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Australia beat England by 57 runs in the seventh and final One Day International in Perth to complete a 6-1 series rout.Back to story
What this result shows is that England's attitude to the 50-over game hasn't changed one iota. The fact that the game was invented overseas (Australia) continues to infuse the team with the idea that one-day cricket isn't 'proper cricket.' Until England get their heads and hearts around to embracing this format as a legitimate pursuit, worthy of their full appreciation and commitment, we will continue to watch one debacle after another, with England depending on the other team to play badly for any positive result.
Posted 15:05 6th February 2011
As an Aussie it's great to get some small recompense for losing the ashes. If anything the ODI series has revealed there is depth in Australian cricket...it just needs to be managed right!! As for England...I wouldn't read too much into this result..the world cup is in the subcontinent, different conditions and hopefully injured players will be returning like swann who will make a difference..I expect England and hopefully Australia will do well.
Posted 11:53 6th February 2011
Come on england get bell opening, you don't have to have a wicketkeeper up there, Australia didn't write the rule book. And surprise surprise once again wright takes no wickets, goes for runs and then gets caught out going hard at a ball anyone else would have left alone despite england having plenty of time to chase the total down, he masterminds his own downfall every time, bopara should detinately replace him. I'm not all that worried about the world cup, our bowling will be alot stronger with the return of broad and swann, if they had been playing i doubt australia would have recovered from 103-4 to get the total they did. Morgans injury is a concern though.
Posted 11:50 6th February 2011
Another defeat by a team who have regrouped and turned the tide. England were abject. When will Flower and Strauss stop reserving team places for players who are out of form? Why on earth is Pieterson not being given a wake up call by an immediate omission? Is he being saved for the match against Holland in the World Cup and then all will be forgiven? His body language. commitment and performances should tell Flower and Strauss that he isn't ready or willing. Let us HOPE that Flower and Strauss see the light and omit Pieterson, Prior and Collingwood, but I suspect they will all play in the easy world cup rounds and then be selected for later games. What a farce. By the way, is this the scruffiest England team since Graham Gooch's tour ? Wake up England, remember, South Africa, Sri Lanka, India and Australia are waiting (als0 Bangladesh!! George Staples
Posted 11:45 6th February 2011
I WAS RIGHT!!! A resounding 6-1 hammering. England didn┐t even turn up and it was a humiliating end to a previously highly successful tour as well as the worst possible preparation for a World Cup we┐re surely going to depart from at the group stages. Yes, we have had our fair share of injuries but we have been blinkered in our selection policy. The Prior experiment has been a nightmare and is it any wonder that Davies was out cheaply today when he has been shown such disregard by the selectors? We have serious problems in our squad as well ┐ Wright just isn┐t the right type of player to be in an England shirt, Yardy is nothing more than a pedestrian county one day bowler ┐ he isn┐t a match winner nor a game changer. Pietersen┐s glory days are years in the past and it should only be a matter of time until he gets the chop. Surely no man can continue being picked on the success of 2005! Broad is a real gamble and will be nowhere near match fit come the WC. Trott is winning me around with some great performances but I still feel his pace of innings building is more suited to tests. Anderson doesn┐t seem to be firing as well as he can do and Morgan, before his finger break has shown what consistent failure is all about. Collingwood too is another whose days are surely numbered. So you see we have problems. Well only if you have blinkered vision. In the West Indies, however, we have a proud Lions squad with some great in-form talent which we should be blooding in the big arena. Hildreth, James Taylor and the forgotten Kieswetter are three such names. If you don┐t believe me, try 149, 96 and 116 respectively. No, England have a lot to ponder on as we reach this critical crossroads in their push to be the No1 team in the world. On current form, I think Kenya have more chance of claiming that particular mantle!
Posted 11:07 6th February 2011