LITESPORT London Lite Monday, 2 November 2009 39 NEW World Match Play champion Ross Fisher (below) should have had no trouble falling asleep as he flew to Shanghai today. It took Fisher a total of 126 holes over four days to win the massive first prize of just over 675,000 in Spain yesterday but his joy at grabbing the title was not because of the money. The 28-year-old from Wentworth, who beat American Anthony Kim 4&3 in yesterdays 36-hole final, had gone nearly 15 months without a victory. Im absolutely ecstatic, he said. Its been a long, gruelling week, but obviously very worthwhile. This course was very physically demanding. Now Ross feels hole lot better Poulter takes a bough after his Singapore win IAN POULTER was on a high after his hard-fought one-stroke victory at the Barclays Singapore Open as the Ryder Cup contender ended a two-year winless streak to leap to a career- high 15th in the world. Poulter even surprised himself by how well he played at Sentosa Golf Club to edge out Chinas former Asian number one Liang Wen-chong and return to the winners circle for the first time since the Dunlop Phoenix Tournament Japan in 2007. Its not just the win, its the right time of the year to win in the sense that the Ryder Cup points have started, the 2004 Ryder Cup winner (left) said. BY NEAL COLLINS ENGLAND captain Andrew Strauss has warned the Barmy Army: Dont expect Stu- art Broad to fill Andrew Flintoffs shoes in South Africa -- yet. As England arrived in Bloemfontein to prepare for their 12-week tour of South Africa, Strauss moved quickly to defuse the growing hype over Broads Ashes-winning exploits with bat and ball. Strauss, who will have no trouble recalling 2005whenvictoryoverAustraliawasfollowed by a 2-0 defeat in Pakistan, knows the huge Barmy Army platoons will be landing soon. Theywillexpectnothinglessthanaseries win over the worlds No 1 Test nation despite the absence of their talisman Freddie Flintoff, who quit Tests after the Ashes two months ago. Broad has been identified by many as the man to take over the all-round- ersmantle--andhisstatsnearlystack up. At the tender age of 23 after 22 Tests, Broad averages 30.68 with the bat and 35.78 with the ball. Flintoff ended his 79-Test career with a batting average of 31.77 and cost 32.78 for each of his 226 wickets. As England today take the first steps before their two Twenty20 clashes against the Proteas, Strauss has already made it clear it is unfair of anyone to expect BroadtoreplaceFlintoff on both fronts. Strauss said: Stuart has his head screwed on. There has been a lot of media attention on him, but he realises that theres much room for him to improve. Hes excited about that and hes very keen to contribute to this team. Were excited about him, but the last thing I want to do is put a huge amount of expectation on his shoulders. You must give people room to improve, and we hope hell continue that development this winter. Strauss is one person who will not be sucked into any unreasonable demands on Broadtobeaninstantanddirectreplacement for a player England have often had to get by without before, given Flintoffs struggles with injuries. Its not a realistic expectation for Broad to fill Flintoffs shoes in both disciplines in the short term, he said. Over the years, weve had to do without Flin- toff quite often -- and what wevefoundis that weve done quite well by everyone taking responsibility and playing a bit better. Stuart Broad is not a like-for-like replace- ment for Flintoff anyway. But he has his own set of skills, some of which are world class and some of which need work. We dont want him to be the saviour we turn to -- we need all eleven of us to do that. As for that lurking post- Ashes depression, Strauss is determined there will be no re-run of the 2005 let-down -- although he takes issue with suggestions Eng- lands problems four years ago were of their own making. The perception of the post-2005 period is thatwetookoureyeoff the ball quite badly. Im not comfortable with that myself. I remember that Paki- stan tour and how hard we worked at it. We had a number of very crucial injuries which didnt help. Join LiteSport editor Neal Collins on tour in South Africa for the entire four-match Test showdown. Call 020 7223 6650 or simply go to www.livingwiththelions.co.uk. Dont be Barmy, hes not quite Freddie yetseriesathanlessnothingexpectwillThey win over the worlds No 1 Test nation their talismandespite the absence of Freddie Flintoff, who quit Tests after the Ashes two months ago. ed by manyBroad has been identifi as the man to take over the all-round- stacknearlystatshisand--mantleers Tests,22after23ofagetendertheAtup. 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Join LiteSport editor Neal Collins on tour in South Africa for the entire four-match Test showdown. Call 020 7223 6650 or simply go to www.livingwiththelions.co.uk yetFreddiequitenot Homesick... withtwelve weekstogo ENGLAND only touched down in South Africa yesterday morning -- but already the players are missing home. After flying from Johannesburg to Bloemfontein to prepare for the Twenty20 clashes and ODIs, Nottinghamshire spinner Graeme Swann said on twitter.com: Im missing home already, can anyone tell me just how bad John and Edward were on X- Factor last night? And Lancashire paceman Jimmy Anderson wrote: Missing home. Missing my family. Missed Sunday lunch. Missed X-Factor! 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