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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 »

No cloud in England’s twenty20 silver lining

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ENGLAND’S World Twenty20 win has raised questions about the position of test captain Andrew Strauss.

Will he have lost the dressing room? Will they still feel like “his team”? Will the world champions respect his leadership?

However asking those questions shows a lack of understanding of modern cricket or, simply, a failure to read a teamsheet. Read the rest of this entry »

England’s success hides cricket’s cloud

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FOR the third time running the World Twenty20 was an unqualified success.

For the first time ever the England limited-overs cricket team was an unqualified success. Read the rest of this entry »

Pietersen injury highlights a wider problem for the game

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KEVIN PIETERSEN has been forced out of the rest of this summer’s Ashes series with an achilles injury.

The loss of their best batsman is a huge loss for England.

And it now means, following Andrew Flintoff’s looming retirement (although Flintoff will limp through the rest of the series), the IPL has cost England probably their two best players and definitely their two most marketable. Read the rest of this entry »

Doubles equivalent to the instructions in a condom box

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MONDAY marks the first day of the second week of Wimbledon.

The second Monday is always the best day of the tournament, with all the men’s and women’s last 16 matches taking place.

But it is all downhill from here. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Andrew Brook

June 29, 2009 at 10:43 pm

Sporting beard-off won by a whisker

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I WENT to the cinema on Saturday to watch the new comedy film The Hangover and took great pleasure in witnessing one of the greatest beards ever seen on the big screen.

It got me thinking though – what is the greatest sporting beard? Read the rest of this entry »

They just want to be held

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TWELVE teams have been whittled down to two in the Twenty20 World Cup.

Sri Lanka destroyed the West Indies in the semi-finals and must now be considered favourites to win the final.

Most teams employed the tactic against the Windies that “if we get Chris Gayle out early, then we will probably win”, but the Sri Lankans clearly thought “sod that, let’s just get the rest of them out.”

Pakistan progressed thanks to a very impressive victory over South Africa, having reached the semi-finals despite only beating New Zealand of the other test-playing nations.

South Africa have been the most confusing team in this tournament and this is no mean feat in a keenly fought category with England and Pakistan both producing a series of Jeykll and Hyde performances. Read the rest of this entry »