Hope turns to despair for England

England cricket team

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Despite India scoring well in the latter overs of the second ODI. England started positively and looked to continue from their performance in the first, however, this did not last as they lost 9 wickets for 100 runs and finished being bowled out for 158. Losing by 138 runs. Again the pace bowlers were not on song, but this time the batsmen did not make up for this. Unlike the first ODI it was hard to pick out an England player that performed well as India dominated throughout, despite constant pressure from the England side.

Hopefully this does not spell the end of Captain Cook’s honeymoon era, but it seems England may be missing that misfiring bullet that is Stuart Broad.

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Stuart Broad (PC: Wikipedia)

The ex-Oakham School lad has been enjoying his time at home, tweeting ‘Mistaking a rather attractive lady for a bar stool and sitting on her was rather embarrassing but i think i styled it out… #probablynot‘ (@stuartbroad8). Oh cricketers really do make the worst best tweeters. Sadly though, despite his poor eyesight, it seems England are missing his presence in India as Tim Bresnan, Jade Dernbach and Steven Finn struggle to recreate his fury. He tweets that he is travelling to Adidas headquarters in Germany before heading to India to meet the team and is confident he will be fit and ready to face New Zealand. I fear he will be less needed on that tour, with New Zealand struggling the pose a serious threat on the International scene in the post-Vettori era.

Well, at least it will be a morale boost before the back to back Ashes series in 2013. Because, at the end of the day that’s why we’re all here. We want England to win the Ashes.

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