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    January 07, 2007

    What England did right

    The ECB have launched an inquiry; you could fill a space the size of Kevin Pietersen's ego with examinations of what England did wrong and how they might not next time.

    But what went right? Very little, obviously - hence the whitewash. But it wasn't all doom and gloom.

    That one innings
    Alastair Cook scored a century at Perth to add to his one at Nagpur. That's a century in Australia and a century in India, in his first year of Test cricket. Openers deal in centuries, so that's good news.

    Paul Collingwood scored a double century, England's first since Robert Key.

    Another whose efforts at Adelaide turned out to be utterly futile was Matthew Hoggard. 7/109, a 200, and a 150 - I still can't believe England lost that.

    Almost, but not quite
    Ian Bell passed 50 as many times as Ricky Ponting, and scored almost 250 less runs. Oh, and he played two more innings. It's an improvement on last time, although he needs to figure out a way of playing against teams that aren't Pakistan.

    No news is good news
    Simon Jones became even more important to the side. Monty Panesar improved immeasurably by his absence, and then by his presence, at least until half-way through the Perth match. And that's the last of McGrath and Warne.

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    I take it that you don't consider Andrew Flintoff making it abundantly clear to Kevin Pietersen on how to bat with the tailenders as being a positive.

    Perhaps Steve Harmison gradually finding some sort of line and length (Michael Clarke's last two innings ended in the same manner - short of a length outside offstump, extra bounce defeats Clarke's prod and the edge goes through to the 'keeper ... maybe this wasn't part of the leaked dossier?)

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