Aus v Eng 1st T20: Frenetic England over-powered by White and Finch
Tourists must emulate Bopara and produce more power shots in Melbourne...
Last Updated: 29/01/14 3:48pm
Openers Cameron White (75 off 43) and Aaron Finch (52 off 31 balls) paved the way for Australia's daunting total of 213-4 by blasting 106 off 64 balls.
Chris Lynn, making his T20 debut for Australia, weighed in with 33no off 19 balls and although England's Ravi Bopara hit back by blasting seven of the match's 22 sixes in a spectacular 65no off just 27 balls, the tourists never quite caught up.
"England have been over-powered by Australia, particularly at the top of the innings, but what a game it was," said Lloyd. "This is the highest number of sixes we've seen in a T20 international game and it has been awesome entertainment.
"Australia's batsmen stood still and hit the ball straight. I like watching guys like Finch and White bat because in their mind they're thinking 'I'm going to hit fours and sixes' and Australia have got the power to do it all of the way down.
"Lynn came in and, like a golfer, went bang and hit the ball miles. That was exactly what Bopara did - stand there, keep your eye on it and knock it into the crowd.
"England were too frenetic at the start. Alex Hales just walked across a delivery, Luke Wright tried to hit a 12 and took his eye off the ball.
"Bopara has scored 65no off 27 balls and he hasn't taken anything out of himself. He's just stood there and hit the ball very, very calmly. They could have got the runs by playing properly rather than swiping."
England gave White an early let-off when Joe Root dropped a simple chance off Stuart Broad's bowling at first slip and Lloyd said the tourists must up their game in the field.
"England's fielding has been pretty poor throughout this tour and another chance went down. You can't do that at this level.
"Finch and White have got boundaries in the locker - the pair of them; they are big, they're fit and they're strong and they are going to hit it for fours and sixes.
"Under Lehmann I would say that Australia's philosophy is 'just get out there and enjoy yourself'. Everybody has got to enjoy this. There are three matches in this series. This game has been great fun.
"England have got to dust themselves down and start again in Melbourne. They can do that and play with power shots. It was a good total and that would have been the best chase ever in T20 cricket."
England must now win Friday's second T20 in Melbourne to keep the series alive and Lloyd says the selectors should consider picking Durham all-rounder Ben Stokes, who impressed in both the Test and ODI series.
"I was surprised they didn't play Stokes; they should think about getting him into the team because Australia will play their 20-year-old leg-spinner, James Muirhead," he said.
"He bowled well, taking 1-34 off his four overs, but if you've got a left-handed batter like Stokes hitting with the spin to a short-ish boundary he could do some damage.
"But then you've got to leave someone out. Joe Root didn't bowl, Luke Wright bowled one over for 18 - he doesn't bowl in the Big Bash - so they might look for a different valve bowler.
"Personally, I can't see the point of playing a spinner like Danny Briggs who doesn't bat and isn't a great fielder. So there may be an opportunity there and then you could use Root for a few overs of off-spin."
Watch the second T20 international between Australia Women and England Women live on Sky Sports 2 on Friday before Stuart Broad's side take on Australia in the second T20 from 8am on the same channel.