Fletcher full of praise for England's victorious youngsters
Monday 12 February 2007
The England coach, Duncan Fletcher, who received a fair amount of criticism during the disappointing Ashes campaign, was full of praise for the youngsters in the team after their victory over Australia in the one-day series here yesterday.
"It's a young side," he said. "The growth in this side can go anywhere. I was really pleased to see the young players come through, withstand the pressure. Beating Australia three times in a row is quite an achievement.
"We're learning all the way. At some stage, you just felt they were going to click and produce a performance like that and there's no better place to produce it."
Fletcher believes Ed Joyce's century in the first of the side's four straight wins in the tournament was the key to England's change of fortune. "It was from there where people suddenly realised what was required," Fletcher said. "You didn't have to panic, just get in and build a decent total."
The coach, who hopes to name the injured captain Michael Vaughan and Kevin Pietersen in his 15-man squad on Wednesday, warned his players not to get carried away ahead of the World Cup, which starts in mid-Marchin the Caribbean.
"It's still going to be difficult to get that 15 right," Fletcher said, "but we're a lot clearer than we were at the beginning of the series."
Australia sprinted into the finals with seven victories out of eight but could not sustain their hold over the tourists in the matches that mattered.
"That's a very poor way to finish what's been a very good summer for the team," said the captain, Ricky Ponting, one of Liam Plunkett's three victims. "I don't really have an explanation. I was really angry with the way the game slipped in Melbourne the other day and the same thing happened here with us losing wickets in groups. England played their best two games of the summer in the two finals."
Graciously, Ponting refused to lay any blame on the rain which disrupted the original chase of 247 on three occasions. "We had our backs to the wall anyway," he said. "Losing Adam Gilchrist and Michael Clarke in the same over wasn't ideal for us. We had to play some pretty remarkable cricket from there to win the game."
Lionel Messi dumps Jerome Boateng: The moment two-goal hero made Bayern Munich defender look like 'baby in a playpen'
Barcelona vs Bayern Munich match report: Lionel Messi double and Neymar strike put Barca on course for Champions League final
Floyd Mayweather mocks Manny Pacquiao: 'Winners win and losers have excuses'
Barcelona 3 Bayern Munich 0 player ratings
Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City in top eight of Forbes Rich List
- 1 Qataris pledge to expand Canary Wharf
- 2 #JeSuisEd: People share photos of themselves eating awkwardly in solidarity with Labour leader
- 3 Women think Irish men are the sexiest, survey finds
- 4 Florida couple forced to register as sex offenders for having sex on public beach
- 5 Watch eerie drone footage of destroyed building in Stalingrad
In defence of liberal democracy
General Election 2015: Post-election 'shambles' looms as 70 per cent of voters say SNP 'should not be able to veto UK government policies'
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
General election live: SNP suspends two members for disrupting Labour rally
General election live: Booths open at 7am across the country on polling day