well, for a few days anyway!
I’m glad this tour is over, I’d had enough of it, so god knows how the players who have been out there since the start of the Ashes feel.
So where are England now in their preparations for the world cup? Not in a very good place I would say. We now have injuries, fatigue and probably little confidence.
It is though good to see Andy Flower not getting carried away with the defeats. Ahead of the 7th game he was quick to point out how England have been ahead at the half way point in most of the matches, basically saying that there is no real need to tear up the blueprint and start again.
Personally, I would be absolutely amazed if Flower hasn’t got a solid plan prepared for the World Cup. He is too thorough and well organised – although it was a major surprise to see him drop Davies in favour of Prior at such a late stage.
It has to be said though that the ODI series has been an absolute disaster for England. The manner of some of the defeats has been unbelievable, I’m still wondering how we lost that 6th game.
Then to top it all off, we comfortably lose the last game to an Australian side consisting off 8/1000 Krejza and without the rested Watson, Lee and Michael Clarke – who half of Australia wanted dropped a couple of weeks ago and he now finds himself in the luxurious position of being rested.
For me, England lost the series in the opening couple of games and then never really recovered from it. Shane Watson’s knock at Melbourne showed the Aussies that England were beatable and gave them confidence.
Watson’s innings rescued Australia’s summer, along with this T20 performances, he turned the whole tour in Australia’s favour.
At the same time England’s batting was going downhill – with the exception of Jonathan Trott. Not sure if the batting ingredients have been right in the ODI’s, or if this is just down to the fact that it is the back end of a long tour, a tour in which they achieved their ultimate aim.
But the manner in which some of the batsmen have lost their wickets in this series has been awful. I’m not going to be over critical of them though, as it was a bit after the lord mayor’s show. But they have to improve no end if they are to have a serious chance of competing at the world cup.
I’ve wrote it many times before on this blog, I’m a massive Ian Bell fan. But for a bloke in such good form, he hasn’t put together one innings of note in this series. He should be dominating matches, not hitting good looking 30’s and 40’s and then getting out.
With the ball, considering three to four of the first choice bowling line up has been out injured throughout this series, I think we didn’t do that badly. There have been some lapses like in the 6th game, but on the whole it has been ok.
Also Chris Woakes has been a success as well, so the series has had at least one positive to take out of it.