England v Australia, World Twenty20 final, Barbados

Cricket's oldest battle resumes in newest format

The Preview by Andrew Miller and Peter English

May 15, 2010

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Match facts
Sunday, May 16, Barbados
Start time 1130 (1530 GMT)


Kevin Pietersen powered England's innings with a 33-ball 53, England v South Africa, World T20, Group E, Bridgetown, May 8, 2010
Kevin Pietersen has been a revelation in the Caribbean and is chasing payback against Australia © Getty Images
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The Big Picture

Regardless of whether England emerge triumphant against Australia, the form team of the tournament, they have turned a corner in terms of public perception. In many ways, the tale of their shortcomings in ICC global events is less a matter of their failure to take home any trophies, but their failure to give themselves a chance to compete. On two occasions in the modern era of one-day cricket, they've found a formula that came close to ending the drought - namely, at the 1992 World Cup, when their greatest player, the ageing Ian Botham, was arguably their weakest link, and in the 2004 Champions Trophy, when Michael Vaughan's men were already building towards the following summer's Ashes.

In almost every other tournament of note they have been little short of a rabble, and that includes their previous forays in the World Twenty20, in South Africa in 2007, when they opened the batting with the bits-and-pieces Darren Maddy, and in 2009, when the Netherlands (including a certain Dirk Nannes) stunned them in the tournament curtain-raiser. At the third time of asking, however, England have hit upon a formula that deserves to succeed precisely because it doesn't see success as a birthright. Every player from 1 to 11 is up for a scrap, and against an Australian side that doesn't know when it's beaten, a scrap is precisely what they can expect.

It has taken the Australians five years to shed the view that Twenty20 is a format for fun. However, Michael Clarke's team is playing the game in the same serious, clinical and tunnel-visioned manner that has been so successful for them in Tests and ODIs over the past decade. Under Clarke's captaincy the side's worst result in 14 matches is the tie against New Zealand in February, which turned into a Super Over defeat.

Since then they have won six matches in a row, including the breath-taking semi-final triumph over Pakistan, in a record that is more suited to Ricky Ponting's all-conquering outfits in 50-over World Cups. Not only are they well balanced, with frightening bowlers and muscular batsmen, but they now expect to win everything. And the only thing that can motivate them more than capturing a trophy they have never held is to beat England in doing it.

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Watch out for
Kevin Pietersen's hunger has returned with a vengeance. For 12 anxious months, his game has been racked by unfamiliar self-doubt, triggered in part by injury, and in part by the chastening loss of the England captaincy. Many wondered whether his focus would ever be trained quite as intensely back onto the pitch, especially with the prospect of fatherhood adding an extra dimension of distraction, but in the Caribbean he has been a revelation, with three thumping performances either side of his paternity dash back to England. And what is more, there's the additional incentive of payback, after his role in last summer's Ashes was limited to a walk-on.

Michael Clarke is the main man in the tactical stakes and has marshalled his team brilliantly throughout the tournament. His thinking has been so strong that he has been called the Mike Brearley of Twenty20 cricket, although the description is a kiss-punch compliment. Clarke is the slowest scorer of Australia's squad and is a gap-finder in a line-up of boundary clearers. So far his rotating-the-strike role hasn't been costly, although his 17 off 19 balls in the semi-final left Michael Hussey successfully chasing a miracle to beat Pakistan. With a tournament strike-rate of 74.17, England will be targeting him - without wanting to get him out.

Team news
Australia have only changed their team once during the tournament, when Ryan Harris came in for the injured Mitchell Johnson, so don't expect them to get fancy at such a crucial stage. A return to Barbados means some excitement for the pace trio of Johnson, Dirk Nannes and Shaun Tait, who have combined for 31 wickets in this campaign.

Australia (probable) 1 Shane Watson, 2 David Warner, 3 Brad Haddin (wk), 4 Michael Clarke (capt), 5 David Hussey, 6 Cameron White, 7 Michael Hussey, 8 Steven Smith, 9 Mitchell Johnson, 10 Dirk Nannes, 11 Shaun Tait.

No surprises anticipated in England's line-up, which has cultivated an air of solidity of which their 50-over team can only dream. With power-hitters throughout the top order, capable run-makers all the way to No. 10, and proper variety in their five-prong bowling attack, they've got the armoury to end their trophy drought.

England (probable) 1 Michael Lumb, 2 Craig Kieswetter (wk), 3 Kevin Pietersen, 4 Paul Collingwood (capt), 5 Eoin Morgan, 6 Luke Wright, 7 Tim Bresnan, 8 Graeme Swann, 9 Michael Yardy, 10 Stuart Broad, 11 Ryan Sidebottom.

Pitch and conditions
The Bridgetown surface has entered a timewarp in the course of the past fortnight. Long gone is the pudding on which West Indies racked up 750-plus in their Test against England last March, and in its place is a trampolinist's paradise that brings to mind the Marshalls and Garners of yesteryear. No venue suits the likes of Shaun Tait and Mitchell Johnson better, and yet, this is where England themselves will feel happiest. All of their batsmen prefer the ball coming onto the bat, and that - if nothing else - can be guaranteed in the coming contest.

Stats

  • England and Australia have met in three completed Twenty20 internationals to date, including the second one contested, at the Rose Bowl in 2005. England, memorably, won that contest by 100 runs after reducing their opponents to 31 for 7. But, as Ricky Ponting might have put it, Australia didn't take the format seriously back then ...
  • Only two players on either side remain from that match - Michael Clarke and Michael Hussey for Australia; Kevin Pietersen and Paul Collingwood for England.
  • Since going out of the 2009 World Twenty20, Australia have won 10 of their 11 completed fixtures, with a Super Over defeat against New Zealand being their only setback. For England's part, their current run of four wins in a row is their hottest streak since the birth of the format
  • Australia have fond memories of finals in Bridgetown - they beat Sri Lanka by 53 runs at the venue to lift the World Cup in 2007. But they fared less well in their only Twenty20 fixture in Barbados prior to this tournament. In 2008, they lost an 11-over thrash against West Indies, despite posting an imposing 97 for 3

Quotes
"Michael Hussey is an absolute freak."
Michael Clarke sums up the sentiments of most cricket-watchers following that semi-final performance.

