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Newz Forum: OTHER: England going for the whitewash

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posted on Apr, 6 2004 @ 12:31 PM
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Duncan Fletcher has insisted there would be no let-up in England's intensity for the final Test against West Indies as he attempts to instil a new ruthless approach into their cricket culture.The England coach has allowed his squad a deserved two days off in the aftermath of Saturday's thrilling third Test triumph at the Kensington Oval, which clinched their first Caribbean series win since 1968.
 



Former captain Nasser Hussain is also tipping England's winning team in the West Indies to go on and achieve much more after recording a first series win in the Caribbean for 36 years.Hussain's team won back the Wisden Trophy in 2000 and the 36-year-old has played a vital role in England's middle order as Michael Vaughan's side have won the first three Tests of the current series.Hussain praised his sucessor for his leadership and the team spirit he has fostered, while warning that toughter tests await England next winter in South Africa and the following summer against Australia.But although the series is now effectively over,Fletcher is determined England will not relax for Saturday's final encounter at the Recreation Ground in the mistaken belief that their job was completed with the weekend's eight-wicket win.Quite apart from the historical significance of being the first side to ever whitewash the West Indies on home soil,it would also establish a new level of consistency from England not seen in over a decade.England have not won four Tests in succession since beating West Indies at the Oval,Sri Lanka at Lord's and the first two Tests of that winter's tour to New Zealand at Christchurch and Auckland in 1991-92.




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