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England Have Basically Won The World Cup Already

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As ever the Cricket World Cup is shaping up to be another slough of despond for England fans. With most of the action happening in the small hours it’s tempting just to ignore it completely, but if we must follow it then maybe it’s best to manage expectations. Personally I’m going to judge England’s performance against the standards of my own team, a friendly side that plays around six games a summer.

First of all it was good to see that all England players turned up on time. No-one got caught in traffic or slept in too late and Eoin Morgan wasn’t forced to bat first while he waited for half his team to pitch up. Everybody looked smart. All players were wearing trousers. There seemed to be enough kit to go around. There were no delays while incoming and outgoing batsmen exchanged boxes and similarly all batsmen were padded up ready to go in. Which was a good job. There was a new ball for each innings, in fact there were two new balls for each innings which is outstanding.

Someone took a hat-trick. A hat-trick! That makes them a shoe-in for the Bowler of the Year award at the end-of-season dinner, largely because that will be the only thing anyone can remember when voting. Someone else nearly scored a hundred. That is unheard of. Only a few catches were dropped. Not half bad.

Fundamentally England were able to field eleven players. Some of whom looked as if they could bat better than they could bowl and some of whom who looked as if they could bowl better than they could bat. And some of them, well, some of them were at least there. It was encouraging to see that there seemed to be three or four other people on the sidelines who looked like they might able to step in if later in tournament one of the regulars withdraws citing a prior hitherto unmentioned commitment or a sudden early-morning “migraine”.

So there are plenty of positives to take from the game and apparently they serve a really good tea at Wellington, where the next game is. Onwards.

They’re wearing trousers. Key.

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Written by harrisharrison

February 14, 2015 at 2:48 pm

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  1. So did any of them have to take a turn at scoring or umpiring,goose the tea ladies, get stung by the nettles at deep fine leg, step in a cow pat, strap their pads on the wrong way round( or even upside down) bowl a pea roller, omit to take guard or,worse still, ask for “middle leg”? No ? Then I remain hopeful, like you,that come March we will welcome the England team back to these shores in proud possession of the World Cup.

    Oh, and have another word with the copy editor, will you.

    Tom Harrison

    February 14, 2015 at 8:54 pm

  2. I can’t imagine any of the England team missing a game to appear on University Challenge. James Taylor maybe?

    Bonald

    February 15, 2015 at 10:28 am

  3. omit to take guard or,worse still, ask for “middle leg”? No ? Then I remain hopeful, like you,that come March we will welcome the England team back to these shores in proud possession of the World Cup.Shahid Afridi is one of the best captain, pakistan can find. In the comming psl you will see an amazing performance by the team.You can watch PSL t20 live here .When it starts. Pakistan Performance will improve highly in the comming T20 Worldcup due to PSL. Afridi will play a major role in the next T20 Worldcup.

    Usman

    January 28, 2016 at 5:50 pm


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