England v Australia, 2nd T20, Chester-le-Street August 31, 2013

Hales sets up comfortable win

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England 195 for 5 (Hales 94, Ahmed 3-25) beat Australia 168 for 9 (Warner 53, Dernbach 3-23) by 27 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Alex Hales cannot quite be termed an out-and-out Twenty20 specialist but it is possible that he is morphing into one. It is the short-form game that increasingly seems to consume him and it provided the stage for his most outstanding display in an in-and-out summer, his 94 the basis of a comfortable England victory in the second T20 international in Chester-le-Street.

The prize of becoming England's first batsman to record a Twenty20 hundred still eludes Hales, however, although this innings did take him to the top of the ICC T20 batsmen rankings. He fell for 94 to the final ball of the penultimate over, as he dragged a low full toss from James Faulkner to long-on where David Warner plunged forward for a good catch.

Hales is one of only two England batsmen to have made 99 in a T20 international, against West Indies on his home ground of Trent Bridge last year, the other being Luke Wright against Afghanistan in the World Twenty20 in Colombo, also last year. He might have missed out on a hundred again, but he left Australia a formidable total, one which never looked to be within their compass.

The presence of Aaron Finch has stretched England's batting to new heights in the past two days. They have made two of their three biggest totals in England: the first - 209 for 6 at the Ageas Bowl - was overshadowed by Finch's world record score; this one grew in part from the awareness that he might just do it again. He did not, and the series was drawn 1-1.

On this occasion, Finch reminded everybody that he is vulnerable as anybody in a game that does not just expose fallibility, it ensures it. He made only five before he tried to pull a shortish ball from Stuart Broad and looped it gently to Luke Wright at mid-on.

Warner also had the capacity to cause mayhem and he took sixes off Steve Finn, Jade Dernbach and Danny Briggs in consecutive overs. When Finn failed to locate a swirling catch at long-on off Dernbach, Warner's luck seemed in, but he fell to the next ball - 53 from 42 deliveries - as he sliced to deep cover.

Dernbach, whose continued selection has not been universally acclaimed, had a second decent game in a row and two late wickets completed exemplary figures of 3 for 23.

Watson had been run out early, turning ponderously after Warner sent him back and beaten by a direct hit from Eoin Morgan at backward point. Shaun Marsh, some murmur, is a Test batsman who has accidentally wandered into the wrong squad; George Bailey flared briefly but he was lbw on the slog-sweep to Briggs, who later bowled Matthew Wade.

The daunting figure of Finch seemed to hang over the start of England's innings. Finch had pulverised England at the Ageas Bowl on Thursday, smashing 156 from 63 balls with 14 sixes and 11 fours, a record score in T20 internationals. Only Richard Levi has reached a century faster, a ball fewer in 45 deliveries.

With Finch's innings so fresh in their memory, it was difficult for Hales and his county batting partner, Michael Lumb, to calculate what constituted a winning score: 160? 260? If he hit with the strong, blustery wind, twice that?

Perhaps they were best advised to put Finch out of their minds completely and work on the assumption that somebody would knock him over for next to nothing. An opening stand of 111 in 11.2 overs indicates that they dealt with the problem rather well.

There was a frenetic edge to their strokeplay in the early overs, Lumb setting the adventurous tone, Hales, who needed a little more time to bed in, following suit. But England's start was a resounding one. By the time that Bailey, Australia's captain, introduced spin in the form of Fawad Ahmed, England had 74 off seven.

Hales had fifty within 34 balls, his timing coming together as he progressed. His strong leg-side play was a feature, encouraged by a couple of early offerings from Mitchell Johnson, and he had one or two fortunate moments against the short ball. In a different age, he would be a stately straight driver; in 2013, he stands tall and gives it a leg-side whack, Johnson reduced to an empty sledge on one occasion as he flew over long-on for six.

Hales has had a mediocre overall season for Nottinghamshire, a season which began with being barred from seeking an IPL contract by his county, but T20 increasingly is the format which engages him.

Lumb accompanied him well. He had seen only 40% of the strike when he gave Ahmed his first international wicket, trying to slog-sweep and skying a gentle catch to the wicketkeeper Wade.

Wright, met by Glenn Maxwell's offspin, needed time to settle and there was a definite sense that England's innings was losing momentum when Wright himself addressed the issue by taking 18 from Maxwell's second over. Finch's misjudgment at midwicket might have contributed to one of the boundaries. Wright fell to Faulkner's low full toss and an athletic off-side catch by Johnson.

