Australia v England, 5th ODI, Adelaide

England aim to spoil Australia Day

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January 25, 2014

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Match facts

January 26, 2014, Adelaide
Start time 1350 (0320GMT)

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The Big picture

Witnesses to the celebrations that followed the 1987 World Cup Final tell of their delight at watching years of worry and wrinkles disappear from the glowing face of Australia's captain Allan Border as he was hoisted on the shoulders of Craig McDermott and Dean Jones in the aftermath of victory. While a lone ODI win is nothing by comparison, the effect the Perth result had on England seemed similarly transformative. Certainly Alastair Cook was suddenly speaking a lot more positively about the team, cricket and life itself having finally led his men to a win, albeit over a weakened Australian side.

Now, having spent most of the summer toying with England, the hosts have a far chirpier and enthusiastic opponent for the final match of the series at Adelaide Oval, played on Australia Day. They will be fortified by the returns of the captain Michael Clarke and the allrounder Shane Watson, a pair of inclusions that will also add some incentive to England's quest for a promising end to a wretched tour. Having beaten Australia at the WACA Ground, they would dearly like to repeat the trick against a stronger home line-up in Adelaide, on a pitch that will offer little in the way of pace or lateral movement.

For the first time this summer, the Australia must find a way to regain the momentum they had previously ridden across all eight previous encounters, a tidal wave of confidence and accomplishment that was hinted at during the ODIs in England and India but which truly began during the first Test in Brisbane. There was a profligacy about Australia's bowling in Perth that suggested a slight loss of focus, and it is the most pressing concern for the coach Darren Lehmann ahead of this fixture.

Form guide

(Completed matches, most recent first)

Australia LWWWL
England WLLLL

Watch out for

The only member of Australia's bowling attack to excel at the WACA Ground, Glenn Maxwell is developing his offspin in a handy and timely manner. But it is his livewire batting that has brought Maxwell most of his career advancement to date, and he continues to wrestle with the competing instincts to attack or build. His overeager dismissal in Perth drew sharp criticism from Lehmann, who made the rare step of deliberately criticising his player in public. Given the array of strokes he possesses, and the power with which he can play them, it will take only the merest hint of better "course management" to have Maxwell frightening the life out of England's bowlers in Adelaide, and those in the series beyond.


Ben Stokes finished with 4 for 38 from his nine overs, Australia v England, 4th ODI, Perth, January 24, 2014
Ben Stokes has often been at the centre of what little good cricket England have produced this summer © AFP
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Not unlike Darren Gough on the 1994-95 Ashes tour, Ben Stokes has been the ebullient centre of what little good cricket England have played this summer. So it was altogether fitting that he dominated the match that finally brought victory for Cook's team, his improvement in the No. 3 position after a halting first attempt in Sydney proving just as vital as his four wickets. As England's "find of the tour", Stokes will keenly want to finish off on a note of foreboding for any Australians thinking of crossing him again in 2015.

Team news

Michael Clarke and Shane Watson are back in Australia's squad for Adelaide, meaning Steve Smith and Daniel Christian are the two men expected to make way. Clint McKay is a likely inclusion in place of Mitchell Johnson, who has stayed home in Perth, while Xavier Doherty can also expect a recall.

Australia 1 Aaron Finch, 2 Shaun Marsh, 3 Shane Watson, 4 Michael Clarke (capt), 5 George Bailey, 6 Glenn Maxwell, 7 Matthew Wade (wk), 8 James Faulkner, 9 Clint McKay, 10 Nathan Coulter-Nile, 11 Xavier Doherty.

Having finally won an international match on tour, England can be expected to try to maintain their new-found confidence with an unchanged team.

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

Pitch and conditions

Adelaide's drop-in pitch should be brimful of runs though it will lack the pace of Perth. The forecast temperature for Australia Day is a dry, dusty 35 degrees.

Stats and trivia

  • A victory for England would move the tourists up to third in the ODI rankings behind the other members of the "big three", India and Australia, surpassing South Africa

  • Australia have hosted England four times in ODIs on Australia Day in Adelaide, winning three times. England were the victors on the most recent occasion however, in 2011.

