Friday, January 26, 2007

OZ DAY I: "There is surely nothing that can be done for this side now..."

If you didn't know it already, England are shot. A nine-wicket defeat was gross enough, but it still flattered their performance. They will be slaughtered by the press and former players, and rightly so, but there is a degree to which they simply deserve sympathy. They have been destroyed as a team over the course of this tour, utterly broken by the relentless nature of Australia's cricket. Demoralised beyond repair, missing most strongest personalities and with their two senior batsmen - Paul Collingwood and Andrew Strauss - entirely out of form, they had no chance against Australia.

See The Guardian's full wrap here.

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