Stick that in your pipe and smoke it

One would presume that yesterday’s performance by the English will have left the British tabloids gagging on their headlines. Their boys couldn’t beat the “team that couldn’t even beat the worst team in the world”. They couldn’t even take a LOSER’S bonus point from a bunch of sheilas!!

And so it was that as the moon and sun aligned, order was restored to the cricket universe.

But in all seriousness, it’s only one game. Perhaps Australia will kick on from here and dominate but I expect not. The English one day team is a very good team and may well inflict more damage and yet win the tournament. A One Day match is exactly that – “one day”. The fuss from the British press over a couple of losses by the Aussies has been immense, if not unexpected.

Sure it has been a long drought for the Brits and we would expect them to rejoice when the opportunity presents but I’m pleased that the Aussies won for the sake of the tabloids. That aside, I was rather enjoying the Aussies suffering a bit of humiliation. It’s good for their character and will make them much harder to beat in the battle for The Ashes!

Brett Lee and Andrew Symonds made welcome returns. Symonds looked very focussed (and sober) as he compiled a controlled 73. Lee impressed with his pace and venom as McGrath and Lee had England three down for just six runs after six overs.

Probably most encouraging for the Aussies was Dizzie Gillespie’s return to some sort of form. He was been very ordinary but yesterday bowled with more pace and better everything (line, length, less wides, less no balls…).

And congratulations to Darren Gough. In posting 46 not out (from just 47 balls with seven x 4) coming in at number ten, he made his highest ODI score, top scored for the innings and shared a new England ODI record last wicket stand with Steve Harmison (50 runs unbroken). All of that while keeping some interest in the match as England tried to gain a bonus point (failing by 4 runs).

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