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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 »

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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 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

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 »

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 »