Touring England lost again in Australia, trail 0-1 in ODI series
Zee Media Bureau/Jayanta Oinam
New Delhi: Touring English cricket team continues their poor form Down Under. After the whipping they received in the Ashes debacle, Alaister Cook`s side got yet another thrashing from the hosts in their first One Day International meeting of the tour. For the Aussies, Aaron Finch led the charge with a purposeful century.
Despite posting a challenging total of 269 runs, thanks to the 83 run 4th wicket partnership between Eoin Morgan and Gary Ballance, England lost the match by six wickets with 26 balls remaining. English team`s deplorable plight was once again put up in front of a cowing, partisan Melbourne Cricket Ground crowd.
After winning the toss, Cook found himself returning to pavilion in the first over itself. It was the worst possible start any skipper could give to a team, which seems to have lost everything. But a middle order resurrection from one-match-old, Ballance (79 from 96 balls), Morgan (50 from 47 balls), and a late order blast from Buttler (34 from 24 balls) helped England set a target of 270 runs.
With a depleted attacked, Boyd Rankin started England`s defense. But by the fifth over of the second innings, visitors have already conceded 28 run. While the Australians were quietly accumulating runs, English fielders were clueless in the field. Without any experience bowlers of sort, England needed a boost from their fielders.
But the England`s fielding reflected their plight on this tour. Dropped catches and missfields hampered any realistic chance for the tourists against a rampaging Australian side. Of the many missed chances, dropping centurian Finch on 8 proved detrimental. The Victorian went onto score 121 from 128 balls.
Finch`s finesse was complemented well by a rather subdued, David Warner with purpose to lay the foundation for a successful chase. The duo put on a 163 run opening stand from 27.5 overs. After the fall of Warner to part-timer, Root for 65, England seemed to gain in confidence and tried to control the game. However, with the arrival of Oz skipper Clarke in the center, all that English players could do was to watch themselves clapping in a losing contest.