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Gower hopes England are 3rd time lucky

London: Former England skipper David Gower was hoping that his country would be ‘third time lucky’ against India when the two square up in a crunch World Cup match in Durban Wednesday.

India beat England in the last two big games — the NatWest series final last summer and the ICC Trophy clash last September — but Gower hoped England would go out and score a win Wednesday .

“Cricketers always used to be superstitious folk. I would always look to find the same shirt, trousers, gloves and, naturally enough, bat if I was in the middle of a good run and would imagine a Hussain, Trescothick or Knight might do the same. So maybe the simple analysis of ‘third time lucky’ might be enough,” Gower wrote in a column.

“For both Nasser Hussain and Ganguly it is time for another stirring ‘up and at ’em’ dressing-room speech, a sort of ‘once more unto the breach or its no Super Sixes for us’”.

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