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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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.
Composite XIs are normally selected at the conclusion of a series, but seeing as England have already claimed victory and are sat in the clubhouse with the proverbial celebratory pint, you can have this choice earlier than planned.
Once Australia left Edgbaston with their tails between their legs, the result of a sub-standard performance, they were always going to find the series difficult.
At the time of writing, England had confirmed all but one of their starting XI for the fourth Test at Trent Bridge and news was yet to filter out of the Australian camp.
I feel sorry for Brad Haddin. I know, they are not the words you may expect to see written by an Englishman given that, in certain quarters, the wicketkeeper is viewed as the walking embodiment of all that is distasteful about an Australian cricketer.