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England v Australia - seventh one-dayer

by Pranav Soneji (U5268639) 20 September 2009
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Hello. It's almost finished. England hand Graham Onions his one-day debut as they look to avoid an unprecedented whitewash at the Riverside.

The Aussies are in ripe form to retain the Champions Trophy, which begins on Tuesday in South Africa.

So will it be humiliation or jubilation for England in Chester-le-Street?

Let's have your thoughts as the match progresses...
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comment by sukand (U14143505)

posted Sep 20, 2009

Glad England avoided the white wash - will give the fans some hope to get to South africa. now what happens there - anyone's guess.

Interesting that the mighty are falling but still there is a huge chasm almost 2 leagues in international cricket - Sth Africa/India/Australia all together in rankings and every one else miles away.

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comment by Stev (U6790938)

posted Sep 20, 2009

At least they salvaged something, not sure what that something is but you would think England can only improve, although I find myself doubting my owns words. Still well played to the Oz through out the series out played us in every department, fortunate for us that Mr Lee didn't participate in the Ashes I think. Ill amble off into the sunset, as Im pretty sure the witch hunters will be out in force fairly soon.

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comment by wacapom (U1730220)

posted Sep 20, 2009

"What do the Aussies do thats so different than England in regards to developing young players?"

Cricket academy

The Sheffield Shield competition is the best domestic competition. The state teams love knocking off (softening up) the visitors. Visitors should stick to playing regular first-class rules 11+1 in the team, full-length matches etc.

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posted Sep 20, 2009

Can we get the "like" service going from Facebook because siouxe and Andrew have made a sunday remotely amusing!

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posted Sep 20, 2009

Well you know what they say, you're only as good as your last game which makes us favourites for the Champions Trophy... Course that'll all change after we've played our next game!

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posted Sep 20, 2009

That should be a nice little victory to take into the champions trophy. Lets get rid of shah and bopara ( for good) and bring in trott and one other and have a good go at winning that competition.

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posted Sep 20, 2009

What do the Aussies do thats so different than England in regards to developing young players?

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Its cultural.

In Australia cricket is all that is played in summer and transcends classes.

But for me it comes down to 2 things; open spaces and climate, every little town has the space for a pitch and Australian kids grow up spending a lot more time outside than English kids.

We can talk academy's all we want, but I cite these two reasons as the main reasons Australia punch above their weight in many sports.

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posted Sep 20, 2009

so close in the first,so close in the second,surrendering the 5th to poor fielding and now winning.Surely you wouldn't write England off.They just didn't fight well enough.The Aussies ironically will learn they have alot to do do become number one.The India tour will be the test.

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comment by wacapom (U1730220)

posted Sep 20, 2009

Apart from India, who's won in India recently? India's a test, certainly, but losing in India doesn't mean a lot.

The test of ODI prowess starts next week. Unfortunately, the format means the competition is a bit of a lottery - a bad day and someone can be eliminated, but if SA or Australia wins, it will confirm claims to be "Number 1."

You think I'm mistaken? If West Indies wins, would you think it's the best team? It would be champion, but it's nor always the best team that wins.

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posted Sep 20, 2009

The Aussies most likely threw this match so that it would not look like like England were getting kicked in the ass when they were down!

As for Ravi Bopara, are the selectors tickled pink yet by his absolute, stunning brilliance with the bat?

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