Ryan Sidebottom admits England know where they're falling short ahead of the third one-dayer...
By Ryan Sidebottom
Last Updated: 08/09/09 11:28am
We feel as though we could have won both one-day games so far if we had played as a team, but it's a difficult situation now being two-nil down.
If we go three-nil down we will probably be dead and buried so it makes the Rose Bowl ODI a must-win game. We realise that as a team and we are quite positive. We have played well in patches during the first two matches but, as of yet, we've come up just short when trying to get the whole team ethic together on the day.
We know we should have knocked off 250 at Lord's and also at the Oval, we felt we were chasing just a par score on a quick-scoring ground with a massive outfield and plenty of twos and threes around.
I'm sure our batsmen will admit that after doing the hard work and getting themselves in, they have maybe got out at the wrong times. And we also need to address the batting power plays - where we have had the lower order in batting in the powerplays at the end of the innings.
We have spoken about having one of your top six in those powerplays, which hasn't really happened yet. Australia kept wickets in hand and so had batsmen in who could take the power play on and really capitalise on it.
Bowling wise, we're pretty happy with how were getting on as a unit. We've bowled in decent areas and have restricted Australia to totals which are by no means out of our reach. We know we are there and thereabouts and both teams are pretty evenly matched - unlike previous years when Australia were arguably a lot stronger than us.
I've not played an international match here at the Rose Bowl but am really looking forward to the atmosphere, which should be brilliant with a full house in. The pitch here is pretty good but with this being a day/night match, maybe the dew will play a part later on in the game. If the ball nips around or skids on, it may become more difficult for batting in the evening, so it could be a good toss to win.
We're confident that we can turn the series around. We've got some excellent players in our team and just need to hit our straps with both bat and ball at the Rose Bowl to turn this series around.
A win here will give us some momentum for the next game at Lord's and then it's up to my home ground of Trent Bridge for back to back matches, where I know the support will be awesome. If we play to our potential, the series scoreline will be looking a lot different then.