"Let's be honest, there aren't too many areas we can improve on."
Paul Collingwood is ready for whatever transpires in the final.

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

Posted by   on (May 16, 2010, 15:12 GMT)

Will be an awesome match =)

Posted by DaveMcA on (May 16, 2010, 14:55 GMT)

all da best england!! aussies will suffer a humiliating blow

Posted by   on (May 16, 2010, 14:44 GMT)

In the Universe as a cricket team England is very unlucky.. Though Cricket launce its begining from this country. but England is yet to win a ICC trophy at any format of cricket.. Today I will support England......

Posted by Croc_on_mara on (May 16, 2010, 14:43 GMT)

Oh man...what a dilemma!! The english are the underdogs and I tend to support the underdogs. On the other hand are the aussies who hammered Pak out :-) :-) :-) :-) . Oh well, guess I'll support both of 'em and hope cricket wins. The last thing we want is a repeat of the 50-50 fiasco. Hey yokels @ ICC, are ya listening??

Posted by DrDagli on (May 16, 2010, 14:32 GMT)

I sincerely hope RAIN (Lousy Duckworth-Lewiss Calculations) should not play spoil sport in preventing the great Aussie March towards victory.Thats the only way England can win the cup!!!

Posted by   on (May 16, 2010, 14:28 GMT)

@ Aiden Holloway: "I'm sure, like me, he really can't stand Australia's deeply unattractive, posturing bully-boy arrogance any more. They need to taught a lesson, Empire style!" That is a deeply ironic statement. GO AUSSIES

Posted by DrDagli on (May 16, 2010, 14:27 GMT)

It is strange that the captain of this great Australian Team - Michael Clerk is the worst performer of T20 with a hopeless strike rate of 70 odd. According to me,over past few years, the way he has been playingT20 and ODIs he, on merit, does not deserve to be in the Australian team.!! His captaincy is avg and still he is called "Mike Brarely of Australia".. may be because of his FLOP batting show, certainly not because of his leadership...That's the way Cricket Australia functions.A flop leading a team of 10 match winners!!!!!! If England wants to win the world cup they should let Michael Clerk play from one end till the end of 20 overs!!!!!

Posted by   on (May 16, 2010, 14:09 GMT)

Time for an ASHES replay !! -England can win this- heart and mind both agreed :D

Posted by ABP235 on (May 16, 2010, 14:00 GMT)

I think the best match has already been played out, and for me, this match does not offer much excitement, except that its a final and except for an expectation for England to find their elusive multinational tournament victory and an end to the dominant aggression of the Aussies. One will love to hate the Aussies for the way they have conquered all and sundry, in helpful or otherwise, pitches. God save England. I dont think this will be much of a match, unless the Aussie fast brigade has an off day. I was predicting Pak to win the semis (because it was on a less bouncy pitch suiting their spinners) and that turned upside down and now I am giving no chance to England. May I be proved wrong to my delight.

Posted by   on (May 16, 2010, 13:45 GMT)

england has 51% of chance of winning this game.... they are in a good form come on england you can do this best of luck

Posted by   on (May 16, 2010, 13:43 GMT)

I think Clarke is serving a purpose to help the hitters & he shouldnt be beaten up over it. When you go out there trying to put every ball out of the park, confidence is key & to know if you do get out early Clarke is coming in to back you up its good to know. To all the English calling Aus arrogant, what should we do? Not believe in our team, with England doing so well in the tournament so far, maybe the Eng supporters could be a little more 'arrogant'. Both teams deserve to be there & yes, Australia to blast out the top order to take the game

Posted by   on (May 16, 2010, 13:42 GMT)

Ok everyone, the Afridi joke's over now. Get over it! Looking forward to todays match Australia v England (England to win!)-Peitersen khappay! Love to everyone, from Maryam Ahmad-Manchester

Posted by   on (May 16, 2010, 13:37 GMT)

can't wait....this should be a really interesting match From Maryam

Posted by sugukumar.79 on (May 16, 2010, 13:31 GMT)

today AUSSIE, WILL WIN the game .......because even thy didnt loss one game in this series.......this pitch also fast bowling option......so it will be very favour to aussie........so aussie is going to win their first 20-20 world cup

Posted by kerry_okeefe on (May 16, 2010, 13:18 GMT)

i don't think i'll want to read the threads regarding the match if we (australia) lose the final. i never realised how much the indians hate the australian team. they claim it's because we don't play in the spirit of the game. this reason is complete fiction though. the truth is they hate the fact we have crushed the international circuit for so long. if you investigate which nation has had more players fined or suspended it is overwhelmingly in india's favour. they even have had players commit sinister offences such as match-fixing and ball tampering unlike the australians. :-)

Posted by espak on (May 16, 2010, 13:18 GMT)

every country captains affraid of afridi becouse he is a stronger guy for this type of cricket he can damaged any team in t 20 in odi,s and also in test he is a trump card for pakistan he is the only difference between the pakistan and the others teams becouse there is a only one shahid afridi BOOM BOOM AFRIDI

Posted by   on (May 16, 2010, 13:16 GMT)

England should win this , i am bored with Oz winning major tournaments :)

Posted by   on (May 16, 2010, 13:11 GMT)

Australia won the final the moment Saeed Ajmal was hit for 6. Today is just a formality

Posted by ILoveTestCricket on (May 16, 2010, 13:07 GMT)

It should be an easy victory for Aussies if they carry on their devastating form from semis. England hasn't yet been tested against quality bowling attack. Couple of early wickets including that of KP and they will be blown away.Eoin and Luke are not so good bagtsmen to recover the early losses every time.

Posted by Bingaaa on (May 16, 2010, 13:07 GMT)

@ Aidan Holloway think colly said sumthin like "there arent too many areas we can improve on" shows who is arrogant..All you poms get ready for a thrashing..England look much improved in this tournament but in the final they are gonna get hammered by clarke's men...Bring on the Poms!!!! Cmon Aussie!!!!

