Alec Swann is a former Northants and Lancashire opener turned cricket writer. Newcastle United and golf generally occupy his other sporting interests but there's a bit of rugby league thrown in with the Warrington Wolves and a soft spot for the Newcastle Knights.
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A few days ago I sat in front of my TV and watched a rugby team who were the real deal. Dominant in the scrum, dynamic in the loose, untouchable at the breakdown, a flyhalf at the peak of his powers and a back line that could both defend and attack in equal measure.
For an English rugby fan I wonder what’s worse. Losing to the Welsh, the French or the Australians?
When any one-day international series follows the Test matches, as sure as night follows day, there will be a chorus of disapproval when an established player is given a bit of time off.
I stopped believing in Father Christmas sometime in my younger years when, late on Christmas Eve and prior to depositing a bag of presents, my dad shone a torch into my room to check if I was asleep.
As far as 20-over games go, the England versus Australia encounter in Cardiff on Sunday was pretty good: plenty of runs scored and a finish that went right down to the wire.
Both Australia and England have one conundrum to solve before their relentless Test schedules gather pace once again.