Ahmed, asked to bowl the last over, unravelled Jos Buttler, who stepped away to be bowled first ball by a slower, turning delivery. Morgan, after a leg-side six, also fell to a googly at long-on. It left Ahmed with 3 for 24 to go alongside the hype. We will no doubt discover more as England's international summer culminates in a five-match one-day series.

David Hopps is the UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • _Australian_ on September 6, 2013, 2:28 GMT

    by Int.Curator on (September 1, 2013, 2:24 GMT) . It may be the case with England having superior fielding than a decade ago but same can not be said of most other nations. Australia for one are no where near as good as they used to be in the field. To name only a few from a decade ago or longer compare anyone currently playing international cricket who is better in the field than Jhonty Rhodes, Herchelle Gibbs (except that WC drop catch), Roger Harper, Mark Waugh or Ricky Ponting. The South African and Australian sides of a decade ago and even longer are far better in the field than any side currently playing.

  • kiwicricketnut on September 2, 2013, 4:46 GMT

    @ jmcilhinney, they are good stats, your right in saying i havn't seen much of him and im not one to research alot of players stats but i have no trouble swallowing humble pie when someone who knows his stuff proves me wrong, and you are probably right with stats like that at a young age, he probably will surpass McCullum and Gayle, is he early into his career though? have bowlers had the chance to figure him out yet? he clearly has the talent time will tell if he can keep it up, good luck to him.

  • jmcilhinney on September 2, 2013, 3:26 GMT

    @kiwicricketnut on (September 2, 2013, 2:04 GMT), I think that you're speaking as one of the many who just haven't seen that much of Hales and are likely going on domestic results more than international. McCullum averages 35.5 and strikes at 135.5, Gayle has 33.3 @ 143.3 while Hales has 39.1 @ 136. Hales has McCullum beat on both average and strike rate and beats Gayle by a decent margin on average but loses out on strike rate. McCullum and Gayle both hit sixes more often but Hales hits more fours and, apparently, other scoring shots too. Does it really matter where the runs come from? Gayle has played half as many T20Is again as Hales and McCullum twice as many as Gayle and they both play IPL, etc. McCullum is 31, Gayle 33 and Hales 24. Right now, Hales looks as good as the other two statistically and is likely to improve as well. I think there's a fair chance that he'll score a hundred in the next 7 years, at which point he'll be the age McCullum is now; what do you reckon?

  • kiwicricketnut on September 2, 2013, 2:04 GMT

    hales number 1 in the world, how do these rankings work? i'd much rather McCullum in my t20 team than hales, chris gayle as well, they all open but McCullum and gayle are far superior, both have centuries in this form and i think McCullum has the most 30+ scores as well. in terms of clearing the rope and winning t20 matches its got to be mccullum or gayle surely

  • josphe on September 1, 2013, 22:48 GMT

    And to think in the preview of this match Hales was left out of the line up. The guy is now number one in the world. It just goes to show that after one failure people already want to have your heads and that can be associated with a lot of young players these days. It was a great knock by Hales I must say and hopefully he continues performing well for England in this format. I think yesterday we saw why carberry couldn't get into the side, England now have a fixed opening pair that will continue for a while I believe. And for all those bashing Butler, the guy averages about 25 @ a strike rate of close to 150, he's done pretty well for England in this format and if anything it's in ODI cricket he needs to orove himself.

  • kearon47 on September 1, 2013, 18:50 GMT

    D.Warner actually average's better in Tests than the short formats and his strike rate is probably similar too, figure that.

  • JG2704 on September 1, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    @Jayzuz on (September 1, 2013, 2:50 GMT) Agreed there were alot of edges etc but even Finch had his bit of luck the other night , or was that someone else who edged it through where 1st slip might have been? Still , as we've already had pointed out so many times , it was only luck , Broad cheating and DRS that won the test series for England. At least the latter 2 can't be blamed for yesterday's defeat

  • JG2704 on September 1, 2013, 17:01 GMT

    @Steve Back on (August 31, 2013, 16:53 GMT) You don't like Wright do you?

