A shame that the great ‘slog sweeping’ Lancastrian will not be entertaining at the World Cup, but given the fact that Vaughan and Pietersen had to come back, not unexpected. I’m sure Australia would love to have him in their ranks – perhaps to replace Haydos the flat track bully. Good news for Ravi Bopara though. Now, I hadn’t blogged about England’s magnificent victory in the Commonwealth Bank yet, as there was not much I could add. Now the Aussies have had their air of arrogance knocked a bit, Shane Warne has said that England could be a dark horse to take the World Cup off Australia’s hands in the Caribbean and that Paull Collingwood could be the player of the tournament.

The Sydney Morning Herald’s blog has to date had 195 comments following a request for thoughts after Australia’s “shock loss”. Here is a flavour:

“Apart from Punter, the aus batting line up looks very average” “[The Australians] think that aura alone will win the games for them” “Australia just showed that they are as clueless as any other team” “reality’s a bitch” ““Crikey”, as the guy with the sting ray in his chest would have said” “Careless! Very careless!” “The big disappointment for me is Glenn McGrath. After a fantastic career the guy drops a catch and starts carrying on like a baby, sledging and making a general knob of himself.” “If it wasnt for the rain and the interuption then Plunkett would have gone through the middle order like vegemite through a baby.” “The mid thirty year olds looked slow and tired”.

There are also reports that Shane Warne is at the centre of a tax evasion probe. Ironic, perhaps, that this alleged criminal activity will probably result in him turning his back on Oz for good and settling in England. It used to be the other way round!