Australia v England: Tourists considering changes for 3rd ODI
England must be bored of getting the same result when they play Australia down under. After another loss England are in line for another whitewash. Graham Thorpe, the tourist’s limited overs batting coach, believes that captain Alastair Cook has to reconsider his tactics for tomorrow’s 3rd ODI if they are to save the five match series.
It wasn’t only Cook’s tactics that came under fire following England’s latest defeat. The selector’s choice of players was also questioned as the tourist’s bowlers took a hammering. Australia were set 301 to win. When they were 120 for 5, England looks likely winners and it was the same story when Australia were 244 for 9, but James Faulkner’s 47 ball 69 rescued a lost cause for the home side.
Australia are a side full of confidence just as England were during the 2013 Ashes tour. England are not only lacking confidence and belief, they are making silly mistakes and trying too hard to turn the tide. Changing tactics and player selection for the third ODI might be going too far as they were only slightly off in the second one day international.
"The game comes again tomorrow. If we're not in the right state of mind it will be a very tough game for England," Thorpe said. "It's not the time for us to sulk and feel sorry for ourselves. We have to stand up and keep going forward.”
England’s cause will be helped by the return of Stuart Broad who was rested for the opening two matches. Thorpe is hoping that Broad’s return and other changes in the side will allow England to “stand up and actually win tomorrow's game,” as it would “be an enormous achievement and show enormous strength in the side.”