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  • Sehwag serves revenge cold – and calculated

    After a dazzling opening display in Dhaka, Virender Sehwag took it upon himself to provide the opening day's fireworks in Mirpur.

    Viru has faced trickier days in cricket than this - his one-day international debut, 11 years ago, was against a Pakistan bowling attack which included Wasim Akram and a version of Shoaib Akhtar who was 11-years less plump - but the result before this match was not as certain as the eventual 87-run margin of victory makes it look.

    Bangladesh are a better side than they were four years ago - a better side than the one who beat India in Port of Spain in the World Cup.

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  • How not to prepare for a World Cup in 10 steps

    Following on from a
    raucous and victorious Ashes campaign, England contrived to devise a
    10-point plan in how not to prepare for a World Cup.

    Injuries, soft
    dismissals, copious amounts of wides... it was not the best series for Andrew
    Strauss's side all in all.

    England imploded in the most galling fashion
    as the tourists capitulated to a 6-1 thrashing at the hands of their Old Enemy
    in a one-day series which appeared to have been designed in order to sabotage
    their preparations for the tournament in India from February 12.

    Here are the 10
    easy steps England
    seemed to take in demonstrating how

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  • How was Trott a loser again?

    Jonathan Trott will be a bewildered man as he tucks into his post-match buffet, has his Swedish rub-down and studies his wagon wheels and pie charts in his ice bath.

    England's number three racked up 137 runs to steer his side almost single-handedly towards their record highest score in Australia in pyjama cricket, but still the tourists contrived to lose.

    After Trott's ton at the Adelaide Oval to rain on the hosts' fireworks on Australia Day, it was jokingly said that 102 was simply not enough to win England a match. Well, as it happens, 137 was equally insufficient.

    It would not do justice to

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  • England left a goner at the Gabba

    England's hopes of staying in the insufferably long one-day international series against Australia were vanquished in crushing fashion at the Gabba.

    Australia, meanwhile, sealed their first piece of silverware since March last year as the pace of Brett Lee and the non-pace of Shane Watson and John 'Wayne' Hastings ripped through another insipid England batting display.

    The hosts were not exactly belligerent or convincing with the bat themselves, posting a modest 249 with just a painstaking half-century from Michael Clarke of real substance.

    Brad Haddin rather comically nutmegged himself as he

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  • Tenacious Trott rains on Australia parade

    A typically robust and unflustered century from Jonathan Trott saw England walk off to the Australia Day fireworks celebrating their first ODI win in the series.

    In a heady world in which common sense ruled cricket scheduling, this series would already be over. Australia would be reflecting on a 3-0 clean-sweep to make up for their Ashes heartache, while the England players would be back at home, resting up and preparing for a tilt at the World Cup.

    But no. Andrew Strauss's side prevailed at the Adelaide Oval to reduce the deficit and keep alive a series so long that someone soon will

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  • England’s batting comedy roadshow

    England's batting was "no laughing matter" according to their
    grim-faced captain Andrew Strauss, but the sheer ineptitude of some of the
    dismissals in his side's third successive ODI defeat to the Old Enemy would suggest otherwise.

    Strauss was immediately undermined as early as
    the coin-toss as his increasingly chirpy opposite number Michael Clarke
    declared that he was "delighted England are playing just one
    spinner, that's for sure!"

    It was a snide remark from a batsman who
    averaged just 21.44 in the Ashes series and has been roundly jeered by his own
    supporters for his slow, ineffectual

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  • Bresnan ends Australian hopes

    Just as Gladstone Small became a cult hero at the MCG 24 years ago, a man with similarly broad shoulders, Tim Bresnan, wrote himself into Ashes folklore blowing away Australia's wafer thin chances of salvaging a draw and keeping the Ashes alive.

    The moment of the day came when he bowled Ricky Ponting, courtesy of an inside-edge - a dismissal that had elements of a mercy killing. Ponting will almost certainly go onto play in Sydney (and quite possibly beyond) but if it proves to be Punter's last bat as captain there couldn't be a knock less reflective of his illustrious career. Nervy at the

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  • Quiet progress the way for England

    This might be the series in which England fans come to love the mundane aspects of Test cricket. Even on the day where the chances of retaining the Ashes went from highly probable to one where only Acts of God or Botham could prevent, they were not the focus of attention.

    Instead Ricky Ponting and Peter Siddle's prolonged and absurd rant at Aleem Dar will steal headlines rather than the steady progression to a 346-run first-innings lead.

    If England's success is summed up by anything it is quiet efficiency. Breathtaking moments have been few. Even in the spells that reduced Australia to 2-3 at

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  • Australia in tatters as England target world domination

    Defeat at the MCG 24 years ago led to the birth of Borderism, the spirit with just a few revisions eventually led to two decades of near unbroken success for the Australian side. Defeat today left Australia searching for a new way.

    For all the criticism of former Aussie coach John Buchanan, his 'third way' views on cricket did not permeate to the country in general. Players emulated past greats with talk of 'backing themselves' but without developing the talent or technique to back this up.

    It may not be just cricket either. The fact that Channel Nine's upcoming feature is a series of Ben

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  • Pop open the Bollinger for Doug the rug

    Doug 'the rug' Bollinger has had scant excuse to
    pop open the bubbly this Australian summer with a derided half-fit performance
    in the Ashes being the nadir for the paceman, but his fortunes turned around
    dramatically in Hobart.

    Shaun Marsh looked set to be stranded on 59 not
    out when Doug waddled to the crease with his excessive padding and impish grin,
    but 12 overs later the cult hero had marshalled him through for his century
    with a quite stunning run-a-ball 30.

    With his hair piece looking evermore precarious
    amid the delirious celebrations from the hosts in England's ill-fated reply,

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