England Ashes schedule confirmed for 2021-22

Men’s Ashes Schedule – 2021-22

1st Test: 8-12 December – Gabba, Brisbane
2nd Test: 16-20 December – Adelaide Oval, Adelaide (Day/night)
3rd Test: 26-30 December – MCG, Melbourne
4th Test: 5-9 January – SCG, Sydney
5th Test: 14-18 January – Optus Stadium, Perth

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Six Nations 2022 – Fixtures

2022 Six Nations


Round One

Saturday, 5 February
Ireland v Wales
Scotland v England
Sunday, 6 February
France v Italy

Round Two

Saturday, 12 February

Wales v Scotland

France v Ireland

Sunday, 13 February
Italy v England

Round Three

Saturday, 26 February

Scotland v France

England v Wales

Sunday, 27 February

Ireland v Italy

Round Four

Friday, 11 March

Wales v France

Saturday, 12 March

Italy v Scotland

England v Ireland

Round Five

Saturday, 19 March

Wales v Italy

Ireland v Scotland

France v England

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Rugby World Cup France 2023 – LWTL appointed as Official Travel Authorised Sub Agent


We are delighted to have been appointed as an Official Travel Authorised Sub Agent for the forthcoming Rugby World Cup in France 2023. France is a superb setting for the 10th edition of the World’s largest rugby tournament, and you can be there with us to follow your team through the group stages and beyond.

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The tournament will feature the world’s best 20 teams and 51 days of unbelievable action where only one team can be crowned World Champions. On top of this, it is the chance to celebrate 200 years since the birth of the sport. France itself encompasses medieval cities, alpine villages and Mediterranean beaches. Paris, its capital, is famed for its fashion houses, classical art museums including the Louvre and monuments like the Eiffel Tower. The country is renowned for its wines, sophisticated cuisine and of course rugby!

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England Cricket to Netherlands postponed to 2022

England’s one-day international tour of the Netherlands has been postponed from May 2021 to May 2022 because of the coronavirus pandemic.
World champions England are set to face the Dutch side in three matches as part of the inaugural ICC men’s Cricket World Cup Super League ODI series.
The competition serves as part of qualifying for the 2023 World Cup.
In a joint statement, both boards said “continuing uncertainty” over the pandemic forced the rescheduling.
They added that the prospect of having no fans in attendance or a limited crowd was “not a viable option” for the Royal Dutch Cricket Association (KNCB).
“Hopefully, with the prospect of crowds returning to sport soon, we can rearrange the three matches in 2022 and showcase international cricket to capacity crowds,” said Ashley Giles, director of England men’s cricket.
KNCB high-performance manager Roland Lefebvre said the Netherlands, who are the only associate member in the 13-team competition, are “very grateful” for the cooperation of the England and Wales Cricket Board.
“The prospect of playing the world champions in a full house is exciting, and we look forward to welcoming the team back in 2022,” he added.

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NHS Heroes Campaign – Win 7 night Trip to Barbados

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Barbados is bringing a little piece of Caribbean sunshine into the lives of Britain’s NHS frontline heroes, by rewarding their tireless efforts to protect lives across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

With long established connections to the UK, Barbados is inviting members of the public to nominate their NHS heroes, and share their stories, in order to win an incredible holiday to the idyllic island, when travel resumes.

Twenty NHS healthcare workers, and their guests, will be chosen to enjoy a truly memorable, seven-night trip to the island, as part of the Barbados Cares campaign.

Winners will be given the chance to experience this uniquely special island and all it has to offer, when they are selected by a panel of judges comprising, H.E. Milton Inniss, Barbados High Commissioner to London; world-renowned DJ Carl Cox; Michelin Star Chef Tom Aikens; Chairperson of WPP and GroupM CEO Karen Blackett, OBE; Smooth Radio’s Angie Greaves; Sue Springer Director for Corporate and Government Relations; and actor David Harewood, MBE, who all share a love and affinity for the island.

“We are delighted to be able to celebrate the invaluable work of these everyday heroes in Britain,” said Cheryl Carter, Director, UK of the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. “Our countries are inextricably linked, historically and culturally, and we have been extremely moved by the work that the NHS and its extraordinary professionals are doing at this difficult time. We want to create a platform where their amazing stories can be told and, their efforts commended, as they continue to inspire us every day,” she added.

