Another new McGrath and Morgan's ideal knock


Bowling change of the day

Luke Wright made a memorably succinct contribution to England's World Twenty20 victory over Australia - his solitary over of the tournament produced the wicket of Cameron White and stifled the run-rate with louis vuitton outlet five singles. Today, however, he didn't have to wait nearly so long to get involved, as Andrew Strauss called him into action in the 14th over, midway through the bowling Powerplay. With visible self-belief, he bounded to the crease with the vigour of a Labrador puppy, removed Tim Paine with his second delivery, then had Ricky Ponting caught at fine leg for initial figures of 3-1-7-2.

For all his indubitable class, Michael Clarke has never quite convinced as a limited-overs batsman, and as captain in the Caribbean recently, he singled himself out as a scapegoat after coming in at No. 3 in Chenxm2604 the final and plodding his way to a run-a-ball 27. So, what is there to say about his latest effort - 87 not out from 97 balls? On the one hand, it met the needs of his team entirely, as he stabilised the innings from a dicey 98 for 4, and enabled Australia to bat out the remaining 28 overs of their innings. On the other hand, it lacked a critical final measure of oomph, as 12 singles and a two from his final 13 balls would testify. With better support, it might not have mattered, but in a new-look side, the onus was on Clarke to be anchor and impetus.

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It was left to England's Irishman to demonstrate how to recover a one-day innings, from a near-identical scoreline of 97 for 4. Eoin Morgan waited 19 balls today for his first boundary, a bout of circumspection that compared to his 27-ball wait during his Test debut against Bangladesh last month. But whereas on that occasion, he gave his start away with a loose dab on 44, this time he ground urgently through the gears to leave the Aussies needing (and lacking) inspiration to dislodge him. He broke the run-chase with 10 fours in the space of his next 34 balls, the most audacious of which was a flippant uppercut for a one-bounce four over third man. The remainder of the innings was a cruise, but he still sealed it in style with an 85-ball hundred.

Let-off of the day

Kevin Pietersen is playing his last "home" international at the Rose Bowl, after the announcement that he will be leaving Hampshire at the end of the summer. In five-and-a-half seasons, he has managed seven Championship matches, 17 List-As and two Twenty20 appearances, so this hardly amounted to a teary-eyed farewell, but it ought to have been more anticlimactic than his eventual 29 from 36. While still on 0, and facing up to Ryan Harris, he played loosely away from his body for Paine to claim what sounded like a faint snick. The umpire was unmoved, but later Snickometer replays suggested KP was a bit lucky.

Debut of the day

Last month, the 21-year-old Steven Finn announced himself as the next big thing in England's bowling ranks, as his 6'7" frame routed Bangladesh in consecutive Tests at Lord's and Old Trafford. Though he's now being hidden during this five-match Ashes appetizer, the Aussies have had no such qualms about blooding their own lanky rookie, with the 19-year-old Josh Hazlewood becoming the youngest ODI debutant in their history. At 6'5", he is a fraction shorter than Finn, but on initial inspection, he's no less a prospect. He started nervously as Pietersen crunched his first ball for four, and eventually conceded 41 in seven overs. But his cross-seam cutter to bowl Craig Kieswetter was a peach, and it was notable that Ponting trusted him with a slip in a hunt for mid-innings wickets. The summer solstice has only just passed, and with the sun eventually setting at 9.23pm this was in fact the third-longest day of the year, not to mention one of the hottest. There wasn't a whole lot of need for the floodlights that blazed away from the end of Australia's innings, and didn't really play any significant role until the final 15 overs of England's replica louis vuitton run-chase. Still, they looked impressive, as indeed did the rest of the ground. Nine years after its inauguration, Hampshire's international venue is finally coming into its own.

A great performance from Eion who was the standout difference between the sides. I wonder how M. Clarke has lost his ability to hit the big shots. It was never an issue early in his career. Although a solid innings I would have liked to see some big shots in the last powerplay from him. A good hundred from him might have been the difference. Although he is in line to be the next captain I wonder if he has the stuff for the shorter forms. Ponting once again was useless as captain. In my opinion the worst captain Australia has had. Aust really missing Hilfy, Lee and Johnson.

Regarding the Finn comparisons with the incomparable GD McGrath - I can remember a lot of pundits saying the same about Broad three years ago ("He's got McGrath written all over him" David Lloyd). Boycott even compared Broad 's batting to Sobers. Thirty tests later the guy averages 25 with the bat and 36+ with the ball, stats which shouldn't even get him into a Test team.

Morgan played a great knock tonight - well-paced and, although against a pretty weak attack on "home" soil, was very good.

However, since about 2004 there has only been two English-born successes in the England team: Bell and Collingwood, and even then the calling the Sherminator a success is stretching it a bit, bar all those runs against the might of Bangladesh. ICC need to regulate this better as it is clearly unfair the way the ECB have pretty much a free choice of the world's players and the money to tempt them.

Andrew Miller was saved from a life of drudgery in the City when his car caught fire on the way to an interview. He took this as a sign and fled to Pakistan where he witnessed England's historic victory in the twilight at Karachi (or thought he did, at any rate - it was too dark to tell). In addition to Pakistan, he has covered England tours in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, as well as the World Cup in the Caribbean in 2007

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