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Tuesday, January 16, 2007


SCOT SCHOFIELD GETS JOB
OF ANALYSING ENGLAND'S
CRICKET SHAMBLES

David Harbord reports in today's edition of "The Guardian" that a Scot - no less a figure than former European Tour golf supremo, Ken Schofield, has been appointed to a panel with a remit of finding out what went wrong - from England's point of view - in the recent 5-o thrashing by England in the Ashes.
A former Auchterarder-born bank clerk with a love of keeping sporting statistics, Schofield said: "I've been appointed as an independent voice and I'll do the job without fear or favour. We have access to all areas and we know we have to think quickly on our feet."
Ken will be joined in his quest by the former England captains, Mike Atherton and Nasser Hussain, and the former England pace bowler Angus Fraser, plus two others as yet unnamed.
"I liken England's current loss of the Ashes to what happened when the Americans won back the Ryder Cup in 1999," said Schofield, who was in charge of European Tour professional golf for 30 years. "They had lost the trophy two matches in a row and just had to win it back. I think we saw a similar thing during the Ashes, where the Australians regrouped impressively.
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The 60-year-old Schofield - whose late Lancastrian father was a cricketer - loves his cricket and has been a Surrey member for many years.
"My passion for cricket is almost as strong as it is for golf and I'm honoured to have been asked," he said. "Two of the proudest moments of my sporting life came at The Oval when I saw David Gower captain the side that won back the Ashes in 1985 and Michael Vaughan's triumph just 18 months ago."

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