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There have been many low moments in the history of England cricket. Nike Air Max 270 For Sale .There have been whitewashes and thrashings, numerous defeats to Associate nations, World Cup campaigns so brief that England were home before the theme tune was released and a memorable day when they were bowled out by a chicken farmer. Thomas Hardy probably wasnt thinking of English cricket lovers when he wrote that happiness was but the occasional episode in a general drama of pain but it sort of feels like he should have been.To the lexicon of grim days in English cricketing history - a hefty tome, it has to be said, that in recent years includes Jamaica (2009), Lords (against Holland in 2009), Bangalore (against Ireland in 2011), the UAE (against Pakistan in 2012), Chittagong (against Holland again in 2014) and just about every ground in Australia, the name Dhaka must now be added.England didnt just lose to Bangladesh. They lost 10 wickets in a session to lose to Bangladesh in a museum-quality display of poor batting that should be hidden from the sick, the elderly, the pregnant or those with heart conditions. It was a Halloween horror so gruesome that Quentin Tarantino would censor it for being gratuitously grim.The basic facts are these: only Zimbabwe and a vastly under-strength West Indies side led by Floyd Reifer had previously lost a Test to Bangladesh. England had won all nine previous Tests between the sides and, in their 95 Test history, it was only the 10th time Bangladesh have claimed all 20 wickets in a Test.For a while on Sunday, it was as if England were providing a Greatest Hits compilation of their failings through the years. There was the comical fielding, the impotent bowling, the bewildering field placings and, most of all, the dramatic batting collapse. Every facet of their play fell below the required standard. Yes, Bangladesh were good, but England were unusually poor.Perhaps the most damning aspect of this defeat from an English perspective is that it was hard to deny the painful truth that the better team won. Throughout the series, England had been rescued by outstanding individual performances that masked the general failings of the team. Ben Stokes played that role in Chittagong but England ask too much of him. If he isnt provided with more support, hell be burned out and broken long before his time.It will not do to throw our hands up in despair and say: Ahh, but the conditions are alien. Yes, it is hard to win in Asia. And yes, Australia have lost nine Tests in a row on the continent (including the UAE).But it was not the conditions that caused Ben Duckett to drop a simple catch at midwicket; it was not the conditions that saw Englands spinners unable to maintain a decent line and length or even hit the cut strip at times; it was not the conditions that saw Englands bowlers - seamers and spinners - bowl short and wide in a horrible display in the first session of the match. And, while the conditions undoubtedly played a role in Englands second-innings batting collapse, you wonder what else they expected when they embarked on a tour to Asia.Bangladesh utilised home advantage just as England do when they host home Tests in May. Bangladesh utilised home advantage just as England did when they bowled Australia out at Edgbaston and Trent Bridge in 2015. They would have been foolish to do anything else and England, as one of the best resourced cricket boards in the world, have every advantage extended to them in terms of arranging age-group and Lions tours. It demeans both sides to make excuses for them.There are, as ever, some mitigating factors. The most notable is that Bangladesh are, in these conditions, a decent side. Some of their top-order batting - notably Imrul Kayes and Tamim Iqbal - has been excellent, while in Sabbir Rahman they have a gem of a player who, like Stokes, will relish the heat of battle and raise his game accordingly. He is going to bother England, and many other nations, for years to come.Most of all, Bangladesh have a spin attack who harnessed the helpful conditions very well. It is hard to think of a spinner who has made such an immediate impact on world cricket as Mehedi Hasan Miraz, who took 19 wickets in the series. With his consistency and a pace that is unforgiving of batsmen, he offered a great example to Englands spinners.But he is a conventional off-spinner. He offers no mystery or doosra. He is no quicker than Moeen and does not have the variations of Ravi Ashwin, who must be salivating in anticipation of what awaits him. It is unthinkable that Mehedi could have enjoyed such success against the likes of Pakistan.Shouldnt it take a little more than that to unlock a Test team? Wasnt there a time, a time before Championship cricket was pushed into the margins of the county season, a time before counties prepared slow seamers for the benefit of their medium-pacers, a time before spinners had to prioritise their white ball skills to consider a long-term career in the game, that such skills were relatively commonplace?When English batsmen didnt play off-spin as if they had never seen it before. When batsmen didnt have to try to hit themselves out of trouble because they trusted their defences. None of this is meant to diminish the achievements of Mehedi who is clearly a fine bowler. But England made him look a genius.Of course, from a global perspective, this result can be celebrated. Of course, from a global perspective, this was a good day for Test cricket. The fervour among Bangladeshi people for the sport is obvious and, as victory approached, every rooftop around the ground was filled with supporters. With just a little encouragement, Bangladesh could develop into a fine Test side and we might one day look back on this result as the platform for their development.But world cricket doesnt just need a strong Bangladesh, or Pakistan or West Indies. It needs a strong England, too. And, as we look ahead to the next few weeks, it is hard not to fear for them in India where they will encounter similar conditions and tougher opponents. A five-Test encounter seems daunting and, perhaps, unwisely long. Perhaps they will prove such pessimism wrong, but a one-sided series does