March 9, 2006

English cricket

Cardigan Connor inspired by Ashes victory

Will

Cardigan Connor, the former Hampshire fast bowler, is in Anguilla - the cricket-mad country in the Caribbean - and heading up a team of four cyclists and two athletes for the Commonwealth Games. And he hopes England's victory over Australia in last summer's Ashes will inspire them:

"In a bid to inspire them I'll make sure to bring up England's Ashes success in my pre-competition pep talk."

The 44-year-old was in England last summer but only for the one-day series.

However, he admitted he and the rest of Anguilla were glued to the television for the epic five Tests.

"I remember when we were at Hampshire and we were up against it on a rainy day we'd watch the British and Irish Lions in South Africa," he recalled.

"No one fancied them there but they still pulled it off. The likes of Michael Vaughan and Freddie Flintoff did the same in the summer, and I can only hope my guys do their best."

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