Shining a Light on NHS Heroes: How to get involved

Barbados invites friends and family to nominate brave and selfless heroes of the NHS and share their inspiring stories by creating an image or video post on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter outlining why they deserve a holiday. Photos and videos should feature the hand heart gesture as a symbol of love for the NHS and their chosen nominee, and use the hashtag #BarbadosCares in order to be submitted. Nominations are then finalised by visiting www.BarbadosCares.com and completing the short form including a link to the post.
Entries are open until 11:59 on 31st May, after which the panel of judges, will review all submissions. The 20 winners will be announced on 15th June and will be agreed based on the most heart-warming stories that best show commitment, dedication and resilience. No story is too small and no kind act too trivial – Barbados would like to hear all nominations so that they can truly celebrate and reward such super-human efforts.
“Barbados is thrilled to be able to recognise those who have put themselves at risk to care for others. We urge all members of the public to nominate their individual heroes,” Carter stated.

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The British & Irish Lions – SA Tour Dates released.


 A Springbok-lock-sized Challenge

The British & Irish Lions tour to South Africa will start on 3rd July with a warm up game against the DHL Stormers at the Cape Town Stadium. There will be a further 4 warm-up matches before the Test series against the Springboks begins on 24th July at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg. The 2nd and 3rd tests will take place in Cape Town and Johannesburg respectively.




3 July DHL Stormers Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town
7 July South Africa Invitational Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
10 July Cell C Sharks Jonsson Kings Park, Durban
14 July South Africa ‘A’ Team Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit
17 July Vodacom Bulls Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
24 July First Test v Springboks Soccer City, Johannesburg
31 July Second Test v Springboks Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town
7 August Third Test v Springboks Ellis Park, Johannesburg

IN the professional era, each time the British & Irish Lions have toured South Africa, the Springboks have been reigning World Champions. Following the Springboks victory over England in the World Cup Final in Tokyo, the 2021 squad will face the same challenge. With two of the three test matches being played at altitude the task will be all the greater. Expect Warren Gatland to ask Eddie Jones how not to prepare for a game up high!

An Historic Tour

FNB Stadium in Johannesburg will host the first Test on Saturday 24 July and with a capacity of approximately 88,000 spectators, a sell-out crowd would be higher than the 84,188 who witnessed the series decider against the Wallabies in Sydney in 2001.
The second Test follows a week later at the Cape Town Stadium – the first Lions Test in the Mother City since 1997 – before The British and Irish tourists return to Gauteng for the final Test on Saturday 7 August at Emirates Airline Park – or Ellis Park as we really like to call it.
The combined capacity for the three Test venues is just below 205,000, which could make the three Tests on the 2021 tour the best-attended since rugby turned professional in 1995. This easily surpasses the 192,972 people who attended the three Tests in Australia in 2013.
Aside from being there to witness the biggest tour in Lions history a rugby tour to South Africa has so much to offer. Between tour matches there will be opportunities to, amongst other things, tour the Garden Route, taste wine in Stellenbosch, take an excursion to the battlefields and enjoy a safari. That’s before you even had the chance to enjoy Cape Town and the famous South African hospitality.

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LWTL Raise £3000 for Tripavi in Sri Lanka


Fundraising for our friends in Sri Lanka

In support of all of those who work so tirelessly on behalf of LWTL and our clients in Sri Lanka, we set up a fundraising event for Tripavi also known to some as Butterfly Vacations. We are delighted to report the money has been so well received and the distribution of the funds raised for our friends has begun. Sri Lanka is a wonderful country to visit with great service, kind and generous people and we look forward to tourism in Sri Lanka returning to the levels it once was.

A small act of kindness goes along way

Hiran Gunasekera, Managing Director of Tripavi, takes up the story, “The recent events in our paradise island have shaken us and left us reeling for some time after the incident but as much as we can be saddened, we are an island nation able to swiftly bounce back in solidarity. The support of our friends Living With The Lions Sports Travel and their clients has helped to remind us that despite these challenges, Sri Lanka remains an island that warms to anyone who sets foot in it and as always remains to be cherished.”
“Here are some pictures Vishal & myself making a donation to the ground caretaker at the Colombo hockey pitch. His name is Raman, he does an amazing job when hockey groups are in town. He was so happy to receive this cash donation.”
“A small act of goodness this evening was possible with your support.”

