England Given Rude Awakening

July 25, 2012 at 10:09 am Leave a comment

Top of the world rankings they may be, but England were truly taught a lesson in Test cricket, after they were heavily beaten by South Africa in their opening encounter.

Losing on home soil has been a rare thing for the national side in recent seasons, with it being two years since their last defeat in their own back yard.

What has been even rarer has been a defeat by an innings, as the Proteas made the most of the flat pitch at the Kia Oval, before rattling through England’s batting order.

It was a disappointing outcome for England, who had started the game with the favour of the sports betting with www.betvictor.com, and looked set for at least a draw.

However, things soon went wrong, and now it will be a case of analysing the game in the 10-day break they have, before the next Test at Headingley, next month.

Batsman, Ian Bell, was one of the few bright sparks when England were up against it, and he has admitted that there are areas the side must work on in the coming days.

He told Sky Sports News: “Obviously, it was a very tough Test match for us. Credit to South Africa; I thought they were outstanding from the second morning and outplayed us.

“We’ve got to come back hard now at Headingley. It was thoroughly disappointing, but everyone will be up for it next week.

“We had a good chat last night. Some good honesty was talked about around the team. We’ll have to come back; there will be some big preparation around the team both individually and when we come together as a group on Monday. We need to get things right.”

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