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Strauss waltz into oblivion; RESULT!

Byline: DEREK McGOVERN; JOHN SHAW

ENGLAND have shown they can put bad performances behind them. Unfortunately they can also put bad performances in front of them.

That's why the cock-a-hoop Aussies have been well-backed to cock a snook at Andrew Strauss's (right) boys in the Fourth Test.

Hills have Ricky Ponting's (above) men as short as 11-8 to follow up their WACA walloping and I can reveal why. English fans are confident the Melbourne pitch will suit their men better than the one in Perth, but the Aussies have secretly loaded up the Perth strip on a truck and it's trundling towards Melbourne.

The Aussies ramped up their sledging in Perth. It's odd they should be so much better at sledging than us when they hardly get the weather for it. That's the kind of dirty tricks they play in Australia, where Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport is considered a love song and where the government is so committed to tackling global warming they sent 20,000 troops to the sun.

Ian Bell says he's hoping to bat at five for England and reckons he'll still be in at five past.

In sport you're only as good as your last game, meaning England are only as good as Scotland and the Aussies are as good as anyone. That makes this Test as good as over - get on the Aussies.

Fourth Test (Hills): 2-1 England, 11-8 Australia, 9-4 Draw. England top bat 1st innings: 4-1 Pietersen, Cook, Trott, Strauss; 9-2 Bell; 8-1 Collingwood, Morgan; 14-1 bar.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUE
Date:Dec 24, 2010
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