Steve Harmison needs overs under his belt to perform anywhere near his best, fact. Kindly then, Lendl Simmons, nephew of the great Phil, has just given Steve, and the rest of our boys, a real workout.
Mr Lendl helped himself to a mere 282 runs before being snared by Sideshow Bob as West Indies A racked up 574 for 8 declared. I may be wrong, but I’m fairly sure that, take out Brian Lara’s contributions, the rest of the Windies batsman probably didn’t score that many runs combined in the whole of the last series.
England’s batsmen have also enjoyed themselves, with Strauss, Pietersen and Collingwood filling their boots. Bell and Prior also made runs, although Owais Shah has probably booked himself a series carrying the drinks making only 9.
Cricketers love to tour the West Indies, and marvellously, the time difference makes it the most work / TV balance friendly tour there is to watch. I can’t wait for the action to begin. If they get Lendl playing we may get matches lasting the full five days.
Go ahead, Mr Lendl!