Diminishing returns

Australia's men whitewashed West Indies 5-0 in their ODI series but their performances dropped off later in the month.

West Indies upheld their status as Twenty20 world champions with a 27-run victory in the one-off fixture in Brisbane.

And the start of Australia's tour of India has not gone to plan. The lack of run-scoring support for skipper Michael Clarke was again exposed as they slumped to an eight-wicket defeat in the first of four matches, their last Test action before the Ashes.

England secured 2-1 series wins in the T20 and ODI formats in New Zealand to maintain their excellent winter form.

Samba boys silenced

England's footballers earned their first victory over Brazil in almost quarter of a century.

Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard scored in a 2-1 friendly success at Wembley on the occasion of Ashley Cole's 100th cap.

Australia, or the Socceroos as they prefer to be called (try not to laugh), conceded twice in the last 11 minutes to lose 3-2 to Romania in Malaga on the same evening.

Running hot

England won their opening three matches of the Six Nations to remain on course for a first grand slam since 2003.

Stuart Lancaster's men saw off Scotland 38-18 at Twickenham in their tournament opener and followed up with a 12-6 success over Ireland in Dublin and a 23-13 home victory against France.

England also enjoyed success on the Sevens circuit, taking victory at the Wellington Sevens and also beat Australia 26-21 in the bowl quarter-final at the USA Sevens in Las Vegas.

The new Super Rugby season kicked off and the Canberra-based Brumbies are the early leaders after winning their opening two games.

Day in the desert

There was not much for either country to shout about on the European and PGA Tours, Jason Day's third-place finish at the WGC World Match Play Championship was the best performance.

The Queenslander even had the pleasure of beating Ryder Cup specialist Ian Poulter by one hole in the third-place play-off in Tucson.

Stoke's finest

Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis ensured England made a successful defence of their World Cup of Darts title.

The Stoke duo went unbeaten throughout the competition, although it was not entirely plain sailing as South Africa and Wales both missed match darts to knock them out.

But they survived and went on to beat Belgium 3-1 in the final, Taylor's victory over Kim Huybrechts clinching the result.

Australia, represented by Simon Whitlock and Newcastle-born Paul Nicholson, were thrashed by Belgium in the second round.


An even month with both country's athletes producing some impressive performances, highlighted by Melbourne Storm in the World Club Challenge. Rugby league and women's cricket aside, Britain held the edge in most sports, so we will call it 50-50 overall.{"count":14,"widgets":[{"name":"Additional Media 1","id":1,"type":"media","content":{"mediaTypeId":"1","imageDim":"660x350","mediaPosition":"1"}},{"name":"Additional Media 2","id":2,"type":"media","content":{"mediaTypeId":"1","imageDim":"660x350","mediaPosition":"2"}},{"name":"Additional Media 3","id":3,"type":"media","content":{"mediaTypeId":"1","imageDim":"660x350","mediaPosition":"3"}},{"name":"Additional Media 4","id":4,"type":"media","content":{"mediaTypeId":"1","imageDim":"660x350","mediaPosition":"4"}},{"name":"Additional Media 5","id":5,"type":"media","content":{"mediaTypeId":"1","imageDim":"660x350","mediaPosition":"5"}},{"name":"Additional Media 6","id":6,"type":"media","content":{"mediaTypeId":"1","imageDim":"660x350","mediaPosition":"6"}},{"name":"Additional Media 7","id":7,"type":"media","content":{"mediaTypeId":"1","imageDim":"660x350","mediaPosition":"7"}},{"name":"Additional Media 8","id":8,"type":"media","content":{"mediaTypeId":"11","imageDim":"null","mediaPosition":"8"}},{"name":"Additional Media 9","id":9,"type":"media","content":{"mediaTypeId":"11","imageDim":"null","mediaPosition":"9"}},{"name":"Additional Media 10","id":10,"type":"media","content":{"mediaTypeId":"11","imageDim":"null","mediaPosition":"10"}},{"name":"Additional Media 11","id":11,"type":"media","content":{"mediaTypeId":"11","imageDim":"null","mediaPosition":"11"}},{"name":"Additional Media 12","id":12,"type":"media","content":{"mediaTypeId":"11","imageDim":"null","mediaPosition":"12"}},{"name":"Additional Media 13","id":13,"type":"media","content":{"mediaTypeId":"1","imageDim":"660x350","mediaPosition":"13"}},{"name":"Additional Media 14","id":14,"type":"media","content":{"mediaTypeId":"11","imageDim":"null","mediaPosition":"14"}}]}