Cricket: Pressure Is on as England's Middle Order Fails Again

Alan DobsonContributor ISeptember 10, 2009

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09:  Andrew Strauss captain of England walks off the field after being dismissed for 63 during the 3rd NatWest One Day International between England and Australia at the Rose Bowl on September 9, 2009 in Southampton, England.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

The pressure is starting to pile on, as England slumped to a third defeat in three matches in the Natwest ODI series.

Strauss was the only England batsman to make a reasonable contribution, scoring 63 from 72 balls, as England stuttered to 228 from their 50 overs.

After Strauss' rallying call, suggesting that the only way the team could win was for one of the top-order batsmen to make a big hundred, it was another day when the middle order completely failed to work.

Their contribution was just 46, as again England's lower-order batsmen made a game of it against the rampaging Aussie outfit.

England has now used up all of their chances and must win the remaining four ODI's to clinch the series, but who should come in and who should be saying goodbye?

Where are the likes of Jonathan Trott to shore up the batting, or even Alistair Cook for that matter?

Again, there was much talk of Adil Rashid and why he wasn't playing. Whatever the selection policy for this ODI series is, there's one thing for sure...it needs to change and quickly!