Calcutta/ Adelaide: England wilted under pressure as Australia edged home by five runs in a low-scoring thriller in Adelaide on Sunday to win the five-match series 4-1. The win also helped them reclaim the No. 1 spot in the ICC ODI rankings from India.
Ashley Giles, England’s limited overs coach, has admitted his team need to discover a ruthless touch if they are to be contenders for the World Cup next year after ruing missed opportunities that cost them the one-day series against Australia.
A freakish defeat in Brisbane where Australia triumphed by one wicket and England’s collapse on the verge of victory in Adelaide left Giles digesting a 4-1 series defeat.
“On reflection we could be sitting here having won the series. There are a lot of should haves, could haves but we missed a key opportunity in Brisbane.
“It was a situation you would win 99.9 per cent of the time and again last night,” said Giles.
“They put up against us last night, but we outplayed them and didn’t get over the line.
“We can continue to talk about building towards the World Cup, and there have been some really positive signs, but we have to start winning games of cricket. Guys have to start taking responsibility.”
“You do not have to win it in the 45th over which at one point it looked like we might. All these guys have to try and build and move forward. It was a tricky situation,” said Giles.