The talk of Sky Sports

Last Updated: 29/03/13 11:28am

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For the best in up-to-the-minute sports analysis, look no further than skysports.com, your online home for expert opinion.

Whatever your sport, our team of pundits, columnists and bloggers are here every week to bring you the sharpest views and the shrewdest comments on the latest developments.

Some of the most respected names in the business, including Jamie Redknapp, Stuart Barnes, Stevo and Paul Merson deliver their views with their expert columns, while we also have blogs from the likes of David Lloyd and Jeff Stelling.

Here's a snapshot of what the experts have been saying over the last seven days...

"England haven't had a batting head on and they've lacked any sort of aggression or energy. They've been out-thought and out-manoeuvred by New Zealand for long spells. I'd like to see more strut, more swagger and more arrogance from our players. It seems to be in the mind; we seem to have got into a monumental block situation and they've found it difficult to get out of that. I don't have any concerns ahead of the Ashes though (I'm not revising my prediction of 10-0...) and I would expect them to put it right very quickly."
Bumble says England's batting lacked purpose in New Zealand and he wants to see more swagger.
Taken from 'Mental blocks'

"If a knock-on, or an illegitimate grounding or part of the body is not adjudged in touch the TMO will say 'no reason not to award the try.' A double negative is inadequate grounds for awarding potentially match and season-changing points. If the referee refers to his TMO, the logic suggests a degree of uncertainty in need of clearing up and not verification that there has been no obvious reason before the grounding of the ball. Referees - if sure - must award the try, if not they should be asking a question along the lines of 'is there proof of grounding?' If a try cannot be ascertained then it should not be given."
Stuart Barnes is dissatisfied with the current TMO system after Northampton's narrow victory at Wasps.
Taken from 'Shades of grey'

"Not for the first time between Vettel and Webber we saw a brutal intra-team battle with great risk which is very exciting. But put yourself on the Red Bull pit wall and tell me you would sit back and wait for them to crash away a one-two finish and hand it to Mercedes. I wouldn't. Vettel apologised, but I suspect he feels that Mark was less than helpful to him in the championship showdown in Brazil last year, and previously at Silverstone, too. There's historical bad blood between these two great drivers, and as Sebastian said 'we have respect for each other but we're not friends'."
Martin Brundle blogs on the extraordinary events in Malaysia and the thorny issue of team orders.
Taken from 'Bringing to order'

"Tiger is feeling it once again. For nearly all of the last five years - since that win at Torrey Pines in 2008 largely on one good knee - there has been something significant missing from the full Woods repertoire. He has never been the most accurate off the tee, but other parts of his game have gone AWOL at times, from his putting to his irons to his short game. Now it is all coming together again and, while there are still things to work on - he hit two truly horrible tee shots on holes eight and nine at Bay Hill that would cost him a lot more than one dropped shot at Augusta - the twin key elements of confidence and putting are clearly on the rise."
Simon Veness reports on the new-look Tiger Woods and the World No 1's bid for a 15th Major title.
Taken from 'Tracking Tiger'

"How galling would it be for Saints fans if, firstly, Reading - with former Saints boss Adkins in charge - beat Southampton and, secondly, Reading survived and Southampton didn't? I don't see that happening but I'm sure it has crossed the minds of plenty of Saints fans because Adkins left St Mary's with a lot of friends."
Jeff Stelling on Reading's decision to appoint former Southampton boss Nigel Adkins.
Taken from 'High Hopes'

"I would love to see Steffon Armitage on the plane but I think he may miss out. However, it will be interesting if any of the foreign contingent get on Warren Gatland's radar. Armitage, Nathan Hines and Andrew Sheridan are playing exceptionally well and while they may not have been exposed to the Six Nations, they have been playing at the top of their game in the Top 14 and in the Heineken Cup."
Dewi Morris analyses the Lions prospects for those playing abroad.
Taken from 'Foreign Legion'

"I feel there are far too many obstacles to overcome for Rangers to enter the Football League. It would require long conversations between both the English and Scottish FAs, as well as Uefa and Fifa, and I agree with Football League chairman Greg Clarke that a move south for Rangers would financially undermine the Scottish model that the Gers and Celtic operate within. The threat of Charles Green to withdraw Rangers from Scottish football is understandable as his club was excluded from talks about the reconstruction of the footballing pyramid north of the border."
Peter Beagrie addresses the issue of Rangers hinting at playing in the English leagues in the future.
Taken from 'A Firm No'

"I know that we managed to introduce a new rule a few weeks ago when we banned the shoulder charge mid-way through the season and cannot think of a reason why we cannot do something similar here. We should not need to wait until the end of the season to sort this out. All of this, though, avoids the bigger issue. Should the referee simply apply the rules or is it best if he tries to manage the game to make it a better spectacle."
Phil Clarke has words of wisdom for the Super League governing bodies over officiating games.
Taken from 'Sticking To The Rules'

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