Posted by ShAh00 on (May 16, 2010, 12:43 GMT)

Hello all from PAKISTAN !!!......... I feel, England Side is More Balanced than Aussies...(certainly I am not favouring them just bcoz V lost Semis against Aussies, Aussies R my most Fav team after PAKISTAN, coz they R hell of a SportsMen, simply Love they way they carry their game). England have an Edge in Spinning Section and Good Middle Order, although they Lack a HUSSEY coming at 7, but still, U never know in Cricket. Aussies will come hard at them (like they always do), Perfectionist as they are.... But My Sixth Sense says that if ENGLAND can show some courage like Pakistan did, they can end up their ICC SILVERWARE DROUGHT and this is their best Chance.

Posted by   on (May 16, 2010, 12:31 GMT)

Hopefully England wins.....got bored seeing aussie winning all times

Posted by Tmalik on (May 16, 2010, 12:05 GMT)

Guys, the final of the tournament is already played on FRIDAY between AUS/PAK, i agree with English better side this time around but they were lucky so far for not being challenged like Aussies, and mind you England will crumble. I wish English men good luck but lone luck not going to help and i want to be realistic, the reality is AUstralia will whip them off. its just day passed after the AUS/PAK semi final and inside English men they already have the match as night mare for them as well. And feeling will take them down. Also if u compare, England just have KP, whereas AUssiese got 5 atleast of the same class or above, what to compare, as i said FINAL is already over on FRIDAY i.e. PAK/AUS....

Posted by adijaan on (May 16, 2010, 11:52 GMT)

All my Wishes for England to win First Major ICC tournaments and i wanna see Ausies down...Thanks to Hussey that they reached finals....Watch out for Pietersen

Posted by   on (May 16, 2010, 11:49 GMT)

I would say; England should win today. Go England goooo.. Get us the T20 feather..!!!

Posted by   on (May 16, 2010, 11:48 GMT)

If there is a God he will grant Albion victory as I'm sure, like me, he really can't stand Australia's deeply unattractive, posturing bully-boy arrogance any more. They need to taught a lesson, Empire style!think that match always goes in the who play well not by who is doing best in past. so for this match both team have equal chance. in the batting England not test big total so there is doubt but with player like kevin, lumb and Keiswetter like batsman they always headache for opponent team. anyways who win this match this is record for them. in my view i will always support aus so they will win for .......with player like warner hussy brother and watson white so its difficult for another team to stop them in the wining race. so pitch will affected and who did win toss its always matter in big match like thi

Posted by   on (May 16, 2010, 11:37 GMT)

Today's match will b quite interesting as both teams are in the form of their life. Its really difficult to predict which of will will b the champion @ the end of da day

Posted by   on (May 16, 2010, 11:19 GMT)

i think that match always goes in the who play well not by who is doing best in past. so for this match both team have equal chance. in the batting England not test big total so there is doubt but with player like kevin, lumb and Keiswetter like batsman they always headache for opponent team. anyways who win this match this is record for them. in my view i will always support aus so they will win for .......with player like warner hussy brother and watson white so its difficult for another team to stop them in the wining race. so pitch will affected and who did win toss its always matter in big match like this

Posted by   on (May 16, 2010, 11:04 GMT)

LOL at the Afridi comments, can't even tell the difference between a cricket ball and an apple.

Posted by AKATAK23 on (May 16, 2010, 11:03 GMT)

Dr Dagli i think u are mistaked he may be out of form but did u see the match against New Zealand which involved the super over he scored some 60-70 of 35-45 his stability but scoring at a constant rate got australia to that point otherwise it would have been a straight loss i understand he hasn't really fired all he needs is some more shots and more game practice and in terms of ODI he is one of the best if you have ever watched cricket you may know that he and hussey are the fastest runners in the Australian cricket team he played out of his skin in the Australian summer. We cant expect him to be like Sachin tendulkar before the IPL and his 200 we thought he is too old and too slow for this game he proved us wrong.

You just wait and watch Michael Clarke wil deamnd respect in T20 from the cricketing world

Posted by   on (May 16, 2010, 10:35 GMT)

I hope England win this time their team is mach better this time

Posted by   on (May 16, 2010, 10:34 GMT)

how often do u see the ozzies lose an ICC trophy final???...I can just recollect 1996 World Cup...nothing else comes within my immediate scheme of thoughts....

Posted by plod on (May 16, 2010, 10:23 GMT)

To David COOK, England have won every game have they? West Indies lost, Ireland, won because of Duckworth/Lewis. We played the reigning champion, you played Ceylon, who have guys playing that are older than Dad's Army! When we played them we annihilated them, you won against them, that's all you can say. To the critics of Michael CLARKE, back off, he is captaining the side well, a brilliant fieldsman and handy trundler, not unlike Yardy. It shapes as a great contest and may the best team win. I am very proud to be an Aussie and know they will give their all in the final. AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE, OI OI OI

Posted by gonik on (May 16, 2010, 10:18 GMT)

My favorite team is India for the melodrama they bring to the game. Since they are out, I want Australia to win this one as they are the next in line for me. Just love the way Aussies approach the game; exactly opposite to how India does. Go for it Aussie, show some Australianism.

Posted by   on (May 16, 2010, 10:17 GMT)

Frankly England simply have to triumph now, if only to rub it in the faces of comically arrogant Australians supporters'.

Have they not watched England play over the last few weeks? They have been an utter revelation. I am not so preposterous an individual as to claim pre-ownership of the World Cup, unlike some hubristic nincompoops, however I will be very disappointed if we don't at least give the Australians a run for their money. If there is a God he will grant Albion victory as I'm sure, like me, he really can't stand Australia's deeply unattractive, posturing bully-boy arrogance any more. They need to taught a lesson, Empire style!

Posted by Farukafaj on (May 16, 2010, 10:01 GMT)

It will be a cat-walk for the aussies, english players will be blown away ..watch out Nannes,Taity and Mitchy..

Posted by   on (May 16, 2010, 9:57 GMT)

The match against Pakistan shows that Australians are not machines but men and they too are vulnerable.There is a reasonable chance that England can defeat Australia, I give 40% chance to England. The main problem for England is that Aussie batting is very deep. So they need to keep on taking wickets (except clarke's) till end. But England batting stops at number 6. I hope Clarke stays for long time and eat up lots of balls like government agencies eating up tax money. It would be great if Clarke makes 50 runs today.

