Andrew Strauss has made a brave and sensible decision which will help the England selectors to start planning for the next World Cup in four years’ time.
Just after Christmas England were the World Twenty20 champions, had just won the Ashes and were on a high. We were not the best one-day side but we were not the worst and fancied our chances in the World Cup.
If England get through to the quarter-finals I will not be putting my money on them.
England go to the Sydney Cricket Ground with a surfeit of what I would call “nice problems to have”.
Each day’s play reviewed by Geoff Boycott…
England can lose this series only if they bat badly and suddenly become ill-disciplined or play flashy, chancy shots.
I have never seen a Brisbane pitch as dead as the one that saw 624 runs scored for two wickets by both teams in the first Test.
Asked in a recent Wisden Cricketer poll which past player he’d have liked to have played against, James Anderson went bare-fanged for yours truly (“I would have peppered him”).
Geoff Boycott reviews England’s two T20 matches in South Africa.
This is a huge tour for England, and unless there are a few injuries in the South African ranks – or some hefty slices of luck going Andrew Strauss’s way – I can’t say I’m feeling too confident about their prospects.keep looking »