• There is little doubt that the Indians must be terribly disappointed to lose the series to an Australian team that sometimes had just eleven fit men. Yes, the Aussies are the No 1 ranked side in the world but they sometimes did sport an emaciated look in the matches against India.

     

    The manner in which they kept losing players to injuries it was a wonder that they had any morale left. Let's not forget that these misfortunes were on top of the squad arriving in India without some key personnel.

     

    But then there is no more dangerous side than Australia when cornered or deemed to be vulnerable. Over the years, we have had any number of examples of Aussie grit under pressure and the series served as a tribute to their resilient qualities. This is one quality that they possess in abundance.

     

    The Australians are the game's greatest fighters - a quality that generations of cricket followers have known and admired. Even when they have gone through lean periods they have held their own with

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  • Unlike most people, I genuinely think England are more than capable of beating South Africa in the one-day series.

     

    England have always been a confidence side and if the squad can settle quickly then who knows how successful they can be against a South Africa side never lacking in that department.

     

    I think South Africa may well be very complacent going into the one-day international series and the two Twenty20 fixtures; England can capitalise on that.

     

    I predict that England will flourish more in the one-day internationals because South Africa think they are a pushover in that form of the game.

     

    The Tests will be much more arduous and England will find that exceptionally tough in that series.

     

    The one-dayers and Twenty20s therefore represent a terrific opportunity to get the tour off to a positive start.

     

    If you look at the squad it is full of quality and potential, the only question is whether Andrew Strauss and Andy Flower can turn them into a consistent unit.

     

    For England the

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  • I am very unconvinced by the selection of Alastair Cook in the one-day and Twenty20 squads - it represents a huge gamble from England.

     

    It is nothing but a risky move from the management and he has to show something in a coloured England shirt that he has not shown before.

     

    I saw him hit a good century in the Twenty20 Cup for Essex against Surrey this season and was impressed, but he has never looked authoritative enough for England in the limited-overs formats.

     

    Can he really step up at international level and take bowling attacks apart such as South Africa's? I do not think so.

     

    He is still a relatively young lad and England continue to throw him forward - I think they could well be asking too much of him.

     

    If England earmark him to open the batting then he has to play with real freedom and not be remotely cautious - it is the problem area for Andrew Strauss's side.

     

    England have always struggled with their slow starts in limited-overs cricket and to have Cook opening will put

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