It’s all about England v Australia and we will be Rooting for our cricket and rugby league boys Down Under.

ENGLAND go into Saturday’s second Ashes Test in Adelaide humbled and hurting after their disastrous 10-wicket loss at The Gabba.

Joe Root’s men will be done if they lose a seventh straight Test in Australia and things don’t look good in preventing another whitewash.

 

Four years ago Alastair Cook’s broken team lost 5-0 and there are worrying signs for the class of 2017-18.

 

Opener Cook, who made an embarrassing 2 and paltry 7 in his innings, looked like he couldn’t hit water if he fell out of a boat, while bowlers Chris Woakes and Jake Ball were as useful as a pair of woodpeckers with rubber beaks.

 

What had looked a decent start Down Under was soon seen to be an illusion as our lads failed to make a fight of it.

 

While Aussie skipper Steve Smith, plus Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins stood up when it mattered our experienced players wilted in the sun.

 

If Root & Co are to have any hope the promising half centuries have to be turned into game-changing centuries; the tail has to wag not fall to pieces and heart has to be shown.

 

At the moment England have an inferiority complex – and sadly it’s fully justified.

 

THE LIONS have the chance to lift a World Cup this weekend.

Saturday night’s decider in Brisbane sees our rugby league boys take on Australia.

Kangaroos prop Aaron Woods will have a painkilling injection to play as his AC joint is separated in his shoulder.

England skipper Sean O’Loughlin looks set to play despite picking up a quad injury in the thrilling 20-18 semi-final win over Tonga.

You have to admire the physicality of this sport and its stars. I mean football players use tape to secure their shin pads. Rugby players use tape to secure their ears!

 

THE Premier League is entering a key stage with December a bumper month where teams play a leg-sapping seven games.

The Manchester clubs – the current top two – go head-to-head at Old Trafford on December 10 and if City are victorious the title could be a procession even this early in the campaign. They won 2-1 there last season remember . . .

Before that Jose Mourinho resumes hostilities with Arsene Wenger and after it’s City v Spurs and Arsenal v Liverpool.

When the dust settles on those crucial clashes we’ll see if City are like a crunchy bowl of pasta that came off the boil far too soon.

 

RUSSIA has unveiled its World Cup poster but we have to hope the retro style isn’t a hint at the country’s retro values.

 

The poster features legendary Moscow-born goalkeeper Lev Yashin – for many the greatest to ever play in that position.

 

In 1963 he won the Balloon d’Or – the only stopper to have earned the accolade of the best footballer on the planet.

 

Russia is still struggling as a country seen to be on the right side of human rights, LGBT issues and racism so I hope the tournament does not tarnish the image of its poster boy.

 

AND finally Manchester United’s global partner Chevrolet has unveiled a campaign which encourages girls to have goals in life.

 

Shame then the Red Devils are the ONLY Premier League club not to have a woman’s side.

 

Don’t worry about glass slippers girls, focus on smashing glass ceilings!

 

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