SPORT TALK: Give Strauss’ England some credit, same old Premier League, Woods will be back

Top doges: England's Matt Prior (left), Andrew Strauss and Graeme Swann toast being world number one.  Rui Vieira/PA Wire.
Top doges: England's Matt Prior (left), Andrew Strauss and Graeme Swann toast being world number one. Rui Vieira/PA Wire.
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TYPICALLY, excuses are being made on India’s behalf after their annihilation at the hands of England – who are now, in case you missed it, the number one Test team in the world.

For once, can we as a sporting nation not just give credit where credit is due? Andrew Strauss’ side battered Australia on their own patch and have now ruthlessly exposed flat-track bullies India in the most brutal manner possible.

It’s very rare that England are ranked as the best side in a sport that actually matters.

But I’m still seeing tweets or articles knocking the achievement.

Lets enjoy it while it lasts – and do our best to ram it down the throats of Australia and co too.

TIGER Woods isn’t finished, I don’t care what anybody says. He’ll be back winning tournaments and majors, despite his poor showing at the US PGA Championship.

IT feels like the Premier League has never been away, doesn’t it?

With abhorrent Stoke City boring the pants off the nation in Sky’s first live game of season, Manchester United pinching an undeserved late winner at West Brom and Joey Barton inciting a brawl, it was a case of same old, same old.

I have to admit that I was distinctly underwhelmed with the first weekend of the new season, but at least Sergio Agüero lifted the mood with a devastating debut on Monday.

As I said a few weeks ago in this column, Manchester City’s £38m Argentine is the finest player to land on these shores for some time.

I’ll go out on a limb and predict that he’ll fire Roberto Mancini’s side to an historic Premier League title this season. I’m also backing Swansea, Blackburn and QPR to go down and West Ham for the Championship.

NOT that my predictions are always that accurate. My shout that Spalding United and Holbeach United would win their respective openers was way wide of the mark.

But I was among a healthy crowd that saw the Tigers win at Boston Town on Tuesday night – and what a great performance it was.

I hope the Tulips followed suit at Blackstones last night. A healthy rivalry between two successful South Holland sides is just what sport in this area needs.