    I think he may be only the 2nd player to get within 5 of a T20I 100 and the only player to get in the high 90s and be not out. Also I believe he has the fastest 100 in the Aus BBL and is one of a handful of Eng players IPL is interested in. Yes he has a tendency at times to try and overhit the ball but alot of T20 batsmen get in that mode at times and I'd prefer a player getting out in that mode than one who stifles the RR and then gets out. Jos seems to lack confidence in England colours. He either seems to try and thrash at the ball recklessly from the word go or in yesterday's case he went the other way. I actually think he could do with either being given more responsibilty to build and inns or maybe be left out for a while. He looks under too much pressure in the England red.

  • JG2704 on September 1, 2013, 16:48 GMT

    Another thing - the T20 series is 1-1. Am I alone in wishing there would be 3 T20s and 3 ODIs - so if there are no rained off games we get a series winner in each?

  • on September 1, 2013, 16:34 GMT

    Before you post, do some fact checking. In the last World T20, we lost to the West Indies by 15 runs and only got close because of Morgan. We beat WI in a pointless friendly, and have a poor overall record against them in T20 matches.

    Australia, in the same tournament, reached the semi-finals whereas we could only beat the might of Afghanistan and New Zealand. Do you remember us getting bowled out for 80 against India?

    And us being a poor one-day side? Well, we still got thrashed by Sri Lanka, and have still not won a 50-over tournament.

    Nice try Optic. Try again.

  • _Australian_ on September 6, 2013, 2:28 GMT

    by Int.Curator on (September 1, 2013, 2:24 GMT) . It may be the case with England having superior fielding than a decade ago but same can not be said of most other nations. Australia for one are no where near as good as they used to be in the field. To name only a few from a decade ago or longer compare anyone currently playing international cricket who is better in the field than Jhonty Rhodes, Herchelle Gibbs (except that WC drop catch), Roger Harper, Mark Waugh or Ricky Ponting. The South African and Australian sides of a decade ago and even longer are far better in the field than any side currently playing.

  • kiwicricketnut on September 2, 2013, 4:46 GMT

    @ jmcilhinney, they are good stats, your right in saying i havn't seen much of him and im not one to research alot of players stats but i have no trouble swallowing humble pie when someone who knows his stuff proves me wrong, and you are probably right with stats like that at a young age, he probably will surpass McCullum and Gayle, is he early into his career though? have bowlers had the chance to figure him out yet? he clearly has the talent time will tell if he can keep it up, good luck to him.

  • jmcilhinney on September 2, 2013, 3:26 GMT

    @kiwicricketnut on (September 2, 2013, 2:04 GMT), I think that you're speaking as one of the many who just haven't seen that much of Hales and are likely going on domestic results more than international. McCullum averages 35.5 and strikes at 135.5, Gayle has 33.3 @ 143.3 while Hales has 39.1 @ 136. Hales has McCullum beat on both average and strike rate and beats Gayle by a decent margin on average but loses out on strike rate. McCullum and Gayle both hit sixes more often but Hales hits more fours and, apparently, other scoring shots too. Does it really matter where the runs come from? Gayle has played half as many T20Is again as Hales and McCullum twice as many as Gayle and they both play IPL, etc. McCullum is 31, Gayle 33 and Hales 24. Right now, Hales looks as good as the other two statistically and is likely to improve as well. I think there's a fair chance that he'll score a hundred in the next 7 years, at which point he'll be the age McCullum is now; what do you reckon?

  • kiwicricketnut on September 2, 2013, 2:04 GMT

    hales number 1 in the world, how do these rankings work? i'd much rather McCullum in my t20 team than hales, chris gayle as well, they all open but McCullum and gayle are far superior, both have centuries in this form and i think McCullum has the most 30+ scores as well. in terms of clearing the rope and winning t20 matches its got to be mccullum or gayle surely

  • josphe on September 1, 2013, 22:48 GMT

    And to think in the preview of this match Hales was left out of the line up. The guy is now number one in the world. It just goes to show that after one failure people already want to have your heads and that can be associated with a lot of young players these days. It was a great knock by Hales I must say and hopefully he continues performing well for England in this format. I think yesterday we saw why carberry couldn't get into the side, England now have a fixed opening pair that will continue for a while I believe. And for all those bashing Butler, the guy averages about 25 @ a strike rate of close to 150, he's done pretty well for England in this format and if anything it's in ODI cricket he needs to orove himself.

