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England finally find their rhythm

24 Jan

177437After 91 days of misery, and 9 straight international losses, England finally broke their misery. A resounding 57 run victory in the 4th ODI against Australia is scant consolation for the loss of the Ashes and the ODI series, let alone the senior players that are battered beyond repair, but this win will mean a lot to this team – especially considering it is, effectively, a third string line up.
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England’s Tour of New Zealand – the tourists

29 Mar
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cricket.yahoo.com

Given New Zealand’s preceding Test form – a patchy record with no significant positives since three series victories back to back (to back?) against Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe and the West Indies between 2004 – 2006 – most were anticipating an easy English whitewash.  Coming off the back of beating India in India, a victory even more stunning given their humbling by South Africa only a few months beforehand, the English press were quick to dismiss the Kiwis as blots on the landscape as they looked towards the Ashes.  Beat New Zealand 3-0 then hammer the Aussies, without a thought for the home series against the Kiwis in between.  Oh what a difference 2 months and no wins makes.

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England need to capitalise on Australian antics

15 Mar
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ABC.net

Given what is occurring Down Under at the moment and the cricket they are playing in Wellington right now, the English cricketers must be feeling rather smug.  For once, the chaos isn’t amongst their ranks.  For a change, the usually brash, confident and self assured Australians are glancing over their shoulders, infighting and finger-pointing.  As well as being hilarious it is also a bit sad, as we are looking at people’s lives and careers being put through the wringer.  But we’ll gloss over this and look at it another way – if England are to go into the back-to-back Ashes series that people are discussing as if they were starting tomorrow with a discernible advantage it has to be won now.

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