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Form is temporary, ineptitude is permanent

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AFTER a heavy defeat in the third Ashes test, England made huge strides towards winning the fourth test and retaining the urn this morning in Melbourne.

The English pacemen, James Anderson, Chris Tremlett and Tim Bresnan, did the damage, skittling the beleaguered Australian batting line-up.

Last time out in Perth it was the Australian quicks who did the damage, Mitchell Johnson especially.

No England batsmen threw away their wickets (unlike a few Aussies today), Johnson got them out with fast bowling of the highest quality.

Why then was he so rubbish today? Read the rest of this entry »

Australia no longer the benchmark for England

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ENGLAND head into this morning’s third Ashes test knowing victory will secure them the miniscule trophy.

The generations of England supporters reared on Ashes defeats will quite rightly celebrate the inevitable victory (even if it does not come in the third test)  with much gusto.

But the poor showing so far from Australia should render the victory anhedonic. Read the rest of this entry »

Onions saves England despite inability

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ENGLAND escaped with a draw on Sunday from the first test against South Africa.

They were indebted to Paul Collingwood and Graham Onions’ 19-ball last wicket partnership, after a collapse from 205-4 to 218-9.

Onions, though by no means the world’s worst batsmen, bats at number 11 very much on merit.

Watching tailenders bat is a spectacle unrivalled in international sport. Read the rest of this entry »

PS we’re awful at cricket again

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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. Read the rest of this entry »

Flintoff finds his moment at last

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Andrew Flintoff struck the crucial blow in the Ashes decider, when he ran out Australian captain and key batsman Ricky Ponting.

Flintoff spent most of the match looking around expectantly for some limelight to stand in, as Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann and Jonathan Trott stole his moment.

But in his final test Flintoff seized his opportunity to become an Ashes hero once more. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Andrew Brook

August 23, 2009 at 4:27 pm

Monty snatches a draw with the greatest 7 not out ever

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ENGLAND somehow secured a draw in the first Ashes test, after Paul Collingwood led one of cricket’s greatest escapes.

This, despite being battered by Australia for three straight days, means England remarkably emerge in a better position than after the first test of the 2005 series.

Cricket is the only sport where the margin between a draw and a total spanking is so fine. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Andrew Brook

July 12, 2009 at 8:21 pm

We were bad, then we were good for a bit, what are we now?

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THE waiting is over.

One of the world’s greatest sporting contests, the Ashes, begins today in Cardiff.

And even if you do not care about cricket, you have to care about the Ashes. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Andrew Brook

July 8, 2009 at 8:43 am