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Friday, June 25, 2010

England win comfortably...too comfortably for Australian tastes

England 6/243 (45.2 ov, E Morgan 52, A Strauss 51) def Australia 7/239 (50 ov,C White 86*, S Watson 57,S Broad 4/44) by 4 wickets: ODI #2/5 at Cardiff. England lead 2-0.

Once Tim Paine, Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke were dismissed for 77 after 17 overs it was uphill all the way for Australia. Well as Cameron White 86*/98b (2x6, 7x4) and Shane Watson 57/59b (8x4) batted 239 wasn't likely to cause England much grief against a middling Australian attack.

None of the bowlers could stop, and only Doug Bollinger did much to slow, England's progression to victory. Eion Morgan once again looked just right for this format: perhaps the England equivalent of White, though with more support fom his teammates.

All this doesn't augur well for the Aussies, though one must hope that, despite a touch of fallibility outside the off stump and against the quick ball creeping into his batting of late, Ponting's next big score isn't too far away. (He did take a great catch - see video link).


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