  • kearon47 on September 1, 2013, 18:50 GMT

    D.Warner actually average's better in Tests than the short formats and his strike rate is probably similar too, figure that.

  • JG2704 on September 1, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    @Jayzuz on (September 1, 2013, 2:50 GMT) Agreed there were alot of edges etc but even Finch had his bit of luck the other night , or was that someone else who edged it through where 1st slip might have been? Still , as we've already had pointed out so many times , it was only luck , Broad cheating and DRS that won the test series for England. At least the latter 2 can't be blamed for yesterday's defeat

  • JG2704 on September 1, 2013, 17:01 GMT

    @Steve Back on (August 31, 2013, 16:53 GMT) You don't like Wright do you?

    I think he may be only the 2nd player to get within 5 of a T20I 100 and the only player to get in the high 90s and be not out. Also I believe he has the fastest 100 in the Aus BBL and is one of a handful of Eng players IPL is interested in. Yes he has a tendency at times to try and overhit the ball but alot of T20 batsmen get in that mode at times and I'd prefer a player getting out in that mode than one who stifles the RR and then gets out. Jos seems to lack confidence in England colours. He either seems to try and thrash at the ball recklessly from the word go or in yesterday's case he went the other way. I actually think he could do with either being given more responsibilty to build and inns or maybe be left out for a while. He looks under too much pressure in the England red.

  • JG2704 on September 1, 2013, 16:48 GMT

    Another thing - the T20 series is 1-1. Am I alone in wishing there would be 3 T20s and 3 ODIs - so if there are no rained off games we get a series winner in each?

  • on September 1, 2013, 16:34 GMT

    Before you post, do some fact checking. In the last World T20, we lost to the West Indies by 15 runs and only got close because of Morgan. We beat WI in a pointless friendly, and have a poor overall record against them in T20 matches.

    Australia, in the same tournament, reached the semi-finals whereas we could only beat the might of Afghanistan and New Zealand. Do you remember us getting bowled out for 80 against India?

    And us being a poor one-day side? Well, we still got thrashed by Sri Lanka, and have still not won a 50-over tournament.

    Nice try Optic. Try again.

  • AKS286 on September 1, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    I do agree with those who told me that he (Hales) is not upto the mark in Test & Odi. I compared him with KP, Gayle, Sehawag, Sanath because his aggressive batting a does the trick nd i think their technique is not famous, Root is a natural opener but bats on middle order. England has to find another KP because I think only 2-3 yrs are left for KP. England is a good ODI team but can't chase big totals. Batsmen like KP, Hales, Wright can erase this problem. I'm an Oz kindly ask Front_Foot_Lunge. Domestic records for Enlish selection ok M.Ramprakash, Key, Cork, Croft, Knight, etc. Now, Coulter Nile is a good Test, Odi bowler, I think Beer the one of the best of bowler in BBL in not selected ?

  • on September 1, 2013, 16:02 GMT

    POMS are POMS no centuries in T 20 so far !

  • Micky.Panda on September 1, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    DylanBrah, Right on! Coulter Nile is another mystery selection just like Hazelwood was. Also Shaun Marsh who has a strike rate far too slow for short form cricket, and batting averages far too low for tests. Should not be in any type of Australian side. What is this Australian obsession with "promising" youth? Play the proven best players with medium to long term performance and currently in form as well. Its simple. In T20 format you need bowlers who can really throttle back the run rate as well. i.e. difficult to hit bowlers. I don't think Coulter-Nile has that factor.

  • DylanBrah on September 1, 2013, 3:22 GMT

    Coulter-Nile shouldn't have been in the team either, looking at his T20 stats. Australian selectors never pick the best team available.

  • DylanBrah on September 1, 2013, 3:17 GMT

    Australia's bowling has been just awful in these T20s. Hopefully that doesn't continue into the ODI's. Starc should be a permanant fixture in the short form by now. Unbelievable that he was dropped for Johnson!

  • Jayzuz on September 1, 2013, 2:50 GMT

    I saw most of the game, and I have to say it wasn't a great advert for T-20. I don't think Lumb/Halles hit a single ball out of the middle of the bat till they got to 60 - just endless snicks, French cuts and top edges. Compared to Finch's innings the other night, it was basically wild slogging. Eventually they started finding the middle of the bat, however.

