England v Australia, 1st ODI, Ageas Bowl September 3, 2015

Watson's latest misery

ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from the opening one-day international between England and Australia

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Watch - Stokes guns down Watson

Run out of the day

Shane Watson will surely not reflect on this tour with much joy. After losing his place in the Test team after the Cardiff Test he is enjoying no more luck in the limited-overs games. After a comical dismissal in the T201 - he was bowled off an inside edge after he missed with his attempt to kick the ball away from his stumps - here he was run out by yards after being called for a most unlikely single from Matthew Wade. Despite playing the ball straight to cover - Ben Stokes of all people, probably the best fielder in the England side - Wade set off for the run immediately. Watson would have been justified in turning his partner down but, seeing him committed, did his best to answer the call. Stokes' accurate throw - and Jos Buttler's efficient removal of the bails - did the rest. Not for the first time this summer, Watson returned to the pavilion with laughter ringing in his ears. It can be a cruel game.

Decision of the day

All too often, umpires only seem to warrant attention when they make an error. So it seems only fair to recognise a fine decision by Joel Wilson - the fourth umpire in the game between these sides at the MCG when James Taylor was incorrectly given out - that ended Glenn Maxwell's promising innings. The ball from Mark Wood would probably have been called a leg side wide had Maxwell, attempting to flick it to fine leg, not gained a thin edge. But while Buttler, who took an excellent tumbling, low catch, hardly appealed, Wilson had heard the nick and was quick to give the decision. Maxwell briefly looked as if he would utilise the DRS but, had he done so, it would have done him no good. Replays suggested there was no pad involved and snicko suggested contact with the bat.

Shot of the day

Jason Roy has earned his reputation - probably unfairly - as a big of a slugger. But here he provided evidence that he is far more than that. While there were a couple of gorgeous drives and powerful pulls, many top-order batsmen can play such strokes. It was a back-foot clip off the hip - a perfectly timed clip that sent the ball scurrying in front of square to the midwicket boundary - that really showed his class. It was not, perhaps, the best stroke of the match - a back foot drive through extra cover for four by Maxwell was a thing of rare beauty - but it was evidence that Roy is a better player than he is sometimes credited with being.

Selection of the day

Australia had a tricky decision to make ahead of this game. On a surface which, in county cricket at least, tends to favour spin bowlers, they had to decide whether to include a specialist spinner, in Ashton Agar, who the seam-bowling all-rounder in Mitchell Marsh. While England's two spinners were probably the pick of their bowlers, Marsh's performance vindicated the Australian decision. Marsh scored an important unbeaten 40 and helped Wade post a match-winning 112-run stand in 13 overs for the seventh-wicket.

Near miss of the day

Eoin Morgan had scored just 5 when, poking at another fast, full delivery from the impressively quick - if not especially accurate - Pat Cummins he was only able to make contact via a thin inside edge. The ball flew to the fine leg boundary for four but replays suggested that it might have brushed the off stump on its way. England's captain can rarely have enjoyed such a near miss, though he was unable to fully capitalise on the fortune.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on September 5, 2015, 9:20 GMT

    it's unfair to criticize watto for few poor display with the bat . he is a captain's player , each time the captain is changed watto's batting order also changes. he is a very committed player ,he plays the role whatever team management tells him to, and everyone knows that if he starts going he is a nighmare for the bowlers.

  • Edwin on September 5, 2015, 3:41 GMT

    Note - it wasn't James Taylor that was incorrectly given out at the MCG but James Anderson....

  • James on September 4, 2015, 16:50 GMT

    Yep, Dearden, that is a huge difference. In tests you often get a string of fielders between the keeper and point. In short formats they are gone by the tenth over. Also, the wickets tend to be flat, as was the case in the first ODI. The ball doesn't seam much. That is why guys like Bailey, Morgan and to a lesser extent Ali can get away with more in short formats. Very different techniques required.

  • Dummy4 on September 4, 2015, 15:30 GMT

    Oh! What, oh! Hey, Whatto, you got into another mess, after taking patent for LBW as Leg Before Watto?

    "Whatto player!", as Tony Grieg might have exclaimed in his deep throated voice!

  • Bala on September 4, 2015, 14:27 GMT

    This match, once again proved that many of the snicks which go for 'fours' in the short format would have been caught in the slips in test matches. Yet again, proving that batsmen who do well in ODIs and T-20s need not make good Test batsmen.

  • Dummy4 on September 4, 2015, 10:03 GMT

    Watson overrates himself... He struts around with that macho look on his face like a bullying schoolboy... Take the example when he got Taylor out...what was that all about ? Is it any wonder he gets the Mick taken out of himself when he acts like he's some sort of diva... You might have thought after his abject displays in the test which resulted in him justifiably being dropped he might have developed a bit more humilty...

  • Dummy4 on September 4, 2015, 8:28 GMT

    Watson in any side other than Australia would have a 20 year career (without injuries of course). He's too good to be dropped. Failures and odd luck are part of the game. The way he came back against Pak after the torment from the fast bowler was nothing but brilliance.

  • anton on September 4, 2015, 7:53 GMT

    Watson often looks imperious at the crease until he gets out. He is technically a very correct player.

  • niaz on September 4, 2015, 3:55 GMT

    It was not Watson's fault. Watson did the best. He bowled well... We should leave him alone.

  • Dummy4 on September 4, 2015, 2:36 GMT

    A brilliant performance by the aussies ...It seems that they are back on track of winning phase.Good knock from top order though their ugly dismissals and Wade played a beauty there with Bowlers helping to win the Game.

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