Who in their right mind would have predicted it?

Top stuff: England captain Andrew Strauss with the ICC Test Mace presented to him at The Oval as the World's No 1 ranked team
Top stuff: England captain Andrew Strauss with the ICC Test Mace presented to him at The Oval as the World's No 1 ranked team
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RARELY, if ever, is there a prediction of a 4-0 win. I can’t recall ever hearing one.

I can recall loads of predictions for the favourite scoreline. That’s 2-1.

Listen out for someone asked how he thinks his team will go on. Most particularly when they may be underdogs.

They want to say their team will win but feel they must factor in that, deep down, they feel the other side may well score. So, if the other team is to score but your side is to win out comes... “I think we’ll win 2-1.”

I certainly don’t recall anyone tipping England to beat India 4-0 in the recent Test series. Yes, there were a few 2-1s there as well plus, I must confess, a 2-2 from me.

But 4-0 it was and as we’ve all been quick in the past to really hammer our Test failures, it is only right that the current side should be praised to the heavens. As they rightly have been.

Whatever the sport. it’s great to see an England side at the top of it. Beating the world’s No 1 ranked side 4-0 takes some doing. Andrew Strauss’s side were outstanding and it has all been so enjoyable to watch.

ON the local football scene this week, it has been very much about Adam Le Fondre and Sheffield Wednesday’s interest in him and the bids that have been rejected. Whilst anything could have happened in between me writing this and you reading it, one thing puzzles me in all this.

When Wednesday were rescued from their financial plight last year, the word was (check out all the letters, phone-ins etc) that it was a bright new beginning and there would now be plenty of dosh available. Money would no longer be a problem.

I assume it isn’t (no one has said otherwise) so why have they made such a mess of trying to entice Rotherham into a cut-price deal for their goalscorer?

Somebody said that Rotherham (whose chairman’s company sponsored the Kop) don’t want him to go to Wednesday. But had Wednesday come up with something even close, then he would have gone. After all, they’ve got the money, haven’t they?