England target another series win

September 7, 2010 at 9:17 am Leave a comment

For a few painful hours in Cardiff on Sunday it looked like the first T20 international between England and Pakistan would be a washout.

That would have been the worst-case scenario for the players who, especially in the case of Pakistan, have been cooped up in their hotels for the past week, shielding themselves from the media storm encircling them.

A chance to escape those claustrophobic four walls and actually do what they are paid to do was gratefully accepted. They had a long wait though, with the gloomy skies taking their time to dissipate.

What followed perhaps encapsulated the whole summer. England were not perfect, but they didn’t have to pay a heavy price for their errors as Pakistan once again failed to press home their advantage. Having England 62-5 at the halfway stage was the perfect opportunity for the visitors to push for a morale boosting win, but England were allowed to escape.

Michael Yardy and Eoin Morgan helped the T20 Champions on their way to a first win since lifting the title in the Caribbean four months ago and Pakistan left to rue sloppy fielding and missed opportunities.

It was a sixth consecutive T20 win for England and a seventh on Tuesday will seal yet another series victory, the international cricket tips suggest this is more than likely to happen.

A further one-day series is to follow and with the fallout from the spot-fixing scandal continuing and the Twittering outbursts of Kevin Pietersen and Dimitri Mascarenhas not helping matters it must be hard for the players to lift themselves after what has already been a long and tiring summer.

Another win will be welcome and celebrated with vigour, but I get the impression this entire summer will be remembered for a tabloid sting rather than what happened on the cricket field.

Meanwhile, the 2010/11 Ashes odds suggest England are in for a tough time in Australia when they tour there.

Although it seems unlikely the home side will chalk up another whitewash, they are favourites to regain the urn.


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