Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

28 January 2014

South Africa: Are England One-Day Cricket's New Perennial Chokers?

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During England's ODI series against Australia, they have far too often thrown away winning positions to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. From the outside looking in, there were a couple of full-blown chokes on offer.

With the team currently without an identity, it wouldn't be too unfair to suggest that it's time for the Proteas to step aside, because there are new chokers in town.

Ask any cricket fan who one-day cricket's biggest chokers are and the answer is likely to be South Africa. Mostly because, when it comes to crunch games, in crunch tournaments and crunch situations, the Proteas have somehow always managed to be turn a deeper shade of blue, crying out for emergency Heimlich manoeuvres.

Over the last few weeks, though, another team has been mimicking the Proteas in fine fashion. England, in all their dire straits, have managed to consistently lose their one-day games against Australia from winning positions.

In the second ODI, James Faulkner played a blinder to help the Aussies to a one-wicket win, but was helped significantly by average bowling from the English. In the fifth and final ODI, England collapsed in spectacular fashion to falter in what...

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