The secret of England's Test success - Jelly Beans?

Submitted by hpn on August 2, 2007 - 13:19

Photo: [:http://www.cricinfo.com|Cricinfo]
[:http://content-ind.cricinfo.com/ci/content/story/304635.html|The Jelly Beans episode] has put a lot of speculation on the attitude of the English team on Cricket field. Lawrence Booth on Guardian.co.uk [:http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/sport/2007/08/01/jelly_beangate_the_unanswe…|writes in an article probing] the unanswered questions about that episode:
Given the money spent on bowling coaches, computer analysts and masseurs, this comes as something of a relief. But a rumour has reached the Spin suggesting that England employed a similar ruse to unsettle Marlon Samuels during the recent visit by West Indies. And on that occasion, the confectionery of choice really was a jelly baby, standing proudly to attention.
(emphasis mine) So, if this is what the English team has been doing in tests, should part of its success be attributed to sledging? Surely, it doesn't backfire all the time [:http://content-ind.cricinfo.com/columns/content/story/304671.html|like it did in the last test match] at Trent Bridge. And if this continues, and English team keeps winning (apart from one or two exceptions like Trent Bridge) would England go down in history not just for bringing Cricket to the world, but also destroying it? Photo: [:http://www.cricinfo.com|Cricinfo]

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