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September 26, 2009 4:01 AM

Wanderers' pitch gives England direction

After half the cricket writing fraternity have eaten large slices of humble pie this morning - myself included - it's time to reflect on England's surprise six-wicket victory over Sri Lanka last night.
England were desperately looking for some inspiration before this game, and they probably didn't bank on finding it inside five overs, thanks to a Wanderers pitch that offered more movement than a steroid-charged Kangaroo. Some of the top order's shot selection left a lot to be desired, but it was still a great effort to reduce Sri Lanka to 17 for 4, even if they did let them off the hook in the middle overs.
England's batting was a shadow of its former self, with the exception of Shah's laboured knock. Why Collingwood couldn't play with such attacking verve against Australia, only he will know, and Morgan delivered some urgency between the wickets at just the right time.
Let's not get carried away though. England will need to deliver several key performances akin to this one before we can safely say they've turned the corner, but an encouraging display nonetheless.

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