    This is what I dislike about T-20s, and I had the same perception with an international I attended not long ago. There is just far too much luck involved. Lumb and Halles could have been out half a dozen times in the first few overs, but just kept mis-hitting balls to the boundary behind the keeper and between fielders. It really wasn't pretty to watch.

    Dumb decision to bat second by Bailey, and as expected, the dry wicket started slowing up as the game progressed.

    Good to see Ahmed succeed though, and he was the only spinner in the game who actually tried to spin the ball. Briggs and Root were bowling slow-medium pace.

  • Int.Curator on September 1, 2013, 2:24 GMT

    The English bowlers should be accredited with this win. They bowled with little width and at a good length.

    Fielding from both teams was exceptional. Game changing even. The fielding has come such a long way that the skills and levels players require are far superior to players of even a decade ago.

    England openers batted with a lot of intent and scored quickly. It wasn't pretty or particularly clean hitting, with several french cuts and numerous edges though effective all the same.

    There will be some big 50 over scores if the teams continue to bat in this aggressive frame of mind. Especially on small ovals with short boundaries.

  • jmcilhinney on September 1, 2013, 1:23 GMT

    @BRUTALANALYST on (August 31, 2013, 15:47 GMT), so how much better than Hales and Lumb would Carberry have done today? You seem to be ignoring the fact that there are only two T20Is in this series so they are the only two games that Hales and Lumb will play, while there are now six ODIs coming up, including the one against Ireland, and Carberry may well play all of them. He's going to get an opportunity to show what he can do so it makes perfect sense that England continue to give Hales and Lumb some opportunity to show what they can do too. They showed why that's justified today.

  • jmcilhinney on September 1, 2013, 1:18 GMT

    @AKS286 on (August 31, 2013, 18:19 GMT), how can you possibly advocate permanent selection for Hales in ODIs when he's never even played a single game? I think he'd be worth a try to see how he performs but to assume he would be brilliant on the back of T20I form is really showing a lack of cricketing knowledge. As for playing him in Test cricket, surely his first class performances are far more relevant to that than his T20I form. While Hales does open for Notts and Bairstow plays down the order, Bairstow's first class average is a full 10 runs higher than Hales'. Are you really suggesting that a player be selected for Test cricket on the back of T20 bashing?

  • on September 1, 2013, 0:46 GMT

    Hail (Hales): Alexander, the Great! Thought, he was a great Greek conqueror; not an English opener! Good, confident show. Bodes well for England in the short format/s.

  • on September 1, 2013, 0:40 GMT

    The one-act play by Finch proves that "one swallow doesn't make a summer"! In the 1st T-20, I had to pinch myself to believe that Finch is a pinch hitter. Never saw any of those when he played for Pune Warriors,in the last IPL! Yes,he was a good batsman and a decent Captain! But, big-hitter? No!

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on August 31, 2013, 23:04 GMT

    Thought England should have easily got over 200, especially after their good start; however, good bowling and predatory fielding saw them snatch a victory. I was pleased to see Broad at last use the 'fill-in' bowlers like Bopara and Root more. Might not have made much difference in first game granted, but they certainly proved their worth here in this one.

    @markatnotts: FFL does not say anything about Hales being an opening batsman in tests. Some players are better suited to certain formats, and there's nothing wrong with that.

  • Optic on August 31, 2013, 22:54 GMT

    @AKS286 Are you actually suggesting because someone slogged a few T20 runs he should be in the Ashes side, are you a Aussie supporter or something. Then you compare him to guys like KP , Jayasuriya & Gilchrist LOL you do know that he averages less this year in first class cricket (14) than Graham Onions than Durham fast bowler, who's nickname is 'bunny', do you know how bad that is. I would pick someone like Bairstow every time over Hales. Bairstow's actually done something in first class cricket. I wouldn't even pick Hales for the 50 over side, there are far more deserving people than him. To me is technique is horrible and a decent bowler would work him over big time, like many have done against Notts this year. Saying that I'd love to see him open up in T20 with KP, they'd be a deadly opening pair For some reason though the ECB are keeping the at the time he last played T20 No.1 ranked T20 batsman, away from the format.

  • Optic on August 31, 2013, 22:42 GMT

    @Steve Back How is it an unexpectedly poor performance from Australia today, they are a poor T20 side. Over the last few years they have generally been far inferior to us as a T20 side. You do also know that we played WI the World T20 champs last year and beat them, so what you say is a load of rubbish tbh like most of you're recent comments. Like the one about England been a poor one day side, oh really this is England who recently got to the final of the CT and who win the vast majority of the series they play.

