Crick Down the Legside

September 10, 2009 4:36 AM

All White on the night

The beautifully located Rose Bowl was something of a goldfish bowl for Andrew Strauss and his men last night, who can find no escape to their ongoing ODI angst.
Of the top-end batters, only Shah, adjudged to be LBW but replays showed it outside the line, could walk away with any sense of injustice. Prior's loose pull was compounded by the skipper's slightly lazy scoop to mid-wicket when well set, although Clarke took a good low catch.
A score of 228 was never going to be enough, and Cameron White chose the perfect time to score his maiden ODI ton.
Where England go from here is anyone's guess, particularly as there's hardly a long queue of worthwhile replacements. This was far worse than Oval and Lord's, where at least they put up a fight. On this evidence, they may be heading for a 7-0 Whitewash.

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