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Shane scuppers the good ship England; View from the boundary.

Just like the Jumblies, England's batsmen went to sea in a sieve in the third Test.

After Shane Warne's spell right at the end of the Lord's Test, they should have known that he was likely to drop his wares on the spot sooner or later.

After the Australians had overwhelmed Hampshire, the videos of Warne should have come out and England's batsmen should have got square eyeballs watching him.

Then they should have burnt the midnight oil as they plotted their path to safety and on to victory. As it was, they batted like a bunch of innocents. And Warne's spell of five for 19 in 70 minutes last Friday fatally holed the good ship England.

Even Alec Stewart had not got his sea defences organised.

OK, he had one which turned a mile in the first innings. But in the second, the gap between his bat and pad was huge.

Graham Thorpe, one of the heroes of Edgbaston, forgot his lines at Old Trafford. A suicidal cut followed a despairing sweep.

Nasser Hussain and Creepy Crawley were just as bad in the first innings as they dabbed instinctively at fizzing leg-breaks.

But after his 83 in the second innings, Crawley should change his nickname to Crafty.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Blofeld, Henry
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 8, 1997
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