  • Munkeymomo on August 31, 2013, 22:39 GMT

    @bobmartin: I love test cricket, but 35 days is taking the pish a bit. That's over a month of play. 2020 has it's place and I quite enjoy a game here and there. It feels like a bit of a mess around after the tests, and that's fun. Prefer 2020 to ODIs.

  • JG2704 on August 31, 2013, 21:16 GMT

    Better performance. Watched the highlights which doesn't tell the whole story as most of the deliveries shown are either wickets or boundaries. Being as we saw little of Jade and judging by his figures , he did another fine job. Maybe he is finally fulfilling his potential Sad for Hales not getting his ton. I don't think we've ever had a ton scorer in T20 internationals and Hales has got into the 90s twice. All our batsmen bar Buttler who came in during the last over and got a jaffer when trying to do the right thing (for once) made decent contributions. I'd still liked to have seen Tredwell and Carberry playing today. Part of me thinks it's good that they had more of a look a Briggs (and I'd like to have seen him tried in tandem with JT) but then why would they not want to look at Carberry? We learnt nothing more from this game ,only that we have a decent t20 batting line up. Defending a near 200 total should be expected

  • kieranbob on August 31, 2013, 21:01 GMT

    Very good performance by Hales, just needs to get more focused to get that century, think nerves got the better of him. Buttler showed once again that he is not international standard, especially against spin. Hope he's not playing in the ODI's

  • Malx on August 31, 2013, 20:13 GMT

    Australia are terrible with the bat. Finch read his own press and thought he was Bradman. And, Warner should of gone on and scored a 100. Not, a man with too many brains. Australia shouldn't play Johnson & Co , too many bad balls and no brains. Shaun Marsh ? you have got to be joking !! Shane Watson should be send back home to OZ, he needs a brain transplant !!

  • on August 31, 2013, 20:01 GMT

    alex hales us a superb batsmen to watch in T20 but i also want to see alex hales in odi squad against australia he is a great talent and he can also proof in the odi i am pretty sure about that he needs a call for odi in this ashes surely

  • SyedAreYouDumb on August 31, 2013, 19:54 GMT

    @AKS your right, Internetnational crickets finest expensive bowler was economical in both the t20's !! This is why T20 is a great format along with ODI and the original TEST. What a blend cricket has!!

  • trav29 on August 31, 2013, 19:42 GMT

    cant believe anyone who has seen much of hales would be calling for him to get a spot in even ODIs let alone tests , a lot of scorecard warriors I think.

    his innings today albeit productive was exceptionally lucky , he probably only hit a couple of shots anywhere near the middle of the bat. in t20 cricket you can play like that and if its your day great, even in ODIs you need to be able to construct an innings not just have a slog at everything and hope none of your mis-hits go to a fielder

  • on August 31, 2013, 19:08 GMT

    @ jmcilhinney: I just think he desperately struggles with decisiveness and shot selection against slow bowling. He always seems to get caught between two minds against these bowlers. He is talented, yes, but needs to work on his temperament. Graham Thorpe should work with him on that, great player of leg spin Thorpe was too.

  • AKS286 on August 31, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    AD Hales - I always advocating on him that he deserves permanent ODI selection. I also want that Hales in place of Bairstow in Ashes. KP, Sehawag, Gayle, Jayasuriya, Gilchrist etc explains that he is a test material too. But just look at the Australian downfall "The World's most expensive bowler is the most economical in both T20". I can't believe this from Dernbach.

  • bobmartin on August 31, 2013, 17:49 GMT

    Forget the results...T20 is nothing more than a way to get bums on seats and £'s in crickets coffers...Although after the success of the crowd attendances at the recent Ashes tests... that isn't really a probem in England when Australia are visiting...Maybe the ECB and CA should consider an extra 2 tests instead of 2 pointless T20's... that would give them another potential 10 full houses... rather than the 2 the T20's give you...

  • markatnotts on August 31, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    A good innings by Hales, but seriously FFL fo you actually follow first class cricket? If you did you would see (as I do first hand), he is a makeshift opener and is rapidly going to be labeled a T20 specialst if he carries on the way he is doing. You can't realistically open the batting in Test or even 50 over games if you are often out bowled early on. I think long term he should perhaps move to 4. A couple of years ago Notts did have a plan to play him number 3. Because of the inadequacies of others he had to move up the order.

