Please do not adjust your set. England have won a one-day series against major opposition, and it’s hard to say who was most surprised – us (the supporters), the Sri Lankans, or the England players themselves. The latter, I suspect.
We’d like to hear your views on England’s performance, and where we go from here as a one-day side. From where I was sitting, it seemed we can do well in ODIs when we can play in a test match style – attacking with the ball, exploiting helpful conditions, and putting the batsmen under pressure. That’s how we won the first and fourth matches in this series. But when we bat first, or the pitch is a featherbed, we still lack authority, as shown in the second and third fixtures. Even yesterday, in a match we managed to (just) close out, our middle-order stereotypically collapsed after a promising start.
On the other hand, congrats are due to turning the series around at Trent Bridge after two previous thrashings. Morgan and Kieswetter were great throughout, Cook exceeded expectations, Trott and KP were OK, but Bell remains limp as an ODI number six.
With the ball, you can’t help but feel Broad’s omission from yesterday’s side has wider significance. With every match he plays, Broad looks increasingly less likely to take wickets. His most reliable asset – his confidence – is in disarray. Bresnan easily outbowled him this series – he was terrific in the last two games – and would surely be more effective than Broad in the India tests. As for Dernbach…the jury remains out.