Here’s our thread for the fourth ODI at Trent Bridge. We’ll be updating this post throughout the day as the match progresses. Please feel free to add your comments. New Zealand are currently 97-1 off 16 and looking good. The man out was Brendon McCullum.
The pitch is good, our bowlers are looking average, and the catching has been terrible again. We’ve already put down three chances. This is getting beyond a joke. On the positive side, I’ve just had a lovely piece of cake. It reminded me of the Ladies pavilion at New Road.
Update: The kiwis have just finished batting. We’ll need a paltry 350 to win. A walk in the park, surely? Ahem.
The pick of the bowlers was Mark Wood, closely followed by Steve Finn. They both conceded just five per over and picked up a wicket each. Willey and Rashid were hammered I’m afraid, but at least the latter kept his composure in the final over after going for a mammoth 28 in 48th over of the innings.
I’m afraid I can’t tell you more about the cake I had earlier. Needless to say it was delicious in every way. Now I’m off to light the BBQ. Toulouse sausages, brought back from Belgium a few weeks ago, are on the menu. That might give Jenny a hint as to who is writing this.
I’ll be back at the end of the England innings.
Update: We won! And yes, it was a walk in park. One might say it was a piece of cake. Mmmmmm. Cake.
Two fantastic centuries saw us home. Eoin Morgan looks back to his very best. How long before Michael Vaughan wants him back in the test squad? Meanwhile, Joe Root played another innings of splendid maturity. He’s pretty bloody good, isn’t he.
A word too for our openers. The other day I questioned whether both should play in the same side. On today’s evidence, I was completely wrong. The start they gave us was absolutely fantastic. There will be days when they don’t produce the goods simultaneously, so let’s enjoy it when they do.
Overall today was a fantastic win. Positive thinking will win you more games than not. A few months ago our ODI team was a laughing stock, while the test team were generally considered the stronger outfit. I can see this changing very soon.
This limited overs side has the charisma England fans have been crying out for. They’re likeable and dynamic. With a tough test schedule approaching, I can see the ODI side becoming the standard bearers for English cricket.
It’s still early days, of course, but the potential seems to be there – in the batting at least. The bowling is another matter, and our reserves look painfully thin, but let’s discuss this another day.
Just enjoy it folks.