Bell struck a well paced 113 not out as England cruised to victory over an Indian side that weren’t firing as expected for the last ODI of the series. They did, however, already have the series wrapped up. Other stand out performances were that of Tim Bresnan, who won’t travel to New Zealand for treatment on his elbow, who took 4-45 including the wickets of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli in consecutive balls early on. His elbow looked fine after upsetting the Indian top order and causing a mini collapse, England controlled the game from then on. Also Eoin Morgan came in and boosted the run rate at number 5, scoring 40 from 40 balls including 3 sixes. This gave England the win with 16 balls to spare, a very comfortable win.
Joe Root, who will compete with Jonny Bairstow for the number 6 spot in New Zealand, also hit a solid innings of 31, supporting Bell well while he was in his element. This leaves the decision between the two almost impossible. Both have been chosen for all squads in New Zealand and both are now showing maturity beyond their years as well as scoring runs. It’s a nice selection decision to have to make for Andy Flower, who has James Taylor captaining the Lions squad for if neither prove their worth. With an Ashes double-header coming in late 2013, both young lads will want to get their name penned in on that team-sheet, so will want to prove themselves in New Zealand, and against New Zealand in England before the Champions Trophy starts on the 6th of June. James Tredwell was another good performer in the series, taking 11 wickets in the 5 games and showing England that the young spinners, Briggs and Borthwick, still have a lot to learn before facing experienced opposition.
Suresh Raina was the only Indian stand out performance as he put the woe’s of poor Test scores behind him and hit a measured 83 before falling to the bowling of Chris Woakes. Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh both departed for ducks on what was a dull ending to a good series for the Indian team. Their players will now look onto the IPL as a chance to get in form for the Champions Trophy in England. Or more likely, use the IPL as spending money for shopping in London when the Champions Trophy comes around!
Indian wrapped up the series 3-2 as England payed the price for resting senior players Johnathan Trott, James Anderson and Graeme Swann. Which is a huge shame after the momentum England gained from winning the Test series in India. England now go to New Zealand aiming to show the over-looking Aussie’s what they have coming in the summer.