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Flat finish and schedule strife – what did we learn from England’s ODI series?

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England achieved their mission in Australia by clinching the T20 World Cup but their time Down Under came to a dispiriting end after a 3-0 ODI clean sweep by their Ashes rivals.Here, the PA news agency looks at the important issues that have arisen from a three-match series that was labelled “horrible” by Moeen Ali due to its timing.None whatsoever.

Just four days separated England’s win over Pakistan in the T20 World Cup final and the ODI series opener against Australia.

Many who helped England unify the ODI and T20 global titles stayed in Australia but were clearly jaded. There were some fresher faces such as James Vince and Sam Billings, players who are on the fringes of the white-ball set-up, but they had a minimal amount of preparation and no warm-up matches to get adjusted to conditions.

Australia, having been eliminated at the group stage of their home T20 World Cup, had an extra week’s rest and, frankly, it showed.Broadcast commitments, mainly, but also as a gesture of thanks for Australia coming over to England for a white-ball trip in the Covid summer of 2020.

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