Saturday, August 30, 2008

England One Day Triumph

Having lost the four match Test series to South Africa 2-1 England have regained some pride and taken victory in the five match ODI series winning the first three matches. After a relatively close first match England took South Africa apart in the second winning by ten wickets, then in the third showing another great performance - Flintoff getting his second fifty in as many matches, Bell also reaching the 70's and Patel taking a well earned five wickets; the first English spinner to do so since Ashley Giles back in 2001.

Matt Prior continued to do well but as is common with him he got out having got a start. It was disappointing to see KP go for only five but no one is perfect, after his great innings in the first ODI he can be forgiven of course! For the third game in a row an all round good team effort; i feel slightly sorry for Luke Wright at the moment, a great player who is being under used in both batting and bowling departments in my opinion.

Well done England, i look forward to the remaining two matches, the first of which is tomorrow at Lord's.


DreamDancer said...

I agree with you comment about Luke Wright. He's not really had the chance to show people what he is capable of in this series. In a sense that's not a bad thing as it shows our top order have been performing well and that our bowlers have been taking wickets.

However the performance of Patel has been a nice surprise. I wasn't sure why they preferred him to Swann but he's proving that he can play well at this level.

T said...

I agree about Patel - he was an unknown entity to me a while back and then what i had heard was very little. He seems to be playing well and batted and bowled well enough to maintain his place. Swann is pretty handy and may come in to play in the sub-continent if two spinners are required in ODI cricket. England would probably love a wrist spinner though.