgement. Also, Warner was dropped after the incident you are referring to and had to earn his spot again in all formats.

  • Dummy4 on January 17, 2014, 23:36 GMT

    Ridiculously bad captaincy. 4 or 5 overs to go. No 11 on strike. Cook has the field deep so he can get an easy single to let Faulkner take the strike. Then last ball of I think the 3rd last over, Faulkner on strike is allowed to take an easy single because the field does not come in.

  • Ashley on January 17, 2014, 22:13 GMT

    nipdave just remember that most of us are descendants of convicts so a bit of violence and punch ups are just part of a normal day down under. Perhaps we should look to English soccer as a beacon for how to behave given the impressive history it has for crowd behaviour and non violence. Is it still the case that opposing fans are herded into different parts of the ground? Finally as you have categorised Australia as an average side it would be much appreciated if you could categorise the English team given that it is 0-7 on the tour so far. I have a view but haven't got time to express it because I'm off to a punchup.

  • Peter on January 17, 2014, 20:48 GMT

    If the reason in playing ODI's was to provide entertainment to both the crowd & tv audiences, then both sides should take a bow for providing a nail biting match with a great climax. It's not like England rolled over as their last 10 overs onslaught was equally impressive & just as brutal. For pure spectacles, it was fantastic.

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