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Failing the test?

Did England have it too easy in their series victory over India, and does it show a worrying future for Test cricket? Plus, we look ahead to T20 finals day in a chat with Paul Nixon (51:13)

Producer: Tom Kingham

August 23, 2011

Tom Kingham is a video and audio producer for ESPN EMEA.

Posted by LeeHallam on (August 23, 2011, 18:32 GMT)

Isn't it odd that when Australia dominated cricket, they were a team of greats. Now that England are number one it can only be because the others are all really bad. This team have even been compared unfavourably with the 2005 team, because they had "special players" and beat a great team. But that Australian team, did not play at their best, as they showed 18 months later, and they did not beat them by much. It was a very special series, perhaps the best ever, but England were lucky to win, the stats suggested that Australia should have. How many of the 2005 side would really get into this side now? Flintoff, Simon Jones probably. But would you want Hoggard and Harmison instead of Anderson & Broad? G. Jones & Giles for Prior & Swann? Vaughan & Bell (2005) for Trott & Bell (2011)? This is the best England side for a very long time. They are not as good as the great Australian and West Indies sides, but it is early days. Lets just enjoy it!

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