England lack Oz fighting spirit

Well for all the English ex-pats living in Australia taking a interest in the current Ashes series our jubilation was short-lived following England's dismal batting and bowling performance during the fourth test.

Peter Gladwell

Well for all the English ex-pats living in Australia taking a interest in the current Ashes series our jubilation was short-lived following England's dismal batting and bowling performance during the fourth test.

I think what most can't understand is why the team should be so undeniably affected by Freddie Flintoff being out of the game owing to injury when the man has announced his retirement from first class cricket immediately following this series.

Does this mean we are going to see another lacklustre performance from the England team until they can find another hero to replace Mr Flintoff?


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Has anyone noticed any changes in the Australian team when one or more of their key players are out either through injury or retirement? Did the Aussies collapse when Hayden, Warne or Gilchrist left for retirement and instead chose to play in the Indian Premier league? No, they were soon replaced by quality players like Michael Clarke and others who showed what they are capable of during the last Test match at Headingley.

To me it seems quite a number of English sports stars including in particular those highly-paid football prima donnas, rugby players, cricketers and tennis players lack firepower and aggression to fight back, taking the game back to the opposition. The last Test match was an excellent example of that comment as was England's rugby team winning the World Cup in Sydney.

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