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England need the know-how to play one-day cricket

The presence of Hales, Buttler, Root, Moeen shows that England have the players who can play ODIs but what is missing is the special knowledge of approaching batting in a 50-overs scenario, writes Sourav Ganguly.

cricket Updated: Sep 07, 2014 01:44 IST
Sourav Ganguly,India,England

India’s tour of England is into the last match and hopefully it will be a run feast. The pitch at Birmingham is the best in the country at the moment and that was on show at the ‘Finals Day’ of the domestic T20 which Warwickshire won. India will be unchanged but it will be a new-look England, and the win at Headingley will give them a lot of confidence going into this match.

India need to be congratulated for the series win in the one-dayers after a gap of 24 years on English soil but Dhoni and his boys must have wanted to keep the slate clean, which didn’t happen, as it once again showed that scoreboard pressure mounts on any team. Chasing 295 was not easy and India have chased down 300-odd runs overseas only twice, once in 2002 at Lord’s and in 2007 at Oval.

Bhuvneshwar and Jadeja were not at their best on Friday. Bhuvi, who had bowled splendidly with the new ball in the fourth ODI, and Jadeja, on a turning track, wasn’t effective. It was good to see Shami bowl so well after a long time and he bowled yorkers consistently in the last five overs. For me, the game-changing moment was the Powerplay for England. Buttler and Root scored 55 runs in those five overs and that gave England the push which wasn’t there previously.

It gave the likes of Stokes the freedom to play strokes as they didn’t have to worry about mending the innings. The win for England at Headingley was a much-improved one by the home side and surprisingly they batted the best on a pitch which turned the most. But England will have to look at their one-day game as this is the fifth consecutive one-day series loss for them at home. This young England side needs someone who will give them direction about how to play one-day cricket.

The presence of Hales, Buttler, Root, Moeen shows that England have the players who can play ODIs but what is missing is the special knowledge of approaching batting in a 50-overs scenario.

England need to find a good ODI batsman at No 3 and that can’t be Mooen. It will be better to ask Morgan to do the job rather than asking him to start batting against spin all the time. If the left-hander gets set with pace, he will start playing spin even better. Buttler at No 5 with Mooen following at No 6 could be a good balance and the left-hander with his off-spin can become a handy one-day player.

Hopefully, England understood the importance of having a batsman at the crease in the last 10 overs, and they make this a habit to become a better ODI side. Root needs a mention as he proved that besides been a good Test player he has the ability to do well in the shorter version as well. On a day of English glory, he achieved the distinction of being the only Yorkshire man to score a Test and ODI 100 on his home ground.

The writer is a former India skipper