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Leo McKinstry says English cricket appears to be in a mess. But could it be New Labour, New Ashes victory?

By Leo McKinstry   May 1997

It does not require the skills of a Nostradamus to predict the results of two forthcoming events: the general election and the Ashes cricket series between England and Australia. Like the Tories, the England test side seems assured of defeat at the hands of a confident, well-organised opposition. With a structure dating back to the 19th century and an ageing group of supporters, the Tory party and English cricket appear in serious trouble.

English cricket has been in decline for much longer than modern conservatism. Whereas the Tories have won each of the last four elections, the England test team…

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