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Last Updated: Sunday, 11 February 2007, 16:48 GMT
England coach 'deserves apology'
England celebrate
England won four successive games to clinch the series
Critics of coach Duncan Fletcher should apologise after England won the one-day series in Australia, according to chief of selectors David Graveney.

Asked for a response to those calling for Fletcher's head, Graveney said: "I hope they write letters of apology but that doesn't happen in the media world.

"I'm particularly pleased for the likes of Duncan Fletcher and Andrew Flintoff.

"It's part of the territory to come under the cosh but now they should sit back and bask in the sunlight."

Fletcher came under heavy fire after the 5-0 Ashes Test series whitewash.

Two weeks ago it was 'don't even bother to go to the Caribbean - you're that bad', now we're talking about going the whole hog

David Graveney

And that intensified as England's poor start to this series extended their run to just eight wins in their last 30 completed one-day games.

Speaking to BBC Five Live Sport, Graveney emphasised: "It doesn't hide the mistakes we made during the Ashes series.

"I'm still saying sorry to all the thousands of people who were there over Christmas.

"But for the lads to bounce back in the manner that they have speaks volumes for their character."

Graveney does not believe England made major changes to their tactics to win four successive games - three against Australia and one against New Zealand.

"We played some basically good one-day cricket; won the toss, put runs on the board, defended a score," he said.

"People have been banging on about the lack of hundreds and suddenly we've put three together.

"We've had our luck - Shaun Tait dropping Ed Joyce, Glenn McGrath dropping Ian Bell - but fortunately these games are played by human beings, not robots."

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Graveney, Fletcher and fellow selector Geoff Miller will on Wednesday announce their squad for the World Cup, which begins in the Caribbean in a month's time.

England are likely to add injured stars Michael Vaughan, Kevin Pietersen, Jon Lewis and James Anderson to the 11 that won in Sydney.

But Graveney looked to calm expectations ahead of the one-day tournament, singling out a group-stage rematch with New Zealand in St Lucia on 16 March as crucial.

"We tend to work on extremes in this country. Two weeks ago it was 'don't even bother to go to the Caribbean - you're that bad', now we're talking about going the whole hog.

"We've got a hopeless record in the World Cup.

"Let's just focus on that game against New Zealand, who are a very good team. They will be chastened by losing at Brisbane and not qualifying for the finals."

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