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England’s victory at Lord’s ensured their unbeaten run at home continues – they have not lost an ODI series at home since 2009 when Australia won by a country mile. But that was After the Lord Mayor’s Show since the Ashes were already won and South Africa will cast this series off as just the same, particularly if they lose the final rubber.
Ravi Bopara has been on a downward spiral with the bat since his self-inflicted exile from the second Test. With Trott out of the side, Bopara should be looking forward to more time at the crease but his current form may see England opt to keep Bopara at No. 4 and reduce the risk of losing two early wickets. Fortunately for Bopara his bowling is keeping him in the side but he needs runs.
AB de Villiers has not made the big runs he produced against Sri Lanka and New Zealand earlier this year and by his own admission has been guilty of not continuing his starts – 39, 28 and 28 in the last three games – into scores that could put England under pressure chasing. With several players around him out of form, de Villiers needs a captain’s knock at Trent Bridge.
With the No. 1 ranking secure until the new year, England have at least a major achievement to take away from this summer and are building well. The test of their progress will come in India but for the time being they can be content with several plus points that bode well for their long term vision towards the 2015 World Cup. One of those is the offspinner James Tredwell who was superb at Lord’s. He has proved a more than capable replacement for Graeme Swann and England should be confident that should Swann need to be rested, Tredwell is the wings.
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