nothing for Test crickets future.They still have a chance. Their ability to gain reverse swing is a serious asset and the depth of their batting and bowling attack is unusual. If they can improve their top-order batting and the consistency of their spin bowling, they can certainly challenge. But it speaks volumes about how they are trusting to chance that their batting reinforcements are a teenager (Haseeb Hameed) who has never played Test cricket and a man (Jos Buttler) with 42 first-class runs in the year since he was dropped from the Test team. It is a fearsome mess.At least this was an entertaining, well-contested series. And England deserve credit for coming. There is no embarrassment in losing to Bangladesh, but there is concern at the manner of defeat. There is plenty of that. Cheap Nike Air Max 270 China . On Saturday night, the normally free throw-challenged centre did just that. Howard scored 18 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, including 13 of 19 free throws in a 2 1/2-minute stretch, and the Houston Rockets beat the Denver Nuggets 122-111. Wholesale Nike Air Max 270 China .ca looks back at the stories and moments that made the year memorable. http://www.cheapnikeairmax270.com/ . The Vancouver coach and an announced sellout crowd of 18,910 watched in dismay as the Canucks lost 7-4 to the New York Islanders on Monday night by squandering a 3-0 lead in the third period. Cronulla have ended 50 years of heartache with a thrilling victory over Melbourne in Sundays NRL grand final, securing the Sharks their maiden premiership.The Sharks dominated possession and territory but were made to work until the final siren by a champion Melbourne side who were forced into an extreme defensive workload.A try to Andrew Fifita inside the final 10 minutes put the Sharks back in front, but they were made to endure one final Storm charge on fulltime before they triumphed 14-12.I cant tell you how good I feel, Sharks skipper Paul Gallen told Channel Nine.I cant believe this, after all the hard work we have put it.It is incredible.The opening exchanges were typically ferocious of the occasion with retiring Sharks hooker Michael Ennis penalised for a high shot in just the second tackle. Storm winger Marika Koroibete squared the ledger a short while later but his swinging arm on Chad Townsend also gifted the Sharks the first chance at points, which James Maloney promptly slotted from the kicking tee.And it was Maloney who then created the first try-scoring opportunity of the grand final as the five-eighth cut through in midfield and offloaded to Luke Lewis. But the former Penrith stalwart was cut down before the line, his sliding body finishing centimetres short of the opening try.The Sharks wouldnt have to wait long for a four-pointer however as they earned a repeat set from a Suliasi Vunivalu error and then executed a smart scrum set-play that put Ben Barba over. Breaking from the back of the scrum, Gallen slipped an inside pass to Barba that caught the Storm napping. Maloney added the extras from close range, giving the Sharks an invaluable 8-0 lead.Unable to get themselves into the game, the Storm looked rudderless in attack with neither Cameron Smith nor Cooper Cronk able to assert themselves on the contest.A Smith knock-on five minutes out from the break saw the two teams comes together; Ennis slapping the Storm captain on the back immediately after the mistake - an action Jordan McLean objected to my shoving the Cronulla hooker to the deck.Somehow, the Storm managed to repel the Sharks for the final few minutes of the first half to go into the break down by only eight points. But they had suffered a heavy defensive toll, making an extra 75 tackles than their opponents to halftime.That trend continued in the early minutes of the second half, too, as the Sharks rumbled out from the sheds and again attackked the Storm line. Nike Air Max 270 Free Shipping. But they couldnt add to their halftime lead, and the Storm remained in the contest.The Sharks soon paid the price for their inability to capitalise on a huge share of possession and territory as Jesse Bromwich rumbled over from close range to open Melbournes account. In what was their first real attack on the Sharks line, the Storm kept it simple and Bromwichs massive frame was too big to stop from close range. Smith made no mistake with the conversion and, somehow, the Storm trailed 8-6 after 51 minutes.But the 2012 champions continued to find themselves under the pump as the Sharks surged down field set after set, yet couldnt find a way to extend their lead as the game entered its final quarter.And then Cronulla found themselves behind.Having absorbed so much pressure, it was tough to think how the Storm had the energy to attack at all. But it certainly wasnt an issue for centre Will Chambers who scored a try worthy of the decider as he broke free of two defenders and then cut back inside to dive over. Smith again nailed the conversion from the right of the posts to give the Storm a 12-8 lead with 15 minutes to play.The drama was always going to continue and a large portion of the 83, 625 fans on hand were soon out of their seats as Fifita put the Sharks back in front. The prop, a constant talking point throughout the finals, proved too powerful for a trio of Storm defenders as he wrestled his way to the line and then produced an outstretched right arm to get the ball down underneath the posts. Maloneys conversion was good, and it was the Sharks leading 14-12 with 10 minutes to play.The final few minutes produced some great drama, before the Storms final surge fell agonisingly short.Skipper Cameron Smith was the Storms best, making 72 tackles.We werent that good in the first half, we allowed Cronulla to have so much field position, Smith said.This team, theyre a special footy side. You have to give them credit for coming back when they did. They kept plugging away, they didnt panic and deserved the win.Unfortunately it didnt go our way. It was a great finish.We could have scored in the last 10 seconds, a great scrambling effort by the Sharkies, everyone who follows rugby league have got to be happy for the Sharks. Theyve been waiting a very long time for this. 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