March 2009

One has been tipped off to this Youtube “chap-hop” classic, it concerns cricket in Surrey…

Hat tip to Henners, jolly good.


Losing a test series to anyone is not great, and losing a series to the Windies is even more not great. Quite how that, plus a couple of one day defeats, has become a crisis in English cricket is beyond me. Truth is that we only just lost the test series, were the better side for all but maybe one or two sessions, and would have won it with a more confident side and a little less caution. On the one day front, the series is tied, and we have a chance to win it going into the final match. It has not been the most fantastic tour ever, but it is certainly not as bad as it could have been.

It is not a crisis, and whatever the press make of Kevin Pietersen’s desire to see Mrs P, or the result of the final match, the negatives should serve as the very necessary wake up call that England very much needed in order that they start performing better again.

Oh tragedy, well tragedy for the Windies. It was getting a little dark and John Dyson called the West Indian batsmen off the park. Dyson is still looking at his clipboard – with the Duckworth Lewis calculations on it. England are smiling and Bumble – fed with info from the Sky Sports statisticians – reckons that England have won.

The Windies have walked off while behind on Duckworth Lewis. The match referee is checking, but thinks England have won. Why is no-one sure? Javigal Srinath is the match referee. Dyson is pleading his case. Everyone is going inside to thrash it out. It certainly isn’t good for cricket.

The West Indian batsmen got pre-occupied with the weather and were desperate to get off the park. It looks like they got the numbers wrong, but we are still waiting to hear.

Why didn’t they just finish the match? We’d have finished by now. Big moment for John Dyson’s reputation in the game, claims Nasser Hussain on Sky. The England players are celebrating. Bumble announces that its official, England have won the game.

England have won by 1 run (D/L method). As for the West Indies, don’t trust a dumbass Aussie with dodgy glasses!

Interesting series. Rather a lot of dullness sandwiched between a couple of tremendously exciting days. First up, the West Indies bowlers saved all their good stuff for one session (and a bit) and rock n rolled England for f*ck all to win the first test by an innings +. Then, there was the debacle of Antigua, England’s ponderous tactics in Antigua part II, rather a lot of batting, interesting umpiring decisions, interesting referrals, Beefy going nuts about everything on Sky, then England almost forcing an unlikely series draw.

What do we know now that we may not have been sure about before:

1. Harmy is not very good away from home
2. England is over-reliant on Flintoff
3. Flintoff is an injury liability
4. Anderson blows hot and cold
5. England’s bowling attack is at best average
6. England’s batting can score runs on flat decks against poor bowlers
7. Monty is not great and neither is Sidebottom
8. Strauss is a thoroughly decent chap and probably a good captain
9. Ian Bell is over-rated
10. Owais Shah is the best batsman in the world when he’s not in the team, and a dodgy runner when he is