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Tripavi donates some of the funds raised by LWTL & their clients


Donations to the Guides and Drivers

Hiran and his team donated some of the funds to Guides & Drivers. They play a crucial role in ensuring that tourists have a wonderful visit in Sri Lanka. A number of drivers and guides found themselves without work as tourist bookings were cancelled due to the incident at Easter. Some drivers found themselves in financial difficulty and unable to find the funds to lease their vehicles, essential to maintaining their livelihood. Tripavi selected a number of people who would benefit from the donations raised. Here are some images of some presentations made.

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Rajiv receiving a donation

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Christy receiving a donation

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Krishan receiving a donation

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Jayantha receiving a donation


First Aid Training

Using the funds donated Tripavi recently organised a First Aid Training program with the support. The program was conducted by St. John’s Ambulance International one of the pioneers in first Aid in Sri Lanka. The first batch of the team were trained on the first day on how to handle emergency first aid and the safety of our clients. Hiram added, “Even though most of the team already had a basic knowledge of first Aid, we felt the need to update and upgrade their knowledge in order to provide nothing but the best to our clients.”

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Recovery Position Training

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Recovery Position Training

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Applying a head dressing

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The benefits of a good sling.


England Cricket Tours to Sri Lanka now on sale

We are pleased to announce that the ECB have released the dates for the England Cricket Tour to Sri Lanka next year. Between the 16th March and 1st April, 2020 England will play two test matches in Galle and Colombo. We hope you will be able to join us for what is always a fantastic tour.

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Rugby World Cup, 2019 – A Preview


Roll up, Roll up – It’s Rugby World Cup Time

Here we are then. Following the greatest Summer of cricket in living memories, we have been allowed 5 days off before the next sporting treat takes over our lives: Rugby World Cup 2019 is here and starts today. The hosts Japan take on their neighbours Russia in the opening game.  The following day the rugby world will stop as the Southern Hemisphere behemoths, NZ & SA, meet in the group stages for the first time. From then on it’s just rugby, rugby and more rugby until 2nd November when a winner will be crowned.
So, clear the diary, lock up your chores in the cupboard you are least likely to open, get comfortable and enjoy the show. It will be the best yet. The hosts will make sure of that.

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William Web Ellis Trophy

To whet your appetite, we have been lucky enough to collar our own rugby correspondent in Belfast, David. He has written a review of the teams he feels are likely to feature in the closing stages. He was duty bound to pick Ireland as one but loyalty is a blinkered beast…
Over to you David – and apologies to Scottish fans. Can’t imagine why they don’t feature in his thoughts. He hasn’t spoken of Australia (can’t blame him for that), France (not got long enough to write that) or Argentina and Japan only get a cursory mention. However, within his chosen few there lies the eventual winner.


Somehow going into the World Cup as the number 1 ranked team in the world only weeks after the demolition at Twickenham at the hands of Mr Jones and his boys.
From an Irish perspective a couple of wins against Wales have steadied the ship, but the worrying manner of that defeat against England (ed. twice that is David) and how we were battered up front doesn’t breed confidence, especially with a potential date in the quarters against the Springboks and their Space Jam pack looming.
Negatives aside, we do have a relatively easy group to navigate and our big hitters should be well rested for a massive clash with either NZ or SA in the quarters. Stockdale is one of the world’s most dangerous wingers with ball in hand, and one of the oppositions best players when kicks come near him, James Ryan has blossomed into one of the world’s best locks. Murray and Sexton, on their day, are still arguably the world’s best half back combo.
Ultimately, the ideal scenario is our Rory getting the dream send off, beating England in the final and lifting the trophy as a teary-eyed Joe Schmidt looks on. 
(Editor’s note – such lyrical optimism from David. Forgive him, he knows no different).

