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The Perfect Start

It was never in doubt (ahem). England were always going to reverse their patchy form over the first two days and beat Western Australia convincingly. How could we have thought otherwise? Just because we batted like pelicans (or should that be flamin’ Galahs?) in the first innings, didn’t mean we were going to continue the English tradition of fluffing our lines in Ashes tour matches. So shame on you if you loaded teletext with trepidation on Sunday morning – did you forget that winning the...

The XXXX-up Factor

Things aren’t going well for the Aussies. Seven defeats in a row now, silly mistakes in the field, reported disharmony in the dressing room – it’s music to any England fan’s ears. And then there’s the captaincy controversy. We all know about Ponting’s weaknesses as a skipper, but now certain players are allegedly unhappy with Michael Clarke – whose aspirations to become Australia’s next great field general seem destined to end in general disarray. He certainly didn’t impress anyone with...

Mystic Glenn stirs the pot

One of the more recent Ashes traditions is Glenn McGrath’s biannual prediction of a five-nil whitewash. True to form, Pigeon has once again dusted off his crystal ball, studied his tea leaves, and forecast another Aussie clean sweep. “I couldn’t have more faith in the boys”, he said yesterday. “I think we’ll bounce back and win all the Tests. They’ll be close, but I’m tipping a 5-0 whitewash.” We’ve been here before, and the obvious...

The Ashes – just an average test series?

If you believe the hype surrounding this winter’s Ashes, you’d be forgiven for thinking we’re about to witness the cricketing equivalent of Clash of the Titans. The world rankings, however, say otherwise. The Ashes are, after all, simply a contest between the fourth and fifth best sides in the world. That’s two average teams that cannot claim to be world-beaters by any stretch of the imagination. In 2005 it was different. The Aussies arrived in Blighty as the undisputed heavyweight champions of...

The secret Ashes weapon left behind in Watford

It’s become a cliche to observe that this is the best-prepared England Ashes touring party in history. From video analysis to nutrition, sports psychology to biomechanics, no stone has been left unturned. Or so it seemed – until an extraordinary piece of video evidence today revealed a potentially critical oversight on the part of England coach Andy Flower. As the squad prepared to board their flight this morning, BBC Breakfast interviewed Mike Gatting and screened footage of...

May the best team win … as long as it’s England

Andrew Strauss and the England cricket team fly out to Australia today with the hopes of the nation on their shoulders. The pre-tour interviews have been done, the WAGS have been kissed goodbye, KP has packed his twenty gallons of Red Bull, and Stuart Broad has slipped his anger management self-help guide into his hand luggage. The first ball of the first test is now under a month away – and normally we’d say that England’s first embarrassing tour defeat, usually at the hands of a motley crew...

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