  • jmcilhinney on August 31, 2013, 17:15 GMT

    @Steve Back on (August 31, 2013, 16:53 GMT), I think that it's a bit harsh to criticise Buttler today. He has been criticised by some, myself included, for trying to hit out too soon on occasions but maybe he should have done that today. It was the last over and his first ball and he was trying to manufacture something to get Morgan on strike. It was a pretty decent ball from Ahmed and tough for a brand new batsman under the circumstances.

  • jmcilhinney on August 31, 2013, 17:03 GMT

    Have to say, as some others have too, that I would much rather have seen three T20Is and three ODIs than two and five. Maybe they charge more for ODI tickets so they are worth more but ending this series 1-1 is a bit unsatisfying and we probably don't really need five ODIs. With the WT20 not that far away and the next WC further off, it might be good for the teams to have the extra T20I to gauge their teams better for next year.

  • jmcilhinney on August 31, 2013, 16:59 GMT

    Sorry to see Hales get so close and miss out on a hundred again. That ball was there to hit but he just didn't get enough on it. Still, it was an excellent innings and set up the match nicely for England and their bowlers didn't let them down. Three other significant contributions with the bat too and it would have been nice to see Lumb get a 50 as well.

    It was a pretty good performance with the ball too. Important that England get some good overs out of their spinners and Briggs came back well after some early stick and Root got an important wicket without giving up too many runs as well. Good to see Dernbach turn in another good performance too. The commentators were saying that he seemed to be doing what many have advocated for a while: concentrate on bowling line and length with a good stock ball and then use the variations as genuine variations. If he keeps this up he may earn a recall to the ODI team and a chance to lose the title of most expensive bowler of all time.

  • on August 31, 2013, 16:53 GMT

    An unexpectedly poor performance from Australia today. I was expecting them to thrash us in this T20 series as we are not a good 20/20 outfit at all. I just get the feeling that, as units rather than individuals, both these teams would get hammered by the current World T20 Champions.

    Nonetheless, some reflections can be made. First off, I regret lambasting Morgan in the last game. He did a good job with the bat today and was absolutely stunning in the field. He still has some life in him, it seems. Luke Wright came off for once, but still tries to over hit everything and scuffs most of his shots along the ground. By contrast, Hales is a good timer of the ball. Buttler is absolutely rubbish against spin without exception.

    Australia meanwhile, need to ditch the Matthew Wade Project. Neither a good wicketkeeper nor a good limited overs batsman, he looks out of his depth. Maxwell briefly threatened, while Warner, always mercurial and inconsistent, looked very good today.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on August 31, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    He's been one of the most exciting young batting talents in cricket for the last two or so years, now young Alex Hales continues to impress the world. A future opening batsman for England without a doubt.

  • jmcilhinney on August 31, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    A comfortable win by England in the end. I might go back and read some of the ridiculous comments made in the preview about how England are no good at limited-overs cricket and that Australia were going to dominate the series. One man plays one good innings and some people lose their heads. Even if Finch goes on to be a giant of the game, that innings is almost certainly going to be a once-in-a-lifetime. England looked a little streaky early but what T20 innings doesn't involve a little luck? I seem to recall edging through slip in the second over and top-edging a six to bring up his hundred last game. Anyway, England batted well, mostly bowled well and also fielded well, barring Finn's blemish. It was probably a tactical blunder for Bailey to field, although the pitch probably played truer than most expected. It was a tactical master-stroke to bowl Ahmed for the last over, but it was too little too late by then.

  • Captainman on August 31, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    A very one-sided game today.

  • BRUTALANALYST on August 31, 2013, 15:47 GMT

    Ridiculous Carberry not in the 11 even if you don't want to break up openers it's pathetic he's an absolute gun and been bossing it all yr best T20 batsman by a country mile. I'd also rather have him in side before KP although both should be in for World Cup.

  • siddhartha87 on August 31, 2013, 15:25 GMT

    Hales is a amazing player. May be England should try him in ODI s too.Their present top 3 has the class but not the firepower.

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  • siddhartha87 on August 31, 2013, 15:25 GMT

    Hales is a amazing player. May be England should try him in ODI s too.Their present top 3 has the class but not the firepower.

