The Australian One-day team is back!.
It took 12 games for England’s new captain Eoin Morgan to win his first series win, a culture they would like to imbibe (Morgan’s success rate of 41.17%)
He had a poor start to his leadership role when he was appointed as England’s captain( replacing Alastair Cook) last Dec. His first series as a captain, was a tri-series featuring India, and host Australia – and they performed well to qualify for the finals. Nevertheless their World Cup campaign was a nightmare as they were booted by Bangladesh for a place in quarter-finals.
Few months things changed at home, as they surprised everyone by winning a ODI series against World Cup finalist NZ.
Since then England won the Ashes, and won a T20 game against Australia. These success has taken their confidence sky high.
Hence one feels that ODI series against Australia would be great to watch.
Under Morgan England played(not as stand-bye captain) 17 and won 7 (41.17%). The most striking aspect of their performance is their run-rate, viz 6.05, which one usually does not associate with England’s ODI team – 9 times they scored >300 plus and once crossed the 400 mark
Its their bowling that has helping their batsmen post large scores, specially while chasing big targets 🙂
A look at their bowling phases against NZ (last ODI series)
Here is how bowlers performed in each phase of NZ series. (Minimum qualification 4 overs in each phase).
Apart from Mark Wood(5.32)every bowler conceded more than 6 runs/over. Not a good performance by any standard.
Now that ICC has changed its powerplay rules for ODIs, one might see improved performance from their bowlers.
Their success is based on constructive batting led by their captain, who navigates their middle order batting.Here is how their batsmen performed in each phase. Interestingly Morgan is consistently featured in middle phases. The last phases features variable batsmen in the likes of Plunkett, Rashid, Buttler and Stokes. Their power hitting ability will be challenged by fearsome Australian bowlers.
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