What an Australian newspaper had as their headline before England ODI series

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Adam Mountford, one of the BBC's highly respected producers of their peerless cricket programme, Test Match Special, tweeted a picture taken from Australia's Daily Telegraph.

The photograph and article are typically Australian.

Verbose, inflammatory and like a well aimed cricketing sledge, but it's a little bit like their cricket team right now. Way off the mark.

In the article, 20-year veteran journalist Russell Gould lambasts the England Cricket team for losing to Scotland in the warm-up match between the two neighbours just before the five-match ODI series began.

The headline "Red Faced Poms On Back Foot" might have preceeded a period of soul-searching and introspection that an older version of the England team might have indulged. Not the current crop.

Russell's byline stated in typical combat-style journalism.

"We've had a ball-tampering scandal, lost our captain and VC, but at least we didn't lose to Scotland."

No, thankfully for all Australian fans, they didn't get a chance to play the Scottish Saltires, as on current form, that would have been another beating. 

Gould was clutching at straws perhaps, when he wrote his piece. He must be looking for a fork to help him eat his humble pie, given that the warm-up match loss for the England team has been handsomely compensated for by a five-nil whitewash of the tourists, and a drubbing of their T20 team this week.

The Aussies will bounce back. They have too much depth and quality - albeit it needs to be nurtured anc coached back to prominence. Players on the injured list and those serving bans will be back.

Both England and Australia need a strong Australian team to ensure that the Ashes series' are great contests. 

But brilliantly amusing headlines by respected Australian journalists just shows how they're having to clutch at any straw to slap down the old enemy.

Thanks must go to Adam Mountford for digging out this little piece of amusement. 

Meanwhile, in the real world, England prepares to meet India, a team likely to pose a sterner test than the Baggie Greens could manage. 

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