England’s travel sickness in India
11th November 2011
By now you will be aware that England suffered a 5-0 loss in the recent one day international series away in India. I’d like to start with a positive for England; Steven Finn was England’s leading wicket taker of the series with 8 scalps. With the likes of Stuart Broad and Chris Tremlett injured for the series young Finn was left with quite a bit of responsibility and seemed to cope well. On spinner friendly pitches he still managed to get at India’s top order. Unfortunately for Nottinghamshire’s Graeme Swann, it was a series to forget claiming just 2 wickets in the 4 games he played. Comparing this to the 11 wickets Jadeja acquired for India, he needs to improve if he is to maintain a place in the ODI team.
England’s batting order didn’t have much to write home about either. This was beautifully summarised in the final ODI when England somehow managed to collapse from 129-1 to 176-10 losing their last nine wickets for just 47 runs. England’s Jonathon Trott was the only reliable batsman averaging at just above 50 for the series. Nottinghamshire’s Samit Patel produced a few valuable knocks in the lower middle order sparing England from a few heavy defeats. His 70 not out in the 3rd ODI was the stand out innings of his series sharing a 103 run partnership with Trott. England’s celebratory batsman Kevin Pietersen had an inconsistent series at best, managing to get starts in a few innings but not being able to get that high score he desperately needs to re-establish his place in the ODI team. Having not scored a century since 2008 many people would question if he will be able to maintain his place.
On a positive note England did end their tour with a win in the T20 format, having limited India to just 120 in their innings England managed to skittle the runs down with 8 balls to spare and a half century from Kevin Pietersen, maybe he will answer his critics in the next series against ODI series.