Posted by   on (May 16, 2010, 9:41 GMT)

If ever there was a better time for England to come out on top, it is now! Keiswette/Lumb the best T20 opening pair in ages, and this should come as one less worry for Colly. Pietersen, who could easily go all the way and emerge as the player of the tournament with Morgan and Wright still not put to the test and I fell the time is now. Clarke should be able to survive this as captain irrelevant of taking this away from Colly's lads with his current run of form as the Aussies have always played like a unit and never let the team down. I have to say; this one is for Colly as I always felt he is one of the most underrated cricketers of today. Good Luck lads!!!

Posted by boooonnie on (May 16, 2010, 9:36 GMT)

While the Australian public is yet to be completely converted to T20 there is nothing more tantalising for us then a beating the Pommie's in a world cup at any sport. Lets hope a good flogging of the poms gives those no tanned, warm beer drinking whinging girls a taste of what is to come in the Ashes this summer!(The unltimate dream is for Aust to beat the English in a world cup soccer final. That would get em where it really hurts - but that is probably expecting too much.)

Posted by Vilander on (May 16, 2010, 9:33 GMT)

slight deviation from subject but please post.

@ Aus fans who are irritated because of Indian bias towards Eng, its not because of some dislike towards Aus for instance some parts of India like Aus team better example Chennai, Rajastan etc. But generally for indians Eng is a friendly country with historical relations so its more out of prefrence really..

Posted by Vilander on (May 16, 2010, 9:29 GMT)

I think Eng is just going to do it this time, Aus struggled against spin ( SL and BD and harby) they are going to find Swann tough to handle. And Aus's most potent weapon their demon like super fast bowlers may finally meet their match in a certan gentleman that we all know abt, take out the two W's the aus look vulnerable especially since Mr cricket has already played a once in hundred years innings he has got to not play well for next few months to compensate this statitically :), but there is the outside chance of clarke playing well.

Posted by   on (May 16, 2010, 9:12 GMT)

I had a strong feeling that england's going to be the winner of this tournament, but however the way australia emerged winners in their semi final encounter against pakistan, i have been forced to change my opinion. MAY THE BEST TEAM WIN.

Posted by morlichini on (May 16, 2010, 9:08 GMT)

Dear espak, granted pakistan have some good twenty20 players but to be honest you guys were really lucky to get as far as you did because you were poor until the last 2 games. Also, fielding is so important in twenty20 and you prabably are probably the worst fielding side in the competition. Add this to some severe weaklinks in the side such as hafeez, misbah and alam (i have never seen him play but anyone who bats at 8 and dosn't bowl cannot be brilliant), you are nowhere near being the true champions of this tournament.

Posted by   on (May 16, 2010, 9:04 GMT)

i just want a good match b/w these old rivals......but the way Kangarooz are playing it might be a one side match....but i must say that English team also showed some great skills against good T20 teams....they have the strength to upset Australia.....So Good luck for Both TEAMS....n hoping it will be a Good Final to watch.....

Posted by   on (May 16, 2010, 9:01 GMT)

AUSSIES WILL WIN. BUT I HOPE ENGLAND WINS.

Posted by   on (May 16, 2010, 8:58 GMT)

Well Australia is going to win.100%.They r playing brilliantly throughout the tournament. Nd i think today David Warner Nd Michael Clarke Will be the key Batsmen for the Aussies. Though Clarke,s strike rate is 74 in this tournament he will fire today.So lets see guys The ashes heroes are here in this big T20 final.

Posted by   on (May 16, 2010, 8:34 GMT)

aussies live for such situations i dont forsee any damn reason why they cant beat eng my guess is that finals would be a one sided aussies win

Posted by Bingaaa on (May 16, 2010, 8:32 GMT)

LMFAO @ all the indian people commenting n wanting england to win..And for those sayin clarke should be removed as a captain in t20's i dont agree with that yes he hasnt performed as batsman but he has been exceptional as a captain n u need a player of his style n t20's we already have got enough players who can clear the boundary so having clarke in the middle is important as well for different situations hope he fires in the final tho i m expectin warner n watson to take english bowling apart..Cmon Aussie!!!

Posted by espak on (May 16, 2010, 8:20 GMT)

PAKISTANI,S ARE THE REAL CHAMPIONS IN T 20 WORLD CUP BECOUSE THEY HAVE BEST PLAYERS FOR THIS TYPE OF CRICKET AFRIDI IS THE BEST CAPTAIN OF PAKISTAN HE IS A STRONG MAN I BELIEVE THAT PAKISTAN WILL WIN THE NEXT T 20 WORLD CUP PAKISTAN ZINDA ABAD

Posted by   on (May 16, 2010, 8:08 GMT)

Who says Australia is the 'form team' of the tournament? England have won each of their games comfortably. Australia scraped into the final by the skin of their teeth. The two sides seem very evenly matched to me. Looking forward to a great match. Whoever is tournament champions, this tournament has been a great advert for cricket.

Posted by naina11 on (May 16, 2010, 8:08 GMT)

I think its england's match. Lumb and Keiswetter are giving good starts even though are just making 50-60 together, Petersen,Morgon & Luke wright are consistent. Swann & Yardy are giving good support. Coming to Australia. all their players are unpreditable. We all know their win with PAK was miracle and miracle's happens once in a life time not in every match. The only saving grace for them is their pace trio(Nannes, Jhonson & tait) and if they bowl like how they did with Pak in Semi final then they should wish one more miracle. Let england win this one so atleast there will be some balance or else all the major cups will be either with asian countries or with Australians. what do you say friends?

Posted by chezhian75 on (May 16, 2010, 7:53 GMT)

I always want and wish Australia to win each and every tournament they play in but i would like to add that england has improved a lot in the recent years and the emergence of KP has been the most fruitful period for the Poms.

Go Aussies go !!!! beat the poms and get that elusive silverware which has been missing in the trophy cabinet of Australian Cricket Board

Posted by   on (May 16, 2010, 7:51 GMT)

England is playing pretty gud cricket in recent times,So this should benefit them.I believe England will do what they haven't done before.

