England lost the first game of the ongoing twenty 20 series against South Africa at Newlands, Cape Town yesterday.
It was Chris Morris again who did the trick for South Africa scoring the required 14 runs in the last over of the innings.
Chasing a very low score on a flat deck, the Proteas made it difficult for themselves as they tried to be overcautious in the chase.
And at one stage, the game had almost slipped out of their hands.
But, thanks to those two timely boundary strikes off Morris’ bat, they managed to reach the target and took an unbeatable lead of one nil.
Australia beat England in the Old Trafford series decider yesterday.
The bowlers starred in that game for the Kangaroos as they bundled England out for just 138 on a flat wicket.
When England won the toss in the morning, it seemed they had snatched great advantage as batting would be quite easy in bright sunshine.
But, Australia broke through in the very first over.
Mitchell Starc, the left arm quick who was back in the XI for Australia after being rested for the 4th game, trapped Jason Roy plumb in front twice.
England might make two changes in the playing XI for the third game of the ongoing Ashes series.
One would obviously be Jonny Bairstow replacing Gary Ballance who has been dropped after a run of poor shows in the recent test matches.
Apart from that, there also have been talks that Mark Wood might have to make space for Steven Finn.
Wood was pretty unimpressive in both the innings at Lord’s. His pace was down and he did not look penetrative which prompted some of the experts to say that the selectors should think about resting him.
Almost the entire Cricketing world is of the view that Australia would be able to break the jinx of losing three consecutive Ashes series on English soil this time around, but, Andrew Flintoff doesn’t think so.
As per Flintoff, the series will end up with the result of 2-1 in England’s favour.
Flintoff, who was one of the Ashes heroes for England in the last decade, reckons there isn’t much to choose from the current squads of England and Australia. England might actually be a little stronger if the conditions are taken into account.
England will be playing a One Day International match against Ireland this summer under the captaincy of James Taylor.
Most of the England limited-over regulars would not be available for that game.
Some are on the West Indies tour with the test squad, while, some are busy playing in the Indian Premier League.
However, giving Taylor the captaincy has raised some eyebrows.
The England all rounder Ravi Bopara finally got the much deserved promotion in the batting order in yesterday’s game versus Sri Lanka, but, he could not make the most of it as he was dismissed at the score of 6 trying to play a cheeky shot off the bowling of the left arm spinner Rangana Herath.
Herath bowled an arm ball which Bopara got on his knees and tried to paddle fine, but, the wicketkeeper was pro active on that occasion. He saw that shot coming and thus, took a step or two to the left and ended up actually catching that ball. It was a phenomenal grab.
It was a mixed day for Andrew Flintoff at Gabbatoire last Sunday. He was playing a competitive game of cricket on a foreign ground after a very long time. So, it must have been special, but, he could not play as well for his team Brisbane Heat as a big player like him should have.
With his poor bowling in the penultimate over of the game, Flintoff had given the opposition team a chance to snatch win from the jaws of defeat, but, thanks to Ryan Duffield who bowled some god low full-tosses at the end to keep the Melbourne Stars two runs away from the target.
Steve Harmison thinks Ben Stokes is good enough to be compared to the legendary all rounder Andrew Flintoff.
But, the former fast bowler has urged the England team management to let the Durham player express himself and not make him curb his natural instincts.
According to Harmison, Stokes, just like Flintoff, is a free flowing player and he can succeed at the international level only by playing the way he knows. The coaches should not try to transform his game even if he plays a bad shot or two every now and then.
Moeen Ali has proved all those people wrong who were saying that he is just a part time spinner and he would not be able to create that much of an impact on the Indian batsmen in the 5-match test series that has finished just recently.
The English middle order collapsed yesterday against the inexperienced pace attack of India at Nottingham.
At one point of time, the Three Lions were on the driving seat with Gary Ballance and Sam Robson playing very well, but, as soon as Ishant Sharma got both of them dismissed with the reverse swinging old ball in the second session, the pressure was back on England and their middle couldn’t soak it up.
The likes of Ian Bell and Matt Prior who are the seasoned campaigners of the team fell cheaply on a dead deck and left the hosts in more than a spot of bother.