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December 29, 2010

England retain the Ashes.

Many congratulations to the England cricket team who, last night, retained the Ashes down under after another crushing defeat of Australia. It’s the first time England have retained the Ashes since the 1986/87 series. They now lead the series 2-1, with one match to go. It’s a truly marvellous achievement.

I just hope England don’t take their foot off the gas in the final test, in Sydney. The series could yet finish 2-2, which would be an abomination of an outcome, considering the extent to which England have completely dominated Australia with the exception of a couple of days of the Perth test. All the great sides in history have refused to let up when a series was secured – look at Australia’s 5-0 win last time. England should do the same. They went to Australia with two objectives – to retain the Ashes and win the series. Their job is only half-done. Oh, and a declaration of interest – I have money on England to win the series 3-1…

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