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.
Before the one-day series started, I had high hopes that England would do well in the World Cup — and might even win the thing. After the Sydney Test, we all thought they were in magnificent shape. They were confident, focused and well organised.
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.
Now that the dust has settled on the four Test series in South Africa it’s time to take a closer look at England’s performance. On the face of it drawing the rubber 1-1 is a good result but to be honest we could have lost it 3-1 and probably should have. We were lucky enough [...]
It’s a fantastic achievement by England to win the Ashes, and we’re all thrilled to bits. Like the last home series four years ago, it was a contest of tiny margins.