2011 a great year for England

November 7, 2011 at 3:51 pm Leave a comment

England have experienced some ups-and-down in 2011 but there is no doubt they can be proud about ending the world ranked top in two disciplines of world cricket.

Andy Flower’s side started the year by humiliating Australia in the Ashes, dominating the series in a way possibly never-before-seen by a generation of cricket fans, then come February they flopped in the World Cup.

Then during the summer England defeated Sri Lanka and then secured their rise to the top of the international Test rankings with a thrashing of India, notably by a whitewash score before also beating them in one-day and T20 series. People looking at the cricket betting promotions need to bear this in mind.

England then headed to the sub-continent to face India in a series of one-day games and they were humbled 5-0, before wrestling a measure of confidence by winning the one T20 games.

The teams are Test and Twenty20 world number one and face some massive challenges in 2012, with trips to Pakistan and Sri Lanka before facing West Indies and South Africa, then there is a trip to Sri Lanka to defend their world Twenty20 title.

England bowler Tim Bresnan reckons there is a still a lot to learn across all three formats as the team look to not only cement their current position, but get better over the next 12 months. Those placing cricket bets should remember this.

He said: “To be number one in the world in two out of three competitions … we’re not in a bad place, are we, really? Test match cricket is the pinnacle of the sport.

“The way we’ve played our cricket over this year is fantastic, but we’re still looking to improve in any way we can.”

The Test match series against Pakistan gets underway on January 17th in Dubai to start what looks a really challenging 2012 itinerary on paper.


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