Australia vs England 2018, 2nd ODI - Hits and misses
- Author: Julie Sanders Jan 20, 2018,
Jan 20, 2018, 19:14
Root led the tourists to a bruising 4-0 defeat in the Test series but since surrendering the urn he has personified a glaring shift in fortunes, coming to the fore in handsome one-day victories at the MCG and the Gabba. "I think they have had the same team from the Champions Trophy throughout so it has helped their form of cricket and how they are playing the game from there", he said of England.
Finch and Warner both dominated the English fast bowlers, who pitched too short on the Gabba wicket.
The Sydney Morning Herald's Andrew Wu said Australia see England as the benchmark in ODIs, after their disastrous 2015 World Cup campaign which ended in the pool stages, and also questioned why Maxwell and Lyon weren't playing.
Leg-spinner Adam Zampa was dropped to make way for veteran middle-order batsman Cameron White, who finished unbeaten on 15.
After David Warner and Finch made an untroubled start against pace, Morgan turned to spin, with Moeen finding turn straight away and removing Warner, who edged to Root at first slip for 35. Innings of 91 not out and 46 not out have calmly steered England in two successful chases, while figures of 2 for 31 with the ball in Brisbane were a reminder that Morgan has a pretty handy sixth bowling option even without Ben Stokes in the side. He has struggled largely with the bat unsure of the role he wants to play in the line-up.
Steve Smith has been negatively branded as a lesser caped crusader and Australia's World Cup defence plans are in tatters after losing another one-day worldwide to England, according to Australian media.
Smith has been branded more "Batman than 'Superman". They play their ODI cricket fearlessly which has been visible in the last couple of matches.
Remarkably man-of-the-match Root seems re-energised after the torment - physical and mental - of the Ashes. "I managed to sneak some overs in - and it went quite nicely". Woakes and Root were left with an equation asking for fewer than four an over, and the lack of scoreboard pressure or top line bowling to face allowed them to advance confidently to the win.
"These one-day games were so important for him to cement his place in this team", he said. "To play convincingly and be there at the end is the sort of thing you pride yourself on as a batter - making sure you're the one to get the job done".
Australia looked to have batted themselves into a good position to post a challenging target having reached 209 for the loss of three wickets with 11 overs to spare.