Quotes

"He (Maxwell) is a great young kid, and he realises his mistake last night. He owned up to that and he realises he's got to get better. He's an all-rounder but he's batting in the top six, so you'd say he's a batting all-rounder. But he's got to show the responsibility of that (role) at six. We know he's got that excitement and that flair and we love that about him, but we want him to understand the game better."
Darren Lehmann puts Glenn Maxwell on notice

"We always took the positive option, which in these conditions I think you have to do. There's always a bit of risk with that but you have to be good enough as a top-order batsman to make those shots."
Alastair Cook thinks aggression was key to his side's Perth win and hopes to see more of it in Adelaide

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Posted by JG2704 on (January 26, 2014, 10:21 GMT)

@xtrafalgarx - England are a form side and cricket is a form game. The summer before last Australia came over to England and were whitewashed and now 18 months later they are doing the thrashing. No one knows what's around the corner. I don't think many neutrals would have predicted a 5-0 thrashing in the test series. In tests India were thrashed in both Eng and Aus and then a year or so later Eng beat India in India and then a few months later India thrash Australia and then less than a year later Aus thrash England. In ODIs India will always be there or thereabouts. In a years time Eng could be pants or rejuvenated in this format - no one knows

Posted by xtrafalgarx on (January 26, 2014, 3:33 GMT)

Salazar: What a joker, please give us a break. The Ashes had been won, the ODI series had been won as well (The first time for a long time a team has won both the Ashes and the ODI's), cut them some slack!

It's only one game, an ODI at that, that was a dead rubber, i doubt it will affect anything.

Posted by Rosstaylorfan on (January 26, 2014, 2:59 GMT)

I think Aussie need warner in top order.he has been core member and destroying english attack with consistency. i am glad that england have performed better then this 3-1 score line.If they wuld have get rid of faulkner this match could be a cracker..

Posted by ICKY on (January 26, 2014, 1:19 GMT)

These days Australia, England, NZ are no different than India, lions at home, lambs abroad. Look at the series played over 2-3 years, it is a proven fact. Don't celebrate if these guys have a away series. Chill.

Posted by   on (January 26, 2014, 1:13 GMT)

I said a few weeks ago that Ben Stokes should be the next English captain,, in all forms of the game. Sure he is young, but he played in a team that got rolled 5-0 and now 3-1, but he has the makings of a fine cricketer. He is the one player as an Australian, I was worried about when he batted. With a few games under his belt he will improve. I know Rugby League is a different game but you have to build a team and persevere. You can't just chop and change. It is why us mighty Queenslanders has won eight origin series in a row. Create a nucleus and continue with it. Stokes is the start for the English. Butler seems formidable, keep him too. Above all, don't chop and change and don't play people out of position.

Posted by   on (January 26, 2014, 0:59 GMT)

I find it amazing that NZ have the two best all rounders in rhe World right now, just a shame that Stokes pays for England. Will both Stokes and Anderson be able to pay IPL? And what of the two tier system when the Kiwis are able to match the Indians? This summer has been great for cricket in Australasia, pity the poor Poms though.

Posted by pat_one_back on (January 26, 2014, 0:29 GMT)

I think Lehmann's criticism is well justified, Jimmy bailed Maxwell out last brain fade and Perth was a missed opportunity to make amends. He failed to justify his first 11 run, he's played every game and has fluffed it when called upon. We can't blame the fill ins, Wade was overpromoted with T20 in mind and though Smith will be disappointed given the form he's been in the door remains wide open if he can make a score next opportunity. Well done to Finch who stood up and is likely the benchmark for Lehmann's criticism of the 'No Show'.

Posted by wellrounded87 on (January 25, 2014, 22:26 GMT)

@Jonesy2 You have no idea. Stokes is a quality player and was easily Englands best player this tournament and he's still only young so there's plenty of improvement in him.

@salazar555 there was more method than madness to resting the four players. We have the one day series, we have the ashes and we have a tour to SA coming up and we're building towards a world cup. It's a fair assessment to say that our current best XI probably won't be our best XI for the world cup so it's important to experiment a little and try to identify who will be good for us. Plus getting to number 1 in tests is the number 1 priority and i think a 3-0 or 2-0 win in SA will do that for us, not a likely result but we have to give ourself every chance.

