NOT UNBALANCED

Eoin Morgan has said that he doesn’t think England went into the second ODI match against Australia with an unbalanced playing XI.

England went with only 4 frontline bowlers in that match. That decision of the team management didn’t prove to be a wise one as Australia smashed the English attack to every corner of the park and put up a huge total of 315 runs on the board. The hosts, in reply, couldn’t chase down that total and got trailed by 0-1 in the series.

In experts’ views, England should have gone with 5 bowlers – not doing so has seen their cricket betting odds slide.

But, according to Morgan, the playing XI was quite balanced and the team struggled because not enough individuals stepped up.
Talking to the reporters in the post match press conference, Morgan said, “We have got plenty of part time bowling options. So, going with only 4 specialist bowlers wasn’t a mistake according to me. It’s just that we didn’t manage to execute our plans perfectly.”

“315 was more than par on that sort of wicket which was assisting the bowlers a bit. However, we still could have got there if we had had a big partnership at the top. But, unfortunately, we lost quick wickets at the start.”
On the other hand, the Australian captain Michael Clarke who led his team from the front with a match winning inning of 105 was looking satisfied in the post match press conference.

Clarke said, “We haven’t had that much success in ODIs here in England in the last few years. So, this series is vital for us.”
“We have begun well today, but, there are 3 games still to be played. Hopefully, we will keep playing as well as we have done today.”

The third match of the series will be played at Edgbaston, Birmingham on Wednesday.