3rd ODI, Australia v England, SCG, January 23 D/N
England† 214 in 48 ov (IJ Trott 84*); Australia 215-6 in 46 ov (DJ Hussey 68*, BJ Haddin 54).
Australia win by four wickets
Australia win a slightly one-paced one-day match, with David Hussey and Steve Smith taking the game away just when England had got back into it.
Both teams are struggling with the bat. England has failed to bat 50 overs so far this series. It may be fatigue but there is a worrying lack of invention and, strangely, confidence. Do they have time to rectify this by the World Cup? Get Cook in: rested and in form.
Collingwood is no longer good enough as a batsman but Matt Prior is despite his poor return.
Mike Yardy had been found out: he’s a batsman who bowls but England play him as a bowler who bats. He’s a left-arm spinner that tries to beat the inside edge, which isn’t exactly entertainment. The opposition have worked that out. Perfect for T20 though.
I trust Trott in every form of the game.
Australia and cricket fans really miss Ponting. He’s not only a great one-day player but adds a glamour and sparkle; he’s the final great playing for Australia. His absence just makes the games more dull. Where is my pantomime villain?
Strauss is a captain who seems to be learning or experimenting for the World Cup, depending on how charitable you’re feeling. He’s not had a great series so far.
I don’t believe KP was injured… Sad that Bres has had to go home. Suddenly it starts to feel like a traditional tour down under, losses follow injuries follow losses.
Edward Craig is the deputy/digital editor of The Wisden Cricketer. The Ashes celebration issue is out now