Although England are 2-0 up in The Ashes, there have been many occasions during the series when the hosts have been under the pump. However, unlike Australia who have allowed the Englishmen to get away numerous times, Alastair Cook’s men have fought back from tough situations and have reversed the pressure on the Aussies.
Part time leggie Steven Smith got the ball to bite on Day 1 itself to take three key wickets to help Australia reduce England to 289 for 7. Smith got the important wickets of Ian Bell, Jonny Bairstow and Matt Prior as England slipped away from an otherwise solid position of 271 for 4 after Tea.
Hosts England entered into the Finals of the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 after a cakewalk victory over the Proteas who yet again choked in a major tournament. It was a disastrous batting show from South Africa that turned the big Semi-Final in a one-sided affair.
Sri Lanka kept their hopes alive of making it to the Semi Finals of the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 by beating hosts England in a high-scoring Group A Match at The Oval in London. Kumar Sangakkara with a 15th ODI century steered the Lankans to a 7-wicket win with 17 balls in a run chase of 294.
New Zealand sealed their 3-ODI Series against England with a massive 86-run victory in the Second ODI at The Rose Bowl in Southampton. The Kiwi victory was set up by a second consecutive century from opener Martin Guptill.