On debut he took the new ball, came out to bat ahead of Graeme Swann to face down a hat-trick ball, smacked Shaun Tait for 6 after getting verbals and then just for good measure he got England home. It was exceptional stuff.
Ajmal Shahzad also deserves credit in my book as he didn’t panic when he couldn’t get Shane Watson away in the final over, for two young men of such inexperience to get England home like this bodes well for the future.
There are negatives and positives here for England though. We should have won this far more easily than we did, if Eoin Morgan fails to finish the job, you sometimes wonder just who will. Although we are world champions and world record holders, so we must be doing something right.
The positives are that if the batsmen fail we have lower order players with the talent and temperament to get us home. Also, even without Tremlett, Broad and Anderson we can still put out a team that can win.
Fine margins also got England home today. I know we should have won it easily from 99/3 in the 12th over, but that aside, I believe we won it in the field.
It was obvious in the test series who the strongest side was in the field, it was also obvious who the better disciplined team was as well, just think back to those wickets with the no balls.
In ODI’s and T20 internationals any cricket watcher knows you have to be disciplined and efficient in the field to be the best side. England simply were better again with their catching and their ground fielding and ultimately that won us the match.