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    April 19, 2007

    Duncan Fletcher is England's former coach

    Duncan Fletcher has joined the list of 'former coaches' after the World Cup, a few weeks after Greg Chappell announced his decision.

    Fletcher took over as England coach after the 1999 World Cup. Eight years is a very long time! In that time span, England won 42 out of 96 tests and won 74 out of 165 ODIs.

    Although England did win the 2005 Ashes, the overall scoreline against Australia is 4-14. England did overall become a better test side, like the series record of won 14, lost 7, drew 6 shows. But England regressed bigtime after the Ashes, winning only 5 out of 18 tests after the 2005 Ashes, one of them a forfeit.

    It was in one-dayers that England proved quite hopeless, despite a shock win in the one-dayers in Australia earlier this year. Winning 74 out of 165 doesn't look too bad. Scratch beneath the surface and take out Bangladesh (yes, them!), Zimbabwe and other minnows and the scoreline becomes 'Played 128, Won 41, Lost 79'. There were 3 teams against who England played at least 20 games (after the 1999 World Cup). The highest was Australia (26). Number two was (surprise!) Zimbabwe (23), more than India and Pakistan. Maybe it was the ECB's ploy to do a lot of confidence boosting.

    I'm not even going to harp on Fletcher's constant excuses on unavailability of personnel. When he had some chaps with ability, he chose to keep them under wraps!

    Overall, I suppose England will miss him. He obviously could coach, but, like a lot of others have pointed out for a while, it was time for him to go!

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