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  • England frustration mark of ambition

    There was a time when simply winning a Test series was considered
    to be the very height of acceptable ambition. That has now changed for England,
    and it reflects a newfound, bristling ambition.

    In the not too distant past, if the hosts had clinched a
    three-match series 1-0, it would have been a celebrated to the rafters: Botham
    barbeques, commemorative team golf days, not to mention epic sessions down the

    On this occasion it was entirely different. England won a tepid
    series 1-0, and ended it thoroughly peeved and narked that they did not win all
    three matches.

    No jigging on balconies;

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  • England finally learn how to declare

    England had become international leaders - pioneers, if you will -
    of executing staggering non-declarations to turn potential victories into dour

    Andrew Strauss has been long maligned for his propensity to
    extinguish a winning situation with a heavy, sober dose of conservatism and

    But all that has now changed, on the fickle evidence of today's

    Andy Flower and Strauss spent about the amount of time it takes
    for Tim Bresnan to sign his autograph to work out with the help of a notepad
    when they should declare, and the result was magnificent.

    The gloomy collective

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  • Strauss still the man to lead England

    Memories are short in sport, and patience is even more fleeting.

    Andrew Strauss's place in the England side is reportedly under
    threat after a run of low scores, and the unabated rise to prominence of his
    perennial understudy, Alastair Cook.

    The choker-sporting opening batsman has not thrived in this series
    it is fair to say - indeed, it won't take England's entire 83-man backroom
    staff to surmise that he is presently in pretty shoddy nick.

    But since Strauss succeeded Kevin Pietersen (who, by his own
    verdict, contributed a great deal to England's subsequent success), the
    Middlesex man has won

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  • All shapes and sizes needed in England bowling

    If you could play God for the
    day and build the perfect bowler, he'd look a little something like Chris

    Six foot eight inches tall,
    strong and muscular, capable of bowling at 90 miles per hour and exploiting
    bounce from heights most of us cannot reach without a broom handle.

    Failing that (if we were short
    of the requisite clay, for example), we'd probably create a Steven Finn, just
    an inch shorter, or a Stuart Broad, rarely the shortest in any pace attack when
    he stands at 6'6".

    And yet, when the tallest
    attack ever to grace Test cricket got their turn to take centre stage at

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  • Tremlett becoming a giant of the game

    On a day in which Cowers expected to be providing drop-by-drop
    updates for its readers, Chris Tremlett still managed to steal the show.

    Tremors sent shivers down the necks of the Sri Lanka batsmen with
    the sheer ferocity of his spell after an almost interminable delay before the
    start of play.

    England's players had spent a heady morning playing draughts,
    backgammon and chess before sheepishly emerging to do a few fielding drills
    after an irrelevant lunch break was taken.

    Andrew Strauss then followed his team huddle with an inspired, if
    extremely belated, decision to hand Tremlett the opening

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  • ECB use live crickets to promote t20

    The ECB has come up with a unique idea to help promote this season's Friends Life t20 competition - they have decide to use real live crickets to promote…well cricket!

    The ECB commissioned miniature artist Aidan Campbell to hand-paint the crickets using water-based transfers and the insects are now set to become the game's latest stars after receiving their own personal photoshoot which will be used to promote the competition.

    The marketing concept has been dubbed 'Cricketvertising,' with a team of handpicked crickets selected to represent each team.

    "I'm used to painting on canvases no bigger

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  • Is Test cricket killing itself?

    The death of Test cricket is a
    prediction that has been around so long that it wouldn't be a huge surprise if
    Nostradamus had been the first to make it.

    Yesterday Cowers argued that
    these lifeless Tests might not be what the fans enjoy, but might yet prove the
    mettle of this England side and their aspirations of being the world's best.

    But what value will there be
    in the achievement if nobody cares enough to witness it?

    The never-depressed Geoffrey
    was yesterday predicting the death of the format in the next 50 years.

    You can, reluctantly, see why.
    England, the spiritual home of the

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  • Prior breaks window, hurts woman

    Matt Prior has apologised after he accidentally broke a window at Lord's that cut a lady spectator on the ankle on the final day of the second Test against Sri Lanka.

    The England wicket keeper arrived back in the dressing room after being run out cheaply for four and, in disgust, threw his batting gloves across the room which led to a bizarre series of events.

    "There were bats resting on the window pane. A glove was thrown by Matt Prior into a kit-bag. It ricocheted into the bats resting on the window pane, and that broke the glass," an England team spokesperson explained.

    "A lady

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  • These are the Tests England need

    England versus Sri Lanka has been, so far, a tough series to love.

    Gardens was a far cry from the various grounds across Australia where Ashes legends
    were born.

    The sun rarely
    threatened to make its presence felt, the crowd struggled to fill the stadium,
    and the euphoria surrounding England's Test cricket largely dissipated.

    At Lord's,
    despite two days of glorious sunshine, it was back to the grindstone on days two and three without
    England's leading strike bowler on a dishearteningly flat track.


    Consider the words of Andrew Strauss
    before the series began
    . His message is

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  • A Cook with an insatiable appetite

    Alastair Cook marked a milestone at Lord's.......just missed another milestone.....but looks destined to collect so many more over the next few years.

    Sri Lanka's 25-over meltdown on Monday at least gave us something to talk about from the first Test but the international summer really started in earnest today.

    Everything that was missing in Wales was evident at HQ - a crowd, the sun and a decent battle between bat and ball.

    Tillakaratne Dilshan realising that his team made such a pig's ear of batting third, opted to put England in on a sunny day with a flat strip at St John's Wood,

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