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BATTING SHUFFLE COSTS ENGLAND

Graeme Swann believes England has suffered in the ongoing World Cup because of their decision to reshuffle the batting line up.

According to Swann, when you change the batting positions of the players so close to the tournament, they get a little confused how they have to go.

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A touch of pessimism can do the trick

World Cup, frantic build-up and then an anti-climax. That seems to be the way things work when it comes to English sporting endeavours, yet we never learn from our mistakes. We allow ourselves to naïvely become drawn into an unfounded sense of optimism ahead of major tournaments.

Who could forget the national football team’s efforts (if that’s what you call it) in Brazil last summer? Or England’s exit following defeat to France at the quarter-final stage of the 2011 rugby World Cup? In fact, it seems to me that England tend to perform at their best when the pressure is off.

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Australia and England prepare to ring changes

With less than a year to go before Australia prepare to set off for England in the hope of retaining the Ashes, both sides are beginning to plan for next year’s intriguing series.

2015 is set to be a big year, and betting companies such as Betfair, bet365 and the other big ones should expect to be busy with so many sporting events on next year’s calendar.

The Background
After surrendering the famous urn without so much as a fight at the end of 2013, that England team was all but dismantled in the wake of some embarrassing in-fighting and poor results.

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ENGLAND ARE DARK HORSES

The England Cricket Team on the basis of current form doesn’t seem to be one of the favourites to win the World T20 Championship.

The way they have played in the first two matches of the T20 series against West Indies, one should not be shocked if they don’t even qualify for the knockouts in Bangladesh.
There is a lack of balance in the England T20 line up at the moment. They don’t have any experienced finisher and in the shortest form of the game, it’s the finishers who win you matches more often than not.

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A Fitting End

As the shadows lengthened over the Oval on Sunday evening, it became increasingly inevitable that this summer’s final Ashes Test would be decided not by a golden delivery or glorious batting stroke, but another piece of ill-thought out bureaucracy.

After a light-meter was hastily brought onto the increasingly gloomy field, umpires Kumar Dharmasena and Aleem Dar ended the game for bad light, with just four overs remaining and England just 21 away from victory.

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ENGLAND EMBARASSED BY PAKISTAN

The England cricket team lost to Pakistan in the 2nd Test of the series in embarrassing fashion in Abu Dhabi.

After setting up the game also most perfectly, with a solid first innings lead established and bowling the opposition out fairly cheaply in their 2nd innings, being set a target of 142 on a decidedly slow pitch should have been fairly routine for the team which is ranked as being the best on the planet.

However, sadly, the frailties of England teams that we thought were consigned to history sadly returned, as they folded like a pack of cards against Pakistan’s spinners.

Flower Continues for England

England have been handed a boost ahead of their Test series’ against Sri Lanka and India this summer after the ECB announced that Andy Flower has renewed his contract and will remain in his role as team director.

“The ECB today announced that Andy Flower has renewed his contract and will continue in his current role as England team director,” read an ECB statement on Tuesday morning.

“Flower will remain on a permanent contract and is currently preparing for an international summer that sees England face Sri Lanka, India and Ireland.”

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