Australia v England, 5th ODI, Adelaide January 26, 2014

Adelaide lets Broad off lightly

ESPNcricinfo staff

Welcome of the day

Every day of this tour, in every city, the announcement of Stuart Broad at the top of his bowling mark has brought howls of derision from the locals. They were never more intense than in Brisbane at the start of the Ashes, when the local newspaper ran a campaign of incitement against Broad, and by the time the fifth Test rolled by in Sydney it had become an accepted tradition of 2013-14. But in Adelaide, with the final ODI about to get under way, Broad's introduction drew a decidedly weary "welcome" from the crowd. It is true that Adelaide Oval's crowd is among cricket's more genteel, but it still sounded much like an assembly fulfilling a task reluctantly out of duty towards the end of a long summer.

Drops of the day

Aaron Finch has capitalised on English dropped catches before in this series, most notably his opening century in Melbourne. Here he had two chances, the first a sharp one that burst through the fingers of Alastair Cook when a Chris Jordan outswinger tempted a drive. Next over Finch again drove and again offered a chance, this time to Ravi Bopara, who lessened his chances of taking the catch by jumping off the ground rather than staying still. Broad was clearly fed up by all this, for in his next over an angry and fast delivery knocked out Finch's off stump - who needs fielders anyway?

Nervous tail-ender of the day

Xavier Doherty knows all too well what it is like to be part of a hat-trick. He was the third man in Lasith Malinga's triple in a Colombo ODI in 2011, and has walked out at the fall of two wickets in as many balls more than once. This time it was Chris Jordan trying to get through Australia's last man after defeating James Faulkner and Nathan Coulter-Nile. Among those men who walk in at No. 11, Doherty's technique is sounder than most, and on this occasion he frustrated Jordan by playing a full ball square on the off side.

Pattern of the day

When Alastair Cook poked a catch to short cover he completed the sort of batting sequence that would cause any cricketer to weep. A score of 39 followed tallies of 22, 35 and 44 in his three previous outings, having made 4 in the opening ODI. The debilitating effects of this Ashes tour have been many and varied for England, but the most visible one is the fact that Cook, a batsman famed for concentration and an obstinate commitment to remaining at the batting crease, has not once reached three figures in any of the Tests or ODIs played between the two countries in 2013-14. He will fly home after this match in need of nothing so much as a good lie down.

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  • Geoffrey on January 27, 2014, 8:29 GMT

    Why would they boo Broad? England wasn't a threat to them anymore.

  • Dummy4 on January 26, 2014, 18:04 GMT

    Reference the continual selection of Mr Bopara, there is only one thing to say- he plays for Essex!! Am i the only one who is utterly amazed that he bats above Jos Butler?? And whilst on this forum how can Michael Carbury not get a game in this poor England side?

  • Peter on January 26, 2014, 17:29 GMT

    @wapuser. That's gold! Wade isn't amongst the best 10 keepers in Australia! And it's HADDIN, you know, the guy who got a new record of catches in a series. As for Broad, the guy is an out & out champion. He put in the effort, took all the crowd threw at him (unfairly IMHO) & produced excellent efforts for his team. You can't help but admire the grit he has.

  • Rajit on January 26, 2014, 14:53 GMT

    Finch was actually caught behind, Clarke was bowled off an inside edge.

  • Dummy4 on January 26, 2014, 14:47 GMT

    the biggest problem with england cricket is they don't manage their game as a sport, instead as a company.i also feel they have allocated specific roles even before the match starts...example: tim bresnan would bowl in the lst 6 overs, even if he has went for a lot of runs earlier. i dont think they will ever succeed as a team for at least 2 years.

  • Srinath on January 26, 2014, 12:54 GMT

    these days, "PLAYS" sections seems to come out even before the match is over which means, we are missing, if not all, most of the second innings of bat !! Is there any great reason behind it.. i was able to see live action only for last few overs and was expecting some mentioning about Wade standing up to the stumps n inflicting a stumping for Ravi Bopara, which is not there !! Hope somebody is listening to this comment ;)

  • Dummy4 on January 26, 2014, 12:53 GMT

    @ Mahesh Kumar, considering you're trying to tell people how to act & what not to do, I would suggest using a dictionary next time mate, I agree wapuser's comment was stupid, but maybe if you spell at least half your words right, people might take you more seriously.... the criticism on Bopara is fair enough, all other 10 players have shown something this series as England haven't played that bad but Bopara has done bugger all apart from pick up a few wickets & nothing to warrant his selection all series....

  • Dummy4 on January 26, 2014, 12:23 GMT

    It will be interesting to see how much of a carry on effect this tour has on England.

  • Dummy4 on January 26, 2014, 12:15 GMT

    mr.wapuser see t records before u comment.haddin was one of t highest score in the series and he scored fifty in first innings in all test and his keeping was great and if u critisie ravi bopara, for your info he is not t only player in the team, ther are 10 more,so stop critising,its free to post so dnt post as u lik

  • Prasanna on January 26, 2014, 12:04 GMT

    Wade is a Legend !! He always plays for the opponents.

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