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The captain of the England ODI team, Alastair Cook, has expressed his disappointment over the performance of his team in the first two ODI matches against New Zealand.
The Kiwis have won both the ODIs and have taken an unbeatable lead of 2-0 in the series.
In the 2nd ODI played at The Ageas Bowl on Sunday, England lost by a huge margin of 86 runs.
Batting first after winning the toss, New Zealand put up a huge score of 359 on the board. Martin Guptill was the stand out batsman for the Kiwis. He scored his second consecutive hundred in the series and ended up being not out at 189.
The coach of the England ODI side, Ashley Giles, has made it clear that Ian Bell will be the opening partner of Alastair Cook in the upcoming Champions Trophy.
Bell has been Cook’s opening partner in the ODIs since quite a while now. He was given this role when Kevin Pietersen was out of the team last year and even after Pietersen’s return, he is carrying on that role.
Monty Panesar has been included in the playing XI of the England team for the first test match against New Zealand.
Panesar was not expected to play any test match on this tour of New Zealand. The conditions in New Zealand are suitable for the seam bowlers.
So, the England team was expected to go with three fast bowlers and one spinner in all the three test matches of the series. And, that one spinner was going to be Graeme Swann. So, Panesar was expected to sit on the bench in all the three test matches.
The England Cricket team has been defeated by India in the 4th ODI played at PCA Stadium Mohali. India won the match by 5 wickets. With this victory, India has taken an unbeatable lead of 3-1 in the series.
The Indian captain MS Dhoni won the toss again and he had no hesitation in bowling first because of the due that was expected to come down in the evening. England didn’t have a good start and Ian Bell departed early. Ishant Sharma was the bowler who gave India the first breakthrough. Bell got out at the score of 10.
The middle order batsman of the England Cricket team, Eoin Morgan, has said that his team shouldn’t take the Indian team lightly despite the poor performances of the Indians in recent times.
The Indian team is going through a very tough phase at the moment. At first, the Indian team lost the test series against England on its home soil after 28 years and then, the team lost the recently played ODI series against Pakistan.
The former England all rounder, Andrew Flintoff, has said that he is delighted that the issues between Kevin Pietersen and ECB have almost been resolved. Yesterday, Pietersen met with the authorities of ECB at Colombo and then, later, he apologized for his mistakes in a press conference. After that, there are speculations that Pietersen would be back in the England team pretty soon.
The English middle order batsman, Ian Bell, has said that winning a test series in India is a difficult task for the English team, but, not an impossible one.
Ian Bell is one of the regular members of the England test squad. He generally bats at no. 5, but, in the absence of Kevin Pietersen, he had batted at no.4 in the third test match against South Africa two months back. Since Pietersen is not a part of the England test squad for India tour. So, Bell is supposed to continue batting at no. 4 in the three test matches against India.
Andrew Flintoff’s countryman and England’s T20 skipper, Stuart Broad has said that he is pretty disappointed with the performance of the English team in the first T20 match against South Africa at Chester-le-Street.
Former England captain, Nasser Hussain, has said that Morne Morkel is using the same tactic against Andrew Strauss that Andrew Flintoff had used successfully against Adam Gilchrist in the Ashes series of 2005. In the Ashes series of 2005, Flintoff used to bowl round the wicket against Gilchrist and dismissed him quite a few times in that series. Similarly, Morne Morkel is creating problems for the English skipper by bowling round the wicket against him in the ongoing series.