In the first practice game on the Australia tour today, the England boys showed what kind of mood they have come with.
On a short ground in Canberra, Ian Bell and company smashed the bowling attack of Prime Minister’s XI as the Three Lions put on a score close to 400 runs losing just 6 wickets in the process.
Bell fell just 13 away from what could have been his first double century in List ‘A’ Cricket.
Nevertheless, the Warwickshire man made a statement to those who were questioning his promotion to the opening slot despite the presence of Alex Hales there in the squad.
Facing just 145 balls in his innings, Bell hit 20 fours and 3 sixes and it’s not only him, the other two men in the England top order i.e. Moeen Ali and James Taylor also came to the party, scoring a fifty each.
Moeen’s knock was quite flamboyant as usual, Taylor’s was a bit sedate, but, these guys eventually played the Cricket that the experts and also the fans wanted them to play for such a long time.
However, it remains to be seen when they face a better attack in a few days’ time in international cricket on grounds where the boundaries would be big, if they play the same sort of Cricket or not.
One other notable thing in today’s game was that the England captain Eoin Morgan batted at 6.
Jos Buttler batted ahead of him. It might have been because there were very few deliveries left and Morgan wanted his aggressive wicketkeeper batsman to go out there and blast it away.
Both Morgan and Buttler play with the same pace though. So, it doesn’t really make much difference which of them bats at 5.
But, Morgan, being more experienced, has been tipped to take that no. 5 position when the proper games come along.