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Cricket is not a one-way traffic zone and the Indian team – which probably thinks batting alone can win them the World Cup – was taught a lesson on Sunday by England who exposed the co-hosts’ Achilles heel called fielding and the single-man bowling army called Zaheer Khan.



The English march into a new year was never merrier. With an ODI series win already in its kitty and space created to pouch the Test trophy as well, the Barmy Army’s New Year celebrations have taken altogether a different meaning and magnitude.

While Smith and his men will have to sport a forceful grin on New Year’s eve, Strauss and his band of boys have shown teeth to gnaw the tough South African skin.

StraussA depleted English team, fresh from a pasting by Australia, kicks off its Champions Trophy (CT) campaign against red hot Sri Lanka that got the better of an overconfident South Africa in the opener. Given the depleted nature of this English side without the likes of Flintoff and Pietersen, many term this as a mismatch between tournament favorites and pushovers.

Frankly speaking, after the West Indies, England looks to be the weakest of the lot and it would do well to give SL a run for its money, which will make for some interesting viewing. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, has to guard against any complacency creeping into their game. However, I can’t see that happening, especially when the team knows that a win against England would almost certainly assure them of a place in the semifinals.

England looks more assertive with their bowling than batting and they need that too, against an unleashed Dilshan and ever-dangerous Jayasuriya.  England indeed will have to pull everything out of its stock and can’t afford to relax even a wee bit whether bowling or batting.

Considering the form Sri Lanka is in, bookmakers might consider them as runaway winner but as the famous cliché goes, cricket is a game of glorious uncertainties; and if England goes past Sri Lanka, it will indeed be glorious.