Some time I wrote a post on this blog about the 1st Ashes Test between England and Australia at Cardiff which resulted in an England victory. In that piece I celebrated the team spirit of England’s cricketers and some memorable performances with both bat and ball. I also suggested that England had a realistic prospect of regaining the Ashes.

More recently, however, in the light of Australia’s comprehensive victory in the 2nd Ashes Test at Lord’s during which the England bowlers were ineffectual, their batsmen inept and the team spirit non-existent, I accepted  that my earlier post was misleading and that England actually had absolutely no chance of regaining the Ashes.

Today England breezed to an emphatic 8-wicket victory over Australia in the 3rd Ashes Test at Edgbaston in the Midlands. The manner of this victory, inside three days, and bouncing back from the crushing defeat in the previous Test, makes it clear that my previous post was wrong and England’s bowlers are far from ineffectual, their batsmen highly capable, and the team not at all lacking in team spirit.

Moreover, with England now leading 2-1 with two matches to play, I now accept that England do indeed have a realistic prospect of regaining the Ashes.

I apologize for my earlier apology and for any inconvenience caused.

I hope this clarifies the situation.

P.S. Geoffrey Boycott is 74 not out.