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ENGLAND are in the middle of a one-day international series against Australia.

I say that because you probably have not noticed.

At this rate if Andrew Flintoff does achieve his new career goal to become the world’s best one-day player, the British public will not realise.

One of the reasons this series has failed to capture the public imagination is because England are rubbish at 50-overs cricket.

England’s middle order is still as bad as it was in the test matches.

Kevin Pietersen, who England are even more reliant on in limited overs cricket than in test cricket, is still absent with an Achilles injury.

Ravi Bopara has carried his Ashes form into this series.

Owais Shah secured his place in the line-up by unleashing his inner Roy Keane versus Alfe-Inge Haaland on potential batting savior Joe Denly in a game of football, thereby causing Fabio Capello to abandon his plans to give John Terry, Steven Gerrard, Wayne Rooney, etc a pre-match net.

Eoin Morgan has produced no reverse reverse sweeps yet, but because he jacked in an international career with Ireland – which makes him more English than most of the England team – to play for England he should be perservered with.

Luke Wright is being expected to do Flintoff’s lower-order hitting job, despite being named after something you would do before crossing the road.

England best player in the first ODI was young leg-spinner Adil Rashid, but he has not appeared in the two subsequent matches.

Just because England are not providing Australia with a decent match, does not render these games as pointless as some have suggested, otherwise we would have stopped playing tennis decades ago.

But England need to start playing better (and the football team worse) if people are to pay attention to this ill-timed series.

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