An Unfamiliar Feeling

I saw a fair amount of England's first ODI win over Australia in Australia since January 1999 on either side of a brief trip into the gorgeous Exe Valley for a pre-arranged, work-related, meeting.

It looked as though they were good value for it, and it was especially pleasurable to see Ed Joyce confirm the improvement he'd shown in the last game against New Zealand and go on to get a hundred. I've seen him make good runs for Middlesex on a number of occasions and have a high regard for his abilities, but I was beginning to doubt him earlier in the series when he was repeatedly getting out for low scores in the middle-order and his body language seemed to betray his dwindling confidence.

Mal Loye assisted him well at the top of the order, Belly played his usual quality cameo (when will he really cash in?) and there was plenty of good bowling (chiefly from Liam Plunkett) and sharp fielding.

More of the same, please.


Tim said...


As you say, be nice for Bell to score his 1st ODI 100 soon - I can't help but feel this could really open the floodgates for him.

Brian Carpenter said...

Cheers, Tim. I happen to think that Bell has most of the qualities required to be one of the best batsmen in the world. His only problem is that he doesn't yet really realise how good he could be.

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