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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

England attack more than tripe and Onions

England 6/569 6 dec (A Cook 160, R Bopara 108, M Prior 63, P Collingwood 60*) Defeated West Indies 310 (R Sarwan 100,J Anderson 5-87, S Broad 3/62) and 176 (C Gayle 54, S Chanderpaul 47, Anderson 4-38, T Bresnan 3/45) by an innings and 82 runs: T#2/ 2 at Chester-le-Street, Durham.

Very good batting and superb bowling, admittedly in favourable (sub-arctic) conditions, propelled England to a commanding match and series victory against a demoralised West Indies.

Scorecard

The TV commentators, especially Messrs Atherton, Gower and Lloyd, in their extended post match inquest seemed to be of the opinion that England now have the makings of a team fit to compete with Australia in the Ashes. That remains to be seen though, writing on the eve of the announcement of the Australian Ashes touring party, I'm apt to agree. Whether England can actually win the series I'm not so sure. I shall have more to say about this and related matters anon.


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