Posted by disco_bob on (January 25, 2014, 22:20 GMT)

England have already ruined Australia day as we should be going for a record double 5-0. The fragility of the batting in the last ODI was an insult to the innings played by Finch, he deserved some support. Lehmann was right to criticise Maxwell and I'm confident that Boof is going to eliminate the pointless collapse precipitating gung ho style.

I like Stokes' confidence but he seems to be missing some menace.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 22:12 GMT)

jonesy2 reminds me of many an Aussie cricket fan, comes out of the woodwork now their team is right on top. When Australia were going through their low times, not a fan to be seen. Be true sports fans, stay with your chosen team through thick and thin. Stokes and Buttler look like real prospects in forms of the game for England as does the likes of Muirhead, Cutting and Cummings for Australia. The game looks good to me. (Australia losing the 4th ODI was mentioned in a small paragraph under the paperboy's puncture in my local paper here in NSW).

Posted by VivGilchrist on (January 25, 2014, 22:10 GMT)

It's hard to understand what to think of this match. The general attitude seems to be that if Australia win it's because England are pathetic. If England win is because Australia are complacent for already wrapping up the series. These bilateral series seem to get so devalued by the rest of the cricketing calendar - players rested, players being tried out. The only time ODI are worth a pinch of salt is during a World Cup when the best XI from each team go at it (depending on the selectors and there criteria of course).

Posted by Mervo on (January 25, 2014, 21:31 GMT)

Absolutely agree about Maxwell. He may be talented but you can't coach brains. Watching him the other night was awful. Ugly ineffective slogging, which could have only one outcome. Australia played some non-regular players and then dropped a number of catches, including Stokes of Johnson a couple of times. There was the match. Still the Old Colonial Team had to win eventually.

Posted by JG2704 on (January 25, 2014, 20:41 GMT)

That looks a better Australian side to me. He'll probably score a ton now but I'm not so sure about Marsh. Doherty is a good recall as our middle order consistently struggles against slow/spin. As for our side - well I still have issues with Stokes at 3 and Ravi and Ballance clogging up the runs in the middle order. For me Stokes doesn't have the skill level to dominate spin and Ballance and Bopara don't have the intent. I think Australia will win this one. We seem over dependant on 2 players to keep the runs flowing in the mid/latter stages and can we keep relying on them?

Posted by AlSmug on (January 25, 2014, 20:02 GMT)

I have a feeling Australia will be to good today no warner they still look a bit vulnerable at the top and the bowling combo looks all wrong but I think they have the confidence to beat England today.I am new here so i cannot comment on joney2, however as a passionate cricket fan ,i will say, people that only follow a team when they are winning ,are pathetic, they are no true fan and should be ashamed of themselves.

Posted by jb633 on (January 25, 2014, 19:48 GMT)

@salazar555, i agree with you mate and i don't find your comments to be misguided by patriotism (unlike the guy you are trying to argue with). As English fans we have to face up to the fact that we have been pathetic and deservedly take the tongue lashing from the Aussie fans on here. It has been immensely difficult to stomach but I think there has been some encouraging signs from a couple of the younger guys in the ODI series. I think come the next Ashes things will be on a slightly more even keel as we know not to ever take the Aussies lightly, in terms of buildup, ever again. The Aussies have won there summer without any shadow of a doubt. The only good thing to take is that England will never be this bad again and there are not abundances of talented young Aussie batsmen coming through the ranks. Not a biased view but agreed by Ponting and Steve Waugh.

Posted by jb633 on (January 25, 2014, 19:35 GMT)

Any else find it hilarious that Jonesy2 has suddenly come back on cricinfo after a few good wins. Your comments and lack of loyalty when your side loses shows you up as a cricket fan, hence,, when you type anything on here nobody listens.

Posted by jb633 on (January 25, 2014, 19:32 GMT)

@Jonesy2, sorry bud but nobody respects your opinions because you only show up when your guys are winning or not playing. I like the opinions of a lot of the Aussies on here eg dunger.bob, meety, MattAU but you go and hide when your losing. Real fans watch through thick and thin. Last summer you were nowhere to be seen or heard.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 19:04 GMT)

Bresnan has not been too bad in this series with the bat, but has not impressed with the ball and at the moment to me epitomises all that was wrong with England cricket on this tour (following the same old formula even when it became clear that it was not going to work) for this reason I would like to see Woakes have a go for this last game.

