Australia v England, 3rd ODI, Sydney January 19, 2014

Cook's brief sigh of relief

Vithushan Ehantharajah at the SCG
ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from the third ODI in Sydney

Six of the Day
Alastair Cook's brisk knock at the beginning of the match suggested England might be on for another big first innings total. Alas, it wasn't to be, but Cook looked at one with the pitch almost immediately, cracking five fours in the first eight overs. But the most noteworthy shot was a thumping pull in front of square that came right out of the screws and cleared the boundary for six. Cook seemed to know Nathan Coulter-Nile was going to dig one in - transferring his weight almost instantly onto the back foot, so often the base for some of his best work. It was Cook's first maximum in 17 innings on this frightful tour, and one that would have allowed him a fleeting moment of satisfaction.

Flash Point of the Day
Should Eoin Morgan have taken the word of Dan Christian after David Warner had trusted Jos Buttler when he nicked behind in MCG? What followed the incident at Melbourne suggested Morgan was right to stay put as the umpires checked that Christian had indeed ended his dive with an impressive one-handed cupping of the ball before it hit the ground. Michael Clarke took exception to Morgan standing his ground and questioned the temerity of England's No. 5. Morgan reacted, fronting up to Clarke, as Jos Buttler tried to play mediator and the visitor's 12th and 13th men offered fluorescent back-up. It didn't take long for the catch to be confirmed, and Morgan was soon on his way, this time, with the best wishes of the entire Australian team.

Sneak of the Day
Like an experienced fly-tipper in the night, Xavier Doherty sauntered into the attack in the eighth over and left satisfied after the 27th, having disposed of his 10 allotted overs with little consternation. Two bits of outstanding fielding - a smart low catch from Michael Clarke around the corner to remove Stokes and the run out of Ian Bell - meant Doherty was able to bowl at Ben Stokes, in at No. 3, and Gary Ballance, who were perhaps too tentative. But he hit his mark consistently and conceded only three boundaries, two of which came in his opening over.

Misery Compounder of the Day
Brad Haddin's impact in these first three matches might only be trifling relative to his impressive exploits in the Ashes proper. But his presence is as welcome as the sight of an ex-lover who has clearly benefitted from a split that was all their own doing. When he strode out at 172 for 3, the game was out of England's hands. He remained dormant by his frenetic standards for the initial part of his partnership with Shaun Marsh, before peppering the boundary. He took great relish in taking it to Stuart Broad, hitting him for a four and a six in successive deliveries, before back to back fours in the rested paceman's next over. He simply won't leave England alone.

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  • Kevin on January 20, 2014, 13:02 GMT

    Posted by simonviller - I don't think that England is using Chris Jordan properly in this team . Jordan looks more technically correct than that Balance guy..

    Too be honest, I think Bresnan looks more technically correct than most of the English batsmen.

    Sad, isn't it.

  • Christian on January 19, 2014, 18:25 GMT

    Agree with Maroubra, England's batting order is a mess and they are seriously missing Pietersen. Am I missing something - why isn't he playing? He and Bell are the only English batsmen worth fearing and we are always very happy to see them walking off the park. Who were 3 and 4 this time? Stokes and Ballance ...I mean, really. Hitting is all well and good but you need proper batsmen down to at least 4 in an ODI

  • Dummy4 on January 19, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    how england is treated from the test series is not a surprise for me against australia at home. apart from the mitchell johnson threat, i think australia has come with a proper psychology on how to bowl in their own country since england beat them in 2010. since 2010 against india and the rest of the teams australia have started to bowl a proper line and length which by hitting the pitch hard with accuracy or pitching it fuller if theirs lateral movement. apart from australia being aggressive by bowling the short ball to unsettle england i think the last time their bowlers were not bowling close to offstump to force england batsmen to play, cook out of all the england batsmen benefited from that. this time they forced alastair to play fuller length balls especially harris. thats why england got away last time around. the only team that can beat australia in their own backyard is south africa or probabaly india

  • Dummy4 on January 19, 2014, 16:51 GMT

    The fact that you're debating where Jordan should BAT says a lot about your top order!!

  • charlie on January 19, 2014, 15:27 GMT

    I don't think that England is using Chris Jordan properly in this team . Jordan looks more technically correct than that Balance guy ,to say the least ,with the ability to work the ball around to pick up the singles and for that reason he should be promoted in the batting order . There is no reason why he can't bat higher and still bowl ten . What a tough tour for England ! When your openers are failing the whole batting line-up is affected and I think that's the greatest problem for England here . Cook has been neutralised by the Australian attack and there are no more big runs from his bat .

  • Paulo on January 19, 2014, 13:24 GMT

    Morgan's Irish feistyness and stubbornness coming out. Reflected not just in his standing of his ground, but also his batting this series. Would help his potential captaincy.

  • Andrew on January 19, 2014, 11:49 GMT

    How Stokes was allowed to bat at 3 was beyond me. Surely England must have seen the disaster that befell Root by promoting him to 3 ahead of a seasoned campaigner, but they made the same mistake again. Morgan should surely have gone up to 3. Typical of the type of cricket England have played in Australia - Keeping something in reserve in case something bad happens. Play positive cricket! KP should be captaining the one day team, one of the most attacking batsman going in an attacking form of the game. Seems KP knew something was wrong with the system & was proven right. He was last off on day 3 at the MCG & his face said it all. Wouldn't blame him if he retired. He should just be attacking, setting up the momentum. I'm an Aussie fan & he is still the cricketer we fear the most. Forget egos England, you haven't got the luxury, HE CAN SERIOUSLY PLAY. One of the saddest things I've seen in cricket when you compare him to '05. Sack Flower, Gooch & the menuman, no longer No 1 - far from it

  • Srenigarajan on January 19, 2014, 11:39 GMT

    Well dropping Root was a good move, need to bring KP for Cook, with Bell leading the side, if that side still loses then nothing Eng can do..Because that will be their best side in any case..

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