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England reminded of threat; CRICKET.

ENGLAND batted for barely 15 overs in Birmingham before rain wiped out the third NatWest Series match - but five of them from Mitchell Johnson provided another reminder of the threat he poses.

After one washout in Leeds, this no-result and a defeat in Manchester, England will head next to Cardiff knowing that only victory there and in the last match in Southampton too will mean they add one-day international success over Australia to their Ashes victory.

Eoin Morgan's callow team will not head south either with any extra confidence after an eventful hour at Edgbaston.

Kevin Pietersen and Michael Carberry contrived a run-out, which consigned the latter to his third low score in as many ODI attempts.

Then, in a total of 59 for three under heavy cloud cover and floodlights, before more forecast rain arrived and terminated proceedings, Pietersen was undone by Johnson's pace and bounce and Jonathan Trott was also significantly discomfited by the left-armer. Johnson mixes the unplayable with the unwatchable, but is on song at the moment and also proved too much for Trott in Manchester.

Morgan acknowledged that Johnson is a handful, but knows that consistency is always likely to remain his biggest problem.

"He's bowling all right," he said. "He bowled well in the last game, and we know his capabilities.

"We know when he bowls well, he's pretty dangerous - but if he gets it wrong, he gives you enough scoring opportunities to capitalise."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Sep 12, 2013
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