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England Script Amazing Turnaround

England Script Amazing Turnaround
England will take on Australia in the tri-series final on Sunday.
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From desperate lows just a month ago after their tour to Sri Lanka, England have progressed delightfully in these last four weeks, qualifying for the tri-series final against Australia on Sunday.

In Perth, they beat India by three wickets, a second victory against the team that beat them convincingly at home in the summer, a sign of this positive change.

James Taylor and Jos Buttler added 125 runs for the sixth wicket after they were reduced to 66 for five whilst chasing India’s paltry score of 200 runs.

Ajinkya Rahane’s half-century and Stuart Binny’s burst of three wickets went in vain as India were knocked out of this World Cup dress-rehearsal tournament.

“This isn't everything but enough to be going on with for a start,” said Taylor.

“In a perfect world it wouldn't have got that tight.”

“Sixty for five isn't ideal but we showed some real character. It's a great result for us.”

“We definitely didn't play our best cricket with the bat but in a tough situation we showed the character to get through it and win the game.”

Taylor scored 82 runs coming in at number three to dig his side out of a troublesome 66 for five.

He put on a 125-run sixth wicket stand with Jos Buttler who scored 67 runs, marking a great turn-around for the English team ahead of the big tournament.

“I'm delighted to make a score in a pressure situation, that's what I pride myself on, finishing games and winning games,” added Taylor.

“The way I was playing until 60-odd for five, I was struggling myself. But I managed to get through that and work the ball around.”

“I know my game extremely well now.”

“I wasn't playing my best cricket but I did a job and that's what I do. It's not the prettiest but I like to think it's effective a lot of the time,” he said.

Talking about his partnership with Buttler, he added, “We complimented each other nicely. I plink the ball everywhere and run them ragged and Jos times the ball nicely to the boundary.”

“As soon as Jos came in he took the pressure off me, he played his natural game and struck the ball as well as anybody.”

“He stuck his hand up and won the game for us. That's what we need people to do, stick their hands up and win games for England.”

England also take on Australia in their World Cup opener in Melbourne on February 14 and Sunday’s match as such is a big opportunity for them to go one-up on tournament hosts.

“Sunday is a massive game for us. It is a big opportunity.”

“Australia will be very tough on this pitch because they have some good bowlers who have been in form recently.”

“But if we can win that match then that will be a big statement for us going into the World Cup,” Taylor signed off.”

For India, this defeat not only means a winless Australian tour for India, but also that they haven’t won an ODI in New Zealand, South Africa and now here, with three victories overseas in England in the last calendar year.

It doesn’t make good preparatory reading for the World Cup.

“In New Zealand and over here, the middle order has been losing too many wickets in quick succession, which means there is too much pressure on the batsmen who is batting at that point of time,” said MS Dhoni.

“You may say it is a bit of pattern, which we need to change to some extent.”

“And we should be able to do that with this break over here and a bit more time to think about the game. I think the guys will come back strong for the World Cup,” added the Indian skipper.

“I think from the confidence point of view we are quite good.”

“Because again we try to give more emphasis on what needs to be done as to proper planning and executing.”

“We have been in this situation and know how exactly it feels and how to overcome that feeling.”

“We were able to overcome that in the England series when we came back strongly.”

“It’s something the boys know how to get out of. It’s a bit of a challenge because it has been a long tour so far. But with this break now – six to 10 days – will help us,” he added.

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