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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 »

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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 »

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 »

Onions and Anderson swing out Australia

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ENGLAND swung the third Ashes test dramatically in their favour on the second day.

Graham Onions kicked off the damage with two wickets in the first two balls and followed it up with the prize wicket of Ricky Ponting.

This is bad news for Britain’s media. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Andrew Brook

August 1, 2009 at 11:43 am

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

Wait until I get my hands on Duckworth and Lewis

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THE Twenty20 World Cup is over.

I mean, there are technically some matches still to be played and the small matter of deciding who actually wins the thing, but now England have followed Australia out of the door, meaning there is no-one left to support.

Obviously I was not supporting Australia, but instead whoever they were playing against and thanks to the West Indies and Sri Lanka for that. Read the rest of this entry »