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ENEMY CAMP

'Yuvraj and KP's pecock-battle-royal'


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Enemy Camp is a wrap-up of all the best stories and opinions from England's leading newspapers.

This is what the English media is saying about the England cricket team's tour of India....


From a position where they had looked reasonably secure, the state of the game now looks very dangerous for England.

The Times' Michael Atherton concedes England are in a precarious situation in the Mohali Test.


That Pietersen's England will lose an historic series in India looks inevitable, but his second hundred as England captain has given them a chance to finish the series with their respect intact.

The Guardian's Simon Wilde says Kevin Pietersen's century at Mohali has helped keep England's respect intact - but admits that may not prevent India from winning the series.


For lovers of Test cricket, the last two days have been compulsive viewing, with Sunday's play winning the ratings war due to some fine England batting and the ongoing soap opera that is the peacock-battle-royal between Pietersen and Yuvraj.

Derek Pringle, writing in the Telegraph, says the third day's play of the Mohali Test - which saw Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff resurrect England's chances, together with the needle between Yuvraj Singh and KP, made for some gripping cricket.


You cannot pigeonhole Mahendra Singh Dhoni. He is the six-hitting entertainer who can also knuckle down and save a Test match, as he did at Lord's in 2007. He is the darling of India's Twenty20 generation, a maverick and aggressive captain in all forms of the game. But when he needs to he can also employ 8-1 and 7-2 fields, choking the runs and life out of a game.

Dilip Premachandran, writing in the Guardian, tries to explore the different facets of the Indian captain MS Dhoni.


Bell has been part of England's future plans since he was about 12. There was something about him that was so obvious that playing Test cricket was not so much an ambition as a prerogative. So it proved. He went uninhibitedly up the age ranges, played for Warwickshire at 17, for England at 22 and a year later was made an MBE for his part, albeit minor, in reclaiming the Ashes.

Since then, England have been waiting for him to make the big breakthrough. The figures, superficially, are adequate.

Stephen Brenkley, writing in the Independent, is disappointed that Ian Bell continues to disappoint, and is worried that he may turn out to be a cricketer like Graeme Hick or Mark Ramprakash, who flattered to deceive at the international level.


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