England win Australia series
England’s cricketers have sealed victory in the ODI series over Australia with an eight-wicket thumping.
The bowlers did the damage for England as Finn took four wickets, two in two balls, Anderson and Bresnan took two each and Bopara chipped in with a wicket for just 29 runs from his nine overs.
Australia were limited to a terrible 200-9 from their 50 overs, a target England never looked in doubt of reaching.
The only shining light for the Aussies was the 70-run partnership between Hussey (70 from 73 balls) and Lee (27 from 41), but almost every other batsmen, bar Clarke, failed to produce.
England’s run chase was timed to perfection, with 13 balls remaining when they reached their target of 201.
McKay took both of the England wickets, having Cook caught and bowling Bell, but there were more major problems for Australia than just wicket taking.
Lee and Watson are returning home to Australia after both suffering calf injuries during the game.
It’s a massive blow for them, but they should be available for the Pakistan ODI series.
Both bowlers were unable to help the green and gold’s prevent Trott and Bopara from scoring the all important runs that took England over the mark to give them a 3-0 series lead.
With only one game to play, the series is in the bag, Australia are playing for pride, and why not just rest a few more players ahead of the test series with South Africa?
Cook is definitely going to feature heavily in the tests, along with Anderson and Broad, so it might be worthwhile sitting them down, not risking any injuries and playing some fringe bowlers. Just incase.
South Africa aren’t doing brilliantly so far in England.
So far (as I write this, Somerset are 246-7) South Africa’s bowlers are being very expensive. If it hadn’t have been for some run outs then the African’s might be in some trouble in the two-day game.
Hopefully England can recreate this one-day form in the test series. But being the number one ranked team in the world for test matches, surely England should be ready for the toughest challenge of them all?
We’ll definitely be favourites; home test series, best in the world etc, but as I said in my previous post about Andy Murray, will England be put under too much pressure by the media and stutter in the face of a huge game with huge opponents?
I hope not.