January 16, 2015
After calling right at the toss and electing to bat in the first of the Carlton Tri-series at the SCG. England couldn’t of asked for a better start to their campaign.
That’s where the fun stopped for England as in the very first over Mitchell Starc had England 0-2. Ian Bell went off the first delivery of the match & James Taylor off the third. Both LBW to full pitched in-swinging deliveries that hit each inline with the stumps.
Joe Root didn’t last long either making 5 before he snicked one to 1st slip for 5 off Pat Cummins. This brought about the newly prompted one day skipper in Eoin Morgan. He was on a rescue mission from the first ball he faced with the score at 12-3.
Moeen Ali got a quick 22 before he played one too many big shots and hit one straight up off James Faulkner. Australia were well and truly in control.
Ravi Bopara added 13 to the score before he played an poor cut shot to give Glenn Maxwell a simple catch off Xaxier Doherty.
All the while Morgan continued getting to grips with the bowlers and brought up his half century. Jos Buttler got a much needed 28 and put on the partnership of the match with England’s wicket-keeper of 67.
Buttler gave his wicket away to Faulkner who picked up his 2nd wicket on the way to figures off 3-47 off his 10.
The lower order assisted Morgan brilliantly as he went on to get 121 off 183 deliveries.
Mitchell Starc wrapped up the innings in the 48th over with a perfect yorker to collect the best figures for Australia with 4-42 off 8 overs. England finished with 231 off 47.5 overs.
So at the halfway stage England would have been disappointed with their efforts especially in the top order. Morgan lead from the front with his century down under but would 231 be enough to defend?
David Warner was the man England needed to get rid of quickly if they were to stand a chance. He had other ideas by taking the sword to the English attack hitting some glorious cover drives off the new ball bowling.
England did get some early success with the wicket of Aaron Finch (15) and Shane Watson (16).
Steve Smith came in and played with an urge to get things over and done with. Australia at this stage had half an eye on the fact that if they got the job done before the 41st over they would collect a bonus point.
Even in the form Smith has been in, he was guilty of playing a shot to many in the end getting bowled by Moeen Ali for 37.
David Warner in the meantime was on a different level in this match with his precision placement and bullying of bad bowling. Australia were running away with it!
Captain George Bailey held proceedings up a little long before he hit one straight up off the bowling of Chris Woakes. Picking up his 2nd of the game on his way to getting England’s best figures of 4-40. He is quickly cementing his spot as England’s 3rd seamer for the World cup!
Glenn Maxwell was adjusted to have snicked one behind after two balls of getting out there. Although the snicko showed little movement on replays.
David Warner was next to go mistiming a slower ball from Chris Woakes to Ian Bell in the ring for a wonderful 127 off 115 balls.
Australia were making harder work of this than they should of. Brad Haddin would of wondered what all the fuss was about as he raced to 16 off 15 balls before he to was run out.
James Faulkner as he has done a number of times finished the game off without further trouble within 1 ball of the cut off from the bonus point.
Australia win comfortably in the end and England have a lot of work to do if they are to get anything out of this Tri-series.