  • BRUTALANALYST on August 31, 2013, 15:47 GMT

    Ridiculous Carberry not in the 11 even if you don't want to break up openers it's pathetic he's an absolute gun and been bossing it all yr best T20 batsman by a country mile. I'd also rather have him in side before KP although both should be in for World Cup.

  • Captainman on August 31, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    A very one-sided game today.

  • jmcilhinney on August 31, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    A comfortable win by England in the end. I might go back and read some of the ridiculous comments made in the preview about how England are no good at limited-overs cricket and that Australia were going to dominate the series. One man plays one good innings and some people lose their heads. Even if Finch goes on to be a giant of the game, that innings is almost certainly going to be a once-in-a-lifetime. England looked a little streaky early but what T20 innings doesn't involve a little luck? I seem to recall edging through slip in the second over and top-edging a six to bring up his hundred last game. Anyway, England batted well, mostly bowled well and also fielded well, barring Finn's blemish. It was probably a tactical blunder for Bailey to field, although the pitch probably played truer than most expected. It was a tactical master-stroke to bowl Ahmed for the last over, but it was too little too late by then.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on August 31, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    He's been one of the most exciting young batting talents in cricket for the last two or so years, now young Alex Hales continues to impress the world. A future opening batsman for England without a doubt.

  • on August 31, 2013, 16:53 GMT

    An unexpectedly poor performance from Australia today. I was expecting them to thrash us in this T20 series as we are not a good 20/20 outfit at all. I just get the feeling that, as units rather than individuals, both these teams would get hammered by the current World T20 Champions.

    Nonetheless, some reflections can be made. First off, I regret lambasting Morgan in the last game. He did a good job with the bat today and was absolutely stunning in the field. He still has some life in him, it seems. Luke Wright came off for once, but still tries to over hit everything and scuffs most of his shots along the ground. By contrast, Hales is a good timer of the ball. Buttler is absolutely rubbish against spin without exception.

    Australia meanwhile, need to ditch the Matthew Wade Project. Neither a good wicketkeeper nor a good limited overs batsman, he looks out of his depth. Maxwell briefly threatened, while Warner, always mercurial and inconsistent, looked very good today.

  • jmcilhinney on August 31, 2013, 16:59 GMT

    Sorry to see Hales get so close and miss out on a hundred again. That ball was there to hit but he just didn't get enough on it. Still, it was an excellent innings and set up the match nicely for England and their bowlers didn't let them down. Three other significant contributions with the bat too and it would have been nice to see Lumb get a 50 as well.

    It was a pretty good performance with the ball too. Important that England get some good overs out of their spinners and Briggs came back well after some early stick and Root got an important wicket without giving up too many runs as well. Good to see Dernbach turn in another good performance too. The commentators were saying that he seemed to be doing what many have advocated for a while: concentrate on bowling line and length with a good stock ball and then use the variations as genuine variations. If he keeps this up he may earn a recall to the ODI team and a chance to lose the title of most expensive bowler of all time.

  • jmcilhinney on August 31, 2013, 17:03 GMT

    Have to say, as some others have too, that I would much rather have seen three T20Is and three ODIs than two and five. Maybe they charge more for ODI tickets so they are worth more but ending this series 1-1 is a bit unsatisfying and we probably don't really need five ODIs. With the WT20 not that far away and the next WC further off, it might be good for the teams to have the extra T20I to gauge their teams better for next year.

  • jmcilhinney on August 31, 2013, 17:15 GMT

    @Steve Back on (August 31, 2013, 16:53 GMT), I think that it's a bit harsh to criticise Buttler today. He has been criticised by some, myself included, for trying to hit out too soon on occasions but maybe he should have done that today. It was the last over and his first ball and he was trying to manufacture something to get Morgan on strike. It was a pretty decent ball from Ahmed and tough for a brand new batsman under the circumstances.

  • markatnotts on August 31, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    A good innings by Hales, but seriously FFL fo you actually follow first class cricket? If you did you would see (as I do first hand), he is a makeshift opener and is rapidly going to be labeled a T20 specialst if he carries on the way he is doing. You can't realistically open the batting in Test or even 50 over games if you are often out bowled early on. I think long term he should perhaps move to 4. A couple of years ago Notts did have a plan to play him number 3. Because of the inadequacies of others he had to move up the order.