What the papers said about . . . English cricket

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"Australia keep on winning because they are proud to represent their country. Sadly, some of our lot play for their country because they get paid for it. Until that attitude changes, whatever cricket's authorities do - revamp the county championship, disqualify everyone old enough to need a shave or zip around the field on roller skates - won't matter a hoot." Independent

"Tired and drawn, the England captain clutched a sheet of notes that looked suspiciously like a resignation speech but transpired to be only a prompt for a mind weary almost beyond words." Times

"It was not merely inept. You don't become an England cricketer in any erea if you are inept. You don't win a Test in Adelaide if you are inept. It was far wose than that. It was surrender, the abject denial of an inviolable tradition established on the morning of 15 March, 1876. When you play Australia at cricket, you fight till you drop." Daily Mail

"Having expelled the worst of his demons by attempting to demolish a chair - Eric Cantona, please note - Mike Atherton did the least we now expect of him. He stood up to be counted. It didn't make the latest scenes of Australian jubilation any more palatable. But it did offer some reassuring evidence that someone connected with English cricket really cares." Daily Express

"England will shake Australia from their perch only when they build equal strength in depth from school cricket upwards, weld a similar team spirit in the national side and learn the fundamental lesson that good fielding and constant attention to the details of technique will alone make the most of the available talent." Telegraph

"End of an error . . . Athers writes off golden oldies for brave new team." Sun

"Craig McDermott now has a three-week break before the Caribbean and he intends to rest by embarking on the sort of physical training regime that would have made Daley Thompson look a powder puff. The man is insatiable. England bowlers who complain of too much work, please note." Guardian

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