England vs Australia: 2013 ICC Champions Trophy live scores, blog

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    England v Australia

    EDGBASTON, JUNE 8, 2013

    Match 3 - ENG v AUS

    England 1st Inn 6/269
    Australia 1st Inn 9/221
    England won the toss and elected to bat
    England won by 48 runs.
    Australia Over:50.0  RR:4.42
    Batsmen Runs B 4s 6s SR
    CJ McKay 7 17 0 0 41.18
    JP Faulkner* 54 42 5 1 128.57
    Bowlers O M R W Econ
    TT Bresnan* 10.0 1 45 2 4.50
    SCJ Broad 10.0 2 35 1 3.50
    Recent Overs:
    1  .  .  1  .  1  | 1  1  4  1  1lb  1  | 4nb  4  .  1  1  2  .  |
    Last Wicket: Starc, 5 (BWD:Anderson)
    Current Partnership: 31 runs, 31 balls, RR:100.00

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    An atrocious Australian batting display against India and the loss of captain Michael Clarke to a back injury make England favourites for their respective opening games at the Champions Trophy 2013. We’ll have live scores and commentary from 7.40pm AEST.

    It’s been an inauspicious start for Australia. Shane Watson’s century in their opening warm-up game against West Indies pulled them out of an early mire but everything has gone downhill since then.

    In their second warm-up game, Australia allowed India to recover from 55/5 to post a 300 plus score.

    Then, on a reasonably flat pitch, the batsmen folded as easily as paper and were bowled out for 65.

    Captain Clarke, who missed both the warm-up games, will continue to sit out of this one too after his back issue refuses to improve and that means George Bailey will be entrusted with the responsibility of a flailing batting line-up.

    To make matters worse for Australia, their first game is against England, a side they will not want to lose to before the Ashes series.

    Adding to their woes is the fact that England will be bolstered by the return to fitness of Stuart Broad and Steven Finn, both of whom missed the first two games in the New Zealand series.

    That’s the one positive to take for Australia – New Zealand’s punishing successive wins against England.

    The top-order shone for New Zealand in both those games before the middle-order took the game away in the last 10 overs with some blazing batting.

    England did show what they are capable of with their matured display of batting in the third ODI – they saw off the initial swing and seam before Jos Buttler bludgeoned his way to a near-half century off 16 balls.

    Australia have already revealed their hand by going into the warm-up games with a set playing 11.

    However, one may like to believe they will make a change or two to that line-up.

    Going into the game without a frontline spinner may not be the best idea especially now that it’s almost certain the pitches won’t behave as poorly for the batsmen as one thought earlier under the English conditions.

    Playing six medium-pacers in a game, as was the case in the warm-ups, will be a luxury.

    Live coverage of the game begins from 7.30pm AEST on Saturday and you can add your opinion in the comments section below.

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    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 3:52am | ! Report

      That’s it from me. It’s been a below-par show and frankly I am disappointed with what I saw tonight. Hopefully it will be a lot closer when Australia take on New Zealand on June 12. Till then have a good time!

      • 3:57am
        buddha9 said | 3:57am | ! Report

        men against boys — Australia never looked like winning — when the duke starts to swing in the test matches look out aussies — Warney is quite right the team looks short of a plan, badly coached, top heavy with quicks, short of real batsmen with adequate technique and riddled with a sense of entitlement — they talk a good game but gees they don’t play one — short of mongrel as Bumble said — its going to get worse — good shot of mickey arthur on the balcony with his head up his arse.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 3:50am | ! Report

      Quotes from the presentation.

      Bailey: Lost it during the batting. Never got any momentum and full credit to England to the way they bowled. We did well with the ball. We will need to get in a spinner if it remains this dry. Faulkner is a good cricketer, one for the future. We need to turn it around, does not look great but it’s about one small partnership to get us going.

      Cook: Good performance, good toss to win. Was getting slower and lower. Should have got 300, credit to the way they bowled, but 270 looked enough. Anderson bowled well at the start and the bowlers did not allow any freebies up front. About setting up a base for the batsmen to take up the baton later.

      Man of the match, Bell: Nice to get a start and convert it into bigger. Learning the role at the top of the order. The pace went away from the pitch in the middle of the innings. Went off the field because of hydration problems.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 3:45am | ! Report

      269 is what England got and at that stage it looked like it was 20 below par. However, there was always a problem and that’s to do with Australia’s batting in the absence of Michael Clarke. To me, Clarke and Shane Watson are two who can take the game away from the opposition and while one is injured, the other did not get going today.

      The rest of the side bar George Bailey fell away. Their problem was that they took a lot of time to settle down but once they did get off to a start, they failed to convert it by kicking on. The required-rate kept piling on and they were never in hunt. An indication of their poor show is the fact their run-rate did not touch four until after the 40th over of the innings.

      Earlier Jonathon Trott and to a lesser extent Ian Bell were criticised for batting slowly but England’s strategy seems to have worked well. At least against Australia. Remains to be seen how it goes for the rest of the tournament.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 3:41am | ! Report

      That’s that then, England have registered a 48-run win over Australia in this third Champions Trophy 2013 game. Faulkner remains unbeaten on 54, which is bit of a positive going into their next game. So was Bailey’s half-century. Nothing much to add about the rest of the batting though.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 3:37am | ! Report

      Bresnan starts the last over with a waist-height full-toss that’s edged to third-man for a four. No-ball called.

      And Faulkner skips down the track and smashes it through the extra-cover for another four to bring up his 50 from 38 balls. Good going for the all-rounder, continues with his IPL form, although there it was his bowling that did well.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 3:34am | ! Report

      10 from that Broad over, he ends with 1/35 from his 10 overs.

      9/208 in 49.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 3:31am | ! Report

      Three off the Bresnan over. Been a stodgy last wicket stand worth 19 balls so far.

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