England lose again in India - what next?

on November 24, 2008 by Administrator

So another defeat in India and England have fallen to a 4-0 deficit in the best-of-seven series. It was always going to be a tough place to go and play ODI’s but the games haven’t even been that competitive.

England fell to a 19 run loss yesterday after a rain affected match and that was the closest they had got all series. Our friends Duckworth and Lewis got together to agree a target and England had to get 198 off 22 overs which seemed a realistic target. However the early demise of Bopara and Bell hurt and when Pietersen went cheaply it all seemed a bit too much.

Owais Shah and Andrew Flintoff gave England hope but when they went it was essentially all over and India got to that unassailable lead in the series. England haven’t bowled well and haven’t batted well at all and they’ll need to re-group before the test series which starts on the 11th December in Ahmedabad.

This is Kevin Pietersen’s first real test as captain after a glorious run following the resignation of Michael Vaughan. This winter will show a lot about the man who many hope will be the mainstay of the side for the next decade or so. England play a two game test series in India before flying home for Christmas and then on to the West Indies to start 2009.

India have just beaten Australia so are in fine form so any kind of result in the test series would be impressive. Monty will return for them and give England that vital missing ingredient of the current series – a world-class wicket taking spinner. That is what Australia missed as they had no Shane Warne and when you are on the sub-continent then that is what you need.

The West Indies are in turmoil so anything short of victory over there would be one almighty disappointment. With our seamers all in decent knick with Flintoff, Harmison and Broad then you’d expect us to be able to bowl sides out.

But when has cricket ever been played on paper?

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