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Posts Tagged ‘South Africa

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 »

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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 »

Le Hand of God gifts FIFA a present

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FIFA got its way last night as France and Portgual both progressed through the play-offs and into next year’s World Cup.

Although Russia succumbed to Slovenia, leaving Guus Hiddink questioning if it was really worth leaving Chelsea, seeding the play-offs worked out for FIFA’s bean counters, as the two heavyweights made it through. 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 »

In the cold light of day, England have a chance

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NOW the dust has settled on the latest round of World Cup qualifiers, a true assessment can be made of next summer’s tournament.

The media has been repeatedly asking since England’s 5-1 demolition of Croatia on Wednesday: “Can England win the World Cup?”

The answer uniformly has been yes, but can win it and will win it are two very different questions. Read the rest of this entry »

Lions and Murray create sporting dilemma

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TODAY I supported the British and Irish Lions and Andy Murray in their respective matches against South Africa and Viktor Troicki.

Nothing unusual about that as I am British and they are both British competitors. Read the rest of this entry »