England eye top spot

September 16, 2010 at 12:47 pm Leave a comment


England’s victory over Pakistan, in the second of the five ODI’s the two countries will play, took them from fourth up to second in the ODI rankings. Andrew Strauss will be hoping to take his side to the top of the rankings, not only in the shorter forms of the game but also the Test rankings.

Online Cricket Betting pundits note how England will head to Australia later in the year looking to take the top spot in the ODI rankings, which the Aussie’s currently hold. This England side have had an exceptional year in all forms of the game. Their one day team has lost only two games all summer, against Australia and surprisingly against a spirited Bangladesh side. If they keep their current form up then they will reach that top spot next year.

Before English minds can focus on the upcoming Ashes and one day series in Australia, they must first finish off the series against Pakistan of which the Cricket odds is backing them to win. England will need to keep their level of performance as high as it has been, despite the series being completely overshadowed by the betting scandal.

Captain Andrew Strauss has done an admirable job keeping his team fully focused on the job in hand despite the furore that has engulfed the sport recently. If he could lead this team to the top of the rankings in all forms of the game it would be a fitting tribute to the job Strauss has done as skipper.

Strauss, along with coach Andy Flower, have taken England from a squad known for its lack of discipline as well as its infighting, to one of the tightest squads in international cricket. The job these two have done shouldn’t be underestimated and England will take some beating when they head Down Under.

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