Posted by TurningSquare on (January 25, 2014, 19:02 GMT)

Stokes and Buttler are just the start for our next generation, with stars of the future such as James Taylor waiting in the wings. I don't know of a more talented young player than Jos right now (perhaps De Kock), Buttler really could become the next A B De Villiers.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 17:43 GMT)

I wish England to win this odi to keep there pride .

Posted by salazar555 on (January 25, 2014, 17:26 GMT)

@jonesy2

I like the way Stokes keeps reminding the aussie batsman which way the dressing rooms are when he gets them out.

If a guy who gets 4 wickets and 70 runs is a trundler then I'll take a few more trundlers thank you very much

Posted by salazar555 on (January 25, 2014, 17:08 GMT)

Australia have missed a trick. I have been saying how impressed I was with their foot on the throat attitude and not giving England an inch. Then they decide to rest 4 players and lose a game. Winning is a habit and so is losing and OZ have just broken that habit by not keeping the foot on the throat and being ruthless.

Posted by jonesy2 on (January 25, 2014, 16:52 GMT)

anyone else find it hilarious that England think that stokes is anything more than a trundler who cant bat or bowl well enough to have a place in any team? goes hand in hand with England so typically delusional actually believing that they aren't a horrible woeful and talentless cricket nation.

Posted by DylanBrah on (January 25, 2014, 16:25 GMT)

I think Faulkner is lucky to escape criticism.. he is only taking wickets at the end of the innings when he is 0/70 and the damage is already done. He is clearly not Australia's 3rd best seamer with an average over 30 and economy of 6. As much as I like Maxwell, I think we should drop him and move Faulkner to no.7, Haddin to 6. Bring back McKay and Starc when he is fit. And please add a spinner to the playing XI. Lyon preferably. Also, Paine should be the back-up w/k for all forms of the game, not Wade.

Posted by salazar555 on (January 25, 2014, 15:48 GMT)

@ Xtrafalgarx

I didn't say England were good, I said they weren't quite as bad as they were being made out to be. I also don't think this aussie team are quite as good as they have been made out to be. When a team is winning and the other losing it is easy for people to say how one is great and the other terrible.

Posted by CodandChips on (January 25, 2014, 15:21 GMT)

Think Woakes should get a game. Otherwise it was a waste of time to take him out of the big bash, where he was getting regular cricket. Briggs should also get a game for experience- is not as if this match is too important. Bresnan may have improved but I still feel he's overrated.

Final ODI for Bopara before I'd drop him

1.Cook 2.Bell 3.Ballance 4.Morgan 5.Buttler 6.Stokes 7.Woakes 8.Bopara (to bowl- there's nobody else- Tredwell possibly?) 9.Broad 10.Jordan 11.Briggs

Posted by Jimmyvida on (January 25, 2014, 15:04 GMT)

It was all luck for England in this game. Never saw a game in a long while where two opening batsmen kept hitting the ball in the air and just escaping being caught. The one down batsman also had his share of luck early. Hope for lots of luck again in the last game.

Posted by BradmanBestEver on (January 25, 2014, 14:13 GMT)

The Aussies selectors could not care less about the remaining 2 ODIs because the series has been won. So they play around with the batting order, the players they select etc.

The test series is over and the ODI series is over - Aussie won both by miles - the English are in disarray and pointing fingers left right and center so we are back to the normal situation in Aus-Eng cricket

Posted by cricketsubh on (January 25, 2014, 13:34 GMT)

i donot think maxwell will be in the team for wc2015 he plays care less cricket in 2nd and 4th odis i donot think australia need maxwell type of player in the Wc2015 i think fulkner should playes as allrounder in the no7 spot in the world cup i donot think fulkner is a wicket taker in world cup aus need to play stac,cummins,jhonson.makey i donot think fulkner is a australias 3 semer australia got batter fast bowlner then fulkner play fulkner at no7 with watson aus got 2 allrounder and 4 bowlers they got 6 bowler ina match to bowl clarkecan easyly rotet bowlers in a match my team for 1st wc match vs englan.1.finch/marsh.2.warner.3.watson.4.clarke.5.berly.6.haddin.7.fulkner.8.dhourty.9.stac.10.jhonson.11.mekey/cummins.

