Ian Bell


England Win Doesn't Mask Sense Of Vulnerability

In direct parallel to the 87th Academy Awards on Monday, held some 11,000 kilometres upwards of the Pacific Ocean, was a rather lifeless one-day international at Hagley Park. In the glitzy surroundings of Hollywood, the Oscars threw up some surprises to leave film critics and moviegoers somewhat puzzled. In Christchurch, England's defeat went pretty much to script. England won, made 300 and won by 119 runs. And yet there was something hollow about this win over Scotland.