Tag Ashes 2010-11
Is it satisfaction of winning Ashes series, fatigue of what has been a long tour or simply hosts have raised their game but one thing is for sure ~ visitors have certainly not looked like the team they were a fortnight ago. Today, they went on to lose 3rd one day international in a row and now need to win remaining all 4 games if they desire to win Commonwealth Bank ODI series..
Electing to bat, wicket keeper opener Prior was trapped in front of wicket by Brett Lee for a duck and then occurred a bizarre runout which sent captain Andrew Strauss packing before Ian Bell followed, giving catch back to bowler Shane Watson in his follow-through. Eoin Morgan and Jonathan Trott added 57 for 4th wicket, trying to make some kind of platform but David Hussey separated them and then Xavier Doherty claimed couple of wickets for almost nothing. England batting was in disarray and although Luke Wright managed to raise a 7th wicket stand of 49, England were bowled out inside 48 overs despite a fighting unbeaten knock from Trott.
Australia's chase lost both their in-form batsmen of the series so far, Shane Watson and Shaun Marsh, in first 5 overs but Brad Haddin was timing the ball perfectly. Michael Clarke and Cameron White failed to reach double figures but from other end, keeping opener Haddin raised an attacking half century. England tried their best but couldnt break David Hussey's concentration who steered his team home quite comfortably at the end.
Man of the match : Brett Lee.
Scorecard : England v Australia, 3rd ODI, Sydney, 23 January 2011 :-