Sorry for not posting a review of the third ODI, I was out all day and missed the match. The scene was set, Australia day, great weather and Australia were looking to seal the series with a victory at the picturesque Adelaide Oval but things went wrong from the toss, which was won by Strauss and he elected to bat.
With the return of Anderson to England’s team, there seemed to be a renewed focus and agression in the side, puncuated by Andrew Strauss and Matt Prior who came out swinging in the opening few overs, though it cost Strauss his wicket. Unfortunately, this brought Jonathan Trott lumbering to the wicket and he was the man England batted around, to flay the Australian bowling attack around Adelaide.
Steve Smith continues to be the curious case in the Australian team, he bats too low and doesn’t bowl enough but today he momentarily slowed down the English innings taking the wickets of Kevin Pietersen, Matt Prior and Ian Bell but he couldn’t stem the flow with Trott ancoring the innings with a century while David Hussey took his best bowling figures of 4/21 off four overs and be criminally underbowled in a game where the fast men were tonked to the rope all day.
England ended up getting 299, one shy of that magical 300 marker but they would have fallen short of that marker by 30 runs if Michael Yardy didn’t play one of his best innings for England. This left Australia a similar total to the one they chased in Melbourne but it ould be a tough ask at needing six runs an over at the beginning.
This would be Australia’s downfall sadly, Brad Haddin started off brightly hitting several boundaries but he chipped one to mid on and followed not long after by Shaun Marsh who sadly is showing inconsistency with two low scores after that match saving hundred in Hobart. Shane Watson sadly held Australia’s hopes on his shouldes again but it weighed him down and the dismissal of Captain Useless (Clarke) had him swing at one outside off stump and get a nick to the keeper.
Cam White and David Hussey combined for a useful 50 run partnership before both holed out chasing the ever increasing target, this left it to Steven Smith and John Hastings with the later falling when they started needing ten an over leaving Lee and Smith to have some batting practice with England sealing the victory to keep the series alive and heading to Brisbane on Sunday.