July 4, 2012

Australia in England 2012

England rise, Australia slide

Siddhartha Talya

Lawrence Booth, writing in the Daily Mail, says Australia's chopping and changing of their side reminds him of so many England sides of the past 20 years.

While Kevin Pietersen tweets about what a good time he’s having now that he doesn’t have to play 50-over cricket, England are turning a format they have traditionally regarded as a chore into something more akin to a pleasure. Really, you couldn’t make it up.

In the Guardian, Rob Smyth wonders if English cricket will have reached its zenith if England were to beat Australia in the next three ODIs and take the series 5-0.

If England win the last three ODIs against Australia – entirely conceivable given their comfortable victories in the first two matches, even though the weather could play a part – they will become the first team in history to top the ICC rankings in three formats of the game. They hold the Ashes and the World Twenty20. England Women hold the World Cup and are playing cricket from the future. Is this really happening?

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