Different attack, same results
In the summer, Tim de Lisle suggested
that England employ a separate coach for one-day internationals. More recently, Mark Nicholas
and His Lordship
Sir Geoffrey of Boycott
have also called for this to happen.
But what's partly escaped notice is that England's ODI side
, while having an almost identical batting line-up (subtract Cook, add Dalrymple and maybe Joyce), has a completely different attack. Ashley Giles
and Matthew Hoggard aren't in the squad. Steve Harmison has retired
. Simon Jones, even when fit, has not got an outstanding ODI record
. Monty Panesar is yet to play an ODI.
England have tried one-day 'specialists' in the past, to much condemnation
. But the circle has turned since the last World Cup, and now it seems that separation is the key to success, the one element that will change England's fortunes for the better.
So how did this work, in its first trial?
Well, 77 runs
doesn't sound too
bad, but that's because it's a Twenty20 match - you need to adjust your expectations. 77 runs is a whopping 3.85 runs an over, which, in ODI terms, is the equivalent of losing by 192.5 runs. This was a hammering.
The only positive to take out of this is that Steve Harmison
might come under greater pressure for his Test place. One of the keys to having a successful side is to keep pushing the incumbents. Some players don't need that pressure, because they're extremely professional - Dravid is one, McGrath another. But most do, and Harmison certainly does. Unfortunately the chances of England finding a superstar bowler to put the pressure on Harmison in this series are remote.
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