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Stuart Dalgleish 15th May 2010 - 18:41

England can finally get their hands on a trophy

Pakistan gave it a good go, but thanks to Michael Hussey, we've got the two form teams in the final - England (11/8) and Australia (4/7).

I have to say that even though they looked dead and buried at one point I just thought that the Aussies would make it, as they seem to have shown all the way through this tournament they just seem to be able to find someone for the occasion, somebody to step up and get them over the line.

This time it was Michael Hussey (10/1 to be Man of the Match, 7/1 for top Australia batsman), but during the past couple of weeks various players have pulled a performance out of the bag when the going has got tough.

It just shows Australia's fantastic spirit and never-say-die attitude, some teams when they've been in the situation that the Aussies found themselves in against Pakistan would've just thrown in the towel, but not Australia, and huge credit must go to 'Mr Cricket' Hussey for giving it a go and guiding his team to what was a fantastic win, in the match of the tournament so far.

To be fair to Pakistan they pleasantly surprised me, as I said in the preview for that game they had looked pretty average during the tournament, but like they did in last year's event in England they just seem to be able to raise their game in the big matches, sadly for them they didn't count on 23 runs being scored in the final over!

Alas though, they are out, and I think a lot of neutrals out there and also every cricket lover Down Under and in Blighty have got the final they wanted.

England's performances have thoroughly deserved a place in the final; and if, like me, you stuck a few quid on them before the event started you'd be sitting on a possible 10/1 winner.

If Hussey Senior has been the hero for Australia in a few games, then England as a team have been heroes, while obviously Kevin Pietersen (7/1 MOTM, 5/2 top England batsman) has got the headlines thanks to the birth of his son (and many congratulations to KP from one new Dad to another) and several fantastic knocks with the bat, the rest of the team to a man have all made significant contributions throughout.

Eoin Morgan (14/1 MOTM, 5/1 top Eng bat) has been industrious in his batting, and the openers, Craig Kieswetter (16/1 MOTM, 7/2 top Eng bat) and Michael Lumb (20/1 MOTM, 7/2 top Eng bat), have barely put a foot wrong, meaning that Pietersen isn't under as much pressure by the time he comes in to bat.

England's senior bowler James Anderson (16/1 MOTM, 4/1 top Eng bowler) hasn't got a look in thanks to the bowling attack's excellent consistency throughout.

Tim Bresnan (20/1 MOTM, 4/1 top Eng bowler) has kept great discipline (save for one over against Sri Lanka) in his bowling and has been unlucky not to get more wickets, Stuart Broad (14/1 MOTM, 7/2 top Eng bowler) has picked up key wickets and has been miserly giving away runs, Ryan Sidebottom (25/1 MOTM, 7/2 top Eng bowler) looks dangerous every time he steps up with his in-swingers and the two spinners, Graeme Swann (10/1 MOTM, 3/1 top Eng bowler) and Michael Yardy (20/1 MOTM, 11/2 top Eng bowler) have got brilliant success out of the pitches, unlike England's last tour of the Caribbean.

The Barbados wicket looks like it will favour more of a pace attack though so that's where Australia will be dangerous.

For the first time in the tournament really, they were smacked all over the park against Pakistan, but we've learned over time that the Aussies are at their most dangerous when they're wounded, and that is exactly what the bowling attack will be after the battering they received on Friday.

Dirk Nannes (12/1 MOTM, 3/1 top Aus bowler) was in the Netherlands team which defeated England in the last World Twenty20 and will hope to finish a fantastic tournament, for himself personally as the leading wicket taker , by skittling out England in the final.

He's been ably supported by Mitchell Johnson (12/1 MOTM, 7/2 top Aus bowler), Shaun Tait (16/1 MOTM, 7/2 top Aus bowler), who's had a brilliant economy rate during the tournament, and Steven Smith (25/1 MOTM, 9/2 top Aus bowler) who's bagged 10 wickets in an impressive tournament.

I think England have enough about them to win the match though, their batting line-up is the best it's been in years and the afore mentioned bowling attack has been tight, but I'm wary of the fact that Michael Clarke is yet to put a total on the board.

The captain performed magnificently against England in the Ashes and also did well in the subsequent ODI series, could he be saving himself for the final? The skipper is 20/1 to save his best till last with a Man of the Match performance and 11/2 to top score for the Aussies.

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