South Africa

I think there’s little doubt that the Rugby Championship winners are the form team in the world now. A return to form for the Springboks should send a shudder down the spine of most teams with aspirations to win the trophy. 
They seem to have few weaknesses. Equipped with a bruising pack, Handre Pollard at 10, who essentially becomes another No. 8 within 5 metres of the line and the electric Kolbe and Mapimpi out wide.  This is complemented by the steady head of Willie Le Roux marshalling it all from 15 and, in this writer’s opinion, the world’s best 9 in Faf (the Shetland pony) de Klerk, they look a side timing their run perfectly and without many weaknesses.

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Faf de Klerk strides onto the pitch for his RWC opener for the Springboks

Naturally, the Springboks are never far from controversy. Following a steroid scandal and Eben Etzebeth seemingly losing his mind, there have been a few hiccups with preparation. However, they were the first team to arrive in Japan, and put the tournament hosts to the sword in their final warm up game.
Their open fixture vs New Zealand, in what could well be a dress rehearsal for the final, is a mouthwatering clash and one of the games of the tournament. The winner perhaps rightfully laying claim to being the tournament favourite. In my eyes, they are the team to beat. 

New Zealand

New Zealand head into the tournament with a few doubts surrounding them for maybe the first time this decade. A heavy loss at the hands of rivals Australia, although quickly avenged, raised eyebrows. Not to mention the draw with the Springboks, a game where they were outplayed and in typical ABs fashion found a result anyway.
They still have the world’s most talented player in Beauden Barrett, someone who can turn a game in the blink of an eye.  The AB’s management seem to have gone away from the idea that playing the world’s best fly-half at full back would make them a better team. Who knew eh?*
This will be Kieran Read’s last stand as captain and the uncertainly surrounding Brodie Retallack’s shoulder is an issue. They’re almost unbeatable with him in the side and the tireless Ardie Savea is phenomenal to watch.
In the back line, the centres could be an area of weakness, especially if the oft injured Ryan Crotty isn’t there to marshall the defence. Sonny Bill will fill the no. 12 shirt in his usual no arms, aim for the head fashion. It seems Anton Leinart Brown will be his partner. They’re not exactly Nonu and Smith!
Of course, they are the team everyone fears the most and as a result have an incredible knack for pulling out a result from seemingly unwinnable situations. Maybe, just maybe, they are vulnerable heading into this tournament. I’ll likely be proven a fool when a smiling Read lifts the trophy, but I see a semi-final exit and a swift rebuild (as usual) for the reigning champions.

*It turns out that Steve Hansen has ignored David and gone for Beauden at full back. Possibly as his brother is not up to much out there and Damian McKenzie is a bigger miss than we might think. Who knew eh, David?!


From an Irish perspective, the less said about England after the historic pummeling of my Emerald heroes at Twickenham (which nearly spoiled my summer holiday), the better. England head into the World Cup with a great chance of being in Japan for the duration of the tournament.
With a monstrous pack, and the nagging problem of recent years at openside well and truly cured they are looking good. Up front,  the dynamic Jamie George sets the tone in the front row, the human freight train that is Billy Vunipola is basically impossible to stop at the gain-line. England also possess maybe the deepest set of locks in world rugby, led by Maro Itoje. Whisper it quietly to my Irish brethren, England may be able to lay claim to tournament’s best pack. 

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Billy lining up a Frenchman. Owen Farrell hiding his arms behind.

Of course, the X factor that could lead England to glory, is the enigma that is Manu Tuilagi. For a long time, he has been one of the most talented players in the world. However, he tends to lose his way a bit in big moments. The rest of the world are hoping he finds another boat to jump off on camera. If he doesn’t disappear during games and doesn’t do something silly off the pitch England really could upset the Kiwi-cart.
Having said that, everything rests on the shoulders of the skipper, Owen Farrell. Luckily for England fans it rests on his shoulders and not his arms since he doesn’t appear to know how to use them.*
England should have a straight forward run to the quarter finals where Wales or Australia will await them. I’d imagine they’d be favourite there too. If seeing a smiling Rory Best lift the trophy is my dream scenario then seeing Eddie Jones get his smug little claws on it is the nightmare.
Only time will tell, but England should be a real force in this tournament, and will cause problems whoever they match up against.
*Oh David, do stop it! The Irish no. 10 has many peccadillos to irritate the ‘neutral’ too.


