Crick Down the Legside

September 18, 2009 4:22 AM

No respite for England at Trounced Bridge

After the Ponting masterclass which secured the fifth win, opener Tim Paine put his hand up yesterday to consign England to their sixth successive defeat.
They say 111 is an unlucky number, and so it proved at Trent - for which read 'Trounced' - Bridge, representing not only the keeper's score but also the margin of England's defeat.
The hardest thing for England fans to stomach isn't so much losing to a better side, but the fact they're showing no signs of improvement ahead of the Champions Trophy.
Yesterday's defeat was England's second worst in the history of ODIs between the two sides and their 11th heaviest in 517 internationals.
Last time Ponting, this time Paine and you can take your pick from half a dozen others who will be keen to sign off with a ton in the last match.
Therein lies the difference. You're hard pressed to pick one player in the England team on current form who will make three figures.

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