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Downbeat but not out — an England fan at the Ashes


CRICKET-ASHES/England have been in far worse positions at the end of a first Ashes test in Brisbane. Although being bowled out for 260 is far from ideal Andrew Strauss’s team should believe they are still in this contest.

Having been 197 for four half an hour into the final session of the day and with the Australian bowlers barely able to hit the cut strip, England will rue the batting collapse which saw the last 6 wickets fall for just 63 runs and included a stunning hat trick from Peter Siddle.

The roar of the crowd that accompanied the hat trick and the early dismissal of Strauss was truly breathtaking and had there been a roof on the Gabba it would have been well and truly ripped off.

If there one thing that is disappointing it’s that from my own experience it seems Australian fans only get interested and create a real atmosphere when their team is doing well.

Tri-Nations waves goodbye to tedious kick-and-chase



Australia’s shock win over South Africa in Saturday’s Tri-Nations breathed new life into a series that was in real danger of fizzling out.

The Wallabies’ 21-6 win not only stalled South Africa’s seemingly unstoppable march to this year’s title but also provided some much needed entertainment.