Posted by John_zeena on (May 16, 2010, 7:51 GMT)

Aussie will win the match cos there all playing with 11 players with talent not like sri lankan(MP) Jayasuriya. that ass hole have to understand that he can't play cricket any more . his balls are too old for cricket.

Posted by   on (May 16, 2010, 7:51 GMT)

My Heart supports England but brain is with Australia. Twenty20 is all about momentum than we have two teams with momentum in there pockets. England had never won a ICC recognised touranment than this is the best opportunity for them beating their arch rivals in final. Hoping it will be Great final a contest between Superhero Mike Hussey & Rocking Kevin Pieterson. Lets hope England make it up this time around against ruthless Australlians who just hate to loose especially in finals.

Posted by DrDagli on (May 16, 2010, 7:31 GMT)

Michael Clerk-A superflop

It is strange that the captain of this great Australian Team - Michael Clerk is the worst performer of T20 with a hopeless strike rate of 70 odd. According to me,over past few years, the way he has been playingT20 and ODIs he does not even has chance to be in the Australian team as a player!! His captaincy is avg and still he is called "Mike Brarely of Australia".. may be because of his FLOP batting show, certainly not because of his leadership...That's the way Cricket Australia functions.A flop leading a team of 10 match winners!!!!!!

If England wants to win the world cup they should let Michael Clerk play from one end till the end of 20 overs!!!!!

Posted by   on (May 16, 2010, 7:23 GMT)

Come on Aussies its tie, to heal Ashes loss wound. If u won this may not be revenge of Ashes, but definitely it will heal wound of Ashes defeat. Wish u best o LUck.

Posted by Rameshn007 on (May 16, 2010, 7:20 GMT)

Well Well Well....Suddenly the so called purists have found a lightning likening to 20-20 also.....guess its just sour grapes when you dont perform....henceforth request cricinfo guys to reduce sarcastic overtones for 20-20 when you have subcontinent guys performing...:D

Posted by   on (May 16, 2010, 7:15 GMT)

Australians are favorites but i still do not think, they can win this pressure final. They already have a huge pressure of winning in last over against pakistan in semi final. and we should also see the way Warner and Watson got out last match.(soo cheap). Clark is out of form and bowlers got hammered against pakistan. and england batting line up is abeously better than pak or shameless indian teams batting.

I seriously think, England will win this match. At the same time, it can not be cake walk for England, they have to give there 100% on the game.I am sure,they will play with there potencial.

Common England , don't let Ausssie win.

Posted by seetanshu on (May 16, 2010, 6:45 GMT)

ENGLAND u must win this match..great chance for u....good luck

Posted by   on (May 16, 2010, 6:35 GMT)

Yeah its better if England win.But 51% chance is for Aussies!!!

Posted by THEJUICE on (May 16, 2010, 6:20 GMT)

Hey Vineet, I guess you are saying it wouldn't be bad if Australia won today. You would compare it to the environment in Ireland....who never had a volcano eruption...you must be the brains of this organization.

Its going to be a great final, and the two teams are by far and away the most dominant in this tournament and thoroughly deserve to be there. The extra pace and bounce in Barbados will test the English batsmen. Expect a big bounceback from Tait, Johnson and Nannes, but England doesn't have a bad batting line up at all, so will be very very intriguing.

Posted by parabasis on (May 16, 2010, 6:14 GMT)

@Aust_Champs - you comment about the Indian/pakistan supporters jumping on the England bandwagon. Whilst this is not the case for all of them, in general its pretty clear that you are right. Talk about some unresolved colonial issues for them and Mother England. You wouldn't see any Australians barracking for England if Pakistan was in the final.

Posted by   on (May 16, 2010, 6:10 GMT)

this time its going to be the battle of the arch rivals in world cricket and we except it to be a great cricket match between these evenly matched teams but this final should not finish like the 2007 world cup which was concluded in darkness but should be managed properly!

Posted by espak on (May 16, 2010, 6:09 GMT)

PAKISTAN ARE THE REAL CHAMPION OF T 20 BECOUSE IN RANKING THEY ARE AT THE TOP

Posted by SL_fan on (May 16, 2010, 6:01 GMT)

England to consult the same sports -Psychiatric therapist ( if he is alive) they used in the 2003 rugby WC final between Aussie-England ASAP. because it's going to be a mind game. physically & tactically both teams are equally matched. all England need is a good morale boost ( not being over confident too) and a mind set to come out as a unit to beat Aussies.., which they haven't done much in the past..

Posted by   on (May 16, 2010, 5:53 GMT)

My heart wants England to win, but my mind says Australia will win

Posted by espak on (May 16, 2010, 5:50 GMT)

england must win over austrilia becouse austrilia is in pressure after winning semi fina against pakistan in last over england can get advantage from that

Posted by neutralise on (May 16, 2010, 5:43 GMT)

Vineet- Don't worry old fella- it won't be a patch on the hyperbolic effluent excreted from India after they won the first WT20. If the environment can survive that, I'm sure we'll be fine if Australia wins.

Posted by briandmonte on (May 16, 2010, 5:31 GMT)

The Ashes again in different garb ! Been an Aussie fan all my life since watching Hassett and Co whip the Brits and have been watching the same more or less over these many years... Yes, KP (bless his soul) MAY make a difference and I'm hoping it will else this is going to be a way too lop-sided a contest - but it will not be a significant difference.

Either way le't hope for good cricket and whopping fab entertainment - and may the better team win ! Brian D D'Monte, MD

Posted by vineetkarthi on (May 16, 2010, 4:52 GMT)

England must win this final for their own sake but also to protect the environment. For their own sake for obvious reasons. For environment sake because if, God forbid, Australia win, there will be so much junk written by gloating Aussies that the stench it will create will be worser than the disruptive impact created by Ireland's volcanic ash and smoke.

