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England Fight Back to Beat Germany

International badminton is not all about knockout tournaments. There is also plenty of excitement generated from head-to-head matches between two countries.

That was the case in Wuppertal, Germany, where England fought back from a 1-0 deficit to beat the hosts 2-1 in a thrilling series.

With each rubber played in a format similar to that of the Thomas Cup, England rose magnificently from an opening thrashing to stun the Germans in the mixed-team clash.

It started off badly for the English, who lost the first rubber 4-1.

However, they bounced back with a 3-2 victory in the second rubber to level the series. They then wrapped it up by beating the Germans by another 3-2 scoreline to take the series.

Team captain Anthony Clark and Marcus Ellis were the heroes for England after they won the decisive men's doubles match to give their team victory.

They beat the German pairing of Roman Spitko and Hannes Kasbaur 21-15, 21-18 for their team's third victory.

England's number one singles player Andrew Clark gave his team a rousing start with a 21-15, 18-21, 21-10 win over Dieter Domke.

Germany made it 1-1 after Juliane Schenk downed Sarah Walker in straight games before England regained the lead through Clark and Mariana Agathangelou in the mixed doubles.

They defeated Johannes Schoettler and Birgit Overzier 21-15, 21-18. Agathangelou then suited up for the women's doubles but she and partner Samantha Ward were no match for the experienced German pair of Schenk and Sandra Marinello, who triumphed 21-10, 21-17.

It was then left to Clark and Ellis to complete a remarkable comeback for England in the series.

In the previous rubber, Clark celebrated his 80th cap for England by leading of his team's efforts by beating Germany number one Marc Zweibler 21-16, 14-21, 25-23 in a closely fought encounter.

That laid the platform for England's 3-2 win that levelled the series.

England have another international series against Poland on November 6 at the Oasis Leisure Centre in Swindon.

The matches give players from Europe the chance to practice their skills and take on top quality opponents and prepare them for Super Series events on the international calendar.

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