Getting in the habit

Winning becomes a habit especially in scrappy, hard-fought games like this.

Neil Fairbrother
Getting in the habit

England did remarkably well to get over the line in Perth after losing half their wickets on a dodgy underprepared-looking wicket.

The odds were stacked in favour of India. But a great partnership in the middle of the innings between James Taylor and Jos Buttler, who both weighed up the situation perfectly, put away their big shots and were busy picking up ones and twos, ensured England won a close game.

The one good thing about this victory is that winning becomes a habit especially in scrappy, hard-fought games like this.

It will give the players a lot to look forward to over the next couple of days, a final against Australia in front of a packed house.

On the bowling front, Stuart Broad looked a little bit more like his old self and his first couple of wickets on Australian soil will give him an awful lot of confidence.

For Steven Finn, the wickets that he is getting is helping him become the bowler he was 18 months ago and once again the Indian batsmen found it hard to fathom out Moeen Ali. He really has been a fantastic find over the last few months for English cricket.

Sunday will be another day altogether of course. The Aussie bowlers are all up around the 145 to 150 kph speed which will be a lot more hostile than the English batsmen faced against India.

However you can only beat what’s in front of you.

Roll on Sunday and giving it to the Aussies!

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