Australia v England: Three talking points

Australia v England: Three talking points as the tourists suffered a five-run defeat by Australia in the fifth ODI

By Joel Lamy

Ravi continues to frustrate

Ravi Bopara is an important member of England’s team and showed during the Champions Trophy that he can contribute with bat and ball. But his performance in Adelaide was a reminder of why it took him so long to cement his place in the first place. Coming in during the batting powerplay, Bopara struggled to two off 20 balls before slogging James Faulkner in the air. Fortunately for him, Shane Watson could not get round to complete the catch. Bopara then called Tim Bresnan through for a suicidal single before falling himself at the death, unluckily stumped after wicket-keeper Matthew Wade dropped the ball on to the stump. The Sky commentators felt the third umpire should have given the benefit of the doubt to the batsman but after his scratchy innings, maybe Bopara’s luck was out.

Root cause

Joe Root has endured a horrible tour with only one scored above 50 and being dropped from both the Test and ODI sides, but he showed great character to find form at Adelaide. After a slow start with England chasing a low total, Root began to follow Eoin Morgan’s lead and started to attack the bowling. Several shots found their way over mid-wicket’s head as England eased to their total after a difficult start. A poorly-timed ramp shot cost him his wicket and slightly soured the innings, but England would have taken it when he came in at 29-2 in the ninth over.

Bowling boost

England’s positives came from their bowling attack who have largely done well in the series. Having Stuart Broad back in has given the side a boost and he continues to shine while others around him struggle. 3-31 for Broad and 3-37 from opening new-ball partner Chris Jordan, both from their allocated 10 overs, means team director Ashley Giles can feel more confident about his bowling attack when they return for the tri-series then the Wold Cup.

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