Many, many congratulations must go the victorious English rugby team for achieving what all our cricketers dream of - whipping Australia on their own patch. Martin Johnson's magnificent 15 won the World Cup, which just goes to show what can be achieved when you have the resources and backing.
I'm sure the ECB and the FA will be among the many sporting associations wanting to speak to England coach Clive Woodward to discover his insight into how to become world champions. Rugby authorities gave Woodward a treasure chest of money over the last four years to invest in his team. and he has spent it well. Coaches, physios, trainers, doctors - anything Woodard has wanted, he's got and the results were there for all to see last Saturday lunchtime. It must also be stressed that he had plenty of world class performers at his disposal.
There's absolutely no comparison in what Woodward was given and what our cricket management get. Michael Vaughan and his troops are desperately short of resources and if we are going to compete with the likes of Australia on the cricket field then the balance is going to have to be redressed.
At the moment, we are going to have to dig deep if we are going to compete against Sri Lanka although it defeats me why we are touring there in the heart of the monsoon season. That decision was obviously not well thought out and has already backfired as we lost the one-day series 1-0 with the final two matches being washed out.
In the one match played, we got a hammering - the manner of the 10-wicket defeat far from acceptable although if the captain had his chance again, I think he would have bowled first although who could have blamed him for batting when the floodlights were neither very high nor very powerful.
Now they have to re-group quickly as the Test players come back into the fold. Those who have been at home will be desperately short of match practice so it will be interesting to see just how quickly the likes of Nasser Hussain, Graham Thorpe, Mark Butcher and Matthew Hoggard settle back in. They haven't got long.