England’s tour of Australia is lurching from bad to worse as they keep losing games which seemed to be in their bag midway through the match. In this respect, it is pretty much like the Indian tour of England in 2011 when, in the one-dayers, India were in a good position only to ultimately lose the match.
The saying that snatching defeat from the jaws of victory applied then and is also applicable now. England having avoided a whitewash in the one-day games by winning the fourth and were in a winning position in the final game too when they restricted the home team to just 217. They then collapsed inexplicably, had some bizarre dismissals and lost by five runs.
Then Australia showed just why they are going to be a real threat in the ICC World Twenty20 when they blasted the England attack to get over 200 runs in their allotted 20 overs. This is the one trophy which is not in the cabinet of the Australian board and they are desperate for it.
Sri Lanka have quickly got over their defeat in the third Test against Pakistan and thrashed hosts Bangladesh comprehensively in the first Test. It is a good comeback by the Lankans. Mahela Jayawardene, who had regained his form with a century in that third Test against Pakistan, carried on his good form by notching an unbeaten double century.
When he gets going he makes batting look so easy, but there is a lot of hard work and thought that goes into the effort. There were other centurions in the Sri Lanka innings but none of those were as classy as Jayawardene’s.
India continue to flounder overseas and their record in the one-day games has been very ordinary indeed. In the last two months they have played eight one-day games, one of which was tied and one was abandoned due to rain. They have not won a single game, and quite honestly, have never looked as if they would win too. They were totally outplayed in South Africa, and while they have done slightly better in New Zealand, they have not looked the world champions that they are.
They have not got off to a start with the bat at all and that has set them back. Then their bowling has simply not learnt from previous games and keeps making the same errors over and over again. The tragedy is that they are carrying some bowlers around simply as net bowlers, and so Indian cricket has no way of knowing whether the reserve bowlers they have are any good or not. If these players are not going to be tried in the dead rubbers, then when are they going to get an opportunity?
Mahela Jayawardene, for his double century in the Test against Bangladesh, is the CEAT International cricketer of the week.
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