Monday, 24 August 2009

Australia now fourth in ICC world rankings

It makes it all the sweeter to read this on an Australian web site.

The Sydney Morning Herald report also says: "All the huff and puff of making amends for 2005 came to nought with Australia comprehensively outplayed over four days against an English side resolute in its belief, despite suffering a humiliating third Test defeat. Set an improbable world-record chase of 545, Australia were dismissed for 348 late in the day as long shadows crept across the Kennington outfield.

"The shadows will now creep over Australia’s selectors, coaches and players. Ricky Ponting's side has now lost three of its past four series, but this one will hurt most. How England were allowed to come back into the series following their innings and 80-run loss at Headingley is difficult to fathom."

England are not yet the complete item, but this series has brought on some younger players who will develop further, as will Strauss's captaincy.

Now attention turns to Northampton in midweek. Can Glamorgan produce another win on the back of the thriller in Swansea, and thus climb into the promotion zone?

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