Wales enter the World Cup on a great run and have to be considered the form team in the Northern Hemisphere. Though a few stumbles, against both Ireland and England, in the warm up games have raised a few concerns. They are a big threat to anyone that lines up opposite them in the tournament. Their pack is solid from front to back, with Ken Owens leading the front row, the incredible Alun Wyn Jones anchoring the middle, and a plethora of back row options to choose from, they look a formidable outfit. The missing Toby Faletau will be a loss but strength in depth in the back row might trump his brilliance.
The back line is full of game breakers.  Gareth Davies is extremely dangerous round the fringes, the hard-nosed Hadleigh Parkes providing the grit, Jonathan Davies providing the magic and an electric back 3 where four does not fit. Alongside Liam Williams, a fit again Leigh Halfpenny and Josh Adams where is George North going to fit in. Halfpenny will assume the goal kicking so who will miss out?
The combination of Dan Biggar and Rhys Patchell make a great combination at 10. Biggar being the steadier hand and Patchell often providing a change of pace off the bench – not bad for someone who looks like Prince Harry if he’d grown up near a nuclear plant.
Wales are among the favourites for the tournament. Something that our own Mike Pyrgos agrees with. At their best, they may be our strongest offering from the Northern Hemisphere. They’ll certainly be the most miserly in defence.
Although, the Aussie Pooper may have a say in who tops their group and meets England in the quarters! My prediction for the Welsh is a deep run to the semi-finals, with some truly stunning rugby played, but alas they will come up just short.

The Greatest Show on Earth?

Thank you David. A masterpiece in balanced journalism!
For the rugby fan there is nothing better. As David put it in a weak moment, ‘It’s better than Christmas. It would be like the big day only with all your favourite people appearing down your chimney one by one at 20 minute intervals throughout the festive period.’ Additionally, for the rugby romantic, to see it staged in a so called Tier 2 nation is heartwarming. About time too you might add but we all know governing bodies take time to get with the program and have endless budgets to meet and sponsors to satisfy.
What of those Tier Two nations? Firstly it would be nice if the media stop referring to them as minnows. It is a bit patronising. They may well be smaller but it genuinely helps no-one. It would be better still if one of them makes it through to the last eight. Everyone talks as though this is the most open tournament since the inaugural event in 1987. In certain aspects it is; namely the winner could possibly come from six or seven sides. However, the quarter-finalists are more or less set in stone with only one of (of the usual suspects) England, Argentina or France to miss out on the knockout stages.
Japan could on the back of home support come through and beat Scotland in the closing match. Unlikely but worth hoping for if you’re not a Scot! Fiji beating Wales? Yes, please. Actually while they are at it perhaps they could beat Australia too.

And the winner is…

England of course. And why? Their team is just about on target to peak and England won the cricket World Cup so that is a good a reason as any. Plus, sport has a way of bringing people together when we least expect it and possibly need it most. So, England v New Zealand final on 2ndNovember it is. England to win after a very tense period of extra time. Heard that one before…


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England Cricket World Cup Glory


It’s all Super Over Now

“It’s come to this. Here’s the last ball of the World Cup Final, Archer bowls it. It’s clipped away into the legside, they’re going to come back for the second, the throw comes into the wicket keeper’s end… He’s run out… is he? England think he’s run out. England are convinced he’s been run out…”

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GOT HIM! TV pictures confirm what the England players already knew. They had won the World Cup.

Just like that England won the World Cup in 2019. Jonathan Agnew had his Kenneth Wolstenholme & Ian Robertson moment. In the back of the commentary box all the English pundits dropped their façade of neutrality, à la Rob Andrew in 2003, and went wild as pandemonium broke out around Lord’s.
The noise was staggering. Especially if you are a regular at the old place. Often the only noise is a light snore while the collective catch up on a snooze post an overly beefy sandwich. How times have changed. To the fellow, who sat behind me requesting 300 people sit down so he could watch the Super Over, I am sorry but cricket, at that moment at least, just became a raucous celebration of life. Even at Lord’s. About time too some would say.
On the pitch the scenes were just as wild. Joffra Archer, in a fit of relief just ran and ran before diving onto the floor at the feet of nobody. The rest of the players sounded what could only be described as a carnal roar as the stumps were flattened by Joss Buttler. Nobody even cared who threw the ball in. Or that the batsman had yet to be officially given out.

