England’s cricketers slumped to a 51 run defeat in the fifth one day international with another dismal performance with the bat, led by captain Strauss. Australia won the toss and elected to bat and posted a total of 249 all out in 49.3 overs. The English bowlers did excellently with the ball, shame the batsmen could not equal the bowlers performance. All four bowlers scored more runs than captain and opener Andrew Strauss with #11 Steven Finn posting 35 runs on the board; third highest score of the innings. Michael Clark top scored for Australia with 54 runs, David Hussey posted the second highest score of 35; the rest of the batsmen were unspectacular but better than England. Kevin Pietersen top scored for England with 40 runs on the board followed by Ian Bell who scored 36 runs followed by the aforementioned 35 from Finn. Hero of the last one day international, Jonathan Trott went for a golden duck! So England are now playing for pride, Australia have an unassailable 4 – 1 lead in the seven game series. Andrew Strauss can fume about the batting collapse as much as he wants, he was the player that led the collapse in Brisbane, he needs to look at his own performances in this series before complaining about others.
It also seems that Fernando Torres does have a trigger amount in his contract for his release; and that amount is £50m + failure to qualify for the Champions League. So even if Roman Abramovich does stump up the £50m; Liverpool can force Torres to stay until the end of the season as it’s still possible for Liverpool to qualify for the Champions League. The other scenario that is floating around is £40m plus Nicolas Anelka for Torres, given the French internationals behaviour last summer in the world cup I’m not sure that’s a good deal! But if the Spaniard really wants to leave; let him go assuming that Chelsea meets the contract release trigger point; his value will never be as high as it it right now, £50m could buy a few up and coming Torres’
I said this in my previous blog entry and it seems the League Managers Association agrees with me. The LMA are calling for the January transfer window to be scrapped supported by The Premier League, Football League, Football Association and the Professional Footballers’ Association. I hope that with all those big names in support of getting rid of the mid season transfer window, it’ll be gone soon, maybe even next season! It simply disrupts teams seasons, players disappearing from squads between training sessions, having key players sat in the dressing room while other teams make up their mind whether they want to follow through with their offer.