Posted by landl47 on (January 25, 2014, 13:17 GMT)

There were some hopeful signs with the bat for England, but the bowling still didn't look up to par in the last game. I liked the more aggressive approach, that was badly needed.

Maxwell's non-turning 'offbreaks' have been very useful in this series. Once the rest of England's batsmen realize, as Stokes did, that he never turns a ball they should be able to score more freely off him. Faulkner is becoming Australia's Dernbach with the ball. He comes on at the end, picks up a few wickets with bad balls in the slogfest and people forget that when it counted he couldn't take wickets and gave away too many runs. His economy rate for the series is 6.75, nowhere close to adequate. He should be sharing the 5th bowlers' role with Watson.

Posted by xtrafalgarx on (January 25, 2014, 12:50 GMT)

@Salazar: How easy it is for you to start chirping again? Haven't seen you in a while! If England are a good ODI side, then that makes AUS's performances even better than they have been able to put you away so easily. England's an average ODI side at best. It's one dimensional and they won't be able to give the WC any sort of shake.

Posted by BradmanBestEver on (January 25, 2014, 12:22 GMT)

England are lucky to have Stokes - take him out of the team this summer and the matches would be an absolute spiflication of biblical proportions, instead of just a run-of-the-mill flogging

Posted by salazar555 on (January 25, 2014, 12:07 GMT)

OZ were no where in this game, it was dominated from start to finish by England. A good hundred from Finch kept the aussie score respectable otherwise it would have been a hammering. We saw that the aussies aren't that good and England aren't that bad in the one day format

Posted by yogicoolboy on (January 25, 2014, 12:06 GMT)

England should play positive cricket and attack their fast bowlers from the begining as they did in the pervious matches. They should try butler at nos 3

Posted by PrasPunter on (January 25, 2014, 12:03 GMT)

Wade !!! wondering how he gets so many chances !! And this bowling up is going to be thwarted for sure !! Better chase tomorrow !! What happened to Mitch btw ?

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 11:59 GMT)

England have been without KP and Anderson all series, so comment on Australia's "weakened" team seems irrelevent. Once Finn finds himself and his form, England will be a stronger side. Has Anderson had his day? Might Onions get a look in? Buttler's batting & keeping in are improving; if only Adil Rashid had lived up to his early all-round promise - there's still time...

We'll get the Ashes back next time.

Posted by AnthonyMD on (January 25, 2014, 11:55 GMT)

Instead of isolating one player and putting the onus on him, perhaps Boof should question the rocket scientists that selected a team containing 2 specialist top order batsmen and half a dozen or so all rounders, it always looked an unbalanced side from the outset. For the record Maxwell's terrible slog was no more embarrassing than Marsh trying to run the ball through second slip while a second slip was in place.

Posted by Big_Maxy_Walker on (January 25, 2014, 11:50 GMT)

Lehmann should take the responsibility for putting that Done Nothing all Summer XI out there or Australian C side. Coulter Nile experiment has to end, Johnson is back to Johnson, Wade is useless, Maxwell is a slogger, Marsh doesn't have much of a cricket IQ etc etc. Voges, Klinger, White, Lynn, Hartley, Paine, Lyon, Cutting should all be considered for the next game.

Posted by AMAR3366 on (January 25, 2014, 11:47 GMT)

wade need more chance in team for batting and his position in middle order not in top because in top we have already hard hitting bat like marsh,warner,finch,watson.so wade bat at no. 6 and score well. sometimes wade open inning in one day but not as permanent.i am not critising wade batting just advice because after haddin, he is permanent part of aussie team.

Posted by johntycodes on (January 25, 2014, 11:21 GMT)

Is lehmann for real maxwell at least had a dip with the bat and scored at a run a ball unlike wade. I can't believe wade still gets a look in with a fully fit tim paine back in action. Wade just batted for himself and not the team last game and should be dropped for good. Bailey should never be captain again, how he could choose to ball is beyond me and finch even though he made a 100 should have scored at a much quicker rate to not get us so far behind in the run rate.

