June 8, 2013
As the old foes, England and Australia faced off at Edgbaston, there were a few selection issues to begin with. England benched Steven Finn. Australia went in spinner-less.
We can only assume that Adam Voges is the best spinner in Australia— The Cricket Geek (@TheCricketGeek) June 8, 2013
England, after choosing to bat on a flat track, progressed at a steady 3.5 runs an over. Three-hundred pitch, really?
Bell to Trott: "I reckon you should go for it, I'll bat through". Trott to Bell: "I reckon *you* should go for it, I'll bat through". #ct13— Scott Oliver (@reverse_sweeper) June 8, 2013
It's not as if England didn't even try …
Bell and Cook have both broken their bats this morning in first ten overs. Talk about trying to dominate #engvaus— Nick Hoult (@NHoultCricket) June 8, 2013
Mitchell Starc had a bad day, overpitching and straying either side of the stumps quite a bit.
Mitchell Johnson had a bad hair day.
@dudleyplatypus He combs to the left, he combs to the right, Mitchell Johnson's haircut is sh*te....— Andrew Mills (@bigfella987) June 8, 2013
Meanwhile, England's top order continued to build.
Shane Watson, one of only two players in this Australian team with over 50 ODI caps to his name, has not broken down. Yet.
There was some fishy business with the bails, as they mysteriously fell off Ravi Bopara's stumps.
Just as England looked like they were ready to push on, wickets fell in a heap. That could only be one person's fault, right?
Safe to say, England's keep-wickets-in-hand strategy went awry as they went from 168 for 1 to 213 for 6 in the space of 10 overs.
England batting like a lamb to the slaughter. The lamb isn't bleeting, though, it's put on a pink sweater and singing I'm a little tea pot.— Antoinette (@mspr1nt) June 8, 2013
For Clint Mckay, it was a good day. He picked up 2 for 38, the wickets being Eoin Morgan and Joe Root, in his 10 overs.
England finished on 269 for 6, courtesy a bit of late hitting from Bopara.
In a position to aim at 300, England 'planned' to score 280 and ended up with 270.— Saurabh Malhotra (@MalhotraSaurabh) June 8, 2013
Australia were only 25 minutes too late. A fine's on the way for stand-in captain George Bailey then.
If you thought the England innings went hardly anywhere, Australia were hardly better. In fact, they weren't.
Yes, the English had kangaroos for lunch.
Edgbaston's bread kangaroo instagram.com/p/aTL5WDu8Ce/— Jarrod Kimber (@ajarrodkimber) June 8, 2013
Australia were short on experience. Australia were short on skills. At no point in the innings did they look in control. Damien Martyn had a perfectly acceptable query given the circumstances ...
If I make runs tomorrow can I play next game ..— Damien Martyn (@dmartyn30) June 8, 2013
Along the way, James Anderson went past Darren Gough's tally of 234 ODI scalps for England, to top their all-time wickets chart.
Overall, the England bowlers manged to extract swing that seemed non-existent when Australia had their turn with ball. Conventional, reverse ... there was a little bit of everything.
Technically, Anderson bowling CONTRAST swing (not reverse) just by turning rough side over— Ian Pont (@Ponty100mph) June 8, 2013
Eventually Australia, despite a quick fifty from James Faulkner to keep their net run rate from plummeting too far, ended 48 short. Things are looking down for the team.
So that means Aust record overseas without M Hussey in past 12 months is now played 9, lost 9. #cricket— Daniel Brettig (@danbrettig) June 8, 2013
What next for Australia?
I can feel another Warney manifesto coming.— Call me Ishmael(@thenugget111) June 8, 2013
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