Martin Smith Column: Mid-summer hopes or embarrassing English sporting self-delusion?

Sheffield's Joe Root
Sheffield's Joe Root
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Is it too early to say: “Come on Tim!”?

He’s no longer with us in a sporting sense but like the swifts and swallows swooping across our fields that plaintive cry will forever be associated with an English sporting summer.

And glorious failure.

Henman Hill is now Murray Mound and we expect and receive a lot more from the Scot who’s well placed and in the right fitness and form to repeat his 2013 triumph - but let’s not jinx it just yet.

Beside, the year has turned and STILL football rampages on. Midsummer should be a time of promise and reflection with Wimbledon gently hoving into view, the Ashes gleaming in the mid distance and Yorkshire Cricket Club still unbeaten in the County Championship.

But without club football’s highs and lows we have to feed our addiction with lesser narcotics like the Women’s World Cup and the Men’s under-21 championships. Although both have been overshadowed by England’s amazing re-birth as a one-day cricket team, the ‘winter game’ still dominates.

As the days start to shrink already – how depressing is that to say we haven’t had a properly warm day yet? - our summer of sport really steps up a gear.

And we should be more than optimistic that, on the back of the one-day series success, England and the Brits can make it a summer to remember. By now we’ll know if England’s Women’s World Cup is over, at the time of writing we were preparing to face Norway last night in the last 16 of the competition. England’s under-21 men need to get a result against Italy tomorrow night to go through to the quarter finals of their European Championships.

A tough one but who’d have thought the England cricket team could beat World Cup finalists New Zealand in a five-match series? Who knew England could even play cricket like that?

With Yorkshire stars Joe Root, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Tim Bresnan, Jonny Bairstow, Adam Lyth and Gary Ballance in and around the England team the future looks bright for Yorkshire and the national side. That dark cloud on the horizon of our English summer is Australia’s bowling attack.

Great Britain's Andy Murray

Great Britain's Andy Murray

But let’s not be too hasty. Let’s enjoy mid-summer.

The Ashes can wait.

Come on Tim.

As the days start to shrink already – how depressing is that to say we haven’t had a properly warm day yet? - our summer of sport really steps up a gear. And we should be more than optimistic that on the back of the one-day series success, England and the Brits can make it a summer to remember.