Australia embarrass insipid England in tri-series
England’s horror tour of Australia hit rock bottom on Friday when the home side routed them for just 110 and beat them by nine wickets in their triangular one-day series match here at the Adelaide Oval.
Australia cruised to the victory target, finishing on 111 for one from just 24.3 overs and claiming a bonus point in the process.
It was unbeaten Australia’s fifth win and they are already guaranteed a berth in the tri-series finals, while the mentally shattered English are anchored at the foot of the table with just one win from five games.
With recalled paceman Mitchell Johnson claiming 4-45, the embattled English weren’t even able to match their paltry score of 120 against New Zealand at the same venue on Tuesday, despite Australia resting first choice bowlers Glenn McGrath and Nathan Bracken.
The insipid effort equalled England’s fourth-lowest score in One-day Internationals (ODIs) and continued their alarming recent history of being unable to bat out their full complement of overs.
In their past three one-day innings, they have managed just 155, 120 and 110 in a worrying trend.
The English lasted just 34.3 overs, enabling Australia to face 12 overs before the scheduled break in play, which is meant to separate the two innings.
Had it not been for the uncertain form of Australian opener Matthew Hayden, who also ran out Adam Gilchrist, the match might well have been over by the time the break came.
Former Australian captain Bill Lawry summed up England’s plight well. “Their fielding is sub-standard, their bowling is ordinary and their batting is shocking,” he said in a grim assessment.
At the same venue where they infamously blew the second Ashes Test in December with a last-day batting collapse, interim England captain Andrew Flintoff won the toss and elected to bat.
His side looked to be doing okay when they were 2-72 and Ian Bell was in his best form of the one-day series.
However, Bell’s dismissal for 35 triggered another ugly collapse by the English, who were embarrassingly inept at the crease and must simply be wishing their antipodean nightmare would come to a speedy end.
Bell offered renewed hope for the English with some enterprising stroke-play, but once he fell the lack of fight from his teammates was telling, all 10 wickets falling to catches.
Paul Collingwood, who also dropped a chance in the field to cap a dark day, and Paul Nixon provided two of the softest dismissals you could see, lobbing up simple catches from the part-time spin of Andrew Symonds and Brad Hogg (2-16) respectively.
The 36-year-old Nixon’s attempt to shield No 11 Monty Panesar was a comical failure and his record of 34 runs in five innings at 6.80 in his first international tournament must have other English wicketkeeper-batsmen scratching their heads.
At one stage, England lost 4-4 to slump to 9-107 as Johnson created havoc. While Johnson was damaging, Brett Lee also continued his fine tri-series with 2-8 from eight overs.
Lee claimed the wickets of recent debutant Mal Loye (9), whose technique appears to have been found out at international level, and Tuesday’s top-scorer Ed Joyce (11).
To make matters worse for England, they were without opening bowlers James Anderson and Jon Lewis, the pair joining Vaughan and Kevin Pietersen on the injured list.
England won toss
A J Strauss c Gilchrist b Johnson 17
M B Loye c Gilchrist b Lee 9
I R Bell c Clarke b Clark 35
E C Joyce c Johnson b Lee 11
P D Collingwood c Clark b Symonds 3
*A Flintoff c Ponting b Johnson 16
J W M Dalrymple c Gilchrist b Johnson 10
†P A Nixon c & b Hogg 4
L E Plunkett c Clarke b Johnson 0
C T Tremlett c White b Hogg 0
M S Panesar not out 0
Extras (w5) 5
Total (all out, 34.3 overs) 110
Fall: 1-14, 2-47, 3-72, 4-79, 5-81, 6-103, 7-106, 8-106, 9-107
Bowling: Lee 8-2-8-2; Johnson 10-2-45-4 (1w); Clark 5-0-21-1 (1w); Symonds 5-0-20-1 (3w); Hogg 6.3-0-16-2
†A C Gilchrist run out (Plunkett/Nixon) 23
M L Hayden not out 30
*R T Ponting not out 51
Extras (lb2, w4, nb1) 7
Total (one wkt, 24.3 overs) 111
Did not bat: M E K Hussey, A Symonds, M J Clarke, C L White, G B Hogg, B Lee, S R Clark, M G Johnson
Bowling: Plunkett 5-0-39-0 (1w); Tremlett 9.3-0-41-0 (1nb, 2w); Flintoff 3-1-4-0; Panesar 5-0-19-0; Dalrymple 2-0-6-0 (1w)
Result: Australia won by 9 wickets
Points: Australia 5, England 0
Man of the Match: Mitchell Johnson
Umpires: S J Davis and I L Howell (South Africa). TV umpire: D J Harper. Match referee: R S Madugalle (Sri Lanka)
Next match: Sunday (tomorrow) Australia v New Zealand, Perth (d/n)
Triangular Series Points Table
Teams P W L Pts NRR
Australia 5 5 - 23 +1.317
New Zealand 4 1 3 5 -0.142
England 5 1 4 4 -1.117
Note: Australia’s tally includes 3 Bonus Points while New Zealand’s total has one such point
Written by Team CricketViewer on January 27th, 2007 with 13 Viewsno comments.
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