Posted by gghdty on (May 16, 2010, 4:50 GMT)

Australia are the favorites ofcourse. They are an outstanding team but id like England to win. If Aus bowl first Eng need to watch and get used to the surroundings and maybe smash one end and keep the other. Aus spinners are vulnerable and tate and nannes can be smashed around also. Ready for hooks and pulls and yorkers. If England bowl first spinner needs to come on sooner than later. keeper needs to stand up as much as possible for the medium stuff. Attack all the way with field placings. i hope Eng wins.

Posted by beersingh on (May 16, 2010, 4:09 GMT)

Now time 2 watch.....i ll go for england tomr..bez i just wanaa see aus losing face...good luck england...u guys can do just go for kill

Posted by   on (May 16, 2010, 4:09 GMT)

Eng won the match...........After a long time......:)

Posted by   on (May 16, 2010, 3:05 GMT)

I firmly believe that it will be a great final. England as a team is playing very well whereas Australia just don't know how to loose. Although, Australians are favourite today, but I really believe that England will be able to pull this one.

Posted by   on (May 16, 2010, 2:56 GMT)

australia is strong but i wish if england could win......

Posted by   on (May 16, 2010, 2:38 GMT)

australias form has been superb over the tornament, and they desevre the cup. You can say what ever you want, Australia has shown that they r no.1, they have won against both previous tornament winners whereas england played pakistan and won only just.

Posted by   on (May 16, 2010, 1:46 GMT)

England must beat Australia.!!

Posted by   on (May 16, 2010, 1:27 GMT)

with the thrilling win over pakistan,aussies are back with a bang and they have momentum and tremendous self belief,the only player that really can make a diffrence is kp,go KP GO KP

Posted by Rusty_1 on (May 16, 2010, 1:04 GMT)

Based on the stats, its going to be a great game.Australia have the clear advantage on the bowling front, with all 4 first choice bowlers in the top 10 wicket takers for the tournament. England have the clear advantage batting wise, with more batters in the top 10. Both field very well, however Australia might have a very slight edge over England when it comes to fielding. Have to give it to Australia however, they just have more matchwinners than England do & it will only take one or two of them to stand up to take the game away..... however the same could be true of England!

Posted by jezzricho on (May 16, 2010, 0:21 GMT)

As for the final - should be a good game. We have the advantage in most areas over the ECB world 11 but its 20/20 and anything can happen as we have seen in the tournament so far.

Posted by jezzricho on (May 16, 2010, 0:17 GMT)

Aust_Champs - what you said is spot on!

all this aussie bashing from the indian fans is just sad, you think we are arrogant but have nothing to back it up with! we beat india and its the same old comments about the spirit of the game blah blah blah! We all know India get fined and charged more than any other nation and Aussies are 1 of the least charged for behavior. Toughen up Indian fans!!!

Posted by Masterpiece on (May 15, 2010, 23:57 GMT)

Replying to Hitesh Gore i am an indian and i want ENGLAND to beat to AUS just because they are the underdogs. that does not mean i am a sore loser. i just want to watch some cricket where the unexcepted happens. I like watching good cricket and if KP fires it will make my day.

And all the australian players are up themselves and like Shaun Tait, Micheal clark, johnson, White, Watson and two the husseys.the only plyers who are good are Dirk, Warner, Haddin and Smith.

Posted by sudhirsogani on (May 15, 2010, 23:51 GMT)

wait all you aussie baiters, you all will bite the dust. aussies will triumph as they are the best. go aussie go.

Posted by   on (May 15, 2010, 23:48 GMT)

Aus will probably win. But maybe England will get themselves some glory for once. A trophy that actually means something to the rest of the world (if only just...) It about time they got some proper silverware in their cabinet, not just the extremely overrated ashes....

Posted by   on (May 15, 2010, 23:27 GMT)

This will be remembered as the start of a year of pain for England at the hands of the Australians. Australia to win.

Posted by   on (May 15, 2010, 22:59 GMT)

Being a British Pakistani my obvious choice is of course England but my support from England doesn't solely stem from the disappointment of the semi finals Pakistan did their best to lose. England are the only team that has the talent and the faith in their own talent to uproot Australia in a big way.

A number of pundits said before Australia's freakish run chase that Pakistan lacked fire power and that turned out to be so true but Australia looked defeated for most part of the game. The fact that Australian heads went down in the semi final for a considerable part of the match should be enough to encourage England to go for the kill.

Posted by   on (May 15, 2010, 22:06 GMT)

This is certainly the Mother of all cricketing rivalries. Looking forward to a great game... pressure would be immense, both on players as well as fans. A close contest would certainly mean a victory for the game.

Posted by crictonite on (May 15, 2010, 22:05 GMT)

Regardless of Australia having the strongest side, I feel like England are ready to turn the tide. Ever since their loss to the Netherlands, England have been quite exceptional in T20Is despite what their record (8-5 since) may suggest. I thought they were good enough to win last year, but were a bit unlucky against the WI, so they're definitely due for one. Good luck to both teams.

Posted by crictonite on (May 15, 2010, 22:05 GMT)

Regardless of Australia having the strongest side, I feel like England are ready to turn the tide. Ever since their loss to the Netherlands, England have been quite exceptional in T20Is despite what their record (8-5 since) may suggest. I thought they were good enough to win last year, but were a bit unlucky against the WI, so they're definitely due for one. Good luck to both teams.

Posted by bonner on (May 15, 2010, 22:04 GMT)

This is perhaps the first T20 game that I've actually looked forward to since Raj Royals won the IPL. Go Aussies!!!

Posted by TRAM on (May 15, 2010, 21:41 GMT)

ya me too think "The real final was played yesterday by Australia and Pakistan". Usually a tournament has one or none great matches. And we already witnessed one. I want Eng to win because I pity them in cricket and in Wimbledon tennis - both they never ever won. But I will bet on Aus win ... need some quick money :-)

Posted by CricketRealist77 on (May 15, 2010, 21:02 GMT)

Funny DrDeepakSitaramHiwale u think Australia not respect the spirit of the game? Are u really a Dr? I hope ur not a psychologist because u would be a shoddy one. Does Australia chuck a baby tantrum like BBCI and say we not playing because of an umpire (Steve Bucknor). Do our players give up cause they can't make semi finals like India against Sri Lanka in this W.C (bad attitude). Are our players fat and unfit from parties in the IPL? (Yuvraj Singh). Do our players slap other players in the face (Like Harbhajhan Singh) and then cry like a baby like Sreesanth. Did i mention match fixing scandals- the list goes on. Its people like u who ruin cricket for the world cause u don't respect the spirit of the game and u can't see the problems in ur own backyard.