Posted by ModernUmpiresPlz on (January 25, 2014, 10:30 GMT)

@Nixnixon you gotta be kidding right? Siddle's played over 50 tests, averages well under 30 at a SR of under 60. How is he not a part? He also fills the slot that the other bowlers don't, which is solid line and length and stamina for days. If our pace attack was just out and out pace with Pattinson, MJ and the like we'd have the same problem as England, too much of the same.

As for MJ I've always felt he's much more useful in short test spells with someone tying down the other end than in an ODI where people are swinging from the hip. He bowls a bad ball fairly often, always has, but it's still much less than his bad days in the past. In a test there's less willingness to put your wicket on the line to play a rash shot off a full and wide ball than there is in an ODI, which works to his advantage. In ODI's I pretty much see him as cannon fodder. And Pattinson has been terrible in these ODI's too, hopefully he gets back into form soon but I'm not sure what your praise is for atm.

Posted by Micky.Panda on (January 25, 2014, 10:20 GMT)

Team looks stronger but would rather have Warner and Smith over Marsh and Bailey. Bailey has only averaged 26 with SR 85. Marsh is averaging well but even slower at 80. These run rates loose matches.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 9:59 GMT)

Glenn Slogwell....This guys Wade doesn't deserve place in the local state team....

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 9:54 GMT)

Yeah, was a bit silly the other night. Australia went in at least one batsman short, more if you count Wade's ongoing problems. There is simply no excuse for this as there are plenty to choose from in great touch - White, Hughes, Voges for starters. Bailey also dropped the ball by not bowling Christian to take the pace off in place of Johnson or Pattinson especially considering how few Maxwell conceded. Minor things in the scheme of things but fair's fair, England showed up and played well.

Posted by xtrafalgarx on (January 25, 2014, 9:50 GMT)

That's unfair of Lehmann to blame the whole loss on the Big Show. What about Wade? Marsh? Or Smith who everyone claims should be in the oneday side but only averages 21!???

Posted by NixNixon on (January 25, 2014, 9:50 GMT)

Don't know if the Aussies noticed but seems like their "awesome" fast bowler M Johnson is back to showing his inconsistency with a 70 odd wicket less 10 overs in this game and an equally weak performance in the game before that. Premature to have hailed him as great enough to the degree where they actually compare aus with sa pace attack. Its laughable really. I know people reading this will think oh well just another saffer trying to bash the ausies, but in all seriousness this is just how MJ plays, he will completely destroy eng and rock up in sa next month as average. And when that happens the question I ask is, "where has this great pace attack disappeared to". For me Harris and Pattinson is awesome, really awesome bowlers. Siddle and MJ not so much. My pace attack for tour agains us would be Lyon Harris Pattinson and MJ. Don't think Siddle forms parts of Aus best attack. His figures is avergare

Posted by AMAR3366 on (January 25, 2014, 9:49 GMT)

i wonder why australia not include regular spinner like x.doherity and why aussie depends on all rounders.no nathan hautrz, no jason kareja. steve smith only focus test not one day cricket.maxwell(is a good hitter)butt need more batting practice because he always hitting the ball for six or four and not play for match conditions.plz include doherty and some other regular spinners.

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (January 25, 2014, 9:30 GMT)

Lehmanis right. Australia really should have won that game. It was Maxwell's village slog that handed the game to England.

Posted by Slobberdog on (January 25, 2014, 8:44 GMT)

Maybe Lehmann should be critical of whoever was responsible for putting Wade (career average 22 & sub-70 strike rate) in at number 3, together with 4 'all-rounders', 2 of whom have never really performed in 50-over cricket at the top level. Hang on, that was probably himself.

Posted by xtrafalgarx on (January 25, 2014, 7:39 GMT)

Come on Big Show, reign it in. He has the talent, just needs to read the game better and play his shots at the right time, if he gets it right he could be a great finisher for Australia for many years to come. Maybe more FC cricket for match awareness?

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 7:05 GMT)

smith, faulkenr, maxwell, watson. thats the order of the all rounders

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