FirstPost.com (India) – A day after England’s capitulation to Scotland the Daily Telegraph Newspaper in Australia ran the headline ‘We’ve had a ball tampering saga, lost our captain and VC, but at least we didn’t lose to Scotland’.

Summary

  • A day after England’s capitulation to Scotland the Daily Telegraph Newspaper in Australia ran the headline ‘We’ve had a ball tampering saga, lost our captain and VC, but at least we didn’t lose to Scotland’.
  • The five-match ODI series between England and Australia starting on Wednesday might not have the same relevance as the Ashes, but there is still a feeling of tension as well as anticipation.
  • England will be wary of Australia trying to implement a new image and in all likelihood push them towards the infamous ‘line’ and tempt them to cross it.
  • Smith might not be around during the series, but with flat pitches expected throughout the five ODI’s, there is pressure on the new coach Justin Langer to script a game plan that almost mirrors England’s crash and bang approach from the outset, rather than the traditional approach of conserving wickets at the start and then accelerating at the end.
  • For England, it is golden opportunity to keep Australian cricket in the doldrums and at the same time continue to evolve as an ODI unit.


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