Australia had the help from their big hitter Shane Watson who superbly teamed up with Captain Michael Clarke in order to guide Australia to a well-deserved series victory. The two teams’ performances were completely different as Australia had two men carrying the whole team and England had all of their players giving an average performance. It was frustrating for the English fans at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton, who watched on as their international team couldn’t seem to get one man out, Australia’s Shane Watson.
Shane Watson was the third batsman for Australia and by the time he was strolling up to the crease, England were looking good having quickly bowled Philip Hughes after only 16 minutes. However, England’s day got a whole lot worse as Watson refused to give up his wicket. England’s struggle doubled when Captain Michael Clarke joined Watson at the crease. The two linked up wonderfully as Clarke stayed on for 96 minutes scoring 75 runs; yet that was nothing compared to Watson who kept his wicket for a lengthy 174 minutes and hit an impressive 143 runs from 107, including six 6’s.
After Australia’s innings England knew they had the target of 298 to beat, but it didn’t look promising after 2 balls as Kevin Pietersen was run out 2 minutes into the ODI. From then onwards, the England team played fairly average, with most players getting around the 30 run mark, apart from Ravi Bopara who hit England’s highest runs of the ODI with 62. However, coming to the end of the innings it looked clear that England weren’t going to get back into the game as their fate was secured when William Rankin was bowled out, handing England the loss by 49 runs.
This One Day International (ODI) series does not mean as much as this year’s summer Ashes, which England won, but it will put Australia in the mood for the Ashes series at the end of the year. Australia’s Captain Michael Clarke commented, “I’m extremely happy to win the series. To a lot of people this ODI series does not mean much, but to the Australia players it means a lot. I don’t know whether it will have much impact on the Ashes back home, but we get the flight back home tomorrow a lot happier as a one-day side.”
Author Daniel Foster.
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