Australia vs England- ICC Champions Trophy

  This was a must win game for both sides and more so for Australia, given their reputation. At the end of the game, England must feel like kicking themselves for letting the Aussies off the hook.

This was the same pitch which which saw over 500 runs scored in the game between Pakistan and Sri Lanka. After Australian skipper Ponting put England in, Strauss and Bell  worked their way upto 83 runs without the loss of a wicket. At that stage a score of around the 250 mark seemed probable. But then Bell fell and Pietersen and Flintoff followed. The Aussies used the short ball well to unsettle both of them. Flintoff is a proven match winner on his day, but the Lancashire lad just doesn’t have enough match practice under his belt.

Needless to say, one thing lead to another and England were down at 150 odd runs with a wicket left in no time. Anderson played a couple of decent shots to propel England to 169. Paul Collingwood, IMO one of the better batsmen in this English squad ,remained unbeaten and ran out of partners.

The Aussies suffered some early hiccups when they were reduced to 34/2 with both Gilchrist and Ponting back in the hut. But that was the last chance the English saw as Damien Martyn stroked his way to 78 on his 35th birthday. Hussey gave him able company and Symonds and he saw the men from Down Under home.

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