Is it a case of an Ashes hangover affecting the Aussie XI in ODIs against England?
That is the assessment of Mitch Marsh, who feels that could be the case, but was not the true cause behind a shock one-day defeat to the Poms.
Playing at MCG, the Australians set a respectable target of 8 – 304, which after winning the Ashes 4 – nil, would have seemed more than enough to convince a disheartened British squad to fold its tent.
Marsh was in good form for the ODI, making 50 off 68 balls. Opener Aaron Finch threw in a ton, making 107 and all-rounder Marcus Stoinis had 60.
The problem from the Aussies seemed to be that its pacemen were gassed. Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins managed only four wickets in giving up 134 runs. England opener Jason Roy was within shouting distance of a double ton when he posted a record 180 runs.
Marsh thinks fatigue might have been a factor. He himself went from Melbourne to Brisbane, feeling that going all the way back to Perth would have been too tiring.
“There may be an element of that but from a momentum perspective we were really up and about,” he said. “When you’re playing for your country there is no such thing as being tired or going into games tired.”
That statement seemed more descriptive of Jason Roy that of any of the Aussies. He had been floundering in BBL play for the Sydney Sixers, never managing better than 21 in six digs.
The national call-up must have stirred him, as he came out blazing and propelled England to a comfortable win with the highest score in England’s 50-over history.
Joe Root, whose Ashes effort was decidedly luke warm, struck an unbeaten 91.
England is once again proving that their attacking style is well suited to one-day play and has been effective for going on two years now.
Everyone has a couple of days to rest before the day-night tilt at the Gabba in Brisbane.