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Joffra Archer celebrates

New Zealand Honour

Spare a thought for the Black Caps. From the moment, they went out to bat they were acutely aware of the number of runs they would need to defend if they were to win. They had the bowlers to do it, they really did. Some would argue they did enough. Jeremy Coney, the ex-NZ captain, even surmised in the TMS box that they ought really to share the World Cup. You couldn’t separate the teams after that.
Even taking into account the deflection off the bat and the sub section of the laws of the Super Over that signalled their defeat their remarkably composed captain, Kane Williamson, was able to stand tall and congratulate the opposition on not just a fine final but as well deserved winners following a standard bearing four years prior to the final. Such good sportsmanship is rare in professional sport and to summon up such magnanimity after the day he had had is rarer still.

England’s Cricketing Joy

What of England? Much has been spoken of the journey they had been on under Bayliss and Morgan. There is no need to rehash it here other than to say there is a genuine joy in the way that they play cricket. It is full of all the things we wish we could apply to real life. An unbridled happiness to go out and express yourself and do what you really, really love. To be able to entertain and give so many people such pleasure is a very rare thing. The team were given the mission to inspire and inspire they did. There’s a great clip of Jimmy Anderson on his Tailenders podcast discussing how he felt after the win. His response was that all he wanted to do was go out and have a bowl. 

The Bumpy Road of An England Fan

There were always going to be moments of difficulty. It was predicted on this blog as the tournament began. After all this is an England sporting team. We are a sporting nation battle hardened by disappointment and farce.
We know nothing is going to be easy or anything other than gut wrenchingly hard to watch at times. There were moments of implosion. Not least, the pre-tournament mess involving Alex Hales. Even that was dealt with brutal efficiency. The will they won’t they of Joffra Archer. Never ever any doubt. Certainly not in the mind of the softly spoken Trevor Bayliss.
Of course, we lost 3 times in the round robin format. We had to endure the nonsense between current player and ex-player in the press. Or two people from Yorkshire ‘just being Yorkies’. There was a genuinely poor performance against Sri Lanka. At that moment, it looked very much like England were going to do an England.
However, placed alongside 4 very, very good performances against the top 4 teams in the world and when only a win would do these incidents and defeats are inconsequential. Especially in the context of that annihilation of Australia in the semi-final. It was a consummate performance of outrageous skill and bravura rarely seen by a team from these isles. We don’t just do that. Except that we did.
Right up to that final ball of that final super over we were left hanging in a way that nobody could ever have predicted. Except as England fan we should have expected it. Previous English World Cup success has only been after extra time: 1966, 2003 and now add to that 2019. It was written in the stars that England would emerge victorious only after every finger nail had been devoured and most of the cushions in the country had been hidden behind.

Thank you!

Eoin Morgan, Johnny Bairstow, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joffra Archer, Mark Wood, James Vince & Moeen Ali. The squad players who ferried on drinks, spray, talcum powder, jokes and messages from the changing room. The sensible, unflappable Trevor Bayliss and his assistant coaches current and past. And to Andrew Strauss, the man who got all this going after that pitiful performance four years ago in the previous World Cup. We salute you! Do it again next time. Just without the stress.

The Ashes and Winter Tours

The small matter of the Ashes is up next. The Australians will of course be back for revenge. The first match is at Edgbaston and if they couldn’t cope with the noise from the Hollies Stand for 80 overs they’ll find it hard over a possible five days. Expect them to arrive at Lord’s 1-0 down.
As the Summer draws to close the joy of being an England Cricket fan will be found in the winter cricket tours ahead. England will travel to New Zealand to renew their battle of who plays the game in the best spirits. They’ll play 2 Test Matches and 5 T20s. There’ll be a brief respite before heading to South Africa for Christmas and New Year. After that it is onto Sri Lanka and India. The fun never stops.

And finally

“It’s come to this. Here’s the last ball of the World Cup Final, Archer bowls it. It’s clipped away into the legside, they’re going to come back for the second, the throw comes into the wicket keeper’s end… He’s run out… is he? England think he’s run out. England are convinced he’s been run out…”

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England’s captain Eoin Morgan lifts the World Cup trophy (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP)

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