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Aussies short on batting time

By Adam Cooper 14/06/2005 06:20:13 PM Comments (0)

The first Twenty20 match between cricket's oldest rivals produced a dramatic loss for Australia, a loss of perspective across England and a lack of batting time for some of the tourists.

The world champion's collapse for 79 at the Rose Bowl in Southampton put a new definition on Twenty20 - the top seven wickets fell in 20 balls of mayhem before Australia was bowled out for its lowest score in an international in almost 20 years.

Anyone who saw New Zealand's Richard Hadlee help bowl Australia out for 70 in a one-day match in Adelaide in the summer of 1985-86 would have seen the similarities, as Ricky Ponting and his men ran to the wicket and back like children playing rounders.

The abbreviated game dictates incoming batsmen have to be at the crease in 90 seconds, which made for chaos in a collapse of 7-8 in England's 100-run win.

England has now beaten Australia in the last three matches - in all three forms of the game - and the country's newspapers led the euphoria.

The Daily Mirror directed its "You Sheilas" headline at the tourists, while the Daily Mail asked: "Was it Bangladesh in Disguise?"

Australia's loss did pose some problems days out from the triangular one-day series, as Ponting conceded his side fell victim to the pace of the Twenty20 game - which left a couple of batsmen short on match practice.

Michael Clarke and Mike Hussey have faced nine balls between them in three completed matches, meaning the 50-over match against county side Somerset carries more weight than it would have at the start of the tour.

"That's half the reason that they were batting where they were today, to hopefully get some time in the middle, but Clarkey got out first ball and Huss faced half a dozen," Ponting said.

"We've got to look at that.

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