Step by step they need to try to get to those quarter-finals.
Australia played as you’d expect and they have proven once again why they’re the favourites. They’re an impressive side, with two left-armers that bowl at 90 mph and a great batting line-up that means that no team will look forward to facing them.
Plenty will be made of England winning the toss and fielding but I don’t think that was crucial.
One-day pitches in Australia and New Zealand don’t change that much so you’re not gaining a massive advantage either way. It’s more about how you play on the day.
England had them in a little bit of trouble at 70-3 but there were partnerships that were put on and Australia have match-winners
who can take the game away from you. England keep going for 300 runs plus on flat pitches and they just don’t seem to be able to stem it. That will be the main worry going forward.
How do they stop teams scoring on flat pitches?
It comes down to tactics and you’ve got to try something else because whatever they’re trying now just isn’t working.
They’ve got the best bowlers there and everyone will turn around and talk about execution but it’s whether they can do something different tactically to stop the opposition scoring so heavily.
When you’re going in chasing a total like 342 it leaves you having to take risks.
And when you’re facing guys like Mitchell Starc and Mitchell Johnson you probably want to take those risks with the other bowlers, which is why Mitchell Marsh has taken so many wickets
If you’re chasing over 300 against Australia the game’s gone from you. That’s the first thing you’ve got to get in line, to try to keep the runs down to 270 or 280 and then you might have a chance but once you get over 300 something really, really special has got to happen for you.
You can take James Taylor’s 98 as a positive. He’s street-wise and it doesn’t matter how you look, it’s how you score the runs. He’s a player that loves that kind of situation and he knows how to score runs.
Eoin Morgan is going through a lean spell but he’s a modern-day cricketer, a modern-day batsman and thinker and he’s the future. He’s been given the role at the last minute and everybody expects something special from him.
It’s very hard as a captain and leader to change things as late as it’s been given to him and I’ve got a lot of sympathy for what he’s going through.
In terms of the selection, they weren’t using Ravi Bopara that much with the ball and he wasn’t scoring many runs so it wasn’t surprising but it’s just another indication that they’re hunting for their best XI which is a little bit of a shame at this stage.
New Zealand are another seriously strong side with different strengths. Along with Australia, they’re playing the bravest cricket and they’re not even thinking about it.
From the outside it looks as though they’re not worrying about consequences, they’re just enjoying the occasion and putting teams under pressure and they’re dangerous when they do that.