Posted by   on (May 15, 2010, 20:54 GMT)

go england gooooooooo................

Posted by   on (May 15, 2010, 20:40 GMT)

England: I belive you can win.................................

Plz beat Aussis in Final................................

Posted by raj9896 on (May 15, 2010, 20:00 GMT)

1 team has 2 be d champion but we as a fans don't need a 1-side match. full 40 overs & great fight. my pray 4 england . u have answered every1 wrong so, go 4 it, it's your cup. best of luck 4 2morrow.

Posted by ARvaience on (May 15, 2010, 19:51 GMT)

australia will win , engalnd wil lbite ta dust

Posted by Deenesh on (May 15, 2010, 19:48 GMT)

England are the underdogs. Both teams equally derserve the cup since Australia's semi final match, but I would prefer to see the England hold a cup for the first time. Auusies have too many as it is.

Posted by   on (May 15, 2010, 19:28 GMT)

For first time in many many years no team from subcontinent in finals of a major ICC event

Posted by vipuki on (May 15, 2010, 19:12 GMT)

i thing it will be the great match between aussie and england because how the run scored by the aussie in last over of the match in semi final against pakisthan was very precious so it will be in favour for england this time

Posted by nawabofcricket on (May 15, 2010, 19:11 GMT)

Finally, a T20 final worth looking forward to, I hope the match lives up to the hype. May the best team win, my money is on Australia bcz of the momentum they are coming in with.

Posted by   on (May 15, 2010, 19:07 GMT)

i am disappointed with many Indian fans, India team din't make it to finals that doesn't mean you start go anti-australia, i mean seriously they did their work perfectly this year and no other team then Australia deserves to win the title most, geez all those supporting England in the final shows how sore losers they are...!!!! the best team deserves to win and Australia are the best accept the fact

Posted by   on (May 15, 2010, 18:54 GMT)

i hope england wins but that seems to be mountain to climb. england can get a leap out of pakistan and smash the aussies bowlers to all corners of the ground tell them that they were their masters.

Posted by Parami on (May 15, 2010, 18:53 GMT)

Australia are the best in the tournament and they are going to win. As a Sri Lankan I would have liked to see a S.L vs Aus final but as it is Aus vs Eng I support Australia.

Posted by   on (May 15, 2010, 18:26 GMT)

If Hussey plays in that fashion there is little chance for Aussies in the same way Kevin holds the key. But Australia has an edge

Posted by billybob67 on (May 15, 2010, 18:22 GMT)

"Let's be honest, there aren't too many areas we can improve on." I don't know if Collywobble's comment was taken out of context but if he seriously believes what he has said then he is more arrogant and stupid than an Indian cricket fan. The world eleven sent by the ECB is about to get a reality check. The real final was played yesterday by Australia and Pakistan. England might win but then monkeys might fly out of my ass too. Australia at a canter.

Posted by   on (May 15, 2010, 18:06 GMT)

i think its only Australia bcoz there is one team which is pakistan who can beat Australia. I dont think any other team has such great strength in their batting order. I am a pakistani but hats off to Australia they played like a real champion. But my heart is saying that england please win the worldcup.

Posted by   on (May 15, 2010, 17:57 GMT)

D best final d world's gonna see wit d Gentlemen in Blue thrashing away d Ashes Rivals. Its gonna be a match for glory Cup drought n d oldest rivalry. Aussies D gentlemen r cumin to vanish away d Kangaroos

Posted by   on (May 15, 2010, 17:54 GMT)

England do it beat the aussies like no other team does alllll the luck

Posted by   on (May 15, 2010, 17:50 GMT)

I think it will be the best match to watch out. Had pakistan could've made in the finals, then it could have been a one-sided as the match is to be held at barbados (night-mare for all the asian teams). Now the conditions are equal for both the teams. And ofcourse they can't make any excuses now.

For Australia key players would be shaun tait, mike hussey & david warner For england key players would be KP, broad & bresnan.

Posted by   on (May 15, 2010, 17:38 GMT)

i think ausiz must take the title as he is the toughest team through out the tournamnet...

Posted by 1st_april on (May 15, 2010, 17:35 GMT)

Clarke is a good captain,that is why he is leading the team, when it comes to ponting-haters,every win is Australia's win,every defeat is Ponting's defeat, i am happy that the same thing should not be said by clarke-haters(if there are any) every win can't be Australia's win and every defeat can't be Clarke's defeat(even if he is yet to lose one) so i GIVE THE CREDIT TO CLARKE! wonderful captain!

Posted by justint1995 on (May 15, 2010, 17:26 GMT)

england will win, Australia's pace attack has been very good against sub continental teams because they are better at playing spin but English batsman are better against pace than what other teams are and steven smith wont bother any of our batsman. England have a better variety in the bowling department and this will mean they will just scrape victory

Posted by ST.Raka on (May 15, 2010, 17:03 GMT)

Go Aussies Go!! All the bowlers in good forms faring excellently and taking bucket loads of wickets(T20 standards), batsmen making merry(barring the Skip), excellent outfielders(Warner, Hussey, Smith, Johnson) and ofcourse them playing England in a final. Why won't they be crowned champions tomorrow? :P England will put up a good fight no doubt, very happy to see them perform like they have. Last such performance of theirs was in the '05 champions trophy and they came short against a spirited West Indian side then. No reason why England, as Collingwood said, believe they can win as they have been outstanding to say the least(comparing earlier performances in big tournaments by them, this team and its players will be the toast of next years Wisden who I believe is for the English cricket only).

Posted by Aust_Champs on (May 15, 2010, 16:49 GMT)

Look at all of the Indian fans jumping on England. The Australian team is hated because they win all the time. The Indian team is hated because they & their fans are sooks.

