Belfast Telegraph

Battle of Clontarf

The disposition of the English and Australian teams in the days that f ollowed the end of the Ashes series last August could not have been more marked.

Victorious England took themselves grudgingly to play Ireland in Belfast three days after their Oval victory.

They may have had much to celebrate, but the graceless manner in which they reluctantly played Ireland belied the fact.

Contrast Australia, who took their deep wounds to Edinburgh for a one day international against Scotland.

Acting captain Michael Clarke went on television to thank the Scots for their hospitality, adding that it was the duty of the frontline Test teams to help nurture the game within emerging countries.

For the full story, see this week's Sunday Life.

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