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An Alternative Theory

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England’s inconsistency in test matches over the last six months is taking on a mesmeric quality. Their form now has a sort of rhythm, a thumping techno beat of alternate triumph and disaster or near disaster. If we trace the story back to Chester-le-Street in May and we scratch from the record the moist non-event that was the third Ashes Test at Edgbaston, then a pleasing pattern can be spied:

2nd test vs West Indies, Chester-le-Street: Win

1st test vs Australia, Cardiff: Near defeat

2nd test vs Australia, Lords: Win

4th test vs Australia, Headingley: Defeat

5th test vs Australia, Oval: Win

1st test vs South Africa, Centurion: Near defeat

2nd test vs South Africa, Durban: Win

3rd test vs South Africa, Cape Town: Near defeat

All of which means that it’s a fallacy to suggest that you never know what to expect from this England side. You know exactly what to expect, just reverse the performance from the previous game. Happily the formula dictates that we should have nothing to fear at the Wanderers and a series-clinching victory should be facile.

It’s Chittagong in early spring that we should be worried about.


Written by harrisharrison

January 12, 2010 at 9:19 pm

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  1. Nick if you use that same logic what does it mean for the Ashes? Ricky is already talking about how they’re going to thump England next summer down under. Still he would say that wouldn’t he.


    January 14, 2010 at 8:43 am

    • I think the theory is being blown out of the water as we speak – wish I’d kept my gob shut.


      January 14, 2010 at 9:04 am

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