Posted by indiacricket0166 on (May 15, 2010, 16:43 GMT)

LETS GO ENGLAND!!!!!!!! AUSSIE"S GOING DOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (May 15, 2010, 16:42 GMT)

I hope its a great final and I hope England accomplish what the pakistanis couldn't.

Posted by mahfuz16 on (May 15, 2010, 16:42 GMT)

I think it will be a big match and final will be like a final.

Posted by Harry0009 on (May 15, 2010, 16:25 GMT)

I wish Eng Vs Aus to be tied and decided in super over eliminator. Such is the form of the two teams that you want a cracker of the final at Barbados, and wish both the teams share the trophy. I cannot pick a single favorite for the finals though Aussies seem to have a bit of an edge after the incredible chase the other day.

All in all this will be a good contest between the two

Posted by AJ_Tiger86 on (May 15, 2010, 16:15 GMT)

The semi-final victory against Pakistan would've taken a lot out of the Australians, physically, mentally and especially emotionally. Furthermore, the England team is playing much better cricket than the Pakistani's. So, I think England will start the final as slight favorites. But anyway, this is the dream final. Can't wait for it to start.

Posted by xylo on (May 15, 2010, 16:02 GMT)

To compare a team in which Michael Lumb thinks he is a batsman and Sidebottom thinks he is a bowler against a team in which Mike Hussey comes in 7th and Shane Watson is considered a medium-pacer is blasphemy. Sadly, England think that they have a chance to win, and so, will be disappointed even more. Whatever the 'experts' say in order to market up the finals, it will be extremely one sided, and the World XI, oops... England, will lose pretty badly.

Posted by plod on (May 15, 2010, 16:00 GMT)

Go the Aussies, I am hoping for a great game with Australia doing it on the bit. England deserve to be in the final, they have played well against very ordinary opposition in their semi final. Australia had to play the worlds most unpredictable and dangerous side, Pakistan in the Semi. England would have hoped for a more competitive game, but you can only defeat the opposition you face. Sri Lanka, unfortunately are now an ageing side who have forgotten how to be competitive, they were awful and Ireland would have put up a better game for the England side. Australia have played many World XI sides in the past, its a pity that England have to rely on so many non English born players. What is the population of the UK? How many county sides are there? Local talent? Where are you???Anyway I hope the Aussies smash em and add yet another trophy to our overflowing cabinet!!

Posted by   on (May 15, 2010, 15:54 GMT)

it should be a great final

Posted by Sandgroper61 on (May 15, 2010, 15:20 GMT)

Do not respect the spirit of the game? What a load of tosh. Australians live and breathe the game; it's our only national sport. Shall we talk of match-fixing and corruption in other parts of the world?

Posted by   on (May 15, 2010, 15:11 GMT)

Australians are due for a bad day in the office. They almost had it in semi final against Pakistan, but I guess kind stars on English cricket have saved them for another day, which is not other than 16th of May. Pakistan gave Australian cricketers one of the best memories of their life now its Aussie's turn to return the favour though not to Pakistan but England. I can see the Bus on which English players are touring London with their trophy. Go England go. It's yours.

Posted by   on (May 15, 2010, 15:10 GMT)

Don't miss the Ashes Rivals 20-20 battle !!!

Posted by   on (May 15, 2010, 14:58 GMT)

Jus Hope To Have A Great Match Like The Australia & Pakistan Sem-Final But My Bet Is On Australia They Have A Powerful Battin Line Up

Posted by   on (May 15, 2010, 14:48 GMT)

England to bounce back..My anticipation is England to win.

Posted by DrDeepakSitaramHiwale on (May 15, 2010, 14:32 GMT)

I hope England puts it across australia...I am not a big fan of australian cricket, for the simple reason that they do not respect the spirit of the game. I enjoy being a part of a Saturday afternoon club match in an English countryside more than watching the aussies perform. Go England go....

Posted by   on (May 15, 2010, 14:31 GMT)

266 Comments for yesterday's EPIC match .. Let us See . How many for this ? :P anyways all the best to the Undefeated.. Hope you repeat the feat of 2003 WC and 2007 WC .. Staying Undefeated in the tournament .. ;)

Posted by S.Rizwan on (May 15, 2010, 14:19 GMT)

Very happy to see that deserving teams went into the finals. Australia remained unbeaten and England are also unbeaten.They were just unlucky against the West Indies because of rain.This time i am not supporting any one team.happy to see both the teams win.Its like a potential warm up game for the Ashes in November for few players.Watch out for Kevin Pietersen,Mike Hussey and Shaun Tait.

Posted by   on (May 15, 2010, 14:07 GMT)

All the best to both teams. Even though I am cheering for the England team. The Aussies got the edge with the confidence from the brilliant semi-final triumph. Hopefully its a nail bitter like yesterday!

Posted by jonesy2 on (May 15, 2010, 13:52 GMT)

englands line up looks so second-rate compared to australia's....us usual

Posted by   on (May 15, 2010, 13:31 GMT)

this will be the 1 of the best finals in T20...

1st time other than the asian teams hai entered the finals..

Posted by   on (May 15, 2010, 13:28 GMT)

Clarke should be eliminated from T20. Same as Collingwood. Both captains are not T20 player.

Posted by   on (May 15, 2010, 13:02 GMT)

After India Pakistan Finals in the first edition, we are all set to see yet another Great finals in the third edition. I personally want the England to win. Don't want all trophies to be in Aussie cabinet itself ........

Posted by   on (May 15, 2010, 12:49 GMT)

This must be a perfect final like 2007..

Posted by AncientAstronaut on (May 15, 2010, 12:27 GMT)

Hope England wins its first ICC cup. Like every non-Australian, I'd love to see Australia lose, even though, on form, they deserve to win the cup this time. Pakistan almost beat them. I don't see why England cannot do it :-)

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Australia v England at Bridgetown - May 16, 2010
England won by 7 wickets (with 18 balls remaining)
Australia v Pakistan at Gros Islet - May 14, 2010
Australia won by 3 wickets (with 1 ball remaining)
England v Sri Lanka at Gros Islet - May 13, 2010
England won by 7 wickets (with 24 balls remaining)
West Indies v Australia at Gros Islet - May 11, 2010
Australia won by 6 wickets (with 22 balls remaining)
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