Darren Foreman: Defiant Clarke’s efforts in vain as rain rescues Cook’s men

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So it wasn’t the way any of us imagined England retaining the Ashes - but the most important thing is we have kept our hands on the little urn.

England were saved by the Manchester rain in the end, teetering on 37-3 when it started to pour down, much to the frustration of man of the match and performance of the week winner Michael Clarke.

The Aussie skipper looked superb on his way to 187 and will be feeling annoyed to say the least as they had England where they wanted them.

Heading to Durham, I can see England charging through to another win.

I think the selectors might opt for Graham Onions on his home patch.

I am still not sold on Tim Bresnan at Test level, but they seem keen on his abilities with the bat.

I was present at Scarborough RUFC for the pre-season friendly between Boro and the local league’s select XI, and I have to say how impressed I was with how the day was run.

The facilities at Silver Royd are absolutely fantastic and I was really impressed with the pitch on the day too.

The club organised everything superbly and the day was just brilliant on the whole and shows what can be done in Scarborough with the facilities there.

I was playing golf with someone from Sheffield a few days later and he was singing the praises of the club’s facilities - which shows how far reaching their reputation is.

To round things off this week I have to mention the poor attitude of Tiger Woods, who has just won yet another tournament.

His attitude on the course needs plenty of improvement. I hate seeing his spitting on the course and swearing. Surely someone needs to have a quiet word with him?

PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK:

It has to be Aussie skipper Michael Clarke. He looked superb on his way to 187.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

“Working alongside Ian, he has faith in me and I said after the final there are not many managers that would give a player touching 40 as many minutes as he gives me”.

Kevin Phillips on Ian Holloway