The Ashes 2013: Scotland v Australia ODI Talking Points

Australia destroyed Scotland by 200 runs last night in their single ODI of this tour. Centuries to Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh were the bedrock of massive Australian total of 362. With the ball, Mitchell Johnson took 4 wickets as Scotland were restricted to just 162.

What can fans take from this game? The main talking point, obviously, is how much stock can be placed in this fixture by the Australian hierarchy given that the opposition consisted principally of County Second XI and part time cricketers.

To me this game must be condemned to being a footnote of the tour marked as the glorified net session that it was right from the moment the Scottish captain won the toss and elected to bowl.

The saddest part of all of that is the long standing opening batting record for Australia in ODIs that was broken by Finch and Marsh was bested in a game against 3rd tier opposition. The “International” designation of these games may be something that requires attention in future to avoid such a travesty occurring again.

The Ashes Tour: England’s ODI Squad

England has named its squad for the One Day International fixtures for the Natwest series starting on 6 September. It is:

Eoin Morgan (capt), Ravi Bopara, Jos Buttler, Michael Carberry, Steven Finn, Chris Jordan, Jamie Overton, Kevin Pietersen, Boyd Rankin, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, James Tredwell, Jonathan Trott, Luke Wright

A number of players have been rested from the team that played in the test series including: Cook, Anderson, Bell and Swann.