Eight losses in a row hurts, doesn’t it? England lost the final ODI of the NatWest ODI Series back at home in the English summer, then they were clean swept in the test series and now two ODIs in a row again.
It is just that “Luck” hasn’t really been fair with The Brits, the biggest example is the second ODI; Morgan, Bell, Buttler batted excellently this time as well and put up a huge total of 300 on the board.
Then England got the best possible start with the ball and they were really on their way to a win before Faulkner took the game away in a whisker and Cook was once again left in a broken spirit.
It has been a really hard tour thus far for England with their form and luck both deserting them.
Anyway, we now move to the third ODI at The SCG, where they were whacked with sheer brilliance. Also, we know that this is England’s final chance to stay in the series. They have to go now with “All Guns Blazing”.
The boosting factor for the Englishmen would be Stuart Broad’s return because the Nottinghamshire lad has been their best bowler and they need him because it is the bowling department that hasn’t done well in this series.
Ones to watch:
Eoin Morgan: He simply has been in blistering form. In his last six innings, he has got two centuries and three half-centuries which goes on to show how dangerous he would be throughout this series. He would be going into the third game with a century on his back now and there is every chance that he could repeat the feat to rock The SCG.
Ian Bell: He has been England’s best ODI player since his return to the ODI squad in 2012 home season. In his last 29 innings, he has scored 1301 runs at a flabbergasting average of 48.18 which clearly shows that he has always been a threat. With scores of 41 and 68 in the series, he’ll once again look to fire.
Jos Buttler: He has become dependable, hasn’t he? When he made his debut for England in the ODIs, he wasn’t showing consistency but now the lad seems to possess it. His last five ODI innings are 75, 62*, 42, 34*, 49. The figures show it all for this destructive wicketkeeper and he too will be a threat.
Stuart Broad: He was the best bowler for England in the test series as he got 23 wickets at an average of about 29. Cook always looked to him for a wicket and he never did disappoint. His return would be a boost and he’ll provide strength to the bowling line-up. If Tredwell is added as well, then English bowling would look really decent.
Ravi Bopara: His all round show has always been delightful to watch. He has scored runs when most needed and took wickets when most desired. He was also named England’s ODI Player of 2013. The lad has got starts in this series but hasn’t been able to convert those. Though, he has looked in really good touch and could well play a demolishing knock in the next ODI.
The above mentioned five players are no doubt the key to not only England’s victory in next match but their victory in the series. If they all fore together which they probably should, The Brits might get the desired result. And the hopes of other batsmen and bowlers finding form are high as well!!!!
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