Leading article: A very silly point

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Leading article: A very silly point

THE ENGLAND cricket team's sad defeat in the Ashes series against Australia had a depressing air of inevitability about it. "Australia batted and bowled better than us," the captain, Alec Stewart, told reporters. In the circumstances, this was rather unnecessary. Given the failure of England's tail to stand up to inexperienced bowling and the mediocre sameness of England's bowling, the statement would have brought forth a gust of black laughter had it not been so painfully, tear-jerkingly obvious. England's captain could only have added: and they can catch the ball.

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