NASSER HUSSAIN: England will get more out of their ODI series defeat to India than the test matches – Liam Livingstone and Reece Topley look good, but Tom Curran looks vulnerable
What a great effort this was on both sides to put on such a great show at the end of a long and difficult tour locked in a bio-secured bubble. It speaks volumes about the modern cricketer.
None more than Sam Curran. It was remarkable to put in such a feat and get so close to winning the last one-day international for England after having a quiet run, and probably thinking he had a point to prove.
And, thanks in part to that late effort on Sunday in Pune, England will get more out of the white ball stage of this tour than the Test matches.
England will get more out of the white ball stage of their tour of India than their defeat in the Test series
Yes, there are still questions for Eoin Morgan to answer. But he’s seen the depth of his banking strength, with fringe players Liam Livingstone and Reece Topley doing themselves a lot of good in the 50-over matches.
Topley looked a little sore on Sunday as he played his second game in three days, which is understandable after all the injury problems he’s had. But he bowed well in the second game, especially at death.
And Livingstone has shown he can be a right-handed finisher in the Twenty20 squad if England persists with Jos Buttler at the top. There have only been Livingstone cameos in these last two matches, but he looks like he can take the rope with the bat and offer another spin option with the ball.
Sam Curran’s performance had been remarkable with England on the brink of a memorable chase
Moeen Ali has become a bit of a fringe player himself this winter, but he’s returned to the 50-over side with two quietly effective bowling appearances in the last two games, and his share likely surged above Sam Curran’s – at least until Curran came in yesterday. the bat went. .
It is Tom Curran’s position that now looks vulnerable. He hasn’t exactly gotten backwards, but batsmen have worked out his variations and his challenge now is to take his game to the next level.
England certainly missed Jofra Archer and Chris Woakes, even though their death bowling was better on Sunday. In their absence, much of that death bowling, especially in the second game, was naive.
Fringe players Liam Livingstone (above) and Reece Topley have done themselves a lot of good
At least Morgan knows he has two more bankers in his white ball attack over both 50 and 20 overs in Adil Rashid and Mark Wood, who were excellent in this series. The only concern is that they are no closer to finding a replacement if Rashid gets injured, as circumstances dictated that Matt Parkinson never got a chance in these matches.
There isn’t much for Morgan to worry about with his at bat. Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy cemented their status as England’s greatest white-ball opening pair. They were fantastic in the first two games and when they play well everything else usually falls into place.
But when they go cheap, like on Sundays, England is without Joe Root’s glue. As well as Ben Stokes did in the second game, there is only one man to hit three in the 50-over side. They missed Root in this series.
Joe Root is a miss with England suffering without the glue he provides after their openers fall
Morgan may have said ‘this is the way we play’ after England put all guns down in the first game, but Root is a huge part of the way they play in ODIs as he allows anyone to be expansive.
We see England move up a bit from the side that won the 2019 World Cup. They are trying to work out a formula for these conditions, with the next T20 and 50-over World Cups both taking place in India.
And what these matches have shown is that these two brilliant white ball teams will be competing a lot for those World Cups, starting with the T20 in October.