In a One Day International (ODI) in which England have not put their full usual squad out, Australia’s Captain, Michael Clarke, hit a wonderful century to give the visitors a 1-0 advantage in the second ODI. The first ODI, which was meant to be played on Friday 6th September, was forced to be abandoned after a torrential downpour of rain put puddles on the green at Headingly making it impossible to play cricket on. The second ODI was on the Sunday and it was a very good performance from Clarke to put his team 1-0.
However, Australia will have a tough fight from the England team as they will certainly not want to lose, even if the stake isn’t as important as the Ashes. England were captained by Eoin Morgan as the usual captain, Alastair Cook, has been out of the England team due to him resting for bigger and more important games later in the year. Nevertheless, even without Alastair Cook, England were not on form, suffering a disappointing loss with the only good performances coming from Kevin Pietersen, Eoin Morgan and Joseph Buttler.
Australia did not get off to the start they wanted as their opening batsman, Shaun Marsh lost his wicket after 4 balls and within 3 minutes not scoring a single run. However, Australia then went on a roll and performed up to a higher standard with Aaron Finch and Shane Watson getting a decent 83 runs between them. Then stepped up the two stand out batsmen of the day, Michael Clarke and George Bailey who were fantastic right through their wickets scoring 105 and 82 runs respectively. Australia finished on 315 for 7 after 50 overs.
England now knew what they were chasing and what they had to do in order to defeat their rivals, but this didn’t help the hosts at all. Kevin Pietersen opened well for England scoring 60 runs whilst Michael Carberry, Jonathon Trott and Joe Root only managed to get 7 runs between them. Eoin Morgan sparked a possible comeback for England when he hit a 54 and it looked possible as Buttler, an unlikely source, hit the highest score for England, 75. However, with extremely poor performances from the rest of the team, England scored 227 all out and lost by 88 runs.
This loss was certainly a blow to the England team and maybe it was due to not having the usual captain, Alastair Cook who led them to an Ashes triumph, to help with the victory. Yet England have now got to hold their heads high and prepare properly for the third ODI of the five match series. The Third ODI is at Edgbaston Wednesday 11th September and Australia will look to take a 2-0 lead, which would ultimately mean England lose this series as there will only be 2 more ODI’s after Wednesday.
Author Daniel Foster.
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