Lessons Learnt from the 3rd ODI Between Australia and England at the SCG

Freddie WildeContributor IJanuary 19, 2014

England captain Alastair Cook, left, shakes hands with Australia Shaun Marsh After their one-day international cricket match at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014. Australia won the match by seven wickets. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
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England cannot stop losing. Australia cannot stop winning. 

Another match, another England defeat. The series is gone: 3-0 to Australia. Eighty-nine days into the tour and England are still yet to record a victory over the Aussies.


Alastair Cook is a broken man

Perhaps the biggest story to emerge from today's match was Alastair Cook's post-match press conference, where he appeared hesitant, lost and confused. He threw doubt over the future of his role as ODI captain, when he appeared to suggest he was considering his future. 

According to Andrew McGlashan of ESPNcricinfo, Cook said he's "going to have a decision on that stuff [the captaincy] after the next two games. We will sit down and talk about a lot of things. I think there will be some changes, English cricket needs a little bit of a change. The last two months we haven't played the cricket we are capable of and we have to look at the reasons why."

If Cook does step down as ODI captain, there are precious few options to choose from for his replacement. Eoin Morgan appears the best candidate with Stuart Broad, being a fast bowler, rested too often. 


Australia's fielding demonstrated the gulf in class

Australia fielded superbly yet again. David Warner's direct hit run out was fielding of the highest order. England meanwhile lacked energy and spirit.

It's often said that the way a side fields reveals a lot about a team. Today, it did. 


England need more players like Morgan

England's ODI cricket is simply too pedestrian-paced for the contemporary world. While other teams are attacking with gusto, England are still accumulating runs. The game has changed, and Eoin Morgan is one of England's only exponents of the new age. That Xavier Doherty had figures of 10-2-28-1 in a 50-over match says a lot about England's approach. While India are driving forward the game further, maintaining fast scoring rates for 50 overs, England still fail to take advantage of the powerplay overs as effectively as they could.


Australia are good at ODI cricket

This is a very impressive Australian team. They have rotated their players cleverly and still managed to win the series in the minimum number of games. Next year's World Cup is being hosted by Australia and New Zealand, and at this rate they could both go in as two of the favourites.