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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Golfer to lead England out of the rough

The news that the English authorities have engaged a former golf administrator to chair a review into the Ashes defeat has been greeted by the media, eg Cricinfo and the Sydney Morning Herald, with some irreverent headlines.

As an Australian supporter who likes to see a reasonably close contest (eg Tests going into the fifth day and ODIs finishing in the dark) I was surprised to see that the review committee will include two of yesterday's men - Nasser Hussain and Michael Atherton -who have both captained previous England teams in Australia without, to put it mildly, distinguishing themselves, and , as far as I can tell, having their shortcomings scrutinised so publicly. Nothing has been said about the methodology of the review, so I wonder whether anything constructive will come out of it. It's one thing to put things down on paper (as we saw when England's tactics were leaked to the media) but quite another to do bring about some effective changes.

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