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All but Colly wobbled

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HAVING fought so hard to escape with draws at Centurion and Cape Town, it was disappointing to see England collapse so abjectly at Johannasberg.

But that should not detract from what has been a relatively successful tour for England. Read the rest of this entry »

4 out of 10 on the volume, 0 out of 10 on the outcome

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THE Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) was introduced into cricket in November for the New Zealand v Pakistan series.

Its intention was to remove the truly awful umpiring decisions from the game, thus making it fairer all round.

However it did not factor in Daryl Harper’s volume button. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Andrew Brook

January 15, 2010 at 11:46 pm

Swann spins England to solid decency

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SOMEHOW, somewhere England have become very good at cricket.

An innings victory over South Africa, the team ranked number two in the world, is a serious achievement.

Stuart Broad, who looks and increasingly bowls like the product of a successful Aryan experiment, added the scalp of Mark Boucher to his three day-four wickets, which he claimed without the batsmen even attempting to hit the ball.

But it was Graeme Swann, chief spinner, joker and tweeter of the England team, who took the plaudits. 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 »

Who are these jokers masquerading as England?

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BURNLEY beating Manchester United, Kim Clijsters winning the US Open, Tom Watson nearly winning The Open.

All of these have been usurped as the year’s biggest sporting surprise by England’s victory over Sri Lanka in the Champions Trophy. 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 »

England win the Ashes

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ENGLAND have won the Ashes, after defeating Australia by 197 runs at The Oval.

Andrew Strauss has lifted sport’s most pathetic trophy while joy erupted around him.

But England’s victory proves one thing – this Australian team must be really bad. Read the rest of this entry »