Saturday, February 10, 2007

The most hilarious tournament ever: England beats both Australia and New Zealand

You can call it "the game of glorious uncertainties." I just think it's funny. England lost every single game they played in Australia this season including a 5-match test series which they lost 5-0. Then they win 5 matches in the Commonwealth Bank Triangular series against Australia and New Zealand and they become champions. Australia loses this tournament at home for the first time in 14 years.

Does this change things for the World Cup? For one, it buys England some respect which is always useful. They did it without Kevin Peitersen or Michael Vaughan. Maybe all England needed to do was to get rid of Kevin Pietersen - disruptive influence that he'd become. Hopefully KP, now chastened, will come back and play a better game a la Ganguly.

Australia will have to play much much better, especially against S. Africa if they are to retain the World Cup. They'll miss Symonds and they may have peaked too early.

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