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England vs. South Africa, Second ODI: Review

Posted on August 28, 2012 by in 40/50-over

South Africa 287/5 (Amla 150, Smith 52, Swann 2/50)
England 207 (Bell 45, Patel 45, Morkel 2/29)

South Africa won by 80 runs


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England gave up their rather inexplicable number one ranking with little more than a whimper at the Rose Bowl. Hashim Amla’s sensational 150 took South Africa to an imposing – but not insurmountable – score, before England capitulated quicker than a Thai owned Championship outfit on a reasonable warm night in the Midlands in reply. Every batsman got in and every batsman had a total brain fade when set to gift their wicket away. It was a horrible batting display from a side which had been excellent with the blade all year in one day cricket; incredibly frustrating given it came, as in the Test matches, in their toughest challenge for some time.

Stick to the tiling, Ravi

Even South Africa will probably feel they still have considerable room for improvement; some of the batting with Amla was some way short of clever – that he faced relatively few deliveries despite being in for almost the entire innings was a big failing – and the bowling lacks real match-winning quality without Dale Steyn. The Rose Bowl pitch suited their plethora of filthy part-time spinners, but England will fancy they can have success against the attack on more ‘English’ style wickets in the rest of the series.

For the home side, though, this was a return to the bad old days of English ODI performances. They were sloppy in the field, there’s no death bowler they can rely on, it still feels like captaincy by pre-determined template and the batting plunged to new depths of stupidity. The fear when Kevin Pietersen temporarily retired earlier this summer was that there would be too much pressure on Eoin Morgan when they were chasing a big score and today was the first real demonstration of such a problem. England need to get Jonny Bairstow in the side if only to take some of the hitting pressure off of the former-Irishman’s back.

When will they learn to just PICK ALL OF THE GINGERS?

Outlook for Friday

The ECB have decided to grace our favourite 51allouter’s birthday with another ODI, so it would be nice if England could chip in with a win. They were a long way off that in Southampton but the Oval will be a flatter pitch and South Africa’s army of part-time spinners are unlikely to have as much of an impact. We’d like both Chris Woakes and Jonny Bairstow to get a go, although whatever the selection everything will rely on whether England’s pacemen can do early damage. Generally they will back themselves to get anything up to about 250; the bowlers will have to make that a winning score.


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James Knight

29 Aug 2012 15:43

Ian Bell has a superb one day bowling record, to be fair. It’s frankly a travesty he doesn’t get through his full allocation every game.

And they’ve got to get Bairstow in for Ravi, the Bopster’s brain is completely fried.


Drew Lilley

29 Aug 2012 12:10

I’d love the Woaker and YJB to be picked, but whom do you leave out? Has Dammit Samit’s form with the bat given him at least another look? Woakes in for Bressie Lad? Bairstow in for… well, it’d have to be Trott or Kieswetter… Ah, or Ravi actually. Yes, there we go. Bell can bowl seam up if we end up a few overs short 😀


Matt H

29 Aug 2012 09:29

That’s the World’s number 2 ODI bowler Tsotsobe to you.


James Knight

29 Aug 2012 09:05

Getting beaten for pace by a Tsotsobe half volley is essentially slapping a disgusting long hop straight to extra cover by another name.


Matt H

29 Aug 2012 08:01

Not every batsman got in – Cook made a valiant 0. Which arguably is more acceptable than getting in and then slapping a disgusting long hop straight to extra cover.