December 2007


I was going to use the word poor. Cricinfo however has got closer to the mark with pathetic. England have been bowled out for 81 after Sri Lanka posted the best part of 500. Shocking.

I feel slightly numb.

Prior goes

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Sorry for the lack of posts recently, have been a little busy. Here is some funny moments from YouTube, presented by Tuffers. Take note of the look on Goochie’s face once Tuffers muffs the run out.

Sitting here watching Bob Willis on the Sky highlights. For once, Bob is almost more interesting than the cricket. England have battled their way to a draw, but this cricket is not the most exciting. England’s batsmen need to start scoring hundreds, but good to see Vaughan in some kind of form. The New Zealand series should be more entertaining, despite what happens at Galle.

I’ve been to Kandy. Nice enough place, but for the fact that on the tour of Sri Lanka I was doing – which coincided with the final test of the 2005 Ashes series – the hotel we stayed at didn’t have Star TV Asia, which meant I missed out on seeing any of days 3 and 4 of England’s triumphant draw. Anyhow, I did see some Sri Lankan dancing, visited the Temple of the Tooth, some botanical gardens and (particlarly impressively) picked up a made-to-measure pure silk suit (fashioned overnight to my specifications) for less than £70.

Now, I am guessing that Alistair Cook doesn’t share my generally positive view of the place, as he managed to be dismissed in the first over of each innings and to deflect a Jayasuria smash into his face. Ian Bell, who at least scored runs in the first innings, may also be having affection issues with Kandy, as his dropped catch off Sangakkara meansthat Sri Lanka have been able to post a (seemingly) unchaseable total.

Despite Murali’s record braking, it seems as though Sangakkara may be difference in this match. England have to bat through day 5 for a draw. It’ll take an almight effort to do that.

First up, big congrats to Muttiah Muralitharan for retaining the most test wickets record. Am sure there will be plenty said by Australian correspondents to diminish this achievement, and I look forward to a “chucker” versus the “drug cheat” discussion at a later stage. For the record, TVC has no issues with Murali’s bowling action, or the fact that Shane Warne took a banned diuretic to aid his recovery from a shoulder injury.

However, TVC is a touch concerned about how the Test in Kandy is shaping up. Should Sri Lanka post England anything more than 200 to chase in the final innings we could be struggling.

Muralitharan