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Monday September 14 2009

I don’t read Guido’s comments.  The idiocy-to-insight ratio is just too disadvantageous.  So I don’t know if any of them have already noticed that the curse of Gordon Brown has struck England cricket full on, in recent weeks.  Worse, I’ve not even been reading Guido recently.  I’ve been on a break.  So this has probably all been said and commented upon at length and I’m the last to notice.  But, just in case ...

England, and maybe you did notice this, recently won the Ashes.  That is, they defeated Australia in a five match series of five day cricket games.  It was one all and all to play for going into the final game, and although I can’t be sure about this, I rather think I may have said to myself: “Just so long as Gordon Brown doesn’t wish them luck.” Whether I did or not, he didn’t, and England duly won.  God bless Gordon for keeping quiet about it all for so long.  And I see that Guido did notice all that.

England have since made a point of not celebrating too much, the rapturous celebrations that followed the 2005 Ashes win now being regarded as having contributed to a severe decline in the team from that moment on.  The hope now is that, by just pressing on with the next few games, saying there’s lots more progress to be made, lots of things still to work on, blah blah blah, England would not lose momentum, but will instead carry on doing well, instead of disintegrating like they did after 2005.

But then, disaster.  Gordon Brown congratulated England on their victory.

Since which disastrous Prime Ministerial intervention, it has been down hill all the way.  England are currently engaged in a series of seven one day matches against Australia, and so far it’s played four lost four, with each loss seeming to be more abject than the one before.

Expect further England cricket grief, starting tomorrow, with ODI number five.

England played a bit better but Australia still won without too much stress, so it is five nil.

And I am yet to encounter an Australian cricket fan who cares.

Posted by Michael Jennings on 16 September 2009

And I managed to get out of my post-Ashes depression enough to sit in a bar and watch a fair bit of game six. My God, England were pathetic. Six-nil to Australia with one game to play. Apparently, no side has ever won a one day series seven-nil, so that is something to pay attention to for the last game. A victory will also give Australia the number one ranking back in one day cricket, and they will go into the Champions trophy as one of the favourites. How things change.

Posted by Michael Jennings on 18 September 2009
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