December 10, 2014
I suppose we have to look at the positives, one of them certainly being the bowling of Chris Woakes. He has picked up a total of 11 wickets so far in this series, which is the most by any bowler from either side.
He is also the most successful ODI bowler for England in the last year apart from James Anderson. If he can stay fit and continue this fantastic form up to the World Cup, I have no doubt he will become England’s 3rd seamer when the World Cup hits your screens in February.
England will be pleased with his improvement over the last few years. He has adapted his technique to become a very good ODI bowler. In his recent match against Sri Lanka Woakes returned figures of 6-47 in his 8 overs.
Whether England will be set to go with him or Steven Finn is yet to be seen. Finn is the type of bowler suited to the hard wickets in Australia with his extra bounce he is known to unsettle a few batters.
Finn hasn’t had a good 12 months though so it’s surprising that now he has come through the worst of it, he isn’t bowling his 10 overs regularly on this tour. Surely that’s something England would have talked about on this warm up to the World cup. Only the Captain and selectors will know why?
At the moment I can see England going with the bowling attack of James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes and James Tredwell. This is England’s strongest bowling line up as we speak and I don’t think we are strong enough about playing in form players in this country.
We all know you’re never going to win anything unless you make the hard and bold decisions.
I would like to see players like Woakes and Taylor given a more senior role in this ODI side.