In the first match, the first 8 batsmen of the Australian team and the first 7 batsmen of the English team got starts. The difference between the two teams were the highest run scorers- Michael Clarke (87* from 97 deliveries) and Eoin Morgan (103* from 85 deliveries). Morgan isn't one of those hitters who had a lucky day, he was 10 from 18 deliveries and later, 27 from 31 deliveries. I doubt Morgan's place in Tests but he can play according to the situation in One dayers. He can do whatever the team needs, without showing any expressions. You can never tell if he is nervous, anxious or panicking. You can't even tell if he has missed the last delivery or struck a boundary on it.
The 2nd ODI was what it was expected to be. I've always liked Cardiff. Cardiff is where Stuart Broad made his debut. It's where Bangladesh defeated Australia. It's where the 1st Ashes Test was played last year, in which Johnson kept bowling crap to tail-enders and Australia couldn't get Jimmy or Monty out. Oh, by the way, Stuart Broad took his 100th wicket on Thursday and he is the 14th fastest to take 100 wickets in the world.
Fastest to take 100 Wickets
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|This is the best time for English cricket. I've never seen them|
|winning so much. Given Australia's attitude in this series,|
|England may go on to win this series 5-0. Australia's approach|
Coming back to the 2nd ODI, among the England bowlers,
everyone ended up with good figures, except James Anderson. Bresnan hasn't taken any wicket in this series yet. Looks like
Luke is developing into an all-rounder for the England team. He has done well with the ball for Sussex already. Broady bagged
4 wickets and got the Man Of The Match award. Morgan scored
52 and he is at the top for the Man Of The Series award.
Don't miss the live action on Sunday at Old Trafford, Manchester, Jimmy's home ground, at 9:45 GMT. Until then, goodbye. Cheers!