Tired Australians don’t have long to crack the one-day cricket code | Geoff Lemon

In a role reversal, the home side looked as creaky and out of date as England had three years earlier

In 2015, it wasn’t just Australians laughing at England’s version of one-day cricket. This was a team knocked out of the World Cup quarters by Bangladesh, having stumbled to that stage with a timid and conservative gameplan 30 years out of date. It was a side that not long beforehand had Alastair Cook and Ian Bell pootling along at the top of each innings, while other sides opened up with baseball sluggers. Its management so relied on spreadsheets that the cricket writer Peter Miller named his book on the subject 28 Days’ Data.

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