5th ODI: England v South Africa at Cardiff, Sep 3, 2008

September 3rd, 2008 Posted in One Day Match

The contest is a dead-rubber with a difference. England are one win away from inflicting a 5-0 whitewash on their illustrious opponents, and if they can pull it off, they will climb to the dizzying heights of No. 2 in the world. It’s hard to believe, I know, but that’s what the inpenetrable workings of the ICC Rankings would have us believe, and who are we to argue?

One major obstacle will be the weather, which – not to put too fine a point on it – is forecasted to be dismal. And yet, with an hour to go until the start of play, there are beautiful blue skies hanging over Cardiff. All that could change with unseemly haste of course, but for the time being the omens are good.

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