A classic partnership

England fought their way back into the seven-match one-day series in Sri Lanka at Hambontota.

Firstly I must say the wicket looked an absolute belter, with plenty of pace and bounce, and didn’t turn very much, which might well be like the wickets are when they get to Australia, so that was a good sign.

It might well have been a good toss for the captain Alastair Cook to lose. As the game was cut down to 35 overs a side it was probably better to chase in a game like that with the Duckworth Lewis method coming into play and also with our batsmen getting a view of what the wicket was like, how it was playing and knowing what they had to do.

One of the mistakes from the second game was England didn’t realise that it was a slow turning pitch until it was too late.

Communication lines need to be open from the first ball in a cricket match and there should be a constant re-evaluation of what a good score is going to be. Conditions can change quickly and with that so should the realisation of what a good score is.

None of that seemed to happen in the second game.

Let’s cut to the chase here. Once again Moeen Ali got the team off to a wonderful start, at last ably supported by the captain for a while, and so the platform was laid for a successful chase.

There was a slight wobble mid-innings but, because we‘d got off to such a good start, we still had the resources and time to recover from.

The match-winning effort between Messrs Root and Buttler was a classic partnership to finish off a game.

Joe’s role in the side enables him to rotate the strike, stay calm and be in at the end while we all know Jos can hit fours and sixes and still rotate the strike.

They both played their roles brilliantly, kept calm and, even when it got down to the last four overs and we needed 10 runs an over, they always looked like they had the job in hand.

Showing the opposition that you are not fazed in a tight situation is half the battle and as a batsman in one-day cricket there is nothing better than being in at the end and seeing your team home.

You get a great buzz from it and it adds to not just your own confidence but...

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