IDENCE in the England camp took a knock when they lost the Test series to South Africa last month followed by the first one-day international, so their recovery in the ODI series will have given morale a vital lift before a really tough winter tour to India, even despite losing again yesterday.
The No1 status, in this form at least, remains theirs and they deserve great credit for what has been a team effort, rather than inspired by any individual’s sustained brilliance. Having said that, James Tredwell, now settled as England’s second spinner after Graeme Swann, has acquitted himself consistently well in various conditions – that’s a big bonus.
It should be noted that South Africa have missed Jacques Kallis, but they are still very competitive.
Having just assumed the Test captaincy, it’s also a fillip for Alastair Cook. All teams have sticky spells, when decisive leadership is very important. Coach Andy Flower has been exemplary, and Cook also did very well.
Andy Lloyd is a former England Test cricketer. He has also been captain and chairman of Warwickshire.